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.
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.
We have been looking forward to this for weeks, pouring over dress pictures and painstakingly picking the gowns we think you will love the most.
The gowns will be coming in one at a time over the next weeks and months so we are introducing them as they arrive. First on the list is this little number: her name is West.
Silhouette: Fit to Flare
Fabric/Finish: Cashmere lining and Marrakesh beading
Neckline: Elongated Sweetheart
Back: Low scoop
Boho level: 3/5
How can you not love this? Seriously.
But for real, if you had an answer for that question, just go away… I’ll wait.
That’s right, it’s AMAZING. Say it with me now…. Marrakesh Beading……. from top to bottom!
With the stellar fit, low back and the perfect amount of sparkle, I’m not sure how Miss Hayley Paige could have improved upon this design.
West is a phenomenal design. Not just because she is drop-dead gorgeous but because she is such a universal design. She appeals to the “princess” brides who are looking for drama, sparkle, and a little more drama. She also has such strong bohemian elements with the off white coloring and abstract beading that trendy brides are losing it! West is perfect because she walks the line between classic and bold.
As for me, my favorite part of the entire gown is the cut. I love the neckline, where it hits the legs to flare out into a perfectly rounded skirt, and most of all I love that back. I am a sucker for a low-back gown. But for real, who isn’t?
Want to see it yourself? Call and make your appointment. 801.699.2571
In May, we were lucky enough to host a trunk show for one of the favorite bridal lines among stylists and Bitsy Brides: Tara Keely. Part of the JLM design house and designed by Lazaro Perez, Tara Keely is for the sophisticated and timeless bride who is not afraid to make a statement.
The new season is To. Die. For. The girls here were literally drooling over the newest designs. The official pictures are not out yet but I just couldn’t wait to give you a taste so…. without further ado…. here are five things to expect from the new season of Tara Keely.
Sleeves were a rare luxury among bridal designers over the past several years but they have been making a comeback in the most recent seasons. In my opinion, the JLM design house (which includes Tara Keely) does sleeves better than most. You will find dainty cap sleeves and long, lace, masterpiece sleeves in the newest collection.
2 – Sparkle
If you thought it was impossible to have a sparkled dress without looking like a chandelier or like a 4 year old playing dress up then you have never tried on a gown designed by Lazaro Perez. With cascading waves of sparkle and perfectly placed belts or jewels, each dress with the addition of shine is made with the utmost regard for taste and sophistication.
Silk shantung, long sleeve gown. Via Tara Keely instagram.
3 – A-Line Perfection
There is a reason it is the most requested silhouette. ALine gowns flatter nearly every body type. They are feminine and elegant without being hard to manage or overdone. A Line is classic and gives you a lot of wiggle room to show your personality with the gown design, which is exactly what happens with a Tara Keely gown. With a design channeling Princess Diana hanging next to a bohemian beauty, there is a gown for everyone in this collection.
4 – Lush Materials
Tara Keely always has amazing fabrics and finishes but this season is particularly spectacular. I am in love with the use of Silk Shantung I am finding. Shantung is an amazing material with just enough luster and the perfect amount of drape to easily be worn in a formal or whimsical affair.
Spaghetti strap trumpet gown with bohemian vibes. Via JLM instagram.
5 – Bohemian Charm
I am particularly critical of boho-style dresses. Just not my favorite. I will however have to admit that I am drooling over Tara Keely’s bohemian additions to this season.
Get ready ladies, this season is going to be AMAZING!
Destination weddings are becoming more and more popular. They are appealing for may reasons including their ability to be less stressful. However, planning the event from a distance can quickly turn into a nightmare if you start forgetting things. So, here are 9 keys to keep in mind when planning your destination wedding.
1- The Dress:
More than the look of the dress needs to fit your wedding. If your setting is 100 degrees. You do not want to be in a satin mermaid gown.
Just the same, if you are getting married in a castle setting in England in the winter… you may want to pick a heavier gown, maybe with sleeves so you can take pictures outside without having to wear a coat. If your perfect gown is sleeveless or sheer then find an awesome coat to wear outside.
