It feels like a lifetime ago since either of us said “yes” to the dress, but we remember each of our experiences like it was yesterday.
Jenna’s was less traditional, having found her bridal gown online while living away from home on the West coast. She knew right away it was the dress she’d wear the day she’d marry her high school sweetheart, Nick. Sure enough, she purchased it as soon as she had the opportunity to try it on.
Three years later, when the time came for me, I had a good idea of what I wanted but no idea where to begin. After two separate bridal appointments in two different cities, I found the gown of my dreams in Winter Park, the town where we grew up. Lucky for me, Jenna was right by my side. As my consultant tightened the sash at my mid-section, our song began to play and the rest is history. We all knew, it was the one.
Two completely different experiences, yet two significant milestones we will cherish forever. And now that we’ve been on both sides of the spectrum (former brides-to-be as well as walking this journey alongside our brides as wedding planners), we both understand the significance of the overall dress shopping experience. It’s more than walking into a store and sifting through racks of potential dresses before selecting a few to try on. Instead, it’s about finding the right boutique and consultant who understands who you are and what you want in a dress.
They take the time to learn how you want to feel on your wedding day and who you want to share this occasion with. The experience they create makes you feel confident and beautiful in your own skin, allowing you to forget the dozens of decisions you still have to make before the big day. It allows you to designate time just for you, whether you want to experience it on your own or with the most important people by your side. Additionally, they consider how it all plays into your wedding budget and design.
The Bridal Finery – A New Concept Designer Bridal Boutique
With that, let us introduce to you The Bridal Finery, a new concept designer bridal boutique in Winter Park, FL. Of course we were excited to learn a new boutique was coming to our hometown, but what excited us most had to be the two hearts behind the new concept and how it would serve our current and future brides-to-be.
Upon entering The Bridal Finery, we knew our brides would feel right at home. It’s the perfect blend of modern chic with a bit of edge, all while remaining completely glamorous! Its elegant and simple design allows you to set aside any feelings of overwhelm and truly enjoy the experience.
Every aspect of The Bridal Finery experience is carefully curated to each bride’s appointment. From offering her favorite snacks and refreshments to selecting music to her liking, The Bridal Finery doesn’t miss a beat. Oh, and did we mention she has this hidden space all to herself while she gets to consult directly with the owners, Tali and Roberta? Nothing says “designer bridal boutique” quite like that.
Speaking of Tali and Roberta… It’s a special treat when you get to work directly with the owners of a designer bridal boutique, and these two are nothing short of kindhearted and encouraging. They are women who exude professionalism and expertise in both the wedding gown and fashion industry. They opened the doors of The Bridal Finery to provide a personalized experience and an opportunity to offer high quality designer gowns to brides at more approachable prices. A true win-win for local brides-to-be.
A new luxury experience in bridal fashion.
So, what sets The Bridal Finery apart from other local bridal boutiques?
After 20+ years of combined experience in bridal fashion and working with the most prestigious designers in the world, Tali and Roberta found solutions to several hurdles a bride might face when searching for her gown. In order to do so, they have created 3 collections to serve their brides’ specific needs.
1. The Aisle Collection
The Aisle Collection gives brides the opportunity to shop pre-owned, restored wedding dresses in pristine condition. This collection features designer wedding dresses available off the rack for immediate purchase. This collection is ideal for brides with shorter engagements. The dresses are sourced from all over the world, enabling The Bridal Finery to carry more sizes in house. Through their experience, Tali and Roberta fully understand the importance of carrying a multitude of sizes ranging from 4 to 16. They’ve seen the challenges presented when only sample sizes are offered and strive to cater to all shapes and sizes.
2. The Runway Collection
The Runway Collection provides affordable luxury like no other boutique does! The Bridal Finery receives exclusive runway samples and brand new duplicate wedding dresses from the most esteemed designers. The Runway Collection makes up about 95% of the inventory and offers a 10-40% discount off retail prices. This means these one-of-a-kind designer gowns are available for purchase off the rack at sample sale prices!
3. The Studio Collection
The Studio Collection includes made-to-order wedding dresses featuring fitted and A-line silhouettes with lace details. The Bridal Finery has partnered with Theia Couture to provide an effortlessly romantic, collection for the Florida bride. Available for order in sizes 0 – 16.
The Bridal Finery Consignment
Finally, after a bride has said her “I Do’s” and begins the next chapter of her life, The Bridal Finery offers consignment. Generally, a bride can expect to receive 20-40% back on the original purchase price of her designer gown. Imagine the possibilities! Perhaps she and her husband are looking to purchase a home or start a family. Whatever it may be, the value of having this as an option is priceless.
Needless to say, The Bridal Finery offers an incomparable experience to brides-to-be. Finding “The” dress is one of the most anticipated stages during the planning process and they know how to make it truly special. So, if you’re still waiting to say “yes” to the dress, we highly recommend making an appointment with Tali and Roberta. You will not be disappointed.
Photography | LH Photography
Bridal Hair + Makeup | Makeover Station
Tri-Tier Cocktail Tables | The Revel Co.
Mini Desserts | Bakers Cottage Cakes
Music + Lighting | DJ Jacob Co