Thursday, October 20, 2016

Tips For Handling The Toasts At Your Wedding

Once the "I do's" are done and the reception has started, that's when the toasts generally begin. There are a few people that should be heard from and some important things that need to be said. This can cause some awkward moments if you don't have a plan, so Angelus Bridal & Formals put together a few tips so everything can go as smoothly as possible. 

It is important to thank all of your guests for joining you on this very special day. Plan a point during the reception when you and your groom can do this. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

  • Think ahead: It is perfectly okay to speak from the heart with whatever comes to mind in the moment, but it's wise to have an idea of what you will say ahead of time. Think about the important things you don't want to forget to mention, and come up with a good closing line.
  • Keep it short & sweet: Even if there is a lot that you want to say, any speech longer than 3-5 minutes may lose your audience's attention. 
  • Speak clearly: Don't talk too quickly, and make sure that you speak loud enough so that everyone can hear you. 

Traditionally, there are certain people that are expected to say a few words in honor of the bride & groom. You will want to give them a few guidelines so that the toasts don't get embarrassing or run too long. 

  • Choose who will toast: It is acceptable for you to pick and choose who you will allow to give a toast at your wedding. This way you can monitor how many take place and how long they will last. Ask first, and don't force anyone to speak that is not comfortable doing so. Generally, toasts are expected from the best man, the maid/matron of honor, and the couple's parents. 
  • Give them a time limit: Even if they are great at entertaining a crowd, lots of long-winded speeches may make your guests antsy. Ask them to keep it under 5 minutes. 
  • Schedule the toasts: The time that toasts are expected to happen should be included when you plan your wedding day timeline. If there are quite a few, space them out throughout the day so they don't last too long all at once. Someone could propose a toast at the cocktail hour, another before dinner, and others during dinner or before dancing.
  • Know it's okay to say "no thank you": If you are worried about toasts taking up too much time during your reception, it's okay to request that those other than the people listed above refrain from toasting. You can do this by letting the DJ know that no one should be given the microphone without your permission. Also, if a person has been drinking heavily or is prone to telling inappropriate stories, you definitely do not want them to have unnecessary attention.   

Hopefully the tips above can help you to plan a wedding that runs smoothly and is pleasant for everyone involved. Angelus Bridal has had the pleasure of knowing many brides over the years, and we have learned a few things from their experiences. Our own personal experience with wedding fashion has made us experts on that particular subject. If you are looking for your dream wedding dress, fashionable bridesmaid dresses, or something beautiful for your mother to wear, our South Florida bridal salon would love to help you out. 

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Quick-Fix Tips For the Groom's Clothing

Some people assume that it is easy for the groom to get ready on the wedding day - they just throw on a suit and they're done. Well, sometimes this is the case, but on occasion, they can have "wardrobe malfunctions" too. Angelus Bridal has put together a list of a few problems that the men in the wedding may run into, plus some helpful ideas on how to fix them.

Wrong Size
If you have ordered your tuxedo or suit for the wedding, you most likely will not see it until right before the wedding day. If a measurement was written down wrong or there was a mistake in shipping, it may not fit as well as you would like. In that case, if the other men in your wedding party are wearing similar clothing, trade with one of them if it's a better fit. It's much more important that the groom looks his best. The groomsmen should have your back on this. 

If the shirt collar is too tight, you can loop a rubber band through the buttonhole and attach that around the button. This can then be easily hidden with a carefully placed necktie. Should you end up with pants that are a bit snug, safety pins can be looped together and used to fasten the pants, and then you can cover this unique rigging with the cummerbund. 

Ripped Seam
Hopefully the bride or wedding planner has a well-stocked wedding day emergency kit on hand and someone can quickly sew you back up. If not, or there's simply not enough time to sew it, you may be able to turn the garment inside-out, hold it together at the seam, and use safety pins to tightly fasten it back together. As a last resort, a stapler or duct tape will work too, but be extra careful when removing those after the wedding so as not to damage the fabric. 

Sweat Stains
There's a good chance your nerves may be acting up on a day as important as this special occasion. If you sweat excessively when you are nervous, or if you are getting married on an extremely hot day, you will want to take precautions to avoid this showing through your wardrobe. 

An undershirt will absorb perspiration before it can reach the outer layer of clothing, and this can be changed between the ceremony and reception if needed. You can also shop for underarm garment shields to place under your armpit and absorb any extra perspiration. You may also want to bring along an extra button-down shirt to change into before the reception begins.      

