There are certainly one-stop shops that cover things like, say, your wedding-day ensemble, hitting on the gown, shoes, clutch, jewelry, and headpiece all under one roof. And then there are one-stop shops that cover a wide gamut of needs—and that’s what we’ve got on our hands with Philadelphia wedding planner Carolyn Verdi’s new boutique.
Besides planning, Verdi used to be involved in the Sample Rack, a fab gown shop on Pine that sells deeply discounted dresses from designer showrooms, but she wanted to open her East Passyunk shop—Carolyn Verdi Boutique—so that she could have a place to expand her business in any way she wanted to—and that’s exactly what she did. (As she says: “We do everything.) Here’s what you can find:
- Wedding gowns. CV Boutique sells sample dresses from a list of rotating designers, including Allure and Maggie Sottero (in fact, the boutique is officially a Maggie Sottero store). No gown is priced over $1,200, and she carries dresses as low as $350.
- Jewelry. Vintage, costume, special occasion—the boutique carries oodles of necklaces, jewelry, bracelets; and they promote local accessory designers, carrying handcrafted, Philly-made, one-of-a-kind pieces throughout the store.
- Wedding planning. Verdi offers her planning services through the boutique, where couples can come to chat with her about full, partial, or day-of services. She even offers a one-time consultation where couples can work with her for four hours and go through everything they need—including planning a budget—and she'll give them referrals for vendors before they leave.
- Invitations and calligraphy. Verdi's got a healthy inventory of wedding invitations to choose from and personalize for your Big Day, and she's got access to artists if you're looking for something a little bit more customized. Bonus: Verdi herself does elegant calligraphy, and can even address them all for you once they're chosen and complete.
Verdi is so excited to bring her 23 years of wedding-planning experience and knack for wedding-day style to her new shop—and can't wait to help brides make some check marks on that overwhelmingly long to-do list.
The boutique is open Tuesday through Saturday, but appointments can be made for off-hours if needed.