Trunk shows in Richmond

As I advise my clients, your wedding dress is one of the first things to tackle on the very long list of to-do’s before the I Do.  Depending on the type of dress you are looking for, whether you want a designer label and where you are purchasing the dress, the dress can take months to get made, shipped to the salon and fitted.

But if you are anything like me, wedding dress shopping is something to look forward to.  For many brides it is about the experience of feeling like a bride.  There is something inexplicable about putting that white gown on that makes you feel different.  Not every dress will make you feel that way though.  During my personal shopping experience I went to the first salon and had fun trying things on but never really felt different or like a “bride”.  The dresses were pretty but the emotional connection to the big day was not there yet.  The following day was trip 2 to another bridal salon.  My mother in law and my bridesmaids went with me and this experience felt more like, well, an experience.  Everyone helped pull dresses for me to try on, the consultant listened to what I wanted, and ultimately {after a fit of happy tears and embarassingly enough- much screaming} I found the dress that made me feel like a bride!

Bridal gowns can come at any price point.  {A dress costing $1000 is considered fiscally conservative}.  This is the most important dress you will purchase but…. you will probably never ever wear it again.

Being clever about buying the dress of your dreams and not breaking the bank is an art.  Wait too long for a dress you find to go on sale and you could possibly not have it in time for the wedding.  Buy it too far in advance and you risk finding it at a reduced price elsewhere.  If you are trying to find the dress of your dreams but not go overboard, a Trunk Show is a great place to start.  Not all trunk shows will have dresses on sale, but a lot of them will give you the option of purchasing one of the sample dresses if it is a style they have carried for a while.

Trunk shows are hosted by a bridal salon, usually at their store.  Most salons feature only specific designers and their collections at their stores.  In order to guage the interest in a new designer they are thinkig of bringing in or to sell off stock of dresses to make room for more, they will throw these trunk shows.  At the trunk show you are able to speak to a gown representative or even the designer directly to ask about sizing and design alternatives.

For you Richmonders out there, here is a list of upcoming Trunk Shows in the area:

March 31st- April 3rd: Liza Byrd Boutique at the Bizzarre Baazaar at the Richmond Raceway Complex, Richmond, VA

April 1-3:  Ella Rosa “Signature Plus” Big Bliss Trunk Show at Bridal Elegance 11521 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23233 (804) 747.5070

April 9th-10th Laveanne Jewelry Collection at MiLA Bridal.  9200 Stony Point Parkway. Richmond, VA 23235. (804) 330.3118

April 28th-3oth: Liza Byrd Boutique at St. Catherines School, Richmond, VA

April 29th- May 1st: Jade: THe best of Couture and Collection at Tiffany’s Bridal 1517-D N. Parham Road, Henrico, VA 23229.  (804) 273.6303

May 26th- June 7th: Mon Cheri, James Clifford Collection at Jingles.  11739 W. Broad Street Richmond, VA 23233 (804) 364.4009

June 8th: Dana Giardina Designs at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA {Jewelry only}

June 18th & 19th: Modern Bride Mini Debut at MiLA Bridal. 9200 Stony Point Parkway Richmond, VA 23235 (804) 330.3118

Most trunk shows require an appointment so make sure to take advantage of these events as they happen!  Happy shopping!