HONEYMOON: Las Vegas #DecadentFun #VegasHoneymoon #MoreisMore #Overthetop

Fun-loving honeymooners looking for a decadent, and excitement-filled vacay should consider Las Vegas. This is the perfect honeymooning locale if your vibe is the sizzling-hot, stay-up-all-night, live-life-to-the-fullest variety! VEGAS, the city that never sleeps, has, well, everything. Where else can you visit Paris, Egypt AND Venice within a couple city blocks? Throw in an erupting volcano, pirate ships, show girls and pink flamingos and you’ve got yourself a trip to remember forever! And, in addition, this is a city that introduced the world to the pink cupcake ATM. Clearly, this is the most important site in town. You WILL be needing a Sprinkles cupcake at 4 am, and you can have one. In Vegas, “yes” is the answer to all your wants.

During your stay, be sure to stop by the 24-acre Paris Las Vegas to snap your pic atop the Eiffel Tower. This resort includes amazing replicas of not only the Eiffel Tower, but also the Arc de Triomphe, plus the facades of the Paris Opera House and the Louvre. So many selfie sites!! Grab some croissants at one of the 8 French eateries and then take a ride on the glass elevator up to the observation deck for a gorgeous, panoramic view of Las Vegas. C’est Bon!

The Luxor, a Vegas landmark resort, transports visitors to Egypt, where you can experience wonders such as a sphinx and a pyramid that shoots an intense beam of light into the night sky. A light that can be seen in space. Definitely another great photo op situation!

Every couple needs to take a romantic gondola ride. Preferably in Venice. But, hey, Vegas works too. Especially in the extraordinarily luxurious Venetian hotel. The hotel uses VeniceItaly, as its design inspiration and features architectural replicas of so many Venetian landmarks, including the Palazzo DucalePiazza San MarcoPiazzetta di San Marco, the Lion of Venice Column and the Column of Saint Theodore, St Mark’s Campanile, and the Rialto Bridge. Your honeymoon photo album is becoming quite impressive at this point, right?

If you do manage to catch some shut-eye, we suggest you do so in the fanciest, oozing-luxury-est, snazziest resort in town. The Bellagio. Sigh. The rarefied air of money is piped into this wonderland of awesomeness. And it feels so good to breathe it in. Plus they have a sky-high chocolate fountain, a spectacular fountain and an amazing art glass installation by Chihuly.

Oh, and an indoor conservatory of beauty. The nicest things in Vegas are free.

If you do wake up in Vegas, at any time of day or night, you can be sure to have amazing food. Todd English P.U.B. offers the world’s most overflowing Bloody Mary. Waffles are piled high with things like Thai Chicken. And EggSlut offers pillowy bricoche egg sandwiches so tasty folks stand in line for them.

Be sure to stop by the crazy-cool, retro Fremont East District where you’ll find old school casinos, showgirls randomly wandering the streets, an overhead light show, and block after block of neon lights. Oh, and a giant, fireball shooting, metal preying mantis.

Another fantastic thing about Vegas is the lovely desert landscape. If you need an escape into nature after all the glitz of town, just take a short drive to Red Rock Canyon.

Or, wander about an hour away to experience the Valley Of Fire. World-renowned for its 40,000 acres of bright red Aztec sandstone outcrops nestled in gray and tan limestone, Valley of Fire State Park contains ancient, petrified trees and petroglyphs dating back more than 2,000 years. Cool, huh?

Thirty-five miles to the south of town, you can visit the historic and awe-inspiring Hoover Dam

But the lure of excitement will surely draw you back to town. Where you can enjoy more of everything Vegas has to offer: An over-the-top exuberance! Lights! Action! Amazing Food! Sights To See! Gambling! Shows! 24/7 FUN! Fancy Hotels! Luxury! Decadence! Art! Entertainment!

