Bridals By Lori Blog Lori and Monte

Subscribe via RSS ›

Home Shopping While Honeymoon Planning? 5 Tips For Budget-friendly Travel

Wedding and homeowner trends are following a similar path– people are waiting longer to walk down the aisle and cross the threshold into their first home. Since people are waiting longer to reach both milestones, many times couples are planning their wedding, booking their honeymoon, and shopping for their first home all at the same time.

These events are large financial expenses, so it may leave couples feeling like they shouldn’t treat themselves to extras, like the big honeymoon trip they’ve been dreaming about. However, there are many ways to have your wedding cake and eat it too when it comes to taking a honeymoon trip and smartly saving for your home. Check out some of our saving tips to stay stress free:

1. Have a Honeymoon Registry

Since many couples are cohabitating before marriage, a traditional wedding registry of kitchen items, linens, and home decor may not make a ton of sense for you and your partner. If a honeymoon is important to both of you, consider having a honeymoon fund registry. Modern registry sites like Zola offer a honeymoon fund as an option for couples with a serious case of wanderlust. Zola only charges a small credit card processing fee to the gift-giver, so you and your partner don’t incur extra fees. Honeymoon funds allow your guests to contribute to experiences on your trip, airfare, accommodations, and more.

2. Save Credit Card Points for Airfare Miles

If you’re swiping your credit card throughout your wedding planning journey, save up your points for airfare and accommodation expenses. This can be a great way to upgrade to better flights and hotels simply by planning your wedding purchases. Have a points card but not sure how to use it for travel? There are some bloggers like The Points Guy and Mommy Points that have beginner guides to help you understand how to maximize your points cards for travel.

3. Travel Off Season

When researching an area to travel to, consider visiting during their off season. Many hotels and experiences offer off-season discounts to encourage travelers to visit. You may be able to experience more for your budget while also avoiding lines and big crowds.

4. Snag Travel Deals Online

Did you know that daily deals sites like the popular Groupon and LivingSocial offer amazing getaway packages? Some of them even offer airfare! These deals offer national and international locations so don’t be afraid to check them out, dream, and snag a good deal.

5. Don’t Fly For Your Honeymoon

Honeymoons usually evoke images of your toes in the sand while drinking something sweet from a coconut. That image definitely sounds relaxing, but your honeymoon doesn’t have to be at an exotic location. Consider saving some money on travel and taking a roadtrip to a closer spot that you and your honey haven’t experienced yet. For some of the most popular road trips in the US, the scenery during the drive is really the best part of the experience.

To learn more tips for planning your wedding and buying a house at the same time, check out this recent post on bridals by lori blog!

3 Tips That Will Make You Better Prepared to Buy a Home While Planning Your Wedding

One aspect of wedding planning that gets overlooked is purchasing a home. While you want your dress, flowers, and music to be perfect, you need to look beyond your big day and find the perfect house for your new family. But, both the wedding-planning and house-hunting processes are stressful and expensive. How can brides juggle finding, purchasing, and moving into a home while planning your special day? Keep reading to learn more about our tips for doing it all.

1. Consider Your Budget

One mistake many couples make is planning an extravagant wedding and honeymoon and spending so much money that there’s nothing left for a down payment. TheKnot.com found the national average cost of a wedding in 2016 was $35,329, while the average down payment for a home is $49,839.

Keep in mind that the wedding cost doesn’t include the cost of the honeymoon. While you want your wedding day to be special, you also want to stay within your budget so you can get the house you want, rather than settling on one you don’t love.

To avoid blowing your budget on one day or one vacation and wishing you had saved more money to get your dream house, plan carefully. Younger brides often rely on their parents to pay for a portion of their wedding, which can help with budgeting. Older brides, especially those who’ve been married before or who have an established career, often combine their finances with their soon-to-be spouse to pay for the wedding.

No matter age bride you are, it’s important to know everyone’s budget expectations while wedding planning and to know how much house you and your future spouse can afford.

Be honest with the people who will chip in for the wedding so you know how much everyone else intends to spend and how much money you’ll need to contribute. This gives you and your future spouse a more accurate home budget to keep in mind.

2. Be as Frugal as Possible When Purchasing a Home

Of course, there are ways you can save on your wedding and your new home. Young couples often find houses that need more work than older couples, because they have more time and money to put into renovations since they typically don’t have children. Older couples often search for houses that are a bit more expensive because they need them to be move-in ready for their blended families.

