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Oct
4

Meet Tesori Owner Lindsey Stavely

Photo courtesy of Tesori

In anticipation of the upcoming INSPIRE Wedding Shows, we'll be sitting down with a few of the show's partners and getting the scoop on their business, what they offer brides and grooms and what they're looking forward to at the next INSPIRE show! 

First up is Lindsey Stavely, owner of Tesori in Fayetteville. This beautiful bridal boutique carries a wide assortment of gowns from designers like Hayley Paige, Pronovias and Allure. 

Read on to find out more about Lindsey and the story behind Tesori!

What inspired you to start your business?

Lindsey Stavely: "Tesori started out as an upscale women’s boutique that over time transitioned to formalwear with a natural introduction of wedding gowns. We saw a need in northwest Arkansas to offer brides not only designers but a shopping experience that was out of this world so they didn’t feel the need to travel out of town to find their dream dress.

We pride ourselves in seeking out the best and most current designers at the world’s biggest bridal markets. It’s important to us to not only stay relevant with designers but also offer looks that you don’t see every day."


Has the wedding industry always been something you’ve been interested in?

LS: "Not really. As a business, if you want to be successful you have to listen to your customer's wants and needs and although I never imagined working with brides, once I got the opportunity I knew it was what Tesori was always supposed to be. It was natural and it made sense — it was so rewarding to be part of a person’s wedding day. A day they will never forget!"


What’s one of your favorite things about your job?

LS: "Connecting with our brides and customers, we are helping them for what will be one of the biggest and most memorable days of their lives. I can always tell when a dress is 'the one' and there is just something really special about that. It is truly a privilege to be part of the process. It never gets old!"


What’s a typical day-in-the-life like for you?

LS: "It’s usually something different every day, which I love because I’m pretty spontaneous. I think people look at owning a bridal store think it’s all glitz and glam… and don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of that! However, owning a business and operating a business entails two totally different things. I’m proud to say that me and my business partner, Erin Bridges, do both, which is pretty rare.

We do a lot of the behind-the-scenes business things but you’ll often catch us out on the sales floor working with brides, too. It was important for us to connect with our customers and also to show our staff that you aren’t working for us… you are working WITH us. I handle all the social media, event planning, placing orders along with buying, so depending on what all we have going on I’m working on one of those things. I’m really big into health and wellness so I make it a top priority to get a workout in either before or after work — gotta take care of yourself to be able to take care of others."


What do you love about getting to help brides find their dream dress?

LS: "Oh, I could go on and on about this one! A wedding is essentially signifying the rest of your life with your person — so getting to be part of this process is so special and not something we take for granted. I always say that brides may not remember my name but they will remember how I made them feel and how special their experience was at Tesori. I often think about the stories brides will tell their daughters about Tesori and it truly gives me butterflies. Getting to be part of such a special story and essentially family history blows my mind!"

Photo courtesy of Tesori


Tell me about the lines that you all carry. What are some of your favorites or the most popular?

LS: "We pride ourselves in bringing Hayley Paige and Blush by Hayley Paige to Arkansas as the first store to stock the line when we first opened with bridal in 2014. It was a big deal and still is — Hayley Paige is regarded as THE bridal designer among her peers and we were thrilled to bring that to brides locally being that she was mostly in bigger cities at the time.

We love Pronovias as well, it’s a line out of Barcelona and is known for its insane lace that has just a touch of modern sophistication but also offers streamlined and clean fabrics such as crepe that we can’t get enough of!

We just picked up a new line called BECCAR and we are one of six stockists in the entire United States that carry it and is exclusive to us here in Arkansas. The line is like nothing we have in the store with amazing texture details and most gowns have coordinating veils that are truly the icing on the cake.

Allison Webb is the Audrey Hepburn of bridal and has the most amazing and architectural gowns. One of her newer gowns has a plunging back with a gorgeous black bow that is truly breathtaking and I’m pretty sure if I could marry the same man but new dress that’s what I would choose because it’s so memorable."


What’s your favorite gown silhouette?

LS: "I got married in a sheath silhouette so I’m biased! It’s definitely not for everyone however I love it for its simplicity and oftentimes being understated."


What are your favorite trends you’re seeing in the industry right now?

LS: "We are seeing pops of black like I mentioned earlier about the Allison Webb dress, which I’m loving! We have continued to see a lot of texture on gowns whether it’s layers of layered lace or 3D applique. I truly can’t get enough of the texture and details."


What’s your go-to advice for brides looking for their dream dress?

LS: "I would say the most important thing is to keep an open mind when you are shopping. It’s definitely important to have an idea of what you like but it’s truly hard to know until you start trying on. When you go into a bridal store to shop I would focus on what you think you love but listen to the bridal consultant because of all their expert advice."


What are you looking forward to the most with the upcoming INSPIRE show?

