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No fun for the guys. <sigh> It's a tux or nothing when it comes to formal occasions. The ladies get all the options for expression and creativity.
Our pals at Jim's Formal Wear have just released new colors for Fall Weddings and they are every bit as interesting and cool, trendy and fun as you guys deserve.
The Fall Color Options & Combos
Eggplant, Taupe and Walnut
"A deep purple hue paired with two neutrals makes this fall combo pop. Imagine rich eggplant orchids dotting every table at the reception and your groomsmen dancing the night away in taupe tuxedos layered over walnut brown vests and ties."
Tangerine, Chocolate and Hunter Green
"If you don’t want to veer too far from traditional fall wedding color schemes, this is the one to explore. Oranges, browns, and greens are typically accent colors at formal autumn events, so why not make them the stars? We love the idea of tangerine-colored signature cocktails, a chocolate-on-chocolate dessert bar, and greenery visible at every turn."
Pumpkin, Grey and Gold
"Step aside red tones – the gold family can also dazzle. We love the idea of pairing a robust pumpkin orange with a shimmery metallic gold. Reflect this color combo in the bridesmaids’ dresses and jewelry, tablecloths, and boutonnieres. Set off the bold autumn hues with soft grey-tone suits for the gents and coordinating heels for the ladies."
Gold, White and Cream
"Headed to the beach to say “I Do”? Opt for an airy, neutral autumn wedding color scheme. The simplicity of an eye-catching gold hue paired with soft whites and creams puts the focus on you, not a flashy color combination. Play up this trio with stunning gold cufflinks for the men and statement necklaces for the women."
Navy Blue, Silver and Lemon
"Deep, dark blue tones are getting all the attention this fall. Try pairing navy with a bright lemon yellow and hints of silver. We love the look of yellow rose bouquets against navy cocktail dresses for the women, and silver-dipped fall leaves worn as boutonnieres on the men’s navy suits."
Soft Yellow, Maroon and Black
"An evening wedding calls for a deep, dark red tone. Try pairing a maroon hue with a muted yellow for a beautiful contrast. We love these colors integrated with elegant black tuxes and black evening gowns for the bridesmaids. Imagine bouquets of miniature sunflowers and red fall berries at your big event!"
Boutonnieres are a part of this production and JFW offers ideas there as well!
BT has been an authorized Jim's Formal Wear retailer for many years and are excited about these options as we discuss the possibilities with the women who come to our shop. That said:
We also know that you cannot always accommodate every single idea or suggestion. Our vote is always for being authentic while not being afraid to try something new.
See you soon!
Oh, Ladies...... in a mere matter of months, it is going to be ON. Big time!
For the 2019 prom season, you're going to need sunglasses because the amazing styles we saw during BT's recent trip to Atlanta for the Prom Market were all about SPARKLE and SHINE.
Sequins! Metallics! Satins!
We saw so many gorgeous takes on this theme and chose for BT those we know our prom clients would wear with pride, blushes and huge smiles. So many colors, fits, styles and options and each one designed to be memorable. It makes us wish that we could go back to prom!
While the 2018-2019 school year is just getting started and you have a million other things to think about, just know that we're going to have you completely covered for the 2019 prom season. Add us on Snapchat for all the prom updates and new arrivals: beyoutiful-prom
Every year, the National Bridal Sales Event is an enormous week for us and for ladies ready to shop for dream gowns. And every year we fall in love with our selections, our jobs and our customers all over again. It never fails.
There is a lot of planning and general fun and hubbub around this week, but it's always so energizing, successful and worth it.
For one week, we book dressing rooms, mark dresses and accessories for cash only sale, line up gowns and goodies that prom goers, brides and their attendants might love, brace ourselves and open our doors..... mostly in that order.
2018 was a success and seeing ladies find what they wanted or maybe didn't expect was so deeply satisfying. Here are some favorite moments taken of BT's happy campers during our big bridal sale week!
Brides-to-be found their gowns for amazing deals this week and girls chose gorgeous prom gowns off the $10 racks. Yep -- TEN BUCKS. If you missed it this year, you'll know to plan for our next sale event.
So why do we love the NBSE? We love it because we love what we do. We love the thrill and the challenge of helping clients get exactly what they needed, even it it's unexpected. We love providing deals when we can and frankly, we just love YOU GUYS.
Hopefully you know that this is not a relationship blog and we don't pretend to know how you chose your mate. We just hope that you have chosen well. Enough said.
This blog is about knowing you've found the right wedding dress.
Everyone is Different.
