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Dress Talk is a bi-weekly post featuring wedding dress shopping and gown advice by guest blogger Sam Owen of Solutions Bridal Designer House. Make sure to check back for more bridal fashion information and also add The Bridal Closet, official blog of Solutions Bridal Designer House, to your blog reader!

Getting married is incredibly exciting and I know you can’t wait to walk down the aisle, but when the flowers are chosen, the cake tasted and the invitations sent there is still one major detail needed to get married…the marriage license! Here are a few important tips to make sure that your big day goes without a hitch.

1.Find out when your county clerk office is open, and how long it will take to get the license. It typically take a few business days to complete the paperwork filing process, but it varies by state and can take as long as two months!

2.Get your (and your partners) blood tested. Most states require blood tests when applying for a marriage license to check for venereal disease. (If your married in Florida your in luck-no blood tests required!)

3.Bring photo identification and your social security number for each of you. There is also a fee involved, typically between 50 and 90 dollars. Both partners need to be present at the county clerk to file for the license.

4.For all you Florida residents, you are required to take a premarital preparation course before your file for the license. It does require an extra step, but some counties give as much as a 30 dollar discount upon completion!

Visit stateofflorida.com to find the closest county clerk office to you. Oh the things we do for love!

Dress Talk is a bi-weekly post featuring wedding dress shopping and gown advice by guest blogger Sam Owen of Solutions Bridal Designer House. Make sure to check back for more bridal fashion information and also add The Bridal Closet, official blog of Solutions Bridal Designer House, to your blog reader!

Something old, something new, something fun, something blue. That’s right, I just altered the time old saying. But your wedding should be fun right? More and more often I talk to brides who want something “different,” “unique,” and a “standout piece.” Sound like you? Well how about these trendy eyelashes? They’re fun and flirty and would look awesome in a photo shoot!

Great for a dramatic look, these eyelashes really make your eyes pop! I can definitely see these paired with a cage veil and satin mermaid wedding gown!

The designs come in a wide variety. From peacocks to zebras, there is a design for every personality. Each design represents a traditional Chinese symbol. For example the bunny falsies represent long life, and the peach blossoms represent love.

Not feeling so bold? The smaller falsies are great for the corners of your eyes to really make them pop. You can also purchase the lashes in a small or large, depending on how audacious your feeling.

These eyelashes can be bought at Luna & Curious, a trendy odds and ends boutique based in England. You can order them online for only about $18. Hows that for an affordable standout piece!

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Dress Talk is a bi-weekly post featuring wedding dress shopping and gown advice by guest blogger Sam Owen of Solutions Bridal Designer House. Make sure to check back for more bridal fashion information and also add The Bridal Closet, official blog of Solutions Bridal Designer House, to your blog reader!

This past week New York City hosted its semiannual Bridal Market. Also referred to as New York Bridal Fashion Week, the event was filled with runways, designers, dresses and celebrities that give us bridal gurus googly eyes. Among the googly eyed was Solutions Bridal’s very own sales manager and buyer, Tali Gallo! In an interview exclusively for this blog, she gave me the inside scoop!

Q: What exactly is Bridal Market?
A: “Very similar to New York Fashion Week, Bridal Market is a time for designers to showcase their inspiration and designs to all buyers from Neiman Marcus to independent boutiques. Press such as Southern Weddings, Style Me Pretty and the Knot also attend to cover the up and coming trends of the season.”

Q: What is the advantage for you to go directly to the fashion shows of Bridal Market?
A: “A designers sketch is a piece of art, and they do not always take into account the production of the dress while drawing. Practical decisions and changes need to be made. It’s like I would never advise a bride to buy a wedding dress based on what they saw in a picture. By attending I can also speak with designers about customizations and changes that can be made to their dresses.”

Q: Who were you most impressed with this year?
A: “Anne Barge, but I think I change my mind everyday depending on my mood. She (Anne Barge) has always had a classic-lace-meets-editorial look, but this year she really went back to her roots of beauty and southern elegance. Jessica (who accompanied Ms. Gallo) even had goose bumps!”

Bridal Market Fall 2010

Q: What details or styles should the trendy bride be looking for as the next big thing?
A: “Every season in bridal fashion is a carry-on of the previous season, but with bolder looks. Loud, large floral designs were everywhere; lots of shear details, black sashes, black beading and other black details were very popular. It’s a very glam look.”

Bridal Market Fall 2010

Bridal Market Fall 2010

Q: What kind of celebrities attend Bridal Market, and were you lucky enough to spot any?
A: “Every year it’s a bit different, but I know Martha Stewart attends, Preston Bailey and all the huge industry celebrities. Saturday night I sat right next to Randy from Say Yes to the Dress. “

Bridal Market Fall 2010

Bridal Market is how the fashion world lets everyone know what’s hot, what’s not, what’s new, and what you need to do to be stylish on your wedding day. The next market isn’t until the spring, so if you didn’t get your fill from the interview with Ms. Gallo, don’t worry…there’s a whole lot more where that came from!

Dress Talk is a bi-weekly post featuring wedding dress shopping and gown advice by guest blogger Sam Owen of Solutions Bridal Designer House. Make sure to check back for more bridal fashion information and also add The Bridal Closet, official blog of Solutions Bridal Designer House, to your blog reader!

Okay ladies, this is the 21st century, and there are more ways than ever to communicate with your friends. Between cell phones, social networking and blogging, the past decade has blown the world of communication wide open. Of course you probably already know this, but did you ever think about how social networking can fill you in on bridal events, giveaways and deals around town? Or how it can keep you in touch with your favorite wedding vendors? If you’re reading this blog than you’ve already started to keep tabs on wedding vendors on the internet.

