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Wedding Attire Tips

Are you in the beginning stages of planning a wedding? It all seems overwhelming doesn’t it? The good news is that once you get started, you’ll pick up speed and get through it. However, there are some important things you need to keep in mind when shopping for your wedding dress, flower girl dresses and other formal wear to be worn in your wedding.

  • Hold Out for “The One” – You hear a lot of women talk about how they just can’t justify spending a lot of money on a wedding dress and how “it’s only going to be worn for a few hours.” Well, let me tell you something…if you settle for an “okay” dress that doesn’t make you fall in love with it because it’s cheaper, you’re most likely going to regret it for years to come.
    There are a lot of areas within a wedding that can be “skimped” on, but your wedding dress should not be one of them. This is the one day of your life that is all about you. You deserve to feel beautiful. Therefore, hold out for “the one” and get the dress that takes your breath away. With that being said, you need to order your wedding dress no later than 16 weeks before your wedding, note that 24 weeks ahead is preferred.
  • Flower Girl Dresses Don’t Have to be Expensive – Yes, it is important that the flower girl dresses look cute and fit in with the rest of your wedding party attire, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a small fortune on the dresses. In fact, in most cases, the flower girl’s family pays for the dress, so you might want to keep the price reasonable. Finally, you have a little more time for order flower girl dresses as they can be ordered up to 8 weeks before the wedding.
  • Bridesmaids Dresses – After the bride’s gown, the bridesmaids’ dresses are the next most important thing on the list. Bridesmaids need to have their dresses ordered no later than 12 weeks prior to the wedding date.  This will ensure they have plenty of time to get alterations done, if necessary. And, if something is wrong with the gown, it gives the bridal shop time to send it back and get a replacement dress in before the wedding date arrives.

If you’ve started planning your wedding, you know there is a lot involved. While you need to lock in your location, photographer, cake decorator, etc. getting the formalwear (wedding dress, bridesmaids’ dresses, flower girl dresses, etc.) chosen is one of the first things that needs to be done. If you order these items within the time frames listed above you won’t have to worry about stressful last-minute wardrobe issues.

Formal Dinner Parties

Many people host formal dinner parties throughout the year for a variety of reasons. Some just enjoy breaking out the fine china while others do so to friends or family members or special occasions such as a wedding. Regardless of what has prompted the formal dinner party, you’ve been invited and now you have to figure out what to wear. Below are some general guidelines for you to follow.

Men

  • Black Tie: This means you are to wear a formal tuxedo. Go to the “nine’s” when attending a black tie event. You should have the tux, vest, shirt, black tie, cummerbund, buttons, cuff links and matching shoes.
  • Black Tie Optional: For these events, tuxedos are appropriate, but so are formal dark suits. When opting to wear a suit to a dinner like this, make sure it is a formal suit and you have a nice white collared shirt, tie (still required, doesn’t have to be black) and nice shoes.
  • White Tie: White tie events are very rare, but they are still held from time to time. These dinner parties are extremely formal events. Make sure you wear a very formal suit, white tie, freshly pressed formal shirt, vest, cummerbund, cuff links and shiny shoes.

Women

  • Black Tie: As these are very formal events you should wear a long flattering evening gown with nice matching high heels. You hair should look as if it has been professionally styled as well.
  • Black Tie Optional: Women have a little more freedom at black tie optional dinner parties as formal cocktail dresses are appropriate. Cocktail dresses are those where the hemline is at the knee or a little above, make sure the dress is not too short though. High heels are also appropriate and your hair should still be fixed nicely.
  • White Tie: Dress as you would for a black tie dinner party.

Princess Birthday Parties

I know this seems like an odd blog topic to have on the KidsFormal.com website, but bear with me here. Birthday parties are events that every child looks forward to, especially little girls. Young girls really are a lot like young women – not only do they like to entertain people and fuss over their clothing, but they also love to plan events and dress up too. Many little girls will spend months planning the perfect birthday party with friends.

If you have a little girl who loves to dress up and plan parties with friends, why not do a princess themed birthday party this year? Many people are doing these for their little girls. In fact, a cousin of mine planned one for her 5 year old little girl. She helped her little girl plan a fun princess birthday party where she was able to invite 3-4 of her best friends.

Of course, they had a princess themed birthday cake and opened presents at home, but the main event was after the “big” party with her “bestest” friends. After all the other guests had left (mostly family members) all the little girls got dressed up in their princess gowns (full-skirted formal dresses) and went out with their mothers for a night out on the town. They got to go downtown and take a real horse-drawn carriage ride and then went out to a fancy restaurant for dinner and finished the evening with sundaes.

princess dress

If you have a little girl around the age of 4 or 5, this may be one of the most fun and memorable birthday parties you can have for her. It doesn’t have to be expensive, especially when you buy her real princess dress at KidsFormal.com!

Tips for Family Pictures

You may be thinking about having new family pictures taken because it’s been a few years (or decades) since your last family pictures were done. That’s great! However, family pictures do take a bit of planning in order for them to be successful. Below are some tips to help you get started.

  • The Photographer – Your family pictures are only going to be as good as the photographer taking them. Therefore, make sure you’ve selected a photographer who, you feel, takes great pictures and that you’re comfortable with.
  • The Date – Once you know which photographer you want to use, you will need to choose a date. This may not be that difficult if your children are still living with you. However, if your children are grown and out of the house, you will need to pick a few dates (probably a month or two in advance) and work with everyone to narrow them down to just one. This will allow everyone to get their “say” in and to make plans in their schedules for family pictures.
  • The Location – Another thing that has to be considered is where you want your family pictures to be taken. The days of going to a studio for family pictures are long gone as most photographers enjoy doing “on scene” pictures, and often include it in their prices. Therefore, choose a location that everyone in your family enjoys. It may be the beach, a scenic lookout point or even the backyard, whatever it is, make sure everyone likes the location as this will make the pictures even more successful.
  • The Dress – Finally, you will need to decide what to wear for your family pictures. Obviously, you will need to take your location into account for this decision. You may have a fun idea for family pictures with everyone in formal wear or you may want to go casual. Once again, get everyone’s opinion on this!

Tips for Flower Girl Dress Shopping

If you are the parent of a flower girl for an upcoming wedding, then there are a few things you should keep in mind as you prepare to go shopping for the flower girl dress. While this should be a fun experience, it can be a crazy and stressful one if you aren’t prepared. The tips below will help make shopping for a flower girl dress a fun and memorable time for you and your little girl!

  • Work with the Bride. The first thing you need to remember is that while your little girl will be wearing the flower girl dress, this isn’t your wedding. More than likely, the bride-to-be has a picture in her mind of the style of dress she wants her flower girl to wear. Therefore, it’s important that you work with the bride to find a flower girl dress that fulfills her wedding day wishes, as well as, meets your satisfaction.
  • Talk about the Budget. While the bride-to-be most likely has an idea of the type of flower girl dress she’s looking for, you are the one who will be paying for it. Therefore, you need to sit down and determine what your budget is for the flower girl dress. Now, when you make your budget be sure you include enough money to cover the dress, shoes, hair pieces, panty hose and/or any other accessories that will be needed to complete the ensemble. Once you’ve got the budget determined, share it with the bride-to-be so she knows how much you can afford to spend.
  • Bring Accessories Along. Once you’ve got an appointment with the bride-to-be at a children’s formalwear shop (or bridal boutique), then gather any accessories you have that you know your little one will be wearing with the flower girl dress. For instance, if you already have a great pair of dress shoes that you would like her to wear with her flower girl dress, bring them along so she can wear them while trying on dresses. This is also true with any jewelry or hairpieces you have that you would like to see her wear.