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A Wedding Dress Shopping Story

by Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo’s Lead Stylist Suzanne Ardite

Congratulations ~ You’re engaged! You are about to embark on one of the most joyous and daunting journeys of your life… planning your wedding. There are so many things that will require your attention and planning skills in the next few months. You will hear and read so much advice on wedding planning that your brain may overload. And, one of the most anticipated and heralded moments in your journey will be finding THE perfect dress.

But, before you start pinning those dresses on Pinterest and making those appointments, you may need to contemplate what kind of bridal appointment you wish to have that will help you accomplish your goal. This blog tells an actual story of one of my recent brides so settle in.

Who Am I?

My name is Suzanne Ardite and I’ve been fortunate enough to work as a Bridal Consultant for many years and in many states before finding my newest home at Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo. I have seen attitudes toward fashion and function change with regard to the bride’s gown and the nature of bridal appointments has changed along with it.

Not that long ago, bridal gown shopping was exclusive to the bride-to-be, her mother or grandmother. Perhaps a Godmother or sister would attend the appointment. It was this core group that joined the bride and offered their opinions. Now, with the advent of popular reality shows like, “Say Yes to the Dress”, appointment dynamics have really changed.

Many appointments are a full bridal party event, bringing very large groups and some complete with alcohol. Some guests wander off during the appointment, pull dresses that the bride has no interest in (“Oh just try it on for fun!”), is over budget (“Just try it, it’s so gorgeous!”), or they attempt to accessorize dresses the bride doesn’t like (“Try a veil with that one!”)

This is not how you initially shop for the most special garment of your life.

Let’s Talk About The Search

Your dress is more than just a garment to be worn on your wedding day. The “modern” bridal gown is imbued with a traditional mystique that harkens back to Victorian England. This creation of silk, tulle or lace has the power to convey your identity and personality to all gathered. It creates ambience and whispers of the overall theme of your day. It speaks of sophistication and elegance. It shares your sense of whimsy and fun, all while flattering your silhouette and inspiring awe. That is a lot to ask from a dress.

It’s with these thoughts in mind that we, as bridal consultants, do our very best to provide you with our undivided attention, knowledge, and expertise to help guide you to the one particular dress that will make heads turn, remain in your guests memories, and most importantly, be the one in which you go from Miss to Mrs.

Case In Point

One of my recent brides, Carly, was married in November to her wonderful fiancé, Jim. She looked absolutely phenomenal in a gorgeous, customized, ivory-colored Casablanca tulle and re-embroidered lace gown. But, she was only able to find her dream dress after readjusting her appointment priorities and focusing on her objective.

Carly is an admitted people pleaser by nature and one of the nicest people you could meet. Wanting to make sure everyone felt included, she brought her entire bridal party to her initial appointment at a big box store. What she expected would be a magical day turned into a huge disappointment which left her full of confusion.

Her group was trying to be helpful of course and she didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings so she continued trying on gowns pulled and suggested for her that she knew she would never consider for her special day with Jim.  Carly tried to ask her stylist for help in what would look best, but the consultant was working with multiple brides and could not focus on her. She continued trying on dresses that others liked, waited for mirror space and the consultant’s attention.  Feeling overwhelmed, Carly decided that if she were to find the gown of her dreams – the gown she wanted Jim to see her in as his bride – she needed to rethink her appointment parameters.

An Appointment With Intention and Focus

For her appointment with me at Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo, she chose to limit her audience to her amazing mother, Petrina. During our quiet, intimate appointment, we were able to target what Carly truly wanted in her dress.

We discussed her wedding venue, theme, color pallet, and the overall aesthetic of the day. We narrowed down the most flattering silhouettes to compliment her figure. After we accomplished this, we were able to narrow down her choices further. Could she dance in it? Would she be comfortable in the gown for her long day? What dress color would compliment her skin tone best and photograph well? Would she need foundation garments or special alterations to customize the dress to her specifically? Could we make custom changes to make it absolutely perfect for her? These are all critical topics that needed to be addressed with intention and focus, with every bride.

At the end of our 90 minutes together, Carly was able, confident, and delighted to say “YES” to her dress… and enjoy a champagne toast and shed a few very happy tears!  For a stylist, sharing this moment is incredibly special.

A Better Way – The “Reveal”

You may find as a bride that you are sometimes put in a precarious position of having to meet other peoples’ expectations even though it is your special day. Some brides feel obliged to acquiesce to others on dress choice, but placating other people does not always translate to your satisfaction or happiness.

