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New Fun Fall 2016 Trends! February 25 2016
As the days grow longer and the temperature rises, the bridal world is preparing for Fall weddings. This means new dresses in new colors and styles!
Let’s take a look at what is trending for Fall 2016 weddings!
Rose gold is quickly becoming a popular color among fall wedding palettes. You will spot tablecloths, candleholders, and even bridesmaids dresses as soon as the leaves start to fall (and maybe before!) To quote Harriette Rose Katz, “they can be elegant, whimsical, ethereal or even very natural.”
Large round tables can make a reception space feel empty. To combat this, brides are moving away from round tables and towards long rectangular tables or a mix of rectangular and square tables. This is going to give guests a more intimate vibe. Maybe it’s the difference in a short reception and a all-night-long celebration!
Lace has been a huge trend in all aspects wedding for some time now, but come Fall 2016, we will be seeing a lot of delicate lace. One of our favorite designers showcases this trend beautifully. Maggie Sottero gowns Raeleigh and Jovi have the soft lace that will give you a whimsical, romantic feel!
As with any other wedding trends and advice, take these and make them your own! What are your colors and themes for your Fall 2016 wedding? Let us know in the comments!
Something Blue! June 26 2015
We love traditions at The Bridal Cottage! We also love personalization. So, of course, the personalization of traditions is our favorite! What do we mean? Well, we’re glad that you asked! Everyone has heard the phrase, “Something borrowed, something blue, something old, something new, sixpence in your shoe”.
But how do you actually incorporate each of these ideas into your wedding to create a cohesive, unique moment?
Something Blue’ can be your something borrowed. It can be your something old and something new too (unfortunately only a sixpence can be a sixpence…) Choosing blue accents in your wedding creates a classic look and keeps with a tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation.
Something Borrowed: Borrow a blue garter! Remember, you’ll need two garters: One you keep and one that you throw.
Something Old: Dyeable shoes! Do you have a pair of shoes that you wore way back when (maybe to senior prom) that can be dyed a blue hue? Dyeable shoes are perfect for ‘Something Old’ and, even better, they’re most likely already broken in!
Something New: Your Bridesmaids dresses! Dressing your ladies in blue is the perfect way to incorporate blue! And, fortunately, blue usually looks good on everyone!
Make your blue your own! Don’t limit yourself on what your ‘Something Blue’ should be! As we like to say at The Bridal Cottage, there are no fashion fax paus when you’re the bride!
Meet Bridal Cottage Consultant Melissa! May 29 2015
We LOVE our job! We also love being your local bridal store! We love getting to know our brides… and we want for you to know us too!
This month, we would like to introduce you to Bridal Cottage Manager and Consultant, Melissa!
Melissa has been working at The Bridal Cottage for 3-years and has gained a lot of bridal wisdom in her time here! We asked Melissa questions about her experiences at The Bridal Cottage and we would like to share them with you:
What inspired you to become a Bridal Cottage Consultant?
“I wanted to become a bridal consultant after watching Say Yes To The Dress. Although I didn’t have any retail experience, I did have experience with fabrics and silhouettes. I felt confident that I could help brides of every body type find a dress that makes them feel as beautiful as they are! I had to apply at The Bridal Cottage because I’m a North Little Rock native! And my best friend purchased her wedding dress here, which was absolutely perfect for her special day!”
How do you identify which dress belongs to which bride?
“At the beginning of each appointment I talk to my bride to get an idea of the vision that she has for her wedding. Those are the style of dresses that I start with. Sometimes what she has envisioned for herself is exactly what she falls in love with, but that isn’t always the case.
I believe that my job as a bridal consultant is to not only listen to the bride’s feedback on the dresses that she is trying on but also read her body language and facial expressions. I can tell a lot about how a bride feels in a dress by the way she looks at herself in the mirror and how and where she touches the dress.
I’m also a big fan of throwing in a ‘wild card’ or what I also call a ‘palate cleanser’. For instance if a bride has only been trying on lace dresses I’ll put her in a dress that is a similar silhouette but completely different fabric. Sometimes the bride is surprised at how much she likes the ‘wild card’ and sometimes she doesn’t like it at all. And that is just as important.
My goal is to find a dress that the bride connects with, falls in love with and can see herself getting married in!”
