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Post Bridal Show Tips and Ideas For Planning Your Wedding

We want to thank everyone who attended the Fall Bridal Extravaganza on Saturday and for making it such a wonderful show. We hope you had a great time and were able to take care of most, if not all, of your wedding needs.  There was so much to see and hopefully you got so many wonderful ideas.  Maybe you even booked some vendors, or at least decided who and what you want.  So, now what?

We would like to share some tips and advice for you as you sort through all the information you received at the show that will hopefully help you get the most out of the time you spent there and to make sure you get all the important components together to plan the wedding of your dreams!

1- Call the vendors you are interested in meeting with immediately, especially if you are planning a weekend wedding or a wedding on a special date or any weekend in May – September.  If you are interested in booking with a vendor DO NOT wait.  Chances are very good that you could lose that date to another bride.  Many of Utah’s best professionals are already booking through the end of the year as well as into next year.

2- Ask vendors for referrals. If the vendor you want is booked, ask them for a referral.  Most professionals in the industry have great relationships with each other and many of them will kindly recommend someone who does quality work in their same field.  Typically they will recommend someone who does similar work as they do to ensure you are happy with what you get.

3- Have a backup plan. If the vendor you want is booked and they do not have any referrals, make sure you know of other vendors you want to call.  Make sure you have the name and info of not just Plan A, but also of Plan B, Plan C, etc.  Keep the show brochure on hand because it has all the contact information for all the vendors.  You can also find vendor information from the show on the Utah Bridal Shows website.  Click here or here for more info.  The list will be on the site for about a month after the show.

4 – Visit thebrideandgroom.com daily and check out our blog posts. This might be a little self promoting but on a daily basis we are updating the site and blog with tips and ideas for your wedding. Many vendors on the site contribute to our blog and you might be able to find great inspiration for planning your wedding.  You might also find a vendor that you didn’t see at the show.

5 – Do not stress – If you go back and read the featured wedding blogs that we have posted over the years you will almost inevitably see the same thing: we ask the bride what their #1 recommendation to other brides is and almost 100% of the time they say the same thing, “DO NOT STRESS over your wedding details.”  Although important, it is one day in your life, so do not worry if things don’t go off exactly as planned. Sit back, have fun, and  enjoy the moments and the process.  Remember part of the fun is getting there.  Enjoy the planning time together but DO NOT have the planning cause issues between you and your fiance.

Stay tuned as we will be posting some pictures from the show very soon!

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR ATTENDING THE FALL BRIDAL SHOW & WE WILL SEE YOU AT OUR  WINTER SHOW ON JANUARY 3, 2015 AT THE GRAND AMERICA HOTEL!

Best wishes in your wedding planning!

The Bridal ExtravaganzaTheBrideandGroom.com

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Tips & Suggestions For Those Attending The Fall Bridal Extravaganza

Falls biggest and best wedding show is this weekend at the South Towne Expo Center!  This week on the blog we have listed several REASONS for attending the Fall Bridal Extravaganza as it it is a one-day, one-stop wedding shopping experience all at one convenient location! This show will provide the opportunity to win thousands of dollars in one-of-a-kind show specials, incentives, and giveaways, including a honeymoon getaway! Attending this show can save countless hours of searching online and traveling around the state while also greatly reducing the stress associated with planning a wedding!  Utah’s best wedding professionals will be on hand and their will be fashion shows, prizes, live music, and MORE!  That being said, here are a few key things we HIGHLY recommend you do when attending the Bridal Extravaganza.

1.  Arrive early

Those that arrive first to the bridal shows automatically receive some of the coolest prizes.  The Upcoming Bridal Extravaganza at the South Towne Expo is giving away a 2 night getaway to the first 150 brides who arrive! Not a bad deal for just showing up early.  Many times brides show up towards the end of the show thinking they will just check it out.  Little did they realize there is so much to do and see that they wish they would have arrived earlier.

Parking - The South Towne Expo Center is one of the easiest places to park.  There is a huge lot and parking is free.  However, if you don’t feel like driving  TRAX drops you off right by the expo center (115 E & 9400 South).

