Holiday Weekend Weddings. Good Idea or Bad?

If you’re from Utah then you are well aware that we’re famous for a high number of brides with short engagement times. Three to four months is a very normal engagement around here which means brides are starting to think about their Holiday Season weddings.

With the holidays come long weekends and semester breaks. For students getting married it means a convenient time to tie the knot without taking time off from school. for large families it means hitting two birds with one stone: family holiday and family wedding.

But, its a double edged sword.

Pros:
  • Yes, all of your family is already there and you don’t have to ask people to make a second trip.
  • You probably will get more attendees since its become a double-affair (maybe this is a con – you tell me, I don’t know your family)
  • Reception venues are generally cheaper since the holiday season is the wedding off-season.
  • Decorations are on sale,

 

Cons:
  • You’re wedding is in fact piggy-backed on the holiday and is no longer the main attraction. Which also affects your anniversary.
  • You won’t get to enjoy the holidays with your family because you will a) be prepping for your wedding or b) be on your honeymoon.
  • If you have piggy-backed on a major holiday such as Christmas then you only compound the stress and  financial strain. Not only are you hosting a wedding but you have to buy presents and hostess gifts for holiday parties.

Making the decision really depends on what is the most important to you. But, my two cents?

Big wedding? Don’t do it!

Intimate wedding? Go for it!

If the event itself is very important to you and you want to spend time with your family doing wedding-related things, then I suggest having it at a dedicated time when it won’t be overshadowed by a holiday. Give your family plenty of notice. If the have to fly in then set the date a reasonable amount of time after the last date they are expected to be in town.

But, if you’re having a smaller wedding and don’t care as much about the dedicated weekend,  a holiday wedding could be a great option. That way you’ll only have people there for the actual “I Do’s” but  won’t have to do more elaborate wedding weekend.

Speaking of holiday season weddings… how awesome is this snow bunny shoot? See it on Wedding Chicks.

 

Photographers: KC Photography Utah, Stephanie Lorraine
Models: Michael Barton, Heather Paxman
Dresses: Idella and Blanche from Kelly by Kelly Faetanini
HMUA: Red Scarlett Makeup, Heather Shelton MUA
Florist: Peaches and Peonies - now Intertwined Floral


Natural Beauty

Hello Gorgeous!

One of the privileges of this business is the opportunity to work with amazing photographers and other creatives at every styled shoot we do.

A photographer (one of my favorite if we’re being perfectly honest) did this stunning styled shoot that was recently featured in a national blog.   I love how she allowed the dress and the beautiful bride, aka model, to shine and everything else just fell into the background.

Take a look for yourself and tell me what you think.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creatives
Dress: Winona
Designer: Christos Bridal - 
more designs available at Bitsy Bridal @bitsybridal
Photographer: Kenzie Victory @kenzievictory
Florist: Mila Adams @himilaadams
HMUA: Kait Parkinson  @kaitparkinsonmua
Model: Kaylee Rendon @kaylee.rendon

 

 

Dress of the Month: Pippa

Continuing our Hayley Paige reveal. Next up is Pippa!

Pippa is so amazing that we have decided to have it be the dress of the month! Read on to see why!

As you know, Hayley Paige is famous for her fabulous, flirty ball gowns and Pippa definitely fits that bill.  Layers and layers of tulle and a sheer lace bodice are what create her unique charm.

The Skinny:

Silhouette: Ballgown with tiered skirt

Waistline: Natural

Neckline:  Illusion

Back: Open with strap detail

Color: Ivory with nude lining on bodice (also available in solid ivory)

Sparkle Factor:  0/5

Boho Factor: 4/5 – Its unusual for a ballgown to have such a bohemian vibe but Pippa pulls it off by adding a sheer bodice with a combination of organic laces on top of a voluminous skirt.

The little details are where Pippa truly shines!

~The back has crisscrossing straps that are dainty and fabulous.

~The lace on the sleeves is perfectly placed to flatter and elongate the arm while still allowing for free range of motion.

~The skirt is accented with horsehair trim to add body and visual interest to the soft tulle.

 

 

Pippa is a gown that fits with the trendy vibe of the times but also has a classic style that will never go out of fashion.

We are getting down to our last few Hayley Paige gowns! Check back to see them debut.

Until next time!

Becca

A Bitsy Bridal Anniversary!

Hello Gorgeous!

Bitsy Bridal is officially a year old! We have been serving local and out-of-state brides since July 2016 and the time has gone by insanely quickly.

