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Real Wedding by Hope’s: Sara and Jamie
23 Nov 2015

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Sara and Jamie

Hope’s bride Sara and Jamie started dating in July of 2013 after working together for some time. Their November 7th wedding at Beaches Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica was a picture perfect example of the fun and relaxation a destination wedding offers! While planning her wedding, Sara visited Hope’s where she found her Roz la Kelin gown. “The gal that helped me was a sweetheart!”...

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Everyday Savings on First-Cut Samples
18 Nov 2015

Everyday Savings on First-Cut Samples

Did you know that Hope’s offers a wide selection of first-cut samples from some of the bridal industry’s top designers at amazing savings every day? If you are working to keep your dress budget low but still want that designer dress and Hope’s experience, consider checking out our collection of samples on sale for $350. You will find savings of over $1,000 on some of...

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Bride with her bridesmaids: Essense of Australia bridal gown and Bill Levkoff chiffon bridesmaid dresses
28 Oct 2015

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Jessica and Jordan

Jessica and Jordan said “I do” September 19th in a classic, yet elegantly romantic Real Wedding. The beautiful Hope’s bride impressed us all with her organization, vision, and relaxed, happy planning style. “Planning my wedding was not nearly as stressful as many said it would be. I absolutely loved every minute of wedding planning. I wish the day didn’t go so fast, but I couldn’t...

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Waiting on God’s Time
15 Oct 2015

Waiting on God’s Time

And we wait. You brides know the waiting game… so much anticipation leading up to one big day. Waiting for my child to arrive is a whole new kind of waiting for me. It’s such a strange time to know the most life-altering thing to happen to me is coming, but not knowing WHEN!  I suppose I have an end in sight now, considering my...

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Diane, Cathy, and Ariel at the Chicago market
09 Oct 2015

Fall Bridal Market Recap

This fall, we made our way to two bridal markets. Mark and Diane headed to Atlanta, and Diane, Ariel and Cathy attended the Chicago market.  We’d love to share some of the highlights with you today! Trends: We saw a lot of illusion necklines, fun skirts, and color. We hardly saw ANY white in the showrooms, but we did see red, blue, champagne, blush, and...

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Sottero and Midgley Trunk Show at Hope's Bridal in Atkins, Iowa
30 Sep 2015

Sottero and Midgley Trunk Show Preview

Hey all you Brides-to-Be! We are so excited to bring you a much-anticipated trunk show this weekend of Sottero and Midgley new fall designs!  We will have fifteen sample gowns straight from the designer in addition to our current collection in our Atkins store.  Most of these samples are a size 6, but they are sending a few in larger sizes up to size 16...

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The women.
23 Sep 2015

Falling in Love: Fall Wedding Inspiration

Happy first day of FALL!  In honor of many people’s favorite season, here is a little color inspiration for those brides planning a fall wedding!  Of course, you are free to do ANY color you wish for your wedding, but here are some of our favorite shades for this cider-sipping, apple-picking, pumpkin-carving season! Whatever you choose for your fall wedding, it’s sure to be gorgeous! ...

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Hope’s How-To: Pregnant Bridesmaid
12 Sep 2015

Hope’s How-To: Pregnant Bridesmaid

It’s almost inevitable. One of those ladies you love the most says “YES” to standing by your side on your big day. And then what? She ends up pregnant. I laugh, because I just got to play bridesmaid for my best friend’s wedding seven months pregnant myself, and I learned the week of my own wedding the reason my sister-in-law’s dress wouldn’t fit was my...

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Are you getting what you pay for when you order online?
03 Sep 2015

Buyer Beware: Purchasing Authentic Bridal and Formalwear

Photo from www.knockoffnightmares.com – see more at their website or Facebook page. “While online shopping is always risky, buying a wedding dress online may be biggest gamble of them all. Still, many brides-to-be will scour the internet in search of tempting discounts or convincing counterfeit gowns. But if you dare to order that dream dress online, you may well receive a truly unrecognizable garment in...

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28 Aug 2015

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Sarah and Ryan

Sarah and Ryan’s June 26th wedding may have had some classic touches, but these Iowa transplants made it anything but traditional! Read on to swoon over their love story and be inspired by their vintage chic barn wedding with DIY flair! After both moving from out of state to Oskaloosa for agricultural jobs, Ryan and Sarah happened to meet one night at the local watering...

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