Wedding Tips

1. First things first. Get a grip on the approximate number of guests you’ll invite before settling on a venue. This will ensure there’s ample space for your crew. Next, find your venue before your date. This will ensure you aren’t losing your dream venue because their already booked on your date.

2. Do a dress rehearsal. Practice getting dressed in your gown and accessories to make sure it all flows and you aren’t missing that finishing touch. You’ll also want to make sure you and your maid of honor can get you in and out of your dress and that she or your Mother is able to bustle the dress for the big day.

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3. Start researching and booking your vendors as soon as possible. It’s amazing how quickly vendors and venues book up. Not to mention, your will have more options to choose from and it will be less stressful knowing your vendors are secured as you get closer to your big day. Feeling overwhelmed we can help!

4. Feed your vendors. Vendors are people too and many of them are working long and hard hours to make your event flawless so why not give them some nourishment. Most venues or caterers will provide a “vendor meal” at a lower rate so make sure to account for all vendors when finalizing your food selections.

5. Stationary is a must. It’s not so important where you get your stationary (although we can help!) whether online or locally but you’ll need to consider; save the dates, bridal shower invitations, thank you stationary, bachelor/bachelorette invites, wedding invitations, new Mr. and Mrs. thank you stationary, etc. That is a lot of paper so make sure to find something that works well with your wedding and always proofread every bit of it!


6. Prioritize! Figure out what is important to you and your fiancé and go from there. Splurge where you choose and be flexible on the rest-it is a process but it will all fall into place.

Wedding Dress Shopping Tips

Wedding dress shopping is a rite of passage for us gals. It should be a fun, relaxing experience and a day where you can truly feel like a princess. But this is not always the case so we’ve rounded up some of the best tips we’ve learned to make the day the best experience possible!

1. First and foremost- set your budget! Just like with all the other details, you need to have a number in mind and stick to it. How much you want to spend is totally up to you and your fiancé but a rule of thumb is no more than 10% of the total wedding budget. And remember, just like with all the other details if you want to splurge- go for it- but you might have to cut corners elsewhere.

2. Start looking early. Now, this is hard for some brides and we get it, your tastes may change!  However, it takes a long time for a gown to be made, fitted, and sized specifically for you (approximately 5 months if not longer). Having said that it is not impossible to find a dress in a short amount of time just be aware that it may cost you a bit more $$.


3. Make an appointment. Most Triangle area bridal salons require appointments. Plus, it’s a good way to ensure you will have the undivided attention of your stylist.

4. Research, research, research. Browse bridal magazines, Pinterest, Instagram and other wedding blogs to find what you like and don’t like. Sometimes it’s even better to know what you don’t want than what you do. But don’t be afraid to try on everything because you may surprise yourself with how amazing you look in that mermaid gown.

5. Don’t invite every girl you’ve ever met! Seriously, the less people the better. Not everyone shares your taste and while they may mean well having a lot of opinions can really derail an appointment. Be selective in who you choose and ask those who you know will let you have the final say. If you must include all your maids our suggestion is to bring them to the final fitting.

6. Underwear. Ok, hopefully you’re wearing underwear but the right underwear is what we mean here. Bring or wear a strapless bra and a nude thong; a body shaper is another great option. A robe or some kind of coverup is another great thing to have as you will have a bridal shop consultant helping you in and out of dresses.

7. Stop looking when you’ve found the one! For real stop looking! There will always be a prettier, newer, better, etc. dress but the most important thing is to find a dress that you love, that is comfortable and that you can envision be married in. Once you find it stop looking and don’t second guess yourself or you will go crazy.

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