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Thoughts From A New Bridal Consultant

Our newest Bridal Consultant, Jessica Hill, asked if she could blog about her position with Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo because she gets so many questions about working here.  She sent it over and said if I “didn’t like it” it wouldn’t hurt her feelings.

Franco and I speak often about how much we appreciate our staff, but hearing it from a brand new employee who is in her second month with us was the best feeling.  When the employees feel like family, they take care of our brides and grooms like family.  It is not just a sale here, or just a job, it’s a connection for a lifetime.

Jessica mentioned she always wanted a position like this, and we think she is perfect for it!  Read Jessica’s (unprompted!) blog below.

To me, Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo is a hidden gem. Popular with many but still undiscovered by some. Since starting two months ago I’ve been asked, “Hey how is it there?” and many similar questions.  Well I will be happy to tell you.

First, let me start by saying I am married and many of my best friends are married. I have said yes to a dress and I have watched them say yes to many dresses, so my experience is coming from both points of view. I remember how we were treated from those “bigger box stores”. It was great saying yes to the dress but what many do not realize is the process does not end there. You go back for alterations, bridesmaids and groomsmen and the list continues. What I have found is after you say yes to the dress in the bigger chain stores you are then a number, a sale and that caring consultant has moved on to the next one.

The customer service at Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo is unlike any place I have honestly have ever seen. The minute you walk in you become a part of the family. The best part you ask? Well you stay in that family even after you say yes and even after you are married! The sole purpose is to make everyone feel welcomed and have a great experience from the minute you walk in the door to the minute you walk down the aisle. By the way, the amazing and beautiful dress selections also make it easy for everyone to try on all different shapes and styles, making sure we cover all bases before saying yes.

Another amazing benefit to all brides and even potentially new customers is that you can call or text the store. The texting feature is amazing because if you have anything weighing on your mind it can be answered quickly and ease those worries. I’d say that would be a great feature for when the store is closed but Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo is open seven days a week to accommodate everyone’s schedule.

The kind, caring, and compassionate staff is what really sets them apart. Every time you enter the store you will see a familiar face. The owners Wendy and Franco are some of the nicest most hard working people I have ever encountered. They make sure everyone and everything is taken care of.

So hopefully I have answered some of your questions. I could go on and on but I think the best way for you to understand it is to come in and experience the Darianna difference.

 

Featured Blogger: Kathleen Smith, Consultant at Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo

Part 4: Tips for Your Wedding Registry

Our bride-to-be Kathleen is back with some more great advice, this time on the wedding registry!  Have you thought about this step yet or did you learn anything along the way that would help another bride?  Share your tip here!

Wedding Registry: Bridal Shop in Bucks County

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Guest Blogger: Photo Booth for Your Wedding Reception

Armani EntertainmentThinking of a Photo Booth for your reception?  We spoke with Art Armani from Armani Entertainment to get more info on his business which also includes DJs, Karaoke, and Trivia services!  A great package to consider for the ultimate in guest entertainment.

One of the most fun ideas you can incorporate into your wedding reception – or any event – is the Photo Booth.  Consider at a wedding not everyone may want to dance and a photo booth offers an entertainment option for those guests as well as those who do like to dance.

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Everything You Need to Know About Prom Flowers

Courtesy of Blue Violet Flowers and Gifts, Warrington PA

prom flowers from Blue Violet Flowers & GIfts

This week’s guest bloggers are Val and Cindy from the Blue Violet Flowers & Gifts shop in Warrington!

Many pass this adorable store on Route 611 at Bristol Road, but have you stopped in?  Known primarily for their incredible bridal and prom flowers, they also have adorable and unique gifts for every occasion!   Recently I went in for flowers and came out with not only the flowers but the most darling set of baby socks (which saved me a separate gift run) and a delicious bag of gourmet popcorn (cause why not treat myself?).  The store is displayed perfectly and each section sucks you farther in.  Definitely stop by – you will love it and you will not leave empty handed!

