Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Weddings Empowered

One of the trickiest things about planning a wedding is that most brides don't have much experience doing it. The learning curve on planning a wedding is pretty intense, and not everyone has time to scour the internet reading every blog and how-to guide out there. Fortunately, for brides in the seacoast area, there was an event to help them gain loads of practical wedding-planning knowledge directly from the professionals themselves!

Earlier this month, about a dozen wedding industry professionals offered a two-hour long panel discussion for brides and their families. Everything from limo services to hair and make-up artists to wedding planners and DJs were represented. Our owner, Elizabeth Dirom was there to offer advice on wedding attire for the bride and groom.

The most frequently asked questions of each vendor were answered in a clear and concise way and there was a time at the end of the presentation for attendees to approach individual professionals and ask more specific questions. It's an event that we hope to be a part of in the future and the plan is to hold this type of forum at least twice a year. Unlike a traditional bridal show that is focused on promoting individual businesses, this event was geared towards education and helping brides to understand the industry a little more.

As a bride or groom, would you attend an event like this? Leave a comment below and tell us what type of question you would want answered by the panel. We want to hear from you!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Meet Our Bride: Stacie

We almost always recommend shopping for your bridal gown a year in advance. However, there are any number of reasons why a wedding date can get moved up to be a lot sooner than expected. This was the case with our bride Stacie, but we did our best to help her out:

Photo courtesy of Rachel Halsey Photography

Here's how she tells it: “I first went to Madeleine's Daughter two weeks after my engagement for a wedding which, at the time, was over a year away. I have to say it was the most fun day of the entire wedding planning process! I was paired with a wonderful consultant and got to try on as many dresses as I wanted (which was a lot). I was never made to feel like I was being rushed around or shown dresses that were out of the range of style or price that I had indicated.
 A few months later, my fiancĂ© and I decided to fast track our wedding and I had less than three months to plan it all! I saw a beautiful Maggie Sottero dress in a bridal magazine and although it wasn't in stock at MD, they took care of me. They located the dress in my size from the designer and arranged to have it delivered less than a month later. I then got to work with the wonderful alterations department as the dress needed several adjustments in length, fit, bustling and more. Again, anything I needed was addressed. The dress, when finished, felt custom-made for me. I received more compliments on my dress than I ever expected and I thank MD for making my dream dress a reality.”

Quick turnaround can be stressful, but as long as you are in capable hands, you don't need to stress out too much! We're glad we were able to help Stacie's dream dress become a reality! Are you a bride who had to turn everything around quickly? Or did you leisurely plan everything a year in advance? No matter what type you were, we want to hear about your experience, so email us today!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

It's Almost Here- the Annual THANKSGIVING SALE!!!

I can hardly believe that summer is truly over and fall is here. The leaves have changed, I've started to pull out all my cozy sweaters, and here at Madeleine's we've already started preparing for the one and only Annual Thanksgiving Sample Sale!!!

For those of you who don't know what that means, let me explain and prepare to get excited! Our annual sample sale is an amazing opportunity for you to get the dress of your dreams at a bargain price. Hundreds of our sample gowns will be on sale for 40-70% off! Can you believe it? It's a super exciting day for all of us because if there's one thing we all love, it's seeing a bride find her dream dress. And on that particular day, we get to watch that happen over and over again!

Here's how the sale is structured:

Friday, November 23rd (also known as Black Friday):
9:00- Doors open. For the first three hours we're open, it's a free-for-all. Come in with specific dresses to look for OR a blank slate- either way, there will be lots to see and try on. After 12:00, our consultants will work on an appointment basis, however you are still free to come in at any point from 9:00 until we close at 6:00 to browse through the samples and try on whatever you like.
12:00- Appointments begin. For brides who would prefer to have the full-service experience, but want the bargain price, we are offering appointments starting at noon. Appointment times are 12, 1:30, 3:00 and 4:30. It is important to note that ONLY the sale dresses will be available to try on for the first day of the sale.
6:00- End of Day 1 of the sale.

