Here's the latest by our Mpls.St.Paul Weddings guest blogger and contributor, Kolina Cicero:
Shopping for a wedding gown can be a tough task, with a plethora of gowns from which to choose. When you're a plus-sized bride-to-be, however, difficult doesn't even begin to explain the search. Thankfully, the Twin Cities has a brand-new bridal salon designed especially for local plus-sized brides.
The Glass Slipper Bridal Salon opened just days ago in Andover, and we trekked north for a sneak preview. This is just the second plus-sized bridal salon to open in the metro—and by the looks of it, it's going to be a success.
"It's all about making people feel good," says owner Pat Ferguson, who greeted editor Olivia Herstein and myself in her shiny new sitting area. Dusty mauve walls contrasted beautifully with the shop's chocolate ceiling, and we particularly liked the floor-to-ceiling windows, spacious dressing rooms, and plenty of natural light.
Hand-crafted accessories by Erica Koesler and Private Label by G fill a glass case, and the shop boasts a rack of bridesmaids' dresses in three sizes and an array of colors. By October, Ferguson says, she expects to have 60 bridal gown styles ranging from sizes 18 to 30. As soon as her shoe shipment arrives (later this month), she'll carry medium- and wide-width shoes, sizes 7 to 10. Larger shoes can be specially ordered.
For plus-sized Minnesota brides such as newlywed Amanda Senal, formerly of St. Paul, this store concept is a godsend. Senal, who wed husband Hal in Mendota Heights in June, searched for months—and visited six different stores—before she found a gown at David's Bridal.
Most stores lacked dresses in her size, and Senal says that sales associates were ignorant of the challenges a plus-sized bride faces. In a perfect world, sales associates would be better educated about the emotions—and stress—surrounding gown size, she says. It's too bad Ferguson and The Glass Slipper weren't available this past winter to grant Senal the dress of her dreams.
For future brides, however, Ferguson says she's excited to attend the Chicago Bridal Market in October, where she plans to gather a bevy of trend-forward designs.
You'll find her salon at Ibis Street and Bunker Lake Road, just off County Road 47 in Andover. Our verdict: The Glass Slipper is worth the jaunt to the North Metro if you're a plus-sized bride, bridesmaid, or MOB. Any plus-sized Cinderella is sure to find her glass slipper there.
South of the river, we also have our eye on Rubenesque Bridal, a new-ish bridal boutique in Savage that caters to full-figured women sizes 14 to 32. If you've shopped there or know any brides who have, we'd love to hear about your experience!
Rubenesque Bridal, 6001 Egan Drive, Savage, 763-381-4256, rubenesquebridalgowns.com ; The Glass Slipper Bridal Salon, 13783 Ibis St. NW, Ste. 400, Andover, 763-427-5600. For hours, appointments, and updates on the shop's upcoming Grand Opening celebration, visit glassslipperbridalsalon.com.