The Season of Pink

October is a time for Pumpkin Spice lattes, cool Autumn mornings and everything turning PINK.  Pink ribbons have become the sign of the season and the international symbol of breast cancer awareness.  About 1 in 8 women born today with get breast cancer at some point – and we all should do our part to raise funds to support research and raise awareness.

Grace Style & Bridal is doing our part with our annual “Shop for a Cause” event, now  underway.  All month long we will be donating the discounts our brides receive directly to breast cancer research.

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Less is more

Today we focus on less because sometimes less is more.  This is especially true with the “Drabea” from one of our favorite designers, Pronovias.

Drabea is where the simplicity of dreamy crepe meets a bit of sparkle to create a dramatic elegance we haven’t seen the likes of in quite some time.  This dress is causing quite a stir with brides of all ages and seems to be the perfect answer to the question, “Do you have anything that isn’t lace?”

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It’s all about that lace, no trouble…

We love it when a bride is feeling the vibe, loving a dress and can’t seem to take it off.   That seems like the perfect time to ask , “Are you thinking about wearing a veil?” The answer is either a pretty solid “YES,” a fairly weak, “I’m really not sure???” (as a question,) or a definite, “NO!” (these are the veil haters.)

So the brides who are a “maybe,” are a treat to play with at this point, I’m not going to lie.  It was already an adventure getting through mermaids, trumpets, A-lines and bushels of tulle. But when it comes to explaining to her that there’s nothing like a simple sheer cathedral veil blowing in the wind at her mountain top ceremony or  how the ocean breeze will catch the veil and lift it perfectly for the most romantic shots…. dreamy!

Yes – we love veils – long veils, short veils, cathedral length – lace edged veils, and the simplicity of a sheer fingertip veil.

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So many brides, such a good time

Birthday celebrations are so much fun – the balloons, the treats, the exciting atmosphere …  but nothing compares to the friends that gather to help celebrate as another calendar page turns!

It’s hard to believe it’s been TWO amazing years since we opened our doors to our incredible GSB brides who have taken us on a journey that only a two-year-old toddler can experience — one of excitement, newness, creativity and pure joy! And there’s no better way to share our excitement than to give it away?

Our brides have given us the best two years we could ever imagine so now it’s our turn to be givers!  To show our appreciation, Grace Style & Bridal will be hosting its “Grand Anniversary Giveaway” all month long.  To kick things off, we are giving away a designer wedding gown valued up to $1200 to one lucky bride this August.  All brides and their entourages are encouraged to check out contest details on our Instagram and Facebook pages @GraceStyleandBridal in order to enter on time.

We truly value and appreciate our GSB brides and all the memories we have shared with them.  Customer appreciation is much more than an annual sale – it’s a mindset and a way of treating everyone who comes through the door.

“Be somebody who makes everybody feel like somebody.” – Anonymous

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A Nip and a Tuck

Bridal alterations can be a bit of a mystery to some of us. You feel like you should be able to get an exact quote totaled up before hand, but it’s more like going to the full-service car wash where the sign reads, “All washes $6!” But the next thing you know  someone told you that you needed the pre-soak, glass polish, Armor-all, rims cleaned, hot-wax and the rinse-free treatment, so the $6 deal is suddenly $34.95.

It’s always interesting when a bride is standing on a pedestal in front of her entourage gazing at her beautiful reflection with a wide-eyed smile.  Everyone is “oooooh-ing and ahhhhhh-ing,” over how gorgeous she is, and then out of nowhere (or from the sofa behind her), her mother chimes in, “How much for alterations?”  So that brings us back to reality very quickly.

There’s a reason “Moms” ask how much alterations cost, it’s because the word on the street is that they can run anywhere from $100 (for sewing on a button) to more than the cost of the gown! (We cannot make this up.) When you ask the average bride how much she paid for alterations that were done “in-house” at a bridal salon, the answer seems to be, “Between $300-$800.”  They don’t have to be this expensive. There are always other options like Continue reading “A Nip and a Tuck”