Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Best Mother’s gowns between $500 & $800…

These mother’s gowns are the cream of the crop in our store for the budget of $500-$800.  Take a look and pick your favorite then the first week of May we will let you know what our choice was along with our choices for the rest of the “Best of the Best” in our store!

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VM by Mori Lee # 70322          Jovani # 158132

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Jovani # 154116                      Montage # 110952

Pronovias # Vals

Gorgeous gowns at great prices, they don’t get any better!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Best Bridals between $2000-$3000…

Today’s best of the best budget is between $2000-$3000, as we go up in price you will notice that the fabrics change just a little bit from a mix of natural and synthetic to all natural silks.  Which of these elegant and sumptuous gowns would be your choice?

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Keep in mind we will be posting our “best of the best” for each category the first week of May, bridal, bridesmaids and mothers gowns!

 

Peach Inspiration Board…

What a great color for a wedding, so soft and feminine.  Who wouldn’t want to look beautiful and demure with this gorgeous peach color?  Does this inspire you?

 

Peach Inspiration Board

Monday, April 25, 2011

8 Wedding Cake Myths…

We were reading through the Knot Magazine this weekend and came across a great article on Wedding Cake Myths (Spring/Summer 2011 issue) and thought that was a great topic for a blog post.  There are so many things out there running through the rumor mill that are really just “myths”! 

Here are 8 myths that are so not true!

1) Wedding cake is vanilla and boring!

Definitely NOT the case!  From mascarpone and red velvet to blackberry and orange-chocolate, there is most definitely allot of flavor out there!  You only have to do you research and look and decide what it is that YOU want!

2) Wedding cakes should be round!

NOT true at all, there are so many different shapes for cakes these days you would be shocked if you saw them all.  Try having the cake suited to your wedding style or just go for something totally fun!

3) Cakes terms are confusing!

This myth is only confusing if you don't know what the components are.  There are you standard basics like these:

- Butter Cream (butter and sugar)

-Fondant (syrup, gelatin and sugar)

-Marzipan (almond past, sugar and egg whites)

-Ganache (chocolate and cream)

Easy once  you understand what they are or what is in them!

4) Fondant tastes terrible and Butter Cream is messy!

Ok so maybe fondant alone is not so tasty and butter  cream can be difficult…but when put together they are a dream!  Bakers usually add a layer of butter cream to the cake and then add the fondant for a smooth look.  Once this is done they compliment each other very nicely!

5) You need to have a cake topper!

Alright so in years past (and still widely used today) a cake topper was the “in” thing.  Today however it is not such a necessity.  With the amazing cakes today that can be considered a piece of art they don’t need a decoration to cover them up, they are decoration enough alone!

6) The perfect cake should look like a cake in a magazine!

Yes your cake should be amazing and perfect, but keep in mind that the cakes in the magazines have been photoshopped!  When shopping and searching for a cake baker…ask questions and look at their portfolios.  This way you will know more about your prospective baker.

7) Wedding cake is cut after dinner!wedding-cakes

Traditionally speaking yes, but in this  day and age how traditional are we?  Our thoughts are that if you cut the cake earlier on you can have a dessert table for the guests with lots of goodies for them to choose from at their leisure.  This leaves you more time for partying!

8) Booking your baker is one of the last items on your “to do list”!

We say DON”T wait!  Especially if you have a popular cake designer/baker in mind.  You will want to ensure that your placement on their schedule so don’t make it on the bottom of that “to do list”!

 

Friday, April 22, 2011

Best Bridals between $1500-$2000…

For our Best of the Best series from our salon, today’s budget is between $1500-$2000.  These gowns are stunning and have  great prices.  What you think, which gown would be your choice for the best gown for the price?

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Check back the first week of May to see what we chose as our favorites for the “best of the best” in each category, bridals, bridesmaids and mothers!

Exciting…

We just heard some exciting news from the Boston Bridal Lounge on Newbury Street.  They were approached by two actresses from the new movie “bridesmaids” coming to theaters soon.  They asked the Boston Bridal Lounge if they could use their gorgeous space as a backdrop for an interview.  So of course they said yes!

