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Perfect Bridal Wedding Collection – Something Borrowed

Something Borrowed in Your Wedding


Your Spouse’s Last Name


As stated in our previous blog on something new, monogrammed flutes are a wonderful way to show how much you care for your spouse.
By monogramming his name along with yours, you can add an even more personal touch to an otherwise simple glass flutes.
You can also have your spouse’s last name monogrammed onto the wedding cake or the ring bearer pillow as well.


A Sibling’s Wedding Necklace


If you have an older sister, or a close cousin who has already walked down the aisle, borrow their wedding accessories to add to your attire.
This sentiment is something that will please your family. It will show that you want to keep a trinket of home near your heart.
Although, if you do not have an older sister or cousin, you can even choose to wear your brother’s cherished ring as a way of showing him that you love them.


Mother-in-Law’s Accessories


Want to earn some brownie points with your mother-in-law? Although you may have already checked that off your list by taking them shopping for the perfect mother-of-the-groom dress, there’s no reason you can’t do more.
Ask her to contribute her accessories such as pearl necklace for your something borrowed. They will be happy to do so.

Your Mother’s Veil


So you have your treasured Allure Bridal wedding dress in your hands.
All you have to do now is choose a veil to go with it. Take this chance and ask your mother for her wedding veil instead.
Since brides cherish their wedding veil, your mother will most probably have it tucked away in the safest corner of her wardrobe.


Nail Polish


Small, yet significant, using your maid-of-honor or bridesmaid’s nail polish can easily be your something borrowed.
This way, you’ll find a way to be closer to your friend even as you walk down the aisle.
Using an accessory or something as simple as nail polish from your best friend is just about the most sentimental thing you can do.
In fact, you can also choose to use this moment as your much-needed bonding time with your BFF.

Rented Purses


All brides need a small clutch or purse so they can keep emergency trinkets near them at all times.
But wedding clutches can be very expensive, especially if you’re on a budget.
The second best option is renting one. Purses can easily be rented online, so you won’t have any trouble in finding one that will suit your style.
Furthermore, you will be able to use a gorgeous accessory without actually paying the full price. And that is an opportunity you wouldn’t want to pass up on.
In the next blog, we shall discuss the most coveted, something blue, aspect of this tradition. In the mean time, click here to brush up on the past blogs of this series!

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Perfect Bridal Wedding Collection – Something Old

Something Old in Your Wedding


Accessories


Accessories open a wide range for you to choose from, since you don’t necessarily need to go for a specific wedding-related item when incorporating the something old to your attire.
You may choose to wear a locket with photos of your family or even wear your mother’s wedding band on your right hand as a part of your wedding jewelry.


Veil


Families often store away their veils to use for future date since veils are always seen as a classic piece from the bride’s attire.
They also don’t get as dirty as the bridal dress itself so you can easily wear it without worrying about washing it.
Also, since wedding dresses such as Allure Bridal gowns or Alfred Angelo wedding dresses are often created in such versatile designs, you can easily incorporate an old veil with your dress without worrying about it clashing with the overall look.

Bouquets


Although the flowers in your bouquet will be new, you can add a something old element by attaching a family locket to the ensemble.
For those families who have roots in Victorian England, they will most probably have a tussy mussy hidden in their attic somewhere. But if you don’t have one, you can still choose to buy it since the historical nuance of this ornamental holder will definitely work as your something old.


Shoes


Another way you can add something old to your wedding is by wearing a favorite pair of shoes or heels for comfort. Since old shoes are already broken in, they can be easy to wear and dance in, so you won’t even have to worry about your feet aching after the day is done.
You may also choose to wear a pair of comfortable sneakers, but only if they are hidden by your dress or if they go with the overall theme of the event.


Vintage Scent


Often, we forget this factor of our attire. Signature scents have a powerful way of invoking wonderful memories. So you can choose to spritz yourself with the scent before you walk down the aisle. This way, as you approach the altar, your beau will get a whiff of that wonderful fragrance that their mind connects to you.

Vintage Scent


Often, we forget this factor of our attire. Signature scents have a powerful way of invoking wonderful memories. So you can choose to spritz yourself with the scent before you walk down the aisle. This way, as you approach the altar, your beau will get a whiff of that wonderful fragrance that their mind connects to you.


Wedding Topper


Wedding toppers are adorable and can easily be used on any styles of cakes since these toppers are mostly made in simple and traditional designs. You can place your parents’ or grandparents’ cake topper on your own cake and use them as your something old and something borrowed.
And these are just some of the ideas we have. Want to know what we have in store for something new? Then stay tuned!

