Psst… Are you attending an occasion this fall or winter and looking for that perfect cocktail dress to wear? If you are then ladies I have some great news for you, we have them in stock! I am personally in love with all three styles and can not wait to try each of them on. I think they are perfect to pair with black tights and booties, or just a simple pump to keep it more traditional. (Also the holiday season is coming up and any of these three styles would be perfect to rock!) If you want to stay warm while looking great and feeling great then you need one of these dresses! Happy shopping ladies, xoxo.
Going wedding dress shopping can be stressful and exhausting…. I mean you are searching for your dream gown after all. It is hard not to get overwhelmed between all of the planning on top of finding “the gown” but there is no need to go bridezilla! There are three simple tips that you can follow to make your shopping experience quick and stress free! Make this time memorable, not a horrible experience. Keep calm and find the gown, xoxo.
Don’t knock it ’til you try it
Being women, we all have a vision of our ”perfect wedding gown” before we are even engaged, but realistically how are you positive it will look good on you? Maybe you love the idea of a form fitting gown, but have you actually tried one on to make sure you love the fit? Absolutely hate empire waist? Don’t knock it ’til you try it! You might be surprised with what you end up with ladies. You need to keep an open mind while shopping and not reject dresses without actually trying it on.
Find the kindest cut for your figure
Before you start dress shopping, make sure you have an idea of what works for your body type. A dress that may look good on a curvier girl might not flatter a slimmer girl. There is the perfect silhouette for each body type, again you just need to try on different styles to figure out which one works for you! Most bridal consultants are very helpful when it comes down to determining which style is the most figure flattering. The staff is there to help, feel free to ask them for their expertise!
Bring a trusted advisor
Yes it is fun to bring a whole load of your friends shopping with you, but it can also get extremely overwhelming with so many different opinions weighing in. The fact is, your best friend may have a completely different taste than you do when it comes to fashion. Don’t let her opinion sway yours. Sometimes only bringing people who’s opinion you value is the easiest route. For example, I know my sister would never let leave the house looking bad, I value what she has to say and she would 100% be someone I would take wedding dress shopping! You don’t need to invite you entire family, just the important people.
- This is your daughters day to shine. Not yours! That doesn’t mean you can’t look fabulous, but remember to just dress age appropriate. You are playing a crucial role on the day, but your daughter is the star. Even if you dislike certain details, keep it to yourself! Remember: compliments and smiles.
- It is inappropriate to wear white. Mothers of the bride, do not even think about wearing a color in/near/around the whites on your daughter’s special day. She is the princess in white and no one should be close to her wedding gown color on the day.
- The Bride and Groom are running the show. Some mothers tend to be a little controlling and/or overbearing but on the wedding day, mothers need to know who are in charge. The bride and groom are the gatekeepers of all final decisions leading up to the wedding and throughout the day. Unless you have been asked to run something, stay out of the way.
- Learn how to pick and choose your battles wisely. Some traditions are nearer and dearer to your heart than your daughters. So if there is something you must see or do on the wedding day, pick ONE that is a must. It will be seen with more importance and your daughter can’t say no to your one request, right? Just like the bride has to pick and choose her battles, so should you.
- Get to know the in-laws. This is your daughter’s new family and in this day and age, the mother of the groom may be just as involved as the bride’s mother (or would like to be) when it comes to planning the big day. Especially when budgets are getting split. Brides, make sure both mother’s feel included! How about a launch date for the ladies to discuss the wedding details?
- Be supportive, no matter what. Even if your daughter is turning into bridezilla (which they sometimes do), mothers need to stay poised, calm, and collected. It is your job to be the pillar of stability during this crazy time and your daughter will want someone who can both help them make the big decisions and keep their cool when things go crazy. We can’t promise it will be easy, but please try for the bride!
- Offer to help, but only what you are truly willing to do. You should only offer what you WANT and CAN do. If you have a full-time job, maybe volunteering to meet with florists mid-week is a bad idea. Maybe if you have a special talent in table decorations or paper goods, offer to lend a hand there. Don’t offer your help on items that you have no interest in! And certainly don’t fill your schedule with more than you can handle. We know you want to be involved, just do it wisely.
- Be open about the guest list. We know tradition states that mom and dad are hosting the party (i.e paying for it) and therefore, the guest list should be decided by them. Not anymore. For this generation, the bride and groom are normally the ones in control of the almighty guest list.
- Offer your wedding gown, but don’t force it. We know you may have been saving your wedding dress for your daughter, but styles and fashions have evolved. You should definitely make the offer, but please don’t be offended if the bride says no. Maybe offer the veil? Or perhaps a piece of the dress can be used, like the lace? Seamstresses and tailors can do wonders with old dresses. Be open-minded!
- Discuss wedding outfits with the mother of the groom. This may seem trivial, but having the mothers coordinate is a wonderful bonding experience. Plus, it is tradition to share your look for the wedding. Also, as the head of matrons, your look will set the tone for the wedding!
