Bon Bon Belle Bridal Boutique

bridal boutique #poweredbylove

Em's Great Adventure

Wendy LynchComment

For all of our brides who have had the pleasure of working with Emily over the years, I wanted to update you on her latest accomplishment & current adventure (which happened to all roll up into one very big amazing journey).

After years of hard work juggling work, school, life & dreams, Emily recently graduated from college and we are so super proud of her. For those of you who don’t know, Emily is the talented artist behind our beautiful calligraphy throughout Bon Bon Belle & the B-Hive Boutique as well as downstairs in Mercantile Hall and The Urb Garden. She most recently created The Urb Garden logo, is the force behind the hand-drawn invitations and wedding seating cards that are on display at Bon Bon Belle, and has an gorgeous gift for brand, style & voice.

That passion has taken her on her latest adventure - studying abroad in Italy where she will find a universe full of inspiration all around her. She is going to be able to dream, sketch, learn, grow, and explore. Knowing Em and her wide-eyed spirit, she’ll find all that and more.

We miss her so much and can’t wait to hear all of the stories & experiences she enjoyed. And when she returns, she’s going to be jumping in full time to run the brands for all four businesses. Sups looking forward to having her back and can’t wait to let her adventures continue to unfold.

Love you Em!

XO,

Your Bon Bon Belle & B-Hive Boutique, Merc Hall, and Urb Garden family

5 Trends to Watch for Weddings in 2019

Wendy LynchComment

5 Wedding Trends for 2019 to Consider

Each year we grab a group of creative & talented wedding professionals to sniff out the trends we believe are going to be new & exciting for 2019. How you incorporate them has limitless possibilities, which is half the fun. And if you love some of them but aren’t sure how to work them into your day, give us a shout. Ideas are abundant, and we share them absolutely free.

  1. Velvet. Decadent, Squishy Velvet.

    • We are starting to see this fabric used as table runners, tablecloth underlays, couches & settees in an entry room, as well as used in various styles of bridesmaid dresses or as a shawl wrap for Fall & Winter weddings. Velvet is elegant, mysterious with its crushed soft colors, and it is ever so soft and worthy of inviting an arm around your shoulder if only to have a soft landing spot.

  2. Show Stopping Cakes

    • The time has come for a little adventure when it comes to cake creativity and couples are opting to go with designs that are striking against the traditional. Perhaps it’s the baking shows & competitions that have provided ideas? What we are seeing now is a jump to create something that reflects their interests, a replica of a place that is significant to them as a couple, or simply as tall as can be with layer upon layer of lusciousness just to induce a ‘wow!’ or two from their guests. It’s all about the wow here, so why not go big before you go home? It’s making my mouth water just thinking about what’s possible…

  3. Hand Drawn Illustrations

    • If you have not stumbled upon the insanely talented artisans who create these masterpieces, look no further than Bon Bon Belle. Our very own Emily Parma is soooooo talented and has produced oodles of custom illustrations for our brides from hand-drawn maps to show church to reception directions (complete with depictions of the church and venue) to gorgeous floral illustrations - each with its own beautiful botanical elements, to hand written invitations featuring symbolic elements unique to the couple such as a monogram. The photo we have here is of one of her masterpieces. For more info: info@bonbonbelle.com

  4. Edgy & Moody Color Schemes

    • As far as can be from drab and boring, these new color palettes feature deep, deep burgundy rich in depth that pairs so beautifully with dark leafy greens and deep mustardy-golds. They conjure up feelings of mystery with a dash of sexy. To give you some inspiration, and a nod to our next trend, visit: elliecashmandesign.com. She has taken the moody color palette to a whole new fantastic level with her designs. Super inspiration. You should really check her out.

  5. Wallpapered Ceremony Backdrops

    • If you visited the link above to Ellie Cashman Design, you saw how gorgeous patterns can be dropped in to the background to create a stunning focal point for a ceremony, photo area, sweetheart table and more. What makes this trend so exquisite is that you can do absolutely anything. From whimsical to dramatic, botanical to formal toile. Just imagine how it can set the stage for that added punch of color, pattern, and wow factor.

