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Introducing TWD at Home: Sample sale shopping reimagined

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We are thrilled to introduce our latest sample sale venture, TWD at Home! Are you interested in becoming a #thewhitedressbytheshorebride, but live too far from us to experience our boutique? Are you a bride whose wedding is too soon to order a gown? Or, are you a busy woman who can’t coordinate your schedule with ours? Either way, TWD at Home is a perfect option for you.

 

Sample Sale Shopping, Reimagined.

No crowds. No Pressure. No obligation.  

 

 

1. View our TWD Sample Inventory (please note, these are store samples and are intended for immediate sale.)

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2. Select up to 3 dresses to be shipped to you & complete our TWD at Home Policy Form.

Pay $25 for 1 gown, $50 for 2, or $60 for 3 (enter code ‘ship3′ at checkout.)

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3. Sign for your package

twd at home sample sale

4. Gather friends & family for an at home try on party

twd at home sample sale

5. Choose your fave

twd at home sample sale

6. Pop the bubbly & ring us at 860.669.4596 to pay for your purchase!

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7. Send the other gowns back to us using the enclosed prepaid label.

8. Snap a pic with the enclosed YES sign and tag @thewhitedress !  

 

                                 

Happy Shopping!

xoxo, TWD


SAMPLE SALE: Tips & Guidelines

 

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We are excited to announce The National Bridal Sale Event:

 Saturday , July 15 by appointment 

 

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Sale gowns will be priced between $500- $2000 and designers include:  Anne Barge, Hayley Paige, Augusta Jones, Amy Kuschel, Legends Romona Keveza, Theia & Jenny Yoo.   Little White Dresses, mother of the bride dresses, cocktail dresses, shoes (Kate Spade!) and accessories will also be available at the sale.

We will be adding gowns to our Sample Sale collection as we approach the event.  These gowns will not be listed on our Sample Sale page.  Watch our instagram story for sneak peeks! 

It is important to note that the sale on Saturday is by appointment only. This means that you will have a dedicated associate assigned to you who is familiar with our inventory.  They will assist you in finding the perfect gown for your wedding.  You will also be permitted to try on full-price gowns on these days if your budget allows.

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Click here to request an appointment. 

xoxo, TWD


2018 Bridal Trends: New York fashion week recap

The trends that were revealed during New York bridal fashion week were all about classic, feminine details.  For 2018 bridal, it is on trend to be classic…and I could not be happier!  Following are some of the most predominant trends to grace the runways. 

Lady-like feminine details

There were sweet, feminine details in almost every line.  Lace, appliqués, swiss dot, and soft tulle were constants on the runway.  It is hip to be sweet for Spring 2018

Marchesa | Photo By: Jessica Haley 

Mason Hosker | Photo By: Jessica Haley

Monique L. Huillier | Photo by: Jessica Haley 

Sachin Babi | Photo by: Jessica Haley

Theia | Photo by: Jessica Haley

 

Bows

I am such a sucker for a bow, so I was giddy to see them on many runways.  To me, bows never go out of style!  They were present on the front of gowns, on the back of gowns, on the shoulder, and even in the hair!  

Carolina Herrera

Ines de Santo | Photo By: Jessica Haley 

Peter Langner | Photo by: Jessica Haley

Sachin Babi | Photo By Jessica Haley 

Viktor Rolf | Photo by: Jessica Haley 

Viktor Rolf | Via Beth Chapman

Amsale Nouvelle | Via Beth Chapman

Carolina Herrera | Via Beth Chapman 

Pearls

Pearls, a bridal staple as far as I am concerned, are the detail of the moment.  They were encrusted on gowns and draped in dramatic strands across the models necks and shoulders.  

Monique L. Huillier | Photo by: Jessica Haley 

Naeem Kahn | Photo by: Jessica Haley

Naeem Kahn | Photo by: Jessica Haley

Naeem Kahn | Photo by: Jessica Haley

Reem Acra | Photo by: Jessica Haley

Black Accents

Black accents were featured in many collections, even in those of the most classic designers.  Black adds a touch of drama and certainly can create amazing waist definition. I love the idea of adding a touch of black in an accessory for your evening reception! 

Carolina Herrera

Marchesa | Photo by: Jessica Haley 

Peter Langner | Photo by: Jessica Haley

Feathers

The flirty trend also showed up by way of feathers!  They were featured as accessories, but also incorporated into several gowns.  It was a dramatic touch on the runways and I think is fabulous for an avant garde bride or for a reception look! 

Hayley Paige | Photo by: Jessica Haley

Hayley Paige | Photo by: Jessica Haley

Mira Zwillinger | Photo by: Jessica Haley

Naeem Kahn | Photo by: Jessica Haley 

Off-the shoulder 

The hot neckline of the season is off the shoulder.  We are seeing this in ready wear to wear and it has made its way into bridal as well.  This is a wonderful alternative to strapless, as it still allows you to show your décolletage. 

Marchesa | Photo by: Jessica Haley 

Mira Zwillinger | Photo by: Jessica Haley 

Sachin Babi | Photo by: Jessica Haley

Theia | Photo by: Jessica Haley 

Theia | Photo by: Jessica Haley 

Antonio Gaul | Via Beth Chapman

 

Carolina Herrera | Via Beth Chapman

Anne Barge | Via Beth Chapman 

Pants

One of the most exciting trends was pants!  These were reflected in jumpsuits and adorable pant ensembles.  This is trend provides amazing options for same sex couples as well as for all of the bride’s wedding related events. 