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(photos courtesy of the Boston bridal lounge)

“Boston Bridal Lounge was filled with camera crews and reporters from local television stations and newspapers interviewing Kristen Wiig and Wendi McLendon-Covey, two actresses in the upcoming movie Bridesmaids.”

 

Take a drive down to Boston and check out the Boston Bridal Lounge, they are sure to have any information you might need!  Also join them and us on April 30th for a real “Royal” bash in lieu of the upcoming nuptials of Prince William and Kate!  Click here for more information regarding this event, its sure to be a blast!

 

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Best Bridals between $1000-$1500…

Another posting in the Best of the Best series from our salon, today’s budget is between $1000-$1500.  These are some pretty gorgeous gowns for some fabulous prices.  Take a look and see what you think, which one do you find to be the best gown for the price?

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The first week of May we will let you know what we thought of as the “best of the best” in each category we have posted about.  Bridals, bridesmaids and mothers gowns…you may be surprised to see what we chose as our  favorites for the price and which ones will get you the “best of the best”!

Best Mother’s gowns under $500..

In lieu of our Mother’s Special that we are running, we thought we would do a post about the best of the best for under $500.  Take a look at the choices and see if you agree…near the end of the month we will post our best of the best choices from the employee’s here in the store.  Then you can see if you agree with us.

 

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VM by Mori Lee # 70312        Montage # 210872

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Jade Couture # K3393              Jade Couture # K2296

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                                      Jade # J1161

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

3 Looks that are timeless…

Today we have decided to show you the three looks that are timeless and never go out of style!  They would be, the ball gown, the A-line and the fit and flare.  Below we have some examples of each that we find delectable see what you think:

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Butter Cream Yellow Inspirations Board…

With Spring in the air and the weather getting slightly warmer, we thought we should do a gorgeous tribute to a color that always makes you think Spring…Yellow!  Take a look at the warm and sunny inspiration board we created in a Butter Cream Yellow!  Can’t you almost feel the rays of the sun now?

Buttercream Yellow Inspiration Board

Monday, April 18, 2011

How to get the perfect wedding cake…

Ever wonder how much cake you will need to feed the amount of guests that will attend your wedding?  Well we have put together a cheat sheet for you then you don’t have to guess (although your cake baker should be able to tell you how many people it will feed).

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Bridal Bouquet Shapes…

We know that when you think about the flowers for your wedding you just imagine having gorgeous flowers regardless. Well when it comes to your bouquets there are several different shapes and sized for you to choose between and any great florist will be able to help you with the decision making.  We just wanted to make it a little easier for you before you go and select them, so we put together a shape guide for you so you will know and understand what it is they show you before they show you!  Take a look at these gorgeous bouquet shapes and see which one best suits you and your wedding style:

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Now when you head off to the florist for your initial appointment you will be a little more prepared as to what you are looking for in a bouquet!  We hope this was helpful!

 

Soiree Prom and Tux Sales Event…

Check out the awesome sale we have on our PROM gowns this month!  Great savings to be had!

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Something Blue…

 

For Today’s Something Blue edition we decided that since the weather has been SO nice to use this past week that we should honor it with a gorgeous Ocean Blue color!  Take a look at this decadent inspiration board we created with some delectable Ocean Blue items, this is a MUST have color!!

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Best bridesmaids between $200-$250…

We are back to let you know what bridesmaids dresses we decided are the best selections here at the store between the prices of $200 and $250.  What do you think?  Are we right?

 

   

Bill Levkoff #375

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Jim Hjelm #5054

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Jim Hjelm #5020

Jim Hjelm # 5977

 

 

Jim Hjelm # 5118

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Bliss Trunk Show

Don’t forget about our Bliss Trunk Show this coming weekend!  Take a look at some of the stunning pieces they have to offer:

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Call us today to make your appointment 431-5454  we are looking forward to seeing you there and having some fun trying on these gorgeous gowns!

Bright Iris Purple Inspiration Board…

What a GORGEOUS and rich color for a Spring wedding!!  Just take a look at how beautiful it is all put together.  Does this inspire you?