All told, we think your favorite part of honeymooning in Las Vegas, won’t be the amazing sights and sounds you’ve soaked up. Nor will it be your winnings at the casino. (Although that WOULD be nice!) We are pretty sure your takeaway will be the amazing people you will meet along the way. Everyone is so friendly, from the cab drivers, valets, hotel staff, casino workers, waiters to the locals who are happy to strike up a conversation with you. They want to make sure you have the time of your lives while you are in their city. And they do. #VegasStrong

 

 

Top 5 Tips for your first bridal appointment! #firsttimebridalshopper

Selecting your wedding dress is one of the most memorable and important shopping trips you will ever make, so we’ve compiled five easy tips to help make your first bridal appointment successful and stress-free.

Schedule only one appointment for your first day of bridal shopping. Shopping for your wedding dress can be overwhelming, so focusing on a single appointment will allow you to relax and fully enjoy your bridal fitting experience. Most appointments take from one to three hours, so be on top of your bridal shopping game by arriving well-rested and hydrated. We hope that you will visit The Gilded Gown for your first fitting if we are in driving range for you. Please call us at 865-329-4905 to schedule your appointment. If not, find an indie bridal boutique in your area with this handy zip code locator so you can experience the exceptional individualized service local stores offer. It is a good policy to always call the salon to schedule your fitting so that they will have a room and stylist available to help you. Weekends are usually super-busy, and fun, if you want to be around lots of fellow brides and enjoy the excitement in the air. If you would like a calmer experience plan to go during the week, say a Tuesday or Wednesday morning.

To prepare for you visit, take some time to consider what style gown you want. Close your eyes for a moment and imagine yourself on your happy day, walking down the aisle to marry your soulmate…how do you see yourself…what are you wearing in your mind’s eye? Is it a magical princess ball gown, a sleek and sophisticated satin dress, a flowy chiffon number or a vintage-inspired lace dress? Drawing a blank? Check Pinterest and bridal mags for inspiration, then bring your favorite looks in to the bridal boutique. Showing your consultant what you have in mind will help your bridal stylist pull styles for you. Also think about the kind of wedding you are planning. Any details you share about your wedding venue and theme will also enable your consultant to find the perfect dress for you. Also decide on your bridal gown and accessory budget. This will help you and your stylist find the best look without breaking the bank.

Remember to keep an open mind. Try on several different silhouettes, including A-line, Trumpet, and Sheath gowns. Since you are just starting your search it won’t hurt to try a few gowns that aren’t typically your style or aren’t exactly what you have in mind. You might just be surprised! Tap into your bridal stylists’ knowledge and experience, they can be a fantastic resource for you!

Don’t be alarmed at the sizes! Most bridal designers run 2-3 sizes SMALLER than your regular everyday clothing. What are the manufacturers thinking, right? Who on earth wants to go up three sizes when they are wedding dress shopping. Remember they run super-duper small, so please don’t worry about the number on the tags. Size is a four letter word and nothing more. At The Gilded Gown, we have tagged our gowns with the size they actually fit like. Our tags say “fits like size __” so that our brides are able to pull gowns that are the same as their everyday clothing, no matter how the designer has sized them. We found this genius system helps our brides and our stylists and saves lots of time, too!

Have fun. Enjoying your quest for the dress can set the tone for the entire wedding and provide a joyful memory for the rest of your life. Independent bridal boutiques provide the perfect atmosphere for a happy shopping experience with individualized service, fabulous bridal gown selections and caring consultants.

Some other helpful tips:

  1. Wear nude undergarments
  2. Don’t bring too many people, as that just makes things confusing and hectic
  3. But, be certain to bring the person who will be paying
  4. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t find THE dress right away, we promise your dress is out there!
  5. Don’t be afraid to go ahead and purchase if you find THE dress, even if it is the first one you try

From Prom Shopper to Bridal Stylist: Meet Summer, She’s Chill #BridalStylist #WeLoveSummer

Bridal & Prom Stylist Summer is super chill, kind, helpful, and beautiful. We are thrilled to have her in The Gilded Gown family. The youngest member of our team, Summer keeps us up to date on things we don’t understand (like Snapchat!) and brings her youthful enthusiasm and perspective to our shop. She has an excellent eye for fit & design and can steer brides to the most flattering styles. If you are looking for a laid back bridal stylist to help you find the perfect dress, schedule an appointment with Summer! Or, if you are a prom shopper, ask Summer to lend a hand, she knows what girls like and what looks fresh! And, please be sure to check back with our blog to learn more about our other ah-mazing stylists!

