Thursday, November 29, 2012

Introducing Our Newest Jewelry Line: Elizabeth Bower

At Madeleine's Daughter, we completely understand that every bride wants to have her own unique look on her wedding day, right down to the details. We pride ourselves on having a wide range of accessories to choose from to help create an amazing head-to-toe wedding day look. Whether you are a traditional bride who wants lace and pearls or a more modern bride looking to bling it out in every way imaginable. Whether you want to look fashionable, timeless, elegant, glamorous or anything else, we are positive there are pieces here that you will love.

In an effort to always have new, exciting pieces in the store, we do take on new designers every now and then. This fall, we decided to carry a new jewelry line by Elizabeth Bower. An Australian designer whose pieces have graced the red carpet and the runway, Elizabeth Bower has created a line of bridal jewelry that literally ANY bride would want to wear. Her pieces are made using semi-precious stones and swarovski elements as well as rhodium plating (ideal for heirloom quality jewelry).

Check out these gorgeous pieces:

Blossom Stud Pearl Earrings
 
 
Crystal Cascade Chandelier Earrings
 
 
Grace Bracelet
 
Have you decided on all your bridal jewelry yet? If not, call today and make an appointment to work with one of our amazing bridal consultants who are experts at outfitting a bride from head to toe!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Meet Our Bride: Ann Marie

Madeleine's Daughter has been in business for 37 years, so it's reasonable for us to see multiple customers from the same family over the years. It's really fun to see our former brides come in with their sisters, sisters-in-law, aunts, cousins, mothers, etc. This was the case for Ann Marie:

 
Here's Ann Marie's story: “I had a great experience at Madeleine's Daughter! My sister got her dress there and I wouldn’t go anywhere else. The quality of the gowns is exceptional and the service is superior of any other bridal salon out there. My consultant knew my style as soon as I walked in the door. I tried on lots of dresses and chose this Kenneth Pool dress. The in house seamstress was great and very experienced. I couldn’t tell you how many people have asked me where I got it and send everyone to Madeleine’s Daughter!”
 
Gorgeous photo, gorgeous bride, and we love that it's a family tradition now! Are you one of multiple family members who found their gown at Madeleine's? We would be thrilled to hear from you! Email us today!

 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Shoesday Tuesday: Not the Shoes!

It's been a while since we had a Shoesday Tuesday post, but despite that, I'm not even going to talk about shoes today! But I do promise to post a picture of a gorgeous shoe, at the very least.

Today I want to talk about all the other things your shoes might need in order to be as comfortable and functional as possible on the big day. These might not be the most glamorous things you'll wear on your wedding day, but they are the types of things that help your shoes fit and feel great. And let's be honest, feeling great is ultra important on your wedding day!

Pictured from left to right- Sole Mates, Heavenly Heelz, Strappy Strips
 
Pictured from left to right: Tip Toes, Killer Kushionz

First up, I want to talk about Sole Mates. These little gems are your best friend if you're getting married outside. They are clear plastic pieces that slide onto the heel of your shoe and provide you with a wider, more stable base. Is your ceremony in a beautiful field, but you don't want to sink into the ground through your entire walk down the grassy aisle? Sole Mates will be your saving grace!

 Here's that AMAZING shoe I promised to show you!
 
Brides put a lot of thought and often a lot of money into their shoe choice, so it only make sense to protect them and take good care of them on the big day. Sole Mates will keep that beautiful ivory silk heel from getting scuffed up or covered in dirt. We often have brides purchase these little miracle-workers for all their bridesmaids, too. It's amazing how well they work!
 
All the other items- the Heavenly Heelz, Strappy Strips, Tip Toes and Killer Kushionz are designed to cushion and provide comfort. Here's a breakdown of how each item funtions:
 
Heavenly Heelz: If your shoe is the tiniest bit too big, but not quite so big that you need to go up a size, Heavenly Heelz will fill in the gap and prevent your shoes from slipping off.
 
Strappy Strips: You know how sometimes your strappy high heels will sort of dig into your skin and give you a nasty blister? Strappy strips keep that from happening. They're tiny and fit on even the daintiest straps to make them so much more comfortable.
 
