I have said this once and I’ll say it again… hiring a bridal consultant is necessary. Not just for the planning purposes or for the vendor connections, but for what your besties and family members won’t tell you. Here’s what your bridal consultant should tell you.

WHAT YOUR BRIDAL CONSULTANT SHOULD TELL YOU

YOU LOOK BEAUTIFUL

Wedding dress shopping can bring out insecurities in any bride. Feeling insecure is a common emotion to have, however the appointment should leave you feeling confident and beautiful. The right bridal consultant will recognize the features that make you unique and beautiful and she will not only find a dress to accentuate those features; she should vocalize that to you.

ADVICE ON THE PRICE OF THE DRESS

Some brides save up for their wedding dress for years. Others; have it paid for in full from a family member. No matter where you are financially, your bridal consultant should be very honest with you about the price of a dress. If you want to try on a dress that is out of our budget, your bridal consultant should kindly tell you so that you are mentally prepared. A bridal consultant is not there to trick you or make you feel bad. She should be making this financial decision as easy as she can for you. And if you insist on the price of the dress, she should help you deduct your budget allocation from another part of your budget.

YOU SHOULD TRY SOMETHING NEW

It’s common for a bride to be so set on a dress style before she has even walked into a bridal salon. That can be helpful for the appointment, however the right bridal consultant will push you out of your comfort zone and encourage you to try something a little different. You would be surprised at how many brides end up saying “yes” to a dress that’s opposite of what they originally thought they wanted.

IN TOUCH WITH YOUR FEELINGS

There are times in an appointment where your mom will not stop crying about how beautiful you look, your sister is making passive aggressive comments, and your grandma is noticing (and criticizing) your tattoo for the first time (sorry grandma)! So when a bridal consultant is alone with you in the dressing room, she should catch on to your emotions and ask you how you’re feeling. With so many exciting, and nerve-wracking emotions; someone needs to help you calm down when the entourage is getting exhausting, and who better to do it than the consultant.

IT’S TIME TO STOP LOOKING

Even after you have selected your wedding invitations, you may feel the need to keep searching the internet for something else. This can be a slippery slope and cause you to feel confused about what style you actually want. Your bridal consultant should tell you it’s time to stop looking and move on to other decisions that need to be made. When you find the invitations you love or a dress you love, (similar to when you find a significant other that you love) you do not keep looking. You may like characteristics in another dress (or person) but that does not mean you need to keep shopping around. When you have found the one you truly love, let that be the one.

THIS IS HOW TO BUSTLE THE DRESS

Trumpet, ball gown, sheath, or mermaid… each wedding dress silhouette bustles a little differently. Your bridal consultant knows how each dress shape bustles and she should be able to show you at your appointment. The bustle can make the dress look different in the back so it is important for you to know exactly how the dress will look at each moment of your wedding.

WHAT TO EXPECT POST PURCHASE

Each bridal salon has specific rules and details you will need to know after you have put the deposit down on your dress. Some have rules of when the full payment is due, others specify whether or not they will store the dress for you once the dress arrives, and whether or not they offer alterations services. No matter the rules and expectations, you will want to make sure you’re fully aware so that there are no surprises months later.

Shopping for a wedding dress is a special and exciting time for every bride. The right bridal consultant will make you feel prepared and beautiful, all while keeping the end goal in mind; helping you marry the person of your dreams.

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SHOP WEDDINGS

Moms are like the busiest bees. They usually have jobs and in addition, they are the ones
doing all the stuff at home before and after work. Sometimes, they tend to forget some
schedules of which they need to be reminded of. With that being said, couples who are
planning to get married should distribute the wedding invitations to the members of the
entourage as early as possible.

With mom’s busy schedule, here are some shopping tips to be able to get the right dress for
the little princess. The tips will also be helpful to avoid rushing.

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SPEAK WITH THE BRIDE

Invitations are usually given first to those who are part of the entourage, hence if you receive
the wedding invitation, talk to the bride right away about expectations. This would include
what kind of flower girl dresses should the adorable girls wear. You can also ask if the bride
will provide the dresses of the little girls. In the event the bride provides the dresses, then you
will have saved the time to look for a fabulous dress.

SHOP AHEAD OF TIME

Having an adorable and confident daughter are indications of having a good candidate for a
flower girl on weddings. It may not be just on weddings but also in other events like beauty
contests. Hence, it is always best to be prepared with your daughter’s lovely dresses as these
dresses can always be worn anytime. It may be that there are requirements for some of the
occasions like weddings and so as a mom, once receiving the wedding invitation, you can
start shopping for white flower girl dresses, ivory flower girl dresses or flower girl dresses
according to the bride’s requirements.

CONSIDER THE BRIDE’S SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE DRESS

Most brides set the requirements of the flower girl dresses if there are two or more flower
girls. This is one of the reasons why it is very important to talk with the bride once the
wedding invitation is received to discuss further details about the dress, like the color, the
length and the style. Some brides allow you to freely shop according to the given
requirements while some would ask you to book an appointment with a boutique she has had
already contacted.

