Blogs 2017-10-09T18:51:54+00:00

Bridesmaid Gifts – Don’t Be Basic!

Being a bridesmaid is such an honor, but it can sometimes be a thankless job. Getting your girls little bridesmaid gifts is a sweet way to make sure they know they are loved and their hard work is appreciated. Besides, only a true friend would fluff your train, assemble wedding favors and stuff invitations, right? You want your bridesmaid gift to be fun and useful and not just a trinket she will stick in her drawer and forget about.  We've put together some of [...]

Hostess with the Mostest: Dressing the Mother of the Bride

In all honesty, the hardest person to dress for your big day is the Mother of the Bride. And yes, that is a ‘title’ because this is someone who has a key-roll in your story. Your mother, in most cases throughout your life, is used to taking a back seat to let your dreams become a reality. Trust us when we say that this event is no different. She will make sure you have everything you want and need for this wedding without one [...]

Brides: How to make your life easier when it comes to bridesmaids dresses

  So! It's time to pick bridesmaid dresses. Whether you want a specific color or scheme, it is very overwhelming trying to make multiple women happy- and it can turn a fun shopping trip with your girlfriends into a mess. If you'd like to avoid the headache of trying to achieve the perfect look, then let us help! Here are a few tips for choosing your bridesmaids dresses that will keep you sane and your gals happy. Give them direction! Do NOT just "let [...]

Do you guys carry prom?? Um, sort of…

We get this question all the time. "Do you guys carry prom?" Prom is tough, because you need a TON of inventory, and honestly we just don't have the space for it. So while we don't carry traditional prom, we do have some good options for the girl who doesn't want a huge ball gown or to sparkle like a disco ball (not that there's anything wrong with that!) For instance, want some sparkle?? Check out these gems!      We even have some [...]

This One’s For the Guys: Let’s Talk Prom Tuxes

Times have changed. Guys are really feelin' themselves lately. Gone are the days of boring, boxy tuxes. Celebrities like Justin Timberlake, Neyo, David Beckham, Jay-Z and more are strutting the red carpet in designer duds that are, in a word, fly. So Dude, why aren't you thinking about your prom tux yet? Red? Blue? Black? White? Even merlot! Slim fit, skinny- yep, we have those too. We've got it all here at Monica's, and we are running specials for you guys! It's really so [...]

How to Plan a Wedding Beauty Regimen

We know that there’s so much to plan in the lead up to your big day. You’ve no doubt got the dress lined up (with us, of course! 😉 ), chosen your ideal venue and organized the guest list, but what about your pre-wedding beauty regimen? Now’s the time to start thinking about that. The more informed and better prepared you are the less stressful it’s going to be leading up to the ceremony, and that includes how you look after your skin and [...]

Boho and Beautiful Wedding Inspiration at Hiwassee River

We were lucky enough to be part of this dramatic boho shoot at the gorgeous Hiwassee River Weddings and Events last fall and are (finally) getting around to sharing pictures! (We're the worst, we know!) This team of vendors is awesome and what we produced is just gorgeous! We are loving the deep colors and bold furniture. And of course- we had to feature one of our favorite gowns! Find her here --> WTOO Ryley, and of course, at our store!   Hair & [...]

Plus Size Brides- Trust Us, We Promise!

For lots of brides, wedding dress boutiques can be intimidating places. Whether they don't like shopping, aren't sure what they want, or just feel pressure to have the "perfect" wedding gown, it can make a fun experience scary. We hate that! We also hate that plus size brides think that finding a wedding gown will be an uncomfortable/not fun experience. We believe every woman should feel beautiful on her big day, and it is our job to create an environment that makes everyone feel [...]

Designer Series: BTS at Essense of Australia and Martina Liana

Hello dolls! We hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving and that some of you may have even been asked a VERY IMPORTANT question! 😀 (If you were, you know you better call us once you've set your date! Or submit an appointment request here!) If not, don't worry- it's very early inside engagement season and we have a feeling that several of you will be sporting new jewelry before the new year comes around! In the meantime, let's visit our next designers in our [...]

