A post from the owner :O)

Posted on: June 20th, 2012 by Annmarie

Why I do what I do……

More than once on a daily basis I am asked why do you do this? How come you do or take on so much? Why a one stop shop? How come not just dresses or not just linens and decor? Why event planning?

Here is the answer…….This September Jay and I will be married 8 years. While planning our wedding I had the HARDEST time finding unique AND quality items for our wedding….I researched, and researched, and researched…..then I started traveling to see these things I researched….

In 2004 I opened a online store for bridal accessories and after planning many friends events coming off my background in hotel management and event planning for both social and corporate events I started offering professional event consultation. The site did so well with it’s unique items within one year that in 2005 I was able to open a brick and motor location. About every 6 months or so I brought in new items and started offering new services. Brides kept asking for items, wanting to get more from us. It was soo easy because going back I remembered how I wished I could do more things at one place. I HATED that binder filled with different vendors for each rental item, accessories, favors, invitations, some services and other wedding related items, each one coming from a difference source. On top of a full time job and caring for a child it was WAY too much.

As much as I am asked all those above questions on a daily basis. I am praised just as much with, “I am so glad I could get everything here”, “I am saving so much in delivery fees having it all come from one place”, & “We love that we only have to make one phone call vs 20”

This is why I love what I do. There are not that many jobs out there that you can make someone, if not multiple people happy on a daily basis. No two events are the same, no two brides are the same. I have made many friends (professional as well as clients) helping with these events. Nothing is better than planning someone’s wedding and then to go on to plan their baby shower, their children’s christening, or first birthday. A good portion of my couples and their family’s become close friends or “family” in the amount of time we put in and spend together planning these life events.

I don’t think I could have picked a better career for myself.

Annmarie Giordano-Therriault, Owner
Couture Bridal Co.
www.couture-bridal.com

From an Interns Perspective w/e 12/23/11

Posted on: December 24th, 2011 by Annmarie

By: Michelle

Were you one of those that were awake at 6am on April 29th? I sure was!

Prince William and Kate Middleton got married on that beautiful day in London. The details about her wedding day outfit were released the minute she walked into Westminster Abbey. Between a gorgeous Alexander McQueen wedding dress and a custom made diamond earrings, she was obviously one of the most beautiful brides ever. One perk of being royal is access to the Queen’s Crown Jewels. Some may not know that Mrs. Middleton wore a diamond tiara passed down from past generations of the British Monarchy.

See how beautiful? Well if you’re a future bride you are in luck! Couture Bridal Co. sells an exact replica of the tiara. You could look as beautiful as she did on your special day!


Now make sure your Prince Charming is as adorable as he is !!!

Until next week,
Michelle

From an Interns Perspective w/e 12.16.11

Posted on: December 15th, 2011 by Annmarie

Hello All!
It’s Michelle again!

As an intern at Couture Bridal Co. I get to see the most beautiful weddings gowns that are currently available. Even though we have a LOT of them at the store, I decided to narrow down my top three favorites .
The first one is from Modeca Collection. This style is called the Melissa. The gorgeous gown features a blue bow and amazing lace and tulle details.

The second one is my absolute favorite. This gown is made my LaSposa and it is an off white color. This design is called Secreto. Again, it features tulle but a lot of it! Also, the top has some sparkle to it. It is to die for!

The third dress is a Maggie Sottero. It’s their Isadora Ann design in Ivory. The detailing on it is beautiful. It would be perfect for that lucky bride who decides to have two dresses: one for the ceremony and reception!


Don’t forget to stop by Couture Bridal to see all the other gorgeous gowns we have!
Till next time,
Michelle

From an Interns Perspective

Posted on: December 10th, 2011 by Annmarie

Hello All! My name is Michelle and I’m the new intern at Couture Bridal Co.!

Have you walked past Couture Bridal Shop recently and checked out our beautiful winter-inspired window displays? If yes, then you’re in luck, because I’m going to give you all the insider details on what’s on display this month!

The Flower Girl dress was created by US Angels and is available for purchase. We added the gold sash to keep up with the Holiday theme but it can be purchased with any sash color that you desire! In the middle on this lovely trio is a Maggie Sottero Bridal Gown. This is her Isadora Marie design and can be purchased in Ivory or All White. The dress is gorgeous and features lace motifs and satin petals on the skirt.
Also on display is a Barijay gown that screams New Year’s Eve. It is available in various colors like silver, ivory or my personal favorite, Sapphire. Isn’t it fabulous?!

So as you can tell we have pretty much everything for the perfect holiday party or wedding !
Hope to see you soon at Couture Bridal Co.

Website down!

Posted on: April 7th, 2011 by Annmarie

Unfortunatly, due to some technical issues, our website is down. If for some reason you need to order something, please call the store. We are very sorry for the inconvienence.

GOWN TEASER!

Posted on: April 1st, 2011 by Annmarie

Have you heard about the huge bridal gown sale coming to Twin River Casino Event Center on April 10th? The Original Wedding Expo will feature 150 bridal gowns from Couture Bridal Co. and another shop, Try on and buy! Email info@originalweddingexpo.com to enter the VIP contest. One lucky bride will win a $400.00 gif…t certificate… from AA Limousine Service.
Here’s a gown teaser! We will also have veils starting at $40!

Also, We will be featured in the fashion show at 2pm with our newest, hottest gowns!

