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Stella York Designer Preview Show

Stella York Designer Preview Show

6/23/2017

We are THRILLED to announce that we are having a Stella York Designer Preview Show on July 14th & 15th!

What is a Designer Preview Show?

Stella York has chosen our boutique to hold this special sneak preview of one-of-a kind designs for one weekend only.  These samples are not even on the market yet.  A Design Representative from Stella York will be here helping you find your dream dress!

Who is Designer Stella York?

Stella York is one of our favorite designers.  You can find a little bit of everything within their designs from Red Carpet inspired styles to classic and romantic lace. We welcome you to visit their website www.stellayork.com.

What does this mean for me as a bride?

You will be the first to see them and try them on!  You might be walking down the aisle in a one-of-a kind gown!

Are there any requirements for this Designer Preview Show?

Yes.  Because these dresses are not available anywhere else, there is a time frame for delivery.  Your wedding must be May 2018 or after.  This will insure that the dress will come in and you will have time for alterations before your wedding.  Also, your wedding dress budget should be $900-$1500 to be able to take part in the Preview Show.

How do I make an appointment?  

There are limited appointments available for this show.  You can Request an Appointment online or call us at 501-753-4138.  

We look forward to seeing you and helping you find your dream dress!

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Helping to find happiness in the midst of tragedy...

Helping to find happiness in the midst of tragedy...

5/4/2017

This story has a happy ending. And that is why I wanted to post it in the blog.  For those who follow us on Facebook, you probably know the story.  But I wanted to share it to those who haven't seen the story, to those who read our blog.  I love my job. I love helping brides find that special dress for their wedding day. And this moment, this week, strengthens the fact that I am where I am supposed to be.

 

 

 

STORY UPDATE:
So many of our KATV Channel 7 viewers have reached out to us about a story we ran on a Scott family whose house burned down after being struck by lightning. The family's son and his fiancée are about to be married, and the bride lost her wedding dress in the fire. After we ran the story, Lindy Blackstone Lanford of The Bridal Cottage got in touch with Kelly Conley and helped her with a new dress for her big day. (NON-SPOILER ALERT: The dress in the video isn't the one she chose!)
STORY HERE!

 

 

 

I am humbled and overcome with emotion. When I saw what happened to Kelly Conley and her future in-laws on KATV’s evening news, I was so moved. And with the support of my wonderful staff at The Bridal Cottage, I knew it was our calling to help. We reached out to Kelly and her mother-in-law, Anita, to offer our support in search for another wedding gown. And in front of her family and friends on Tuesday morning, we did just that and she said YES to the dress! THIS is what having a small business AND being an Arkansan is all about. Giving back and helping those in need. I have grown up in Arkansas, and I absolutely love owning a business here. The spirit of our community is what makes Arkansas such an incredible place. We are SO thankful and appreciative to those who have supported us since this story. We ask for continued thoughts for this family--and of more importantly, best wishes to Kelly and Adam! 

--Owner, Lindy Lanford

See the story on FACEBOOK.

 

 

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The Bridal Cottage is celebrating 37 years in business!

The Bridal Cottage is celebrating 37 years in business!

12/16/2016

The Bridal Cottage is celebrating 37 years in business

and still going strong

 

[NLR, Arkansas] - Passers-by on JFK Blvd. may have noticed something a bit different about The Bridal Cottage in the last week. The doors have been covered with paper, and workers have been coming and going late into the evening.

After 37 years of serving brides, the owners of The Bridal Cottage are giving the store a facelift. The small locally owned boutique has prided themselves on top-level customer service and making each bride feel special since 1979, and now the store’s interior will enhance the bridal experience.

“The Bridal Cottage is a staple here in Park Hill so moving was not an option for us,” said Lindy Lanford, co-owner of The Bridal Cottage. “There is so much love that has been celebrated with brides and their families inside the store over so many years, Erin and I decided it was time to give some love to the interior of the building.  It deserves it!”

With assistance from Williams & Dean Architecture and Interior Design in Little Rock, the new décor symbolizes the ‘Cottage’ name; from re-designed dressing rooms and display cases, to more comfortable and private appointment areas.

“2017 is going to be a very special year here in North Little Rock. As the historic Park Hill District celebrates its 95th anniversary, Erin and I are also celebrating our five years of ownership!” said Lanford. “It’s truly an honor to be part of such an incredible business community here in Park Hill and to be able to continue the tradition of making brides’ dreams come true each and every day.”