2. Pre-register before the show

Save time by registering before the show.  Registration only takes a few minutes and will save you from having to fill out a registration form at the show.  While the line to get in may seem long before the show starts, once the doors open, those who are already registered and checked in are simply able to walk in.  Make sure those attending the show with you pre-register online as well.  There are separate check in tables for those brides and guests who are pre-registered and those who still need to register and pay.  Click Here To Pre Register.

3. Bring your friends

Bringing your friends to the bridal show will help them feel involved and also give you a chance to bounce ideas back and forth.  Many brides bring their maids of honor and their bridesmaids to help them with decisions.  Many others will bring their mothers or mothers-in-law as this helps them feel more a part of the planning process.  Plus, in many cases they are the ones paying for it all.

4. Contact info labels

Wedding vendors will often have drawings for prizes at their booths. Instead of having to fill out multiple forms with your contact info, prepare some electronic labels before the bridal show.  Information to include: your name, address, phone number, wedding date and email address.  This is something that will really help you as you go through the show.  Trust us on this one, you will be so glad you did this.

5. Bring a notebook and pen

Bring a notebook and pen so you can take notes.  Write down contact info of vendors you talked to or thoughts you have while attending the bridal show.  You will visit with a lot of vendors.  Make sure you write down things that really jump out and impress you.  Realize that if you don’t write it down you could likely forget something important.  There are many times where we get phone calls from brides after the show asking who the vendors were in the show because they didn’t take down any notes.

6. Take Pictures

Bringing a simple digital camera or having your phone with picture taking capabilities with you will allow you to quickly snap a shot of some of the great things you want to remember from the show.  Did you see a great dress during a bridal fashion show?  Maybe there is a great cake from a wedding cake designer.  This will allow you to go back and see some of the things that impressed you the most.

7.  Know your budget

Setting your wedding budget and knowing who is responsible for each thing will help you make decisions and know what you are looking for while attending the show.  Shows tend to feature vendors of all kinds that fit into many different wedding budgets.  While one vendor could be more expensive than your budget allows, the next one you meet with could meet your needs just fine.

8. Bring your checkbook

Many wedding vendors will offer a special day-of-the-bridal-show-only discount.  This will help you save even more money if you are able to find your vendor at the bridal show. The Bridal Extravaganza also gives you an additional incentive for booking your vendors at the show –Extra entries into the Grand Prize Drawing for the Honeymoon Getaway! Most vendors will require a deposit to secure your wedding date.  Please be aware that certain dates fill up very fast so if you find a vendor you want to work with put the deposit down because chances are if you don’t, someone else will book them. For every vendor you book with at the show you will receive 1 entry into the Grand Prize Drawing.  This is a great way for you to not only solidify your wedding vendors but to also give you a better chance at the Dream Honeymoon.

Also, shows sometimes have boutique vendors who are selling anything from pants, shirts, jewelry, bags, etc.  This is a great way for you to pick up gifts for your bridesmaids or to pick up something extra for your wedding day or for any day.

9.  Do your research

Know which wedding services you need before the show.  Also try to find out which wedding vendors will be exhibiting. This will help you know what questions to ask and allow you to visit those vendors you are particularly interested in.

10. Take part in the prizes offered during the show

Many shows offer prizes that are given away throughout the day and a grand prize drawing at the end of the day.  The Grand prize drawing at the end of the show is an exciting moment for the brides –  imagine being able to take a honeymoon trip to a location that you never thought you could afford.  Thousands of dollars in prizes will be given away at the Fall Bridal Extravaganza.  Many brides will leave with some incredible gifts and prizes, maybe even more than one!  It very well could be you.

11. Make a day of it

Plan on attending the bridal show for several hours.  This will allow you to visit all the vendors and find everything you need. With all the fashion shows, live music, free food being passed out, and booths to see,  you can spend several hours at a show and still feel like you missed something.  Bring your fiancé, let him feel a part of it.  Believe it or not most guys do care about their wedding day, they just pretend they don’t.  Most importantly and above all – have fun!

We are excited to once again partner up with Get Away Today Vacations to offer one lucky couple an amazing honeymoon to beautiful San Diego.


Get Away Today Vacations will provides a Dream Honeymoon to Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn & Suites which is ideally located on Shelter Island, San Diego’s own Hawaiian Isle. This tropical resort-style San Diego hotel, framed by the San Dieog Bay, offers breathtaking views of the hotel’s private marina and downtown San Diego. Our tranquil setting is just minutes from the airport and San Diego’s famous attractions, making Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn & Suites is the perfect choice for your visit to America’s Finest City.

