The Wedding Gown Experience: Part Three

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Here’s the bride Ashley checking in to tell you all about my wedding gown experience with Janet. As a huge fan of Say Yes to the Dress walking into the doors of Kleinfeld’s was a dream come true for me. My consultant ended up being one of my favorite people from the show with a straightforward personality like mines.

This was my first time trying on dresses and I didn’t believe it would be such a big deal. Boy was I wrong. I came prepared with my list and pictures of the gowns I wanted to try on for my consultation. The first gown I tried on was my dream gown from my vision board designed by Maggie Sottero. I twirled on the stand and looked in the mirror but I still wasn’t moved.

I tried on the next two gowns the consultant and her intern bought in for me and I didn’t like them at all. The second one I didn’t like the top without any bling and the third gown I didn’t like the bottom. Janet asked her to bring me a ball gown and reluctantly I tried it on. I looked like a little cake and my consultant jokingly referred to me as a cupcake, which is a little cake.

My consultant could read my face and tell I still liked the first dress. She told me to put the first dress back on. This time it felt different, I did a complete princess twirl, and walked out of the room to look in a larger mirror. It felt like my gown and once they jacked me up with the cathedral veil I burst out into tears. I could suddenly see myself in the gown walking down the aisle to my fiancé and my wedding dreams becoming reality. I was honestly so embarrassed because I never imagined myself as one of those brides who cries over a dress.

This wedding gown experience taught me it’s more than a dress. Everything I have been planning since I was a little girl playing with my dolls has come true and I get to spend the rest of my life with my prince charming after our fairytale wedding.

I highly recommend The Wedding Gown Experience even if you decide not to get your gown from Kleinfeld’s New York. It was a fun weekend away from the stress of planning the wedding and it was all about me. Also, I can take my family back for my next appointment being confident about what I want without their opinions interfering. This is the fun part of the wedding planning process so make sure you sign up!

~XO

Ashley, The Bride

 

 

 

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The Wedding Gown Experience: Part Two

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Today I am sitting down with my bride Ashley for her wedding gown consultation before our trip to Kleinfeld’s New York (TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress). Here’s a snippet of my Q&A with her to help her find the perfect wedding gown:

Janet (The Wedding Planner): How much are you willing to spend on the gown you absolutely love?

Ashley (The Bride): I would like to stick to around $4,000 -$5,000.

Janet: What’s your budget for accessories and alterations?

Ashley: I honestly didn’t think about a budget for either one. What do you think?

Janet: The veil you showed me could cost about $2,000 plus the tiara $500. You can expect to spend around $400-$800 on alterations depending on the dress and sizing.

Ashley: Wow we’re almost over $8,000 which doesn’t include my undergarments and Loubs.

Janet: I know you love the mermaid/trumpet style gowns. Are you willing to try on a ball gown? It would look beautiful for your formal ballroom reception.

Ashley: I will try one but I think I am too petite for a ball gown. I will look like a little cake walking down the aisle.

Janet: Do you see yourself as bride who will love the first dress?

Ashley: No, I will have to sleep on it and try it on again for my family. I don’t see myself as one of those women.

Janet: Be open to the experience and we’ll have fun.

Stay tuned for Part Three of The Wedding Gown Experience!

The Wedding Gown Experience: Part One

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I am so excited to prep my bride to find the perfect gown for her dream day. Shopping for the wedding gown can be the funniest part of planning for the bride or the most stressful. There are a lot of things to consider from your style, accessories, budget, and who to take with you for the appointment.

Luckily for my bride Ashley, she has me every step of the way. Ashley and I will have a Wedding Gown Experience consultation so she can get an idea of what styles she likes and what works best for her body type. I will educate her on different wedding gown necklines, silhouettes, and styles appropriate for her ballroom wedding reception.

I strongly recommend every bride knows her budget before trying on gowns. Most dresses require alterations, which should be budgeted as another expense. Along with alterations, expenses include the veil headpiece, jewelry, shoes, under garments, and any other unexpected expenses.

After our consultation, my bride and I will be ready to go to our appointment with Kleinfeld in New York (TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress).

Stay tuned for Part Two of The Wedding Gown Experience!

Budget Mistakes

TOP 10 WEDDING BUDGET MISTAKES

Planning your wedding doesn’t have to break the bank. Creating a budget can be easy and help you stay on track for a stress free wedding. Here are my top 10 money mistakes to avoid:

1. Not setting a budget. Think ahead of how you want to spend your money and what is important for your wedding. Create a realistic budget and stick to it.

2. Skipping the fine print. Always read the fine print on vendor contracts, especially the cancellation policy and payment due dates. Organize contracts, receipts, contact information, and other wedding related paperwork.

