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Trumpet vs. Mermaid Wedding Dresses – What’s the Difference?

Dresses with a fitted top and flared skirts have been trending for over two decades, and we’re not surprised – they look amazing on a wide range of body types! They’re a high-fashion staple in the bridal industry and requested by many brides-to-be. From mermaid wedding dresses to fit-and-flare gowns to trumpet styles, there’s a flared wedding dress in every cut, fabric, and style you can imagine. TRUMPET VS. MERMAID:  WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? It’s all [...]

Interview with Tamzen M. Sonntag | Tamzen’s Bridal

This week we’re flying to the U.S. again for another amazing interview with the owner of Modeca store Tamzen’sBridal, Tamzen M. Sonntag. Tamzen has been a public-school teacher for 29 years, when she and her husband decided to join the bridal industry together. Even though Tamzen loved her teaching career she secretly always dreamed of owning her own bridal store. And what little girl does not dream of such a possibility? Her passion for fashion and [...]

The Complete Maid of Honor Checklist

Maid of honor, this blog is for you! You’ve been the bride’s go to gal even before she got engaged, but now that you’ve been bestowed with this title and wedding planning has commenced, you may be wondering what exactly you’ve gotten yourself into. Being a maid of honor likely comes with a set of expectations and duties, but have no fear! We’re here to help. We’ve created a checklist of all the things you *could* be responsible for. [...]

What Is Wedding Insurance?

Your wedding day should be perfect and carefree, but we all know that disaster can strike at any time. When last-minute changes or problems pop up, it can leave some couples with not only a major inconvenience when wedding planning, but a monetary consequence as well. Below we will explain what wedding insurance is and why it might be right for you. What Is Wedding Insurance? Wedding insurance, like any insurance, is a service you [...]

How to Be a Fall Bride in a Non-Fall Climate

There is no doubt that fall weddings are popular, and why wouldn’t they be? Beyond seasonal beauty, comes a cozy and casual vibe; there are so many pros to a fall wedding. But, as you know, with pros comes a few cons. It may seem difficult to be a fall bride in a non-fall climate but let’s chat about the ways to avoid some fall wedding mishaps and how to handle them! Featured: Stella York Style [...]

How to Wear Your Wedding Dress in a Different Season

Chances are you chose your wedding dress with a specific location and time of year in mind, but what happens if your plans change and you suddenly end up with a winter wedding when you originally planned for summer? Today on the blog, we’re talking about how to wear your wedding dress in a different season. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many weddings are being postponed and rescheduled and many brides are finding themselves with a dress that [...]

Why Your Wedding Vendors Are Keeping Non-Refundable Retainers During Coronavirus Covid-19

I have seen a lot of social media posts written by 2020 couples who are really upset and confused about why their wedding vendors won’t fully refund their non-refundable retainer right now, as we all navigate through the coronavirus crisis.  While I completely understand the frustration on the clients’ end, as a small business owner myself, I also understand why wedding vendors are keeping the non-refundable retainers.  So I wanted to write a blog post [...]

Wedding dress trends bridal season 2019-2020

There are so many different bridal styles to choose from, and this upcoming 2019-2020 bridal season holds a lot of new trends, but also trends we have seen last year and are still going strong! Whether you’re looking for a classical bridal look, or a clean and modern style, this season’s collections showcase a little something for every bride! From elegant fit and flare silhouettes to the classic princess look with a modern twist, the [...]

Wedding Dress Styles and Silhouettes

Ready to say yes to the dress but not sure where to start? We’ve outlined the most common bridal gown silhouettes so you can find the perfect wedding dress style for your body shape and venue! A-Line Wedding Dresses A-Line wedding dresses are the epitome of classic beauty! A-Line gowns include a fitted, structured bodice and a flowy, easy-to-wear skirt that flares out gradually. It’s a very popular style as it complements brides’ proportions and [...]

Now Trending: Off-the-Shoulder Sleeves

Currently trending in wedding dresses are off-the-shoulder sleeves! An off-the-shoulder sleeve adds a romantic touch to any wedding dress. These delicate sleeves are designed to artfully fall over your shoulder in a feminine way to highlight your assets. There are many different ways that off-the-shoulder-sleeves can transform a wedding dress. Today we have picked our top five off-the-shoulder wedding dresses to show you. Essense of Australia Style D2761  First up we have Style D2761. This [...]

A Study in Sparkle

Looking for the perfect bling to wear on the big day? Give your engagement ring good company with beautiful bracelets, earrings, necklaces, or jewelry sets. Being a bride is about more than just wearing a gorgeous dress—add a special touch of sparkle to your wedding ensemble and you’ll love the results! Ravishing Romantic Your gown is fit for a princess, because that’s exactly how you want to feel on your wedding day. Ethereal tulle ball [...]

Choosing the Best Suits for An Athletic Body Type

You train daily. So when it comes to picking out formal wear for that special event, suits for an athletic body type should be on the top of your list. Let your hard work show! The key to finding the best suit for your body shape is choosing a flattering cut, picking fabrics that accentuate your muscle tone, and highlighting your physique with accessories. Choosing Suits for Athletes Boxy, draping, cookie-cutter suits from off the [...]

New Bridesmaid Gowns from Sorella Vita are HERE!

The new Sorella Vita dresses are here! And we could not be more excited about these superb trends. In lovely shades made of in-demand fabrics, these new dresses are sure to please even the most discerning brides and bridesmaids. Three of our new gowns feature off-the-shoulder flutter sleeves that we know brides are going to love! Taking a page from off-the-shoulder ready-to-wear tops, the flutter sleeves and off-the-shoulder straps are something brides will be [...]

