How to Throw a Party Like a #Celebrity

The Great Gatsby Party

The Great Gatsby

With these tips, even a do-it-yourselfer can throw a celebrity-styled party!


Celebrities don’t just invite a few people, they invite everyone! Follow the rules of bars and nightclubs by arranging the furniture so that your guests have to walk sideways past each other, especially near the exit and entry points. People will be more likely to strike up conversations with each other, stay longer, and drink more when they are in close proximity.


Photo by Julie Newman.

Photo by Julie Newman.

Centerpieces serve a few purposes. First, big and bold flower displays or the like add grandeur. Second, they can serve as conversation starters. Third, introverted guests will be more likely to sit at a table together when they realize they are not forced to make direct eye contact with the person across from them; once that comfort level is reached, they will settle right in.


Your party will not be flat when there are sophisticated, fizzy drinks involved! The reasons for serving alcohol at parties speak for themselves, but keep it classy with a sparkling beverage and hide the other liquor bottles.


Make Your Invitation Over the Top

Black and Silver Brocade Musical Invitation

Black and Silver Brocade Musical Invitation

  1. Make the invites shimmer and shine – by using shimmer/glitter papers from a craft store you can do three layer invites. A standard invite is 5×7 (A7). The back layer should be the heaviest stock (usually the glitter stock) and should be cut to 5×7, the middle layer is 4.5 x 6.5 and the face is 4 x 6. You can wrap a ribbon around the face layer and add a lovely buckle (or fake engagement ring) or charm before you glue it to the middle page, and then glue those layers to the back page. Here is a tutorial that would help.
  2. Consider putting the invite inside a glitter envelope. Of course, the glitter envelope can’t go via the mail so you will probably have to slip it inside a larger envelope – maybe a clear vellum would work best so you can still see the glitter inside.
  3. Make the invites musical – you can get sound chips from various places and add them to the bottom of a box that fits the invitation. Or you can have them made – either way, only a celebrity would send an invite that when opened serenaded the guests. To get even more over the top, record your own song to fit the occasion!
  4. Put each invitation in its own “keepsake” box. You can make the boxes special by gluing pearls (remember make macaroni boxes when a kid, same concept), crystals or flowers to the box. Then nestle the invitation inside the slightly larger box with feathers as your “filler”. This can be very “Gatsby” inspired. Or find boxes at antique stores (old candy or cigar boxes for example) and use them to fit your theme. Again, you will need to ship these in an outer box to your guests.


wed4Anyone would love a wedding in a unique place, and more so when that place happens to be within Australia. Australia is an ocean country. It is situated at the middle of Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean. This beautiful country exists on a large square land ant the nation takes position six in size when compared with other countries. The capital city of Australia is Canberra, with the Sydney city as the most popular tourist destination in the country. It is an Island country, and no land that borders it these factors makes this country a very suitable destination for lovebirds from all over the world to hold their weddings in


Australia has got very many and unique wedding destinations that attracts many people from foreign countries. The destinations include;

• Villa Botanica: It is a wedding venue famous known in Australia. Located near the Coral Sea almost at the edge of wonderful Whitsunday.

• Botanica Bali: It is a wedding venue that earns Australia lots of money. People are attracted by the unbelievable services provided here.

• Miskawaan Luxury Beachfront Villas: Offers an amazing retreat for couples and their guests.

• Paperback Camp: A combination of luxurious accommodation and delicious food is found here. Generally, one receives warm hospitality inn this destination. All the peace you need, you get it from this beautiful camp.

• Blanket Bay: Suitable for weddings and honeymoon. The comfortable lodge found here is an attractive site for many.

• Kawarra Beach Resort and SPA: It is naturally romantic resort for weddings. Once here, you fill in heaven.

• Peppers salt Resort and SPA: The only wedding destination where one can enjoy 20% accommodation cost for the quest.

• Mantra South Bank: It is a ten minute walk from the Central Business District. The venue is located near cultural and art performing places. You can really enjoy the culture of this country around here.

