Thursday, October 12, 2017

How to Create a Budget for Your Wedding

Weddings are one of the most expensive things you'll ever have to pay for. The costs can easily spiral out of control if you're not sticking to a budget. Today's blog from your favorite South Florida bridal boutique offers some tips for creating a wedding budget.

1. Be on the Same Page as Your Spouse.


When coming up with a budget for your wedding, a day you've been dreaming about since  you were a little girl, it's easy to get carried away. Be sure to discuss the budget with your future husband to make sure you're both on the same page. Once you're married, you won't be the only one calling the shots on your finances anymore.

2. Don't Go Into Debt.


One of the most important things to keep in mind when creating a wedding budget is that you don't want to go into debt. Consider what you can reasonably afford without racking up the credit cards. If you don't have enough cash to pull off the wedding you want, consider extending your engagement to allow time to save more into a wedding account.


3. Ask Parents If They are Willing to Pitch In.


Traditionally, the parents would pay for the wedding or at least help with it; today that's not as common. Talk to both sets of parents and see if they would be willing to help out in any way. Maybe they would be kind enough to pay for the decorations or the DJ, just a small piece of the budget. Every little bit can help.

4. Come Up with a Guest Count.


One of the most expensive pieces of the wedding budget comes down to the reception. Depending on how many guests you have, the cost of the food will take up a large portion of your budget. It's best to come up with a guest list before too much of the planning is underway. You need a realistic idea of how many people to plan for in your budget.

5. Do Preliminary Research on Costs.


Unless you are working with a wedding planner, you likely have no idea how much each piece of a wedding typically costs. Do some research on average costs in the area that you're planning to get married. Larger cities will typically incur higher vendor costs. Get an idea of what it might cost before you determine what your budget is for each different category.

6. Cut Your Proposed Budget by 10%.


Once you've come up with an ideal budget amount for the entire wedding. Cut that number down by 10%. This will allow you to go a little over budget, which tends to happen when pulling off the wedding that you want.

7. Make a List of Priorities.


When allocating the wedding budget to each vendor, it's important to determine what your priorities are. What do you have to have at your wedding, and what are you willing to make a compromise on? When you take extra money to cover a top priority, you're going to have to take some from somewhere else. You need to have an idea of what those lesser priorities are.


8. Book the Venue First.


Arguably the most important piece of the wedding puzzle is the venue. You can't have a wedding without a venue. Therefore, it's important that you book your venue first. In addition, some venues come with extras such as tables, linens, dinnerware, event planners, caterers, photographers, etc. Be sure to determine what your venue offers before hiring outside vendors.

9. Hire the Caterer Second.


One wedding aspect that you do not want to skimp on is the catering. People are going to remember how the food was at your wedding, and you want to make sure it's good things they are saying. This is why it's important to book the caterer early on as well.

Once you have your budget set, it's time to move on to the next steps in the wedding planning process. You can start spending that budget! One of the most fun pieces of the budget to spend is that for your wedding dress. Bridal Couture of the Palm Beaches is here to help you find the perfect gown from our wide selection of wedding dresses in Florida. Give us a call at 561-793-4633 to setup an appointment at our bridal salon in Royal Palm Beach.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Who to Bring with You When Wedding Dress Shopping

The best part of the wedding planning process is choosing the dress. Your wedding day is one of the most spectacular days of your life and you want to look amazing. While you want to pick a dress that you love, you'll want some friends and family by your side to help you make the decision. Today's blog addresses who you should consider bringing with you to our bridal boutique in the Palm Beaches.

Mother of the Bride 


Probably the most important person to bring along with you during your Florida wedding dress shopping trip is your mom. Growing up, mom always helped you learn how to make the right decisions. Now she can be by your side while you try on those beautiful gowns and help you decide which look is best for you.

Mother of the Groom


While it's obvious you want your own mom there to help you find the perfect dress, be sure to include your soon-to-be husband's mom as well. Her baby boy is getting married, and it's important to make her feel welcome and needed too.

Maid of Honor


Aside from your mom, your maid of honor has been there for you a lot. Who better to help you choose the perfect wedding gown than her? If she's a true friend, she'll be able to be honest about how you look in the dresses you try on. You may even find cute bridesmaid dresses while you're searching for your perfect dress.

