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  1. Whether your relatives were especially generous with their checks or you intentionally set up a cash registry, let’s be perfectly clear: There’s no right or wrong way to spend your wedding gift money. So sit down and start talking to ensure you’re both on the same page, then check out some of our favorite ideas for spending (and saving) those dollars wisely. Be Sensible About the Long Run Sometimes it pays to be a responsible adult, even if it seems boring on the surface. Before that cash starts burning a hole in your pocket, it’s a good idea to “pay yourselves first.” That means paying down debt (especially if you racked up any for the wedding itself), starting a rainy day savings fund, or even contributing to your retirement accounts. It might feel like a lifetime away, but one day you’ll both be glad you made such a sound investment. Save Up for Something Big A wedding windfall offers the perfect opportunity to get the two of you closer to a future goal you’ve been dreaming of. It can be as immediate as investing in much-needed new furniture (you can finally dump that lumpy old mattress!), or as far down the road as saving up for a home. Or maybe you want to buy a new car—especially if that sporty two-seater you’re currently driving doesn’t exactly match up with your plans to have kids. Whatever the goal, working toward something together will only serve to strengthen your relationship. Bright idea: Want to put your wedding wedding toward a down payment on a house? Consider opening a certificate of deposit (CD), especially if you’re not planning to buy for a few years. CDs tend to offer higher interest rates than savings accounts—and since you can’t touch the money for a set period of time, it’s useful if you’re usually tempted to tap into your savings for more immediate needs. Have a Little Fun Once you’ve got the future squared away, it’s okay to treat yourselves—so go ahead and enjoy a mini splurge that’ll benefit both of you. Reserve a small amount to put toward a shared interest, like a high-tech wine fridge or top-of-the-line home theater system. Or if the two of you have been texting each other pictures of golden doodle puppies for weeks, and you’re serious about raising a dog or cat, visit your local shelter or check out reputable breeders to find a new four-legged friend. Allocating a bit of the funds for something exciting maintains a healthy balance in your spending habits, making long-term financial wellness more achievable. (You know what they say about all work and no play.) Bright idea: Take a class together. Having a common interest helps you grow as a couple, so pick something you both want to learn, like a foreign language, and enjoy that extra quality time.
  2. After the wedding, the wedding dress purchased at a high price can be kept in the wardrobe, or it can be sold as a second-hand wedding dress for some cash. If you're in the market to sell your wedding dress or looking to buy a used one, you may be tempted to turn to large online marketplaces like Ebay and Craigslist. While these popular websites are great for listing and buying everyday purchases, a website specifically for used wedding dresses can probably offer you a better deal and a more user-friendly service for this very niche (and important) wedding day purchase. Tips for Selling Used Wedding Dresses Whether you aren't the sentimental type or you're just savvy, selling your used wedding dress is an easy way to recoup some money from your wedding. If your dress is in good condition, consider listing it online over selling it to a thrift store, where your listing will reach a greater volume of potential buyers and can be more easily shared and promoted. A used wedding dress in great condition and under two years old can usually sell for 50 percent of the retail price. And, if your dress is a more recognizable brand like Oscar de la Renta or Vera Wang, you could make closer to 60 percent of its retail value. Even if your gown isn't designer, don't give up hope—since there's a large demand for all kinds of second hand wedding dresses, a designer label doesn't necessarily mean your dress will sell faster. Not to mention, mermaid dresses are also in high demand, so you shouldn't worry if you're not a sample size. Tips for Buying Used Wedding Dresses Buying a used wedding dress can be a bit of a gamble, but as long you're cautious, it's a thrifty way to snag a designer wedding dress for half the retail value. Plus, if you get lucky and buy a wedding dress from someone with a similar body type, you may not have to make too many alterations, which also cuts down on your costs. As long as the gown you found looks to be in good condition (if you can't see it in person, make sure photos show it clearly from all angles or ask to Skype with the seller to get a better look), a used wedding gown can be a terrific deal. A few tips: Since your dress will have to be custom-tailored to your body regardless, a larger size is easier to work with where alterations are concerned. Fabric can always be subtracted, but adding more fabric that perfectly matches the rest of the gown can be difficult (not to mention expensive!). And because you're getting the wedding dress for a steal, you can put some of the money you save toward making sure it fits like a glove (and some extra dry-cleaning if necessary).
