Our Bride Kristie

Meet our Bitsy Bride, Kristie.

This radiant bride wore “Cedra” by Aire Barcelona. This designer does a beautiful job at creating timeless pieces with a bit of Spanish flair, and this blush ballgown is a great example of this.

Cedra is a show stopper as a light blush ballgown. This dress features pleats in the waist that give the skirt a dimensional look. The off-the-shoulder neckline highlights the femininity of the bride, while the gentle dip in the back shows a more sensual side. Cedra has a few small fabric buttons that run the length of the bodice and stop just above the pleated skirt. This gown has the hidden detail of pockets! This pockets provide options for a beautiful photo opportunity, or to place to put your small accessories. A beaded floral belt finishes this unique look.

Take a peek at the original belt for Cedra.

Photo by Aire Barcelona

Here is also a look at the back of this amazing wedding gown.

Kristie chose to keep this dress in its original form, but did opt for a larger belt to bring more sparkle to the look. This belt was matched with the same fabric and material as the gown, so it created a seamless look. She worked with our alterations team to fit this gown to her perfectly. Our in-house alterations services can range from a complete modest build up to a simple hem. Each bride has the freedom to customize her wedding look.

K Ell Photography did a stunning job at capturing Kristie during her bridal shoot at the Utah State Capitol. Take a look at how beautiful she looks in this gown.

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blush ballgown
blush ballgown

Schedule an appointment to see our Aire Barcelona collection, or to see our other colored gown options. Also, hop onto our Pinterest page to see the rest of our Bitsy Brides.

-Aubrie

Our Bride Brooke

Meet our Bitsy Bride, Brooke.

This lovely bride opted for a trendy look in “Morgan“, a three-piece gown by Mikaella. Mikaella does an amazing job at merging the classic look with the latest bridal trends. Morgan is the perfect example of this!

This three-piece features a crepe crop top with a sweetheart neckline and matching high-waisted fit to flare skirt. The lace overlay top brings a delicate feeling to this party gown. The bateau neckline and cap sleeves are perfect for the ceremony, but can be easily taken off for the reception at Tag Ranch. This top originally features Swarovski crystal buttons, but Brooke swapped these out for a crepe-button option. Both of these options will look radiant in any setting!

Take a look at how versatile this gown can be in Brooke’s wedding photos, taken by Jadie Jo Photography.-

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Schedule an appointment to see this gown in person, or any of our other Mikaella collection.

-Aubrie

Our Bride Carly

Meet our Bitsy Bride, Carly.

This stunning bride looked amazing in her modest Pippa gown. Pippa is part of the Blush by Hayley Paige collection. Hayley Paige is known for her quirky takes on romantic classics, and the Blush line is no different. Pippa originally features a low back with criss-cross details. However, Carly worked with our alterations team to fill in the back to be modest and temple-ready.

She built up the neckline and added a few more appliqués on the sleeves to round out this look. The horsehair trim on the tulle ballgown gives a full and lively look, that paired perfectly for Carly’s bridals.

Here is how this beautiful gown originally begins.

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Photo by JLM Couture

Now, take a look at how Carly glows in her Southern Utah bridals, taken by SugarRush Photography.

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Come see this gown, or any the rest of our Blush collection in person by scheduling an appointment.

-Aubrie

Our Bride Taylor

Meet our Bitsy Bride, Taylor.

Our bride looks radiant in “Winston” by Kenneth WinstonKenneth Winston Couture does a beautiful job with multi-layer detail. The longer you look at this dress, the more detail shines through. The bodice features a sweetheart neckline and a sheer back with exposed boning. The heavy beading slowly tapers out below the waist and gives this gown a look that screams royal. Under the top tulle layer on the ballgown skirt, is a layer strictly of sparkle. This gown glimmers in any light setting! The pattern on the bottom of the skirt helps tie the whole look together and is perfect for a bride who wants a jaw dropping gown.

Taylor paired this gown with a beaded belt and bling hair piece. Winston compliments added sparkle very well, or will be stunning on its own. Take a look at how amazing Taylor and her gown look in her southern wedding.

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Winston

Winston
Photographer Unknown.

Schedule an appointment to see this gown in person, or come check out any of our other pieces in this collection.

-Aubrie

Our Bride Maddi

Meet our Bitsy Bride, Maddi.

This stunning bride wore “Kassidy” by Tara Keely on her big day. Tara Keely is  the little sister of Lazaro, and this collection has the same design integrity at an affordable price. Kassidy features an ivory Venise lace bodice with long sleeves and plunging v-neck. The skirt is a fitted crepe, with a chapel train. Tara Keely’s crepe is a beautiful quality and defines natural curves and is comfortable enough to wear all day.

Take a look at how amazing this dress and our bride look!

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Kassidy
Photographer Unknown.

Schedule an appointment to see this gown, or the rest of our Tara Keely collection in person.

-Aubrie

Our Bride Paola

Meet our Bitsy Bride, Paola.

Our gorgeous bride looked stunning in her Blush by Hayley Paige River gown! Blush by Hayley Paige reflects the whimsical look that we know and love from Hayley Paige, but at a price that your wedding budget will thank you for.

