Author: Sell My Dress

Top 5 Food & Wedding Reception Trends 2019

Snack Stations For Your Wedding

It’s no secret that wedding trends change from year to year, there are always new trends in fashion, color palettes, and new reception trends etc. So far we are seeing that the 2019 wedding trends are exciting and full of experience based activities.

Are you planning a wedding and looking for ways to make your wedding unique and memorable?  We have you covered!

Our experts compiled a list of the hottest trending wedding food and reception ideas for 2019.

 

 

 

Top Wedding Food And Reception Trends For 2019

 

 

Interactive Food Stations With Delectable Yummies 

 

In 2019 we are seeing more couples searching for wedding food options that are not the dull and mundane buffet or passed dinner. I guess it’s about time because every wedding I have ever been to the entire “process” of the wedding activities seemed boring and left me wanting more. So it is no surprise that our millennial generation are finding ways to make weddings more interactive and “experience” based than ever before. And I for one couldn’t be more excited. 

If you are reading this you have probably attended a wedding or twenty. Do you agree that weddings typically feel awkward in how they transition from one part to the next? Think about it! Everyone arrives really excited for the ceremony, completely enjoys it and are overjoyed for the newlyweds. But then, you are ushered to another area of the venue (or to a completely different venue) for the cocktail reception.

 

Great! Who doesn’t love a nice cocktail at a party?

 

Well the sad thing is that most wedding cocktail hours are boring, awkward and frustrating. At least they are to me. You have to stand in line forever to get a drink because there is only one bar for 150 guests, stand in close proximity to tons of people you don’t know, music is generally light and slow #moodkiller, and food is passed around on trays. Talk about a buzz killer! My energy was high at the end of the ceremony, ready to celebrate with the couple and boom! now I am feeling out of place, unsure of what is next and ready to move on to the next structured part of the wedding.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to be Debbie Downer…I LOVE weddings! But I am excited to see this new trend in weddings emerge.

Introducing Interactive Weddings

The 2019 weddings are taking on a different persona, one that is more engaging and celebrates the act of creating experiences and memories. We all know that today’s society need to constantly be on the move and entertained. Couples have realized that some traditional wedding routines are not entertaining enough for today’s guests.

 

For this reason we are seeing more couples incorporate interactive activities in their wedding day.

 

D.I.Y food stations are top on our list.

The cool thing about food stations versus the buffet or passed dinner at your wedding is you set them up around your reception venue in a variety of areas so there are no long lines for your guests to stand in, getting frustrated. The individual food stations disperse your guests to areas around your venue and keep them entertained and moving. It also generates social interaction or mingling because it is an unexpected yet cool idea to have these unique food bars at your wedding. It inspires your guests to interact reducing the awkwardness and boredom.

 

Your guests will absolutely love the interactive, D.I.Y dinner.

 

 

Guacamole Bar Wedding Station

 

How do you go about planning a wedding reception that includes food stations instead of the boring served meal or buffet?

“Experiences” are everything with millennial brides. Partner with your local caterer or chef and they will help you design the most remarkable meal for your wedding guests. Think outside the box when choosing the food stations for your wedding. You can incorporate your favorite foods and desserts or even hire a food truck. The sky is the limit when planning your wedding. You don’t have to do what everyone else does.

 

Will you dump the conventional wedding buffet and served meals?

 

Wedding Food Stations - Taco Bar Yeah!!

Taco Bar – Photo Credit: Brit & Co.

 

Potato bar DIY food station

Treat Your Guests To A Potato Bar At Your Wedding.

 

Chips & Salsa Bar

Chips & Salsa Bar

 

 

Need a little inspiration for food stations at your wedding?

 

How about a pasta station, guacamole station (everyone is obsessed with guac right now), popcorn bars, s’more bars, carving stations, pretzel bars, potatoe bar, guacamole toast bar, mac & cheese bar (yes, please!), chips & salsa bar, coffee & tea bars, charcuterie stations or my personal favorite taco bar.

 

Mac & Cheese Bar - Wedding Food Stations

Hmmm. DIY Mac & Cheese Bar. Let your guests create a mac and cheese masterpiece.

 

Meat Food Stations

Bring On The MEAT! Charcuterie Food Stations are great for weddings

 

Will you dump the conventional wedding buffet and served meals for individual food stations?

 

We want to know! Share your comments below. 

Nibling Stations For Your Wedding

 

This may seem like an odd name for something at your wedding however it is extremely an incredible thought. Keeping with the subject of making your wedding interactive and full of engaging activities couples are designing snacking stations. These are very charming themed tables that offer wedding visitors snacks like bruschetta bars, diverse cheddar and saltines, breads, natural products, nuts, meats and obviously chocolates. These eating stations are an extraordinary method to keep your visitors active, entertained, mingling and making new friends.

Wedding Grazing Stations

Yummy Chocolate Bar.

 

Bread & Cheese Grazing Station

Bread and Cheese Grazing Stations For Your Wedding

 

Bruschetta Grazing Station

Wow Your Guests With This Beautiful Bruschetta Station At Your Wedding.

 

Velvet Decor

 

Ladies and grooms are continually searching for something to separate their wedding from every other person. In 2019 we are seeing velvet addresses wedding tables. This is excessively energizing since it lifts the experience of your visitors. Regardless of whether you are arranging a basic, rural or lawn occasion you can include a dash of warmth and caprice by including velvet napkins or tablecloths. Your visitors will be shocked and awed.

 

Grass Is In, Greenery On It’s Way Out?

 

Well we aren’t generally going to disclose to you that greenery is gone from wedding in 2019 however we are seeing a move in flower structures for weddings this year. The most current pattern assuming control over wedding gatherings is the utilization of Pampas grass. In the event that you aren’t acquainted with Pampas grass it is a delightful padded, wheat-hued grass that includes a brilliant bit of sentiment and eccentricity to your 2019 wedding. Pampas grass is delicate and simple to utilize and extraordinary for making immense raised area curves, brightening your wedding passageway, adding a dash of eccentricity to your wedding tables or a delicate touch to your wedding bunches.

 

Wedding greenery will in any case be predominant all through most weddings and exceptional occasions however at this point we are seeing an expansion in the interest for natural components that add a pinch of show to the occasion. Objective obviously is to have #Instaworthy Photographs that circulate around the web!

 

Ladies and wedding organizers wherever are utilizing Pampas grass to line wedding passageways, as focal points and increases to flower bundles.

 

Coral Hues

 

In the event that you have been pondering what the most blazing shading for weddings in 2019 will be here it is! Coral is the shading we are hoping to find in weddings this year. It is an excellent radiant, warm and brilliant pinkish-orange shade that imparts cheer and satisfaction in everybody. Coral can be added to your wedding in your florals, bridesmaid dresses, cakes, ties, socks and that’s just the beginning.

 

Arranging your 2019 wedding is energizing and we need to hear about it. Offer your thoughts and motivation for your 2019 wedding with us.

 

 

March 20, 2019

Reduce Your Wedding’s Impact On The Environment

Sustainable Weddings

Have you ever wondered if your wedding (or the millions of other weddings each year) has an impact on our environment? We were curious too…

We uncovered a lot of information on just how much of an impact weddings have on our environment and came across some ideas that we all can incorporate to help sustain our earth.

 

Check out these startling numbers. (based on weddings in the United States only)

 

1. The average price spent on a wedding gown is $1,281.
2. The typical guest list is approximately 165 people
3. Saturday and Sunday are the most popular days to tie-the-knot (didn’t surprise you with that one I am sure). But I bet you never realized that equates to an average of 44,230 weddings each weekend.
4. On average 2.4 million weddings happen in the USA each year – that’s 4.8 million people saying “I Do!” each year.
5. Couples spend an average of $29, 858 on their weddings.
6. A total of $72 billion is spent on weddings in the United States each year.
7. Honeymoons are a $12 billion dollar a year industry. Yes! Billion!
8. 24 % of our annual weddings are “destination weddings” which equates to $16 billion dollars

Source: honeymoons.about.com/cs/eurogen1/a/weddingstats.htm

 

Are you shocked by these numbers?

