Colorado Wedding Vendor: Julia Scott of Blue Bridal - Denver Bridal Boutique
Blue Bridal is a chic, contemporary bridal boutique, located in the Denver Design District in SoBo (South Broadway). This is one of my favorite bridal boutiques in the Denver area. The store itself is bright and welcoming, outlines with the most beautiful wedding gowns you will ever see. We all know I love the #shoplocal movement and I am glad this amazing boutique falls under the category of being locally owned and operated! They staff themselves with true professionals who go above and beyond to serve their brides.
"At Blue Bridal Boutique, we think finding the perfect dress should be a warm and cozy experience. We want you to kick off your heels (or your snow boots) and stay awhile. We’ve done our job if you leave our boutique feeling like you just met some great new friends, and found the perfect dress along the way. We realize your dress is not the only part of your wedding, so although our gowns range from $900-$4,000, we do our best to keep our average price around $1,500"
I have had the pleasure of working with Julia, the manager of Blue Bridal, on several occasions and I asked her to tell us a little bit about herself, Blue Bridal and to give my amazing brides some tips!
I have been the store manager of Blue Bridal Boutique for 6 years and I LOVE my job! I love all things posh and fashionable, but I'm a total sports guru + I'm a sucker for a good whiskey! When I'm not at the boutique styling my beautiful brides, you'll find me on the golf course (my happy place) or at a local brewery with friends. I am equal parts sporty to girly, so I'm told, and I think that allows me to get along with a lot of different personalities! I'm a total people person, so I'd love to hear more about your dogs, your zodiac sign, what you ate for breakfast, and where you're traveling to next!
Tell us goofy/funny fact about yourself: I struggle to put my laundry away for days (I feel like this is a common flaw). And I douse most all of my food with hot sauce. Also, Ron Swanson is my spirit animal.
Tell us a little about how you got here and why you do what you do:
I studied apparel & merchandising at Colorado State, and had plans to move to NYC for an internship after I graduated. As a proud CO native, I discovered New York was fun, but it was not for my future. Ultimately entering the bridal industry was completely by fate, and I'm so thankful the stars aligned! I'm so proud of this locally owned boutique + the service we're known for! My favorite part about my job is meeting new brides, hearing their love stories, celebrating her style and providing a fun shopping experience for everyone who walks through our door. This is the happiest time of their lives + coming to a happy space to shop is the cherry on top!
Julia's Tips For Choosing Your Dream Wedding Dress
Okay, I have more than one top tip, only because we have seen brides make the same mistakes without knowing what to expect! So I've listed a few extra tips for the best dress shopping experience below for good measure!
1.) Once you're engaged (YAY!!) and you've picked your venue, finding your dress should be top priority! Dresses take between 4-6 months to arrive, then alterations require 2-3 months to fit it perfectly to you. It's a long process, so don't wait to lose that 10 lbs you've been wanting to burn before you schedule your appointment. Just go out and try on some dresses! You will be grateful to have the extra time before the wedding to diet and go to the gym, rather than scrambling last minute to complete your fittings!
2.) First thing's first, don't overwhelm yourself with too many options! Do your research and only go to 1-2, maybe 3 dress appointments at your favorite boutiques with the designers you want to see. Dress shopping can become stressful quickly if you exhaust yourself from trying too many dresses, and then you can't think straight. This is a common theme we'll see when brides will attend 4-5 bridal appointments, when it truly wasn't necessary! If you find a dress you absolutely LOVE, even at your first appointment, ask yourself, "will I really beat this one?" "is this what I see myself walking down the aisle in to the love of my life?!" - if you get emotional and know it's the one, you really don't have to attend the other appointments. It's better to cancel those than to attempt to find something better (when you know you won't) and go celebrate with your girls (don't worry about not giving *them* the experience of a full day of shopping) they want what you want, and that's to be happy!
3.) Bring only a few VIP guests to your appointments, trust me! It sounds fun to bring your aunts, coworkers, and all of your bridesmaids to shop with you, but the opinions will absolutely begin to flood your mind and affect your decision. It doesn't matter how firm you are on what you want, if some odd comment or opinion comes out of left field from Aunt Susan, it could bother you the rest of the day. You deserve a special experience that's only about YOU and what you want to wear, it is your wedding day after all, girl! Also, celebrating with champagne is totally welcome, but be sure to set a limit so that when you're ready to make your decision, you feel clear enough to clarify questions before you purchase!
4.) Set your ideal dress budget straight so you don't see styles out of your price range, and express that budget right away to your consultant so they know where you're comfortable spending. At our boutique, we take your budget seriously because we know that weddings can be incredibly expensive - we'll never put you in a dress that's out of budget without confirming with you first!
I know that was a lot of shopping tips, but I can't stress these points highly enough! I do hope this helps brides in organizing their perfect shopping day, but I'm always available to answer any other questions, too! :)