Covid-19!!!! Move we have plans and wedding dreams!!!!!!
Oh my goodness, what is happening in the world at the moment? It seems so surreal doesn’t it. Literally 2 weeks ago we were walking around without any real serious worries. Certainly not really concerned about what this funny virus whom name relates more to a popular beverage had with a juicy slice of lime on a summer’s evening, CORONA!!!
I know I was full of bridal appointments 2 weeks ago. Lots of excited brides were coming in with their friends and families full of stories about their big day. I love hearing all the amazing ideas, plans, worries and issues along with the ideas of their perfect gown and the excitedness of finding their perfect gown!
My busiest months were in front of me. The dresses were all steamed and looking gorgeous, the Boutique had been moved around so everything was fresh, accessorises cupboard was full of all things sparkly and the fizz was in the fridge. I was ready for an amazing season and excited for meeting so many new brides and their guests and giving them the best experience.
Then all of a sudden everything has been put on hold. Like your big day possibly! But it is just that-on hold!! Not not happening, just not happening at the moment. It’s so hard when you have something so exciting that is around the corner but frustrating when you can not finalise plans as so much seems up in the air.
Me and you are in the same boat and I feel for every single one of you. We have plans and dreams and we are going to achieve them. At the moment things aren’t necessarily moving as fast as we’d like and we are completely not in control and we just have to wait.
We have to remember this will all blow over and we will come through it. My beautiful boutique will be there waiting to show you all the stunning gowns and can not wait to help you find your perfect gown. And your wedding will still be in the planning. It may not be exactly what you were planing. You may not have as many guests as you planned and it may not be on the initial date you had but it will happen, I promise.
Together we are going to get through this and I’m soooooo excited about the future.
See you soon
“We love to celebrate…”
4 years ago today I took an exciting leap of faith and opened Treasured Brides. There have been tears of sadnesses along the way but mainly tears of joy!!! I’m so happy to of met copious amounts of truly wonderful people I genuinely feel extremely lucky. I look forward to the next year and all that comes with it. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!! Xxx
I’ve been so excited this week as so many of you lovelies have received marriage proposals over the Christmas and New Year period.
I’ve been overwhelmed by how many bookings I’ve received over the last couple of days and the next three months are looking super busy (don’t worry still have some appointments left!!)
Finding your perfect gown should be a super, special, memorable experience. It should be one you’ll treasure!!!
Regardless of your budget you should feel like a princess and should be brimming with confidence that you have made the right choice.
When you find a dress at Treasured Brides it’s a wonderful experience from start to finish. It doesn’t stop when you find your gown, we have an in house seamstress to help with any tweaks of your gown to insure the perfect fit. We look after your dress and keep it safe until your ready to collect it the week of the wedding, all steamed and ready for your special day.
When choosing places to visit when looking for your gowns please make sure you add Treasured Brides to your list you’ll be so happy you did!! Xx
Trunk Sale Monday 15th-Saturday 19th January. Lucky to have 18 extra stunning gowns in the Boutique from Essense Of Australia and Romantica of Devon. If your a bride between size 8-14 then book an appointment to come and view these beautiful gowns!!!! 07753740057
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“Who do I take with me to find “The One”!!!…”
Who do I take with me to find “The One”!!! This can be a toughy!!!
This question can fill some with complete dread and fear whereas others know for sure who they want/need to share their experience with.
You may know straight away who you’d want to take, for many it’s a complete no brainier. A mum, dad, best friend, bridesmaids etc but for some it can be a heart wrenching decision, a choice between family, friends and in laws and questions of “should I ask so and so? Will so and so expect me to ask them?” “Should I be asking the mother in law?” Etc etc
I have had many Brides that have wanted someone there that is very special to them but sadly they have passed away. This can be so sad for a bride. The appointment has a pink sparkly fog of sadness that someone is missing and tears are usually abundant (from me included!) There’s always extra fizz for these appointments.
I always tell my Brides you can come on your own or with whomever you feel you’d like to bring. Some brides see dress shopping as a weekly Saturday event (see previous post) and like to take the same or different groups of friends and family members with them. Loving to hear everyone’s advice and opinions and “oooos and ahhhhhs” as they reveal themselves in yet another gorgeous gowns. From experience this kind of shopping just confuses them and causes what I like to call “Ivory Blindness” every dress ends up looking the same. And ends up with conversations of “I like the top of the fourth dress in the second shop with the skirt of the 9th dress in the 8th shop!!” =total confusion!
