Wedding Planning


Three Reasons To Say “I DO” To Custom Invitations
01 May 2017

Three Reasons To Say “I DO” To Custom Invitations

By Guest Blogger Amanda Lund, Weddings by Carue   With the average bride spending nearly $32,000 on her wedding, it’s understandable to make every penny count. But before you snag a couple boxes of print-your-own invitations and call it a day, we recommend looking into the advantages of custom, designer invitations that become instant keepsakes your loved ones will treasure. The invitation is the gateway to your...

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Allie and Adam: Just Engaged & Planning a Wedding!
19 Apr 2017

Allie and Adam: Just Engaged & Planning a Wedding!

We are extra excited in our Atkins store because our beloved Allie is newly-engaged!  She is such a great sport and agreed to share her wedding planning journey with you.  We will be following her through the next year-and-a-half with the hopes of giving our brides ideas, shared experiences, and a chance to get to know one of our amazing bridal consultants on a whole...

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14 Nov 2016

Ceremony of Wedding Vow Renewal

This is a post written for our audience by a guest writer associated with Honeyfund.com, a site that allows couples to crowd source for their wedding or honeymoon. There are many reasons why a couple would choose to renew their wedding vows. Perhaps they were unable to have the wedding of their dreams at the time they were married. Or perhaps there were important family...

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Real Wedding by Hope’s: Sadie and Steve
13 Jun 2016

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Sadie and Steve

Sadie and Steve’s April wedding in St. Louis was picture perfect.  We are so honored we were able to help this gorgeous bride find her amazing Stephen Yearick gown.  As her mom wrote us, “The dress stole the show—we had so many people talking about it all night that we clearly knew we had picked the right dress!” Steve and Sadie met in college. “I...

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15 Mar 2016

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Ashley and Rich

Hope’s bride Ashley didn’t know she was connecting with her future husband when they shared a hotdog and a couple beers at a Chicago Cubs game they attended with friends.  But that set off a fun and easy courtship for this Chicago couple, culminating in a thoughtful proposal on a trip to San Francisco in November of 2014.   Rich didn’t seem nervous that morning,...

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Two for You!
27 Jan 2016

Two for You!

Hope’s Bridal is proud to offer two locations in Eastern Iowa. We work hard to provide exceptional service in each store and want to encourage brides and prom shoppers to take advantage of the opportunity to visit both!  You can get an introduction to each store in the video above.  Here are our top three benefits for YOU, our customers: 1. Convenience – Do you...

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The women.
23 Sep 2015

Falling in Love: Fall Wedding Inspiration

Happy first day of FALL!  In honor of many people’s favorite season, here is a little color inspiration for those brides planning a fall wedding!  Of course, you are free to do ANY color you wish for your wedding, but here are some of our favorite shades for this cider-sipping, apple-picking, pumpkin-carving season! Whatever you choose for your fall wedding, it’s sure to be gorgeous! ...

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Wedding Planning Tips from Hotel Blackhawk (Pt. 4)
17 Jul 2015

Wedding Planning Tips from Hotel Blackhawk (Pt. 4)

Thank you so much to Lindsay Thul at Hotel Blackhawk for this week’s series!  If you missed it, please click below to see her first three posts.  Today’s final tip is all about making your guests’ experience enjoyable within you budget and vision. Enjoy! Pt. 1: Prioritize and Budget Pt. 2: …Speaking of Control Freak Pt. 3: Do Your Research Accommodating your guests One of...

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Wedding Planning Tips from Hotel Blackhawk (Pt. 3)
16 Jul 2015

Wedding Planning Tips from Hotel Blackhawk (Pt. 3)

Here is the third installment from Lindsay Thul at Hotel Blackhawk, this time advising brides specifically on details for booking the perfect venue.  If you missed her previous two wedding planning tips, check out the first here and yesterday’s here.  Do your research Choosing where your wedding ceremony and reception will take place is a difficult task, especially if you have a specific date in...

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Wedding Planning Tips from Hotel Blackhawk (Pt. 2)
15 Jul 2015

Wedding Planning Tips from Hotel Blackhawk (Pt. 2)

Here is Lindsay Thul’s next wedding planning tip! See her above with one of her brides at Hotel Blackhawk.  If you missed the first, please click here! …Speaking of control freak It’s okay (and necessary) to be very organized with your initial planning. BUT the closer you get to the big day, the less stressed you should be- not the other way around. Most venues...

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