Thrifty Bridesmaid Dresses

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Thrifty and stylish brides need to think beyond “traditional” when they are planning their weddings. When choosing bridesmaids dresses think about getting ones that coordinate but do not necessarily match. These 2 dresses have the same color scheme and would look super cute in pictures together. The best part, not only are they cute and stylish, they are thrifty and found at a local bridal consignment boutique. That same boutique also carries matching sets of bridesmaid dresses if that is the look you are going for. Bring your bridesmaids out for a day of shopping so you can make sure that each dress is a good fit each girl in your bridal party.

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Bridal Stylist Tips for Gown Shopping

1. What is the theme of your wedding? You may already know your theme, or it may be a result of the style of dress you choose. I recommend trying on many different styles and eliminate ones that do not fit your venue or theme. You can still wear a glamorous dress for an outdoor wedding; just make sure it fits in your vision.
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2. Who are you bringing with you? This is important especially if you are easily swayed by other opinions. You want people who are going to be honest with you but who are not going to try to influence you to love a dress you don’t or not get one that you do. I have seen many brides walk away from a gown they love just because someone they are with talks them out of buying a gown they love.
3. Make sure you are clear about things you want or do not want in a gown, but also be open to new ideas. The most important thing is to make sure your stylist knows your budget. You don’t want to fall in love with a dress that is way out of your price range. Talk to your stylist about what styles you have in mind so you have a place to start. Bringing pictures is a great idea so your stylist has an idea of what dresses to pull. One of the most important things to keep in mind is not to judge a dress until you try it on. It always looks different on a person than on the hanger. Be open to trying on different styles other than what you have in mind. I have had many brides find that their dream gown was one they did not even expect to like. A stylist has experience pulling the right style to fit the bride’s vision so be open to a few new ideas in style.
4. Trying on dresses can be stressful and tiring. Trying on gowns can be very tiring especially if the style you like tends to be one of the heavier ones. A
corset back also adds time to your appointment because it takes longer to lace up. Pace yourself and take breaks, drink water and even stop for a snack if you need one.
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Most of all just have fun! This is a really special time in your life; take the time to enjoy the process. 

The Consignment Advantage

Shopping for school clothes for my kids these last couple of weeks has really gotten me thinking back to why I opened my bridal consignment boutique in the first place.  My youngest daughter and I went shopping the other at one of the name brand stores she really likes. I was in shock at how expensive the clothes were.  Even the clothes on clearance.  Needless to say we were kind of depressed when we walked out without buying anything.

We then ended up at a consignment store that I have never shopped at before.  We were both really excited when we had a whole pile of clothes to try on.  Many of which were the name brand of the store we had just been in.  A few of which still were new with tags, at about 80% to 90% off the regular price.  We ended up with a coat and 4 outfits for about what we would have paid for one pair of pants in the other store.

It brought me back to why I started my business in the first place.  I want brides to find a gown they love without having to break what might already be a small wedding budget.  I had one of the best compliments the other day from a bride.  She was saying that she and her bridesmaids came in only expecting me to only have a few gowns to choose from.  She was very impressed by the selection.  She did find her dress.    I am excited about the future and being here for more WNY brides.

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Bridal Yard Sale

2nd Annual Bridal Yard Sale taking place August 16th, 17th and 18th!

Select gowns $50, accessories $.25 to $5, bouquets $10 to $20, special occasion dresses $10, all in store items 10% off.

August 16th 12-8pm, 17th 10-5pm, 18th 10am-12pm.

 

 

318 Main St.   Arcade, NY 14009

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Bridal Style: Your Bridal Look For Less

Yes it is possible to get a beautiful bridal look without breaking the budget.  That is why I decided to open my bridal consignment shop.  I have shopped in consignment stores for years.  Admittedly some are better than others when it comes to the selection and condition the clothes.  In the right store you can even get brand new with tags pieces.

I absolutely love it when brides find their dream dress.  I had a bride just recently who came in and was “just looking”.  As soon as I put on the veil she knew.  She cried, her friend cried and I got chills.  It was awesome.

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Brand new with tags David’s Bridal style # V9263.  Satin corset ball gown with beaded lace appliques, organza pick-up skirt, and lace-up back.  Original price $599.  At my consignment boutique $450.

Matching veil and tiara are also available.

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The DIY Trap: Does it really cost less?

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Most everyone is looking to save some money while planning their wedding.  DIY projects have been one of the biggest ways that brides use to save.  Can making things yourself instead of buying them save you some money?  The answer really is Yes and No.  It all depends on how much the project is going to cost you to make.  Sometimes after you have invested money in all the supplies, you end  up spending more than if someone else would have made it.   In the quest for savings, it is easy to get caught up in finding great deals and getting lots of supplies to make the projects.  Without really planning ahead it can end up costing you more in the long run.

I have done it myself.  I get all excited about a project and I search stores for sales, I go to yard sales and I get things I know are a great deal.  But, they are only a great deal if I can actually use them for my project.  I have totally ended up getting things I don’t need because I don’t plan ahead.

Before you go shopping make sure you have a vision on paper or a picture of the project with you  Know what your budget limit is and make a list of the things you need.  That way you know exactly what will work or not.  Yes, sometimes the plan changes if you find something you think will work better.  You are much less likely to get things that won’t work if you plan ahead.

Happy Project Making!