Insider bridal salon tips from a stealth Offbeat Bride working in the field

I work at a bridal salon. As an Offbeat Bride myself, I'd like to say that I work in one of the cool, mom-and-pop boutiques that specifically cater to offbeat weddings, but no. I work in a bastion of Wedding Industrial Complex influence. But I do work with Offbeat Brides every day and I have picked up some traditional bridal salon tips to help you navigate them. Here's how you can survive (and maybe even thrive)…


Why a dress seamstress might not work on your wedding dress

I am a costumer and have to deal with wedding dresses on a fairly regular basis. Typically, I am the only one in the shop who will go near them — the "scary mess it up" factor exists even long after the dress has been worn and donated to my organization. Many private seamstresses who I have spoken with refuse to do wedding attire because brides (and other members of their party, like Mom) have a reputation for being crazy over their dresses. Most of us are not willing to deal with that sort of drama.


Fairy nipple flowers & Khaleesi dresses: My Monique Lhuillier surprise visit

I knew my friend was taking me to a dress shop in LA that is filled with non-traditional dress options. But what I didn't know is that she made a surprise appointment for me at Monique Lhuillier.

Now, like anyone with eyeballs and an appreciation of the art of fashion, I loves me some Monique Lhuillier. But ME, a ratty little tomboy, in a Monique Lhullier? The thought made me laugh. But, what happened really surprised me…


I want to buy my dream wedding dress before I'm even engaged

I know this certainly isn't a feeling everyone has, or SHOULD have, but this dress just spoke to me. I adore it. I was happy to stare at it every so often, but this last month, it was brought to my attention that "bridal designs" go out of style. Gone forever. I know that this is the one I want. I've wanted it for so long. Is it really so wrong to want to go try it on? Am I weird for wanting to buy my dream dress before I even get engaged?