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Wedding Attire: Tuxedo Rental Tips

We know wedding planning can be stressful, and when it comes to your wedding attire, being aware of a few things can make the difference between an emergency and smooth sailing. This blog aims to help make your planning easy breezy and we focus on the tuxedo rental!

There are a few tips here that may seem obvious, but you would be surprised at some of the situation we encounter. Brides you will definitely want to read this!

The first is measurements. We have this down to a science. When a customer comes in to get measured, we have real tuxedo rental fitting garments in actual tuxedo sizes.

Tuxedo jackets, pants, shirts, and vests for accurate measuring at Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo
Tuxedo fitting garments – jackets, pants, shirts, and vests!

We place everyone in a jacket, pants, shirt, vest, and shoes, measure sleeve and pant length, and size them accordingly. They look at themselves, they look great! Lastly, we ask them how the shoes feel? Everything’s good? Great!

The following scenario doesn’t happen all the time, but over the last 18 months, we have definitely noticed it more than pre-pandemic.

The customer comes back for his try on and the pants are too tight or the jacket is too big. When a customer was measured everything fit, but now it doesn’t. What happened?

I can tell you with 100% certainty, the garment didn’t change size.

If you gained or lost weight, you know that. If someone has made changes to their diet, they know that. Yet here are some responses we have had to our question, “Did you change sizes since you were last here?” :

  • No, I don’t do anything different. I mean, I cut sugar out of my diet but that didn’t do anything.
  • I started going to the gym more but I haven’t seen any changes.
  • I’m training for a half marathon, but that training started before I got measured so it wouldn’t make a difference.
  • I started eating healthier, but it’s not a diet.
  • I fractured my knee and have been on the couch for a while, but everything still fits the same (*wears sweats).

It is in your best interest to come back and get remeasured so it isn’t a last-minute emergency that stresses out the bride/groom. We make every accommodation when it comes to measuring and re-measuring so we can avoid having you needing replacements.

Now let’s talk about picking up. Here is how that works.

The tuxedo rental agreement is also the receipt and includes measurements, pricing, and the contract terms
Tuxedo rental contract/ticket

When a customer comes in to get measured, he or she fills out a tuxedo rental contract ticket with their name, address, and phone number. It is routine for us to say, “The phone number you give us is the one we will call when the tux comes in so please make sure it has voicemail.”

The tux is in and we make that call. On the front ticket we mark down the day that we called and whether we spoke to the customer or left a message.

You would be surprised to know the number of customers who either have no voicemail set up or the voicemail box is full.

We then must attempt to send a text message. Sometimes it’s a landline, sometimes we get a text back saying ‘wrong number’, sometimes no response at all. Often we wind up calling the groom to tell him to please let that person know the tuxedo is ready for pick up.

Sometimes we leave a message and then get a phone call that we never called. When we say the date we called and left a message, we verify the phone number and it’s great when they say, “I don’t have that number anymore, I got a new phone” or “Well I never got a message from you.”

If we can’t get a hold of a customer in a timely manner it is a huge deal. We have hundreds of tuxedo rentals every week in the store. This causes delays on your end and our end. When a bride or groom calls and says that a member of the wedding party still didn’t get a call, they are very stressed out that it won’t be in on time. And when we tell them the tuxedo has been in the store for over a week waiting for pick up, it actually causes them more stress.

Please set up your voicemail and routinely clear it out, not just for us but anyone trying to get a hold of you.

If you got a new phone number, we don’t know it.

ALSO: If you have a nickname or decide to give a different name when you come to pick up, please understand that we don’t know your nickname. If your name is Dominic and on your ticket you write down Dominic, but when you come to pick up you give us your name as Marty, we are not going to be able to find your tuxedo.

Okay so the call is made and we instruct them to come in immediately to try it on so that we can help them put the look together, make adjustments in the vest and tie, and show them how to use the cuff links!

If there are any replacements needed, we have time to make them when they come in as soon as they get the phone call. This is not something to put off until you are on your way to the rehearsal dinner (which is something we have had to work with over the years).

If a customer has had a tuxedo shipped to him/her we always ask for a phone call to let us know that it fits, or if they require a replacement piece. If a replacement piece is needed, it will be waiting in our store for the renter or anyone in the wedding party to pick up!

Lastly, the Return Policy:

Terms of the tuxedo rental agreement are clearly printed
Terms of rental agreement are on rental contract

This is a suit or tuxedo rental. Renting anything is for a specific term and there is a date the rental is due back. It is like renting a car, an apartment, a vacation home, etc. There is a start date and an end date.

This policy is clearly and boldly printed on the rental contract, discussed when the tuxedo is leaving the store after final try on, and printed on the garment bag.

Returning your tuxedo or suit rental late or missing certain items upon return can be very disruptive to the rental supply chain.

There are late fees assessed to those bringing back after the due date. There are full replacement charges assessed for pieces not returned.

