At Luxe Bridal we do recommend appointments for bridal gowns and will give first priority to our clients with appointments. However, we will certainly do our best to accommodate those clients who feel like dropping in.
We have everything here that you need to try on gowns... bustiers, shoes, veils....!
Our wedding gown collections range from about $1,200 up to $5,000 and flower girl dresses range from $120 to $200.
All of our gowns & separates are special order, though we do sell our samples off-the-rack for bridal emergencies. Keep in mind that there is a limit to how many sizes up or down that a dress can be altered.
Yes, we list all of our designers on our website. For each of the designers listed, we carry a wide selection of styles, but we might not carry the entire line. We recommend that you follow the links on the Designers page and browse each line on the manufacturer's website. If you see something you like, give us a call and we'll tell you if we carry it in our store. Remember, even if we don't have the dress you're looking for, there may be a trunk show coming up or we can make arrangements to have the dress brought in for you!
Our sample wedding dresses are generally between size 8 and size 14. Please keep in mind that we are a small boutique and therefore it is impossible for us to stock every size and color. Fortunately, we can clip a dress to give you a good idea of how the gown will look in your size.
Usually brides shop for their wedding dress 9 months to a year before their wedding date, as many special order gowns take 4-6 months to come in. Tighter timelines can sometimes be accommodated by buying off-the-rack or by requesting a rush order. Flower girls are usually shopped for closer to the wedding because the little girls are growing so fast that they may grow out of the dress if you order too early.
After your gown has been paid for in full, we are happy to store the dress in our shop until your first fitting.
From time to time, we will borrow the rest of a designer's line for a special event called a trunk show. This gives our customers a chance to try on styles that we don't normally carry. During trunk shows we can sometimes offer a 10% savings on anything ordered from the line we're promoting. Bridal appointments during trunk shows fill up fast, so please make your appointment early.
All sales are final. Please choose carefully!
We recommend ordering your gown at least 6-9 months before your wedding. Since most gowns take about 4-6 months to come in, this leaves time for alterations and custom changes.
We can order any dress as long as we carry that designer's line. If you see a style on the designer's website that we don't carry in our shop, we may be able to borrow the dress from the designer. Otherwise, there might be a trunk show coming up where you will be able to try the dress on. All you have to do is ask!
That's okay, we'll measure you. Bridal sizes are different from other garments, so even if you think you know what size you are, we'll make sure before you order that we have all your measurements.
Most designers offer a custom "hollow to hem" measurement for an additional fee. If you're not sure what shoes you will be wearing that's ok. You can use a pair with the heel height you want and shop for your shoes later. If you find that your dress needs altering when it arrives at Luxe, we can refer you to a highly recommended seamstress in the area.
We require a non-refundable 50% deposit to order a gown. We accept Visa, Master Card, Debit, or Cash. The balance of your order is due 30 days from when your dress arrives at Luxe. All dresses must be paid for in full before alterations can begin.
Please call the boutique for information on our event planning services.
We hope all brides and grooms have wonderful wedding day celebrations that go off without a hitch. But the reality is that even the best weddings are far from perfect.
On Monday, we asked our followers on Twitter and Facebook to reveal the one aspect of their wedding day that they wish they could redo. Click through the slideshow below to see their responses.
One San Diego couple tied the knot Sunday, united by their love for each other -- and bacon.
The couple, who bonded over their love of Puerto Rican pork shoulder, walked down a bacon-printed carpet to the altar, where local radio station Star 94.1 DJ Jesse Lozano officiated the ceremony, according to a press release. Dunvan carried a bacon bouquet and Quinones wore a bacon boutonniere. Guests celebrated by tossing bacon bits instead of rice, and enjoyed a bacon-themed wedding cake and a maple-glazed donut covered in bacon bits.
The newlyweds were also gifted with a honeymoon in Baltimore, where they will be the guests of honor at the annual Pigtown Festival.
But they're not the first couple to bring their love of bacon to their wedding -- "Big Brother" contestant Adam Poch's wedding featured a bacon-themed menu and tables decorated with bowls of bacon bits. Another man proposed to his girlfriend using bacon in the shape of a heart.
Click through the slideshow below to see photos of the pork-themed nuptials, courtesy of Star 94.1 and the Big Bite Bacon Fest.
There is so much information out there about planning a wedding -- but how do you know what is right, what will work for you, and more importantly -- what the truth is?
When I was planning my own wedding, I kept turning to internet for answers, but always came up empty-handed. For some reason, the answers that I found weren't quite cutting it- they just didn't feel like they were "right." I found myself wanting to the know the truth about planning a wedding. After my own wedding, I took a wedding planning class to learn those truths, and soon after, I started planning and designing weddings. In my years working with brides, I discovered that many of them had the same questions about weddings that I had. Which is why I set out to educate brides about all things wedding -- the good, the bad, and the ugly!
