Planning a Summer Wedding? Tips for a Planning a Perfect Day

Planning a Summer Wedding? Tips for a Planning a Perfect DayEvery bride dreams of a picture perfect day.  That may be one of the reasons why so many couples choose summer for their big day. But don’t be fooled: summertime can present some unique obstacles that must be handled, including the weather.  Summer temperatures may be enticing at first glance, but be prepared for hot, humid days when planning your nuptials for the heart of the season.

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How to Choose a Color Palette for a Spring Wedding

How to Choose a Color Palette for a Spring Wedding

Spring is the most popular time of the year for weddings, and many brides choose to incorporate the colors of the season into their color palettes. Because spring is commonly associated with flowers blooming after the winter, pastel colors are incredibly popular during this time of the year. When planning your wedding, the color palette should be one of your first decisions, as it will inform many other choices later on. Here’s how to choose the perfect color scheme for your upcoming spring nuptials.

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Wedding Planning Tips for the Perfect Spring 2020 Event

Wedding Planning Tips for the Perfect Spring 2020 Event

Spring is the perfect time for a wedding. The weather is warmer (but not hot) and the world seems as if it’s springing to life. With so much going for it, you may underestimate some less pleasurable aspects of the season – and fail to prepare for them.  But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning your spring 2020 wedding so you won’t be caught off-guard with a seasonal snafu:

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How to Plan Your Guest List the Right Way

How to Plan Your Guest List the Right Way

Planning your guest list can be one of the most stressful parts of a wedding, but by approaching it methodically, you can come up with a list that’s perfect for your perfect day. Here’s everything you need to know about planning a guest list for your wedding, including initial planning and making hard decisions.

Making Your Guest List

How do you get started when planning the most important day of your life? Begin by designing your “dream list”: a list of absolutely everyone who you think you might want at your wedding. You’ll need to work with your soon-to-be spouse to cover all of your friends and family, and you can figure out from there what your dream guest list might look like.

Every wedding is different. You might want to have an elaborate wedding with a handful of people or a more casual wedding with as many of your loved ones as possible. Making an initial guest list gives you a starting point.

Deciding on the Number of Guests

  • Estimate your budget and per head price. You need to be realistic about the number of guests and err on the side of fewer guests rather than more. 
  • Figure out what’s most important to you. For instance, if you’re prioritizing your food budget, then the most limiting factor is going to be how many people you can feed.
  • Think about concessions. As an example, a fully paid bar is expensive for you, but if you make it a bar that people pay at, you may be able to squeeze more in. 

Start Separating Out Your List

Go through your list and separate them by the people you absolutely need to go and the people who you would want there. Creating a tiered list makes it easier to cut off large chunks of guests, as you can work your way from the lower tiers.

You should also create an A list and a B list, with the A list being those who are participating in the whole day, add the B list being those who are only invited to the reception.

Go through your list and separate them by the people you absolutely need to go and the people who you would want there. Creating a tiered list makes it easier to cut off large chunks of guests, as you can work your way from the lower tiers.

Here are some guests you might want to cut out:

  • People you haven’t spoken to in a long time. Though you may once have been close, friends and family members who haven’t been around aren’t likely a part of your active life.
  • People you feel obligated to invite. People you work with aren’t necessarily people you need at your wedding, and you don’t have to invite someone just because you were invited to their wedding — especially if that was a while ago.
  • People who don’t perform well at weddings. There are some people who just don’t manage the stress of a wedding well. If you have friends or family members who tend to ruin weddings, don’t invite them.

Dealing With Wedding Guest List Regrets

Some guests are going to need to send their regrets that they can’t attend. So how do you fill up that empty space? About 10% of wedding guests will likely not be able to attend, but you can fill these spots with people who otherwise wouldn’t have made the cut.

  • Estimate from the start that some guests, anywhere from 5% to 10%, may not be able to attend. This number will go up if you are inviting more guests, as there will be more who consider themselves optional regarding the celebrations.
  • Consider reaching out to close friends and offering them a +1: be honest about the circumstances and you can smooth over any awkward social situations.
  • Keep in mind the difficulty of attendance. If many guests have experienced a life change (such as a new baby) or are far away, the regrets list may be higher.

You may need to make some hard decisions and compromises when it comes to your guest list. But ultimately, you will have a more successful wedding by culling your wedding list to exactly the guests that you want. Weddings are full of compromises, but one area in which you don’t have to compromise is your dress. To start looking for (or altering) your perfect dress, contact TK Bridal & Alterations. 

