Hayley’s one of a kind designs put her above the rest!
Ah Miss Hayley Paige! The girl with it all! Two amazing bridal lines, a TV show, wedding athleisure wear, her own app, and more! Even though her popularity has skyrocketed since her debut and partnership with JLM, it hasn’t affected the integrity of her designs. She continues to be an innovative and forward designer in the industry. We want to highlight one of our favorite gowns from her Blush line. Meet Halo.
Hayley‘s designs are always intricate and innovative. With gowns like Halo, she uses various layers of tulle and horsehair trim to give volume and dimension. She also puts the layers on the outside of her skirts, unlike most ballgowns that carry the volume underneath a patterned layer of fabric. Her ballgowns have a beautiful type of asymmetry that makes them stand apart from your standard ballgowns.
Hayley has also embraced the trend of dark under light. By putting a darker nude or champagne color underneath a light ivory lace, it catches the eye and makes the lace pop! She does this with both lace and with her one-of-a-kind Marrakesh beading in her Delta and West gowns.
Hayley is one of a kind and her gowns are guaranteed to make you look and feel fabulous and trendy! We hope you have loved our Halo gown. If this isn’t isn’t your jam, check out our other designer highlight for some more inspiration! Call or book online to try on some of Hayley’s new 2018 collection.
Check out some of our other awesome designers, and stick around for some more ideas for your big day!
This wedding has me all sorts of ways! This bride really embraced the classics, with a black and white theme, a 1936 Cadillac, fedoras, and a plethora of roses. You are really taken back in time! To top it off, this gorgeous wedding took place at Taste, a local chocolate shop in Provo that does gourmet chocolate tastings and produces their own chocolate. (Talk about good taste!)
Not only is the decor in this wedding absolutely stunning, but the dress is a showstopper too! This gown is a gorgeous Tulle New York design. It’s made with an amazing natural silk that has a crisp texture and an elegant feel. This mermaid style really flatters the figure, and is a timeless shape to match the rest of the wedding.
Photographer Ashley Hawkeye did a fabulous job of showcasing the smooth and crisp nature of the gown and the classy atmosphere of the space!
Our blog has featured quite a few different takes on the classy look, but there are so many ways to create an elegant and chic style all your own. The addition of chocolate and warmer tones makes this an extraordinary take on a common theme. The gown also has a unique flare to it that helps it stand apart from the typical mermaid shaped gowns!
We love showcasing our wonderful brides and their fabulous weddings. If you can’t get enough class in your life, check out our other post about modern classics! Don’t forget to stop back for more looks at creative weddings and gowns. Call or book online to try on gowns like this from our collection. While you’re at it, reward yourself with some good chocolate. You deserve it. 😉
A question I get from many brides and their mothers is, “Why is this dress so expensive?” Some brides are shocked when they find out that a gown with little-to-no detailing costs more than the gown with all of the tulle and beading in the world. Here is a breakdown of the 4 things that go into making an expensive designer gown. Hopefully, this can help clear up some confusion about gown prices.
As mentioned before, sometimes the detailing isn’t the most costly aspect of a gown – but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t contribute to the overall price. There are many different types of lace, beading, appliqués, and shimmer. All of them can vary in complexity and quality. If a dress has designer-unique detailing, like this caviar beaded gown from Tara Keely, it is is going to be more expensive than a beaded Ella Rosa gown, which has a more generic beading. The same goes for lace and other detailing.
Fabric is one of the bigger factors that plays into the price of a gown. Polyester tends to be a cheaper fabric than silk crepe or chiffon. So why isn’t everything made in polyester, or other cheaper fabrics? The simplest answer is that different fabrics create very different looks, and frame your shape in different ways. For example, silk crepe by Mikaella is a natural fiber that hugs the body, and drapes in a way that no other fabric does. The fabric is one of the first signs of high quality, and the quality of the gown helps to determine the price.
