FRIDAY FAVORITES || DISNEY PRINCESS INSPIRED WEDDINGS

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FRIDAY FAVORITES || DISNEY PRINCESS INSPIRED WEDDINGS

Friday Favorites: Disney Princess Inspired Weddings

By: Taylor Clark ft. Ashton Cude

Hey, y’all, Taylor here! Thanks for returning for yet another fabulously fun Friday Favorites. This week is a real doozy of a theme. We’re going to be showcasing gowns fit for a princess…a Disney princess! Ashton, and I are absolutely enamored by Disney; Ashton worked at Disney prior to becoming our rock star Assistant Manager. We can’t wait to show you our picks this week and hope that you’ll check out our Pinterest for some ways to incorporate your favorite princess stories into your wedding day. So sit down on your throne, kick off your glass slippers, set aside your tiara, and enjoy the royal treatment that our blog has to offer.  


Cinderella: Justin Alexander 8786 and Hayley Paige “Dori”

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Cinderella is known for her classic princess ballgown with its cinched waist and cap sleeves. Our choices offer a modernized take on this traditional look. The Justin Alexander ballgown features a strapless sweetheart neckline with beaded venice lace that adds a hint of sassiness to Cinderella’s classic dress. Hayley Paige’s Dori gives Cinderella’s baby blue ballgown a contemporary makeover with hushed lavender and blush tones and an absolutely breathtaking crystal bodice halter top. Your prince charming won’t know what hit him when you bibbidi-bobbidi-boo your way down the aisle in either of these gowns. Hopefully you can hang on to both of your shoes for the night…or at least until the clock strikes midnight.

For wedding ideas to compliment these gowns, follow this link to our Pinterest page:

https://www.pinterest.com/MTBboutique/friday-favorites-disney-princess-inspired-weddings/


Aurora, Sleeping Beauty: Lillian West 6387 and Justin Alexander 8873

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Princess Aurora was a fan of long-sleeve dresses, and man-oh-man are we, too. Whether your arms are an area that you want to conceal or you’re just a fan of the added pizazz, sleeves can turn a wedding dress from a dress into the dress. Lillian West’s V-neck, natural waist ballgown is the dress that we’re pretty sure Sleeping Beauty was dreaming about all those years, while Justin Alexander’s long-sleeve gown, which you may recall from one of our earliest Friday Favorites, is probably the only gown that could wake her faster than true love’s kiss. In either of these gowns, you can rest assured that no one will judge you if you need to take a nap after the night’s festivities…but maybe stay away from spinning wheel spindles just in case. 

For wedding ideas to compliment these gowns, follow this link to our Pinterest page:

https://www.pinterest.com/MTBboutique/friday-favorites-disney-princess-weddings-sleeping/


Ariel, The Little Mermaid: Blush by Hayley Paige “River” and Justin Alexander 8901

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Are we even real bridal consultants if we don’t show you our mermaidiest mermaid gowns for an Ariel-themed wedding? Justin Alexander’s mermaid dress has beaded metallic lace that mimics the shimmer and shine of scales in the sunlight, creating the illusion that you’re a real-life mermaid. Hayley Paige’s aquatically named gown offers a more simple version of the mermaid style that you can easily accessorize to add a bit more personality. We paired it with pearls because Ashton and I are pretty dedicated to this beach theme if you can’t tell by our cheeky grins, but you can also try to incorporate a dinglehopper or two in your hair if you’re feeling particularly adventurous. Regardless of how you accessorize these mermaid gowns, you’re going to have people speechless by the end of the night.

For wedding ideas to compliment these gowns, follow this link to our Pinterest page:

https://www.pinterest.com/MTBboutique/friday-favorites-disney-princess-weddings-ariel/


Snow White: Tara Keely 2357 and Justin Alexander 8861

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And because we’re dorks, Ashton and I are closing out this blog post with the one who started it all, the original Disney Princess, Snow White. Her preferred dress is an A-line or ballgown skirt with short sleeves, and we know just the gowns she would choose at MTB. Tara Keely’s lace illusion neckline with deep V-back and cinched waist is sweet and sexy all in one. The lace scoop neckline and short sleeves on Justin Alexander’s 8861 are soft and delicate while the lace and pearl appliques add just the right amount of sophistication to it. Both of these dresses will have you whistling while you work it all the way down the aisle.

