Keeping Your Guests Comfortable

Deanna’s Tuesday Tip

 

flipflopYour guests comfort can make or break your wedding. We have all left a party because our feet were killing us or our hair hurts from having it up all day.  But guests’ that are comfortable and having a good time are going to stay longer.  So try and think of ways to make sure your guests are nice and comfortable.

I have been to several weddings over the years, and the ones that stick in my mind are the ones that I truly had a blast at. The DJ’s were all amazing, the guests are all ready to get their party on, the open bar was flowing and they had the guests comfort in mind.  They had flip flops in a basket next to the dance floor to let the ladies take a break from their heels and a cooler with bottles of water for when the party was getting too hot.  If your wedding is in the winter, consider having shawls available for ladies with sleeveless dresses instead of having to take their coats with them everywhere.  For outdoor weddings, especially in the summer, have sunglasses out so your guests are squinting into the sun.  You could also make your programs into fans for your guests to cool off during your ceremony.

Plan your wedding with your guests comfort in mind and you will have an unforgettable day. Trust me the more fun your guests have the better your wedding will be.  You want your wedding to be talked about for years after as one of the best wedding’s anybody has ever been to, by keeping your guest happy and having fun yours will be the wedding of the decade!

 

With Love,

Deanna

Deflated

Deanna’s Tuesday Tip

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Congratulations, you’re engaged!! The moment you’ve been waiting for is now here, it’s time to find the dress you’ve always dreamed about.  I know you want to bring you’re close family and friends to help you select, but beware.

Being in the business for over 35 years, I’ve seen a lot of things, but this one is the most heartbreaking. The bride falls in love with a dress, cries and says how much she loves the dress.  Then it happens, one person offers their personal opinion and deflates the brides happiness.  This is typically the end of the appointment.  The bride cannot see the dress in the same light again.  The friend/family member has now put doubt in her mind, and although in her heart she loves the dress, she feels the need to have approval of everyone she brought with.

My piece of advice, when you find a dress that gives you that WOW feeling, don’t worry about what anyone else has to say. You are the bride and it is your day to shine!

With love,

Deanna

 

Brides Beware!

Deanna’s Tuesday Tip

There are so many great places online to find interesting and unique pieces for your wedding day. Every bride knows domains like Etsy, Zulily or even Ebay are always worth a look for bridal must haves. But what happens when what you receive isn’t what you ordered? Or if you ordered something ‘gently used’ and it is damaged beyond repair? There are so many unknowns with ordering online, and the pro’s do not outweigh the cons.

Unfortunately, there is no way to make sure that the person you are ordering from is reputable. Many designer websites have “Buyer Beware” columns that warn against ordering their designs from online sources rather than an authorized retailer. Many online sources use the designer pictures while producing knock-offs with cheaper material. This has become a huge issue with Brides wanting to be budget savvy during their wedding planning. Brides find their gown in stores, and then buy the dress through an online source thinking they are getting the dress they tried on, when in reality the dress comes in and it is completely different than their dream dress. Then brides are rushing around two months before their weddings trying to find a dress to buy off the rack and hoping they can find a dress that they like.

I suggest avoiding buying online for the important things like veils, dresses and headpieces.   If you want the quality and peace of mind that you are receiving exactly what you ordered, go through a reputable source.   There are other ways to save money, but the importance of the gown cannot be compromised.

With Love,
Deanna

A Touch of Color

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Deanna’s Tuesday Tip

When I say “Bride” what is the first thing you thing of? A girl all dressed in white; white dress, white veil, and most likely white flowers. What if we were to change up this image just a tad? How you ask? By adding COLOR of course! Color adds fun and depth to any photo! Now, don’t think I’m going to tell you to go get a bright purple gown to walk down the aisle in, we still like our traditions! I am thinking something on a much smaller scale. Adding small pops in your bouquet is all the color you need. Many weddings have at least two color themes, so find small flowers of the same colors to add to the bridal bouquet! Just the small touch of color will pull the bridesmaid’s dresses and groomsmen vests together in a visually pleasing way. This will also keep the wedding colors in the photos of just you and your groom.

Another way to add just a little bit of color to your wedding assemble is a fun pair of heels! There are so many great pairs of shoes you can find in all sorts of colors, so why not wear them on your dream day? This could also be your place to add your ‘Something Blue’ into your wedding.   Blue heels are a great touch of color and a fun twist on the tradition.

