I’m Going to be a Mom…and a Bridesmaid!

With Bridal season in full swing we are noticing a lot more pregnant bridesmaids than in recent years. Both being pregnant and a bridesmaid can complicate the bridesmaid dress buying process but Wonderland Bridal is here to help! There are plenty of ways to accommodate the mama-to-be. First thing’s first, celebrate the bundle of joy you are expecting or be excited about planning your growing family. Next, read below to see how you can be happy and still be there for your bride.

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Shhh! Don’t Tell the Bride I’m Pregnant

We don’t like hearing this, ever, yet we hear it so often. Give the bride the chance to be happy for you. This is your life and it doesn’t stop because someone else is getting married. At the same time, you need to understand that this may be the most important day of the bride’s life and not sharing this information can really hurt your relationship with her. She is paying for things like flowers and gifts for the bridal party and if you don’t think you will be able to participate in the wedding, this should be communicated to the bride right away.

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How do I choose a style?

Once you have shared your blessing with the bride, ask her about the aesthetic she is going for. Does she want everyone in the same bridesmaid dress or is everyone allowed to choose their own style. Your bride will want you to look just as beautiful as all of her other bridesmaids so no doubt she will choose something that will accommodate your growing belly.

When shopping for bridesmaid dresses ask your stylist for recommendations. Let them know how far along you will be or hope to be when the wedding arrives. If this something you want to keep private maybe ask the bride to go shopping with you separately so that you can ask your stylist all of the questions you have before returning with the rest of the bridesmaids.

How will I know what size to order?

There will be a lot of guessing between you and your stylist about which size you will need and how extensive alterations could be. If you are wearing a more fitted bridesmaid dress you will need to order a few sizes larger. Our Sorella Vita bridesmaid dresses take approximately 3-4 months to arrive. There is a rush option but  be aware there are usually costs associated with this. The best option is to order your bridesmaid dress with a rush since you will have a better idea of what your size will be closer to the wedding date. Also, there is no science to knowing what size you will be when the bridesmaid dress arrives so this is a decision you will need to make carefully.

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We recommend ordering 2-3 sizes up from your current measurements. Avoid a style with a thick waist band or fitted skirt. Sorella Vita has plenty of styles to choose from that are fitted on the top with a natural waistline and flowing skirt to flatter your silhouette.

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For a later term pregnancy we recommend that you consider a bridesmaid dress with a higher waistline and order 2-4 sizes up from your measurement the date the order is placed.

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Post Pregnancy

If the wedding plans are starting way ahead of time but you will be late term by the time all of the bridesmaids are placing their order, we recommend having your measurements taken as soon as possible. Is this your first pregnancy? You know how quickly/slowly you will return to your regular size. If you are unsure we recommend going one size up just in case. You don’t need the added stress of not fitting into your bridesmaid dress because it is too small or trying to lose weight to fit into it.

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Make your trip down the aisle as a bridesmaid be as stress free as possible. Enjoy your pregnancy and all of the fun that comes with being a bridesmaid. Make your appointment with us at Wonderland Bridal and let us help you find the right style for you!

 

 

 

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Wedding Dress Shopping Etiquette

By now you have no doubt read plenty of blogs and received tons of advice on what to expect during your wedding gown shopping experience. There are a few details that get missed but can sometimes be equally as important. Our experts have a few pieces of wedding gown shopping etiquette that every bride should be sure to remember.

Who should I invite to the appointment?

Deciding who to invite to your appointment is probably the hardest part about wedding dress shopping. How do you know who to invite and who should stay at home? Well the first person you called after you got engaged should get an automatic invite. This will probably be the person or people who are closest to you. You will want to keep your entourage small. We recommend having no more than 5 people come to your appointments. Everyone wants to be able to boast that they were the one who picked out your wedding gown. Some opinions will be louder than others which may try to sway your decision or talk you out of a wedding dress you really love.

Do you have to bring your Mother-in-Law? If you have a good relationship and you want to bring her, you should. It could be a wonderful bonding experience. Bring positive people who just want you to be happy. Also, invite the person who is paying for your wedding dress. Nothing is worse than having your own, “Say Yes to the Dress” moment and the person paying for it is not there to seal the deal.

