17 Long-Sleeve Wedding Dresses that will WOW your Guests

By Posted On November 21 2017

If you are planning a winter wedding and want to look flawless, yet still be a little cozy during the beautiful fall and winter weather you can’t go wrong with any of the gorgeous long-sleeve dresses from Belle Saison bridal.

Everything a Bride Should Know Before Wedding Dress Shopping

By Posted On November 19 2017

The whole saying yes to the dress process may not be what you have in mind, but we’re here to help you with that reality. Though, we may wish it would meet the expectations to what we see on TV, but things are different for every bridal shop. We want to help make sure you know exactly what to expect and help with tips on how to go about finding your dream dress.

  1. Research styles and designers
    • Get familiar with the lingo of dress styles and which style’s you feel would best suit your body type. Also, familiarize yourself with which designers you find yourself always going back to.
  2. Stay open-minded
    • Many times we have found that Brides fall in love with a dress that was unexpected, so don’t be afraid to try on everything.
  3. Call ahead
    • Be sure to make an appointment, so that you get your own special booked time with a consultant.
  4. Choose your entourage wisely
    • Too many people can mean too many opinions, which may sway your thoughts on the dress.
  5. Take a similar shoe or heel you plan on wearing on your wedding day
    • It’s good to get the feel of how you will look and feel from head-to-toe.
  6. Take the correct undergarments (Some bridal shops will have undergarments prepared to lend you)
    • Be prepared knowing not all bridal shops will have the proper undergarments for you to borrow and we say it’s better to be safe then sorry. This way when you try on different styled dresses you can see how it’ll look on your wedding day and you won’t be distracted by bra straps sticking out or colored panties.
  7. Have photos prepared
    • It’s good to have a few photos of dresses you picture yourself in to show your bridal consultant.
  8. Try not to book more than 3 appointments in a day
    • Most appointments are about an hour and a half, so try not to book too many appointments in one day. Sometimes too many appointments means too many dresses tried on, which can confuse and tire you out.
  9. Know that there are hundreds of different “whites”
    • You may think your only choices are a white, champagne, ivory, or blush, but there are actually hundreds of different “whites.” Once you begin dress shopping you may think the dress looks one color when in reality it’s a different color, but don’t let that change your opinion of the dress.
  10. Make sure time is on your side
    • Keep in mind when looking for your dress that you ask what the time length is for the dress to come in once it’s ordered because some dresses take 6 months to arrive.
  11. If possible try and purchase your dress around Thanksgiving-Christmas
    • Black Friday and Christmas deals do happen at bridal shops, too. If you can wait for the holidays to purchase a dress, then why not try and strike a great deal on your dream dress.
  12. Set your budget
    • Make sure both you, your entourage, and your bridal consultant all know your dress budget.
  13. There’s no perfect number of dresses to try on
    • Some Brides are lucky enough to try on their perfect dress on the first try and some take months of trying on dresses until they’ve found theirs, but there is no perfect number of dresses to try. Once you’ve found the one, you’ll just know.
  14. Before you buy take at least a night to think about it
    • It’s good to not rush into the process of saying yes to the dress. If you’ve fallen in love with one don’t feel pressed to say yes on the spot. Take a night or more to really be sure it’s the one.
  15. It’s ok not to cry when saying yes to the dress
    • Not every Bride will cry when they’ve found the dress and that is OK.
  16. Don’t ignore the bridal consultant’s suggestions
    • The bridal consultants are there to help you look and feel your very best, so keep their suggestions in mind and just have fun with it.
  17. Document your favorites
    • If you have tried on several dresses and have several favorites; it’s good to document them and even make a collage to see what the differences and similarities are to help narrow it down.
  18. Private one-on-one with your dress
    • If you love a dress be sure to get your own one-on-one time to soak it all in.
  19. Not every bridal shop will have champagne for you once you’ve said yes to the dress
    • We see it on TV and hope that it happens in real life, which at some bridal shops it does, but be prepared that not all bridal shops do this.
  20. Not every shop will have the exact color and/or size for you
    • Be prepared in knowing that you more than likely won’t be able to try on your exact dress color and size because most bridal shops have everyone try on all their sample dresses.
  21. Also when you have found your dream wedding dress, stop looking
    • Once you know you’ve found the one try not to continue looking around because this can slowly get you thinking you want something else.

