New Bridal Boutique: Honey Bridal!

We’re super excited about the opening of a the new bridal boutique Honey Bridal in Andersonville!

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Happy Monday birdies! Its finally June, peak wedding season where brides are planning their big day, getting married and writing sweet vows to their beloved! Its a wonderful time of year. One of the best parts of planning is finding the perfect gown. I love wedding downs, so many styles, so many fabrics and so many bridal shops to choose from. I am super excited about a new bridal boutique that opened up this month called Honey Bridal in Andersonville. Brought to you by the lovely ladies behind the Milk Handmade shop right next door, Honey Bridal is a place where a bride-to-be can be whatever kind of bride she wants. Honey carries so many different styles of gowns and separates, and is brimming with sparkly accessories for the perfect bridal look. The store is adorable and they only take one bride at a time for the best and most personal experience. If you’re looking for a place where they make your bridal dreams come true, look no further than Honey! See some captured moments from the opening and click here to learn more about Honey!FullSizeRender 2FullSizeRender 3FullSizeRender 4FullSizeRender 5FullSizeRender 6FullSizeRenderIMG_6186

Upcoming Event: 3Larks Bridal Pop-up

15540750_1824830864455061_7196962430697055225_oHi Birdies! Its almost the weekend! If you don’t have any plans, definitely check out 3Larks Bridal Pop-up Shop this Saturday! 3Larks does bridal pop ups, offering once-wed and designer sample gowns at discounted prices! Sounds like a bride’s dream right? The upcoming pop-up will be taking place this Saturday at Naturally Yours Events studio. It is by appointment only so make sure you email to register. You can find additional details here. Just like any other dress hunt, don’t forget to come prepared with all the necessities when trying on wedding gowns! Check out my list of dress shopping essentials here !

Happy hunting and I hope you find the dress of your dreams!

XOXO

Stitch and Fix: Alterations 101

 

Congratulations! After trying on tons of dresses, you’ve finally found the perfect wedding dress to walk down the aisle! But…what do you do next? FullSizeRender 23Unless you’re really lucky, your wedding dress isn’t going to fit you perfectly right off the rack. Like most brides, you’ll likely need some kind of alterations to your gown to make sure that it fits your beautiful bridal curves like a glove. Here are a few tips and notes to keep in mind:

  1. Order UP! Once you’ve found THE dress, you want to make sure you get the right size. Some brides make plans to get fit leading up to the big day. If you plan on dropping a few pounds between the time you buy your dress and the time you walk down the aisle, you don’t want to order your dress too small. It’s always easier to take make a dress smaller, than to make a dress bigger. Definitely consult with your seamstress on the best course of action for ordering the appropriate size.
  2. Finding a Seamstress. Every bridal salon operates a little differently. Some bridal boutiques have their own in-house alterations departments, while others have recommended seamstresses. If your choice boutique does not have a seamstress in-house, you definitely want to go with a place that they recommend. Wedding dresses are made with a lot of detail and delicate materials and you’ll want to leave your dress in the hands of a place that is experienced with such alterations.
  3. Cost? Average alterations cost can start at around $275 and go up from there. The cost of alterations varies. The more detailed or delicate you dress, the more expensive it’s likely to be. Materials like delicate lace, or beading can make the alterations a little more as well. Another thing that can affect the cost is adding things like buttons, a bustle, bra cups (get them!!!!), straps, sleeves, etc. Make sure you budget accordingly.
  4. When to go? Just like Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither are dress alterations. Expect to have at least two fittings before the wedding. You’ll want to give yourself, and the seamstress time to do the work so that you’ll have your dress on time. Its recommend you schedule your first fitting at least 6 to 8 months prior to the month of your wedding. Your first visit is the first consultation where your dress gets fitted, pinned etc. Depending on how detailed your dress is, it may take a little longer for the initial alterations to be done. Your second fitting will be to try on the dress with the first round of alterations. Your dress may fit perfect at that point, in which case you can take the dress with or leave it at the seamstress for a later pick-up. Otherwise, your seamstress will make minor adjustments, where you’ll have to go back again for another fitting.
  5. What to bring? When you go for your first fitting, it helps to bring the things you’ll actually be wearing on the day. At the very least, bring your shoes. If you haven’t decided on shoes yet, bring a pair that has the same heel height you plan to wear on the big say. This is key for length. If you have a belt, bring that too. If you have a veil at the time of your fitting. definitely bring it along, especially if you plan on having a floor length or cathedral veil. You’ll want to make sure the length of the dress coordinates with the length of the veil. Don’t forget your undergarments! Whatever undies or bras, shape-ware, make sure you have those on hand.
  6. Entourage or nah? For a first fitting you don’t need to bring an entire crew, like you would when you’re dress shopping. One or two people, whose eyes and opinion you trust should suffice.

Whether you found your dress or not, at least you’ll be prepared when you do!

Friday Tips and Tricks: Wedding Dresses 102: Shopping

Hello Birdies! Congratulations you’ve made it to Friday! If you’re in the trenches of planning a lot of you may be spending the weekend dress shopping. How exciting! Here are some tips and tricks to gear you up for a weekend full of fun, and hopefully, stress-free shopping.

