Vendor Spotlight: Leann’s Bridal

Today we are thrilled to share a little more information with you on one of our favorite new bridal salons, LeAnn’s Bridal in McKinney!  Located on the historic downtown square, LeAnn’s has a fantastic vintage vibe in-store while offering a wide selection of gowns.  Want to hear a little more?  Read on for the behind the scenes scoop from Cathy and Alyssa, the mother-daughter duo behind this fab new salon.

LeAnns Bridal wedding dress boutique

When and how did you get into the industry?

We are Oklahoma natives, mother and daughter, and most importantly, best friends. We’re practically inseparable, and we have always been the go-to gals for our family and friends when creativity and passion are needed. In 2013, we realized that our crazy, exciting dream of opening a bridal boutique might finally become a reality.  We brainstormed, researched, planned, and spent countless hours discussing this possibility, fueled by a wedding and two engagements that all took place within a few months in the Landers’ household. The endless atmosphere of love and happiness was the “icing on the cake” that we channeled to open LeAnn’s Bridal.

Coming up with the store name may have been the easiest part of the whole process – both of our middle names are LeAnn. Once we had a name, everything else started to fall into place – with lots of hard work and family support. We are beyond excited to have the opportunity to help brides find their dream gown because we know that this gown is so much more than a dress. We know it embodies love, memories, and every girl’s dream of happily ever after.

LeAnns Bridal wedding dress boutique

What makes you different at what you do?

We really try to cater to the bride. It’s her special day and we want her to feel that way from the time she walks in our doors. Each bride gets a two hour one-on-one appointment with a consultant. Every bride that finds her gown gets a small thank you gift and pictures from their wedding posted on our website and social media sites (including Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest).

LeAnns Bridal wedding dress boutique

What are some of the best compliments you’ve received from your clients?

A review from one bride: “Thank you SO MUCH for a wonderful bridal shopping experience. My time was lovely from the moment I walked through the doors to the time I left. Your gowns are courageous and your store is breathtakingly beautiful. It’s truly the atmosphere where any bride feels pampered and beautiful. I also want to thank you for your excellent customer service and the time you put into helping me try on gowns. I never felt rushed or like I was just being “sold to.”  It was a pressure-free stress free environment, so thank you.” Another bride said “I absolutely LOVED shopping at LeAnn’s Bridal! I felt extremely valued and taken care of. I have my perfect wedding dress and I couldn’t be more thankful for the amazing experience I had!”

LeAnns Bridal wedding dress

How can brides get in touch with you?

Brides can give us a call at 214-842-8844 or visit our website to make an appointment online.  If you have a specific question for us, please feel free to email us at theleanns@leannsbridal.com.  We can’t wait to see you at LeAnn’s, located at 209 E Louisiana Street in McKinney!

All photos courtesy of LeAnn’s Bridal.

Dress to Impress – Mothers

Bride and mom prepping for weddingFinding the right dress as a mother of the bride or the groom can be challenging!  What styles are appropriate?  Should you match the bridal party?  Where do you find some good options?  We’ve got some tips for you to help with your search!

1.  Consider Your Surroundings

When choosing a style, keep in mind the setting for the wedding.  The right outfit for a garden wedding in May is probably not the same as the right outfit for a formal reception in December.  Consider fabrics, styles, and colors that will fit with both the season and the environment.  For example, if you’re an always-cold and the reception is in a hotel ballroom in summer, plan to be chilly and select an outfit with a light jacket or wrap.

2.  Ask the Bride

It’s always worth checking in with the bride before you start shopping.  She may request that you stay away from a certain style or color so that her formal family photos will look balanced.  Take her advice under consideration and, if she’s extremely detail-oriented when it comes to fashion, consider inviting her to shop with you.

3.  Be You

You’ve been buying your own clothes for years – you know what you can pull off and what just won’t work!  Be true to your own style, and select something comfortable and flattering.  Consider your shoes as well – your length preference may change if you know that you’ll need to wear flats to tackle a grassy aisle.

4.  Talk to Your Counterpart

Have the bride open a line of communication between you and the other mother(s), so that you can discuss your color selections and style to make sure that you balance each other out well.  Sequins on one side and a sundress on the other may look odd in photos.

