The Bridal Finery… A Luxury Experience in Bridal Fashion
Tali and Roberta have been working together in the Bridal Boutique industry for almost a decade now. After a change in ownership last Summer with a previous salon, they decided to step away from that boutique to open one of their own. With so many bridal boutiques opening, they knew they wanted theirs to be unique… they wanted their boutique to solve problems in the industry. One thing they knew for sure was that they wanted a better price point for a higher quality gown. With that said, 90% of The Bridal Finery‘s wedding dresses come directly from the designers, being trunk show samples, runway samples, overstock and more. All of which are available off-the-rack at a discount of 20% – 60% off regular retail value. They do have two designers in their boutique that they can re-order from or sell off-the-rack to, whichever is best for the bride. They also have approximately 10 wedding dresses in their boutique that are resale gowns from actual brides.
Their inventory is always changing… what you may try on today, may not be here tomorrow. Which means, if you find a wedding dress that you love, get it! The great thing about their boutique is that they are not limited in which designers they can carry. Currently, they have over 10 designers in the boutique, including, Hayley Paige, Pronovias, Ines Di Santo, Monique Lhuillier, Theia Couture, Badgley Mischka and more.
So, recently, I had the chance to sit down with the ladies at The Bridal Finery in Winter Park, Florida. I’ve known and loved them for years and have watched them grow into the brilliant and astute business owners that they are today. We’re about 7 weeks in to 2018 and I thought talking some trend news for the year would be fitting. Enjoy!
What trends are you seeing for 2018?
For the Fall 2018 Collections, we saw many gowns with 3-D effects, floral appliques and textures on the gowns. Another trend that is carried over from 2017 is the longer train, however, some designers, such as Ines Di Santo and Theia Couture, have opted to make them into a removable skirt or a detachable train. The illusion is still in, it has become a bit more covered than the past two years, but still happening with the low-backs and plunging necklines. With the Royal Wedding coming up in May, we have started getting more and more requests for clean, minimalist gowns, which by far, is our personal favorite!
Are you seeing anything that is “inspiring” looks for 2018?
Since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding is coming up, I am sure that they will end up influencing a lot of new trends for the next year. When Kate Middleton got married, she definitely influenced designers to add more sleeves and illusion necklines into their dresses. I think the same trend will happen after this Royal Wedding too.
I absolutely LOVE the “rocker-chic” look that’s happening right now… like an edgy jacket paired with a gorgeous gown. Please tell me you’re still seeing this trend 😉
Haha! We can absolutely see you wearing a wedding gown and throwing on a black leather jacket for photos!!! This trend has always been one that’s more based on the couple’s aesthetic and if this is part of their personality, it is something that they will incorporate into their look regardless of it being a trend. We are big believers in couples bringing in their everyday lives into their weddings.
How about jewelry/accessories? Hair jewelry?
I personally love jewelry, so I keep a close eye on what’s happening and what designers are showing on the runway. The last two seasons we have seen more and more designers showcasing their gowns with jeweled crowns. Ever since, we have had more brides lean towards wearing one on their wedding day as well. We do have a selection of crowns and headbands at The Bridal Finery. This past season we also saw a lot of headbands. One in particular, was on the Berta Bridal runway show. She partnered up with Maria Elena Headpieces to create a star headband for every one of their models to wear during the show. And since then, we receive more and more requests for headbands, which of course, we have and we can get the exact one from the actual Berta Fashion show.
I love the fact that you carry full figured gowns in your store!
Having been in the wedding dress business for almost a decade, I have helped women of all shapes and sizes find their gowns and the biggest struggle I have seen are sizes. For the bride that is a size 00-2, it is hard for them to imagine a wedding gown with all the clamps in the back and for the bride that is a size 16+, it is also hard to purchase a gown that she is not able to try on or a dress that is too tight. As a curvy woman myself and someone that has spent the past 10 years fluctuating in my weight, it is very important to me to be able to have all size wedding dresses at our boutique. Here at The Bridal Finery, we have been able to source gowns from sizes 2 all the way up to a street size 22! Of course, this always rotates as everything in our boutique is available off-the-rack, but we try to always have a selection of all sizes for our clients to try on.
On January 10th, The Bridal Finery welcomed members of the press for a private event where they showcased their gorgeous New York-styled boutique. Central Florida is lucky in that we have some of the most talented and successful wedding pros in the business and it was great to see so many joined together in making this an unforgettable event for Roberta and Tali!
976 North Orange Avenue/Suite C
Winter Park, Florida 32804
Roberta and Tali would like to thank the following wedding professionals for their hard work in making this event a success…
Below are some of the photos from that event.