Category Archives: Bridal gown

Finding the Perfect Dress for your Body Type

After a long break (due to a very busy wedding season) The Bride Loves is back! (at least pretend to be excited!) Kicking off the new wedding year with dress types!

The most common question I get asked when designing bridal gowns is ‘what style of dress will suit me?’  I will encourage brides to step into a boutique and try on the dress silhouette they think they want. I emphasise the word think, because more often than not, a bride has had an image of her dress since she was a little girl (or you did if you were like me). This dress usually consists of a cinderella like gown – which in reality, suits a very select amount of people.

Before making a bridal appointment, however, there is a very easy way to narrow down your options. Your wedding dress, your makeup, your hair, are all ways to make yourself look like a more glamorous version on you – the key word being you. Your dress should highlight your best assets and cleverly conceal the bits and bobs that you don’t mind hiding so much. To make things easier here are the most common body types and the silhouettes best suited to them.

Remember, you may not fit solely into one category- most people don’t! Just take the best parts of each category and customise to fit you!

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Do You Know Your Trumpets from your Mermaids?

As promised, here is a quick A-Z on wedding dress terminology. I say quick but nothing wedding is ever actually quick! Here is some bedtime reading to help you brush up before wedding dress shopping...(and its all in pictures to make it that little bit easier)

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Happy shopping

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30 Wedding Dress Shopping Tips

Wedding season has started! Or rather, engagement season has started…which means gown shopping! Be it a big white Cinderella dress or a demure saree, the excitement is still the same!

Follow some of our shopping tips to make sure you not only get your dream dress, but to make sure you have as much fun as possible! It only happens once!!

1. A Wisely Chosen Entourage

‘I’ll come dress shopping with you!’ Will be something you hear a LOT during your time as an engaged lady and you’ll probably say yes to all of these requests. However choose wisely because as nice as it is to hear the ‘oohs’, ‘aahs’ and ‘oh my god you look fabulous!!’, it might better to hear a real opinion. You want to take the people who will be brutally honest with you. Your mum, your sister your bridesmaids…these are the people you want to take.

2. Give Yourself Enough Time

When to start dress shopping is crucial as you don’t want to start too early whereby seasons change and you like something new, but early enough to give yourself time. 8-10 months before your wedding should encompass both of these.

With a bespoke designer you have a little more flexibility. If you are getting your dress designed ask your designer how much time they need and factor this in.

3. Know Your Seasons

Know when the retail industry will go on sale. Do your research and you could save yourself a lot of money. The high street goes into markdown almost every 5-6 weeks, so take this into consideration. You don’t want to buy your dream dress only for it to go on sale the week after.

4. Remember New Collections

Not impressed by what’s out there? Don’t panic. As above, if you know your seasons, you know when the new collections come in, so it is ok, to go back to a store more than once to see if they have anything new. (Checking when this will be with the managers wouldn’t harm)

5. Bargains

There are SO many exhibitions, sample sales, shows, warehouse sales etc, that you could potentially find yourself busy every weekend. However you could potentially knock hundreds if not thousands off your dress. If you can handle the crowds, this could potentially be for you.

6. Weekday Appointments

Saturdays are the single most busy day in any bridal boutique. If you want in quickly, go for a weekday appointment. You’re likely to get better service and more focussed staff.

7. Be Inspired

If you are like me, you know exactly what you want and have done since you were 5. If you aren’t part of this craziness then start getting inspired. Get magazines, look at catwalks, get on Pinterest! Get a feel for what’s out there.

8. Be Open to Change

Like me you may know exactly what you want and have done since you were 5…but what if it doesn’t suit you. Be open to let your ideas go if they don’t work for you. Go in with an open mind and come out with a dress!

9. Take a Quick Terminology Lesson

Do you know your A-lines from your trumpets? If so well done! But seriously pattern talk is another language..brush up to make your life easier. (I’ll be writing a post on terminology next to help!)

10. Search Your Wardrobe

Take out your best dresses, your best and skirts..they’re your favourites for a reason. Try and decipher similarities in shape/ fabric/ colour to know what you like. You’re already one step ahead in this than you think.

11. Bring Your Knickers

If you’re planning on wearing a specific type of underwear, Spanx or otherwise, bring it with you to make sure you get the full picture.

12. Full Primp

Do your hair fully and face lightly, to the best of your ability for this. It will help you gain a better idea of what you will look like. You don’t want to realise you hate the straps of your dress on your wedding morning when your stylist puts your hair up!

13. Own Your Experience

There will be a lot of ‘I did this’ and ‘I did that’ and whilst some of it may be helpful you want to create your own experience with your own ideas. Hold your ground and remember its alllll about you!

14. Take a Seat

I say this in every fit session to every client…sit down in your outfit. It may be the perfect waist cinching corset dress whilst you stand up…but when you sit down it crushes your lungs, all the seams are coming undone and you can’t breathe. Probably not what you were going for..

