A styled shoot featuring the 2016 Pantone Colors of the Year, Rose Quartz and Serenity.Read More
Now that we have almost all of our new Fall 2016 gowns officially in the store, here's a collage of what were some of our favorites by the designers we carry, as well as a little sneak peak of our newest collection, Boutique by Eve of Milady.
What is "Bridal Market?"
Like mainstream fashion, there are a few times a year that bridal gown designers debut new collections. There are two major seasons, Spring and Fall, and while there's a slew of markets across the United States, the largest are in New York and Chicago. Trousseau Bridal attends the New York Fall Bridal Market, which is traditionally in mid-October. Some designers only show in Fall, some show in Spring and Fall, some only in Spring. As a rule of thumb, larger fashion houses debut both Spring and Fall collections, while smaller ateliers only show once a year and typically have much smaller collections. In addition to picking out our new lovelies to carry in the store, we get to meet and greet the designers and sales reps to talk shop, laugh, and discover what is the next big thing in bridal. Trust us when we say we only work with the best in the business!
Fall 2016 | Best of the Best
Market is a super fun way to see where the world of bridal is going in the next couple of years. While a lot of trends may pop up on the bridal runway, trends really don't make their way down the isle for a few years - if ever. So, the best of the best for us, means selecting the best options for our brides to feel their most beautiful and most confident on their wedding day, knowing they're looking timeless yet modern, and a true reflection of who they are. Enjoy!
From Meg: On a side note, I apologize for no blog last week! When you get hit with a bug and you're a small business owner, sometimes putting pants on is a success!
Whether you got married 20 years ago or last weekend, at some point you're going to look at your wedding dress and think, "Now what do I do with this thing?" Here's some unique, inventive, and fun ways to enjoy your bridal gown around for years to come - or just to have some fun in it!
The Standard | Preservation
The ol' failsafe is to get your gown professionally preserved. If you aren't sure what to do with your dress, you still should get your dress cleaned and preserved soon after your wedding, even if you plan on chopping it up down the road. Like any other type of clothing, stains will set with time, so the cleaning is the priority after your wedding. For readers and brides in the Columbus area, our preferred cleaner and preservation company is Dublin Cleaners.
Giving Back | Donation Options
There are several organizations out there there will accept bridal gown donations. The Angel Gown program turns bridal dresses into custom gowns for final pictures and burial free of charge as a way to help bereaved families who have lost a baby. Adorned in Grace is a resale store that donates all proceeds to benefit human trafficking awareness programs and those who are impacted by human trafficking. For those who have experienced life-altering events or are terminally ill, Wish Upon a Wedding helps couples, regardless of sexual orientation, have the wedding of their dream through vendor and gown donations. Brides Across America, perhaps the most well-known in this list, helps military members find their dream dress. (Please check with each charity if there are donation requirements like age and condition of dress restrictions.)
"Dec"-it Out | Home Decor & Clothing
Turning spare pieces of the dress or even your accessories into home decorations like throw pillows, quilts, pictures, and even a unique piece of art is a great way to turn your dress into something you can feel and use every day, or even into a family heirloom. Christmas decorations especially lend itself to fun DIY projects like making a tree skirt or custom ornaments. Other brides have actually made everyday clothing like scarves (including infinity, square, rectangle, or wrap), cocktail dresses, lingerie, a headband, or even a locket or special piece of jewelry.
Go Sentimental | Something Old for the Next Generation
At the end of the day, majority of daughters will not wear their mother's dress, but if you've preserved your dress, there's plenty of pieces you can make that will stay near and dear to your heart! If you plan on having children, you can turn your dress into a christening gown, baby blanket, or stuffed animal covered in the material of your gown. For their own wedding day, you can even make a pocket square, hanky to carry a bouquet, or even have a panel of your dress sewn into your not so little one's dress or suit/tuxedo.
Do the sensical thing | trash the dress
After all that planning, the stress, the arguments, the crazy uncle who showed up in a 1970s three-piece suit who got too drunk and hit on your sister, you deserve to have some fun in that thing! Trash it. Destroy it. Splatter paint on it and turn it into a modern piece of art you can hang in your entry way. Dive into the ocean in it. Run through the rain it in. Play paint ball in it. Pick up yard waste in it. Do what you love in it, and get a photographer to take pictures of it!
A Rustic Fall Farm Wedding Styled Photo Shoot
We had the lucky fortune of working with the fantastic Kari with KariMe Photography for her first ever styled photo shoot this past Fall 2015! Inspired by Fall and warm autumnal colors, she created a vision of inspiration perfect for an outdoor farm or barn fall wedding. Most excitingly, Kari's shoot was published on Green Wedding Shoes blog!
The shoot was full of fall-inpsired colors like cranberry, maroon, burgundy, and neutral tones with gold touches. A perfect combo for any fall wedding! The bouquet and florals, by Eco Floral Design, featured a spray of flowers and greenery mounted on a hand-crafted backdrop - created by Kari's husband for their wedding! The bouquet, centerpieces, and awesome flower crown featured beautiful chrysanthemums, greenery, oat grass, pheasant feathers, calla lilies, roses, and clematis.
There were two dresses featured in the shoot - the Lovely gown by Astrid & Mercedes and the Florence gown by Anais Anette. Lovely was paired with the bride's own bolero, and features a stunning, flowing full skirt, with pockets! Our model and newlywed Merinda kept saying how comfortable each dress was and felt like she was wearing nothing all day!
