Saturday, May 31, 2014

Meet Our Bride: Lindsey

Thank you to Madeleine's Daughter for helping me find my perfect wedding dress!  My experience was nothing but positive, and my consultant, Kerry, was both friendly and professional.  Madeleine's Daughter was the first and only bridal salon I visited, and because of the large selection of dresses that are available, I was able to try on the exact dress I had found in a magazine.  As soon as I put it on, I knew it was the one.  From there, the Madeleine's Daughter staff helped me to complete my vision with shoes, a perfect veil, and beautiful hairpieces.  Overall, I could not have been happier with my dress or with the quality of the service at Madeleine's Daughter.  Thank you to everyone at Madeleine's Daughter for being such an integral part of my special day and for helping to create memories that will last a lifetime!

What was it like finding YOUR dream dress? If you'd like to share your story, just email us and tell us all about it. Don't forget the photos!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Guest Post: The Wedding Belle

After all the time and effort that you've put into your wedding day look, you probably not only want some incredible photos of yourself, you probably also want to capture the look on your intended's face when they see you for the first time. The Wedding Belle has written a blog post all about the "First Look." They've broken down the options and explained them all so that you can decide on which "First Look" is best for you!

The first look is a very emotional experience for the bride and groom. It is sometimes hard to decide what to do so here are three different types of first looks.
The actual first look is becoming very popular. The bride and groom have the option to see each other before the ceremony and take a few pictures together. This can be very calming and exciting! It is always nice to see your significant other before an exciting change in your life!
Read the rest of the blog post here and find out the other "First Look" ideas. Then check back here for more informative and inspirational blog posts, not to mention everyone's favorite Saturday Series, "Meet Our Bride!"

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Matching Your Bridesmaids to Your Bridal Gown

You've done it- you've found the gown! Your dream dress has been ordered and you couldn't be more thrilled! Everyone has told you that once you choose a bridal gown, then all the other decisions can be more easily made since everything takes its cue from you. While this is true, sometimes it's not always obvious what works best based on your dress. To try to de-mystify things for you, we're going to help you choose the best bridesmaid dress for your bridal gown today. We'll cover different fabrics, silhouettes, etc. to help your bridal party look perfect next to you.

If you're at all uncertain about which direction to take with your bridesmaid dresses, we recommend you start with fabric and then silhouette. Determine what the bridesmaids should wear based on the fabric and silhouette of your dress. They don't have to match you, but they should definitely compliment you.

For example, if you have a satin ballgown, you should probably choose satin bridesmaid dresses in a long silhouette. A satin ballgown is a formal look, so choose bridesmaids dresses that are formal as well- formal fabric and formal length.

From left to right, the bridesmaid dresses are as follows: Bill Levkoff #787, Dessy #2851, Amsale #G648T, all of which would work with the Eve of Milady beaded satin ballgown pictured. The Bill Levkoff and Dessy are both satin gowns, so the sheen of the fabric is exactly like the bridal gown. The Amsale is made of taffeta, and it has a bit more texture to it than satin. It's similar in terms of the overall sheen and weight of the fabric, so it works well next to the bridal gown.

Of course, not everyone has a satin ballgown. Some brides choose a much slimmer, softer fabric and silhouette, like this Jenny Yoo chiffon dress:

From left to right, the bridesmaid dresses pictured are as follows: Bill Levkoff #477, Amsale #G426C, and Watters #3538. If your dress is chiffon, it's likely very light and flowy. Choose bridesmaids that are also made in chiffon and they'll look perfect next to you. Whether you choose long or short, they'll look fabulous because if they're short, they'll match the lightness of your dress and if they're long, they'll match the silhouette of your dress. You can't go wrong either way.
Lace is a very popular bridal textile these days, and brides often wonder what will look best next to their lace gown. The truth is that nearly anything will, but always consider the overall feeling of your particular lace gown. Some lace gowns are very ornate and formal, while others can be so casual as to border on bohemian. We chose the more elegant end of the spectrum, with a gown by Marisa that can easily be worn in a very formal setting, or it can be dressed down for a more casual environment.
From left to right, the bridesmaid dresses pictured are as follows: Amsale #G837U, Watters #5212, Jim Hjelm #5378. As you can see, there are three different textiles represented in the bridesmaid dresses. There's a tulle dress (Ansale), a lace dress (Watters) and a chiffon dress (Jim Hjelm). All three work equally well with the gown because the gown is made with a very light, flowy organza with lace appliqued on top of it. The lightness of the three bridesmaid dress choices compliment the bridal gown perfectly, but each in their own unique way. Our personal favorite is the lace bridesmaid dress, even though the lace isn't quite the same as the bridal gown. It still works so well and the peplum perfectly mimics the tiered layer of the bridal gown.
Don't see a style that you think would work with your bridal gown? Make an appointment to work with our amazing bridesmaid stylists and they'll help you figure it out!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Meet Our Bride: Laurie

What a wonderful, easy experience to purchase my wedding dress from Madeleine's Daughter.  I walked right in to my appointment and described what I wanted to the friendly staff, and they knew exactly what to show me.  I fell in love with the first dress I tried on and was able to purchase it off-the-rack.  Not only was it beautiful, stylish, affordable, and flattering, but it was also comfortable and fit perfectly.  People say finding a dress is the hardest part of planning a wedding, but I found it to be the easiest.  Thanks, Madeleine's Daughter!

If you are a Madeleine's Daughter bride who would like to share her story here on our blog, email us today! We'd love to hear from you!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Getting Ready

The morning of the wedding is a time that you should try to keep as calm and relaxing as possible. Planning ahead is the best way to assure yourself a quiet, calm environment for getting ready that day. If you have a wedding planner, they will put together a timeline for you and all your vendors, but if you don't have someone to do that for you, make sure you take the time to put that list together yourself.

In order to make the morning of your wedding run as smoothly as possible, here is some advice for the getting dressed portion of the day for you and your attendants!

1.) Hang your dress up! Assuming your dress is in a garment bag, once you arrive in the room where you are getting ready, you should take it out of the bag. Hang your dress in a place where it is not only out of the way, but also in a somewhat "pretty" or attractive location so that your photographer can snap some photos of it while you're having your hair and make-up done.

2.) Hang the bridesmaid dresses up, too! All of the dresses should be out of their garment bags by the morning of the wedding to help the fabric breathe and let any wrinkles that have occurred start to relax.  
3.) Put all of your accessories together. Again, this is partly to stay organized, but also to give your photographer a chance to snap photos of the details of each piece.
4.) PLAN! It sounds silly, but you should actually think about and plan out the process of you and your bridal party getting dressed the morning of the wedding. Assuming everyone is getting ready together, have your bridesmaids get dressed first. Then, they can help you into your dress and all the photos of them zipping you up or lacing up your corset will be a lot nicer because they'll already be in their dresses! The other part that needs careful planning is the hair and make-up process. Make sure you speak to your hair and make-up artists about how much time is needed for each party member and don't forget the moms!
5.) Before you put the dress on, wash your hands. Whomever is helping you dress should wash their hands, too. Avoid using a lot of lotions and perfumes as they can stain the dress. Also, if you plan on getting a spray tan for the wedding, do it several days in advance. The last thing you want is for the inside of your dress to be stained brown!
6.) Do not wear a bra the morning of your wedding. The straps can leave marks on your skin that might not quite fade before you walk down the aisle.
7.) Budget about 30-45 minutes to get dressed. This might seem like a long time and it's unlikely you'll use the entire time. However, once you're dressed, you will want to have time to get a good long look in the mirror to make sure everything is just right. You don't want to feel rushed as you get ready and you will regret not taking a few moments to double check you haven't forgotten anything.
Have you thought much about your plan for getting dressed on the morning of your wedding? Leave a comment and tell us your thoughts! 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Meet Our Bride: Khouree

I must say that it was really hard to find a dress that would work for a destination wedding...the staff at Madeleine's Daughter immediately put me at ease that I would find something that would work for the tropical location and still make me look gorgeous!  I sincerely appreciate all support in my search for the perfect dress for our Costa Rican wedding.  Thanks again!