Sisters


If you have sisters or the groom has sisters, you may want to include them as well. There's a special bond between sisters, and they typically have no problem telling you like it is either. They would make a great addition to your wedding dress shopping team.



Who NOT to Bring 


The most important thing to remember when asking people to go wedding dress shopping with you is that you don't want too many different opinions. The more opinions you have, the harder the choice of which dress to get is going to be. While it may be tempting to bring all 6 of your bridesmaids, less is definitely more in this scenario. Keep the number of people down to 3-4, so that it stays fun and not stressful. Only consider bringing those people who's opinion matters to you the most.

Once you've chosen your entourage to accompany you on the exciting wedding dress hunt, it's time to make an appointment. Give Bridal Couture of the Palm Beaches a call at 561-793-4633. We offer an exceptional variety of wedding gowns at our South Florida bridal store. Our selection offers something for every bride!

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Hometown Wedding vs. Destination Wedding

When planning a wedding, one of the most important decisions you'll need to make early on is the location in which you will host the event. Do you want your special day to take place in your hometown, his hometown or another destination? There are pros and cons to both a hometown or destination wedding. Today's blog from our South Florida bridal boutique discusses some considerations to keep in mind when weighing your options.

1. The Guest List.


The first consideration you should have when choosing between a hometown wedding or a destination wedding is the guest list. If you want a big wedding with a couple hundred people in attendance, then a hometown wedding is going to be your best option. Destination weddings mean people have to travel, and that could easily deter people from attending. If you want a small, intimate gathering of just family and close friends, a destination wedding is great because then you have an excuse for not inviting as many people. Think about who you want to be there, and that will help you pick the best location for your special day.

2. The Expenses.


Many people feel like destination weddings are so much more expensive than hometown weddings. However, that's not always the case. Keep in mind that the bigger the guest list, the more expensive the reception will be. A hometown wedding is likely to have a lot more guests in attendance than a destination wedding. Sure, the destination wedding will incur travel expenses, but those costs can easily be made up by saving money on the reception. You also likely won't need as many decorations for a destination wedding, as the backdrop of a gorgeous ocean or snow covered mountains is decoration enough.

3. The Planning.


Many resorts in destinations such as the Caribbean offer all-inclusive wedding packages that include wedding planners, caterers, photographers and entertainment. Rather than hiring each of these separately, you can get it all at once. Not being familiar with local area and businesses could make it difficult to pin down good vendors. This is why a wedding planner is a crucial piece of the puzzle when it comes to destination weddings. Some larger resorts in the U.S. might offer wedding packages as well, but many venues are strictly a venue without all the extras. Planning a hometown wedding often results in much more work for the bride and groom. In either case, you'll want to consider having a wedding planner to take some of the stress off you.

Whether you're getting married here in Florida or in another country, Bridal Couture of the Palm Beaches has your wedding fashion covered! From gorgeous, affordable wedding gowns to bridesmaids dresses, our selection of wedding attire is the best in South Florida. Make an appointment at our bridal salon in Royal Palm Beach today by calling 561-793-4633.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Top 3 Wedding Dress Necklines

When choosing a wedding dress, there are many aspects of a gown you'll want to consider. The neckline is one piece you'll want to pay particular attention to. Different necklines work well with different body types and each one offers a unique look that you'll want to make sure fits your personality and style. Our South Florida bridal salon is here to help you find the perfect dress, with the perfect neckline for you!

1. Sweetheart


Both feminine and romantic, the sweetheart neckline is a popular choice for wedding gowns. This neckline closely follows the contours of the bust, and is known for looking like the top of heart. The look can be complete with or without straps. The sweetheart neckline is a great choice for those brides with an average bust size. Those with a large bust may find the sweetheart neckline too revealing, while those with a small bust could have a difficult time with the fit. We have a wide variety of sweetheart necklines available at Bridal Couture of the Palm Beaches.


2. Illusion


Illusion necklines have become more and more popular in the bridal gown industry. There's an unbeatable charm found in the sheer embellishments of this neckline. Illusion necklines are often seen over the top of a sweetheart or strapless bodice, drawing attention to the neckline. While they do offer more coverage, illusion necklines are seen as sexy and very feminine. This neckline is universally flattering and works great with all body types. We have some gorgeous illusion neckline styles available at our South Florida bridal store.


