Go It Alone: Tips for Your First Visit to a Bridal Boutique

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The quest to find the perfect bridal gown should be happy, stress-free and—most importantly—fun. However, many brides get nervous during the first round of wedding gown fittings. Sometimes they just don’t know what to expect from the experience, but often it’s because they don’t know if they can trust the sales assistant to put them in a gown that will actually suit them the best. To compensate, brides put their trust in their friends and family, which turns the personal experience of wedding gown shopping into a tiring group effort.

Then, what begins as a day filled with excitement becomes one quickly engulfed by frustration and annoyance, as you, the bride, stand overwhelmed by all of the opinions!

Your mom isn’t quite sure about the dress you have on, as she’d prefer you in a super-traditional gown that everybody is wearing. Your sister hates it. Your friend thinks it should be poofier.You’re looking for simple, sophisticated, and flattering elegance, but your aunt thinks you should have a train and a huge veil.

So, who has the answer? You do! Trust your gut instinct. It is not unusual for the bridal party to be opinionated, but never underestimate your own opinion. It’s the most important one. You know what feels right.

So, Go It Alone!
After all, you are looking for the gown that will best fit your personality, your body, and the wedding venue. No one knows you better than you do, so if you don’t feel right in a gown it probably isn’t the one. This test should stand true throughout your wedding planning experience.

It’s okay not to know exactly what you are looking for, which is why you should see and try on a variety of designs. That said, knowing what kind of wedding (venue, budget, and theme) you are leaning towards will help you to narrow down your favorite choices!

Be Open-Minded
On your first visit, keep an open mind. Explore silhouettes and styles until you find one that you love. Here, you’ll also get a good sense of whether you are getting the right advice from a trustworthy sales assistant or consultant. (Watch to see how they listen to, and handle, your requests.)

Speak Up
This is your dress! Speak up and express your opinion, as this will help the process. Don’t allow anyone to make you feel pressured or constricted for time. You should have a chance to meditate on the dresses you liked the best and the opportunity to visit the bridal boutique for a second time, if you’re not quite sold on your dream gown yet.

Friends and Family
Weddings are a family celebration, and create a proud family moment, so family approval is obviously very important…but this is your wedding, and the event should reflect your own personality. Your family has your best interests in mind, and they will respect your decisions!

Now pop the champagne bottle and enjoy!


Express Your Personal Style in Haute Couture by New York Icon Angelo Lambrou


For over a decade, Angelo Lambrou New York has been creating one-of-a-kind wedding gowns, evening gowns and cocktail dresses that are as unique as each individual woman’s personal style.

For those unaware, Angelo Lambrou’s dresses are haute couture (pronounced ˌōt-ku̇-ˈtu̇r), which means high fashion in French and refers to the creation of exclusive, custom-fitted clothing. The term haute couture also applies to the fashion houses or fashion designers that create exclusive and often trend-setting styles. Couture is a common abbreviation of haute couture.

An haute couture garment is made from high-quality, expensive fabrics, sewn with extreme attention to detail and finished by the most experienced and capable seamstresses, often using time-consuming, hand-executed techniques.

Haute couture dresses are designed specifically for an individual who has a special event to attend such as a benefit gala, an extravagant party, or her own wedding.

What to expect

Since a couture gown is one-of-a-kind and will be crafted especially for you, expect to work very closely with the designer and the team who will create a unique piece of art inspired by your personality and style. It is advisable to make sure you have enough time on your side. For a wedding dress, give yourself eight months to a year to execute this highly creative and fun process.

Angelo Lambrou New York brings a new twist to haute couture at surprisingly affordable prices. Their midtown atelier is one of the very few establishments left in New York that have worked passionately to maintain this handcrafted art, and they take great pride that all their custom orders are made with love in the U.S.A.

Come see for yourself. To make an appointment, call 212-460-9870 or click the button below.

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Add a Sexy Touch to Your Haute Couture Wedding Dress With Just The Right Amount of Lace

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Lace has been a bridal tradition for centuries. It is naturally very sexy, yet when designed tastefully, it also adds a touch of class and sophistication.

Because most superior laces have a romantic vintage quality, I find that they are very versatile for an array of different wedding dress styles. While lace is stunning for an elegant affair, I also find lace to be quite perfect for a country estate or cottage wedding. Woodland, barn, and garden weddings also call for a touch of lace. If sexy enough, lace gowns can even be perfect for a beach wedding.

French and Italian laces are the way to go because their quality is outstanding. It’s all in the feel: A soft and gentle touch is what you should be looking for. At Angelo Lambrou New York, we only use the finest of European laces to perfectly complement the high quality of our handmade wedding gowns.

