asmbride2006

WEDDING DATE:

Jun 16, 2006

asmbride2006
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Banana Republic (Raleigh)
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
My sister and bridesmaids kindly offered to pay for their own bridesmaids dresses, and so I let them choose whatever dress they wanted as long as they stayed in the yellow and gold color scheme. They found these really beautiful long gowns at Banana Republic in a faint gold/yellow over the Christmas holidays. The dresses were long, and made of this really nice silk material. Even though they were suppose to be winter holiday dresses, they were perfect for a formal summer wedding dress. The girls looked beautiful! Banana Republic has some really nice gowns, and their clothes are always really beautiful. We also saw purses that we loved there, but the purses did not go on sale. The dresses went on sale, and the 15% off was nice. The dresses were, originally, $240 each.
Services used: Unique Services

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518 West
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
518 West is a really great Italien restaurant in Raleigh, and I love going there for their oven roasted pizzas. We choose this place for our rehearsal dinner because it is a fancy restaurant, it has a really great atmosphere, and also the menu is really great and everyone can find something that they liked. We were a group of fifteen, mainly relatives and siblings. As the wedding couple, we didn't pay for everyone but we did pay for all the appetisers. We weren't sure what the standard rule of that is, but everyone was happy with the choice. There are good deals on the menu, but it still can be pricey for big groups and especially since they have a really great wine list. We did call ahead and make a reservation. We actually called two weeks sooner, just because that's what they told us to do. We were seated and served quickly, and we had preordered the appetisers which was a great idea.
Services used: Unique Services

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Modern Times
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I was having trouble finding the dress that I wanted. I had been to some of the bigger chain stores, and I was dispapointed with the quality of the dresses. Modern Times, though, carries some really great brand name dresses, both regular dresses and bridals, and I found some of the most beautiful dresses here. The staff was really great, and they were really helpful and honest with their suggestions. This was also where I bought my rehearsal dinner dress, a beautiful short white Eva Franco dress. I also really recommend that all brides buy Spanx, especially their Nu Bra. I have never seen this before, and it's brilliant! Keeps everything together on the wedding day, which is what you want
Services used: Unique Services

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Olga's Bridal and Formal Couture
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I needed to get my dress hemmed, and so did some of my bridesmaids. I picked Olga right away because this is where my sister got her dresses altered. She had a big beaded dress, and my whole family was so impressed with how well Olga was able to turn a size 16 dress into a size 10. Magic! Our dresses were ready in a matter of days, and Olga was so nice and happy for us! It was one of the best expereinces, you have nothing to worry about when you bring your wedding dress here. She doesn't have a website, but she is listed in the yellowpages.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Costco - Raleigh, NC
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
This is a super cheap alternative to having really pretty cards made! We knew that they printing invitations, but they have a great selection and carry lots of the cute trendy cards. I had the choice of getting invitations in the Tiffany Blue and brown, but I stayed in my theme colors (of yellow and gold). The customer service rep at the service center was really helpful with the planning and printing of the invitations. We got everything on time, too, which was important. I think we saved about $100 getting 250 invitations with RSVP cards made here than at a local trendy invitation shop. If you can get the same thing at Costco for cheaper, then I think it does make more sense to get it here.
Services used: Unique Services