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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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
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 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
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.
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.