A LITTLE LACE GOES A LONG WAY

Lace is more popular than ever. It is delicate, feminine, and finely crafted to give your wedding dress the wow factor you desire on your big day. Celebrities (and royalty) like Molly Simms, Ivanka Trump, Nicole Richie, and Kate Middleton really aced the lace look by selecting a dress that incorporated it throughout the bodice, back, and even had lace appliquéd cascade sleeves.

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WEDDING DRESS SHOPPING TIPS — FOR BEFORE YOU LEAVE HOME

Wedding dress shopping in Charlotte, NC is one of the most memorable and magical parts of the pre-ceremony preparations. Seeing yourself in the exact right dress for the very first time is wondrous. The whole process, from planning to purchase, should be genial and gratifying. If you do your homework, it more likely will be.

PLANNING CHECKLIST FOR YOUR CHARLOTTE, NC WEDDING

Every bride dreams of a perfect wedding day; and each bride knows a perfect wedding day centers on planning. New York Bride & Groom wants to help take the stress out of your wedding arrangements with the following wedding planning checklist. Ideally, you should start planning a full year before your nuptials to make the process as easy as possible.

MAKE A WEDDING DRESS CUPCAKE CAKE

If you’re looking for a fun and easy centerpiece dessert for a Charlotte, NC wedding shower or any other gathering of the wedding party, family and friends, consider this whimsical Wedding Dress Cupcake Cake.

CHECKLIST FOR MOVING INTO YOUR NEW MARRIED HOME

You walked down the aisle in the perfect wedding dress from New York Bride & Groom. The ceremony was a smashing success and so was the reception. The honeymoon was a dream come true and neither of you will ever forget it.

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Checklist For Moving Into Your New Married Home

You walked down the aisle in the perfect wedding dress from New York Bride & Groom. The ceremony was a smashing success and so was the reception. The honeymoon was a dream come true and neither of you will ever forget it.

Now comes the real-world stuff — first up, time for one or both of you to move into the new house, condo or apartment that will be your married home. Moving can be a major undertaking and you want it to be as stress-free as possible. Use the following checklist to make the move from “my” home to “ours” a seamless transition. (Note: Some of these items might not apply to your situation so just skip them.)

8 Weeks Before

  • Call moving companies for estimates.
  • Remove and dispose of unnecessary possessions from your closets, attic, basement, storage sheds, etc.
  • Start compiling an inventory of your possessions.
  • Get a floor plan (with room dimensions) of your new home to help you decide what furnishings you want to keep and what room they will go in.
  • Start using up things you can’t move, such as perishables.
  • Start a file of moving-related papers and receipts.
  • Arrange to transfer your children’s school records and family medical records.

6 Weeks Before

  • Choose your mover and sign a contract with them.
  • Contact the IRS and/or your tax advisor for tax-deductible information.
  • Evaluate your possessions inventory and dispose of unwanted possessions (moving/garage sale, donations to charities).
  • Secure off-site storage, if applicable.
  • Locate schools, healthcare professionals, and hospitals in your new location.
  • Notify the following of your change of address:

– Banks and credit unions
– Credit card companies
– Church, clubs, and social organizations
– Relatives and friends
– Internal Revenue Service, Social Security Administration
– Insurance agent, lawyer, tax/financial advisor
– Magazine subscriptions
– Post office
– Employers and unions

5 Weeks Before

  • Contact your homeowners insurance agent about coverage for moving and secure more if necessary.
  • Contact insurance companies (auto, homeowners, medical, and life) to arrange for coverage in your new home.

4 Weeks Before

  • Send furniture, drapes and carpets for repair/cleaning as needed.
  • Create file of important papers, such as auto license, registration documents and title; medical, dental and school records, birth certificates, wills, deeds, stock certificates, and other financial documents.
  • Contact utility companies (natural gas, electric, heating oil, water, telephone, cable TV, scavenger/trash collection) with date to discontinue/transfer service at your old home and start/transfer service at your new home. Also arrange for final readings and bills, including refunds on prepaid services.
  • If moving from an apartment, arrange for refund of your security deposit.
  • Discontinue additional home services (housekeeper, gardener/lawn service, snow removal, and pool cleaner).