We are excited to see you at the show this weekend!  A reminder to register early, it will save you money and it will also save you a lot of time.  Brides and Guests that are pre-registered are able to just walk in once the show opens.

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Winners of Free Bridals ~ Garzand Photography

Many of the vendors at the Fall Bridal Extravaganza will be offering incredible one-of-a-kind day of show deals, incentives, and discounts for their brides or may be holding drawings for brides to win amazing prizes or free services.

With so many prizes given away during the day, you could easily leave the show with multiple gifts which could help you save hundreds if not thousands of dollars on your wedding.  Today on the blog we are featuring pictures of one lucky couple who were able to win one of these amazing prizes from a very talented Utah wedding business – Garzand Photography – at our La Caille bridal show.

This beautiful couple was so excited to win Free Bridals from the amazing Garzand Photography! They received a two hour bridal photo shoot at the location of their choice.  They received close to 150 images that were all high resolution, edited, and touched up.  Their images were posted online for them to view and they were given a disc with a copyright release of all their images as well.

Planning a wedding can be a costly endeavor, so how wonderful would it be to win a prize of such value like this lucky couple did from one of Utah’s amazing professionals!  Not only can our bridal shows help prospective brides plan the wedding of their dreams in a one-day, one-stop experience all at one convenient location, but it also gives you the opportunity to meet with Utah’s best wedding vendors as they showcase their products and services and to possibly win a giveaway as well!

Congratulations to this fun, darling couple on winning this amazing, invaluable prize from Garzand Photography at the La Caille bridal show!  What beautiful pictures that capture their personalities, their beauty, their love, and not to mention her gorgeous wedding dress!  A big THANK YOU to Garzand Photography for sharing these stunning and timeless photos with us!
Be sure and attend the Fall Bridal Show this Saturday, September 27th at the South Towne Expo Center!!  Not only will it undoubtedly help you as you plan your dream wedding, but maybe you too could win an amazing prize!
Be sure and look for the Garzand Photography booth at the show too!
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Reasons for Attending The Fall Bridal Extravaganza

Yesterday marked the official first day of the Fall season, and that means The Bridal Extravaganza team is in full gear putting the finishing touches on this season’s biggest wedding show!  Utah’s best wedding professionals will gather at the South Towne Expo Center this Saturday, September 27th, at the Fall Bridal Extravaganza to help brides who are going through the wedding planning process get some amazing ideas.  Many of you may have missed some of the shows during the summer, or maybe you just got engaged, or maybe you have been engaged for months and attended several shows but still have more planning to do… No matter what your planning situation is, this is the show you DO NOT want to miss.

Here are several reasons to attend this Saturday’s bridal show:

  • The first 150 brides to arrive will receive a complimentary two night get away
  • Utah’s top wedding professionals will be on hand to answer questions, share ideas, and offering  excellent day of show discounts
  • See the latest that the wedding industry has to offer
  • Visit with dozens of Utah’s top wedding experts who are there to help you plan your big day
  • Thousands of dollars in prizes will be given out throughout the day
  • Fashion Shows showing the latest styles and designs
  • Food Sampling and Entertainment

  • Everything you need is in one location
  • Finalize your wedding plans at the largest bridal show of the Fall season
  • A Bridal Boutique where you can pick up wedding gifts, accessories, and favors
  • Book your services with multiple vendors at the show and receive a 2 night get away

PLUS

ONE LUCKY COUPLE WILL WIN AN AMAZING HONEYMOON TO SAN DIEGO from


Your Honeymoon Will Consist of:

4 Night, 5 Day Accommodations at Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn & Suites


Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn & Suites is ideally located on Shelter Island, San Diego’s own Hawaiian Isle. This tropical resort-style San Diego hotel, framed by the San Diego Bay, offers breathtaking views of the hotel’s private marina and downtown San Diego. Our tranquil setting is just minutes from the airport and San Diego’s famous attractions, making Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn & Suites is the perfect choice for your visit to America’s Finest City.

