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You heard us right! Your favorite gowns are back in stock. Scan this blog to remind yourselves, but then schedule time to pop by or make an appointment to visit us and try on!
As these beauties arrived, we remembered WHY you love these gowns so much.
The Romantic Skirts
Gauzy, handkerchief and gorgeous, the hemlines and skirts we've restocked are popular because they float and look beautiful on brides of all sizes. In blush, taupe, or cream, these overlays look amazing.
The Lace Details
The Pooled Hemlines
These gowns combine the most feminine lace, lovely necklines and bodices with the hemlines we mentioned above. The result is a dreamy silhouette.
Brides-to-be: Would you like to see if one of these is The One? Come to Bridal Traditions and we'll take sweet care of you. Just remember what's here today may be gone tomorrow.
Courtney Shew married Justin Cleary in February of this year and even though the pandemic has been a backdrop to many weddings in the last 15 months, theirs was a wonderful celebration. As for the pair themselves, a friend tried to set them up on a double date or blind date many times, but Courtney was stubborn. After Justin messaged her on Facebook and they talked until the wee hours of a morning, they met and started dating. She told us that it was love at first site for them both.
Courtney: "It was the most perfect, intimate day. We only had 30 people for in person attendance but had over 500 watching via live stream. Our colors were dusty blue and navy. One thing that I will always remember is, literally 5 minutes
before I was to walk down the aisle, I heard someone racing down the stairs. I looked up and my assistant director was breathless and said “WHERE IS JUSTIN’S RING???” I nearly had a heart attack. Thankfully it was located on a table and she grabbed it and raced back up the stairs while I calmed my nerves!"
The most memorable part of the day for the bride was when Justin sang the song he wrote for Courtney. He wrote it just after they were engaged, and she only heard it for the first time on their wedding day. There was not a dry eye in the place.
Courtney was not a bride who dreamed of her wedding or her gown. She simply felt that she would know when she'd found it. And she did, after trying on a few with us at Bridal Traditions. The sweetheart neckline and overlay, lace and shape were perfect. "I felt like a princess and never wanted to take it off. Like seriously, I wanted to prance around town in it because I loved it so much!"
"The BT workers are seriously the best! I kept handing them dresses for me to try on and they were so patient with this incredibly indecisive girl! They were ready for any questions I had and honest opinions. They treated my day like it was their own and was just as excited as I was"
Congratulations to the new Clearys! We're so glad to have been a part of making your day special.
Photo Credit: TiHP - Trusting in Him Photography
Many brides and grooms are feeling like the pandemic is in the rearview and we hope so too. It's time to get out, get hitched and breathe the air. That said, there are still some hoops you'll need to remember to jump through since everything went sideways last year. Here are the top things to keep in mind as you plan your post Covid wedding day.
Secure Your Vendors
You are not the only one who postposed your wedding, so make sure that you get contracts in place for all of your vendors now. Most especially, consider a wedding planner and book him or her first. Wedding planners take the stress level down and can coordinate the unpredictable. It's what they do for a living. Last year taught us that we have to be nimble, so get a planner and/or get those vendors locked down for your date.
Keep Guests in the Loop
Everyone has lost the plot on what's next on planet earth, you know? Re-opening may be as confusing as locking down was 15 months ago. Date changes, location shifts and other alteration to your wedding will affect your guests too. Make sure that your guests know. Don't assume that just because they love you, they've kept up. They're busy trying to kickstart their lives as well. Keep everyone informed.
Check in with Vendors Consistently
Just as you read your contracts carefully, make sure that each of your vendors knows the restrictions and rules that will be in place for your wedding. Those in hospitality are still juggling what we can and cannot do and there needs to be compliance. Again, don't assume that vendors automatically know the details just because they are in the wedding business. Go over the rules with your caterer, band, decorators, bartenders, and everyone else involved directly.
Consider Your Guest List
Not everyone will be vaccinated or have a high tolerance for risk. Consider a hybrid wedding where some can Zoom or Skype in to and others can gather responsibly to celebrate with you. Some receptions are planned as rotating groups of guests who come through in :30 minute increments to eat, drink, toast and dance and then move on.
Coordinate Venue's Covid Restrictions
Finally, and most importantly, make sure you are completely clear on all the restrictions and rules yourself and that everyone involved not only knows but can choose clever ways to work within those guidelines. Not every restriction is a "NO" or a "Don't." There are opportunities to try a new way of serving, dancing, gathering and celebrating and we promise that wedding pros have spent the last year navigating and still being creative.
Enjoy your day! Yes, it's possible and it's what everyone wants for you. CELEBRATE!
You've overheard the conversations - and participated in them, no doubt - about bridesmaids dresses. Over the decades, dresses have gone from horrible to truly chic, but they are still "of a kind." When will you wear it again? What other events are appropriate? How do I recoup my money? Well, this is not an exhaustive list, but you are not stuck, we promise.
Consign or Sell It
It's that simple. Auction sites like eBay are perfect, but online is certainly the place to start. Sell it to someone who needs a prom gown, event or galla gown or collects them. Consignment shops will also take it off your hands and send you a percentage of the profits when it sells. Might as well get back a little for giving it up.
Cut it in Half
We are not nuts. Depending on the dress, a tailor can create two separate pieces for you to wear and mix into your wardrobe. Does the dress have a handkerchief hemline? Make a new skirt from the waist down. Before deciding that the gown is a goner, see what can be done to create either a top, a bottom or both.
More often than not, longer bridesmaids' gowns are hemmed to create a more casual version of the original design, and it makes sense. Rarely will you need a dress that goes all the way to the floor, but cut to a shorter, cocktail length can make it perfectly new.
Accessorize or Dye It
Once you've modified your gown (and even before) think of adding an embellishment to the neck, waist, or hemline or dress it up or down with non-wedding-esque jewelry and you'll look amazing. If it's a light color that can be dyed, go for it. Swap blush for black. When people ask you where you got it, you can just turn on your heel, shrug and wink.
There are girls in your community who need gowns. Whether it's for a dinner, another wedding, a prom, consider giving it to a non-profit or charitable organization. They can use it or sell it to add to their coffers.
Finally, you can always have it professionally cleaned and wrapped for storage. Some gowns are timeless and other trends come back into fashion later. Hanging onto a gown for these reasons can be a very smart move and return on your investment.
Whatever you do, don't assume that your bridesmaid's dress has only one life. That's not always the case. Be creative!