And now! A Little Note of Encouragement from Our Sponsor - Kelly, owner of Bridal Traditions....
Bridal Traditions just finished hosting our year's biggest week - The National Bridal Sales Event [July 21 - 28] and it was as wonderful, busy, hectic and exhilarating as it always is. More about that in another blog where I'll share details. But it got me thinking about the excitement of planning your wedding or prom, of being a bride .... the excitement of buying a gown, of being the star on your day and how that too is exhilarating.
It's also busy, hectic and you - the bride or excited prom goer - are not only the center of the day - you are the one around whom a WHOLE LOTTA STRESS flows.
I'm here to tell you that it doesn't have to be that way and YOU can control the process and the outcome by taking a breath and remembering what the day is about: celebrating.
Perfection is unattainable. I won't repeat that, but I will pause here so that you can read it again.
We bring a lot of stress on ourselves hoping to attain it. Your prom is a rite of passage. It's supposed to be fun. It's supposed to be about you celebrating that you're growing up and making memories with your friends before you move on after high school. Why would you want to disrupt all that joy and fun with unnecessary stress? Be you! Buy for you! Plan for you and those pals you love and go have an evening that is nothing short of a blast. That is, by the way, the whole point.
The same is true for brides. Ladies, your wedding day is one of the single most exciting days of your life, but it may not be the biggest. Are you with me? There may be kids, travel, adventures you never dreamed of and you should start that life with your partner having The Best Time!
It's an important day, but that's because it's a celebration, so the planning and execution shouldn't swallow you up with anxiety. Don't ruin your wedding day by over-processing and worrying about the show/event. It’s the beginning of your life. Don’t start it with stress. You and your partner need to come away with good memories.
I see it all the time when we're helping girls and brides-to-be at BT find a gown and discussing details. In fact I see it enough that I'm dedicating this blog to speaking up. My pledge is that if I and my staff can do our part in reminding you that stress shouldn't be an equation in these life events, we'll do everything in our power to do so. We'll do everything we can to keep it fun and light and about the memories you're going to make. I promise.
These events are celebrations.
Remember that when you find yourself in a joy-killing, soul-sucking moment over something that will be forgotten long after the day is over.
Store owner, Kelly has been in the bridal industry since 2000, when at the ripe old age of 20 she opened her first little store front on a wing and a prayer. She is a certified wedding planner (no, she does not plan weddings), and everything she knows about bridal and formal wear has come from, gut instinct, trial and error, and watching LOTS of What Not to Wear.