The Truth About Wedding Dress Samples

If you have never set foot in a bridal shop you don’t know what to expect on your first visit unless someone tells you. Most brides trying on wedding gowns for the first time think that it’s like going to your favorite shop at the mall, trying on a dress in your size, and taking it home. Some bridal shops work this way but most will have you try on samples and measure you to order the size closest to your own. How does this work, you ask? Let us tell you how!

Size

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Bridal shops order sizes 8 and up so that they can fit more brides into their samples. Example: You are a size 4 in wedding gowns. You can fit into a size 10 wedding dress but a size 10 bride cannot fit into a size 4. While a size 10 is a few sizes bigger, bridal stores have tricks to make that size 10 wedding gown fit almost like a perfect size 4. This will give you an idea of how it would look in your size. Wedding dress sizes vary by bridal shop and designer. Wonderland Bridal carries wedding gown samples ranging from a size 6 to 26 and our wedding gowns can be ordered from size 2-34.

Color

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A question we are asked most often is, “why are none of your sample dresses white?” There has been a decline in the interest of brides ordering true white wedding dresses in recent years. There are several reasons for this. The most common reasons brides are not ordering white is that the color is so bright she would need to have her teeth whitened, it can often wash out many skin tones, and it can appear dirty very quickly. That being said, many wedding gowns still do come with white as a color option for the traditional bride.

Our selection of wedding gown samples are variations of white including ivory which is also called bridal white. This is a softer version of white that isn’t always that yellow ivory color. We also have wedding dress samples in hues of pink or champagne that make lace appliques and embroidery pop. Since Ivory is the most popular color for wedding gowns, all of our wedding dress samples can be ordered in this color.

Length

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Wedding gown samples in bridal shops are usually a standard length which can be very long for some brides. As with sizing, this is to accommodate a range of heights. Wedding dresses are made to fit brides who are 5’8″ and shorter. If you have ever wondered why bridal shops have pedestals, this is why. When a bride steps on a pedestal in a wedding gown, it gives her the appearance of being taller. This makes the wedding dress look like it is closer to the perfect length or appears that she is wearing high shoes.

When a new dress is ordered there are a few ways to make sure you are not tripping down the aisle. You can order a wedding gown with a custom length. This means that you can order your wedding dress to the desired length and have the dress arrive this way. This also means that you will have to have your shoes before you place your wedding gown order. Another option is to have a seamstress shorten the hem when you do your alterations (which are almost always necessary). At the very least you will need a bustle. Which brings us to our final subject…

Trains

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Everyone loves a long train. A bustle is the collection of the train after the ceremony with loops and buttons. This prevents your train from being damaged. Wedding dress samples are not bustled. The reason for this is that your wedding gown must be the perfect length before your bustle is measured otherwise your train will still be too long or so short you will see underneath your wedding gown.. Since there are several styles of bustles, you can have your seamstress choose the one you like the most at the time of your fitting.

It is just as fun shopping shopping for wedding dress samples for us as it is for you to shop for your’s. Let us be the shop to help you find the perfect wedding gown for your special day. Schedule your appointment with us today!

Love Story: Christina & Steven

We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Christina and Steven, who were married on April 15th at Deer Creek Country Club.

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When and how did you meet?

We met in High School around 2001 or 2002. He was one of my closest friends until we officially started dating in 2008. However, he was my high school senior prom date in 2003 (we went as really good friends – although I’m sure he asked me because he had a crush on me during that time).

How long did you date before he popped the question?

7 years !!!! Then we were engaged for 2 yrs and 4 months (this December will be our 10 year dating anniversary).

How did he propose?

It was the weekend of my 30th birthday. He had planned a “surprise” party that day which turned out not to be a surprise because he ended up spilling the beans a few weeks prior. I love the Morakimi Japanese Gardens, especially the Zen Garden, it is one of my favorite places. Steven told me that we were going to the Morikami earlier that day to have lunch with our friend and his girlfriend. The Morikami has a restaurant on property. He said that our friend really wanted to take me to a birthday lunch (this of course made no sense to me, as I knew that we would be seeing said friend later that night for the “surprise” party). When we arrived at the restaurant he said that our friend and his girlfriend were walking around the garden and we should join them because it was such a lovely day. I fought him on this at first and insisted that we just wait for a table but eventually I acquiesced. When we entered the Zen garden I saw our friend and his girlfriend. I was too busy greeting them to realize that the Bruno Mars song “Marry Me” had began playing in the background. I heard Steven say, “she is too busy saying hi to realize what’s happening” (I watched this many times on video : ) ). At that moment, I turned around and realized what was happening. The rest is history.

