• Alyssa D.

If you’re a first time bride, which most brides are, you may have no idea where to start. When it comes to finding the perfect dress you may feel overwhelmed, anxious, or unsure where to start! Here’s a few tips to keep in mind when shopping for your dream dress that will make your experience fun, easy, and stress-free! 

1. Do your research and create a vision board 

It’s helpful to do your research prior to going shopping so you know exactly what style you’re looking for. Keep in mind two key components of your dress when thinking about what you want: silhouette and neckline Everyone’s body shape is different, which means it’s important to find the right dress shape or “silhouette” for you. This can help your stylist find you the right gown for you and save you from trying on gowns that just simply aren’t your style. If you’re unsure, then try various silhouettes that you think would work best for you then narrow it down. Common silhouettes include: 

  • Ball Gown 

  • A-line 

  • Mermaid

  • Fit and flare 

  • Sheath 

Once you have narrowed down on your silhouette, think about what kind of neckline you may want. Do you want a more modest cut, or do you want to go for a more sensual, sexy look? Knowing this before you try on dresses can help narrow down some of your options immensely. Here are some common necklines:

  • Sweetheart 

  • V-neck 

  • Halter 

  • Strapless 

Doing your research in advance will bring you that much closer to finding your dream dress. It will also help you choose the right bridal boutiques that match your criteria. Next, Create a vision board on pinterest or on your phone with dresses that inspire you. You’ll want to show this to the stylist at the shop you go to for reference.  Next, you want to figure out your budget. How much would you like to pay for your dress? Does that include alterations or without? Will you be wearing a veil and if so, is that factored into your cost? Once you have a number down, call the boutiques you’d like to visit and find out their budget range. This will avoid any financial stress when shopping. Once you find the boutiques that work for you, go ahead and book your appointments. You’ll want to book a maximum of 3 boutiques to start.

2. Time for your appointment! Wear the right undergarments. When shopping for a wedding dress, you want to wear the correct undergarments so that when you’re trying on dresses you don’t run into any problems. Try wearing a nude strapless bra and a pair of nude underwear to your fitting. Wearing the correct undergarments to your appointment can make a huge difference in the way your dress fits and looks on you. There may be some thinner fabrics you will try on that may show all accents of the body so if it helps you can also bring shapewear in your bag for those specific gowns. You want to make sure everything is comfortable and looks good underneath your gown. 

3. Don’t bring too many people. 

Shopping for a wedding dress is meant to be an exciting and stress-free experience. Everyone deserves to feel relaxed and comfortable when picking out their dream dress. That’s why it’s so important to carefully pick who you’re bringing dress shopping with you. Too many people are your appointment can be overwhelming, and may lead to some unwanted opinions. Different opinions can be helpful, but too many can lead to disagreements, and can take the fun out of your special day.  Bring a family member or a friend that is there for your best interest. By keeping your dress shopping entourage small, you will get the most honest opinions from people who know you the best, but who also cherish your opinion and want you to be happy! 

4. Have an open mind.

You know what style you want and you’ve done your research. However, even though you may be completely set on one dress, your dream dress could be completely different from what you envisioned. You may have pictured yourself in an A-line gown with a strapless neckline, and then one dress just completely catches you off guard and changes your mind! 

Come prepared with a list of what you DO want, but be open to suggestions from your stylist. Keeping an open mind will help you and your stylist work together to narrow down your options, and could yield some unexpected results! However, don’t be afraid to be honest. If your stylist picks a dress and you’re not feeling it, speak up! It’s your special day after all. Now you’re ready to shop!

  • Alyssa D.

Every girl wants to feel like her prom dress flatters her and fits her perfectly. What’s the key to finding your ideal prom dress size? It all comes down to knowing the measurements to your body. Whether you want a form-fitting prom dress or a princess style ball gown, knowing your measurements will help you find a fit that flatters your body no matter what style you’re looking for!

It’s super important to take your measurements accurately to determine the best size for your dress. Here are a few tips on how to get the best measurements:

  • Do not measure yourself. Have someone measure for you.

  • Measure over your undergarments, preferably the undergarments you will be wearing with your dress.

  • Use a cloth measuring tape. Keep the tape level and pull it snug, but not tight.

Bust: Measure around your back and across the fullest part of the chest over your bra.

Waist: Measure around the smallest part of your waist, about 1-2 inches above your belly button.

Hips: Measure around the fullest part of your hips

Once you measure, you’re good to go! When you know your measurements, you can easily shop online or in person for your perfect gown. Here are eight popular prom designers size charts to help you figure out your ideal size.

Sherri Hill Size Chart

Jovani Size Chart

Ashley Lauren Size Chart

Alyce Size Chart

Mac Duggal Size Chart

Faviana Size Chart

La Femme Size Chart

Jasz Couture Size Chart

At Preowned Gowns Boston, we love supporting local small businesses, and this week, we had a chat with someone whose business will satiate your sweet tooth. Rita Ng! The owner of Boston BonBon, is a local baker who specializes in unique macaron flavors. The best part is, they ship nationwide! You can follow Boston BonBon on Instagram at @bostonbonbon or check out their website at www.BostonBonBon.com.

Q: How did you get started with your business?

A: Growing up, I have always loved food, I love making food and entertaining! A backpack trip to Paris many moons ago definitely planted a seed of starting this business. Macarons are colorful, fun and can take on many different flavor profiles!

I have a lot of fun creating them, but we didn't start the business until we started selling our macarons at a farmers market in Hingham in 2015. That gave us the confidence boost to build our first brick-and-mortar store in Arlington in 2016! It is definitely a big step up from using a shared commercial kitchen. Our store is now in the south shore, in Cohasset, but we ship anywhere in the USA.

Q: What is your favorite thing about running your own business and being your own boss?

A: My favorite thing about running my own business has to be the freedom! It allows me to craft my own schedule so I have more free time to travel.

Q: Where do you find inspiration for new, innovative ideas to bring to your business?

A: I love travelling and that definitely gives me inspiration for a lot of new flavors. A lot of our flavors are inspired from cuisines around the world like Vietnamese Iced Coffee, Mango Lassi, Lemoncello!

Q:) What is the hardest part about having your own business?

A: The hardest part of having my own business will have to be the unpredictability of revenue flow. It is so different from a 9 to 5 fixed income lifestyle!

Q: You do amazing Wedding Favors with your macarons, and you also cater! How can people contact you if they want some of your macarons at their event?

A: People can almost order most of our items online at http://bostonbonbon.com! We are also easily reachable via email at bostonbonbon@gmail.com for any custom orders or special requests. We respond within 24 hours! We promise!

Q: Any message for people looking to get started with their own culinary business?

A: Culinary business is definitely one of the most demanding industries. So I will suggest that anybody that wants to start business in this field should really LOVE what they do! Because there will definitely be long hours, rejection and hard work along the way!

Q: Lastly, what's your favorite flavor of macaron?

A: My all time favorite has to be our Earl Grey flavor. It is our signature flavor! Our current favorite for the summer has to be Ginger Lime! Refreshing and gives you a little "zing"!

You can visit BostonBonBon’s website at www.BostonBonBon.com. Boston BonBon’s brick-and-mortar store can be located at103 Ripley Rd, Cohasset, MA 02025.

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