Carolina Herrera

Viktor Rolf | Photo by: Jessica Haley 

Viktor Rolf  | Via Beth Chapman 

Theia | Via Beth Chapman 

 

 

 


May 11 – 13 Spring Bling Event

2017 brides, it is time to accessorize!  We hope you will join us for this Spring Bling Event and save 10% off anything that sparkles!

Click here to request an appointment. 

xoxo, TWD 


May 4 – 6: Sara Gabriel + Angela Nuran accessories event

May 4 – 6: Sara Gabriel + Angela Nuran accessories event

May 4 - 6: Sara Gabriel + Angela Nuran accessories event

Ring us at 860.669.4596 for an appointment, or request one here!

xoxo, TWD


Hoppy Spring!

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Charlie The Bunny and the TWD family wish you and yours a “hoppy” spring and Easter!

Check in with our EVENTS PAGE to see all we have coming up in the boutique this season!

Gown: Hayley Paige | Necklace: Anne Barge 

 

xoxo, TWD


Frequently Asked Questions: Mother of the bride and mother of the groom

As a mother of the bride and mother of the groom, choosing your own ensemble for the wedding can be intimidating. You might find yourself dropping to the very end of your “to do” list.  Luckily, The White Dress by the shore only needs an hour and a half to make you look and feel as beautiful as you deserve. To make the process simple for you, here is what we recommend ~

You’ll schedule an appointment, so that we may give you our undivided attention in the comfort of our private mother of the occasion studio.

You’ll meet one of our highly trained stylists, who will be your personal expert in fit and construction.

You’ll explore multiple collections at varying price points, hand-picked by owner Beth Chapman, so we can accommodate your taste and your budget.

And then, with your figure flattered in a celebration of your personal style…you’ll dazzle.

All of our dresses are made to order, so we’ll need a minimum of five months for proper delivery and alterations.

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Below are some frequently asked questions and responses from one of our mother of the occasion specialists. We hope that this information will help you to navigate through the process.

Do I need to schedule an appointment?  Yes!  The White Dress by the shore is a by appointment only boutique, so that we may provide you with exceptional, personalized service.  Each appointment is 1.5 hours in length, where you will work one on one with a stylist.

What if I just wanted to come in and browse?  As our goal is to provide you with the exceptional, personalized service you deserve, we strongly encourage an appointment.  Although browsing may seem more relaxing to you, it does not allow us to give you our undivided attention…and we wholeheartedly believe you deserve that.  The majority of our collection is customizable.  Simply viewing the collection without an associate will not allow you the opportunity to discover the myriad of style and color options available. 

Are there dresses that will coincide with my budget? It is helpful to come to your appointment with a budget in mind.  This will help your dedicated stylist to guide you to the dresses that are applicable.  Although mother of the occasion dresses range in price (dictated by a number of variables), we certainly have a diverse selection, accommodating various budgets.  Our mother of the occasion collection ranges in price from $500 – $1200.

Do I have to wear the same length dress as the bridesmaids?  The quick answer is that length is dictated by “personal preference.”  However, sometimes other variables come into play, which can be discussed during your appointment.  These may include, but are not necessarily limited to, bride’s preference, venue, setting/location, tone/feel of the day, what the bridesmaids and/or other mom is wearing.

Do you have anything that won’t make me look like a “typical” mom?  We certainly have a variety of silhouettes and designs to choose from.  Some moms choose a “mother of the occasion” dress from our selection, while others choose a less formal dress from our “bridesmaid” collection.  In our consultation we will determine what option is best for you based on your budget and style needs.

What can I do if I don’t want my arms to show?  Some moms have a concern about their arms, although you all look terrific!  Our collection offers many options.  We can customize many of our dresses to add a sleeve or we can compliment your ensemble with a coordinating jacket,  bolero or stole.   

I do not want strapless.  Are there other options?  Absolutely!  Generally speaking, any dress is customizable, whether through the designer or in alterations.  We can provide you with a “visual” during your appointment, allowing you to see your options.

Are the colors on the rack the only available options?  The sky is the limit, or close.  Color options vary by designer and fabric, whereby the selection is quite extensive.

Are the dresses available in other fabrics?  Fabrics, like colors, vary by designer’s choice. Once the silhouette is chosen, we can advise what other fabric option may be available.

Can you accommodate large sizes?  Of course!  Although size charts and special sizing vary by designer, we do our best to make the dress happen for you.

What is required to order a mother of the occasion ensemble (gown/outfit)?  Once we have determined your selection, three things need to happen to place your order with the designer- 1. we take your measurements, in order to determine the appropriate size according to the specific designer’s size chart; 2. you sign a policy form, which not only confirms your size but provides additional information regarding your order; 3. payment, which is required in full.

How much do alterations cost, and/or are they included in the price of the dress? Unfortunately we no longer offer alterations for mothers, however, we have a great network of outside seamstresses that we may refer you to.

How far in advance do I have to order?  Although the lead time for a mother of the occasion dress is not necessarily as long as a bridal gown, you still need to plan ahead!  Your dress should be ordered 5-6 months prior to the wedding in order to accommodate any alterations. With that said, most dresses can be ordered with a lesser lead time, however, please be prepared to pay a rush fee (this varies by designer).

I don’t have enough time to order a dress, what are my options? Not to worry! We have a selection of sample gowns that we sell off the rack- meaning gowns that were once our floor models are now being sold ‘as is’ at a great, discounted price! Keep in mind, we usually only sample our Mother of the Occasion styles in one size and color so this option can be more limiting. The size of these gowns usually ranges between 8 and 16. Additional alterations and repairs may be required when purchasing a sample. 

Images by Abbey Scott

 Ring us at 860.669.4596 today to work with your personal stylist to find your mother of the occasion ensemble. 


xoxo, TWD 

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