How to find a Bridal Gown within your budget

 

Like most brides, the thought of searching for the perfect bridal gown can be exciting, stressful, and challenging. It can be exciting that the time for visiting bridal gown boutiques has finally arrived and you will finally see yourself as you’ve always imagined you’d be on your wedding day. As you enter the boutique you will be greeted by bridal gown experts, offered champagne, and whisked away to a private area with three way mirrors, veil options, and plenty of bridal shoe possibilities. Your level of excitement will be beyond explanation as you explain your vision to the experts…only to realize you have no idea what you really want. This is when the stress kicks in. Most brides find it challenging to narrow down the many bridal gown possibilities. After experiencing this with a number of clients, I’ve devised a method in which to assist brides with selecting the perfect bridal gown.

Berta Bridal Gown

Berta Bridal Gown

 First, the most important element when searching for your bridal gown is budget. It is important to determine the percentage of the budget allocated to your bridal attire. This would include the bridal gown, shoes, and all accessories (head piece, jewelry, etc) need to complete your wedding day look. While some brides have a larger budget for this aspect of the wedding, other brides are wanting to remain economical in the sense of where their funds are used for the big day. For brides of the latter, simply consider your budget early in the planning process. Have a chat with your partner, and/or whomever is assisting with funding for your special day. Be sure to discuss any plans to change into reception attire (a increasingly popular trend) as this will need to be included in the budget as well. When the agreed percentage is determined, stick to it, there is nothing worse than budget conflict while planning such a special occasion.
Berta Wedding Gown

Berta Wedding Gown

Second, once the budget for your bridal gown is determined, the next plan of action should be style. Your bridal gown should reflect the feel/theme of your wedding. If your wedding will be of a more formal setting, your bridal gown should have a more formal presentation. On the other hand, if your wedding is informal, vintage, etc, try to pull those details into your gown as this will be a great way to tie in those intricate characteristics. Also, It can be beneficial to consider the season your wedding is scheduled to occur. If getting married in the summer, it may be a good idea to consider lighter fabrics for yourself as well as the wedding party. If your wedding will be held in a cooler climate the opposite is likely best. Regardless of your weddings theme/style you’re sure to find the perfect gown for such a perfect occasion.

Berta Bridals

Berta Bridals

Lastly, it’s time to consider the fit of your gown. The design of your gown is very important when considering how it will flatter your figure. Believe me when I tell you, there is a gown out there for every woman. Whether your tall, short, petite, or full figured, there is a gown waiting for you to give it a whirl. If you’re stuck between more than one style, try on as many options as possible.  Doing this will help you narrow down the most flattering fit, allowing you to then focus on finding the perfect gown in that particular fit. There are a variety of necklines, fabrics, lengths, and silhouettes to choose from but being conscious of what compliments you is most important. It’s perfectly normal to visit multiple boutiques. Doing so will ensure you’ve exhausted as many all options before making your final decision. You only get to wear your wedding dress once in your life, so make sure the gown you choose is a direct representation of your style.

Adhering to these three major tips can guarantee you’ll find a flattering gown, that matches your wedding style, but within your wedding budget.

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Author, Brittany Champion, specializes in weddings and both, formal and informal social affairs. Brittany can help you plan your dream marriage proposal, from the moment you decide to pop the question, to the moment your significant other says, “Yes”!

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Who does not want to get stunning curves and have the best shape in your wedding dress! for those love handles and little mischievous bulges that manage to escape from here and there…
We all know that a perfect bra and panty can do miracles for your curves and what more, if it is a perfect Shapewear to wear under your bridal dress and give your wedding dress the Bling, the sparkle, the magic it needs .

It is not about showing anyone  you know you are gorgeous inside out it is about the confidence you need to be comfortable in your wedding dress, it is about you! after all it is your special day!

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High Waist Slimming Cincher

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High Cut Panty Shaper

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Fabulous Lace Hip Hugger Control Panty

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{Guest Post}Like a needle in a haystack – Finding the right wedding venue

Weddings are among the biggest events in a person’s life. It’s the most planned for, talked about and photographed event, with the possible exception of having a baby. Nothing else compares to wedding planning in terms of venue, number of people involved and theme decisions. The first big decision, the one that leads into every decision afterward, is the venue. Finding the perfect venue can be like finding a needle in a haystack. But when you do, it’s as good as gold. So what’s the secret to finding the perfect wedding venue?

 

TIMING AND BASIC CONSIDERATIONS

 

Begin thinking of and checking out locations for your wedding within a few minutes, (ok that may be pushing it!) or days of having the engagement ring placed on your finger. For many, it may be as simple as the chapel or church where you were baptized.

Wedding location

Wedding location

 

For others, it’s a much more difficult process. Considerations include whether relatives and friends are local or scattered in far flung locations, various taste and style options, different religions, budget and more.