No Boutonniere
This will work for any of the men that are supposed to wear a boutonniere on the wedding day. If the florist doesn't deliver enough, pluck a few flowers from a centerpiece or bridesmaid's bouquet to use. Gather them together with string or tape, and creatively pin it so that the fastener doesn't show. It is very likely that no one will notice a difference. 

Our South Florida bridal salon is a one-stop-shop when it comes to many of the things that you will need for your wedding in addition to the bridal gown and bridesmaid dresses. We also feature an in-house photographer, cake designer, makeup artist, florist, seamstress, and tuxedo rentals. Visit Angelus Bridal & Formals for magnificent wedding day fashion, exceptional customer service, and so much more! 

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Fixing Stains on Your Wedding Dress

No matter how careful you are, there is always the chance that something will get knocked over or spilled and your wedding dress will get splashed. You cannot always stop accidents from happening, but you can prepare for them ahead of time so that they don't put a damper on your day. Once you find the most beautiful wedding dress in South Florida, you will want to make sure it remains looking its best throughout the entire wedding day.

Having a wedding day emergency kit with you at all times is an excellent way to prepare for all types of situations that may arise. Angelus Bridal & Formals has a few tips for how to use your emergency kit items to keep stains from setting into your bridal gown. Always check the cleaning instructions on the dress that are specific to the material it is made from, and always test an inconspicuous area first to make sure the fix won't stain the dress further.  

Lipstick Stains
Dabbing some petroleum jelly onto the stain may help to dissolve it. You can also try dabbing it with a stain removal wipe. (With all stains, ALWAYS dab, NEVER rub!) Any remaining residue can be covered up with chalk or baby powder.

Makeup Stains  
For foundation or other makeup stains, try absorbing the product by rubbing it with chalk. Let it sit for a few moments, then whisk away the chalk dust. Baby powder or baking powder may work too, but they are less absorbent than chalk. 

Red Wine Stains
Use a white towel to absorb as much of the wine as possible. After that, gently dab the stain from underneath the gown with a white towel soaked in cold water, beginning at the edges of the stain and moving inward. You may use a dab of dishwashing soap if the stain is particularly tough.  

Tea or Coffee Stains
A dot of clear liquid soap on a white cloth can help to remove these if gently dabbed from underneath the fabric. Use as little water as possible when trying to remove the stain. Club soda may also be helpful at removing the spilled liquid.  

Dirt Stains
You can use the same techniques as described for tea and coffee above. 

Water Stains
Whether it is rain or a spilled glass of water, this liquid that generally helps to remove stains can also damage the delicate material of your wedding dress. If there is time, air-drying is the best thing for water on a bridal gown. A hair dryer set on low can also be used, but be sure to keep it at least 6 inches away from the dress, and keep it moving so that the heat is not concentrated on one area for too long. 

Be Prepared
There are other ways to treat many of the stains above, but we have included things that should be easy to find at your wedding with short notice. Make sure your wedding day emergency kit has all of these items, or know where on the premises that you can locate them quickly. If you have any questions at all about caring for your bridal gown, the helpful staff at Angelus Bridal & Formals should be able to assist you. We will do everything in our power to make sure your dress is exactly as you always imagined it on your wedding day. 

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

10 Fabulous Wedding Dress Elements We Love

There is a bridal gown out there for every single woman in the world. No matter what your personal style is, there is a dress someplace that contains the elements that you desire to make it your dream gown. Our bridal salon in South Florida is filled with a wonderful variety of wedding dresses in every style, size, and shape. Here are a few of the many elements that really make a dress stand out to us at Angelus Bridal & Formals

Illusion Sleeves
Long sleeves without covering up all of your skin are a possibility with this dreamy element. It makes it look as if you and the wedding dress are one, like the fabric is a part of your skin. 

Illusion Backs
This look takes the illusion from your arms to your back. This type of detail always makes a stunning statement.

Backless Dresses
Lots of fabric in the front of your bridal gown allows you to tastefully show a lot more skin in the back. A bit daring, yet beautifully elegant. 

Bridal Belts
A gorgeous gown can be elevated to another level of exquisiteness with the simple addition of a bridal belt or sash. It's a wonderful way to add some of your own personality and style to the dress you choose. 