Wedding Dress Uta By Angelo Lambrou

Uta is an example of one of our lace wedding gowns. It features a strapless, body-hugging silhouette with an all-lace overlay and a long train. Perfect for an elegant loft wedding!

Wedding Dress Anette By Angelo Lambrou

Anette is another example, featuring a plunging v-front neckline with dainty cap sleeves and a low back in French Chantilly lace. Details include delicately pleated lace on the waistband emphasizing the waistline. It’s Edwardian meets nouveau classic, perfect for a vineyard, farm, or any rustic and romantic setting.

We make one-of-a-kind wedding dresses designed around the bride. We take into consideration your individual taste as well as your chosen venue. It all starts with a chat on the couch over a glass of wine. Come by our New York atelier in the East Village and let the magic begin!

To schedule your appointment, call us at (212) 460-9870 or click the button below:

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Remembering Mandela: Humble and Beautiful

The atmosphere in the entire world feels different today. We mourn the death of the most influential leader of the past century.

I wanted to share my story with you because like millions of other people, I too have been inspired by this remarkable man, even more so because I had the privilege to meet the legend himself.

Nelson Mandela has been a profound driving force for me and has much to do with who I am today and all I aspire to achieve in the years ahead.

His belief, persistence, and relentlessly positive spirit realized his lifelong dream. He transformed a country of dismal hopelessness into the most democratic, free society in the world, where all races, sexes, and religions live together in a free nation.

From Prisoner to President

Not long ago, I stood in awe, not believing that I actually was present in the same room as the most celebrated hero in the world. It was at a dinner in Gaborone (Botswana), where we gathered to celebrate Africa’s first black African woman to ever win the Miss Universe pageant: Mpule Kwelagobe.

Nelson Mandela was invited as a guest of honor. He made time out of his busy schedule to attend the celebration, one of Botswana’s most momentous occasions.

No words can describe the emotions and energy that exuded from the mere presence of this man on that evening as he made his entrance. I still feel the chills running through my entire body as I remember his entry.

Madiba delivered a charming and, as always, inspirational speech. He cracked a joke every now and again, truly enjoying the evening.

This man sacrificed and dedicated his entire life to freedom, justice, and equality for all.

Solid strength

Enormous faith

Yet gentle



A fun, warm, wonderful person

He seemed no different than many of us in the room, except that he had a profound energy which radiated out to every corner of the dinner hall, making it very hard not to notice that you were in the presence of a most exceptional human being, far superior in spirit and light than words can ever describe.

A global icon indeed

The event drew to an end and it was time for him and all of us to depart. Crowds stood anxiously at the exit aisle to see him off, hoping to get a handshake. I too managed to work my way towards the exit sign wanting a closer look at this now-saintly figure, eagerly wishing he might just reach out and shake my hand!

Instead, something way more surprising came my way as I stood idle, enjoying every moment of this rare event.

Suddenly Nelson and I were looking at each other eye to eye, and then, completely unexpectedly, he called my name!

I looked around me in disbelief, thinking that I most certainly heard wrong. Did I really hear my name? Is he calling me? Who is he asking to come towards him?

Surely not me!



Yes, you, nodded Nelson.


As he came closer towards me, he reassured me that I was the one he called to come closer to him.

My legs were trembling so hard I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to hold myself together to actually get to him.

“Would you mind holding my arm?” he asked. “Escort me down the aisle. I am an old man. Did you enjoy the evening?”

No vocal cords. I’m lost for words. Just a couple of nods.

Not much literal conversation, yet as odd as this may sound, looking back it felt as though we shared quite a lengthy silent one.

Simple acknowledgement and warmth that spoke volumes.

Wow….he’s so tall!

Fragile in his old age,

and yet so strong.

Could Madiba have gone the extra mile to find out who designed Mpule’s dress?

I often ask myself.

All I did was believe in a young woman and only hoped that she had the chance to participate at a pageant and show the world her brilliance, not only for her looks, but also her intelligence.

For me, a chance to share my talent.

Yet, this small occurrence managed to change our lives forever.

Nelson Mandela’s unconditional spirit shines strong across the globe today.

Be inspired.

Stand still.


Find your dream.

Set your goal.

Have faith.

Have no doubt.

And in true Madiba spirit,


Realize your own personal legend.


-Angelo Lambrou


Angelo Lambrou began his fashion career in South Africa under the apartheid regime and witnessed first-hand Nelson Mandela’s dream come to fruition.