When do you know it’s the “one”?
“It’s a very special moment when a bride finds her dress. Each bride is different when she says ‘YES!’ to her dress: some cry, some get super excited and some are very matter-of-fact. I can see it in the way that she looks at herself in the mirror.
In that moment, she can really see herself as a bride. It’s a special moment not only for the bride but also for her family and friends. It’s a special moment for all of our consultants as well! It’s undeniable.”
What is your favorite thing about being a Bridal Cottage Consultant?
“Helping a bride from beginning to end! I love getting to know her and her family. I always enjoy hearing brides’ proposal stories. I love to laugh with brides and if they cry, I cry with them (I always say that The Bridal Cottage is like Truvy’s beauty shop in Steel Magnolia’s; no one here cries alone).
But my job as a bridal consultant doesn’t stop there…I love helping with bridesmaids dresses, as well as tuxedos or suits. We understand that there is a lot that goes in to planning a wedding and we want to help make outfitting your wedding party as stress free as possible.”
Do you have any advice for future Bridal Cottage Brides?
“When it’s time to shop for your wedding dress, you must be ready to find it! Shopping for a wedding dress is different than regular shopping and, as tempting as it may be, it’s very hard to ‘just try on’. If possible, you should shop for your dress approximately 10-12 months before your wedding. If not, that’s ok too! You will still have plenty of options available to you.
Also, I always recommend that brides bring the people whose opinions matter most to their appointment to help in making the decision. And most importantly, be ready to have fun and be ready to find your wedding dress!!”
We are so thankful that Melissa is a Bridal Cottage Consultant!! Melissa’s passion is inspiring to all of us here at The Bridal Cottage!! We hope that you’ve enjoyed getting to know her heart as much as we have!
Don't be a fashion faux pas! May 20 2015
At The Bridal Cottage we always say that there are no fashion faux pas when you’re the bride… however, we do believe that there are fashion faux pas for your bridesmaids and accessories!
As a bride, you don’t want it to seem like your bridesmaids are competing with your dress. You want your ladies to compliment YOU! You also want to incorporate accessories that accent your vision well, completing your unique look! Our experienced Consultants have recommendations to go with your bridal gown:
The classic ballgown with full-sparkle bodice:
Pair your bridal gown with a large, elegant necklace and a fingertip-length veil with similar sparkle. Carry a bouquet of romantic red roses and wear allover crystal-adorned heels.
Your bridesmaids will look sleek in satin mermaid dresses with an illusion neckline in black. Consider using a black, white and red color combination. Other combinations that flatter a full-sparkle ballgown look are: royal, red and ivory or plum, navy and grey.
A chiffon sheath bridal gown:
Chiffon sheath bridal gowns are perfect (but not limited to) destination weddings! Keep in mind that your ladies will most likely be warm in long dresses, so we recommend short chiffon! The chiffon will compliment your bridal gown well!
Accent their bridesmaids dresses with a sash matching your bridal gown to create a cohesive look. Opt for no veil (you never know what the wind might do) and accent both your bridal gown and their bridesmaids dresses with large pearl necklaces instead. Bright, colorful flowers are the perfect touch to complete your look!
Tulle and lace slim a-line with a hint of color:
Tulle is such a soft fabric and accenting it with a hint of color, like our ivory and peony gown, this gown creates a dreamy feature, perfect for a bride that loves bohemian style.
Ivory or blush bridesmaids in long or short chiffon compliment this look well.
Accent both with dyeable shoes with a small heel and complimenting lace accents and flowers in neutral tones. Hydrangeas in shades of green are perfect for this style!
A dramatic mermaid bridal gown:
Are you a glamorous bride? Add fun and flirty bow and sparkle kitten heels and a heavily beaded veil to your look to capture your flair for the dramatics.
Carry your flashiness into your bridesmaids by dressing them in gold dresses. A hi-low style can be the perfect opportunity for your bridesmaids to show off their sparkle shoes as well!
Incorporate flowers in rich, warm colors like bold daisies and alstroemeria. Using other color-combinations like fuchsia, mint and white or grape, silver and ivory cultivate this dramatic and glamourous look as well.