  3. When brides takes off her wedding dress and begins her marriage life,the first problem after wedding is to modify her name. You have a marriage license with your new last name, doesn't mean you've officially changed your name. Which aspects should be paid attention to to change the surname? 1. Get your marriage license. Before you can change your name, you'll need the original (or certified) marriage license with the raised seal. Call the clerk's office where your license was filed to get copies if one wasn't automatically sent to you. 2. Change your Social Security card. Visit the Social Security Administration's website and fill out the application for a new Social Security card. You'll keep the same number—just your name will be different. Mail in your application to the local Social Security Administration office. You should get your new card within 10 business days. 3. Change your license at the DMV. Take a trip to the local Department of Motor Vehicles office to get a new license with your new last name. Bring every form of identification you can get your hands on—your old license, your certified marriage certificate and, most importantly, your new Social Security card. 4. Change your bank accounts. This one's a biggie, especially if you're setting up a joint bank account, or if you have one already set up. The fastest way to change your name at your bank is to go into a branch location, bringing your new driver's license and your marriage certificate. You should request new checks and debit and credit cards on top of changing the name attached to your accounts. Something to note: You might get hit with fees for requesting a new debit card. 5. Fill in the blanks Once you have a social security card and driver's license in your married name, other changes should be fairly easy. Some places only require a phone call; others may ask for a copy of your marriage certificate or social security card. Be sure to notify: -Employers/payroll -Post office -Electric and other utility companies -Credit card companies -Schools and alumni associations -Landlord or mortgage company -Insurance companies (auto, home, life) -Doctors' offices -Voter registration office -Investment account providers -Your attorney (to update legal documents, including your will) -Passport office -Airlines (to transfer over your miles)
  4. In the 2017 bridal fashion week, many styles of wedding dresses were gradually popular. From serious bling to regal capes and fun and flirty short numbers, ByCouturier've got all the hottest wedding dress trends you need to know. Allover Sparkle Over-the-top sequins, tonal beading and metallic embellishments turned the Bridal Fashion Week runways into a glittery affair. Perfect for evening nuptials under the stars, this trend is daring but sophisticated. Pro tip: If you're rocking a gown with lots of sparkle, keep your accessories minimal and let your glitzy frock do all the talking. Bold Ball Gowns If you're looking to make a dramatic entrance, a classic ball gown is for you—and we saw plenty of them. Take a cue from long, lace sleeves, or get glam with an embellished strapless bodice. No matter the details, this voluminous style is sure to turn heads. Captivating Capes Not into veils? A full-length bridal cape or shorter capelet is the perfect alternative: It still adds movement to your gown, but feels fashion forward. Plus, this trend is an easy way to pull off a mid-wedding outfit change. Wear a cape or capelet for a more formal look during your ceremony, then whisk it away to hit the dance floor at your reception. Short, Sassy Dresses Whether you show off your legs (and a killer pair of heels) in an embellished mini or opt for a more conservative midi-length number, a wedding dress with a flirty hemline is a chic way to mix it up. Not willing to give up your dream ball gown? Change into a shorter frock to spice up your reception or after-party. Plunging Necklines The deep V-neckline is a must-try for two reasons: It flatters your upper body (even if you're busty!) and elongates your frame. A plunging V with scalloped lace is ultra-feminine, while a sleek V plays up the inherently sexy vibe of a curve-skimming silhouette. Just make sure you have fashion tape handy the day of to avoid any wardrobe malfunctions. Skinny Straps We love this trend for two reasons: A gown with barely there straps has all of the sex appeal of a strapless neckline, plus added support. We call that a bridal fashion win.
