Sunday, August 30, 2009

Alterations 101...

Below is some great advice on getting your gown altered from the Davids Bridal blog:

Alterations 101: What You Need to Know
By Kim Smith, Director of Alterations for David’s Bridal

After an exciting search, you’ve finally found your dream dress…. but does it fit just right, the way you always envisioned? Be sure to build time into your wedding countdown for alterations. To simplify the process, David’s Bridal’s expert alterations specialists, who are available at every nationwide location, will make sure your gown fits and flatters your figure. The ideal time to schedule your first fitting is when you purchase your dress. Of course our alterations specialists will do their best to accommodate you if you are not ready to schedule your appointment right away, but we all know that it’s best to plan ahead, ensuring a stress-free wedding day!

Here are a few important things to remember when you’re ready to have your gown altered:

o Be sure to factor the cost of alterations into your overall wedding budget. Keep in mind that alteration fees can vary depending on the amount of changes and complexity of the alterations – services include everything from shortening a dress and adjusting the side seams to adding sleeves and a bustle.

o When you visit for fittings, it is essential to bring the undergarments that you will be wearing with your gown. Properly fitting lingerie will not only ensure a smooth fit, but will prepare you for a comfortable and confident walk down the aisle.

o Remember to bring your shoes and veils to fittings too, to get a preview of your head-to-toe look and to ensure your dress is the perfect length.

o After alterations are completed at David’s Bridal, our alterations experts will ensure your gorgeous gown is pressed and prepared for your special day.

With your picture-perfect look set, get ready for an unforgettable wedding!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Centerpieces: To be or not to be?

Choices are endless when choosing a centerpiece. Below are some guidelines to help you in making the best decision...

1. Don't: choose a centerpiece that obstructs conversation. Opt for centerpieces that are either lower or higher than face to face conversation level.
2. Do: Use your bouquets as decor in your reception. You will not be holding them during the reception, so why not reuse them. There are many places your bouquets can add additional decor.
3. Don't: Use scented candles. The smell of several scented candles could overwhelm your guest.
4. Don't: Fill a large bowl with water then add one very small floating candle. If you are in love with floating candles, please choose one with a size that compliments your container. If you are using a large container opt for more than one candle, then accent the centerpiece with rose petals, blooms, and votive candles etc.
5. Do: Be creative and show your flair.
6. Don't: Go overboard with the marbles. We are not saying you can't use them, but proceed with caution. (Have your sponsor available to make sure you step away from the marbles when you have exceeded your limit.)
7. Do: Consider all the consequences when using live fish in centerpieces (and that's all I have to say about that).

When in doubt ask a professional. Your wedding consultant and/or florist can assist you in choosing the appropriate centerpiece.

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Gown Sale

Looking for a good deal on a gown? Visit Park Avenue Bridal's Orange Park location to take advantage of 50% off all instock gowns. This includes Bridesmaids, Mother of the Bride and Special Occaision gowns.

1600 Park Avenue, Suite 5
Orange Park, Florida 32073
Phone: (904) 278-5858
Toll-free: 1-877-775-4737
Fax: (904) 278-8285

Orange Park Salon Summer-->Hours

Monday: Closed

Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 6:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm

Sunday: Closed