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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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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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”

Burlap or blush?

Which came first, the burlap or the blush? That’s the $10,000 question!  There are so many styles and inspirations that our brides dream and talk about.  As the bridal meme says, “Thanks to Pinterest I’m planning two weddings – the one I dream of thanks to Pinterest, and the one I can actually afford!”

We love chatting with our brides at Grace Style & Bridal during their appointments about their wedding plans and styles.  It seems colors and trends tend to run in phases.  Lately there have been a whole lot of navy and blush plans buzzing about.  They seem to be the combos of the moment.   Continue reading “Burlap or blush?”