• Vendors
  • The Wind Beneath My Veil Part Two: The Indecision

    While shopping for chapel length veils to go with my beautiful garden romance dress I came across two (at Solutions Bridal… man I need to get out more!) and absolutely loved them both. What I didn’t love about them? The PRICE! Paying for a veil that is almost as much as my dress is certainly not in this budget bride’s vocabulary. Regardless, here they are↓

    Miss Gator in a Beautiful Lace Edged VeilSooo romantic and beautiful… but at a hefty price tag, totally something this Gator Bride can not afford! It was either the veil or finish Grad school… and I choose Grad school :-)
    Lori London Lace Veil, $630

    Miss Gator in Simply Lori London VeilSimple and chic. Love it! And with the price more reasonable (okay sort of reasonable), a good choice for this Bride. What you can’t see is the beautifully sewn edge of the veil. Most veils have a thick ribbon or cord but the edge of this veil is so incredibly delicate and sweet.
    Lori London Veil, $260

    So… here I am. Caught between two beautiful veils. One I can’t afford, but love (and my parents love too!), and one that is more affordable but is lacking something in my mind.

    I tend to over analyze everything. I hardly make any decision rashly. Just ask Mr. Knight. He knows how I think about something for several months before I get up the nerve to purchase it. Through my analyzation of these two veils I’ve discovered that what I really want is a hybrid between the two. If these two veils got together and had babies, I would want their babies. Too weird of an analogy? Bear with me… it’s Friday and my brain is in weekend mode :-)

    Next week I’m meeting with a designer here in Gainesville who will (hopefully) make the perfect veil to go with my dress… for a perfect price. Till then, stay tuned!

  • Uncategorized
  • Keeping The Inner Bridezilla Under Wraps

    Bridezilla Moment CardI work very hard to not become a Bridezilla… but I do have my moments. There has been times through the planning process (and through our year and a half engagement) where I have fully unleashed my inner Bridezilla and later realized that I was being a little unreasonable… okay maybe a lot unreasonable.

    Case 1: Trying to convince Mr. Knight that $700 shoes for our wedding was something I absolutely needed.

    Case 2: Arguing with Mr. Knight that we can’t just have a honeymoon registry, we still need to have a registry at a store. I think I won this one but when I look back I think… why did I care so much? Wouldn’t I rather have money for our honeymoon then place settings for 12? I barely have a table that can sit 4.

    Case 3: Obsessing over a venue where the price per plate was so outrageous, we would have to cut out half of our family and no children could come, and I was actually considering this. It was on the beach, and absolutely fantastic! but… way out of control price-wise.

    UPDATE: Case 4: Saying my wedding instead of our wedding when talking to people; I’ve only done this a few times and each time I feel that voiceover from the ‘Bridezilla’ show calling me a briiiiiiiiiidezilla.

    Okay maybe these aren’t all ‘Bridezilla’ moments (I have seen A LOT worse on the actual Bridezilla TV show) but I still feel they are worthy of the 1/4 Bridezilla or 1/2 Bridezilla designation. We are still 10 months out from our wedding, and I’m sure I will have more to add to this list.

    If you have had a Bridezilla moment, please share! Make this Gator Bride feel a little better that she isn’t the only one. :-)

  • Wedding Fashion
  • The Wind Beneath My Veil Part One: The Inspiration

    When I first started looking for wedding veils, I wanted a birdcage veil. I felt it was chic, modern, and sooo me. When I went dress shopping, my parents really leaned towards a more traditional veil. I put a few on but wasn’t really feeling it. A few bridal store visits later, and after many hours of looking at other couple’s wedding pictures, I became obsessed with having a chapel length veil. Who ever said your parent’s don’t know what’s best for you?