Realizing we hit the year mark has made us start to reminisce about our beginnings. The very first of our Bitsy Bridal styled shoots was a collaboration with a venue that we are lucky enough to have just across the street: Cactus and Tropicals. Most of our styled shoots feature one or two gowns but as our debut into the bridal community, this shoot feature several gowns from our original collection.

The Bitsy Bridal girls and HMUA team prepping for the shoot.

Our photographer and AMAZING models did such a stellar job showing off our beautiful gowns.

The design at Cactus and Tropicals was spectacular!  Such a gorgeous, earthy background for a fun summer shoot.

These shoots may look like a piece of cake ….. hehe…..  but in reality they are the culmination of many people putting in 14-18 hour days. Artists putting their hearts and souls into their work and dress experts like us agonizing for hours over keeping a $3,000 dress made of silk mikado out of the dirt. It’s pure chaos and it feels like it will never end, but it is 100% worth it when you see the finished product.

Since this was our first shoot, all hands were on deck! Look at our rock star Operations Manager, Pam, running to take care of business!

This shoot was such a good start to our first year. It was a ton of fun and  truthfully that is what we are about. Having a good time and getting the bride her dream dress: whatever it takes!

 

 

As always ladies, much love!

Until next time,

Becca

Photography: Smyer Image
Hair: Faith Hoggan
Filmography: Forevermore Films
Makeup: Heather Shelton
Dresses: Modest Mon Cheri, Mikaella, Aire Barcelona, Alyne by Rita Vinieris
Florist: Cactus and Tropicals
Paper Suite: Weddings by Eccentricity
Cake: Carrie's Cakes
Jewelry: JBrooks Jewelers

Stylist Picks: Backyard Beauty

Hello Gorgeous!

It’s time for another round of stylist picks and the setting for this week’s gowns is a backyard soiree.

Varying from rustic farm-to-table gatherings to casual family-based barbecue-like parties; a backyard wedding can be a wonderful way to celebrate your special day.

Just because your wedding is not in a mansion and doesn’t include a 7 course meal does not mean you have to sacrifice a beautiful gown. Below are our stylist picks for amazing gowns that will fit perfectly at a backyard wedding.

Ballgown

Halo from Blush by Hayley Paige

The nude lining and soft, flyaway train are whimsical and fresh making Halo perfect for an outdoor reception.

A-Line

“Kim” from Tara Keely

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With Mocha tinted organza and chunky lace, this A-Line beauty has a breezy quality that is highly desired among many backyard wedding brides.

Column

Idella from Kelly by Kelly Faetanini

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Idella is made of Chantilly lace with a beaded bodice and sheer back. The texture and low key sophistication makes the gown girly enough to feel bridal but earthy enough to fit well in the outdoors.

Fit to Flare

“Rosalind” from Ella Rosa

 

Carefully placed applique on the straps and bodice make this gown feel very organic while the lace silhouette is easy to manage and textured to fit well in an outdoor setting.

Trumpet / Mermaid

“Maeve” from Mikaella Bridal

Wearing a dramatic silhouette in a casual setting is still possible. This trumpet gown of soft tulle with horsehair trim and a sweetheart neckline is sweet and romantic, softening the edge of the fitted cut.

Brides think that they have to eliminate silhouettes or fabrics because of their venue. But from experience I can say that it is more important to buy the dress that you truly want. With a few additions or alterations, dresses can be made to fit your setting. Chances are that your ideal dress and your ideal venue are fairly in sync anyway.

I hope you enjoyed our choices for a backyard wedding.

Until next time!

Becca

 

 

5 Attributes of a Tulle New York Gown

  Every so often we have fan-girl moments over specific designers. Recently, all of us at Bitsy Bridal have been obsessing over Tulle New York. Designed by Antonio Gual, these gowns have caught our eye and our hearts with their simple elegance and sleek lines. Our favorite of the bunch is Erin, a trumpet gown with a sweetheart neckline and architectural seaming. Come in and see exactly why we love these dresses so much, but before then, here are 5 amazing things that go hand in hand with your Tulle New York Gown.

Erin- Available at Bitsy Bridal

Qualit

Tulle New York gowns are made from very high quality materials. Silk chiffon is soft to the touch, and Silk Shantung provides an effortless structural aspect to your gown. Because they are made from natural silk, the materials have the ability to breathe and have an airy quality that lesser quality fabrics can’t provide. No matter the material, Tulle New York gowns are matched with amazing quality: not only in their fabrics and finishes, but also in their craftsmanship.

