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Our New Reality: Virtual Bridal Showers

Our New Reality:

Virtual Bridal showers

Who would have ever thought we would be having virtual bridal showers… crazy, right?!

Here are a few of our tips and tricks for creating an intimate and fun virtual bridal shower.

  1. Have Wrapping Paper Ready
    • If people are buying gifts off your registry and having the items sent directly to you (which most of them will) the gifts will come in your standard brown box with packing tape. This is so not cute to look at or fun to open. Plus, how can anyone over the age of 40 joke about how many ribbons you’ve broken! I recently ‘attended’ a virtual bridal shower and the mom wrapped every present that was sent so that her daughter actually had things to unwrap for everybody watching. Not only was that the sweetest idea, it added the perfect touch of ‘normal’ to a not-normal event. 
  2. Don’t Leave It Up To The Guest To Mute Themselves
    • I don’t care how many times you make an announcement saying – “As a reminder, the bride is opening gifts now so please make sure your microphones are muted so we can hear her” – there will be people who do not mute their mics and their talking or background noise will cancel out the bride’s audio leaving us all wondering “what the heck did she say?” yet nodding and smiling like we heard her.
    • The best way to tackle this problem? The host has the ability to mute everyone. During present time mute everyone and then unmute someone while their gift is being opened.
  3. Introduce Your Guests
    • At the beginning of the call take time to recognize the guests on the call. Have your family members wave, then your fiancé’s family, friends from work, friends from college, your mom’s friends, etc. This is a great way to make everyone a participant and feel welcome. It’s also so fun for your guests to see who else is on the call with them!
  4. Start With A Game
    • No matter how cheesy they get, we all love a good bridal shower game. Just because you’re virtual doesn’t mean you have to skip the game! There are so many bridal shower games that can be played in the virtual reality of Zoom or Skype showers. For example, the classic game of he said / she said. Have the groom record answers to questions about the bride and their relationship. During the virtual shower you can ask the bride the same questions and play his answer to each question (hint: use Zoom so the person with the fiancé’s answers can share their screen and play the sound or video for everyone.)
    • Also, beforehand send everyone invited a blank Bridal Bingo sheet. Before the bride starts opening presents have them fill it out and they can unmute themselves and yell bingo whenever they win!
  5. Have Fun With It
    • We get it, this isn’t what you thought your bridal shower would look like at all. We’re not sitting around perfectly decorated tables at a clubhouse or enjoying delicious mimosas while chatting with guests at your aunt’s house. It sucks. But, we are so lucky to live in a time where we can all still get together to celebrate you and your fiancé. So, we suggest getting all dressed up like you would if everyone were with you and decorating the area where you will be sitting. Get balloons, a hanging sign that says “bride to be” (or something like that), and create a bridal shower atmosphere. Heck, if you want to drink a few mimosas while you’re opening presents and playing games, do that too!
  6. Have An Exit Strategy
    1. If there’s one thing we’ve learned from all of these virtual meetings is that saying goodbye is… awful? awkward? the worst part of the meeting? After the gifts have been opened and the games are finished, have the bride say goodbye to everyone. Think of it as your “closing paragraph” in an essay. Sum up the shower, say your thank yous, say goodbye, and end the call. Everyone will thank you for taking charge and ending the call without the awkward waving and “should I leave or should I wait for someone else to leave first” thinking.

 

Boulevard Bride is Here for YOU

Boulevard Bride

we are here for
you

It’s no secret that this is a hard time for businesses. We miss you. We miss working. We miss working with you face to face. But just because we can’t always see you face to face, doesn’t mean we can’t help you on your wedding journey. Scroll down to see the different ways we are making ourselves available to you!

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Let us just say… Thank God for the internet, smartphones, and FaceTime. Are we right or are we right?!

Buy Off-the-Rack

If you need a dress and you need it now, look no further! We have a large selection of wedding, bridesmaid, mother of the bride/groom, and formal dresses that can be bought off-the-rack.

Virtual Measuring

Ladies, it’s so important that your measurements are correct when ordering a dress. Call our store to schedule a FaceTime meeting where the owner will walk you through correctly collecting your measurements.

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Order by Phone

If you’ve already been in to try on dresses and have decided on ‘the one’, you can play it safe and call us to order your dress over the phone. If you need to order a bridesmaid’s dress or mother’s dress that can also be done over the phone. 

Limited Appointments

Thankfully we have a pretty large store that can accommodate the CDC guidelines. If you would like to come in to shop for your wedding dress you can schedule an in-person appointment. Guests are limited to 2 people and we will be heavily sanitizing before and after your appointment.

Free Suit Rental Rescheduling

We get it, you rented a suit for a wedding that’s been rescheduled because of COVID-19… happens all the time right?! (lol) Give us a call and we will reschedule your rental free of charge!

Shipping Directly to You

We are changing our store guidelines to let vendors ship your dress directly to your house. Stay home. Stay safe. We’ll get the dress to you.

So You’re Getting Married During COVID-19, Huh?

So You're Getting Married During COVID-19, Huh?

Boulevard Bride

Hello lovely ladies!

