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Mother’s of the Bride, Sing a Little Song to Me

Jul 8, 2011

mother of the bride dress

Mom loves the spotlight too!

Mom is more than just another part of the ceremony, she’s also your role model, best friend and guiding light. What better way to include the Mother of the Bride in your wedding ceremony than by giving her a little spotlight? If your mom is the musical type, offer her more than a gorgeous mother of the bride dress. Give her a microphone and a little spotlight to share on your special day.

Something for Dad, Something for Mom. While Dad gets his Father/Daughter, ask Mom to sing a song at the reception.

A Duet of Love. A lot of couples were joined by a love of music, and the wedding is a perfect time to share that duel love in a romantic duet. We’re not talking about you and your groom, but Mom and Dad. Who better to send off a new couple in wedded bliss than the couple that has it all going right!

Mom and Me Song. Find a really sweet song to perform at the reception with your Mom, like “Every Mother’s Dream” by Teresa James or “Love Can Build a Bridge” by The Judds.

A song from Mom will make your wedding day even more special. Make your wedding even more memorable with music!

“Bridesmaids” Inspired Bridal Party

Jun 30, 2011

Sweet just like a cupcake

Baking isn’t just hot, it’s on fire. The recent box office hit, “Bridesmaids” centered on Annie, bridesmaid and owner of a failed bakery. While the foodie bride may find it absolutely perfect to get a big cupcake style tulle wedding dress, we thought we could take it a step further for the bridal shower!

 

In honor of Annie and bridesmaids everywhere we’re sharing our favorite baking themed bridal party ideas:

 

-Arrive to the bridal shower in a big cake!

 

-Send out recipe card invitations, complete with your favorite recipe to share!

 

-Have a ‘make your own’ meal bar complete with fixin’s for fancy sandwiches and margaritas. Provide a ‘make your own cupcake’ spread for desert with colorful icing and toppings to choose from!

 

-Ask all the guests to bring their favorite “romantic dinner” recipe. Everyone then has to share a story of a time they made the dish!

 

-Make name tags for all the guests with the generic 1950’s wife pictured! Not all guests will know each other, so it’s a good way to ease into socializing!

 

-Send everyone home with wedding dress shaped cookies as favors.

 

What kind of bridal shower are you planning? Will it be baking inspired – or just your tulle wedding dress?

New Wedding Trends: The “First Glance” Photo

May 10, 2011

"Honey! You look wonderful!"

"Honey! You look wonderful!"

When will you first lock eyes with your significant other? Many brides love the traditional custom and will refuse to see the groom to be until right before the ceremony. She’ll even stay at a separate place the night before!

A new trend many brides are trying out is the ‘first glance’ photo. Rather than waiting until the walk down the aisle to see each other, a bride and groom will meet in a room right before the ceremony. The wedding photographer will be waiting, ready to catch the perfect photo of this first moment.

Brides are finding this is even better than the traditional walk down the aisle. There’s more time to enjoy the moment and it’s much more private and personal. There’s also more time for breathtaking photos of the happy couple.

When do you plan to lay eyes on your betrothed on the day of your wedding? Planning the day carefully or don’t care at all?

Something Old, Something New, or Both?

Mar 31, 2011

Old, new, borrowed, and blue!

Old, new, borrowed, and blue!

Some brides looking for their ‘something old’ will start to eye up their mother’s dress. It’s a fact, vintage is in, but is the final result worth the alterations?

Plus sides: Vintage is fashionable in a very big way, and other trends like up-cycling or repurposing.  It saves money and is a heartwarming way to include the mother or even grandmother of the bride.

Down sides: Alterations are a large cost. They can run enormously high for major alterations that vintage dresses need to fit a more modern style. In the end, you risk not liking the look of the dress with the alterations after all.

If you’re feeling passionate about using your mother or mother in-law’s wedding dress for your wedding, all the more power to you! If making your own dress sounds like more of a hassle then its worth, there are still other vintage options and other keepsakes to be your ‘something old.’ Many gorgeous wedding dresses are designed with a vintage inspiration, like the ones you’ll find here at DimitraDesigns.com.

Choosing a Flower Girl

Mar 7, 2011

THIS could be your flower girl!

THIS could be your flower girl!

