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Public Service Announcement

I hope you all had an awesome Halloween last week!

I know I did.

But while some of you were dressing up as sexy coffee tables or one of these

Nothing says “sexy” to a man like Hulk Hogan complete with mustache

I was busy looking through Resumes.

I am always surprised when I go through them.  It is shocking to me how people, even smart people, do not know how to properly write a resume.

Here are some pointers if you are wanting a job as a Bridal Consultant, or any job.

1.  Look, I’m not looking for MBA quality resumes, just proper spelling and use of capitalization.

For example, here is a cover letter I received (not the exact one, I’m not that rude)

“i saw your add and i really want to work there here is my resume please call my cell phone if you need to ask me a question”

Did she think she was texting me?

Even then, it was a horrible text!

2.  DO NOT tell me that Say Yes To The Dress is your favorite show and that you have always wanted to make Brides feel like Princesses.

When you say this to me, this is all I see

 

A girl that just wants to bounce around from Bride to Bride telling her she is pretty.

That is not what we are looking for.

3.  At the Interview, don’t show up late and don’t show up in jeans

4.  Even better, when you come in and ask if we are hiring, don’t come in wearing pajama pants (you think I’m kidding?).

5.  If you can’t work Saturdays, you can’t work in the Bridal Industry.  Sad, but true.

 

Are there any competent people out there?

Anyone?

Bueller?

Parents, Friends, Family Members!  Help your loved ones when they are trying to get a job.  Mock interview them.  Tell them what outfit looks good for the interview.  Look over their Resume.

I always say that there are two kind of bad people 1. People who do bad things and 2. People who watch bad things happen and don’t do anything about it.

Don’t be a number 2.  Don’t stand by and watch your loved one fail in the job category.

There.

I’m done.

Happy Election Day everybody!  Vote!

 

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Wedding Gown Wednesday

We are going to do this a little bit different today.

See, I told you that when I would found out about Jessica Biel’s wedding gown I would share it with you.

Here is the info that we have so far.

People Magazine has given us our first glimpse of her gown.

Does this photo look really awkward to anyone else?

Here is a closer look.  Not the best photo.

Her gown was designed especially for her by Giambattista Valli.

Here’s the thing.  It looks exactly like his Style 39 gown from his Spring 2012 Couture Collection.

It looks like Jessica just had him take out a little bit of the fullness and change the color to more of a blush pink.

I have my own thoughts on this, but I’m interested to see what you think.

Do you like the blush?

Jessica has such a rockin’ body, but this gown doesn’t show it off.  Do you like that?

Let me know!

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But The Truth Remains… You’re Gone

For many of us, Friday was a day of loss.

I found myself, throughout the day, reflecting on the past.

There were times of dreaming and fantasizing about what my future was going to hold.

I knew that it would happen.

I had willed it to!

Then SHE came along

and changed everything.

If you have been living under a rock, you may not know that Justin Timberlake wed Jessica Biel on Friday in a beautiful Italian wedding.  Biel gushed about how her wedding was “a fantasy” and Justin stated that it “was magical”.

I can actually hear my 15 year old heart breaking.

That was supposed to be MY day, Biel!

I mean, when you broke it off with Britney, I thought “this is it!”, but I was wrong.

Oh, was I wrong.

The Ceremony details have been kept pretty secret and I am dying to hear about what she wore, but I promise as soon as I find out, I will let you know.

I will close this post by dedicating this song to you, Justin.

I will always have a special place for you in my heart.

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Wedding Gown Wednesday?

Who am I kidding.

It’s Thursday.

You don’t mind right?

Whew!  I knew you wouldn’t.  I’m so happy we’re friends.

The gown that I’m bringing to you today is designed by the wonderful Jenny Packham.

If you don’t like Jenny Packham then you don’t like Princess Kate’s style

And if you don’t like Princess Kate’s style, you should excuse yourself right now.

You are a horrible person.

Sorry for the outburst.

I will now bring you the gown that Jenny has lovingly named Ormlie.

Such a soft Bohemian feel with a bodice that brings both a vintage AND contemporary look that only Jenny Packham can design.

Let’s take  a closer look at that bodice, shall we?

Wow.

To see Ormlie and other beautiful wedding gowns designed by Jenny Packham click here.

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Wedding Gown Wednesday

Whew!

I’m tired.

But I’m excited.

This year’s Chicago Bridal Market turned out to be one of the best Markets that I have attended.  There are some really great new designers that we picked up and that I am so excited to introduce to you.

And for those of you that follow my twitter, it was nice bringing you along with me.

The only downer?  The prom and special occasion gowns

My son’s curfew would be 7:00 that night

I wish that I was kidding about this one.

Anyway, I will talk more about Market on friday.

So, back to Wedding Gown Wednesday.

Tonight’s gown comes from Selia Yang

 

It can be really hard for a designer to design a fully textured gown without it coming off obnoxious, but Selia Yang really pulled this one off.  It doesn’t take away from her shape and it doesn’t scream that the Bride is trying too hard.  It is just a Couture style that everyone can appreciate.

Note of caution:

If you wear a gown with a lot of texture, make sure that your hair, makeup and accessories are simple.  There is nothing worse than a Bride who got too much going on.

It’s distracting.

My point exactly.

If you would like to see more of Selia Yang’s designs, click here.

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It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen, it is Fall!

Not only is the Earth at it’s most beautiful and the funnest Holiday is upon us

I want to be Rosie the Riveter for Halloween.  I’m not into skanky costumes.  Yes, I am too good for those.

but it’s the big Market Season!

