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The Gainsborough Trio provides classical music for your wedding ceremony, wedding reception, party, bar/bat mitzvah, anniversary, and other elegant occasions. Comprised of some of New York's finest professional musicians, this ensemble performs traditional or non-traditional instrumental music for your special event.

Affordable Fashion Options for the Contemporary Wedding

(ARA) - With a record number of weddings forecast as we approach the year 2000, much attention is focused on the cost of "tying the knot." Research indicates that in many cases the bride and groom are footing the bill and they are savvy consumers when it comes to seeking value for their dollar. Good news awaits the contemporary bride-to-be as she shops for the perfect gown. There is a multitude of styles available, even for those with a budget under $1000. "Many brides are under the impression that the only affordable options are found at discount warehouses and sample sales," says Cindi Freeburn, director of design and advertising for Alfred Angelo, a world leader in the marketing of bridal apparel. "Nothing could be further from the truth. Bridal salons who work with manufacturers such as Alfred Angelo are poised to offer brides hundreds of styles ranging from $250-$800." In addition, most of these shops special order the gown for the bride, so she is getting a brand new garment, ordered to meet her measurement specifications. When determining "value," a bride should be considering not only the cost of the gown, but the need for service and alterations as well.

Fashion is not taking a back seat to price, however. Freeburn indicates that Alfred Angelo alone has over 100 bridal designs from which to choose in the $250-$800 price range. "Silhouettes range from simple, elegant and tailored to elaborate, embellished ballgowns," she states. "While satin remains the most popular fabric, we have beautiful gowns in tulle, chiffon, crepe and even silk shantung within these price points." The diversity of the contemporary collections means that even on a budget, every bride can find a beautiful gown that compliments her figure.

Another important factor in the pursuit of the affordable gown, is availability in a wide range of sizes. According to Freeburn, Alfred Angelo has established a reputation for meeting the needs of the Plus Size bride. "We offer over 24 styles in sizes 16W-28W at any given time." Once again, the fashion options are many, ranging from slim silhouettes, to A-lines, to full-skirted traditional styles. "The one common denominator is that a regular bra may be worn for the bride's comfort," comments Freeburn. "We work with plus size women when developing our Women's Collection and they are very candid about what they think is flattering and comfortable."

Service is a key element when thoughts turn to outfitting the bridal party. Brides and their attendants should look for gowns from a manufacturer who offers a full range of sizes and colors and for a retailer who has expertise in measuring and alterations. The challenges of having a half-dozen women of various shapes and sizes look well in one particular style are numerous. According to Freeburn, Alfred Angelo, one of only a handful of firms which market both bridal and bridesmaid gowns, offers all of their bridesmaid styles in both large sizes and in extra-length. This offer has established the company as a leader in the bridesmaid field. In addition, the extensive color palette enables a bride to "customize" her wedding party by selecting a style that is flattering to all, in the color scheme of her dreams.

All of this service need not be cost prohibitive, however. There are many beautiful options for bridesmaids in the $150-$200 range. At Alfred Angelo, bridesmaid prices begin at $125 and most are under $200. For those seeking the "finishing" touch to the bare styles so prevalent among today's wedding fashions, many companies offer affordable coordinating gloves.

When asked for any words of wisdom for today's bride, Freeburn offered the following. "I suggest you begin by looking through bridal publications such as Brides, Modern Bride and Bridal Guide, or on the Internet via websites such as ours at www.alfredangelo.com, for styles that appeal to you. Most manufacturers recommend reputable local retailers via listings or web site referrals; that is where I would advise you find a store in which to begin your search. Be candid about your needs from the start; if you have a budget in mind share it with the consultant, and show her any photos you have identified. Be open to suggestions to try on a variety of silhouettes. Put yourself in the hands of a reputable bridal salon... in many ways that decision may be the wisest investment of all."

For more information, log onto: www.alfredangelo.com or contact Alfred Angelo Customer Service at: 5401 Broken Sound Blvd. Boca Raton, FL 33487

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