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Dress Talk is a bi-weekly post featuring wedding dress shopping and gown advice by guest blogger Amanda Fraser of Solutions Bridal Designer House. Make sure to check back for more bridal fashion information and also add The Bridal Closet, official blog of Solutions Bridal Designer House, to your blog reader!

While brides are still going with the uniformed look of all of the bridesmaids in the same dress, there is a growing trend of not only choosing a few different styles but different colors. A popular option is choosing blue but going with all different shades. One of stylists was recently in a wedding where as maid of honor, her dress was a different style but the same color. Sashes are a good way to add a pop of color but still getting the same dress for your ladies.

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We are also seeing brides choosing dresses that are two toned. One of our stylists recently bought herself a dress that was charcoal on the bottom and pink on the top. These dresses come in a wide variety of color combinations for any theme. I hope to see more brides choosing prints for their bridesmaids. We have two samples in adorable prints that makes for a very eye catching and fun look.

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Dress Talk is a bi-weekly post featuring wedding dress shopping and gown advice by guest blogger Amanda Fraser of Solutions Bridal Designer House. Make sure to check back for more bridal fashion information and also add The Bridal Closet, official blog of Solutions Bridal Designer House, to your blog reader!

One of the big trends in wedding colors we are seeing right now is shades of grey. Whether is is light or even closer to charcoal, have a grey in your palette can really make your other colors pop. A classic combo is baby pink and grey but a very popular option is bright yellow. The great thing about grey is that it fits with any season. You can still have your rich, bold colors for fall and summer or go lighter for winter and spring.

I’m a big fan of going monochromatic and a touch of grey really adds something interesting to the look. You can pick a grey bridesmaid dress and then add your color with shoes and florals. If you like the idea of grey but you don’t want that much of it, you can add a few select pieces like jewelry or a swanky clutch to create a sophisticated feel.

Dress Talk is a bi-weekly post featuring wedding dress shopping and gown advice by guest blogger Kayleigh Hicks of Solutions Bridal Designer House. Kayleigh’s internship is coming to an end, and we want to thank her for all the wonderful information she’s shared and wish her all the best as she moves forward from her internship!

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Unveiling the fabulousness of Veil options!

An option to consider…Veils have some what lost their luster in the recent trending of modern weddings. We see brides-to-be nearly everyday in our salons that are wavering over the decision…To veil or not to veil?

There are tons of factors to consider when deciding which, or even if, a veil is right for you. Venue, propriety of event, and possible religious or cultural demands all play a factor in this important choice. But, the great thing about modern weddings and wedding attire is that, like I have said a million times before, there are no rules except the ones you choose to set for your own “I-DO” day! Of course it is important to respect your surroundings and take into consideration certain factors, but the fantastic world of modern veils has taken a huge leap in the fashion forward direction, and you should absolutely take a look around before nixing the whole idea all together.

In the market for a veil? You may want to check out a few of these options.

For the dramatically divine ceremony, consider a Cathedral length veil.
Cathedral length veils are definitely a statement piece! If you are looking to dazzle your guests, adorn yourself with this veil choice and wait to hear the gasps of delight as you take your fabulous stride down the aisle! Bonus, these lengthy veils make for some breathtaking wedding photo ops…

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For the less dramatic, yet true traditionalist with a modern twist, consider fingertip of elbow length selections.
If you are looking to add a traditional element to your “I-Dos” a fingertip or elbow length may be just the right choice to unveil to your guests on your special day! They add just the right amount of elegance and class, and could be the right fit for you!

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For the modern, chic, and unique bride looking to spice up her day, consider the ohh-so-funky birdcage veil.
A little bit retro and whole lot stunning, this modern take on the veil has to be a personal favorite of mine! Add a feathered hair piece along with this spectacular shaped veil, and you will be every bit of fabulosity modern bridal has to offer! Retro, modern, and definitely stunning! What more could you ask for?

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Whether you are all about a veil the length of your ceremony aisle, or you are looking for a bedazzled and feathered modern take on the trend, there is a veil out there waiting for you! Before you decide you are not the veil type, make sure to check out the abundance of options that are out there and I think you just might find one that tickles your bridal fancy!

Enjoy!

Kayleigh

Dress Talk is a bi-weekly post featuring wedding dress shopping and gown advice by guest blogger Kayleigh Hicks of Solutions Bridal Designer House. Make sure to check back for more bridal fashion information and also add The Bridal Closet, official blog of Solutions Bridal Designer House, to your blog reader!

