Nitsa’s to be Exclusive N.C. Vendor for Sareh Nouri Wedding Gowns

Nitsa’s is proud to announce that we will be the exclusive vendor in North Carolina for Sareh Nouri bridal gowns in both our Winston-Salem and Charlotte stores.

Sareh Nouri is a Persian-American fashion designer known for couture wedding gowns and bridal sashes.

Nouri’s search for her own wedding dress in 2009 is what set her down the path to create her own line. As her wedding day approached, Nouri grew more and more frustrated that she could not find “the one” (a wedding dress that was all at once sophisticated and traditional, ethereal and elegant). In desperation, she decided to design her own gown.

Fortunately Nouri, a native of Iran and a graduate of George Mason University with a degree in graphic design, had the background to support such a daring gamble. Nouri understood how to work with patterns and layouts based on her extremely successful work in utilizing traditional Persian art. Her work on numerous commercial and nonprofit advertising campaigns has been profiled in a number of magazines and books. With this accomplished background, Nouri was not only able to design a nice dress but also to create the dress of her dreams.

Shortly thereafter, the Sareh Nouri line began to take shape following her stints working with a high-end bridal salon, modeling bridal gowns, collaborating with couture dressmakers, and consulting one-on-one with brides-to-be. It is that experience that has laid the foundation for the Sareh Nouri couture line.

Nouri’s creations are not only romantic and feminine but timeless and sophisticated as well. Incorporating the finest in imported French lace and Italian silk, Nouri works closely with her team of highly trained dressmakers and patternmakers on these couture creations. Each design is a handmade production fusing the idea of traditional silhouettes with ethereal whimsical details so light and elegant that they are ideal for today’s modern bride.

Today, the Sareh Nouri collection of gowns and sashes can be found in bridal boutiques around the globe. Her gowns have been featured on top television shows, such as TLC’s Brides of Beverly Hills, the “Cake Smash” episode of Cake Boss, and have been seen on E! News with Giuliana Rancic.

Her creations have been worn by key influencers such as former “American Idol,” Diana DeGarmo, and Miss America, Caressa Cameron. Nouri’s designs have also been photographed for top bridal publications and have been featured in People Magazine, US Weekly MagazineGrace Ormonde Wedding StyleWashingtonian MagazineWeddings Unveiled, and Brides Magazine.

Visit Nitsa’s in Winston-Salem or Charlotte to see the Sareh Nouri 2016 collection.

 

Trunk Show Featuring Bridal Designs by Alyne

Nitsa’s will hold a trunk show featuring spring bridal designs by Alyne on Jan. 23-24 in their Winston-Salem location and on Jan. 30-31 at their Charlotte store.

Alyne bridal is a line that focuses on the less-is-more aesthetic.  A relatively new designer to the world of bridal gowns, Alyne’s wedding dresses have already left a mark on many brides’ wedding days with their clean, classic, and effortless lines. Alyne offers simple, sophisticated, wedding dresses for brides who prefer something timeless and classic.

Rita Vinieris, the Creative Director of the established and sought after Rivini, created the Alyne bridal collection that celebrates simple luxury and pure design while making gorgeous gowns more accessible. Sophisticated ease, effortless glamour, and simple silhouettes in rich fabrics are energized by refreshing design details for a strong fashion statement.

Alyne’s latest collection continues this tradition, and lets their luxurious fabrics speak for themselves with gorgeous texture and dainty details. Throwing a few tea length silhouettes into the mix, Alyne bridal stays on the cutting edge of fashion while blending beautifully with tradition.

Are you an Alyne bride? An Alyne bride favors classic styles, chic silhouettes, and feminine details—think of the timeless style of Audrey Hepburn. Alyne bridal gowns are classic but never boring.  If you choose an Alyne gown, you’ll still love your dress 10, 20, or even 30 years from now.

Visit our Winston-Salem or Charlotte location to view Alyne’s spring 2015 line!

 

Amsale Bridal Trunk Show at Nitsa’s

Join Nitsa’s for a bridal trunk show featuring Amsale’s spring 2015 collection in our Winston-Salem location on December 19-29 or our Charlotte location on December 31-January 3, 2015.

Photo courtesy of Southern Bride and Groom

Ethiopian-born American bridal designer Amsale Aberra’s career as a couture bridal gown designer began in a very personal way. In 1985, while planning her wedding, Aberra scoured the stores to find a simple, refined wedding dress. She found little in the way of clean, sophisticated gowns and discovered an untapped niche in the bridal market. Aberra placed an advertisement for custom-made gowns and started her business out of her New York City loft apartment.

