The Year Ahead: Here Comes the Bride

As you realize the holidays have come and gone, you scream with joy and nervousness all at once…  Whether you are just starting the wedding planning process or about to walk down the aisle, one thing is for certain – THIS IS YOUR YEAR. Previously in Fashion Friday’s blog series, we covered beating cliche resolutions, dressing for your work out, and always being red carpet ready.  With 1/3 of engagements occurring over the holidays (per the Association of  Bridal Consultants), I thought this topic of weddings was the perfect subject to end this month’s blog series.

For many brides, having the perfect wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses to complement it are top on the priority list. To ensure everyone’s dresses are picture perfect on the big day I wanted to share some dress tidbits…

1. Be prepared for the bridesmaids dresses and wedding gown to arrive with a few wrinkles.  Do not panic! All fabrics (with the exception of very few) are able to be steamed and/or ironed to rid the dresses of any creases.  If you are having ANY alterations done to the dress, it will be steamed afterwards.  If alterations were not necessary, ask the retailer you purchased the garment from to steam out the wrinkles.
2. If you are in the dress shopping stages of wedding planning, set up an appointment with Miss Ruby Boutique located in downtown Milwaukee.  They have a beautiful collection of bridal gowns and bridesmaids dresses, along with veils, hair accessories, and jewelry pieces.  Not only will you find a welcoming staff that is just as excited as you when you find the perfect dress, but they offer alterations for their gowns, as well.  I had an amazing experience when selecting wedding gowns to feature in our bridal photo shoot and have recommended this boutique to all of my friends and co-workers who have recently become engaged.
3. Bridal, whether it be a wedding gown, mother of the bride, or bridesmaid dress, tends to run differently in sizing than everyday clothing.  It is imperative that measurements are taken when making such important purchases as most bridal boutique purchases are final sale and cannot be returned or exchanged.  If your bridesmaids are not all in the same area as the store you will be ordering the dresses from, assign a deadline that you would like them to submit chest, waist, and hip measurements by to allow for a smooth ordering process.  Remember that most boutiques will require a down payment on the dresses, as well.
4. Create a “fix-it kit” for the day of the wedding.  Assign one of your bridesmaids to keep this with her or know where it is at all times (just in case).  Here are a few things you should have in the kit: white thread, a needle, safety pins, mini scissors, band aids, bobby pins, hair spray, and tissue.  There are many more items that can be added to this to customize the kit to your needs.
5. The day of the wedding, make sure to keep the dress in a garment bag until the hair spraying and make up applications are done.  Step into the dress if possible or use a make up veil (or a pillow case) to shield the dress from make up stains.  Make sure someone gives you a once over before you walk down the isle to make sure everything looks perfect and don’t forget to fluff out the train (if your dress has one).
6. In the process of planning, attend at least one bridal show to take home plenty of great ideas.  Neroli Salon and Spa will be participating in a couple of upcoming wedding events that are truly an experience that no bride wants to miss.  Visit us at Weddings in the Ward on February 16th from 11:00am-2:00pm at Swig or stop by Milwaukee Magnificent Bride on Sunday March 13th at the Pfister Hotel to experience some of Milwaukee’s amazing wedding vendors.
7. The entire process can seem quite chaotic and though you can try to be prepared, there will more than likely be a few small glitches along the way.  It is most important to breathe and take it all in.  It is a day that will only happen once and it will be over sooner than you know it, so cherish the little moments that will become memories and don’t let anything break your smile (even if you tear up a little at the alter).
Written By: Stephanie

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