Archive for December, 2011

Happy New Year – Welcome 2012!

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

I like to spend the last day of the year reflecting on the prior year and looking forward to the year to come.  Here are some of our favorite highlights from a very busy year:

*We welcomed our first intern class in January – Laura and Becky were with us all year and did a fantastic job!  Nowadays, Becky is in her senior year at OSU and Laura is now the venue coordinator at Station 67 in Columbus.  I was very lucky to have them working with me and they set the bar really high for all future intern classes!


(Photo: Grogan Studios)

*We celebrated Abby’s 1st birthday at the end of February with a big party with friends and family.


(Photo: Grogan Studios)

*The 2nd Annual Cakes for a Cause took place on March 1 and we raised enough to feed 16 people every meal for a year.  Every. Single. Meal.  It still makes me smile from ear to ear!  We nearly doubled our 2010 result and we shattered our original goal!  It was an incredible evening with delicious food and wine, lots of sweet treats up for auction and tons of cake and ice cream.  We are so excited for the 3rd Annual event taking place on April 5, 2012 – make sure to save the date!


(Photo: Karen Evans Pictures)

*We kicked off wedding season in May with Megan and Michael’s Southern inspired wedding at the Darby House in Galloway – even though our planned outdoor ceremony wound up being an indoor ceremony, it was a gorgeous day!


(Photo: Cassidy Dawn)

*We were back at Darby House the following weekend with Lindsay and Kevin – this time the weather cooperated and we had a beautiful outdoor ceremony overlooking the river!


(Photo: Kimberly Potterf)

*In June we traveled around Central Ohio a bit!  First we headed out to Zanesville for Ann and Kyle’s wedding!  The longest bridal party table I have ever done (seating for 20 in one loooooong table) plus there was square dancing. It was a heck of a party!


(Photo: Lotz Studios)

*The following weekend we headed down to Lancaster for Nancy and Doug‘s wedding at Nancy’s childhood home.  A ceremony under a very old tree followed by dinner and swimming, snow cones and s’mores all on a gorgeous summer day!

(Photo: Karen Evans Pictures)

*We spent the very warm July 4th weekend up in Delaware with Mollie and Kevin.  The wedding was at an 18th century barn that houses an auction house – incredibly unique location!  We love those!


(Photo: Jennifer Otchy Photography)

*We closed out July at Northbank Park with Rachel and Travis for their lovely little love story wedding!  Loved their sweet ceremony overlooking the Columbus skyline and that they spent the evening on the dance floor!


(Photo: Kelly Maughan Photography)

*Had a little break in August and September so we took a trip down to Disney World in Florida to celebrate Ellie’s 4th birthday!  Love those teacups!  And yes, they are dressed alike – they are 1 and 4, I can still do that once in a while.  🙂

*We kicked off October helping Kelsey and Ryan get married at the Columbus Art Museum!  This was as close to a repeat client as I get – Kelsey is the sister of one of my 2006 brides, Meredith and Meredith was referred to me by Megan, another 2006 bride!  Loved catching up with everyone.  We’ll post pictures from Maer Studios soon!

*The next weekend we were with Valeri and Bill at the Athletic Club of Columbus with a vintage, mixed metallic wedding.  Love all the carousel horse touches we incorporated.


(Photo: Nicole Dixon Photography)

*In the middle of October, we took a road trip to Cincinnati with Kasey from Bliss to help another planner get married! Alison from Aviva Events asked us to coordinate her wedding for her – she did all the planning and we just stepped in at the end to run the day.  ONLY for another planner would we do that!


(Photo: Kortnee Kate)

*We closed out our year with Rebecca and Gavin’s gorgeous wedding at Franklin Park Conservatory and The Westin.  Loved the Grater’s sundae bar that was a nod to where the met!  We will share pictures from Red Gallery as soon as we get them.

We loved each and every one of our clients and their friends and families – we truly have the best clients in the world!  2012 is shaping up to be just as amazing and we can’t wait!  We still have a few more spots open for next year – send us an email or give us a call {614.678.6320} to set up a meeting to talk about how we can help you have an incredible wedding!

Congratulations to the newly engaged!!

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

If you are reading this with a shiny new ring on your finger – welcome and CONGRATULATIONS!!!!  You must be so excited and for good reason – you have found the one you will spend the rest of your life with and now you get to plan your wedding!

