30 years ago, bridal showers were mostly hosted to help the bride set up her new home with all the necessities of married life.
In fact, bridal showers are actually centuries-old tradition that was made when a few town women pitched in and presented household gifts to a soon-to-be bride, with no dowry.
Nowadays, many are choosing to marry at an older age and are usually in a live-in relationship with their significant others. These modern brides aren’t in need of pots, dishes, and ceramic plates.
Today, the concept behind bridal showers is merely celebrating with loved ones and friends before the wedding madness begins! Here are some ideas to get you going:
Wedding planning is stressful, for the bride as well as her bridesmaids. You all could probably love a little downtime in between menu tastings and dress shopping.
Well, a spa day is just the right idea. Book your favorite spa or salon for a few hours (or an entire day) and then come home on a rented limo to some light fare and friendly gossip. Or you can hire a few local manicurists and a masseuse for a few hours, so everyone in your group can sit back and relax, while sipping chamomile or iced tea in fancy glasses.
Have you always wanted to learn salsa or another fun dance form? Were you interested in taking cooking classes with your bestie, but something always came up?
This is an amazing and fun bridal shower idea. Sign up everyone in the bridal party for a class and take it together! Learn something new—be it cooking a foreign dish, learning how to foxtrot or even yoga. Plan any activity that you know everyone will love and have a blast!
Have competitive friends that just want to have fun, while owning the groom’s party? Throw a fun (and friendly) trivia contest or athletic games and pit your bridesmaids against the best man and his posse for an epic battle of the sexes shower!
Take inspiration from Minute to Win It for your games, such as softball or even classic field day games like balloon toss or three legged race. There are so many ideas that you can try!
This is the best idea for bridal parties that aren’t too large. Gather your bridesmaid around and take suggestions. Not only is this idea a great alternative to the traditional bridal shower, but will also allow the group to bond and become closer.
Depending on your budget, you can plan a trip not too far with a variety of options such as out-of-city retreat, Vegas; rent a cottage near a lake or ranch.
The idea behind non-traditional bridal showers that appeals to modern brides is that they can personalize this otherwise traditional and somewhat formal occasion. As such, brides are turning to non-traditional ideas to celebrate their upcoming nuptials because why not? Brides can gift their wedding party guests with selected bridesmaids’ dresses! Start your shopping today!
Although choosing your bridal bouquet may not seem like the most intimidating task in the world, this doesn’t mean the decision doesn’t require some forethought.
It may seem like a small detail, but it doesn’t look like one when you’re walking down the aisle in a white dress that horribly clashes with the garish orange bouquet.
When meeting the florist to make your selection, bring a picture of your dress along so that they know the theme they’re working with. The design of your bouquet should reflect the style and details of your dress. So opt for a bouquet design that doesn’t overwhelm the look of your own gown, neither unbalances it.
Trailing bouquets only work if your dress is simple. In such cases, you need a dramatic bouquet that will add character to the design. But if you have a dress that has detailing on the front, you will need a bouquet that is much smaller.
Also, since your waist is the smallest part of your body, you will also need the right size since you don’t want to the bouquet to overpower your look.
With a white, ivory or cream gown, you need to find the right types of colorful blooms for your chosen bouquet that would show off the simplicity of the dress. Although, you can also choose a bouquet that complements the bridesmaids’ dresses as well.
Many brides add small trinkets such as family heirlooms or necklaces to their bouquets as well. This way, your bouquet can become a part of the something new, something old, something borrowed and something blue.
Your bouquet needs to be comfortable enough that it doesn’t end up being too crinkly or heavy for you to hold. Heavy bouquets can be awkward to carry since you have to adjust your posture to accommodate them and that can make for some truly awkward wedding photos.
Because of our nerves, many brides end up holding their bouquets with both hands, and their shoulders hitched up. That can be somewhat unappealing, especially if you have on a gorgeous Bari Jay bridal gown.
The best way to hold your bouquet is to hold it in one hand, away from the dress and below the hip so that your dress can show.
Roll your shoulders and relax them so that your posture is improved and make sure not to grip the flowers too tightly.
For hand-tied bouquets, freshen up their look at the end of the day by cutting them at the base of their stems about an inch and then pop them in a vase with water. Since you’re the bride, you can choose to have your mother or bridesmaid do so for you instead.
We like to provide all kinds of info so that our brides can have a perfect and memorable day. Buy bridal gowns from us to look like the queen you are!
We’ve all heard of the phrase, “no pain, no gain”. However, this rule should not apply when we’re talking about our bridal beauty.