This is a renter’s responsibility to bring them back on time. We have made arrangements for those customers who have called to tell us a reason it would be late and we appreciate that notice!

When someone returns a tuxedo rental package incomplete, or doesn’t return it at all, that means the next renter is in a bind. We are dependent on the inventory coming back on time so it can be dry cleaned, altered, and shipped to the next customer. That customer waiting could be you, or someone in your wedding party. Please be considerate and return your rental on time, ensuring all items that you were given are being returned.

Sometimes we will have customers tell us they “didn’t know” they had to bring it back at a certain time. We tell customers in person and even point to pre-printed return policy on the garment bag, sometimes even circle it for them on the contract that they signed.

Other tips to know:

  • It is best for groomsmen to get measured approximately 6 to 8 weeks prior to the wedding. They will be closest to their size and that is plenty of time to place orders
  • If you have changed sizes, please get remeasured
  • Make sure to set up and clear out your voicemail
  • If you have two names, give us the one you wrote on the ticket. If you do not remember, give us both
  • Come in as soon as the tuxedo arrives for try on
  • Return your tuxedo rental package complete on the day after it is worn

This has been an extraordinary year for suit and tuxedo rentals. Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo has experienced more than double the number of rentals because of 2020 weddings postponed to 2021 on top of the normally scheduled weddings for this year. We rent thousands of suits and tuxedos every year and have developed systems and procedures to make your life easier. Of course, with this kind of volume, we are always learning and implementing new procedures to help our customers. With a small amount of planning and organization, we are ready to help you have a smooth and seamless tuxedo and suit rental process.

We hope this gives you some ideas and information to assist in this part of your wedding planning. We want everything to run smoothly and everyone to look their absolute best!

About the author: Wendy Ianieri-Salerno is co-founder and co-owner of Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo, now in its eighth year in business. In that time the store has grown from a small bridal boutique to a full-service bridal store serving not only Bucks County, PA but the surrounding counties and even border states. With the customer experience in mind, Wendy steers the company by offering the best designers and wedding attire while creating a caring, family atmosphere. A life-long Bucks County native, she currently resides in Warrington with her husband and co-founder/co-owner Franco Salerno, and their two daughters for whom the store was named, Daria and Deanna.

2022 Wedding Trends

Is it too early to be poking around looking for 2022 wedding trends?

Nah! Never too early! We have already chosen many of our spring 2022 wedding dresses that will be arriving very soon and we will post pictures of those. In the meantime let’s talk colors!

From attending bridal markets and seeing first hand the new colors offered for maids (and other colors phased out), to listening to our own brides, to reading the blogs that I do from all over the country, here’s the scoop:

Warm tones are in! Colors like cinnamon, burnt sienna, marigold, and peach hues are super versatile and can be used for any season. Accent sunflowers with light peach in summer, while an autumn wedding is perfect with earthy rust tones. These tones are also very BoHo which is very popular with our brides!

Bridal bouquet with sunflowers and peach roses - yellows and peaches are some 2022 wedding trends
2022 Wedding trends - colors like marigold and cinnamons are very in
Marigold and rust colors in a wedding bouquet are beautiful for a fall wedding

Sand and nude tones are popular and have been for a few years with wedding dresses. Champagne hues are perfect for brides who don’t want a true white wedding dress, the underlay colors can make the lace patterns pop beautifully and still look very bridal.

Add a slate or sage accent color for a very romantic feel! Tan is also a great color for summer/beach weddings for the groomsmen attire!

Wedding bouquet with sage green ivory and peach roses
Gorgeous wedding bouquet with muted tones of sage, peach, and ivory
Sand stone color tuxedo with matching floral long tie and pocket square is perfect for the 2022 wedding color trends
A perfect match to the pallet in Sandstone

Metallics are a big part of the 2022 wedding trends! Metallics always set off the colors beautifully and golds are very in. Pair with a dark navy for a very glam look, or copper accents with the color palette above to really make a statement! Metallics are also perfect accents when used for centerpieces, charger plates, candle holders, etc.

Gold metallic is a wedding trend that continues into 2022
Warm colors using a gold metallic Accent

For the groomsmen/groomsmaids:

Check these other colors out! Hunter Green, Camel, and Mulberry are gorgeous choices to match the trending pallets:

Three piece suit in hunter green by Ike Behar
Hunter green suit by Ike Behar

Swap out the tie and pocket square with ivory for the groom and a marigold or a cinnamon color for the groomsmen!

Three piece camel colored suit for fall is a beautiful choice and right in with 2022 wedding trends
Camel suit can work perfectly with a fall color theme
marigold, cinnamon, rust, and pumpkin pallet

While the pallet above may look very fall for our seasons here in Bucks County and the Mid-Atlantic region, the mulberry tuxedo works for any season! Consider just wearing the vest for an outdoor summer wedding paired with a blush or floral bowtie, or a beautiful merlot tie color for winter. The maids in wine or gold satin would be stunning!

