With one of the most exciting weeks of the year for the bridal industry coming to a close, we sat down with Madeline Gardner to discuss some of her favorite moments from International New York Bridal Week, as well as some of her thoughts on the trends for Spring 2014-
“Starting out the week with a buzz from our very well received Spring 2014 Collections at the Pier 94 shows was a great way to kick things off! The rave reviews we received from our retailers were amazing! With this very warm reception to our collections, I want to highlight some of the trends that stand out for Spring 2014:
-Allover beading on both fit and flare gowns, and ball gowns. So modern!
-Sheer illusion back detail that gives a discreet, yet sexy look to the gowns. It’s beautiful to have this gorgeous back detail facing your guests during the ceremony.
-Necklines. There are so many new choices on necklines, from V-shaped to off-the-shoulder, bateau necklines with low backs, strapless, scooped and scalloped. Be daring and try something new!
-Laces and embroidery that either just accent, or take over the gown with sparkling detail were huge. They could be intricately done and subtle, or all-over to make you shine on your special day. There was definitely something for every bride!
-Color was also a big trend. From traditional white, ivory, and cream, to light gold and blush pink- color was a trend that we have seen for several seasons, but has really come to life for Spring 2014.
For us, one of the proudest moments and highlights from New York Bridal Week came from first ever runway Press show on Monday morning. Champagne was flowing, fresh flowers filled the room, great music was playing, and our hair, make-up and styling crew was hard at work; there was lots of preparation! Our showroom transformed into an intimate space of white and pink. Beautiful models in our gowns, photographers, videographers, and the best editors in our bridal business all came together to join us. You could just feel the excitement in the air! Even our famous friend Randy Fenoli attended the show, and was as gracious as ever!
We ended our day at The Knot Gala hosted in The New York Public Library; one of my favorite places in New York City! This incredibly historic building came to life with wedding gowns, flowers, candles, fabulous fare and the chicest of guests. We were invited to walk the red carpet with our model Nataly, who wore one of my personal favorites from our Spring 2014 Collection, style 2601. This stunning gown features an important trend with a wide scooped neckline and the new detail of the low sheer illusion back, gorgeous beading, embroidery and lace. We partied all night with lots of friends to celebrate our collections and the successful launch of a new season! Video from the red carpet can be viewed on www.theknot.com and you could also check out some of our pictures on our Facebook page and our Instagram @morileeofficial.
We can’t wait for you to be able to view the collections, out in stores later this year!
Now…onto sketching for the next season!!”
Wedding Favors: Gifts Your Guests Will Love
When it’s time to plan your wedding, you want to create an experience that guests will enjoy and remember. Long after the dance music stops, the cake is gone and the open bar is closed, you want to leave your guests with a fun memento to take home with them. Although some people may love knickknacks, others are more likely to throw away a wedding party favor that’s not useful. The more creative, personalized or practical your wedding party favor is though, the more likely guests will be to keep it. Here are some wedding favor ideas that will inspire you to send guests off with a gift that keeps on giving.
Green Wedding Favors
Guests always appreciate an edible gift, especially if it’s something they can use time and again. Consider setting up a loose leaf tea bar, with different types of tea they can brew at home, such as chamomile or peppermint. Vanilla extract is another great wedding favor idea, as they can use it for recipes they made throughout the year. You can even attach a recipe to the vanilla extract bottle, such as one for a dessert you served at your wedding. Guests with a green thumb might also enjoy receiving something they can plant in their own backyard, like flower seeds.
Wine & Spirits
Guests who want to keep the party going will celebrate when they receive a wine-themed party favor. For those who are of legal drinking age, consider a mini wine bottle with a custom wine label. The label could feature an engagement photo of you and your fiancé, along with playful text such as “Anthony and Irene: The perfect blend.” Another creative wedding favor could be a wine stopper that’s related to your wedding theme. For a travel-themed wedding, for example, you could give guests a globe wine stopper.
Practical Wedding Favors
Everyone enjoys a thoughtful gift, especially one that makes their lives easier. If you’re hosting a beach wedding, leave out two pales of flip-flops (one for guys and one for girls) for guests to take and wear during the reception. They’re a perfect way to set the tone for a fun outdoor venue and encourage guests to loosen up. For a more formal setting, matches or a scented candle are useful wedding favor ideas that can still be creative. You could feature a cute tagline on the match box such as, “Jolene and Milo: The perfect match.”