And most of all, it shouldn’t apply when we’re talking about bridal footwear. Beautiful to look, and sometimes harmful to wear, shoes can sometimes really hurt our feet. But for the sake of beauty, we end up wearing them anyway.
Well, we at Perfect Bridal say, stop!
Wrong footwear should not cause a dent in a bride’s happy moments, especially on her wedding day.
So here, we give you some tips so brides can buy the best shoes for their wedding and not hurt their tootsies in the process.
Unless you want to have blisters on your feet on your wedding day, we suggest you break them in well before the big day. If they’re too tight, wear your shoes under your desk and flex them so that your feet feel comfortable on the big day!
For the sake of your heels, don’t wear heels. Apart from the ceremony, you will be running around all throughout the night, thanking everyone for coming and dancing the time away.
Heels may put a stop to that. Firstly, wearing something that makes you precociously stand on your own two feet may make you trip. Second; you shouldn’t have to wear heels if you’ll only end up kicking them and going barefoot. Wear shoes you’re comfortable in such as sandals and even cowboy boot; whatever floats your boat!
Wedding shoes are very expensive. And when it comes to expensive shopping, we tend to want it done quickly so the bill doesn’t torture us as much. However, don’t make the mistake of going to just one or two places. You’re spending a fortune on your purchase, so you need to get shoes that are from the right source.
Even with all these above steps, shoes can still hurt. Your heel may break or the dance may be too slippery (Read: Chandler and Monica’s wedding, anyone?)
In this case, you need to have a trusted pair of shoes in your bridal care kit so that you don’t end up sitting out for your own special occasion.
You’ve ignored your toenails long enough. If you’re going to wear exquisite footwear, your feet need to look good and well taken care of. Getting a pedicure will help you take care of that task. Not to mention, it will also relax your foot muscles enough to help you dance without worrying about the pain.
If you’re going for plain shoes, you may need to first see if your dress covers your feet or not. You don’t want to walk down the aisle while your flip-flops shine in all their glory. Your shoes complete your overall look, so if you do want to look perfect, incorporating the length of your dress will greatly help you.
Perfect Bridal offers beautiful wedding gowns from Bari Jay and Alfred Sung among others. If you want a dress that would go with your footwear, you can be sure that we will help you.
So go ahead and use the above tips to buy the right shoes, and come on down to Perfect Bridal and choose a dress that will surely make you look picture-perfect!
For a plus-size bride, finding the right wedding dress was an intimidating task a few years ago. But thanks to various designers in the bridal wear industry, brides can now choose the most stunning dress without worrying about body-shaming, or worse—finding a dress that is perfect but isn’t available in their size!
But how do you go about shopping for such an ideal dress?
For that,Perfect Bridal offers some handy tips!
Before you begin shopping, pick up the phone and call around the different bridal boutiques and ask about their stock. Tell them your size and ask them if they have a selection of wedding dress types that would work for you. Keep in mind that if the store offers all sizes between 2 and 22, they’ll probably have your size ten.
Just make sure that if they don’t have a sample size that fits you, they can still order one that would. So don’t be disappointed.
When looking for a dress, find a salesperson that would be eager to help you. Ask for their expertise and get them to show you how they think you’ll look. But keep in mind though that this is your show. You get to control the shopping experience. So don’t shy away if the dress your salesperson picks isn’t as flattering as you feel.
NEVER go with size when it comes to choosing a wedding dress. Wedding dresses often use street sizes but if you’re a size 14 and end up wearing a size 16, don’t lament on the fact. If the dress fits, buy it and ignore the little number on the tag.
Yes, it can be frustrating to search for a strappy wedding dress in a sea of strapless ball gowns. However, if you end up getting your heart set on one dress that happens to be strapless, have the dress altered to add sleeves. Don’t be afraid to ask for the change and don’t just think it’ll be too expensive to get. Chances are the price will be very reasonable.
In a world where a size 12 is often ridiculed, it can be easy for people to body-shame your bodacious self. Put a stop to it as soon as it starts. You are a healthy beautiful woman and no amount of idiocy on some else’s part should bring you down. If someone tries to shame you, i.e. ask you if you are going to lose weight before the wedding, shut them down or search elsewhere for your dream dress.
If you’re shopping at Perfect Bridal, we do our best to make this shopping experience fun for you.
And while you may want to just get the shopping bit over with, take time out to enjoy the day. You deserve it!
Come on down to our boutique or browse through our website to find the perfect dress to look like the queen you are on your wedding day!
