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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
 

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
 

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
 

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! 

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
 

In house bridal alterations

In house bridal alterations

Good morning Brides.

This past week I've had three Brides call me, asking if I could do alterations on dresses they had bought in Sydney. I explained that I was too busy to do alterations for anyone other than the Brides that had bought from my boutique. I suggested they call the shop they bought their dresses from, and arrange to meet with the in-house seamstress.
The excuses I was offered ranged from 'too far to travel' to 'I don't have time'. One bride had even purchased a dress from a boutique that did not offer any alteration services. Unfortunately, these issues are not my problem - if Sydney is too inconvenient for a Bride, they shouldn't buy their dresses there in the first place.
I have a number of Brides at any given moment, who travel from Sydney in order to purchase their dresses at my boutique. I frequently stay behind until 8pm or later, and open on Sundays, just so that I can meet their needs as best I can. It is my prerogative to decline alteration jobs on non-Accapella gowns, and a decision I make in order to provide a higher level of service to my actual clients. I WILL NOT accept rudeness from callers who are unhappy with this decision.
Thank you,
Connie.
 

Who says you can’t wear your wedding dress again

Who says you can’t wear your wedding dress again

Who says you can’t wear your wedding dress again...

This bride emailed me, asking if it were possible to alter her wedding dress so that she could wear it again. She knew she wouldn’t get much for the dress if she sold it, and she wanted to recreate the dress so that she could wear it to her cousin’s wedding. I was really excited to be part of this venture, as it brings out my creativity. We shortened it, gave it a cut-out back and she’s going to dye it black. Also, can you believe this bride still fits her size 6 gown a mere six months after having her baby?!
Here is a slideshow of her gown to dress transformation.
Connie xo
 

Lovely compliment from a bride

Lovely compliment from a bride

I received a lovely compliment from a bride the other day. I started to explain in detail why her alterations were going to cost so much, and she stopped me mid-sentence. “Connie,” she said, “you don’t need to explain. You have a talent and a skill that not many have. I am happy to pay for your work, as the fit is perfect. Thank you.” 

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all my Brides that have chosen Accapella Bridal wishing you all the very best and a joyous New Year. 

Made to Measure Martina Liana

Made to Measure Martina Liana

Guess what I did the other day…Made to Measure!

One of my brides absolutely loved a Martina Liana dress that I had in my boutique, but had dreams of wearing a similar dress with a dramatic overskirt that she could remove for the reception. She showed me her inspiration pic, and I have to say…I LOVED the idea!
I called the designers at Martina Liana to see if they were able to make something up for her, however their current production lines didn’t have anything similar. I um’ed and ah’ed over the decision, because made to measure is so time consuming, but ultimately I loved the idea so much that I couldn’t let the opportunity pass. My boutique is unique, and it is creating unique pieces like this that makes it like that!
Have a look at her inspiration pic, and the photographs we have of the creation so far… Stay tuned for the finished garment!
Connie xo
 

Pressured into Buying her Dress

Pressured into Buying her Dress

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

 

The right bride at the right time

The right bride at the right time

This is a story of the right bride at the right time…

I received my new collection yesterday at midday. I had been hanging out for the DHL man to come all morning! I started to unpack the dresses, and had managed to press just two before my 2pm appointment arrived.
This bride walked in and explained that she was looking for a plain skirt and a lace bodice without beading. I looked at her and said, “I have just pressed two new dresses, and they are exactly as you are describing!”
I dashed upstairs and brought them down for her. She tried on the first dress (pictured) and could not believe that it was just what she had been looking for. I made her try on two other dresses, but we all knew that she had found The One when she put the first dress on!
She told me that she had been to Sydney and that none of the shops she visited had what she was looking for. I said to her, “Honestly, if you’re appointment had been at 11am this morning, I wouldn’t have had what you were looking for either. This dress has only been in my boutique for two hours and you’re the first person to try it on and the first to buy it. It was meant for you!”

 

Connie xo

 

Spend more on alterations

Spend more on alterations

    Hello Soon-to-be brides!This bride bought one of the dresses from my sales rack.With the savings she made, she was able to spend more on alterations; for less than her original budget she secured what is essentially a one of a kind dress! 
Something special for her daughter’s big day

Something special for her daughter’s big day

I had to order extra lace for this bride’s shoulder straps, and an idea came to me...

The bride’s mother had mentioned to me that she wanted to do something special for her daughter’s big day…so I suggested I order a little bit of extra lace and she have a go at beading it for her daughter to wear as a headpiece.
I loaned her my tray of pearls and crystals, and gave her a little demonstration on how to choose the right one. Beading is relaxing, and I knew the mother would enjoy it, but it can be very time consuming.
Today she nervously showed off her work, and it was beautiful! I loved it. I told her that I thought it earned her an A+ in Connie’s School of Sewing! It’s not quite finished, but the bride already loves it and hopes that her own daughter will wear it to her future wedding.
Connie xo
 

Colour matching the bridal party

Colour matching the bridal party

Hi Brides to be,

A lot of brides aren't aware that the bridal party's shirts and accessories need to be in the same colour family as the bride's dress - that is, if you're wearing ivory, then the groom's shirt needs to also be ivory. The same goes if you are wearing white, or even a richer cream or latte colour. This is particularly important for your photographs, where the colour difference is more apparent.
This innovative bride brought her groom's outfit in to a fitting to ensure it was going to match. It's a great idea, in my opinion!
Connie xo
 

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