In conjunction with the renovations, The Bridal Cottage will be adding a new designer to their collection of international bridal designers.  Badgley Mischka Bride gowns will make its debut in February and will be exclusive to The Bridal Cottage in the state of Arkansas. 

“We are very excited about partnering with Badgley Mischka Bride. The line is just stunning and will be a wonderful addition to our already beautiful collection of designers,” says Lanford. “We just want to remind all brides, they don’t have to travel to find world famous bridal designers, we have them right here in NLR. So shop local!”

The Bridal Cottage also carries bridal designers Maggie Sottero, Sottero & Midgley, Rebecca Ingram, Stella York, and Essense of Australia.

For nearly four decades, brides from all over Arkansas (and beyond) have continued to choose The Bridal Cottage for all their wedding needs, from gowns and accessories for the bride and her bridesmaids to outfitting the groom’s party, even gown preservation after the wedding.

The Bridal Cottage will re-open to the public on Tuesday, December 20th at 10 a.m.

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Tips on finding your dress online!

Tips on finding your dress online!

4/30/2016

It’s crunch time and you’re on a budget! Where to turn? Online, of course!

In search of the perfect dress, you find a deal too good to be true. Unfortunately, it probably is. The internet can be your best friend or your worst nightmare when it comes to dress shopping. While there are a few online retailers and boutiques that will give you what is promised, a lot of counterfeit websites exist just to take your money.

Take a look at these gowns from Knock off Nightmares!

 

Honestly, we could discuss everything wrong with the dresess sent to the customer, but at the end of the day, scammers gonna scam. When ladies receive dresses like this, most of the time they cannot return it and, unfortunately, most of these counterfeit dresses are beyond repair. They’re stuck with an ugly dress, down $500, and still without something to wear.

Don’t find yourself in this situation! If you must shop online, find a reputable bridal boutique, online or in person. Here’s our recommendation: Shop Bridal Cottage!

Shop Bridal Cottage is an extension of us, The Bridal Cottage, so you know you’re going to get great customer service and the exact gown you have ordered.

Shop Bridal Cottage is a place where you can see and purchase our ON SALE peices!  Let’s take a look at samples from designers websites compared to the gowns featured on shopbridalcottage.com!

The Dave and Johnny gown from the designers website is shown on the right and on the left is the gown promised when you purchase from Shop Bridal Cottage. It is the exact same gown as featured on the website because The Bridal Cottage is an authorized retailer for Dave and Johnny!

Let’s take a look at a gown that retails for around $1200!!

The gown featured is Felisha by designer Maggie Sottero. The image on the left if from the designers’ website and the gown to the right is the gown you will receive from Shop Bridal Cottage. At Shop Bridal Cottage, you’re going to get the real deal at a great price, coming in at $599!

And we are in love with this beautiful gown from Maggie Sottero--introducing Odette!  Again, see the originall Maggie picture and then our gown that was originally $2351, now $1915!

So we would love for you to head over to shopbridalcottage.com to browse their dresses and discover the amazing deals. Pssst, use the code SBC10 to get 10% off of your entire order!

Buying online can be a nightmare, but it doesn’t have to be. Be cautious and remember, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is!

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Some Fun Fall 2016 Trends!

Some Fun Fall 2016 Trends!

2/23/2016

 

As the days grow longer and the temperature rises, the bridal world is preparing for Fall weddings. This means new dresses in new colors and styles!

Let’s take a look at what is trending for Fall 2016 weddings!

Metallics!

Rose gold is quickly becoming a popular color among fall wedding palettes. You will spot tablecloths, candleholders, and even bridesmaids dresses as soon as the leaves start to fall (and maybe before!) To quote Harriette Rose Katz, “they can be elegant, whimsical, ethereal or even very natural.”

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Long tables!

Large round tables can make a reception space feel empty. To combat this, brides are moving away from round tables and towards long rectangular tables or a mix of rectangular and square tables. This is going to give guests a more intimate vibe. Maybe it’s the difference in a short reception and a all-night-long celebration!

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PHOTO BY SYLVIE GIL PHOTOGRAPHY





 

Delicate Lace!

Lace has been a huge trend in all aspects wedding for some time now, but come Fall 2016, we will be seeing a lot of delicate lace.  One of our favorite designers showcases this trend beautifully. Maggie Sottero gowns Raeleigh and Jovi have the soft lace that will give you a whimsical, romantic feel!

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As with any other wedding trends and advice, take these and make them your own! What are your colors and themes for your Fall 2016 wedding? Let us know in the comments!

 
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