Thank you to Vows Magazines, March issue, for taking notice and doing a small piece on how Love & Lace helped in the flood relief efforts when Louisiana needed assistance in August of 2016.
Alterations: Love & Lace does not offer alterations as a service. To help our brides find a seamstress we have reached out to SEVERAL alterations specialist from many areas across MD and VA. Please use this list to find your seamstress. Remember to reach out to them to get prices for their services as well as to check on their time line and availability. We are not responsible for booking or inquiring about any bridal alterations, but we do suggest contacting a seamstress to get on his or her books as early as 6 months prior and no later than 3 months prior.
Bridal Gown Steaming: If you need your gown to have a quick steam before the wedding day you can bring it to our boutique. There is a steaming fee. This varies from dress to dress - the range is from $30-$99.
Recently Meghan from Meghan Rose Photography interviewed Cindy, the boutiques owner. Below is the interview.
"I met up with Cindy at her shop a few weeks back and was so impressed with her knowledge of not only dresses, but the bridal industry in general. She shares some awesome tips with me for this feature, keep reading to hear more from her!
How did you get started in your business?
My first job in bridals was at the age of 16. I worked part time at a bridal shop in Glen Burnie while finishing up high school. Then over the next several years I found myself in about 5 other bridal shops around Maryland. I left the industry for a while to pursue another career but always knew that the next time I worked in a bridal boutique it would be my own.
How you would describe your style? What is your favorite type of bride?
I would describe my personal bridal style as...Bridal! My 2014 wedding dress was full of beads and lace. I had a cathedral veil and I think I really played the bridal role. As far as my favorite type of bride, I would say a confidant bride. A bride who knows what she likes and is confidant enough to wear what she wants even if it isn't a crowd favorite. I often seen brides who are eager to please the her loved ones and to some extent I understand that desire but sometimes a brides feelings get lost in the crowd and I love when a bride takes control of her bridal appointment and is able to express her feelings about a style or a gown regardless of what others think. After-all it's her special day!
What is your favorite part about your work?
From a business stand point, my favorite part about my work is that it's mine - I enjoy picking my inventory, I enjoy pricing it my way and being able to control my business. As a bridal consultant I enjoy the special bond that myself and a few of my brides form. Its great to be able to be a small part of this special time and when a bride finds her gown at my shop it's just as special to me as it is for the bride and her family. These moments can not be faked - and the emotions are very real for everyone involved in the bridal journey.
How do you love to serve your clients?
As someone who worked in bridal for a long time before owning one of my own and also being a newlywed I understand what my brides are searching for - it's more than just a gown. Its an experience. Its a shop that they can be confidant in and a sales person who can answer the questions they have - truthfully. And I think that's the best way I can serve my brides - by being honest and sincere in every aspect of my business.
If you had one tip for a bride, what would it be?
I can't narrow it done to just one tip so here's a short list.
-Shop small and local - the experience is usually better than the big box bridal shops.
-Go with your gut and don't over think the purchase.
-Be confidant in your instincts and stop shopping after you find the gown.
-Ask questions - if your consultant can't answer them or they aren't confidant in the answers - move along.
-Bring only the people who's opinions you truly value.
-Try everything. Even if it's a style you're unsure about - you could be very surprised by a silhouette you may pass over several times.
-Trust your consultant to help you find the dress. It's our job to dress brides and most of us are really good at it!"
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"At Love & Lace, we are a small boutique focused on providing bridal service with the highest levels of customer satisfaction, and we will do everything we can to meet your expectations. With a variety of bridal gowns to choose from in a variety of sizes from premier designers, we're sure you'll be happy that you visited us. We offer gowns for every waist size and budget! Look around our website and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us. We hope to see you! Check back later for new updates to our photo gallery. There you will find photos of some of the gowns we have in stock!" ~ Cindy/Owner
Have a gown you would like to place on consignment? Great! Placing your bridal gown on consignment with us is very easy. To see if your bridal gown is a gown that we need for our stock please email a photo and any gown specifics, including:
manufacturer, size, color, if it was cleaned after the wedding, any damage (broken zipper, torn hem) and what you would like to consign it for.
Together we will figure out if your gown is right for Love & Lace. We will get back to you as soon as possible with a realistic and fair consignment price as well as the specifics of our consignment contract.
Please see our "consignment" page for more details and keep in mind we only accept bridal gowns, veils and some bridal accessories.