Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Shoesday Tuesday: Bella's Bridal Shoes

Here at Madeleine's, there are actually quite a few of us who are major Twilight fans. We love the story- the books, the movies- all of it. And since the most recent film featured the epic wedding of Edward and Bella, you know we were all at the movie theater opening weekend dying to see Bella's wedding look.

While the buzz all over the internet and in our store seems to be focused on the dress, we actually marveled at the shoes!


These shoes are pure fantasy and we love them! The gorgeous heels are by Manolo Blahnik (of course) and are a mere $1,295.00 at Neiman Marcus (pre-order). What do you think of them? Leave a comment and tell us! And whether they cost $12.95, $129.50 or $1,295.00, we want to see the shoes you wore on YOUR wedding day. Email us with some photos and tell us all about your big day!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Meet Our Bride: Kelly


As you know by now, one of our favorite things here at Madeleine's Daughter is hearing back from our brides after they've gotten married. We love nothing more than seeing photos from the big day- we keep them in photo albums around the store for everyone to see and are constantly updating them with new pictures. Whether it's a candid snapshot taken in the moment or a professional picture, we love them all. Every now and then we'll see a photo that takes our breath away. This is definitely one of those types of photos:


Kelly writes: "Wedding dress shopping should be the most exciting time while getting ready for your wedding; it's the day you dream about as a young girl, when you pick your DREAM dress. That is exactly how my experience was at Madeleine's Daughter. Going in I had such high expectations of what I would leave with, I wanted to feel the most beautiful I have ever felt in my life. The consultants at Madeleine's Daughter made me feel that beautiful. From the start of my appointment they made me feel comfortable, listened to what I wanted, and made suggestions off of that. The dress I chose was a dress that I would have never tried if I had looked at racks of dresses by myself, but my consultant knew it would look amazing on me. From my first appointment until the time that I picked up my freshly pressed gown before my wedding I never had a problem! I could never imagine a more magical (and stress free) experience. Thank you so much Madeleine's Daughter!”

We're so glad to have been a part of Kelly's experience getting married and it truly makes us happy to hear and see how beautiful she felt on her wedding day. And it doesn't stop there- Kelly's bridesmaid dresses came from our store, too and we loved seeing how great those looked, too!

If you're a Madeleine's Daughter bride and you'd like to share photos from YOUR big day, please email us with your story and some pictures!


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! We hope you're enjoying a delicious turkey dinner with your family and friends and that you have an opportunity to get lots of rest and relaxation. You're going to need that extra energy for tomorrow because it's the start of our HUGE Black Friday/Thanksgiving Sale! Our appointments are booked for both Friday and Saturday, but unlike most other days, that doesn't really matter! Stop by anytime we're open (Friday 9-6 and Saturday 10-5) and browse through the enormous selection of sample gowns we have available for up to 80% off!!! Last year we had a line that wrapped around the building before we opened on Friday morning, so get there early if you want the best selection!

Did you find your dress at our Thanksgiving Sale last year? Leave a comment to tell us about it, or send us an email with your story and a photo- one of our favorite things is hearing from our brides!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Shoesday Tuesday: More Colorful Shoes!

We've gotten a lot of great feedback on the blog lately, especially the shoes posts. Thanks for your comments and emails- keep them coming! We love nothing more than hearing from our brides, mothers, bridesmaids, etc.

We recently received some awesome photos from our bride Stacia. She looked stunning on her wedding day in a ruffled a-line dress and Barbie pink shoes! We decided to make her our Shoesday Tuesday feature this week:




Stacia writes, "I should start by saying what an amazing experience I had at Madeleine's! I couldn't have asked for more in a bridal salon! Everything was perfect from start to finish...Thank you! I just saw your blog post from last week....all about the shoes! Mine were Barbie pink and I loved them so much! I had a second dress and when I changed from my long gown into the short one, everyone who missed them the first time around loved them too."

Thank you for writing and sending photos, Stacia! We were so happy to have been a part of your special day. Congratulations!

