Dress Shopping

Today we have a few wedding dress shopping tips for you eager brides! We all have that crystal image in mind of the bride going to the dress store and adored by everyone around her. Let’s stop the dress shopping fantasy right now. While dress shopping can be fun, exciting and inspiring we have some cautionary tips so you don’t get disappointed!

First, wedding dress shopping is tiring – exhausting even. We recommend limiting appointments to 2-3 per day. That way you’ll have time to try on all the dresses you want and not feel rushed. Trust us, it’s a little like mall shopping except you can’t exactly return your wedding dress as easily!

Second, the dress you dreamed off might not be the one you find is the best! We’re sure you have dreamed of the perfect ball gown with poofy skirts and tulle but once you try one on it may not be what you want. The puff may not flatter your body or the accents might be wrong. We recommend listening to the professionals even it seems they’re crazy bringing you a mermaid cut dress. Just try all on all options and you might be surprised!

Third, you don’t have to buy accessories all at once when dress shopping. It might be tempting once you have the dress to get the shoes, veil, belt, or any other accessories right away. But, let yourself breathe and shop around. You might even be able to get the accessories cheaper somewhere else. Sometimes the veil is complimentary with the dress and that’s great if it’s the one you want! But if it’s not quite right keep your eyes open.

 

Wedding dress shopping should be fun for you not like pulling teeth. Enjoy the process of trying on beautiful dresses!

Spring Trends

Brides to be spring trends are right around the corner! You may think it’s too late to be shopping for a dress if your wedding in the spring but not if it’s the right one. Spring trends 2017 are fabulous and here are some examples of what we’re seeing.

The first is dare to bare. We are seeing quite a bit of off the shoulder styles this year. This style embraces the bold bride – one who is unafraid to be sexy but tasteful. Off the shoulder is a great choice for those who want to show some skin but remain classy.

 

This style is sexy and romantic! It’s seen in both dramatic fashion or minimal.

 

Another spring trend we’re seeing are big bows! Use these decorative statement pieces to up the drama on your dress. They can be used as a show-stopping back bow or attached to jewelry. Bows can also be added to bridesmaids dresses for accents. Spring trends demand that the bows be used either a big, bold piece or a demure, sweet bow if that’s more your personality.

 

Bow 

And why not try a bow with some color?

Spring trends this year are a fun way to celebrate your wedding day. We are seeing a shift for bolder brides and there’s no shame in that! No matter your style for this spring trend we are loving the lavish bows and daring shoulders – dare to be different and make a statement on your big day!

Bridal Gown Options

Bridal Gown Options
Some of brides have fantasized about their wedding dress for years. They think about the details of the bodice, train, or fullness of skirt, and sometimes it’s hard to live up the expectations in their heads. However, there are many sources to find your dream dress without breaking the bank, try these bridal gown options.
1) Consider a Used Wedding Dress
This can be a great option because you’re dealing directly with the seller, you
can negotiate the price.
A drawback with this option could be that you’re dealing with an individual as opposed to a business, so you must be prepared for the unpredictability.  Some sites such as Pre-Owned Wedding dresses or Bravo Bride let you search the database based upon fit, type, designer, etc. You can also be a seller or a buyer on each site. Things to keep in mind when purchasing an already worn gown:
– Can you Skype? We’ve seen sellers who will Skype with long-distance buyers to
show them the dress.
– What are the measurements? Nearly every wedding dress is altered, and a previously-altered dress won’t match the size label. If it’s a sample size, they tend to run smaller than street sizes.
– Was the dress cleaned after use? How? Did the original wearer get anything on it?
2) Check out Sample Sales
Consider a local sample sales and trunk show at your bridal salons and department stores. We can also recommend charity sales —Brides Against Breast Cancer hosts trunk shows across the country featuring donated new and used
gowns, and proceeds fulfill wishes for terminal breast cancer patients. Encorebridal.com, which has a mix of both new and used dresses, donates to cervical cancer for each gown sold.
3) Take Advantage of Seasonal Sales
Last-season sales offer deep discounts. Many bridal shops sell last season’s designs or even the store’s fitting sample at discounts of 30 percent or more.
4) Run, Bride, Run
Run with the brides. Yes, Filene’s Basement made it famous, but some other retailers now also host wedding gown
sale days where brides and their bridesmaids try to elbow out other teams to snag designer dresses for a song.
5) Have your dress made
Check into local dress shops and seamstresses who make wedding gowns. They can emulate a gown you admire, or
you can combine features from several you like and the price, though not rock bottom, will be lower than that of a designer gown.
Hopefully, with these bridal gown options, you find your perfect dress!
Asian Fusion

Asian Fusion

Asian Fusion

While the mixing of cultures in America is a given, sometimes fuses these traditions can be tricky. But, they don’t have to be – let’s take a look at customs that you can incorporate into your big day that is both Asian Fusion and American.