Mulberry color palette with blush and burgundy flowers and metallic accent of gold chairs
Mulberry color palette set off beautifully with gold chairs

As we get closer to the new year, we will add more thoughts and share more 2022 wedding trends! Also we can share what our brides are choosing for their upcoming weddings!

Happy wedding planning and we hope this gave you some good ideas!

About the author: Wendy Ianieri-Salerno is co-founder and co-owner of Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo, now in its eighth year in business. In that time the store has grown from a small bridal boutique to a full-service bridal store serving not only Bucks County, PA but the surrounding counties and even border states. With the customer experience in mind, Wendy steers the company by offering the best designers and wedding attire while creating a caring, family atmosphere. A life-long Bucks County native, she currently resides in Warrington with her husband and co-founder/co-owner Franco Salerno, and their two daughters for whom the store was named, Daria and Deanna.

Wedding Dress Designer Spotlight: Eddy K

As owners of a bridal store, it is most important that what we offer for sale in our store is of the best quality and value, and that the designer cares about his/her product and partners.

Nicolina dress by Eddy K

We have had the pleasure of meeting designers/owners Kevin Lu from Casablanca Bridal, Kitty Chen of Kitty Chen Couture and Ivoire, and now we can add Eddy K to our list.

Wedding dress designer Kitty Chen at Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo with a real bride. Bride said yes to a dress named "Daria" and was thrilled to meet the designer in person!
Designer Kitty Chen with our bride Kaitlyn who said yes to the “Daria” dress!

We met “Mr. Eddy” at his office in Milan, Italy earlier this month. It was an amazing experience to tour the facility, show rooms, and shipping areas, as well as meet many of his staff members. We also saw the gardens where many of the early photo shoots used to take place.

The runway and ordering area in Milan
The runway and ordering area in Milan

What was immediately evident was something we didn’t expect. How personal he was! He did not begin with business, he began with the personal – asking questions about us, our children, where we lived in the US, and our backgrounds. I felt like I was meeting a family member I never knew and it was such a nice surprise.

During a lovely lunch, we learned so much about this man. And to say he is a family man is an understatement. His wife, children, in-laws, grandchildren, siblings, and even his friends are what gives him the greatest joy. An incredibly successful business aside, he lit up speaking of his family – especially the “countdown” to see his grandchildren again.

His staff is also like family and have been with him for years. We can relate to that because our staff is like family as well.

We quickly realized that we have a partner who puts people and their feelings way before business and profits. I believe that is the reason he has been so incredibly successful over his lifetime.

Presently there are three Eddy K bridal collections called Italia, Milano, and Dreams. New styles are always on display in the showroom. We have some of these on display in our store right now!

Eddy K show room in Milan Italy displaying new wedding dresses on manikins for viewing and ordering
The show room in Milan with new dresses on display

Because he started out doing bridal photography, Eddy is a master knowing what dresses will look like in the wedding photos. This allows him to design with that in mind – especially knowing first hand that brides are not all one size! This is a real edge for these collections.

Another thing we like about Eddy and his company is that he stands by his work 100%. If there is an issue, or a quality defect, they will replace the dress with no questions asked. It is rare that something is missed in quality control, but it does happen on occasion and knowing it will be fixed immediately is a stress reliever to us!

Franco and Wendy Salerno with wedding dress designer Eddy K at the design facility in Milan Italy
This is us with Eddy K!

There was something inspiring and motivational about listening to him and his travels and life experiences.

It was an incredibly wonderful afternoon with a genuinely kind man. He treated us like family from the moment we arrived and we were reminded how important and memorable it is to be treated that way. We are sure we made the right decision in carrying lines supplied and designed by such a delightful and caring person.

About the author: Wendy Ianieri-Salerno is co-founder and co-owner of Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo, now in its eighth year in business. In that time the store has grown from a small bridal boutique to a full-service bridal store serving not only Bucks County, PA but the surrounding counties and even border states. With the customer experience in mind, Wendy steers the company by offering the best designers and wedding attire while creating a caring, family atmosphere. A life-long Bucks County native, she currently resides in Warrington with her husband and co-founder/co-owner Franco Salerno, and their two daughters for whom the store was named, Daria and Deanna.

Our Gown-On-Loan Program

Did you know that Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo offers a gown-on-loan program to try on at our store? We do, and it is something our brides love! Here is how it works and why it’s so great.

Perhaps you are looking at one of our amazing designers and find a dress you would love to try on. You call and find out that it isn’t one in the store and you don’t want to wait for the next trunk show to try it on. That is where the gown-on-loan program comes in!

For a $75 charge that covers shipping, we will bring in up to two dresses from a designer that we carry for you to try. While we cannot guarantee what size or color they may have to loan, most dresses are available in at least two sizes that work for almost every bride!

