Love Story: Meghan & Anthony

image8We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Meghan & Anthony, who were married January 6th, 2018.

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When and how did you meet?
We met back in high school at age 15, but reunited in life almost 4 years ago.

How long did you date before he popped the question?

We were together 3 years.

How did he propose?
On the sand at a beautiful beachfront restaurant here in Ft Lauderdale.

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

We were married at Buckingham Farms in Ft Myers, Fl.

What theme and/or colors have you chosen for your wedding and why?
We chose a rustic country themed wedding which was perfect for our outdoor venue. We knew right away that’s what we were going to base everything off of, including my beautiful lace dress.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?
We spent a few extra days in Ft Myers since ours was technically a destination wedding and then some quality time off at home with our dog!

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?
Wonderland was the first place I ever visited to try on dresses, and when I tried on “my dress” there, I just knew it was the one! I couldn’t and didn’t need to look any further. I left that day knowing I had purchased the perfect dress for me and my wedding vision.

 Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

I had a great experience both times I visited Wonderland Bridal. The first day, with the help of Alicyn, I found and purchased the most beautiful lace covered gown that I happily and patiently waited to arrive. Once it did, I went back to try on and pick up my dress where I was treated like a princess by Patti. Everything was perfect

What was the best part of your wedding day?
Saying I do to the best husband ever! But seriously, picking a favorite part is hard. It literally went exactly as planned and it was just a beautiful day for us all!

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?
Take your time and do it YOUR way! Don’t stress it too much and having friends and family as helpers is a big plus. Don’t be afraid to ask for helpJit’s a very stressful time but take time to enjoy yourself, too!

Photo Credit: Brandy Wine Photography – NC

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1. Flowers: Southern Fresh Florals Ft Myers, Fl 2. Cake: Publix
3. Catering: Buckingham Farms Ft Myers, Fl
4. Entertainment: RIG Entertainment Ft Myers, Fl 5. Invitations: Basic Invite (online)6. Wedding Planner: N/A
7. Hair: Lindsay Arevalo – Pure Vanity Boutique Salon Ft Myers, Fl8. Make Up: “ “
9. Photographer: Brandy Wine Photography – NC
10. Videographer: N/A
11. Decor: Something Borrowed Ft Myers, Fl , Buckingham Farms Ft Myers, Fl and a lot of DIY.

Love Story: Gabriela & Andres

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We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Gabriela & Andres, who were married January 27th, 2018.

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When and how did you meet?

We first met on January 27th 2015. We both have a mutual friend that wanted us to meet so he connected us and we decided to meet at Royal Pig in downtown Fort Lauderdale for some drinks. The rest is history.

How long did you date before he popped the question?

2 years

How did he propose?

We went out to dinner with his parents to one of our favorite restaurants in Mizner Park. After dinner he recommended we go to Red Reef beach, where we would frequently visit when he lived up in Delray. After sitting and talking he took out a book with many pictures of us and asked me to close my eyes and when I opened them there he was on one knee. He also had my family drive up to surprise me as well. It was perfect!

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

We were married at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs church because that’s the church I grew up with. It meant a lot to him to get married at a catholic church so we did.

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

We went with blush, gold, and white with hints of pearls around the room. Those colors scream romance and because my dress had pearls it was a cute add on.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

We are heading to Vietnam in a few days to celebrate our Honeymoon. We decided Vietnam because of the cuisine and because Halong Bay seems like such a magical place to Honeymoon.

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

My sister’s friend actually bought her dress at the store and when we went the selections they had were exactly what we were looking for.

Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

It was amazing. The girls working there really enjoy what they do and it shows in their customer service. They worked with my budget and made the experience an enjoyable one.

What was the best part of your wedding day?

Saying our “I Do’s” and of course celebrating with all of our family and friends.

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

Stress free is the way to be. Things will happen but at the end of the day all that matters is that you are marrying the love of your life.

Photo Credit: Lightsky photography- Erika Arango

Vendors:

  1. Flowers: Pink Pussycat Flower Shop
  2. Cake:Sussie’s Scrumptious Sweets
  3. Entertainment: Vision Dj’s
  4. Invitations: Paperless Post
  5. Hair: Asteria Beauty Salon
  6. Make Up: Asteria Beauty Salon
  7. Photographer: Lightsky photography- Erika Arango
  8. Videographer: Sushi Films

5 Major Signs you Know you’ve Found the “One”

The first thing a lot of brides want to do after getting engaged is search for their wedding gown. The bride always cries when finding her wedding dress in a movie or on one of the wedding shows we are so obsessed with. Sometimes there are tears involved but if you don’t get emotional, how can you tell if the dress you love is the “one”?

