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  • What is a Bridal Trunk Show?

    “Trunk show” is one of those words you hear in the wedding world that often causes confusion. Bridal stores may advertise specific trunk shows, or stylists may present a certain line as a trunk show. But… what even is a trunk show? A trunk show is a special event when designers send a collection of gowns or accessories to sell in our boutique for a limited time, usually one or two weekends. Think about it this way: a designer will send us a trunk of specialty items to show in our store. So… what are the perks of shopping during a trunk show? Relevance: Trunk shows often anticipate the upcoming bridal season. This means that you can shop dresses hot off the runway and be one of the first brides to wear it for your big day. Exclusivity: The trunk shows we bring in at Ivory Rose often feature designers and styles that aren’t usually available in the Fox Valley, or even in the entirety of Wisconsin. Once our event is over, we pack up the gowns and send them off to the next store. This way, brides have the opportunity to ensure that they shop the newest, most unique styles the bridal market has to offer. Trunk shows take the best of bridal and wrap it with a bow: brides get to shop fresh, exclusive styles, and we get to test out cool new dresses and designers in our boutique. It’s a win-win for everyone! Want to experience a trunk show for yourself? Check out our upcoming trunk shows on the Events tab on our website, and book your appointment early! Ivory Rose Bridal Boutique is Appleton, Wisconsin’s ONLY exclusively bridal store. We have made it our mission to bring our brides the best & latest wedding dresses, veils and other accessories from our favorite bridal designers. Every bit of what you experience with Ivory Rose has been intentionally curated to make you feel empowered & comfortable while saying Heck Yes! to your dream dress. Our passionate stylists support and uplift and are dedicated to creating your beautiful bridal experience. Book your bridal appointment today and let's find your dream wedding dress together!

  • 6 Steps to Say HECK YES To the Dress!

    O-M-G… You just got engaged?? Congrats, girlfriend—or, should we say, fiancée! You just answered a big question, and now you’re thinking about answering another one: Are you saying HECK YES to the dress? Before you answer that, though, you may be asking something like this: How—and when—do I start wedding dress shopping? We know our brides love a how-to. You’ve got lots to think about when it comes to your wedding—so let us help! We've outlined 6 important steps to take to say Heck Yes to the dress. Read on to learn more about the how and why of each step of the list. 1. Decide upon a wedding venue and date Venues are vital for understanding your wedding vision and aesthetic; however, solidifying a venue is important for wedding dress shopping because venues and dates walk hand-in-hand. If you have a venue, you have a date… and you need a date to buy a wedding dress! Different bridal designers work within different time frames, so it is important to understand the amount of time until your wedding so your stylist can suggest appropriate designers and purchase options. 2. Plan for your time-frame A good rule of thumb is to start shopping 9 to 12 months before your wedding. It may sound crazy, but some designers take up to 8 months to create and send your gown. Generally, however, a wedding dress can be in your hands 6 months after you said HECK YES—but remember that you’ll need to factor in time for alterations! Alterations begin three months before your wedding, with one appointment each month leading up to your big day. 3. Define a budget Ideally, if you’ve already picked a venue and a date, you already have a budget set for your entire wedding. If not, now is the time to set one. Wedding dresses are available in a wide range of price points, and it is necessary to pinpoint what range will be most comfortable for you. We suggest you communicate this range to the group you bring shopping with you. This way, everyone is on the same page when it comes to realistic options for the dress of your dreams. 4. Answer: Who needs to come along? Most bridal stores have room for you to bring along 3 to 5 guests. Before you go shopping, consider who you absolutely need to be with you to say HECK YES! Oftentimes, when it comes to your entourage, less is more. Remember, you can always bring others to your dress pick-up appointments and dress fittings, or FaceTime friends and family who can’t come in-person. 5. Pre-shop on local bridal stores’ websites When deciding where you want to shop, it is important to do your research. Most brides start on Pinterest, Instagram, and TikTok, and then translate that inspiration to local stores. Different bridal stores carry different designers with different aesthetics. To make your bridal shopping experience as fun and easy-breezy as possible, make sure you’ve browsed stores’ selections ahead of time to be sure they carry styles you’re looking for. 6. Book your bridal appointment Now, after all that, you’re ready to schedule your bridal appointment and find the dress of your dreams! Some brides plan a big bridal weekend and set up appointments back-to-back. Oftentimes, this can lead to a high-energy morning… and then hungry, tired, and overstimulated brides and groups by the afternoon. Most brides find their dream dress within the first dozen they try on. That means that most brides fall in love with a gown within the first two stores they go to. Our suggestion? Slow down the process, and enjoy each moment. This is a once in a lifetime experience—make sure you’re ready to fall in love, even when you least expect it. Knowing the ins and outs of the wedding world is so helpful when it comes to planning your big day. Finished with steps 1 through 5? Book your appointment here at Ivory Rose! Not quite ready just yet? Screenshot or save dress photos to reference as you prepare to find your perfect wedding dress. Cheers to you! Ivory Rose Bridal Boutique is Appleton, Wisconsin’s ONLY exclusively bridal store. We have made it our mission to bring our brides the best & latest wedding dresses, veils and other accessories from our favorite bridal designers. Every bit of what you experience with Ivory Rose has been intentionally curated to make you feel empowered & comfortable while saying Heck Yes! to your dream dress. Our passionate stylists support and uplift and are dedicated to creating your beautiful bridal experience. Book your bridal appointment today and let's find your dream wedding dress together!

