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Let’s talk Bridesmaids!

In this blog post we want to talk bridesmaids! Obviously we know how important they are, I mean come on, they stand right next to the bride on one of the most important days of her life! So what should they wear? When should they order their gowns? We’re here for all of your questions. We think bridesmaids should be in a beautiful gown that makes them feel their best, whether it be short or long, off the shoulder or strapless, fitted or loose, & so on (maybe even a mix!). It’s actually in trend right now for bridesmaids not to match each other 100%. This could mean they all wear the same color but different styles of gowns, or they all wear different shades of a color, for example. Every bridesmaid dress could be different, or just the maid of honors could be. This is super unique & makes for great pictures. Although we’re totally cool with the traditional route of all matching too, we encourage getting creative with your gown choices! Also, since we’re coming up on Summer it’s the perfect time to pick a fun color scheme. We’re loving jewel tones & pastels for this season. But whichever the bride & her bridesmaid chooses, the dresses should be ordered approximately six months out from the wedding. This gives time for the girls to pay, for the dresses to arrive & for alterations. It’s obviously the bride’s big day, but we think letting the bridesmaids help decide what they wear is super nice & helps them to feel involved. After all, they’re probably just as excited for the wedding as the bride!

Thanks for reading everyone.

Alexandra Frost

Shutting Down Wedding Dress Rumors

When a bride tells someone that they’re going wedding dress shopping, they usually get a response at a mile a minute (because the other person is so excited for the bride!). But, not everything that everyone says about wedding dress shopping is true. On the blog today we want to shut down some wedding dress “rumors”.

First thing first, it’s definitely okay to come in with a price point range. But, with that being said, it is very difficult to put an exact price tag on what you will be wearing for one of the biggest days of your life! So try to come in with just an idea instead, if possible. It’s not every day you wear a gown, so quality is always something that should be at the forefront of your mind!

Next rumor we want to talk about is that your wedding dress should be white. The truth is, most designers aren’t designing in white anymore! Silk white or ivory are the colors of most of our sample gowns & honestly, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference unless you held a piece of printer paper up to the dress. Also blush, champagne & even earth tones (like nude & almond) are VERY in right now!

Another thing that is extremely important we discuss is sizing. So, wedding dress sizes are not the same as regular dress sizes because couture sizing runs much, much smaller. If you wear a four in street clothes, don’t freak out if the wedding dress size that fits you best is an six to eight. It’s also important to remember that each designer has their own size chart. With that being said, these dresses aren’t meant to fit perfect at first, they will need to be altered to fit your body! Lucky for our brides, our seamstresses are in house & are amazing at what they do.

We hope shutting down a few wedding dress rumors will be helpful to our beautiful brides & of course, if anyone reading has a question that we didn’t answer in this post, feel free to call or email! Thanks for visiting our blog, everyone!

Alexandra Frost

Mother Of The Bride

The bond a mother & daughter share is hard to put in to words, but it’s something we feel so special to get to witness on a daily basis. “Mom, what do you think?” is a question we hear that makes us smile every time. The mother of the bride is expected to help with the guest list, keep track of the budget, help throw the bridal shower & engagement party, pay attention to details that could easily be overlooked, be the voice of reason, & be the calm in the midst of the storm that is planning a wedding. Here at The Collection, we recognize all that the mother of the bride does & we think it’s so important for her to feel valued & beautiful. Our selection of designer mother of the bride dresses consists of stunning gowns that flatter all different body shapes & sizes that will most definitely make her feel the way she deserves to. The fun thing about picking out this kind of dress is there are really no rules! The mother of the bride doesn’t have to match the bridal party, the dress can be short or long, it can have bling or no bling, but more often than not the look of “less is more” proves to be timeless & elegant. It’s also important to keep in mind that these dresses are special ordered just like bridal gowns & can take up to four months to come in, so not waiting until the last minute is crucial. But, the most important thing you need to know about mother of the bride dresses is that our amazing bridal stylists would be thrilled to help you find the perfect one!

-Alexandra Frost

Veil or no veil?

Here at The Collection, we have the perfect mix of traditional & modern brides. We have brides that would never not wear a veil, but then we have brides who won’t even think about trying one on! So, the million dollar question, veil or no veil? We think that’s 100% up to the bride to decide. But, we do tell our brides that this is the only day in your life you get to wear one. (Okay, maybe your bachelorette party, but we’re not counting that). A veil really can help pull the whole look together, but if that’s not your thing, we have stunning headpieces for your hair! Also, if you find your dress somewhere else, don’t hesitate to still come to us for any accessories. Veil or no veil, we would still love to help you accessorize!

Alexandra Frost

Maria Farbinni

Oksana Farbatyuk is an internationally known wedding dress designer with a keen eye for detail and a flair for combining modern, inventive ideas with classic bridal touches that she showcases in her Maria Farbinni couture collections. From exquisite, hand-embroidered lace appliques to her daring, signature, deep-v sweetheart necklines, collections designed by Oksana offer a gorgeous way to make your bridal fashion dreams come true. Her dresses are sophisticated with timeless elegance, crafted in the old world tradition of handmade excellence & they look absolutely beautiful on every kind of bride. Here at The Collection, we would love nothing more than for you to see how amazing these dresses are for yourself, & because of this we are so proud to be hosting a Maria Farbinni trunk show the weekend of February 23rd through the 25th! Our amazing stylists are so talented at what they do & are waiting to give you the appointment of a lifetime.