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Who pays for my dress?

Traditionally the family of the bride is responsible for the cost of the wedding dress. Today, most brides are paying for it themselves. If someone else has offered to pay for it, make sure you know up front how much they are prepared to spend and what they are paying for so that if you do go over budget you have a plan to cover the balance.

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Why do I have to schedule an appointment? Can’t I just go into a store and look around?

Searching for a wedding gown requires some planning. You should be doing as much research as you can about the bridal shops you are making appointments with. The best place to purchase your wedding gown is a shop that has excellent customer service. You want to make sure that the bridal shop is prepared and excited to see you. If you come in without an appointment, it is not guaranteed that you will be able to try on wedding dresses or that there will even be a fitting area available for you.

If you just want to browse for now, keep in mind that the bridal stylists may be busy with customers and not available to answer all of your questions. Besides, you can’t really judge a wedding dress on a hanger. You have to see how it will look on your body and this is something your bridal stylist can recommend during your scheduled appointment.

Why do most bridal stores not allow young children?

Bridal shops can be a dangerous place for unsupervised children; there are pins that can poke, small beads than can pose as a choking hazard, and glass or heavy furniture that can fall on children and injure them. You may bring someone to help you watch them but this appointment time should be all about you and everyone should be giving you their undivided attention.

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What kind of undergarments should I wear to my appointment?

This is probably the question most asked by brides scheduling a wedding gown appointment for the first time. First and foremost, understand that there will be someone helping you change into wedding dresses. Your Bridal Stylist wants you to feel comfortable but here are some tips on what undergarments to wear.

A bra is not usually necessary since most wedding dresses are fully structured or have an illusion (see through) back. If you would feel more comfortable with a bra we recommend a strapless one.

Make sure that any panties you wear are a light color and simple pattern so you don’t see them through the wedding dress or have distracting panty lines.

If you want to try on wedding gowns with shape wear like Spanx be sure that you understand that this could fight the natural structure of the wedding dress you love and could make the interior of it feel very warm. Our advice is to try wedding gowns with and with out the extra help.  You may decide that you don’t need it at all.

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At Wonderland Bridal Couture we love giving our brides one-on-one customer service. If you are just starting the wedding gown shopping process and have any questions before your appointment, one of our Bridal Stylists will be happy to answer them. Just give us a call or email us!

 

 

 

 

Love Story: Christina & Kyle

Christina&Kyle1832We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Christina & Kyle, who were married December 16th, 2017.

When and how did you meet?

We didn’t even realize it but we went to the same church and never met each other until his cousin got me a job at a lab where he was working. That was back in 2009. I was waiting for an interview when I first saw him and I gave him a dirty look like why are you looking at me??

How long did you date before he popped the question?

We dated for about 7 years.

How did he propose?

It was July 16, 2016 and I was mad at him because he didn’t propose to me yet. But what I didn’t know that he has a ring with him for a while waiting to find the right time. We had an argument about it so he decided to just do it. He took me down memory lane. We finished a movie and after he drove me the spot where he realized he first liked me. And then to where we had our first date, to all our make out spots and places where we had our best memories. Then we ended up at the lab where we met. And alone in the parking lot he got down on one knew and told me that he knew I was special from the moment he met me and he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. And if I would marry him. And of course I said yes.

Where were you married and how did you pick the place?

We actually got married a few months after in December 2016. My grandpa was put into hospice with only a few weeks to live and I was heartbroken that he wouldn’t be able to be at our wedding so Kyle thought it would be a good idea to get married with him. We had a little ceremony in his room with our grandmas as bridesmaids, and a few days later he passed. Our wedding took place a year later at the Living Sculpture Sanctuary. I just randomly and luckily came across this gem. I was searching online for a unique outdoor space to have a rustic wedding and it was the first place I visited. It was perfect.

What theme and/or colors have you chosen for your wedding and why?

I wanted a romantic and rustic feel for our wedding. The colors were light pink/blush, navy blue and gold.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

We went to the Excellence Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

I looked online for places that had styles that I liked and again it was my first stop. I had other appointments, but I didn’t have to go anywhere else, they had exactly what I was looking for.

Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

They were so helpful and nice from the moment I walked in. And they, in a nice way, put up with my BS. I told them what I wanted and against my will they made me try on the opposite. But that technique made the experience even better. I did not want a strapless sweetheart dress, I wanted something different –and they made me try on a few strapless sweetheart dresses. (One was actually a runner up to my final choice). I tried on all the ones I didn’t want to and then once I put on the last dress I wanted everyone knew it was the one. I know they made me try on those dresses strategically so that I knew for sure what I wanted and that made finding my dress all the more special. You need to see yourself in other dresses because you just never know how a dress in a magazine or online will look on our body type. Brides are usually stubborn about that but the ladies at wonderland know how to get you in the right dress.

What was the best part of your wedding day?

It was all so perfect, but I think our first dance was the best part. Your wedding day is such a whirlwind and just those few minutes of swaying in his arms makes everything slow down and the beauty of it all just hits you and wow the ceremony is over already.

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

Don’t stress!!! No one knows what your vision is except you. So if it isn’t exactly what you wanted who cares! Also at least a day of wedding planner is a must! Mine was just amazing she was able to put together everything even better than what I imagined.

Photos by Gloria Ruth Photography

  1. Flowers: DIY
  2. Cake: DIY
  3. Catering: The Miami Party Place
  4. Entertainment: Photo booth brothers- DJ and photobooth
  5. Invitations: Vistaprint
  6. Wedding Planner: Laurie De Silva
  7. Hair: Tatiana’s Vanity
  8. Make Up: Nicole Macaluso
  9. Decor:  DIY

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Love Story: Carriette & Sebastien

View More: http://poirierweddingphotography.pass.us/carrietteandelusmaWe sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Carriette & Sebastien, who were married November 11, 2017.

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When and how did you meet?

We met in pharmacy school during our orientation week at Nova Southeastern University. We were standing next to each other in line for food and he made a joke that caused me to laugh hysterically. When I got home, I had a friend request from him 🙂

How long did you date before he popped the question?

We officially started dating on 11/11/11. So the number 11 definitely has a significant place in our hearts. He proposed about 4 1/2 years later on my birthday 6/18/16.

How did he propose?

I really love to eat (it’s literally my favorite thing to do) and Sebastien took me to a very nice restaurant near the beach for my birthday dinner. The atmosphere was perfect and it was probably one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Sebastien suggested that we go for a walk on the beach after dinner. After searching unsuccessfully for parking I convinced him to go home. I had an intimate, at-home proposal that was 100% perfect and absolutely what I wanted.

Where were you married and how did you pick the place?

We were both raised Catholic and it was important for us to get married in church. We got married at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in Coral Springs. Our reception was about 10 minutes away at the Coral Springs Marriott.

What theme and/or colors have you chosen for your wedding and why?

Our theme was royal and elegant. We chose Gold, Purple, and Ivory which gave us the majestic feel we were going for.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

My husband loves to travel. Our deal was that I would plan the wedding and he would plan the honeymoon. We went to Hawaii, Australia, Thailand, the Maldives, Venice and Portugal. It was the trip of a lifetime with the love of my life. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect honeymoon 🙂

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

Wonderland Bridal was my first stop for wedding dress shopping because of the wonderful reviews I saw online. I called to make an appointment and Alicyn suggested that I come in for the Stella York Trunk show. She said that it would be an ideal time to come since it was my first time shopping and there would be a variety of styles to try on. She was super pleasant on the phone and it made me really look forward to visiting the store.

Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

I felt so welcomed by Patti and Alicyn. The store was nicely designed, very clean and there were so many dresses on display. Patti helped me during my appointment. She helped me get an idea of exactly the style of dress I was looking for. She is very attentive in listening to what the bride wants and how they feel in the dress. We got down to one dress that I loved, but I just couldn’t make a commitment my first time dress shopping. Seven stores later I was back to try on more dresses. I retried the Stella York dress and finally had my waterworks and say yes to the dress moment. There’s a quote by Maya Angelou that says “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”. My experience with wonderland bridal exceeded expectations and it is such a memorable part of my journey to the big day.

What was the best part of your wedding day?