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

Deer Creek Golf Club. It was the perfect blend of what we were both looking for. Immediately upon walking into Deer Creek, we both fell in love with the beautiful ballroom (I feel in love with the chandeliers ) and the outside ceremony space. We wanted something that was both romantic and  “gardeny” (our theme was Romance in the Garden).

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

Blush Pink, Ivory and a “touch” of Gold. Pink Roses are my favorite. The color combination reminds me of a nice spring day.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

Italy (Rome, Tuscany Region, Florence and Venice).

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

Because Wonderland is amazing!!! I truly fell in love with Patti and Alicyn. I visited two or three other dress shops prior to Wonderland. The one thing that stood out about Wonderland is that the consultants really cared about finding me the perfect dress to celebrate such a huge milestone. While other shops hosted friendly consultants that were polite, Wonderland made me feel as though I was dress shopping with my closest girlfriends who were just as excited as I was! It was genuine and I truly cherished the experience.

Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

Wonderland stuck with me from the beginning to the end. All of the ladies were very professional and accommodating. They are knowledgeable in their field and were always available to answer questions. They kept me informed about my dress and my veil from the day I placed my order until the day I picked them up.  Wonderland went above and beyond to help me find the perfect dress to wear to marry my best friend.

What was the best part of your wedding day?

There were so many moments ! The entire day was spectacular but if I had to pick one, I would say it was our first look. There was something just truly magical about that moment that I cannot quite put into words.

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

Never lose sight of the reason you are planning a wedding. It is easy to get lost in the stress and anxiety of planning but enjoy the experience (with your significant other). When the day arrives, many things will likely not go as planned, no matter how much you planned but it will still be the best day ever (or at least one of the best days ever)!

Wedding Photos by Epic Media – Lee Davis

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  1. Wedding Gown: Stella York from Wonderland Bridal Couture
  2. Flowers:  Gladys Flowers Inc
  3. Cake:  Elite Cake Creations
  4. Catering: Deer Creek Golf Club
  5. Entertainment:  DJ EL Cumacho owner of Moor Productions LLC
  6. Invitations:  Elegant Wedding Invites
  7. Wedding Planner: Steven and I 🙂
  8. Hair: Jean Johnson of Platinum Cuts (Bride) and Gem Makeup Artistry & Hair (Bridal Party)
  9. Make Up:  Gem Makeup Artistry & Hair
  10. Photographer: Epic Media – Lee Davis
  11. Videographer: Epic Media – Carlyle Brown

Love Story: Merissa & Luis

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We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Merissa Luis, who were married March 24th, 2018.

When and how did you meet?

We met in person for the first time in April 25, 2014 at Hooters, but it was three months before that when we met online and began to chat.

How long did you date before he popped the question?

From the first night, we never left each others side and began dating in late April 2014. He asked me to marry him Nov. 22,2016

How did he propose?

We were on a trip to New York with my family for my cousins wedding. When we arrived, we went to the central park zoo and you could tell that he was nervous or anxious about something.He was very uptight and his hands were sweaty. He just couldn’t sit still.We walked down the stairs to the bear enclosure and my dad turns to us and says stand in front of it and Luis you kneel down. Well of course my stubborn self, I said well why is he going to kneel down and Im going to stand, so I proceeded to kneel with him. My dad snaps the picture and I stand up, but Luis didn’t move. He opened up a box and there was my ring. I said yes before he could even ask. My sister had signs and fake flowers that she pulled out of her backpack. It was definitely memorable.

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

We got married at Boca Pointe in Boca Raton , Florida. We knew we wanted a country club and have been here many times and thought the ambience and the food were incredible. My mom and I literally went to 3 places and knew this was the one. The staff was incredible and Bee Alexis my wedding planner was the absolute best. I cannot say enough about the team here.

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

It was vintage theme with champagnes, golds, and white. I really wanted something clean looking, simple, yet elegant.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

We have not yet, but are planning a trip to Cuba.