15. Buy Now, Alter Later

If it fits you now..buy it! Every bride has weight loss plans and most brides lose weight without even trying, but as every boutique, designer, seamstress will tell you, it is easier to take a dress in than to take it out.

16. Size Does Not Matter

Bridal attire is always smaller than your average clothing. So don’t be offended if they hand you a size or two bigger than you are…and who cares about the size?! If it looks good then why worry! (and you could always cut the label out..)

17. Chatter, Chatter, Chatter

What you want and what your mouth thinks you want, may be two completely different things. You may say you want something simple and elegant..but actually you want a tulle filled giant princess ballgown. The best way for a designer to be able to give you dresses you’ll like is for them to get to know you, so go ahead…gossip to your heart’s content!

18. Take Some Music

Dancing is just as important as sitting down, take your best songs and dance to them in your dress. (It helps if your entourage do it with you..maybe even a few moves from a slow dance to check you won’t trip on your trails)

19. Take Photos

Pretty self explanatory here…take lots of photos. You probably won’t get to take the dress home with you because of alterations, cleaning etc..so you’ll need to lots of photos to continue the rest of your shopping. (And to remind you just how beautiful it is!)

20. You May Not Cry

Your dress is not unlike your future husband…did you burst into the tears the minute you saw him because you knew he was the one? Probably not. In the same way you probably won’t burst into tears because you’ve found the dress and it may take you a few tries but you will know it is the one for you. (But if you’re anything like me you’ll probably be crying before even entering the boutique…potentially even tearing up thinking about dresses.)

21. Try Everything On

Ask your consultant or designer to give you a few props; heels, veil, tiara etc. It may just seal the deal for you.

22. Budget

Be very clear and up front about your budget. It will help your designer make sure you are getting the very best of what you want and ensure your dress has all of the main design aspects you need. It also helps you not get too carried away.

23. Take Snacks

These appointments can and will take some time. Take stomach reinforcements…you do not want to be making these kind of decisions on an empty stomach..(remember what happens when you go to the supermarket hungry…)

24. Return Policy

If you reeeeealllly can’t make the decision but you cannot part with the dress, find out the return policy, spend some time with your potential dress and then make the decision.

25. Back Up

 Always plan a back up. Always.

Your dress may not arrive in time, the package could be detained by customs, the dog shredded the train, you spilt coffee on it….I could go on…but in the interest of perhaps not stressing you out, I won’t. The point remains that anything could happen to your dress so just make sure there is an alternative.

26. It is Just a Dress

I can’t believe I am saying this, but it is just a dress. Just clothing to get you through the most important day of your life; the day you marry the man you love (although if and when he utters these words to you himself, you may reconsider the future alliance).

27. There’s No Magic Number

You could try one dress, you could try 50 dresses, there is no perfect number…keep going until you find it or get it custom made.

28. Try it On

Even if you are getting your dress designed specially for you, try on something similar elsewhere – take all the best ideas and give them to your designer. This will help them create your perfect outfit.

29. Corsets are Quick

If you are short on time, go for a corset. They don’t need altering and look amazing! (you can also wear these more in life than you could a wedding dress)

30. Have Fun!

Its your wedding day, you’re shopping for it…could there be anything in the world more fun?! (rhetorical question)

Enjoy shopping!

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Oscar De La Renta – A Bridal Inspiration

Following the sad news of the passing of the amazing Oscar De La Renta, I thought it only fitting to showcase his 2015 Bridal collection.

De La Renta has led a truly inspirational design career and has been one of the biggest bridal names within the fashion world, not to mention an icon in ready to wear fashion.

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The 2015 collection comprises of the perfect use of embellishment and embroidery against clean, crisp silhouettes. Just amazing!

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The us of lace within the collection is minimal, comparative to the use of material, creating the perfect angelic bridal look. e725fe7f-737f-45cb-823e-38bb7c80b004This open empire trail skirt has to be one of my favourite cuts from this collection. So simple yet so effective. d031aea8-e467-4f47-b7b2-65b8a3a0dc7dI absolutely adore this embroidery. Threadwork is a huge passion of mine within my own bridal designs so this gets a huge thumbs up from me. d9db6b6e-b42a-495e-957b-b7a204c81a31A full padded skirt. YES. A gorgeous lace overlay yoke. YES. Love! a465d22d-966b-4665-b5cc-3f17686d6894No I don’t just like this because the new Mrs. Clooney wore it. The only designer to make a short wedding dress ooze elegance.66648922-de95-40b6-bf0b-62b9e727985a b56b2c77-4ecf-49d8-9c61-dad9825698eb b15374ff-c75e-4328-aacc-8a680ad77212 beach dressThe perfect beach wedding dress. Front split, lace and a bohemian bouquet…beach anyone? 112047b3-1103-4556-80cb-a49fd274751b27226a52-2b01-4460-9bbb-fa592c254427 3262b234-3dd8-4a13-848b-2c856bbccf7b 252faccf-b59f-4c47-93f7-cedc6b978c82 17e552e2-550b-485b-8954-38857db273ee 4acf889d-57a8-4628-83bc-1d3451a730afThe cut of the corset is so beautifully structured, this shape would be amazing on any figure! 02c926a2-acff-4c54-8036-a447f7be3fd0 1a104f33-0dc2-4b48-998f-f9b175189eeb 0c377fc0-e744-4472-ac15-cdb1c0628ae2

The De La Renta brand is infamously known for its simplicity and elegance. This gorgeous collection proves only this. I can only hope a 2016 bridal collection was in work.

