It’s All In The Details

Lets face it, it is very trendy to have a vintage inspired wedding these days, especially Deco style! But there is one thing that all those other Gatsby themed weddings won’t have: YOU! It is in the little details that make you so unique and here at The English Dept. are all about celebrating individuality on your big day.

A great way to get a certain “look” while still showcasing your personality is through accessorizing. We recently brought in a number of new Nicole Miller dresses into the shop for this very reason. We love her clean lines, ultra feminine silhouettes, and not to mention her amazing prices! We feel they are the perfect blank canvases for a modern gal with vintage dreams. Here are a few of our new Nicole Miller dresses paired with our favorite vintage inspired accessories:

 

Luxe fabric, feminine cut, and lace cap veil in cathedral length with cascading ribbons. Dress: Nicole Miller “Lia” Veil: Erica Koesler “820-108″

Luxe fabric, feminine cut, and lace cap veil in cathedral length with cascading ribbons.
Dress: Nicole Miller “Lia”
Veil: Erica Koesler “820-108″

Sexy silhouette with edgy beaded sash and subtle veil. Dress: Nicole Miller “Marilyn” Sash: The English Dept. “Deco on Grey” Veil: Twigs and Honey “221″

Sexy silhouette with edgy beaded sash and subtle veil.
Dress: Nicole Miller “Marilyn”
Sash: The English Dept. “Deco on Grey”
Veil: Twigs and Honey “221″

Modern lines paired with charming lace and rhinestones. Dress: Nicole Miller “Dakota” Sash: Twigs and Honey “228″ Veil: Twigs and Honey “302″

Modern lines paired with charming lace and rhinestones.
Dress: Nicole Miller “Dakota”
Sash: Twigs and Honey “228″
Veil: Twigs and Honey “302″

This is just the beginning! Imagine vintage jewelry, the heels of your dreams (maybe in a favorite color!), classic yet modern make up and hair, and your groom in the most strapping custom tailored suit. We know the task of accessorizing can be quite daunting, but that why we are here to help. Come by and have one of our expert stylists help you find that perfect look that is all your own!

I mean really, should a wedding represent a decade, movie, or the unique love between two very lucky individuals? We think we know your answer and couldn’t agree more!

A Bit of Blush

Our annual sample sale is just eight days away and we wanted to highlight some of our favorite trends to get prepared–starting with BLUSH!  We have romantic, feminine and playful pale pink gowns to choose from at The English Dept.  From the classic Conservatory, by San Francisco line, Siri, to Elizabeth Dye’s Pinterest darling, Tea/Blush, if you’re shopping for a hint of color you’ll find it at The English Dept.

Drop in to check out these beauties in person between 11 am and 6 pm Tuesday through Friday or call us to make a Saturday appointment!

And don’t forget–all samples will be 50% off for one weekend only, July 26 – 28.  That includes all of the lovely dresses featured in this post!

Elizabeth Dye's "Tempest" with "Sage" from Untamed Petals by Amanda Judge.

Elizabeth Dye’s “Tempest” with “Sage” from Untamed Petals by Amanda Judge.

Elizabeth Dye's "Tea/Blush" gown shown in blush with a vintage brass rhinestone sash by The English Dept.

Elizabeth Dye’s “Tea/Blush” gown shown in blush with a vintage brass rhinestone sash by The English Dept.

Siri's "Conservatory" with The English Dept's "Antheia" sash.

Siri’s “Conservatory” with The English Dept’s “Antheia” sash.

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A strapless column by Simple Silhouettes (left) and "Gardenia" by Love, Yu (right).

A strapless column by Simple Silhouettes (left) and “Gardenia” by Love, Yu (right).

Think you don’t have time? The English Dept can help!

Nicole Miller's "Brooke"  with matching lace edged veil.

Nicole Miller’s “Brooke” with matching lace edged veil.

Summer is heating up and if you’re planning a wedding this year you might be starting to feel the time crunch.  Most designer gowns can take a few months to get to you.  At The English Dept most of the dresses we carry take anywhere from three to five months for a regular order.  Don’t have that kind of time?  Don’t worry!!!  Almost all of our designers can accommodate a rush order when necessary!  We’ve compiled a list of some options and tips for brides who are short on time:

1.  Buying a dress “off the rack”.

At The English Dept. (and most boutiques) the dresses in the shop are samples for trying on before ordering.  We normally have just one sample gown for the styles we carry and the size and condition will vary.  When someone purchases the sample from the store it’s considered buying “off the rack” and can be a great option if you’re short on time or on a budget.  Samples are generally offered at a discounted rate dependent on the condition.

2.  Ordering the dress you love with a rush.

In some cases a rush order will add to the cost of the dress and you can expect the price to increase as the timeline drops.  That means you might be paying an extra $50 to have your dress ready say, two weeks faster than normal or $200+ and to have it made months faster.

3.  Selecting a style from a designer with ready to sell stock.

Certain designers keep a limited amount of stock available and ready to ship.  It’s a bit rare and the styles, sizes and amounts can vary, especially during busy times of year.

If there’s something you love but you’re concerned about time, we can help!  Plus don’t forget to check out our upcoming sample sale!

Mark your calendars for our 2013 Sample Sale!

2013samplesaleIt only happens once a year and it’s so much fun. Absolutely every single sample gown in the boutique will be discounted for ONE WEEKEND ONLY! If you’ve had your eye on a special gown that you may have thought was a bit out of budget, this is a fantastic opportunity to fall in love all over again! Stop in to take a browse before the frenzy begins…this event is always a hit and the dresses go FAST!

 

New Amanda Judge Pieces!

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Our new pieces by Amanda Judge arrived today! Their simple elegance is the perfect finishing touch for a modern yet timeless ensemble. Come see them, our ever growing accessory collection, and expert stylists to help realize your flawless look.

Twigs & Honey Trunk Show!

Come and see the latest collection of bridal accessories from Twigs and Honey.

Friday and Saturday May 17th and 18th
with a special chance to get style advice from the designer Friday evening from 5 pm to 7 pm.

We’ll be welcoming walk-ins all weekend, beginning Friday at 5 pm  but please call us to book an appointment if you’d like a chance to try any of our lovely dresses.

E L I Z A B E T H D Y E trunk show this weekend!

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This weekend we’ll host our very own Elizabeth Dye for her spring trunk show event. Receive 10% off your order of any Elizabeth Dye dress–now through Sunday. Browse her complete 2013 gown collection, and watch bridal design being made before your eyes! In a special demonstration, Elizabeth will be in the shop finishing a one-of-a-kind couture gown commissioned by Oregon Bride magazine for an upcoming issue! Book your appointment today: 503 224 0724.

2013 Ivy & Aster Trunk Show

2013 Ivy & Aster Trunk Show

Shimmer and silk and ruffles galore! We are so excited to have the lovely collection from Ivy & Aster in the shop through Sunday January 27th! Walk in on Friday and call us for an appointment on Saturday or Sunday. We’re nearly full so act quickly! Plus we’ll be offering a 10% trunk show discount for all Ivy & Aster orders made over the weekend!

Priscilla wears Ivy & Aster’s “In Bloom”

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Photography by Kaitlin Emmerling

Priscilla chose “In Bloom” at last year’s Ivy & Aster trunk show.  I remember how excited she was to put on the dress when it arrived at the store a few months later–it was stunning on her.  Then I saw pictures of the wedding and wow!  Gorgeous dress for a gorgeous bride.  Congratulations, to the happy (and lovely) couple!

Ivy & Aster Fall 2013 Collection at The English Dept

Ivy & Aster Fall 2013 Collection at The English Dept