As owner of Say I Do With Bev Bridal Boutique in Augusta, Maner uses talents and traits developed as a wife and mother of two daughters when assisting brides.
Maner, who opened her business at 1724 Wrightsboro Road in the spring, spent 30 years as a Richmond County teacher before retiring in 2004. Realizing she always had fashion sense, Maner said she decided to act on her instincts after planning her oldest daughter’s wedding.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of helping Bridget,” she said. “I did everything from wedding planning to consulting with vendors. When the wedding was over, I felt compelled to help other brides.”
“First-time brides and mothers of brides cannot imagine how involved this process can be. At my shop I use my expertise to provide for a smoother process – mainly because I know what needs to occur in order to have a successful wedding experience,” she said.
The boutique offers the total package for the wedding party. Customers can select wedding gowns, dresses for brides’ mothers and bridesmaids and prom gowns.
Informal and formal wedding gowns are priced to accommodate average-income earners, with prices ranging from $200 to $1,000.
“Our motto is ‘Saying I do with Elegance and Simplicity,’ ” Maner said.
“These days, it’s important to take the economy into account,” Maner said. “We want our brides and grooms to share a once-in-a-lifetime experience even though they may not have the budget of a Prince William and Kate Middleton.”
Maner planned her daughter Jocelyn’s wedding this month and provided attire for the bridesmaids and hostesses.
For the record, Maner and her husband, Ed, have been married for 38 years.