SAVE BIG by shopping Black Tie by Lori on Black Friday, November 27th!! This is the biggest sale on formal menswear with up to 75% off on select merchandise. Customers can choose from a wide selection of formal menswear and accessories for any occasion. Tux Coats, Shoes, Fashion Vests, Neckties, and Pants are ALL on sale!! Contact Black Tie by Lori for details 404.252.8767 Ext 210. DON’T MISS OUT!!
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As you know from previous posts, Bridals by Lori is no stranger to philanthropy. In continuing with our commitment to Sunshine on a Ranney Day (SOARD), the Bridals by Lori staff got “down and dirty” to construct a princess-themed room for four-year old Peyton, who is battling Stage- 4 Leukemia. The process took several weeks of planning and countless hours of construction, but the results were rewarding.
Peyton was very sweet and grateful that the Say Yes crew were able to aid in creating a comfortable space for her to play and relax. The room was complete with a dress-up station, a princess tiara over her bed, and custom princess sketches created by designer Lazaro!
A special thanks to Sunshine on a Ranney Day and Mohawk Flooring for making this possible. SOARD is a non-profit organization that works to create dream rooms & home makeovers for children with long-term illnesses.
Check out the gallery outlining our experience:
At Bridals by Lori, we play a huge role in preparing our clients for the “Big Day.” We not only help brides and grooms find their wedding dresses/ tux, but we assist the entire wedding party in looking and feeling great for the wedding. Often times, the wedding party will send us pictures to show their appreciation for our assistance. We take great pride in helping them through this process, so it is amazing to see their vision come to reality on this special day. Here is a recap of some of the weddings that have taken place this year. All of our brides and grooms look amazing and we are indeed proud. Enjoy!
Now it’s your chance to get up close and personal with Lori Allen. Watch Lori answer your questions on EVERYTHING from fashion advice and the bridal industry to the latest trends and everyday tips. Just email your questions to [email protected] with the hashtag #AMA (Ask me anything) in the subject line. Lori’s answers to your questions will be posted on You Tube!
Below are a few of the most frequently asked questions to date:
- Is it important for brides to wear a veil?
- Is it acceptable for a bride to wear a color other than white?
- What styles do you suggest for busty brides?
- Who was on your best-dressed list for the 2015 Emmy Awards?
- Which celebrity couple had the best wedding this year?
- How long did it take to start Bridals by Lori?
- What are your favorite products in your makeup bag?
As you can see, NOTHING is off limits! Start emailing your questions now!
Bridals by Lori is hosting a blowout sale for Mother of the Bride or Mother of the Groom all September! This sale offers some the most exclusive special occasion gowns, including designers: Montage by Mon Cheri, Vm by Mori Lee, Jovani, Ivonne D, Kay Unger and many more. Check out the gallery for a look at some of the samples offered here in the store. For further details, call or stop by the Bridesmaids Department. 404.252.8767 Ext. 192
Black Tie by Lori is one of the many departments that outline our full service bridal boutique. At Black Tie by Lori we carry the largest selection of men’s formal wear tuxedos for rent and purchase in the southeast. This includes tuxedos, suits, shirts, vest, ties, and other formal wear accessories. In addition, Black Tie by Lori offers the most exclusive prom/ pageant/ and homecoming dresses in the Atlanta area.
Our highly trained consultants and sales associates can help educate you in everything there is to know about men’s formal wear and special occasion dresses so you are sure to look stylish and appropriate. So here is an in-depth look into the black tie department, including a few of your questions answered by the consultants.
Production: Men’s Formals
What does it mean for an event to be “black tie?“
A: Black Tie is a dress code of formal wear for evening events and social functions. This dress code is usually worn to events after 6 pm and the events range from galas and dinner parties to fundraisers and of course, weddings!
Who normally picks out the tuxedos? The bride/groom?
