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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., 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!
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Bridal Boutiques

Bridal Boutiques – Here Comes the Bride
Brides often shop at an array of stores for the perfect 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. They have sizes ranging from 6 to 26 and all the extra accessories you need to complete the perfect dress. Bridal boutiques that are quaint, local and smaller often cater to your personal needs more intimately than a larger operation.
Also be sure to check out their Facebook page. Happy shopping brides!
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Vendor Spotlight – Here Comes The Bride

Vendor Spotlight – Here Comes the Bride


Here Comes The Bride

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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

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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.



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.

Kimye Wedding Recap

Kimye Wedding Recap

Kimye Wedding Recap

In case you missed it, the NY Post printed a pretty scathing (some are calling it spot on and even clever) teeny tiny wedding announcement for the newly married Mr. and Mrs. West. While most papers and online mags had full-on sections devoted to the coverage here’s what the Post had the offer:

Kimye Wedding Recap

” Two jackasses got married in Italy Saturday.

Sex tape star Kim Kardashian,33, wed egotist Kanye West, 36, in a wedding opulent enough for

Florence’s Medici dynasty and tacky enough for reality TV.

They were both betrothed at Florence’s 16th Century Forte de Belvedere Castle.

Olympic Athlete Bruce Jenner walked Kim down the aisle.

The republic still stands.”

 Ouch. That’s some pretty serious shade. And while we get that these two and the Kardashians in general are way overexposed, we at least applaud their effort in giving the people what they love to see- beauty and over the top weddings. For us, it’s pure entertainment and we loved seeing some of the preliminary details ( the full scoop will be in this week’s People Magazine.)

Kimye Wedding Recap

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So here is what we know and love. The bride wore custom Givenchy as did the groom and little Baby North. The gown was demure enough with it’s hand sewn Italian lace while also paying homage to Kim’s signature figure with it’s curve hugging silhouette and illusion cutouts at the sides. Kim wore her hair simply (our favorite hair look of hers in a long time) and accessorized with tasteful ( yet still huge) solitaire diamond earring which were a gift from her new husband. The bouquet was also super simple and tasteful and the guest list was kept at under 150 for an ultra intimate feel.

Kimye Wedding Recap

And while the circus of her last wedding was just as fun to watch, this one had the actual feeling of two real people (albeit insanely famous people) at the center. We can only imagine the countdown clock that has already begun to see how long this marriage lasts, and call us eternal optimists, but we think this wedding had the right things in mind to ensure that this time it lasts. At least more than 72 days… Okay, that was mean. So we’ll just end in saying love them or hate them, Kim Kardashian was beautiful on her wedding day and certainly these two have some serious high-end yet classic taste that we can all admire. Kim may have been born to be a bride, so we just hope the next time we see her in a wedding gown, it’s for a glamorous and over –the-top vow renewal!

Braids Braids Everywhere

Braids Braids Everywhere

Braids Braids EverywhereBraids, Braids Everywhere!

Braids Braids Everywhere – We knew when we saw one of our favorite bloggers, Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere devoting an entire post to the perfect braided updo tutorial that this “trend” just might be more serious than we initially thought.  And who are we kidding? Braids have been around forever, in so many forms ever since Pre-K when we first started donning to do.  But let’s face it, the look has gone through more transformations than almost any other hair look we can think of and now it’s not just a natural, boho, hippie look that can only be worn at outdoor summer music festivals (are we the only ones on Coachella overload right now?) No, wedding gals, the look is EVERYWHERE and we’re breaking down how to pull it off and more importantly, how to pull it up into a mega-watt hair home run that you may even want to consider for your wedding.

braids braids everywhereYes, we said it. A braid with your wedding gown.  But before you go all timeless hair lecture on us, let’s take a look at some braided looks that are equal parts sweet as they are ethereal and gorgeous.  A few years back, fashion favorite, Sienna Miller wore the milk- maid updo to the Golden Globes with a conveniently wedding-ish Marchesa gown. The look was breathtaking and only seemed to highlight how incredibly and naturally beautiful Ms. Miller is. The same can be said for the ever-chic Nicole Richie who rocks the braid with her signature boho look and carries it off with even her most classic, sophisticated ensembles as well.

When poking further into the braid craze, even the pop-ups from Saks Fifth Avenue ( also known as my computer’s very tempting cookies) guess the ron and center hair look being shown with everything from Oscar de la Renta to Moschino and Gucci and Louboutin… well you get it. Yes! It’s the braid. And for this high-end retailer, they are taking it to the max with a timeless dutch- favorite braided updo. So there you have it. Those in charge of dictating our every fashion move this coming season have spoken and you better get braiding.