Corset Backs
This timeless look will never go out of style. There is something incredibly romantic about the look that a corset back adds to a dress. 

The back of your dress will be highlighted as you walk down the aisle. A fabulous train gives all of your guests something to admire until you turn back around, when all eyes will be focused on your glowing, happy smile. 

A big skirt full of bouncy ruffles is a gorgeous way to add a touch of whimsy to your wedding day look. They also look fascinating twirling around the dance floor. 

Buttons down the entire back of a wedding dress is another classic look that will never go away. The brilliant thing about fashions of today is that the buttons on most dresses are a beautiful illusion, and you don't really have to fasten and unfasten each one when you get dressed. 

"Tie the knot" literally by showing off a pretty bow on your bridal gown. They bring about a sweet innocence to your wedding day fashion, and they are an excellent way to add a pop of color to the dress if you like.

Romantic, elegant, timeless... lace is an accent that women will continue loving to wear until the end of time. Seeing it immediately adds a touch of class to the feel of your big day.  

Those 10 elements are only the beginning. Every single bridal gown in our Pompano Beach bridal boutique has something on it that makes that particular dress one-of-a-kind. We would love to hear what elements make you fall in love with a gown when you see it. We are willing to bet, no matter what it is, you will be able to find an amazing dress with that feature at Angelus Bridal & Formals. Make an appointment to come in and find out!  

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Pre-Wedding Day Beauty Tips for Brides

An upcoming wedding is great motivation to get your mind, skin, and body into the best shape of your life. Beginning a good health regimen to look your very best in that fashionable wedding dress is a wonderful way to begin good habits that you can continue long after the wedding day. Here are a few tips from Angelus Bridal & Formals to help you love the way you look. 

Healthier Eating Choices
The best way to diet is not by starving yourself, but by changing your eating habits to include healthier choices. It is possible to enjoy meals that are delicious and filling, yet still good for you. Preparing meals in advance will help you to stay on track and not grab something fattening because you are in a hurry. 

Lots of fruits and green vegetables are great to add to every meal, and make sure you are drinking lots of water. Do your best to avoid sugars, processed foods, and anything that is high in sodium, which can cause puffiness, bloating, and lack of energy. Occasionally allow yourself a "cheat meal" to reward yourself for these new healthy eating habits. 

Regular Exercise
If you put off exercising until you run out of time for it each day, start doing it first thing in the morning. Get up early if you have to. Getting it out of the way early will motivate you and provide extra energy for the rest of the day. Join up with a partner, like your bridesmaids or your fiance, so you can motivate each other. It's important to do both cardio and strength training. Focus on areas that your wedding dress shows off, like the upper arms or your back.  

Amp Up Your Skincare Routine
Get in the habit of taking special care of your skin on a daily basis well before the wedding day, and continue this long after that date too. Your older self will be very happy that you started now. Choosing cleansers that are made for specific areas of skin rather than harsh soaps is important, and always moisturize. Eliminate rough patches of skin now, like on your heels and elbows. Don't forget those lips!! You've got a very important first kiss coming up. Exfoliate them to remove dry skin and keep them moisturized. 

Plan for hair removal too. If you are new to sugaring or waxing, try a treatment long enough before the wedding that you know how your body will react to it. Have a professional shape up your eyebrows. Start using a self-tanner so that your skin will have a nice, light glow about it.

Clean Up Those Nails
Take good care of your hands and nails. Give yourself mini-manicures regularly to keep them in their best shape. The final manicure before the wedding will go perfectly when your hands and nails are already in excellent condition.

Brighten Your Smile
There are plenty of toothpastes and whitening strips available to do yourself, or you can make an appointment to have a dentist whiten your teeth professionally. You will want to begin early enough to get to the level of whiteness you desire. Once you are there, be careful about not ruining the work you already put into your teeth. Avoid foods that will re-stain them, like coffee and red wine. If you must drink these, using a straw can help to keep dark drinks away from your teeth. 

Get Stress Under Control
A healthy mind contributes to a healthy body. Keeping your stress under control during wedding planning will also help you to stay on track with everything we have suggested above. Find something that lets you relax: yoga, meditation, running, a bike ride, reading, etc... Make sure that you have a regular sleep routine in place too. A good night's sleep reduces stress, gives you energy, improves memory, and can even aid in weight loss.  