  5. In the process of preparing for the wedding, wedding dress is the most important thing, whether it's the choice of website order or physical store customization. Once you find the one, and your measurements are taken and the dress is ordered, you’ll be required to sign a wedding dress contract. This piece of paper will have everything you need to know about the dress, including the designer, the size and when it will arrive. Like with any other legal document, make sure to read your wedding dress contract carefully and thoroughly, and double-check that all the information is correct. If it contains incorrect info and you sign it, unfortunately the fault is yours, and you could end up getting the wrong wedding dress (or the incorrect size or color). You’ll also want to make sure any extras, like alterations to the original design, are clearly listed and included in the final amount you’ll be paying. You’ll need to leave a deposit once you sign the contract as well. While the actual amount can vary from salon to salon, you should expect to put down around 50 to 60 percent. The remainder of the balance will be due once the dress arrives from the designer. Check out our list of every important detail you should find on your wedding dress contract so you’ll know exactly what to look for before you sign: Bridal salon name Bridal salon’s address, phone number and email address Name(s) of the consultant(s) who assisted you Date and time of purchase Total amount Any extra charges Amount of deposit and how it was paid (ensure this amount is marked clearly on the bridal salon contract) Amount still owed Date the remainder of the balance is to be paid How many fittings are included in the price (if any) Cost of each additional fitting Means of payment Alterations Designer name Style number or name Exact color Size/measurements sent to manufacturer
  6. Wedding veil is an important accessory for wedding dresses. Wedding dresses with different length and shape can be selected according to the dresses. Start With the Length To find the ideal veil to match your wedding style, first consider length. Test out a variety of options when you go for your first dress fitting to see what length works best with your gown. That means finding a style that complements your overall silhouette—you don't want your veil to interrupt the flow of your look. Designers will often make veils tailored specifically for their dresses, so you can use these as a starting point. Shorter veils, like bandeaus, birdcages and blushers, tend to lend a bit more personality as well as an informal or retro edge to your look, while longer veils (ballet, chapel and cathedral styles) lean more in the way of tradition and formality. If you can't find one you love, you can always go the custom route. Choose a Complementary Color Aim to match the color of the veil to your wedding gown as closely as you can. And since photos may not accurately portray the correct color, bring a swatch of fabric from your dress when you go veil shopping. The one exception to this rule is antique veils—you shouldn't try dying a vintage veil (it's not worth the risk of ruining such a delicate piece). As long as the colors are close enough don't worry if they're not a 100 percent match, so it won't matter if it's slightly off in color. Strike the Right Balance With Embellishments If your wedding dresses is heavily embellished, keep your veil on the clean and simple side, with minimal (if any) extras. And vice versa: A simple, streamlined gown allows you to be a bit more adventurous in the veil department. Play around with unexpected shapes, accents and textures, like a floral-embellished chapel-length veil, a lace cap or a couture-inspired bubble veil with over-the-top volume. Try to create a balance as well when it comes to the type of embellishments—while they don't have to match the ones on your dress exactly, they should complement them in color, size and style. Find the Perfect Fabric You can't go wrong with tulle—it's a classic choice for veils—but depending on the look you're after, there are also a variety of other materials to consider, such as lace, silk and satin. In most cases, tulle is the most budget-friendly option, and it offers a few benefits over pricier fabrics. Synthetic materials like tulle tend to keep their shape better and have a lighter, more ethereal look than silk and satin, which are more likely to appear heavy and hang straight. Don't Forget About Your Hair Before you decide on a veil, it's smart to have some idea how you'll wear your hair on your wedding day—the style you choose may affect your final veil decision. For example, halo veils, bridal caps and mantilla veils work best when hair is worn down or in low updos, while blushers and birdcages are much more versatile and can be worn with most hairstyles. Your hairstyle might also affect where you place the veil and how you secure it. If you're wearing your hair up, you can wear the veil above or below a bun or chignon. Pinning it above gives it more volume and achieves a more classic look, while placing it below feels more modern and keeps the focus on your stylish updo. Once you've purchased your veil, don't forget to take it (along with any other hair accessories you plan to wear) to your hair trial appointments, so you and your stylist can find the perfect 'do (and there won't be any last-minute surprises). Highlight the Back of Your Dress Does the back of your wedding gown have a daring open-back, lace panel, intricate cutout or other dramatic detail? Don't hide it under too many layers of tulle or a wall of heavy satin fabric. Opt for a super-sheer veil with just one or two layers to let those gorgeous details shine through.
