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Kelly Hill Bio Kelly Hill is the owner and managing director of Lace Bridal Couture and Love Curvy Bridal boutiques located in the Reading Bridal District in Cincinnati, OH. After graduating from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising, Kelly became a veteran of the fashion retail industry with over 20 years experience in retail executive management positions with companies such as: Michael Kors, Talbots, Parisian Department stores and Liz Claiborne. In 2011, Kelly decided to take a leap of faith and open her own boutique. Kelly, along with her husband, Allen, opened “Yours Truly, Kelly” bridal consignment. The bridal consignment business grew so quickly that it allowed Kelly to transition into offering custom designer bridal gowns that were exclusive in the Tri-State area. Lace Bridal Couture was then founded in 2014. Kelly and her amazing team soon found a niche in the bridal market that was not tapped and she recently opened her third boutique, Love Curvy Bridal. Love Curvy caters to the fashionable curvy bride with sizes starting at 16 up to sizes 32. Kelly absolutely loves working with brides and making their dreams come true. She and her staff work tirelessly to ensure that each and every bride who shops her bridal boutiques are treated with the most amazing service and offered the most amazing bridal designs that are not found anywhere in the immediate Tri-State area. Photo by: Greene Peas in a Pod Photography

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Our bridal columnist shares some of the biggest wedding trends you can expect to see next year!

Bridal Fashion Week is a whirlwind of wedding dresses, champagne, and lots of glam!

Luckily for brides shopping for wedding dresses in the upcoming year, the bridal gowns that debuted during Fall 2019 Bridal Fashion Week brought a fresh batch of trends to the runways.

Whether you are a classic bride, boho bride, modern or glam bride, there was a little something for every bride this season.

While a few of the wedding dress trends that have become classics still remained, such as, the off-the-shoulder necklines, 3-D floral appliques, long illusion lace sleeves, and sheath styles dresses, there were definitely new, fabulous trends that emerged. And, while we know that our Cincinnati bride is still more romantic and classic, the trends you will see fit right in with our timeless aesthetic.

Obviously, with the royal wedding last Spring, Meghan Markle mania reigned supreme as we saw designers reinterpret the Duchess of Sussexs wedding dress and reception dress for 2019 brides.

From feminine bows from our beloved designers, Sareh NouriAntonio Gual, and Anne Barge, to bold geometric patterns at Nicole Spose and Berta, there’s something that any bride, with any type of personal style, would love. 

Here is a short list of the new trends you will be seeing in stores very soon.

BOWS! This season, watch out for larger-than-life-bows that act as trains, sweet loops that make the prettiest straps, and metal versions that (literally) tie entire looks together. Bows were seen in every variation on the runways. Making simple gowns look extremely couture, and couture gowns to seem very demure, bows are always an adornment we love. 

The next big trend to hit the runways this season are the bold, geometric patterns.  Many designers had played around with patterns and textures that were different from the usual lace.  Nicole Spose is one designer who always had her own take on the geometric pattern which has become a huge hit in the past seasons.  If you are a more modern bride who wants to step outside the box, this trend may be the perfect one for you.

Separates and one-piece styles were also standouts on the runway. We were blown away by a lacey short and sequined ensemble by Berta, and a glitter-encrusted, lace jumpsuit at Atelier Pronovias. These super stylish looks are perfect for your reception at many of our modern venues in Cincinnati.

And one last trend that we still absolutely love is COLOR! Many designers have incorporated color into their gowns in the past, however, this season, all shades and hints of color were on every runway.  Some of our favorite designers to incorporate color into their gowns are Chantel Lauren and Catherine Kowalski.  These two designers are breaking into the bridal fashion scene with their bold looks and gorgeous color laces.  Fun fact is that every designer mentioned in this article can be found in Cincy Bridal.

If you are a bride searching for a gown for your 2019/2020 wedding, you will most certainly fall in love with these new trends for the season! 

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Read on as our wedding guru shares her six savviest tips for plus size wedding dress shopping. 

Shopping for your Dream Wedding gown should be an experience that you never forget. Make sure that your experience is as memorable and lovely as you had envisioned. If you are considered a plus size” bride, take into consideration a few of these tips to make your shopping excursion easier on you and your bridal party.

1.) Call ahead to the bridal boutiques you want to visit

Many bridal stores carry sample sizes” for the brides to try on. Majority of these sample sizes are size 10s and 12s. Which in your normal ready to wear clothing can be equal to a size 6 or 8. It would be beneficial to call the bridal stores that you want to visit before your appointment to ensure that they carry sample sizes for you to try on. For instance:  if you wear a size 18 pant, more than likely, the sample size gown you need to try on is a size 20 or 22.  

Also, even if the sample is not quite your size, the bridal stylists are highly trained on how to make a sample gown fit you closely so you can get an idea of how the gown will look like on you in your actual size.

