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Friday, July 29, 2011

Thanks for sharing the BIG DAY!

We are updating our Bonny Bridal Wedding Calendar over on our Facebook Fan page - and while we are at it we are doing a little giveaway! 


It all started today, when one of our Bonny Brides mentioned something about her wedding day (which was July 16, 2011). We didn't have it on our calendar so, we decided a fun way to update our calendar would be for her to pick two random wedding dates - one in 2011 and one in 2012 and we would ask our brides to share their wedding day with us. The first brides to post their big day, that matched the random dates she picked, would win a little something-something! 

One of the dates she chose was June 9, 2012 and Heidi was the 1st one to respond with that date on our post! Soon after a couple other brides posted that same date! Heidi found not one but TWO date twins! Now, maybe you guys can share how your planning is going - this is the thing we love about our bridal community on Facebook!

So, we dug around in our little treasure chest and found something Heidi could use for her "big day"! A lovely Flower and Feather Fascinator made by our friends at Ansonia Bridal Veils!

We were still searching for our bride who had the 2011 wedding date that Katie picked! Right in the middle of writing this blog post I got a message from Katie on Facebook telling me a bride FINALLY posted the 2nd day Katie picked: September 24, 2011! Congrats go out to Jena! We have this beautiful Rhinestone headband waiting to be worn by you on your big day!


Thank you everyone - for sharing your day with us! We love following our brides down the aisle and we especially love to see and read all about your BIG DAY! Even though the giveaway is over - please keep sharing your day with us!

xoxo

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Wish Upon a Wedding: Nominated for Charity of the Year!

We have just been notified that the charity we support, Wish Upon a Wedding, has been nominated for Charity of the Year! We send our heartfelt congratulations to them for just being nominated - what an honor! But, we can help them win! Wish Upon a Wedding grants wedding wishes to couples who are facing a terminal illness or other life altering circumstance. Bonny Bridal has supported WUW since the beginning! We are a wish granter for our local Southern California chapter, and we have been able to grant two wedding wishes so far by helping the brides find their wedding gown for their special day!




With more than 2,000 nominations submitted, this year's CLASSY Awards judges had their work cut out for them. For the past 2 weeks, they've been reading some of the most incredible stories about people and organizations working tirelessly to change the world. Today, it was announced that Wish Upon a Wedding was selected as one of the Top 25 Finalists in the prestigious category of CHARITY OF THE YEAR!





From now until August 26th at 11:59 p.m. EST, anyone can visit www.classyawards.org and vote once per category for their favorite Finalists. You can help Wish Upon a Wedding by clicking the link below. It only takes a minute, and we would be so grateful for your help!

Good luck to ALL the finalists!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Mystique Prom - Sneak Peek for 2012

Dance the night away in the perfect gown! You will find the Mystique Prom 2012 Collection has the perfect dress for Prom, Homecoming, Winter Formal or any of your special dance occasions!


This year we are introducing the "sister" concept - You will be attending the prom with your best friends - and we all know that your BFF is just like your sister! So, when you start shopping for prom dresses you will find dresses that compliment one another - just like you and your best friend!


Short dresses are BIG this year! We have some of the cutest styles of short dresses! Trendy, flirty and most of all...FUN! You will look and feel gorgeous in these dresses!
Another hot look: Prints! These gowns allow you mix and match all kinds of colors! We love how vibrant they are and you will find your wild side in these bold colors!

Mystique also offers many flattering plus sized prom dresses! Our curvy prom customers will not be disappointed in our selection of plus sized gowns and cocktail dresses! 



We are really looking forward to Prom 2012! If you need something right away (as in like right now!) - make sure you check out the selection of dresses we have right now - in stock and available for immediate delivery in many colors and sizes!  




Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sneak Peek! Spring 2012

As you know, we have wrapped up 10 amazing days shooting our Spring 2012 Catalog. The Spring line is always larger - for many reasons. Some stores only like to buy one season and with Spring they get more to choose from. Also, the dresses will not ship to stores until January 2012 - which means that they are getting new merchandise....just at the time the bridal season kicks off! Our Spring Collection also includes all the dresses from our Mystique Collection - dresses for prom, homecoming, winter/spring formals and really....any special occasion! So, here are the Sneak Peeks for Spring 2012 we have released (some you may have seen...some are totally new!)