• Breakfree Aanuka Beach Resort: Want to keep memories of your wedding? Come to this destination. With the moon twinkling over your sweet marriage vows over the night. Suitable for night weddings.

• Mantra Legends Hotel: Provides a wide range of wedding facilities. You don’t have to worry about anything while arranging to have your wedding here.

• Pepper Guest House Pokolbinb: It is a beautiful wedding grounds admired by many couples.

• Pepper Manor House Sutton Forest: It is located at the middle of green hills. The environment here poses a romantic nature, making it ideal for weddings.

• Peppers Arlie Beach Whitsundays: Very warm reception here that ensures long life experience to all who visit the place.

In Australia you find unique wedding destinations for those who want to marry away from home. All you need to have your wedding here is an Australian Visa. A wedding held in unique destinations like the ones in Australia adds a little inspiration in your marriage life. It is a dream of many to have a wedding in a unique destination. A place away from home is preferred by many. One can have peaceful and silent moments to spend with a lifetime partner without disturbance.

4 To-Dos Before You Say “I Do!” #IDo

As the owner of Music Box Invites, I have been working with brides for a little over a year now and I believe a lot of them don’t realize just how long it takes to plan a wedding. One of the main problems is that there are just TOO many options, too much information and brides today are used to living in a world of instant response (text, emails, skype) but the wedding industry is based on custom made goods and that takes longer.

To avoid the inevitable stress, here are some must-have tips every engaged person needs to keep in his or her repertoire – before they even plan the wedding date! So before you say I DO, Do ….

1.   Collect

Before choosing a date or venue, start collecting things you love about other weddings, gowns, tuxedos, venues, etc. You can keep a folder for each wedding item (flowers, invites, gowns, etc) and put the pictures, notes, torn out magazine pages in each folder. Another great place to collect the things you love is on Pinterest. I believe every bride needs a Pinterest board for her wedding. In fact, I suggest one board for each “folder”.  Then you can share that board with prospective vendors (the invitation board goes to invitation designer, flower board to florists, etc).

2.   Involve

Go over your collection of loved items with your spouse to be and get his or her input. I know most men are not that interested but involving them is a great way to get your marriage off to a good start. You guys are a team. At the very least, if he hates something you can take it out of the “folder”.

3.   Plan

After about a month of “collecting”, go back over the folder and narrow it down – decide your theme and colors, what time of the year you want to be married and what type of venue appeals the most to you. Get advice from your “guests to be” before looking at the venues and choosing a date.

Custom Invites can take up to 6 months!

Custom Invites can take up to 6 months!

4.   Schedule

Understand how long things take — gowns can take 6 months to come in, venues and best photographers are sometimes booked a year in advance, custom invitations can take 3 to 6 months. A bride must give herself time to get things done. I suggest assigning only one to two tasks a week to accomplish in order of the items that take the longest. Creating a timeline on excel can help*. Use your “dream” wedding date and then back up each week to see when you would need to start to get everything done without over-stressing yourself.


If you can afford it, seek out a wedding planner before making any decisions (but after your collection of folders). And meet with at least three before making a decision on which one to go with. Get references, read their reviews and see other work they have done.

*Joann Marks has an excel spreadsheet with tabs that will help any bride with their timeline, budget, guest list, etc – available free for the asking.

Castles and Beehive Homes, Oh My! #Honeymoon Destinations in Turkey

People ask, “What’s the use of traveling if it’s not in the company of someone I love?” To that we say combine your dream of an exotic adventure with your honeymoon! Turkey is truly a hidden treasure and you can make a romantic honeymoon out of any of these Turkish destinations. To completely enjoy your own romantic vacation, inquire your own journey practitioner concerning the recommended hot air balloon trip in Cappadocia. Practical knowledge a fantastic mixture of the ancient culture with modern day lifetime in Istanbul. Keep the Turquoise Riviera on the Turkish coastline in which you will encounter love as well as leisure in your high end vacation from the violet oceans in which the Aegean as well as Mediterranean Ocean meet. These types of stylish leisure activities display the key factor of Turkey among the ideal vacation destinations on the globe. Here are the 6 best places for honeymoon in Turkey.


turkeyIstanbul is very quickly becoming one of the more popular Turkish vacation destinations for travellers across the globe. Its vibrant, ethnical culture is traveller-friendly with many Internet sites, coffee shops, bookstores, sights, and much more. Istanbul is one of those vacation getaways seen in photos that are known for their lovely glimmering lights, downtown areas, and pulsing nightlife.