2.)  Trust your bridal stylist

The bridal consultants that work in the boutique have been trained on the different silhouettes of each gown and the best silhouettes on different body types. If you have read articles on plus size wedding gowns, you probably feel that you have limited options of gowns that are only an A-line silhouette. This is definitely NOT the case! We have gorgeous curvy brides who ROCK the fit and flare or mermaid silhouettes all the time!  Please let your bridal stylist know your personal style. And, please trust your stylist if she/he pulls a silhouette that you never dreamt of wearing. It just may surprise you how stunning you look in that particular style!

3.)  Wear your best undergarments when trying on the gowns

Undergarments help tremendously when trying on the bridal gown samples. They can really change the shape of your body quite a bit and help you truly visualize how the gown will look when it is in your size. Undergarments such as Spanx, a special bra, or a bustier will help when trying on the wedding gown samples.

4.)  Pay No attention to the number size you are ordering

When you find your Dream Gown and Say Yes to your Dress”  the stylist will then take your measurements to find the gown size you will be ordering. Majority of designers require bust measurements, waist measurements, and hip measurements. Trust your consultant when she/he recommends a size from the size chart.  Have her show you the size chart and explain to you why she is ordering that particular size. Majority of the time, your waist or hips put you in a size larger than you normally wear. For example:  your bust is a size 14, but your hips are a size 18. Your consultant will order the size 18 so your gown will fit you in your hips.

Also, even if you plan on losing weight, you still need to order the size you are currently measuring. Do not put the added stress of trying to lost weight while planning a wedding. All bridal gowns can be altered down a few dress sizes.

5.)  Find the Best Seamstress for your alterations

When you receive your gown from the bridal store, you then will need to meet with a bridal seamstress to have alterations done to make the gown fit your body like a glove. Ask the bridal boutique who they refer for alterations. Majority of bridal stores work closely with seamstresses and know the best in the business.  

6.)  Have an amazing support group 

Most importantly, when shopping for your wedding gown, ensure that you have a trusted support group with you. Ensure that the people you surround yourself with on that day are encouraging, motivating, and supporting. Finding a wedding gown is an exciting experience, but it can also be daunting. Nonetheless, if you are a plus size bride, you want to ensure that you find a bridal salon who caters to you and who will have the designers that you love and want to try on.

I hope these few tips help you in your gown search! If you are wanting to have a personalized experience in a bridal salon who only caters to plus size brides, you can find an awesome boutique called Love Curvy Bridal” located in the Reading Bridal District of Cincinnati! Love Curvy Bridal caters to the bride size 16-32 with designers such as:  Allure, Pronovias, Lis Simon, & Mikaella.

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Our wedding columnist shares a sneak peek into the most popular fashions and trends we’ll see introduced this year.

Bridal Fashion Week 2018 is Fast Approaching!

New York Bridal Fashion week is next month, and the team of Lace Bridal Couture cannot wait to preview the latest fashions and trends that will be featured in the designers showrooms for Fall 2018. Whether you are bride getting married next summer or fall 2019, these will be the gowns and trends you will be seeing in the bridal boutiques very soon.

While last seasons wedding dress trends are not going anywhere, such as: off the shoulder gowns, champagne and soft blue gowns, and, of course, lace gowns, this season will see a new take on some of our favorites.

From princess-inspired capes to detachable sleeves, tea-length gowns to pink and nude shades, these are the wedding dress trends we will be seeing for 2018.

CAPES

Capes are still going strong, but this season they’ve been upgraded from capelet to full-on princess cape. Designers are having you skip the classic train or veil and are having you top your wedding dress off with an awesomely chic cape. It looks like we are going to be seeing this trend all over Bridal Fashion Week soon. The capes are coming in all sizes, from long, mid length or short. This is definitely going to be a trend for our modern, chic brides who are looking to be more unique and fashionable on her wedding day.

DETACHED SLEEVES

Off-the-shoulder dresses are still everywhere and are super flattering, but designers are putting a new spin on sleeves for the classic gown.

Call it the evolution of the off the shoulder wedding dress trend. Designers are still intent on showing off brides’ shoulders, but this season that trend comes on and off! Detached sleeves are one of the big wedding-dress trends we will see in New York next month. From bouffant sleeve to slinky and lacy, these sleeves create the look of an off-the-shoulder dress while actually being a strapless dress.

MID-LENGTH (TEA-LENGTH GOWNS)

One of my most favorite wedding dress trends is the Mid-length gown. This latest wedding dress length trend feels pulled straight out of a 1950s screen goddess’s wardrobe. Designers are feeling modest for next fall, and mid-calf-length wedding dresses are going to be all over the runways. This sweet trend feels reinvented and yet whimsically vintage for the bride-to-be looking for fashion yet wanting a classic look.

