2015 Wedding Dress Trends with Mori Lee

Posted on May 26th, 2015 by admin

Wedding Shoppe brides love Mori Lee. The gowns have all of the traits modern women love: High-quality, flattering silhouettes, and on-trend details. When I was asked to write a blog for this renowned designer, I immediately knew what I wanted to share with readers. Mori Lee designs always represent what’s ‘in’ right now, but magically remain timeless. Super trendy styles are fun for a while, but when you look back on photos, those over-the-top traits can overshadow the bride’s glow. Madeline Gardner knows how to follow fashion fads and create looks women will adore for years to come. Need proof? Here are my favorite gowns that follow the hottest 2015 wedding dress trends.

Mori Lee Takes on the 2015 Wedding Dress Trends

  1. The Deep V

The sweetheart neckline is popular, but I prefer a deep V. It’s supportive and flattering, plus you don’t have to yank your dress up while you dance the night away. This neckline can also be accentuated with an illusion overlay. If you want your look to be more conservative, a sheer overlay is a great detail to consider. Style 2778 is the perfect example of this!

If the dip is too low to wear a normal bra, ask your seamstress for a supportive solution, such as sewn-in cups. If you prefer undergarments, always read reviews! Since a low V-neck is common right now, there are bras to make it work.

Extra Tip: Tan lines can get in the way when you choose extra low necklines or backs. I highly recommend a spray tan test run. If you’re using a professional rather than a booth, let them know where skin will show!

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  1. Long Sleeves & Outerwear

I don’t know what it is about long sleeve bridal dresses, but I’ve been obsessed with them since they started taking over the runways in fall 2014. Maybe it’s the boho vibe they have or the flattering shape they provide, but I simply adore them. Sheer sleeves are far more popular than all-lace, so consider 2725, 5372, or 5306.

This fall, sleeves that gradually flow away from the wrists are appearing everywhere. 2701 has a flared, illusion sleeve with lace appliqués. This gown can be traditional or boho, depending on styling. For boho, wear a DIY flower crown and natural makeup. For traditional, go with simple accessories and a chic updo.

If you love strapless tops but want some coverage for outdoor photos or the late-night chill, consider a coverlet or bolero!

 

  1. Feathers

This is an example of a craze that may be ‘out’ as soon as next season. An all-feather skirt could be cool now, but what will you think 5-10 years down the road?

If you want the whimsy of feathers, try ruffles instead! Ruffles are chic, feminine, and never seem to go out of style. 2772, 5369, and 5366 are some of my favorites with this fun element. If you love feathers, find a fun hairpiece or add them to your bouquet!

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  1. High Necklines & Turtlenecks

A turtleneck may be too high fashion for most (see what I did there?), but a high neckline certainly isn’t! Illusion tops are still ‘in’ for 2015, so try one of these elegant looks: 2776, 2675, or 2789. Best part? They can take the place of jewelry!

 

5. Cutouts & Keyholes

You won’t find risqué cutouts on any Mori Lee gowns, but you will find a sophisticated alternative: keyhole backs. The line has a few options, including illusion keyholes. I love this delicate look for brides. Some include lace appliqués or simple buttons. My favorites are 5372 and 5306 (it looks like a heart!).

A few things to remember: You still need to wear a bra or have cups sewn into your top! If you’re considering skin treatment before the big day, include your back into the beauty regimen. Just do this well in advance so you can deal with any unpredicted skin reactions. And of course, tan lines need to be covered with a trusted spray tan!

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  1. Lasercut Lace

Lasercut lace just means it’s more detailed. The patterns are unique and elaborate—no complaints there, right? Mori Lee knows lace—I like to think of Madeline as an expert. You’ll find plenty of lasercut appliqués in these lines, especially scattered on their skirts. It was difficult to pick my top choices, but I think I love the details on Angelina Faccenda 1344, 1347, and 1349 the most.

  

  1. Metallics

Pastels have been the go-to for colored wedding dresses over the past few years. However metallics are starting to enter the industry, and I’m a big fan. Light gold and silver are lovely options, and champagne can also have a metallic tone. Many of Madeline Gardner’s designs come in a range of colors, including light gold. Take a look at 2788 and 2789. Not only are you getting the light gold satin, but the net overlays feature silver beading! Glitz is ‘in’ again, ladies—time to take full advantage.

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  1. Corsets

A corset bodice or boning is incredible for a few reasons. First of all, it’s one of the top 2015 wedding dress trends. It’s also the perfect options for women who are afraid of a little weight fluctuation before the big day due to stress or that 10th bridal shower buffet. If you want a lace-up corset, consider 2722 or 3174. If you just want the structured bodice, I suggest style 5301 (one of my absolute favorites).