Antalya is a budding metropolis along the Mediterranean coastline. It’s no surprise why Antalya is among the most popular vacation spot for honeymooners as it buzzes with culture, nightlife, grand hotels, and unique dining establishments to captivate the adventurous heart. For people who wish to get the true Turkish experience, Antalya captures the idea of the country.


Cappadocia is a city built with the vacationer in mind. Couples can fulfil their dream of getting married in a hot air balloon, in the Cappadocia panorama, or in a historical chapel. In Cappadocia, you will probably discover the most amazing places to stay for your honeymoon.


Mardin may be the perfect historical honeymoon destination for you in Europe. Mardin retains most of its historical features and gives the illusion that time stopped with its architectural mastery, historical, archaeological, ethnographic, artistically and visual values. Mardin provides easy access to famed Turkish cotton, the highway, inns, and travelling caravans.


Sanliurfa, prophet Abraham’s birthplace, can be a great spot for your honeymoon. You can travel to closeby Harran and find the incredible beehive shaped homes. Harran is said to be where Prophet Abraham stayed with his wife and children on route to Israel. You can also look at the holy sites in Sanliurfa, or eat from the lakes that hold a variety of seafood.


Artvin is another smart vacation spot classic with its architectural mastery, historical churches, and castles. But that’s not all; Artvin also has rich fauna and virgin woods on mountains that soar up to 3,900 meters high! To get started with your Turkish honeymoon you can’t forget your Visa! Get started online at Turkey Visa. Guest author Zara is a student of Medicine in Scotland. She combines her passion for travelling and writing and is working with Turkey Visa, the best Visa agency for beginning your adventure in Turkey.

How to Make Your Wedding Reception Totally Unique

There are several ways you can personalize your wedding reception to your individual tastes, and provide some memorable moments for your guests. Here are just a few, for your consideration.