 

 

Sleek Lines

Antonio Gual knows how to flatter the figure! Each dress has its own breathtaking nuances, but the architectural seaming throughout the collection is front and center in these gowns. Figure hugging gowns such as Erin, play with flattering lines and cuts that emphasize your best qualities and show off your curves.

Bold

Tulle New York specializes in that old Hollywood glam vibe mixed with a modern simplicity. These two aspects put together is the making of a fabulous dress. It’s a common idea that a dress doesn’t need to be over the top to be memorable. But if you are looking for that ‘WOW’ moment, Antonio Gual also specializes in colorful and bold laces that make you stand out from the crowd. Gold lace, colorful fabrics, and stunning beadwork amp up your wedding day attire from a dress, to a show stopping gown.

Custom Made for You

An amazing aspect of a dress is the fact that it is yours, and only yours. Tulle New York helps you make a dress yours by adding the ability to customize your very own gown. Love the bodice of one gown, but the skirt of another? Make it your own by combining the two with a customized look. Want to go with a less traditional look? Ask about all the color options we can provide with a silk gown! The possibilities are endless.

Timelessness

With a Tulle New York gown, you know that you are getting a gown that is classy, elegant, and that will never go out of style. These gowns are timeless. When you look back at pictures from your wedding day, you want a dress that will withstand the test of time. Elegance and sophistication never go out of style, and Tulle New York is just that: timeless.

 

Halo!

Before I dive in can we all just take a second to admit that Halo is the best name for a gown EVER. Its ridiculously adorable.  Okay, thanks.

Halo is the second arrival from Blush by Hayley Paige.

I will admit, I was against ordering this gown at first. I wanted a different one. But now that it is here, I am happily eating crow because it is so painfully perfect. My absolute favorite part is the back. I’m a sucker for a pretty back on a gown. If you think it’s gorgeous in the pictures, you have to see it in person.

The Skinny

Silhouette:  Ball Gown

Design:  Lace bodice, tiered tulle skirt with horse hair trim

 

 

The guipure lace  on the bodice is light but a bit chunky which is a nice contrast to the soft tulle skirt.

The skirt is made of several layers of tulle which gives it body without adding weight or bulk making the gown very ethereal and easy to manage.

Neckline: Scalloped v-neck

A beautiful twist on a standard v-neck a scalloped neckline is much more whimsical.

Straps: Spaghetti

Back: Low open back with strap detail

Color:  Ivory with nude underlay (also available in solid ivory)

Shine Level: 0

The draw for Halo is the cut and finish of the fabric, not added beading or

shine.

Boho Level:  3

 

Hayley Paige is known for her exquisite ball gowns. Halo is no exception.  It will fit perfectly in many settings both indoor and outdoor. It is very much a warm weather gown but if you love the design, you could customize it by adding sleeves and it would work just as well.

We are so excited to have these Blush by Hayley Paige gowns trickling in! They are simply gorgeous and make beautiful additions to our carefully picked selection of gowns.

Until next time,

Becca

 

 

Bridal Look: Silhouettes

When you start looking for a wedding dress there are many factors to consider. When you sit down with a stylist, one of the first questions she will ask you is what silhouette you want. Obviously you don’t have to have made a decision on a specific silhouette but it helps to have an idea of your preference and what will give you the look you want.

If you do a google search to help you research silhouettes,  you will likely find a whole host of info-graphics depicting what silhouette to wear or not to wear based off you body type.  To be honest, those graphics are useless: very few people actually fall into those narrow categories and even fewer share the opinions of the people who designed the graphics.

So, rather than tell you what you should wear, I’m going to tell you what each silhouette does for your overall look and let you decide if its what you want.

Ballgown

Gown: Tara Keely  pic: via Instagram

A true ballgown is fitted on top with a heavily flared skirt. The waist is fitted and can fall anywhere from the rib cage to the low hip.

  • Defines the waist where the gown changes from fitted to voluminous.
  • Mask the hip/lower stomach area – which is sometimes desirable if your hip area is larger than you would like.
  • “Cuts” the bride in half – especially with a waistline near the ribs. By separating the bodice from the skirt a bride tends to look more proportional. If there is a great deal of poof, a shorter bride’s frame may become overwhelmed.
  • A larger skirt helps to balance out a top-heavy frame. This works well if you have broad shoulders or a large bust.
ALine/Princess
Gown: Christos

Characterized by a fitted bodice and tapered skirt, A line is a nearly universally flattering silhouette. Waistlines are most often found at the rib cage (natural or empire).

