By the time January came along, my mother-in-law informed me that it was time to start looking at dresses. I have to admit that I was putting it off. I did not know what to expect and the prospect of finding the right dress felt pretty overwhelming. One brisk, sunny Saturday this past Winter we headed out to a large department store to see what their bridal salon had to offer. What I found was a crowded setting with multiple brides (each with average entourage of 4 family members and/or friends). With a lack of personal service and jam-packed racks of overly-floofy designs, my visit was pretty quick.
Keeping inline with our Red Bank Wedding planning process, we headed home to keep our appointment at Mustillo’s, an elegant, family-owned local business (for over 69 years). I wrote a review on Yelp you can read, but just to highlight – the 3 best parts of working with Mustillo’s was:
- Elegant, Private experience. In the beautiful – upstairs bridal lounge – there was never more than 1 or 2 brides present (mostly i had the big beautiful, well-lit room to myself).
- One stop shopping: I was able to select gorgeous options for my Matron of Honor, Mother and Step-mother. They also did all the alterations and I was able to get my shoes and purse there as well.
- Designer selection. My dress was a Alvina Valenta and my Matron of Honor got a Jim Hjelm. There were so many beautiful options. I was kind of nervous that I wouldn’t find the right dress for me. I was happily surprised to find my perfect dress – right here in my hometown.