We are hosting a workshop in Manhattan on 9/25 @6:30pm. The location is TBD but will make an announcement when confirmed. We’ll be going over all your need-to-knows from start to finish. Bring a friend and bring some questions!
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Nail trends is basically an accessory. Everyone wants the hottest color and the funkiest pattern. So when it comes to the big day, how do you nix the trend to stay classic? Try out the ombre french manicure effect. I suggest asking your manicurist to practice doing this before the big day (and maybe even bringing in this picture). How great does this look?
Light, fun, bridey — I truly believe this is a great solution on keeping your nail trend up to date yet classic when looking back in the pictures!
Think about you, your fiance, and the story behind the two of you. Were you high school sweethearts? College sweethearts? Best friends? Chance of luck? Internet daters? We seem to be finding our other halves in so many different ways that we all have a story. Each one being special and different from the rest - so why shouldn’t your big day and of course, your gown, be any different?
When you try on your gown - think about the wedding the two of you are creating. Your wedding is a reflection of your personalities and your story and your gown will only compliment it. If you are a simple couple - go for the chiffon’s and that “sweeter” look. If are a bold couple - go for something more dramatic with some beading and flare. Traditional - go for lace and maybe even the matching mantilla! Don’t worry, he’ll love whatever you choose!
Don’t be scared to express yourself and your relationship. That’s what makes this wedding planning adventure extra special.
We love jazzing up our look, don’t we? In a previous post we talked about short/long dresses being converted. But what if you couldn’t find a dress that could do that or didn’t exactly want to do a full costume change?
This is why our brilliant designers came up with the concept of a removable sash/belt. Well - this isn’t entirely new but many designers did not originally have accessories other than veils to compliment the gowns. They knew that girls wanted to have a sweeter look for the ceremony and a flashier look for the party. Who can blame them?
If you’re in between looks here are a few ideas:
Solid or ivory colored sash for ceremony
blinged out belt for reception
black or stark colored belt for reception
Some belts/sashes will have the same concept and pattern in different colors. This will be a nice way to keep your look consistent with a twist.
Keep in mind that this is part of your dress so you should work this into your budget. Belts can range anywhere from $50 to $600 so do your research and never be scared to ask if you can purchase the sample ;)
Brides are constantly re-inventing ways to use their dress in more than one way. Whether it’s to wear it again or to have something different between the ceremony and reception (even cocktail hour too). Well, lets face it - weddings are expensive and we don’t want to spend additional if we don’t have to. That’s why we chose today’s “dress of the day” as Tara Keely’s interchangeable wedding dress. We love this dress! The skirt is a detachable tulle and the bodice of the dress is all lace, and it’s mini! It’s quite adorable and you can make the look in three different ways: High-low, full ball gown, short party dress. How can you go wrong? To add some glitz and glamour, add some bling to the belt!
Look into your options if you’re going for a multi-look before buying two or three different gowns for your wedding day. Save the money for some cute outfits for the honeymoon ;)
In honor of our dress of the day today, Liancarlo style #5815, we’ve decided to take a look into pink wedding gowns. Wearing a soft pink on your wedding day is just as special as wearing ivory. In fact, a blush tone brings in that extra spark of romance and magic when looking back at pictures of your special day. If you’re looking for something different but unsure how to go about it, take this into consideration. The warmth of the color tone just gives a bit more character but will still give that “bridal” feel because it is not too far from ivory. No matter what - you are the bride and you will look nothing less than perfect.
Just a thought for today: I met a bride who didn’t want to wear a heel because she and her groom are about the same height. Well, I understand however, walking down the aisle a bride should always have a slight heel (even if it’s half an inch) because your posture and the way you walk will be completely different as opposed to wearing flats.
After the ceremony, kick off the shoes and put on those ballet flats you’ve been dying to wear!
*tip* Bring your shoes to the shoemaker, he can cut the heel if need be.
Allow me to jump right into this: Vera Wang will not and has not held back when it comes to non-traditional wedding gowns. If you have peaked in at her Fall 2012 collection, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Black gowns. If you have not seen it, they have recently posted this collection on her site.
These unbelievably beautiful couture bridal gowns in black have made its way making a huge statement. And rightfully so. Whether or not you are a fan of the color does not take away from the beauty and artistry that the gowns represent. Inspired by a “witchcraft” theme, the gowns are a mix of flowy black and nude chiffon creating a mysterious yet fun look that will leave a bride feeling sexy on her big day. Don’t feel comfortable wearing black for your wedding? No problem - these gowns will give you the option to order in ivory as well.