Something that not everyone considers when looking at a gown is the designing that goes into it. To create the unique shape and fit of a gown, a lot of time and thought must be put into the design. More expensive gowns will have a more calculated pattern that deliberately showcases certain aspects of the figure. This is especially apparent in minimalist styles, like those by Amsale. Remember, “less is more,” but less is more difficult than it looks. Every line and seam in the dress is purposefully placed to create the effortless-looking shape that you love. The time and talent of our designers is very valuable, and truly transforms a gown, from a blob of fabric to a work of art.
Last, and certainly not least, is the designer. Every designer has their own invaluable style and creativity. However, much like other areas of fashion, the name behind the creativity is important too. Because designers like Lazaro and Hayley Paige have made such a big splash in the bridal world with their designs and innovation, they can charge more for their gowns. There is nothing more amazing than hearing that someone was able to purchase a gown from a popular and big name designer. The status of the designer is another factor that can lead to a gown being more expensive.
Hopefully this can shed a bit of light on how gowns get so expensive. When it comes down to it, the quality determines the price. It’s always a good idea to keep this in mind when planning your wedding, and thinking about how you want to feel and look in your gown. If you want to check out our beautiful, high quality gowns, call or book online to come in and try out our collection. Don’t forget to check back for some more tips! While you wait for next time, check out our post on Alteration Terms, for when you find the dress of your dreams!
For most brides, once you find the gown you can’t live without, you get your measurements taken and your stylist will help you select a size. This size is usually very close to your current measurements or the measurement you may be working towards. Unfortunately, even though the measurements are close, they aren’t perfect. To get the perfect fit you need alterations!
Whether you’re still shopping or already have your gown, here are some tips and things to know!
Here at Bitsy Bridal, we offer our in-house alterations. This means that we have seamstresses that work with us to complete your gown. When you are ready to start the alterations process for your Bitsy Bridal gown, you will come back to the shop where your dress, the seamstress, and one of our stylists will meet you.
A lot of bridal boutiques will start alterations 3 months from the wedding date, but in our shop we understand that timelines can be tight. For us, we typically like to have at least 4 alteration appointments at least 10 days apart each, to make sure the gown is perfect. We also have the option of rush alterations, which can range from 4 appointments 7 days apart, to 3 day alterations. Your stylist will work with your wedding date to make the perfect alteration schedule for you.
The first fitting is the first time you try on your newly arrived gown. In this appointment, the seamstress will see what needs to be done, and talks to you about any special requests (a modest buildup, extra sparkles, etc). This is a good time to bring in the shoes and undergarments you are going to be wearing, so the seamstress can take them into consideration.
The second fitting is usually the scariest for brides. This is because the gown usually looks taken apart, and not like the dream dress you remembered purchasing. This is a very important fitting because it allows the seamstress to make any critical adjustments. Don’t worry! Trust in the process.
The third and fourth fittings usually involve finishing touch types of adjustments, depending on the work that was done. Most brides will have their finished gowns at the end of these appointments!
Unless you’ve had something altered before, you probably haven’t come in contact with some common terms associated in bridal alts. Here are a few you might hear!
Brides always wonder what will happen if they get a gown with a long train. How does it stay out of the way after the ceremony, when you’re dancing and having a good time? You get a bustle! A good bustle will tuck away a long train to keep the gown from being stepped on and ruined. It usually consists of hidden little clips or ribbons, and will keep the gown looking gorgeous whether the train is up or down.Our seamstress can recommend what type of bustle will work best for you!
Taking in/Letting out
More often than not, the dress will come in a bit bigger than anticipated, or maybe the bride lost some weight. No need to fear! The seamstress will take in your gown to make it fit better. She finds the seams in the gowns and brings them in tighter to fit you better. Similarly, if the gown is fitting a bit smaller than expected, then the seams can be let out a bit to be more comfortable.
Brides always wonder “What bra am I supposed to wear with this dress?” The answer is easy! You don’t! To make you more comfortable and to avoid the appearance of straps, the seamstress will put bra cups in your gown. These cups help to support your chest while still keeping the shape of the gown.
