Say Yes to the Dress...Big Bliss Finale & Giveaway

The Power of the Dress 

The week’s recap of Say Yes to the Dress is bitter-sweet for me.  This past Friday the season finale of the show aired, so this is my last week recapping each week’s episode. L The show gives an extremely honest portrait of a curvy bride’s apprehensions, anxieties and the pressure to pick the perfect dress.  But the “sweet” part of this coming soon….just wait on it.  So before I start shedding tears, I will move on to this week’s recap.   

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Zaneta wants a sexy, flirty dress that embraces her curves - just like she does.

Virginal, Zaneta, wants to wear a white dress to go with her “pure” relationship.  She finds a nice option, but doesn’t want to compromise wearing the white dress that she wants.  A wedding dress is probably the most expensive dress a woman will purchase.  The bride shouldn’t have to compromise on specific features of the dress that are most important to her.  Zaneta didn’t compromise and got the white dress that she wanted and deserved.  TLC, Say Yes to the Dress, Big Bliss, Plus size wedding dress
Alyse is a full-figured bride who has always felt overshadowed by her younger sister.

My personal philosophy has always been to never compare yourself to others or you will always come up short.  Alyse has felt like she isn’t as beautiful as her sister.  I must say that her is sister is really pretty, but there will always be some prettier, smarter, and appear to be more fabulous than you.  I think the best thing to take away from Alyse’s story is to be the best you you can be.  Meaning, look the best you can look and you’ll be fabulous no matter what.   

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It's a bittersweet moment for Rheagan when she arrives to her dress fitting.

Super sweet Rheagan is missing her late father in the final fitting of her gown.  Situations like this always get me teary eyed.   It’s always tough when a important person in your life has passed away and can’t be there for your special day.  On a positive note, I did want to talk about Rheagan’s fitting as well.  I, personally, did not know that brides go through many fittings before their dress is finally done.  Personally, I may go through 3 – 4 fittings before the dress is complete with alterations.  Depending on what you want done to the dress expect $200 - $400 in additional alterations.  I almost choked when the alterations lady showed me the bill.  

Now for the “oh so sweet” part of the finale show….a super giveaway!!!  I personally wish that I could enter this giveaway.  Attention brides to be & or a girl just wanting to have spectacular event.  How would you like to win for yourself the following for your wedding/special event?

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DJ Services from Martha Stewart expert DJ (featured in this month’s Martha Stewart Weddings p. 194) – Mark Adams of One Sound   ($3,500 value) ~ Check them out on Facebook & Twitter.  

Custom Cocktail Reception Dress from plus size celebrity designer JIBRI of  for that cocktail dress or reception change off dress that you can’t resist.   ($250 value).  Check JIBRI out on Facebook & Twitter.

Veil from Huide Devore at  ($158 value) - I ordered a veil from this shop for my wedding...they are beautiful! Check out Huide Devore on Facebook.

Rules to Win.

You must be a follower of the blog through Google Friend Connect.   United States residents only.  

How do you win? There are 3 ways to win.

  1. Comment ‘enter me,” and your email.
  2. Follow @garnerstyle on Twitter and tweet “I just entered the @garnerstyle @TLC #SYTTD  Giveaway from Martha Stewart DJ @onesoundandent & a fabulous cocktail dress from @jibrionline
  3. Like the garnerstyle Facebook page and comment “enter me in the Say Yes to the Dress finale giveaway”
Winners will be chosen randomly on Tuesday, July 5th.  DJ services subject to One Sound Entertainment Company’s availability.  Giveaway covers the cost of the DJ’s services only.  Veil GIVE AWAY INFORMATION: You will receive the bandeau veil and will choose either the Large Dahlia or Large Peony. The bandeau veil is a straight style veil attaching with a gold or silver plated comb just above each ear. The silk bloom is a special handcut and pressed mix of silks that can be made in a variety of shapes and sizes.  This set is very verstatile. Wear the veil with the bloom during the ceremony and get creative with the veil and bloom placement for the reception (as seen in the second to last image) or ditch the veil altogether and wear the bloom alone. Be sure to practice before your big day!

Good Luck!!!