We hope this helps you and wish you the best of luck on this exciting adventure to saying yes to your dress.

 

22 Father-Daughter Dance Song Ideas for Your Big Day

By Posted On November 17 2017

The father daughter dance is such a special moment, so why not choose a song that explains the bond between you and your father. We have compiled a short list for you to begin the journey on picking a song, but keep in mind that most DJ’s will also have an extended list to help ease the process of important song making. Some of our amazing and professional DJ’s include: Complete Wedding and events, Exodus Sound Company, Texas Pro DJ, AV Productionz, Toast Entertainment, and Groove Line Productions.

  1. “My Wish” – Rascal Flats
  2. “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” – Elton John
  3. “Daddy”- Beyoncé
  4. “My Girl” – The Temptations
  5. “I Hope You Dance” – Lee Ann Womack
  6. “Butterfly Kisses” – Bob Carlisle
  7. “My Little Girl” – Tim McGraw
  8. “God Gave Me You” – Blake Shelton
  9. “Because You Loved Me” – Celine Dion
  10. “You Look So Good In Love” – George Strait
  11. “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” – Bryan Adams
  12. “You Raise Me Up” – Josh Groban
  13. “I’ll Be There” – The Jackson 5
  14. “The Way You Look Tonight” – Frank Sinatra
  15. “Isn’t She Lovely” – Stevie Wonder
  16. “I Turn To You” – Christina Aguilera
  17. “Brown Eyes Girl” – Van Morrison
  18. “Daddy’s Little Girl” – Michael Buble
  19. “Unforgettable” – Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole
  20. “There Goes My Life” – Kenny Chesney
  21. “Count on Me” – Bruno Mars
  22. “Hero” – Mariah Carey

 

 

 

Stand Out with a Themed Engagement Shoot

By Posted On November 08 2017

Profess your love for one another in your engagement shoot by adding in what makes your relationship so fun and unique. This could simply mean adding a theme to your photoshoot, which could be: soccer themed, golf themed, football themed, baseball themed, basketball themed, Disney themed, movie themed, favorite hobby themed, character themed, fairytale themed, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s themed, and we could go on and on. We love how unique these themed engagement shoots have become and we love the fun fact that a themed photoshoot lets everyone know what you both love. Check out some examples of these awesome themed photoshoots by Complete Weddings + Events and Creatrix Photography.

Take it to the Next Level with these Bridal Portrait Tips from Professionals

By Posted On November 03 2017

 

Bridal portrait sessions help put a sparkle in our eyes! Capturing bridal portraits not only gives your photographer a chance to get to know their bride, but also gives you a chance to get to know the quirks of your dress and veil. We got the chance to speak with some of our professional photographers and got the most important tips for you brides. We suggest the following tips for all brides as they think about planning for their session.

Peary Photography

1) Give yourself plenty of time to “run late.” It’s common to have a first hair and/or make up trial in addition to remembering traffic patterns, dress accessories, bouquet.  It’s critical to show up to the session relaxed and excited, not stressed from running behind.

2) Use the Hair & Make-up Artist, and Florist you plan to use on your wedding day.  It’s a benefit to know how long it will really take to complete the “getting ready” process and you’re pleased with the final result.

3) Bring a helpful hand to your session.  We invite encouragers to our sessions and appreciate the extra hand to carry the bride’s belongings, etc.  Please be selective in who you bring, as you want to avoid the “critical eye…”

 

Complete Weddings

4) By having your portraits taken before your wedding you are giving yourself more flexibility when it comes to the location. We’ve found some of the nicest photos for Bridal Portraits are coming from architectural sites, churches and natural greenery. By doing this your photos have more diversity to them.