It was honestly the best day of my life from start to finish and I loved every minute. But walking down the aisle was so special. We didn’t do a first look prior to the ceremony because we wanted to keep with tradition. When the bridal chorus started playing in church it finally hit me that this is it, it’s finally happening! My mom and uncle walked me down the aisle. It was so exciting and emotional walking towards my future husband surrounded by all of our closest friends and family. And then finally locking eyes with Sebastien and seeing the look of awe on his face. I will treasure that moment forever.Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

Give yourself time to enjoy being engaged, but start planning as early as you can. I started about a year before our wedding date because we were paying for the wedding ourselves and wanted to stay within budget. This will give you time to research and find the best vendors and packages without feeling any pressure. Reliable and supportive vendors are key! If at any time you don’t feel comfortable with something go with your gut. I ended up canceling a DJ I hired 2 months prior to my wedding because the communication was not where it needed to be. The DJ I ended up going with was amazing and I have no regrets. This is one day and it goes by so fast. Think about what’s most important for you and work to make it happen. Everything else will fall into place.

Photos by Poirier Photography

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  1. Flowers/Decor: Flowers By Sandra
  2. Cake: Publix
  3. Catering: Coral Springs Marriott
  4. DJ/Photobooth: The PhotoBooth Bros
  5. Invitations: GreetingsIsland.com
  6. Day of Coordinator: Susan Marie Weddings
  7. Make Up: Cleo Jorge Makeup
  8. Photographer: Poirier Photography

Love Story: Meghan & Anthony

image8We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Meghan & Anthony, who were married January 6th, 2018.

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When and how did you meet?
We met back in high school at age 15, but reunited in life almost 4 years ago.

How long did you date before he popped the question?

We were together 3 years.

How did he propose?
On the sand at a beautiful beachfront restaurant here in Ft Lauderdale.

Where were you married and how did you pick the place?

We were married at Buckingham Farms in Ft Myers, Fl.

What theme and/or colors have you chosen for your wedding and why?
We chose a rustic country themed wedding which was perfect for our outdoor venue. We knew right away that’s what we were going to base everything off of, including my beautiful lace dress.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?
We spent a few extra days in Ft Myers since ours was technically a destination wedding and then some quality time off at home with our dog!

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?
Wonderland was the first place I ever visited to try on dresses, and when I tried on “my dress” there, I just knew it was the one! I couldn’t and didn’t need to look any further. I left that day knowing I had purchased the perfect dress for me and my wedding vision.

 Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

I had a great experience both times I visited Wonderland Bridal. The first day, with the help of Alicyn, I found and purchased the most beautiful lace covered gown that I happily and patiently waited to arrive. Once it did, I went back to try on and pick up my dress where I was treated like a princess by Patti. Everything was perfect

What was the best part of your wedding day?
Saying I do to the best husband ever! But seriously, picking a favorite part is hard. It literally went exactly as planned and it was just a beautiful day for us all!

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?
Take your time and do it YOUR way! Don’t stress it too much and having friends and family as helpers is a big plus. Don’t be afraid to ask for helpJit’s a very stressful time but take time to enjoy yourself, too!

Photo Credit: Brandy Wine Photography – NC

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1. Flowers: Southern Fresh Florals Ft Myers, Fl 2. Cake: Publix
3. Catering: Buckingham Farms Ft Myers, Fl
4. Entertainment: RIG Entertainment Ft Myers, Fl 5. Invitations: Basic Invite (online)6. Wedding Planner: N/A
7. Hair: Lindsay Arevalo – Pure Vanity Boutique Salon Ft Myers, Fl8. Make Up: “ “
9. Photographer: Brandy Wine Photography – NC
10. Videographer: N/A
11. Decor: Something Borrowed Ft Myers, Fl , Buckingham Farms Ft Myers, Fl and a lot of DIY.

Love Story: Gabriela & Andres

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We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Gabriela & Andres, who were married January 27th, 2018.

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When and how did you meet?

We first met on January 27th 2015. We both have a mutual friend that wanted us to meet so he connected us and we decided to meet at Royal Pig in downtown Fort Lauderdale for some drinks. The rest is history.

How long did you date before he popped the question?