What creative wedding favors have you enjoyed most as a wedding guest? Share them with us on Facebook.
Word Play: Finding the right verbiage for your wedding invitation
You’re well into the planning of your wedding and are finally ready to tell the world – or at least the 100 or so people you plan to invite. While you want the wedding invitation to reflect you and your fiancé’s personalities, you also want to get all the important details about the event in there. So where do you begin? These wedding invitation tips will help you get things underway, and create an invitation that will make your guests feel honored.
Set the Tone
Before drafting the wording for your wedding invitation, it’s important to decide what tone you’d like the invitation to carry. Do you want it to be formal or informal? Do you want it to be humorous or straight forward? Your wedding invitation, aside from your Save the Date, is the first impression guests will have of your event – and you want it to be a positive one.
Take Things Personal
If you decide to take a detour from the typical wedding invitation, bravo! Guests love to see originality when it comes to weddings, especially if they’ve been to so many of them that they could add “wedding attendee” to their résumé. So how do you make yours stand out? Make guests laugh.
Another great way to add your own personal touch to the invite is by telling the story of how you met your fiancé and became a couple.
Keep It Simple
No matter what your approach is to the wording for your wedding invite, keep things as simple as possible. You don’t want the important details about the event to get lost on the page or – worse – accidentally omitted because you were overly focused on the entertainment value. Remember that, while tasteful humor is welcome, the purpose of the invite is to give people the who, what, when and where. Those essential details should stand out above everything else.
Make sure your wedding invitation includes:
• The proper names of the people hosting the wedding.
• Your first and middle name.
• Your fiancé’s full name.
• The date, time and location of the ceremony.
• The location of the reception, and if it is immediately following the ceremony.
-If it’s not immediately following the ceremony, list the reception start time as well.
• An RSVP card, which can include an “RSVP by” date and dinner menu options, if desired.
• A self-addressed, stamped envelope for the RSVP card.
• Wedding registry information.
• Your wedding website URL (if you have one).
• The name, address and contact information for any hotels you’d recommend guests stay at overnight, along with the name of the wedding block you reserved space under.
Sample Wedding Invitation Verbiage
If you’re hosting the wedding:
Together with their families
And Christopher Ryan Lewis
Would like to invite you to their wedding celebration
Saturday, December 1, 2014
At 6 p.m. in the evening
Ceremony will be held at Victoria Gardens, [Address]
Reception to follow at [Address].
If your parents or the groom’s parents are hosting the wedding:
Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Davis [proper names of whoever is hosting]
Request the honor of your presence
At the marriage of their daughter
To Christopher Ryan Lewis
Saturday, December 1, 2014
At 6 p.m. in the evening
Ceremony will be held at Victoria Gardens, [Address]
Reception to follow at [Address].
Do you have tips of your own for wedding invitation wording? Share them with us on Facebook.
Top Five Best Places to Honeymoon
With your wedding quickly approaching, you’ve finally got all of the little details in order. Now, on to the fun part… deciding where to honeymoon! After all of that planning, there’s nothing you’d like better than to take a trip far away from wedding centerpieces, bridesmaids’ dresses and appetizers. So, to help you get started on your getaway, here are our top five picks for the best places to honeymoon around the globe. Au revoir stress … bonjour romance!
Destination No. 5: Sayulita, Mexico
Choose from day trips like surfing, whale watching, fishing or simply catching some rays in a place where you can experience Mexico’s authentic beauty. If you‘re the romantic type, consider a guided horseback riding tour alongside the beach with your partner.
Destination No. 4: French Polynesia
This slow-paced atmosphere is all about getting a little R&R – and getting away from it all. Indulge in a couple’s spa day, swim with endangered turtles in a lagoon, feed sharks or go scuba diving. Whether you’re looking for an adventure or just a drama-free zone, this tropical paradise offers both and so much more.
