Nordstrom Wedding Suites

We’re so excited to announce the upcoming addition of a little southern sparkle to select Nordstrom Wedding Suites across the country—heidi elnora bridal gowns, arriving March 26. The sweet and charming Alabama native spent a few minutes chatting with us, sharing everything from her tips for finding THE dress to her advice for planning the perfect day.

Tell us about the woman you design for.
A heidi elnora bride is a romantic at heart. She loves clean lines and attention to detail. She isn’t afraid to step out of the box while maintaining a classic and timeless day.

Why did you go into the wedding industry?
That’s a long story. Just know that it has to do with falling in LOVE!

What is your design philosophy and what sets your gowns apart?
My design philosophy is “simple sophistication with a touch of whimsical flair that creates a vintage vibe”—that’s a whole lot of something, but it pretty much says it all.

A heidi elnora gown is different because it isn’t screaming, “I’m a bride.” Yet, you feel and look like one.

What is the biggest trend you’re seeing right now for weddings?
Trends come and go, but currently a big trend for bridal is simple dresses with some type of WOW—for instance a peplum, capelet or neck/sleeve adornment.

What are your tips for finding the perfect dress?
After working with hundreds of brides, I would suggest you get on Pinterest and start tagging things you like. This will help you to see what you are leaning toward. This is also an easy way to share your ideas with your friends and family. I love my Pinterest page. I often use it for inspiration for the upcoming collection.

You recently visited our San Francisco Wedding Suite. What did you think?
Brides in California are so lucky to have such talented and knowledgeable stylists at their Wedding Suite. These ladies really take their time to learn about their bride. It reminds me of being back in Alabama; it’s just comfortable.

What advice would you offer to our Nordstrom brides?
For all of the brides planning your big day, I would advise you to do your research and not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Remember that too many opinions can make you crazy, so only bring one or two super-supportive and positive people. It will make the experience that much more enjoyable.

Find heidi elnora wedding gowns at select Nordstrom Wedding Suites.* Visit our Wedding Suite online for more gowns, inspiration and information about creating your perfect wedding.

*Available at Brea Mall, California; Garden State Plaza, New Jersey; Houston Galleria, Texas; Michigan Avenue, Illinois; NorthPark Center, Texas; San Francisco Centre, California.

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In case the perfect Valentine’s Day outfit inspires your date to pop the question, we thought it an ideal time to announce the arrival of our Christian Siriano wedding dresses.

After his fourth-season win on Project Runway, we’ve been keeping an eye on this young designer and adore the simple elegance of his bridal gown designs—exclusively at Nordstrom online or in our Wedding Suites.

We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Siriano—along with a new lineup of designers available now for special order in the Wedding Suites, including Vera Wang, Jenny Yoo, Heidi Elnora (another Project Runway alumna), an exclusive NOUVELLE Amsale line, Matthew Christopher and more.

Browse and shop our Spring 2012 Bridal Lookbook to check out some of our favorites, or shop all wedding dresses.

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Your wedding is a celebration of love (not to mention you), and we want to help you look and feel your best. Our expert Wedding Stylists have you covered head to toe for every event. Oh yes, the events and to-dos start now!

We’re thrilled to celebrate this moment and help you plan your journey in a style that’s all your own, from something sparkly for pre-wedding events, to the perfect ‘I do’ dress—even your honeymoon! Here’s our checklist for getting hitched without a hitch.

1 – Tell your family and closest friends (if you haven’t already) about your good news before you broadcast on Facebook.

2 – Plan your first soirée–the engagement party! Connect with a complimentary Wedding Stylist in one of our Wedding Suites available at select Nordstrom stores, or get immediate one-on-one service from one of our online Wedding Stylists. Shop chic frocks for this event.

3 – Find your fiancé something polished and smart-looking to wear.

4 – Start dreaming (after talking budget with your honey), and begin your journey for THE DRESS!

5 – Check back soon to browse special-order dresses from Vera Wang, Jenny Yoo, Christian Siriano and Heidi Elnora (hello, Project Runway!); Nouvelle Amsale (exclusively at Nordstrom); and so much more.