From China to Japan to other Asian countries, each culture has their own set of customs that have been passed down from century to century. Some modern couples opt to do two ceremonies, one honoring their parents and traditions, and one that is more modern to suit today’s culture of weddings.
In Chinese tradition, the wedding date is picked carefully according to astrological signs and birth dates, and the ceremony begins on the half hour to cement the couple’s good fortune. Chinese weddings are chock-full of colorful customs, often accompanied by the sound of firecrackers and gongs. Many modern brides change their bridal outfit up to three times! Who wouldn’t want more than one spectacular dress to debut? The three dresses include a traditional white dress, a traditional Chinese bridal dress for the tea ceremony, and a cocktail dress to send off the guests.

In Japanese culture, there are many symbols and customs ingrained in their wedding traditions. While the Western custom of exchanging rings has become increasingly popular over the years, the ritual of “san-san-kudo”, the three by three exchanges are rich with meaning. It is performed by the bride and groom and both sets of parents; each person takes three sips of sake from each of three cups. The first three represent three couples, the bride and groom, and their parents. The second three represent three human flaws: hatred, passion, and ignorance. “Ku,” or nine is a lucky number in Japanese culture. And “do” means deliverance from the three flaws.

In many cultures such as Pan-Asian, symbols, colors, and different types of food mean good luck or fortune for the newlyweds. The different foods served all have special meanings, for example lobster might be served because redis a lucky color or clams served with both shells symbolize the couple’s union. Honoring your tradition is important, but so is staying true to your likes and dislikes of what you want on your big day. Honor is a big part of Asian culture, but what big day isn’t about giving a shout out to your parents an the people who’ve shaped who you’ve become? If you and your fiance are from different cultures, try to incorporate as much tradition as you both feel comfortable with. We guarantee your guests who are not familiar with them, will be dazzled by the Asian Fusion!

Gothic Wedding

Gothic Wedding
Fall is a fantastic time of year for a wedding, and there’s something fascinating about a bride who is daring enough to use Gothic wedding themes on her big day. It’s not traditional, it might scare some of your guests, but if they’re dare devils like you then they should get into the theme. What better time of year than October for blood red elegance?
Our favorite main piece is probably the thousands of Gothic wedding dresses you can pick from. They can be as expensive as traditional dresses but we’ve found some deals where they seem slightly less pricey. They can be simple to ornate, for example this stunning red A-line.
Other styles can be darker for your more Victorian rocker side.
The possibilities of a Gothic themed wedding are spectacular. You have permission to use dark colors that most people would think are too dramatic. There really isn’t anything too dramatic or wrong in this theme. We love brides who think outside the box! Your Gothic wedding doesn’t have to death and skeletons, like most people associate with the word. Gothic can simply refer to romanticism and you can wear white, like this stunning cascading gown.
Whatever colors you choose it’s all about the romance and elegance even with a Gothic wedding theme. But, feel free to go wild with black roses, cloaks, crimson accents and all the wonderful darkness that’s out there to play with! Your guests can also get into the theme by wearing top hats, long gloves and canes. Your perfect fall wedding is waiting.
Here Comes The Bride

Vendor Spotlight – Here Comes The Bride

Vendor Spotlight – Here Comes the Bride

 

Here Comes The Bride

Photo Credit: Yelp

Brides often shop at an array of stores for the perfect wedding dress but look no further! Here Comes the Bride in Addison, IL offers amazing designer dresses without the huge price tag. This small bridal boutique has relied on word of mouth to serve the Chicagoland area for over two decades. They have designers such as (but not limited to, as stated on their website), Mori Lee, Angelina Faccenda, Kenneth Winston and Ella Rosa.

