Bridesmaids Behaving Badly

We have previously posted the responsibilities of the bridesmaid but due to the alarming stories we have heard recently, we feel we need to give a little advice to brides who are struggling with bad bridesmaids. You have chosen your nearest and dearest to beside you on your wedding day. But what happens when this person starts to make things difficult for you?

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Courtesy of Paramount Pictures: Clueless

Always, Always, Always a bridesmaid

This is the gal who has enough bridesmaid dresses to open her own boutique. She is going to tell you her opinion on dress selection and dismiss all of yours. None of the other bridesmaids want to be around her because she is a negative know-it-all who is trying to persuade the other’s to go against what the bride wants.

Problem: She hates the bridesmaid dress you picked out and is demanding you look elsewhere. The other bridesmaids are supportive of your decision and just want you to be happy.

Possible Solution: First, ask the bridesmaid what she doesn’t like about the dress. It could be a matter of the cost. Maybe it’s just a simple case of her not being able to afford it. If you don’t feel like addressing it with the bridesmaid will make things better, have someone who can be diplomatic do it. Have them tell the bridesmaid how their words are hurting the bride (You). The other solution is to choose the dress anyway and give the bridesmaid all of the gown information and let her do the rest. If she wants to participate, she will.

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Shhh! Don’t tell the bride I’m pregnant!

This is the friend who has been secretly trying to get pregnant. When you asked her to stand next to you on her special day, she was 8 weeks pregnant and was afraid to tell anyone.

Problem: Instead of mentioning it to you,  she stayed mum but truth is she will be 7 months pregnant by your wedding date. She doesn’t want to hurt you but she also doesn’t want to be in the wedding. So you go shopping for dresses and everyone else is ready to finalize their order except for her. She is dragging her feet. She finally tells you. Maybe even after the order has already been placed.

Possible Solution: This can be hurtful but there is one thing you should know. This person most likely didn’t do this with the intention of hurting you. When someone is trying to get pregnant this can be a sensitive subject. People don’t usually announce a pregnancy until after the first trimester. Let your bridesmaid know that you are happy for her but you wish she had told you sooner. If this person is close to you and still wants to be involved, maybe they can read a bible verse or help you in another way.

The Obligatory Bridesmaid

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Courtesy of TriStar Pictures: My Best friend’s Wedding

Including family in your bridal party can be a blessing or a nightmare. In order to prevent drama you might make a distant cousin or in-law a bridesmaid. This doesn’t always make for a good bridesmaid. If you don’t have a great relationship or worse a bad one, it could spell disaster for your wedding.

Problem: All of your bridesmaids have made deposits for their dresses. In order to make sure that all of the dresses come from the same dye-lot (cut from the same color fabric) you have to have everyone place their orders soon. All of your bridesmaids are in danger of possibly having to pay a rush fee because of the one bridesmaid who hasn’t placed her order and isn’t making this a priority. They are also dodging phone calls and email from you.

Possible Solution: First ask yourself why you made this person a bridesmaid. Did you do it to make someone else happy? We would recommend first contacting this person and explaining the situation. If the answer you get is rude or worse none at all, contact the person you are trying to please by allowing this bridesmaid to be in the bridal party. Example: Your fiance’s sister is the person in question and you were doing it to make him happy. After attempting to do everything you can yourself, try going to your fiance or future mother-in-law and ask their advice. Hopefully this gives you the solution you need to either rectify the situation or move on from it. This can be the most difficult bridesmaid to have.

The function of a bridesmaid is to support her bride on one of the most important days of her life.Whatever happens, remember that this is your day.  Don’t worry about people thinking you are Bridezilla for wanting cooperative bridesmaids. Purchasing a bridesmaid dress when asked is the very least they can do for you. Brides who order bridesmaids dresses from us get the red carpet treatment. Wonderland Bridal is Team Bride! Please call us to schedule your appointment today.

 

 

 

 

 

Love Story: Nathalie & Jose

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We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Nathalie & Jose, who were married November 18th, 2017.

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When and how did you meet?

We met at Florida Atlantic University through mutual friends as we were both studying business majors. Jose was Finance major and I was a Marketing major, this was back in 2009.

How long did you date before he popped the question?