2 years

How did he propose?

We went out to dinner with his parents to one of our favorite restaurants in Mizner Park. After dinner he recommended we go to Red Reef beach, where we would frequently visit when he lived up in Delray. After sitting and talking he took out a book with many pictures of us and asked me to close my eyes and when I opened them there he was on one knee. He also had my family drive up to surprise me as well. It was perfect!

Where were you married and how did you pick the place?

We were married at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs church because that’s the church I grew up with. It meant a lot to him to get married at a catholic church so we did.

What theme and/or colors have you chosen for your wedding and why?

We went with blush, gold, and white with hints of pearls around the room. Those colors scream romance and because my dress had pearls it was a cute add on.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

We are heading to Vietnam in a few days to celebrate our Honeymoon. We decided Vietnam because of the cuisine and because Halong Bay seems like such a magical place to Honeymoon.

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

My sister’s friend actually bought her dress at the store and when we went the selections they had were exactly what we were looking for.

Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

It was amazing. The girls working there really enjoy what they do and it shows in their customer service. They worked with my budget and made the experience an enjoyable one.

What was the best part of your wedding day?

Saying our “I Do’s” and of course celebrating with all of our family and friends.

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

Stress free is the way to be. Things will happen but at the end of the day all that matters is that you are marrying the love of your life.

Photo Credit: Lightsky photography- Erika Arango

Vendors:

  1. Flowers: Pink Pussycat Flower Shop
  2. Cake:Sussie’s Scrumptious Sweets
  3. Entertainment: Vision Dj’s
  4. Invitations: Paperless Post
  5. Hair: Asteria Beauty Salon
  6. Make Up: Asteria Beauty Salon
  7. Photographer: Lightsky photography- Erika Arango
  8. Videographer: Sushi Films

5 Major Signs you Know you’ve Found the “One”

The first thing a lot of brides want to do after getting engaged is search for their wedding gown. The bride always cries when finding her wedding dress in a movie or on one of the wedding shows we are so obsessed with. Sometimes there are tears involved but if you don’t get emotional, how can you tell if the dress you love is the “one”?

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The dress checks all of your boxes

Some brides have been pinning their weddings since way before they got engaged. They just know everything that they are looking for. If you are still unsure about what you want, ask yourself these questions:

Does this dress make me feel beautiful?

Is there anything about this wedding dress I don’t like?

Can I imagine wearing this wedding gown on my special day?

Does it work with my venue?

Am I happy with the color?

Do I love it?

Will leaving the store without buying my wedding gown give me anxiety?

If you said, “yes” to any of these questions, this is a great indication that you have found your dream wedding dress.

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You compare this dress to everything else you try on

When you have found “the one” every wedding dress you put on afterwards will not compare. You will find that another wedding gown may have parts that you love or is missing that crucial detail that made you fall in love with the other dress. You may even decide to stop trying dresses on in the middle of your appointment because nothing else has given you the feels the way the last one did.

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You chose it for all of the right reasons

Did your fiance tell you they wanted to see you in a ballgown instead of a mermaid gown like you imagined? Is Mom also weeping at the sight of you in a ballgown but you always envisioned yourself in a mermaid wedding dress? Don’t just decide on a dress to make anyone else happy. It’s ok to want them to like your wedding gown, but they will love you in anything you wear. You want to look at your wedding photos in 30 years and remember how much you loved your wedding gown.

Also, sometimes you can get a sweet deal on a wedding gown that is too hard to pass up. Buying a wedding dress just because it fits your budget is a big no-no. You don’t want to have buyer’s remorse on something that is on final sale. The most important reason to buy your wedding gown is because you love it.

You feel great in it

Most Wedding gowns are made of more fabric and are more structured than your day-to-day wear. You need to feel amazing in your wedding dress otherwise you will be dying to remove it the moment you say, “I do”.

You have eliminated other styles

We can’t even begin to tell you how many brides have found a wedding dress that is something she never thought to try on. Be open to taking suggestions from your entourage and your bridal stylist. You may be stuck on a certain style but the reason you aren’t falling in love with anything could be that you are not trying on different styles, colors, or fabrics. Don’t settle for a wedding gown ever! Especially if you haven’t gone out of your comfort zone with at least one wedding dress.

