We're Having a Trunk Show!

Hello, Hello, Hello! 

We hope that you all have been doing well and staying warm!  It's been a long time since we've posted about an event but we have a trunk show coming up that we couldn't be more excited about. 

On March 11th from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, we will have a Moonlight and Val Stefani Trunk Show!

You don't want to miss this event because almost all of these amazing collections will be in the store to admire and try on! This is an incredible opportunity because entire bridal collections are normally not available in store and need to be ordered.

In addition to being able to browse these collections, you will get the chance to take advantage of sales on other collections throughout the store, enjoy delicious refreshments, and participate in a giveaway!

What's that? Giveaway? You read that right! 

When you purchase an orderable gown, you will receive a bridal accessory (up to $200) of your choice absolutely free

The only catch? This event is APPOINTMENT ONLY. But don't worry. There is still plenty of time to call and make an appointment so call us today at 704.578.1906 and reserve your spot. 

We'll see you at the trunk show and remember:

~Beautiful Is Affordable!~

Why You Should NEVER Order a Wedding Gown Online!

Hello again, beautiful readers. We normally try to keep things lighthearted and fun on our blog because, as we've talked about before, wedding planning can already be very stressful. One of the biggest sources of anxiety in wedding planning is finding a wedding gown. Brides worry about what style will suit them, whether they can slim down in time to squeeze into their dress, etc. But more importantly, brides worry about the cost of their gown. For a bride on a tight budget, finding a gown that you not only love but can actually afford is a real challenge. Now, we realize that we can encourage brides to buy from authorized vendors until the cows come home but when you're adding up all those wedding expenses, taking a few "shortcuts" starts to sound like a good idea. In this case, the "shortcut" is making the choice to buy a wedding dress online.

Don't get us wrong: we totally understand why buying online would seem like a good option in this case. You'll possibly snag a cheaper dress and not have to go through making an appointment or trying on a bunch of dresses that you don't like. It seems easier. But truthfully, it's actually much, much harder in the long run. Let us describe a very realistic scenario.

You shop around a little, browse a few sites and stumble upon what looks like your dream dress at a fraction of the price. Sure, it's coming from a site you've never heard of but if you can save money on this expense then you could put more money into some other part of your wedding. So you place the order and wait a few weeks for your gown to arrive. Your order finally gets to your door and you eagerly tear open the packaging to reveal... An absolute nightmare! 

This photo is from a Buzzfeed article that goes over this very topic. Click the photo to read their take on it.

This photo is from a Buzzfeed article that goes over this very topic. Click the photo to read their take on it.

Nearly every time you order from one of these discount wedding sites, you're getting a cheap Chinese knockoff. The dress you order will most likely be too shiny, too short, too tight, the wrong style, the wrong color, or have some other major design flaw. These companies steal photos from the websites of legitimate designers and post them to their websites to make you believe that the dress you're buying is going to be beautiful. Then they make a lousy attempt at recreating the dress with cheap materials. So instead of going to a legitimate vendor and getting a quality dress at a fair price, you end up with what amounts to a bedazzled tablecloth for a steal.

Still on the fence about whether to buy online? Just watch this Youtube video.

If you need more proof that buying online is a bad idea, click here to visit Bridal Beware and see even more heartbreaking photos of brides that were scammed by one of these knockoff sites.

We don't write about this issue to scare you or bully you into shopping at a bridal shop. All we want is to warn you of the dangers. If we had a dollar for every time we had a bride come into our store in tears because they bought online and were scammed, we could probably afford to open another location! So be thrifty but be careful. The only guarantee is to make your gown yourself or to visit an authorized bridal vendor. You'll get the attention you deserve and the gown of your dreams. And if you visit us, we know you'll find a dress within your budget.

Take our advice to heart and keep us in mind when you're dress shopping. It may be a little more effort to come in and try things on with us but you can rest easy knowing that we'll take great care of you and find you a real wedding gown. Not a cheap knockoff. ;)

That's all for now, dear readers. And, as always, remember:

Beautiful is Affordable!

We're Hosting Our Very Own Bridal Show!

Hello again, faithful readers! We're back again with spectacular news! Our humble bridal boutique is hosting a bridal show! Get excited and mark your calendars for A Day of Bridal Beauty! This completely free event is jammed packed with all sorts of fun activities for all you brides-to-be. Allow us to list them:

  1. Trunk shows featuring the gorgeous designs of Carolina Elizabeth (our own exclusive bridal line), Andrew Adela, and Aura Bridal
  2. Delicious food (including wedding cake!) and wine
  3. Back massages
  4. Curves fitness
  5. Florists

And much more! We'd list everything but aren't surprises more fun? ;) 

Here are all the details!

Here are all the details!

We hope to see you all there and feel free to spread the word! Don't be late and remember:

Beautiful Is Affordable!

 

 

We're Having a Trunk Show with Aime Couture!

Hello, beautiful people! It's been a while since we've last spoke but we have some exciting news! We're having a trunk show featuring beautiful Aime Couture gowns this Saturday! These gowns can be customized, feature fabulous detailing and lace, and can be yours at a discount (15%) this Saturday only. We have to stress that this event is APPOINTMENT ONLY so if you haven't made one already, hop on it! Below are a few examples of the gorgeous gowns that will be featured.

And if you can't make it to the trunk show tomorrow, don't fret. We're already carrying the line! So stop on in whenever you like (appointments only for bridal on Saturdays) and slip into one of these exceptional gowns.

