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Our Annual National Bridal Sale Event is happening in a matter of weeks... just over 2 weeks in fact. Below are the details, some things to remember, a sampling of dresses and an encouragement to make your appointment and come see us.
Reservations Required for ALL DATES
Saturday, July 18: 10a until last scheduled appointment at 5p.
Reservations last 1 hour
**Maximum of 2 guest per bride**
Tuesday, July 21 - Saturday, July 25: 10a until last scheduled appointment at 4p.
Reservations last 2 hours
**Maximum of 2 guest per bride**
Off-the-Rack Wedding Dresses are between $100-$900.
*Special Orders are 10% off the regular price and that can mean savings up to $100.
This is the only time of year we discount special orders and it's super exciting! Make your appointment asap!
Prom goers, Bridesmaids & Accessories
Heads up to those of you looking for a gorgeous gown, cool accessories or a bridesmaids gown for an upcoming wedding. We have items for you too.
Saturday, July 18, from 10a-5p only.
Walk-in Only, First Come First Serve
Number of people in the store at one time will be limited
What’s on Sale
Off-the-Rack Prom, Bridesmaids and Social Occasion Dresses = $10-$298
Closeout Accessories $1 - $25
We also have jewelry, veils, garters, men’s accessories, and more.
The Fine Print
Come ready to shop and with just what you need: cash on hand, an idea of what you're looking for, a pal and an open mind. Brides and prom goers often find something when they weren't sure what they wanted.
All Sales Final - No Holds - No Checks
Some items are CASH ONLY
Some restrictions & exclusions apply
See store associate for details
Schedule your appointment and, as always, we look forward to helping you find your dream gown for a much more affordable price than you anticipated!
In Wedding Mistakes to Avoid blogs One, Two & Three, we've covered a lot of territory: everything from whether to diet, to how you arrange your reception tables to how to treat your guests to when to announce your engagement, we've tracked the best ways to handle what may come up. In Part 4, we cover even more. Get your pens and wedding planning journal out and let's go!
Mistake 15: You Overdecorate
I'm not suggesting that the above is too much. It's lovely. But know your theme, your crowd, your budget and decorate accordingly. Coco Chanel was fond of saying, "Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off." She was right. Same with your decorations. Sometimes more isn't better. It's just more.
Mistake 16: You Get Ring Envy
The person you are going to spend the rest of your life with has bought something just for you. It was picked out with YOU in mind or is an heirloom befitting your hand. It was given in the hope that every time you looked at it, it would remind you how loved you are and how sacred your vows are. Don't go "shopping" in your imagination after you have your engagement ring. It smacks of ingratitude. You are better than that and your engagement ring belongs to no one else. THAT is special.
Mistake 17: You Don't Think Beyond "per head"
If you feed them, they will come. So you make your list and you find a catering package that you can afford. Done, right? Nope. Some couples forget that they still have to hire a florist, a photographer, book the venue and band and that can often double or triple the wedding budget. Set a budget and then divide the costs by priority. Your "per head" price will be more accurate that way.
Mistake 18: You think you're a baker
If you are a professional baker, skip to Mistake 19. If you are not, listen up. Now is not the time to take on a project so time-consuming and so personal. Unless you plan to serve simple cookies - and we wouldn't suggest even taking that on - hire a baker to handle your cake, cupcake tower, or whatever for your wedding sweets. If you need more encouragement about walking away from baking, check out Nailed It.
Mistake 19: You don't make enough time for hair, make-up and photography
Every member of your bridal party needs time for hair, make-up, nails and with a pro. Don't rush yourself or anyone else in your party. You'll want the photographer to capture your time together as a group, as well as get images of your group in your gowns, then images of you with your mom. If there is a "First Look. that will also take time." Plan accordingly. Make it fun and schedule plenty of hours. Add champagne, but not too much. Hydration is key too!
Mistake 20: Your Photographer is Over Scheduled
Pros will bring an assistant and usually a second shooter. That said, they cannot be everywhere at once. In the same way you have a game plan for your time, your photographer will have a timeline and a shot list. Make sure that everyone is clear on how the day is going to unfold and which shots are the most important.