We wanted to hop on here real quick and chat with all of our Boulevard Brides and future Boulevard Brides about this craziness that we are all experiencing right now. If you’ve shopped with us you know that making sure you find the perfect dress for your special day is our passion. Nothing makes us happier than seeing your face literally light up when you put on “the one”. That moment that we get to experience with you and your closest friends and family is truly magical.

 

Where we are as a world now is anything but magical right? You’ve spent countless hours planning your wedding. What will you wear? What will your spouse wear? What will your bridesmaids and groomsmen wear? Where will you get married? Who will cater? What will your first dance song be? Will it be choreographed or just an intimate slow dance? You’ve found the answer to these questions and so many more. You’ve poured your heart and soul into this special day that may or may not happen as you so diligently planned. That’s heartbreaking and our hearts are breaking for you.

 

But… let’s take a moment to step back, take a deep breath, and look at the big picture. This wedding that you planned was (and hopefully is) going to be beautiful and special. What makes your wedding day so special though aren’t the flowers, venue, photographer, food, or even the gorgeous dress. What makes your wedding day so special is that starting on that day you are fully united with the person you love more than anything in the world. On your wedding day you proclaim to each other, your family, and your friends that you are saying “I do” to spending the rest of your life giving yourself selflessly for the good of your spouse. So, we’ll say it again… your wedding day isn’t about finding the best venue, having the prettiest dress, or taking the most perfect photos. Your wedding day is about you and the one you love committing to a lifetime of ups and downs, laughter and tears, and so so much love.

So, please know that we are thinking about you and we are here for you.

 

Year in Review: Our Favorite Wedding Dresses of 2019

Year in Review

Our Favorite Wedding Dresses of 2019

 

2019 has been an exceptional year for us here at Boulevard Bride. We have had the best time helping each and every one of the brides who have walked through our doors. We are so thankful for you all, and so thankful that we can come to work every day knowing that we get the amazing opportunity to make you feel special and loved when shopping for your wedding dress.

Our brides have tried on so many beautiful gowns in the past 365 days. We have glamorous, sexy, understated, modern, traditional, and romantic gowns. We have long sleeve, sleeveless, cap sleeve, spaghetti strap, and strapless gowns. Our gowns are lace, satin, tulle, crepe, and encrusted with beautiful beading. It truly is impossible to pick just one favorite when we have so many beautiful gowns to choose from… so we chose 9 of our favorite gowns of 2019 to share with you! 

Enchanting

Enchanting

Available Colors: White, Ivory, Ivory/Nude
Sizing: 0-20, 18W-26W
Fabric: Chiffon, Corded Lace, Stretch Crepe, Tulle
Silhouette: Fit and Flare
Waistline: Natural
Neckline: V-Neck
Sleeve Type: Sleevless
Jessica Morgan

Jessica Morgan

Available Colors: Ivory/Natural, White/Natural, Ivory/Light Champagne/Natural
Sizing: 0-28
Fabric: Allover Lac
Silhouette: Mermaid / Sheath
Waistline: Natural
Neckline: Exaggerated V-Neck
Sleeve Type: Cap Sleeves
Moonlight Bridal

Moonlight Bridal

Available Colors: Ivory/Taupe, Ivory/Ivory, White/White
Sizing: 2-28
Fabric: Tulle, Horsehair Hem, Allover Embroidered Lace Appliques
Silhouette: Full A-Line
Waistline: Drop Waist
Neckline: Wide V-Neck
Sleeve Type: Long Sleeves
Sofia Tolli

Sofia Tolli

Available Colors: White, Ivory, Ivory/Blush
Sizing: 0-28
Fabric: Tulle, Allover Chantilly Lace
Silhouette: A-Line
Waistline: Natural
Neckline: V-Neck / Sweetheart
Sleeve Type: Cap Sleeve
Val Stefani

Val Stefani

Available Colors: White
Fabric: Satin
Silhouette: A-Line
Waistline: Natural
Neckline: Sweetheart
Sleeve Type: Sleeveless / Strapless
Martin Thornburg

Martin Thornburg

Available Colors: White, Ivory
Sizing: 0-20, 18W-26W
Fabric: Allover Lace, Corded Appliques
Silhouette: A-Line
Waistline: Natural
Neckline: Sweetheart
Sleeve Type: Sleeveless / Thin Straps

 

Jasmine Bridal

Jasmine Bridal

Available Colors: Ivory/Ivory
Sizing: 00-34
Fabric: Embroidered Lace, Tulle, Silky Jersey
Silhouette: Mermaid
Waistline: Natural
Neckline: V-Neck
Sleeve Type: Sleeveless
Kitty Chen

Kitty Chen

Available Colors: White, Ivory
Sizing: 0-28
Fabric: Satin
Silhouette: Full A-Line
Waistline: Natural
Neckline: Sweetheart
Sleeve Type: Off the Shoulder
Potapenko Yanchenko

Potapenko Yanchenko

Available Colors: Ivory
Fabric: Lace, Chiffon
Silhouette: A-Line
Waistline: Natural
Neckline: Exaggerated V-Neck
Sleeve Type: Sleeveless

