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Our heart skipped a beat when we received Carolyn’s photos…what a gracious and sweet client to work with, we all adored her! A little note from Carolyn… “I wanted to send a THANK YOU for the time and effort that went into finding and preparing my dress for our 10/13/12 wedding — from the “hey, […]

Our heart skipped a beat when we received Carolyn’s photos…what a gracious and sweet client to work with, we all adored her!

A little note from Carolyn…
“I wanted to send a THANK YOU for the time and effort that went into finding and preparing my dress for our 10/13/12 wedding — from the “hey, we received a dress on loan and it may be a perfect fit for you” call to the finishing touches and custom work done on my belt/sash.
The intimacy of your boutique is a charmer in itself. Add your wonderful team into the mix and I had nothing short of an amazing experience. Every bride-to-be should receive the same level of attention and warmth, so no surprise that I’ve recommended Hayden Olivia to recently-engaged friends.
A perfectly gorgeous Fall celebration at Claxton Farm near Asheville (Photo credit: Caroline Ghetes)

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Just the Right Touch

First look, accessory and first fitting appointments can be some of the most fun when brides are determined to pick out the accessory, veil or shoe that provides “just the right touch!”  While the department stores and online resources do a fabulous job of providing these items, we try to seek out unique, can’t find […]

First look, accessory and first fitting appointments can be some of the most fun when brides are determined to pick out the accessory, veil or shoe that provides “just the right touch!”  While the department stores and online resources do a fabulous job of providing these items, we try to seek out unique, can’t find elsewhere items.  Our veil designers will make any custom changes upon request, our jewelry designers will take a necklace and transform it into a bracelet and shoes- well, we have seen some fabulous ones as of late.  Here are just a few of our recent favorites.  How will you finish your look?

Haute Bride

Veil Trends

Veil Trends

 Jennifer Leigh

 

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Shoulders Covered?

We have had numerous requests for purposeful, stylish, non-matronly options for covering shoulders and arms for the ceremony.  This gets tricky- some boleros, capes, and jackets can be boxy, shoulder-paddish looking, gapping in all the wrong places, cover too much of the goods and just simply do not work.  We put one of our designers […]

We have had numerous requests for purposeful, stylish, non-matronly options for covering shoulders and arms for the ceremony.  This gets tricky- some boleros, capes, and jackets can be boxy, shoulder-paddish looking, gapping in all the wrong places, cover too much of the goods and just simply do not work.  We put one of our designers to the test and they over delivered.  You name the shape, we now have a sample for you to try.  We just received several gorgeous pieces that honestly- could not be more perfect!  Can’t wait to share these with you. Do you plan to cover your shoulders and if so, do you have an appointment at HOB in the next few weeks- we hope so!

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Dos for Dress Shopping

Preparing for your bridal appointment?  We know- you want to know what to bring and how to prepare, right?  We have been doing this for almost 5 years now and have learned a few dos and donts to make your gown experience top notch!  We are going to share some dos with you today, all […]

Preparing for your bridal appointment?  We know- you want to know what to bring and how to prepare, right?  We have been doing this for almost 5 years now and have learned a few dos and donts to make your gown experience top notch!  We are going to share some dos with you today, all hopefully helpful and will assist in helping you to have the most enjoyable experience possible!

Do’s of Bridal Gown Shopping:

1.  Don’t Sweat your Arrival.  Give yourself some time to find the boutique/store.  Parking may be close to the store or you may have to grab a space in a parking garage.  If you are 2 minutes late- its ok!  Upon arrival, use the potty, grab a water, settle your belongings and take a deep breath!  It will be fun, promise!

2.  Wear tan or Nude.  There is no way around it, you will see dark color undies under these gorgeous gowns.  It will throw you off and make you wish over and over that you thought more about your undergarment choices for the day!

3.  Leave the Outspoken Friend at Home.  Don’t get us wrong, we love friends.  HOWEVER, you do not need an outspoken friend who wants to check in on every gown- this is your day and often your day with the few whose opinions matter the most!

4.  Go with it! If the consultant offers you a bra, take it!  If she has a suggestion, listen.  These consultants are trained and very knowledgable.  Go with it!  Let them make suggestions, let them zip you and clip you and do all of the leg work.  Its what they are there for and its what they love to do.

5.  Know your Gown Budget.  Save yourself and the consultant the misery of trying on gowns that are out of your budget and then falling in love and feeling stuck!  Know your budget, share your budget and try gowns on within the range!  You will be very happy that you did!

