Always a Bridesmaid, Never a…Cocktail Dress?

Posted on January 28th, 2011 by admin

It used to be a joke that bridesmaids dresses had to be unattractive in order to help downplay the bride’s friends in favor of the bride’s beauty. But nowadays, most brides want their besties to feel great, stylish, and beautiful, too. Here at Mori Lee we design all our bridesmaid dresses to be stunning in there own right and useful dresses that can be reused long after the wedding.

For instance, Style 293 : is a stylish halter that’s sure to be a summer hit. Maxi dresses returned to the fashion scene during the summer of 2010 and halters are classic. Choose this dress in a bright shade and expect maximum fashion impact into the future.

Style 282 http://www.morilee.com/bridesmaids/bridesmaids/282

is a one-shouldered dress perfect for both afternoon and evening weddings. The asymmetrical styling and longer length put any bridesmaid in step for the wedding and perhaps a future evening out at the symphony or theater.

One of the most versatile dresses in our line is Style 386 http://www.morilee.com/bridesmaids/bridesmaids/386, which, after the wedding, would be great for date apparel, a girls night out, or a formal business engagement.

Because every bride and wedding are different, we offer a lot of unique styles and moods. Style 940 , for instance, shown on the page in black and white, is so elegant that we wouldn’t be surprised to see it go anywhere from a black tie prom to a White House State Dinner, if you get invited!

Have a party planned at a fancy restaurant? The understated elegance that event would require can be found in Style 297. http://www.morilee.com/bridesmaids/bridesmaids/297

So whether you’re looking for a bridesmaid dress your ladies can re-use or just a beautiful formal dress for yourself, check out our flexible, stylish bridesmaid dresses that can go the distance.

Selecting a Stylish Prom Dress: Golden Globe Inspiration

Posted on January 21st, 2011 by admin

As you were watching the Hollywood Foreign Press Association awarding Golden Globes in Los Angeles on January 16, 2011, it may have crossed your mind that “those are some great dresses the actresses are wearing!” We think so, too.

Wouldn’t it be great to look that amazing at your prom? That’s why we watched the Golden Globes for the hottest trends to share so you could create some similar looks on your big night.

This year’s Golden Globes saw a lot of interesting new trends. There were floral dresses, lots of fitted bodices and skirts, luscious colors, beautiful cool neutrals and one standout red dress that knocked our socks off. Mori Lee can help you make any of these trends your own.

For instance, although Leighton Meester and Michelle Williams each wore floral dresses, they interpreted the trend differently. Meester’s dress was very covered up with long gathered sleeves; Williams’ dress was styled like a child’s sundress and very “light” in feel. Both looked beautiful.

You can see our interpretation of this floral trend in Paparazzi Style 8701 :, which has floral tulle with beading and three dimensional flowers in Lavender/Purple, White/Cerise or Black/Purple.

Many of the most gorgeous Golden Globe dresses were strapless, fitted through the upper torso and all the way to the mid-thigh or knee, like Paparazzi Style 8702 http://www.morilee.com/prom/paparazzi/8702. It’s form-fitting on the top with ruffles and flare on the bottom.

There was also a lot of emphasis on cool neutrals, worn by two beautiful actresses: Scarlett Johansson in a blush colored dress and Anne Hathaway in a bronze design. We think Flaunt Style 8804 http://www.morilee.com/prom/flaunt/8804 is a bronze beaded halter charmeuse elegant enough for Scarlett. Flaunt Style 8810 http://www.morilee.com/prom/flaunt/8810 is a beaded strapped dress with ruching in the front that would look great for cooler skin tones.

But probably the standout dress of the evening was a daring number worn by January Jones. It was a dress designed with lengths of fringe “strategically placed”. Flaunt Style 8808 “>http://www.morilee.com/prom/flaunt/8808 is a red charmeuse dress with beading, keyhole neckline, and side cutouts that is every bit as “standout amazing” as the Mad Men star’s dress.]

Whatever your style, you can look award-winning in a prom dress by Mori Lee, check out our full Paparazzi and Flaunt lines for even more inspiration for your big night.

Something Borrowed…

Posted on January 21st, 2011 by admin

We all know the bridal verse about what a bride should carry to her wedding:

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.”

It’s easy for your mom or another relative to offer you something old for your wedding day. And any bride’s favorite new thing is her dress. But what about your “something borrowed”?

The verse’s tradition is best honored by borrowing something from a happily married relative or friend. Ideally, it should be something that the lender wore at her own wedding.

You can start by thinking what you’d like to borrow. Then consider who you’d like to include as you participate in this tradition. Then, carefully consider when will be the best time and place to approach the potential lender about the item in question.

Make sure to use the word “borrow” to let them know that you are asking them to participate in this sweetly sentimental custom, as well as the fact that you’ll give the item back after the big day.

Still no ideas? Consider the possibility of accessorizing.

Perhaps one of your relatives has a special piece of jewelry that you’ve always admired. It never hurts to inquire whether she’d lend it to you for the day. “Can I borrow those pearl earrings?” Or “would you mind if I borrowed your veil?”

No appropriately accessorized relatives? Cast your net a little wider. Does your best friend have an adorable little bag? What about an elegant wrap from your future mother-in-law? If you want to step across the gender divide, your grandfather might have a handkerchief, Bible or book of poetry to lend.

Or think really big about “borrowing” the home of your parents (or his?) to host the wedding or reception.

Whatever you borrow, make sure that you give it back with a suitable thank you memento before the end of the reception. You don’t want to take the chance of losing it or trying to keep track of what you borrowed while you and your new spouse are jetting off to start your new life together.