SHADES OF PINK AND NUDE

The blush trend is getting a new take in varying shades of pink and nude. From hot pink and peach at Naeem Khan to soft shades of nude at Elie Saab, Alexandra Grecco, Inbal Dror, and more, this romantic wedding-dress trend is here to stay. (from: Brides Magazine)

These wedding dress trends are just a “taste” of the designer fashions we will be previewing while in New York City next month. Stay tuned for the full list of bridal trends and pictures from NYBFW 2018 as Lace Bridal Couture team takes on NYC!

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Get an overview of everything new and exciting in the Reading Bridal District and find out why it's considered the "Wedding Capital of the World."

Cincinnati’s Reading Bridal District is the Wedding Capital of the World.

Did you know that you can literally plan your entire wedding in one place? Cincinnati is actually considered the “Wedding Capital of the World!”

Wedding planning can be a full time job if you let it take over your life. From seeking out the perfect venue, to finding the perfect dress, every little detail of your big day will represent you and your fiancé are as a couple.

Cincinnati is a wonderfully, unique city. But did you know that Cincinnati also has the “Largest Bridal District in North America”? That’s right! Brides and Grooms from all over the country visit our beautiful city in order to plan their wedding day.

Where exactly is this “Bridal Mecca?” It is located in the quaint city of Reading, OH. Nestled in “the Valley,” Reading is between the two major interstates of 71 and 75. Once you find yourself on Benson Street in Reading, OH, you will know that you have made your way to the Reading Bridal District. With the cute pink banners sponsored The North America’s largest bridal district is home to more than 44 different wedding related businesses and services, all within a two mile radius of each other.

Here are a few tips that can help you navigate the Reading Bridal District and that will help make your wedding planning just a little bit easier.

1.) Visit the Reading Bridal District website for a calendar of events in each store. You may find some really great sales and/or trunk shows happening on certain weekends. You can also find a printable map of the district that lists each member of the bridal district and their location on the street.

2.) Visiting the bridal district during the weekday is a great idea if you do not like crowds! The weekends can be very busy in the bridal boutiques and if you do not have an appointment, you may find yourself waiting a long time to be helped. All bridal stores in Reading do welcome walk in guests, but just know that appointments are HIGHLY recommended on the weekends.

3.) As for the other wedding vendors, such as, photographers, florists, caterers, and bakers, you will need to make appointments ahead of time during the weekdays as well. Most of these vendors also cater to brides and grooms outside the district; therefore, they may not always be in their place of business when you visit the district without an appointment.

4.) Besides bringing the proper undergarments for trying on bridal gowns, you will also want to wear comfy shoes! The bridal store locations extend the entire length of West Benson St, therefore, you can be walking quite a distance from one store to the other. While planning your appointments, it may be smart to look at the Reading Bridal District Map to find the locations of the stores you want to visit and plan your appointments accordingly.

5.) If you are wedding gown shopping in the Bridal district, it is highly recommended to limit your entourage to 4-5 people max. Majority of the bridal stores in the district have limited space for the groups of people the bride wants to include in the appointments. It gets very tight, very quick in the dressing areas when a bride brings 20 people with her to watch her try on gowns. Just be courteous to your guests as well as the other bride’s guests by limiting your group to your most valued friends and family.

6.) The Reading Bridal District hosts its own “bridal show” in the month of September. It is an outdoor show with Benson Street closed off to traffic so that other wedding vendors outside the district can set up their booths lining the street. It is a fun filled evening of shopping, planning, and drinking. There is also a large raffle drawing at the end of the night with huge prizes, such as: Free wedding gowns, free bridesmaid dresses, discounts on all wedding planning, etc. It’s definitely a bridal show you do not want to miss!

These are just a few tips to navigating the “Largest Bridal District in North America.” For more information on the Reading Bridal District and to sign up for the newsletter, visit their website www.readingbridaldistrict.com.

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Newly engaged? Our wedding industry guru shares her top eight tips for making your bridal planning a breeze.

 

These tips from our wedding columnist will help you get a start on the right foot when it comes to wedding planning.

Just got Engaged? Congratulations! If you plan on getting married in 2018, here are a few tips to keep in mind when planning for your wedding.

If youve either just gotten engaged over the holidays, or you have been planning your 2018 wedding for the past few months, this is going to be a great year full of excitement, anticipation, and probably some stress.  

Just like every bride, you probably have a Ga-zillion things on your to do list in planning for your wedding.  I want to give you just a few tidbits of advice or GOALS” to keep in mind to make this wedding planning process enjoyable and as stress free as possible.

First things First! Book your Wedding Venue!!