Share your comments with us below.

 

As our society becomes more in tune with our environment everyone wants to know how they can help protect it. Planning a wedding is a huge deal and requires tons of flowers, decorations, invitations, dresses, program cards, table cards etc etc etc. All of these things have an impact on our environment.

 

 

 

 

Ways To Plan An Eco-Friendly Wedding.

 

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Use Locally Sourced Food

Design your menu based on locally sourced food options – every region has locally grown products that they specialize in. Meet with some of your local farmers to learn what will be in season at the time of your wedding. Then work together with your local caterer to design your wedding menu around these items. Doing this not only stimulates the local economy but also reduces the emissions into the air because it cuts down on the transport distance. Oh yeah! Almost forgot one major bonus…your out of town guests will LOVE sampling the local cuisine.

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Go Paperless

Choose electronic distribution options rather that the traditional save-the-dates and wedding invitations. Send out e-save the dates, e-invitations & e-thank you cards instead of printing and mailing the traditional expensive options. Saving paper means that you are saving trees. Everyone knows that trees and other plant life are necessary to produce oxygen, improve air quality, climate amelioration, conservation of water and supporting wildlife. And as a bonus, since you aren’t snail mailing them you can save yourself some GREEN (money that is) by not having to purchase stamps.

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Buy A Pre-Owned Wedding Dress

Purchase a used wedding dress – a wedding dress is the single most important piece of clothing a woman will ever purchase. But the sad thing is that you will only wear it on one day, and honestly for only about 5 hours. So why not buy a used wedding dress? Reuse is one of the biggest ways that you can reduce waste and ultimately make a positive impact on our environment. So shop online and find the perfect wedding dress; buy it from another bride, save some money because you won’t be paying retail prices and save the planet at the same time.

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Recycle At Your Wedding

Reducing your impact on the planet goes hand in hand with recycling. We recommend that you have plenty of recycle and compost bins on-site to divert waste. Encourage your guests to join you in protecting our environment.

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Sell Wedding Dress

Just as important as buying a used wedding dress to reduce the impact wedding dress production has on our environment it is equally important to sell your wedding dress after your wedding. It is easy to do.

Sell your wedding dress now!

~

 

 

Share your ideas below in the comments on other ways to make your wedding more eco-friendly. If we all do our part in lowering our impact on our environment we will see a huge difference. Tweet It, Instagram It, Facebook It…promote, promote, promote! Our planet needs us!

March 15, 2019

Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations 2019

2019 Top Romantic Honeymoon Destinations

Want to honeymoon like the rich and famous? We have put together the top 10 Instagram-worthy honeymoon resorts for your pampering pleasure! These top honeymoons destinations for 2019 offer 5 star accommodations and service unlike any hotel and resort. Find your honeymoon destination now.
 
 

Emaho Sekawa Resort – Savusavu, Fiji Islands

 
Escape and unwind while listening to the sounds of the waves, luxurious rain forest and singing birds at Emaho Sekawa Resort. In true luxury style this amazing honeymoon retreat provides an oasis for you to disappear. Sitting atop a hill with panoramic views of the pacific ocean and mountains you will be pampered with 5 star service. Emaho Sekawa Resort is a private, all-inclusive honeymoon resort with only 3 villas. You are sure to find total relaxation and plenty of time for intimate moments with your new spouse.
 
 

Share this resort with your other half and start planning your Fiji Island honeymoon now.

 

 

Canaves Oia Suites – Santorini, Greece

Canaves Oia Suites invites guests seeking luxury accommodation in Oia Santorini to relish in the elegance of a most cherished holiday retreat.

Freshly renovated luxury suites offering the ultimate in modern facilities and stunning views to the Caldera and the Aegean Sea, with spacious living areas and private plunge pools, ideal to house your memorable days and nights in one of the world’s most stunning sceneries.

Enveloped by the emerald Aegean and the awe-inspiring dramatic beauty of Santorini, Canaves Oia Suites welcomes guests to a world of exquisite elegance. Blending spectacular vistas of the charming Caldera with over the top accommodation and impeccable service, those luxury suites in Oia, Santorini will charm even the most eclectic guests.

 

Share this resort with your spouse and start planning your exclusive 2019 honeymoon.

 

 

 

Don’t Stop Now!

 

The Best Is Yet To Come…

Keep Scrolling To Find Your 2019 Honeymoon Destinations.

 

Il Sereno Lago di Como – Luxury Hotel in Italy

 

A sensible $986 every night (beginning rate) gets you a room at the private new Lake Como inn structured by Patricia Urquiola, one out of a little gathering of hyper-lavish alternatives around the celebrated Italian lake. You never know, George Clooney (and Amal) may very well feast close to you at the Michelin-featured Berton Al Lago.

Bringing new meaning to luxury and modern design, Il Sereno Hotel breathes fresh air into the iconic, bucket list item, that is Lake Como. Definitely one of the Top Honeymoon Destinations For 2019.

 

 

 

The Retreat at Blue Lagoon, Iceland

It’s hard to envision a suite more one of a kind than one incorporated ideal with hundreds of years old magma, with floor-to-roof windows, that is additionally encompassed by the magical geothermal waters of Iceland’s celebrated Blue Tidal pond. Remains at the spic and span (as of April 1) resort begin at $1,432/night and incorporate access to a transportive underground spa, upscale feasting at Greenery Eatery, day by day yoga and Aurora Borealis seeing visits. Unlock the door to a wonder of the world.

 

2019 Honeymoon Iceland Destinations

 

Blue Lagoon Iceland Honeymoon Destination

 

What Is Your Dream Honeymoon?

Share Your Dream With Us, Comment Below…

 

The St. Regis Bora Bora, French Polynesia

 

On the off chance that you are a sucker for a crystalline ocean or an extraordinary blue lagoon, a trek to this French Polynesian heaven will take your breath away. With 89 rooms and suites—including the overwater estates this island chain made well known—dispersed around 44 sections of land of flawlessness, it’s the spot to do everything (stream ski trips around Mount Otemanu, SUP, plunging and the sky is the limit from there) or literally nothing. A honeymoon beyond your dreams awaits you at The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort.

 

St Regis Bora Bora Honeymoon

 

 

Nihi Sumba Island, Indonesia

 

Your honeymoon will be more than just a hotel room at Nihi Sumba. Every detail is maximized for your enjoyment, relaxation and romance. Nihi Sumba offers the most exquisite accommodations featuring crisp white bed linens (no need to check for bed bugs here), you will fall asleep in their signature canopy beds and enjoy handmade chocolate from your mini-bar while staring at the majestic panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. And don’t think you have to stay in your room 24 /7 (although you may want to). This breathtaking resort builds itineraries that transcend honeymoon experiences. You can choose from a long list of experiences that range from sunset massages to surfing and hiking.  If you are searching for the best honeymoon destination in 2019 Nihi Sumba Island is it!

 

 

Luxury Singapore Honeymoon Ideas

 

The Ranch At Rock Creek, Montana

 

The all-inclusive ranch experience! Don’t want to leave the U.S.A? Don’t want a beach honeymooon? If you are searching for a unique honeymoon destination this is it! Most couples opt for luxurious and all-inclusive beach honeymoons which is fine. But this beautiful luxury resort offers all-inclusive packages paired with adventure, snow, mountains and tons of outdoor activities (depending on the season). This is how the resort explains their experience; “Nestled in one of Montana’s most pristine valleys, The Ranch at Rock Creek offers year-round unique vacations on an authentic 19th century homestead. We balance Western adventure with lavish all-inclusive amenities. Start the day with inspired Ranch cuisine, then learn to fly fish on a Blue Ribbon trout stream. Experience awe-inspiring views from The Top of the World on horseback and drift off in a bespoke glamping tent under the Big Sky.”

