At BT, we joked that this could be the shortest blog ever in the history of blogs about weddings, about fashion or about men wearing formal wear. We want to be clear. We want to show respect. We want to be careful and supportive and loving, but we also want to be honest.
So here goes, as succinctly as possible:
Pull your pants up.
Gentlemen, we are all for you wearing what you want for your wedding day as much as we advocate for the brides to wear what they want, but if you are indeed going to wear a suit or tux please wear it the way it's intended to fit because it's formal wear. You can start by pulling your pants up. Seriously.
It's your wedding day.
It's important - to us at least - to say that this is not about which generation you belong to, your race or ethnicity, which trends you embrace in your day-to-day life, your socioeconomic status, what is currently in style or even the theme of your wedding. It's about the day.
On your wedding day "the sag" has no place when you're standing next to a woman in a gown in front of the pastor or justice of the peace. It's a sacred moment and a sagging suit will not speak well of you in photos one week after the wedding or 20 years later. We promise. You'll regret not looking sharp because you thought you can sling your formal pants on your hips like you do your jeans.
It's all about the rise. Jeans have a shorter rise so they can be worn lower, but if you try to wear a higher rise pant in the same place, it just ends up looking super slouchy.
Quick example: right now, jeans with shredded knees are back and we're seeing them on both girls and guys on weekends, at restaurants for dinner, on date nights and when running errands. They are edgy and fun and in this summer heat, maybe even a little cooler. But no one is getting married in shredded denim. You with us?
At BT, we stock styles of tuxes and suits and take you guys through an entire process to make sure that what you're wearing actually fits and makes you look your best when you say "I Do." We dedicated a blog in March of this year to what happens when you come to us for a tux or suit. Check it out.
Bottom line: look your best. On your wedding day, you're going to shower, shave or if you're sporting a beard - give it a comb, put on clean socks, tie your shoes or polish your boots, get the knot tied perfectly and wear your suit or tux like a man. Stand up straight, and pull your pants up. ;)
A Week of Wow & Savings
is coming, ladies - so mark your calendars.
From Saturday to Saturday, July 20 - 27 Bridal Traditions hosts an annual sale that is targeted and big: the National Bridal Sale Event is our biggest sale of the year.
Saturday, July 20 / 10a-4p
Reservations are Required for Brides on 7/20 , with a 1 Hour Time Limit
Go here to reserve your fitting room!
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On Saturday, July 20th, purchase a dress, veil and one other accessory item of your choice and receive an additional $50 discount!
(Excludes Closeout Purchases)
Tuesday, July 23 - Friday, July 26 / 10a - 6p
by walk-in or reservation
Saturday, July 27
10a - 2p by walk-in or reservation
2p - 4p by reservation only
The Sales - Get the Details
Closeouts (Cash Only) - Starting at $100 = Savings up to $795
Current Styles Including New Arrivals - up to 50% off = Savings up to $475
Special Orders 10% off regular price = Savings up to $100
Closeouts (Cash Only) - $10-$50 = Savings up to 90%
All Other Prom Dresses 25% - 40% off = Savings up to $200
Closeouts (Cash Only) - $1 - $25
Regular price veils, headpieces, jewelry, and men's accessories 15% off
All Sales Final - No Holds or Layaways
Some restrictions & exclusions apply - See store associate for details
See a sampling of sale dresses and prices on our event page!
Bridesmaid dresses are not included in the sale.
Reservations for July 20 are limited to 1 hour time slots.
*Dress selection subject to availability at time of sale.* Grab your girlfriends and we'll see you there!
Does this pontoon boat go with my lace?
This blog is about encouraging brides to buy a wedding gown with their hearts and not their heads and believe it or not, this is becoming an epidemic in our industry: the immediate second guessing of your choice of gown.
So, picture this:
The bride-to-be is in a wedding gown she loves. She has stars in her eyes. She's gazing at herself in the mirror. She looks flushed, happy, gorgeous and ready to say yes.
Then, like a needle on a vinyl record, her brain - with all of the details and facts she's gathered on her hunt for the right gown - begins to elbow in to disrupt all of the joy and excitement of that moment.
And she processes.
And she considers place, season and people.
And she weighs the expectations of others.
And she asks her team for their input.
And then she deflates.
At BT, we think this stinks.
If we've seen it once, we've seen it a hundred times.
And we hate it, because it's just not necessary.
"I can't wear this gown, because it's strapless and I'm getting married in November." WRONG.
"I can't wear this gown, because it's bohemian chic and more casual and I'm getting married in my home church." WRONG.
"It's not formal enough for a wedding." WRONG.
"My mom, grandmother, great-grandmother and female relatives all wore long sleeves. I love this dress, but it has cap sleeves. I can't get married in it." WRONG.
Ladies: listen up. There is nothing wrong with your dreams for your wedding day and there is nothing wrong with your instincts. What is wrong is getting a case of Second Guessing sydrome and talking yourself out of a gown that is going to make you truly happy on one of the biggest days of your life.
If there is a place to be cautious, then it's price and with BT, we help with that. Our gowns are under $1000. We promise to speak up gently to guide you if we think you're going to do something you'll TRULY regret. The only thing wrong is you believing these little deceptive lies that you're telling yourself.
Here are times to use your head:
Don't get in a car with someone you don't know or someone who has been drinking alcohol.
Pay your bills on time to keep your credit score up and respectable.
Show up at least 10 minutes early to a job interview.
Stay late at work to finish what you started.
Don't interfere in other people's business.
When it comes to your wedding gown, don't give the season, the theme and (not to anger anyone out there, but...) ESPECIALLY don't give your decision away to the posse who's come with you. Take their council, but remember that it is YOUR DAY. Find your dream gown and wear it.