Taking care of yourself is something that you should do every day of your life, and a wedding is an excellent time to motivate yourself to begin some healthy, life-long habits. If you hope to lose a significant amount of weight before the wedding day, we still highly suggest that you buy a wedding dress that fits now. It is a lot easier, and less expensive, for a seamstress to make a dress smaller than to try to add fabric and make it bigger if you don't lose all of the weight you were hoping to. 

The consultants at our South Florida bridal boutique are skilled in finding gowns for women of every size and shape that accentuate their best traits and hide any they do not wish to share. Let Angelus Bridal & Formals put you into a bridal gown that brings out the natural beauty you already are, then add your new healthy routine to the mix and make your current gorgeous even more amazing!

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

15 Ways To Cut Your Wedding Costs & Stay Under Budget

Weddings can get expensive very quickly. The smartest thing to do is to set a budget that you are comfortable with at the beginning of your wedding planning and stick to it. Angelus Bridal & Formals understands the importance of this, so today we have a few ideas for you that may help you to save money in certain areas. 

Our South Florida bridal salon offers many gorgeous gowns at very affordable prices. Of course, if the following tips work to cut your budget, you may end up with a little extra left over to spend on your wedding dress! The first thing you need to do is decide what the most important parts of the wedding are to you as a couple. Spend your money on those, and spend less, or nothing, on the things that don't really matter to you. Here are a few ways that you may be able to cut costs. 

1. Keep the guest list to a minimum.
It's tempting to invite everyone that you know, but the more guests, the higher the cost of just about everything at the reception. Keep the guest list small, only your closest friends and immediate family, if that is possible without hurting lots of feelings. Even when your mom begs you to invite your third cousin, once removed, that you only met once, stick to your guns. If you don't see them on a regular basis, you don't have to invite them.

2. Read contracts carefully.
Don't skip a single word, because you may end up paying for something that you thought was included. Just because a vendor asks "Would you like for me to..." don't assume they are doing it for free. There is probably a charge for it written someplace in the fine print.

3. Collect digital RSVPs.
A huge way to save on postage is to collect all of your RSVPs online. There are many places online that will allow you to build a wedding website absolutely free. You can add a page for your guests to RSVP and keep track of everything right there. No stamps to pay for and fewer inserts in the invitation. A wedding website is also an excellent, free way to get important information to your guests and avoid lots of phone calls with questions.

4. Get married on a weekday.
Many venues, and even many wedding vendors, offer lower pricing on days that weddings normally don't take place. The reason for this is that they almost always have the date open, and they aren't worried about another bride trying to book a weekday date. 

5. Have the ceremony early in the day.
A morning or early afternoon ceremony can help you to cut costs on your food bills. Hosting a breakfast buffet, post-wedding brunch, or cocktail hour reception will allow you to spend a lot less than a full dinner.

6. Limit the food options.
You don't have to offer your guests lots of expensive choices. Choose one main dish that you enjoy and have plenty of delicious side dishes along with it to fill everyone up. You might also opt for serving the food family style or as a plated dinner, because those are often a less expensive choice than having a buffet.

7. Cut the flowers.
We don't mean literally, although if you have a green thumb and a big garden, using your own flowers could save you a ton of money. You can also ask your florist to come up with arrangements that work double-duty and can be used at the ceremony and then moved to the reception. You can even use fewer flowers, or none at all, and fill in the centerpieces with beautiful glowing candles.

8. Skip the favors.
These are nice, but not necessary. Most guests end up leaving them on the table anyway. This is one area that probably won't be missed if you skip it altogether. Instead, thank your guests for coming with a heartfelt toast during dinner.

9. Get crafty.
If you have the artistic talent, you can make your own centerpieces, bouquets, invitations, etc... Be warned though, if you can't have everything completed at least one week before the wedding, you will stress yourself out and feel rushed. Also, be careful that the materials to DIY don't end up costing more than it would have cost to let someone else spend their time making it for you. Keep it simple and don't take on more than you can handle.

10. Limit the bar.
Stick to only serving beer and wine at your reception, or offer a signature drink to guests on your tab. You aren't obligated to offer them a full bar. You can arrange to have a cash bar available alongside the hosted beverages if guests don't want to drink what you have been kind enough to provide.

11. Serve smaller desserts.
Dessert bars are very popular at receptions because not everyone loves wedding cake. Unless you have always dreamed of having that giant, multi-tiered wedding cake, order only a small cake to cut as bride and groom. You can offer other inexpensive dessert choices like cupcakes, cookies, an ice cream bar, etc...

