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For the December Engagements

Posted by on Dec 28, 2015 in Blog

    For those of you getting engaged in December, and there are a lot of you, I thought it might be helpful to go over some of our timeline information for bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses. It’s really important to keep timelines in mind when you are planning your wedding. You’ve probably never had to make so many decisions so far in advance of one particular day, so it’s good to know what you are up against.   In general, bridal gowns take anywhere from three to six months to arrive after they have been ordered. Sometimes they can come in much faster, but there is really no way to tell that in advance. This has to do with the way designers work and the particular schedules they use to manufacture each dress. It’s important to remember that unlike just about anything you have ever ordered, your bridal gown does not exist before you order it. It is not made specifically to your measurements like a custom gown, but it is still made for you. Because of the range that gowns can take to come in we usually recommend planning on the full six months just in case.   Does that mean you should wait until six months before the wedding to order your gown? Not if you can avoid it because you need to leave time to have the gown altered. We recommend starting your fittings six to eight weeks before your wedding, so if you’re keeping track, the cutoff to order your gown is eight months before your wedding. If you can make your decision sooner than that it can save you form stress in the end because having a little safety net of time is really nice.   Of course if you don’t have eight months to work with there’s no need to panic. There are always ways around these timelines and deadlines. If your wedding is close or if you are planning a short engagement then it can rally help to speak with a bridal consultant. She can point you towards certain gowns that may arrive faster or certain designer who ship faster. There...

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The Best Things in Bridal 2015

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Blog

It’s hard to believe that 2015 is almost over, but it’s even harder to believe all the things that have happened over the last twelve months. It’s also hard to remember everything that has happened, but I think I’ve hit the highlights in bridal.   Marquee Signage   The cutest way to show your love this year was through marquee initials. These lighted letters and hearts popped up at receptions and bridal showers everywhere. Initially brides were ordering custom made marquee letters off of vintage websites, but eventually the trend trickled down to places like Target and made it super easy for everyone to brighten their event.   The Gold Standard   Gold lettering was everywhere this year. From whimsical cocktail glasses to wedding invitations gold was the way to go, and I couldn’t be happier about it.   Highs and Lows   It might be too early to tell if reality TV star Whitney Porter’s high-lo wedding gown will have long-term effects on bridal gowns, but goodness it’s hard not to think it will.   The Sequin Gown   This gown started popping up in magazines at the beginning of the year and brides and bridesmaid started scouring the internet to find it. Designers followed suit and now sequins are perched to become even bigger in 2016.   And This Sequin Gown   This Adriana Papell dress may have been the most popular bridesmaid dress that wasn’t a bridesmaid dress. It also helped pave the way for wedding parties who matched in more figurative than literal terms. “Dress like you are going to a New Year’s Eve Ball.” Check.   Risque Business   From runways to receptions there were low backs, low fronts, thigh-high slits, sheer panels and a whole lot of double-sided tape. This was the year of the barley-there wedding gown.   Sleeves, Finally   Brides this year had the option of anything from a spaghetti strap to a wrist length sleeve and everything in-between. This year we finally said hello to sleeves for the first time in decades, but we also said goodbye to the notion that everyone should wear strapless. Options now abound for...

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2016 Pantone Wedding

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015 in Blog

Pantone has forecast two colors as the trendsetting it shades of 2016: rose quartz and serenity. These pale pastels present a sharp contrast to the bright, strong, jewel-tones of the past several years. They are soft and subtle and perfect for adding an accent color to any outfit or affair. If Pantone’s forecast is correct and if their color influence is strong, which it is, you’ll likely start to see these colors pop up in wedding photos more than you already do. Because of course, these colors are perfect for weddings. Blues and pinks are pretty standard wedding fare because they are easy to wear, easy to coordinate, and easy find. In fact, they are so easy to find that I’ve already coordinated the perfect 2016 Pantone wedding. The colors help give this imaginary wedding a light and airy, easy going charm that is appropriate and at home in any number of venues. I see outdoor Southern rustic charm here or a beachfront toes-in-the-sand sunset wedding. But don’t let these easy going tones fool you, they can easily captivate a regal ballroom with their soft, subtle nobility.    ...