Sandpiper & Co. created a stationary suite of invites, place cards, and menus, incorporating the cranberry, gold, and burgundy color tones with just a touch of greenery. Our favorite things were the written place cards on leaves and the menus on parchment paper. So original and stunning! It's a touch that any fall wedding could incorporate, whether it's a black tie event in a high-end hotel or a barn wedding.
In addition to the beautifully styled portion of the shoot, Kari also conducted a photography workshop for new and seasoned photographers alike, sharing experiences with natural light photography, tips on editing, and even talking through working with clients who aren't always the most comfortable in front of the camera.
Searching for your dream wedding dress can be daunting! You have to contend with different price points, different store experiences, sizing that is enough to spurn on an eating disorder, you name it. Here's some answers to those very questions that are hard to ask!
What's with the 6 Months?
Different designers have different lead times. Some has to do with how the dress is made, some has to do with location of where the gown is made, and some has to do with fabric. Lead times can be anywhere from a week, if the designer stocks options, or up to a year, if the fabric has to be created and then the gown hand sewn. The 6 month time frame is typically enough time to accommodate most brides, however, if you're wanting a couture, atelier made gown, you may want to allow more like 12-14 months to avoid rush fees and, more importantly, panic attacks.
I am NOT a size 72! Why the "bridal sizing"?!
Bridal. Sizing. Sucks. One more time. Bridal. Sizing. Sucks. I've only heard one half-way logical explanation and it had to do with the traditional, old-school couture made size charts which were formed late 19th Century when everyone was teeny-tiny. With that being said, there's no rhyme or reason why sizing varies SO MUCH. Our advice for first time shoppers is to ignore the sizing! Don't let your brain go there! Our store carries a wide variety of designers, so sizing is unique to each brand. For example, a size 8 waist measurement varies over 4 inches between different designers. Larger box stores often measure you for sizing when you come in. For us and other boutiques, we will measure you against the individual designer's chart, versus a blanket size.
Why are Sample Sizes so small?
A lot of boutique stores and even larger stores, carry bridal size 10 as their standard sample size. Sometimes stores opt for a slightly larger size like a 12, but often it's close to runway size. Stores have to invest in each piece they carry, so carrying a run of sizes is cost prohibitive, so stores will go with what they feel is the standard size for their clientele. Sometimes the sizing is even influenced by the designer. From our experience, a designer who designs only for women who are 5'10" and a jean size 4, they won't understand the need to carry larger sizes. Trousseau is a little different. We carry a wide variety of sizes in a variety of shapes. This way, you can at least see how a shape looks on, and then pick the details of the dress from there. It's ALWAYS easier to roll and pin a dress than it is to repair a woman's confidence after you ask them to hold a dress up to their body because a dress doesn't go over their hips.
Why are some wedding dresses so expensive?
Bridal dresses range from a couple hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. There are three general components to bridal gown pricing - construction, materials, and location of where the gown is made. Hand-made bridal gowns will be more expensive than machine made. Natural materials, hand-beaded gowns, and purchasing power all influence pricing. For example, natural silk prices have gone up in the last couple of years, so designers sewing with silk have had to bump their pricing. If it's a huge company, though, they're buying a lot of the fabric so they can often get a much better deal. If a gown is made in the USA, you can assume the cost will be a little higher than a dress made in Canada, which is a little more expensive than dresses made overseas. Keep an eye out also for Israeli and French made designers as well, since they also tend to be on the high end of bridal. It's important to decide what's important to you before you start shopping. If buying an all natural material dress made in the US, you can expect to spend a little more than a polyester gown made over seas.
How do I pick THE ONE... AHH!!
Think of your venue and overall feel of the wedding you're going for. If you're relying on the dress to guide you, talk through what type of wedding a dress would inspire. We want you to feel like the best version of you. Pick the dress that YOU feel amazing in. Even if you've never dreamt of your wedding or it's your second or third wedding, you deserve to have the dress of your dreams.
So, why is Trousseau Bridal different than any other store?
Trousseau is unique both in terms of experience and the selection of gowns. We feature designers that are exclusive to our store and are incomparable in terms of quality for price point and style. Our clientele come from all walks of life and we are proud to offer each bride a little something different, customized to what they're looking for and want. We are the only moderately price bridal boutique to offer one-bride-at-a-time appointments, which has really been the cornerstone of our business. The process of shopping and finding your dream wedding dress should be fun, and we hope we've created a experience that brides can remember forever. We love our jobs, and love helping brides find their perfect trousseau.
Welcome to our new favorite thing - the Trousseau Bridal Blog!
Our intention behind our blog is of providing brides not only a little insight on what we do and most insight into bridal gowns, but a place to look, see, read, laugh, and hopefully feel a little more prepared and relaxed while planning your version of a perfect wedding.
While a lot of our posts will be about the bride specifically (since that’s kind of what we do), there will be posts about grooms, bridesmaids, in-laws, locations, venues, flowers, decorations, budgets, vendors, DIYs… let’s just say all things wedding! We feel like we can really help brides navigate the world of weddings from top to bottom, ease the stress, and hopefully make it a little more fun – even after buying your dream dress! And, of course, if you need vendor referrals, have more questions, want to see a post on a certain question, let us know.
Our new blog posts will post every Tuesday at noon, so be sure to keep us on your to-do list on your Tuesday lunch break.
See you soon!
Meg & Beth