Hello Beauties Last week, I filled you in on the basics of Bridal Market and today I’m sharing my favorite collections from last weekend’s NY Bridal Fashion Week. The big names in the bridal gown industry were there – Vera, … Continue reading →
Hello Beauties One of the first thoughts after getting engaged is , “Omg, What am I going to wear??!” Going on the hunt for The Gown, that will perfectly sum up all of the romance and attitude of the day, … Continue reading →
Hello Beauties This season bridal gowns are going short! I love the trend of shorter hemlines on wedding gowns because it is a modern take on the traditional silhouette. Plus you can show off an amazing pair of heels! Visit … Continue reading →
MInt & Peach is the perfect color combination for your late spring/ early summer wedding (or bridal shower or even baby nursery) because it is soft and romantic. You can incorporate the colors into a variety of styles, such as vintage garden or modern beach. Another great thing about this color combination is that you can incorporate both silver and gold finishes, since peach is warm and mint has cooler undertones.
Attach a small envelope of peach confetti to programs
Ditch the traditional buffet and have a food truck cater your wedding.
Choose a refreshing Peach Rum punch for the signature cocktail at the reception
Mint & Peach Inspiration
An amazing mint green bridesmaids gown
Use peach wIldflowers for natural bouquets and centerpieces
Style Me Pretty always showcases the most romantic weddings from around the country and today I am featuring a beautiful event that took place at the Southern California gem, Casa Romantica in San Clemente.
The venue is a beautiful mix of Spanish influenced architecture and romantic gardens. Casa Romantica sits atop a bluff with the Pacific Ocean in the background. It is actually open to the public as a garden and can be visited year round for events such as a Fourth of July Spectacular or a student art exhibition. I highly recommend taking a stroll around the grounds if you can. There a ton of great places to eat and explore in the area as well.
It is a beautiful Southern California day and I am so glad it is the weekend! I will be making my way to the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale, CA for the Renaissance Pleasure Faire! I go to the faire with my family every year and it is a huge festival with artists, performers, food and activities all decked out to look like an old English town. This weekend is a Steam Punk costume contest. I have heard about Steam Punk design from my sister, Alyson, so I am excited to get a first hand look at the fashion and inventions (and probably a whole lot of inspiration!)
So, I will leave you with Monique Lhuillier‘s Luxurious Spring 2013 Bridal Gown line. All of the pictures can be found at Wedding Inspirasi, my go-to for the latest bridal gown fashion. Have a great Saturday!
For her Spring 2013 collection, Vera Wang took inspiration from the Chinese tradition of a bride wearing bright red on their wedding day. Red is said to bring prosperity and luck to the happy couple. Any woman wearing a Vera Wang gown on her wedding day is already a lucky lady! For those bride’s that are a little less daring, all of the bridal gown’s shown are also available in white and various off white shades.
One shoulder, Mermaid
One Shoulder, Ball Gown
All photos can be found on Wedding Inspirasi. This is one of my favorite sites to see all of the latest Bridal Gown collections.
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend! I was so lucky to be able to spend Sunday doing what I love — Coordinating Weddings! All of the vendors I worked with this weekend were true professionals and I just cannot wait until I am able to show everyone the photos. The ceremony setting blew my mind and the popcorn bar I set up was a huge hit.
Well, the weather is getting so beautiful and I only have one thing on my mind…Sailing Away! I love cruising and the nautical theme is close to my heart (♥itb) so I decided to bring you an inspiration story for an All American Nautical Party. You can use this inspiration for a casual lobster bake with friends or for a preppy wedding by the sea shore. The most important thing to remember is to be inspired by the beautiful pictures but make the elements your own.
Nautical Flags in the coordinating color of your wedding party can be strung from the umbrellas to the table tops
A canvas bag with an anchor motif would be perfect for welcome baskets or party favors
"Two ships passing in the night" An adorable cake topper
Navy and Moss green elements would make a very classy setting for a cliffside wedding
Programs in the Nautical Flag of your new last name would be fun
A Red White and Blue dessert table is the piece de resistance at a summer time birthday party
Find the sources for all of the inspiration on my Pintrest
After reading my story, Bridal Gowns for Beginners, and choosing your perfect dress, it is time to choose the perfect veil. There are a variety of veils that will work with many dress styles. There aren’t many rules, just choose what you feel most beautiful wearing.