See you at the trunk show and remember:

Beautiful is Affordable

Excitement is in the air...!

We are absolutely buzzing with excitement here at Wedding Dress Me. Can you guess why? That's right! It's engagement season! Some lovebirds have gotten engaged during the Christmas season among friends and family while others might have the question popped to them over a romantic candlelight dinner on Valentine's Day. Either way, we cannot wait to help you plan your special day. While we can help you with your wedding gown, tuxedo, and formal wear needs, we'd also love to assist you in your wedding planning with some helpful tips and guides. Planning a wedding can be terrifying. It can be hectic, time consuming, and expensive. But whether you have an enormous budget and a grand ceremony in mind or want to have an intimate wedding celebration on a shoestring, there are tons of resources at your disposal to create your perfect wedding. Here are a few of our favorites.

  • First things first: You need a guide.

Wedding planning can feel a bit overwhelming. So much to arrange and set up and place deposits on. Having a simple checklist based on a 12-16 month engagement takes a lot of guesswork out of making wedding arrangements. We've found that the wedding checklist from Here Comes the Guide is clear, organized, and incredibly helpful. Click here to grab the printable version of the guide.

  • You've got the guide. Now to sketch out your dream wedding.

This is when things can get a little frustrating but don't fret. Grab a pen and paper, crack open a bottle of wine, and sit down with your future spouse. Talk out what you both want for your big day. How many guests? What kind of venue? What colors? What theme? What time of year? All this doesn't have to be addressed in a single conversation but having the big questions figured out first will make planning the little things a lot easier. Don't be afraid to express what you want but also be willing to compromise. Marriage is a partnership and both sides have to be willing to sacrifice. Planning a wedding is just practice for that. Helpful hint: things can get a little jumbled in conversation. A good idea is to create a "wedding planning" board on Pinterest or create a free account on The Knot. It will lay everything out in an organized way and save you both a lot of headaches.

  • You know what you want and how you want it. How do we get there?

You've talked everything out with your future spouse. Fabulous. Now to get everything in motion. Using your handy dandy guide, you can start making arrangement on your own or, if that seems like too daunting of a task, with a wedding planner. Even enlisting the help of a wedding planner can seem a little tough. How do you know what to look for? Luckily the good folks over at the Wedding Lovely blog have put together a super informative guide that breaks down types of wedding planners and even some important questions to ask them. Check that out here.

  • Now you're cooking with gas! You have your guide, tons of ideas, and maybe even a wedding planner. What next?

he fun stuff, of course! Time to hunt down the perfect venue, take some engagement photos, and let everyone know the good news. You're about to embark on the biggest and best journey of your life with the one you love! Celebrate! It's going to be a lot of work planning the wedding and getting everything into place and that's okay. Because, at the end of the ceremony, you get to walk away with the person you're going to spend the rest of your life with. 

And, of course, you've got us! Leave us a comment on our blog with any pressing wedding questions and we'll be sure to help you out. We want your big day to go as smoothly as you do and have a lot of experience with avoiding wedding disasters so don't be afraid to reach out to us. We hope you enjoy every moment of your engagement and wish you a wonderful marriage. Have a great day and don't forget:

Beautiful Is Affordable!

We love the Porter Ridge Band of Pirates!

Hello again, beautiful readers. Just wanted to pen a quick update for you all. Here at Wedding Dress Me we love giving back to the community. We've shown our support of  the charitable organization The Sandbox, sponsored contestants in local pageants, and sell accessories that give proceeds to charity. We are always on the hunt for new opportunities to help our friends and neighbors. That's why we are pleased to announce that we are giving back to the Port Ridge High School Band! 

If you purchase your prom gown or tuxedo from us and mention this fundraiser, we'll give 10% of the sale to Porter Ridge! How exciting is that? Now you can look amazing at prom and feel amazing knowing that your purchase helped the Band of Pirates! 

So stop in and we'll find you some fabulous promwear at a great price and help you earn some karma points in the process. ;)

Gotta run. Hope you all have a wonderful day and, as always, remember:

~Beautiful is Affordable!~

 

Exciting things are happening at Wedding Dress Me!

Hello there, beautiful people. I hope your day has been amazing so far! Big things are happening in the world of Wedding Dress Me and we just can't wait to share it with our lovely customers. :)

To start, we have an absolutely FABULOUS deal going on right now. We've partnered with Giovanni films to offer a free (that's right, FREE) "Save the Date" video with the purchase of a bridal gown! Imagine that: not only are you getting the wedding gown of your dreams at an insanely low price BUT you're also getting a beautifully shot, high quality "Save the Date" video at no extra charge! 

Not convinced? Check out the video below to see an example of Giovanni Films' excellent work.

What a beautiful and unique way to announce your special day with friends and family. We're in love! <3

The next bit of exciting news was announced about a week and a half ago but bears repeating. If you haven't heard the news, we now carry the Allure Romance Bridal collection! Ladies, these gowns are gorgeous! Don't believe us? Click below to see just a few of the gowns we'll be offering.

There's just one more bit of news to announce but... It's a bit of a secret. We can't give away all the details but we will say this: Total Customization.

That's it. Our lips are sealed. Wild bridezillas couldn't pry it out of us. Guess you'll have to follow our blog and social media to get the inside scoop. ;)

Alright, beautiful people. Our time together has come to an end. But we'll be back soon with even more exciting news so don't forget to visit our site often. Bye bye for now and remember:

~Beautiful is Affordable!~