They might not look like the high fashion, couture store you’re dreaming of, but trust us, this boutique has more than enough to offer you. The customer service is raved about on Yelp and Wedding Wire.On their Facebook page, check out the bridesmaid dress Lady Gaga wore.

Here Comes The Bride

Photo Credit: Essence Designs

She’s featured wearing their new line of Sorella Vita dresses in dusty lavender! They offer great advice for brides and have a variety of dresses to fit any body type. You can garnish your dress with add ons or have it altered at the store.

Check out Here Comes the Bride website and Facebook page.

 

Bang for your Buck

Bang for your Buck

Bang for your Buck: Bridesmaids Dresses

No matter what any bride says there is a universal truth about bridesmaid’s dresses: you’ll only wear the dress once. “You’ll wear it again, right?” the bride asks, perhaps to make they feel better about asking you to shell out hundreds of dollars for it. Nope, you won’t. You’ll never wear that floor length, one-shouldered aubergine satin dress with the weird unflattering ruffles ever again.Bang for your Buck

It seemed like a lost cause, just part of the deal of being a bridesmaid–suck it up and buy the ugly dress, right? Wrong. Enter Rent the Runway and Little Borrowed Dress, maids can opt to rent a dress for the big day versus getting stuck with a frock they truly are not in love with.

Rent the Runway Weddings, an expansion of Rent the Runway, and a beacon of hope for future bridesmaids everywhere. Rent the Runway Weddings launched in 2011. It focuses on bridesmaids dresses. Badgley Mischka, Robert Rodriguez and Nicole Miller have designed bridesmaid collections that come in up to four styles in up to four seasonal colors exclusively for the site. Whereas Rent the Runway only allows users to rent dresses for a few days at a time, Rent the Runway Weddings offers 8-day rental periods. But the best part? The price. A Badgley Mischka bridesmaid dress averages at over $300. At Rent the Runway Weddings it’s $65.

Little Borrowed Dress does not have the big names like RTR does, but has very cute and simple options for your girls. With LBD, every style we carry was specifically designed to fit and flatter a variety of shapes and sizes. They are determined to design the ultimate bridesmaid dresses, so we use multiple fit models with varied body types to ensure the dresses will fit with no alterations required! Lastly, if you would like to try on before committing to the rental, that’s OK too. Why have an ill-fitting dress the day of the big day and a bridesmaid breakdown.

Another nice feature about LBD is that the process is simple, you can order color swatches beforehand, and if you’re girls DO want the option to buy a new dress…they can!Bang for your Buck

Princess Inspired Wedding Dresses

Every bride wants to be a in a princess gown on their special day so why not make it a reality? Alfred Angelo is the designer for you! He has created several bridal dresses based upon our favorite Disney princesses.

The latest is a dress fashioned after the Ice Queen Elsa from Frozen. There is not a picture yet but here is a sketch for your imagination.

Princess Inspired Wedding Dresses

“The ice-blue sheath dress will feature dramatic beading to create a glistening effect, a sweetheart neckline and a Watteau train, which cascades from the upper back of the bodice down to the floor.” We know we can’t wait for this one for our winter brides!

If you can’t afford a destination to Disney World or that palace in Germany, then we think these gowns are a great way to still be a princess on your wedding day.

See more Princess Inspired Wedding Dresses.

Accessories for the Blushing bride

Accessories for the Blushing Bride can be the most important detail  next to the dress and can dictate the whole bridal look. Here are a few of our favorite tips and tricks for looking absolutely ravishing…

From veils to belts to fascinators, the sky is the limit to be as simple or blingy for your big day. If you thought finding your wedding dress was fun, you’re in for a real treat — it’s time to accessorize. Just remember the first rule in wedding jewelry: Don’t overdo it. It’s tempting to load up on baubles and bling, but you don’t want all those precious metals to outshine you on the big day. Follow these simple steps and you’ll look like royalty without looking like you’ve raided the queen’s closet.
Knowing what type of metal will work with your wedding dress’s shade of white is a good way to begin choosing your wedding jewelry.

White Gown: Gold embellishments may clash with this bright white hue. We suggest sticking to pearl and platinum.
Diamond-white Gown: This barely off-white color works with gold and silver (and rose gold, and pearl — you get the idea).
Ivory Gown: This candlelight shade is a soft, light white, and some versions even have yellow undertones. Adorn yourself with gold jewelry to highlight the creamy tint of the fabric.
Also, pairing your neckline style with the proper adornment can add character to your wedding gown, or even highlight a unique feature.

