How To Tie a Bow Tie

Let’s face it; most men do not know how to tie a bow tie. But on your wedding day, do you want to look like a high school senior in an adjustable-strap, pre-tied tie, or do  you want to look like James Bond and impress your friends with your bow-tying skills? With a little practice, you can feel sophisticated and dashing in your tuxedo. Here is an illustration we found on Google to help get you started:

David’s Tuxedos posted these tips over on their Facebook page:

1. Change the length of the bow tie if needed. A longer length is needed if you want a larger bow.
2. At the beginning, one end of the bow tie should be longer than the other by a few inches. The longer end should be on your right side.
3. Cross the longer end over the other end.
4. Bring the longer end underneath the shorter end and then bring it out from the center.
5. Fold the shorter end horizontally.
6. Place the longer end over the shorter end.
7. Fold the longer end horizontally.
8. Insert the longer end through the loop at the back of the shorter end. Pull both ends gently to tighten the knot.

Need more help? Check out the Bow Tie Tutor app for iPhone, or the How To Tie A Bow Tie app for Android.

Wedding Dress Shopping Tips

Jasmine F459 Dress

Jasmine F459 Dress

It’s here! The day you’ve been waiting for since you were a little girl. The day you FINALLY get to put on a wedding dress for the first time!

Before you start shopping, select your wedding date, venue(s), and level of formality for your wedding.  If you will marry in a house of worship, be sure to ask about any restrictions they have – for example, some churches will not allow bare shoulders.
Once you’ve made an appointment at a bridal salon, keep the following tips in mind:
  • Don’t be afraid to try on a variety of styles and looks.  The dress you don’t like on the hanger may look the best on your body!
  • Think about your personal style – if you are a fashion-forward trend-setter, a classic/traditional dress may not be the best choice for you.
  • Bring or wear appropriate undergarments, if you have them already (strapless bra, etc.) Also remember that the sales person will have to help you into the dresses, so it’s probably not the best time to wear a thong or other revealing items.
  • Also wear shoes in a similar height to those you’ll want to wear at the wedding.
  • Beware of too many opinions.  While your first instinct is to bring lots of friends and family members, their opinions may alter your feelings about a dress.  Bring one or two people with you when you are first trying on dresses, then have the rest of the group join you once you have your decision narrowed down to 2 or 3 dresses. Or, ask special people like your grandmother and future mother-in-law to help you choose accessories, like your veil, jewelry, etc.
  • Take your time. Don’t feel rushed or pressured into making a decision right away.
  • Choose the dress that makes you feel amazing – not what other people tell you that you should get.

Bridemaids’ Dresses from Target

Did you know that Target now offers bridesmaids’ dresses?! It’s true. I haven’t gotten to see one in person, but they have some cute and relatively inexpensive styles on their website. Here are some examples, all priced at $69.99:

All 9 styles come in a variety of colors. So if you are looking for a budget-friendly option for your ‘maids, this might be it!

Why Do Brides Wear White?

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The white wedding gown has been worn for centuries. Egyptian brides wore layers of pleated white linen. In Rome and Greece white was worn because it was the color of celebration. But white wasn’t always an easy fabric to find. It was a difficult color to achieve before bleaching techniques and was very hard to maintain. Wealthy brides then wore white to exhibit their prosperity. So for many generations brides would just wear their best dresses.

On February 10th, 1840, Queen Victoria took weddings took the next level. Victoria’s train was so long it took twelve train-bearers to get her down the aisle, and her cake was said to be three yards around. She made the white wedding gown the dress to emulate, not because she was the first to wear one, but because hers was the first royal wedding to take place after the invention of photography. Brides all across England finally had a wedding dress to imitate after.

The Queen wasn’t necessarily known for her beauty, but was stunning on her wedding day. Her presence convinced the world that every bride can be breath-taking on her day.

Newly Maid – Recycle Your Old Bridesmaid Dresses!

I got a great tip from one of our former coordinators, Lauren, about a great alternative to leaving all those old bridesmaid dresses hanging in your closet!

Check out! They accept dresses from ALL manufacturers including bridesmaids, mother of the bride, social occasion and prom dresses. The dress must be in good quality condition with no pulls, tears, stains or other blemishes. All zippers and clasps must be in good working order.

How does it work?  You request a mailer from their website, and then package your dress and send it in.  They inspect the dress, and then credit your account.  You go back to their website, and purchase an awesome new Little Black Dress, like the one shown here, for a discounted rate.

What happens to your old dress? Newly Maid will either recycle the fabric and turn it into a new garment, or they will donate the dress to a charity organization.

As you are cleaning out your closet at the end of the year, why not make some extra room and ditch the old dresses?