Bridal Gown Silhouettes

lloiii988All heads will turn as you walk down the aisle on your wedding day, a moment to always remember. Choosing what style of silhouette to wear on your wedding day is an important decision, especially for bridal gowns. With so many options available, it may seem daunting to know which silhouette to pick. To simplify the process it is helpful to understand your options for bridal gown silhouettes then select the one most flattering for your figure. Read on to learn about basic bridal gown silhouettes.

A-Line

Enhance your special day by wearing an A-line wedding dress. As the name implies, the shape of the A-line dress resembles the letter “A”. The traditional A-line dress features a close-fitting bodice with a skirt that flares below your natural waistline. The style is flattering for many body shapes.

Ball Gown

One of the most romantic bridal silhouettes is the ball gown, a timeless style once worn by Queen Victoria and fairy tale princesses. This type of silhouette is distinguished by a form-fitting bodice, small waistline that may be natural or dropped with a voluminous skirt. The ball gown style is popular with hour glass shapes and full figures.

Mermaid

Enhance your curves with the mermaid silhouette, a name inspired by mythical sea nymphs. The mermaid silhouette features a snug-hugging bodice that extends down the full length of the body then glamorously flaring out at the knees. Variations include the trumpet and fit and flare silhouette. For a voluptuous high fashion look on your wedding day, the mermaid silhouette may be for you.

Sheath

Sophisticated and simple best describes the sheath silhouette, a style inspired by Greek goddesses of long ago. Recognizable by its long slim-fitting form and straight lines, the sheath silhouettes offers a classic style that may be styled in a number of ways from vintage to modern.

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Inspired by neoclassical looks, the empire silhouette offers a natural aura of regal elegance. The empire silhouette features a fitted bodice with high waistline positioned directly below the bust and may be paired with an A-line or sheath style skirt.

Short

In a class by itself is the short silhouette, an alternative to the more formal and longer silhouette styles. The defining factor of a short silhouette is a hemline that starts slightly below the knee and goes up. Dress styles in this category include tea length, baby doll, mini and Flamenco, short in front and long in back.

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March 24, 2015 at 12:49 pm Leave a comment

Wedding Gown Fabrics

Portrait of bride and bridesmaid.Shine with joy as you walk down the aisle in your wedding dress. Selecting your perfect wedding day attire involves many decisions, all based on personal preferences. Once you have a general idea of the cut, color and style that you would like for your wedding dress then the choice of fabric comes into play. The importance of fabric is very significant and contributes to the overall look, feel and movement of your gown. Read on for look at a few wedding gown fabrics.

Chiffon

Once upon a time a symbol of wealth and status, chiffon dates back to seventeenth century Europe. Chiffon is a lightweight, soft and sheer fabric featuring a plain weave with an opulent appearance. The fabric flows and drapes well and can be layered atop other occasion fabrics creating an illusion of fullness and depth.

Satin

Created long ago during the Middle Ages, satin is a luxurious fabric with a shimmery glossy surface and matte back. Originally constructed of expensive silk fibers, satin now comes in a range of affordable fabric blends. Types of satin include charmeuse, duchesse, baronette, double-faced, faconne, gattar and messaline. The formal appearance of satin makes this a popular choice for wedding gowns.

Tulle

Invented in France during the 1700s, tulle is a fine net-like mesh material, popularized by tutus of the ballet. This illustrious fabric provides a lightweight romantic airy feel. Tulle adds depth and lyrical volume to ballerina-inspired wedding gowns and is also used for veils.

Silk

Around for thousands of years, silk is an ancient fabric of Chinese ancestry that is a timeless choice for wedding gowns. Characterized by a prism-like shimmer appearance, silk is soft to the touch and lightweight. Silk flatters many body types and can be beautifully layered with other fabrics to lend uniqueness.

Taffeta

Originally made of silk, taffeta may consist of yarn-dyed or piece-dyed silk threads or a modern blend of synthetic textiles threads. Distinguished by its fine weave and crisp appearance, taffeta is also known for rustling sounds as it brushes against fabric and feminine form of appearance.