2 Adult San Diego Zoo Tickets


2 Adult SeaWorld Tickets


Dream Honeymoon is compliments of  Get Away Today - Make sure yo visit them for your honeymoon needs

“Since 1990, Get Away Today has helped more than 2 million people enjoy vacations to Disneyland® and beyond. Almost like magic, we’ve become one of the world’s leading providers of Disney vacations, family vacations, discount vacation packages, Honeymoons & Anniversaries, and adventure vacations. But it’s really not magic.

It’s building great relationships with hotels and attractions to secure the lowest possible prices. It’s passing along volume discounts and keeping overhead low. That’s how we save you 20% to 50% per vacation. Plus, we take such good care of you that you’ll never want to get away again without calling Get Away Today Vacations.”

-Chuck Smith and Julie Smith
Get Away Today Founders

BRIDES!

You can still PRE REGISTER HERE for the show at a discounted price!

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Featured Utah Wedding Vendor ~ Beautiful Wedding Announcements

We are excited to feature an amazing Utah wedding vendor, Beautiful Wedding Announcements, today on the blog!  This impressive business has over 30 years of experience and loves to create beautiful, customized announcements to meet each bride’s unique style. They believe that beauty does not have to be expensive and want to provide you “breathtakingly beautiful and amazingly affordable” announcements.

Beautiful Wedding Announcements offers FREE consultations to gather the information they need to custom design your invitations exactly how you want them.  They know that planning a wedding can be a very hectic time, so they can custom design your announcements right there at your appointment as they help you make the decisions on style, colors, design, wording, etc.  You can leave your appointment with peace of mind  and a printed proof on the paper of your choice!

Beautiful Wedding Announcements offer the following services:  wedding announcements, invitations for all occasions, save the date postcards, thank you postcards, RSVP postcards, insert cards, and can do the addressing/mailing for you as well!  They will customize Save the Date and RSVP post cards and other inserts so they coordinate with your wedding announcements and invitations. They are a full service printing company so in addition to the wedding services they offer they can also print business cards, menus, fliers, posters, greeting cards, and provide other graphic design services.

This highly recommended business offers thousands of styles to choose from and provide many sample ideas to get you started.  Once your design is complete and you have given your final approval, they offer extremely fast printing and can print within two business days!

Though nothing compares to sitting down and meeting face to face with a designer to design your unique wedding invitation, Beautiful Wedding Announcements offers several other options.  The bride can meet with a designer in person, via phone calls, or work with a designer via email to get the announcements and invitations she has always dreamed of. They can FaceTime from their Riverton, Utah based office to anywhere so you can see samples while talking with a designer.  On their website they offer online design options as well as online budget packages.  Beautiful Wedding Announcements can offer their services to anyone, anywhere!

Lyn and Collette Talley, owners and operators of a full service printing company for the past 30 years, saw the need for beautiful, high quality wedding invitations at an affordable price and decided to start Beautiful Wedding Announcements.  You cannot go wrong picking this family business that offers experience, incredible prices, fast printing, and amazing quality with a personal touch. Remember…Affordable, Customized, Beautiful Wedding Announcements!

Be sure and check out the Beautiful Wedding Announcements booth at the Fall Bridal Extravaganza this Saturday, September 27th.

Contact Info:

Phone:  801-254-2778

Email:  invitations@beautifulweddingannouncements.com

Office Address:

West 12600 South, Suite C

Riverton, UT 84065

Check them out on Facebook too!

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Wedding Dress Trends ~ Fall 2014 – Spring 2015 (3rd Edition)

Here is the third and final edition (for now) featuring some wedding dress trends for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 weddings. It seems designers are trying their best to stand out as they are  getting more creative with embellishments, appliqués, and other bling to adorn their dresses.  Today on the blog we will look at some more hot wedding trends, especially what is being added to dresses to make them stand out!

Appliques and Adornments Galore:

Sequins, pearls, creative beadwork, and lace! As designers push to stand out, wedding gowns are getting seriously glitzy this season! You’ll find beading just about everywhere, think layers and rows of beading, but in beautiful and subtle styles.

Column Beadwork:

This trend is very popular this season, especially with vertical columns of pearls. Bonus: The result elongates the body and has a slimming effect.

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Pearl Details:

Pearl seems to be the bling of choice this season.

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It’s All in the Details:

Designers seem to be all about the little additions, the little extras, the little details of the wedding dress.  Many dresses with feathers, bows, and rosettes are gracing the wedding fashion runways lately.

