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Planning and attending a wedding is one of the most stressful events a person will go through. Although it is also one of the best events, so taking the good with the bad exactly sums up the process of planning a wedding. Most of the stress will fall upon the bride and groom as they deal with relatives, making sure everything is finished, and looking ahead to starting out their life together, there is also a major stress that is put upon the parents. For most parents, involving yourself in planning the wedding will be a natural duty. Brides often revert to asking their mother for help and for their opinion on a variety of matters from place settings to where colors her shoes need to be. Parents are also often on the receiving end when it comes to stress boiling over. A bride, and grooms for that matter, will seek comfort or to vent upon their parents when things have begun to go wrong with all their plans. For this reason, parents too need support and advice during the process of planning and enduring a wedding of their son or daughter. Below is a collection of compiled tips that parents may need, or at least they may need to take a look at after things go downhill during the process.

Communication with the Other Half: This is a step that most parents aren’t familiar with. Ether one side is in charge of everything, or the other side handles the majority of tasks. Even if this is a factor in your son or daughter’s wedding, keep in mind that being cordial with the other parental-half can put both sides at ease. Plan a small dinner with the other side of parents and get to know them at least on a general basis. There may not be any further meetings with them, but a single meeting to show your united love for the happy couple, and willingness to combine families, will make things a little easier for your son or daughter.

If You Pay for the Wedding…: Paying for the traditionally falls upon the parents of the bride. Because of this, you might find yourself wanting to offer your input a little more than you usually would if the bride were paying for it herself. This is easily understandable and can be remedied by some strong communication with your daughter. Sit down and talk to her about your thoughts on the wedding and how you would like to see if be done, and then listen to her desires. Get a notebook and write down the items on the list that you can both agree on. If your budget doesn’t include some of the things she wants, ask her if she would like to pay for some of these items. Or, if she wants a smaller wedding while you want a grander event, talk things out and see if she would allow you a little more freedom in making her day special. At the end of the day, you may have to compromise a bit more. This is her day, after all.

Learn to Deal: For some parents, the stress of the day can be a huge burden that’s liable to explode at any moment. As a parent you have to deal with helping your son or daughter, while also seeing them become more independent and, at the end of the day, letting them go off to start their own life with someone else. For this reason, amongst a lot of other reasons, learning to deal with whatever comes along, and letting it go, is a very important lesson for parents to take to heart. You won’t always agree with what you child wants. Arguing them down won’t help much in the grand scheme of things. Resentment before the wedding is definitely not a great idea. Getting along with everyone during the wedding is also important to remember. There is likely to be someone attending that you dislike. This is natural. Exchange polite greetings and then moving on is the most efficient way to deal with this issue. Learning to deal with all the rough points will allow the wedding to go far smoother than if you jumped on every distressing point.

Simply Be There: This is the easiest tip to give to parents. Just being there for your son or daughter is the most important role you can play in the entire wedding. Help when you’re asked to help, comfort them when things go wrong, and be happy and joyful when the big day comes. Being a parent instead of a teacher or instructor for the day will help them know that there is a steady place they can turn to when all the planning gets to them. Being a parent and being there for support is exactly what you need to do during the planning and wedding.

Not every wedding goes as planned and there will be times of stress on all sides. Learning to communicate effectively and calmly with your child might end up saving everyone a lot of stress. Always remember that planning a wedding is a tense time and a little compassion and understanding can go a long way.


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Some couples are all about bucking the tradition. They aren’t interested in the traditional church wedding and opt for a little something different when it is time to say ‘I do’ to their partner. This is where the destination wedding comes into play. Couples without roots in a certain area, or who are interested in a more exciting location for their big day, are opting for a wedding outside of the usual places. Some venture to cultural places such as Japan or India, while others head down to Mexico or out to an exotic island for their nuptials. A destination wedding is also used by some couples to simplify the wedding in itself. The ability to fly off to some random location, get married, and enjoy the area is much easier than the months of planning and stress.

Of course, if you’re looking for a full wedding along with the exotic location then you might be heaping more on your plate than you originally would have with a more traditional wedding. So how should you go about creating and planning the perfect destination wedding? Below are some tips to help everything go smoothly. Whether you’re having a large wedding in the English countryside or a small wedding on the beach, these tips will help prevent your exotic wedding from becoming tribal warfare.

Pick a Location Based on the Season: This one might seem like an odd one but think about this scenario. You’ve planned your wedding for an island surrounded by beautiful water, brought some of your family out, and are ready for the big day. The only downside of this is that you have picked the hurricane season for your big day. The weather stations all claim your big day will be clear but a sudden storm blows up and your big day turns into a nightmare for not only you and your groom, but also all your loved ones. Doing a little research about seasons and weather concerns for your location will save you a lot of trouble in the future, as well as a dangerous wedding day.

