Saturday, December 28, 2013

Meet Our Bride: 2013 Recap

Our favorite posts all year are the "Meet Our Bride" ones that we publish every Saturday. One of the most rewarding things at our job is to receive thank-you notes and pictures from the big day. It is truly one of our favorite things. For all of you who love our "Meet Our Bride" posts, here's a recap of the year:

Elizabeth looked classically elegant.
Emily was romantic in ruffled organza.
Gail always brought a smile to the faces of our staff.
Jennifer created a custom one-of-a-kind gown for her big day.

Emily felt special ever time she came in to our shop.
Kaleigh is one of three sisters who found their gowns at Madeleine's.
Kelly looked like she walked right off the pages of a bridal magazine.
Michelle felt like her experience was something out of a movie.

Sonja experienced a complicated alterations process that worked out perfectly in the end.
Vanessa left our shop feeling like a princess in her gown.
Anastasia loved her stress-free experience despite making a last-minute change to her veil choice.
Ashley counted down the days to her fittings when she could put her dress on again.

Bailee purchased from us, sight-unseen after finding her gown elsewhere!
Emily found "the one" when her stylist pulled out a "wild card" dress.
Fara was literally jaw-dropping in her gown.
Karly feels we have perfected the wedding dress shopping experience.

Lorissa found the perfect form-fitting lace gown.
Mandy looked gorgeous in her wedding in the woods.
Melissa felt like she was shopping with a life-long friend!
Michelle traveled from Alaska for her experience in our shop.

Amanda worked here first, then came back for her gown years later!
Angela had a flawless, once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Elizabeth followed in her cousin's footsteps and found her gown with us.
Gretchen was a bridal skeptic, but we made her fall head-over-heels!
Emily's gown was perfect for her winter wedding.
Corleigh bought her prom gowns with us, then returned for her bridal gown.
Annabelle traveled to Puerto Rico for her wedding and her gown was perfect for the setting.
Ariana only needed one appointment to find "the one."
Beth came to visit us on a random Thursday and found her dream dress.

Camille enjoyed all the smiles and hugs from our staff.
Crystal found her dress on a designer's website and ordered it from us sight unseen!
Danielle had a shopping experience she will never forget.
Geralyn procrastinated, but found her dress in the end.
Jennifer had the "wow" moment she was hoping for.

Jill's wedding day look is the epitome of timeless.
Jovie found her destination wedding dress at a trunk show.
Kimberly's dress was the very first one she tried on.
Kyle had a thoughtful, patient and funny stylist. I wonder which one?

October: (the month of "Lauren"...)
Lauren ended up with the "window" dress and enjoyed cancelling her other appointments that day!
Lauren loved the special touch of "something blue" that our seamstress added.
Lauren credits us for her stress-free wedding day.
Lauren found her dress right away and never doubted her choice.

Shauna never wanted to take her dress off!
Vanessa never imagined herself in the gown she ended up buying!
Marissa looked perfect for her seacoast wedding.
Patti found a dress that was truly unique.
Rachel's dress made her feel plucked out of a fairy tale.
Tricia enjoyed every minute in our shop- finding the dress and everything after, too!
Taylor's gown was perfect for her Mount Washington wedding.
Meghan still gets butterflies when she sees photos from her wedding.

We hope you enjoyed meeting our beautiful brides. We certainly enjoyed having them as our brides. Visit our blog in 2014 to meet even more amazing women. And if you're a Madeleine's bride who has not yet been featured here on the blog, email us your story and photos!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Meet Our Bride: Meghan


I still get butterflies looking through our wedding pictures and seeing how beautiful my dress was.  It was the perfect fit for our wedding and made me feel like a princess for the day. I am so thankful Madeline's Daughter helped me find my dream dress.  I was an out of state bride so every time I called to talk to someone they were always lovely and so helpful.  When I came in to try the dress on and pick it up I was so happy to see how beautiful the salon is and how accomdating everyone was.  I didn't want to take my dress off and no one rushed me to!  Thanks again Madeline's Daughter for putting me in my dream dress and being such a big part of a day I will never forget.

Did you find your dress at Madeleine's Daughter? Do you want to share your story with us? Email us today with your testimonial and photos! We can't wait to hear from you!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

TRUNK SHOW: Essense of Australia

One of our most exciting trunk shows of the year is coming up VERY soon! Our annual Essense of Australia trunk show is just a month away, so if you have not scheduled your appointment yet, call right away to do so- we're booking up FAST!