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

Why Wonderland? The answer is simple, they are the most amazing team of women. They truly cared about my perfect day. I wasn’t a number or a money sign to them, I was a woman walking through their door and they had the most important mission to find the perfect dress for the best day of my life. A day I will always remember. A dress that made me feel beautiful.

Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

From the day I walked in, I knew this was the place. It’s actually kind of funny, instead of finding the dress I loved and not worrying about the place I bought it from,  I was going to make a dress that they carried work, but that wasn’t the case at all. Wonderland had a large selection of dresses and one more beautiful than the next. I thought I knew what I wanted, I couldn’t have been more wrong. The one thing I thought I didn’t want (tulle), I ended with. They just knew what would look the best on my body type. They showed me dresses that I picked out and waited till the end to say “please try this on” and as I pulled it up over my hips, I looked at Amber and said “ This is the dress”. At that moment, I said yes to the dress.

What was the best part of your wedding day?

Marrying my best friend, my soulmate, the love of my life surrounded by the people who mean the most to us. Bonus: Having our son be there to witness the love of his mom and dad. Having him apart of this day truly meant the world to us.

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

Don’t sweat the small stuff. There are going to be hiccups, disagreements, and drama let it go. Always remember that this day is for the two of you. It is YOUR perfect day, no-one else’s. You CANNOT make everyone happy, but you can make yourselves. Music, food, and of course YOUR DRESS is the most important. This is what people will remember.

  1. Wedding Gown: Wonderland Bridal Couture | Stella York
  2. Flowers: Beautiful Kreations
  3. Cake: Boca Pointe
  4. Entertainment: Vinny Vendatto 
  5. Wedding Planner: Bee Alexis
  6. Hair: Jenny Berger
  7. Make Up: Nicole Dilallo
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Love Story: Jen & Del

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We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Jen Del, who were married at the Sundy House!

When and how did you meet?

We meet online — OKC, to be exact. 

How long did you date before he popped the question?

About 6 months! 

How did he propose?

We took a trip to California together for my 35th birthday! We traveled to San Francisco and he proposed in Calistoga, California at Venge Vineyards.  He had the entire day planned from start to finish.  He even had photographers who were supposedly there to update photos for Venge’s website.  I thought it would probably happen at some point in California, but his preparation for this day was out of this world!!! An absolute fairytale!

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

We decided on Sundy House in Delray Beach, Florida for our wedding venue.  It was our perfect place.  Beautiful botanical gardens and the most amazing staff and catering ever! It is also a bed and breakfast which made for a perfect bridal ad honeymoon suite.

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

We chose a rustic chic theme — colors lavender and grey.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

We took a trip to northern Vietnam –  Hanoi, Sapa Valley and Ha Long Bay.

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

After reading awesome reviews from Wedding Wire and The Knot, I decided to schedule an appointment with Alicyn. 

Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

Alicyn was absolutely incredible! She was so patient and kind.  She eased all my worries and helped me say YES! to my perfect wedding dress! Even after my wedding she assisted me in preserving my dress.  She was the best! She was not pushy – helped me find my style of dress in my price range

What was the best part of your wedding day?

My husband wrote a song for me and played the night of our wedding.  It was nothing short of perfection.

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

Enjoy your day, smile, breath This is the day you have been waiting for your entire life.  You’re marrying your best friend.  Someone who will support you, respect you and love you more than you’ve ever imagined.  Enjoy your family and friends.  Expect the unexpected, but it will be your perfect day and you will never forget it. 

Wedding Photos by Candid Moments

  1. Flowers:  Honey Bunch
  2. Cake:  Johnson’s Cakes
  3. Catering: Sundy House
  4. Entertainment:  My Weekend Therapy
  5. Invitations:  Windmill Paper Boutique
  6. Wedding Planner: We planned everything!
  7. Hair:  Marianne Gehart
  8. Make Up:  Dianis Nieto
  9. Photographer: Candid Moments
  10. Videographer: Cristina Godshall
  11. Decor:   Etsy and us!

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Just in! New Bridesmaid Dresses at Wonderland!

We are so excited to show you our latest collection of bridesmaid dresses. More and more brides are choosing to have mix and match bridal parties. Be it different colors or different styles, brides want their bridesmaids to be able to choose what they like and what they would possibly wear again.

