• ADVICE | Five Questions to Ask Before Your First Bridal Appointment

    Finding your wedding dress is easily one of the biggest tasks on your to-do list while wedding planning. With so much to remember and think about, it’s also easy to forget to ask the right questions to your stylist before, during, and after your first dress appointment.  We’ve pulled together five different tips and questions to ask your stylist before you begin your search to find “the one”.
     

    What's my budget?

    Have a dress budget? Make sure you let your stylist know what you plan on spending so that we can help you find a dress within your price range. There’s no point in looking at dresses that are way above your budget; its our job to help you pick the right ones to try on! 

    What should I wear to my appointment? 

    Having the right bra or a pair of Spanx can completely change how a dress looks on you. We have undergarments for you to use, but if you feel more comfortable bringing your own just make sure they are nude. Each of our fitting rooms is outfitted with a lifted area to help you see what the dress looks like altered. No need to bring heels; this will help you see the dress' length without having to take your heels on and off for each dress!

     

    How long will it take to get my dress? 

    Timing is huge when it comes to selecting your wedding dress. It’s important to let us know when your wedding date is, because some dresses can take between 6-9 months to be delivered to the salon. If your wedding planning is on a short timeline, let us know so we can help you find a dress that we can get quickly.

     

    Will I need alterations?

    Don’t forget to ask about alterations! You want to make sure that your wedding dress fits you perfectly on the big day. We have alterations in the studio, making it super easy for you make your alterations appointments and attend your fittings!  Alterations are normally an extra cost outside of the actual price of the dress, so make sure to plan accordingly with your budget so it’s not a surprise expense later.

     

    Should I bring pictures?

    Absolutely, yes! Bring anything that can help your stylist envision how you imagine yourself on your wedding day. Try looking at dresses from different designers that we carry so you can have an idea ahead of time of what you’re liking as well. 
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  • ADVICE | Brides Share Their Best Wedding Planning Advice

    Ever wish you could ask someone for advice on how to keep your sanity while planning a wedding? No worries, we did just that for you! We reached out to past Emma & Grace brides to share their knowledge on everything they learned while planning their wedding! 

    Work Ahead

    "Get all the little details done in those “middle months” when all the big things are booked, but you have a ways to go before the wedding. I thought I was done with all the wedding planning at this point, so I was just counting down the days and not doing anything else to prep for the wedding. Then, when we had a month to go, all chaos came wildly through the door. There was SO much to be done that we hadn’t thought of! All the small, homemade crafts and such were what stressed us out the most in the final month. I’d advise any bride to really think about every single thing you’ll need to collect/make and do it ahead of time. You really don’t want to be doing anything in the final weeks, because there’s so many other things that come up, and you want to be present when friends and family start gathering in town."- Emily

     


    Check In Often

    "I’d suggest regrouping with your partner every few months during the planning process to check in with your original goals and budget. It’s easy to let things get off track, particularly with vision and budget, and it’s good to check in with each other to make sure you are making decisions together." -Jess

     


    Hire the Right Vendors

    "One thing you can do to help you not stress about the small things is to hire a “day-of” wedding planner. This was a great option for us because we could do everything ourselves leading up to the wedding and then we had a professional to help us during the final days for planning. Find vendors that you love and connect with!"-Margaret

    Don't Stress the Small Stuff 

    "Now that the wedding is over, I am glad I didn't spend too much time stressing about the small stuff. It's easy to get caught up in name tags, table organization, decorative items, etc. My mom, sister and a few friends helped me refocus on what's important, and that's the marriage. I enjoyed all details from major to minor, but once those church doors opened and I saw my groom at the end of the aisle, all of the details and stresses of planning faded and it was about us. And that is what's important. Stay focused on what is going to matter 30 years from now, and that's you and your husband."-Mackenzi

     



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  • ADVICE | How Do I Know My Dress is "The One"?

    So, you've spent all day shopping with family and friends scouring racks of pristinely white wedding dresses. Dress after dress goes by with details on each that you like and don’t like, but each bringing you slightly closer to how you envisioned yourself on your wedding day. All of a sudden your stylist puts you in a dress that leaves you speechless. Your friends are gushing, your mom is crying, and the stylist puts a veil on you...could this be the one?

    We’ve come up with four questions to ask yourself before saying yes, and what you should know before choosing your wedding dress! 

    Does the Dress Fit with How You Imagined Yourself on the Big Day?

    It’s okay if the answer is no to this question. Sometimes, you imagine yourself in a specific silhouette, and as you spend the day shopping you realize that what you thought you liked is actually not the case anymore. But, a better question is, how does the dress make you feel? Do you not want to take it off? Can you not stop looking in the mirror? Then that’s your answer.

    Does the Input of Others Matter?

    Everyone loves the dress but your one friend you brought with you; does this change your decision? Your wedding dress is a reflection of you and how you want to feel on your wedding day. If you love the dress on you so much that it doesn’t matter what other people think, this is the dress for you.

     

     

    Are You Comfortable?

    Can you walk around easily, sit down comfortably, and most importantly, dance?! You want your wedding dress to be all of these things since you’ll be in it most of the day and taking pictures. If you’re feeling comfort in the dress, you’ll feel the same with your decision to say yes.

     

    Do You Think Anything Could be Better?

    It really is okay to fall in love with the first wedding dress you put on - it happens all the time! You don’t necessarily have to feel like you have to go to every single bridal salon in town before purchasing. If you’re in love, you can’t help it. Buy the gown and spend the rest of the afternoon celebrating with your friends!

    Photography: Justyna E Butler Photography

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