    So, you might ask… how did I go from a 6″ veil to a 90″+ veil? What happened to me? Well these images below is what ‘happened’ to me↓

    Bride and Groom with Bride's Veil in the WindCould totally see a picture of us like this over our mantel… if we had a mantel, that is.
    Source JenniferSKog Photography

    Miss Gator's Bridesmaid at her wedding with her awesome veilThis is one of my fav’s from one my awesome bridesmaid’s weddings. Did you think veils just flow in the wind naturally??? Ahh…well they don’t! I’m totally like 3 feet to the right of this picture, throwing her veil up in the air; hoping one day she will do the same for me :-) ♥ her!
    Source Cannon Fire Photography

    Bride and Groom at Winery with Flowy VeilUmm… yes please, I’ll take one of those, if you don’t mind!
    Source April Smith Photography

    Over the shoulder Veil lookLove love love the ‘over the shoulder’ look
    Source Once Wed

    Yes, I want to be the girl with the long veil. So often I go the minimalist route, while my fiance tries to push me into a more feminine direction. When we go shopping for me, I’m usually reaching for the gray v-neck shirt, while he is reaching for the ruffly bright-colored shirt (could be the architecture student in me). So, I feel it is about time I shed my ultra minimalist inhibitions and just roll with a more flow-y, funky, floral, romantic, feminine self.

    And you know what? It feels real good to do so. :-)

  • Vendors
  • Lovely {handmade♥} Gator Bridesmaid Dresses

    Boy, it has been quite the week for bridesmaids over here at Gator Bride. First we had beautiful flower hair pieces, then I revealed my lovely bridesmaid dresses, and now we have actual GATOR bridesmaid dresses. I can’t think of a better way to finish out this week!

    One of the lovely ladies from the Florida Bride’s Blog left me a comment with a link to these spirited bridesmaid dresses. I just couldn’t help but blog about them right away! They are made by Haute Fan Couture (email Jana at HauteFanCouture@gmail.com or facebook her) and come in many SEC team colors. Perfect for game day or a spirited orange and blue wedding. Love them!

    Gator Bridesmaid and Flower girl DressesWouldn’t this little girl make the perfect Gator flower girl?
    Photography by Pink Coffee

    UCF Knight and UF Gator Bridesmaid DressesMr. Knight would love this dress in his Alma Mater colors (Black and Gold). But really, everyone knows the dress on the right is way cuter!
    Photography by Pink Coffee

    I think I may just have to get one of these dresses. They are just too cute to pass up!

  • Vendors
  • A Budget Bride’s Search for the Perfect Bridesmaid Dress

    When I first started looking for bridesmaid dresses I knew one thing: I didn’t want to get them at David’s Bridal.

    I know this is silly. David’s Bridal has about a bazillion dresses in hundreds of colors. I just felt that purchasing from David’s Bridal would be like buying from ‘The Man’—a company built around playing on the emotions of brides and gorging the pockets of their bridesmaids (but what bridal store doesn’t do this?). Plus, purchasing bridesmaid dresses from a huge bridal warehouse didn’t really jive with me (and I thought their dresses were low quality for the price). Yes, I was crazy.

    I was obsessed with finding a dress under $100 and one that my gals could wear again. I began my search online at Macys, Dillards, and Nordstrom. I thought it would be easy to find a light blue dress for our little garden wedding…but GEEZ I couldn’t find any dress remotely near the color I was looking for (or in the price range I was looking for).

    While on one of my (many) trips to Solutions Bridal in Gainesville, I came across a beautiful Watters bridesmaid dress. But, once again, the price was a shocker coming in at about $204. J Crew makes a similar dress priced at $180. I was left disheartened by how much I loved both dresses and that I was extremely uncomfortable asking my bridesmaids to pay so much. My wonderful bridesmaid, Emily, saved the day and found a ‘knock off’ of both dresses as an ‘online exclusive’ at David’s Bridal. And the price? $120. I was SOLD! Plus I found a discount code which took $20 off each dress (put in 0029RWD1 at checkout), putting them right into the price range I was looking for. Hooray!!!

    Now for a comparison between these three gorgeous (and garden style) dresses:

    Bridesmaid Dress Comparisons

    From Left to Right: Watters $204; J Crew $180; David’s Bridal $120 ($100 with coupon)

    Here’s a picture of the J Crew dress in action:
    J Crew bridesmaid dress modeled in Real Weddingsource Once Wed


    Here is a picture of the dress (David’s Bridal #83362) in ‘real life.’ Picture came out a little more turquoise then it really is.

    I have to say I was a little skeptical about the David’s Bridal version but was pleasantly surprised when the dresses came in. They were even more beautifully crafted then I expected (and I got them within 3 days of ordering). All of my bridesmaids love them. I certainly give David’s Bridal brownie points on this one. I won’t be so quick to judge in the future after seeing the beauty this company has produced. :-)