Tuesday, October 28, 2014

FACT or FICTION: Wedding Attire Myths

We hope you like this new series we've started all about wedding day myths. There is enough pressure and stress involved with planning a wedding that you shouldn't feel the need to conform to all the "you have to do X's" that people will throw at you. So we're trying to dispel some of the myths and help you determine what is fact and what is fiction in planning your wedding day attire.

FACT or FICTION: My wedding is a year away, so I have plenty of time to peruse hundreds of websites and visit dozens of shops, trying on multitudes of dresses to find the perfect gown. Also, I'm planning to lose weight, so I should wait to shop for my gown when I've reached my goal weight.


Let's break it down for you: most bridal gowns are special ordered, meaning you don't buy off the rack. How long does it take to special order a gown? 5-8 months depending on the designer and whether or not you are making any custom changes. Most gowns fall closer to the 5-6 month range. But that doesn't mean you can wait until 6 months before the wedding because you still have to take alterations into consideration. Bridal gowns are extremely difficult to alter and you should only go to a well-qualified bridal seamstress. Most seamstresses require two or three months from start to finish for bridal gowns and offer appointments on a first-come, first served basis. What does that mean for your timeline? You don't want to have to rush straight to the seamstress the minute your dress arrives, so order far enough in advance that your dress arrives 4-6 months before your wedding date. This allows you time to shop for your accessories- an important thing to do before your alterations begin.

As for shopping on hundreds of websites and in dozens of stores, trying on multitudes of dresses, this is also a myth. All gowns fall into one of five silhouettes:

1.) Ball gown
2.) A-line
3.) Mermaid or trumpet
4.) Empire
5.) Sheath

When you start trying on dresses, you simply need to start by narrowing it down to the silhouette that works best for your body. From there, the choice will be much more limited and will feel a LOT less overwhelming.

Finally, let's address this whole weight loss thing. Nearly every bride plans to lose weight and tone up for the big day. However, for the same reasons mentioned above in regards to timeline, you really need to buy the dress now and have it altered to fit your new body. Every bridal gown needs alterations to achieve a perfect fit and the cost doesn't vary greatly if the sides are being taken in a half inch versus two inches. It's all the same seam that the seamstress needs to sew. So, order the dress now and then hit the gym!

The bottom line is that when you're in professional hands (like ours), we'll give you all this important information and help you navigate the sometimes tricky process of finding your dream bridal gown. Call us today to schedule your first consultation! 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Meet Our Bride: Bethie

I went to Madeleine's Daughter with my Mom and three sisters because we all happened to be in NH visiting at the same time and they all wanted to go wedding dress shopping with me.  I had already been shopping quite a bit in California where I live, but I was instantly impressed by the place as it's very welcoming and comfortable and just an overall beautifully done boutique.  We were given our own room, big enough for all of us.  The stylist assisting us took time to sit with us and get an understanding for what I was looking for, what I liked, didn't like, etc.  She brought a number of dresses, all so very beautiful and very much in line with what I was looking for.  I fell in love with the first one I tried on, but after trying on so many it can start to feel overwhelming to make a final decision when they are all so gorgeous.  She was extremely patient with us and even indulged my little sister by letting her pick out a dress quite a bit out of my taste just so she could get a good giggle.  I decided to wait and come back in a couple months when I would be back in NH visiting again.  It happened that I went in on a weekend when there was a sample sale so I looked around just to look.  Again the first dress I tried, I absolutely loved, but this time I was ready to commit.  The same stylist was there to help and remembered us from a few months before.  As soon as I put the veil on, everyone teared up, myself included, and I knew it was the one.  The dress was even my size and didn't need any alterations!  Everyone at the store clapped for me and congratulated me.  Knowing they do this for a living and see thousands of brides, it meant a lot that they would still make me feel that special.  I loved Madeleine's Daughter, the staff, my dress and the entire experience.  I wish I could do the wedding all over again just so I could go through that experience again!  My husband's face when he saw me in the dress for the first time still makes me tear up and giddy all at the same time.  

All photos courtesy of Kim and Niki Photography
Are you a Madeleine's Daughter bride who found her gown during our sample sale? Would you like to share the story of how you found it? Email us today! We'd love to feature you here on the blog!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Meet Our Bride: Amanda

In an effort to include more of the hundreds of brides who share their photos and stories with us, we've expanded our "Meet Our Bride" series here on the blog. You may have noticed more frequent "Meet Our Bride" posts and this is yet another "bonus" bride this year! If you would like to be featured as one of our brides to serve as inspiration to future brides, please email us today with your story and of course your photos!

Today we'd love for you to meet Amanda!

Madeleine's Daughter was the first shop I went to when looking for my wedding gown. My experience was perfect, it ended up being the only shop I went to! I was paired with McKenzie, a stylist who instantly understood my style and what I was looking for. She helped me find the perfect gown! The staff made me and my group feel comfortable and we never felt rushed. I would recommend Madeleine's Daughter to any bride-to-be!

Photos courtesy of Rebecca Arthurs Photography

What's YOUR wedding gown story? We'd love to share it here on the blog so don't forget to email us today! 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Autumn Vows

Did you know that September and October now rival June as one of the most popular wedding months of the year? It's no wonder in New England that they are such popular months. After all, the foliage around here is pretty spectacular! Add to that the milder temperatures and lack of humidity and you've got quite a few reasons to wait until after the summer to tie the knot!

Enjoy these photos of our brides who got married in the fall:

Don't these weddings look beautiful? The foliage just can't be beat! Did you have an autumn wedding? Was foliage a motivator for choosing that time? Email us today and tell us all about your wedding. Don't forget to send photos! 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Meet Our Bride: Ashley

When I first started looking at dresses, I felt totally overwhelmed by the sheer number of designers, styles, fabrics, etc. and felt totally confused over what I wanted. When it came to actually trying on dresses, I knew I needed to select a bridal boutique that had a great variety, and Madeleine's was that place. I booked my first (and only) bridal dress appointment with them and never looked back. My consultant, Ashley, was wonderful. She really helped me to narrow down what I was looking for and what looked best on me. In the end, I ended up with an absolutely stunning lace mermaid style gown by Romona Keveza. With Ashley's help, I was able to establish my bridal look. I had such a great experience at Madeleine's that I also went through them for my bridesmaid dresses, and accessories. Everyone at Madeleine's, from the stylists to the managers to the girls who greet you when you walk in the door are so friendly and professional. I never felt stressed about any aspect of my dress buying experience. I continue to recommend Madeleine's to any future bride who needs a top-notch, full service bridal boutique. You can't go wrong with these ladies!

All photos courtesy of the Studio Nouveau
Are YOU a Madeleine's Daughter bride with a great shopping story to tell? Email us today with your photos and testimonial and you just might end up here on the blog!


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