One Bride's Perspective...Hear what Danneille Teklu has to say about planning her wedding and being a bride!
When planning a wedding, it sometimes helps to read about others' experiences. This article is a little window into the wedding plans of one, soon to be bride, Danneille Teklu. I met Danneille soon after her move to NY about two years ago. We hit it off because of our mutual love of food and ballet.
Danneille met her fiance, Craig, soon after moving here through mutual friends. They are getting married June 8th at the Fox Hollow catering hall in Long Island, NY. I was able to talk to Danneille about her wedding - I learned what has she enjoyed, what has challenged her - and share some great tips with you!
One challenge many brides have is choosing the right dress for their bridesmaids. Danneille expressed having this challenge. "They each have different bodies & skin tones and I wanted one dress that would flatter them all". I can't wait to see what she picked!
My friend and fashion expert, Deanna Diaz, had some great advice on bridesmaid dress shopping in her article here.
Speaking of fashion....I was very curious to see what Danneille would choose as her wedding gown since she loves high fashion and has great taste. When I asked her about it, here's what she had to say:
"I love my gown! It's a strapless mermaid in ivory. I found a dress I liked in a magazine but it was wayyy too expensive -over $4,000 so I searched for something similar within my budget. I found a very similar dress on www.weddingshoppeinc.com. I went to a local boutique to buy it. As soon as I saw it I knew it was the one! It was 12 sizes too big but I still knew I loved it. In the store it was $300 more expensive than at www.weddingshoppeinc.com so I asked if they could match the price -they offered $100 off. I went home and bought it online in my size for $300 less no tax & free shipping. The dress arrived brand new fully wrapped with a garment bag, extra buttons & optional straps in 3 weeks!"
Danneille did a great thing here....she was brave enough to haggle. It's funny because people don't think to do this when they are planning their weddings. But every bride should try to get the best price for whatever she is buying. So, don't be afraid to ask...."can you work with me on the price?" If the answer is no, then do a little research, shop around, visit other vendors and see if you can beat the price. Good job Danneille!
Seeing that Danneille isn't from NY, she has lots of friends and family coming in from out of town for the wedding. Here's what she plans to do to make them feel right at home:
"They are staying in the city and making a vacation out of it. I have activities planned like a tour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the rehearsal dinner. I have gift baskets for my out-of-town guests too."
Gift baskets or gift bags are the perfect way to say "thanks for coming!" to family and friends. Check out more ideas for gifts here in an article I wrote: Make the perfect gift bag for your out of town guests! Busy brides may run out of energy by the end of the planning process, but don't let these "little details" go by the wayside. Family and friends, especially those in your bridal party, may be willing to help you with these elements of the planning process. A bottle of wine and some snacks are a perfect setting for a DIY evening of gift bag making fun! And, of course, your event/wedding planner is always there to help with these tasks. (Check out the services page for more details on how I could help.)
Creating an itinerary for guests is a great way to welcome them from out of town.
You don't want to over-schedule them, but you definitely want to show them you have given it some thought. Include the itinerary in their wedding invitation so that guests can prepare to attend all the festivities.
A museum trip, like what Danneille has planned, is a perfect way to get the crowd together. Some other ideas may include:
* Theater show (check for group rates if your party is large enough)
* Bowling, the classy kind (I know it sounds crazy....but they are great for getting a group together)
* Wine tasting tour on Long Island
* Circle line tour of the city
* Guided tour of Central Park
Setting up a block of hotel rooms is also a great way to take care of your friends and family coming in from out of town. This usually helps keep the cost down. Remember to contact the hotel directly to get the best rates. Many establishments will give the bride and groom a room upgrade or even a free room for the wedding night to show their gratitude for creating the block.
Danneille and Craig can't wait to get married! And I can't wait to see it all come together! Pictures of their wedding will be up in a couple of weeks.
Thanks, Danneille, for chatting with me about all your plans.
For the Love of Weddings...
If you like reading my blog, sign up for the notifications.
You can also follow me on Twitter or Like us on Facebook for blog announcements!