We've gotten requests for more help, so we'll have at least one, probably two more "Wedding Mistakes" blog. Stay tuned!
Haley & Ethan
Haley Joines and Ethan Matthews were married in December of 2019 and we cannot believe that they are half-way to their first anniversary. They married at the Barn at Blueberry Hill in a small ceremony. They met in high school and have been inseparable since. Theirs is not a love story with a bunch of ups and downs and craziness. They fell in love and that was that! While they like living in North Wilkesboro, they are anxious to get back to Traphill where they have deeper foundations.
Our wedding day was absolutely everything we could have wanted - and more! I wanted a winter wedding, and he just wanted to marry me. From all the live greenery, to the s’mores and hot chocolate bar and dancing the night away with all our friends it was definitely a day that not a lot of people will forget! Our colors were burgundy and a dusty blue and my dress was “almond”. It was absolutely perfect!
"I thought I wanted to have a dress with sleeves, and I was wrong! Of course I knew I did not want white because I am so pale, and once I tried on my dress I knew that was it! The color was amazing and I had not seen anyone with that color dress (even though I purchased it in 2017 and didn’t get married until almost 2020!)
"Kelly is overall an amazing person, who will be truthful with you and if something doesn’t look right she will let you know! That’s what I love about her!"
We loved dressing Haley for her big day and she chose well. She added a fur wrap and looked amazing!
Store owner Kelly had this to say; "That's why I have always loved working with Haley, she's not afraid to step outside of the box and be a little different. She needs a gentle push every now and then, but in the end she lets her awesome personality shine through her fashion!"
Haley loved the lace on her dress and especially the color. She hoped for something that didn't have the classical bridal white or cream.
Congratulations Haley and Ethan! We wish you many more years of love and happiness!
Brittney Matherly married Jeremy Parks at Gambill Estates a year ago and we love them so much we wanted to revisit their wedding and wish them a very happy anniversary! So here goes!
This couple adores the outdoors and definitely wanted to get married outside. They chose a venue that had both indoor and outdoor options in Roaring River and it turned out to be a wise way to go. They'd hoped to say their vows near a 100+ year old tree surrounded by 150 guests on a gorgeous May day. When the guest list expanded and the weather didn't cooperate, they ended up having the ceremony under the pavilion. "It was the best of both worlds."
"We chose to have a rustic/country theme. I loved the trend of rustic/barn weddings. This theme also gave Jeremy the chance to wear his jeans and boots like he wanted, haha. Also, I love sunflowers, so I wanted a way to incorporate them into our wedding and flower arrangements."
The couple incorporated baseball bats and there were sweet images taken by Waterhouse Studios of everyone under umbrellas.
Brittney: "Decorations for the reception included white tablecloths and burlap table runners and wood round centerpieces which were cut from a tree off of mine and Jeremy’s land where our house sits now. We placed mason jars filled with clear rocks and lights, as well as sunflower and daisy arrangements on top of the wood rounds. We also had small lit candles on either side of the centerpiece. Guests were served a BBQ dinner from Brushy Mountain Smokehouse and had the option of glass bottled drinks such as RC and Dr. Pepper. We had cupcakes with assorted flavors (chocolate, vanilla, and honey bun) with cream cheese icing made by Alaina’s Bakery. We love baseball and Jeremy played from the time he was a little boy, so we had personalized baseball jerseys made where people could sign or write words of advice on them."
Their story is a sweet one starting in daycare. Seriously. Brittney was looked after by Jeremy's mom when she was just a baby and they still joke about it. Their relationship became something in high school when they actually were old enough to date. When it was time for college, it became harder and harder to make time for each other so they took a break. They came back together in 2016 and decided to give it another try. Nearly a year later, on the anniversary of Brittney's childhood heart surgery, Jeremy proposed telling her that even though her heart was fixed as a child, he wanted to be the one to take care of it for the rest of their lives. That's a mic drop, if there was one.