Tip Toes: Walking in high heels can be really hard on the ball of your foot, so try Tip Toes to give just that part of your foot a little extra cushion.
 
Killer Kushionz: For shoes that are a little too stiff and don't have a lot of cushion under the entire foot, try Killer Kushionz. They don't take up a lot of space in your shoes like a traditional insert, but they still provide you with a soft cushion under your foot. Your feet will thank you!
 
What kind of issues did you encounter with your bridal shoes? Did you find a solution? Leave a comment below and tell us all about it!




 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Meet Our Bride: Amy

At Madeleine's Daughter, we pride ourselves on our service. We want our brides to feel comfortable coming here not only for the dress, but for anything they need- bridesmaid dresses, jewelry, a veil, pretty much anything! Amy is one of our brides who worked with our staff to create her entire bridal look from top to bottom:

 
"The service at Madeline's was fantastic!  My consultant helped me pick the perfect dress and created an entire look including my veil and jewelry.  The staff was always pleasant and I had a great experience!  Thank you for helping make my wedding day so special!"
 
 
Are you a Madeleine's Daughter bride? Have you sent us your photos yet? What are you waiting for? Email us today!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Lace, Lace, Lace

Lace is one of those mysterious textiles that is simply stunning and oh-so coveted, especially by brides. There's something about lace that just makes a girl feel like a bride. Even if she ends up in a plain gown without a bit of lace on it, a bride will then often find a way to incorporate lace with her accessories like her veil or a bolero jacket. Brides love lace- it's just a fact. Lace only seems to be gaining popularity, so in an effort to help you find the perfect lace gown for your wedding day, we've put together this blog to help inform you of what is out there.

The trickiest thing about lace is its cost. Lace is expensive, and high quality lace is REALLY expensive. To illustrate the various costs of lace, we've put together some photos of lace gowns in our store and the general price range they fall into.

One of the most frequent requests we get in our store is for a lace gown with some type of strap or cap sleeve. V-neck sleeveless gowns are often requested, too.

 
 

Obviously, the bigger the budget, the more options available to you, however, if lace is something you want, we DO have something for every budget. For the bride looking to spend less than $1,000, we have several amazing bridesmaid gowns including the one pictured above. Many bridesmaid gowns are available in white or ivory, and are as beautiful and elegant as many bridal gowns. You probably didn't even realize the gown on the left was a bridesmaid dress until I told you so.
 
 
When a bride pictures herself in lace, it usually isn't just in small bits- she wants lace from head to toe. Slim-fitting silhouettes are far and away the most popular shapes for lace gowns. Again, we have something for everyone and every price point:
 
The dress on the left is from the Encore Collection by Watters and is available in full length for a small additional charge, so don't be deterred by the length in the photo. The other three dresses show the variety in necklines available- there is everything from sweetheart to high necklines and everything in between.
 
Not every lace-loving bride wants a slim silhouette- we get plenty of brides looking for lace AND a full skirt. Again, there are lots of options. However, once you start getting into fuller dresses, the lowest price point tends to disappear as you can see:
 
 
 
While there is something out there for every style and price point, sometimes the budget doesn't always match up with the wishes of the bride. To help you in your search, check out the list below. It will help you narrow your search and find the perfect lace dress within your budget. Good luck and most of all remember to have fun shopping! Finding your bridal gown should be a great experience!
 
For lace under $1,000:
 
For lace $1,000- $2,000:
- Wtoo
 
For lace $2,000- $4,000:
 
For lace over $4,000:
- Alvina Valenta

 


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Meet Our Bride: Allyson

We never tire of hearing from our brides and seeing their photos from the big day. Allyson is no exception:



Here's her story: “It was a pleasure to work with Madeleine’s Daughter! From having the dress come in so that my mom could see it to the custom pearls matching my grandmother’s bracelet, Madeleine’s help make our day amazing. The dress just glowed in the sunshine and my husband was practically speechless at how beautiful it was. Thank you for such a special experience and such a special dress!”

