Saturday, December 29, 2012

Meet Our Bride: 2012 Recap

We know how much you've enjoyed our "Meet Our Bride" series here on the blog, so for our final post in 2012, we thought we'd do a recap of some of your (and our) favorites! Enjoy! (Click on the brides name to be taken to the original post.)







We're so glad you've enjoyed our "Meet Our Bride" series! Do you think we should continue doing it for the next year? Is it something you look forward to seeing? Leave a comment and tell us what you think!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Cozy, Fuzzy Winter Wedding Accessories

We love winter weddings. It's an adventurous bride who will get married in the middle of winter in New England, but that courage pays off in spades with beautiful snow-covered photos. Of course, since most bridal gowns don't offer a lot of coverage over the arms and shoulders, if you're getting married in the winter, you need to invest in an extra accessory or two. We love cozy, fuzzy capes and shrugs and jackets. In fact, we recently got a new, gorgeous capelet in the store that is the perfect winter wedding accessory:

Were you a winter-bride? What did you wear with your gown to keep the chill out? Leave a comment and tell us all about it!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Meet Our Bride: Kathryn

We often hear how surprised people are when they walk through our front doors for the first time. They're surprised at the atmostphere, at the selection we offer, at the quality of the service they received- they're surprised by a lot of things. Pleasantly surprised, that is. Maybe it comes from having less-than-great experiences elsewhere, or just not expecting much from a bridal salon in a small seacoast New Hampshire town, but ultimately, we're always happy to pleasantly surprise our brides and their friends and family with an exceptional experience. This was the case for Kathryn:

Here's how she tells it:

“I came up to Madeleine's Daughter for a Pronovias trunk show and was pleasantly surprised with the store.  The main salon and the dressing rooms were comfortable and spacious and both my friends and I felt comfortable and welcomed into the store. My consultant was very friendly and really listened to what I wanted in a dress. While I had a pretty good idea of what I was looking for, she was knowledgeable about what the store had in stock and brought me a variety of options that combined all of the features that I was looking for in a dress. Once I had made my final choice, I opted to purchase my dress from Madeleine's Daughter instead of from the Pronovias Flagship store in New York City, because I really appreciate the personal attention that I received on my visit. Thank you for helping me feel beautiful for my husband!”

Hearing from our brides and seeing their photos is so inspiring to us. Email us today if you want to share your story with us!


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Don't Forget the Flower Girl!

Shopping for your dress is obviously super memorable and of course picking out your bridesmaid dresses is also a lot of fun. But don't forget the last little girl in your party- the flower girl! Flower girl dresses are just the sweetest, most precious dresses in our store and we absolutely love seeing a little flower girl as she and her family shop for her "dream dress."

We carry several lines of flower girl dresses, so there is bound to be something that works for your wedding. Lots of brides like to use the flower girl dress as an option to create a "mini-me." For example, one of our brides had selected the Maggie Sottero gown called Mona Lisa Royale as her wedding gown:

When shopping for her flower girl dress, it was immediately apparent that this Joan Calabrese style was the perfect miniature version of the Maggie gown:
Perfect, right? The Seahorse Collection by Watters actually has a line of flower girl dresses called "Mini Me" that are intended to be paired with their bridal gowns.
Of course, not every dress has a perfect miniature version, so in that case you just need to make sure your flower girl is wearing something she loves and that is comfortable for her. We love this adorable sequin dress from the Watters Seahorse Collection:
Another great option for flower girls is the Custom Event Collection by Us Angels. This line allows you to choose a dress and then customize the look of it with various sashes, ribbons, and flowers. This makes it easy to incorporate your wedding colors into the flower girl dress:
What are your favorite flower girl looks? Do you love a "mini me" or something unique that suits that particular flower girl? Leave a comment below and tell us what you think!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Meet Our Bride: Stephanie

 You can obviously tell from our "Meet Our Bride" series this year that we absolutely LOVE hearing from our brides after the big day. Most brides send a photo or two, but what we really love is when we get the slideshow, or at least a whole lot of gorgeous photos. We adore seeing the whole look and how it all came together and we just can't get enough of the pictures. Stephanie was one of our brides who came through in spades where photos are concerned and we're excited to share them with you, too!