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Not every bride has the same response to finding her wedding gown. You will know when you have found the right one. Sometimes it is just as simple as feeling beautiful in a pretty wedding dress. Are you still searching for the perfect wedding gown? Schedule an appointment with one of our bridal stylists today and let us help you find it!

Tricks for Managing Large Bridal Parties

As any bride with a big family or more friends than they can count knows, sometimes it is impossible to cut down the number of their bridesmaids to a manageable amount. When you have more than 5 bridesmaids, it can be a lot to handle. We have seen it all and have compiled a list of things you can do to make finding the perfect bridesmaids dresses easier!

Do your homework

First thing! Make some decisions about what you would like your bridesmaids to look like and a comfortable budget. Do you want everyone in one color and different styles? Are you incorporating different colors and dresses into your scheme like you saw on Pinterest? Maybe it feels like a safer option to put everyone in the same style and color….After you have decided how you want your bridesmaids to look, now it is time to look at dresses online. Our designer Sorella Vita allows you to actually see a bridesmaid dress you like on their website in your wedding colors. This year we have a lot of brides asking for Mauve which Sorella Vita has named Rosewood.

Here is a gorgeous Sorella Vita bridesmaid dress as it is on the website

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Now here it is in their new color Rosewood…

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You could really spend hours looking at all of the beautiful bridesmaid dresses online but trust us, it really will be a time saver.

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Pre-select bridesmaids dresses

Before setting up an appointment with all 10-17 of your girls to look at bridesmaids dresses, go through the list and choose a few with different body types and those of whose opinions matter most to you. It is best to choose a smaller group of bridesmaids to narrow down the style choices. If you bring all of your bridesmaids to an appointment it can become hectic. Everyone wants their voices heard and with so many people trying to give you their opinions at once, it can be overwhelming. Once you have narrowed down the styles and colors bring in a few of your bridesmaids in at a time to try them on. We recommend no more than 5.

Remember this is your wedding

There’s always one bridesmaid who will protest the style or color bridesmaid dress you want her to wear. Some bridesmaids will try to get you to change the color scheme or her style of dress. It is o.k. to want to make them happy and make some changes, it is not o.k. to have to go to a hundred stores looking for prom-like dresses with cut outs and more sparkle than your dress has to please one bridesmaid. Believe it or not, we have seen this way too many times. Don’t lose focus of your vision for your big day!

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Put your Maid/Matron of Honor(s) to work!

With so many bridesmaids to keep track of, it may be easier for you to enlist the help of your MOH. Hopefully this is the ride-or-die friend or no-nonsense sister who will be able to help you set up appointments, send texts and email to the bridal party, and keep problem bridesmaids from causing you stress. Maybe have them follow up with the bridal store to make sure that everyone has paid for their dresses and that the order has been placed. Planning your wedding can be an emotional process. Let them help you!

Shopping for bridesmaids dresses should be fun! Be prepared and it will be!

Wonderland Bridal is proud to carry the bridesmaid dress line by Sorella Vita. We are ecstatic to announce that the latest collection of bridesmaid dresses will arrive by the end of March.

 

 

 

 

5 Essential Tips to Plus Size Wedding Gown Shopping

The part of wedding planning that most brides look forward to is the wedding gown shopping. For plus size brides the process of finding the right dress can be the most challenging. Nothing breaks our hearts more than knowing a bride had to settle on her wedding dress because she wasn’t aware of these 5 tips to shopping for a Plus Size wedding gown!

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Do your research

Many brides start their Pinterest boards the moment they get engaged. This is where you can really start envisioning your look for your big day. Part of this is noticing what you like and don’t like in a wedding dress. The next step is to google plus size wedding gown designers. Stella York is an incredible designer that has a plus size wedding gown collection called “Every Body, Every Bride”. This an amazing collection of different styles and fabrics. Wonderland Bridal is a preferred retailer of Stella York and carries this line which is available to order in sizes up to 34. Once you have determined that a store carries your size, schedule your appointment!

