Shopping for “The Dress” – Part 2

Party Dress Express always has something exciting going on and I’ve been frequently checking their site to ensure I don’t miss an event! Here are some recent offerings; In honor of Mother’s Day all mother’s dresses were 20% off throughout the month of May. They had two fantastic trunk shows; Allure Bridal and Stella York – which I attended and fell in love with two dresses! And their most recent event was the Bridal Mystery sale – all in stock dresses 20% – 50%. Amazing! Bad news is given my small stature I most likely will need to order my dress once I find it. Nonetheless, I made another visit to Party Dress Express during the sale and – wouldn’t you know it – I fell in love with two more dresses. I’ll tell you, this whole dress thing is turning out to be harder than expected. There are so many beautiful dresses to choose from like these two below.

Which one do you love? Visit MA Wedding Guide’s Facebook page and vote for your favorite >


Featured Dresses: Casablanca 2155, Maggie Sottero Hazel. Visit Party Dress Express to shop All Casablanca Bridal Dresses and All Maggie Sottero Bridal Dresses.

The countdown begins…


Today marks the one year countdown to our wedding day. I feel so excited! I just hope this feeling stays. I am afraid that  now that the “countdown begins” the excitement will start to fade and stress and pressure will set in. I keep telling myself that as long as we stay on top of wedding planning and complete our checklist when advised we should be ok, right? Here is what we will be doing this month to stay on track:

- Visit The Barn at Wesleyan Hills for some inspiration. We’re excited to see the venue and outdoor space during a summer wedding. While visiting we will scout a place to host our rehearsal dinner and after party.

- Finalize DJ/Musician plans with Powerstation Events.

- Make decision on the ”The Dress”. {During my last visit to Party Dress Express I found a few more dresses, stay tuned I will be sharing my finds before making my final decision}

- Shopping for Save the Dates.

MA Wedding Guide has lots of helpful planning articles that’s helped keep me on track. We’ve already been thinking of our color scheme, men’s attire and décor options for our venue. I will be sharing the details on these soon.

Shopping for “The Dress”

After the wedding date and venue are set, it’s real. You immediately begin visualizing your wedding day. You imagine your family and friends gathered together, dream of your color palette and décor and envision yourself being twirled around on the dance floor in the most beautiful of gowns. That’s when most brides including myself begin the hunt for “the dress”.

What a fun, exciting part of wedding planning; a day(s) of shopping for the most exquisite (and expensive) dress you will ever wear. No pressure right? To be quite honest I wasn’t sure what to expect. People say “you’ll know you’ve found the one” but I wasn’t sure what that meant, or what that was supposed to feel like. I’ve been a witness to friends who’ve found the dress and each time different – excitement, tears or simply a great price. How would I know?

Like most mothers, mine was eager to start wedding dress shopping with her daughter. So I started making a few appointments at local bridal shops. Some were mom and pop shops, others bigger chain department stores. At my first few appointments I was picky, there were a lot of dresses that just didn’t interest me. I knew what I wanted; lace, straps, low back, a little bling but not over the top and something in a sheath fit. Was that too many requirements? Sometimes I felt that way but other times I thought I just haven’t found the one. So I took a different approach, I searched for “the dress” online which in turn would hopefully lead me to the right shop. By doing my research I was introduced to all the bridal designers and their unique styles. I felt more confident that “the dress” was out there and more knowledgeable as to wear to find it. {Be sure to pop over to MA Wedding Guide as I shared some of my helpful tips on shopping for your wedding dress.}

There are so many stunning dresses available but I was able to narrow down some styles by some of these brilliant designers; Allure, Casablanca, Stella York, Maggie Sottero. My google search on these dresses led me to Party Dress Express Bridal Shop. The best part is they were hosting an Allure Trunk Show and the following weekend a Stella York trunk show. Now I was excited, made my appointments and off I went. Here were two dresses I fell in love with at each show. What do you think, could one of these be “the dress”?

Love to hear your thoughts. Visit MA Wedding Guide’s Facebook page and vote >

Photos Courtesy of Party Dress Express.

We’ve set a Date!

I can’t believe I’ve been engaged for almost 5 months, time has certainly flown by. The excitement and giddiness that surrounds an engagement is amazing and truly a special time, I am so glad I was able to relish in that moment. (If you missed our engagement story, click here)

Wedding planning starts almost immediately though, doesn’t it? After the “Congratulations” the questions begin, “Did you set a date?” “Did you find a venue?” “Do you know what kind of dress you want?” It can be terrifying and overwhelming. I don’t want this experience to be like that and I believe it’s up to you as a couple to ensure wedding planning doesn’t consume you and stress you out. In an effort to get organized and stay stress free, my fiancé and I decided to take a weekend and brainstorm. We created an excel spreadsheet (nerdy?) and got organized. A tab was created for each important part of our wedding planning. We started from the beginning moments of our wedding weekend and worked our way to the end discussing all the different ideas we had, the do’s and don’ts, names of family and friends, our wish list splurges and our max budget. It was actually fun and quite freeing. We felt organized and in sync. It helped us visualize what our day should be like and prepare for our first big wedding decision… picking the venue.

Where will we celebrate such a wonderful occasion? There are so many things to consider as well as decisions and obstacles to work around. Each venue is unique and different in what they offer. We had a few requirements for our venue.

• accommodate approximately 130-150 guests
• offer an outdoor space for the ceremony
• most importantly, the reception site would need to be a barn

Our vision is to create an intimate rustic wedding day. So we began our hunt for the perfect New England wedding barn. There are so many great rustic venues to choose from but finding one that met our requirements and budget was difficult. That is until we stumbled upon CT Wedding Group and discovered their amazing venue, The Barn at Wesleyan Hills.


After arranging a visit we knew this was our place. The staff was amazing and the venue incredible. The place sold itself and everything else – from the décor packages to the food – was a bonus. So with no hesitation we picked our date and venue and could not be more excited. On May 30th, 2015, we will be married at The Barn at Wesleyan Hills in Connecticut.

With years of working in the wedding industry for &, I’ve been surrounded by wedding tips & trends, designer accessories and so much more wedding inspiration. I should have this whole wedding planning business done easy since I was a pro, right? I’m not too sure. Now that I am a bride, it will be interesting to see what my thoughts and ideas on wedding planning is from the driver seat. Stay tuned as I will continue to share my journey as a bride in the wedding business planning my dream Rustic Wedding.