This is what we love about Sorella Vita’s latest bridesmaid collection. These are not your typical bridesmaid dresses. With unique styles and fabrics, every bridesmaid is sure to find something they love.

Boho Sleeves

South Florida brides love their outdoor weddings. How can they not when we have such beautiful weather and breathtaking landscapes? Bridesmaids are always looking for breathable fabrics and sexy off the shoulder or cold shoulder options.

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Adding to the most gorgeous chiffon bridesmaids dresses we have seen are these two stunning styles….

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When bridesmaids think of flowy they don’t exactly imagine a lot of support. This bridesmaid style shown in Forest has an off the shoulder look with all of the support of a halter dress. This is for the bridesmaid who wants to be a little sexy but modest at the same time.

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With this sexy number the single bridesmaid at your wedding won’t be for too much longer. This strapless gown shows off the decollete without revealing too much and still has that sensual off the shoulder sleeve. The ruching on this gown also gives the waist a slimmer look making this bridesmaid dress one of our favorites in this collection.

Sassy Straps

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Still in line with the boho look, this bridesmaid dress combines the newest trend of sexy straps with the flow of the off the shoulder look. This fashion forward look is perfect for the stylish bridesmaid who wants something on-trend.

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You asked for it and Sorella Vita delivered! The nouveau sequin look in a slim silhouette with spaghetti straps will give your bridesmaids that small bit of sparkle you wanted to add to your bridal party. This is also the perfect dress for your maid-of-honor to compliment your other bridesmaids if they are wearing chiffon.

Sophisticated Mikado

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These are the dresses we are most excited about. If you are having a formal wedding and want something that will dazzle your guests, this is it! Mikado also called Duchesse Satin is not your typical shiny satin. This is a thicker fabric that wrinkles a lot less and has a clean and sophisticated look. We also love the illusion neckline on this. With a look only recently reserved for wedding gowns, your bridesmaids can now have that dramatic look and still be soft enough to not take the attention away from the bride.

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If you love the look of the Mikado but want your bridesmaids to wear more of a classic style, we have you covered! This V-Neck top and slender skirt is the soft but has the structured design you will want for your formal nuptials. This bridesmaid dress is even great for the dual function of an outdoor ceremony and indoor reception.

With all of the color and fabric options, Sorella Vita is the bridesmaid collection you want to dress your favorite girls in! Contact us today to schedule your appointment to try on these and our other beautiful bridesmaid styles. We can’t wait to see you!

Love Story: Jennifer & Jeremy

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We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Jennifer Jeremy, who were married March 10th, 2018.

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When and how did you meet?

Jeremy and I both attended FAU and had mutual friends, but we met and became friends while working at Olive Garden in 2008.

How long did you date before he popped the question?

7 years!

How did he propose?

We were on a hiking trip for our 7 year anniversary. When we reached the summit of Cowrock Mountain, in the Blue Ridge Mountains, I sat on a rock to meditate and soak in the beauty. I turned to Jeremy and said, “When we decide to get married, I’d love for you to propose somewhere like this!” I swear…and was so embarrassed when he turned around, slightly pale faced, and got down on one knee! I was looking around in disbelief and kept asking if he’s serious. He was of course, very serious, and it was a magical moment that we shared alone. We had no cell phone service and a he had hidden a bottle of champagne is his backpack. We hiked into the forest, hung our hammocks up, and celebrated!

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

We were married in Live Oak, Florida, at Heritage Park & Gardens. We, along with our family and friends, camped at nearby Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. Jeremy’s family lives in Live Oak and the Suwannee River holds a special place in our hearts. One afternoon a few years ago, we came upon HPG while driving around town and decided to hike the pines behind it. We snacked on wild blackberries and found a field to practice some yoga. After the engagement, we knew we wanted to get married in nature. We remembered the Live Oak park and set an appointment to visit. We toured the historical house and gardens once and knew it’d be the perfect venue space! We had a house to get ready in, but the wedding events could be outside, in nature.

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

We wanted our wedding to exemplify our bohemian style. It was a floral, nature inspired theme with many colors! I could not decide on set colors… I love them all!

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

Nicaragua for 2 weeks and it was beautiful!!

Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

The staff was friendly and worked with my budget. They helped me envision our day and pick a dress that was perfect for me.

What was the best part of your wedding day?

Listening to the speeches from my Dad, MOH and Best Man. Sitting there, listening, allowed me to be present and grateful for my friends and family. 