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The dress checks all of your boxes

Some brides have been pinning their weddings since way before they got engaged. They just know everything that they are looking for. If you are still unsure about what you want, ask yourself these questions:

Does this dress make me feel beautiful?

Is there anything about this wedding dress I don’t like?

Can I imagine wearing this wedding gown on my special day?

Does it work with my venue?

Am I happy with the color?

Do I love it?

Will leaving the store without buying my wedding gown give me anxiety?

If you said, “yes” to any of these questions, this is a great indication that you have found your dream wedding dress.

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You compare this dress to everything else you try on

When you have found “the one” every wedding dress you put on afterwards will not compare. You will find that another wedding gown may have parts that you love or is missing that crucial detail that made you fall in love with the other dress. You may even decide to stop trying dresses on in the middle of your appointment because nothing else has given you the feels the way the last one did.

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You chose it for all of the right reasons

Did your fiance tell you they wanted to see you in a ballgown instead of a mermaid gown like you imagined? Is Mom also weeping at the sight of you in a ballgown but you always envisioned yourself in a mermaid wedding dress? Don’t just decide on a dress to make anyone else happy. It’s ok to want them to like your wedding gown, but they will love you in anything you wear. You want to look at your wedding photos in 30 years and remember how much you loved your wedding gown.

Also, sometimes you can get a sweet deal on a wedding gown that is too hard to pass up. Buying a wedding dress just because it fits your budget is a big no-no. You don’t want to have buyer’s remorse on something that is on final sale. The most important reason to buy your wedding gown is because you love it.

You feel great in it

Most Wedding gowns are made of more fabric and are more structured than your day-to-day wear. You need to feel amazing in your wedding dress otherwise you will be dying to remove it the moment you say, “I do”.

You have eliminated other styles

We can’t even begin to tell you how many brides have found a wedding dress that is something she never thought to try on. Be open to taking suggestions from your entourage and your bridal stylist. You may be stuck on a certain style but the reason you aren’t falling in love with anything could be that you are not trying on different styles, colors, or fabrics. Don’t settle for a wedding gown ever! Especially if you haven’t gone out of your comfort zone with at least one wedding dress.

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Not every bride has the same response to finding her wedding gown. You will know when you have found the right one. Sometimes it is just as simple as feeling beautiful in a pretty wedding dress. Are you still searching for the perfect wedding gown? Schedule an appointment with one of our bridal stylists today and let us help you find it!

Tricks for Managing Large Bridal Parties

As any bride with a big family or more friends than they can count knows, sometimes it is impossible to cut down the number of their bridesmaids to a manageable amount. When you have more than 5 bridesmaids, it can be a lot to handle. We have seen it all and have compiled a list of things you can do to make finding the perfect bridesmaids dresses easier!

Do your homework

First thing! Make some decisions about what you would like your bridesmaids to look like and a comfortable budget. Do you want everyone in one color and different styles? Are you incorporating different colors and dresses into your scheme like you saw on Pinterest? Maybe it feels like a safer option to put everyone in the same style and color….After you have decided how you want your bridesmaids to look, now it is time to look at dresses online. Our designer Sorella Vita allows you to actually see a bridesmaid dress you like on their website in your wedding colors. This year we have a lot of brides asking for Mauve which Sorella Vita has named Rosewood.

Here is a gorgeous Sorella Vita bridesmaid dress as it is on the website

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Now here it is in their new color Rosewood…

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You could really spend hours looking at all of the beautiful bridesmaid dresses online but trust us, it really will be a time saver.

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Pre-select bridesmaids dresses

Before setting up an appointment with all 10-17 of your girls to look at bridesmaids dresses, go through the list and choose a few with different body types and those of whose opinions matter most to you. It is best to choose a smaller group of bridesmaids to narrow down the style choices. If you bring all of your bridesmaids to an appointment it can become hectic. Everyone wants their voices heard and with so many people trying to give you their opinions at once, it can be overwhelming. Once you have narrowed down the styles and colors bring in a few of your bridesmaids in at a time to try them on. We recommend no more than 5.

