How to Protect Your Wedding Dress

 

 

Whether you are wearing a new wedding gown or an heirloom wedding gown, you want your wedding dress to be perfect in every way.  Here are some tips to make sure your dress stays in tip top shape.

Prior to the Wedding:

Avoid excessive handling of your gown.  Clean hands are a must.  Carefully and fully inspect your gown – inside and out.  Check the beading – is it sewed or glues?  Some glued beads cannot withstand dry cleaning or even a gentle wet cleaning process.  Look at the pleats.  Some pleats may not withstand cleaning, pressing or steaming without losing their crispness or structure.  Inspect your gown for loose trim – make sure all ends are properly sewed.  Check the hook and eyelets at the top of the zipper – is it secure.

Finally, always hang your wedding dress from the loops inside the gown which are attached to the side seams.  And please, no wire hangers.  Protect your gown from exposure to light and air by wrapping it in a clean sheet and never keep your gown in a plastic bag as fabric needs to breath.

After your Wedding Day:

It is important to have your wedding dress properly cleaned by a Wedding Gown Specialist.  Make sure your cleaner can remove sugar, salt, and acid stains – seen or unseen.  Sugar stains can cause yellowing or caramelizing leaving ugly brown stains on your bridal gown.  Pack in 100% acid free tissue to eliminate permanent creases and fold.  Many cleaners here have special see through boxes that are acid free that are perfect for storing your dress.

A little preventive care goes a long way.  After all, your daughter just might be wearing your wedding dress in the future.

Saving Money for Your Bridesmaids

Asking your friend or relative to be a bridesmaid is asking them to invest in your relationship as a friend.   It’s expensive.  And I’ve encountered girls who have participated in three or four weddings in one year!

So, be a good friend and help her financially as well when it comes time to purchase her dress.   We all want to look our best, so instead of picking out a specific dress, let them decide on a style within your designated color.   There are lots of different styles, and generally we all know what style suits our body shape the best.    Your gals can shop within their budget and find the dress in which they will truly shine. Suggest they shop end of the season sales to get some great deals.   And many brides are going with the shorter “knee” length dress because not only does it save money, but those dresses can more likely be worn again for other functions.

Everything you Need to Know about Buying a Wedding Dress

 

As a young girl, you probably have always dreamed or at least thought of your wedding day.  And every girl when they get their ring wants to start wedding dress shopping.  However, once you start, you will quickly understand how overwhelming it can be.  With thousands of dresses and styles available, you can go crazy!  So, let’s break down wedding dress shopping with everything you need to know.

Schedule an Appointment

Most bridal shops prefer you make an appointment because the shop attendant who is working closely with you will help select styles and sizes.  Walk-in are always welcomed, but you might find yourself in the store when it is extremely busy, and your stylist may not be able to give you the time and attention you really should have.  Saturdays are the most popular day for brides-to-be to shop, so you might want to schedule a weekday.

Know Your Wedding Date

If you are purchasing a dress that will be made only after you purchase it, you need between four and seven months for your dress to arrive.  If you are buying “off the rack” you need only allow enough time for tailoring the dress to fit you perfectly, anywhere from one to two months.  So – know your wedding date when you shop.

Understand Dress Terms

To communicate clearly with your stylist, get familiar with wedding dress terms like silhouette, sweetheart neckline, bustles, etc.

Have a Budget Range

Know your price range than you are willing to spend and share that with your stylist.  By creating a range, your stylists can select dresses on either end of the budget and you will get a good array of dresses to try on.

Budget Price Ranges:  $100-$500 and $500 – $1000

Moderate Price Range:  $1000 – $1500

Quality Price Range: $1500 – $2500

High End Price Range: $2500 – $4000

Couture: $4000 and Up

Who & What to Bring With You

The more people you have at your shopping trip will result in more opinions and more chaos.  Select a few special people whose opinion you value and cap it at about three or four individuals.  Bring along any photos of dresses that you really like (just 2 or 3) and don’t forget to bring your undergarments and shoes that you will wear that day.

Your Bridesmaids will Love You!

BrideStLouis – Tulle Skirts

Your bridesmaids will love you!  Take a look at these wedding party mix and match tulle skits available in any number of colors.  These tulle shirts can be paired with almost anything post-wedding too!  Your bridesmaids can choose whatever style of top they like as well.

We found some on Etsy at WardrobeByDulcinea.  They consist of 10 layers of snow white tulle with dip dyed bottom and available in 28 colors or request a custom color.  See more pitures and read more about this piece here http://allthingsdulcinea.com/wedding-collection/

Other designers of tulle skirts can be found on etsy as well.

