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Prepping for Your Bridal Appointment

Here at Curvy Rose, we are committed to making sure that all of our guests receive top-notch customer service. From the moment you walk through our doors, we want you to feel welcomed, informed and attended to. 

We get tons of questions about what to expect during a bridal  appointment. How many people should I bring? Are kids allowed? What should I wear? Do I need to bring anything?  

Of course our answers to these questions will mainly focus on our boutique here in Atlanta, but most bridal salons typically follow similar guidelines.

Bride in a gorgeous lace Callista bridal gown from Strut Bridal in Long Beach, CA. Curvy Rose has this dress on clearance in size 26. 

Bride in a gorgeous lace Callista bridal gown from Strut Bridal in Long Beach, CA. Curvy Rose has this dress on clearance in size 26. 

How many people should I bring?

Your desired number of people should be no more than three. We know, we know this very small number may be a shock and might even throw a major wrench in your plans. I'm your best friend, sister, cousin, mother-in-law, mother, grandmother, aunt, and everyone else wants to share this important experience with you. We totally get that. Thing is, you are going to be trying on a lot of dresses with different shapes and styles. Everyone will have an opinion and with every dress you try on, the pressure to choose without hurting someones feelings can be  overwhelming. Remember, the focus should be on you, your vision and your bridal budget. Too many voices leads to frustration, disappointment and sometimes confusion too.

Perhaps you can invite your best friend and fashionable sister to your first appointment. Once you've narrowed the choices down to the top 3, invite your mother and mother-in-law to that appointment. That way, everyone has an opportunity to share in the moment without feeling slighted. 

Most bridal boutiques are fairly small and restrict guests to 4 people. So before you promise anyone a “judge seat” to your say yes to the dress moment, consider this limitation. If by chance you must bring a larger group, please let the store know before your appointment, so that they can prepare or shift your appointment to a time when they can accommodate more guests. You don't want to show up only to be turned away because of the size of your group. 

A photo of plus size bridal store, Della Curva in Tarzana, CA. 

A photo of plus size bridal store, Della Curva in Tarzana, CA. 

How do I pick these people?

First and foremost, you want to bring people who are supportive and loving. If you have to dig down deep for those qualities in the person you’re thinking of bringing, they probably shouldn’t be there. Invite people who are supportive and genuinely have your best interest at heart. (e.g. “I will support any dress you choose, as long as I think it looks good on you).

You also want to pick people who know and respect your true style. This eliminates the possibility of someone trying to guilt you into purchasing a gown you’re only lukewarm about.

We hate to say it, but from what we've seen, sometimes the person who is the most supportive may not be your best friend or your mom. This should be a joyful moment, a right of passage. I don't know why, but weddings can bring out the best and the worst in people. Really do a gut check and consider the most honest, sincere and supportive members of your tribe and choose those people.  

Just remember, less people and opinions = more peace for you.

Just a few of our gorgeous bridal gowns. 

Just a few of our gorgeous bridal gowns. 

Are kids allowed?

Every bridal salon is different, but at Curvy Rose we cannot allow children under 12 to attend bridal appointments. We understand that sometimes bringing young children often seems unavoidable. But due to liability reasons and their safety, we cannot allow children to be present. 

What should I wear?

This is a whole list here, so take out your notepads! Chances are, you’ll be visiting more than one bridal salon on your appointment day(s). This means you’ll be getting in and out of your clothes, but also the various gowns you’ll be trying on.

Just make it easier on yourself and wear something simple and comfortable. This may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many brides come to their bridal appointments without wearing undergarments, so please wear them. 

Speaking of underwear, please bring shapewear to ALL of your appointments. You'd be surprised how good shape wear can transform the shape of your figure in a wedding dress. PLEASE don't go the cheap route. Invest in shape wear with good compression especially around your middle and hip area. I'm telling you, it will really make a difference.

What a difference shape wear makes. Invest in quality structured shape wear like Spanx to ALL of your bridal appointments. You'll love the difference. 

What a difference shape wear makes. Invest in quality structured shape wear like Spanx to ALL of your bridal appointments. You'll love the difference. 

 

Bring a strapless bra

Another must have is a good supportive strapless bra. I know they can be hard to find, especially for some of us with larger chests, but they can be found. Here's a tip: If you are spilling out of the strapless bra you currently have, or find yourself pulling up your bra every time you wear that sexy top with spaghetti straps, you NEED a new bra. A good bra, even a strapless one should fully support the girls without spilling out or sliding down. No matter how well constructed the dress may be, it can only do so much. Do yourself and the dress a favor by getting properly fitted for a bra. If you are in Georgia, LiviRae is a great place to visit. 

A gorgeous long-line bra provides the support you need and the silhouette you'll love. This one is from HerRoom.com

A gorgeous long-line bra provides the support you need and the silhouette you'll love. This one is from HerRoom.com

Do I need to bring anything More?

If you have already purchased your shoes, we strongly encourage you to bring those. If you don’t have your shoes, then bring a pair that match the height of the shoes you plan to wear. This way we can see where your hemline actually hits, which comes in handy for the seamstress during alterations.