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One of the first things we do when we walk into the ballroom of the wedding is take a glance of the cake, and then take a picture of it. Well, if you have the pleasure of seeing one of these cakes at a wedding, you definitely don’t want to miss it. I’m talking about hand-painted wedding cakes. This is a new trend and if you can find a great baker who can paint, you’re in luck. These cakes are a work of art and sometimes even a shame to cut! What I love most about these is that you will most likely never see a duplicate. You can take a piece of fabric or create your story, and put it on … cake. Below are images from Maggie Austin (located in Washington, D.C.) and Nevie Pie Cakes (located in the UK):
Spring is finally here! With that, we think of fun colors and we think of PINK! For a classic spring wedding incorporate your pinks without the overkill making it look like a bridal or baby shower. To do this, stay away from mixing your lighter pinks with your brights. Try not to do stark white cloths against crazy big pink centerpieces and hot pink napkins as this can create an imbalance. Work with your florist to stay consistent in your shades! It is best to keep neutral/earthy tones to tone down the pink but give enough color to pick up your concept. To go a different route you can keep your flowers and table settings at a color minimum but work with your lighting to bring the pink in that way if you have this opportunity. It will create a very modern and fun vibe to your wedding. Below is a picture that I thought gives a good point of direction. The main goal is to keep it tasteful and neutral. After all, it’s his wedding too ;)
Weddings can be expensive but what many like to focus their money on is the entertainment and food. Priorities are spread differently depending on the couple but what many brides would agree about is how they cant fathom spending all that money for a dress they’d wear for one night.
We can all appreciate a beautiful dress (especially me) and many brides will state “my dress is non-negotiable, I don’t care what it costs.” But for those who don’t have that sort of luxury, where can you go?
All bridal boutiques that carry different collections will usually range between $2,000 and up. They want your business and will help you in any way possible. Let them know what your real budget is (with tax)- do not lie about it, and they will guide you in the right direction and help you any way they can. I promise!
If you still have not found what you’re looking for at your price, fear not ladies - there are answers and options out there! You can get a very beautiful and quality gown. It takes work and patience but I promise it will pay off. You can shop the web, sample sales, off-the-rack, and more!
Shopping the web: There are so many flash sites out there so you have to get lucky on the size. I don’t recommend purchasing from flash sites because the return policy is not easy or even an option. My recommendation is http://www.shopbop.com/ or http://www.theaislenewyork.com/. Shopbop has a great return policy which is 30 days (and free returns within 15 days). Their gowns (which include Marchesa and Reem Acra) usually range anywhere from $198 to $5,995. The Aisle New York has a tighter 5 day return policy and their gowns often range from $899 - $2999. Both websites have fabulous gowns for a simpler bride who don’t want too much fuss. Please be aware that their stock is always changing, so check them out on the daily.
Sample Sales: Sample sales are easier for those who are located in the NYC area simply because most of the designers are centered here. The great thing about sample sales, is that most of these gowns are right off the runway and may need a few fix ups here and there but for these high end designers, this is a steel. The quality will be there and you’ll be paying a fraction of the cost. The best way to find when a sample sale is happening is to google it, and you will be able to find what you need. Often times, NY Mag or Time Out NY will have a schedule posted.
Off-the-rack: Very similar to sample sales, but this would be your opportunity to go into your favorite wedding boutique and buy a gown right off their rack if they will be able to part with it. Usually you’d save about half the money and you would be able to use their private seamstresses for fittings. If you can fit into the samples (which is usually a bridal 8 or 10) you may have hit the jackpot. Always ask, it can’t hurt!
Non-Bridal Stores: Many of you may or may not know but both Nordstrom and J. Crew have bridal departments in which have great dresses at a very reasonable price. Not all Nordstrom locations have the bridal salon, so I recommend going to their website and check the store details of the one nearest you to see if the “wedding suite” is listed. Their gowns range from $200 to $4,995 and do require an appointment if you would like to try on. If not, they have an open department in which you can freely look. You can also check out http://shop.nordstrom.com/ as they have an extremely flexible return policy. J. Crew have a very urban look to their collection but it’s worth looking into, including their bridesmaids dresses while you’re at it. They don’t have many bridal locations (the one in NYC is located at 1035 Madison Ave) but they have some options online which range from $298 to $3,000. You can purchase online at http://www.jcrew.com and can return within 60 days to any J. Crew location, even if they don’t carry bridal.
