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Fall Wedding Trends for 2020!

What a summer it has been bridal babes. While I’m sure a lot of us still had moments of summer sunshine and relaxation, I know we also experienced hardships and thought provoking events. With summers end just around the corner, we are so excited to dive into fall wedding season. We are here to share some of our favorite upcoming fall trends in the wedding world!  First, let’s start with decor! Velvet accessories are an upcoming trend, most specifically for fall and winter weddings! [...]

How to Choose Your Bridesmaids Dresses

Hi bridal babes! We are back with another blog post for you! This post is all about bridesmaids! While it seems like a small, easy task to choose your dresses, styles, and colors for your bridesmaids, it is quickly realized that it is a much more in-depth task than you may have assumed! We are here to share with you what’s trending in the world of bridesmaids and give you inspiration when choosing your bridesmaid’s look!  To start, we of course have to include [...]

Summer Trends We are Loving for 2020!

As summer has quickly made its entry, I know it’s not the summer many of us envisioned…especially for our brides! Nevertheless, we are here to share some of our favorite summer weddings trends that you can easily incorporate into your wedding this summer, no matter what circumstances!  First, we are loving the trend of bright colors! Bright, warm colors (such as tasteful yellows and oranges) have made their way into the summer wedding world and we are here for it. Picking one or two [...]

How to Plan your Wedding Fast and on a Budget

If you’re reading this, it’s possible that you are newly engaged with a fast wedding date approaching and hoping to just be married without breaking the bank. We are here for you! Here is our best advice for planning a wedding fast and inexpensively!  The first thing we advise is to keep your guest list small. This will then allow for less food, less space, etc. This will help you stay within your budget instantly! Of course include family and close friends, but make [...]

Your Perfect Outdoor Wedding: How to Manage Planning an Outdoor Wedding

You have made the brave, bold, and beautiful choice having your wedding outdoors! Outdoor weddings are one of the current biggest trends in the wedding world, and we are here for it! Nevertheless, they have their own set of overwhelming details that I am sure you have encountered if you are reading this! We are here to provide some wisdom on planning your dream outdoor wedding!  With everything currently going on with COVID-19, we know some of you are rescheduling your weddings for the [...]

Elopement: Our Best Advice on How to Make Your Not So Ordinary Wedding Day Just as Special!

Hello bridal babes! We have a very special blog post for you today. Here we are in the middle of a pandemic...absolutely none of us could have expected this, especially our brides! Our hearts are broken for the plans & dreams that are now not so clear. We are here to help you make the best of it all!  Whether you have picked everything from your dress to your venue, or you were just getting started when this all occurred...don’t worry! Take a deep [...]

Finding Your Perfect Boho Gown

You’re getting married! Let us first say...congratulations! If you’re reading this, you are probably on the hunt for your dream bohemian gown. We love your choice and we are here to help! Boho is one of our favorite current trends. It’s different, free spirited, and so romantic! Here is our best advice on how to pick your perfect boho gown. First, it is important to know that a “boho gown” has many different styles and interpretations! Through some research on Pinterest, decide what level [...]

How to Thrive at your Bridal Appointment

You’re a first time bride making those appointments to find your dream dress...you probably have a thousand emotions! Expectant, nervous, and unprepared are some that might come to mind. Thankfully, Monica's Girls are experts at bridal appointments and are here to give you our advice on how to thrive at your bridal appointment.  The first thing that comes to mind is who you bring with you! The people pleaser in us all probably wants to bring our family and all of our friends. For [...]

How to Create a Guest List for your Wedding

If you are reading this, you are possibly to the part of the wedding planning where you have to create the dreaded guest list. You’re making lists upon lists and somehow it still seems impossible to narrow it down. Take a deep breath and pour some champagne… we are here to help! Here are some of our favorite tips & tricks for creating the guest list for your wedding.  First, start with some categories! This makes the process much less overwhelming, and helps you [...]

Valentine’s Day is here! What are you going to get your man???

Hellooooo ladies and gents! The most romantic of all holidays is upon us and if you're like us bridal babes you're NOT about that spending-$8-on-a-greeting-card-life!  While it's easy to shop for ourselves, it's a little harder to shop for the men in our lives. We recently found this extremely helpful blog post from GroovyGuyGifts.com. Among the gems on this list are docking stations, personalized tool bags, and an engraved whiskey/cigar holder. I mean let's face it, the novelty gifts at TJ Maxx just aren't [...]

Color Trends for 2020

Whether you are newly engaged or scrambling to nail down the color palette for your wedding party and decor...don’t worry! We are here to narrow down your choices and give you the colors that are trending this year in the wedding world!  Whether it is your bridesmaids dresses or your decor, you ultimately want to choose colors that you love as you see some of your favorite people standing beside you on your special day. Nevertheless, the people pleaser in all of us of [...]

Bridesmaid Gifts – Don’t Be Basic!

Being a bridesmaid is such an honor, but it can sometimes be a thankless job. Getting your girls little bridesmaid gifts is a sweet way to make sure they know they are loved and their hard work is appreciated. Besides, only a true friend would fluff your train, assemble wedding favors and stuff invitations, right? You want your bridesmaid gift to be fun and useful and not just a trinket she will stick in her drawer and forget about.  We've put together some of [...]

