Alyne Trunk Show + Aisle Ready at Mia Bridal Couture, May 18-20

Cancel your plans next weekend because we have some exciting things in store that you will not want to miss. First, we kick off the weekend by bringing back our Aisle Ready Event and Fashion Show. From 5:30 to 7 pm, brides get to mingle and meet with some of our favorite industry peers. To make sure every bride is Aisle Ready, the night ends with a fashion show covering looks for the Glamorous Bride, the Vixen Bride, the Royal Bride, the Minimalist Bride, and the Dreamer Bride. Stop by to enjoy champagne, lite bites, and a night of inspiration. RSVP to

Aisle Ready 2016, Photography: Ama Photography

Aisle Ready 2016, Photography: Ama Photography

Aisle Ready 2016, Photography: Ama Photography
Aisle Ready 2016, Photography: Ama Photography

The weekend fun continues with our first trunk show featuring the Spring 2018 collections. For Alyne Bridal this season, Rita Vinieris sent us on "a journey through the pink looking glass where one finds love, peace and harmony allowing women to find their inner confidence." The collection's whismical flair includes pink hues and flutter sleeves. As an homage to the modern, confident woman, Vinieris named each of the gowns after a word that represents said confidence. "Dainty," "Harmony," and "Feisty" can all be found in the lineup. To see the rest of the collection or to schedule and appointment, call 713.622.2022.

To schedule an appointment to the Alyne Trunk Show, call 713.622.2022. To RSVP to Aisle Ready, email 

Mia At New York Bridal Market

We are fresh from New York Bridal Market, and we have to say, it's hard to come down from this NYC high! We assume the miles of silk organza at Rivini and the beaded artwork at Enaura will keep us on Cloud 9 for quite a while. Every season is as exciting as the last, and no matter how much brainstorming we do or how many buying plans we come up with, designers always find a way to pleasantly surprise us.

Hold on to your seats and keep up because a whirlwind New York Bridal Market weekend is one heck of a ride. From viewing collections we already carry to market appointments with new designers (and maybe even a little pumping in between), follow Mia Bridal Couture owner, Jill Nelson, around the concrete jungle and get an insider's look on what really happens at New York Bridal Market. 

DAY 1:

5:28 pm: Hello, NYC! Mia has arrived! After checking into our hotel at Le Parker Meridian and grabbing dinner with a friend, we get some much needed rest to prepare ourselves for an eventful few days. 

DAY 2: 

8:00 am: It's bright and early, and we can feel the NYC energy! We grab breakfast and hit the Drybar. (Nothing helps you conquer the day like a little hair pick-me-up.) Then we are headed off to our first round of collections: Amsale, Rivini and Alyne. Each appointment is back-to-back so the goal in mind is go in with a clear head and on a mission!

10:00 am - 12:00 pm: We are amazed by how much color we are seeing between all three collections. From the icy blue embellishments at Amsale to the blushing, printed organza pieces at Rivini, we are loving the unconventional takes on bridal colors.

Rita Vinieris's inspiration board
Mia Bridal Couture owner, Starla, with Rivini and Alyne designer, Rita Vinieris

1:00 pm: Time for a scheduled pump session. Yes, pump session. Hey, running around NYC for a few days doesn't mean you forget about the baby you have at home. Who said you can't have (and do) it all. 

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Hopping in the cab to head over to Broadway to see one of our favorites, Alon Livne. As expected, the line is modern, sexy and glamorous. Also as expected, Alon is a delight. Right after, we make a quick stop to see Italian designer, Alessandra Rinaudo at the London Hotel. 

Owners, Starla and Jill, with designer, Alon Livne
7:00 pm: The sun is setting, and we round out our night with cocktails at the Sareh Nouri Suite and dinner at the delicious Bistro Moderno with the lovely ladies of Bella Bianca. 

DAY 3: 

8:00 am: Wake up call! 

9:00 am: Appointment with Romona Keveza. The anticipation is high since we've never carried the line before. After swooning over the collection, we are happy to announce that Romona Keveza Legends will be available at Mia Bridal Couture in the Fall! Legends exudes a sense of elegant romance that would be perfect for Mia Brides. 

Romona Keveza Legends

11:00 am - 4 pm: We are now in the fast lane and headed to Enaura, Paloma Blanca, Randy Fenoli, Ysa Makino and our last stop at the London Hotel to see Sareh Nouri. It was exciting to witness Randy Fenoli's first collection. Although we will not be picking up the line, we anticipate seeing great things in the future from the "Say Yes to the Dress!" star.

Randy Fenoli with model

DAY 4: 

8:30 am: Our last breakfast the hotel. It's bittersweet but we are ready to see our last set of designers. 

9:30 am - 11 am: To finish off our trip with the playful Hayley Paige and Jim Hjelm collections.

Illustration at Hayley Paige
1:30 pm: With line sheets in hand and excitement on the brain, we jump in a cab to Laguardia Airport. It's time to head back to our beloved Houston and share with our staff all of the incredible gowns from New York Bridal Market.