Khouree was breathtaking, don't you agree? She actually distracts from the amazing scenery, she's so gorgeous! Did you have a destination wedding? Was it hard to find the perfect gown to go with your wedding location? Email us and tell us your story- we want to hear it!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

MAC Photography: Not Just for Weddings!

We introduced you to one of our favorite photographers here on the blog last February- MAC Photography. Since then, we've had hundreds of brides get married, which is obviously very exciting, but what's even more exciting is hearing about our brides who have recently started a family! MAC Photography not only does an amazing job photographing weddings, but Michelle also specializes in infant and family portraits.

Aren't these babies the cutest? Visit MAC Photograhy's website to see more slideshows of infants, toddlers, families and even maternity shoots. Because documenting important moments in your life doesn't stop with your wedding- that's just where it starts.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Meet Our Bride: Kelly

I could not  have been happier with my wedding dress. I found the dress in a magazine and knew it was the one. When I called Madeleine's Daughter they assured me they had the dress and I made an appointment to try it on. Sadie was fantastic, she knew I had my heart set on this dress so she had me try on some other dresses first to see if the style of dress was right for me. It was everything I could have imagined and I didn't want to take it off. Thanks so much to MD for making the experience so effortless. 

What's your bridal gown shopping story? Did you have a special bond with your stylist? Email us today and tell us all about it!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Make a STATEMENT! A Statement necklace, that is...

Accessorizing a bridal gown is very tricky to do. It's very easy to over-accessorize, and it's also difficult to achieve a style that's "you" that also works in such a formal setting. That's because most of us don't wander around in formalwear very often. The learning curve on how to accessorize a bridal gown is incredibly steep. And while it's nice to draw inspiration from the red carpet, that can often be a far too trendy route for most brides. After all, you don't want to look at the photo on the mantle in twenty years and say to yourself, "What on earth was I thinking?"

So, how do you achieve a modern look that's also timeless? The answer is simple: wear a statement necklace. Not just any statement necklace, of course. It should have a distinctly bridal feel to it, and you can achieve that by choosing something made with rhinestones or pearls or both. If you opt for something very colorful, that can work as well, depending on the overall styling of your wedding.

Here are some fabulous choices for a statement necklace worthy of a bridal gown:

I wish you could see these beauties in person- these photographs just aren't doing them justice. They way they sparkle in person is absolutely amazing.
You may be wondering if a statement necklace will work with your particular gown. It's true that not all gowns work well with a necklace- statement or otherwise. Be sure to wear a bold necklace only if your gown is relatively simple in design. What I mean is that there shouldn't be a lot to compete with the necklace and vice versa. A simpe gown often does the best to accentuate a bold piece of jewelry, while the more ornate dresses often necessitate a simpler jewelry choice. If you're uncertain, simply make a "Finishing Touches" appointment to work with an accessories stylist who can help determine the best look for you and your gown!
Our bride Tara did exactly that- and her Finishing Touches appointment was a blast. Finding the perfect statement necklace was actually pretty easy- the first one she tried on was "the one!" It was a spectacular rhinestone necklace by Elizabeth Cole:

Isn't is amazing? "Spectacular" and "amazing" hardly do this necklace justice. Tara's gown was very simple, so the bold necklace choice worked perfectly as you can see:

What do you think of the statement necklace trend? Did you wear an amazing statement necklace on your wedding day? Want to tell us all about it? Email us today!

Monday, May 5, 2014

MOB/MOG Finishing Touches

As you likely already know, we're slightly obsessed with the finishing touches of the looks we help to create. As much as we love the gowns, accessories come in a close second for our affections. But it's not just bridal gowns that we love to accessorize. Mothers need jewelry, too!