3. V-Neck


The V-neck style on dresses has been a long lasting tradition. This neckline dips down in the front, and often times in the back as well. Whether the v is deep or subtle, there's something sexy about this type of neckline. That's why it's a popular choice for many brides. The v-neck can be paired with long sleeves or thin straps to create a variety of different looks. Take a look at some of our favorite v-neck styles available at our bridal boutique in Royal Palm Beach:


No matter what type of neckline you're looking for, Bridal Couture of the Palm Beaches offers the best selection of wedding gowns in South Florida. We're here to ensure you have a delightful wedding dress shopping experience, and we want to help you be able to say YES to the dress! Give us a call at 561-793-4633 to make an appointment.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

6 Considerations When Choosing the Perfect Wedding Venue

Your wedding day is one of the most special days of your life, and you want it to be perfect. From the dress to food, you have a lot of decisions to make. One of the first wedding planning tasks to take on is choosing the perfect venue. Today's blog from your favorite bridal shop in South Florida offers a few tips to help you choose the perfect venue.

1. What Location Works the Best? 


The first step in choosing a venue is determining the location. Do you want to get married in your hometown? Are you considering a destination wedding? Keep in mind how far your guests will have to travel. Depending on the location you choose, some guests may not be able to attend. Make sure to choose a location that makes you and your fiance happy, and also allows for all your favorite people to attend.

2. Do You Want the Wedding to be Indoors or Outdoors? 


Next, you'll want to choose if the ceremony will be indoors or outdoors. The time of year you want to host the wedding will be a determining factor here, or vice versa. If you're set on an outdoor wedding, your location and date options will be more limited. Keep in mind that good weather is never a guarantee, so you might want to have a back up plan.

3. Do You Want a Religious Ceremony? 


Depending on your religious beliefs, you may want to have your wedding ceremony in a church, temple, etc. If you have your heart set on a certain officiant, you may be required to get married at their church. You also may need to go through marriage counseling classes. These are all things you will want to discuss with your fiance, and determine what works best for you.

4. What Fits Your Guest List and Budget? 


When choosing the venue, it's important to keep in mind your budget and your guest list. You'll need to choose a venue that is large enough to accommodate your guest list, yet affordable enough to fit in your budget. Finding that balance can often times be difficult, especially depending on the location you choose.

5. What is Included and/or Allowed at the Venue? 


When choosing a venue, you'll need to know what's included with your rental, and also what is allowed. Some venues have an entire staff dedicated to wedding planning. You'll have a wedding planner, caterers, bartenders, etc. Some venues include tables, linens, etc., while others are just a room and you have to rent those items from another company. Some venues don't allow outside food to be brought in, so be sure to ask about that. If you have your heart set on a certain caterer, you'll want to find a venue that allows outside vendors. If you want to have alcohol, make sure it is allowed at the venue, and if you're allowed to bring in your own or if they have a bar there.

6. Will the Ceremony and Reception be at the Same Place? 


If you choose to have your wedding at a church, you want to ask if there is a room where you can host the reception. If you want to have alcohol at the reception, you may need to choose a second location for the reception. If the ceremony location doesn't have room for tables to be setup, you may need a second location. This could increase the budget needed for the venue/venues. This is an important consideration when choosing a venue.

Once you've found the perfect venue, it's time to start your wedding dress shopping in Florida. At Bridal Couture of the Palm Beaches, we have the best selection of wedding dresses at affordable prices. Call 561-793-4633 to make an appointment today!

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Prioritizing Your Wedding Planning Tasks

You're newly engaged, let the wedding planning begin! This is a very exciting time for any bride-to-be. Often times brides get caught up with doing the things they like the most first instead of what makes the most sense. To get you started, Bridal Couture of the Palm Beaches put together a list of tips to help you prioritize your wedding planning tasks.

1. Start with a Budget. 


While the venue, food and photography might be the top things on your mind after your engagement, it's important to start with a budget. Sit down with your fiance and determine how much you are willing and able to spend on this event. Knowing what you have to work with will make the rest of the planning happen a lot more smoothly. You will also want to make a list of the top three aspects of your wedding that are the most important, that you might splurge a little on. At this point, you might consider hiring a wedding planning to help with the rest of the process.

2. Move on to the Venue and Guest List. 


The size of your party will be a determining factor for the rest of your planning, so it's important to determine how many people you are going to invite. Once you have a rough estimate of how many people you think will attend your special day, you'll need to find a venue that will accommodate that number. Keep in mind that the larger your wedding is, the larger the space you will need and the larger the budget.

