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Five Reasons Why Wedding Planners Still Prefer Weddings In Hotels

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Most wedding planners will tell you that they prefer hotel weddings, and there are many reasons for that. While we aren’t exactly fans of predictable wedding venues, we do feel a need to caution brides on what to expect if you choose to not have your wedding in a hotel.

#01 A lot more hassle
You might need to put everything together yourself, including caterers. Some venues even require you to bring in your own tables and chairs, which could mean additional costs if you’re renting them. You also risk having to get lower quality items if rental prices are too expensive.

#02 You might spend more
When you break everything down, it might eventually cost you more. Guests, on the other hand, always expect things to be cheaper than they really are, which could mean smaller Ang Pows. Also, if your wedding is not in town, some vendors might ask for a transportation fee.

#03 Unclear contracts
Here’s the riskiest part: unlike hotels, a lot of other venues don’t provide proper contracts. You might end up spending a lot more than your initial quotation amount. The lack of proper procedures could also be frustrating and cause unnecessary stress.

#04 Facilities
Many venues lack adequate parking spaces for your guests, which could be very inconvenient. Do ensure that the venue is appropriate for your guests, and if it is an outdoor space, make sure there is a Plan B.

#05 Service
When it comes to service, hotels are virtually unparalleled. Other venues will probably not have a banquet manager, bellboys to help with carrying items, and a team to assist you. So unless you have a coordinator and a troop of willing and capable friends, you might be better off sticking with a hotel. Hotels will also provide you with a bridal suite, which is exactly what you’ll need after a long day.

6 Steps To Not Losing Any Sleep Over Your Wedding Day

We understand – there’s a lot of pressure to make your wedding day the most beautiful and meaningful of your life. If you work full-time, the stress of juggling both work and wedding planning will probably get to you. There is so much you need to do that you might even lose sleep over it all. So here are a few tips on how to manage the wedding planning process so it’s much more enjoyable.

#01 Don’t over-think it
Download our wedding planning checklist and just do what you need to each month. The reason a lot of people lose sleep is, instead of writing down what they need to do and ticking it off a list, they think about it every night when they are in bed.

#02 Don’t waste too much time online
Don’t read too many wedding blogs; just pick 2-3 favourites. Ideally they should include an international blog for inspiration and trends, a local blog to help you with sourcing vendors, and perhaps a wedding forum or something similar that will enable you to research and perform background checks on potential vendors. Be selective, as some blogs and websites are just a waste of time.

Don’t Pinterest too hard
There are lots of pretty things on Pinterest and you might be tempted to pin everything onto your boards. That can be a waste of time if you’re pinning things that aren’t within your budget. The best way to use Pinterest is to be purposeful about what you are searching for. Use keywords or colour themes to narrow down your search.

#04 Don’t leave things till the last minute
If you follow our checklist, most things will be done before the final week leading up to your big day. Remember to delegate. The only thing left on your to-do list in that final week should be your guest list. Also, try to take a week off work and pamper yourself.

#05 Don’t party too hard
Try not to get too excited, especially on the night before your wedding. If you’re having a bachelor or bachelorette party, do it a week or two beforehand. That will allow you plenty of time to recover from your hangover, unwind and rest.

#06 Don’t think about what could go wrong
This helps nobody, especially yourself. Just go with the flow, and remember that your guests are people whom you love and won’t mind one bit if anything goes wrong. Besides, many brides tell us that the things that go wrong are often those they least expect to. As long as you are married to the person you are supposed to wed, it will have been a perfect day.

How To Protect Your Wedding Angpow Box

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The recent case of a stolen angpow box is a reminder of what could happen if you’re not careful on your big day. This is definitely not how you would want to remember your wedding, so be sure to take these precautionary steps to ensure the same doesn’t happen to you.

#01 Keep the money box out of sight


Do not put the money box on the table for all to see. Instead, put it in between your helpers and make sure they are seated with their backs against the wall.

#02 Leave out the details


Never write down the name of the person in charge of counting the angpow money on your itinerary, as that will likely be passed around to vendors. Keep that information within your inner circle.

#03 Count your money fast


Once the bride has made her entrance, get 2-5 trusted friends or extended family members to help with the counting of the angpow money. Pre-arrange a secure room for this, and get two guys to accompany all of you for extra protection.

#04 Get rid of the money if you can


Make as many payments as you can on the actual day once you have counted all the angpow money to reduce the amount you are carrying.

