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Bridal Reflections' Sample Sale

Going on now thru January 12th - Bridal Reflections is holding their Sample Sale (gowns for half the price). Bridal Reflections will be offering 50% - 70% discounts on gorgeous gowns from the world's foremost designers in bridal wear.

Bridal Reflections carries designers including St. Pucchi Couture, Sposa by St. Pucchi, Ines Di Santo, Ramona Keveza, Amalia Carrara, Avine Perucci, Christine Anthony, James Clifford, Jim Hjelm, Lazaro, Marisa, Stephen Yearick, Ysa Makino, Tomasina, Yolanda Couture, and Eve of Milady.

Also at Bridal Reflections - they have on-site seamstresses to ensure that no gown is ever shipped out for alterations.

To find out more about the Sample Sale, other upcoming events at Bridal Reflections, and their store hours - please visit

Bridal Reflections, Manhattan
286 Fifth Ave. | New York, NY | 866-259-3678
Between 30th and 31st Street

Bridal Reflections, Carle Place
80 Westbury Ave. | Carle Place, NY | 516-742-7788

Wedding Gowns and the Written Contract

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"When you order your gown, be sure to get a written contract or receipt that describes the dress you ordered in detail, your alterations agreement, any special services and the date your dress will be delivered."

Additionally, you might like to take digital photos (if allowed) of the dress(es), gown swatches, etc so that you don't go by just your memory or written documentation on what you expect things to be in the end.

I recently caught an episode of Say Yes to the Dress on TLC where a bride was saying that the color of her custom dress was not what she had chosen when designing the gown with Pnina Tornai. Luckily everything worked out and the bride did end up getting a gown she liked (although if I remember correctly, the original gown she created was not the one she ended up with).

Featured Gowns (left to right):
Style 2008 from Alfred Angelo
Yaling from Catherine Langlois (Toronto based)
Arabella from Caroline Parkes (UK based)
Harlow from Maggie Sotero

This and That . . .

I have a few different items that I wanted to share with you today . . .

Wedding Invitations from Minna Designs
reader discount
Minna Designs specializes in unique, custom designed print collateral for weddings and special events. Minna is currently offering 20% off her design fee for the month of December. Simply mention you found out about her on this blog to receive your discount!

Above are some detail shots of Minna's beautiful work - more custom designs can be found on her web site.


Giambattista Valli's 2nd Trunk Show
Due to the huge success of the first trunk show, Bergdorf Goodman will be holding a second trunk show for the exclusive launch of Giambattista Valli's debut Spring 2009 Bridal Collection. The show will take place from December 2nd thru the 4th at Bergdorf Goodman in the 7th floor Bridal Salon from 10am-6pm. At the trunk show, brides-to-be will once again have the opportunity to purchase any one of the thirteen gowns, which will not be available in any other stores.


eLuxury's Fall Sale
eLuxury is currently having a Fall Sale with up to 40% off in savings, and you can also receive free ground shipping for any purchases made before December 15th.


eLuxury's New Handbag Collection
has just introduced a new collection of Louis Vuitton luxury travel handbags, the Louis Vuitton Damier Neverfull. While on the high end of the price scale, these would make for a lovely honeymoon accessory. Maybe the wedding party could each go in on the purchase and surprise the bride with a handbag? You could even fill it with some essential items for a complete gift. You can see the bags here, here and here.

HOOPskirt 101

The girlfriends guide to a really BIG Dress

Nancy (of A Newport Affaire) emailed me over the weekend and I just had to share with you this video she has put together. It's so cute and clever.

A little bit about HOOPSkirt 101: Nancy has dedicated it to her next bride Jennifer who will be getting married in Newport RI next September. When Jennifer tried on a grand ball gown with a circumference 10 times her waist, Nancy wondered, "what would the logistics be for a gal wearing a dress that size"?

Enjoy the video . . .