The reality of recent times is that many of our brides have had to push their wedding date or change their plans due to Covid-19. Whether it’s moving their big day to 2021 or eloping and celebrating with loved ones at a later time. As unfortunate as this may be, we want to continue to be there for our brides every step of the way and help them in anyway we can. Many of our brides already have their gowns in their possession and may be wondering how to keep their bridal gown in mint condition while they wait. We got you!

Store your wedding dress in a cloth garment bag

Avoid any plastic covering over the wedding dress, as plastic doesn’t allow fabrics to breathe. There’s a potential for staining/discoloration as the fibers break down and gasses are emitted and any moisture in the bag can cause odors if it can’t escape. All Samila bridal gowns leave in a cloth garment bag. The breathable bag also protects the gown from dust and prevents anything from rubbing against the gown and snagging the fabric. If you don’t have a cloth garment bag, you can wrap your gown in a cotton sheet or call us to purchase one.

Hang up your wedding dress or lay it flat

If you’re hanging your dress, make sure you’re hanging your dress by the sewn-in hanging ribbons to help evenly distribute the weight. If you solely hang your dress by its straps or shoulders, it could stretch. Long term hanging can damage your dress, especially if your dress is a ball gown or has heavy beaded embellishments. Consider laying your dress out flat in places such as, under the bed or on the top shelf of your closet.

Choose the right environment

Keep your dress in any cool, dry area with consistent temperature and no direct sunlight. Sunlight can cause yellowing or fading. Avoid attics and basements at all costs, as those spaces can be damp and musty. The best places to store your dress would be a bedroom or closet. But remember to keep it out of reach of children and pets. Pet hair can get into your garment bag and so can you kids.

Keep your dress out of sight

The temptation to look at your dress will be strong. But once you’ve stored your dress away properly, try not to try it on or continously take it out. The chances of staining or snagging your dress increases each time your wedding dress is handled. Makeup and deodorant are some of the biggest culprits for staining when trying on your dress. Every once in a while, take your dress out to fluff it out, but remember to have clean hands or white gloves. Also consider storing your dress at a trusted family member or friend’s house to avoid the temptation.

Before the wedding day

A couple months before the wedding day, do a dress try-on and check to see if you need to make any fixes, alterations, or changes. Weight fluctuations are perfectly normal, so don’t stress out too much, hand your dress off to a tailor you trust. There may be a few creases on your bridal gown, no worries–a steamer will fix it up. Tip: having a steamer on hand on your wedding day can come in handy. Some hotels will have steamers available.

After the wedding, have it preserved or cleaned

Wedding gown preservation is the process of packaging a gown in archival boxes for long term storage. This is the best way to keep your dress in your family for many generations. Another great option is get your dress professionally cleaned before any stains set in. Samila Boutique is an authorized dealer for Wedding Gown Preservation Co., who specialized in gown preservation and cleaning. Their cleaning methods have been proven and recognized by the International Fabric Institute as having the best methods in the gown preservation industry. Samila brides will get an exclusive discount, contact us for more details


Contributor: Ann Dinh

Contributor: Sasha Frederick

Our city of Seattle is in no shortage of life and culture when it comes to hosting celebrations! Venues all over the emerald city offer creativity, diversity and uniqueness beyond belief, so how are you supposed to choose one for your wedding day? From sophisticated and elegant to fun and lively, we’ve nominated these six fabulous wedding venues as top contenders for that number one spot on your venue selection list! These venues offer a medley of styles both timeless and trendy that any couple will deem the perfect location for one of the biggest days of their lives! 

Due to the current implementation of Phase 2, weddings have been capped at a 20% capacity or less than 30 people (which ever is lower), each of these venues are open and operating under these new guidelines to make sure you can still have your special day. Love is never cancelled and your wedding doesn’t have to be either! Specific rules and follow up information on these newer changes can be found on each of the venues websites, reach out if you have any questions! 

Let’s take a look at these hidden gems! 

