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David's Bridal Offers Expert Tips to Ensure the Wedding Day of Your Dreams

Jan 10, 2007, 00:00 ET from David's Bridal

    CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- We know that glow. Saying
 "yes!" to the love of your life can be exhilarating and, if you received a
 ring over the holiday season, you're not alone. In fact, according to Conde
 Nast Bridal Media's American Wedding Study, 25% of brides get engaged
 between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. With all of the excitement,
 however, comes the planning and countless decisions. Selecting a wedding
 party, choosing a color scheme and floral arrangements, sourcing venues and
 most importantly, finding the perfect dress can be challenging to even the
 most energetic bride-to-be! David's Bridal -- the nation's foremost bridal
 authority, with more than 270 stores nationwide -- offers several helpful
 tips to ensure that planning for the day of your dreams is a piece of cake
 (wedding cake that is):
     * Mind Your Money: The first and most important step to planning a
       wedding?  Establish a budget and try to stick to it.  While many brides
       dream of a fairy-tale wedding, not all have the fairy godmother's
       budget. In fact, more and more couples are paying for their wedding
       themselves -- 32% in 2006 according to the American Wedding Study.
       Luckily, you don't have to compromise style just because you're keeping
       finances top of mind. Try a store like David's Bridal that not only has
       a wide variety of fashionable styles ranging from $299-$1200, but also
       offers the affordable luxury of designer collections such as Oleg
       Cassini, Monique Luo and Galina.  That way, more funds can go toward
       starting your lives together as "Mr. & Mrs.," instead of blowing it all
       on the "big day."
     * Be Prepared: The old Girl Scout adage to be prepared is just as
       applicable when planning a wedding as it is when selling cookies. Bridal
       magazines, websites and bridal shows exist for a reason! Take advantage
       of these sources to determine what type of bride you are and what type
       of wedding you want to have before you hit the stores. A great way to do
       this is to try Dress Your Wedding, an online tool that recently launched
       on the David's Bridal website (  Dress Your
       Wedding allows brides to create the "virtual" wedding of their dreams,
       experimenting with themes, colors, fashion and accessories.  With every
       bridal gown, bridal party dress and accessory, as well as floral
       arrangements and tuxedos available in an easy-to view wedding album
       format, it's a breeze to coordinate wedding fashions. Users can even
       choose from a variety of background templates, such as a beach, garden
       or elegant indoor setting, as well as customize the look of the bridal
       party -- from skin tone and facial features to hair color and style.
       The best part?  Once you've found the fashions that suit your style, you
       can email a shopping list to your wedding party so that they can print
       it out and head to their nearest store for a stress-free shopping
     * If the Dress Fits ...  -- Squeezing into a gown that is not the right
       size is sure to take away from the event and make dancing and mingling
       with guests more difficult.  Make sure to purchase a gown that fits
       properly and allows you to move freely, so that you can look and feel
       great as you dance the night away. To ensure the best fit, look for a
       store that carries a wide assortment of gowns in all sizes, so that you
       can try on a gown in your actual size.  In addition, allow at least six
       to eight weeks prior to your wedding or portrait date for alterations to
       ensure the work is completed and ready for pick-up.  Another helpful
       tip: wear the proper foundations and shoes during the fitting so you can
       envision exactly how the gown will look on your wedding day.
     * Inquiring Minds Want to Know: To assist in the decision-making process,
       it's always a good idea to bring one person along whose opinion you
       value to assist with bridal gown shopping. Having a friend or relative
       with you will no doubt make the experience more enjoyable, as well as
       help to ease concerns about selecting the right gown.  Besides, who
       doesn't love to hear the gasps of "you look gorgeous!" over and over
       again?  In addition, between layers of tulle and lace-up bodices,
       getting gowns on and off can cause some women to break a sweat before
       even stepping out of the dressing room, so it's helpful to have an extra
       pair of hands.  However, brides-to-be should also listen to the advice
       of educated consultants, as they are there to help and suggest styles
       that will fit and flatter their body type.
     * Keeping it Coordinated: Your wedding is a celebration of your
       relationship and as such, every aspect should reflect your personal
       style. To achieve a customized look, try a one-stop-shop that allows you
       to carry a preferred color theme throughout all aspects of your wedding.
       If you want to add a splash of color to your gown with a ribbon or sash,
       David's Bridal enables you to utilize a coordinating color for your
       bridal party attire.  From complementing bridesmaids dresses and
       accessories to matching invitations and even reception favors, David's
       offers color coordination both in store and online for all of your
       bridal needs, ensuring a seamless look.
     * The Icing on The Cake -- While the bridal gown is undoubtedly the focal
       point of wedding fashion, no ensemble is complete without accessories.
       Many bridal retailers carry coordinating accessories or can recommend
       options that work well with your gown, so it's always good to explore
       this option first. From tiaras and veils to shoes, handbags, necklaces
       and earrings, it's the small details that are essential to complete the
       wedding day look.  Once the headpiece and veil are chosen, hair trials
       are also a great way to ensure that these items compliment your
     * Time Saving Solutions: Many women don't have the luxury of taking time
       off to plan their wedding and find it challenging to coordinate all the
       details while working. To save time and avoid unnecessary stress, look
       to the internet for solutions. Sites like have a
       variety of helpful wedding planning tools such as email-able "save the
       dates," a personalized wedding website and a detailed online wedding
       planner that helps with task lists, table planning and gift tracking.
       In addition to planning, it's also helpful to purchase smaller items
       online, such as favors, decorations, accessories and bridal party gifts.
       Try an e-commerce site like that includes hundreds
       of creative ideas, as well as the option to design, preview and order
       invitations online; a key time saver.  Using the internet allows brides-
       to-be to take care of details when it's convenient for them and have
       items arrive directly on their doorstep.  Another tip: guests may also
       find sites like these helpful, as they can browse a variety of unique
       and thoughtful gifts for the happy couple.
     * It's Your Party: Advice from friends and loved ones is important and
       should be taken into consideration; however, you should never let their
       preferences dictate your choices. If you want to get married on the
       beach while Mom wants a big church wedding, talk it out, explain your
       feelings and ask that she be supportive of your wishes.  It is important
       to remember that this is your day, every aspect should be 100% "you."
     So, while planning a picture perfect wedding does take time, following
 these simple suggestions will help to make the process not only a little
 easier, but enjoyable. So when the special day finally arrives, you can
 have your (wedding) cake and eat it too!
     About David's Bridal:
     With more than 50 years of bridal experience, David's Bridal
 understands the importance of providing brides-to-be with a vast selection
 of exquisitely crafted dresses, available at affordable prices. Today, with
 more than 270 locations nationwide, David's Bridal continues to expand its
 retail store locations, while maintaining its philosophy of superior
 quality, value and service. To locate a store nearby, consumers can call
 1-877-693-BRIDE or visit David's Bridal is a division
 of The Federated Department Stores, Inc. (NYSE:   FD).

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