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Weddings are pure magic. Whether you hold a grand affair at a huge venue in the heart of New York City or a small gathering at your favorite park, your wedding day is pure magic. Here at Labella Bridal we love playing the role of fairy godmother to make your big absolutely stunning! We wanted to share some of the beautiful pictures from Melissa and Perry’s wedding. The lovely couple looked absolutely stunning on the big day and we couldn’t be happier for them. Check out the pictures below and remember that Labella Bridal is always here to help you look your best for the next special occasion in your life. Credit for these photos goes to the talented photographer, Caitlin Murphy.
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Most people have been to a wedding at least once in their life. The traditional wedding is fairly simple when you’re attending as a guest. You’re seated along with friends or family members, the ceremony takes place, and finally you spend the rest of the evening enjoying music and cake at the reception. Receptions are what guests usually remember at the end of the day. They remember dancing, laughing, and the cake. Children attending your wedding always remember the cake. Guests see your reception as their chance to congratulate you on your big day. Receptions are where the fun happens. So what happens when you don’t actually want a traditional reception? It can get tricky. A reception is where you spend the most time with your guests. It’s where a lot of important moments can happen. Having a non-traditional reception can actually be fun. Sitting down to a dinner and sticking to formality might not be your cup of tea. For brides looking to break the mold then check out some of the ideas below. Labella Bridal is ready to help give you beautiful options for your unique reception.Ice Cream Party
It doesn’t matter your age – ice cream parties are great. There is an endless amount of different topping combinations and ice cream to choose from. Not to mention this option can satisfy most taste buds and group members. Companies rent homemade ice cream machines for parties so you should be able to find machines relatively easy. Ice cream can also be made ahead of time and served during the reception. While this option is likely best done during warm months, a cold treat during winter can also be fun. Having an ice cream buffet is a great way to put a new twist on the whole reception tradition. Make sure to have a variety of ice cream available for your guests. The best part will be the toppings area. Fruits, candy, whip cream, and a lot of sauces will make for a fun part of the day. Hold a funky sundae contest with guests and see who can create the weirdest combination. It keeps guests talking, all age groups happy, and involves everyone.Breakfast Weddings
Evening and afternoon weddings are the norm. Consider just how many brides get married at certain times during the day. So why not change things up a little when it comes to your wedding day? Having an early wedding has a lot of advantages. Some vendors may lower the price for your goods if it means getting multiple weddings in one day. Older guests unable to drive at night may find it hard to get to and from the reception hall. Couples with children might cut their attendance short in order to get kids home to bed. There are a variety of reasons why guests might not be able to stay long at an evening reception so a morning event can be perfect for some. What better way to celebrate a morning reception than by providing guests with a paradise of pastries? A custom omelet station can be just the thing to treat your guests to a delightful breakfast. Pastries are perfect and go well with anything. Having an early wedding can benefit everyone in your group.Potluck
A potluck can be an exciting twist on your reception. It can be a great way to make your guests feel included in the wedding day. A potluck can be formal or informal. Send out a notice to your guests to gauge if their cooking skills would lend well to providing something for the reception. It doesn’t matter if it’s snack foods or desserts – a potluck is about having a little of everything. Some guests may be able to whip up a lot more than your average cook. If you’re a bride or groom on a budget then remember just how important it is to save money where you can. Your guests will more than likely be delighted to help out when they can. Remember all the people over the course of planning your wedding who asked if they could help? This is the perfect opportunity to take them up on the offer. You can even have a theme to your potluck to make it a little more festive. Remember – a reception doesn’t have to be traditional affair. Mix things up and make it whatever you truly want.var hupso_services_c=new Array("twitter","facebook_like","facebook_send","google","pinterest","email","print","linkedin");var hupso_counters_lang = "en_US";var hupso_image_folder_url = "";var hupso_url_c="http://labellabridalboutique.com/alternative-wedding-receptions/";var hupso_title_c="Alternative Wedding Receptions";
During the course of planning a wedding you will get to enjoy a lot of little magical moments. These are the moments that you’ll want to treasure and celebrate long after the big day. While planning and shopping is stressful, these moments during all the chaos can truly make you pause and remember how truly amazing the whole experience is. Magic moments can range from picking out the perfect flowers for your day to seeing how beautiful the reception hall will look. One of the biggest magical moments is, of course, shopping and choosing your wedding dress. Dress shopping is magical but tricky. Some brides go in without knowing anything about their ideal dress and other brides have a list with every last detail listed. Going from point A to B can be overwhelming. If you’re looking for a truthful guide to help you navigate through the dress shopping ordeal, check out the list below. Getting to that magical moment may be difficult but once you’re there it will be amazing.
