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To Do This Week: Mia Bridal Couture’s Incredible Designer Sample Sale

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Tiny tubes of moisturizer, itsy bitsy fragrance vials, bite-size bits of anything yummy—we love us some samples. Especially when the sample in question is a designer wedding gown. How about more than 100 designer gowns? From top bridal design houses like Amsale, Rivini, Kenneth Pool, Liancarlo and more?? That’s what you’ll find when Mia Bridal Couture hosts its sensational off-the-rack sample sale this Sunday from noon-4 p.m. Please note that dresses pictured above represent designers that will be featured at the sale, but not the exact gowns that will be featured.

No appointments, early arrival is strongly encouraged, here’s what to expect: Mia has five dressing rooms, so the salon will allow five brides (with an entourage of up to three guests each) into the store at a time. During your time in the store you can choose four dresses to try on. Once you decide on a dress, a very helpful and gracious Mia staffer will have you pay for your dress in full (at a discount of 50-75% off!!) hand you a list of alteration and cleaning specialists, and send you on your soon-to-be-married way.

A few tips when buying your wedding dress off the rack, courtesy of Mia’s Lisa Toenjes:

  • If a dress is too small, you can have your seamstress change it to a lace-up.
  • A dress can be taken in approximately three sizes before you lose the look of the dress.
  • Remember to bring a strapless bra, your favorite heels (or shoes of the same heel height you plan to wear for your wedding), your friends, a camera and lots of excitement!

Good luck, gown shoppers. And remember, patience and manners, girls. It’s just plain good wedding karma!

Hot Designers + Big Savings = Mia’s Sample Sale!

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If you’re on the hunt for THE ONE, this is THE WEEK. We’re talking about Mia Bridal Couture’s sensational sample sale, today through Friday. That’s where you’ll find Houston’s most delicious selection of deeply discounted designer bridal gowns…and hopefully, in there somewhere, the perfect one for your perfect day.

Mia’s got more than 100 gorgeous gowns to choose from, and no appointment is necessary. Buy your gown TODAY (Wednesday, Dec. 1) and get an extra 10% off the already low sample-sale price. Yum!

Here are the deets…tell a friend! Or not. This is a first-come, first-served sale, after all–maybe best to maximize your odds. Happy shopping, Houston bride!

Mia Bridal Couture – Sample Sale
Wednesday, Dec. 1 – Friday, Dec. 3
Mia Bridal Couture
1958 West Gray
Houston, TX 77019
For more information call 713.622.2022 or e-mail info@miabridalcouture.com

Bridal Preview Fall 2011: Rivini

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Whew. It’s been an exhilarating (read: kind of crazy) couple of months, what with working on soon-to-be-launched redesigns of the Weddings in Houston website and this here blog, not to mention putting together the big, beautiful, bursting-with-inspiration January print issue of Weddings in Houston.

Of course, in the midst of this delightful madness, the New York bridal market just wrapped, and we are so excited to treat you to a preview of our favorite fall 2011 collections, straight from the market runways.

So let’s just start with a bang shall we? Bridal couture darling Rivini staged its show at the Alvin Ailey Theater, home of the legendary Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Which would have been cool enough. But then there were the gowns—oh, what gowns. Inspired by the French impressionist Claude Monet’s gardens at Giverny, designer Rita Vinieris created a magnificently textured collection featuring extraordinary pleating, layering, tufting and draping—in other words, lots of working of fabric that somehow never looked overworked.

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We checked in with Emily Sutton of Mia Bridal Couture for her take on the Rivini fall 2011 collection, and here’s what she told us: “Seeing these gowns on the runway whisks you away to [Monet’s gardens]. Rita manipulated the structural details to provide strong silhouettes with effortless movement.” Sutton says she loves how the collection’s bold lines “were softened by floral motifs and organic draping.”

Plus, we LOVE Rivini’s use of black and blingy belts, and chunky jewelry, as edgy counterpoints to these romantic gowns.

Check out our favorite designs from the Rivini collection—and check baclk over the next few weeks (or better yet subscribe to WIH and let US come to YOU) for more fall 2011 previews!

To Do This Week: Mia Bridal Couture Sample Sale

Christos, Kitty Chen, Watters, Kenneth Pool…Houston has been trunk show CENTRAL this past month or so, and we are loving it. Not only do our dear Houston brides get to hobnob with expert reps from some of the most desirable bridal design houses in the world, but those of you who buy your wedding gowns during these limited-time gigs get the benefit of that beloved trunk show treasure, the 15% discount.

What’s that you say? Schedule been so stuffed with to-do’s you haven’t had a chance to take advantage of any recent designer trunk shows? Fear not! This Thursday through Saturday, July 1-3, River Oaks Shopping Center’s deliciously chic Mia Bridal Couture is holding its sensational sample sale. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for fashionista brides on a strict bridal gown budget, and basically any bride who wants to look her designer best without paying premium designer-gown prices.

On Thursday, Mia is open extended hours, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and is offering an additional 10% off already deeply discounted prices (for THURSDAY purchases only).

If you can’t make it Thursday, you can still have your pick of designer sample gowns at unheard-of prices on Friday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or Saturday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), so don’t miss out! No appointments necessary, just grab a couple of stylish, discerning pals and GO. Need more info? Call 713.622.2022 or e-mail info@miabridalcouture.com.