Think About Your Guests: Not everyone will be able to attend your big day. That’s something you’ll need to face and move on from if you’re set on having a destination wedding. Some of your older family members, or those with obligations at home, may not have the opportunity to leave it all behind and venture to wherever you are. Along with the money it costs them to do so. Bearing this in mind, if you are planning a wedding away from home you will need to give family members plenty of time to plan and try and think of ways to cut costs for them. Along with this be sure to leave one day, typically Sunday, for your guests to go and explore the location. They might be there for your wedding but it doesn’t mean it isn’t a vacation for them.

Remember the Little Things: Horror stories of destination weddings gone terribly wrong are scattered throughout the internet. Plan the entire wedding but left the rings at home? Or maybe you completely forgot about making sure you have someone ordained to marry you. These are simple things that sometimes go awry when all the dust settles. Sitting down with your partner to make a list of every single small detail of your wedding might seem like a big undertaking but it will put your mind at ease that no stone is left unturned.

Deciding on a Wedding Planner: Some couples enjoy the thrill of planning a wedding themselves, which is completely fine. But some couples would prefer to focus on some of the smaller tasks instead of the overall stress of planning the entire day. Especially for a destination wedding, having a planner to help guide you might be the smartest move of your wedding. A wedding planner with experience in destination weddings could make all the difference. They’ll know some tips and tricks on getting better prices, maneuvering around local customs, and helping to make sure all your guests are accounted and cared for.

If you need help with anything for your wedding or would like to have a consultation with one of our fashion experts. Give us a phone call at 703-494-2929 or schedule a consultation. Don’t forget to mention “Go Chic. Go Labella.” for specials.

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 Your wedding day is crammed full of things to think of. While the bride and groom do have help, they are the ones with the final say on certain things. There’s the reception to worry about, the wedding party, guests arriving and being comfortable, and any other thing one could think of. And no matter the bride, the day or the venue there is the possibility of something going wrong sometime during that special day.

No bride wants to think about it. They’ve planned for months and reviewed every last thing down to the way bows are tied or flowers are arranged. The happy couple has made sure and double-checked that everything on their special day will go smoothly. But even with all the planning and checking the worst still may happen. And although a bride likes to think their day might be perfect, it could very well be anything but. That’s when the bride and groom should think ahead and plan for the worst case scenario. It might seem like a jinx to some but it could potentially save the special couple thousands of dollars and save their wedding day.

One huge safety net for a wedding is to get Wedding Insurance. A basic wedding insurance costs between $155 and $550 and covers the loss of photos, clothing, rings, deposits, and more. Before you dive in and get wedding insurance you should check to see if you truly need it. Each of your vendors will have coverage of their own. You wouldn’t want to pay for useless coverage when your vendors may already have it covered. But if your vendors have lacking coverage you might want to purchase some insurance to cover you just in case.

Some people may not be aware of exactly why they would need insurance. The examples are endless as to why a couple may need insurance.

Here are a few things that can be covered by wedding insurance: Weather conditions (e.g. ice storms during a winter weddings) Accidents or any injuries Replacement of veils or gowns Issues with the wedding site Vendor no shows Last minute Military or job relocations Here are a few scenarios where wedding insurance would be needed:

Be aware that wedding coverage doesn’t cover everything. For example, getting cold feet on the big day and canceling the event isn’t covered. And while your wedding rings are likely covered by the policy, the bride’s engagement ring probably isn’t. Make sure you understand your policy before you proceed with coverage.Say the bride steps outside with her new groom for the pictures. Her dress is long and though she has it hoisted up, the train still sweeps the floor and hits, unfortunately, on a still smoldering cigarette. The flame burns a hole through the dress. With the right policy her dress will be covered. Perhaps the wedding day is actually ruined. Some brides pick tricky times of the year for a wedding. Spring can often bring around a lot of rain. Say your big day is interrupted by flash flooding. Your guests can’t get to the venue and you find out that the hall is actually flooded. Unfortunately that means you must postpone the wedding for a later date. With the right policy, wedding insurance will cover the money for invitations, catering, attire, and other non-refundable deposits so you don’t lose a single cent on your flooded day.

Consult a professional to ensure you understand and are covered with your policy.

If you need help with anything for your wedding or would like to have a consultation with one of our fashion experts. Give us a phone call at 703-494-2929 or schedule a consultation. Don’t forget to mention “Go Chic. Go Labella.” for specials.

Labella Bridal & Consignment Boutique, where chic and affordability go together in style.

