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We recently returned from the National Bridal Market in Chicago (love that town!)and discovered so many new bridal fashions and accessories for our salon. We can't wait for everything to arrive! Here's what we saw trending in bridesmaids dresses for Spring 2016:
Two-Toned dresses. Whether combining two shades of the same color to highlight elements on a dress, or having the bodice and skirt in completely different colors, this look is fashion forward and fun!
Bohemian Glam. Soft netting creates an ethereal look for your bridesmaids. We love this style in romantic shades like Tea Rose, Victorian Lilac or Wedgewood Blue. All you need is flowing hair and a flower crown for that perfect Boho look!
Sequins, sequins, sequins! Whether embellishing just the bodice, or a full sequin gown, sequins were a standout on the Spring 2016 runway. We especially love the look of brushed gold, silver or rose-gold. Super chic!
The Lure of Lace. Lace is timeless and romantic, and is the favored textile for bridal fashions right now. The newest trend is to pair colored lace with a neutral lining of nude, ivory or black. Your ladies will love this look!
The Mis-Matched Look is here to stay! While there needs to be a common thread among the dresses, it allows your BFFs to choose a style that best suits their figure and personality. Add floral wreaths, sparkly shoes or a bit of blingy jewelry to unify the look.
For more ideas on making your 'maids look gorgeous, call 406-761-6338 to schedule an appointment at The Bride's Shoppe.
You've said "Yes!" to the dress! Now you need to decide what you will wear in your hair to compliment that gorgeous gown. The Bride's Shoppe recently returned from the National Bridal Market in Chicago, and these are the veil and headpiece trends to look for in 2016...
What's your bridal style? Vintage? Romantic? Classic? Glamorous? Trendy? Free-Spirited? The Spring 2015 Season is launching with chic new styles arriving daily at The Bride's Shoppe. Make an appointment today to find the finishing touch to your bridal gown! 406-761-6338 www.TheBridesShoppe.com
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What trends do we see in the beautiful world of wedding dresses? Beyond the allure of lace, dramatic backs continue to create a lot of buzz! Intricate in design, a beautiful back creates an elegant and feminine look that women love. A bride can feel confident and just a little bit daring as she walks down the aisle and her back is revealed!
For The Bride's Shoppe's Fall 2014 Collections, our designers took this on-going trend up a notch. With oh-so-flattering cuts, beautiful embellishments, keyhole backs, low, lacy or sheer, these dresses show you just how we've got your back. Oh, the drama!!!
The beauty of a keyhole back is that you show some skin, but not ALL of it!
This sheer, illusion back is embellished with delicate embroidery and beadwork...perfect for a contemporary bride.
Show off your silky skin in a gorgeous gown designed by Maggie Sottero. "Brandy" features a plunging back embellished with sparkling rhinestone appliques.
Cap sleeves and dainty buttons are feminine details on a gown named "Tuscany" by Maggie Sottero. We love the back of this Vintage styled gown!
You can see these beautiful gowns (and more!) at our Salon. Email or call to make an appointment...we'd love to help you say "Yes!" to the dress!
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A pop of color!
One of the top bridesmaid trends moving into Summer and Fall is the way brides are infusing color into their bridal party. For instance, take a neutral shade such as black, blush pink, ivory, pale mint green or gray, and add a bold accent color like fuchsia, marine blue or lime green. This pop of color can be used in many ways throughout the wedding to add style and excitement to an otherwise subdued palette.
Mix and Match shades
Some brides opt to dress their bridesmaids in varying shades of a color, called Ombre'. Others may prefer a mix-and-match palette of different colors in the same tone, or go with a traditional, single color. More than ever, today's weddings are highly personalized to reflect the couple's unique style, and color is the perfect way to set the tone and theme.
This year, bright hues are making a splash in wedding color palettes. Pantone's color of the year, Radiant Orchid, is a beautiful option for a stylish, modern wedding. The Bride's Shoppe carries bridesmaids collections that are available in many colors, including two-tone options. Did you realize that our Pretty Maids and Alfred Angelo collections each offer 62 different colors for brides to mix and match?
Talk about eye candy!
The lure of lace
Another hot trend for bridesmaids is lovely lace, popular on ready-to-wear runways and red carpets and one of the top picks for bridesmaid dress fabrics. At The Bride's Shoppe, you'll find bridesmaids dresses made entirely of lace, as well as gowns with a lace bodice paired with a skirt made with a complementary fabric. Romantic and classic, lace is a perfect choice for Country and Vintage Weddings!
A touch of sparkle
There is nothing we love more these days than glam, and nothing says glam like glittery details! For Summer and Fall 2014, a touch of sequins on bridesmaids dresses is a sparkling element making a big impact on the wedding world. The idea of girls in shimmery frocks just makes us smile!