Some Salespeople Lie
This isn’t exactly a shocking fact. Like in any field, salespeople can often be seen as more of a lion than a lamb. At large dress retailers it can be tricky to find out whether or not your salesperson is actually in the market of helping you out or just looking at you with dollar signs in their eyes. The shark salesperson is all about praising you whether or not the dress actually fits your body style. If you find yourself standing in a dress that you secretly don’t find all that attractive and your salesperson exclaims that this is the dress for you, it might be a good sign that you’re dealing with someone just looking to make a sale. It can be hard to look over the flattery and praise you’re getting from your salesperson. Knowing what to look out for can save you a lot of time and money. If your salesperson is constantly pushing a higher-priced dress, that’s never good. If your salesperson tries getting your family or friends on their side during the shopping trip, it’s time to look elsewhere. Not every salesperson is out for your wallet though. Shops and boutiques such as Labella Bridal are focused on giving their brides exactly what they want without the sneaky lies.
Your Shape is Beautiful – Remember That
It’s easy to fall into a tailspin of dress envy. You see a girl in a magazine with a dress on that you absolutely love. She may look nothing like you yet…you want that dress. You pull out the magazine during your shopping trip and show your salesperson the perfect dress. A good salesperson will tell you whether or not the dress will flatter your frame. Knowing your frame and knowing which dresses will flatter your figure is extremely important when you’re looking for your perfect gown. The beautiful thing about brides is that they come in all shapes and sizes. The wedding industry has taken note of this and provides brides of all shapes and sizes with perfect gowns for their beautiful day. Picking out a gown that flatters your figure will make shopping a much easier task. A good dress shop will provide you with expert stylists able to help you discover which dresses are ideal for you and similar to the vision you had in mind.
Budgeting for a wedding can make an accountant out of anyone. A money-conscious bride is likely to have reviewed her budget over and over again – down to the last penny. She knows where the money is going and how much she’s able to spend. If you have discussed the budget with your soon-to-be spouse then you know exactly how much you can spend on your dress. A firm budget is where things can get tricky for some brides. Shopping with a budget in mind is a great idea but if you find the perfect dress for a thousand more than you expected, backing away slowly might be the answer. Blowing your entire budget on a wedding dress isn’t likely to go over well with your other half. Similar dresses are fairly easy to find in this day and age. Finding a dress that you like within your budget is a lot easier with the ability to browse online before going in. So if you are ever on the brink of blowing your entire wedding budget for a single dress – take a step back and remind yourself that a firm budget exists to keep you from making this kind of mistake.
