My Small Claim to Fame

I was going through my bookshelf today and I came across the bridal magazine that I was actually published in a few years ago.  It was an article that talked about reconstructing a wedding.  I was quoted about what to do with your bridal gown after the wedding.  Which of course is appropriate, because after all I do have a bridal consignment shop. When I opened in 2009 I was the only bridal consignment shop in the area.  So in my own mind, I consider myself a pioneer for the bridal consignment business in WNY. I have always shopped at consignment stores, so I thought why not combine that with my wedding coordination business. I love saving money and while getting something awesome.  In my case small business really means small business. My daughter and occasionally my husband are the only “employees.  I never dreamed that I would have had or even be interested in having a business. It was great to look at that article again, and get that little thrill of pride seeing my business and name in an actual bridal magazine. I usually can remember how far I have come,(and let’s face it how far I have to go),but a tangible reminder is nice too.  So when I have those days that I wonder is this really going to work,  I will remember my small claim to fame.🙂

The Budget

Budget may be the most dreaded word you hear while planning your wedding. Unfortunately, you cannot avoid it becuause your budget will drive all your wedding planning decisions.  I always tell my brides to pick the 3 top things that mean most to you as a couple when you start planning your wedding.  Once you figure that out, those will be your priority and the other things you don’t have to spend as much on.

will it be enough?How do you  even go about setting a wedding budget?  Well isn’t it lucky that you are reading this post.🙂

  1. Do your homework so you are not guessing at what things cost but have an actual number to work off.
  2. Make phone calls to at least 2 vendors in each category and talk about prices.
  3. Set one budget for the ceremony, bridal party and misc. items.  Set a second budget for reception costs.
  4. Hold a budget meeting if you are not paying for all the expenses yourself.

My biggest tip for budgeting, is to keep a separate wedding account to be used only for wedding expenses.   That way you know exactly what you are spending money on and how much you have left over for other things.



Summer Wedding

This was a wedding that we did at the end of July. The bride really wanted lights behind the head table but did not have a chance to get any. We surprised her with some of our own to use for the evening. The guests watched the sunset over the golf course and the bride and groom left to a sparkler send off. It was a beautiful evening!

Rustic Elegance Outdoor Wedding

Here are some beautiful pictures from a wedding I coordinated last month. The couple was very outdoorsy and they added quite a few personal touches for the décor. One of my favorite things was the ski poles on the cake.


Thrifty Bridesmaid Dresses


Thrifty and stylish brides need to think beyond “traditional” when they are planning their weddings. When choosing bridesmaids dresses think about getting ones that coordinate but do not necessarily match. These 2 dresses have the same color scheme and would look super cute in pictures together. The best part, not only are they cute and stylish, they are thrifty and found at a local bridal consignment boutique. That same boutique also carries matching sets of bridesmaid dresses if that is the look you are going for. Bring your bridesmaids out for a day of shopping so you can make sure that each dress is a good fit each girl in your bridal party.





Bridal Stylist Tips for Gown Shopping

1. What is the theme of your wedding? You may already know your theme, or it may be a result of the style of dress you choose. I recommend trying on many different styles and eliminate ones that do not fit your venue or theme. You can still wear a glamorous dress for an outdoor wedding; just make sure it fits in your vision.
2. Who are you bringing with you? This is important especially if you are easily swayed by other opinions. You want people who are going to be honest with you but who are not going to try to influence you to love a dress you don’t or not get one that you do. I have seen many brides walk away from a gown they love just because someone they are with talks them out of buying a gown they love.
3. Make sure you are clear about things you want or do not want in a gown, but also be open to new ideas. The most important thing is to make sure your stylist knows your budget. You don’t want to fall in love with a dress that is way out of your price range. Talk to your stylist about what styles you have in mind so you have a place to start. Bringing pictures is a great idea so your stylist has an idea of what dresses to pull. One of the most important things to keep in mind is not to judge a dress until you try it on. It always looks different on a person than on the hanger. Be open to trying on different styles other than what you have in mind. I have had many brides find that their dream gown was one they did not even expect to like. A stylist has experience pulling the right style to fit the bride’s vision so be open to a few new ideas in style.
4. Trying on dresses can be stressful and tiring. Trying on gowns can be very tiring especially if the style you like tends to be one of the heavier ones. A
corset back also adds time to your appointment because it takes longer to lace up. Pace yourself and take breaks, drink water and even stop for a snack if you need one.
Most of all just have fun! This is a really special time in your life; take the time to enjoy the process. 