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Bride buying her second wedding dress

Bride buying her second wedding dress

Hi Brides,
I had another bride in buying her second dress this week. She wasn’t happy with the choice she made with her first dress even after the alterations were completed.
She loves Martina Liana gowns and sent me an email saying her wedding was only four weeks away, and did I think I could help?
She came in before I left for Barcelona and narrowed her selection down to two dresses straight off the rack. I suggested she take some time to think about it because the boutique was going to be closed and no one would buy them in the interim. She would have time to process it all and ensure she was making the right decision this time around. It would also give her time to break the news to her mum!
These are the two dresses she was deliberating over. They are both lovely dresses but one definitely suits this bride's figure more than the other. She has a rectangle shaped body and the style on the right utilises a diagonal design on the bodice and, along with the v neckline, draws the eye downwards to give this bride a waist.
Her mum was happy for her daughter, despite this being her second dress. I don’t have a photo of the first dress as it was at the alterations place, but I can see why her mum was pleased she had finally found a dress she loved!
 

Housekeeping

Housekeeping

Hi Brides!
Just a few housekeeping items.
1. Please don't bring coffees into the boutique. They have the potential to make a huge mess when spilt, and it costs me a lot of money to have coffee spray cleaned from multiple dresses. Yes - this HAS happened and it still haunts me.
2. Spray tans are a big no-no. I understand it's nice to look your best on the day, but even older tans rub off on the dresses. I pride myself in keeping my dresses pristine, but even a good dry cleaner will struggle to remove tan stains over and over again. If I can smell tan, I WILL ask you to reschedule your appointment. Please don't be offended; I want my dresses clean so that YOU can have the best experience choosing your dress.
3. Please be punctual. I frequently have back to back appointments and unfortunately I cannot always extend an appointment if you are running late.
4. Be BRAVE! Try on dresses that are out of your comfort zone. If you try on a dress and hate it, that's okay! But you might just surprise yourself!
Connie XO
 

Alterations should be completed at the boutique

Alterations should be completed at the boutique

This video perfectly illustrates why I believe alterations should be completed at the boutique you’ve purchased your dress from…this bride is having her final fitting and collecting her dress, and I can triple check that all of the alterations I have made are correct and that the bride is 100% happy with the final result. So many bridal stores send their clients to off-site seamstresses and the boutique owners don’t see the dress right through to the end. How can they be certain the final product is perfect for the bride’s big day?  

Why I Don't stock Bridesmaids dresses

Why I Don't stock Bridesmaids dresses

I often get asked why I don’t stock bridesmaids’ dresses. It’s because I don’t believe in them! You can buy a beautiful bridesmaid dress from a regular designer…then your bridesmaids can wear their dresses again, unlike traditional bridesmaid dresses that are worn once then put in a wardrobe never to be worn again. These traditional dresses stocked by bridal boutiques cost $330-400 plus alterations. Sheike, Review, Bec and Bridge and Tallulah all have wonderful options for the modern wedding.

You do run the risk of one of your guests turning up in the same dress, but this can be avoided by purchasing your dresses in advanced, from the previous season’s collection.
Connie xo
 

Plus size 22 and looks like a model in this photograph

Plus size 22 and looks like a model in this photograph

I received a thank you message from Wendy last week.

I had to show you all how fantastic she looked in her dress - she’s a plus size 22 and looks like a model in this photograph. Absolutely STUNNING!
It just goes to show that any size and any shape can look stunning if you choose the right style dress.
Congratulations, Wendy. You looked amazing on your wedding day!
Connie xo
 

Emotional wedding day

Emotional wedding day

I have a very emotional story to tell you today.

Last year, Carlie and her mum came in for her first consultation. Her mum started to feel dizzy during the appointment and she left early because she began to feel really unwell. When Carlie came in for her second appointment, I asked after her mum, and Carlie explained that her mother had been in and out of hospital and still wasn’t well.
Carlie came in for a fitting last month and when I again asked after her mum, Carlie burst into to tears and said she wasn’t good at all. Her dad was bringing her mum in to see the dress fitting, and when they arrived I was shocked at how much weight she had lost. She had an oxygen bottle and nasal tube, and Carlie’s dad pushed her in a wheel chair.
When Carlie walked out in her dress, it was a really beautiful moment. I could see the pride and love in her parents’ eyes. But Carlie’s mum struggled with every word, and I didn’t have a very good feeling at all. I made sure that we took some lovely pictures of the two of them together, and I am really glad that I did because she passed away on the 20th February. I rarely suggest we take photos during a fitting, but it felt important to me that Carlie had a record of that moment.
Carlie is got married on the 11th March 2017, to the man of her dreams. It will be a bittersweet day for Carlie, but I know that her mother will be there in spirit.
Connie xxoo
 

Online Buying

Online Buying

I stayed late at the boutique the other night. I had a bride send me an email - she needed an urgent appointment so I did my best to fit her in.

The bride had bought her dress from an online store located in Brisbane. She didn’t feel that it did much for her figure (as is often the case with online purchases) but dealing with returns etc meant that she didn’t have enough time left to arrange a new dress and alterations. Her wedding is the 21st of April!
She understood that she would need to purchase something ‘off the rack’, and I selected three dresses to start with. The first dress she only liked, the second dress she LOVED, and I essentially had to force her to try the third dress on. She barely had the third dress on before she asked to try the second dress on again. She knew it was The One. I had only selected dresses that were in the bride’s size range, to minimise the amount of alterations she would need. This brings down the price - a good thing considering she’d already bought a dress. It also means that I can get her alterations done in time for her wedding.
I am so pleased that this bride will sleep well tonight knowing that she has found her dream dress.
Connie xo
 

'Out-there' style could be so flattering.