If you haven't seen the new Bridesmaids Collections at The Bride's Shoppe, make an appointment to come in and take a peek!
And for our country brides....we know you will love our camo!
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Brides, we know you are the queen at your wedding, but let's discuss the showpiece of your reception...The Cake. Twenty years ago, most cakes had multiple tiers, usually separated by columns, stairs, flowers, a colored fountain...or all of the above! Plop a figurine on top, add some frosting roses and there was your cake! We've come a long way, baby, with fondant replacing frosting, and the traditional cake topper a thing of the past. Here are some of the trends we're keeping our eye on for Wedding Cakes in 2014:
Fondant Flowers add romance to a wedding cake, gracing styles from modern to rustic....and everything is completely edible!
Instead of a smooth surface of glistening frosting, more cakes are sporting textured surfaces, including the modern ruffle.
Just as 2014 wedding gowns are featuring more beading and jewels, so are cakes. Metallic frostings, glitter trims, brooches and rhinestones all make a sparkling statement of formality.
Ombre' shaded frosting (varying from light to dark) in the color of the wedding is a new trend we love! Also, frosting roses in an all-over pattern mimic the romantic fashions of the year.
Romance, romance, romance! Vintage-style lace reflects the appliqués adorning a bridal gown, with Shabby Chic styling. Include an antique brooch, old-world roses and display on a ornate cake stand for added va-voom!
The "Naked Cake", with frosting found only between the layers, is the height of Rustic Chic! Add fresh flowers for a natural, Bohemian vibe.
Photo by Peta Rudd www.petarudd.com
Custom-made cake toppers reflect the bride and groom's personal style, and the theme of the wedding. Love birds, bunting, animals, words of love, initials, succulents and toys all can be displayed on the top of your cake...making it a showpiece!
Make sure that your wedding cake is a reflection of your wedding style! For more great wedding tips, come see us at The Bride's Shoppe or give us a call at 761-6338. We love to talk about All Things Wedding!
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2014 promises to be an exciting year in weddings! Bridal fashions embrace a wide range of silhouettes, colors, fabrics, trims and accessories. Themes reflect a couple's desire to express their individuality throughout their wedding experience. Although there are great changes in styles and celebrations this season, there is a strong sense of tradition that underplays this year's weddings. This week, we focus on the most important article of clothing you will ever wear...your bridal gown! Here are the key looks we saw on the fashion runways for 2014...
COLOR - While white and ivory in (in 20+ shades, from diamond to magnolia!) remain the favorites for bridal gowns, this season's emphasis on color…pink, blush, light gold, pale gray, café, alabaster, black…give brides a broad palette from which to select their look.
FABRICS- Lace remains the number one fabric this year, as well as gowns in silky satin, sheer chiffon and tulle.
TRIMS - Bridal gowns are boldly beaded and carry metallic touches. Feathers appear on many gowns. Jeweled necklines and dramatic back interest (ranging from keyholes to sheer backs accented with gorgeous beading) are the stars for 2014. For many designers, "bling, glitter and glitz" are their main emphasis. Floral appliqués range from dainty and delicate to massive fabric roses adorning full ball gown skirts. Lace appliques are featured on both traditional and modern styles.
SILHOUETTES- Brides want to show off their curves, and the dropped waist and trumpet styles are the perfect fit! Slip dresses with beaded overlays have a vintage feel we love. Ball gowns are classic and romantic. Mermaid silhouettes feature ruffles and Hollywood drama.
NECKLINES- Favorites include the strapless sweetheart, off the shoulder, and even the plunging V! Glamorous sheer necklines are becoming more popular as well.
SLEEVES- Gowns once again feature sleeves, whether small caps or long and sheer. Hooray! Detachable back drapes, flutter sleeves or beautiful bolero jackets are elegant options.
CUSTOM ELEMENTS- Brides are customizing their gowns to suit their personal style or carry out the wedding theme. Jeweled belts add glamour and define a waist. Colored sashes are fun and flirty, and there is even a bridal belt in Mossy Oak camo!
SHORT LENGTH-There are short dresses in all price ranges, ideal for destination weddings, informal celebrations, rehearsal dinners or the perfect little dress to change into at your wedding reception! Many brides are opting to purchase a “little white dress” for such an occasion. For the "stylistas”, there are gowns with feathers, retro styles and even wedding pantsuits and jumpsuits!
Whatever your style, we would love to help you find the dress of your dreams! Contact us to make an appointment to look at gowns and talk about all things wedding! We look forward to working with you!
Rehearsal Dinner in a garden setting
The Rehearsal Dinner is an integral part of the wedding celebration. It is a happy and relaxing time for family and friends, designed to bring people together and set the tone for the ceremony and celebration to come.
