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Mermaid style wedding dresses are for everyone!

A traditional wedding dress consists of a full-skirted white satin gown, having both a high neck and sleeves. Over time, wedding fashions have evolved tremendously and now we see a variety of styles of dresses such as ball gowns, lace, A-lines, trumpets, and mermaid style wedding dresses.  A mermaid style gown looks exactly how it sounds, like a mermaid! This dress fits closely to the body from the chest to the knee then flares out to the hem just as a “mermaid” tail would look. More and more brides are choosing this look because it emphasizes their best assets perfectly unlike the traditional ball gown or A-line style. Many celebrities have chosen this trend such as Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Fergie and Christina Aguilera. However, because of how extremely tight fitting mermaid style wedding dresses appear brides would rather say no thanks!

You don’t have to be super thin and tall to pull off mermaid style wedding dresses

Despite what many brides believe you don’t need to be super thin and statuesque to rock a mermaid style gown.  However, you must certainly  be comfortable flaunting your assets in order to pull off this dramatic look as it will accentuate all those gorgeous curves.  Although mermaid style wedding dresses are not for everyone you will never know until you try one on!  These gowns definitely hug the body and show every single curve but typically they do so in a way that is va va voom by highlighting the smallest part of your waist and giving you a dramatic hour glass shape. Curvier celebrities such as Beyonce Knowles have made the mermaid style very popular on the red carpet. Not only that, shorter celebrities such as Kim Kardashian who is only 5ft looked stunning in her strapless mermaid dress at her wedding because they have the affect of making you look taller.  Obvioulsy the length of her marriage has nothing to do with this style of gown ;-) So if you have beautiful curves and are proud of them choose mermaid style wedding dresses so show them off! 

Afraid that mermaid style wedding dresses will be too sexy or non- traditional?      

The mermaid style actually comes in all different styles and fabrics so if you are worried about them looking too non-traditional, informal or inappropriate, think again! The mermaid style comes in all different neck lengths and sleeve lengths giving you the option as to how much skin you want to cover or reveal. Choosing a mermaid style with a high neckline and sleeves will still show off those curves without showing too much skin.  But sometimes less is more sexy!  If you choose to show off your skin and give more of a seductive look you can opt for a halter strapless or a plunging neckline.  For those of you who may feel this dress is too sexy, you can still wear a mermaid style wedding dress without it being skin tight.  There are many mermaid style wedding dresses that lightly hug the curves of your body but may be made our of a more flowy silk crepe or lace material. The mermaid style can also give both an informal and formal look by the various skirt styles available. You can either have the skirt flare out above the knee, at the knee, or below the knee, in which each will give a different silhouette and style. To make it even more formal your skirt can have a chapel or cathedral train making the dress look very elegant and amazing! In the end,  whether you are into mermaid style wedding dresses really depensd on your personal taste but don't think you can't pull one off until you try it.  So whether you think this style is right for you or not give it a chance!



Lace Wedding Dress Trend for 2012

The classical lace wedding dress has been a timeless look for decades and seems to be the new trend for 2012. Queen Victoria popularized lace gowns in 1840 when she married Prince Albert, and in 2012, lace is still being worn! Lace is a type of fabric that will never go out of style because there are now so many types of lace fabrics to choose from. Not only that, lace can be seen throughout the dress as little bits and pieces and not just on the whole dress; this way, you have the option of separating the lace throughout the gown such as on the sash around the waist or on the veil. Either way, any type of lace addition to the dress will surely bring everyone’s attention to the bride.

When is the best time to wear a Lace wedding dress?

What’s neat about a lace wedding dresses is that they can be worn for either a daytime or evening wedding. Lace gowns can be worn at a traditional Christmas wedding and even a summertime garden or beach wedding. The first thing you need to decide when choosing a lace wedding dress is figure out which lace suites you best. Here we will describe some of the different types of lace fabrics to choose from as many brides are unaware of the variety of lace that is available. 

