4 Easy Tips to Look Great in Your Strapless Wedding Gown

Odds are your wedding gown will be strapless. Problem is, most women typically don’t wear strapless clothing, so feeling comfortable can be tricky. Follow these tips to feel comfortable, and look great in your strapless wedding gown.

1) Practice moving in your wedding gown. During your fittings don’t just stand there like a statue, move around. Walk around. Reach up like you’re tossing your bouquet. Stretch your arms forward as if you’re cutting your cake. Sit down. Hug someone. Is your dress staying where it belongs, or are any potential “wardrobe malfunctions” on the horizon?

2) Wear the same undergarments to all of your fittings that you will be wearing on your wedding day. Also, wear the same shoes. This ensures that your gown will fit you exactly the same way on your wedding day as it did at all of your fittings, and that you don’t end up with any unexpected gaps, or something fitting too tight.

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3) Don’t tug! I know it’s tempting to feel the need make that little adjustment, particularly if you’re not used to wearing strapless garments, and the one you’re currently wearing feels like it weighs a ton, (and depending on how simple or detailed your strapless gown is it can easily weigh anywhere between 10 – 60 lbs!). But do you really want to be seen tugging up the top of your bodice all night? If your dress was altered correctly, it’s going to stay in place instead of sliding “south.”

4) Stand up straight! Head up, shoulders back, look fabulous! Practice good posture. You’re wearing an absolutely gorgeous gown, and you’ve spent time and money on a fabulous ‘do and professional make-up. Don’t mess up the look by slouching.

Hearts, Joy, Love!

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Buying Your Wedding Gown

wedding gowns wedding dresses in bridal salonI’m sure you’ve heard that your wedding invitation sets the tone for your wedding, since it is the first thing that your guests will see. This is definitely true.

Another thing that sets the tone – in a big way – is your wedding dress.

I know it’s tempting to go dress shopping right away after you’ve set the date,

BUT . . .

There is something you should do first.

Before you go dress shopping (or shopping for anything else for your wedding, for that matter), you need to sit down with your fiancé and talk about how you both envision your wedding day.

Talk about the formality, mood and style that you want to convey. Are you looking for a more simplistic look, or something more over-the-top? Do you like lots of sparkly and bling? Prefer something trendy or more classic? Decide what makes sense to both of you.

THEN go dress shopping with this wedding vision in mind. And only look at dresses that fit this vision.

Really, this will save you time and money in the long run.

True story – I had a bride who ended up not liking the wedding gown she purchased. It was a beautiful dress, but she realized that it did not fit what she wanted with the rest of her wedding day. So she ended up buying a second wedding dress. The 2nd dress was absolutely PERFECT, and she looked (and felt) amazing.

Unfortunately you cannot return wedding dresses. Once you’ve bought a wedding gown, it’s yours whether or not you end up wearing it on your wedding day.

So please, put some extra thought and care in making that purchase so you get a gown that’s not just beautiful but is the right one for you and your wedding. You’ll save time and money, and will have a wedding gown that you will absolutely LOVE!

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Jean’s Top 10 Tips for Planning Your Wedding – Part 6

Wedding Planning Tips: Tip #6 – Guest List

5. Keep your guest list in check right from the very start

From writing out your guest list to tallying up your RSVP’s – the number of guests is crucial to keeping your budget from skyrocketing. On the average, a reception costs 1/3 to 1/2 of the total budget. So if your guest list takes on a life of its own and starts growing uncontrollably, guess what else will start growing? Unfortunately, this list can grow very easily – the “forgotten” invitee, the reciprocal invitation, the person you will meet between now and your wedding day, the “and guests.”

Jean’s Top 10 Tips for Planning Your Wedding – Part 5

Your master guest list will be determined by combining the lists provided by your parents, his parents, you and your fiancé. Before anyone writes down a single name, determine how many people everyone can include on their list – and stick to that number. If someone goes over this number explain that they must trim their list by either making an A & B list, removing the name altogether, or, if your reception hall has the space, they need to pay the difference. But remember that the difference is more than just the cost of an extra meal. It is also the extra beverages, hors d’oeuvres, favors, chairs, napkins, plates, forks . . . Add up just a few “extra people” and you also have to add in the extra table, extra table cloth, and extra centerpiece.

Jean’s Top 10 Tips for Planning Your Wedding – Part 9

When trimming the list, keep it fair, which will lessen the chance of hurt feelings. Make cuts even across the board, such as don’t invite relatives further than first cousins, don’t invite children under the age of 13, don’t invite anyone you haven’t actually spoken to or kept close contact with in the last year, and don’t invite the “and guest.”

On the rare occasion, you may get an RSVP indicating more people will be attending than you invited. Now you’ve got two choices. Either ignore it and add a few more to your list (and your pocketbook) or contact the wayward guest, and kindly but firmly let them know that you are sorry but you cannot accommodate any additional people. Give them a reason why, but make sure the reason appears to be something you cannot alter, (ex. we’re already to the limit of our budget, or the room just won’t hold any more people).

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Let The Seasons Guide You – Summer Flowers

Trying to decide what flowers to use in your bouquets and centerpieces for your wedding? Why not let the seasons guide you?

In the Summer, colors and flowers are quite similar to those in the spring. The subtle differences stem from the types of flowers available in this season. Summer colors tend to be a little bolder and more saturated but are still soft. Various shades of pinks, peaches, and lavenders are abundant.

Wildflowers evoke romantic feelings of warm summer days. If you prefer bright and bold, try gerbera daisies, lilies, and roses, which come in a rainbow of colors.

Flowers available in the summer include tulips, orchids, poppies and hydrangea.

Flowers available year round include baby’s breath, carnations, orchids, roses, stephanotis, and gardenias.

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