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A Perfect Bridal Style Guide for the Mother of the Bride (Part 2)

Continuing from the first part of this blog, here are some more details and tips to help you look beautiful on your daughter’s special day!

Styling Tips for Mother of the Bride

Care about Your Accessories

For any fashionable ensemble, the devil is in the details. So when dressing, use small details to improve the look of your dress even more. Pair your soft, flowy dress with crystal hair clips or earrings. Add some extras such as formal gloves or matching handbags if your dress is too simple. Basically, make your entire ensemble look complete and tasteful.

However, when you choose your footwear, go for comfort over style. Diamante stilettos look great, but can be murder for your tootsies if you have to strut about the whole evening.

Add Some Personal Style

We mentioned how mothers of the bride and groom can take this opportunity to add their own flair to the dress. Now, while this may seem confusing since we encouraged you to take your daughter’s choice into account, what we mean by that is that if you want to add a small detail that highlights your style, do it.

There is no reason why the mother of the bride cannot dress up in something that she would want to wear again for another formal occasion.

Be Prepared…

Didn’t you get annoyed when you’d be completely ready to go somewhere and your daughter would still be standing in front of the mirror, putting her makeup on?

Yeah, that’s how your daughter’s going to feel if you start preparing for her wedding a couple of days before the actual occasion. While you may think that you don’t need those mani-pedis before the big day, your daughter knows you a lot more and will probably become quite angry if you don’t pamper yourself, even just a little bit. Remember, it’s your special day, and your daughter will not take it lightly if you show up underprepared. And that brings us to…

Buy Your Dress Three Months before the Ceremony

This duration gives you time for alterations and any special orders that need to be made. Though, if you’re shopping at
Perfect Bridal, this is a no-brainer since we make sure to provide complete assistance at all times. We even offer same day delivery on dresses from several bridal wear designers.

However, the primary reason why this time duration is necessary is so the bride herself can buy her dress from the wedding dress types we have on offer. This way, you will have the chance to buy a dress that would complement her style.

Don’t Forget the Venue

Before, mothers of the bride would have uniforms to go for the occasion i.e. a cocktail jacket and an understated sheath dress. However, thanks to various designers, mothers can now choose the dress they want in accordance with the occasion and the venue.

So for instance, if the wedding is taking place at the beach, mothers can choose their bridal party dresses and pair them with an appropriate shawl or jacket according to their taste.

Although these are just the basic tips, if you want to know more about finding designer dresses for the wedding, contact us! Or come on down to our boutique to pick the perfect mother of the bride dress!

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A Perfect Bridal Style Guide for the Mother of the Bride (Part 1)

As mother of the bride, you have a responsibility. You must be elegant. You must be poised. But above all, you must look so absolutely stylish that your daughter would be proud to call you her doting mother!

But how do you go about such a challenging task when your idea of style is a comfy pair of jeans and hoodies? (Don’t worry we’ve all been there!)

For that, Perfect Bridal offers our expertise so you as the mommy of the bride-to-be can look forever as the queen your daughter thinks you to be.

Styling Tips for the Mother of the Bride

Get a Sense of the Theme

All weddings go by themes these days. So keep the tone of the event in mind when searching for a dress. Whether it’s formal, semi-formal, or casual; consider the chosen color scheme and search for a dress that would suit the occasion.

Ask the Bride

You can’t simply choose a mother of the bride dress without consulting your daughter. Ask the bride to dictate her choices about the hemlines, color and patterns.

Just keep in mind that while you must look absolutely gorgeous (anything less is out of the question), you cannot upstage the bride herself. And as her mother, it would not be becoming of you to commit such a faux pas.

Ask Your Comrade in Arms AKA Mother of the Groom

It is customary for the mothers of the engaged couple to coordinate with one another about the selection of the dress. The reason why you have to coordinate is so you don’t end up clashing or outshining each other. As well, it’s important that both mothers use this opportunity to bring their own flair in accordance with the theme of the wedding.

Don’t Match with the Entourage

You’re the mother of the bride, not her bridesmaid. This automatically brings you several notches above the bridal party in terms of style.

