Picture this: an autumn wedding - October. Both the ceremony and reception are outside and it's 65 degrees and clear. Already one prayer has been answered and anyone married outdoors can attest to that. Ariel and Seth tailored their ceremony to fit their desires and their personalities.
They met online, knew what they wanted in a life, a partner and a marriage and wrote their own vows. Ariel is a medical assistant and Seth is a recruiter, they live in Winston-Salem and married just outside in Kernersville, NC at the WillStella Farm. Her parents inspire them with their over 30 years of marriage and his parents in that he knew what he wanted in his own married life.
Ariel came to us to buy her gown and had her mind set on "something simple." Kelly helped her try on dresses, she said, "were not necessarily the styles I might have chosen and that helped me find what I really wanted and looked good in."
We often do this with brides - and prom-goers - because you may have something planned in your mind's eye, but haven't conceived of yourself in a different look or in a different way. Some brides stick with their vision, but others find themselves shifting. We just want them to find what they look amazing in, will love seeing themselves in and love.
Ariel: "We did write our own vows and did not hear them until the day; they were
very similar! We did a unity ceremony, but used a wine box, bottle of wine, and two
letters for our version. We both wrote letters to one another that explained why we fell in love with each other. Our plan is to open them whenever we have a big disagreement or if we fall
into a rough patch. If those things don’t happen (and we hope they don’t) then we can
open them on an anniversary."
Ariel told us that she ultimately chose her dress from us because she felt both comfortable and beautiful in it and that is was a perfect fit for the ceremony and location. And she does look amazing and happy!
At BT, we're in that glow of new gowns, new dresses, and gorgeous prom sales. Don't let the weather fool you. It's going to warm up and girls have already flooded our beYOUtiful boutique to buy their prom gowns and extra goodies.
Some of you may be tempted to go with online retail, so it's time to pull another little bit of caution from the files of BridalBeware.com. They have some VERY HELPFUL tips if you're going to purchase online - but your better option is to go to a boutique like ours where you will know exactly what you're buying, can choose from boutique brands that DON'T cost an arm and leg and where you'll receive service from people who will listen to you. IMAGINE THAT....!
Watching Jimmy Fallon on late night TV or others on social media do the whole #FAIL is fun. ... right up until it happens to you. Here are examples of getting nothing like what you expected.
This comment above is all over the internet and believe us, things have not gotten better since 2015. There are always exceptions that prove the rule, but we haven't seen any. Working with you is why we're in business. Ordering online is convenient, but they are not interested in chatting with you. They need a rough size and credit card info.
We're not interested in judging your size, shape or taste in dresses at our shop. We want you to get a good deal on a beautiful, well-constructed prom dress (ask us about the engineering that goes into the gowns at our shop - read: mind-blowing) that looks good on you and that you'll love dancing in.
We know you're going to be with your friends.
We know that you're going to be taking selfies to share and look back on years later.
We also know that the world of e-commerce has lulled everyone into thinking that cheap is fine, convenience is king and that customers may decide to enjoy time in a boutique, where they pick up tips and then jump online to buy from someone who most likely employs workers and children in sweatshops and in foreign countries. It's absolutely the client's call, but we hope you know that buying local, from hard-working members of your community, who - by the way - have a curated line of lovely products, will be a bigger pay off than you can imagine.
This, dear reader, is how beYOUtiful prom clients look!
Make it worth your money, time and memories. The rush of getting that brown box is fabulous, but once you've tried on something cheap, poorly made and that doesn't show who YOU are, the deflation is pretty quick. Trust us!
Come in to our shop and let us take care of you. There are prom events coming up. They are great times to come learn, buy and save. We look forward to seeing you soon!
.While we're all layering up to fight the cold this winter, Spring is just around the corner and with it brings prom season. BT and our beYOUtiful boutique have new prom gowns. They are playful and elegant, beaded and floral, come in one and two pieces and are ready to wear. In fact, we're already selling some that arrived around the holidays and now, with our event calendar laden with special days and ways to shop and save, we hope to tempt you to come in and make your choices. Grab a girlfriend, tell your mom "it's time" and join us!
Among the boutique brands we carry are 2Cute, Clarrise, Lucci Lu, Allie Blu and Romance Couture. We can also acquaint you with accessories, our alteration guru Julie McNeil, and we also have pressing services. If you are a Bridal Traditions Most Valuable Customer (BT MVC), you'll receive 15% off your prom gown purchase this year. Ask if you have questions!
A short cut to our beYOUtiful EVENTS CALENDAR is here, but the first 2 events are:
January 26-27th - 2Cute Trunk Show
February 3rd - PJ Day
See you there!
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.