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Bridal Consultant Spotlight: Abby!

11/18/2015

Bridal Cottage Consultant Spotlight!

Abby has been with The Bridal Cottage Family for almost a year now…and we just love her on our team!  She has worked with many brides and have helped them find their dream dress.  Here is what she has to say about being a Bridal Cottage Consultant!

What inspired you to become a Bridal Cottage Consultant?

One of my favorite things is promoting confidence in women; I wanted to work somewhere where I had the opportunity to do that every day! Being a Bridal Cottage Consultant is the perfect way for me to do that! I love that we enjoy making brides feel beautiful; it makes everyone’s experience even better!

How do you identify which dress belongs to which bride?

One thing that really helps me as a consultant is to ask the bride about the one thing that her dress must have. Is there something that will make or break her decision to say “Yes!” to a dress?  It is not uncommon for brides to have an image of themselves on their wedding day, so finding the one key element that they cannot live without lets me know what to put them in.

From there, I like to pull similar dresses. Sometimes a bride will get a little frustrated if there is something that is “missing”. That’s when I like to pull something totally opposite of what she thought that she wanted. Or I’ll pull a dress that I know will look beautiful on her. It can be helpful to try a different perspective and “cleanse the palate”. Sometimes a bride will like the wild card that I pull and sometimes they don’t. Regardless, it can be beneficial to try on something that you never thought you would. I may be a little bias, but no matter which dress that you say ‘Yes’ to at The Bridal Cottage, you can’t go wrong!

When do you know it’s the “one”?

99.9% of the time, a bride’s face will say it all! As a consultant, it is very important to be able to recognize how a bride sees herself in the dress that she really loves. If she likes how she looks in a particular dress, we’ll try on a veil with it! Having the complete look can help a bride in her decision to say ‘Yes’ to a dress!

What is your favorite thing about being a Bridal Cottage Consultant?

My absolute favorite thing is getting to help so many wonderful people! I have been blessed with the opportunity to meet some of the most amazing individuals while working at The Bridal Cottage. Plus my co-workers are the best group of women on earth! We are truly like family and we always have a great time. It is very rare to have a group that works well together and then goes out to dinner after work to hang out! I love that!

Do you have any advice for future Bridal Cottage Brides?

Some of the best advice I could give a future Bridal Cottage Bride would be to not start looking at dresses until you are ready to find your dress. Here we say there is no such thing as “just looking” because shopping for your wedding dress is much different than any other purchase that you will ever make.

I would also tell future brides to be very selective about whom they choose to bring to their appointment. Sometimes when you have too many opinions or critics it can make the bride anxious or doubt her feelings about a dress. This is your special day!

Another thing that I think brides should keep in mind is that if she has found the dress that feels right to her, there is no need to keep trying on just to ‘make sure’ that it is their dress; when you know, you know! With that being said, it is also okay if you do not cry when you say ‘Yes’ to your dress. We all show emotions differently and some people do not cry when they find the one and that is perfectly fine! It is also okay if your dress is something completely different than what you thought you wanted, as long as you feel beautiful in it.

Last but not least, choose the dress that YOU love! This is your special day!”

We love our job! We love helping brides! And we love having Abby as part of our team. Abby’s passion for helping brides is inspiring to all of us and we are so grateful to have her as a Bridal Cottage Consultant! 

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Savvy Trunk Show Shopping!

7/22/2015

Trunk Show…  Have you heard about Trunk Shows? What does that mean? Do you want to be involved? There are so many mysteries surrounding the “Bridal World,” with Trunk Shows being one of them. How can you know that you want to take part in a Trunk Show?

Before you start, ask yourself the following questions: Do I like having a plethora of bridal options? Am I interested in seeing exclusive bridal designs? Do I want to receive discounts on my bridal and accessory orders? Would I like free gifts while supplies last?

If you said, ‘Yes!’ to one or more of those questions, then taking part in a local Trunk Show is for YOU!

A Trunk Show is a chance for a local bridal store, such as yours truly, to feature an entire collection from a prominent, world-wide known designer! This gives bridal stores the opportunity to showcase bridal gowns that would not normally be in store. This gives you, the bride, the chance to try on dresses that may be more rare in your area! This is great for a bride that wants to see every different style and design offered from the featured designer!