The next months will be filled with a million and one decisions and few basic facts to keep in mind:

*The average wedding in the Columbus, Ohio area costs about $28,000 and has around 150 guests.  Depending on the choices and your priorities, you can spend less and you can very easily spend more.  Emilie Duncan Event Planning works with all budgets – we’ve planned weddings with budgets from everywhere from $10,000 up to $150,000 but our couple’s average wedding budgets seem to be between $40,000 and $80,000.

*Bridal gowns take an average of 6 to 9 months to be made and delivered.  Bridesmaid gowns take an average of 3 to 6 months to be made and delivered.  Plan accordingly.

*Not all wedding vendors accept credit cards so don’t count on putting everything on plastic for the wedding.

*If you have no idea where to start, hire a planner!   Even if full service planning isn’t in your budget, consider hiring a planner for a couple of hours.  Most planners offer hourly assistance for just a little bit of help and can get your planning process headed in the right direction.

This is a series I did a few years ago with the first things you should be thinking about as you get the planning process started:

A is for Attendants
B is for Budget
C is for Contracts
D is for Date
E is for Eating
F is for Formality
G is for Gowns
H is for Hair
I is for Inspiration
J is for Jewelry
K is for Keepsakes
L is for License
M is for Mailing List
N is for NCAA, NBA, NFL, NHL and MBA
O is for Old
P is for Priorities
Q is for Questions
R is for Relatives
S is for Size
T is for Theme
U is for Unfortunate Monograms
V is for Vendors
W is for Wedding Planner
X is for eXercise
Y is for You
Z is for Zzzzzzzzs

And if you aren’t in the mood to open 26 different pages, you can browse the whole category here: First Things First.

Good luck with the planning and remember to have fun and enjoy this time – yes it is stressful but the result really does make all the work worth it in the end.

Conversation Closed: Bridal Shops

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Thanks to all the lovely ladies from some of my favorite bridal shops around town! If you wind up visiting, tell them I said hi!

A few more tips for bridal gown shopping:

  • Figure out your budget and let the shop know what that budget is – you DO NOT want to fall in love with a gown that is way out of your price range because every gown after that will pale in comparison.  Just like with every other vendor – being honest and up front is the way to go!
  • If you can go shopping on a weekday, do!  Yes, it might mean that your best friend, second cousin, Aunt Carol and others won’t be able to join you but once you narrow it down, you can always take them back.  Weekdays are much less busy for shops and you’ll get more one on one attention.
  • Be open to suggestions from the bridal shop as to styles – they see a lot of bodies and dresses and are usually quite good at matching up the perfect gown to each bride!  Also, just because you love a mermaid style doesn’t mean it will look good on you – be open to all the different possibilities and you might wind up loving a surprise!

Good luck shopping and I hope you find the perfect gown!

Bridal Shops in Columbus, Ohio

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

Brides have a lot of choices when it comes to saying yes to their dress!  While not exhaustive, below is an alphabetical list of bridal shops in the Columbus, Ohio area.  Most shops operate on an appointment basis so please call ahead to make an appointment and double check their hours as they often change by season!  Happy shopping!

Alfred Angelo
{a} 3755 W Dublin Granville Rd, Dublin, 43017
{p} 614.717.9733
{h} Sun: 12pm to 6pm, Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs/Fri: 11am to 8pm, Sat: 10am to 6pm

Big Rock, Little Rooster
{a} 654 N High St, Columbus, 43215
{p} 614.754.8116
{h} Sun: 12 pm to 5 pm, Mon: closed, Tues/Wed/Thurs/Fri/Sat: 11 am to 6 pm
Learn more about Big Rock, Little Rooster here!

David’s Bridal
{a} 6262 Sawmill Rd, Dublin, 43017 or 3886 Morse Rd, Columbus, 43219
{p} 614.798.8906 or 614.428.4618
{h} Sun: 12pm to 6pm, Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs/Fri: 11am to 9pm, Sat: 10am to 7pm

Elegant Bride
{a} 313 W Bridge St, Dublin, 43017
{p} 614.766.0600
{h} Sun: closed, Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs/Fri/Sat: 11am to 7pm

Gabriele European Bridal & Formal
{a} 391 W Main St, Westerville, 43081
{p} 614.898.9551
{h} Sun/Mon: closed, Tues/Wed/Thurs: 11am to 6pm, Fri/Sat: 10am to 4pm

Girls in White Dresses
{a} 274 Marconi Blvd, Columbus, 43215
{p} 614.821.7000
{h} Sun/Mon: closed, Tues/Wed/Thurs: 11am to 7pm, Fri/Sat: 10am to 5pm
Learn more about Girls in White Dresses here!

