Ok ladies, those of you who dream of the perfect wedding gown should be excited because 2012 is going to bring you a lot of options!
We are willing to bet you will bring a tear to your mom’s eyes when she sees her little girl all grown up, looking like a princess in one of these ball gowns.
Ball Gowns and dramatic A-Lines have made quite the comeback, and have been featured in many of the most popular designer’s collections such as Vera Wang, Ines Di Santo, Lazaro, Marchesa and so many more. Also, if you are not afraid to break the mold, you will love the idea of not wearing white on your big day. Gowns have graced the runway in gray, purple, champagne, pink & even light blue!
Check out some of the top designers, and their beautiful gowns! Remember, that even if your local dress boutique doesn’t carry some of these names, it is helpful to find styles that you like so that you know what you are looking for when you go dress shopping.
It is a good idea to cut out some pictures of dresses and styles you like, and show them to the bridal consultant at the dress shop because it will help her find the perfect gown for you!
Ines Di Santo
Don’t forget to check out our Vendor Directory for your local dress shops!
It’s Mothers Day, so it is only fitting that today we talk about the Mother of the Bride and their role in the wedding planning process.
So what are the responsibilities of the mother of the bride?
First, she needs to be so excited and supportive of her daughter. She is taking one of the biggest steps in her life and will need her mother to be her guide, confidant and supporter.
This is a time for her to make her decisions with what she wants, not what Mom wants. Offering advice is one thing, taking over is another.
This can be a fun experience for Mother and Daughter if Mom can let go of the control and enjoy the process. It can be magical when she chooses her wedding dress, sees the perfect flower arrangement and finds the right venue. These will be moments to be treasured forever.
There will be times when all engagement etiquette can go out the window. This is when the bride and groom have reached levels of stress that they never imagined they could find, Mom should try to be the calming force in the engagement.
Other than being a great support for the bride, there are other mother of the bride etiquette items to follow. These will help move the planning and execution of the wedding along smoothly.
- Budget~ if Mom is helping fund the wedding, she will need to sit down with the bride and groom to determine the wedding budget. This needs to be done right away and throughout the engagement.
- Mother of the Groom~ if she does not contact Mom, Mom should contact her. It is a good idea for her to establish a good relationship with his mother.
- Guest List~ compiling a guest list quickly is a good thing to do. There will be people that are important to Mom that she wants to include that the Bride may not know.
- The Dress~ Once the bride has chosen her dress and colors, Mom will need to select her dress. Good mother of the bride etiquette will have her in a long, modest dress that fits in with the colors the bridehas selected. Once Mom has chosen your dress, let the mother of the groom know so she can select hers.
- Accommodations~ It is one of Mom’s jobs to help the bride’s guests make travel and hotel arrangements for the wedding day. If there are a number of guests coming in from out of town, reserving a block of rooms at a nearby hotel will be the best bet.
- Ceremony Instructions~ Make sure that the wedding party has instructions for the ceremony. This will include the seating arrangements, the order of the receiving line and any other requests the bride has. Making sure the wedding party shows good wedding etiquette is very important.
- Enjoy!~ Last but not least enjoy the day! The Bride may be the princess for the day, but remember Mom is the queen. Take the time to cherish the occasion and the people who are sharing it.
Dear Bride to be,
We your bridesmaids, have a few things to say.
We are your best friends (except for the 2nd cousin that your Mom insisted on because you were a mercy bridesmaid in her wedding)
We adore you. We love you. We would do anything for you.EXCEPT wear that dress that you pointed out in the magazine last week.
We are so happy that you are getting married, and we love your Fiance (well all of us except you-know-who, but that’s a different story all together), but if we have to hear the proposal story ONE MORE TIME we will gag you with that Tiffany’s box you carry around in your purse to prove where that rock you wave around came from.
Helping you plan your wedding is our duty and responsibility and we will all pitch in and do all we can. BUT if you call at 3 am AGAIN to tell us about the epiphany you just had about floral arrangements, we will be forced to confiscate and destroy your iPhone with its “Bride to be” glitter cover.
When the big day comes, we will all stand by your side, hold up your dress when you pee, fetch you champagne in between picture sessions, apply your bandaids to the blisters that your gorgeous but one size too small shoes cause on your heels. We will dance with your new husbands weird cousins and put up with your drunk aunt and her stories about how she always knew you would marry so well…. but so help us if your creepy uncle tries to cop a feel, there will be a dance floor smack down.
Remember that being your bridesmaids is our honor BUT not our reason to live…and we will all get through this in one piece.
Our lovely Featured Bride Melissa gave us some great tips for lowering your wedding costs by Doing some things yourself!
(ways to save hundreds or even thousands of dollars)
- Buy invitation kits online or at a store like Michael’s or Bed Bath and Beyond and print them yourself.
- Use your photographers pictures from the engagement session to make your own Save the dates. Print them somewhere like Walgreens or Walmart
- Buy your linens online for cheaper than renting them through a company
- Find a venue location that is pretty all by itself and save on extra decorating expenses and time you would spend to make your own decor
- Order your flowers from Raley’s or Safeway and put them all together yourself one to two days before the wedding
- Have a friend or relative cook your meal and save tons on catering costs
- Make your own centerpieces. Go online and look up wedding centerpieces and find what you like. Then recreate it. Stores like Michaels, Joann’s, Ross, TJ Maxx, and Home Goods sell glass vases and products needed to create wonderful centerpieces. (Use their coupons Michael’s and Joann’s are always having 40 to 50% off one regular priced item or 20% off entire purchase)
- Meet with many vendors to compare prices to find the best fit for your money
Veronica was reluctant to start out with a feature of her own wedding…mostly because she hates being the center of attention…welllllll….since I’m the one doing the typing today… I say we start with a feature on my beautiful little sister and her beautiful wedding.
Veronica became Mrs. Enns on October 10th, 2010 in Chico. It was a gorgeous day and a gorgeous ceremony. Here is a little video slideshow I put together…
Just so all of you ladies (and gents) out there know that we know what you’re going through. Planning a beautiful wedding is hard work…but so worth it in the end….and we hope that we can help!