  • Softly flared skirt hides a larger hip area and the stomach
  • Balances out a slightly top heavy frame without the drama of a ballgown
  • Defines a waist where the bodice meets the skirt
  • Easy angles of the dress give the body a well proportioned look
  • Gives the illusion of height
  • Easiest silhouette to move in
Column
Christos: Kelly by Kelly Faetanini

Column gowns are aptly named. Defined by a straight cut, similar to a column. They can be tightly fitted to the hip or can fall straight from the waist line. Waist lines are on the rib cage (empire or natural).

  • Creates the illusion of height
  • Non-dramatic silhouette
  • Works well if you have an hourglass silhouette as it shows off a naturally proportional silhouette
  • Softly defined waist
  • Creates the illusion of a well proportioned body
Fit to Flare
Gown: Sophia Tolli

Fitted down to the low hip or high thigh and breaks into a soft or dramatic flare. This silhouette is often confused with trumpet but Fit to Flares hit much higher on the leg and don’t restrict movement.

  • Shows off the waist, hips and upper part of your butt
  • Flares above- and therefore hides- the biggest part of the thigh
  • Shows off a flat stomach or an hourglass figure
Trumpet
Gown: Tulle New York

Trumpet gowns are named because the flare of the skirt is like the spout of a trumpet: soft and round. The flare should hit just above the knees on a true trumpet gown.

  • Shows off the waist, hips, butt and thighs
  • Depending on the fabric can be quite restricting
  • Draws attention to the hips and stomach
  • Not as dramatic as a mermaid
  • Will make a large bust or broad shoulders look larger
Mermaid
Gown: Tara Keely

Fitted through the entire length of the body until the knees or just below. It then  flares quite dramatically, giving the illusion of a mermaid’s fins.

  • Most restricting silhouette
  • Makes a short frame seem even shorter
  • Draws attention to every curve
  • Makes a big bust or wide shoulders seem larger

In the most recent seasons, it has become increasingly difficult to find “true” mermaid silhouettes.  The flares have been moving higher as  most brides want to have free range of movement. The biggest difference has become the volume of flare on the skirt. Mermaids are considerably bigger.

 

That is the long and the short of it. The breakdown of all major bridal silhouettes. Any questions? Comments? Emotional outbursts?

If I can give you one piece of advice on top of all of this information: If you aren’t sure about a silhouette…. just try it on. More often than not, brides are happily surprised.

Until next time,

Becca

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Ti Adora Bridal Fashion

This Ti Adora gown has been a staple at Bitsy since we opened our doors. We absolutely love the gauzy feel and way it can look formal and bohemian at the same time. The neckline is such a unique take on a halter while the fitted under layer of the gown adds to the simplistic feel.

This beauty features an ALine cut and natural waistline. The high neck gives way to a sheer back and soft flowing skirt.

Grab a hold of this Ti Adora gown for yourself before it leaves our store in early July!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All HMUA for this gorgeous style shoot was done by DK Hair Design.  The soft rosy lip and subtle smoky eye complimented the gown perfectly.

I am completely in love with the styling from Sage and Thistle Events. The execution of the floating blooms is so flawless I just might cry…. no wait… I’m good.  But it is still amazing. I love the charming mix of copper, gold and rose gold. Such a romantic look for metal decor.

The marbled cake is is proof that the naked cakes trend is on its way out. This is so clean.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you need some inspiration for your summer soiree, look no further. This shoot is so perfect you could copy it and call it done.

Credits
Gown: @tiadorabridal 
Photo: @krystalandcophoto 
Jewelry: @farrsjewelry 
Styling: @sageandthistleevents
Cake: @mysweetcakes
Model: @andyjo711
Floral: @bloomstobouquets
Venue: @theogdenclick_ut 
Hair and make up: @dkhairdesign
Video: @stacielarsenphoto_ut

When You Should Purchase Your Gown – Seriously

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One of the first things brides do after they pick a date is start planning their time line: when to book the photographer, when to buy the dress, when to send out invites and save the dates.  There are a lot of opinions on when to buy your wedding gown. Most say 9-12 months before your wedding or if your engagement is shorter, purchase it first thing.  That’s because gowns can take upward of 20 weeks to get to the shop after you order it.

