Music sets the tone and atmosphere of an event. The right music can pull your wedding plans together while the “wrong” music can offset any plans you may have made. Take the time to select the right music and the right venue. A formal evening wedding sets expectations for the music chosen, just as an informal beach wedding is best carried off with music that matches the surroundings. Seek out the advice of experts, audition musical groups and have a good sense of the mood you want to create for your wedding. Audition professionals who will have a real impact on your ceremony.
Before you fall in love with a “must have” playlist, be sure to check with the church or synagogue where your ceremony is to be held to learn of their requirements. If there are restrictions – you must follow them. If there are few, here are some guidelines that will be helpful as you plan this part of the ceremony.
*Music should begin about 30 minutes prior to the ceremony. This introductory music is usually instrumental and designed to set the mood for the ceremony to follow. If you have planned a solo, it is customary for it to be sung just after the mother of the bride is seated. That is a signal to the guests that the professional is soon to begin.
*The processional is usually an instrumental that has a good beat to walk to. Once the attendants have all reached the altar, the music “changes” and announces the bride’s entrance and her walk down the aisle to the altar. The music chosen can be traditional or more contemporary depending on personal taste but try not to make a drastic change of mood or tone. It is usually an instrumental.
*One or two songs may be played or sung during the ceremony. More than that is considered too much. Again, they should reflect the tone of the ceremony.
*Recessional music is likely to be more upbeat as the wedding party exits. The bride and groom and the attendants should be smiling as they walk back down the aisle.
It is likely that you will want live music for the ceremony but pre-recorded music may be used in some places.
If you don’t know what music you want, consult an expert, chat with the musicians you’ve chosen or go online to sites which list music ideas.
For years and years brides have been following the tradition of throwing their lovely wedding bouquet into the air to be grabbed and tousled by single female guests at her wedding reception. Worse, she had her garter removed by her groom and tossed to single men at the reception or auctioned off. (Note: The wise bride wore the garter below her knee.) These customs came from European cousins who had in their history the tradition of chasing the bride to grab a piece of her clothing for good luck.
While the sentiment was nice, the practice wasn’t, so brides began throwing flowers from the bouquet to the crowd chasing them in the hope that would slow them down enough for her to escape with garments intact. The modern version of throwing the bouquet and/or garter says that the person who catches the item will be the next to marry – although not necessarily to each other.
The good news is that tradition is changing. Today’s bride often chooses to present her bouquet to her grandparents or to the couple at the wedding who has been married the longest. Some brides have the bouquet constructed with a removable centerpiece that is used on the bridal table at the reception. Other brides have a smaller version of the bridal bouquet – a tossing bouquet if you will – for those areas that still practice this tradition. Very few brides ask for pictures of the groom removing the garter for her photo album. Many of those shots are not very flattering and best not considered. Besides, most brides want to keep their wedding garter and instead provide a special tossing garter for those areas where it is still expected.
One new version in some areas is to have the attendants sign the bottoms of the shoes worn by the bride and groom. Whomever’s name is left legible on the soles of the shoes after a night of dancing is likely to marry next.
The important part of considering traditional practices is your comfort level. If it makes you uncomfortable or feel silly, don’t do it. Instead, consider starting new traditions or finding ways to make old traditions your own. We can help with ideas to put your personal touch on “something old.”
Congratulations to Kate and Ayn from Alexandra’s Bridal Boutique! We were happy to be a part of your wedding. Check out the glorious wedding celebration album that has been published by LGBTweddings.com on 09/19/2016. Here is a link to the feature: http://www.lgbtweddings.com/falling-in-love.html
A big thanks to the newlyweds who gave us a great review on the WeddingWire. For the second time in a row, Alexandra’s Boutique has been awarded the Couples’ Choice Award. Every year, the WeddingWire recognizes the top five percent of local wedding professionals from the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The winners are selected from recent reviews from over a million Wedding Wire newlyweds. We are honored to receive this award and we will continue to provide the best wedding dresses available on the market! (more…)
Yes, that’s right we said the Hottest Prom 2017 trends! Are you ready for the breakdown?
Prints are everywhere! From floral to stripes looks, if the fabric has a design woven in then it is trending for the upcoming prom season. We are especially loving the vintage inspired looks that give us that retro vibe. Yes, that retro vibe might be a flower garden of red roses or it might feel like part of the vintage Vogue magazine you recently found in your Grandmother’s attic. Either way the print design is happening and you are going to be looking fab if you chose this trend.
So, where are we going next in our prom trend forecast? Did you just ask “What about those stunning two-piece looks?” Well, you should if you didn’t!
Two piece looks are an overwhelming trend on every top prom designers runway, to say they are all the rage again for prom 2017 my be a slight understatement. With smaller space of skin exposure between that embellished top and that perfect look skirt allows almost everyone to have the ability to pull off the style that is slowly becoming the staple design for prom…even though your school district may say it is a no no for your prom.
