Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Bridesmaid Duties - More Than Just Wearing A Fantastic Dress!

The wedding day is all about the bride marrying her groom and living happily ever after, but there is a very important "supporting cast" that helps to make the wedding dream a reality. Agreeing to be a bridesmaid means that you get to stand up front at the ceremony wearing a beautiful bridesmaid dress while the couple says their I do's. It also means that a few things will be expected of you to make the big day a success. Brides of America has put together a some of these maid of honor and bridesmaid duties for you in today's blog. 


Brides ask their most special friends and family members to be a part of their bridal party, so if you have been asked to be a bridesmaid, take it on as the important job that it is. If you have been asked to be the maid or matron of honor, then you get to be the group leader, kind of a second-in-command to the bride. 

Work as a team
A lot of brides try to do everything themselves, but as a bridesmaid, think of yourself as a part of "Team Wedding." Make a united front and be there for whatever the bride may need. This could involve making phone calls to vendors, letting her vent when the stress gets to be too much, or simply reminding the bride that this is a fun and happy occasion and she shouldn't sweat the small stuff. You are there for emotional support, and when time allows, a little bit of errand-running too. Work as a team to help the bride achieve the wedding she is dreaming of. 

Plan & attend pre-wedding parties
The maid of honor and bridesmaids are generally the ones to plan and execute the bridal shower and bachelorette party. If others throw additional parties, you should try to attend those too, as well as engagement parties, the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, and any other celebrations in honor of the engaged couple. 

Play hostess at the ceremony & reception
Another thing that "Team Wedding" takes care of is making sure that all of the wedding guests feel welcome. The bride and groom will be very busy with photographs and other wedding-related things, so the groomsmen and bridesmaids get to co-host the event. Help guests find their seats, direct them to the gift table, and most importantly, keep the dance floor hopping!  


Expect expenses
Before you say yes to joining the wedding party, make sure that you are comfortable with all of the expenses that may be involved. In addition to buying a bridesmaid dress, you will also need to purchase the shoes and accessories, pay for transportation to the wedding, hotel stays if you are coming from out of town, and wedding and shower gifts, to name a few possibilities.  

Be honest about the bridesmaid dresses
The bride will get the final say about what you will wear for the wedding, but your input is important. Never be rude or pushy about your feelings, but offer insight about the look and feel of the bridesmaid gowns that you try on. You are important to the bride, and she won't want you wearing something you absolutely hate, but be constructive with any criticism. 


Our Miami bridal boutique carries the entire line of Morilee bridesmaid dresses, which are not only beautiful, but affordable too. Our prices are very competitive, and the variety of gorgeous styles and colors is simply amazing. We love helping a group of lovely ladies find the perfect gowns for their friend's wedding. "I love to make my bridesmaid customers happy," says owner David Abadi, " because then they will want to come back as one of my bridal customers someday!" 

Best of luck helping your friend pull off a wonderful wedding. Being a bridesmaid involves a little bit of work, but more importantly, it involves having tons of fun with your friends. Brides of America is here to help you find the best bridesmaid dresses in Miami, just like you are there to help the bride be as happy and as stress-free as possible. We would love to be a part of your "Team Wedding!" 




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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Florida is an Amazing Wedding Destination

Florida is home to Brides of America, and we can tell you firsthand that this is a gorgeous place to get married. If you already live in the area, you are well aware of that fact. If you don't live here, then you just may want to consider one of the many different beautiful locations near our Miami wedding dress store for a destination wedding.


The Most Amazing Weddings Happen In Florida!
Although best known for its breathtaking beaches and ocean views, you can find many different types of venues in Florida to hold a spectacular destination wedding. There are architectural wonders that combine classic beauty with modern flair in the form of luxury hotels, country clubs, and many other incredible venues. An added bonus is that a lot of these places are near the ocean and allow you to combine a beach wedding with an indoor reception effortlessly.  

There are multiple fantastic places to get married too. It's not all concentrated in one single area! There are the Miami Beaches, Key West, Naples, and Marco Island to name just a few. And don't forget, if you grew up watching movies about princesses falling in love and getting married to their prince, Disney weddings in Florida are simply magical. Just about any celebration that you dream up can probably be accomplished at "The Happiest Place On Earth!"  


Tips For Hosting A Destination Wedding 
In some ways a destination wedding requires more planning, yet in other ways it can be a lot simpler to handle. Planning a big event in a place far from where you live means you will need to be very organized so that everything and everyone gets there. The easy part is that there are many all-in-one packages for destination weddings in Florida which have a talented wedding vendor take care of everything before you arrive. Just tell them what you want, show up, and get married! Here are some tips to help make the planning successful.

