Our Bride, Melissa.

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Our real #BitsyBride, Melissa, in her perfect wedding dress from Bitsy Bridal in Salt Lake City. Photography by Maria Corona.

Meet our real #BitsyBride, Melissa. Melissa found her perfect wedding dress at our shop, Bitsy Bridal, in Salt Lake City, Utah. She wore a lacey beaded wedding dress on her dreamy wedding day. Melissa looked and felt her best on her wedding day because of her beautiful wedding gown.

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The beautifully beaded bodice of Melissa’s dream wedding dress. Photography by Maria Corona.

This lacey beaded wedding dress is from the designer Kelly Faetanini, which is based in New York city. Kelly Faetanini is known for her beautiful, unique designs and sleek silhouettes. As a result, brides often choose her styles to wear on their wedding days.

The bride and groom look stunning on their wedding day. Photography by Maria Corona.

This wedding gown is a fit and flare cut. As a result, this wedding gown is fitted through the bodice and hips. Then, the gown flares out into a long train. The lace and lining are also stretchy so this is a comfortable wedding gown.

The back of this wedding gown features buttons and a low back. Photography by Maria Corona.

Are you also looking for a beautiful comfortable wedding dress? Click here to make an appointment at Bitsy Bridal, and our consultants will find you the perfect wedding dress.

Our Bride, Charlotte.

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Our real #BitsyBride on her dreamy wedding day in her modest lace crepe wedding gown.

Our real Bitsy Bride, Charlotte, chose a modest lace crepe gown to wear on her wedding day. Her gown is from the designer Mikaella and features a cap sleeves, a full lace back, and a crepe fit and flare skirt. Her gown is from our shop, Bitsy Bridal, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Charlotte, our #BItsyBride, in her perfect wedding dress with her new husband, on their perfect wedding day.

Charlotte custom ordered her lace crepe gown from Mikaella. Her custom order included the fully lace back and cap sleeves to keep the gown modest. Mikaella is a wonderful designer to make custom changes. Their customizations are reasonably priced and impeccably done. Our in-house alterations are another option for brides, but because she lives in California, it was easier for Charlotte to do the customization with Mikaella.

Charlotte and her new husband on their wedding day. Charlotte is wearing her custom wedding dress from Bitsy Bridal.

The skirt of Charlotte’s wedding dress is made of crepe. Mikaella’s crepe is lightweight and molds to the body beautifully. Then the skirt is fit and flare shaped. This further highlight’s the bride’s figure. The gown is very flattering because of this lace and crepe combination.

Are you looking for a custom wedding dress? At Bitsy Bridal, we can customize gowns in-house, and can custom order from many designers, like Mikaella. If this is you, then click here to make an appointment!

Our Bride, Nikki.

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Nikki, our #BitsyBride, in her perfect dress with her new husband.

Meet our real #BitsyBride, Nikki! Nikki found her perfect wedding dress here at Bitsy Bridal in Salt Lake City. (Click here to make an appointment! ❤) She chose an A-line, tulle skirt wedding gown to wear on her wedding day in the beautiful mountains. Her wedding gown is by designer Tara Keely, which is a line designed by Lazaro, but at a more budget conscious price-point. Tara Keely is a great option for brides who are looking for a glamourous wedding dress, but want to keep the price a little more comfortable!

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Nikki in her perfect dress from Bitsy Bridal.

An A-line shaped wedding gown is a very flattering cut on every bride. A-line wedding dresses are comfortable because they are not tight through the hips and legs like a fit and flare wedding dress. They also draw attention to the waist of the bride, which is her smallest part of her body. Lazaro made this wedding gown for his Tara Keely line very airy and flowy in the skirt using tulle. A tulle skirt wedding gown is very light weight, adding to the comfort of the A-line shape.

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Nikki in her perfect dress with her new husband.

The bodice of Nikki’s dress is made from a beautiful lace that is perfect for her outdoor wedding. The lace is an abstract floral which looks lovely with the mountains and trees in the backdrop of her ceremony.

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Nikki in her perfect dress with her new husband on her picturesque wedding day.

If you are looking for your perfect gown, make an appointment at Bitsy Bridal and we will find you the gown that you will want to look back on for years to come! ❤

Our bride, Jen.

Our real #BitsyBride, Jen and her new husband. Photography by Kylee Maughan.

Meet our real #BitsyBride, Jen. Jen was married at Wadley Farms, and purchased her sweetheart strapless ballgown here at Bitsy Bridal. (Click here to make an appointment❤) This gown captured Jen’s fairy tale wedding dreams beautifully.

