‘Bridal Party’ Category

Bridal Dress Testers: Is this the One?

For a bride, her wedding dress is one of the most important aspects of her big day. The dress has to be just perfect. Whether it is a long trailed crepe silk gown or a knee length number, there are a lot of things which go in the making and choosing of a dress.
If you are the bride to be, and are looking for the perfect one, check out our list of bridal dress to pick the right one!


Is the Dress Balanced?


Brides come in all shapes and sizes; so there is truly no one size fits all. It isn’t necessary for you to choose layered chiffons of your sister did the same for her wedding dress. Just make sure that the dress you pick is balanced. Look at the amount and placement of embellishments and trims. They key is not overdoing it, neither under selling it, but choosing a dress that is in harmony with its cuts, fabric, and embellishments.


Are you taking that Risk?


Brides of today are smart. They take inspiration, but they don’t want to look like a celebrity knock off bride on their big day. They are not afraid of incorporating their personality and individuality in the wedding dress. This is the reason why we don’t see a huge amount fairy tale gowns in the weddings these days. Brides have been seen wearing everything from miniskirts to boot cut white pants. So if you want to go veil-less or want a 72 meter long trail behind you, go for it. It’s your day, and you should plan it the way you always dreamt it to be!


Does the Dress Agree with your Body Shape?


It is not necessary to go for a full fitted sleeves with lace bodice like Kate Middleton if it doesn’t fatter your body shape. Your arms look good bare or cap sleeved? Go for these options instead of blindly following a trend or a celebrity. There are a million of ways to make any trend agree with your body type, so don’t worry about not following a trend or two. You don’t need a tight fit to look sultry on your wedding day. Think of Kate Moss’ wedding in 2011. The dress was anything but fitted, but she rocked it immaculately.

Get the bridal dress of your dreams at Perfect Bridal at reasonable prices. In addition to that, you can also shop for bridesmaids, mothers, and juniors’ dresses too!

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Wedding Beauty Rules Deciphered

We understand that a lot goes around when you are preparing for a wedding and that too, your own! The venue, the caterer, the dress, guest list, fretting over the type of flowers, everything seems to grow on o you during the final months. You are constantly under stress; you just want it to go down well!
This stress can take its toll on your overall well being, especially your skin. Constantly being under duress and not getting enough sleep can lead to the temporary signs of fatigue on your face. These temporary signs can convert into permanent ones if left unattended.
So what shall you do to get that proverbial bridal glow on your face? Read on to find out in this blog!


Sleep Well


Get at least 8 hours of sleep every day, especially when you are the bride to be. Schedule your work around your sleeping hours, if need be. Sleeping helps you revitalize your vital organs, and you are able to work with increased diligence.


Treat Yourself


There is no harm in treating yourself to a spa and getting that much needed facial massage you were putting off for many months. Take a day off from your grueling routine, and pamper yourself with a manicure, or a facial. After all, you deserve it; you are the bride to be!

Eat a Balanced Diet

If you have been loading up on carbs, your wedding can serve as a good excuse to start eating healthy. Cut down sugars and processed food from your diet and go for more natural options such as fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts.
Also include leguminous foods to your diet and reduce your intake of fatty foods. These foods not only let you gain weight easily, but also wreck havoc on your skin in the form of breakouts.

Drink Enough Water

The importance of this can’t be stressed enough. Drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water every day is recommended by doctors and dieticians all over the world.
So pay heed to this advice, and make a habit of keeping a bottle of water with you at all times so that you remember to drink up.
You will certainly be the most stunning bride on your wedding day if you follow these easy tips to a beautiful skin and body. As far as your dress is concerned, we have got you covered at Perfect Bridal with our assorted variety of bridal dresses.

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Bride-To-Be: What NOT To Do?

You all have read the to-dos for a bride to be: sleep well, eat less, find the right planner, etc. is the kind of things every bride to be hears, reads, and even dreams about.
This blog is a bit different from the regular. Here, you will find all the things that you shouldn’t be doing if you are bride to be who is expected to be married in the running year.
Without further ado, let’s dig in the don’ts every bride to be should follow religiously!


Getting the Dress Months before the Wedding


It is okay to look for the dress to wear at your wedding as soon as you get engaged, but buying it is a completely different story. Your weight may fluctuate in the time between your engagement and your wedding ceremony, which can make your gorgeous number ill fitted. This is why we suggest that you should buy a dress about 2 months before, and make sure it has enough room for alterations.

