Some brides love having their Mums alongside them during the wedding process. Others would rather swallow rusty nails before letting their mothers near their invitations. Every bride’s needs are different, so this checklist can be applied in an infinite number of ways. Depending on how involved you’d like your mum to be, you can, of course, add to or subtract from this list – communication is the key to successfully planning your wedding and keeping Mum happy.Courtesy bridalguide.com9 Months• Before you even start tackling any of the tasks on your list, sit down with Mum and have a heart-to-heart about what role you expect her to play in planning your wedding. Now is the time to set down clear boundaries. Otherwise, you might have her breathing down your neck for the next nine months, making decisions that you don’t want made, on your behalf. Let her know how involved you’d like her to be and let her know how much you love and appreciate her because, well, that’s always a nice thing to do.6 Months• If you’ve asked Mum to help you out with the invitations, this is the time to narrow down the guest list and send out save-the-dates. To take some of the pressure off your plate, you could ask your Mum to sift through invitation designs and give you a handful to choose from.4 Months • If Mum is helping with the bridal party outfits, ask her to lend a hand to the bridesmaids and go on a few shopping trips with them leaving the final decision up to you, of course.• Once you’ve settled on the bridesmaids’ dresses, Mum can go shopping for her own outfit. Once she’s found the perfect one, she should let the Mother of the Groom know, so that she can go and buy an outfit that won’t clash.2 Months• If Mum’s arranging your bridal shower, ask her if she needs any help arranging things. If she does, ask your Maid of Honour to give her a hand or help her yourself if you’re not too overwhelmed by it.1 Month• Your RSVPs should have all been sent in by now. Check in with your Mum and see if she’s finished doing the seating arrangement. Take a peek at it and make sure it’s all A-OK. Just a glance could prevent World War III – mum might not realise the awkward history that your co-worker has with the best man’s brother.• Enjoy your bridal shower and take Mum out for coffee, or lunch, to say thank you for all the effort she made to arrange the get-together.The Day Before• Enjoy the rehearsal dinner with your Mum, and everyone else who has played such a vital role in putting this monumental event together. Take the opportunity to share with everyone how helpful she’s been, and how much you appreciate every ounce or rather, calorie of energy she’s put in.The Big Day• Help mum pin her corsage on. Tell her she’s beautiful.• Enjoy your reception and giggle with your husband about how your mum is buzzing about, loving every second of playing Hostess.
A wedding day comes just once in a lifetime, meaning you have a lot of wedding planning to do to ensure they momentous occasion goes off without a hitch. While you might be worried about seeing your creative wedding ideas shine through, it’s just as important to consider your look on the big day. You might think you have your hairstyle, beautiful wedding dresses and makeup all picked out, but there’s no way to tell if all of these things will stand up on the wedding day. Luckily, a few been there, done that brides recently discussed what they would have changed on their day in terms of style, so you won’t have to face the same challenges.
Cute (uncomfortable) shoes
Sure, that pair of sky high stilettos might look fabulous with your gown, but if your feet start aching and throbbing within five minutes of wearing them – you need to put them back, one bride shared with Huffington Post. Even though you will likely slip into flats or flip flops at the reception, it’s just as important to feel comfortable as you make your way down the aisle at the ceremony. Let’s face it – you won’t want your biggest memory of the event to be your sore feet.
According to It’s a Bride’s Life, there are a few styles you might want to look into as they tend to offer the most support. Sling backs are a great option as they leave little change of heel rubbing, while the strap could help keep you balanced throughout the long day. Picking up items like heel liners can also make wearing higher-than-normal heels more comfortable.
You might be crazy about that custom ball gown you tried on, but before saying yes to the dress, you might want to consider your wedding date and how well you tolerate being hot. For example, if you’ve been looking at garden wedding venues for spring or summer, it may not be the best idea to opt for a heavy gown as you’ll likely start sweating in a flash. Instead, you could consider a lighter option, or look into getting two dresses – the one you’re crazy about and a shorter reception gown – to have your cake and eat it too.