A: It’s really 50/50. Sometimes brides have a vision that they will communicate to the groom and he will then start shopping within those guidelines. Other times, the groom is not involved as much…. he just comes to get fitted and follows her lead. We also have guys that may have seen a certain look on TV or in magazines and wants to re-create it. So everyone is different.
Is it important for the tuxes to match the bridesmaid dresses?
A: Traditionally speaking, yes. However, things have moved away from just the traditional standards, so you really don’t need to match unless it’s important to you. There are no rules now. Anything is fair game.
Which brands do we carry in-store?
A: We currently have Ike Bahar, Michael Kors, and Hugo Boss( retail only).
Any color or style recommendations for Fall?
A: I would say ‘dress for the season.’ In the Fall: Navy/ Black or the Classic Black/ White. I would choose the vest instead of the cummerbund. The weather is cooler so the groom/groomsmen can layer their clothing a bit more.
What about for Spring?
A: We can start experimenting with color a little more in the Spring. The Ivory Shawl and Tan Havana are excellent choices. With the warmer weather, a cummerbund is a better fit– It allows for more movement. The pleated shirts match nicely with the cummerbund as well. I would pair our gray Michael Kors tux with the pale pinks or other shades of grays/pewter or I would choose the tan havana with pastels and corals. The tan havana is also great for destination weddings (example below)
Is it better to rent or purchase?
A: If you attend more than one black tie event a year, I recommend that you purchase a tux……So it depends on your social calendar. In fact, we have a promotional deal that allows customers to get the cost of the rental subtracted from the purchase price of the tux, if the customer rents a tux more than once in a 6- month period.
Other promos** If the bride purchases her wedding gown from Bridals by Lori, her groom gets (a) free rental OR (b) $200 credit for the purchase of a tuxedo (any brand)***
Do we carry style options for children?
A: Yes, we do. For infants, we choose the “Peanut Butter” collection. This is usually standard for any child under 4 years old. If the child is age four or older, then they can choose a better fit with one of our rentals.
How far in advance should a groom and his groomsmen start shopping for tuxedos?
A: The sooner, the better! The bride and groom can decide on their vision for the wedding and as she is purchasing her dress, the groom can start creating the look for he and his groomsmen.
What is the ordering process for rentals?
A: Our policy requires a $50.00 deposit on rentals. This secures the order and sends it into production. Customers can pay online or in-store. The rental must be paid in full before it can leave the store.
Do you have any advice for prospective customers?.. Any misconceptions about shopping for tuxedos?
A: Most of our customers assume that rentals have a tailored fit–they do not. It is not a custom piece. The only areas that are adjustable are the sleeves and pants (hem.) The chest and shoulders are not altered to fit your body. If you are looking for a tailored fit, then you must purchase a tux for that look. ….(Monte modeling a tailored tux below)
Favorite part of this job?
A: I love being apart of their special day and watching everything come together. Working in black tie is quite different from the rest of the store because it allows the groom to have his special moment. So I’m happy to be apart of that.
A: I make modern, pop-art jewelry for fun! My pieces are made of recycled beads and material. I really enjoy doing that in my spare time.
Consultant: Prom- Pageant- Homecoming
Which designers are actively carried in-store?
T: Right now we have Jovani, Sherri Hill, and La Femme.
What are the major differences with each designer?
T: Well, Jovani is sleek, sexy, and sultry. If you want to make a statement or have a grand entrance, Jovani is your designer. Sherri Hill is fun and youthful! They offer high quality bead work, the styles are trendy, and it is age appropriate to cover a wide range of events. La Femme is simple and elegant. You won’t see the elaborate bead work, like a Sherri Hill. Nor is it over the top like Jovani. It’s more of our middle ground line. Just very chic and elegant.
Examples of Jovani dresses we carry in-store:
Typically, how are the three events categorized in seasons? (Prom, pageant, and homecoming)
T: Pageant dresses sell year-round. There isn’t really a season for that because they vary in time. Prom season is in the Spring when it’s warmer. Homecoming typically is in the Fall.
