10 Easy Steps to Find the Perfect Wedding Dress
March 11th, 2014
Destination brides usually have a minimum of 1 year to find the
perfect dress and this, according to Martha Stewart, should be ample time
to finding the perfect dress!
She has some very good advice on how to find the perfect dress regardless
of where you are married and how to look for the best price and best fit!
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Knowing the place and time of your wedding will help focus your search. Will you be having a daytime ceremony on the beach? You can rule out ball gowns with long trains and dramatic embellishments. Exchanging vows in a candlelit cathedral? Avoid short slip dresses or anything that looks like it could be worn to a cocktail party. Most fabrics are suitable year-round, but some, like linen and organdy, are more appropriate for warm weather, while velvet and brocade are best left for winter.
SET A BUDGET
Figure out how much you want to spend, and tell the salesperson before she starts bringing out gowns. That way you won’t lose your heart to a dress you can’t afford. Typically, a wedding ensemble, including veil, undergarments, and any other accessories, accounts for 10 percent to 15 percent of the total wedding cost. Factor in extras, such as alterations—which can add a few hundred or a few thousand dollars depending on how involved they are—and shipping fees. Once the dress arrives, it may require professional pressing or steaming, which can tack on a hundred dollars or more.
Begin shopping six to nine months before your wedding. It takes about four months for a manufacturer to make a dress and another two months to complete the alterations. Very elaborate gowns will take longer. Short on time? Many shops do rush orders for an additional fee, but your choices will likely be limited. They also may have a sale section with samples you can buy off the rack. If you’re lucky, you can get one that needs just minor alterations.
DO YOUR RESEARCH
It’s not every day you see terms such as basque waist or Watteau train or try to differentiate between three shades of white. Pore over bridal magazines, books, and websites to learn about fabrics, silhouettes, and the lexicon so you can better convey what you’re looking for. Start a folder with pictures of dresses or details that appeal to you, and take it with you when you shop.
MAKE A GAME PLAN
Decide where you want to go and call stores in advance to find out which designers they carry, the price range of their dresses, and if they sell accessories and provide alterations. Most salons require that you schedule an appointment. If possible, shop on a weekday but not during your lunch hour when you’ll be rushed. Don’t shop till you drop—limit yourself to two stores a day, so you don’t get exhausted or forget what you’ve seen. Carry a notebook and jot down dress descriptions (photos are usually prohibited until you buy a gown).
Take anything you know you want to wear, such as a special necklace or your grandmother’s veil. Boutiques will often provide bustiers, strapless bras, and shoes, but you may want to bring your own. You’ll also need the advice of a few trusted confidantes, but not too many: An opinionated entourage can be confusing and frustrating. Invite one or two people who know your taste, will be honest with you, and whose judgment you trust.
FIND A DRESS FOR LESS
You don’t have to spend a million bucks to get the perfect gown. Besides having sale racks, many salons hold big sales once or twice a year to clear out “gently worn” or discontinued samples (usually in sizes 6, 8, or 10). To find out when these are, call stores, go to designers’ websites, and sign up for mailing lists. Also register for trunk shows, where designers debut new lines. Sometimes boutiques offer discounts if you buy on the show day.
KEEP AN OPEN MIND
This is the mantra repeated over and over by bridal consultants. So take their advice, even if what they urge you to try on doesn’t seem like your style. Some dresses don’t look like much on the hanger but look great on. On the other hand, never let yourself be talked into purchasing a gown you’re not in love with.
FOCUS ON FIT NOT SIZE
Bridalwear often runs smaller than ready-to-wear; if you normally buy an 8, you may need a 12. So forget the numbers and don’t insist on a smaller size because you intend to lose weight before the wedding—order the one that fits now. A gown is easy to take in, but difficult and costly to let out.
GET IT IN WRITING
Before putting down a deposit (usually 50 percent), go over the contract with your bridal consultant. Find out when the gown will be ready, the estimated fee for alterations, if it can be shipped out of state (or country), what the cancellation policy is, and what recourse you have if the dress is damaged or comes without the requested modifications. Finally, double-check that the manufacturer’s name, style number, size, and color are correct.
MAKE THE MOST OF EACH FITTING
It usually takes two or three fittings to adjust a gown, but don’t be shy about asking for more if you think tweaks are needed. The first appointment occurs about two to four months before the wedding, at which time you need to have your undergarments, shoes, and accessories. You may also want to get your hair done in the style you will wear. Can you lift your arms easily? Do the straps stay up? Do any seams pucker? The last fitting takes place a week or two before the event. Bring your mother, an attendant, or whomever will be helping you into your gown.