One way anyone can save on a new home purchase is to find one that is foreclosed and bank-owned. Working with a real estate agent is one way to find homes that suit your needs more quickly, especially because you don’t have time to be poring over real estate websites while planning your wedding. Your agent will know the history of the homes and their condition, so you won’t waste time visiting properties that need more work than you’re willing to provide.

Make your offers contingent upon inspections and appraisals; keep in mind that foreclosed homes typically are put up for sale at market value, so you’ll also save time by not getting into a bidding war as you do with non-bank-owned homes. Then, purchase a household organizer for your new home to keep your maintenance schedules, warranties, service records, and contact information for contractors and plumbers handy.

3. Rely on Friends and Family for Help

The best way soon-to-be-married couples can handle purchasing and moving into a new home while planning a wedding is to rely on friends and family for help. For example, the bridal party can make invitations, centerpieces, and favors by hand to save the couple money while the groomsmen can help tear out and lay new flooring, repair drywall, and update bathroom and kitchen fixtures. Or, you can ask friends to help you decorate your new home and yard and kill two birds with one stone by having your wedding in your backyard.

When the time comes to move into your new house, these same friends can help you with the heavy lifting and organizing. In fact, some couples ask their friends to forgo bachelorette and bachelor parties and have moving parties instead. Your wedding party will appreciate saving money on expensive pre-wedding parties, too.

You can plan your wedding and purchase and move into a new home at the same time if you keep your budget in mind, be as frugal as possible, and rely on friends and family for help.

average down payment
how much house
foreclosed and bank-owned
household organizer
in your backyard
moving parties
Image via Pixabay by Finmiki | Credit to Brittany Fisher with Financially Well

2018 Wedding Trends to Look Out For

The seasons are changing and the new year is quickly approaching. Our 2017 brides are becoming less and less. 2018 brides are on the loose here at Bridals by Lori. Visions of our bride’s wedding days are changing. The majority of our Brides are taking more of an intimate tone. Instead of the “Cinderella Fairytale” style we have grown accustomed to, 2018 is shaping up to take on a more dreamlike aesthetic. Social media has taken over the wedding market and brides make sure that every detail is Instagram worthy.


Photo Courtesy of Style Me Pretty
Pinterest Worthy Tablescapes

During the wedding reception, guests are treated to great food, cocktails and dancing. The modern bride has moved away from a simple centerpieces and moved on to something more elaborate. Using elegant metals paired with vibrant greenery has become extremely popular. Millennials especially, are gravitating towards copper and antique golds to pop against their dinnerware as opposed to gold and silver. Flowers and other natural elements are scattered across the table in unique displays that create a beautiful ambiance for the occasion.

Unique Bouquets

2018 will be the year of bold floral arrangements. Larger bloomed flowers such as Peonies, Hydrangeas, and Ranunculus are becoming staples in bridal bouquets due to their grand size and vibrant tones. They take up lots of negative space therefore not costing as much. You can create a big and bold concept without breaking the bank. Brides are taking more of an ethereal tone and using Succulents and cascading greenery really make their flowers pop.


Photo Courtesy of The Knot

Photo courtesy of Brides.com

Pretty In Pink

2018 brides are moving away from the timeless white vision of bridal gowns. Ivory has become the new bridal standard. However, Brides are going steps further into champagnes and pastels to do a spin on tradition. Still holding onto elegant lace and classic necklines, blush tones still provide the fairy tale that women hope for that can still please the other generations at the wedding. A unique colored gown leaves room for more possibilities for the bridal party’s color palette. A bride in a beautiful blush pink can really stand out against bridesmaids in a lighter color such as ivory. This role reversal is no longer seen has a huge wedding taboo.

An Intimate Affair

Photo courtesy of uniqueeventdesign.blogspot

Engaged couples are putting emphasis on quality over quantity when it comes to their wedding guest. In recent years, more couples have been paying for their own weddings without assistance. The budget is a little tighter and one of the biggest money pits will be the food. Cutting down the guest list to people that have been an active part in your life no matter time and distance should be the ones to make the cut. The biggest problems couples face in the planning process is the guest list bloat. Instead of feeling pressured to invite family members that they have not seen or heard from in years, keep in mind that this is a celebration of the couple.Potential guests that have nothing to do with the couple are now put on the back burner. It is a HUGE money saver.