7 Wedding Mistakes to Avoid

7 Wedding Mistakes to Avoid

7 Wedding Mistakes to Avoid

Even the smartest, most on-top-of-things couple can make mistakes during wedding planning. Here are the things you should keep an eye on before saying I do.

1. Budget, what budget?
If you have started planning your wedding, you know it can cost a lot of money. Many excited brides start booking wedding professionals and making purchases without having a real budget, and then they’re shocked to discover they’ve spent all of their money (or their parents’ money) and still don’t have half the things they need. Planning a wedding is serious business. Make a wedding budget and keep track of your expenses.

7 Wedding Mistakes to Avoid

2. Ordering the bridesmaid or wedding dress too late
If you are not going to buy your wedding dress “off the rack,” then you need to place your gown order six to eight months prior to your wedding. Most gowns are made to order. If you wait too long before your wedding date to make your selection, you may risk the gown not arriving on time. Bridesmaid dresses should also be decided upon during the same time period, but only after your gown has been selected. You want to make sure your ladies have enough time to get measured and find accessories.

7 Wedding Mistakes to Avoidvia Wedding Dress Blog

3. Booking hotel rooms too late
Reserve rooms as early as possible for your out of town guests. Begin your research up to a year in advance, and make sure your block is booked at the eight-month mark. Be sure to include hotel information in your save-the-date cards or invitations.

7 Wedding Mistakes to Avoid

4. Inviting too many wedding guests
Make sure your guest list and your reception site capacity match up numbers-wise. You can’t invite 500 people assuming only 350 will accept. Analyze your guest list from the get-go, assume 80% will respond yes, and limit your guest list accordingly.

7 Wedding Mistakes to Avoid

5. Not hiring wedding professionals.
Would you have a friend fix a plumbing problem? Of course not. You would want a professional plumber to come in and do the job right. Same goes for your wedding. You want professionals who do this for a living – wedding photographers, DJs, videographers, florists, wedding coordinators, etc. They have the experience and skills to help you have the wedding of your dreams. There are wedding professionals that fit every style and budget. Rely on them to keep you stress-free.

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6. Rain or shine? Don’t ignore weather warnings.
Brides marrying outdoors often test fate and just wish for the best when it comes to bad weather. Always have a backup plan, or else you may not have a place to marry at all — or your guests (and you) may be in misery at the hands of Mother Nature. A hurricane, flashflood, or gale force winds may visit on your wedding day; make sure you have an interior alternative or a tent as a back-up location.

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7. Forgetting to focus on what’s important.
Keep in mind that you are getting married and starting a life together, not just planning a wedding. Brides, be good to your grooms. And grooms, be good to your brides! Some tension between the two of you (and among members of your family) is inevitable due to the sticky topics that weddings stir up, but don’t ever let things get out of control. Remember why you decided to take this leap in the first place!

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Wedding Accessories

Wedding Accessories

When shopping for a wedding dress, most brides take this as potentially the most serious step on the way to the alter. Who needs great wedding invitations or a reception seating chart if you don’t have the perfect dress? We love the idea of being original. Though there are thousands of dresses to scout, you can make your wedding dress unique to you with just a few simple touches…wedding accessories.

One way is statement jewelry. It’s easy to be swayed at the jewelry store by “real” diamonds but trust us, there’s an easier and even customizable way! Besides, no one’s going to be inspecting your dress with a magnifier to see if they’re real diamonds. Swarovski crystals get the job done in spectacular fashion.

Think your dress needs a splash of color or accent to make it unique? Why not try a black ribbon belt with crystals or a bow on it?

Wedding Accessories

We love the thousands of options to browse through on Etsy, simply type in whatever you want to find such as “black wedding belt” or “wedding jewelry”. The prices are usually pretty fair and the shipping is minimal. We’ve had great experiences with brides dealing with Etsy artisans. What better way to support a local artist and also create your own style dress? It helps to keep this in mind when wedding dress shopping – everything can be altered and every dress can be dressed up or down with wedding accessories!

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Oscars Fashion Roundup

Oscars Fashion Roundup

Ah, the Oscars. Hollywood’s biggest night. And fully aware that we live most of the time with weddings on the mind, we couldn’t help but see the similarities. You wait all year for this one day of glits, glam, tradition and whether you walk away as the belle or beau of the ball or not, everyone loves to recap and talk best parts, and best dressed. Sound familiar? The great news is that each year, these industry leaders are at the forefront of fashion trends for the year ahead and like most brides, we are eagerly awaiting their every style move to garner full bridal beauty inspiration. This event was no exception. Here are some of our favorite looks to take note of and interpret for your own big day!

