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

Help Your Bridesmaids Save Money on Their Dresses

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 most likely be worn again for other functions.

BrideStLouis.com - Saving Money on Bridesmaid Dresses

BrideStLouis.com – Saving Money on Bridesmaid Dresses

Messy Getting Ready Rooms and 5 Tips for getting “INTO” the dress.

Messy Room

I love the fun and excitement of getting ready that occurs in the girl’s getting ready room.  There are lots of special moments that unfold that beg to be captured by your photographer.  Perhaps it is your sister’s special hug or gift, or your best friend’s “something old” that she has given you – all these moments are so very special.

Here is what I hate – bags, shoes, underwear, empty food containers, water bottles and a complete mess all around the room!  Your photographer will do their best to capture the events, but honestly, let’s have your girls pick up as they go – and a firm reminder from you, goes a long way.  The benefit is that your photos will not have the distractions of the messy environment, and those photos will emphasis the event and the emotion.  Remember you will be looking at these photos years from now!

And now for putting on the dress.

  • Tip #1:  Always go potty BEFORE you put on your dress.
  • Tip #2:  Be sure your photographer is there to capture the moment.  Don’t put on the dress before he/she arrives.
  • Tip #3:  Putting on your wedding dress can be an incredibly beautiful, fun and captivating moment.  Most photographers recommend that you pick one person to assist you, sometimes your mother or your maid of honor.  Having less people will make the moment more relaxed, let you enjoy it, and allow your photographer to capture more of you and your dress, rather than a sea of people.
  • Tip #4:  To keep your hair and makeup fresh, if you are putting the dress on over your head, raise your arms up and out to protect your hair and makeup.
  • Tip #5:  Put on your own jewelry.  A sea of people – adjusting your dress, adding your bracelet, one adding a necklace – just way to much going on at one time.  I see people looking like they are dressing a Barbie Doll, and the bride just trying to accommodate everyone!  It’s crazy.   Put on most of your own jewelry, but if you have one piece that’s important to you (or hard to get on) have ONE person help you with this.  Shoes do require help – who can see their feet in those big fluffy or tight dresses.

And one last, little thing.  Why do all girls hold onto their boobs?  Really?  Once the dress is on, let go!    Do you want all your photos to show you holding up your boobs?

Putting on Dress

 

Putting on Jewelry

 

Modest Bridal Gowns

What is a modest bridal gown?  A modest bridal dress provides the same high quality wedding dress BUT with sleeves and higher necklines to provide more coverage.   Some religious faiths (LDS, Christians, Evangelicals, Muslins and others) require a bridal gown that is designed with less reveal.   And honestly – these are beautiful dresses!  Very few have beading or elaborate beading to reflect an opinion that the wedding is not just about the bride, but about the couple.  If a bride’s gown completely outshines her fiancée attire, it takes away from the belief that marriage is about both the bride and the groom, not just the bride.

You will find glamorous, chic, and trendy style (www.ChatfieldsBoutique.com) located off Highway 141 on Vance Road.  They have the largest collection in the Midwest and are priced from $250 to about $1200.00.   Debbie, the store owner, suggests an appointment especially during the busy pre-wedding season to allow ample time.

Here are some  favorites of brides:

Evelyn

Evelyn

Riley

Riley

 

Sydney

Sydney