Social networking sites are my favorite resources for wedding tips and local information because the information is short sweet and coming from only the vendors that you want to hear from. These vendors want to help you, and they often do so by hosting small events or specials that you wouldn’t otherwise know about if you didn’t keep tabs on them in the cyber world. The world of wedding vendors is a large and complex network of services and products, and the more informed you are, the better. For example a Facebook status from your favorite florist may fill you in on a free public cake tasting event in your town. This cake tasting may introduce you to not only some great wedding bakers, but a great event planner that attended the event.

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Twitter is one of my favorite ways to receive wedding tips. I simply follow all of my favorite people and companies in the wedding industry, and Twitter will feed me all of the links and tips that they tweet.

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So my word of advice to all you brides to be…whether you’re a Facebook fanatic, Myspace diva or Twitter tweeter, social networking is a great way to expose yourself to the best links, pictures, references, tips and contests! Happy networking!

Follow Solutions Bridal on Twitter and add them on Facebook. You can also find me (Gwen) on Twitter and Facebook.

Dress Talk is a bi-weekly post featuring wedding dress shopping and gown advice by guest blogger Sam Owen of Solutions Bridal Designer House. Make sure to check back for more bridal fashion information and also add The Bridal Closet, official blog of Solutions Bridal Designer House, to your blog reader!

If home is where the heart is, then what better of a reception location than your own backyard! Backyard receptions make it easy to personalize décor and create a comfortable ambiance for your guests. Here’s a few tips on how to make the party picture perfect! Tents are great way to dress up your yard. These days there’s a tent style to match any wedding theme. I love this one below. It’s perfect for a whimsical spring wedding.

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Romantic atmospheres can also be created in your backyard by playing with lights and floral arrangements. Talk with a professional tent company about a dance floor and the possibility of chandeliers to really dress it up!

Southern wedding backyard reception photos

Hosting from your home can also save you a few bucks! Beverages at this backyard wedding were served from old wine bottles. Call up a local wine retailer and ask for their old bottles. Clean them off and label them with sharpie for a personal touch!

Southern wedding backyard reception photos

Speaking of personal touches, check out this great idea I found at The Knot. Guest seating doesn’t require renting tons of chairs. In this picture, bails of hay and colorful quilts do the trick! You can also bring out couches, mismatch chairs or just layout blankets. To keep the atmosphere cozy, I suggest fat candles in hurricane vases for warm light and paper lanterns hanging from tree limbs for a festive atmosphere.

Southern wedding backyard reception photos

If your envisioning a yard full of flowers, make sure you begin planting well in advance. Do your research. Ask yourself “Which flowers will be in full bloom for my wedding,” “How long will it take for the flowers to fill out,” and “Will they hold through the winter?” Work on that green thumb; you won’t regret it!

Southern wedding backyard reception photos

Backyard receptions are personal and affordable, but it takes a lot of planning and time. To take off some of the stress, don’t be afraid to hire an event planner and ask for professional advice from florists, caterers, photographers and rental companies- after all they are the experts! So what are you waiting for? Start planning!

Dress Talk is a bi-weekly post featuring wedding dress shopping and gown advice by guest blogger Sam Owen of Solutions Bridal Designer House. Make sure to check back for more bridal fashion information and also add The Bridal Closet, official blog of Solutions Bridal Designer House, to your blog reader!

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Ok ladies we understand how perfect your wedding dress has to be on the big day, and your mom’s bedazzled ball gown with the shoulder pads just isn’t going to cut it. These days it’s the fabric and the fit that most girls fall in love with. So how do you find the one that’s right for you? Here are a few information tidbits to help narrow it down.

First consider the mood you’re trying to create for your special day. If you’re creating an elegant ambiance satin is a great starting point. It has a great natural shine that will make you feel glitzy without being over embellished. If Satin is too heavy for you, consider going with a charmeuse or silky satin fabric. These lighter fabrics also allow for more layering and a flowier train.

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Lace is another beautifully elegant fabric, however it can be on the pricey side. Beware of retailers that try and sell you fake lace. A great way to have your lace dress without breaking the bank is to mix it with another fabric. Choose a dress with touches of lace on the trim, neckline or bodice.

For the more subtle bride, organza is a great choice. This soft fabric has a liquid feel that falls beautifully on any bride. It embodies the romance of lace and satin but is lightweight and comfortable.

Are you dreaming of a whimsical beach wedding? Chiffon might be the little printed word on the dryclean only tag of your wedding dress. It’s very much like organza but just a tad thinner. Both are excellent choices!

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Do see yourself walking down a green aisle filled with flowers and sunshine? You should consider taffeta. It ‘s practical for outdoor festivities because of its breathable light qualities. The taffeta Mikaella below would be perfect for a garden wedding!

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If sheer and flowy just isn’t your style, shantung is a great fabric. It has a distinct texture that creates great dimension. Silk shantung especially catches light beautifully. Remember any fabric with the word silk before it is of great quality. Below is a silk shantung Lazaro ball gown. I just love the way this one shines!

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Feeling playful? Tulle may just be the perfect fabric for your wedding dress. It makes any girl look and feel like a princess. The tulle Lazaro below definitely embodies that princess spirit. Chances are tulle is the fabric your mom and dad envision you walking down the aisle in. My best advice is not to be pressured into it. Tulle is beautiful, but it’s not for everyone. If you feel great in it that’s all that’s important. Remember it’s your special day!

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I know I know! With all these choices it’s hard to choose just one. Why not mix and match fabrics? This is a very popular way to create interest without over doing your dress with beading and gems. Diving into the ocean we call the wedding industry can be overwhelming, so knowledge on details such as fabric can save time and maybe even a headache or two. Just remember the most important thing about choosing your wedding dress is the way it makes you feel. Finding your dress should be one of the most exciting experiences of your life, so remember to let loose a little and have fun!