Alfred Angelo Disney Fairy Tale Collection

Were you one of those little girls obsessed with being a princess? Did you long to look like Cinderella or Belle or Ariel or any of the other Disney princesses? If so, you should check out the Alfred Angelo Disney Fairy Tale Collection. Here are just a few reasons why we are obsessed with this collection.

It has all of our favorites.

The collection includes seventeen bridal gowns inspired by Disney princesses. Whether you wanted to be the redheaded mermaid or the long-haired Rapunzel, these gowns will make you feel like the princess you always longed to be.

You won’t actually look like the Disney princesses.

Don’t worry. You won’t actually be wearing seashells or a bright blue ball gown. Instead, the dresses are gorgeous white gowns “inspired” by the Disney princesses. For instance, the Cinderella gowns feature full skirts while the Ariel gowns are mermaid style.

There are more than just bridal gowns.

In addition to the bridal gowns, the Fairy Tale collection features maiden dresses, veils, and flower girl dresses. Every aspect of your wedding can have the magical charm of a Disney fairy tale.

 

 

Vendor Spotlight: Ines Di Santo

Ines Di Santo, one of the world’s most esteemed designers of evening gowns and bridal couture, combines years of education and experience with impeccable taste to create romantic, luxurious, and sophisticated gowns as unique as the bride herself. The Italian-born designer studied fashion across Europe and South America before establishing herself as one of the foremost bridal designers in the world. Known for creating breathtaking and sophisticated silhouettes that pair flawlessly tailored bodices with full, layered skirts, Ines Di Santo creates gowns designed to flatter, highlight, and enhance the female body. Brides can opt to have Di Santo design a wholly original gown for the big day, or choose to have a signature design customized and tailored to fit their personal style. Each dress is individually handcrafted in Toronto by a team of skilled seamstresses and hand beaders, using the most luxurious lace, silk, tulle, and embroidery, with production overseen by Di Santo herself to uphold the highest standards of excellence. Marked by romantic detailing, signature draping and hand-ruching, and luxurious femininity, Ines Di Santo’s couture gowns have been featured in bridal magazines around the world and can be purchased at high-end retailers such as Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus.

Brides that love Ines Di Santo’s commitment to elegance and excellence, but who are hoping for a more youthful flair, should look no further than the esteemed designer’s daughter, Veronica Di Santo. The up-and-coming designer has worked alongside her mother since the age of 5 and has created her own line of wedding dresses, inspired by couture trends around the world. Creating a contemporary alternative to her mother’s opulent classics, Veronica’s line of dresses adds a relaxed, youthful sophistication to the world of bridal couture.

5 Unusual Places to Find a Wedding Dress

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5 Unusual Places to Find a Wedding Dress

Wedding gowns can range in cost from several hundred to several thousand dollars. While some brides have no problem spending a lot of money on a dress, other brides don’t have the funds or desire to buy an expensive gown. For those brides on a budget, there are options that can save you money. Here are five unusual places you can find a wedding dress.

Online

Online stores are a great place to find deals. Prices are often lower because it costs the business less money to operate. You can also find used dresses online. A good place to begin your search is Ebay. There you can find both new and used gowns.

Thrift Stores and Consignment Shops

Since bridal gowns are only worn once, they are typically in good shape after the wedding day. It will require some searching, but you might be able to find a pretty dress at a thrift store or consignment shop. To make it your own, you can add embellishments and make alternations.

Dry Cleaners

Most dry cleaners have a rack of items that were never picked up. To purchase, you typically have to pay the cleaning cost, which is usually $8-$20. Occasionally, brides will take their dress to get cleaned but forget to pick it up.

Friends and Family

Most relatives and close friends would be more than happy to let you wear their dress. After all, it is simply sitting in a closet or attic anyway. This is a great way to honor someone who is important to you. If they are willing to let you, you can add embellishments or make alternations to make the dress your own.

Department Stores

Most brides turn to bridal stores to shop for their dress, but who says you have to wear a “bridal” gown. You can find beautiful dresses in normal clothing stores. If you want to spruce up a simple dress, you can add embellishments.

We’d love to know, would you ever consider purchasing your wedding dress from one of these unusual places?

White Dresses at a Wedding: Love or Hate?

The old rule is that it is rude to wear white to someone else’s wedding. The bride should be the only person wearing white. But Kim Kardashian recently let all of her bridesmaids and guests break this rule. For her wedding, Kim Kardashain asked all of her guests to wear black and white, and her bridesmaids all wore stunning white dresses. Many people are now wondering if the old rule is still relevant.

