The BT Blog
This blog is meant to be both educational and humorous - Sometimes serious and sometimes silly.
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Arriving soon..... new wedding gowns that are light, airy, elegant and perfect for outdoor weddings, whether at the beach, in the mountains, someone's garden -- you decide. They are transporting in their styles and cut and, wait for it......... run between $485-$658.
That's not a typo. Those are the prices..... meaning that you can wear a beautiful gown on your wedding day for under $1000 and not only look amazing but skip the stress of over-paying.
It's a word, people we promise and these gowns have it. They will move beautifully as brides walk, turn and especially flow in spring and summer wedding breezes. They also have loads of lace and incredibly delicate details that won't outshine you brides, but will show your eye for quality and style.
We pride ourselves in selecting gowns that are not only affordable, but look great on brides regardless of height or shape, are well-constructed, and are not from overseas sweat shops. Keeping our prices low, but with a commitment to quality is a core value of ours, as is our commitment to serving our community. We've "preached" about this before, but brides take chances with their dollars and their hearts when they choose to go online to purchase from unverified and tested sources. Knock-offs are everywhere. Instead, let us get to know you and help you choose a boutique gown of excellent quality that you can be proud of and gorgeous in!
Visit our gallery online or come by Bridal Traditions to look at the selection and let us help you find your perfect gown!
Dearly Beloved Brides-to-Be and Wedding Professionals,
It's that time again. March is just around the corner, which means we will be gathered together to celebrate weddings and all the details that go into making the perfect wedding day, and wedding season. Just about anything you can imagine as part of a wedding day is possible and the array of vendors is vast.
You can find ALL the details here, but let us break it down a little for you because this event is once a year and it is BIG.
The Expo is Sunday, March 11, 2018 at The John A. Walker Center from 1:00pm until 4:00pm. For brides registering online the price is $5 and $8 for brides at the door or guests of the brides. We'll have over 40 exhibitors representing goods and services, including food, venues, photographers, accents and decor, gowns, jewelry, crafts, rentals, make-up, gifts, skincare and lots more.
BRIDES: Here are a few reasons to attend:
To save money. Lots of vendors offer great discounts and show specials, just for booking at the show. You can also take advantage of gown and accessory sales that are offered only at the show. In addition to getting a great deal, you also have the opportunity to win door prizes and get freebies just for showing up!
Talk to the vendors, live and in-person. You will have the opportunity to meet with bakers, photographers, caterers, venue hosts, florists, and much much more all in one place. When you can compare different vendors services and personalities at the same time, you can make sure you are going to work well with each vendor you hire.
Try free samples of product. There is nothing like being able to see, feel, hear, and taste your way through a wedding expo. The wedding expo is packed with free samples of cakes, hors d’oeuvres, and entree offerings. In addition to food samplings, there will be a photo booth, a salon sharing hair and makeup tips and professionals in the invitation and wedding planner categories who can share what they know and how they work with clients.
Those are just three! Here are more! While you're there, check out the TIPS page as well. You'll be glad you did.
Are you a vendor or professional in the wedding industry or attendant industry? We would love to have you join us! We relish providing the opportunity for vendors to meet potential clients and brides-to-be, showcase what you do best, answer questions, arrange follow-up meetings and celebrate the wedding industry as it evolves and holds up certain long-standing traditions. If you have questions, you can find information here or contact us.
There is still time to register for a booth so get the details and we look forward to hearing from you.
JOIN US! IT'S GOING TO BE ANOTHER CELEBRATORY EVENT!
"We were married on the beach in front of his uncle’s beach house. We had no bridal party and there were 75 of our closest friends and family in attendance. We expected less than 25 when we planned the wedding, but we were amazed at how many people drove to the beach to celebrate with us." - Hannah Jolly Simmons
Hannah Jolly and Yancey Simmons were surprised at the turnout, because of the threat of a little storm called Irma that wreaked havoc on coastlines between August 30 and September 16. Their wedding was at Holden Beach on September 9th and clearly the Wedding Gods were shining down on them. Their day turned out to be filled with lots of laughter, ice cream, PBR and fun.