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Perfect Bridal Wedding Collection – Something New

Something New in Your Wedding


Lingerie


Just because it’s tradition, doesn’t mean you can’t add your own twist to it. It has become very common for brides to buy lingerie as their something new since it is not only inexpensive, but also a pleasant surprise for the spouse.


Lipstick

Always wanted to wear that fire-engine red lipstick? Well, now’s your chance to do so. Buying a new lip color will always mark that shade as the most important one near your makeup-loving heart since it will remind you of your wedding day.
Later on, use that shade only for your anniversaries and special date nights.
In the years to come, even your significant other will appreciate it. That particular shade of lipstick will remind them of a special moment.


Engraved Bracelet

Engraved bracelets are a classic gift, and allow you to convey your love for your bridesmaids without saying anything.
Giving bracelets with the wedding date engraved will allow your bridal party to keep the bracelets as keepsakes.
Just remember to choose simple designs like gold chain bracelets so that your bridesmaids can wear them for other occasions as well.

Monogrammed Flutes


The element of something new doesn’t always have to be related to the bride herself.
This tradition can easily be incorporated in other parts of your wedding as well.
For something new, you can choose to add the element by having your champagne flutes monogrammed with your initials. This way, you will be able to keep the tradition alive, while giving these flutes as a gift to your spouse for when you use them to toast your future as husband and wife.


Personal Services


Although services such as pedicures, facials and massages are common for brides, you can choose other personal services as your something new. Teeth whitening session or laser eye surgery are some ideas.
These are usually practical services and more permanent, so if you choose to do so, make a decision with care so that you don’t face issues near your wedding day.

Accessories


The something new aspect of a wedding can also be the perfect start of your own wedding tradition.
Just like you asked your mother for her own jewelry or veil for your something old, you can take this opportunity to buy something that you would want your daughter to wear at her own wedding.
A capelet, hair comb, veil or even a beaded shawl will work perfectly for you, since any design you choose now will be considered classic and vintage in the years to come.


Wedding Gown


Alas, we cannot disregard the wedding gown.
A wedding gown is the quintessential choice for a bride as her something new.
However, this doesn’t mean that the gown should cost an arm and a leg. Bridal dress designers such as Allure Romance offer bridal gowns that are not only affordable but also practical and classic, so you can easily choose a design without worrying about your budget.
In the next part of this series, we talk about how you can incorporate the something borrowed aspect in your wedding; stay tuned!

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Bridal Dress Testers: Is this the One?

For a bride, her wedding dress is one of the most important aspects of her big day. The dress has to be just perfect. Whether it is a long trailed crepe silk gown or a knee length number, there are a lot of things which go in the making and choosing of a dress.
If you are the bride to be, and are looking for the perfect one, check out our list of bridal dress to pick the right one!


Is the Dress Balanced?


Brides come in all shapes and sizes; so there is truly no one size fits all. It isn’t necessary for you to choose layered chiffons of your sister did the same for her wedding dress. Just make sure that the dress you pick is balanced. Look at the amount and placement of embellishments and trims. They key is not overdoing it, neither under selling it, but choosing a dress that is in harmony with its cuts, fabric, and embellishments.


Are you taking that Risk?


Brides of today are smart. They take inspiration, but they don’t want to look like a celebrity knock off bride on their big day. They are not afraid of incorporating their personality and individuality in the wedding dress. This is the reason why we don’t see a huge amount fairy tale gowns in the weddings these days. Brides have been seen wearing everything from miniskirts to boot cut white pants. So if you want to go veil-less or want a 72 meter long trail behind you, go for it. It’s your day, and you should plan it the way you always dreamt it to be!


Does the Dress Agree with your Body Shape?


It is not necessary to go for a full fitted sleeves with lace bodice like Kate Middleton if it doesn’t fatter your body shape. Your arms look good bare or cap sleeved? Go for these options instead of blindly following a trend or a celebrity. There are a million of ways to make any trend agree with your body type, so don’t worry about not following a trend or two. You don’t need a tight fit to look sultry on your wedding day. Think of Kate Moss’ wedding in 2011. The dress was anything but fitted, but she rocked it immaculately.

Get the bridal dress of your dreams at Perfect Bridal at reasonable prices. In addition to that, you can also shop for bridesmaids, mothers, and juniors’ dresses too!

