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

Grace Style & Bridal (c) 2017

 

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”

The Struggle is Real

So many brides go into wedding planning mode trying to make everyone happy, ofen overlooking themselves. There are sisters and cousins and girlfriends from college . . . not to mention moms and the new MILs who certainly have their own level of happy that may have requirements into the next ZIP Code.  So when it comes to figuring out the wedding party situation, things can sometimes get a little hairy.

While the national average number of bridesmaids is 4.39 (????) we tend to find that 5-6 seems to be more the norm with most brides who walk through our doors.  Granted there are some who only have three, and then other gutsy gals who go straight to 10!  Then there are the  brides who are caught in the “asymmetrical conundrum,” and have fewer bridesmaids than their fiances have groomsmen, so these beauties often feel pressured by the “symmetry and alignment,” and suddenly feel compelled to ask their nail tech and esthetician to join the party just to even things out for Mr. Congeniality.  Continue reading “The Struggle is Real”