DO NOT match up your dress with what the bridesmaids are wearing. If anything, make your outfit distinguishable so that you can stand apart from the rest. You won’t have much problem in searching for such an outfit at Perfect Bridal, since our Mother of the Bride section offers a gorgeous collection of designer dresses!

Don’t Dull Down Your Shine

Your baby girl is getting married! This is an opportunity to celebrate her happiness. So you are not allowed to dress up in a frumpy or shapeless gown. This false tradition of having the mother of the bride look positively drab is one that can make the whole event seem somewhat sad.

Don’t be afraid to dress up in a tastefully designed pant suit or gown. Find some flattering designs and use the opportunity to express your style!

Now, this is just half of our style guide. If you want to find out more about styling yourself for your daughter’s special day; stay tuned and browse our Mother of the Bride section for a wide selection!

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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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The Don’ts of Choosing Your Wedding Dress

Don’t Go into Wedding Dress Overload

This is what happens if you try on dresses in every dress you go to. Choosing a wedding dress can be difficult, but only if you force yourself to wear every design you think might look good on you. And more often than not, you end up going back to the first boutique and buying the gown you most favored from there. To stop yourself from having too many choices, go to a bridal salon that carries gowns by the top three designers who make gowns according to your taste.

Don’t Go With Your Entourage If You Don’t Want to

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to bring everyone with you when you go to try on wedding dresses. Although you can bring your mother or best friend along, most of the time, many brides opt for going alone when choosing their wedding dress, so they can focus on their own thoughts and opinion about what looks good on them and what doesn’t.

Don’t Schedule Your Appointment in the Afternoon

Instead, beat the crowds by going in early. By being one of the firsts, you will not only get your pick from the dresses, but you will also have the staff’s full attention. Also, going early can be very beneficial for you since your only audience will be your family and not the other bridal parties who are also looking for a good gown.

Don’t Pick a Dress Because It’s in Fashion

Flipping through bridal magazines and choosing one based on how it looks on the model will just not do. Your gown has to be classic and that can’t happen if you make your choice based on whether that design is in fashion or not. Luckily there are many wedding dresses types available in different silhouettes and designs here at Perfect Bridal which might be just perfect for you.

Don’t Worry About the Size

Before you freak out about your weight gain or loss, keep in mind that bridal gowns are made in different sizes, so your regular dress size might not work with bridal wear.
Be realistic about your size and pay attention to the details and the design of the dress, rather than what’s on the label. Try to control your emotions. And if you need more reassurance, wear your trusted jeans to tell yourself that you have not blimped up.

Don’t Be Flaky About Your Accessories

All sales are final. Yes, we know this sentence is very intimidating, but remember that it is also a reminder for you to be careful when searching for your gown and accessories. Impulse buying cannot work during your bridal shopping. Instead of going for that overly expensive ornamental straw hat for your wedding which won’t go with any of your other outfits, get the simple veil so that it can at least be used by someone else who gets married after you.
And that’s not all. Want to get the right guidance for your wedding dress? Then go ahead and contact Perfect Bridal, and get the perfect dress for your perfect day.


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Bridesmaid Dress Designers

Looking for the perfect bridesmaid dress designer? Start here with this list to find the styles that fit your personality and bridesmaids’ body shapes.

Alfred Sung has a more modern look and feel to his bridesmaid dresses. Dress prices are so affordable that it becomes the choice of many bridal parties.
Dessy specializes in a more elegant long chiffon bridesmaid dresses. We love Dessy dresses because of its quality and wide range of colors and silhouettes.
Jenny Yoo brings out the feminine style of every bridesmaid with the jersey combined with lace fabrics. JY Jenny Yoo is a brand new collection added to the Dessy Group.

Watters & Watters has a luxurious look with chiffon fabric that drapes beautifully on any figure. Watters & Watters is widely known for its couture looking styles and high end fabrics used on all the bridesmaid styles.
Allure Bridals has patterned bridesmaid dresses for something a little more fun on your wedding day. Mix and match the floral print with solid colors!
Donna Morgan is has dresses that are comfortable for all night wear and terrific in quick shipping. If you are running out of time to reorder traditional bridesmaid dresses, Donna Morgan is your choice. The shipping lead time is normally 2-4 weeks since the designer stocks most of the dresses.