Remember this is your wedding

There’s always one bridesmaid who will protest the style or color bridesmaid dress you want her to wear. Some bridesmaids will try to get you to change the color scheme or her style of dress. It is o.k. to want to make them happy and make some changes, it is not o.k. to have to go to a hundred stores looking for prom-like dresses with cut outs and more sparkle than your dress has to please one bridesmaid. Believe it or not, we have seen this way too many times. Don’t lose focus of your vision for your big day!

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Put your Maid/Matron of Honor(s) to work!

With so many bridesmaids to keep track of, it may be easier for you to enlist the help of your MOH. Hopefully this is the ride-or-die friend or no-nonsense sister who will be able to help you set up appointments, send texts and email to the bridal party, and keep problem bridesmaids from causing you stress. Maybe have them follow up with the bridal store to make sure that everyone has paid for their dresses and that the order has been placed. Planning your wedding can be an emotional process. Let them help you!

Shopping for bridesmaids dresses should be fun! Be prepared and it will be!

Wonderland Bridal is proud to carry the bridesmaid dress line by Sorella Vita. We are ecstatic to announce that the latest collection of bridesmaid dresses will arrive by the end of March.

 

 

 

 

5 Essential Tips to Plus Size Wedding Gown Shopping

The part of wedding planning that most brides look forward to is the wedding gown shopping. For plus size brides the process of finding the right dress can be the most challenging. Nothing breaks our hearts more than knowing a bride had to settle on her wedding dress because she wasn’t aware of these 5 tips to shopping for a Plus Size wedding gown!

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Do your research

Many brides start their Pinterest boards the moment they get engaged. This is where you can really start envisioning your look for your big day. Part of this is noticing what you like and don’t like in a wedding dress. The next step is to google plus size wedding gown designers. Stella York is an incredible designer that has a plus size wedding gown collection called “Every Body, Every Bride”. This an amazing collection of different styles and fabrics. Wonderland Bridal is a preferred retailer of Stella York and carries this line which is available to order in sizes up to 34. Once you have determined that a store carries your size, schedule your appointment!

Only bring supportive people to your appointment

It’s the best feeling in the world when you are on the pedestal in a beautiful gown and you know you have found “the One”. If you don’t have the right people with you, that moment can be ruined by one misplaced comment. Bringing people who are overly critical of your body shape or size is not the ideal situation. If it is important to you to have one of these people at your appointment, make sure you bring someone who can reign them in. Have as many supportive people with you as possible come to your appointment. There should be tears of joy, not of sadness when you are feeling your most beautiful.

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Be open minded

We see many girls who feel like they want to hide everything in a poofy ballgown or something more A-line to “hide their tummy”. Why hide your assets? Try at least one mermaid or trumpet gown to see how it feels. You may discover that you love the way your figure looks in a fitted gown.

Often times we hear brides ask for sleeves to cover their arms. It is not unusual for one of these gals to fall in love with a strapless wedding gown. If you feel like you absolutely have to have sleeves, try a strapless gown on anyway. There are many ways to add coverage your arms with a custom made jacket, sleeves, or popover using the same lace or fabric as your dress. Your seamstress can help bring your vision to life.

Don’t limit yourself on what you think will look good on you. Let your bridal stylist recommend something you maybe never thought of.

Don’t worry about the size number

Bridal sizes are usually two sizes smaller than your regular dress size. If you are a size 16 in regular pants then you would possibly fit comfortably in a size 20 wedding dress. Don’t worry if your bust is two sizes bigger than the rest of your measurements. The rest can be taken in with alterations. No one is going to see the number but you. The important thing is that your gown fits like a glove on your wedding day.

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Don’t wait until you lose weight to order your dress.

We see it all the time, brides want to lose weight before their weddings and then maybe wait too long to order. Wedding gowns typically take anywhere between 3-6 months to arrive.  If you feel comfortable ordering a s size smaller, Stella York wedding gowns have at least an inch and half of fabric on each side seam to let out in the worst case scenario that the dress is still too tight. If you lose more weight than anticipated the dress can be taken in. We have seen miracles happen in alterations. Ask your bridal stylist any questions you have before placing an order for a size that is not the one you currently measure.

If you are a bride looking for an amazing dress and an equally amazing experience, look no further! Book your appointment with us today!

Love Story: Tracey & Justin

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We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Nathalie & Jose, who were married December 3rd, 2017.

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When and how did you meet?

Justin was working as a firefighter for Fort Lauderdale, and I an emergency room nurse in downtown Fort Lauderdale. We were friends for 4 years before dating. Immediately we both felt this was something special from the beginning.