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After the ‘I do’s’ and pictures are snapped, the food is eaten and cake is cut comes one of the most important parts of any wedding: the playlist. Whether you are hiring a DJ or creating your own playlist there are just some songs that are an absolute must for your big wedding day. More and more brides are beginning to create their own unique, personal playlists. Their bridal parties will have a say in the matter and help out with picking their favorite songs. Music backlights some of the most important moments of the day. This list includes marching down the aisle, marching back up as a newly married couple, and the all-important first dance. Now brides are introducing their bridal parties with some favorite songs chosen by the bridesmaids. Having the perfect soundtrack to your wedding can make the perfect day even better.

So what songs are best to put on a playlist? It all depends on the bride. Some brides love funky 70’s music while another bride might be dedicated to hip hop. But there are a few key songs that every wedding should have on their playlist and every bride should add to keep the party going!

1)     Ho Hey – The Lumineers: This is a song meant for the end of the night when things are a bit mellower.

2)     Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard: A silly, dance-worthy song for the rockers to enjoy! Can be played in the middle of the night for a good laugh and a fun dance.

3)     Love Shack – B-52’s: A classic wedding song. This is for all the dancers. Another fun song to have on the list.

4)     Cha Cha Slide – DJ Casper: This is one of those songs you should have on your playlist. Those people who aren’t keen on dancing will love joining in on this one.

5)     Single Ladies – Beyonce: Another party song to have on the list. Most brides change the wording around to fit their situation (he put a ring on it).

6)     You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC: This song often brings out the crazy dance moves in the wedding party. Air guitar anyone?

7)     Cupid Shuffle – Cupid: Like the Cha Cha Slide, this song will help people relax and have a go at dancing.

8)     Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey: No wedding playlist is complete without at least one Journey song. They are the ultimate feel-good songs that will get your party believin’.

9)     When a Man Loves a Woman – Michael Bolton: A classic song for when it’s time to slow things down. The special couple will be able to dance close for this song.

10)  Thrift Shop – Macklemore: A huge hit on radio this song is bound to get the younger crowd out on the floor showing off their thrifty dance moves.

11)  Push It – Salt n’ Pepa: The ladies will all be on the dance floor for this. A good song for the bridesmaids and bride to show their moves off to.

12)  Lovesong – Adele: This song is for the couples. They’ll enjoy it more than anyone else at the wedding.

13)  Burn – Ellie Goulding: A slower song for dancing but one that will imprint the specialness of the wedding on everyone there.

14)  I Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley: An old song for the special couple to dance to. Some of the older guests might also appreciate the song.

15)  Take on Me – A-ha: A blast from the past. This is a different kind of dance party but still a great pick.

16)  Little Talks – Of Monsters and Men: An upbeat song that has both slow and fast moments. It can create some funny moments!

17)  Carried Away – Passion Pit: Another great dance song that will keep people on their feet.

18)  Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen: A funny song that will get people laughing and on the dance floor singing along.

19)  The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra: A classic song that often makes it onto any good list. There are also various artists to pick from when adding this to your playlist.

20)  No Man Is An Island – Jack’s Mannequin: A fantastic first dance song. Not many know about this, but if you haven’t chosen a first dance yet check it out!

Even if some of the tips aren’t for you, there are always ways to save on your big day. If you need help with anything for your wedding or would like to have a consultation with one of our fashion experts. Give us a phone call at 703-494-2929 or schedule a consultation. Don’t forget to mention “Go Chic. Go Labella.” for specials.

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Check out our interview just in case you didn’t get a chance to view it on DMV CEO. The post includes a video but also speaks about the inspiration for the shop.


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Check out our interview on the Informed Entrepreneur Online Magazine. Ellalyne Brayman the owner of the shop was interviewed by Mike Baumstark.

Hear about our shop and its inspiration, hear from one our brides that dropped by before the interview and most importantly hear how we serve YOU!

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Each year the expenses of weddings grow. Between the guests to invite, wedding dresses, wedding favors for the guests, food, and everything else you must decide and pick out for your wedding day – some brides might find themselves blowing through their budget in a matter of months. Of course, this doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. There’s a new trend that’s sweeping the bridal community. DIY weddings and budget weddings are the new ‘it’ type of occasion for the budget-conscious bride. With websites and workshops around the nation focused solely on saving a bride money it’s extremely easy to find some quick tips for keeping your wallet happy and your beautiful wedding dream alive.

At Labella Bridal & Consignment Boutique, we understand that your wedding is your special day but that doesn’t mean you have to go bankrupt to do it. In our shop we have dresses from designer labels that are all at an affordable price. Below are some tips for brides on how you can save some money on your big day.

1)     Only Invite People You Really Want: Some brides might not be keen on this advice. But for a lot of brides that long-lost cousin you haven’t seen in years isn’t a necessary part of your day. You know exactly who you want to be there and who you don’t. After the wedding you can send around a nice card with a picture of the big day!

