What to say? What should we say that doesn't diminish the profound loss, fear, division and upset that was 2020? It's easy to talk about it being a dumpster fire and it was. But it was also a struggle and there were members of our communities, our country and our world who suffered greatly. No humorous meme can overturn those truths.
What we're choosing to do for our last blog of the year, though is just to celebrate what we can celebrate with confidence and joy, ...and that has everything to do with you guys.
So below is a slideshow of some high points and bits from the year that was...
We cannot thank you all enough for letting us be a part of your year, your prom, your dress shopping experience, your gown purchase, your wedding day, photo shoot or whatever part we played. We look forward to seeing more of you in 2021. Have a safe New Year's Eve and a restful New Year's Day. We love you!
- the BT Family
Kayla McCoy - Bridal Feature
Kayla Mounce and Jacob McCoy were married on November 7th of this year at Charity Hill Baptist Church, followed by a reception at Little Elkin Church Fellowship Hall. Even for a traditional autumn ceremony in a church, the weather was 60 degrees and allowed for fun photographs outside. Jacob, a police officer, and his groomsmen, were photographed with their guns and Kayla and her bridesmaids posed outside of the church.
The Wedding Day
Kayla shared that one of the sweetest moments from the ceremony was her flower girl (age 3) walking down the aisle and realizing that she hadn't scattered any petals. There were tears, but more cute than sad. Kayla said that she loved walking toward Jacob during the processional, knowing they were about to be husband and wife. She had a first look with her father that was touching and she and Jacob shared letters they had written each other before the ceremony as well.
Kayla is a Natural Resource Conservationist at Wilkes Soil and is always up for a hike and eager to be in natural settings, so images of her in her gown, with Jacob for their engagement portraits and pre-wedding images are particularly glorious.
When it came to choosing her dress, Kayla didn't really have a plan or a lot of time in case there were alterations, but she did tell us that we were her first choice and we're so glad she made an appointment to visit.
"I honestly didn't have a clue what I wanted, and thought maybe something with sleeves and lace. Once at Bridal Traditions I decided to try on different styles just to see. Kelly was great at helping show me some dresses she thought I would like. She was very kind and patient.
The dress I ended up with ... I just loved it! It was simple, elegant, and comfortable. My mother-in-law said when I walked out that I looked like the perfect little bride on top of the wedding cake. I loved the sleeves on my gown, and that I could wear them off my shoulder for pictures or up on my shoulder for dancing, etc. Shopping at BT was easy and it was a fun afternoon."
Congratulations to this sweet couple, and thanks so much for letting Bridal Traditions be a part of your big day!
Megan Greene - Bridal Feature
Megan Green and Garrett Grogan were married in late September of this year at Big R Orchards Wedding and Event Venue. Beautiful couple, beautiful day and beautiful wedding party.
Ladies, there is more than one way to meet your partner in life, but starting as friends has so often led to success that we feel obliged to point it out again. Megan and Garrett were introduced by mutual friends and then they became best friends. Only later after they knew each other did they fall in love and realize that they wanted to make a life together.
The Wedding Day
There was a call for rain, but during a year when the pandemic stole every headline and proverbially rained on nearly everything else, these two managed to coax the sun out. They were able to assemble a small group of people (many of whom they hadn't seen all year) to celebrate with them. The bride and her bridesmaids prayed together and then the couple said their vows near the water in what turned out to be a bucolic and lovely ceremony.
Megan wanted a corseted back, but not a ballgown or anything too big or with pockets. She'd seen dresses in magazines with those shapes and features and thought about it, but after trying on a few, knew it was a big NO. She did not stick with her original ideas at all in fact. Megan chose lace and an A-line skirt.
"I felt amazing in it and everyone loved it. It made me feel great about myself and I just knew that I wouldn't find something I loved more than that dress. I knew if I didn't pick that particular one, I would later regret it!"
Megan bought her gown from BT during our Small Business Saturday Sale in 2019 for a fraction of the price and told us how thrilled she was to get it that day.
"You guys are all so kind and ready to help. Being in the 'plus size' category, ya'll still made me feel great about myself, helping me pick out the veil and belt for the dress. The range of dresses available for plus size brides to try on was great!"
Megan wanted us to mention several of her vendors who hleped make the day possible.
Branson Customs (@bransoncustoms) did a lot of wood work for different decorations including the guest book and cake topper in particular.
