They say your wedding day is the best day of your life – and with Meghan & Harry’s picture perfect celebration fresh on our minds, we’ve all got a bit of wedding fever! Let Cameron Village take the worry out of wedding prep, whether you’re helping your darling daughter find the perfect dress or looking for a cake that’s a delicious work of art.
Say yes to the dress: Coastal Knot Bridal
First things first – the bride wants to look amazing on her special day. But shopping for a wedding dress is not like shopping for a new pair of jeans – this is a once in a lifetime purchase. Where’s a bride to start?
Start early, says Coastal Knot Manager Casey Goldman. Allow yourself several weeks before an appointment to try on dresses, especially if you want to shop on a Saturday. She adds that many brides don’t realize that it typically takes 4-6 months from the time you order the dress to the time it arrives – and you’ll need to allow another 8-12 weeks for alterations. That means that you really need to plan for 9-12 months from your first day shopping to the day you take it home. And if you’re doing a portrait before the big day, remember to plan in time for that, too!
That rumor that brides always fall in love with the first dress they try on? There’s some truth to it! Casey tells brides to bring the decision makers with you, even at your first appointment. So many brides think they might have found THE dress, but don’t want to commit without showing it to their mom or to their best gal pal. You may not need to bring a dozen bridesmaids, but it’s good to have those you love by your side as you make your choice.
At Coastal Knot, you’ll find their Bridal Consultants have the knowledge and expertise to navigate the rows of cream, white, ivory and champagne. But more than that, they believe that listening to the bride, and reading the emotion behind your responses, is the key to helping you find the dress that will make you feel spectacular. “There’s so much pressure in planning,” says Casey. “In the right dress, you will carry yourself confidently, zero insecurity.” Your Bridal Consultant will be with you from start to finish, doing the legwork before your appointment to find options that will fit your shape and fit the aesthetic of your special day. From helping you try on that first dress to toasting you with champagne when you finally choose the one, you can put your trust in Coastal Knot to stand by your side.
Request the honor of your presence: Charlotte’s
Invitations create the first impression in guests’ minds, setting the tone for colors, style, and level of formality for your big event. While Charlotte’s is a full service spot for everything from cocktail napkins to shower invites, their main focus is on the big day. Manager Chelsea Vick encourages brides to schedule an appointment with designer Shannon Gould. With more than 10 years of experience, Shannon will help you cut through the endless options and design just what you’re looking for.
Most brides come in with an idea of what they like based on images they’ve found online or in magazines. But if you’re not sure on a look, you’ll sit down with Shannon and the big albums of invitations where you can feel the weight and touch the texture of hundreds of sample invitations. Brides are loving the classic look of letterpress right now, and gold foils with touches of the color blush are also trending.
And Charlotte’s has plenty of other options for brides, too! They offer a registry where you can find things a little more fun and unique than you’d find in big box stores. Register for Matouk linens, serving pieces, art, keepsakes, and more to give guests an idea of your style. And twice a year, Charlotte’s hosts a bridal event, highlighting all the services brides need to get started.
Let them eat cake: Sugarland
Is the groom a little bored by all the talk of the china and crystal on your registry? We’ve got a sweet offer he won’t want to refuse. “Tasting is the one part the groom typically enjoys,” says Sugarland’s catering manager Joshua Skeeter with a smile. And with half a dozen slices of cake to sample, you might want to bring more than just the groom!
Give Josh a call to schedule a tasting, and he’ll hook you up with plenty of the hottest flavors to consider. Far and away, the most popular is the Wimbledon, Sugarland’s play on a strawberry shortcake, with rich Devon cream and fresh strawberries. Chocolate lovers will love the Chocolate Caramel Fleur de Sel, taking salted caramel to new heights. Or to keep it light and fresh on a hot summer wedding day, perhaps the Mimosa might be just your speed. With passion fruit curd filling and blood orange buttercream frosting, it’s the perfect blend of sweet and tart. And not sure about a design? Not to worry. Come for the tasting, even if you’ve not decided on a look or found a design that suits you.
Most folks sign on the dotted line at Sugarland at least 6 months before the big day. After you choose your fave flavor and settle on the perfect design, Joshua will help you make sense of the paperwork and the next steps. Before you know it, you’ll be sipping champagne and sharing a bite of their beautiful work of art on your big day.
Happily Ever After: Everything you need!
And that’s just the beginning! You can make your entire wedding happen at Cameron Village. Dress the handsome honey and all his fellas at Alton Lane, pick the perfect rings to seal your love at Bailey’s Fine Jewelry, get pretty before the big day at European Wax Center, Parlor Blow Dry Bar, and Cameron Nails, and plan your perfect honeymoon at Maupin Travel.
As you prepare for your day to shine, know that all your friends in Cameron Village are celebrating with you, wishing you many years of love and laughter together!