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We've completed another year and 2022 was a bright one. As a boutique, we served and sold well, but we also were teachers and neighbors, celebrators and sales pros. Cheers to 2023 as we share some favorite bits from 2022, in tips, tricks and profiles.
A bRidal Guide + One for the Groom
We started the year with a bridal guide review and suggestions about what to do and what to avoid. This is worth a look if you missed it before.
We also produced a Guide for Grooms, and it is helpful and comprehensive.
We also provided as much wise counsel as we could about gowns and setting expectations, and there was plenty for the guys as well.
Spring & Summer Wedding prep + a Styled shoot
This past year, we prepped for spring and summer weddings and we provided inspiration for those getting married or thinking about the seasons ahead.
We love doing these bride features or mini-profiles so much. It gives us a chance to celebrate with the brides, see them in their gowns on the big day, and show them off to the community!
Goodbyes, Hellos & Recollections at BT
This year, we said goodbye to our beloved Stacie, as she took off to pursue new ventures. She is a neice, a hard worker, a friend, a dose of comic relief and we miss her every day! But man, are we proud of her!
And we celebrated our story, reintroducing ourselves to those who know us and those who may not.
If you haven't been a follower of our blog, we hope that you'll become one next year! It's not just where we give advice and celebrate our brides, it is of course where we showcase our selection of gowns, suits, accessories and prom wear. Happy New Year to you all!
One of services at Bridal Traditions is counsel. And honestly, it is our best, seriously. We sell gowns, dresses, suits and accessories, but our greatest gift may well be the gift of wisdom and reason. We can give you sound advice with candor and love and that is what this blog is about. We're going to lay down some truth about the second-guessing that brides sometimes do AFTER they've said yes to a dress. In short - DON'T DO IT. It causes more headaches, heartaches and needless worry than clarity.
Stop Looking at Dresses Once you've said yes.
Once you have found your gown, it's time to move on to other aspects of planning the wedding. If you continue to look at dresses, you're going to drive yourself nuts. Stop the shopping process.
You're complete. When you hear The Love Theme, it's time to think about flowers, catering, your band, your cake, the guest reservations and gifts for your attendants, and your other vendors for the big day.
Do not dissect pictures of your gown.
And especially, do not scrutinize pictures of you in your dress. At BT, we allow you to take images of you trying on your gown for reference, and after a "YES" and purchase, we've found that brides want to zoom in and spend too much time dissecting themselves from every angle based on simple photos. We want you to think about how many selfies you take before you find "the one" to post on social media. It's the same with your wedding gown. You've tried on a bunch of dresses, and now have the one you want. Stop picking apart your decision by worrying about details from a bad camera angle.
refrain from trying it on at home.
Once you have your dress, do NOT put it on every 5 seconds. For starters, you can damage it. No one thinks they will, but a spill, a pull on the fabric or lace, random dirt - and now you've got a "used" gown. Secondly, trying it on again and again will make it begin to feel old. And finally, it will lose its magic. You bought this gown for a very important moment in life - once in a lifetime - so make sure it feels like ONCE in a lifetime, not like a favorite pair of jeans.
Stop listening to what others say.
Even when they are people we love, we all have naysayers in our lives. Grandma Suzie may hope to convince you that your dress doesn't go with the setting... or the season .... or your theme. The fact is, if you love it, you will feel beautiful and look beautiful. BT Owner Kelly Shumate likes to say that any dress is right for any venue or season, if the bride who has chosen it knows that it is right for her. Grandma Suzie is wonderful, but opinions are just that. Don't be swayed by those with something random to say. Hug them, and know that you've chosen well.
Believe in your instincts
And by believe in your instincts, we mean: BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. Trust yourself. The same way that you knew that your spouse was the one, you know the same about your gown. Trust that. At Bridal Traditions, we want each bride to feel seen and heard. Give yourself that same gift of respect, and once you've chosen THE ONE, get excited about all the other details of your day. You'll wear your dress with more pride if you've chosen it with faith in yourself.
Trends or New traditions?
Traditions hold fast in certain sectors of our life, and that is certainly true in the wedding world. We love being a part of the traditions of our ancestors; we seek a union with the person we hope to spend the rest of our lives with, and on same level we want to join the family of "married folks." But we are also eager to shed those aspects and dried up conventions that no longer suit us, and embrace new traditions. Do we call these trends or new traditions? You decide! Here's what you can expect to see more of at 2023 weddings.
Creative Photo Booths
Masks are great; theatre curtains are fun; a themed back-drop can pull people into your vibe, but everyone loves a photo booth and they will be popular probably forever. In 2023, couples may consider setting up a fun and beautiful space where your guests can celebrate you with funny signs, gather in friend clusters, or even just capture a lovely shot of themselves that will always remind them of your day. People love a selfie in front of a mural on vacation. Give them that chance at your party.
... whenever possible. Be it during the wedding, a cocktail hour before the reception, a gathering before the ceremony even where people get to know each other, or the reception itself, get your guests outside, and set up ways and places for people to gather. Often decor presents itself during the season, but with chairs, tables, lanterns and music, OUTSIDE is the place to be.