  7. With so many wedding dresses to choose from, shopping for the perfect one can seem a little intimidating. One of the most frequent questions we hear from brides who are nervous about shopping for their dress is: What can I do to prepare? We suggest getting to know some of the common bridal gown silhouettes, thinking about which clothes you feel best in during your everyday life, and browsing Pinterest for inspiration (with caution, though! Pinterest is great for inspiration, but it's not so great if you become dead set on a gown you find on Pinterest, only to find that it's discontinued or out of your budget!). Other than that, there's really no need to stress about the preparation. If you're looking to familiarize yourself with common bridal silhouettes, here is a look at some of the terms you'll most often hear when shopping for your wedding dress! Ball Gown: Ball gowns feature a fitted bodice and full skirt flaring out from the waist line. The size of the skirt can vary in size and train length. Sheath: Sheath wedding dresses fit closely to the body's curves, with a skirt that falls straight to the floor. This silhouette comes in many styles and train lengths. A-Line: A-Line dresses feature a fitted bodice, similar to the ball gown, and flows out gradually to the ground creating an 'A' shape. Drop Waist: Drop waist gowns feature a fitted bodice through the waist and torso with the skirt flaring out at the top or middle of the hip, creating a more elongated torso look. Mermaid: Mermaid gowns feature a fitted bodice through the hips and thighs, with a dramatic break into the skirt at or above the knee, creating a mermaid-esque shape. Remember, no matter what silhouette you think may look best on you.
  8. Study up on everything you need to know before you hit the stores.There are some things you should keep in mind when shopping for your wedding dress. Read our top tips before making your first dress shopping appointment. 1. Have a Price in Mind Don't waste time trying on a bunch of gowns out of your price range. You're better off zeroing in on your price point so you can spend more time editing down the amazing options you can actually afford. Remember, your dress budget doesn’t just include the gown but also the cost of alterations, taxes and shipping fees—plus your veil, shoes, lingerie and jewelry, which can add up quickly. 2. Determine the Dress Code You may need to consider religious restrictions when shopping for your gown. If your ceremony is in a house of worship, find out whether there are any attire guidelines you're required to follow, such as covering your shoulders or arms. 3. Figure Out What You Like Take cues from your venue, the season and the time of day you're getting married to help narrow down your dress style. Rule out fabrics and silhouettes that won't work (for example, a bulky ball gown is probably not the best fit for a midday beach affair) and consider what styles will flatter your shape. To help you search, download the Wedding LookBook by The Knot app to browse thousands of gowns and locate nearby retailers that have the ones you like. If you love a particular designer, find out if they're having a trunk show in your area—you'll see a larger range of their collection, and you might even get a discount (usually about 15 percent). 4. Let the Salon Make Recommendations Don't eliminate anything at first glance. If the salesperson brings you something they say you should try, try it—even if you don't initially love it or think it's totally "you." It's possible to fall for a wedding gown you didn't think you'd like or want. Not every dress looks great on a hanger, so let go of any preconceived notions and keep an open mind. 5. Shop at the Right Time Saturday afternoons are the most popular times to shop for a wedding dress, which actually makes them the worst. Instead, consider taking off a half day from work to shop on a random Tuesday or Wednesday morning when it’s likely to be less crowded. Not only does a calm store mean a more personalized shopping experience, consultants will also most likely be fresher earlier in the day and able to offer you more of their attention. If you're shopping a sample sale, do yourself a favor and skip the first day. Call ahead to ask how many days the sale will run, then go a little later in the week—don’t worry, there will still be plenty of inventory. Another shopping trick: Skip the entourage. It may be tempting to include all your friends in this experience, but too many people adds up to too many clashing opinions. 6. Read the Fine Print When you order your gown from a salon, it's important to triple-check the contract. Read it carefully, so you don't end up with the wrong size or color—and get the designer, style number, measurements, delivery date, price of the gown and number of fittings, as well as the deposit amount, all in writing.
