8 Tips For Picking The Perfect Wedding Dress

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When children spend their math classes daydreaming of weddings (instead of winning the Super Bowl  — not to say you can’t do both), what do they dream of first? The perfect wedding dress, of course: a gown in white satin with a bustle and sweeping train, the perfect embellishments, and the perfect shoes. There are few occasions in our modern world where a woman finds herself in a position to wear a no-holds-barred ball gown, much less a crystal tiara, and all too many where she’s called on to wear to a neutral suit or uninspiring “biz-caz” combo. No wonder that with so many brides, their wedding plans start with the dress. Many of these brides are lucky. They may search high and low, braving chilly department stores and pushy bridal shops, but eventuall, they come face-to-face with THE ONE. They know this is THE ONE because they start crying, or their mother or friends all start crying at once. Suddenly the rest of the planning … the theme, the tone, the right kind of venues … it all springs to life.

Other brides aren’t as fortunate. They’ve searched just as hard, working their way through shops across three or four cities, but they haven’t found THE ONE. Instead, they’ve found three or four contenders, all of which are serviceable and nice, but not earth-shattering enough to tell them that now is definitely time to stop the searching and get on with the planning. These brides have it harder. Even if you’re the first kind of bride, buying the dress is such a momentous decision that you run a risk of falling into that wallet-skinning category known as the Two-Dress Bride. Here are a few tips for picking the perfect dress and avoiding that awful fate.

1. Bring the entourage, but don’t buy. It’s fun and useful to bring your parents, friends or siblings on the dress-shopping expedition. It gives you a buffer against an overbearing sales staff, and it’s fun to see if your impressions of perfection are shared by your loved ones, not to mention how they’ll love being part of such an important decision. But no matter how enthusiastic everyone gets over a certain dress, don’t buy in the heat of the moment. Give yourself time to reconsider and buy with a cool head later, alone. The vast majority of dresses are non-returnable, so when you’ve bought it, you’ve bought it.

2. Don’t buy too early unless you must. Bridal gowns can take four to eight months to come from the manufacturer but there’s no reason to buy over a year ahead of time, unless your chosen style is going to be discontinued. Give yourself some time to sit on your decision. Once you pick a gown, you’ll see a hundred others nearly like it. You’ll become a walking encyclopedia on that style of gown. All the better if you still have room to choose.

3. If you’ve bought “The One,” stop shopping. Any more window-shopping at this point will only lead you down the road toward the dreary land of Two-Dress Brides. What you need to do instead is remember that blissful feeling of having tried on THE ONE . Go get THE ONE out of the closet, put it on and stand in front of the mirror. You’ll remember exactly why it’s THE ONE.

4. If you’ve bought “The One” and can’t stop shopping, get a second opinion. Show your first and second choices to other brides. Be honest — tell them you’ve already remortgaged your condo for the first dress, but you think this second dress might be It. They’ll be truthful, too — the first one was better. You’ll feel reassured.

5. Don’t tell yourself “I’ll sell the old dress and choose a new one.” This old saw of the Two-Dress Bride just won’t work. You’ll never get more than a fraction of what you paid for your first dress if you bought it new.

6. Don’t be afraid to aim high — no matter what your budget. Some brides knew from the start they wanted a designer label, but life just didn’t cooperate by making them heiresses. Yet all is not lost if you’re willing to shop courageously. At any given moment, a better-heeled bride is selling her once-used St. Pucchi or Ulla-Maija on eBay. She paid thousands upon thousands, but you, smart shopper, will pay half that or less. To take this road, you must shop earlier than other brides so you’ll have a choice of gowns. Always pay with a credit card so you’ll have recourse if the dress doesn’t arrive in acceptable condition, and again, shop early so you can buy another if necessary. Shop courageously, but not recklessly.

7. Shop online, but never send a check. (yes, people still take those)
Bridal gown businesses sometimes have a way of disappearing overnight. No matter what the proprietor tells you, never make a purchase as large as a wedding gown without the chargeback protection of a credit card. If they say they can’t take plastic, move on.

8. Don’t hold out forever for THE ONE. Some brides never find THE ONE. What they do find is a few dresses they look beautiful in. If you’re this bride, try starting your planning from the theme instead of the dress. You’ll probably eventually get sick to death of dress shopping. When that happens, “good enough” really will be good enough. Concentrate on other aspects of the wedding that mean a lot to you, like the venue, the food, or the inevitable adoration of your soon-to-be husband.

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First things to do when you are engaged

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Isn’t it a fantastic feeling to be just engaged? Now that you have decided to spend the rest of your life with your partner, there are certain things you should get around to doing ASAP! Best for Bride, the wedding experts from Canada, bring us this list of top-priority tasks that every engaged couple should do, soon after they are engaged.

Inform your near and dear ones

Wait a little longer to announce the good news on social media. First, inform all those who are most important to you. Begin with your parents. Then inform your relatives and close friends. They will appreciate knowing it first-hand, and not hearing about your engagement from someone else. Once you personally pass the message to those in your closest circle, go ahead and announce it to the rest of the world.