Sounds perfect right? Well if the rugged outdoors, adventure, hiking, horseback riding etc are your cup of tea this is your honeymoon destination for sure! View the gallery for just a little taste of ranch luxury.

 

Romantic Ranch For Honeymoon

 

Honeymoon On A Ranch In Montana

 

Lodge at The Ranch At Rock Creek Montana

 

Get Married at a Ranch In Montana

 

Honeymoon Activities At The Ranch At Rock Creek Montana

 

2019 Ranch Honeymoon Ideas

 

 

Jumeirah Vittaveli, Maldives

 

Shoreline manors with private pools are the “standard” room at this ideal Maldivean retreat, so it’s not amazing rates begin around $1,125. When you see your encompasses, however, you’ll be so wowed you probably won’t give it a second thought. On the off chance that it’s an extremely extraordinary event in your relationship, you may even need to spring for an excessively provocative Private Sea Retreat—with pool, normally—that is segregated from the primary island and just accessible by 24-hour vessel administration, for an insignificant $2,155/night.

 

 

 

Twin Homesteads, Vermont

 

Barnard, Vermont, probably won’t be the normal goal for a world-class inn, however that is really one of the numerous reasons it’s so inconceivable. Beginning at $1,500/night, this comprehensive five-star resort (Vermont’s solitary one) is the spot for foodies and outside darlings, with one of a kind culinary contributions and a lot of exercises that are made considerably all the more energizing by the glade and forest filled condition.

 

 

 

 

Musha Cay, Bahamas

 

David Copperfield’s charming private island in the Caribbean—luckily not hurt amid the last tropical storm season—is certainly not a one-month’s-lease sort of remain, it’s over a year, checking in at $39,000 every night, comprehensive. Be that as it may, that is the charge for the whole island, so on the off chance that you’ve at any point engaged dreams of what you’d do with your own one of a kind island , you.

 

2019 Vacation Trends

Bahamas Honeymoon 2019

Island Honeymoon Destinations 2019

 

 

Plan your 2019 Honeymoon today! There are thousands of choices for your exclusive, luxury honeymoon.

 

Check out more 2019 wedding trends to help plan your wedding. 

March 20, 2019

Top 5 Food & Wedding Reception Trends 2019

Snack Stations For Your Wedding

It’s no secret that wedding trends change from year to year, there are always new trends in fashion, color palettes, and new reception trends etc. So far we are seeing that the 2019 wedding trends are exciting and full of experience based activities.

Are you planning a wedding and looking for ways to make your wedding unique and memorable?  We have you covered!

Our experts compiled a list of the hottest trending wedding food and reception ideas for 2019.

 

 

 

Top Wedding Food And Reception Trends For 2019

 

 

Interactive Food Stations With Delectable Yummies 

 

In 2019 we are seeing more couples searching for wedding food options that are not the dull and mundane buffet or passed dinner. I guess it’s about time because every wedding I have ever been to the entire “process” of the wedding activities seemed boring and left me wanting more. So it is no surprise that our millennial generation are finding ways to make weddings more interactive and “experience” based than ever before. And I for one couldn’t be more excited. 

If you are reading this you have probably attended a wedding or twenty. Do you agree that weddings typically feel awkward in how they transition from one part to the next? Think about it! Everyone arrives really excited for the ceremony, completely enjoys it and are overjoyed for the newlyweds. But then, you are ushered to another area of the venue (or to a completely different venue) for the cocktail reception.

 

Great! Who doesn’t love a nice cocktail at a party?

 

Well the sad thing is that most wedding cocktail hours are boring, awkward and frustrating. At least they are to me. You have to stand in line forever to get a drink because there is only one bar for 150 guests, stand in close proximity to tons of people you don’t know, music is generally light and slow #moodkiller, and food is passed around on trays. Talk about a buzz killer! My energy was high at the end of the ceremony, ready to celebrate with the couple and boom! now I am feeling out of place, unsure of what is next and ready to move on to the next structured part of the wedding.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to be Debbie Downer…I LOVE weddings! But I am excited to see this new trend in weddings emerge.

Introducing Interactive Weddings

The 2019 weddings are taking on a different persona, one that is more engaging and celebrates the act of creating experiences and memories. We all know that today’s society need to constantly be on the move and entertained. Couples have realized that some traditional wedding routines are not entertaining enough for today’s guests.

 

For this reason we are seeing more couples incorporate interactive activities in their wedding day.

 

D.I.Y food stations are top on our list.

The cool thing about food stations versus the buffet or passed dinner at your wedding is you set them up around your reception venue in a variety of areas so there are no long lines for your guests to stand in, getting frustrated. The individual food stations disperse your guests to areas around your venue and keep them entertained and moving. It also generates social interaction or mingling because it is an unexpected yet cool idea to have these unique food bars at your wedding. It inspires your guests to interact reducing the awkwardness and boredom.

 

Your guests will absolutely love the interactive, D.I.Y dinner.

 

 

Guacamole Bar Wedding Station

 

How do you go about planning a wedding reception that includes food stations instead of the boring served meal or buffet?

“Experiences” are everything with millennial brides. Partner with your local caterer or chef and they will help you design the most remarkable meal for your wedding guests. Think outside the box when choosing the food stations for your wedding. You can incorporate your favorite foods and desserts or even hire a food truck. The sky is the limit when planning your wedding. You don’t have to do what everyone else does.

 

Will you dump the conventional wedding buffet and served meals?

 

Wedding Food Stations - Taco Bar Yeah!!

Taco Bar – Photo Credit: Brit & Co.

 

Potato bar DIY food station

Treat Your Guests To A Potato Bar At Your Wedding.

 

Chips & Salsa Bar

Chips & Salsa Bar

 

 

Need a little inspiration for food stations at your wedding?

 

How about a pasta station, guacamole station (everyone is obsessed with guac right now), popcorn bars, s’more bars, carving stations, pretzel bars, potatoe bar, guacamole toast bar, mac & cheese bar (yes, please!), chips & salsa bar, coffee & tea bars, charcuterie stations or my personal favorite taco bar.

 

Mac & Cheese Bar - Wedding Food Stations

Hmmm. DIY Mac & Cheese Bar. Let your guests create a mac and cheese masterpiece.

 

Meat Food Stations

Bring On The MEAT! Charcuterie Food Stations are great for weddings

 

Will you dump the conventional wedding buffet and served meals for individual food stations?

 

We want to know! Share your comments below. 

Nibling Stations For Your Wedding

 

This may seem like an odd name for something at your wedding however it is extremely an incredible thought. Keeping with the subject of making your wedding interactive and full of engaging activities couples are designing snacking stations. These are very charming themed tables that offer wedding visitors snacks like bruschetta bars, diverse cheddar and saltines, breads, natural products, nuts, meats and obviously chocolates. These eating stations are an extraordinary method to keep your visitors active, entertained, mingling and making new friends.

Wedding Grazing Stations

Yummy Chocolate Bar.

 

Bread & Cheese Grazing Station

Bread and Cheese Grazing Stations For Your Wedding

 

Bruschetta Grazing Station

Wow Your Guests With This Beautiful Bruschetta Station At Your Wedding.

 

Velvet Decor

 

Ladies and grooms are continually searching for something to separate their wedding from every other person. In 2019 we are seeing velvet addresses wedding tables. This is excessively energizing since it lifts the experience of your visitors. Regardless of whether you are arranging a basic, rural or lawn occasion you can include a dash of warmth and caprice by including velvet napkins or tablecloths. Your visitors will be shocked and awed.