Joan’s Bridal Couture
{a} 7382 E Main St, Reynoldsburg, 43068
{p} 614.856.9848
{h} Sun/Mon: appointment only, Tues/Wed/Thurs: 12pm to 7pm, Fri: 12pm to 6pm, Sat: 10am to 5pm

La Jeune Mariee – The Collection
{a} 139 East Main Street, Columbus, 43215
{p} 614.228.2700
{h} Sun/Mon: closed, Tues/Wed/Thurs: 11am to 7pm, Fri/Sat: 10am to 5pm
Learn more about La Jeune Mariee here!

La Jeune Mariee – Brides and Maids 
{a} 689 High St, Worthington, 43085
{p} 614.430.9659
{h} Sun/Mon: closed, Tues/Wed/Thurs: 11am to 7pm, Fri/Sat: 10am to 5pm
Learn more about La Jeune Mariee here!

Luxe Redux Bridal
{a} 693 1/2 High St, Worthington, 43085
{p} 614.787.2930
{h} Sun/Mon: closed, Tues/Wed/Thurs: 11am to 7pm, Fri/Sat: 10am to 5pm
Learn more about Luxe Redux here!

Trumpington Bridal House
{a} 79 S State St, Westerville, 43081
{p} 614.890.1760
{h} Sun: appointment only, Mon/Tues: closed, Wed/Thurs: 11am to 6pm, Fri: 11am to 5pm, Sat: 10am to 5pm

The Wedding Plantation
{a} 3900 Noe Bixby Rd, Columbus, 43232
{p} 614.837.5811
{h} Sun: appointment only, Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs: 11am to 7pm, Fri/Sat: 11am to 5pm

Wendy’s Bridal
{a} 6339 Sawmill Rd, Dublin, 43017
{p} 614.336.9100
{h} Sun: 12pm to 5pm, Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs: 10am to 8pm, Fri/Sat: 10am to 6pm

White of Dublin
{a} 23 N High St, Dublin, 43017
{p} 614.571.8908
{h} Sun/Mon: closed, Tues/Wed/Thurs/Fri/Sat: appointment only
Learn more about White here!

Shops that are no longer in business:
Alan Ray – 2700 Billingsley Rd, Columbus, 43235
Bella Laccio Bridal – 46 N State St, Westerville, 43081

Vendor Conversations: Luxeredux

Friday, December 9th, 2011

We’re talking once again with Lindsay Fork, the owner of the only high end consignment shop in Columbus, Luxeredux!

   

Business Name: Luxeredux
Name: Lindsay Fork
Address: 693 1/2 High Street, Worthington, Ohio, 43085
Phone: 614.787.2930
Email: info {@} luxereduxbridal {dot} com
Website: www.luxereduxbridal.com
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday: 11am-7pm, Friday and Saturday: 10am-5pm, closed Sunday and Monday. Appointments preferred.

When was Luxeredux founded?
LUXEredux opened approximately one month ago.  The concept was in progress for a year, however, it was just a matter of finding the right space and the best people to help run the boutique while I was going back and forth between the two businesses.

What made you want to open a consignment bridal shop?
Honestly, it came from a combination of the economy, confidence that the concept would work and brides themselves incessantly calling and asking if they could sell back their gowns.

Where do the gowns at Luxe come from?
Many have come from La Jeune Mariee but we have received a tremendous response from boutiques all over the country!  It’s like Christmas when we get to open boxes and see gorgeous gowns from designers we aren’t used to handling.   At present, we have approximately 250 designer wedding gowns from all over at LUXE. Lastly, the brides themselves are coming our way in order to consign a gown that was worn once or simply loved once.

What are some of the brands of your gowns?
Priscilla of Boston, Vera Wang, Judd Waddell, Kenneth Pool, Amsale, Nicole Miller, Birnbaum & Bullock, Modern Trousseau, Rivini, Jim Hjelm, Lazaro, Melissa Sweet, Vineyard Collection & too many more! 