Lace

Reminiscent of romance and love is perhaps the most delicate of all wedding fabrics, lace. Lace is a type of fabric constructed from threads made from a variety of textiles such as cotton or silk. The threads are interwoven to create decorative open patterns including florals or geometric designs. Types of bridal lace include Chantilly, Duchesse, Alencon, Ribbon, Spanish, Guipure and Venetian.

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March 18, 2015 at 4:08 pm Leave a comment

Create a Training Plan for Booth Staff

679617dad88wsdsSmile as you walk down the aisle of your next wedding show knowing your employees are well-prepared. Investing time and effort towards educating your booth staff will go a long way in contributing to the success of your business at the next bridal show. Depending on the type of wedding business, create a training plan that brings together the best of both worlds by optimizing the potential of your staff as they communicate and interact with attendees. Read on to learn more about the essential elements of creating a training plan for booth staff.

Knowledge-Base Preliminary

Focus your first training session on the basics of your company policies and wedding products or services. By improving your staff’s company knowledge base, this will aid in confidence levels and ability to communicate effectively with potential customers. Appreciate your employees for taking the time to learn more about your products or services.

Marketing Strategy Session

Target training towards your wedding company’s objective and goals for the upcoming show with a marketing strategy session. Goals may include promoting show specials, launching new products or services, generating sales or increasing awareness of your company. Encourage booth employees to brainstorm new ideas to reach goals and provide quantifiable methods to measure marketing objective attainment with rewards for excellent performance.

Booth and Venue Tour

Take your staff on a tour of your wedding business booth. On a map, indicate the exact location of where the booth is located. Before the show, train your staff where everything should be displayed from marketing materials to signage. Take a tour of the exhibition show venue and make note of the show schedule, restrooms, food courts, security, loading and unloading areas, parking lots and exhibitor access-only areas.

Salesmanship

Ensure that you provide your wedding show booth staff with the basics of good salesmanship from identifying leads to closing sales. Provide a dress code that is consistent with your company image such as business casual or matching polo shirts with company name and logo with khakis. Encourage good etiquette from positive attitude to smiles to handshakes.

Booth Management

Train staff on the set-up and break-down of the booth infrastructure from folding tables to lights. Establish expectations for management of the wedding exhibition booth in order to create a professional presence. This includes encouraging staff to keep the booth neat and tidy at all times and marketing materials available. Discourage eating, drinking or smoking in the booth area.

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March 12, 2015 at 3:27 pm Leave a comment

About Trains and Bustles

Beautiful bride in the restaurantEnhance your wedding gown look by adding a train or bustle. Trains add stylish length and elegance to your dress while bustles keep formal trains beautifully off the ground and allow for freedom of movement, especially useful for your wedding reception dance action. Read on to learn more about bridal trains and bustles.

Sweep

Lightly brush the edge of the floor with your sweep train, the shortest of all train lengths. Considered a more casual style, the six inch length of the sweep train slightly elongates the back hem of your wedding gown for a soft, flirty profile.

Court

Create an enchanting wedding day look with a court train, a style slightly longer than a sweep train. Court trains trail from one to three feet behind your dress and make a great option for those who do not want the weight of more formal trains.

Chapel

One of the most popular wedding train styles is the chapel train, an all-time favorite with brides. Chapel trains reach lengths of three to four feet and are not considered unwieldy or cumbersome.

Cathedral

Fairy tale weddings gowns often feature a cathedral train, a formal type of train extending approximately six to eight feet behind the dress. A cathedral train presents the challenge of added weight. Fortunately, they offer bustled and detachable options to help lessen the bulk.

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For an affair to remember and for the most formal of weddings choose a monarch train also known as the royal train. Extending nine feet or even longer, monarch trains require assistance and much practice learning to move before your wedding day.

Watteau

Invoke the spirit of sophistication with a Watteau train, a style that offers an airy and light feeling. This style of train is made of lightweight material and attaches at one or both shoulders as it trails behind the bride.

Overbustle

The overbustle employs a series of hooks and eyes sewn into the skirt about one to two feet from the back on the outside to secure the train from the floor. Longer trains require more hook and eye attachments.