SHOP FLOWER GIRL DRESSES ONLINE

Shopping online will always be an option if you do not have enough time to go from shop to
shop. There are a lot of bridal sites that are not limited to wedding dresses and bridesmaid
dresses, but also have children’s dresses such as casual and flower girl dresses. The good
thing with other online bridal sites is a dress can be ordered in custom size of which all you
need to do would measure your little princess and place the order for the dress with the
correct measurements. Even if the dresses are made to order, they can still be delivered
within 2 weeks from the time you placed the order.

Don’t worry. You don’t have to complete your bridal look in one shop or in one day. Once you’ve determined your dress, you have time to get your look just perfect. Here’s all the accessories you’ll want to consider to complete your bridal look.

ACCESSORIES YOU'LL NEED TO COMPLETE YOUR BRIDAL LOOK

A VEIL

This is your one day and one day only to wear a bridal veil. Embrace it. Rock it. Style it. It’s your day! There are SO many styles of veils from sheer to lace, long, short, etc. etc. Find one that not only goes with your taste and personal style, but one that completely compliments your dress. This accessory will make you truly feel like a bride.

JEWELRY

You have to be careful with this one. Too much is too much and too little is too little. Work with your dress to determine what you need to stand out. Do you have a high neckline? Then maybe a bold earring, no necklace and a delicate bracelet. Or wanting to wear a family heirloom? Make that your centerpiece and have minimal other jewelry.

A CLUTCH BAG

Obvi you don’t want a shoulder bag on your wedding day (to make marks on your shoulder, etc. drama). Get a cute clutch bag in white, silver or gold. Whatever your fancy. And if it doesn’t fit everything you need.. well that’s what bridesmaids are for!

SHOES

Unfortunately with most wedding dresses you can’t even see the shoes. Cue the eye roll emoji. But that doesn’t mean they won’t be photographed for the detail shots and you will cherish them forever. You want to feel confident in the shoes you walk down the aisle in and that all starts with what you walk down the aisle that day.

BRIDAL BELT

Depending on your dress, you may or may not need this. I lot of brides like to add an extra bit of sparkle to their dress with a tied ribbon bow at the back. But this will not work for everyone. It goes really well on a mermaid or A-line wedding dress. If you want to add a little extra something to your dress, definitely try on several bridal belts to your wedding dress to see which one completes it.

HAIR ACCESSORIES

Whether that be a floral halo, bridal clip, crown-there is something to compliment that bridal veil. Try on different options until you know.. it’s the one.

 

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SHOP BRIDAL LOOK ACCESSORIES

The evening before your wedding you will have your wedding rehearsal followed by a pre-wedding ceremony dinner. This can take place at the same venue as your wedding or at a nearby restaurant or location. It is customary to invite everyone who attended the rehearsal, typically your bridal party (and their spouses or dates) as well as immediate family. In some cases the couple will also invite out-of-town guests as a thank you to them for traveling far. Now that you are on board with hosting your nearest and dearest, how do you know if a traditional rehearsal dinner or if a modern rehearsal reception is right for you? Here are the differences between the two in order to decide which one is right for you.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A REHEARSAL DINNER AND A REHEARSAL RECEPTION

THE WAY THE FOOD IS SERVED

Before you make a quick decision on this, there are a few things to unpack here. Do you have a killer venue where your guests may want to walk around like at a vineyard or a beach? Do your guests know each other really well or are most of them strangers?  How do you want your photos to look? Guests seated or standing and mingling? Do you want something more formal or casual?

At a rehearsal dinner the food is served traditionally with 3-4 courses. You can have an organized seating chart or allow guests to sit where they please. At a rehearsal reception the guests are standing at cocktail tables and served “heavy” appetizers. And by heavy that can either mean endless trays of mini bites like stuffed mushrooms or prosciutto wrapped dates or small amounts of filling appetizers like flat breads or mini burgers. Either way your guests will leave feeling full.

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THE SPEECHES

If you have a lot of speeches taking place at the rehearsal dinner to make more time for others at the actual wedding, a rehearsal dinner might be the best fit for you. At the rehearsal reception you could have your parents give a welcoming toast at the beginning of the reception.

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THE VENUE

If your rehearsal dinner is at a restaurant, you may not have a lot of creative options. However if your rehearsal reception is on a vineyard for example, your guests might want to take their glass of wine and walk up in between the vines, take pictures, then walk back for more apps, wine and mingling. By allowing guests to walk around it makes this occasion much more interactive and instagramable.

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SEATED VS. STANDING

At a seated dinner guests will only be able to interact with the people who are within arms length. Which may be a good thing depending on how people get along or by sitting people by others that they know well. With a rehearsal reception guests are free to walk around and interact with whom ever they please. It’s also a great time for you to interact with those you feel like you might have time to speak with during the actual wedding.

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REHEARSAL DINNER AND REHEARSAL RECEPTION DRESSES