Full-lace with an illusion neckline:
Dressing your bridesmaids in full lace as well to match your dress is very pretty! Consider their dresses in a bright, bold color, like coral allover lace, especially if you plan to use more rustic tones in your wedding palette.
Your bridesmaids will stand out against the canvas that you have created for your wedding. Match yours and their shoes to carry on the complimenting style.
Brides, don’t feel limited to only these options! You may cultivate a whole new style that is perfect for you and your wedding! But if you need some guidance, give us a call! We are happy to help!
Winter Weddings...just around the corner! April 28 2015
As the days become longer and we dive into summer, Bridal World (as we like to call it) welcomes WINTER!
Brides are planning for their fall and winter 2015 weddings. But winter just seems too far away… or too close, more likely! :)
When all of the flowers are in full bloom, it’s hard to imagine winter-rich colors and the many combinations sure to compliment your brumal nuptials! So, we’ve done the research for you! Winter-inspired color trends have been set and we are in love.
We’ve collected our favorite color combinations as a guide for our Bridal Cottage Brides:
Maroon, Navy and Gold
This Royal color-combination is rich in jewel tones for the modern bride. Bridal Cottage Consultants suggest dressing your bridesmaids in Navy long chiffon or dupioni.
Accenting your ladies dresses with Gold jewelry and Maroon flowers will create a polished look that is the perfect balance of classic sophistication and elegance.
Your groom and groomsmen will compliment your ladies well in Midnight or Slate Blue.
Most fun of all, incorporate shades of Gold in your bridal gown and accessories! Choosing a gown with a Gold underlay carriers the modern theme and cultivates a cohesive theme for you and your party.
Aubergine, Eggplant and Grey
Bold purples with softer shades of Grey are a sophisticated balance. Pairing an Eggplant sash with your White bridal gown creates a dramatic statement that is romantic and unique.
Dress your bridesmaids in shades of Purple or Grey ombre to carry the dramatic look into your bridal party.
Your groom and groomsmen will look just as impressive in light or dark Grey tuxes. Accent their satin lapels on their coats with varying Aubergine and Eggplant flowers.
Teal, Ivory and Ivy
We are in love with this romantic color combination! Soft shades of ivory accent darker teal tones when you choose blue-green bridesmaid dresses and light, airy flowers like carnations in white or ivory.
That romanticism carries throughout when you dress your groom and groomsmen in classic black tuxedos.
But don’t feel bound to ivory in your bridal gown! White, champagne or even blush will complement and enhance this color-scheme as well. Carry a full bridal bouquet of spring, garden roses to complete your look!
As we love to say at The Bridal Cottage, there are no fashion faux pas when you’re the bride! But if you’re looking for color-spiration, we recommend using these color combinations!
Remember, make it your own! You can’t go wrong either way. Choose the colors that make you (almost) as happy as your groom!
The "wedding veil" tradition! January 08 2015
When it comes to wedding traditions, the veil may actually predate the wearing of white. Although there is no definitive reason for the wearing of a veil, there are a few theories that we think you might find interesting. One has to do with ancient Greeks and Romans’ fear of evil spirits and demons. In fact, that’s where many bridal traditions actually come from, including bridesmaids wearing similar dresses!
In an effort to frighten away or disguise the bride from evil spirits, brides-to-be were dressed in brightly colored fabrics like red and obscured by a veil. But many times, the veil prevented the bride from seeing well and that’s why her father or another person "gave her away." He was actually escorting her down the aisle so she wouldn’t bump into anything or fall.
We’ve all heard it’s “bad luck” for the groom to see the bride prior to the wedding. So the veil took care of this issue up until the ceremony, which was especially helpful in the case of arranged marriages.
As weddings evolved into religious ceremonies, the meaning behind the veil began to symbolize modesty and obedience. In many religions it’s seen as a symbol of reverence for women to cover their heads. When white wedding dresses were worn to symbolize chastity, the white veil followed suit.
Regardless of the actual origin, veils have evolved over time and remain a favorite custom of ours. At The Bridal Cottage, we continue this tradition with a variety of options from birdcage to cathedral and simple to sparkly. We’ll help you find one that will coordinate perfectly with the style of your gown.
“The Somethings Tradition" November 27 2014
Every woman, practically since birth, has heard the Old English rhyme, “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, a Sixpence in her shoe.” But what does it mean?