You’ve got the cake, bridesmaids, venue, reception hall, musicians, and groom (of course!).  But you’re stuck.  You might find it difficult to choose a flower girl for your wedding.  You don’t know anyone that’s in the right age range for the job—and if you do, they’re not “close” enough to you to really be part of the wedding party.  What do you do?  Keep in mind, it’s your wedding, so you can choose anyone that you feel comfortable with.  Don’t worry about being non-traditional.  Even a pet can serve as a flower girl! (Finally!  You knew you named that Golden Retriever Daisy for a reason.)

Flower Girl Considerations

  • First decide whether you want a traditional wedding with a little girl as the flower girl.  There are other options—go with an adult flower girl, a pet with an adorable bow, or even no flower girl at all.
  • Think about the expenses.  Maybe a ribbon and basket for a pet is more in your price range than a dress for a flower girl.  If you choose to go with a regular human flower girl, we have many adorable flower girl dresses here at Dimitra Designs.
  • The traditional age of a flower girl is between two and five years old… but they can be a bit unpredictable.

Whatever you choose (we’ve said it before and we’ll say it again), make sure you’re happy with the decision.  It’s your big day!

Tips for Saving on Your Wedding Flowers

Feb 10, 2011

RosesWedding planning season has started and if you’re getting hitched in the next year, it’s important to look for ways to save on your overall wedding budget. one of the easiest areas to cut costs is with your flowers. Wedding flowers, while beautiful, can be expensive. However, when done right, wedding flowers can make your day feel like a dream come true without going over budget.

Looking to have fresh flowers on your special day? Use our tips to save on your arrangements, bouquets, and more.

Know What to Spend
For a small wedding, expect to spend about $300-$500. If you’re having a medium wedding, $500-$800 should be a good amount to set aside. Finally, for a large wedding, $1,000-$2,000 could fit the bill.

Shopping for the Right Florist
Ask lots of questions and comparison shop. Plan early and have patience. Sorting out your florist should be something done early in the wedding planning schedule, so make the time to start handling the flowers now.

Try Inexpensive Blooms
One way to save on flowers is to choose inexpensive blooms, like baby’s breath, carnations, daisies, tulips, or hydrangeas. Also, always shop for flowers that are in season. Get them locally if you can to save on cost.

Work with a Wholesaler
If you want to make the arrangements yourself, you could always work with a wholesaler.

Do you have any tips to save on wedding flowers? Share them with us!

Planning a Wedding? Be Sure to Save at Dimitra Designs!

Dec 31, 2010

Wedding Dress SaleIf you just got engaged over the holidays, congratulations! Now is the time to start thinking about how you’re going to put together the wedding of your dreams. But before you dive into some serious planning, it’s important to lay out a budget that both you and your groom can stick to. After all, that budget is going to be your guideline for all of your wedding planning activities.

Now, if you’re working with a smaller budget, you’re probably feeling a bit stressed. Don’t! There are plenty of ways to have a gorgeous wedding without having to break the bank. Sure, it’ll take a little bit more time to sniff out some great deals and some DIY wedding tips, but we know that you affair will be beautiful with a little help from us :)

At Dimitra Designs, we’re all about helping brides plan for their big day with the best selection of wedding gowns on the net. Our designer wedding dresses can match just about any budget or sense of style, but most importantly, they make you feel your best on your special day. Anyways, when it comes time to start planning your big day, you can trust that we’ll help you look and feel your best without having to spend a ton. In fact, we have an exclusive section of our site that’s dedicated just to sharing our special deals!

From savings on tuxedo rentals to hair and makeup specials, we have deals on everything one could need when planning a wedding. Start off the preparation for your special day by checking out our sales and savings. They may be just what you were looking for to stay on budget for your 2011 wedding!

Congratulations and as always, we’re here to make your big day even better!

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Saving For Your Honeymoon

Dec 30, 2010

Most brides worry about paying for the wedding so when it comes time to pay for the honeymoon, they can often be caught off guard. Not to worry though – Dimitra Designs has some tips on saving for your honeymoon:

Beach View

Decide on a Budget: This is the first step toward making any decisions when it comes to your honeymoon. Decide on how much you want to spend and then put a savings plan in place so that you can meet that goal. Some banks can let you set up an automatic savings plan so that you meet your goal by the time your wedding rolls around. You can also look into registering for a honeymoon registry to get some extra cash toward this special trip.