Of course you want everyone to have a special part in seeing you transition from daughter, sister, cousin or friend to bride. This can be accomplished with minimal effort and will satisfy everyone’s desire to have a part in your big day.

After you have said “YES” to your dress and the gown arrives from the designer, we will schedule you for your Bridal Gown Try-On Appointment. This is a very special appointment at Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo because you are trying on your dress. We refer to this appointment as The Reveal!

During your Reveal appointment we encourage you to bring in your bridal group!  You can finally share with everyone your dream dress and your vision for your big day. It is a wonderful way for your nearest and dearest friends and family to participate in choosing the finishing touches to complete your wedding day ensemble. It is at this appointment where you may find that incredibly special “something old” or “something borrowed”! Everyone gets to participate in your final touches, take pictures, and see you transition to a bride in YOUR dress, that you chose, and your party will see it is the perfect dress for you!

How Many Should I Try On?

Are you indecisive? The more you try the harder it will be.  Are you shopping too early? You may wish you had waited for the newest inventory.  When you find a dress you love, that checks all the boxes, say yes with confidence.

“Oh, but you can’t say yes yet!”

Why? If you found a dress you love that checks all the boxes, everyone loves it, and one person says, “You can’t say yes yet, you need to sleep on it.”  Why would that one person tell you not to say yes and put doubt in your mind?  Because he or she doesn’t like it?  Because you aren’t capable of making the right decision, after you and your stylist found the exact dress you described?

Now you leave, confused and disappointed, thinking you must not know what you’re doing (why didn’t she like it, I loved it) or you must have looked bad (she thinks I’m in the wrong style). Our stylists would never pull dresses that don’t flatter you. Bring a smaller group of those whose opinions you trust, trust your stylist, and ultimately, trust yourself!

The Moral

You know when you know. You will have that moment, you will get chills, you just might start to cry. Your smaller group of loved ones will support you completely. When you know, say YES! Once you do, all of your other details will fall perfectly into place and your vision will become clearer.  Now it’s time to move onto a bridesmaid appointment and there you can kick back and enjoy being a bride-to-be!

Make your appointment with Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo online.  Our family-owned Warrington PA bridal & tuxedo shop will take personal care of you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tips for Styling Bridesmen and Groomsmaids

Couples choose their closest friends and family members to stand with them on their wedding day. Just because some of the bride’s closest friends are men doesn’t mean they shouldn’t stand on her side, and the same goes for the groom’s female friends. Although not the norm, it’s become more and more common to see mixed bridal parties composed of traditional bridesmaids and groomsmen in addition to “bridesmen” and “groomsmaids.” These tips will help couples choose the appropriate attire for their bridal party.

Attire for Bridesmen

A woman in a suitLadies looking to include bridesmen have a number of fashion choices to choose from. There’s the standard suit, which doesn’t necessarily have to match bridesmaids’ dresses but shouldn’t match the tuxedos worn by the groomsmen. Alternatively, a matching suit of the same color, material, and style as the bridesmaids’ dresses creates a more cohesive look on the bride’s side. A third option chosen by some brides is to have bridesmen wear the same tuxedo as groomsmen.

Fashion for Groomsmaids

There are even more fashion options for ladies standing with the groom. The most popular option is the groomsmaid dress, which is a formal dress that’s different from the bridesmaids’ dresses. It’s typically darker in color to match the groomsmen’s attire but sometimes plays off the bridesmaids’ colors. Another popular and fashion-forward choice is to have her wear the same suit or tuxedo as the other groomsmen. A few more options include a dress that perfectly matches the color or style of the groomsmen’s outfits, a pantsuit similar (or not!) to the groomsmen’s look, or a formal jumpsuit with a slightly masculine touch.

We’ll Help You Choose Your Look

One more popular option that some couples are choosing involves each bridal party member loosely matching. For this look, each member of the bridal party matches the wedding’s color palette, but each person—whether on the groom’s side or the bride’s—chooses his or her own look. No matter which option you choose for your wedding party, you’ll find gorgeous bridesmaids’ dresses at Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo that also work beautifully as groomsmaids’ dresses. We also have tuxedos from leading designers like Michael Kors and Ike Behar for every member of the bridal party. Call/text us at 215-491-8500 or schedule an appointment online at our Warrington, PA store.

Worry Free Wedding Dress Shopping

You may have heard the news:  David’s Bridal has recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  We have brides coming to our store who are worried to purchase a wedding dress from David’s Bridal given the company’s financial difficulties and imminent store closures.