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Wedding Beauty Rules Deciphered

We understand that a lot goes around when you are preparing for a wedding and that too, your own! The venue, the caterer, the dress, guest list, fretting over the type of flowers, everything seems to grow on o you during the final months. You are constantly under stress; you just want it to go down well!
This stress can take its toll on your overall well being, especially your skin. Constantly being under duress and not getting enough sleep can lead to the temporary signs of fatigue on your face. These temporary signs can convert into permanent ones if left unattended.
So what shall you do to get that proverbial bridal glow on your face? Read on to find out in this blog!


Sleep Well


Get at least 8 hours of sleep every day, especially when you are the bride to be. Schedule your work around your sleeping hours, if need be. Sleeping helps you revitalize your vital organs, and you are able to work with increased diligence.


Treat Yourself


There is no harm in treating yourself to a spa and getting that much needed facial massage you were putting off for many months. Take a day off from your grueling routine, and pamper yourself with a manicure, or a facial. After all, you deserve it; you are the bride to be!

Eat a Balanced Diet

If you have been loading up on carbs, your wedding can serve as a good excuse to start eating healthy. Cut down sugars and processed food from your diet and go for more natural options such as fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts.
Also include leguminous foods to your diet and reduce your intake of fatty foods. These foods not only let you gain weight easily, but also wreck havoc on your skin in the form of breakouts.

Drink Enough Water

The importance of this can’t be stressed enough. Drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water every day is recommended by doctors and dieticians all over the world.
So pay heed to this advice, and make a habit of keeping a bottle of water with you at all times so that you remember to drink up.
You will certainly be the most stunning bride on your wedding day if you follow these easy tips to a beautiful skin and body. As far as your dress is concerned, we have got you covered at Perfect Bridal with our assorted variety of bridal dresses.

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Bride-To-Be: What NOT To Do?

You all have read the to-dos for a bride to be: sleep well, eat less, find the right planner, etc. is the kind of things every bride to be hears, reads, and even dreams about.
This blog is a bit different from the regular. Here, you will find all the things that you shouldn’t be doing if you are bride to be who is expected to be married in the running year.
Without further ado, let’s dig in the don’ts every bride to be should follow religiously!


Getting the Dress Months before the Wedding


It is okay to look for the dress to wear at your wedding as soon as you get engaged, but buying it is a completely different story. Your weight may fluctuate in the time between your engagement and your wedding ceremony, which can make your gorgeous number ill fitted. This is why we suggest that you should buy a dress about 2 months before, and make sure it has enough room for alterations.

Choosing Bridesmaids’ Dresses without Consenting Them

Bridesmaids dress is an important element for your wedding, especially if you are having a themed event. It is necessary for you to take your bridesmaids consent before asking them to purchase a dress.
This is because they may have reservations about a certain style or color, or they can be uncomfortable with the price tag the dress comes with.
Sit down with your girls, talk about the color and other specifications, and give your nod of approval to the dress that makes everyone happy.

Not Taking Out Time for Self

Planning for weddings can be stressful. This doesn’t mean that you should let go of yourself. It is your wedding after all, and you definitely want to look well rested on the big day.
It is vital to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and sleep for at least 8 hours a day. Make-up and jewelry can only do so much. If you are not relaxed, it is difficult to fake it on the outside, especially on such an important day!
At Perfect Bridal, we make sure that you don’t make any dressing mistakes, be it your own dress or a bridesmaids’ number. Explore our unique bridal designs today!

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An Expert Guide: How To Choose Your Bridesmaids

The moment you announce your engagement on social media, notifications begin to flood in. While some are just wishing you luck for the future, your friends bombard you with questions and comments like, “Am I in your bridal squad?”, “Please don’t pick pastels; they look weird against my skin”, and so on.
These requests can result in happy exclamations or awkward conversations, depending on who is asking.
To make things easier for you, we have compiled a list of ways you can pick your bridesmaids without hurting anyone. Let’s start reading!


Narrow down your Choices

Research shows that an average American has approximately 4.39 bridesmaids. Now, let us see your list of expectant bridesmaids; your sisters, you sisters in law, your friends from high school, your friends for college, and even an office colleague or two. Decide whether you are going to pick a friend with whom you have been friends for decades but don’t see too often, or a newer friend you meet every day?
Start by making a must-include list, which feature your close family members. Analyze who will make you the happiest, and who knows you well enough to give suggestions and help out in the preparations. Take a look at what names you’re including just because they included you. We guarantee that making this list will be torture but a necessary evil which will save you from many future disasters.

Turning Down a Friend

This is a toughy. That’s something you’d never want to do. What if a friend assumes that they will be a bridesmaid? You have to break the news with consideration and respect. Say something like,
“I am so sorry you are disappointed. I had to make hard decisions, and I wish I could have done something.”
Make sure that you appoint them to read something during the ceremony, or ask them to usher the guests. This way, they would feel included in your wedding as well.