3 Weeks Before

  • Make travel plans, if necessary.
  • Arrange to close existing bank accounts and open new accounts in new area, if necessary.
  • Notify your state’s department of motor vehicles of your new address.
  • If necessary, arrange for childcare on moving day.

2 Weeks Before

  • Arrange transport for your pets and plants.
  • Service your car for travel to new area.
  • Contact your moving company and review arrangements for your move.

1 Week Before

  • Pack moving essential boxes, important documents, travel clothes, personal items, and prescription medications.

2-3 Days Before

  • Confirm final arrangements with your mover.

Moving Day

  • It’s time to officially begin setting up your new home with your spouse. Congratulations.

Make a Wedding Dress Cupcake Cake

If you’re looking for a fun and easy centerpiece dessert for a Charlotte, NC wedding shower or any other gathering of the wedding party, family and friends, consider this whimsical Wedding Dress Cupcake Cake.

The attached YouTube video will give you all the details you need to assemble this beautiful and yummy treat.

The cupcake dress is almost as cute as the real wedding dresses you’ll find at New York Bride & Groom. Not quite, mind you, but almost. On the other hand, the cupcake dress probably tastes better so we’ll call this one a draw. 🙂

Planning checklist for your Charlotte, NC wedding

Every bride dreams of a perfect wedding day; and each bride knows a perfect wedding day centers on planning. New York Bride & Groom wants to help take the stress out of your wedding arrangements with the following wedding planning checklist. Ideally, you should start planning a full year before your nuptials to make the process as easy as possible.

10 to 12 Months Prior to Your Wedding Date

  • Set your budget

  • Choose your wedding colors

  • Select your wedding date and time

  • Choose and reserve your ceremony and reception venues

  • Choose your bridesmaids, groomsmen and ushers

  • Book your wedding officiant

  • Start your guest list

  • Shop vendors, including a photographer, caterer, musician/band/DJ, florist and so on.  Also, begin tasting with caterers

Eight to 10 Months Prior to Your Wedding Date

  • Select vendors and sign contracts with them

  • Look into wedding insurance

  • Visit bakeries to get cake ideas and enjoy cake tastings

  • Start shopping for your wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses

  • Plan your honeymoon

  • Reserve hotel rooms for out-of-town guests

  • Register at your favorite store

Four to Six Months Prior to Your Wedding Date

  • Meet with your officiant

  • Shop for bridesmaids dresses

  • Begin to plan your honeymoon

  • Select and purchase your wedding invitations

  • Send save-the-date cards

  • Compose a schedule of events for your wedding day

  • Arrange transportation

  • Reserve necessary items for the ceremony and reception

Five to Four Months Prior to Your Wedding Date

  • Reserve your rehearsal venues

  • Select and order your wedding cake

  • Visit your stationer to get a sample of your wedding invitations

  • Arrange for makeup and hair artists

  • Purchase your shoes for your wedding gown and arrange your first dress fitting

  • Select your music

Three Months Prior to Your Wedding Date

  • Ask those you’d like to toast you and your groom on your wedding day to prepare their remarks

  • Order favors

  • Finalize your wedding day menu and flowers

  • Finalize the readings

  • Finalize the ceremony and reception order

  • Contact your vendors with your schedule of events

  • Buy your rings

Two Months Prior to Your Wedding Date

  • Have your bachelorette party

  • Submit a wedding announcement to the newspaper

  • Send out your wedding invitations

  • Go over your music selection with the musician/band/DJ

  • Meet with your wedding photographer

One Month Prior to Your Wedding Date

  • Enter your RSVPs into your guest list database

  • Set checks aside for vendors

  • Pick up your wedding gown

  • Provide a timeline of the wedding events to your wedding party

  • Reconfirm the times of arrival with your vendors

Week of Your Wedding

  • Have your hair cut and colored

  • Purchase bridesmaids gifts

  • Confirm appointments for your makeup and hair

  • Purchase beverages for the reception

  • Pack for your honeymoon

Day of Your Wedding

  • Take a deep, cleansing breath, relax and savor every moment

With more than 15,000 square feet of modern luxury, over 20 dressing rooms and a full staff every day, New York Bride & Groom is the premier wedding dress shop in the Charlotte metro region. Our no-appointment-needed policy means you can drop in to browse whenever it’s convenient for you.