How long did you date before he popped the question?

We were together a 1 ½ year before Justin popped the question. He was waiting for me to finish Grad school so that I wouldn’t be distracted.

How did he propose?

Justin and I had a favorite picnic spot in Tree Tops Park, after completing my final certification test for school Justin planned a picnic day for us to celebrate. As we walked to the spot I noticed a white blanket with rose petals, and our song “Die a Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett was playing. He led me over to our tree which he had engraved “Tracey Will You Marry Me” got down on one knee and popped the question. It was romantic, meaningful and perfect for us!

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

The Addison in Boca Raton, we wanted to get married under the beautiful Banyon Trees there as a symbol from our engagement day.

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

The colors were blush & burgundy with a rustic romantic theme. We really wanted to celebrate love with a lot of natural wood/rustic elements.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

Hawaii!

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

A trusted friend who was also our décor vendor recommended we visit the store. It was the best decision! The entire staff was incredible and it was actually Patty who picked out the dress I chose! She listened to the details and wanted and found the perfect dress

Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

My experience was perfect. The staff makes you feel welcome, and truly listens to the vision you have for your wedding day. I would have never thought to try this dress on but I trusted Patty’s advice and gave it a shot. I couldn’t believe how much I loved it! It was everything I wanted and instantly felt like a Bride.

What was the best part of your wedding day?

Marrying the love of my life. I feel grateful and blessed everyday that I was lucky enough to have found my soul mate in my best friend.

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

Enjoy even the smallest of details. It can be easy to get overwhelmed with the planning but try to remember stay calm and just ENJOY!

Photos by  Donna Irene & Masson Liang

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Love Story: Meresa & Eric

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We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Meresa & Eric, who were married December 16th, 2017.

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When and how did you meet?

Eric and I met in the ER while working. Eric is a fire fighter paramedic and i am an emergency room nurse. It was a few months before we ran a 5k together (as just friends) and shortly after he asked me out on a date and I said yes. The rest was history.

 

How long did you date before he popped the question?

We dated for one year before he proposed.

How did he propose?

He took me to one of my favorite vacation spoke in the Keys, Hawks Kay, he proposed beach side. It was very sweet and romantic. We actually planned the trip together and the proposal was a complete surprise. Eric is really good at surprising me. He set up a little golf cart tour of the property so we could get great sunset photos and had it planned that our driver take “the picture” of him popping the question. After, he planned a romantic dinner at one of the hotel restaurants with after dinner drinks by a bon fire. Needless to say, I picked a good one!

 

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

We were married at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. We really wanted a destination wedding that wasn’t to far for all of our guests to attend. My wedding planner and sister both recommended the Omni. I did some research on the hotel, and fell absolutely in love. Eric and I actually never even saw it in person and grew attached to all of the amazing staff we had connected with via email. We booked the wedding through phone and email conversations a month before actually visiting the property. I have nothing but great things to say about every aspect of the plantation. It’s just such a breathtakingly romantic setting and everything we had hoped for. And really came to life through the most stunning pictures and whimsical feel.

 

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

I choose gold, ivory/ white, natural greens and blues. My wedding designer and floral extraordinaire, Shea Hopely, really opened my eyes to this color pallet. I wanted romantic, elegant, vintage, whimsical with a little shabby chic. We wanted our guests to be able to feel the love we have for each other throughout our wedding weekend. And with that said shea and Our team at creative touch party design ( wedding planner) really helped our vision come to life by adding many small details and personal items.

 

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

The Maldives in South East Asia. We both love the tropics and our dream was to stay in a water hut, relax, and really enjoy each being newly married. After a 24 hour flight and two stops, we arrived to one of the most beautiful serene places I’ve ever laid my eyes on. We took a sea plane to a private resort and spa ( The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi) where we are some of the most amazing food and relaxed in the most tranquil spa I’ve ever been to. It was definitely a dream honeymoon and I was very happy with our choice.

 

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

My friend Lindsey Swing recommended I go there to try on dresses and said I would not be disappointed. She wasn’t lying.

Shared your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

Every dress I tried on was beautiful in its own way, the staff was beyond helpful. I was so lucky to of found my dream dress, after only trying on 5 dresses. Wonderland was the only bridal shop I went to in search for my wedding gown and I’m really happy with my choice. I was specifically in love with the draping of the pearls and the soft lace, absolutely stunning and photographed very well. Thanks again!!

 

What was the best part of your wedding day?

