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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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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Marchesa 

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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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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?

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.

Duggar Dress Inspiration

Another Duggar daughter got married over the weekend (Don’t act like you weren’t excited)! Jessa Duggar married Ben Seewald on Saturday, and they definitely stayed true to their own style. The couple chose to have a private first kiss and served ice cream sundaes instead of cake. And Jessa’s dress? Blush pink!

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Jessa’s dress was a blush Allure Bridal gown with a beaded bodice and custom silhouette. She probably wanted to mix it up from the likely-expected white dress, so let’s all take a moment to appreciate the simple beauty of a blushing bride who’s pretty in pink!

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See?! Even the guys love the pink! What do you think? Would you wear color for your big day?

Muted Beauty

About a month ago, I had the pleasure of working the wedding of Laura and Jason. Their sweet, soft wedding was perfect from all angles and full of sweet personal touches (the groom’s cake for example, with custom tux for Pistol Pete).

Soft peaches, pinks and grays were highlighted by all the natural light surrounding and flowing through the church. Laura looked absolutely beautiful in one of the prettiest dresses I’ve seen in my experience, and her bouquet was a favorite of everyone at the event.

Jason and Laura’s wedding was sweet and personal, but still a big party. They took every little detail into consideration and it came together beautifully.

All photos by Atria Creative

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