Le Salon located in Royal Oak, Michigan and at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago, IL offers the most unique experiences for brides and their couture gowns. After chatting with the staff at Le Salon I was so thrilled to hear about their phenomenal services that they offer each bride. The best way to demonstrate one of their services, “I Before the We” is to show it on video.
“The Couture Shoot” is a day filled of fashion and pampering. First, your day begins with a soothing massage and facial followed by a wine tasting at a local winery. Then after your relaxation sets in, it’s off to hair and make up where you will be prepped for a fashion shoot in your gown at a professional photo studio. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime for the bride to play with a different look before the wedding day and document her couture experience. After the shoot, the bride joins her friends and family back at Le Salon to preview her pictures and enjoy the wine she selected earlier that day. It’s what they call the “I Before the We” experience where a bride can take an entire day to relax and enjoy modeling in her gown and have the entire experience immortalized in her “Couture Book.” Like her own wedding album, the “Couture Book” tells the journey before her wedding, which she can later share with her husband. A modern tradition only available at Le Salon. See “The Couture Shoot” experience documented in the video below.
So what else does Le Salon offer their brides you may ask??
GO: How long have you been in business?
LS : 2 Years
GO: Do you offer alterations?
LS: Yes. Clients with Couture Fit have priority for alterations, as they are limited in availability to ensure the highest quality fit.
GO: Do you sell accessories/veils/shoes? If so, what designers?
LS: The accessories designers we have are Nuage Collection exclusively at Le Salon, Thomas Knoell of New York, Malis Henderson of Montreal, Denise Ilitch Designs of Detroit, Jenny Packham. For veils we carry Nuage Collection, Francesca Miranda & St Pucchi and shoes we carry Rosa Clara, James Ciccotti & Aruna Seth. (Arriving Soon)
GO: Do you have options for mothers/bridesmaids/children?
LS: Yes. See our blog for our most up to date listings.
GO: Do you have a trunk show schedule?
LS: Yes. But they’re private – from the initial consultation we can recommend which trunk shows to attend.
GO: What unique services do you offer brides? What makes your salon stand apart from others?
LS: Couture Fit – The Couture Fit is exclusively offered at both Le Salon Royal Oak & Chicago at the Four Seasons. 11-20 measurements are taken depending on the style of the dress to ensure that the gown comes in with the proper proportions. Finishing touches are covered complimentary up to a 1-inch variance. With Couture Fit, many of our brides don’t require any additional alterations for fit.
Love at First Sight – If a bride finds “The One” during their initial consultation, they can take advantage of Love at First Sight discount on Couture Fit. Love at First Sight is not designed to make any bride feel pressured or rushed. If this is the case, love may be found on the second or third date *wink*
GO: In your own words, describe the “bridal salon experience” that brides will receive when visiting your salon.
LS: The luxury bridal experience for Le Salon Chicago is one of a kind. Before setting up an appointment, brides go through a complimentary pre-consultation with one of our stylists through Skype to get to know each other and discuss the collection. If it’s a perfect fit, then the bride is booked for an initial consultation. If not, the stylist will recommend other bridal salons that the bride should visit to continue her search.
Consultations are private and are 1-on-1 with the couture consultant handpicking pieces for the appointment that match the client’s style. It is hosted with a skyrise view overlooking the city and Lake Michigan complete with a champagne toast for her and up to 5 guests.
Initial Consultations are $250.00 each. The fees are non-refundable, however, the first appointment’s fee does go towards the purchase of any wedding gown at Le Salon. Pickup and fitting appointments are of course complimentary. Because of our unique process, most Le Salon brides do fall in love the same day of their first appointment.
It is highly recommended and appointments can be denied if a bride has not already tried on bridal gowns. It is important that the bride has narrowed in on her vision, knowing what she likes and doesn’t like, so the couture consultant can give a full consultation.
GO: What are your hours?
LS: By Appointment Only.
GO: Anything special you want our readers to know?
LS: The artistic director of Le Salon designed the ultimate couture experience in 2009 when she acquired the Carrie Dress by Vivienne Westwood from Sex in the City. She was selected as one of the three boutiques to have this limited edition gown in the United States. The Couture Shoot is a blend of Ms Williamson’s career as an international wedding photographer and second-generation bridal storeowner. She feels that every bride should have the ultimate couture experience.
Thank you to the lovely staff at Le Salon for giving us a REMARKABLE look to unique services and the ultimate bridal experience!
Summer is officially at the half way mark, and with the release of my Fall/Winter 2011 issue I can’t help but start to think of FW fashion! I love Fall fashions.. Oversized coats, dark leather totes and boots galore! First on my FW11 list are these fantastic high heeled, laced pumps by Vivienne Westwood. The plaid print and gold laces are so savvy and stylish and are a must-have for the upcoming Autumn months. Cheers and Happy Friday!