Vendor Spotlight: Brandi’s Bridal Galleria

You deserve to feel special and pampered during your wedding dress search.  That’s exactly what Brandi’s Bridal Galleria strives to deliver!  Brandi’s is known for their wonderful selection of high end, fashion forward gowns and their affordable prices—the best of both worlds.  

Brandi of Brandi’s Bridal grew up in Monroe, Wisconsin and studied Fashion Merchandising and Design at Illinois State University.  After working in the industry in jobs in San Francisco and New York City, she returned to her roots in the Midwest.  She opened Brandi’s Bridal in 2003 and it has been named “Wisconsin’s Best” place to buy your bridal gown 10 years running by Wisconsin Bride.  The Galleria also boasts a wide selection of bridesmaids, mother of the bride, and prom dresses as well as tuxedos.  

Brandi’s Bridal Galleria is located in New Glarus, Wisconsin.  You can schedule an appointment via the number listed on their website here.  



Creating Your Perfect Wedding Registry

As you and your partner plan your special day, don’t let the next stage of your lives fall by the wayside.  Creating a gift registry tailored to your tastes and needs will ensure that you’ll have everything you need to start this new chapter together on the right note!

Many younger couples can really benefit from the convenience of a gift registry.  Registering for everyday essentials like quality cookware, cutlery, and bed and bath linens takes the stress out of just starting out together.  Your registry is also an excellent place to ask for the items you know you’d use and love, but might not buy for yourself.  If you love baking, for example, consider asking for a quality stand-mixer or high-end pieces that will last you a lifetime.  If the two of you are outdoorsy, a great tent and camping gear may be excellent gifts that you get lots of use out of.  So spend some time considering what kinds of gifts will be meaningful to you and your partner.






Some couples ask for donations toward their honeymoon—this is a great way to take some pressure off of funding your newlywed getaway, and loved ones appreciate the chance to help fund a trip you’ll always remember.

Another trend that more established couples are gravitating toward puts a humanitarian spin on wedding registries.  More and more couples are opting out of receiving gifts and instead ask their friends and families to donate to a charity of choice in their name.  This is a great way for newlyweds whose home is already well-stocked to make an impact on a cause that’s close to their hearts.

Remember that your loved ones are excited to choose gifts that will be useful and meaningful to you.  Registering for gifts, donations, or any other thing you dream up is an excellent way to show off your personal style or values.  Tell us in the comments or on our Facebook page: any tips for creating the perfect registry? Any other trends in registering you’ve seen?




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Lets Hear it for the Boys: Ideas your Groom Will Love

The blushing bride will always be the focal point in any wedding but brides are now trying their hardest to make their groom feel just as special as they do on their big day. Here are a few ideas to show your groom how much you love him and make your wedding a day to remember for the two of you.


Cake is arguably the most delicious part of any wedding so why not spread more joy by having two cakes? Your groom is sure to feel your love when he sees a cake decorated just for him. This cake could include his favorite hobbies, sports teams, or games. Don’t forget it does not have to be cake! Including any one of his favorite desserts will make him feel like the luckiest man in the room.

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Incorporating your groom’s favorite drink will put a unique spin on any wedding. Not only will your groom love being able to sip his favorite drink all night, your guests will appreciate the personalized touch as well. Also, creating a unique name for your groom’s specialty drink will leave guests talking about your wedding for weeks afterwards.

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Giving your groom a gift before you walk down the aisle is the perfect way to let him know how excited you are to be marrying him. It is also a great way to create a keepsake that will mean so much to him for all the years to come. No matter how big or small the gift, your groom will surely be feeling the strength of your love even before you say, “I do”.

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Before “I do”: A Simple Note (2 of 3)

Want to send your soon-to-be husband or wife a special note before you see them? One way we previously discussed, was to send a love letter prior to the ceremony. However, another creative, yet simple idea lies within the flower girl’s hands. Before the flower girl begins her trek down the beautiful ceremony aisle, send her off with a little note that she can hand to the bride or groom before you start your own journey down that same aisle.

Before “I do”: A Love Letter (1 of 3)

In our previous blog, we discussed unique “pre-wedding” photography that still allow you to share your first glance at the ceremony. Featured in one of these photos, was a bride and groom on different sides of a wall, reading a love letter written by their soon to be spouse. On this extremely exciting day, a bride or groom may feel as though they cannot wait until the ceremony to see or hear from their future other. So why wait until the ceremony to start the romance? There are so many different and creative ways that you can communicate before the ceremony and add another moment to remember!

One idea is to share love letters with each other. You may be reading your vows during the ceremony, but what better way to start off this special day, than to let him know how much you love and adore him? If you have already written your own vows, these letters may touch on something that you choose to share between just you and him. And for those who chose to not write their own vows, these letters may be a special way to share your feelings for him/her and about the special day. This letter may often serve as a pre wedding gift.