Once attendees decided to go to the beach, they made it a holiday. Hannah and Yancey, along with their closest pals, went the week before and when others joined them for the wedding, most people made it a family vacation and just stayed the extra time to veg at the water's edge.
These two are laid back and one of their reception choices was a good old fashioned ice cream bar with choices guests chose on their RSVP cards. Due to the worries of Irma, the rental company's cleaning services made sure that the freezers filled with ice cream that were ready to go were, well, cleaned out in the various rental houses for guest. Oops.
Minutes before the ceremony, a family member had to race out to grab versions and flavors promised so that everyone could enjoy a treat. This goes under the category of all's well that end's well and it did end well. The ice cream bar, great weather and frivolity made up for any snafus.
The dress Hannah said yes to ended up being kind of a surprise too, because Hannah told us that she really had no intention of wearing a traditional wedding gown on the beach. She thought, "beach wedding, understated but cool beach dress" - maybe a short, white shift dress from Lilly Pulitzer. Her mom convinced her to try on wedding gowns anyway. Hannah had purchased prom gowns from us before and shared that she always prefers supporting small businesses (YES!! WE LOVE YOU TOO, HANNAH, AND SO APPRECIATE IT.] She tried on 3 and the second one was THE one.
"The only vision I had really was that it be affordable and suitable for the beach. I looked for something with a chiffon overlay or a light-weight fabric that could blow in the breeze. And of course, I wanted it to be simple, yet flattering and pure white. I ended up with an ivory gown with more embellishment, but it was perfect."
"BT made a HUGE part in my selection and actually Logan picked out my dress after chatting with me. It was perfect and we all knew it. I loved that there was a layaway option. My goal was to have no debt after my wedding. My mother actually paid for half of my dress and bought her dress as well. It matched my dress amazingly and had the same embellishments and we bought my veil from BT as well."
I mean: COME.... ON!!!! Not only is her dress floating and swirling around her just as she wanted, but it's beach ready and beach perfect. AND SHE IS GORGEOUS.
Hannah is paramedic in Surry County with a degree in Emergency Medical Science and her now husband Yancey is a Deputy Sheriff.
"I know they say never to bring work home, and we don’t let it run our relationship, but we do talk to each other about our jobs and both decompress by discussing the traumatic events (and always joking with each other to keep us both sane! We live in Mount Airy and have almost finished building our home (we should be in it next month!). I enjoy staying at home and doing my own thing, while he loves being a social butterfly."
We couldn't be happier for these two. Congratulations on starting your first full year together, guys!
For those of you keeping score at home, it's bridal and engagement season. Yes, you've survived the holidays, and Valentine's Day is coming up, but if you are now engaged to be married, you've got other purchases on your mind and a lot of the planning and giving is about YOU. That's a good thing.
There are so many items to consider, but there are also fun items - GIFTS, GIFTS, WE SAY!!! - and we have them in our boutique's Gift Corner. While you're thinking about all the things for you to wear, consider all of the items you may want to ask for, purchase for your reception or give away.
We give you permission to share this with those around you. When you come looking for a gown, bridesmaids dresses, tuxes, veils, etc. check out the gifts we stock as well.
ABOVE: Reception games, like Cornhole, are a big hit. at bachelor and bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners and receptions.
BELOW: Need a drinking cup, mug, wine glass, mug or mason jar? You're covered! These are not only fun, but they are useful for getting the bride ready with her closest friends and maids on the day and great gifts for the couple to use for their first year or forever.
We love helping brides choose not just their gowns and key pieces for their day, but making the company they keep happy as well. BT sells gorgeous robes for the wedding day or to take on the honeymoon or - if you're a bridesmaid - to keep. [ASIDE: Kelly has a friend in Asheville who is not married or getting married and she loves these robes. They are like kimonos and intrinsically comfortable and elegant. Mother's Day? HELLO!! But we digress........]
Our shop, by definition, is for brides and those surrounding them on their big day, but we've worked hard to curate a gift corner that is thoughtful, fun and has a selection of things newlyweds will love and those nearest and dearest will appreciate. COME SEE US!!
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.