'Out-there' style could be so flattering.

ALTERATION OF THE WEEK

This is another bride who ordered her dress without trying it on! This bride is a size 22, and couldn't believe that this 'out-there' style could be so flattering.
I ran the bust in from the top of the bodice to the waist, and I shortened the length of the dress from the hip so that we didn't lose the overall proportions of the dress.
The bride was a little self-conscious of her arms, so I added an extra pleat to the sleeves, which provided the illusion of more coverage without changing the design.
An absolutely beautiful result.

Essense of Australia D1932

 

Connie xo
 

Bride ordered a dress two sizes smaller

Bride ordered a dress two sizes smaller

Alteration of the Week

This bride ordered a dress two sizes smaller than what she was when she first chose it, with the intention of losing weight. She visited the boutique a few times to make sure she was on-track to fit her dress, and she had done extremely well with her weight loss despite losing her mother in law only weeks before the wedding.
When she came for her alterations-fitting, despite her significant weight loss, I was still unhappy with how the dress was sitting on her new figure. Being a true pear shape, the bride was three whole sizes smaller on the top half, with a shapely waist. I suggested we lift the sides of the bodice to create a more dramatic v-shape to the waistline. You can see from the photographs that this small alteration to the style of the dress had a massive impact on the overall fit and made it much more flattering. You wouldn’t believe that the two pictures were taken only a week apart and with no further weight loss. The bride, her mother, and I all had tears in our eyes when we saw what a difference it made.
*The beading has organza over it to protect the tulle during alterations.
Connie xo
 

Should you bring your fiancé in to see the dress,

Should you bring your fiancé in to see the dress,

Good morning Brides!

I’ve had a few brides wanting to bring their fiancé in to see their dress, or to take a photo so they can show them at home. I always encourage them to keep their dresses a surprise, because you will never get that photo of the look on his face as you walk down the aisle and he sees how beautiful you look for the first time. A few brides worry that their future husband won’t like their dress - but I’ve been in this business for 28 years and I have never heard of a groom saying "STOP THE WEDDING, I DON’T LIKE THE DRESS!” lol!
What are your thoughts, brides? Keep it a secret or tell?
Connie xo
 

Boyfriends haven't proposed yet

Boyfriends haven't proposed yet

Hi Boyfriends!. Couple weeks ago my AusPost lady commented on a dress that I've had in the window for a while; she thinks it is simply stunning and wished she had a wedding coming up that she could wear it to! 

Felt pressured into buying

Felt pressured into buying

Today I met a bride for the second time. I met her quite a while ago, when it was too far out from her wedding to buy her dress. I had told her to come back closer to her wedding, but when we were discussing the details of her big day during the consultation part of her appointment, she admitted that it was only ELEVEN days before her wedding date!

The bride explained that she did already have a dress; however she was concerned about the fit and the way the dress made her feel. She purchased it from another local boutique and felt that she had been pushed into buying a dress that was too large and not necessarily the best for her shape. Even after multiple fittings, the dress still didn’t sit nicely.
She tried on two dresses that I had in her size, and as soon as she put the first dress on, she turned to her friend and said, ‘See, look how nice this looks. It fits and sits so much better.’
I explained that I wasn’t a fan of the brand that she had bought as I disagreed with the structure and cuts they used in their designs, but that I looked at the dresses from a dress-maker’s point of view…and that surely there was a reason she had bought the dress in the first place. She cringed and admitted that she had felt pressured into buying it and that now all she had was a dress that made her feel frumpy. She tried to balance it out by saying that she wasn’t the kind of bride who was ‘all about the dress’, but when I questioned why she couldn’t wear her original dress if she didn’t really care she admitted that she just couldn’t move forward with the idea of wearing a dress that she wasn’t going to feel nice in for the whole day.
Her friend cut to the chase - “The new dress looks much better than what you were going to wear. Just buy it!”
And so she did. I am looking forward to seeing pics of her big day!
Connie xo
 

Bride has a straight and slender figure

Bride has a straight and slender figure

Hi Brides,

The bride has a straight and slender figure with little waist definition. A shape that can be just as difficult to dress as any of the others.
She was looking for a simple dress with a low back, and loved those aspects of the dress she chose, but we were both concerned that it did not give her any shape.
I suggested we add some of my left-over lace from my made-to-measure days, to draw attention away from the waist and up to the bust area.
We selected this detailed eyelash lace which also softened the overall look of the dress.
I always encourage my brides to choose dresses that draw attention to their assets and away from the areas they feel less confident of. This alteration is a great example of how a simple tweak can make a huge difference!
Connie xo
 

Seen my alterations on Facebook

Seen my alterations on Facebook

This bride travelled all the way from Bathurst to buy her dress from me! She had seen my alterations on Facebook and read the reviews my brides had left for me and felt confident of buying a dress from my boutique.

The bride loved this dress, but wanted a backless style - to accommodate this I removed the tulle at the back, leaving just the lace over the shoulders.
This worked because the dress is quite structured and the bride has a small bust, meaning that the rear fabric wasn’t needed to hold the dress secure.

 

Connie. xox
 

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