Thursday, December 29, 2011

Accessorizing with Our Consultants!

The other day, a few of the bridal consultants got into a discussion about accessorizing- mostly how they are often impressed with how other consultants can accessorize a gown and a bride. It's true that even after years of working in the industry, they'll turn the corner in our store and be completely shocked and inspired by the accessories another consultant has pulled together for a dress. What began as a simple discussion about favorite accessories, turned into an afternoon of playing, "How would YOU accessorize this dress?"

We pulled a stunning gown by Monique Lhuillier- a beautiful lace sheath with a sexy front slit and lovely lace cap sleeves. One of our consultants volunteered to be our "bride" and the rest of the consultants jumped at the chance to accessorize her. Here's what they each came up with:

Kristin said, "I wanted a vintage feel with a little sparkle- something timeless." She nailed it- the dress itself can very easily go from modern to vintage, so careful selection of the accessories is important since that is what will truly determine the overall look. But the important thing to remember is that accessories don't have to break the bank- all of these accessories together totaled less than $600- not bad considering they are all custom made.



Shoes by Grace: $107
Earrings by Bling: $114
Bracelet by Toni Federici: $150
Veil by Toni Federici: $225
Total cost of accessories: $596

Cheryl's shared, "I pictured this bride as the epitome of country elegance." With the simple addition of a beaded belt, the dress is completely transformed. She opted not to put a veil with the look, but instead chose a simple flower in her bride's hair. The jewelry sparkled, but didn't overpower. Cheryl's look was a little pricier than Kristin's, adding up to just under $800 for everything.



Shoes by Liz Renee: $107
Belt by Essense of Australia: $449
Flower headpiece by En Vogue: $119
Earrings by Bling: $114
Total cost of accessories: $789

Brandie was interested in making sure everything worked together, "I wanted to balance the sexiness of the slit with the formality of the cathedral veil- sassy and romantic." Success! This high-end look is the perfect mix of sass and romance. At nearly $1,600, it was one of the more expensive looks of the afternoon, but worth every penny for the handmade heirloom-quality pieces.



Shoes by Liz Renee: $119
Earrings by Elizabeth Cole: $138
Headpiece by Maria Elena: $738
Veil by Toni Federici: $600
Total cost of accessories: $1,595

Meghan (who also happened to be our model) accessorized herself with the goal of "understated elegance- very feminine." Since her accessories were so simple, it really allowed the dress to be the focal point of the look. Again, the price for everything was around $700.



Shoes by Liz Renee: $99
Headpiece by Bling: $237
Earrings by Bling: $114
Bracelet by Maria Elena: $248
Total cost of accessories: $698

Sadie said, "I wanted a cutting edge couture look." This is certainly cutting-edge! It looks like our model walked right off the runway and into our store! The necklace and brand new veil are so modern and fashion-forward. This look was neither the most nor the least expensive, totaling around $700 for five accessories- impressive!



Shoes by Liz Renee: $112
Veil by Toni Federici: $270
Sash by Monique Lhuillier: $125
Earrings by La Sposa: $120
Necklace by La Sposa: $75
Total cost of accessories: $702

And finally, Kerry said, "I went for a regal, winter look. I pictured my bride with a European flair." Kerry's look was spot-on for a formal event in a Scottish castle, or so we thought. The jacket, necklace and headpiece are all strong statement pieces that completely transform the look of the dress. The collar on the jacket is almost Elizabethan, but in a modern way. At nearly $1,800, this was the most expensive look of the day, but consider that the price includes a custom-made jacket plus four other accessories!


Shoes by Filippa Scott: $190
Sash by Monique Lhuillier: $220
Necklace by Bling: $357 (includes a set of earrings)
Headpiece by Maria Elena: $825
Jacket (custom): $175
Total cost of accessories: $1,767

It's amazing how accessories can really transform the whole look of the dress. A simple belt adds emphasis to a tiny waistline, while statement earrings bring the focus up to the face. A veil can be flirty and funky or elegant and classic. And did you know that you should always order your accessories four to six months before the wedding? Nearly every accessory pictured above is made to order by the designer, so book your accessory appointment early to ensure all your pieces arrive in plenty of time for the big day!

