Wednesday, January 27, 2016

More Amazing Wedding Proposal Stories

Valentine's Day is just a few short weeks away, so we're in an even more romantic mood around our Miami wedding dress store than usual.  This seems like the perfect time to lose ourselves in YouTube wedding proposal videos!  Our first wedding proposal blog featured a lot of great stories, and today we are adding more. 

Ladies, Brides of America wants you to sit back, enjoy, and start daydreaming. Fellas, feel free to use all of these as inspiration if you are ready to pop the question!   

Pitch Perfect

Office Romance

Monika and Tim had been working in the same office for a year when he finally asked her on a first date. Though it took him a long time to ask her out, he wasted no time with the marriage proposal.

From Tim: "We moved very quickly. After our second date, we were pretty much living together because we couldn't stand to be apart. After five weeks of dating, no one in our office knew that we were even seeing each other (it was against company policy).

One day we were in a staff meeting with our boss and about 30 other employees, I was giving a presentation using a slide projector, crunching numbers about a huge project we had coming up. As I was wrapping up the presentation, I said, 'I have one more thing.'

I flipped to the final slide and there it was for the whole office to see. The slide said, 'Monika, Will You Marry Me?'

She was so shocked that she almost fainted. After catching her breath, Monika accepted and we got married four months later."

She Thought He Was Getting The Gift

Romantic Deja Vu

"She's American. He's Irish. They met in Italy and started out as friends. Friends who liked each other A LOT. But after months of just friends, she thought she read the signals wrong, until one night at the bar he slipped her a napkin. 'I really like you,' he had written. Fast-forward four years and many international adventures later, and they are sitting at a bar in Berlin reminiscing. He pulls a napkin out of his pocket. She takes it, confused. 'Years ago I told you I liked you just like this. Now I'm asking: Will you marry me?' it read."

Very Crafty

    Vacation Surprise

    "My fiancĂ© proposed to me while we were on vacation in San Francisco and Napa Valley. While we were touring Sterling Vineyard, we went on a private walk amongst the grapes. It was gorgeous. He stopped and told me he had been having such a wonderful first half of our trip with me as his girlfriend. Then he knelt down on one knee and said he would love to spend the rest of it with me as his fiancĂ©e. I was so surprised that I had to ask him if I had said 'yes!' We've been together for five and a half years, and we can't wait to spend the rest of our lives together." —Selina Ray

    Hopefully these stories made you smile and provided a little romantic incentive. Don't worry fellas, not all girls need a big production.  As long as it is sincere and special for the two of you, it is a perfect proposal.  

    Step 1 is fall in love.  Step 2 is get engaged.  Step 3 is make an appointment at Brides of America to find your dream wedding dress!  One of our favorite perks about working in the best bridal gown store in Miami is getting to see a bride's face light up when she tells us her proposal story.  We can't wait to hear yours!   

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    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

    7 Wedding Planning Tips to Help You Stress Less

    A lot of work and thought goes into planning a wedding.  The key to doing it all in a productive way is to avoid as much stress as possible.  Our wedding dress store in Miami will make sure that you are spoiled and treated like royalty while you are shopping for your wedding gown, but you've still got a lot to do after that task is complete.  Brides of America has a few tips to keep your stress levels at a minimum and hopefully help you to enjoy the entire wedding planning process along the way.  

    Work as a team.
    It takes two people to make a marriage, and you should both have some input when you make the wedding too.  This is an event in honor of the two of you. Incorporating the things that both of you like will make for a better celebration, and sharing the tasks for making it happen will make for a much more relaxed couple. Use your vendors as teammates too.  You did your research and hired professionals that you trust, so use their advice.  It will help you to avoid a lot of easily-made mistakes. 

    Keep ideas & lists in one spot.
    A wedding planning notebook is your new best friend.  It can be an actual notebook full of papers and notes to yourself, or a virtual one that you keep track of on your computer or tablet.  Whichever method is simplest for you, go with that.  Having all of your ideas, inspirations, appointments, checklists, etc... in one place saves you a lot of time.  This can help you to stay on track with your planning, and it's easy to grab & go when you head out to dress shop or meet with vendors.  

    Don't procrastinate.
    Even though you may begin planning a year or more in advance, that wedding day will be here before you know it.  Don't push off completing tasks.  Putting them off doesn't make them any easier, but it does add to your stress later on when you begin running out of time.  If you find yourself with a little free time, pull out that wedding planning notebook and find a small item that can be done in the time that you have.  Call & schedule an appointment, narrow down your invitation choices, or add to the list of songs to be played.  Finishing these quick tasks will feel great and take away from what you have left on your to-do list.    

