Only a week late to write about our Madi Lane designer wedding dress trunk show happening right now. I have to say wedding season simply have gotten the best of me for sure!.
Here’s the PSA for the trunk show:
What: Madi Lane Designer Trunkshow
About: Madi Lane is our latest bridal designer addition to Bitsy Bridal. It’s classic and luxurious with a bohemian aesthetics. As a new welcome to our designer, Bitsy Bridal is hosting a trunk show with even more dresses. Full collection of Madi Lane will be in-store from beginning to mid-August… Also coming to our designer collection page soon.
When & Where: July 18th – 28th at Bitsy Bridal
Price Range: $1500 – $2500
Promotions: 10% Trunk Show Discount to all Madi Lane purchases
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 2 months from the wear 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 only 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!
What works and what you should think about for your festively frosty winter wedding day!
It’s that time of year again! Now is the time to start thinking about your winter wedding! Thinking of a spring wedding instead? Well, never underestimate the beauty of a blanket of snow to highlight your beautiful dress!
Have we convinced you yet?? Well, if we have, here are a few thoughts for your chilly celebration. First things first, warmth! Just because its cold outside doesn’t mean you have to freeze!
For that reason, many brides, choose to wear a long sleeve gown. Not only does it look elegant, but it can help keep you from turning into a popsicle before you turn into a wife. This bride chose a fabulous Tara Keely by Lazaro gown with a beautiful silk skirt, pockets, and a stunning lace top! Not into sleeves? Then this is the perfect opportunity to rock an adorable jacket or wrap!
Another important factor for your winter wedding is a nice toasty spot for your guests! This bride chose a wide open cabin where you can look at the beautiful snow outside while sitting by a gorgeous fireplace! Jessica White really made it look so cozy with her beautiful photography!
Thinking of saying “I do!” in the snow now? Come on in and check out our amazing designers! Call or book online to find the gown to dazzle your December wedding! Don’t forget to check back for some more wedding ideas and tips! Until then check out our post on Tropical Weddings for some more summery ideas!
Destination weddings are a dream come true! But what about when you need to be landlocked for the sake of your loved ones? No need to fear! There are plenty of ways you can have a tropical wedding without the plane tickets and sand stuck in your shoes.
This bride decided to bring the islands to Utah with her exotic taste in flowers and her beautiful gown. This gorgeous dress is by the wonderful and talented Sareh Nouri. Her unique detailing and construction really make this gown stand apart from the crowd! She is one of our favorite exclusive designers!
Check out some of her latest looks here! Not a fan? No problem! Take a look at some of our other wonderful exclusive designers to find the one that fits your style!
It may not seem like it but, the key to an amazing themed wedding of any kind is the accessories. For tropical themes, the tropical flowers are a MUST! Even if the sun isn’t shining the beauty of some tropical flowers will take you straight to a cloudless island! If you are curious what kind of accessories and accents you would need for a themed wedding check out our post about Industrial Elegance or Keeping it Classical for some more ideas!
Most importantly, photographer Lindsay Kaye did an absolutely beautiful job with these photos and really captured the beauty of the flowers and the intricate detail of the gown! So, give us a call or book an appointment online to come find the gown of your tropical dreams! Don’t forget to check back for more style and theme highlights!
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!
One of the first things we mention to brides when color is a concern is that we don’t carry white. For clarity’s sake, the white that most people think of is purest of white colors as Bright White. Bright White has a blue undertone, which is what gives it such crispness. It also causes a blue hue in photographs so be aware of that. A few designers carry Bright White gowns, like Enchanting. All of our in store gowns are ivory or other colors.
Knowing the difference between white, ivory and other gown colors will make your shopping experience easier. So we’re going to break it down for you!Let’s keep it simple and break it into 4 categories: Ivory Family, Blush Family, Nude Family, Adventurous Colors.
Ivory is a “catch-all” color. Anything that is white or off-white to the naked eye but isn’t actually white. Most often, ivory will have a warm undertone of yellow or brown which is what makes it so much more appealing than Bright White.
Other names that designers will use for their ivory gowns include: natural (Mikaella), off white, soft white, beige. Some designers will have a dress available in ivory and beige – both are versions of ivory just with different undertones or in a darker/lighter shade. These photos feature gowns by Christos and Alyne by Rita Vinieris.
Technically, blush is the lightest of pinks- almost undetectable and very light. But lately blush tends to describe any dress that looks pink. There are a numerous color names for various shades that really just boil down to being called blush.
Many people are afraid that blush doesn’t look “as bridal” as something from the nude or ivory family, but rest assured it photographs beautifully and is a fantastic way to make a statement while still being a bride! Check out our recent post featuring the color blush! In these photos we’re featuring (from the top down) Sareh Nouri, Tara Keely, and Saphia Blue.
Within the nude family we have Mocha, Champagne, Nude, Cashmere, and Cafe. Essentially these all have a brown or tan tone to them. Similar to ivory but much more saturated so there is no way they can be considered “off-white”.
Cashmere, Mocha, and Cafe are essentially the same color just different names used by different designers. This color is a bit darker than Champagne but still holds on to the soft “milky” quality. Nude is the darkest and is meant to look like tanned skin. We showcased the first photo in a post here , by Elaya Vaughn,the second gown is one our favorite Tara Keely gowns, and of course Lazaro brings up the rear with his dazzling piece that we took up to Park City.
