Selecting Your Florist

Most reputable florists will encourage brides to makes an appointment well in advance of the wedding date.

During your initial meeting with your florist, you will share with him/her your wedding style and budget for flowers. (Note that TheKnot.com suggests that wedding flowers budgets usually accounts for 8-10% of the wedding budget.)

You should be prepared to talk about colors, themes, decor, venue rules and restrictions. Bring photos and swatches of your gown and bridesmaids dresses whenever possible. Talk about your favorite flowers and be sure to discuss the kind of service you need. Are you counting on the floral designer to do just bouquets and church flowers or do you want this professional to handle all of the design for ceremony and reception? Do you want them to just deliver the flowers to the church or do you expect them to place floral arrangements, aisle decorations (if ordered) and reception flowers? Will they provide someone to pin on corsages and boutonnieres at the ceremony or will you?

Here are some other questions that you may wish to consider asking as you interview your florist:

  • If he/she doesn’t offer the information, ask about the design credentials and experience of the florists.
  • Ask to see the operations area of the florists you are considering. There should be room for your bouquets and displays without crowding.
  • Ask about how far in advance of your wedding day they will begin the design process. You don’t want bouquets assembled and then sitting in coolers for days.
  • Ask how they insure that your flowers will be at their freshness peak. Ask about the processing system they use to protect and feed the flowers as they arrive from growers.
  • Ask to see the cooler space they will use to store your completed flowers.

Flowers are an essential part of your wedding environment and key fashion accessories. Select the best you can afford and make sure of the services you want and need well in advance of the wedding date.

Ceremony Ideas

Both religious and cultural traditions have a great deal to contribute to your wedding plans. Within the confines of your church or synagogue’s traditions, there is likely to be room for you to add touches that will make the ceremony even more meaningful.

Consider having ceremony hosts great arriving guests at entrance doors. Choose one from each family to insure having someone who is likely to recognize many of the guests as they arrive. Instruct ushers to be cordial and make small talk with guests as they are seated.

The unity candle is one of the most universal ceremonial touches in weddings. To make it even more meaningful to you consider adding the feature of having both mothers come forward and each light one of the two individual candles symbolizing two families that are coming together in this wedding. After the mothers have lit those candles, then the bride and groom step forward and take those two lit candles and light the larger single pillar candle. In that moment, their two individual lights become one.

As a part of the ceremony, you may wish to observe a moment of silence for or a song played in memory of a loved one who is not there for your wedding. Some couples chose to have a small bouquet or single boutonniere placed on an empty chair to represent the presence of a departed loved one.

If your wedding brings together children from previous relationships, consider giving rings to the children of this new marriage. The rings could be birthstones or diamond chips and should all be similar. The symbolism of these rings for a new family is very powerful.

As the ceremony ends, turn and face the audience then take a small bow as a couple and pause as you begin the recessional. Stop and hug your parents and say thank you. Exit to a special celebratory music.

If you plan a receiving line at the ceremony site, include as many bridal party and family members as you like. It is helpful to have the last person in the line hand out direction to the reception if it is to be held at a different location.

 

Black Friday White Sale!

Mark your calendars! You don’t want to  miss out on our Black Friday White Sale! This sale will be going on for two days on Friday November 27th and Saturday November 28th. Save money on bridal gowns, with all of our gowns on sale! Holiday shoes will be on sale as well. This is a great time to take an opportunity on getting some great deals because it only comes once a year!


Black Friday-2015

Bridesmaids

The history of bridesmaids is time and culture dependent. However, their main charge seems to have been to “protect” the bride, “intervene” on her behalf and/or help outsmart the evil spirits who gathers as a group at weddings or other happy events.

Today’s bridesmaids still fulfill some of those roles, even if the evil spirit still happens to be a former boyfriend with too much champagne and too little class, or a college roommate who thinks it would be fun to “steal” the bride between the ceremony and the reception. Bridesmaids can often be the voice of reason when they hear “Let’s _____, it’ll be funny. You’ll see.” They can put a stop to nonsense early.

Bridesmaids give up time and money in return for the honor of being witnesses to the brie’s very special day. We urge our brides to remember the important role they play in her wedding to pay attention to thanking them for their help and caring.

