Monday, August 18, 2014

3 Must-Haves For a Destination Wedding

If you and your other half are choosing to jet set off to a faraway tropical location to tie the knot, here are a few must-haves you'll want for your destination wedding:

1. A beachy gown
A princess ball gown might be beautiful, but it may not be the most appropriate choice for the beach. Avoid sweating up at the altar by choosing from destination wedding dresses that can really breathe. Opt for lightweight fabrics like chiffon, charmeuse and georgette that will blow beautifully with the soft beach breeze.

Mori Lee Voyage Destination Wedding Dress 6750

Mori Lee Voyage Destination Wedding Dress 6772

Tango Informally Yours by Moonlight T592

2. A wedding welcome bag
It's likely that your guests don't know a whole lot about the location where they're staying for your nuptials. therefore, a wedding welcome bag can provide them with important information like nearby attractions, great restaurants and a schedule of the day's events.

3. Functional favors
Consider giving out wedding favors that will come in handy during your ceremony and reception. For example, personalized bottles of sunscreen will keep your guests protected from the sun's rays while you exchange vows with your fiance. You can also set up a table filled with sunglasses, which your guests can help themselves to. This way, the sun's glare won't get in the way of your wedding day!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Don't Miss Out On The Summer Sale!

More dress prices are reduced during our summer sale! You can save hundreds on designer prom, wedding and special occasion dresses. Shop now before your favorites sell out! And, don't forget to check out the under $100 dresses.

SALE: $69 Short Dress
Alyce Paris Dress 4118

A cute short dress for your next semi-formal, dance, or party. Ready to ship today and REDUCED to $69!

Discount Plus Size Gown

Night Moves Prom Dress 6769W

Save over $300 on this trendy long gown with a one shoulder bodice and sequined mini skirt with sheer overlay. NOW $94.50!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

3 Wedding Guest Style Tips

Wedding guest dresses can be nearly as tricky to find as wedding gowns. There is no shortage of rules that apply when shopping. Make sure to never wear white, follow these tips, and you won't go wrong.  

Your best option here is to choose something not too structured. A slinky satin gown will offer you the right blend of sexy and classy. Sexy doesn't mean short - these sleek gowns should hit just above the knee or be a bit longer.  

 Sherri Hill style 21291

If you have decided to wear a simple dress, because, let's be honest, it is not your day, go ahead and use your accessories to make a style statement. Choose from large bracelets or pearl necklaces, but keep in mind that it can be difficult to dance for hours while weighed down by heavy jewelry. Complete this look with subtle makeup.

This trend can give you a non-slinky, yet still chic, option for the wedding. Choose cutouts that will flatter your silhouette, enhancing your figure. If side panels are too much skin for you, go ahead and opt for a keyhole back. This will give you the opportunity to show off a bit of your glowing skin without raising too many eyebrows. 

Mignon style VM1207

 La Femme style

 La Femme style 19750

Monday, July 28, 2014

Custom Pageant Gowns at Discounted Prices

If you've ever wanted a custom pageant gown, but the price has kept them out of your reach, now is your chance! As we say good-bye to our Charleston location, its pageant gowns are deeply discounted during the closing sale. 

Get 20%, 30%, and even 40% off glamorous gowns by Sherri Hill and, our in house designer, Rachelle Rose. Save $500 - $1300 off these dresses! Take a look at some of our favorites:

Available in Emerald Green size 6
Original Price: $3,300
NOW ON SALE: $2,300!

In stock in Periwinkle size 6
Original Price: $3,000
NOW ON SALE: $2,100!

In stock in White size 6
Original Price: $2,300
NOW ON SALE: $1,400!

Available in Burgundy size 8
Original Price: $2,600
NOW ON SALE: $1,700!

In stock in Purple (as shown) in size 8
Original Price: $3,800
NOW ON SALE: $2,500!

Come see them in person at our Charleston store at 520 Folly Rd, Suite 50 or call us at 843-795-8777 for more details. Hurry, because these beautiful gowns won't last long at these prices and they are truly one-of-a-kind!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Essential Elements of Rustic-Chic Wedding Gowns

When one thinks of a rustic-chic wedding, one imagines warm summer nights, a barn backlit by sunset and a cozy backyard ceremony. These idyllic scenes deserve the complement of the perfect wedding dress. When looking for a wedding gown to suit a rustic affair, a bride cannot go wrong with these key styles.

High neckline
Nothing says classic more than a wedding dress with a high neckline. The little bit of extra coverage can bring to mind the image of a royal wedding. No need to worry about looking too stuffy - many designers are featuring high necklines in creative ways, including sheen covers above traditional necklines, intricate lace and chic beading.