  • Visit the area pre-wedding.
    • If you can find the time to take a trip to the Florida area that you have chosen for your wedding, that will help tremendously. You will have a better idea about how everything will turn out and get a chance to find vendors you know you can trust. 
  • Find a vendor you can trust.
    • This is very important for destination wedding planning, because if you find one vendor that you have confidence in, they will be able to suggest and vouch for any other wedding vendors that you will use. Brides of America works with many wonderful people on a daily basis, and we have a list of the best wedding vendors in South Florida that we are happy to share with our brides.  
  • Send Save-The-Dates.
    • When guests are expected to travel, sending Save-The-Dates before the invitation is a must. This will allow them to make time in their schedule for the trip, and also to make the necessary travel arrangements. These should be mailed out between 6-8 months before the wedding date. Having a wedding website is also extremely helpful for getting important details about the destination to guests.  
  • Keep it simple.
    • The less you have to travel with to the wedding destination, the easier it will be for you. If the planner in the Florida spot you have chosen can have everything you need there for you already, this is always best, because anything left behind will be difficult to retrieve once you are on your way. 
  • Arrive early.  
    • If at all possible, arrive a few days before the wedding ceremony so that you can double-check all of the details that have been arranged. This will give you some time to make changes if something isn't what you expected. You'll also need to get your marriage license from the local county clerk's office if you are coming from outside of Florida.
 


Brides Of America Can Help
When you make your early trip to Florida to take a look at venues and find wedding vendors, our Miami bridal boutique is a great place to add to your list of stops. We can help you to find your dream bridal gown and get it ordered in time for the wedding. If you live close enough to Miami to come in for a fitting, that is great, but if not, you can always take advantage of our online wedding dress store. We offer free standard shipping to all of the United States with the exception of Hawaii, Alaska, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. 


Brides of America also knows many extremely talented wedding vendors in the area, as we mentioned earlier. We have been dealing with weddings in Miami for many years now, and through our own personal experience as well as the testimonials from our brides, we know how you can throw an amazing Florida wedding and the best vendors to help you do it. Consider our gorgeous state as a real possibility to get married in. You will love it here as much as we do! 



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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A New Year, A New Morilee Bridal Trunk Show, & A New Special Promotion!

We love Morilee bridal gowns at our Miami wedding dress store, and we also love featuring them in our fabulous trunk shows. If you are newly engaged and ready to begin searching for a wedding dress of your own, then the timing is perfect because we are hosting another trunk show right now! 




New Trunk Show Dates
January 2-23, 2017 Brides of America is hosting another amazing Morilee Bridal trunk show. Our last one in December was very popular, so you will want to make your appointment to come in and try these wedding dresses on as soon as possible. You can reserve an appointment time online, or simply give us a call at 305-620-6606 and let one of our wonderful consultants put you on the calendar. 

Our South Florida bridal boutique is a "by appointment only" store because that simple fact allows us to give each and every woman the personalized and individual attention that she deserves. There will be no other shoppers interrupting your time in front of the mirror, and our talented consultants will be by your side the entire time to answer any and all questions that you may have.    




New Bridal Bonus
Once you discover your dream wedding dress during the trunk show, you will want to complete the look with beautiful bridal accessories! As an added bonus for joining us during this event, with every dress purchased, Brides of America will also give you $50 off of an any bridal veil and $50 off of any bridal tiara. We carry an exquisite collection of handcrafted bridal accessories that compliment our Morilee wedding dresses exquisitely. 




Same Amazing Morilee
We are extremely proud to be an authorized retailer for all of the breathtakingly beautiful collections of Morilee. The amazingly talented and world-renowned designer, Madeline Gardner, is the driving force behind the gorgeous wedding fashions that they produce. 

Traditional style is combined masterfully with contemporary trends, providing our lovely brides-to-be with incredible looks for their wedding day. Among the bridal gowns at our trunk show, you are sure to find something perfect for your personal style. The difficult part may be narrowing that choice down to just one dress!  


We look forward to seeing lots of blushing brides this month for our Morilee Bridal trunk show, January 2-23. Helping women find the wedding dress they've been dreaming of is one of our very favorite things at Brides of America

Don't forget, if you are not able to make it to our Miami bridal boutique, you can still have one of our amazing Morilee wedding dresses of your own. The website features an online wedding dress store so that women everywhere are able to get their hands on the fabulous wedding day fashions that we offer. Browse our website to see everything available, but if you have the time to take a trip to Miami, we'd love to see that dress on you!  