2)     Hire a Family-Owned Restaurant for Catering: Food for a wedding can be one of the most expensive additions. But before you hire a catering company, check with a local, family-owned restaurant. They are much more likely to go the extra mile for a bride and wedding than a faceless company would. Not to mention a family-owned restaurant can save you a lot of money.

3)     Choose a Cheap or Free Location: Hosting your wedding at a huge, fancy venue isn’t needed. Keeping an eye out for deals can truly help in the long run. Having the wedding at a family home, a friend’s backyard, or even at an outdoors location can provide a cheap, or even free, alternative to an expensive hall.

4)     Plan and Wait for Sales: Most brides begin planning even before they have the ring. That being said, keeping an eye out for sale items you’d love having at your wedding is a huge bonus. Stores like Hobby Lobby often have weekly sales and a large variety of wedding-oriented items to shop for. At Labella, we always have great deals and sales for brides. Give us a call and remember to mention “Go Chic. Go Labella.”

5)     Skip the Fancy Cake: That beautiful multi-tiered cake can cost a pretty penny. Going with an alternative is the new trend for a lot of brides. Have a buffet of ice cream and a lot of different toppings to put on. Or have a smaller wedding cake for the bride and groom to cut, and then cupcakes for the guests. Either option saves you money!

6)     Skip the Pricey Rehearsal Dinner: You can still have a rehearsal, but how about bucking the trend of an expensive meal and throwing a pizza party or a cookout instead? It will save you a ton of money and create a more relaxed and fun atmosphere.

7)     Skip the DJ: With the internet in full swing and music producing software everywhere there is little need for a DJ. Create your own playlist with your groom and bridal party. Come up with some songs that are unique to each of you. Load them on your iPod and borrow some speakers from a friend. Crank up the volume and you’re ready to dance!

8)     Toss the Save the Date Cards: Most people you invite to your wedding will already know the date. Family, friends, and those in the bridal party can pass along the word to anyone you need to alert.

9)     Create Your Own Invitations: Going to a printing shop or ordering expensive wedding invitations online is a thing of the past. There are sites such as Etsy and Wilton which you can purchase invite templates from. You can design them yourself on your computer and then print them out. It’s a much cheaper option!

10)  Take Advantage of Students: This is an option that a lot of people fail to think of or even try. Even if you don’t live in a big city it is still an option worth looking into. Photography students at your local college are eager for experience and shooting your engagement photos or the actual wedding day can be a huge bonus for both of you. Some students will do it at low cost and some may do so for free so long as they can add your shots to their portfolio.

Even if some of the tips aren’t for you, there are always ways to save on your big day. If you need help with anything for your wedding or would like to have a consultation with one of our fashion experts. Give us a phone call at 703-494-2929 or schedule a consultation. Don’t forget to mention “Go Chic. Go Labella.” for specials.

Labella Bridal & Consignment Boutique, where chic and affordability go together in style.

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Take a sneak peak  into Labella Bridal and Consignment Boutique located in Occoquan, Virginia with this video featuring the owner Ellalyne Brayman.

At Labella Boutique, we have created a sanctuary where our customers can feel the most beautiful. We have some of the highest-end fashion items ever made for a fraction of the retail cost. Labella Boutique is a unique shopping experience, which blends vintage and designer consignment with fashion, style, and a warm boutique feel. In addition to resale, we also carry new designers like Eden Bridal and others. You just never know what you can find “hanging out” at Labella Boutique.

Labella Bridal Boutique provides alterations, bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, homecoming dresses, quincenera dresses, prom dresses, evening wear for events like the Military Ball and accessories including men’s accessories like belts, ties, jackets, and more.

Vision: To making every single woman that walks through our store look good and on a budget.

Slogan: Where chic and affordability go together in style.

To schedule a consultation visit our contact us page.

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It’s exciting to be amongst the first to view a brand new collection in bridal wear, and especially so from Labella Too Designers.

“We try to wake up the inner sleeping beauty in all our brides,  our collection is diverse and exciting, there is something for everyone, it has a signature vintage handwriting throughout, which really gives us the opportunity to use wonderful fabrics and amazing cuts.  It’s Paris, Rome Chic with  you in mind.” A collection of elegant ready-to-wear  styles.

When I look at a wedding dress, I find myself in awe at the process behind it’s construction; all those hours drawing shapes and creating a silhouette, measuring intricate patterns that will be laid over fabric, shapes cut out and sewn together. I see intricate beading and embellishment and wonder how long it took to apply by hand.

The whole process of conceiving a design in mind and seeing it through to fastening up the last button, or securing the zip is something that blows my mind a little bit. Our amazing designers are clever people you know – I wish more people would appreciate fine craftsmanship and good garment construction – a well made dress is something of pure beauty.

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