We buy packages when we travel for personal or professional reasons, and now wedding venues have jumped on board and are doing more than just the catering and event set up. Couples who want something gorgeous but tidy and inclusive are choosing to go with wedding packages that provide the "soup to nuts" experience for themselves and guests.
Grazing Tables for Guests
We've all done the sit down dinner or brunch, and the ongoing buffet with every type of vegan option, pasta option and animal protein option. People tend to love all of it because they came to celebrate you, party and eat. In a more casual vein, grazing tables with charcuterie and "build your own" food opportunities are going to be hip in 2023. Don't overlook this as an idea when planning your reception. You can feed the guests who need sustenance and have traveled 1000 miles, as well as those who need fuel to keep dancing the night away.
Remembering Those not Present
This trend became more of a staple a decade or so ago, and it is not going anywhere. We at Bridal Traditions love it too. Whether they are serving out of country or have passed away, including those dearly departed is a sweet and meaningful addition to any 2023 wedding.
Weddings in North and South Carolina have no shortage of these. Create your ceremony or reception, if not both, around a lovely vista or landscape. A backdrop in an urban or natural setting grounds the moment and, of course, makes for incredible photography.
Whatever your theme, consider incorporating some of these new or trusted trends in your 2023 ceremony!
Guys, we know that you think there's very little room for you to show who you are at your wedding beyond colorful socks (which are fun by the way), because there is a theme or a palette or a plan in place, and the bride is almost always breathtaking. But you do have options and your new wife will appreciate that you've thought through what YOU will wear before and on the big day.
For 2023, here are some trends to consider.
Some grooms are going to skip the heavy suit or tux, the monochromatic traditional wear for something well-put-together, lighter and more simple. Many of our grooms in Wilkes County want to wear jeans or boots, or a blue suit instead of a tux. Do it. You can still pair these with a great jacket and tie.
More Hipster, Yep on your Wedding Day
Don't walk away from the suspenders, pocket squares, cuffed pants, and even rolled sleeved looks that grooms have been enjoying since the twenty-tens. These looks are still cool and totally stylish. They are also less formal.
TAn, Camel and natural tones
Tan isn't just for linen suits and summer. There are winter weights, gorgeous fabrics and smart cuts for athletic physiques, and again these work for more casual wedding days. Don't over look colors, guys.
And speaking of colors for Wedding Suits
Blue - and of course navy, taupe or grey - are all perfect options for grooms and groomsmen in 2023. If the black suit or tux is a non-starter for you, think color and think patterns too. Accessories are a way to shake a suit to life.
Don't forget accessories & Ties
Vests in patterns or complementary colors or textures, bow ties, patterned ties and the aforementioned socks, dress up a man's entire ensemble. Don't be bashful about cuff links, pocket watches, suspenders, and other elements that will show that you thought about your look for the day too.
Oversized, fitted and athletic cuts
Bridal Traditions carries more than just tuxes to rent. We sell suits in styles and cuts that are more flattering to all body shapes and styles. Shorter trousers, tapered legs, jackets that fit the body, are all available if you come prepared and know what you want. Come see us and we can see which styles, colors and cut work well for you.
It's YOUR wedding day, too! We know that the bride may have been considered the star in centuries past (and who are we kidding, she still is for the most part), but you should look amazing too. 2023 is going to be a great year for grooms as well. Do your research, think about your day and plan, and come to Bridal Traditions. We've got you guys!
The Wedding Setting
Broken Arrow Farm in Claremont, NC hosted the August wedding of Julia Wycoff and Garrett Coble. It's a lovely spot and for their late summer affair, they had a perfect landscape and gorgeous weather. Big vibrant trees, a barn with a low-country porch, and an enormous tent for the ceremony set the stage. Photographer Courtney Cooke captured incredible photos of this occasion.
Julia and Garrett are both in the textile business - with Julia working in her family's fabric business and Garrett working as part of an upholstery and sewing business. The ceremony took place under the tent and the reception in the barn. The pair incorporated sewing machines as part of decor at the reception, which was not only appropriate, but very cool.
This couple has known each other nearly all of their lives, through family and church and once they realized they were a pair, it was a done deal. They are about faith and each other, their hobbies and building a life together.
"I didn’t have anything specific in mind, but was looking for something that was flattering. I loved the look of a flowy A-line or a fitted dress, and I love lace and a little bit of sparkle. When I discovered Bridal Traditions on Facebook, I saw several dresses that looked perfect for me so I booked an appointment asap! After trying on a few dresses I knew I found the one."
"I loved the train and the appliqued lace detailing was so beautiful! I also love that my dress is both fitted and flowy. It truly was a blend of everything I wanted."
Julia's attire was form fitting underneath and flowing on top with lace - the best of both worlds for her. Once she added the veil and understated jewelry, the look was complete.
Bridal Traditions was thrilled to be able to outfit this bride and to share the wedding images where she looks so incredible. Congratulations to this sweet couple!