Choosing Bridesmaids’ Dresses without Consenting Them

Bridesmaids dress is an important element for your wedding, especially if you are having a themed event. It is necessary for you to take your bridesmaids consent before asking them to purchase a dress.
This is because they may have reservations about a certain style or color, or they can be uncomfortable with the price tag the dress comes with.
Sit down with your girls, talk about the color and other specifications, and give your nod of approval to the dress that makes everyone happy.

Not Taking Out Time for Self

Planning for weddings can be stressful. This doesn’t mean that you should let go of yourself. It is your wedding after all, and you definitely want to look well rested on the big day.
It is vital to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and sleep for at least 8 hours a day. Make-up and jewelry can only do so much. If you are not relaxed, it is difficult to fake it on the outside, especially on such an important day!
At Perfect Bridal, we make sure that you don’t make any dressing mistakes, be it your own dress or a bridesmaids’ number. Explore our unique bridal designs today!

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An Expert Guide: How To Choose Your Bridesmaids

The moment you announce your engagement on social media, notifications begin to flood in. While some are just wishing you luck for the future, your friends bombard you with questions and comments like, “Am I in your bridal squad?”, “Please don’t pick pastels; they look weird against my skin”, and so on.
These requests can result in happy exclamations or awkward conversations, depending on who is asking.
To make things easier for you, we have compiled a list of ways you can pick your bridesmaids without hurting anyone. Let’s start reading!


Narrow down your Choices

Research shows that an average American has approximately 4.39 bridesmaids. Now, let us see your list of expectant bridesmaids; your sisters, you sisters in law, your friends from high school, your friends for college, and even an office colleague or two. Decide whether you are going to pick a friend with whom you have been friends for decades but don’t see too often, or a newer friend you meet every day?
Start by making a must-include list, which feature your close family members. Analyze who will make you the happiest, and who knows you well enough to give suggestions and help out in the preparations. Take a look at what names you’re including just because they included you. We guarantee that making this list will be torture but a necessary evil which will save you from many future disasters.

Turning Down a Friend

This is a toughy. That’s something you’d never want to do. What if a friend assumes that they will be a bridesmaid? You have to break the news with consideration and respect. Say something like,
“I am so sorry you are disappointed. I had to make hard decisions, and I wish I could have done something.”
Make sure that you appoint them to read something during the ceremony, or ask them to usher the guests. This way, they would feel included in your wedding as well.

Considering the Finances

If you know that one of the bridesmaids is not in the financial position to afford the cost of bridesmaid dresses and other events that you have planned, let them know that you won’t take it personally if they couldn’t attend the bachelorette party and the bridal shower. If you can, offer them to help out in buying the dress. Just keep these discussions and arrangements private.
You can shop for the latest bridesmaids’ dresses at Perfect Bridal. We are flexible with the budget, and have something for everyone!

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Why You Should Opt for a Convertible Dress

The fact that the once-hated bridesmaids dress is not only becoming more fashionable but also a multiwear is not something that has gone unnoticed. With the world becoming a little bit more expensive to shop in, convertible dresses are creating waves in the bridal couture as the best thing to wear.
Convertible dresses, especially designer bridesmaids’ dresses have become the latest trend. And with more brides looking to provide their bridesmaids with a mix-and-match dress that they can wear for even more special occasions, this dress is becoming available in a variety of stores and fashion brands.
Since you are here at Perfect Bridal, we know you’re looking for a dress which is not only affordable but also durable. And since we are in the business of making such dreams come true, we are going to tell you why you should choose convertible dresses for your wedding party.


Choosing a Convertible Bridesmaids Dress


Great for Different Body Types


It’s very rare to have all your bridesmaids feel comfortable with their bridesmaids’ dress. However, with a convertible dress, your bridesmaids can have the option for extra coverage or less coverage as well. The beauty of convertible dresses is that they can be wrapped and worn in different ways that can flatter everyone. So as a bride, you won’t have to go through the added expense of buying a different style gown according to each bridesmaid’s taste.


Variety of Fabric


Convertible dresses like the Dessy Twist Dresses or Allure Bridesmaid Dresses’ dresses are usually available in different fabric options such as high quality jersey and chiffon. As such, these fabrics not only feel and look worth the money, but also give you a perfect fit. Also, since the fabric is of higher quality, you get a dress that will stay resilient for long.

Perfect for Pregnant Bridesmaids


Convertible dresses come in a variety of sizes. This means that even if your bridesmaid cannot guess how much her body will shift up to the day of your wedding, you will not have to worry about any last minute alterations. The gown will give you the option to convert her gown into a style that will accentuate her best features and make her feel beautiful, and you won’t have to spend extra money.