Summer has a fierce determination that we adore. For instance, Summer made up her mind that she wanted to be a bridal & prom stylist when she shopped at The Gilded Gown for her prom gown. She told herself as she was trying on dresses, “I’m going to work here one day.” Guess what? She made it happen! Here is her prom dress pick:

Summer is a graduate of Central High School with lots of country-girl hobbies. She loves to fish, hunt, four-wheel and camp. We love that when fellow outdoorsy girls shop, Summer can swap stories back and forth, about things like fishing line and football scores.

But Summer loves glitz and glam too. She cleans up nice!!! Modeling fancy dresses is second nature to her now! Check out our Instagram feed @thegildedgown and you’ll be sure to see her pic popping up! The other day a customer came in and said she recognized Summer from our feed! #precious

Summer loves her family and she is very close with both of her brothers. And, if you know Summer, you KNOW she is crazy about Austin, her awesome bf. (We like him too…He is the nicest guy who often stops by The Gilded Gown to visit her and always offers to take out our trash.)

This adorable couple has lots of fun together.

 

Summer has many talents. She is an award-winning Winter guard and Color guard girl! And, she has a photographic memory which comes in handy when we need to know a style number on a dress.

We sure do love Summer around here, and we’re sure you will too.

 

 

 

BRIDAL STYLE: Fresh and Fabulous Modern Bridal Updos #BridalUpdos #BridalHair

The most popular hairstyle for brides has traditionally been some sort of updo or bun situation. This is because, typically, updos are extra-extra special. Buns bring to mind glamour, ballet dancers, movie stars, royalty and elegance. In most cases this look will require careful styling from a professional, plus an investment of both time and money. In other words, this style is not an every-day look. Who, for example, has an hour and at least a hundred bucks for their regular hairstyle? Nobody! But, when all eyes will be on you on the most SPECIAL day….making the effort to be extraordinary is totally WORTH IT! We’ve sourced some of the prettiest bridal updos around, and we hope you will find some wedding day hairstyle inspiration here.

 

First up is a series of loose updos, sourced from Pinterest, each embellished with gorgeous bridal hair accessories. Who doesn’t love a triple stranded pearl, right? The addition of a floral bridal vine on the side is so on-trend. And, you can never go wrong with an above bun beaded piece.

Another fave is the addition of braiding techniques to the updo. Encircle your crown with a series of twists and braids for a casually beautiful style. Or get edgy with a mohawk-inspired do! Love!!! Super loose braids can go traditional when you add in a white lace comb!

But, you don’t actually HAVE to spend any money or much time at all if you style a quick updo for yourself. We’ve got to say we are big fans of an uber pared-down approach to a bridal bun. A clean, slicked back chignon or do-it-yourself ballet bun provide effortless style that you can easily do yourself. And forgoing accessories of any kind takes this modern and minimalist wedding day look to another level. So freaking chic!!!

Yet Another Beauty Site has a wonderful tutorial for an elegant yet easy chignon below:

We adore a simple classic updo featuring a side or center part. Look, if Kate did it, you know it is on point. Of course, we absolutely love adding to the style by adding a huge floral crown a la Frida Kahlo.

If you are asking yourself, “Umm, wait, who is Frida Kahlo?”, she was one of Mexico’s most important painters! Frida was a harbinger of today’s selfie-obsessed culture, since she mostly painted self-portraits. Wild and wonderful she had impeccable personal style influenced by Mexican culture, and her famous folk art explored questions of identity, gender, class, and race in society. So if you are leaning toward an updo with a floral crown,  let this amazing lady be your muse:

Gorgeous bridal updos go glam with the addition of bridal hair vines, hair clips and veils!

