Patricia Flores opened White Blossom Bridal in January of 2020 to create a sustainable family legacy business for her daughter. Located in Baldwin Park, Orlando, FL (with plenty of street and Publix parking), this quaint little shop offers a familial, intimate experience. Pat and her daughter, Amanda, run the shop together. Pat loved what she learned from the wedding industry while planning Amanda's wedding and decided to "turn to the dark side" as they say and join the wedding world. The store, like many others, had to close from March 2020 to May 2020 but they have come back strong! I have had the pleasure of visiting this cute shop twice: once to find my own wedding dress and once to just play with the Seas Your Day Events girls! I won't post my dress for obvious reasons (Yet!! Stay tuned!) but here's some pictures and videos from our collective experiences.
From simple to extravagant, White Blossom Bridal has it all! Their dresses range from $1,000 to $5,000 with an average price of $2,500 and most falling under the $3,000 budget range. They can take up to two brides during the week day and have 9 slots available on weekends by appointment only. This allows for an intimate shopping experience with just you and a few close friends and the talented and accommodating Pat and/or Amanda.
They offer just the right amount of selection so you never feel overwhelmed. The store also offers accessories like hair pieces, custom jewelry, shoes, veils and belts. They do not offer alterations but can recommend a phenomenal seamstress. They can also recommend a great photographer for your light and airy photo dreams (Amanda and her husband own Flora Bloom Photography as well. Also very talented!).
Here's some tips from our team and the White Blossom Bridal team:
Bring SUPPORTIVE (key word, supportive) close family and friends. Most bridal salons have a limit to how many people you can bring but try to limit it to 2-4 guests. This helps minimize too many opposing opinions. Amanda cautions to be sure to bring any decision makers (people that you NEED's opinion) to your appointment so that you can make a decision if you find the dress.
Use this guide to find the best dress shape for your body type: https://www.weddingjournalonline.com/which-wedding-dress-style-works-best-for-your-body-shape/
Pin some inspiration photos before you go that way you can show your bridal consultant what you're looking for. I was able to show Amanda a few pictures and by dress #3 she had magically pulled my dream dress from the racks - AT BUDGET!
"Do not book more than 3 appointments total," says Amanda, and "no more than 1 or 2 a day." You will end up just going with a dress in the last shop and not go back to the dress of your dreams in the first shop because you're so exhausted from the day.
Wear neutral colored underwear or Spanx if you plan on wearing them at all.
Leave time to eat between appointments. Nobody wants a hangry bride.
Do your hair and makeup. This will help you really imagine how you will look on the day of. This really helped me in my decision making because I needed to see how long my hair would look in the back and what it might cover.
Finally, set a budget. And STICK TO IT. Only try on dresses that work within your budget. I promise you, you do not want that kind of heartbreak.
If you're ready to go dress shopping, I can't recommend White Blossom Bridal enough. The experience was intimate and cozy and you'll be treated like the queen you are!