  • Children’s Activities If you’re going to have many children at your reception, arrange for a separate room with fun  activities like board games, crafts, coloring books, a clown/balloon/face-painting artist, or even a movie. That way, the children won’t be thrashing around the main dining room, knocking things over and tripping over your adult guests. Be sure to have adult supervision for the kids.
  • Love Songs to the Bride and Groom Typically, your reception guests will clink their glasses together, to get the two of you to kiss. Instead, some couples ask their DJ to make an announcement that anyone who wants the bride and groom to kiss, must sing them a line or two from a song with the word “love” in it. The guest’s entire table rises together and sings. Sometimes, they come up with some very creative songs that give everyone a good laugh.
  • Disposable Cameras Set a camera on each table, and let the guests take their own photos. Have someone from the wedding party collect all the cameras at the end of the evening. You’ll end up with some very memorable candid pictures.
  • Joann & Doug  0869Choreograph Your First Dance If you have the time and the inclination, you may wish to take ballroom dancing lessons together, and dazzle your guests with a rehearsed performance. Be sure the bridal gown is cut to accommodate such a dance. Start your lessons about 3 months before your wedding. Keep the song to 3 minutes or less if you can. Be sure your DJ has the right version of the song; and tell him in advance how you’ll alert him that it’s time to start the song. His cue can be something as simple as a nod of your head.  (Note: Music Box Invites are the perfect prelude to your wedding reception. If you send your guests one of our invitations with your wedding dance song in it, they will know they are in for a very special treat).
  • Dollar Dance The bride and groom begin a slow dance together, then the guests are invited to cut in and dance briefly with either the bride or groom, for a dollar (though a smart DJ will remind the guests that there’s nothing wrong with 10’s or 20’s). Sometimes it takes two or three songs for everyone to get a chance to dance with the bride or groom. People can either pin their money to the bride’s gown if someone provides straight pins, or the Best Man and Maid of Honor can collect the money. It’s a nice way to give the newlyweds a little slush fund as they head off for their honeymoon.
  • Anniversary Dance All married couples are invited to join the bride and groom on the dance floor. A slow song starts. After a few seconds, the DJ asks all couples who’ve been married less than 5 years to leave the dance floor. A few seconds later, all couples married 10 years or less must leave. Eventually, the couple married the longest remains alone on the dance floor, and a big cheer goes up as the DJ tells the newlyweds, “Here are your role models.”
  • “Soul Train” Two parallel lines of dancers form at opposite sides of the dance floor, and couples take turns dancing down the middle, just as they did on “Soul Train.” It’s a great way to get everyone involved in the dancing.
  • Conga Line The bride and groom lead the way, and the line forms behind them, with each person putting his/her hands on the waist of the person in front of him/her. Popular songs for a Conga line include “Hot Hot Hot,” “Party Train,” “C’mon & Ride It,” and of course, “Conga.” Always a nice photo op.
  • Line Dances People love dances that they know. And there are plenty of line dances that we’ve all seen a million times — “Electric Slide,” “Cha Cha Slide,” “Macarena,” “YMCA,” “Chicken Dance,” “Cupid Shuffle,” “Gangnam Style” and so forth. Even if you absolutely hate every one of them, please don’t spoil it for your guests. Even if they don’t normally like to dance, they’ll be on the dance floor for the line dances, and their inhibitions and spirits will be lifted. Remember, your reception is a party you throw for your friends. Let them have a good time, too. You can always tell your DJ not to play any line dances unless someone requests them. But putting them off-limits denies your guests some wonderful bonding moments.

– Guest blogger Jay Congdon is president of Fourth Estate Audio, a professional Chicago DJ and Chicago Wedding DJ company since 1965.

#Wedding Hacks: Simple Tricks for Your Big Day #Bigday

Wedding Hacks Simple Tricks for Your Big DayEveryone has high hopes for their wedding day. Will the weather cooperate? Is the minister going to show up on time? Will cousin David drink too much at cocktail hour? Some of these wedding day nightmares can be avoided, and some of them can’t, but with a few simple tricks, your wedding day can go as smoothly as possible.

Plan Ahead
When you get engaged, you may have already been planning your wedding in your head for months, or even years so you know exactly what you want. Or, you have no idea where to start. Either way, give yourself some time to make phone calls and schedule appointments. If you have a longer engagement, make a point to visit a dermatologist and Mar orthodontics. You will not regret putting time and effort into improving your skin and smile for your big day. You may even choose to invest in invisible braces in Edmonton, which can be timed perfectly to make your teeth straight and beautiful for your wedding photos.


Pale pink, gold and feather MUSICAL wedding invitations

Make Checklist
It is vital to have a checklist of everything that needs to be accomplished leading up to your wedding day. Have you ever tried going on a big grocery shopping trip without a list? You come home with a bunch of whatever you saw at the moment. Your wedding day is too important not to plan ahead for. As you accomplish the tasks on your checklist, cross them off so you can move on to the next project. For example, did you know that right after you choose your date and venue, you should begin working on your Save the Date and Custom Wedding Invitations?

Follow a Timeline
A timeline of scheduled events is another tool that will keep your wedding weekend running smoothly. Create a timeline of where people need to be, who needs to be there, what they need to be doing what, and what time it needs to happen. This will keep your bridal party from asking you an extra 100 questions when the big day arrives. You will be glad you did this when hair, makeup, and picture plans all have to be scheduled and followed closely. Have a cute time table written up on a blackboard as well, so your guests can follow along with you as you cut the cake, do the first dance and more.

On your special day, you want to be relaxed and enjoy the great event you have planned. It is very important to delegate beforehand, any tasks you need to be carried out so you are not running around trying to do them yourself. A wedding planner is an amazing investment if you can afford one. Just make sure you are clear about your expectations but be understanding if things don’t go exactly as planned.