My main advice I give to every Bride when they book with me……. Take the person/ people’s opinions you really care about and that’s it! If you feel you need to go to more than one shop ALWAYS take the same people. This means you’ve all seen everything and experienced the brides and each other’s reactions.
The experience should be fun and one you should remember for your whole life so only give the honour of an invitation to those who genuinely will make the experience more memorable, not ones that are going to leave you in the changing room with tears in your eyes (I’ve had this many times) and regrets of inviting them!!
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“”Start of your wedding journey”…”
Congratulations you’ve been proposed too, was it a complete surprise or had you dropped massive bombshell hints and already chosen your own ring? Are you childhood sweethearts, met at work and been together years or dare I say it, like me and my husband met on the WWW!
Regardless of where you met or how long you’ve been together you now have a wedding to plan!! By the time the majority of Brides come to me to find their gown they have booked the Venue and often the photographer, gown shopping is usually, but not always the third item on the long list of other requirements.
However, I often tell the story to my Brides that it’s never to early to look for their dress, I myself bought mine before my boyfriend, now hubby even proposed!!!! Dresses, Frocks, outfit or how I like to call them, Gowns-the item you will wear when you walk towards the person your committing to spending your life with. This decision can be soooo hard and many
Brides spend weeks if not months of Saturdays trailing different shops with often between 1 and 12 willing volunteers in tow to help (using this word quite loosely in many cases and will explain in my next blog!!).
For some this experience of seeing two to three different shops on 3 or 4 consecutive Saturdays can be really enjoyable. The chance to try on hundreds of dresses by different designers and at price tags that are not achievable can seem very inviting to a few.
Although the above really isn’t the norm, nonetheless it happens. In my experience the main criteria a Bride would like is whilst looking for a gown is to be made to feel comfortable, happy, special and relaxed with the main aim of finding “That One Dress” that makes them feel so special and provides them with the feeling they want to have on their big day. The above scenario of month long shopping experiences will never conjure up what I have described.
I remember going with my friends when I was probably 18/19 with a cheap ring on my left hand pretending I was getting married just so I could experience what it was like to wear a wedding dress (please tell me I wasn’t the only one!!!) but that was just playing at it, not really caring if I found one or not! By the time your engaged and your starting the dress finding journey it’s not a game and an experience that should be truly special and one to be remembered. You should be treated like a princess and nothing less. You do not need to go into lots of Boutiques to experience this, just one good one!!
Shopping for your Wedding gown can conjure up a whole mixture of emotions before, during and after the event. Sometimes wedding dress shopping can become a family and friends event. Spread over three or four weekends it can leave you feeling overwhelmed, lost and ready to give up on all prospects of finding “The One” dress to go with “The One Man” you’ve already found. Sometimes you may be left feeling like finding the perfect man was nothing compared to the mean feat of finding that special frock your going to spend one of the most important days of your life in!!!
“So a few bits of advice from a Bridal Boutique Owner…”
1. Most importantly you need to make sure you try on all silhouettes so you can find the shape you feel most comfortable in. Be prepared that it may not be the shape that you have been holding on to in your dreams or not the one you have poured over in all the magazines you have been ploughing through at every opportunity since the day after you got engaged. Be open to all options!!
2. You do not need to visit lots and lots of different boutiques this can often lead to confusion and ivory blindness. You’ll have many conversations of “you know the skirt of the third dress from the second shop and the top from the sixth dress in the eighth dress!!!” Honestly, save yourself the time and hassle!!
3. You need to enjoy the shopping experience, you need to be made to feel special, not rushed, thoroughly advised but not pressured, given clear guidelines about time frames and costs and informed about services the Boutique offers. Feel likes it’s somewhere you’ll look forward to coming, as the first visit is just the beginning. Fittings will often happy at the Boutique so you have to love being there.
4. If you do feel the need to go to more than one Boutique, take the same people’s opinions that truly matter to you and take the same ones to any trying on session you go too. Very often one person feels you’ve found “The One” in one shop then someone else is positive you’ve found “The One” in another shop leaving you utterly confused!! We watch this Bridal Programmes and feel it’s imperative you have to bring at least ten people with you! Bring whoever and how many you’d like it’s up to you but only bring the people who’s opinions matter.
Often Brides feel disappointed and short changed if they fall in love with a dress from the first Boutique, don’t be!!! If you’ve tried on all the silhouettes and you’ve fallen in love with one. If you’ve found the colour that suits your skin tone and the material that makes you feel like a princess then trust your judgement and believe it’s “The One”. The real secret of knowing is when you swish and sway in it and you really don’t want to take it off, then you know, that’s it, you’ve found it!!!