So, you are a bride who needs her gown modest. Everywhere you go you see the same thing over and over, and think to yourself “Why does it all look the same and why can’t being modest look awesome?”
Well, I am here to tell you that we make it awesome with our fabulous alteration team! Let me show you!
This gown is called Idella by our beloved Kelly Faetanini and it is absolutely stunning, but for those who need it modest its not exactly ideal. Our fantastic alteration team did a fabulous job at building up this gown to keep is gorgeous nature with just a bit more coverage.
Who says modesty can’t be dazzling!? We brought the hand beaded detailing up through the back and into the cap sleeve and filled in the more see-though front of the gown. Alisha Hammond did an amazing job at capturing all of the beautiful and seamless detailing we used in her photography!
This is just a one example of the amazing work our alteration team has done for modest brides, and what they can do for you! If you’re loving Kelly Faetanini and her fabulous gowns we have highlighted in our recent blog posts, like the one about wedding colors, then don’t worry about modesty! Kelly has decided to design and create modest tops just for us and our beautiful brides!
Give us a call or schedule an appointment here so we can help you find a gown you absolutely adore! While you’re there, check out our fabulous collection from amazing designers! Don’t forget to check back here for some more tips and tricks to help you on your bridal journey!
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.
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.
We have loved show casing 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!
The Kenneth Winston line is part of the Private Label by G Bridal Design House. Which also houses the Ella Rosa bridal line. They are known for impeccable fit and elaborate, glamorous designs. The twin brothers Kenneth and Winston collaborate together to create fabulous works of art!
This bride really rocked one of our personal favorites from the Ella Rosa line. If this designer can do anything its provide a fit that will make you look and feel fantastic on your special day! The photographer, Megan Robinson, was able to capture this beautifully!
The unique flower appliques against the champagne fabric really make this dress pop! Kenneth Winston and Ella Rosa gowns give traditional silhouettes and shapes a chic and modern flare that make them a prime candidate for the millennial bride looking for tradition with a twist. With a Kenneth Winston gown you can be sure that yours is one of a kind since they are exclusive to Bitsy here in Utah!
Check out some more of Kenneth Winston’s amazing creations here and in our own collections. Give us a call or schedule an appointment here so we can help you find the gown to make your special day your very own! Take a look at our Christos feature to get even more ideas of designers you could fall in love with and stick around to see more great designers we adore!
Ivory and white are gorgeous, don’t get me wrong, but lately colored gowns are in! Champagne, mocha, cashmere, blue, black, and blush are dazzling colors that can take the cake!
Blush is a trendy and sophisticated statement that can elevate the femininity of a gown and personalize your dress. What’s fantastic about it is that even in the photos the delicate pink undertones don’t flash or scream at the audience. It just whispers “I’m fun, I’m unique”. This is a beautiful Tara Keely design! They have an outstanding and fun dramatic style that definitely stand apart from the crowd. Check out our other fantastic designers here!
This bride totally rocked this dazzling color and made it her own! This romantic look is balanced with the delicate and fresh decor. Thanks to Stephanie Lorraine for the amazing photos!
When it comes to a gown, what ultimately matters is that you love it, and a dash of color might bring you head over heels for the gown of your dreams!
Give us a call or schedule an appointment here and we can help you find the gown you absolutely adore! We can’t wait to play with color with you!
This January we’re showcasing a gorgeous wedding dress on a gorgeous bride for our wedding dress of the month!
This dress is a dazzler for sure with an open back, full skirt, and long train from Mariana Semone.
Some brides may shy away from ball gown style wedding dress because it’s not as figure hugging as a mermaid or sheath, but a dramatic back is the perfect way to add a bit of spice while still feeling like royalty.
This wedding dress screams business in the front and party in the back! A very classical and clean look in comparison to our last featured wedding dress Pippa.
If you look closely, you can see the delicate lace detailing throughout the voluminous skirt that completes this strongly silhouetted gown inspired by nature.
This gown is absolutely stunning, and if you’re an elegant bride looking for a dash of je ne sais quoi to classical silhouette, stop on by to see some of our unique collection of ball gowns and dazzling backs! Check out some more of Kenzie Victory’s work as well, because these photos are phenomenal! Don’t forget to check out our helpful tips before you come and make sure to check back for our other favorites!
We have the pleasure of showcasing a trunk show from Marina Semone from January 26th to February 4th!
Trunk shows are always super fun for everyone! We love getting to try out these fabulous gowns and showing amazing brides something a little new and different! Check out some of these fantastic finds from Semone’s collection!
Our last trunk show with Claire Le Faye was absolutely fantastic with their “luxury with an edge” look, but with Marina Semone you can experience a romantic look inspired by climbing vines, hidden trails, and abandoned ruins. These elegant gowns are perfect for a bride who wants a vintage inspired look with a dash modern flair!
We adore these wispy romantic looks, and we can’t wait to see them on real brides!! Give us a call, or visit us here to book an appointment when the trunk show comes in so you can try these gorgeous gowns on!
One of the privileges of this business is the opportunity to work with amazing photographers and other creatives at every styled shoot we do.
A photographer (one of my favorite if we’re being perfectly honest) did this stunning styled shoot that was recently featured in a national blog. I love how she allowed the dress and the beautiful bride, aka model, to shine and everything else just fell into the background.
Take a look for yourself and tell me what you think.
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.