A Trunk Show also offers specific promotions. For example, you could receive 10% off of a specialty order from the featured designer, or receive up $150 toward an accessory, or BOTH! For our Maggie Sottero Trunk Show this Friday and Saturday, we are offering 10% off of all specialty orders for designer Maggie Sottero, $150 toward an accessory, AND a free Maggie Sottero tote bag. We will also have mimosas and yummy treats from Sweet Love! While supplies last.

Trunk Shows for specific designers usually only happen once a year, so don’t miss our annual Maggie Sottero Trunk Show! Say, ‘Yes!!’ to your dress this weekend and become a savvy shopper and a Bridal Cottage Bride!!

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Something Blue!

6/25/2015

 

We love traditions at The Bridal Cottage! We also love personalization. So, of course, the personalization of traditions is our favorite! What do we mean? Well, we’re glad that you asked! Everyone has heard the phrase, “Something borrowed, something blue, something old, something new, sixpence in your shoe”.

But how do you actually incorporate each of these ideas into your wedding to create a cohesive, unique moment?

Something Blue’ can be your something borrowed. It can be your something old and something new too (unfortunately only a sixpence can be a sixpence…) Choosing blue accents in your wedding creates a classic look and keeps with a tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation.

Something Borrowed: Borrow a blue garter! Remember, you’ll need two garters: One you keep and one that you throw.

Something Old: Dyeable shoes! Do you have a pair of shoes that you wore way back when (maybe to senior prom) that can be dyed a blue hue? Dyeable shoes are perfect for ‘Something Old’ and, even better, they’re most likely already broken in!

Something New: Your Bridesmaids dresses! Dressing your ladies in blue is the perfect way to incorporate blue! And, fortunately, blue usually looks good on everyone!

Make your blue your own! Don’t limit yourself on what your ‘Something Blue’ should be! As we like to say at The Bridal Cottage, there are no fashion fax paus when you’re the bride!

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Meet Bridal Cottage Consultant Melissa!

5/28/2015

We LOVE our job! We also love being your local bridal store! We love getting to know our brides… and we want for you to know us too!

This month, we would like to introduce you to Bridal Cottage Manager and Consultant, Melissa!

Melissa has been working at The Bridal Cottage for 3-years and has gained a lot of bridal wisdom in her time here! We asked Melissa questions about her experiences at The Bridal Cottage and we would like to share them with you:

What inspired you to become a Bridal Cottage Consultant?

“I wanted to become a bridal consultant after watching Say Yes To The Dress.  Although I didn’t have any retail experience, I did have experience with fabrics and silhouettes.  I felt confident that I could help brides of every body type find a dress that makes them feel as beautiful as they are! I had to apply at The Bridal Cottage because I’m a North Little Rock native! And my best friend purchased her wedding dress here, which was absolutely perfect for her special day!”

How do you identify which dress belongs to which bride?

“At the beginning of each appointment I talk to my bride to get an idea of the vision that she has for her wedding. Those are the style of dresses that I start with.  Sometimes what she has envisioned for herself is exactly what she falls in love with, but that isn’t always the case. 

I believe that my job as a bridal consultant is to not only listen to the bride’s feedback on the dresses that she is trying on but also read her body language and facial expressions.  I can tell a lot about how a bride feels in a dress by the way she looks at herself in the mirror and how and where she touches the dress. 

I’m also a big fan of throwing in a ‘wild card’ or what I also call a ‘palate cleanser’.  For instance if a bride has only been trying on lace dresses I’ll put her in a dress that is a similar silhouette but completely different fabric.  Sometimes the bride is surprised at how much she likes the ‘wild card’ and sometimes she doesn’t like it at all.  And that is just as important. 

My goal is to find a dress that the bride connects with, falls in love with and can see herself getting married in!”

When do you know it’s the “one”?

“It’s a very special moment when a bride finds her dress.  Each bride is different when she says ‘YES!’ to her dress: some cry, some get super excited and some are very matter-of-fact.  I can see it in the way that she looks at herself in the mirror. 

In that moment, she can really see herself as a bride. It’s a special moment not only for the bride but also for her family and friends.  It’s a special moment for all of our consultants as well! It’s undeniable.”