Saturday, November 24th:
10:00- Doors open and appointments begin immediately. We offer appointments at 10, 12, 1:30 and 3:00 on Saturday. Even if you don't have an appointment, you are still welcome to come and browse through the remaining samples.

On Saturday, brides with appointments will not be limited to sale dresses. Consultants will pull anything in the bridal closet that meets your requirements. This is the main difference between having an appointment on Friday versus Saturday.

One important detail to note is that our bridesmaid and mother's dresses will not be out on the floor, so we are not offering any appointments that weekend for those types of dresses.

So there you have it- all the necessary details for an amazing weekend of beautiful dresses at bargain prices! We'll have some sample accessories at great prices that weekend, too, so even if you already have your gown, stop by to take a look at our veils, jewelry, etc. It's one of the most exciting weekends of the year for us and we hope you'll join us and have a blast, too!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Meet Our Bride: Amy

Shopping for a wedding gown is often a family affair- siblings, parents, grandparents, even aunts and uncles are sometimes involved. In Amy's case, she wasn't the first one in her family to come to Madeleine's Daughter and we hope she won't be the last, either!

"My experience at Madeleine's Daughter was simply wonderful!  The staff was welcoming and thoughtful and made my shopping for not just a wedding gown, but my wedding gown, as memorable as I could ever imagine.  All of my expectations were met with ease and understanding.  A truly magnificent experience.  I am one of three girls in my family and Madeleine's Daughter has successfully fit each of us into the perfect wedding gown."

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Meet Our Bride: Kay

We have a lot of brides who ask us about how to travel with their wedding gown. Some get married overseas, others across the country. Some travel in cars, others on planes. All of our brides leave with their dress in an opaque, white bridal bag with our Madeleine's Daughter logo on the front. As if traveling isn't stressful enough, it's even more so when you have such precious cargo as a wedding gown!
Our bride Kay traveled overseas with her gown and wrote to tell us about the experience:
“I had a lovely experience at Madeleine’s Daughter. The decision process was made very simple and straightforward. Having the number of dresses shown limited was exactly what I wanted and keeping the showings within my price range saved everyone from heartache. Everyone was very straightforward with pricing but also flexible which surprised me and was greatly appreciated. There was no pressure to go above budget or push me outside my comfort zone. While everyone was complimentary, there was no over the top 'Say Yes to the Dress' frivolity; I was told what looked good and what didn't and I really appreciated that. The staff was very sweet and worked with my schedule; when my sister came in from out of town they squeezed me in so I could show her the dress. My mom decided to buy me the veil as a gift and the staff easily determined which one, what color, and ordered it without any issue, all over the phone with my mother overseas. I was very impressed by the amount the staff knew about the dresses and designers; it really helped me feel more confident in my purchase. All around a great experience! I was proud to be carrying a Madeleine's Daughter dress bag through the airport. Thank you so much!”

Did you travel far with your wedding gown? How did you do it? Was it very stressful for you? Leave a comment or send an email and tell us all about it

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Red Carpet Vs. Bridal Fashion

Are you a bridal fashionista? The kind of bride who wants to look like she's walking the runway as she heads down the aisle? Well, we've got some amazing high fashion designs for you!

Check out Nina Dobrev in this gorgeous Donna Karan gown:

What we love is the amazing textured skirt. Obviously, the bold red color wouldn't be a likely wedding gown choice, but you can still have the drama of this skirt with this phenomenal gown by Alvina Valenta:

Alvina Valenta Style #9200

Next up is Octavia Spencer in a stunning beaded sheath by Tadashi Shoji:

Beading this exquisite is hard to find and only a handful of designers really know how to do it this well. Jenny Packham is our favorite when it comes to beaded sheaths:
Jenny Packham "Luna"

