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Bellissima has been absolutely fabulous

Bellissima has been absolutely fabulous for my family and I! I would recommend this shop to ANY bride-to-be! Not only is her selection spectacular, but her customer service is beyond amazing. Monica (shop owner) has gone above and beyond to make the dress shopping experience everything I hoped it would be! Bellissima is a “by appointment only” shop, so when you are trying on dresses, you have Monica’s full attention and have the mirror all to yourself. I never once felt pressured or rushed when trying on dresses, and Monica even let us know when the dress I loved was going to be in a trunk show so that I could get a better price. She has ordered bridesmaid dresses for me, just to have my girls try on, whether or not I was going to purchase them. Just when I thought Bellissima could not be any more perfect, Monica came into work after hours to allow me to get ready for my bridal portraits in her shop! She steamed my veil for me, while I used her space to doll myself up for Salisbury portraits. I cannot say enough about Bellissima! The dresses are gorgeous and the experience is PERFECT! Thanks for helping find my perfect dress!

Sara Beth S.

Working with Monica has been such a pleasure!

Working with Monica has been such a pleasure! She has been super accommodating since the first time I called to schedule an appointment – staying late to work around my schedule. Her shop is beautiful and her dresses are gorgeous! Unlike some smaller bridal boutiques I had been to, I did not feel like she pressured me or tried to influence my decision – although extremely helpful and happy to offer advice – she was very in tune with the things that I was looking for and helped me to pick out a fabulous dress! Since deciding on the dress she has been fabulous and helping to pick out complementing jewelry and veils – providing me with so many unique options! Aside from helping me, she’s also been great to my Mom who fell in LOVE with a couple of dresses that she found there. She’s stayed in touch to let her know when new dresses came in and when specials are being offered – super sweet! Thanks Monica! 🙂

Ashley F.

It’s good to be a Bellissima Bride!

We love our brides! Most of our brides travel over an hour to find their dream gown at Bellissima! Bellissima is known for it’s amazing customer service and that’s why brides are traveling from all over North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Very few bridal shops just take one bride at a time. We’ll sacrifice sales to provide a memorable experience for each bride! To show our appreciation we love finding sweet little gifts for our Brides. When brides purchase a gown they receive a Bellissima tote stuffed with current issues of our favorite magazines, Southern Weddings and Weddings Unveiled, notecards from the Lettered Lily, and information about some of our favorite vendors. This past Christmas we shipped our brides a jewelry catchall handmade by local potter, Pottery 101 and our exclusive “Tie the Knot earrings”. We are so excited to add the “Bellissima Bride” tee to the list of gifts. It’s good to be a “Bellissima Bride!”IMG_2299

Love is Love

Bellissima has always welcomed all brides. I have been over the moon happy that Love Won this past week. I think that Justice Kennedy summed it up beautifully.

“No Union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital Union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect is so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. It is so ordered.” Justice Kennedy’s closing paragraph of the majority opinion.

Robert Bullock Trunk Show – January 19th & 20th

The Robert Bullock Trunk Show is one of our most popular and busiest weekends. We normally have just two trunk shows a year from each of our designers so don’t miss this opportunity. At the Show Robert is sending his newest collection which is not yet available in salons. This is also the only time we are allowed to give our brides a discount on their gown order. We are offering a 10% discount on all Robert Bullock gowns ordered at the Trunk Show. On this special weekend, new Bellissima Brides will also receive one of our favorite things, a romper from Love Ophelia. Appointments are very limited so schedule yours today! 15123-Echo-Use-310x410

Sample Sale – Friday May 29th & Saturday, May 30th

It’s that time of year again, Bellissima’s Sample Sale! We just have two a year so don’t miss your chance to save huge on a couture gown.

What is a Sample Sale? Twice a year Bellissima sells our off the rack bridal gowns up to 80% off. Our gowns normally range from $1500 – $4000. At this Sale gowns will be marked as low as $499. We want our Sample Sale brides to have an excellent experience so we ask that you schedule an appointment.

Please read the following Sample Sale Rules and Tips:

1. Sample Sale gowns range from sizes 8 – 16. Gowns can normally be altered down 2 sizes and let out 1 size to create the perfect fit.