Oscars Fashion Roundup

Cate Blanchet: It must sound like a broken record at this point. This woman can literally do no wrong. Her Armani Prive nude illusion dress with plenty of embellishment in the overlay was ripped straight from the runway and fit her statuesque figure perfectly. The best part of this look was the head to toe perfection. Normally, you see stars with lighter complexions staying away from light peaches, nudes and blushes, however we think those hues are absolutely perfect for someone as fair as Ms. Blanchet. The key is to go for an all over glow and play us a luminous skin tone. Her look from hair, makeup, those incredible earrings that played up the light in her face, and illuminating gown were the perfect combination. And for Brides seeking a slightly different hue than stark white? Once again, we see the incredible value of a minor stray into the blush tone palette. It might just be the most gorgeous neutral we have ever seen.

Oscars Fashion Roundup

Lupita N’yongo: Here comes that broken record again. Lupita is without a doubt fashion’s darling right now and has absolutely been killing it all red carpet season. And it isn’t hard for her, since she might be one of the most beautiful women we have ever seen with a skin tone that absorbs colors so well she literally can’t go wrong. But what we loved the most about her custom “Nairobi Blue” Prada gown, besides the incredible color, was the silhouette. It was a modern day Cinderella with a waist that flared out but was anything but big or ball gownish.  One part Grecian, one part Oscar darling. The look also struck the best possible combination between super traditional and ultra modern. Which is a good thing because bridal designers like Reem Acra have been showing this look for a few seasons now and we think this might be the next big deal is bridal wear.

Oscars Fashion Roundup

The best of the rest with bridal potential? Kate Hudson’s white dress with a slight cape effect in the back ( loving capes!) Jennifer Lawrence in red Dior with a peplum waist. Clearly the peplum is here to stay and we’re thrilled! Camila Alves McConaughey in custom pale pink Gabriela Cadena gown was regal yet understated and would be equally as glam in white. And last but not least, red carpet pro Charlize Theron in black Christian Dior Couture. The silhouette is so classic yet with a modern neckline. Also take note of the black- Vera Wang is showing all black gowns and gowns with black tops and white skirts this season that are surprisingly fresh and beautiful looking.

Oscars Fashion Roundup

Can’t wait to see which of these trends takes hold for Bridal Season 2014! Stay tuned!

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One Shoulder Dresses Are Here to Stay!

One shoulder

When Oscar nominees Naomi Watts showed up on this past year’s red carpet in a custom Naeem Khan metallic creation I think she made one thing totally clear: the one shoulder “look” is here to stay. So it came as no surprise with Brides Magazine names the one shoulder dress the biggest thing in wedding dress fashion for the upcoming season. We shy away from calling it a trend at this point- it’s more like just another great option that might be the most flattering neckline for many brides- especially those trying to switch it up from strapless.  And let’s face it- it gives enough coverage for a Fall or Winter wedding while also being perfectly appropriate for a Spring or Summer wedding.  Could this be the most versatile wedding dress look yet?

While the look dates well back into ancient Greek and Roman times (think the movie Troy with style star Diane Kruger modeling the look almost exclusively)  it has made quite the resurgence in the last decade.  And while the 60’s saw Jackie O wear it and the 70’s were all about it with designers like Halston making slinky one shoulders a staple look, it seems to be a more permanent fixture nowadays, which makes it perfect for the Tradition dress seeker with modern taste.                      

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And this season is no exception, with several magazines calling for even more of the look! The bridal runways were filled with one straps of all kinds. Right now, we are especially loving the delicate late wrapped ones and the all beaded, blinged-out one shoulders. For a more feminine look, we think our Southern brides will absolutely love the flower embroidery and ruffled straps we are seeing with full skirts for the utmost in tradition. You really can’t go wrong with the look but here is the low down on the best bets on who is perfect for this kind of dress!

Bridal stylists everywhere agree that while once trendy, the one shoulder is actually extremely easy to wear for the majority of brides of all shapes and sizes.  The one shoulder strap or simply “one covered arm” look elongates the neckline and continues focus downward , which is perfect for accentuating a long torso. It also gives you a very statuesque look, again perfect for long and lean body who really wants to play it up but even better for a girl looking for a little heights. But what is really beautiful away the one shoulder is that is draws attention up to the face. You can play with your hair to sweep mot of it up and have pieces framing the face. Playing up the most important feature for the most important day of your life is always a plus!

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