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The 8 Commandments of Perfect Bridal Fit by MW Couture

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Having begun sewing at the age of 15, Minerva Wooldridge quickly moved on to creating custom wedding gowns from hand-selected materials and exquisite embellishments, eventually founding her own Houston atelier, MW Couture. She is known throughout Houston and the U.S. as an alterations expert and designer of heirloom-quality special-occasion garments, who follows a strict set of rules to ensure that every bride leaves her store with the perfect fit. “My goal is to put my quality on display all the time,” she says. “You don’t take your dress from here unless you are 100 percent happy and satisfied.” We talked with Wooldridge about her rigorous regimen, known to her and her staff as “The Eight Commandments.”

Black, White & Blue Wedding at Crystal Ballroom at The Rice by Ever & Anon Photography Gown Alterations: MW Couture | Wedding Gown: Brickhouse Bridal | Photography: Ever & Anon Photography

1. The First Fitting — Wooldridge and her team strive to create the most welcoming and comfortable environment possible for the clients who have entrusted MW Couture with their wedding-day look. One way she does this is by reminding brides from the very first phone call to bring their slip, bra and shoes to their first fitting, so she and her team can get the entire look right from the get-go.

2. Dress With Care — Wooldridge also dresses the bride herself, paying special attention to every detail of the dress. She says that this helps her client feel more confident, as she expertly sets the gown to each bride’s body.

3. Find the Vibe — “Sometimes having the bride describe her wedding is like looking into a crystal ball. It lets me know her personality,” Wooldridge says. By hearing more about the event, Wooldridge can determine if she should go more romantic, modern or elegant with the design and fitting.

4. Listen and Answer — “The first time the bride comes in she might be very emotional,” Wooldridge says. She and her team listen intently to make sure they don’t miss any key elements the bride might mention, and that they answer all questions and address all concerns with confidence and empathy.

Black, White & Blue Wedding at Crystal Ballroom at The Rice by Ever & Anon Photography Gown Alterations: MW Couture | Wedding Gown: Brickhouse Bridal | Photography: Ever & Anon Photography

5. Talk It Out — Once alterations are underway, Wooldridge and her team go into great detail to explain all changes that have been made to the dress and offer any further ideas they might have, leaving the floor open for the bride to ask questions of her own. “Everything has a solution,” Wooldridge says. “I am trying to find the best solution, so she can have a dress that is both personal and unique.”

6. Right On Time — The team at MW Couture is always conscious of brides’ timeframes and takes pride in making achievable alterations within acceptable pickup dates.

7. Quality, Quality, Quality — Wooldridge insists that all alterations at MW Couture are “equal to or better than the original construction of the dress.” We can vouch for that!

8. Conclude with Gratitude — Lastly, Wooldridge thanks the bride for trusting the family at MW Couture with the most important garment for the most important day of her life! She wishes all wedding couples luck and a lifetime of memories.

Ashleigh & Quinn-Brad Adcock Photography-Cadillac Bar-Isabella Invitations-Dream Bouquet-MW Couture-DJU-043 copy Alterations: MW Couture | Gown: Lillian West from Whittington Bridal | Photo: Brad Adcock Photography

There are few experts in the wedding business as professional and caring as Minerva Wooldridge and the team at MW Couture! Want to get your perfect fit? Schedule a consultation with MW Couture today!

Valentine’s Day Inspired Wedding Decor and DIYs

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

In honor of today’s celebration of love and romance, we’ve hand-selected a collection of sweet wedding decor items, accessories and other goodies, all inspired by the colors, symbols and spirit of Valentine’s Day. From bridesmaid invitations to cake toppers, unique style accessories to DIY OMG’s, these pretty little bitties will infuse your day of love with the day of love, whatever day you say, “I do!” Scroll down for details & links! And, from our hearts to yours, happy Valentine’s Day!

Will-You-Be-My-Bridesmaid-Card

1. DIY Will You Be My Bridesmaid Pinata: Coastal Bride 2. DIY Cupid’s Arrow: Nest of Posies

Valentines-Day-Themed-Items

3. Rustic Save-The-Date Magnet: Rustic Love and Wood 4. Red Paper Parasol Umbrella: Paper Lantern Store

Same-Sex-Cake-Topper

5. Gay Wedding Cake Topper: Topper Room 6. Love is Love Wedding Cake Topper: Ngo Creations

Valentines-Day-Inspired-Items

7. Gold Tassel Red Necklace: Balushka Paper Floral Artistry 8. Gold Hearts Paper Garlands: The Little Things EV 9. Jute Wine Bag with Chalkboard Label: Cost Plus World Market

2016 Bridal Jewelry Trend: Chandelier Earrings

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Sparkle and shine with our Editor’s Picks for this year’s most coveted chandelier earrings. P.S. You can try on your fave gems at local Houston jewelers!

 2016 Bridal Jewelry Trend: Chandelier Earrings

1. Penny Preville Diamond & Pearl Earrings: Donoho’s Jewellers 2. Rose Cut & Round Diamond Chandelier Earrings: Zadok Jewelers 3. Pear Shaped Diamond Drop Earrings: Zadok Jewelers 4. Sapphire & Diamond Earrings: Peran & Scannell 5. Penny Preville Diamond Earrings: Donoho’s Jewellers 6. Casa Reale 18K Yellow Gold & White Diamond Earrings: Peran & Scannell 7. Diamond Deco Earrings: Zadok Jewelers 8. Diamond & Rose Gold Drop Earrings: Zadok Jewelers

Get Inspired: Classic Wedding Style

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Coco Chanel said it best, “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” This is so true—especially when it comes to our lovely Houston brides, who always look elegant. Inspired by our local brides, we picked out a collection of key pieces you’ll need to achieve a timeless, elegant look, including a chic ivory Monique Lhuillier gown, a bow clutch and a pair of sparkly Louboutins. Sounds lovely, right? You can get your hands on these fab items at fine local Houston fashion retailers. Happy shopping, xo!

Classic Wedding Style

1. Monique Lhuillier Aubrey Gown: Monique Lhuillier 2. Alexis Bittar Encrusted Pearl Drop Earring: Alexis Bittar 3. Simon G. Passion Collection White Gold Engagement Ring: Shannon Fine Jewelry 4. Christian Louboutin Patinana Open Toe Pump: Nordstrom 5. Kate Spade Wedding Belles Lucinda Clutch: Kate Spade 6. Golden Floral Cake: The Pastry Studio

 

10 Unique Engagement Rings You’ll Love

Friday, May 6th, 2016

You’ve found the one. Now, it’s time to send subtle (or not-so-subtle) hints and seal the deal with a unique ring that speaks true to your style. We handpicked stunning one-of-a-kind engagement rings that’ll have everyone swooning, for sure. P.S. We’ve got news for you—you can try on some of these rings at local Houston jewelers! You can thank us later. Happy shopping, y’all.

10 Unique Engagement Rings You'll Love

1. Rose Gold & White Diamond Band: Peran & Scannell 2. Simon G. Ring: Shannon Fine Jewelry 3. JB Star Marquise Round Cut Diamond Band: Zadok Jewelers 4. Cathy Waterman Wheat-Frame Ring: Barneys NY 5. Nazarelle Ring: Nazar’s Fine Jewelry 6. A. Jaffe Pink & Gold Double Halo Diamond Setting: Donoho’s Jewellers 7. Precision Set Diamond Bands: Donoho’s Jewellers 8. Pink Oval Cut Diamond Ring: Zadok Jewelers 9. Simon G. Fabled Collection White Gold Ring: Shannon Fine Jewelry 10. Claire Pettibone Versailles Ring: Trumpet & Horn