Tag: wedding dress shopping


Allie and Adam:  Wedding Planning Part 2
28 May 2017

Allie and Adam: Wedding Planning Part 2

It’s time to check in again with Allie and Adam’s wedding planning! “Oh my goodness, can we just go to the courthouse now?” Is what Allie asked Adam after dress shopping with her family.   Allie advises other brides to take a small number of people with you when you go shopping.  “It makes it easier; also, take people who are going to enjoy dress shopping,...

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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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Celeste and Lori shopping for Prom 2015
25 Mar 2015

Shopping at Hope’s: A Mother-Daughter Tradition

Faith, hope, love. We love what we do because we are constantly reminded of these most important things by our customers. We want to share the beautiful story of a Hope’s bride from 1992, and the legacy she has continued with her daughters. We are humbled and honored by families like this, who have trusted us with their business time and again over the years!...

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02 Jan 2015

What is a Trunk Show?

At Hope’s we get SO EXCITED for trunk shows!  But we realize some of our customers are not familiar with them.  You might not know what we are talking about when we say, “You have to come to this designer trunk show!”  So… here’s a little info on these super-fun events that fashionistas love! Trunk shows are special events when designers send their new product...

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Real Weddings by Hope’s: Lindsey and Christopher
13 Nov 2014

Real Weddings by Hope’s: Lindsey and Christopher

Lindsey and Christopher’s wedding is a great example of how DIY and personal touches can make your big day super-special as you will see in this Real Weddings feature!  The two met in Iowa City in the spring of 2008, sharing Whitey’s ice cream in downtown Iowa City for their first date.  Lindsey says Chris is full of cute surprises, which we can say is...

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Real Weddings by Hope’s Bridal:  Laura and Alex
22 Oct 2014

Real Weddings by Hope’s Bridal: Laura and Alex

For our first Real Weddings by Hope’s blog post, we are featuring my dear friends Laura and Alex.  They are a couple I love and respect, and you can tell they are perfect for each other.  I’m so excited to share their love story with you! One of the passages shared at their September 28, 2013 wedding was from Romans 12:   “Love must be sincere....

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Wifey tee from www.ilycouture.com/
13 Oct 2014

Tips for the Bride-to-Be Searching for her Dress

Hello Beautiful Bride! When I was a bride-to-be searching for her dress, it brought me to tears.  We love tears when brides find THE PERFECT DRESS, but my tears weren’t those kind- I was just frustrated!  I’ve literally worn hundreds of wedding dresses, and seen about any style you can imagine on other brides.  Plus, I had the pressure of being Diane’s daughter- I had...

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