And, to finish out our bridal hairspiration, we are circling back to our most favorite look: the messy updo. So soft, romantic, carefree and pretty! Tuck in some fresh greenery and floral elements to take the look sunshine and fresh air worthy! Or try a super carefree look with loose tendrils escaping here and there, and you will look like the heroine of an English romance novel.

No matter which updo you choose, you can be sure you will be looking your very best for your happy day!

TREND ALERT: Greenery for your Wedding #GiantWreaths #GreeneryBouquets #GreeneryBackdrop

We love the tend towards a greenery-heavy wedding look. From verdant swags, to all-green bouquets and mossy table runners, greenery is making major decor moments at weddings these days. The perfect way to add nature and style to your event, greenery is a fresh alternative to the more traditional floral look. This trend is not only naturally beautiful, but it is also extremely budget friendly. Even if you are getting married indoors with nary a window in sight, using greenery allows you to bring the outdoors in!

There are so many gorgeous types of foliage to chose from, like: lily grass, leather leaf, tree fern, galax, lavender, sage, monstera leaves, ivy, rosemary, cordyline and eucalyptus.

Blue Spruce, Cedar, Magnolia, Pine, Redwood and Juniper are other fragrant choices.

The stunning simplicity of an all green bouquet can be an unexpected and glamorous choice for brides:

Lush fern fronds can soften the look of an all green bouquet, while succulents added to the mix bring in a boho vibe. We love the wild and free feeling of the most unstructured green bouquets that look as if you simply pulled some things out of your yard. They certainly provide a, “Now, why didn’t I think of that when I got married?” moment! (Using a armload of green can certainly save you a bundle of cash, without sacrificing beauty or style!)

A few floral elements can be incorporated into a mostly green bouquet, too. This way, the flowers you chose to include, will definitely pop!

If you decide to go with a permanent bouquet option, Friend of Faux has a great DIY pictorial tutorial below, totally composed of fake stems which look gorgeously real in our opinion:

Another trend we love for ceremonies is the use of a GIANT wreath. These super-sized cuties make a breathtaking and picture-perfect backdrop. (Check out our last blog post, here, on how to make your own giant wreath using a hula hoop and dollar store items.)

Even small greenery wreaths pack a big decorating punch, especially when grouped together. You whip these up yourself in no time at all! And, we love the idea that these wedding decor items could easily find a spot in you and your fiancee’s home after the big day! Imagine how sweet and sentimental it would feel seeing one of your wedding wreaths as you enter your front door every day!

If you feel like making your own gorgeous wreath, we found an awesome, simple boxwood DIY Tutorial from myfabulesslife.com here!

Vibrant swaths of greenery, artfully draped on a frame make amazing arches to say your “i do’s” under.

A totally natural, creeping vine on a brick wall works as well for a photo backdrop for the bride and groom as does a carefully arranged trellis.

Greenery adds a delightful finishing touch to a two tiered, white wedding cake. And who can resist a generous path of green down the center of the reception tables?

 

We will leave you with some wise and wonderful words about the color green from Kermit the Frog:

It’s not that easy being green
Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
When I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow, or gold
Or something much more colorful like that
It’s not easy being green
It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
And people tend to pass you over
‘Cause you’re not standing out
Like flashy sparkles in the water
Or stars in the sky
But green’s the color of spring
And green can be cool and friendly-like
And green can be big like a mountain
Or important like a river
Or tall like a tree
When green is all there is to be
It could make you wonder why
But why wonder why wonder
I am green, and it’ll do fine
It’s beautiful, and I think it’s what I want to be

 

 

DIY: Giant Fall Wreath from Dollar Store Supplies #EasyFallDecor #HulaHoopWreath #FallDisplay

September has rolled around and there is a delightful hint of crispness in the air. Fall decor is crowding the shelves at our fave stores like Target, Michael’s, AC Moore, Hobby Lobby and Dollar Tree. Starbucks has Pumpkin Spice Latte on the menu, football is on, the leaves are turning and we are already planning our fall capsule wardrobe. Needless to say, we’ve got major feels for fall right now.

