Bridal Trends from NYBFW: Color Crush

Color is becoming increasingly popular in bridal as designers cater to brides’ desire to break tradition and be themselves. While blushes and pinks have been popping up in bridal collections for a few years now, one color that is really seeing a big surge in popularity is blue! Hey, it’s perfect! If you’re gonna do the whole “Something Old, Something New” thing, why not make your “Something Blue” your wedding dress!?

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Jenny Packham

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Would you wear blue for your walk down the aisle? Or is there another color you would opt for over traditional tones?

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Bridal Trends from NYBFW: Delicate (Floral) Details

As Bridal Fashion Week draws to a close, we’re going to take a look at some of the biggest trends coming to a bridal shop near you! Today’s focus is on the sweet delicate look of light, flowing fabrics and tiny floral details. This small sampling of from the many, many designer that presented beautifully illustrate the attention to soft, feminine touches. Enjoy!

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Limor Rosen

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Marchesa 

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Jenny Packham

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Marchesa 

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Monique Lhuillier

More trends to come (and some of them are pretty awesome)! Is there a trend you saw on the bridal runways that you’re excited for?

Let’s Talk Trends: Two-Piece Bridal Style

Two-piece bridal gowns are one of the biggest trends being seen throughout collections this year. Designers are splitting the traditional gown into eclectic combinations of chic tops and flowing skirts. You could rock a crop top or simply find a complementing corset and skirt set. The endless options really allows every bride to create her perfect bridal look without having to create a pricey custom gown. Whatever combination she chooses, with a two-piece bridal look, each bride can be sure she will look exactly as she dreamed, with a stylish modern twist.

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Hayley Paige

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Tara LaTour

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Watters

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Reem Acra

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Who would have imagined wearing two pieces would pack as much punch as one stunning gown?! Which way would you wear two pieces on your wedding day?

Should the Groom See the Gown?

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It’s the ultimate battle between traditional and contemporary weddings: should you or shouldn’t you let the groom see your dress before the wedding?

Should you take your man shopping with you or showing him the dress before the wedding day? Some brides say that they want the groom to be a part of the decision because it’s his wedding too. He’ll be looking at his bride all night, so why not make sure he likes what he sees? Plus, you probably have a say in what he wears on the big day, so some would consider it fair to let him contribute to your dress selection.

I personally believe that there should be a little bit of secrecy around the wedding dress. Your wedding gown is a special touch to the wedding and he honestly probably would love to be surprised! I’m all for a First Look, but I think the wedding dress should be kept under wraps until the big day.

What are your thoughts on the great dress debate? Would you show your groom before the wedding day?

Golden Globe Bridal Inspiration

Holy Glamour! That’s all I’ve been able to think since the Golden Globe Red Carpet aired last night. While the Red Carpet is admittedly my favorite part of any good award show (especially the Golden Globes), I was even more impressed with this group of gowns than I have been in a long time. And as I watched the parade of gorgeous women with sparkling, plunging or brightly colored gowns, I couldn’t help but think that so many of the looks from the Red Carpet could easily (and glamorously) translate to the aisle!

Reese Witherspoon, Calvin Klein

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Golden Globes 2014 Salma Hayek Alexander McQueenJulianne Moore, Givenchy

Golden Globes 2014 Julianne Moore GivenchyJenna Dewan-Tatum, Carolina Herrera

Golden Globes 2014 Jenna Dewan-Tatum Carolina HerreraRosamund Pike, Vera Wang

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Golden Globes 2014 Diane Kruger Emilia WicksteadAnd two of my personal favorites from last night’s fab looks…

Sienna Miller, Miu Miu

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(I am honestly saving this picture so that I can refer to it for inspiration when creating my own bridal look)

What did you think of the Golden Globes? Did you have a favorite look from the night? Were there any dresses you would take from the Red Carpet to down the aisle

 

Long-Sleeved Loveliness

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Well, I should be focusing on my final presentation, but I’ll admit I’m a bit distracted. I would so much rather be focusing on all the gorgeous wedding dresses out there. My current fascination is long sleeve dresses, so I’ve compiled a bunch of gorgeous and unique gowns with sleeves to give you an idea of how many ways long sleeves can be done!

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I love how something as simple as a long-sleeve can add elegance to a gown, but it doesn’t mean that it has to be stuffy! Would you wear a long-sleeve dress on your wedding day? Which is your favorite?

Things to Know About Wedding Dress Shopping

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This week, I made a few appointments for some of our clients to go bridal gown shopping. The experience of shopping for  wedding dress has to be one of the most exciting parts of planning a wedding, so I was happy to set up the chance for these brides to do it!

Having never set up my own appointment, I was caught off guard by a few questions the consultants had when booking. I thought I would just need to give the bride’s name, wedding date and contact information, but there were so many other things the shops asked. Having learned from this experience, I am going to walk you through things you should keep in mind from booking your bridal appointment to the appointment itself!

When Booking:

  • Wedding dresses can take anywhere from 8-12 months to make and ship, so you’ll want to be sure you book your shopping trip far enough out to allow for this. Buying a wedding dress with 6 months or less until your wedding can limit your options.
  • Be prepared to give your name and contact info (obviously), but also your wedding date and location.
  • The shop will ask if you have an idea of the silhouette you want; if you don’t have an idea yet, that’s ok!
  • Also have an idea of how many people will be coming with you. Just your mom? Bridesmaids? Other Family? Bridal salons will ask for a general head count so that they can best accommodate your party.
  • Find out how long appointments last. If you’re wanting to visit more than one store or are booking around other things in life, you’ll want to plan accordingly.

When Shopping:

  • Wear the proper undergarments for you and what you want out of a dress. Also have a pair of shoes similar in height to your wedding shoes (or your wedding shoes themselves!)
  • Have a few ideas about the type of dress (style, silhouette, details) you want. Consultants would rather you have an idea than be open to whatever. Having ideas gives them a starting point, which they can use to gauge how to proceed.
  • Have a budget in mind and do your best to stick to it. It’s best to just stick to dresses in your price range. You don’t want to break your own heart by falling in love with a dress you can’t afford.
  • Ask if alterations are factored into the price of the gown. This could affect the price range of dresses you are able to look at.
  • Once you’ve found a dress that makes you feel better than any dress has or could, Stop Shopping!
  • Bridal salons will take a few measurements, and suggest you order a size hat best matches your largest measurement.
  • After you’ve picked the dress, start thinking about the veil and other accessories you want for your big day.
  • Make sure your receipt includes every bit of relevant information: the designer and style number, your measurements, delivery date, number of alterations and cost, total cost (deposit and balance).

Hopefully some of these tips will help you get through your bridal shopping experience as smoothly as possible! But I think the most important piece of advice is to just enjoy it, have fun and listen to your instincts.