For more than a decade, Boca Raton Bridal (3591 N. Federal Highway, 561/447-6541, bocaratonbridal.com) has been outfitting South Florida brides in wedding gowns that wow, featuring a large selection of designers—from new ones like Galia Lahav to high-end staples including Marchesa. Owned by Jan Corcoran and Jack Jones (pictured below) since 2005, this full-service salon also offers alterations, gown preservation and even a bridal valet, who dresses the bride and attends to her throughout the big day. We sat down with Corcoran to talk about finding that perfect dress.
How many dresses do you recommend a bride try on?
Every bride is different, but make sure you are trying a variety of styles. I can’t tell you how many brides drive themselves crazy trying on 10 variations of the same style, only to find they want something completely different!
How does a bride know when she’s found “the one?”
Most brides will tell you they get that feeling in their gut, and they just know. Occasionally, you get a bride that’s just not that way. In that case, we recommend that she choose what she feels best in.
What are some ways that a bride can save money on her gown?
Buying a sample gown can really help you save money, sometimes thousands of dollars. Also, you can often make changes to gowns for not too much extra that will help the bride achieve her vision.
What trends are you seeing now in bridal gowns?
What about bridesmaids? We’re seeing a real departure from strapless gowns as well as satin fabric. Ornate lace and beaded, sheer bateau necklines and cap sleeves are really making a beautiful showing. Gowns have a much lighter, almost ethereal feel. Lace is dominating the market at the moment, paired with gorgeous organzas and chiffons.