5 Tips For A Successful Wedding Dress Appointment

You have the ring, you may have a date, and you are READY to go wedding dress shopping! We always recommend researching local boutiques and shops, checking their hours, and making appointments in advance. Here are five more helpful tips that will help make the appointment itself run smoothly. 

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1. Research & Have A Vision In Mind

Although you may have pinned and saved a bunch of photos of your dream wedding dress, be sure you have an idea of what you are looking for, and what suits the style and theme of your Big Day. It is so important that if there is a specific dress you want to try on, to call ahead and see if the boutique carries that particular gown, or designer. 

2. Give Yourself an Ample Amount of Time

Whether you have your date set or not, it is so important to keep in mind ordering deadlines with the Bridal Shops. For most dresses, you are looking at a four to six month timeframe from ordering to delivery. If you are having your gown handmade, you could be looking at a timeline of anywhere from six to ten months. Also consider that once the dress has arrived, the timeframe for alterations may vary from six to eight weeks.

3. Choose Your Attendees Wisely

We know you love ALL your girls, and your family + your Soon-To-Be family as well, but when it comes to dress shopping, make sure you only invite those who you are comfortable receiving opinions from. This is a BIG decision, and everyone has an opinion, so being confident in those that are coming with you is so important!

4. Know Your Budget

Have a number in mind going in, and be sure to let the Shop Assistant know this number right off the bat. This will not only help the Assistant when selecting gowns for you to try, but it will also keep things within reason. 

5. Be Open!

Although you may have a clear vision in mind, stay open to other options. For me, the dress I chose was the complete opposite of everything I had originally wanted. When I saw it on the rack, I thought "Nope, not going to happen." And then I put it on...and fell in love. I was open to the idea of trying new styles, and I'm so glad I did.

3 Meaningful Gifts For Your Significant Other On Your Wedding Day

We have all been witness to those adorable wedding photos where the Bride opens a sentimental gift from her soon-to-be husband, or watch the Groom get a little choked up by his Bride who pens him a love letter on the Big Day. Those are such precious and treasured moments! Here at Little Bird, we love helping couples come up with great gifts for each other - and they don't have to be expensive! Here are a few of our favourite ideas that are not hard on your bank account!

Love Letters

Your love story is what you got you to this moment. We love when one of the partners takes the time to take a trip down memory lane, and all the important moments that led you to the most important day of your life so far. Nothing is more pure than expressing to each other all the reasons you fell in love in a note, or even creating a customized book, such as the ones found on LoveBook.

Proposal Memories

Perhaps your proposal took place at a spot close to your heart, or was created in the most spectacular way! If you had someone there taking photos for that moment, framing your favourite photo such as these adorable photos by Flytographer, accompanied with a special tribute to your journey as an engaged couple is the perfect gift for each other. This is also something that can hang in your home, for years to come!

Video Collaboration

This is something that can be done at home, or by a professional. Before you get started with making this happen, be sure to have a clear vision in mind - What do you want to say, and how do you want to say it? This could be a little glimpse into your love story up until your wedding day, and can describe goals and aspirations for your life together going forward. Plus, this is a gift that can one day be shown to your children - so cute!

You don't have to spend big money to make a big impact on the Big Day! Be sure to let your photographers know if you are exchanging gifts, and if you would like for them to capture these moments for you. 



Cake Design Trends

Don't we all want to have our cake, and eat it too!? I mean, that sounds like a great idea to us!

Designing a wedding cake is no simple task, and we are always so impressed by local Bakeries who create masterpieces that leave both the couple and guests in awe. Whether you are having a very simple Naked Cake, or a 5-Tiered creation, we are breaking down a few Cake Trends for 2018.

White On White

Rooting back to a more simplistic look, these cakes are elegant and understated but can certainly still steal the show! By mixing textures these "once simple" white cakes come to life, and can be simple adorned with some florals or greenery, or left to their own devices and still look gorgeous.

Geometric Genius

We keep going back to this trend in all aspects of weddings this year, and for good reason - it's gorgeous in all capacities. Keeping things classic, with a bold punch like these fun shapes really is a great accessory to any Dessert Table. In an arrangement of shapes and sizes, you can mix and match shapes to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece for your Big Day.

Hand Painted Goodness

There is just something so incredible about taking a regular cake, and turning it into a piece of hand-designed artwork. These cakes are taking the Wedding World by storm, and we are jumping right on board. Talk about talent, and overall beauty. These cakes don't require any toppers or extras, as they speak for themselves.

Brushstroke Beauty 

These cakes are a modern twist on a classic. In varying colours, sizes and textures, these cakes not only look incredible but make your Wedding Photographers REALLY excited about photos! We love when couples group these cakes in sets of three, varying in sizes. 

Get The Girls Together! 3 Fun Pre-Wedding Activities for your Bridesmaids

It's official! You have chosen your Bridesmaids and asked them to stand beside you on your Big Day. Now what, you may ask?! 

In many situations your Bridesmaids are coming from all stages in your life - childhood, high school, college or work colleagues - and may not have met each other before. We think it is a great time to get your Bride Tribe together to celebrate, mingle and get to know each other before all of the Wedding Festivities commence. Today we are breaking down THREE great ideas to bring everyone together in a casual way!

Photo Courtesy of  Eryn Shea Photography

Photo Courtesy of Eryn Shea Photography

1. Host a Wine & Cheese Night - This is sometimes the easiest way to make everyone feel comfortable. If you have the space to allow it, invite all the ladies over to your home and just enjoy a low-key evening with wine and cheese! We highly recommend having The Cheese Bar deliver some cheesy goodness for the perfect charcuterie sampler. Add in some local wines for pairing, and it is sure to be a hit with the ladies.

2. Set Up A Floral Workshop - Looking for a fun evening activity that is a little unique to what you are used to? It's time to call up Stef from The Bourbon Rose to arrange a Floral Workshop that is in the comfort of your own home! Let your ladies create some floral masterpieces - bouquets, arrangements or even flower crowns!

3. Get Dressed Up & Go Out - If you are more of a foodie, or love to try new spots, this is a great excuse for your girls to get dressed up for an evening out. You can even rent a car for the evening through VIP Transportation to ensure you get home safely. Book a reservation at one of the areas greatest restaurants, including Oxley Estate Winery, Wolfhead Distillery or Fourteen on the Water Front. 

Making your girls feel special is always appreciated, and makes for a fun evening together. Break the ice for those who have not met yet, and get the chance to tell your girls how much they really mean to you!