It’s All about the Dress

Dress shopping in Rutherford County gives shoppers a lot of options.

You may be dreaming of a dozen layers of tulle or you might have decided to don a less traditional getup on your wedding day. One thing is clear; everyone will be asking about The Dress. But there is good news: you can find what you’re looking for right here in Murfreesboro.

If a custom dress has been your dream since childhood, A Special Touch has you covered. Owner Dena Bathgate has been sewing since she was 12 and has books full of her custom creations to share, or you can work with her to make that special dress something truly unique.

Pages of bridal magazines are littered with dresses. Some of those same designers are carried by Rutherford County store owners. The White Room Too (517D Cason Lane) carries internationally acclaimed designers Casablanca Bridal, Enzoani, Maggie Sottero, Mori Lee and Pronovias, to name a few. Special dresses discovered elsewhere can also be ordered into The White Room.

Everyone is looking to save a buck. Maybe that explains why Karen Whitaker with Encore Bridal and Formalwear has won local awards for her consignment bridal shop since it opened in 2009.

“Bridesmaids dresses and mother of the bride dresses start out at $19.99,” Whitaker says. “And we have some wedding dresses for as little as $50.”

Read more about Whitaker and Encore Bridal’s new store location in their Pulse business profile.

Other budget-friendly ideas include shopping at our local Goodwill. They do take in used dresses all year, and each year in March, local Goodwill stores pool their wedding dresses and host a Wedding Gown Gala, where gowns are sold en masse for deep discounts.

Wedding dress shopping gets digital online. You can purchase anything from highbrow designer duds to gently used dresses online. Browse for gently used dresses on websites such as CraigsList.org, SellYourWeddingDress.com, or PreownedWeddingDresses.com.

Another money saving idea is to purchase wedding dresses from clothing companies that do not specialize in them.

For example, J Crew launched a wedding dress line in 2004, and brand new dresses from previous seasons are often available at clearance prices on their website. They also provide phone consultations with their bridal specialists.

If all else fails, find a dress (white or otherwise) and make it your own with exceptional accessories. It’s your day. Make sure you feel comfortable and confident; the rest will all fall into place.


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