Created with silk dupioni, this fit to flare gown is one of the more classic looks in the Blush collection. Silk Dupioni is a type of heavy silk fabric that gives the gown a structure, similar to taffeta. Following the elongated bodice, the tiered tulle skirt is edged with a horsehair trim and keeps the structured look from top to bottom. Paola decided to wear the detachable beaded bolero on her special day. This crystal accessory gives a pop of sparkle to an otherwise elegantly clean gown.

Take a look at how beautiful Paola and this gown are at the Utah State Capitol.

Hayley Paige River

Hayley Paige River

Hayley Paige River
Photos taken by Austin Berenyi.

Schedule an appointment to see our Blush by Hayley Paige collection in person!

-Aubrie

Our Bride Kaestle

Meet our Bitsy Bride, Kaestle.

This gorgeous bride looked stunning in a Mikaella gown made modest. Mikaella is constantly impressing us with the simple elegance found in every design, but Kaestle enhanced this beauty with a custom build up. Many of our designers can begin the alteration process while the dress is still in production.

Kaestle took this opportunity to fill the back with Mikaella before it arrived. Our very talented in-house alterations team worked with the bride to get a matching lining and to finish making this gown temple-ready.

Originally, this gown features a keyhole back and side inserts. Kaestle opted to fill in the back with the original Guipure lace and used a nude underlay stretch satin lining to give the look more dimension. She kept the Swarovski buttons look and extended them down the entire back which we 10,000% agree with her design choices.

Take a look at the breath-taking detail captured by Duke Moose Photography during her bridals.

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This gown is stunning in its original state, or built up!

Mikaella gowns are made with high quality fabrics and all made in Canada, and this dress is no exception. The crepe material will flatter your best curves and is comfortable enough for all day wear. Kaestle was able take her gown up to Moraine Lake in Alberta for these photographs and stay comfortable and radiant throughout.

The simplicity of this gown allows it to be flattering in any setting. From a mountain hotel to a backyard wedding! Check out how stunning Kaestle and the gown looks in Canada.

 

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Schedule an appointment to try this gown on, or see any of our other Mikaella collection. Check out our Pinterest for more bridal inspiration.

-Aubrie

Our Bride Elaine

Meet our Bitsy Bride, Elaine.

Elaine wore a ballgown from Ella Rosa by Kenneth Winston. Ella Rosa is the little sister collection to Kenneth Winston. This line has the same design integrity as Kenneth Winston, but is friendlier to your wedding budget. We are proud to be the exclusive retailer for both of these collections in Utah.

The beaded bodice features an illusion back and matching neckline. The scalloped detail along the edges gives the beading a softer look. In addition to the bodice, this ballgown skirt has a delicate lace edging that compliments the simplicity of the tulle material.

This gown originally has a layer of crinoline to give the skirt a fuller look. However, Elaine opted to remove this layer with our in-house seamstress to show a more relaxed look.

Here is the gown originally.

Looyenga Photography captured the beauty of Elaine and this dress at Lake Coeur d’Alene.

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Schedule an appointment to come see this gown in person!

-Aubrie

Our Bride Jacey

Meet our Bitsy Bride, Jacey.

This beautiful bride wore a gown by Mikaella that blends classic and edgy. This ballgown skirt is made with an English netting, a softer material than tulle, and a two inch horsehair trim. The handkerchief style gives this gown a lot of movement and enhances the edgy vibes. The bodice is made with Guipure lace, which gives this daring look a romantic feel. The ruched bodice is made from the same skirt material and ties the look together.

When we think of Mikaella, clean and classic tends to come to mind. However, this gown shows how versatile of a collection this designer has.

Take a look at how stunning Jacey looks at her La Caille wedding, captured by Beyond the Dark Room Photography.

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Schedule an appointment to see this gown and the rest of the Mikaella collection in person!

-Aubrie

Our Bride Lexi

Meet our Bitsy Bride, Lexi.

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.

Lyndsey Kaye Photography did an incredible job at capturing this custom-made gown.

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Here is how the original gown looks.

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Photo from Kelly Faetanini

Schedule an appointment to try this gown on in person, or to see other alteration options.

-Aubrie

Our Bride Shelbi

Meet our Bitsy Bride, Shelbi.

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.

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Come and see this gown or any of the other Tara Keely collection by scheduling an appointment.

-Aubrie

Our Bride Katina

Meet our Bitsy Bride, Katina.

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.

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All phots by Meg Perdue.

Schedule an appointment to see this gown, in addition to the rest of our Nouvelle Amsale collection.

-Aubrie

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, 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.

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 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!

Later Babes!

-Stacie

Chocolate and Class

A Period Wedding with Some Chocolate

“All I need is love and chocolate.”

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. 😉

Til next time!

-Stacie

Photography Hawkeye Photography

Dress Bitsy Bridal 

Venue Taste

HMUA Blushing Blonde

Floral The Pear Blossom

Wedding Cake Sweet Cravings

Groom’s Cake The Pear Blossom

Bridesmaid Dress Ypsilon Dresses

Tuxes DC Tuxedos

Invites Jeneze Designs

Jewelry Tresor Jewelers

Vintage Car Antique Limo of Utah

Videographer Kylee Kay Videography

Rentals Diamond Rental

Why are Designer Wedding Dresses so Expensive?

All about what makes a gown so pricey

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.

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, 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.

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

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.

DESIGN

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.

DESIGNER

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.

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 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!

Until then!

-Stacie