The ever classic debate ensues to this day. Which color wedding gown should you choose? Stark white? Maybe ivory… Or even champagne? Are there rules? What if you absolutely love one color, but don’t feel it is appropriate for the season or the setting?

Not to worry beautiful yet baffled brides-to-be! Solutions Bridal is here to offer our services! This classic color debate is something we see in our salons nearly every day. Brides are always on the search for their dream gown, but many find themselves stumped by this oh so important question. Which color gown should I select?

Each of the gowns we carry in our stores come in a variety of color selections, which is typical for any special order bridal salon. Trust us when we say that this is a good thing, because as a bride, you definitely want to have the most options possible even if it makes the decision making process slightly more difficult for the time being. If you are somewhat confused about the correct color selection of your dreams, take into consideration a few factors before deciding.

Consider skin tone as a huge factor in the decision making process.
Skin tone is unique to every individual, and this means that not every shade of white or ivory is going to look stunning on every bride. There is absolutely that one shade of wedding gown that will compliment you flawlessly, and you should not stop until you find the shade that makes you feel like the best you possible! If you are at a bridal salon, ask the stylists to show you swatches of the gown colors available. Here at Solutions Bridal, we have multiple folders filled to the brim with swatches of every shade of white, ivory, champagne, and ever other color you could think of! Not every gown comes in every color, so if you are set on a certain shade of gown that is unique. You don’t want to fall in love with a gown, only to find out you can’t get it in your perfect hue. Make sure the gowns you try on are available in this ideal shade to avoid confusion and frustration.

Ceremony setting is important, but don’t let the site select the color.
Many of our brides are very concerned with the setting of their ceremony and color of their gown clashing. They worry that if they are not in a stark white dress, their classic church ceremony will be in shambles, or if they do not choose a champagne gown, their vintage night time wedding will not have a consistent theme. Although you do want to make sure your gown is appropriate for your setting, the only thing you need make sure you love when you select a gown color is how it looks on you! The shape of the gown, material, and design can all factor into the appropriateness of the gown, but whatever shade you select will work wonderfully with the “I-Dos” if you feel comfortable and confident in your gown’s fit and color. The setting of your wedding can absolutely influence your gown choice, but your love and absolute adoration of how you look and feel in the dress should be the main decision making influence. This is your day to look and feel the most beautiful you have ever felt in your life, and no setting or building should determine the gown you wear.

The time of your wedding and ceremony is just that, a time!
Just because your ceremony is set to begin at nightfall on a delightful Saturday evening does not mean you need to have a champagne gown! Likewise, just because you are having a Spring inspired garden ceremony does not mean stark white is the limitation to your gown color. Although you do want to make sure you feel comfortable in your gown choice, there are no set rules that govern the wedding gown style, design, length, or color any more! One of my personal favorite things about weddings is the fact that every wedding is so incredibly unique. Each bride has the chance to express herself through each and every detail of her Big Day. Don’t let a silly factor like time on a clock deter you away from the gown color of your dreams or the one that compliments your tone and personality the best. Just be you when selecting that oh so fabulous dream dress, and the rest will fall into place perfectly.

The best piece of advice I can offer in regards to any aspect of choosing a wedding gown is to get out there and try them on! As always, you never know until you try. Try on as many shapes, styles, colors, and options as possible, if you are not sure of where to start and don’t stop until you find the one that wows you. If you are a simplest and have always pictured yourself in a stark white ballgown on your special day you should absolutely select the ballgown of your dreams. Similarly, if you are a daring bride that feels the fire to marry the love of your life in a hot pink mini, I support that just as much! Do not worry about any of the set rules you think exist when choosing your ideal gown. As long as you feel like the most incredibly confident, beautiful, and chic woman in the world on your wedding day, everyone else will love the dress as well!

Dress Talk is a bi-weekly post featuring wedding dress shopping and gown advice by guest blogger Kayleigh Hicks of Solutions Bridal Designer House. Make sure to check back for more bridal fashion information and also add The Bridal Closet, official blog of Solutions Bridal Designer House, to your blog reader!

The classic rice and bird seed toss at the end of a wedding can be quite the exit. However, remember that what goes up must come down, and picking bird seed out of your hair and dress can be a bit uncomfortable. Thankfully, recent alternate trends are taking this fun tradition to a new level of excitement and style!

There are countless options to chose from that can really spice up your exit, and I thought I would share some of the classic and creative ideas I found in my search!