If you have questions about wedding gowns or special occasion dresses, Labella Bridal is here to help. Call us at 703-494-2929 for more information.var hupso_services_c=new Array("twitter","facebook_like","facebook_send","google","pinterest","email","print","linkedin");var hupso_counters_lang = "en_US";var hupso_image_folder_url = "";var hupso_url_c="http://labellabridalboutique.com/a-truthful-guide-to-dress-shopping/";var hupso_title_c="A Truthful Guide to Dress Shopping";
Organization is a simple concept. It’s the idea of putting everything in the right place. As a child it was the idea of putting up your toys and keeping your room cleaned. The adult version of organization is a bit more complicated. Certain events in life require a healthy amount of organization to get through them and come out on the other side in a positive light. Having a baby, for one, requires an extreme amount of planning. Making sure you have all the little odds and ends, clothing, food, and baby proofing are all piled up on your lap. The other major event in life where organization is key to survival is your wedding. Taking a step back to look at all the parts of planning your wedding can send even the most organized bride running for the hills. Brides unable to call organization one of their strongest traits are in need of major help in making sure their day goes moderately well. Here are some easy organization tips for brides with little to no organization knowhow.There’s an App for That
That phrase is popular for a reason. There is literally an app for everything you could want. Looking for the nearest brunch location? There’s an app to lead you there. Want your cat to entertain themselves? There’s an app to keep your cat busy with a mouse-catching game. The categories of apps range from banal to baffling, but the great thing about this is that you’ll more than likely be able to find the app you need for whatever you need it for. Getting organized for your wedding could be as easy as downloading the right app to your phone. There are hundreds of apps for organization on both iPhone and Android services. Even better than this is the fact that both carry apps specifically for brides trying to get organized when it comes to planning your wedding. While notebooks can get tossed aside and scraps of paper aren’t exactly the most trustworthy things to keep track of, keeping track of your phone is natural these days and having all your details in one place is easy.Step by Step
If you’re unorganized to begin with then there’s only so much you can focus on without making a major mistake. For those who consider themselves excellent at multi-tasking then handling a few extra items on their list probably won’t knock them for a loop in the grand scheme of things. If you’re prone to not being organized and jumping around from task to task then it is best to focus on one issue until you get it done. Take your flowers for instance. If you’re trying to plan the flowers you’ll need for the day or deciding how many you need then focus on that task alone. If you start switching between flowers and other items on your wedding list then you may end up with a mess on your hands. While it might be hard to focus on one thing at a time when you’re planning a wedding, unorganized brides and grooms should try and do one thing at a time to prevent accidentally ordering 300 rose bouquets instead of 300 napkins.Talk it Out
Being organized is a learned trait. You can learn to be organized over time…or at least semi-organized. Even brides with color coded planners and continuous phone reminders can find themselves failing to keep certain things organized. That’s where help comes in. Telling friends, family members, even your wedding planner certain things can help you remember them and help them remind you. If you have a group of family assisting you in all things wedding then telling them your plans and what you think should happen will give you a better memory. When you sit down at your computer to order items for the wedding you mind can go blank in an instance. But if you’ve told someone the amount and what you need, thinking back to that conversation can save you from ordering the wrong thing. Plus relaying the information to them will give you a backup in case you truly can’t remember.
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At Labella Bridal, we are constantly honored by our brides and grooms for making our gowns and tuxedos look amazing on their big day. It never hurts to have an amazing photographer to make everything look absolutely magical. We want to take a moment and give a big shout out to Katelyn James Photography for their amazing work highlighting our dresses and creating beautiful scenes for Brad and Katie to treasure for the rest of their lives together.
We’re delighted to show off these wonderful photos. Labella Bridal was lucky enough to have provided the wedding dress, all the bridesmaid dresses, the mother of the bride dress, and the tuxedos for the amazing day. Check out the images below courtesy of Katelyn James Photography. Be sure to check out their site for more pictures from Brad and Katie’s beautiful ceremony.
