sbhbride08

WEDDING DATE:

May 24, 2008

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Salon Blu
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
There are two Salon Blu in Raleigh, but the one I usually go to is the Brier Creek Salon Blu for hair cuts and dyes. Because they knew me, my stylist had a great idea for my hair. I set up a consultation with Matt and we tested out some styles and found one that I really liked. We did a really sleek style for the reception, it looked very elegant, and it stayed in place all night. One week before the wedding reception I also had my color done again. I was the only one that had my hair done, the rest of the bridal party opted to do their own hair at home.
Services used: Unique Services

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Netbride.com
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
This is a great way to save money on the dress you really want! I had tried on a great Watters and Watters dress, and I was really considering buying it. That's just what happens when you find a dress you really like, it's hard to consider anything less. I found it on netbride, and it was almost $500 cheaper. That's pretty great! I had no problems in the ordering or delivery of the dress, it arrived when they said it would. It's stressful ordering something online, especially something as expensive as a dress, but it arrived in great condition. It was the dress I wanted! Plan ahead, though. I got it so that there would still be five months before the wedding.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Savvi Formalwear and Bridal
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
We needed to get dresses for both the flower girls (I have three neices, and my husband also has three neices). They are all under the ages of ten, so it was important to us to find something young and fresh and cute. We also wanted it to be fun for the girls, and thought that bringing them to a real formal store rather than Sears would be really special. We made appointments at Savvi Formal wear on Glenwood Avenue, and we brought the girls three at a time. The staff was really great and patient with the girls, which was nice. The staff was also good about making sure the dresses they brought the girls were in our price range. In the end, the flower girls picked out a range of pink and purple and one green dress. The price was perfect, and the dresses fit well.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Olga's Bridal and Formal Couture
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I just needed to have the dresses hemmed, because it was a bit longer than I remember it being. One of my co-workers has all her alterations done by Olga, so I brought my dress there. She said that it would be no problem, and then told me that the dress would be ready in two weeks. I really liked Olga because she made sure she knew the date of my wedding, and told me that if I needed it ready right away that she could make it happen. She also told me that I picked a really beautiful dress, which made me happy!
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Costco - Raleigh, NC
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
My mother helped me pick out all our invitations and save-the-date cards from Costco. I was rather surprised by the nice selection. We were still able to find the nice letterpress style that is so popular. We needed about 300 cards, mainly because we would be sending many overseas to family and friends that we knew would not be able to make the wedding. We copied the wording we wanted from sample invitations, and then selected and ordered the cards in less than an hour. Remember to have all the correct information, like the date and the time and address of the ceremony and reception! My friend spent hundreds on her cards and forgot to include the time! Wording is much more important than having something pretty!
Services used: Unique Services

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Godfrey Jewelers
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Three years ago we had found a beautiful antique ring in a store in Chicago, and I loved it! I said right away that I wanted it to be my wedding ring. My husband surprized me several months later with the same ring when he proposed to me. He said that I had made the engagement very easy by picking out the ring and admiting that I wanted to get married. The ring needed to be resized, and we brought it to Todd. We also bought our wedding bands here. Todd also appraised the value of the engagement ring, and cleaned the ring so that it really shone. The store is family owned and run, and it was great being in a family atmosphere when we fixed and bought our wedding rings.
Services used: Jewelry

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Dogwood Tree Floral Designs
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
The Dogwood Tree Floral shop made my bouquet for my wedding, but rather than having Dogwood Floral make a bouquet for each flower girl, we simple bought several big bouquets of their pre-cut flowers and let the girls on the morning of the wedding make their own bouquet. We gave them some spools of string and ribbon, and they were well entertained for at least thirty minutes. It's a bit messy, but it's also really cute seeing all the girls walking down the ailse with their own bouquet. For the reception, we gave them a silk flower bouquet which one of the mom's had made for each of them. The silk flowers were from Michael's Craft store. We didn't want there to be dead flowers on the dance floor, so kept the organic flowers for the church only. It worked out really well.
Services used: Flowers

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Skin Sense Salon
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
For my bridal shower, we decided that it would be nice to relax and pamper ourselves with a day at the spa. My sister is a big fan of Skin Sense, and she goes once a month for a message. If you plan and call ahead, the spa is really good about booking groups and giving a group discount. They have packages that range from $80 to $400, and we opted for a midrange spa treatment. I loved getting a manicure, and a pedicure, and getting a message really helped take away the stress of school and thinking about the wedding.
Services used: Unique Services

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TheWeddingLens.com
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
This was a very brilliant idea! We heard about it a few months before our wedding, and we opted for the free online wedding album right away. We told all our friends who we knew would have digital cameras about the site, and three months following the wedding we had over 500 wedding pictures. Friends just keep uploading pictures that they took right onto our website, and it is soo much better than having all these pictures emailed to us. It was great to see pictures from our wedding from so many different perspectives. We quickly upgraded, just because we wanted to download and save some of the pictures.
Services used: Unique Services