Your wedding day may be one of the most important days of your life. Some girls dream about just how their wedding will look from a very young age and every detail is planned out before they even meet their future husbands. That being said, there is a lot to be done once the day arrives that you can stop dreaming about your wedding and start planning it. There have always been great tools to help brides (and grooms) plan their perfect day. Bridal Bazaars where couples can find vendors for everything from guestbook pens to honeymoon suites have always been a wonderful resource. However, today planning and finding out what is available is easier than ever with the rise of social networking.
I heard a joke the other day about a woman who had a Pinterest board for her wedding, though she did not yet have a boyfriend. While I chuckled because I know this to have happened, I also thought about how wonderful it is that us women can do this. Your wedding day is one of the only times in our lives when we get to live out a type of fantasy. We want to be surrounded by beautiful things and lots of love. Just what those beautiful things are and how we gather that love is different for everyone. This is what makes using social media in planning your wedding so wonderful. Everything you need to make YOUR perfect wedding is at your fingertips.
Perhaps you have always dreamed of having a Star Trek themed wedding. In times past, you may not have been able to see how that could work, but things have changed. Nowadays you can search the Internet and find Instagram pictures from other Star Trek weddings and Tumblrs devoted to sci-fi themed wedding cakes. You can not only see your idea come to life in front of your eyes, but find the companies who can make it happen for you. It is a wonderful world where wedding vendors, product artists and bridal parties can come together to create an experience that will leave everyone happy.
So while Star Trek may not be your thing, surely there is something that you would love to have incorporated into your wedding. I can guarantee that whatever that thing is, from riding a white horse down the aisle to a Cartier cake, it is out there on social media. So get Pinning, Tweeting, and Tumbling those wonderful ideas because you never know what you will find, or what you will inspire from your own wedding. Even if you don’t have a boyfriend yet, make that Pinterest board and we promise that we won’t tell anyone.
FIND YOUR DREAM WEDDING DRESS
… WITHOUT BEING A BRIDEZILLA
There has never been a more glorious range of choice in wedding dresses than you’ll find today. You’re certain to find a dress that makes you feel and look fabulous! Here are some tips for a good experience when shopping for your dress.
SHOPPING FOR YOUR WEDDING DRESS
Think ahead and shop well in advance. Most designers require four to six months to produce a gown so you should be shopping at least nine months in advance. Some brides purchase their gowns as much as 18 months before the big day. Shopping early will give you the most choices.
You’ll often get the widest range of choices at an independent bridal salon that can do special orders from designers with distinctive styles, rather than the mass market chain stores.
Find out if you should make an appointment with the store where you intend to look at wedding dresses. Many bridal salons prefer to have brides make appointments, and some require it. Find out ahead of time. If you make an appointment but need to cancel, let the store know in plenty of time. If you are not considerate enough to cancel an appointment properly, you are not enough of a grownup to be getting married.
Find out if the store charges a service fee for trying on dresses. DressFinder is seeing a growing trend for bridal stores to charge a consulting fee which is credited to the price when you order your dress. This is a sensible approach when you consider the store’s costs for providing services. You just want to know what to expect.
NO COMMITTEES, PLEASE
Go shopping by yourself, or with one or two trusted friends at most. This is YOUR decision, and you need to be able to listen to your own instincts about what dress makes you feel great. It’s easier to hear what your heart says if you don’t have a crowd with you.
GET A BABYSITTER
If you or the friends who shop with you have children, arrange for a sitter. This needs to be stressed: a bridal store is NO place for kids. While the adults are looking at dresses, a curious or bored child can cause hundreds of dollars in damages, or even get hurt. If you want to shop for a flower girl dress, arrange a dedicated outing to focus on that, and make your flower girl feel like a princess for the day.
Don’t be too dazzled by a big designer name. You can expect top quality from a top designer, but judge the dress, not the label. Your mission is to find the dress that will take the groom’s breath away and make him say a prayer of thanks as he sees you come down the aisle. The right dress will make your friends and family think, ‘What a beautiful woman!’ first, and ‘What a beautiful dress!’ sometime later.
