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New Bridesmaid Gowns from Sorella Vita are HERE!

The new Sorella Vita dresses are here! And we could not be more excited about these superb trends. In lovely shades made of in-demand fabrics, these new dresses are sure to please even the most discerning brides and bridesmaids. Three of our new gowns feature off-the-shoulder flutter sleeves that we know brides are going to love! Taking a page from off-the-shoulder ready-to-wear tops, the flutter sleeves and off-the-shoulder straps are something brides will be familiar with. These new looks offer something trendy for the brides who are looking for a more fashion-forward bridal party. With a boho flair and a simple silhouette, these gowns are elevated enough for a ballroom ceremony yet easy-to-wear for a garden reception. If you have brides looking for a romantic style, this look definitely gravitates towards that. Two of the new chiffon dresses features a high halter neckline with keyhole detail. The strappy neckline feature is something brides have been asking for and paired with flutter sleeves, these gowns give brides exactly what they’re after. Remember, Sorella Vita’s chiffon fabric is available in 32 different shades so brides can mix and match any of our chiffon silhouettes for a cohesive color story. Following the [...]

2018-08-09T07:58:22+00:00 August 9th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Dogs in Weddings: Ideas for including man’s best friend

Weddings with dogs are becoming increasingly common in modern weddings, and with good reason. Your dogs are part of your family; why wouldn’t you include them in your special day? Make sure including your dog in your wedding goes off without a hitch with these ideas, hints, and troubleshooting tips. Fido’s Role in the Wedding Party Your dog deserves more than a guest invitation; incorporate him into the wedding party! Here are some creative ideas to get you started: Flower Dog Your dog can sashay down the aisle with a flower headdress or a flowered wreath around the neck. Ring Bearer (Dogger?) Secure a velvet or satin pouch to your dog’s collar to present the rings at the altar. Special Escort Ask your Maid or Matron of Honor to share the limelight with your dog while walking up the aisle. It will be an honor for her, especially if she already knows your dog well! Groomsdog or Bridesdog One extra groomsman or bridesmaid may be most welcome, especially if your dog dresses the part. Dog of the Bride Invite the family dog to join Dad as he walks his little girl up the aisle. Regardless of the role your [...]

2018-04-12T13:46:18+00:00 April 12th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Self-Care During Wedding Planning

How Should You Practice Self-Care While Planning Your Wedding? Planning a wedding is no walk in the park and we’re willing to bet you may be feeling a little stressed as you approach your big day. Be it choosing a venue, your wedding gown, or keeping your bridal party on the same page it can all be a bit overwhelming. If you don’t take time to care for yourself along the way it will be challenging to help keep family, friends and guests on track too. To keep your stress low and your sprits high, try out some of these self-care tips. You got this babes! Grab your girls and get to the gym Yoga, a HIIT routine, spin or even just a walk to get some fresh air, whatever work out you choose, you’ll be feeling strong and renewed after a quick sweat session. Exercise does wonders for your mind and your spirit. It increases the release of mood-boosting endorphins, which will be key to helping you remain calm when wedding planning challenges arise. Try setting aside just 30 minutes each morning in the days leading up to your marriage to hit the gym, you might be surprised [...]

2017-11-03T13:33:10+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Self-Care During Wedding Planning

Is it too Early to Purchase?

The Most Common Wedding Planning Timeline Mistake A clearly defined timeline for your wedding preparations is essential for limiting your stress (and pretty much everyone else’s) in the year(s) and months leading up to your special day. One of the most common mistakes brides make is waiting too long to choose their bridal gown. Let’s be real you, as the bride, will be the center of attention on your wedding day and need to ask yourself if you can truly and confidently make the rest of your wedding day decisions without first having decided on a gown. Often times, whether you’re aware or not, your wedding dress influences the style and overall vibe of your wedding. For example, if you were to choose a flowing, Bohemian-inspired gown, you likely would not choose structured flowers like roses for your bouquet. Or, once you’ve chosen a gown that compliments the cowgirl boots you’ve been dying to wear down the isle for years, you likely won’t choose to get married in an elaborate cathedral. See what we mean? Being sure to decide on your gown early in the planning process is essential for the cohesion of your wedding. With your gown decision down, [...]

2017-08-15T15:46:08+00:00 August 15th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Is it too Early to Purchase?