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

You have the choice to allow stress into your planning experience and on your wedding day. Choose to be present and grateful. Your union is what matters, not the centerpieces. HAVE FUN!

Photos by Stephanie W. Photography.

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  • Cake: Publix assorted – including our favorite, Carrot Cake
  • Catering: “Two Cuban Guys” food truck
  • Entertainment: Amplify Events – DJ Drew
  • Invitations: Homemade by Jennifer
  • Wedding Planner: Natalia Pappadia – Delightful Bash
  • Hair: Retro Red’s Beauty Shop, Ft. Lauderdale – Annie Macko
  • Make Up: Retro Red’s Beauty Shop, Ft. Lauderdale – Annie Macko
  • Photographer: Stephanie W. Photography
  • Videographer: N/A
  • Decor: DIY – my WONDERFUL bridesmaids
  • Other: Service Staff – J.R. Events – www.jreventsinc.com

 

 

Love Story: Lillian & Jonathan

LJW-1669We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Lillian Jonathan, who were married March 31st, 2018.

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When and how did you meet?

We met by chance as we were both celebrating friends’ birthdays in Fort Lauderdale. Our interaction was a short 5 minutes where we exchanged some preliminary information about each other and telephone numbers as my friends hurried me to leave. 

How long did you date before he popped the question?

We dated for a little over 2 years and a half.

How did he propose?

He suggested we plan a last minute spontaneous get away for a long weekend where we originally had no plans. I thought it was odd but was not going to question the opportunity for a much needed vacation! We booked a short cruise to the Bahamas and Great Stirrup Cay. He had been acting so weird the entire cruise, said he wasn’t able to sleep, wasn’t feeling good, etc to which I kept thinking either he was sick or just wasn’t having a good time (little did I know his nerves were getting the best of him!). On the last day, we departed the cruise ship on to Norwegian’s private island, Great Stirrup Cay. I wanted to set our bags and stuff on the tanning chairs close to where everyone else was, with the DJ playing and the bar next to us. He kept insisting that a co -worker told him about a great quiet spot with hammocks underneath the palm trees where we could relax. Again I kept thinking it was weird as my fiancé is full of life and always up for having a good time. Honestly, a proposal never crossed my mind as again this was a last minute, short weekend cruise. We continued to walk in the heat with all of our stuff along with my complaining that this hammock section better be worth the walk. We settled on some tanning chairs in the shade underneath some nice tall palm trees overlooking the water. We went into the water for a little while and somehow or another began talking about life, engagement, marriage and kids. When we exited the water and came back to our chairs he turned to me and asked “So when do you want to get engaged?” Of course my response was “I don’t know, anytime, now” to which I meant now meaning anytime in the near future, not that very moment! Lol He pulled out a ring and said “Ok, let’s do it”.  =)

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

We were married at the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society’s New River Inn. It is Broward County’s oldest standing hotel, preserved as a history museum. We picked this location as we had seen a wedding taking place there as we drove past by chance a year or two before and thought it was beautiful. My dream was always to have an outdoor wedding that was atypical of the normal South Florida weddings. I wanted a Plantation style home to be the backdrop of our big day. However we mainly picked this place because it was about a minute down the street from the place we met which happens to be the same place we ended our wedding night. After the wedding, our closest friends (who happened to be with us the night of our meeting) and other friends and family walked down the street with us to Public House, the lounge we met at.  We ended the night dancing away there in our wedding attire!

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

I wanted all neutrals and natural wood items for our wedding. We wanted it to be outdoors, and have a laid back and breezy vibe to it. Our goal was for everyone to have fun and feel at home.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

We went to a beach town in Costa Rica and also spent a few days in the volcano region there as well. It was absolutely amazing!

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

I had been in search of a particular Stella York dress I had seen online and Wonderland Bridal had it in stock. It is not however the dress I settled on.

Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

From beginning to end the ladies of Wonderland Bridal were so sweet and welcoming. They really made me feel comfortable with my experience and as if I had known them for years. Everything about the inside of wonderland bridal is magical. It is decorated so beautifully and the attention to detail of everything from the personalized sign for your fitting room to your gift bag once your purchase is made really makes the whole experience come to life. It really is a wonderland for brides that makes you never want to leave!