As my logical husband always says . . . there are only 52 Saturdays in the year.  If you plan to get married on one of those Saturdays in the prime month for weddings and the prime location, then, chances are, its already booked!  Majority of wedding venues book out at least a year in advance.  But, dont fret!  If you book your wedding on a Friday or Sunday, you sometimes even get a discount on your venue.  See . . . theres always a silver lining in wedding planning 🙂

Have a Plan!

If you are debating on hiring a wedding planner, at least interview a few of them to see what services they offer.  Just from experience in planning my own wedding, hiring the wedding planner was the Absolute Best decision I made, besides, marrying my husband, of course!  If you decide not to hire a wedding planner, you are on your own to create a budget plan and wedding timeline for the months leading up to your wedding.  

Buy your Dress!

January through April is the best time to shop for your wedding gown if you are getting married in 2018.  Do not procrastinate on shopping for your gown just because you still have a few extra pounds you want to lose from the holidays.  Now is the time to shop and buy your gown!  Majority of wedding gown designers time frame to complete a gown and get it to the boutique is at least 6 months!  I know a lot of brides think this is ridiculous, but bridal gowns are not like ready to wear clothes that you purchase at the mall.  A wedding gown is not made until the order is placed.  

At Lace Bridal Couture, we always tell the brides to shop at least 8-12 months prior to the wedding date because gowns can take up to 8 months to arrive in the boutique once the order is placed.  For example, your wedding is in October 2018, your wedding gown may not arrive in the boutique until July or August, if you purchase your gown in January.  This allows just enough time for you to have your gown altered to fit you properly.

Visit a couple of Bridal Shows.

January is peak bridal show season and what better way to get overloaded with more wedding info than to attend a few bridal shows each weekend?  Actually, bridal shows are incredibly helpful for brides who just have no clue in who they want to book for certain aspects of the wedding.  For example, you can find incredible photographers, caterers, DJs, bakers, florists, and bridal stores!  Go to the show with an open mind and an empty stomach… there are always delicious cake samples at the bridal shows 🙂   Speak with the vendors and gather information from all of them.  Then when you go home and go through the brochures and business cards, you can do your homework by visiting their websites, etc.

Book your Photographer!

If you have a certain photographer that you love and admire, book he/she right away!  Just like wedding venues, photographers book up incredibly quickly.  The absolute best way to find a fantastic photographer is to google and read reviews. Then visit the websites of each photographer so you can get a sense of the photography style they incorporate in the wedding photos.

Book your DJ or Band!

Just for the exact same reasons, Djs and Bands book very quickly if they are very popular.  Another great way to pick an awesome DJ or Band is from referrals from friends that have recently gotten married.  They can tell you if the DJ actually played the music the bride and groom requested, and if the DJ or Band had a great personality.

Book other vendors as the planning progresses

Once things are coming along nicely in the planning process, then you need to really narrow down your florist choice, your wedding cake designer, your videographer, etc.  Again . . . if you hire a wedding planner, your planner will assist you in all aspects of finding the best wedding vendors for your once in a lifetime occasion!

Most importantly . . . dont forget about your fiancee!

Make sure that your fiancee is involved in all aspects of the wedding planning so he/she does not feel left out or pushed to the side.  Ensure that the two of you are on the same page as far as how you want your wedding day to look like and feel to you.  This is your once in a lifetime moment together that will begin the next chapter of your lives.  You want to make this planning process as easy and sweet as your love is for each other!

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Our wedding columnist previews an upcoming event you don’t want to miss if you have wedding bells in the future and want to meet the best in the biz.

 

What better way to spend the day after the most romantic day of the year than to enjoy a much needed girls night out and work on your wedding plans at the same time? Join us on February 15th from 6pm-9pm at 21c Museum Hotel in downtown Cincinnati for A Marriage of Art and Lace!

Wedding planning is filled with so much excitement, joy, and sometimes stress! Youve already made the most important decision of your life. The rest should be easy, right? We would hope so, too. Conquer your wedding planning woes with premiere wedding vendors by your side. Weve partnered with some of our favorite vendors in Cincinnati to bring you a fun filled evening of art, food, and fashion. These rock-star vendors will make your wedding planning easy and fun!

Lace Bridal Couture

Your big day revolves around you and your fiancee . . . and your Wedding Dress! Kelly and Allen Hill have been helping brides make their wedding dreams come true for almost 7 years in their stylish and modern bridal boutique, Lace Bridal Couture. As soon as you step foot into their beautiful, airy and bright boutique, you will feel as though you are the most important person in the world. The customer service you receive is personal and professional. You will have your own private dressing room and your guests will have their own private viewing area so that it makes your dress buying experience intimate and special. Not to mention the amazing bridal designers that you have to choose from for your wedding gown. Located in the heart of the Reading Bridal District, you will certainly want to make your first bridal appointment at Lace.

