Things You Should Know Before You Purchase Your Wedding Gown

Photo Credit: Made You Look Photography Wedding Gown Designer: Anne Barge

When deciding to purchase your wedding gown, it can be an exciting time but you can also feel overwhelmed. Today we would like to share with you a few tips to help make finding your dream gown a fun-filled and stress-free day to remember.

Photo Credit: Made You Look Photography Wedding Gown Designer: Winnie Couture

Select your venue prior to purchasing your gown. Every Bride has an idea of what type of gown she would like to wear on her wedding day. But, sometimes the gown of your dreams may not match the venue you desire. Selecting your venue before purchasing your gown will allow you to have a gorgeous gown that not only compliments you but your venue selection. If Cinderella had decided to get married on the beach, I highly doubt that she would have worn her ball-gown.

Determine your wedding ceremony and reception type. After you have selected your venue, determine the type of wedding ceremony and reception you desire. Will you have a formal wedding or a semi-formal wedding. Also, determine if your wedding will be a seated dinner, cocktail style reception, stations, or buffet. You do not want your gown to make one statement and your theme to scream another statement.

Photo Credit: Wild Heart Visuals Wedding Gown Designer: Essense of Australia

Create a spending plan before purchasing your gown. Before you book your first bridal appointment make sure you have considered how much you plan to spend on your gown and who will be paying for your wedding gown. If you only plan to spend $3,000.00 on your gown make sure you also plan for alterations, which can also add to the expense of your wedding gown.

Some designers like Anne Barge and Winnie Couture design their gowns to fit with minimal alterations if any at all. But, if you select a designer that you are not sure if you will have minimal or no alterations you may want to purchase a gown that is a few hundred dollars less than you have budgeted to ensure you have the required funds to pay for your alterations.

Research the different style of gowns that you desire to wear on your wedding day. Researching the different types of gowns you desire can help make your bridal gown appointment flow smoothly because you can share with the bridal consultant the type of gown you desire to wear on your wedding day. I have my clients to save their images to their Design Studio Profile, but you can tag pages in bridal magazines, save photos from Google images or bridal shops to your Pinterest Board or in your saved images on Instagram.

Keep an open mind. When you go to your bridal appointment keep an open mind and allow the bridal consultant to share their thoughts with you about other gowns that may compliment your body type and wedding theme. You will be surprised and may even go home with a different wedding gown, but one that is gorgeous and makes you feel fabulous.

Remember most gowns do not run true to size. No, you have not gained weight… Most wedding gowns run small, so no matter your size you may still have to order a gown that is two sizes larger than your normal dress size.

Photo Credit: J and S Photography Wedding Gown Designer: Essense of Australia

Shop early. Unlike your favorite designer for your everyday clothing wear or business wear, wedding gown designers need a little more time to design your dress. Most designers require the gown to be ordered within an 8 to 12 month period to produce your wedding gown. There are some designs they can produce a gown within 4 to 6 months, depending on the detail of the gown. If the gown has a ton of detail and the usual order period is within the 8 – 12 month period you could be charged a rush fee for the designer to produce the gown.

Call ahead and schedule your appointment. Now that you have secured your venue, theme, and type of wedding and did your research it is time to schedule your bridal appointment. Take one day or one weekend to go gown shopping. Whether you decided to go gown shopping in one day or one weekend only schedule an appointment with three different bridal boutiques. Make sure that the bridal boutiques you plan to visit carry the designer wedding collection of gowns that you desire. It is best that you make an appointment to receive the exclusive time that each boutique allocates for each bridal appointment.

Photo Credit: Made You Look Photography Wedding Gown Designer: Anne Barge

Happy Wedding Gown Shopping! For More Tips on how to select your wedding gown contact Imperial Events.

Tune In For Our Friday Spotlight Feature!

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 We had the chance to get to know the team of Amp’d Entertainment a little better when chatted with them about who they are and how they serve their clients.  Check out what we found out about the amazing team of Amp’d Entertainment below.

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Amp’d Entertainment is a creative DJ company run by music lovers, for music lovers.  Using classic DJ techniques like scratching, live remixing, mashups, and samples, they reinvent the boring and predictable wedding experience and turn it into unforgettable!  Amp’d also place a strong emphasis on making each event personal.  They believe that no two couples are alike, so no two weddings should sound the same either.  The Amp’d team can update and reinvent the classics while folding in the songs that are uniquely personal to you and your friends and family.  It’s like putting all of your favorite music in a blender!  You don’t become the most reviewed and highest reviewed DJ company in the market without doing something special.  But don’t take our word for it, check out their website for more info and see if Amp’d is right for you!  ampdentertainment.net

What is Your Signature Blend?

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While planning an event of any magnitude can be a daunting, yet exciting task. Of course you want it to be a success; and what better way to achieve that than to hire the best and most highly qualified vendors in town.

Asking a bartender to pour the drinks at your wedding reception for a few hours is nothing new. How about hiring a mobile bar catering service that will not only bring in a full service staff and all the necessary equipment to cater your beverage needs, but also create custom libations that are sure to bring cheer to you and all of your guest the whole night long. Well you can find that service with Lyght House Cocktails!  We had the pleasure of speaking with the Carmaleita Lyght the owner of Lyght House Cocktails to find out what is our signature blend.

Share with us a little about your company and services?

It is our top priority to go above and beyond the expectations of our clients and their guests. That experience begins with a one-on-one consultation to learn the minute details of their special day and the type of service they expect from a chosen vendor. We offer our clients private consultations at Imperial Events office suite,  located at 400 Galleria Parkway SE Suite 1500 Atlanta, GA 30339. Leading up to the wedding date, we are in constant contact with our clients to ensure all bar questions are answered and they are never left wondering what to do next. Lyght House Cocktails can provide a complete package of equipment to service your bar needs. Additionally, we will advise on the best liquor, beer and wine selections for your event. Furthermore, we create relationships with our clients that last beyond the wedding date, in an effort to provide continuous service for all of life’s milestone moments.

What would you consider to be a great cocktail for the groom and groomsmen?

The Flash – This fresh, handmade concoction is for the gin lover in you. Even if gin isn’t your go to drink, give this a try…it just might change your life! Bonus, it’s packed with vital nutrients.

Below you will find the awesome recipe Carmaleita shared with us from Marie Clarie.

http://www.marieclaire.com/food-cocktails/g523/drinks-cocktails-recipes-christmas/?slide=21

What would you consider to be a great cocktail for brides and their bridal party?

The Blue Thai Mojito – Wow, this rum runner is full of surprises, a sweet and savory make a serious statement. It may require a little work!

Below is an amazing recipe Carmaleita shared from The Nest.

http://www.thenest.com/Recipes/45885/detailview.aspx?id=45885&type=7

Do you create your very own specialty blends? 

Yes, we do create our very own signature recipes.

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Are you able to purchase your signature blends if you are not hosting a wedding or event?

Yes, Lyght House Cocktails proudly carries their own selection of signature recipes that can be purchased at any time. Many of which can be enjoyed either with or without alcohol. These signatures sips are one of a kind in that they are all created from personal preferences of former clients, taste testing focus groups, family, friends and Lyght House staff. We don’t follow the trend, we create it!

Do you have any current promotions on any of your signature blends?

Yes, at this time we are running a promotion until July 31, 2015.

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We enjoyed our chat with Carmaleita as well as finding our signature blend, as well as tasting several of their yummy signature blends. It was definitely a pleasure and we found our signature blend…Cotton Candy! Be sure to check out Lyght House Cocktails recent updates on promotions, new signature blends and other great recipes on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.