Your wedding day can be a stress-free, beautiful event if you know a few tricks that will keep things running smoothly. All you will have to worry about is enjoying your time with your new spouse, family, and friends.




Forget the Tux Rental- Celebrity Tailor Says More Grooms Want Custom Suit For Wedding


Mohan’s Custom Tailors, which designs clothing for sports, entertainment, business and political leaders, said a significant fashion trend this season is men from all walks of life following the lead of Facebook tycoon Mark Zuckerberg and actor Alec Baldwin, opting out of tuxedo rentals and buying custom-made attire for their wedding day. The custom tailor has crafted looks for that special day from bolts of fabric laced with gold and platinum threads, crushed diamond or sapphire stones, or something as functional as the “Anti-Sweat Suit,” which keeps men up to 10 degrees cooler with lightweight, high-performance material and a jacket without lining.

These custom creations can add anywhere from a few hundred to tens of thousands of dollars to the cost of the groom’s wedding look. While Mohan’s custom suits start at $700, the “Anti-Sweat” option will jump that price to $3,000. Those made from fabric that incorporates crushed sapphire will start at $5,000, and diamonds jumps to $10,000. Want gold or platinum threads and you will be north of that number.

“It used to be that the bride was the only one with diamonds, but not anymore. Men, too, want something special, a fashion keepsake for this special day,” said Founder and Proprietor Mohan Ramchandani. “More importantly, couples understand that photographs from their wedding day will follow them a lifetime and an ill-fitting, rented tuxedo or mass produced suit will not look as flattering for prosperity. Men are realizing that an off-the-rack outfit from an upscale department store will cost $1,000 or $2,000. For about the same cost, maybe even a bit less, they can get a hand-tailored suit that falls perfectly on their bodies.”

Mohan’s Custom Tailors has designed over 150,000 beautifully crafted and fitted made to order men’s suits, shirts, formal wear, and top-coats since 1972. With over 14,000 of the finest fabrics from England and Italy to choose from, Mohan’s delivers custom-made elegance at retail prices. Expert tailors will take 25 measurements for each suit, which is delivered in four to five weeks. And, if you have too much wedding cake, Mohan’s provides free alterations for one year after the purchase. To learn more about Mohan’s Custom Tailors, visit So forget the tux, guys, opt for a custom made suit instead and match your beautiful bride on your most special day.

Purple with black is very popular. And brocade continues to be a trend.

Purple with black is very popular. And brocade continues to be a trend.

Another celebrity trend in weddings, are custom couture MUSICAL wedding invitations – brides are crazy about them and they add a unique red-carpet feel to any wedding. Semi-custom start at $15 per set but custom can up to $100 or more! The Knot magazine reported that there is a trend towards smaller more elaborate weddings and details such as custom made suits and musical wedding invitations fall into that category.



Truly Unique Wedding Ideas Without A Big Budget

Every couple wants their wedding to be simply spectacular, it is the happiest day of your life and you want everyone to have an amazing time and to remember it forever right? But how can you have a truly amazing wedding if you don’t have a big budget?

Well it’s actually quite easy, here are a few wedding ideas that will save you cash and make for a unique and memorable day for all involved:

A sparkler exit is not extremely expensive but very memorable

A sparkler exit is not extremely expensive but very memorable

Picking The Venue

Most couples focus a little too much on the venue. Sure this is a big part of the wedding, but overspending on a grand venue may mean having to compromise elsewhere later. Consider very carefully what you actually want to spend your money on. You don’t have to hold the wedding in a run down motel, but it also doesn’t need to be a castle. Saving 20% on your venue will pay for a lot of distinctive touches later. If you have your heart set on a certain venue consider having your wedding off season or on a Sunday – many venues are not booked and will offer you the same fabulous location for less money.

Oh, and once you have found the right venue, negotiate! Remember that if you let a venue do your catering, they are going to be earning a lot of money – so ask for a discount, the worst they can do is say no.

