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Saturday, August 6, 2011

More Copycat Websites

Starting this month and continuing through October, most of the major designers will be spending much of their time at bridal markets. These markets occur in several major cities across the United States such as Chicago, New York, Dallas and Atlanta. While trying to do my homework before attending markets, I was searching some new designers online to see what is new.
Although I found some new and exciting ideas that I want to check out during market, what surprised me the most about the designer website is the caution or warning most have added for bridal parties. Many have flashing large bright lettering advising brides and their wedding party to not purchase gowns online. Some have even gone so far as to list websites that are illegally using images of their gowns.
I know I have posted some of these sites in the past but I think this list contains a few new ones. Here are the copycat sites that I have gathered from some of the designer websites.

I know the price can be tempting but always remember-- If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Of course every business owner believes their own style of business is the best. But it is always nice to have someone else confirm the point. Here is an article written about the different options in purchasing a bridal gown. It highlights many items that the customer may not think about before the purchase.


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Los Angeles, California, United States of America (Free-Press-Release.com) June 18, 2011 -- Finding the perfect dress to wear on your wedding day can be a stressful process. There are literally countless bridal shops out there, and each one tries to grab your attention. There are online retailers, chain bridal stores, New York City style bridal fashion emporiums, and of course, local boutiques, not to mention the options for vintage wedding dresses. How is a bride-to-be supposed to choose the right shop for her, let alone pick out the right dress? This article will discuss the pros and cons of each of these kinds of bridal stores.

Let’s start with the “big box” style of bridal shops. These stores are often chain stores, owned by a large corporation or associated with a particular department store. They may advertise their wedding dresses in newspaper ads or television commercials. These stores may seem like a good option at first, but the truth is, they are actually the worst place to find something as important as your wedding gown. That’s because these large stores believe in a “one size fits all” approach to bridal fashion. They have poor selection, and their dresses, while sometimes inexpensive, are made from cheap or flashy material, often cut in styles from two or three seasons ago. Plus, these kinds of bridal shops are notorious for “pushing” their sales. To them, brides are only a number, one customer of many to be shoved into an ill-fitting, cheap dress, and then shoved out the door.

The corporate chain stores are definitely out, then. So what about those little online vintage bridal retailers that you see popping up on crafting and auction websites? Again, the lower price may make these bridal shops seem like a good option at first, but you must consider all the factors. The best kind of vintage clothing is what is called “old stock” vintage. This means that the clothes were never worn, so they are in good condition. True old stock wedding dresses are incredibly rare. Most so-called “vintage” gowns are actually just used wedding dresses from ten or fifteen years ago. Not only are these dresses out of style, but they may also have tears, stains or other flaws. Plus, because they are available from an online retailer, you can’t try them on ahead of time. Imagine ordering a “vintage” dress only to receive something that is covered in stains and two sizes too small! These online vintage “bargains” just aren’t worth it.

So if you can’t trust the big corporate stores, or the small online vintage retailers, what’s left? Only the best option for finding beautiful, affordable wedding dresses: local independent boutiques. Local boutiques are the perfect place to find bridal wear because their small size allows them to devote more time, care and attention to each bride who walks in the door. Also, because they are independent, they are able to showcase gowns from a variety of designers, including European couture collections. Best of all, small boutiques have a low overhead, so they are able to consistently offer the very latest bridal designs from the best runway shows.

Now that you know the facts about all of the different kinds of bridal retailers, it should be clear where you can go to find the best dresses for your special day. Skip the crowded malls and the sketchy online stores, and pay a visit to a local, independent bridal boutique. You’ll be glad you did.

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