Whether you add it in your flowers or on your feet, a pop of color looks great in any photo! Explore you options, and don’t always think that white or ivory is your only option!

With Love,
Deanna

Photo Source: Theknot.com

Hand-Me-Downs

Deanna’s Tuesday Tip

Every mother’s dream is for her daughter to wear her wedding gown from back in the day. The only issue is that most brides want a wedding gown to call their own as well! So how can you incorporate your mothers’ gown into your wedding day? We have some awesome ideas that will delight your mother, and still give you your dream wedding gown.

One way to use your mothers’ gown is to add pieces of her dress to yours. If she had a lace trim maybe you could use some of it on a belt or in your headpiece. One of our brides had a great idea for her mothers’ dress; she cut the sleeves off her gown and used it to wrap her bouquet with the buttons coming down the front. Another bride used pieces of her mom’s gown as a handkerchief for her wedding day.

Make sure to ask your sisters before you decide to use your mom’s gown to make sure they weren’t planning on wearing it. We do not need a real life 27 Dresses moment! Obviously always ask your mom before you take scissors to her gown, but these could be unique and sentimental ideas that will make amazing memories.

With Love,
Deanna

Rainy Wedding Day

Deanna’s Tuesday Tip

Since it is such a rainy and gloomy day, I thought I’d write about the dreaded rainy wedding day. My advice- turn those lemons into lemonade! Rain is supposed to be good luck on your wedding day, and even though you think it’s not ideal, a rainy wedding day is still yours, and it’s fabulous.

That being said, make sure you have a back-up plan for weather. Try a fun umbrella that you could take some really unique pictures of you and your groom. You could also get your wedding party umbrellas as a part of their gift, and have matching umbrellas in the pictures. Another idea is to purchase some cute rain boots to show off under your gown, or better yet, have your whole wedding party wear rain boots and take a picture with all of your rain boots and dresses. I also recently saw a beautiful picture with all the bouquets in rain boots lined up on a porch.

There are so many cute and unique ideas to make your rainy day wedding perfect, so look at the rain as a good omen! Whatever you end up doing, your wedding day will be wonderful, sunny or not. Do not let a little thing like a rain cloud rain on your parade, and remember, there is a rainbow at the end of every storm!

With Love,
Deanna

A Thank You to Mom

Deanna’s Tuesday Tip

Your mother does so much for you, and now she is helping you plan your dream wedding. As much as everyone says it’s ‘your’ day, it is a little bit of hers as well. She has dreamed about this day for you just as long as you have, and has been by your side for every milestone in your life. So the question is; how do you thank her? Here are a few heartfelt ideas for gifts for your mother.

There are these cool things floating around the online store ‘Etsy’ called memorabilia jewelry. Basically you can write, for example, ‘Love, Your Little Girl’ in your own handwriting and get it engraved onto a necklace. They have bracelets, necklaces, and even key chains! It’s just such a cool and unique gift for such a special occasion. This gives them something that they can look on for years to come and cherish the memories and love associated with it. Another idea is to (if you are crafty) embroidered a handkerchief for your mother (and mother-in-law) to use on the wedding day. You know there will be happy tears, so having something that you put time and effort into creating will really be a treasured memory for them to keep.

Anything you get your mother she will love and remember for the rest of her life. Make sure to buy something unique and heartfelt that tells her exactly how much she is a treasured part of your life. And if all else fails, send mom on a great vacation!!

With Love,
Deanna

Preserve the Memories, Not the Stains!

Deanna’s Tuesday Tip

You had your dream wedding, wore your dream dress and had the party of your lifetime, now what? Most brides find themselves asking what come after the wedding is over. You hang your gorgeous gown in your closet and think that’s all done. Most brides don’t realize that they should get their dress preserved. They see a few dirt stains on the bottom and don’t think it’s a big deal, and that preserving isn’t necessary. Take my advice, it is necessary! The longer you wait the harder it will be to get the stains out. Also there are so many stains that you can’t see yet, like Sprite or white wine, that show up much later when the sugar in the liquid oxidizes and turns into those brown stains, EEK! Make sure to use a reputable heir looming company, not a dry cleaner that puts several gowns in a washing machine at once. Gowns should be handled with the utmost care, not put into a factory line and treated like any old shirt.