The Main Bits

Prices for things like the dress, suits and cars can also vary a lot but in reality, some stunning wedding dresses can be had relatively cheaply. When you pay more you are often just paying for a particular brand. If you buy a nice dress off the shelf, you can pay a bit extra to have it altered so that it fits you perfectly, giving the impression of a bespoke dress at a fraction of the cost. Obviously there is the option of buying that wonderful designer gown pre-owned at a site such as Preowned Wedding Dresses or check out local consignment stores and bridal shops when they are selling their sample gowns for a fraction of the price.


Is a limo to and from the ceremony/reception really necessary? What you spend on cars entirely depends how much you care about that sort of thing. Some people love cars and want to spend the extra, whilst other couples don’t care as long as they get to the reception in comfort. Discuss this with your spouse and weigh up the options, it may be much cheaper to simply hire a nice saloon car and ask a friend to drive you. It only has to do one journey anyway!


David Tutera recently wrote an article and said to forget favors – no guest really expects them and most end up forgotten or even thrown away. Put that extra money into something they might save – like a really unique and special wedding invitation. One that plays music when they open it will not be tossed or forgotten.

The Details

For savvy wedding planners this is the bit that really matters because the thousands you have saved by being frugal in the main areas will give you extra funds to spend getting the details right. Things like having the right flower arrangement, paying extra for chair covers and having custom designed invites all make a big difference. These are the touches that make your wedding truly an event and unique.

Custom wedding invitations that play music are more then regular invitations but make your wedding unique

Custom wedding invitations that play music are more then regular invitations but make your wedding unique

Table decorations and name settings are also a great place to be creative. Putting the effort in here will really finish the look of your wedding and designing your own will only cost a fraction of your wedding budget. Check out sites like Pinterest and Etsy to get ideas on some DIY items that can make the reception tables look really special.

Here are some inexpensive ideas that are completely unique:

Table Decorations:
Get 10 matching teapots, using a block of oasis, fill them all with artificial flowers and top up with colored sand. Then use some small glass jars with tea lights to compliment.

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Get some glass candle holders from the dollar store and wrap them in rhinestone ribbons for a really upscale look. Use pretty frames to hold your table numbers.

Name Places:
Have your wedding at Christmas time and for name places simply print off names on some expensive card, cut up and put a hole in each name card. Tie each name card to a bauble with ribbon.

Bonus Tip:
By having your wedding at Christmas your venue will be cheaper and you may find that it is already decorated for Christmas, saving you the need to buy decorations.

About the author
Hi, my name is Nat. I work for collection 26, the wedding planners. I love weddings and everything about them and I love to have creative ideas to make them more unique.

Camera Ready: Tips to Plan for Your #WeddingPhotos

Getting ready for your wedding portraits is one of the most important parts of planning for your wedding day. You will keep your photos forever, even if you don’t keep your dress, your bouquet, or your shoes! Here are some tips for planning your wedding portraits so that both bride and groom will be picture-perfect when they tie the knot.

Skin Secrets

The appearance your skin and hair will have a lot to do with how well your wedding pictures turn out. Of course all brides and grooms want their skin to be clear and healthy and their hair to look well styled or arranged.
Be sure to use an effective acne treatment, if you need one, for several weeks before your wedding to ensure any breakouts have cleared. Use makeup to cover any scars or blemishes and use pressed powder to conceal shiny areas of your face to avoid glares. Some people also choose to cover their tattoos for their wedding portraits.

Hair Helps

Keep your hairstyles simple and classic. The bigger the hair, the more distracting it is. After all, you don’t want to detract from the main purpose of your wedding portraits. Make sure you hairstyle won’t be dated in a few years. You want to be sure your wedding pictures look as timeless as possible.

Jewelry Joy

You might not think the jewelry and accessories you wear, such as earrings and necklaces, could make that much difference in your wedding portraits. However, large, bright or shiny jewelry can be really unflattering in the finished photos. This, of course, applies to both the bride and groom. Consider taking out that big gold hoop or eyebrow ring for the most important photos of your lifetime. Stick with pieces that are simple, hold special significance and don’t distract from the overall portrait.

