At FPW, one of our main goals is for our brides and grooms to have a unique, authentic, truly spectacular wedding day. Sometimes, it is easy to get caught up in what is “expected” of the event, instead of what the couple truly wants. But, the best and most memorable weddings are the ones that incorporate the personalities of the couple. Do not get so caught up in expectations that you sacrifice your own flare.
Wedding dress shopping can be a bit overwhelming. Sifting through magazines is only partially productive since most of us do not have the body-type of a size 00 model, and trying every dress you might like on is downright exhausting. So, how do you narrow down your choices? Step 1: Know your body type. Step 2: Know what style suits your body type.
Many of us have preconceived notions about what our body type is, but it is always a good idea to go in and get measured. For instance, you may consider yourself “busty”, so you search for dresses that fall under that category; when really you should have been looking for “hourglass” since the proportion of your bust to your hips and waste is unique. It is always a good idea to get measured by a professional just in case you had the wrong impression of what it means to be a certain shape.
Once you know your shape, find out what styles flatter you. Here is a breakdown of the most popular styles:
MERMAID: This dress is for a bride who is comfortable with her body and wants to flaunt her curves. It hugs the chest, waist, and backside snuggly, flaring at the knee. Mermaid dresses are slightly less traditional, but can be sleek and sophisticated. They are recommended for taller brides, since the flaring at the bottom can cut the line off of a short bride and make her look smaller. If you are pear-shaped, you might want to consider another choice as this style will emphasize the bottom half of your body.
EMPIRE: An Empire cut starts at the bottom part of the bust and then has loose, often chiffon-like material that flows to the floor. Brides who have a smaller bust or want to conceal a fuller bottom will love this choice. The most versatile of the styles, an empire dress is perfect for a beach wedding because of its free flowing form. It also allows you to play with the neckline. You can add netting, lace, or a statement necklace. Another option is to emphasize the high waist line by adding a chic belt (think dainty gold metal or a thin ribbon that ties at the back).
BALL GOWN: “I want to look like a princess on my wedding day!” Sound familiar? Then chances are, you will gravitate toward a ball gown. As dramatic as they are classic, ball gowns never go out of style. They have a fitted bodice that stops at the waste and turns into a full skirt. Typically, slimmer women with average height and medium to full bust look great in this dress. If you have a small bust or are particularly small in your frame, it is a good idea to consider other possibilities since ball gowns can be overpowering and distract from the bride if it is too big.
SHEATH: Much like the mermaid dress, a sheath dress is relatively unforgiving. It has a simple shape that lies close to the body. However, the long structure of the gown can elongate the figure of brides. This is a great choice for brides who are short, since the line starts from the collar bone and drops to the floor without a break. Sheath dresses also work well on brides who are well-proportioned since this dress showcases the bottom and the top evenly.
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With a new year comes new trends, and 2014 looks to be a year infused with romance, elegance, and breath-taking detail. Let us fill you in on what to expect for this year’s wedding trends.
Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid - Pantone released their color of 2014, a beautiful shade of purple. This color sets the tone for trends and judging by this selection, we can expect a decadent year. Pantone describes their radiant orchid choice as it, “blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination… [it is] a captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple, and pink undertones”. Some ideas for combinations with this color would be ivory, gold, or dark purple.
Crop-top Wedding Dresses - Love it or hate it, the reintroduction of the crop-top into mainstream fashion has been hard to ignore. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Naya Riveria are in part to thank (or blame), baring their mid sections unprejudiced by occasion. Now it seems the occasion can even span to weddings. Designers like Hayley Paige are reinforcing this ode-to-the-90′s retrogression with their new collections.
The Evolution of Photo Booths - Thought photo booths would be a passing fad? Think again. Not only are photo booths still popular this year, they are gaining steam with the introduction of videography. Couples are opting to have a videographer come and set up in one area just like a photo booth. A certain number of guests will be given props and prompted to stand in front of a screen by their “director” (videographer). A short movie will be made complete with mustaches, confetti, boas, etc. Confused by this concept? Click here for an example.
Stances on Social Media - Yes, we have reached that point. Social media infiltrates our everyday lives constantly; it will have the same effect on your wedding. Some brides prefer this, and some would rather an “unplugged” event. The bright side is that, reaching the year 2014 means social media is officially part of our language. So, do not be afraid to address the issue before your big day. If you welcome social media, then set up a charging station for your guests to make sure no one has to miss a moment. If you would prefer to unplug, then address this on your invitations. Some couples even opt to collect phones at the door.
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Remember those days, before you got engaged, when you sat on your couch to watch “Say Yes to the Dress” and thought – that looks fun!
It is not just your imagination, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter are all flooded with engagement posts – more so than usual. Why? ‘Tis the season! Yes, we know the holidays have passed, but these next few months are the Christmas of Wedding Planning. Engagement season is in full swing, meaning vendors, wedding dress boutiques, and even venues will be offering sneak peeks at what is new for upcoming brides.
A recent survey by the Huff Post revealed that the most popular day of the year to get engaged is Christmas Eve, followed by Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. In fact, Wedding Wire calculated that 33% of engagements happen between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. This breeds a whole new batch of eager brides.
The wedding industry is very unique, because (with some exceptions) there are no repeat customers. Brides come in cycles and once they become wives, they typically do not come back through the process. That is a big reason why the wedding industry can stay so fresh and relevant – we are always aiming at a new crowd.
So, pay attention to who is trying to catch your attention this season! Blue Bridal in Denver will be hosting a trunk show from January 24-26. They will feature some of this season’s gowns at discount prices. Also in Denver, the Bridal Collection is having a sale now through April 30th.
In terms of your favorite venues and vendors, this is the ideal time to reach out to them. They are expecting to book the majority of their weddings in these next few months. Go ahead and ask them if they are running any special deals, or if they are having open houses. This also means that if you have been procrastinating, it is time to get serious. With the rush of new brides, the competition to book will be much more intense. Make sure you are on top of your planning and knock out some of the bigger tasks up front to ensure everything else is smooth sailing.