 

Grass Is In, Greenery On It’s Way Out?

 

Well we aren’t generally going to disclose to you that greenery is gone from wedding in 2019 however we are seeing a move in flower structures for weddings this year. The most current pattern assuming control over wedding gatherings is the utilization of Pampas grass. In the event that you aren’t acquainted with Pampas grass it is a delightful padded, wheat-hued grass that includes a brilliant bit of sentiment and eccentricity to your 2019 wedding. Pampas grass is delicate and simple to utilize and extraordinary for making immense raised area curves, brightening your wedding passageway, adding a dash of eccentricity to your wedding tables or a delicate touch to your wedding bunches.

 

Wedding greenery will in any case be predominant all through most weddings and exceptional occasions however at this point we are seeing an expansion in the interest for natural components that add a pinch of show to the occasion. Objective obviously is to have #Instaworthy Photographs that circulate around the web!

 

Ladies and wedding organizers wherever are utilizing Pampas grass to line wedding passageways, as focal points and increases to flower bundles.

 

Coral Hues

 

In the event that you have been pondering what the most blazing shading for weddings in 2019 will be here it is! Coral is the shading we are hoping to find in weddings this year. It is an excellent radiant, warm and brilliant pinkish-orange shade that imparts cheer and satisfaction in everybody. Coral can be added to your wedding in your florals, bridesmaid dresses, cakes, ties, socks and that’s just the beginning.

 

Arranging your 2019 wedding is energizing and we need to hear about it. Offer your thoughts and motivation for your 2019 wedding with us.

 

 

March 20, 2019

Reduce Your Wedding’s Impact On The Environment

Sustainable Weddings

Have you ever wondered if your wedding (or the millions of other weddings each year) has an impact on our environment? We were curious too…

We uncovered a lot of information on just how much of an impact weddings have on our environment and came across some ideas that we all can incorporate to help sustain our earth.

 

Check out these startling numbers. (based on weddings in the United States only)

 

1. The average price spent on a wedding gown is $1,281.
2. The typical guest list is approximately 165 people
3. Saturday and Sunday are the most popular days to tie-the-knot (didn’t surprise you with that one I am sure). But I bet you never realized that equates to an average of 44,230 weddings each weekend.
4. On average 2.4 million weddings happen in the USA each year – that’s 4.8 million people saying “I Do!” each year.
5. Couples spend an average of $29, 858 on their weddings.
6. A total of $72 billion is spent on weddings in the United States each year.
7. Honeymoons are a $12 billion dollar a year industry. Yes! Billion!
8. 24 % of our annual weddings are “destination weddings” which equates to $16 billion dollars

Source: honeymoons.about.com/cs/eurogen1/a/weddingstats.htm

 

Are you shocked by these numbers?

Share your comments with us below.

 

As our society becomes more in tune with our environment everyone wants to know how they can help protect it. Planning a wedding is a huge deal and requires tons of flowers, decorations, invitations, dresses, program cards, table cards etc etc etc. All of these things have an impact on our environment.

 

 

 

 

Ways To Plan An Eco-Friendly Wedding.

 

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Use Locally Sourced Food

Design your menu based on locally sourced food options – every region has locally grown products that they specialize in. Meet with some of your local farmers to learn what will be in season at the time of your wedding. Then work together with your local caterer to design your wedding menu around these items. Doing this not only stimulates the local economy but also reduces the emissions into the air because it cuts down on the transport distance. Oh yeah! Almost forgot one major bonus…your out of town guests will LOVE sampling the local cuisine.

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Go Paperless

Choose electronic distribution options rather that the traditional save-the-dates and wedding invitations. Send out e-save the dates, e-invitations & e-thank you cards instead of printing and mailing the traditional expensive options. Saving paper means that you are saving trees. Everyone knows that trees and other plant life are necessary to produce oxygen, improve air quality, climate amelioration, conservation of water and supporting wildlife. And as a bonus, since you aren’t snail mailing them you can save yourself some GREEN (money that is) by not having to purchase stamps.

~

Buy A Pre-Owned Wedding Dress

Purchase a used wedding dress – a wedding dress is the single most important piece of clothing a woman will ever purchase. But the sad thing is that you will only wear it on one day, and honestly for only about 5 hours. So why not buy a used wedding dress? Reuse is one of the biggest ways that you can reduce waste and ultimately make a positive impact on our environment. So shop online and find the perfect wedding dress; buy it from another bride, save some money because you won’t be paying retail prices and save the planet at the same time.

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Recycle At Your Wedding

Reducing your impact on the planet goes hand in hand with recycling. We recommend that you have plenty of recycle and compost bins on-site to divert waste. Encourage your guests to join you in protecting our environment.

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Sell Wedding Dress

Just as important as buying a used wedding dress to reduce the impact wedding dress production has on our environment it is equally important to sell your wedding dress after your wedding. It is easy to do.

Sell your wedding dress now!

~

 

 

Share your ideas below in the comments on other ways to make your wedding more eco-friendly. If we all do our part in lowering our impact on our environment we will see a huge difference. Tweet It, Instagram It, Facebook It…promote, promote, promote! Our planet needs us!

March 15, 2019

Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations 2019

2019 Top Romantic Honeymoon Destinations

Want to honeymoon like the rich and famous? We have put together the top 10 Instagram-worthy honeymoon resorts for your pampering pleasure! These top honeymoons destinations for 2019 offer 5 star accommodations and service unlike any hotel and resort. Find your honeymoon destination now.
 
 

Emaho Sekawa Resort – Savusavu, Fiji Islands

 
Escape and unwind while listening to the sounds of the waves, luxurious rain forest and singing birds at Emaho Sekawa Resort. In true luxury style this amazing honeymoon retreat provides an oasis for you to disappear. Sitting atop a hill with panoramic views of the pacific ocean and mountains you will be pampered with 5 star service. Emaho Sekawa Resort is a private, all-inclusive honeymoon resort with only 3 villas. You are sure to find total relaxation and plenty of time for intimate moments with your new spouse.
 
 

Share this resort with your other half and start planning your Fiji Island honeymoon now.

 

 

Canaves Oia Suites – Santorini, Greece

Canaves Oia Suites invites guests seeking luxury accommodation in Oia Santorini to relish in the elegance of a most cherished holiday retreat.

Freshly renovated luxury suites offering the ultimate in modern facilities and stunning views to the Caldera and the Aegean Sea, with spacious living areas and private plunge pools, ideal to house your memorable days and nights in one of the world’s most stunning sceneries.

Enveloped by the emerald Aegean and the awe-inspiring dramatic beauty of Santorini, Canaves Oia Suites welcomes guests to a world of exquisite elegance. Blending spectacular vistas of the charming Caldera with over the top accommodation and impeccable service, those luxury suites in Oia, Santorini will charm even the most eclectic guests.

 

Share this resort with your spouse and start planning your exclusive 2019 honeymoon.

 

 

 

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The Best Is Yet To Come…

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Il Sereno Lago di Como – Luxury Hotel in Italy

 

A sensible $986 every night (beginning rate) gets you a room at the private new Lake Como inn structured by Patricia Urquiola, one out of a little gathering of hyper-lavish alternatives around the celebrated Italian lake. You never know, George Clooney (and Amal) may very well feast close to you at the Michelin-featured Berton Al Lago.

Bringing new meaning to luxury and modern design, Il Sereno Hotel breathes fresh air into the iconic, bucket list item, that is Lake Como. Definitely one of the Top Honeymoon Destinations For 2019.

