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Elizabeth’s Diary

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Posted August 13, 2018

One of the best parts of wedding planning is planning your honeymoon! Whether its a 2 week vacation or a 2 day mini-moon, it’s so important to spend some quality alone time with your new spouse after all of the excitement (& wedding planning stress!). We are sharing some of our honeymoon must haves here!

 

*Show off your new name with this adorable personalized sun hat from Etsy vendor ModParty.

*Bring a Faux band, like this one from Silver Angel (at our NJ & PA stores), so that your new bling doesn’t get lost, dirty, stolen, or slip off in the ocean!

*Keep the white party going with this adorable LWD by Lilly Pulitzer. You can find a huge selection of her dresses at Paradise in Morristown, NJ.

*A striped take on a white suit by Solid & Striped at Madewell.

*Bring The Gem Pen cleaner in your bag to keep your new bling shining bright!

*We put our stamp of approval on these monogramed clutches from Cambridge Street Papers in Madison, NJ!

*You can’t go wrong with a classic white coverup from Jcrew , this one features a little pink twist.

*You can do a little “something blue” on your honeymoon with these Kendra Scott “Elle” earrings. You can find these at Kendra Scott in Ardmore, PA.

 

xoxo,

Liz

Posted August 7, 2018

Walking into Kori Gervasio’s gorgeous flower & gift shop in Morristown, NJ is an absolute delight to the senses.  Between the welcoming ambiance, incredible flowers, and the cutest selection of gifts you have ever seen, you are going to want a fully loaded parking meter.  Kori’s floral style is thoughtful, organic, with an effortless sophistication.  They have a super convenient “stem bar”, where you can create your own bouquet to be wrapped on site.  You can also place an order to be picked up or delivered, and they of course do outstanding arrangements for weddings & events.  Her use of interesting unique flowers takes her arrangements to another level, and she sources the highest quality flowers from both local vendors and abroad.  We are so thrilled Kori will be attending our Sip & See event at our Morristown location on Oct 3 – and donating a gorgeous arrangement to be raffled off! We can’t wait for our brides to meet her and see her work! (If you pop into her store, located at 143 Morris St., tell her we said Hi!)

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Stem Bar – Pick your own & Go!

How adorable are these?!

Gorgeous setup at the shop

Bridesmaid gifts anyone?

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Posted July 3, 2018

Oscar & Mira & Lela Oh My! Calling all super savvy brides, It’s sample sale time at Elizabeth Johns! Get excited because there’s some major bridal deals in store on beautiful designer label gowns. Here’s the scoop on our “Dash for the Dress” sample sale, going on here at Elizabeth Johns Morristown from July 20-27th!

What is a sample sale?
We buy samples of designer dress styles so that you can try it on in our store. Then we order the dress in your size based on your measurements, and that dress is made to order for you. When a dress style gets discontinued (the designer no longer manufactures that dress for a variety of reasons) we have the opportunity to sell that sample dress to you for a major discount.

Are sample dresses used? Dirty?
Sample dresses are only used to be tried on in our salon. We tend to keep our samples and salon in pristine condition, so usually a bride will have very minor repairs. Our awesome seamstresses have gone ahead and inspected these gowns and made any minor repairs already so they really look brand new! You will be trying on the actual dress you would be buying, so it’s easy for you to see upfront the condition of the dress and if you are comfortable with it. We will also be offering professional dress cleaning for a discounted price. We know you will find these dresses to be in awesome condition, and of course the icing on the cake is the incredible price!

Do I have to be a size 0 to fit into these dresses?
NO! The majority of our samples fit anywhere from a street size 6-12, with the ability to take in some sizes (I’m looking at you size 2s!), or let out a couple inches. We also have some plus size samples for our curvy brides. It’s worth a look for every bride as we truly can accommodate every body through alterations. We have expert tailors on staff who do this all the time with amazing results!

What designers can I expect to see?!
This is the fun part! We have a gorgeous selection from Oscar de la Renta, Lela Rose, Pronovias, Liancarlo, Reem Acra, Anne Barge, Anne Barge Blue Willow, Mira Zwillinger, Rosa Clara, Sareh Nouri, & more! Stay Tuned to our Instagram page where we will be featuring some of the incredible styles!

How does this work? Do I need an appointment?
YES! Call the salon 973-425-0600 or visit our website Elizabethjohns.com to make an appointment. You will have a private room and an hour with one of our skilled consultants who will help you navigate the sale. The dresses will all be on a first come first serve basis, so lace up those shoes and get ready to “Dash for the Dress” of your dreams!

