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THE DRESS BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

The Dress Bridal Boutique in Medina was founded by local bridal expert Sara Recker with one goal in mind: “I wanted to bring something to Northeast Ohio that the bridal scene had not yet experienced.”

The Dress opened on Medina Square in April 2010, bringing a fresh, vibrant, and contemporary shopping experience to the historic town of Medina, Ohio.

“We want you to walk in the door, feel welcome, and fall in love with your dress,” says Sara, “Our staff will provide you with the highest level of customer care and an extensive knowledge of the latest trends in the bridal industry. We welcome you to bring a few close friends, get ready to have a great time and shop for the perfect wedding gown.”

The latest styles for 2016 include separates and sleek fabrics, such as crepe, satin and soft tulle. “With separates, you can put together the dress of your dreams,” says Sara. For instance, a beaded top encrusted with opals and rhinestones can be paired with a long sleek skirt. “You can match a simple lace crop top with a huge volume skirt with tiers of material or a fitted crepe mermaid skirt.”

Today’s brides aim for comfort. “Although we do have brides who will go all out and just get the gown that is perfect for them.” says Sara.

Sara advises brides come into the boutique with an open mind, but with a firm budget in hand. “Know what you can spend and don’t try on anything above your budget. I never want a bride to fall in love with a gown that she cannot afford.”

The average price for a wedding dress is between $1,500 to $2,000. “But we can accommodate a $1,200 to $3,600 budget bride,” says Sara.

Be prepared to shop for your dress at least nine months in advance. Alterations will be necessary since dresses are designed for what Sara calls a “Coca-Cola” body – with curvy breasts and hips and a nipped-in waist. “Brides come in all shapes and sizes,” Sara says, “so build in enough time to have the dress altered.”

Bridal bling is big right now. Many brides are choosing simple dresses and adding jewel-encrusted belts. Designers this year are still showing ivory and champagne dresses, but have also introduced styles in gold and blush tones. Cathedral veils at 108 inches long, worn at the crown of the head, are very popular.

Sara recommends brides bring no more than five family members to their dress appointment. “It can be an overwhelming process, so bring just a few people who you feel most comfortable with.”

Most of all, Sara and her staff want the bride to choose a dress that she absolutely loves. “That’s our goal and we work with each bride to make sure that happens.”

The Dress Bridal Boutique offers dresses and accessories for the bride, bridal party, flower girl and mother of the bride. By appointment only. 330.952.0636  228 South Court Street, Medina   TheDressBridalBoutique.com  
thedressmedina@gmail.com.