    Take time off. 
    If you spend an entire year living, breathing, thinking, and talking only weddings, it will slowly become a nuisance rather than a joy.  At least once a week, plan a non-wedding-related activity.  Go out for date night, sit on the couch and watch a movie marathon, or go for a walk in the park.  The only rule is that all wedding topics are off limits for a few hours.  After having a little fun, you'll be ready to tackle another section of your wedding planning checklist.    

    Avoid last-minute impulse buys.

    This is the quickest way to go over-budget on a wedding.  Procrastination can cause you to rush around last-minute for this & that, often spending more because you are in a hurry and not looking at prices.  Also, those inexpensive favors you saw at the store that you think you have to have can add up quickly after you order a couple hundred of them.  Go home first, look over your budget, and decide if they are cute enough to fit into that budget.  Once you leave the store, they may not seem as important.  Out of sight, out of mind.  If you find yourself thinking back about them often, then make some room in your budget and go for it.  

    Do what makes you happy.
    You will have a lot of people giving you their opinions.  After a while, all of the "...and this is how I would do it..." comments can really start to rub you the wrong way.  Slow down, take a deep breath, and remind yourself that they most likely meant well.  Let the advice in one ear, and if it's something you don't agree with, put it right back out of your head.  This is your day, not theirs, and the way that you want something to happen is the right way to do it.  

    Always remember to HAVE FUN!

    A good friend of ours always says, "If you're not having fun, then you're doing it wrong!"  Your wedding should be one of the happiest days of your life.  There is absolutely no reason that the planning for it should be one of the worst times that you remember.  Keep in mind that this is all happening so that you can spend the rest of your life with someone that you truly love.  There's no better feeling than that.  Stay focused on that fact and let yourself have fun with the entire wedding planning process.  

    Wedding planning takes a lot of work and some stress will seep it's way in.  Follow the tips above and the amount of stress that you must endure will be greatly lessened.  Brides of America has been around through many weddings over the years.  If you are needing a little bit of help, ask away.  There's a good chance we may know the answer, and if not, then we can definitely point you in the direction of someone that does.  The best wedding dress store in Miami wants to make sure that you only have fond memories of everything involved with your wedding.   

    The gown of your dreams awaits you.
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    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

    Wedding Fashions Through the Decades

    Wedding fashions through the years have made some dramatic changes.  Bridal gowns show obvious differences from decade to decade, yet many styles that disappear find their way back into favor years later.  Mori Lee Wedding Dresses, which our Miami wedding dress store is an authorized dealer for, has gone through these fashion changes, always keeping current with what brides want.   

    Brides of America's owner, David Abadi, recently pulled out some past Mori Lee wedding gown pictures and began reminiscing.  He said, "Mori Lee has been a leader in fashion for over 60 years.  I am fascinated how every year the amazing Mori Lee bridal lines reflect the most current and sought-after styles.

    From long fitted sleeves to big pufffy sleeves, lacy ruffled skirts to satin skirts, portrait sleeves to strapless gowns, and full ballgowns to mermaid skirts, there have been some incredible looks over the last few decades.  Here is a brief glimpse at each of them.  

    Mori Lee Bridal Gown - 1950

    The 1950's wedding fashions featured many ballerina-length skirts for both brides and their bridesmaids.  Veils became shorter, along with hemlines.  Many dresses had full skirts with a fitted bodice.  The sweetheart neckline became popular when it was worn by Elizabeth Taylor in "Father of the Bride."  Grace Kelley also wore this neckline in 1956 under a lace overlay.  Some brides chose a strapless dress, but it was always worn with something to cover the shoulders for the church ceremonies. 

    Waistlines got higher in the 1960's, and veils got shorter yet again.  The pillbox hat with a bouffant veil was all the rage.  Necklines remained fairly high and modest.  A few brides began braving much shorter skirts.   

    This decade was also known as the "me" decade.  Many young people were all about expressing themselves, and wedding fashions tended to vary.  Bohemian styles became popular, and many featured a square neckline.  

    Mori Lee Bridal Gown - 1986

    Princess Diana married Prince Charles in 1981, and her luxurious dress set the tone for bridal fashions early in the decade.  Large cathedral trains and full-length veils were what brides wanted to wear.  Waists were cinched, but sleeves and skirts were most often big and puffy.  Dresses from this time period were very big, dramatic, and romantic.

    Mori Lee Bridal Gown - 1992

    Compared to the extravagant 80's, 1990 brought along a more minimalist look to wedding gowns.  The slim shape of sheath dresses was popular, and while embellishments were still used, it was much more sparingly. 