7 Points to Consider as You Shop for Your Wedding Dress

The first thought that most newly engaged brides-to-be have is starting their search for their “perfect” wedding dress.   So many of you have had dreams of your big day, and the pressure to find the wedding dress that matches that dream is unreal.  Here are some suggestions to de-stress and enjoy the experience.

  • Most bridal shops prefer you schedule an appointment and it is always best to schedule that appointment earlier in the day as the staff and you are both more relaxed and energetic.
  • Your first decision is finding which dress silhouette works for you – Ballgown, Trumpet, Sheath, etc.  Decide on which style flatters you the most.
  • Dresses with beautiful trains, and detailing along the hem are great, but don’t forget about the top of your dress as well, as that part of your dress will be in most of your wedding photos.
  • Stay away from “trends” and go with what you love.
  • Don’t suffer from wedding dress overload – going to store after store, and trying on dress after dress.  Too many choices causes stress and confusion.
  • Don’t freak out about the “size” of your dress as most bridal gowns run two to three sizes larger than you regular size.
  • Your dress should match the activities and style of your wedding.  Ask yourself questions like, “Do you feel beautiful in this dress?”, “Can I dance and move around all night?”, “Can I sit down?”.

 

 

(Note:  All images from the Morilee Collection.)

Bridal Shop Designers – Who Has What

Wedding Dresses

 

Congratulations to everyone who has gotten engaged over this holiday season.

Most of you are super excited to start planning your dream wedding, and usually when most brides think of weddings they think bridal gowns. Well in this blog BrideStLouis.com created an easier way to help you on your adventure in choosing your dream gown. For you brides who know what type of dress you want and a specific designer you are looking for, this will make finding your dress easy! Our blog has a list of bridal shops in the St Louis, St. Charles and Southern Illinois area with the list of designers that they carry.

As a member of the BrideStLouis community you are joining about 6400 other future brides who follow us because we are the most complete online wedding resource to plan your wedding here in the St. Louis, St. Charles and Southern Illinois area.

If you need any help or would like to provide feedback please email us at Hello@BrideStLouis.com.

Special Guest Blogger:  Ellie Besserman, Assistant Manager – BrideStLouis

A Special Occasion   (West Frankfort, Illinois)

-Maggie Sottero

-Casablanca

-Mori Lee

-Allure

 

Artizta Bridal and Formal Wear   (Arnold, Missouri)

-Jovani

-Allure

-Symphony Bridal

-Madison James Bridal

-Autumn Silk Bridal

-Artizta Bridal

 

Beau Monde Bridal   (St. Charles, Missouri)

-Ines Di Santo

-Elie by Elie Saab

-Victor Harper

-Victor Harper Couture

-L’Fay Bridal

-Farage Paris

-Yumi Katsura

-Franssical Couture

-Amalia Carrara

 

Bella Bridal   (O’fallon, Missouri)

-Allure

-B2 and Belsia

-Bel Aire Bridal

-Jade

-Jade Couture

-Jasmine Bridal

-Sophia Tolli

-Venus Bridal

 

Belle Bridesmaid   (St. Louis, Missouri)

-Adrianna Popell

-Amsale

-Anna Elyse

-Annie Girl

-Bari Jay

-Bill Levkoff

-Coren Moore

-Dessy

-Dessy Exclusive

-Dolly Pearl

-Love Lane

-Lulakate

-Lynn Lugo

-Monique LHuiller

-Natalie Deayala

-Nouvelle Amsale

-Donna Morgan

-Durga- Kali

-Encore by Watters

-Hayley Paige Occasions

-Ivy and Aster

-Jenny Yoo

-Joanna August

-Kirribilla

-Lille Couture

-Rosebud Couture

-Saja

-Twobirds

-Watters

 

Berrybridge Bridal   (St. Louis, Missouri)

-Vera Wang

-Monique LHuillier

-Carolina Herrera Bridal

-Anna Maier Couture

-Anne Barge

 

Best Bridal Prices  (Alton, Illinois)

-Aire Barcelona

-Alfred Angelo

-Alfred Angelo Separates

-Allure

-Angelina Faccenda

-Badgley Mischka

-Bari Jay

-Bonny

-Casablanca

-Casablanca Couture

-Christina Wu

-Da Vinci

-Cosmobella

-David Tutera for Mon Cheri

-Dere Kiang

-Enzoani

-Impression

-Impression Couture

-Jacquelin

-Jasmine

-Jovani

-La Femme

-La Sposa

-Mac Duggal

-Madison James

-Maggie Sottero

-Mary’s

-Moonlight

-Mori Lee

-Mori Lee Blu

-Pallas Athena

-Pronovias

-Rebecca Ingram

-San Patrick

-Sophia Tolli

-Sottero and Midgley

-Symphony

-Tony Bowls

-Venus

-Watters

-White One

 

 

Blossoms Bridal   (Ellisville, Missouri)

