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76 THEWEDDINGPLANNERMAG.COM 4Do: Eat at your wedding! Yes, it's important to greet everyone and thank them for coming to cele- brate your big day with you. But you spent so much time creating a beautiful menu, so enjoy it! 4Don't: When you're planning your wedding menu, don't get hung up on trying to please every- one's different palettes. Creating a well rounded menu doesn't mean sacrificing you and your future husband's or wife's tastes! See more wedding professionals' tips scattered throughout the magazine! Do's & Don'ts by Tory Gilliam Catering & Events Producer, MOSIAC Catering & Events Sure, we've all heard about Bridezilla, but when it comes to bridal-gown shopping, simply behaving badly is not the only way to make your bridal ap- pointment go south. Don't be one of these brides if you want to avoid leaving your appointment empty-handed and confused: 1. The Geronimo bride. You're engaged, so you jump right in, rushing to the bridal store to try on gowns. What could happen? Perhaps you end up wishing you'd bought that cute short gown when you find yourself in a ball gown filled with sand at your beach wedding. Think about your vision for your wedding first. You may not have a specific venue booked, but you at least need to know if you'll be walking down the aisle of a cathedral or strolling through a garden. Then you can find a gown to fit the setting. It's also a good idea to set a budget before you put on that first gown. 2. The slacker bride. Racks of white dresses can have a diz- zying effect. There are so many elements to consider: fabrics, colors, neckline, train, beading, back, sleeves…the list goes on. How will you know what you want if you don't do your homework? Take a moment to search for gown styles that appeal to you. Then you can tell your stylist what you want to try and she can help you find it. Take the time to actually make an appointment as well, so you have a stylist waiting for you when you arrive. 3. The tunnel-vision bride. Refuse to try on anything other than the gown you pinned to your wedding Pinterest board, and you severely limit your options. Your stylist is a valuable resource because she knows the gowns and she has heard what you want. Take her suggestions to be sure you don't miss out on the perfect gown. Allow her to pull different silhouettes as well, even if you think you must have a fit-and- flare gown. You might be surprised to discover which shape is the most flattering on your body. 4. The social-butterfly bride. Can't do anything without all of your closest friends? But what if two of them are in the corner with veils on their heads taking selfies and three others are smothering your stylist with gowns they want you to try "just for fun." Rethink bringing a big entourage to your appointment. Bring one to four of your most trusted family members and/or friends; it will make the appointment more productive. Brides who bring more often leave confused or upset by the varying opinions and chaotic atmosphere. 5. The hallelujah bride. The clouds will part and doves will fly from the dressing room when you exit in "the one" to the sound of your mom crying tears of joy. That's how it goes, right? All bridezilla moments aside, some brides' lofty ex- pectations for their bridal appointment can keep them from committing. You don't need to try on every dress in every store, and, if you do, you might not be happy with anything in the end. Ultimately, you might not cry, get butterflies, or have a major epiphany when you see yourself in your gown. However, when you find a gown completes your vision, makes you smile, and looks amazing on you, that's the time to call it quits. Please. Stop. Looking. You'll only confuse yourself if you continue from here. Now you know what kind of bride you don't want to be. You've got this. Go out there and be the bride who nails it. COLUMN Five Brides You DON'T Want To Be by Sharon Townsend, Tiffany's Bridal Owner/Manager

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