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Tips for the Tech-Savvy Bride

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Web surfing. Facebook. Twitter. Apps. Love them or hate them, they are an integral part of the way we live today. In fact, sometimes it’s hard to remember how we survived without them!

Electronic commerce and communication tools can be an important part of wedding planning. For example, many of our brides check out our designers on our Web site before they visit the Shoppe, and often times they email or Facebook us links to specific styles in advance of their appointment so that we have an idea of what they’re looking for (or – just as importantly – what they’re *not* looking for).

But there are times during your wedding planning when there is just no substitute for a good ol’ fashioned in-person visit. For example, the Internet can be a big help in researching wedding and reception sites that are budget-friendly, especially when it comes to destination weddings in far-off locales. But it’s important to take at least one trip to your venue just to make sure that what you see in the photos lives up to what you get in person. Similarly, you may be able to listen to a CD or MP3 of the band your are considering hiring for your reception, but nothing beats meeting the group in person and seeing them play live. Cake masters can show photographs of their creations online, but until you’ve tasted the actual product it’s hard to make a decision. Purchasing your wedding gown and dresses for your bridal party is no exception. Renown bridal gown designer Maggie Sottero put it best. From the Maggie Sottero Web site (http://www.maggiesottero.com/brides_beware.aspx):

BRIDES BEWARE

Purchasing Maggie Sottero products from unauthorized sources, either on the web or in unauthorized retail locations can involve certain risks including but not limited to: The products could be copies, knock-offs, counterfeits or imitations that are certain to be of inferior quality. Only genuine Maggie Sottero products offer the fit, quality and true value for which Maggie Sottero is known.

The gown may not be delivered even though a deposit has been made or the gown has been paid for in full. Maggie Sottero only ships products to Authorized Retailers. If an unauthorized retailer offers to order Maggie Sottero products, they are either ordering a counterfeit product or are ordering through unauthorized channels. If Maggie Sottero discovers the supplier of an unauthorized retailer, the supplier is subject to termination. Maggie Sottero can only assist brides in the delivery of their gown if the gown is purchased from an Authorized Maggie Sottero Retailer.

COUNTERFEIT EDUCATION

The number Maggie Sottero Certificate of Authenticity of counterfeit products in circulation is rising constantly. Counterfeit Maggie Sottero products are being offered on websites (E-commerce), in web auctions and in unauthorized retail locations. In some cases, suppliers from China claim they produce genuine Maggie Sottero products. These products, however, have proven to be counterfeit and have been the cause of great dissatisfaction, disappointment and regret.

Authorized Maggie Sottero Retailers provide a high level of service and support that their customers deserve and Maggie Sottero expects. Authorized Retailers are free to set their own prices. If the price of a Maggie Sottero product is significantly below the prices generally prevailing in the market, it is highly likely it is not a genuine Maggie Sottero product. For your security, please visit the store locator page to find an Authorized Maggie Sottero Retailer.

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Here at the Quality Shoppe we love working with our brides to find the perfect dress at the right price. We are an Authorized Retailer for some of the top names in bridal, including Maggie Sottero, Mori Lee, Impression Bridal, and DaVinci Bridal. When it comes to one of the most important events in your life, don’t take chances on the Internet. Call, email, or Facebook us to book your bridal appointment today!

(Many thanks to National Bridal Service for its contributions to this post.)

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