Wednesday, December 5, 2018

10 Things You May Not Know About Gown Shopping

1. Undergarments can and will drastically change the look of a dress. You already know that wearing a strapless bra or a regular one with clear straps is non-negotiable. Even so, I’d recommend getting your measurements taken before you start this process, especially if you've lost weight recently. When trying on the winning dress for the very first time, your bust may look off. The problem: Undergarments one cup size too small and or inches too big around the waist will not give the right look. Be armed with your correct size, try on the dress again—it's amazing what a difference a few inches can make.
2. Wear just enough makeup to feel pretty—don't go overboard. Being surrounded by a billowing sea of white fabric makes you hyper-aware of your appearance. Under-eye circles that were barely noticeable before will look stark. Pale pink lipstick is drowned out by fluorescent lighting. You don't have to get dolled up for your consultant; apply just enough so that you feel presentable. But whatever you do, DO NOT apply self-tanner in the days leading up to your appointment, it will permanently damage the dresses. Also wear your hair the way you've planned it for the wedding.
3. Consultants don't want you to "yes" them to death. We can't assist you properly if you don't tell us how you really feel. "It's beautiful," she may murmur, after stepping into each dress or pulling it over your head. Unaware that you was saying this for Each And Every Gown, we may call you out on it: "I'm not the designer; you won't hurt my feelings." The "nos" will help you get to the final "yes." Also consultants will rarely outright tell you to take something off, so if or when they do, you know they were being truthful. We may also use the words "we can do better," you'll know. It's most helpful if you can be specific as to what it is you do and or don't like about each dress. This can lead them to bringing you THE dress.

4. Do "the aisle test" to make sure the gown looks good from every angle. Before making your final decision, we will help you into the top contender one last time, veil and all, have you walk around the pedestal and or sofa or walk to meet my a loved one at the front entrance. Walking towards them and seeing a stunned reaction solidifies how much you love the dress. Once you find it: go ahead, sit, shimmy, and even twirl in the gowns while trying them on—if it's the right one, you should feel as if you never want to take it off. 
5. Trying on wedding gowns is physically and emotionally exhausting. Wedding gowns can be very heavy and getting in and out of them is a workout in itself; you will find yourself ravenous and in need of a good nap afterwards! Up until that point, don't make major planning decisions (photographer, DJ), but when you see how I look in YOUR dress, it will be as if all that had gone before was just a fuzzy dream that suddenly everything becomes crystal-clear. Not the weepy type? don't be mortified if or when tears stream down your cheeks. On the other hand, a bride-to-be friend of mine who sniffles at commercials was mystified by how detached she was to the gown she bought. That's the beauty of wedding planning—no two brides will ever have the same exact experience. 

 6. Make Mom love you forever by trying on a dress she recommends, even if you hate it. If Mom has been looking forward to this moment ever since you played dress-up as a little girl, oblige her just this one time and try on one of her recommendations. It's a win-win: Either she'll see that you were right about lace looking all kinds of wrong on you, or you may shock yourself by purchasing one of her picks. Also, be open to suggestions by the consultant. We can not count the number of girls who fell in love with the dress that they hated on the hanger once they put it on! 

 7. Ask if there are any discounts they can offer you. We offer discounts if you purchase bridesmaid or mother of the bride/groom dresses there as well. At trunk shows, which feature an entire collection from a specific designer, brides can get a percentage off (usually 10-15), for buying a gown that same day. If you're serious about a dress and can't make the show, try it on beforehand and see if they'll grant it to you at the lower price anyway. 

 8. You’ll have to sign on the dotted line for even the smallest details. In order to buy a dress, you'll have to commit to a certain size ahead of time, and they're teeny-tiny compared to regular clothing sizes (a bridal size 6 is equivalent to a size 2 in "normal" clothes). Be prepared to expected that. Don't be surprised to learn you may have to sign off on the height of the heels you will be wearing on the day of the wedding (this would affect your alterations). If you're planning on customizing your gown by adding sleeves, embellishments, or dropping/raising the waist, be prepared to answer very specific questions about that as well. Do not feel offended at anytime during the process when a seamstress or consultant asks you about your cycle or weight fluctuations. They are only trying to do what they need to make you look perfect on your wedding day. 