Finding a stylists from afar can be daunting so rely heavily on reviews and referrals.
If you are doing your own hair then be sure to think about how your hair responds to different climates (ie humidity) and prepare for that well in advance.
Cheap plane tickets are not the place to try to save money. Your plane rides are the bookends of your trip- don’t make them awful.
Make travel plans idiot proof for your guests as well. Make sure everyone knows the right airport and how to get to and from all of the relevant locations at your destination.
Remember that the best weather in popular destinations also coincides with a heavy flow of tourists which might throw a wrench in your plans and usually drives up prices.
5- Marriage Legality
Marriage laws can be drastically different in different countries and states. You will need to check into requirements for a marriage license in your destination i.e. blood tests or minimum age.
Also take into account that marriages may not be recognized between countries and you may need to actually be married before you leave or get married again once you arrive back in your home country.
6- Warn Family and Friends
Give your loved ones plenty of time to arrange their lives and finances.
Make it clear ahead of time, that you are having a destination affair, to anyone you are asking to be in your bridal party before you ask them. This way they can politely decline if they are unable to make the trip.
7- People will Complain
Whether they are going and don’t want to travel or aren’t going and wish they could; people are going to complain that you are having a destination wedding. To quote every pop and rap singer in the last 5 years “haters gonna hate” just ignore them. This is your wedding.
8- “No” RSVPs
Travel and accommodations can be costly so you will get a lot of people who cannot attend. Some will probably disappoint you or be unexpected but you need to be ready for that if you are traveling for your wedding.
9- Visit Your Destination or Make Peace with Surprises
Pictures and descriptions are great but have been posted by people in marketing. If your pictures are all you care about or you aren’t that worried about how things look then this may not be a huge deal. But, I HIGHLY recommend visiting your destination and seeing your venue before your wedding so you can plan accordingly and not be surprised on your wedding day.
Have you had a destination wedding or are you planning one now? Share any tips of your own below.
Its time for one of my favorite types of posts: Stylist Picks! I’m taking a setting/venue that is common among brides this year and together with the other Bitsy Stylists will highlight our favorite gowns in every silhouette for the chosen setting!30
This round’s setting: URBAN JUNGLE
Country-chic and feminine-floral are still going strong but the edgier, urban style is starting to come back and its coming back fast. So, for the brides getting married in lofts, industrial building, city center hotels, train stations turned reception venues, or anywhere with exposed brick, steel or concrete; these gowns are for you.
This ballgown from Ella Rosa is the perfect choice for an urban wedding. There is just enough sparkle paired with the clean lines and sheer nude illusion neckline. Together they make the ultimate centerpiece for a city-based wedding.
Christos does several things extremely well. One of them is a flowing, A-line silhouette. This gorgeously beaded gown, Paisley, is no exception. The sheer back and side panels only adds to the romantic allure. Simple and comfortable with feminine and sparkling details, Paisley, is the perfect reflection of venues such as exposed lofts and industrial spaces.
Fit and Flare
Smooth crepe from head to toe, this Mikaella gown is elegant and classic. Add the sparkling belt and suddenly its that much more romantic. Don’t let the beach-based pictures fool you, this gown is destined to be photographed under city lights and next to stunning architecture.
The romantic lace and beaded applique on Idella from Kelly by Kelly Faetanini are such a perfect pair. Any ballroom or loft will be made all the more perfect with the addition of this beautiful gown.
Silk shantung and architectural seaming make Tamara from Tulle New York absolutely stunning. Its hard to pick the best part of this true trumpet gown. The v-back, perfectly placed seams and a crisp off the shoulder neckline are all downright perfect.
Meet Kate, from Tara Keely. This gown is a column silhouette and covered in caviar beading. With the addition of the removable tulle over-skirt it becomes a flowing A-line gown with a glistening under-layer. If you are getting married in a chic ballroom or a museum this gown would be perfect.
See something you like? Make an appointment to find your perfect gown at Bitsy Bridal.