Hope you like these as much as we do! We’ll be sure to share more as our team encounters more new fantastic ideas.

Much love,

Wendy

5 Tips for Choosing Bridesmaid Dresses

Wendy LynchComment
  1. Start with color. Every bridesmaid line has a variety of colors that - with the exception of black, navy, ivory and white - are unique to them. So if you are seeking the color to match your fiance’s eyes, start by looking at the swatches for each line to make sure you’re shopping the right collection. Nothing is worse than spending a few hours narrowing down the selections only to learn that collection does not have the color that you need.

  2. Determine what your bridesmaids can afford to spend. It might be tempting to shop online for your girls, but it goes without saying that sometimes you get what you pay for. We have rescued many a bridesmaid party who ordered dresses online only to learn that the quality was poor and would have looked horrible in photos, sizing was off (way off), or they simply did not ship in time. At Bon Bon Belle, we collect all information up front so that we manage the entire process for you from start to finish. We communicate regularly with the bride to ensure none of the party experiences rush fees, and works closely with the designers to ensure on time delivery, with enough time for alterations.

  3. Review your line up and understand your girls’ needs. If you are intent on having all of your bridesmaids in the same style, take into consideration the various heights, shapes, and features each girl has. The best thing you can do is make sure that they are comfortable with the dress they are wearing because your photos will capture their comfort (or discomfort) beautifully.

  4. Advance planning is required. It’s great to start shopping for bridesmaid dresses immediately after you buy your wedding gown. In fact, if you buy your wedding gown at Bon Bon Belle, all of your bridesmaids receive 15% off their bridesmaid dress if they come in for an appointment and order within 30 days of you buying your bridal gown. That’s a huge savings! And on top of that, we steam all of your gowns so that they are fresh & ready for your big day, free of charge.

  5. Styles, trends, and timelessness. One trend that has remained tried & true for decades is the long chiffon bridesmaid dress. The color can vary, the design elements might subtly change, but long bridesmaid dresses have stood the test of time gracefully. When picking the fabric for your girls, it’s important to remember that if you allow them to select their own fabric (lace, chiffon, satin, taffeta, stretch knit, etc.) you’ll want to consider how the light effects them in photos when all of your girls are photographed together. Shinier materials will always catch the light more than others. It’s often best to have them all in the same fabric (not necessarily the same as yours) which will maintain consistency in your photos.

  6. One extra tip for good luck… The rule of thumb is to allow at least 6-8 weeks for alterations. This reduces stress on the bride, which is absolutely lovely, as well as the entire wedding party.

If you have any questions about bridesmaid shopping, please call us! We love to help. 262.767.8850

5tipsforchoosingbridesmaidstyles

Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Letter)

Wendy Lynch

Sharing a bit of my journey with you…

It’s long been a dream that my husband joins me on this crazy little venture called entrepreneurship. And after dreaming, wondering, planning, saving, and dreaming some more…that day finally arrived.

This adventure that we’ve been on for the past five years, albeit him working with me in the wee hours after his ‘day job’, has produced three brands and there is another one on the way. We have worked with amazing people, many who are still standing by our sides today, have learned, grown, and experienced the highs and lows that entrepreneurs know well. Many ask how is it ‘reaaalllly…’ to be working together? And with great pride he and I both say “we absolutely love our lives” and we are grateful for the opportunity we are pursuing.

The dream really started to become a reality when Andrew gave me the gift of attending a Tony Robbins seminar and a few months later I returned the gift, and went with him to my second “Unleash the Power Within” where we charted our future, replaced the ‘what ifs’ with ‘yes, absolutely’s’ and the rest has been history. And for those of you who were in that crowd of over 9,000 people in Chicago screaming, clapping, dancing and shaking that ass, I hope you too are realizing your dreams. We cannot say enough about how life changing those days were and are big advocates for coaches who help people unlock their greatest potential.

This crazy little thing called love that he and I share keeps getting better and as Bon Bon Belle celebrates and cherishes all things love, I wanted to salute my husband, Andrew.

I’m so thankful that we get to experience this journey side by side. The day has come, hon.

Cheers to the next chapter and making others’ dreams come true.