LS: "The overall aesthetic of the INSPIRE show is so different than any other bridal show we’re involved in. Tanarah and her team think outside the box and is a breath of fresh air with their designs so we can’t wait to see what they come up with this year. We got to see a sneak peek of the theme and we can’t wait for everyone to see!"

For more info about Tesori, click here. For more about INSPIRE, read our latest blog post about dates, locations and how you can snag tickets.

Aug
8

Annual SEG Fall Bridal Expo Heading to Jonesboro

Jason Masters

Change into “Daphne” by Modern Trousseau after the ceremony for the perfect reception dress (or wear it the night before at the rehearsal). Its vintage lace long-sleeves and short hemline are the perfect mix of old and new; available at She Said Yes Bridal, Rogers.

Bracelets from Smith Caldwell, Benton & Indigo, Little Rock.

Groom wears a classic gray ensemble from Paul Morrell Formalwear, Little Rock.

Custom wedding cake created by The Flavor Station, Searcy. Cake serving set from Confetti’s Party Rental Company, Little Rock.

 

If you’re like us, you’re always on the lookout for new wedding ideas and inspiration, and sometimes you need a little hands-on experience to get the creative juices flowing.

Well, good news! The annual Steiner Event Group’s Fall Bridal Expo is coming to Jonesboro on Sunday, Sept. 15, from 12-4 p.m. in the Cooper Alumni Center at ASU.

There will everything from tuxes to DJs, and honeymoons to cosmetics. There will even be a grand prize drawing for a thousand dollar shopping spree from Dillard’s. 

So grab your beloved and stop by the SEG Fall Bridal Expo to have your cake and eat it, too! Literally! Brides that pre-register get in free and everyone coming with them will receive the $10 advance ticket price. Check out the SEG website for more information on where to get them.

Jul
25

Mark Your Calendars for the Kiss the Brides Expo

Steph Smith Weddings

Kick off the bridal season in style at the Kiss the Brides Expo in northwest Arkansas. On Sunday, Aug. 4, the bridal expo will take over the Holiday Inn & Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale.

The expo will conveniently house hundreds of Arkansas' top wedding vendors under one roof. Brides can shop the best photographers, caterers, DJs and more while they find inspiration, see the latest trends and find ways to save on their big day. 

In addition to the booths, the expo includes a fun fashion show featuring bridal gowns and men's tuxedo. Brides can also register to win thousands of dollars in gifts and prizes, including a honeymoon cruise. 

Tickets cost $10 per person. Brides-to-be can register online or print out a $2 off coupon to use on the day of the event. For more info on the expo, head to Kiss the Bride's website

May
22

Memorial Day Weekend Sales to Shop 'til Ya Drop

Jason Masters

Gown from Tesori.

Ladies leave your man at home, because there are amazing wedding dress deals going on this weekend!

Inverness Bridal Couture

May 23 / Conway

You might have heard, but Inverness is having an epic one-day-only sample sale that you won't want to miss! The deals start at 10 a.m. to noon with gowns priced at 30% off the reduced price. From noon to 2 p.m., gowns will be 20% off the reduced price and then from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., they'll be 10% off the reduced price. No appointments are necessary and brides will get 30 minutes to try on. Brides can bring along two guests, but no more than that. For more info, call Inverness at (501) 358-6100 or go online.

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She Said Yes Bridal & She Said Yes In The Heights

May 23-25 / Rogers & Little Rock

She Said Yes Bridal will have tons of amazing sample gowns on sale for fabulous prices at both of their locations! Gowns will be on sale for as low as $500! (Yes, really.) Shopping will be by appointment only so make sure to book yours now. Call the Rogers location at (479) 631-2006 or the Little Rock location at (501) 661-4696 or go online to book your slot.

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More gown events to keep on your radar:

Danielle's Bridal — Semi-Annual Sale 

June 1 / Clarksville 

Danielle's is booking appointments now for their big Semi-Annual sale beginning on June 1. Call (479) 754-5885 or book your appointment online.  

Tesori — Pronovias Trunk Show

June 7-8 / Fayetteville

Shop the latest Pronovias frocks at Tesori's trunk show on June 7 and 8. Book your appointment by calling (479) 966-4622 or book online

Low's Bridal & Formal — Semi-Annual Sale

July 5-Aug. 4 / Brinkley

This is the big one, y'all. Low's will offer hundreds of bridal gowns (sizes 0-32) at half price, as denoted by a blue tag. These gowns are in stock and cannot be ordered. There will be extra special markdowns on a selection of gowns priced 75% off of the regular price. Book your appointment now as the slots will fill up quickly! Call (870) 734-3244 or book online.

BONUS:

Prefer online shopping? Then the Bridal Cottage's online shop is right up your alley. You can shop a sample sale every day with deals up to 75% sitewide. The Bridal Cottage offers everything from wedding gowns and accessories to bridesmaid gowns and evening wear. There's a little something for everyone.