Buying at Volles from Volle’s Bride Lulu

If you are reading this, congratulations on your recent engagement! Does calling your significant other
“fiance” give you butterflies? I know it did for me, it made me giggle every time I referred to him as my fiance. Being a soon- to-bride is just as exciting as planning your wedding. Planning your wedding shouldn’t feel like work, if so you are doing it wrong! Allow yourself to enjoy every second of it because you only get to do it once, so let loose and have fun!

Every brides dream is to look like a princess on their wedding day. So finding the right dress is ideal and takes most of your planning time. Here are some tips I can give you. Start looking for your dress as soon as you and your fiance set the date. Ordering a dress can take months to arrive, usually your receive your dress 3 months before your wedding date. So depending on what dress style and designer you pick, time will vary. Some places might take 9 months to a year in order to get your dress in. Before you make any appointments, make sure to collect some ideas and dress styles you like. Some of us knew what they wanted before they got engaged…*cough*cough, I knew exactly what I wanted.

Make sure you do your research on what each bridal store has to offer, what designers and styles they carry. I had the chance to look for my wedding dress at a local boutique in Lake Zurich called Volles Bridal Boutique. A boutique such as Volle’s is so unique because of it’s history as well as the interior of the store. The staff was very friendly, helpful and made the experience fun and stress-free.

So why go to a boutique versus going into a big chain store that seems to have everything. I’ve had experience on what it feels like to walk into a boutique vs chain store. There is a ‘je ne sais quoi” feeling about a boutique. I find them very unique and with lots of personality. You never know what to expect to find in them sometimes. There is a warm welcoming feeling about walking into a boutique verses a chain store. I personally find chain stores very cold and mechanical and sometimes the staff is very rude and careless. Then it feels just like any other retail store at the mall. Boutiques are very personable in a way, clients get to receive their own attention making them feel very important. The best part of experience at Volle’s was that the owner, Deanna, was very much involved with helping me find the dress. I had tried on a couple of dresses and they were all so pretty, but I knew what dress I wanted. Lazaro was my dream dress. I showed it to my consultant and was told that this specific dress style was not in store. I was very bummed at first, but Deanna came to me and told me that they can bring in the dress for me. We made a second appointment and I was able to try on the dress and then I knew it was THE dress. I was in LOVE again, for a I said”YES to the dress.

At the time, my fiance and I decided to have our official wedding ceremony a month or two after I said yes to the dress. So I needed a second dress urgently since the ceremony was not our wedding date. We were still a year away from our wedding date. I went to Volles again, and had to ask if it was possible to get a dress in less then three weeks and of course it isn’t. BUT they had some sample dresses in my size and I asked if they could sell me a sample dress. Deanna is very kind and I was able to get a dress. It fit like a glove and looked brand new! Of course it needed some alterations! They do everything in their alterations department and their seamstresses are very reputable.

I was very blessed and lucky to walk out of Volle’s with two wedding dresses for two different occasions. Volle’s made it possible for me, and it was truly the best customer service I have ever had. I can guarantee that you definitely get the royal treatment at Volle’s!


Floral Trends

Baby’s-breath is making a come back.  Planning a black tie affair or a shabby chic rustic wedding,baby’s breath can be bundled to make some amazing budget friendly arrangements.

Send your bridesmaids down the aisle with some forever flowers, check out these  wooden and clay bouquets.

Blingy hair pieces aren’t for everyone, finish your hair off with some seasonal flowers.

Carry out your floral dreams with a whimsical floral chandelier.


Check back with us next week for tips and tricks about picking the perfect venue.

When, Who and How Much:Buying Basics with Deanna

We recommend purchasing your dress one year prior to your wedding date.  Most gowns take about 6-8 months from first stitch to last snip. In addition to the 6-8 months for the dress to be created, you’ll want to leave time for alterations.  Depending on the dress,alterations can take 2-3 months.  Our best advice is to shop early and enjoy the process rather then rush through and be stressed.


The smaller the group the better.  We get it, everyone wants to be included in the process of picking the perfect dress, but remember and repeat after us it’s YOUR dress.  You need to love your dress and have probably dreamed about what it should like for months, don’t let others opinions stray you from your dream dress.


Do a little research and have a budget in mind before shopping.  Volles  serves brides with budgets ranging from $1400-$8000  Make sure you communicate your budget and desired style to your consultant so you can say YES to your dream dress while staying within budget.

The Knot offers a great wedding budget calculator.

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Who Should Pay For What?

wedding expensesChances are, you’ve probably been dreaming of your wedding day since you were a little boy or girl. You may even have the perfect dream wedding completely planned out in your mind– but I’d be willing to bet your dreaming didn’t include the part where someone has to pay for everything you picked out! Traditionally the bride’s family pays most of the wedding expenses. Although this rarely applies these days. The line of who pays for what in today’s day in age is definitely blurred. Traditions say it is the bride and her family who are to pay for the dress, accessories, flowers, photography, transportation, and the grooms ring. As for the groom, it is tradition that his family and him are to purchase, the brides ring, the grooms attire, his gift to the bride, the officiates fee, plus accommodation and transportation, rehearsal dinner, lodging for the wedding party, and the marriage license. Although these “rules” are traditional, they are meant to be broken based on what is best for you and your family.