Our bridal store window needs to reflect our love for this season, so we decided to make a giant fall wreath. And by giant, we mean HULA HOOP size. In fact, we made the wreath using a hula hoop!

Always budget conscious, we decided to make a wreath with major autumnal impact using ONLY Dollar store items. We invite you to make this easy, inexpensive project for your home or store window, or even for your fall wedding! We can’t imagine the cost if you tried to buy a 3 foot diameter wreath out in the world, but we’re sure it would cost a pretty penny! Our wreath costs just about $25!

The first step is a quick shopping excursion to your local Dollar store to compile your supplies. (We purchased our items at Dollar Tree.)

Fill your buggy with leaf garlands, loose leaves, tiny pumpkins, fall floral picks, bags of moss, floral wire and a hula hoop. We purchased 10 maple leaf garlands, 2 bags of Spanish Moss, 2 bags of Reindeer Moss, 1 small glitter pumpkin (we wanted more of these cuties, but they only had one), 1 mini gourd, 4 bags of leaves, a hula hoop and 4 fall floral picks.

Tools we had on hand included a glue gun, glue, fishing wire and scissors. These items can also be found at most Dollar stores as well.

Set up a project table, lay out your lovely fall items and plug in your glue gun. Start by applying glue to small sections of the hula hoop and then wrap the moss around. It makes a giant mess, so make sure you have a broom, dust pan and vacuum ready for clean up!

Keep working your way around the hula hoop, gluing on more and more moss until it is completely covered. Really squish the moss around the hoop, don’t be shy.

The moss will shed quite a bit, but keep at it, it ends up amazing. Once you have a nice base layer of moss around your hula hoop it is time to start adding your maple leaf garlands. Use floral wire to attach the garland to the wreath and wrap it around and around. Repeat the process with additional garlands.

The wreath starts looking pretty darn awesome at this point. Attach your fall embellishments to a section at the top of your wreath. We started with the pumpkin and gourd, and then filled in with lots of extra leaves and parts cut from the floral picks. Bottom right photo shows the completed top portion.

We installed our fab fall wreath in our front window. We used fishing wire to hang the wreath from the ceiling. It kept twisting and turning, so we simply added fishing wire the the bottom of the wreath and taped it to the floor. Our vision for the window was completed with more leaf garlands hung from the ceiling and scattered loose leaves. 

We couldn’t resist the addition of a few adorable pumpkins purchased from Ross.

Happy Fall Ya’ll! Please comment below if you would like to see more of our DIY Decor Projects.

 

The project took about two hours to complete, including installation, (and clean-up) so it is pretty quick.

TREND ALERT: Waffle Pops, a fun festival food! Perfect for Weddings #wafflepops #funfood

We are love with a new food trend we’ve been seeing popping up ALL over Instagram and Pinterest, the WAFFLE POP! This confection is a delightful combo of freshly made waffles topped, drizzled and sprinkled with all kinds of sweet shenanigans perched atop a popsicle stick or skewer. It’s portable, festive, fully customizable and perfect for a wedding reception treat. And, best of all, no sticky fingers!

Sweet Combforts (aka Home of the Waffle Pop) in Irvine, CA is credited with inventing this fabulous festival food! We just adore the fact that the co-owners both used to work at Waffle House. They SERIOUSLY upped their waffle game for sure with their riff on crispy, soft Belgian Waffles topped with sooooooo much goodness. With a debut at Coachella, Sweet Combforts has made legions of obsessed fans with these indulgent street food treats. Each and every one is dipped in cookie butter, dusted with powdered sugar and/or cocoa powder, and adorned with awesome toppings. #numnumnum

Move politely to the side Cake Pops, cuz the Waffle Pop is takin’ over! With more flat square footage of topping access, the waffle pop also affords nice indented valleys to fill with decadence. And, I’ve never seen a Cake Pop in a Crazy-Amazing Shake. #BuhByeCakePop

We like that you can fashion your waffle pops out of different shapes as well. Bitty triangles, classic circles, or even sweet, small heart-shaped waffles would work so very well at your dessert station. #Options

Heck, a quick Google search even revealed a Texas Shaped Waffle Iron.