Here are some tips we have gathered over the years.

  • Selecting the bridesmaids’ dresses does not have to be an occasion of conflict. Cost, style color and accessories can be issues only if you let them. If you can help financially, by all means do so. If your wedding party represents a wide collection of sizes and shapes, work closely with a skilled and experienced wedding consultant who knows best vendors to choose to work with your wedding. An experienced retailer will work hard to make sure that the shopping experience is rewarding for all, and will ensure that what you have ordered is what you will receive. If the bridal retailer is a member of National Bridal Service, you can relax and know that all will be well.
  • Make sure that your bridesmaids are getting enough attention from you. Keep them in the loop about events and plans. Accept help if it is offered.
  • Make sure they have a clear idea of what to do and what you expect from them. Your maid of honor can take on the responsibility of keeping all maids in the loop. Don’t be too demanding. Just because your wedding is consuming your every waking moment, keep in mind that bridesmaids do have lives beyond the wedding.
  • Be sure to assemble a survival kit for the wedding. Work with your personal attendant to make sure all necessary items are in the kit and trust her to bring it to the dressing area of the ceremony location, and to reclaim it after the ceremony has ended.  A good wedding planner will always take care of this.
  • Make sure to thank bridesmaids often. Thoughtful gifts are always appreciated.

Take time to ask questions, share concerns, and plan ways to make bridesmaids feel truly a part of this very special day.

Wedding Gown Care

You’ll never own anything as beautiful and symbolic as your wedding gown! Here at Perfect Weddings we’d like to give you some tips on preserving it as a keepsake or for your gown daughter to wear one day.

Your wedding gown must be carefully cleaned before storing.  Food and beverage stains, though invisible at first glance, may yellow later on.  The hemline is usually soiled and must be cleaned.  Many cleaners may offer to pack your gown in a special box, which offers protection from dust in the air.  We offer a special gown preservation service that will take care of all of the steps for you!

If you decide to store it yourself, it is best to place it in a cool dray place, not in the basement or attic.  If you choose to store it on hangers, sew straps to the waistline to relieve pressure on the shoulders from the weight of the skirt.  If you have sleeves on your gown, stuff the sleeves with white tissue paper. Finally wrap the entire garment in a protective sheet or muslin covering.  Do encase the gown in plastic.

Before you trust this special symbol of your wedding day to just anyone, talk with us about your cleaning and storage options.

Disney’s Cinderella is HERE!

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We are so excited to have Disney’s Cinderella’s Wedding Gown here! This gown is available for purchase!!  Hurry in to see this amazing gown! Call or go online and make your appointment today!

Perfect Weddings

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Spring Bridesmaid Sale!

Designer Bridesmaid Sale 4-23-15

 

Spring bridesmaids are here and on Sale! Hurry in this weekend to receive $30 off your bridesmaids! We can’t forget Mom and Flower Girl so save $25 on them! Sale ends Sunday April 26!

Disney’s Cinderella’s Wedding Gown!

Here is your sneak peak of Disney’s Cinderella Wedding Gown.  The movie released today!  We are so excited to be getting this gown! As soon as we have it in the store we will let you know!

 

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Based on costume designer Sandy Powell’s hand painted gown that Lily James wears in the film, features a basque waist and full skirt made of organza, satin and tulle. You can choose from three color options including light gold, white, or ivory as well as two style options (strapless or sheer organza sleeves as in the film). The dress is another magical addition to the Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings by Alfred Angelo Collection this spring -Disney Style!

Prom Trunk Show 2015

What are you wearing to Prom 2015??

Mori Lee Trunk Show Flyer 2015 (2)

3 days-49 gowns! Are you ready for the trunk show?

The Prom Store @ Perfect Weddings!

Sneak Peek at Disney’s 2015 Bridal Collection

Calling all Brides!

We have a sneak peek at the new Disney Fairy Tale Weddings Collection!

Here are just a few, including the New Elsa!

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Cinderella 2015

To view more of the collection, please check out our Disney Bridal Gallery!

The Collection will be here January 2015, make your appointment now for your Fairy Tale bridal experience