Monday, November 29, 2010

Royal Weddings Past…Part 2…

On our second venture into the past with Royal weddings the first couple we are honoring is  Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip who married in 1947.

For her wedding at the Westminster Abbey, she wore an ivory duchess satin gown embellished with silver thread, crystals, with transparent appliqué tulle embroidery and over 10,000 tiny imported pearls, designed by dressmaker Norman Hartnell.  The elaborate patterns on the 15-foot train which attached at the shoulders, was embroidered in pearl, crystal and appliqué duchess satin.  It was inspired by Botticelli's Primavera, to signify hope after the long war.  Still one of the most phenomenal gowns ever worn at a royal wedding.

Next we have Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III of Monaco who wed in 1956.  One of the most familiar weddings of the century.  Grace Kelly's wedding dress was made by Helen Rose, a wardrobe designer at MGM.  To make sure she was suitable as a princess, her wedding gown featured a modest rounded collar with a high-neck , a full skirt of ivory peau de soie, and a fitted bodice made of Brussels lace that was embroidered with seed pearls. Her veil was covered with appliquéd lace lovebirds. When seeing this gown we think “iconic”, as it has been the inspiration of many, many gowns since.

Our last couple for this edition of Royal Weddings Past is Princess Margaret and Anthony Armstrong-Jones who wed in 1960.


Princess Margaret wore a simple gown by her favorite designer, Norman Hartnell (also the designer for Queen Elizabeth II), for the first-ever televised royal wedding. The gown was in white silk organza dress, with a high neckline and fitted bodice, it had a short train instead of a separate court train as seen in the past.  She wore a veil designed by  Claude St Cyr of Paris, it had piping on the trim that matched her gown, and a Poltimore tiara. Just as much a vision as her sister the Queen, even with the simplicity of her gown she was still magnificent.

Come back again to see what our next edition of Royal Weddings Past and see what royals we have uncovered.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Royal Weddings Past…part 1…

There have been so many gorgeous royal weddings through out the years going back as far as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1840 as seen in the picture below.

Her dress was a rich white satin, trimmed with orange blossoms, and on her head she wore a wreath of the same beautiful flowers.  Very befitting for a Royal wedding.  It is said that It required more than 200 workers over the course of months to finish, making it the perfect, traditional wedding gown for all future dresses to emulate.


Next we have Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon and HRH the Duke of York in 1923 who is now known as the Queen Mum.

She wore a traditional full-length, dropped-waist gown with a court train made by Madame Handley Seymour and a mantilla veil in cathedral length.  For that time period it was stunning this was a silhouette that was made popular by Coco Chanel.

Lastly for this edition of Royal Weddings Past is Wallis Simpson and Prince Edward in 1937 who was an American divorcee.  Prince Edward was so in love with Wallis that he abdicated the crown, which technically made it a non-royal wedding, but he was still a prince which to us makes it royal no matter what.

The bride wore a simple blue dress with a long plain skirt, wide fitted waistband and simply gathered bodice of which she topped with a hat instead of a veil.  Very understated but at the same time very elegant.

Check back to see the next installment of Royal Weddings Past as we delve into past royal weddings and see what their styles were.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Royal Wedding…

It’s noticeable the amount of talk there is about the engagement of Kate Middleton and Prince William.  We did a little research ourselves and found out that one of the designers we carry could be a contender.  Sassi Holford having already designed a royal wedding gown for Autumn Kelly who married Queen Elizabeth’s oldest grandchild Peter Phillips in 2008, knows what it will take to design a gown for a royal wedding.  Below is a sketch she created of the gown she could possibly make for Kate.  Very elegant and regal, don't you think?

“The designer of Kate Middleton’s wedding gown has the difficult balancing act of producing a dress that meets the expectations of a royal wedding but also reflects the personality of a fashion-conscious, intelligent, young woman. My design has an elegant but flattering cross-over lace bodice with enchanting lace inset detailing on the hem.”
Sassi Holford

We will definitely be keeping tabs on this …keep looking back to see if we have found anything more out! 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Veil style!

What style of veil would you choose?  Take a look at the great styles we have listed below to see what style best suits you and your bridal style!

