Vendor Spotlight-Modern Trousseau

Alright ladies, get ready for some decadent eye candy today! Introducing Modern Trousseau, the stunning line created by Callie Tein, an Australian-born designer. We spoke with Mary Claire Weaver of Modern Trousseau from the Nashville showroom, the third flagship store located in the heart of downtown Nashville. The care, time and detail they take into consideration to help you find your perfect fit is unmatched by any other bridal gown retailer. Read on for more juicy details!

Tell us about Modern Trousseau.

The distinctive designs of Modern Trousseau are the romantic creations of Australian-born designer, Callie Tein. Each design evokes classic couture while expressing a vision of modern style and sophistication. The hallmark of Modern Trousseau is customization. Each bridal design may be modified to suit a bride’s individual style. We offer a range of custom selections to choose from, including color accents, trimmings, skirt shapes and strap selections, along with the ability to mix and match styles. These options, along with our couture made-to-measure fit, allow Modern Trousseau brides to feel confident and beautiful on their wedding day.

Modern Trousseau bridal gowns are designed and made with love in the USA, and available at bridal retailers worldwide. Earlier this year we opened the Nashville showroom as our third flagship store. Our spacious showroom is located in the historic Cohen Building in the heart of downtown Nashville. Expect an elegant and relaxing atmosphere that exudes vintage charm for an exceptional gown shopping experience that a bride will remember and treasure the rest of her life.

Modern Trousseau Nashville is not only the perfect place to shop for a one of a kind wedding gown, but we also carry custom Mother of the Occasion and evening wear gowns. With our vast selection of options for fabric and color, we can coordinate a gown with any bridal party. Our custom fit design service also means we can make any woman look and feel fabulous.

Explain the process of working with a bride.

I enjoy working with all of my brides; however, my favorite appointment is with the girl who is trying on her first wedding dress! The excitement from her and her family/friends is contagious, and helping her carefully select the different silhouettes and materials is part of what I enjoy the most.

The process usually begins with gathering information about the bride’s wedding, such as the time of year and type of venue, along with her style preferences. We then browse through the gowns together, and discuss Modern Trousseau’s ability to customize the gowns.

Often times I will have a client who loves everything about a gown, but would prefer to have straps, or would prefer a lace that we offer on another style. We carry out these types of changes all the time. We literally implement every detail that a bride desires with custom changes.

Once the gown has been chosen, I take 12-15 different measurements which will be used by designer Callie Tein and her team to cut a custom pattern. This process cuts down on the time and cost of alterations, and ensures a perfect fit.

Each gown ships with a custom sketch signed by the designer, as well as a special, blue monogram stitched to the inside of the gown.

Getting married in 3 months? Samples are not your only option! Our Connecticut atelier allows us to accommodate short time lines. We can have a custom gown made and shipped in plenty of time for alterations to be completed, and have you looking perfect for your big day!

How are you different from other bridal shops?

Unlike most bridal shops that carry a selection of samples from multiple designers, Modern Trousseau flagship locations carry the full collection, and give brides many more options to customize their gown. We are also one of very few bridal designers who work from custom measurements.

In most cases, a bust, waist and hip measurement will be taken, and the gown size will be chosen based on the largest measurement. Modern Trousseau creates each gown based on many measurements for each style of dress. This allows the gown to be cut to a bride’s specific proportions.

In addition, we offer full muslin fittings and the opportunity to schedule fittings with Callie. Each gown is made with the utmost care and love, and our job is never done until each bride steps in front of the mirror with a big smile on her face.

Do you only do wedding dresses?

Modern Trousseau is well known for our bridal collections; however, we also offer a full line of Mother of the Occasion gowns, evening wear, cocktail dresses, and customizable accessories. All gowns are made-to-measure, and may be ordered and received within a short time frame. Have something particular in mind? Bring in a photo or a sketch and we will work with our designer to create a gown specifically for you.