Hostess with the Mostest: Dressing the Mother of the Bride

In all honesty, the hardest person to dress for your big day is the Mother of the Bride. And yes, that is a ‘title’ because this is someone who has a key-roll in your story. Your mother, in most cases throughout your life, is used to taking a back seat to let your dreams become a reality. Trust us when we say that this event is no different. She will make sure you have everything you want and need for this wedding without one [...]

Brides: How to make your life easier when it comes to bridesmaids dresses

  So! It's time to pick bridesmaid dresses. Whether you want a specific color or scheme, it is very overwhelming trying to make multiple women happy- and it can turn a fun shopping trip with your girlfriends into a mess. If you'd like to avoid the headache of trying to achieve the perfect look, then let us help! Here are a few tips for choosing your bridesmaids dresses that will keep you sane and your gals happy. Give them direction! Do NOT just "let [...]

Do you guys carry prom?? Um, sort of…

We get this question all the time. "Do you guys carry prom?" Prom is tough, because you need a TON of inventory, and honestly we just don't have the space for it. So while we don't carry traditional prom, we do have some good options for the girl who doesn't want a huge ball gown or to sparkle like a disco ball (not that there's anything wrong with that!) For instance, want some sparkle?? Check out these gems!      We even have some [...]

This One’s For the Guys: Let’s Talk Prom Tuxes

Times have changed. Guys are really feelin' themselves lately. Gone are the days of boring, boxy tuxes. Celebrities like Justin Timberlake, Neyo, David Beckham, Jay-Z and more are strutting the red carpet in designer duds that are, in a word, fly. So Dude, why aren't you thinking about your prom tux yet? Red? Blue? Black? White? Even merlot! Slim fit, skinny- yep, we have those too. We've got it all here at Monica's, and we are running specials for you guys! It's really so [...]

How to Plan a Wedding Beauty Regimen

We know that there’s so much to plan in the lead up to your big day. You’ve no doubt got the dress lined up (with us, of course! 😉 ), chosen your ideal venue and organized the guest list, but what about your pre-wedding beauty regimen? Now’s the time to start thinking about that. The more informed and better prepared you are the less stressful it’s going to be leading up to the ceremony, and that includes how you look after your skin and [...]

Boho and Beautiful Wedding Inspiration at Hiwassee River

We were lucky enough to be part of this dramatic boho shoot at the gorgeous Hiwassee River Weddings and Events last fall and are (finally) getting around to sharing pictures! (We're the worst, we know!) This team of vendors is awesome and what we produced is just gorgeous! We are loving the deep colors and bold furniture. And of course- we had to feature one of our favorite gowns! Find her here --> WTOO Ryley, and of course, at our store!   Hair & [...]

Plus Size Brides- Trust Us, We Promise!

For lots of brides, wedding dress boutiques can be intimidating places. Whether they don't like shopping, aren't sure what they want, or just feel pressure to have the "perfect" wedding gown, it can make a fun experience scary. We hate that! We also hate that plus size brides think that finding a wedding gown will be an uncomfortable/not fun experience. We believe every woman should feel beautiful on her big day, and it is our job to create an environment that makes everyone feel [...]

Designer Series: BTS at Essense of Australia and Martina Liana

Hello dolls! We hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving and that some of you may have even been asked a VERY IMPORTANT question! 😀 (If you were, you know you better call us once you've set your date! Or submit an appointment request here!) If not, don't worry- it's very early inside engagement season and we have a feeling that several of you will be sporting new jewelry before the new year comes around! In the meantime, let's visit our next designers in our [...]

The Future Looks Bright to Us: 2050 Styled Shoot

Back again with yet another fabulous styled shoot with some of our favorite vendors! We were lucky enough to shoot this time at the Hunter Museum of American Art, which was the perfect background to our futuristic 2050 styled shoot. We wanted to shake things up and try some looks we loved with a bit more of an edge- and I think we nailed it! Seriously, everything was over the top (gold hair foil anyone?) and yet it still felt like something we could [...]

Designer Series: Behind the Scenes at Malis Henderson

  It's no secret. When a bride tells us she doesn't want a veil, we get a little sad. We know they aren't for everyone! But one reason we LOVE Malis Henderson is because not only do they design veils, but also the most beautiful hair pins, crowns, halos and headbands. We love a little something on a bride's head, just to say "hey everyone, look at how pretty I am!" Elen Henderson, the boss lady at Malis Henderson, is phenomenal. She is so [...]

Designer Series: Behind the Scenes at Watters

We are pumped to share with y'all our new Designer Series where we will feature a behind the scenes look at some of our designers! Visiting showrooms brings out the little girls in us and we have to pinch ourselves to keep from going gaga over every little detail! We hope this is half as fun for you as it is for us!   We had the opportunity to travel to the Watters headquarters for Market this year- and it was awesome! Watters is [...]

Boho Chic Wedding Styled Shoot

Usually when we do a styled shoot, we have one bride and maybe couple of bridesmaids. When our friends at Spago and Soli Photography approached us about doing a Boho Chic Wedding styled shoot with 5 brides, we thought they might be crazy! But hey, we are a little crazy ourselves, so we jumped right in... It was a hot summer day here in Chattanooga, and trekking through the Tennessee Riverpark was not our ideal way to spend the afternoon, but the light and [...]