 

SEPARATE DREAMS FROM REALITY

 

Considering Budget While Choosing Wedding Venue

Considering Budget While Choosing Wedding Venue

Your budget will have the most impact on your venue choice. Weddings can be as simple and inexpensive as saying “I do” in the backyard on a nice day to intricate and expensive as the ballroom of a castle in Europe. Most brides will fall somewhere in between when choosing a venue. Consider your budget first because the venue can take a big chunk out of it. If you have $25,000 and securing a small yacht for the night takes 35% of it, you’re spreading the budget very thin for other bits.

 

SIZE MATTERS

 

What size of wedding venue to choose

What size of wedding venue to choose

Yes, size matters, especially regarding the wedding party and number of guests. Will you have a small intimate ceremony or will it remind you of a scene from the classic movie Father of the Bride where all 500 potential guests accept their invitation? In other words, a tiny chapel hidden in the mountains accessible only by dirt roads will not properly accommodate a wedding party and guests above 25-30 people. Nor will it be appropriate to book a 200 couple capacity ballroom for less than half that number of guests.

 

Wedding Venue ideas

Wedding Venue ideas

Destination weddings have become wildly popular among couples of all ages. The most popular locations include beach settings or boutique hotels  but mountain ranges, tree lined parks and skyscraper rooftops also make for stunning weddings. Many hostels and hotels, both boutique and chain, offer wedding packages that make planning easy and can work with a wide range of budgets.

 

 

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

 

unique wedding venue

unique wedding venue

When it comes to finding the perfect venue, sometimes thinking outside the box enables you to come up with a brilliant solution. Here are a few suggestions that range from practical and traditional to the adventurous and daring.

 

  • Chapel / Cathedral
  • Park
  • Quiet city street
  • Sports bar
  • Farm / Ranch
  • Sports stadium
  • Theme park
  • Train / bus station
  • Old town city center
  • Museum
  • Library
  • Boutique hotel
  • Hotel ballroom
  • Restaurant / bar
  • Hostel
  • Sailboat / yacht / houseboat
  • Beach
  • Underwater
  • Ballooning / sky diving

 

unique wedding locations

unique wedding locations

One couple decided to get married in the chapel of a funeral parlor. The chapel was beautiful and being attached to a funeral home didn’t bother them. In fact, it added the solemnity and hilarity in equal portions as they vowed “till death us do part.” Plus, the staff members were so excited to plan a happy event, they really knocked themselves out to make the wedding special.

 

GO AHEAD, ASK THE SILLY QUESTIONS

 

When you decide to book a venue and begin the actual process, please don’t be afraid to ask questions. Ask a lot of questions, even if you think they’re silly.

 

FOR OUTDOOR VENUES

 

  1. What do you suggest as a backup plan to bad weather?

 

  1. Is the venue handicap accessible?

 

  1. Is first aid offered?

 

  1. How close is the nearest hospital?

 

  1. What kind of wildlife can be seen in the area?

 

INDOOR VENUES

 

  1. How many staff members will be available?

 

  1. How many weddings are done in the average month?

 

  1. What exactly is included in the package price?

 

  1. How soon do I need to book for a specific month or time of day?

 

  1. Do you offer catering or have suggestions for a good caterer?

 

Saying yes to the question “Will you marry me?” was the easy part. Once you sort the venue, you can start planning the invitations, decorations, food, flowers and all the other details that will come together for your special day.

Author Freya Tonks is a PR and Digital Analyst for Pier One Sydney Harbour and specializes in wedding photography, design and hospitality and she enjoys sharing her insights on these areas of expertise.

 

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Simple Ways to Dress up your Wedding Without going broke

Author Renee Krejci

I get a lot of brides ask me how they can dress up their wedding décor without going broke or having to spend a lot of money. They want to make an impact in simple ways. I love helping brides come up with such solutions. Below is just a few of what we came up with.

All pictures below are from weddings I have personally coordinated and designed. I’m happy to share them with you. Pin if you’d like.

1. DIY Paper Flowers on wall and Drapery

Here the bride made paper flowers with tissue paper. We put small cardboard backings on them and stuck them to the wall. The wall itself was nice, but it had a basketball hoop on it. We added drapery in the middle to cover it. We didn’t want to cover the whole wall, just the basketball hoop. Drapery can be inexpensive if you get the right fabric.

wedding decor paper flowers

wedding decor paper flowers

2. Candles

For this ceremony we dressed up the church with candles. The bride didn’t want to add more flowers. It was an evening ceremony so candles really made this awesome. We had candles of varying sizes.

Candles Decor

Candles Decor

3. Banners

The bride and groom wanted to dress up the tent a little but didn’t want tulle. They didn’t want to buy any more lights. So, they came up with banners to hang across the tent with varying colors. We strung them on ribbon and hung them every 10 feet. It really added to the whole look of the inside of the tent. It added great color to an all white tent.

Banners Decor

Banners Decor

4. Floating Candles in Cylinder Vases

The bride did not have a big budget for centerpieces. She wanted something elegant but not expensive. We came up with 3 cylinder vases in 3 different heights, a floating candle in each, and then in between each vase touching we placed a dried orchid. It added a touch of color and looked elegant like we wanted.

Floating Candles in a glass

Floating Candles in a glass

These are just a few ways to add some simple, somewhat inexpensive and elegant touches to your décor for your wedding. Every little detail makes a big impression. Get inspired. Get creative.