Our real #BitsyBride, Jen in her perfect dress on her fairy tale wedding day. Photography by Kylee Maughan.

A sweetheart strapless ballgown is a favorite style of our stylists here at Bitsy Bridal because it is a universally flattering silhouette. The sweetheart neckline accentuates curves and flatters the shoulders. The fitted bodice and fullness of the skirt draw attention to the smallest part of the bride’s waist.

Our real #BitsyBride, Jen and her new husband. Photography by Kylee Maughan.

A sweetheart strapless ballgown is a very classic fairy tale wedding gown. This shape is timeless and won’t have you looking back at your wedding pictures the way you look at your mom’s dress from the 80s. 🤣 If you picture yourself looking like a princess on your wedding day, we highly recommend trying at least one ball gown wedding dress on to see if that is the look you are going for. Many designers choose to create these beautiful ball gown wedding dresses because they are flattering on all shapes. Our shop has a many ballgown wedding dresses to choose from. Click here to make an appointment! See you soon! ❤

Our real #BitsyBride, Jen in her perfect wedding dress and beautiful veil. Photography by Kylee Maughan.

Our Bride, Beth.

Meet our #BitsyBride, Beth! Beth chose a lace boho wedding dress called India by Madi Lane. (Click here to see this dress in person!) Madi Lane offers the perfect dress at the perfect price, starting at just $1799.

The gorgeous sleeves on Madi Lane’s INDIA wedding gown, worn by #BitsyBride Beth. Photography by Haley Nord.

Madi Lane, boho GOALS

Madi Lane is designed in Australia by Liz Young. This line encompasses every bohemian bride’s fantasy. The wedding dresses feature lace, flowing sleeves, long trains, and sometimes even capes. This boho lace wedding dress with sleeves has a cold-shoulder style detail, and a fit and flare silhouette. A fit and flare wedding dress from Madi Lane will hug your curves beautifully but allow you to hike through Moab, just like Beth.

The sleeves are also detachable. Photo courtesy of Madi Lane.

These wedding dress sleeves also easily detach for an easy two-in-one look. Just pop them off, and snap them back on when you want them for pictures! This fit and flare wedding dress looks great on all shapes and sizes. As always, Madi Lane offers each gown in sizes 2-28, so Madi Lane is a great option if you are in need of a plus size wedding dress.

Every Madi Lane dress is available in sizes 2-28. This fit and flare wedding gown is gorgeous on a plus size bride. Photo courtesy of Madi Lane.

Beth in her fit and flare wedding dress, with her new husband. Photography by Haley Nord.

Want to be a #BitsyBride? Make an appointment to try on this fit and flare wedding dress and the rest of our Madi Lane Bridal collection at our shot here in Salt Lake City, Utah.

India by Madi Lane on our #BitsyBride Beth. Photography by Haley Nord.

Our Bride, Elise.

Meet our real-life #BitsyBride, Elise! Elise chose a modern crepe wedding dress, style 2105, from our ever-chic designer, Mikaella, here at Bitsy Bridal in Salt Lake City. In order to fit within LDS temple standards, Elise chose to customize her wedding dress with the designer to make it more modest, and keep it just as beautiful.

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Elise in her perfect dress, with her loving husband. Photography by Sarah Meyer.

How did we make this modern crepe wedding dress modest?

Mikaella‘s style is chic and simple. Their quality is nearly unmatched for the price. Because of this high quality production, our shop trusts the Mikaella design team to do customization for our #BitsyBrides. Our extremely talented and experienced in-house alterations team is skilled at these extensive alterations as well, however sometimes it is best to let the designer do it for us. Sometimes this saves the bride time and money! This was the case for Elise and her modern crepe wedding dress.

Elise said yes to her dress at Bitsy Bridal. Photography by Sarah Meyer.

The original design of 2105 features a wide boat-neck and a plunging V-back. With the help of Mikaella, we seamlessly brought the neckline in on either side, and raised the back. This honored Elise’s religious standards beautifully.

Check out how the dress started:

Here you can see the major change made to the back of Elise’s dress:

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The custom modest back of Elise’s dream wedding dress. Photography by Sarah Meyer.

Here at Bitsy Bridal, we want to make your wedding vision a reality. This starts with your perfect wedding dress. We are here to help you “Say yes!”. Click here to make an appointment!