 

And you can top them with literally ANYTHING from nuts, dried fruit, crushed candies, cereal, marshmallows, sprinkles to coconut shreds. While the waffles are super delish as is (mainly due to the fact that they are made with pearl sugar, which, according to Geoff Manila, the co-founder of Sweet Combforts, is like “regular sugar on steroids”), it is what SURROUNDS them that has everyone obsessed!

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Watch two adorable Vloggers, Kelsey and Annie, taste test their first Waffle Pops:

Here’s a look at Sweet Combforts Menu Board. What sounds good to you? A Strawberry Babe featuring Cream Cheese Frosting, Graham Crackers, Strawberries and Cream Cheese Drizzle? Perhaps you prefer to dream of cookies, specifically Oreo Cookie Butter, Oreos, and White Choco Drizzle? We will be having the Churro Crunch, consisting of Cinnamon Sugar, Cinnamon Toast Crunch plus Cream Cheese Drizzle. #OneofEachPlease

Show your family and friends a good time with a party on a stick in the form of Waffle Pops. Sweet, portable, memorable and fun…What a wonderful option for your guests on your wedding day. I can just imagine good ole’ Uncle Bob reminiscing to Aunt Laura about the reception now, “Honey, weren’t those waffle thingies on a stick good?” #Memories

BONUS CLIP: Business Insider has a great video detailing how Sweet Combforts makes their invention:

http://www.businessinsider.com/these-waffle-pops-and-coated-in-cereal-2017-6

 

 

BRIDAL STYLE: The Best Wedding Hair Accessories #BridalHeadpieces #Veils #Tiaras

You’ve worked hard planning your perfect wedding, making sure the venue, the invites, the guest list, the food, the ceremony and your dress are exactly what you want. Since you’ve been happily engaged in the bride-to-be game, checking things off your list, you’ll want to keep on track!

The greatest way to keep your head game strong? Finalize your wedding look with the BEST bridal hair accessories. Luckily for you, there are as many types of hair embellishments as there are dresses, and they cover every conceivable style!  Choose from various Veils, Headbands, Hair Vines, Crowns, Combs, Clips, Halos, Flowers, Garlands and Ties. Your choice can enhance your wedding style and make you look even more gorgeous!

Headbands & Ties

Headbands and ties deliver major style impact, plus they offer simplicity and ease (no bobby pins required). Pictured above is an enchanting, hand-crafted beaded organza tie that can be worn at the waist or around your pretty head. We think it looks a little bit country and a little bit rock-n-roll!

Below, is a lovely lace headband by Mariell, vintage-inspired and delicately composed of scalloped-edged lace and oh-so chic french netting. A super comfortable and uber-romantic look for any wedding day ensemble. We see this piece working beautifully for a bridal shower or rehearsal look too!

Bridal Designer Mariell also makes this sweet gold headband featuring a row of delicate leaves and one of Genuine Preciosa crystals, hand-wired to a slender headband for a botanical statement headpiece. This is fresh and modern and well-suited to outdoor weddings.

Hair Vines, Halos & Crowns

If you want to blur the line between boho chic and modern sensibilities, we suggest you complete your look with a Halo, Garland or Hair Vine. Any of these versatile bridal hair options can be worn wrapped around the top of your head like a crown, loosely woven through a braid, or even tucked around a polished up do for a romantic, relaxed vibe.

It is easy to see why this breathtaking hair vine by Mariell is one of their very best-sellers. An ethereal combination of Rose Gold, sprays of crystal tear drops AND rhinestones, this stunner guarantees a bridal statement fit for the runway and is sure to glam up any wedding hairstyle.

