We have just returned from our collection buying trip in London, where we have met with Caroline Castigliano personally in her beautiful Knightsbridge boutique. We had a lovely chat and saw some stunning gowns made by Caroline, but above all we discussed how her dresses are made to give the understated glamour, elegant and luxurious look that all brides want.
We noticed that in today’s bridal industry there is just so many cheap copies of beautifully crafted, handmade designers gowns, that for a future bride it might be difficult at first to spot the difference. Caroline uses finest silks and laces from worldwide known fabric designers, and it just makes all the difference combined with Caroline’s signature corsetry, which made her brand move to the top of bridal industry for decades now.
Choose a shop that’s is either conveniently located next to your work place or to your home. It’s not just about the purchase, it is also about the fittings and if you live in Lausanne, maybe it’s not convenient to fly all the time to London…
#2: Limit your number of visits
Ever heard of dress overdose? The brain can only handle a few options at a time, so do yourself a favor and limit it to one or two shops so you can use all your brain power in choosing dresses and not shops.
#3: Do your research and use event to your advantage
Keep an eye on your local boutique event’s and make sure you rsvp to all their sample sales, trunk shows and discount events. You never know when you can save money for your special day.
#4: Quality has a price
If your dream dress is from this year’s collection of a very well-known designer, don’t expect it to be discounted. Also, don’t expect to find quality on a very low price. Try to find a balance between price, quality and your dreams.
#5: Boutique Fees
More and more boutiques are charging clients for the appointments. It’s a way for them to better segment their clients and to give a value to the consulting service they provide. Good boutiques will refund this value when you order the dress and leave you feeling confident, happy and informed.
“Belle en blanc…its simply a dream wedding dress boutique!
I discovered the boutique and their beautiful dresses at the catwalk of the Bridal Exibition Marinatal in Lausanne, and immediately i lfell in love with their style of the dresses.
I then discovered the boutique itself, during an appointment, and met Olga, the owner, who immediately knew what i wanted for my big day. We didn’t need much time to understand it, and for Olga to find the dream wedding dress for my day!
Even after a surprise in measurement change (baby tummy), Olga and her magic team adjusted the dress perfectly to my changing size, and it was just perfect! I received so many compliments on my beautiful wedding dress!
Other then the beauty and elegance of the presented dresses at Belle en Blanc, you get to meet a very patient and professional consultant who is passionate by their job and will always listen to you.
Thank you to Olga for her kindness, and her precious advice and availability.”
Joelle wore a special “Bergamot” dress by our very appreciated and demanded Polish designer, Anna Kara.
Not so long ago, we have been trully honoured to meet, become very close with and also celebrate the wedding of a very special couple……… Sandra got married early November 2015 in the most romantic and fairy-tale wedding setting imaginable. I have discovered the photos just few days ago, and i simply went speechless for a very long while (which for those who know me well, are very aware its rather hard to do to 🙂
When Sandra was telling me about her wedding plans, i could picture some details, but what i discovered looking at the photos, was simply utter amazement and a slight hint of very healthy jeleaousy, which all combined truly went to prove that Sandra is a pro in events organizing and thought about every slightest detail for her special day. This wedding is simply a perfect setting that takes me back in time, gives me goosebumps, impresses me and provides a very very cosy feeling all at once.
The warm, cosy ambience, the very old-fashioned, romantic and grand at the same time set-up of the wedding venue, the stunning yet so simple flower and table decor, with only hints of white and soft green tones, and to complete that all, the warm autumn leaves, and a gold-glowing mood of each photo and emotions so beautifully captured by Sandra’s friend and a photographer, who specially attended this wedding traveling all the way from USA.
I think i can speak for all the guests who attended the ceremony and the reception, that to be invited and present at Sandra’s and Johny’s wedding was a true honour and eye treat that will be long remembered by her friends and family.
A few words about the dress: we choose a simple and sophisticated strapless gown by Caroline Castigliano called “Love Letters” (could we even ask for more romantic name !?) and changed the style by adding long corded lace sleeves to match the mood of the late autumn wedding and weather conditions, and Sandra wanted to have ivory belt as well, instead of the original grey one that was part of this design. After a few appointments and verification of alterations, we were happy with the final result and both agreed that changing the sleeves to full length was the perfect choice! Sandra’s day was simply perfect!!