With the sand beneath your feet, the sun shining on your perfectly made up hair, you walk down the makeshift aisle feeling like the princess of your dreams…
Until a gush of wind comes along, whooshing your gossamer veil over your head and caking your teeth with the same sand you were reveling in a few seconds ago!
It’s okay, you can stop cringing now. Although this is an over exaggeration of the worst of beach weddings, it doesn’t really take much for the beach-y elements to ruin your illusion of the perfect day.
So in order to stop such a disaster from happening, we give you some style tips to prevent the beach elements from ruining your beach wedding!
Beach weddings and poufy dresses do not mix. For such an occasion, you need a dress that is light and airy, but not so much that a gush of wind would reveal your nether regions. Light layers and strapless should be your choice so that you can move without fumbling or fussing over your dress.
You can choose from a number of wedding dress types from the variety of bridal party dresses for beach weddings available at
Perfect Bridal. Just keep your comfort as well as style in mind when you choose a dress.
Lastly, when looking for shoes, go for flats; heels sink into the sand.
Unless you want a grumpy groom, opt for relaxed attire rather than the black tux. Again, think light and airy and keep the colors in earth or neutral tones. Let your groom wear a suit that feels comfortable during the ceremony and reception. This way, they won’t have to worry about getting sand all over them, and will be relaxed enough to actually enjoy the proceedings.
After all, it’s his special day too!
Choosing a hairstyle is a delicate matter for a beach wedding. Now, the best option would be lose waves that would frame your face. But if this option is too simple for you, you can either add a floral headband or go for an up do.
If you have long hair, a loose braid can look pretty as well, but only if you touch it up with some light hairspray to keep the hair in the knots. Just remember to freshen up your hair 5-10 minutes before the ceremony starts. This will help you maintain your hairstyle all day.
If your wedding is taking place during the day, keep some blotting tissues near you so that you can wipe off perspiration and oil. Also remember to blend sunscreen all over your skin so that you don’t end up getting a white reflection.
Keep your makeup light and natural. Heavy makeup can make your skin extra-shiny, not to mention that too humid weather can end up melting it off your face.
With all these details, we hope you’re able to have a stress free beach wedding!
Continuing from the first part of this blog, here are some more details and tips to help you look beautiful on your daughter’s special day!
For any fashionable ensemble, the devil is in the details. So when dressing, use small details to improve the look of your dress even more. Pair your soft, flowy dress with crystal hair clips or earrings. Add some extras such as formal gloves or matching handbags if your dress is too simple. Basically, make your entire ensemble look complete and tasteful.
However, when you choose your footwear, go for comfort over style. Diamante stilettos look great, but can be murder for your tootsies if you have to strut about the whole evening.
We mentioned how mothers of the bride and groom can take this opportunity to add their own flair to the dress. Now, while this may seem confusing since we encouraged you to take your daughter’s choice into account, what we mean by that is that if you want to add a small detail that highlights your style, do it.
There is no reason why the mother of the bride cannot dress up in something that she would want to wear again for another formal occasion.
Didn’t you get annoyed when you’d be completely ready to go somewhere and your daughter would still be standing in front of the mirror, putting her makeup on?
Yeah, that’s how your daughter’s going to feel if you start preparing for her wedding a couple of days before the actual occasion. While you may think that you don’t need those mani-pedis before the big day, your daughter knows you a lot more and will probably become quite angry if you don’t pamper yourself, even just a little bit. Remember, it’s your special day, and your daughter will not take it lightly if you show up underprepared. And that brings us to…
This duration gives you time for alterations and any special orders that need to be made. Though, if you’re shopping at
Perfect Bridal, this is a no-brainer since we make sure to provide complete assistance at all times. We even offer same day delivery on dresses from several bridal wear designers.
However, the primary reason why this time duration is necessary is so the bride herself can buy her dress from the wedding dress types we have on offer. This way, you will have the chance to buy a dress that would complement her style.
Before, mothers of the bride would have uniforms to go for the occasion i.e. a cocktail jacket and an understated sheath dress. However, thanks to various designers, mothers can now choose the dress they want in accordance with the occasion and the venue.
So for instance, if the wedding is taking place at the beach, mothers can choose their bridal party dresses and pair them with an appropriate shawl or jacket according to their taste.
Although these are just the basic tips, if you want to know more about finding designer dresses for the wedding, contact us! Or come on down to our boutique to pick the perfect mother of the bride dress!
An organized bride is a happy bride. But what do you do when you don’t know where to start?