One last trend that can not be overlooked for this trend report is the multi-layerd skirt that can be either viewed as the flouncy ruffle tiers, ribbon circle strips or the classic circle
“wedding cake tiers” that add volume to a chiffon or organza skirt. The lush or some may say plush look is making its way to being a mainstay in formal wear closets. The tiers on tiers look allows the fullness of the ballgown skirt to have added detail and show off a personality flare that is not always part of a classic circle cut tulle ballgown. Add in playful pastels or maybe even a tiered bust-line and you have a trend look that will definitely have others gravitating toward your fashionista look.
We have so much more to talk about for Prom 2017 and the amazing designs that only the best designers in the prom and pageant industry can create but for now you have to wait on part two of our trend report. After all, we have to leave you wanting more…
We are pleased to introduce the largest selection for curvy brides
The plus size designer wedding dresses for curvy brides at Alexandra’s Boutique are part of the collection from award-winning wedding dress design house, Stella York. The same styles and silhouettes are spread across the entire collection.
Make your Appointment today! Our friendly consultants will help you find the dress of your dreams!
Pictures may speak a thousand words, but it’s hard to imagine what you’ll look like in a wedding dress from a picture. We believe that all brides are uniquely beautiful and nothing can replace the experience of trying on a wedding dress and knowing it’s “the one”.
Alexandra’s Boutique views your wedding dress as the centerpiece of your ceremony and reception. Their staff fosters a relaxed yet upscale atmosphere and will help you find a wedding dress that complements your personality. Alexandra’s Boutique makes each bride feel special. They have a wide selection of wedding gowns to choose from and they’ll find an elegant, sophisticated ensemble perfect for your special day.
Alexandra’s Boutique is conveniently located at 372 South Main Street, Fall River, Massachusetts, 02721. To make an appointment, call them at (508) 916-2443. They are open from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday. To find out more, like Alexandra’s Boutique on Facebook.
At an exclusive First Look Event, brides-to-be can try on the latest wedding dresses straight from New York Bridal Fashion Week! Be the first to wear the latest dresses!
Saturday June 4th, join us for our Fall 2016 Maggie Sottero and Sottero & Midgley First Look event at Alexandra’s Boutique! Try on dresses hot off the New York runway, and meet the senior member of Maggie Sottero’s design team, Edric Woo! Edric has been designing wedding dresses and evening gowns for 18 years, and brings a wealth of Trunk show and trade show experience to Maggie Sottero Designs. We’re thrilled to have Edric’s expertise at Alexandra’s Boutique… Book your appointment now!
With over thirty years in wedding fashion consulting, Alexandra’s Boutique has been the perfect start to a new beginning. Our professional bridal consultants will make your wedding day dreams come true! See what our customers have been saying about their experiences!
Looking for a stunning strapless gown? Style 2224, part of the Casablanca Bridal Fall 2016 Collection just may be the one for you! Photography: Pearly Kate Photography Venue: Holly Hills Country Club Floral Design: Blossom and Basket Boutique
Would you wear this gown with or without the cap sleeves? Style 2144 by Casablanca Bridal Fall 2016 Collection features detachable straps. Casablanca Bridal is the leader in customizations! Find out more by getting in touch with us.
These wedding inspiration pins have been a hit on Maggie Sottero’s Pinterest boards. Click the images, right-click and save to your desktop. This is great content to share on your other social media channels!
Berta is a leading Israeli bridal designer, and a rising star in the international bridal market.
Berta’s avant-garde designs have taken over the bridal world by storm. Her artistic
approach to bridal fashion have managed to surprise even the most veteran fashion
editors and bloggers. Her collections are considered among the most praised and
anticipated in the world.
Berta’s leading line of work is based on high quality, uniqueness and premium level
finishes. The luxurious fabrics, which are imported from fashion capitals around the
world, go through a handmade development process in Berta’s studio. By doing this,
Berta consistently has new and unique textures of fabrics for her line of bridal dresses.
With more than 16 years of experience as a bridal designer, and with more than
30 locations around the world, Berta is situated today as one of the world’s top-notch
When you try on a Berta gown, everything falls into place. The cut, the fit and the
silhouette are all unlike anything else.
Berta is a leading fashion designer in Israel, where she has been a bridal designer for 16
years now. Berta is a graduate of The Shenkar College of Design & Art, and ever since
her graduation, she lived and breathed fashion.
Berta’s leading line of work is based on high quality, uniqueness and premium level
finishes. The luxurious fabrics, which are imported from fashion capitals such as Paris and
Milan, are going through a handmade development process in Berta’s studio. That way,
new and unique texture of fabrics is constantly being made for each dress.
The use of premium fabrics such as silk, satin and handmade solstiss, creates a marvelous
design and a dress that will suit you like no other. A close look at Berta’s designs will reveal
all the small details that creates a perfect dress – rich texture of fabrics, high-end sewing
and little additions such as beadings, embellishments or lace elements.
Berta is mainly known for her bold and sexy designs – her collection includes a lot of
designs with open back, deep V-neck, and very tight and flattering silhouettes. At the
same time, due to the variety of Berta’s collection, there are also designs that are more
modest, classy and that have a touch of vintage in them.
Berta is a rising star in the international bridal fashion world. She has attracted the interest
of thousands of brides from all around the world, and therefore nowadays her designs
can be found in high-end bridal boutiques in many different countries.