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!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

FACT or FICTION: Wedding Attire Myths

There are a lot of wedding attire "rules" that brides and grooms feel compelled to follow. But why? Where do these "rules" come from and why should modern couples feel obligated to carry on these traditions? We're going to be dispelling some wedding attire myths in this series of "Fact or Fiction" posts.

FACT or FICTION: A wedding gown must be white, however, you shouldn't wear white if it is not your first marriage or if you are not a virgin.


In today's society, this is a very antiquated idea, and we are inclined to agree. If you choose to wear white for your wedding it should be because you feel the best and most beautiful in that color. Choosing off-white or ivory doesn't mean that you aren't chaste or pure.

Queen Victoria established the trend of wearing white when she did so in 1840, however it was purely a sartorial choice. History tells us that she was very fond of a certain piece of lace that she wanted to incorporate into her bridal gown. The lace was white, therefore her gown was made in white. Her bridal photo was widely published and her color choice soon became the trend that hasn't stopped. (And you thought Sarah Jessica Parker was a fashion trend-setter!) Prior to her choice, many bridal gowns were silver or even red. Color wasn't incredibly relevant.

At some point, white became a symbol of purity and virginity and the matching white veil reinforced that idea. These days, it's not uncommon for brides to wear white regardless of their sexual status, often wearing some shade of white even after cohabiting with their future spouse for months or even years before the marriage. And if you are a virgin who chooses to wear ivory, don't think of it as being scandalous- you should wear the shade of white that most flatters your skin tone- whether bright white or deep ivory.

Not sure which shade of white is best for you?

Bright white is your color if you have dark or olive skin or if your undertones are very cool. A very small percentage of the population truly looks best in bright white, but if you fall into that category, go for it!

Off white or ivory is your color if you have lighter skin or your undertones are very warm and peachy. The vast majority of the American population looks best in off-white, diamond white or ivory. It's not nearly as harsh on your skin tone as true white.

If you're still unsure, schedule an appointment at a bridal shop (ours, preferably!) and actually try on the different shades. You'll be amazed at how white many ivory and off-white gowns appear to be, especially when you're the only person wearing that color! Ultimately, it's about finding the color you look and feel the best in. 


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