5) Taking Bridal Portraits will give you more time to focus and relax for your upcoming wedding. We know the wedding day is going to be busy and you will be working hard to capture those Bride and Groom moments. So taking the time to focus on your Bridal is a nice way to show some self-love by remembering your special day.

6) Any and all your Bridal photos can be used at your reception. A great way to dress up some tables and decorate!

 

Say Yes to Your Dress, Bridesmaids!

By Posted On October 24 2017

There’s always new trends coming our way, so don’t worry if you have yet to find that perfect bridesmaids dress. We suggest to first narrow down what you and your besties are looking for. Do you want everyone in the same dress or just the same color with different styles? Keep in mind the weather too, so would you prefer short or long dresses? Then you can begin moving on to the tougher questions, what type of material do you like? Have you decided on halter, off the shoulder, one shoulder, capped sleeves, etc.? Do you have a more simple approach or do you want sequence, florals, and more details? Take it step by step and then you will find yourself with a clearer picture of what exactly you are looking for. We’re here to help and have found some fabulous bridesmaid dress trends to help get you started on this process.

 

Jumpsuits

 

Sequence

 

Off the Shoulder

 

Floral

 

One-Shoulder

 

Short Dresses

 

Two-Piece

 

There are of course plenty of other varieties of bridesmaids dresses out there and it’s never too early to start looking. You can find some similar styles from the one’s above plus many others from Belle Saison Bridal, David’s Bridal, and many more of your local stores.

2018 Bridal Fashion Trends

By Posted On October 16 2017

Fashion is all around us and when it comes to upcoming bridal trends you will be wowed. Look out for the new and improved bridal capes, jackets, long sleeves to the floor, pant suits, shorts with trains, and much more. We love all of these unique new styles and can’t wait to see them off the runway and on real brides on their big day.

 

 

 

Bridal Registry 101

By Posted On October 13 2017
When do I start my Registry?
We have Brides ask us all the time “When should I do my Registry?” Or “Is it too early to do my registry even though we aren’t getting married for another year?”  You would want to do your registry 4 to 6 months in advance, as you will want your guests to be able to purchase for your showers as well as wedding.  The earlier you do your Registry you will be able to start receiving engagement gifts and shower gifts.  Another great tip: Have your Registry done so when people ask what you want for your birthday or Christmas they can start purchasing from your Registry!
How do I start a Registry?
Choose up to 3 stores that you will be able to get a variety of things.  Local stores will be able to help you with your more unique and special flatware, dishes, barware and everyday pieces. The customer service of a local store will help simplify your process.  You might want to choose a larger chain store for your bigger appliances like coffee makers, toasters and cookware sets.  Tip:  To get complete sets of items make sure you only register those things at one location. For example: Don’t do a set of dishes at a local store as well as another location as you will never get completed sets.
Why do I need to choose a variety of gifts?
It is very important to make sure that your Registry has a variety of items. This will show a wide range of prices so that you can speak to all of your guests.  Tip: Always look for fun home decor items like pillows and cute frames for all of the pictures you will be getting!
How do I know what to put on my Registry?
Don’t think about your lifestyle today. Think ahead about the family gatherings, Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.  What might just be the two of you might turn into a family dinner of 12 and you want enough plates!  Tip:  Just because you don’t think you need platters and serving pieces … you will down the road so add them on!
How do I tell people about where I Registered? 
You will always want to let your friends and family know where you are registered so you can get the items you picked out.  Its best to link the location to your wedding website if you have one and always put the location on your shower invitations.  Tip: The more you let people know where you registered the better chance of getting all that you picked! So make sure you are sending it out on social media too!
To Have & To Hold is but one of the fantastic places to help you get started. They cater to couples looking for non-cookie cutter options for your home and have excellent customer service, which sets them apart from major retail chains. To Have & To Hold invites you to visit their boutique and set up a consultation, so they can help make sure you have everything you need on your registry.  Some more great news is that they also offer free gift-wrapping and deliver to your home for the shower or the venue for your wedding reception. Wherever you choose we wish you the best and hope you find the perfect gifts!