Attn: Dallas Brides! How to Save $200 on Your Bridal Gown!

Happy Friday!  Looking for a bridesmaid dress or bridal gown that won’t break the bank?  Have your eye on that perfect dress but it’s a tad bit out of budget?

There may be some help for you!

I am a HUGE fan of Groupon, and have purchased from them several times.  Today, Dallas special occasion store  Terry Costa is currently running a Groupon deal where you can purchase a $200 voucher for $69, or a $300 voucher for $99.  That is a pretty sweet deal!  Check out the deal here.



Of course with Groupon, you have to be sure to read the fine print.  It looks like the only noticeable restriction I’ve read is that you can’t use the Groupon for Maggie Sottero line.  (BUMMER, because her stuff is beautiful!)

If you want to get in on the deal, move quickly – the Groupon is over at midnight tonight!  Happy shopping! Hope you find that perfect dress!



The Surefire Way to Stress Out a Bride: Have the Groom Plan the Entire Wedding

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A few weeks ago, Oprah’s OWN Network premiered a show call “Don’t Tell the Bride.”  It’s a spinoff of a UK based tv show of the same title.  The premier episode featured a Dallas wedding, which ended up being held at Cityplace,  so of course I had to watch it!

The show works like this:  are you ready? Each episode features an engaged couple ready to get married, but have not started planning their wedding.  The groom is given $25,000 and three weeks to plan the big day, and the BRIDE is completely hidden from the plans.  She does not find out until wedding day what her groom has planned for the day.  I’m talking everything: bridal gown, florals, venue, bridesmaids dress, cake.

Now, I think this idea is cute, and I enjoyed watching the first episode (I still need to watch the 2 or 3 episodes that have aired since then).  However, I am not sure I think the concept is realistic, and I’ll tell you why:

1.  Bride not involved in the wedding plans????  Cute idea, but that will be extremely tough, especially for a Dallas bride.  Am I right? Picking out the details of the wedding often times is part of what the bride loves about the wedding, picking out the dresses, the details, the venue - brides DEFINITELY want to be involved in the planning!

2. The show overall show gives an unrealistic view of  the time and complexity involved in planning a wedding.  Planning a wedding is alot of work and takes alot of time.  Even for us professional wedding planners, 3 weeks is a short time to plan a wedding, but it is doable due to our expertise, knowledge, contact base, etc.  If you place a groom who has never planned a wedding, emotionally invested in his own day, in that situation, it would be much more of a stressful challenge.

My overall thought of the show: The show is cute for entertainment and even for getting some inspirational ideas to incorporate in your own big day.  Just realize that planning is ALOT more involved than the show reveals.

Have you seen this show?  What are your thoughts about a groom planning the entire wedding?  I’d love to hear your comments! :)


Find Wedding Attire That Will Make You Look Chic and Fabulous From Rue La La & The Knot!

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Happy Friday!

Being a Dallas resident for the past 14 years, I know that fashion is majorly important, especially for a Dallas bride’s wedding day!  If you are looking for some funky, trendy wedding fashion for your wedding ceremony or reception, I have a trendy site for you to check out to find some fashionable items for your wedding.  I am a big fan of Rue La La, an exclusive, invitation only boutique that has 48 hour sales on clothing and accessories my major brands, like Steve Madden, Spanx (yes, ladies, they sell SPANX…lol), BCBG, Escada, etc.  They send you weekly emails of the featured boutiques as well as upcoming sales that you can then purchase from during the specified timeframe.

This week, they are partnering up with The Knot for some specific wedding fashion!  They are calling the effort “The Knot presents STYLE, I Do!” I love the title.  They’re featuring various wedding gowns, reception gowns (for the bride who wants a different look for the reception), accessories and even groom/groomsmen attire that can be purchased immediately from the boutique.

If you are attending a wedding soon, they also have a boutique for party dresses and the best wedding gifts to give at a shower or wedding.

Check out the site and see what you think.  Quick warning, the boutique will by 10am CST tomorrow, so get on as quick as can to check it out before it closes (never know when the boutique will open again).  As I mentioned, you need to be invited to access the boutique, so I’ll make you a deal.  Leave a comment below requesting an invite and I will send you one!  ;

Have a wonderful weekend! :)


Dallas Wedding Inspiration- Southern Weddings New Issue On Newsstands Oct. 25!!


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In the words of the great Lara Casey - “Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit!” :)

Lara Casey is an awesome wedding professional and founder/creator of Southern Weddings magazine.  I wanted to give all of you brides in Dallas (and other places in the South) a heads up that the Fall issue (V4) of Southern Weddings magazine hits newsstands on October 25!  If you haven’t seen an issue of their magazine, they specialize in all things Southern.  Their magazine covers beautiful inpsiration for decor, attire (even for the guys) and alot of really true Southern traditions – matter of fact, they are currently hosting a contest where wedding pros can submit the best mason jar concepts for some SW bragging rights. Now how’s that for Southern?  :) Be sure to add this to your collection of magazines you browse as you begin planning your wedding – I’m sure you’ll find some great inspiration from it!

Right now, the ladies over at Southern Weddings are offering your chance to win a copy of the Fall issue BEFORE it hits the stands.  You can find the details here.

Do you plan to add some “Southern” flair to your wedding?  Is it in the decor, the food, the style?  I’d love to hear your comments!

Happy Monday!