Dana Renae Designs

The master planner and excellent floral designer, Dana Renae Propes and her expert team work closely with you to create a stress-free (and fun!) planning process that culminates in making your wedding day dreams come to life. Dana is a creative genius and planner. When it comes to the nitty gritty of hiring this dynamic plannershe will create a personalized full-service wedding planning package to fit every need and budget.

True Artists Studio

Storytelling is a passion of Shane Peregramand his team of nationally and internationally award winning videographers. With a love of capturing some of the most intimate, beautiful moments of life, the team works to create a truly unique and authentic perspective of your wedding day, both from an editorial and documentary perspective. Plus, they have the flexibility to capture weddings of all sizes with individual photographers or the full production team.

Ben Elsass Photography

For Ben, it is vital for him to get to know you in the weeks and months leading up to the photo shoot. When taking pictures, regardless of whether it’s an engagement session or wedding day, his goal is always to capture a natural and true representation of you two,  as the couple you are. Before snapping a single picture, he tells every couple: Be yourselves and show each other the love and affection that brought you to this point today, and I promise the images will turn out beautiful.” Some couples are very romantic and serious in front of the camera, while others are super goofy and light-hearted, because every couple is different. Ben will ensure that he will capture your special day exactly the way you had envisioned.

Creative Invites and Events

A true love of fine design and exceptional paper is hard to come by these days. Creative Invites and Events is nestled in the vibrant and largest bridal district in North America, right in Reading, Ohio. The charming Stationary and wedding boutique provides personalized bridal and design consultation to help determine what you need to share the news of your big day (and the thank yous after). Creative Invites and Events also house premiere wedding vendors, from photographers to florists, to make your wedding planning a one stop shop.

Richter and Phillips

For a life-time marriage, youll need a life-time jeweler. With over 100 years of experience, Richter and Phillips features top designers such as Gabriel, Tacori, & Simon G. Along with custom designs,Richter and Phillips will ensure that every piece of jewelry, from theengagement ring, to the wedding band, to the anniversary diamond, sparkles as much as you do!

Party Pleasers DJ and Entertainment

Fun. Energetic. Interactive. And were not just talking about your rockin’ reception. Party Pleasers is a lively group of DJs who go above and beyond in creating the ultimate experience at your wedding and reception. Jeff and his awesome team will ensure that your reception will go off without a hitch!

Paper Blooms N More

PaperBlooms N More create beautiful paper floral arrangements. Christy Kerly has created over 1000 wedding paper bouquets for brides each made to their liking and needs, from placing parts of their history in it to creating photo blooms to go in the bouquets to carry their loved ones with them. When you place your order for flowers, Christy will ask a few questions to get to know you so that your flowers are exactly what you had envisioned. Every bloom is made by Christy and her amazing team.

Your First Dance with Bud Walters

Your first dance as a married couple is one of the true highlights of the reception. Your guests love to watch the two of you gaze into each others eyes as you are swaying to your favorite song. It is truly a memorable experience. Then why not have a professional dance instructor help you make this very important dance go as smoothly as possible? Bud is an energetic and incredibly fun guy who will show you the ropes of dancing your first dance. You definitely do not want to do it without him!

We knew you would love them! 

Wish you could meet them all at once, alongside learning more about 21c Weddings? Join us at A Marriage of Art and Lace on February 15, 2018. 

Now thats what we call wedding planning made easy.

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Dress shopping soon? Make sure you read this helpful guide, as our wedding gown guru explains which silhouettes will flatter your figure.

Wedding gown shopping can be an overwhelming experience. But knowing the basic dress silhouettes for your body type and understanding how they flatter your figure will help you narrow down your endless stream of options when shopping for your bridal gown.

From ball gowns to fit and flare styles, choosing the right dress silhouette can help you emphasize your best body features or deemphasize any problem areas. Here is a comprehensive guide to every bridal dress silhouette you will see when you are on the hunt for your dream wedding gown and which style is best for your body type.

The A-Line gown

The A-line cut is narrow at the top, close to the natural waist, and extends out along the body in the shape of an ‘A’ in a smooth, elongated line. This gown is the most popular style because it is the most universally flattering. Typically, this dress silhouette would be the first one you try on when you are just starting your wedding gown shopping. This way, you will know if you are wanting the classic wedding gown look or if you want to go in a different direction on your wedding day.

The Modified A-line gown

The modified A-line (which is my favorite) is a mix between a mermaid silhouette and a traditional A-line. This shape is roomier in the hips that a classic mermaid, but still a little flared at the bottom so that you can have more movement when you walk. You may want to consider this silhouette if you are looking for more shape than an A-line, but with more movement and mobility of a mermaid or trumpet style. The modified A-line gown looks great on all body types, especially the petite bride who wants the classic style of a ball gown, but doesn’t want all the fullness of the skirt to take away from her beautiful body.

