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Friday, September 26, 2014

10 Things You Must Know Before Shopping for a Wedding Gown

Here is an article from Bustle with my recommendations included.

WEDDING DRESS SHOPPING: 10 THINGS YOU MUST KNOW BEFORE YOU EVEN THINK OF HITTING THE STORE


Finding the perfect dress isn’t always what it seems — and it certainly isn’t like a scene from Bride Wars (pre-Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway girl fight at The Plaza). Don’t stress, though. With a few ground rules to follow, a budget established, and expectations managed, your wedding dress shopping experience should be smooth sailing from here on out. 

1. SET YOUR BUDGET

Establish the maximum amount you’re willing to spend on your wedding dress — and stick to it. The total budget should include the dress, as well as the estimated costs of alterations, veil or headpiece, and belt. Those “hidden” costs add up. To avoid any financial surprises later on, make sure to cover all the fashion bases from the beginning.
This can definitely make a great experience go bad quickly.  With no budget, brides feel free to try on anything. Then once she has selected THE gown and someone else is holding the purse strings, makes for a terrible situation for everyone.  
The only change I would suggest is to set separate budgets for each item.  This way if your gown is a little over budget but you don't need a belt with your gown, you can move around some of your money.  Just keep in mind to not go over on all the items and be left with nothing for the last minute items.

2. IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY TO START LOOKING

As soon as the ring is on your finger, it’s pretty much go-time on the dress shopping front. I’m not advocating for crazed behavior, but from a logistics standpoint, starting the process at least eight to nine months out is a good idea. Allow yourself time to actually find it, then allow time for fittings, alterations, and having it shipped or delivered to you. 
This is spot on!! Although it says 8-9 months, 12-14 months is not unreasonable.  Keeping in mind that most brides do not purchase on the first store visit, there may be 2-3 weeks between your first shopping experience and placing your order. If you feel rushed to make the purchase, there is a bigger chance of having buyer's remorse.
As a side note, don't let any salon or consultant push you into something you are not sure of.  Feel free to ask for the manager or owner or go to another store to confirm what you are being told.

3. HAVE A PLAN

Like all good plans, research and appointment-making go a long way. To the former point, peruse bridal magazines (Martha Stewart Real Weddingsis a great resource!), put in some time on Pinterest, and check out your favorite bridal designers (Vera Wang, Marchesa, Oscar de la Renta, etc.) for design inspiration and styling reference. To the latter point, most bridal salons, specialty shops, and department stores don’t operate on a walk-in schedule. Make sure they’re expecting you upon arrival.
This is the first one I will have to disagree.  If you fall in love with the $10,000 gown online and your budget is only $1000, you probably will not be happy with any gown you try on.  You can definitely check out sources online, but without prices available, be very careful.  And remember that what looks good in a picture may be totally different on you.
And although Martha is ok, I will give a plug to my friend Jim who puts together a great magazine at Bridal Guide.  And of course, I like to promote the website, The Knot http://www.theknot.com/Vendors/Rushville-Bridal/Profile/BWP/198/602314/profile?sid=XnPfH00q467C3jy7cmTuOQ because I help to keep it running with advertising dollars!

4. LIMIT YOUR ENTOURAGE

You’ll most likely want a second and third opinion. Outside perspective and honest feedback are welcome, but too much “noise” can cloud your gut judgment. The most important thing is that you love the dress, even if that ultimately means going against the popular vote.
I have seen this go in many directions. Some brides come with no one and complete the purchase by themselves.  Others want to come back with help.  Some brides will bring only 2-3 and still want others to see the gown.  Of course, I have seen the big parties fight over which gown the bride should select and she finally leaves with nothing.  My suggestions is to start with the smaller group to keep stress levels lower.  This is not a time for added stress.  Then if you feel the 2-3 you brought didn't give the feedback you wanted, try again with a different 2-3.
BUT--ultimately the decision is YOURS as the bride.  You know the groom the best and you know what is comfortable and looks good on you.  Don't be afraid to tell anyone in your entourage that it is NOT their wedding!! (I really want those words printed over the large mirrors in my store so I can just tell some to read the writing on the wall.)

5. EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

Here’s an (obvious) shocker: You may actually look good in styles you didn’t think would flatter you. Perhaps you thought an A-line strapless gown was the shoo-in, only to discover a lace cap-sleeve mermaid gown was the clear winner. Don’t be disappointed by dashed expectations — go in with an open mind, and remember to try on a variety of silhouettes. At the very least, it serves as added context. 
Good advice again except don't try on too many gowns.  Once you have tried on 5-6 gowns, you should have a good idea of the general style you are looking for.  If you have tried on 40-50 (or more) gowns, you are too mind-boggled to make a decision or you're not ready to make a decision (that's a whole other issue). 

6. DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE BIG PICTURE

Is this the wedding dress you can stun in at the ceremony? Sit in during the toasts? And dance your ass off in on the dance floor? If you can’t envision all three scenarios while narrowing down the options, put the dress on the back burner. You want to look beautiful, feel beautiful, and let’s be honest, you want to be comfortable, too. 
Yes, we often want to please mom, grandma, dad, sister, groom, whoever but remember it is your day.  And it will be a LONG day! Your gown should be your best friend for the day not the nuisance you are glad to get rid of as soon as possible.

7. NO TEARS, NO PROBLEM

Despite the fact that every reality TV show and rom-com have led you (and everyone around you) to believe you will shed tears as soon as you come out clad in “the one,” this isn’t always the case. And that’s OK. It’s totally cool if you do cry — it is a happy occasion, after all! — but don’t let the absence of tears make you think it’s a sign that you don’t absolutely love what you’re wearing. The waterworks just aren’t for everyone.
All brides are different and your timing will be different from others.  Last week, I had a bride I have known for many years and she is not a crier. But once all her alterations were done and the gown was pressed and ready for the aisle, she cried!  That I did not expect! Just be yourself and enjoy the whole experience. 

8. SOMETIMES THE FIRST DRESS IS “THE ONE”

Shopping for a wedding dress doesn’t always require countless try-ons. Sometimes it really is love at first sight. There’s nothing wrong with finding “the one” right out of the gate — it certainly frees you up to focus your time and energy on things like stationery design, floral arrangements, and securing the best photographer.
In 18 years of owning a bridal store, I will always remember the one bride who tried on nothing and ordered a gown from a picture in a catalog.  It scared me to death but it worked out beautifully.  She loved the gown and looked great! So buying the first one you try on is also reasonable.  Actually, I did that!  I did go to 2 other stores to try on some different styles but came back to the first store and ordered the first gown I tried on.

9. DON’T UNDERESTIMATE GREAT SHAPEWEAR 

Don’t underestimate the power of great shapewear. The gown of your dreams may not be perfect yet. It may need alterations and it may need a little more shape, but you can work with that. Especially if you have a well-made corset or bustier to help you with those problem areas. 
Although shapewear can be wonderful, it can also be uncomfortable. So put some time and thought into purchasing those items as well. 
I would have titled #9 as Don't Underestimate Great Alterations! Most people do not usually alter their everyday clothing and sometimes not even special occasion clothing.  But alterations for a wedding gown are a must.  Just remember in #1 to budget for those charges.  As with regular clothing, alterations are not included in the price of the gown.

10. DRESS UP (JUST A LITTLE)

It might be difficult to imagine yourself walking down the aisle if you’re trying on dresses with post-yoga hair and no makeup. You don’t need to look your Sunday best, but a spot of mascara and your hair styled in the way you’re thinking of wearing it on the “big day” could make all the difference when you’re envisioning the entire look. 
Your appointment day will include lots of pictures.  Even if the salon will not allow pictures, there will be pictures outside the store or on the way there.  
You will also be changing clothing with a consultant in the dressing room with you. Don't embarrass her or yourself by wearing the wrong undergarments (or worse, no undergarments!)

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Biggest Wedding Dress Regrets

I saw a link to an article on The Knot with this title.  Although I have see or heard these comment hundreds of times, some brides just don't want to believe them.  So to emphasize the point here are the quotes from real brides one more time!


