When Kristen of Something New For I Do mentioned a fabulous bridal boutique she was working with I couldn’t resist hearing more about it. After all, we’re well overdue for another installment of the oh-so-loved ‘inside the boutique’ series!’
With a second location just opened in Macon, Georgia, Carrie of Carrie’s Bridal Collection now runs two boutiques, the first of which you see here today and is located in Atlanta. Take a read through her thoughtful and informative interview below – her 3rd tip for brides shopping for their wedding dresses right now is a must in my opinion!
Why did you style and design the interior of your boutique the way you did?
I rented a space before I bought our current building in the Atlanta area. The previous space was a much more rustic vintage building, with black and white tiles and really old exposed brick. It was a look that became nostalgic and I wanted to keep the feel of that store in our new store.
I also didn’t want the new store to have the stereotypical or traditional bridal store feel. Instead, I wanted it to be cute and vintage looking, while still offering a boutique feel. I tried to shop local for everything! The chandeliers are all vintage Tole, bought at local Chamblee antique stores.
What are your top 3 tips for brides shopping for their wedding dresses right now?
1. Have an open mind when trying on! Over 90% of our brides buy something different from what they bring in pictures of. What you see on Pinterest may not look good on you (sad, but it can be true), and the price might be outrageous.
Plus, Pinterest doesn’t have pricing, so people are always surprised at the cost of those gowns. So do a little research before hand or consult your wedding planner for guidance on how much you can afford to spend on a wedding dress based on your budget.
2. Sleeves are super popular right now! But, most stores don’t have a huge selection of dresses with sleeves. So know that sleeves can be added at the time of alterations! Actually, SO much can be done at alterations (lace appliqués, different necklines, adding or removing fabric for a fuller or more sleek look, etc). Many stores don’t take the time to explain what can be added or done at alterations, so do your research or simply ask.
3. Buy for the size you are now. Don’t buy a smaller size in hopes of losing weight. You can always take a dress in, but having to let it out is harder just in case you fall a little short of your goals.
Extra tip: Don’t buy online! Cheap websites send cheap products, if they send them at all.
What styles of gowns do you see as being popular with brides in your area right now?
Lace sleeves, no rouching, satin, and ball gowns!
How did you come to find yourself in the wedding industry?
That’s a long story, but I’ll give you the shorter version! I started off as a rep for several bridal lines, and was even the National Sales Manager for one bridal company for many years. I was in and out of a lot of stores and managed a store for a while.
I saw a problem (the demand for more affordable dress in Atlanta) and wanted to provide a solution! With a true desire and passion to serve brides on one of the most important days of their life, I opened Carrie’s Bridal Collection. Just 5 years later and we have opened our second location in Macon, Georgia!
See more from the ‘inside the boutique’ series here.