 

  1. Skinny Straps

Delicate, sexy, and supportive? You get all three qualities with skinny straps. This neckline also tends to lead to a low back—win win! Check out 5312 and 2704.

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  1. Sheer Skirts

Some high-end designers are taking sheer skirts to a higher level—literally. They’re placing a floor-length, see-through skirt over a cocktail wedding dress. This combo may be memorable, but there’s a better way to get the look. Try a floor-length skirt with a sheer overlay. Styles 2780, 5361, 5367, and 5316 will show you what I mean.

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What 2015 Wedding Trends have you fallen for?

I always try stay on top of the newest trends for the Shoppe’s blog readers, but Mori Lee does it for their customers! They design attire that’s modern, trendy, and somehow timeless. If you want your dream dress to last a lifetime, you’ve come to the right place.

Happy shopping! – Wedding Shoppe Blogger: Hannah Arkelin

Lovely Wedding Dresss Lace

Posted on May 21st, 2015 by admin

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.

Style 1862

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.

Style 3126

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.

Style 4971

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.

Style 6733

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.

International New York Bridal Gown Week

Posted on May 18th, 2015 by admin

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!!”

XOXO- Madeline

Golden Globes Inspired Looks

Posted on May 16th, 2015 by admin

If we learned one thing from the recent Golden Globes, it’s that old Hollywood glamour is definitely back! Rich saturated colors, detailed beadwork, and metallic nudes are just some of the major trends that were spotted on the red carpet, and trends we absolutely loved!

Color

Starlet’s like Heidi Klum, Allison Williams, and Viola Davis all went with rich reds while Leslie Mann and Naomi Watts opted for a beautiful bright yellow. While some may shy away from wearing bold hues, we say go for it! Vibrant colors instantly brighten up any complexion, and they are a sure fire way to make a statement. Our Bridesmaids style 715 and Paparazzi style 97087 are both great options to achieve a similar look.

Details

From exquisite embroidery to chunky beadwork, it was all about the details. Emma Stone’s heavily beaded bodice was at the top of our favorite’s list. A perfect example of how a jumpsuit could go from simple, to red carpet worthy with just the right amount of beadwork. Get Emma’s look with our Paparazzi style 97069!

Metallic Nudes

Nudes are always a perfect choice that work on virtually anyone, but add some metallic sparkle and you have total perfection! Actresses like Jennifer Lopez, Reese Witherspoon, and Kate Beckinsale opted for more neutral hues, but vamped it up with lots of metallic beading. The end result is an ultra chic look that is glamorous, yet very wearable. Our VM style 71118 and Paparazzi style 97147 are both great options that will have you looking red carpet worthy in no time.

No matter what trends you choose to try this season, remember there is something out there for everyone. Find colors and silhouettes that work for you and wear what makes you feel beautiful. As the great Oscar de la Renta once said, “Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.”

Can’t wait to see what Oscar night will bring!

Best Places to Honeymoon

Posted on May 12th, 2015 by admin

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.

Wedding Invitation Wording

Posted on May 9th, 2015 by admin

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
Katherine Anne-Marie
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
Katherine Anne-Marie
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.

Wedding Dresses l Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner

Posted on April 23rd, 2015 by admin

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.

Rose Garden
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.

Country Picnic
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.

Pastel
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

Wedding Favor Ideas

Posted on April 20th, 2015 by admin

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.

Tips from Madeline On Wedding Gowns Planning

Posted on March 5th, 2015 by admin

Do you ever wonder what inspires your favorite designers? Here are a few questions Madeline answered for an interview with The Knot, and a few tips you may find helpful!

TK- What is your favorite celebrity bridal look?

MG- “My favorite Celebrity Bridal look… Hard to choose just one! I loved Amal Clooney’s Oscar de la Renta dress, as she was classic and beautiful. She looked so elegant and timeless!! Another one of my favorites was Gwen Stefani. Her amazing ombré gown was so fitting to her personality, yet she maintained a true bridal look. I love when a bride can show who she is by her choice of gown, yet be traditional in her own special way to still be that gorgeous bride!!

TK- What would your best piece of advice be for the bride to be that is going dress shopping?

MG- “My advice to all brides is to be sure that the dress fits perfectly for their big day. Once the look is chosen, it is so important that the fit not only accentuates their best features, but that the fit is so perfect that the dress is worn with ease. I am a stickler about how the interior is made with the construction of the bustier being couture quality. This is what allows the dress to fit perfectly and hug the torso. When a bride puts on a Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner gown, they always compliment us on how wonderful it feels and fits!

When choosing your perfect dress, remember: Stay true to your personal style, and wear a gown that you feel comfortable in. If you feel beautiful, you will look beautiful!

Mother Of Bride Gowns

Posted on February 14th, 2015 by admin

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.”