Stunning bridal shoes from EmmyLondon.com

Stunning bridal shoes from EmmyLondon.com

 

If you have some of your accessories, we’d suggest bringing those. These accessories may include a brooch you plan to wear, jewelry, or hair accessories.

If you don’t have these accessories, that's okay. Bringing a few pictures of what you're thinking about wearing is just as good. This will help us to match gowns to your wedding style and theme, so you don’t waste time trying on gowns that don’t even fit your vision.

If you have a wedding planner/binder, bring that along with you because chances are all of your wedding ideas will be in there.

Kate Spade Bridal Planner, features a gold 3 ring binder, a pocket with gold accents, and 48 planning pages. $48 at  katespade.com . Curvy Rose is not a paid sponsor for Kate Spade New York.

Kate Spade Bridal Planner, features a gold 3 ring binder, a pocket with gold accents, and 48 planning pages. $48 at katespade.com. Curvy Rose is not a paid sponsor for Kate Spade New York.

Other tips

Having an idea of what you are looking for is always helpful. If it's your first appointment, bring pictures of gowns you like, and be open to trying on styles you haven't considered. First appointments are great opportunities to try on different styles and shapes. Have fun with it because every appointment after that should really be focused on finding YOUR dress. 

Do some research! If you haven't gotten a stack of bridal magazines to thumb through, feel free to drop by your local store and pick up a few. I admit, most won't have plus size models, but you can familiarize yourself with current styles and certain designers. Once you've figured out what you might like, research which stores carry that designer or specific dress. A word of caution, most stores don't carry the entire collection from one designer. A single collection could have more than 50 dresses and most stores carry at least 3 to 5 collections. Call ahead to see if they have the dress you like. Even if they have something similar, take a chance. You never know. You may fall in love with a gown that’s not on your list!

Consider how your venue and dress will work together

When considering the length, style, and fabric of your gown, it’s a good idea to also consider your venue. Are you getting married at a church? A plantation? A farm? Your  backyard? How will your gown work with or against that event space?

Be upfront about your budget

We want to show you gowns that you can envision yourself in, but we don’t want to show you gowns that are out of your price range. So please be as honest as you can about budget and who will be paying for the dress. It really goes a long a way in helping your consultant find YOUR dress.

Make sure that this budget includes any necessary alterations, your veil, extra accessories, and undergarments. A lot of brides often forget about these hidden costs and find that they either go over budget or have to scale back on their gown budget. 

HAVE FUN!!!

If all else fails, plan on having fun during your bridal appointment. Despite what anyone says or implies, this day is about Y-O-U. Enjoy it. Revel in it. Make the best of it! As always, Curvy Rose is here to assist in whatever you need, if you have more questions about bridal appointments, feel free to contact us. We are happy to help.

Beware of the Counterfeit Bridal Gown

In the past weeks, we have discussed most of the important factors that go into finding your perfect dress and creating the perfect look for your wedding day. Today, we’re going to discuss a topic that, unfortunately, is growing in popularity: Counterfeit bridal websites.

What the Bridal experts have to say about counterfeit wedding gowns.

What the Bridal experts have to say about counterfeit wedding gowns.

 

Today, there are over 4,000+ counterfeit wedding gown websites, and the number increases every day. These websites are often from counterfeit companies overseas and they offer “designer” gowns at incredibly low prices.

This is a "savings" you will regret

Bride in a lace & tulle ballroom gown sitting on steps.

Bride in a lace & tulle ballroom gown sitting on steps.

Of course we all know that weddings can get expensive. However, if you are going to cut corners on something choose anything but your wedding gown. Most of these counterfeit sites offer expensive and gorgeous gowns for majorly discounted prices. We’re talking $4,000 gowns being offered at $170. Now at first glance, that’s a steal! However, you’re not really saving any money this way. Once you receive this knock off gown, you quickly realize that your gown has obvious differences from the gown you thought you ordered.

When you purchase a counterfeit gown and realize that it is in fact a counterfeit, your first instinct is to contact the seller. A common result with this is that brides will find that the website they purchased their gown from has been shut down. Or, when you go back to the website to find the seller’s contact information you will find that they don’t have a working phone number. Another common result is that the website states they have a no refund or return policy. Whichever response you get, you still end up out of money and time.

Can I get the counterfeit dress fixed?

Example of a counterfeit gown compared to a real designer dress. Can you tell the difference?

Example of a counterfeit gown compared to a real designer dress. Can you tell the difference?

 

The short answer is no. You can try taking your gown to a seamstress, but chances are they will turn you away due to the large task of having to make something out of nothing. Often the dress is made from inferior fabric, has structural problems and may be more than two sizes too small.  The seamstresses that do accept the challenge may charge you a pretty penny, which may eat away at other parts of your wedding budget.

How can counterfeit websites get away with this?

A designer wedding dress vs. a counterfeit version. 

A designer wedding dress vs. a counterfeit version. 