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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Happy Brides Made 2016 An Amazing Year For Brides Of America

Our wedding dress store in Miami had another amazing year, and as always, that is greatly due to the wonderful brides-to-be that grace our dressing rooms all year long. Helping women find the bridal gown that makes their heart happy is our favorite thing in the world, and all of us at Brides of America strive to make that happen for each and every bride that enters our South Florida bridal boutique. 


The reaction that each woman has to the dress she chooses is a wonderful indicator that we have done our job, but it's the kind reviews that many leave for us on various wedding websites that lets us know for sure. Below, we have shared a few of our most recent reviews. If you have recently become engaged and will soon be looking for a wedding dress and bridesmaids' gowns, know that you can expect a similar experience to the ones below when you come in for your own appointment. 

"I love this store! Out of all the ones I've been too, this one was the most professional, it has an amazing 'Say Yes to the Dress' style, which made the experience more exciting. David, the owner, loves his job and cares about helping the bride-to-be find her perfect gown. He asked me personal questions to help match my personality to a dress and helped me feel comfortable. He showed us many options and wasn't insisting or pushy if I didn't like the option he showed me. The second dress I tried on was my favorite, exactly the style I had been looking for, and he uses clamps and pillows to adjust the sample dress to your body so I could envision how I'll look on your wedding day.
He seems very perfectionist, which I believe is great for any bride who wants her dress altered to the most flattering, perfect fit. He is very kind, well-educated and pleasant to his customers. I can't wait to get my dress from Brides of America!!
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~Yadira, Yarinet Rivera, Google review

"I don't know where to start. This was the first dress shop I visited in the search for my perfect wedding dress. Everyone was welcoming, it was as if I stepped into a family member's home. David took the time to listen, get to know me, and he has a affinity for picking up on your likes/dislikes. I made appointments at other dress boutiques, they did not compare even the higher end dress boutiques that Miracle Mile in Coral Gables boast's about. Three months later I made an appointment at Brides of America again and everyone remembered me down to David's mother, she is beautiful by the way and radiates a motherly peace. Jackie and Sylvana are the absolute best it was as if I was dress shopping with my aunt and cousin. They made me feel beautiful and always gave me their honest opinions. No one forced me to purchase a dress that I didn't want or overextend my budget. At my second visit I found the one. It is a dress that I never thought of wearing but I was open to suggestions. Thank you everyone at Brides of America Miami. Ladies do not walk to this shop. Run!"
~Ruchama, Wedding Wire review

"My sisters and I found the bridesmaid dresses that we wanted for our wedding at Brides of America. So, we trekked across state to check them out and it was certainly worth the trip. The staff there was super welcoming and helpful. We were able to find and order the dresses that we needed. Unfortunately, we did run into a bit of a snafu as there was an error in the recording on measurements for one of the bridesmaids (the dress was too small). However, David and his team worked diligently to make it right in time for the wedding. I couldn't be more appreciative. Thank you!"
~Amber P, the Knot review


"My experience was absolutely AWESOME!! Both Sylvana and Jackie were great and very friendly and helpful. The owner David is very nice and makes you feel welcomed the minute you walk into the store. They helped me choose a very beautiful dress, and the thing I love about them the most, they gave me their honest opinion, and you can't get that everywhere. Was my first & last store!!Thank you guys!!!"
~Lise Joseph, Google review

"Wow, I don’t know where to start. 3+ years I walked into David’s shop at a different location. He helped my mother & I design the gown of my dreams. Other stores told us I couldn’t have what I was looking for, like an extra-long cathedral train, veil long than the train, etc., but all David kept saying was “Not a problem”. Unfortunately, I called the wedding off. Yet, David held onto my dress. He even tried staying in contact with me, but because I’m in the military keeping up with me is next to impossible. My sister is now getting married & I wanted her to find the wedding dress of her dreams. An appointment with David is not just about finding a perfect dress. The moment you walk into his doors you receive warmth, love, family, & laughter; combinations that put the icing on a memorable journey into a new life. Of course, when I walked in he didn’t know who I was, but as soon as he heard my name, he remembered everything about each appointment I ever had in the past, down to every detail of my dress. Normal shops would have tried reselling the same dress, but he instead donated the dress to someone that dreamed of a Cinderella dress like mine (Make a Wish Foundation or someone similar). Words could never explain my feeling, my eyes instantly filled with tears; he made me apart of something wonderful just by being the ANGEL that he is. My sister found a wonderful dress. He pulled out 5 dresses. He then pulled out another dress & said, “I want you to try this one on for me. Please try it on first” & that’s where the shopping stopped. The dress was GORGEOUS on her. She is going to be to most beautiful bride ever in Jamaica & it is all because of David. I LOVE YOU DAVID!!!"
~Nicole, Wedding Wire review