#05 Keep it low profile


If it’s not an overly big amount, entrust the money to a family member, ideally someone who isn’t helping out in other areas and who won’t be moving about the entire evening. Also, keep the money in a discreet bag or paper bag.

#06 Stash it at the venue


If you’re anticipating a large amount of money, check with the venue in advance to see if they can provide a safe. Make sure you count the money in front of the staff before putting it into the safe, and have them sign an acknowledgment of the amount.

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#01 You should not keep the money in your hotel room because any number of staff members are able to access the room. If anything goes missing, it will be difficult to identify the culprit.

#02 Don’t keep the money with you overnight and check out with it the next morning – it makes you an easy and vulnerable target. The person in charge should bank in all the money at the first opportunity and decide what to do with it later.

#03 Avoid popular dates that are bound to see a lot of weddings. We’ve even heard of cases where thieves stole from more than one wedding at the same venue.

10 Common Wedding Hiccups And How To Deal With Them

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Photo by Multifolds Photography

#01 Guest’s name not on the guest list


Seat them at the extra table, and check with the bride and groom to see if their names might have been written differently. Wait till the place is filled up, and assign them to the tables that are half empty. If it is just one person, the alternative is to fit him/her into a table of 10. It is fine to have 11 at a table.

#02 Guest brought a partner not on the guest list


It may be a partner or their children. Again, assign them to the extra table. Or fit them into a table that is half full.

#03 Forgotten rings


There is no other way but to go back and get it. Get the emcee to entertain the crowd while stalling for time, and send your most trusted friend to get the rings. Start the ceremony once your friend has the rings in hand – don’t wait for the rings to arrive. If it is a church ceremony, there should be time enough for the rings to arrive before the couple has to exchange rings. No one needs to know.

#04 Broken high heels


This is why you should always have an alternative pair of shoes in the car or room. If your dress is long enough to cover your shoes, you could even wear something comfortable instead.

#05 Dinner banquet mishap


If you or your guests experience food poisoning, electricity issues, bad service or anything of the like, ask for a discount or some sort of reimbursement.

#06 Holes in pants / dress


This is where safety pins come in really handy. Or, if it really isn’t salvageable, mend it on the spot.

#07 Flowergirl or pageboy crying down the aisle


Laugh it off. Your guests will understand that kids sometimes have tantrums, so don’t get too upset about it.

#08 Drunk friends making a scene


Get someone to remove them quietly. This is why you shouldn’t start serving alcohol too early on – some of your guests might get rowdy.

#09 Mother-in-law wearing dress of the same colour


If you find out early, just ask her nicely to pick a different coloured dress. To avoid this problem completely, go shopping together. Alternatively, you can simply wear your wedding gown all day.

#10 Crying at your wedding


When you can’t control your emotions and the tears start flowing, take a deep breath and look upwards so that your tears don’t smear your makeup. Have tissues on hand and use them to dab gently beneath your eyes.

7 Dates People Should Not Have Their Weddings On

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Think of when you would like to spend your anniversary every year. We imagine your anniversary would be a great excuse for a short holiday, a quiet dinner and some quality time together. It should be during a relatively quiet month that isn’t too busy for you, and that includes your work peak periods.

Setting a wedding date is difficult enough, and it doesn’t help that everyone has an opinion about auspicious dates. However, you should avoid the following dates, not least because festive periods carry a totally different mood. Besides, the last thing you want is to make attending your wedding a chore for your guests or helpers. What do you think?

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While it’s nice to have a number that is easy to remember, like 01052015, we wouldn’t go for a date like that because there will probably be a few weddings happening on the same day. That means venues will be harder to get, vendors will be booked out, and your friends might have to choose between two weddings. Instead, pick a date that is significant only to the two of you.

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Your friends will probably want to party, making your wedding seem like a party pooper. Worse, you might be obliged to invite more friends in your circle than you would like becauseeveryone else is invited to your wedding. Avoid New Year’s Day as well – lots of people might be recovering from a hangover.

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Again, your friends might prefer to party or spend time with family, and they might also not have much money left for your angpow/gift after spending a fortune on Christmas shopping. Neither would your helpers appreciate the Christmas traffic jams in town as they help you organise and plan your big day.

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Your anniversary should be a chance to spend time together quietly celebrating. You don’t want to struggle to get a dinner reservation and buy flowers at double the usual price! It’s not romantic, and it can also be quite frustrating.

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Your birthday should be all about you! Be selfish, and keep this day all to yourself. Also, having your anniversary and birthday on the same date just means one less gift… for you!