3. Choosing the Perfect Date. 


While setting a date may seem like one of the first steps to take, you'll have to find a venue that's available. Therefore, it might make more sense to wait to choose the date after you find a venue that you like and that will accommodate the number of guests you would like to have in attendance. Try not to get your heart set on a date from the beginning, otherwise you may be adding to the wedding planning stress by trying to find something available for your date.

4. Start Interviewing Vendors. 


Once you have the budget, venue, guest list and date determined, you can start interviewing vendors. The vendor will definitely need to know the date, as they have to check their schedule availability. In addition, depending on the type of vendor, the number of people will also be important. The caterer and wedding cake baker will need an estimate on the number of people in order to get you an accurate quote. You'll also want to find a photographer, florist, DJ, bartender, etc.


5. Focus on the Attire Last. 


While finding the perfect wedding dress may be the biggest focus after that ring is on your finger, it's one of the wedding planning items that can wait until later. Depending on your wedding date and the venue, a certain dress style might be better than another. If you're considering a beach wedding, you may want a short, light-weight wedding dress from our South Florida bridal salon. If you're getting married inside, in the winter months, you might be able to go with a more full ballgown style dress.

When you're ready to start your wedding dress shopping in West Palm Beach, give us a call at 561-793-4633 to setup an appointment. Bridal Couture of the Palm Beaches offers the best selection of wedding gowns and bridal accessories at very attractive prices. Happy wedding planning!

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Wedding Dress Styles You'll Find at Bridal Couture of the Palm Beaches

You've got the ring, you've set the date and now it's time to start the wedding dress shopping! With so many gorgeous dresses and styles out there, how do you choose where to start? Today's blog focuses on several of our favorite styles that you will find at our bridal salon in Royal Palm Beach.

A-Line Dresses


A style that looks good on everyone, the A-Line style dress fits to the waist and then flows down to the ground in the shape of an uppercase "A". Take a look at several of our a-line style wedding dresses from Morilee:

Mollie Wedding Dress
Diamante and crystal beaded embroidery adorn the bodice of this silk chiffon wedding dress.


Morgan Wedding Dress
This classic a-line wedding dress features lace and medallion details on tulle, with crystal beaded trim. The stunning scalloped hemline adds a touch of romance. The deep V back is accented with covered button detail. 


Ball Gowns


Who doesn't want to look like a princess on their wedding day? Ball gowns a fitted to the waist with a full skirt. Take a look at a few of our ball gown style wedding dresses from Morilee:

Moira Wedding Dress
Diamante beaded lace appliques adorn the sweetheart bodice of this beautiful bridal ball gown and delicately cascade onto the flounced tulle skirt.


Massima Wedding Dress
This fairytale ballgown is brought to life with crystal beading, embroidered lace appliques and a full tulle skirt. An elegant off-the-shoulder neckline and intricate illusion back complete the look.


Mermaid Dresses


Show off your curves with a mermaid style wedding dress. This style dress is fitted to the knee with a skirt that flares out from there. Take a look at some of our favorite mermaid style wedding dresses from Morilee:

Margot Wedding Dress
Crystal beaded embroidery over Chantilly lace adorns the bodice of this dreamy fit & flare wedding dress. The dress also features a romantic sweetheart neckline and organza skirt.


Mirjana Wedding Dress
This glamorous mermaid style wedding gown features crystal beading, embroidered lace appliques and a circular flounced organza skirt. Covered buttons along the back complete the look.


Sheath Gowns 


Accentuate your figure with a sheath wedding gown. This style fits close to the body and doesn't flare out like the others. Take a look at a few of our sheath wedding dress selections from Morilee:

Milena Wedding Dress
Simple and understated, this duchess satin wedding dress is accented with crystal beaded straps and illusion back detail.


Mina Wedding Dress
Intricate crystal beaded emrboidery meets a flowing, soft chiffon skirt with this dress. Delicate straps and a corset style back complete the look.


No matter the style of wedding gown you're looking for, Bridal Couture offers the best selection of wedding dresses in South Florida! Make an appointment to stop by our bridal boutique in the Palm Beaches by calling 561-793-4633. We offer our brides a truly enjoyable experience with our expertise and the full resources of a bridal salon. Let us be a part of making you feel like a princess on your big day!

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