What is the price range of your gowns? 
$200-$6000

What accessories do you carry?
We have a tremendous assortment of Shoes, Veils and belts or sashes with a sprinkling of jewelry.

Do brides need to come into the shop to view your stock of gowns?
Everything in the boutique can be viewed in our online e-commerce boutique and is available for purchase there as well!  https://luxereduxbridal.gostorego.com/

Thanks Lindsay for chatting with us over the last two days!  Check back tomorrow for a comprehensive listing of bridal shops in Columbus – including many not covered in our Vendor Conversation series.

Vendor Conversations: La Jeune Mariee

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Today we are talking with my neighbor, Lindsay Fork about her one of her shops – La Jeune Mariee.  We’ll be chatting with her about her consignment boutique, Luxeredux tomorrow.  Her shops are right around the corner (LJM) and right next door (LR) from my office in Worthington so I get to pop in and visit all the time!  Thanks to Grogan Studios for the pictures!

   

Business Name: La Jeune Mariee
Name: Lindsay Fork
Address: 689 High Street, Worthington, Ohio, 43085
Phone: 614.430.9659
Email: ido {@} lajeunemariee {dot} com
Website: www.lajeunemariee.com
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm, Friday & Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, closed Sunday & Monday.  All by appointment only.  During Busy Season (January, February & March) we will be open from 12-4pm on Sundays to accommodate bridal appointments only.

When was Le Jeune Mariee founded and when did you take over?
La Jeune Mariee was founded in 2004 and I took over the boutique in 2008.

Why did you want to own a bridal shop?
When I was small, I wasn’t obsessed with weddings or wanting to plan them.  I didn’t necessarily dream of my own.  I simply was mesmerized by bridal fashion.  I loved looking at the advertisements in the magazines of the gowns.  I enjoyed anything different and couture.  A models makeup or crazy hairdo didn’t distract me from the beauty of the gown itself.  I worked for a very large bridal store for 2 years while in college and knew that while I wanted my store to be different, I wanted a store!

What bridal lines do you carry? 
Amsale, Jim Hjelm, Lazaro, Anna Maier-Ulla Maija, Judd Waddell, Lea-Ann Belter, Watters & Watters, Nicole Miller & Jenny Yoo

What is the price range of your gowns? 
$1800-$7500 for most major designers
$750-$2200 for designers such as Nicole Miller & Jenny Yoo

What lines of bridesmaid and mother of the bride dresses do you carry?
Amsale, Coren Moore, Jenny Yoo, Noir by Lazaro Watters & Watters, WTOO, The Dessy Group (which includes Lela Rose, Alfred Sung & Social).  We carry Jade, Jade Couture and Watters & Watters for Mothers and Special Occasion.

What accessories do you carry?
Toni Federici, Sara Gabriel, Paris & Haute Bride for veils and baubles.  For shoes, we carry Benjamin Adams, Hey Lady, Grace & Grazia and new to the boutique is Aruna Seth, a British line that adorns the feet of many celebrities such as Pippa Middleton, Kate Hudson and others!

What is your favorite part of owning a bridal boutique?
The relationships I build with the brides and their families during the whole planning process.  It’s very rewarding to really get to know people so intimately over a year or mores time.  They become a part of the La Jeune Mariee family and it’s exciting to see them move on to different aspects of their lives after the marriage and you can still be a part of that as well!  Brides or their mothers stop in just to say hello or share photos.  They come with the friends or sisters who are now engaged also and then it turns into a party!

What advice do you have for brides who are just starting to look for their gown?
I’m sure it’s the same advice they hear everywhere but it’s so true…..don’t overwhelm yourself with shopping a ton of different places.  Do research before shopping.  There is so much out there on the internet and great magazines that a bride should really narrow down 3-4 designers she admires and seek out those shops.  You are not going to miss something by not going to EVERY store in town.  You will only come in to the last store with the “deer in headlights” look we generally see from our 4pm on Saturday brides who have tried to marathon shop all day.

What trends are you seeing for 2012 that you love?
I’ve always been a fan of alencon and Chantilly lace and obviously the Royal Wedding inspired many designers to make their own version of Kate’s gown.  The modern twist and modesty added to some designs are really beautiful.