Written by, Alexandra Frost

 

Showcasing Monique Lhuillier

In this blog post, we want to highlight an incredible woman who is internationally recognized as one of America’s foremost designers- Monique Lhuillier! Monique is a Filipino-American fashion designer and creative director known for her bridal brand, which we are so proud to say we carry at our store. Being a wife & a mother, Monique is confident that her career in fashion is enriched by her strong dedication to family & commitment to philanthropic efforts. She actually established her company in 1996 with her husband, which is now considered one of the leading fashion houses in design, quality, & creativity. All of her collections over the past 20 years have captured the perfect essence of luxury & femininity, but her Spring & Fall 2018 line have taken it to another level. In a recent interview, Monique said she “envisioned a girl running through a delicate garden without a care in the world—pure bliss and madly in love”, when designing this line. How amazing is that? This collection encompasses all things beauty & bridal, & we know our brides are going to fall in love with the gowns. For this reason, we are proud to announce that we will be hosting a Monique Lhuillier trunk show February 16th-18th! Call now to make an appointment with one of our talented stylists.

-Alexandra Frost

Our fairy godmothers

We’ve talked about our amazing bridal stylists on this blog, but we’ve yet to talk about the “fairy godmothers” of The Collection Bridal. If you guessed that we’re talking about our unbelievable seamstresses, then you guessed right. Altogether, our seamstresses have over 40 years of experience doing what they love- making brides feel beautiful. Tailoring a dress to fit any type of body shape is truly an art of craftsmanship they have mastered. Both seamstresses have a gift of being able to look at a woman in a gown and know exactly what needs to happen to have the gown showcase the bride. Did we mention that all of our gown alteration is done in house? That’s pretty special. If you are a Collection bride, you will 100% be able to meet our seamstresses who are present for every  fitting to make sure you are happy with the end result, while having fun throughout the process of having your dress fitted to you. When we asked our seamstresses why they love what they do, they told us it was because they love being creative & paying attention to detail but above all they love helping all of their brides feel beautiful. At the end of the day, they are more than seamstresses- they are dress makers & we feel so lucky to have them here at The Collection Bridal!

Engaged Around The Holidays

It’s Christmas time & you know what that means! Yes, of course- Christmas trees, lights, mistletoe, Christmas cookies, Santa Clause, holiday parties, friends & family, but you know what else? ENGAGEMENT SEASON, LADIES! From Thanksgiving all the way to New Years, it is such a popular time for your significant other to pop the question, which is why we love this time of year so much. We’re here to tell you to not to be afraid to say YES to the dress soon after getting engaged. In fact, if you think about it, this is actually an amazing time to find the perfect gown. The holidays are all about spending time & bonding with friends & family, so what’s a better way to do that than by wedding dress shopping at our salon? This time of year is so magical & so is finding your gown.

Happy Holidays from our family here at The Collection, to yours!

Trends, Trends, & More Trends!

In this blog post, we thought it would be fun to talk about some of the hottest trends in the bridal industry this season! Some things will always stay in trend, like clean lines & less being more (we’re calling this minimalism) & we love these classy looks. These style trends are perfect for our brides who never want their dress to go “out of style”. Another trend that has been popular for a long, long time & that we expect to stay popular are long trains, especially lace ones which are absolutely beautiful & photograph amazing. But, stepping outside of the traditional box is also very in right now, for example, we’re seeing a lot of colors like blushes & nudes. When it comes to trends that are a little outside of a bride’s comfort zone, keeping an open mind is something we always encourage! As for jewelry, we’re seeing a variety of new looks come about. Once again though, certain styles will always be popular like pearls & drop earrings, but brides are really starting to be more “daring” with their jewelry choices. Statement earrings, cocktail rings, rose gold, & even chokers are making an appearance this season & we are loving it! Did you know we carry jewelry here at The Collection too? Trust our stylists to know not just how to find your perfect gown, but also how to pair it with the most amazing accessories.

What Comes First the Venue or thr Dress?

Remember when Carrie Bradshaw completely changed her wedding plans because of a gown she fell in love with? That’s because guests may remember your venue for a month or two, but they’ll never forget your dress. We’ve seen brides wear a ball gown on the beach, a tight mermaid in a church (we could go on & on) but basically, what we’re trying to say, is that as a bride you should never feel like you have to compromise. Your dress will be beautiful wherever you wear it. It’s definitely important to have a vision & an idea of the “feeling” you want your wedding to have when you’re dress shopping, but you don’t need to have the venue set in stone.  In our experience we have been told over & over from our brides that it seems as if everything else falls into place once you say YES to the dress! When you were a little girl you probably didn’t dream about the catering, DJ, or even the venue for your wedding, but you probably did dream about your dress- our point exactly. Here at The Collection, we can’t wait to help you find your dream gown & then the rest of your wedding planning can begin!