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Considering Little Ones in Your Wedding Party

Considering Little Ones in Your Wedding Party

To include children or not to include children in your wedding party? Your wedding day is full of memorable and exciting moments and the result of hours and hours of careful planning and no one wants it ruined by a screaming toddler.  This doesn’t mean you have to rule out having children in your wedding party entirely but I have some recommendations to make children more comfortable at your wedding and avoid any melt downs as much as possible.

PHOTO BY: Casey Nolin Photography

Wedding Emergency Kit Must-Haves

Wedding Emergency Kit Must-Haves

My brides always get a kick out of my massive emergency kit bag, and I am continually adding to it.  Nothing says ‘prepared’ more than a suitcase filled with medical kits, apparel and beauty must-haves.  Below, I assembled a handy check list of items (and corresponding categories) you should consider packing on your wedding day.

Photo By Izabela Rachwal Photography

Sweet Table 411

Sweet Table 411

I LOVE styling sweet tables at weddings.  Often it’s that last décor touch to really leave an impression on your guests and those ‘sweet’ details should never be overlooked. The wedding dessert table has become a staple as many couples opt to skip the giant wedding cake for a more varied assortment of goodies. After all, why choose one dessert when you could offer your guests a whole buffet table full of your favorite desserts? Not only does the dessert table offer your wedding guests more choices, it also can be more cost effective, depending on what type of desserts you’re serving, and how much of it you design yourself.  

Do’s and Don’t’s When Finding Your Perfect Wedding Dress

Do’s and Don’t’s When Finding Your Perfect Wedding Dress

My bridal shop Joy And Back is open for business and I am happily booking appointments for Manitoba brides!  All proceeds from the sale of our wedding dresses, veils and accessories are donated to local cancer charities to support Manitoba families affected by cancer. I encourage all former brides to consider donating their dresses and bridal ‘goodies’ to the project and of course brides-to-be should check us out as well. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts when you start thinking about shopping for your dream dress:

DO Book your appointment early

The cool November weather always marks the start of engagement season and subsequently the busy wedding dress shopping season!  At our little shop we only have capacity to run one appointment at a time and Saturday slots are the first to get booked.  During our busiest periods, (ie: after Christmas) we often book 2 weeks in advance so keep that in mind when thinking about an appointment. 

DO Bring That Camera and Snap Away

Seriously, I encourage it!  It makes a huge difference to view your wedding dress options through a camera lens compared to a mirror.  It is also helpful to see how the dress photographs from all angles.

DO shop for your body type

Trendy dresses come and go but it is always best to figure out the style that works best for you.  It is important to focus on your personal style and what flatters you most. An A-line shape is great if you have wider hips, while column dresses hug your figure and look great on tall women or petites.

DON’T bring a crowd

I curse those wedding shows that encourage brides to bring an entourage of 20 people to your appointment!  Too many guests brings way too many competing thoughts and opinions that you didn’t ask for!  At our shop we only have enough room for the bride and two guests – no exceptions.  It’s also perfectly normal to arrive solo; we are happy to consult with you one on one!

DON’T try on everything

Your appointment duration is 60 minutes which is enough time, I promise!  Within this time frame you will likely try on between 2-8 dresses.  I always encourage brides to visit other salons first to get a sense of what you like.  Since our dresses are not samples, we ask for serious shoppers only.

DON’T worry about bridal sizing

I always have to explain that bridal sizing is 4 sizes increased from your street size.  Once you get your head around that, I will show you all the wedding dresses in your size range you may browse during your appointment.  Remember to pay attention to how it looks, not what the label reads.

DO have an open mind

At a glance, many of the dresses may not stand out to you on the hangers but once you have a dress on, it takes on a different shape and look and it can be a complete transformation.  I always encourage brides to try on a few of my picks during their appointment because sometimes you just don’t know until it’s on! 

What are you waiting for?  Make your bridal dress appointment at joyandbackbridal@gmail.com today!