Sizing: Every collection, which the exception of Unforgettable Plus Size, is available
 in sizes 2 - 32. Unforgettable is cut in Women's Sizes: 16w - 32w


Bonny Classic Collection: I suppose one could call it our answer to Catherine's dress. This gown was already in production, prior to the Royal Wedding, but having a comparison to her gown could never be a bad thing! It was a beautiful, timeless dress. We love that lace, a staple in wedding gown designs, will be seeing a surge, thanks to the Duchess of Cambridge. This gown, which features an all lace back with covered buttons is  made of dotted swiss tulle and Alencon Lace. The lovely sash is featured in the color Antique on this Ivory gown. This gown will be in our Bonny Classic Collection as style 213


We will have a selection of dresses we are debuting this season called Bonny Informals. These gowns are perfect for an informal wedding, beach wedding, boat wedding, 2nd wedding or really just a fun wedding where the big, ball gown formal dress is just not what you are looking for. An early favorite is style 218 - it's shown in dramatic Ivory and Black. We have BIG PLANS for this lovely dress so, stay tuned!


Unforgettable....oh how we love this Collection! It is our award winning plus size collection and this year we have continued to give our curvy brides the dresses they have asked for. Oh yes, we listen to you (always!). We love the feedback from our brides because, when it comes to plus size brides they know what looks good - where you should emphasize and where you should minimize. Elegant, stylish dresses that accentuate your body. As soon as you put them on you know your wedding day will be unforgettable!

Of course White and Ivory will always be the main colors in bridal gowns but, sometimes a little color goes a long way. Let us introduce you to "Copper" our gorgeous color fit this gown perfectly! This dress is AHHHH-MAZING! Take a chance...try it in this beautiful color, we know you will be just as smitten as we are!

Another special collection we have is Bliss. The Bliss collection started off as a simple, modern line of modest dresses but, recently the entire concept of Bliss took off! Being modest was chic and stylish and the dresses needed to be too. Brides flocked to this collection because it was what they were looking for...and so much more! Stylish, young and affordable! We knew that the modest community had different needs and we met them - allowing the sleeve length and necklines to be changed to accommodate different religious requirements was not a problem! Brides found their perfect Bliss for their big day!




Couture. Elegant. Daring. Different. These are just words but, when you bring them together you have a bridal collection that says high fashion - it is Essence....



Next up....a sneak peek of Mystique Prom...

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Sneak Peek - Spring 2012 - Unforgettable Plus Size Collection

We love sharing sneak peeks with you from our collections! Today, we wanted to give you a look at a gown that will be available in our Spring 2012 Collection (in stores January 2012). This gown is made from iridescent taffeta. The featured color is called "Copper" - for the bride who is a little daring! It will also be available in White and Ivory:


Visit us on the web at http://www.bonny.com or join our amazing community of brides on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bonnybridalgowns

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Blissful Wishes Ball - Save The Date

Bonny Bridal gratefully supports the non-profit charity Wish Upon a Wedding. WUW grants wedding wishes to couples who are facing life altering circumstances, including terminal illnesses. It has been our honor to fulfill two wedding wishes in our local area - providing the wedding gowns for Sandra and Lisa. Wish Upon a Wedding holds a major fund raising event each year called the Blissful Wishes Ball - a black tie event that is open to wedding professionals as well as the general public. We just received notice that the Southern California Blissful Wishes Ball will take place on September 21, 2011 for ticket information click here. The magical evening is taking place at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, California. We will continue to provide updates on the event - as well as the online auction that coordinates with the event. Last year, we donated a wedding gown for the online auction - which was won by a local bride - Velvet, who just got married - you will get to know her and see her amazing wedding pictures soon! 


Featuring  a Special Design Challenge

of
Royal - Inspired  Vinyettes 
from Around the World.
Wednesday September 21, 2011.
Richard Nixon Library
Yorba Linda California

FOR MORE INFO ON PARTICIPATING IN THE DESIGN CHALLEGE OR EVENT SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES,
Please contact: laevents@wishuponawedding.org

TABLE of 8 SPONSORSHIP INFO:

PLATINUM - $1,500
Logo listed on eventbrite and event collateral
Logo listed in program
 
Special name WUW ribbons
 
Exclusive Seating
 
Logo on table tent in lieu of number or table name
 
Guaranteed gift bag at each seat of table
 
An extra 5 minutes at end of Silent Auction close
 
2 bottles of wine at table
 
Mentioned verbally when thanking sponsors (at respective level)
 
Waived gift bag inclusion fee
 
Can take centerpiece home
 
Custom sponsor level ‘button’ for your webpage or blog

Listing in Advetorial

GOLD- $1,000
Company or Individual name listed on eventbrite and event collateral 
Company or Individual name listed in program
 
Special name WUW ribbons
 
VIP Seating
 
Company or Individual name on table tent in lieu of number or table name
Guaranteed gift bag at each seat of table 
Mentioned verbally when thanking sponsors (at respective level)
 
Custom sponsor level ‘button’ for your webpage or blog
 
Listing in 
Advetorial

Sneak Peek - Spring 2012

We just wrapped up 10 days of shooting our Spring 2012 Collection catalog! We are loving the images we got (the editing isn't such a fun job! ha). We have shared a couple of "sneak peeks" on our Facebook Fan page so go check them out! Here is another sneak peek from the Essence Couture Collection:

























Dresses from our Spring 2012 Collection will be available in stores beginning January 2012!
Have you seen our new website yet? Check it out! And while you are there sign up to be the first to know about Contests and Promotions we are having!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Let's Celebrate! Our New Website Giveaway!

