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How to Make Wedding Dress Shopping Fun and Enjoyable

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Welcome to our last post on wedding dress shopping. Over the past few weeks we’ve been trying to cover every aspect of wedding dress shopping to help you make the process easier and less stressful. As we wrap up the series we’re going to focus on the things that will ensure you’ll have a fun and enjoyable experience. For the best wedding catering Raleigh NC has to offer this spring and summer, call Catering by Design today. Our customers love our unbeatable service, incredible flavors, and affordable wedding catering packages.

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Tips for Making Wedding Dress Shopping More Fun

Book Appointments

Before you head out to the bridal boutiques you should call and make an appointment. This will make your trip much more enjoyable during peak wedding season times. An appointment will save you lots of time and stress because you won’t have to wait around for hours on end to get help. Once you’ve got your appointment set let your friends and family members know to get a headcount on how many will be joining you.

Take Friends and Family with You

Wedding dress shopping is no fun when you go by yourself. Be sure to invite a few close friends and family members along with you. Avoid inviting a large crowd. The bridal shops frown upon bringing a big crew. Keep your invites to five or less. Bring only the people with you that you trust, will lift you up, give you an honest opinion, and are drama free.

Take Lots of Pictures

You’re the star of the show so make an effort to take lots of pictures. This will allow you to model each dress and be able to look back after your appointment to see how the dresses look on your figure. You’re going to be looking at lots of dresses and what you remember will start to run together. Pictures are a great way to sort out which dresses you like best and which ones you can rule out.

Get Pampered

Pamper yourself before your appointment time. You can go alone or make a day of it with your friends and family. Get your makeup done, have a massage, get your nails done, etc. This can help you unwind, relax, and feel super confident about your dress fitting.

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Big Mistakes You Should Avoid When Shopping for Your Wedding Gown

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Choosing the perfect wedding gown is one of the most important elements for brides when planning their special day. And as we’ve talked about in recent past posts, the shopping process is not always fun and elegant. In fact, wedding dress shopping can be stressful and overwhelming for many women. However, it really doesn’t have to be that way. As long as you follow our tips and avoid these mistakes, your experience should be smooth and delightful. Do you need affordable Raleigh NC wedding catering for a ceremony in 2019 or 2020? Let the pros at Catering by Design help you save time and money. Our clients love our fresh flavors, great customer service, and affordable catering packages. Don’t need full service? Be sure to ask about our wedding catering delivery options. We’re here to help.

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Shopping Too Soon or Too Late

You don’t want to wait too long or start too soon when buying your wedding gown. Your timeline and options for shopping also depend on how long your engagement will last. On average, you should start shopping about nine months before your wedding day. However, if you’re having a short engagement then you need to make your wedding dress one of your top priorities. If you procrastinate you might have to pay extra fees for rush jobs or not have enough time for extra fittings and alterations.

We covered the reasons why and laid out a great timeline way back in the first post in this series. You can check it out by clicking here.

Blowing Your Budget

We cannot stress enough how important your budget is. You need to have a good understanding of how much you can spend on your entire outfit, not just your wedding gown. Do not blow your entire budget on your dress alone. Remember, you’ll need to pay for alterations, buy shoes, accessories, and undergarments as well.

Also, don’t waste your time looking at and trying on wedding gowns that are way outside your budget. This will tempt you to overspend if you find a dress you totally can’t live without but really cannot afford. You’ll also waste precious time. It’s best to just avoid any gown that is outside of your budget to save yourself some hard decisions.

Your Entourage Is Too Big

Don’t bring a lot of people with you for your bridal appointment. Keep your crew to small numbers, like five people or less. Remember that everyone has an opinion. Too many opinions will not allow you to focus on the task of finding the right wedding gown. This is why you should only invite the people that you love and trust to give you an honest opinion without being hurtful. Do not invite friends or family that make you feel insecure or people that might get jealous of the attention you’ll be getting.

Giving in to Being Pressured

Please understand that you do not have to buy a wedding gown on your first, second, or even third outing. Do not let anyone pressure you to purchase a gown right away to get the process over with, especially if you do not love it. You’re going to have to sort through lots of opinions, but remember that your opinion of the dress is what matters most. Give yourself plenty of time to make your decision. This will help you avoid buyer’s remorse.

Being Too Closed Minded

Don’t fall into the trap of being too focused on one type of style or trend when gown shopping. Trends come and go so don’t let this be your ultimate deciding factor. If you don’t love what you’re seeing or how the gowns fit, be open minded to suggestions from your consultant. The associates working at the bridal boutique have many years of experience and should have a few great ideas for you to consider.