Bill Levkoff, one of our most popular bridesmaid dress designers in the bridal industry, is famous for chiffon dresses with flattering silhouettes. The classic and well designed styles come with great quality and details.

WTOO by Watters & Watters has a variety of length and necklines to choose from when it comes to bridesmaid dresses so everyone will be able to find a gorgeous style for fit her body shape.
Alfred Angelo dresses are fun and affordable. This designer makes your bridesmaids stand out a little more with some embellishments on the bridesmaid dresses.
Bari Jay has simple stylish bridesmaid dresses that are mostly in the sheath silhouette style. Bari Jay White offers a special collection for brides with destination weddings.
Lovelie is designed for bridesmaids with bigger curves. The jersey fabrics and well designed silhouette flatters our curvy bridesmaids. Lovelie collections come in stylish designs that your ladies will be happy with.

Choosing the right bridesmaid dress designer is important, and has a variety of options so you can find the designer and dress you love.


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How to Choose Bridesmaids Dresses Without Losing Friends

He popped the question! You’re getting married! Your closest friends are going to be your bridesmaids. You’re all excited about it, and you’ve all gone out for cocktails to discuss very important things, like your bachelorette party, Vegas, and who’s walking with which groomsman. Now, whether you realize it or not, you’re in a precarious position.

Your bridesmaids have to wear the dresses you pick for them. They can have their dresses hemmed or fitted as best they can, but if you pick bad colors and cuts, you’re going to have some pretty unhappy friends on your hands. Of course you want to stand out as the most beautiful woman in the room, but you don’t want to make your girlfriends look ugly, do you? Remember, turnabout is fair play, and your girls might be getting married soon, too.

Think of everyone’s shapes and skin tones when you choose your Bridesmaids’ Dresses. Maxi dresses look amazing on tall, slender frames, but shorter women look overwhelmed in all that fabric, and if one of your bridesmaids is extra busty, she won’t thank you for the maternity look you’ve given her.

One option is to pick a color that works for everyone and then let them pick out their own dresses. If you’re concerned that not everyone will pick the same “dusky rose”, then you’ll still need to pick a dress out. If it’s a casual wedding, go with a shorter cocktail dress look. For a more formal affair, you can pick floor-skimming gowns.

Take your maid of honor with you when you start shopping for bridesmaids’ dresses. She’ll be able to keep you on the right track and give you the perspective you need to pick dresses that your pals will love. Every time one of your girlfriends wears her dress again, you’ll think of one of the happiest days of your life.


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4 Top Bridesmaid Dress Color Trends for 2015


This soft, pale, and delicate shade of pink is absolutely everywhere for spring, summer, and fall weddings this year. It’s light, airy, and it looks amazing on any skin tone. You won’t have to worry about washing out your porcelain-skinned bridesmaids or leaving anyone looking sallow, either. Bill Levkoff has bridesmaids dresses of all styles available in blush right now.

Floral Patterns

Instead of going with a solid color for your bridesmaids’ dresses, though, you could also choose a bright, bold floral print. Donna Morgan has a few of these this year in her collection that are absolutely gorgeous and that your bridesmaids will want to wear over and over again.

Ombre Colors

If you aren’t set on a single color, for your bridesmaids dresses, why not choose an ombre effect? Choose a short, close range on the color spectrum, and have your bridesmaids each wear a slightly different shade. The variations could be as subtle as fading from pink to peach or from aquamarine to a pale sky blue. Both pastels and bright, bold colors are really in this year.

Bold Dresses and Pale Flowers

Finally, last year we saw a lot of really pale pastel dresses set off by bright flowers, and we loved it. This trend is still very much en vogue, but now we’re also seeing the opposite. To get this gorgeous effect, consider bright Kelly Green Bill Levkoff bridesmaid dresses with creamy, white bouquets.


35 of the hottest bridesmaid dresses for 2015

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Easy Tips for Outfitting the Whole Wedding Party

When it comes to planning your wedding, choosing attire for your wedding party can be the most fun part of the whole process. You have bridesmaid dresses, junior bridesmaid dresses, groomsmen’s tuxedos, the flower girl dresses… When you get them all together, you’ll have a beautifully coordinated picture that will give you memories to last a lifetime.

