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Best Dressed
Finding ‘The One’ is hard in wedding dresses, too.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         W W W. Z E F F E RTA N D G O L D . C O M
                                 Jessica Krznaric
                                 Special to the Jewish Times

                                           omewhere it sits. Silk Organza
                                           fabrics stitched together perfectly
                                           under an Alenson Lace sweet-
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                                 heart neckline. Out there among hundreds
                                 of other empire waist, A-lines, strapless,
                                 mermaids and cap-sleeve sheath-style
                                 dresses is the perfect wedding dress.The
                                 greatest challenge is searching through
                                 hundreds of gowns before it’s found.
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                                 reality show that displays brides and their                       Evonne Kaniecki (mother of the bride) and Leah Toutsis (sister of the bride) assist
                                                                                                   Annette on her wedding day.                                                                                                                                         If you’re planning a B’nai Mitzvah, we have everyone you need. Photographers,
                                 dress shopping experiences), Annette
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                                 Spicciati (née Toutsis), a local Baltimore                        me,” Ms. Spicciati admits.“I knew I wanted a      were the worst! Couldn’t I see that this           Spicciati, her bridesmaids’ dresses were                   item specialists will all be available to speak with you. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres!
                                 bride, agreed to offer the BALTIMORE JEWISH                       sweetheart neckline, which I read was good        wasn’t the dress for me?”                          scaled down to smaller sizes, which went
                                 TIMES input on finding the perfect wedding                        for broad shoulders, a heavy satin material,         Mothers tend to view the wedding as                                                                                                        B’NAI MITZVAH SHOWCASE VENDORS
                                                                                                                                                                                                        into tricky territories.
                                 dress, handling motherly stress and keeping                       an A-line silhouette and some light-catching      wanting to give their daughter everything,              “A few of the girls had to order dresses                                 Adler Entertainment                                    Jewish Family Services - Centerpieces for Tzedekah
                                 the bridesmaids satisfied.                                        sparkles. It sounds specific, but you wouldn’t    before ultimately giving her away, and often                                                                                      Balloon Bouquets                                                   Jewish Weddings Guide
                                                                                                                                                                                                        up to three sizes larger than their regular
                                     Before heading to the stores, familiarize                     believe how many dresses have this same           become consumed in finding a dress they                                                                                        B’nai Mitzvah magazine                                               New York Entertainment
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                                 yourself with the wedding dress language,                         description at the bridal salon.”                 perceive as perfect. To ease family tensions,      feel very attractive,” Ms. Spicciati says.“On                            Celebrations Kosher Catering                                                Talk of the Town
                                 select a good bunch of reading material,                               When it is time to visit the bridal salon,   the bride should set boundaries of what

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                                 Spicciati recommends.                                             opinions will clash. If a bride is conflicted        “It’s important to take a deep breath           costing them more money. I felt so bad.”                                 Event Planning Resources, inc.                                          Zeffert & Gold Catering
                                     “Luckily, I had read enough bridal maga-                      with inviting her mother, there are alternate     and try to remember that although it is                                                                                 Howard Photography & Four Star Video                                Zozzie & Heidi Innovative Party Planners
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Picking out one dress that looks good
                                 zines to figure out what type of dress was                        ways to include her. Ms. Spicciati suggests       your special day, it’s a very special day for      on multiple women is difficult. Ms. Spicciati
                                 best for my body type before I went dress                         visiting a few bridal salons with one or two      your mother,” Ms. Spicciati says.“She just
                                 shopping. I’m not very tall, so a mermaid-
                                 style satin halter dress doesn’t work for
                                                                                                   girlfriends beforehand.                           wants you to look stunning. Regardless of
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                                                                                                         “I could see an instant transformation …
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                                                                                                                                                                                                        important to get a feel for what everyone

                                                                                                        to a blushing bride and instantly fell in love.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                        can afford so there is no future resentment.                Direction from I-95: (From Baltimore go south; from Washington go north) Take Route 32 West, cross Route 29,
                                                                                                                                                                                                        She also recommends picking a style that is                     take exit 20 - Route 108 east. Right at 1st light (Signal Bell Lane) into Ten Oaks Ballroom parking lot.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        flattering for everyone.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             “I found that a halter dress did the trick.           From 1-70: Take 29 South (Cross Route 108), take Route 32 west, take exit 20 - Route 108 east, make a right at the
                                                                                                                                                                        –– Annette Spicciatti                                                                                           first light (Signal Bell Lane) into the Ten Oaks Ballroom parking lot.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        It downplayed larger chests, but at the same
                                                                                                                                                                                                        time gave definition to the smaller chests.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Fourth, don’t pick a color that can only
                                                                                                        “When it is time for Mom to come, you        the disagreements, I kept remembering              be worn by certain skin tones and body
                                                                                                   have a further defined idea of what you           how important it was for my mother to be           types, such as bright yellow, lime green or                                                        Wheels Up! with Eagle Creek
                                 Annette Spicciati in
                                                                                                   want and your mom has fewer choices to            there when I found my wedding dress.”              neon orange. Last, check in with each

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                                 her dream gown                                                    scrutinize,” she says.                                 When Ms. Spicciati did discover the           bridesmaid from time to time and ask if
                                                                                                        Ms. Spicciati, who did decide to have her    perfect dress, she said she knew because
                                                                                                   mother accompany her, visited 6 bridal            when she saw herself in the mirror, it had
                                                                                                                                                                                                        there are any concerns. With all the focus
                                                                                                                                                                                                        on the bride,they will appreciate the gesture.                   gage
                                                                                                   salons and tried on 20 dresses before finally
                                                                                                   coming across The One. Strong opinions
                                                                                                                                                     matched exactly what she’d envisioned in
                                                                                                                                                     her head.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                        anxiety of debating with your mother over                                                                 (Second item must be of equal or lesser value)
                                                                                                   intervened during the drawn-out process.               “I could see an instant transformation        dresses or getting hung up over maroon                                                                    *Discount applies only to Eagle Ceek wheeled products
                                                                                                        “It was stressful,” admits Ms. Spicciati,    from a messy-haired, no-makeup, gown-              versus red for a bridesmaid dress is only
                                                                                                   who got married on Nov.1, 2008.“My                shopper to a blushing bride and instantly          for one day,” Ms. Spicciati reminds.“Save
                                                                                                   mother could tell immediately that a dress        fell in love.”                                     your energy for the bigger things, like
                                                                                                   I tried on wasn’t going to be The One, but             Finding the bridesmaids’ dresses requires
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                                                                                                   it usually took me a few twirls and re-           a lot of work as well, but the bridal consultant                                                      Send us your announcement and photo.
                                                                                                   adjustments to figure it out for myself. She      can guide the bride in deciding what               Jessica Krznaric is an advertising sales 
                                                                                                   became exasperated.The raised eyebrows            fabrics and dress designs are best for             assistant for the BALTIMORE JEWISH TIMES.                                                                      

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