6. Shafer Baillie Mansion

Charming and enchanting, the Shafer Baillie Mansion offers a spirited sense of romance with both indoor and outdoor settings for a lovely wedding ceremony. Placed in Capitol Hill, this mansion is rich with many original and period-style fixtures that add a warm and timeless atmospheric touch. Indoor ceremonies can hold up to 20 people, the outdoor spaces can accommodate for up to 80, a venue like this is incredible for the more intimate ceremonies. In-house catering is offered but outside catering is also allowed as well as wedding officiants, all staff will be wearing masks during the event. Catering to a diverse variety of wedding styles, both sophisticated and party-esc, you and your family can dance the night away in a beautiful red brick courtyard under the stars, and don’t forget about the gardens! Gazebos, blooming floral and evergreen touches capture the perfect details for a summer wedding.

Wedding Planning Tip from Ana Lena at Shafer Baille Mansion: “Micro-weddings, elopements, both are good to consider, even with a downsized event, you’re sure to make memories that last forever.”

Address: 907 14th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

Phone: (206)322-4654



5. Thornewood Castle

The dream destination for the ultimate reality of a fairytale wedding. A true hidden gem; Thornewood Castle (yes – a castle!) is a historic manor that’s been set in Seattle for 110 years, your wedding can take place outdoors in the blooming English Gardens, inside the elegant Great Hall and Ballroom, or out on the grounds for a wedding overlooking American Lake. There’s something truly romantic about gathering your close friends and family to be there with you when you say “I do” to your beloved and the next chapter of your life. Catering to smaller more intimate ceremonies during Covid, Thornewood Castle provides on-site staff to help you through your event without stepping on anyone’s toes, focused on helping you remember this moment forever!

Address: 8601 N Thorne Ln SW, Lakewood, WA 98498

Phone: (253)584-4393



4. The Admiral’s House

At this gorgeous gathering spot by the sea, weddings take on a picturesque, conversational vibe. The historic Admiral’s House is located in Magnolia, blessed with an unobstructed view of the Seattle city skyline. This view includes the iconic Space Needle and majestic Mt. Rainier, overlooking Elliot Bay with a generous amount of privacy that makes you feel like the view is all your own. In 2019, The Admiral’s House won “Best Quintessential Seattle Reception Site” and “Best Sunset Venue” by Seattle Bride Magazine, hosting both inside and outdoor ceremonies. Your wedding is what you make it, past booking includes live music, intricate floral designing and much more! For couples looking to elope and have a large party later, the Admiral’s House guarantees no matter the size that your wedding will be as special as you always dreamed it would be. With an offered list of preferred vendors that cover everything from catering and decor to photographers and florists, they also offer event planners to help you stay on top of all those little details. 

Wedding Planning Tip from Bill Franks at The Admiral’s House : “It’s important to have patience and go with the flow, it’s not going to be easy but remember to prioritize what’s important; you’re getting married.”

Address: 2500 W Marina Pl, Seattle, WA 98199

Phone: (206)770-7801



3. The 101

A perfect blank canvas for your masterpiece of a wedding, The 101 sits at the heart of Pioneer Square in Seattle, a historic and lively location for a fun and memorable event! Awarded Best of 2019 by the Seattle Bride Magazine, this 6,000 sq ft space is adorned with vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, reclaimed lighting, and a fusion of contemporary and rustic accents that ensure a dazzling wedding. With a new and trendy touch, this dynamic event venue’s design will catch your eye and hold your attention. The 101 offers a longer-than-usual-rental period, a total of 24 hours all to yourself to celebrate love, family and friends! After each booking, the rooms are cleaned from top to bottom to ensure sanitation and an on-site event manager will ensure that your ceremony goes off without a hitch! Perfect for a fun and swanky wedding, this bright spot has a variety of uses and open spaces to customize to your touch! 

Wedding Planning Tip from Sara Levin, Client Concierge & Planner : “There’s no right or wrong way to plan a wedding but there’s always time to party – for a special event.”

Address: 101 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104

Phone: (360) 939-1071



2. The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge

In our list of beautiful venues for your big day, there’s not one with a view that can drop your jaw the way The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge can! Known for its esteemed and incredibly striking viewpoint of the Cascade Mountains, it has the perfect backdrop for your never-to-forget wedding ceremony. Winning the “WeddingWire Couples Choice Awards” for both 2019 and 2020, this venue has a host of large, open aesthetics, both indoor and outdoor, that allow for personalized touches and custom decorations to tailor to your dream desires. Large rooms able to hold 300 plus people are now designed with social distancing in mind; to accommodate for the new capacity rules, The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge offers new Wedding Ceremony Packages designed for small, intimate ceremonies that your close friends and family can attend! Your wedding is just waiting to happen at this downright gorgeous event space!

