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Friday, October 24, 2014

Branding Your Wedding with Logos, Monograms and Initials

We LOVE monograms! Simply adore them and truly cannot get enough of them! We love how easy for couples it makes personalizing their weddings merely by incorporating a monogram, their initials and/or names or even a custom wedding logo into their wedding day design. And while it's historically known as a southern thing, and monograms have been big here...well, pretty much always...this unique twist to weddings just keeps spreading as more and more couples across the country are using them for their big day.

We've planned several weddings in recent times where we've incorporated such personalization, and part of the fun is coming up with all of the ways or places you can use them! Here are some of our favorite examples:

We put this couple's initials on their invitation, their joint monogram on their cake (which also had a gorgeous initial topper!) and their last name initial on their reception dinner menu. But our favorite personalized element of this wedding is that stunning monogrammed aisle runner!
 
 
 
 

For this couple, we included their first name initials on their wedding program, put a gorgeous monogram gobo on their dance floor and included that same joint monogram on their reception menus and even their photo booth strips!
 
 
 

This couple wanted an eclectic mix of personalization, so their cake showcased their married surname initial, the dance floor gobo showed that initial along with their first names and their table cards included their first name initials. We tied them all together by using the same scrolled oval frame around each element.
 
 
 
For this elegant event, we include a fanciful initial for the bride's maiden name on the wedding program, and their married last name was represented on the reception dinner menu.
 
 
We mixed things up for this wedding, as well. The couple's first name initials were on the wedding program, while the cupcakes featured their last name initial and their dance floor gobo showed their first names and last initial.
 
 
 
This glam wedding featured another eclectic mix of initials and names, tied together with an elegant scrolled frame. We especially love that calligraphied cake topper that perfectly matched the paper products!
 
 
 
 
This stunning red and black affair featured the bride's and groom's initials as large hanging floral arrangements framing the chapel doors, and we repurposed them at the reception. We also included the couple's married last name initial on pillows and napkins in the cocktail hour lounge. Their blinged out favor boxes included their last name initial with their first names.
 
 
 
 

Do you brides love monograms as much as we do? Are any of you planning to incorporate them in your wedding day d├ęcor?

photo credits: Allen Tsai, f8studio, Graham Hobart, HelmutWalker, KJ Images, Sarah Kate, Sil Azevedo

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Trends We Love: Sparkly Bridesmaids Gowns

We told you to watch for them...and now they are here: Sparkly Bridesmaid Gowns! Bridesmaid dresses full of sparkle and shine are hot, hot, hot and StarDust has some fantastic styles to offer you and your lovely ladies!
Long or short, strapless or sleeved, bold or slightly more subtle, sequined bridesmaid gowns add tons of sparkle and glamor to your wedding party's look. We now have several styles and colors to choose from (graciously modeled by some our sweet staff!):
Aren't they just gorgeous? We love how the ladies can't help but be a little bit sassy in these glam, sparkly gowns. Case in point - check out this spectacular bridal party!
StarDust Bride Adanna is stunning in her YSA Makino gown and her beautiful bridesmaids are striking in those incredible sequined bridesmaid dresses (not from StarDust). photo credit: Wale Ariztos

These fabulous gowns by Alexis Georgio are exclusive to StarDust, so come into our salon to see them for yourself!

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Curvy Bride Hosts Watters Trunk Show This Weekend

We are so excited to host our first trunk show at A Curvy Bride this weekend! Our one-of-a-kind salon, catering to brides size 16 and up, will feature an expanded collection from Watters. Make your appointment now so you can be sure to secure a time during this special event!
Call the Uptown Dallas salon (972.388.5230) to book your appointment or do it online here. A representative for the designer will be on hand to answer questions! See you soon, curvy brides!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Trends for Spring 2015 Wedding Gowns, a Recap of 2014 New York Bridal Market

This past weekend's New York Bridal Market was, in a word, fantastic! We are so in love with the newest gowns from all of our favorite designers. These trends are H-O-T and we could not be more excited to share them with you all!

Overall, there seems to be a general theme of sexiness: low necklines, low back, high slits, crop tops, cut outs and illusion lace. It's all enough to get a groom's heart racing! Here are some specifics:

Plunging Necklines
It's a daring, how-low-can-you-go style, meant for the gutsy bride who is not afraid of showing a little d├ęcolletage.


Alvina Valenta

 

Lazaro

 

Watters

Open Backs
Yes. Still. There is something so sensual yet elegant about a women's back, and these gowns highlight them in breathtaking ways.

Claire Pettibone
 

Claire Pettibone
 

Hayley Paige
 

Matthew Christopher
Color
Color is still very prevalent and not just in pinks and blushes. While we are still noticing soft pinks, we're also seeing more blues and greens, which are just magnificent.
Claire Pettibone


Claire Pettibone


Jim Hjelm


Matthew Christopher


Lazaro
Bold Bling
Designers are incorporating large beads, encrusted jewels and beaded fringe and the effect is bold, confident and daring!

Alvina Valenta


Alvina Valenta


Lazaro


Watters
Eve of Milady

Cutouts and Crop Tops
In keeping with the trend of showing a little more skin, designers are playing peekaboo with cutouts and crop tops.

Hayley Paige


Jim Hjelm


Jim Hjelm
Short and Sweet
A little more casual and a lot more sassy, shorter gowns are definitely gaining in popularity. And while some brides may not opt for them for their actual ceremony, these short little numbers still make a stylish statement for a get-away or send-off dress!

Haley Paige


James Clifford
Watters
Long Sleeves
Elegant sleeves are holding strong as a trend. They're especially spectacular in the illusion or lace variety, and these are simply lovely.

Matthew Christopher


James Clifford


Claire Pettibone
Okay, ladies, what do you think? What trends send you over the moon?!

Expect to see gowns from these collections in our salons starting March 2015!