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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Enchanted Corsets

Last Sunday at the Braov Wedding Affair I spotted a group of ladies wearing these amazing corsets and skirts and I thought wow those are really beautiful and unique. I knew then that I needed to meet the designer and just a few hours later I had the pleasure of meeting Lisa Marie owner and designer of Enchanted Corsets. Yesterday she had the chance to come and see the boutique and now we have 3 of her sample corsets in the boutique including one with a skirt. These can be used for wedding day, wedding night or whenever. They are custom made so the ones we have in the boutique are not to try on but, to see the corsets and what can be done for the skirts if you are looking to have a full gown made. The corseted top in wedding fashion is making a huge comeback and if you have ever watched Say Yes to the Dress you can see the racy corset styles of dresses that I am referring to. So if you are looking for an amazing custom corset gown or just a custom corset Enchanted Corsets is the best.
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Friday, February 26, 2010


In todays marketplace and economy it is common to find something that you like in a store and then see if  you can find it for less online. I even do this myself with computers and office supplies but, for a wedding gown I would never do this! You are taking a HUGE risk when you purchase a gown online. This is because what you see online is not what you get.

You might go to a boutique and even get the style number and then you see it online for a fraction of the cost. This is because the online companies are illegally using the photos from the designers and then in fine print saying that the dress will not be exact but "similar" to the photo. Also if the online site says you can change the color or alter the dress in ways the actual designer would not then it is a knockoff, I recently found a site where you can choose what designer tag you want in the dress.

What many people do not know is that the gown designers do not sell their gowns online AT ALL. Only authorized retailiers are allowed to sell their gowns and even we are not allowed to sell the dresses online and would have the line revoked if we did! Now many designers are putting tracking devices in the gowns so they can find out if any of the online stores are selling their dresses and who they are getting them from.

If everyone were to buy their dress online then all of the bridal shops would go out of business and you would not have a place to go and actually try on the dresses.Please support our local economy and don't buy your dress from an overseas web based company. There is something to be said about customer service and the gown shopping experience. So remember if it's too good to be true it probbably is and you get what you pay for!!!

Here are a few websites that you should avoid!!!
Best Bridal Prices
House of  Brides
E Bridal Superstore
Best Dress Price

"The Competition"

Many people think that the bridal shops here in Portland don't like eachother and that we are super competitive which is just not true. Many of the shops have different dress lines that they carry and different customers that they are trying to reach.

Myself and a few of the competitors are very friendly with eachother because it is just so much easier to refer a bride to a place that will give the bride what she is looking for if you don't have what she needs. One of my favorites is The Silver Lining the owner Michelle is super nice and she has a HUGE selection of gowns including one of my favorite lines Pronovias. So if you are looking for a pronovias gown The Silver Lining is the place to go!
The Silver Lining

Recent Bridal Shows

In the height of wedding "planning" season there are many bridal shows out there and these are couple that we recently participated in. The NW Wed Pro Bridal Show at the Willamette Valley Country Club in Canby. This was a smaller bridal show but, in a gorgeous location. We also got some fantastic photos from the show here are a few pictures from that show...
On Sunday February 21st we participated in the Bravo Wedding Affair at the Embassy Suites. We were located in the Colonal Lindbergh Ballroom. This is a much bigger show but, I love this show because each of the rooms has a theme and all of the vendors go way above and beyond in their booth set up. Here are a few pictures from that show as well!