First comes baby (bump) then comes marriage!

Untitled design (59)So, you’re a pregnant bride-to-be or bridesmaid and you don’t know the first thing about shopping for your baby bump, let alone DRESS shopping for your baby bump. Have no fear, this is a topic our bridal stylists are very educated about.

Let’s start with the brides…

DON’T STRESS! This is something we tell all of our brides, but for you we REALLY mean it. Treat yourself to prenatal yoga or spa days leading up to your wedding to help manage stress and get you mentally prepared for the big day. Wedding planning is stressful on it’s own, add a baby on the way and you’ve hit the mother-load.

For those of you dress shopping with a pregnant bride-to-be, we went to the pregnancy experts for advice. “Pregnancy brings on so many changes, physically and emotionally. Dress shopping with a pregnant bride or bridesmaid might present some unique challenges. Make sure to be sensitive to her needs,” Lisa Marie Raynor, Owner and Founder of Coral Springs Doula


COMMUNICATE WITH US! The best thing you can do is plan ahead, so it’s important to mention that you’re pregnant when you call us to make your initial appointment. We have an array of sizes we can order to accommodate your growing bump. Take advantage of panels and corset styles that can easily be loosened or tightened.

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FLAUNT THE BUMP!  Let’s face it, not everyone looks good in certain bridal styles and materials. Do what’s best for your body and your bump. Silk jersey, (some) laces and english netting will give you more of a stretch and shape your silhouette the right way. Based on your body type, look for a dress that hugs your curves and flatters the rest of your body. We always recommend dresses that highlight your shoulders and neckline as they tend to be the most flattering.



BUMP COVER UP! If you’re newly pregnant or don’t want your guests knowing your pregnant, we have a solution for you too! An empire waist is always a style we recommend to our brides trying to hide their baby bump. Look for dresses that have a lace or tulle overlay, this fabric will give an illusion of the lace as a design and take the focus away from the lower part of your figure.  Choose a fabric that has stretch to it, opposed to something stiff like taffeta or satin.



SIZE UP! It takes about 4-6 months to receive your wedding dress once it’s ordered, which means your belly will have grown a lot more during that period of time, not to mention when you put it on on your wedding day. “The general rule of thumb is to add an inch to each measurement for each remaining month of pregnancy from now until your wedding date,” says maternity style blogger Becca Daniels. Pay attention to how your body changes. Some women carry wide, while other women carry outward, so pay attention to those signs, so it’s that much easier for you when you go to get alterations.

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WEAR THE RIGHT SHOES! We can’t stress this enough to our brides as it is, but if you’re pregnant, this is a necessity. Your belly isn’t the only thing that grows when you’re pregnant, you have probably started to notice your hands and feet growing as well. Dress for comfort! More often than not your wedding dress will cover your shoes anyway, so look for a stylish shoe with comfort with a lot of support and small heel.

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Okay bridesmaids, you’re up!


SIZE UP! You will find a lot of these tips are similar to what we mentioned for our brides, because it’s all relevant. As bridal stylists, we will take your exact measurements and most likely add an inch (or two) to those measurements to play it safe. Remember, it’s much easier to get dresses taken in than out.


TIMING! It’s no secret that pregnant bodies can change drastically overnight, so timing is everything when ordering your bridesmaid dress. Typically, bridesmaid dresses are ordered 5-6 months before the wedding. We recommend ordering them during this time period, but waiting until you are as close to the wedding as possible for alterations.


WONDERLAND BRIDESMAIDS HAVE IT EASY! Not to toot our own horn, but…toot toot! Our Sorella Vita Bridesmaid Collection is not only one of the best collections out there, they’re also the most versatile. Gone are the days of the ugly bridesmaid dresses. Now more than ever, brides want their besties to look and feel their best on her wedding day. Not only that, but more and more brides are letting their bridesmaids choose their own dresses these days. If you’re lucky enough to have a bride like that, than choose a dress that has an empire waist. Chiffon fabric is always the most flattering choice and particularly forgiving.

We interviewed one of our formerly pregnant bridesmaids, Lindsey Waibl, and she had some great advice to give during photos. “You’re going to go through a lot of body changes that are eye opening and new to you, and you want to look just as good as the girl standing next to you,” said Lindsey.


