The following entry is by a current bride, Stephanie Martin, who will be marrying Mr. Brian Plant on May 8, 2010. I thought it would be interesting to see what a real bride had to say about the "Tricia's experience":
I found out about Tricia from a lady I work with. She highly recommended going to see Tricia in her cute little house in Virginia and said that Tricia can custom make just about anything, can tell you exactly what looks good on you and what doesn't, and has a great work ethic. Well, this is exactly what I found! Tricia went through and picked out several wedding gowns for me to try on, picking out one that I was really not a huge fan of at first. It was the last one I tried on, and it wound up being THE one!! My mom, aunt, and matron of honor just "ooo"ed and "ahh"ed over it. Tricia also has tons of elegant jewelry, shoes, veils, etc. to try on with your gown so you get the whole picture of what you want! I also found beautiful Landa bridesmaid dresses at Tricia's. So, if you are wanting a wonderful experience trying and finding your perfect wedding gown, go see Tricia!!
Here is my perspective on the same experience:
Word-of-mouth advertising is the very best! Stephanie called and made an appointment to come see me (and yes, I work out of a house converted from a residence into a full-service bridal shop). I have no idea what she really expected to find--either in a gown or in the shopping experience, but I think she is a happy with her decision to shop at Tricia's.
I, indeed, pulled gowns that I felt met the description I was given: no frou-frou, simple lines, nothing elaborate. One of the first gowns I pulled was greeted with a shake of the head and "I don't think I like that". . .and it was put aside. After trying numerous gowns (and you must remember, this bride looks good in just about anything) and finding one "this-might-be-THE-gown" gown, I pulled the original "reject" and asked her to "just try it". And she did. And the rest, as they say, is history. The gown, which fit all the criteria, looked fabulous on Stephanie and we ordered it with custom length and in just her size. The gown is here, the fit is fantastic and Stephanie has the "big purchase" out of her way and is waiting for the arrival of her bridesmaids' gowns and her big day.
And yes, everyone gets my honest opinion of what looks good, what doesn't and more importantly why it does or doesn't look so hot.
Thank you, Stephanie Martin, for purchasing your gown and accessories and thank you for writing the blog post for me. If any of my other brides--past, future, or present--would like to contribute to my blog, just email me the "blog" and I'll post it