Blush Bridal Boutique Launches 5 Wedding Gowns At $500 Event

The staff of Blush Bridal Boutique in Haymarket, VA is so excited to tell you about the launch of our brand new weekly event! Each week, we will be selecting five of our favorite wedding dresses to feature at a special $500 price point. The dresses are beautiful, current styles, and will be sold off the rack at a spectacular discount. Styles will change each week, so if you see a wedding gown you love in our featured collection, be sure to stop in before the end of the day on Saturday!

Here are the gowns we are featuring in our 5 at $500 collection this week. This collection includes traditionally flattering A-line styles, a glamorous mermaid, beaded sheath, a sophisticated fit and flare dress with sparkling accents, and a perfect for summer, light and flowy chiffon gown.

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See your dream dress? Stop by our boutique in Haymarket today, or give us a call at 703-753-8303 if you have questions about our 5 at $500 promotion! We can’t wait to help you find your perfect wedding gown at an amazing price.

 

Wedding Style Lessons From The 2016 Academy Awards

This year’s Oscars red carpet featured plenty of stars looking like they could have stepped out of their own wedding.

While dark colors are traditionally more popular on the red carpet, stylish celebs like Lady Gaga, Priyanka Chopra, and Olivia Wilde all chose dramatic white evening gowns.

So what can brides learn from these Hollywood divas?

A dramatic back is always a fabulous idea. Olivia Wilde showcased this trend, confidently sporting a Valentino Haute Couture gown featuring a backless design. This can certainly work for brides who wish to create a dramatic and unexpected look.

A sweetheart neckline and a simple classic hairstyle are always appropriate. Lady Gaga wore a strapless white Brandon Maxwell pantsuit with a perfect sweetheart neckline. She balanced out the daring choice with understated makeup and glamorous old school waves.

Dramatic lace pairs perfectly with a clean, simple ponytail.  Priyanka Chopra chose a white lace Zuhair Murad gown. The strapless design featured a textured lace and a sparkling waist accent, and a simple low ponytail let the dress shine.

Which Oscar gowns inspired you to be creative with your wedding day style?

Blush Dresses Featured On Runway At Rustic Wedding Showcase

When Jessica from Main Street Weddings invited us to participate in their Rustic Wedding Showcase at Brandy Hill Farm, we were so excited!

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A chance to check out an amazing venue and show off our beautiful gowns in a live fashion show is an opportunity not to be missed!

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We arrived early with our 13 models, ready for hair and makeup. The ladies of Salon Emage did an amazing job making our models look their best. Flawless makeup and gorgeous “rustic” hairstyles (think braids, flowers, curls) made our girls runway ready!

Jewelry by The Miscellaneous Artist added the perfect finishing touch, once the models stepped into their fabulous gowns.

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Showtime arrived soon, and our models grabbed their lush bouquets by Endless Creations and hurried to the upstairs ballroom.  Fashion show music was provided by Jake Ritchie of Dream Day DJs.

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Our models, all students from Liberty High School, did an awesome job! Many thanks to all who helped make our fashion show spectacular.

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Wedding Gown Trains: Advice From The Experts

Shopping for wedding gowns can be fun, but overwhelming, and selecting a train length is just one more decision that a bride will need to make. Brides can, however, breathe a sigh of relief. This decision is all about common sense and personal preference!

Obviously, a longer, more regal train length equals a super-formal look. If that is truly the style of your wedding, go for a long train! Just be sure to have a plan regarding what to do with the long train later in the day (for instance, when you want to dance)! In most cases, a seamstress can add hooks to the gown to allow the train to be bustled, or lifted off the floor. There are a few different bustle styles, and an experienced seamstress should be able to guide you through the process of selecting the right one for your wedding gown.

If your wedding is on the other end of the formality spectrum, for instance a beach wedding or a casual backyard wedding, you may forgo a train completely, or wear a dress with a very short train.

If your event falls somewhere in the middle of the formality spectrum, the train length is truly just a matter of preference.

Here are some of the most common train lengths available:

Brush or Sweep: reaches just to the floor beneath your dress hem, “brushing” the floor as you walk. Perfect for beach, outdoor, or casual weddings. This train length is easiest to move in.

Court: a short train that attaches at waist and extends only one to two feet behind gown.

Chapel: formal to semi-formal style, attaches at waist and extends three to four feet behind gown.

Cathedral: attached at waist, extends dramatically for six to eight feet behind the gown. Often chosen for ultra-formal weddings.

Castillion: a French-inspired very long train of at least ten feet.

Royal: also sometimes called a “Monarch” train, since this look is popular in royal weddings. This train extends 10 or more feet from its attachment position at the waist.

Panel: this type of train isn’t part of the dress, but rather a separate panel of fabric about a foot wide that trails behind the dress. Usually detachable, panel trains can be made into any length desired. Some brides who buy their dress and later decide they want a train can have a professional create a customized panel train for them.

Watteau: worn from the shoulders and draping down to the bottom hem of the dress, the Watteau train dramatically alters a bride’s silhouette and can lend an almost Grecian feel to the dress. This unconventional choice is a good alternative to a veil for brides who don’t want to cover up their hairstyle but still have the look of a long, flowing veil. Bridesmaids’ dresses with Watteau trains are also very pretty.

 

Changing Up Your Look For The Reception

Someone asked me this week if it was acceptable for a bride to completely change her look for the reception celebration. I answered with a definite “Yes!” Once all of the formal group pictures are taken, it is completely acceptable to switch looks for the reception!