Here's a taste of some amazing Essense gowns, some of which we saw at bridal market just a few months ago:

We love Essense for the variety of their gowns- ballgowns, mermaids, a-lines, lace, satin, tulle- they have something for just about everyone. If there is a specific gown you're hoping to try on, call and let us know- we just might be getting it in for the trunk show!  
The dates of our trunk show are January 17th -20th, so call  ASAP to book your appointment! For brides who purchase that weekend, we'll be offering an incentive that weekend ONLY- you'll receive 10% of the cost of your gown purchase as a store credit to be used towards your accessories! You could end up with enough for a free veil or  headpiece, or even more. It's an amazing deal, so schedule your appointment today!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Meet Our Bride: Taylor

I was married October 6, 2012 at the Omni Mount Washington Hotel. McKenzie was my bridal stylist and she was so wonderful to work with. I had fallen in love with "Addie" a Monique Lhuillier dress from seasons past. Before I met my husband, I had ripped out a picture of the dress from a bridal magazine and kept it in my desk hoping one day I could somehow wear it on my big day. It was the first dress I ever saw with sleeves, yet it was still alluring. I wanted something sophisticated and formfitting. Many of my friends have gone to a nationally well known bulk dress store, but I wanted a quality, special bridal experience and a dress that not everyone would have. The store arranged to ship a sample of the dress for me to try. I loved it, however it was double my budget and I was paying for it myself. My friends brought me to Kleinfeld's to have the "Say Yes to the Dress" moment. We all had hopes that they would be able to provide a great deal like they often provide brides with on their show. However, this NY bridal mega store could not beat the price Madeleine's gave me!  I was surprised to learn that you didn't need to pay the total dress cost upfront. They only expected a percentage for a down payment, which made my dream dress become a reality. Putting the dress on with all the accessories for the first time was a magical moment. I was very fortunate that the only tailoring I needed was to make a bustle. It fit perfectly and was stunning. McKenzie did a wonderful job with providing accurate measurements and ordering the correct size for the designer. I would encourage every New England bride to visit Madeleine's when dress shopping. The store provided me with the most amazing dress buying experience and stellar service.

What was it like finding your dream dress at Madeleine's Daughter? We absolutely LOVE hearing from our brides, so email us today and tell us your story! Don't forget to send us photos, too!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Winter Wedding

The busiest wedding season typically runs from the end of April through the beginning of October and then things slow down considerably. It makes sense- lots of people want to have at least part of their wedding outdoors, whether it's a ceremony in a woodsy setting or a reception at a local yacht club. Whether it's a glorious, sunny day with clear blue skies that you're hoping for, or surroundings of bright red, gold and orange with peak fall foliage, it's understandable why the majority of brides choose dates during those months.

But there are always a few brides every year who opt for a winter wedding. They're the ones checking the weather report and actually hoping for a cloudy forecast- they actually want something to fall from the sky on their wedding day- they want SNOW!

Of course, formal wear doesn't always mix well with freezing temperatures, so these brave winter brides have to find an extra accessory or two to keep warm. If you are one of those brides, have no fear- we have all sorts of stylish choices to keep you cozy and elegant:

This fur capelet in ivory is about as luxurious a choice as you could make to keep warm for a winter wedding.
If fur is a little out of your price range, try feathers- they look almost the same, and are warm and fuzzy, too!
Of course, you don't have to be entirely matchy-matchy with your warm fuzzies, either. This gorgeous silver fox wrap looks just as great with this lace Monique Lhuillier gown as it would with a wool overcoat. And let's face it- if you can wear at least some of your wedding attire again, wouldn't you want to?
Another thing our winter brides tend to love is sparkle. A lot of brides have been choosing New Year's Eve for a wedding date, so it stands to reason they'd look for a glitzy gown to match the event! Simple sheath gowns with maximum sparkle are the New Year's Eve bride's first choice- they sparkle like the top of the Chrysler building while still being small enough to easily dance the night away in them. What more could you ask for?
Of course, if you don't want to sparkle head to toe, you can always just wear some bling-y accessories. Maybe a nice statement earring or a spectacular headpiece like this:
When I was in the midst of planning this blog post, we had a bride in for one of her last fittings and she just epitomized the "winter bride" look from head to toe! Check out Chelsea- her gown sparkles from top to bottom and she found a perfect fur jacket to keep her cozy and warm for her December wedding. We love everything about her look and can't wait to see photos!
Are you a winter-wedding bride who would like to share her story and photos here on our blog? Email us today!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Meet Our Bride: Tricia

When I was in high school I got all my prom dresses at Madeleine’s Daughter and I though it only fitting that I go there to get my wedding dress!  They had the most selection of any shop but mostly had the designers and dresses that I was particularly interested in.  All the staff were very friendly and welcoming especially my consultant who did a great job of finding the dresses that I had picked out but also other dresses that she thought would fit the view I had in my head of how I wanted to look.  I felt special when I went to Madeleine’s Daughter and had the experience I was looking for.  Even after I found the dress, every step following was organized, easy, and comfortable plus the alterations were excellently done.  Thank you for all your help in getting me into my dream dress!

What was your experience at Madeleine's Daughter like? Was it easy? Fun? Over-the-top? Hilarious? Magical? Whatever it was, we want to hear about it so we can feature you on the blog! Email us today and tell us all about it. Don't forget to send photos!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Something Old: Vintage Treasures at our shop!

In an effort to be able to provide our brides with all of their "somethings," we  have added a new collection to our inventory: vintage pieces! A lot of our designers create beautiful vintage-inspired accessories, but when you need that perfect "something old," only an actual vintage piece will do!