That $75 is then credited to a new dress purchase! And it doesn’t have to be one of the loaner dresses, it can be any new wedding dress 🙂

The Mila dress from Madi Lane Bridal  in ivory/mocha was brought in for a bride as a gown-on-loan
Mila from Madi Lane brought in as a gown-on-loan

This works so well for several reasons. First is the obvious when you see something online on a model and fall in love! You can’t wait to try it on and you search everywhere for it with no luck. We bring it in for you and you get to see for yourself if it looks as amazing in person as it did online. And then the real test: does it look and feel as amazing on you?

It also allows a bride to see a dress in person rather than buying it sight unseen without a way to return it. Special order dresses are not able to be canceled or returned so getting a dress on loan is a perfect solution!

Another reason brides love our gown-on-loan program is because there is no pressure to purchase. We never treat brides that way. We want you to be 100% sure, obsessed, over the moon in love with the dress you choose, and a high-pressure situation never allows for that. A bride knows her dress when it’s on!

If you decide to purchase, you are not buying that dress that has been loaned out. The loaner dress gets returned to the designer. We order you a brand new dress in your size and color choice.

An interesting fact about this program is that 66% of the brides who take advantage of this program purchase the dress they brought in. Meaning two out of every three brides who brought in a dress they fell in love with online said Yes to it!

Over half of the gown-on-loan brides knew their dress from a photo, that is amazing!

But other times it turned out not to be the one. Sometimes it just looks different in person. Other times it doesn’t work for her height, body shape, or even the venue. When that happens it’s not a bad thing because we then know what styles to introduce that she will love!

The gown-on-loan program is not a trunk show! You can read about trunk shows here for more information. While you can wait for a trunk show to try on a particular dress, they do not always include the dress(es) you want. The show may be a different collection and may not contain what you are looking for. If you are attending a trunk show and there is a specific dress you want, make sure to call to ensure it will be part of the show.

To make a request for this program, call or chat at 215-491-8500 and let us know what dress you are interested in. We can then get the details to you regarding timing and sizes available, and get an appointment set up for you. We look forward to seeing you!

About the author: Wendy Ianieri-Salerno is co-founder and co-owner of Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo, now in its eighth year in business. In that time the store has grown from a small bridal boutique to a full-service bridal store serving not only Bucks County, PA but the surrounding counties and even border states. With the customer experience in mind, Wendy steers the company by offering the best designers and wedding attire while creating a caring, family atmosphere. A life-long Bucks County native, she currently resides in Warrington with her husband and co-founder/co-owner Franco Salerno, and their two daughters for whom the store was named, Daria and Deanna.

Where You Say Yes To Your Dress Matters

If this photo brings a tear to your eye, you should be in this business. Can’t you just feel the emotion? 
 
This isn’t ‘a job’ for us, we do it every day and it never gets old. Every bride has a story and we get to be part of it! Where you say yes does matter, because it is a memory made for life.
 
Some brides dream of their wedding growing up. A vision since they were a little girl of what their big day would be like; some haven’t thought of it until they find the one. Either way we have you covered. One thing is for sure, even if you have been dreaming of a certain style you never know what you will end up with.
 

First, having an open mind and trying on different styles and fabrics will only help you find your dream dress! Here at Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo we have many options and styles for Brides and grooms. Even if you know for sure you want a ballgown, trying on other styles will make you confident in your decision. That way you won’t see a mermaid style and think ” what if” you will already know that wasn’t for you.

Second, the group you bring with you will be the people who are there for your big moment. Keep in mind the more opinions to get on the same page the harder it may be. Something we have learned from this pandemic is that some people are only a Facetime away. Many times it helps to show a group once you have already chosen the one, that way there is no debate and yet you still can include a larger group.

Store front of Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo with wedding dresses and tuxedo mannequins in the window, purple curtains, flowers, white tuxedos lit up at night time. Ready to say yes to the dress!
Dariana Bridal and Tuxedo store front

The third and biggest choice I will say is choosing where to go for your wedding dress! Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo has an amazing selection of different designers, styles, sizes and colors. All the Bridal consultants are wonderful and most are Darianna Brides themselves. They will be there every step of the way. Also the store owners are only a text message away. Being open 7 days a week lets you know someone is available every day if you have questions. Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo is a low pressure environment, no pushy sales and pulling dresses way over budget. We truly want to see our brides happy and glow on their wedding day. A reason why we have won Best of Bucks from 2013-2020! We cherish our part in your special day and your decision to become a part of the Darianna Family.

When you say YES! with an amazing bridal consultant, supportive and caring store owners, surrounded by family and friends, in a one of a kind environment full of love, compassion, and an understanding of your personal needs and wants, it’s easy to find the dress of your dreams!

The above picture is one of our real brides and her “say yes moment”, surrounded by family and friends! These are the emotional and special life moments we strive for! Give us a call and make an appointment today!

About the author: Jessica Hill is a bridal stylist at Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo when she is back in PA! Relocating over the past few years hasn’t been easy for her, her husband Jeff, and their four kids, but when she’s here Jess knows how welcome she is with us! Loved by her brides and often requested, she works hard to make the experience one you won’t forget. Specializing in making curvy brides look and feel beautiful is her “thing”. Currently in North Carolina, Mrs. Hill misses her brides so much she sent her bride’s photo and this blog. Part of our Darianna family always!

