It's time to feature gowns again. We do this frequently on social media, but love to share new items we love in blogs too. We find and carry affordable wedding gowns that are well constructed, and beautiful and these should be celebrated.
Let's start with Julia.
The lace detail on the back of this gown is heaven and paired with the spotless, wide skirt and train - the results are pretty spectacular.
The bodice of the Julia is a lace and small beaded sheath overlaying a princess neckline. This design allows for the bride to be covered, but still showcase a feminine shape. The Julia also features 3/4 sleeves which look amazing on nearly everyone. Don't knock a 3/4 sleeve until you've tried one and done your research. Some of the most iconic wedding gowns have this sleeve length. It's practically royal.
Covered buttons, a dip in the back and a defined waistline are all stunning aspects of this gown. It could be worn any season with the right signature touches.
The skirt, with its yards and yards of fabric, is elegant and here we go back to regal. While stylized and more architectural skirts are also popular, a flowing circle skirt looks absolutely amazing.
Contact us to get more information on the Julia and keep a look out for more blogs featuring our favorite gowns.
For every season, and every couple planning their wedding, there are going to be pitfalls. Most of them are avoidable. If you are beginning to plan your wedding or are in the midst of planning, here are some helpful tips. There are many others and we'll share those from our research and archives, but for now...
Consider these reminders of what NOT to do.
Lose Track of your Schedule
Once you have set a wedding date and begun creating a plan, set firm milestone dates for follow-up and completion.
- Don't send your Save the Date cards too early or people will forget to RSVP.
- Book your hotel block of rooms, or venue too late and you'll be scrambling.
Securing your vendors, getting the wedding party outfitted, having your own gown tailored, band or DJ booked ... all of this will need to be done if it is part of your wedding day plan. Prioritize and work your plan
Have a schedule and be a slave to it. You'll thank yourself later.
Lose Track of your Budget
Not spending the right amount on postage may mean that your invitations are never delivered or have to be resent. Blowing your funds on one item, be it the gown, the flowers, the bar, can mean having to reset your finances and plan as the day approaches. Once you've set your budget, make thoughtful, measured decisions based on your priorities. Have the same respect for your budget that you do for your schedule and timeframe.
Hire a Friend instead of a Pro
We are all getting more and more talented with camera phones, calendar apps, and the like. There is a social media video or course to teach you how to do everything, and with mixed results. The fact remains: your friends need to stay your friends and be guests at your wedding. Unless you're hiring a bona fide pro, who is also a friend, stick with hiring people in the wedding industry.
Micromanage Your Vendors
And now that you've hired pros over pals (see above), let the pros do their thing. These seasoned individuals spend day and night learning about, participating in, and growing their signature wedding expertise. Tell them your vision and let them work their magic.
Invite Too Many Guests
Believe it or not, not everyone who knows or loves you (or knows and loves your parents) needs to come to watch you say "I Do." More bodies means a larger venue, more food and drink, parking considerations, etc. Remember that you may or may not be able to speak to everyone on the day, or afford to feed and host a cast of thousands. As you consider your budget and your vision, make it clear to everyone involved what you want. Don't do yourselves or your guests a disservice by packing the house.
Let Other People Choose Your Wedding Party
While we've moved beyond the days when your mother, aunt and mother-in-law to be helped make big decisions, there is still pressure to please those family members. Your wedding party though, is about you and who you love. Anyone in your life who truly matters, supports and loves you - regardless of gender - should be by your side on your wedding day if you want him or her there. It's a big day. Wrap yourselves in love!
Blow your Budget on the Dress
Bridal Traditions is a boutique with well-made and reasonably prices wedding gowns. We know that you do NOT have to spend $5000 to look gorgeous on your wedding day. Stop by and see us and we'll show you what we're talking about. In the meantime, you are the bride and should look amazing, but don't squander the bulk or your wedding dollars on just the gown and accessories. And do not assume that the gown is the only cost. You'll also need shoes, a veil and other accessories.
Forget the Spirit of the Day
Setting a budget and schedule, staying true to your vision, surrounding yourself with trusted friends in your wedding party and working with pros will make room for you to do what truly matters the most: enjoy the process of planning your wedding. This is a joyful time and even with some stressful moments, it should be fun and it should be remembered as such.
From time to time we get gorgeous images of brides that we want to share without doing a whole wedding profile. Here are a few more to get you all ready for our National Bridal Sale Event.
Above, Carleigh and Caleb were married in June of 2021 in a lovely outdoor setting on family property. And Molly Stephens on a mountain edge... is divine. We love the brides who share their day with us or even just a photograph.
If you haven't found your gown or are looking for a deal, Bridal Traditions is hosting it's largest sale of the year. Go to our National Bridal Sale Event page for more info. It runs from July 17 - 31.
Guys: Your bride-to-be loves you. And she needs you. Sometimes it's going to look like a hug and other times, you need to show up with support. Those are things you do anyway.
Then there is the practical stuff! So take note, as these are items you can do and be a hero.
Help with the guest list.
This can be a blast, if done correctly. Creating the list is not just about who you "should" invite, but about the day and who you want to surround you. Talk about it, laugh about it, make your lists, chat and make the "party" and size of the party, match your dreams.
Mind the Budget
If you and your wife-to-be are paying for your wedding, help with managing the budget. Be kind. Consider what you both want for the day and can afford. If the bride is paying for the wedding, be helpful with anything that isn't being hired out.
The Best Man
Choosing your best man is an important To Do. He's probably your very best friend, your brother, your father or someone you've been through thick and thin with. It's not just your job to choose the guy, but to ask for his council, his wisdom, his support when there are touchy decisions, and this guy needs to be front and center not just in a tux but he needs to have your back. Choose well! He's called The Best Man for a reason.
Get Your Wardrobe in order
Select the attire for yourself and for your groomsmen. Based on what you and the bride have in mind for your day, you'll need to head up getting the tuxes or suits ordered, rented and managed. You'll need to be measured, as will your guys. Start well in advance with discussions not only with your bride, but with your vendor and your groomsmen.
The Honeymoon Plan
Get the honeymoon plan sorted and ready, including the details. If you are throwing hammocks, camp chairs and a tent into your wagon and heading to the coast to car camp, then you'll have a fairly simple list. If you're heading to Greece to "take the sun" on Mykonos and gaze at the Aegean Sea, then you'll need to coordinate passports, plane tickets, accommodations and help with packing. Regardless of destination, this is in YOUR bucket of responsibilities, fellas. Take an interest, make lists and create the happy energy that will help your bride.
Plan the Rehearsal Dinner
We suspect that your bride will help with this, especially because you'll work within your own tastes and favorite things. BUT, don't put this on her. Work with friends, research online for ideas, pick the spot (restaurant or picnic or boat cruise or whatever), mind your budget and make it special. This is the night before the Big Deal. It really is a party. Toasts, great food, laughter and anticipation should all be on the menu.
Plan a Toast at the Reception
Write a poem, list your favorite memories, pull in your anecdotes from friends and family, ... whatever it is you choose to say in your toast: make it matter. Make it count. Do your best and be authentic.
Help with the Thank You Notes
All you need is a couple of good pens, the cards that came with your gifts (OR a list made by the maid or matron of honor), a lovely stack of Thank You cards and a sense of gratitude. Don't forget to write cards to your vendors too. Even though the money was their compensation, they worked hard too and saying you appreciate it is worth so much.
You've got this! Correction: you and your partner have it. Be the stand up guy and be present.