6 – A DIY wedding! Your Wedding Stylist can help you connect with professionals in your area. Bring your favorite flowers, swatch or inspiration board to your appointment. Learn more about our Wedding Stylists.

7 – Get your whole wedding party involved in your once-in-a-lifetime experience. Bring your bridesmaids, mom and future mother-in-law to the Wedding Suite to plan and try on dresses together. Book an appointment now, or shop online for bridesmaids and mothers.

8 – Next up: bachelorette party! Find that perfect party dress and perhaps some extras (just in case). Shop bachelorette dresses.

9 – Venue and date are set. You’ve got your dress, now start shopping for your ever-so-adorable flower girls and ring bearers.

10 – All the planning with a trusted expert by your side will make every step down the aisle glamorous. Put your best foot forward: shop bridal shoes.

11 – Don’t forget a rehearsal-dinner dress, your cake-cutting reception dress and, of course, get ready for the next big event—the honeymoon! Browse our honeymoon essentials, and get inspired for your next vacay.

12 – Look flawless walking down the aisle. Let a Laura Mercier Specialist (our national bridal partner) come to help you finish getting ready on your wedding day! Learn more about our exclusives.

Congratulations on your engagement! We’re here when you need us, every step of the way.

Photo © Kirk Mastin

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As our Wedding Suites are set to open in selected Nordstrom stores, our customers are already taking the plunge. Read André and Em’s wedding-dress success story.

If you’re a bride-to-be, your wedding day will be one of your most joyous days—and the time you spend shopping for it should reflect the happy occasion to come. That’s why we want to make shopping for you and the whole wedding party an experience you’ll remember almost as much as your big day. We’ve introduced you to our Wedding Stylists, and now we’re excited to announce the impending opening of our first Wedding Suites.

Fully appointed with gowns, bridesmaid dresses, comfy seating for the whole party, extra-large fitting rooms and so much more, our Wedding Suites are the perfect place to sit down with our stylists and make the day of your dreams a reality.

Meet André and Em. We came across their story and were so thrilled to read about their experience while shopping for a dress—with both of their mothers!—in our Tyson’s Corner store in Virginia.

André writes: “A few weekends ago, both of our moms came to town to help Em find a wedding dress. Sounds like a disaster waiting to happen, right?”

“Our first stop was Nordstrom. My mom was ecstatic to be part of this experience, as she never thought she would be part of wedding-dress shopping. Em and I decided that we wanted both moms to be part of the decision-making process, so Em’s mom helped her in the dressing room while my mom and I anxiously awaited. The first dress she tried on was one that the stylist has chosen for her based on the dresses that Em had ordered. When my mom and I were allowed in the dressing room, I was in awe. She looked absolutely amazing and I would have married her that minute if I could have. Em said she felt beautiful in the dress as well but she wanted to try the others on. The moms thought she looked good but they weren’t convinced.

Em tried on the remaining dresses, but nothing compared to the first one. She felt and looked stunning in the first one when she tried it on again and the moms agreed this time. As she tried on accessories and everyone talked about how she would have her hair, etc., I just stood there and felt like the luckiest guy in the world.

We ended up purchasing the first dress she tried on and canceled our other appointment…It was unbelievably easy to find a dress that day—in less than an hour we made our purchase! It was also awesome to watch the moms bond that weekend. They acted like two old friends, exchanging ideas about the wedding dresses, centerpieces, accessories, etc. I never would have dreamed that wedding-dress shopping could be so easy!”

The dresses in Em’s dressing room are pictured at left…and the winner? A gorgeous Tadashi One-Shoulder Rosette Chiffon Gown. We’re so happy for Em and André, and wish them all the best!

Care to arrange an appointment for yourself? See a list of our locations with Wedding Suites opening soon and those with Wedding Stylists already available.

Check out our behind-the-scenes photos as we prep for opening day at our Michigan Avenue and La Cantera stores.

Have a wedding inspiration or style story of your own to share? Send your story (200-300 words), along with a video or 6-10 photos (minimum 800 x 600 pixels each) to , and it may be featured in For Keeps.

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