Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Dress

Young woman wearing bridal gown

Some of us are as picky about our wedding dress as we would be about the groom.  I won’t get into why in this article, but I would be one of those women. So here are some tips for choosing your wedding dress.  Let’s start out with what not to do.

First off, don’t believe everything you see on the TV.  Take shows such as “Say Yes To The Dress” with a grain of salt.  More specifically, do not rule out every dress you come across because you do not have an immediate reaction when you see it.  For me personally, I saw what wound up being my wedding dress four times before going back to it, the first two with little reaction.  I cannot be the only instance where that has happened.  

Woman wearing gown talking to a couturier

Next, do not be in a hurry.  You might see a dress that you think you want, but then find you like even better in a month.  Just as important–how would you feel if you bought your dream dress and then it went on sale the next month?  Do your research and homework. Make sure to sit down while trying your wedding dress on. Not every dress will fit the same and you’d hate to find the right fit while standing just to realize it is too tight or loose somewhere when you sit down.

Finally, even if you believe in the “husband doesn’t see the dress before marriage tradition”, you should still at least ask him what kind of dress he wants.  I realize that it is human nature to dress to impress all the women there. Problem with that is, how are you going to feel if you are in a dress that your husband is neutral about but your “friends” that may not even be in your life in 5-10 years loved?  How is it going to feel to look at those pictures then? You can work around the tradition by asking your future husband what kind of dress he likes.

I hope these tips on choosing your wedding dress were helpful.

Appropriate Bathroom Gifts for Newly Weds

Comfort zone in the house

The bathroom is one of those rooms where it is easy to go over some unspoken social boundary.  Problem is the bathroom is just another room in the house as is any other room. And all rooms need things to go in them.  So how does one buy an appropriate bathroom gift for the newly wed? Mostly it is common sense. If it wouldn’t bother you to receive something, it is probably not going to bother your friend or relative.  If you are one of those people that nothing bothers, then you need to think about whether it would bother most people you know.

Let’s start with towels.  We all need them. We all have had that incident where we get out of the shower and there is no towel; it’s not pleasant at all.  Towels are one of those things that are both affordable and outrageously expensive. I remember my first time walking into Bloomingdale’s just because I wanted to say I’d been there.  What I remember most about it are the $90 bath towels; just because I thought it was so excessive and so ridiculous. That noted, my point is there are ways to go with towels that you can make sure that you don’t buy the wedding couple something everyone else did. Another suggestion is a bathroom faucet, in which I found some good reviews here:

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Soap dish beside a tub

Expensive soaps and shampoos are another viable options or soap containers, toothbrush holders etc.  If you know the wedding couple well and they would not be offended by it, you can go as far as picking out scented products for them.  What is necessary to remember is that not everything that a newlywed couple is going to need is fun and/or exciting. But needed, regardless.  A fun gift could be matching his or her bathrobes. Then there are extra racks for clothes or shoes. As I said, not everything needed is fun but these things could be lifesavers for organizational purposes.

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Wedding Planning Tips to Save More Money

Couple's ring

Here are some wedding planning tips to save more money.  Actually let’s start at the engagement. Who really needs to go by the “ring needs to be two months salary”?  No one I know; it’s not as though we live in ancient times. It is worth noting that not all non-genuine rings are the horror story hand turned green type or look like they were found in a gumball machine.  Some replica rings are actually very well done.  

A big way to save on the wedding itself is to have an afternoon wedding.  If you have it at say 1 pm or 2 pm–it will be done early enough that you won’t have to order dinner.  And no one but you has to know that was done because you were being cheap. Next depending on which situation would save you more money…you can either plan your wedding around when relatives and friends would be in town (ie. holidays) or you can plan it in an off season month, as most venues do not charge as much when they are less likely to have guests to begin with.  Of course, if you don’t care that much about who shows up at your wedding, this is an even more viable option.  

Holy matrimony in the garden

Don’t be afraid to go somewhere off beat.  You would be surprised what you would save by not having your wedding and/or reception at a church.  Some wedding couples have managed to get married and have their reception in places such as the public library gardens either at no cost or greatly cheaper than what it would’ve been to have it at the church.  

Finally, depending on how desperate you are (or how obnoxious you find their banners if that is a factor) ask around to vendors if they will give you a discount in exchange for being allowed to put up an advertisement of their services.  Hopefully these tips on how to save more money planning your wedding help.