When to go white…

If you are a bride who is daring and confident, white bridesmaid dresses may be for you. This look bends the rules and takes some of the attention off of the bride. Allowing your guests to wear white is even more of a risk. This move suggests that you are extremely confident. This look can work if it meshes with your overall theme. For instance, Kim Kardashian had a black and white theme.

When to skip the white…

If you are traditional, you should be the only person wearing white, which symbolizes purity, virtue, happiness and joy. If you like the black and white theme, you could have the bridesmaids and guest wear black dresses and accessorize with white. This would keep the attention on your gown and compile with traditional styles.

When guests can wear white…

As a guest, only wear white if the bride says to. Many people still believe that wearing white to a wedding is tacky and rude. However, if the bride asks the guests to show up in certain attire, it is typically best to listen to the bride’s instructions.

If you like white bridesmaid dresses, you can find a variety of options available online and in stores. Styles range from simple cocktail dresses to full-length, fully embellished gowns.

Tell us, do you love or hate the idea of white bridesmaid gowns?

 

Should You Buy a Reception Dress?

After you spend all that money on wedding dress you have to wear it all night, right? Not necessarily. Some brides choose to change into a reception dress once the party gets started. A reception dress is typically a shorter, usually just above the knee, white dress. However, you could choose to wear a different color if you wished. It depends on how you want to look on your wedding day.

Is a reception dress right for you?

Reception dresses aren’t for everyone. Before shelling out another $100 to $600 plus on another white dress, consider these questions.

Do I love my wedding dress so much that I want to wear it all night?

Will I get uncomfortable in the wedding dress? (Consider length, heaviness, and restrictions.)

Do I want to change into a dress that will be more comfortable to dance in?

What do I want to be wearing in my wedding photos? (Consider the garter toss, cake cutting, and dancing photos.)

Is there money in my wedding budget for a reception dress?

Where to Find a Reception Dress

Where you purchase a reception dress depends on your style and budget. Reception dresses can be simple, white cocktail dresses or extravagant gowns with bedding and lace. They are also available in a wide range of prices. Here are just a few stores to consider.

Department Stores – Most department stores have a dress section. You may be able to find a white cocktail dress or be able to order a dress in white.

Bridal Stores – Many bridal stores carry reception dresses. They also carry cocktail dresses or short bridesmaids’ dresses. Sometimes these are available in white.

Online – There are tons of online stores that offer reception dresses or dresses available in white. Be sure to check reviews and return policies before ordering. Check out BHLDN.

Whatever you decide to wear, make sure you feel beautiful. You don’t want to spend the night uncomfortable and self-conscious, and don’t be afraid to bend the rules. Just because you are bride doesn’t mean you have to spend the night in a long, white gown.

 

Wedding Day Necessities

Wedding Day Necessities

Wedding Day NecessitiesRegardless of what time of day your wedding will be held, the fabulous wedding shoes you purchased, and whether you’re doing your own hair and makeup or hiring a professional, there are a few wedding day essentials that you won’t be able to live without! Avoid pre-wedding disasters by packing a kit of necessities (or delegate the task out to the maid of honor or close friend). Don’t forget these Wedding Day Necessities.

Hair Maintenance: Whether you’re styling your coif yourself or bringing in a professional hair guru, make sure you bring along hair care products for touch-ups throughout the day. Regardless of how perfectly your noodle nest is styled, hair mishaps can happen during your commute to the ceremony/reception sites or during outdoor photo shoots. Be sure to pack some extra hairspray, bobby pins, and a brush or comb to fix unruly tresses.

Make-up Kit: Be sure to come equipped with make-up essentials for touch-ups all day long. Most important is powder to eliminate shine and concealer to cover up blemishes. Also, be sure to keep some extra lipstick/lip gloss, waterproof mascara, and nail polish with you at all times.

Hygiene Products: It’s better to be safe than sorry! Bring along a small container of deodorant, dental floss, tissue, perfume, q-tips, feminine hygiene products, and breath mints to avoid unpleasant mishaps.

Dress Prep: Avoid dress disasters by packing items needed for repairs. Be sure to have a small sewing kit with you for any unfortunate accidents, as well as hem tape, safety pins, double-sided tape, static cling spray, spot remover, chalk (to cover stains on the wedding dress), and scissors. Finding Your Dream Wedding Dress.

Back-ups: It never hurts to have a backup, especially on your wedding day. Pack an extra pair of pantyhose, earrings (and backs), hair clips, and even shoes, just in case.

Sustenance: Most likely, you’re going to be feeling an overwhelming mix of emotions on your wedding day, from excitement to nervousness to last-minute stress, and such anxiety can diminish your appetite, but it’s essential that you have something in your stomach. Pack some bottled water and snacks to make sure you, and all of your bridesmaids, don’t get weak or light-headed.

