Trudys Brides | blogCongratulations! You’re engaged! So, now what’s your plan? Don’t know? Here’s the one key tip you should remember during this time…no, it’s not – panic. It’s sit down and start making a plan. Why? Because it really starts and finished with your plan.

From your guest list, to your seating chart, you can easily waste valuable time by not having a wedding plan. First, start with jotting down your ideas on what you envisioned you perfect day to be. What does the area look like? Indoors or outdoors? Have any venues you’ve been to stood out?

Many brides have a wedding binder…a collection of tidbits that were accumulated over the years. But, just because you may not have one, doesn’t mean it’s hopeless. In fact, there are many websites that offer planning tools. One we love is on weddingwire.com – they even have a tab dedicated to planning!

The biggest thing is – don’t be overwhelmed. Starting and creating a plan can actually help calm the nerves because you can feel confident in your point of view and it helps when shopping for your dress or look at menu items to keep you on point with a goal.

Trudys understands the pressures brides face when planning for their big day. That’s why we strive to relieve that stress with at least one thing on that list – finding that perfect dress! Visit us today at The Pruneyard Shopping Center in Campbell, CA and see why many brides say YES! to Trudys’ dresses.

I can always tell when I meet a Watters bride.  Maybe it’s that extra attention to detail she’s put into her outfit, or the savvy look in her eyes that says she’s an excellent shopper who wants exceptional value for her dollar. Maybe it’s the way she describes her wedding, full of personal and unique touches, the way she comes alive when she talks about her dream dress – artistic, inspired, modern but timeless – in other words, completely and totally her.

I know her when I see her, the Watters bride, and I love the look on her face when she discovers the variety, style, and incredible selection available to her in the Watters and WTOO Collections.  These dresses are intelligent – stunning and creative, full of surprises and built-in options and constructed by the talented hand of a designer with years of experience.  These dresses are exceptional, and swoon-worthy, and they are on their way to you.
Trudys is happy to present the debut of the Watters and WTOO 2014 Collections. November 29th – December 8th, we’ll have both gorgeous collections in the store for you to touch, try on, and celebrate.  During the trunk show, each bride who falls in love with and purchases a Watters gown will receive a $150 credit to use toward her bridal accessories.
As if that weren’t enough excitement for one week, we are also thrilled to introduce the first line from Watters’ brand new bridal collection, D.I.D.  The D.I.D Collection, named for the first initials of each of its three creative young designers, Dani, Izzie, and Dylan, is fresh, sexy, playful, and full of fantastic options that reflect the personal styles of its fabulously diverse creators.   “New York native Dani’s east coast style influenced the elegant, and modern dresses with an allure of sophistication. Izzie’s California style inspired the romantic, bohemian and effortless gowns. Texas debutante Dylan’s style is reflected on glamorous dresses with a hint of sex appeal.”
Call today to schedule your appointment for our Watters, WTOO, and D.I.D Spring 2014 Collection debut trunk show.  Are you a Watters bride?  This is your perfect opportunity to come, try on, and see for yourself. Call (408) 377-1987 today to schedule your appointment!

 

 

Finding a venue that is both beautiful AND flexible enough to meet all of your needs is perhaps the most stressful part of planning a wedding.  You might love the view at one site, but not the $140-a-plate mandatory caterer. The food at another venue is spectacular, but not so much the box-like reception hall with its dated purple carpet and red velvet table linens.  So often, you are faced with a long list of all-or-nothing packages.  There are beautiful spaces, but never enough space and freedom to have the wedding you’re truly dreaming about.

Your wedding is yours and yours alone, and you deserve a venue that will allow you to get outside of the box and into the open air of the beautiful Almaden Hills, a venue with all of the luxury of a winery and the perfect intimacy of a wedding at home.  Trudys is so happy to introduce you to one of our favorite new venues in the Bay Area – The (stunning) Enchanting Gardens of Almaden.

The Enchanting Gardens of Almaden is, quite simply, the best of all worlds.  The beautifully manicured gardens and vineyard create the perfect wine-country ambiance, centered around a stunning Mediterranean villa that will serve as your home-away-from-home.  The luxurious on-site bride’s room means you and your party won’t have to worry about transportation wrinkles – you can walk your freshly-pressed dress right outside and down the aisle.  An expansive lawn and tiled patio offer you the ability to let your imagination run wild and create your own vision for your wedding day.  The Enchanting Gardens is also a private venue – no unwanted gym goers or golf pros or hotel guests will be wandering in to your reception, leaving you free to relax and enjoy time with your friends and family.

It’s beautiful, it’s comfortable, it’s all yours – and we haven’t even gotten to the good part yet.  Want to choose your own food?  Feel free to bring your own licensed caterer!  Have a certain wine you fancy?  Bring in your own drinks, with NO corkage fee!  The Enchanting Gardens is child-friendly, thrilled to celebrate with our LGBT brides and grooms, and your hosts are even thoughtful enough to provide a sitting room for elderly guests to escape and rest on cool summer nights.