Tales of a bbl bride: Alix Faulhaber

My name is Alix Faulhaber. I’m a working Performer, Director, and Opera Singer. My fiancé Norval is the owner of NorvalSound Studio. Our wedding is on April 20th, 2018. I didn’t realize until it was too late, but we met when I was 9 years old and he was 14. That day, I had gotten a new Hawaiian Barbie. After playing elsewhere, I returned to my room to find Norval in my sister’s dress and a wig, clutching my brand new barbie in his fists. He twisted her torso in half and dashed her to the ground. I surveyed the wreckage around me. He had destroyed ALL of my Barbies! I swore that day that I would exact revenge. Seemingly, it’s an odd revenge to fall in love. But now I get to pick on him about it for eternity!

We ran into one another periodically over the coming years. He was the frontman of a much-loved local punk band called “The Scams”. With our mutual friends, I’d go to their shows and mock them from the back (to conceal my crush on then “Billy Scam”). In ’98, I moved to England and we lived different lives. Years later, we met again in Chicago where we were both working on an independent film. I was the Acting Coach, he was the Star. Soon, we were staying up all night courting, watching movies and laughing together. It was at the end of our street that we had our first kiss. That was 16 years ago. For our first five anniversaries, Norval got me Barbies.

Our wedding is a music festival we call Love Fest. Held at the State Theatre in downtown St. Petersburg, Love Fest is a day-long event with awesome local bands, food trucks, an ice cream sundae bar, a merch booth, favors, games, and custom coloring books. The ceremony will take place between sets, then later, Norval and I will hit the stage! We figure if our loved ones are coming from different states and countries, we owe them a great show! In lieu of a bridal party, we’ll have VIPs with personalized lanyards. In a nod to Dalí, we’re aiming for a Surrealist Art Party feel. A glamorous yet, edgy affair where the area’s artists, thinkers, and freaks will come together to cavort and canoodle. They say “Your wedding is the greatest night of your life”. I’m lucky to have had a LOT of great nights. So, when I thought about what my “greatest night” would be, it was singing Queen with Norval and all of my friends in a magnificent world of art and love.

Sadly, my father will not be at the wedding. After an intense battle with cancer, my Dad, Fritz Faulhaber died in February of this year. He was a wickedly funny, brilliant man who loved to eat chocolate, drink beer, laugh and sing. He would have adored my extraordinary dress. When I close my eyes and listen, I can hear him say, “I am immensely proud of you.”

I am a Say Yes to the Dress fan. It’s hypnotic! My Mom got the idea to come [to Bridals by Lori] when we decided it was time to find a dress. I had a specific vision: Lavender gown with a lace nude illusion top, ¾ sleeves, deep V, and a flowy Georgette skirt with a high slit. At Bridals by Lori, my consultant was Maureen. She was very helpful, knowledgeable, and sweet. She handled plus-size considerations with professionalism. I was made to feel very comfortable, and thus I looked and felt fabulous. Also, she found The One. So, Maureen is my hero!

When I tried on my first dress, I cracked up. I affectionately refer to my shape as a “tater on twigs”. I lack hips and a booty. However, my legs are shapely and the “ladies” are lovely. I just happen to lack some womanly curve in between. My first dress was fitted past the hip and it made me look like a sexy potato. A very sexy potato. Still, I was keen to try on dresses I wouldn’t necessarily pick. Due to that, I ended up liking something way different than I had anticipated! What fun! I was a little apprehensive to say Yes because I had flown to Atlanta that morning and had several appointments lined up. Though the gown was incomparable, I felt I had to do my due diligence and try a few more. But it was tragic. Now that I found my dress, no other even exists. I’m fortunate to have worn many stunning gowns on stage. I tried other wedding dresses and just thought “yup, that’s a wedding dress.” But mine? Mine is something altogether different. It’s another species. My mom cried; which is a feat! I didn’t want to take it off. On the hanger, it was lovely but on me? It’s alive. When I looked at myself in it, I could see the whole night around me. It definitely looked like the greatest night of my life.

Since I got “her”, I looked her up online and I am amazed to see that she looks better on me than on the models. I finally understand that you can conceive of a style but it’s about what the garment does on YOUR particular, spectacular body. It’s not a moral failing that your body is shaped differently from someone else. It’s a gift! When I tried my dress on, it was about 12 sizes too small and still looked amazing! I am still surprised at how different the gown is from what I was planning, but she is perfection.