Brittney knew that she wanted to be married in white and had some preferences in mind when she came to see us at BT. No mermaids, no trumpets, no strapless dresses. Please and thank you. But she shared later that she didn't stick with all of her biases. It happens.
"There was a dress that I tried on that was form fitting. I had seen it online, and I knew it was going to be the one. I tried it on and hated it! Then, my mom picked out an ivory A-line style that had a good amount of lace detail, a belt made into it, a short train, and several layers to it that gave it a little 'poof.'
She insisted that I try it on, and I fell in love! I loved the lace detail and the simple belt that was made into my dress. I also loved the “V” in the back with the lace detail. To me, these small details made my dress beautiful and elegant.
Kelly let me roam and look around as much as I wanted, but was always there to answer any questions that I had or give me advice when I needed it. I was set on not having a veil. She insisted that I try one on just to see and joked that she wouldn’t let me leave until I did. I tried one on that was hip length and had the same lace detail as my dress. As soon as Kelly put it on my head, I loved it. It really made me feel like a bride. I also loved how BT would hold your dress after it came in as long as you needed it. I ordered my dress in January 2018 and my wedding wasn’t until May 2019, so it was nice to know I had somewhere to store it and didn’t have to worry about it."
During one of the hardest and strangest and most upsetting years we've seen to date, we gotta focus on love and that's what we're going to do. We are sending love and light to Brittney and Jeremy today and every day. Congratulations on finding each other!
Wedding Mistakes, there are many! We've been passing them along and here is Part 3.
Mistake 9: You Skip on Bridal Gifts
You love these people. Your attendants love you too. They are going to spend on their wedding attire, whether bought or rented, travel, gifts, ask for time off and they are going to spend their precious time helping you, laughing with you, consoling you and celebrating with you. Some attendants spend up to $1000, so discuss what makes sense, but BUY SOMETHING TANGIBLE. Whether it's $75 or $150 for each, do something to remind them that you love them and appreciate them.
Mistake 10: You Don't Feed Your Vendors
Yes, the bride and vendor relationship is transactional, but it often becomes personal because of the occasion and because you've put your trust in these folks. Please, PLEASE we beg you, TREAT THEM with more than money. Make sure that your planner, photographers, DJ and band, set up crew and others are given a little to go box or an extra love up in the form of food or a snack. They need sustenance too.
Mistake 11: You Don't Treat Your Single Friends Well
This one is important, as it will say a LOT about how thoughtful a bride you are. Seat people at tables based on their shared interests, hobbies, lifestyles, etc. Don't dump all of your single friends at one table in the hope that some wild Fate Fairy will make a love match or they can all commiserate together. Single folks are interesting, fun and can hold their own, so don't group folks based on marital status. If you have a single friend who is like family, seat them with members of your family who will adore them as you do.
Mistake 12: You Set a Boring, Predictable Table
There is nothing wrong with tradition, so if you have a theme in mind and the place settings, flowers, candles, etc are part of that holistic vision: go for it. But we've all seen boring. A sit down dinner means coming up with ways to make the space and tables interesting and unique while still allowing guests to see each other and chat. If you're serving a buffet, keep the centerpieces fun. But the rule to remember when setting unpredictable tables is to use different shaped tables, add fun colors of napkins, flatware, candles and floral arrangements and mix it up.
Mistakes 13 & 14: The Written Word
Mistake 13 is forgetting how important it is to use paper. Send paper invitations. Yes, the digital age has been here for 2 decades, but a paper invitation, save the date card and thank you note say soooooooooooooo much about your style and character. Just do it. You will not regret it.
Mistake 14 is sending your Thank You Notes too late. You have a year, but pretend like you only have a quarter of that. Get them done in under 3 months and the love from your guests (who gave you gifts and celebrated you) will flow. Hand write them and get 'em in the mail.
Keep your eyes peeled for another blog with more mistakes to avoid.
Yes........... there are pitfalls with planning and executing a wedding, but avoiding those is what Bridal Traditions is here to help with.