If you are a Madeleine's Daughter bride and would like to share your story with everyone, email us and send some photos along, too!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Meet Our Brides: Liz and Allie

Very often brides think that searching for the perfect wedding gown will be a long, painstaking process involving multiple trips to lots of different shops and trying on gown after gown. While sometimes this is true, the opposite is actually a lot more common (at least in our experience). Over and over again, we see brides find their dream dress amongst the first three that they try on in our store. And there are lots of times, too, when the very first dress we put on them is "the one!"

Today we'd like to share two of our brides who had that exact experience- Liz and Allie:

"I had a great experience finding my gown at Madeleine's Daughter. I explained what I wanted and was given several styles to try. The first dress I picked and tried on was the dress for me. My whole family loved it. I tried on a few more cause I wanted to be sure. I loved that I wasn't pressured into buying the dress right away when she found out my family liked it. She also didn't try and hurry me along. It was fantastic. I was worried that I was wasting time and I shouldn't ask to try something different. She was so sweet when I said I just want to try one more dress that was completely different and brought one in. That final dress definitely helped me confirm that the first one was the one. The dress was beautiful and had applique and we had them add beading on the flowers that matched the beading on on the buttons. It made it perfect and exactly what I wanted. I loved how patient she was and that I didn't feel rushed. It was just the kind of experience we were looking for." - Liz

"I had an amazing experience at Madeleine's Daughter.  My mom flew up for the weekend, so I wanted to find a dress while she was here.  Our consultant knew exactly what I was looking for within minutes of meeting me.  The day before I had gone to many shops and couldn't find my dress.  The first dress my consultant had me try on was the one I picked.  Throughout the entire process from trying on dresses to the fittings, the staff was very friendly and professional.  I would highly recommend other brides to go to Madeleine's Daughter because of the great experience I had.  The selection is the largest I've seen in the area, and the staff was great to work with." - Allie

What was it like finding your perfect wedding gown? Did you try on dozens or just a few? We love hearing your stories, so feel free to email us with photos as well! And be sure to check back soon to see more of our own brides in their amazing gowns.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

What is up with bridal gown sample sizes?

Recently, we had a bride in our store who had some questions about our sample gowns. She was a plus size bride and she wondered why every dress was not available for her to try on in her specific size. We completely understand her confusion and so we would like to take the opportunity to discuss what types of samples we have in our store and why. So let's answer a few of the most commonly asked questions regarding our samples:

Why do you only carry the sample sizes 8-12 instead of having all sizes available for brides to try on? We usually only have one of each sample in our store. Occassionally, we will have an additional sample, often in a plus size. However, since we can only carry one sample, we choose the size that is most versatile. For example, a bride who is much larger or smaller than a size 10 can still try it on. For the size 0 bride, we use clips to pull it tight against her body. For a plus size bride, we use a combination of modesty panels and pins or clips to close the back of the gown, creating the "fitted" look she will ultimately have. In other words, it's not that we don't carry plus size, it's that we try to carry average size. It can be just as difficult for a size 2 bride to envision how she will look in her dress as it is for a size 20.

But still, you haven't answered my question! WHY don't you have every dress in a size 8-12 as well as a plus size? Here are three answers!
1.) Our store has the largest selection in New England and our bridal closet is seriously crowded! If we doubled the number of samples we carry, we would have no place to store them! It comes down to space. And even so, we have one of the largest selections of plus size samples available.
2.) Designers don't always give us a choice! Many of the lines we carry will only provide a sample in size 8, 10 or 12. And the ones that will let us order larger or plus size, we do! However, production schedules dramatically affect our ability to get other sizes, so even if we are able to order a different size, it may take up to 6 months longer than a standard sample.
3.) Supply and demand- it's basic economics. We carry the sample sizes that are most frequently ordered in our store. We cater to all sizes and shapes of brides, and are very adept at making all our brides feel comfortable regardless of the size dress they are trying on.

As a plus size bride, how can I feel confident ordering a dress that I've never tried on? Our consultants are experts not only in helping you find the dress that most suits your personality, but also in determining the one that will most flatter your body. Again, a bride who is a size 0 or 2 can struggle with fit just as much as a plus size bride. Even though our samples can be tried on by most brides, there are some exceptions. In that case, we have to show the bride how it will look using the "paper doll technique." While she may not have actually tried the dress on, using this technique, most brides will at least be able to get a sense of the proportion and silhouette as well as how the fabric and beadwork will appear against her skin.