Considering the Finances

If you know that one of the bridesmaids is not in the financial position to afford the cost of bridesmaid dresses and other events that you have planned, let them know that you won’t take it personally if they couldn’t attend the bachelorette party and the bridal shower. If you can, offer them to help out in buying the dress. Just keep these discussions and arrangements private.
You can shop for the latest bridesmaids’ dresses at Perfect Bridal. We are flexible with the budget, and have something for everyone!

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Your Ultimate Bridal Gown Glossary (Part 2)

Before going to buy a bridal gown, it is important that you know everything there is to know about wedding gowns so you can create the best look possible. Carrying on with part two, we at Perfect Bridal shall bestow our wisdom on you in regards to necklines, sleeves and the different laces that adorn your favorite gowns.


Necklines


Halter


Like a halter top, this neckline has a string or a strap that ties around the back of the neck. The front of the neck can either be a plain style or a keyhole opening.


High Collar


The neck and base of the throat are covered by fabric, with a keyhole opening above the chest through which a piece of jewelry shows.


Jewel


Jewel is a round neckline that sits against the base of the throat.


Off the Shoulder


In this style, the fabric is wrapped around the upper arms with the shoulders, collarbone and neck completely left bare.


One Shoulder


A neckline usually associated with the asymmetrical silhouette, this neckline angles up towards one shoulder while leaving the other completely bare.


Scoop


Scoop neckline curves towards the bottom half of the circle, like a scoop.


Strapless


The neckline is supported without any shoulder straps or is dipped in a curved design and a fitted bodice to help support the curve.


Sweetheart


As a basic heart shape, this neckline meets in the middle like a v-neck and covers each breast with rounded fabric. This neckline is very popular in designer bridesmaids’ dresses.

Sleeves


Balloon


Full, round and up the shoulder and upper arm, the balloon shaped sleeve is usually worn in full sleeves and narrows down over the lower arm and waist.


Bell


Bell sleeves fit over the bicep and flare down and outwards as they proceed down the forearm. Bell sleeves are usually designed to add a classier touch to an unembellished gown.


Cap


Cap sleeves pouf up over the shoulder in a bell-sleeve style; gather under or against the very top of the arm. This style is usually chosen to achieve a sleeveless look.


Spaghetti Strap


This style of sleeves holds up the gown by using slim straps of fabric or bands over each shoulder.


Tulip


Also known as a crisscross sleeve, this style covers the shoulder with several flaps of fabric, each overlapping the other, resulting in a petal-style tulip shape.

Laces


Alencon


This style of lace uses images of flowers over the netting and completes the look by including an embroidered accent, although the choice of accent can be adjusted according to taste. A lighter version of Alencon which is called Lyon is created with a thinner cord.


Chantilly


Commonly used in designer dresses, Chantilly is a delicate floral lace design that uses scallops and ribbons to set an intricate net background.


Guipure


Repeated floral or geometric designs that are connected or set in delicate threadwork are often designed in a large pattern in the Guipure design.


Duchesse


Duchesse designs are often floral or have a lacy arch and scroll design. This design is featured on raised stitching to give a more textured pattern.


Schiffli


Intertwined with connected threading, this lightweight design is often created with a floral motif and accentuated with intricate embroidery.


Venice


Known by many as Venise, this style is often created in geometric or floral pattern that’s not attached to any netting. This style is typically used in an appliqué design which requires heavy lace embroidery.
Although this is just a start of the terms, these basic ‘few’ will surely help you on your bridal gown quest. So now that you’re ready to shop, contact Perfect Bridal and get cracking on the search for the perfect designer gown for your special day.

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Your Ultimate Bridal Gown Glossary (Part 1)

Silhouettes, sleeves, waistlines, necklines, fabrics, embellishments; who knew there were so many terms related to wedding gowns? Buying bridal gowns is already a very difficult task, and with the seemingly countless list of wedding gown terms, the whole job can seem even more intimidating.

So before you go shopping for your dream wedding gown, perhaps you should brush up on some of the basic information that can help you make the right bridal gown decision, courtesy of Perfect Bridal.


Gown Silhouettes


A-Line


A-line gowns come with a fitted bodice that is nipped around the waist to create a modestly flared, A-style skirt. This design is one of the most popular styles as it suits almost any body type.


Princess


Considered slimming for many, this silhouette is created by uneven vertical panels to add an exaggerated flare to the classic A-line gown.