We love this DITA Floral Halo, handcrafted by Australian designer Tania Maras, available here. Inspired by the beauty of wild roses, the Dita boho floral bridal halo features delicate clay flowers set among gold leaves. A luxurious and stylish statement piece that exudes the beauty of nature in all its crowning glory:

DITA Floral Bridal Halo 4

For a daring, dramatic bridal that exudes a regal look we suggest a bridal crown, like this one, from Justin Alexander:

Combs, Clips & Pins

Other easy-breezy hair accessory options for brides include combs, clips and pins. Available in every conceivable style from glitzy to casual; these guys are a simple addition to any wedding hair style. A new trend we love? Combs designed to sit around the back of the head to fancy up your ‘do, like this striking, fresh-water pearl adornment, available on etsy, from Joanna Reed Bridal:

Add a rhinestone encrusted comb for a glamorous look, or clip on a flirty feather for your reception. Clip on a flower for a garden wedding.

Check out apocketofposies on etsy, for some adorable, nature-inspired bridal bobby pins, like these for $28, which are an enchanting pair of leaf branches with a beautiful verdigris green patina. Perfect for a woodland wedding!

Veils

Veils add the most-perfect finishing touch EVER for a bride, in our opinion. Veils add such romance, and tradition, and emotion to a look. I mean, how many chances in life will you have to wear a veil?!! And, wedding photos with veils are so stunning. See below:

A cathedral veil on a beautiful bride is just the be-all end-all of wedding day looks.

For the largest selection of the best wedding hair accessories, please visit us at The Gilded Gown. Give us a call at 865-329-4905 to schedule an appointment to try on options you will love.

 

The Gilded Gown Hosts National Bridal Sale Day Event July 15th at Knoxville Center Mall

YOUR DAY. YOUR WAY. YOUR DREAM DRESS FOR LESS.

GET IT ALL ON JULY 15th, NATIONAL BRIDAL SALE DAY

All of us at The Gilded Gown are absolutely thrilled to be participating in the second annual NATIONAL BRIDAL SALE DAY!

 

NATIONAL NatinalBridalSale_fitbox_640x900BRIDAL SALE DAY or “BRIDAL SATURDAY” will take place across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Guam on July 15, 2016. More than 700 locally-owned independent bridal retailers (SHOP LOCAL! YAY!) will participate in this awesome event, each offering brides designer bridal gowns at tremendous savings. This event is intended to become a yearly tradition, much like Black Friday, according to the event’s creator Sue Maslowski, owner of Jay West Bridal in Haddonfield, NJ.

Sue explains, “Every store is unique as far as merchandise selection and price, however the benefits to brides are universal. The brides get designer dresses at great prices; the benefits of buying from a reputable salon; and the ability to touch, see and feel what they are purchasing with no surprises. Brides can also take home their dream dress that day, no waiting or delays!”

At The Gilded Gown, we will be offering amazing deals on all wedding dresses and accessories (stay tuned!) plus we will be participating in a Bridal Faire which will include a Fashion Show, Wedding Workshops, and lots of other local wedding vendors including Regal Tuxedo, Heartland Meadows, Knox Vegas DJ’s, Melissa Timms Designs, Megan Kabela Harpist, Claire Queisser Runway Events, , Simplicity Events,  and Knoxville Center Mall.

The ground-breaking sale will be held all day at the store, and the Bridal Faire will be from 1 pm – 5 pm in front of the Gilded Gown at Knoxville Center Mall. We encourage all brides to attend! If you would like to shop in store, please come see us. We are not taking appointments, but operating on an “all are welcome,” first come, first served, basis. We have a feeling that day will be crazy, but in the best possible way.

Special giveaways, Swag Bags, Treats, and MORE!!!! Don’t miss this brides!!!!!

Tons of reputable wedding organizations are on board to support this event, including: Association of Wedding Gown Specialists, Bridal Guide, BrideClick, International Bridal Manufacturers Association (IBMA), My Wedding, The Knot,Vows Magazine and Wedding Wire.

There is even a perk you can click on right now from The Association of Wedding Gown Specialists. They are providing brides with a $25 gift certificate good towards gown cleaning and preservation.

