This Bridal Shower Is Made Of Sparkly Champagne Dreams
Imagine you are the owner of a successful bridal shop. Every year you help hundreds of brides find the perfect wedding dress. You listen to stories of their bridal showers, bachelorettes, and all the fun planning…. now it’s your turn! So what will the bridal experience be like for you? Well bride-to-be and dress shop owner Kristen knows exactly how this journey plays out. A journey that just so happens to include a bridal shower made of pink, unicorn, sparkly champagne dreams!
Where was your shower held, and what was the theme?
My shower was held at The Lake Manor Bed and Breakfast, Morgantown, WV. When my girls were trying to come up with the theme, they thought, “Who is Kristen? She is pink, sparkles, champagne, and unicorns.” So that kind of became the theme. We kept joking that they thought that is what the inside of my brain looked like always.
Who planned the shower, and was it a surprise?
My bridesmaids, Mom, and mother-in-law to be. My aunts also helped with some of the crafty items. I had no inkling until I got my invitation. I was still totally shocked and blown away when I walked in.
What was your favorite part of the shower?
I honestly don’t even know if I could pick a favorite part. I just love how they thought of every single little detail and put SO much love into it.
They had the most stunning mimosa bar ever, including flowers frozen in ice cubes! Absolutely the stuff of champagne dreams.
The tea bar included tea cups from my fiancé’s great grandparents and mine.
There were specialty foods like unicorn and champagne bottle shaped cookies, and macaroons from my favorite bakery in Pittsburgh.
Plus they had all of my guests send them pictures to create a scrapbook.
They even brought in elements from my bridal shop.
Every single detail was absolutely perfect.
Tell us about your experience so far as a bride.
I feel like my experience has been different than most since I own a bridal shop. I said when we started planning that I stress over 300 weddings a year, so I refuse to stress over my own. It was also very simple because I am so close to so many people in the wedding industry. Picking our vendors was a breeze. I keep joking with my fiancé that it has been too easy. I just think it is SO important for brides to enjoy this time. It’s such a special thing to be engaged. I don’t think the majority of couples take the time to really appreciate it.
Tell us about your business.
I own The Vow Boutique in Morgantown, WV. We specialize in bridal gowns and bridesmaids dresses. We have been open almost 4 years. It has been a dream getting to know so many incredible brides and the people in their lives. Shopping for your wedding dress is such a personal experience, and should be treated as such. We become so close with our brides that we actually call it our own little Vow family.
How has owning your business helped you in planning your wedding?
My mom jokes that she is glad that I have the store or I’d probably be a nightmare since I love weddings so much. It’s definitely made me super laid back about the entire process, and much more decisive. I think because I am behind the scenes daily, it helps me know that everything will turn out right. Sometimes the things that go wrong end up being the best and most memorable.
My best advice to bride’s is make a list of things you want to do. Put it in order of most important to least, then start at the top and work your way down. If the things towards the bottom don’t get done, the only person who is going to know is you. This philosophy has really helped me keep chill.
Do you have any stories you can share with us about bridesmaids that were a little bit of drama in your store?
It’s always easy to have drama when it comes to bridesmaids. You get a group of girls with different personalities together and it can go really well, or REALLLLLLY bad! We’ve had a couple of situations where the bridesmaids have team up against the bride. I have to go into protective mode and stand up for the bride. (As politely as possible, of course.)
What tips and advice do you have for bride’s looking for the perfect dress?
Forget that idea that you have to try on every dress ever made. Also, be careful with pinterest. A lot of times the dresses are custom, only available in other countries, or are ten times your budget. I see brides get hung up with a pinterest dress and they can’t commit until they’ve found that dress.
Another tip, if you love a dress and your entourage is giving you a hard time, go with your gut and stay strong. You’ll know when it’s the right one. When you’re walking down the aisle, you’re going to be the most beautiful sight in the world, even if you were in a potato sack. Pick the dress YOU love.
What advice do you have for bride’s when looking for bridesmaid dresses?
Remember that your girls are all built different. Be kind to that. It’s ok to mix and match, if your girls are comfortable with that. No matter what look you go with, it will look perfect.
Have you been a bridesmaid before?
I have been a bridesmaid an insane 9 times in my life! I’m working my way to 27 dresses.
What advice would you give to a new bridesmaid?
Take deep breaths and roll with it. This is such a special time for the bride, and she loves you enough to ask you to be a part of it with you, which is HUGE! So if she says she wants to wear a dress that makes her look like a mermaid princess lost in the jungle, roll with it. Remember to celebrate her and support her during those borderline bridezilla meltdowns she is bound to have. She’ll eventually calm down, and be thankful you were by her side.
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