Dogs in Weddings: Ideas for including man’s best friend

Weddings with dogs are becoming increasingly common in modern weddings, and with good reason. Your dogs are part of your family; why wouldn’t you include them in your special day? Make sure including your dog in your wedding goes off without a hitch with these ideas, hints, and troubleshooting tips. Fido’s Role in the Wedding Party Your dog deserves more than a guest invitation; incorporate him into the wedding party! Here are some creative [...]

Is it too Early to Purchase?

The Most Common Wedding Planning Timeline Mistake A clearly defined timeline for your wedding preparations is essential for limiting your stress (and pretty much everyone else’s) in the year(s) and months leading up to your special day. One of the most common mistakes brides make is waiting too long to choose their bridal gown. Let’s be real you, as the bride, will be the center of attention on your wedding day and need to ask [...]

5 Tips to Help You Beat that Wedding Planning Stress

Stress can be such an allusive concept that manifests itself in a variety of ways from person to person. Stress can make it difficult to get quality Zzzzzzs, cause an imbalance in your lady hormones, or be at the bottom of pesky skin breakouts. And while these symptoms are bad enough, they just skim the surface of the impacts stress can have on the mind and body. As a bride to be, it’s likely [...]

Tamzen’s Bridal fulfills every woman’s dream wedding needs

The perfect dress, tuxedo, food, flowers and music are only a few key components to planning the perfect wedding. Whispering Pines of Carlisle hosted Tamzen’s Bridal's first bridal expo to help brides-to-be find exactly what they need for their special day last Sunday. Exhibitors included wedding essentials such as florists and salons, but also a runway for models to feature dresses from Tamzen’s Bridal and a live dance lesson to give the audience tips [...]

Just Wait ‘Til You See Her

From the age of twelve, most girls start dreaming about the perfect wedding, but more importantly, how they will look on that most special of days. While we at the Gettysburg Hotel can only offer the perfect venue, we can still recommend to you the ideal bridal boutique to make all your wedding attire dreams come to fruition. Tamzen’s Bridal at Butler Manor I sat down with Tamzen’s Bridal at Butler Manor to see how [...]

An Intimate Fall Wedding

Tamzen’s Bridal and Pencil Me In, Event Decor + Design would like to wish a special congratulations to the newly married Mr. and Mrs. David Barrett! The newlyweds hosted an intimate fall wedding Friday, November 27, 2015 at Chambersburg’s Capitol Theatre just after the Thanksgiving holiday. In true holiday spirit, family gathered for a warm afternoon ceremony to celebrate the Barretts. Aimee looked stunning in a Sophia Tolli gown from Tamzen’s Bridal at Butler Manor [...]

Confessions of a Surprise Bridal Shower Planner

You may or may not have heard, but the owners of Tamzen’s Bridal will be making a trip to Austria this December to be married in the Alps of Salzburg.  Exciting right? Well, we’ve been told it’s not a real wedding without a bridal shower.  With that piece of advice in mind we threw a surprise bridal shower for Tamzen and Robert this past Saturday in Carlisle, Pa. If you’ve ever met Tamzen, you know [...]

Calling all Pinterest Lovers!

Ok so where are all our fellow Pinners? Whether we're pinning away while climbing the StairMaster at the gym or when we're taking the subway home after a long day of work, scrolling through board after board titled 'Wonderlust,' 'Dream Vayca' and 'Wedding Day: No I'm not Engaged' has become the all time procrastination/kill time tool. We find ourselves signing into Pinterest at every opportunity when we need to find a quick recipe or when [...]

Antiqued Wedding Details

If you’re anything like us, we love a good Saturday afternoon spent wandering through old barns and rows and rows of aged goodies to scoop up the perfect vintage find. Trust us, you can find anything if you’re willing to look long enough.  We’ve found 19th Century editions of Jane Eyre, rocking chairs that have seen many crisp autumn evenings on a southern front porch, and even pristinely woven doilies that are dying to be [...]

Adding the Perfect Touch

We love a bride who’s willing to take a risk in the name of style on her wedding day!  From a sparkly clutch to a peony embellished hair clip if you’re looking to make a statement a glamorous accessory might just be the way to do it. If you haven’t spent time scouring wedding blogs and bridal boutiques, you might be pleasantly surprised by the unexpected ways to make a statement when you walk down [...]

You’re the Maid of Honor! Now what?

As the Maid/Matron of Honor (MOH) you’re part emotional liberate, part worker bee.  From perfectly positioning the brides train, to carrying her lipstick in the pocket of your dress, and herding the groomsmen for bridal party photos, you were chosen for your positive energy, go-do personality, and ability to make the bride laugh.  Always remember offering emotional and logistical support leading up to the wedding and during the stressful day-of moments is a huge part [...]

Classically Chic, Tea Length Dresses Return to the Main Stage

Although it's Back-To-School time, we haven't quite made it out of the dog days of summer!  Temperatures are still high and wedding season has not yet come to a close. If you're planning a future August wedding and looking to stay cool in the summer heat, an unfussy tea length silhouette could be the perfect option...Think gorgeous flowing chiffon with lace details in cream or even a soft pastel pink. Tea length dresses are ultra-feminine [...]

Meet Rachel! Fashion student and Guest Blogger!

My name is Rachel Rexroth. I am nineteen years old born and raised in central Pennsylvania. I have a charismatic personality with a big heart and a dedicated mind. I am always smiling and am up for anything that is thrown at me. I get my perseverance from my dad and I am molded from my mom. God has blessed me with a close knit home and an array of friends. I choose to have a busy rather than sedentary life, and throw myself into my work and responsibilities. These are just a few things about me.

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