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There is one thing most people can agree on when it comes to planning a wedding. It’s the simple fact that planning a wedding is hard work. In theory it seems incredibly easy. Invite guests, get food, reserve a venue, and enjoy the big day. Unfortunately there are a few more steps than that. Planning a wedding locally is hard enough but what about planning a wedding from the opposite coast or even another country? Think for a moment just how difficult it would be if you aren’t able to visit a location in person or talk face-to-face with a wedding planner. It seems like an overwhelming aspect but thousands of couples plan their weddings long distance each year. While it can be harder than planning the traditional way there are plenty of good steps to take in order to help your wedding day go smoothly once you arrive. Check out the tips below in order to make your long distance planning a little easier.Find the Perfect Planner
This is crucial to making the whole long distance planning idea work. Having a wedding planner you trust with each and every step will make planning while away seem like you’re right there with the planner. Finding the perfect planner for your big day is more important than ever when you aren’t physically there to help figure stuff out. There are planners with experience helping brides with their long distance needs and finding a planner like this is always a great way to make the experience a lot easier. An experienced planner will be able to communicate effectively and efficiently. This means more pictures need to be shared, more conversations, Skype meetings, and a lot of other small things which make this type of planning much easier. The perfect planner for you will know how to get around certain obstacles, connect with the right vendors, and make the entire planning stage perfectly smooth. Start your planner search soon after getting engaged and make sure your find a planner you can trust without fear.Be Extra Organized
Being organized for your wedding is almost a given. There are entire books dedicated to helping you get and stay organized when planning your big day. If you aren’t a naturally organized person in your everyday life then getting that way is extra important when it comes to planning a wedding long distance. Buy a large binder when you begin your planning and start adding whatever you need. Include a page for all the business cards or websites you find. Making a spreadsheet with important names and numbers can also be a major help. Just print it out and include it at the front of your book. There are a ton of iPhone or Android Apps ready and waiting to help you stay organized with a few pushes of a button. Being organized might not be the easiest thing in the world but when planning from afar the need to be organized is at the top of the list. Keep pictures, websites, important names, and notes of every last detail in a big binder and the minute you have a question – your binder will be there to save the day.Finalize Details Before Arriving
At the end of the day planning your wedding in person or from afar comes down to a single idea. You want it all to be right before you walk down the aisle. The truth of the matter is that, if you’re planning a wedding long distance, you will have to make at least one trip prior to the wedding in order to finalize last minute details. If possible, try and make a visit a few months before the big day. That way you won’t feel nearly as rushed and most of the planning should be finished at that point in time. Duties like cake tasting and color choices require you to be present in order to complete. If you’re unable to visit a few months before the big day then do you very best to arrive a week or so before the wedding. Bring your planner and all the final details you need to go over with your wedding planner, family members, or your future spouse. Finalizing most of your details before arrival will ensure that the only things you have to worry about are the tasks you absolutely have to be there to accomplish.
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Choosing your bridal party is one of the best parts of getting married. More than likely your bridesmaids are friends you have known and loved for years, or sisters that you want to share your special day with. If you already have your bridal party in place before you even get the ring on your finger then a lot of weight is taken from your shoulders and your bridal party probably already knows their roles. On the other hand, some brides have a hard time narrowing down the lineup. It’s difficult telling one friend no and some friends yes. Hurting the feelings of someone you care about can cause a wide ripple of repercussions. So what do you do? Below are some tips to help you choose the best bridesmaids for your big day.Choose Quality over Quantity
It’s a common theme in fashion. You’re always supposed to choose quality over quantity. Instead of buying several cheap dresses which may not last until the next season, buy a couple dresses that will turn heads and always keep their shape and color. The same thing can be said for choosing your bridesmaids. Don’t pick your bridesmaids just because you don’t want to leave anyone out. It may end up costing you more money in the long run. Choose quality bridesmaids you want in your party. These bridesmaids will be the ones helping you through it all and you should trust them enough to hand over the steering wheel if things get tricky. Having a few close friends or family members as part of your bridal party will help you feel at ease and calm when the big day comes.Choose People you Trust