If you have prom goers in the Bucks County area, chances are you’ve heard that THE place to order from is Blue Violet.  Known to have the best, most up-to-date, and just downright perfect prom flowers, we tapped their expertise this week!  We had to get it now because with the tsunami of spring bridal and prom orders speeding their way they won’t have much time for blogging…

Read on to find out what you need to know!

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A Lasting Impression: Your Wedding Photographer

Phillip Gabriel Photography logoAs proud members of the NACE Greater Philadelphia chapter, we meet monthly with some of the most professional and dedicated vendors in the wedding industry.  Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo is excited to feature in this blog a photographer who embodies the excitement and emotion of the perfect photograph.

Phillip Gabriel Photography was started by Philip and Gabriel Fredericks, a father and son team.  Thirteen years ago, Gabe took over the business and has been clicking ever since!

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Tone Up For the Wedding & Become a #FitWifeForLife

Guest Blogger:  Stephanie Boyne, Certified Fitness Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor

virtual bootcamp workout programAside from the many awesome aspects of my job, I get to blog.   I like to feature different vendors, brides, my staff, etc., and this time I want to feature someone who has her own awesome business who also happens to be my friend.  She is down to earth, real, funny, and she gets it.

One of her passions is fitness and I want to feature her now because 1) it’s bridal season and 2) every day I hear women say, “Well, I’m going to lose weight for the wedding.”

I’m writing this blog so you can actually do that – not only for the wedding, but for long after.

Stephanie Boyne has taught group fitness classes for the past 14 years at LaCrest, the YMCA, and for the past four years she’s been at Cornerstone teaching large groups and small Tribe groups.  She’s seen a lot over those years and one thing is universal.  When lives become too busy, one of the first things that falls by the wayside is a fitness regimen.

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Featured Blogger: Kathleen Smith, Consultant at Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo

Part 3:  The Food

In her next installment in her journey to the aisle, Kathleen gives some good insight and information on a very important part of the event… the food.  From the h’ors d’oeuvres to the desserts, soup to nuts, this takes serious thought and planning.  Read on to find out how she is doing with this part of the process!

apple cinnamon and anise treats

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Setting the Tone with Stationery

Guest Blogger and recent Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo Bride: Heather Dombrowski

Owner of Pretty Ink Press, LLC

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Darianna Bride & Groom Heather & Tom Dombrowski Heather is the owner of Pretty Ink Press, LLC

Planning your wedding requires thoughtfulness regarding the theme and tone you want to set, and it’s going to start with your Save the Date cards.

Whether you are having your wedding on a tropical island, a formal grand ballroom, a funky winery, or at home with your family members including the furry ones, sitting down with someone like Heather Dombrowski, owner of Pretty Ink Press, LLC, will allow you to thoughtfully plan this announcement piece, as well as your invitations, with your wedding guests.

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Featured Blogger: Kathleen Smith, Consultant at Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo

Part 2: I Said YES To My Dream Dress

Philadelphia wedding dress sketchesWedding dress shopping.  When a bride hears this, it may evoke any number of emotions. For the most part this will be excitement and joy, yet, for some the process overwhelms.  As a bride-to-be working for Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo I have now been on both sides of the experience.  I love being able to relate to our brides so closely!

I am a year out from my wedding and yes, I already have my dress!

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Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo’s Real Bride: Heather Wilkinson-Slobodinsky

Heather in Enzoani’s “Jenny” and Mark wearing Ike Behar
Heather in Enzoani’s “Jenny” and Mark wearing Ike Behar

The Meeting:

Mark and I met in January 2013 in physical therapy school at Temple when both of our classes were at a conference in San Diego and have been together since then.

The Proposal:

August 8th, 2015 in LBI. I absolutely thought he was going to propose the night before since we were going to have dinner at our favorite restaurant in Philadelphia and was pretty bummed when I was wrong!  But little did I know, both of our families were totally in on the surprise for the proposal to happen in LBI where Mark’s parents own a beach house. My parents and sister had planned to come down to LBI for the weekend and my mom suggested that we take “family photos by the beach” before dinner. This was actually the ploy to get everyone to the beach for Mark to pop the question.

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