How did you accessorize your wedding gown? Do you have pictures to share? We'd love to see what you wore, so feel free to email us with a photo or two as well as a little about your look.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Nicole Miller Trunk Show- January 20-22!

At Madeleine's Daughter, we carry around 30 bridal designers and have about 500 bridal gowns in our store, but since we always want to stay current and on-trend, we sometimes take on new designers. Nicole Miller is a bridal line that we recently started carrying and we are completely in love with the designs. Even more exciting is the fact that in just a few short weeks we'll be hosting a trunk show where we will be able to have even more of her line here in our store.

Nicole Miller's line is simple and sleek and we've had lots of brides inquiring about her dresses not only as their primary bridal gown, but also as a second dress option. Check out our post from last month about the second dress trend. Whether you're shopping for one dress or two, we're sure there's a Nicole Miller out there for you!

A trunk show is an excellent opportunity for you to see dresses we may not normally have in the store. Schedule an appointment for our Nicole Miller trunk show today and you'll be one step closer to finding your dream dress. (Or maybe your second dream dress!)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Something Blue...

Are you planning to follow the tradition of wearing something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue? We hear from our brides that the hardest thing can be incorporating something blue. The others are easy- after all, your dress is new and there's almost always a mother or grandmother who can lend you a veil or a headpiece or a piece of jewelry to be your something borrowed AND your something old. On the other side, though, something blue can be tricky. If it's not a color that fits into your bridal color scheme, it can be even more tricky. Fortunately, we have quite a few blue somethings in our store for you to choose from:

Pictured: pashmina, Hanky Panky's, earrings, bracelet, sash, custom monogram

Aside from the bouquet, all the items pictured above are available in our store and any one of them would be a perfect "something blue" to complete your bridal look:

- A blue pashmina will keep you warm on your wedding day
- Blue Hanky Panky's are SO comfortable, but they're also really pretty. The ones in our store even have a touch of sparkle to them with "bride" spelled out in delicate rhinestones.
- Sparkly blue earrings or a bold blue bracelet can add a touch of color to your look. Consider changing to a bolder pair of earrings for the reception if you're not comfortable wearing a statement piece for your walk down the aisle.
- Sashes are a great accessory for your bridal look because they can help define your silhouette. They can also help tie your look to your bridesmaids if your sash matches their dresses. Or, in this case, they can be your "something blue."
- If you have your alterations done here in our store, we'll be sure to make a custom monogram in blue to be sewn into the inside of your gown, however, even if you aren't having your alterations here, we can make one for you for a small fee. 

Of course, these are only a few ideas- maybe you've got an idea or two for your "something blue." Leave a comment below if you've got one, or if you'd like to, you can tell us about what your "something blue" from your wedding day. We've even seen brides with blue shoes just like Carrie Bradshaw wore. You can also email us with photos from your big day- you know how much we love that!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Maggie Sottero Trunk Show in Just a Few Weeks!

Maggie Sottero is probably one of the biggest bridal designers in the world- brides call our store literally every single day asking about Maggie dresses and for good reason- they are beautiful and fit like a dream! Here are a few words from Maggie about Maggie: "Maggie Sottero's Symphony Collection celebrates a return to all things feminine: ribbon belts jeweled with sparkling embellishments, hourglass silhouettes designed to flatter a woman's curves, and illusion lace necklines, cap sleeves and bodices to entice and intrigue. Skirts vary from grand whimsical tulle and organza ball gowns to the chic sophistication of slim A-line chiffons. Also prominent in the collection are voluminous skirts crafted from soft folds of fabric, cascading layers, and billowing caught-up details. Hemlines are on the rise for the modern bride seeking to flaunt her individualtiy in a short bridal gown, or accommodate a reception or cake-cutting ceremony. The options are abundant, each beautifully and thoughtfully designed, intended to make dreams a reality this season for every Maggie Bride."