Why does a plus-size dress cost more? The answer to this question is remarkably simple. A plus size dress uses more fabric and materials- beading, lace, etc. and therefore costs more. This is true for just about everything wedding-related! If you have 100 guests, your reception will cost less than if you have 150 guests. Your flower arrangements will be more expensive if you make them larger, than if you choose to carry a simple posy.

And perhaps the question we hear most frequently from ALL our brides:

Why do I have to order a size that is bigger than what I normally wear? Do you typically wear a size 8, but had to order a size 12? That is the case for nearly every bride. Very few designers have size charts that are true to size or comparable to ready-to-wear. However, since this is a pretty involved topic, we promise to dedicate an entire blog post to it in the future. Check back soon to find out the answers! But until then, please take a look at these photos of some amazing plus size gowns that are here in our store waiting for you to try on! And these are just a few that we have available!

Style #W274, Allure Bridals, Available for ordering up to size 32W


Style # 8526, Allure Bridals, Available for ordering up to size 32


"Bristol" by Pronovias, Available for ordering up to size 20


Style #D797, Essense of Australia, Available for ordering up to size 20

Do you have any other questions about sample sizes? Please feel free to leave a comment below and we'll be happy to answer them! Thanks for stopping by and reading our blog!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Shoesday Tuesday: Our Favorite Bridal Shoes

When you consider how much thought and planning goes into selecting a bridal gown, you may be shocked to hear how little time some brides spend on the remaining "finishing" pieces, specifically shoes. It's absolutely imperative that you have your shoes no later than your first fitting, but don't wait until the last minute! We recommend booking an accessories appointment once your dress comes in, usually around 5 or 6 months prior to your wedding. Just like your initial bridal appointment, you will work one-on-one with your consultant to select all the pieces that will complete your bridal look. Not only will your consultant help determine the best earrings, veil, headpiece and undergarments, but she'll also help you figure out the best shoe choice for your dress, your personality and your personal style.

Some things to consider when selecting your wedding shoes:
1.) Heel height- select a heel height you will be comfortable in for a while. From the moment you put them on when you start to get dressed until you finally kick them off to cut a rug on the dance floor is actually several hours. Pictures beforehand, walking down the aisle, standing at the altar, pictures before the reception, your first dance, cutting the cake- you'll want to wear your shoes for all of these and that's a lot of time on your feet!

2.) Color- Lots of brides are choosing to wear a bold color- sometimes coordinating with the color of the bridesmaid dresses, or just choosing something funky and fun. Some brides like sparkle, others like to be traditional and go with ivory or white.

3.) Wedding venue- Are you getting married outside? On the beach? In a field? Maybe a wedge or a flat is a better choice for you so you don't sink into the ground.

Regardless of your preferences, we can help find the perfect wedding shoe- just call to book your accessories appointment once your dress comes in. And in the meantime, check out these shoes- they're our favorites in the store right now:

Cheri by Liz Rene
This amazing shoe has a cool asymmetrical bow and sling-back heel. The 1-inch platform makes these 4-inch heels feel more like 3 inches. Your feet will thank you for that extra inch.



Giselle by Liz Rene
For the bride who wants a delicate, vintage-looking shoe, Giselle is perfect. Everything about this shoe is elegant and feminine. At 3 1/2 inches, the heel is definitely for the girl who is accustomed to wearing heels, but they're worth it!


Melissa by Liz Rene
We love how the peep-toe on Melissa is so different. The asymetrical opening is really flattering on the d'Orsay pump. The tiny brooch-like embellishment is dainty and delicate and again lends a vintage feel to the shoes. At just 2 1/2 inches, these are ideal for the bride who wants to wear heels, but doesn't want to suffer.

All of the above shoes are made in luxurious silk satin that looks perfect with ivory, off white, diamond white and even pure white shoes. If you want to go with a funky color, consider taking them to a local cobbler and having them dyed. As a natural fiber, silk takes dye beautifully!

We hope you've enjoyed this week's Shoesday Tuesday post, but feel free to leave a comment and tell us what you think! We love hearing from you!