I hope this list has helped you in some way. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need any more help! Happy shopping!
Many a times we look back at old photographs and cannot believe what we see and how anyone could have worn what they did. But not Grace Kelly. She was the absolute epitome of a flawless bride. Check out the photographs below - and her tiny waist!
She was absolutely beautiful and the lace gown and veil complimented (not overwhelmed) her. This look is nothing short of classic and elegant. Clearly exemplified here. And of course, perfect for a royal.
Many brides choose to purchase their gowns through e-commerce (new or used), sample sales, and off the rack leaving the bride to find her own source for alterations. No matter how you purchase your dress it is extremely important to trust your seamstress.
With poor alterations your gown will not look the way it should at its best. Even if you spent $10,000 on your gown - bad alterations will leave it looking like you spent $10. Think about it like a diamond. The better the setting, the greater the sparkle. Good alterations will not leave you pulling up your strapless gown all night, baggy in the bodice, and your bustle should not be falling. My advice is that if you go this route, do not take your gown to the person who hems your pants or even the same person who’s done your past bridesmaids dresses.
If your gown does not come with boning, ask your seamstress if they can add it in. This will give your dress shape and correct structure. Your dress should be completely fitted against your body, giving you the figure you never knew you had.
Need advice on how to search for your seamstress? Just ask!
*tip* For correct length and anti-tripping when walking, make sure the very tip of your shoe peeps through the hem line of your dress
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something BLUE. What can you do that’s blue? Well, lots of things actually! Some girls sew blue ribbon into the dress, go for blue shoes or blue undergarments. If you’re not the type to wear anything like that, then how about sewing in the date of your wedding inside your gown?
I’ve seen this and its quite charming. If you have a seamstress who’s unable to do this type of embroidery directly inside the lining of the dress then you can buy a small handkerchief, have it embroidered in blue, and then ask your seamstress to sew it into your dress. It will give your dress an extra special meaning.
Many women feel that they need to try every dress in the world before buying “the one.” Ladies - don’t stress yourself this way. This will lead to confusion, frustration, and ultimately will take the experience away.
If you find a gown you love, stop right there. There’s no point in seeing if there is something different you’ll love more. If you go in that direction, you’ll never find it and may end up settling for something you didn’t want in the first place. I’ve seen it.
Finding a dress for your body is important so if you’re unsure of where to begin try on one of each kind of silhouette. Once you start you can scale it down to what compliments your figure. It will make the process much easier. From there you can get into the nitty gritty with details and embellishments.
You may have to only try 1, 2, 5, or even 25 dresses. The point is - once you have found the gown for you, look no further and buy it! Take my advice and your shopping experience will be a happier and more pleasant one.
I’ve seen it, I’ve heard it, and yes if it’s done right - it’s beautiful. I’m talking about the “black & white” wedding theme. To achieve this look successfully you don’t need to put a black sash on your dress or a white sash on your bridesmaids dresses. Keep it simple. The main color of your wedding should be white/ivory and only accented with black. Fill the room up with candles and for the flowers - keep it white/ivory and throw in a little bit of greenery (trees, the stems of the flowers, etc) to keep it natural looking. It won’t take away from what you’re going for.
If you start doing black and white patterns everywhere you might make your guests a little dizzy and your pictures may look like a puzzle. Leave that part to the cake because sometimes, less is more.
I truly believe that a wedding should be about you and your partner. Lets face it, your parent(s) had their time, and now its yours. When it comes to your dress, accessories, and color, make sure you keep yourself in check by doing what you love. On a daily basis you can make any decision you like and that shapes who you are, so why should your wedding be any different?
I have plenty of brides who don’t want to disappoint their mothers by not trying on certain gowns or not having their hair up with a crown in their hair. My advice is to have a calm conversation prior to shopping explaining to whomever you are with what you are going for and what you envision. Shopping for your wedding dress should be one of the most fun things about your wedding. This is what you envisioned yourself in! Don’t let the stress and anger get to you. Don’t ruin what it’s all about: YOU! If you want to go short - go short. If you want lace - go lace. If you want simplicity - no bead work. Every gown is beautiful in it’s own way. Make it yours.
Moms - feel free to email me to blow off steam. Don’t make your daughters break out in hives. I’ve seen it, it’s not pretty.
