‘Bridesmaids’ 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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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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A Short Guide to Buying Your Bridal Gown Online

However, shopping online for something as important as a bridal gown is risky business.
After all, not all websites are as trust-worthy as Perfect Bridal. From helping you note down the measurements to sending your bridesmaids’ dresses, color swatches, we take care of all bridal party essentials and more. So it’s fairly obvious that you would rely on us instead to buy your beloved gown.
But how do you decide on the right gown online? That’s where we help.


Choosing Your Bridal Gown Online


Know Your Body Type

Are you a pear or a square? Knowing your body type can greatly help you narrow down your choices online. The first thing you should do to evaluate your body type is measure your bust, waist and hips properly.

This way, you will be able to get a wide selection of silhouettes, necklines and waist lines that will flatter your figure, rather than make you look awkward.


Understand the Fabric

Fabrics are stretchy, silky, itchy and sometimes beautiful. You need to figure out which fabric suits you best. In order to have the right gown, you need to be relentless with your choice of fabric. Eliminate any fabric that does not suit you, or just doesn’t seem right on your physique.

It is important that you learn not to just rely on the photograph. If you’re ordering a one-of-a-kind Bari Jay bridal gown from Perfect Bridal, ask us to send you a swatch or two of the fabric first, so you can determine the color, quality and feel of the material.


Read the Descriptions

If you’ve had wines, you know how each note described on the side of the bottle perfectly expresses the taste. In the same way, the way a dress is described is the way it is supposed to be depicted. Although there are a lot of other places that offer inexpensive gowns and knockoffs, you know that you usually get very disappointed by the quality.

Understand that you simply cannot have such a dress for the happiest day of your life, unless you want to be worrying about that sudden snag on the side of your gown while reciting your vows.

Use the Customization Options

Many websites like Perfect Bridal offer an array of customizable options such as different colors, train length, extra sizes and others.
Take advantage of these options when they are made available to you so that your dress can be made-to-order. Although you may be charged, the money you spend on these options will be a lot less than what you would spend if you buy a ready-to-wear gown.


Read the Shipping Options and Return Policy

Many websites have options for shipping immediately, while others take months to deliver. When looking to buy a gown online, check the shipping, cancellation and return options so that you have a proper idea of what you’re getting into.
Remember that made-to-order gowns are not returnable, so you will need to be sure about your measurements when you order. You don’t want to end up with an ill-fitting Alfred Angelo wedding dress.
Lastly, when you’re looking for a dress, ask customer service to help you so that you can get the right guidance all the way. So get started on shopping for your bridal gown online so that you can walk down the aisle knowing that you have wowed everyone.

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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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Outdoor Wedding Problems – Here’s How You Can Keep The Bottom Of Your Wedding Gown Clean

You can’t wait to start dancing the night away when suddenly, you notice something. The bottom of your darling Bari Jay Bridal gown looks like you’ve just trudged through the mud, even though all you did was walk about in your outdoor venue.

You realize you shouldn’t have said yes when your beau had coquettishly asked you to host the wedding in their childhood park.

But then again, maybe it isn’t the outdoor venue’s fault. Yes, outdoor venues do come with their share of challenges for your white gown, but if you’re a smart bride, you know that a little mud and dust should be nothing to be upset about. Instead, it should be something that should be thought of with some foresight, with a little help from Perfect Bridal, of course.


Saying ‘I Do’ Outdoors in a Clean Gown


Invest in a Bridal Petticoat

You may not think so, but a petticoat can really be a very useful investment. Worn under the gown, a petticoat gently lifts the hem of your dress off the ground, keeping it safe from any unsightly stains such as wet grass or dirt, etc.

A petticoat is also very useful for any stationary photo shoots since it keeps your dress in somewhat pristine shape until the ceremony and after.


Use a Sheet

If you can’t afford a petticoat then never fear. Your mother’s old bed sheets are here to save you. Wrapping a sheet around the bottom half of your gown can help save the gown from any splatters or stains that might occur. Moreover, if you’re having an outdoor photo shoot, your photographer can also cover the ground with a sheet so you can stay protected from the earth, figuratively speaking.


Bustle it up

Bustles help secure your dress so that it is lifted well above the ground. However, bustles have a tendency to snap if you become too enthusiastic busting out your favorite move. So it’s always a good idea to attach some safety pins to the underside of the gown so that it stays in its place.


Protect the Fabric

Using a fabric protector spray can also help in preventing your gown from getting dirty. The trick is to spray the hem enough that it stays protected in such a way that the part that is sprayed and the part that isn’t doesn’t become prominent. However, it might be better to just leave the spraying part to a professional so that you don’t end up with a cardboard stiff lower gown because you misused the product.


Get Some Minions

We’re kidding. But really, getting the help of your hubby-to-be or your trusted squad of bridesmaids to lift up the bottom of your gown can really help since it eliminates the chances of your dress becoming stained.


Always utilize the help of those around you. After all, that’s what they’re there for.