The Ball Gown

Thinking of looking like Cinderella on your wedding day? What bride hasn’t dreamt of this fairy tale look for her wedding? This beautiful, feminine silhouette is most known for its trademark full skirt, fitted bodice and natural waist. This wedding gown is particularly perfect on more boyish figures because it gives the illusion of a more curvy body. It also looks fantastic on pear shape bodies because the fitted bodice really defines the waist while the fuller skirt skims over the hips. The ball gown is also great for tall brides who can pull off the fullness of the skirt. Brides who also are bustier will love this style because it really creates a more balanced proportion with the fuller bottom. Unfortunately, for petite brides who have dreamt of looking like Cinderella need to go with more of the A-line silhouette since the ball gown will truly swallow a petite bride.

Empire Waist

This high waist style hits just below the bustline, while skimming the rest of the body. This gown can de-emphasize the waistline and hips while making the bride look longer and leaner. It can be a perfect solution for a bride who wants to play down the middle part of her body. Empire waist is great for petite brides as well, but not so great for brides who have a larger chest or fuller hips because it can overemphasize those features of the body. Empire waist gowns have not been incredibly popular in the past few years, but are making a resurgence for 2018 because of its easy silhouette and because the brides are going for a more casual, or destination style of gown.

Mermaid

Think of Ariel in “The Little Mermaid.” This gown silhouette truly lives up to its name. This is a gown that really contours to the body, is very curve-hugging that follows the line of your hips and thighs and then flares out below the knee. This silhouette is fantastic for brides who have the perfect hour-glass figure who want to show off their curves. Again . . . this gown is NOT great for petite brides, unless, the designer can do a hollow to hem customization on the gown. It is particularly perfect for the tall bride with curves.

Trumpet or Fit to Flare

This silhouette is often confused with a mermaid silhouette. A trumpet style of gown is more of a straight lined bodice that subtly flares toward the hem, creating a semi-full skirt starting at the knee. This silhouette is one of the most popular amongst brides of all body types who want to show off curves, but don’t want the extreme look of the mermaid gown. The fit to flare gown is also a little easier to move and dance in than the mermaid gown since it has a gradual flare starting at the knee instead of lower like the mermaid silhouette.

 

Sheath

The sheath style gown is a little more casual and care free, but also gives the bride the simple and sophisticated look. This style looks particularly best of petite brides who benefit from the elongated lines and formfitting cut that gently hugs the body from head to toe. The sheath silhouette gives the illusion of height and does not overwhelm a smaller frame the way a full ball gown could.

Dropped Waist

A dropped waist silhouette is perfect for brides who want to flaunt their trim middles and shape because it hugs the waist and hips, but also offers the fullness of the traditional wedding gown in the skirt. This silhouette flares our slightly below the waistline around the hip area giving you the illusion of a longer torso. The dropped waist can be a great alternative for petite brides since it does make the short waist look longer; however, if the skirt is too full, it can still overpower a petite bride. This silhouette is definitely not a good one for brides who have a more boxy figure because it can make the bride look like she does not have any curves at all!

I know this is a lot of information to digest, but it is very imperative to know the gown silhouettes before you start shopping. However, if you have a bridal consultant who knows her gowns, then you will be in great hands. Please always listen to the consultants’ suggestions when she/he pulls gowns for you. Many wedding gowns have no “hanger appeal.” Always try on different styles so you can narrow down your favorite silhouette.

Happy Shopping!

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Our wedding wardrobe guru reports back from New York Bridal Week with the top trends for Spring 2018. Read on for details and pictures!

 

Our wedding columnist shares some of the biggest trends you can look forward to in wedding gowns.

New York Bridal Fashion Week is full of incredible wedding inspiration and gorgeous fashions, and we had the great pleasure in visiting our favorite designers to see what is in store for Spring 2018!  The Lace Bridal Couture team hit the runway shows and designer showrooms to scout the latest designs for our Cincinnati Bride.

While each designer has his or her own unique sense of style and aesthetic, it’s always interesting to see the new trends that emerge season after season. And some trends that we first saw last season were back again in a huge way!  Capes and capelets, pearl embellishments, and bows ruled the runways once again.

From clean, sophisticated lines and flowy boho looks to metallic gowns and unique, 3D detailed lace,  we’ve got all the hottest wedding dress trends you will be seeing come this Spring.

Clean and simple is a wedding dress trend that was big at New York Bridal Week.

Clean and Simple
The hottest trend for Fall and Spring is the clean, simple gown that exudes grace and elegance. One of our favorite designers, Antonio Gual for Tulle NY is well know for his clean lines and timeless silhouettes that fit beautifully on every bride of every body type.  Made of Italian silks and rich mikados, Antonio’s gowns are perfect for the bride who is searching for the more sophisticated and modern look.  