After weeks of planning and researching, we finally made our decisions and purchased what will now be known in our shop as the Vintage Collection. It includes jewelry such as bracelets, earrings, necklaces and brooches as well as gloves and beaded clutches, all perfect for the bride who wants a perfect touch of something old to add to her look.

These pieces were carefully curated to create a collection of one-of-a-kind items for our brides. Art deco is a trend that is returning along with over-the-top opulence. Picture Gatsby-esque looks from head to toe with beading, pearls, furs and gloves. We hope that our brides will enjoy shopping this vintage collection and if it's popular, we'll be sure to find a whole new set of fabulous vintage pieces for our shop!
What do you think of the "Somethings" that brides are expected to wear? Did you wear all of these "somethings" on your big day? Send us an email to tell us about it and don't forget the photos! Or post it on our facebook page- we love nothing more than to hear from our brides!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Meet Our Bride: Rachel

Madeleine's Daughter really made my dress buying experience one in a million. This was my turn to feel like a princess that I had grown up dreaming about, and they did just that. They made the experience, fun, memorable and had impeccable insight on just the right dress that I had in mind. When I tried on the final dress, it was instantly clear that it was made for me. My dress and my day made me feel like I was plucked out of a fairy tale and I could not have been happier.

What was your dress-buying experience like? Do you want to tell us (and our readers) all about it? Email us today- tell us your story and send us some photos!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

How to Choose the Perfect Veil: Part 2

In our first post of this series, we discussed the many different lengths of veils that brides can choose from. Today we're going to focus on the various edgings, embellishments and shapes available and how they differ. There seem to be endless combinations of these, but we're going to break it all down for you in a simple, accessible way. At least, that's our plan...

First, let's focus on shape. The way a veil drapes behind and around you is dependent on how the designer cuts and gathers the fabric. The shape of the cut, or pattern can be done in any number of lengths, but we'll be showing a variety here today.

Perhaps the simplest and most common style of veil is the straight cut- it falls straight down from the comb and is rounded at the bottom. It is typically gathered a great deal at the top- generally the top of the veil is as wide as the bottom, which creates the fanning effect as it falls down.

This shape looks great no matter the length- fingertip or cathedral or anything in between.
A simple variation on the straight cut involves creating a more circular shape, but just at the top. This creates a beautiful halo-effect as you can see in this photo:
Notice how the tulle surrounds the face a little more? It's so romantic! This particular shape works best with longer veils like the chapel-length veil pictured above.
Another really beautiful pattern is the circular veil- a style where the tulle is literally cut in a perfectly rounded shape and the comb is placed somewhere in the middle. This differs from the first two veils I've shown you, as the combs are places at the edge of the veil. When the comb is placed in the center, it creates a fold in the veil which causes a very elegant draping effect:
You can also pull the top layer forward to create a blusher:
A blusher is the veil that is worn in front. Not all veils have blushers, but almost all veils can be worn with one and it's easy to add to whatever your favorite veil happens to be.
Next,  I'd like to show you a simple oval veil with no gathers at the top:
This shape veil tends to be more narrow, as it doesn't have as much fabric gathered at the top. It's very elegant and simple and looks best with some type of trim such as the lace pictured above.
Finally, I'd like to show you a full, bubble-style veil. This kind of veil is cut very full and then stitched onto itself creating a bubble effect. It's a very fun, playful, whimsical look, great for a modern bride:
The other distinguishing detail to decide for your veil is the type of embellishment you prefer, or maybe you'd rather have non at all! We'll try to break it down to keep it simple for you!
Ribbon edges are perhaps some of the most common. In the picture above, on the left is a 1/16th inch ribbon and on the right is a 1/4 inch ribbon. Of course you aren't limited to these- whatever size a ribbon comes in, it can be used to trim a veil!
Similar to ribbon, another common edging is horsehair braid, also known as woven ribbon. It's a little stiffer, but more sheer than ribbon and has a very whimsical look to it.
Beading and rhinestones are becoming more and more common for veils, whether trimming just the edges of the veil as pictured above, or scattered all over like this veil:
Last, but certainly not least is the lace-trimmed veil:
Pictured above is Alencon lace on the left and Chantilly lace on the right, but there are any number of designs and types of lace that can be used to trim a veil. You can even applique pieces of lace in a scattered pattern across the veil. The possibilities are endless!
That's true of everything related to veils, actually- the possibilities are truly endless. From the exact shade of tulle used, to the length, to the shape, to the various trims you have to choose from- it can be overwhelming! We often find that for many brides it's harder to choose the veil than it is to choose the dress. That's why we recommend you make a Finishing Touches appointment with us, whether you bought your dress with us or not. We can have one of our stylists work with you to create the perfect wedding day look- she'll help you figure out exactly which veil is perfect for your unique dress.
We hope you enjoyed reading about the various shapes, lengths and trims used in making veils. Leave a comment below if you have any veil-related questions and we'll be happy to answer them for you!


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