Waltz: Falls between knees and ankles. Perfect length for dancing!
Double Tier: 2 layers normally 2 lengths. The double tier gives the veil a fullness.
Elbow Length: Falls to the bride’s elbow, approximately 25 inches from the head-piece.
Chapel: Falls to the floor, can be worn with many styles- Ball Gown, Mermaid, Trumpet
Short single layer of tulle that is worn over the face during the ceremony. It is often removable for the reception and should be free of any edging or bead work.
The longest veil available. It measure 3 1/2 yards from the headpiece. Looks beautiful in formal settings with a variety of gown styles.
Falls to the brides fingertips. The most popular veil style and can be worn with any dress style. The veil shown also has a satin edge.
Multi-layered and falls fall to the bride's shoulders. A less formal option and it looks great with a tea length gown.
Multi-layered veil that gathers on top of the head. It has a very full appearance and can be worn with a variety of gown styles.
Long, circular lace trimmed veil. No blusher is worn with this style. It looks great with gowns that have lace details or with mermaid and column gown styles.
Edges can be beaded, trimmed with a satin cord or ribbon. An edge with no embellishment is called an invisible edge and it seems to disappear in photos.
What type of veil did you choose? Do you have any questions on what type of veil would work with your gown? Feel free to ask your questions in the comments!
One of the most amazing jobs I ever had was working as a Bridal Gown consultant at Castle For Brides (formally in Huntington Beach, CA, now in Laguna Hills, CA). My best girlfriend’s Aunt Jerri was the manager and we got to spend our free time together helping bride’s play dress up. My girlfriend Brooke and I used to go through each and every dress to help organize the store and stay up to date on the latest bridal trends.
That job made me have a new appreciation for the Wedding Industry because while working there I realized the wedding day was about more then a gown, flowers and some cake — It was all of the hopes every mother had for their daughter, the true bond of friendships and the love between two people committing themselves for a lifetime. I’m getting a little teary eyed just thinking about it.
"You do not alter Vera to fit you, You alter yourself to fit Vera" - Bridewars
Brides would often come in to the boutique with an army of women and a notebook full of ideas, but without a real clue to what it all meant. So, I decided to gather all of my bridal gown knowledge in one convienent place. Enjoy!
Bring in Inspiration – BUT… Keep an open mind. Try on a few styles to know for sure what you like and what you will never try on again. Trust the consultant, she knows about body type and fit better then most.
Don’t book more than 2 salon appointments in one day. You will have Bridal Gown overload and it will become one bright white blur.
Bring 1 (maybe 2) people with you on your first few visits. Once you have narrowed the search down to two or three contenders then bring the entourage. You want the women closest to you to participate, not have free reign.
Do your hair and makeup. You will feel pretty and put together while looking in the mirror all day long. Also, wear a comfortable pair of wedges for a little height.
Calculate your budget before arriving at the store. Do NOT try on dresses out of your price range because, believe me, you will fall in love and it isn’t a great idea to cancel the honeymoon for a dress (I have seen this happen.. then had the groom call me to complain)
Consider house of worship dress codes. But if you do choose a strapless dress Gwyneth made capes fresh, so there are options.
Every single wedding dress needs alterations, so order up not down.
Finally always, always, always FOLLOW YOUR INSTINCTS (this is true in all aspects of your life, but you already knew that)
Now onto the Bridal Gown Terminology
FABRIC – Before gown shopping be sure you have set the date. The time of year will help dictate the best fabric choices.
Brocade: Stiff, heavy fabric with an all over pattern. Best for cooler months.
Duchess Satin: Dense fabric with a slight sheen. It can come in a wide range of colors and is a traditional fabric for ball gowns. Best for cool, comfortable weather.
Organza: A structured but sheer fabric. It can have a shimmer affect and is often used as an overlay (over a silk or satin gown). Organza can be worn year round.
