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.
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.
Most of all just have fun! This is a really special time in your life; take the time to enjoy the process. 


Get Inspired: Find Your Bridal Style for Less


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.




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.



Say Yes to Your Dress For Less! – Featured Gown of the Week



IMG_0837Brand new with tags Maggie Sottero style #j1504, size 8.  White, lace, corset back, beaded belt, ruffled skirt, sweetheart neckline.  Original price $2000.00.  My price $1200.00.

How to Get Your Dream Wedding Dress For Less

As I sit here at my desk I have a great view of all the new and once loved gowns I have here in the shop. It is like Christmas each time I get a new one in.  I am always amazed at the different styles.  When I think I have a favorite, another new one comes in.  I truly love it when a bride finds a dress that they can see themselves getting married in.  Being the only WNY Bridal Consignment Shop in the area, means that I get inventory from all around the area from all kinds of designers.   I cannot wait until the next bride comes in to find her gown……

Here is one of my favorite looks, which is a brand new gown from Alfred Angelo.  I also happen to have a matching tiara.

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Shoes for Your Bridal Gown


A fabulous wedding dress deserves an equally fabulous pair of shoes. These  days there are so many great options, brides often don’t know where to begin.  Learn how to match your bridal shoes to your wedding dress for gorgeous  results.

When you start shopping for your bridal shoes, you want to keep in mind  certain things about your gown to get a good match. The color of your dress is  one thing. If you wish to match it, definitely get a swatch you can take  shopping with you. However, do not feel like you are limited to white or ivory  shoes; a lot of brides these days are making a splash with blue, green, red, or  metallic footwear. It is a fun way to add personality to your attire and also  makes the shoes more likely to be worn again after the wedding. And if you are  splurging on a to-to-die-for pair of designer heels, every little bit of  justification for the price helps!

The style of your dress is also very important, particularly if you are  wearing a vintage inspired gown. Pumps, slingbacks, peep toes, and D’orsay pumps  look wonderful with classic 1950s inspired wedding dresses. If you wearing a  flapper inspired beaded sheath, you might consider a high heeled Mary Jane in a  champagne silk color. More cutting edge modern gowns can carry off really wild  shoes, so shop with abandon. You can consider high heels with a slight platform  (a high platform tends to make it hard to walk without stomping), crystal  encrusted stiletto heels, patterned shoes, or whatever else captures your  fancy.

The shoe fabric is another thing to consider. It should complement the  material of your gown, but not necessarily match it exactly. If your gown is  made of silk, a silk pump or sandal would definitely work. Dresses made of matte  fabrics like crepe or chiffon tend to look better with non-shiny crepe fabric  shoes. But you can also experiment with interesting textures. A simple A-line  strapless gown would be great with an exquisite pair of lace heels. Or choose a  metallic brocade to wear with a mikado dress. Generally speaking, if your gown  is very textured, your shoes should be less so. Lace pumps with a lace dress  would be overdone.

Look for shoes that tie in with the embellishments on your gown and in your  bridal jewelry. If you are wearing a dress with a crystal belt and sparkly cz  bridal jewelry, choose footwear with a gorgeous crystal brooch on the toe. If  you are wearing a shredded chiffon gown and a feather fascinator tucked into  your hair, opt for shoes with a fun feather accent. Brides who are pulling a  signature color into their gown and bridal jewelry and also use that hue for  their footwear. It is a great way to tie your whole look together.

The popularity of colorful bridal gowns adds a whole new wrinkle to shoe  shopping. A neutral or metallic will always be a good choice if your dress is  not white or ivory. Silver sandals would be stunning with an ice blue dress (or  one of those wild black Vera Wangs), while champagne flats are a darling choice  with a blush tulle confection. Finding the perfect shoes to wear with a unique  wedding gown might not be easy, but you will definitely be glad you put in the  effort when you see how stunning your whole bridal ensemble looks on your  wedding day.

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