The BT Blog
This blog is meant to be both educational and humorous - Sometimes serious and sometimes silly.
Overlook the punctuation and grammatical errors and ENJOY!
Overlook the punctuation and grammatical errors and ENJOY!
We were so very excited to be able to collaborate with such a talented group of professionals for this impromptu styled bridal session. Below are some of the lovely results of that collaboration.
It's a great time for 2017 brides to be shopping, and buying their wedding gowns! See our graphic below for details on our latest promotion here at Bridal Traditions. We are here to help you find you perfect gown, while easing fears and frustration, in our casual and calm environment. Remember to Just Breath. Happy Shopping!
We are so excited about the newest collection of stunning bridal gowns that have been added to the BT racks! Beloved gowns are soft, feminine, and whimsical; perfect for any bride that wants a timeless look, but still needs to express her true self.
Newly engaged people, LISTEN UP! Especially those brides that are beginning their dress shopping journey. I want you to know, from the bottom of my heart, that if you do not like what you thought your dream wedding dress would be; IT'S O.K.!!!!
I see this issue consistently with brides, and since I have been helping brides for the last 16 (almost) years find the perfect wedding dress, it's more surprising to me if they do walk out with the dress that they have been envisioning. The fact is, that no matter how many online galleries you look at, or magazine articles you read entitled; Find the Perfect Wedding Dress Silhouette for your Body, you are not going to know what you like until you try it on YOUR body.
By all means try on what you are drawn to, but keep an open mind, especially if what you are trying on, just isn't giving you the "wow" that you thought it would. Instead of traveling 100 miles and trying on 250 of the same style dress (let's get real, there aren't that many different silhouettes, after that it's just the detail) maybe, just maybe, you need to step out of the box and try something completely different. If you do, and you fall in love, that's O.K.! I bet your fiance isn't necessarily the "type" of guy you thought you would be marrying either.
I can see the tension rise, and confusion set in when a bride gets a gown on that she loves, but it's so different from what she was looking for. It's almost as if she is being unfaithful to her dream. It's like she needs permission to change her mind.
So, right now, this moment, I give all brides out there my permission to veer from your original bridal gown vision, and just be in love with the gown that makes you feel the most special, and the most like a bride!
We are so excited to be adding Sydney's Closet and Michelle Bridal to our selection of plus size bridal gowns! We have worked with Sydney's for several years with their prom line, and now we are glad to be branching out with their bridal lines as well.
The Sydney's brand is dedicated to the plus size woman, and they understand that brides in all shapes and sizes want to feel beautiful on their wedding day. Their generous size charts put women in smaller sizes than any other bridal brand; and all styles are available in sizes 12W-32W, with select styles being available up to 40W!
Both lines are offering fabulous styling at a superb value. The average price range for this debut season is $298 - $848! That is almost unheard of in today's market, but if you have ever shopped with us before you know that that is one of my most heartfelt endeavors; to find the lines I can offer my customers where I feel like they are getting a bang for their buck. And, Sydney's is offering just that this season!
Sydney's also keeps a great inventory of dresses in their warehouse. Meaning, if we don't have the size and color you need in-stock chances are they will! But, if not, the regular delivery time is a scant 16+/- weeks, much better than the 24+ weeks some designers are offering.
So if you are a curvy girl looking for a fantastic dress that won't break the bank make sure you stop in and shop with us! Our new Sydney's and Michelle Bridal dresses will start arriving over the 2015/2016 winter season!
We see them everywhere, the pretty corset laces on the back of wedding, prom, and bridesmaids dresses. Not only do they look great, but as an added bonus you can pull those suckers so tight your waistline will magically shrink 5", just like you see on the movies, right? WRONG!!! We hate to burst your bubble, but the fact is that corset laces on dresses are not made to withstand the same kind of pressure that a real corset would. I cringe every time I see someone pulling on a corset laced dress like they are re-enacting a scene from Gone with the Wind; while in my head I am screaming "YOU ARE GOING TO BREAK IT!!!!"