After you've been through the stress of choosing the perfect gown to wear to your son or daughter's wedding, then comes the fun of picking out amazing accessories to finish your look. These should not be just any accessories, either. The pieces you select will be keepsakes from an incredibly special day and every time you open your closet and see your beaded clutch or open your jewelry box and see the earrings and bracelet you wore on that day, you'll be reminded of all the joy that you felt watching your child on such a momentous occasion.

When your gown arrives in our store, you'll want to schedule your own finishing touches appointment with your stylist. They will help you create the best look from head-to-toe, starting with undergarments and finishing with jewelry. It's fun and easy when you're working with the right person. We put together a few simple mother's looks to serve as inspiration for you!

Our lovely model Kristin looks perfectly elegant in a simple jersey gown with silver chandelier earrings and black shoes and clutch.
For the fashion-forward mom, a one-shoulder gown is ideal. The simple, neutral accessories let the dress be the star, but they're still special and oh-so sparkly!
For the mom who wants the ultra-glamorous look, we've decked Kristin out in bling from head to toe! Statement jewelry is the way to go for such a sophisticated, formal look.
We hope you're feeling inspired to complete your own mother of the bride or groom look now that you've found the gown. Call us today to book your finishing touches appointment!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Meet Our Bride: Hannah Joy

If you read our "Meet Our Bride" posts regularly, you probably think that every single bride who walks through our doors experiences nothing but sunshine and rainbows. But the truth is that just like anything else, we're not perfect. We don't always get it right on the first try, and we're fortunate to have brides like Hannah Joy- brides who are willing to give us a second chance. And sometimes it's the second time around that's magical:

All of the staff was friendly and professional. My second consultant, Sadie, really listened to me and made me feel like the only real bride in the store. But my first experience was horrible. I know my experience is not typical, I do not even remember the name of the first consultant, but I would like to share my whole experience with you. 

I got engaged in November and married in March, just 4 months. Everyone told me it was too short a time to get a dress so I started shopping for dresses before I had an actual engagement ring on my finger. And, I was planning a wedding in NH when I was living in NY. My friends were also strewn about the country so getting the people together to go dress shopping was a challenge.  

I had two appointments at Madeleine's Daughter. The first one was awful. I was late due to weather and at the end of a rushed appointment, I was told that Madeleine's Daughter had nothing that would work for me and I would have to have something custom made because of my buxom figure and my budget.  I left very confused because all my research indicated Madeleine's had one of the largest selections in New England. I felt that the consultant did not take me seriously and did not listen closely to what I wanted in a wedding dress. I left so angry that I did not ever want to step foot in the store again. I resolved to buy my dress in New York City. But, My friend, who bought her dress at Madeleine's a year or so earlier, convinced me to try working with the consultant that helped her. I set up another appointment for the day after Thanksgiving with Sadie.  

Sadie was magic! I didn't realize I set an appointment on Black Friday and that there would be a Sample Sale going on so I was completely overwhelmed walking into the store. But, Sadie had contacted me ahead of the appointment so she already knew what I was looking for and that I had a poor experience previously shopping for dresses. Sadie had several beautiful things ready for me to try on. She was also a "rock star" about snagging the sample dress that caught my eye on another bride. "Darling" fit perfectly. Sadie was totally in my court and gave me the right advice about the dresses I was considering. She made me feel like the only bride in the store and really listened to what I wanted for my wedding dress. 

Unexpectedly being able to have an amazingly unique Jenny Packham dress in my price range for our Winter Lodge Weekend in NH made the search worth it. I felt like a movie star on the day of my wedding. My friends still tell me how gorgeous I looked. Thank you.

Not only did Hannah Joy give us a second chance, but she also took the time to write a thoughtful and truthful testimonial- she truly is a special bride that we were lucky to have. We wish you the best and brightest future and a long and happy marriage, Hannah Joy!


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