The best part of my wedding day was walking up to my ceremony. I felt like I was in a fairy tail, it was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. All of my best friends and family waiting for me to marry the man of my dreams, and my beautiful husband to be waiting for me to be beside him. Not to mention every single detail of my ceremony turned out exactly how I had envisioned. The chairs draped with eucalyptus, the violin and cellist playing bitter sweet symphony in the background, the amazingly lush florals all around me, the sunset gleaming through the huge banyan trees draped with Spanish moss. It was the most breathtaking moment of my entire life.

 

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

Make sure you have fun!! Though my groom really let me plan most everything, he had a few requests and i made sure he got them. I would highly recommend a wedding planner. Creative Touch Party Design was the best investment we made. I literally didn’t have to worry about anything because I knew her and her team would get it done and it would all be perfect!!

 

Photos by Brooke Images Photography

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Please specify any that apply…

  1. Flowers: Shea Hopely
  2. Cake: Omni Hotel
  3. Catering: Omni Hotel
  4. Entertainment: String Theory, and White Tie Events
  5. Invitations: Smock Paper
  6. Wedding Planner: Jessica Weot with Creative Touch Party Design
  7. Hair: Studio Bride
  8. Make Up: Studio Bride
  9. Photographer: Brooke Images
  10. Videographer: 5 Star Production
  11. Decor: Shea Hopely

Inspired: Vintage Looks

Every bride has an idea of the look or theme they want for their wedding. The one word we hear the most is “vintage”. What defines vintage is different from bride to bride. Here are just some of the ideas that brides have of vintage wedding dresses and how to describe them to your bridal stylist.

Old Hollywood

Brides who choose Old Hollywood as a wedding theme are inspired by actresses such as Audrey Hepburn, Jayne Mansfield, and Marilyn Monroe. These women wore gowns that were simple and elegant. When they walked into a scene of a movie, you couldn’t take your eyes off of her. The ways they achieved this was with simple silhouettes and rich fabrics. Here are two examples:

Film starlets embraced their curves and wore fabrics that not only looked but felt luxurious. This satin mermaid wedding gown from our Sincerity Bridal collection enhances a brides shape and has buttons that trail along the entire back of the gown.

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Anyone who has watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s knows that Audrey Hepburn is the epitome of sophistication and elegance. Her signature style was the Tea Dress. To get this look for your wedding we like the clean lines of  this mikado and tulle wedding gown from Stella York.  Add a red lip to either of these two styles for a glamorous effect.

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Rustic

A theme we are still seeing a lot of in weddings is the vintage rustic. Many brides want to feel comfortable but still want to look and feel like a bride. Imagine an outdoor setting near an old barn or in a garden with a lot of flowers and greenery. This bride is looking for a light and lacy wedding gown that maybe won’t have too much beading and possibly a finished hem.

A bride looking for a more fitted style might opt for something off the shoulder to add a little drama to her look. We love this wedding gown from Sincerity Bridal.

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For the vintage rustic bride who maybe sees herself in something a little fuller, this Stella York style is perfect. The combination of Chantilly lace with an overlay of Alençon lace appliques creates dimension. This a-line dress is a beautiful option for a bride who is seeking a vintage and bohemian vibe on her wedding day.

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The Great Gatsby

This novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald about opulence and grandeur has made brides want their wedding day to be an amazing party that is completely over the top.  With that said, this this also applies to the wardrobe of the bride and the bridal party. A bride might find a wedding gown with lots of sparkle or ruffles; maybe even a combination of both.

This stunning wedding gown from Stella York is a show stopper. No one will be able to look away from the bride in this.

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For the bride who wants a gown that is light but still has the drama and sparkle we recommend this wedding gown from Stella York. The beaded detail on the bodice, cap sleeves, and low back leave no questions as to who the bride is.

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Bridesmaids can get in on the sparkle too. We love the sequin collection from Sorella Vita . Your bridesmaids will be excited to wear these bridesmaids dresses again and again!

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Whatever a bride’s definition of vintage is, her wedding should be everything she imagine it would be. All of these timeless looks and more are available at Wonderland Bridal. Make your appointment today!

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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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

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  1. Flowers: Eventos Piedra Grande @eventospiedragrandecali
  2. Cake: Eventos Piedra Grande @eventospiedragrandecali
  3. Catering: Eventos Piedra Grande @eventospiedragrandecali
  4. Entertainment: Pintura Fresca Orchestra
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  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