We dated for 7 years before he finally popped the question on June 2016 at a beautiful vineyard in Napa Valley, California.  The name of the vineyard is V.Sattui Winery.

How did he propose?

In June 2016, we traveled to California for the Copa America (Soccer Cup of the Americas). We are both Colombian and the opening game was Colombia vs. USA, really great game. As part of our trip we decided to visit a few vineyards and we were granted a special tour of the vineyard since we had purchased a case (This was the reason given to me, little did I know he had spoken to the owner and mentioned the idea to propose). While taking a photo, he said look at the scenery and I looked once I turned around he was on his knees saying all these beautiful things and all I could say was Thank you. Hahaha pretty funny for everyone that was present.

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

We got married in Cali, Colombia where both of our families are from. We selected the place because of its rustic yet classy look. We wanted to stay away from enclosed ballrooms and give our guest the opportunity to see where we come from, the culture, etc. The church where the ceremony was held is the place where Jose did his Confirmation and where my matron of honor had her communion so it had some family ties. Church: Parroquia La Transfiguración del Señor Reception: Casa de Eventos Piedra Grande

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

Our colors were Navy Blue and Blush. Blue is Jose’s favorite color and we wanted something rustic/vintage classy.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

A few days after the wedding we went to an Island called San Andres in Colombia.

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

Wonderland Bridal had a great selection of dresses and the experience felt intimate. I had gone to other places in the Gables and it always felt so rushed and overwhelming. Wonderland Bridal allowed me to find my perfect dress.

Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

The team at Wonderland Bridal was exceptional! From my first meeting Patty and CeCe treated me like family. They allowed me to try on as many dresses without feeling pressured and suggested other they thought I might like. Their goal was to get me in the dress I felt most comfortable and beautiful in. The women in my family are very opinionated which I love but that did not stop the Wonderland team from focusing on what was best for me. It was a super sweet and professional experience.

What was the best part of your wedding day?

There was a moment in the wedding when Jose and I looked at all our guest and felt so loved. Not only were we surrounded my so many people who loved us but we knew they all made a tremendous effort to share this moment with us as many of them had to travel to Colombia to be with us. It was really something very special to us.

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

Create a budget and stick to it as much as possible. As you get closer to your wedding there are so many little things that come up. During the planning process think about all the things you want to have and what both of you are willing to give up.

Photos by Rocha Fotografia

Please specify any that apply…

  1. Flowers: Eventos Piedra Grande @eventospiedragrandecali
  2. Cake: Eventos Piedra Grande @eventospiedragrandecali
  3. Catering: Eventos Piedra Grande @eventospiedragrandecali
  4. Entertainment: Pintura Fresca Orchestra
  5. Invitations:
  6. Wedding Planner: Angela Maria Silva
  7. Hair: Ivan Montano @ivamoangel
  8. Make Up: Ivan Montano @ivamoangel
  9. Photographer: Rocha Fotografia @Rochafotografia
  10. Videographer: Rocha Fotografia @Rochafotografia
  11. Decor: Eventos Piedra Grande @eventospiedragrandecali
  12. Other: Hora Loca: Edecanes

Love Story: Katie & James

Katie James'Wedding-566We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Katie & James, who were married November 17th, 2017.

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When and how did you meet?

James and I met when I was home for spring break from college. A friend of mine invited me to the beach with a bunch of her friends and James and I went on a walk and got to know each other that day.

How long did you date before he popped the question?

We dated for 1 year and 3 months before James proposed.

How did he propose?

We were walking down Fort Lauderdale beach where we had one of our first dates. After a long walk, we came up to a heart in the sand that looked like it was deeply shoveled into the ground and rose petals all around and inside the heart. He took my hand and walked me inside the heart. James started to tell me some memories we had together and then he got down on one knee and proposed. After, my family and friends were all at the beach hiding out and came to surprise me. We ended our night celebrating with all of our family and friends.

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

We got married at The Flamingo Gardens. We toured several venues but all I ever really wanted was an outside wedding with lights and trees all around us. Flamingo Gardens was beautiful during the day time but it was MAGICAL at night so we went for it!

