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Jill Welch Photography/The “All You Need to Know About The Dress” Issue Part I/Columbus GA Wedding Photographer/Columbus GA Wedding Dress/LaGrange GA Wedding Dress

April 14, 2011

This issue is full of great information about the bride’s favorite part of the wedding:  The Dress.  ” All You Need to Know About The Dress Part I”  features an interview with Amy Warren, owner of the most fabulous bridal shop in LaGrange, An Affair to Remember.   I visited not too long ago and was absolutely enchanted by the huge selection and lovely atmosphere.  There seemed to be miles of frothy, glitzy, silky gowns and then over by a window, an elegant pristine white sofa from which the mother of the bride could watch her daughter parade her favorite choices.   Sheer bliss for a girly-girl like me.

The pictures below are of  Ashley Pilcher of Marie’s April Showers bridal boutique in Columbus, who will be a Christmas bride.   The azaleas and tulips at Callaway Gardens were in full bloom, but their beauty paled in comparison to Ashley’s.   As my husband so aptly put it, ” Photographing Ashley was like photographing a swan.”

Stay tuned to “All You Need to Know About the Dress” Part II for an interview with Rachel of Marie’s April Showers, one of the busiest and most professional bridal shops I’ve ever met.  Their attention to customer service is first rate and I love to browse there!

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Now, on with the show!  And until next time, Jill

JW:  I understand that a couple of the first things a girl does when she gets engaged is buy a bridal magazine and begin looking at dresses.  Could you tell us what the trendiest brides this 2011 season will be wearing?

AA2R:  Three demensional lace/ flowers are very hot!  These are worn throughout the dress or on a sash or even in your hair.  One shoulder is also a big style.  But you can never go wrong with a classic look either.

JW:  How should a bride determine what style dress to choose from?  Are there certain guidelines that determine who can wear what?

AA2R:  There are definitely dress styles that look better on different body types.  The best thing to do is to try on several different cuts to see which looks best on you.  Also, the style of your wedding determines what type of dress you choose.  There are informal  and destination gowns that will have shorter trains, sometimes lighter fabrics such as chiffon, and simpler styling.  The more formal gown can still be simple or get as “blingy” as you would like.  Our philosophy at An Affair to Remember is to be true to yourself and remember what you dreamed about as a little girl.  Most of  us dreamed about being a princess when we were  little!  Be that girl!

JW:  I’m sure that in today’s economy a prominent factor in choosing a gown is the price.  What is the average price that a bride can expect to spend to on a well- made, attractive gown and are there any ways to save money?

AA2R:  Pricing is a big factor for most of us today.  You can pay several thousands for a gown but you can find a beautiful, high quality gown for less than a thousand.  A good price range in our store is from $500 – $800, although we have lots of choices on either side of that price.  A good way to save money is to look for trunk shows and sample sales.  You can sometimes benefit from buying a dress in stock, especially during a sample sale.  BUYER BEWARE of discounters and Internet sales!  You could end up with a counterfeit or worse yet, no gown at all.  If the price is too good to be true, it usually is.

JW:  How far in advance should a bride purchase her gown and what is the timeline for delivery of the gown after final alterations?

AA2R:  It is not too early to buy your dress a year in advance. Most wedding plans are styled around your dress, so it helps in the planning.  Also, some manufacturers take up to 6 months to make your gown and then you also should allow a month for final fittings.  If you don’t have that much time, no worries!  We can get them quicker if needed or you can buy one off the rack.

JW:  An Affair to Remember is a beautiful store and appears to have a great selection.  Can you tell me what other products you offer in addition to bridal gowns?

AA2R:  We have so much fun in our store!  Our brides are beautiful and creative and come from all over Georgia telling us that we have one of the best bridal gown collections around!  We offer a great selection of Bridesmaids, Mothers, and Flower Girl dresses.  We also have tuxedo rental and of course PROM!  Be on the look out for our next Sample Sale Coming Soon!  You can check us out on our website at  and make sure you “like” us on Face Book. We offer lots of deals to our fans. 

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 15, 2011 1:07 pm

    The pictures of Ashley are beautiful. She is going to be a beautiful bride.

    • April 15, 2011 2:06 pm

      Thanks Trina! Can’t wait to get some at your place. She is actually having her reception with you all but has a family photographer.

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