Flowers/Rosettes:

Flowers are already a staple throughout a wedding and the decor, but now floral arrangements are going beyond the bouquets this season and being added straight to the wedding gowns!  Rosette finishes and floral designs are all over wedding dresses this season.

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Feathers:

Luxe feathers provide a glamorous, airy detail to dresses as they are being added bodices and to trains.

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Bows:

Small and simple as well as oversized bows were incorporated into many wedding dress designs.

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Lattice details:

Designers are adding a look of netting or a basket-weave design into wedding dresses for a style that’s unexpected yet unique and timeless. It isn’t anything too big but a neat subtle design to the dress.

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Plunging v-necks:

The sexy look made a comeback  with the deep V-neck wedding dress design.

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Many dresses incorporate several of these trends all into one beautiful stunning dress! So what dress is inspiring you? What is your favorite style/trend?  What elements make up YOUR dream dress?

Do you still need more ideas or want to see some beautiful wedding gowns in person?  Attend the Fall Bridal Extravaganza at the South Towne Expo Center on Saturday, September 27th and be sure to attend the Fashion Show!

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Fall Bridal Show ~ ONE WEEK AWAY!

The Fall Bridal Show is just one week away!  If you are a bride getting married any time in the next year, you DO NOT want to miss Fall’s biggest and best wedding showcase!  If you have wedding plans in your future, make sure you plan on attending this exciting Fall bridal show next Saturday, September 27th, from 11 am – 5:30 pm. at the South Towne Expo Center!

The Bridal Extravaganza is Utah’s largest producer of wedding shows and their Fall show is definitely one any prospective pride should take the time to attend. Many of Utah’s top wedding experts will be on hand to help you plan and make your wedding day absolutely magical!

There is still time to Pre-Register for a discounted price!

Make sure to set aside time next Saturday to attend the Utah Bridal Extravaganza, and check in on the blog next week as we continue to feature amazing Utah wedding vendors as well as give you tips for attending the Bridal Show next weekend!

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Wedding Dress Trends ~ Fall 2014 – Spring 2015 (2nd Edition)

Here are some more wedding dress fashion trends.  Hopefully you can find a some ideas or a dress that will inspire you and help lead you to your perfect wedding dress!

Embellishments on Back/Illusion Backs:

This absolutely gorgeous wedding dress trend looks both sexy and elegant with its beautiful embroidery or lace appliqué details. These intricate and stunning details highlight the back of the dress and makes for a very unique and romantic look.

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Dropped Waist:

A dropped waistline highlights and accentuates an hour glass figure, allowing you to show off your curves.  A low waistline looks amazing when paired with a full, “lighter than air” skirt.

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Women in white, or grey, or pink…

Designers are not sticking to just white, cream, or ivory wedding dresses this season.  Vera Wang’s whole Fall collection included various shades of bright pink!  Pastels and metallic are hot right now for wedding decor and many designers are incorporating that into their wedding dress designs as well.  Silver/grey dresses and accents are especially popular right now.

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Off the Shoulder:

This princess inspired look has been all over the runways lately. Off the shoulder gowns look both sexy and demure, classic yet also modern.  This chic look looks absolutely fabulous with any type of sleeves.

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Lighter Than Air Skirts:

Many of the wedding dresses we have pictured on these posts have this lighter than air skirt look.  The classic wedding gown is getting an ethereal  upgrade with added layers of light fabrics like lace, tulle, and silk.

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What styles are inspiring you?  What combinations can you see on your perfect wedding dress?  Is it the off the shoulder, with lace sleeves and a light as air skirt?  Is it a pastel pink dress, with a dropped waist, and an embellished back?  There are so many beautiful possibilities, so many exciting options to choose from as you search for the wedding dress of your dreams!

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Featured Utah Wedding Vendor ~ The Bridal Closet

Since we have been posting about wedding dresses, wedding dress trends, and wedding fashion on blog this week, it is with excitement we feature another amazing Utah wedding vendor, Bridal Closettoday on the blog.  Bridal Closet is a Bridal, Bridesmaids, and Prom store featuring many of the top brands from around the nation. In addition to wedding gowns, they carry bridal accessories such as veils, headpieces, jewelry, and jackets. They provide excellent quality products in a wide variety of styles and price ranges. If you are in need of somewhere to start on your journey to finding the perfect wedding dress, go visit Bridal Closet and your first stop in the journey might be your last!

