One of D.C.’s favorite new bridal boutiques, Soliloquy Bridal, is practically GIVING away select luxury wedding gowns. I’m talking swoon worthy gown, so gorgeous they make your knees buckle! The new, luxury boutique features a variety of heralded contemporary and coveted designers known nationally and internationally.
This can’t miss year-end promotion offers an opportunity to purchase select designer gowns for $2,011. From December 27 – 30th, walk, don’t run, to Soliloquy Bridal for what is certain to be one of (if not THE) most coveted opportunities to purchase your bridal gown at a boutique that takes proper care of a fantastic bride!
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First things first! Announce it to everyone! Whether you announce it like Maria in the Sound of Music or send a mass email, make sure to share the joy of your impending nuptials with all your friends and family so they can join in the celebration!
#2 Bridal Party Determine whom you’d like to stand by your side on your wedding day. Be very thoughtful about the selections you make. Keep in mind that, particularly, in this economy, you should consider your potential bridal party’s ability to afford what can be a very expensive role. Consider those who have to travel, pay for garments, etc. This is not to say don’t ask them. This is more to say, be prepared for the possibility that they may not be in a position to afford to support you in that way. We recommend asking early in the process as the longer people have to pay, the more it eases the cost. If you can afford this by paying for some of those costs, be prepared to have that conversation, as well.
#3 The Numbers: 1+1 is not just a Beyonce song
Consider now how much you want to spend on your wedding. Consider the absolute maximum you can afford. Everyone wants an amazing wedding day, but be realistic for your own good. You don’t want to be paying for your wedding day 10 years from now, so being realistic in the beginning and staying within budget are a must.
#4 Develop the Budget
It is imperative that you set a budget in the beginning. Before you do anything else, we recommend developing a detailed budget. From the fancy favors you want to give your guests to the venue to the boutonnières, each and every possible associated cost should be included in your budget. This considered, your budget should be more than a page. If you are working with a wedding planner they should have a really good template that you can customize for your own needs. To give you an idea, the budget template we provide our clients is five…count ‘em, (one, two, three, four) FIVE pages. Details are a must!
Due to the unfortunate circumstance of a broken storefront window, Soliloquy Bridal is postponing their previously scheduled grand opening affair to a yet to be announced date. Note, they are still opening next week, so you should certainly make your way over to see some of the fantastic designer gowns they offer, including Sarah Seven, Heidi Elnora, Kevan Hall and more!
Yesterday we talked about a major focal point of your ceremony, that being the wedding cake. Another stand out aspect, which is oft forgotten as an opportunity to “wow” the guests while highlighting the aesthetic of the event, is the bouquet. The newest trend in creating a fantastic, dynamic bouquet is what I like to call the “Brooch Approach”.
The Brooch Approach is the act of actually styling your bouquet with brooches, jewels and a variety of other designer features. Many brides use this as an opportunity to integrate vintage family heirlooms and found pieces at boutiques. Another benefit of the Brooch Approach is it takes some of the pressure off finding the traditional jewelry for your wedding. There likely won’t be the same need for baubles around the neck when you’re sauntering down the aisle with one of these pieces.
Imagine appearing before your guests with one of these remarkably unique bouquets. Would you consider it?
Recently I’ve seen some interesting and innovative ways of styling the traditional wedding bouquet that included the heavy use of succulents. Succulents are plants generally found in arid or semiarid regions (not just cactus, people). For the purposes of bouquets they stand up beautifully, even in the warmest of settings. Their, generally muted, color juxtaposed against vibrant florals make for the most divine of looks. Unique and memorable, for sure. Challenge your floral designers and florists to look at these options. A succulent bouquet is certain to make for a conversation piece and a central, fabulous detail, front and center at your wedding.
Photo: Erin Hearts Court Wedding Photography
Florist: Meg at La Partie Events