Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Century of wedding dreams in Homefront window

Homefront's Wedding Registry window contains a century of wedding dream. It features a gorgeous heirloom bridal gown which was designed by 1950s Manhattan couturier Eleanora Garnett. The gown was presented to the first bride in 1958. I was that that first bride. It's made of oyster coloured duchess satin and originally had a mandarin collar and wide obi front sash. It was worn in that design by the first three brides and the fourth redesigned the neckline and sash which you see today. The gown is 54 years old and still a classic. Now for a story more than a 100 years old. The veil displayed in our Homefront window is made of silk tulle and embroidered with brussels and rose point lace. It was purchased shortly after 1900 by my grandmother when my mother was just an infant. It was to be worn by my mother at her wedding, and in 1929 it was (upper right). The outdoor wedding took place in September and she walked down a spruce pathway and was married in a pine grove serenaded by madrigal singers. Centre right we see the veil worn by a wartime bride with her RCAF groom. This lady lives today at 97 to recall her fond memories. At the bottom right is a photograph of me wearing the veil.  In all, the veil has been worn by 10 brides and each time it looked different as  different headpieces were used. Today the gown and veil belong to no one bride as they have sailed into history and have become heirloom classics Trish Stuebing, President, Homefront.  Homefront is at 371 Eglinton Ave. West (416) 488-3189 

Friday, January 4, 2013

Floor mats arrive just in time at Homefront

Homefront has received (just in time) a wonderful selection of floor mats, door mats and runners at all price points. Georgette shows us a colourful pattern  (right).  The weather is messy and these will solve your problems with tracked in snow and ice. If you buy from stock, two of these mats we will give you 15% of the price. We are open Monday to Saturday 10 until 6 and Sundays 12 until 5. (416) 488-3189  Don't miss these beautiful and durable faux silk mats in many colours and designs. Trish 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Trish Stuebing's Wedding Registry advice

When making selections make sure of two important things. If possible always get your fiancĂ© involved in the selection. This is something you should share with him, and two always select a variety of price points in the gifts you would like to have. Everyone has certain financial restrictions, and you may not know that they cannot afford a three hundred dollar item. Select things for yourself that you know you probably won’t be able to buy and will love 10 years down the road. You won’t always live in that starter apartment and one day you will have storage. Homefront has an toll free North America number and we can handle orders and ship all over the world. 1 800 641 4555 Homefront can store these gifts which allows you to organize them and eliminate the ones you don’t want and put the money toward the ones you do want after the wedding and when you are ready to receive them.
 Appropriate retail prices for gifts:
 Shower: between 25 and 50 
 Engagement: between 50 and 80 
 This depends on income and how close you are to the couple. One rule of thumb is the cost of your dinner but that does not apply if your guest cannot afford it. Encourage your guests to NOT bring gifts to your wedding. They can buy and deliver before the event or they have a year to select something after the wedding. You do not want to be coping with gifts on the wedding day and they need to be discouraged from doing this. This is something Homefront can help you with when your guest purchases the gift.  Homefront (416) 488-3189.