From the three-dress bride to the bride who accidentally texted the dress photo to her fiance -- check out these dress shopping mistakes from brides on our Attire and Accessories board so that you don’t make the same ones!
"My sister-in-law couldn't make it to my first shopping trip, so I texted her a pic of my favorite. I didn't realize that I’d sent it to the wrong person (MY FIANCE!). It's hard to be sneaky."katiethecutie
"Biggest mistake: expecting my dress shopping experience to go exactly like a 22-minute episode of Say Yes to the Dress complete with crying friends and family and that OMGOMGOMG feeling." Leslie&Ralph
"To save money I ordered my dress online, which gave me a better price than the bridal store in town. Big mistake! The dress came in and it's huge. Now I have to pay a ridiculous price for alterations that are making the gown cost more than it would have in the bridal store." jnic0319
"I have champagne taste on a beer budget. I tried on a Vera Wang for fun and I shouldn’t have. You can imagine that I fell in love with that beauty. Don’t try on wedding dresses that you cannot afford." verbride
"I now have three dresses and only one that I’ll wear. Do not shop almost two years out, do not let fantasy get in the way of reality, and do not buy a dress before you have concrete wedding plans." dizzinea
"I should’ve brought a bathrobe to the bridal salon. Having a robe makes it easy to spend time with your friends and family during the downtime while the attendant brings in gowns. It also helps you avoid hiding in the dressing room in your underwear." Robyn5298
"Don’t try on dresses after a trip to a spray tanner. What I thought would make me look like a glowing bride later rubbed off on the bridal salon’s sample dresses." mobridetobe
"Don't wear a black thong!" barbbhoww
"I wish I'd waited until 10 to 14 months out to try on dresses for the first time. I ended up trying on over 100 gowns and it was completely overwhelming." polichik

Remember that a full service bridal store can help you avoid any of these problems.  A great bridal store is only as good as the advice they give.  Sometimes knowing you are helping someone is better than making the sale!!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Advice on purchasing a quality gown

I recently viewed a video from TLC concerning how to tell if a gown is quality.  While the information is good, the video is very short. Therefore, there is no way that all the information you need to make the best decision for a gown is included.  So let's start by viewing the video.



The first item I really like is when Leslie says to look at the label for the content of the gown not the designer.  With 18 years of experience with searching for gowns at several bridal markets from Chicago to Dallas, I can tell you that there are moderately priced designers who use only the best quality of materials.  And on the down side, there are very high priced designers who use less quality materials wanting the customer to pay for the designer label.  Here are a list of the ones I consider to be among the best for their price ranges.
  •  Mary's Bridal - My favorite for the most bang for your buck.  All of their gowns are under $2000 with many under $1000. I usually stock their gowns in the $600-$800 price range.
  • Moonlight - This was the first company I could really tell the difference between their moderate line and couture line.  Their styling, bead work and lace are exceptional on the couture gowns.
  • Mon Cheri - This company offers many designers such as David Tutera, Sophia Tolli, James Clifford and Tony Bowls.  Each designer adds their own flare to each gown.  These gowns are regularly seen on shows such as Say Yes to the Dress being sold for $3000-$4000.  The actual suggested retail price of most gowns in these lines are in the $1000-$2000 range.  But the styling and craftsmanship can dictate higher prices for big city salons with large overhead costs to cover.  (That's another idea for another blog on why smaller boutiques can offer better prices!)
  • Andrew Adela - This is a relatively new designer to the bridal world.  The designer started with bridesmaid gowns and added mothers/special occasion gowns.  Both offer great styling and details.  Last fall I was excited to see their new line of bridal gowns but was very disappointed. I will keep an open mind for the next season and let you know.
There are plenty of other quality gown designers in lots of price ranges. My best advice to any bride is to find a bridal consultant you trust.  If you don't trust the consultant or store, simply do not give them your money. And if you want my honest opinion on poor quality lines, I am happy to give that in private. You can send me an email at rushvillebridal@yahoo.com.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

7 Must-Read Tech Tips for Engaged Couples

This article is shared from The Huffington Post.  It has great information. Enjoy.