What was the best part of your wedding day?

I’d have to say the best part was taking a moment to watch everyone during the dinner hour conversing, eating and enjoying. I was able to take in the moment of the lights twinkling around the trees and the museum, the candles flickering on the tables and the classic jazz music I had requested to be played during this time. The venue turned out better than I could have ever imagined and moved me to a different place/era in time.

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

We did not technically have a wedding planner except for the day of. Our caterer happened to be pretty amazing and helped a lot along the way and was able to contract a ton of stuff for us however if I could do it again I would hire a wedding planner throughout the entire process. I am a pretty resourceful and organized gal however there are so many options and vendors and things to consider during the planning process having someone as a foreperson for you to direct you through out who has expertise in the business seems pretty invaluable in hindsight. 

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Photos by Trenholm Photo

  1. Flowers: PCS Events
  2. Cake: Enchanting Creations hired through PCS Events
  3. Catering: PCS Events
  4. Entertainment: DJ Ubi hired through PCS Events
  5. Invitations: Minted.com
  6. Wedding Planner: Day of-PCS Events
  7. Hair: A Touch of Beauty by Lily http://www.atouchofbeautybylily.com/
  8. Make Up: A Touch of Beauty by Lily http://www.atouchofbeautybylily.com/
  9. Photographer: Austin Trenholm of Trenholm Photo https://www.trenholmphoto.com/
  10. Videographer: Affinity Wedding Films
  11. Decor: PCS Events
  12. Other: Voguish Photo booth

Love Story: Allison & Sam

imageWe sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Allison & Sam, who were married March 10th, 2018.

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When and how did you meet?

We went to middle school together and started dating in high school.

How long did you date before he popped the question?

13 years!

How did he propose? Rang the doorbell, once I opened the door Sam was down on one knee.

Where were you married and how did you pick the place? Mansion at Tuckahoe in Jensen Beach, FL. We picked this place because it was and amazing building with a blank space.

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

We chose Navy, Silver with a splash of coral.

 

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

Honestly, the environment was so welcoming. The staff felt like family. Plus the welcome sign with my name on it sealed the deal!

Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

I honestly had no idea what I was looking for and the staff gave me different options they felt would look best for my body. I never felt rushed or pressured. They made the experience so amazing for myself, my mom and my bridesmaids

What was the best part of your wedding day?

Saying “I DO’ to my best friend and finally having the same last name has my son!!

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

Take your time. Enjoy the process. Hire Love My Glam Events to help you plan. And do not go anywhere else for a dress except Wonderland Bridal!

Photography by Diego & Vanessa Photography.

  1. Cake: Cakes By Gina
  2. Catering: CC Catering
  3. Entertainment: DJ Poetik – Jamie Vargas (also officiant)
  4. Invitations: Magnet Street
  5. Wedding Planner: Chelsea – Love My Glam Events
  6. Photographer: Diego & Vanessa Photography
  7. Videographer: Diego & Vanessa Photography

Reasons not to Rent your Wedding Dress

We get a few calls here and there from brides inquiring on wedding gown rentals. A very limited amount of places in South Florida rent wedding dresses. Why so few? There are more Cons than Pros. While Renting your wedding gown seems like a good idea on the surface, there are many more reasons not to!

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Cost

A budget conscious bride might look into rentals thinking it could save her some money. In reality, renting a wedding gown can actually end up costing as much as the purchase of a regularly priced gown. Rental pricing depends on the designer. If you are looking at a high-end designer you could end up spending about $1,000 or more. While a lot of rental places are insured for damaged wedding dresses, they will often ask for a deposit. Many places that rent wedding gowns will charge a fee in case something happens to the dress. If someone spills red wine all over your gown, there goes your deposit. If someone steps on your train and puts a big hole in your gown, there goes your deposit. If someone burns a hole in it with a cigarette, which we have seen happen more than once, there goes your deposit. You can see where we are going with this. If you are wearing a wedding gown you purchased, you won’t have to tip-toe around your ceremony and your reception trying to protect your gown from being damaged out of fear of losing your deposit. Who wants to spend their entire wedding doing that? There are other ways to save money.