French Bustle

With origins dating back to the Victorian Era, the French bustle is an underbustle that secures and lifts from the bottom hem of the wedding gown to hold the train off the floor.

Ballroom Bustle

Create a regal appearance with a ballroom bustle, a type of bustle featuring a pronounced backside and multiple attachment areas. If done properly, one cannot tell there is a train attached.

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March 10, 2015 at 7:42 pm Leave a comment

10 Edible Wedding Favor Ideas

Give your guests a sweet reminder of your special day with an edible wedding favor. Whether savory or sugary, edible wedding favors are a favorite with guests. Edibles make for popular wedding favors primarily because they are a tasty souvenir of your wedding day that will not end up in a junk drawer or gather dust as well as a charming way to show your appreciation. Choose flavors that reflect your personal tastes or locally grown. Read on for ideas for edible wedding favors.

Chocolate

Celebrate with chocolate for your wedding favors. Choose from many flavors such as dark chocolate, milk chocolate or white chocolate. For an added touch, custom decorate the wrapper with your photos and wedding date.

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Bake a batch of your favorite cookies to share as wedding favors. Cookies come in endless varieties such as chocolate chip, oatmeal, ginger snaps, sugar cookies and snicker doodles.

Jam and Preserves

Enjoy giving your wedding guests homemade jams and preserves in flavors such as strawberry, raspberry, cherry and plum. For rustic charm, serve conserves in a mason jar with burlap bow.

Cupcake Mix

Gourmet cupcake mixes make delicious wedding favors. Cake flavors include chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and lemon. Cupcake mixes may be purchased online or from specialty grocery store.

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Say ‘thank you’ to your wedding guest with the sweet delights of candy. Go retro and share your childhood nostalgic favorites such as Gummi bears Pop Rocks or Hubba Bubba.,

Macaroons

“Ooh la la” is what your wedding guests will remark when they depart with your macaroon wedding favors. Popular flavors of the French- inspired confection include almond, rose, coconut, pistachio, lemon and orange.

Honey

Now that you have married your ‘honey’, give your wedding guests honey as wedding favors. Support hometown beekeepers, buy local.

Olive Oil

Bring out your inner-foodie and send guests home with bottle of epicurean olive oils. Grades of olive oil include virgin, fine virgin, semi fine virgin, extra virgin and premium extra virgin.

Tea

Guests will fondly remember your wedding day as they sip a hot cup of tea brewed from the tea you shared as wedding favors. Types of teas include black, green, white and oolong.

Spices

“Spice up” your wedding day favors by giving spices. Create a love spice jar filled with your favorite flavors such as sea salt, ground pepper, paprika or coriander.

Tip: For homemade goodies, include a list of ingredients as a safety precaution for allergies.

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Before Hiring Your First Employee

Smiling woman portrait.Making the decision to hire your first employee is a celebratory milestone for your wedding business. Especially if business is booming and you could use a hand with the workload, then hiring some assistance makes sense. Before starting the hiring process, ensure that you are compliant with your state and federal regulations. Read on for tips on what to do before hiring your first employee.

Get an Employee Identification Number

According to Sba.gov, it is advised for businesses hiring employees to attain an employee identification number or EIN from the Internal Revenue Service. The EIN is necessary for tax and administration purposes for the IRS and state agencies. Form SS-4 is used to apply for the Employer Identification Number. You can apply for an EIN online or by contacting the IRS.

Employee Eligibility

Verify employee eligibility to work in the United States by checking for documents that confirm citizenship or eligibility to work in the United States. After hiring an employee, you must within three days complete a Form I-9 to indicate you have examined and confirm the appropriate documents. A list of approved employee eligibility documents is listed on the I-9 form. Obtain a Form I-9 online or from most state or government offices.

Withholding Taxes Records

Record keeping is vital; the IRS requires that all businesses must keep records of employment taxes for at least four years. There are three types of withholding taxes: Federal Income Tax Withholding, Federal Wage and Tax Statement and State Taxes, depending on the state’s income tax requirements.