Traditionally, the groom’s family hosts the party. They invite the immediate families of the bride and the groom, the
officiating clergy and spouse, the complete wedding party and their spouses or dates. If there are out-of-town guests, they should be included in the evening’s festivities as well.
The Rehearsal Dinner is held immediately following the wedding rehearsal, usually the night before the ceremony. There are many places to have your event, from renting a room at a restaurant or museum to having a barbecue in your parent's back yard. What is most important is that your guests get a chance to meet you and your fiancé, and get to know one another. While the bridal couple and their parents usually sit at the head table, more and more couples are choosing to mingle with their guests.
As the host, the groom’s father makes the traditional toast to the couple and at this time he may introduce everyone if there is a chance that some guests are unfamiliar with those in attendance. This party is also the perfect time to present gifts to attendants, especially if the items given are to be worn at the wedding.
While it is a party, try to keep drinking to a minimum and make sure that it doesn’t last too long. Every member of wedding party needs to get a good night’s sleep so they look their best at the main event the next day!
For more ideas of how to plan a lovely evening as prelude to your wedding day, call The Bride's Shoppe at 406-761-6338 or contact us through our website!
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Today’s couple wants to let their signature style shine at their wedding, making the event a reflection of their personalities and relationship. The wedding ceremony is the perfect time to add special touches that have meaning to you as a couple, as well as your families.
Both religious and cultural traditions have a great deal to contribute to your wedding plans. Within the confines of your church or synagogue’s traditions, there is likely to be room for you to add touches that will make the ceremony even more meaningful.
Consider having ceremony hosts greet arriving guests at entrance doors. Choose one from each family to insure having someone who is likely to recognize many of the guests as they arrive. Instruct ushers to be cordial and make small talk with guests as they are
seated. Many couples opt to let guests sit where they choose, and post a sign stating, "As we join our lives together, please pick a seat, not a side!"
The unity candle is one of the most universal ceremonial touches in weddings. To make it even more meaningful, consider having both mothers come forward and light one of the two individual candles symbolizing the two families that are coming together in this wedding. After the mothers have lit those candles, then the bride and groom step forward and take those two lit candles and light the larger single pillar candle. In that moment, their two individual lights become one.
You might also consider a sand ceremony, where the bride and groom pour their individual sand into a single glass container instead of lighting candles.
As part of the ceremony, you may wish to observe a moment of silence for or a song played in memory of a loved one who isn’t there for your wedding. Some
couples choose to have a small bouquet or single boutonniere placed on an empty
chair to represent the presence of a departed loved one.
If your wedding brings together children from previous relationships, consider giving rings or necklaces to the children of this new marriage. They could be birthstones or diamond chips and should all be similar. The symbolism of these rings for a new family is very
As the ceremony ends, turn and face the audience and take a small pause as you begin the recessional. Stop and hug your parents and say thank you. Exit to special celebratory
If you plan a receiving line at the ceremony site, include as many bridal party and family members as you like. It is helpful to have the last person in the line hand out directions to the reception if it is to be held at a different location.
For more ways to make the ceremony shine as the central focus of the event, phone
761-6338 or email email@example.com. We're always ready to share new ideas at The Bride's Shoppe!
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One small way to make sure that guests remember how special your wedding was is to make sure that there are special gifts for guest to take home with them. With today’s interest in personalized weddings, make sure that whatever mementos you select carry your names and wedding date.
For a spring wedding consider packets of flower seeds in glassine
envelopes with a message from you both that talks about growth and love.
Ordinary mints can be transformed into special packets when
wrapped in tulle and tied with ribbons matching your color scheme. Attach a message of thanks to each packet.
Keep the ribbon ends long and place bunches of the packets in baskets for the guests to take come with them as they leave the reception.
If tulle isn’t your thing, pack sugared almonds or mints or chocolates into small boxes. Personalize each box with a foil sticker bearing your names and wedding date and note of thanks.
More and more couples are creating CDs of their favorite music and providing them for guests to take as they leave the reception. I know this is something I would really like to receive as a guest!
If you are planning a photo booth at the reception, provide a small frame for each guest to use to take their photo home.
Some couples prefer a dessert station to a formal wedding cake and instead provide each guest with a tiny individual cake – boxed and ready for each of them to take home.
If yours is a destination wedding, an appropriate favor might be a luggage tag. An outdoor wedding
may call for a small potted pine tree or a succulent plant depending on your location.
Whatever you choose, take this opportunity to share your joy and thanks with those friends and relatives who have come together to help you celebrate your new life together. For more ideas, check out our boards at www.pinterest.com/thebridesshoppe You’re sure to find lots of inspiration!
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