Not all red carpet looks are completely over-the-top. Sometimes a classic silhouette that fits perfectly is all you need to make a statement. Sofia Vergara makes an amazing statement in this gown by Marchesa:
This timeless gown by Mikaela has all the same elements, but in a beautiful bridal ivory- perfect fitted bodice, luxurious fabric and a flattering neckline:
Mikaela Style #1239

Finally, a trend we saw on the red carpet and LOVED was illusion necklines. Designers played around with beadwork and embellishments over sheer fabrics to create amazing necklines like this Alberta Ferretti gown on Kelly Rowland:
While the silhouette is different, this Pronovias gown has a similar embellishment on the bodice:
Pronovias "Elena"

Do any of these gowns appeal to the fashionista in you? No matter what the trend you want to emulate, we're certain we have something in our store that will be perfect for you. Call today to schedule an appointment to try on one (or all) of these amazing gowns!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Meet Our Bride: Kelly

It only takes a few words to sum up Kelly's experience in our shop, but they're really great words!

“I had a great time with my bridal consultant.  She was fun, professional and had an excellent understanding of what I was looking for.  She really made the bridal shopping experience relaxing and extraordinary.”

"Extraordinary" is what we strive for, and we're thrilled to have succeeded in Kelly's case. And while we're on the subject of extraordinary things, check out this photo she sent us:

"Extraordinary" barely seems sufficient, don't you think? Leave a comment and tell us what you think of Kelly's gorgeous photos. Also, email us to tell us all about your experience with Madeleine's Daughter. You never know when you'll see it on the blog!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Toni Federici Trunk Show Starts Today!

At Madeleine's Daughter, we all LOVE accessories- veils, jewelry, headpieces, shoes- we just can't get enough. So you can understand our excitement when all the items for our Toni Federici trunk show arrived today. We already carry a lot of Toni's accessories in our store on a regular basis, but the trunk show allows us to show you even more of her amazing designs. We love Toni because she not only designs beautiful things, but she has a wide variety of items. No matter what your dress- ballgown or sheath, lace or beadwork, ivory or blush- there are pieces that will work beautifully to finish your bridal look!

To give you an idea, we put some looks together using some of our favorite bridal gowns and the trunk show accessories. First, we did a classic lace gown by Watters:

We accessorized Devenport by Watters with one of our absolute favorite Toni Federici veils- "Sunrise." We don't often recommend a lace veil with a lace gown unless they are made to be matching, but because of the design, the lace on "Sunrise" works with SO many lace dresses. It also works with a more plain gown. We love how the detail pops against Ashley's arm and how the dainty ribbon edge mimics the edging of the lace on the gown.
Finishing your bridal look doesn't stop with the veil- you can't forget about jewelry! With such a stunning lace gown, we wanted to keep the jewelry simple and elegant, so we opted for pearls with just a touch of sparkle. The earrings are called "Jasmine" and the bracelet is "Mangia" and they not only work well together, but they perfectly complement the dress and veil.
Our next look centers around this gorgeous slim-fitting ruched gown by Essense of Australia. The satin, lace and delicate beading are quintessential New England details that work just as well in a glamorous Boston venue or a rustic mountain-top farm:
Whether you are getting married in a grand cathedral or a field of flowers, a long veil is a great choice. It adds grandeur for a church setting, but it catches the breeze during an outdoor ceremony. Let's just admit it: all the best veil photos are with long ones! This gorgeous chapel-length veil is called "Grace Kelly" and it features a 1/4 inch double-faced satin ribbon edge. There are of course several color choices for both the tulle and the ribbon, so it's easy to customize this veil to match your dress whether it's white, ivory or champagne!
Matching the delicate beadwork on this Essense dress was actually pretty easy- these earrings, called "Lilly" and this headpiece, "Origami" are made of delicate crystals and tiny pearls. The headpiece will look amazing all on its own when you take the veil off for the reception.
Look #3 is a stunning lace sheath by Allure. The dress is so vintage, we knew the birdcage look would work best:
Simple pearl drop studs and a sparkly fabric flower complete the look and truly take this bridal look to the next level. All the elements work together to create a vintage-inspired look that is classic and modern at the same time.
The veil, appropriately called "Hollywood" has just a touch of dainty sparkle to it. With the amazing crystal details in the flower, called "Fondue," you'll truly be decadent and sparkle from all angles. The earrings- called "Mochi" are the perfect finishing touch- not too much, not too little- they're just right. 
For our final look, we wanted something with drama, something a little out of the ordinary. We decided to accessorize this champagne and black gown by Maggie Sottero:
Isn't it stunning? Lots of brides want to make a fashion statement on their big day and color is a great way to do that. We have gowns in different shades of blush as well as some with black accents like this one. You may think it's difficult to accessorize a gown that's in a non-traditional color, but Toni offers so many different colors and styles, we guarantee there will be plenty of pieces that work with your gown.
With a dramatic gown, you can have more dramatic accessories, as long as they all work together. We chose a black feather headpiece called "Ginger" and added a brooch called "Willow" with champagne-colored crystals to it, creating a custom headpiece! The butterscotch tulle of the "Violet" veil matches the champagne of the gown perfectly and the simple cut-edge just melts into the dress. Finally, the glitzy "Ritzy" earrings finish the look flawlessly. All she needs now is an amazing pair of shoes and she's ready! Too bad Toni doesn't design shoes!
Belts, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, brooches, tiaras, hair combs, headbands, and of course all shapes, sizes and colors of veils will be in our store until the end of the month. Call us today to book an accessories appointment. If your dress is here, we'll pull it out and have it ready. If not, you can always shop using our sample. And if you didn't buy your dress here, that's ok- book an appointment and bring your dress with you!
Whether your dress is covered in embellishments or just a simple design, we promise there are accessories here for you. Veils can sometimes be the trickiest, but as you can see from the pictures below, there are a lot of options!