 9. Repeat after me: You are not a failure if you have to try on more than 10 gowns before finding The Gown. Shopping can be a scene out of a romantic comedy or a nightmare: The excitement in the bridal salon is palpable, you're swilling champagne, everyone coos over how stunning you are, and you wish you could bottle how giddy you feel. What movies don't show you is how despondent it can feel if it takes four, or five, or six visits before you find anything that even remotely feels like you. No one tells you that you may even leave some salons crying due to how they work with their clients. Everyone from my doctor to my neighbors got a kick when "the bridal professional couldn't even find a dress." You may find it on the first dress and you may not, but you will find it! 

 10. Do it once, do it fabulous. We may repeat this mantra to me throughout my appointment, and it's stuck in my head ever since. You're (hopefully) only going to shop for a wedding gown once in your life—drown out everyone else's opinion and you'll hear a silent little voice tell you which one you should choose. If you are feeling uncertain I will remind you that I am the dress doctor and you should go home, take two aspirin and call me in the morning. When you go to bed be thinking about the gowns you loved when you go to sleep: and your mind will do the work while you sleep. When you wake up your mind will have done the work and sorted things out for you. THE dress will be THE one you first think of when you wake up in the morning. Then, when you pick it, lie to everyone except a handful of people you can trust not to spill the secret.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Being Proactive for Prom

When it comes to prom dresses, not all are created equal. Which is why we love trunk shows and all the perks they offer. Never been to a trunk show? A trunk show is an opportunity for viewing a larger portion of the selected designer’s gowns a store might otherwise not carry. Usually only a few days long, trunk shows offer the chance to order straight-off-the-runway styles.
Just in time for Bella Sposa Bridal & Prom's 2019 (which will start in December of 2018)  trunk shows, we have listed the top 5 Reasons to Attend a Prom Trunk Show.
1) To see the more of the new collection.
At a prom trunk show, customers get to see more of a collection than a store typically has in stock. In addition to our designer’s current in store inventory, there are numerous gowns that may not have been selected for purchase in our shop due to modesty level, fragility of fabric or any other number of reasons.

2) To get the cream of the crop.

Remember:  At Bella Sposa Bridal & Prom we promise not to sell the same dress to another girl from your school.  That means the sooner you shop the greater your selection will be.
3) To add special touches to your prom look.
While it can be hectic at a Trunk Show, the increased staff is here to help you put the whole look together. Take their advice on styles to try.

4) To shop during extended hours.

We are open extended hours for trunk shows 
to make it more convenient for everyone including select Sunday hours.
5) To receive perks.
Shoppers will receive a Swag Bag while supplies last just for stopping in during the prom trunk show PLUS an entry for a grand prize!
6) To score a discount.
Trunk shows and flash sales are the best time to save when purchasing your prom gown. Typically you will find that at trunk shows, a bonus is given when you buy the gown of your dreams. In the past it was free jewelry or shoes but we aren’t yet sure what the 2019 offer will be.
7) To make sure there is plenty of time to get the right size and color.
At Bella Sposa Bridal & Prom we work hard to make sure that you get exactly the dress that you want, that it is the right size and fits perfectly.  Please keep in mind that those who are tall (over 5'7") may need to special order their gown with extra length.  Those who are full figured are best served by shopping early so that we can assure that you get the size you need in the gown & color that you want in plenty of time for Prom! 

8) To beat the rush.

Spring arrives quickly and schedules become overly full and we see so many struggling to 'fit in' buying their prom gown.  Don't get caught having to settle because of time or product limitations.  By shopping early you are guaranteed to get the gown you want without the stress of last minute shopping.

) Ask for it as a Christmas Present.
If your budget is limited you can ask parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles ect. to give you the money you need to buy the dress as a Christmas present. 

10) Mom & Dad:  Put a bow on it!

Senior year is an extremely busy year that is filled with many financial obligations.  If you shop early for that prom gown you can put a bow on it and put it under the tree for Christmas.
Bella Sposa Bridal & Prom’s trunk show tip sheet:
  • When attending a trunk show, come with an open mind and be willing to try on gowns you may not like on the hanger.
  • Bring only the person whose opinion you trust the most. Do not bring a big entourage, as it will make your experience more confusing for you and other shoppers.
  • Have mom, dad, grandma or whoever is paying for the dress available for either payment via credit card by phone or bring them along.
  • Come ready to make a decision, because the store bonus or discount will just be available during the trunk show plus when the designer sells out of a style, no more are produced.
  • Most importantly, have fun!