Louisville Bride

SPR-SUM 17

Louisville Bride magazine is Louisville, Kentucky's premier bridal publication, featuring photos of wedding gowns and listings for Louisville reception halls, caterers, wedding planners, photographers, and other wedding service providers.

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1 2 S p r i n g | S u m m e r B R I D E they're out of your budget, will come down to keep your business. Mention military or student discounts if you qualify for them. Vendors may not come down on the price, but they might throw in some extras, such as discounts for bridal party hair or make- up, or an extra hour of time. When a friend told me she got her wedding dress for less than she paid for her prom dress, I felt a pit of buyer's remorse in my stomach. She tried the sample on in the store and then bought it online for much cheaper. I remember thinking, I wish I'd thought to do that. The Vendors We got a party bus for an hour to take the bridal party from my parents' house to a spot to take some photos (again, stupidly, outside) and then to the venue. The contract said that there would be A/C, but there was none. And the driver got lost, prolonging our miserably hot trip. We plugged in an iPod and toasted with champagne to try to distract ourselves from the cruel reality. I hiked up my layers upon layers of dress to get some air on my legs but did not envy the groom and groomsmen in their suits and ties, or our photographer, trying to capture it all with sweat beads racing down his temples. These kinds of stories from friends are endless: wishing they had done a run-through with their florist or hairstylist or makeup artist or photog- rapher. We thought that engagement photos and save-the-dates took up unnecessary time and money, so we omitted those. But they are really great ways to test out vendors you'll be paying a chunk or more of a paycheck — not to mention having one day, one chance, to get it right. Also, getting recommendations from friends and reading reviews can keep you from that feeling of regret. The Dress My only advice here: Don't bring your credit card with you when you try on dresses. I can't tell you the number of people who have said they (myself included) casually went to look for dresses with their mom "just for fun"

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