Your big day has been planned, packaged, and perfected over the course of months or years. The checklist is ready and you have everything under control. Unfortunately a checklist doesn’t mean things will go according to plan. In fact, things may very well go the exact opposite of your polished checklist. That’s when you’ll be glad you have a gang of bridesmaids you can trust to get in the trenches and figure out how to fix any problem which may arise. Having a group of friends you can trust to help you get through your big day smoothly is extremely important. Being able to trust your bridesmaids to get any assigned task accomplished will save you a lot of stress on the day. At the end of the day it’s all about having your best friends at your right hand to both help you through the tough parts and celebrate the amazing parts with you.Choose a Steady Group
There are a lot of opinions about weddings but one thing should be true – your big day should be about you and your new husband or wife. So why not choose a group of people you know will stick with that focus and help make sure the day is special for you? We’ve all heard horror stories about bridesmaids. They want to be the center of attention, they dislike another bridesmaid, the dress doesn’t fit right, and they should be the ones getting married! Having a bridesmaid like that can make or break your big day. Why not look ahead and choose the most cohesive group? Steady bridesmaids will make sure the day is all about you and help out when needed. Having zero drama with your bridal party is one of the best presents they can give you.var hupso_services_c=new Array("twitter","facebook_like","facebook_send","google","pinterest","email","print","linkedin");var hupso_counters_lang = "en_US";var hupso_image_folder_url = "";var hupso_url_c="http://labellabridalboutique.com/choosing-the-right-bridesmaids/";var hupso_title_c="Choosing the Right Bridesmaids";
There are some items that you automatically think of when it comes to weddings. Such items include beautiful dresses, suits, friends and family, and wedding rings. A wedding ring is one of the most important parts of the ceremony. It bonds two people together in matrimony and stands as a symbol of love and unity. Not to mention it can be an extremely expensive piece of jewelry. While diamonds are tough stones and wedding bands aren’t known to break when dropped, there are a few things you can do to make sure your wedding ring or band remains as shiny as the moment you received it. Below are some tips on caring for your ring and advice on the best treatment methods.Professional Cleaning Works
There are times in life when we can get away with not going to a professional. Computers can be fixed at home, easy DIY projects can be handled via YouTube, and even basic car troubles can be remedied. Then there are tasks which need an absolutely professional to handle correctly. One of these tasks includes getting professional cleaning for your wedding ring. This task is a great way to make sure your stone is set correctly and also retains its sparkle. A professional will be able to use the best tools and products around to get that gunk and dirt off your ring. They will also be able to make sure your ring is in good shape and the setting is strong. A professional cleaning a few times each year can save you the worry and stress over whether or not you’re treating your ring properly.Don’t Risk Your Ring
There might be some times where you might forget about your ring. It’s been through so much so having it on your finger is something you might forget about. Taking your ring off for certain activities is the right call. Consider just how dirty your ring might get if you’re outside gardening. All that dirt will work its way into the crevices of your ring and settle until the next cleaning. Stones in the soil might also end up scuffing or damaging your ring if enough force is applied. Another reason to slip your ring off and into a safe place is the risk of having it fall off outside or in the dirt. While your ring might be tight, with enough knocking and spinning it might end up being planted or dropped on the ground. Taking off your ring might seem like a pain but keeping it safe is worth it at the end of the day.Get Your Ring Insured
This tip might not be at the top of your list when it comes to your ring. If anything should ever happen then having insurance will be a huge lifesaver. Sadly nothing can ever really replace your original ring but you will have the ability to get a replacement. Most insurance companies will cover the cost of the ring if it’s ever lost, stolen, or damaged. Always remember that if you do get insurance on your ring, have it appraised every few years to make sure you are fully covered. If the metals and stones in your ring increase in value and you haven’t increased the insurance to match, your ring won’t be fully covered if something happens. Don’t look at having insurance on your ring as a jinx. Consider it a safety net that will soften the blow if something were to ever happen to your ring. You and your partner will be thankful if that time ever comes.
