Spring is in full bloom, and so is the wedding planning process for this year’s summer brides.
Brides-to-be at BYU-Idaho may be more teary-eyed than starry-eyed if they fear any hopes of preparation will be thwarted by Rexburg’s limited resources.
Never fear, ladies — this town has a number of professionals who are anxious to get you ready for the big day, whether it’s set to take place locally or back home.
So grab a Kleenex, touch that mascara and let’s explore the best gown, photography and printing options around.
Brides looking to save some money for the honeymoon may want to stop first at The Glass Slipper, the only dress rental shop in Rexburg or Idaho Falls.
Located at 226 N. 2nd E., the shop carries several brands and cuts the retail price of every dress by at least 75 percent.
“I know people are sentimental about dresses,” said owner Alicia Jacobson. “But the truth is it will take half of your closet and you’ll never wear it again. My philosophy is this: rent the perfect dress and use the extra money on things you’ll really want to keep, like photos.”
Alicia is happy to accommodate every bride’s schedule and location; even offering to ship dresses out of state.
Treasure’s Formal Bridal-N-Tux, located at 22 E. Main Street, is equally eager to help. In addition to modest, designer dresses, Treasure’s has an in-store seamstress with 30 years of experience who can create a bride’s dream dress based on a photo.
“Our seamstress is a total perfectionist,” said owner Treasure Johnson. “It almost drives me crazy, but the brides love her for it.”
Maddie Kline, a senior studying recreation therapy, found her dress at Circle of Love last spring. Feeling torn between two designs, she was grateful for guidance from the shop’s employees.
“They were really good at listening to what I wanted in a dress,” Kline said. “They didn’t try to push something on me that I wasn’t going for. They wanted me to feel beautiful.”
Circle of Love, which is located at 4 E. Main Street., also sells bridesmaid dresses designed by the store’s owner, Heather Weber.
Whether you want a photo in your perfect dress, with your perfect man or both, these photography gurus have their cameras at the ready.
Travis Gugelman has spent years honing his photography skills, which is clear to anyone who visits his studio, located at 20 E. Main Street.
He cares as much about his clients as he does about his photography.
“Travis is good at personalizing each shoot because he wants the portraits to reflect the individuals. We’re higher end, so he makes sure to give them a high-end experience and product,” said Jen Andrus, office manager at Gugelman Photography.
Childhood friends and experienced photographers Heather Williams and Josh Petersen run Innov8 Creative Portrait Studio, located at 49.5 E. Main Street.
“We’re a boutique studio so we do a little bit of everything,” Williams said. “But all of our work is modern and fresh.”
Once photos are taken, it’s time to print announcements.
Print & Copy Services in the Manwaring Center on campus has plenty of experience working with students on a budget.
AlphaGraphics, located at 383 S. 2nd W., is similarly customer-friendly. Brides who deliver their files to be printed to the shop in the morning or early afternoon can expect a same-day turnaround.
For brides who don’t have time to design their own announcements, Artco at 1 Stationery Place has compiled a large book of styles to choose from.
Completely customizable announcements are on-trend, and Anthology Custom Print specializes in them. Located at 344 W. 4th S. Suite C, the business is run by a husband-and-wife team that also offers photography.
“We can design with photos that aren’t done through us,” said co-founder Bryan Clawson, “but more than once brides who booked us for engagements and announcement design have ended booking us for their wedding, too.”
So don’t stress, summer brides. Remember that the sound of wedding bells should induce cheers, not tears, and that Rexburg is more than ready to come to the rescue.