The rhyme itself appears to have originated in England in an 1898, but was well-known even before then! This tradition has held great significance to countless brides for decades. So what makes it so special?
Within the rhyme, each item mentioned represents not only the future of the couple themselves, and the future generations to come, but also gives honor to the bride’s ancestry. Weddings are meant to bring together two families, celebrating the individual bride and groom while paying tribute to the joined households.
Capturing the tradition of this rhyme on a your wedding day is not only a way to be even more creative and personable with your ceremony, but also keeps those sweet little touches that bind all brides together!
Something Old is meant to represent a bride’s family, her past and to highlight tradition. Usually when incorporating something borrowed, brides will wear a special item that their own mother wore when she said her own nuptials. From a veil, to pearls, to a ring, this item is usually antique and may have been involved in family weddings for generations!
Something New symbolizes a bride’s new life ahead of her. It represents a new start with her husband-to-be! Something New can be the bride’s gown itself, her shoes or even a new hair color! A bride’s Something New is usually gifted to her by her Maid of Honor or her fiancé, making this item all the more special!
Something Borrowed exemplifies borrowed happiness from generations passed. A bride’s borrowed item usually comes from a friend or relative who has been rich in love in a successful marriage and can be anything from an accessory to a rosary to wrap around the bride’s bouquet!
Something Blue represents fidelity, purity and love! Something Blue is a bride’s promise to her groom that she will always honor, cherish and love him “’til death do us part”. Oftentimes, a bride’s Something Blue will be her shoes! Here, at The Bridal Cottage, brides can choose to purchase dyeable shoes and have the shoes dyed their own shade of blue!
A Sixpence in Her Shoe itself is pretty self-explanatory, but what does it mean? The Sixpence is meant to symbolize future prosperity and wealth for the bride and groom. A Sixpence can be purchased online but families may have a Sixpence that they have used in weddings for generations!
Incorporating these items into your wedding is of a bride’s own personal preference and can even be all encompassed into a single item! This tradition of these “somethings” is a way to bring honor, highlight a family’s history and to be a part of a tradition that has existed for many years! So have fun with it!!
Toss the Bouquet! October 25 2014
Wedding traditions are well-known acts that most brides choose to incorporate into their wedding! But where do some of these traditions originate and what do they mean? From wearing white to tossing a bride’s bouquet or rice as the couple leaves, wedding traditions are unique and vary in their historical significance. Here, at The Bridal Cottage, one of our favorite traditions is that of the bouquet toss!
The tradition of the bouquet toss has been around since the 14th century! This tradition originated in medieval Europe, particularly France, and involved the single women attending the wedding ceremony ripping off pieces of the bride's dress! Can you believe that?
This act was meant to bring luck to anyone that held a piece of the bride’s gown. At that time, bridal gowns didn't have any sentimental value to the bride, but the pieces were sacred to guests. However, through time, wedding gowns have become considered more precious. It is now tradition to keep them intact (except, of course, brides that choose to “trash the dress”). To break the tradition of chasing the bride to rip off pieces of her gown, brides began throwing other objects as a distraction.
It was at that time that it became common for the bride to throw her garter to guests. In turn, the garters would be ripped and distributed to wedding attendees. Unfortunately, then over excited wedding guests would try to take the garter from the bride. That was when the groom began to toss the garter himself.
Brides began throwing the bouquet because flowers were perishable and didn't matter to the bride if she kept them. Flowers also symbolize fertility, so the female attendees would catch the bouquet in hopes of beginning their new life and expanding their family.
The wedding tradition of the bouquet toss has maintained its historical form. However, the modern bride may choose to do a different variation of this tradition. It is not uncommon for a bride to have a bouquet that can be taken apart so that she may hand individual flowers to her guests. Some couples may give the bouquet and garter to their parents in honor of their marriage. Perhaps one of our favorite things that brides are choosing to do with their bouquet is that of honoring the longest married couple. In Korea, a bouquet can be made with lollipops in which guests will pass the bouquet to one another and each take a lollipop from the bouquet.
However you decide to incorporate this tradition into your ceremony, do it your own create way! There’s really no right or wrong way to toss the bouquet, so have fun with it!