Kathy Bell Peters took the couple on at the last second as clients and worked miracles.
HeatherMae Photography (@HMaePhotography) was an absolute dream to work with and made Megan feel beautiful during the whole process.
Rustic Flair Rentals created the cross that anchored their wedding vows.
Congratulations Megan and Garrett! We hope your first year of marriage stays sunny, healthy and happy.
For the Love of Bridesmaids
We love them, our bridesmaids and the brides we serve at BT love them too. In fact, brides choose them for just that reason - they are our friends, our sisters, co-workers, and peers.
There were times when we only asked for two people to stand up for us at our weddings. Then we went through an era of needing a dozen girls. Now, we choose our favorite people (unless strong armed to include every cousin). These ladies should be clothed in splendor and never has there been a better time to be a bridesmaid.
Bridal Traditions sends brides and bridesmaids here to get started and then to come see us. We buy collections from Kanali K, so you can check them out too.
The styles for bridesmaids these days are more gorgeous, more varied and more interesting than they have ever been in the history of weddings and the rules are more loose too. Brides are keen to let their best girls wear what suits each one's particular body shape while still keeping with a color palette or theme. All hail the plurality of the new world. Let's all celebrate not being cookie cutters of each other.
The colors get better every year too. What used to be pastel only has opened up to a range of jewel tones, earth tones and colors with names that sing: fern, cobalt, garnet, lilac.
We are encouraging BT brides who are going to marry in the spring or summer of 2021 to work with their bridesmaids and order bridesmaids' dresses NO LATER than December 19th, our last day of operation at BT. We will be closed from December 20th until the New Year and will reopen on Saturday, January 2nd. Orders can back up in the first months of the year, so getting your orders in is a smart move. It allows you time for alterations and breathing room is something everyone needs when you have other logistical items in your life.
Don't forget that we're always here to help!
2021 Bridal Trends
Ready to hear what is new in bridal for 2021? What is staying and shifting? While trends don't have hard and fast stop and start dates, they do evolve, so here is a preview of what is on the horizon that is new and what is here to stay a bit longer.
Black gowns are here to stay, if only in the present and for the coming year. Black gowns and black accents add a twist on elegance for brides who want something unique. Don't knock it. It is indeed on trend and we've had lots of looks at these gowns in our boutique.
Boho isn't going anywhere either, and we certainly understand the love of this trend. It's even bleeding into other trends. One of these newer trends is called Cottage Core. It is a romantic and fanciful look that, according to the experts, lands you somewhere between grandma chic and fairytale. From what we've seen, it is dramatic and theatrical in a way that other gowns seek to be understated and architectural. The Cottage Core look includes lots of lace, off the shoulder necklines and sleeves that flow, layers of fabric in the skirt, and a hint of a Harlequin Romance novel.
In 2021, we are also going to see short gowns, more ruffles, and Illusions lace in the bodice. Lace, dear readers, is still the queen because brides love it and it looks so beautiful on most everyone. We'll also see more floaty gowns with softer contours, full A-line skirts versus ballroom and mermaid skirts. And don't forget deep-V necklines. Those are here for at least another year.
Believe it or not, capes are an addition to gowns and they are remarkably cool. There are also little add on boleros and other extras that you can add and then remove for the reception.
Very little Traditional White
What was once only a "white only" proposition has now gone the way of the marketing firm and new names. This will continue in 2021. Brides are rarely choosing gowns in "white." Beige or cream is now considered the standard white, and there is still the desire for champagne, nude, buff and other skin tone related colors for the gown or for underneath the lace of a gown.
Bridesmaid's Colors & Textures
Bridesmaids continue to be big winners in the Options Department with colors of an amazing variety. The usual blushes, blues, roses are still in play, but you'll see more wine, navy, dusty blue, rust, fern, ivy, forest, mustard, eggplant, and olive. Bridesmaids are still choosing styles in a color so that personalities and body types can be accommodated and photos more interesting. Whether in crepe, chiffon or satin, a mix of these colors is available for brides and their bridesmaids. The mix and match trend is strong.
At BT, we know our brides pretty well and provide the array needed for the curious and trendy, the traditional and the "out there." If you dream it, we will try to find it. In the meantime, our encouragement and advice is steadfast: find a gown that makes you feel beautiful, fits you comfortably and showcases you as The Bride you want to be.