By Meredith Lane


Being engaged is fun. It’s a time to celebrate the love you have for your partner with the world. And for most people, it’s a time to plan an awesome party where you have the opportunity to get super dressed up and feel like a million bucks. For ladies, that typically includes getting all dolled up in a wedding gown. As a recently engaged gal, I have been engrossed in wedding planning lately, and to be honest, I was pretty nervous when I started shopping for my dress. I didn’t know if it was going to be a stressful experience or if I’d even find one I liked within my budget. Thankfully, the Lexington bridal shoppe, Twirl Boutique at 121 Clay Avenue, not only had affordable bridal and bridesmaid dresses within the budget, but they made the shopping trip stress-free and easy. I found my dream dress in less than two hours!
Other brides must be having the same great experiences as I did, because Twirl Boutique has been so successful for owner, Ty McBrayer, that she recently opened a sister store with Twirl’s manager, Liz Cox, called Meant To Be Boutique.
Meant to Be is an upscale bridal consignment and sample shoppe right around the corner at 105 Walton Avenue. Liz and Ty dreamed up the idea for the store as a way to provide a variety of styles for brides who want an amazing gown without spending a fortune or for someone who needs to purchase something off the rack due to time constraints. Most wedding gowns take a minimum of three to four months in production and some brides have a short engagement, thus making it hard for them to order a gown. Further, saving on the dress allows a bride to use her allocated wedding budget elsewhere, without sacrificing style and quality. Because, let’s be honest, every bride wants to look and feel like a princess on her special day.
Meant To Be Boutique’s inventory is constantly changing and includes gowns in all sizes and styles. Currently, they are carrying designer lines such as Ti Adora by Alvina Valenta, Blush by Hayley Paige, Justin Alexander, David Tutera, Blue by Enzoni, Martina Liana, Stella York and Sophia Tolli, just to name a few.
While there are some consignment dresses in Meant To Be’s collection, the majority of the couture gowns are actually retired samples from bridal boutiques across the country, including Twirl, and The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe in New Orleans. This creates an opportunity for Kentucky brides to say “yes” to a dress that may not be carried at any other store in the area.
If anyone is interested in consigning their previously loved gown with Meant To Be Boutique, they can email the ladies with the year the dress was purchased, size of the dress, a list of any alterations, original price and photos. All gowns consigned at Meant To Be must be less than five years old to help keep up with current trends. Liz and Ty will then assess their inventory and make sure the dress will be a good fit for what their brides are looking for. If it does, the consignor will sign a six month contract and after the dress sells, voilà—a check arrives in the mail!
Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, but now after personally experiencing how stress-free shopping for a dress was, I would highly recommend visiting Ty and Liz at Twirl Boutique or Meant To Be Boutique. You can check them out at and