Posted March 16, 2018

As a bride, everyone knows you need time to shop and order your dress, but how much time is really necessary?  Also, what about your girls and mothers? Unless you have been a bride before these timelines can be confusing, and also can lead to some expensive rush fees if you don’t meet deadlines. Here are some helpful tips to break it all down and help save you stress, time, & money!

Bridal gowns are made to order, which means that designers don’t start production on your gown until you place the order! For the blushing bride, you want to make sure you order your gown 6-8 months BEFORE you need to start alterations.  We suggest you start your alterations with 2 -3 months buffer time before your wedding to make sure you have time to schedule and complete them without stress. Most seamstresses charge rush fees to do alterations in less than 8 weeks before the wedding.  This is such an avoidable (and pricey!) charge for most people. Of course you can pay to have a dress rushed, but the rush charge gets incrementally more expensive week by week so this can really add on to the price of the dress! On average, most brides order their dress between 10-12 months before the wedding to make sure they avoid rush charges on both delivery & alterations.

Brides should be rounding up their girls and picking styles and colors of bridesmaid dresses 7-8 months before the wedding! Bridesmaids have a little more leeway, but should strive to actually order their dresses 6 months ahead of the wedding.  It takes about 5 months for the dress to come in so you want to make sure you leave the last month to complete alterations.  If you have a particularly large bridal party you should encourage all of your girls to order at that 6 month mark so you can make sure the order is within the same dye lot and everyone’s dress will be the same.  It sometimes takes a while to track everyone down and have them measured so leaving enough time is crucial!

Though moms tend to think of themselves last, they need to leave ample time to order and alter their dress. Mother of and evening gowns, like bridal gowns, are made to order and need about 5 months to come in.  Coordinating these special order garments with the bride and bridal party can sometimes take a little more TLC, as mothers want to make sure the wedding colors and bridesmaid colors don’t clash with their gown.  Most of the designer made to order gowns come in different fabrics and colors, ensuring the perfect palate in your photos!

Giving yourself enough time really helps eliminate stress and the extra fees associated with rushing through the process.  You don’t need the added worry during this important and happy time in your life!

 

Posted February 28, 2018

You found the perfect partner, had an amazing proposal, celebrated with champagne, and now it’s time to dress shop! While it may seem overwhelming, here are some helpful tips to make the process not only special, but fun!

First, you will want to make sure you have a date and venue secured. This is so helpful in forming your ideas about what kind of gown you may want. It also helps your bridal consultant visualize what type of wedding you are having, which can ultimately help them guide you to the right dress! Second, you want to give yourself enough time! Most dresses are made to order and take anywhere from 6-8 months to come in. You should start shopping 10 months to 1 year ahead of your wedding to ensure you have enough time for the dress to arrive and to start your alterations. Designers can accommodate tighter deadlines but usually charge a rush fee, so it’s best to play it safe and leave enough time!

Next, your consultant should work closely with you, asking tons of questions about your ceremony, reception, vibe, and budget. Being open and honest with your consultant is super important so they can narrow gowns down and find the perfect one for you! There are dresses at every price point, so feel confident that you can find your dream dress within the budget you have set aside. Also remember to leave room in the budget for alterations when the dress comes in. If this is a concern, make sure your consultant knows before getting started so they can work that into the bigger picture.

Now it’s time to shop! Bringing tons of your best girlfriends may sound like a blast, but it can sometimes lead to confusing the bride with many varied opinions. You should bring a couple people closest to you that know your style and whose opinions you value. A bridal gown is the most self expressive garment anyone will ever purchase – make sure it truly reflects your own personal style! Remember to come with any photos of dresses you are loving, favorites you have previously tried on to show your consultant, and an an open mind! Feel free to wear any undergarments that you feel comfortable in, the most common being shapewear and a strapless bra.

Once you start trying dresses, relax and have fun with it! Trust that your consultant has your best interest at heart. Be open to trying things on and give honest feedback to the consultant so they can cater the appointment to what you love, or switch it up if you aren’t loving what you thought you would! When you get the feeling that you never want to take a dress off, you know you have found “the one”! It is very common that a bride finds her dress at her first appointment so come prepared to say “Yes” to the dress! Trust your gut, have a quick cry, and then pop the champagne to celebrate!

Posted January 19, 2017

Patty Gibbons from Little Black Dress Paperie fills us in on everything wedding invitations!

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There are a lot of tasks in planning your wedding that can seem a little daunting to tackle and wedding invitations can certainly be one of those tasks. Just like the entire wedding planning process, choosing your wedding invitations is much easier when you break down each component. Organization is key, and makes choosing wedding invitations fun and exciting and ensures your invitations will be outstanding!:

    It’s so important to establish your style and vision for the wedding before scheduling a consultation with your stationer. Many brides create a Pinterest Board of wedding ideas they like, including invitations that “speak” to them. They also look to wedding websites like The Knot and Wedding Wire to provide inspiration, as well as wedding invitation web sites.