  9. It's very impolite to go to a friend's wedding if you wear a casual dress. Choosing a guest dresses depends on the time, place of the wedding and bride's wedding dresses. Typically, daytime weddings are less formal than those that take place after 6 p.m., but if you're still at a loss, look up the venue in advance, or get in touch with another guest to get their advice. ByCouturier put together a cheat sheet slideshow of dress ideas, dress code clues and more. Informal Daytime Wedding An informal daytime or morning wedding means you can wear a sundress, skirt and top or even dressy pants. Just remember that no matter how informal the wedding might be, it's not a place for jeans or shorts. Informal also means you don't have to wear high heels—a pair of pretty flats or flat sandals will work, depending on the weather. Informal Evening Wedding An informal evening wedding suggests a dress, but also allows for a lot of flexibility—much like an informal daytime wedding. You could wear a romantic maxi dress and flat shoes, or a little black dress and low heels—either way you'll look both appropriate and stylish. Semi-Formal Evening Wedding A semi-formal evening wedding is just slightly dressier than a semi-formal daytime wedding, but you can wear the same thing to both. A cocktail dress and heels or dressy separates (same as daytime) will look great but don't forget that an LBD is also an excellent option for a semi-formal evening ceremony. Black Tie Optional Wedding Black tie optional can be a tricky dress code for weddings! Just keep in mind that the "optional" allows for some variation and flexibility. (men can but don't have to wear tuxedos). Usually, it means you can wear either a cocktail dress and heels or a longer formal dress—either is acceptable. (Trendier dressers at black tie optional weddings may opt for a fancy midi dress in lace or velvet or sleek jumpsuit in crepe or satin.) White Tie Wedding A white tie occasion is the dressiest of them all—and not typical of modern wedding ceremonies unless the bride or groom is royalty or titled. Women will want to wear a long, floor-length gown (possibly with a fuller ball skirt) and their best jewelry—maybe even gloves! White tie also implies a certain level of tradition and modesty, so leave the high slits and low necklines for another, less dressy occasion.
  10. Your dress sets the tone for the wedding as a whole, whether it's a grand ballroom affair or a casual beach bash. So choosing the right wedding dress is a very important thing. ByCouturier gives you some advice to help you pick your wedding dresses. 1. Shop Early, But Not Too Early Many ball gowns take four to eight months to be produced, and once it arrives, you still have to factor in more time for alterations and accessorizing. 2. Figure out Your Budget Yes, it's uncomfortable to talk numbers, but it will save you from heartache later on. Before your first appointment, figure out who is paying for the gown (your family, the groom, you?). If someone else is paying, get the hard numbers on your limit, so you can choose to stay within that budget or pay the difference yourself to get the dress you want. 3. Know Your Wedding Theme Beforehand Before you start dress shopping, decide whether you want a casual garden party-themed wedding or a formal, romantic affair. Always keep the venue and theme in mind as you browse gowns, because the last thing you want is for your dress to clash with your overall wedding style. 4. Plan Non-Obvious Costs Into the Budget Say you plan to cap your dress spending at $2,000 — you actually shouldn't buy a $2,000 gown. That's because you need to factor in for tailoring, accessories (your veil, jewelry, and shoes) and cleaning and preserving the gown after the wedding if you want it to be a keepsake. 5. Bring the Right Undergarments It can be hard to take in how a strapless dress really looks when your leopard bra straps are sticking out, or how a curve-hugging gown would fit once your hips are smoothed. For your appointments, wear a nude thong and strapless bra, and bring Spanx. 6. Pick Your Silhouette Your ideal gown's shape is partly based on the style you like, the venue and mood of your wedding, and also what flatters your body most. A fit-n-flare is both contemporary and traditional and works on many body types, whereas a simple sheath is best on tall, willowy brides. A voluminous ballgown adds drama, but can overwhelm a petite frame. Mermaid styles show off curves like your favorite pencil skirt.
  11. A sheath by definition (think about the sheath of a sword, for example) is meant to hold close to that which it encases. So a sheath dress features a silhouette that fits close to the body. The key to the sheath dress is the waist fit, and the chest and cuffs can be tailored according to the needs. Shorter sheath dresses are great for parties and cocktail events, while a longer dress in a more conservative cut is a staple for the office. How to Wear a Sheath Dress As we mentioned above, sheath dresses come in a variety of lengths, cuts, and fabrications, which means the occasions and places to which you can wear one are many and varied. The most important thing is to find one that shapes and flatters your figure. Those with legs for days may opt for an above-the-knee style, and don't forget that shapewear is a great way to create a smooth silhouette under a fitted dress. For a Cocktail Party: A sleek little black dress in a sheath cut will be your go-to party staple. A dress like this can be worn over and over, just change your shoes and accessories and try some layering tricks. A long strand of pearls and some black pumps will give you that glam Breakfast at Tiffany's look, while colorful tassel earrings and block heel sandals will give you a trendy twist. For the Office: Wearing a fitted blazer over your sheath dress is an easy way to make this wardrobe staple office appropriate all year long. In the summer you can skip the jacket and accessorize with a structured work tote and simple stud earrings. Pull your hair into a low bun and add some red lipstick for a finishing touch.