A Romantic Backstory

We LOVE a deep back; it’s the perfect way to show just the right amount of skin for any setting.  From a classic touch of lace to a more modern crossed back we have so many romantic, feminine and dramatic styles at The English Dept.

 Here’s a look at some of our favorites.  The best part is all of the styles here will be included in this weekend’s sample sale!  50% off every sample dress in the shop!  Walk in anytime Friday and Saturday, July 26-27 from 11 to 6 and Sunday, July 28 from 11 to 3.

"Chelsea" by Jenny Yoo

“Chelsea” by Jenny Yoo

"Lauren" by Nicole Miller

“Lauren” by Nicole Miller

"Elizabeth" by Nicole Miller

“Elizabeth” by Nicole Miller

"Grace" by Rose & Delilah

“Grace” by Rose & Delilah

"Madeline" by Rose & Delilah

“Madeline” by Rose & Delilah


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.


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!


Congratulations Elizabeth Dye! Best Indie Dress Designer 2013!

Last night Oregon Bride Magazine hosted their annual best of awards ceremony and celebration at Montgomery Park. Elizabeth Dye won the award for Best Indie Dress Designer in Oregon! Congratulations Elizabeth, you deserve it!

Coming Soon: Ivy & Aster Trunk Show!

Ivy & Aster’s signature style is marked with delicate, vintage inspired fabrics, subtle color and just a touch of sass swirled into delightfully feminine gowns.  You’ve probably seen them on Pinterest and you won’t want to miss a chance to see them in person.  For a limited time, come by The English Dept. and try the brand new 2014 collection!

On Friday and Saturday, June 21st and 22nd, we’ll have the latest bridal styles from Ivy & Aster as well as previous season favorites like “Posey” and “Duchess” in the shop!

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The English Dept will also be offering 10% off any Ivy & Aster orders placed during the trunk show (June 21st and 2nd) so call us and book your appointment at (503) 224-0724!

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.

Presenting Jenny Yoo’s 2013 Bridal Collection, “Modern Romance”

Introducing Jenny Yoo’s “Hathaway” a tulle gown from the Nabi collection with endless ways to style your look.  See Jenny Yoo demonstrate a few of the countless ways to customize your dress here.

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Plus, see the rest of the 2013 collection as well as classic styles from Jenny Yoo at The English Dept. during our Jenny Yoo trunk show this weekend.

Orders placed for Jenny Yoo gowns April 26th and 27th will also receive a 10% discount!  We can’t wait to see you in these beautiful new styles!

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


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.

The English Dept. Presents:

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