Perfect Bridal has some information in store to help you organize your big day!
The reason we say this is because many brides go through a weight fluctuation from the time they start preparing until the big day.
Thanks to stress and the several bouts of binge eating you go through, your weight will not likely be the same that it was months ago. The best time to buy wedding undergarments is after your final dress fitting so that you get the proper measurements.
Even the most stable-minded of us can become bridezillas. The smallest things can sometimes trigger us when we’re preparing for our big day. So instead of letting yourself get all wound up, allow your sense of humor to guide you. Watch some wedding themed movies, let go of the prep and spend the day relaxing and lazing around. Remember; a wedding is supposed to be a happy day!
If you want a healthy and fresh glow, commit to this old wives tale; don’t indulge in late-night drinking. For two weeks, keep your diet healthy and stay away from any food that may cause you to break out. Don’t depend on that last minute facial to save you and get plenty of sleep before the day to avoid puffiness.
If you’re one of those brides who want to look fit and fine in their wedding dress; take our advice and start using weights for your arms. Our upper arms are the first part of the body that puffs up when we gain even a little weight. Attempt some repetitions with 1 lb weights and keep at it until the wedding day. Your final look will be the proof of your efforts.
At this moment, you may want to skip that particularly snarky bridesmaids. The days before your wedding need to be positive and calm. But if you do end up in an emotional crisis, you need a caring party that will be able to help you, rather than increase your hysteria.
The reason your beau is marrying you is because they love you for who you are. So if your makeup artist tries to get a bit too creative, take a stand. You should look like an enhanced version of yourself, rather than a complete stranger. Besides, if you do get too overdone, your makeup may end up clashing with your simple yet exquisite Bari Jay bridal gown!
You can’t just expect your bridesmaids to be grateful because you got them inexpensive bridesmaids dresses.
Your bridal party needs to know that you care. Thank them at the start of the day, and make sure to convey your gratitude after the ceremony is done. Keep their spirits up and let them know how special they are.
And these are just a few of the factors that every bride should know. If you want to know more, stay tuned to our Bridal blogs and use our advice and insight for a smoothly organized and memorable wedding day.
As mother of the bride, you have a responsibility. You must be elegant. You must be poised. But above all, you must look so absolutely stylish that your daughter would be proud to call you her doting mother!
But how do you go about such a challenging task when your idea of style is a comfy pair of jeans and hoodies? (Don’t worry we’ve all been there!)
For that, Perfect Bridal offers our expertise so you as the mommy of the bride-to-be can look forever as the queen your daughter thinks you to be.
All weddings go by themes these days. So keep the tone of the event in mind when searching for a dress. Whether it’s formal, semi-formal, or casual; consider the chosen color scheme and search for a dress that would suit the occasion.
You can’t simply choose a mother of the bride dress without consulting your daughter. Ask the bride to dictate her choices about the hemlines, color and patterns.
Just keep in mind that while you must look absolutely gorgeous (anything less is out of the question), you cannot upstage the bride herself. And as her mother, it would not be becoming of you to commit such a faux pas.
It is customary for the mothers of the engaged couple to coordinate with one another about the selection of the dress. The reason why you have to coordinate is so you don’t end up clashing or outshining each other. As well, it’s important that both mothers use this opportunity to bring their own flair in accordance with the theme of the wedding.
You’re the mother of the bride, not her bridesmaid. This automatically brings you several notches above the bridal party in terms of style.
DO NOT match up your dress with what the bridesmaids are wearing. If anything, make your outfit distinguishable so that you can stand apart from the rest. You won’t have much problem in searching for such an outfit at Perfect Bridal, since our Mother of the Bride section offers a gorgeous collection of designer dresses!
Your baby girl is getting married! This is an opportunity to celebrate her happiness. So you are not allowed to dress up in a frumpy or shapeless gown. This false tradition of having the mother of the bride look positively drab is one that can make the whole event seem somewhat sad.
Don’t be afraid to dress up in a tastefully designed pant suit or gown. Find some flattering designs and use the opportunity to express your style!
Now, this is just half of our style guide. If you want to find out more about styling yourself for your daughter’s special day; stay tuned and browse our Mother of the Bride section for a wide selection!
As official members of your bridal posse, your flower girl should get the same level of priority that you would give to your bridesmaids. This is why it is important that that when you choose a dress for them, keep their likes and personality in mind.
To help you, Perfect Bridal provides you with insight on choosing the best flower girl dress.