While they say there will be “no disruption”, filing for bankruptcy is the writing on the wall. Remember the brides who lost their deposits and never received their wedding dress from Alfred Angelo and the independent, local Ashe B. store that abruptly closed with no warning?  David’s Bridal filing for bankruptcy is the warning.

As an independent store, we are always heartbroken for brides who find themselves in that situation.  It is very stressful planning a wedding, and you need someone to take care of you, not make you worry.

The Writing on the Web

We figured something was up with David’s Bridal when we began seeing their corporate headquarters on our company website on a frequent basis.  Why would an international, multi-location company,  owned by a hedge fund, need to watch what our family business was doing?

They were watching us.  The only reason they would want to see what we are doing is to copy the recipe. Confident they can never copy our customer service, our commitment to our employees, nor our passion, it ended up making us laugh whenever we saw them back in, poking around.

We are family owned; they are owned by a hedge fund.

We are about people; they are about profits.

Two huge differences that cannot be copied.

Some of the other big box menswear stores are also showing signs of financial troubles.  They are having a tough time maintaining adequate inventory and choices. Two of them offer a total of 9 tuxedos and suits for rent.  Nine?! Again, all about the profits.

We offer 100! We are very happy and very proud to accommodate our customers.

Another unfortunate finding recently was when we came across a local store selling second-hand wedding dresses at higher prices than buying the dress new. That is a scam. Do your research on your vendors and don’t get burned.

Who We Are

We are a family-owned bridal and tuxedo store looking to give our customers a memorable experience.  Sure we could employ some of the financial tricks that others do to increase profitability and margins, but that’s not who we are.  We aren’t trying to squeeze profits to please the shareholders. We are committed to the bridal business for the long run and our reputation matters. In fact, our reputation has put us on the map.

When you come to our store, you will never be pressured.  From our founding, we made a decision to not compensate our employees with sales commissions so there is absolutely no incentive to pressure you to buy or spend beyond your budget for your wedding dress or tuxedos.

We are committed to offering high quality products for all budgets and are constantly researching brands for quality and value. Weddings are expensive and we promise to provide the highest quality for the price.

We support our family with this business and are proud to serve the community.  We are not a franchise or a chain. Darianna is the combination of our daughters’ names: Daria and Deanna. You may even have Daria as your bridal consultant!  Deanna, a little too young still, is not far behind!

We care about you and your wedding day. This is not a job for us, we live and breathe it. We are committed to building this wonderful and fun business the right way.

Direct Access to the Owners

You have direct access to the owners, almost any time of day.  You can text our store telephone number at 215-491-8500. The owners, husband and wife Wendy and Franco, will personally answer your texts, whether we are open or not.  Go ahead try it now!

Awards, Reviews, and Accreditation

When we say do your research on your vendors, we are serious!

Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo is accredited by the Better Business Bureau and have an A+ rating.  We even have 5-star reviews on the BBB site. Google  “Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo” and see our reviews on Google, Facebook, the BBB, The Knot, Wedding Wire, and Yelp.  We were even featured on the TLC wedding show Say Yes: Wedding SOS. Take a look at our Rave Page to see some of the many awards we have won, most recently 2018 Pick of the Knot, and our 5th straight win of the Casablanca Bridal Diamond Award.

We Are Committed to You

Unfortunately, some businesses fail.  Brides and grooms need to feel confident with and be able to trust the bridal and tuxedo store they choose.  Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo will build that trust with you from the time you text us, to the time you walk into our doors, and ultimately walk down the aisle.

Bottom line: We are here for you.  We will take personal care of you and you will have a lot of fun visiting us.  No worries!

Thank you for supporting our small business!  Make your appointment with us online. You can even text our store telephone number at 215-491-8500. Our family is here to serve all of your bridal and tuxedo needs far into the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wedding Trends for 2019

Planning a wedding for 2019? Wedding Wire’s experts tell the new must-have details to include in your ceremony and reception. Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo went ahead and tapped a few of our own Bucks County wedding experts to see if they are feeling these and we are super excited to provide on-point trends to consider for your big day.

Sculptural installations are the new centerpieces.

While sculptural floral installations of greenery and flower walls were very popular in 2018, expect a shift toward more unique pieces sitting tabletop. Greenery and wood are simple and beautiful. Kate Carroll, owner of KC Event Group in Chalfont, PA says, “For 2019, consider something other than flowers for a sculptural centerpiece. Use woods, ceramics, paper flowers and tie in some of your interests at the same time.”