XO,

Wen

National Bridal Sale Event: Everything You Need to Know

Wendy LynchComment

If you’ve been following up with us on social media (which we hope you are! 😉), you know that we are preparing for the National Bridal Sale Event! 

That’s great! So... what the heck is it? 

The National Bridal Sale Event was created to give brides “their dream dress for less!” Nearly 1,000 bridal stores across the country will be participating, and as one of those stores, Bon Bon Belle is offering a selection of bridal gowns for 20%-50% off! These bridal gowns include our discontinued selection and several stock dresses as well. We'll have almost 100 dresses! 

Check out our Instagram and Facebook to see some of the gowns that will be featured in the sale (we won’t get to post all of them because there are so many!). 

This is a week-long event happening July 21st-28th. Call now for an appointment before we’re all booked up! 

262.767.8850 💗

XO,
Your team at Bon Bon Belle

Happy Mothers Day

Wendy LynchComment

Today is Mother's Day, and it's a day to celebrate and honor those in our life who have shared their time, patience, and encouragement with us. My mother, Linda married my father when she was 18 and my father was 20 (they are still together celebrating many decades of life side by side). They went through their early adult life having four children and moving throughout the United States and overseas in the pursuit of my father's career as a banker. As kids, picking up and moving to a new city, making new friends, and finding our place was hard, but for our mother, she persisted patiently getting us through each transition. Never showing stress that may have been present, she ushered us to new friend groups, signed us up for camp, and made sure that each experience was fully explored. Mom, I love and adore you and thank you for all of the precious experiences we've shared together throughout this crazy life we've enjoyed. Thank you for being there when each of my babies was born, and for sharing your love so abundantly.

At Bon Bon Belle, we have been present for many, many incredible mother daughter moments. We have had the pleasure to host mothers and future mothers-in-law, who couldn't be more thankful for having the opportunity to share the experience with the bride-to-be. We have witnessed the proud expressions, those looks on moms faces watching as they realize their daughter is truly grown up and getting married (that epiphany often happens inside the bridal suite when they see their daughter in a wedding gown for the first time).

One of those moments stands out so clearly to me, and it's been years since it occurred at Bon Bon Belle. One of our beloved brides lost her mom shortly before coming in to find her wedding gown. At the start of the appointment, with Dad and cousins in tow, she asked if she could have a moment alone. During that time, she took out a small stack of photos of her Mom and carefully taped them to the inside of the suite doors, in an area where she would dress, away from those who accompanied her. As she tried on gowns I realized her Mom was the one who was able to see her in each of those gowns first, before she came out from behind the doors to show her family. It was one of the sweetest, purest, and most loving ways to honor the woman who, to that day, was still by her side if only in spirit.

Here's to mothers in all corners of this universe, here on earth & above on this special day.

 With much love, 

Wendy

Exciting news!

Wendy LynchComment

We are thrilled to announce the arrival of our new store location for Bon Bon Belle. We are moving right around the corner (more space to serve you - yay!) to the Mercantile building. We are going to be right upstairs from our sister company, Mercantile Hall so we'll all be under one roof. 

We have poured into every little detail giving consideration to what would girls want on this incredibly special day when they choose their gown. So your experience, carefully architected, will be unlike anything else.

So if you're shopping for your bridal gown or bridesmaid dresses, we invite you to come in to Bon Bon Belle. 

We look forward to welcoming you and thank you very much for the opportunity to serve you!

XO,
Wendy

Do you have what it takes to be a Maid of Honor?

Wendy LynchComment

Here are the Top 5 Things you'll need to be the best Maid of Honor in the history of the world.

1) TIME

Time is free, but your time is valuable. The amount of time it takes to serve your Bride likely won't astonish you. But all is not lost, remember that with careful planning you can rock this role. If, however, you are due to be a) out of the country, b) laid up on bed rest, or c) not inclined to be available - you may just want to opt out (advice on that below).

2) MONEY

There are a few responsibilities that come along with serving as your Bride's MOH. First, you are on point to host or share hosting responsibilities for a bridal shower and quite possibly, the bachelorette party. Between planning, hosting, buying food, buying gifts, just those two responsibilities can add up. Add on a bridesmaid dress, shoes, and wedding gift and you're climbing north of more than a few hundred dollars (on average). 