Make a Short List of Destinations: Decide on a few core destinations that you and your hubby-to-be want to go to and then narrow it down from there. The shorter the list, the easier the decision. Remember to consider your budget, the climate, the pricing at the time of year you plan on going, what to get before you go (e.g. passport) and what there is to do there.

Research, Research, Research: Do some research on different resorts, hotels, or B&Bs you can stay at. Look at package deals for accommodations and dining. Consider resorts that offer all-inclusive packages. Do your homework on what options you have once you pick a destination. From there, you’ll have a better idea on how much you have to spend and what exactly you’ll be able to do while you’re there.

Keep Your Eyes Out for Deals: Always be on the lookout for deals on airfare, accommodations, dining, or attractions. Sign up for updates from every vendor surrounding your honeymoon. Check Twitter and Facebook. When you’re calling the vendor to set something up, mention that it’s for your honeymoon. There may be a special deal that you’re not aware of.

Cut Down on Credit Card Fees
Did you know that many credit card companies apply fees to purchases made in foreign currencies? If you’re planning on traveling internationally, be sure to check with your credit card and see how their fees compare with international ATM surcharges. Or, see if there are other payment options available. Also, when it comes time to book, be careful about using credit cards. It can make your post-wedding debt surge. If you can, pay in cash or use funds from the honeymoon registry to help keep costs lower.

Do you have any tips for saving for your honeymoon? Ways that you traveled on a dime? Share them with us in the comments!

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Attending a Wedding? Try These Tips for Saving!

Dec 20, 2010

cocktail dressIf you’ve been invited to a wedding (or several!) this coming spring or summer, it’s important to remember that you have to reign in those expenses, especially if you were planning on taking a vacation! Here are some ways that you can save on being a bridesmaid or guest at a wedding this spring and summer:

    1. Choose a cocktail dress or bridesmaid dress that can be worn over and over again. Classic little black dresses are always a favorite, but you can also go for a simple eyelet or pretty cotton dress that can be worn throughout the summer months. Look for something that can be dressed up or down with the right shoes and accessories.
    2. Don’t go crazy with accommodations. Stay with a friend or family member if you can. If you can’t, go for a cheap but clean hotel room. Remember – you’ll only be there for a night or two.
    3. Don’t charge all of your wedding-related expenses on a credit card. It’ll rack up some unnecessary debt that can get you in trouble later.
    4. Don’t be afraid to stay no. If your friend has invited you to a destination wedding where you’ll need to pay for food, hotels, airfare, and something to wear, it’s OK to say that you can’t afford it. Send her a nice gift once she gets back instead.

      What are some of your tips for saving on attending a wedding? We’d love to hear them!

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      2011 Wedding Trends to Watch

      Dec 14, 2010

      Short Wedding DressAt Dimitra Designs, we’re always mindful of the latest trends in weddings and for 2011, we have a couple of predictions on what will become the hot new thing for brides. If you’re planning on getting married next year and want to know what you can do to stay in line with what’s in vogue, then be sure to check out some of our 2011 wedding trends to watch:

      Local Chic: Because of the high costs of having a wedding, more and more couples will instead choose to keep things local and lovely, sourcing local ingredients for catering, local vendors for services, and of course, a local locale to keep travel costs low. Also expect to see much more DIY in the wedding planning process.

      Bridal Headpieces: Forget the veil – 2011 is all about fascinators! Brides will skip the veil in favor of heirloom or modern fascinators, smaller birdcage veils, vintage hats, or even just some cool floral or rhinestone hairpieces.

      Over The Top Cakes:
      The classic three tier wedding cake is about to get an upgrade. Watch in 2011 to see more interesting and unique wedding cakes that use fondant as the main decorative element, as inspired by hit cake making TV shows.

      Informal Attire: Instead of getting married in a tux, expect more grooms to opt for a sharply tailored suit instead. Brides will also forgo the huge gowns in favor of something sleeker and lighter, like a chiffon sheath or a playful tea length wedding gown in tulle. As for bridesmaids, it’s all about silk, linen, cotton, and tweed dresses that can be worn again and again.

      Colorful Wedding Gowns: Wedding dresses are about to get colorful, and we’re not just talking about embroidery or sashes. Wedding gowns in pastels, ballerina pinks, pale blues, buttery yellows, platinum, and even springy greens will make a splash as more brides look to be a vision in a color other than white.
      What are some other 2011 wedding trends that you expect to see?

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