Photo courtesy of KC Event Group; books on a tree
trunk slice create a unique centerpiece sculpture

 

Couples are choosing upgraded linens with lots of textures.

It’s not just sculptures that will enhance the look of wedding reception tables, in 2019 linens are going beyond basics. Go for a textured linen with edges of lace or embellished with beads and ribbons for a more ornamental setting.

Linens with color and lace will add a decorative touch
to your reception tables

 

Sunday weddings are on the rise.

Couples are hosting family and friends for weekend-long events including welcome parties, after parties, post-wedding brunches, and activities, and are now opting to celebrate with the main event on Sunday. “We love Sunday weddings,” says Tyler Ford, Co-owner of the Warrington. “Sundays are easier to book during peak months, and they can also be less expensive so you can add more to your reception like fun stations and upgraded entree selections and still stay in budget.”

When it comes to flowers, brides are choosing quality over quantity.
Greenery has always been popular in garlands and archways, but now brides are including more of it in their bridal bouquets. More greenery with fewer, yet large blooms like peonies and roses creates a soft and elegant vibe.

 

Rust is the new metallic.

Paired with cream and dark brown or navy, rust and copper bring an enriching warmth and sophistication to the table. Move over rose gold, it’s copper for 2019.

Dark brown, cream, and rust create a
dramatic tablescape.

Brides are opting for natural and classic beauty looks.

Bridal beauty is going classic in 2019. “My favorite go-to is a classic bridal look that enhances the bride’s beauty,” said Daneene Jensen of Daneene Jensen & Associates. “Perfected skin, slightly bolder eye with full lashes, rosy cheeks and complementary lip color looks great on every woman.” For hair she suggests, “Nothing too contrived or severe.” Go for styles that are effortless looking.

Hair by Daneene Jensen & Associates stylist Dara
reflects styles that are effortless and classic

Location-themed favors are a must.

Edible favors have been in for years, but for 2019 favors focused on the couples’ hometown is something your guests will love. “When it comes to favors, everyone’s favor-ite (see what I did there?!) is food!” says Kate Carroll. “Forego engraved wine glasses, coasters, and mason jars and consider giving some hometown treats. Tastykakes, soft pretzels, or even mini cheesesteaks keep your guests happy without breaking your budget.”

Interactive bars allow guests to customize their drinks.

Caterers have been offering food truck and interactive food stations for a few years, allowing guests to customize the food they eat during a couple’s cocktail hour, but the interactive bar is catching on for 2019. Consider a specialty bar, like tequila or scotch tasting, to get your guests involved in a fun activity.

Wedding dress sleeves are all the way back.

No, they aren’t 1980s sleeves. Today they are incredibly gorgeous illusion sleeves with lace, beading, and buttons. “It makes such a difference that sleeves are back,” said Wendy Ianieri, President and co-owner of Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo. “Our brides and our stylists love all of the expanded options.”

Sleeves on dresses by Kitty Chen, Amare, Casablanca,
Beloved, and Jessica Morgan at Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo

More blue tuxedos for 2019.

This is one of the hottest looks for the men. “Suit or tuxedo, the blues have it,” said Franco Salerno, CEO of Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo. “The greys are still around, but I predict our new cornflower blue tuxedo will be very popular next year.”

Cornflower by Allure Men’s

Purple is replacing pink as the go-to maid shade.

Lilac, violet, wisteria, lavender, and heather are quickly replacing petal and shell pinks. Shades of purples are so on point right now, and the deep and vibrant plum and eggplant colors are replacing navy.

Shades of purple by Bill Levkoff
at Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo

“Brides are asking for purples now,” said Suzanne Ardite, lead Bridal Stylist for Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo. “Whether the maids are in different shades or they are all in the same, it’s a lovely choice next to an ivory or white wedding dress.”

Not trendy?

Not into following the trends? Neither is Wedding Planner Amanda Dabbeekeh of Diamonds And Details. She says she loves when her couples don’t follow the masses. “If you love ‘rustic glam’, then plan the barn wedding with candelabras as your centerpieces. If you want to name the tables after your favorite cities or sports teams, make it about you and go for it.”

Whichever way you go, choosing the right vendors is key to keeping you stress-free and help your day turn out beautifully. It’s a great time to be engaged!

Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo is a multi-award winning bridal and tuxedo store in Warrington, Bucks County, PA. We are pleased to partner with some of the highest rated vendors in the wedding industry, serving Bucks, Montgomery, Lehigh Valley, and Philadelphia Counties. Make your appointment with us today to see gorgeous wedding dresses and continue on your magical bridal journey with us!