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Starting at the top left:

1) The cathedral veil

2) Waterfall veil

3) Two Layer veil

4) Mantilla veil

These are just 4 of the styles of veils that are out there for you to choose from.  Which of these make you want to go out right now and get your veil?  We are more than happy to help you choose what is perfect for you and your gown, call us at 603-431-5454.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Inspirations from nature…black and white…

Our inspiration with this board came from the beautiful dandelion after the bloom is gone.  The gracefulness of each little petal leaving and the colors are just amazing.  so we felt we had to share the graceful and beauty of a black and white wedding style.  From the simple and beautiful black and white bridesmaid gown by Lazaro

to the black and white cupcakes, each in their own right creating an elegant mood.  Does this inspire you?


blk and wht inspiration board

Monday, November 15, 2010

Embellishments…from flowers to ruching…

These days most wedding gowns have some sort of embellishment on them.  Be it flowers or sashes or beads, embellishments can sometimes make or break the gown.  You be the judge on this one…what are your thoughts?

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Friday, November 12, 2010


It’s amazing that when seemingly well-educated people don’t understand why they should RSVP when the invitation clearly requests it.

Knowing the total number of expected guests is critical at weddings and other large events because of the costs and deadlines involved in meal planning and preparation. But even for smaller social events, I lament the fact that people either don’tColumbine - Letterpress Wedding Invitation - grass green/cocoa on pearl know what RSVP means or worse, choose to ignore it.

When working with brides, coordinators and planners are expected to know the social “rules” and to help their clients incorporate them into the celebration planning. Here are a few criteria to keep in mind and share with clients.

  1. As Emily Post says, “No one is obligated to accept an invitation or to explain their reasons for not accepting. However, when someone is kind enough to extend an invitation, one should be just as kind and reply to the invitation.” Unfortunately, this is not always done.
  1. Ask for help. If you have invited someone to your wedding and have included a reply card with a return by requested date and you still haven’t heard back, the best solution is to press bridesmaids or family relatives into helping you contact all those persons who have yet to reply. If a phone call is in order,helpers can say something like this: “Hi _______, this is _________. I’m calling to make sure that you have received the invitation to __________’s wedding. The bride hasn’t heard from you yet and needs to know if you plan to attend. The count needs to be in by ________. Everyone is looking forward to seeing you.” If you are leaving a voice mail message, add “ Please call me back at ________”.

3. Respond in the same manner that the invitation was issued.

If an invitation to an event has come via e-mail then an e-mail response is in order.Marriage Wedding Invitations in Black, Sample

  1. Reply as soon as possible. Don’t put the invitation in the “to do” pile unless you need to ask the availability of the other person whose name may be on the invitation with yours.
  1. Keep replies brief. You don’t need to go into great detail about why you can’t attend.
  1. If a reply is not requested, it is not necessary to respond. However, it is nice to acknowledge the invitation and let the host know when you cannot attend.

Orange and Teal Inspiration Board…

You can’t tell us that this isn’t just a breath taking color combination.  Look how great these colors of teal and orange compliment each other.  From the Dark Teal bridesmaid’s gown to the teal ribbon on the wedding invitation.  Simply inviting!  Does this inspire you?


orange and teal inspiration board

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Bridal Gowns…what fabric would you choose?

Below we have pictured some of the fabulous fabrics that get used in the bridal world, where wedding gowns are concerned.  Each fabric comes in a variety of colors and each are special and unique in their own right.  From satin to chiffon each one plays an important part in the shape of a wedding gown.
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1) Satin

Bridal Satin has always been the most commonly used fabric for a bridal gown through out the years.  It has lots of body that allows it to have more stability as it is draped which makes it perfect for almost any style of gown. Satin looks beautiful either plain or embellished with lace, it’s also suitable for semi-formal weddings as well as formal ceremonies.  Like the Fiorella gown by Maggie Sottero.

2) Silk Satin

Silk Satin in the last decade or so has become just a popular a fabric for bridal gowns as poly-satin has, the difference being, it is a natural fabric that is light weight and breathable.
This fabric is very rich and smooth in texture and makes any bridal
gown elegant.  Gorgeous when ruched around the waistline and bodice or used as in the embellishments as in the gorgeous gown by Monique L’huillier named Addison.