Today, Aberra is a leading designer in the world of luxury bridal gowns, and her design signatures are instantly recognizable. Her approach is to create stunning, simple gowns that fit the modern woman. Her design philosophy is to take a “forever” modern approach to sophisticated design. Her designs are seen as modern while still keeping in mind traditional designs, such as her use of “illusion” necklines.

Amsale wedding gowns have been featured in several television shows and movies including Grey’s Anatomy, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, 27 Dresses, American Wedding, When in Rome, and The Hangover.  In June 2011, WE television aired Amsale Girls, a reality show taking viewers behind the scenes of Amsale’s Madison Avenue flagship salon—featuring the highly skilled bridal consultants who work to help each unique bride find her perfect dress. Celebrity clients include Halle Berry, Julia Roberts, Salma Hayek, Heather Graham, Lisa Kudrow, Katherine Heigl, and Heidi Klum.

Aberra also has a regular column, “Ask Amsale,” on The Huffington Post website where brides and brides-to-be can post questions for her or express their love of her gowns. Aberra expresses her love of finding the perfect gown for any bride and asks real brides to submit photos of themselves wearing her creations on their wedding days to her website.

Call 336-725-1999 in Winston-Salem or 704-940-1999 in Charlotte for an appointment to see Amsale’s spring 2015 collection.

Monique Lhuillier Bridal Trunk Show at Nitsa’s

Join Nitsa’s on December 19-20 at our Charlotte location or on Saturday, December 27 at our Winston-Salem location for a bridal trunk show featuring designer Monique Lhuillier.

Monique Lhuillier designs capture the essence of sophisticated luxury by provoking the femininity, allure, and glamour that have made her renowned in the world of design.

Monique Lhuillier’s love for fashion has been a lifelong passion. Growing up in the Philippines, Monique’s early experiences with fashion took place alongside her mother whose own sense of personal style and elegance were major influences on the designer. At a young age, she moved to L.A. to attend the Fashion Institute for Design and Merchandising (FIDM) and to foster her craft.

The delightful fantasy of special occasions, especially weddings, has always inspired Monique. While studying at the FIDM, her natural inclination towards bridal and evening gowns led her to her niche. It was also during this time that she met her husband, Tom Bugbee. In 1995, while searching for her own bridal gown, Monique was surprised by the lack of fashionable bridal options. This void in the market reignited her passion to create couture bridal gowns that transcended styles available to women in search of the perfect wedding dress.

In 1996, Monique debuted her first bridal collection to acclaim from retailers and magazine editors. The following year, Tom joined the company as CEO and turned Monique’s vision of a couture design house into a reality. Their partnership has grown the business into one of the most successful brands internationally—a brand which now includes a ready-to-wear collection and an array of licensed categories.

Monique has dressed celebrities and notable political figures including First Lady Michelle Obama, Kristen Steward, Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon, and Drew Barrymore.

Call 336-725-1999 in Winston-Salem or 704-940-1999 in Charlotte for an appointment to see Monique Lhuillier’s spring 2015 collection.

 

 

Runaway Bride – Traditional Wedding or Elope?

The Pros and Cons of Eloping

We all know the 1999 film, Runaway Bride, with Julia Roberts. We all saw how she nabbeddresses to elope in each of her men, planned each elaborate wedding affair, and promptly  and literally ran away from it. All of it. Hers was the case of not having found the “right one,” yet we can’t deny that there may be something larger than that at play: Maybe, just maybe, not all brides are meant for a Big White Wedding.

Today’s brides are echoing that sentiment more than ever as they opt out of traditional, larger-than-life ceremonies and opt instead for intimate elopements. We don’t have a dog in this fight other than the bride’s happiness: Large wedding or small, we want our brides to have the ceremony that suits them to a T-backed gown. That’s why we’d be remiss if we didn’t tell you about this popular trend, and share the pros and cons of this alternative ceremony style.

First, couples choose an elopement over a traditional ceremony. Often, it’s personal preference: They want the intimacy and the simplicity of an elopement. Spending a year planning an extravagant fête or standing in front of hundreds of folks they don’t know may not be how they envision their wedding day. Second, couples also choose elopements for budgetary reasons. With the average wedding in the United States costing over $25,000, an elopement costs a fraction of this amount. The couple may want to keep that money for a down payment on a new home, or take more frequent trips—or they just may not have the money to begin with. The beauty of elopements are: They are what you make them and what your budget says they can be.

Here are a few pros and cons of skipping off into sunset solo on your wedding day:

Pros

  • Save money and hassle. Eloping will cost you a fraction of the cost of a traditional wedding.
  • More intimacy, less obligation. With the two of you as the focus, you’ll be able to truly be present in the moment.
  • Your day is your day. Spend your day however you like. It’s just the two of you. Or invite family and friends. The beauty of eloping is that it can be whatever you want it to be.