Motivational Shopping

Some brides buy wedding gowns using a motivational shopping mindset. That means buying a gown that doesn’t fit right now in order to motivate yourself to lose weight. While this can work for some, others find the added pressure just too much to deal with. The consequences of not being able to fit into your gown can be detrimental. It’s best to avoid this way of thinking and buy a wedding gown that you know you’ll be able to wear when the time comes.

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Things You Should Definitely Take When Wedding Dress Shopping

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Shopping for your wedding gown can be a mixed bag of emotions. It’s fun and exciting as well as stressful and intimidating. So how can you make this experience more fun and less scary? The answer is planning and knowing what to always bring with you. Let’s take a closer look below in today’s post. Need affordable wedding catering in Raleigh NC or the surrounding areas? Make the call to Catering by Design today. Our highly trained team is ready to speak with you and answer any questions you might have. Be sure to ask about our delivery options as well. Call us ASAP to learn more about our Raleigh NC wedding catering packages.

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An Open Mind

The first thing we think you should always bring with you is an open mind. We know you already have a style and look that you’re going for. However, don’t let that rule your emotions. Be open minded to trying on gowns that your bridal specialist suggests as well. They’ll have the most experience with finding the right styles based on your body type. Also, be honest. If you don’t love the dress let them know. It’s not going to hurt their feelings and will make their job easier.

Hair Ties

Sounds silly, right? Hair ties are very helpful when shopping for a wedding gown. This is especially true if you’re unsure of how exactly you’re going to wear your hair or if you want to see how your hair will look with different gowns.

The Right Undergarments

Your undergarments can make or break how a certain gown fits your body. So be sure to pack a bag with several different types of undergarments that you might want to wear on your wedding day.

Shoe Options

Along with your undergarments, you’ll also want to take a variety of shoes with you. Not only will this help your stylist choose the right hemline, but you’ll get a chance to see how these shoes look and feel underneath your favorite gowns.

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Real Raleigh Spring Weddings: The Bradford

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The Bradford is a fairly new local wedding venue located right outside of Raleigh’s city limits. Owned and operated by Courtney Hopper and Dana Kadwell, the Bradford is nestled on 12 beautiful acres in the pretty little town of New Hill. This gorgeous venue features a glamorous main house with open floor plans and spacious rooms, terrace, ballroom, and gardens. It can even accommodate any bride’s overnight needs as well.

We recently had the honor of catering Devin and Taylor’s spring wedding at the Bradford and wanted to share some of the highlights below. To see all of our pictures from this magical day, please visit our Pinterest gallery. Do you need affordable wedding catering in Raleigh NC this spring, summer, or fall? Make Catering by Design your number one choice. Our professional team is ready to answer any of the questions you might have about our wedding catering packages. Call today to learn more or to schedule your free tasting.

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The long and dramatic entrance leading to the main house is elegant and looks so pretty centered between all the flowering Bradford pear trees.

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The Bradford’s terrace is the perfect outdoor space for a spring wedding reception. Capital Events provided the giant clear tent in case the weather wasn’t cooperating.

Mews Floral Designs also did a fantastic job with these beautiful center pieces.

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There is even space for a full service bar snuggled between the main house and the ballroom area.

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During cocktail hour, the guests enjoyed many hors d’Oeuvres featuring imported and domestic cheeses, fresh fruits, and an assortment of gourmet crackers. We also served grilled Tuscan, pita, and focaccia breads with hummus, olivada, and tomato basil spreads.

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For dinner, everyone was treated to this beautiful spring salad of romaine, fresh strawberries, feta cheese, and candied walnuts finished with our balsamic vinaigrette. Also on the menu was garlic mashed potatoes, a colorful medley of sauteed vegetables, thyme salmon in white wine, and chicken breast stuffed with bacon and Gouda in a pesto cream sauce.

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A huge congratulations to Devin and Taylor! Thank you so much for letting Catering by Design be a part of your magical day. We truly appreciate it! If you need great food and even better prices for your next event, please continue reading to see how Catering by Design can save you time and money.

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More Important Things to Know Before Wedding Dress Shopping

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If you’ve been following along you might have noticed that we’ve been talking a lot about shopping for wedding dresses. In our last post, we talked about knowing your timeline, having a budget, and more. Click here to go back and check it out. Below you’ll find a few more things that we think brides should know before going wedding dress shopping. Looking for affordable Raleigh wedding catering for a 2019 reception? Call the pros at Catering by Design. We have the best options for Triangle weddings, corporate meetings, banquets, social events, birthday parties, and more.