-Alfred Angelo

-Allure

-Bonny Bridal

-Casablanca

-Maggie Sottero

-Mori Lee

-Sincerity Bridal

 

Boulevard Bride   (Lake St. Louis, Missouri)

-Stella York

-David Tutera

-Moonlight

-Mon Cheri

-Enchanting by Mon Cheri

-Val Stefani

-Ellie Wilde

 

Bridal Manor  (Waterloo, Illinois)

-Maggie Sottero

-Christina Wu

-Jacquelin Exclusive

-Mori Lee

-Casablanca

 

The Bridal Shoppe   (Crystal City, Missouri)

-Alfred Angelo

-Allure

-Bill Levkoff

-Casablanca

-Da Vinci

-Essence of Australia

-House of Wu

-Jasmine/Jade

-Justin Alexander

-Maggie Sottero

-Mary’s Bridal

-Mori Lee

-Rosebud

-Sorella Vita

-Sottero and Midgley

-Stella York

-Tip Top

 

Chatfields Bridal Boutique   (Des Peres, Missouri)

-Epoch collections

 

Clarices Bridal   (St. Louis, Missouri)

-Eddy K Milano

-Mori Lee

-Sophia Tolli

-Maggie Sottero

-Madison James

-Sottero and Midgley

-Casablanca

-Ella Rosa

-Allure Bridals

-Allure Couture

-Allure Romance

-David Tutera

-Bonny Bridal

-Jasmine

-CB Couture

-Kenneth Winston

 

David’s Bridal   (St. Peters, Missouri) (Fairview Heights, Illinois)

-White by Vera Wang

-Truly Zac Posen

-Wonder by Jenny Packham

-Melissa Sweet

-Oleg Cassini

-Jewel

-Galina

-Galina Signature

 

Elegance Made Simple   (Troy, Missouri)

-Alfred Angelo

-Maggie Sottero

-Moonlight

 

The Enchanted Bride   (St. Louis, Missouri)

-Angelina Couture

-Barbara Allin

-Cupid Design

-Janell Berte

-Justina McCaffery

-Lela Rose

-Lila Couture

-Marisa

-Paula Varsalona

-Rahmaniam Houte Couture

-Sandra Sung

-Scassi

 

Fleur De Lis Bridal Boutique   (Clayton, Missouri)

-Modern Trousseau

-Rivini

-Elizabeth Fillmore

-Amy Kuschel

-Claire Pettibone

 

 

Frew’s Bridal   (Alton, Illinois)

-Aire Barcelona

-Alexia

-Alfred Angelo

-Alfred Sung

-Allure

-Alyce Paris

-Angela and Alison

-Angelina Faccenda

-Badgley Mischka

-Bari Jay

-Bonny Bridal

-Casablanca

-Christina Wu

-Cosmobella

-Da Vinci

-David Tutera

-Desiree Hartsock

-Eddy K

-Eden Bridals

-Enzoani

-Impression Bridal

-Jacquelin

-Jasmine

-Kenneth Winston

-La Sposa

-Madison James

-Maggie Sottero

-Mary’s Bridal

-Mia Solano

-Moonlight

-Mori Lee

-Pallas Athena

-Paparazzi

-Pronovias

-San Patrick

-Sophia Tolli

-Sottero and Midgley

-Symphony

-Venus

-Watters

-White One

 

Girls in White   (Jacksonville, Illinois)

-Maggie Sottero

-Mori Lee

-Casablanca

-Allure Bridals

 

Impression Bridal Wedding   (St. Charles, Missouri)

-Impression Bridal

 

Kirkwood Bridal Boutique   (St. Louis, Missouri)

-Cara Mia

-Christina Wu

-Dere Kiong

-Jacquelin Exclusive

-Mia Solano

-Private Collection

 

La Merite Bridal Shop   (St. Ann, Missouri)

-Alfred Angelo

-Bonny Bridal

-Da Vinci Bridal

-Moonlight Bridal

-Mori Lee

-Mary’s Bridal

-Symphony Bridal

-Impressions Bridal

 

Lauree’s Bridal and Formal Wear   (St. Charles, Missouri)

-Alyce Paris

-Casablanca

-Closeouts

 

Maiden Voyage Bridal   (Manchester, Missouri)

-Lazaro

-Hayley Paige

-Jim Hjelm

-Allure

-Justin Alexander

-Casablanca

-Simone Carvalli

-Yumi Katsura

-Amsale

-Pronovias Barcelona

-Eve of Milady

-Madison James

-Mori Lee

-Watters

-Stephen Yeerich

 

Main Street Bridal   (Carlinville, Illinois)

-Allure Bridal

-Allure Romance

-Maggie Sottero

-Stella York

 

 

Margo’s A Wedding Place   (Union, Missouri)