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We’ve always felt that your wedding should not get in the way of other people’s plans. Your wedding is a one-day event, and there really is no need for you to take up a long weekend. Remember how precious annual leave is? The only exception is if you have a lot of guests from overseas who will need the extra days for travelling to your wedding.

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The end of the year is peak season for weddings, and we can never understand why when it is the rainy season. Photographers and vendors are also busier, making it harder for you to get the vendors that you like. Don’t compete with everyone else; consider getting married at the beginning of the year instead. When vendors are less busy, they will have more time and energy to devote to your wedding.

The Meaning Of The Marriage Vow

J. Allan Petersen, who wrote extensively about marriage, said:

The Meaning Of The Marriage Vow – J. Allan Petersen's quote

It is important that in the midst of planning your wedding, you do not forget the sacredness and real meaning behind it. Your marriage vows carry much more weight than just words. It is a shame how many say it without even wanting to understand what it means, because if they did, they would enter this union called marriage a little bit more prepared.

#01 For better for worse
We cannot enter marriage with the hope that everything will get better, because then the question becomes what if it doesn’t get better? It means that even when things get worse, you will still choose to love.

#02 For richer for poorer
Richer and poorer both come with their own sets of problems. Every good wife wants her husband to do well and excel, but they aren’t always ready for the longer working hours and maybe late nights. People also change in terms of their lifestyle and their plans when they get rich. On the other hand, financial pressures can put a huge strain on a marriage.

#03 In sickness and in health
When people get married, they are usually young and healthy, and they assume that isn’t going to change for a while. But anything can happen in a year, or maybe even a day or week after the wedding. When you say this vow, you are saying that even if your spouse is sick, you will be there to care for them and love them.

#04 To love and to cherish till death do us apart
“Till death do us apart” is a lifetime commitment. It means that even when everything goes wrong, you will still be there.

Working Out The Differences Between Your Two Families

Working Out The Differences Between Your Two Families. www.theweddingnotebook.com

If you are already in the midst of your wedding planning, you would have realised by now that wedding planning is not just about the two of you. And because it would be really overwhelming if you took everything upon yourselves, let us give you a few handy tips on what to expect and who should handle these types of situations.

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WHO: Fathers
EXPECTATIONS: For fathers, wedding receptions are a matter of pride, especially if they are big businessmen or they have status. Try to accommodate their wishes or give them options around their expectations, particularly if they are paying part of the bill.
TIPS: Get the mums on your side and let them make the suggestions.

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WHO: Both your parents
EXPECTATIONS: They probably will want to invite everyone they know.
TIPS: Give them a certain number of tables and get them to draft the guest list early so they won’t have a chance to invite everyone they meet. Find a smaller venue or plan a destination wedding. This way, not all their friends will want to go.

Let your parents settle their own guest lists, distribute their own invitations, decide their own seating arrangements and deal with the RSVPs for their guests. Check that every guest is listed with their full name so that there are no complications with registration on the actual day.

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WHO: Relatives
EXPECTATIONS: Everyone is important, and some family members might feel offended about not being placed at the main table.
TIPS: Divide it equally between both families and let both sets of parents decide who should sit at the main table. If necessary, add 2-3 VIP tables next to your main table. This way, everyone will look important.

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WHO: Relatives
EXPECTATIONS: Similar to the above, and some relatives might even expect your emcee to name and invite them up onto the stage.
TIPS: Keep the group small, and let your parents know that the stage will be small. If you can, keep it to just your immediate family and grandparents so there is a lower chance of offending anyone.

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WHO: Mother-in-law
EXPECTATIONS: Some MILs expect their daughters to be part of your bridal party, even if you aren’t close to them. Clarify this early on with your groom, as he would know his family best.
TIPS: You can include them and have a big bridal party – it could be a good chance to get to know them personally – or keep it to just your sisters for your bridesmaids. To make your MIL feel better, you could ask one of the cute grandkids to be part of your bridal party.

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WHO: Both your parents
EXPECTATIONS: This is a tough one, and is crucial towards keeping the peace long term, so plan this wisely.
TIPS: Both of you should find out from your own parents what their expectations are first. It would be great if they were all on the same page, but if not, decide on a middle ground and try to get your parents to meet those expectations without letting the other party know. Some parents might offer to pay for reception tables, with the money packets received from those tables serving as the dowry.