7 Must-Read Tech Tips for Engaged Couples


1. Pause-before-sharing: engagement
You said 'YES' and you want to tell the world, right? Well remember that some of the world may appreciate hearing about your major life milestone directly from you, either in person or on the phone. When I got engaged I first called both sets of parents, which sparked a phone tree to all aunts and cousins. My fiancé and I each called special relatives over the next few days and surprised a few friends at dinners the following weekend. After about two weeks, we finally made the news Facebook-official to share with the world.
Family and closest friends truly appreciated being given the chance to share in our celebration and, for newly engaged couples, it's really fun to play the game "do they see the ring yet?!"
2. Pause-before-sharing: wedding planning
The "pause-before-sharing" rule should also be applied throughout the planning process. As a general rule of etiquette, always consider the feelings of the audience. Things that fall under the don't-post category include: your bridal party selections, your wedding website and anything about price and budget.
Tech savvy tip: Create a list in your 'friends' section and title it 'wedding guests'. Then when you start to post about playlist requests or instructions to the flash mob, you won't make enemies.
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3. Ladies and gentleman, start your #hashtags
If you've made the decision to document your wedding on social media, it's best to create your hashtag as early as possible. Include it as you ask friends to be in your wedding and share it on shower and bachelorette party invitations. If you start to incorporate the hashtag phrase early, people will use it to capture any activities related to your big day (for example: going shopping for their dress, baking cupcakes for your shower, etc).
Just remember that Instagram is a public search engine and anything with that hashtag can and will be seen by friends and friends-of-friends.
Not sure if you want to use a hashtag? Consider these risks from The Knot before deciding.
4. #Awesomepics - Now what?
As many social media users are aware, Instagram photos can't be saved to your photo library unless you take a screenshot of the post. Luckily there are many fabulous aggregator apps (like Wedding Party, Appy Couple, Capsule and Wedpics) that allow you to create an app, invite guests and allow everyone to upload all images and video from the wedding to a single location. These are definitely beneficial and highly recommended if you are incorporating social media as an integral part of your wedding experience.
5. Tweeter of Honor
Almost as popular as the maid of honor or best man, the Tweetmaster or Tweeter of Honor is becoming a normal addition to bridal party lineups. This is a tech savvy person that can document your wedding from your perspective or just on your behalf. The TOH could be used in addition to or in replacement of asking all guests to post, especially if your crowd is not so tech savvy. It still allows for your wedding day to be documented to the masses but in a slightly more controlled fashion.
6. With this phone, I thee hide
The only other vow you need to take on your wedding day: You shall not have your phone on you! The day goes by so quickly and it's quite a rare occasion that you're surrounded by all your closest friends and family, so find peace in the fact that you hired someone (and possibly even assigned someone) to capture the day on your behalf. The only exception to this rule is an awesome newlywed #selfie.
7. Communicate expectations
In order to successfully include social media into your wedding, you need to provide direction and expectations. It's one thing to want your friends to post funny pictures that you normally would not see but it's another to have a sea of iPhones and iPads attempting to capture your walk down the aisle (also a nuisance to your paid photographer).
Here are two examples of phrases to include on your wedding website and/or ceremony program.
When photos are not allowed during ceremony...
We are so excited that you've joined us on this special day. We want you to be present during the ceremony and ask that you refrain from taking pictures. We have hired professional photographers to capture these memories and request that all phones and cameras are turned off until the reception.
When photos are allowed during ceremony...
We are so excited that you've joined us on this special day. Feel free to capture this day on your cameras and phones. Our only request is that you wait to post any photos until the reception, allowing us the honor of posting our first pic as husband and wife (#selfie).
We found some other awesome copy & paste phrases to help set these expectations at Offbeat Bride.
Are you a guest of a tech-friendly wedding? Click here to brush up on your social media manners.
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Author: Amanda Goetz is the Founder and CEO of Availendar

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Sometimes even the "Professional" don't have the right answers for the Groom and Groomsmen

Here is the second part of the Wedding Party 101 from The Knot magazine.  This one will focus on the groom and groomsmen. This is a topic that many people are not familiar with since many men normally do not wear tuxedos on a regular basis. Here are some tips to help you decide your look for the special day.

  • Brush up on your tuxedo terms and take a peek in your own closet before you begin suit shopping.  This will give you an idea of what you like best--notched or shawl lapel, standard or spread collar.
One thing the magazines often forget is where the reader is from. This is great advice for a business man who regularly wears a suit.  But I live in farm country!  My typical customer maybe owns one suit and rarely wears it. So searching the closet will not be much help. On the other hand, brushing up on your tuxedo terms is a great hint.  The best way to do so is to visit a website for tuxedo rentals. My advice is to go to www.jimsformalwear.com . Here you will find answers to most questions about a tuxedo.  There is also a great tux-builder feature. You can select your coat, shirt, vest and tie and see what it will look like together. But if the information you are looking for is not there, don't hesitate to ask your local formal wear dealer.

  • The groomsmen should dress around the groom.  A consistent look is great, but the groom should sport some detail(a boutonniere, tie or pocket square) that differentiates him from the pack.
This is great advice.  The groom can be dressed closely to everyone else but should have at least one small difference.  But sometimes the groom wants to be completely different.  That is good too!!  Remember it should be as much his day as the bride! Again, the bride and groom need to communicate their ideas of the wedding style before selecting attire.  The groom and groomsmen should compliment the ladies for the day.  And here is my newest pet peeve.  The bride and bridesmaids have on gorgeous gowns with beading in satin or chiffon, pretty hair dos, nails done--the works.  The guys come in blue jeans and t shirts!?! This just doesn't compute.  This is your one special day.  If he is not willing to sacrifice a few hours in a nice suit or tux, how will he do with the really hard stuff in the relationship? Maybe this is just my thinking as a wedding professional. We are all free to have our own opinions.

