Ask a Consultant- White or Ivory?

Hello! We're back from market this year and finally have moment to breathe (and update our blog)! We know it's been a while so we're excited to be back!

Today we want to highlight a question we get asked very often here at the salon- white or ivory? 

The answer to this question can be very personal, so we'll keep it to the basics. When choosing the color of your wedding gown, we recommend keeping a few things in mind. 

          1) Why do you lean toward one more than the other?

               -If you're wanting to wear white because you've, well, 'earned it' ;) then do it! 

         2) Can you tell that the dress you have on is ivory? 

               - If you had no idea, you're just like everyone else! Most salons are going to carry ivory

                 sample dresses- not only because they are easier to keep clean, but also because 

                 ivory tends to look better on more skin tones!

         3) When is your wedding? 

               -If you're tying the knot mid-summer, you're most likely going to have a killer tan! But 

                for you winter brides, paler skin can help you make your decision!

If you asked us, we'd tell you that most women look best in ivory. In a photo, an ivory dress photographs like a white dress. White looks very strong and (sometimes) harsh in a photo. Keep in mind that all whites and ivories are not created equally! For example, ivory satin fabric can sometimes be slightly "yellow" while ivory chiffon usually appears "whiter." Some designers even have an option for "diamond white" or "candlelight"- offsets of ivory that appear more white! When in doubt, try on! The salon should have a wide enough variety for you to see your options! 

Whichever way you decide to go, you will be a vision of beauty on your wedding day! Happy shopping!! :) 




Homecoming!

Homecoming 2014 is here!!! 

We recently had a photo shoot with some A-MA-ZING girls! We're super excited about our dresses this year and can't wait for you all to come by and see them! Here's a little preview! 

We'd also like to let all of you know we are searching for high-school age girls, in North GA, who'd like to rock the runway as models in our 2014 Prom Fashion Show! Feel free to contact us for more info.! 


How to Say "I Do"- A Little Help from My Friend(s)

They say it takes a village to raise a child. That got us thinking- "Why is it that when it comes to wedding planning, we abandon the village and become a mom & daughter duo?" 

Planning a wedding with your daughter is one of the great joys in a mother's life....or at least it should be. But just because a bride and her mama want to plan the day together doesn't mean they have to lose their sanity to do it! Too many times we see moms and daughters stressed to the max. We'd like to offer a solution: hire a wedding planner

A wedding planner can be a bride's best friend. Most planners will offer multiple plans ranging from "the works" to "day of". The key to hiring a planner is choosing someone you feel comfortable with and confident in. You've got to "vibe" with your planner so you can feel confident in allowing her to help plan your big day. 

Here at the salon we have two excellent wedding planners we recommend. Between the two of them you can fit any budget, any theme, and any personality! Stop by to see us to get more information about these great planners! 





Ask a Consultant- Hard to Handle

Today's topic: SO MANY BRIDESMAIDS! :) A few days ago, we received an email from Morgan in Kennesaw, GA. We could tell by the tone of her email she was stressed. After talking with her a bit, we were able to get handle on things. But it got us thinking, how may brides out there are going through the same struggle? So, today we want to highlight her question and (hopefully) reach some of you who may be having similar issues.

Morgan wrote:

"Hey ladies. I am freaking out. I have twelve (yes, I said 12) bridesmaids. I am seriously about to elope because I can't seem to (a) find a dress that I think will look good on all of them, (b) find a dress they all agree on, and (c) get them to compromise. I don't want to upset any of them. I want them all to look amazing. I don't know how to get them to listen to what I want and stop focusing on everything else. Any ideas? Please help!"

  So, after we managed to convince Morgan not to elope, we tried to give her some help wrangling in these girls. Here are a few tips we know helped Morgan that we hope can help you. 

  1. Find a consultant you like and trust. 
    • We can be a buffer between your 'maids and you. Think of it this way: If you told your best friend, "I just want you to wear this one, and I don't care if you don't like it," you would be a "brideszilla". BUT if your consultant said to her, "I think this dress embodies everything the bride wants, and I'm sure you want to do what she wants for her big day, just as you would want that in return." Suddenly, the tension is off you and resting with your consultant. 
    • We don't mind playing this role. We want your wedding to be everything you ever dreamed of. 
  2. Stop saying "Oh, I like that one, too" to every dress THEY like. 
    • If you want to make any head-way, you've got to put your foot down somewhere. If you like it, say you like it. If you don't like it, stop pretending to just to be a people pleaser. 
  3. Don't keep taking the whole group shopping every time you go. 
    • If you have concerns about a few of the girls (busty, hippy, less busty, etc) bring those girls to the appointment and let the others be surprised. 
  4. Pick a dress on your own/with the expertise of your consultant. 
    • This one can be hard for the people pleasing brides. It can take a lot of cojones to stand up to the mob, but the pay-off is worth it. 

We know these tips sound "harsh." Most brides feel "bad" asking their 'maids to just go with it. You really have to keep in mind though, these girls are your friends. They want what's best for you AND them. And sometimes they just get caught up in wanting to look the best they can. Sometimes they lose sight of the big picture. That doesn't make them bad friends, nor does it make you a "bridezilla" for asking them to wear what you've picked. 

Always know you can contact your consultant if you have a rough day, or need advice. We are always here for you! 

Thank you so much, Morgan, for sharing your concerns with us. And thanks for giving us the go-ahead to write about it! :) Love ya!