Getting hitched soon? Let Heather Burge and her dynamite team at BleuBelle Bridal help you hand-craft your perfect wedding look.
“Our mission is to create an exceptional experience serving women seeking dresses for the most important occasions of their lives,” says Burge proudly.
BleuBelle started as a contemporary boutique fourteen years ago, right after Burge graduated college. After her own search for a wedding gown didn’t live up to her expectations, she opened the bridal component of the store in 2006.
“When you think about buying a wedding dress, it is sometimes the most expensive apparel purchase you’ll ever make, even if it’s not expensive,” Burge explains. “Along with that, having an experience that becomes a memory with your family and friends, that’s what it’s all about. When I was getting married I didn’t find that experience or the caliber of dresses I wanted.”
Buying a wedding gown can be more difficult than expected—rarely does a bride ever walk into the store, pick her dress, and walk out. There’s an extensive alterations process, which brides may not know about.
“Unless you watch Say Yes to the Dress religiously, you don’t have any idea of the experience,” Burge explains. “We’ve seen everything, so we know how to anticipate issues, and we intercept them if there ever are any.”
Does that mean Burge has to break up catfights over bridesmaid dresses and tame the brides’ ego? Not so much.
“We don’t have bridezillas!” laughs Burge. “I think we don’t because we listen to what our brides are looking for and cater to them—spoil them, really. I hope all our brides are happy.” —Rachael Flora
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