The Emotions of a Bridal Appointment

You are finally engaged! You have waited so long for this and here you are a bride to be planning your wedding. This is one of the most exciting times in your life! You may find your emotions are all over the place as you begin the task of planning your wedding.

You are also about to embark on the search for the most meaningful garment you will ever wear.

Getting started in the dress gallery

We have done thousands of bridal appointments over the years and there are so many emotions that a bride may experience during an appointment. If you have never looked for a wedding dress, this will definitely help if you experience them during your search!

More dresses throughout the store

Anxiety. Most often we find brides have anywhere from a slight nervousness to almost panic when starting out. We do our best before the appointment even begins to put every bride at ease, and most of the time the anxiety disappears quickly and turns into excitement. If it does not, some of the changes we make are easy ones such as offering mom or sister to help in the dressing room, and/or moving the bride to a more private/quiet area. These usually do the trick and allow the bride the space she needs to breathe and think calmly.

Excitement. You have thought about being a bride for so long and the dress search is incredibly exciting! Chances are you have a Pinterest board full of dresses and cannot wait to start trying on!

Wonder/Insecurity. Will it be as amazing for you as the brides on TV make it out to be? Or as great as your friends? Will anything look good? Will you find what you love in your budget? Will you know when its the right dress? How many stores will you need to visit? How many dresses should you try on? Will you cry? Will you have your “moment”?

Shock and Awe. This is a big one. Make no mistake about it, trying on a wedding dress is like nothing you have ever experienced. This is not like trying on a pair of jeans or a jacket. Wedding dresses are magic and you will be shocked at how incredibly special you feel in them! Also, this is the time that the gravity of the situation hits… “Holy sh*t, I’m getting married!!”

Confusion. This happens for a number of reasons. The most common is when you won’t stop looking and you have tried on so many that you don’t know what you want anymore. Another reason is that you have not chosen what silhouette you want and now you have multiple favorites that are completely different and don’t know which to pick. Or, you have started looking over your budget and you don’t like anything in budget anymore. You may be confused with regard to sizing of wedding dresses (they run 1-2 sizes small). This also occurs when you are given conflicting information from multiple stores, and you don’t know the truth. (Just ask us, we are known for our honesty even if it does cost us a sale.)

Overwhelm. This also can happen for a number of reasons. First as mentioned above, you may have gone to too many stores, or perhaps been given conflicting information, and/or tried on too many dresses. But another one we see often is too many people in a group. The search for opinions and approval, lots of pictures, you find the one but you’re told to “sleep on it”, all of these can lead to an overwhelming experience for you. (When a bride hits this stage, we will often suggest the she take a break from shopping for several days and/or return with a smaller group.) Covid has forced us to limit the number of guests allowed in the store, however Facetime calls are unlimited guests.

Saying Yes with A Little Bubbly

The Moment. If there was a word for this… priceless? But priceless doesn’t even cover it. You can’t stage, plan, or recreate it. When the moment happens, brides react in ways that surprise themselves. The bride who says, “I doubt I’ll cry when I find my dress,” is often the one who does. On the other side, we’ve had shy brides announce, “This is it, this is my dress,” with absolute confidence and a big smile. Regardless of the reaction, this is a life moment to be embraced and celebrated! You will always remember your moment.

Deflate. You’re in the moment, relishing it as well as the dress you can see yourself walking down the aisle in!! And then someone says, “You can’t say yes today, you have to sleep on it.” You are forced into two places, disappointment (“But, I came out to find my dress?!”) and confusion (they don’t like it, I look bad, I’m making the wrong choice, etc.). While you can still have a great memory saying yes to the dress at a later time, you will never recreate the moment.

Nervous. You get the call that your dress is in! You waited months for your dress, will you still like it? Will it fit? Will it be as amazing as you you remember? (Yes, yes, and even better!)

Anticipation. You LOVE your dress! You have your perfect accessories. You have the perfect hairstyle and your make up trial was flawless. Now you have to wait for your best day ever!

Picking up your dress is so exciting!
The stylist team at Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo

You could experience any or all of these emotions while you search for your perfect wedding dress! If you do, they are all normal, and you are not the first bride to experience them. We know how to make your bridal appointment fun and we have dresses for every bride! Make your appointment with us!

Bridal Appointment FAQs

You’re engaged and making appointments to find your wedding dress, how incredibly exciting! As Bridal Stylists, we know It can also cause anxiety. It is fear of the unknown with question after question running through your head! This blog will answer our most frequently asked questions and hopefully put your mind at ease coming to us.

When should I buy my dress?
We recommend buying a dress 9-12 months out from your big day. Dresses take 4-5 months to arrive and 1-2 months for fittings with the seamstress to make it just perfect! See our blog When to say “Yes to the Dress!” for more details.

