We had such a blast at the Florida Bridal & Wedding Expo hosted at the RP Funding center in Lakeland. Our fabulous models rocked the runway to Lady Marmalade (The Remix) and Mi Gente choreographed by our own Fashion Director, Lavell.
Click here to see the entire Gallery. Enjoy!!!!
Last month we were previleged to collaborate with Prestigious Pieces and Dee Jewels for Haute Accessories Week. This premier fashion event is produced by Lacey B Smith of The Fashion Movement, LLC.
The vision was to showcase unique pieces with bridal couture and break from the mold of traditional bridal looks.
We loved the opportunity to showcase our stunning gowns with some really special pieces.
Send us your comments and thoughts about the show
On February 3rd, we officially opened our Brandon store with a launch party and runway show.
We are so grateful to all our stunning models who rocked our collections on the runway
Our talented and efficient Glam Squad, Tiffany Stylez (Hair) and FitFaceBeauty (Makeup) who were just incredible
Our amazing Fashion Director, Lavell choreographed 3 formations for our runway show and worked tirelessly with each model till they were perfect.
We had such a blast and want to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who came and supported us on this very special event.
Special shout-out to DJ Mellohype, Cory Streets Photography , Sekou Photography and Lailah-Marie for Afua Anderson Photography
After months and months of searching, we found the perfect location for our 1st US store in Brandon, FL. Nestled in East Point shopping plaza, next to Walmart on the busy US 60 aka Brandon Blvd, Royal Bridal Florida is now officially open.
Out new store offers special order designer gowns as well as off the rack and consignment gowns. As with our Accra stores, we welcome walk-ins but we encourage appointments to ensure we are giving out brides all the attention they deserve.
We have been doing this for 4 years now, so its safe to say we have encountered all types of brides and some very interesting scenarios. When it comes to wedding dress shopping though, there are 3 recurring mistakes that we have seen in the Ghanaian market.
1. Shopping Late
I once had someone send me a WhatsApp message, "My sister is getting married on Saturday and she needs a gown." Let me venture to say, shopping for your wedding gown 5 days before the wedding is a bad idea. Planning your wedding is a stressful event and waiting till the very last minute to buy your dress means you will be limited to whatever is in stock and at whatever price point. At the end of the day, you will probably end up walking away with an 'okay' dress that you don't love. To be safe, you should start gown shopping 6 to 9 months before your wedding, to allow for time to really shop around and fall in love with a dress. Additionally, if the dress needs to be ordered, you want to also enough time for that.
2. Not setting a Budget/Not disclosing your Budget
Every one has a price they are willing to pay. It doesn't matter who you are; you have a cut-off point of how much you are willing to spend on a dress. Not disclosing the price-point you are comfortable with is a waste of everyone's time. There are thousands of wedding gowns to choose from, so providing a price-range makes your gown shopping more efficient. If GHC 1500 is your max, say so, that way you shop within that price range. Many brides feel if they disclose their budget, the shop will modify the price of the dress to fit the budget or sell them a cheaper gown at that price point. Trust me, if the shop is a legitimate business, it would not be a sustainable business model for them to adjust prices in that way. Also, if a shop sells the same gown to 5 brides at all different prices, word will get around and eventually, they will not be in business. There are scores of beautiful gowns in every price range so don't be afraid to share that information with your bridal store so they can help you find a gown you love within your budget.
3. Not doing Alterations
I hear this all the times from my brides, I don't want a seamstress to mess up my already-made gown. I totally understand the fear. A reputable bridal shop should have a qualified, experienced seamstress on staff to make alterations. If they don't have that, you probably shouldn't be shopping with them. Alterations are necessary to make sure your gown fits you like a glove. Gowns come in standard sizes, so it is rare that you will find something that fits every proportion of your body perfectly. The gown may be too long, or may fit your hips but not your bust. Alterations ensure that the gown is altered to fit your body perfectly. I have seen so many brides with ill-fitted gowns and it's a shame really. You should look perfect on the most important day of your life, Don't you think?
1. Plantain Chips
This popular Ghanaian Street food can be dressed up to delight your friends. They will love munching on it and be thinking about what a great time they had at your wedding. You can customize the packaging in your wedding colors and include your wedding date, names or initials.
From the moment my taste buds got a hold of Essie Spice Essential Collection, I was hooked. This delectable Spice collection its one of the many spice products brought to you by Essie Spice. With its on-point packaging and flavorful spicy goodness, Essie Spice will be sure to delight your guests. You can order Essie Spice from Essiespice.com or pick them up from Love Cafe KWAE (GHANA) Ground Floor, One Airport Square Airport City, Accra (020) 400-4010 (0302) 781 422
3. Adinkra Chocolates
We just love 57 Chocolate's homage to tradition. Their Adinkra Symbols inspired bars are the perfect addition to any shindig. Wow your guests with Chocolate molded into our beloved Adinkra Symbols and the best part is they take special orders for weddings, dinner parties, birthdays, etc. You can reach them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +233 504 736 539 to place your order.
4. Painted Clay Dessert Bowls
Painted clay dessert bowls aren't just a work of art, they are also functional. Your guests will always remember your wedding when they serve different desserts in these bowls. Have them made in your wedding colors with your initials and wedding date for a personal touch. They are definitely a memorable keepsake for your guests.
5. Nkate Cake/Peanut Brittle
Peanut Brittle, locally known as Nkate Cake is an amazing desert readily available. We love KayK Foods G-Cakes versions which are already packaged perfectly for your favor box. They also come in different flavors. The Ginger is to die for. You can reach KayK Foods at +233 54 330 8885
Your guests are sure to thank you for this favor. This is one favor that will definitely come in handy in the sweltering Ghanaian heat. Visit a local artisan and order them in your wedding colors or weave in your initials and wedding date. If you are having an outdoor ceremony or reception, provide these and then have your guests keep them as a favor.
7. Golden Tree Chocolates
GoldenTree de luxe chocolate bars which are currently in 10g, 20g, 50g and 100g sizes and in seven brands namely, Kingsbite, Oranco, Akuafo, Coffee Choc, Portem Nut, Portem Pride and Tetteh Quarshie are an excellent addition to any wedding GoldenTree confectionery products are produced from 100% Ghana premium cocoa beans with no cocoa butter substitutes and have been delighting Ghanaians since 1965. You can find them at most retail shops in Ghana
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