See You at the Wonderful Wedding Show
January 17th, 2014
Well, it is that time of year again and we feel the excitement and wedding fever as we anxiously anticipate the Wonderful Wedding Show! We look forward to meeting you January 19th and 20th at the Winnipeg Convention Centre! With the requests for destination weddings pouring in and the tour operators loading the 2015 rates we are ready to accommodate any and all destination dream wedding wishes and assisting in making it happen!
Looking forward to seeing you soon!
Destination Wedding Wish Nationally Recognized
December 4th, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
27 November 2013
Local Business Owners Nationally Recognized
Leanne Unger and Ilene Goschke celebrate in Europe as members of the prestigious TPI Chairman’s Circle
STEINBACH, CANADA – Travel Professionals International (TPI), Canada’s leading and largest network of over 850 independent travel advisors, celebrated the success of its top 10 travel advisors on an AmaWaterways river cruise in Europe to commend their business achievements.
“It is with great pride and pleasure that we announce those being honoured as among our top ten highest achievers are local travel advisors, Leanne Unger and Ilene Goschke,” exclaimed Tim Morgan, Vice President of TPI
Visiting Germany, Austria, and Hungary as well as the surrounding areas for 8 days, Unger and Goschke enjoyed their success along with their TPI peers, and a delegation of TPI staff, including Morris Chia, President and CEO, Tim Morgan, Vice President, and AmaWaterways Executive Vice President and Co-Owner, Kristin Karst.
“Leanne and Ilene work tirelessly helping their customers live out their travel dreams with the ultimate success being a thriving business and most importantly long-lasting relationships with their clients,” said Morgan.
The esteemed Velocity Reward Program, exclusive to TPI advisors, is designed to encourage advisors to gain industry designations, participate in TPI and preferred partner functions, and build their businesses through increased sales – all the while rewarding them with incentives such as the annual Chairman’s Circle trip for TPI’s top-producing advisors and their guests.
Top 5 Tips to Avoid In-flight Theft
July 11th, 2013
Beware: in-flight theft is on the rise. Top 5 Tips to avoid this happening to you
Of all the places you could lose your belongings during your travels, you would think that the last place to get stung is the overhead locker directly above you on a plane. It appears that an aircraft is one of the best places for an opportunistic thief to target, simply because no one expects it. It’s a criminal phenomena that is on the rise. Why More and more people are trying to avoid checking in their bags, because more and more airlines are introducing baggage fees. Ironically, one of the other reasons passengers give for not checking in their luggage is they believe there can be a lot of theft from baggage handlers.
People generally carry their most valuable or fragile items as on-board luggage and that’s no secret. However, items like wallets, passports and cameras are usually tossed into overhead compartments or seat pockets and simply assumed safe. What many travelers don’t consider is that all it takes is one quick trip to the bathroom for thieves to strike, even if there are people around.
Ensuring your luggage can’t move around and get damaged during a flight, putting a lock on your bag and where possible, making sure your valuables never leave your sight are a few simple precautions you can take to keep your belongings safe. Just keep in mind that the plane is no different from the train or bus.
Here are our Top 5 Tips to avoid becoming the next victim:
- Lock your bags, a thief needs to be quick and does not have time for locks
- Place your bags in the overhead bin with the zipper, or access points facing the wall and facing downward if your bag is unlocked; a thief on a flight will not remove a bag to spin it around to gain access.
- Keep your wallet, cash and passport secure on you, or in a secure bag at your feet. Do not place these items in your jacket pocket (you may take it off).
- Place a loose camera, which you may hang from your shoulder, under your legs/feet.
- If you’re in an aisle seat make sure your items, such as a laptop bag or small backpack, are fully under the seat in front of you; positioned in the direction of the window seat not the aisle side; or are in some way secured to you.
Remember that while a sealed airplane may seem like a safe place to forget the basics of protecting your personal property, there are professional thieves out there and you don’t want to be their next target. And of course — remember to take out travel insurance.
Signature Vacations announces a grand slam and hits it out of the park!
May 17th, 2013
Direct flights from Winnipeg to Freeport in the Bahamas for the winter season 2013/2014 scheduled for Saturday departures – beginning mid December!
We anxiously anticipate more great news and amazing offers as Signature Vacations brings out the new winter brochures and product line! If the Bahamas has been your destination wedding dream – the beautiful resorts, stunning white sand beaches and turquoise waters available within budget and with the bonus direct flights from Winnipeg are sure to please!