The Mori Lee Blog Is Back!

Posted on August 26th, 2015 by Mori Lee

It’s been a couple of months since our last blog, but starting today you can expect to see a new post from your favorite wedding dress designers every week.  We will be writing about everything you would like to know related to wedding fashions.  We will not only cover topics about our beautiful brides.  Everyone in the wedding party will be featured at some point, including the guests.  Mori Lee Bridal has something for everyone at the wedding to make them feel gorgeous.

 

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Mori Lee designs dresses that offer women comfort and confidence, which allows them to feel pretty, both inside and out.  The cornerstone of our brand is quality, affordability, and the desire to make every bride feel beautiful and special.  We have been doing this for over 60 years, and we plan on keeping it up for many years to come.

Madeline Gardner, the creative force behind Mori Lee for over 25 years, designs each gown to capture the essence of today’s modern bride.  She sincerely loves what she does, and it shows through in each and every gown she creates.

Hopefully you are already following us on your favorite social media sites.  You can learn a lot about us, plus find out what’s new when you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram.  We love to hear from you!  It’s a great way for us to know what you like and what you would like to know more about.  If you need some wedding inspiration, we also have some wonderful boards on Pinterest.  Links to all of our social media are at the bottom of this blog.

 

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Mori Lee Bridal is an expert at stylish wedding dresses, outfitting magnificent brides along with all of their lovely bridesmaids.  No matter what your age, size, or style, you will find a Mori Lee designer gown perfect for you. Head on over to our website to see all of our marvelous dresses, and we look forward to meeting you right here again next week!

 

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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

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

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.”

Wedding Dresses Perfect Fit

Posted on November 21st, 2014 by admin

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.

Wedding Dress Styles

Posted on November 21st, 2014 by admin

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.

Perfect Wedding Dress

Posted on March 21st, 2012 by admin

Choosing the perfect dress for a special event can be very exciting, but it can also be challenging especially if you have a specific look in mind. Whether you are looking for a simple cocktail dress for a party, your prom dress, your wedding dress, or a social occasion dress, it is important to stay true to what looks best on you. Considering your body type and complexion is key when choosing a gown- more so than going for something that is simply “in style”. When figuring out what look best suits you, think about the following:

Color:

Just because the dress looks great on the hanger doesn’t mean it will go perfectly with your complexion and hair color. If you have fair skin and bright red hair, a ruby red colored dress may not be the best choice. Similarly for olive skinned complexions, avoiding certain shades of green would be a good idea as well. Make sure the color makes your complexion and eyes pop rather than make you look washed out. Sharing the shopping experience with a close friend or family member whose opinion you could trust is always helpful in the selection process.

Style and Cut:

Choosing the right style and cut that’s flattering for your figure is just as important, if not more important, than finding the right color. Showcasing your best assets is key in finding your perfect dress. Do you have great legs? Show them off! Choosing a shorter cocktail dress such as our Affairs style 178 may be a great option for you. On the same token, if you are more concerned about hiding problem areas, such as your waist or hips, you may want to look at an A-line style gown that flatters your bottom half. A line silhouette’s such as styles 1803, 643, and 91002 are all good examples of styles that look flattering on virtually any body type. They cinch in the waist and cover up the hip area.

Accessories:

When choosing your special dress, you’ll also need to think about how you are going to accessorize. Shoes, handbags, and jewelry should complement the color and style gown you decide on. Usually, more neutral colors or metallics look good with anything. If you’re going for shoes and a clutch that match exactly, you may want to consider having the items dyed to match. When picking out jewelry also keep things in mind like the gown’s neckline, length, and how you will be wearing your hair. For example, if your gown is a halter neckline, wearing a necklace may be a little much. In this case, opting for a bold earring rather than a necklace would be the way to go. If your gown is floor length, selecting a shoe that is heavily embellished may not be the best idea as it could catch on the hemline. Go for a simpler shoe instead. It’s these small details and accessories that add the final touch to your overall look.

Time:

Give yourself time! Don’t wait until a week before your event to start shopping, In many cases, the gown will have to be custom ordered which will usually take several weeks. Don’t settle for less just because you didn’t give yourself enough time to shop. You should look your best and choose a gown you love!

Making a fashion statement doesn’t mean you have to follow the current trends. It’s about looking fabulous and feeling confident wearing something that flatters your best features. Hopefully these basic tips will help you the next time you find yourself shopping for that perfect dress!