Is this dress white?
A fun fact is that all of the gowns in our store are actually in ivory (except for one which helps to show our brides the contrast!) Ivory is a beautiful, soft, and classic bridal white. We also have gowns available in a different combination of ivory to emphasize dress details and applique including champagne, mocha, blush and much more!

Do I need to bring shoes?
You don’t need shore for your try on! Shoes are important when you begin the alteration process with your seamstress. However, if you are planning to wear heels, it isn’t a bad idea to bring them along to show the skirt proportion because you will need less of a hem. If you are wearing flats or a low heel it isn’t necessary to bring them along. It is your choice though if you’d like to bring shoes!

How long will my dress take to come in?
Dresses take approximately 4-5 months to come in from the designer.

How long will my veil take to come in?
Veils – and most accessories – can take anywhere from 2 weeks to 4 months depending on the designer. It is best to order your dress and accessories at the same time.

What’s a bustle?
A bustle holds up and supports the train of a gown. The gown train is typically worn down for photographs and the ceremony, and then bustled and gently tucked up for the cocktail hour and reception. This allows the bride to freely move around.

Do you do alterations on site?
We do not do alterations on-site but we have two fabulous, local seamstress professionals that handle our bridal gowns.  You will have a private fitting in their studios. They are amazing!

Should I wear a bra?
You do not need to wear a bra for bridal gown try ons or the day of your wedding. Most all of our dresses have built in corseting and cups, and of course, you can get these customized in your gown during alterations!

Do you clean and preserve gowns?
Yes, we can take care of this for you after your wedding! Just contact us after our wedding and we will take care of it – dress and veil included!

Do brides buy on their first time out/at the first store?
This is the question brides wrestle with so often. The short answer is YES. I could list many so brides who asked this question but couldn’t pull the trigger. It takes some a few days, some a few weeks, and some even a few months, to return to buy that first dress from the first store.

How do I store my gown?
When you pick up your gown we will send your gown home safely secured in a Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo cloth, zipped dress bag. Simply store your dress away from sunlight, children, pets, and your fiance (of course!) in a closet and it will be safely stored and secured until you head to alterations, where your dress will be held, pressed, and steamed for your pick up day!

What other services do you offer?
We have tuxedo & suit rentals, bridesmaids dresses, and mother of the bride dresses (arriving soon!)

Can I add or remove sleeves to this?
You may be able to add or remove sleeves on a dress-by-dress basis. Depending on the dress, your consultant will give you the best advice for the ability to customize a dress and and or remove sleeves, which would happen during alterations.

What sizes do you carry?
Your wedding dress size will not be your normal size. Everyone questions the size of the dress. Bridal runs small. Whatever your regular size is you will be one size up, sometimes two sizes up depending on the style of the dress. Do not get upset over the size! Having said that, we carry sample sizes from 4 to 28!

Another helpful blog is our bridal and tuxedo glossary with common terms in the bridal industry that you may not be familiar with.

Have a question about our staff? I think it’s always helpful to see the faces of the team members that may help you. This link will show our super friendly staff who will never push you into purchasing. We all want every bride to find the dress of her dreams and we know we have it! Look at these faces of our real brides and read our reviews, you will feel right at home with us.

Make your appointment with us to find your perfect dress and let us share in your excitement! We can’t wait to welcome you to our family!

Should I Wear a Tuxedo or Suit for My Wedding?

Tan Tuxedo
Allure Men Sandstone Tuxedo With No Satin

Tuxedo or Suit for the Wedding?

Probably one of the top questions we receive from brides and grooms is whether the wedding party should wear a suit or tuxedo for the wedding. We can guarantee you that the bigger question from many of our customers is: “what’s the difference between a tuxedo and a suit”? So let’s start with that information first. Then we can quickly and simply answer your question about whether you should wear a tuxedo or suit for your wedding.

What is a Tuxedo?

Many, if not most tuxedos have satin on the lapel, pockets and buttons. Some, but not all, tuxedo pants have a satin stripe down the side of each pant leg as well. The stitching of the fabric may also be more detailed and fine. However, the largest difference between a tuxedo and a suit is usually the existence of satin on the tuxedo. The satin tends to give a more formal look with a bit of sheen. Satin is shiny and has a very distinct look.

Satin Tuxedo
Navy Tuxedo with Black Satin Lapel

However, over the years, some tuxedo and suit designers have gotten the message from certain brides and grooms: not everyone likes satin. In this particular case designers like Allure have created tuxedos that have no satin at all! The buttons are covered in the same fabric that the tuxedo is made of and there is a stitching along the lapel that creates an outline of where the satin would typically be incorporated into the tuxedo however there is absolutely no satin. This design is often referred to as a self fabric edging that creates a border on the lapel for a more formal look without the satin.

Allure Men Blue Tuxedo
Cobalt Blue Tuxedo with No Satin

So now that we told you that tuxedos have satin and suits do not, that is not always the case. Of the seventy or so tuxedos and suits that we offer, Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo has 4 different styles of tuxedos with no satin on them.