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Zuhair Murad!

Zuhair Murad is one of my favourite designers and one of my biggest inspirations as a bridal designer. He creates this amazing East-West fusion in gowns; the same foundation that underpins my own designs, within his bridal wear, Haute couture and ready to wear collections. His Lebanese foundation mixed with his fantasy sketching has led him to be one of the most talented designers today.

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I love his haute couture because this is what we are drawn towards when deciding outfits for our receptions. This is where we can wear the most gorgeous Indian – Western fusion gown known to man!

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This Chiffon high neck makes the perfect reception gown – the beading is a very Eastern style of beading found on sarees and lenghas. Chiffon is a very classy and bridal fabric which makes an appearance in a lot of ZM collections. (Good choice!)

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This embellishment and embroidery is perfect for an Indian fusion outfit

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This type of dress in colours! Just shows how perfect it would be to match your colour schemes!

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Bridal Collections

Using the most amazing fabrics and silhouettes he has created a fantasy land with embroidery and embellishment fit for a princess! Here are a few of my favourites from his AW14 collection

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With saree gowns coming into their own this year and only growing as a trend into next, these kind of dresses are to arrive on the horizon in multitudes! And I cannot wait!

Leaving you all with some of my favourite images from ZM collections to date….enjoy!

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You can see why I am so inspired!! To the drawing board!!!

Happy Reading!

Featuring : ZuhairMurad and various Pinterest users (seriously guys get on Pinterest)

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To be on Trend – Fall ’14 Part 2

 And for part two only the BEST colour – PINK! No..HOT Pink!!!

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 This is one of the easiest colours to be able to wear within your bridal attire – not only is it gorgeous, but the colour is so complimentary to Red, Green and Cream it could almost just replace the Red.

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This is gorgeous because, although the main colour is pink, the highlights of red make it an amazing alternative for a bridal outfit.

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Not your traditional conventional bridal attire, but how AMAZING! the velvet and the flower veins have a Snow White-esque feel and with a slight tweaking of colour – you could be the trendiest Disney bride ever!

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This beautiful hot pink and gold brocade lengha would be ideal. Perhaps changing the Dupatta colour to have a gold/ cream base or adding a cream border, would make this more bridal and more traditional. But if you love the pink…you go for it!

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This is a Pagli creation which is simply stunning. Simple enough to carry the hot pink, yet heavy enough to be considered bridal. Your secondary dupatta would need to be Cream/ Gold to be able to carry this.

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I am absolutely in love with this! The pink has a blue undertone to it which I think makes me love it more! Perfectly simple, perfectly bridal! IF you wanted to feel that little bit more special – throwing some rhinestones and jewels on to it would achieve that! (You can never have too many jewels right?!)

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This stunner is a Manish Malhotra  (as if it weren’t obvious). I am in love with the metallics on this outfit! such a nice replacement for gems and jewels. I don’t think I need to say anymore…

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I found this photo on Pinterest (yes I am obsessed with Pinterest) and couldn’t get over how gorgeous this design was. The Red features as the main bridal highlight however the pink borders make this style that little more pretty and that little more on trend! I just wish I knew the designer of it!

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This is a beautiful lengha to wear if you are going all out for colour – perhaps on a mehndi night or a sangeet. Adding a tulle underlay would make this that little bit more bridal.

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This is one of my favourites…Pink, Gold, cream AND jewels…how can you go wrong?! The fishtail style of skirt makes this that little bit more glam.  I would personally shorten the blouse so as not to cover the gorgeous skirt waist detail. Everything about this outfit screams yes!

To conclude our journey to the land of PINK, here is an outfit mixing a couple of the jewelled tones together: Mendhi night you say?

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LOVE!

Be Pink!

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To be on Trend – Fall ’14 Part 1

As most of you are aware, getting colour into our traditional Indian outfit is quite tricky. Without just putting a few coloured gems into the embellishment or adding a coloured stone necklace, getting this pop of a colour other than red, white or green is fairly challenging.

We are in the Autumn/ Winter phase of the cycle at the moment, and as you may or may not know one of the biggest trends for Fall ’14 are Jewel Tones. This bodes very well for us as the Pantone (colour) chart looks something like this…
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Over a few of the next posts we will be looking at all of these colours and getting them in to your big day!!

Looking at Teal

Here are a few images of some traditional bridal outfits that you can use as inspiration to be the trendiest bride!
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Some of these aren’t to my taste, but the general colour idea is there!

Featuring collections from

http://www.charmicreations.com

And other unknown designers

Happy Fall!

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