Say yes to more than one dress

The latest trend in wedding gowns is to say yes to more than one dress.

Following the lead of celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, who switched between three dresses during her well-televised wedding, more and more brides are choosing one dress for the ceremony then slipping into something else for the reception, said Lynsie Stortroen, of Mestads Bridal and Formal Wear in Rochester.

Usually the ceremony dress is more traditional or formal with "wow factor," she said. The second dress is a little more fun and flirty, lighter weight and easier to move in, she said.

Changing dresses offers the best of both worlds for brides who fall in love with two different styles.

Making that more affordable is Mestads Bridal and Formal Wear 's seventh annual Wedding Gown Sample Sale. For one day only, more than 500 dresses, including dresses by top-name designers and couture dresses that typically sell for upwards of $6,000, will be on sale for $299 each.


The annual event put on by Mestads is held in the Twin Cities to provide a central location for brides who travel in from a radius that runs to northern Minnesota, northern Iowa, South Dakota and Wisconsin, Stortroen said.

"It can get quite crazy at times," she said. "There's a line a mile long and the brides are so excited to get in and get a dress."

The sample sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Admission is free. Dresses are available in sizes 0 – 28.

Mall is a favorite haunt

Going to the mall is always a treat for my daughter, but two events coming up at Apache Mall are sure to make it her favorite haunt.

Barnes & Noble will host a children's Halloween party at 11 a.m. Saturday with a spooky story time, cafe treats and a costume parade. Children are encouraged to wear costumes.

Then, on Halloween, Apache Mall will host Trick-or-Treating throughout the center from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Kids up to age 12 are welcome and encouraged to wear costumes. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Nothing to fear


If you have the Halloween spirit but don't have a Halloween costume, don't fear, Spirit Halloween is here.

A newcomer to the area, Spirit Halloween is a national Halloween costume and decor chain that set up a temporary shop in the former Old Navy, 50 25th St. S.E., Rochester.

The store is similar to Halloween Express , which this year can be found under a big tent in the south parking lot at Apache Mall.

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