For wedding ideas to compliment these gowns, follow this link to our Pinterest page:

https://www.pinterest.com/MTBboutique/friday-favorites-disney-princess-weddings-snow-whi/


Feeling like a princess on your wedding day has never been so easy and stylish with our gowns and accompanying Pinterest boards. Here at Meant To Be, we can’t wait to use our fairy godmother magic to find the perfect dress to make a part of your world. Once upon a dream, your wedding dress came to you, and we’re here to help make it a reality. So make an appointment with us today, and come see what our magic mirror on the wall has to say about you in your MTB wedding dress (hint: it’s that you’re the fairest of them all). Special thanks to our resident Disney expert, Mrs. Ashton Cude, for helping make this blog post Disney princess-worthy and for strutting her stuff in our gowns like the queen of our Walton Ave. castle. And as always, have a fantastic Friday and a wonderful week, y’all.

Xo, Taylor

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MARRIAGE MATTERS: BELIEVING THE BEST

MARRIAGE MATTERS: BELIEVING THE BEST

MARRIAGE MATTERS || BELIEVING THE BEST

by Ashton Cude

During my college years, much of my time was spent in student ministry. One of the ministry teams I was a part of adopted a mantra: “Believe the best, forgive the rest.” That concept has stuck with me ever since, and it has a powerful effect in all interpersonal relationships. Today, I’m talking about how believing the best of one another can impact your marriage. 

What does the mantra “believe the best, forgive the rest” really mean in the context of marriage? It means that no matter the circumstances, you commit to believing the best of your spouse. It also means that even if they fail to give their best, you will forgive their shortcomings and go right on believing the best of them. The good news about this motto is that it creates a cycle of love and trust in your relationship. Isn’t that better than the cycle of conflict and distrust we often see surface when we’re not loving each other well? It’s also good news because it works both ways. If your commit to living this way in your marriage, it means your spouse will believe the best of you and readily forgive your shortcomings as well. Living this out is not our natural inclination; it takes commitment and intentionality. Our human hearts instinctively want to play the blame game and find flaws in one another. Fighting that urge continually will soften your heart toward your spouse and create a culture of grace in your home.

So, what does this look like practically? Here’s an example: Say your spouse is being snippy with you. For most of us, our natural reaction would be to match their attitude with our own snippy-ness. Internally, we would be thinking about what a jerk they are and how we don’t deserve their mistreatment. But if we take a step back and decide to believe the best of them, our reaction is different. We know they would never hurt us intentionally, so there must be a reason for their actions. The goal then becomes loving them in the midst of whatever has made them act this way. Maybe they had a difficult day at work. Maybe they got bad family news but aren’t ready to talk about it. Maybe they’re just having one of those days. Responding to them in love will help break down their walls and win their heart again and again. That is the best picture of Jesus we can offer our spouse. He sees us not as we are, but as He intends us to be. He has endless grace for us and forgives us willingly and endlessly. What a sweet picture of the Gospel for marriage to reflect!

Commit to adopting this mantra for your own marriage and you will be amazed at the beautiful fruit it will produce. It’s one of those concepts that seems so simple but is so challenging and sanctifying in practice. And remember, if you’re going to believe the best of your spouse, don’t keep it to yourself! Speak life into your spouse by sharing with them the good things you see in them. A strong marriage is a port in the storm not only for your spouse, but for your family and community. Here’s to believing the best of one another and walking in grace!

SUMMER TRENDS OF 2017

SUMMER TRENDS OF 2017

Wedding Wednesday: Summer 2017 Wedding Trends

by Ashton Cude

1. Look on the Bright Side: Spring was all about neutral, muted palettes with single accent colors and rich metallics. Not surprisingly, summer is looking brighter. Bold color palettes can look busy if not done tastefully, so choose one or two bold colors and a softer accent to tie everything together. As long as you keep things in one palette, you can go as bright as you want! Struggling to choose your palette? Think about what flowers you might want to carry and build your palette around them!

