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Nov
26

Thanksgiving Week Gown Sales You Won't Want to Miss

Take advantage of the Turkey Day deals at local bridal boutiques in Arkansas. Tesori, She Said Yes Bridal and The Bridal Cottage are offering huge deals on stunning gowns during the holiday week. Happy shopping, ladies! 

 

The Bridal Cottage

Black Friday Gone Bridal / Nov. 26-30

North Little Rock

It's that time again, y’all! The annual Bridal Cottage Black Friday Gone Bridal Sale is back and this year is bigger than ever. If you say yes to your dress and purchase during your first appointment with us, you'll receive 15% off your gown!

Appointments are highly recommended during the week and are required on Saturdays. Book your appointment online. 

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WHILE YOU’RE AT IT:

In celebration of The Bridal Cottage’s 40th anniversary this year, they are giving away a $2,000 mini-moon to one beautiful Bridal Cottage Brides! The prize package includes a two-night stay and dinner at the Little Rock Marriott, a mini photo session with Sterling Imageworks, a ladies night out after hours shopping party and boudoir session with Angie Davis, a 60-minute couple’s massage from Salt Stone Massage Co. and a mini spa day facial and airbrush makeup from Melody’s Skincare. 

All you have to do is upload a photo of you in your Bridal Cottage wedding dress for a chance to win! Enter here: http://ow.ly/gXGP50wXMrW before Nov. 30 at midnight to have a chance at winning this awesome giveaway!

 

Tesori

Semi-annual Sample Sale / Nov. 30-Dec. 30

Fayetteville

Tesori has sliced the prices of their sample sale collection and we are here for it. Shop their inventory ranging from $100-$1,100. Before you go, there are a few things to know. 

    • The gowns will have been tried on by brides before, so expect minimal wear on the gowns you’re looking to buy. 
    • If you find a dress you love and are ready to purchase, you can buy and take home that day.

    • Most of the samples on the rack are a size 12 but are often easy to alter.

    • Tesori does not hold sale gowns so if you find “the one,” be prepared to purchase that day or you risk someone else buying it.

    • If you’re shopping the sample sale you do not need an appointment.

    • Tesori staff asks that you bring no more than two people with you.

    • During the week is less busy so Tesori staff recommends shopping on a week day.

    • Get excited because you are going to find amazing prices on designers such as Allure, Ti Adora, Blush, Hayley Paige, Allison Webb, Desiree Hartsock and Pronovias. 

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She Said Yes Bridal 

Annual Sample Sale / Dec. 1

Rogers

It’s the moment you all have been waiting for: The SSY annual sample sale! The sale will take place Sunday, Dec.1. She Said Yes will have 80 bridal gowns marked down between $99-$999 and this price applies to the sample dress only! You can shop the sale event for 3 hours only (1-4 p.m.) and you’ll want to move quickly — the store will operate on a first come, first served basis. For more info, give them a call at (479) 631-2006 or head to their website.

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DON’T MISS:

She Said Yes is having a Toy Drive for Methodist Family Health. Bring in a toy to the SSY Little Rock location during Nov. 23-30 and get $200 off an accessory of your choice with the purchase of your bridal cottage. Check out what toys Methodist Family Health is requesting here.

 

Low’s Bridal & Formal

Semi-annual Half Price Sale / Brinkley

Dec. 26-Feb. 8

You'll want to save the date for this epic sale! During Low’s semi-annual half price sale, thousands of gowns in sizes 2-32 are marked down to insanely low prices. You can shop the goods from Dec. 26-Feb. 8. Appointments are required so book yours with Low’s by calling (870) 734-3244 or go online.

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Nov
4

Meet She Said Yes Bridal Co-Owner Myka Lyles

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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! 

Next up in the series is Myka Lyles, co-owner of She Said Yes Bridal in Rogers and She Said Yes in The Heights in Little Rock. These beautiful bridal boutiques carry a wide assortment of gowns from designers like Martina Liana, Willowby, Lazaro and Allure Bridal.

Read on to find out more about Myka and the story behind She Said Yes!

What inspired you to start your business?

Myka Lyles: "I was fortunate to be able to manage She Said Yes Bridal for four years before purchasing the business with my mother-in-law Lorrel in 2014. We opened our second location, She Said Yes Bridal in The Heights, in 2017 and view our business as part of our ministry and a way to reach out into our community. We love bridal and being able to help women find their dream gown."

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

ML: "I was introduced to the industry when I got married in 2009. That is what sparked my interest and the rest is history!"

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

ML: "People! Meeting our clients and being about to create relationships through the shopping experience is very special, as well as working one on one with our team and helping grow young leaders. We also LOVE attending market and meeting the designers. It’s so inspiring to see how gowns start as sketches on paper then transform into real-life artwork!"

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

ML: "That moment when the bride lights up when trying on gowns and you start to see all the pieces line up! We feel so blessed to have the rare opportunity to play a small role in such a HUGE day and what will be a lasting memory for our brides Recently I had a bride who, after trying on four gowns, put on the fifth gown. We get to the stage in front of her family and she burst into tears and said 'I love this dress… I get to marry my best friend…' there wasn’t a dry eye in the store. We keep tissues handy, that’s for sure!"

What’s your favorite gown silhouette?

ML: "This is a tough one, I would say I lean towards fit-and-flare or A-line, though it really depends on the gown itself!"

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

ML: "New necklines!! We are seeing more halter, square and bateau necklines for this upcoming season. We are also seeing more feminine details such as textured lace, bows and fuller skirts!"

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

ML: "It’s great to have an idea of what you want to try on, but don’t limit yourself to certain styles. Be opened-minded and enjoy the experience. Also, on Tuesdays, we do “Tip Tuesday” on Instagram covering all things bridal."

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

ML: "The creativity!! We can really think outside of the box and just have fun with the runway looks. It’s also really exciting to see what our fellow vendor friends come up with."

For more about She Said Yes Bridal or She Said Yes in The Heights, head to our vendor spotlight

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Oct
4

Meet Tesori Owner Lindsey Stavely

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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!"

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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.