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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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Fun Wedding Favors Your Guests Will Love

Wedding favors aren't something that you absolutely have to have at your wedding, but it's a great way to add a little whimsy and say thank you to the guests for sharing your special day. It's also a perfect place to personalize the event. Angelus Bridal has listed a few of our favorite wedding favors for you here. Your guests won't be leaving these behind after the reception! 

1. Something tasty.
Everyone loves to receive delicious treats. There are plenty of adorable ways to turn fun food into your wedding favors. Jars of honey are cute if you are "meant to bee" or jars of jam to "spread the love," packages of Hershey's Hugs & Kisses, or heart sugar cookies with your new monogram iced onto them. Food favors always put a smile on guests' faces.   

2. Local flair.
Look to your wedding location for clever favor ideas. If you are getting married on the beach, send beautiful seashells you've collected home with your guests. Share something the town is known for, like Atlantic City is famous for salt water taffy and Florida is known for growing amazing oranges. If you and the groom went to the same high school or college, incorporate the school emblem in some way. Local items make for wonderful mementos of the day.   

3. Seasonal symbols.
Fall is the perfect time to put a mini pumpkin at each place setting, and you can even go the extra step and write each guest's name on one. If you are planning a Christmas ceremony, a beautiful ornament for everybody is a great gift. A walk through the seasonal aisle in any store should give you some excellent ideas, and if you plan a year in advance, you can pick some up after the season for a discount.   

4. Your favorite things.
What do you and your groom love? Chances are, your guests will love those things too. If not, maybe knowing you are interested in it will pique their interest. If you both love baseball, offer peanuts and cracker jacks for your guests. If you are wine-lovers, give everyone a lovely wine topper. Avid bookworms could visit the local used book store and give every guest something to take home and read. 

5. Something to last.
What we mean by that is an item that will live on after the wedding, just like your love. Small plants or potted flowers are sweet favors that can double as table decor. You could also give each guest a pretty pot and seeds to plant on their own so they can continue to "watch your love grow!"

Wedding favors aren't a necessity, but if you have room in your budget, they can be lots of fun. A wedding dress, on the other hand, is something you will definitely need to have for your big day. The best bridal gowns in South Florida can be found at Angelus Bridal & Formals, and we have years of experience in helping brides find the perfect one. When you are ready to go shopping, give us a call. 

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Pick the Perfect Wedding Dress Neckline For You

There are many different aspects to think about when you are choosing from the best wedding dresses in South Florida. The dress silhouette, fabric, accents, and neckline all play a large part in the way the gown will look on you. Today we will be describing a few of the lovely necklines that you will find at Angelus Bridal & Formals. One of these will be perfect for you! 

Possibly the most popular style, it's exactly as the name states. There are no straps on this type of dress, as well as no sleeves. A wonderful look to pair a stunning necklace with. The neckline sits under the arms and across the chest. You will need enough of a bust area to keep this dress up comfortably, and if you are flat-chested, it will do nothing to add the illusion of curves to your shape.  

This type of gown highlights your shoulders and collarbone, and it generally looks wonderful on almost any figure. The neckline sits just below the shoulders, and sleeves cover part of the upper arm. If you have extremely broad shoulders or believe your upper arms are too full, you may want to avoid this type of neckline.

Very similar to an off-the-shoulder neckline, this one also sits below the shoulders and covers the upper arms, but more fabric is involved. There will be a scoop of fabric from one shoulder to the other in front, as if framing the bride like a "portrait." 

The U-shape of this neckline tends to be flattering to every woman's body shape. It can be just a slight scoop in the fabric or cut low, and often it will continue to scoop in the back also. 

This neckline also accentuates the collarbone and upper arm, but the single strap over one shoulder adds a stylish look. It works well for a larger bust, and there is less worry about it staying in place throughout your evening due to the strap. 

The neckline resembles the top of a heart and is an excellent frame if you would like to highlight your cleavage without showing too much. It is a very romantic look that also features the central part of your neck. Often found on sleeveless gowns, it can also be beautiful on dresses with sleeves too.   