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

Picking my colors was one of my favorite parts of planning our wedding! Mauve, ivory, gold accents, and greenery! I wanted my wedding to really have a garden/whimsical feel.

“A cord of three strands is not quickly broken” Ecclesiastes 4:12 was our theme Bible verse for our entire wedding. James and I agreed that our wedding day was more than the trees, the lights, and the colors. To us, the meaning of our marriage goes beyond just one day. During our ceremony we literally braided a three strand rope in the shape of a cross to symbolize the meaning of this verse. Our theme was and is to keep God at the center of our marriage.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

We decided to bundle up and go to Asheville, NC during November and see the Fall leaves. Since we are from Florida and all.

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

The dress shopping experience at Wonderland was peaceful and stress-free. I always had in mind what kind of dress I wanted. Wonderland Bridal showed me dresses that matched what I had in mind and they were at such a reasonable price!

Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

I chose my dress during my first visit there! I really felt like the ladies at Wonderland knew my vision and understood what I was looking for. All the dresses I tried on were exactly what I wanted. They allowed me to take my time and made the experience of finally choosing my dress so special for me and my guests who were with me.

They were with me every step of the way especially since they helped with my Bridesmaids dresses as well. The Wonderland ladies really went above and beyond to make sure my girls and myself had everything we needed.

What was the best part of your wedding day?

Where do I start? I had FUN from beginning to end!

If I had to choose though it would be the time spent with my husband during our first look. It really was the only “alone time” we had during our wedding and I loved it! Not to mention I cried like a baby.

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

Yes! I know it’s hard to imagine BUT there IS life after wedding planning so don’t get so caught up in the details for one day that you forget marriage is more important than the wedding day. AND HAVE FUN! Things might not go as planned but just embrace the day and enjoy the people! 

Photos by Andrielle Photography

 

Please specify any that apply…

  1. Flowers: Petals and Stems – @petalsandstemsflorals (Facebook)
  2. Cake: The Cake Lady – www.thecakeladybakes.com
  3. Catering: Exquisite Catering
  4. Entertainment: DJ – Jayson Escalona Media (Insta: J.Escalona Media).
  5. Singer (Ceremony):  Josh Bramos www.joshbramos.com
  6. Invitations: Minted – @mintedweddings 
  7. Hair: Jackie Olivera
  8. Make Up: Nina Bradley
  9. Photographer: Andrielle Photography
  10. Videographer: None
  11. Decor: My Mom and I (we got a bunch of stuff off of Offerup.com for pretty cheap – and of course Etsy.com)

Love Story: Dara and Jonathan

IMG_4158 (1)We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Dara & Jonathan, who were married November 4th, 2017.

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When and how did you meet?

Jonathan and I met online in March of 2015. Instagram, to be exact. We were both into body building and competing and I was getting ready to do my first show and thought it would be a good idea to start following other competitors for motivation. I lived in Florida and Jonathan in Georgia. Jonathan is one of the body builders I started following and his page intrigued me. His physique, workout technique, diet and of course his good looks and personality drew me in. I started going through his page and liking pictures here and there. A couple days later, I noticed I caught his attention because he had liked a few of my pictures as well. I decided to be bold and DM him and let him know that I was getting ready to compete and if he would mind me asking him questions. He replied me back to me, gave me his number and told me that he wouldn’t mind. We talked through FaceTime for three months before we decided to set up a date to meet each other in person. We wanted to wait until after we both competed to travel. Jonathan decided that he would fly to me first and we established June 4th, 2015 as the date.  June 4th finally came and we finally were able to meet in person. It was love at first touch! We made it official that we were dating and everything was great. We both flew back and forth to visit one another until I decided to move to Georgia that following September.

How long did you date before he popped the question?

Jonathan and I dated for a year to the date before he popped the question.

How did he propose?

Being born and raised in South Florida, Jonathan knew I was a beach girl. So, he asked my Dad for my hand in marriage on February 15th, 2016 and once my Dad gave him his blessing, he told all of my family and close friends that he wanted it to be a surprise and have them all included. So, we came down to visit my family the weekend of June 4th, 2016. Like always, the beach was on our list of things to do. Saturday, June 4th, 2016 we went to thebeach and about an hour in, Jonathan starts confessing his love for me when I turn around and see all of my family and friends standing behind me on the sand. Jonathan asks me to stand up and in front of everyone, proposes to me. The entire beach erupts in cheers and whistling. I was more than happy!