  • How To: Measure Yourself at Home for a Bridal Dress

    Your perfect wedding gown is not only dependent on look but also on feel—and feeling your best in your “Heck Yes!” dress hinges on accurate measurements. Wedding planning is hard enough—why not buy your dress while on your couch and in your pjs! So… what if you’re shopping on our Bridal Outlet with only your dog around? When shopping in person at Ivory Rose, our professional stylists measure you for a gown—but the process can be easily replicated at home. Get out your measuring tape, ladies! Class is in session. Step #1 - Gather Your Materials To measure yourself at home, you’ll need… A soft, flexible measuring tape A pen or pencil A piece of paper A full length mirror Underwear An unpadded bra Step #2 - Get in Position In your bra and underwear, stand in front of your full length mirror. Hold one end of the measuring tape in your left hand and wrap it around your back to hold in your other hand (it’s almost like threading a belt through the belt loops on your favorite pair of jeans… but without the belt loops). Step #3 - Measure your Bust Measuring your bust is the hardest part. Hold the end of the measuring tape that begins at the one inch mark in your left hand and hold it steadily at your left nipple. Making sure the measuring tape has no twists or kinks, pull it taut so that it lays straight across your back. Use the band of your bra for reference. Bring the measuring tape under your right arm and across your right nipple. Place the end in your right hand directly under the other end in your left hand. At this point, the measuring tape should wrap around your entire bust line. Don’t worry if it takes a few times to get situated… measuring tapes like to slide around on you! Double check that everything is parallel in and in place: the edge of the measuring tape should line up with the bottom edge of your bra’s band. Then, facing the mirror, take a deep breath in… and out. Tighten the measuring tape to the size of your bust when you’ve let all the air out of your lungs. Don’t pull too tight, though. You still want it to feel comfortable! Write down the measurement, then try two more times to be sure that your measurements are accurate and consistent. Step #4 - Measure your Waist The easiest way to shift from bust to waist measurement is to shimmy the measuring tape to your waistline. Your waistline is the smallest point of your torso, usually just under your ribcage. If unsure where your smallest point is, lean to one side (kind of like a side tree bend in your hot yoga class). Where your skin creases is the smallest point of your waist. After locating your waistline and adjusting your measuring tape, double check that your measuring tape has no twists or kinks. Ensure that the tape's one inch mark is in your left hand and it’s other end in your right hand. Facing the mirror, take a deep breath in and out and tighten the measuring tape to the size of your waist when you’ve let all the air out of your lungs. Again, don’t pull too taut. We don’t want you to feel squeezed in your dress! Again: write down the measurement, then try two more times to be sure that your measurements are accurate and consistent. Step #5 - Measure your Hips One more to go! Slide the measuring tape to your hips. Measure the widest part of your hips, which is usually mid-way down your butt. Make sure that your measuring tape has no twists or kinks, then, again, place the one inch mark in your left hand and the other end in your right hand. Line up the inch marks to deduce your measurement. No need to breathe this time! Jot down the measurement, then try one or two more times just to be sure. Step #6 - Browse Away Now that you’ve taken your measurements, here comes the fun part—shopping! When perusing our online selection, hovering over the image of a dress reveals the tag size. This can give you a general idea of if the dress is within your size range. Remember, bridal sizing is awful (if we met a genie and got three wishes, changing bridal sizing would be on the top of our list, next to world peace—seriously). Expect a good fit to be 2 to 4 sizes higher than your normal street size. Once you find a dress within that size range, click and read our sizing description. We’ll list the bust, waist, and hip measurements. Know that not all dress types will need to account for a hip measurement. If purchasing an a-line or a ballgown, hip measurement will not impact the sizing of your gown. A fitted gown, however, requires a hip measurement to be sure that everything will fit just right. Matching your measurements exactly to an unaltered dress is rare (like, probably one in a gazillion). A good rule of thumb is that dresses can always be taken in—but they can’t always be let out. Don’t order a dress if your measurements are more than half an inch higher than those of the dress. If your measurements are lower than those of the gown, know that the dress can safely be taken in 3 to 4 inches by a seamstress. Looking for a great seamstress in the Fox Valley area? Send us an email at info@ivoryrosebridalboutique.com and we’ll send over our list of tried-and-true experts. Wedding planning is hard enough—why not buy your dress while on your couch and in your pjs! Once you place your order, we’ll package up your dress and send it your way. Just like that, you’re one step close to your big day! Ivory Rose Bridal Boutique is Appleton, Wisconsin’s ONLY exclusively bridal store. We have made it our mission to bring our brides the best & latest wedding dresses, veils and other accessories from our favorite bridal designers. Every bit of what you experience with Ivory Rose has been intentionally curated to make you feel empowered & comfortable while saying Heck Yes! to your dream dress. Our passionate stylists support and uplift and are dedicated to creating your beautiful bridal experience. Book your bridal appointment today and let's find your dream wedding dress together!