Different Styles


Convertible dresses aren’t just created in one style. From floor-length dresses that can be changed to mini dresses to floral ensembles with convertible ties for different looks, the convertible dress will give you enough style options to make all of your bridesmaids happy.
Since convertible dresses have become very popular, many designers have also released their own collection of bridesmaids’ dresses that are affordable and stylish. So if you want to check them out, either browse through Perfect Bridal’s collection of affordable bridesmaids dresses or simply contacts us for more advice.

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Your Ultimate Bridal Gown Glossary (Part 2)

Before going to buy a bridal gown, it is important that you know everything there is to know about wedding gowns so you can create the best look possible. Carrying on with part two, we at Perfect Bridal shall bestow our wisdom on you in regards to necklines, sleeves and the different laces that adorn your favorite gowns.


Necklines


Halter


Like a halter top, this neckline has a string or a strap that ties around the back of the neck. The front of the neck can either be a plain style or a keyhole opening.


High Collar


The neck and base of the throat are covered by fabric, with a keyhole opening above the chest through which a piece of jewelry shows.


Jewel


Jewel is a round neckline that sits against the base of the throat.


Off the Shoulder


In this style, the fabric is wrapped around the upper arms with the shoulders, collarbone and neck completely left bare.


One Shoulder


A neckline usually associated with the asymmetrical silhouette, this neckline angles up towards one shoulder while leaving the other completely bare.


Scoop


Scoop neckline curves towards the bottom half of the circle, like a scoop.


Strapless


The neckline is supported without any shoulder straps or is dipped in a curved design and a fitted bodice to help support the curve.


Sweetheart


As a basic heart shape, this neckline meets in the middle like a v-neck and covers each breast with rounded fabric. This neckline is very popular in designer bridesmaids’ dresses.

Sleeves


Balloon


Full, round and up the shoulder and upper arm, the balloon shaped sleeve is usually worn in full sleeves and narrows down over the lower arm and waist.


Bell


Bell sleeves fit over the bicep and flare down and outwards as they proceed down the forearm. Bell sleeves are usually designed to add a classier touch to an unembellished gown.


Cap


Cap sleeves pouf up over the shoulder in a bell-sleeve style; gather under or against the very top of the arm. This style is usually chosen to achieve a sleeveless look.


Spaghetti Strap


This style of sleeves holds up the gown by using slim straps of fabric or bands over each shoulder.


Tulip


Also known as a crisscross sleeve, this style covers the shoulder with several flaps of fabric, each overlapping the other, resulting in a petal-style tulip shape.

Laces


Alencon


This style of lace uses images of flowers over the netting and completes the look by including an embroidered accent, although the choice of accent can be adjusted according to taste. A lighter version of Alencon which is called Lyon is created with a thinner cord.


Chantilly


Commonly used in designer dresses, Chantilly is a delicate floral lace design that uses scallops and ribbons to set an intricate net background.


Guipure


Repeated floral or geometric designs that are connected or set in delicate threadwork are often designed in a large pattern in the Guipure design.


Duchesse


Duchesse designs are often floral or have a lacy arch and scroll design. This design is featured on raised stitching to give a more textured pattern.


Schiffli


Intertwined with connected threading, this lightweight design is often created with a floral motif and accentuated with intricate embroidery.


Venice


Known by many as Venise, this style is often created in geometric or floral pattern that’s not attached to any netting. This style is typically used in an appliqué design which requires heavy lace embroidery.
Although this is just a start of the terms, these basic ‘few’ will surely help you on your bridal gown quest. So now that you’re ready to shop, contact Perfect Bridal and get cracking on the search for the perfect designer gown for your special day.

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Your Ultimate Bridal Gown Glossary (Part 1)

Silhouettes, sleeves, waistlines, necklines, fabrics, embellishments; who knew there were so many terms related to wedding gowns? Buying bridal gowns is already a very difficult task, and with the seemingly countless list of wedding gown terms, the whole job can seem even more intimidating.

So before you go shopping for your dream wedding gown, perhaps you should brush up on some of the basic information that can help you make the right bridal gown decision, courtesy of Perfect Bridal.


Gown Silhouettes


A-Line


A-line gowns come with a fitted bodice that is nipped around the waist to create a modestly flared, A-style skirt. This design is one of the most popular styles as it suits almost any body type.


Princess


Considered slimming for many, this silhouette is created by uneven vertical panels to add an exaggerated flare to the classic A-line gown.


Ball Gown


The fitted bodice is attached to a long, flowing shirt which flares with the help of petticoats or can-cans to add more fullness.


Asymmetrical


Featured with one shoulder strap or layers that create an uneven or spatial silhouette, this dress mostly suits those who are looking for a gown that accentuates their curves.