These are gowns that are anything but ordinary! From black, to lavender, to gold and grey, and the now trendy blue! These colors will really make a bride stand apart from the crowd without looking like she is going to the prom!
My current favorite is our beautiful Star by Kelly Faetenini! Grey and blue are hot colors for bridal right now, so if you’re a bride with a bold side come and try on our Star! The other gowns showcased in this post are also by Kelly Faetenini and Sareh Nouri who are a part of our exclusive collection.
Hopefully this helped break down the confusing world of bridal fabric colors. Don’t forget to check back with us for more info to help your bridal experience! If you want to make an appointment to try on some gorgeous gowns of all colors call us or make an appointment online!
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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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Anyone else wishing that Fall Colors would get here a little faster? I mean who doesn’t want to be a real life meme by curling up on their couch with a pumpkin spiced latte and a cozy blanket.
I am just aching for sweater weather and knee-high boots. Are you wistful for crisp cool air and changing leaves like me? Then take a look at this gorgeous styled shoot. It features one of our favorite model, Jordan Blackhurst. Several of our shoots featured her lovely work.
This shoot is unique in that it is outdoors but maintains the simplicity of an indoor, industrial shoot. The colors are incredible and I just can’t get over the use of light.
This beautiful mocha colored gown is from the Tara Keely line – designed by Lazaro. The chunky lace on the bodice is offset by a skirt of soft organza.
With a plunging neckline and open back, this dramatic gown is not for the faint of heart.
Most people prefer full color photos but I have to admit that I am a sucker for a good black-and-white! I love the details and contrast that you pick up in a colorless image. But, these photos are absolutely gorgeous no matter the color.
Read about our Tara Keely, designed by Lazaro, right HERE!
I will admit that these are my all-time favorite posts to write. Maybe its because at the end of the day I’m just a sucker for bridal gowns or maybe I have a thing for playing favorites … ha … Either way, here are the stylist picks for a barnyard or country wedding.
Pippa is a pheonomenal gown and an archetype of Hayley Paige’s designs.
She is flirty fun and princess-y but has a good done of rustic charm or bohemian flare depending on how you wear her. Head over to my post dedicated to Pippa for more info.
Ella Rosa style BE400. Another brand new gown to Bitsy Bridal and one that I am loving! Beautifully detailed bodice and a skirt that has just enough volume to be fun without getting in the way. Strap details and a scalloped neckline add to the interest.
Matie from Kelly by Kelly Faetanini. Slim fit, flowing gown with thin straps and lace details. Matie is one of those gowns where the fit is right on the edge between ALine and Column.
Soft chiffon and a mock basque waist line slim the hips without adding volume.
Fit to Flare
Tara Keely 2450.
This is a tried and true style from Tara Keely. Venise lace sleeves and bodice paired with a crepe skirt are a very demure combo. The wide, plunging neckline is incredibly daring. The combo makes for a mesmerizing gown. The skirt is straight cut but due to the train and the fabric it falls into a soft flare which lands it in Fit-to-Flare territory over Column.
Crepe is the most difficult fabric to wear as it is the most unforgiving. It is comfortable as it acts like a second skin but not the best choice for summer weddings since it isn’t the most breathable.
Tara Keely 2751. Unlike 2450, this is a brand new design from Tara Keely. We had this dress in store for a trunk show a couple months ago and are insanely excited to get it back in store as part of our collection. It should be arriving any day now!
Chantilly lace in a beautifully rustic gold color lays atop this trumpet gown from top to bottom. Spaghetti straps fall into a plunging neckline and V back reaching to or almost to the natural waistline which is marked by a gold ribbon. This gown is remarkably simple yet full of texture and interest.
I can just envision a pair of funky cow boy boots peeking out from under Pippa or BE400. And Matie or either Tara Keely gown would look fantastic in silhouette against the sunset in a field or in a candle lit barn. If a barn wedding isn’t your style, take a look back at the Stylist Picks for backyard, city, and temple weddings.
Check back for later installments including tropical weddings and garden weddings.
We’ve all seen our fair share of wedding and engagement photos. Obviously the majority of these photos are smiling and happy pictures with a lot of light and energy. That’s why this shoot: dark, full of lush texture, and not a smile in the mix is such a fun change of pace.
This unique shoot took place at The Ogden Click and includes detail shots of the cake, decanters and dress.
The gown is a classic piece from the Tara Keely line. Designed by Lazaro Perez, this gown has an amazing balance between the Venise lace bodice and the thick crepe skirt with a subtle fit-to-flare silhouette. A high back and low-v neckline continue the balancing act and keep the gown from falling into either the stuffy or revealing category.
Moody and Romantic
The low light and lush texture give this shoot a distinct mood. A feeling of calm romanticism and an almost noir-like mood hang over every photo.
Cranberry and deep, dusty blue compliment the ivory gown and pull out the mellow tones in order to greater highlight the romantic feel of the shoot.
The addition of a heavily textured bouquet gives the slightest prickly feeling to detail shots.
Dramatic poses and a model who has mastered her ability to look pensive and moody are the final pieces in this elegant shoot.
The bright window in the center of the room provides a flood of natural light in the otherwise dark room and shows off the texture of the couch, gown and bouquet.
Shots framed in unconventional ways highlight the offbeat feel of this shoot.
This perfectly executed, unconventional shoot is one that I find myself staring at over and over again because I love anything that is outside the norm.
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.
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,
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.
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.