12. Use signs in place of paper.
Use a giant chalkboard to write the schedule of events on and place this at the ceremony entrance. Use another large sign to write out the reception menu for everyone to see. This is a much cheaper option than paying to have a printer make individual paper versions for each guest. 

13. Hire a student.
There are lots of future professionals studying their art form in college right now. You can find some that are extremely talented, but don't charge a lot because they need the work experience for their portfolio. Money can be saved on musicians, hair/makeup specialists, and even photographers by hiring a student. Just make sure that they have enough work to show you to prove that they will do a job you can be satisfied with.

14. Watch for sales.
Sign up for wedding vendor's newsletters and follow them on social media. That way you will be alerted when they offer special deals or discounts. If you don't want a lot of extra email from them after your wedding, set up a special email address to use specifically for wedding tasks. You can take it down when you are done with it. 

15. Buy off-season decorations. 
If you start planning at least a year in advance, you can pick up seasonal decorations when they go on sale. Just make sure that you can control your impulse-buying if you start collecting wedding items that early.

Choose the areas that are most important to you and spend your money on those. Use the tips above to cut costs in other areas so that you have plenty to spend on what's important. Our South Florida wedding dress store has a wide variety of inexpensive wedding dresses to choose from. We also feature a clearance section where you can find bridal gowns for up to 50% off of their regular price. Tell us your budget when you come in for your wedding dress shopping appointment at Angelus Bridal & Formals and our wonderful consultants will be able to find you something amazing within your price range. 

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Gorgeous Gowns, Exceptional Service, and More!

Our Pompano Beach Bridal Salon is the most trusted in South Florida. Not only do we offer fabulous gowns at Angelus Bridal & Formals, but the most wonderful and personal customer service to help you find the perfect dress. Beyond those two very important things, you will find a lot more when you visit our South Florida bridal boutique

Exceptional Customer Service
Every consultant in our bridal salon has been expertly trained in both fashion and the way our very important customers deserve to be treated. When you arrive for your appointment, you will receive our undivided attention. Be prepared to get pampered! We will listen to your wants and needs, then do everything that we can to make sure we locate the gown you are envisioning. 

Owner Coco Abadi stated, "I have worked with every type of situation that could arise when choosing, ordering, even accessorizing a bride's wedding gown." With his guidance and the combined experience of our knowledgeable consultants, you can rest assured that you are in good hands when you shop with us.   

Stunning Wedding Dresses
You can see a sampling of the unbelievably beautiful bridal gowns that we have available on our website, but that is only a small portion of the fabulous dresses that we have for you in the store. There are many talented designers represented in a wide variety of styles from size 4 to size 30. We even feature a clearance section full of stunning dresses that we simply have run out of room to store. You may find your dream wedding dress there for 50% off! 

Incredible Accessories
This is where you can incorporate a little of your own personality and style into your wedding day look. The way that you accessorize your bridal gown is what makes it truly yours, unlike any other bride. We carry amazing headpieces, veils, jewelry, and more. You can even find the most comfortable undergarment, the "Flattering Me Bra," in our store. It was specially designed by our very own Coco Abadi to be not only flattering, but also comfortable to wear all day long. 

Exquisite Special Occasion Gowns
Angelus Bridal & Formals also offers gorgeous gowns for the other women in your wedding, as well as for the other special occasions in a woman's life. You will be able to outfit your bridesmaids and both the mothers and grandmothers of the bride and groom here. 

There are also many lovely gowns for those evenings out that require a fashionable dress. We take care of the young ladies out there too with our magnificent Quinceanera dresses and prom gowns. No matter what the special occasion, we have got a dress for you.   

Wedding Planning Help
Angelus Bridal & Formals is a one-stop bridal shop. Once you have found your dream wedding dress and everything that you need to go along with it, you can visit with our in-house wedding vendors. Some vendors that you will find in our store include: photographer, cake designer, makeup artist, florist, alterations, and tuxedo rentals. 

Visit Angelus Bridal & Formals soon!
If you are newly engaged, begin your wedding planning journey with us at the best wedding dress store in South Florida. We will make sure that it gets started on a successful and positive note. Angelus Bridal & Formals will do our very best to put you in that bridal gown you have always dreamed about. Make your appointment soon and experience it for yourself. 

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