As I wait for my gown to come in, I’m focusing on my brother’s October wedding. For now, I’m peaceful: I have my man and the dress. Everything is going to be amazing.

Stay tuned for more with Alix as we follow her on her Bridals By Lori Journey! She brought such joy to the store with her presence that we absolutely had to share her with our audience!

WHAT’S HOT FOR BRIDAL 2016!

It’s exciting to see bridal styles transition over the years. Bridal couture is a reflection of popular culture or “the style of the time.” From Grace Kelly’s rose point lace to Judd Waddell’s innovation of the 1st strapless gown, the bridal world has its share of historic fashion moments. When introducing or following suit of a trend, no one designer has the same vision. Some follow the same formula in line with the adage of, “If it’s not broke, then don’t fix it” approach while others develop innovative and groundbreaking transformations each season. Nonetheless, it’s all in the name of fashion and we’ll always have a front row seat for that. Take a look at some of the trending styles we’ve noticed this season:

Capture

Florals!….

Florals add a feminine and romantic touch to any gown. It softens your bridal look with little to no effort.  Every designer is different in the way a trend is portrayed in the design. For instance, Lazaro has colored floral patterns throughout the bodice and trailing down the train of the dress. Underneath is blush tulle used to complement the floral pattern while really allowing the hints of color to pop……The other samples have floral appliques in the same tone as the dress. The Matthew Christopher gown (middle) is a deeper ivory color with florals throughout the skirt. The Rivini has floral accents throughout the entire gown while emphasizing another major trend of the sheer silhouette.  This is a fun and showstopping trend that’s sure to be around for a while. 

2

 Low backs!

This trend is very popular in bridal. Low backs range from a plunging V-shape to an illusion with floral accents. Whichever, this style is sure to be a sexy, yet elegant addition to any bridal gown. (Featured: Amsale and Kenneth Pool) 

3

The Minimalist Bride…. Simple chic and elegance! This style caters to the bride that wants  clean-cut fabrics with a touch of modernism for a sleek wedding look. The first gown is a Jesus Peiro high- V-neck, full skirt with added bow.  The middle Amsale gown features an overskirt, which is a touch of modernism for this spaghetti strap, silk sheath number. The last Amsale gown is a boat-neck, silk taffeta ball gown with pockets.  “Less is more!” 

4

 Gold! 

Gold beading and embroidery is definitely making waves in bridal. This form of beading is so dominant and extravagant, that brides need very minimal accessories to complete the perfect wedding look. Gold can highlight the best features of a dress–changing the look completely!  Gold is indeed a hit for jewelry and headpieces as well. (Featured: Enaura Bridal  and Eve of Milady)

  7

Pop of Color!

Color trends are for brides looking to show their unique style and personality. We’ve seen this trend transform over the years. Before wedding dresses mimicked the Victorian era and were solely white, brides would wear actual color in their weddings. Blue, red, green…you name it! We’re happy to see this come back into the bridal world. It’s a great alternative to what’s become the traditional white or ivory. We would definitely say that these designers got it right!  (Featured: Matthew Christopher and Romona Keveza)  

5

Plunging Necklines or Deep V-Necks!

This style is designed in many different forms. Whether it’s paired with an illusion neckline or off- the-shoulder sleeves, this is a sleek trend offering a touch of drama to any gown. From the image above, it’s evident that this neckline can be paired with a dramatic or understated gown.  (Featured: RiviniWatters, and Kenneth Pool )

6

Sheer Bodice!

Sheer bodices are bold, sexy and trendy! Only for the daring bride! Even in a modest ballgown, this trend highlights the bodice and makes it more appealing and bold. The floral appliques throughout the skirt soften the look of the dress, which still allows for the dainty, princess look. The gown to the right has fully incorporated beading with the sheer bodice, which makes the dress more glamorous. The mermaid style adds a sultry effect. (Eve of Milady) 

Like what you see? Come visit us! We have all of these styles in-store and would love to help you find the perfect dress!

BBL: 2015 Wedding Recap!!

At Bridals by Lori, we play a huge role in preparing our clients for the “Big Day.” We not only help brides and grooms find their wedding dresses/ tux, but we assist the entire wedding party in looking and feeling great for the wedding. Often times, the wedding party will send us pictures to show their appreciation for our assistance. We take great pride in helping them through this process, so it is amazing to see their vision come to reality on this special day. Here is a recap of some of the weddings that have taken place this year. All of our brides and grooms look amazing and we are indeed proud. Enjoy!