The Enchanting Gardens of Almaden can accommodate up to 150 guests, or 250 with the addition of executive restrooms.  Also included with the site is the Wedding Day Management Package of Certified Wedding Consultant Marcia Coleman-Joyner, whose warmth and 24 years of experience will be the final pieces that make your day truly perfect.  We can vouch for Marcia’s talent ourselves – she is also the Event Coordinator for Trudys Brides! 

We’re simply in love with The Enchanting Gardens of Almaden.  And just when we thought we couldn’t fall any deeper, they’ve graciously donated the use of their property to one lucky couple as part of our $20,000+ Dream Wedding Give-Away at this year’s Wedding Faire.  Maybe, just maybe, that couple is you.

Finding the perfect venue is exhausting, unless the perfect venue just happens to be right in the neighborhood.  We can’t wait for you to discover The Enchanting Gardens of Almaden. 

Happy planning!

 

http://www.enchantinggardensofalmaden.com

 

 

Is there anything more wonderful than falling in love?  The anticipation, the joy, the way everything around you seems more vibrant, more inspiring, more alive – how could any of us possibly forget the magic of those first few wonderful day?

Ladies, get ready – Pronovias is about to make you fall in love for the first time, all over again.

Trudy’s is thrilled to celebrate the launch of acclaimed European design house Pronovias’ extraordinary Avance 2014 Collection.  These gowns, crafted by hand in hopelessly romantic Barcelona, are here to make you swoon, to steal your heart, and to sweep you off your soon-to-be-wed feet.    They’ve caught the eye of celebrities like actress Stacy Kiebler and international supermodel Petra Nemcova and received praise from the industries top bloggers, boutique owners, and taste makers.  And, for a limited time only, the entire Avance 2014 Collection is here at Trudy’s for you to touch, try on, and fall madly, madly in love.

California brides have always been quick to embrace the forward-thinking styles and fashions of Europe, and as the largest, most well-loved European designer, Pronovias delivers the luxury and quality that our brides deserve.  We can’t wait to watch you fall in love with these incredible gowns.

Join us for the Pronovias 2014 Pre-Collection Trunk show, August 31st-September 8th.  Call (408) 377-1987 to schedule your appointment today.  To get a glimpse of the entire collection, you can view the gowns here. (hyperlink “here” to http://www.pronovias.us/wedding-dresses-2014)

Every gown tells a love story.  Which will tell yours?

 

The show was remarkable for its luxury cast, starting with the entry of the two children, Patricia Arbués and Rodrigo Espinar, who gave way to the models: Irina Shayk, Valentina Zaliaeva and Josephine Skriver. Jon Kortajarena and Anne Vyalistina gave a surprising finishing touch to the “love story” of this great show. The attendees included well renowned faces from the worlds of film, fashion, the Spanish and international society and the press and international buyers, who enjoyed a unique presentation in terms of the designs, casting, celebrities and the stage design.

One more year, Pronovias brought together many well-known people from the most exclusive international social circles: Stacy Keibler, model and actress; Petra Nemcova, international model; Francesca Eastwood, daughter of actor and film director, Clint Eastwood; Rainey Qualley, daughter of actress Andie MacDowell and Federica Pellegrini, Italian Olympic swimming champion.

Every bride shines on her special day, but the Pronovias bride dazzles. The gowns in this new collection are absolute treasures, with elegant, delicate mother-of-pearl and crystal embroidery which adds subtle gleam to necklines before cascading down past the waistline to the hem. The use of glitter fabrics on the skirts on some dresses gives this collection, with its tiny sequins and feathers that adorn myriad, magical fabrics, a unique aura. The star combination is, without question, tulle and guipure lace, creating dresses brimming with romanticism and elegance for brides choosing floral decorations and clean, precise lines that show off their figures to perfection.

There is everything from traditional princess dresses, cinched at the waist and often with flattering strapless necklines, to sensual mermaid styles, or fresh, simple numbers, figure-hugging below the waist and with asymmetric necklines. The collection includes endless neckline choices for brides-to-be, from tantalizing halter necks which leave the shoulders and back bare to a host of V-neck, scoop neck and U-necklines, with tiny sleeves that subtly cover the shoulders. As well as tulle and guipure, the collection has gowns in superb materials such as rebrodé and Chantilly lace, organza, Paris organza and Torino taffeta.

These fine fabrics are fashioned into magical wedding dresses with gorgeous details on the back, such as sinuous layering and floral motifs in lace and gemstone embroidery. Modern, daring brides will also find what they are looking for from short dresses, perhaps a sophisticated corset, not to forget the gowns with very voluminous skirts. This is the year of the vintage-style headdress and brides will find a wonderful selection to put the finishing touch to their ensembles, from flapper-style headbands to birdcage veils to romantic 1920s-inspired cap veils that cover some of the bride’s hair.