What’s a Suit?

Suits definitely have no satin to be found on the fabric and most of the suit buttons are plastic. At one time, we could argue that all tuxedos had more luxurious fabric than suits but that is no longer the case for all designers. Some of our designers like Michael Kors, Ike Behar and Allure make suits with fabric that is as luxurious and sometimes even more luxurious than some of our other tuxedo designers.

As mentioned in the prior paragraph, we now have very creative tuxedo designers that have created tuxedos with no satin on the jacket, pants or vest. They stitch a visible outline of where satin would normally be on the tuxedo lapel thus giving it the appearance of satin without the sheen. The buttons are often the same fabric and color of the tuxedo itself. Brides and grooms who do not like the shininess of the satin appreciate these designs because they want a tuxedo for their wedding without the satin.

Now that you know more about tuxedos and suits than most people, let’s talk about whether you need to choose a tuxedo or suit for your wedding.

Let’s discuss some things you need to consider that will help you to make a tuxedo or suit decision.

Where Are You Getting Married?

One of the initial questions we ask our brides and grooms is where are they getting married? Is it a barn wedding or a formal ballroom? Maybe it’s neither place. We often recommend the attire needs to match the setting and venue.

If you are having a very formal wedding with elaborate flowers in a stately location and fine china, we often recommend having the wedding party wear a more formal tuxedo.

However, as mentioned previously, some of the suit designers we carry make very handsome suits that look as formal as a tuxedo. That formality includes very fine and textured stitching, high fiber count wool blends and an overall fitted look.

How Formal is the Bride’s Wedding Dress?

Another question we ask during our suit and tuxedo consultation is how formal is the bride’s wedding dress? Fortunately, most of the time, the bride already said yes to her dress at Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo so we can look up in our system the type of dress she is wearing without disclosing the information to the groom. This allows us to immediately advise appropriate styles of suits and tuxedos to better pair the bride and groom on their wedding day.

The analogy we like to give when making this decision on whether to wear a tuxedo or suit for your wedding is this: if the bride is wearing a very formal bridal gown with a lot of ornate lace and a long train, you wouldn’t want to put the groom in jeans, would you?! Each should be dressed as formally or informally as the other. Your wedding photos will come out better and you will feel more comfortable throughout the day.

We can help you decide how formal the bride’s dress looks. We see and have a lot of wedding dresses so this will be very easy for us.

Start with What You Had in Mind.

If you had your heart set on wearing a suit then begin your in-person or video appointment with us looking at suits. If you find something, great! We’ll prepare those suits for your free groom try on so you can see what you look like well before your wedding.

If after looking at our suits, nothing interests you, then allow us to show you our 60 or so tuxedos we have available.

If you were leaning towards wearing a tuxedo for your wedding before consulting us, let’s start by looking at tuxedos first.

Bottom Line

In the end, wearing a tuxedo or suit for your wedding is entirely your choice. Our goal is to try to keep your wedding pictures timeless so that, say in 10 or 20 years, you don’t regret having worn something that is out of place.

Essentially, here are the things you need to consider when choosing between a tuxedo or suit for your wedding:

  1. How formal is your venue?
  2. How formal is the bride’s wedding dress?
  3. Do you like satin or not?
  4. Do you prefer a suit or tuxedo?

Tell us what you prefer, a tuxedo or suit.

Make your appointment with Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo and let us show you our tuxedos and suits. We arrange to have any out of town wedding guests measured anywhere in the country for free and can even ship them their tuxedos or suits. Have a question: you can even text us at 215-491-8500.

Let’s Shop For Engagement Rings!

If you’re looking at diamond engagement rings online, chances are you are close to that rock being on your finger! While you know what you like when you see it in a picture online, there is definitely investigation required when you are in person at a jewelry store to make sure you are getting the best diamond or gemstone for the price you are paying.

There are probably some terms you will hear while shopping that you are unfamiliar with. This blog will give you a head start in learning more to help you make the best decision. In this blog we are not going over the shapes of diamonds, rather the features of diamonds and bands.

The “Four Cs” – these include cut, color, clarity, and carat, and they determine the value of the stone.

Cut – A specific style or shape into which a gemstone is formed. Most cuts intend to alter or maximize how well the stone will sparkle and reflect light. Common cuts include princess, brilliant, Ascher, cushion, emerald, heart, oval, and pear. Some cuts work better with certain gemstones more than others.

Color – The diamond color is based on the absence of color. A chemically pure and structurally perfect diamond has no hue, like a drop of pure water, and consequently, a higher value.

Clarity – Evaluating diamond clarity involves determining the number and size of internal and external blemishes created upon formation of the diamond. No diamond is perfectly pure, but the closer it comes to purity, the better its clarity.

Carat – To put it simply, it is how much a diamond weighs. Diamond price increases with carat weight because larger diamonds are rarer. However, two diamonds of equal carat weight can have very different prices depending on the three other factors above!