Worker’s Compensation Insurance

Businesses with employees are required to obtain worker’s compensation coverage. The insurance may be attained through a commercial carrier, self-insured basis or via your state’s worker compensation insurance program.

New Hire Reporting Requirements

Report newly hired employees to your state directory within 20 days of the hire date. Each state offers specific requirements regarding mandatory forms and records that need to be completed, check with your individual state for more information.

Tax Filing Requirements

Take the time to understand the tax filing requirements for employers who pay wages. This instructional information may be obtained by consulting the Employer’s Tax Guide also known as Publication 15 found on the IRS website and certain government offices.

Workplace Posters

All employers are required to display certain posters in the workplace for the purpose of informing employees of their rights and responsibilities under labor laws.

Exhibit at the Great Bridal Expo, the nation’s longest-running national bridal show — nearly 40 years in business featuring both national and local area businesses with the latest in wedding trends. Exhibit to meet with the couples, brides, friends, families and wedding planners who attend who are in need of your business’ product or service. The many benefits for exhibitors include high-quality venues, a comprehensive bridal show marketing plan, complete contact database, post-show advertising and the opportunity to present your business to the wedding market.

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References

Hiring Employees
SBA.gov: Hire Your First Employee
Employer’s Tax Guide
Apply for an Employer Identification Number
Workplace Posters

March 4, 2015 at 5:31 pm Leave a comment

Wedding Dress Necklines

 

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From sweetheart to bateau, selecting a neckline for your wedding dress is an important decision. There are several factors to consider when choosing the best neckline for your dress including your body type, face, neck, shoulders, décolletage, bust and body shape. Many pictures will be taken on your wedding day and your neckline will be featured in most of them. Knowing your options for necklines helps with picking your perfect wedding day look. Read this quick glossary about wedding dress necklines.

Strapless

One of the most popular necklines styles for wedding dresses is the strapless, a style that does not have straps or sleeves. Variations include straight across, slightly curved and sweetheart.

Sweetheart

Resembling the top half of a heart is the sweetheart neckline, a flattering style featuring the décolletage. Sweet heart necklines help make the neck look longer and provide an elongated appearance to the torso.

Off-the-Shoulder

The off-the-shoulder style is as the name implies a style that features straps or sleeves on one side whilst the other showcases the collarbone and shoulder.

V-Neck

The V-neck features two diagonal lines that drop down from the shoulders and meet at a point on the chest creating a V effect.

Scoop

The scoop neckline is characterized by a rounded u-shaped that begins at the shoulders. The depth may vary from demure to plunging.

Bateau

The bateau neckline features a linear shape that extends straight across from one shoulder to the other. Other names for the bateau include the boat neck or Sabrina neckline.

Illusion

An illusion neckline showcases a sheer fabric or lace overlay that extends from the bodice over the bust and up to the shoulders depending on style.

Square

The square neckline features a horizontal bodice intersecting the straps creating a box or rectangle shape.

High Neck

The high neck neckline usually covers a small portion of the neck. Types of high necklines include the turtleneck, jewel and crew neck.

Halter

Halter necklines function as two straps that tie or connect around the back of the neck, a great way to showcase shoulders. The halter neckline may feature variations of other necklines such as scoop neck or V-neck.

Queen Ann

The Queen Ann neckline creates a diamond shape across the neck and décolleté connected by two diagonal lines that extend outward then join as a V on the chest.

Keyhole

With origins in the 1940s, the keyhole neckline features a slit or opening at the neck. It may take the shape of a key, raindrop or u-shape.

Cowl

Distinguishing features of a cowl neck include draping unstructured fabric gathered or layered at the neck and collarbone area sometime resembling an oversized floppy turtleneck.

Engaged to be married and looking for ideas or suggestions for your wedding? Attend the Great Bridal Expo, a national bridal show tour featuring both national and local area businesses with the latest in wedding trends, 2 New York style fashion shows, live orchestra and DJ performances, valuable giveaways and prize drawings, and lots of wedding-related products and srvices with wedding professionals ready to meet face-to-face with you to make your dream wedding come true. Click HERE to register and use code BLOG for 2 FREE tickets!

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March 3, 2015 at 2:39 pm 1 comment

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