Hair in the face
Gorgeous soft curls are a common trend for bridal looks, but if you’re the type of girl who likes to throw her hair up as soon as it gets hot, a fully down look might not be the way to go. Instead, you could decide to go for a half-up style that will keep your locks out of your face, or even a more dramatic updo to ring in your new life.
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Since 1996 the company Darius Cordell has sold hundreds of evening dresses (via mail order with our on line catalog) to many new & repeat clients. Below are just a few of the lovely comments we have received from wonderful clients of Darius Cordell who actually read our Q & A page as instructed and were ultimately able to understand and order through our very easy mail order process.
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I just received my dress in the mail yesterday — I LOVE IT! It’s just everything I thought I would want and more. The cut is so ridiculously close; I only have a few minor alterations to have done. Thank you so much for your help with this. I am certainly happy I went with your company!
I do plan to get the word out about this among my group of opera friends. I hope you get responses!
Thank you and all of the team at Darius Cordell Couture for bringing such a fabulous dress to life,
J.Barton – Bloomington , NJ
Although I got concerned about receiving my dress for the wear date I did get it the day before (almost too close for comfort). However, I must say the dress is absoulutely gorgeous. My mother was a professional designer and seamstress for years so believe me when I say the dress and workmanship was without flaw. My daughter designed the dress for me and she was thrilled when we opened the package and her original sketch was taped to the outside. You made her vision a lovely reality. I tried on the dress and all my husband could say was “WOW” and after 28 years of marriage that is a great compliment. But the best compliment came from my daughter. She said “Mom, when I get married that is the dress I want you to wear.” It just can’t get any better than that.Thanks so very much,D. Bell – Blyththeville, Ar
It is magnificent!! And a perfect fit! I’m totally in love with it! Even my Brazilian fancy shoes are a perfect match for my beautiful dress! I just had to send you the pictures that my husband took of me, yesterday.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Giselle – Calgary Alberta – Canada
Absolutely beautiful; great service!
J. Machnacki – Canton, MI
Thank you for your superb customer service.
M. Sharp – Dallas, Tx
Dear Hunter. Just returned from my trip to find the beautiful gown in my closet. I’ll be taking it next week for alterations. Thank you. My husband and daughter think it is beautiful. Thank you for repairing the star and replacing some of the stones. My first couture dress. WOW!! J. Bradley – Washington Dc
Thank you so very much for being so responsive to my situation!! The dress arrived in perfect condition — a little wrinkled. It actually fits very well —- a little hem, nip and tuck here and there and it will be perfect!! I am so very grateful to my daughter for finding your website —–the quality and design of the dress is wonderful!! Again, thank you for rescuing me —-I am so looking for to wearing the gown at the ball!!D. Green – Morgantown, WV
Received the turquoise gown today and it is fabulous!. Thank you for the terrific service! I will be ordering another gown in the near future.Thank you again,
S. Nelthorpe – Riverside, CA
I thank you for your excellent customer service, from what I have recently experienced it seems to be a rare commodity within the bridal shop industry (condescending attitudes, “I’m doing you a favor” demeanors). K. Fitzpatrick – South Walpole , MA
Thanks for your help and your thoughtful emails.
E. Mobius – Bethel , Connecticut
Hi Hunter The dress was a huge success and as soon as I get the photos from my friend, I will forward a few to you. Of course, thanks again for all of your help. You’re fabulous! J. Lefebvre – New York , New York
I really like my dress (C494, floor model, purple) Thank you for sending it to me so quickly.
Pauline B. – Los Angeles, Ca
I love this gown. I received dozens of compliments at each event. In the near future, I’ll be in contact with you regarding two custom ballgowns. Hope all is well with you.