There's your understatement of the day, but not every bride-to-be understands this concept or embraces it. There is only one you so expecting some universal bridal experience is not a good way to spend your limited planning time and energy. You should remember that you're celebrating YOUR DAY, YOUR LOVE STORY and how incredibly beautiful and unique it is.
So in that spirit, here are some myths that need debunking and some sage advice from our experts.
Myth #1: You know you've found your gown when you cry.
Um, no. This is not in some Bridal Book of Rules (on sale for $35 on Amazon...... kidding).
If you're an emotional person, sure - you might burst into tears. It's a big deal to start trying on gowns to find perhaps THE ONE you'll get married in. But sometimes the waterworks begin with the first dress you try on because you're seeing yourself as a bride for the first time. THAT is emotional. We notice at BT that sometimes this happens, but then a bride tries the next dress and the next and the next and the practical, logical part of their brain starts firing. It's important to remember that some will choose based on emotion and others based on practicals, but don't let tears be your guide.
Bottom line: The lack of tears or abundance of them doesn't mean the one you've found THE ONE.
Myth #2: there HAS to be a BECAUSE.
In other words, "this has to be my dress, because it's a fall wedding and will be cold and I need long sleeves." Or "this is the one, because my mom said she liked me in lace." Or, "I have to choose this one, because I did a bunch of research and it ticks 8 out of my 10 musts on my list." Maybe you can add a wrap to a strapless dress for your fall wedding. Maybe you'll try on a dress that doesn't have lace that both you and your mom love. Maybe you'll throw methodical out the window when you try on something we suggest for you to shake things up!!
Don't trap yourself in "BECAUSE!" Some brides find the one based on a specific reason, but if you corner yourself "because" you may miss out on a dress you never dreamed of.
Myth #3: the dress you've marked online, saved pictures of, carried around and shown to anyone who will listen, dreamed of yourself in and seen others looking amazing in IS YOUR DRESS.
Baby Girl: come sit next to Aunt Kelly and let me tell you that NO ONE will be more excited than I will be if that is true. I mean it. I'm the voice of reason, but I'm your cheerleader too. And sometimes this happens. You find it, fall in love, try it on and we're off to the chapel.
But I don't want your dreams shattered if it's not the case and we see it all the time. For whatever reason - the fit, the proportions, the fabric, the wedding theme, venue, whatever - it simply doesn't work. Deep down brides know it when this happens and at BT we know it too. We know body shapes, designer's specific cuts and just because it looks good on a number of models does not mean it is going to make you look and feel like the bride you want to be on your big day.
The team at BT can be your accountability partners as well as your cheerleaders and we promise to help you see alternatives when this happens. You need to give yourself permission to change your mind and we'll be right there by your side.
Myth #4: the dress will look on me the way it looks online, on models and in photos.
A dress on 10 different women will look 10 different ways. Trust us. We've seen this happen so many times and when you try it on and don't hear "The Love Theme" from Romeo and Juliet you may get disillusioned. Is this lovely girl in the photo below you? Then don't expect that gown to look like that on you. Again: give yourself not only room, but PERMISSION to be happily, joyfully surprised by another option, another style and the one that will become YOUR dress. If may not be what you thought, but you'll know. Nothing is more thrilling than when this happens.
Myth #5: the Bridal moments on TV are the way my experience will and SHOULD be.
As discussed in myth #1, you don't have to cry.
You don't have to argue with a family member.
You don't have to bring 6 frenemies.
You don't have to see a retractable roof on the boutique open up to allow doves to swoop down from the heavens and land on your shoulders like Snow White.
There probably isn't going to be an angel choir that suddenly appears to serenade you as you hug every person in the boutique who ever said something nice to you.
Sorry for the digression, but you get it. You know in your gut what will work for you. The TV version is a blast to watch, but it's rarely, if EVER, reenacted in wedding shops around the country.
Myth #6: You have to try on every gown in every shop within a 1000 mile radius before you'll know that yours is The Best One for You.
Ladies: this breaks our hearts more than anything, because it's just a big lie you're telling yourselves. There is a point where you've tried on too many dresses, and you've lost the joy of finding your gown because your brain is muddled with details.
Don't suck the life and joy out of what is supposed to be a joyous celebration. Being exhaustive is important in some arenas of life. Do your homework when choosing a school for your kids. Read Consumer Reports when making an enormous and expensive tech purchase, but when you find yourself running through gown after gown and forget that it's about a joyful milestone, and you end up just choosing something, then you've overdone it. We HATE seeing this happen.
Experts Note: Brides these days try on between 5 - 8 gowns and, on the high side 8 - 10 gowns before they know what will work and find the one. More than 10 dresses and most brides become frustrated and the magic is gone, baby, gone.
Rules to Remember
Everyone is different. You be you!!