Seeing our smiling brides looking absolutely stunning truly never gets old. If you're a Madeleine's Daughter bride and you haven't told us your story or sent us your pictures yet, what are you waiting for? Email us today!
 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Trend: Mismatched Bridesmaids

I know you're obsessed with the trend of mismatched bridesmaids, so I decided to write a post dedicated to helping you do it successfully. We've all seen the photos all over Pinterest with perfectly mismatched dresses that look like Martha Stewart handpicked them to create the most beautifully eclectic and chic bridal party on the planet. We've also seen plenty of photos of the unsuccessful mismatched look where you can't tell what the theme was (if any).

If creating the perfect mismatched look seems daunting to you, just relax! Below is everything you need to know to do it right. There are a couple of rules that can help guide you, but ultimately, it's about finding a combination that you love and that makes all your girls look great.

Rule #1: No matter how mismatched, they should still look like your bridal party. As your bridesmaids, they are supposed to stand out from your guests, and their attire should reflect that.
Rule #2: No matter how mismatched, there should still be some unifying look about them. This can be the fabric or color of the dress, or even just their accessories and/or flowers. You'll see as we continue.

There are ultimately three different ways to mismatch your bridesmaids successfully:
1.) Different dress, same color.
2.) Same dress, different color.
3.) Different dress, different color.

The first option- Different dress, Same color- is very popular and probably the best way to create a unified look while also giving each bridesmaid the opportunity to show her own style. Below are four gowns all in the same shade of grey and all made in the same fabric- chiffon:

 
Why this works:  
- Even though all the dresses are different, they all come from the same designer, and are in the same fabric and color.
- When photographed, they will all reflect light in the same way because the fabric is the same in all four dresses.
- In addition, each bridesmaid is able to choose the neckline, silhouette and even length that will flatter her the most.
 
Advantages of this option:
- Every bridesmaid gets to choose a dress she feels good in.
- Easy to accessorize- just choose the same shoes, jewelry and flowers for each girl and it will instantly make the entire party look cohesive.
 
What's tricky about this option:
- Hem lengths might not all agree. If you let your girls choose any short dress they like, you may end up with some above the knee, some below, some tea length, etc. (Solve this problem by being specific about the length or by putting everyone in floor length dresses.)
- What if two girls want the same dress? Do you let them wear the same thing despite everyone else being different, or make them duke it out? Or worse yet, do you decide for them and risk the dreaded "Bridezilla" title? Think about this BEFORE the appointment and have a plan for how to handle that scenario.
 
The second option- Same dress, Different color- is just about as popular as the first. In this scenario, you will have to find one dress that works for all the body types in your bridal party and then choose colors from your wedding for them to wear.
 
 
Why this works:
- Since the dresses are all the same, it brings the look together. (There's that cohesion we keep talking about.)
- The colors chosen are part of the overall wedding color scheme, so despite being different, each one makes sense within the bigger picture.
- Because it's the same dress, the fabric will also be the same, so it will photograph the same, flow the same, etc.
 
Advantages of this option:
- Bridesmaids won't have to fight over who gets to wear which dress- they're all in the same style!
- You can choose the most flattering colors for each skin tone so each girl looks and feels great!
- Easy to accessorize as well- again choose the same shoes, flowers and jewelry and it will all come together perfectly!
 
What's tricky about this option:
- Finding the ONE dress that everyone loves, that flatters all body types, fits all bugdets and that comes in the various shades you want can be a tall order.
 
The third option- Different dress, Different color- is probably the least popular and the most difficult to pull off. Success will ultimately come down to fabric and color choice.
 
 
Why this works:
- In the case of the photo above with four lovely shades of purple, they are all the same type of fabric. They are all by different designers, but because they are all chiffon, they will all photograph in a similar way and move similarly as well.
- They are all the same length and they are all strapless, sweetheart necklines. While you don't have to be quite so specific with having the same neckline and length, both can be details that help unify the party.
 
Advantages of this option:
- Price: if one of your girls is struggling financially, she can find a dress that meets your parameters that also falls within her budget.
- Freedom: Your girls get to have control over so many aspects of their dress choice- it makes shopping for it a little more fun.
 
What's tricky about this option:
If you say to your girls, "Just pick a purple dress- I don't care what the style or fabric is," you will end up with a party that looks like this:
 
Ew.
 