Before you go dress shopping, make sure you’re freshly bathed and scrubbed, and wear pretty undies (no thongs, puhleez!). If your undies are too skimpy you might not be allowed to try on dresses. Wear little or no makeup. That protects the gowns, and it also lets you see more accurately which colors will be most flattering to your true skin tones. Avoid hairspray or perfume, and don’t apply hand or body lotion unless it will have at least an hour to be absorbed. It’s even more important to avoid tanning solutions. They can ruin a gown if the color smears. Wear small button or stud earrings, or even none, and certainly not big dangly ones that could snag on delicate lace. Simple pearl earrings would be ideal. Leave food or drink outside the store.
Wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off. Many bridal stores ask customers to remove their street shoes at the entrance, to help protect delicate fabrics and long skirts from picking up dirt.
Most salons will not have you wear shoes while you are trying on the gowns. You will usually be standing on a platform or stool as wedding gowns are cut long. Unless you are 5’9″ in your bare feet you will need a hem or you will need to request that your gown be made to the exact length to accommodate your height and shoes (this is called a hollow to hem measurement). The only time you would wear shoes is if you are being measured for a custom length. Most brides will have a seamstress hem their gowns and at this point you’ll need to have the shoes you’ll be wearing on your wedding day.
DressFinder strongly recommends that for your wedding shoes you stick with medium or low heels, or even wedding flip flops for the reception. You’ll be on your feet a lot on your wedding day, and aching feet can ruin your smile!
STICK TO YOUR PRICE RANGE
Decide on your budget before you go anywhere near a bridal store, and resist the temptation to try on more expensive samples ‘just for fun.’ Falling in love with a dress that’s out of your price range will either break your budget or break your heart. Try on dresses within the price range that’s realistic for you.
BRIDAL STORE STAFF
The bridal store staff will wait on you more closely than you’re used to when shopping for other clothes. It’s their job to help you find the dress of your dreams; it’s also their responsibility to be protective about the store’s expensive, delicate merchandise. So don’t feel crowded if a staff member comes right into the dressing room to assist you. Enjoy the attention!
If you end up comparing dresses from different places, make sure you have a clear understanding of what services will or won’t be included in your purchase price. Consider all related costs so you’re comparing true totals. A price that looks higher might in fact be very competitive by the time you add up all related costs.
COMMITMENT: FINAL SALE
Be sure you understand that when you order your wedding dress it is a final sale (bridesmaid dresses too). Buying a wedding dress is not like buying a mass-market T-shirt that you can return if you change your mind. Take that seriously, but don’t let it scare you. If you can commit to a man, you can commit to a dress!
GUARANTEES AND SERVICE
Be aware that many designers will only guarantee their gowns if they are purchased through an authorized full-service bridal store. There are too many fakes in circulation for them to take any other approach.
Something else to remember is this: the majority of local bridal stores are independently owned, and each store’s first responsibility is to their own customers. Do not purchase your dress from one place then expect another store to serve you if you need help with it. The store you purchase your dress from is the one that should look after you.
If you’re thinking of buying your dress from some discount service, be sure you understand the risks, and don’t waste the time of the real bridal stores in your shopping process. If you or your bridesmaids use a real bridal store to try on dresses, then leave and order the same dress from someone else whose no-service price is cheaper, you are not being a clever shopper, you are being a parasite. Your wedding dress is the last place you want bad karma from abusing someone’s services. Remember the Golden Rule.
Wedding and formal dresses are more closely fitted than ordinary garments. Dresses are made to standard sizes (which can vary from one designer to the next), so unless you’re having a couture dress designed especially for you (and paying couture prices!), expect the fit of your dress to be close but not exact when it arrives. It’s normal that your wedding dress will need to be altered to achieve the perfect fit for your unique contours. (Bridesmaid dresses, too.)
Allow for alterations in both your budgeting and your time planning. Some bridal stores handle alterations in-store; others will refer you to independent services. Altering a bridal gown is skilled and delicate work, and the seamstress is one of your most important partners. Note that it’s the complexity of the alterations that will determine the price, not the amount that a seam has to be taken in. Whether the seamstress takes it in a half inch or three inches the price will be the same.
Be aware that many manufacturers charge extra for larger sizes in certain styles. Be sure to ask about that so you know all costs to expect.
