Our Tips on What Not to Do the Night Before Your Wedding

The night before the big day should be one of relaxation.  What are some of our tips to share on what you should not to the night before.

Facial / Spa Treatment:   You can give yourself a mini spa treatment with a facial, cucumbers on your eyes and a night moisturize cream for your face.  Always remember though, if you are not use to these type of treatments or ointments then the night before the wedding is not the time to try it.  You don’t want to have any kind of reaction that can cause your face to be ruined on your big day.

Partying the Night Before – Do not go out and party and drink until wee hours of the morning.  Instead spend the evening with your family or bridesmaids.  Watch a chick flick, enjoy some healthy snacks and stay away from any food that would normally bother your stomach.  Drink plenty of water and plan on getting too bed at a decent hour so you can get plenty of rest.

Don’t Forget:  Have your bridal accessory bag ready to go!  The following day will come very early in the morning and you will be so busy with hair, make up, getting dressed, ceremony, pictures and reception. All the necessities should be packed including some snacks and water for the next day to keep you hydrated and food in your tummy.Do a check list for the big day.  Have your itinerary ready or assign someone to do this for you.  This will help keep you track.  Don’t forget to have your speech with you.  A good tip that we always recommend is emailing your speech to your catering manager.  This way he/she will have it on hand should you forget for any reason.

No Socia Media Connection:  Do your best to have little or no communication with the social media world such as instegram, twitter and facebook.  You want to keep all wedding details to yourself to surprise the guests the following day.

The best piece of advice is enjoy your last evening as a single woman and get ready to start a whole new journey with the man you love.






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Bridesmaid Dress Style Trends for 2014/2015

donnamorganbridesmaiddresses 150x150 Bridesmaid Dress Style Trends for 2014/2015Bridesmaid dress style trends can change all the time.  Choosing the right style of bridesmaid dress can be a daunting task.  What color, style and texture to select.  For color, are you having a Summer or Winter wedding?  For style, do you want something short, sassy and fun or something more elegant and traditional.  For texture, are you looking for silk, linen, light fabrics or chiffon and how will this material complement your bridesmaids figure?

Bridesmaid dresses have come a long way.  At one time you would see the dresses all the  same with matching shoes and accessories.  You will still find this on the fashion scene but we are seeing more trends of mix and match, two tone, short and long, alternating colors, and casual styles.

Today’s bridesmaid dresses are bold, dramatic and fun and are getting more and more attention next to the wedding dress. There is a huge craze with the one shoulder dress  with sheer material details .  Glitzy sequin are sure making a statement and if you are not liking all that bling you can find many dresses offering a mix of sequin and solids.  Let’s not forget about lace and how many dresses are complimenting the bride’s lace dress.  Patterns, stripes and polka dots are taking away the traditional look and introducing a whimisical feel.  Sexy backs are hot and not just for the bride either!

All colors are still popular but we are seeing more soft colors of ivory, pink, warm yellows and blush.  Shoes are still important and they all don’t have to match in style.  Some girls may be very tall and prefer a flat shoe while another is use to a stiletto.  Make it different and don’t be afraid to change it up.

Many of your photos will include the wedding party so one thing you want to achieve is a nice flow of coordination.  Sure the bride wants to be the one to stand out but choosing your bridesmaid dresses is also a representation of the bride and her vision of the entire wedding party.

Image:  Donna Morgan dresses

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“Trash The Dress” is this for you?

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Hours and hours of searching for that perfect wedding dress before the big day making sure you look perfect.  The reception has ended and it’s time to put your dress back in the box.  Sounds like a typical scenario right?

Well, more and more brides are choosing not to preserve their wedding gown but to “trash it” instead.  So, after paying hundreds or possibly thousands of dollars, you have decided to destroy your wedding dress.  To some this may be an absurd idea but this is a huge and growing trend.  Are you really going to pass the dress on to your daughter 25 years from now when she will probably want to buy her own?  Will you ever open the box once you preserve it and will it just collect dust?  So many brides have decided to forgo the tradition of saving their dress and have fun with it instead.  How you may ask? Jumping into the pool, playing on the beach, rolling around in mud , spraying paint all over each other, and all of this with a photographer taking some unique shots.  Can you imagine the fun and conversations that will accompany these pictures.

If these ideas are just not for you then why not consider a few wonderful ways to donate your wedding dress.  One of my favourite ideas is to donate your dress to a charitable organization such as the Brides against Breast Cancer, Military Brides or others who may be less fortunate to afford one.  Many sites such as The Bride’s Project, Donate My Wedding Dress, and Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation offer some wonderful ideas and programs. Just knowing that YOU put a smile on someone’s face by helping out a less fortunate person can be more satisfaction than you’d imagine. 

Whether you choose to trash, preserve, sell or donate your wedding dress it will never be forgotten and is a symbol of vows you made on your wedding day.

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Do Brides Have The Right to Be Demanding?

936114 615353418476571 927168918 n 150x150 Do Brides Have The Right to Be Demanding?When your fiance asks you for your hand in marriage it is a very exciting time, but for some, an anxious experience.  One of the biggest days of your life is actually going to happen and your mind will be going a hundred miles a minute about wedding planning.

Figuring out the season, type of theme, invite list, menu, type of wedding, who the bridesmaids will be, can become overwhelming for almost any bride.  Unfortunately, the brunt of this may be directed towards family, friends, fiance and your wedding vendors.

Wedding vendors are very patient individuals and know how important the bride’s day is.  When we first meet with a bride (speaking from experience) you can pretty well pinpoint her personality and what’s in store for you.  Is she very passive and will agree to anything, is she indecisive and changes her mind on a regular basis or perhaps bold, obnoxious and knows exactly what she wants and is not afraid to tell you.

No matter what type of personality they may have, weddings can bring the worst out in many of us but does this allow you to be mean and demanding to your vendors?  Are t.v. reality shows like bridezilla’s and celebrity weddings making the average bride crazy?

As vendors we must remember what the bride is going through not only with the planning stages but issues or problems may be happening at home we are unaware of.  After doing thousands of weddings it seems so easy for vendors to say “the table is just fine in this corner” but one thing you need to remember is ” this is their wedding day and they want everything perfect.  As vendors we have done thousands of weddings so it is like second nature to us.

Brides actually need more guidance and help that you think.  The best advice I can give is to listen, help, be accommodating and try your best to help with their vision.  Sure, some brides are going to get your blood boiling a little but you just need to remember to step back and take a deep breath.   There is a light at the end of the tunnel and when all is said and done you receive that beautiful gift or thank you note which made the entire process worth it.

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