Kennedy Said Yes to Her Dress

She Said Yes to the Dress

at boulevard bride

“Guys, my wedding dress was the FIRST dress I ever tried on ?✨”

Okay now for the story hehe I went to Boulevard Bride in Lake STL & knew what I wanted.. I told Lauren (YOU’RE THE BEST!), my consultant, I wanted something more A Line, with no ruffles on the bottom, and not too much lace…. haha
We were looking through all the dresses in the shop and we probably pulled around 20 or so. I knew I wanted to try on different styles just to see but I really did think I knew what I wanted. We got to the dressing room & she asked which I wanted to try on- I pointed to it and instantly freaked out when I looked in the mirror… it was the one! But how could it be when I had never tried on even ONE dress other than this one?! Every dress I tied on after I compared to the first. Once I got back into my dress I was 1000% sold and so was my family! There was a lovely soul standing close by watching & she walked over to introduce herself as the designer of my gown.. later I was told she is only at the shop 1 time a month. It was meant to be? she only spoke in Russian so her niece translated for me and it was the most special day. She sketched out my veil for me and re-designed a part of the dress to make it custom just for me. She made my dress with love & care and put so much thought and work into it. I’m forever grateful for her & for meeting such an incredible, sweet, gentle person!!! Every time I went to Boulevard for a fitting, everyone made me feel so special. I love all the girls that work there (shout out to Jenn for being an incredible + beautiful human) and my designer- Potapenko Yanchenko. I feel so blessed to have had that experience. My dress was everything and more!!!!

THANK YOU Boulevard Bride & Olha Potapenko ??♥️

 

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Celebrity Wedding Dress Inspiration

Celebrity Wedding Dress Inspiration

We look to celebrities for inspiration on fashion, beauty, diets, and exercise. Why not look to them for inspiration for your wedding dress?! We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite celebrity wedding looks, and paired each look with a similar dress from our store! See one (or two.. or three…) you like? Click the “try on” button to schedule your appointment.

Amal Clooney

Human Rights Lawyer

Married to: George Clooney

When: September, 2014

Wedding Dress: Oscar de la Renta

Our Dress: Jasmine Bridal

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Amy Schumer

Stand-Up Comedian and Actress

Married to: Chris Fischer

When: February, 2018

Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier

Our Dress: Enchanting by Mon Cheri

Try This Dress On

Camilla Luddington

British-American Actress

Married to: Matthew Alan

When: August, 2019

Wedding Dress: Mira Zwillinger

Our Dress: Sophia Tolli

Try This Dress On

Caroline Wozniacki 

Danish Professional Tennis Player

Married to: David Lee

When: June, 2019

Wedding Dress: Oscar de la Renta

Our Dress: Moonlight Bridal

Try This Dress On

Hailey Bieber

American Model and Television Personality

Married to: Justin Bieber

When: September, 2019

Wedding Dress: Virgil Abloh

Our Dress: Martin Thornburg

Try This Dress On

Kacey Musgraves 

American Singer and Songwriter

Married to: Ruston Kelly

When: October, 2017

Wedding Dress: Berta Balilti

Our Dress: Enchanting by Mon Cheri

Try This Dress On

Karli Kloss

American Fashion Model

Married to: Joshua Kushner

When: October, 2019

Wedding Dress: Dior

Our Dress: Jasmine Bridal

Try This Dress On

Kate Middleton 

Duchess of Cambridge

Married to: Prince William

When: April, 2011

Wedding Dress: Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

Our Dress: Martin Thornburg

Try This Dress On

Katharine McPhee-Foster 

American Actress, Singer, Songwriter, and 2006 American Idol Runner-Up

Married to: David Foster

When: June, 2019

Wedding Dress: Zac Posen

Our Dress: Tara Keely

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Katherine Schwarzenegger 

American Author and Daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger

Married to: Chris Pratt

When: June, 2019

Wedding Dress: Armani Prive

Our Dress: Enchanting by Mon Cheri

Try This Dress On

Lauren Morelli & Samira Wiley

American Screenwriter & American Actress

When: June, 2019

Lauren’s Wedding Dress: Christian Siriano 

Our Dress: Enchanting by Mon Cheri

Samira’s Wedding Dress: Christian Siriano

Our Dress: Martin Thornburg 

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Lauren Hashian 

Professional Singer

Married to: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

When: August, 2019

Wedding Dress: Mira Zwillinger

Our Dress: Moonlight Bridal 

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Kirsten Corley 

Married to: Chance the Rapper

 

When: March, 2019

 

Wedding Dress: Galia Lahav

 

Our Dress: Kitty Chen

 

Try This Dress On

Miranda Lambert 

American Singer-Songwriter

Married to: Brendan McLoughlin

When: January, 2019

Wedding Dress: Lela Rose

Our Dress: Jessica Morgan

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Meghan Markle 

Duchess of Sussex

Married to: Prince Harry

When: May, 2018

Wedding Dress 1: Clare Waight Keller from Givenchy

Our Dress: Martin Thornburg

Wedding Dress 2: Stella McCartney

Our Dress: Enchanting by Mon Cheri

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