Busiest. Fall. Ever.

Events, sales, plus a move! We're gearing up for out busiest fall EVER, and we don't want you to miss anything. 

First up, our annual Fall Sophia Tolli Trunk show. Not only will her entire fall collection be here, this is also the only time special order Sophia's go on sale! Book your appointment today

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This fall we're excited we're having not one, not two, but THREE Grad Trunk Shows! We couldn't be more excited to offer this many fabulous gowns to Westman grads. Appointments are now available. 

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In October we will be having our annual wedding gown Sample Sale! One day only, wedding gowns will start at $200! There is always a line, and we don't take appointments that day, so be sure to shop early. Added bonus for this year: because we're moving, we'll be putting ladies wear and grad on sale too! Need more details? Get in touch.  

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Did we mention we're moving? We're headed to a gorgeous historical building in downtown Brandon Mb, and our new studio layout and setup is going to be nothing short of amazing. Stay tuned for details. So many details. 

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Roller Coaster

We’ve been on a crazy ride the last 10 days!

Last week we announced we’re hiring a new teammate (yay!), and this week we announced we’ll be moving downtown later this year (double yay!)

The down slide started Thursday evening. The retailer rumour mill had a murmur of problems at Alfred Angelo. By Friday morning, we learned the 80 year old company and bridal industry staple had officially filed for bankruptcy. By Friday night, the implications of this extended across continents.  It will not only affect a lot of wedding days, but many people’s livelihood. For Muse, although we still have our amazing stock gowns, we will no longer be able to order these exceptionally priced styles for our clients.

Through hustle and a bit of luck we have great news for some of our clients, and really hopeful news for everyone else. We’ve reached out to all of our effected clients, and we’ll be continuing to work the problem in the days to follow.

Everyone has been really supportive and understanding that we are all in this together. Early next week we’ll have bridesmaid dresses to offer clients, and our other regular bridal lines are business as usual.  We are grateful for all of these things.  Right now, there are hundreds of people spread throughout North America, Europe, and Asia that no longer have jobs, and they have all been in our thoughts the last few days.

Everything happens for a reason! Stay tuned for updates on the new designers and styles we'll have to offer. 

- Britt 

Muse is Moving!

We are so excited to announce Muse Bridal Studio is moving to downtown Brandon! 
Our new, but historical, space is going to be our dream come true and we can't wait to see it all come to life late in fall of 2017.  Stay tuned as we show you the progress at 29 10th Street in historical downtown Brandon! Stay tuned as 29 10th St comes to life for late 2017.

We're Hiring!

Studio & Office assistant


We’re teaming up! Working with and reporting to both management teams , the successful candidate will work full time in the multi-faceted daily operations of two dynamic businesses.  No two weeks or months may be the same, so we’re looking for someone that thrives on change with fabulous multi-tasking skills, has an ability to learn, and loves people. The exciting part of our day is interacting with brides - but that’s not all we do!  The daily adventure may also include customer service (in person, online, on the phone), administrative work, and other duties as required by each business.

Must haves:
 - Winning approach to life
-  Extremely proficient with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook  
 - Experience in customer service
 - An interest in weddings, style, fashions, and trends
 - Willing to work weekends and the odd evening
 - Flexibility

Nice to have, but willing to train for:
- Retail and sales experience
- Experience with Quickbooks
 
Tell us what makes you different, and the creative skills you have to offer!  
Do you speak a second language, or do graphic design as a hobby? Let us know about it!

Submit resume and cover letter by email to britt@musebridalstudio.com.  Please provide three references.  All resumes must be received before end of day July 16th and successful applicants will be notified for interviews.  

Your Piece of the Puzzle

From flowers to DJs, bringing a wedding together is like a giant puzzle – a giant 3D puzzle that has to be designed from scratch. Choosing the perfect wedding gowns can be its own little puzzle.  It needs to incorporate your style, as well as the type of wedding you’re having.  It needs to fit and flatter you, in the shade you want, at a budget you are comfortable with. 