For some people delegating is an easy skill to handle and master. These people are able to assign tasks without so much as a blink of an eye and make dividing work look like second nature. Then there are people who view delegating as a completely foreign concept. When people ask if they can help, the answers they receive are usually variations of the same sentiment. “I can do it myself,” or “No, don’t worry about it,” and these phrases are usually similar. Delegating can be a hard skill to acquire and even harder to master. Brides are especially bad to view delegating as a disease they want no part of. A bride likely has a vision for her wedding and she wants is perfect. That is to be expected. But getting ready for your big day can try even the most organized bride. Delegating tasks for your wedding is a lot easier than you might think. For example – when it comes to your wedding dress, a stylist at Labella Bridal can help make the task much easier than going it alone. If you still have fears about handing off your wedding details to someone else, read below for some tips to help make the transition a little easier.Learning Strengths
Your friends and family members all have strengths. It doesn’t matter if they are goofy most of the time and like to joke around. When it comes to your wedding, more than likely they will show up ready to help and a whole new side of them will come out. You may not know their best strengths and weaknesses until you begin working with them. Once the wedding planning begins it might be a good idea to sit down with your group and go over things. Find out what would be easiest for your friends to do. If one friend has amazing handwriting skills then leave RSVP’s and notes to them. Some friends might be business savvy and have a gift at negotiating. This sort of thing can come in extremely handy when you’re shopping for vendors and accessories. No matter what the strength is, you’re most likely to find a task which will fit your friends perfectly. Don’t look at them as your goofy friend. Instead, consider their strengths and see them as co-workers on this important task.Letting Go
Let it go is a pretty popular phrase these days. Taking a page from the song might also help you learn to release a little control and delegate tasks to other members of your family or wedding party. In your life apart from the wedding you might be able to do it all. If you’re the type of person with endless energy and the drive to do everything yourself, that’s wonderful. It’s a gift and a skill to have that sort of drive. But realize that your wedding isn’t just another task you need to finish in your daily life. Your wedding is something which requires a huge amount of focus and detail to the little things. It’s a task which might not be suite to your skillset. That’s when you have to learn to let it go. Realize that just because you can’t get it all done, it doesn’t mean you have failed. Giving tasks to other people, be it family members or professionals, is a good thing. It will keep your stress level down and give you more time to keep the other parts of your life in check.Be Bold
One odd thing about delegating tasks for your wedding might be the idea of having to actually assign tasks to people. Sometimes your friends or wedding group might not feel it’s their place to rush up and throw offers of assistance to you all at once. If you’re the type to do it all yourself, then friends and family might take a seat until their name is called. This is doubly difficult if you’re a Type A person. Actually setting your desire to do it all aside is the first step in all of this. If you’re embarrassed to do it in person, send a nice card to your chosen friend or family member and request their help with getting everything in order for your wedding day. Sometimes people simply need to be asked to help out. It doesn’t mean they aren’t willing and wanting to help you out. Sure, the idea of going out and having to recruit help might feel weird, but at the end of the day it isn’t such a bad thing. Your wedding helpers will feel like they were truly wanted on board and you will have hardworking help to make sure you get your wedding day just the way you want.var hupso_services_c=new Array("twitter","facebook_like","facebook_send","google","pinterest","email","print","linkedin");var hupso_counters_lang = "en_US";var hupso_image_folder_url = "";var hupso_url_c="http://labellabridalboutique.com/delegating-wedding/";var hupso_title_c="Delegating for Your Wedding";
Eva Harrison, one of our beautiful brides, has shared some of her wedding pictures with Labella Bridal! We loved helping Eva find the perfect dress for her big day. These shots are gorgeous! We would like to congratulate Eva and her new husband on their wedding, and wish them years of happiness ahead.var hupso_services_c=new Array("twitter","facebook_like","facebook_send","google","pinterest","email","print","linkedin");var hupso_counters_lang = "en_US";var hupso_image_folder_url = "";var hupso_url_c="http://labellabridalboutique.com/beautiful-wedding/";var hupso_title_c="A Beautiful Wedding";