Designer Highlight: Hayley Paige

Hayley Paige: The Rising Star of Bridal

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, 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 on of our favorite gowns from her Blush line: Halo.

Hayley‘s designs are 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 lace and with her one-of-a-kind Marrakesh beading  in her Delta and West gowns. Kudos to Mary Jessica who took these stunning photos!

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 from Hayley’s new 2018 collection! Check out some of our other awesome designers and stick around for some more ideas for your big and special day!

Later Babes!

-Stacie

Why Are Wedding Dresses So Expensive?

What Makes a Gown So Pricey?

What to know about what makes gowns expensive

A question I get from many brides and their mothers is “Why is this gown 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 gown. Hopefully, this can help decimate the confusion about gown prices.

Detailing

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, appliques, and shimmer. All of them can vary in complexity and quality. If a dress, like Tara Keely‘s caviar beading,  has designer unique detailing it is is going to be more expensive than a beaded Ella Rosa gown which has a more slightly more generic beading. The same goes for lace and other detailing.

Style 2810  Tara Keely by Lazaro bridal gown - Ivory beaded floral and chevron modified A-line bridal gown, illusion V neckline, open back with dual crystal straps and chapel train.

Fabric

One of the bigger factors that plays into the price of a gown is the fabric. Polyester tends to be a cheaper fabric than silk crepe or chiffon. So why isn’t everything made in polyester and other cheaper fabrics? The simplest answer is that different fabrics create very different looks and frame ones 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 quality and the quality of the gown helps to determine the price.

Design

Something that not everyone considers when looking at a gown is the designing that goes into it. To create the shapes and fit of a gown a lot of time and effort must be put into designing it. More expensive gowns will have a more thought out design that showcases certain aspects of the body and the gown. This is very apparent in minimalist styles like those by Amsale. Every line and seam is purposefully placed to create the shape that you love. This talent of design is very valuable and truly makes the gown more than just a blob of fabric.

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Slim crepe bridal gown with illusion bodice with sheer lace back and lace appliqued train from Nouvelle Amsale. Available in Ivory.
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Designer

Last, and certainly not least, is the designer. Each designer has their own style and creativity that is very valuable. 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 a popular and big name designer. The status of the designer is another factor that can lead to a gown being more expensive.

Style 3814  Lazaro bridal gown - Ivory silver checkered net bridal gown, sculpted V-neckline with crystal beaded strap, natural waist, A-line skirt with side pockets, chapel train.

Style 1802 Kona Blush by Hayley Paige bridal gown - Ivory draped chiffon A-line bridal gown, sweetheart neckline with beaded strap accent, draped cut out back detail, flowing chiffon skirt with slit.

Hopefully this can shed a bit of light on how gowns get so expensive. When it comes down to it, the quality of the gown determines the price. Its 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. If you want to check out our beautiful, high quality gowns, call or book online to come in and try out or 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!

Until then!

-Stacie

 

Bridal Trends!

What is Popular in the Bridal World?

Will You Go Trendy or Traditional?

Recently, Fashion Week took place in the beautiful NYC and most of the Fall and Spring collections have been released! This means that all of the trendiest bridal looks are out there! Because we love all of these amazing trends we thought of showcasing some of our favorite designers who are masters of these trends!

Sareh Nouri

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.

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Along with color, she has mastered the minimalism trend as well as bows!

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And her newest collection is springing with beautiful blossoms!

Wedding dress by [Sareh Nouri](https://www.brides.com/photo/wedding-dresses/designer/sareh-nouri?)

Wedding dress by [Sareh Nouri](https://www.brides.com/photo/wedding-dresses/designer/sareh-nouri?)

Hayley Paige

The ever chic Hayley Paige has taken up fabulous florals in her fabrics as well!

"Jardin" ivory sugar rose caviar ball gown featuring a spaghetti strap bodice with sweetheart neckline, and full caviar skirt with cashmere lining, [Blush by Hayley Paige](https://www.brides.com/photo/wedding-dresses/designer/blush-by-hayley-paige?)

She has also taken on the high and mighty neckline.

"Saige" ivory floral embroidered gown with sparkle underlay and cashmere lining, illusion jewel neckline and low open back, and full embroidered A-line skirt with pockets, [Blush by Hayley Paige](https://www.brides.com/photo/wedding-dresses/designer/blush-by-hayley-paige?)

Kelly Faetanini

Kelly is the new mistress of off the shoulder sleeves!

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And she has embraced a bold color in bridal: Black!

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This noir nightingale also alludes to the very high fashion statement of fringe for days!

Lazaro

Even the man of glitz and glam is following the trend of minimalism in his own way.

Wedding dress by [Lazaro](https://www.brides.com/photo/wedding-dresses/designer/lazaro)

He has also been playing with florals too!

Wedding dress by [Lazaro](https://www.brides.com/photo/wedding-dresses/designer/lazaro)

Wedding dress by [Lazaro](https://www.brides.com/photo/wedding-dresses/designer/lazaro)

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!

 

Au Revoir Darlings!

 

-Stacie

 

Winter Weddings: What to Know!

Wishing for a Winter Wonderland Wedding?

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!