For the eco-friendly inspired couple!

I love the idea of creating your very own personalized, eco-friendly confetti to use as an updated tosser! It is an easy and unique way to incorporate your personal style into the day while also keeping a green approach! There are a ton of websites that offer the service, so making is happen is easy and good for the environment.

For the show stopping sparkling couple!

Wow your guests with this dazzling departure! Whether your special day falls on a holiday, or you are just looking to stand out, sparklers are perfect for an evening exit and are sure to make your special day shine like no other!

For the funky and fun-loving couple!

Using uniquely you items like feathers, colored cotton balls, or glitter can transform your traditional exit to a creative and fabulous level of whimsical in no time. I love the couple that incorporated paper airplanes into their ceremony! All of these items are just plain fantastically fun.

For the wildly romantic couple!

If genuine romance is more your personal taste, think of releasing butterflies or throwing an abundance of rose petals or your favorite flowers as you make your departure. This sweet and sentimental gesture screams undying love, and will definitely add a touch of classic with a twist to your wedding tosser option.

The possibilities are endless with wedding tossers, and this is one aspect of your wedding that you can truly personalize to fit your taste!

Dress Talk is a bi-weekly post featuring wedding dress shopping and gown advice by guest blogger Kayleigh Hicks of Solutions Bridal Designer House. Make sure to check back for more bridal fashion information and also add The Bridal Closet, official blog of Solutions Bridal Designer House, to your blog reader!

I want to start off by saying congratulations to Leigh Anne and Patrick! I am sure you are going to enjoy your amazing wedding day photography package! It was such a tough decision, and all of the couples were fantastic! We wish you all the best :) Thank you to Gwendolyn Tundermann Photography for letting Solutions Bridal participate in this awesome giveaway!

Now to Wedding Wednesday’s…

Everyday we have the exciting privilege of helping brides-to-be find, and fall in love with, the wedding gown of their dreams! It is hands down the best part about our job at Solutions Bridal. Our stylists have years of experience and exceeding amounts of knowledge in all things bridal attire related. It is this attention to detail and expert guidance that goes a long way when helping a bride decide on her day-of dress.

The world of wedding attire design is quite extensive, and all of the choices available, while they are great to have, can ultimately make the decision of the final gown selection seemingly impossible! Some brides know exactly what they are looking for before they even walk into our salon, and that decisiveness is the perfect attitude to have when searching for your stunning gown. On the other hand, many brides come to us with a general knowledge of a style or silhouette they love, but quickly become overwhelmed in this world of tulle, trains, and tiaras, and begin to dread the decision that was once an exciting experience.

Being stylish is simple, but making that all important final gown decision might not be. We absolutely love seeing all of our brides try on their top choices in-store, but all too often our brides-to-be look great in so many of their choices that they fall in love with more than one gown!

Trust us when we say that this dilemma is a GOOD thing. Adoring more than one gown just means that whatever choice you make is a great decision! To help further the decision making process we usually ask our brides these three questions…

1. Does it fit with your personality and sense of style?
You want to look extra special on your Big Day, but if the dress is the opposite of something you would usually pick, you may not feel the same adoration after you leave the store. Our advice is to pick a gown that reflects your personal style, but is also extra-ordinary to ensure you dazzle more than ever on your I-Do day! Your wedding day is all about you, and your gown should compliment and accentuate your personality to showcase the best possible you!

2. Do you feel comfortable in the dress?
It is essential that you feel comfortable and confident in this dress. You will be in it for 8-10 hours, maybe longer, and the last thing you want to have to worry about is adjusting your gown or feeling self conscious. Comfort is key when choosing your wedding gown!

3. Can you envision yourself walking down the isle toward your future husband in this dress?
We always ask our future brides to look at their gown from as many angels as possible to guarantee they love it no matter what. Sometimes, the deciding factor for a bride happens the moment we ask them to take a few steps back from the mirror. This allows them to see the complete image and vision of themselves in the gown. From a distance, the bride pictures what they will look like walking down the isle on their wedding day. This is usually when we cue the tears! It is always such a touching moment when the bride realizes that the decision is made. This is HER gown, and this is the dream dress she will wear down the isle to marry the love of her life!

Moral of the story, picking your gown should be one of the most exciting things you do in your wedding planning process. Try not to stress, and remember the overall reason for the purchase of the gown, which is to marry your perfect other half on your wedding day! Choosing a gown is definitely a huge decision, but you already made the biggest decision when you said YES! Everything after that is just icing on the cake!