The most inexpensive type of lace is called Chantilly lace which is a synthetic lace that contains a floral or ribbon design on a plain net background or organza.  It is typically more flimsy and flowy than other laces.  Next we have a solid dramatic lace called Spanish lace which features flat roses on a net background. One of my favorite lace designs is the Venetian lace which features floral, foliage and geometric patterns on a heavier weight lace. The most popular lace for wedding gowns is definitely Alencon lace which is often referred to as the “Queen of Lace” which features a pattern of a floral design on a sheer net background.  This type of lace is much more substantial and sturdy than other laces and holds its shape very well.  Most brides seem to choose this lace because of its ability to handle a large amount of different embellishments such as beads, glass and crystals. Duchesse Lace is a Belgian lace which also features a floral design however the floral pattern is spread out randomly. Last we have the Guipure lace which is not supported by a net background and is more of a heavy, stiff lace. 

Choosing the right Lace Wedding Dress...

Once you figure out which lace suites you best, the task of choosing a lace wedding dress becomes much easier. In 2011 we saw celebrities walking down the aisle in different styles of lace such as Kate Middleton who wore a beautiful French Chantilly lace and English Cluny lace gown and Molly Sims, in a dropped waist lace sheath gown which featured a lace trim overlay at the neckline. So, whether you decide to add a touch of lace to your wedding gown or have your entire gown covered in lace, a lace wedding dress is the way to go in 2012!



Jan 17, 2012   |  0 comments

The Bride to Be on a Budget

No matter how formal or informal your big wedding day may be, you do not have to empty out your bank accounts completely. Whether your budget is $2,000 or $20,000, you can still have the wedding of your dreams. Today, an average wedding costs about $29,000, which is affordable for some but unrealistic for the majority! 

If you are a bride to be on a budget, it does not mean you have to sacrifice your taste and personal style to stay below your budget. Luckily, there are many venues, cakes, invitations, and bridal dresses that are so affordable, you will have money left over!!! This may sound too good to be true, however, it CAN be done!

According to the Bridal Association of America, the average cost of wedding invitations tops $659!!! Luckily, your friends and family CAN be invited on your special day for no more than $1 for each invitation, using Vistaprint online. COSTCO sells wedding invitations at very affordable prices!!  Even better, make them yourself.  Michaels and other craft stores have invitation making kits and you can personalize them however you want. Discount wedding invitations can be found all over the internet, so start doing your homework to get the best deals on a variety of wedding invitations. 

Weddings are definitely an expensive event, and the venue is likely to be a big chunk of your budget, however, the majority of the budget does not have to be spent on the Venue.  An economical wedding idea is to have your wedding reception in a restaurant, because many of them are large enough to accommodate up to 100 guests. Better yet if you are an outdoorsy bride to be, choose nature as your wedding venue, such as parks, mountain tops, beaches, forests and vineyards!

What about the cake? Although, it is unlikely to buy a custom wedding cake for grocery store prices, you CAN still purchase a tasty, extravagant wedding cake without breaking your budget. The average costs of wedding cakes can be anywhere from $5- $20 per slice, leaving the average cost of the cake to be over $1,000 if you invite 100 people! A better, cheaper solution is to serve wedding cupcakes as they average $1- $2 per cupcake, with no extra cutting fee! Even better, the bride to be can bake the cupcakes herself as you can find many delicious cupcake recipes online for free!

Last but not least, the DRESS! We all marveled at Kate Middleton's long- sleeved lace wedding dress and all 3 of Kim Kardashian’s beautiful Vera Wang wedding gowns, however, can only the rich and famous afford to look this beautiful on their wedding day? The bride to be on a budget CAN certainly purchase a couture gown on a not so couture budget. Bride Couture, located in Southern California or online at, believes every bride should afford the gown of their dreams. You can purchase a Vera Wang gown that retails for almost $4,000 for only $1790! You can find that designer dress you’ve always wanted as Bride Couture has over 30 different top designers and EVERY SINGLE wedding gown is 50- 80% off retail price! So, if you want to save money on your wedding dress without sacrificing style, Bride Couture is the place to go!

Your wedding day is the most important day of your life, but it shouldn't be the most expensive!



