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Say ‘yes’ to the perfect dress

January 29, 2011

Whether a wedding dress has long train or none, is loaded with embellishments or is more simple, the perfect wedding dress can make a bride feel beautiful and give guests just another reason to remember one of the biggest days of their family and friend's life.

At JoJo's Floral and Bridal in Elkins, Alfred Angelo designs make it easy for brides to virtually design their own dress. Owner Joe Pennington explained that the company offers gowns that are "amazingly affordable and well-made."

"The dress can set the whole tone of the wedding," Pennington commented.

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GORGEOUS GOWNS — At JoJo’s Floral and Bridal in Elkins, brides-to-be can get a glimpse of Alfred Angelo sample dresses. Before a trip to the store, women can browse the Alfred Angelo website,, to get ideas on what they might like to try on. (CU and The Inter-Mountain/Carra Higgins) © The Inter-Mountain, all rights reserved.

The Alfred Angelo line at JoJo's enables brides to select the color of the dress, for example, white or ivory; whether the back will zip or lace up; if the top will have straps, none or a halter; and a privacy panel can be added to the back. The halter top, Pennington says, elongates the body and gives a bride extra support. For winter and fall weddings, brides can choose to add a shawl or wrap.

"Less is better," Pennington says.

JoJo's Alfred Angelo brand line is available in sizes zero to 30W.

Pennington says that the "W" size gives women a little more fabric to work with when making alterations.

Soon-to-be brides don't have to order a dress because Pennington has a variety of styles in stock; but if a dress must be ordered, he says brides should place orders around three months before the wedding. Those living out of town can have their dress shipped to them, Pennington added.

Dresses off the rack aren't made to fit a bride perfectly, which is why Pennington says alterations are "a must."

Before going dress shopping, Pennington recommends calling the bridal shop for an appointment. If a bride wants to order a gown, he recommends doing so at least three months before the wedding. Calling in advance gives the bridal shop plenty of notice to give the bride the attention she needs and a chance to pull in-stock dresses in her size.

JoJo's Floral and Bridal is open Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays by appointment.

For the groom and his party, JoJo's offers tuxedo rentals from Jim's Formal.

Pennington recommends making sure businesses offer alteration services in case its needed. Because tuxedos typically arrive the week of the wedding, some of the attire may be too large.

"We take care of the guys the same as the bride," Pennington added.

JoJo's has the ability to dress the bride from head to toe with a selection of veils, tiaras and shoes. To incorporate a special family heirloom, Pennington has seen brides use vintage jewelry or use brooches on the dress or bouquet. He says by adding similar pieces, the dress becomes even more personal.

JoJo's may be reached by calling 304-636-4923.



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