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The trumpet style wedding dress!


Fortunately there are more and more wedding dress styles coming to the market every year. This is great because as consumers we have even more styles and options to choose from. However, the downside to this Is that it confuses first-time brides who know nothing about wedding styles, especially the difference between a trumpet wedding dress and a mermaid style dress. These different styles and strange terminology used to describe dresses can get very complicated and make the task of choosing a wedding dress even harder.  It is hard to tell a bridal consultant what you want if you don’t know the lingo.  When we think mermaid style we automatically picture the little mermaid in our head and we get the idea that the dress is fitted almost like a mermaid’s tail.  In some ways this is correct as a true mermaid gown is going to fit all the way through the thighs to the back of your knees. How can we picture a trumpet style though?


What is a trumpet wedding dress? 


There are a few characteristics that can be used to differentiate between a trumpet and a mermaid dress. First, a trumpet wedding dress features a gradually flared skirt that has a close-fitting bodice that skims the line of the body through the hips. The majority of trumpet styles begin to flare out at about mid-thigh (close-fitted until thighs). It is called a “trumpet” because the gradual flare of the skirt resembles the shape of the musical instrument!   On the other hand a mermaid style dress is close-fitted until the knees where the skirt starts to flair out which creates that shape of a mermaid. The trumpet silhouette is very similar to mermaid silhouette however it is a more understated silhouette. The flare of a trumpet wedding dress is much more gradual than the flare of a mermaid wedding dress which is more dramatic.  A big thing to consider is comfort and since these two styles are so similar that may help you decide.  Trumpet gowns are going to be much easier to walk and sit down in then mermaid gowns


What type of figure looks good in a trumpet wedding dress?


Finding the right wedding dress can be the most crucial thing for any bride-to-be. To find a dress with the perfect fit it’s important to choose one that suits your body shape and flatters your figure. So the first thing you want to consider is your body shape. Do you have an hourglass, cone shape, pear shape, etc.? Both a trumpet and mermaid style dress show off your curves through the body so if you want to show off your body this is the dress for you! An hourglass figured women would look very nice in a trumpet style gown because the trumpet wedding dress draws attention to the waist. You must definitely give the trumpet style a chance regardless because you may find many fabulous styles among them. Because the trumpet style accents the waist very well there are many ways to accent it even more! With this type of silhouette adding a sash or a bridal belt around your waist can really help highlight your natural waist and make it look smaller.  If you don’t have an hourglass figure this will actually help you create one.  It is a common misconception that you have to be tall and thin to wear a trumpet gown but this is totally not the case.  Fuller shaped girls will sometimes tend towards a dress that doesn’t hug their curves which can sometimes make them look larger.  A trumpet gown can be very slimming and make you look taller!  A trumpet wedding dress is not for everyone however don’t limit yourself and give it a chance! You never know until you try!




2012 Spring Bridal Fashion Week 

Ok ladies……………..our favorite time of year is almost here. May 10th, 2012 marks the beginning of spring bridal fashion week and we are so excited to see what 2012 has in store for us. For those of you who have been dreaming about how their wedding dress will look like since they were five years old get ready because 2012 is going to bring you a lot of options!  Of course many designers stay true to their classic styles but there is always something truly new and couture.

  What to expect for Bridal Fashion Week 2012

“This season many runway looks easily translate to bridal fashion. White was especially popular and we expect there to be a lot of floral print bridesmaid dresses in the spring.” Many people are predicting what they may expect to see this season for bridal fashion week ranging from floral designs all the way to women's suits! Marc Jacobs and other designers are coming out with a sporty type look for 2012. A new fashionable trend we are starting to see is the “mullet dress.” This dress sounds exactly how it looks, where the front is shorter and the back of the dress is longer. You can see this style in almost every fashion magazine or department store and now they will be making mullet wedding dresses!

 More color options to choose from in Bridal Fashion Week

If you were thinking of not wearing white on your wedding day but too scared to break the mold,  think again because color is in! White and Ivory definitely made it on the list last year but this year you will see more than just white for bridal fashion week! Get ready to see more color than ever! Vera Wang is coming out with a line called “unveiled” where you will see more nude and black colors that look both elegant and sexy on anyone!  Other designers are using a more muted palette of pastels which is perfect for the spring and summer season.  Wedding dresses for the 2012 collection present colors from silver to platinum, antique pink to cream, and classical white.


