Saturday, March 31, 2012

Meet Our Bride: Melissa

We received a delightful email from one of our brides and just had to share it here on the blog. Her experience is what we strive for with every bride that walks through our doors. I'll let her tell it:

"I loved my experience at Madeleine's Daughter. This bridal salon is beautiful, elegant but not in the least bit pretentious. I was excited about trying on dresses but at other dress salons I was really turned off by the snootiness of the staff. At Madeleine's everyone was very professional and polite but not stuffy or uptight. I wanted my experience to be fun and light, and that's what I got. My stylist was great! She not only listened to what I wanted but she brought in other dresses that may not have fit my idea of what I wanted but got me to explore what looked best on my figure. I tried on tons of dresses and not once did she get discouraged or frustrated. We had a great time; it was as if I was shopping with a friend. I loved my time there!

I found my dress in the first visit. The experience was effortless. From that time on each fitting I was treated with prompt and accommodating service. My seamstress was AMAZING and also so fun to be around and great at what she does. The dress and the fit made me look and feel more beautiful than I could have imagined."

You can tell from her photos that she's telling the truth about how she looked in her dress:

I believe "breathtaking" is the word you're thinking of.

Did you have a similar experience at Madeleine's? We always want to hear from our brides and we especially love when they also send us photos! Email us today and share your experience with us!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Shoesday Tuesday: Something Blue!

You may remember that a few months ago we started carrying a new line of shoes. If not, check out our blog post about the shoes here. At the time, we were so thrilled with the shoes as they were that we hardly even thought about how they would look if they were dyed a bright color. We've seen that trend quite a bit with silk shoes- brides love to dye them a fun color instead of wearing the traditional white or ivory. The Benjamin Adams shoes were so jewel-encrusted, we had no idea how they would look once dyed, or even if it was possible to dye them. And then it happened- one of our brides gave it a shot. When they came back to the store and she stopped in to pick them up, they were the talk of the shop! Literally every consultant stopped what she was doing to stare at these gorgeous shoes:

Are they spectacular or what? We love how every inch of the silk is colored blue, even around all the rhinestones on the heel and the toe. Just to give you an idea, here is the original color of the shoe:

It's like a completely different shoe! We're obsessed with these and can't wait to see the next pair that get dyed a fun color!

Leave a comment and let us know what you think of these shoes in either color. We'd love to hear your opinion.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Meet Our Bride: Natalie

A lot of people make comparisons to our shop when they come in, but the most common link that people tend to draw is to "Say Yes to the Dress" and Kleinfeld's in New York City. Of course, the TV show has a LOT more drama than we do, but we understand the comparison. Our stores are fairly comparable in terms of the designers we carry and the type of set-up. Our store is considered "closed concept" which means that our dresses aren't on display for you to browse through. Instead, you meet with a consultant who will listen to what you have to say about what you want your wedding gown to be like and then she will pull dresses within your price range that meet those criteria. At first, some people are put off by this idea, but in reality, it's a far more efficient process than having you browse through racks and racks of dresses.

Our bride Natalie seemed to really enjoy the experience of shopping in our store. She sent us these photos and her story of shopping at Madeleine's:

Natalie writes, “I never thought my wedding dress search would turn into such a magical experience until I went to Madeleine’s Daughter. The professional and courteous staff brought me and my “bridal posse” into a private room as they listened to my description of the details of my wedding. Although I wasn’t entirely sure of what style I wanted, my consultant assured me not to worry as they have one of the largest selections of bridal attire in the area. After trying on several gowns, she considered my suggestions of what I liked and disliked about each dress, then brought in a final round of dresses she chose to best suit me. She put me in the most beautiful gown that perfectly reflected what I could only dream of wearing on my wedding day. It brought tears to my eyes when I envisioned myself walking down the aisle towards my future husband in that moment. Madeleine’s Daughter is the “Kleinfeld’s” of NH where I was without any doubt and so incredibly thrilled to say yes to my dress. Of course I got my bridesmaids dresses there as well!”

Natalie looked absolutely exquisite on her wedding day and we are so happy to have been a part of that. If you are a Madeleine's Daughter bride and you would like to share your photos and experience, please email us today!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

I'm Engaged- and Everything's Changed!

