A Bridal Guide
As a boutique, we do our best to be a one stop shop for brides. We'd like to do the same with information we found helpful. In that spirit, our team reviewed blogs where we really threw down some wisdom and advice that is tried and true and thought we would put it all in one spot.
Mistakes to Avoid - A Primer
If you want to avoid the pitfalls that can come with trying to balance and plan, a great way to start is by identifying what NOT to do. We've got your back and we've created a 6 part series so that you won't find yourself in trouble when you didn't mean to be.
Part 1 - covers putting yourself first, caring for guests and knowing what you can handle.
Part 2 - covers crash dieting, when to send invitations, your registry and even hair dos.
Part 3 - covers gift giving, your wedding day vendors, your single friends and setting a great reception table.
Part 4 - covers the timing of hair, makeup, ceremony, over decorating and rushing your photographer.
Part 5 - covers setting boundaries, letting things go, your invitations and, yes, eyebrows.
Part 6 - covers eloping, your gown and florals, the venue style, your parents and more.
Seriously, ladies and gents: give these a read and you're already "in the know."
And here is one more, just for grins. Wedding Blunders you don't want to make!
Bridal Garments 101
If we thought that all the bride could think about while planning were the votive candles and table linens, we'd be in the event rental business. And we sort of are with our menswear. But we are in the gown business and we know that brides want to think about gowns, veils, fitting, jewelry, etc. more than anything. Here's a helpful set of blogs that deal with all of those questions and more.
The Difference that Price Makes - read and then re-read.
Ivory vs. White - A Bridal Question
Dress Structure 101 - this is a biggee, ladies!
Undergarments & Unmentionables
The Bride's Accessories
Garters - What's the 411
Finally - we want you to shop with freedom, confidence and facts. These last blogs will help get you there!
Tripped Up By Details - this one is for your crew and you! Share it with love.
Wedding Shopping Myths Part 1
Wedding Shopping Myths Part 2
Be a Great Gift Giver
Ladies: we care about you and your experience. If you have questions, we're here. Make an appointment to come see us and we'll let you pick our brains, see our boutique filled with gowns and goodies and give you a boost.
Bridal Feature - Sarah Lincolmfelt
Sarah LIncolmfelt married Taylor Brunson in September of last year at Marler Road Baptist Church in Hamptonville, NC. These two met at a summer Christian camp in Brevard called The Wilds. She waitressed and scooped ice cream and he was a counselor. One afternoon, he brought his campers to get ice cream, but ended up flirting with her more than anything. Flirting led to more ice cream and friendship, and the rest is history. BT had the fun of dressing this beauty for her wedding day!
Theirs was a very tender and teary affair, but included a song sung and played for Sarah by Taylor and a secret handshake. While camp counselors, these two weren't allowed to show affection, so they created a handshake that was incorporated into their ceremony and vows. It was a really sweet and special touch.
"I loved being able to have a first look on my wedding day. It was one of the moments that I believed eased my nerves before the wedding. No one had to hide from anyone and it was great."
Sarah came into BT with a knowledge of our shop and a lot of ideas in mind for her gown . She had options! On the day of her appointment, she asked us for a specific gown she'd seen and we had it. She pretty much knew it was the one. Her gown had long sleeves, something that was on her list, beautiful lace around the neckline, and a swooping open back detail. She looked gorgeous in it. We love seeing traditional gowns on modern brides.
Congratulations to Sarah and Taylor and here's many, many decades of happiness!
Photo Credit: Olivia Shay Photography
Let's Tell the Truth
When things don't go right for our brides or clients, we are heartbroken. That isn't marketing speak: that is the truth. If you know us at all, in the 20+ years we've been serving this community, thank goodness we can count on a few fingers the number of times when something hasn't worked out for a bride. Our vendors are sharp and great at what they do. Our processes at BT come from years of experience and best practices, and we are devoted to the girls and ladies who come in looking for inspiration, something gorgeous to wear, timeliness and quality. But we all know ....
We live in an age where complete transparency is applauded because people are human, life has its challenges and businesses fumble the ball. People want the truth and then how to fix the problem. We also live in an era of "well, that's good enough." This leaves our team at Bridal Traditions trying to (A) provide clarity and honesty with regard to the wedding dress industry and how long it takes to get your gown into your hands, and (B) our professional desire to be the best at everything we do. "Just good enough" is NOT good enough for us. That's why we've been around for more than two decades.
Recently, a wonderful BT bride was disappointed when her dress arrived and the factory made a mistake with the sizing. We normally (if not always) ask that brides provide us with a minimum of 6 months to get the dress delivered to us and then to the bride. If you need alterations, those will add more time. When this bride's dress arrived and there was only a week before the wedding - and the factory got the sizing wrong - we were stuck. Her seamstress was left with no wiggle room and we felt rotten. Honestly, everyone felt rotten. As we've said before: cases like this one are rare, but that doesn't mean that they aren't shattering for the bride. Please know: it was shattering for us too. We aren't here for retail experiences, we care about EVERY SINGLE BRIDE. To that end, we are here to provide a little counsel and clarity.
Words of Advice
Ladies, take note, because more than anything our mission is to make you feel spectacular, ridiculously happy and absolutely thrilled that you came to BT.
A Happy Outcome
This story ultimately had a happy ending. We were able to provide a replacement gown out of our inventory (not her original design, but one we think she loved more), and the bride enjoyed her dress and her day.
Our Goal: make sure that you have a wonderful experience with us, find the garment you need and have a wonderful wedding.
Your Goal: get married in a dress that makes you blissfully happy on the day and wistful every time you think about it. If those things can happen and all that is needed is a little planning and forethought - WE'VE GOT THIS.
Bridal Feature - Tamara Nolen
Tamara and Jason were married in September of 2021 in Boone at a friend's house overlooking Grandfather Mountain. They had tons of helps from friends and family, gorgeous wedding on the day and a beautiful, intimate ceremony. Tamara said this was her first "and only" wedding and that she felt so blessed to have her four grandchildren with her on the day.
Theirs was a colorful wedding with amazing bouquets of gemstone florals and bridesmaids in the same jewel tones. The weather, the flowers and palette were perfection.
Like most brides, Tamara came to Bridal Traditions with an idea and a few concerns. She knew that she wanted to look like a princess and she wanted to make sure that her dress fit her short frame. The second gown turned out to be The One. With her daughter Amber to help, Tamara also chose her train and petticoat. She loved the way everything came together for her. And so are we!!
Congratulations Tamara and Jason! Here's to many happy years ahead!