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WHO: Mother-in-law or your own parents
EXPECTATIONS: They might have a set of rituals that they feel you need to follow. Most of these rituals are for bringing blessings upon you both, so try to be understanding about them.
TIPS: Do everything that doesn’t contradict your religious beliefs or make you feel uncomfortable. Though some might seem like a chore, do it so you can say no to other things that you really dislike.

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WHO: Grandparents or parents
EXPECTATIONS: Some Chinese families feel it is a must to serve this delicacy at wedding receptions.
TIPS: Many hotels these days, including Hilton, Starwood and more, are fins free. By choosing those venues, you won’t even need to discuss this.

Affordable Papers And Materials For The DIY Bride

Kraft paper – Affordable paper for your wedding invitations. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Photo by LaPommeEtLaPipe

It bothers us when couples cut back on their wedding stationery after spending so much money and putting so much effort into their wedding décor. Here is a list of very affordable papers and materials that you can use for printing your own wedding stationery. Combined with a great design, it will look professionally done. If you don’t have a flair for design, then do consider the free printables as well. You can buy these stock papers in any art shop, and if you don’t know where to look, try looking in areas with art schools nearby.

KRAFT STOCK


How to use:
+ Use a laser printer or print just one copy and photocopy the rest
+ Use dark colours – all black is a favourite with designers
+ Suitable for rustic and vintage themed wedding invitations, programme booklets, tags and anything else!

Advantages:
+ Great texture
+ Environmentally friendly

Disadvantages:
+ It comes in varying thickness, and the thick card might not feed into your printer, so make sure you get a printer that can print thicker stock
+ The dark paper colour restricts design choices

Kraft paper – Affordable paper for your wedding invitations. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Photo by LaPommeEtLaPipe

WHITE PAPER STOCK


How to use:
+ Use an inkjet printer and print on the white, uncoated type (non-gloss), also known as ivory white. Alternatively, just look for those that have a smoother surface
+ Leave more white space for a more elegant look
+ For DIY, it is always best to use minimal colour – it gives a more finished look somehow
+ Suitable for invitations, programme booklets, tags and anything else, no matter what the theme is

Advantages:
+ Colour accuracy is almost perfect, making it suitable for all kinds of designs
+ The white paper gives a very modern look

Disadvantages:
+ It comes in varying thickness, and the thick card might not feed into your printer, so make sure you get a printer that can print thicker stock
+ When printing with a laser printer, it might look like cheap digital printing because of the coating laser printers leave behind

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BLACK MATTE PAPER STOCK


How to use:
+ Use a laser printer or print just one copy and photocopy the design onto black paper
+ Use big block letters for readability
+ Suitable for contemporary, black and white wedding themes as Save The Date cards, simple programme itineraries and menus

Advantages:
+ Looks effortlessly stylish and elegant
+ Contemporary designer look
+ Achieving that spot UV look for a fraction of the price

Disadvantages:
+ Not suitable for night use
+ Not suitable for older guests that might have bad eyesight
+ The dark paper colour restricts design choices

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TRACING PAPER


How to use:
+ Print one copy and photocopy your design. There are two types of tracing paper on the market, so it is extremely important that you make sure yours is tracing paper for photocopy machines
+ Suitable for contemporary and glamorously themed weddings as inserts and menus

Advantages:
+ Looks stylish and elegant
+ Comes in many colours, with white, grey, blue and pink being the favourites
+ Goes well with simple white stock

Disadvantages:
+ It might warp if placed under the sun for too long or if it comes into contact with water
+ The translucent surface means you can see through to the material at the back
+ The material doesn’t absorb ink very well, so colour accuracy might be an issue. This looks nice if you are going for an opaque, romantic look

Tracing paper – Affordable paper for your wedding invitations. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Photo and Designed by Sam Egarr

VINTAGE RECYCLED PAPER


How to use:
+ Use an inkjet printer to create the opaque look, or print on magazine or dictionary paper. Works better on non-gloss paper
+ Use thick fonts for readability
+ Suitable for vintage, rustic, artistic and travel themed weddings as posters, labels and perhaps thank you notes

Advantages:
+ Looks stylish
+ Endless possibilities
+ Every piece looks original

Disadvantages:
+ The paper stock might be too thin, making it more suitable to be framed for display purposes
+ It is quite hard to imagine the outcome until you actually try it

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LUNCH BAG


How to use:
+ Use an inkjet printer or stamp on the design using stamps and an inkpad
+ Used mostly for designs in black
+ Suitable for vintage and rustic themed weddings as programmes, menus and wedding favours