Teeth Tips

Your smile should light up your face, and show off how happy you are on your wedding day. The condition of your teeth will also have a huge impact on your finished wedding portraits. If you have yellowed teeth, a lot of visible, dark colored fillings, or other dental work that needs to be addressed, you really should get this seen to before your portraits are taken. According to a family Utah dentist, whitening programs can be finished in just a few weeks. Visit to find out how other natural whitening techniques as well.

Lip Love

For really great smiles, you’ll want to ensure that your lips are moisturized to avoid cracking and peeling. Once you have applied lip balm, put a layer of subtle gloss or lipstick over the top. Keep your lip balm handy for touch ups during your portrait session. Don’t do any color that will be too dramatic for your color photos.

These are just a couple of the things you can easily do to make a huge difference in your wedding portraits, ensuring that you are camera ready on your big day.

The author Brooke Chaplan is a guest blogger and can be reached at

Days 2 & 3 of NYC #Wedding Dress Shopping #SayYesToTheDress

My goddaughter, Jessica is getting married and we both travelled to New York to begin the search for the perfect wedding dress. These are Days 2 and 3 of our hunt! Continued from And the hunt is on! NYC #Wedding Dress Shopping #SayYesToTheDress

Saturday afternoon – The Sample Room

The Sample Room is hidden away on a 2nd floor with no name outside, it was fun trying to find the place but we were actually 30 minutes early for NYC_gown_sampleroomour appointment and they let us in. Luckily we were the only ones there and had a nice consultant. But there just were not a lot of gowns to choose from. They had some fabulous fashion forward gowns but Jessica’s taste is much simpler than what they had in the store. There were $10,000 gowns for under $3,000 so I strongly suggest checking it out but remember the stock changes a lot. We were done in 30 minutes but really liked the people! We were allowed to take as many pictures as we wanted and Jess got to try on a Monique Lhullier gown. I saw many I liked but they were more elaborate and beaded (my style).


Selection: B- (but it changes)

Service: A (very nice, very accommodating, not pushy)

Sunday 11am – Mark Atelier

Jessica was able to get a last minute appointment for Sunday morning at 11 am at Mark Atelier. I was

Jessica in Mark Atelier

Jessica in Mark Atelier

needed elsewhere so she went alone.Their website had said that gowns were $5,000 and up but that was not the case at all when she got there. Jessica loved the consultant who took pictures for her and also really loved a very different gown (beaded top) and A-line organza bottom.


Selection: A

Service: A


Sunday afternoon – David’s Bridal

We did a walk in to David’s at about 2:50 on Sunday.We were told there were no 3 pm appointments but they could do a 4. We asked if we could look around first and he said sure. One weird thing was I asked where the sale rack was (huge sign on front door) and he said because they were a flagstaff store they didn’t have any sale dresses. But we found 3 racks of them! We went row by row and while there were a lot of gowns, we didn’t see anything even close to what we were looking for. We did see a lovely bridesmaid gown on a mannequin and we took pictures of that.


Selection: A

Service: A (I had looked at David’s for my gown two years ago and the consultant was fabulous but didn’t find “the” gown)

Sunday afternoon – Designer Loft

We took a chance and went with no appointment and were very welcomed by Linzy. We looked at all the racks and only found a couple of gowns that had the elements Jessica liked but not as much as the other ones she tried on earlier. I saw a gown I truly loved but again it was not Jessica’s style. It is a lovely store with a nice staff. I did notice more gowns in the back (and Linzy went and got one) but we were not able to go and search those racks for some reason. I assume Linzy found the best that suited Jessica but you really never know until you try something on.


Selection: B (just not enough gowns)

Service: A

Jessica with her fiancé Nick

Jessica with her fiancé Nick

Our next steps are to do more research on the brands and styles we liked the best and then try to find those gowns to try on. I think we have made great progress and will be able to choose the perfect gown soon!

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