I walked in to work on Friday and legitimately did a happy dance. I am not just saying that: I dropped my purse and started grooving to music only I could hear. Why? Because I saw this beauty:
Meet IDELLA! This gorgeous design from Kelly by Kelly Faetanini has been haunting my dreams ever since she was cruelly ripped from the store a few months ago. We were lucky enough to have her in the boutique for a trunk show but we only just got her in permanently. Joining Idella are 4 other dresses that we carefully picked to join our collection, all from Kelly by Kelly Faetanini.
K by KF is an amazing line that I am head-over-heels in love with. It is unashamedly girly, sophisticated, and daring.
I’m so in love <3<3
Check out our other designs from Kelly by Kelly Faetanini!
Cap sleeves on a wide v neck with a sheer plunging back add an extra element of sophistication to this column alencon lace gown
Elegant beading adorns the bodice while the illusion bateau neckline and keyhole back add whimsy. A full bodied handkerchief style skirt is the perfect balance.
Slim flowing gown with v neck and scooped back. Laced bodice fades to soft skirt.
Beaded applique on the bodice gives way to a fitted Chantilly lace skirt.
Fit and flare silhouette in rum-pink with lace applique on the illusion shoulders and back
The girls at Bitsy have been anticipating the arrival of these gowns for months and we are so excited they are here so we can show them to all of you wonderful brides!
Our collection is growing, getting more diverse and more amazing every day. Make your appointment to come see for yourself.
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.
Its that time of the season: Sample Sale Time!! Now for some of us this may bring up flashbacks of watching Monica, Phoebe, and Rachel from Friends battle other women with the help of “safety whistles” to find the perfect dress.
In reality, this is an amazing opportunity to find a designer gown at a killer price. There is no door rushing a-la Black Friday and you still get the personalized attention that the Bitsy team proudly provides.
If you have never experienced a sample sale, then you are definitely missing out. You get to take your dress home day-of and at an incredible price.
This March we are running an event with all sample gowns under $1400 and 80% of our samples will be under $900! Considering our gowns normally START at $990, that is pretty awesome! I’m excited, are you excited?! If not, then keep reading because these are just a few of the gowns we are featuring this weekend.
Appointments for the sale (Saturday the 25th) will be an hour instead of the normal 90 minutes. This way we can help as many brides as possible during the one day sale. Appointments can be made online or over the phone. We hope to see you this weekend!
It’s hard to pick a favorite gown when you’re in this line of work. You love so many for different reasons, so the girls at Bitsy have decided to do a series showing you all our favorite gowns for different types of weddings. Today, Morgan and I wanted to start with our favorite picks for a temple wedding.
Emerald from Saphia Blue by ECD
Pointed tulle skirt
Lace bodice over gray or ivory satin lining
Why we love her:
Becca: “I adore Emerald because she comes in a soft gray color (as well as Ivory) which is so chic and on trend. It makes the lace on the bodice pop and can really show off a bride’s skin tone.”
Morgan: “Emerald makes my heart sing! Emerald’s skirt is as soft as a cloud, and I always find an excuse to touch it. There is nothing better than a gorgeous dress that is also soft and comfortable!”
Morgan: “Brook has a simple elegance that is so effortless. This gown is so sleek, without being boring. The continuous waistline is fantastic at showing off your natural beauty, without going over the top!”
Becca: “My favorite thing about Brook is the fit. The way she softly flows through the waist and barely hugs the hips is just perfect. And the sleeves! I can’t forget those sleeves, they are so simple and yet absolutely stunning.”
Becca: “Everything about Pearl is to. die. for. I love the lace, the solid sleeves, the train detailing. She has so many great elements.”
Morgan: “I’m a sucker for a blush dress, and Pearl does blush beautifully! The lace has that roaring 20’s/old Hollywood glam vibe that is so unique! I adore it!”
There are so many amazing modest dresses to choose from (plus you can always customize a dress to meet your modesty needs) and these are just a few of them. Do you love one of these gowns as much as we do? Let us know!