 

 

 

 

 

A Thankful Message

As a family-owned bridal and tuxedo store in Bucks County, we have a lot to be thankful for all year round.  This time of year is especially sweet for us because we get to look back at the many great brides and grooms we dressed for their weddings throughout the year.  It is a brief moment of reflection because bridal season starts all over again for us on January 2nd since many get engaged over the holidays.

This year we saw the entry of our beautiful daughter, Daria, into our family business. She is a natural and loves working with brides and grooms. Chalk it up to a very smart millennial working with millennial brides-to-be! We are extremely proud that next year she will also become a wish granting volunteer for the Make-A-Wish foundation, an organization for which she interned during her college years.  We are thankful for having her to help continue our mission at Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo.

Our little Deanna, who puts up with us being away so many hours, is a busy 5th grader.  She plays guitar and loves video and editing. She has done several videos for us already with plans for many more that we can’t wait to see. We are obviously thankful for our funny, fiesty Deanna and hope we can get her to come into the store more next year.

We are thankful for our wonderful new bridal consultant Esther Hughes. Both sweet and knowledgeable, she fits our company culture to the letter.  We love having her and are very proud that she was able to join us and spread her cheer on our brides.

Joe, our tuxedo and suit department manager has really bonded with our customers.  We are very thankful for his dedication and service. His easy-going personality is a perfect fit for our store, and for helping plan a wedding. Joe has very exciting news coming in 2019 so you’ll have to stay tuned for his announcement!

Suzanne is a true wedding pro.  There is nothing she doesn’t know about wedding dresses, accessories, wedding etiquette and more.  When you are assigned Suzanne for trying on wedding dresses, you’ll get an entire education on weddings! Plus, her sense of humor keeps our store laughing and lighthearted. We are very thankful that we have Suzanne.

Anyone who has met Shannon knows that she is a ball of energy.  And she probably knows somebody you know (she knows everyone!). Kind and capable, Shannon will help you try on wedding dresses, fit you for a tuxedo, talk about our large inventory of bridesmaid dresses, and find that perfect prom gown for you.  Thank you Shannon, we are grateful for you being with us and doing everything!

Paul is another newcomer this year in our tuxedo department. With his prior experience in the formal wear world, he knows as much about tuxedos as he does about dresses and fabrics!  Paul’s knowledge, fitting capabilities and reliability make us all thankful everyday he works with us.

And let us not forget Nick!  After several years of working with us, part time during the school year and full time in the summers, Nick thinks the pastures are greener at Penn State in State College!  However, we have good news, he is still working with us during the holidays, including this Thanksgiving. Stop by to say hello to him and take that obligatory selfie with him.  We are thankful to have Nick back for the holidays!

Anyone who has worked with us, knows how special our entire team is.  They are kind, hard working, fun, and just plain good-hearted. We would argue they are the nicest in the bridal business, but we’ll let you see for yourself!

Since the founding of Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo, we have always had a policy of being closed on all major holidays.  Our staff deserves this. We would like them to be home, enjoying time with family and friends.

Yes, we know, how can a retail store be closed during the holidays?  We’ve heard this many times over the years. Our staff is part of our family and we value and appreciate them far more than a few extra sales over the holidays.

With that in mind, we would like to inform everyone that we will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday.  We will reopen on Saturday, November 24th at 10 AM.

We have many weddings occuring during the weekend of Thanksgiving.  The owners are still available if you need something either for your wedding, would like to ask a question, would like to make an appointment or would just like to say hello.

Need to get a hold of us during opening and closed hours?  There are many ways:

  1. Text our store telephone number at 215-491-8500, even on holidays.  The owners will personally answer your text.
  2. Do an online chat with us at https://www.dariannabridal.com/
  3. Make an appointment online: https://www.dariannabridal.com/appointments
  4. Message us on google: https://www.google.com/search?q=Darianna+Bridal+%26+Tuxedo&ludocid=7498584596071933676
  5. Message us on Facebook @dariannabridal
  6. Message or text us via Instagram @dariannabridal
  7. Or call us at 215-491-8500.

Feel free to choose the contact method that works best for you.  

From Wendy, Franco, Daria, Deanna, Joe, Suzanne, Shannon, Paul, Esther and Nick, we would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Three Tips for Preserving Your Wedding Dress

A wedding dress is considered to be the single most important piece of clothing there is by many women. It’s no wonder there is such concern regarding preserving these gowns, whether it’s to keep as memorabilia or to pass down. For those who have big days coming up, these are simple ways to ensure a gorgeous dress stands the test of time.