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Our Favorite: New Dresses!

If you "like" Madeleine's Daughter on facebook, then you've probably already seen these pictures. They're some of the new gowns we've gotten in over the last couple of months and we're really excited about them! Trying on dresses is definitely one of the perks of the job and we all take advantage whenever possible. Sadie, however, is almost always a perfect sample size, so she's the lucky one who puts them on the most:

"Peony"


This Monique Lhullier gown from her Spring 2012 collection is truly unique- the fabric is a blush-toned silk jacquard. If you look closely enough, you'll see the subtle print in the fabric. There are a couple of things that make Monique Lhullier gowns so stunning- the first is the fit. Her dresses are impeccably cut and designed, but they are also made to flatter the body beautifully. The second is the fabric- her fabrics are so unique and have such depth to them that even the simplest design is breathtaking. Also, did I mention that her gowns are lined in silk? Can you tell we're fans of her design here at MD? Call us to make an appointment and try on some of these amazing gowns yourself!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Shoesday Tuesday: Color Me Pretty

We have a lot of very fashion-forward brides who come through our doors here at Madeleine's Daughter. Obviously, their great taste extends beyond just the dress to the amazing accessories as well. One trend we've really enjoyed seeing this year is all the colorful shoes our brides have chosen. From fucshia to kelly green, Converse to Louboutin, we've seen it all. A lot of our brides have chosen to use their shoes as their "something blue" and we love it! Today's Shoesday Tuesday post is dedicated to the bride whose shoe choice is bold and flirtatious. It's all about shades of pink, purple and red today:




 







Whether you walk down the aisle in a funky color, or choose to wear a bold shoe for the reception only, this is definitely a trend you should consider.

Are you a Madeleine's Daughter bride who wore an amazing pair of shoes and you'd like to share it with us? Email a photo and tell us all about it! And in the meantime, leave a comment to let us know your thoughts on this fun and funky trend!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Meet our Bride: D'lynne

One of the most rewarding parts of working in this industry is seeing a bride who has found the dress of her dreams, and that is what keeps all of us motivated and excited every day here at Madeleine's Daughter. What we often miss, however, is seeing the entire look come together. We see the dress, the veil, the jewelry, the shoes, but we miss the magic that happens on the actual wedding day. As exciting as it is to see our brides in the store, there is nothing quite like the way she looks on her special day. So I'm sure you can understand how excited we get when our brides send us photos from their wedding day. We treasure every picture, email and letter we receive from our brides, mothers and bridesmaids and are truly excited when a new one arrives.

But it doesn't stop there- we want to share our excitement and enthusiasm with you, too. And what better place than here on our blog? So take a few minutes to meet one of the real Madeleine's Daughter brides today- D'lynne:






D'lynne was also kind enough to say some really nice things about her experience at Madeleine's Daughter:


"I set out on my wedding dress hunt with a sense of the impact I desired in a dress, but no preconceived notions, other than some pictures of dresses I couldn't afford, torn out of magazines. After trying on dozens of dresses at other bridal salons, I made my way to Madeleine's Daughter, with my mother and sister in tow. My consultant magnificently navigated my indecisiveness and concerns, reading my facial expressions and body language with each dress and becoming more informed of my tastes with each pick, each selection more informed than the previous. She brought me a dozen fantastic dresses to try on, all within my price range, representing a vast array of designers. And her very last selection was The One--the dream dress I had yet to dream about. I put it on and we immediately knew our work here was done!  I walked down the aisle in the most fabulous wedding dress I have ever seen, which also happened to fall well within my budget. My consultant was nothing short of brilliant, and all the staff at Madeleine's Daughter--from the managers to the seamstress--was patient, helpful, and genuine. I highly recommend this bridal salon to any bride-to-be."


We are thrilled to have shared in part of your special day, D'lynne and grateful that you were willing to send us such beautiful photos and to share a little about your experience with us.

If you are a Madeleine's Daughter bride, mother or bridesmaid and you would like to be featured here on our blog, email us with your story and some photos! In the meantime, feel free to comment below and let D'lynne know how absolutely stunning she looks in these photos!

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