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Buying a Sale Wedding Dress

When you order a new dress if it has beading/embroidery on the hem it should be provided in the exact length to fit you to avoid costly and very difficult alterations. You will need to wear your wedding shoes for the fitting. Ask if the shop assistant is experienced in measuring and fitting. A lot are not!

If you buy a sale dress that has beading and embroidery on the hem and you are too short for the dress you will need to get a definite quote from the shop for the cost of alteration. You could be looking at well over £100 plus for the hem alone and if you are looking to save money by buying a sale gown you do not want to spent a fortune on having it altered.

A tip here if you are ordering a new dress. When yours arrives examine it very carefully as if you were buying a dress from the rail. Check the inside of the bodice for marks and look under the hem for wear and dirt. Unscrupulous shop owners will try to sell as new their sample of gowns that are not getting many orders. This happens a lot in the bridal industry. If a shop has a sample dress that does not get many repeat orders the shop owner will try to get rid of it to the first person you likes it!

Check every inch of your dress and be sure that it is a new dress and not just the shop’s sample. Other signs of the dress having been tried on are a crumpled label, fraying on lacing and scuffed fabric on the hem, especially on the train.

If you are suspicious ask to see their sample (the one you tried on when ordering) If they haven’t got it hanging on the rail the chances are they are selling it to you as new!

Br brave and say that you are not happy with the dress and ask for contact details of the designer who supplied the dress. They will tell you if the shop have actually ordered you a new dress. I know it will be unpleasant but how much worse would you feel if you knew that dozens of other brides had tried on your special gown.

All bridal shops have dresses that are reduced in price. You may find the perfect dress for you in your size and be happy to buy it. Before you do so ask if the shop will have it cleaned for you because many customers may well have tried the dress on. I can tell you from experience that not all brides who try on wedding dresses bother to shower first!

If they refuse then examine the dress carefully, especially on the inside of the bodice and under the hem especially the train. Remember customers may have walked around the shop with the train dragging on the floor. Also look for loose beads or threads and ask to have them sewn on. Look for any marks and if it is not absolutely spotless then ask for a reduction to allow for you to have it cleaned. If the shop agree to have it cleaned ask to see the drycleaners bill because if the dress you buy is satin it can be stuffed into a washing machine and washed very easily!! This is done all the time.

It may cost as much as £80 for a specialist dry cleaner to clean the gown. Remember that silk gowns will cost more to be cleaned than satin. Be prepared to offer less than they are asking for the dress. It should be no more than half the usual price – it has been tried on and as a shop sample is not a new dress.

The wholesale price of the dress will be no more than a third of the retail price so if they are charging more than half price you are being ripped off. It is not a new dress!

The shop owner may try to persuade you that they can take in a dress for you. No wedding dress can be taken in more than two sizes before it shows. Bust seams will be ‘off’ and straps and sleeves will not be in the correct position. Unless the bodice of the dress is totally remade which will cost a lot of money do not accept a dress that is more than two sizes too large. A dress can be let out by a professional dressmaker by up to one size (2″) with reasonable satisfaction.

Another trick played by a few shops is to take out the netting (which holds out the skirt) from the dress and then sell you a hooped petticoat at an inflated price. All full skirted wedding dresses come with netting so if yours doesn’t then ring the designer whose number will be on their website and ask if the dress should have netting in it. Don’t be afraid to ask because this is a very mean trick played by just a few shops.

There are a lot of pitfalls for the bride to be who is unsuspecting of the many sneaky tricks which some unscrupulous shop owners will use. Of course many bridal shop owners would never dream of trying to cheat their customers but it is not easy to know which are the good and bad shops since no one knows if their dress was new or just a tried on sample.

Using Wedding Quotes To Make Your Speech Sparkle

If you are in a position where you have to make a wedding speech, but you are not really sure what to say, then I have a bit of advice for you, which may help you out.

One of the most memorable parts of any wedding, are the wedding quotes and speeches. This is the part of the evening where the audience gets to hear the members of the wedding party speak and share their stories about the bride and groom.

The speeches at a wedding also serve as the entertainment for the evening, as they usually include a few humorous stories and about the new married couple.

If you are involved in the weddings speeches, then you are faced with the tricky task of having to make one of these speeches. The best advice I can give you is to try to find a great set of wedding quotes or speeches, which will help you create your very own speech.