Bridal Fashion Week is for everyone 

Bridal fashion week is for everyone, all shapes, sizes, and tastes. While not every bride can pull off a colored gown, a colorful accent is just as powerful and will make the bold fashion statement that you are looking for without going over the top.  Sashes in all colors and fabrics continue to be very popular and a perfect way to customize your gown.  Bridal Fashion Week is also a great place to get ideas on hair and make-up, accessories and veils.  For spring and fall 2012 get ready to spot a number of gorgeous wedding dresses and get ready to start picking your favorite style. You don’t have to bengaged either to appreciate the beautiful gowns seen at this season’s Bridal Fashion Week. Who ever said you have to have the man first anyways?



Feb 15, 2012   |  0 comments

Celebrity Wedding Gowns

Why we love celebrity wedding gowns

Whether it’s on the red carpet, movies or in magazines most eyes are glued on celebrities daily because we admire their beauty, style and personalities. Every year however most women tend to focus more on the celebrity wedding events that allow us to view the location, invited guests, decorations, the cake, and most importantly, celebrity wedding gowns. Between royal weddings, model weddings and the Kardashian wedding extravaganza, we were able to see every single detail presented at these beautiful weddings, especially the current trends on beautifully designed wedding dresses!  These wedding dresses can be some of the most complex wedding gowns ever designed because top wedding designers go all out knowing everyone will see their gown! Many prospective brides get a lot of their ideas from viewing celebrity weddings but how do you know which gown is right for you?

Which celebrity wedding gown is right for you? 

Celebrity wedding gowns are a great choice if you want to make a bold fashion statement. In 2011 we saw many celebrities walk down the aisle in a variety of styles and designs. Whether you prefer conservative, long-sleeved looks like Kate Middleton or sexy sparkles like Kim Zolciak or even quirky surprises like Tara Reid, there was something for everyone! All you have to do is learn the trends of the many different celebrity dresses to see which style you want to wear for your wedding. Celebrity wedding gowns are not just a way for the media to get all the details on the dress but they allow you to steal ideas for your upcoming weddings!  You can also get good ideas for decorations and favors and then find a cheaper substitute.  When actress Hilary Duff married Mike Comrie they clearly did not have a budget as they gave Padron Anniversario cigars and  a box of Hilary’s favorite chocolates from John Kelly. Another way to have something similar is to give out personalized M&M’s or generic cigars. You don’t have to empty out your pockets to get the look you want just get creative and do some research!

Celebrity wedding gowns can be affordable!

Many women idolize the style of celebrity wedding gowns and are dying to have one in their hands. The problem however is that most of us do not have the income to buy the dress of our dreams.  Not to worry, there are many ways in getting a celebrity wedding dress without paying thousands of dollars. First, a few wedding retail shops will actually sell replicas of dresses that celebrities have worn for their wedding for amazing deals.  Alfred Angelo made a replica of the Carolina Herrera gown Bella wore in Breaking Dawn. These gowns will still look like the real one and have all the beading and designs you hoped for. Dresses like these, cost around $5,000 or less, which is obviously much better than paying $30,000. If you want the actual designer dress such as a custom Vera Wang or Monique Lhuillier many sample bridal salons carry these top designer wedding dresses and mark them up to 80% off! So, if you’re sticking to a budget for your wedding dress and think you can’t afford a celebrity wedding gown think again! There are many ways to get the look you want without sacrificing both style and money!


Choosing Bridesmaid Dresses for the Bride-to-be’s Wedding Party 

We know that finding the perfect wedding dress can be a challenge for the bride-to-be however there are so many dresses, styles and different trends to choose from which makes it a little easier.   But finding the perfect bridesmaid dress that will look great on everyone and not over power the bride can be tricky.  The problem that many brides face when choosing a bridesmaid dress is that they want to make everyone happy. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard bridesmaids complain about the dress they have to wear because they hate the color, length or shape on their individual bodies.  How does the bride-to-be make a fair decision so everyone is happy spending money on a dress they may never wear again? 

Bridesmaid Dress Trend for the Bride-to- be: Mismatching

Today brides are saying goodbye to traditional matching bridesmaid dresses by simply mixing up the color or style of the dress. Mismatching allows each bridesmaid to wear a dress that is flattering to their bodies and allows each bridesmaid to express their personality and individual style. Not only that, bridesmaids will most likely wear their dress again since the bride-to-be is giving them the option to choose a dress they personally like! This way you won’t have to hear your bridesmaids complain about how much they had to spend on a dress that makes them look fat or they just don’t like. Some may say this mismatch trend will make the bridal party look sloppy as a whole in photos but if done the right way, it will leave your bridal party looking stylish and unique!  Not only that, mismatching helps display the bride and her gown better by breaking up the monotony of all the dresses. 