There is satin, organza, tulle, taffeta, chiffon and literally six different shades of purple (including one irridescent!) in this monstrosity of a bridal party. What on earth about this says "cohesive?" There aren't enough matching shoes, earrings and bouquets in the world to make this motley crew look elegant and appropriate. I know what you're thinking, "Well, of course it doesn't work with purple, but I'm having a neutral wedding- all my girls are wearing champagne. Also, they're all required to wear a long dress, so they'll all be perfectly elegant and appropriate." In response, I present to you THIS monstrosity:
 
Oh, my.
 
Are you starting to see my point? As much as you might want to tell your girls that they have freedom and that they can even just pick something out of their closets, the result will truly be a mish-mash of fabric, silhouette and color. In other words, they need parameters and it's up to you to decide what those are. The one and only time you can truly say, "Just pick whatever you want," and have it look good is if you tell them to find an LBD (Little Black Dress).
 
 
See what I mean? Despite there being four different fabrics, neclines and silhouettes, black is black. It just works. 
 
Well, if you managed to get all the way to the end of this post, then you can consider yourself well-versed in the methods of mismatching your bridesmaids. However, if this all still seems a little overwhelming, I have one very simple solution for you: the convertible dress. I know you've seen them and we have the best one on the market right in our store available for you to try on and play with all the different ways of wearing it. It's designed by Jenny Yoo and it comes in both long and short versions that can literally be worn in dozens of different ways:
 
 
Did you have mismatched bridesmaids at your wedding? What made you choose that kind of look? Leave a comment below or email us with your story and photos!
 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Meet Our Bride: Julie

Our bride Julie looked absolutely stunning on her big day, and we had to share her photos and story with you:



“Madeleine’s Daughter provided me with my dream wedding dress! It was exactly like everyone said it would be, when I put it on, I knew it was “the one”! The staff was very friendly. Each visit I had was with the same consultant, and I felt like we were friends at the end!! Thank you so much for making my wedding experience extra special!”

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Featured Bridal Vendor: The Wedding Belle

Here at Madeleine's Daughter, we have a lot of connections. We know all the best bridal photographers, wedding planners, florists, make-up artists, hair stylists, DJ's, etc. in the New England area and we're happy to hook you up with whatever you need. And to make it even easier, we're going to be featuring lots of them right here on the blog. We know that our brides want the best in the business, the highest level of service, etc. and we want to make it easy for you to get in touch with the amazing wedding professionals that we respect the most. You can trust that if we're recommending them, then they're top notch. First up: The Wedding Belle.


Leslie Barbini, the owner of The Wedding Belle, is an incredibly creative, positive, energetic, professional with over a decade of experience designing and coordinating weddings. Leslie and her staff of "Belles" work incredibly hard to create some of the most breathtakingly beautiful weddings we've ever seen (you can see some of their work here). But whether you need the entire wedding planned and designed, or just a little assistance keeping things running on the actual big day, there is a package that will work for you.

The Wedding Belle is an all-encompassing event planning company that works to make every event exceptional, unique, and as stress-free as possible. Owner Leslie and her team of Belles have been designing, planning and executing New England Weddings and Celebrations for the past 8 years; specializing in custom touches for each special event in our client’s lives.

With a package to fit every budget, and an a la carte menu that covers everything a potential party planner would need (including the DIY bride), there really is something for everyone.

“The best part about my job is knowing that I am adding to the joy and lessening the stress placed on the hosts. Rather than get bogged down in the details, our clients can enjoy the event and the months leading up to it!” – Rachael, Belle since 2010

To hear what The Wedding Belle’s clients are saying, check out their Wedding Wire review page! http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/the-wedding-belle-nottingham/d57d3fc9f189ae4c.html

You can also hear The Wedding Belle on the radio, as they annouce the launch their new division, The Party Belle! Tune into WERZ and find out all that The Party Belle can do for you!

Website: www.theweddingbelle.net
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Wedding-Belle/187533500837
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/myweddingbelle
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/myweddingbelle/

Quite a few Madeleine's Daughter brides have used The Wedding Belle, so don't just take our word for it. Check out all the testimonials and glowing reviews and decide for yourself! 

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