If you are interested in any of these gowns you've seen here or want to schedule an appointment with an expert consultant, please call (713) 622-2022. 

-Tina Le


YSA Makino's design roots are from the fabulous city of Tokyo. The idea behind Ysa Makino was to create a line of beautiful dresses which represented a fusion of sensuality and attention to traditional details. Now based in New York City, the YSA Makino line is highly acclaimed for is exquisite details and regal silhouettes. This week, Mia Bridal Couture will be showcasing the jaw-dropping line with some of their latest styles along with past favorites. Here is a sneak peek of gowns you can expect at this week's event:

To schedule an appointment for this amazing event, please call 713.622.2022 or click on the link below:

Mia Bride, Maggie, Charms The Florida Coast in Amsale

We knew we would love Maggie and Justin's love story when we asked Maggie about it, and she replied, "Just think Jim and Pam (from the show, The Office)." Maggie and Justin met during a grueling interview week where Maggie was a panelist and Justin was one of the final candidates. Not only was he "funny, smart, and cute" (says Maggie), he was right for the job. As time progressed, the two started working closely together on projects and the rest is history. 

Being the planner of the two, Maggie can usually tell when something is out of the ordinary. This makes it nearly impossible for her to be surprised. Justin had a different plan. The two were long distance after Justin accepted a job in Houston. After weeks of steering Maggie in the wrong direction by planning several "special" trips, Justin popped the question while the two were lounging by the pool. To make celebration even more special, it was the same weekend Maggie got a job offer in Houston. They would begin their engagement in a new city! 

Maggie stopped by a few different bridal salons before her last stop at Mia Bridal Couture. She was on a mission to find something perfect for her Seaside wedding. 

"I had this exact gown pictured in my mind the entire time, but just never quite landed on it until our last stop at Mia." 

The last gown Maggie put on was a silk taffeta, a-line Amsale gown with a lace bodice on dainty straps. She knew it was the one when it made her emotional and tear up. Also, the pockets were a plus! 

Gown: Amsale | Photography: Brandi Smyth Photography | Location/Venue: Seaside Interfaith Chapel and Ruskin Park | Event Coordination: Cottage Rental Agency | Cake: Sweet for Sirten | Florist: Florals by the Sea | Entertainment: The Retreat Band | Catering: Bud and Alley's | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo from Bella Bridesmaids

Top 5 Bridal Appointment Tips

You got the man, the ring, and you've booked your first bridal appointment. Now what? We understand how daunting it could be to walk into a bridal store for the first time, so we created a short list of tips to help prepare for this super special shopping trip.

5. Do a little research on designers and styles. Although we always recommend going into your appointments with an open mind, it is helpful to browse through a few magazines and/or online before your appointment. There are hundreds of gowns in each store so becoming familiar with silhouettes and designers you may be interested in gives you and the consultant a place to start. However keep in mind, it is not uncommon to steer slightly (or completely) off course. Picking your wedding gown is not like picking jeans. It is an emotional purchase so now matter how many lace fitted gowns you pinned, if the beaded, satin ballgown tugs at your heart strings, trust it!

4. Invite only your trusted confidants. We understand you may have 10 bridesmaids, 3 junior bridesmaids, and many other women involved in your wedding. However, it does not mean they should all be involved in your gown purchasing process. Ask only a small party of 3-4 people that know you best and will be your biggest advocates. Brides tend to choose gowns that make them feel beautiful, that they are confident in, and that they feel like themselves. And the only person that can describe what feels most like you Your biggest supporters will understand that. For everyone else, there will be many opportunities for a big reveal such as when you pick up the gown, fitting appointments, and of course, the big day.

3. Know your limits. Weddings are expensive. We completely understand that. At Mia, every consultant makes sure to remain respectful of what a bride is wanting to spend on her gown.  So be sure to have the important discussion with the main people involved in the budgeting of the wedding prior to your appointment. This way, when your consultants start pulling gowns for you, you can find comfort in knowing the one you fall in love with can be the one you walk down the aisle in.

2. Be prepared if you find "the one." We know how many options there are for brides, but the truth is, you start shopping so you can find one. So when you set out on anticipated search, don't be fearful when you actually find it. There are literally thousands of gowns out there, and you can search all the way until your wedding if you want. But the brides that had the most enjoyable shopping experience are brides that don't overwhelm themselves with too many options. And if you are in love with a gown but have a hesitation, be sure to express them to your consultant. Customizations are a great way to make an almost perfect gown PERFECT. If you prefer straps but is in love with the beaded details of a strapless gown, ask the consultant to show you ways to add the straps.

1. Trust your heart. Your heart is what pushed you to say yes to your fiancĂ© and that same heart will tell you what to do when you find your dream gown. There seems to be a lot of pressure put on brides to find the perfect gown, but we found the happiest brides were ones that trusted their instincts. Designer Sareh Nouri said, " I believe finding a wedding dress is like finding a true friend; you should be able to trust it, you should never regret it, and whenever you see should always make you smile."

- Tina Le

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