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.

FICTION.

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. 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Meet Our Bride: Angela

Picking out my wedding dress was by far the easiest and most enjoyable experience of my wedding planning process.This was all made possible by  Madeleine's Daughter. A special thanks to Juhree who helped find my dress on the first try! Their selection is amazing and the service is second to none. So many of my guests commented on how beautiful the dress was- and the veil! Madeleine's Daughter was the best choice I could have made and I would recommend them to anyone. Thanks again for making me feel so beautiful on my special day!







 
All photos courtesy of Kelly Dillon Photography
 
Are YOU a Madeleine's Daughter bride who would like to share her experience in our shop? Email us today and tell us all about your dress- shopping experience here!
 
 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Bridesmaid Trend Report: Spring 2015

Succulents, Lace, Truffle, Oh My
As long as you are consistent with a choice in fabric, mixing and matching bridesmaid’s dresses will be easy and look effortless. And when you are considering that fabric to be Amsale’s new lace in a navy or rich truffle, there is no going wrong. Individualize the look even further by choosing different lengths, necklines, and colors for each member of your bridal party, and complete the ensemble with a succulent bouquet.



Details:
Dresses: Left to Right, Amsale #G845L in Truffle
#G839L in Navy
#G838L in Truffle
#G844L in Navy

- Lindsay

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