Our brilliant bride Lexi wore Idella by Kelly Faetanini on her special day. Lexi worked with our in-house alterations team to create a flutter sleeve on this typically sleeveless gown. She added extra beading throughout the bodice and sleeves to bring the look together, but left the back low and open. Lexi and our team left the fitted Chantilly lace skirt untouched, which does a fantastic job at tying the romantic look together. This gown is just one example of the amazing sleeve work our alterations team can do.
This radiant bride wore Viv, by Nouvelle Amsale. She then customized it with our seamstress to make it modest. The original gown featured a lace appliqué bodice with spaghetti straps.
To make this gown temple ready, Julia changed the neckline from a scoop-neck into a higher v-neck. She also raised the back to follow the front. Julia then extended the lace into a full sleeve, but left this unlined to give dimension to the look.
Our seamstress does a beautiful job at turning any gown into a modest masterpiece. She left the original silk organza skirt untouched, which enhanced the beauty of the altered top.
Summer Rae captured this one-of-a-kind gown and the couple down in Southern Utah.
Our beautiful bride Shelbi wore Kim by Tara Keely on her special day. Tara Keely is designed by Lazaro, and his attention to detail still shines through in this budget-friendly collection. This gown features an Alencon lace bodice on top of a full organza skirt. The ribbon sash that sits around the natural waist, gives this airy gown a touch of feminine beauty. In addition to the sash, the Venise lace appliqués subtly tie the look together. Kim comes in mocha or ivory, either one of them complimenting a wide range of skin tones. This gown is a perfect combination of comfortable and classic.
Dezember Photography captured the stunning couple at Homestead Resort. This venue is a personal favorite of the staff of Bitsy Bridal! Both our manager and I picked this venue for our weddings.
Our stunning bride Katina wore an equally stunning gown by Nouvelle Amsale. This line is made with the same craftsmanship as the Amsale collection, but will allow you and your wedding budget to say “yes” to that floral arch or dessert bar.
Myka is constructed of a crepe material that creates beautiful and clean lines down the fit to flare skirt. The sheer lace bodice compliments the sweetheart neckline and adds a touch of romance to this timeless gown. Similarly, the matching lace appliqué on the train makes us swoon. Katina turned this show-stopper into an East Coast dream in her Virginian venue.
Our gorgeous bride Stephanie wore a long sleeve silk crepe, modest wedding dress by our favorite Canadian designer, Mikaella. This high-quality fabric does an amazing job defining curves and makes this incredibly comfortable to wear all day.
Although this gown is typically an open back, Stephanie decided to make it modest wedding dress. This designer is very bride friendly and is able to send gowns already built up and customized. Stephanie ordered the back filled in, so we could get right to work on molding it to her figure.
Here is a peek at how elegant this gown looks in its original form.
In addition to the bateau neckline, this gown features crepe fabric buttons that run the length of the train. These features, along with the jeweled belt and long sleeves, make this gown radiate a timeless and classic look.
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!
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! So and So that this editorial got featured on Utah Valley Bride.
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 going to be more expensive.
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 silk 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. The quality of the fabric definitely determines 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 THE 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 and craftsmanship 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 without breaking your bank.
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!
This month, we are showcasing a gown from the fabulous line, Alyne by Rita Vinieris! This gown is perfect for the summer months. It’s figure flattering without being too heavy, and it has the perfect amount of sleeve for an outdoor wedding. The talented Lindsey Shaun did such a beautiful job capturing the details of this gown!
This dress comes in ivory (as pictured), as well as a beautiful deep nude color that really makes the overlying lace pop! Both colors are stunning in their own ways. The ivory version of this gown is perfect for the summer because the the coloring isn’t too heavy or deep, and it catches the bright summer sunshine beautifully!
This dress has a gentle mermaid fit with a moving waistline, which creates an elegant silhouette while still hugging the figure in the most flattering ways.
The lace detailing on this gown is absolutely stunning! It has a very unique patterning that sets it apart from your standard lace, and gives it a bit of an edge.
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!