3) PATIENCE

Not all brides are created equal. Shows like Say Yes to the Dress! might lead you to believe that the world's cup runneth over with bridezillas but that (luckily) just isn't the case. BUT... there are serious amounts of decisions to be made that would drive the sanest of the bridal bunch to go half mad, so it falls on the shoulders of the MOH to be calm, rational, and help her Bride through the muddy waters of planning. So if you can see yourself choosing to not agree that planning a wedding is one of the hardest things she'll do in her life, and instead feel you have the superpower to build up her resolve with inspiring positive words, you might be wearing that MOH Crown one day soon. 

4) CONNECTIONS

This is an area where you can earn some well deserved street cred. If you have connections to vendors that your Bride needs to know - you are one step ahead and that type of help is very, very valuable. And just so you know, Bon Bon Belle Bridal should definitely be your bridal salon choice - just say you know the girls there; we've got your back!

5) LEADERSHIP SKILLS

Trust me when I say this is the most important of the five. Ever been in a wedding where the bridesmaids don't all get along? There might be a small amount of friction, or full-on jealousy. Whatever the cause, it will be up to you to make sure the seas are safe to travel. Drama is almost as certain on a wedding day as the sun will rise (did you hear about the wedding where the drone knocked out the groom right before he said "I do!"?). But with your keen leadership skills making sure that everyone feels loved and heard, you can absolutely lead the biggest day in your Bride's life to sweet victory. It just takes the voice of a well seasoned leader (and some kind words to make everyone feel good about where they fit in the friendship group).

So, do YOU have what it takes?

No? Simply let the Bride know how much you adore her and how flattered you are, but that you are not sure you have what it takes to make sure it's the most amazing day. Offer to think through other options with her. And, if all else fails, suck it up and be there for her because it truly is an incredible honor to be asked in the first place. <3

Much love.

I just got engaged...what do I do now?

Wendy LynchComment

Congratulations on your engagement! Navigating the waters ahead can be tricky, but with planning and a sense of calm, you'll arrive at the alter without any bruising. Promise.

Here is a quick checklist that should get your mind wrapped around the journey ahead. If you are like me, and you need to plan a wedding quickly (we had a close family member who was terminally ill), there are some tips tucked in for you to help things go as smoothly as possible.

So, grab a glass of something sparkly and away we go.