Do you have any ideas to  to share? Let us know in your comments.

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 Author Renee Krejci is a wedding planner and owner of RCK Weddings & Design, LLC.  She has been planning, designing and coordinating weddings and events for 14 years. She is a wife and mother of 2 living in Virginia. Renee was a DIY bride and loves giving tips and ideas to aid the DIY bride.

 

 

Top 6 Luxurious Wedding Destinations

Author Maya Savanovich

What has gained in popularity lately are definitely destination weddings. Of course, everybody wishes for their wedding day to be perfect, memorable and special, but also, there are those who in addition wish for it to be different, one-of-a-kind, or simply, more than a traditional wedding. Since it is hard to make anything new out of traditional weddings, brides and grooms resort to making their tying the knot special at some extravagant places. It is possible to have a ceremony that breathes with style, luxury, elegance and is fabulous. If you had something like this in mind, one of these places might be the one for you or at least inspire you.

 

Ravello, Italy. Ravello is a small quaint town, with not many tourists but somewhat of a private atmosphere. Situated on Amalfi Coast, it offers astounding panoramas of the Mediterranean, sunny weather and crystal blue waters. One of the most famous, luxurious and finest hotels in a hilltop village of Ravello is Palazzo Sasso, a 12th century Italian villa where you can have a memorable wedding ceremony. Here you can enjoy calm walks, beautiful nature of lemon groves, wild flowers and some of the historic sites such as the Cathedral of our Lady of Assumption, dating from the 11th century.

 

Ravello, Italy

Ravello, Italy

 

ravello-italy

ravello-italy

Ravello, Italy

Ravello, Italy

 

Santorini, Greece. Without a question, Santorini is one of the most desired wedding destinations among the newlyweds. Breathtaking sunsets, magnificent nature and fantastic beaches will make the stay unforgettable. Small town settled on the hillside will give you a scent of an old time, while the venues you can choose for the ceremony are an 18th century sailing ship, a traditional winery located on a volcano crater, a luxury yacht catamaran, one of the spectacular black sand beaches and many others.

 

Santorini-Greece

Santorini-Greece

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

 

Santorini, Andronis Suites

Santorini, Andronis Suites

 

Bali, Indonesia. The colorful scenery of hills, mountains, sandy beaches, rugged coastlines, lush nature and yet volcanic hillsides are what made this paradise be called the Island of the Gods. So why not celebrate saying your vows at such a place. Bali, as one of the most exclusive and opulent world destinations, is a home to Bulgari Resort, where you will find nothing but elegance, sophistication and influence of high Italian style.

 

Bali, Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia

 

Bali, Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia

 

 

Hawaii. USA’s most popular wedding destinations are definitely Hawaii. When planning an extravagant or posh wedding, first you must choose the island that best suits your interests and personality. If couples are more for a beach wedding, Oahu and Kauai are the best. Maui speaks to the romantic ones, while the Big Island will get you away from the crowd and closer to astonishing beaches, calming waterfalls, lively rainforests and even snow-capped mountains.

 

Hawaii, USA

Hawaii, USA

Hawaii, USA

Hawaii, USA

 

Viceroy Anguilla, Meads Bay, Anguilla. If going for a real wedding paradise, you will find it against the Caribbean Sea, on this elegant, stylish, upper-class property, which lies between two white sand beaches. Once you decide on one of the numerous fascinating venues, you can lay back and enjoy watching the sunset. As far as the service and catering are concerned, there are no limits. Inviting, isn’t it?

 

Viceroy Anguilla, Meads Bay, Anguilla

Viceroy Anguilla, Meads Bay, Anguilla

 

 

Viceroy Anguilla, Anguilla

Viceroy Anguilla, Anguilla

 

Buenos Aires, Argentina. The most elegant area in Buenos Aires where you can find the best restaurants, antique shops, boutiques and cultural centers is also the place of the Alvear Palace Hotel. With guestrooms and suites remodeled according to European elegance combined with the newest technologies, this hotel is rated as being of the classic luxury style. The Lobby Bar will add to your own feeling of elegance while you are drinking your favorite cocktail or appetizer. Besides the exceptional food and the most refined French cuisine, guests can enjoy the remarkable selection of wine, cigars, drinks, as well as the best chocolates in the world.

 

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

If you wish to avoid or do not want to think about the documentation, ceremony and reception, you can arrange a wedding planner which now practically every wedding venue offers. Rest assured that your wedding banquet will have a refined catering guaranteed, upscale reception, excellent cuisine and attentive personnel. A ceremony, such as the wedding, should be remembered by the extravagant venue and delicious food of tastefully genuine flavors. Newlyweds should have the opportunity for their special day to be unique while they are surrounded by their loved ones.

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Maya Savanovich is a wedding and a fashion blogger. She loves writing about wedding and fashion trends, advice and tips. She has written for several wedding vendors and has contributed articles to various well known wedding blogs and websites. She loves a challenge and is always on the lookout for beautiful wedding pictures and awesome ideas.