Planning what everyone will be wearing can be tough, though. So here are a few tips to make the process easier.

Choose a Designer Who Caters to Everyone

First of all, to avoid awkward variations in color and fabric, choose a single designer for your bridesmaid dresses and junior bridesmaid dresses. If you’re going to have matching accents for the groomsmen (ties, pocket squares, etc.), be sure to get these from the same designer, as well.

Don’t Ask for Everyone’s Opinion

While you should probably consult your bridesmaids before making your final decision, you don’t have to ask everyone what they think of your choices. If you ask every single person in the bridal party what you should do about the junior bridesmaid dresses, you’re going to get 20 different answers, and you’ll be right back where you started.

Make Sure You’re Dressing Everyone for the Season and the Venue

Finally, think about where you’ll be getting married. If you’re having your wedding on the beach, high heels for yourself and your bridesmaids are a disaster waiting to happen. If you’re having an outdoor wedding in the fall, you’ll want to plan for potentially brisk weather. Basically, keep in mind the temperature and environment you’ll be getting married in and plan accordingly.

If you follow these tips, you’ll have a much simpler time choosing not only your bridesmaid dresses, but also all of your bridal party’s attire.


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3 Tips for Choosing Stunning Designer Bridesmaid Dresses

Of course, you already know that you want your closest friends standing next to you at the altar in the most beautiful designer bridesmaid dresses, but you also know that not every style and color works for everyone- and you want your girls to be comfortable on this important day.


So, how can you select dresses that will fit your wedding’s style and make everyone happy? Try these tips as you start shopping…


1. Choose Your Color(s) and Fabric

Especially if your bridesmaids have differing body types and heights, you may want to let them choose their own cuts. Even if they all choose wildly different necklines and silhouettes, though, you can get a beautifully unified look if you set a couple of parameters for your designer bridesmaid dresses. Pick and designer and color and/or fabric that you like and let your girls choose from the dresses that are available in those collections. For example, they can chose any Bill Levkoff Chiffon dress in Plum that they like. Making sure that you have uniform colors and fabric types can create this look for you.

2. Select a Silhouette and Let Colors Vary

On the other hand, if your bridesmaids have more varied complexions it can be difficult to choose a single color that will flatter everyone. To solve this problem and for a fun flair, you can choose an “ombre” effect where each bridesmaid wears a slightly varied hue, and the dresses seem to fade from one color to another (e.g., pink, coral, peach, and gold) as they stand next to one another.


3. Don’t Vary Lengths

Finally, whether you’re going with a single style of dress or allowing variations, choose a single length. You may want your maid of honor to wear a slightly different dress or hairpiece, or you may want everyone to wear something that lets their personality shine through, but you’ll get a better overall effect (think wedding photos) if you stay steadfast on the length.

There you go – three tips to help you choose the very best designer bridesmaid dresses to create the perfect look for your wedding day. Enjoy!


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How to Choose Your Wedding Day Hair Stylist

Choose the Dresses First

Before you start looking for a wedding hair stylist, first choose your dress and your bridesmaids’ dresses. If you choose semi-formal, draped, one-shoulder Alfred Angelo designer bridesmaid dresses, your bridesmaids can wear their hair down in loose waves or curls and look stunning. If you choose a more formal floor-length Watters bridesmaid dress, on the other hand, you might want to go with up-dos.

The same is true of your own hair. Choose your dress first and then choose your hairstyle and stylist. If your dress is full and formal, you may want a more elaborate hairstyle. If you’ve chosen a simple sheath, you may want looser hair that flows over your shoulders.

Make a Few Calls and Look at Portfolios

Call around to the salons and stylists in your area. Ask them if they have online portfolios or if they can email you some pictures of samples of their work. It’s not worth it to go for a consultation if you see their styling work and already know it’s not what you want.

Take Pictures With You to Your Consultation

Once you’ve narrowed your search down, schedule a consultation and trial hair styling at least 2 months before your wedding. This will give you time to find a different stylist or to make changes to the intended style with your current stylist.

When you go for your consultation, be sure to take pictures with you of your dress and your bridesmaids’ dresses. Your stylist has experience with wedding hair and can point out styles that will look best with your wedding dress and bridesmaids’ dresses.


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