"GREAT EXPERIENCE! THEY HELP ME FIND THE DRESS OF MY DREAMS! This was about the 4th or 5th bridal gown store I visited & by far the best and last one! I happily purchased my wedding dress by the end of my appointment. David is amazing & great at what he does! After sitting down with me and getting to know me better he chose all the right styles off the rack. David makes sure not only that you leave with a beautiful gown that suits your style and body but he also has the best prices! The customer service here is exceptional. David is honest, friendly and funny and he makes the bridal gown process enjoyable and stress free. I highly recommend any bride looking for a bridal gown to make an appointment with Brides of America."
~Isarys S, the Knot review


This is just a small sampling of the numerous reviews that the lovely ladies we have helped over the past year have left for Brides of America. We want to wish each and every one of them a wonderful new year, full of health, prosperity, and love. You have all helped to make our jobs a wonderful part of our lives, barely feeling like work at all! 

If you will be getting married in the near future and will soon be searching for your own dream wedding dress, make an appointment at our South Florida bridal boutique. We promise to listen to your wedding dress wishes and help you to find the gown that matches that vision as closely as possible. Each and every woman that walks through our doors is very special to us, and your happiness is our goal. 

If you aren't in the Miami area, that's not a problem at all. You can order our gorgeous wedding dresses online through our website, and still expect the same excellent customer service. Best wishes to all of you in the coming new year. 


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Blog author:  Deanna Powell - WhereBridesGo.com


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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Breathtaking Beauty of Maritza's Bridal Veils

Brides of America is ready to help you find your dream wedding dress. Right after we do that, we'll set straight into finding you the best bridal veils in Miami, along with the most amazing headpieces and other bridal accessories that will make your wedding dress reflect the bride you want to be.



We are especially proud to be able to offer all of our beautiful brides the magnificent, handmade veils from Maritza's Bridal Veils. Maritza Deoleo has over 42 years of experience in the bridal industry. She began at the age of 17 in New York City. 

Within a few years she was promoted, taking over as director of the headpiece department. Over time she has honed her skills, gaining the knowledge and experience needed to produce the high-quality veils every bride deserves. 



Only the finest materials are used to create these masterpieces, and bride's are given the extra touch of custom changes to many of the available veils. This is an excellent way to get a uniquely different style all your own. The elevated personal service that Maritza's Bridal Veils offers is a big reason that our Miami bridal boutique carries this amazing collection. That, combined with the gorgeous wedding accessories that they produce! 

Brides of America, Maritza's Bridal Veils, Miami
"I have known Maritza and her daughters for over 30 years now, and they are not only our supplier, they are very good friends of mine and my family," says Brides of America owner David Abadi.

Maritza and her daughter Jackie are both amazing and very talented designers. The craftsmanship and attention to detail is evident on every piece that they produce. Intricate components are combined for an elegantly sophisticated look, using materials like Swarovski crystals, rhinestones, and fresh water pearls. 

They also make fantastic headpieces, bridal belts, and jewelry. Many accessories come in both silver and rhodium, and some are available in gold. This is a wonderful company that believes that "Brides should stand out... from "head" to toe!" 




Our wedding dress store in Miami couldn't agree more! We are here to help you through the entire process of your wedding day fashion, beginning with the bridal gown and moving on to all of the stunning accessories that will make the look of the dress truly yours. Brides of America, Maritza's Bridal Veils, and all of the other exquisite companies that we work with are here to make sure that your wedding day look is the one that you've been dreaming of. 




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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Big Fashion For The Smallest Bridal Party Member - Your Flower Girl

Brides of America knows that finding the perfect dress to wear on your very special day can be a dream come true. Once you've accomplished that and picked out some amazing bridesmaid gowns, you can start looking at adorable little dresses to put your flower girl in. You will find many beautiful choices at our Miami bridal boutique from the incredible Joan Calabrese, and in today's blog, we've put together a few tips and ideas for the littlest beauty at your wedding. 