What’s your favorite trend?
T: Well, I actually have two (laughs**) so, I’ll show you both of them! The first one is the Jovani lace– you guys know by now I love Jovani! This dress is so intricate, it’s classy, and timeless. It’s definitely a statement piece.
The second is the Sherri Hill high neck. This look is trending everywhere right now. The dress is fitted and has an overall high quality style.
Examples of both:
How soon should customers start shopping?
T: For Homecoming, you should start shopping in the summer. We usually have a lot of the newer styles by that time. For prom, start as soon as possible! Prom season is busy!! Usually, teenagers will start shopping the day after Christmas for prom. They’ll come in with Christmas money and it gets hectic! …again, pageant is year-round. Also, we have so many unique gowns that it doesn’t require you to shop at a certain time. Come in anytime and I’m certain we’ll have what you’re looking for.
Do we have a system that keeps records of purchases? Will any two girls mistakenly purchase the same dress?
T: We do keep a record of who-buys-what. It is categorized by schools. We are very careful in guiding the girls into finding what they want for the event. It’s very rare that two girls will end up with the same dress. That’s also why we buy such unique pieces to avoid those mishaps.
Are we able to order a style if we do not have the sample in-store?
T: ONLY if it is available! It’s not a problem for us to order it, but it has to be available to order– which can be tough with certain styles. We require a non-refundable 60% deposit to order samples that are not carried in the store.
Do you have any Advice? Tips? Misconceptions for prospective customers?
T: Be open-minded!! 9 times out of 10, most girls buy what they least expect. So you have to be willing to try something different. That’s the only way to know if you really like it.
What’s your favorite part about working in this department?
T: I love making a difference. Girls come in here frazzled, sad, and exhausted from shopping. So it’s my job to step in and make it easy and fabulous! We have accessories in addition to dresses, so let us help to create the full package.
T: Well, I’m newly engaged! So after 5 years in this industry, it’s a different perspective being on the other side of things. Now I’m the one choosing venues, colors, and details. (Yikes!) I have these high expectations to be different and unique. The pressure is definitely on!
Check out the gallery below to see snapshots from the event held on September 12th, 2015 and former projects designed by the members of SOARD. If you wish to get involved, go to www.sunshineonaranneyday.com for volunteer and partnership opportunities.
Need a Mother of the Bride, Mother of the Groom, or Special Occasion gown? Visit Bridals by Lori on September 25th- September 27th for our Special Occasion blowout sale!! Get up to 75% off on top designers such as Teri Jon, Kay Unger, Rina diMontella, Montage by Mon Cheri and many more. Call or stop by for details. 404.252.8767 Ext. 192 #Bridalsbylori #SpecialOccasion #MOB #MOG
Bridals by Lori is getting a head start for next season. Currently, we are featuring Sherri Hill. These designs “epitomize the fashionable lifestyle of today’s contemporary women. Each look is designed to enhance and fit the female form with fashion-forward styling and wear-ability.” We have some exclusive dresses fit for any special occasion, from prom and homecoming to winter formals. These dresses are ready-wear straight from the runway! Check out Black Tie by Lori for a closer look at our new collection! Don’t miss out…
Lori and Monte have been so busy this season!! In addition to filming Season 9 (which we’re all excited about, right?), they have a list of events to host, places to go, and even more people to see. Recently they hosted an event sponsored by TLC–Discovery, titled “Say Yes to the Prom.” It is an annual TLC initiative, created to build courage and self-esteem among young women.You may have seen Monte traveling the country as a host for the event. If not, don’t worry …we’ll catch you up to speed with video coverage of some of the activities.
The event was held at America’s Mart in Atlanta, Georgia during prom market. Take a look at some exclusive footage of the event. Also, don’t forget to check back with us during prom season. We will have some of the newest styles available on the market! Stay tuned guys!!