Most brides love to accentuate their figures. Boning is one way of doing this. Boning is a structure through the front portion of the gown that helps maintain shape and give support to both the bride and the dress. If a gown doesn’t have boning, the seamstress can put some in for a better fit. Or, if the boning is unwanted, it can be removed.
Wedding gowns are sent to fit 5′ 8″ models. Most people aren’t that tall. Of course, the bride can wear higher heels, but if that’s not enough (or if the bride is a flats kind of gal), the seamstress can do a hem on the gown to make it shorter. Most people think a hem is simply chopping off the bottom of a dress. But there are many ways to do a hem, and very few involve completely cutting the bottom of the dress off. The seamstress will help you with what type of hem will be beneficial for your gown.
Fashion Week just took place in the beautiful NYC, and most of the new Fall and Spring collections have been released! We are living for all of the trendiest new bridal looks out there, and thought we would showcase some of our favorite designers, who are leading the pack in innovative design trends.
Sareh Nouri is always on trend in her own way! She has perfected the beauty of the blue dress as well as other colored gowns.
Below, we have a pink version of the gorgeous “Peony”, featuring a clean, minimalist mermaid cut, and the ivory trumpet gown, “Paulina,” both leading designs in the trend of bow back trains.
And her newest collection is springing with beautiful blossoms!
All of our designers, even those not here, have been updating their lines and styles and we are excited to share some of their beautiful creations with you! If you enraptured with some of these amazing trends in the bridal world give us a call or book an appointment online to see if you will love being on trend or if you prefer a traditional look! Check back with us for some more info on what’s new in the bridal world and, while you wait, take a look at our recent post about Waistlines and our other post on Silhouettes to stir up some ideas about tres chic look on your special day!
A two piece gown can really make a statement and add to your comfort!
Two piece gowns are in! They are chic and comfortable and will definitely make you stand apart from the crowd! Today I want to highlight a couple of gowns from a couple of our favorite designers, Hayley Paige and Mikaella and talk about the look of two piece gowns!
This gown is by the lovely Hayley Paige and her, exclusive to Bitsy, Blush collection! This two piece gown gives you the best of both worlds. A little bit of poof and some boho lace in the bodice. With a gown like this you can still feel comfortable while making a bold entrance and a stylish fashion statement.
This two piece gown by Mikaella takes the look in a different direction. With this style you get comfort and class! The gorgeous lace gives you a sense of youth while the bottom skirt hugs your figure and tells the world that you are elegance! The crepe bottom is so breathable and figure flattering that it really take the two piece look to the next level. This gown is also technically a three piece gown! It comes with the lace bodice with a crepe camisole underneath so you can wear lace for the ceremony and then have an adorable all crepe look for the reception!
To finish us up, I wanted to showcase another beautiful Mikaella gown! this one is the perfect balance between the Hayley Paige gown and the previous Mikaella. With an a-line fit, this gown combines comfort and elegance. With a slight mocha color to it, this dress has dimension and class. It is one of our favorite two piece gowns and it continues to dazzle with is amazing comfort and style.
Two piece gowns sometimes get a bad rap, but there are so many ways to make the look beautiful and bridal! You never really know until you try! If you want to try on the wonderful Mikaella gowns or even the Hayley Paige, give us a call or book an appointment online to see if a two piece gown could be the one for you! Check out out other Bridal Look posts for some more ideas on what you want in a gown!
Trends come and go, and styles fade and change, but there are a few staples of fashion that will continue be a symbol of refinement and class. This beautiful wedding at the Capitol Building here in Salt Lake City with the talented Rachel Lauket really showcases this style.
This gorgeous Alyne by Rita Vinieris gown whispers classical in every way! The beautiful ivory satin with delicate and carefully placed jewels is not only absolutely stunning on this bride, but it is also a timeless statement as well. The elegant fit and flare cut flatters the brides figure and adds to the ageless approach.