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Dress Talk is a bi-weekly post featuring wedding dress shopping and gown advice by guest blogger Kayleigh Hicks of Solutions Bridal Designer House. Make sure to check back for more bridal fashion information and also add The Bridal Closet, official blog of Solutions Bridal Designer House, to your blog reader!

Choosing a color palette for your wedding is one of the first major decisions a newly engaged bride-to-be considers. After all, the colors of the wedding will be the basis of every décor decision and more. Some brides have had their wedding colors picked out for as long as they can remember, and that is great! Knowing what you want and going after it is the first step to ensure your perfect wedding day visions become a reality!

The rest of us are not so lucky. Picking the palette of your Big Day may seem simple, but when you start to consider all of the components like flowers, linens, bridesmaid dresses, and more, it can become quite overwhelming leaving many brides asking…”Where do I begin?”

Of course there will be trends for the season, and that is a great place to start if you are unsure, but there are a few things you should keep in mind when picking your perfect palette.

The first thing to do is determine your personal wedding style. Are you a bubbly bride looking to brighten every aspect of your day? Hot pink and orange could be your choice! Maybe you are more of a romantic, vintage bride, and are in love with softer colors. Pastel tones, like blush and bone or powder blue and white could be exactly what you are looking for. If you are a modern, fashion forward bride, picking a neutral like black or grey and adding a pop of color, perhaps yellow or turquoise, is a wonderful way to keep your “I-Do” day contemporary and chic.

The lavender and blue compliment each other perfectly in this elegant outdoor reception. It is soft, simple, and perfect for Spring. Credit: Cappy Hotchkiss Photography (cappyhotchkiss.com)

Next, consider location. Are you getting married on the beach of a tropical island? Will you say “I Do” in a lavish antique church? Perhaps your ceremony will take place in a more natural garden setting? Picture colors that compliment your surroundings. It is the best way to ensure your wedding day has a consistent feel and theme from start to finish.

This white, black, and yellow table setting is so unique and interesting. It manages to be both modern and vintage at the same time. Credit: Weddingbycolor.com (www.weddingbycolor.com/damaskbride2b/milestones/159783)

Third, don’t over do it. It may seem like a great idea to have all of your favorite colors in your wedding, but incorporating too many colors can take your special day from precious to circus in no time. Keep it simple, two to three colors, and make one color dominant, accenting with the others. Get creative when thinking of areas to incorporate color. Seeing five bridesmaids in purple dresses with turquoise sashes would definitely take the attention away from you, and what bride wants that?! Try a colored shoe, or accent your flowers by wrapping the bouquet with a colored sash. Whatever you do, keep in mind that the colors you pick should compliment you and your day, not take away from it.

The dominant color scheme of pink and orange is accented with light blue to create just the right amount of pop in this reception décor. Credit: Kella MacPhee (kellamacphee.com)

Ultimately, the decision is up to you! In the end, the colors and decisions you make for your day should be exactly what you want. Select whatever colors you like, despite the season, surroundings, or bridesmaid input. The number one rule is that there are no rules, and on this day, it is all about you!

Dress Talk is a bi-weekly post featuring wedding dress shopping and gown advice by guest blogger Kayleigh Hicks of Solutions Bridal Designer House. This is Kayleigh’s first post on Wedding Wednesday, and she’s chosen a really fun topic! I hope you’re as excited as we are!

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First let me start off by saying how excited I am to have the opportunity to be a guest blogger! I am in awe of the quality and creative art that is Gwendolyn Tundermann Photography. Our contribution to Wedding Wednesdays will hopefully be very informative and fun, and I am happy to be a part of it!

Now to the good stuff…

Engagement Photos! Everyone wants them to be perfect because it is one of the first things a bride and groom to-be will share with the world. Pictures speak a thousand words, and these photos should show your love and devotion, and represent you as a couple in every respect.

Engagement photos should be an exciting experience for you and your fiancé, but, capturing all of those emotions and experiences in a few photos can be a lot to think about! How do you choose a theme? What should you wear? And where should you take these oh-so important photos?

Really, it all comes down to your personal style. But that is the beauty of engagement photos! You get to have fun creating the exact pictures of your dreams. There are no set rules you have to follow, no dress code, and no specific style you have to use. The only thing you have to worry about is making them your own!

A recent trend I am absolutely in love with is theme engagement photos. They may not be for everyone, but if you are a couple willing to take a chance you will wow your friends and family with these unique and memorable pictures.

