Fifty Days into 2019, we have been so crazy busy in the middle of Bridal Season.
But we are finally able to schedule our first 1st designer trunk show of 2019 with our newest and yet favorite designer Tara Lauren aka the queen of the Romantic bohemian luxe bridal gowns with a California ease.
Trunkshow Special – 10% all Tara Lauren gown purchase
“Tara Lauren is a Los Angeles based bridal brand that embodies a romantic, fresh, elevated bohemian aesthetic designed with an admiration for the spirited confidence of today’s adventurous modern bride. Co-Founding sisters Tara and Shaina Healy, aim to evoke the beauty of effortless style, while preserving an expressly luxe vision.”
Last month, we had the fantastic Lovebird Jewelry come in and show us their bling. Needless to say, it was fabulous! We loved the sparkle and dazzle that it brought into the shop!
There are so many pieces here that will accentuate the beauty of your gown, no matter the style. From simple and chic, to bold and daring, they have something for everyone!
Bitsy wants to help our brides with all of their needs, from the gown itself, to veils and jewelry. With Lovebird, we hope to update our jewelry collection, so that any and every bride can find the perfect accents for their big day!
Come and get a designer dress for a fantastic price!
So next weekend, Saturday March the 3rd, we are having a sample sale! Normally we order in a brand new gown for each of our brides and we have samples that we fit each bride to give them the idea of what they would like. These are the gowns we are selling from 25% to 75%……. weeeeeee…..
Bitsy Bridal will be going through extensive renovations to accommodate our new in-house alteration team, and possibly a new bridesmaids department in a couple of weeks. (hint-hint) 😉
We don’t want to pack up too many gowns. So we are doing an early Spring sample sale! If you still need a gown for this summer or a second gown, this is THE event for you!
A few notes about the sale
Sat – March 3rd – 10am to 6pm
25% – 75% off original MSRP
Gowns starting at $399
Appointment only: 45 min appointments starting at every hour
We have the pleasure of showcasing a trunk show from Marina Semone from January 26th to February 4th!
Trunk shows are always super fun for everyone! We love getting to try out these fabulous gowns and showing amazing brides something a little new and different! Check out some of these fantastic finds from Semone’s collection!
Our last trunk show with Claire Le Faye was absolutely fantastic with their “luxury with an edge” look, but with Marina Semone you can experience a romantic look inspired by climbing vines, hidden trails, and abandoned ruins. These elegant gowns are perfect for a bride who wants a vintage inspired look with a dash modern flair!
We adore these wispy romantic looks, and we can’t wait to see them on real brides!! Give us a call, or visit us here to book an appointment when the trunk show comes in so you can try these gorgeous gowns on!
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Salt Lake City, UT/January 18, 2018 — Bitsy Bridal is pleased to announce that we have been selected as a 2018 winner in The Knot Best of Weddings, an award representing the highest-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot, the leading online wedding brand and app. We truly are the best bridal shop in what Utah has to offer.
In 2018, only 3% of the approximately 300,000 local wedding professionals listed on TheKnot.com have received this distinguished accolade. In its 12th annual year, The Knot continues its longstanding tradition of supporting local wedding vendors with The Knot Best of Weddings 2018. It is an annual by-couples, for-couples guide to the top wedding professionals across the country. To determine the winners, The Knot assessed almost 3.6 million reviews across the various vendor categories—venues, musicians, florists, photographers, caterers and more. These winners represent the best of the best wedding professionals that a bride or groom would want to consider booking for their own unique wedding.
“At Bitsy Bridal, we are all about the bride!”
As the number 1 online wedding brand and app, The Knot has inspired approximately 25 million couples to plan a wedding that’s uniquely theirs. With a rich history of providing quality content and inspiration, The Knot is making it easier for couples to connect with and book just the right wedding professionals to create their perfect wedding day. 8 out of 10 couples come to The Knot where they can be connected to any of the approximately 300,000 local wedding professionals across the country. The Knot marries great technology with trusted content–and a little love–to make planning for the most important day of a person’s life easier and more enjoyable.
Bitsy Bridal is an upscale bridal shop in Salt Lake City Utah. Bitsy Bridal offers the best wedding dress shopping experience. We carry designer bridal gowns with modern details on traditional silhouettes.
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We’ve been showing you a lot of our styled shoots lately so I’m going to take a little bit of a different approach on this one. This is one of the many shoots that I personally helped with. I was there for the entire thing (freezing my fanny off might I add) and the bridesmaid in the shoot…that’s my old friend Savanna.
Go Behind the Scenes at Jeremy Ranch
Shoots have carefully planned call times so everything goes off without a hitch. The day of this shoot, those call times went out the window. Several creatives got caught in a huge traffic jam in a canyon, another had her car broken into, and I was recovering from a concussion and had to hitch a ride from Dear Old Dad.
Eventually, we all got there and got back on track.
This shoot capitalized on the venue, Jeremy Ranch,with a design focused on a contrast between rich tones and bright airy accents.
This Alyne by Rita Vinieris gown was such a perfect addition to this lush shoot that I’m not sure it could get any prettier.
Here are the Ceremony Shots
Beautiful shots right? Absolutely gorgeous! Even more impressive considering there are 10 people crowded behind the lens, a table full of scattered hair and makeup supplies about 10 feet to one side and a fully staged catering table off to the other.
Also, these two models met about 10 minutes before the first shot.
This was the third week of January 2017 so it was well below freezing. Everyone working this shoot is standing outside in snow boots and parkas. Our model, Jordan, is outside is a paper thin dress. Don’t let the sleeves fool you, they’re made of mesh and lace – absolutely no warmth there. Also, the gown had a sheer back.
Plus, I have never worn a men’s suit but I can’t imagine it was as warm as my down parka!
Let me tell you, trying to take pictures in the middle of a field of snow, in a wedding gown, while minimizing tracks that the photographer has to edit out is NOT easy.
This is probably the craziest shoot I’ve been to. The most effort, most energy, most time and most anxiety but it was also the most fun. I think it shows in photographer Chad Braithwaite’s photos.
I loved working on this shoot, especially with the people! Props to the models for standing in below freezing weather without coats and still smiling like it was balmy. Also a special shout out to Julie Maughan for give Yours Truly a ride down the canyon so I didn’t have to Uber-it while carrying a designer gown. I had a concussion remember – no driving allowed.
I hope you had fun with this little glimpse behind the scenes of our style shoots. After all, I know I always have fun participating in them.
Look below for all the talented vendors that participated in this shoot.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
This gown will be made and shipped from the factory in their normal time. For most designers this sits between 12 and 16 weeks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This weekend (3/31 – 4/2) is a very special one at Bitsy Bridal! In additional to our curated collection, we will be showcasing dresses from Claire La Faye.
This unique bridal line brings the height of Hollywood glamour into the 21st century. Described as “luxury with an edge” Claire La Faye Bridal is full of whimsical and modern designs for the feminine and fashionable bride.
You will just as soon find a head-to-toe glitter gown from Claire La Faye as you would a delicately ruched Chantilly lace bodice paired with a flowing train.
These rare and impeccable designs out of Portland, OR are completely unique and the Bitsy team is incredibly excited to show them to as many brides as possible. Make your appointment for the trunk show here or call us at 801.699.2571.
All CLF dresses ordered during the trunk show are discounted 10%. Claire La Faye dresses cannot be found in any other boutique in Utah. Don’t miss out on this amazing chance to see these exclusive designs.