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Wedding Planning Tips

Dress Shopping

Dress Shopping  

If you are lucky enough to have a friend or a family member who sews, take them with you to shop for your wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses. Sometimes I wonder about the quality of what we are buying. Some of the dresses at these large discount stores are just plain garbage. Many of them have parts of the dress that are glued on. When you buy a white wedding dress, as is directly from the rack, you have to know at least 50 other brides tried on this dress with their makeup on. The problems start when you dry clean the dress prior to the wedding. The dry cleaning solvents will dissolve the glue that is securing the bead work and appliqués on the dress. At one wedding, the beads on the bride’s dress were falling off the dress while the bride was dancing. The bride’s aunt fell and broke her ankle. At another wedding, the strap on a bridesmaid dress broke in the church in front of the priest. The young lady had no bra on. The company who sold the dress settled out of court because the young lady threatened to put it on YouTube.

Dress Fittings

Bride Getting Gown Fitted  

When you go for your dress fitting, make sure you bring the undergarments and shoes that you will be wearing the day of the wedding. You will be surprised how many women are not wearing the proper size bra. If you just lost some weight, go to a retail store where the sales people know how to fit you properly for a bra. Do not go to a discount store for a bra fitting.

Ordering Your Wedding Dress

Bride Wearing Dress  

Most wedding dresses sold today are not made in the United States. They are made in other parts of the world where the labor is less expensive. You should order your wedding dress at least 6 months in advance to make sure it is in on time for your wedding. Since 9-11 the world has been an unstable place. US Customs has been known to shut down for reasons of national security. If this happens, you will be stuck without a dress for your wedding. Order your dress early for peace of mind.


Toddler Girl  

Provide a nursery for the wedding ceremony and reception for all those kids that you are afraid might scream or cause a scene. This is better than offending your friends by asking them not to bring their kids.

Engagement Picture

Happy Couple  

Include a cool engagement picture in or on your wedding invitation or the “save the date”card.

Wedding Website

Create a wedding website and send out a “save the date”card with the site domain name on it. This is a great way to give directions, organize out of town guest and tell your story. Google wedding websites, there are many templates available.

Timeless Colors and Styles

When planning your wedding, remember to choose colors and styles that are timeless. You don’t want to hide that wedding album 10 years from now out of embarrassment.

Gift Baskets

Gift Basket  

You may want to place gift baskets in the hotel rooms of your out of town guest. You can fill it with personalized bottles of water, fruit, candy and munchies. Add a special note thanking them for making the long trip to share in your special day.

Starch Your Veil


Starch your veil so that it stays away from your face.

Shop During the Week

Shop for wedding related products and services during the week instead of the weekend. You will get more one on one attention.

Cell Phones

Place a sign at the entrance that reminds your guest to turn off their cell phones.

Wedding Albums

Wedding CD  

Many brides today are opting to have their wedding pictures on disk and not purchasing a wedding album. This may be a big mistake. As technology continues to change at a rapid pace, you may not be able to view these images in the future. It is also easy to misplace something as small as a computer disk. The disk can also get damaged. A wedding album does not rely on some sort of technology to be viewed. It will be around for your friends and family to look at now and for your children and grand children in the future.

Complete Your Wedding Album & Video

Photo Album  

I don’t know why, but some brides take up to 2 years to complete their wedding album. My own brother doesn’t have any pictures of his wedding. My brother and sister-in-law purchased a house as they were planning the wedding. The house sucked up all their extra cash. The photographer was no longer in business when my sister-in-law was ready to completer her album. I know she regrets it. Please don’t make the same mistake. Make your wedding album and video a priority.

Stage Fright

Flower Girl  

Make sure the children in you wedding party are old enough to get the job done. Kids that are very young are unpredictable. You just don’t know what they will do. If you have a flower girl that gets stage fright and is afraid to go down the isle, I have a proven tip to get you past this moment. Tell the flower girls her aunt in the first row has cookies. She will forget about the audience and go for the cookies.

Wedding Advice

Girl Friends  

Everyone has an opinion. You are going to get wedding advice by the truck load from everybody under sun. People by nature are just trying to be helpful and they want you to have a beautiful wedding. Their tastes are going to be different from yours and their idea may just not fit your budget. Listen to what they have to say. Be gracious and thank them for the idea. Then go talk it over with the groom. You may not like their idea, but it may spark another idea or parts of it may be combined with an idea. Remember how you act and react with his family may come back to haunt you for the next 50 years. Choose your words carefully.

The Bridezilla Factor


A husband and wife team of psychologist from Chicago did a five year study on relationships. One of the things that came out of the study found that brides who take on the Bridezilla persona increase their chances of being divorced in two years by 71%. It is not appropriate to treat your friends, family and wedding professionals in that manor. There is an old expression, “You get more with honey, than you do with vinegar.”


White Shoe  

Here is a tip that you will thank me for. Several weeks prior to your wedding break in the shoes you will be wearing the day of your wedding. If you ever had a new pair of shoes that hurt because they were new, you know what I mean. Scuff up the bottom of your shoes outside to keep them from being so slippery.I've seen brides fall on their butt after walking on a newly waxed floor in a catering hall.

5 Ways to Spot a Counterfeit Wedding Dress

If the price of a wedding gown sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Don’t get scammed into buying a counterfeit wedding gown online.

Are you worried about getting scammed? Sadly, you should be. Brides are more vulnerable than other fashion consumers. Every bride wants to find that perfect dress at the best price. When you purchase a wedding dress online you’re not likely to be buying from a place where you have a regular relationship. Many of these companies are based outside of the country and reship from a distribution point within the United States. It's worth investing the time to do your homework. Here, five warning signs to be wary of when shopping for your wedding gown:

  1. Search for bad reviews on reliable sites. Search for the website name on reputable wedding boards and online forums like You want to see whether other people have registered complaints about the quality of the dress or customer service. A lot of the review sites that appear on Google aren't legitimate because some companies pay them to give good reviews.
  2. Look for inaccuracies and inconsistencies. Take a real close look at the website: Misspellings, inaccurate model numbers and grammatical errors are a good sign that you're not dealing with a reputable company. Look up the company's address on Google street view so you can see what the actual store looks like, if it even exists! Check to see if they don't have a working phone number.
  3. Retail has a re-stocking fee requirement. If the site promises refunds only with a restocking fee that may indicate that they make their money by shipping merchandise that is unacceptable and then offering refunds minus the restocking fee and sometimes shipping fees. These companies count on you returning the dress.
  4. Photos that look all-too-familiar. When the same picture of a dress keeps popping up, not only on the designer's website or a well-known retailer’s site but on lots of other sites as well, think about where it came from. Check the designer's site to make sure the retailer is in fact an authorized dealer.
  5. Unbelievable deals! If every gown is deeply discounted, start to be wary of what kind of retailer you're dealing with. When it looks and sounds too good to be true, it is!