5 Tips to Help You Beat that Wedding Planning Stress

Stress can be such an allusive concept that manifests itself in a variety of ways from person to person. Stress can make it difficult to get quality Zzzzzzs, cause an imbalance in your lady hormones, or be at the bottom of pesky skin breakouts. And while these symptoms are bad enough, they just skim the surface of the impacts stress can have on the mind and body. As a bride to be, it’s likely your stress levels are higher than usual. Creating a guest list, seating assignments, choosing a DJ, favors, bridesmaids dresses, menu, the perfect floral arrangements, a wedding gown, veil, venue. . . it’s all a bit exhausting. It can be incredibly overwhelming if you don’t take the necessary steps to manage the stress that could be caused by planning your wedding day. At Tamzen’s Bridal, we aim to make choosing your wedding gown, bridesmaids dress and wedding day accessories an enjoyable experience, however, we understand that choosing a gown and bridesmaids dresses is only one piece of the puzzle. With that in mind we like to encourage our brides to take a few additional steps to help manage some of the stressors that may accompany their [...]

2017-06-28T13:28:02+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on 5 Tips to Help You Beat that Wedding Planning Stress

Tamzen’s Bridal fulfills every woman’s dream wedding needs

The perfect dress, tuxedo, food, flowers and music are only a few key components to planning the perfect wedding. Whispering Pines of Carlisle hosted Tamzen’s Bridal's first bridal expo to help brides-to-be find exactly what they need for their special day last Sunday. Exhibitors included wedding essentials such as florists and salons, but also a runway for models to feature dresses from Tamzen’s Bridal and a live dance lesson to give the audience tips for the after-party. Tamzen’s Bridal owner, Tammy Butler-Sonntag, is a retired Shippensburg teacher who  opened her bridal shop in downtown Carlisle last year because she said it has always been a dream of hers. “I spent 29 years teaching at James Burd and my last several years at the intermediate building,” Butler-Sonntag said. “I thought I’d live and die in the classroom.” According to their website, she and her husband, Robert, decided to open a bridal store when they began planning their own wedding. Tamzen wasn’t enjoying wedding dress shopping as much as she had hoped; having both positive and negative experiences with both customer service and options. She was a teacher for 29 years at the time and had always said that if she [...]

2017-04-21T12:59:53+00:00 April 21st, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Just Wait ‘Til You See Her

From the age of twelve, most girls start dreaming about the perfect wedding, but more importantly, how they will look on that most special of days. While we at the Gettysburg Hotel can only offer the perfect venue, we can still recommend to you the ideal bridal boutique to make all your wedding attire dreams come to fruition. Tamzen’s Bridal at Butler Manor I sat down with Tamzen’s Bridal at Butler Manor to see how they got their start and what makes their shop unique. The first time I went to visit them, I was greeted at the door with a chalkboard on the sidewalk that welcomed me by name. I was instantly impressed. But then, I opened the door to a magnificent shop, full of stunning wedding gowns, huge mirrors, lounge chairs, couches, and every wedding accessory you can imagine. I instantly knew that this was a business we could not only recommend to our couples, but one owned by people we could trust to take excellent care of them. Tamzen’s husband, Doc, told me the story of how they got into the industry. Before they were married, they both had crazy schedules. Tamzen was a teacher for 29 [...]

2017-04-12T09:23:18+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

An Intimate Fall Wedding

Tamzen’s Bridal and Pencil Me In, Event Decor + Design would like to wish a special congratulations to the newly married Mr. and Mrs. David Barrett! The newlyweds hosted an intimate fall wedding Friday, November 27, 2015 at Chambersburg’s Capitol Theatre just after the Thanksgiving holiday. In true holiday spirit, family gathered for a warm afternoon ceremony to celebrate the Barretts. Aimee looked stunning in a Sophia Tolli gown from Tamzen’s Bridal at Butler Manor while David sported a Jim’s Formal Wear tuxedo. ***The above photos were taken by Kayce Shoffner, a wedding photographer based out of central Pennsylvania. Pencil Me In had the pleasure of designing the fall decor for this November wedding and was able to turn Aimee’s Pinterest wedding dreams into a warm autumnal reality. Aimee walked down an aisle sprinkled with colorful leaves and lit by rustic lanterns to meet her groom at the alter. Standing in front of a beautifully decorated wooden arbor, the two exchanged vows in front of their family to celebrate their unity and commitment to one another. A buffet style dinner was served by Kathy’s Deli of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania on a single table lined with quintessential autumn decorations. From floral pumpkins [...]

2017-02-16T11:54:45+00:00 December 1st, 2015|Blog|0 Comments
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