S. Siracusano – SAUGERTIES, NY
THANK YOU HUNTER. I APPRECIATE THE EFFORTS. AND YES I WILL BE ORDERING FROM DARIUS IN THE FUTURE. THANK DARIUS FOR ME. I WORK IN A SERVICE INDUSTRY TOO, SO SOMETIMES GIVING A INCH FOR A MILE CAN PUT A SERIOUS DENT ON OUR BUSINESS VANEER BUT IM ONE THAT ALWAYS REMEMBERS THOSE THAT GIVE GRACIOUSLY SO DARIUS CORDELL IS IN MY “GOLD” BOOK. CHEERS HUNTER,
SUSAN – KAMLOOPS , BRITISH COLUMBIA , CANADA
I purchased 2126 in white and just received my dress in the mail. I just wanted to let you know how beautiful my dress is-I just love it- my husband and I are renewing our vows in Las Vegas for our 25th Wedding Anniversay at the Venetian Hotel and the dress is just perfect-thank you so very muchS. Spradlin – Littleton, CO
I just wanted to say how absolutely fantastic your website is. I’ve been on hundreds of wedding dress websites and none of them come nearly close to being as user-friendly as yours. The pictures are wonderful, your Q&A section was direct and to the point and comprehensive. Excellent job!Cheers,
C. Braidwood – Ottawa, Ontario Canada
I WANTED TO LET YOU AND YOUR STAFF KNOW THAT I GOT MY GOWN. IT IS TOTALLY BEAUTIFUL AND SO ELEGANT WITH ITS TRAIN!!!! THE WORKMANSHIP IS SUPERB AND THE BEADING ON MY STOLE MAKES THE OUTFIT GO OVER THE TOP AND TRULY A CLASSIC. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR MAKING THIS GOWN FOR ME TO WEAR AT THIS MOST IMPORTANT BLACK TIE AFFAIR. MY BEST WISHESMargaret Scisney-Matlock, Ph.D., RN – Ann Arbor, Michigan
Hi David,I received the dress today and it is lovely–everything I wanted. I look forward to ordering from you again. I appreciate all your help.Sincerely,
P. Jefcoat – Little Mountain, SC
HelloI wanted to touch base with you and let you know that I recieved the dress.It was absolutely beautiful. And I rcieved many complimentsThere were over 700 in attendance and your dress is on the front page of the paper.It really is beautiful. Thank you and sorry about all the stress.Mayor Dianne Watts – Surrey Canada
thank you for your follow up. I have found some dresses locally although not as wonderful as the dress we have corresponded about. Again, thank you for responding to my inquiries.Best wishes,
C. Belford – Savannah, Georgia
I received the dress. It’s beautiful and the color you picked for this dress is amazing. I just love everything about it. Thank you so much.
M. Abady – Alexandria, VA
Thank you very much for all of your wonderful e-mails. I’m all set with what I will be wearing. Your fashions are fabulous. I actually (this may sound cheap) have a friend that purchased one of your designs. Her son and future daughter-in-law called off the wedding. The dress fit me and I bought it from my friend. I have two other children that are marriage age and I will certainly will go to your website again.Thank-you,
Sue Sousa – Castro Valley, CA
I have ordered a Darius Cordell for the past two years and I have loved each one of them. Thanks.
Daphne R Robinson – Alexandria, LA
I have recieved the wedding dress. Things have been a little crazy for me because of the move and everything, but I wanted to say thank you to whoever made my wedding dress. ! it is very beautiful and looks great on me. thank you againSncerely,
L. Leach – boonton, nj
Good morning JD and the Gang, I just wanted to thank all of you. I received my dress yesterday, and it is almost perfect. It has a couple of quirks that have to be fixed, but I really like it. We’ll see how much the judges love it this weekend!
Desiree A. Bodin – Cut Off, LA
Thanks so much David!!I swear that I will never buy another occasion dress from anyone else!!I love the selection…….and the quality is the best!!! Thanks.I will be faxing my form to you shortly.Thanks again for everything!T. Gurda – new hampton, ny