If the price of a gown looks too good to be true, it probably is. Don’t get scammed by counterfeit wedding gown retailers.Read more: Buyer Beware: 3 Ways to Spot a Counterfeit Wedding Dress
Worried about getting scammed? Sadly, you should be. "Brides are more vulnerable than other fashion consumers when it comes to buying bridal dresses online because they're not likely to be buying from a place where they have a regular relationship," says Susan Scafidi, a professor at Fordham University who specializes in fashion law. "It's worth investing the time in advance to do your homework." Here, five warning signs to be wary of when shopping for your wedding gown:
Bad reviews on reliable sites
Search for the website name on reputable wedding boards and online forums like SiteJabber to see whether other people have registered complaints about quality or customer service. "A lot of the review sites that appear on Google aren't legitimate because some companies pay them to give good reviews, so you have to search trustworthy sources of information," explains Jeremy Gin, CEO and co-founder of federally funded SiteJabber.com, where consumers can post reviews about e-commerce sites.
Inaccuracies and inconsistencies
Take a close look at the site: Misspellings and grammatical errors are a good indication that you're dealing with con artists. Gin also suggests looking up the company's address on Google street view so you can see what the actual store looks like (if it even exists!) "If they don't have a working phone number, that's also a bad sign," he says.
A re-stocking fee requirement
If the site promises refunds only with a restocking fee, "that may indicate that they make their money by sending things out that are unacceptable and then offering [minimal] refunds rather than selling products people want to keep," Scafidi explains.
When the same picture of the same dress keeps popping up not only on the designer's site or a well-known boutique's site but on lots of other sites, think about where it came from and check the designer's site to make sure the retailer where you see the photo is in fact an authorized dealer.
Literally unbelievable deals
"If every gown has deep discounts, start to be suspicious of what kind of retailer you're dealing with," says Scafidi. Bottom line: when it looks or sounds too good to be true, it is!
-- Jennie Ma
Care of The Knot
Read more: Buyer Beware: 3 Ways to Spot a Counterfeit Wedding Dress
In 1999, Victoria wore a champagne colored strapless Vera Wang gown with a 20-foot train that, as you can see below, was pretty incredible. Here we hear from Vera Wang on the making of Victorias wedding day look…
“Mr. Pearl (the London corset couturier) made the inside corset. He and I worked together. Victoria wanted her waist to be like Scarlet O’Hara’s in “Gone with the Wind” – she wanted something that was rock-queen bride. Slim Barrett made her crown. In order to make the waist that small, the bodice had to come back and forth from England to New York at least 6 times. That dress is what I call the “Transatlantic” dress.” –
per The Wonderful Wedding Box
images per The Wonderful Wedding Box
I have my wedding picture posted at the boutique. So, today I thought it would be cool to take my wedding gown in and pop in on a mannequin and see what this 15 year old Mon Cheri dress looks like today.
As I admire the dress on the mannequin, I still love it today as much as I did when I bought it 15 years ago!
Hope you enjoyed my little throwback today.
Did you ever notice that you never get sick of ice blue, snow white and silver? It just so happens that they work so well together and especially during the winter months. There are a few other combinations that also work well with ice blue, snow white and silver, and they are jewel pinks and other blue hues. Lets focus on these hot shades that make 2014 winter weddings look ever so dreamy.
When it comes to winter wedding invitations we think formal is the only way to go. Christmas and winter is always the time for a wee bit of sparkle and shine. We also love the idea of glitzing up the envelopes with some shimmery lines or rich contrast colors. As well as color consider texture and motifs to get the perfect look for your wedding.
White hydrangeas, soft ranunculus and other fuller plump flowers are popular for any winter wedding bouquets. If you want a more modern and contemporary twist then add some sparkle into your bouquet to keep things looking fresh and glam.
Making your wedding reception feel warm and inviting, why not add more light, the added aid of light of candles.
Vintage-style ice blue and white wedding cakes with silver powder will look divine. Make them look formal with added shimmery powder and iced piping or even cute dainty little roses or snowflakes.
The wedding attire for the entire wedding party
I haven't come across too many blue wedding dresses yet, but I was able to find a few inspirational ones on pinterest.
I also found some wonderful demonstration of ice blue bridesmaids gowns. They are so soft.
And we can not forget the men! Here are some handsome matching men.
The Bridal Accessories
We love pretty jewel or pear earrings for winter weddings. Check out these pretty shoes and purses we found to accessorize your special day.
Hope you enjoyed and got some inspiration!
photo credits: pinterest
Spring is such a great time to hod a wedding. This year you will see popular color palettes toned down and watered down into pastel shades, however this season you will see some brights that move with the transitional period into summer. Keep and eye out for dazziling blue and juicy oranges. The start of spring we will see cooler pastel blues and mints, which will scream spring wedding!
With those inspiration collages, can you see your wedding coming together? Make sure you choose a color that YOU love and that really reflects YOUR personality. If cool pastel shades don't really agree with your loud personality then it may seem strange to guests, so make sure it really says YOU. Also consider how to mix your colours, don't just stick to one, why not try using a stronger color to help blend in with your chosen color. Plus don't be afraid to stick to these colors, choose a darker shade or lighter tint of these popular colours, you'll still be on trend but using it to your advantage.
I'm just a girl, mom and wife who loves everything about weddings. I hope to inspire you!