 

Bright Iris Purple Inspiration Board

 

Monday, April 11, 2011

Bridal Party 101…

Ok we know and understand how difficult it can be to coordinate your entire bridal party, so…we have put together things to keep in mind during the process, they could be a valuable tool. During this 4 part series we will talk about bridesmaids, flower girls and ring bearers, mothers and groomsmen.

Bridesmaids 101

- If you want something along the lines of modern, you could choose the color, length and fabric, but let your bridesmaids select a different styles.

-Get your bridesmaids involved by asking their opinions on what they are interested in.  HOWEVER…let them know that YOU still have the final say!

-When you actually go shopping, bring one or two bridesmaids with you.  Too many people brings too many opinions and could put un-necessary roadblocks up!  Again let them know that you will be the one making the final decision.

-Make sure you give enough time for ordering and possible alterations.  Bridesmaids  can take up to 4 months to come in once they are ordered from the designer.

-Don’t forget the small things!  These are things that sometimes seem obvious but can easily get lost in the shuffle.  Bridesmaids shoes, jewelry, handbags etc. , make sure all of your bridesmaids know what you are expecting for these items.

Snug Harbor Farm…Photo Shoot…

What a fabulous photo shoot at the Snug Harbor Farm featuring one of our gorgeous gowns!  Take a look for yourself and see what you think….stunning right?

 

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Snug Harbor Green

Styling by Kate Martin | Photographs by White Loft Studio

I love exploring, gathering, and being inspired by the

many special places and people in Maine. With the blessing of Tony Elliot, the gracious owner of Snug Harbor Farm in Kennebunk, I created a celebration setting in one of his greenhouses at last spring. Great design can be inspired by anything: a special setting, a simple piece of ribbon, an object found at a yard sale.  Embracing and trusting your inspiration is what will make your vision a success—in addition to a lot of sketching, resourcing, gathering, collaborating, and pulling all the pieces and images together in the end. My love for finding unique things goes back many years; for example, I’ve had the antique earrings the bride wore since I was a teenager.

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1. Custom letterpress invitation suite by Gus & Ruby Letterpress with calligraphy by Love Jenna.

2. A perfect succulent accented with moss, a string of beads, and gold twine.

3. Topiary beauties at Snug Harbor Farm.

4. Spring egg of asparagus mousse and chilled asparagus tip
with truffle oil inspired by Robyn Friedman.

5. A stolen kiss.

6. Asian lanterns from Luna Bazaar, table setting from Be Our Guest event rentals, and tablescape by Kate Martin of Beautiful Days.

7. A bouquet of white mums and daffodils, green roses, button mums, and moss, accented with a vintage peacock broach.

8. Guests can leave words of marriage wisdom at the offering table.

9. One of the many exotic birds at Snug Harbor Farm.

10. Styling and flower arrangements by Beautiful Days.

11. Bridal gown by Madeleine’s Daughter.

(Featured in the May wedding issue of Maine Magazine)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Something Blue…

Today’s Something Blue edition in the series will be in the color “Indigo” or as we all know it “Navy”!  Such a great color of blue, it deserves to be in the lime light!  Take a look at how rich and regal this color is…simply stunning!

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Best Bridal under $1K…

Here are the gowns we chose for under $1000!  We looked through our extensive collection here at the store and came up with what we thought was the best buy for that price range and these are what we decided upon.  Take a look for yourselves and see what your thoughts are, but we have to say these are some great gowns for the prices!

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Black and White Inspiration Board…

Sometimes simple is good and getting back to the basics can be just as rewarding.  Today we have decided to do just that, get back to simplicity and the basics with a black and white inspiration board.  Take a look at how elegant simple can be and with two basic colors, this color scheme is sure to get some attention.  See for yourself and ask…does this inspire you?

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Doesn’t this just say…elegant, simple and sophisticated?

Monday, April 4, 2011

April Designer of the Month…Bliss by Monique L’huillier…

In honor of our upcoming trunk show on the 16th and 17th of April for BLISS by Monique L’huillier, we have decided to make BLISS our designer for the Month of March.  Take a look at some of the GORGEOUS gowns that Monique has created for her BLISS line.  Absolutely stunning and breathtaking!

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See…are they not just breathtaking?  Join us for our trunk show on April 16th and 17th to see more, to make an appointment please call us at 603-431-5454.

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