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Top 5 to Look for in a Dress Shop

Completed your research online and browsed through Pinterest for hours?  Sorted through a big stack of bridal magazines?  It’s time to make appointments and get shopping.  If you are close to a mid size city, you will most likely  have shop/boutique options.  Here are a few things that we think are important in a Dress […]

Completed your research online and browsed through Pinterest for hours?  Sorted through a big stack of bridal magazines?  It’s time to make appointments and get shopping.  If you are close to a mid size city, you will most likely  have shop/boutique options.  Here are a few things that we think are important in a Dress Shop, these make Hayden Olivia unique and we think you will appreciate them as well.

1.  Full Service

Hayden Olivia offers a full range of services for the bride at a specific range of prices.  We take you from initial ideas all the way through the final alteration process.

2.  Brides Choose

When you walk in, expect to see gowns out in the open.  A consultant will take the lead and walk you through the gowns in which the bride chooses which styles to try on.  We carry specific styles (like vintage or glam or lace), perfect for a bride who already has a style in mind.

3.  Accessories Galore

In addition to gorgeous gowns, we have all the other accessories a bride will need, like shoes, veils, jewelry and even undergarments.

4.  Couture Shop

What does couture mean?  Our definition is this:  Handmade, quality fabrics (100% laces and silks) and we like to add made in the USA!  Many of our designers produce gowns right here in the US.  Ladies, they feel amazing on because they are top quality and lets be honest, if your going to spend on a dress, it might as well be the best quality you can find.

5.  By Appointment

This means we focus on the ultimate gown experience and want to exceed your expectations.  By appointment allows for us to make sure we have a dressing room and consultant available for you.  Some days we can accommodate a same day request however most appointments book out 1-2 weeks in advance.  While searching for  the shops you plan to visit, make it a priority to schedule appointments so you receive the best experience possible.

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New Arrivals & Summer Happenings

We are thrilled to announce that we have several new arrivals as we gear up for brides who will be shopping over the summer.  Over the next few weeks we will also be announcing new designers that will be joining our boutique, new employees who are joining our team and further info about our new […]

We are thrilled to announce that we have several new arrivals as we gear up for brides who will be shopping over the summer.  Over the next few weeks we will also be announcing new designers that will be joining our boutique, new employees who are joining our team and further info about our new Bridal Suite Charlotte. Summer brings exciting news for HOB, stay tuned!

Gowns at Hayden OliviaPhoto by Jeremie Barlow

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Ines Di Santo Luxe

Latest news…HOB welcomes Ines Di Santo Luxe this weekend.  Girls, these gowns are the ultimate in luxurious fabrics, incredibly well made bodices for structure and support, custom color and pattern change options and never seen before styles.  Can you tell that we are excited?  While the schedule is already full, we will do our best […]

Latest news…HOB welcomes Ines Di Santo Luxe this weekend.  Girls, these gowns are the ultimate in luxurious fabrics, incredibly well made bodices for structure and support, custom color and pattern change options and never seen before styles.  Can you tell that we are excited?  While the schedule is already full, we will do our best to find a time that works for you to slip into these gorgeous gowns.  If you are planning to gown shop this June 6-8, make HOB a must shop destination!  We can’t wait to meet you!

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Happenings around HOB

Whew- what a month and where has it gone?  Here are a few details of happenings around the boutique!  The new arrivals are over the top gorgeous, new events planned for the summer (check out our events page) and we have been busy adding pretty accessories and pieces to our selection of accessories.  We have […]

Whew- what a month and where has it gone?  Here are a few details of happenings around the boutique!  The new arrivals are over the top gorgeous, new events planned for the summer (check out our events page) and we have been busy adding pretty accessories and pieces to our selection of accessories.  We have patiently awaited the arrival of two gowns from Jim Hjelm- yes ladies, the anticipated striped gown has arrived!  Our alterations department has been so booked that sweet Mai has been working 7 days a week- congrats to all of the brides who were married in April and May!  We are patiently waiting to see your photos!  Here are a few photos of new arrivals…

Ivory beaded (yes, this gown is fully beaded!) Alencon lace over Peach Organza

modified A-Line bridal gown, sweetheart neckline, open back, with covered button detail, sweep train

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 Perfect details from Haute Bride

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Real Bride Feature

A message from Jenna… “I wore the Portia on 9/22/12 when I married my love.  I have to share a story with you first.  In July of 2011, my now husband and I were in Charleston, SC while I was finishing up training for my new job with Walgreens.  We parked the car so he […]

A message from Jenna…

“I wore the Portia on 9/22/12 when I married my love.  I have to share a story with you first.  In July of 2011, my now husband and I were in Charleston, SC while I was finishing up training for my new job with Walgreens.  We parked the car so he could finish a phone call and when I looked to my right, I saw your Charleston store.  I immediately took a photo and sent it to my best friend (who introduced my husband and I and was our MOH).  I told her we would be shopping here for the big day, which I had no idea would come in 2012.

I had totally forgotten about this until the day I chose a Modern Trousseau gown from Hayden Olivia Bridal in Charlotte.  I randomly chose this shop because it was centrally located for my mother (WV), my now sister-in-law (Atlanta), and myself (North Myrtle Beach, SC).  I hadn’t looked at Modern Trousseau gowns, I actually was not a fan when they pulled Portia from the rack and insisted I try it on.  It was gown number 3 and from the moment I put it on, I knew it was the gown I would marry my husband in.  It was so comfortable.  I could wear it everyday!