 

 

 

The Retreat at Blue Lagoon, Iceland

It’s hard to envision a suite more one of a kind than one incorporated ideal with hundreds of years old magma, with floor-to-roof windows, that is additionally encompassed by the magical geothermal waters of Iceland’s celebrated Blue Tidal pond. Remains at the spic and span (as of April 1) resort begin at $1,432/night and incorporate access to a transportive underground spa, upscale feasting at Greenery Eatery, day by day yoga and Aurora Borealis seeing visits. Unlock the door to a wonder of the world.

 

2019 Honeymoon Iceland Destinations

 

Blue Lagoon Iceland Honeymoon Destination

 

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The St. Regis Bora Bora, French Polynesia

 

On the off chance that you are a sucker for a crystalline ocean or an extraordinary blue lagoon, a trek to this French Polynesian heaven will take your breath away. With 89 rooms and suites—including the overwater estates this island chain made well known—dispersed around 44 sections of land of flawlessness, it’s the spot to do everything (stream ski trips around Mount Otemanu, SUP, plunging and the sky is the limit from there) or literally nothing. A honeymoon beyond your dreams awaits you at The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort.

 

St Regis Bora Bora Honeymoon

 

 

Nihi Sumba Island, Indonesia

 

Your honeymoon will be more than just a hotel room at Nihi Sumba. Every detail is maximized for your enjoyment, relaxation and romance. Nihi Sumba offers the most exquisite accommodations featuring crisp white bed linens (no need to check for bed bugs here), you will fall asleep in their signature canopy beds and enjoy handmade chocolate from your mini-bar while staring at the majestic panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. And don’t think you have to stay in your room 24 /7 (although you may want to). This breathtaking resort builds itineraries that transcend honeymoon experiences. You can choose from a long list of experiences that range from sunset massages to surfing and hiking.  If you are searching for the best honeymoon destination in 2019 Nihi Sumba Island is it!

 

 

Luxury Singapore Honeymoon Ideas

 

The Ranch At Rock Creek, Montana

 

The all-inclusive ranch experience! Don’t want to leave the U.S.A? Don’t want a beach honeymooon? If you are searching for a unique honeymoon destination this is it! Most couples opt for luxurious and all-inclusive beach honeymoons which is fine. But this beautiful luxury resort offers all-inclusive packages paired with adventure, snow, mountains and tons of outdoor activities (depending on the season). This is how the resort explains their experience; “Nestled in one of Montana’s most pristine valleys, The Ranch at Rock Creek offers year-round unique vacations on an authentic 19th century homestead. We balance Western adventure with lavish all-inclusive amenities. Start the day with inspired Ranch cuisine, then learn to fly fish on a Blue Ribbon trout stream. Experience awe-inspiring views from The Top of the World on horseback and drift off in a bespoke glamping tent under the Big Sky.”

Sounds perfect right? Well if the rugged outdoors, adventure, hiking, horseback riding etc are your cup of tea this is your honeymoon destination for sure! View the gallery for just a little taste of ranch luxury.

 

Romantic Ranch For Honeymoon

 

Honeymoon On A Ranch In Montana

 

Lodge at The Ranch At Rock Creek Montana

 

Get Married at a Ranch In Montana

 

Honeymoon Activities At The Ranch At Rock Creek Montana

 

2019 Ranch Honeymoon Ideas

 

 

Jumeirah Vittaveli, Maldives

 

Shoreline manors with private pools are the “standard” room at this ideal Maldivean retreat, so it’s not amazing rates begin around $1,125. When you see your encompasses, however, you’ll be so wowed you probably won’t give it a second thought. On the off chance that it’s an extremely extraordinary event in your relationship, you may even need to spring for an excessively provocative Private Sea Retreat—with pool, normally—that is segregated from the primary island and just accessible by 24-hour vessel administration, for an insignificant $2,155/night.

 

 

 

Twin Homesteads, Vermont

 

Barnard, Vermont, probably won’t be the normal goal for a world-class inn, however that is really one of the numerous reasons it’s so inconceivable. Beginning at $1,500/night, this comprehensive five-star resort (Vermont’s solitary one) is the spot for foodies and outside darlings, with one of a kind culinary contributions and a lot of exercises that are made considerably all the more energizing by the glade and forest filled condition.

 

 

 

 

Musha Cay, Bahamas

 

David Copperfield’s charming private island in the Caribbean—luckily not hurt amid the last tropical storm season—is certainly not a one-month’s-lease sort of remain, it’s over a year, checking in at $39,000 every night, comprehensive. Be that as it may, that is the charge for the whole island, so on the off chance that you’ve at any point engaged dreams of what you’d do with your own one of a kind island , you.

 

2019 Vacation Trends

Bahamas Honeymoon 2019

Island Honeymoon Destinations 2019

 

 

Plan your 2019 Honeymoon today! There are thousands of choices for your exclusive, luxury honeymoon.

 

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March 12, 2019

2019 Wedding Trends For Couples Getting Married This Year

Copper Wedding Table Setting

Are you newly engaged and looking for a little wedding inspiration? We have put together our favorite 2019 Wedding Trends to help plan your perfect wedding day!

Metallic Hues Featuring Copper For Your 2019 Wedding.

We saw an increase in the use of metallics at weddings and special events over the past few years and we couldn’t be happier. You see the added metallic elements add a sense of industrial yet romantic and unexpected whimsy to any tablescape. We are excited that 2019 seems to be the year for Copper Wedding Decor.

What Makes Copper The Perfect Accent For Your Wedding?

Copper has a unique quality in that it provides a warm pinkish-orange hue mixed with a touch of gold. Any table that uses copper wedding table decor will immediately be viewed as luxurious. But the best quality that copper wedding details offer is that it can be mix matched with elegant, rich details or the most rustic country decor. Copper wedding details in 2019 are the best marriage of decorative elements we have seen.

Check out our gallery of Copper wedding decor to see if this is the right wedding inspiration for you!

 

  • Copper Wedding Invitations
  • Copper Wedding Table Setting

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Light Box Wedding Trend Replaces Chalkboards

 

Earthy Elements Mixed With Florals

Recent wedding trends included the love of and use of all types of greenery in wedding decor. From beautiful eucalyptus as table and bouquet accents to succulent arrangements. There truly have been some creative and unique uses of previously ignored greenery and plant life. What a great time to be a Bride! Modern day floral vendors have mastered the art of pairing unique and beautiful organic plants and flowers together creating Instagram worthy weddings.

2019 Floral Trends For Weddings

 

This year we are expecting to see the use of greenery throughout most weddings and special events but now we are seeing an increase in the demand for earthy elements that add a touch of drama to the event. Goal of course is to have #Instaworthy Photos that go viral!

One unique and almost unheard of floral accent that we are seeing on the rise is the whimsical Pampas grass. Pampas grass is a plant that has beautiful plumes of feathery like flowers creating a romantic setting with movement and touches of unexpected joy.

Brides and wedding planners everywhere are using Pampas grass to line wedding aisles, as centerpieces and additions to floral bouquets.

In 2019 tablescapes are also incorporating earthy decor elements such as plants in wooden boxes and ceramic pots for centerpieces.

View Some Of Our Favorite 2019 Wedding Floral Trends Now 

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Sustainability In Wedding Decor Becoming More Popular

As our society learns more and more about global warming and the damage we are doing to our universe an exciting new trend is emerging. Couples are searching for ways to incorporate sustainable wedding decor into their weddings. Eco-friendly options exist everywhere and we are so excited to see brides and grooms wanting to do their part to help save the earth.

A little unknown fact is that “fashion” is the second largest polluter in the world. Yep! Sounds crazy right? Who would have thought that act of producing clothes for us to wear (which is mandatory) would be hurting the earth.

Tips For An Eco-Friendly Wedding

Let’s first start with what it means to be eco-friendly and how you can make an impact each and every day. It’s pretty simple and to be honest a lot of people don’t realize that the little things they do each and every day (without thinking) has a huge impact on our earth.