If you are a bride looking to try on some amazing Maggie dresses, be sure to book an appointment for our Maggie Sottero trunk show next month! On January 13-15, we will be kicking off our 2012 trunk show season with designs by Maggie Sottero. Call today to schedule your appointment- they fill up quickly and you don't want to miss this opportunity!

As if that wasn't exciting enough news, we're also going to be kicking off our 2012 Bubbles events that weekend! For anyone who's attended, you know that our Bubbles events are something special. Not only will we have a glass of champagne for everyone that day, we'll also be featuring a couple of our preferred vendors in our store. On January 14th, you be able to meet with the planners of the hugely successful Wedding Belle, have your photo taken by the amazing photographer Patrick McNamara and discover the many incredible offerings of Maine-ly New Hampshire.

With our Bubbles events, you're given the unique opportunity of meeting with other wedding vendors of a similar caliber to our shop. Florists, wedding planners, DJ's, photographers, invitation designers, hair and make-up professionals and even officiants will be a part of this season's Bubbles events, so book early! Check our website for all the dates of this year's Bubbles events and trunk shows.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Meet Our Bride: Stephanie

Shopping for a wedding gown can be an overwhelming experience because it's likely that you've never done it before. A wedding gown is so different from any other garment you will ever wear in your life, so working with a true bridal expert can really make or break the process for you. Over and over again, we hear brides who say, "I never thought it would be so easy!" We also meet a lot of brides who are surprised by their choice of gown! "I never thought my wedding gown would be like this!" It just goes to show that you have to be truly open-minded about your wedding gown. Our consultants listen carefully and pay attention to your reactions to each dress you put on and sometimes discover that what you think you want might not actually be what you really want.

Take Stephanie for example:


Stephanie writes, "Madeleine's Daughter was such a wonderful experience.  We had been to 5 other shops before coming to MD and with our great experience with the shop and personnel we ended up not only getting my Pronovias wedding gown from MD, but we also got our Bill Levkoff bridesmaid dresses and flower girl dresses from MD.  We were greeted by friendly faces and smiles from the moment we walked in the door.  We got our consultant’s undivided attention the entire time we were there.  I told our consultant what I was looking for in a wedding dress and was very skeptical they would be able to find "the dress."  She brought out a dress that had everything except the lace I was looking for, the dress looked too simple but the consultant insisted that I should try it on anyways.  After much convincing I put on the dress....lo and behold...it was "the dress."  The personnel working at MD know what they are doing and make the dress shopping experience fun and memory lasting.  They share in your excitement when you find your dress; it isn't just a job to them, it's something they love to do.  Thank you, Madeleine's Daughter for everything you did to make my wedding day everything I could have dreamed of."

Stephanie surprised herself by falling in love with a gown that had no lace on it and we couldn't be happier that she was so open to considering something different! As you can see, she looked beautiful on her wedding day. And she's also right that it's more than just a job to us- we love being a part of something incredibly special like a person's wedding day.

Are you a Madeleine's Daughter bride and you'd like to share your story with us? Email us with photos and little about your experience- we would love to hear from you!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

2012 Trunk Shows Announced!

We are beyond excited to announce all the amazing trunk shows that we are going to be hosting in 2012- it is going to be an amazing year to be shopping for a wedding gown! Mark your calendars and book early- trunk show spots fill up quickly and you don't want to miss out!