Wedding Planning Tip from Cassie Kempe, Director of Private Events : “Flexibility is key, during these uncertain times, it’s wise to be open to new ideas and suggestions so you dont cause yourself anymore stress… Your wedding is a celebration! No need to put it on hold!”

Address: 36005 SE Ridge St Snoqualmie, WA 98065

Phone: (425)396-6000


1. Hotel Sorrento

On Madison St, Seattle, sits a premier boutique hotel perfect for timeless weddings and making memories to keep forever. Winning the “WeddingWire’s Couples Choice Award” for 2019, Hotel Sorrento offers a medley of indoor and outdoor spaces for both intimate and elegant or light and lively ceremonies, your selection includes “Top of the Town”, “The Penthouse”, and “The Garden”, all packed full of Seattle charm and contemporary sophistication! Did we mention there’s also a restaurant on site? Talk about convenience! The on-site dining has private rooms for reservation and ample seating that allow for social distancing while still being able to interact with your friends and family. With so many things to consider when it comes to planning your big day, Hotel Sorrento offers highly experienced wedding planners to help you replan or start planning your wedding from scratch – and look out for those celebration and bridal packages! 

Wedding Planning Tip from Hotel Sorrento: “You’re not alone, we are here to help you plan! Having a wedding planner can help you explore new ideas, keep in priority what’s important to you and walk you through all the steps to ensure your dream wedding comes true!”

Address: 900 Madison Street, Seattle, WA 98104

Phone: (206)622-6400  



Attention all brides! The 5th National Bridal Sale Event is happening! 


Book now for July 18-25th 2020!

The National Bridal Sale

Love is not canceled and neither is the National Bridal Sale! What is the National Bridal Sale Event (N.B.S.E)? Known as the “Black Friday” sale of the bridal world, nearly 900 independent, locally-owned bridal retailers including top bridal salons and boutiques in the United States will be participating in an annual sale to offer brides, bridesmaids, and wedding guests an unprecedented opportunity for substantial savings. Samila Boutique will be participating in this annual sale for our fifth fantastic year in a row, we are so eager to meet all the lovely 2020, 2021 brides so book an appointment now!

Samila Boutique

Samila Boutique features an extensive selection of beautiful bridal gowns as well hundreds of formal gowns, and now is the perfect time to purchase from our collection of designer wedding dresses with a big discount! We enjoy meeting with every bride that walks through our doors, we make sure you enjoy your time with us just as much by offering advice, exploring inspirations and staying true to you! All to ensure that you find that diamond in the rough of a dress!

New Location

We’ve moved locations! After spending 20 plus fantastic years in Redmond, we’ve taken to the west side of Seattle! Come take advantage of this incredible sale in our NEW store location – located at : 4306 SW Walker St, Seattle, WA 98116  We are so excited to meet the community and meet you!  Come say hello to us on Walker Street!

Our Designers

Meet our classic and new designers! Among the bridal collections, the designers we will be carrying during this sale include Casablanca, Morilee, Calla Blanche, Whitedreams, Eddy K, Justin Alexander, and more! From fit and flares to ball gowns, to flowy and flirty; we’ve got you covered for every trendy and modern, or classic and romantic dress of your dreams! All our gowns guarantee unique styles and fittings to better cater a diverse selection of stunning dresses!

The Sale

Find your dream wedding dress for less and look out for those colored tags! During your appointment, you will be able to browse through our wedding dresses and will come across three different types of tags, each one specifying the discounted price. Green Tags label the $199 and below dresses, Red Tags label the $599 and below, and Premier Tags mark the 50%-90% off gowns. We will also have a small selection of discounted sample flower girl dresses, veils, and other bridal accessories ready to take home the same day!We are also offering a discount on alterations for special order bridal gowns not included in the sale (these dresses are not discounted and will not have colored tags). We will be offering a $200 discount, this will only be offered July 18th-25th.

