Fall Fantasy

Hello Lovelies!

Anyone else wishing that Fall would get here a little faster? I mean who doesn’t want to be a real life meme by curling up on their couch with a pumpkin spiced latte and a cozy blanket.

I am just aching for sweater weather and knee-high boots. Are you wistful for crisp cool air and changing leaves like me? Then take a look at this gorgeous styled shoot from Fall ’16. It features one of our favorite models, Jordan Blackhurst. Several of our shoots feature her lovely work.

This shoot is unique in that it is outdoors but maintains the simplicity of an indoor, industrial shoot.  The colors are incredible and I just can’t get over the use of light.

This beautiful mocha colored gown is from the Tara Keely line – designed by Lazaro. The chunky lace on the bodice is offset by a skirt of soft organza.   

With a plunging neckline and open back, this dramatic gown is not for the feint of heart.

Most people prefer full color photos but I have to admit that I am a sucker for a good black-and-white! I love the details and contrast that you pick up in a colorless image. But, these photos are absolutely gorgeous no matter the color.

#perfection

Until next time ladies,

Becca

Creatives
Photography: Lindsaay Lou

Model: Jordan Blackhurst

Dress: Tara Keely 2500, Available at Bitsy Bridal

Florist: Salt and Flora

Hair: Devynn Elizabeth MacLennan 

 

 

Holiday Weekend Weddings. Good Idea or Bad?

If you’re from Utah then you are well aware that we’re famous for a high number of brides with short engagement times. Three to four months is a very normal engagement around here which means brides are starting to think about their Holiday Season weddings.

With the holidays come long weekends and semester breaks. For students getting married it means a convenient time to tie the knot without taking time off from school. for large families it means hitting two birds with one stone: family holiday and family wedding.

But, its a double edged sword.

Pros:
  • Yes, all of your family is already there and you don’t have to ask people to make a second trip.
  • You probably will get more attendees since its become a double-affair (maybe this is a con – you tell me, I don’t know your family)
  • Reception venues are generally cheaper since the holiday season is the wedding off-season.
  • Decorations are on sale,

 

Cons:
  • You’re wedding is in fact piggy-backed on the holiday and is no longer the main attraction. Which also affects your anniversary.
  • You won’t get to enjoy the holidays with your family because you will a) be prepping for your wedding or b) be on your honeymoon.
  • If you have piggy-backed on a major holiday such as Christmas then you only compound the stress and  financial strain. Not only are you hosting a wedding but you have to buy presents and hostess gifts for holiday parties.

Making the decision really depends on what is the most important to you. But, my two cents?

Big wedding? Don’t do it!

Intimate wedding? Go for it!

If the event itself is very important to you and you want to spend time with your family doing wedding-related things, then I suggest having it at a dedicated time when it won’t be overshadowed by a holiday. Give your family plenty of notice. If the have to fly in then set the date a reasonable amount of time after the last date they are expected to be in town.

But, if you’re having a smaller wedding and don’t care as much about the dedicated weekend,  a holiday wedding could be a great option. That way you’ll only have people there for the actual “I Do’s” but  won’t have to do more elaborate wedding weekend.

Speaking of holiday season weddings… how awesome is this snow bunny shoot? See it on Wedding Chicks.

 

Photographers: KC Photography Utah, Stephanie Lorraine
Models: Michael Barton, Heather Paxman
Dresses: Idella and Blanche from Kelly by Kelly Faetanini
HMUA: Red Scarlett Makeup, Heather Shelton MUA
Florist: Peaches and Peonies - now Intertwined Floral


Dress of the Month: Pippa

Continuing our Hayley Paige reveal. Next up is Pippa!

Pippa is so amazing that we have decided to have it be the dress of the month! Read on to see why!

As you know, Hayley Paige is famous for her fabulous, flirty ball gowns and Pippa definitely fits that bill.  Layers and layers of tulle and a sheer lace bodice are what create her unique charm.

The Skinny:

Silhouette: Ballgown with tiered skirt

Waistline: Natural

Neckline:  Illusion

Back: Open with strap detail

Color: Ivory with nude lining on bodice (also available in solid ivory)

Sparkle Factor:  0/5

Boho Factor: 4/5 – Its unusual for a ballgown to have such a bohemian vibe but Pippa pulls it off by adding a sheer bodice with a combination of organic laces on top of a voluminous skirt.

The little details are where Pippa truly shines!

~The back has crisscrossing straps that are dainty and fabulous.

~The lace on the sleeves is perfectly placed to flatter and elongate the arm while still allowing for free range of motion.

~The skirt is accented with horsehair trim to add body and visual interest to the soft tulle.

 

 

Pippa is a gown that fits with the trendy vibe of the times but also has a classic style that will never go out of fashion.

We are getting down to our last few Hayley Paige gowns! Check back to see them debut.

Until next time!

Becca

A Bitsy Bridal Anniversary!

