So this suggestion is not for everyone but it is definitely a way to save money while purchasing a dress. For myself, I have always been a little weary of purchasing anything online because I like to actually hold the item in my hands, try it on, and compare next to something else that I might like. What I have learned is that I am not like everyone else because there are some individuals that will shop online because they know what they want.
Recently, I worked with a bride that KNEW what she wanted and she had the best website for me to visit when it came to dresses. Of course, I never heard of the site but when I took a look at it, the dresses were beautiful AND the best part was that they were AFFORDABLE!
She and I had a long discussion about the "what if" it arrived and it wasn't as pretty as what she was seeing online or "what if" it didn't fit her the way that she had imagined. NOONE wants to have buyer's remorse because the dress is an important purchase.
Her reasoning was simple: the dresses were inexpensive enough that if she spent $150 and it didn't look the way she wanted it to look for her wedding, then she could sell it OR use it for something else. As far as the fitting, she knew that she would have to find a great seamstress to make the dress her own.
When the dress arrived, she was so right! The dress was beautiful and fit her perfectly on her wedding day. She chose a beautiful champagne color gown with a beaded bodice and sheer sheaves with beaded detail. She was absolutely stunning on her wedding day and she payed a fraction of the price.
The funny thing is, it wasn't part of the wedding dress line; it was part of the mother of the bride line which of course can come in white as well.
Remember to think outside the box when it comes to your wedding dress but to also pay attention to reviews if you decide to purchase from a store or even a website.
Flowers are absolutely beautiful...and can be pretty expensive. When you start factoring in the decor/floral for the ceremony, the wedding party, the reception hall it all starts to add up pretty quickly. Next thing you know, the budget is out the window.
Why not let the flowers do "double duty." As you can see within the photo, these aisle markers tied to the chair are in vases and ready for transport to the reception hall.
The wedding ceremony can be as long or as short as your vows allow and what a waste to see these beautiful flowers tossed when they can be used again.
At this ceremony, the bride and groom made use double use of the aisle markers, the floral attached to the white arbor where they said their vows and with the urns that flanked both sides of the alter.
When the ceremony concluded, A Charleston Event and the helpful staff of Rivertowne Country Club moved the florals into the reception hall. Because Keepsakes Florist planned ahead, the transition was simple. The aisle markers were quickly laid upon the cocktail tables, the floral urns were moved in front of the stage where the band played, and the florals attached to the arbor were placed within the buffet.
Special thanks to Photos by Glenna for sharing the image.
We all know that Charleston has many, many, many beautiful settings for weddings. Why not make the most of what these locations have to offer? Whether it is the Carolina Seas saltwater tank at the South Carolina Aquarium or the grandeur of the old oak trees at Middleton Place, there is a unique charm that can be added to your wedding day.
Keep things simple and take advantage of the natural beauty of the venue. Position chairs, tables, ceremony, dance floor around these areas and keep the focus on what the venue HAS to offer and how it can ENHANCE your event.
Take a look at our page of other amazing Charleston, SC venues.
Engagement season is in full-effect. As reported by TheKnot.com, 40% of engagements will occur between the months of November and January. (Very busy time for jewelry stores)
The excitement of planning a wedding - the food, the dress, the rings, the vows, etc - can sometimes make someone forget what is truly important.
Melanie Murray, a seasoned wedding officiant and owner of My Weddings Your Way had some advice to offer those brides planning a wedding.
"Every bride dreams of the perfect wedding day but there are times that things don’t go as planned. It is important to remember that everything happens for a reason.
Early one morning before for a beach wedding, I received a text from a bride informing me she had forgotten her cathedral length veil at home which was 3 hours away. Of course she was very upset so I advised her to call her florist and ask for flowers for her hair. No, this was not going to be the exact vision she had dreamed of for her “wedding day look” but it would all work out.
At times, couples forget that the most important part of the day is not the veil, the food, or the wedding décor. It is the commitment of their lives to one another. What matters is their love for each other and their future happiness together. As long as the two of you are together at the alter, you WILL have the “Perfect Wedding.”
You want to know the best part? The outdoor beach wedding had 30 mph winds that day so a cathedral length veil would have been a mess for this bride! See, things DO happen for a reason!"
Special thanks to guest blogger Melanie Murray