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How-To Guide: Create the Registry You Need!

How-To Guide: Create the Registry You Need!

A wedding registry is a perfect way to get everything you need for your new life with your spouse. Still, putting one together can be a challenge, especially as many people already have most of the things they need when they get married. Here are a few of the essential gifts you can add to your registry while avoiding major mistakes.

Think About Travel

Today, many people already have the housewares and appliances they need to live together. But there are other critical things you may not have, such as the right travel gear. Luggage, hotel gift cards and travel gift certificates will make it easier for you to honeymoon or just vacation in the future — and travel is a wonderful bonding opportunity for a newly married couple. 

Meal Subscription Plans

There are dozens of meal subscription plans out there, which make it easier for you to learn how to prepare new meals. Meal subscription plans send you the ingredients as well as a complete recipe: perfect for adjusting to your new, normal life without having to spend a lot of time on meal planning.

Niche Appliances

Many married couples already have a toaster and they don’t need three of them. More niche appliances, such as air fryers and juicers, are better options: they’re things that many people don’t buy for themselves, but still would use if they had it.

Many married couples already have a toaster and they don't need three of them. More niche appliances, such as air fryers and juicers, are better options: they're things that many people don't buy for themselves, but still would use if they had it.

Lifestyle Products

As a married couple, will your lifestyle be changing? If not traveling more, will you be entertaining more? Consider how your lifestyle is going to change and what you may need to meet this change. It may be things such as more wine glasses, serving platters or fondue equipment.

Consider Having Fun

Finally, a registry doesn’t have to be boring. Consider adding some fun things, such as a day at the entertainment park, or interesting decor. As people get married later in life, they often already have the essentials. Now is the time to get some quirky things your friends would find amusing. 

The Biggest Mistakes When Making a Registry

Apart from the above, there are also some common mistakes you should avoid

  • Registering for only a few high-priced items. Give your guests more options, as they may have different budgets or want to send you the perfect thing.
  • Registering for things you don’t really want. The last thing your new marriage needs is clutter. Make sure you have a use for each item on your list.
  • Registering for a single store. Many people want to pick something out in person and they may not have a store accessible to them.
  • Registering for a store late. You should give your guests a long time to consider the gifts they want to bring, rather than contacting them last minute.

A gift registry is intended to make your life easier as well as the lives of your guests — and that gives you more time to focus on other, important things such as your dress. Contact TK Bridal & Alterations today to discover the look for you.

Want to Redesign Your Wedding Dress?

Want to Redesign Your Wedding Dress?

Is the wedding dress of your dreams already hanging in your closet? With a little imagination and the right alterations, the answer might be yes. If you inherited a gown from a family member or bought a gorgeous dress that’s almost perfect for the ceremony, redesigning a wedding dress could be faster and more cost-effective than starting from scratch with a custom design or shopping for a brand new gown. It’s also a sweet way to honor the past and continue a tradition without sacrificing the style, fit, or cut that’s right for you.

Here are some fun and simple ways to rethink an existing dress and create a completely different look with your redesign:

Consider a Different Neckline

The higher the neckline of your dress, the more freedom (and extra material) you have to experiment with a different cut.​Vintage dresses tend to be more modest than today’s sleeveless silhouettes, so modernizing your dress could be as simple as removing a lacy overlay or cutting a high neck into a scoop or sweetheart style.

Try a Tea-Length Alteration

Does your cascading train feel too formal and cumbersome? Do you want to dance up a storm and show off your shoes without tripping over a floor-length gown? Turn it into a tea length wedding dress instead. Falling just a few inches below the knee, this bridal silhouette is long and classic enough for formal or traditional ceremonies, but it’s also the perfect way to adapt an overly fancy dress for a more casual setting.

Add Volume or Color with a Petticoat

Sometimes, you don’t have to change the dress at all to transform its entire shape and style. Petticoats add full, flattering volume to wedding dress skirts, accentuating the waist and creating a dramatically different silhouette. A colored petticoat also adds an unexpected pop of color beneath an all-white dress, making it easy to modernize a more traditional gown and match your wedding day color scheme.

Sometimes, you don’t have to change the dress at all to transform its entire shape and style. Petticoats add full, flattering volume to wedding dress skirts, accentuating the waist and creating a dramatically different silhouette.

Cut Off the Sleeves

If your dress is outdated or inappropriate for the venue or the season, your sleeves might actually be most of the problem. It’s hard to look timeless in puffy or frilly sleeves, and no bride wants to sweat through a long-sleeved dress during her outdoor ceremony. If your dress has sleeves that are too bulky or too long, shorten them or cut them off to bring your dress up-to-date.