  • The tuxedo is classic, but consider all your options.  Marrying by the beach?  Try a more casual jacket and trousers.  Having an ultra-formal wedding? Pick a cutaway coat, gray-striped trousers, gray vest and ascot.

 Ok, we all know there is such a thing as etiquette.  The questions is do you always follow the rules?  Can we pick and chose the rules for our special day?  If you did your homework from #1, you probably found there are certain times and functions that you should wear different types of suits and tuxes.  If you did not, go back through my blogs and find one I wrote on Suits VS Tuxes.  Then you should be able to make your choice for the day.

  • Should you rent or buy? If you don't attend many formal events or if your weight is frequently in flux, renting may be the way to go.  If you'll have four or more good uses for a tux, the suit will pay for itself.
This is kind of a no brainer in farm country and why my tuxedo rentals have remained fairly constant during a national dip.  Many men in my area just don't have a reason to purchase a tuxedo and often not even a suit.  But remember that whatever your needs, we can take care of you.  Rushville Bridal has a full line of suits and tuxedos for rental or sale.

Here are the basics for tuxedo jacket styles.  It's all in the collar!

Classic Notch Collar Tuxedo can be paired with any vest and tie.

 
Shawl Collar Tuxedo



Peak Collar Tuxedo





















Use this coupon for any complete tuxedo rental.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Sometimes even the "Professionals" don't have the right answers for bridesmaids.

Today I received a new copy of The Knot, which has quickly become my favorite publication about weddings.  There are always tons of photos of new gowns and great tips for any style of wedding.  Since the magazine is so large, it is easy to overlook something.  But today, I found a page titled, Wedding Party 101.  Then I looked back at previous editions and found the exact same page!  Sorry, I had missed it before because it sparked what could be multiple blog posts.
So today I will start with the one that I agreed with the most--Bridesmaids.
  •  For a modern but still put-together look--pick the color and fabric, but consider letting your bridesmaids choose the neckline and silhouette. 
         This one is a little unclear on whether it is stating for all the bridesmaid to look the same or just in the same color and fabric.  But I feel that either one is great.  For a long time, I sided with the "everyone must look the same" or at the very least the same style but maybe different colors (like a rainbow wedding). Then I did a style show with at least 6 different stock gowns in the same color.  As each girl came down the aisle (yes, it was in a church), I was amazed at how great all the different styles complemented each girl's figure while also looking good together! I wondered how many times I had given the wrong advice to a bride. More importantly, I changed my view!!  I am often asked for my opinion but usually try to feel out the bride first.  Then will find the closest option to aline with her feelings.
        This is important for all the bridesmaids to remember too! Yes, the bridesmaid wants to look good and feel comfortable for the day but ultimately, IT'S THE BRIDES DAY! The bridesmaid was selected to support her decision on becoming a married woman. I think my daughter said it best to her cousin, "I will look ugly for you that day!" And guess what, my niece selected green gowns.  The one color my daughter hates to wear. But she will be there smiling her beautiful smile for her special cousin! I will post pictures after the wedding in July.

  • Ask for your maids' advice, but make the final decision yourself.  You're the one who knows the big picture--overall look, formality and people's budgets--best.
 I think I covered this in the last comment but I still think it needs to be repeated loudly and often. IF IT'S NOT YOUR WEDDING, YOU DON'T HAVE THE FINAL SAY!! Yes, it is nice to have opinions from the bridesmaids but the final vote is made by the bride.  If a bridesmaid refuses to wear what you as the bride selects, you have the right to kick her out of the wedding.  On the other hand, sometimes you have to pick your battles. Maybe in the long run, it is easier to give in than to fight.  But just remember that the wedding picture will be hanging in your living room not hers!

  • The bridesmaids should try to place their orders at the same time to ensure that the dresses will be made from the same dye lot.
From all the store owners I have known over the years (almost 18 years now), this is taken care of by the store.  Once a style is selected, the store will give the wedding party a date to have all the measurements and payments in.  If the date is coming close, the store will notify the bride of anyone that has not completed their order.   My best advice is to give the bridesmaids a date at least one week before the date given by the store.  This way if someone is running late, you don't miss the deadline to order the gowns or need to pay additional rush shipping charges. 
If you do have someone who misses the deadline, you can order the remainder of the gowns on time and add one later.  Remember that the one added later will run the risk of being a different dye lot color. This is usually not a huge difference but can be noticeable. Shipping charges may also be added for rush shipping or for shipping one gown by itself.