Advantages:
+ Creates a rustic and environmental feel
+ Dual function as the bag can be used for other things

Disadvantages:
+ You will have to pay close attention during the printing process to make sure every piece runs through the printer properly

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DOILY


How to use:
+ You can’t print on this, though you can stamp it using stamps and an inkpad
+ Gives a great finish to DIY stationery when done correctly
+ Goes well with kraft paper
+ Suitable for vintage and rustic themed weddings as invitations, menus and wedding favours

Advantages:
+ Creates a rustic and environmental feel, with a hint of romance

Disadvantages:
+ It is too thin for printing

Affordable paper for your wedding invitations. www.theweddingnotebook.com
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Photo by Taylor Lord Photography

7 Wedding Trends From Abroad That We Should Start Adapting

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Photo by Taylor Lord Photography

Photo by Taylor Lord Photography from The Wedding Notebook

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Most couples say this is one of the most memorable moments of their wedding day. Couples often get lost in the ceremony of it all, especially if they have a huge wedding reception, so why not steal 15 minutes for just the both of you?

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We’ve heard of couples exchanging cards or something meaningful in the morning before the wedding ceremony begins. Sometimes it is just a note to affirm the other of their love; sometimes it is the wedding vows written down.

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Quality is better than quantity. Choose a dress that you really love, and focus on looking good in that one dress – unless of course you need an after party dress to dance in.

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Instead of spending money on wedding favours that your guests won’t use, why not use it for a real wedding cake that looks great and tastes even better, or maybe even a dessert table?

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Champagne with the bridesmaids, poker sessions with the groomsmen, bridal party photo sessions… Plan your time wisely, and make sure you do something special with those near and dear to you. They’re worth it, especially those who have flown in from afar for your wedding.

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The reason we see so many beautiful weddings in barns and rustic places overseas is often because those couples don’t have a big budget for their venue. Think out of the box – your wedding venue could be a café, school, warehouse, park, or even your own backyard.

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Asian fathers are not very good at expressing themselves, but which father does not love his child? Do the father daughter dance, and use that time to thank your father for all that he has done for you. It could end up being one of the most beautiful moments of your wedding day.

9 Wedding Trends That Will Not Work In Asia

9 Wedding Trends And Practices That Will Not Work In Asia. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Harmony Lynn Photography

Photo by Harmony Lynn Photography

Small, intimate weddings
Over in the West, couples don’t even invite their extended family. It would be rather hard for us to do that, so your only option is to have a separate reception if you want a more intimate time with the people you actually care about.

The speeches
When you have a 100 pax wedding, getting your Best Man and Maid of Honour to give speeches is fun and heartwarming. But when you have 400 guests, it is actually quite awkward for your Best Man and Maid of Honour if most of the guests are focused on eating and ignore them. Drop it! Save your speeches for a smaller group setting.

RSVP cards
Don’t bother; chances are your guests won’t return them, even if there’s a stamp attached. Save the trees, and call your guests for their RSVPs instead.

Dance floor
Most dance floors empty out after just one song, so unless you have lots of alcohol ready and a bridal party that’s up for a groove, don’t have a dance floor. Unless you’re at the beach – for some reason, dance floors work better at a beach venue.

Place cards
We wouldn’t bother with this either, unless you have a really small wedding. Guests often swap seats, and sometimes they even swap tables.

Suiting up for a beach wedding
We can’t help but notice the sweat patches on the poor groom and his groomsmen, and it’s not a good look! Make sure everyone is dressed in something that’s more suitable for our climate, or at the very least, in dark colours.

Tossing the bridal bouquet
Perhaps it’s because your guests don’t want to appear as if they are desperate to get married, because it doesn’t work. Either drop it, or be creative – like the bride who put a hundred dollar bill in her bouquet.

Nice centrepieces for each table
This could end up costing a bomb, so maybe just decorate the tables by the aisle. People won’t remember it anyway, so unless you have money to splurge on centrepieces, don’t do it.

Black gowns and other bridal trends
Black for a bridal gown still raises eyebrows, though you might be able to get away with it for your reception. As for the almost nude look, you might want to check with your parents and future in-laws first. Honestly, we feel the modest look is still the most timeless.

Where To Get The Gown

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Photo by Alea Lovely for Vivian Luk on The Wedding Notebook

Once you find something you like, the next question is where to get it. Most international brand collections arrive in Asia about six months later, so right after you’ve viewed something online, find out who the local stockists are for the designer. That is why you need to know what you like – it helps you to narrow down the list of places that you need to visit.

