Oct 18, 2000 Shopping for Wedding Gowns
There are so many styles of wedding gowns. It’s almost impossible to choose just one. I just went looking for one, and although it is frustrating to look at high price tags, and a little silly to jump in and out of crinoline all day long, it was a lot of fun.
I dragged my sister, cousin, and friend along, and here are four places that we went:
The store is a little crowded, and it was hard to navigate between all the dresses. We didn’t really find anything until the owner of the store pointed out a few dresses to us. Later we realized that they were among the most expensive dresses in the store. The fitting rooms were nice-they added hairpieces, tiaras, and veils to complete the “look,” and perhaps entice us into “falling in love” with the dress. Honestly, we were turned off by the sales tactics used here, and although the dress was beautiful, we probably won’t go back.
●Vows Bridal and Formals
1500 Kapiolani Blvd.
Kyle and I had already visited this store before, so we had a starting point. The owner brought out the four dresses that I had selected the previous time, and I tried them on again for the girls. We all had a good feeling from this lady, and I was encouraged to check this place out since two of my friends were happy with the dresses and the service they received from Vows. We didn’t feel pressured, but assured that the owner was truly trying to find something that satisfied both our budgets and our tastes. Definite potential…
●Hale Niu Tuxedo & Bridals
1014 Kapahulu Ave.
We just pulled into this place because it was on the way to Mona Lisa in Kaimuki. We saw several nice dresses, and the store was set up very nicely, but aside from one salesgirl who greeted us at the door, no one bothered to help us. Because service was important to us, we decided to just leave.
3394 Waialae Ave.
(808) 735-6878, by appointment
We had heard about this place from friends, so we decided to check it out. Parking is a little hard to find, and consultations are by appointment only (which we didn’t have.) Just when we were about to leave (since no one came to help), the owner, Lisa, appeared. She was very nice, and helpful, and we talked a little about what she could do for us. I tried on a couple of dresses, which are all custom-made, and a little “funky.” Because the dresses are custom-made, they can get very pricey, and I probably won’t go back here.
There are a lot more bridal boutiques in Honolulu, and we may eventually visit more of them. On the other hand, we might just go back to Vows simply because we enjoyed our experience there and have a lot of great testimonials about the place.
Susan Sensei’s English Lesson #51（スーザン先生の英語講座）
For two years I taught English in Japan, and was “スーザン先生” to my students in Ikaho town, Gunma Prefecture. I will try and introduce new words and phrases for the Japanese visitor to Hawaii. Here is this week’s situation:
“Congratulations on your marriage! Best wishes for a long and happy life together!”
|Loco Girl’s Profile（ロコ・ガールのプロフィール） Born in Hilo, I grew up going fishing with Dad, shopping with Mom, and trying to be a good “big sister” to a younger sister and brother. A Waiakea High School and the University of Hawaii at Manoa alumni, I taught English in Japan for two years on the JET Program, and am now employed at PacRim Marketing Group, Inc. I love doing a lot of things-shopping, reading, lettering, making jewelry & crafts, watching Friends-and that’s just the start of my list! I like being busy, and am active with the JET Alumni Association (JETAA) and the Honolulu Junior Japanese Chamber of Commerce (HJJCC.) My family and friends are, of course, very important to me, and are why I live a very typical, happy, local-style life in Hawaii and will never leave!