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Make a List of Must Visit Stores

Do some research about the local bridal gown stores in your area. Make a list of the ones you absolutely want to visit. Don’t be surprised if you have to spend a few weekends hitting them all. Having your budget figured out will help you determine which ones you should and shouldn’t visit.

Don’t Bring the Whole Squad

When you go out shopping for a wedding gown, don’t bring your entire crew. It might sound like a lot of fun, but it’s not going to be. The more people you bring, the more opinions you’ll have to deal with. And get this, some stores even limit the number of people you can bring with you, so pick a few people that you trust will give you an honest opinion.

Buying Online

Buying online can either be really great or go horribly wrong. There are a lot of knockoffs from overseas that will break your heart and your budget. However, do check out Etsy and eBay. You can find some great deals on designer dresses at much better prices than in the stores.

If you missed the other blogs in this series on wedding dress shopping, be sure to visit back with them using the links below:

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The Most Important Things to Know Before Wedding Dress Shopping

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Wedding dress shopping can be one of the most enjoyable aspects of planning a wedding. It can also be one of the worst if you’re not prepared. Over the course of the next two posts we will be listing several things that we think brides-to-be should know before hitting the bridal boutiques. If you’re looking for the best wedding caterers Raleigh NC has to offer this spring or summer, be sure to call Catering by Design. You’ll love our food, service, and free menu tastings.

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Know Your Timeline

We covered this in a few posts back. There is a timeline on when you should start shopping for your wedding dress. Click here to get a better understanding.

Have an Idea of What You’re Looking for

Shopping for wedding dresses isn’t as easy as you think. You’re going to be overloaded with thousands of options. Check out magazines, go to bridal shows, and visit Pinterest to get ideas on what type and style of wedding dress you’re interested in before you start hitting the shops.

Make a Budget

Make a budget and stick to it. There are hundreds of gorgeous gowns in every price range, including yours. Don’t waste time trying on gowns that are twice your budget. Concentrate and focus on the ones you can afford.

If you missed the other blogs in this series on wedding dress shopping, be sure to visit back with them using the links below:

Be sure to join us for our next post where we will be discussing more things brides-to-be should know before going wedding dress shopping! If you have a wedding reception or food event coming up, keep reading to learn more about why Catering by Design is the top choice for Triangle residents.

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What Are the Differences Between ‘Bespoke’, ‘Made-to-Measure’ and ‘Made-to-Order’ Wedding Dresses?

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Welcome back! We’re going to continue our discussion on wedding dressing shopping. In our last post we talked about your timeline and when you should actually start your shopping. Today we are going to explain the differences between custom made dresses. We will breakdown the differences between bespoke, made-to-measure, and made-to-order wedding gowns. If you’re searching for the best Raleigh catering companies this year, know that Catering by Design is Raleigh’s number one choice for great food, fantastic fun, and affordable prices. Call now to learn how we can help you design the menu of your dreams.

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Bespoke

Bespoke wedding gowns are completely custom made for you, from scratch. These dresses are very time consuming to make and can also be really expensive. After all, every single design element will be based on your specifications and your measurements. There’s a tremendous amount of planning, designing, fittings, and alterations involved. These luxury dresses tend to cost around $4,000 or more.

Made-to-Measure

Made-to-measure gowns are also custom made. The big difference between this and bespoke is that you’re going to pick from an assortment of existing designs. The dress will then be made to your measurements. Because a made-to-measure gown eliminates the design process you can expect prices to be between $2,000 and $4,000.

Made-to-Order

This is the most common choice among brides. You’ll visit retailers and try on sample dresses. When you find the one you love, the retailer will order it in your size from the designer. Then you’ll have the necessary alterations made to get the dress to fit to your unique shape.

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How Early Should You Start Shopping for a Wedding Dress?

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Shopping for a wedding dress comes with lots of decisions. The biggest question might be when should you start the process. How soon is too soon? How late is too late? Truthfully, it really depends on several factors. These include how complicated your style or look is, your engagement to wedding timeline, and your desire to go through the process. We’re going to take a closer look at these timelines below. Do you need a reliable Raleigh catering company for a wedding in 2019? Catering by Design is the area’s top choice for great food, fun, and affordable prices. Call our team of pros today to learn more about how we can help you save time and money.

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A Timeline for Wedding Dress Shopping

The majority of the data we’ve seen states that most engagements last about 14 months. This leaves you plenty of time to shop for a wedding dress.

As a rule of thumb, starting your dress shopping process nine months before the wedding is ideal. This gives you time to breathe and plan without feeling rushed. You will need some time to make your look come together. Starting early will allow for more time for multiple bridal salon visits (which there will be), fittings, alterations, custom details, and dealing with any unforeseen fixes that could come up.