Hello Gorgeous!

Bitsy Bridal is officially a year old! We have been serving local and out-of-state brides since July 2016 and the time has gone by insanely quickly.

Realizing we hit the year mark has made us start to reminisce about our beginnings. The very first of our Bitsy Bridal styled shoots was a collaboration with a venue that we are lucky enough to have just across the street: Cactus and Tropicals. Most of our styled shoots feature one or two gowns but as our debut into the bridal community, this shoot feature several gowns from our original collection.

The Bitsy Bridal girls and HMUA team prepping for the shoot.

Our photographer and AMAZING models did such a stellar job showing off our beautiful gowns.

The design at Cactus and Tropicals was spectacular!  Such a gorgeous, earthy background for a fun summer shoot.

These shoots may look like a piece of cake ….. hehe…..  but in reality they are the culmination of many people putting in 14-18 hour days. Artists putting their hearts and souls into their work and dress experts like us agonizing for hours over keeping a $3,000 dress made of silk mikado out of the dirt. It’s pure chaos and it feels like it will never end, but it is 100% worth it when you see the finished product.

Since this was our first shoot, all hands were on deck! Look at our rock star Operations Manager, Pam, running to take care of business!

This shoot was such a good start to our first year. It was a ton of fun and  truthfully that is what we are about. Having a good time and getting the bride her dream dress: whatever it takes!

 

 

As always ladies, much love!

Until next time,

Becca

Photography: Smyer Image
Hair: Faith Hoggan
Filmography: Forevermore Films
Makeup: Heather Shelton
Dresses: Modest Mon Cheri, Mikaella, Aire Barcelona, Alyne by Rita Vinieris
Florist: Cactus and Tropicals
Paper Suite: Weddings by Eccentricity
Cake: Carrie's Cakes
Jewelry: JBrooks Jewelers

5 Attributes of a Tulle New York Gown

  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.

Erin- Available at Bitsy Bridal

Qualit

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.

 

 

Sleek Lines

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.

Bold

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.

Timelessness

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.

 

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

KC Photography Utah

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

Rachel Laukat Photography

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

Blush by Hayley Paige Has Arrived!!!

I am very excited to announce that Bitsy Bridal is now carrying Blush by Hayley Paige.

via misshayleypaige Instagram

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.

 

The Skinny:

Silhouette: Fit to Flare

Fabric/Finish: Cashmere lining and Marrakesh beading

Waist: Natural

Neckline: Elongated Sweetheart

Straps: Spaghetti

Back: Low scoop

via jlm_couture Instagram

Shine level:  4/5

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.

via jlm_couture Instagram

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.

via misshayleypaige Instagram

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.

via misshayleypaige Instagram

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

See you soon!

Becca

5 Best Things About Tara Keely Fall 2017

Hello Gorgeous!

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.

1- Sleeves

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!

Until next time,

Becca

 

9 Things to Consider When Planning a Destination Wedding

Hello Gorgeous!

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:

Photo: Stephanie Lorraine

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.

2- Hair:

Photo: Mary Jessica

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.

3- Travel:

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.

4- Tourists

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

Photo: Carla Boecklin

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

Photo: Carla Boecklin

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

Photo: Summer J Photography

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.

Until next time,

Becca

 

 

Get your Girly on with Kelly by Kelly Faetanini

Hello Gorgeous!

I walked in to work on Friday and legitimately did a happy dance. I am not just saying that: I dropped my purse and started grooving to music only I could hear. Why? Because I saw this beauty:

Meet IDELLA! This gorgeous design from Kelly by Kelly Faetanini has been haunting my dreams ever since she was cruelly ripped from the store a few months ago. We were lucky enough to have her in the boutique for a trunk show but we only just got her in permanently. Joining Idella are 4 other dresses that we carefully picked to join our collection, all from Kelly by Kelly Faetanini.

K by KF is an amazing line that I am head-over-heels in love with. It is unashamedly girly, sophisticated, and daring.

I’m so in love <3<3

Check out our other designs from Kelly by Kelly Faetanini!

Olive

Cap sleeves on a wide v neck with a sheer plunging back add an extra element of sophistication to this column alencon lace gown

 Blanche

Elegant beading adorns the bodice while the illusion bateau neckline and keyhole back add whimsy. A full bodied handkerchief style skirt is the perfect balance.

 Matie

Slim flowing gown with v neck and scooped back. Laced bodice fades to soft skirt.

Idella

Beaded applique on the bodice gives way to a fitted Chantilly lace skirt.

Elsie

Fit and flare silhouette in rum-pink with lace applique on the illusion shoulders and back

 

 

The girls at Bitsy have been anticipating the arrival of these gowns for months and we are so excited they are here so we can show them to all of you wonderful brides!

Our collection is growing, getting more diverse and more amazing every day. Make your appointment to come see for yourself.

Until next time!

Becca