2. Beat the Heat: No matter how well the weather cooperates on your summer wedding day, one thing is guaranteed-it will be HOT. Remember to take your guests’ comfort (and your own) into consideration. If your wedding is outdoors, you can incorporate trends like program fans to keep your guests cool. Many brides who are absolutely set on getting married outside in summer are opting to have an indoor reception. Look for venues that offer both indoor and outdoor options. If your reception is also outside, consider investing in outdoor A/C, or having your wedding in the evening when things have cooled down. Guests are much more likely to dance the night away with you if they’re comfortable.

3. Lighter fare: Summer means eating lighter, and wedding are no exception. Wedding menus for this season are swapping out heavier staples for cooler counterparts. For example, switch mac n cheese with a cold pasta salad. Include fresh fruit as a side to take advantage of what’s in season. Dessert tables are getting in on the cool trend, too. Ice cream, gourmet popsicles, and cheesecake bars are just a few examples of cold desserts that add a layer of fun to your reception.  Consider hiring an ice cream truck for a hint of nostalgia.

4. Yes way, Frosé: Daquiris and margaritas are staples at a wedding bar, but this year you can add frozen wines to that list. Dubbed “wine smoothies” or “frosé” on social media, this drink consists of a fruity wine blended with ice and berries. In addition to being innovative, these drinks contain less alcohol than daiquiris or margaritas for those who just want a little sip of something sassy.

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5. Fruit of the Earth: Earth-conscious wedding favors are gaining more popularity this year. Plant seeds, succulents, and herbs are all favors that can be presented beautifully and give a little something back. We also love the idea of printed canvas totes that can be reused again and again by guests. The options for printing them are endless. As a bridesmaid, I’ve seen summer weddings where the favors were little jars of jam made by a close friend of the bride who had a local farm. The lids were wrapped with pretty fabrics in the wedding colors. Get creative with something your guests will enjoy long after your big day.

As always, trends can come and go. Remember, your wedding day should reflect your style and your story. If you’re a Meant to Be summer bride, don’t forget to tag us in your wedding photos so we can get googly-eyed over you! For more summer wedding inspo, check out our intern Taylor’s Friday Favorites series. From rustic to Shakespearian, she has curated some beautiful, creative wedding looks. Congratulations to all the happy couples tying the knot this summer!

(All images in this post via Pinterest)

FRIDAY FAVORITES || TARA KEELY INSPIRED WEDDINGS

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FRIDAY FAVORITES || TARA KEELY INSPIRED WEDDINGS

Friday Favorites: Tara Keely Inspired Weddings

By: Taylor Clark 

It’s Friday, everyone, which means it’s time for you to kick off your work shoes, sing along to Rebecca Black’s appropriately-named tune, and check out our Friday Favorites! This week’s post is an homage to one of our favorite collections, Tara Keely by Lazaro Perez. I’ve picked three gowns that showcase the versatility and attention to detail that we have come to love and expect from Tara Keely dresses. Head on over to Pinterest to explore some wedding inspo for each of these works of art once you’ve finished drooling over the fabulous fun each has to offer!


Tara Keely 2550

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With venice lace detail, a chapel train, illusion back, and V-neckline, this Tara Keely is practically begging to be worn down the aisle in a cathedral wedding. Every aspect of this gown aids in an understated elegance and allure. Your fabulous figure will be accentuated in all the right places, and we couldn’t be more excited for the bride who chooses to flaunt her curves in this Tara Keely gown on her wedding day.

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For wedding ideas to compliment this dress, follow this link to our Pinterest page:https://www.pinterest.com/MTBboutique/friday-favorites-tara-keely-inspired-wedding-tk-25/


Tara Keely 2302

If you’re a Hannah Montana fan, you’ll adore this Tara Keely that offers the best of both worlds on all accounts. The design is full of solutions for the bride who just can’t decide what style she wants to rock on her wedding day. The skirt is comprised of an outer layer of tulle that gives the illusion of an A-line gown while the inner layer is an organza trumpet flare. The beaded illusion top and sweetheart neckline offer yet another beautiful compromise for the indecisive bride. Your wedding day is full of so many tough decisions already, but your dress doesn’t have to be one of them with this gown!