Ball Gown


The fitted bodice is attached to a long, flowing shirt which flares with the help of petticoats or can-cans to add more fullness.


Asymmetrical


Featured with one shoulder strap or layers that create an uneven or spatial silhouette, this dress mostly suits those who are looking for a gown that accentuates their curves.


Empire Waist


Distinguished by a high waist that sits just below the bust, the empire waist silhouette elongates the body and conceals a large or small bust. This style is usually popular with pear shaped figures.


Sheath


Sheath dresses are body-huffing and do not feature a fitted waist. As such, they are long, slim and unconstructed in style.


Mermaid


Also known as trumpet or fishtail, this silhouette hugs the body throughout and flairs out around the thighs or knees, according to your taste. The flare of the skirt is also usually exaggerated but can be designed to have a smaller flair instead. Mermaid style dresses suit tall, athletic women well, and work to accentuate their figure.

Fabrics


Chiffon


This fabric is usually the most common fabric as it is sheer. Chiffon is made from silk, polyester or cotton.


Crepe


Lightweight and soft, this fabric is popular for summer weddings. However, extra care is needed for this fabric can get crinkled or crimped.


Brocade


Heavy and woven, this fabric is created with a raised or sculpted design and is typically opted for winter weddings.


Organza


Sheer and translucent, this fine and textured material is made from silk, nylon or polyester.


Tulle


Tulle is a stiff and sheer mesh that is made from rayon, cotton, silk or nylon.


Taffeta


Very popular in wedding gowns and designer bridesmaids’ dresses, taffeta is a high-end woven fabric that illuminates with a slight sheen. Taffeta is of two types; piece-dyed taffeta and yarn-dyed taffeta. The former is used as a lining material, whereas the latter is mostly used for gowns.


Satin

Available in different weights and color, satin is very commonly used in designer gowns and is glossy, smooth and densely woven.

Know enough about silhouettes and fabrics? But wait, there’s more! In the next part, we focus on laces, necklines and sleeves so you can study up on your bridal gown wisdom. So stay tuned for part 2!

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Bridal Gown Tips for the Budget Shoppers

If only we were all born rich! But sadly, we’re not. For those with a dream to look like a million dollars on their wedding day, this realization of not being able to afford the ultimate wedding gown can be quite a damper in the quest for a happy wedding day.


Wedding gowns are very expensive – to say the least. So before you head out to buy your bridal gown for your dream wedding, here are just a few pointers you should keep in mind so that you get the best gown possible for a good price.


Budget Bridal Shopping Know-How


Have a Number in Mind


You have to be realistic about your wedding gown price range, which means editing down the options you might buy. Calculate the actual cost of the gown, any cost of alterations, shipping fees and taxes. Also factor in all the other expenses such as lingerie, shoes, jewelry and veil since they can make an easy $500 addition to your total bridal wear cost.


Start Shopping Early


Since you will need at least six to eight months to prepare for the wedding, shop for your dress in the first few months so that your tailor has plenty of time to make sure that your gown fits. Along with which, this time can also be a life saver for you if you suddenly spot a dress than is even more fabulous than the one you had originally picked.


Figure Out Your Style


Narrow down your dress style and rule out any fabrics and silhouettes that don’t work for you.
You can also ask a retailer or a bridal boutique such as Perfect Bridal to help you understand which style will suit you. Many a times, brides come to us because they are indecisive. As professionals, we help them pinpoint their bridal style within hours.

Let the Bridal Boutique Make Recommendations


Bridal boutiques cater to countless brides so if they make a recommendation for you, don’t dismiss it with a first glance. So often, brides end up loving the dress that didn’t seem too festive on the hanger. So let go of any preconceived notions and keep an open mind and patient demeanor when buying your designer gown.


Pick the Right Time


While you may think that it’s better to head with your bridal posse on a weekend, you’ll actually be picking the worst time to shop. Weekends are very busy. If you want to have a quiet atmosphere and attention from the consultant, opt for a Tuesday morning when the store is calmer. Take the whole day off and go with your closest people, instead of the whole entourage. That way, you can buy a gown without too many contradicting opinions.

Lastly, trust your instinct. If your mother is pressuring you to buy a different designer dress while your heart’s set on an Allure Romance bridal gown, opt for your own choice. Always remember; if you don’t see yourself walking down the aisle in it, it’s not for you.

With these tips, we at Perfect Bridal hope that your budget bridal shopping goes without a hitch. But if you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

Reference: http://www.casablancabridal.com/blog/casablancabride-stephanie-dellino/

Protograghed by Theresa Moran

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