    Once you determine whether your wedding will be rustic, modern, traditional, or something else, it’s time to meet with the stationer of your choice. The consultation with your stationer is informative and very important. She will give you advice, share ideas and show samples chosen by other brides that help capture your vision with an invitation design you’ll love.

    Now for the proofs! Be prompt in responding to the stationer’s questions and approving proofs, but be thorough in your review. Depending on your choices, you may need to approve multiple proofs. Be diligent, and double-check all spelling, addresses, and numbers. Your designer will check everything as well, but signing off is your responsibility, and final. Extra caution will avoid errors and expensive re-do’s and ensure your invitations are done once, and perfect!

 

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Posted November 3, 2016

Another amazing bridal market has ended and we’re reflecting on all of the gorgeous gowns we saw over our four days in NYC! One of the most elegant bridal markets yet, this season, we saw bolder bridal trends making appearances in almost every designer collection.

Deep/Plunging Necklines

Without a doubt, deep, plunging necklines were the standout trend of the season. While we’ve seen this sexier trend over the last few bridal markets with designer such as Mira Zwillinger and Reem Acra, this season we saw the trend in almost every bridal designer’s collection. With brides becoming increasingly bolder in their bridal style, designers are creating gorgeous gowns for the bride who wants a fashion-forward, sexy and sophisticated look.

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High-Low Hemlines

Made popular in recent seasons by designers including Anne Barge, high-low bridal gowns are the highlight of many collections this season. For brides looking for that “something different,” this chic and innovative hemline is perfection!

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Jumpsuits

Jumpsuits continue to trend in bridal fashion this season. As brides continue to look for more bridal style options, designers are creating beautiful jumpsuits for daytime ceremonies, reception changes and all of the events that lead up to the big day!

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Off-the-Shoulder

The epitome of romance, bridal designers are listening to what today’s bride is looking for and creating lovely gowns with the very popular off-the-shoulder necklines. This chic neckline offers a sophisticated, subtle sexiness that is sought after by so many brides!

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Stay tuned as we await the arrival of many of these stunning gowns!

Posted May 4, 2016

With Spring 2017 bridal market behind us, bridal salons around the country, even the world, are looking back at the trends they saw on many leading bridal designers runways deciding what will work for their brides in the coming year. Four trends that captured our attention this year: color, sexy necklines, menswear and 3-D appliques.

 

Colored Gowns

Using Pantone’s Color of the Year rose quartz and serenity, many designer’s including our very own Mira Zwillinger and Sareh Nouri featured gowns in gorgeous shades of rose and gray. A trend perfect for the bride looking to leave the white gown behind and embrace the muted colors brides are now looking for to add a uniqueness to their wedding day look.

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(Spring 2017 Gown by Mira Zwillinger)

Sexy Necklines

Bridal designers are taking their creativity to a new level, creating breath-taking gowns with subtly sexy necklines. The deep V neckline of 2015 has been perfected, with almost every bridal designer showing at fashion week offering a version of it. Once traditionally conservative designers are now embracing the trend and offering ways for brides to wear these gowns off the runway and in ways that make them feel both beautiful and feminine.

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(Spring 2017 Gown by Anne Barge)

 

Menswear

While menswear is not new to the bridal scene (think Celine Dion’s white backwards tuxedo look at the 1999 Oscars), it has a new, fresh take from designers like Oscar de la Renta and Lela Rose. Created with more femininity in mind, these designers nailed this effortless look for any bride – walking down the aisle or at pre/post wedding events!

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(Spring 2017 Outfit by Lela Rose)

3-D Appliques

A carry-over from 2016, 3-D appliques are back this season and better than before. With several designers featuring intricate floral and modern appliques, brides are falling in love with these gowns that provide a truly unique look.

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(Spring 2017 Gown by Sareh Nouri)

 

Posted August 27, 2015

Ever dream of getting married on a gorgeous exotic island? Well…that’s exactly what Dana and Karen did! This amazing couple planned a beautiful destination wedding at the St. Regis Bora Bora and their day was everything a wedding should be – filled with love and of course, gorgeous gowns!

Both brides looked stunning in their Pronovias ballgowns – Dana choosing a beautiful tulle and feathered gown, while Karen chose an elegant beaded ballgown. Both brides chose dresses that were a true reflection of their wedding day vision and gowns they really loved!

With a picturesque back drop, the couple was married in a romantic ceremony over the gorgeous tropical water. More images from Dana & Karen’s big day below, as well as wedding planning advice from the brides! The entire gorgeous day was captured by Helene Havard Photography!

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