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There are so many factors, including designer, customization, location of the designer factory, size, color, etc etc etc.  Then you have alterations and pictures, maybe you need to travel, maybe you gained/lost weight and now your alterations are more extensive or you have to reorder your gown. There are just so many moving parts that your best friend when ordering a gown is time. That’s why the standard is 9-12 months before your big day.

This is GREAT advice, but there’s a catch. Here in Utah it is quite common to have very short engagements; many are in the 12-20 week range from down-on-one-knee to down-the-aisle.  So, as a designer bridal shop in Utah, we tend to operate a little differently and are a bit more accustomed to working miracles. However, sometimes it’s just not possible. You cannot fit 20 weeks into 12.

This post is aimed at brides with shorter engagement times. I’m going to break down the variables in dress ordering so you can decide for yourself when the right time is to order your gown.

Types of Gowns

Reorder
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A reorder gown is a gown you have tried on in the boutique and are now ordering from the designer in your correct size and color.

It is YOUR gown. You will be the only one to have ever worn it and depending on the designer, it may be cut to order for you.

Sample

Sample gowns are the floor models at designer boutiques. They are what is tried on in store before ordering from the factory.

Once or more a year bridal shops will hold Sample Sales. Select floor model gowns will be sold straight from the rack at (usually) a significant discount.  You may be able to get a $3000 gown for under $1500. You would take these gowns home day-of and as-is.

Most shops only carry one of each gown so if you are looking into a sample gown be sure to ask what size their samples are.

Off-the-Rack

This is what you get at a store like David’s Bridal. Every gown in the store is technically a sample gown but they are all sold at full price.

Off the rack gowns are usually under the $1500 mark, with many options under $1000.

Order Times

KC Photography Utah

Often I have brides who get a little frustrated in the discrepancy in what they hear on order times. This is why.

** Note: order times are the time it takes from the day the order is made to the day it arrives at the designer’s facility. It still has to ship to your specific boutique.  Unless you are buying from an Off-the-Rack store where the store is their facility so shipping time is built in.

Standard Order

This gown will be made and shipped from the factory in their normal time. For most designers this sits between 12 and 16 weeks.

From Stock

Some designers have gowns that are ready and waiting to be ordered. We call that “stock”.  Expect it to be the most popular dresses in the most popular sizes.  In stock gowns can be requested to ship immediately so, depending on where the designer is based, you are looking at roughly a 10 day wait.  To secure these dresses and minimize your wait time, be prepared to pay a rush fee, just like with a rush cut gown.

Rush Cut

If you don’t have 16 weeks to wait for your dress to arrive, don’t worry because the vast majority of designers offer a rush cut service.

Price and availability will depend entirely on the designer and sometimes it varies between dresses. However the basic guidelines for rush cuts are below.

** This is referring to gowns unable to be ordered from stock

*** There are a few designers who will do rushes as quickly as 4 weeks for as little as $50. However this is not very common.

10 week rush – Widely available – cost: free – $250

8 week rush – widely available – Cost: $100- $400

6 week rush – offered by some designers – $200 – $400

4 week rush – offered by select designers – $250 – $500

 

Alterations

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Alterations can be a lengthy process. Our seamstress can be booked for what we call weekend alterations: where all the work is done in a matter of days because the seamstress works on your gown and only your gown. Usually you are looking at 4-8 weeks if you don’t want to pay the seamstress a rush fee.

The more complicated the alterations (i.e. modest build up) the longer and more expensive they will be. So build that time into your schedule.

Bottom Line

Rachel Laukat Photography

If you have a quick engagement then you are looking for a designer who can rush a gown in 4-8 weeks. Schedule your alterations for the week your dress arrives and look into the possibility of a quick alterations process by paying the seamstress a fee to only work on your gown for a weekend.

If you can’t afford the rush fee for a 4-8 week ship time or you have even less time than that, look at sample gowns. Sample gowns are sold directly from the floor of the showroom and are sold as-is, usually at a very steep discount.

Be very straightforward with your stylist when you go in for your consultation. She will know which designers can get dresses to you and how to guide you without getting either one of you in hot water.

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Short engagements can just compound the stress but don’t forget that you’re getting married and this should be a wonderful experience.  What ever you do, don’t get pressured into buying a dress you don’t want because of time constraints. There is always something for everyone.

Until next time,

Becca