Don’t procrastinate and wait until the last minute. This is especially true if you are having your wedding gown made from scratch. A bespoke dress often takes a lot of time to create and is very time consuming for you as well. You’ll have to plan for several design consultations to get your look down, fabric viewings, and multiple fitting sessions. Other considerations for allowing for more time include made-to-measure and made-to-order gowns as well. We’ll explain the differences between these types of gowns in our next post.

If you’re getting married in three to six months then your time frame for shopping for a wedding dress is significantly smaller. You need to make this list item one of your top priorities and get started as soon as possible. You’re probably not going to have the time to go for a full custom designed dress so you’ll need to look for an off-the-rack option that will not require extensive alterations. Don’t fret though, you’ll still have plenty of time to find a gown that you’ll love just the same.

If you are getting married two years from now, don’t rush out and buy a dress. A lot of things can change within a two year time frame and you’ll create a few more tasks that you’ll have to deal with. For instance, if you rush right out and buy a dress now then you’ll have to store it until you get closer to your wedding day. You could also change your mind about the style of dress of you like. This means you’ll have to sell your existing dress and start the process all over again. We suggest that you wait until 12-9 months out from your wedding day before starting your wedding dress shopping.

For more information about custom wedding dresses, check out the next post in this series. Also, be sure to keep coming back to our blog each week for lots of helpful information. We will talk about wedding trends, fun recipes, kitchen tips, gardening, and everything in between. If you’re looking for high-quality catering at affordable prices, keep reading to see how Catering by Design can help you save time and money.

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More Tips on What to Wear for a Beach Wedding

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Are you going to a beach wedding in a few months and are still unsure of what to wear? You’ve come to the right place. Below we’ll continue talking about beach wedding attire for guests. Searching for the best Cary wedding catering with affordable reception packages and a vast menu selection? Catering by Design can help you out. Call us today to learn more about the services that we offer or to schedule your tasting!

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Add Some Color to Your Attire

For a beach wedding, don’t be afraid to add some color to your attire. Think pretty floral prints and water or ocean inspired prints. We think island brights like yellow, orange, and parrot green look great. You can also go with beachy pastels like blue, pinks, and peach colors as well.

Go with a Maxi Dress

If you’re struggling to think of something to wear to a beach wedding then choose a maxi dress. Long, flowing maxi dresses are perfect for beach weddings. They come in so many different styles that you really cannot go wrong with a maxi dress. From strapless, one shoulder, off the shoulder, and halter styles to the high-low maxi and boho styles you’re guaranteed to find something that will work for you.

Accessories

Beach weddings can get a little breezy. If you’re going to be on the beach during the evening hours then you also might get a little chilly. Carry a lightweight wrap that matches your ensemble. This will keep the wind off of you and keep you a little warmer. A wrap can also help protect your arms from extended sun exposure. For midday beach weddings also consider a pretty beach hat and sunglasses.

For more great tips about what to wear to summer beach weddings, please visit our last post. We talked about whether the wedding is formal or casual, wearing loose, light, and comfy clothes, and more.      Need shoes for a beach wedding? Here’s another related post with helpful information.

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How Should You Dress for a Beach Wedding?

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Are you heading to a beach wedding this summer? Scratching your head on what to wear to the ceremony and reception? We’re here to help you out with some great tips that won’t leave you lost at sea! Take a look below and let us know in the comments if you have any great ideas. If you need wedding catering in Cary NC, be sure to call the professionals at Catering by Design. Contact us today to schedule your menu tasting so you can ensure you have a magical wedding reception this spring or summer. We will save you lots of time and money.

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Best Beach Wedding Attire for Guests

What kind of wedding is it?

Before you start planning your beach attire you really need to know what kind of ceremony it is going to be. Will it be elegant and chic, beachy casual, boho, or somewhere in between? Knowing this will help you figure out exactly what you’re going to wear. Also remember that even if a beach wedding states guests should dress in formal attire it’s still a bit more casual than what you might wear to a formal wedding in the city. Finally, whatever you decide on wearing be sure it doesn’t upstage the bride.

Choose loose, cool, and comfortable fabrics.

Summer beach weddings, especially in North Carolina, will probably be pretty hot and humid. Even at night the air can be a little sticky. Avoid wearing stiff and heavy fabrics. Steer away from overly-tailored clothes as well. Try lightweight fabrics like linen and cotton instead.

Ready for more great tips about what guests should wear to beach weddings? Head on over to part two of this series. Wondering about what kind of shoes go best with beach wedding attire? Take a look back at our last post for some helpful information. Searching for an exceptional catering company for an upcoming event or wedding? Keep reading to learn how Catering by Design can help you.

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