Google and other search engines are often paid by these websites to follow your online shopping patterns. After a while, you start to see pop-up ads advertising beautiful wedding gowns for up to 50% off the original price. Naturally, you click the ad because most of us like a good deal. You look at the pictures and reviews, which are usually positive, and because of the pictures, reviews you are led to believe it is a trustworthy side. Finally, you see the dress of your dreams offered for such a great deal that you click “buy” and receive the promise that the gown will be shipped to you directly.

Sounds like a pretty good scam, right?

How can you avoid this?

Example of an authentic gown with a beaded bodice and a counterfeit version. 

Example of an authentic gown with a beaded bodice and a counterfeit version. 

The simple answer and solution to this problem is to actually shop at authorized retail bridal stores. That is truly the only way you can be assured that you are purchasing an authentic gown from the original designer.

Again, we understand budgets here at Curvy Rose, if you’re looking to keep your gown cost low then we suggest starting in the clearance section.

Although it is strongly suggested that brides actually go into a bridal salon to try gowns, we also understand that online shopping is a more comfortable option for many brides. If you choose to do most of your gown shopping online, we have a few suggestions for you, so you don’t fall for this trap.

  1. Make sure the website is an authorized bridal site.

    Designers we carry here at Curvy Rose, such as Sophia Tolli, only authorize their gowns to be sold through authorized bridal salon retailers across the country.
  2. Unauthorized websites often use stock photos of designer gowns, so if you see the same picture for the same gown pop up more than a few times, do some quick research on whether or not they are an authorized dealer.

  3. Misspellings and grammatical errors are always a dead give away.

  4. If the website allows you to return your dress but requires you send them a re-stocking fee, then they are definitely up to no good.

  5. Beware of Chinese websites; they are usually the unauthorized websites.

We wish this wasn’t a topic we had to cover on our blog, but these days you have to be extra careful when shopping for your bridal gown. Hopefully we’ve answered enough of your questions about how to avoid falling for this trap. Remember, if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. As always, Curvy Rose is here to assist in whatever you need, if you have more questions on how to avoid purchasing a counterfeit gown, feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help.

 

 

 

Choosing Your Veil Part 2

Like we discussed in our previous post, there is a true art to shopping for  veils and deciding whether or not there’s room for one in your wedding look! What we didn’t cover last time, was the process you go through afterward to make sure your wedding day look is flawless. 

 

Don’t forget the fabric!

Once you’ve figured out which veil style is perfect for you, you should also think about the type of fabric you want your veil to be made of. The fabric really does make all the difference between having a heavy veil that weighs on your hair, and having a light and manageable veil.

Tulle, silk, lace, and satin are common fabric choices for veils; however, tulle is the most common and budget friendly option.

Examples of veil fabrics. 

Examples of veil fabrics. 

 

Remember your hair...

Your hair is an important aspect of your wedding day. You want to make sure your veil works with you bridal hairdo, so showcase that! Whether you opt for simple curls, a chignon, a bohemian updo, or something more natural, you should consider whether your desired veil highlights your overall style.

A beautiful bride getting her veil perfectly placed. @loveweddingsng

A beautiful bride getting her veil perfectly placed. @loveweddingsng

Your hairstyle may affect the placement of your veil and how it is able to be secured in your hair. Certain hairstyles, such as updos, will allow for the veil to be pinned above to create a more classic and voluminous style. Don’t forget to bring your veil with you to any trial hair appointments, so you and your hair stylist can work together to find the perfect look!

Don’t forget hair accessories!

Your accessories can either make or break the overall look of your gown and veil together. If you’re going for a more blinged out wedding complete with statement accessories, you need to be mindful of the balance between elegance and doing way too much. If you’re going for the princess look by opting for a crown, you should be aware that not all veil styles work with crowns, so feel free to try different looks with your dress.

A bride getting her gorgeous headband perfectly placed before adding her veil.  

A bride getting her gorgeous headband perfectly placed before adding her veil.  

Just remember, volume doesn’t work well with extra drama. Tiaras don’t always mix with longer veils, but ornate headbands do! Mantillas look great with ornate combs or own its own. Blushers and birdcage styles can be embellished with unique accents like floral barrettes or feather clips. Just like your day-to-day wardrobe, your wedding accessories should all match your theme and fit together.

Finally, think about application:

You should consider how easy it is to put the veil on and take it off. This is much like the bustles article. Despite your best made plans you don’t know who is going to be there to help you take your veil off and/or put it back on. It’s best to go for a style that is easy to do yourself, if need be. This will save time, frustration, and future panic.

Bride with a lace trimmed fingertip length veil.

Bride with a lace trimmed fingertip length veil.

Like every other aspect of selecting your wedding look, choosing a veil requires a little bit of work, but finding the perfect one goes a long way in pulling together your bridal look. Whether you’re going for blinged out drama or an understated vibe, you’ll know when you’ve found the perfect hair accessory to balance with your veil and gown. Hopefully we’ve answered enough of your questions about veil styles here in this blog. As always, Curvy Rose is here to assist in whatever you need, if you have more questions on veil styles, feel free to contact us and we will be glad to help.

 

 

 

 


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