If you're newly engaged, or have been holding off on purchasing your gown and accessories Paper Passionista says now is a great time for you to make a trip to the Totem Lake Shopping Center in Kirkland and visit Yours...XO, ME for some fantastic deals. Owner Mary Ellen Tuttle is hosting a "Changing Direction Liquidation Sale" of the store and everything must go! The sale begins Satuday, March 17 at 11:00 a.m., and it's a great idea to get there then before all the best things are GONE! Items available include:
Designer Bridal Gowns
Flower Girl Dresses
Ring Bearer Pillows
Hollywood Fashion Accessories
and MUCH MORE!!!
Minimum of 50% off everything - cash or check - no debit or credit cards.
If you write a check your items stay at the shop until the check clears.
A couple of the treat items provided to the Wedding Suite open house attendees
A couple weeks ago I mentioned Paper Passionista was attending the opening event for the new "Wedding Suite" at Nordstrom's downtown Seattle flagship store. I did attend and have been waiting for a break in my invitation appointments and other wedding shows to report on the details of what I learned. I had a delightful visit with one of the three Wedding Stylists at the Wedding Suite, Jenny Van Norstrand. With such a full house I was honored to be given a one-on-one tour and run-down of all their lines and services. Jenny is clearly enthusiastic about the new wedding department, and wanted to make sure I knew that for all of them service is key! She said all wedding stylists love to work with brides, even if they get their gowns elsewhere and just come there for all the wonderful add-ons they have available.
The range of dresses available for both brides and bridesmaids was impressive, and even more amazing was the extremely reasonable pricing of the gowns. Bridal gowns currently in stock range from $200 - $1400, and even the least expensive gown is very nice. There are long gowns, short gowns, sleeves or not, and designer names that most anyone who follows fashion will recognize. The two gowns below represent the least expensive and the most expensive options:
This ivory gown by JS Collections (shown front and back) is an amazing $198
This lovely patterned white gown by Nicole Miller is most expensive at only $1320
If a short more casual dress is your preference there are plenty of darling options for you
More short options for both the bride and her bridesmaids
I was shown the backroom where there are lovely spacious dressing rooms, a consultation desk, a large mirror and sitting area for those with appointments to get comfy, and accessory displays perfectly completing "the look". The even more amazing thing Jenny shared with me is they encourage brides to take photos of dresses they're considering for their bridesmaids and themselves as they're trying on. This is completely opposite of many gown salons you hear about that allow no photos until after a gown has been purchased. The typical length of the gown appointment is 90 minutes. There are many gowns available to choose from in stock, but even more can be purchased by viewing the gowns online. I asked about availability of gowns for the plus size bride and was assured there are gowns both online and a couple of in-stock gowns in this size range as well. Then there are dresses for moms of the bride and groom, and even options available for flower girls and ring bearers.
Above are a couple views of the "backroom" where fitting and selecting take place.
If you have a bridesmaid interested in a "signature" piece, this darling red ruffled dress from Notte by Marchesa is sure to be remembered. Short and strapless with swirly ruffles on the skirt, it is $795.
For dresses available in multiple styles and colors in a versatile elegant chiffon, Jenny's personal favorite is the dress selection below from Amsale, reasonably priced starting at $280-$290
The motto for the Wedding Suite is "Love is all you need. We take care of the rest." After seeing all they have available I know you're in good hands. In closing here are a few more photos of the many accessory items available for you, including shoes, jewelry, wraps, and hair accents. If you don't see it, just ask. They seem to have it all covered!
To schedule your appointment with one of the Nordstrom Wedding Stylists call 206.628.2111, extension 1730 or 1.888.300.1295. To schedule online visit nordstrom.com/weddings. You can also get personalized service from a Wedding Stylist via Live Chat, email or on the phone.
One side note: All photography for this piece was done by me, and photography isn't my area of expertise, so please make an appointment and go visit the Wedding Suite at Nordstrom in person for a much better view and expert personalized friendly service.
I posted this article a year ago at the same time and the same info holds true today so thought it'd be a good idea to put a reminder out there for all of you who are in a hurry for your gown. Enjoy!
Since 1997, I Do Bridal has earned a reputation as one of the premier bridal salons in the Pacific Northwest. They take great pride in offering impeccable customer service in a fun, relaxed atmosphere, without the high pressure sales. They truly believe the entire process should be easy and enjoyable for their customers. Most of the consultants have been working there for years and their knowledge and expertise have built a strong reputation for this trendy boutique. The store is located at 2206 N. 45th Street, Seattle.
The gowns are extremely affordable with a price range from $400-$2400 with the majority under $1000. Gowns are available in sizes 0-28W and the store generally stocks gowns for try on and purchase in all sizes, not just the size 6/8/10's that you will find in some boutiques. Because of this you are likely to find a special dress there even if you're running short on time and need your dress in a hurry.
Complimentary appointments are scheduled Tuesday-Sunday to better assist you with your search for the perfect gown. Because the bridal gown purchase is a once in a lifetime event, you will enjoy the time and attention of a professional consultant and a relaxing experience. Be sure to plan ahead as the salon is quite intimate so the dressing rooms do book in advance.
Although the boutique is small they receive new gowns every day. The gowns are ordered throughout the year to ensure that they have the most current collection of gowns in the Pacific Northwest. You are sure to be surprised by the diversity of the selections as well as the prices! Don't forget your bridesmaids. They have many choices for them too, as shown below.
You can reach I Do Bridal at (206)633-7926, firstname.lastname@example.org or through their website www.idobridal.com.
Store Hours ( by Appointment) Tuesday - Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Friday - Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Closed on Monday