Our Bride, Skylar

Meet Skylar, our real #BitsyBride. Skylar chose a lace fitted wedding dress, Rosalind, from our designer Ella Rosa, a favorite here at Bitsy Bridal. Rosalind is a traditional style wedding dress that features corded Alencon- style lace on tulle over a layer of Chantilly lace. This layering of lace creates a multi-dimensional look on Skylar’s perfect wedding gown. Many brides picture themselves on their wedding day in that traditional sparkly, lacy wedding gown and we are so happy that we achieved that vision for Skylar. Click here so we can do the same for you!

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The Rosalind wedding dress (also known as BE295) on our beautiful #BitsyBride, Skylar. Photography by Jacque Lynn Photography.

About the designer of this lace, fitted wedding dress:

Ella Rosa is the little sister of Kenneth Winston. Kenneth Winston offers their main line, Kenneth Winston Couture, and Ella Rosa. Ella Rosa still features the traditional charm of the KW main line, but with softer features such as less heavy embellishments, and a lower price point. Some brides do not want heavy beading and crystals, and Ella Rosa is the perfect line for them.

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Here is a close up of this fit and flare wedding dress by Ella Rosa. Image courtesy of Kenneth Winston.

Skylar’s pup loves her wedding dress as much as she does! The hem of this wedding gown features Alencon-style lace appliques that take this look to a whole new level! The appliques layered over the middle layer of lace creates a delicate wow factor. Look at that gorgeous hem on the train, and that cute doggy face!

Are you looking for a wedding dress like Skylar’s wedding dress? We can find you the perfect traditional, charming wedding dress at our shop!

The lace back on this perfect wedding dress. Photography by Jacque Lynn Photography.

Our Bride Berkeley-Custom Dress Spotlight

Many Utah brides need their perfect dress to be LDS temple modest…

And that’s why so many Utah Brides choose to be a #BitsyBride! Here at Bitsy Bridal, we help those high-fashion brides wear the high-end wedding gown of their dreams. Every bride has dreamed of getting married in a legendary Lazaro wedding dress. 😉 He doesn’t make his wedding dresses modest straight off of production, but fortunately for our #BitsyBride Berkeley, we are able to source fabric directly from him. Every piece of fabric is a perfect match. This way, we made her wedding dress (and the wedding dress of countless other brides) an LDS temple modest Lazaro wedding gown. (Click here to make an appointment to discuss your custom modest needs!)

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Lauren in her custom LDS temple modest Lazaro style 3810. Photography by Kristina Curtis Photography.

Where do we start with custom LDS temple build ups?

Lazaro 3810 is a beautiful “Blush shimmer tulle bridal ball gown, strapless sweetheart neckline, draped bodice with natural waist, box pleated skirt with side pockets, chapel train. Berkeley opted to keep the skirt pleated, raise the neckline to a clean scoop and add a cap sleeve. She also raised the back and removed the draping in the bodice. The result looks like Lazaro himself sewed it, but in reality it was our highly talented team of in-house seamstresses and alterations specialists. Take a look at how Berkeley’s modest Lazaro wedding dress started:

And here is a closer look at the final LDS temple modest Lazaro wedding gown, altered and designed by our talented in-house alterations staff. As you can see, this modest wedding dress ended up being comfortable, fun, and mom approved!

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Berkeley and her new husband, having a blast on their big day. As you can see, making this wedding dress modest made it the perfect dress for Berkeley. Photography by Kristina Curtis Photography.
Our Bitsy Bride and her mom on her big day,wearing custom modest build up by Bitsy Bridal
Berkeley was able to wear her dream designer, Lazaro, on her big day, while still adhering to her important religious beliefs. Mom loved the result of our custom in-house alterations! Photography by Kristina Curtis Photography.

Click here to learn more about our custom in-house alterations process. We can’t wait for you to be our next #BitsyBride! See you soon!❤

When You Should Purchase Your Gown – Seriously

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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.

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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

Reorder

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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

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.

Off-the-Rack

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.

Order Times

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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.

Standard Order

This gown will be made and shipped from the factory in their normal time. For most designers this sits between 12 and 16 weeks.

From Stock

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.

Rush Cut

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.

10 week rush – Widely available – cost: free – $250

8 week rush – widely available – Cost: $100- $400

6 week rush – offered by some designers – $200 – $400

4 week rush – offered by select designers – $250 – $500

 

Alterations

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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.

Bottom Line

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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.

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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.

Until next time,

Becca