  • Allow three months' delivery and alteration time for the dresses.
This is the one I think that The Knot got wrong.  Many stores are now stating 9 months for bridal and 6 months for bridesmaids. Shipping from China has changed drastically in the past few years.  So don't run the risk of getting the gowns the week after the wedding.  Shop early!!

  • Don't forget the extras.  Should the maids all have the same shoes, jewelry, hairstyles, handbags or wraps?  Communicate your desires clearly to your maids.  Email works great for this.
This is something you should put some thought into before going shopping for gowns.  If the bridesmaids know upfront what your expectations will be, it is easier for them to be on board.  If you don't have any set ideas, it could be easy for one of the bridesmaids to run the show.

Here are some bridesmaid styles.  Which one fits your wedding style?

One shoulder, charmeuse gown
Sweetheart, taffeta gown
























Short sweetheart, chiffon gown
Short V neck, satin gown




















Scoop neck, lace gown available long or short.
Convertible Wrap Dress. Make the neckline to fit your bridesmaid or wedding style.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Shopping for Wedding Dress - Wedding Dress Shopping Tips | Wedding Planning, Ideas & Etiquette | Bridal Guide Magazine

Shopping for Wedding Dress - Wedding Dress Shopping Tips | Wedding Planning, Ideas & Etiquette | Bridal Guide Magazine


Ok, I have never tried to copy an entire article onto my blog.  I hope this works because the information here is really good! I am on a tight schedule today but will give my personal opinions to go along with this post in my next blog.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Bridal Expo

In the past two weeks I have spent countless hours preparing for the Bridal Expo in Rushville.  I have contacted vendors, scheduled advertising, booked the building, fitted models and written gown descriptions.  But I am very pleased with the outcome!  I have 13 vendors scheduled for Sunday, March 2.  They are:
          Rushville Bridal with gowns and tuxes
          Rushville Pharmacy with gifts
          Indiana Carriage with several different horse-drawn carriages
          Sarah Schwendenmen with Paparazzi Jewelry
          J & J Photo Specialties for all you photography needs
          Negangard Tent Rental with tents, tables and chairs
          Candice McDaniel with Pure Romance
          Stacey Berkemeier with Advocare
          Sasha Degner with It Works
          Matt Merhley DJ services
          Miranda Kessler with fibo and clo jewelry and shoes
          Samantha Spaeth with Project 10 Challenge
          J & J Winery from Richmond

I think this is a really great combination for brides who are still looking for services.  I was hopeful to have catering, cakes, photo booth and so many more options but I guess that will have to wait until the next show. 

Now, we are hearing of a large storm heading our way for Sunday.  So pray that it holds off until later in the day and come see everyone at the show!  There is a $1.00 admission that will go to the Rush County Players theater group.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Vintage Inspired Wedding Gowns

While attending the National Bridal Market in Chicago and the Dallas Bridal Market, the word vintage kept popping into my head.  There were so many beautiful gowns that fit into the description of vintage.  So if your perfect idea of a wedding is vintage, 2014 or 2015 is the year for you.

Here is just a very small sampling of gowns available at Rushville Bridal.

Mary's Bridal Vintage looks:
Style 6176





A beautiful satin gown with lace overlay.  The tank straps and hemline feature delicately scalloped edges.  Available in white or ivory in sizes 2-30 starting at $625.



Another great gown from Mary's is style 3Y289.  Which famous movie star can you imagine wore a gown like this? 

Although this gown is not currently in stock at Rushville Bridal, I just couldn't resist adding it to this blog.  It can be ordered in white or ivory in sizes 2-30 starting at $675.  Fur stole is not included but may also be ordered..

Or maybe you prefer this gown from Mori Lee with an illusion neckline.  This neckline is making a huge comeback for 2014. Prices start at $1999. 



Do you see vintage as a tea length gown?  This is the one for you from Moonlight Bridals.






Perhaps a more traditional ball gown with a vintage feel. This gown is designed by DaVinci Bridals.





Does vintage have a certain color like this champagne gown from Symphony Bridal?  Also available in white and ivory starting at $979.

Whatever you picture as the perfect vintage gown, we would love to help you to find it!


And lastly I will leave you with some pictures collected by Bridal Guide Magazine.  Some of these gowns are not available at Rushville Bridal but I am sure we can find a close second. http://www.bridalguide.com/fashion/wedding-dress-shopping-guide/wedding-gowns-inspired-by-1920s