Even with the jeweled details this gown is gown still has an air of simplicity about it. If you dream of a classic and simple look be sure to check out our last post about Industrial Elegance for a modern take on a simple style.
Elegance and class will stand the test of time. With pearl accents and dashes of red, this look, and this bride will still look amazing and gorgeous 50 years from now! If you love this classical, elegant and timeless look give us a call or book online! Be sure to check back for some more ideas for your wedding and gown! If you need a little help navigating the crazy world of bridal check out our posts about bridal colors and inclusive sizing.
Waistlines are key in helping to create the shape you want, whether that be a ball gown, mermaid, or even a column gown. Experimenting with waistlines in your search can help you find what flatters you and makes you fall in love!
Your basic waistlines are empire, natural, corset, and dropped. All of which can be created in a defined/fitted or moving style. These beautiful Rebecca Schoneveld gowns are a beautiful example of this!
A defined waistline is just as it sounds: it is defined by a belt, a change in fabric, a seam, etc. A moving waist is the exact opposite, there is still a clear waist but it is defined by the dress’ cut rather than a defining element.
Falls right below the bust line along your ribcage
Elongates the body
Minimizes a small bust, draws attention to a large bust, flatters a medium sized bust
A dress with an empire waist will often (not always) hide your stomach and is sometimes popular for pregnant brides
This Amsale gown really showcases this cut in a modern and chic manner.
Falls at your actual waist: the indent between your hip bone and your ribcage
Flattering on most body types
Can hide hips and stomach without drawing too much attention to your bust
Most gowns will have a natural waist
This Tara Keely gown shows the popular and flattering natural cut!
This waistline is usually overlooked and lumped into a category with either natural or dropped. But it is very unique.
Hits very close to your hip bone
Can “cut” a shorter frame and make them look childlike
Generally found in ballgowns or fit-and-flare styles
Hayley Paige does a beautiful job showcasing this dropped-waist mermaid!
Never be afraid to try different waistlines! Who knows! You might run into something you never would have thought of before! Finding a gown in a process so have some fun and and try something new! If any of these gorgeous gowns and their designers caught you eye give us a call or schedule an appointment online to try on some different and flattering cuts! Check out our other helpful guides like inclusive sizes and bridal colors. Come back and check us out for more beneficial tips!
Thinking of Wearing Multiple Gowns for Your Big Day?
Here are a few tips from us!
Every wedding is different and every bride has their own dreams of what they want it to be like so it makes sense that many women would enjoy having multiple gowns for their big day. Some choose to have a second gown for their reception that is much easier to celebrate in or fall in love with multiple gowns so they find a way to wear them both. Whatever the reason, make sure it is the right decision for you and you won’t regret it.
If you are wearing multiple gowns because of tradition or culture, most of this post won’t apply.
Why are you wearing a second (or third or fourth) gown?
Do you want something more comfortable for your reception? Are your settings for ceremony and reception dramatically different? Are you having a second celebration (reception, open house) on a different day? Do you just want two different looks (sexy mermaid and fun loving ballgown)?
A second gown could definitely work for you then! Those are all valid reasons for purchasing two gowns! Check out some of these dramatic differences in these Sareh Nouri gowns!
Are you torn between two gowns and think it will just be easier to get both?
If this is true then I would advise against it. Making a choice is hard and it can be quite the process for some brides, but the choice is worth it. Never settle until you have found the gown you adore!
If you spend money on a second gown will you have the resources to make them both fantastic?
Make sure you don’t stretch yourself too thin as far as funds. You want both gowns to be equally beautiful so be sure that it is in your budget to not only purchase, but also alter both gowns. Our in house alteration does amazing work! Check out these before and after photos and more about our modest gowns here.
Do you want a “gown” for your second dress?
If you are going super casual for your reception after a formal ceremony or having a low-key open house a week after your wedding then you might consider a sun dress or a simple wedding gown that will cost less and fit the occasion a bit better. An option like a pantsuit might also fit a more casual occation. This one by Rebecca Schoneveld is one of my favorites!