Empire Waist


Distinguished by a high waist that sits just below the bust, the empire waist silhouette elongates the body and conceals a large or small bust. This style is usually popular with pear shaped figures.


Sheath


Sheath dresses are body-huffing and do not feature a fitted waist. As such, they are long, slim and unconstructed in style.


Mermaid


Also known as trumpet or fishtail, this silhouette hugs the body throughout and flairs out around the thighs or knees, according to your taste. The flare of the skirt is also usually exaggerated but can be designed to have a smaller flair instead. Mermaid style dresses suit tall, athletic women well, and work to accentuate their figure.

Fabrics


Chiffon


This fabric is usually the most common fabric as it is sheer. Chiffon is made from silk, polyester or cotton.


Crepe


Lightweight and soft, this fabric is popular for summer weddings. However, extra care is needed for this fabric can get crinkled or crimped.


Brocade


Heavy and woven, this fabric is created with a raised or sculpted design and is typically opted for winter weddings.


Organza


Sheer and translucent, this fine and textured material is made from silk, nylon or polyester.


Tulle


Tulle is a stiff and sheer mesh that is made from rayon, cotton, silk or nylon.


Taffeta


Very popular in wedding gowns and designer bridesmaids’ dresses, taffeta is a high-end woven fabric that illuminates with a slight sheen. Taffeta is of two types; piece-dyed taffeta and yarn-dyed taffeta. The former is used as a lining material, whereas the latter is mostly used for gowns.


Satin

Available in different weights and color, satin is very commonly used in designer gowns and is glossy, smooth and densely woven.

Know enough about silhouettes and fabrics? But wait, there’s more! In the next part, we focus on laces, necklines and sleeves so you can study up on your bridal gown wisdom. So stay tuned for part 2!

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Bridal Gown Tips for the Budget Shoppers

If only we were all born rich! But sadly, we’re not. For those with a dream to look like a million dollars on their wedding day, this realization of not being able to afford the ultimate wedding gown can be quite a damper in the quest for a happy wedding day.


Wedding gowns are very expensive – to say the least. So before you head out to buy your bridal gown for your dream wedding, here are just a few pointers you should keep in mind so that you get the best gown possible for a good price.


Budget Bridal Shopping Know-How


Have a Number in Mind


You have to be realistic about your wedding gown price range, which means editing down the options you might buy. Calculate the actual cost of the gown, any cost of alterations, shipping fees and taxes. Also factor in all the other expenses such as lingerie, shoes, jewelry and veil since they can make an easy $500 addition to your total bridal wear cost.


Start Shopping Early


Since you will need at least six to eight months to prepare for the wedding, shop for your dress in the first few months so that your tailor has plenty of time to make sure that your gown fits. Along with which, this time can also be a life saver for you if you suddenly spot a dress than is even more fabulous than the one you had originally picked.


Figure Out Your Style


Narrow down your dress style and rule out any fabrics and silhouettes that don’t work for you.
You can also ask a retailer or a bridal boutique such as Perfect Bridal to help you understand which style will suit you. Many a times, brides come to us because they are indecisive. As professionals, we help them pinpoint their bridal style within hours.

Let the Bridal Boutique Make Recommendations


Bridal boutiques cater to countless brides so if they make a recommendation for you, don’t dismiss it with a first glance. So often, brides end up loving the dress that didn’t seem too festive on the hanger. So let go of any preconceived notions and keep an open mind and patient demeanor when buying your designer gown.


Pick the Right Time


While you may think that it’s better to head with your bridal posse on a weekend, you’ll actually be picking the worst time to shop. Weekends are very busy. If you want to have a quiet atmosphere and attention from the consultant, opt for a Tuesday morning when the store is calmer. Take the whole day off and go with your closest people, instead of the whole entourage. That way, you can buy a gown without too many contradicting opinions.

Lastly, trust your instinct. If your mother is pressuring you to buy a different designer dress while your heart’s set on an Allure Romance bridal gown, opt for your own choice. Always remember; if you don’t see yourself walking down the aisle in it, it’s not for you.

With these tips, we at Perfect Bridal hope that your budget bridal shopping goes without a hitch. But if you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

Reference: http://www.casablancabridal.com/blog/casablancabride-stephanie-dellino/

Protograghed by Theresa Moran

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What To Do When You’re A Pregnant Bridesmaid

For a pregnant bridesmaid, her level of anxiety becomes almost equal to that of the bride. How will she fit in her dress? How will she help the bride on the wedding day? And most importantly, how will she dance and have fun?