  1. First: Set your budget. Perhaps it's just you two paying for it, or maybe your parents or your fiance's parents will contribute. Having an open and candid conversation is difficult but necessary. Get together for dinner and chat about what is possible. From there you will know exactly what you can (rehearsal dinner is on them - yay!) or cannot (no release of the doves - darn) do. 
  2. Get your date nailed down with all of the important people in your life. No, you won't be able to please everyone, but you and your partner should put your guests into two categories: 1) absolute must-have guests and 2) hope they can make it attendees.. Try to keep your absolute must-haves to just the essentials (you'll quickly see why that is important for your sanity). If you have a tight turn around, ask your preferred venue for "hot dates" that they are looking to book and often do so at a reduced rate. You might have to be flexible, but you could save a bundle by doing so. Once you have a date that works for you all, move on to Task #3.
  3. Location Location Location. Get your ceremony and reception nailed down next. Don't be afraid to go for a Friday night (who doesn't love kicking off the weekend with an awesome gathering of family + friends), or an other non-traditional day/time. If they don't have your #1 preferred date, be ready with 3-5 more days & times so you can keep them on the phone and quickly figure out if they're in or out.
  4. Ask your favorite girls and guys to be in your wedding. If you want a little something special to give to your girls, pop in to Christy's Bon Bon Belle and check out our "ASK PACKAGES". We have Ask Her gifts ranging from $25 - $50, wrapped beautifully and ready for you to pick up and go. They also serve as great Thank You gifts for your girls. There are 3 price points to choose from, and a few of the items can be personalized.
  5. Lock up your photographer/videographer, band or DJ, caterer & cake, florist, and finally your Officiant, Pastor, Rabbi, Priest, etc. Get them all locked in for your date with a deposit and a contract (signed by both you and them). Ask if you can get a discount if you pay in cash up front. Before you part with your cash however, make sure they are in good standing on various wedding websites, ask them for referrals, etc. (a.k.a., don't be left in the dust after you give them some green).
  6. Go shopping at Christy's Bon Bon Belle (well of course we had to say that). You need to find your gown next so that your vision starts crystallizing. Once you have your gown, choosing bridesmaids dresses will get a bit easier but know that takes time, too. We offer all of your girls (bridesmaids, moms, flower girls, etc.) a discount if you buy your bridal gown at our store. We have a file for the entire wedding party and can track all of your shipments, have everything steamed the week of your wedding, and be your one stop shop for everything related to your girls. And it doesn't matter if your girls live all over the world. All we need are their bust, waist and hip measurements. Then, you choose the dress and color and we order the dress in their size. Again, we'll have it all steamed and ready to go for your big day. We help you keep it simple, calm and easy. Get all of your dresses ordered and take a deep breath and smile. You have now crossed off all of the major aspects of your wedding planning. Again, if you are planning a wedding just a few months away, ask what gowns you can buy right off the rack or sale rack. Some gowns can also be rushed for a fee. Our experienced consultants can guide you through all of your options.
  7. From here, you'll need to order and mail your invitations, pick out what the guys are wearing (head over to Burlington Menswear to rent tuxedos or suits - then you don't have far to go to return them), attend a menu tasting, cake tasting, write your vows, secure out of town accommodations, and meet with your Officiant. Of all of these last remaining items, writing your vows can be the most time consuming but doesn't have to get done until right before the wedding - so don't sweat it.
  8. Fittings: Make sure that you, you girls, as well as your Moms and Grandmas all have dresses ordered in plenty of time so that you don't rush the alteration process. We have terrific and talented seamstresses to refer you to, but if you are getting married in the most popular wedding months of  April, May, June or October make your fitting appointment(s) early so that you get on their schedule. They book up early and good quality alterations take a while to complete. Just give yourselves a healthy window for multiple iterations. Ask prices, check referrals, and don't forget you must get a bustle for your bridal gown so that you can truly enjoy dancing the night away.

If you need help with anything, call us. We are veterans and happy to help. We always do what we can free of charge, but also offer a full suite of planning services should you need the full kit and caboodle. 

We are here for you. We love getting to know you and will work tirelessly to help you bring your vision to a reality.

XO, 

Wendy

 

How do I know?

Wendy LynchComment

I'm asked quite frequently - am I supposed to have 'a feeling' when I find my gown? Of course, there is no true answer to that as everyone reacts differently. I do know that those who say they're not going to cry have indeed been known to shed a tear when they realize they have found their gown.

Here is what you are supposed to feel:

  • Beautiful
  • Confident
  • Comfortable
  • Radiant

We want you to feel the most beautiful you've ever felt at any given moment in your life. You should wear the dress (the dress should not wear you) meaning you should be able to wear the gown without fidgeting, worrying about it, or being distracted by elements on the dress that need to cooperate in any way. The dress should be an appropriate level of comfortable for the event. If you are a dancing machine, mermaid silhouettes likely won't be your best friend, (so perhaps seek out fit and flare styles with the flare starting at or above the knee). And finally, you should feel radiant, glowing, and magical.

Almost every time a bride finds her gown, she's feeling those four things. So whether you find yourself crying with joy or admiring yourself with awe - you'll know when it's your gown.

 

XO,

Wendy

Choosing Where to Purchase Your Wedding Gown

Wendy LynchComment

When it comes time to buy your gown, giving the store a bit of thought is pretty important, probably more than you know. So I thought I'd share some thoughts to help guide you. This is not going to be written to send you into my store. The intention is to get you to the right store for you. I have spent a lot of time inside the walls of my competitors. I know which stores give the best service, and I know which stores I would not visit if I were not in the business. And what it really comes down to is just 3 little things.