Act Quickly

The shoulder of a lace wedding dress

Unfortunately, many brides don’t realize the importance of wedding dress preservation until months or years after their wedding. Wedding dress preservation should be the first step one attends to after returning from a honeymoon. After six weeks, stains have already set into a wedding dress, making it particularly difficult to address them with professional cleaning services. It’s best to do research well before the wedding to find a professional cleaner or preservationist, and then assign a bridesmaid with the task of taking the dress to them the day after the wedding. We’ve also had mom and dad take care of the wedding gown preservation.

Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo Can Help

Fortunately, your research should not have to take you far! Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo provides a fully organic dry cleaning, pressing, and preserving service for your wedding dress. We use a company that has been preserving wedding gowns for over a hundred years. They are so good and trustworthy at providing this service that we use them to clean our sample gowns in our store. They are returned to us looking like new.

The dress is organically cleaned, pressed, and preserved. It is placed in a beautiful display box and comes with a handy carrying case. The service also includes 3 basic accessories (veil, jacket, garter, gloves, etc.) for preservation.

Wedding dress preservation is also a thoughtful gift idea. If you know a bride recently married or soon to be married, call or come in for a gift card for her to use for this wonderful service. This is a great gift for bridal parties to present to their bride as well.

Be Informed

Boxes to preserve wedding dresses

Wedding dresses come in different styles, colors, and fabrics, all of which may need special attention. Lace will require a different cleaning method than silk, and the same goes for cleaning a wine stain versus a sweat stain. Beading is especially tricky to properly clean. Check the tag or label on the dress to determine if it has special care instructions related to dry cleaning or the type of chemicals that may be used on the dress. If in doubt, contact the dress vendor for more details about proper cleaning and preservation.

Be cautious of going to a standard dry cleaner, even if they say they can clean wedding dresses. As a rule of thumb, if the dry cleaner doesn’t clean at least 100 wedding dresses in a year, then it’s better to opt for a professional cleaner or preservationist who has the experience in cleaning gowns.

Check pricing, too. We have, and our pricing is hard to beat. Plus, Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo brides get a special discount!

Store It Right

Even if a wedding dress looked pristine when it went into storage 30 years ago, keeping a dress in the wrong conditions can be ruinous. Be sure to store the dress out of direct sunlight, which can fade the dress or even turn it yellow as time passes. Remove it from the hanger and store it in an airtight preservation box or wedding chest—many preservationists will provide this as part of their cleaning. Avoid using plastic zip-up bags to store the dress, as they can misshape the gown over time or possibly trap moisture.

A wedding dress is an investment that will hold a lifetime of memories. For more information about wedding dress preservation or to begin searching for your perfect dress today, call Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo at 215-491-8500 to schedule an appointment today. We’ll work one-on-one with you to help you find the perfect dress for your big day.

Real Bride Blog: Jenna Cusack-Gentert

The Meeting

My husband and I met at work in Delaware. I had only been working there for a few months, but he had been pursuing me ever since he met me during my first interview. Our first date was a “non-date date”, he convinced me to hang out with him so I could meet his dog. After that, we pretty much spent every single day together. 

The Proposal 

Ken and I planned a trip to visit Laguna Beach, CA for a quick weekend getaway to be a part of a friend’s engagement. I had no idea that the engagement was going to be for us, so I went along throughout the weekend thinking I was helping to surprise someone else! Ken proposed on a cliff overlooking the ocean and shortly after that revealed to me he had flown in my parents, his parents, and our best friends. After the surprise of the proposal, our friends had a party for us at their house. I was extremely thankful that Ken spared no detail in making sure I had on a new dress, my nails done, and a photographer to catch our proposal in action!

The Pre-Planning Details 

We both wanted to have a springtime wedding with indoor options for the ceremony and the reception. Ken and I both wanted to have a unique venue and share our love of travel with our guests. We decided to get married in Nashville, TN since it is almost a halfway point in the U.S. for California (where Ken is from) and Pennsylvania (where I am from). I chose French Blue for the bridesmaids dresses and picked pale pink and peach for the flowers for a nice spring feel. I had five bridesmaids and Ken had four groomsmen.  

