Monday, March 30, 2015


Happy Spring! It's at this time of the year where I'm sure you're busily checking tasks off your wedding 'to-do' list, and transportation seems to be a last minute thought. We are here to help! Grand Rapids Limo's offers many options and would be a great addition to your wedding day while going to ceremony to reception. MORE INFO  They describe the party bus like a club on wheels. A moving party with flat screen tv's, a wet bar and the greatest sound system so you'll be able to jam to the newest T Swift track on your way to pictures!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Engagement Gifts

Some dream about it from birth, some have a movie inspired vision, some envy their girlfriends realities, and others don't have a vision about it at all. But let's be honest.. getting engaged is one of the best times in a girls life. When your facebook status updates to, 'engaged', you might as well just post #gamechanger at the end of it. You will receive the most likes you ever had before and Congratulations posts, texts, cards and of course personalized gifts. Of course you can never have enough bottles of champagne, because at this point you'll be celebrating for the next several months. Basically you can show that ring off and ride on this high until the wedding day. But once you board the plane to that honeymoon destination, you'll be grateful for these top engagement gifts!

1. A carry all tote with your new last name on it. I was married in July 2013 and this was my favorite         gift I received!! View the Tote HERE!

2. FEYONCE shirt. We've had a couple brides come in to the store wearing these shirts and we can't get enough of them! Check out for styles.

3.  Bride Tank. This is the standard that everyone should own. Anything that says, BRIDE or MRS fills anyone's love tank up. 

 What are some of your favorites we could add to our list? Happy Engagement Season!!! 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Happy 5 Years to Renee Austin

         It feels like yesterday we had our Grand Opening down here at 442 bridge street. I remember thinking five years felt like an eternity to get to, and here we are... celebrating a huge milestone for our business. First and foremost, thank you to all of our lovely customers who have helped us to this success. Most of you don't know Renee Austin's story and I'd love to share how we came to where we are today... I was a 23 year old girl, just 10 months out of college and I was going to go after my dream. My dream of owning my own boutique, because didn't every girl want that? It smelled of fresh paint, and newly purchased IKEA furniture in there. All of my family and friends joined us at the opening party and I was ready to embark on the journey. Well.. nobody told me owning a business was going to be so hard. Ha! That first year there were days I floated around my pretty store hoping, just hoping someone would walk through the door. And then there were other days where I was swarming around with a ton of brides, thinking in the back of my mind, that it was all going to be okay and this was exactly where I needed to be. Years 2-4 seem like a blur in the sense that the store was growing and I was trying to keep up with the growth, finding our specialty, hiring new staff, expanding into new space,  etc. That brings us to this past year which I think I have learned the most and grew the most as an individual and small business owner. We have the best team at Renee Austin, and it's the staff that deserves the credit in this success.
          This past Friday we had our #reneeaustinturnsfive celebration with family and friends and I had the entire day to reflect on this journey. I was humbled by the congratulations and well wishes received through out the day. Looking around the party, I saw the same friends and family who helped me start this dream. Also new friends gained that I am forever grateful for. Maya Angelou said, "Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it." I'm 28 now, married and a new mom ready to tackle the next five living by this quote.. Cheers!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Real Bride in WTOO

Real bride Allie on the blog tonight! I'm a little biased with this bride because we went to college together, and I couldn't be happier that her bridal style was as classic as her daily style. From her WTOO natural waisted, lace top gown, to her ivory pumps.. this brides style was perfectly put together. Don't you love her bouquet too?! 

Dress- WTOO
Headband- Erika Koesler
Photo cred- Chris McGuire photography 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

New dress alert!

Loving this romantic trend of ruffled layers. This mikaella gown is stunning and would look great in any setting. Come try it on today! 

Friday, June 13, 2014

20% off MOB

Hello summertime! We are right in the middle of wedding season, with many weddings coming up from July- October. One of our favorite things is to work with the mother of the brides or mother of the grooms. We know how stressful it can be and we are here to help! Starting today, any first time mothers who buy day of their appointment will receive 20% off! *must be first appt. no exceptions

Also, here are our top tricks to feeling beautiful as a mother!

1. Wear spanx! This may seem silly for some but honestly, they do the trick and allow you to eat that second piece of cake guilty free. :)

2. If you are worried about your arms showing, take it from me, no one will notice your arms. Really. You will have hair and makeup and a beautiful dress from Renee Austin and everyone will just be looking at you. If you're still self conscious about them, get a dress with sleeves or a jacket and it doesn't matter the season. (*note: my mother wore a long sleeve full length dress to my wedding in July and she looked fab! ) You have to be comfortable.

3. Last but not least, we know how important your husbands opinion is, but let's be honest.. Most of them don't know what they are talking about. ;) If your daughter or friends aren't close, let us guide the way as we promise we will help you pick out the right dress for you!

Here are a couple dresses from collections we carry. We also have less formal options and because I referenced my mother earlier, I threw in a pic of her too! And my mother in law wearing a Jade dress.

Happy Shopping!

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Real bride Jeana

How beautiful is this dress? Jeana is wearing a Sottero and Midgley trumpet shaped lace gown, and she paired a watters belt to add to the look! Thanks for sharing your photos Jeana and we were so happy to be a part of your special day!

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