With Love,




What to Expect During your Alteration Process.


Before Your First Fitting

  • Decide which accessories — jewelry, headpiece, wrap, bag — you want to wear with your dress and buy or order them.
  • Buy your undergarments and bridal shoes. You must have your wedding day lingerie and shoes for all your fittings — a simple bra switch or change in heel height can cause your dress to fit improperly. The first fitting usually takes place about six weeks before your wedding day. Just like when you were shopping, it helps to bring one eagle-eyed friend or family member along for advice. And don’t forget your shoes, bra, and slip — along with any other accessories you have purchased — so you can see how everything looks together.

Your First Fitting

For your purposes, this fitting is to ensure two main things:

  • That your gown is the right size, the right color, and the right design (neckline, train, sleeves, etc.)
  • That your seamstress knows what she’s doing. A seamstress will most likely have an assistant (who could be the salon salesperson or another member of the salon staff) who helps you get into your gown. The seamstress should then begin looking for places where your dress needs to be taken in, let out, shortened, lengthened or altered — hence the term “fitting”.

Your Second Fitting                                  

  • In addition, you’ll want to make sure:
  • About a month before your wedding, you should have a second fitting. Again, bring along your foundation garments, bridal shoes, jewelry and any accessories you plan to wear on your big day.
  • While she’s busy fitting your gown, take a close look at the way the material falls and notice how the waist feels, how the chest area fits, etc. Is there any funny puckering, bunching or bulging? Look closely at the stitching, embroidery, or beading. Does everything seem well-sewn? Look in the three-way mirrors to view all angles, and ask for another hand-held mirror if necessary. Speak up if you see anything that you don’t like — or forever hold your peace. This is your time to be demanding, so give into any bridezilla impulses. The seamstress should be able to tell you why each problem exists, and what can be done to fix it. Of course, don’t expect miracles. This is why trying on the sample gown was so important: You should have had an idea of what you were going to get. But you are also paying big bucks for this gown, and it is your prerogative to have as many fittings as it takes to get the perfect fit. On that note, don’t forget to schedule your next fitting before you leave the salon.
  • All your concerns from the first fitting have been addressed and fixed
  • You can move comfortably in your gown
  • Your dress stays in one place as you move
  • There is no obvious wrinkling, bunching or pulling of material
  • If you have a full-length dress, that your hem skims the tops of the toes of your shoes

Your Final Fitting

  • When your final fitting is complete, schedule a date and time at least two weeks before your wedding to pick up your gown. When that day arrives, try your gown on one last time, especially if it’s been a while since your last fitting. We all know the ways stress affects our appetites, and if you’re suddenly too skinny for your gown you’ll have time to adjust it, or your diet.
  • When the day of your final fitting arrives, ask your mom and maid of honor to come along so they can learn about your gown. Does it need bustling? Ask the salesperson to teach them how to do it. Does it have complicated straps or buttons? Make sure they learn how to work them before the big day. Also, now’s the time to find out how to get rid of last-minute wrinkles. Should you use an iron? On what setting? Is steaming a better option? And what if you spill something on the gown? Are there certain products you should/shouldn’t use? *The Knot

With Love,     Deanna

Our Top Favorite Bridal Bouquets



There are so many different bridal bouquet types, so your wedding bouquet style is up to you.

Start your search with bridal bouquet pictures for inspiration. Search for types of flowers and colors you want for your wedding theme. Keep in mind the season of the year, depending on what time of the year will dictate what flowers are available. You don’t want to break your bank either! Once you have gathered your inspiration pictures, present them to the florist or wedding planner so they can create a look for you.

Here are some of our favorite bridal bouquets:

  • Cascade: The dramatic cascade bouquet features a “waterfall” of flowers that drapes down the front of the arrangement. Vines and orchids are popular in creating that look.
  • Hand-Tied: Freer that other bouquet styles, hand-tied bouquets can include a wide variety of flowers and greenery. To finish it off simply use ribbon, fabric, or twine to secure the bouquet. Hand-tied bouquets have a “fresh-picked” feel and are ideal for bohemian or rustic weddings.
  • Round: Round bouquets are formed into perfect domes, often using a single type of flower like roses or peonies. They are also often monochromatic, although they look just as beautiful featuring flowers in a variety of colors.
  • Nosegay: Similar to posy bouquets, nosegays place more emphasis on greenery. They are great options for bridesmaid bouquets, due to their small, compact size.
  • Pomander: Perfectly round spheres of blooms from the sweet pomander bouquet, which includes a ribbon handle at the top for carrying or displaying. We’ve seen them suspended from shepherd hooks along the aisle, and they are also perfect for flower girls.