Destination No. 3: Paris, France
Nicknamed “The City of Love,” Paris will have you swooning in no time. Although a trip to Paris doesn’t come cheap, the view of the city from atop the Eiffel Tower is priceless. Other notable sites include the Notre-Dame Cathedral and Musee du Louvre, the world’s largest art museum and home of the famous “Mona Lisa.”
Destination No. 2: Florence, Italy
The food, vino and sites in Firenze (“Florence”) are to be savored. You can take in the city from a perch in the Oltrarno district of Piazzale Michelangiolo, which is known as one of the most popular viewpoints. Other “must-see” stops: The Galleria dell’Accademia – even if it’s just for Michelangelo’s “David” – and the Bóboli Gardens.
Destination No. 1: Maui, Hawaii
Whether you’re biking together through Maui’s Haleakala National Park or watching the waves crash into the soft sands of Wailea, there’s something inherently romantic about this scenic destination. Book a bungalow on the beach and the only problem on your horizon will be convincing yourself that you have to actually return to your day job afterward.
Spring Wedding Ideas
It’s spring – and there’s more than just love in the air. There’s the scent of fresh flowers in bloom, the sound of birds chirping and the sight of greenery growing anew. A delight to all the senses, spring is the perfect time of year to be outside – and to host an outdoor wedding. So how do you make yours stand out amongst the bunch? Find a unique theme that brings out the best of the season. Here are a few ideas for spring weddings, including dresses to help you play the part.
Consider having your spring wedding in a rose garden, which offers an inherently romantic setting with natural beauty.
For the décor: Since the ceremony will already be filled with flowers from the surrounding garden, go another route with the aisle decorations. Keep it simple, tying lace ribbon into an over-sized bow and fastening it to each of the chairs nearest to the inside aisle. A bird cage also makes a great decoration – and can be used to collect wedding cards on the gift table.
For the dress: Keep the theme going by incorporating flowers into your wedding day accessories. Wear a flower brooch over your heart or tie a sash with a removable flower around your waistline.
If your style is more country-inspired, a picnic in the park might be just your tune.
For the décor: Give guests a taste of your family’s home-cooking, with mason jars filled with the ingredients of your favorite dessert (like strawberry shortcake). Then, outside the jar, include a card with directions on how to make it. Keep the jars inside of a picnic basket for guests to take as they exit the party.
For the dress: If you’re bold, consider pairing a knee-length wedding dress with a pair of cowboy boots. If you’d prefer a more traditional look, choose a floor-length dress that’s still spring-inspired.
The colors of the season are light, but bright. Work playful hues of pale pink, mint green or sunshine yellow into your wedding party.
For the décor: Set out cool drinks in clear cups, such as strawberry lemonade or peach tea that will add a splash of color to the table. You can use fun straws with stripes or polka dots on them, too. To make things even sweeter, consider filling old jam jars with pastel candies as your center pieces, with an old-fashioned candy scoop set out beside them.
For the dress: Be pretty in pink, like this lace dress with organza. For greater volume, try a ruffled organza dress with beaded appliqués, like this one.
Want more spring wedding ideas? Check out our Squidoo lens, “Accessories & Themes for Your Spring Fling.” http://www.squidoo.com/wedding-dress-floral-sashes-belts
Your daughter or son has finally found their perfect match. Now, all you have to do is find the perfect gown to wear to the wedding. But with all of the options out there, from colors and cuts to length and style, this decision may seem just as overwhelming as planning the wedding itself. So how do you find a dress that will make you look glamorous, without going over-the-top? Follow these five tips to have guests gushing, “Is that the bride’s sister? She’s gorgeous.”
• Play up your best assets. If you often get compliments on your toned arms, choose a dress that’s sleeveless, such as this black stretch mesh dress. On the other-hand, downplay other areas of your body you may not want to be as exposed. If you aren’t as comfortable showing off leg, for example, choose a floor-length gown. The best accessory any woman can wear is confidence so choose a dress that makes you feel that way.
• Choose a dress that’s age appropriate. While you want to look young and vibrant (who doesn’t?), you don’t want to look like you went shopping in the junior’s department. So choose one asset you want to show off, and make sure you have enough coverage everywhere else.