Shantung: Raw silk with nubby texture and high sheen. It has an earthy quality that I love. It can be worn year round.
Taffeta: A light weight fabric. It reminds me of the parachutes from gym glass (In a Good Way!) but much more luxurious. It is a lighter alternative to duchess satin and works wear round.
Charmeuse: Thin, Silk fabric that is best suited for knockout figures. This fabric can be quite unforgiving. It works great for beach weddings or warmer climates.
Chiffon: Light, airy and sheer. It is often used as an overlay. Crinkled and textured options are a modern update to this romantic fabric. Best for warmer months or destination wedding since it packs so easily.
Tulle: A soft, netting that is often used for full ball gowns. it looks adorable at tea length also. This is also the classic fabric for a veil.
Silhouettes – Your body type will really dictate the best shape for your wedding gown. But you might be surprised about what accentuates your curves, so keep an open mind.
A Line: A classic inverted V-Shape. Suits any type of wedding and any body type.
Ball Gown: Grand and dramatic. Fitted bodice with a full skirt, often gathered all the way around the skirt or box pleats that lay flat. This style can detract from a full bust and hides large hips but it won’t work well on petites.
Column: a slim fitted dress that is most likely bias cut. Works great on slim figures and petite women.
Mermaid: A long, fitted torso with a flounce from the knees down. Looks amazing on everyone from boyish figures to curvy gals.
Trumpet: A new silhouette that falls in between an A-Line and a Mermaid style. Perfect for a wide range of figures.
DETAILS- This is what makes a dress unique. The Neckline, Waistline and Embellishments really show off the brides personality.
Crumb Catcher: Dramatic, High-Style. It is a panel of fabric that stands away from the neckline and it is often pleated or ruffled.
Off the Shoulder: A slightly scooped neckline where the straps rest below your shoulders. The only drawback is that it may be difficult to raise your arms.
Halter: The straps extend and wrap around your neck. It is a more revealing style (sleeveless and backless) and works great for beach weddings.
Strapless: Currently most popular neckline for brides (although Kate Middleton gave strapless a run for their money last year). Be sure to get this style fitted perfectly so you don’t have to adjust all night long.
Sweeheart: Heart shaped curve to the neckline and my personal favorite. A straight across dress can often have a sweetheart neckline created by a seamstress. This style can be strapless or have sleeves/ straps.
Basque: The middle of the waist points to a downward v shape. Very flattering, giving the illusion of a tiny waist.
Dropped: A longer, extended waistline that hits at the top of the hips.
Empire: This romantic and youthful design sits right below the bust. Think Shakespeare in Love.
Natural: Sits at the natural curve of your waist, usually with a full skirt.
Applique: 3D detail sown onto dress. Lace, silk flowers or a variety of fabrics can be appliqued.
Beading: Hand Sown crystal and pearl beadwork on the bodice, skirt and/ or sleeves.
Draping: Soft flowing fabric, often with a Grecian feel.
Embroidery: Decorating fabric with thread. The thread can be the same color as the fabric for a subtle effect or a contrasting color to match the wedding colors.
Pleating: Modern and structured.
Ruching: Gathered detail usually on the bodice. It is extremely figure flattering.
No Train: This isn’t technically a train but it is an option.
Brush: This is is the smallest train and it just brushes the floor. A very lightweight option.
Chapel: About 4 feet from waistline and one of the most popular options
Semi-Cathedral: A great option for a more formal event.
Cathedral: A very formal option that will fall about 7-8 feet from the waistline. It can be quite heavy. I love the detachable cathedral train for the drama at the ceremony and ease at the reception.
Royal: Around 9 feet from the waist and the most formal option. Don;t forget your page boys to carry it down the aisle.
Now that your are well versed in Bridal Gown Terminology, I hope shopping for your own gown isn’t as daunting. I will be publishing a feature on How To Choose the Correct Veil for Your Bridal Gown in a few days so check back often!
What style of Bridal Gown do you like most? Did you love one type before shopping and then leave with a completely different style? I would love to hear your Bridal Gown Stories!