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Bridesmaid Dresses-Spring Edition

Spring is here, and with it come blooming flowers, floral prints, and beautiful color schemes to complement the season weddings! Picking the theme of your wedding along with the colors, might be one of the hardest decisions you will have to make during the planning process. But once those are picked, the fun and memorable steps come about- wedding dress and bridesmaid dress shopping! Follow along to learn about some of this year’s most popular bridesmaid dresses for the spring.

Floral Prints

Spring is a blooming season, where you’ll see some of the most beautiful and vibrant flowers blossom. Let your creativity flourish when it comes to picking your bridesmaids dresses. There is no rule in the wedding book stating that solid colored dresses are the only style allowed. Be bold and consider floral prints. They are a fresh alternative to the more common styles, and would match perfectly with a rustic themed wedding.

Flutter Sleeves

Flutter Sleeves bring softness and elegance to a dress complementing a spring wedding beautifully. This style looks great on a satin dress with pastel colors. The spring time is most known through light pastel tones, flowy textiles, and florals, making a flutter sleeve dress a great touch to your florescent wedding.

Soft Colors

Soft colors in the spring are a popular choice for bridesmaid dresses. From a pastel pink to a light green or dark mauve color, the options are endless! The choices are many, and any one that you choose will sure brighten up your bridal party.

Wedding planning is a wonderful part of your big day, along with dress shopping. From bold floral prints to elegant flutter-sleeved dresses and a myriad of spring colors, your bridal party and wedding will flourish during the spring. For beautiful spring styles look no further than All About the Gown by Judy, Inc. we carry gorgeous bridesmaids dresses at affordable prices.

Old Wedding Traditions That Are Making A Comeback

There are a lot of traditions to keep track of when it comes to a wedding. What is even more surprising to realize is that there are many amazing traditions and cute gestures that have been around for hundreds of years that aren’t even used as much anymore. Keep reading if you want to learn about some incredible and sweet customs that are definitely making a comeback!

Tying the Knot

When it comes to common wedding jargon, most of us have probably heard the phrase “tying the knot” at some point, but what a lot of people don’t know, is that it comes from an actual tradition that was extremely important back in the day. Originating in Ireland and Scotland hundreds of years ago, the tradition calls for the officiant of a wedding to tie the couple’s hands together with a piece of colorful ribbon or string that symbolizes the eternal bond of their marriage. We’re not sure about you, but that is one of the more adorable pieces of symbolism we have ever seen.

Wedding Bells

Another sweet saying that refers to the big day is somebody hearing “wedding bells”, which sure enough, has a long and literal history of its own. Bells ringing at the end of a ceremony symbolized the rejection of any negativity from a new marriage and blessed them with a long, fruitful union. Oftentimes it was less of the wedding bells and more of a small hand-held bell that was rung at the end of the ceremony, which was then gifted to the newlyweds. If there was ever any tension between the new husband and wife, one of them would ring the bell to serve as a reminder of their commitment and caring for each other.

Decorating the Car

This is probably the most common of the old traditions in terms of how much it is still used today. Decorating the car of the newlyweds is a relatively simple gesture, but is still fun to explain nonetheless. Starting in Germany many years ago, ribbon and bright bows would be fastened to the proclaimed “getaway car” for the new couple, which was the way guests could follow them to the reception and make sure they didn’t sneak away to the honeymoon. The wedding guests would honk their horn all the way from the wedding to the reception to get the festive mood of the party going before they even got there, making it the loudest and most adorable sentiment ever.

Money Dances

The money dance is a relatively straight forward tradition, because it is exactly what the name implies. Varying from country to country in terms of the exact way it is carried out, the purpose of the dance is to wish the bride and groom good luck with a small gift of cash in exchange for a dance. Any guest that wants to dance with the couple will walk up and put their offering in a silk bag or even pin it to the bride or grooms clothes! After the dance is over, the newlyweds frequently have quite the impressive sum of money to start off their new union the right way!

Conclusion

Not sure about you, but seeing all of these adorable wedding traditions and their true meaning makes us over at All About the Gown by Judy want to just melt! If you are getting ready for your big day and looking for that all-important wedding dress, trust that you are in safe hands with us because your happiness is our number one priority.

Shopping For a Flower Girl Dress

While the majority of the focus of any given wedding will undoubtedly be allocated to the bride and groom, there’s one other party that receives their share of the attention when the time comes for them to shine. When the music hits and the flower girl enters the room, heralding the arrival of the couple, all eyes are on her. Naturally, you’ll want this very special member of the ceremony to feel confident and proud in a dress that matches the occasion. But where to begin when picking out that outfit?