Ok Twilight Fans, were you one of the millions of fans to helped ski rocket Breaking Dawn Part 1 into record breaking opening weekend?  I sure was and was dying to see Bella’s Carolina Herrera gown!  By all accounts of the book it stayed pretty true to form but still felt it was a little “old” for an 18 year old.  Absolutely stunning none the less

 Bella and Edward better stay together through 2012. It has just been announced that Carolina Herrera plans to produce the dress she designed for Kristen Stewart’s character in Breaking Dawn, just as Vera Wang did for the slightly less fictional wedding of Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries.

It’s a risky move given all of this year’s high-profile breakups, but perhaps 2012 will be the year of staying together. Though, in all seriousness, we bet there are a lot of ladies out there who would love nothing more than to walk down the aisle in Bella Swan’s wedding dress.

We’re sure Herrera stands to profit significantly from selling Bella’s dress, if only from the attention it brings to her brand. However, she’s not the only one. Yesterday, it was announced that a replica of the dress, which only made it’s on-screen debut last week, already went on sale at wedding retailer Alfred Angelo.

If you are looking this “vintage” trend we are seeing lately think Kate Middleton, Kate Moss, Lauren Bush, and now Bella Swan and can’t pay these high end prices.  Be sure to check out our beautiful gowns!  We have many vintage inspired gowns to compliment this trend.



Kim Kardashian - What a Waste of 3 Amazing Vera Wang Wedding Dresses

 On October 9, 2010, we all marveled at how beautiful Kim Kardashian looked in her Vera Wang wedding dresses, as she  said ‘ I do‘  to Kris Humphries.  I’m sure everyone in the world by now has heard that Kim Kardashian has filed for divorce just 72 days after her “fairytale” wedding took place.  Not much of a fairytale if you ask me! Anyways, this isn’t going to be about Kim and Kris and what a waste of 10 million dollars that entire wedding debacle ended up being, but about Vera Wang.  Kim knew from the very beginning she wanted to wear a wedding dress designed by close friend Vera Wang. Vera Wang, so generously “gave” (I’m guessing because all celebrities seem to get things for free) Kim not one, not two, but three of custom designed Vera Wang wedding dresses for her big day.  This whole wedding extravaganza really got me thinking about Vera Wang and her legacy as one of the top wedding gown designers of all times. 

Why We Love Vera Wang Wedding Dresses

Vera Wang has single handedly transformed the industry of wedding dresses, bringing it from an outdated, busy look to a more modern, chic, and organized design.  All over the world, people have admired Vera Wang’s designs as she is able to create dresses that cater to a woman’s needs and dreams!  The wedding world waits and watches every year to see what Vera Wang comes up with next. Not only is she on the top when it comes to  her Vera Wang wedding dresses, she has infiltrated every aspect of the fashion industry, from home décor, eyewear, fragrances, mattresses and china.  This woman is a fashion powerhouse!  There is always something timeless about all that Vera Wang does, especially when it comes to her wedding gowns. Without Vera, many brides would have been stuck with traditional gowns that only lack sophistication and glamour. However, now, brides do not have an excuse anymore, as Vera continues to stun and amaze us with her glamourous collections!

Where Can You Find  Affordable Vera Wang Wedding Dresses?

            Vera Wang’s wedding gowns are coveted and brides are finding more affordable ways to walk down the isle in her show stopper gowns. Vera Wang wedding dresses can cost up to $30,000 or more, and I am willing to bet the general population doesn’t have $30,000 to spend on a wedding dress, unless you’re Kim Kardashian of course. So how does one walk down the aisle in a Vera? Well, buying a sample gown is a great place to start. Bride Couture carries some amazing Vera Wang sample gowns at unbeatable prices. Check out our gown selection and we can mail you up to 4 dresses to try on in the comfort of your own home. If you have dreamed of wearing Vera on your big day and think it’s out of the question; well think again! We are here to make your dreams come true without breaking the bank, so check out Bride Couture’s Vera Wang wedding dresses, and fall in love with the beauty, style, elegance and price!


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