While we may ask you to take your enthusiasm down a notch on the wedding day, the one thing we can surely help you with is choosing the perfect maternity bridesmaids dress.


Picking a Maternity Bridesmaids Dress


Measure Yourself

The first thing that usually goes when you become pregnant is your waist, so you might want to forget about that body-hugging gown you spotted.

Get a professional in the lingerie business to measure your waist, bust and hip so that you can get accurate readings. Although, your bust and hip measurement will be the only one that will matter, since your waist will keep growing as you move along in your pregnancy.


Check the Time

If the wedding is in a month’s time, account for that when you go shopping for affordable bridesmaids dresses. Generally, bridesmaids’ dresses need to be ordered early so that you can get a good idea about the measurements and fabric. However, it’s still a good idea to wait until you’re close to the wedding date to avoid any dress malfunctions.

Which Trimester?

If you’re under four months, you can choose to order the same gown as the other bridesmaids, although it should be a size or two larger. However, if you’re five or more months pregnant, you should definitely go for the maternity bridesmaids dresses. Usually, maternity dresses are available in a variety of colors, so you won’t have to worry about inconveniencing the bride.


Empire Waist

The most flattering option when it comes to buying affordable bridesmaids’ dresses is an empire waist wedding dress.
For a pregnant woman, the empire waist provides a certain level of comfort, since you will be able to wear your dress without worrying about any snags or tears. It will also be very freeing for your growing belly.


Proper Fabric

Satin can make you sweat on a hot day, so it’s probably best to not opt for a dress of that fabric.
Instead, go for a flowy chiffon fabric, since it is very soft on your skin. In fact, you can also use chiffon to add another layer of liner to accommodate your belly.


Extra Length

This is very important. The reason you should order a dress with extra length is so that the hemline doesn’t reach up high on the front when you wear it. You can always hem it later, but for the meantime, choose an extra length to ensure your comfort.
As a pregnant bridesmaid, you have a lot on your hands. But with these tips, we at Perfect Bridal hope that you can use our advice to have a happy experience at your loved one’s wedding without worrying about your style or the baby.

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Accessorizing for Your Special Day

Shopping for your wedding day is fun. And shopping for accessories is definitely up there with one of the best things to do but not for those who don’t know how to search for the right accessory.

But now that you’ve found the perfect Allure Romance bridal gown, you need the perfect accessories to add those final touches to your overall look. And for that, Perfect Bridal is here to help.


Accessorizing Your Wedding Look


Let Your Dress Be Your Guide

As a general rule, gold is usually worn with ivory, so you can opt for that since it highlights the creaming tint of the fabric. However, for a pure white dress, the best way to accentuate the details is by going with silver or platinum. Whereas with diamond white gowns, it is always best to go for pearls. Gold clashes with brighter white hues, but with pearls, you can use their pearly shade to make your gown look amazing. Just make sure to not look overdone. For instance, if your dress is embedded with silver beadwork, try a necklace with a silver base to highlight the intricacy.


Don’t Go Overboard

You don’t need to wear a bracelet, a necklace, veil, earrings and a sash on top. Accessories add elegance, but going over-the-top can ruin the look of your gown.

Choose to add a more unique touch to your look. If your dress has an ornate neckline, wear drop earrings to accentuate the length of your neck instead of crowding it with a necklace. As for simpler looks, try bold statement necklaces to add the oomph factor. Do not wear designs that mimic the design of your gown, as that will look too cheesy.

Wear Your Hair

When accessorizing, remember to take your hairstyle into account so that it doesn’t end up hiding your jewelry. With an up do, opt for a more dramatic look, like dangling earrings. If you’re leaving your hair down, wear small studs so that they subtly flash from behind your tresses.


Use the Veil

A veil is an iconic accessory. With different styles available in veils, you can choose a veil that complements the look of your dress. Your veil has to match the exact shade of the gown so that there is no color blockage.

Also, if you’re wearing a dress which has an embroidered back or beading, it is always better to choose a sheer veil so that you can show off the design. Veils also come in different sizes from waltz and floor-length to birdcages, which can work well if you’re going for a retro vibe.

Floral Addition

You can also use flowers as accessories to make your gown look beautiful and ethereal. Flowers are forever, the best way to add color to your gown. You may choose to wear flowers in your hair or around your neck and wrists in the same color as your bridal bouquet. But if you want to add a fun and whimsical touch, you can also choose to wear wild flowers to bring some vibrancy to your gown.
Accessorizing is always fun. So give yourself these options to look even the best you can be. If you want to know more, contact Perfect Bridal for some professional help with your bridal fashion dilemmas.

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