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Pay-it-forward - Wedding Edition

Every wedding is special, but anyone in this industry will tell you that having the opportunity to work with, and for, a long time friend is so special.

And a bit unnerving. You want to give them the entire professional experience you’re capable of and then some - but when they’ve been with you through your awkward times, supported you during bad hair years, and seen (many) more than one ugly cry, its challenging to walk that line.

One of my best friends “L” got married last February in Mexico. Stop by sometime if you want the full story on how amazing her gown was (one of my all-time favorites), how gorgeous the venue was (Tropical flowers, crashing waves, sun, and sand. Enough said), or how breathe taking her photos are (…under water?!? AMAZING!).

The real story you need to know is a result of the happy couple's trash the dress session and those amazing under water photos.  This moving pay-it-forward story is best told in the bride's own words: 

“The trash the dress felt like a really great idea to book after we saw our photographer’s collection of gorgeous photos. The day after the wedding I really didn't know what I signed up for and was having massive second thoughts. I felt pretty ridiculous in a wedding dress jumping into a cave filled with water, with tons of tourists staring at us. But it turned out to be an amazing day. We went to locations I would have never seen without shooting with a local photographer and it was amazing bonding time with my new husband. It was our first adventure as a married couple. 

After 8 hours in my soaking wet dress, I was so relieved to get it off. We stuffed my beautiful dress into a bag and headed for the hotel. It was when we got back I realized what I had done - even though I had never really planned to keep the dress. I hung it up in the bathroom and it was covered with sand and weighed 60 pounds. I had no idea what I was going to do with it. 

When it was time to check out, the dress was still soaking wet to the touch (thanks humid Mexico) and I was just so exhausted from the week I wasn't sure what to do. It was an extremely beautiful dress that was now unfortunately saturated in water and sand - too heavy to take back to Canada. We went to the front desk and I started to explain that there was a wedding dress hanging in the tub if anyone... knows what to do with it...? I will never forget the receptionists face. She thought I was a lunatic, and her jaw dropped. She asked me to repeat myself, which I did – then I saw the light bulb go off in her head and she told me she thought she could help. Sure enough, 15 minutes later an older man from the maintenance staff approached me. With very broken English, he asked if I would gift him the dress, as his daughter was to be wed later in the year.

My problem was solved - if I wasn't going to use the dress, it should go to someone who could.

Later, we saw him carrying the dress away with a huge smile. The dress that meant the world to me and was a major part of my day was going to be the same for someone else. “

Secret Destination

It’s an old joke that people tell bartenders and hairdressers their secrets – bridal stylists need to be added to this list. By the time the Bride walks down the aisle, it’s common for us to help her keep all kinds of secrets. These can include everything from a slight (or major) budget change (increase), which bridesmaid is or might be expecting but can’t tell anyone yet, or that the bride didn’t include her mom until appointment #2 because she wanted to shop without opinions.

We had the extreme pleasure of keeping two different secrets for one very special couple this spring – one big, and one small. 

Melissa first came to the studio in January looking for her wedding gown. With a tropical beach destination in mind for the following year, she was laser focused and knew exactly what she wanted for her walk down the aisle to her fiancé, Wes. Within two hours she was using the word “love” about one of our in-studio dresses.

By early May, Melissa had called the studio with her big secret. A very private couple, she and Wes were certain they didn’t want to wait until January to be married. Instead, they were going to elope to New York City in July. They decided not to tell anyone at all – not even their family. It would be just the two of them, a marriage commissioner, and a horse-drawn carriage ride through central park. 

With some after-hour fittings and a few evasive answers to acquaintances, her incredibly romantic secret was safe with us.

Anyone that is a faithful Muse social media follower will remember the snippet we posted about Wes and the small secret. We met him about a week before their flight south when he popped into the studio prior to Melissa’s final dress fitting and purchased a bracelet she’d mentioned to him in passing. He knew the stress of keeping this secret was starting to get to her, and he asked us to surprise her with the gift and a note from him. When we gave Melissa the box she was surprised. When she read the note, she cried. And then we all cried.