Celebrate the moment

This is perhaps one of the biggest and happiest decisions of your life, and it calls for celebration.Before you start planning the wedding, celebrate your engagement in the manner you deem fit. Whether this is by having a special dinner with your fiancé, or a big engagement party, don’t miss the opportunity to make this special time in your life truly memorable.

Start planning the wedding budget

Irrespective of whether your engagement will be short or long, you should plan how much you can spend on your wedding right away. Think of the type of wedding you want to have, number of guests, who will attend and how much you can afford to spend in all. Also consider whether you will be paying for the wedding entirely by yourselves, or whether your families will contribute. Make a list of your priorities and create an estimate to start your wedding plans with.

Think of a likely date

Every newly engaged couple will be asked when their wedding will be. You do not need a specific date, but it will be helpful if you have a rough idea of when you will be wed. Decide on a likely date quickly, as this will kick-start your wedding planning. It will also be helpful for the guests to make a mental note of when the event will be and make plans accordingly.

Create an outline for the rest of your planning

It is never too early to start planning. Collect information to inspire the rest of your wedding plans. Create mood boards to collect all the information you find. Consider whether you want to do it all yourself, or hire help. Think of possible venues, menus and décor options. Start your research on wedding dresses and dresses for the bridal party. Take some time to simply sift through all your options and slowly narrow down your choices to the ones that you absolutely love.

Author Bio: Best for Bride from Canada, is a leading wedding dress store and wedding services provider. Their inventory features top-class designer wedding dresses and collections for the bridal party. For more details on their different services and collections, check out their website here.

 

Grooming The Groom(s)

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Toronto Wedding Dj | Grooming The Groom(s)

While it goes without saying that most of the attention will be on the bride on the wedding day it is still very important that the groom looks his best also. If there are two grooms then THEY are main focus.

One of the best ways of doing this is by following some form of exercise regime in the weeks and months prior to the wedding to get in shape and feel more energized.

Neither partner should overdo it to such an extent that it could cause injury that might affect the enjoyment of the wedding day or the honeymoon thereafter.

By maintaining good nutrition in the months prior to the wedding his hair and skin will look a lot healthier and if he has been following an exercise regime and even his clothes will tend to fit better.

The groom(s) should also get their hair styled by somebody who they are comfortable with and is sure will make a good job before the wedding day.

Don’t leave it to the last minute and make sure that you’ve decided on the hair style well in advance of the wedding day.

It’s all about planning as this is the only way to be assured of a good outcome at the end of the day and the groom needs to be on that to-do list of things to get sorted just like everything else.

Don’t try new hairstyles if there isn’t enough time for it to grow back out should it ever need changing.

Too close to the wedding is not the time to start getting radical with things such as hairstyles.

Any other major changes in life can cause stress and this can be reflected on the grooms face and this will also be seen in the photographs so try to lead a steady and relaxed lifestyle prior to the wedding.

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Getting Married On The Beach

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Depending on the weather, a beach wedding can be a unique and memorable occasion that has flair and casualness yet retains the romantic aspect of the freedom of being able to get away to the beach and do as you please.

It is also an opportunity to have a wedding that people will remember without the expense that is associated with booking a reception venue and the other expenses that go hand in hand with more formal weddings.

You will need to choose a location where you will be able to have your wedding ceremony without the intrusion of outsiders who could affect your plans and there are other factors that you need to consider including who your guests will be and how they will cope with the conditions as some elderly guests might find it a little bit difficult on the beach.

There are of course always solutions to these problems and most of them are relatively cheap.

If you are living in an area where there are beautiful beaches within a reasonable distance from yourself, your friends and your family then it is well worth considering a beach wedding because the beach in itself will add beauty to the occasion.

If you cannot rely 100% on the weather then you will need to look at alternative venues should the weather make it unsuitable for you to have your beach wedding.

You will also need to consider the tide times and whether or not there will be sufficient room on the beach for the wedding party to perform the ceremony suitably.

Like any other venue good planning and preparation will make all the difference on the day and even though a beach wedding is a very casual affair there is still certain planning that needs to go into ensuring that there won’t be any problems with that particular setup.

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Le Treport Wedding & Convention Centre

Twice during the past month I have had the pleasure of being part of a wedding at Le Treport Wedding & Convention Centre and both were superb in their own unique way.The first wedding that I was a part of was a two tiered event. The stunning chapel where the wedding ceremony took place was a vision of dazzling loveliness.The reception room right next door was the perfect size to compliment the number of guest for that night .

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Le Treport Chapel Mississauga

Le Treport Wedding & Convention Centre
Le Treport Wedding & Convention Centre

The second wedding that I was part of was in a larger room but again the staff and management were on top of every single detail of the evening. Working at this venue made my jobs of dj, mc and planner so much easier.

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Uplighting at Le Treport by mpdjs

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Decor Uplighting by @mpdjs at Le Treport

Being in the hospitality industry for the same 30 years that I have Le Treport Wedding & Convention Centre stands as a symbol of quality and excellence. All in all the stunning decor, the excellent staff and fantastic food combine to elevate Le Treport Wedding & Convention Centre to one of my new favourite venues.