Booking an Appointment

Phase 2 of the Covid-19 response is still in effect, this is actively affecting the way we, and other small businesses, are allowing customers into our store. An appointment must be made in advance and our appointments are open from 9:00am – 6:30pm, you can schedule an appointment on our websites appointment page here or you can call us at (425) 558-5714, or email us at if you have any questions! 

What to Expect

In our new store in West Seattle, our boutique is set up to receive you by appointment! You and one guest will be the center of attention as we help you browse through our selection of dresses with our lead stylist and buyer Yasmin. We ask that you wear a mask on your way in and wash your hands before the shopping begins to keep in code with the current phase of Covid-19 response. 

We sell White Bridal Masks that offer a bit more of a fashion forward look for you to try on with your gown, but please bring your own just in case! The safety of our customers and staff is our #1 priority!

New Styles, New Loves

 As we get further into the summer of 2020, our inventory of 2020 is replaced with new 2021 bridal gowns. With designer and off the rack choices to choose from, we are constantly pulling new modern, trendy, romantic and unique dresses that any bride will fall in love with. If you’re a bride in the market, here’s why you should NOT miss this event. The NBSE is the “black friday” sale of the bridal world! With offers and prices sure to match any budget, you won’t find a better time to find that dream dress!

Contributor: Sasha Frederick

Beloved by Casablanca Bridal

  • Beloved Trunk Show: Friday, September 20, 2019 – Sunday, September 22, 2019
  • Curvy/Plus Size Trunk Show: Friday, September 20, 2019 – Sunday, September 29, 2019

What is a Bridal Trunk Show?

A Trunk Show is a type of special event in which a bridal salon will feature a designer’s collection for a limited time. This offers you, the bride, a unique opportunity to view and try on brand new wedding dresses that you probably have never seen before. Trunk Shows are an event that you don’t want to miss out on! There may also be added bonuses that you won’t get from a typical bridal appointment.

Come and shop the brand new dresses in store available for 2 weeks! Purchase one of the gowns from the collection and get some extra bonuses. All the gowns available will be under $1,000, plus you will get an added 10% off! Did we mention that all the wedding dresses are customizable? You can also purchase the custom matching veil and when you do, you’ll get 30% off the veil. You will also receive an autographed sketch of your gown from the designer and a $100 gift card towards the Lasting App. Book an appointment with us to visit this amazing collection and invite your loved ones!

Check our Instagram @samilaboutique to see photos of what dresses are coming in!

You just got engaged! Congratulations! You’ve got so much to do now regarding your wedding. The most exciting part would have to be buying your wedding dress. You must have thought about this moment for a long time and in order to make sure everything goes smoothly, you should start planning and shopping early. Before you can take a dress home, you have find, order, and alter your dress. We’ve created a wedding dress timeline to help you get the dress of your dreams in time for your wedding. We’ve planned it out about 12 months before the wedding day. 

12 Months

Set a Budget

You can’t start wedding dress shopping without determining how much you want to budget. It can be heartbreaking to have your sights on a wedding dress that’s out of your price range. Choosing a budget will help your bridal consultant guide you to the right dresses. Your dress budget shouldn’t just include the dress, but consider the cost of alterations, tax, shipping (if applicable), shoes, veil, and accessories

Do Your Research

In order to make the most out your time, figure out what you like and don’t like. You don’t need to figure what exact silhouette or style you want. You just need a sense of which dress styles best match your personal style and the fabrics, necklines, silhouettes, and details your interested in. Save photos or make a Pinterest board of whatever resonates with you. The type of venue you want can be helpful in narrowing down a look or considering which silhouettes fit your body shape. Any research you do will help you narrow down your options, but keep an open mind! Your bridal consultant, friends, and family will be there to help you find the perfect dress. You might even end up with a dress that surprises you. Make your first bridal appointment!

9 Months

Buy Your Dress

Now is the time to say “yes” to the dress. You should make your final decision and put down a deposit! This may seem a little early but, most wedding dresses are custom-ordered, meaning they need to be created and then shipped to your salon. This process can take up to 12 to 20 weeks. Your salon will let you know as soon as it’s ready.

6 Months

Choose Your Wedding Shoes

Wearing these to your fittings will make it easier to get proper measurements for any needed alterations, such as hemming. When choosing the height of your shoes, consider how long you’ll be on your feet. You have a plethora of options when it comes to deciding on your wedding shoe from a daring heel to an ankle-strap sandal to a comfy sneaker.