The extensive Pronovias 2014 collection ranges from classically cut gowns to more modern ones that distil freshness and simplicity. A special mention must go to the new Atelier Pronovias collection, which stands out for its wealth of fabrics, and the gorgeous silks and French lace. Nor can we forget the marvelous work in rebrodé, chantilly, gauze, garza and taffeta that go to make up unique and exclusive items. Elie by Elie Saab presented a romantic dream style with a design filled with glamour, with long gowns and ribbons around the bust. A collection made in soft and ivory colors with fabrics like organza and silk taffeta, mikado and lace all set off with a final touch of magic with embroidery of pearls and pailletes.

Trudy’s Brides staff genuinely care for the brides’ full wedding dress shopping experience

Recently, Designer Justin Alexander featured a bridal spotlight on Trudys Brides. Here is the article that was featured;

“We are proud to present you with one of California’s largest bridal salons, Trudy’s Brides! This amazing achievement started over 38 years ago when owner Trudy Blechman had a clear vision-to help brides take time out of their busy wedding planning schedule to enjoy one of the most memorable moments in the whole planning process. Finding their dream dress!

The staff at Trudy’s genuinely cares for the brides’ full wedding dress shopping experience. They understand that it’s more than just scheduling an appointment and trying on beautiful gowns for a couple of hours. It’s about helping her feel beautiful, loved and taken care of during this very special time. Not only does Trudy help brides pick their dream dress she also helps them pick vendors for their wedding. Talk about a full service bridal salon! They offer their brides their very own Trudy’s Brides Passport that contains recommended vendors as well as some exclusive offers just for Trudy’s brides.

Trudy Blechman understands that planning a wedding means a bride’s to-do list is long and can become stressful. Every little girl dreams of her wedding day but doesn’t realize all of the hard work that comes along with it. Trudy believes in taking in every single moment and tries her absolute best to help her brides find their perfect dress while enjoying the whole experience.  

Trudy’s granddaughter, Ashley, recently chose Justin Alexander Style 8558 for her very own wedding. After trying on many lace wedding dresses they were all convinced this lace style was the best choice for her. And we definitely agree!

Bay area brides make sure to follow Trudy’s Brides on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for the latest bridal trends and promotions.

What are you doing to allow yourself enjoy every single moment of this wedding planning process?”

The Knot recently featured a blog post about us! Read what author Jennie Ma wrote about Trudys Brides!

Now that you’re on the dress hunt, you’ll need to know about trunk shows. Trunk shows are when designers go on the road with their entire collection and visit salons across the nation. This means that instead of just seeing a couple of gowns from the designers you love you can try on everything from their newest line! Maggie Sottero just debuted their gorgeous Fall 2013 collection at Trudys Brides and we sat down with the owner of the salon, Steven Blechman, to get the dish on what you need to know before your next trunk show.

 

Photo by Abel Soria Photography

1. Sometimes a designer or a member of the design team will be at their trunk show so it’s a great opportunity for a bride to actually get fitted and receive personal styling advice directly from the designer.  Find out if the designer will be coming to the show and don’t be afraid to ask them for advice or find out the inspiration behind the dress you love. Usually if you end up buying a dress at the trunk show the designer will autograph a picture or illustration, which is a pretty special momento to keep from your dress shopping experience.

2.   If you are lucky enough to attend a debut, or advance showing, that means you’ll be able to preview and try on the newest season of gowns months before they are officially released to  bridal salons across the US.  This exciting event gives you a first look at the newest trends and fresh style concepts, so you’ll truly be the first to shop for that dress!

3. Come in ready to explore!  While it’s great to have an idea of what you’re looking for, let the pros make some recommendations for you.  You may be surprised when you’ve found your dream dress was a style you never would have imagined.

4. Take advantage of the great relationships between your favorite designer and the salon.  Trunk shows usually mean priority deliveries of gown orders to that salon.  And if custom changes are needed usually a designer will offer a reduced fee, or no extra charge during a trunk show event. Who doesn’t like the sound of that!

Click here to see the article on The Knot!

 

Almost hitting the forty year mark in business is more just than a milestone. Trudys Brides and Special Occasions in The Pruneyard Shopping center in Campbell has strived over the years to give a family to family experience to their customers.  We are a family in business and play an important role along with our amazing managers, consultants, and support team.

Our customers become like family over the years.  Being in the wedding industry for so many years now,  has allowed Trudys to be a big part for so many South Bay and Bay Area Families.  We have mom’s who have bought their wedding dresses years ago at Trudys,  now bringing in their daughters to find their perfect prom dress, and of course we see them again to help them select a spectacular  bridal gown to celebrate a beautiful new love st