Sweetheart or Strapless: For something a little different, skip the necklace, and focus on some great chandelier earrings instead. Wear clear crystal for a sleek look, or punch it up with a hint of color. Try using a meaningful gem like your birthstone, or pick a color from the flowers in your bridal bouquet (but not from the embellishments on your gown — you don’t want to match too much). If you’re going for a flirty, fresh look, include two or three small fresh or silk flowers in your hair to add a soft, organic feel. Vintage elegance more your style? Pay homage to the past with a great Art Deco-style bracelet or some roaring ’20s-inspired feather barrettes.
V-neck: Whether you opt for a pendant or choker, this style begs for décolletage decoration. A thin chain with a simple pendant is an elegant way to accessorize, while pearls (single- or double-stranded) exude classic charm. If you’re going for the dare-to-be-decadent look, a crystal choker with matching earrings could be the perfect combo.

Halter or Reverse Halter: Whether you wear your hair in a sleek bun or loose ponytail, dressing up your tresses is a great way to accessorize a halter gown. Headbands are a great way to add panache to your wedding up do. But if headbands aren’t quite your style, try adding some sparkle to your hair with intricate crystal hairpins. If you’ve got a curly mane, five to seven hairpins is just right, while brides with thinner locks (or short hair) will get the same shine with two or three pins.
The most important thing about picking the perfect trinkets for your wedding gown is that they are a reflection of you.

Something old, something, blue, something borrowed, something new…
If deciding on your jewels is proving more difficult than finding the gown, there’s one jewelry duo that’s timeless: Pair diamond (or CZ) drop-earrings with a sophisticated necklace, such as a strand of pearls or a diamond pendant choker (or a tennis bracelet for halter gowns). If you’re comfortable in all your accessories, your wedding day ensemble is guaranteed to dazzle.

bridal market 2015

Bridal Market 2015

That’s a Wrap…Bridal Market 2015

 

This season’s bridal market closed on a sad note, with the passing of legendary designer and runway staple, Oscar de la Renta just a few weeks after the last wedding dress made its runway debut. Mr. De la Renta’s trademark and perhaps most memorable work is that which accentuated the female figure. Known as a designer who creates with the woman in mind, his overall aesthetic of glamour, femininity, and classic beauty is one that will live on for years and in the highly coveted pieces he made for first ladies and red carpet starlets, alike. No stranger to the bridal market, he created some of the most photographed and memorable gowns for Vogue editors, Hillary Clinton’s mother-of-the bride dress, and our recently featured celeb video featuring Kate Bosworth and her dream date with the designer, creating her stunning wedding gown. The list goes on and on, and while we look forward at this season’s most enviable looks, we pay homage to one of the ultimate giants of the industry.
This Bridal Market was all about dream-like creations from the ethereal to the modern- princess. Light, wispy fabric with texture and movement, intricate laser cut details, and light yet still ornate beading that can only be done by hand. Some of these gowns are so special, we think an entire wedding could be planned around them. Here are a look at a few of our favorites.

Marchesa: Showing all of us that indeed, the long sleeve trend is no longer just that. The new intricate lace details and silhouette lace neckline add even more allure to the once traditional look. The delicate tulle skirt makes this look the new tradition for the modern fashion bride.

 

Badgley Mischka: Opulent, ornate detailing and surprise cutouts like the back of this dress ruled the runway. The pops of gold jeweling brought in a new, richer hue for the season ahead, somewhat mimicing the trend of opulent, regal that was worn by Jessica Simpson at her wedding when she wore custom Carolina Herrera. The look is perfect for Fall and Winter brides looking to channel a warmer, and certainly Royal Wedding look.

Reem Acra: With the delicate bodices made of the finest, thinnest materials, Reem Acra had sweet and natural elements on her mind when designing this collection. That’s why it should come as no surprise that she showed floral head pieces and darling crowns of foliage casting a “Midsummer Night’s Dream” vibe on the whole show. We look forward to seeing plenty of Spring brides incorporating florals into their hair looks as well.

Another stunning showing of the finest bridal wear on Earth. We can’t wait to see how so man of these looks are interpreted for real life Brides on their biggest day. For now, we love the new trends and can’t wait for even more. As always, stay glued to the blog for the best of the rest…