We could not be happier and prouder to share this beautiful wedding with you . Big congratulations to Sandra and Johny on their wedding and my thanks for sharing those amazing bubbles of emotions with us, and our visitors, who will surely enjoy admiring them as much as we did 🙂
Just have a look at our delicate bride Sophie, who got married this year, in July at magnificent venue Portes des Iris, in Vullierons.
Sophie choose a classic, elegant and timeless style dress called Marylin by our very admired designer, Augusta Jones. We slightly changed the neckline, and really gave the personal touch to Sophie’s gown choice, by making the strapless gown, using a lovely satin duchess to make the bodice, and soft, floaty silk organsa skirt to give a romantic, light and airy overall look.
As you can see on the images, the wedding theme was soft, blush and pastel colours, and Jenia Sanguinetti, one of the most amazing wedding photographers ever, made some really fabulous pictures during the famous golden hour, so much loved by many photographers.
We love the final look and are very happy to be able to share yet one more of our lovely, happy Belle en Blanc brides of 2015 🙂
It has been over a year since we met each other and i can hardly make through this time without you. Thank you for helping me choose this mind-blowing dress, for providing me up to date information, for encouraging me to be the bride and the person i want to be. , for calming me down, and for tipping me up.
i enjoyed so much simply talking to you, not only as a client, more as a friend. You are a professional and welcoming, more impressively, sweet, nice, considerable and patient person. I am the luckiest bride ever!
please share the wedding photos with us, i trust your photos choice and know the blog about our wedding will be amazing! and you can also share our wedding video with your brides.
Our stunning and stylish bride Charlotte got married on the lovely sunny afternoon in Suisse countryside. the wedding is a pure fairy-tale for any boho loving bride. We are so grateful for these amazing photos by Blancoco photography.
Real bride Brittany wearing bohemian style dress by ANNA KARA
« I’ll tell you a secret! When we are expat like me, one of our best friend to find good addresses is « google ».
After a short journey on it, the boutique Belle en Blanc became obvious. Indeed, after browsing all the laudatory testimonies, the pictures of the dresses, getting more beautiful one after the other, I have clearly made my choice. This is going to be my first Lausanne address and also the last.
Completely charmed, I sent an email and received directly an answer back to book an appointment. The first and good feeling was confirmed.
Welcomed by Olga, the owner, I discover a place dedicated to the bride: an elegant and feminine decoration which highlights so perfectly all the choices of the gowns from various designer and the fitting room, but more over, the splendid view of the lake and the alps, have made of this boutique the choice of my heart, really. Just need to find my dress now.
However, I have to wait a bit more as Olga is first asking me a few questions about the style of the wedding and my wishes for clothing. I want to have a dress in ivory, which is unique and reflects a bit of fancy tones, as well as rustic and bohemian, which is Kelley and I whish for the day.
Equiped with these details, Olga selects a few gowns. The fabulous adventure of trying dresses has now started. Olga leaves me some space to take time and to look at myself in the mirror and also tries to identify what I like or dislike in each gown. They are all beautiful, but I still can’t feel the “wooow” effect.
Nevertheless, I am still on my cloud and comes the last gown to try, which is the dress from a polish designer, Anna Kara. By just looking at it, I directly notice the difference: the ivory colour is more obvious and its main fabric, which is in tulle, is simply splendid. It gives the rustic aspect I was looking for. I try it on with a lot of excitement. Olga has barely finished to close the last button of the back, that I spontaneously say “I love IT”. It is the one for sure, this is the one I am going to wear at my wedding. The dress is moreover comfortable; I can even move and dance. Olga is as well convinced; she noticed my switch of expression and posture. I just became at one with the dress.
Even though Olga is professional in her advices, she knows as well how to take time to celebrate happy times. She then offers me a glass of champagne to cherish and memorise this moment full of emotions.
Then, she takes my size in order to make the dress bespoke and to wear it fitted. She assures me that the dress will be delivered on time, as she chooses her designer not only for the quality of their designs and fabrics, but also for their reactivity and respect of deadlines.
Indeed, three months later, Belle en Blanc calls me to try MY dress. It is just a delight to discover it again and we proceed to small adjustments. A week later, it is with my precious dress that I embark on a plane to the USA, where I get to celebrate my wedding. On the day, I felt like a real princess and my husband compared me with a Greek goddess. He also found “us” (the dress and me) beautiful! Enjoy! »