So what exactly are some of these truths about wedding planning that you should know?
Truth #1: You get what you pay for. I know we hear this all the time in every aspect of life, and when it comes to weddings, it's not any different. Want an amazing photographer? Be ready to pay more than $1,000. Want everything to go smoothly on your wedding day? Well if you're paying experienced professionals, you most certainly can! As the saying goes, you can't expect champagne when you have a beer budget! Your budget is what it is, but just keep this tidbit in mind when you're evaluating the expectations that you have for your wedding.
Truth #2: Planning a wedding takes a lot of time, and it's hard work! Sure, when you start planning your wedding, it's exciting and fun and new. You buy magazines, start looking at wedding dresses, scour blogs with tons of pretty images, and start dreaming up your wedding. But then you have a million appointments to go to. Payments to make. Schedules to create. People to organize. Emails to answer. There is a reason why there are wedding planners -- because wedding planning does in fact take a lot of time and work to keep everything organized! If you're prepared to take on something equivalent to a full-time job, then go for it. If you're perfectly happy with your own job (and busy with it too), then you should definitely think about hiring a wedding planner!
Truth #3: Prices are not inflated just because of the word "wedding". I know there's that myth that floats around saying that services and products for weddings are expensive because the word "wedding" is associated with them. In fact, I used to believe it. The simple truth of the matter is that they're not. Going deeper into it, weddings are (usually) way more involved than your average birthday party or event. If it ever seems like something is priced higher than "normal," it's because that person realizes that providing services/products for a wedding requires more than your normal event. And in reality, you are expecting your wedding to be better than a backyard birthday party, right?
Truth #4: Inspiration is not replication. You don't have to replicate what you see on Pinterest or wedding blogs, do what you think is "popular," or what your friends did. The main goal of Pinterest and wedding blogs is to inspire brides. Sure, it's great to be inspired by the ideas that you see, but know that you don't have to incorporate every single thing into your wedding. In fact, weddings have different styles, so it's okay to think mason jars are cute and not incorporate them into your modern wedding. You don't have to do something in particular at your wedding just because you think it's the thing to do, or because all of your friends did it. Details are wonderful, but they're even more wonderful when they're unique to you, and no one else. Get inspired, and then take a step back to infuse your personalities and your story into your details. Your wedding is your wedding, and it should be a reflection of you and your fiancÃ©, not a reflection of the most popular wedding on the internet.
Truth #5: DIY isn't for everyone. Ah, the infamous DIY. It seems like just about everything is DIY nowadays, doesn't it? In my world, the ever-so-popular DIY in weddings should be seen as "handmade" as opposed to DIY -- because thanks to the advent of Etsy, oftentimes DIY items aren't actually created by the bride. To me, DIY is actually doing everything for your wedding. This means invitations, favors, setting up, hair and makeup, food, desserts -- everything. It's a huge undertaking, and it's most definitely not right for everyone. Even if you want to just DIY your favors -- I did that, and let me tell you... it takes way longer than you'll expect it to! Which is why DIY isn't for everyone. If you're crafty, and your friends and family are crafty, and they all want to lend a helping hand, then go for it. But if it's just you and your trusty craft supplies -- you may want to think twice about DIYing your wedding!
So there you have it -- some very important truths about planning a wedding! Have any of you discovered anything opposite to these truths?
Want to save money on your Big Day? According to new research, you might want to refrain from telling vendors that you're planning a wedding.
In a study by British consumer research group Which? released Sunday, wedding vendors were found to routinely charge more for their services when told they were needed for a wedding, versus a "family party."
Which? asked British DJs, photographers and venues for price quotes for a family reunion and a wedding -- each on the same day and for the same number of guests -- and found that every photographer and DJ charged more for the wedding (for example, one DJ charged Â£300 to Â£350 for a wedding compared with Â£200 to Â£250 for a family party). Which? also reported that a venue charged Â£650 more for an event room when told it was for a wedding, instead of a family party.
A similar study in 2010 by Australian consumer group Choice found that more than half of the vendors they approached charged more for a wedding than a party. John OâMeara, Chairman of the Australia Bridal Industry Association, said that vendors may charge more for weddings because it is a "once in a lifetime" event, so brides and grooms are more demanding than other customers.
Find out how to haggle with your wedding vendors from HuffPost blogger and wedding planner Susan Southerland.
Click through the slideshow below to see wedding experts' top tips for saving money on your Big Day.
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something... brewed?
On Sunday, Reddit user SpaceshipEarth posted a photo of her and her fiancÃ©'s take on the traditional champagne wedding toast. Instead of clinking glasses of bubbly on their Big Day, the couple will toast their nuptials with home-brewed beers they crafted specially for one another. Check out the adorable explanation of each beer below:
We'll drink to that!
Click through the slideshow below for 11 tips on how to write the perfect wedding toast.
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