The sky is the limit in your creativity with these one-of-a-kind photos!

I love this Day at the Fair, Ferris Wheel theme. It is so colorful and playful!

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Source: Gwendolyn Tundermann Photography

“The Notebook” film inspired photos above are so creative and fun for the movie loving, retro couple!

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Source: GreenWeddingShoes.com - (http://greenweddingshoes.com/the-notebook-inspired-engagement-photos/) and Blushing Bride Studio, Montreal (http://blushingbridestudio.com/home.php )

This vibrant and colorful city theme is perfect for the modern couple looking to express their style!

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Source: TheHubPages.com (http://hubpages.com/hub/How-To-Take-Unique-And-Creative-Engagement-Photos) and Henry Sun form H Creatives Photography , California (http://hcreatives.com/)

The key to creating the ideal set of engagement photos is to tailor them to your style and preference. So, whether you are a jeans and t-shirt on the beach simplest, or an extravagant Casablanca theme photo couple, the most important thing to remember is the reason for the pictures in the first place, which is the love you share with your special someone. Don’t sweat it, if you love the pictures, everyone else will too!

Dress Talk is a bi-weekly post featuring wedding dress shopping and gown advice by guest blogger Sam Owen of Solutions Bridal Designer House. This is Sam’s final post on our blog as she has completed her internship with Solutions Bridal! Congratulations Sam! We wish you all the best in your future endeavors!

We’ll start up again next year with more bridal fashion information from our new guest blogger, Kaleigh! Also, make sure to add The Bridal Closet, official blog of Solutions Bridal Designer House, to your blog reader!

They’re cute and sweet and they dream about how they’re going to walk down the aisle, but if handled incorrectly your flower girl may cause you (the bride) some nightmares.

First you want to keep in mind that too many opinions will make you miserable. Once the parents agree to let their daughter be a flower girl, the decisions are up to you; especially if you are paying for the dress. If the parents are paying then take into consideration their budget. Make sure they understand that you are only looking for SUGGESTIONS.

A great way to get an accurate budget from the parents is to ask for online pictures of what they like. This will give you an idea of what they are willing to pay. If you had something pricier in mind, expect to pitch in.

You may be ok if your maid of honor hates her dress, but if the flower girl hates it you will have problems. First think of comfort. If she’s not comfortable everyone will know it. Choose fabrics carefully! You won’t want to worry about the pre-wedding nap wrinkles or the tear she makes while playing tag with the ring bearer. Velvet and Satin for example would be poor choices.

Don’t stress out about the flower girl. Simply use your logic to decide which dress is right. Chances are they’ll love getting all dressed up no matter what you choose!

Dress Talk is a bi-weekly post featuring wedding dress shopping and gown advice by guest blogger Sam Owen of Solutions Bridal Designer House. Make sure to check back for more bridal fashion information and also add The Bridal Closet, official blog of Solutions Bridal Designer House, to your blog reader!

Whether you’re the bride’s best friend or you were chosen by default, being a bridesmaid is such an honor and a responsibility. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

1. Don’t say “When I get married” or “At so-and-so’s wedding…” Every wedding is different and no bride wants to be compared to past or future weddings. A lot of thought has gone into every detail, and as a bridesmaid you should be understanding of the brides choices.

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2. Ok, so she chose the unflattering cornflower dress despite everyone’s hidden disgust. There’s nothing you can do about it, but you can do something about how it’s going to fit you. Remember that when getting measured, most bridesmaid dresses run SMALL. Don’t be alarmed if the stylist suggests you order a size 14, and you’ve never been over a size 8 a day in your life. It differs by designer, but it’s not uncommon to order a dress two sizes bigger than you may imagine. Stylists also round upward to account for alterations. It’s always easier to make the dress smaller than make the dress bigger!

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3. Call in for updates and avoid talking about yourself. Think about it this way-the closer to the wedding, the more you call and the less you talk. I don’t care if she’s your twin sister or your best friend; this is a very stressful time for the bride. Chances are if you start talking about your new haircut the bride is thinking about her own do for the wedding anyway. So be a good listener and keep the focus on the wedding.

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4. Remember why you’re here. Being a bridesmaid is an honor and you should act accordingly. Bridesmaids are there to witness the ceremony and support the couple through good and bad-until death do them part. Make yourself available in the days preceding the wedding for any errand the bride may need. This goes for the day of as well. Don’t forget you’ll be on bathroom duty for the girl in the white dress!

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