Something Blue

Posted on January 18th, 2011 by admin

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue…”

Something blue is one of the most famous lines of the well-known saying. And while modern brides may equate “blue” with feeling down as in “single girls’ blues,” historically blue is a bridal color.

In ancient Rome, brides wore blue to symbolize love, modesty, and fidelity. And in Christian symbolism, the Virgin Mary has often been dressed in blue with the result that the color is equated with demureness and purity. As late as the mid-19th century, blue was a popular color for wedding gowns, as evidenced in another saying, “Marry in blue, lover be true.”

We can establish the value of the color in the saying, but a bride’s choice on what specific blue item to bring into her ensemble is a very personal choice.

Many brides opt for one of two very simple answers: the flowers or the garter. In the case of the flowers, one great choice is hydrangeas because they are both extremely stylish as well as naturally blue, but any blue flower will do.

As for the blue garter craze, nobody knows who launched that tradition, but often without any planning at all, a close friend or loved one will buy a spectacularly beautiful lacy blue garter and present it to the bride as special gift.

Other options, blue toenail polish, lingerie with touches of blue, or beautiful blue Austrian crystal or sapphire jewelry.

Another option is a special handmade touch on the dress itself. You can either do it yourself or have this taken care of by a friend or hired seamstress, but sometimes, a bride will embroider his and her initials and the wedding date in blue thread inside the dress. If you want to pick this option, make sure to order your dress early enough to give you time to finish the project.

Any of these ideas for adding blue to the big day translate into a lovely, old-fashioned statement of sentimentality that is entirely befitting of a modern girl entering the beautiful traditional state of marriage.

Wedding Color Schemes: How to Pick the Right Color Combination for Your Big Day

Posted on January 6th, 2011 by admin

One of the biggest wedding planning decisions you face may be choosing the color scheme. It’s a decision that has to be made before a lot of the others like bridesmaids dresses, flowers and other selections can be made. At Mori Lee, we’ve got a few tips on how to do that.

First off, what’s your favorite color? The colors used in a wedding should reflect the bride’s taste and they’ll be something you remember all of your life as you look at the photos and mementos of the start of your lives together. Carefully consider your favorite color and imagine your wedding taking shape around it.

  • Is a specific color important to you, or would you prefer to base your wedding around a seasonal color? It’s entirely up to you, but sometimes seasonal colors are helpful in making the wedding seem attuned to events around you. Choosing seasonal colors can also be more cost effective, particularly in terms of floral arrangements.
  • Once you’ve chosen a main color, you may want a second color to use in accents or other areas. What is helpful here is to know about complementary colors. Complementary colors are colors that, when mixed together, make grey. The colors are opposites, like yellow and purple, red and green, orange and blue, and black and white. If you look around, these are color schemes that are frequently put together because they can be extremely pleasing to the eye. But “eyeballing” the exact complementary color to go with your favorite shade of turquoise can be difficult.

So here’s a tip that will make it very easy for you: check out Sherwin-Williams website (http://www.sherwin-williams.com/) and you’ll find a color generator link (http://www.sherwin-williams.com/do_it_yourself/paint_colors/paint_color_palette/) that helps find complementary colors. Once you’ve chosen your favorite color, the rest is easy. The tool takes all the guess work out of it for you. While you’re on the website, take a good look at that color-generator link because you can also see how the colors look together in a room and the mood they create. The colors you choose will help you set the mood of your wedding celebration. To carry the color through into your dress, Mori Lee offers color-accented dresses, like Style 2176, which is a dazzling halter empire-style gown available in 28 different colors.

  • You can also go monochromatic, which would be different shades and variations on the same color or analogous, which means the colors lie together on the color wheel, such as blue, blue-green and green.
  • And don’t forget to take the flowers into consideration. If you love a particular flower, you may want to choose colors found in those flowers, in nature. That would an “organic decision” in more ways than one.

Color is an important part of your wedding dress and decor decisions. It’s also one of the first big decisions you’ll face. Mori Lee is happy to help you along the way by offering the best array of beautiful dresses in classic styles and colors that you’ll be happy to look back on in the years to come.

Something Old…

Posted on January 3rd, 2011 by admin

Every girl has heard the poem since childhood and wondered about her own wedding day; a day when she would need…

“something old, something new; something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in her shoe.”

This little saying has been around so long that no one really knows who started the tradition, but it’s become part of the legend and lore of weddings. The reference to a “sixpence” doesn’t really help identify where and whence the saying came. A “sixpence” was a coin that was minted in the United Kingdom from 1551 until 1967. The verse and tradition traces back to England and many sources say it began sometime in the Victorian Era.

Not every bride will be able to carry or wear and item for each aspect of the poem, but when it comes to “something old” there’s really a chance to bring something special to your attire for the big day. “Old” can have many interpretations, but it’s consistent theme is: a link of one generation to the next. The bride’s mother, grandmother or a favorite aunt often contributes the cherished “old” item, making it an heirloom bridging past to future.

Some say this represents the desire to remain connected to the family the bride comes from, but it also represents the life being left behind. Another idea is that it symbolizes the tradition of the bride’s family values and the connection her family brings that is being passed down.

The most cherished gifts of past generations often include:

  • Jewelry.
  • Laces or fabric.
  • A sweetly scented handkerchief.
  • A hairpin or accessory.

Other popular items from another day might include a love letter written from father to mother, a picture of your parents in your purse, an old wedding photo from your family or a cherished antique mirror and brush set.

Whatever your family has, a tangible treasure to carry from your past home to the one where you will make your new life together can provide some comfort and warm feelings that help you feel more confident and truly cherished as you go forward into your happily ever after.

And at Mori Lee, we’ll help with the rest of the trimmings so that your “something old” is perfectly displayed and complemented by your wedding gown’s style and cut.