Do you want separate gowns or a transforming gown?
Consider a two piece gown! Two piece gowns are not only trendy, but comfortable and versatile as well. Having a two piece with different looks might fit your idea for your wedding! My personal favorites are by Mikaella! These gowns have a beautiful fit and incredible comfort! Come in to try them on!
We hope that some of these tips have helped with your decision about having multiple gowns for your special day! Its a hard choice for sure! If you loved some of the gowns you have seen in this post give us a call or book an appointment online so we can help you find the designer dress of your dreams! Check out some of our other helpful posts, like dress colors and inclusive fits, to get some more insights for your shopping experiance! Check back for more tips and tricks and fabulous designers!
Let’s get right to it! Bridal sizing is tricky and unfortunately for everyone, more often than not a gown will not fit you perfectly when you try it on. This is true for small brides, tall brides, brides with curves, and brides without. We do our best to be size inclusive so we can help you find the gown of your dreams, but sometimes we can fall a bit short.
At Bitsy, we try to keep a wide range of styles and designers for every bride, but unfortunately we cannot carry every size of each gown in our salon. We understand the frustration of the gown not zipping, or having to look beyond the numerous clips. Its rough. As a store we are trying our best to accommodate more brides of all sizes. This includes bringing in our new designer Rebecca Schoneveld and her inclusive bridal line!
Rebecca designs all of her gowns with all sizes in mind to ensure everyone looks amazing on their wedding day! All of her gowns are gorgeous in person and have an amazing quality!
Slowly but surely the wedding industry is becoming more inclusive for brides of all shapes and sizes, because everyone deserves to feel beautiful on their special day! Unfortunately there are still some hurdles to jump through for some brides. Here are a couple tips to make your bridal experience as stress free as possible!
For “Plus Sized” Brides:
Keep in mind that some shops, especially those with a higher price point, might not have your size in stock of a specific gown. At our boutique if a gown catches your eye that too small for you we will do our best to give you an idea of how it will fit on you when it comes in your size. We know its difficult to imagine sometimes, but we will try our best!
Don’t settle! Your dream dress is out there and don’t just settle for a gown you hate simply because the sample fits. You deserve your dream dress just like every other bride!
Understand how designers work. Some designers may have to alter the pattern of the gown to accommodate a larger figure. Sometimes they have to charge extra to do this. This is purely because it takes some time and they want to make sure the proportions are perfect for you so you look your best.
For Tall Brides:
Keep in mind that most wedding gowns are sized on 5′ 8″ models, so if you are that height or taller know that the proportions aren’t quite right in any sample by any designer.
If you want to wear heels, let your stylist know! Sometimes a designer can add a couple complimentary inches to your gown, but other times they might charge for a extra length. We want to help you find the gown of your dreams in you budget and will take the desire for extra length into consideration.
For Petite Brides:
The problems that plague tall brides also plague shorter and smaller brides as well. Again, this is because gowns are sized on 5′ 8″ models it brings problems for those who are significantly shorter than that size. Hems can get expensive especially if the dress has an intricate pattern or lace. Designers and seamstresses have a solution though called hollow to hem.
Hollow to hem is much like when you have a picture online and you drag the corner in to shrink it, keeping the proportions; but for a dress! It can be beneficial for both tall and short brides, but much like all problems a bride will face it will cost a bit extra.
Talk to your stylist and let them know if you are planning to wear heels or are concerned about losing patterns in the dress due to hem. They love to help you out and will do their best to show you how amazing you will look!
Wedding gowns are tricky business and we want to make is a stress free and fun as we can! We hope that with our new size inclusive designer we can help everyone feel amazing on their special day! You can check out her latest collection here where I pulled some of these gorgeous photos! Don’t forget to check back with us for more info to help your bridal experience! Take a look at our post to help you with bridal colors! If you want to make an appointment to try on some gorgeous gowns of all sizes call us or make an appointment online!