5.  Local Resources

Live in the Dallas-Ft Worth area?  Here are some of our favorite places to shop:

Stardust Celebrations has a top notch staff and a wide selection of options on wedding attire

– The Nordstrom Wedding Suite offers a wide variety or formal and cocktail wear.  A great choice if the bride lives in a different city, because you can buy options and return whatever doesn’t work at any time with no penalties.

Neiman Marcus also has a wide selection of formal and cocktail wear appropriate for weddings.  The downtown Dallas location is home to the Bridal Salon, where you can find expert help on selecting the right outfit.

Lewisville Bridal Boutique has a wide selection of options to try on in the store

 

Photo courtesy of Ben Q Photography

Merry Marry ‘Maids

Surrounding yourself with beauty is the name of the game when creating your wedding’s look. Not the least of these decisions is what your gorgeous bridesmaids will be wearing while they stand next to you during one of the most monumental moments in your life. When looking for the right dress to frame you in your photographs, try some of these approaches.

Does your wedding have a clear style? If so, let the bridesmaids’ dresses also reflect that style for a sense of continuity.

Jessica D'Onofrio Photography

Jessica D’Onofrio Photography

Do current bridal fashion trends make the most of your bridesmaids’ figures, or will they only work on one or two of them? If you’d like all of them to wear matching dresses, it’s a very good idea to pick a universally flattering cut, like A-line.

Absolute Photography

Absolute Photography

If you have a group of ‘maids that have very different body types, a thoughtful option is to pick a color and let them select their own dress. If you give them a list of criteria and a specific color (distributing a fabric swatch to each of them is the best bet in this case), each person can find something comfortable for them in price and fit, and you can rest assured they’ll not be blaming you if they can’t wear it again!

A Studio Productions Photography

A Studio Productions Photography

Another thing to consider is a mix-and-match of prints and solids – or even all prints – to further allow for individualization and visual interest.

The Minnericks Photography

The Minnericks Photography

Don’t discount the value or impact of accessories! A dress that’s simpler can easily be supplemented by some statement jewelry, fun shoes, or other more quirky elements (like gloves, hats and fascinators, or even floral alternatives like umbrellas or purses!).

James Edwards Photography

James Edwards Photography

It’s important to remember when you’re making your decision that you are unlikely to please everyone, and that it’s not a reflection on your taste or how much your bridesmaids adore you. Make your choices based on your vision and the lovely ladies you’ve chosen to accompany you throughout your day will be able to see “you” in each element. They love you, and they’ll love standing for and with you on such an important day!

Menswear

(Did anyone else read that as Mr. Humphreys from Are You Being Served? No? Just me? Oh…)

groom,bow tie,tux,striped shirt,black and white,wedding

Cherie Callaway Photography

Choosing what the men of the wedding party will wear should rank *right* up there with what the women will wear, as ideally they are complimentary. We didn’t want to leave you guys in the lurch when figuring out what to look for when shopping for the men.

Style
This should be decision numero uno when selecting menswear. What look are you going for? Most shops have a variety of looks within, so not knowing before you go in is okay, but identifying what will work with your wedding’s theme/style – and with your body type! – will help make all of the other choices that much easier.

Color
This can fit right in line with the color palette of the wedding, or it can merely provide a neutral backdrop for it. Either way, figuring out preferable and possible color choices after you select a style will help narrow down selection, since not all suits will come in all colors.

Fit
We’ve been very happy to see a resurgence lately in a slim fit for menswear. If that’s not your or your man’s thing, however, there are lots of other options – especially in retro fits – which afford more room, or a different shape altogether. Just like it’s important for a bride to wear a dress that works with her body type, it’s also important for a suit’s fit to be right for the groom!

Accessories
They’re not just for women! French cuff shirt with cufflinks? Trés chic, and a nice way to bring in some individualism that’s subtle. Pocket squares, hanging ties, bow ties, suspenders, gloves, top hats, bowler hats, pageboy hats, tie pins or bars, pocket watches, vests, socks, shoes: all can be worn in a style that compliments the suit, the person, and the event.

Go forth and shop well!

Before You Say Yes to the Dress

Wedding Dress Fur WrapFor many brides, the first step in their wedding planning process is shopping for… THE DRESS.  Dress shopping can be a tricky process, because it involves style, emotional outbursts, and navigating a whole new set of body image issues.  We’re hoping that the tips and tricks below will help you sail through the process with as little stress as possible!