Wedding dress shopping tips — for before you leave home

Wedding dress shopping in Charlotte, NC is one of the most memorable and magical parts of the pre-ceremony preparations. Seeing yourself in the exact right dress for the very first time is wondrous. The whole process, from planning to purchase, should be genial and gratifying. If you do your homework, it more likely will be.

What’s the homework? Going over the following half-dozen things that need to be considered and settled before you set foot out the door. Once you’ve pondered the suggestions and made the decisions required, you’re ready to head over to New York Bride & Groom and have a ball.

Let’s get started…

1. Set your budget before you begin your wedding dress search. Once you’re actively shopping, inform the salesperson of your price range up front. It will make the experience simpler and more enjoyable to look at dresses you know you can afford. Don’t worry that you won’t find a beautiful dress without giving an arm and a leg. New York Bride & Groom carries exquisite gowns in a variety of price points.

2. Have the date and location of your wedding nailed down before you start shopping. These factors are extremely important for selecting a dress that’s appropriate for your event. The ideal dress for a July beach wedding will be completely different from one that’s perfect for a cathedral wedding in December.

3. Like the old saying goes, too many cooks spoil the broth. Limit your shopping party to a few close friends and family. A bit of feedback is great when you’re trying on dresses, but too much can easily become counterproductive. This is about finding your dress for your wedding. When there are clashing opinions within your party, remember that in the end, yours is the only one that truly counts.

4. Let the salesperson know what you like and don’t like about the dresses you’re being shown. Don’t worry about being a bridezilla — just remember to “say what you mean, mean what you say, but don’t say it mean.” You won’t hurt anyone’s feelings by being honest. In fact, you’ll make the process easier for everyone involved.

5. Try on wedding dresses you hadn’t previously imagined yourself wearing. There aren’t any rules and you aren’t under any obligation so explore your options. Even the dresses you don’t like could have characteristics or embellishments that, once you’ve seen them on you, are worth searching for in another style.

6. Don’t talk yourself into making the search for the right dress an arduous task. Think about it this way: you know your own taste and you know what looks good on you. It’s entirely possible for you to find “the one” on your first trip to New York Bride & Groom. There’s no need to force yourself to visit every bridal shop within three counties simply because you think this process has to be long and involved. It doesn’t — and, in fact, it shouldn’t be. Listen to your heart and just say yes when it tells you to.

Okay, that’s it; you’re all set. Remember, you never need an appointment to shop at New York Bride & Groom, so we’re ready when you are. See you soon!

A Little Lace Goes a Long Way

Lace is more popular than ever. It is delicate, feminine, and finely crafted to give your wedding dress the wow factor you desire on your big day. Celebrities (and royalty) like Molly Simms, Ivanka Trump, Nicole Richie, and Kate Middleton really aced the lace look by selecting a dress that incorporated it throughout the bodice, back, and even had lace appliquéd cascade sleeves.

New York Bride & Groom feature dozens of designers that beautifully incorporate lace into their gowns. One of the lacy lines is Allure Couture. You can shop for a gown in this collection that has lace incorporated on the front or skirt of the dress, creating texture and timeless elegance. Or, you may want to opt for lace on the back of your dress, creating a key hole design-just like the celebs sport!

Designer Justin Alexander also incorporates lots of lace into his creations and favors lining the edges of his dress with the embellishment, creating playful and interesting lines and patterns.

If you think lace may be too traditional for you, think again. Designer Enzoani (sneak a peek at the 2012 line) has taken lace and transformed it into a modern and unique creation for many of the dresses in the line. A little lace goes a long way!