The Venue

We both liked the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville because they had multiple space options and great architectural features. We decided the venue was a perfect compromise for Ken’s love of country music and my love for museums. We also loved that the venue was one block from Broadway so our guests could check out the best bars in Nashville before or after the wedding! 

The Dress

I had my mom, my future mother-in-law, both grandmothers, my sister, younger cousin, and two of my bridesmaids attend my first appointment. I was extremely lucky that Darianna’s was able to handle such a large party and keep everyone’s opinions in line! I was pretty sure of what I did not want in a dress since I worked at a bridal store in college. After trying on over twenty dresses, I realized my previous opinions were wrong! I wound up picking a dress with everything I did not want; it was strapless, more of a ball gown shape, and had a lot of tulle!

I only went to Darianna’s and had only one appointment to find my dress and everyone agreed on the dress in less than two hours! We were extremely lucky to get the dress picked out on the first appointment because two weeks later I moved across the country to Arizona! 

The Pre-Wedding Parties

Eleven months before the wedding, Ken and I had moved to Arizona. We wanted our bridal parties to see our new house and visit Arizona since many of them had never even been here! Both of us had very low-key bachelor/bachelorette parties and spent our weekends showing off our new city Phoenix to all our friends! For the Bridal Shower, my mom and bridesmaids were wonderful and planned everything for me in Pennsylvania. I flew home for a weekend and they surprised me with the Bridal shower at a country club! 

The Day Of 

The day of the wedding was extremely relaxing, we stayed at a hotel attached to our venue and we had a wonderful hairstylist and makeup artist. For my something old, I had the pearl necklace my grandmother gave to me repurposed into a bracelet, my something new was the hair pins my mother-in-law bought for me, my something borrowed was my mom’s earrings, and my something blue were my undergarments. 

The Ceremony

We were very happy to have chosen an indoor venue since it rained the day of our wedding. For our pictures, we were very excited to be able to take pictures in any part of the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum and our first look was in the Ford Theater. We had so much fun taking pictures with our entertaining bridal party and they calmed our nerves for the ceremony! We had a quick ceremony in the Rotunda of the Country Music Hall of Fame which is an extremely unique space. We also were fortunate to have one of Ken’s best friends officiate our wedding, which put us both at ease during our vows. 

 

The Reception

The Reception was so fun but seemed to go by so fast! Our guests loved the photo booth we had, the cupcakes we had instead of cake, and the popcorn and candy bar at the end! Our favorite moments were dancing with our friends and seeing all of our guests hangingout together! We loved that our friends were able to meet each other (we had guests come from eleven different states!) and go out to the bars on Broadway after the wedding! 

Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo is a multi award-winning bridal & tuxedo store located in Warrington, Bucks County, PA.  Call or go online to make an appointment with us!

How About Some Custom Wedding Decor?!

 

Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo is excited to feature another awesome vendor – this one makes the coolest custom wedding decor from cake toppers to table numbers to signage, and more!

So pleased to feature Lexi Eveleth of Everlaser, a fellow NACE member and a business professional to customize your wedding decor in one of the most unique ways we’ve seen yet!

Lexi Eveleth, Everlaser

 

Starting Out

With her background in graphic design, she began taking classes to learn how to use a laser cutter so she could make the décor for her own wedding including a cake topper, table numbers, an engraved seating chart, a guest book, and table décor.

Shortly after her wedding, she decided to pursue laser cutting as a business!

She created an Instagram account showcasing her designs and as her following grew, so did her business. She has designs that span between bridal, businesses, homes, and events.

Everlaser has gained so much attention and popularity that she had the amazing opportunity to work with big brands and make logo signs for Louis Vuitton for a flower wall and sale signs for Free People!

Products

When choosing your décor from Everlaser, you have the option to choose from available designs or work with Lexi on custom creations.

She likes to make her products out of natural material like 1/8th and 1/4th inch Birch wood that is stained or painted. She also uses different colored acrylics, paper, and leather depending on the product or preference.

The signage options for your wedding or bridal shower are endless, like:

  • invitations
  • table numbers
  • cake toppers
  • chair signs
  • directional signage
  • dessert bar signs
  • quotes
  • monograms
  • last name
  • ceremony backdrops
  • guest books

Everlaser also features adorable décor for little ones!  She offers shower and nursery signage as well as sweet mirror signs you can hang near their crib.

Check out the “kids” section of her website for a full selection (and to see her sweet little girl help promote).