1.  Keep Your Group Exclusive

While it’s very tempting to bring your mom and your sister and your grandma and all six bridesmaids, this can lead to chaos.  At least on your first outing, keep your group to 3 or 4 people maximum, so that you can get some opinions, but still make yourself heard.

2.  Be Open to Suggestions

Salons will usually suggest that you bring photos or a Pinterest board with you to show your stylist what you like.  Keep in mind that the world of wedding dress silhouettes is very different from normal shopping, and that a style of dress that you may not like in photos might look spectacular on you.  Take some risks and allow your stylist to use all of their knowledge to help you find the best dress for you!

3.  Eat – Seriously

Sometimes we see brides who schedule an entire day of salon visits without leaving time for lunch, because they’re afraid that eating will make them “look fat” in a dress.  Trust us – hangry shopping is no fun.  Take breaks between appointments to eat, drink, and relax.

4.  Time Will Tell

There are some brides who find their dress at the first store they visit, but many others will go to several salons in search of the perfect gown.  Don’t be afraid to revisit earlier stores to retry dresses that were at the top of your list – sometimes, you just need a little time and space to let your heart decide what it loves.  If you’ve gone to several stores and haven’t found anything that qualifies as a possibility, take some time away from the search and allow yourself to consider some of the factors involved, like style, budget, and color.  Expanding your potential selection pool can help!

5.  The Lingo

There’s a lot of fancy terminology involved with wedding dress fits and styles.  You don’t need to memorize a vocabulary list (put the flash cards down), but below is an infographic from our friends over at Simply Bridal that will help you be familiar with some key terms.

Wedding Dress 101 Simply Bridal

 Photo courtesy of Simple Moments Photography

Happy Thanksgiving!

Give_Thanks

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it asks us to actively consider the things and people for which we’re thankful. What a world we would be if everyone sought ways to express thanks every day!

I’d like to invite you to take the day off tomorrow. From worry, if from nothing else. Whatever it is you have to worry about on a daily basis, don’t think about it. All those details will still be present a day later, and so many of the things which deserve our thoughts and thanks are ephemeral… Instead, spend some time actively thinking about the things in your life for which you can be grateful. Perhaps it’s that you’ve got a job, or that your loved ones are safe and healthy. Perhaps it’s that you have really good friends who support you, or that you have friends and neighbors whom you can support.

Perhaps you have found yourself in a relationship so loving and generous you’ve decided to spend the rest of your lives together. Perhaps it’s seeing so many of your friends, family, and neighbors genuinely happy for you.

Life will always present us with moments we wish we could forget. It’s important not to allow those moments to crowd out the myriad ways in which life also gives us moments of joy. If we’ll hold those bright moments closely, those best forgotten won’t seem as dark.

Know as you count your blessings tomorrow that we here at Each & Every Detail are thankful for you. We’re thankful you choose to share your biggest, most happy day with us.

Have a safe, relaxing holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!

Pro Tip: Wedding Insurance

wedding ceremony,program,sage green,house party

Phase 3 Photography

Wedding insurance is not a new phenomenon, but a lot of couples don’t realize it exists. It’s designed to protect your investment in this special, often expensive day, and bears serious consideration, regardless of your overall budget.

Sometimes your existing insurance company will have this available, so check with them first. If they don’t, however, navigate on over to Reviews.com and check out the list of providers whose services and policies they’ve reviewed to see which meets your needs.

Some policies include:
– vendors not showing up or going out of business
– cancellation/postponement of the wedding due to a key player (like dad or one of you) being hospitalized
– some companies offer a “change of heart” policy that protects your parents’ investment in case you or your groom suffer from cold feet

No one likes to think of any reason a wedding could be derailed, but prudent planning can take the sting out of misfortune, and allow you the breathing room necessary to get everything back on track.

Vendor Spotlight: Katie Cassidy Photography

Some gorgeous images accompany today’s Vendor Spotlight on Katie Cassidy Photography! Katie herself answered our questions, so read on and enjoy the scenery.

All images courtesy of Katie Cassidy Photography.

katie cassidy photography,ivy wall,bride and groom

What led you to the wedding industry, specifically?
I was working in corporate graphic design and was tired of the creative restraint. I wanted to create something beautiful that had purpose and meaning to people.