Many thanks to the happy couple for including us in their beautiful secrets, and for ultimately letting us share their story.  

 

Neither Melissa nor Wes ever told us what the note said. And even if they did, we’d never tell…

The Perfect Fit

This time of year, wedding industry professionals are almost run off their feet seeing to all of the details of many special days, for many special brides. Alteration professionals and seamstresses are amongst the busiest, as they use their talents to ensure every bride goes down the aisle looking her best.

When working with a seamstress or tailor be sure to BOOK EARLY

 

Talented and qualified professionals are always busy and can book up months in advance during busy season in June, July, and August. Not only are they working on wedding gowns, but everything that goes with weddings: gowns for mothers of the bride and groom, bridesmaids, flower girls, officiates, and guests too. If your wedding is at the beginning of the busy season, chances are your seamstress or tailor is also busy with prom and grad season, so take that into account.

We are often asked what to expect from alterations, what to bring, etc. One of the seamstresses we work with offers these tips:

  • Expect to have two or three fittings. Its best to start alterations at least a month in advance of your big day to ensure a relaxed timeline. 
  • During a first fitting, it’s ideal to bring any undergarments you plan to wear on your day: bra, shape wear, etc. Although not crucial, it can affect the alterations that need to be completed. 
  • To limit the number of fittings you need, its best to bring your shoes to your first fitting. If you don’t have your shoes yet, work on that for your second fitting.
  • Don’t expect the dress to fit perfectly – no two bodies are the same and alterations to the bust and length are extremely common. 
  • First alteration appointments can vary from just a few minutes for minor alterations, to longer depending on the hem, layers, etc.

Although wedding gown alterations are late in the planning process, it’s important to be respectful of your seamstress/tailor’s schedule and recognize alterations shouldn’t be done last minute. 

A Bride to remember

Looong time since my last blog post.  Glad to be back.

On our studio Facebook page we keep an ongoing album of photos that our past brides have sent us.  The most recent photos we have are from a bride that I will never ever forget.

We first met K in January of this year.  She happened to be in the studio during a Trunk Show, which I believe was meant to be.  These wedding dresses were only in the studio for a few days, but she found her gown.  However, she had recently moved up the date of her wedding and it was going to be tight timing to get the dress in time for her new date.  K decided she loved the gown and could deal with the tight timing.    

As we got closer to her wedding and timelines shortened, the planning process got stressful - but she never lost her cool.  

Her bottom line?

All that matters is marrying him.

She was truly a calm, cool, and collected inspiration. Her ability to stay focused on the big picture is something I wish for all of our brides. 

  

On her way to the ceremony K stopped by the studio, and I finished lacing up her wedding dress. She took a cleansing breath, and one last look in the mirror before she hugged me, thanked me for everything and ran out the door.  

2nd Time's a Charm

I had different plans for this Musing, but I encountered a couple this week that gave me different inspiration.

I had the pleasure of meeting both the bride and groom after the bride arrived in the studio and found a gown she absolutely loved. Their upcoming wedding will be the “second go-around” for both of them, and they are both beyond thrilled to be engaged three months after having found one another. On a blind date.

They both shared similar thoughts with me – life is short, you never know what is around the next bend, why wait?

The excitement and dedication this couple clearly has for one another lead me to think about other brides I’ve seen that are giving marriage another try. Many of these women arrive unsure as to what they want, and unsure what is appropriate for a later-in-life wedding:


“I want to wear a coloured dress – is that allowed?” 
“Can I wear a full wedding gown? Or should it be something simpler?”
“I hated my first dress – my mother made me do it – this time I want something I LOVE.”
“Can I wear white? Or should I be wearing ivory or oyster?”
 

I tell every bride the same thing - it's about what makes YOU happy. If you want to wear an all-white ball gown with a 12 foot cathedral veil, go for it. If you want to wear a red cocktail dress and four inch stiletto heels, all the power to you!  Most of these brides opt for something in between, but from my perspective there are no rules. 

The key is to wear what makes you
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