By ELENA DURNBAUGH
Many brides dream of finding the perfect wedding dress. Something that incorporates their style and makes them feel beautiful.
The Wedding Shoppe is committed to helping brides do just that, and on Sunday, August 26, the salon will be participating in The Bridal Expo at Oakland University, produced by Gazette Media Group.
The Wedding Shoppe has been voted “Best Place to Buy a Wedding Gown” for the past six years by Hour Magazine’s Best of Detroit. The salon features original wedding gown styles from designers all over the world, including London, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Dallas.
According to Michelle McFarland, founder and owner of The Wedding Shoppe, there are a few major trends for 2019 bridal style. For example, more sparkle and less lace. The lace that is being used isn’t the traditional floral but instead has much bolder patterns. At the other end of the spectrum, minimalistic wedding gowns are also in style – think the clean lines of Meghan Markle’s dress.
The Wedding Shoppe, which first opened its doors in 1999, moved into its new location in Berkley just over a year ago. “We love our new building because we designed it completely around the bride’s experience,” said McFarland.
The salon features a spacious lobby, complete with a coffee and tea bar, where people can relax before their appointment. Each bride has her session in a private bridal suite for the ultimate experience. The suites are equipped with lighting variations, so the bride-to-be can see what her dress will look like in different light. Appointments last 60-90 minutes, and brides are welcome to bring a few special people with them. The Wedding Shoppe recommends women begin shopping nine-18 months before their wedding date. That way, there’s time to order the dress and make sure it fits perfectly.
Even after nearly 20 years in the business, McFarland’s favorite part is still when a bride says yes to her dress. “It’s so exciting, just seeing her facial expressions,” she said.
McFarland’s advice for brides-tobe is to listen to themselves more. “She knows herself better than anyone,” she said. Enjoying the experience is also important.
“It’s supposed to be a fun time, don’t stress out about it,” McFarland said. “Just relax and trust the process.”
For more advice on wedding dress shopping or to book an appointment, visit theweddingshoppe.net. Learn even more by talking to The Wedding Shoppe at The Bridal Expo at Oakland University this Sunday. Tickets are on sale now at gazetteevents.com.