The three most important factors when selecting where you'll try on dresses are:

1) Quality. This translates into quality construction, quality fabric, and quality designers. If you visit a few places and see what is out there, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. You can feel the difference, see the difference, and most of all know the difference when you're wearing the gown. Another layer of quality extends beyond the purchase of your bridal gown. Once your dress comes in, you'll need to have it altered. Even if your dress fits perfectly, you will still need a seamstress to add the bustle for you so that your gown won't drag when you dance. When you purchase a dress that is well made, you'll enjoy the benefits of having one that is easy to alter. If the material or construction is sub-par, you'll end up spending more on alterations in the long run just to get it to look right.

2) Service. Read independent reviews online about stores before you go (not the ones they have on their own website, but those you can find on websites like theknot.com or weddingwire.com (this ensures they are indeed legitimate). By doing so, you will get a great understanding from other brides what to expect at each store. If service is not something the store is known for, or the reviews are highly mixed, run. You will be spending a lot of money, you are placing trust in the store's processes to get your gown ordered and in for your wedding, and service has to be the cornerstone of their commitment to their customers. However, if you are a bride who prefers to walk in and not be the center of attention, I get that too. If this is you, you'll have the luxury of that type of experience in a big box store, so that could be a great option for you.

3) Price. It comes down to price because for most people, there is a firm budget. Phone the stores you want to visit and ask about their price range. One word to the wise: don't think you will save money by finding quality knock-offs online. Our team, (and probably every other store out there), spends quite a bit of time working with panicked customers who bought a wedding gown or bridesmaids dress online only to have it arrive a completely different color, poorly made, the wrong size, the list goes on.... So bottom line & huge lesson - go into a store - any store - and do not buy online. If you don't want to spend a lot of money, tell the store your budget. Try it on, feel the fabric, experience the service, and pay what you can afford. You shouldn't have to sacrifice quality or service to stay within your budget. 

What is really neat at Christy's Bon Bon Belle is when a customer realizes that they can have all three of these - quality construction & fabrics, incredible service, and great prices. We have brides travel to us from all over the country, and we couldn't be more proud of that. We work hard to make sure our reputation continues to impress and bring girls from all over so that we can share our commitment to an outstanding experience with them. 

Hope this is helpful, and best of luck with your search! XO

 

Why choose Christy's Bon Bon Belle? We offer sample sizes 4-32, with gowns starting at just $250, and a sale rack that starts at just $99. We intentionally seek out the hottest styles from the designers who consistently create the best made dresses, and offer them at unbeatable prices. Call us for an appointment and ask for a Bridal Suite (where you and up to 5 guests can have a fully private appointment): 262.767.8850 or book online at bonbonbelle.com

What the heck is a Trunk Show?

Wendy LynchComment

Trunk shows are a bride's best friend when shopping for her gown. Simply put, it is a special event for a limited amount of time where we feature a wide array (sometimes even the complete collection) from one specific designer. Trunk Shows typically last 1-3 days and when purchasing a gown during the event at Christy's Bon Bon Belle, special discounts and offers are to be had. So much fun, so much goodness. We love Trunk Shows!

Special note of caution: Trunk Shows are usually a fairly busy time with quite a bit of activity. If you are seeking something more intimate with a bit less 'energy', you should try to schedule your appointment for Friday morning or Sunday afternoon. Those tend to be quieter periods during the event.

Another word of advice for the Trunk Show newbie: If there is a specific dress that you're fond of from the Trunk Show designer's collection, call us and we can more often than not have the gown flown in for the Trunk Show especially for you (and at no cost to you!).

We look forward to sharing our Trunk Shows with you. As previously mentioned, we always run discounts during the shows, and always have a special gift for brides who find their gowns during the event. It's so much fun and we can't wait to share it with you! Check out our EVENTS page for more information + dates.

Much love!

XO

 

 

Something Old, Something New....

Wendy LynchComment

Something old, something new
Something borrowed, something blue
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.

Wondering how this tradition started? See excerpt from Yahoo Answers below.