Fortunately, we have a few thoughts on what goes into picking out the perfect flower girl dress. Keep these few tips of ours in the back of your mind and make sure your special little girl enjoys an unforgettable experience and adds that extra little something the wedding proceedings!

Be Conscious of Color and Style

Many times, the bride will have free agency in picking out the ideal flower girl dress. And more often than not, they’ll opt for a look that effortlessly meshes with the overall look of the wedding. After all, the last thing you want is for your flower girl to steal the show with an overtly vibrant look. A popular option many end up going with is a white frock that resembles the bride’s wedding dress or even a hue that more closely matches with the bridesmaids’ look. Regardless of what you end up going with, know that the end goal should be visually connecting the dress’ look to the rest of the bridal party.

Plan Ahead When it Comes to Size

When shopping for our own dresses, we naturally pay quite a bit of attention towards picking out the proper size and alterations. Fortunately, there’s less to worry about when the time comes to pick out a flower girl’s wardrobe. We obviously don’t want something too over-sized she can trip over, but we also don’t want to go too far in the opposite direction and pick something too restrictive.

Another crucial variable to keep in mind is your little one’s growth. Children grow quickly and if you plan on picking out the dress early, you’ll definitely want to account for growth spurts and maybe pick out a size a little too big for her current size.

Be Considerate When Picking Out Fabric

We mentioned before that you’ll want to match your flower girl dress with the wedding ceremony’s overall aesthetic. And while that may be true, you also don’t want to pick out a heavy or itchy fabric that proves a pain to move around in. Your flower girl will be moving around a lot and the right fabric will be one that isn’t susceptible to rips and tears. We recommend satin for its wrinkle and rip-resistance!

Conclusion

There’s quite a bit to consider when it comes to picking out a flower girl’s attire for that special day. Of course, above all, you want something that’ll make her feel comfortable and confident. Keep what we mentioned in mind and you’ll be on your way to making your little one into a welcome inclusion into the ceremony’s itinerary.

To Match or Not to Match?

Wedding planning would not be as enjoyable without the help from your friends, or for better terms: Bridesmaids. Brides choose their bridesmaids based on the amount of time they have known each other, the love they have for one another, and the help that they can provide in wedding planning. Bridesmaids even get to represent the wedding by promoting the color scheme and theme of the wedding by standing beside the bride. That means that bridesmaids are to wear similar dresses for aesthetic and traditional purposes.

A common debate that brides all over share is wondering whether matching is an outdated tradition or if it is a necessity? How is one to decide whether they want their childhood friend to match a newer friend that do not even know each other yet. How can a bride trust that the dresses picked out individually will not be so off that it becomes distracting to guests?

Who decides what someone else will be wearing? Here is a breakdown of the pros and cons of having your bridesmaids’ dresses match.

Uniformity

To Match: Imagine giving bridesmaids the liberty to choose their own dress as long as they honor the “teal” color theme, then finding a mix of blue, mint, and periwinkle dresses? That is a nightmare that no bride should encounter. Uniformity is aesthetically pleasing because it matches the centerpieces, table runners, and décor. It gives balance for photographs that the newlyweds want to enjoy for a lifetime.

Not to Match: While color matching can be aesthetically pleasing, some brides like to be creative and spontaneous with their theme choices. There are ways to not match and still look complementary to one another for balance and organization. Many brides like to have their bridesmaids match with different fabrics types. Different fabrics have different stretches and sizing. You can still honor the “teal” color theme with some dresses being lace, satin, or chiffon.

Tradition

To Match: A wedding is a perfect time to honor traditions from all sides of the family. Matching dresses is a universal custom that most weddings honor. A wonderful way to recognize this is to have bridesmaids wear “something blue” with blue dresses.

Not to Match: Marriage is all about becoming one and starting a new chapter in your lives. Starting new traditions can be exciting and it could begin with the way you portray your wedding theme. Not everything has to be perfect on your wedding day. A variety of flowers for your bouquet, a mix of square and roundtables, and an elegant mix of blush-pink with mauve can make a bold and symbolic statement.

Efficiency

To Match: Shopping in bulk is an option that a bride can utilize when buying big quantities of the same dress. Some brides prefer to only dedicate one day to bridesmaid shopping because there is much more to do when preparing for a wedding. When the bride already has one dress picked out, all she needs to do is join her bridesmaids in the first fitting to introduce the dress to them. After all, the wedding is about the bride first so valuing her time is a must!