Miscellany: In addition to your beauty essentials, bring along some additional items for any unforeseen circumstances. Pack some aspirin and band-aids, tweezers, nail file, camera, cell phone charger, cash (just in case), handheld mirror, matches/lighter, and scotch tape.

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Bridesmaid Dresses

We’ve all seen the movie 27 Dresses.  Katherine Heigl’s portrayal of a professional bridesmaid was too funny not to love, as was the closet jam packed of not-so-lovely looking bridesmaids dresses.  So to offer our support to bridesmaids around the world, we’re highlighting a few of our favorite not-so-typical places to get bridesmaids dresses.  Because who says bridesmaids dresses need to come from bridal boutiques?

Nordstrom: Though this big retailer is no secret, it is somewhat of a secret in the bridesmaid world.  Nordstrom has one of the biggest and best selections of dresses out there, and they have even separated dresses that may be great contenders for your attendants.  Now these aren’t exclusive bridal collections, but they are dresses in beautiful colors, flattering shapes, and varying price points, perfect for outfitting a group of girls.  An added bonus is Nordstrom’s incredible customer service that will likely be a big help as your bridesmaids find just the right size, color, and Nordstrom store.

J.Crew: First lady, Michelle Obama, isn’t the only one loving J.Crew these days, so are bridesmaids!  J.Crew has grown their bridal line in recent years, and bridesmaids everywhere are rejoicing.  Many of their dresses allow girls to pick the style of their dress, keeping the same color and fabric as the other bridesmaids.  And what bridesmaid doesn’t love the freedom to choose something flattering?  And for the bride wanting one-stop shopping for her bridesmaids’ shoes and jewelry, J.Crew has you covered.

Modcloth: This online-only retailer is perfect for the bride having a garden-party wedding, an afternoon ceremony, or a less formal affair.  Modcloth carries retro and indie clothing and has a dress selection that covers anything your vintage inspired heart could desire.  Dreamy fabrics, pretty florals, and fluttering shapes fill their store and make definite bridesmaid dress potential, especially for the bride who wants a bit more a less-traditional approach.  Another bonus is the price.  Modcloth’s dresses start at $20.  And what bridesmaid doesn’t love that?

See below for some great selections from Modcloth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finding Your Dream Wedding Dress

He asked, you said yes, and now you need to find the perfect dress. Wedding dress shopping can be one of the most exciting and fun times of your planning process, but without the right preparation, it can be a complete nightmare. Avoid the perils of wedding dress drama by following these simple steps:

Plan Ahead: Eliminate added stress from your dress shopping by planning it out carefully. Set aside plenty of time, early in the wedding planning process, to go dress shopping, giving yourself ample time to think about your decision before making a purchase. Even when ordered from bridal warehouses, wedding gowns can take weeks or months to get ordered and shipped, plus they’ll undoubtedly need alterations leading up to the wedding, so make sure you start your dress shopping as early as possible.

Do Your Homework: Flip through bridal magazines or websites to get an idea of different dress styles and designers that interest you so you know what you want to try on. Also, it’s a smart idea to do some research on the bridal shops (warehouse and boutiques) in your area, noting their hours and whether or not appointments are required, and map out a plan of attack. It’s a smart idea to visit several stores to view dresses of different styles and price points so you can find your dream dress and stick to your budget.

Bring the Necessities: When heading out for a day of dress shopping, there are a few essentials that you should always have with you. First of all, be sure to bring along the proper undergarments (in white or nude) for trying on dresses with varying necklines. Also, it’s helpful to have a pair of heels in the same height you plan to wear on the wedding day, as well as any jewelry or headpieces/veils you might be considering to see the overall effect with the dress. A camera is a crucial piece of equipment in order to snap shots of your favorite gowns to reference later when trying to make your decision. Last but not least, the most important thing you can bring along is a trusted friend or relative (or several) to give you honest feedback about each gown.

Be Open: You might have your heart set on a strapless princess gown, only to fall in love with a form fitting sheath. As great as it is to have an idea of what you like, be open to the possibility of discovering and loving something totally different. When you go dress shopping, try a variety of gowns, taking recommendations from the salesperson, to ensure that you’re getting the absolute perfect gown for your big day.

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BHLDN has arrived – Anthropologie Weddings

Monday was a big day in the bridal world.  BHLDN, the bridal brainchild of the people at Anthropologie was launched.  The whimsy, magic, and delicateness of Anthropologie has now been packed into a beautiful world for brides.

