Gown Preservation

Calling all newly wed brides!

Congratulations on your newfound marriage! Now that you have said your “I do’s” and have started to enjoy all the fun married life has in store, have you thought about preserving your dress? One of the most treasured heirlooms from weddings past is the brides dress, and even if future children decide not to wear the same dress, they may use your dress in other ways as a part of their big day! The Bridal Room is happy to offer gown cleaning and preservation to keep your gown safe and clean for many years to come.

Unlike regular clothing, wedding gowns are often very delicate, and if not preserved can yellow over time. You may want to pass on your beautiful gown one day, or use the fabric for a loved one’s “something borrowed”. We have seen veils made from moms hem lace, garters from grandma’s veil lace, and even a dress sleeve used as a bouquet wrap! There are so many reasons to clean and preserve your dress.

Our gown preservation service ensures the gown is professionally cleaned and preserved and the gown is then sealed in a white window box. All it takes is dropping off your gown and other bridal accessories (They can do veils and belts too!) with us and we will send it out for the service! The finished product will be done after 6-8 weeks and ready for pick up at the boutique or can be shipped to your home. A perfect way to save memories of your big day!

Give us a call with any questions you may have!

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Collection Spotlight: Tara Lauren “Isle Botanica”

The Bridal Room is so thrilled to be hosting Tara Lauren’s “Isle Botanica” trunk show May 17th-19th! The entire collection will be visiting for just one weekend, but our store samples of certain dresses from the collection will still be here after the show – Make your appointment today!  

 Inspired by the tropical paradise of Bali, this collection features lush floral laces, ornate beading and sultry silhouettes. This collection is perfect for brides looking for a Boho-luxe feel, or a bride who wants a dress with a little tropical flare. Here is a look at the collection, we hope you love it as much as we do!

Dresses stopping by only for the trunk show:

Some of our in store beauties:

If you love these looks by Tara Lauren, be sure to book an appointment for our trunk show May 15th-17th or come see our store samples with an appointment any time!

We look forward to meeting you soon!

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The Bridal Shopping Timeline

The Bridal Room would love to extend a warm congratulations to all the newly engaged brides out there! Now that you have said “yes”, the biggest question we get is “When should I start dress shopping?” or “How early do I need to get my dress?”. In this post we will give you the inside scoop on the timeline of bridal shopping.

When you begin your dress shopping journey it is important to do your research about dresses, styles, and designers, but also about the timeline. When you find a gown that makes you feel stunning, you want to make sure you have enough time to get the dress in and tailored perfect for your big day!

Wedding dress shopping should start nine to ten months before your wedding. It is a big decision, so it is okay to take your time, but avoid thinking too long or shopping too many places and confusing yourself with all of the options. Shortly after the nine month mark is when you should order your dress. Once you say “yes” to your dress (Hooray), the order for your gown is placed with the designer. Depending on the designer of your chosen gown, It takes four to six months to make the dress and ship it to the salon. Once the dress arrives, it will be inspected and ready for alterations! The first fitting takes place two months before your wedding, and the second is two-three weeks before.

2 months for shopping + 6 months for the dress to be made + 2 months in alterations makes 10 months total. Unlike other dresses, bridal gowns are made to order, which is why they take extra time and care. Once the designer receives the order, they begin to make the gown from scratch. Once the dress arrives and is inspected, our alteration team and seamstress will begin alterations. The seamstress will pin, cut, and work their magic to ensure the dress is hemmed and fitted to perfection for your big day!

We hope that our post is helpful to our newly engaged brides looking for a place to start, and for those brides who might not have 10 months, please do not fret! We have solutions for brides on a time crunch, give us a call so we can work with you on finding your perfect gown!

Looking forward to meeting you soon lovely!

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New Collection Launch- Essense of Austrailia

We are so excited to announce Essense of Australia will be joining our Bridal Room family! We are over the moon for these gowns and can’t wait to show our lovely brides. Essense of Australia gown are romantic and ethereal with a unique blend of fabrics and embellishment, it is an amazing fit for our brides who love classic bridal looks with exquisite details. These gown are made with amazing quality and attention to detail to ensure the perfect fit and look. The collection has a wide variety of styles to fit each brides unique wedding vision, from classic ball gown to sleek and sexy.

Destination Wedding Dresses

As the season begin to turn its hard not to think of the ultimate romantic getaway. More and more brides are planning destination weddings. What’s not to love? Destination Weddings are exciting, adventurous, intimate and so romantic. Here are some tips when shopping for your destination wedding dress and travelling with you dream gown!

Shop for a dress that will compliment your destination.

When shopping for your dream dress you must always keeping mind where you are getting married and find a dress that is the best fit. If you are getting married in a warm climate or by the beach you want to select a gown that is light that won’t weigh you down or get to hot through out the day. Breathable fabrics are a must for a hot and humid location. You can always let your bridal consultant know you are planning a destination wedding and they will be able to give suggestions.