3. Falling prey to peer pressure. Decide on what you want for your wedding instead of listening to the opinions of your friends and family. If flowers are not your forte then don’t spend your money on them because someone else tells you to.

4. Leaping before you look. Write a list of the items and vendors you will need for your wedding and do your research. Explore your options and don’t jump into something you are not sure of.

5. Getting stuck on should. Whatever should have been doesn’t matter. It is your day so do what you want.

6. Not knowing what you both want. I just said it’s your day but don’t forget about the groom. It is his day too, so include him when making decisions and ask him what is important to him.

7. Letting your guest list grow…and grow. If you have set a budget for 100 guests then do not go over your budget and invite more.

8. Stuffing your guests. Do not serve heavy hors d’oeuvres during the cocktail hour, your guests will be too full to eat the main course and dessert.

9. Not thinking creatively. Think outside of the box and shop for bargains. Do not purchase more items than you need. Avoid placing orders at the last minute where you have to pay for rush delivery.

10. Trying to do it all yourself. Hire a professional wedding planner to help you avoid these mistakes and add their fees to your budget. This investment will help you have a stress free wedding.

Brides Get Gown Ready

GET GOWN READY

In order to lose weight you need to take in less calories than you burn. One pound of fat is equal to about 3,600 calories. If you want to lose 10 pounds, you need to create a calories deficit of 360,000. This may seem overwhelming, but if you break it down to lose a pound a week, you will need to take in 500 calories less per day. You can do this by cutting back on your total food intake and exercising more. Increasing your walking by 15 to 30 minutes more per day will help you to lose weight.

Portion control.
Keep in mind, even when you chose healthy foods, if you eat more than you burn off, you will not lose weight so watch your portion sizes.  One portion of meat, is about the size of a deck of cards.  One serving of pasta or rice is a cup.  Keep your energy level high and help your metabolism (the rate at which your body burns calories), eat smaller more frequent meals throughout the day.

You are what you eat.
Focus on foods that pack a lot of nutrition without a lot of calories. Look for meat labels that say “lean” or “extra lean”. These are lower in fat and cholesterol. Have at least 5 servings of fruit and vegetables per day. Eat a variety of whole grains breads, cereals and pastas; brown rice or wild rice; bulgur wheat or corn tortillas made without lard.

Stay hydrated.
Good hydration is important because our bodies need a proper balance between water and electrolytes for our nerves and muscles, as well as other body functions to work right. Drinking at least 6 to 8 glasses of water per day will help your body release excess water weight and keep your body hydrated. Caffeine beverages dehydrate the body so if you are a coffee, tea or soda drinker, take in an extra four ounces or so of water for every caffeinated beverage you drink.

 

 

Wedding Budget Mistakes

TOP 10 WEDDING BUDGET MISTAKES

Planning your wedding doesn’t have to break the bank. Creating a budget can be easy and help you stay on track for a stress free wedding. Here are my top 10 money mistakes to avoid:

1. Not setting a budget. Think ahead of how you want to spend your money and what is important for your wedding. Create a realistic budget and stick to it.

2. Skipping the fine print. Always read the fine print on vendor contracts, especially the cancellation policy and payment due dates. Organize contracts, receipts, contact information, and other wedding related paperwork.

3. Falling prey to peer pressure. Decide on what you want for your wedding instead of listening to the opinions of your friends and family. If flowers are not your forte then don’t spend your money on them because someone else tells you to.

4. Leaping before you look. Write a list of the items and vendors you will need for your wedding and do your research. Explore your options and don’t jump into something you are not sure of.

5. Getting stuck on should. Whatever should have been doesn’t matter. It is your day so do what you want.

6. Not knowing what you both want. I just said it’s your day but don’t forget about the groom. It is his day too, so include him when making decisions and ask him what is important to him.

7. Letting your guest list grow…and grow. If you have set a budget for 100 guests then do not go over your budget and invite more.

8. Stuffing your guests. Do not serve heavy hors d’oeuvres during the cocktail hour, your guests will be too full to eat the main course and dessert.

9. Not thinking creatively. Think outside of the box and shop for bargains. Do not purchase more items than you need. Avoid placing orders at the last minute where you have to pay for rush delivery.

10. Trying to do it all yourself. Hire a professional wedding planner to help you avoid these mistakes and add their fees to your budget. This investment will help you have a stress free wedding.

5 Tips for a Lean Body

Getting A Leaner Body

1. Have a glass of water before you eat. You might be surprised to find you
were just thirsty.
2. Stay motivated by finding a friend or personal training to exercise with
you.
3. If you are going to treat yourself, pick the one with the least amount of
calories.
4. When using weights pick an appropriate amount of weight that is effective
and you actually is burning calories.
5. To be a happy bride – eat well, get fit and tone up.