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Meet Grace + Ivory

Happy Monday! Today, we're dishing on wedding gowns, and I have a special treat for you. 

I had the pleasure of attending the Grace + Ivory preview event in D.C. a couple of weeks ago, held at Bureau Studio and styled by Elizabeth Carberry. I went with the intent of learning about this amazing bridal company to share with all of my sensational brides. After leaving the event, I was so sold on Grace + Ivory, their stunning, affordable gowns and equally important, their mission. I immediately reached out to Tina Zysk, the Founder and Creative Director, so that she could share more about her amazing company here on the blog. She graciously accepted, and today I'm happy to bring you all the 411 from our conversation about Grace + Ivory and why brides should totally choose them for their wedding gowns.


Photo Credit:  Stefanie Kamerman

Photo Credit: Stefanie Kamerman

When should brides reach out to you for their wedding gowns and what's the process like?

We recommend reaching out to start the process about 5-6 months before your wedding. You can learn more about setting up a design consultation, ordering a dress, measurements, shipping and the overall process here.

When designing your gowns, where do you find inspiration?

I like to think of myself as the Creative Director when selecting gowns for the Grace + Ivory collection. I work directly with a designer/dressmaker and she has the technical details and expertise when it comes to designing and dressmaking. I select dresses that I think represents today’s metropolitan modern bride – hip, on-the-go, hardworking, and kicking butt. I like having a variety of dresses ranging from pretty, soft tulle dresses with lace to a sophisticated, sleek look with hand-beaded details.  

Photo Credit:  Stefanie Kamerman

Photo Credit: Stefanie Kamerman

What is the starting price of your gowns?

Our dresses range from $695 to $1,595 plus tax. 

Do you also do custom work or customize gowns in your collections at the request of a bride?

Yes, we offer custom options to the gowns in our collection. If you love one of our dresses but would want to change something about that particular gown, contact us for a design consultation and we can discuss over email or over the phone about the custom options and any other questions. This is all before your dress purchase (if you decide to move forward).

Photo Credit:  Stefanie Kamerman

Photo Credit: Stefanie Kamerman

When patronizing your company, tell us more about the worthy cause customers are also supporting?

One of my biggest reasons for starting Grace + Ivory is to merge an awesome business making wedding dresses and being able to contribute to helping others who may not be as fortunate. As our mission is about women helping women, a portion of every dress purchase goes to helping women and girls in need. We’re currently supporting Plan International’s Because I am a Girl (BIAAG) Program, which runs programs in countries around the world focusing on girls’ health, education, empowerment, and community involvement. BIAAG’s call to action raises awareness about girls’ rights and the need for justice and equality. Grace + Ivory supports Plan’s belief that gender equality is central to achieving long-term change and the BIAAG call to action to ensure girls everywhere can learn, lead, decide and thrive.

I love your dresses done differently slogan and that your gowns are made to measure. Tell us more about this.

I founded Grace + Ivory with the intent to do dresses differently by giving brides another option with a socially conscious approach providing beautiful, quality, made-to-measure wedding dresses. During the search for my own wedding dress, I felt that wedding dresses were overpriced and I wondered why. After doing some digging, this gave me the idea of partnering directly with a dressmaker, cutting out a middleman, which allowed me to offer gorgeous dresses of the same quality of those from other designer brands at a fraction of the price. Every dress is made-to-measure saving a bride on alterations costs and giving her a beautiful, custom-sewn dress made just for her.

If a bride has an eye on a dress, we encourage her to reach out for a consultation with us over email on our website. We can answer any questions about measurements and custom details all before you buy and no commitment is expected.

We start each individual dressmaking process once an order is received. Our personal design stylists are there to provide the best customer experience. Our design stylists work with a bride from initial inquiries, to helping with dress purchasing, custom requests, follow-up questions, and shipping and receiving. With our dress process, the made-to-measure and custom aspects, and being able to help women and girls in need, we’re doing dresses differently. 

Photo Credit:  Stefanie Kamerman

Photo Credit: Stefanie Kamerman

How can brides find you?

Visit us at and feel free to email us at

Thank you so much Tina for sharing with us today, and Stefanie Kamerman and Paca Lee for the lovely photos! If my hubby and I renew our vows, I definitely know who I'm calling! Brides, I hope you check out Grace + Ivory for your wedding gowns, and tell them I sent you! Share in the comments section the type of silhouette(s) that you love for wedding gowns.

Sensationally yours,




Save the Date: 2015 Winter Bridal Events

Happy Wedding Wednesday! As we mentioned last week, engagement season is in full swing, and likewise so are bridal events. Today, we're sharing a list of the Washington, D.C. and surrounding area's premier winter events that are catered to all the blushing brides out there. Whether you are looking for a fabulous wedding gown, the area's top florists or to sample some tasty wedding cake, our list is sure to point you in the right direction for all things wedding related. Photo Credit: Washingtonian Bride & Groom

In addition to all the events noted below, Sensational Soirees is currently taking appointments to discuss your wedding planning needs and share some sensational savings we are offering for engaged couples. Don't live in the D.C. area? No worries, we provide planning services throughout the U.S. and are available to assist with destination wedding planning, as well. Contact us at to get started with planning your sensational wedding!

Brides, grab your calendars and save the date...

2015 Winter Bridal Events



MARCH 2015

Photo Credit: Black Bride

We hope you enjoy these upcoming bridal events, and be sure to tell them Sensational Soirees sent you!

Know of a bridal event not listed above? Share with us in the discussion section of this post.

Sensationally yours,





Sensational Savings: Fall Bridal Events

At Sensational Soirees, we appreciate and value good savings, and we are always looking to pass them along to our clients and friends because we know you love a good deal, too. In today's "Sensational Savings", we're giving you info on upcoming bridal sale events!


Victor Harper Bridal Trunk Show | Baltimore, MD | September 27 – 29 | Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection

Hitched Bridal Salon Two Day Sample Sale | Washington, DC | October 1 – 2 |

Jenny Packham Bridal Trunk Show | Washington, DC | October 17 – 20 | Rizik’s

David Tutera for Mon Cheri Fall Trunk Show | Gaithersburg, MD | November 8 – 9 | I Do I Do Wedding Gowns

Jim Hjelm Bridal Trunk Show | Washington, DC | November 8 – 9 | Rizik’s

Carine’s Bridal Atelier Events (by appointment only)| Washington, DCkleinfeld

  • Carolina Herrera Trunk Show | October  3 – 5
  • Badgley Mischka Trunk Show | October 31 – November 2
  • Bridal Sample Sale | November 12 – 14

Kleinfeld Bridal Events | New York, NY

  • Bliss by Monique Lluillier | October 4 – 6
  • Sample Sale | October 8
  • Pnina Tornai | October 8 – 20
  • Lazaro |  November 8 – 10
  • Romona Keveza Collection | November 22 – 24

Photo Credit: Kleinfeld

In addition to these amazing sale events, if you are currently in the market for a wedding planner, contact Sensational Soirees today to learn more about our wedding planning services and promotions we are currently offering.

Have you recently run across any deals that you think a bride, event host or partygoer would love? Is your company currently offering a promotion? If so, shoot us an email with the details. Also, if you take advantage of any of these deals please let us know in the discussion section below.

Happy Shopping and Wedding Planning!

Sensationally Yours,