• Don’t be afraid of color, but use it wisely. Avoid loud colors, such as red or hot pink, and go for something more subtle yet stunning, like deep eggplant or silver. A gown with a little sparkle can also add a touch of glamour to your ensemble, but avoid head-to-toe sequins. Even if the wedding is in December, you don’t want to look like a Christmas tree ornament.
• Follow wedding blogs for MOB/MOG trends. These can help you get a gauge of what you like and what you don’t before heading out to the stores, and they can also help you choose a dress that’s up-to-date with the times. The Knot’s Blog is a good place to start. One rule every Mother of the Bride should strongly adhere to: No shoulder pads. Your shoulders are fine just where they are. We promise.
• Ask the bride and the other mother for input. If the bride wants you to be a part of the wedding processional, she may also want you to dress in their wedding colors. If the bride doesn’t have a preference, talk to the other mom and ask what she planned to wear as a courtesy. But remember, MOBs always get first choice.
Ready to start your search? Check out our Squidoo post, “Sleek, Stylish Mother of the Bride and Groom Dresses.”
While a wedding is all about the bride (and maybe the groom, too), when it’s your turn to stand at the altar, you’ll also be sharing the spotlight with a handful of your very favorite ladies. These are the girls that knew you when you had braces in high school, and were kind enough to destroy all photographic evidence. They’re also the girls who celebrated your victories and mourned your losses with you. So when they stand by you once again on your wedding day, you also want them to look – and feel – like the beautiful women they are. But how can you choose one bridesmaid’s dress style that will flatter all of them? Easy, don’t choose just one. We’ll give you the lowdown on why many brides are now mixing it up – from different cuts to different colors – for a trendy new take on the traditional matching bridesmaid’s dress.
More often than not, your bridesmaids are likely going to be very different shapes and sizes, from voluptuous to pencil thin. And, of course, they also each have their own unique personality. Choose a different bridesmaid’s dress for each girl that flatters both their body type and their unique style. Give the fun and flirty girl a dress with ruffles, like this black, strapless bridesmaid dress. Find a conservative, knee-length A-line dress for your conservative friend who enjoys art galleries and independent films. If you do go this route though, make sure there is at least one aspect of the dresses that is consistent throughout, whether it’s matching accessories or matching colors. You want some form of uniformity to make sure they still look like they’re an important part of the party – not just another guest at the wedding.
Playing With Color
Another trend that brides are falling in love with is choosing bridesmaids’ dresses in colors that are complementary to one another, but not the same. If your wedding ceremony is being held on the beach, play with different shades of blue, neutral and gray, such as this chiffon bridesmaid dress. If you’re getting married in a garden, consider pale pinks and creams. You can even take it one step further and use the same base color, but assign slightly different shades to each girl. So if you decide to go with purple, the bridesmaid standing farthest away from you would wear the darkest shade of purple, like plum or violet, and each bridesmaid next to her would wear a slightly lighter shade of purple than the girl before her, leading up to you – the bride – in white.
No matter what bridesmaid’s dress you choose, make sure to pick a day to get together with all of your girls to try them on before making your final decision. While, ultimately, the decision is yours to make, it’s always nice to let the other girls weigh in on their top picks and ideas as well. Then maybe when it’s their turn – they’ll return the favor.
Just imagine: It’s your wedding day and all of your friends and family are seated at the ceremony, anticipating the moment you’ll walk down the aisle. The violinist is playing, the bridesmaids are matching (as they tend to do), and you begin your walk down the aisle. But, in actuality, it’s more of a small hop than a step because the dress isn’t really allowing you to do much else. At this pace, you’re not sure if you’ll ever make it to the end of the aisle to marry your future husband. Although, these days, anything goes when it comes to wedding dress styles, there are four questions you should ask yourself before saying “yes” to the dress.
1. Can you move? Throughout the course of the evening, you’ll be making your rounds to greet friends and family you haven’t seen in awhile. And you’ll – hopefully – be breaking it down on the dance floor (who knew grandpa Joe could move like that?). Make sure the wedding dress style you choose doesn’t keep you from working the room.
2. Can you breathe? Every bride has different aspects of the wedding that are most important to them. For some, it’s the photography. For others, it’s the dress. And for others still, it’s the food. If you find yourself in the latter category, make sure your dress provides enough room for you to enjoy the appetizers, entrees and wedding cake you worked so hard to select.