What is your favorite thing about being a Bridal Cottage Consultant?

“Helping a bride from beginning to end!  I love getting to know her and her family. I always enjoy hearing brides’ proposal stories.  I love to laugh with brides and if they cry, I cry with them (I always say that The Bridal Cottage is like Truvy’s beauty shop in Steel Magnolia’s; no one here cries alone). 

But my job as a bridal consultant doesn’t stop there…I love helping with bridesmaids dresses, as well as tuxedos or suits.  We understand that there is a lot that goes in to planning a wedding and we want to help make outfitting your wedding party as stress free as possible.”  

Do you have any advice for future Bridal Cottage Brides?

“When it’s time to shop for your wedding dress, you must be ready to find it!  Shopping for a wedding dress is different than regular shopping and, as tempting as it may be, it’s very hard to ‘just try on’. If possible, you should shop for your dress approximately 10-12 months before your wedding. If not, that’s ok too! You will still have plenty of options available to you. 

Also, I always recommend that brides bring the people whose opinions matter most to their appointment to help in making the decision.  And most importantly, be ready to have fun and be ready to find your wedding dress!!”

We are so thankful that Melissa is a Bridal Cottage Consultant!! Melissa’s passion is inspiring to all of us here at The Bridal Cottage!! We hope that you’ve enjoyed getting to know her heart as much as we have!

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Don't be a fashion faux pas!

5/20/2015

At The Bridal Cottage we always say that there are no fashion faux pas when you’re the bride… however, we do believe that there are fashion faux pas for your bridesmaids and accessories!

As a bride, you don’t want it to seem like your bridesmaids are competing with your dress. You want your ladies to compliment YOU! You also want to incorporate accessories that accent your vision well, completing your unique look! Our experienced Consultants have recommendations to go with your bridal gown:

The classic ballgown with full-sparkle bodice:

Pair your bridal gown with a large, elegant necklace and a fingertip-length veil with similar sparkle. Carry a bouquet of romantic red roses and wear allover crystal-adorned heels.

Your bridesmaids will look sleek in satin mermaid dresses with an illusion neckline in black. Consider using a black, white and red color combination. Other combinations that flatter a full-sparkle ballgown look are: royal, red and ivory or plum, navy and grey.

A chiffon sheath bridal gown:

Chiffon sheath bridal gowns are perfect (but not limited to) destination weddings! Keep in mind that your ladies will most likely be warm in long dresses, so we recommend short chiffon! The chiffon will compliment your bridal gown well!

Accent their bridesmaids dresses with a sash matching your bridal gown to create a cohesive look. Opt for no veil (you never know what the wind might do) and accent both your bridal gown and their bridesmaids dresses with large pearl necklaces instead. Bright, colorful flowers are the perfect touch to complete your look!

Tulle and lace slim a-line with a hint of color:

Tulle is such a soft fabric and accenting it with a hint of color, like our ivory and peony gown, this gown creates a dreamy feature, perfect for a bride that loves bohemian style.

Ivory or blush bridesmaids in long or short chiffon compliment this look well.

 Accent both with dyeable shoes with a small heel and complimenting lace accents and flowers in neutral tones. Hydrangeas in shades of green are perfect for this style!

A dramatic mermaid bridal gown:

Are you a glamorous bride? Add fun and flirty bow and sparkle kitten heels and a heavily beaded veil to your look to capture your flair for the dramatics.

Carry your flashiness into your bridesmaids by dressing them in gold dresses. A hi-low style can be the perfect opportunity for your bridesmaids to show off their sparkle shoes as well!

Incorporate flowers in rich, warm colors like bold daisies and alstroemeria. Using other color-combinations like fuchsia, mint and white or grape, silver and ivory cultivate this dramatic and glamourous look as well.

Full-lace with an illusion neckline:

Dressing your bridesmaids in full lace as well to match your dress is very pretty! Consider their dresses in a bright, bold color, like coral allover lace, especially if you plan to use more rustic tones in your wedding palette.

Your bridesmaids will stand out against the canvas that you have created for your wedding. Match yours and their shoes to carry on the complimenting style.

Brides, don’t feel limited to only these options! You may cultivate a whole new style that is perfect for you and your wedding! But if you need some guidance, give us a call!  We are happy to help!

 

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