Monte’s Fall Wedding Guide

If there’s one bridal television show that I like best, it’s probably Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta. I love the consultants at Bridals by Lori and of course get a huge kick out of the Fashion Director, Monte Durham. So imagine my delight when I discovered a podcast featuring Monte and one of my favorite former How Stuff Works podcast hosts, Candace Keener. As a spinoff from the show’s name, this podcast is called Say Yes to the Dress: Monte’s Take. It appears the show had 31 episodes and ended a little over a year ago, but they’re still fun to listen to and they’re all around 15-20 minutes long, so it’s perfect while on the go.

My favorite episode so far is Monte’s Fall Wedding Guide. The colors and crispness of fall go so well for a lovely wedding. They go through the personality of a fall bride, what colors work and which are tired, what type of food you may want to serve, and what wedding gowns go well with the season. Here’s my summary of the episode and how their tips compare with my wedding plans.

After their intro, Candace asks Monte what kind of girl gets married in the fall (2:30). Monte points out the biggest obstacle of all – football season! Be it NFL or (my preference) college football, planning a wedding in the fall can be tricky because nearly every weekend day is reserved by some sort of football being played. But, if a bride schedules her wedding in the fall, you can be sure it will be organized. Fall brides like the outdoors and leaves, are not particularly fussy, and know that “nature is the best backdrop.”  Fall brides are more attuned to what is going on around them and don’t need the perfect pink bouquet. They prefer something with an organic shape and structure.

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Said Yes to the Dress!

I’m not one of those girls that has been planning my wedding since I was three. My tastes have changed over the years and while I’ve certainly thought about (and pinned about) my eventual wedding from time to time, I’ve never built a giant binder with my thoughts from childhood in it. That goes for my dress as well. Based on my current tastes, I knew I wanted something more natural and romantic, but that’s about it. Heck, until I went to my first shopping appointment, I didn’t even know what silhouette would look good on me.

After three appointments and much post-appointment ogling at pictures, I am happy to say I have finally said yes to the dress! It is officially ordered and on its way to the store and I couldn’t be more excited that that piece of wedding planning is complete. I’ve promised myself I wouldn’t divulge too many details online, so you’ll have to wait until November to see anything about it, but suffice to say I feel very mature and wonderful in it – I can’t wait until it gets in and I get to go try it on again!

If you’re in the process of finding your dress or one day may be choosing one for yourself or helping someone else choose hers, I want to share some short tips I learned while shopping:

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