Let's Celebrate!


We've just announced the launch of our new and improved website and now it's time to celebrate! One of our new features is the Sign Up for Promotions and Contests...and we want you to sign up! 

From the main page just enter your email address and hit GO! 

So, it's giveaway time! You just need to sign up to win!

The party will go on until Monday, the 18th of July and we will pick random winners through out the weekend!

Your private information is important to us and we promise we will never rent, sell or distribute your personal information to any third party! 

We will only contact you when we have important news to share and well, when we have promotions and contests! 

We look forward to having fun with you! 

Thanks for helping us celebrate our new website!

Bonny Bridal Launches New Website!

We've got some BIG news today!

Our new website has finally launched! Check it out and let us know what you think.


Our completely new and improved website is LIVE after months of preparation. The new site features many useful tools, such as an interactive chat feature, better search features: you can now search by:


SILHOUETTE
WAIST 
NECKLINE
BACK 
SLEEVES
FABRIC 




We have also changed the way you can view the dresses - you can view all on one page, there is a zoom feature and also we have added an interactive catalog


We invite our friends and fans to sign up for our promotions and contests! Be the first to know about what is going on! You will find a newsletter section, a re-designed "About Us" and so much more! 


For our retailers: We are still working on improvements to your area! We have listened to your feedback and we are making things a lot easier for you! Stay tuned for more information. 


This was a huge undertaking and we know there are bound to be some kinks to work out - so if you notice something please make sure you let us know...we value your feedback and have tried really hard to create the website you all have been asking for so, we hope you love it!


Check out the new and improved Bonny Bridal today!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Wish Upon a Wedding - Lisa and Doug - Part 2

In part 1 of this story - you got the background leading up to Lisa and Doug's wedding day - which took place on May 26th, 2011. We asked Lisa to tell us about her feelings and we recently just got a "thank you" card from her that read:


"The dress was the most important thing on my list. I was anxious and nervous about finding the perfect dream dress. When I took one look at your website of gowns I felt a sense of relief as every gown was stunning and beautiful. When I went to try the dresses on I fell in love with my gown. Everyone loved it! When I took it to David's Bridal to buy a slip other people wanted to buy it. Everyone loved all the details, the beading and especially the train! When the wedding day came I could not wait to put it on. Wearing it I felt amazing and more beautiful than ever! I love that dress! I had it boxed because all I wanted to do after the wedding was wear it and looking at it just brings back that day and all of the amazing moments of my wedding. I thank you and all of Bonny Bridal for your generosity and for giving me such a stunning dress and making my dreams and wishes come true. With much love and thanks, Lisa Wang May 26, 2011 Wish Upon a Wedding"


Many vendors worked in the quick time frame to put this gorgeous wedding together! The photographer, Jim Kennedy Photography, were able to capture so many beautiful images of the special day!



Venue: Bella Collina / Caterer: Jay’s Catering / Wedding Planner: Once Upon a Time Weddings & Special Events / Wedding Photographer: Jim Kennedy Photographers / Wedding Videographer: New Classic Films / Floral Design: Fantasy Floral / Officiant: Rich Anderson / Wedding Invitations: Paper and Thread / Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Sweet Fuss / Wedding Cakes: Sweet Gems / Photobooth: Shutterbooth/ Favors: Dough a Deer / DJ: Vive Entertainment / Rentals: Fusion Linens / Linens: Wildflower Linens / Wedding Dress: Bonny Bridal / Hair Accessory: The Wedding Pantry / Groomsmen Attire: Friar Tux / Ring Bearer Pillow + Flower Girl Basket: Bella Bambino /Cake Stand: Raise the Cake / Veil Weights:The Pampered Bride / Calligraphy: Calligraphy Katrina / Hanky: L’il Inspirations

Wish Upon a Wedding - Lisa and Doug - Part 1

We have been waiting to share this story with all our friends and fans! We heard about Wish Upon a Wedding when they were first starting out and immediately knew that this was the charity we wanted to partner up with! We signed up as a "wish granter" for our local Southern California chapter. Lisa and Doug were the 2nd couple to be granted a wedding wish by our local chapter. Wish Upon a Wedding grants wedding wishes to couples who are facing life altering circumstances, including terminal illnesses. You can read more about Lisa and Doug's story here or learn more about Wish Upon a Wedding here
On April 19th we saw that WUW had granted their 2nd wish to Lisa Tso and Doug Wang. We immediately contacted them to see if Lisa needed a dress for the wedding, which was taking place on May 26th, to coincide with World MS Day.
We got our first email from Lisa on April 20th and she wrote, in part, "A wedding gown is probably the most important aspect of every girls wedding. We are so excited to be getting married and for you as my bridal consultant. Every gown on your website is stunning and beautiful." Lisa was going to come into our showroom on May 2nd to try on gowns. We had a few gowns for her to choose from:

034 White - This is a very elegant, popular style right now! Anything with flowers (this dress has small 3-dimensional flowers) is in style right now. The draped bust line is also very elegant and a classic button down back.