Get Your Undergarments

Before you make that fitting appointment, you need to purchase any undergarments that you’ll be wearing. Undergarments can include your bra, body shapers, and slips. Consider your dress’s neckline, bodice, and back when searching for the right pieces. You might want to add some fluff and bounce in your skirt with a petticoat.

Decide On Your Accessories

It’s all in the details! It’s best to know exactly what you want in advance, especially since you’ve already chosen your dress. Before alterations, decide on if you want to add a sash or any other adornments onto your dress. At this point you can also choose which hair accessories and jewelry that you’ll be wearing on the day of your wedding. Are you going to go for a veil or any embellished hair pieces?

3 Months

Have Your First Fitting

Your dress is here and you’ll be putting it on for the first time! Don’t forget to bring your shoes, undergarments and any accessories you’d like to try on with your dress to the first fitting. You can also let your tailor know about any additions or substitutions you want to make to the dress such as, adding sleeves or changing the closure.

You’ll most likely make multiple fitting appointments. It’s important to get the timing of each alterations appointment right. Scheduling your fittings too early may result with a dress that doesn’t fit properly—your body may fluctuate in weight. If you bring your gown in too late, there won’t be enough time for alterations. At each fitting, pay attention to how your dress feels and let your tailor know about your concerns.

6 to 8 Weeks

Have Your Second Fitting

All the hard work was done during your first fitting. The second fitting is when you get to see your changes come together and see if any minor revisions that need to be made. Make sure you walk around the salon to guarantee you’re happy with the length, fit and any other alterations made.

2 to 3 Weeks

Have Your Final Fitting

Your dress is in it’s final form and you might want to bring some tissues! You’re going to see yourself so close to what you’ll see on your wedding day! Bring someone special to bask in this moment with you! At this point you can bring your dress home and stare at it. Just make sure you store it away from your significant other and store it safely in a breathable bag.

1 Day

Make Sure You Have Everything

Your wedding is 24 hours away! Keep all your pieces together to ensure you don’t forget anything on your big day. It also allows you to transport everything to your venue easier. An optional tool to have on hand is a steamer to get those wrinkles out.

Wedding Day

Be Beautiful!

It’s your big day! With your steamer on hand, make sure your dress is wrinkle-free! It would be wise to have your hair and makeup done before you get dressed. You’ll need about 30 minutes to get dressed and don’t worry you don’t have to do it alone—your bridesmaids are there! After that you can relax and get married! Congratulations! 

Contributor: Ann Dinh

Every bride wants to feel like perfection on their wedding day, which is why months are spent searching for the perfect gown. Followed by several fittings closer to her wedding day to make sure the dress fits her like a glove. Some brides are lucky and will find a dress that needs minimal alterations, but for other brides, they will need to have 20-40 hours of work completed on their gown.

Something every bride should consider before they say “yes to the dress” is the alteration difficulty and cost. Bridal gowns are different than regular dresses. Their fabrics are delicate and the dresses are complex. They are one of the most carefully crafted garments and requires a team of experienced professionals to make one. Thus altering a bridal gown will require a different price point and time frame to work on. Bridal alterations have an industry average cost of $400-$800 and every seamstress or salon will structure their fees differently. Some charge per service and others charge a flat fee that covers everything that you want done to the dress. When you pay a seamstress, you are paying for their time, craftsmanship, and cost of materials. There are several factors that play into the cost such as, how difficult the alteration is, the type of gown, the material of the gown, the additions made to the gown, etc. All these factors play together.

Every bridal gown  is different and unique, so each bride’s dress is going to need different things. You might not know what changes you want to make to your dress. If you don’t know, don’t hesitate to ask! Your seamstress or tailor will work with you to figure out a plan.

The Hem

The bottom of your wedding dress will almost always need to be shortened. Most manufacturers offer the option of the dress hems shorter and sometimes longer for a reasonable fee. It’s easier to shorten the hem than to elongate it. When it comes to hems, you could be dealing with up to 8 layers. It would be like hemming multiple gowns! If your gown has lace and/or beading, those elements need to be taken off before adding it back to the final hem length. Many gowns have horsehair, which is a plastic webbing, in the hem to give it body and that is one of the difficult hems to deal with. If the gown has a scalloped border hem, that too is a difficult challenge. The hem is often takes the longest to adjust and can range from $150-$450.