A sexy, plunging neckline in the shape of a V. It takes a confident bride to pull this off. This neckline can also create the illusion of height, but it can make a small chest appear smaller. If you are a B or C cup, this style could work for you.  

This is a higher neckline that follows the natural curve of the collarbone. The top is wide and offers elegant coverage in front. It can be found in both sleeveless gowns and with sleeves.  

This neckline has a strap that comes over the shoulders to wrap around the back of the neck. It is wonderful for making a short bride appear taller, and is an excellent style for tall brides and those with broad shoulders. You can find it both with a plunging neckline or a high one that covers the chest area. 


High Neck
For the more modest bride, this lends to a bit of a classic, Victorian look. Material covers your chest area and most of the neck, yet you can leave your arms bare. A nice mix of coverage and skin. 

When you visit our South Florida bridal salon, we will have even more fantastic necklines to show you. Our Angelus Bridal consultants can help you to discover the one that highlights your best features in the most flattering way. 

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Help Your Bridesmaids Find the Most Amazing Dresses For Your Wedding

You want the women standing next to you at your wedding to look amazing, so knowing where to shop for the best bridesmaid dresses in South Florida is pretty important. Getting everyone to decide on which gown is the best can be tricky. Use these tips from Angelus Bridal & Formals to make the decision easier for everyone. 

Start the dress search early.

You will want to have the bridesmaid dresses ordered at least 6 months before the wedding so that there is enough time for fittings and alterations after they come in. The sooner you find a gown that everyone likes, the easier it will be to move on to other wedding-related tasks. 

Use your wedding dress as inspiration for the style of the bridesmaid dresses. Enjoy flipping through bridal magazines together and sharing wedding fashions that you find online. Hopefully a dress style will emerge from everyone's favorite picks.   

Keep an open mind.

Trust that the women you have chosen to be your bridesmaids have your best interests at heart. They are not purposefully going to pick out something hideous and ruin your wedding. They are the ones that have to wear the dress all day long for numerous photos, so take their opinions into consideration and really listen to what they do and do not like. 

Narrow down the choices for them.

That being said, this is your special day, so you do get to have your own opinion about what the bridesmaids will wear. Instead of asking them to choose from every dress available in our South Florida Bridal Salon, narrow down the options to a few of your favorites. Take your maid of honor along for input, and once you have found a few different ones that you both like, bring in the rest of the group for the final decision.

Take the season & time of day into consideration.

The expected temperature on the day of the wedding will play a large part in your fashion choices, as will the time of day of the ceremony and reception. Afternoon weddings are usually more casual, while evening celebrations tend to lean toward a more formal feel.

To match or not to match...

Do you want all of your bridesmaids to wear the exact same thing, or will you let them vary the styles? Both choices are perfectly acceptable. If you do have them wear different dresses, make sure that each gown has some type of unifying element to pull them together, like different shades of the same color or having all gowns with a similar element such as the same length or neckline. 

Pay attention to pricing.

The sky may be the limit for you with your own wedding, but that may not be the case for your friends. You would hate for someone to have to turn down being one of your bridesmaids because it was too expensive. Be aware of what everyone can afford and do your best to stay within an appropriate price range for them.

Move around in that gown.

Bridesmaids will be doing a lot of walking, bending, reaching, and more while they assist the bride before the wedding, and once the reception dancing starts, they should be out on the dance floor jumping, twisting, and having the time of their lives. When you all find a bridesmaid gown you love, move around in it to make sure it will be comfortable and stay in place during all of the wedding day activities. 

A wonderful thought to keep in mind is that if you wouldn't wear a particular dress, don't expect your girls to. The wide array of gorgeous bridesmaid dresses that you will find in our Pompano Beach wedding dress store offers so many choices that you are sure to find the perfect gown that everyone will love. 

Don't forget about our "Love at First Sight" promo too. If you purchase a wedding gown on your first visit to Angelus Bridal & Formals, your bridesmaids will be eligible for $30 off of their dresses if the price is $159.95 or more. If you find their gowns for less than that, we will still give your bridesmaids 10% off of their purchase. We not only love our brides, but their wonderful friends too!

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