Rustic-chic weddings tend to keep the party out of doors until the early hours, and brides will be thankful to add a sleeve to their gowns. From cap sleeves to full sleeves, the options abound. Another way to get the sleeve look without buying a sleeved dress is to opt for a lace jacket. It creates the same effect as a sleeve, but offers more versatility. 


Vintage color
Gowns today are featured in a variety of colors, with some colors being applied to give the dress age and elegance. The right golden hue will make a bride appear as if she just danced out of a Fred Astaire film.

 Sophia Tolli Bridal 21431

Sophia Tolli Dress Y21140-Alcee

 Sophia Tolli Bridal Dress 21436

Monday, July 14, 2014

How to Win at Wedding Dress Shopping

Finding a wedding dress can be the most difficult part of wedding preparations. Brides know that choosing the right dress is crucial, because after the ceremony ends, the dress will live on forever in their wedding album. Before setting sail on the odyssey of wedding gown shopping, here are a few tips that will make the shopping go more smoothly:

 Mori Lee Bridal Dress 2616

Keep an open mind
 Some brides may already have their dream dress picked out. Looking through countless magazines, you have set your eyes and heart on the perfect gown. Keep in mind that though your dream dress may be ideal, it may not be ideal for you. Plan to start your shopping by trying on many different styles. This way, the right dress can find you.

Bring a solid crew
We have all heard the wedding dress shopping horror stories. More often than not, too many friends come along for the ride, and those friends have too many opinions. First, make sure you are the star of the group. Balance out the rest of your team by ensuring you have an equal amount of honest opinions and sensitive support.  

Allure Bridals Dress 8871

Trust yourself
You are the one wearing the dress. Only you can make the right decision. Don't let the stress of shopping consume you and go with your gut. 

 Allure Bridals Dress 8634

Monday, July 7, 2014

Friendly. Affordable. Makeup.

Once again, here at TJ, we have found more amazing girly products!  We are always searching for something better when it comes to make up.  So, we try to swap stories and try new things.  One of our girls started talking about e.l.f.  She raved about the products and how affordable they are.  So, I had to check out the brand!

I, myself, am very much into natural make-up and especially products that are cruelty free (not tested on animals).  So this was an incredible find!  Usually you have to pay so much more for a brand that cares, but e.l.f. has made it affordable!  I've gone from paying $25 for my mineral foundation to $8! 

 e.l.f. has really thought of everything when it comes to make-up products. You can get anything from tools to eyeshadow.  And if you are new to wearing make-up or want to gift something, you can try e.l.f. Kits. You can buy a predesigned Makeup Kit at


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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

These aren't your Mom's Mother of the Bride Gowns

As you prepare to see your son or daughter finally get married, you're no doubt contemplating what on earth you're going to wear to the celebration. Mother of the bride gowns have traditionally been a little dowdy, but moms today are more stylish than ever before! 

Want to make a fashion statement without upstaging the bride? Here are a few tips for doing just that:

Say goodbye to boring colors ...
If you have your heart set on wearing a neutral tone, stick to champagne - it looks great in any season! However, you shouldn't be afraid to branch out and try other colors. Pastel blues and purples are a lovely choice for spring, while burgundy and navy are ideal for fall. Just make sure that whatever color you choose doesn't clash with the bridal party!

 Ivonne D by Mon Cheri Dress 114D37

 Ivonne D by Mon Cheri Dress 214D63

... and hello to little details!
There's no reason that your mother of the bride dress has to be utterly plain. Dress it up with unique details like lace sleeves, an elegant sheer cape or delicate beading. However, don't go crazy on the detailing - stick to one element, and if you must have a little something extra, choose a gown with an interesting neckline.

Ivonne D by Mon Cheri Dress 213D27

Cameron Blake Dress 211613

Montage by Mon Cheri Dress 113951

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Latest Beauty Products in a Pretty Little Package

Here at TJ Formal, we LOVE all things girly!  So we wanted to share with our readers our newest discovery!

GLOSSYBOX is an amazing new website that lets you try the latest beauty product trends.  As women, we are always looking for something better to enhance our beautiful faces.  But how do you know what to try?  We don't always have the time to research products and how can we afford to try them all?  

GLOSSYBOX is the perfect way to find your new favorite product!
It's only $21 for a Monthly Subscription and you receive 5 products and the cutest reusable box!

Can you tell we are excited?

And... What a great gift this would make!  For a Bride getting ready for her big day, the maid of honor could gift her the $60 for 3-Month Subscription and find the product to make her flawless on her big day.  Or, even a gift from the bride to her bridesmaids!

We received last month's GLOSSYBOX at TJ Formal and, well... we were all excited and, let's just say, we won't be sharing a box anymore!  We all wanted our own and decided to trade products if there was something one of us loved or did not love. 

We can't wait for next month's box!  It's just a little surprise to look forward to each month. 

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