Meet Matt and Lauren. They are a super cute couple and they just got engaged. Part of the Claire Miranda experience is having your day documented from the moment we begin. It’s kind of that planning and photography hybrid I was talking about and everyone deserves to savor every bit of their big day and everything leading up to it. We will be seeing more of Matt and Lauren as we venture through the process of planning their March 2014 wedding.
Matt and Lauren met through a bunch of mutual connections. They started hanging out in the big group and eventually if became just the two of them. I think Lauren knew Matt was “the one” after dating him for just a couple of weeks. Since then I think she has been dreaming of her big day.
Lauren loves the Houston, Texans like it’s her job! So when Matt knew he was going to pop the question he invited her closest friends and family to celebrate with them post engagement at the Texans Grill. He picked her up in a limo and asked her to marry him on the way there. She had no idea we’d all be waiting to see the bling and toast the happy couple.
I am so excited to document their journey of happily ever after!
So you said yes now onto the dress! The dress is forever iconic at every wedding. I mean I can still see Princess Kate walking down the isle and I remember wanting an ombre dress like Gwen Stefani. I know every wedding I go to I just want to see what the bride looks like in her dress and as she walks down that isle I think about how she carefully selected that very one. I am thinking about love and happiness and all that but c’mon let’s be honest a lot of us can’t wait to see what her dress looks like!
Now that the pressure is on to find the picture perfect gown I wanted to leave you with some tips for your search.
Step 1 Decide Who You Want There
You know your mom is going to cry and say you look good in everything. Of course you have that one friend that will talk about her wedding and when she got married and you probably have that brutally honest friend that told you your hair looked nothing like the pinterest picture the last time you got it done. The truth is each one of these personalities will bring something to the table you just want to decide if you want them there or not. If they make you uncomfortable you don’t have to invite them. They might be your best friend in the whole wide world but maybe they just aren’t the best dress selector and that is a.o.k. Best friends are perfect but they can’t be perfect at everything. Once you think you have it narrowed down to a couple finalists you can always invite everyone to see the top three.
Step 2 Set a Budget
So this is the tricky part. The dress is usually high on the priority list and the one thing you’ve been dying to do since he put a ring on it. The last thing you want to do is “work” the numbers, but you also don’t want to fall in love with the most expensive dress at the store and have no money left over for things like a venue and food and flowers.
Step 3 Make Appointments
Most bridal salons require appointments. I have had a couple of friends stop into bridal salons only to be politely ignored because the stylists were so busy. Plus you deserve the TLC so make an appointment and some of the stores will even have the champagne waiting!
Step 4 Come Ready
So when I got married I think I tried on dresses after getting a spray tan and I had no makeup on. Let’s just say that made for a really awkward experience and I didn’t have the best time finding the dress that way. I always recommend brides get their hair and makeup done or put a little extra time into getting ready that day. You’ll also want to bring a fabulous strapless bra and a cute pair of undies. The bridal stylists will help you in and out of the dresses so you want to look cute even without the dress on. It would also help to bring some fabulous shoes to try the dress on with, they will have some there but you deserve a new pair of fabulous blingy shoes anyways!
Happy dress searching!!!