Affordable Wedding Gowns

 

The Tevolio bridal collection from TargetThe average woman spends $1,211 on her wedding dress, according to a survey of 20,000 brides from The Knot. In fact, the average cost of a wedding is the highest it’s been in years at $28,427. With sites like Pinterest providing opulent inspiration and an increased focus on celebrity wedding style, it’s no wonder ladies are spending so much, but sometimes our budgets don’t match our dreams. Thankfully big brands are eager to fulfill our needs and this market void with gorgeous looks for less.

Many mass retailers have jumped on the bridal bandwagon in recent years, from J.Crew to Urban Outfitters to Costco. Vera Wang’s collection for David’s Bridal has also been a big hit. Now Target is the latest big-box store to offer wedding gowns, with dresses ranging from $99.99 to $129.99. So the next time you’re picking up flip-flops, detergent, and cat litter you can also buy your wedding dress! Last-minute brides with shotgun weddings: yes, you can even buy them online.

Black Wedding Dresses: Ghoulish or Glamorous?

Target’s four new bridal gowns are by Tevolio, whose name is inspired by the Italian phrase “Ti voglio” and loosely translates to “I love you.” The satin styles come in Porcelain White or Antique Ivory and a wide range of sizes from 2 to 28. A soft cowl-neck option and basic strapless gown sell for $99.99, while a cap-sleep style and ruched gown with a wrap neckline cost $129.99. Also in the Tevolio bridal collection for Target are 10 bridesmaid gowns, which sell for $69.99 and come in a great variety of colors, and two flower girl options starting at $24.99. (We also spotted some precious teeny-tiny tuxes for ring bearers available for $40.) Less formal brides may opt for the more affordable and still lovely bridesmaid gowns in white as they come in both long and short hemlines.

Amazing wedding gowns under $300

These four wedding gowns are now available at Target.

 

Jennifer Lansing from the product development team at Target explained in a press release why their bridal offerings stand out from the rest. “We make sure that each of our dresses has something special,” said Lansing. For example, some dresses have a removable flower pin. You can wear the dress with or without it. Many of our dresses have pockets-even bridal gowns. We know that most brides don’t exactly carry a handbag during the ceremony. And she needs lipstick!”
Lansing says the convenience of shopping from home has major appeal for busy brides as well. “The Tevolio page on Target.com includes a detailed fabric glossary with all the colors of our dresses, for example. The online experience will also include jewelry, shoes, and foundation garments, so there’s everything a bride needs in one place!”

While it’s hard to imagine not trying on wedding dresses in a store with a mom, sister, or friend in tow, we’re always excited about new affordable options and one-stop shopping. At Target you could set up your registry, buy party supplies, and even thank you cards. For some brides, this may be the way of the future. Click here to check out Target’s bridal offerings.

Those seeking other affordable wedding dress options can turn to J.Crew. Wedding dresses start at $375 while bridesmaid dresses begin at $158, and they’re available online and in select boutiques. BHLDN, the bridal boutique by Urban Outfitters, sells wedding gowns online for as low as $300. And you get can get the designer appeal with a Vera Wang for David’s Bridal gown in-store or online starting around $249. Looking sensational on your wedding day truly doesn’t have to empty your bank account

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Should I hire a videographer?

We provide many services to help make your wedding ceremony and reception memorable and capture those memories for a lifetime.  Photos are vital for preserving the elements that made the day special.  But often times I hear that couples don’t find  videotaping their wedding day as important.  Here are a few thoughts that contradict those feelings.

 

While a bride gets ready for the biggest day of her life,  isn’t she usually wondering what her husband-to-be is thinking?  We capture that moment with an interview of the groom.  What about his thoughts as she walks down the aisle?  What was he saying?  With the aid of a wireless microphone, those words can be heard again and again.  Did I really cry while saying my vows?  A photo can catch a tear, but a videographer can capture that tear in your voice as well.

 

At the reception, how good did we look when we marched into the hall?  It’s more memorable in motion.  And what about that toast?  Was everyone laughing as hard as we were?  Did my maid of honor really cry throughout most of it?  Were all eyes on me during our first dance?  And how did our parents react?  Was this a moment I truly never want to forget?

 

At the risk of being overly sentimental, I look back on weddings I have filmed and smile, knowing that beloved parents and grandparents are able to be remembered animated and happy as they watch their children and grandchildren pass another milestone.  And, of course, I have interviewed countless friends and relatives who look right into the camera and leave well-wishes and anecdotes that the bride and groom might not hear through the course of a hectic and busy day.

 

So, if  a videographer is in your budget, why not preserve your memories in more than one medium?  And besides—it’s a great excuse for an after-wedding movie night get-together.

Wedding Day Timeline

Well, it happened again.  Another bride came to me with NO idea where to start.  A simple timeline was the answer.  And I’m always happy to see the frustration leave the bride (and maid of honor’s) face as I explained how everything could be taken care of and her day run smoothly.

Wedding coordination is definitely in my blood.  I’ve been organizing events since I was little.  Neighborhood puppetshows with snacks was where I got my start.  I may have been all of six, I’m not sure.  Later it was desks and sock drawers at home, followed by a home of my own, life with three small children, and lastly, social and charitable events.  From charity luncheons to PTA carnivals to class reunions, my family has witnessed me plan events from the ground up, as well as tweak established happenings and make them run smoother.  Planning weddings is definitely a natural progression, after following brides around with a camera, video camera, and/or microphone.

Do YOU need help with this important aspect of your day?  Please give me a call.  I’d love to help you!  As part of your service from our company, I make sure you are comfortable and are aware of what needs to be done as well as offer you some options on what can be done. 

Our photographers and videographers will keep you on track and make sure that you get the pictures you want — the memories that you will keep long after the wedding is over.  And our DJs make sure that the LAST accessory you should need on your big day is a watch.  A careful review of the day before the wedding ensures that YOU don’t have to worry. 

The running joke is that I’ve taken on the role of Jennifer Lopez (aka:  “The Wedding Planner”).  Truth is, I have….and I enjoy it.  Call me–let me prove it to you!

Saving and sharing memories…YOUR way!

When I joined my husband’s company, the first thing I noticed about his policies was that he gave people the rights to their photos. Oh, the endless opportunities!

In my younger days, I remember holding on to one or two pictures for dear life…keeping a fading photograph in my wallet until it practically crumbled. Now? I have flush mount photo books on my coffee table. There are at least 50 pictures in a book (if not more), commemorating important, silly, romantic, and MEMORABLE moments…and there’s no fading or crumbling here!

We DO make beautiful albums, if it’s within your budget. But, if you want the freedom to create YOUR memories, whether it is through a traditional scrapbook, digital book, or even framing, keep in mind that receiving your digital images on a disc allows you to be able to create a memory at a moment’s notice.

You don’t have to be an artist, or even highly creative. There are many resources on-line to help you (Snapfish, Shutterfly, etc.) Every picture tells a story—why not tell yours in YOUR special way. And, if you’re getting married soon, remember…there are always anniversaries and other special occasions where you’ll want to relive your memories. Having images on disc preserves them the best way possible—and we give you that as part of our services.