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Enjoying the Engagement

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in Blog

When I first got engaged it felt really strange to use the term fiancé. Much like it felt strange to say boyfriend in the beginning and much like it still sometimes feel strange to say husband. Of course the tricky part about fiancé is that you aren’t called one for very long. Engagements are generally about a year, and that year can go by very quickly. It’s an exciting time, but it’s also the in-between time. With all the planning that goes into a wedding it’s easy to focus solely on the future.   Brides are always advising other brides to enjoy every moment of their wedding day and not let it rush past, and I offer the same advice for the engagement. Enjoy the in-between time. Here to help are some great holiday and winter activities to get in on when you take a break from addressing envelopes.   Ice Skating There’s basically nothing cuter or more romantic than an outdoor skating rink, and Baltimore’s Inner Harbor offers the perfect backdrop for your escapades. You hold hands. You huddle together for warmth. You fall down and you get a cup of hot cocoa to share, and snap a photo #engagedlife.   Catch a Movie The Senator Theater is great for date night. It’s grand and historic and it plays great old movies. This year they have special screenings of Home Alone and It’s a Wonderful Life, but it’s worth going to even for a new blockbuster. Afterwards stroll through Belvedere Square, peruse the delicacies at Atwaters and stop for a drink by the fire in Ryan’s Daughter. Everything is warm and cozy there and far from wedding planning.     Mt. Vernon Monument Lighting If you’ve never been then you have to go. You have to go at least one time. It’s more or less the same ceremony every year, but there are lots of great food vendors and lots of good music and it’s the perfect time to bust out your knit hat with the pompoms. Thursday Dec. 3rd 5 – 8pm.    ...

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Giving Thanks

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in Blog

Thanksgiving is almost here, and that means it’s time to give thanks. As an individual I have much to be thankful for, and I am sure that the same is true for all of you, but I’ll spare you my own list in favor of one with a broader appeal. The world of bridal also has much to be thankful for this year. From new trends to old favorites we are feeling pretty lucky.   Thinking Beyond Strapless     Not all brides want to wear a strapless gown, and the designers have finally gotten the message. The landscape of sleeve options for bridal gowns has changed dramatically in the past few years. It’s no longer so difficult to find something beyond a spaghetti strap. Hooray for cap sleeves and long sleeves and T-shirt sleeves. Hooray for variety.   Bridesmaids Look Less Like Bridesmaids     Over the past few years the gowns that bridesmaids have graciously worn down the aisle have gotten more and more stylish. Gone are the days of fitting six different body types into one dress. Gone are the days matching the gowns to the shoes to the tablecloths to the invitations. Who knows if anyone will ever really wear their bridesmaid dress again, but we’re thankful that at least these days they actually could.   The Great Great Gatsby       Probably the only theme more prevalent in bridal than the Mason Jar is Art Deco. Even though the updated version of the Great Gatsby lit up the screen two years ago, brides are still in search of the themes it epitomizes: glamour, Hollywood, drama, glitz. Using one single word brides have been able to channel their entire wedding theme and communicate it to planners, vendors, and dress shops. Thanks Gatsby for keeping us on point.   Running Wild for Table Runners     This year brought us a renewed devotion to the reception table and everything that goes into making it look pretty. Plain white tablecloths became a thing of the past as more and more couples opted for fancy runners in a wide variety of materials and styles. This year tables...

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Tips for the Seating Chart

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 in Blog

At some point you’re just going to have to do it. You have to do it. Making the seating chart for your reception is an onerous task, and it’s only made worse by the fact that you usually can’t finalize it until the very last moment and even then it’s subject to change. The seating chart is difficult because it involves both logistics and relationships.   For example: You might have only invited a small group of work friends to your wedding and you’d like them to be able to stick together, but there are nine of them and eight seats. Ok, we’ll split them up, five and four. Easy right? Oh, but then who comprises the other seats at those two tables. Do you know other people who might get along with them? Of course you do, that’s easy. It would be easy except that the other people you know are all couples. How are you going to get that odd number of three people? Let’s start over.   And on it goes. So yes, it’s difficult, but there are ways to make it easier.   Group People by Who they Know Sure, you want your guests to mix and mingle and get to know new people, but save that for the dance floor. People want to sit next to people they know, so use that as a starting place. Once you group together all the people who have to sit together then look at your free agents. Who are they similar too? Whose company might they enjoy? It also helps to have a list of odd and even numbers of people who need to sit together. Remember those work friends up there? You could pair four of them with two couples who already know each other, and you could pull from your odd number list to fill in the gaps at the table of five.   Opt for the Sweetheart Table This is becoming more popular at weddings than a head table, and it’s easy to see why. For one thing it allows you and your brand new spouse a teeny tiny bit of time together on...

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