Only bring supportive people to your appointment

It’s the best feeling in the world when you are on the pedestal in a beautiful gown and you know you have found “the One”. If you don’t have the right people with you, that moment can be ruined by one misplaced comment. Bringing people who are overly critical of your body shape or size is not the ideal situation. If it is important to you to have one of these people at your appointment, make sure you bring someone who can reign them in. Have as many supportive people with you as possible come to your appointment. There should be tears of joy, not of sadness when you are feeling your most beautiful.

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Be open minded

We see many girls who feel like they want to hide everything in a poofy ballgown or something more A-line to “hide their tummy”. Why hide your assets? Try at least one mermaid or trumpet gown to see how it feels. You may discover that you love the way your figure looks in a fitted gown.

Often times we hear brides ask for sleeves to cover their arms. It is not unusual for one of these gals to fall in love with a strapless wedding gown. If you feel like you absolutely have to have sleeves, try a strapless gown on anyway. There are many ways to add coverage your arms with a custom made jacket, sleeves, or popover using the same lace or fabric as your dress. Your seamstress can help bring your vision to life.

Don’t limit yourself on what you think will look good on you. Let your bridal stylist recommend something you maybe never thought of.

Don’t worry about the size number

Bridal sizes are usually two sizes smaller than your regular dress size. If you are a size 16 in regular pants then you would possibly fit comfortably in a size 20 wedding dress. Don’t worry if your bust is two sizes bigger than the rest of your measurements. The rest can be taken in with alterations. No one is going to see the number but you. The important thing is that your gown fits like a glove on your wedding day.

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Don’t wait until you lose weight to order your dress.

We see it all the time, brides want to lose weight before their weddings and then maybe wait too long to order. Wedding gowns typically take anywhere between 3-6 months to arrive.  If you feel comfortable ordering a s size smaller, Stella York wedding gowns have at least an inch and half of fabric on each side seam to let out in the worst case scenario that the dress is still too tight. If you lose more weight than anticipated the dress can be taken in. We have seen miracles happen in alterations. Ask your bridal stylist any questions you have before placing an order for a size that is not the one you currently measure.

If you are a bride looking for an amazing dress and an equally amazing experience, look no further! Book your appointment with us today!

Love Story: Tracey & Justin

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We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Nathalie & Jose, who were married December 3rd, 2017.

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When and how did you meet?

Justin was working as a firefighter for Fort Lauderdale, and I an emergency room nurse in downtown Fort Lauderdale. We were friends for 4 years before dating. Immediately we both felt this was something special from the beginning.

How long did you date before he popped the question?

We were together a 1 ½ year before Justin popped the question. He was waiting for me to finish Grad school so that I wouldn’t be distracted.

How did he propose?

Justin and I had a favorite picnic spot in Tree Tops Park, after completing my final certification test for school Justin planned a picnic day for us to celebrate. As we walked to the spot I noticed a white blanket with rose petals, and our song “Die a Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett was playing. He led me over to our tree which he had engraved “Tracey Will You Marry Me” got down on one knee and popped the question. It was romantic, meaningful and perfect for us!

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Where were you married and how did you pick the place?

The Addison in Boca Raton, we wanted to get married under the beautiful Banyon Trees there as a symbol from our engagement day.

What theme and/or colors have you chosen for your wedding and why?

The colors were blush & burgundy with a rustic romantic theme. We really wanted to celebrate love with a lot of natural wood/rustic elements.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

Hawaii!

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

A trusted friend who was also our décor vendor recommended we visit the store. It was the best decision! The entire staff was incredible and it was actually Patty who picked out the dress I chose! She listened to the details and wanted and found the perfect dress

Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

My experience was perfect. The staff makes you feel welcome, and truly listens to the vision you have for your wedding day. I would have never thought to try this dress on but I trusted Patty’s advice and gave it a shot. I couldn’t believe how much I loved it! It was everything I wanted and instantly felt like a Bride.

What was the best part of your wedding day?

Marrying the love of my life. I feel grateful and blessed everyday that I was lucky enough to have found my soul mate in my best friend.

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

Enjoy even the smallest of details. It can be easy to get overwhelmed with the planning but try to remember stay calm and just ENJOY!

Photos by  Donna Irene & Masson Liang

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