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Successful Wedding Planning: Start With the BasicsThis is a guest article by Laura Hassan, owner of Unseen Elegance, Logan County's premier bridal and intimate apparel store. She is also a wife, mother of 3 and a grandmother of 8. She attended The University of Rio Grande and University of Phoenix, where she studied Social Science/secondary ed. and then business management and HR. She also worked 15 years at Honda of America Mfg. before taking the plunge into business ownership.

So much goes into planning a wedding; starting with the dress to finalizing your honeymoon trip.

My expertise begins with the dress, so let's start there. 

Dress Tips

It is good to go through bridal magazines and surf the internet to get an idea of what style you are looking for. Start a picture file on your phone, or Pinterest pin selection to keep with you to show your bridal consultant when you go to select your dress. Make a folder to keep magazine cut outs handy, and for organizing wedding connections. (Dj’s, caterers, venues, etc…). Look up on internet, or local newspaper to see when the next bridal show is. This is a great place to get information to help plan your big day. You will want to select your color scheme. When you have all that set, schedule your bridal dress appointment with Unseen Elegance!

This is where the fun really starts! There are so many styles to choose from. My best advice for the bride to be is to try on one dress of every style before you narrow your selection. What you like in a picture may not be the actual dress that you fall in love with on yourself. Also, don’t be fooled by the hanger, some dresses look way better on you, than hanging on the rack.

Planning the Day

If possible, allow plenty of time to plan your big day. Venues book pretty fast, and are very often booked months if not a year in advance. Dresses can take 6-9 months to arrive from the designer. Bridesmaids dresses take a little less time; more like 3-5 months to arrive. You will want time for the fittings before the big day as well. More times than none you will need some sort of alteration to your dress.

If you don’t know where to start planning, or need any assistance we can help point you in the right direction.

At Unseen Elegance, We offer bridal gowns, bridesmaids, social occasion and princess dresses. We rent Tuxedos! You can do your entire wedding with us! We offer discounts as well. We also carry a variety of intimate apparel. We are certified fit specialists and will help get you in the right size bra. We carry brand names such as Alfred Angelo and Eden Bridals, Wacoal, LeMystere and Affinitas.

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