BHLDN is of course heavily focused on wedding gowns.  Their selection is one-of-a-kind and makes almost any past, present, or future bride swoon.  They’ve got something for every body type and every type of bride.  If you want elegant, they’ve got it.  If you want romantic, they’ve got.  Vintage inspired, garden appropriate, whimsy laced…yep, they’ve got those too.  The selection is nothing short of beautiful.  However, just because Anthropologie is a big name, doesn’t mean they’re pumping out their gowns by the thousands.  Dresses are sold on a limited basis, so brides don’t have to fear seeing their dress on every corner or at every alter.

And in true Anthropologie fashion, the customer service of BHLDN is special and sincere.  Their website abounds with ways to narrow down your style and find the perfect look. Shipping is affordable and returns are free with a prepaid label.  And don’t fret about confusing bridal sizing.  The folks at BHLDN have made it easy, with a focus on traditional sizing and a fit guide that can help even the most size confused bride.

But BHLDN doesn’t stop at bridal gowns, they make it a point to continue the bridal experience creating party inspired dresses for attendants, family members, and guests.  These dresses are also perfect for the bride to wear to other wedding related events and festivities.  BHLDN is the antithesis to stuffy, cheesy, and unwearable bridesmaids dresses.  It’s hard to find one dress on their site that you don’t love.

Continuing the magic, BHLDN offers shoes, lingerie, accessories, and more.  Their shoes are Cinderella worthy, and their accessories are statement pieces fit for a queen.  Glancing at their website, its easy to forget you’re in wedding world, because their pieces are so timeless, you’ll be swooning and loving them long after the wedding has passed.

Please enjoy the following images from the BHLDN collection.

Avoid Wedding Dress Drama

There’s nothing more fun that being waited on hand and foot, getting all dolled up, and receiving adoration from everyone around you, but believe it or not, wedding dress shopping isn’t always as enjoyable as it should be. Avoid wedding dress drama by following these helpful tips:

1. Give Yourself Ample Time: Most wedding dresses need to be ordered, shipped, altered, and fitted multiply times before your big day, so don’t wait too long to start shopping. Even wedding warehouse stores typically don’t carry every size on hand and have to order gowns, which can take months to arrive. Start your wedding dress shopping shortly after getting engaged to eliminate added stress of difficult time constraints.

2. Come Prepared: When you head out for a day of bridal dress shopping, bring along various undergarment options to accommodate differing necklines. Nude or white lingerie is recommended so leave your hot pink skivvies at home. Also, be sure to bring along a pair of heels the same height that you plan to wear on the wedding day. It also doesn’t hurt to brush on a little make-up ahead of time so you look and feel your best.

3. Bring a friend (or ten): Wedding dress shopping is a great opportunity to bond with your mom, sister, future mother-in-law, bridesmaids, or a beloved relative, so don’t be afraid to invite someone along. Plus, you’ll most certainly want (and need) the advice and opinion of a trusted pal. In an effort to truly eliminate drama, be sure to only invite individuals who will be encouraging and supportive.

4. Shop Around: Choosing a wedding dress is like choosing a fiancé: you don’t just say yes to the first one you see. Be sure to check out several bridal shops in your area to get a grasp on various options, styles, and prices. Be sure to visit Veiled in Elegance.

5. Try Anything: You might have a specific idea of what you want in a bridal gown, but could be blown away by something totally different. Be willing to try on a variety of styles, designs, and cuts to find the perfect dress for you.

6. Don’t Forget Accessories: When trying on dresses, be sure to pair them with differing headpieces and veils to find the right look and bring along jewelry as well to get a feel for the overall look.

7. Stick to the Budget: Most likely, the purchase of your wedding dress will put a significant dent in your budget, but be sure to stick to the number you determined was appropriate. And don’t forget to anticipate additional costs that might arise like expedited shipping (if you broke tip #1), veil/headpiece (see tip #6), shoes, lingerie, or alterations.

8. Think It Over: Don’t feel pressured by pushy sales reps or your own wedding excitement. When it comes to making the dress decision, you should give yourself a day or two to think about your decision. Avoid making a rash mistake by allowing yourself some time to sleep on it.

9. Take Photos: As you give yourself time to ponder the decision, snapping a few digital images might help. If you’re undecided between two gowns, reviewing the dress from different angles or showing pics to a friend can help you decide which one looks best.

10. Schedule Fittings: You’ll need a couple of dress fittings before the big day to ensure that the dress is tailored to perfection. If you’re using a seamstress at the bridal boutique, book your appointments on the day you order your dress to ensure you are included in he schedule. Otherwise, call ahead to book with another seamstress, giving yourself ample time to correct any altering mishaps.

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