Important Mismatching Tips for the  Bride-to-be

The bride-to-be must set specific guidelines for the colors she wants to use for her dresses. The most important guideline you must follow if you do decide to mismatch is to choose the color!  If the dresses are all the same color it won’t matter if the styles are different.  Next pick a theme or a concept you are trying to get across- i.e.. vintage, girly, retro, modern or simple.  This will have a lot to do with the style of your dress so it is always important to pick out your wedding dress before starting to look for bridesmaid dresses. Now comes the fun part where you let your girls pick out the dress they like the most based on your guidelines.  There are some great stores like JCrew that have numerous styles in the same color so you know the colors will match and they can just pick out the style they like.  It should also be pretty easy to find a JCrew store in any major city that carries bridesmaid gowns so that no matter where they live they can go try them on.  In the end, everyone is happy and the bridesmaids will probably wear their dress again.  Not to mention the fact that since they picked the best dress for their figure, everyone will look great.  For this reason mismatching is becoming more common and popular.  Even celebrities such as Molly Sims have recently been seen following this trend. She followed this trend simply because she did not want her bridesmaids to look like typical bridesmaids, so she had the fabulous Elizabeth Kennedy design a collection of cohesive yet mismatched gowns. The great thing about mismatching is that the possibilities are endless! You can choose anything- strapless, one shoulder, lace, chiffon, silk, short length or floor length! Mismatching bridesmaid dresses and styles will definitely be around for awhile and maybe even forever as it brings not only color to the ceremony but personality and style as well! 




Why buy a sample designer wedding dresses?

With how the economy has been recently most of us are not as quick to spend our money like we used to.  Now brides are even more budget conscious when planning for their wedding and are looking for the best deals ever especially on their dress. Sample designer wedding dresses allow brides on a budget to purchase a designer gown at a much lower cost. When I say “much lower” I mean MUCH LOWER!!!! Big designer names like Vera Wang, Amsale, and Christos gowns can be purchased up to 80% off retail value! There is no need to spend thousands of dollars on designer dresses anymore because you can easily purchase an authentic designer gown with money left over!

What exactly are sample designer wedding dresses and where do I find one?

Every year bridal salons purchase wedding dresses from sizes 8-12 that show that designer's latest collection.  These gowns are used as “samples” to show the bride- to -be the different kinds of dresses they can purhcase.  If they like the dress they will then order it in the size closet to their measurements. When these  bridal salons are ready to give up these sample designer wedding dresses Bride Couture is there to take them off their hands.  Bridal salons sell these samples for many reasons like the gown may be discontinued by the designer, they need to make more room for new inventory, or the salon has stopped carrying a specific designer all together.  And who benefits from this?  THE BRIDE!  There are bridal salons that only carry designer sample gowns such as Bride Couture in San Diego, CA where you can come in for a private appointment or shop online.  You can even order up to 4 gowns to try at once!  Just make sure that whoever you buy a sample gown from online has a return policy if the gown does not work out.

Is it hard to find sample designer wedding dresses that are in great condition and in my size?

There are many great reasons why sample designer wedding dresses are perfect.  They have not been worn by a bride at her wedding so no alterations have been made and they are not second hand! These dresses have only been tried on in the store so you will still be the only bride to wear this gown on her wedding day. For those of you who may be skeptical with purchasing a sample gown online we would advise you make sure you ask the seller of the condition of the gown. For example, are there missing beads, straps, fabric tears, stains, does the zipper work, etc.  And as I mentioned before, all the reputable online salons that sell sample gowns should have a return policy and typically have minor repairs like borken zippers and missing beads fixed before selling the gown.  As far as size goes, typically sample gowns are a label size  8 to 12 which in “wedding world” means it is a street size 6 to 10 since they run 1 to 2 sizes small. So if these sizes are too big for you they can be sized down a few sizes and if they are too small they can be sized up one or two sizes by a professional wedding gown seamstress. Overall, if you a bride with exquisite taste and a smart head on her shoulders who wants to wear a desginer wedding dress on her big day without breaking the bank, then sample designer wedding dresses are meant for you! 



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