Cons

  • Absence of family and friends. This may be the hardest part of eloping: the lack of family and friends sharing your special day.
  • No ceremony, no gifts. Ok, so this isn’t exactly true. You may still receive a few gifts, but we wouldn’t count on it.
  • Feelings may be hurt. Not everyone is going to understand or agree with your choice. Be prepared for feelings to be hurt, and be respectful of those feelings, but don’t let them drag you down. It’s your day.

 

You’re Engaged! Now What?

Congratulations! You’re engaged!

Pop the champagne, call your girls, and get the perfect picture of your bling to accompany your “I said ‘yes’!” status.

The beginning of an engagement can be a whirlwind of attention, celebration, and excitement, but after the phone calls and pictures die down, there’s some real planning to be done. It can be hard to put off the more fun and glamorous bridal duties like dress shopping and honeymoon planning, but there are a few to-dos that simply must come first.

The first task is also the most undesirable to tackle: the budget. Every decision you make pertaining to your big day will depend on budget, so it is necessary to get some hard numbers set in the beginning. It is also important to discuss with both families how the wedding will be paid for. Tradition leans towards the bride’s family footing the bill, but in today’s world, anything goes. It is not uncommon for both families to share the cost, for the bride and groom to pay for everything themselves, or for a mixture of all parties to chip in. Have the budget conversation early and include everyone necessary so as to avoid any misunderstandings in the future. It is helpful to have an idea of what big-ticket items you want most. Is the dress the most important to you, or is it the photographer? The florist? Some light research into these items will give you a realistic idea of their cost and help you to distribute the budget accordingly. Remember, always leave a little wiggle room for the unexpected.

After the budget is set, the next major line item is booking the venue. Venues book up quickly, so if you have a place in mind, call them ASAP! Venues can dictate much of your wedding, so be sure to read the fine print when picking a place. First of all, your date is dependent on their availability, so be flexible if you have to have this place. Setting the date for a Friday or Sunday could help you get your dream location and likely at a cheaper price. In addition, booking in the off-season (November-March for most locations) can offer availability and discounts, too.

Secondly, your venue will dictate the number of guests you are allowed to have. Once you find out how many the venue holds, hammer down a guest list. This can be a tough task and feelings can be hurt, so take your time with this decision.

Lastly, many venues require that you use their vendors. For some brides, this is a relief— venue, caterer, florist, and photographer all in one. For others, this hinders plans and locks them into those vendors’ prices. If you already have vendors in mind, be sure to check with your venue about its policy.

If you are choosing your own vendors individually, they are your next step. Like anything good, reputable vendors are booked up quickly. Set your date and lock in your top picks as soon as you can. Be sure to discuss your budget with each of them and get a copy of all contracts on paper.

Now that all of that is done, it’s on to the fun! Grab the girls and head to the boutiques, discuss colors, and cake flavors, and watch your Pinterest wedding board come to life (eek!!), and just have fun and enjoy this exciting time.

 

Trunk Show: Amsale

“Every designer has their signature—a style that’s distinctly and recognizably their own. Mine is ‘understated, confident elegance.’ What does that mean? I think it’s hitting the perfect balance of exquisite simplicity and luxurious restraint.” – Amsale Aberra

Come see the elegant designs of NYC wedding dress designer Amsale (pronounced Ahm-sah’-leh), at our Winston-Salem location, 107 South Stratford Rd., Friday, July 5th through Saturday, July 13. Amsale designs are known for their luxurious fabrics, impeccable craftsmanship, and understated elegance. The designer purposely creates
designs that highlight the bride, not hide her under an overpowering dress. Clean lines and stunning silhouettes let the woman inside the dress shine through.

Amsale Aberra has been designing wedding dresses for over 25 years. She is co-founder of the Amsale Group, which is made up of three distinct, luxury bridal collections: Amsale, Christos, and Kenneth Pool. Her designs are found in superior bridal boutiques around the world and have been worn by stars including Halle Berry, Julia Roberts, and Salma Hayek.

Don’t miss out on your chance to see Amsale’s 2014 Collection. Appointments are strongly recommended, so call today!

Stratford Village
107 South Stratford Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27104
336.725.1999
Mon – Fri: 9:30am – 6:00pm
Sat: 9:30am – 5:00pm

 

Wedding Gown Sample Sale in Charlotte December 16th

Mark your calendar for this Sunday, December 16th, when our Charlotte location will host a sample sale between 12-2 pm. You can find amazing dresses at incredible prices. We’ll have samples from designers such as Monique Lhuillier, Amsale, Rivini
Pronovias, Judd Waddell, and more!

 

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Christos Gown

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Amsale Gown

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Pronovias Gown

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