Thank you for designing my dream gown, and being a part of the fairy tale I’ve always imagined!”

Congratulations Jenna, we loved working with you!

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New Arrivals

We always like to keep you up to date on our new arrivals.  Here is a sneak peek of just a few…we have had several arrive in the last two weeks and more to come.  We are thrilled to share these with our newly engaged brides, still lots of time for fall/winter 2013 brides and […]

We always like to keep you up to date on our new arrivals.  Here is a sneak peek of just a few…we have had several arrive in the last two weeks and more to come.  We are thrilled to share these with our newly engaged brides, still lots of time for fall/winter 2013 brides and spring 2014 brides.  Peek at our schedule of events here.  Do you have an appointment booked in the coming weeks- we hope so!

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Kendall lace wedding dress by Modern Trousseau

Cathryn lace bridal gown by Modern Trousseau

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NYC Bridal Market

We are so thrilled to share that some of the exact gowns that were just launched at Bridal Market in NYC this past weekend have already hit our gown gallery.  Our designers are so great that they allowed us to pre order so we would be one of the first stores to have these gowns […]

We are so thrilled to share that some of the exact gowns that were just launched at Bridal Market in NYC this past weekend have already hit our gown gallery.  Our designers are so great that they allowed us to pre order so we would be one of the first stores to have these gowns available.  They are new, stunning and ready for you to slip into.  We are often asked, do I need an appointment?  We do ask that you make an appointment so we can make sure we have a dressing room available for you as well as a helpful consultant to answer your questions and provide you with an unforgettable gown shopping experience.  Here is to Bridal Market 2013 and gorgeous gowns that have already arrived- Cheers!

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Hayley Paige Trunk Show

We are thrilled to host our spring Hayley Paige trunk show this weekend.  The designer will send in the newest styles for just one weekend.  Appointments are limited, however we will do our very best to accommodate all requests.  If you have a specific gown in mind, please call ahead to check availability.  We look […]

We are thrilled to host our spring Hayley Paige trunk show this weekend.  The designer will send in the newest styles for just one weekend.  Appointments are limited, however we will do our very best to accommodate all requests.  If you have a specific gown in mind, please call ahead to check availability.  We look forward to meeting you this weekend.  Do you have your appointment time booked?

Guindon Gown: Ivory striped organza strapless bridal ball gown with sweetheart neckline,

full flounced skirt, and taupe raw silk sash at natural waist with chapel train

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Guide to Wearing Accessories

Making a gown decision is big, really big.  Most brides feel a bit overwhelmed to choose a gown and a veil and a bracelet and a hairpiece and a hair flower all in one appointment…get the picture?  We like to focus on a dual first fitting/accessory appointment.  By this time, you have had time to […]

Making a gown decision is big, really big.  Most brides feel a bit overwhelmed to choose a gown and a veil and a bracelet and a hairpiece and a hair flower all in one appointment…get the picture?  We like to focus on a dual first fitting/accessory appointment.  By this time, you have had time to think through your “look”.  You have decided if you prefer a stud earring over a chandelier, you have decided if you will wear a hair piece under your veil or just for the reception…so many decisions!   Here is a little guide to choosing accessories.  Some of these will make you smile or even laugh out loud…these come from our real world bridal accessory appointments and hope that they will be helpful!

1.  You Are Not a Christmas Tree:  Sometimes brides get so excited about all the beautiful sparkle that they will keep adding…every location on the body that can hold a piece of sparkle (that is visable on wedding day of course) is probably not wise…choose a tasteful combination.

2.  Statement Necklace:  If you are wearing a statement necklace, keep the rest of your accessories simple!

3.  Incorporate a Family Piece:  We have talented artisans who can take a family piece and incorporate it into your jewelry choices.  A special piece created for your day that can be passed down for generations.

4.  Wear a Bracelet:   If the skirt of your gown is simple, you can handle a great bracelet, a pretty detail when you are standing with your hands down and photographs beautifully.

5.  Bridal Belt:  Several seasons ago, bridal belts did not exist.  The belts were sewn onto the gowns and chosen by the designers.  Today, we have more belt options than we can count.  Some of the tiny beaded belts can even be used as hair jewels or headbands.  Belts accentuate the waist and can add color to your final look.

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It’s Official, The Launch of Uptown Bridal Suite

Its official…Hayden Olivia Bridal is thrilled to launch The Uptown Bridal Suite The suite is every bride’s solution to the question, “Where will we get ready the day of the wedding?”  The ladies at Hayden Olivia and several of the Queen City’s top vendors have collaborated to provide a private and relaxing environment where brides, the bridal party […]

Its official…Hayden Olivia Bridal is thrilled to launch The Uptown Bridal Suite The suite is every bride’s solution to the question, “Where will we get ready the day of the wedding?”  The ladies at Hayden Olivia and several of the Queen City’s top vendors have collaborated to provide a private and relaxing environment where brides, the bridal party and family members enjoy the hours leading up to the wedding.  Peek through the new Website, contact us, send us feedback… several brides have already made their reservation and we look forward to hosting you at the Uptown Bridal Suite.

The Uptown Bridal Suite

Uptown Bridal Suite

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