    Toward the end of the 90's, women began wanting dress styles that were a little sexier and less traditional.  Strapless gowns became extremely popular.  More ceremonies were happening in places other than the church, such as grand hotels and outdoor venues.  The need to be covered up was no longer there.  Beautiful beading and other types of intricate detailing began making a comeback on wedding gowns.     

    Brides love showing off their curves, so many wedding dresses were designed to be form-fitting. The mermaid style grew in popularity.  The pickup skirt also gained popularity, as well as other asymmetrical designs.  Dresses with textured and flouncy skirts were also much sought after.  

    Mori Lee Bridal Gown - Spring 2016 

    Madeline Gardner is bringing fresh, brilliant style to the Spring 2016 Bridal collections of Mori Lee.  This award-winning designer has been working with Mori Lee for over 30 years.  Together they have produced amazing gowns that are loved by brides all over the world, and the new designs coming to our wedding dress store in Miami will not disappoint.  You will be able to see a glimpse of the future of wedding fashions when you come in to try on these stunning gowns.  Brides of America knows that you will find the dream wedding dress that you are desiring.   
    Award winning Mori Lee designer Madeline Gardner 

    The gown of your dreams awaits you.
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    Wednesday, January 6, 2016

    Brides of America: Fashions for Brides in Miami & Online

    Brides of America is the premiere bridal gown store in Miami.  We have been helping brides across the nation find their dream wedding dress since 1984, but the Abadi family has been in this business since 1970.  For brides that cannot make it to the Miami area, we offer our exquisite wedding dresses online too.  Your journey to the most beautiful wedding fashions and accessories begins at Brides of America.  


    David Abadi began helping with the family bridal business at a very early age.  His mother began making dresses as a hobby, and that hobby turned into a successful business.  David commented, "I remember first falling in love with the dress business when I was 5 years old, helping my mother around the shop."   

    One-Brand Store

    Brides of America is very proud to offer all divisions of the Mori Lee Bridal line.  Mori Lee is a company that pays close attention to every detail about their dresses and only produces the very best in quality and style.  They have been in business for over 60 years, proving over time that they are one of the finest wedding gown lines in production.  Their prices range from moderate to couture, so there truly is something perfect for every woman.  

    Our Miami Wedding Dresses

    You will find a large variety of sizes, styles, and colors for not only the bride, but every woman in the wedding party.  We are an appointment-only store, allowing us to give every bride that walks through our doors the undivided, special attention that they deserve.  Plan to be spoiled by us when you get here!  According to David, "I think the reason we have an amazing store and that brides love my service is because I LOVE what I do. This is my passion."

    • Mori Lee
    • Madeline Gardner New York Bridal Couture
    • Angelina Faccenda
    • Blu Collection by Mori Lee
    • Julietta Bridal by Mori Lee
    • Ronald Joyce Bridal Couture
    • Victoria Jane Bridal Couture
    • Voyage by Mori Lee

    • Maritza's Bridal Veils
    • Bridal Gown Accessories by Mori Lee

    • Mori Lee
    • Affairs
    • Angelina Faccenda Bridesmaids
    • Lace Affairs
    • Tulle Affairs

    • VM Collection
    • MGNY

    • Rosebud Fashions
    • Joan Calabrese

    Our Miami Quinceanera Dresses

    Brides of America also carries an extensive collection of exquisite Vizcaya by Mori lee Quinceanera dresses.  These special gowns embody the spirit of the Quinceanera celebration.  


    Wedding Dresses & Tiaras Online

    Brides that cannot make a trip to our store in Miami still have access to our amazing wedding dresses online.  Browse through our Mori Lee, AF Couture, Blu, Voyage, and Julietta collections, place your order, and a bridal consultant from our store will call you to confirm the order within 48 hours.  Even though you are not physically in our store, you will still receive the special attention that all brides deserve.  

    Happy Customers

    The love that we show to our customers comes back to us through their favorable reviews on Wedding Wire.  The tremendous amount of wonderful things that brides have said about us on this trusted site has earned Brides of America the Wedding Wire Couple's Choice Award 8 years in a row!!  This means that our wedding dress store represents the top 5% of wedding professionals within the Wedding Wire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism.

    Our Miami wedding dress store looks forward to continuing to bring you the amazing service and gorgeous fashions that you have come to expect.  We will also continue sharing tips, trends, advice, and interesting subjects on all of our social media channels and in this blog.  Please follow along with us and join in on the conversations.  Brides of America is always here to assist every bride on her wedding journey.

    The gown of your dreams awaits you.
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