Make an Effort to Stay Clean

Lastly, just be careful. If you know that the outdoor area might have asphalt, concrete, puddles or anything that could cause stains, adjust your gown accordingly so that you can relax and have fun without worrying about the fabric.


Outdoor weddings can be fun, but only if you take certain measures. If your Alfred Sung dress does get too dirty, follow this last bit of advice; forget about it and have fun. That’s nothing a dry cleaner can’t get out the next day.

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The Dos of Choosing Your Dream Wedding Dress

Whether you’re choosing your bridal party dresses for a beach wedding, or an elegant selection for your black and white affair, knowing how to choose the right dress can make all the difference in the world.Your dream wedding deserves all the perfect setting, from the caterers to the gown. And while you can ask your friends and family to pitch in for everything, the gown is what deserves your undivided attention.


Your wedding gown has to be perfect. It has to reflect your personality as much as your dream wishes. But for those brides who have zero knowledge about bridal wear, doing so can be a bit of a hassle. Here are some dos and don’ts of choosing your wedding dress, starting with the Dos.


DO Find a Silhouette That Suits You

There are many different wedding dress types out there, all of which you will love, so choose wisely. Details of a wedding dress are important. A simple ruffle here and a row of pearls there can enhance the wedding dress. However focus on choosing the right wedding dress before you decide on the details. Try on different dresses that suit your personal style and frame. Remember that while the trends of the season might say something else, your personal taste is what matters.


DO Take a Picture

This depends on your boutique’s rules. A picture can tell you exactly how you look, and while it may be against the boutique’s rules, you can ask them if they can take the picture and delete it themselves later. Instead of relying on your reflection, use a camera and see how the dress will look from all angles. You may think it okay to rely on your mirror to tell you how you look, it’s better to look through the critical eye of a camera so you can make the right choice.

DO Have Faith in Fashion

Although for a dress, it may look simple on the hanger; many times the exact same dresses look gorgeous once you try them on. In fact, when choosing a dress, try on as many as you want to see how they look on your shape and size. It is normal for a bride to take time to find their perfect gown. Just make sure that you don’t suffer from wedding dress overload, something which we will discuss in our next blog.


DO Spend Some Money on Your Skivvies

Well-fitted undergarments have the power to make you either look like a frump or a queen. When trying on wedding dresses, remember that you will be spending a moderate amount of time in your undergarments. Instead of opting for that old reliable grey one you’ve had for years, spend some money and get fitted for a new bra.
Looking at yourself in that new set of undergarments between gowns will make you feel happier with your overall look, which is definitely something you need when searching for the right gown.
Do you want to know the don’ts of choosing your dream wedding dress now? Then stay tuned to find out.

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Planning a Winter Wedding? Here’s what You should know

Winter weddings come with their fair share of bliss and problems. On one side, you have the beautiful background of white heaven; on the other, you have withered flowers, a sheer wedding gown which was not made to combat the cold wind and guests who get snowed in.


So when it comes to having a wedding in the winter season, what should you do to make sure that your big day stays perfect? Winter weddings need more than some heavy planning; they need all the help they can get. So to give you some pearls of wisdom, we at Perfect Bridal let you in on some tips to make sure that your winter wedding is exactly what you’ve always dreamed it would be!


Winter Wedding Tips


Think of the Discounts


Winter isn’t exactly the peak wedding season. This means that you’ll be able to get some major discounts on many aspects of your wedding such as the venue, photographer, DJ and transportation. However, you might have some trouble getting your favorite choice of flowers since there aren’t many flowers in season during winter.


Add the Weather Element


There is nothing better than embracing the winter season on your special day to make the day seem even more magical. Along with winter-themed decorations, you can also go wintry with the party favors. Add some sparkles, cookies, candy canes, a small bottle of Baileys or any cute or wintry option that you like so that your day becomes memorable for all.


Accommodate Your Guests’ Wishes


If some guests RSVP ‘no’, don’t get upset. Elderly guests or those who live out of town might find the travel route to be too tedious, especially if there are any weather conditions such as icy roads or airline delays. But for those guests who do come, make sure to ensure their comfort by providing a hot drink on arrival.


Keep the Venue Up-To-Date


If possible, try to keep the ceremony up-to-date since no one would want to travel to another location if the weather is particularly bad. Keep the venue close to where you will be staying as it bad weather will mean that you’ll be stuck in traffic if you don’t count the extra time. Also, when choosing the location, remember that it will be around the winter holidays, so you may see a lot of Christmas decorations. You can however, ask for them to be taken down if they are not to your taste.

Get the Right Bridesmaid’s Dress


Remember that more than you; your bridesmaids will be doing the running about to make sure that everything is on point. Make sure that you get bridesmaids dresses by design rather than color, which are easily manageable for them, and have cover-ups ready in case someone feels the heady cold feeling coming on.

And in case you’re wondering where to get the buy the right bridesmaids dress, you can simply click here to go to Perfect Bridal’s Bridesmaids’ Dress collection. If you want to know more, contact us and get the best advice from the professionals in the wedding business.

Reference: http://www.allurebridals.com/blog

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