The BT Blog
This blog is meant to be both educational and humorous - Sometimes serious and sometimes silly.
Overlook the punctuation and grammatical errors and ENJOY!
Overlook the punctuation and grammatical errors and ENJOY!
We absolutely LOVE seeing our dresses as the shining stars of styled photo shoots! There is nothing quite so satisfying as when a group of wedding professionals can come together and let their creativity flow into something magical. Enjoy these photo's by Kevyn Dixon Photography from one recent shoot.
We are so excited about our newest plus size collection that has been arriving at the store! Femme is the epitome of femininity, with lovely laces and delicate beading, all for the curvy bride. We can't wait to meet our first Femme Brides!
We were so very excited to be able to collaborate with such a talented group of professionals for this impromptu styled bridal session. Below are some of the lovely results of that collaboration.
We are so excited to have the opportunity to help kids in need this year by being a drop off location for Coats for Kids through Josh Paul Ministries.
We are accepting and new and/or gently used coats and other winter items to be distributed in our local community and reaching out into the coal mining towns of Kentucky. Items may be dropped off anytime during our normal business hours. Please, visit our home page for our posted seasonal hours. The greatest current need is for boys items sizes 14 and down, but anything will be accepted.
We hope that you will help us fill this need by helping us fill our box!
It's a great time for 2017 brides to be shopping, and buying their wedding gowns! See our graphic below for details on our latest promotion here at Bridal Traditions. We are here to help you find you perfect gown, while easing fears and frustration, in our casual and calm environment. Remember to Just Breath. Happy Shopping!
We now have 2 or 3 bone hoops, and mermaid crinoline available to purchase or rent! Adding a hoop or crinoline to your gown can make such a dramatic difference in showing the detail of the skirt, and adding comfort for the bride!
Crinoline and hoops must be reserved or ordered a minimum of two weeks in advance. We will do our best to accommodate any reservation requests but availability will be based on our current inventory levels.
We are so excited about the newest collection of stunning bridal gowns that have been added to the BT racks! Beloved gowns are soft, feminine, and whimsical; perfect for any bride that wants a timeless look, but still needs to express her true self.
I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone that shopped with us for the 2016 prom season! We had an awesome record beating year, and we are so grateful to those of you that chose us for your prom superstore.
We are already planning for 2017, and hope that we will see many of you back for the fun events and awesome dresses that we have in store! We are planning on adding more tux rental options in 2017 for the guys as well!
We are excited to share photo's of our #beyoutifulfamily members in all of their finery. If you are a #btgirl and want to be featured in our online gallery you can send us pics by email, or a Facebook message through the business page, please include the names of anyone in the picture along with the year.
Thank you and much love from Kelly and the #btstaff !!!
We are absolutely thrilled to announce that we are now home to Sew Fitting, an alteration specialty shop located inside of Bridal Traditions! You may contact Julie directly for appointment information at; 828-292-9123
Sew Fitting owner and seamstress, Julie McClanahan is excited to start fitting our brides, and their bridal parties into their gorgeous gowns! Julie is a one woman show, and will take as many clients as she feels she can without risking the integrity of her work. If, and when she is booked up we will still have our referral list of trusted local seamstresses available.
It's now my pleasure to introduce you to Julie, owner and operator of Sew Fitting Alterations!
Julie began her love for sewing around the age of eight. Becoming intrigued while sewing a simple washcloth by hand, for 'arts and crafts' in children's church one Sunday. Having had a talented grandmother who was an artist and 'sew-est' also helped in supporting her fascination with sewing. Julie is now very particular with her work and understands that it's essential to take time and care in each item she works on for the best possible outcome.
Julie has worked with the Hour Glass Cleaners on West D. Street since 2010, helping out with repairs, and some of the more complex alterations. She has also been consistently altering bridal and formal gowns in her home for more than four years. Julie recently decided that she was ready to expand her business more into the bridal world by partnering with Bridal Traditions. When she approached me with the idea I jumped at the chance to have an experienced seamstress in the store again, if for nothing more than as a convenience to our customers.
Besides sewing, Julie has many other interests including art and spending time outdoors. Whether it's hiking, biking, or gardening she loves to spend time in nature. She openly admits to her passion for natural living, and considers herself a health nut. Her love for healthy, nutritious food is just one thing she prides herself in.
On this journey of opening up her own shop inside of Bridal Traditions, she's discovered a new found love for refurbishing old furniture, and plans on adding it to her list of hobbies. It definitely pans in well with her love of thrifting.
Most of all, Julie loves to spend time with family and friends, including her two miraculous children, Coda and Corwin. She un-doubtingly realizes that the most important thing in life, is the people you share it with.
I hate to say it, but it's true, cell phone pics do not always give the best representation.
I have a colleague that is working with a bride who fell head over heels in love with her bridal gown, finished all the necessary paperwork, ordered the dress and was completely happy, until .... she started studying the cell phone snapshots.
Now she is second guessing her choice all because of a picture taken at an unflattering angle.
I would just encourage all brides not to rely too much on cell pics when making this monumental decision. Rely on what you are seeing in the mirror and how you feel in your gown. Also, keep in mind that your "real" photos will be immensely different because you will have your whole look together; hair, makeup, and accessories all make a big difference in how your gown looks. Professional photog's also know how to capture "your good side". :)
Store owner, Kelly has been in the bridal industry since 2000, when at the ripe old age of 20 she opened her first little store front on a wing and a prayer. She is a certified wedding planner (no, she does not plan weddings), and everything she knows about bridal and formal wear has come from, gut instinct, trial and error, and watching LOTS of What Not to Wear.