Use….ReUSE…Don’t let that Wedding Dress sit in the closet!!

Wedding dress shopping has all you could ask for. It usually involves lots of wine, friends and family, and of course trying on about a thousand dresses until you find the perfect one. But the question is what do you do with that dress after the big day is over???

There is a super cool website that allows you to figure out what your dress is worth and list it for sale so other brides can have the option of buying a perfect dress without having to go crazy looking for one. It also allows you to put that dress to work other than just sitting in your closet for 20 years before you end up doing something else with it.

Why not sell that dress and use that money to help you get started in your new life as a married woman?

Check it out as this website has been featured on the Today show, in People magazine, and Good Morning America!

Click Here to check out the awesome calculator that helps you figure out what your dress is worth!

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Suck it up Ladies

It’s crunch time for most of you right now. Some of you accepted that planning your wedding was going to be the most time-consuming process of your life and there was no way that you were going shred those pounds before the BIG DAY. Some of you think there is still time and that is why the person who fit you for your dress told you to be back a couple of weeks out to be re-sized because you told them you were going to work your butt off (literally). Some of you have been attending classes at the local gym or watching what you eat on a daily basis and good for you! Some of you have been so consumed that you didn’t even think about it or didn’t notice those couple of extra “stress” pound slowing sneak in. Now you are noticing “o crap! I have to get in a dress in one, two, or three months”. I am here to tell you two things, first you have time and second he loves you the way you are.

Most of you don’t know this, but I am a Certified Personal Trainer as well as a Certified Nutritionist as well. Meeting with the Brides I am working with this year and reading countless articles about how to get in shape for that white dress, I hear people doing the right stuff and the wrong stuff. Fasting, fad dieting, cleanses, training like you’re a professional athlete, or just pushing yourself to the point of exhaustion, all worry me a little bit. Everyone is looking for that quick fix answer to get them in the dress and look fabulous. I want to touch on a couple of things to help you along this path in a safe and efficient way.

First off, when it comes to any weight loss, muscle toning, or performance goal it is 70% diet. Cutting out the fat, no sodium, and only eating all fruit and veggies is not what I am talking about. Only a complete balanced and healthy diet along with the correct physical activity is going to help you achieve your goals. Again, only 30% of your goal is related to the physical activity portion. Your body will naturally eliminate un-needed body weight if your diet is providing you with the correct amount of good nutrients. When you are consuming calories in excess or the wrong calories your body will begin to store them in places you do not want them stored and it will slow you down.

This article does a good job as to why quick diets are not good for you. http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/weddings/5-reasons-you-dont-need-a-wedding-crash-diet.htm

The tips given in this article are great to get you on your way to looking how you want for the BIG DAY as well as feeling great! A good balanced diet, safe exercise, and plenty of water is what will help you achieve your weight loss goals.

So come on Ladies, don’t let the stress get to you and watch what you eat. In the end you will thank yourself for not indulging in those cookies, cake, chocolate, or fast food as you are stressed out and on the go with your planning. So remember while you are doing your tastings that you do not need an entire piece of cake of every cake to see how it tastes or an entire plate of BBQ. Your taste buds only need a little snip of food to determine if something tastes good or not. Take a deep breath, drink some water and munch on some healthy snacks while you are out and about. You carry that purse for a reason so make sure you have something healthy to fight those cravings along the way.

Good luck, stay strong, and know that you can do it.

Rob

We want to look good too!

Hey Ladies, I have a bone to pick with you.

Let’s talk fashion for a second. There are thousands of dresses out there for the Bride to choose from and don’t get me wrong you will look fabulous in whatever one you choose, but what about the Groom? Why is it that the Bride is in a dress significantly different from the Brides Maids and all the Groom gets is a pocket square or a boutonniere to separate himself from the groomsmen? We want to look good to damn it! Remember it is our day too, yeah we may not want to be as involved with picking out the flower arrangements or the place settings, but we want to be noticed as well even if we don’t voice it.

We are stuck wearing the same outfit as the groomsmen which means the guests (who don’t know us personally) have to use deductive reasoning to figure out who the Groom is. We don’t want to get lost in the crowd. We want to stand out, maybe not as much as you, but we want to be noticed and look GOOD! Who says we can’t have the groomsmen all wear the same outfit like the brides maids and we get to wear a slick suit or tux that differentiates us from them? Remember it wouldn’t be a wedding without both individuals…

Take a look at these couple of pictures that came from www.Brides.com. Here is an example of how the Groom wore a sweet baby blue tux and the groomsmen were put into completely different attire.

whimsical, romantic, garden New York real wedding

whimsical, romantic, garden New York real wedding I have to say that this is exactly what I am talking about. The Groom is the Groom and the groomsmen are the groomsmen, no guessing! Here is another option from www.Brides.comfor the groom and of course you would not put the groomsmen in this same suit.

Here is a great picture of how it would look with the Groom in different attire than the rest of the groomsmen.Image Detail See this can work! The Groom gets to look sharp and the groomsmen do not lose any aesthetic qualities either. Ladies remember the Groom is going to be in almost every picture you are on that day. Don’t you want him to look smashing as well??????
 
It has taken me multiple conversations in the office before I was able to get this point across to Blair without her looking at me with those Bridezilla eyes. We have definitely come to the conclusion that it can be pulled off with style. Of course it all comes back to what outfit you are talking about because you can’t take an overweight 5’7″ man and expect him to look like the guy in the yellow suit walking down the runway now can we….and that is an entirely different conversation all together now isn’t it.
 
Ok Ladies that was my rant and rave for the day. Let us know what you think about this. Can we as the Groom have our part of the day too? Can we be different from the groomsmen? Leave your feedback, I would love to see what your thoughts are.
 
Maybe this is just me speaking because I consider myself fashionable, but from some of the Grooms I have spoken with are all about looking their best as they stand next to you up there. We want to look good too! 
 
Yours Truly,
Rob

It takes all shapes…

As a “Project Runway” devotee, I’ve come to respect fashion and see it more as another form of art and less simply manufacturing clothing. So when the slideshows from Paris Fashion Week starting hitting the web, I had to click – especially when one of the featured  and so-called “whackiest looks from Paris Fashion Week” was a wedding dress from Viktor & Rolf:

 

After clipping it out to share with you all, I went to V&R’s website and watched the entire show, which featured an entire wedding dress collection set to a remake of Billy Idol’s “White Wedding.” There were actually some quite wearable pieces in the collection. I kind of like the black satin pant and white shirt-dress look…it was a refreshing take on the “reception dress” idea. Something to think about…