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  • Hi there! A little late on this but I don't check the boards frequently. My husband was able to secure a buy-1-get-3-free deal from Joseph A. Banks for their purchase, and the suit ended up costing the guys around $220, very similar to renting a tux…
  • I don't think you would have to book a hotel room necessarily, I've seen getting ready shots done in peoples homes as well. I'm not sure what you're considering "getting ready" shots, but mine included candids of me getting my finishing touches - pu…
  • 1. My bridal party and I used Luscious Lips & Lashes. They used to be purely travelling hair and makeup artists but have now opened up a full-service salon in Shelton. 2. They are located in Fairfield County but would likely travel wherever th…
  • Where is your house located?
  • My husband and I have been to San Juan several times and it is one of our favorite places in the world - we even got engaged there in 2013! We have only stayed at the Ritz and have had the greatest times there. For specifics on the hotel, feel free …
  • Both of these sound amazing and like so much fun! I guess it depends more where your interests lie - are you more sports inclined, or theater buffs? Are you looking for a more laid back, fun vibe or slightly more formal? I personally prefer a more e…
  • First, I am so very sorry for your loss. While my situation was not as bad, it was pretty similar. My very close cousin who was like my brother passed away a few months before our wedding this past August. He had GBS brain tumor and I (and usually m…
  • Hi there - My husband and I have been to San Juan several times and it is one of our favorite places in the world - we even got engaged there last August! We haven't been to an all-inclusive as we have always stayed at the Ritz (highly recommended) …
  • Honestly, my mind immediately went to that Halloween snow storm too! I would definitely not gamble on having a late-October ceremony outside and would agree you at least need an alternate location in case of inclement weather. Remember that ladies w…
  • They are AMAZING. I now want them too haha
  • We ended up getting foil printed invitations which, like letterpress, are typically astronomical. We were able to purchase from www.invitationsbydawn.com and they turned out to be absolutely gorgeous - and affordable. I highly recommend! They have s…
  • I also had a dress that was almost all lace. I wore a cathedral-length silk veil that had lace around the edges. The two were purchased separately but looked beautiful together. I think the same would look great with your dress in a chapel length!
  • We had 3 cakes - one for us/our guests and cutting, a surprise groom's cake for my husband that was golf themed, and one I purchased for my MOH from an allergy-friendly bakery because she is very allergic to nut products and cross-contamination. We …
  • Thank you! This was the only place we went to, because we wanted to keep it local but there are also some other gorgeous places I am aware of in Fairfield County...  The Waveny House in New Canaan Gallaher Mansion in Norwalk Lockwoods Mathews Ma…
  • If estates are your thing, you might consider the Lounsbury House in Ridgefield. It's the former home of CT governor Lounsbury and the architecture, chandeliers, fireplaces and grand staircase are all gorgeous! We had our reception there in August a…
  • Hi there - I live on the opposite side of the state in Fairfield County and my fabulous photographer (also from Fairfield County) only suggests Sandra Downie beauty of Glastonbury for hair and makeup because of their longevity - despite it being qui…
  • Hi there - My husband and I got married in August in Ridgefield, CT (Fairfield County right across the Westchester border) and ours were about $3,600. This included my bouquet, 5 bridesmaids bouquets, 3 corsages, 8 boutineers, church arrangements (h…
  • Our guests loved our welcome bags! We also did one for every guest staying at our hotel - it ended up being over 100 people, but we received a lot of complements on them. If you have it in the budget, I'd say go for it! We made a trip to Costco and …
  • I had a slightly different situation where my MIL was throwing a shower for me because they live several states away from my parents. She went ahead and, despite my request not to, invited MANY guests who were definitely not invited to the wedding. …
  • Hi everyone - Thanks so much for your feedback!  After I posted this, I also realized we specifically asked them for a shot list to provide to our photographer to make sure a situation exactly like this did not happen! Go figure, at the time they …
  • My husband and the groomsmen got their suits and Jos. A. Banks. They have great options for all shapes and sizes, with crazy sales throughout the year like buy 1 get 3 free. We ended up going with a dark navy suit in a lightweight wool for our Augus…
  • Are you open to checking into CT at all? Our venue, The Lounsbury House in Ridgefield is a gorgeous old estate which rents for $3,000. The maximum capacity for seating in their dining room is 130 and they have the option to partition off the second …
  • We used Luscious Locks & Lashes for my wedding. They offer both hair and makeup services and my bridesmaids, mom and I were all very happy! www.lusciouslocksandlashes.com I am having trouble attaching a photo but here's a link for you to take …
  • That's great! So glad to hear.
  • Our venue, the Lounsbury House in Ridgefield, CT, is perfect for that wedding size. It is an absolutely gorgeous estate which allows you to choose any vendors you want. This does mean you do have to do a ton of planning and coordinating with your va…
  • Hi Katy, so sorry to hear of this happening to you and your fiance. One of my bridesmaids was supposed to be married this weekend. She and her fiancee had a similar situation during which they decided to postpone for another year back in November,…
  • My fiancee and I have travelled to PR for the last two years, and even got engaged there last year! Both times we stayed at the Ritz Carlton and the experience was a dream. If they can swing it financially, I would highly recommend. The beach, pool …
  • I forgot to mention, there is a wonderful photographer in Fairfield County who I found after we had booked Melani. While we do not regret our decision whatsoever, this photographer's work speaks for itself and she is very well priced in my opinion (…
  • Congrats on making your decision! Our #1 decision was our venue, but it seems like you already have that You might want to jump on a tent reservation first though since that is super important for outdoor receptions. 1) We considered the photogra…
  • We are getting married in Ridgefield where we live and have been to numerous florist appointments in and around the area (Ridgefield, Darien, Stamford, Wilton). Bouquet prices ranged from $250-300 for the bridal bouquet, and $75-150 for bridesmaids.…