What do you love most about being a wedding photographer?
I would have to say hands down that client relationships are my most favorite part of what I do. Capturing such an important day creates a special bond with people and I love it.

katie cassidy photography,bridal party,floral,mint green

What are your favorite wedding trends right now?
DIY!!! I am a huge sucker for all things DIY. To see the character and personality of a couple shine through the design aspect of their wedding gets me every time!

katie cassidy photography, bridal portrait,front porch,lace veil

How long have you been in the industry?
This is my 8th year!

What makes you unique from other wedding photographers?
I would say our “All Day wedding Coverage” sets us apart from most other photographers. I hated having to see the internal dilemma my brides were having trying to decide what parts of the day were more important and needed capturing. We take all that away by capturing the whole event! Our clients get the “whole” story from start to finish.

katie cassidy photography,bridal portrait,church

Tell us about your most memorable and fun wedding/event.
We shot a wedding last year for a dear couple that have since become good friends. They chose to have a first look and I was honored to have been a part of such a touching and sweet moment. It takes a lot to get me to tear up when I am working and I have to say I could not hold it back!

Tell us one thing we might not otherwise know about you.
I LOVE designing and throwing my kids’ huge birthday parties! I am totally obsessed with my kids and think that they deserve to be celebrated!

katie cassidy photography,vintage car,bride and groom

Do you have any special discounts or offers for Katie Cassidy Photography at this time that our blog readers should know about?
If a bride books her wedding with us during November, December, or January, she will get a FREE bridal session!

There you have it, folks! Check out Katie Cassidy Photography’s website here. Have a beautiful day!

Please Respond!

Invitation suiteLet’s face it – there’s just not that much paper mail worth opening anymore.  Junk mail, bills, and advertisements make the occasional personal piece of mail shine a little brighter.  Wedding invitations are generally still sent by mail, rather than in electronic form, and tend to echo long-ago etiquette in address and style.  Inside the envelope, you can count on seeing an invitation and a response card with a return envelope.  That’s it – the dreaded RSVP.  What do you do with it?  How do you fill it out?  What matters and what doesn’t?  As we move away from formal invitations for parties and showers and into the realm of e-vites and digital cards, more and more often guests are confused as to how to complete a response card correctly.  So, here’s a brief rundown on what to expect and how to keep your engaged friends happy!

Part One: The Date Line

Each response card is going to include a line indicating the deadline for returning your response.  This is usually a carefully selected date that allows the couple enough time to verify final numbers with their various vendors (catering, linens, floral, etc.).  Please do send your card in by this date!

Part Two: The Name Line

This line can be formatted one of several ways, depending on the couple’s choice.  Traditionally, the name line on a response card looks like this:

M____________________________

The initial at the beginning of the line indicates your title (Mr./Mrs./Ms./Miss).  Your name and the name of your guest or spouse should follow.  Don’t know if you’re allowed to bring a guest?  Check the outer envelope.  If it’s addressed just to you, the couple is subtly requesting that you attend unaccompanied.  If the envelope lists you and your spouse, but not your kids, the couple would prefer you leave the little ones at home.

Some couples will send you a response card that has a little additional information that can help you identify who, exactly, is invited.  There might be a list of guest names on the card – this is who is invited.  Others will include a line like “We are saving  seats for you!” – that means four people are invited from your family.  Couples everywhere will love you for reading carefully and responding appropriately vis a vis number of guests!

Part Three: The Meal Choice

For a seated, served dinner, the couple needs to know what you would like to eat!  If you are responding for more than one person on a single response card, it can be extremely helpful if you put the initials for each guest next to the appropriate meal selections, rather than indicating number of guests for each.  For example:

 TK  Chicken    WK, BK  Beef

If you have allergies or dietary restrictions, feel free to write those in, but please do recognize that not every kitchen can accommodate every situation at a large event.

Part Four: Additional Instructions

Your response card might include additional language, depending on the event.  One line that is being included more frequently is something like, “Brad and Sarah request an adults-only evening.”  Please keep in mind this isn’t a personal attack on your family; this may be a choice necessitated by venue space, budget, or other considerations.  Adults, in the context of a wedding, would be those over the age of 18 for the most part.  If you’re confused, again, refer to your outer envelope!  Other instructions might include online RSVP information, rehearsal dinner or ceremony-specific response opportunities, or something more entertaining, like Mad Libs!  Roll with the punches, but complete every line before sending it back!

Now you’re an expert on response cards!  Go forth and respond (if you please)!

Photo courtesy of Katie Cassidy Photography