There are a couple of immediate ways that we ALL can impact the health of our earth.

None of us realize that we can help cut down on carbon footprint if we just turn off the lights. Amazing? Yes, most of us will leave a room (or home) and leave lights on, fans on, AC on, TV on and computer on. News flash! Every second that you leave those things on increases your energy bill and the carbon footprint on the world. Other ways you can help is recycle everything, minimize your wardrobe (you don’t shop every week) and change to LED bulbs which last for years. (more on how to live a eco-friendly life in our next blog)

But back to the real reason you are here…to find out how to make your wedding eco-friendly.

When it comes to planning your wedding you may think that being eco-friendly options are non-existent, but that is not true.

A simple way to incorporate eco-friendly options into your wedding is by having an outdoor wedding. Getting married at a farm, ranch, lake, backyard where you can have an outdoor setting saves on energy. The Sun provides all of the light you need for the event which saves on energy usage.

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Photo Credits:  KolorPHX Photographic Co |  Victoria York Design | Copper Wedding Cake: Nora Mancini | Depoy Studio | 4 Love Polka Dots |  Jake Duke | Honey & Poppies |Edyta Szyszlo Photography | 100layercake | Design by Green Apple Event Co | Photo by Tyler Branch | Styling by Floral Impressions | Photo by Natalie Norton | Braedon Flynn Photography

 

February 18, 2019

Nick Jonas Wedding Photos

Nick Jonas’ Wedding to Priyanka Chopra

Everyone loves a fairytale love story and magical wedding so when celebrities announce their engagements we all SWOON about the details.

I never really was a huge fan or follower of the Jonas brothers, I am a little older to have been crazy about them during their popular days. But none the less, their music was good. And I must say that the brothers including Nick Jonas seemed to be humble nice guys.

Of course being in the wedding industry means I am even more intrigued by the Nick Jonas wedding. My main interest of course is the Brides dress! And oh my gosh, Priyanka Chopra did not disappoint!

Celebrity weddings are always over the top and that is why we love them. They do things that the average Joe cannot. Luxury and expense seems to take a back seat when it comes to planning celebrity weddings. And we LOVE it!

So I couldn’t wait for December 1, 2018 the day of Nick Jonas’ wedding to Priyanka Chopra. And again really all I wanted to see was the Bride, her dress and accessories. But to my surprise I was blown away by every little inch of the wedding event.

Due to Priyanka’s nationality their wedding could not just be the typical “western wedding”. No way was there only going to be a 15 ceremony and 5 hour reception.

No! Not for this dynamic couple!

The typical couple in the United States has one day to stress over and plan. Nick and Priyanka’s wedding  lasted 4 days! That is amazing!

Check Out The Full Wedding Schedule:

day 1 ~ November 30th

Sangeet

 The couple hosted a traditional pre-wedding celebration called a Sangeet. This is a celebration a very festive affair filled with dance and music. Guests were expected to rock festive resort wear.

day 2 ~ December 1st

The Western Ceremony

 

 

 

 

December 5, 2018

Wilderly Bride Boho Wedding Dresses

Wedding Dress Designer Spotlight – Wilderly Bride By Allure

 

             The boho wedding dress craze still has us mesmerized. We totally love all of the effortless details, unique combinations and free-spirited designs.

Today we are showcasing some of the newest designs by Wilderly Bride – a bridal gown collection made and designed specifically for the free-spirited bride that beats to her own drum.

Hope you enjoy as much as we do!

 

 

 

Lace Wedding Jumpsuit

Wilderly Bride Lace Jumpsuit For                              Wedding

Wedding Pantsuit in Lace by Wilderly Bride

Brides looking for a pantsuit or             jumpsuit for your wedding day?

Wilderly Bride Presley            Wilderly Bride Adara           Wilderly Bride Isodel Wilderly Bride Isodel           Wilderly Bride Maeve           Wilderly Bride Wedding Dresses Wedding day pantsuit in lace           Marley by Wilderly Bride           Wilderly Bride Marley - Wedding Day Jumpsuit

 

 

Photo credit: Perfect Palette: Wilderly Bride

December 2, 2018

Tips To Planning A Destination Wedding In Italy

Santorini Photo

Planning Your Italian Destination Wedding From The Comfort Of Your Home

Today was a slower than usual Saturday at our bridal boutique so it gave me extra time to interact with and get to know our Brides more and I couldn’t have been happier. Such lovely young ladies, with truly amazing love stories, shared all of their dreams and plans for their upcoming weddings.

One Bride, in particular, shared that she and her fiance are planning a destination wedding in Italy. So of course, my interest was peaked because all I could think of it how in the heck are you going to do that? I mean, how can you plan the most important day and event of your life to take place in Italy but you live in Florida?

You Can Plan A Destination Wedding From Home

After work, I came home poured a glass of my favorite red wine and began to think. Really, how is she going to plan her destination wedding in Italy while living in the United States? Being the curious soul that I am I hopped onto google.com to do a little digging for myself. And low and behold google didn’t let me down! (actually google never lets me down!)

Within a few minutes, I stumbled upon an amazing company that is specializing in planning the most amazing destination weddings in Italy, France, Germany, Ireland and Northern Ireland www.PeachPerfectWeddings.com. Peach Perfect Weddings is a group of destination wedding planners that take care of couples every need while planning all-inclusive wedding packages for them. I mean, really? Can it be that easy? So I did a little more digging.

Destination Wedding Planners

The group of talented ladies at Peach Perfect Weddings plan weddings from intimate ceremonies for two to elaborate and luxurious events with over 60 people. They have perfected the art of communication and understanding what couples want for their magical day. Worked tirelessly to create cherished relationships with the best wedding professionals in each of their regions. And specialize in creating the most amazing, romantic, and memorable wedding ceremonies and receptions. Truly events that all of your guests will remember forever!

Plan A Destination Wedding In Italy From Abroad

And if that is not enough, the best part of having a wedding planner in Italy (or Germany, France etc)  has got to be that you don’t have to go through the pain of speaking with each individual vendor. The Italian wedding packages that are offered by Peach Perfect Weddings and each region are all-inclusive. So you pay one company, one price and enjoy stress-free wedding planning from home.

Whether you want a small wedding in Italy or a private elopement ceremony in a breathtaking Italian vineyard or a wedding fit for royalty in a historic Italian Renaissance Castle, Eleonora at Peach Perfect Weddings will take care of your every need. She is the sweetest and most tender-hearted person. She really wants to take your vision and dreams of the perfect wedding and make it a reality. And don’t worry, she speaks English! She will even schedule your consultation via Skype so that you can get to know her and she can learn about you, your Fiance and your perfect Italian destination wedding.

PeachPerfectWeddings.com

So dream on! You CAN plan a destination wedding in Tuscany, Italy from the comfort of your home. Just contact Eleonora, she will take care of everything. Visit www.peachperfectweddings.com to get started planning your memorable destination wedding in Italy today.

Destination Wedding Venues In Europe

Not sure yet on which European location is perfect for your destination wedding? Check out these fabulous ideas for a destination wedding in Germany. Magical castles, cozy cabins in the mountains and breathtaking gardens. Peach Perfect Weddings are also now offering amazing wedding packages in Northern Ireland as well. This country offers the most breathtaking natural backdrops for your destination wedding. There are so many options for your destination wedding. Check out some of the beautiful wedding venues in Northern Ireland.

PeachPerfectweddings.com

Plan your wedding in Northern Ireland today!

Plan The Perfect Destination Wedding From Home

Peach Perfect Weddings and their European Wedding Planners can help you select the right location for you and plan everything your heart desires. Get started now. Your dream wedding is waiting.

