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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
28

Meet Unveiled Owner Betsy Manning

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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 Betsy Manning, owner of Unveiled Bridal Collection in Little Rock. This beautiful bridal boutique carries a wide assortment of gowns from designers Monique Lhuillier, Anne Barge, and Amsale

Read on to find out more about Betsy and the story behind Unveiled!

What inspired you to start your business?

Betsy Manning: "After having the privilege of designing a high-end ready-to-wear line and being the creative director for Dillard’s, I was looking for my next challenge. I have always loved fashion, but I did not realize the true magic of weddings until my own. After I got married, I realized the impact that one day would have on the rest of my life.

A wedding planner friend of mine put the idea into my head, and once she did I couldn’t let it go. Your wedding day is one of the days in your life that you will always look back on and cherish, and there is a significant fashion aspect to that. Of all the things I could do with this love of fashion and God-given background, what a privilege to be a part of that day for brides in our wonderful state."

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

BM: "One of my favorite things about my job is putting a woman in a gown that lights up her face, and that she feels beautiful in. You know it the minute it happens, whether the first gown or the 10th they put on. When she feels like the loveliest version of herself and has a newfound confidence, my day is made."

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

BM: "Well, I’m up by 6 a.m. most mornings getting ready and making sure my husband has a smoothie chock full of spinach and fruit to start his day, (this is the only green I get in that good ol' Southern boy). Then Emmy, our shop dog a precious Cavachon, and I head to the store. I usually vacuum the store, check email, and put fresh water out before we open every day.

On weekdays, we are fielding alterations appointments and women looking for a cocktail dress, gala gown, or Mother of the Occasion gowns. I am also working on orders or store numbers, and of course, always throwing in some social media prep or posting. Fridays and Saturdays are usually stacked full of bridal or formalwear appointments. We do have them during the week as well, but usually, Friday and Saturday are a non-stop parade of gorgeous brides and their tribe giving us the honor of helping them make their dreams a reality."

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

BM: "For bridal gowns, my favorite lines we carry are probably Monique Lhuillier, Anne Barge, and Amsale. Monique Lhuiller is romantic with a timelessness that still feels very cutting-edge current. No one does the clean modern feel better than Amsale. She started designing clean at the height of the late 80s Princess Diana opulence and has mastered it ever since. Anne Barge is the reigning queen of classic elegance that girls dream of from the time they see their first Disney movie. Whether sleek elegance or classic ballgown, Anne Barge never disappoints.

The other reason these lines top my list is their impeccable construction. A well-constructed dress is that extra thing you can’t put your finger on that makes you feel secure in your gown and be obsessed with a dress!"

What’s your favorite gown silhouette?

BM: "Personally, I am a sucker for a clean classic ballgown. All you have to do is walk into our store and you will see my love of classic looks that never go out of style, but with a modern twist. We also love a good romantic lace, and we are in the south so there is plenty of sparkles, but personally clean classic with a twist is always my go-to."

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

BM: "I have two. 1. Try on something that is the exact opposite of what you think you are wanting. By all means, try on the look and the dress that you have always dreamed of, but if you think you want a clean ballgown, also try on a fitted lace. You may surprise yourself and fall in love with something completely different.

2. If you find a dress that you love, that you really wouldn’t change anything about, buy it! Living in this social media world where everything is at our fingertips is amazing! However, brides can think they need to see everything, try on everything, and sometimes that
can exhaust them. They miss the moment with the dress they love and it just turns into a sea of white. Go with your gut whether it is the first appointment or the third, I promise you will never be disappointed."

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

BM: "My favorite thing about the Inspire show is that it helps you dream big and think outside the box. Every vendor brings their most amazing, most delicious, most original product to the brides of Arkansas. It pushes me to be cutting edge and to really use my background to help brides be their most original selves. No two brides are alike and the Inspire show celebrates that and gives creative content to help them shine on their wedding day!"

For more about INSPIRE or to snag your tickets, check out our blog post here.

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Oct
25

Say Hello to Hot Springs' Newest Bridal Boutique, Something Bleu

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Hot Springs, one of the state's hottest destination wedding spot, is now home to a brand new bridal boutique — Something Bleu. Owner Kimberly Parkinson has always had a love for all things wedding and now she runs Something Bleu in the Spa City's historic downtown district. 

We caught up with Parkinson about her new store that just opened in September 2019, the lines she's carrying and what brides can expect at this new boutique. 

What is your vision for Something Bleu?

Kimberly Parkinson: "Hot Springs is filled with many spectacular wedding venues and chapels but had no bridal boutique. I wanted to bring my passion and experience to this town and offer an 'in-town' option for finding the dress of your dreams right in Hot Springs."

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Tell me about the feel of the space. What was your thought process behind the interior decor at Something Bleu?

KP: "Something Bleu Bridal Boutique has a quaint and elegant feel with a touch of glamour. My vision for Something Bleu came together with inspiration from the ornately carved 7-foot gold mirror and the exquisite French-style chandelier."

Why do you think now is the right time to open Something Bleu in Hot Springs?

KP: "I am excited to be a part of downtown Hot Springs. This historic resort town is ever-changing and evolving and has so many incredible restaurants and unique storefronts."

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Tell me about the lines that Something Bleu is carrying.

KP: "I am currently carrying Symphony Bridal, Mon Cheri, Sophia Tolli, Martin Thornburg, Moonlight, Val Stefani, Christina Wu and Adrianna Papell."

What price points can brides expect?

KP: "The gowns range from $800-$3,500."

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What's the story behind the venue's name?

KP: "I love the traditional saying of 'Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.' I decided to change the spelling of blue to the French version because I am part French."

To find out more about Something Bleu, head to our vendor page.