3. If I bought this dress now, would I stop looking? Too often, brides choose a wedding dress style they feel relatively ho-hum about, and then they continue to browse online or in stores to find a different one. Save yourself time and money by shopping around at several places before deciding on the final one – and then sleep on it. If you still want it the next day, you can purchase it feeling confident that you did your research first.
4. Does it fit my wedding theme? If you’re having a beach wedding, you might want a dress with a mermaid cut and intricate beading. If you’re getting married in a garden, look for wedding dress styles that are romantic and flow elegantly as you walk, such as this beaded Alencon lace and tulle wedding dress. And for destination weddings, keep the location in mind when shopping for your dress. If you’re getting married in Spain (lucky you), a fitted lace dress would be more appropriate than organza.
One of the most difficult decisions brides have to make during wedding planning is what they want to wear on a day when all eyes will be on them. Should you opt for the crystal beaded lace or the delicate chiffon? Would you rather look like a sexy siren in a fitted mermaid cut or like the belle of the ball in organza? It’s not easy to narrow down the thousands of wedding dress options to that one perfect dress that fits all your needs. That’s why the trend has recently become not to limit yourself to just one dress, but buy two instead. So if you’re trying to choose between two dresses, we’d like to encourage you to think in pairs because, much like a marriage, two really is just better than one. Here are four reasons why.
1. For comfort. Wedding dresses that are dazzling during the ceremony aren’t always functional during the reception. That’s why many brides are now choosing a shorter dress for the reception. Style 6733 from Mori Lee’s Voyage collection allows you to work the room during cocktail hour, without limiting your mobility.
2. To create an impact. If there ever was a day in your life when you should be the center of attention, it’s your wedding day. And nothing creates a greater buzz than wearing not just one wedding dress stunner, but two. Recreate the impact you made when you walked down the aisle when you walk into your reception with this crystal beaded lace cocktail dress and its removable tulle overskirt.
3. If your wedding ceremony takes place at a different venue than your reception. When selecting your wedding dress, it’s always important to keep your location in mind. If you’re getting married on the beach, but your reception is in a ballroom, each location has its own unique ambiance – and your dress should blend well with the setting. Having two dresses ensures a seamless transition, and Style 6707 could be the perfect fit for the party.
4. To keep white … white. There’s nothing more beautiful than the contrast of a white or ivory dress against the lush, green backdrop of trees on a quiet lake, or a garden with roses in full bloom. But there’s nothing worse than an expensive white or ivory wedding dress getting ruined in a matter of hours from it dragging on the ground behind you. Keep white looking bright by transitioning to a short wedding dress for your reception, like this floral organza dress, with its matching satin tie sash and flower.
Few fabrics can evoke the timeless sophistication and elegance that Lace can. It is no wonder why designers have been creating beautiful wedding gowns from this delicate fabric for so long. Although lace is often considered a more traditional fabric, new silhouettes offer today’s modern bride the best of both worlds. Iconic women from Grace Kelly to the most recent Kate Middleton wore lace wedding gowns and proved that lace could be created into beautiful pieces that transcend time. Here are a few gowns from our new Fall 2012 collections that showcase this beautiful fabric.
For this strapless sweetheart gown, it’s all about the lace. From the fitted mermaid silhouette, to the deep V back, this gown is perfect for the bride who wants to wear something form-fitting and feminine, yet traditional.
If you are looking for a more subtle version a full lace gown, style 3126 is perfect. The tulle overlay on this dress allows the lace to show through, but covers enough for the lace not to be the focal point. It’s a great balance for a bride who loves the look of lace but is unsure about wearing a full lace gown.
For a bride who is looking for just a touch of lace, style 4971 offers you just enough. The beaded lace details on the bodice and skirt add romance and sparkle to an otherwise, very simple A line gown.
This super fun and flirty dress definitely puts a non-traditional twist on lace. For a bride looking into a cocktail length dress with just a touch of tradition, this gown has it all!
Regardless of the application, lace is a great way to incorporate elegance and sophistication into your wedding gown. With so many great ways to wear it, it is no wonder that lace is one of this season’s hottest trends.