Color is back in a huge way this season and fuller, tulle-induced skirts were seen on almost every runway.  Fit and flare styles are still very popular but I enjoy that designers went back to a traditional fuller skirt this past season.

Finally, if you were to get married/re-married tomorrow, what dress would you wear?
I get this question a lot!  I have NO idea.  I know elements of designs that I like but maybe because I am around these gowns EVERY waking moment, I become a bit lost in the business side of what I am doing.  When I pick that gown…….I will let you know!

Okay, so no picture of Lindsay’s dream gown – I will work on her and update when she gives up the info!

One of my brides last year, Katie, wore a gorgeous Judd Waddell ball gown for her November wedding:

Thank you to Nicole Dixon for the photos!

We’ll be chatting again with Lindsay about the other shop she owns, Luxeredux!

Vendor Conversations: White of Dublin

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Today we’re talking with Diane and Heather from the brand new boutique in Dublin, White of Dublin.

   

Business Name: White of Dublin
Name: Diane Bond and Heather DiMasi
Address: 23 North High Street, Dublin, OH  43017
Phone: 614.791.2600
Email: diane {@} whiteofdublin {dot} com or heather {@} whiteofdublin {dot} com
Website: www.WhiteofDublin.com
Hours: Open by appointment only Tuesday through Saturday

When was White of Dublin founded?
October 8, 2011

Why did you want to start a bridal shop?
We wanted to bring an intimate and comfortable experience to each bride while surrounded by elegance.  We noticed this bridal experience was not available to brides in the Columbus area.  We genuinely care about each bride and want this moment to be magical.

What bridal lines do you carry? 
Sassi Holford, Ian Stuart, Rosa Clara, Two by Rosa Clara, Junko Yoshioka, Angel Rivera

What is the price range of your gowns? 
Dresses start at $2000

What lines of bridesmaid and mother of the bride dresses do you carry?
Ian Stuart, Collection 20 by Watters, Wtoo, Noir by Lazaro.  Flower girl dresses by Us Angels

What accessories do you carry?
Erin Cole, Sara Gabriel, Lori London, Thomas Knoell, Boutique de Voile, Katherine Jessica Collections, and Jonquil in Bloom for lingerie

What is your favorite part of owning a bridal boutique?
Our favorite part about owning a bridal boutique is when we get to know each bride and what makes her special.  Being able to understand a bride makes the moment when she finds her dress that much more touching to us.

What advice do you have for brides who are just starting to look for their gown?
When you begin searching for your wedding dress, we recommend bringing no more than 2 close friends/family with you.  We also suggest being open minded to different styles. Dresses look different on each bride.

What trends are you seeing for 2012 that you love?
Brides in 2012 are creating two looks with one dress.  With one amazing wedding dress, you can add a jacket or festoon for the ceremony and change to a sash for the reception.  Simply changing out the hairpieces and jewelry make an amazing statement from ceremony to reception, as well.

Finally, if you were to get married/re-married tomorrow, what dress would you wear?
Heather: Vanderbilt by Ian Stuart
Diane: Mulberry by Junko Yoshioka

I haven’t had any brides wear dresses from White just yet but I had the pleasure of working with these ladies on a style shoot for Capital Style Bride which comes out this month – keep your eyes open for that!  Thanks also to Studio127 Photography for the pictures of the shop!

Thanks for chatting with me ladies!  Tomorrow we’ll be talking with Lindsay from La Jeune Mariee and Luxeredux!

Vendor Conversations: Big Rock Little Rooster

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Today we’re chatting with the owner of a Short North favorite – Kristin from Big Rock Little Rooster!

   

Business Name: Big Rock Little Rooster
Name: Kristin Cooke
Address: 654 North High Street
Phone: 614.754.8116
Email: info {@} bigrocklittlerooster {dot} com
Website: www.bigrocklittlerooster.com
Hours: Open Tuesday through Saturday 11am-6pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm all by appointment only

When was Big Rock Little Rooster founded?
2009

Why did you want to start a bridal shop?
We wanted to provide a fun chic place for Columbus brides to find designer wedding gowns

What bridal lines do you carry? 
Vera Wang, Badgley Mischka, Monique Lhuillier BLISS, Romona Keveza, and Jenny Lee

What is the price range of your gowns? 
$2500-$5000

What lines of bridesmaid and mother of the bride dresses do you carry?
Bridesmaids by Badgley Mischka and Monique Lhuillier

What accessories do you carry?
Toni Federici Headpieces, Haute Bride Jewelry, Peace Love Bling Jewelry, and Mimis Closet Headpieces.