Here are a few ideas:

The bride could, of course, change from her long gown to a shorter, funkier dress that is easier to wear while dancing. A whole new dress is not mandatory, but for some brides, it is a fun idea! I definitely recommend keeping dress #2 in the white or ivory color family in order to stay visible throughout the event. Also, keep the second dress choice classy and appropriate. Just because there is dancing at the reception does not mean the bride should put on her clubwear!

short Add a pop of color or sparkle by switching accessories! Whether or not the bride switches dresses, she can add a bit of pizazz to her look with a change of belts, jewelry, hair accessories, or shoes! If adding a pop of color, be sure that it coordinates with the overall wedding color scheme.

Don a new do! If the bride wears her hair in a complicated up-do for the ceremony, she could switch to a looser side ponytail for the reception. For a variety in the wedding pictures, create a reception hairdo that is the opposite of the wedding ceremony hairdo.

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Switch to comfortable shoes! If you know that the sparkle-y stillettos you wore for the ceremony are not practical for dancing, buy some pretty (and equally sparkle-y) flats for the reception! Please don’t be that bride that changes into cheap rubber flip flops (unless you are literally on the beach). And do not walk around in bare feet at your reception!

If none of these ideas appeal to you, just freshen up your ceremony look, bustle your train, and enjoy your party!

“Perfect” Alterations in an Imperfect World

Wedding-Dress-AlterationI am crooked. It’s true. I learned this fact in grade school when my health teacher explained that our dominant side is decided by which hand we use most often. I am right-handed so my right side is slightly larger than my left. For the most part, I don’t really notice it, but sometimes I try on a shirt that makes it obvious that my right breast is larger than the left. I’ve also tried on shoes at the store and the right shoe is too tight, but the left fits fine and vice versa.

Like most women, I am also very critical of my body. My hips are wide and in the shape of a triangle, I have a rather large tush compared to my smaller waist, and I have a pouch regardless of the number of crunches I do. I try my best to hide my flaws in the clothing I wear which tend to be dresses because they accomplish this goal the best.

When helping a bride find her dream dress, I do my very best to find a gown that accents her best features and disguises the rest. I listen to her comments and pull gowns accordingly. Brides come in all shapes and sizes and I do not discriminate or judge. It is my job to find a dress that will make my bride love her body and feel amazing.

Once we find the dress, I have two incredible seamstresses who know their craft well. They pin, they tuck, they hem and bustle each gown to fit our bride the very best it can.

This is where my original statement comes into play: “I am crooked.” I am not alone in this. We are all crooked. During the alterations, a bride should realize if the bust is not exactly the same on both sides, it is not because the seamstress has not done her job correctly. The same goes if the waist sits higher on one side than the other. Please do not misunderstand, both seamstresses will do everything possible to make it look the same, but there is no perfection in an imperfect world.

Oscar Night Inspiration For Stylish Brides

We all watch the Oscars for different reasons, right? Some love the fashion, others love the craft of film making, others love the fanfare of those gold statues being awarded to honor the best of the best.

Brides to be have a unique perspective, and can gather SOO many ideas from this one simple event! Let’s take a look at some inspirational styles that could work for wedding gowns!

Photo credt: eonline
Photo credt: eonline
Photo credit: Justin Alexander
Photo credit: Justin Alexander

Our first bridal look is based on the gown worn by Giuliana Rancic, who kicked off the E! Countdown to the Red Carpet pre-show. Rancic arrived at the Kodak Theatre looking flawless in her dazzling lace and tulle v-neck gown, sparkling heels and fabulous jewelry.

What can brides take from this look? Straps are becoming more popular, as is a lace bodice and tulle skirt. The fitted bodice and full skirt create a perfectly princess-y look! The wedding gown shown is by Justin Alexander.

Photo credit: eonline
Photo credit: eonline
Photo credit: Justin Alexander
Photo credit: Justin Alexander

Sandra Bullock looked amazing at the Oscars in her navy gown that exuded glamour. The satin gown featured a sweetheart neckline, dramatic draping and a subdued elegance that would make any actress envious. With her hair styled into sideswept curls, Bullock completed her classic look with total sophistication.

So what can brides take from this flawless look? Look for a strapless satin gown with a sweetheart neckline to achieve this beautiful Old-Hollywood look. Pleating in the bodice will help to create an hourglass shape. Of course, dramatic sideswept curls are also a great option for brides who want to exude glamour and style. The wedding gown shown is by Justin Alexander.

Wedding Gown Alterations: The Secret To Looking Amazing

When selecting a wedding gown, it is important to accept the fact that in most cases, alterations will be an absolute requirement!

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Many brides become frustrated because they believe that because they are measured for a gown, it will be cut to their exact body proportions. This is not the case at all. A bridal consultant is simply gathering data (bust measurement, waist measurement, hip measurement, height) to determine which standard size will fit the bride best.

An experienced consultant will explain this process and will point out in advance where adjustments will be needed. For example, perhaps a bride’s hip measurement requires her to order a size 8 in her wedding gown, but her bust measurement falls into the size 6 range, the consultant should mention to the bride that side/bust alterations will be required if the size 8 is ordered.

Note that in most cases, it is wise to select the size which corresponds to your largest measurement.

Some of the most common alterations include:

Bustle-adding hooks so that a long train may be bustled at the reception for ease of movement.

Sides/bust-taking in the sides of the dress so that it fits closer to the body; this fit is important in strapless dresses!

Hem-most brides need a bit of an adjustment in length.

Straps-many times, these are cut a bit large and need to be tailored so they stay in place.

It is critical that both brides and bridesmaids factor alterations into their budgets if they wish to look their best in their dresses!

Oh, and one more tip- it is WAY less expensive to have alterations to adjust a dress to a smaller size than to a larger one. Don’t let your ego convince you to order a smaller size than the bridal consultant recommends…it could be a costly mistake!