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Royal Wedding Recap

Posted on April 29th, 2011 by Mandy Webster

The day everyone has been waiting for has finally arrived. William and Kate (we must now call her Catherine, per protocol, if you care about that kind of thing,) are now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. My biggest excitement of the day? Finally getting to see that wedding gown! And, I am not disappointed.

Will and Kate Wedding CeremonyI was still quite young when Charles and Diana married, but what always stood out most for me about their wedding day was the fact that Diana looked like a poor little sugar bride stuck on the top tier of a wedding cake and glued down by layers and layers of frosting. So, I was relieved to finally see Catherine in her delicate, simple, yet elegant royal wedding gown, in which she could actually move and breathe. Let’s just hope the dress is indicative of a lovely, livable, long marriage to come! Read more »

Bridal Trunk Show Trends for 2011

Posted on April 27th, 2011 by Mandy Webster

In my last post on the bridal trunk show, I talked about what happens during your bridal trunk show appointment. Now, let’s talk about some of the latest wedding dress trends as seen at Christy’s Bridal.

Wedding dress with straps

Straps are back. More brides are choosing wedding gowns with thicker straps this season.


Bridal Gown Trends and Tips for 2011

  • Fit and Flare. Fit and flare style wedding gowns are fitted from the top of the dress to below the hip. Carol, the owner of Christy’s Bridal, says this style is really hot this year.
    • Fit and Flare Bridal Undergarments. When choosing a fit and flare style wedding dress, it’s essential to also choose the right bridal undergarments to provide a smooth, sleek look under your gown. The Amoré Seamless Tummy Control Spandex Slip is one option featuring a built in Lycra® control panel that minimizes and smooths the tummy area and hips.
  • Straps. Forget strapless and even spaghetti straps. This year, straps are back. Carol has noticed this year that brides-to-be are opting more and more for a thicker shoulder strap on their bridal gowns. One reason may be the added feeling of security provided by straps designed to stay in place and hold the bride’s bodice together through the entire long wedding day. Some brides also prefer to maintain the option of wearing a regular bra with their bridal gown rather than a strapless bra.
    • Strap Support. Carol says most of her strapless bridal gowns are designed with built-in supporters which do a great job of holding the bodice in place throughout the wedding. Proper wedding undergarments will also help you avoid any mishaps. Although the right bridal undergarment and built-in support features will help you hold it together on your wedding day, chances are you’ll just feel more secure with straps. If that’s the case, don’t forget to pick up a packet of Sticky Straps Dress Tape to hold those straps in place.
  • Flowered Accents. This year, flowered accents are in. You’ll see flowers on shoulder straps, belts and even carpeting entire skirts. Read more »

The Earthy Earth Day Bride

Posted on April 22nd, 2011 by Mandy Webster

Green Earth for Earth Day 2011It’s Earth Day, 2011. Whether you’re planning an Earth Day wedding or would simply like to plan an eco-friendly wedding any time of the year. we’ve got plenty of helpful hints and tips to reduce your carbon footprint on your Big Day.

Newlyweds Plant an Oak Tree on their Wedding DayThere are a plethora of opportunities to adjust your wedding plans to make your wedding more planet friendly. From flowers to lighting, and everything in between, there’s a better way to do almost everything. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Eco-Friendly Wedding Ideas

  • Purchase wedding flowers that are in season and can be obtained in your local area. How does this help the Earth? Buying locally reduces the carbon footprint by reducing the amount of fuel required to import flowers from exotic locales.
  • Commemorate your wedding day by planting a tree, like the couple pictured at right.
  • Don’t register for items you don’t need. Take stock of what you have and what you actually need. If it turns out you don’t need much, consider asking your guests to donate to your favorite charity rather than offering traditional gifts. After all, you can only use so many toasters at once!
  • Plan your wedding festivities to minimize the amount of driving your guests will need to do between the wedding ceremony location, the wedding reception and hotels or other lodging for out of town guests.
  • Use eco-friendly wedding invitations made from tree-free or 100% recycled paper.
  • Bake your own wedding cake at home using local, organic ingredients. Provide a menu of all-local, sustainable, Earth friendly cuisine at your reception.
  • Choose environmentally friendly wedding favors like our Pink Ribbon Plantable Wedding Favors. After the wedding, your guests will take their favors home and plant them, creating zero waste and growing a patch of wildflowers to beautify their own little patch of the Earth.
  • Coordinate with a local homeless shelter in advance to determine regulations regarding the donation of left-over reception food. Wedding decorations and other items can also be donated to various organizations for re-use or passed around from one bride to the next. Read more »

Enter to Win The Green Bride Guide

Posted on April 20th, 2011 by Mandy Webster

Dining tables set for an eco-friendly weddingAre you planning an eco-friendly wedding? Then, you need a copy of “The Green Bride Guide!” This handy guide contains everything you need to plan a wedding that is as sustainable and beautiful as your marriage itself.

“The Green Bride Guide” proves there’s no need to sacrifice style when planning the eco-friendly wedding. With an emphasis on elegance, this green guide includes planet-friendly tips for planning everything from the engagement location and bridesmaid attire to wedding flowers, the wedding ceremony, reception, gifts and even the honeymoon.

Be sure to enter our Earth Day giveaway to win your very own copy of “The Green Bride Guide,” retail value $14.99.


To enter the giveaway, just answer the following question in the Comment Section of this blog post:

“What is the coolest idea for a GREEN wedding?” Read more »

Your Bridal Trunk Show Appointment

Posted on April 20th, 2011 by Mandy Webster

So now you know what a bridal trunk show is and you’ve made your appointment and the appropriate preparations. You’re probably wondering now what will actually happen when you arrive at your trunk show appointment. Here’s some information I’ve gathered to help you understand the trunk show process:A wedding gown on display at a bridal trunk show

What happens at the appointment?

  • Meet with the consultant. Discuss your desired price point and styles you are interested in. This will give the consultant a starting point for choosing gowns for you to try on.
  • The consultant will bring out bridal gowns for you to try. Some of these will be wedding dress styles you requested in advance, while others will be selected by the consultant based on the information you gave her during your previous discussion.
  • Try the gowns on. This will likely take place in front of a full-length, multiple view mirror so you can see how the gown looks from every angle. The consultant should also discuss the merits of each gown and provide honest feedback to help you find the wedding dress that is most flattering to your particular figure.
  • Place your order. If you should happen to find that perfect wedding gown, the bridal shop consultant will measure you and place the order for your gown. Read more »

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