What is your favorite part of owning a bridal boutique?
The experience with our brides.  To be part of such an important part of a girls day in the delicate choice of her wedding gown!  We have developed some really special friendships with our brides that have continued beyond their wedding!

What advice do you have for brides who are just starting to look for their gown?
Stay true to who you are and what you want.  Wear what you feel the most comfortable and fabulous in!

What trends are you seeing for 2012 that you love?
COLOR! So excited to see brides venturing into the soft blush hues and even some silver!

Finally, if you were to get married/re-married tomorrow, what dress would you wear?
Vera Wang Eliza

One of my 2010 brides, Kristin wore a dress from Big Rock Little Rooster!  So pretty!

   

Thanks for chatting with me Kristin!  Tomorrow we’ll be talking with Heather and Diane from the brand new White of Dublin.

Vendor Conversations: Girls in White Dresses

Monday, December 5th, 2011

We’re starting our Bridal Shop Vendor Conversations with Courtney, the owner of downtown Columbus shop, Girls in White Dresses.

   

Business Name: Girls in White Dresses
Name: Courtney Leister
Address: 274 Marconi Blvd, Suite 110, Columbus, OH, 43215 – in the Arena District!
Phone: 614.821.7000
Email: info {@} girlsinwhitedresses {dot} com
Website: www.girlsinwhitedresses.com
Hours: by appointment only with styling times from Tuesday through Thursday from 11 am to 7 pm and Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.  Closed Sunday and Monday.

How long has Girls in White Dresses been in business and when did you take over?
Girls in White Dresses was founded in 2003 and I have been with GIWD since 2005.

Why did you want to own a bridal shop?
I love fashion and styling clients. Bridal is the most important dress a woman will wear so for me it is the most fun to style.

What bridal lines do you carry? 
Augusta Jones, Paloma Blanca, Tara Keely, and Mikaella.

What is the price range of your gowns? 
We sell stylish, quality dresses at a reasonable price in a fun boutique setting that range from $1500-$3500.

What lines of bridesmaid and mother of the bride dresses do you carry?
We focus on bridal and bridesmaids. Our clients LOVE our Jim Hjelm Occasions line for bridesmaid’s and cocktail dresses.

What accessories do you carry?
We work exclusively with Jennifer Leigh for veils who was named one of the top 10 things to have at your wedding by Town and Country Bridal magazine. We also carry jewelry by Ti Adoro.

What is your favorite part of owning a bridal boutique?
I love finding that perfect dress and veil for each and every client and that no two brides are the same.

What advice do you have for brides who are just starting to look for their gown?
Limit the amount of guests you bring to 2 and don’t over think things. If you love a dress, buy it and then STOP looking! 🙂

What trends are you seeing for 2012 that you love?
Tulle, english net, floral embellishments, and ruffles.

Finally, if you were to get married/re-married tomorrow, what dress would you wear?
Tara Keely Dress Style 2160!

My October 8 bride, Valeri wore a dress she bought at Girls in White Dresses, as did her bridesmaids.  Gorgeous!

 

Thank you so much to Courtney for chatting with me!  Tomorrow we’re going to chat with Kirstin from Big Rock Little Rooster!

Vendor Conversations: Bridal Shops

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

If you think about it, a wedding gown is very likely the most photographed piece of clothing that a woman will ever own or wear and picking it out can be emotional, exhausting, exhilarating and sometimes even exasperating!  A good bridal shop can help make the search for the perfect dress absolutely wonderful and a bad bridal shop…well, it can make trying on gowns akin to trying on a bathing suit in a communal dressing room.  You know what I am talking about.

I love the bridal shops I’m featuring – they have gorgeous gowns and take excellent care of brides, bridesmaids and mothers.  Enjoy the conversations and watch for an extensive list of Columbus, Ohio area bridal shops at the end of the week!

My standard disclaimer: none of the bridal shops have paid anything and no one requested to be a part of this series – I picked them because first and foremost I love their shops!  In addition, I have had brides purchase wedding or bridesmaids gowns from them or I have worked with them on other projects.  Obviously, this is not every bridal gown shop in Columbus but these are some of my personal favorites!