DON’T STRESS! We’ve seen it all; brides that couldn’t be happier their bridesmaids are pregnant and brides that are visibly annoyed their bridesmaids are pregnant. Don’t let them make you feel bad for a single second. A lot of brides have expectations of how each and every moment leading up to their wedding will be.


If you’re a Maid of Honor stressing over bridal shower/bachelorette planning, delegate! Delegate tasks to other bridesmaids to take the pressure off of you. If you have less than enthusiastic bridesmaids willing to help, reach out to party planning companies. For example, companies like the Bachelorette Boutique will do all the work for you! The Bachelorette Boutique takes ALL the stress out of planning bachelorette parties by offering an easy online booking system that invoices the girls separately. That means you’re not fronting the bill and tracking down the rest of the group for payment, they do all of that for you! They tailor the perfect bachelorette experience around your bride’s tastes and favorite things to do! We’ve worked with them in the past and highly recommend their services.


Whether you’re a bride or bridesmaid, it’s easy to get caught up in the negative aspects of being pregnant during this exciting time, but try your best not to! Embrace your growing belly and enjoy this extremely special time in your life.

Love Story: Dawn & Tobias


We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Dawn & Tobias, who were married May 27th, 2017.


When and how did you meet?

We were introduced by a mutual friend on my 26th birthday in 2014 downtown Ft. Lauderdale. I invited her to come out and celebrate and she asked if she could bring the “new” guy at work since he was new to town.

How long did you date before he popped the question?

We didn’t start dating until about 5 months after we met. We were dating about a year and a half before he popped the question.

How did he propose?

He proposed at a waterfall on a hike in South Carolina. We were supposed to go to a waterfall lookout but they hadn’t pruned the trees yet so we did the actual hike to the waterfall completely unprepared. We ended up doing a 10 mile hike that day with 2 bottles of water!
Where were you married and how did you pick the place?

We were married on Pompano Beach, FL and I picked the location because we have a family beach house there. I knew from when I was a little girl that that’s where I wanted to get married. Tobias and I also shared our very first kiss on that beach.

What theme and/or colors have you chosen for your wedding and why?

My theme for the wedding was beachy rustic which is our style as a couple. We chose the colors tan, dusty blue, a muted peach, a coraly pink, and a seafoam green. I know they sound like a crazy mixture but together they are very beachy!
Where did you go for your honeymoon?

That is still up in the air where we are going. My husband travels for work so we are just trying to figure out when and where we can go.
Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

They had my dress. I went to around a dozen different stores before to try on dresses. Some had tops that I loved and some had bottoms that I loved but none that I loved the entire dress. Wonderland actually had 2 similar dress that I loved but one stood out a little more than the other with the detailing be more me and my style.
Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

They were great! Very attentive and helpful!
What was the best part of your wedding day?

Getting to spend it with everyone that we love at the place where it all started.
Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

Unless you have tons of time on your hands, still seek a professional to help you because a wedding is not like a normal party. There are more facets than you realize and having all the small personal touches is what makes your day unique as well as what you remember. Also, enjoy your day. It goes by too quickly. Almost on fast forward.

Photos by Love Meets Life Photography.

Please specify any that apply…

  1. Flowers: Consider silk for outdoor wedding for part of your decor. We only used real flowers on table because we knew it would be too hot for the flowers to make it through the whole wedding.
  2. Cake: We did Publix. They do a great job and are worth throwing into places to check out.
  3. Catering: We chose our favorite restaurant, Little Havanas in Deerfield Beach. Pick something that you both love!
  4. Entertainment: We did a live band which brought soooo much more energy than a DJ can and everyone loved it.
  5. Invitations: We ended up ordering online
  6. Photographer: Love Meets Life Photography


Love Story: Tyler & Austin


We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Tyler & Austin, who were married May 6th, 2017.

When and how did you meet?

Austin and I met one June night after the Miami Heat had just won the national championship, we were both out celebrating and met through a mutual friend. He got my number right away and we have been together ever since.


How long did you date before he popped the question?

3 years.