For wedding ideas to compliment this dress, follow this link to our Pinterest page: https://www.pinterest.com/MTBboutique/friday-favorites-tara-keely-inspired-wedding-tk-23/


Tara Keely: No Cut

Once again, I’ve saved my personal favorite for last. This Tara Keely gown holds a special place in my heart, as it’s the first wedding dress I ever tried on at Meant To Be. Naturally, I fell into a whirlwind romance with its sheath crossed back and exquisite all-over beading (and if it were socially acceptable to marry a garment, this gown would be my lawfully wedded dress for life). We actually got this dress fresh from the runway, so what better way to strut your stuff down the aisle and strike a pose next to your S.O. than in a Tara Keely runway masterpiece!

For wedding ideas to compliment this dress, follow this link to our Pinterest page: https://www.pinterest.com/MTBboutique/friday-favorites-tara-keely-inspired-wedding-tk-no/


Tara Keely is a collection that focuses on enhancing and accentuating the feminine silhouette to ensure that every bride feels beautiful on her wedding day. With dresses ranging from mermaid style to ballgown, the versatility of this collection is as mesmerizing as the winsome sophistication of each design. Whether you’re looking for glitzy beading or simple lace, Lazaro Perez has a gown for your taste. If any of these gowns sparked your interest, make an appointment with us today! And don’t forget to check out our Pinterest boards to help you weave your way through the wild world of wedding planning.

Xo, Taylor

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HOW TO HELP THE BRIDE SAY "YES!" TO THE DRESS

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HOW TO HELP THE BRIDE SAY "YES!" TO THE DRESS

Wedding Wednesday: How to Help the Bride “Say Yes to the Dress”

by Ashton Cude

We’ve all seen the shows on TV about brides searching for their wedding dress. Often, it seems the people with the bride have forgotten their manners. In real life, no one wants to cause the bride any stress as she looks for the dress she will wear on her wedding day. I was a bride just a few months ago, and now, as a bridal consultant, I can tell you that the people who accompany the bride to her dress shopping appointment have a huge influence on how the appointment will go. Here are some of the biggest ways you can help the bride in your life as she looks for the dress of her dreams.


DO reserve judgement: There is nothing worse for a bride that when she just told the consultant in the fitting room that she likes a dress, only to come out to a flood of negative comments. Wait until you see the bride’s reaction to each dress before you give your thoughts. The bride didn’t bring you with her just for your opinion. She brought you because she wanted to share the experience with you. You can still be honest, but be kind, too. Make sure you’re addressing the gown and not the bride’s body. For example, say “This neckline isn’t as pretty as some of the others.” Don’t say, “This dress makes you look flat-chested.” Help her to feel beautiful while you all narrow down which dress suits her best.

DON’T be silent: On the other side of the coin, don’t sit there in silence. Imagine how awkward that is for the bride. Even if at first glance you aren’t enthusiastic about a dress, you can still give her a warm reception. Smile and tell her how beautiful she is. The more relaxed the group is, the more relaxed the bride will be. Remember that shopping for a wedding dress should be fun!

DO stay on her side: Always be “Team Bride.” Some brides can start to feel overwhelmed. Too many people giving opinions, people ignoring what she’s saying she wants, and people trying to push her budget are all things that can quickly cause stress. Make sure you’re listening more than talking. Help her stay true to herself and her style as she sifts through the countless dress options. Support her like you would want people to support you during your dress shopping experience.

DON’T make it about you: As a consultant, I think most people mean well, they just do this without realizing it. If you’re already married, remember that every wedding is not your wedding. Of course, you’re going to relate things to your own experience, but try to keep in perspective what you wanted vs. what she wants. Every bride is different and every wedding is different. Remember that she’s not your Barbie doll. If she has tried on a ball gown and is sure she doesn’t want that style, don’t push her to try on more just because you like them. If you think she would look great in a fitted style but she’s not comfortable in it, accept it and move on. A bride has so many voices telling her what to do when it comes to planning her wedding. Make sure you’re being her advocate. 

This is my mom and I the day I bought my wedding dress. She was a great helper!

This is my mom and I the day I bought my wedding dress. She was a great helper!

We hope these tips are helpful for those of you who will be going with brides who are searching for their wedding dress! Have fun, be a good friend, and remember the bride chose you for a reason. Most importantly, soak up the joy of the moment. Engagements fly by so fast! Make memories you will all be able to treasure for a lifetime about the day your favorite bride found her wedding gown.

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