If you are worried about never seeing your gown again, don’t! Many companies, our favorite being the Wedding Gown Preservation Company, have a see-through front so you can still gaze upon your beautiful dress whenever you want. This also prevents gown mix-ups and opening the box 20 years later and realizing you received the wrong gown. You picked your gown with love and care, now take care of it after the wedding so it will be gorgeous for years to come.

With Love,
Deanna

Something Old…

Deanna’s Tuesday Tip

Back when I was planning my wedding I had a huge dilemma on my ‘something old.’ I had my something new- the dress, something borrowed – mink stole of my mothers’ and something blue- my garter, but I couldn’t figure out my something old. Finally after digging through some old pictures I found the perfect heirloom to carry on my wedding day, my mother’s handkerchief. I carried it with my bouquet and had the memories of my mother with me as I walked down the aisle. There are so many unique ways to incorporate family pieces into your wedding day that create wonderful memories for years to come.

Here are some fabulous ideas on how to entwine your past with your future. The bouquet is a great place to put heirlooms, it’s held close to your heart and can be captured in pictures. One of my favorite memories from my wedding is my grandmother giving me her brooch and my grandfather’s holy medal he carried with him through the war. I had them clipped to my bouquet and a rosary entangled in the roses. This made for special memories I can look back on with a smile. Other brides have taken the same kind of heirlooms and placed them on the dress itself, either on the inside of the gown or as a centerpiece in the details. If you want to incorporate something with your groom ask your future Mother-in-law if you can have a piece of his baby blanket (cut into a heart) and have it sewn into your gown. Another idea is to take your mother’s veil and use that to wrap your bouquet or intertwined with the flowers themselves.

Heirlooms are such a wonderful way to involve the people you love in your wedding. Grandma, Mom and Mother-in-law will be so happy you asked them for something to carry with you and you will feel a special kind of love when you see them on your wedding day. The wedding day is all about the bride, but don’t forget to include the people that made you who you are, and how much they love you.

With love,
Deanna

2 Dresses, 1 day???

Deanna’s Tuesday Tip

When you are shopping for your wedding dress, there are lots of factors to consider: price, style, bling, lace, train and even color. When brides are narrowing down their selection they often consider one other factor: can they wear it all day? This question often leads to a debate about wearing a second dress, a sort of costume change, for the reception. Brides start dancing to the music in their heads and the friends and family who have come along to experience the magic moments of dress shopping create a mini-mosh pit in an attempt to see how well the bride and dress will stand up to dancing.

Changing into a second gown seems to be a trend worth taking a second look at. The traditionalist in me would never recommend a Wonder Woman-like change. But just like marital disagreements, it is a good idea to look at both sides of the story.

Ask anyone who has worn a bridal dress or sells one, bridal gowns are not designed for comfort. With rare exception, wearing a bridal gown is going to be a bit uncomfortable. You probably are not used to wearing that much fabric, lace, beading and tulle all at one time. The gowns are surprisingly heavy and sometimes downright bulky. Wearing a dress with any length of train makes moving quickly a wish only a fairy godmother could grant. So why wear your wedding dress all day? Because it is your wedding day! Your wedding day is the one and only day you will get to wear your dress, so cherish every special minute you are in it. Not mention, getting every penny out of your dress investment.

Instead of purchasing a second dress for your wedding reception, consider purchasing a beautiful dress for your ceremony rehearsal and dinner. Wearing a beautiful dress the night before will build the excitement and anticipation for those who have not seen your wedding dress and the entire next day. Lots of pictures will be taken at the rehearsal event too, so dress the part and dress up a bit.

If you have your heart set on changing into a reception dress, then go for it. Your guests will be surprised by the change, so be prepared to wow them. Choose a truly stunning dress which fits the theme and setting of the wedding. You might even want to choose a second dress which really shows off your unique personality or your cultural background. Some wedding dresses just were not designed to cut the rug, so if you are a crazy dancer, changing out of your traditional dress just might be the best option for you and the dress.

Only you can decide if you are going to wear one dress or two dresses on your wedding day. If you are looking to be traditional, then stick with the same dress for the ceremony and reception. If you are seeking a mix of traditional and contemporary, then go with a traditional dress for the ceremony and then a party dress for the reception.   No matter what you wear, the day is about you, not the dress or dresses.

Happy dress shopping and I hope to see you at Volle’s soon!

With love,
Deanna