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Wedding Pros We Love

 Last week on Facebook Live and Instagram, we featured wedding pros we love. If you haven't already noticed, my sister and I LOVE weddings and everything related to them. From florals and venues to favors and tablescapes, we enjoy it all. So when we run across wedding pros that have a unique spin on the traditional, have a creative eye or offer a great service, we can't wait to share them with you. Coosa Designs, I Do Lending  and  Five Fourteen Photography fit into all of these categories and we are thrilled to share them with you all. 

Coosa Designs

We met Gary, the owner of Coosa Designs at a bridal show in Atlanta this past January. If you've ever been to a bridal show, you know how overwhelming they can be with so many photographers, florists, venues and bakers to choose from. So as Chanza and I meandered our way through all of the pretty things that couples love, I saw this really unique booth with these interesting wooden and glass pieces that looked like artwork. As I got closer, I saw the little hearts inside these framed picture frames and was even more curious. Turns out, they are a new twist on a classic wedding staple that most don't think about until days before, the guestbook. You can pick up a guestbook almost anywhere. Usually set out in the vestibule of the church or on a table at the ceremony, guests are asked to submit their name, address and the like. After the day is over, the book is tossed into a box. Not with a Coosa Designs guest book. 

Each Coosa guest book is custom made with your wedding in mind. Gary is an expert designer who can take your logo or theme and create a guest book that will be a living monument of your special day. Guests write a message on these little hearts and drop them into a slot at the top of the frame. You can then take the entire piece and hang it up as a piece of artwork in your home. It makes a great gift for a wedding or anniversary. We loved his work so much, that we asked him to make a guest book for Curvy Rose. Here are few examples of the shapes Gary can make for you. He can do pretty much anything, just give him a call and he'll make it happen. 

Another example of a Coosa guest book. A great wedding or anniversary heirloom that you can hang in your home and pass on to your kids.

I Do Lending

I know what you are thinking, how is this chick going to tell me about putting my wedding on a credit card? But hear me out.  I Do Lending is not a credit card. It's a leasing program that allows you to buy your dress and accessories and pay it off over time. Think of it as a layaway plan with low monthly payments. To be fair, the amount you can spend is determined on your monthly income. To avoid identity theft, you will have to provide your social security number. Unlike a store credit card with high interest rates, I Do Lending charges very little interest and you are not penalized for paying off your dress sooner. So if you really want that dress that it a bit over budget, why not apply for an I DO Lending account? It costs nothing to apply and you have two years to pay of your dream gown. How cool is that?

Five fourteen photography

Being a plus size store, we want all of our brides to look and feel their most beautiful on your wedding day. It's really not about size for us, it's more about capturing the radiant glow that all brides have. And having a photographer that isn't afraid to take up close shots of a curvy bride is an indicator of their ability to see beauty beyond size. This is why we love Five Fourteen Photography.  This husband and wife team is passionate about the couples they serve and are committed to telling your unique love story in a beautiful and romantic way. Their work speaks for itself.  

These are only a few of the wedding pros we love. Coosa Designs has offered and additional discount if you mention us when you order. I Do Lending is a great resource to get the gown you love. You can apply through the link below or visit Curvy Rose to find out more. Lastly, Five Fourteen Photography are great photographers who are not afraid to capture your most radiant moments. They have a variety of options and packages available. They also travel, so location is not an issue. Please let us know if you choose any of these wedding pros and  share the experience you have with them. We are always happy to help. 

 

 

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.

 

 

 


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