You may have notice all of the hubbub going on in New York for the past few days.  It’s called Fashion Week.  It’s when the hottest designers premier their new lines for Spring of the next year.

For Buyers, this is Christmas!  (or Hanukah or Kwanza or whatever floats your boat)

This is the perk of our job.

We get to dress up, rub shoulders with top Designers and buy, buy, buy.

My Fashion Week start the last week of September.

I will be at the Chicago Bridal Market gobbling up all of the new trends in Bridal for 2013.

Seriously, best part of my job.

Did I mention my other favorite part of Fall?

The Brides.

I don’t know what it is.

The Brides that get married in the fall are always a little more low key and a little more stylish.  I love the rich colors that go into planning a fall wedding.  I love the crisp air that make the wedding festivities even more luxurious.

I just love it.

So let’s welcome Fall together and celebrate the incredible weddings that we are about to experience this season.

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Wedding Gown Wednesday

Today I am bringing you a cute little destination gown.

I see this gown on a boat or out in a field or on the roof of a loft in NYC.

Let’s be honest, I see this on myself at an awesome party in The Hamptons.

 

Let’s be honest.  I would look more like Liz Lemon in The Hamptons then Blair Waldorf.

So here is the dress, brought to you by none other than Ruche.

 

It takes me back to the fashions of the 60’s and the china blue?  Uhhh the china blue!!!!

Be still my beating heart!

 

What do you think?

 

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Calling A Certain Bride

Are you out there?

You know who you are.

You are natural, elegant and don’t want to look like you just walked off the top of a wedding cake.

I love you.

I love your style and I want you have this

This will look beautiful at your outdoor wedding.

Your soft Bohemian gown will love the fact that you know how to accessorize with it.

Your guest will swoon.

The love of your life’s eyes will be zeroed in on your beautiful face.

And your photographer will bless you.

If you are this Bride and you buy this headpiece from Ruche PLEASE send me a photo!

Not only would I love to feature you on my blog, I would love to be your friend (that sounded a little creepy, don’t be scared).

What are your thoughts on this headpiece?

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To Catch a Predator: Wedding Dress Edition

Dear sweet brides.

Sometimes we can be like those 13 year old girls on the internet.  You know the ones, they meet a “16 year old guy”  who thinks she’s pretty and she gets butterflies.  It’s all she can think about!  After a week of chatting this “boy” wants to meet her in the mall parking lot.  Alone.  She can hardly stand the excitement!

What do you tell her if you are her mom?

Do you let her go?  By herself?  To meet this guy?

OF COURSE NOT!

I want you to think of me as your mom or even better?  I’m Chris Hansen, busting in on those disgusting predators and telling them what’s up.

So, here’s what’s up:

DON’T BUY YOUR WEDDING DRESS ONLINE!!!!

I know you have tried on your dream dress and it’s a little too expensive.  You go online and look up the designer and style number.  You come across a few sites that have the dress and not only that, it is only $199!  You look at the picture to make sure it’s the right one and it is.  The same model is wearing it and everything.

You are the luckiest son of a gun on the earth.  Or are you?

Look, if it’s too good to be true, it is.

Let me tell you what is going to happen.

You order the dress and they give you a time frame of when it will ship.  You give them your credit card number and pat yourself on the back.

You wait

and wait

and wait…

It never shows or if it does, it is nothing like the dress in the photo.

The gown on the left is the original Allure gown. The one on the right was advertised as the “exact same dress” color and everything. Riiiight…

You try to get a hold of the online “company” that sold it to you and their number doesn’t work.  You email them and never hear back.

I know some of you are thinking “it’s only $199 and that’s nothing compared to what you are spending on the rest of the wedding.  Just cut your losses and buy the one at the store”.

So, you call the original store that you tried the dress on at.  You don’t have the time to order the dress you want.  You’ve waited too long.

I have helped more brides like this than I can even count.

So I’m going to leave you with a few words of wisdom:

If it sounds too good to be true, it is and your wedding dress is the most important dress you will ever buy.  Why would you ever chance it by buying it online?

And to all of you brides reading this thinking “I’m going to leave her a comment about how I ordered my gown online and it turned out perfect”.

Here is what I say to you, congrats!  Way to dodge a bullet, my friend because you are one in a million.

Don’t chance it.

And if you just can’t resist, email me the website and I will be happy to tell you if it’s legit or not.  I’m serious.  I really will!

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The “Inside” Scoop

First off, this is not a photography blog.

I don’t take photos on my fancy camera (which I do own, but is currently collecting cobwebs.  Sad, I know) I take photos on my fancy iPhone.

If you just started reading my blog, Hi!

You probably are not aware that Inside Edition came to my Flagship store for a story about the ordering your wedding gown online because you “found it for like, $200!  I know, crazy huh?  It’s the exact same dress and it’s $2,000 cheaper”.

Does this statement sound fishy to anyone else?

This is a huge issue and I have worked with countless Brides who have tried to get their dream dress this way and it has been a huge nightmare!

I will delve into this issue on Friday, so stay tuned.  Until then, here are some photos from the night they came by to film.

Oh, hey camera man.

Darling Bride getting interviewed

Getting ready for the interview

And if you are thinking about buying your wedding dress online this week?  PLEASE refrain from doing it until you read my post on Friday.

You will be happy you did.

“I’m so happy that I listened to The Brides’ Maid! Without her, I wouldn’t be smiling like this on my wedding day!

Promise.

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