6.  Eat before you Arrive!  They do not have medics on staff and its best that you do not pass out on this special day!

7.  Say Yes!  If you love the shop, love your consultant, like the price, LOVE the gown and have no reason to keep on shopping then say yes to that dress.  We find that bride who try on upwards of 20+ gowns get confused and frustrated with the gown process.  If all the pieces fit, say yes!  You will be so glad to move on to other details of your big day!

8.  Snap a FEW.  Snap a few shots of your favorite gowns if the shop allows.  Perhaps a few shots is sufficient!  100 pictures from your shopping trip is not needed and will just fill up your Iphone gallery!

9.  Take in the Moment.  You are getting married!  Take it all in- try on a princess ball gown!  Take a picture with your favorite people!  Smile- its not that bad!!  Enjoy the process and make some great memories.

10.  Accessory Appointment Needed.  A lofty goal would be to choose your gown AND all accessories in one appointment. Often it takes a second accessory appointment to pull your entire look together.  Breathe- choose the gown first and then let the rest of the details fall into place!

 Photo: Apple Brides

 

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Do you have a Wedding App?

I often wonder how brides “keep it all together?”  Almost 8 years ago, I had a large white 3 ring binder that I would “haul” to all of my vendor meetings and appointments.  Now days, its an iPad, iPad mini or iPhone that holds all of the important details together and in one place.  Where […]

I often wonder how brides “keep it all together?”  Almost 8 years ago, I had a large white 3 ring binder that I would “haul” to all of my vendor meetings and appointments.  Now days, its an iPad, iPad mini or iPhone that holds all of the important details together and in one place.  Where do you keep all of your planning details?  Are you sticking to a bridal budget and tracking?  Have you allotted an amount for your gown?  Have you chosen all of your vendors and saved their information?  Here are 3 bridal apps that we found to be noteworthy!

1.  The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner

2.  BRIDES Wedding Genius

3.  The Wedding Row

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Hope Doll Dress by Coren Moore

We are excited to introduce a very special new product.  Coren Moore is now making their  flower girl dresses to fit 18” dolls (think American Girl).  This is a perfect thank you present for all of those adorable little flower girls out there.   There is a story with this product.   Coren Moore is […]

We are excited to introduce a very special new product.  Coren Moore is now making their  flower girl dresses to fit 18” dolls (think American Girl).  This is a perfect thank you present for all of those adorable little flower girls out there.  

There is a story with this product.   Coren Moore is donating 100% of all profits to organizations fighting pediatric cancer.  Coren Moore’s daughter Chloe was diagnosed with pediatric cancer in 2010.  She is doing extremely well and her prognosis is excellent, but unfortunately pediatric cancer continues to touch many of us in different ways.  Coren has spent countless hours trying to think of ways to help fight this disease, there are so many areas of need, it has been hard to even get started.   Coren has decided to focus on donating money towards research and clinical trials, and has identified several organizations that are working directly towards finding treatments for children’s cancers.  

Please call the boutique for more information and to order!

   

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A One Minute Guide to Fabric

When you slip into a gown at Hayden Olivia you will feel a cool soft silk against your skin.  Many brides comment on softness, comfiness…etc.  ”Why?” you ask.  Almost 100% of the gowns carried in our gallery are made here in the USA and are made of 100% fabrics.  Most gowns in the bridal world […]

When you slip into a gown at Hayden Olivia you will feel a cool soft silk against your skin.  Many brides comment on softness, comfiness…etc.  ”Why?” you ask.  Almost 100% of the gowns carried in our gallery are made here in the USA and are made of 100% fabrics.  Most gowns in the bridal world these days are mass produced overseas.  We are honored to support the designers who are designing, creating, manufacturing, sewing and living right here on our soil!  Here is a quick one minute guide to fabrics and what you might find here at Hayden Olivia.  Do you know the difference between Mikado and Taffeta?

  Lace

There are three popular types of lace being used in bridal today.  French Aloncon, Chantilly and Guipure.  Aloncon has a cording and is sturdy, Chantilly is flat, soft and loose and Guipure is thick, heavier and has more structure.

Satin

Satin is made from silk and has one shiny face.  You have heard of silk satin, duchess satin and bridal satin.

Silk Chiffon

Chiffon is often layered or ruched on a gown and is described as soft and transparent.  Chiffon is one of the lightest weight fabrics to wear in bridal.

Silk Charmeuse

Charmeuse is very light weight, clings to the body and is know to give brides a very fitted, hourglass shape.