The Sides

A gown may need to be taken in at different points to show more of the body shape and curves. You could be taking in the bust, waist, hips, or a combination of the three. The cost for taking in the sides will depend on how much they need to take in because it would be just the waist or it could be along the entire seam. Again, the seamstress will have to take apart the multiple layers. There is the outer fabric, the underlining, the lining, and then many times there is an overlay of lace, organza, mesh or chiffon. When the outer layer has the addition of embellishments, they have to be carefully removed by hand. The threads where they are removed from need to be tied off so they don’t continue to unravel. Then once the alteration is complete, all the beads & sequins have to be hand sewn back on. Most of the time, the boning also has to be cut down during an alteration.

The Bustle

If you have a train, you may need a bustle, which is when there are added buttons, hooks or ribbons into the dress to lift up the train or tucking it into itself.  There are different types of bustles that you can discuss with your seamstress. The average bride will only spend a short time during her ceremony wearing the gown with her train elegantly trailing behind her. She will spend the majority of her time with it bustled up during the reception to make it easier for her to move around. The bustle needs to be durable enough to withstand sitting on it and dancing for a few hours in it and even possibly people accidentally stepping on her hemline. You do not want the bustle to break! This alteration is often overlooked, but is truly a logistical necessity.

The Bust Cups

Bust cups can be added to your dress to take place of a bra or to enhance the bustline. You can also take the cups out if they don’t fit your bust well or you have a certain type of bra you want to wear instead.

The Straps

Many wedding dresses are made with longer straps to fit a wide variety of brides and it is an easy alteration to do. Some dresses are strapless and some brides like to add some to prevent the dress from falling down. This is also not a problem as long as long as you find the right fabric and size for you! Removing straps can be harder, as it depends on the structure of the dress. If the dress is backless and doesn’t have enough structure to stay up without them, then the straps might have to stay. We often recommend adding straps to the dress, even if they are worn tucked in, and only pulled out as needed in the reception. This will add a sense of security and provide a backup of mishaps.

The Sleeves

If you want something to over you up a little more, sleeves are a good option! You could get short cap sleeves, ¾ length sleeves, or just go full long sleeves. This is a simple alteration that you can discuss with your seamstress. You can also go the opposite way and take alter the current sleeves. But the pricing will depend on how much embellishments are on the sleeves.

The Neckline

Neckline alterations can make a big impact! You can either close or open your neckline. Some wedding dresses have an illusion neckline that can be taken off if the bride wishes. Some brides prefer v-necks to show off a little more skin. But the necklines available to you may depend on your dress and how much you’re willing to spend. A simpler wedding dress made with a few layers of fabric may be easy to alter, but the same alteration done on a wedding gown with an intricately constructed bodice may be cost more than it’s worth.

The Back

The front of the dress is important, but people also look at the back, especially when you’re walking down the aisle. You may want to take away some material and have the back open. But you can also build a back onto a strapless dress if you wanted to. If you want this alteration, it requires a lot of planning with your seamstress to get it perfect! This might cost you a pretty penny depending on what you want to do.

The Embellishments

Depending on your style you may want your dress to be glamourous or toned-down. Some brides want their dress to be blinged out or they want even more sparkle than there already is. This allows the bride’s dress to be more personalized. A bride could feel like the dress is too much and may overpower her and in some cases, it’s possible to remove elements. An easier alteration would be adding a belt or sash to add some bling or a pop of color!

The Closure

Wedding dresses have different closures on them. There are zippers, buttons, and corset backs! Buttons are a nice detail to have and looks very elegant. Corset backs gives you some wiggle room if you lose or gain a little weight. Wanting to alter the closure is common and is something to discuss with your seamstress!

Make sure you go into your fittings often to make sure the dress is to your liking. During your fittings, make sure you wear the same undergarments, shoes and accessories you plan to wear on the actual wedding day.  Make sure the tailor you choose to work with hears your vision and that you are equally willing to listen when they advise something is not a good idea. This ensures that everything will look exactly how you want on your wedding day and the best possible tailoring.

Contributor: Ann Dinh

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