What better place for your ideal icy nuptials than in the beautiful snow covered mountains of Utah! This bride was clearly a fan! Her wedding was even featured in Rocky Mountain Bride . It was so stunning!

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!

Until Next Time Darlings!

 

-Stacie

May: Dress of the Month

May your Wedding be Bright and Beautiful!

This romantic gown may just melt your heart!

This May we are showcasing an absolutely dazzling gown by Christos! This light and effervescent gown is the perfect dress to celebrate spring. The delicate tulle and lace perfectly capture the gentle beauty of spring.

Christos is a master of fabrics and design. Each of their gowns feel light as a feather and look amazing without being see through or baggy.  This is very surprising for a ball gown of this size that usually requires a lot of thick and heavy linings to get to just the right level of poof.

This gown is the epitome of romance with its delicate lace detailing through the front and the back. The photographer, Lauren Bledsoe, did such a beautiful job capturing this in these fabulous pictures!  Don’t be fooled by this gown! It may seem paper thin and easily damaged, but this gown can definitely hold its own and take a hit or two without looking completely ruined.

If you love this amazing delicacy of a gown give us a call or book an appointment online. We love showing off our fabulous designers like Christos! If this gown didn’t quite capture your fancy, check out our previous gown of the month. It may just peak your interest!  From sparkle and shine to lovely and lacy we have the gown of your dreams just waiting for you!

May your wedding plans bring you here!

-Stacie

Keeping it Classical

Some Things Never Go Out of Style

A Classical Look is Timeless

Trends come and go, and styles fade and change, but there are a few staples of fashion that will continue be a symbol of refinement and class. This beautiful wedding at the Capitol Building here in Salt Lake City with the talented Rachel Lauket really showcases this style.

This gorgeous Alyne by Rita Vinieris gown whispers classical in every way! The beautiful ivory satin with delicate and carefully placed jewels is not only absolutely stunning on this bride, but it is also a timeless statement as well. The elegant fit and flare cut flatters the brides figure and adds to the ageless approach.

Even with the jeweled details this gown is gown still has an air of simplicity about it. If you dream of a classic and simple look be sure to check out our last post about Industrial Elegance for a modern take on a simple style.

Elegance and class will stand the test of time. With pearl accents and dashes of red, this look, and this bride will still look amazing and gorgeous 50 years from now! If you love this classical, elegant and timeless look give us a call or book online! Be sure to check back for some more ideas for your wedding and gown! If you need a little help navigating the crazy world of bridal check out our posts about bridal colors and inclusive sizing.

 

Hope to see you soon lovelies!

 

-Stacie

Multiple Wedding Gowns?

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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

See You Next Time Darlings!

Becca & Stacie

 

Wedding Dress Colors 101

What Colors are There?

What do they look like? And which one is for me?

 

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 Family

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.

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Kenzie Victory

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.

Blush Family

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.

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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.

Nude Family

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”.

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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.

Adventurous Colors

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!

Loves!

Stacie & Becca

March: Dress of the Month

Is This Your Dress?

Showcasing a one of a kind gown from Elaya Vaughn!!

Welcome Back Ladies!!

This month we are showcasing a dress that really stands apart from the rest! We say that about every gown, I know, but this one is definitely one of a kind. This beautiful shoot was done by Kristina Curtis. 

This gown has a gorgeous mocha color that makes it stand a part from your standard ivory dress. This gown also reminds me of a Greek Goddess, and this look is elevated by the addition of gold jewelry and headband. It’s exotic nature really separates it from your standard look. If you are looking for something other than your standard ivory dress, check out our post about Bridal Colors to find something unique to you!

The asymmetrical off the shoulder is so chic and dynamic and adds to the exotic look of the gown.  I really admire the risks that this gown takes and how it pushes boundaries on what is standard for wedding dresses. If you’re looking for something a little more traditional than this piece check out our highlight of Kenneth Winston, who takes classic to another level!

We have loved showcasing our dress of the month! Check out our favorites from January and February! If you love the unique and goddess vibes this provides give us a call or schedule an appointment here and we can help you find the gown you absolutely adore! Don’t forget to check back here for our next dress of the month! Come check out our fabulous collection from amazing designers!

See you soon, sweethearts!

-Stacie

February Vendor Highlight

Check out this Pro Vendor!

One of our favorite make-up artists!

This month we are showcasing an amazing artist and vendor who really knows her stuff! Katie Adair does some beautiful work that showcases the bride and elevates her natural beauty.

Every bride will look gorgeous in her dress, but to take your look to the next level we recommend Katie! Professional make-up will not only look fabulous, but it will last giving you one less thing to worry about!

Katie is professionally certified and has a passion for what she does and from delicate to dramatic she can really knock it out of the park! Check out her portfolio to see what else she as done!

We love our vendors and the work that they do to help make your day special! Katie was so wonderful to use some of our gowns in this shoot she did and make the girls looks so fabulous in them as well! If you loved the look of these gowns come you can check out our collection and give us a call or schedule an appointment here so we can help you find the gown you’ve always dreamed of, and don’t forget to check back with us to see more of our favorite vendors!

See you soon lovelies!

-Stacie