-Alfred Angelo

-Bonny Bridal

-Casablanca

-Da Vinci

-Sweetheart by JA

-Allure Couture

-Essence of Australia

-Maggie Sottero

-Mori Lee

-Stella York

-Ella Rose Gallery

-Mon Cheri Enchanting

 

Mia Grace Bridal   (Chesterfield, Missouri)

-Allure

-Allure Romance

-Mori Lee

-Maggie Sottero

-WTOO

-Emmaline

-Kittychen

-David Tutera

-Sophia Tolli

-Willowby

-Casablanca

-Curvy Brides

 

Robins Bridal Mart   (St. Louis, Missouri)

-Allure

-Angelina Facenada

-Moonlight Bridal

-Maggie Sottero

-Mori Lee

 

Sanaaz Designer Couture   (St. Louis, Missouri)

-Waseem Noor

 

Signature Bridal   (Chesterfield, Missouri)

-Kenneth Winston

-Stella York

-Ella Rose

-Ashley and Justin

-Romantic Plus

 

Simply Elegant Bridal   (St. Louis, Missouri)

-Alvina Valenta

-Atelier Pronovias

-Badgley Mischka

-Beautiful by Enzoani

-Blue by Enzoani

-Calla Blanche

-Casablanca

-Eddy K

-Enzoani

-La Sposa by Pronovias

-Mikaella Bridal

-Olia Zavozina

-Paloma Blanca

-Pronovias

-Ti Adora

 

Sincerely Yours Bridal   (St. Louis, Missouri)

-Baby Jasmine

-Bonny Bridal

-Cameron Blake

-Gather and Gown

-Jade

-Jade Couture

-Jasmine Couture and Collection

-Moonlight

-Pearl Bridals

-Rebecca Ingram

-Sottero and Midgley

-Soulmates

 

Special Occasions by Paulette   (Ladue, Missouri)

-Jasmine

-Mori Lee

-Mon Cheri

 

Town and Country Bridal   (St. Louis, Missouri)

-Watters

-Lis Simon

-Mortina Liana

-Lea-Ann Belter

-Anne Barge

-Augusta Jones

-Monique LHuilier

-Romona Keveza

-Amsale

 

The Ultimate Bride   (Richmond Heights, Missouri)

-Augusta Jones

-Elizabeth James

-Jim Hjelm Bridal

-Mikaella Bridal

-Tara Keely

-Paloma Blanca

-Pronovias

-Essence of Australia

-Stella York

-Blush

 

Wedding Creations   (Washington, Missouri)

-Alfred Angelo

-Bonny Bridal

-Casablanca

-Kenneth Winston

-Maggie Sottero

-Mary’s Bridal

-Mori Lee

-Private Label by G

 

Wedding Gallery   (St. Charles, Missouri)

-Alfred Angelo

-Amalia Carrara

-Bonny Bridal

-Coco Anais

-Da Vinci Bridal

-Impression Bridal

-Ines Di Santo

-L’Fay

-Mori Lee by Madeline and Gardner/Voyage

-Mori Lee by Madeline and Gardner/Blue

-Mori Lee by Madeline and Gardner/ Juliette

-Simone Carvalli

-Victor Harper

-Victor Harper Couture

-Yumi Katsura

 

The Wedding Shoppe   (Troy, Missouri)

-After Six

-Aire Barcelona

-Alfred Angelo

-Allure

-Allure Couture

-Allure Modest

-Allure Romance

-Allure Women

-Alyne

-Angelina Faccenda

-Ashley and Justin

-Augusta Jones

-Bari Jay

-Bill Levkoff

-Blu by Mori Lee

-Bonny Bridal

-Calla Blanche

-Casablanca

-Casablanca Couture

-Christiano Lucci

-Da Vinci

-David Tutera by Mon Cheri

-Enchanting by Mon Cheri

-Encore by Watters

-Hayley Paige

-Impression

-Jasmine

-Jenny Yoo

-Julietta by Mori Lee

-Kennedy Blue

-Larda

-Lazaro

-Lillian West

-Madeline Gardner

-Madison James

-Maggie Sottero

-Marisa

-Mori Lee

-Olvi’s

-Rebecca Ingram

-San Patrick

-Sincerity

-Sophia Tolli

-Sottero and Midgley

-Sweetheart

-Symphony Bridal

-Tara Keely

-Venus

-Voyage by Mori Lee

-Watters

-White One

 

Wedding Wishlist   (Florissant, Missouri)

    -No Specific Designer

            -Last Season

-Discontinued Dresses

 

White Traditions Bridal House   (St. Charles, Missouri)

-Allure

-Justin Alexander

-WTOO by Watters

-Justin Alexander Signature

-Madison James

-Lillian West

-Sweetheart Bridal

-Willowby by Watters

-Essence Designer