Is your wedding a formal occasion, or can your flower girls afford to look snazzy? Determining the style of your wedding can help you pinpoint the attire you’re looking for. You must remember that before you, your flower girl will be the one walking down the aisle with all eyes on her; choose a dress that not only makes them feel like a part of the wedding, but also their best.
When choosing the color, maintain the theme that complements your wedding color. Although flower girls do get their own dresses and fashion, you can still choose to buy a dress that is a miniature version of the bridesmaids’ gown. You may need to incorporate something else in the color scheme though, like a ribbon or bow that will make their dress stand out.
More than fashionable, your flower girl’s dress needs to be comfortable. Little girls love dressing up for such occasions, but you can’t expect them to bear an uncomfortable dress all day. Also, along with choosing a comfortable dress, find a comfortable pair of shoes so that they don’t whine about their aching feet.
You can’t expect your flower girl to sit still primly as you get ready. Since your flower girl will move and play around, you may need to find a fabric that is durable i.e. not easily wrinkled or ripped. Stay away from delicate fabrics such as silk or velvet and stick to the more trusted retailers (us!) if you want a high quality dress.
Neither kids nor adults will like their dress acting like a trip hazard.
Although you can have your choice of lengths, it’s always better to go with tea-length, especially if your flower girl is less than 10 years old.
While older flower girls will be able to hold their floor-length dresses in a way that they don’t trip, your smaller flower girls might be too impatient to do so.
Budget shouldn’t be that big of an issue when shopping for a flower dress. We offer stunning flower dresses at affordable prices, so you can easily find the dress you need without a problem. You can also buy a junior bridesmaids dress if your flower girl doesn’t like a dress according to her dress.
So what are you waiting for? If you need a flower girl dress, shop today at Perfect Bridal and find the perfect dress from our collection of wedding and designer bridesmaids dresses online.
You looked like an ethereal goddess on your wedding day. That is until your cousin’s rambunctious little child “accidentally” spilled their fruit punch all over the side of your Allure Romance wedding dress.
Wedding dresses are supposed to remain spotless, which is why we don’t blame you if you can’t help but flinch at the horrible thought of such a potential disaster.
To help you prepare in case such a tragedy does occur, Perfect Bridal provides you with some useful tips on how you can take the stain off your wedding dress without ruining its look – although if you’re searching for an answer to outdoor stains, we have the solution for that too!
Wines are a staple at weddings; you may be more susceptible to red wine spills than any other liquid.
If such an incident occurs, take immediate action. Use a wet towel and dab at stain as much as possible. Next, take a white cloth and soak it in warm water.
Dab the corners of the spill gently, taking it all the way to the middle of the stain. Doing so will allow the stain to lighten. Cover any remaining spots and marks with chalk or baby powder if you can.
Food grease stains are more about smell than stains. If a food item does spill on your dress, use baby powder and dust it over the mark so that the oil is absorbed. Let the powder sit on the stain for at least 15 minutes and gently brush it away; don’t wipe.
Next, use a cotton swab and rubbing alcohol, dab the outer edges of the stain towards the middle until it fades. For more secure cleaning, sprinkle a bit of baby powder on top.
With ink, it’s important that you NEVER run the stain under water. It can ruin the underside of your dress. Instead, dab the ink stain with a cotton swab that’s been dipped in rubbing alcohol and then blot the area with a clean white cloth.
Keep the underside of the dress in mind when doing so and use an additional absorbent white cloth underneath to absorb the ink.
The reason why water doesn’t remove makeup is because it is an oil-based stain.
To get rid of it, find a cleaning agent that will work on the oil compounds such as detergent, baby soap or even mineral spirits.
Firstly though, blot the stain with a moist cotton swab, making sure to keep a paper towel underneath so that the stain doesn’t transfer. Use the detergent to dab at the stain, using your fingertips to gently rub the part if the mark is stubborn. NEVER be vigorous with your cleaning.
Ladies, we pray this doesn’t happen, but sometimes, Aunt Flow just can’t be trusted.
If your gorgeous Bari Jay bridal gown gets stained with blood, use one of two options. If the stain is still fresh, run it under cool salted water. The salt will break the stain and remove the blood from the cloth. Rinse with clear water.
If the stain has dried, use meat tenderizer. Yes, we know, it’s weird, but meat tenderizer can break down the proteins that form blood clots. Using it to break the blood patch from the fabric will give you quicker results.
And finally, remember that although a stain may make you feel like your night is ruined, it’s still just a stain. Make some effort to clean it away and then get back to enjoying your time. And if the stain still persists even after the day is done; hey, that’s what dry cleaners are for!