Elegant Bride Summer 2005

Elegant Bride cover 2005

Personal Shoppers

Julie Sabatino, whose New York City-based The Stylish Bride provides a personal shopping service for brides, touts the benefits: “I’m a huge time saver. Instead of having to go to 10 different boutiques to look for your wedding dress, I can take you to three, based on my knowledge of the industry” she says. Amsale, Elizabeth Fillmore, and Monique Lhuillier are just a few of the designers she visits with brides. Sabatino prefers shopping with clients for the wedding dress; a bride who has her mind set on a certain style may be more adventurous with a professional by her side. Once the dress is chosen, Sabatino pulls in the accessories, from jewelry to handbags, shoes and undergarments.

In hopes of extending her service to brides nationwide, Sabatino recently introduced The New York Experience. The concept: Out-of-town brides come to New York City, and with Sabatino’s help, shop their hearts out. “Everyone wants to go to Vera Wang,” she says, “but there is so much more out there that brides might not know about.” The clients are chauffeured around town, taking in as many stores as they want, and are provided with a gourmet lunch.

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