045 Ivory - A simple Halter gown with an overlapping pleated empire bodice and banded waist.


052 White - Chiffon is a very nice flowing fabric and wouldn't require the use of a full crinoline slip.


0101 White - The sheer illusion strap that leads into the back is very elegant!


0720 Antique - This gown is certainly made for a princess!! The color is very unique - it's Antique (kind of like a rum-pinkish).


2021 Ivory - This gown is from our Bliss collection. This is our modest collection, which means all the dresses have sleeves and a higher back and neckline that our other dresses.


We had asked Lisa to bring in heels similar to what she would be wearing on the day of the wedding - because she is petite and was definitely going to need a hem. Lisa was already a step ahead - she had already bought her shoes for the wedding! 



We tried on style 034 first and everyone agreed it looked "nice" but, there wasn't a feeling of "Yes! This is the one." Next, we tried style 720. I personally love wedding gowns in different colors and was happy that Lisa was willing to try this gown - even though it wasn't in the traditional white or ivory. This is when we had a "bridal moment". Lisa had on her wedding shoes - a cute heel that had a ruffle detail but, what made them unique was the beautiful color! When I pulled out style 720 to show her - the color of the dress was a PERFECT match to the shoes! We put the dress on her and immediately she knew, we all knew, it was THE ONE
720

In the next post, we will get to the wedding pictures and Lisa's own words about her experience on her wedding day!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Bonny Bridal and Amanda's Collection in Conway, SC are joining forces with Brides Across America!

We were contacted by one of our valued retail partners, Amanda's Collection in Conway, SC, and she told us about their store participating in the Brides Across America Wedding Gown Giveaway. The event, in her store, will be taking place on: Monday, July 11 – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Tuesday, July 12 – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Amanda's asked us if we could help out - and of course we said "YES!" We support our troops and their families 100%. Amanda Roof, owner, was quoted as saying, “I am thrilled and honored to be a part of such a worthwhile community service project. It is a great way to give back to those who risk their lives for our country every day. Making happy brides is what we do… helping so many in two days will be truly rewarding!” and we couldn't agree more - which is why, when asked, we immediately stepped up and donated gowns from our award winning plus size collection, Unforgettable for her store to giveaway! 

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The store is located at :

328 Main St
Conway, South Carolina 29526

You can can download the application here for Amanda's store. Gowns will be given on a 1st come, 1st serve basis and you MUST PRE-QUALIFY for the gowns! You can contact the store at (843) 248-3277 for more information! To find out more about the program and how you qualify, click here

Monday, July 4, 2011

Bonny Bridal Bingo - Let's Play!

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY! 


In the United States, we are celebrating our independence - it's a time to be grateful to those who sacrificed their freedom, so that we might have ours. It's time to pay homage to those who gave their lives as the ultimate price - in the name of freedom - so to all those who serve or have served, we say thank you!


The 4th of July signifies independence, liberty, freedom and it's celebrated with BBQ's, family time and of course, fireworks! So, today, to have a little fun with all of our friends and fans we are going to play a round of Bonny Bridal Bingo...and the winner will get a little sparkle for her special day!


To play: We will post a status message on our Bonny Bridal Fan Page. We realize we have friends and fans in many countries so, this game isn't just about America's birthday - it's about the freedom and independence we all have! We want you to comment something about your life that you enjoy - a liberty or freedom that you are grateful for!


To win: The game will go on all day! Any post that is submitted until 12:01am (PST) will be valid! We will pick a winner using random.org from all the messages that are received!


What you win: A gorgeous rhinestone necklace and earring set. The retail value is: $77.80



Friday, July 1, 2011

To our Canadian Brides and Stores: Happy Birthday!


We are proud to honor our our friends in Canada today! As we embark on our own celebratory weekend, today, Canada celebrate's it's birthday! 

July 1st marks the anniversary of the formation of the union of the British North America provinces in a federation under the name of Canada (that's the technical explanation). Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Will and Kate to us "commoners") are beginning their 1st international tour as a royal couple to celebrate Canada’s 144th birthday!

Bonny Bridal has always been popular in Canada - and we are very thankful to all our beautiful brides and retail partners there! So, today, we are thinking of you all and wishing you a wonderful celebration!