2. Appointments are very limited. Sample Sale appointments are 30 minutes long. Please show up on time for your appointment. Sample Sales are perfect for brides that have a lower budget but want a couture gown or just love a great deal. At Sample Sales brides are making decisions and excited to find their dream gown at an amazing price. If you don’t feel that you can make a decision or have not tried on gowns before this Sale is not for you.

3. All Sample Sale gowns are Final Sale. They cannot be returned or exchanged. The gown must be paid in full and taken with you.

Social Media and Bellissima

I am so proud that Bellissima has been honored with the three major bridal awards: Best of Weddings from The Knot, Couples Choice from the Wedding Wire and named a Blue Ribbon Vendor from Southern Weddings. We are a 5-Star bridal boutique at both The Knot and Wedding Wire. These are all review-based awards from actual Bellissima Brides. Social media has been a huge part of building the Bellissima brand. Goodness, I have launched 3 websites in 4 years, built the Facebook following to nearly 3500 Likes and Instagram, Pin and Tweet on a daily basis.

I love working with brides. Every bride is different which makes each day unique and fun. This past weekend, I worked with a bride from Durham who loved the first dress she tried. She found BeIlissima on Facebook, and I was honored that she drove nearly 2 hours to find her dream gown. Another bride drove from Greensboro because of our amazing designers. She will be getting married in Italy next spring, so finding a gown at “Bellissima” is a perfect fit. My last bride of the evening drove from Mooresville because a customer of hers said that Bellissima was a must! Wow, my heart was full of happiness. To top it off, I caught glimpses over the weekend of one of the funniest and kindest Bellissima Brides at her beautiful wedding and I was over the moon happy. I cannot describe how ecstatic I feel to be apart of a bride’s wedding day!

However, what I did not think about when I opened Bellissima is that the public would form an opinion about Bellissima and me without visiting the shop or meeting me. Right now, we have a few 1 star ratings on Bellissima from people around the country that have never visited Bellissima. I’ve recently had a personal experience with a Facebook bully whom I have never met. She used, and allowed others to use, vulgar names towards me that, well, are very derogatory towards women. When women call other women names, it just allows others to think that it’s okay to call us those types of names.

I recently read a post from a fellow wedding vendor that found herself in a similar situation. She tagged the bully that wrote the false review for all to see. The bully deleted the false review and retreated as bullies normally do. We all read about bullies in the school system and the harm it has brought to so many children. As an adult it’s still unpleasant to be bullied, however we must lead by example so our children know how to react. As a community we have to stand up to bullies on and offline. Again, I am so proud of our 5-Star rating and awards, but I will not be bullied personally or allow someone to bully Bellissima. If a customer has a question about Bellissima or would like to know more about me, please call the shop at 704-754-5330 or email me at Social media is important but this is just a reminder to everyone to be truthful, be kind and be proud of yourself and what you write.

I could react negatively to these unpleasant experiences but I would rather take this time to thank all my amazing customers and supporters. I have met so many amazing women, and I am honored to be a small part of their big day. I opened Bellissima with the mission to provide each bride an unforgettable experience. As a result, I have formed important friendships with many Bellissima Brides! I have an open heart and would love to help all brides become a Bellissima Bride. Just remember, “kindness is always fashionable.”



Katie & Brandon – Michigan

I adored working with Katie. She was beautiful inside and out and a such a pleasure to get to work with.  Katie had such an amazing sense of style and I had so much fun helping her with her bridal looks.  Katie chose a gorgeous silk satin mermaid gown by Victoria Nicole. She asked the designer to add and additional foot to the train to her gown.  It was stunning! Her cathedral length veil by Jennifer Leigh complimented her gown beautifully. She wore jewels by Elizabeth Bower. Her sweet daughter was so precious in a swiss dot tulle Nicki McFarlane dress. It is easy to see the love in Katie’s photos. They have been some of my favorite to look at! Katie wrote this sweet testimony and review of Bellissima. Thank you so much Katie! It means the world to me that you would take the time to write this about Bellissima!  xoxo Monica

Why it’s worth it to drive to Bellissima…

Finding my wedding gown was an adventure, in all the positive ways. I was, like so many brides, over the moon to be engaged and to begin shopping for my dream wedding gown. I had magazine clippings of styles I loved, designers I admired and my budget in hand when I began searching for bridal boutiques in the Charlotte area. I went to three bridal boutiques in Charlotte, each had their own pros and cons and although the dresses were beautiful no one really matched my style and envision. I was determined to find this particular dress style that was a combo of the dresses that I had tried and loved. After numerous appointments I was a bit discouraged that I may not find THE dress and I would have to settle for second best.