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

Jonathan and I got married at the Woodmont Country Club in Tamarac, FL. I decided to pick them as our venue because I wanted a Moroccan themed wedding, since I am Moroccan, and it just so happened that the chef at the venue is Moroccan and knew how to cook all the food I wanted and had all the Moroccan décor I envisioned. I knew that this was the place after meeting and speaking to him. Such a friendly, professional guy.

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

I had a Moroccan themed wedding and my colors were gold and plum because they are Moroccan colors.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

We haven’t gone on our honeymoon yet but plan to go to either Cuba or Jamaica.

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

I chose Wonderland Bridal because my Matron of Honor, purchased her wedding dress and bridal party dresses from Wonderland and I loved the selection they had to offer and of course the staff. I went to two other places before going to Wonderland and the reaction I got from my friends and family were priceless.

Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

The girls there are so nice and helpful and they became my friends rather than just another sales lady trying to sell me something. They asked all the right questions in trying to help find my perfect dress.

What was the best part of your wedding day?

EVERYTHING…. But obviously marrying my best friend in front of everyone we love and care about.

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

Enjoy every minute of the wedding planning and don’t stress. Have fun. And make sure you have the right people around and helping you.

 

  1. Catering: Chef Micah who is the chef at the Woodmont Country Club
  2. Entertainment: Nate Horowitz- Q Productions
  3. Invitations: Zazzle.com
  4. Hair: Asha Joseph – Salon Paula Alexander
  5. Photographer: Kim – The Pros
  6. Videographer: Rosalia Gaitan – RG Squared

 

Capturing your Perfect Wedding Day Look

As any bride who has taken an iPhone photo of her wedding gown knows,  it can be difficult to miss some of the special details. How is it that photographers bring out all of these details? Lenses, yes. Lighting, definitely. All of that helps but what can you do to make an impact in your photos?

Preparation

First and foremost, Helena Carmouze with Provoke Photography recommends, “Make sure that you have everything that you need for your detail photos in the room with you while you are getting ready: wedding dress, veil, shoes, rings (both wedding rings), etc. Having these things accessible allows the photographer to capture details in the most efficient way possible.”

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Photo Credit: Provoke Photography

Sparkle

When you wear a dress with sparkle it can make your gown almost glow. Certain stones and sequin will reflect light and send delicate flares from your gown. Many wedding gowns this season have a sequin underlay which adds more sparkle to an already blingy dress. If you are not a big fan of sparkle, there is a way to have a subtle hint without it feeling overwhelming. Clear sequin over appliques are a great addition to any dress.

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This gown from Stella York has light sparkle on the appliques and straps but can be ordered with or without a sequin underlay. You can try this stunning gown on at Wonderland Bridal.

If you are completely against having any sparkle on your wedding gown you may want to think about your accessories. We see many brides who love studded earrings.  Simple studs look nice but in any photo that is not a close-up, you won’t even see your earrings if they are too small. We suggest a larger stud or a small dangle if you don’t want to wear anything too heavy. If you are open to a dangle earring but are not used to wearing anything so long, we suggest wearing them for a little while every day until you feel comfortable having them on or decide that you need to go with another style.

Bridal Earrings

Train

Make sure you get pictures of that fabulous train! A train doesn’t have to be long to create a dramatic photo. There are so many different and creative ways that a photographer can have you position your dress. The more details the better!

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Our gorgeous bride Carly.   Photo Credit: Miguel Ocque Photography

Tip: Make sure that when a photographer fans out the train to take a photo, you move as little as possible. Some trains, especially those that are illusion are very difficult to position.  If you turn around or kick the dress, the picture will take longer to set up.

 

Veils

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Our beautiful bride Precious. Photo Credit: Ron Wood

Photographers can capture some truly special moments with veils. They are romantic and timeless.

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Photo Credit: Provoke Photography

 

Don’t stop here! Ask your photographer what ideas they have for shooting your wedding day and what else you can do to make your photos extra special. After all, they will tell a story you will be able to look back on for years to come.