Earlier this year, we posted a blog in which you got to meet one of our most experienced consultants- McKenzie. When that post was published, she had recently become engaged! There isn't much that can happen to stir up excitement in our shop more than when one of our own becomes engaged.

For McKenzie, her perspective on everything wedding-related also changed once she had a ring on her finger. She writes, "I have been here at Madeleine's Daughter for five years now. I have always kept a very narrow perspective of my part of a bride's wedding planning. I see my job as helping a bride look and feel more beautiful than on any other day in her life! These dresses are the most exquisite things ever and a woman's opportunity to wear one is such an amazing experience. I always encourage a bride to put aside everything else she is seeing for her wedding and allow herself to focus entirely on her self. So what if you are getting married on the beach?! If you want to wear a satin ballgown, then we are going to get you a satin ballgown! Everything about your wedding follows suit with the decision you've made about your dress.
"While I still feel exactly the same, since recently getting engaged myself, my very narrow perspective has widened. I am now so curious about everything else! I love that all rules are out the window and brides and grooms are making their special day ALL about them. And I absolutely love hearing how each couple is planning to do this.

"I feel like I can now relate to the overwhelming task of planning one of these things and have much more awareness of the HUGE cost of everything. I feel blessed to be surrounded by so many unbelievable women who are now able and willing to share so much with me!"

We are SO excited to see how McKenzie's wedding takes shape, but of course the most exciting part for us is seeing which amazing dress ends up being "the one." What are your thoughts on picking a gown? Do you agree with McKenzie's perspective that you should throw out all other thoughts and focus entirely on yourself and your gown? In your opinion, is the gown the most important decision you'll make in terms of planning the wedding? Leave a comment below and tell us what you think!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Meet Our Bride: Nicole

One of the reasons Madeleine's Daughter is such a well-respected and reknowned store is our service. From the moment you walk in our door, you should feel special. Shopping for a bridal gown is an exciting and special experience and we do everything we can to make you feel as pampered as possible. Our bride Nicole wrote a little about her experience with us:

“I had the most amazing experience at Madeleine's Daughter. From the moment I walked in the door, it was all about service. My consultant asked me a few questions about my style and what I was looking for in order to help narrow down the wide selection of dresses. She was completely honest and told me what looked good and what didn't. I never felt like someone was pushing to sell a dress to me. They honestly wanted me to find the perfect dress even if it was not with them. I actually ended up going to 5 different bridal stores and ended up returning to Madeleine's Daughter. What brought me back was the complete experience there. No other shop ever made me feel as special as they did. I've recommended Madeleine's Daughter to all my friends and family. I wish I could be a bride all over again just so I can stop in and visit!”

Doesn't she look beautiful? We're so happy that her experience was wonderful from start to finish and we love hearing about it. You may think we don't like to hear about negative experiences, but you'd actually be wrong. We want to hear about disatisfied brides, too because that is what allows us to grow and work on ways to be even better. If you had a negative experience at any point at MD, believe me when I say we want to know about it. Of course, if it was a wonderful experience, we want to hear about that, too! Email us today to tell us all about what it was like finding your dream dress with us!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Shoesday Tuesday

It's been a while since we had a fun Shoesday Tuesday post, but we couldn't resist posting one after seeing these amazing shoes here the other night for a fitting. Our bride came in for her first fitting and when she took these out of the box, we all just about died!

Are those fun, or what? Fortunately, she was nice enough to let us take a picture to show all of you, too! With shoes this tall, she hardly needed a hem on her dress! We love how much fun brides are having with funky, colorful shoes. It's a great trend right now and we are loving it.

Did you wear crazy shoes for your wedding day? Send us a picture and tell us what made you want to stray from tradition. We love hearing those stories and we especially love seeing pictures! Email us today! 

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Meet our Bride: Denaie

We probably say it at least half a dozen times a day to our brides in the shop and we're constantly saying it on this blog, but that's because we can't really adequately express how much WE LOVE PICTURES!!! We have so much fun working with our brides, first helping them to find their dream dress, then picking out the perfect accessories, and then having the dress tailored to perfection. Finally, on the day the dress leaves our shop, it's a bittersweet moment (for us anyway). We're so happy to see our bride leaving with a perfect dress, but over the course of a year or more, we've gotten to know her and been able to be a part of a truly special time in her life and we're sad to see that time come to an end.