One Saturday afternoon I was lucky enough to snag a last minute appointment at Bellissima. The hour drive gave my friend and I time to chat about many things, including the possibilities of this new boutique, the things we liked about the dresses we had seen and the things we wished we could find. We both were amazed when we arrived and saw all the gorgeous dresses and the beautiful boutique. I sat down with Monica and explained what I was looking for, my price range and even showed her the dress I found we had to top.

Monica quickly pulled the most amazing gowns I had seen, all of which had an element of what I was envisioning. When I put on an amazing Victoria Nicole lace trumpet gown with straps I was over the moon, it was so elegant and different from all the other dress I had tried on; I instantly knew I had made the right choice to come there. I decided that I couldn’t make a split decision and I would have to think about the dress some more, Monica agreed and told me that the designer of the gown I loved was having a trunk show in a few weeks and suggested I come back to see her new line. I quickly made my appointment and when I arrived a few weeks later I ended up finding the most beautiful dress I had ever seen at the trunk show. The dress I put on and couldn’t take off was a Victoria Nicole, strapless lace and satin mermaid dress that was complemented by the Jennifer Leigh lace cathedral veil.

I was blown away by the entire experience, I still have a smile on my face thinking of the moment I finally found my dress and how excited I was at that moment. Monica was so great and personable and I loved every minute of my experience at Bellissima. I ended up driving to Bellissima numerous times to find other accessories and items for my wedding, including the Jennifer Leigh Cathedral Veil, Nicki MacFarlane flower girl dress, an after party dress, and earrings. It was definitely worth it to drive North of Charlotte to have the experience I had and to leave with an amazing wedding gown. At the end of your wedding day your wedding gown will be put aside in your closet, given away or stored for another generation but your experiences and the moments leading up to your wedding will stay with you over the years. When I look at my gown and veil I’m so happy that my memories and moments associated with them were joyful and I’m thankful for Bellissima for making my dress the easiest decision of my wedding.

Photographs by: Giving Tree Photography

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New York Bridal Market and LL Cool J!?

Bridal Market is always fun but fast paced! I always return to North Carolina a little tired but excited to bring new gowns and ideas to Bellissima brides. Some of my favorite gowns this season were from Kelly Faetanini and Robert Bullock. Kelly’s collection was amazing! Kelly created the most beautiful gowns using color blocking with blush and mochas. She had fun flirty feather gowns and chevron detailing that will be so flattering for brides. I’m still trying to decide which gowns to bring to Bellissima. I want them all!  I was equally in love with Robert Bullock’s newest collection. He created gowns with a stunning hand painted fabric. Bellissima brides will fall in love with this stunning new luxurious fabric! One of my favorite gowns from Robert was “Pink” a mermaid gown with layers of ruffles.

I was even more excited for market this year because I took my favorite person to market with me. My son, Grant traveled with me. He had a great time meeting designers and learning a little more about what mom does. He particularly enjoyed The Lion King and FAO Schwarz.

And then….I met the coolest guy, LL Cool J! Oh my, it was my trip highlight. I have to say he was beyond nice, friendly and super cool.  What can I say, it was a blast! I will always remember 2015 April Bridal Market as the best! 15206-070 15213h-016

Our New Website

Yay! Our new website has launched and we couldn’t be happier. We hope that future Bellissima Brides find the information on the website to be helpful. We have to thank: Robyn Van Dyke Photography ( photos on the homepage, Lauren Rosenau (laurenroseanauphotography) for a photo on the homepage and Vesic Photography for the beautiful photos of Bellissima throughout the website.