*tip* hire a private bridal consultant/stylist to make this an easier process ;)
We all love the looks of bridal buttons, don’t we? Sweet, romantic, classic, dramatic. But what is it that we hate about it? Having to button each and every single one of them on the bride’s big day. I personally am a fan of them because they can cover up a zipper so I never mind seeing it but that’s also because I come prepared…
On the big day, in your essentials please remember to have a crochet hook! This inexpensive little tool will help the person who is dressing you button you up in no time in addition to not risking their manicure. We all know that is the main reason why so many don’t like to offer (ugh). With the crochet hook all you have to do is put it through the elastic loop and swoop it around the button and there you have it! Easy as 1-2-3. No chipped nails, no tears, no nothing.
Be sure to ask your seamstress if he or she be providing you with one. If not, you can go to any fabric or arts & crafts store and the cost will be less than your manicure.
Where do I begin? This seems to be a battle no matter where I go. Attention mothers: you do not have to look matronly on your daughter or son’s wedding day! I repeat: you do NOT have to look matronly! There are dresses out there for you!
Just like there are bridal designers out there, there are designers that have declared themselves “mother of…” designers. The issue I see on this is that they don’t give many options for majority of the moms out there. Now, no offense, but, they’re usually made up of cheapy fabrics and tacky bead work or, some sort of chiffon flounce that comes in every color of the rainbow. Sure that would work for a lot of women but as we grow in the fashion world we come to see what else there is out there. When you’re the parent you want to stand out- and rightfully so. You’ve either paid or contributed for the wedding but even if you didn’t, it’s your child that you’ve raised. So why shouldn’t you look fab?
Chances are majority of you will not have guests that will be showing up in $1,000+ dresses. In that case, many mothers have a budget between $900 and $3,000 (of course some have a larger budget, but I’m talking about the average). Many bridal boutiques will carry designers within this range and you can make a lot of changes to the gowns and really make it your own. The option that I like to choose for my clients is going to the designer boutique departments in the higher end department stores (Saks, Neiman, etc) or you can go to designer stand-alone stores. The dresses are exquisite and you won’t feel like you’re in some matronly gown. You will certainly stand out and look fantastic. I’m certain of this because of the quality and design you will find once you step out of the box.
Just yesterday I was walking and I passed a gorgeous blush pink (pictured below in orange) Oscar de la Renta gown that had a very dramatic train in which could easily be bustled. The first thing I thought was “this could be perfect for a ‘mother of!’” and why not? The price? Just under $6,000 but hey if you can do it, go for it and look glamorous!
I was perusing a few websites to do some online shopping to get ahead of my spring wardrobe. It was when I was on the White House Black Market site that I found myself in awe of seeing one of the most awesome black bridesmaids dresses I’ve ever seen. Call me trendy or over the top, but see for yourself:
This high/low gown is dramatic, trendy, fun, sexy, and a dress that your girls can wear again. I do however recommend that if you go with a dress like this, that it should be for a maid/matron of honor or if you have a party of no more than 3 or 4 girls because it may be a bit overkill. I’d love to see this in a silk taffeta.
*tip* This dress should be worn with a strappy shoe
Just like everything else in bridal, veils have become a statement piece. It is up to YOU if you want to wear one. Yes, by tradition (and with a blusher) it’s customary but it doesn’t mean you wont be the most perfect bride if you opt out.
I happen to see this argument arise between mothers & grandmothers. Well, we certainly don’t want to disappoint the ones we love so if you’re on the fence, compromise: no blusher, and wear the veil low so you don’t feel like you have some poof on the top of your head.
There are so many different styles of veils and how to wear them so make it a fun accessory and play around with it if you choose to go this route.
*tip* have a swatch of your dress when purchasing your veil to match the color
You’ve probably seen some crazy things happening on the bridal runways to the point where you can’t keep up. Long sleeves are coming back, lace is bigger than ever, and now on the trendier side you see high slits in a gown and the “high/low” effect. I think as long as the gown fits your personality and the type of wedding you have, it doesn’t matter. Don’t worry about “being traditional.” The only traditional thing about a wedding gown is it being in white for the statement of “purity.” Well, if you’re not going for stark white and you’re doing ivory, there goes your tradition. Which is exactly what happens. Not because of any personal decisions but simply because ivory is a softer color and is much nicer for anyone’s skin tone. It’s quite difficult to pull off stark or diamond white.
With that said, I’ve become a HUGE fan of Monique Lhuillier’s Fall 2012 collection. I think that the gowns speak for themselves but one in which has me flipping is their dress called “Bouquet.” This soft romantic gown has a modern sex appeal with it’s high slit. Get a strappy sandal some great earrings in a rose gold and you are good to go!