Prime time wedding engagement season is right around the corner, and if you’re one of the lucky ladies who is celebrating the upcoming holiday season with some brand new bling on your finger, you probably can’t wait to jump into the wedding planning process. My husband proposed to me between Christmas and New Year’s, and the rush and excitement of my new sparkly diamond combined with the magic of the holiday season made it a truly special time.
Regardless of what time of year you get engaged, one of the first things any bride-to-be starts planning for is THE dress. Shopping for your wedding gown should be an exceptional experience. It’s one of the only times in your life when it’s honestly acceptable to act like a princess – so girl, take advantage of it. Picture a day filled with champagne, playing dress up in the most exquisite gowns and having your closest friends and family ooh and ahh. When I got engaged, unfortunately, there was not a bridal shop in Sioux Falls (or South Dakota for that matter) that offered this kind of experience, so I traveled to Chicago to go dress shopping. Thankfully for all of my Midwestern brides, the bridal scene is South Dakota has dramatically changed with the opening of Marie & Marie Bridal in downtown Sioux Falls.
Marie and Marie Bridal in Sioux Falls
Through a collaboration with Marie & Marie Bridal, my cousins and I recently had the opportunity to relive our own wedding gown shopping experiences. And WOW, it was pure bridal bliss, and quite honestly even blew my Chicago bridal experience out of the water.
My cousins and I came into Marie & Marie Bridal early on a Saturday morning for a bridal appointment, and we were blown away by the aesthetic when we first walked in. With a storefront in the heart of downtown Sioux Falls, the shop features floor to ceiling windows with glowing natural light. The dresses are displayed by designer on spacious racks throughout the boutique, with plenty of room to leisurely peruse the gowns. (No gowns in tacky plastic bags shoved onto overcrowded racks here!) Not to mention, they have the prettiest statement wall designed with floral wallpaper and a gorgeous full length mirror for their brides.
When we came in for our appointment, the ladies at Marie & Marie led us into our own private bridal suite where we were greeted with champagne and sweet treats. Their bridal suites are tastefully decorated with a plush velvet couch, floral wallpaper, and each suite features a changing platform with curtains and a 3-way mirror for the bride to dress.
Since this wasn’t your typical bridal appointment (technically, we’re all already married), each of us got to play dress up and try on the most stunning and stylish wedding gowns. Kayla, one of the owners of Marie & Marie Bridal, led us around the boutique, shared about each designer and helped us pull the best dresses according to our tastes, body types and (albeit imaginary for us) budgets.
Speaking of budgets, when you first see Marie & Marie Bridal or even after I’ve been describing our bridal appointment, you might think that this type of experience is only attainable to those with large budgets. And this is something I really want to make sure I address. Every bride should have a magical wedding dress experience, regardless of budget, and Marie & Marie shares that philosophy. Their gowns start around $1,000, and they’re committed to working within your budget to find the perfect wedding gown for you. They even have sample sales and trunk shows throughout the year where brides might be able to score a deal on their perfect dress.
Overall, I cannot gush enough about this collaboration with Marie & Marie Bridal, and is one of the absolute most fun ones to-date! My cousins and I all left wanting to renew our vows as soon as possible, just so we had an excuse to come back and try on more dresses. *Swoon* If you, a friend or a family member are shopping for a wedding dress, I really encourage you to make an appointment with them. Not only do they offer gowns, they have a beautiful selection of bridesmaids dresses, veils, jewelry and other bridal accessories.
Shopping for your wedding gown is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and Marie & Marie Bridal will definitely make it one to remember.
Thank you to Marie & Marie Bridal for sponsoring this post!
Photos By: The Sampson House