Contact Lexi at Everlaser today to start designing your wedding decor!  On Instagram: @everlaser

Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo is proud to partner with some of the best vendors in the wedding industry.  As members of NACE and the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, we are thrilled to have built relationships with so many professional and unique vendors.  Top professionals working together provide the ultimate experience in customized, stress-free weddings. Visit us today! Make your bridal appointment or call/text us at 215-491-8500 and let us recommend other outstanding vendors to help bring your vision to life!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blended Organization: How To Create an Organized Home

Today’s blog will help you organize your home and your “stuff” before moving in together.  I am excited to publish this blog because it is something most people don’t think about until it’s a little too late.

If you are about to move in with your partner, this is very important and practical information that needs to be considered before the move to help create an organized and harmonious blending of lives.

For the best advice, we tapped a 4-time Bucks Happening winner, fellow Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Women In Business member, and a true professional in this field.  So proud to have as our guest blogger Audrey Cupo, professional organizer and owner of A Better Space in Bucks County to get you organized and off to a happy start!

How To Create An Organized Home

Audrey Cupo, Professional Organizer and Owner of A Better Space

Are you recently engaged to be married?  Have you recently “tied the knot”?  Congratulations!

The prospect of a new life together can be very exciting. However, it can bring challenges. One of them being blending two people – or families – into one.

As a professional organizer, I am often contacted by people  who have recently married or have moved in together and are now struggling with trying to fit two households into one.

As we all know, we can’t keep everything we own and still have room for someone else. It takes compromise, a concept we become so familiar with when in a relationship.

Just how do we make it all work?

  • Communication is key. You need to discuss what is going to stay and what is going to go. You cannot expect that one person is to give up everything in order to move into the other person’s home. It requires “blended organization”.
  • Avoid duplication. You might have double the furniture. You have to decide which sets of furniture will stay and which will go. Will they be sold, given to other family members or friends or perhaps donated?  NOTE: I discourage using a storage unit long term to solve this problem. It is an expense we don’t need to incur if we make some decisions.
  • The kitchen is a very common area in which blended organization comes into play.  Double the dishes and cook wear, this must be sorted through prior to the move.
  • Closet space.   It is possible that you might both need to weed out your wardrobe to reduce its contents to make it fit into the designated area.
  • Just too much stuff. You might have lots of artwork, nick knacks, collectibles. Do you have enough room to incorporate all of it? Does some of it need to be eliminated? I find that if someone is that passionate about something, you should do whatever you can to keep the collection in tact, but within reason. If it’s a large collection, it just might need to be downsized in order to make it fit into the home. Discuss solutions that work for everyone involved.

Remember, we need to own our possessions, not have our possessions own us!

The bottom line is that when you are combining households, you need to be sure to take the time to communicate about how each other’s possessions will fit into the living space.

It might mean eliminating things altogether or it might mean reducing the amount.

The other factor that comes into play is how each of you function, but that is a discussion for another day. (Be sure to read my next blog entitled “Why Is My Partner Causing Clutter?”)

If you have questions about how to blend your home to accommodate each other, don’t hesitate to contact me at A Better Space at (215) 491-5193 or visit my website at https://www.4abetterspace.com.  I would be happy to show you how you can achieve the home you envision for you and your special someone.
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Audrey Cupo is a full-time Professional Organizer and the sole proprietor of A BETTER SPACE based in Bucks County, PA. She specializes in residential organizing and focuses her business on helping people eliminate clutter, get organized and stay organized with her in-home services. Audrey is the creator of the “U Can Do It” information product line, writes blogs, articles, and guest blogs.  Her public speaking and workshops throughout the Bucks and Montgomery County areas focus on various topics including eliminating clutter, residential organizing, time management, paper management and household budgeting. To learn more about what A BETTER SPACE can do for you and to sign up for her free monthly newsletter “Organizing News You Can Use”, visit https://www.4abetterspace.com/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All in the Family

We are so excited to announce that our daughter Daria has joined the Darianna team as the Director of Communications. She will be taking over the marketing and public relations responsibilities for the business. This includes our social media, press releases, partnerships, and networking.

This is exciting for our company and our family! Bringing on a Communications Director is a vital position to help us manage our fast growing business.  We are proud to continue the legacy of our family-founded bridal and tuxedo store.  Daria is the perfect professional to help us exceed our goals and grow even further.

Daria graduated from James Madison University in 2017 and has her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication. She recently completed an extended internship with The Walt Disney Company in Orlando, Florida and is thrilled to bring their superior guest service concepts to the family business.

To get in contact with Daria, call 215-491-8500 or e-mail daria@dariannabridal.com.