We have lace:
We have sparkle:
We have every trim imaginable:
Book your appointment for the trunk show and save 10% on any order you place for Toni Federici accessories! Our consultants can't wait to help you create the perfect bridal look.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Procrastinating Patty

Congratulations!  You’re engaged and planning your dream wedding.  As much fun as it can be to plan a wedding, sometimes brides can get caught up in all the details that they lose track of time and don’t realize that it can take 6 to 8 months for a wedding gown to arrive. Add three months for alterations and suddenly they're stressed beyond belief! In other cases, there are those brides that decide to plan a wedding within 6 months and need a dress faster than usual because they're doing everything faster than usual!  Here are some options for those “Procrastinating Patty's” out there. 

-          Buy a sample dress: We are continuously getting new dresses in for new seasons and upcoming trends. We have new Spring 2012 wedding gowns that we are able to sell directly out of our stock to you. No waiting for your dress to arrive, just cross it off the “To Do” list.  And when it comes to sizes available, while most of our samples tend to be 8, 10, and 12, there are quite few options for much smaller sizes as well as larger including plus sizes.

-          Rush order: Every designer is different, some will not allow “rush cuts” on every gown and some will only allow them during certain times of the year. There is an additional charge to have a dress “rushed” and every designer varies in the price for a rush cut. You may also consider rushing the alterations. While we typically prefer three months for alterations, for an additional fee, we'll complete the alterations in as little as two weeks.

-          Select designers have quick delivery times: Nicole Miller, Paloma Blanca, or Allure are a few designers that we can get in our shop a little faster than what is typical. This does not always mean that they won’t charge a rush fee in order to get it here in time, but they are a few designers that you have the potential to avoid a rush fee despite quick delivery. 

-          Bridesmaid dress as your wedding gown: Just about every designer of bridesmaid dresses offers white or ivory as a color option. They vary in fabrics too, from chiffon to satin, taffeta to lace. You can get a really nice and inexpensive dress in just 3 to 4 months.

So now that you have a few options if you’re in a pinch, give us a call and set up an appointment with one of our fantastic consultants. We’ll help you find your perfect wedding day look no matter how soon your wedding might be!


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