Thursday, October 26, 2017

An Emergency Kit for the Wedding Day Helps to Keep Worries Away!

In last week's blog "Wedding Dress Stain Fixes (Just In Case)" we mentioned that you should have a wedding day emergency kit with you on your special day. This week Angelus Bridal has decided to go into a bit more detail about what that is and what you should pack inside it. The more prepared you are, the less you'll have to worry about, and the easier it will be to simply enjoy your wedding day! 

This wedding day emergency kit will be filled to the brim with all kinds of useful things, some of which will definitely come in handy, and others that you hopefully will not need at all. This is just piece of mind for you that no matter what crazy things the day may bring, you'll be ready for it all! You'll want to adjust this list to fit your personal needs, but here are some basics that should be included. 

  • White cotton towels or cloths:  great for dabbing spills on a white dress
  • Baby Powder:  can help remove some dress stains & keep them from spreading
  • White chalk:  can work like baby powder or occasionally cover a small stain
  • Stain Removal Pen or Wipes
  • Cotton balls & cotton swabs:  also great for dabbing stains on a white dress
  • Tape:  Double-sided, masking, or duct tape - these are a quick fix to a broken hem if there is no time left to sew it. 
  • Super glue: same reason as the tape and can hold a loose button on. 
  • Small sewing kit:  make sure you have thread in your dress color, the bridesmaids' dress colors, and the guys' suits.  
  • Safety Pins: for fashion emergencies and also good to have in case boutonniere pins are missing
  • Lighter:  both for candles and it can fix a fraying hem.
  • Lint brush
  • Extra earring backs
  • Nail clippers & file
  • Facial blotting paper
  • Mirror:  for makeup checks in case the room you are in right before walking down the aisle doesn't have a mirror

  • Kleenex
  • Moist towelettes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Bobby pins:  for every hair color in your wedding party
  • Clear nail polish:  perfect for stopping runs in hosiery, fixing chipped nails, and even buttons that are about to fall off.  
  • Nail polish that matches your manicure:  just in case a touch-up is needed.  
  • Hand lotion:  put this on before you walk down the aisle to help the ring slide on easily.
  • Sunblock & bug spray:  if the ceremony is outdoors
  • Feminine hygiene products:  in case you or one of the girls needs them.
  • First aid kit
  • Basic medicines:  pain reliever, allergy medicine, antacid...
  • Gum & mints
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks:  In all of the hustle, you may not have time for a real meal.  Have granola bars or something similar handy for a quick bite. 
  • Straws:  keeps your lipstick from smearing when you drink!
  • Chargers
  • Extra batteries
  • Pens and paper

More than likely, you already have a lot of the items for your wedding day emergency kit laying around the house, and the rest are inexpensive and easy to find. Even if they don't get used, it's all stuff that can be used later, so nothing will be wasted.

Take it from us at Angelus Bridal & Formals, it is always best to be prepared. Not only will it save you from possible disasters, but you'll also be a lot more relaxed knowing that you are ready for anything. A relaxed and happy bride is free to let her natural beauty shine. 

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Wedding Dress Stain Fixes (Just In Case)

As horrible as it is to think about, accidents do happen. If one of those accidents happens to be a stain on your wedding day involving your beautiful wedding dress (heaven forbid!) it's good to be prepared. Angelus Bridal & Formals has a few tips for you in case this does happen. That way, if this unfortunate incident does occur, you may be able to save the day (and the dress!) 

Before the Wedding
There are a few things you should do before the wedding day to help with the effort to keep your wedding dress stain-free. First of all, once you get it home from our South Florida bridal gown store, keep it in its bag, in the closet, and away from everyone and everything. It may be tempting to take it out and show it off, but keeping it put away assures that nothing can happen to it until you are ready to get dressed on your wedding day.

When you are choosing a menu for the reception, steer away from messy foods and dark-colored drinks. White wine will do a lot less damage to your gown than a red. Before the ceremony begins, get dressed at the last possible moment. Try not to eat after your gown is on, and if you need a drink, stick to water and use a straw.

Last but not least, prepare a wedding day emergency kit filled with every possible thing you may need that day, plus a lot of items you hope to not use but will be thrilled are there if you need them. It's always better to be safe than sorry, and most of the things in this kit can be found around your house already. 
Stain Fixes
Here are a few common stains that could possibly occur on your wedding day, along with items that can help to get rid of them, or at least make them less conspicuous. Make sure all of the items listed below make it into your emergency kit. 

Lipstick Stains - Dabbing a bit of petroleum jelly on the stain may dissolve it, and you can also try dabbing with a stain removal wipe. The key is to ALWAYS dab, NEVER rub! Cover up any remaining residue with chalk or baby powder. 

Makeup Stains - Rubbing chalk on foundation stains can sometimes absorb the makeup. Let is sit for a few moments afterwards, then whisk away the chalk dust. Baby powder or baking powder could work too, but chalk is more absorbent. 

Red Wine Stains - Absorb as much of the wine as you can with a white towel. Then, gently dab the stain from underneath the gown with another white towel soaked in cold water. Start at the stain edges and work your way inward. For very tough stains, you can use a small drop of dishwashing soap. 

Tea, Coffee, & Dirt Stains - A dot of clear liquid soap on a white cloth can help to remove these types of stains. Once again, gently dab from underneath the fabric. Use as little water as possible. Club soda sometimes works well too. 

Water Stains - Rain or drinking water can easily find its way onto your wedding dress, and this liquid can be damaging to some delicate materials. Air-dry the spot if possible, but a hair dryer set on low can be used if you are in a hurry. Keep the dryer at least 6 inches away from the dress, and keep it moving so that the heat is not concentrated on one are for too long. 