 

 

Photo credit: Darin Crofton Photography

June 24, 2018

Selling Wedding Dress Online – Beware of Scams

Sell Used Wedding Dress

Scammers are everywhere! Sell Smart! Protect Yourself!

In our society today, unfortunately, there are many unsavory people that want to cheat and steal their way through life.

Tips For Selling Used Wedding Dress Online & Not Getting Scammed

  • #1 If it sounds too good to be true, it is! End of story.
  • Never accept Checks
  • If someone “overpays” and then requests you return the overpaid amount log into your PayPal account to verify the funds are there and contact PayPal to see how you should proceed.
  • Cashier checks should be verified as legitimate with your bank before shipping gown
  • Implement a waiting period before shipping gown to ensure banks and PayPal can have time to verify funds before you ship your gown.
  • Never send Cash or refund any amount to a buyer. Real Buyers don’t overpay!!
  • Don’t give out personal information. Do all communication through Sell My Dress
  • If someone is very pushy they are probably trying to scam you.

 

Offers To Pay More Than The Asking Price

Many times over payments are a way that people practice fraud…the money you think they sent (including the over payment never really gets to you, but you ship the dress and refund the overpaid amount….you are out all the way around. So make sure to contact PayPal to confirm the funds are legitimate and then ask them how to proceed. PayPal will never request any money to release a hold on a transaction.

Can A Cashiers Check Be Fraudulent?

Cashiers checks are safer than regular checks but can still be fraudulent. If you can, ask for the cashiers check to be drawn on a local bank so that you can go into the local branch. That bank will be in a better position to tell you whether the check is one they issued and is genuine. Never send or return cash.

How Do I Ship A Wedding Dress I Sold Online?

Always use UPS or Fedex to ship gown and request a signature. You don’t want your dress left at the doorstep for someone else to walk away with. And if you find out it was a scam after you ship the dress you should be able to contact the shipping company and ask them to intercept the package and return it to you.

Online Scammers Are Real

There are thousands of sneaky techniques that these scammers use to cheat innocent people. But for every one of them there are thousands of Brides searching for the perfect used wedding dress. If you are at all suspicious about a message that you received then something is probably wrong. Email us immediately at info@sellmydress.com. We can check our database to see if this user is reaching out to multiple users trying to scam them also.

We want you to find the perfect Bride for your wedding dress not a scammer.

Email any inquiries or suspicions to info@sellmydress.com

Sell Your Wedding Dress Today!

June 6, 2018

What To Do With Your Wedding Dress After The Wedding

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Your magical wedding day is over, now what do you do with your wedding dress?

After dreaming of the perfect wedding dress, shopping for months and pinning thousands of Pinterest photos you finally found the dress for you! Your husband couldn’t hold back the tears, Mom and Dad were proud and heartbroken at the same time. All of your friends swooned over your gown and how beautifully radiant you looked and then in a flash it was over.

So what do you do with your wedding dress after the wedding? I am sure you would love to wear it every day at least until it no longer fits. But that probably isn’t an option. After all, I am not sure how many businesses would allow you to come to work in your wedding dress. And errands would be hard to do with a wedding dress on. So exactly what are your options?

Keep It In The Closet

Of course, the easiest thing to do is just hang it in your closet. This is great because at any time you can take it out, swoon over it, put it on and reminisce about the big day. Reality is you probably won’t have time to try it on or swoon over it so all it is going to do is take up space in your closet (which we all know is the valuable real estate in your household).

Sell Your Wedding Dress Online

Not every Bride has an emotional connection with their wedding dress so after the wedding is over, there is no reason to keep it. One of the most popular things to do with your wedding dress after the wedding is Sell it! Yes, that is right! Modern-day Brides want to recoup some of the money they spent on the wedding by selling their wedding gown online as well as many other wedding decorations. The number one website to sell your wedding dress is www.sellmydress.com This website is dedicated to helping the newly married Brides find the perfect engaged Bride to buy their dress. The listing fee is less than other websites and SellMyDress.com specializes in optimizing your online listing to make it visible to Brides everywhere. Brides search the internet every day for wedding gowns like yours! Get your wedding dress listed online today. It’s easy and only takes a few minutes. Visit www.sellmydress.com to sell your wedding dress now.

Sell Bridal Gowns Online

Donate Your Wedding Dress To Charity

If you aren’t the sentimental Bride that wants to keep her wedding dress forever you may be wondering what do I do with my wedding dress now that the wedding is over? There are thousands of Brides that cannot afford a wedding dress but would love to have one. If you aren’t concerned about selling your wedding dress you can donate it to charity. There are many reputable charities that would love to make a Brides dreams come true using your gown.

Whether you choose to keep your gown at home in the closet or sell your wedding dress online with SellMyDress.com, you should cherish your memories forever.

After all,

You will only wear it once but will remember it forever.

May 30, 2018

How to Sell Inventory in Your Bridal Store Faster by Selling Online

Whether you just bought or opened a bridal boutique or you have been doing this for 40 years, you know there are struggles and roadblocks when it comes to marketing, getting more Brides into your store, and increasing profits. Do you ever feel like nothing you are doing is working? I know in my twelve years in this business I have scratched my head many times and asked why is this not working?

Tips For Selling More Bridal Gown Inventory

If you work in the bridal business then you know that we have to order inventory for our boutiques twice a year, the Spring and Fall Seasons. Depending on how many designers you carry this can quickly snowball into a store busting at the seams with wedding dress samples. So what do you do?

There are many bridal stores that operate with a business plan that is intended to sell their wedding gown inventory out of stock versus using them as store inventory and placing orders for each Bride to get and wear a brand new wedding dress for her wedding. There are many advantages of operating your boutique this way with the top two being inventory management and being able to sell to any Bride including the ones with quick wedding dates. But there are also many, many disadvantages; you may not have the size or color she wants, bad or wrong inventory purchases and constant repair and cleaning of stock are just a few.

Other bridal boutiques purchase sample gowns each season to use for Brides to try on and then they take measurements and order a brand new gown for the Bride to wear. This business model has it’s advantages and disadvantages as well. There will be times where you also purchase a sample that you think will be popular and it isn’t so you receive no return on your investment and there are challenges getting gowns for Brides that have quick weddings and so on.

Too Much Inventory At Your Bridal Boutique?

 

No matter which business model you use for your lovely Bridal Boutique challenges are real and inventory management is at the top of the list. Let’s just play with an example (a fake bridal shop). For our example we will base our evaluation on a bridal shop that carries 10 different designers and operates the store by purchasing samples and placing orders for the Brides dress. These wedding dress designers are the top in the industry so they have set requirements for the minimum number of gowns that have to be purchased each season. Each season our fake bridal shop has to order 60 new wedding gown samples to add to their boutique. Yep! That’s right, they will have to order 60 wedding gown samples each season for a total of 120 new samples. Ouch!

Sell More Brides, That’s Easy Right?

 

How can a small, family run bridal shop be successful purchasing 120 new wedding dress samples each year? Well, that’s easy! Get lots of Brides in to your store and get them to buy. Easier said then done right? I know I say it like it is so easy to get them to shop at “your” boutique and even easier for them to “Say Yes to the Dress”. Successful bridal boutiques should turn their inventory an average of 3 times to be “successful”. Is that happening at your boutique? What do you do when you realize a dress isn’t selling? So many times I ordered gowns thinking Brides were going to love it and order it all the time, boy was I wrong.

As bridal boutique owners and operators we have to get better at managing our inventory. Buying 120 new samples each year costs thousands and thousands of dollars. Buying all these gowns every year also means your store will be overrun by wedding dress samples and will start to look messy and disorganized. Not what a Bride wants to see when she comes into the boutique.

What can you do to manage your inventory better?

Here are some great tips.