BE REALISTIC ABOUT SIZE. If you have major diet or exercise plans DressFinder.com suggests that you buy your wedding gown at your largest size. All gowns can be made smaller, but the opposite (called releasing the gown) is more difficult, more expensive, and rarely looks perfect. Sometimes, it’s not even possible to make the gown bigger as there’s just not enough fabric to work with. With all the stress of planning a wedding, weight loss plans often fall short of the goal. You don’t need the added stress of a dress that is too small and can’t be made to fit.
Even if your weight stays steady, your contours can change because of your activity levels, or even just the time of the month. Try to be measured for your final fitting at the same time in your cycle that your wedding day will fall. That can head off surprises.
Avoid the biggest fitting problem of all: don’t get pregant until after the wedding!
Have a backup plan for your wedding dress. The majority of dresses arrive on time and in good condition, but supply lines stretch around the world, and things can go wrong with special orders even from famous designers. With a full service bridal salon you’ll have an experienced team on your side to solve problems.
ENJOY YOUR CHOICE!
Once you’ve decided which dress is THE ONE, stop looking at other dresses and don’t try to second-guess yourself! Have faith in your own judgement, and enjoy the peace of mind that comes from having one of your most special decisions looked after.
Smile! You look gorgeous!
– Article by Elisabeth Archambault; Copyright Elisabeth Archambault
As a designer, I’ve traveled to my own trunk shows and see first hand brides getting married their choices, concerns, and ideas. Despite what we know about reality TV and bridezillas, not every bride is an exhibitionist, and not every bride is excited to be a bride.
Most women have not had tailored dress let alone a bridal dress before .
I am not sure how this happens but when a woman tries on my dresses, she is immediately transfigured. It may be due to fabric, or the definition of her body through the silhouette of the dress, and the natural flow and how it highlights her curves. She is shocked by her own beauty. She now can trust me. I suggest the same shape in lace, and she marvels at how skinny she looks and wonders at the many years she has professionally hidden herself in blouses and heavy black tights.
Next she asks , “Can we try a veil?” The moment a veil is placed on her I can see her eyes light up , happiness washes over her .Next we add her jewelry and she is delighted with herself.
Forgotten are the heartaches along the way ,the internal struggle of regrets versus survival and that suddenly in the mirror a vision of herself looking like she is in love, and looking like she is vulnerable, and even giddy with joy makes her uncomfortable. It is a woman that she does not know. It is the woman she used to be, reclaimed.
My work isn’t just about making dresses, it’s about helping women reclaim their identity, and embrace the truth of who they are. It is showing these beautiful, dignified, and intelligent women through the silence of the gowns, that they should expect to be coveted, loved, and admired not just for what they do and whether they’re successful, but for living within the acceptance, truth, and beauty of who they are.
Part of the creative process for me is not just creating, but watching the bride become who she is. There’s a transformation from the woman who entered D’Angelo Couture as a manager of sorts with a massive to-do list that included buying a dress, to the woman who sees herself as a bride, someone to love and be loved.
One of the most unforgettable and astonishing highlight of your life is your wedding day. Your wedding day is a God’s grace where both you and your beloved partner are called to be joined together as one. This is the very moment of the bride to look good above the others. Every bride wants to be the most beautiful during this special event, so the bridal accessories are very important.In every picture the most photographed is the Bride from her waist up. Your guests will be enthralled with your selection or custom jewelry designed for your unique vision for your special day. One of the major purpose of bridal jewelry is to add more charm to the aura of the bride. It completes the over all look of the bride, from the tip to toe.
We find it best see your dress if not purchased with us to best design your intended vision. If you can bring in your dress or a picture will help us select the best look for you
Choices are endless :
mix and match the color theme of your wedding or add crystal accents lightly,this tells your guests how clever you are and adds an element of fun.
All of our jewelry are designed by Diane D’Angelo and the looks range for estate to the most contempory .
We have several hundreds of choices for you to consider.