It is very unlikely that you will need any of this information from our Pompano Beach bridal boutique, but just in case you do, it's always better to be prepared. Having this knowledge could even come in handy some day at a wedding you are attending, and that bride will be very happy you read this blog! 

If a stain does sneak its way in on your wedding day, take it from us at Angelus Bridal, it's not the end of the world. Simply grin and bear it, and remember that the important part about the day is that you are getting married to your true love. That great big happy smile on your face will keep everyone from even noticing a little stain! 

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

5 Sentimental Touches To Add To Your Wedding

Lots of beautiful memories will be made on your wedding day, and any extra sentimental touches that you add to the ceremony and reception will make those memories that much sweeter. Angelus Bridal & Formals has pulled together a few great ideas that you may want to use, and these should get your own creative ideas flowing. 

Begin a Tradition
Many brides like to add something to their beautiful wedding dress that will never go out of style and can be passed down from generation to generation. If your family already has an heirloom for this, then you're all set. If not, start the tradition yourself! A brooch is a wonderful idea, because even if there's not a spot for it on a future bride's dress, it can be pinned to her bouquet. An elegant handkerchief can be embroidered with your name, and then every bride after you can add their name too. 

First Looks
The "first look" photo of that moment when the bride and groom first see each other all dressed up for the wedding has become a tradition. Your parents are excited to see their child on this special day too, so consider doing a "first look" moment with them also. While you're at it, if your bridesmaids didn't help you get dressed, do another "first look" photo session with them too. 

Photo With Past Brides
It can be very interesting to see how much wedding fashions change over the years, yet somehow still remain timeless. On your wedding day, have the photographer take a photo of you holding a photo of your mother on her wedding day. If possible, you could even have your mom in the picture holding a photo of your grandmother on her wedding day! 

Old Photos For Table Numbers
Gather pictures of both you and the groom at different ages, and then use those pictures on the reception tables with corresponding table numbers. For example, baby pictures when you were each a year old would go on table #1, and photos from when graduated high school at age 18 would go on table #18. 

Write Love Letters
Put down in writing all of those sweet, romantic things that you want to say to your future spouse. There are a couple of different ways that you can deliver these. The first is to read each other's letters on the wedding morning. You can have your maid of honor and best man deliver them while you are getting ready. Another option is to seal those letters in a box with a nice bottle of wine or champagne, and then on your first anniversary open it up, toast a successful year of marriage, and relive how you felt about each other on your wedding day. 

Those are just a few sentimental touches you can add to your wedding, but we're sure that you can come up with lots and lots more. Before you get to that point in your wedding planning, make an appointment to come in to our bridal salon in Pompano Beach to find that dream dress you'll be proud to wear while you're making all of those memories! When you wear a wedding dress from Angelus Bridal & Formals, you will definitely be a memorable sight to everyone that sees you on your special day. 

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

5 Factors That Influence Your Wedding Dress Choice

There is an enormous variety of beautiful bridal gowns to pick from when you shop at our South Florida wedding dress store. At times the choices can seem overwhelming. To narrow down the decision, Angelus Bridal has listed 5 factors that will influence your wedding fashion choice in today's blog. Take these into consideration when you begin your dream dress search. 

What catches your eye? 
Flipping through bridal magazines or looking through Pinterest boards is a wonderful way to discover what your wedding day fashion style is. Don't overthink it, just browse. Take notice of the dresses that make you stop for more than a couple of seconds. Once you compare a few of those, it's very likely that you will notice similar elements of each. This will give you a great idea of where to start when you begin trying gowns on.  

Everyone wants to look gorgeous on their wedding day, but if you pick a dress that looks great but isn't comfortable to wear all day long, you're very likely to regret it. That discomfort is sure to show on your face in many of the wedding photographs. After you find a bridal gown that may be "the one," make sure that you move around in it, sit in it, and possibly even dance a little while you're wearing it. As the Audrey Hepburn quote states, "...happy girls are the prettiest girls." If you feel good in what you are wearing, you will look your best. 

Time of Year and Venue
Part of that comfort factor needs to involve the weather expected for the time of year you will be getting married, and possibly the place that you will say your "I do's." Ball gowns are often difficult to maneuver on the sand at a beach wedding, and a thin, strapless bridal gown may not be very comfortable to wear when the temperatures are cold. Knowing when and where the wedding will happen can help you to choose the best wedding dress.    

Personal Style
Don't sacrifice your own personal style to match an "idea" of the perfect bride that someone may have put into your head. If you like to wear plenty of sparkle and bling, then you'll want to shop for a bridal gown with lots of that rather than a simple dress without a lot of added details. On the other hand, if you love showing off big pieces of jewelry, you may want to pick out a simpler gown to wear with that jewelry. For brides that think some shade of white or ivory isn't their thing, look for a wedding dress with some color. The key is to stay true to your own personal style and let Angelus Bridal help you find the perfect bridal gown to match it!   

Body Shape
While you should come in to your shopping appointment with an idea of what you like, keep yourself open to suggestions. Our talented consultants have lots of experience in finding fashions to bring out a particular bride's best features. A dress you loved in a picture may not look the same to you once you try it on, and there's a good chance something that doesn't exactly impress you on the hanger may look amazing on you. Trust us and you just may find your dream wedding dress in a section you never would have thought to look. 

All of the suggestions listed above will help you narrow down the multitude of choices available to you at our bridal salon in Pompano Beach. The wedding dresses you will find at Angelus Bridal & Formals are exquisite, but they need you in them to make them special!

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