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Merry Christmas 2018
We want to say Thank YOU to all of our customers for making 2018 a great year at BT.
We loved serving each one of you, but most especially we appreciate you for letting us be a part of your stories.
Our hope during this fun but fleeting season is that you'll find a minute to rest and remember what matters most to you. Enjoy every moment!
We look forward to creating new memories, to meeting new faces, seeing our regulars and friends and to serving all of you for your special occasions in 2019.
Miss BeYOUtiful 2018
Here SHE is everyone and we couldn't be happier. Miss beYoutiful 2018 is Hayley Parker and she is a jewel. We met Hayley during all the prep for her sister's wedding and fell in love with her pretty much instantly. She has such a sweet spirit and she is just gorgeous inside and out. Kelly coerced her into modeling for us and knew right away she had to be our Miss beYoutiful this year.
Hayley Parker is a junior at Wilkes Central High School where she is very dedicated to her schoolwork and to her volleyball team. She not only loves to play with her school team, she plays on a travel volleyball team as well. Hayley enjoys babysitting during her time off from school, and of course hanging out with her friends as most high school students do. She attends Wilkesboro Baptist Church, and is a member of the BETA club, National Honor society, and National Technical Honor Society.
Phew! That's a lot. This girl is also an enormous sweetheart and was a natural choice for us at BT when it came to naming Miss beYOUtiful this year.
For those of you unfamiliar with Miss beYoutiful, it is based on so much more than outward beauty. BT's owner Kelly Shumate chooses based on personality first. The most important attributes are kindness, respectfulness and courteousness. "Sometimes these characteristics shine through in a quiet, reserved girl and sometimes she has a larger than life personality, but those traits are at her core."
2018 is about to evaporate into the history books. Somehow!
Somehow it came and went. You know that phrase parents always share about the speed with which your children grow: "the days are long but the years are short." Well, at BT, we rest our case.
It was a great year though, so we thought we would do a 2-part recap of what we saw this year and Part 1 is about the trends we saw and tips we shared!
Traveling with a Wedding Dress
If you're getting married away from home - these are you expert tips!
Beware of Knock-Offs
You know they are out there, but no one expects to be scammed. Read this. And shop local!
The Nitty Gritty for Bridesmaids
Yep! We provided tips for the bridesmaids as well.
Contributing blogger, Samantha Kent shared tips for getting your rest after the wedding and honeymoon.
Trends . . . !
This year, we showcased ethereal wedding gowns, changes to what men can and should wear, plus prom wear for guys.
Color Palette for Men
Prom Guys - Trends that work
More than anything, we love sharing what we know with all of you - be it the trends we're seeing or the knowledge we've gained over the years. Looking forward to 2019!
Plenty. And thank you for asking.
Not everything is brand new between 2018 and 2019, but the best trends have prevailed. The joyous vibes, classic styling and effortlessly elegant look of Meghan Markle (now the Duchess of Sussex) on her wedding day in May made brides everywhere begin to rethink what being understated meant. I certainly saw it in my shop with a bride who chose a tea-length dress straight out of Audrey Hepburn’s Funny Face. She GLOWED and she rocked it.
We all fell in love with simplified silhouettes, more classical shapes, fewer embellishments and ornamentation in order to let personality and style shine through. A super-simple dress does not have to be so pared down that it is dull and impoverished. The Duchess proved that. Markle’s veil told a story with its sewn in birds and elements representing the British Commonwealth, while her gown was elegant and modest.
In our neck of the woods, there is this revival to a point, but there is also still a craving for gorgeous A-line dresses, ball gowns, a bit of sparkle and flair and plenty of flowy skirts. One trend that continues to be strong is the tiered skirt and use of Illusions lace both around the waist and at the neckline. When used sparingly, strategically and with little or no beading, this sheer element is an absolute knockout (pardon the pun). We’ve seen some side cut-outs that brides love, as well as deep V-necks, plenty of beading, a variety of laces and sheen, but we’re happy to say that modesty also prevails. Nothing over-the-top is going to rule in 2019. No Bob Mackie gowns for Cher in the 1980s. It’s a wedding, you guys. I love that so many of our brides at Bridal Traditions are modest but have imagination when it comes to what they want. They want to exude grace, a sense of unpretentiousness and make sure that the weight and magic of the occasion come through. There are still plenty of soft, flowy and feminine gowns out there for brides and bridesmaids as well.
For the guys, the more form-fitting suit, especially the 3-piece suit, is still the only current game in town. Grooms want the slim, ultra-slim and more athletic cuts and Jim’s Formal Wear (JFW) specializes in these. While they have yet to release their latest collections to the public, we know that the 3-piece for grooms is still on point and trend and can be paired with just the right tie, socks and gear to complement a bride.
Finally, bridesmaids continue to be the biggest winners. Styles and colors are endless, classic, retro, elegant, sassy, fun and fit all body shapes. The trend for bridesmaids will be – again (pausing for cheers here) to wear a color of the bride’s choosing or on theme for the wedding, and then to choose a style that fits and suits them. It’s a fool-proof way to make everyone comfortable, happy and look great.
The biggest trend for 2019 will be authenticity. Be yourself. Choose based on your wishes and passions as a bride and groom (don’t forget location and season) and then allow the other elements to fall into place.