Dye Your Dress a Different Color

Modern brides get to make their own rules, so don’t be afraid to get creative with color. Dyeing is a great way to disguise the discoloration of vintage dresses, whether you add more yellow or pink tones to the color or pick a bold shade like blue or red. Dyeing also allows you to breathe new life into a family heirloom without making the dress unrecognizable.

Are you ready to get started on your wedding dress redesign? Make an appointment with us at TK Bridal & Alterations today to begin your design consultation.

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Wedding Dress Shopping Tips You Need to Know

Wedding Dress Shopping Tips You Need to Know

Congratulations! It’s time to start your search for the perfect wedding dress. But how will you know when to say yes? Start with some basic rules of thumb. Finding the right dress can be fun and empowering, especially if you don’t worry about following every trend or impressing every friend. Before you get started, keep these ten shopping tips in mind:

1. Start as Soon as Possible

Procrastination is not an option. Short of leaving your fiancé on bended knee to rush to the nearest dress shop, you should be starting your search as soon as you start planning the wedding. Some dresses take months to arrive from the designer, after all, and some customizations and alterations can take weeks or months to complete.

2. Set a Price Before You Shop

Spare yourself the heartache of falling in love with a dress you can’t afford. Figure out how much you can spend on the dress, and limit your browsing to the gowns in that price range. Remember: alterations and accessories cost more, so the sticker price isn’t necessarily the final amount.

3. Shop in the Middle of a Workday

If you’re hitting the bridal boutiques, crowded weekend mornings might get overwhelming. It’s easier to pick the right gown when you have room to browse and time to try on plenty of options, so consider taking a half-day and shopping on a Tuesday or Wednesday instead.

4. Wear the Right Undergarments

The wrong bra will ruin any outfit, and that’s especially true for light-colored, form-fitting gowns. When you shop for dresses in person, wear a nude, well-fitting, supportive bra and underwear. If you have multiple necklines in mind, consider bringing a second bra (or choose a style with detachable straps).

5. Find a Wedding Dress that Fits Right Now

Even if you plan to hit the gym before your wedding, your safest bet is to get a dress that comfortably fits your current body. Remember: you can always take it in to accommodate slimming or toning in certain areas, but it’s more difficult (and often more expensive) to adjust a dress that’s too small.

Spare yourself the heartache of falling in love with a dress you can’t afford. Figure out how much you can spend on the dress, and limit your browsing to the gowns in that price range. Remember: alterations and accessories cost more, so the sticker price isn’t necessarily the final amount.

6. Don’t Give Other Opinions Too Much Power

Want to feel yourself on your wedding day? Shop for a wedding dress that’s right for you, and only you. Magazines are full of bridal fashion trends that look great in glossy pages, but may or may not flatter your body type or stand the test of time. Meanwhile, dressing rooms are full of unsolicited opinions from friends and family members. Your tastes and priorities should come first.

7. Consider a Custom Dress

Sick of trying on gowns that have some, but never all of the details you want? Overwhelmed by the sheer number of options? Consider customizing your wedding dress. Our designers start with one-on-one sessions to learn exactly what you want, and they can tweak their sketches to accommodate your vision as you explore different styles, fabrics, beading techniques, lace patterns, necklines and more.

8. Make Your Own Dress Modifications

Is your grandmother’s wedding dress gorgeous and meaningful, but the style is outdated or not quite you? Did you find the perfect dress in a shop, but it just feels like something is missing? Don’t be afraid to make it your own with wedding dress alterations and other modifications. For example, you can transform the entire silhouette just by shortening the skirt or adding volume with a petticoat.

9. Design Your Own Custom Dress

Of course, the surest way to get the dress of your dreams is to create a custom wedding dress and decide every detail yourself. Some brides know exactly what they want and go straight to the drawing board; others try on countless dresses first, eventually learning which style, structure, sleeve, neckline, color, and length they prefer.

10. Trust Your Instincts the First Time

It should be easy to picture yourself walking down the aisle in your choice. Of course, finding or designing the perfect dress is a different process for every bride, and you may need time to think about your decision. But don’t overthink it, and don’t waste time trying to convince yourself or seek reassurance about a dress or design element that doesn’t feel right.

Ready to find the dress of your dreams? Our design team will help you explore your options, including alterations and customizations that add one-of-a-kind touches to our designer gowns. Request an appointment with us at TK Bridal & Alterations today to start your search.

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