3) Silk Shantung

Another fantastic natural fabric that creates an elegant and couture look to any bridal gown. Shantung silk has an uneven, crisp texture and a ribbon-like appearance that makes it perfect for just almost any silhouette.  See for yourself in Alvina Valenta Style #AV9952

4) Silk Organza

Silk Organza is a nice crisp, sheer fabric that can be layered for a full look or used in a single layer for a more streamlined look.  Although it is sheer it is a heavier weight fabric when compared to tulle, it also flows a little more freely.  This is also a natural fabric, take a look at Lazaro gown #LZ3055

5) Silk Taffeta

Silk Taffeta is similar to Silk dupioni, only this fabric does not have the ribbon-like appearance.  This is a nice light weight, breathable fabric that gives any gown a crisp polished or glassy look.   This fabric tends to look beautiful when made into a gown that has a full skirt with box pleats or crisp gathers like the Watters gown Gobi.

6) Chiffon

Soft, sheer, and transparent, chiffon is often layered and popular for gowns that are meant to flow and move with the bride while she walks and dances.  Great for gowns that have a lot of draping  or have that Grecian look to them like the Pronovias gown Abril.

This is a decision that will make or break a style, so which fabric would you choose?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Metal and Bronze Inspiration Board…

These may not seem like the most conventional colors to have as a wedding palette, but you be the judge…do these colors work?  We think so!! Look at how those colors just seem to melt together and create and ambiance of richness.  Absolutely elegant!  Does this inspire you?
Metal and Bronze inspiration board

Friday, November 5, 2010

Thanksgiving is on its way…

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Your budget breakdown…

Here is a budget we put together on how much your of budget should be spent on the various things needed for a wedding.  We know there are always small things that arise as time passes but staying within your budget has a huge upside…it means you won’t break the bank!  Our pie chart below shows you where most people spend their budget.   Is yours following suit?

budget pie chart

Tips and tricks to staying with in your budget!

First you need to figure out what your budget is and once you do this you should create a budget worksheet.  Something simple is just as great as an excel spreadsheet.  Get a notebook and keep track of everything and deduct them from your budget amount when ever purchases or rentals are made.

Then you need to set your priorities.  What is it that you need to do first and foremost…in most cases that would be your reception venue and the church.

You then need to book your photographer and/or videographer, these two items also take a good portion of your budget depending upon what you desire to have done.

Next would be our favorite…the wedding gown, bridesmaids, mothers gowns and flower girl dresses. These are the top three things you should take care of before anything else. 

The rest of the items on your budget should fall into place as time passes, just keep in mind that all of those little things like tips to the caterers and bartenders or the stamps for the invitations and thank you cards also count towards your budget and bottom line.  Keeping a good record of what you have to spend and what you are spending is the best way to keep yourself on budget, we say if you don’t need it…don’t buy it!

We hope these tips have been helpful for you even if you only take an idea or two from it. Happy budgeting!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Styles revived…

Does a style ever really go out of style?  Ok yes there are some things that should NEVER come back like the elephant belled bellbottom pants!  A definite no no, but in the bridal world or even just couture dress world, the styles leave for what we like to think of as a vacation and make their way back.  For example this style that Grace Kelly is wearing bottom left verses the gorgeous gown by  Alvina Valenta.  Its actually a great timeless style that just emanates beauty.

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Then there is this style below (left) that Audrey Hepburn is wearing of which can still be seen today, like the gown on the right by Maggie Sottero (right).

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The last style we discovered that has made its turn around and brought itself back is  this cute little number that Doris Day has on (left).  Then compare it to the adorable one by Allure, talk about style re-born!


This just goes to show that classic styles just don’t go out of style!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Just in…

Take a look at the gorgeous new gown we just received in the store from Bliss by Monique L’huillier!  Simply gorgeous…can’t you just see yourself in this gown?  The best way to do that would be to  come in and try it on!


Style BL1105 by Bliss (Monique L’huillier)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Color inspirations…

Where do our color inspirations come from?  Some people get them from looking at other weddings, some from inspiration boards like we make and even from nature.  So today we have decided to create an inspiration board based on nature and the splendor that it has to offer. 

This inspiration board came to us when we saw how gorgeous the color of a pink rose was and we had to see if it would inspire anyone else.  We thought this would be the perfect color for a bridal shower.

See for yourself…

pink rose bridal shower


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