Not to Match: Travel time and fitting scheduling do not have to be a factor when a bridesmaid gets to choose their own dress. If the color scheme is important, it is advised to provide a color palette key to the bridesmaids for them to know where to aim in their private shopping time. The liberty to pick out a dress of choice at own times takes away the hassle for out-of-town bridesmaids to travel to the boutique at one given date.

Morale

To Match: A wedding is all about the bride and groom. They get to decide all the details about their big day, including the bridesmaid dresses. While bridesmaid input is important to make sure that they are comfortable with the decisions, a bride’s morale is the most important. Making adjustments to the wedding plan that the bride has dreamed of since she was a little girl is not a good way to start the wedding journey. It is the bridesmaids’ duty to make the bride feel special, and that includes wearing the dress that she envisioned from the start.

Not to Match: One size does not fit all, and that also applies for dress cuts and styles.  It is not fun for the bride to have to deal with complaints about mustard not being their color or that low “V” cuts are uncomfortable to wear because of chest exposure. Preference complaints are not the only reason why morale can be lowered. Some dress cuts do not fit a certain body type no matter what size they try on. Side zippers don’t work for wide waists, strapless dresses do not stay up for larger chests, and mermaid hems might not slip on for bigger hips. When bridesmaids get to choose their own dress, they can adjust to their body type and feel more comfortable representing the bride in a better mood.

Conclusion

Honoring traditions, making new ones, and keeping the bride and bridesmaids happy are all reasons to decide whether to have bridesmaids match or not. What is vital to remember is to follow your heart and prioritize what is the most important for a special day that no one will ever forget. There are ways to be creative and find a balance between all factors to complete a dream wedding.

The History of Quinceaneras and How They’re Celebrated Today

A quinceanera is a lavish celebration that has continued the tradition of young girls bidding their childhood farewell and being welcomed into womanhood since the Pre-Colombian era. The origin of quinceaneras dates all the way back to the Aztecs, Mayans, and Olmecs. The name “quinceanera” means “fifteen-year-old” and is reserved for girls.

While various traditions have been abandoned in today’s quinceaneras, the ball gown is a fashion choice that has remained an iconic aspect of these celebrations since the 19th century. This blog will summarize the history of the quinceanera and explain how today quinceaneras differs from ones in the past.

History of the Quinceanera

For more than a century, the quinceanera celebration has been deeply rooted in Mexican culture. During the Pre-Colombian era, young women had a few choices: to become wives, sacrificial maidens, or priestesses (which only applied to the elite class). The reason why young girls celebrated their transition into womanhood at such a young age was that they were at a marriageable age. As they only had an average life expectancy of 30 years, young girls aged 14-16 years old embarked on their adult journeys.

During the Spanish conquest, however, the Spanish created new traditions while combining both Spanish and Mexican traditions. With European conquest comes the influences of culture, fashion, and dance. Maximilian I and Carlota, the emperors who ruled Mexico from 1864-67, introduced the ballroom gowns which were a big part of European couture. This is also when a German ballroom folk dance known as the “vals” became a popular tradition.

By the 1960s, Latinos who migrated to the United States were able to host big parties once they had good jobs. Quinceaneras have become more elaborate by nature since then with its photoshoots, video shoots, huge cakes, and lots of guests.

Today’s Quinceanera

In today’s society, many girls are able to create their own quinceanera celebrations, which means personalizing every aspect – dress, food, dance, music, guest list, and the ceremony. Traditional dresses were formal and usually pink, but now dress designs have different variations and colors. The style, however, still reflects the regal ballroom gown that was introduced in the 19th century.

In the past, seven chambelanes (boys) and seven damas (girls) were chosen to dance with the quinceanera as the court of honor, but now she may pick all chambelanes or all damas. The Changing of Shoes ceremony is also different. Traditionally, girls were supposed to wear slippers before changing into heels. However, the quinceanera can simply wear shoes that make her comfortable and suit her dress without needing to change from slippers to heels.

Conclusion

Over the years, quinceaneras have evolved and become a more refined celebration. There are still traces of past traditions, and because the celebration is widespread in different countries, there are many different versions of quinceaneras. What remains the same is the rite of passage ceremony – how a young girl becomes a young woman in the community. The day a young girl turns 15 is when she becomes a woman treated like royalty, but it doesn’t have to be the only day!

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