So once you have your stone picked out then you are going to pick your setting. The most common are:

Bezel –  The gemstone is protected and secured by being completely surrounded by the metal on all sides.

Bezel setting

Claw/Prong – A claw setting holds a gemstone in place with little prongs or “claws”. Most rings have 4-6 prongs.

Claw/Prong setting

Channel/PavĂ© – These styles have multiple gemstones implanted into the ring band, but so closely that no metal can be seen in between. Alone these can be referred to as eternity bands:

Channel/Pave Setting

Halo – The halo setting refers to the placement of diamonds around a center stone. The halo setting makes the center stone appear larger and increases the sparkle.

Halo setting

Tension – The tension setting is named for the tension of the metal band that secures the diamond in place; the result is that the diamond appears suspended between the two sides of the shank.

Tension setting

What about the band? Which is really just another term for the ring itself.

Bands can come in a number of different metals:

Alloy – most jewelry pieces are often sold as a mix of multiple metals because precious metals are not durable for the long term. For instance gold on its own is very soft and if it is alloyed with other metals it will last much longer. Often gold is mixed with other metals to create a different color such as mixing gold with copper to produce rose gold or with white gold to produce platinum.

What about diamond shapes? To make it easy here is a graphic with the most popular shapes:

Some other terms you should be familiar with are:

Bridal Set

A matching set of rings, such as the engagement and wedding ring, which are meant to be worn together. A common bridal set includes one solitaire ring and an enhancer that creates the illusion of having two additional side-set stones.

Facet

This refers to a flat side (or layer) of a gemstone that results from it being cut into a certain style. Generally speaking, at least with diamonds, more facets mean better light reflection. The brilliant cut, which intends to maximize the sparkle of a diamond, features 58 facets.

Karat (K)

Sometimes misspelled as carat, but appreciated with a K. This term is used specifically for silver or gold, in reference to how pure the metal is. It may be accompanied or replaced by a stamp that shows the purity in percentage. Here are some examples for reference:

14K = 58.5% pure, or 585
18K = 75% pure, or 750
24K = 100% pure, or 1000

Satin Finish

Also known as a brushed or matte finish, a satin finish features many micro parallel scratches, which give it texture. It is popular in men’s rings.

Solitaire

A solitaire ring (or another jewelry piece) simply means that there is only one, single gemstone set upon it.

Now you will be armed with all the info you need to find the perfect symbol of your love! And after you get that beautiful ring, come to us and let us find your equally beautiful wedding dress!

When to Say Yes to the Dress!: Your Go-To Gown Shopping Timeline

Congratulations on your engagement! This is such an exciting time for you, your fiance and your family! One of the first things that comes to mind for a newly engaged Bride is of course, to get THE dress!

You made the decision to commit a lifetime together and now it’s time to pick out your dream gown to say YES to forever in! We are honored to be a part of one of the most exciting experiences as a soon-to-be Bride and we are here to help make the process fun and stress free, and provide an efficient timeline to make the wedding dress process a total success so you feel confident on when to say YES!

The best timeline to buy a dress is 9-12 months from your big day. This gives enough time for the dress to come in from the designer, as well as efficient time to schedule fittings for alterations. We do get your measurements to order your dress so it fits as perfect as possible. Many of our designer’s gowns are made-to-order. It’s very important to give yourself adequate time to avoid late fees and so we can get the dress you love in. If you are working with a shorter lead time or engagement of 4-6 months, it’s no problem. They are typically considered rush orders, and may just incur expedited shipping fees.

There is no right or wrong order as to what sequence in the wedding planning process you get your dress. It may be the first priority on your wedding check-list, or it may be after you select your venue to fit an overall style and feel. Every bride has their own unique approach and we welcome you with open arms whenever you are ready to make your appointment!

Before you come in for your appointment, we recommend you browse some style dresses you like. This is the time where you can get inspired by Pinterest and create a Wedding Gown board! You can get lost in Pinterest for hours… maybe even days! When we schedule your appointment you can even send us a link to your Pinterest Board or you can share images of dresses you like. This allows us to envision exactly what you are looking for and help us find the perfect dresses for you to try on when you get in!

Now that you know the timeline you should be dress shopping, it’s important to know WHEN to say yes to the dress. You will absolutely know WHEN you have your moment. There will be tears, oooh’s, ahhs, and cheers! Our biggest piece of advice is once you have THE gown picked out that you absolutely adore and cannot live without DO NOT second guess it. Stop looking for dresses. Second-guessing will only stress you out, over complicate the situation, and set-you-back in the dress selecting process.

Once the dress is into our store, you get to come in for a try on appointment! Which truly is the most magical moment because you are trying on YOUR own wedding gown for the very first time!! We know how important this is for you, and we even give you an estimated time of arrival via text.

Then voila! You get to bring home your gorgeous gown and can get alterations so it fits your silhouette ever so perfectly. Here at Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo we also have tuxedo and bridesmaid dresses to complete the full look.  Text the owners directly at 215-491-8500 for more details!