Summer is finally here and that means plenty of formal gatherings taking place! Between weddings, graduations, birthday parties and family reunions, you will somehow find yourself in need of a dress! Stop in and check out our selection at the Walden Galleria and Boulevard Mall locations! TT New York has everything you need! Below are a few of my favorites that we just got in! xoxo.
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Are you planning a wedding and want it to be unique and unforgettable? Anyone can have the traditional wedding at a church with a reception at a hall or ballroom somewhere near by, but what about tying the knot in an unusual place. Not everyone can afford to travel to an exotic island and have all their loved ones travel there as well, so why not find a place just as amazing in the United States! BuzzFeed DIY researched all of the coolest places to get married in the USA and put it together in one article names “22 of the Coolest Places to Get Married in the USA”. Some of these places look like they are out of a movie and you would never know they even existed. I am only going to share my absolute favorite 11 with you because I love the exotic and one of a kind venues! Check out the article for the other beautiful venues and maybe some of them are even in your area and you had no idea about!
- Union Hill Inn: Sonora, California- Getting married in a castle like setting is such a romantic feeling. Every girl wants to feel like a princess on her wedding day after all! The grounds include pavilions, gazebo, foot bridge, various ponds, and barns. The Union Hill Inn is one of the best hotels as well as bed n breakfast facilities in Sonora and Columbia.
- Thorncrown Chapel: Eureka Springs, Arkansas- Nestled in the Ozark Mountains near Eureka Springs, Arkansas. With 48 feet tall and 425 windows all over 6,000 square feet of glass. Chosen 4th on the AIA’s top designs of the 20th century. You will feel like you are hidden away from the world in this magical all glass structure.
- Cafe Brauer: Chicago, Illinois- If you are having a larger wedding, I highly recommend the Cafe Brauer. The Great Hall demonstrates classic Chicago architecture with beautiful high ceilings and a sunroof stretching the whole ceiling. While set in beautiful landscapes, the structure resides in an urban environment with unique skyline views of Chicago.
- Sodo Park: Seattle, Washington- This one-of-a-kind venue blends historical significance with modern day elegance for an ambient charm that can be dressed up or down for any event. Housed in a re-purposed century-old factory, Sodo Park’s urban loft design features 7,500 square feet of floor space, vaulted ceilings, exposed beams and mill work.
- The Barr Mansion & Artisan Ballroom: Austin, Texas- Both venues are ecologically advances, energy efficient, consciously designed, and sustainable. The Artisan Ballroom was destroyed in a fire in 2010 and was rebuilt to be bigger and better. With massive 1000 pound metal doors and copper leaves around the cedar posts and door handles. The entry was inspired by a Parisian entry and a tiara, and utilized the charred timbers of the original ballroom’s frame.
- The Franklin Park Conservatory: Columbus, Ohio- The conservatory is situated in the 88-acre Franklin Park just two miles east of downtown Columbus. Featuring indoor gardens filled with exotic plant life and artwork, including a collection of glass works by artist Dale Chihuly, the Conservatory offers enjoyment of the natural world any time of the day or year. Outdoors, botanical gardens, art sculptures, open green space and a one-mile walking loop offer respite from everyday life. You’ll feel like you’re on a tropical island!!
- Big Daddy’s Antiques: San Francisco & Los Angeles, California- If you love antiques then this is the perfect spot for you! Big Daddy’s Antiques is a retailer of one-of-a-kind antiques and reproductions from European, Asian, and North American markets. With nearly 20 years of expertise in the interior decorating and landscaping design fields, their scope reaches beyond simply selling antiques. Each of their showrooms provide a truly unique atmosphere for event and photo-shoot space rental.
- The Indianapolis Artsgarden: Indianapolis, Indiana- The seven-story-tall, glass enclosed structure offers a spectacular view of the city. Formed of painted steel, limestone and tinted glass, the Arts garden was created in 1995. With such an amazing view and venue, it will make your wedding night that much more magical.
- Treehouse Point: Issaquah, Washington- Just 30 minutes from Seattle, located in a beautiful forest besides the Raging River. Your wedding includes exclusive use of the entire 4 acres for 22 hours, as well as overnight accommodations for up to 16 people. You can take outrageous weddings photos on the bridge to your own personal treehouse. You will feel like your getting married in a jungle!
- McNamara Alumni Center: Minneapolis, Minnesota- With its copper and wood walls and a capacity of 400 people, the McNamara Alumni Center is a beautiful venue for your special day. The inside is both unique and breath taking. The inside of the building makes you feel like you’re on the street looking at amazing architecture.
- Under St. John’s Bridge: Portland, Oregon – A beautiful steel suspension bridge that spans the Willamette River in Portland. The adjacent park and neighborhood of Cathedral Park are named after the Gothic Cathedral-like appearance of the bridge towers. It is a popular wedding destination in Portland for its gorgeous views and architecture. With the waterfront in the distance, you will get some beautiful wedding photos.