Linens, Linens, & More Linens

Posted on: January 29th, 2011 by Annmarie


We CANNOT get enough of linens for 2011. We have been focusing on bringing in several new fabrics. Here is a sampling of whats in store for 2011

July Uplighting Savings!

Posted on: July 21st, 2010 by Annmarie


New Bookings only: Book Before 7/30 and receive 16 uplights for the price of 12….a savings of $180.00.

Our First Bride Post…….

Posted on: July 8th, 2010 by Annmarie


A Couture Bride “Vicky” from Boston sent in this question for us to address. Here you go Vicky, hopefully you’ll like the answer.

QUESTION:
I love children…but not at our wedding!

I’ve been informed by former brides of the nightmares that are still to come. To date, wedding planning has been a breeze (Thanks Annmarie!) My biggest concern, as I think of the months leading up to the wedding, is how to handle “uninvited” guests. We both come from large families and decided together, due to budget restraints, that there would be no children (other than those in the wedding party) invited to the wedding. I’m worried that Mr. & Mrs. will respond Mr. & Mrs. plus their darling three children! How will you or did you address situations like this?

Answer: From us at Couture and a little info from some other industry professionals!
Some couples, for reasons of their own, do not want for children to attend their wedding reception. The reasons for this may range from trying to lower costs by trimming wedding guests from the list, to simply not wanting to put up with potential crying, wailing, or hyperactivity on the part of little ones.

If you are thinking about an Adults Only wedding reception, it is important that you consider the matter carefully and realize that some may find this to be a tad offensive, ungracious, or downright cold. Weddings are not always adult only events – in fact, throughout history, children have played an important role in the symbolism associated with weddings – and therefore some might be offended that you are dictating that they must leave their little ones at home.
Ultimately however, your wedding day is YOUR day and the bottom line is that you have a right to be happy and have it your way on this one day. If, after carefully considering this, you decide that this is the way it is going to be, you should follow the following rules for this delicate situation:
• Indicate that the reception is to be adults only by having the words “Adults Only Reception” or “Adult Reception” printed along with the reception location and time on the invitation.
• Do not use phrases such as NO KIDS, NO CHILDREN, etc. The only correct wording is Adult Reception or Adults Only Reception.
• This information should be printed by the printer on all invitations. You must never write ANYTHING by hand onto the invitation itself – whether it pertains to this or any other matter. Doing so is considered socially incorrect (in other words, tacky!) and inappropriate.
• If you are excluding some children, the rule is that you must exclude all children. There must not be different rules for different people or some individuals will be deeply offended and hurt – and rightly so. The only possible exception to this would be any children who are in the wedding party. However, while some etiquette experts feel that it may be alright to make this exception, there is a stronger belief that if the reception is to be adults only, no children should be included as part of the wedding party. Otherwise, parents of children who were not allowed to attend may feel slighted that clearly some exceptions are being made to allow children, while they were instructed to leave their kids behind.

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If cost issues are the reason you are contemplating the Adults Only route, keep in mind that the cost of feeding a child at the wedding will be considerably less than the cost to feed an adult. Most caterers or reception sites have children’s menus from which they will serve kids under 12 years of age, typically at a drasttically lower cost. Inquire with your caterer about the availability of child’s plates. This may solve the entire dilemma for you so that everyone can end up happy.
And what if someone does show up with their children, despite it all? Do you say something to them? Do you send someone over cuss them out?
Do nothing, What’s Done is done. No sense in creating an unpleasant, uncomfortable situation. Nothing could be more unbecoming of a bride, groom, or host.
Best advice? Take a deep breath, then let it go. Put it out of your mind and get on with having a good time. This day is going to fly by faster than you’ll ever want as it is; don’t waste a single moment of it caught up in negativity. Remember, this is one of the best days of your life!

Guest Post by Robert R. Chevalier, President of Chevalier Associates, Inc.

Posted on: July 2nd, 2010 by Annmarie


Bridal Shows. Still the best way to plan a wedding.

Taste the cake, sample the food and listen to the music. “Quality bridal shows and wedding expos continue to provide a one-stop wedding planning opportunity.” Robert Chevalier, Producer of The Original Wedding Expo has produced hundreds of bridal shows throughout Central New England and knows how to bring it all together. “Engaged couples may look on-line for the hottest trends in weddings, but there is no better way to meet, face-to-face with the bridal merchants in their area.” From stretch limousines, to invitations, tuxedos to flowers, bridal shows feature all major categories, under one roof. From a planning perspective, it doesn’t get any easier. Factor in free food and cakes samples, live music demonstrations, fashions shows and prize giveaways, many guests make a day of it. Find a quality bridal show in New England by going to either http://www.originalweddingexpo.com or visit them on facebook at www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=lf#!/originalweddingexpo

Let’s Make This Interesting!

Posted on: July 1st, 2010 by Annmarie


Become a Couture Bridal blog Follower! We will be having Guest posts every week, including you! We will be calling it a Couture Brides Perspective. So join the blog and then message us your thoughts, pictures, questions you may have, or anything you want to rave or rant about and each week we will post a new guest blogger! We will also have Vendor guest postings to help you with your planning!

ONE NEW PRODUCT FOR 2010

Posted on: April 26th, 2010 by Annmarie







Loving the new fresh different products we are offering this year. Take
a look at some of some of our new personalized table runners! Full info here
http://couture-bridal.com/products.asp?cat=218