The girls and I are always thinking of ways to create and capture those little touches that mean so much to a bride on her wedding day. The event requires so much effort, planning and time, but sometimes it is the smallest of sweet gestures that make them unforgettable. With input from our really creative and talented customers along with our team of master seamstresses, we've done some pretty special things at Christy's Bon Bon Belle. Here are just a few. Perhaps you can incorporate 1 or 2 ideas into your own wedding.

  • One of our brides lost her Mom before she could see her walk down the aisle. To keep her Mom close to her heart during her wedding, our bride took a few remnants of her Mom's clothes and had our seamstress Marlene sew them into the shape of a heart. The heart was then monogrammed with her wedding date, and sewn into the inside of our bride's bridal gown, right next to her heart. She indeed had her close on her special day.
  • A local Mom, wanting to share her own wedding dress with her one or more of her four daughters, had a great idea. She grabbed her wedding dress and brought it in to Christy's Bon Bon Belle. She asked our seamstress Karen to create garters for each of her four daughters using the train of her wedding gown. With each wedding, it's now ceremonious and tradition as she shares a bit of her own wedding with each daughter, incorporating the gown that was worn the day she and their father were wed.
  • We have many brides come in with their Mom or Grandmother's dress, asking to update it while remaining true to the original character of the gown. While many end up instead falling in love with a new gown and decide against the family heirloom, several have chosen to take lace, beading, or buttons from their loved ones gown, letting them blend the two beautifully by incorporating the old into the new. What a special way to stay true to your own style while honoring a dress from those you love most.
  • Beautiful ballgowns are elegant, and always a fabulous choice for a bridal gown. While most ballgowns have skirting built in to retain the volume and hold the proper shape, one bride was crafty and took her dress to an entirely new level. Wanting to incorporate the colors of the college where she and her fiance met, our bride found striped cotton fabric in the two colors of their college, and then visited us to talk with our seamstress about how to add it to her bridal gown. Our seamstress took it from there and created a petticoat layer of the printed fabric under her ballgown skirt. The fabulous touch is that this was only seen when revealed - during photos with her bridesmaids before she saw her Groom, and of course later during the reception when the Groom removed her garter and saw her tribute to the place where they first met. Sweet indeed.

Do you have ideas of how to something old, something new, something borrowed or something blue? Share your ideas!

Happy planning.

XO, Wendy

Now on to the origin of the bridal tradition "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue"...

A sixpence is a coin that was minted in Britain from 1551 to 1967. It was made of silver and worth six pennies. So this wedding tradition is definitely English, and many sources say that it began in the Victorian era.

Each item in this poem represents a good-luck token for the bride. If she carries all of them on her wedding day, her marriage will be happy. "Something old" symbolizes continuity with the bride's family and the past. "Something new" means optimism and hope for the bride's new life ahead. "Something borrowed" is usually an item from a happily married friend or family member, whose good fortune in marriage is supposed to carry over to the new bride. The borrowed item also reminds the bride that she can depend on her friends and family.

As for the colorful item, blue has been connected to weddings for centuries. In ancient Rome, brides wore blue to symbolize love, modesty, and fidelity. Christianity has long dressed the Virgin Mary in blue, so purity was associated with the color. Before the late 19th century, blue was a popular color for wedding gowns, as evidenced in proverbs like, "Marry in blue, lover be true."

And finally, a silver sixpence in the bride's shoe represents wealth and financial security. It may date back to a Scottish custom of a groom putting a silver coin under his foot for good luck. For optimum fortune, the sixpence should be in the left shoe. These days, a dime or a copper penny is sometimes substituted, and many companies sell keepsake sixpences for weddings.

Source:

http://ask.yahoo.com/ask/20031027.html

 

Wedding Tip to Save Some $

Wendy LynchComment

Here's a great tip from a friend of mine who runs her own event management company in New York. To save some dough (no pun intended) use a 'mini cake' (mini replica, typically a 10" round adorned with design and/or flowers) for the cake cutting and photos. Then have a sheet cake - less fancy from the bakery or your local grocer - to serve your guests. Sweet treat for everyone. 

What should the guys wear?

Wendy LynchComment

Just as us girls plan, dream, and analyze what type of dress we should wear, equal consideration should be given to the guys.