Last summer, our bride Denaie was here having her dress altered and when she left us in September for her wedding, we definitely had that bittersweet moment. Fortunately for us, she sent an amazing photo from her wedding day and we would like to share it with you, too!

Denaie writes, "Thank you guys so much for making my wedding what it was, with that gorgeous dress!!! You guys were so very helpful and I can not thank you enough for all the help. Without the perfect dress a wedding isn't complete - and you made mine complete."

If you are a Madeleine's Daughter bride and you would like to share a little about your experience here and maybe even send a photo along with your story, then please email us! We would truly love to hear from you!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Juhree's Journal: 2012 Bridal Gown Trends

Welcome to the next installment of Juhree's Journal- a monthly series in our blog with our amazing store manager Juhree! Here's what she has to say this time:

This month, I'd like to talk about bridal gown trends that we will be seeing on dresses this year. As you know, last month I talked about our buying trips to New York and Chicago where we saw hundreds of bridal gowns from dozens of designers. There were three very distinct trends that stood out to us this year: cap sleeves, keyhole backs and cape-lets! 

Strapless dresses have dominated the bridal gown market for years and years, but finally we're starting to see some different necklines and cap sleeves! We have had brides asking for cap sleeves for so long and we're thrilled to be able to have a variety of dresses with cap sleeves in our store for you to try on! A perfect example is this gorgeous beaded sheath- Willow by Jenny Packham:

Another great cap-sleeve design is this sheath by Allure:

Something amazing about this Allure dress is that is also features another popular trend this year- the keyhole back:

Isn't it stunning? I love that it's more of a teardrop keyhole shape- that's not something you see all the time! Another beautiful keyhole back dress we just recently got in is Bernadette by Maggie Sottero:

We had brides calling about this dress for months and I'm so excited to be able to have it in the store for them to try on!

Finally, the most unique trend we saw on so many different runways this year was cape-lets! Instead of a traditional bolero or jacket, tons of designers have been creating the most amazing cape-lets! One design we couldn't resist was this one by Alvina Valenta

You may or may not have noticed that all three of these trends all seem to have one other MAJOR 2012 trend in common: lace, lace and more lace! Lace is obviously a traditional bridal fabric, but this season it's everywhere! And the best part is that designers are using it in ways that actually make it look more modern.

The great thing about ALL of these trends is that none of them are purely "of-the-moment" fashion trends. They are all details that have a timeless appeal to them, while at the same time, they look very current and fashionable.

Which of these trends are you obsessed with? Leave a comment below and tell us!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Meet Our Bride: Betsey

Nearly every year, there is a date that brides are drawn to- July 7, 2007 was very popular a few years ago (7/7/07), as was October 10th, 2010 (10/10/10). You may think that 11/11/11 was popular last year, but the truth is that one of the biggest wedding dates of the year was 9/10/11. Many of our brides got married on that day and our alterations department was quite busy that week getting all the dresses finished in time!

Our bride Betsey sent us a photo from her wedding on 9/10/11 wearing a stunning Romona Keveza gown that she found during our annual Thanksgiving Sale:

Betsey writes, "Thank you all for a great experience! I bought my dress during your Thanksgiving sale last year with the help of McKenzie. Here she is on 9/10/11! Romona Keveza!!"

Doesn't she look amazing? And what a great photo to share- we love it! Are you a bride who got married on 9/10/11 last year? We would love to see photos from your big day and hear all about your wedding, so send us an email today and tell us all about it!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Allure Trunk Show and Our Last Bubbles Event!

In the world of bridal fashion, there are quite a few designers with very distinct looks- their aesthetic can be described in a word- sexy, romantic, traditional, etc. There are also designers who are so versatile that there truly is a dress for everyone somewhere within their collection. Allure is one such design house- whether you are looking for a sheath or a ballgown, satin or lace, beaded or plain, they will have a dress that matches your taste. Perhaps this is why our Allure trunk shows tend to be one of the most popular ones that we host!

This year, our Allure Trunk Show will be held March 30th through April 1st and will also be a part of our very popular Bubbles events. On March 31st, you'll be able to check out fabulous ideas from visionary Diana Ma wedding planner. You'll also be able to view creative and unique wedding photography from Sarah Vanessa Photography. This event is going to book fast, so call right away to schedule your appointment.


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