With Love,



Spring Wedding Essentials


If you’re attending an outdoor wedding this spring, make sure you come prepared. It’s the season of fresh flowers and sunshine, but there’s always the element of surprise rain showers. Here are some of our favorite accessories to battle transitional weather and how to add a little flair to your wedding day style!

  • Sunglasses: A chic pair of shades will keep you from squinting and protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.
  • Makeup Setting Spray: A setting spray will keep your makeup in place, so you’re free to dance the night away!
  • Hair Shine Mist: Spring showers and humidity may sound like wedding hair killers, but they don’t have to be. The shine mist also creates a barrier from moisture and will keep your hair from becoming a frizzy mess.
  • Heel Protectors: Put your best foot forward this wedding season with heel protectors to stave off mud and keep you from sinking into grass.
  • Shawl or Cardigan: You never know with outdoor weddings, it can be hot one minute and cold the next!

I hope these tips help!

With Love,



Colored Stone Engagement Ring



Daring brides are straying from the traditional diamond when it comes to center stones. Several engaged and married celebrities are fans of the trend, such as Jenny McCarthy, Halle Berry and of course Kate Middleton! Go for a regal blue sapphire like Kate, or go the route of Halle with a vintage inspired emerald set in yellow gold. If you’re fiancé is looking to splurge on a colored diamond, canary yellow is another gorgeous option. But if you’re searching for a statement making bauble on a budget, stick with traditional gemstones.

Cost aside, a colorful stone can also add an extra meaning to a sentimental piece of jewelry. Choosing a birthstone, favorite color, or incorporating heirlooms are just a few of the many ways to personalize your ring. But you don’t have to ditch the classic white diamond all together. You can set your sapphire or ruby in a diamond studded halo and pave band or use the bright pieces as accents with a diamond in the center.

Are you a traditional bride? That’s ok! You can be daring with your wedding band, instead of going with the traditional gold wedding band or diamond studded band, opt for a colored stone wedding band.

With Love,


Steps on Planning a Wedding that’s Totally You!


Step 1. Think Big

The beginning of the process is the dreaming phase, so don’t worry about how it will work or how much it will cost. Picture your dream wedding! Ask yourself these questions.

  • Big or small? Should you invite everyone you know or your close friends and relatives?
  • Should it be indoors or outdoors?
  • Fancy, casual or black tie?
  • Season? Spring, summer, winter or fall?
  • Hometown or destination wedding?
  • Modern, romantic, classic, vintage or rustic?

Step 2. Inspiration Board

Spend some time looking at bridal magazines, blogs and real wedding photos. But don’t limit yourself to browsing the obvious sources. Did you see a wallpaper pattern or a pretty perfume package design you like? These are all great ideas to add to your inspiration board. Add fabrics, color chips, stationery and trinkets are all great starting points too. By doing this it will help you identify common threads and visualize how various elements will look together.

Step 3. Colors

The easiest way to make all of your wedding elements come together is to stick with one main color and an acent color, or two equally prominent complementary color for a bright contrast. But don’t feel limited to just two colors, adding neutral or metallic accents will make your palette robust.

Step 4. Vibes

Remember that the theme obviously affects the look of you wedding, but it can also set the tone. An evening wedding in a gilded ballroom meant to conjure the Roaring ‘20s will ramp the chic quotient up a notch, while a clambake on the beach will have guests kicking off their shoes and enjoying a beer right out of the bottle. Either is great as long as it feels right to you! You will want your personalities and passions to shine through, which is what eventually makes your wedding stand out and feel special.

With Love,


Reception Upgrades Worth Your Budget


There are so many different ways to spend your wedding money, from custom postage stamps to monogrammed napkins. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is blowing your budget on something that you will regret later, especially when no one

  • Lighting: Right lighting can help disguise sore spots like shabby ballroom curtains, and highlight your favorite details, such as the incredible centerpieces or your cake table. Decorative hanging lights, lamps with patterned shades or crystal chandeliers are also ways to transform a space from plain to exceptional.
  • Ceremony Décor: First impressions do matter. If you’re having an outdoor summer wedding, hang orchid leis, colorful ribbon streamers or sun catching glass ornaments on surrounding trees. For church weddings, create arrangements for the pews and entrance of the church. These arrangements can be reused at the reception tables, at the bar or entrance.
  • Entryway: Hire your florist to create an impressive display for the escort card table. Ask the servers to greet guests with glasses of champagne or a signature cocktail, so they feel taken care of from the moment they walk into the room.
  • Special Entertainment: Sometimes the best parts of a reception are the elements guests don’t see coming. Surprise them with a jazz trio or a famous band.
  • Late Night Snacks: Just when your guests think the fun is winding down cheer up the party with late night snacks to prepare everyone for an after party. If you provide comfort foods, the guests will wish the party would never end. Another great idea is to offer a hot coffee bar with different types of sweets.

With love,