If your in need of a little inspiration we will be hosting the Tara Lauren 2019 Isle Botanica Collection January 11th-13th. Inspired by Bali with lush floral fabrics and breezy silhouettes it will make a perfect fit for a destination wedding. Be sure to check out our Instagram for some sneak peeks or the Tara Lauren website. You can book your appointment for the trunk show on the Bridal Room website.

Know how to travel with your dress.

Once a destination bride find her dream gown her next steps is to figure out a travel plan. If you are flying call the airline ahead of time and inform then that you are travelling with a wedding dress. Keep your gown with you as a personal item when checking into your flight and you can ask the crew to store it in the plane closet.

Pack your day of essentials

Amongst other day of essentials we always recommend having a mini steamer for last minute touches. After travelling the dress may wrinkle and need a light steaming before the ceremony. Sewing kits are a great item to keep on hand if buttons need to secured or if there loose threads

Real Bride Cherie’s Cancun Wedding Photo credit: Marcia Menacos Photography

Real Bride Cherie’s Cancun Wedding Photo credit: Marcia Menacos Photography

Blush by Hayley Paige Fall 2018-Trunk Show

We are so thrilled to be hosting the Blush by Hayley Paige Fall 2018 collection Nov 16th-18th. This collection features soft tulle skirts, unique laces, delicate details and pops of color to bring out the whimsical side of any bride! Hayley herself described this collection having a “Parisian flare'“ and being inspired by true romance and femininity of the “City of Love”!

If you want to see these beautiful gowns be sure to book your appointment for this exciting trunk show Nov 16th-18th!

Ultimate Guide to Veils

So you have found your dress, now its time to pick out the perfect veil to complete your bridal look! When choosing the perfect veil its all about complimenting you and your gown.  The possibilities are endless, but no worries here are a few tips and trick to help find the dress best suited for you and your gown! 

Length

The first thing to consider when picking out your veil is the length you prefer. Do you prefer a short and simple Elbow length veil or a full dramatic Cathedral length veil? The most common lengths are Fingertip which will fall at your fingertips when your hands are at your sides, and Cathedral which often ends past the train of your gown. Its best to try both lengths in your appointment to see what look you like best.

Shape

The second thing to consider is the shape of your veil to compliment your gown. There is the straight cut or U-cut, which is a classic and will pair nicely with any gown. An angel cut veil creates a V-shape which will fall in beautiful cascades in the back, which will suit fit and flare dresses. Handkerchief veils or square cut create voluminous layers which will compliment bohemian style or whimsical dresses. The last shape will be the circle or oval veils this shape will give you volume by adding a blusher. a blusher will be the piece that drapes over the face, often used in traditional ceremonies.

Finish

Next thing will be finishes, the simplest finish will be the raw cut tulle. Other trims include satin ribbon, organza ribbon as well as pencil stitching,  Having a trim will help outline the veil and make it easier to photograph. If you want full drama you can chose a beaded veil or a romantic lace veil. 

 Take a look at our #RealBrides, Erin, Larissa and Meredith to see how they found their perfect veil!

Erin’s Veil- “Angel Falls” Veil by Justine M. Couture

Larissa’s Veil- “Bella” Veil by Justine M. Couture

Meredith’s Veil - “Night Lark” Veil by Justine M. Couture

New Bridal Gowns - Nicole Spose

We are so excited to announce that we have a new designer joining the Bridal Room family! Hope you are just excited as we are to have the beautiful Nicole Sposa collection. The collection is full of beautiful bridal gown that are romantic, elegant and feminine. We can't wait to share these gorgeous bridal gowns with our brides. 

Be sure to follow us on Instagram @thebridalroomva to catch sneak peeks of this new collection! 

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Get the Look: Meghan Markle

                Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding was such a beautiful event! It was the royal wedding we have waited eagerly for and we are happy to say it did not disappoint. From the ceremony to the dress and beautiful moments in between we are so overjoyed to get to see it all. The bride stunned in a ¾ sleeve crepe modified A-line gown, which made her look simply elegant. Then she wowed in a sophisticated high neck fit and flare gown. Needless to say, both gowns left us speechless! 

To keep the spirit of the Royal Wedding, we’ve got some looks from our designers that are simple and elegant much like the new Duchess of Sussex. 

The Ceremony:

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Jade by Kelly Faetanini and Valencia by Eddy K

Reception:

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Royal Wedding Countdown

The royal wedding of Prince Harry & Meghan Markle is almost here and we are so excited! We have marked are calendars (and hopefully so have you) and we are 10 days away. With designer sketches and all the wedding news its hard not to obsess over this exciting day. Soon enough we will have a new wedding dress that will grace all of our inspiration boards, and a happy couple to celebrate!

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Every Bride deserves to feel like royalty on their wedding day! Here are a couple of dresses from our collection that are feminine, timeless and elegant.