The Future Looks Bright to Us: 2050 Styled Shoot

Back again with yet another fabulous styled shoot with some of our favorite vendors! We were lucky enough to shoot this time at the Hunter Museum of American Art, which was the perfect background to our futuristic 2050 styled shoot. We wanted to shake things up and try some looks we loved with a bit more of an edge- and I think we nailed it! Seriously, everything was over the top (gold hair foil anyone?) and yet it still felt like something we could [...]

Designer Series: Behind the Scenes at Malis Henderson

  It's no secret. When a bride tells us she doesn't want a veil, we get a little sad. We know they aren't for everyone! But one reason we LOVE Malis Henderson is because not only do they design veils, but also the most beautiful hair pins, crowns, halos and headbands. We love a little something on a bride's head, just to say "hey everyone, look at how pretty I am!" Elen Henderson, the boss lady at Malis Henderson, is phenomenal. She is so [...]

Designer Series: Behind the Scenes at Watters

We are pumped to share with y'all our new Designer Series where we will feature a behind the scenes look at some of our designers! Visiting showrooms brings out the little girls in us and we have to pinch ourselves to keep from going gaga over every little detail! We hope this is half as fun for you as it is for us!   We had the opportunity to travel to the Watters headquarters for Market this year- and it was awesome! Watters is [...]

Boho Chic Wedding Styled Shoot

Usually when we do a styled shoot, we have one bride and maybe couple of bridesmaids. When our friends at Spago and Soli Photography approached us about doing a Boho Chic Wedding styled shoot with 5 brides, we thought they might be crazy! But hey, we are a little crazy ourselves, so we jumped right in... It was a hot summer day here in Chattanooga, and trekking through the Tennessee Riverpark was not our ideal way to spend the afternoon, but the light and [...]

Getting Ready for Our SAMPLE SALE!!

It's that time of year again babes- time for our second annual Sample Sale! In order to make room for all the gorgeousness we are ordering for next season, we need to find homes for some of our gowns. This is a golden opportunity for you! To get you ready, we put together a few tips on how to make the most of our Sample Sale, happening September 5th - 9th, 2017. At our sample sale, discounted gowns and accessories can be up to [...]

Dressing a Queen for the Chattanooga Cotton Ball

We were so incredibly honored to dress the Queen this year for the annual Chattanooga Cotton Ball. The Queen, Virginia, is one of the sweetest Belles we've ever had, and it was a thrill for us to work with her on this project. Not only did she get her gown with us, a gorgeous Watters Bridal Gown named Marion, but we also had the pleasure of helping to design and build her an entirely new train. We have worked with the Chattanooga Cotton Ball [...]

What to Expect at Your Bridal Appointment

Shopping for a wedding dress should be fun and exciting! That said, so many brides aren't sure what to expect when they come to their first bridal appointment. There's only one of each dress? You're in the room with me? Can I bring everyone I know??  So to help with those questions,  here's the low-down on what you can expect from your first bridal appointment and how to best prepare for a fun day! Do a little homework OK, this is not as hard [...]

Martina Liana Tester Show June 10th!

We are SO EXCITED to announce that we will be having a Martina Liana Tester Show this June (June 10th to be exact)! Martina Liana was kind enough to choose us for this exclusive show two years ago and we are super honored to host one again. So what's a TESTER show?? A Tester show, my dear, is an exclusive look at a designers gowns that have never been seen by the public. In fact, these are the gowns they are working on for [...]

Whimsical Two Piece Wedding Dress Styled Shoot

We had the privilege of working with some amazing vendors on a styled shoot, and the results are nothing short of amazing! Just goes to show that when you put talented people together and ask them to do what comes naturally, great things happen! We hiked down Cloudland Canyon in Rising Fawn, Georgia to find this gorgeous little water fall. The other hikers were not real sure about what a bunch of women carrying makeup, garment and camera bags were doing in their inner [...]