From start to finish, it looks like it was a beautiful day for the happy couple. Stephanie had such a great experience at Madeleine's that she's even sent some of her friends here. But I'll let her tell you what it was like finding her dream gown:

“My experience at Madeleine's Daughter was amazing. Everyone was so helpful and pleasant. My bridal consultant was knowledgeable and took the time to make sure that I found exactly what I was looking for. She helped me find my dream dress and made the entire process from picking out the gown to fittings and alterations fun and relaxed. I have recommended Madeleine's to several friends who have all purchased their gowns there and I always look forward to making a trip to Madeleine's with them. I will continue to recommend Madeleine's Daughter as a first and last stop to all of my family and friends. Thank you!”
If you're like Stephanie and you have a great story and even greater photos to share, email us today! You never know when it might be YOU featured on our blog!

Thursday, December 13, 2012


The 2nd-dress trend is growing at a mile a minute. We can't keep enough reception/rehearsal/exit dresses in the store for all the brides who want to have that 2nd look on their wedding night. Fortunately for us, Watters & Watters has created a whole new line dedicated to the 2nd dress phenomenon, appropriately called "Encore."

The dresses are beautifully made and there is literally something for everyone. Additionally, if you would rather a full-length dress, each one is available in a long version at a minimal charge. Our favorites are the lace ones:

Trust me when I say that as great as these dresses look now, the pictures are really not doing them justice. One of our favorite things about this line is the versatility of it. The color combinations are practically endless, so incorporating colors from your wedding is actually really simple. The lace comes in six different colors- white, ivory, blush, dove, navy and black, but that's not the exciting part. The exciting part are the lining options- Watters offers 30- yes, you read that right- 30 different colors for the lining. Also, for the dresses with a ribbon at the waist, there are 20 different color options for that detail as well! The possibilities of color combinations are amazing. And you can even go online and look at different color combinations for each dress. We made a few just for fun:
This version of Camellia is so feminine! We chose the blush lace, cameo lining and shell pink ribbon. So pretty in pink!
For the bride who loves color, we created this version of Hydrangea using ivory lace, fuchsia lining and a plum ribbon. So fun!
For the bride who wants a sultry look, consider Posey in all black. It's sleek, sexy and an LBD you'll wear over and over again!
The Encore Collection is a sampling of the dresses we have available in our store for brides to wear for their rehearsal, reception or just as an exit dress, but it's far and away the most versatile and customizable option. The dresses can take a couple of months to come in, so don't wait until the last minute to create yours. Call us today to set up an appointment to come and try some on!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Maria Elena Trunk Show

As a bride, don't you want to wear something that could be passed down for generations and worn by brides in your family for years and years? Obviously, it's not always possible to wear a gown from your mother or grandmother. Besides sizing differences, there's also the issue of the fabric wearing thin over the years that just makes it impractical if not impossible.

Jewelry and headpieces, on the other hand, can be passed down for generations if they are high quality. They are often more timeless in terms of style as well.

Maria Elena started making bridal accessories because she wanted her daughter to have a headpiece that could become an heirloom. What resulted from her first project was the company that she runs and designs for still today- Maria Elena Headpieces.

Headbands, hair combs, veils, fascinators, purses, rosaries, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, belts, sashes, cuff links- Maria Elena designs it all. And because she truly wants these pieces to become heirlooms, they are guaranteed for life. Should a rhinestone ever pop out or a clasp break, she'll fix it free of charge.

The intricate designs are unlike anything else you'll find, so schedule an appointment today for the trunk show and come pick out the perfect heirloom accessories for your wedding day.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Meet Our Bride: Kayla

Madeleine's Daughter has been in business for 37 years, so it stands to reason that we would have seen multiple generations come through our doors. This was the case for Kayla and her mom:

Here's the story as she tells it:
“I had a fabulous experience, from the beginning to end, when I picked up my gown. My mom's wedding dress was the first dress she tried on at Madeleine's Daughter about 27 years ago, and we thought it would be special if I had the same experience. And I did!! My consultant worked with my mom, sister, and me to find the perfect dress. She listened to our price range, considered my likes and dislikes, and pulled a great selection of dresses to try on. The first dress I tried on was the one!! She brought out accessories, headpieces and different veils to accompany my taste. She made suggestions and offered useful tips for everything from planning the wedding to planning my look. I felt like she really got to know me and my family too. In fact, my dress is almost an exact replica of my Barbie's dress that I had growing up... it was crazy to see when I returned home and thought of it! I was excited to share this experience with my consultant. In fact, my sister said that she would like to have her help in the future when she plans her own wedding! She made us all feel so welcome! Thank you!”
What a great story! It's so awesome for Kayla and her mom to have had such great experiences at the same store so many years apart. Who knows? Maybe Kayla's daughter will shop for her wedding gown here someday.
Are you a Madeleine's Daughter bride who wants to share her story and photos on our blog? Email us today!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Featured Bridal Vendor: Jardiniere

Besides the bride in her beautiful gown, the next detail at a wedding that always takes my breath away is the flowers. We often have flowers by Jardiniere here in our store- whether it's an employee getting them from someone special or even our customers receiving flowers from their fiance (classy touch, guys), we see amazing bouquets and arrangements lovingly crafted by Jardiniere all the time. But it's stated the best on their website:

"It all started in New York City, when our flower-loving founder Kathie Colella began a private client flower business based on the fresh idea of using only the best blooms on the market in her arrangements.

Her floral creations quickly became the toast of the town – servicing clients from Park Avenue to the Hamptons. After falling in love over a bouquet of roses herself, Kathie moved from the city to New Hampshire where she planted the seeds that would become Jardiniere Flowers. With a fantastic staff of artists and designers and an unrelenting passion for flowers, Kathie continues to offer the finest flora available.

At Jardiniere, an appreciation of nature’s beauty, creative design, artistic precision, and a love of flowers are always the order of the day."

I'll let these photos speak for themselves. I think you'll agree that words can't adequately describe how beautiful these flowers are:

Flowers are such an important part of the wedding day- not only do they provide a beautiful element of the decor, but they are the final touch to the overall look of the bridal party. Call Jardiniere today to get started designing the flowers for your big day. You won't regret it!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Watters Trunk Show- Book Today!

We are SO excited to kick off the new year with a trunk show with one of our favorite designers- Watters and Wtoo! Book your appointment today- we have plenty of openings for Friday, Saturday AND Sunday!

Watters and Wtoo always have the most feminine dresses in both classic/traditional styles and modern trendy looks. They are always on the cutting edge of whatever trend is most current and because of the two separate divisions, there's a range of price points to cover many budgets.

Sydney by Watters

Emerson by Wtoo

As a special incentive, for the weekend of the trunk show ONLY, we'll be offering $200 off every Watters gown and $100 off every Wtoo gown ordered! If there is a specific dress you are hoping to try on, call us at the shop to find out if we're going to have it here for the trunk show. We also carry quite a few designs by both Watters and Wtoo in our store on a regular basis, so if you're not available for the trunk show, book an appointment with us anyway!

We can't wait for this trunk show and we hope you're as excited as we are! Call today to book your appointment!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Meet Our Bride: Sarah

It's amazing how far some of our brides will travel to shop for their bridal gown. Sarah came all the way from Nova Scotia and we're so happy that it was worth the trip for her:

Here's her story:
"I want to thank Madeleine's for such an outstanding experience! At the time of my engagement I was living in Nova Scotia, but I had friends who insisted that I check out Madeleine's before I chose my gown. I am so happy that I made the trip! My bridal consultant was amazing and really listened to what I wanted. Not only did she find my dream dress almost immediately (it was the second dress I tried on!) but she also had me try on a few other different styles just so that I didn't have any lingering doubts about my selection. When I left Madeleine's I knew that I had made the right selection for me, and I could not wait to get home to tell my fiancé that I had found the dress that I was going to wear when I married the man of my dreams. Thank you for being so welcoming to me and my guests! It truly was an experience that I will not soon forget!"
Are you a Madeleine's Daughter bride who traveled a great distance to find your dream dress? Email us today and tell us all about it!


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