#01 Boutiques
If you can find a dress that you like off the rack, go for it. No point having it custom made if you can afford it. Fabric is one of the keys. A simple dress can look elegant with a nice cut and the right fabric. Sometimes it is a better fit and cheaper to get something off the rack than to have it custom made. There’s nothing like trying on the real thing. Don’t be afraid to visit boutiques that don’t just cater to weddings. Just be careful that what you choose isn’t something that your guests might pick up too.

#02 Local Designers
If you can’t decide what you like, go meet a local designer that is within your budget. There are a few great designers in our region that are worth checking out. Share with them what you like, and let them come up with something for you. If you trust them enough, ask them to create something they know will look good on you.

#03 Overseas
If a gown you like is not available in your country, check to see if you can afford it, and find out where the nearest stockist is. Plan ahead – you could always shop while on a business trip or a holiday.

#04 Online
For something simple, consider purchasing it online. Make sure you get your gown from a trusted portal so that what you see is what you get. The possibilities are endless, and you will be surprised at what you can find. If necessary, alter locally.

#05 Seamstresses
Go to a seamstress only for something simple, and if you know exactly what you want and you just can’t find it. Don’t go to one because you want a cheaper alternative to what you like, as you will never get it. When you purchase a designer gown, you are paying for the style, fabrics and workmanship. That being said, there are some experienced seamstresses out there who are extremely good at what they do. In fact, some young designers will never be able to give you the kind of perfect fit that a great seamstress can.

How To Meet Your Perfect Wedding Dress

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Photo by Daalarna Couture on The Wedding Notebook

The late Steve Jobs once said: “People don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” That is the reason we constantly share with you designers’ gown collections. Though some of them are not available in this region, do not underestimate how helpful it is to look at them anyway. You cannot cross your arms and expect to stumble upon the perfect gown. Neither should you simply go to a bridal house and choose the best out of the lot. Knowing what you like will speed up the process and make shopping for your bridal gown more enjoyable. It should be a dress that makes you feel beautiful, and it has nothing to do with the price tag. The right dress is out there; you’ll know when it finds you.

#01 Set Your Budget – How To Meet Your Perfect Wedding Dress. www.theweddingnotebook.com
First, set the maximum budget that you can afford for all your dresses. If you find one perfect dress, there is no pressure to get more just because everyone else is doing it. It is better to look good in one dress than to look mediocre in two. Also, an overlay can make a dress look completely different, which is a more affordable alternative.

#02 Do Your Research – How To Meet Your Perfect Wedding Dress. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Go through the designers in our Lookbook to see if there is a particular style or designer that you like. If it is available locally, call to check if the price is within your allocated budget, and visit the designer’s boutique. If not, keep an eye out for that style and try looking for another designer that is within your budget. Don’t be afraid to try the gown if it is close to your budget; you might be willing to forgo other things when you meet the right gown. Looking through designer collections will also tell you what’s in trend next year when you have your wedding.

#03 Try Bridal Boutiques – How To Meet Your Perfect Wedding Dress. www.theweddingnotebook.com
What a bride named Anastasia did is she went to a boutique that was within her price range, and ignored the labels on the gowns. (This is a great idea because it means you won’t be influenced by the designer’s name.) “I went to the bridal salon and picked eight dresses, and I didn’t realise until later that all the dresses that I had picked were by Annasul Y,” she said. “I love the details and lace of the brand’s dresses! I ended up picking a simple but gorgeous dress, had it slightly altered to make the bolero jacket detachable, and changed the neckline to sweetheart.”

#05 Bring Someone – How To Meet Your Perfect Wedding Dress. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Albert Pamies Fotografia on The Wedding Notebook

#04 Consider The Function – How To Meet Your Perfect Wedding Dress. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Do read wedding stories as well because something that looks stunning in a castle might look completely ridiculous at a beach wedding. Check out what other brides wear, and visualise yourself as the bride in the picture. If you are unsure, there is no harm in trying a dress on to see if it looks good on you. If you want to have a fun time on your wedding day, don’t get a dress that is too heavy. If you want to pass it on to your daughter someday, consider something timeless.

#05 Bring Someone – How To Meet Your Perfect Wedding Dress. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Don’t let other people influence you into buying a dress that you don’t like, but do listen to what others have to say about what you do like. The former because you will not feel comfortable and confident in a dress that you are not certain about, and the latter because the style might not suit your body type. Always go with someone that you trust; they will stop you from making impulsive decisions.