  • Get organized.
    • If you’ve been reading since day one, you’ll know that this is one of the rules that i live by. Don’t go out there and start shopping without doing your research first. Once you’ve found the styles and designers you like, make a couple of appointments at a few stores. If this is your first time out, limit yourself to a couple of stores as to not get overwhelmed. Make sure to take any visual aids with you like magazine tear-outs or saved photos on your mobile device.
  • Take a reliable posse.
    • Believe it or not, who you take with you can make or break your shopping experience. You want to make sure that you only invite the most important people, but also people who will be honest and subjective. Now I know this is easier said than done. You may have a brash sister, or outspoken aunt. Give yourself a pep talk before you walk into the bridal salon and promise yourself no matter what feedback you get from the outside, you’ll be true to yourself and what you want because whose day is it? Yours. YOU. ARE. THE. BRIDE.
  • Throw in a monkey wrench.
    • Just go with me on this one. You’re going to see a lot of dresses. Obviously your more likely to try on the dresses that best fit the vision in your mind. But…a dress may catch your eye. One that is totally not what you expected, but for some reason you can’t help but like it. Try it on. You may hate it or you may totally fall in love. Either way, it’s not a bad idea to shock yourself with something different.
  • Follow your instincts.
    • Yes, another one of my go-to rules. No body knows your heart better than you. If you found the dress of your dreams, if you have that moment where you say, “This is how I want to look, this is the me I want to be when I marry (insert your handsome groom’s name here). Trust that feeling. On the other hand, if you feel like you’re not ready to make a decision, it’s ok to walk away and think about it. You can always take a day or move on to the next appointment before you make any final decisions.
  • Don’t forget to have fun.
    • Yes, this is probably one of the most, if not the most important dress you’ll ever wear. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have fun. Enjoy the process of trying on beautiful gowns and accessories. These are the memories you’ll look back on when you reflect on the planning process.

Happy Shopping and have a great weekend!

Happy Anniversary!

Hello loves! Happy Hump Day! Today marks a special day. Today my husband and I are celebrating our four year wedding anniversary!

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Four years ago today, I married my best friend. The person that makes me laugh until I have tears in my eyes, the person who is always down to snuggle, and the most loving, supportive man I’ve ever met. Marrying him was one of the best decisions I have ever made, and our wedding day was one of the best days of my life. Here are some of the specs from our big day!1009671_10151773814173454_117958140_o

Date: Friday, August 26, 2011

Location: Chicago, IL

Ceremony: City Hall

Reception: Harry Caray’s

Dress, veil, and earrings: David’s Bridal

Shoes: The Left Bank

Cake: Bittersweet

We are very excited to be celebrating our anniversary next year by renewing our vows! We decided to celebrate our anniversary next year with a vow renewal because 1) i couldn’t wait 10 years haha 2) we didn’t have a traditional ceremony, so we wanted to express and recommit our love to one another in front of our closest friends and family. The really fun part for me, is that, from this point on, I’ll be sharing my planning experiences with you as I go along! Along the way, you’ll get all the goods like, what my dress looks like, our venue, our vendors, etc. It’s going to be so fun and I’m excited to share this experience with you all. Stay tuned ❤

Wedding Dresses 101: Silhouette

Happy Monday brides and wedding enthusiasts! Dresses! Dresses! Dresses! Finding your wedding dress can be the most fun (and sometimes the most stressful) part of the planning process. Some brides already have an idea of what they want. Others have no idea where to start. Let’s start with the basics: silhouettes!

 

Photo created by Alyson Pedro
Artwork created by Alyson Pedro

First you have your classic ball gown shapes, also known as the cupcake dress 🙂 On the left you have your classic ball gown, where the skirt of the dress expands from the natural waist. The one on the right is a dropped-waist ball gown, where the skirt of the dress starts at just below the hips, hence the term “dropped-waist” I love a good ball gown. Classic shape that comes in many different materials. Check out this gorgeous Pronovias ball gown and this Pnina Tornai dropped-waist ball gown

Artwork Created by Alyson Pedro
Artwork Created by Alyson Pedro

Next up, you have on your left your fit-and-flare/trumpet style, and on the right your sheath style. I love the flow of a trumpet-style gown. They accentuate the waist and floats away from the body at the hips. It’s a particularly wonderful silhouette for a beach wedding! Fit-and-flare dresses with gorgeous overlays, like this one, are very in right now. The sheath dress is the silhouette that I wish i could pull off! It creates long lines, making you look tall, statuesque and drop-dead gorgeous. One thing i love about sheath dresses is that with this style you can have a flowy material like organza or you can go for a something that is a little more structured. This sheath by Badgley Mischka  is to die for ❤

 

Artwork created by Alyson Pedro
Artwork created by Alyson Pedro

Lastly, we have to your left (my personal fav) the mermaid, and on the right your classic A-line. I believe that every woman’s curves are beautiful. If that’s something you want to show off, the mermaid style is definitely the dress to do it in! The mermaid style hugs all the curves your momma gave you, ending in a beautiful mass of volume at the bottom. It’s the perfect balance of elegant and sexy, like this Mori Lee gown. The A-line is your classic silhouette, floating away from your hips at the waist, creating a nice beautiful line. The difference between A-line and the ball gown is that the A-line silhouette doesn’t have quite as much volume. When I hear A-line, i thing soft and romantic, like this beautiful Jenny Yoo gown.

As you start the hunt, no matter what look you decide to go with, choose the dress that you are the most comfortable in, makes you feel like your best possible self, and most importantly, makes you feel like a bride!