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Alterations

Simple alterations may be done depending on your agreement with the store you rent your gown from. Online sites we visited did not allow alterations to be done at all. Not all brides are the same height or will wear the same shoe height. The standard length of wedding gowns are meant to fit brides who are between 5’7″ and 5’9″. If you are petite, this would not work for you. On a bride who is 5 feet tall, wearing a 3″ to 5″ heeled shoe could still render her gown too long. Also, depending on the style of dress, it may not even be proportionate to the bride’s size. The beauty of having a gown that is all your own is having it tailored to your body. Your curves should fill it in just right.

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Availability

With renting a wedding gown, you have a limited amount of time with it. You can borrow it anywhere from 4 days to 2 weeks. That sounds like just enough time, but what if the gown doesn’t work at the last minute. Maybe it is not quite what you imagined or the wrong size. The turn-around time in getting another gown to you by your wedding day is not something you want to play with. You will also need to plan to have someone take care of returning your gown while you are on your honeymoon, if needed.

Experience/Sentimental Value

Wedding gown shopping is a rite of passage. A bride goes with her entourage to look at wedding dresses and try them on and share an intimate moment. There is nothing intimate about ordering a wedding dress online. Wearing a rented wedding gown could possibly mean that several brides have worn it before you. Beading can be pesky and fall off. If they have fallen off a gown at another bride’s wedding, they may be missing from yours. There is no guarantee of every single bead being sewn back on by the time you wear it.

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A bride’s wedding is one of the best days of her life. Deciding to purchase the rented wedding gown she wore is usually not an option. This means she will not have the wedding dress as a keepsake and will not be able to save it for her daughter to wear.

Are you still looking for the perfect wedding dress to wear on your special day? Schedule your appointment today and let us at Wonderland Bridal help you find you something absolutely amazing.

Stella York Designer Trunk Show 5/4/18-5/6/18

We at Wonderland Bridal couldn’t be more excited about our upcoming Stella York Designer Trunk Show. This will take place Friday, May 4, 2018 through Sunday, May 6, 2018. Here is everything you need to know!

What is a Designer Trunk Show?

For those gals who don’t know what a Bridal Designer Trunk Show is, here is the 411!

A Bridal Designer Trunk Show is a special event where a specific designer will showcase the newest styles from their most recent collection.

While we have already received our shipment of dresses from Stella York’s Spring 2018 Collection, a number of the wedding dresses that will be here are exclusive to the trunk show and will not be available to try on once the show ends.

All of the photos on this blog are just a few of the dresses that will be at our trunk show.

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Benefits

For a bride attending a trunk show they have an amazing opportunity to try on more wedding dresses from a beloved designer than the store already has in inventory. (That’s a lot since we have dedicated most of our showroom to this incredible wedding dress designer.) Every season bridal shops hand select their wedding dress samples based on what their brides have been asking for and the latest trends. During this designer trunk show, Stella York will expand this collection by adding several more gowns from this season. If you are looking for a specific Stella York wedding dress that no one seems to have, you can likely find it at our designer trunk show.

A designer trunk show is not a sale but you can find the one you love and still fit your budget since we are offering a promotion of 15% off your total purchase when you buy any regular price wedding dress from Stella York.

Are you still looking for a photographer or makeup artist? Look no further! You will also be able to connect with two of Wonderland Bridal’s Preferred Wedding Vendors; Photographer, Helena Carmouze of Provoke Photography and Makeup Artist, Gizella Manzano of G.E. Makeup Artistry. We have worked with them many times and are thrilled to introduce all of our brides to these wonderful ladies.

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How do I prepare for a trunk show?

First, schedule your appointment as soon as possible! Wonderland Bridal runs by appointment only and we are booking up quickly. This is an event you definitely do not want to miss!

Make sure that the person whose opinion matters most to you, will be available or at least accessible via facetime  in case you fall in love with a wedding dress that is exclusive to the trunk show. We may be able to borrow it from the designer for a fee after the trunk show, but this is only after it has finished traveling to other shows across the country. That could take a couple of months. You will also want to make sure that the person who is paying for the dress will be with you in case you find the one. You don’t want to miss out on the trunk discounts which will only be available through Sunday, 5/6/18.

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Combined with the excellent customer service that we are famous for, booking your appointment during our trunk show will give you the ultimate wedding dressshopping experience.

Schedule your appointment NOW! Follow us on our social media for more information!

Wonderland Bridal’s Stella York Designer Trunk Show

May 4th, 5th, and 6th

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.