Silk Mikado

Mikado is a slim blend that is heavier than pure silk and has more weight and structure.  Mikado has a sheen and the face of the fabric has a pick or line pattern showcasing the blend of fabrics.

Silk Organza

Organza (one of our favorites) is lightweight and has lots of movements.  Organza is perfect for warm weather events and is often ruched or hand draped to give a billowy look.

Silk Taffeta

Taffeta is slightly ribbed or has silk markings.  Taffeta is often rushed or gathered and known for holding its shape.

Tulle

2 words…princess ballgown! Tulle is less expensive as many of the other fabrics.  It is frilly and girly- like the tutu you wore as a young girl.  Perfect for a bride who wants to make a statement, wants a dramatic effect or has a large venue.

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Gown Shopping 101- By Appointment

Many brides ask on a regular basis, “Can I just stop by?”  This question often puzzles us for many reasons.  Of course you can stop by and see the boutique, peek at the gorgeous gowns, say hello..etc, however this drop in will be unproductive.  Shopping for a wedding gown or even taking a look at […]

Many brides ask on a regular basis, “Can I just stop by?”  This question often puzzles us for many reasons.  Of course you can stop by and see the boutique, peek at the gorgeous gowns, say hello..etc, however this drop in will be unproductive.  Shopping for a wedding gown or even taking a look at a boutiques inventory takes time and resources!  Here are five reasons why our bridal boutique is By Appointment!

1.  ”Dropping In” will lead to several questions that arise and we always love to have a consultant available to answer your questions and offer our expert advice.

2.  ”Stopping By” will trigger a inner desire to just try on one.  We absolutely want to make sure that we have a dressing room available for you.  These days, we have been know to use the seamstress’s studio as a dressing room…in other words, it is busy!

3.  ”Swinging In” will most likely interrupt another bride’s appointment.  We want to say hello and welcome you to the boutique, however this can become hard if we are not expecting you!

4.  A “Quick Purchase” does not exist in bridal!  All items carried at Hayden Olivia are made to order.  In the event you have limited ordering time, we do have samples available to purchase…these accessory decisions take time, definitely appointment worthy!

5.  We are happy to do a ” Quick Style Check” however this is not quick!  We have over 150 couture gowns and our inventory changes on a weekly basis!  Often this takes a few minutes at a computer, double checking in a designer’s book, looking through the gown gallery…you get the picture!

We have posted normal business hours.  These hours are fair game for a bridal appointment.  We set aside 2 hours, reserve one of our large dressing rooms and make a consultant available to you for the duration of your appointment.  Ok- now there are always exceptions!  Will we turn you away- no!  Will we be rude and not speak to you- no!  Some of our most favorite clients happen to have been walk- in appointments.  They were fortunate in that there was a consultant and dressing room available.  If this is the case, SHOP away!!  If it does not work out, we will very kindly ask you to book an appointment at a later time or date.  Do you have your gown appointment booked?  Happy Shopping!

Photo by Jeremie Barlow

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Real Bride Feature

We have several gorgeous brides to share with you from 2012.  We are going to begin with the sweet Franks family! From Katie’s mom…”Katie was the most beautiful bride.  Everyone loved both of her dresses and the bridesmaids dresses as well.  Thank you for help making Katie’s wedding perfect.” We wish the happy couple a […]

We have several gorgeous brides to share with you from 2012.  We are going to begin with the sweet Franks family!

From Katie’s mom…”Katie was the most beautiful bride.  Everyone loved both of her dresses and the bridesmaids dresses as well.  Thank you for help making Katie’s wedding perfect.”

We wish the happy couple a long life of happiness and blessings!

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Exciting News, Stay Tuned

Good Morning lovelies…I know, the blog has been quiet for a bit.  This means two things…1.  we have been busy meeting all of the newly engaged brides for 2013 and helping them find their dream gown and 2. there is some very exciting news around HOB that we are dying to share.  A little more […]

Good Morning lovelies…I know, the blog has been quiet for a bit.  This means two things…1.  we have been busy meeting all of the newly engaged brides for 2013 and helping them find their dream gown and 2. there is some very exciting news around HOB that we are dying to share.  A little more hard work, design, set up and it will be go time!  Stay tuned for the big announcement- it may be just the thing you were missing as you plan your big day!!  eeeeek!  In the mean time, here is a little sneak peek of several new arrivals that we are head over heels for at HOB!

Ginny

Nova

Leah

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