Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Dress of the Week

Jim Hjelm 5174
The Jim Hjelm 5174 is a satin, strapless a-line gown with a draped sweetheart neckline and ruching across the natural waist.  A very flattering and elegant gown, perfect for your fancy affair!

Monday, November 28, 2011

10 Things to Know Before Buying your Bridal Gown - #5

Finding your perfect wedding dress is a once and a lifetime experience for every bride-to-be. No other time in life do you put so much emphasis on a single item of clothing, so we thought we would provide our brides with a few guidelines to help them prepare for that big shopping day!

#5 Keep Location in Mind
Make sure to consider the location of your ceremony & reception when shopping for your gown. A satin ballgown with a long train will be way too heavy for an outdoor or beach wedding.  And a flowy gown may be a bit casual for an elegant affair. There are so many different styles of gowns available that there is sure to be the perfect gown for your venue. Make sure to share all the details of your day with your consultant. With that information they'll be able to suggest the perfect gown for you. A few tips:
  • Choose a natural fabric such as silk & cotton if you are having an outdoor wedding or are getting married in warm weather. The natural fabrics breathe, so they'll be much cooler than synthetics.  Always remember to ask if the fabric is a true silk. Many boutiques will state that their gowns are "silky". This does not mean they are silk. 
  • The heaviest and warmest fabric will be satin. So avoid satin for outdoor/warm weddings. Satin gowns are very nice for chic and elegant affairs at churches & hotel ballrooms.
  • Remember trains can always be shortened or lengthened.  Getting married in a church and have a long walk down the aisle? A long train can make for a very dramatic entrance. A short, sweep train will do if you are getting married on the beach or outside.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Inspired by . . .

Jim Hjelm style 5151
Fabric: Dupioni / Grosgrain Belt
Color: Mediterranean / Navy

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Dress of the Week

Robert Bullock Trudy Gown
The Trudy is a gorgeous fit and flare lace gown featuring a v-neckline with wide shoulder straps flowing into a low back. It is a sister to the Jessica, one of our most popular styles, with more structure, a fuller skirt and longer train.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Another reality wedding show that we are loving

If you are a sucker for reality wedding tv there is another great show out there for you to start watching! Don't miss Don't Tell the Bride on Saturday evenings at 9pm on the Oprah Network. Basically the engaged couple receives $25,000 to plan an entire wedding in three weeks. The catch??  The groom has to do all the planning down to selecting the bride's gown!  It is a pretty entertaining show and make sure to watch Episode 6.   You'll get to see Tak, the owner of Aria Bridal. Yay Tak!! 

OWN Fall Sneak Peek: Don't Tell the Bride

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Dress of the Week

Siri Kenwood Dress
The Kenwood is an extremely easy-to-wear, fun and flirty cocktail-inspired bridesmaid dress. We love love love the fact that it is not strapless! There are more non-strapless dresses out there than ever before but still this is one of the most fabulous styles!  Very fashionable with the scoop in the front and the back as well as the stylish flower on the shoulder. This dress fits all body types as it has a nice wide waistband. It also has side pockets and snaps in the lining of the shoulders for your bra straps. Yes ladies you heard correctly, you can wear a regular bra with this dress! Seriously you can't go wrong with this dress in one of over 50 colors!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Siri Bridal & Aria BridalTrunk Show this Weekend - November 18-20

We will be featuring two trunk shows this weekend - Siri Bridal & Aria Bridal.  This means we will have a large selection of gowns from both of these collections in store for this weekend only!  Plus, orders placed during the show will receive a discount. If your looking for an easy-to-wear gown with clean lines and simple elegance this trunk show is for you. Plus all of the gowns are available in a selection of luxurious silk fabrics. The gowns are lightweight and breathable so they are perfect for destination weddings too! The gowns range in price from $750-1500.  Limited appointments remaining so call or email to schedule yours asap!

Here is a look at some of the Siri dresses that will be here this weekend:

Here is a look at some of the Aria gowns that will be here this weekend:

Monday, November 14, 2011

10 Things to Know Before Buying your Bridal Gown - #6

Finding your perfect wedding dress is a once and a lifetime experience for every bride-to-be. No other time in life do you put so much emphasis on a single item of clothing, so we thought we would provide our brides with a few guidelines to help them prepare for that big shopping day!

#6 Keep An Open Mind When Trying On Dresses 
As a bridal consultant, I can contest to the fact that most brides pick a dress that is completely different than what they came in wanting.

While I think it is helpful to peruse through bridal magazines and websites to see what styles you may like, you never know what you are actually going to like when you actually start trying them on. I mean really, how many times before your wedding have you worn an actual gown? Because of this, it can be difficult to know what you are going to like. So even though it may not be the dress you planned on wearing, you may be surprised by your reaction.

Many brides think that they should wear a dress that fits into their everyday personality of dress because that is what is expected from them. For example, if you are more of a simple dresser, you should wear a simple-style gown. But nothing could be further from the truth! This is your one day to be able to be something different, so if you want to be a glamorous bride; do it!  Putting on a gown, is not just about what it looks like, it is about how it makes you feel, so focus on your feelings.

So take the leap; step out of your comfort zone, and be open to a variety of styles. You never know what you may end up liking!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Dress of the Week

Aria style 102KA
This is such a fabulous dress for those brides looking for a short dress!  The strapless dress is fitted at the natural waist with pleating completely around the skirt to make for a fun & full skirt. It is accented with a silk satin bow at the waist. This photograph features the dress in a very unique silk organza confetti fabric.  However, it can be ordered in silk shantung, silk taffeta, cotton eyelet & silk satin. With Aria the options are endless!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Dress of the Week

Watters & Watters style 9254
I love this 50's inspired bridesmaid dress!  It has a crew neckline with a fitted bodice and pleating at the waistline. The skirt falls above the knee.  But the best part???  The super unique razor back. What an adorable style!  It is pictured in soft satin in the color Raven.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Just in . . .

We just received another shipment of Aria bridal gowns. The dresses offer simple elegance made in the finest of materials and that is why we love them so much! Oh, and the prices are awesome! Here is what has just arrived:

This style we have in a short dress without the embroidery. So cute!