Our Royal Wedding Picks for Meghan Markle

We are hours away from the wedding of the century and we at Weddings with Joy are absolutely buzzing with excitement! Join us tomorrow as we celebrate the royal nuptials special day with scones and tea! We're dying to see what fabulous dress the future Duchess will wear. (We suspect she might go with a Ralph and Russo dress, the same designer as her engagement dress!) Below are our picks for the future Duchess! 

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Michelle's Pick

This exclusive joyful collection wedding dress is a perfect pick for a Royal Wedding! It has all the drama necessary to make a statement (a projected 21 million viewers will be watching!) 

I don't know about you, but when I imagine a Royal Wedding dress, I imagine a long train. This exclusive design is affectionately nicknamed Big Mama, because it delivers on the train front. 

Meghan is a modern lady, so I hope she doesn't wear a white dress (not even an ivory dress! *Gasp*). This design is a beautiful champagne-y gold. Silver metallic threading weaves delicately throughout the skirt to create a dazzling Cinderella moment with each step. 

This dress has a sweetheart neckline with barely off the shoulder straps which would look fabulous on Meghan's decolletage. It's certainly not a dress for a shy bride, but it's conservative enough to be worn down the isle of St. George's Chapel. 

Bottom Line

I hope Meghan skips the veil! She's a modern 36 year old divorcée! It would be a phenomenal statement for Meghan to forgo the veil and wear a bangin' tiara instead! 

 
 
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Courtney's Pick

One word: Lace. The British and lace go way, way...way back. It's so important to their fashion history that they have a Lace Guild! The Lace Guild was founded in 1976, following a resurgence in interest of the craft of lace that had existed in Britain since the sixteenth century! 

There's a huge chance that Meghan will choose to wear a lace dress due to tradition, and in honor of it's history and its significance in Britain. But, of course, Meghan is a modern American (for now!) woman who we hope will put her own personal stamp on the dress. 

This beautiful Maggie Sottero design has delicate capped sleeves which frame the sweetheart neckline. No long sleeves for this bride! It's Spring and the arms should be out and uncovered. Speaking of Spring, the cascading roses on this lace totally set the mood for a Mid-May wedding.

Last but not least, a bold and unexpected belt is the perfect accessory for a daring bride. It's the perfect mix of modern and tradition, glitz and elegance. Meghan strikes us a the kind of woman who'll give us something a little unexpected on the big day.

Bottom Line

What I want to see is a loooooong train! Meghan is everything the royal family is not, and I hope she embraces that. It would be amazing if her dress could reflect that. Please let it be something non-traditional! 

 

 
 
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Ashley's Pick

This Maggie Sottero design is the perfect dress for Meghan! It's sexy, modern, elegant, and timeless. Before we knew Meghan was Prince Harry's girlfriend she was Meghan Markle, the Hollywood actress. 

Hollywood style is all about glamour, sparkle, and allure. This design has quite a plunging v-neckline, but has an illusion style net across the decolletage to keep everything in place. Beautiful roses build up from the shoulders and cascade down the long sleeves. 

It's a royal wedding, so she has to wear long sleeves! It's such a beautiful and timeless detail that touches on that important need for tradition. Yet, modern details like the chic fit-and-flare silhouette, illusion neckline, and daring plunge keep it from feeling boring and outdated.  

Bottom Line

Sexy AND traditional! It's possible to do both! Keep it bold, not boring with a daring neckline, or unexpected details like an illusion style bodice. 

 

That's all for now! Tune in to our Instagram tomorrow for our live reactions to the dress! 

Prom Suit Rentals

It's Prom Season in Olympia, and not long after that High School Graduations! If you haven't already, make sure to put in your order for a Prom Suit Rental here at Weddings with Joy. We have a quick turn-around for deliveries, but we recommend ordering at least 4-5 weeks in advance. However, if you've procrastinated on ordering a suit, and Prom is in the next week or two, contact us to inquire about delivery dates!

Here are some Tips and How to Prepare for your Suit or Tux Prom Rental:

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1. Call and Schedule an Appointment

Scheduling an appointment will ensure a stylist is available to assist you. In order to place an order to rent a tux or suit, you and a stylist will need to decide on a suit style, color, accessories, and measurements. 

2. Suits and Tuxes are Not The Same

The most noticeable difference between a suit and a tuxedo, are the tuxedo's satin details. Tuxedos have satin lapels, satin stripes down the pant leg, and satin covered buttons. A suit, on the other hand, does not have any satin which makes it a less formal option. Tuxedos are also popularly styled with a white shirt, bow tie and cummerbund, and black patent shoes. Suits are more versatile and can be worn with a long tie or bow tie, a colored or patterned shirt and/or vest, and shoes such as an oxford style, loafers, or slip on suit shoes.

3. Know Your Colors  

It's a popular trend for young men to color match their vest and tie to their date's dress color, so be sure to know yours! You can either bring in a color swatch, show us a picture of the color you need, or a picture of your dates dress. No matter what, we will be there to help you pick the best color for Prom! 

4. Order Early

We need at least a weeks notice to be able to place your suit order, but recommend ordering 4-5 weeks in advance! There are a couple benefits to ordering your suit early:

1. It arrives on time, before your event, and you'll have peace of mind.

2. If an item arrives and it's too long or short, we can re-measure you and order a replacement in time for your event.

3. You will avoid additional rush fee costs, so ordering early = more savings! 

5. Have a Budget in Mind

We have dozens of suit styles and they're all available at different price points, so be sure to have a budget in mind before coming in. Our stylists will walk you through each suit style, their particular cuts, and help you choose the best suit for you and your budget. 

6. Return your Suit Early

At Weddings with Joy, all suits must be returned on the following Monday of the week the suit is picked up. Our suits are ordered through Jim's Formal Wear and they need to pick up their suits to professionally clean them, process them, and then redistribute them. Failing to return the suit on Monday will result in a $25 per-day late fee! If you're not available to drop off your suit before Monday, ask a friend or family member to drop it off on your behalf! 

7. Tag us on Social Media!

We love showing off our Weddings with Joy family on our social media! Sharing your post will help others learn about our suit rental service, and will encourage them to shop local! We know we're popularly known for wedding dresses, but that's not all we do here! On Instagram tag us at @weddingswithjoy and on Facebook at @wwjoly