Here are a some special reasons why Bridal Closet will exceed every bride’s expectations:

Provides a Boutique Atmosphere -  At Bridal Closet, brides will feel comfortable in our intimate boutique.   The store was designed with lots of open spaces and plenty of area to individually exhibit each dress while still exuding a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Personalized Service- We focus on making sure that each bride is warmly greeted and attended to while shopping with us.  Brides can schedule appointments with any of our bridal stylists to assure that she will receive that personalized one-on-one attention that she so desires.  Our bridal stylists are well-trained and can assist any bride in choosing a style that is within budget and fits her perfectly.

Exclusive Designers- Bridal Closet showcases some of the top brands from around the nation.  While we do have some of the biggest designer names, our prices are budget-friendly without compromising quality or style.

The Bridal Closet is an Authorized Retailer of the following designer lines:

Full Service Salon-  Each bride can be confident that our excellent service does not end at the sale.  Bridal Closet offers in-store alterations, pressing service, and a complimentary bustle with the purchase of all wedding gowns – no exclusions.  We believe that we are your source for wedding dresses and the perfect bridal gown shopping experience.

Payment Plans- Found the perfect dress but can’t afford it yet?  Bridal Closet offers payment plans so that every bride can work their dream dress into their dream wedding.

The vision of Bridal Closet is to “inspire you to make quality bridal and prom choices that will create beautiful memories to last a lifetime.”


To learn more visit  http://www.mybridalcloset.com

Contact Info:
Phone: 801.432.0031
Fax: 888.929.0122
Appointments Preferred

Email: support@mybridalcloset.com

STORE LOCATION

Bridal Closet Inc.
129 East 13800 South Suite A8
Draper, UT 84020

Store Hours:
Mon-Fri 11am-8pm,
Sat 10am-7pm,
Sunday By Appointment Only

Follow them on Facebook here:  https://www.facebook.com/BridalClosetUtah and check them out on Twitter and Pinterest.

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Wedding Dress Trends ~ Fall 2014 – Spring 2015 (1st Edition)

Choosing the right wedding dress is one of the most integral parts of planning a wedding.  Most women try on dress after dress after dress in search of that perfect one!  Deciding on a wedding dress is typically a very long and drawn out process.  Dresses are carefully considered and the search to find a dress that is airy yet flattering, comfortable yet elegant, and striking but not over the top is a very difficult process.  The key is to find a dress that makes you feel absolutely stunning.  You should feel completely beautiful on your special day.  Your wedding dress should fit you physically, fit your personality, and fit with the theme and tone of the wedding you are shooting for.  There truly are so many beautiful fashion trends for wedding gowns right now.   Some trends definitely are a bit non-traditional, but all the trends are absolutely beautiful.  So check the blog this week for some of the trends out there right now, for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015, that can help you find the dress of your dreams.

Ladies in LACE:

Whether it be lacy overlays, naked lace details, or lace sleeves, lace is extremely popular right now.  Even though the wedding was over three years ago, and Kate is now pregnant with her second child, many still refer to the popularity of lace sleeves as “The Kate Middleton effect.”   Lace details give a dress a soft, romantic, classic feel.

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Cover up:

Dresses with some kind of fashionable cover are very popular right now, and just in time for the chilly weather of Fall, Winter, and early Spring!  Really some may not be for warmth, but instead provide some extra adornment for your gown.  Covers such as boleros, capes, and shrugs have been very prevalent on the wedding dress runways!  These covers can can be embellished with feathers, embroidery, or beadwork.

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Crop the Top:

This is a bit of a daring and more revealing choice, but fitting with other fashion trends of today, a few ball gowns with a hint of a midriff are showing up on the wedding dress runways.

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Show a Little Leg:

Though it is completely non-traditional, a shorter hemline is a trend showing up everywhere.  Whether it be tea-length, a mini, or ankle length, these unconventional looks definitely could have their place in certain wedding themes, locations, and situations.  Plus it gives you an opportunity to show off a really great pair of wedding shoes!

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Keep checking the blog this week for more trends, ideas, and inspiration on wedding fashion!

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