The La Belle Vie Bridal Experience || Behind The Scene with Betsy Francis

Congratulations to Betsy and the La Belle Vie team!  Did you know La Belle Vie opened last Monday?  If you missed my one-on-one exclusive interview with boss lady Besty Francis last week, don't worry! You can read it here.

The "wedding dress search" experience is a very important part of the wedding planning.  La Belle Vie Bridal wants to make sure you have the best experience with knowledgable bridal consultants and a plethora of designer dresses to choose from. Have you had the luxury of seeing the beautiful dresses at La Belle Vie Bridal yet?  Well, no worries if you answered 'No'.  I have all the behind-the-scenes scoop from Betsy below!  


What differentiates your bridal boutique from others in the Quad Cities area?

There are two differentiators that will really stand out to my brides. 

The bride's experience

We will get to learn about the bride from the moment they set their appointment. This will be a quick introduction to learn what the bride is searching for.  When the bride arrives for her appointment, we will do a group consultation to get some feedback from mom, grandmother, and any other guest.  We will then do a one-on-one consultation with the bride.  We really feel that each bride and their consultant are a team with mom, grandmother, and guest as allies.  We are here to end the appointment with a win of the bride saying 'yes' to her wedding dress. 

We pride ourselves on our concierge service we can provide during the appointment.  Knowing the product and what the bride is envisioning, we will select dresses that fit the bride's qualifications and budget.  If the bride does not know exactly what she wants that is alright too.  She is more than welcome to browse the gowns. Her consultant will be right there to support her. 



The designers 

I am very proud of the designers that La Belle Vie Bridal is offering.  I chose theses designers based on:

  • Designers' unique attributes
  • Designers not offered in the local Quad Cities area
  • 2016 Trends 

The designers I decided to offer to my brides include:

Madison James by Allure

Paloma Blanco



Wtoo by Watters

Sottero and Midgley

Mori Lee

I also have a great selections of bridesmaid dresses by Alfred AngeloAllureMori Lee, and Wtoo.  

*BONUS* From designer details to wedding trends from the NY Bridal Market in October, I sharing all the details here.


There are many bridal boutiques that will cut the tags out of the store samples.  Whether this is to help brides focus on the dress and not the name or make it harder for the bride to purchase that dress at another boutique, you will not be removing labels and tags. Can you share your view on this topic?

I do not believe in removing the tags.  I want to be transparent and upfront with my brides. I want to make sure that the bride has the best wedding dress shopping experience and if this can contribute to a positive experience, then I have been successful. 


Where Did You Hear About La Belle Vie Bridal?

Will you start your wedding dress search at La Belle Vie Bridal?  They would love to learn how you heard about them.  If you learned about them from Caitlin Elizabeth Bridal & Alterations, let them know.  

Sharing my bridal expertise one blog post at a time. As always, thanks for reading. 

-Caitlin Elizabeth