Say Yes to Your Dress For Less! – Featured Gown of the Week



IMG_0837Brand new with tags Maggie Sottero style #j1504, size 8.  White, lace, corset back, beaded belt, ruffled skirt, sweetheart neckline.  Original price $2000.00.  My price $1200.00.


New Wedding Magazine: Flea Market Weddings

I am addicted to wedding magazines. 🙂  So when I found a new one I was very excited.  Though I think I should start my own publication.  Garage Sale and Thrift Store Weddings, mmmmm………


Choosing Your Bridal Bouquet

It’s no secret why the bride’s bouquet is an important element of her bridal attire—it’s as essential as the wedding dress itself! For shades that pop and arrangements that wow, look to these ideas to create a bridal bouquet that’s sure to turn heads.

Choose Flowers that Flatter Think of your bouquet as the one accessory that can make or break bridal attire. The bride’s bouquet plays an important role in the appearance of your wedding gown, and bouquets should complement the style of your dress.

Tips: For tailored, streamline wedding dresses, smaller size bouquets work better than large, overpowering ones.

  • Take photos of your wedding dress with you to the florist to coordinate the right bridal bouquet for your dress’ silhouette.

Consider the Season If you’re a spring bride, aesthetically, a fall flower wouldn’t work for your bouquet. Some brides like certain [seasonal] flowers, but pick the wrong time of year for their wedding.

Tips: Choosing flowers that work within the season of your wedding is a safe bet, but not always required.

  • For a little extra money, most seasonal or exotic flowers can be sourced from other countries.

Mix and Match Colors Instead of adopting a monochromatic color scheme for your bouquet, infuse pops of color, using flowers with vibrant hues (yellow, red, orange, etc.) as accents.

  • Select shades that complement the existing color scheme used throughout the wedding.
  • Brightly colored flowers should never take the attention away from your wedding dress, therefore, insert smaller bits of color here and there to keep everything flowing.

Carry it Well A larger bouquet, undoubtedly, will be heavier to tote. If you’re concerned about the weight of your bouquet, ask your florist to create a nosegay—a hand-held, smaller bunched arrangement.

Self-preservation To preserve your bouquet after the wedding, remove flowers from water, hang it upside down, spray with hairspray and let it dry.

Tips: For best results, transfer your bouquet into water immediately after using it in your pictures. Petals must be sprayed before the bouquet dies, and keeping them in water will extend the life of your wedding flowers.

  • If you don’t want to take the DIY route, there are companies you can call that specialize in preserving bridal bouquets. Ask your florist to recommend someone they’ve worked with before.

More Expert Advice on Selecting Your Bride’s Bouquet

  1. Look for flowers with symbolic meanings to use in your bride’s bouquet. For weddings, Marella’s clients often choose roses (love, happiness), peonies (life, happy marriage), and hydrangeas (thanks, understanding).
  2. I recommends using fresh flowers for your bridal bouquet, as live blooms are always in style.
  3. If you’ve picked a flower that doesn’t hold well out of water,  have the florist make two bride’s bouquets—one for photos and all pre-ceremony events, and another for your walk down the aisle.
  4. Select flowers that will tie in with your theme—modern (calla lily’s, cymbidiums, succulents, horsetail, or tulips); whimsical (looped curly willow, hanging amaranthus, roses); romantic (roses, peonies); beach (orchids, succulents, dahlias). For extra flair have the flowers mixed with ribbons and beading.

Where oh where is my wedding decor?

Weddings are all about decor right?  Well not really, but the decor was one of my priorities when I planned my wedding. Even today I am always looking for new things to add to my current collection.  Sometimes all the details can get overwhelming and you may get so caught up in the table centerpieces that you forget there are other areas guests will see as well.   Here is a quick checklist of other places to consider before you go shopping.

  • Rehearsal dinner centerpieces
  • Bridal bouquet
  • Toss bouquet
  • Boutonnieres
  • Corsages
  • Grandmother flowers
  • Flower girl bouquet or basket
  • Altar arrangements
  • Wedding arch or canopy
  • Ceremony entryway arrangements
  • Pew/chair decorations
  • Aisle runner/flowers
  • Custom linens
  • Head table arrangement
  • Cake topper and cake table décor
  • Plants or other fillers
  • Entry area arrangements

Call or come in for a Complimentary Design Consultation to see how your ideas can truly become a wedding that combines value with style!  (716) 592-2131.

Something old, new borrowed and blue

You’ve witnessed countless brides interpret these words in the same old conventional fashion (the handkerchief is old, the dress is new, the earrings are borrowed and  the garter is blue). But this is your wedding, and you’ve never been one to follow the crowd. Take heart. Here are some ideas to make your wedding unique and memorable.

Something Old

If you are pressed for time, you can always throw on a pair of old stockings to take care of this part of the rhyme… but you don’t want to do that. You may be lucky enough to wear your mother’s wedding gown, but if not, the following suggestions are as apropos as they are old.

  • A vintage engagement ring or wedding band
  • The veil your grandmother wore in her wedding
  • Antique or heirloom earrings or bracelet
  • A tiny vintage purse
  • Vintage buttons on your wedding dress
  • Your favorite lipstick
  • Your signature perfume
  • Antique lace tied around your bouquet

Something New

This is where it can get really fun; after all, who could deny you a perfectly sensible excuse to go shopping? Think of the possibilities…

  • Your wedding gown
  • A veil that makes the dress
  • Luxurious lingerie
  • A brand new lipstick or eyeshadow
  • Jewelry: a sparkling bracelet, earrings or a classic pearl necklace (if not a gift from your groom, then one to yourself — you deserve it)
  • The perfect shoes
  • Elegant silk gloves
  • A glittering tiara (what better time to be princess for a day)
  • A silk or cashmere shawl (for a fall or winter wedding)

Just because it’s new doesn’t mean you have to purchase it.

  • A brand new penny for your shoe
  • Freshly picked garden flowers for your bouquet

Something Borrowed

Your friends and family will be thrilled to help you with this item; however, it may be a bit tricky deciding what to borrow from whom. One of the most traditional choices is also one of the loveliest — borrowing a gown from your mother or grandmother. If that is not an option, read on.

  • Mom’s pearl necklace
  • The earrings your grandmother wore at her wedding
  • The adorable little bag your best friend carried at hers
  • Your aunt’s veil or headpiece
  • Your sister’s wedding shoes
  • Your parents’ (or a friend’s) home for the wedding or reception
  • An elegant wrap from your future mother-in-law
  • Your grandfather’s Bible or book of poetry
  • Money from your parents or his (for the wedding or honeymoon)

Something Blue

We aren’t sure who launched the blue garter craze, but we do know it’s still alive in the 21st century. While a lacy blue garter is a viable option, the following are a few fresh alternatives.

  • Blue flowers in your bouquet, such as hydrangeas
  • Lingerie with touches of blue
  • Ice blue toenail polish
  • A dramatic blue-red lipstick
  • Tiny blue details, such as flowers, scattered on a long veil
  • A delicate pale blue barrette
  • A beautiful blue Austrian crystal
  • A blues band at your reception
  • A silk, midnight blue wedding gown (who says it has to be white?)

DIY Burlap Flower Bouquet

I truly do love my job.  Surrounding myself with beautiful gowns, searching for wedding ideas, helping brides plan the day of their dreams, how could it get better?  Finding a really cool idea to share is how.


DIY Do’s and Don’ts for your Wedding

DIY projects are a great way to personalize your wedding and add that special touch.  There is a fine line though between things you should DIY and things you should not.  Some things are better left to the professionals.