One of our favorite brides, Leslie, found inspiration for her August 2010 wedding in a Real Simple Wedding magazine. The picture had bright colored hydrangeas in light purple, light raspberry and blue. Those colors shaped our inspiration to have a bright and fun wedding.
The Summer Party included an outdoor tent for the reception. Instead of a wedding cake, they had a cake tower of half moon cookies & chocolate covered strawberries. They had pinwheels as the escort cards. On their reply card, guests submitted song requests which they played during the cocktail hour and dinner. They had different brews of beer served in custom created pint glasses inspired by my husband’s hometown.
They wanted to make sure that everyone had fun and were able to socialize. They accomplished this with having food stations. Their guests loved having more time to intermingle, socialize and dance!
Leslie purchased her Coren Moore bridesmaid dresses at Flair. Leslie had been in 2 previous weddings that also purchased their dresses from Flair. She had a positive experience during both weddings and knew that Flair could accommodate having her bridesmaids pick their own styles.
Based on her photo inspiration, Leslie wanted a bright colored dress in a classic style. She loved the quality of Coren Moore’s fabric and selected Riviera Blue in various styles.
When describing her experience at Flair this is what Leslie had to say, “Flair made the process easy. I had one bridesmaid living in another city and my consultant helped her find a place to go try on dresses for fit and style. My matron of honor just found out she was pregnant and my consultant helped her figure out the best size dress to order and let her wait a little while to order the dress – which she appreciated. Our consultant also gave her honest opinion, which is rare in retail.”
Leslie recommends letting your bridesmaids select their own style to ensure that everyone feels great in their dress. Don’t worry about “what if one girl chooses the same as another…” She had 2 girls pick the same dress whereas the rest had their own unique style. It looked great that way! No one even noticed that the 2 of them had the same dress.
Leslie’s favorite part of the wedding was marrying the person she loves and having the most special people in her life surrounding her and her husband as they made their commitment to each other. And of course, followed by the best party.
Leslie has a few tips for brides planning their wedding today.
– You can plan a wedding in 5 months – if you are worried that isn’t enough time, it worked for us as long as you have the venue.
– Be decisive. We didn’t do a whole lot of shopping around – which made the whole process less stressful. If you meet a vendor you like and they have good references – just book it!
– Have fun! It’s the only time you get to shop for a wedding dress for the first time, shop with your best friends for your big day, etc.
Thanks Lesie for all the wonderful insight and CONGRATS!!!
Christine, Lindsay and Stacey