  • Once your new samples begin arriving start monitoring the level of interest for them
  • Within two months assess the importance of keeping that sample in your store
  • Look for opportunities to sell the gown out of stock at any time
  • Host a bridal gown sample sale to get rid of discontinued or not popular inventory
  • Utilize the internet to list and sell your samples

In a future post we will go into more detail about each of these bullet points but today we will address the last one.

If you have a website for your store that allows you to put your dresses on there and list them for sale you should do it right away! But make sure you do it right. There are several pieces of information about your dress that needs to be included for the big search engines to find it. You can contact me for more info on how to do this (info@sellmydress.com).

Sell Bridal Gown Samples Online

 

Look for opportunities to list your wedding gown inventory for sale on websites that focus solely on selling wedding dresses. Managing your wedding gown inventory can be as easy as creating an account on sellmydress.com and listing your gowns. Sell My Dress does all of the SEO work for you! All you have to do is upload the details on the gown including some pictures, set the price and wait for Brides to find you. And the beauty of all of it is these Brides won’t even be local to your area. With all of the technology and SEO work built into their website Brides will be able to find you from all over the U.S and abroad. Talk about easy! What are you waiting for?

Check out these real testimonials.

“We have really busy bridal boutiques that make dreams come true every day for our local Brides but every year we have so many samples in our store that we are busting at the seams. We host sample sales which helps get rid of them but we needed another avenue to sell our wedding gown samples. Searching the internet we found www.sellmydress.com and decided to list some of our dresses. It didn’t take long! We have sold three of our wedding gown samples in only 45 days. I highly recommend trying this website, it will work for you too.” CC’s Boutique

“Our store is cozy and small so it is important for us to keep selling our samples out of stock. In the store we are able to do it once and a while but wanted a way to reach more Brides. We stumbled on www.sellmydress.com and thought what the heck, we can try it. We started with just one dress and it sold pretty quickly so we added a few more. Brides are able to find us online and message us with questions. It is easy and without this site we couldn’t be connecting with Brides across the country. Glad we took a chance. Oh, and the best part you list your dress which take about 3-5 minutes and then sit back and they do all the work, and their fees are less than other sites that are similar. We will continue to use them.” Ivory & Lace

Start by listing one dress or list a few either way, it is a great opportunity for you to sell wedding dresses online. Managing your wedding gown inventory doesn’t have to be only your job, Sell My Dress can sell them for you.

Our offer to you. Start selling your wedding dresses online today and use our promo code SAVE-9 to save $9.99 on the listing fee.

Get started today, a Bride is searching now for your gown.

This is an exclusive limited time offer. Start selling today.

 

February 4, 2018

Why Prince Harry and Megan are getting married so fast

St George's Chapel

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement!!! Oh Yes!! Who doesn’t love a fairytale story, an American Princess after all these years. I can’t wait!

After I heard the news of Prince Harry and Meghan’s engagement, my memories went back to the day that Lady Diana Spencer married the Prince of Wales, Charles on July 29, 1981 at St Paul’s Cathedral. I was glued to the t.v. as most of America and the world was (actually 750 million people watched). This special day had to be the Wedding of the Century. Every single little detail was magical. She was glowing, he looked debonair in his uniform and the thousands and thousands of on lookers outside the church, Buckingham Palace and lining the streets helped to create the feeling of “only once in a lifetime” can we experience something like this. My inner little girl spirit was memorized.

For years Princess Diana captured the world with her heart, her quiet voice, beautiful smile and genuine spirit of giving. I was much younger then as was she, so I watched her blossom into such a beautiful woman, wife and mother. I followed her story, stared at her photos and dreamed of what her life must be like. It wasn’t til much later and even after her tragic death that we learned her life wasn’t the fairytale we all thought it was. Being in the royal family has definite challenges. But my adoration of her never changed, the things we learned never tarnished her image in my opinion. She was still and always will be one person that I feel impacted and touched my soul.

So fast forward many years and her children are all grown up. And following in their Mother’s footsteps, they have blossomed into respectful young men. Princess Diana really made an impact on them and the world is a better place because of it. They continue to give back to the world as she did and I am sure each and every day she smiles at them from heaven. I imagine if they were to sit quietly without any noise or distraction from the world they would feel her presence near them and in them…maybe a flutter of their heart or a warm feeling inside…maybe even a slight breathe close to their ears. No matter what I am sure she is proud of them.

So what can we expect from Prince Harry’s wedding? Prince William and Kate had a stunning event but for whatever reason it didn’t capture my attention as much as Lady Diana’s story. Maybe Meghan and Prince Harry will be able to capture the world’s spirit. Do you think it is possible? I really don’t think it can be the same fairytale wedding as Lady Diana but for sure I think it could be close. But really the BIG question is “why are Prince Harry and Meghan getting married so fast?”

In my line of work….the wedding industry…quick weddings mean 1 of 2 things. 1. Bride is pregnant or 2. Someone in the family is terminally ill. So which one is it? Well Prince Harry has a super close relationship with his 96 year old Grandfather and wants very much for him to be at his wedding so that could be the reason for the whirl wind engagement and quick wedding. BUT rumors also exist that Meghan is pregnant….Oh the royal family would just be nuts if that was true!

 

 

 

December 8, 2017

Brides dressed to Kill in pants

Wedding pants suit

Everything we know about weddings starts with the fairytale idea of a beautiful bride floating on air in a gorgeous wedding dress. As little girls our visions include Brides draped in flowing tulle veils, wearing stunning ballgowns made with luxurious fabrics with delicate beaded details, makeup and hair flawless and just killing it.

Fast forward to 2017 and the wedding dress isn’t the only option. We are seeing Brides of all backgrounds dropping the tradition of wearing a formal wedding dress and opting for a dramatic, sophisticated and stylish ivory or white pant suit. I love this idea!

I first stumbled on this idea while dreaming of the day I would marry my husband. We knew we weren’t going to do a formal big ceremony and reception (why waste $30k, we could save that for our retirement). We wanted small, just the two of us and probably would do it at the local court house. So I googled (my favorite search engine, because Yes! Google knows everything!) lace pants and found this fashion forward lace jumpsuit by J. Crew. I was hooked!

J Crew Wedding Jumpsuit

Since then I have seen more and more Brides forgo the fuss of the wedding dress. Skipping all the drama that surrounds shopping for a wedding dress, not to mention the prices that wedding gowns cost.

Brides wearing pants…is it for you?

Today there are many options. Modern day Brides want to do one thing, be unique and themselves. We are seeing people getting married later in life or getting married for the 2nd and 3rd time. So the fluff and tradition of the wedding gown may not be for them. And we are all for it! Skip the walk down the aisle in flowing tulle and opt for a more modern, sleek, sexy and sophisticated wedding pant suit. Whether you are an older bride, or young, straight or gay there are many options other than a dress.

Kendra White Lace Jumpsuit

At our local bridal boutique we are honored to work with many brides marrying their true life partner and yes! many times it is another woman. So what do they wear? Do both Brides wear wedding dresses? The answer is…it is different for each couple. Some have chosen to both shop at our boutique, both select beautiful free spirited and effortless boho inspired wedding dresses. Another couple chose a traditional wedding gown and a more modern fitted lace silhouette and then we have had others that one wears a simple lace wedding dress that is totally romantic and the spouse wore a grey suit. Whatever your flavor rock it with style!

Me personally I LOVEEEE the sleek and sophisticated Ivory Pant or Jumpsuit. Hmmm maybe I can convince my husband do renew our vows so I can wear one…stay tuned…I will let you know if I convince him 🙂

So, go ahead…Be a rebel! Set your own trends and be uniquely you!

 

 

Credits:

Dressed4dreams.com | Kendra White Lace Jumpsuit | J. Crew| lesposedigio.com |

 

 

November 23, 2017
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