In just a month, our first trunk show of the year kicking off an amazing season will be with one of the largest wedding gown designers in the world- Maggie Sottero! There isn't a day that goes by that we don't hear the name "Maggie Sottero" and for good reason! Call today to schedule your appointment for this amazing trunk show. And mark your calendars for all of these other trunk show dates:

January 13-15: Maggie Sottero
January 20-22: Nicole Miller
January 27-29: Christina Wu & Jacquelin
February 17-19: Pronovias
February 24-26: Essense of Australia
March 2-4: Essense of Australia Pre-Market
March 17: Bling
March 30-April 1: Allure
May 18-19: Watters
June 15-16: Allure
June 22-23: Maria Elena
August 10-11: Monique Lhuillier
October 27-18: Jenny Packham

Why shop at a trunk show? The answer is simple: selection. At our trunk shows, you have access to lots (and lots and lots) of sample dresses that aren't always available to try on in our store. It's a chance to see the expanded collection of your favorite designer. And sometimes (as in the Essense of Australia Pre-Market trunk show), you have a chance to see dresses that haven't even hit the runway yet! On a normal day, we have the largest selection of designer bridal gowns available in all of New England, but on a trunk show day, that selection is even bigger!

Do you have more questions about our upcoming trunk shows? Call, email, or leave a comment on this blog post! We're happy to answer any and all of your questions.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Shoesday Tuesday: We're Getting New Shoes!

We're going to be carrying a SPECTACULAR new line of shoes in our store very soon and we are SO EXCITED about them! Here's a little sneak preview of a couple of the new styles we'll be getting:

Can you even stand that heel?!?!?! We are in love!



This shoe is show-stopping!

What do YOU think of these amazing new shoes we're getting? We're beyond excited about these shoes and we hope you are, too! Did you wear something as dazzling as these on your wedding day and you'd like to share a photo? Email us!


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Meet Our Bride: Amy

One of the comments we hear over and over and over again is, "I never thought it would be this easy!" Our brides are constantly surprised by how fun and easy the process of finding the perfect dress can be. We happen to think that when you're in such capable hands as our seasoned bridal consultants that it can't be anything but fun and easy! Falling in love with your wedding dress is just like falling in love with your fiance- you stop looking once you know you've found "the one."

Our bride Amy had a much easier time finding her dress than she ever imagined and see how amazing she looked:



Here's a little more about Amy's story:

"My experience at Madeleine's Daughter was absolutely perfect.  Not be very "girly", looking for my wedding dress was actually one part of my wedding I was not looking forward to.  Going to Madeleine's turned the entire experience into a great one though!  My consultant was very thoughtful and took my feelings into consideration and made sure I was comfortable the entire time.  She was very patient and allowed for a lot of thought to take place, which I appreciated very much.  Once we got rolling she knew exactly what kind of dress I needed and she made a process I was dreading, into one of the easiest wedding tasks I had throughout the whole process! I am very grateful to Madeleine's Daughter for making me one darn good looking bride!”

We agree that you are "one darn good looking bride!" And we were so happy to be a part of your day, Amy! Thanks for sending us the photo and telling us your story!

If you are a Madeleine's Daughter bride and you want to share your experience, please email us a photo and tell us all about it!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Second Dress

Can't decide on which wedding dress you want to wear? Why not wear two? More and more brides are choosing to wear a completely different dress for the reception and we love this trend! It could be that she has her mom's wedding dress for the ceremony, but wants something more modern for the reception. Or it could be that the ceremony is very formal and traditional, but the reception is more of a casual party. Whatever the reason, we've got the "second dress" for you!

Our favorites are a little more flirty and fun and definitely short. This Jovani ruffle dress is so fun and funky! Pair it with an amazing pair of heels and super sparkly accessories:


If you're looking for something a little more sleek, why not wear this brand-new, super sexy Nicole Miller one-shoulder shift dress:


Of course, we also understand that the expense of having a second dress might not be manageable for everyone. In that case, consider a dress that's convertible! We have an amazing Martina Liana dress here in our store that is two separate pieces. Beneath the amazing silk ballgown skirt is a fitted sheath dress! (The jacket pictured is sold separately.) You're essentially getting two dresses for the price of one!

Another more economical "second dress" option is to consider purchasing a bridemaid dress in white or ivory. We loved this one by Bill Levkoff because it's got such a fabulous sparkly top:


It's pictured above with a silver bodice and ivory skirt, but the color combinations are a lot more varied. We've had a quite a few brides order this dress for their reception look.