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  • Ivory Rose | Appleton's Only Exclusively Bridal Boutique

    NORTHEAST WISCONSIN'S ONLY EXCLUSIVELY BRIDAL BOUTIQUE let's find your wedding dress, babe! Founded in 2019, Ivory Rose Bridal Boutique is Appleton, Wisconsin’s newest & ONLY exclusively bridal boutique. We have made it our mission to bring you the best & latest dream dresses for your big day. Every bit of what you experience with Ivory Rose has been intentionally curated to make you feel empowered & comfortable while saying Heck Yes! to your dream dress. BOOK MY EXPERIENCE about our bridal boutique Ivory Rose offers an intimate experience right in Downtown Appleton behind Bagelicious. With natural light pouring out the windows, two cozy bridal suites for your friends & family to relax, a curated selection gowns, & extended fitting rooms for your comfort, you’ll never want to leave. To be honest, we can’t blame you! Ivory Rose stylists are experts in all things bridal, because it’s all we do! As an exclusively bridal boutique, our team is able to focus on helping you become your best-bridal-self. With just 90-minutes of our stylist’s undivided attention, your stylist will walk you through the process of finding your dream dress. Once you have found the gown that makes you feel everything you know you should, we will pop champagne, help you celebrate, & welcome you into the Ivory Rose family. FIND MY DRESS “This experience was unmatched after shopping at many, many stores. If you are newly engaged, save yourself the hassle and time, and start your gown shopping at Ivory Rose first. You’ll thank me later.” - Brianna appleton's only "just bridal" boutique Featuring Milwaukee-Made gowns, Canadian-Made gowns, & Australian Designs sampled from size 8 - 18 between $1600 - $3800. PREVIEW COLLECTIONS

  • Book your Bridal Appointment with Appleton's Newest Bridal Boutique

    BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT By appointment only bridal shop dedicated to finding you your dream dress. $1600 - $3800 We can’t wait to meet you! Select the appointment that best fits your needs to become an #IvoryRoseBride! ​ Bridal Experience: 1 hour 30 min Enjoy your own viewing area with up to 3 guests on weekends & 5 guests on weekdays. You’ll be paired with an expert stylist to assist you in finding the wedding dress of your dreams. You’ll try on a variety of styles & silhouettes to ensure you’re ready to say Yes! Afterwards, we’ll celebrate with pictures & popping the champagne! ​ VIP Experience: 2 hours During a 2 hour private bridal appointment you & up to 8 guests can enjoy champagne, sweets & a special gift for the bride while browsing our wedding dresses with your stylist. Our VIP Experience requires a $100 reservation fee & is the perfect bridal appointment for larger groups! Offered weekdays & Sundays ​ Dress Pick Up Experience: 1 hour Your dream wedding dress has arrived & is ready for you! Try on your gown and accessories before you take it home. Only select this appointment after you receive email confirmation from our team that your gown has arrived. Offered weekdays & Sundays

  • Mikaella Bridal at Ivory Rose Bridal Boutique in Appleton, Wisconsin

    Mikaella Mikaella Bridal is inspired by the individuality of brides and created to be dramatic. Designed to be a breathtaking twist of old Hollywood glamour meets new contemporary design. ​ Pricing: $2,400-$3,000 BOOK MY EXPERIENCE Atlas by Mikaella Jacqueline by Mikaella Bridal Brie by Mikaella Bridal Celeste by Mikaella Bridal Simone by Mikaella Bridal Andi by Mikaella Bridal Sylvie by Mikaella Bridal Houston by Mikaella Bridal Brooklyn by Mikaella Bridal Charlotte by Mikaella Bridal Denver by Mikaella Bridal

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