Choosing Your Flower Girl
Traditionally, the young lady gently dropping flower petals to adorn the bride's walk down the aisle is under the age of 10. Of course, when it comes to your wedding, that's completely up to you. There is no set rule saying older girls cannot be a flower girl, and we've even seen some sweet photos online from a couple that used their grandmother's in this role. 

As far as the number of flower girls, one is sufficiently adorable enough to please the crowd and get the job done. Two young ladies allow them to help each other down the aisle, making it a little less scary. If you want to have an entire parade of flower girls announcing your entrance, well, that could be pretty impressive. Definitely something your guests will remember!


Getting Her Ready For Your Big Day
If your flower girl is very young, she may need a little more prep work than an older girl. Walking down that long aisle with lots of strangers staring at you can be intimidating for a child. Get her excited by talking about it often before the wedding, and make sure that she is at the rehearsal for practice. Also, make sure that someone she trusts is at the front of the ceremony to coax her down the aisle, and another trusted person is at the back of the aisle to get the walk started. Never expect a young child to stand through the entire ceremony. They could get bored, and it's very likely that they will distract your guests from the important part - your vows.   


Picking The Perfect Dress
When it comes time to dress shop, we suggest having a style in mind that will work well with your overall wedding plans, but listen to your flower girl's opinions too. Find a few dresses that you love, then bring her in to pick her favorite from those. Your flower girl will be much more cooperative if she gets to make some of her own decisions. Brides of America will help to make sure that this particular shopping trip is a very special experience for her. 


The Fashions of Joan Calabrese
You will find the best flower girl dresses in Miami within our walls, and that is due to the fact that we carry the amazing collections of Joan Calabrese. Joan grew up in Philadelphia, born into a family of Italian artisans. Her love of fashion blossomed at an early age. She began sewing clothing for her dolls from the fabric scraps that she collected. Eventually earning a full scholarship to the Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, she chose to turn it down and stay home with her family instead. That did not stop her from pursuing her passion though. Having two young daughters of her own, Joan decided to create fabulous clothing for children. 

Her now successful business began in 1975 with an order for 40 dresses that she crafted in her basement studio. Not long after that, large orders began pouring in. Her clothing has been worn by young members of the British Royal Family, daughters of many Heads of State, and numerous celebrity children. The Metropolitan Museum of Art features two of Joan's designs in their Permanent Collection of their Costume Institute, and she has even been installed in the Costume Collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Joan makes it a point to attend fabric shows in Paris twice a year. Her design inspiration comes from European fashion and couture fashion publications. Fine fabrication is extremely important to her, and her dresses are well-known for their exquisite fabric and detail, as well as pristine lines. Every little girl will feel as special and pretty as the bride in one of these adorable and whimsical flower girl dresses.


Finding the perfect flower girl for your wedding is one of the more fun things that you will have to do during your wedding planning. It's Brides of America's pleasure to help you find the perfect flower girl dress for her. Let our Miami bridal boutique put you in the most amazing wedding dress, then we'll get to work on all of the rest of the wedding day fashions too. 

The gown of your dreams awaits you.
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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Our Morilee Bridal Fall Trunk Show - Extended To 12/19/16!

We had such an amazing time with our recent Morilee Bridal Fall Trunk Show at Brides of America, and so very many brides wanted to try on these incredible wedding dresses, that we have decided that we aren't ready to stop! Originally, our Miami bridal boutique was going to end this special event on December 5, but that simply wasn't long enough. 





If you were not able to make an appointment before, you now have another chance. From now until Monday, December 19, 2016, every bride that shops at our store will have access to all of our exquisite Morilee wedding dresses featured today, plus many more. 

Pictures speak much louder than words, so today's blog will once again show off an impressive sampling of the amazing styles that you will experience at our extended trunk show event. The dresses aren't the only benefit of making an appointment at this time. If you purchase your dream wedding dress during the trunk show, Brides of America has an added bonus just for you! 













Our wedding dress shop in Miami is accessible by appointment only. We choose to do this so that we are able to give each and every woman that comes through the doors our undivided attention. No one will be wandering in and out of the store to interrupt your appointment. While you are here, we are solely devoted to you. 

As you can see from the fashionable wedding dresses featured in this blog, there are many amazing things in store for you when you shop our Morilee Bridal Fall Trunk Show. You can request an appointment online, but it's even quicker to simply give us a call at 305-620-6606 and let us get your name and desired time on our calendar. A trip to Brides of America is exactly what you need to make all of your wedding day fashion dreams come true. 




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