The Boho Look

Calling all hopeless romantics! The Boho look has been a favorite amongst the designers for a couple of seasons, and still has a strong presence going into 2018. Think, long, billowy sleeves and off the shoulder styles that give a simple gown an instant vintage feel. You can also opt for flutter sleeves and soft tulle for an effortlessly airy look, or you can go for floral lace to make a boho-chic statement.  Either way, the soft, romantic, effortless gown can be for any bride who loves to be relaxed and carefree.

Metallic Gowns
Metallic gowns gave the bridal fashion week runways a little extra sparkle. Perfect for an evening affair under the stars, gold, silver and champagne-tinted dresses are bold but sophisticated.   The metallic threading incorporated throughout the gown with hints of lace can add that extra sparkle without the heaving beading. Also . . .if you are rocking a gown with metallic fabric or embellishments, keep your accessories minimal so the beauty of the gown and the beauty of the bride show through!

Botanical Lace Details and Embroidery
Florals have been hot for a while, but botanical motifs, such as: vines, branches, and leaves, were everywhere this season. An edgier take on more traditional embroidery and appliqué, this nature-inspired trend feels romantic and contemporary all at once. Another favorite designer of ours is Claire Pettibone. Claire’s new Spring Couture line did not disappoint with her signature colorful floral designs incorporated into her flowy and ethereal gowns. Another trend that plays along with the botanical theme is the 3D floral lace.  This lace trend adds so much texture and interest to the bridal gown without taking away from the beauty of the silhouette of the gown.

Bows, Bows, and More Bows
This Spring, our brides will be sure to reveal their inner Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn and feature beautiful and classic bows on their wedding gowns.  Bows have come and gone through the seasons, but this Spring brings a number of different bow options for our brides.  Bows just add a timeless and classic feature to every bridal gown.

Capes and Caplets
Capes and caplets were featured at just about every runway and designer showroom this season! This ethereal add-on gives even the simplest dress a regal touch, but still feels modern and chic. Another thing to consider is that it is easy to pull off a mid-wedding outfit change with this trend. Wear a cape or caplet for your ceremony, then take it off when you’re ready to dance the night away at your reception.

Every bride is unique and finding the perfect gown is an important part of her wedding story. I hope this trend guide to Bridal Fashion Week New York Spring 2018 helps you discover a wedding look that best expresses your style and personality. One thing’s for sure: If you’re tying the knot within the next year, these are the dresses you will be seeing in all the top fashionable bridal stores near you.

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When it comes to saying "Yes!" to the dress, timing is everything! Our wedding industry guru offers a few wedding dress deadlines you don't want to miss.

In my previous Wedding Gown Shopping 101 article, I had given you a few tips on what to do when shopping for your perfect gown. Now, I am giving you a timeline from finding your dream gown, to finding your bridal seamstress, to finding yourself walking down the aisle on your big day.

12 Months Before the Big Day

Set Your Gown Budget
This was the number one tip I mentioned in my previous article. EXTREMELY IMPORTANT! After setting the budget for your wedding, youll need to decide how much of that will be spent on your dress. In addition to the cost of the dress, you’ll need to add on taxes, alterations and possibly shipping.

Book your Venue for your Ceremony and Reception
Before you start shopping, it is very important to know your venue, or at least have an idea of where you are having your wedding. If you plan on having a traditional wedding in a church, then shopping for a sexy, super low back gown, may not be your best option. However, if you are getting married on an island in the Caribbean, then you may just want that sexy, super low back gown that will make your fiancee drool. 

By booking your venue before you shop for your gown, it will help you envision your wedding and how you want to see yourself on your wedding day.

Go Wedding Dress Shopping
If you are wanting to special order your wedding gown, shopping 12 months out from your wedding is ideal. Schedule your appointments early since bridal salons can get booked up fast, especially on the weekends.  If you are able to schedule your bridal appointment during the weekday hours, you will, more than likely, have the entire boutique to yourself and will have the undivided attention of the bridal consultant. If you know you want to wear a specific designer, research online of which bridal boutiques offer that designer and then check to see if theyare having a trunk show (a traveling show of their entire collection) at a boutique near you. A friendly hint:  typically, the designers offer a special discount during the trunk show period.

 

8 Months Before the Big Day

Buy Your Dress
If you did not already purchase your gown on your first shopping trip, now is the time to pull the trigger!

You’ll know itThe One when you don’t want to take it off. When you purchase your gown, you’ll have to sign a contract and put down a deposit, which is typically 60 percent of the price of the gown. Before you sign the contract, make sure all the information is correct. Majority of bridal gowns arrive in the boutique between 4 to 6 months after the order is placed.

 

5 Months Before the Big Day

Choose Your Hair Accessories
If you did not already choose your headpiece and veil when you purchased your gown, then you need to make an accessory appointment with the bridal boutique to try on accessories. When you visit the boutique to pick up your gown once it arrives, this is also a great time to accessorize and order your headpiece and veil.