A list of participating retailers, including THE GILDED GOWN, and which is growing by the minute, can be found atwww.nationalbridalsaleday.com

National Bridal Sale Event Facebook

National Bridal Sale Event Instagram

National Bridal Sale Event Website

Local Vendors:

Regal Tuxedo

3001 Knoxville Center Dr.

Knoxville, TN  37924

(865)544-1515

*2nd Location at Windsor Square Shopping Center

Phone: 865-531-9998

RegalTuxedo.com
Email: regaltux@gmail.com

Regal Tux Collage

Megan Kabela, Harpist

 Megan Kabela, Harpist

(803)335-8537

megan.kabela@gmail.com

http://megankabelaharpist.com

Heartland Meadows

5428 Salem Church Rd

Knoxville, TN  37938

(865)437-9188

HeartlandMeadows.com

Heartland Meadows

Knox Vegas DJ’s

5428 Salem Church Rd

Knoxville, TN  37938

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REAL WEDDING: Rustic Boho Ceremony in East Tennessee #GildedGownBride #TennesseeWedding

We are so, so proud of all of our Gilded Gown Brides. And we just BEAM with happiness when one of our own has their special day recognized NATIONALLY! Beautiful bride Tarah’s Rustic Boho Ceremony was recently featured at BridalPulse.com. Woo-hoo! Congrats Tarah! You so deserve the recognition!!!

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We first met Tarah on the day she found her beautiful dream wedding dress with us. We loved learning more about her and her wedding plans. An avid DIYer and Pinterest Board Aficionado, Tarah shared some of her wedding ideas with us, like her desire to make dream-catchers from vintage lace. And her plan to have a rustic arbor adorned with hand-made ribbon garlands. It is so rewarding to see how lovely her projects turned out for her wedding. Tarah worked hard to make the wedding of her dreams and it is easy to see the love in every DIY! #SheMadeItHappen

Tarah complimented her boho theme with a gorgeous floral crown which incorporated her love of purple! Shanna Tate beautifully styled her hair, and her makeup was photo-ready thanks to Ren Allen! #BeautyTeamsRule

Tarah wanted a relaxed, bohemian atmosphere with a rustic feel. She found the perfect setting for her day at The Millstone, a wedding venue nestled in the picturesque countryside of Limestone, TN. The grounds are filled with natural landscaping, plus the restored antique mill provided a unique ambiance for a truly special day. Her walk down the aisle, under a canopy of trees, was stunning! Her happy hubs-to-be, Shane, watched with adoration. (FYI: Tarah and Shane were introduced by Shane’s Mother!) #ThanksMIL

Tarah and Shane make an adorable couple. Their happiness just shines!!! #TrueLoveIsBeautiful

We LOVE the “love” marquee letters that greet their friends and family members. We also LOVE that the lush greenery and florals by Food City prove that you can get awesome wedding day flowers at a GROCERY STORE! And that sign! Sigh! “Once in awhile, right in the middle of an ordinary life, LOVE, gives us a fairy tale!” #YesWeBelieveInFairyTales

After the touching ceremony, it was time to CELEBRATE. We are very fond of desert tables, and Tarah and Shane’s did not disappoint with tons of cupcakes, pies and cakes. Check out the killer wood slice cake stands! #morecupcakes

One sure-fire way to tell that you are at a GREAT wedding? Personalized wine! Shane and Tarah’s faces are on every bottle! Cupcakes, wine AND dancing? This is a win! #GuestsGotLucky

No matter how much work goes into planning a wedding, it wouldn’t be perfect unless it had the most important ingredient. Love. Love was very evident at Tarah and Shane’s Wedding. Love between the couple was proclaimed in every secret glance, look and smile. #HerEyesWereShining

Congrats to this sweet couple on their amazing, well-planned wedding day! We feel sure they will have a very happy ever after!

The Wedding Pros:

Photo: SoHo Photography | Flowers: Food City | Cake: Donna Hammet Barret | Catering: Food City | Venue: The Millstone | Dress Salon: The Gilded Gown | Hair: Shanna Tate | Makeup: Ren Allen | Music: Sam Kolleh