Brides tell us everyday that our selection is the best in San Diego and prices to match
Many jewelry designers agreed that Pearl is the best pick to enhance the over all look of the bride. Pearl makes the bride look stunning. It features a timeless and classic elegance that catches everyone’s eyes. Now, to help you determine bridal pearl necklace usage, here’s now:
Pearl necklaces comes from six different length such as collar, choker, princess, rope, opera, and matinee. The usual pearl choker is 14 to 16 inches long and stays at the collar bone, and this classic length of pearl choker is perfectly matched for the bride’s gown. This works perfectly with bridal gowns and any other wedding dresses.
A bridal pearl collar usually measures 10 to 14 inches long. This is madeup of at least three strands of pearls. This is perfectly matched with plunging neckline, strapless or a V-neck bridal gown. This type of pearl necklace adds an excellent look the over all look of the bride.
Unlike other necklaces, a pearl princess necklace measures much longer, it is usually 17 to 19 inches long. This type of necklace is very famous because of its versatility. If you will notice, pearl princess necklace goes well with any type of bridal gown. To be more creative, you can combined different types of pearl to create a pear princess necklace.
The opera necklace measure 27 to 36 inches long. This has to be worn typically with high necklines or wrapped into double strands. This is very famous among popular and leading fashion designers because of its classy look. Pearl rope is also commonly used if you want a heavy look of jewelry pearl wedding jewelry. The normal measures of a pearl rope necklace is 40 to 72 inches long.
For more information on bridesmaid jewelry and bridal accessory, visit our store conveniently located off of Camino de la Reina in San Diego! or check out this website www.lastmem.com be sure to email us to besure that item is in stock
For many brides the veil is an integral part of their wedding outfit. But knowing whether to pick cathedral over blusher, or fingertip over chapel can seem confusing unless you know exactly what you need. Your wedding will be the only time in your life when you will wear a veil so you should go for it. However, you will need to pick the right veil for your dress style or the entire look won’t work. Here is a quick guide to veil lengths and styles to help you with your choice.
A long veil is a dramatic and show stopping statement. These veils will fall below the knee and longer and work best for traditional, formal weddings.If you are getting married where the wind could catch your veil in a dramic photo I say go for it.
Long veil styles include:
Ballet or waltz: this veil usually falls between the knee and the ankle.
Chapel: a formal veil that extends to the floor, usually worn with a chapel or sweep train. Some chapel veils have multiple layers or a blusher veil.
Cathedral: the cathedral train is the most formal style of veil and is sometimes called a ‘royal veil’. It can have multiple layers or a blusher veil and is usually worn with a cathedral train in a very formal setting.
Medium length veils
These veils fall to waist length and will suit most dress styles and most occasions.
Styles of medium-length veils include:
Double tier: a two-layered veil, usually of different lengths, one of which may be the blusher.
Elbow: the elbow length veil is most appropriate in an informal setting. May be used in combination with longer layers to create the blusher or face veil.
Fingertip: a long veil that reaches the fingertips when arms are relaxed.
Mantilla: the traditional mantilla is a circular piece of lace or tulle with lace edges draped over a comb. It’s an alternative to more formal veils and may be any length between elbow and ballet.
Triple tier: a veil of three layers, usually of different lengths, one of which can be the blusher.
For a more a chic, sophisticated look choose a short veil. These work best with shorter dresses or more contemporary designs.
Styles of short veils include:
Blusher: a short, single layer of veiling worn over the face before the ceremony and then lifted back over the head.
Flyaway: a multi-layered veil that just brushes the shoulders which is less formal than other veil styles. A good choice for brides wishing to emphasize the back of their gown and is best worn with an ankle-length gown.
Fountain: a veil gathered at the crown of the head which cascades over the shoulders to form a fountain shape. Usually shoulder or elbow length.
Pouf: a gathered piece of tulle or netting that fastens to a headband, comb or headpiece to create height for the veil.
Cage : for the newest of styles ,the cage veil can give you that look that will have a simply chic attitude to your wedding day.Add a feather fastener to hold it in place.Remember this cage veil needs to be made for your shape /size of your head and it is similar to selecting a hat . Please make appointment for a custom fitting
We invite you to bring in your dress if you already bought it to make the best design choice for you/ you will need an appointment for this
You can also view the veil details just be checking this website www.lastmem.com go the Bridal Couture select that button then select the veils,cage veils that you want to see , Email us to be sure that your selection will be in-stock and at the store for pick up ..