How did he propose?

We had just bought our first home together a few months prior.. We were having a yard day and literally did yard work all day. When we finished up Austin suggested we go grab margaritas and Mexican at one of our favorite local spots. We showered and got all ready and before we left he told me he wanted to take a “selfie” in front of the windmill I had given him for our 3 year anniversary which was set up in our back yard (we live on a small ranch). As we walked over there to take our picture he took my hand and got down on one knee, I couldn’t believe it! He told me to look around at our beautiful home and said this was his favorite place in the whole world to be with me and couldn’t imagine proposing anywhere else in the world. After I said yes I saw our family and friends cheering from the sidelines and taking pictures! We celebrated with champagne and grilled out ( we really weren’t going to  Mexican and margarita’s).

Where were you married and how did you pick the place?

Growing up I always lived on land and grew up in Jupiter Farms. When Austin and I stumbled upon The Lucky Old Sun Ranch in Jupiter, FL a few months before we were even engaged, we said the day we were engaged we would go check it out in person. We pulled up and immediately knew it was our venue! Located in Jupiter Farms across the street from where I had grew up and it being a ranch, which also had their very own windmill too, not to mention! It was the first venue and we booked it 3 days after he proposed!

What theme and/or colors have you chosen for your wedding and why?

We went with rustic ranch wedding, our colors were navy blue, and pops of yellow in sunflowers. My favorite flowers are sunflowers and the navy really made our bridal party pop.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

With living in paradise year around in South Florida, we decided to take our honeymoon to Kalispell Montana! We stayed in a very exclusive Honeymoon suite in a private estate tucked away in the mountains overlooking flat head lake!

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

I chose Wonderland Bridal after one of my clients ( I do Real Estate) had just purchased her dress from them, she told me she went everywhere from Jupiter to Miami looking for her dress and finally found her dream dress and amazing service at Wonderland. They were my first appointment and my last!

Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

My mom came into town and I decided to just go look and bring my mom, mother in law, and MOH. We all went to Wonderland and found my dress on my first appointment! Allison was a dream to work with and made me feel like a real life princess and was such a pleasure to my entire party. I couldn’t have had a better experience!

What was the best part of your wedding day?

The best part was the ceremony. Having all of our family and closest friends all together from near and far together and witnessing Austin and I saying I do to forever together was the most amazing part of our wedding day. We wrote our own vows, which really made our ceremony that much more personable.

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

Enjoy every minute of it! The planning, the dreaming, the events leading up to it, and most of all enjoy every second of your big day! It is truly the best day of your life!

Photos by: Jack Bates Photography

  1. Flowers: Flower and Fringe
  2. Cake: Nothing Bundt Cake
  3. Entertainment: Andrew Morris Band
  4. Invitations: Minted
  5. Wedding Planner: 59 and Bluebell
  6. Hair: Sammy Suites
  7. Make Up: Sammy’s Suite
  8. Photographer: Jack Bates Photography:
  9. Decor: True Love Vintage Decor


You know you found “the one” when…

View More: this: you’re standing in front of a full length mirror in the wedding dress of your dreams surrounded by your mother, future mother-in-law and trusted bridesmaids, and no one is crying. There are smiles and the usual “ohhs and awws”, but no tears. Does this mean it’s not the one?! It’s something you always envisioned yourself wearing on your wedding day, it fits you like a glove and you’ve never felt more beautiful, but…no one is crying. Does this mean it’s not “the one”? Of course not!

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If your mom doesn’t cry when you’ve found your wedding dress, it in no way means it’s not “the one”. Brides have a certain idea of how “wedding related events” are supposed to go based on misconceptions brought on by movies and reality shows. As you dive into wedding planning, you will soon realize what your reality is, one that doesn’t always involve happy tears.


More often than not, we see the confusion on bride’s faces when their loved ones don’t erupt in tears when they have found their dream wedding dress. So often, that we felt compelled to write a blog post about it. Remember, this is an overwhelming time not only for you, but your loved ones as well. If it’s their first time seeing you in a wedding dress, their reactions may be clouded by the amount of emotions they are feeling. If you have invited these particular loved ones along to help you find a wedding dress, chances are you value their opinion and know them very well. Look for other signs that might indicate you have found “the one”. Look for genuine facial expressions and look into their eyes. The eyes are key!