Select Your Shoes
Take the height of your heel into consideration. You’ll be on your feet for most of the day, so make sure your toes can handle it. 

 

3 Months Before the Big Day

Have Your First Alteration Fitting
In order to find the best bridal seamstresses, ask the bridal boutique where you purchased your gown to give you a few referrals. 

You will most likely have three to five fittings to get your dress altered to fit you perfectly. Its very important to get the timing of each of the alterations appointments right. If you bring your gown in too early to meet with the seamstress, you may end up with a dress that doesnt fit properly if you lose or gain weight after your gown is altered. If you bring your gown in too late, you may not have enough time to make all the alterations that are needed.

For your first fitting, ensure that you have your shoes and any undergarments that you plan on wearing.  

 

6 to 8 Weeks Before the Big Day

Have Your Second Alteration Fitting
The second fitting is your chance to make smaller tweaks to your wedding dress, like taking in the bodice a bit or perfecting the hem length. During this fitting, you’ll also want to make sure there’s no obvious wrinkling, bunching or pulling anywhere. 

 

2 to 3 Weeks to Go Before the Big Day

Have Your Final Fitting
This is where you’ll get to see your gown the way it will look when you walk down the aisle. Bring at least one family member or friend so you have someone there to learn how to create the bustle of your train.

 

1 Day to Go Before the Big Day

Get Everything Together
Buy a handheld steamer for those tiny wrinkles on the hem line. Your seamstress should have already done a professional steaming before you left with your gown. Also, put together an emergency kit (safety pins, fashion tape, etc),  itdefinitely better to be prepared. Make sure you have all of the parts of your ensemble in one place. Everything from your gown and veil to your jewelry and shoes should go together, especially if you’re switching venues after your makeup and hair are done.

Wedding Day

Have Fun!  Make sure you have your mom or bridesmaids ready to help you get into your gown. Then relax and enjoy the day!

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Our new wedding columnist shares her top tips for picking out the perfect dress for your the big day.

Shopping for your wedding gown can be so exciting and can be so exhausting at the same time. Here are a few tips to help you navigate your wedding gown shopping excursions.

Yay! You found the love of your life and he just put a ring on it! It’s the day that you have dreamed of your entire life. You already have your Pinterest page full of inspiration and you are ready to go shopping!

Where do you start? Who do you take with you? How much do you want to spend on one gown for just one night? All of these thoughts are running through your head as you are mentally taking notes on what your best friend just wore in her wedding.

Here are a few tips from yours truly, who has worked with thousands of brides find their dream wedding gowns for the most important day of their lives.

1.) Know your Budget! When you are shopping for your gown, your bridal consultant will tactfully bring up how much you want to spend on your gown. Please BE HONEST! If you only want to spend $800, please tell your consultant. More often than not, you will have some options in your price range. If you have an average budget of $1,500-$3,000, you will have many options in most boutiques and can more than likely find the gown of your dreams.

2.) Only bring your most trusting friends/family to shop with you. You watch the TV reality shows with the brides and her 20 girlfriends shopping for her wedding gown. How often does that bride end up in tears? This is not how you want to spend your day shopping for your wedding gown! By limiting the number of people shopping with you, you will be able to enjoy your day and you will feel like you made the decision yourself. Having so many opinions will only confuse you. The best advice is to find your gown with 2 to 3 of your closest people, and then have your girlfriends come with you when you pick up your gown when it arrives in the boutique. It can still be fun and exciting with popping the champagne, but without the added stress of having to make the ultimate decision on your gown.

3.) Have inspiration photos of the gowns that you are obsessing over for your wedding. We know you have your secret Pinterest Board full of wedding ideas. This is the time to make it public and share it with your bridal consultant! It is incredibly helpful to share photos of wedding gowns that you may envision wearing on your big day. Choose gowns of all silhouettes. You may think you can’t wear a fit to flare gown, when in fact, it may be the best silhouette for your body type.

4.) Trust your bridal consultant! Your bridal consultant is highly trained in helping brides find their perfect gown for their wedding day. More often than not, the bridal consultant will pull a gown that you never thought you could wear, and it will be “The One!”

5.) Pull the trigger! When you see yourself in the mirror, and you are getting that feeling in your stomach that this is The One, then just “Say Yes to the Dress!” You will know when it is your gown! When you know, then STOP SHOPPING! So often, we see brides who know it’s there gown, but they continue to shop, and shop, and shop, only to find themselves coming back for that gown they can’t stop thinking about. Make it easy on yourself and your bridal party and pull the trigger as soon as you know it’s The One!

By remembering these few tips on wedding gown shopping, you will have one of the most memorable experiences of your life! Happy Shopping!

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