A lot of people never really think of looking for great wedding quotes and speeches to use in their own speech. They will often try to write their speech on their own, but if you ask me, they are missing a big trick here, because if you can find some great wedding quotes, all you need to do then is work them into your own speech.

A couple of years ago I was asked to make a speech at a wedding. I found myself in the same position you probably are in right now if you’re reading this, in that I really didn’t have a clue what I should say and where to even start with creating my speech. Luckily, I did a bit of looking around online, and managed to get my hands on a wedding speech package which offered all sorts of best mans speeches, groom speeches, bride speeches etc., which all had some great wedding quotes in them which I could then pick out and add them into my own wedding speech.

I managed to create a great opening to my speech with a couple of classic wedding quotes that proved to go down really well with the audience. Everyone loves a funny opening to a speech as it breaks the ice and sets the mood.

I then was able to build a strong middle section of my speech which included a few of my own personal stories about the bride and groom, telling the audience how we all met, and a few of the memorable times we have shared together.

I again called on my wedding quotes package to create a great toast to the bridesmaids. This was almost the highlight of the speech as I used a great quote about their beauty and how they had been a real help in the wedding preparations.

Finally, I closed off my wedding speech by using a wedding quote which expressed my sincere well-wishes for the couple and mentioned that they would hopefully grow old together.

All in all, the wedding speech went down pretty well, and the audience seemed to love it. I had genuinely been really worried about knowing what to say during the speech, and if everyone would enjoy it or be bored to tears by it, but luckily for me they all seemed to love it.

The main key to my success was definitely getting my hands on some wedding quotes and speeches and doing a little research with these to build my own perfect speech.

If you are in the same position that I was, and are a little lost as to what you should say in your wedding speech, I would highly recommend you get your hands on a decent wedding quotes and speeches package which will help you create an outstanding wedding speech.

Financial Strategies For Your Wedding

Once you’ve decided whether you’re going to have a no holds barred lavish wedding with all the trimmings and hundreds of guests, or a select few at a very private and intimate ceremony, the next thing you need to do is work out a budget for your wedding. Decide how much you can realistically afford to spend, agree this with your partner and also share it with those that are likely to contribute to your wedding.

After setting your budget you then need to decide when it is that you’re going to get married. Once you know the date of your wedding and you know the budget you can then work out how long you’ve got to come up with the money and set out a plan to make this happen.

For some this might mean a change of lifestyle and a need to make a few sacrifices, and for others it may mean taking on extra work or getting a part-time job for the next year. Either way come up with a realistic plan of how you intend to raise the money. Oh, and by the way,winning the lottery isn’t one of them!

Start getting quotes from all of your suppliers for absolutely everything, and then once you’ve got all your quote you can work through them with your partner and decide what is within your budget and what is most definitely not.

It might seem an obvious thing to do but a lot of couples do not work through their budget together and then end up in a position where they have both chosen items depending on their tastes and at the end of the time realising just how much they have committed themselves to pay

Bear in mind that you may be able to affect the costs by adjusting the timing of your purchases. What I mean by this is that often it is possible to buy items cheaper at different times of the year. For example, wedding venues are often cheaper in the autumn and winter than they are in spring or summer, also weekday weddings can be cheaper not only because the hotel is less busy itself on a Friday but also because less guests can come on a Friday as well.

Now, having less guests may or may not be to your liking but it is an option that you may want to consider.

Check your suppliers, make sure you get multiple quotes for everything. You will most likely find a wide variety in the cost and smaller suppliers in particular tend to be more open to deals. Make sure you get all your quotes in writing as well because you don’t want to get to nearer the wedding day and be presented with an invoice for items that you understood to be a lot less than they actually are.

One last thing to bear in mind is, if you can, make this process a bit of fun, think of it as a game.

You’ve got a certain amount of time in which to complete your task and a certain amount of money to spend and your goal is to get as much as you can for the money that you have. It will mean some difficult decisions for certain items.

Never forget that you can put a spin on just about anything, politicians have been doing this for years. If you have to go for the cheap option, then so be it, sell it to everyone as a style statement. Maybe you’re a no-nonsense person in real life who has no call for the fancy frills and champagne and would much rather go for the beer and mash option. I’ll tell you what, there’s a lot of people attending weddings who would die for pie, peas and a pint rather than fancy little cucumber sandwiches that don’t even fill you up!

Whichever way you go with it, good luck and enjoy the process.