I am frequently asked about attire 'requirements' for the groom and his men and quite honestly this is where the 'whatever you want' line doesn't really apply. So, I've broken it down to what is most appropriate and you can use or toss the advice as you wish.

Guide to the Guys Wedding Attire:

DESTINATION WEDDINGS:

If the bride is wearing chiffon, beach attire, or a semi-formal gown, then the guys wear any of the following options:

  • Shirt, tie (Windsor or bow are both fine), vest, pants
  • Shirt, vest pants
  • Shirt, tie, pants
  • Suit

SEMI-FORMAL:

If the wedding is taking place in a barn, on a farm, or in a park and the bride is wearing a short dress, a dress that is simple and classic, or a dress that has only slight embellishments, then the guys wear any of the following options:

  • Shirt, tie (Windsor or bow are both fine), vest, pants
  • Suit

FORMAL:

The bride typically wears a dress that is reflective of her personal style, the wedding theme, etc. Whether she dons something classic or formal, guys want to follow her lead and wear:

  • Suit
  • Tuxedo

Come in to Christy's Bon Bon Belle and speak with one of our Stylists. We'll help you pull your entire bridal party look together. To schedule an appointment, call: 262.767.8850

Bright + Beautiful

Wendy LynchComment

Think of your wedding as a blank canvas. Crisp white linen wrapped over bleached wood just waiting for the stroke of your personality brush. What you do next can be exciting. 

2014 and 2015 brides can abandon meek undertones as they see fit, as bold + beautiful is making a gorgeous comeback. Rich jade, indigo blue, poppy orange, and sexy fuchsia - these colors are rich and vibrant and set the tone for a joyous celebration.

Come in to Christy's Bon Bon Belle. We'll help you open your own jar of inspiration. Remember, what you do next can be exciting!

3 Most Important Considerations When Shopping for a Wedding Dress

Wendy LynchComment

We have all heard horror stories of brides shopping experiences. From feeling like a number in the big box store to feeling completely overwhelmed without any guidance — these are not experiences any girl ‘dreams of’ when thinking about their Gown Day.

But if you are about to embark on this journey, aside from my personal advice which is to take time to truly savor the experience, here are the top three most important things to consider when setting out to find your bridal gown:

  1. Don’t settle for anything less than a tremendous service experience. If I told you that you could find a dress within your budget and still have an incredible ‘Gown Day’ experience, would you still head to a big box store? Probably not. Indeed it is price that often drives a bride to that big bridal store with a man's name. But what gets lost in that experience IS the experience. Your Gown Day could be a day when you and your Mom or you and your best friend head to a salon to experience a high level of service while looking for a gown. Experienced stylists guide you and show you dresses that will look great on your figure. Bridal Salons like Christy's Bon Bon Belle are dedicated to service, committed to your personal journey, and are there only to serve you. This individual attention is something you’ll appreciate as you move through the order and delivery process, alterations, and final fitting and steaming.
  2. Work with Stylists who have experience and passion. It’s such a different experience when you work with a Stylist who is truly passionate about what they do. When you find your gown, true Stylists feel honored to be able to share that moment with you. We are fortunate at Christy's Bon Bon Belle to have Stylists with rich + diverse backgrounds spanning decades of experience working in fashion as well as alterations. Just like the elated feelings surrounding saying “I do…” one should feel that same happiness, joy, and the feeling that this is the one when they find their dress, and that is what you'll find when you visit an intimate salon.
  3. A selection of gowns that reflect your personal style.  It’s important to go to a store with an idea of what you want. That will certainly help narrow down the selection and fine tune your focus. Narrowing down your silhouette, neckline, and skirt style help hit the ground running. But lets say you’re looking to have a themed wedding where everyone is in super hero costumes (yep, it’s been done) you’d need to probably find a salon that a) was willing to make a dress for you, b) feature gowns that are exceptionally fashion forward, or c) also specializes in costumes. You get it – go to the salon that reflects your unique style. By glancing at the sampling they have on their website, you can get a feel for their approach. From couture to modest, glam to drama – salons typically carry a variety but some do specialize. By doing your research ahead of time, you’ll be sure to align yourself with a store & buyer who has the selection you’ll want to shop.
<