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So, what are other signs can you look out for when you’re looking for your dream dress? First and foremost, pay attention to how YOU feel about the dress. How do you feel in the dress? Can you envision yourself in this dress at your venue? Are you comfortable? Can you move around and dance the night away?

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Make a list of the most important things you want in your wedding dress before coming into Wonderland Bridal so you have a clear understanding of what you’re looking for.


That being said, we still encourage brides to keep an open mind and try on dresses they wouldn’t necessarily gravitate toward, because those dresses usually end up being “the one”, believe it or not.

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If you’re going to take something away from this blog post, we want you to remember that this moment is about YOU. Chances are, you have waited your entire life for this moment, the moment you say “yes to the dress”. Try not to have unrealistic expectations about what other people are going to think or say, stay true to yourself!

Photos by Stacey Elaine Photography

Love Story: Caroline & Richard


We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Caroline & Richard, who were married March 4th, 2017.


When and how did you meet?

My husband and I met at work five years ago.  I was moving back to Boca Raton from Fort Lauderdale and wanted to get a job closer to home.  I was working as a bartender and decided to apply in Mizner Park at a restaurant named Racks.  He was a manager at the time and hired me.  He was extremely charming and so sweet and it took him a couple of months to finally get the courage to ask me out on a date.  And the rest is history!

How long did you date before he popped the question?

We dated for about a year before he asked me to be his wife.  I think we both knew that we would last forever and things just felt right with us.

How did he propose?

We were on a cruise in the Caribbean and decided to go on a horseback riding excursion in Jamaica.  I didn’t know it at the time but he had the ring with him wanting to do it on the horses together.  Little did I know that the men in charge of the excursion pick one person from the group to go on the “crazy” horse and that happened to be me.  It was so fun but we didn’t have a chance to link together because my horse was everywhere.  I was holding on for my life. 

Since that didn’t go as planned he picked a more intimate spot on the ship before dinner and proposed.  It was absolutely beautiful.

Where were you married and how did you pick the place?

We were married in Hackettstown, New Jersey.  I am originally from New Jersey and lived there until I was sixteen. My mother passed away when I was ten years old so all of my memories from that state include her and I felt closer to her having it there. 

My husband and I visited our actual venue first and decided to go on a couple of other appointments just to take a look but nothing compared to David’s Country Inn.  It was so charming and rustic and felt perfect from the first moment we walked into the building.

What theme and/or colors have you chosen for your wedding and why?

The Inn was extremely chic and rustic so we basically stuck to that theme.  I was in love with the color champagne for my bridesmaids dresses and wanted their bouquets to have a marsala and teaberry coloration to them.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

We actually leave for our honeymoon on Tuesday, July 25.  We are going to France!!  We are staying on Gerard Bertrand’s winery in the south of France and then making our way to Paris. 

Why did you choose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

I chose this store because I knew I wanted a Stella York gown.  The store came highly recommended and had a wonderful selection of her dresses.

Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

I had the best time shopping for my dress.  It is so difficult picking out a wedding dress but Patti and Alicyn were so patient and accommodating. All of my close friends were there to help pick my dress and the minute I had it on, I was in love. Patti and Alicyn are an absolute pleasure and a dream of a team to work with.  I cannot thank them enough!

What was the best part of your wedding day?

The best part was having all of the people that we both love in the same room together at the same time. 

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

I would advise couples to enjoy every moment of planning and work together with compromise.  It is a day that you will never forget and it is a day that flies by way too fast!

Wedding Photography by Jason Rhee Photography

Wedding Vendors:

  1. Flowers: Fluers Divine
  2. Cake: Palermo’s Bakery
  3. Catering: David’s Country Inn
  4. Entertainment: Fantasy DJ
  5. Invitations: Zazzle
  6. Wedding Planner: Mostly my husband!!!
  7. Hair: Kathleen Benjamin
  8. Make Up: Kathleen Benjamin
  9. Photographer: Jason Rhee
  10. Decor: David’s Country Inn