We're huge fans of all of these "second dress" looks and if you are, too, then why not book an appointment to come in and try them on? You can book online or call us during our business hours.

Are you a Madeleine's Daughter bride who wore a second dress for your reception? We'd LOVE to see photos and hear all about why you made that choice. Send us an email with your story and some photos! Don't forget to check back soon for more exciting bridal trends and tips on how to look your best. In the meantime, feel free to leave a comment below if you have any questions or comments about this post.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Shoesday Tuesday: Meg Sparkles

Not too long ago, our bride Meg came in to try on her dress. She had some family members with her and she was there to put together her bridal look. She picked out a gorgeous veil and some amazing earrings as well. She didn't need any help picking out her shoes, though. She'd already selected a stunning pair by Kate Spade:



P.S. Don't you love how her pedicure perfectly matches her shoes? We do! 

If you read our blog at all, you know that bold shoes are one of our favorite things to see on a bride, so we couldn't resist asking Meg to let us photograph her shoes to share them with all of you. Thanks, Meg! We're looking forward to seeing your whole bridal look come together and sharing this experience with you!

Have you had an awesome experience at Madeleine's Daughter that you'd like to share? Leave a comment below or email us with your story and some pictures!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Meet Our Bride: Alyssa

We have brides of all walks of life- some are quiet and reserved, others are outgoing or even a little silly. We love that we have so much variety in personality with our brides. And no matter the personality, we have the dress to match it.

We love all the photos that our brides send to us, but we especially love when we can see the personality of the bride in the photos. Like this picture of our gorgeous (and super fun) bride Alyssa:


Alyssa also shared a little about her experience here:
"One of my bridesmaids referred me to Madeleine's Daughter - and I was the fifth bride she referred there. The minute I walked in, I realized why. The entire staff at Madeleine's was friendly and made me feel welcome and at ease. I tried on several gowns and found "the one" - a Monique L’Huillier Bliss gown- during my first visit.

The seamstress at Madeleine's Daughter was fantastic and I genuinely enjoyed my fitting appointments with her. I would highly recommend Madeleine's Daughter to New England brides and have already sent several friends there."

Are you a Madeleine's Daughter bride who would like to share her story and photos with us? Send us an email- we would LOVE to hear from you!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Bling!

Lots of brides want to sparkle on their wedding day and what better way than to wear something covered in Bling? And we're not talking just any old rhinestone, we're talking about one of our favorite accessory designers: Bling! We're proud to say we're the only shop in all of New England that carries this particular designer and in just a few days we're having a trunk show featuring even more of their amazing designs.

Bling has just about every accessory you could possibly need to create your bridal look- headpieces, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, veils- you name it, they make it! On December 9th and 10th, we'll not only have oodles of Bling sample pieces here for you to try, we'll also have the designer behind Bling himself here to help create the perfect look for your wedding day. if you haven't yet booked an appointment for this amazing trunk show, call today and schedule it!

Above designs by Bling

If you're wondering why you should come in for a trunk show, the answer is simple: As I mentioned above, there are tons of extra samples that aren't always available in our store and an expert to work with one-on-one. Shopping for your bridal accessories should be just as fun as shopping for your wedding gown and having an expert there to help you makes the entire process stress-free. And if you find something you love, but it's not quite perfect, a trunk show is the perfect opportunity to look into having something custom made for your look.

If you aren't able to come in for this particular trunk show, you can still schedule an appointment to shop for accessories with your bridal consultant, another expert in helping to create your bridal look. When you book this type of appointment, we'll pull out your wedding gown, help you into it and then help you select the accessories that will most compliment it. Shopping for bridal accessories is different from shopping for any other type of accessories simply because wearing a bridal gown is so different from wearing any other type of garment. It's very hard to do unless you can see all of the pieces together, which is why we encourage you to schedule an accessories appointment once your gown comes in.

Are you a bride who wore Bling on her wedding day? Or are you planning to come in to our trunk show in a few days? Either way, we'd love to hear from you. Comment below or send us an email to tell us your story. Pictures are always welcome!

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