What folks fail to realize is that it wasn't until 1828 that corsets started being engineered with metal eyelets. After those little marvels started being used, the the corset could withstand just about any amount of force you could muster, without running the risk of tearing the fabric. Corsets also became known as hidden killers because of the damage they could inflict on the human body by over-lacing, or "tight-lacing". Fun Fact: Did you know that men wore corsets too; albeit rarely?
Today, dresses with "corsets" are for aesthetic appeal; even more importantly they act as the closure in place of a zipper. While they will give you a certain amount of shaping please take care not to lace too tightly. Fabric and thread, especially delicate fabric and thread, will only withstand so much before eyelets start popping.
Real corsets with metal eyelets.
Notice the corsets being laced go UNDER the dress. It's not the dress itself that is being laced.
So, if it is an hourglass shape you are after, we highly recommend getting an additional body shaping undergarment, and not relying on your dress alone to achieve the look you want.
We are so excited to announce that we are adding Ella Rosa Gallery bridal gowns to our collections beginning this fall! Ella Rosa Gallery is a division of the Private Label by G design house, (maybe you have heard of them?), they have only been designing quality bridal gowns for more than 30 years!
We love this beautiful collection of bridal gowns that feature; soft romantic styles, with a modern flare, and superb fit. All of that, along with the more than affordable price points, makes this line a match made in heaven for our brides.
All of the Ella Rosa Gallery styles are available to order in sizes 2 -28, with no up-charges for plus sizing until after 20, and every styles comes in a choice of white or ivory. Regular delivery time for special orders is an unheard of 12 to 14 weeks, and in a world where it can take 24+ weeks from other designers, that's pretty darn amazing! If you need your gown even quicker they also offer an 8 to 10 week rush cut for an additional fee.
All of the styles pictured, plus more, will begin arriving at Bridal Traditions Wedding & Prom Attire in November 2015! Make sure you stop by and let us help you find your perfect dress, and always remember to; Enjoy this Moment!
But by all means, if you want to use it as a wrist loop then do it, after all it is your day and you can do what you want. We just felt that before you do, you should know why the hanger strap is not a wrist loop.
For those of you that have no clue of what we are referring to, it's the long satin loop that you will find attached to the underneath of your wedding dress train. Yeah, that thing! And, it is very uncommon knowledge that it's sole purpose in life, the only reason it exists, is to hold the train of your dress up on the hanger. It is a very handy little invention and we love them for sure, they keep our dresses presentable and the trains off the floor.
It is also a very common mistake that they double as a wrist loop, so that instead of using a bustle for your train you can hook this wondrous piece of satin to your wrist, and carry your train with you all night! And, we totally get why that has become a major misconception. If you will think back to when there were balls and cotillions, and all the ladies dresses had trains, wrist loops were common practice. You may even remember seeing paintings of women, with their trains being held from their wrists by these loops, as they are waltzed around the ball room. But, if you take a closer look you will see that the loop is attached to the outside of the skirt, not the underneath. Can you imagine what would have happened if a lady actually flipped her skirt over revealing the underside of her dress and crinolines?!?! Horror, of horrors there would not have been enough fainting couches in the whole neighborhood!
So, you see dear reader, that while they may seem the same there is a very big difference between a hanger strap and a wrist loop. The real tragedy of choosing to use the hanger strap in place of a wrist loop, or bustle, is that you would be hiding all of the detail on that gorgeous train! Think about it.
When brides are in the wedding planning stages, dress shopping is a very early part on the planning agenda. Brides should expect to order their dress on average, 9 -12 months prior to the wedding, but what is the one thing we hear most often when preparing to place that very important order? “Well, I am planning to lose weight”. A good majority of brides have this one thing on their mind when they go shopping for a gown, but the reality is you should dress the body you have now, not the one you hope to have later. Life happens and the weight does not always come off as fast as expected or in the places expected. Talk about added pressure by ordering a size smaller than what you are; as if the planning process weren’t pressure enough! If you dress who you are today and the weight comes off great! Dresses are made with alterations in mind and can be taken in an average of two sizes or more depending on the style and construction. If you dress who you are today and the weight doesn’t come off, or (gasp) you gain a tiny bit, you are still good. With the right alterations expert in your corner you will fit beautifully in that dress you have dreamed about for so many months.
Sweetheart is one of our newest bridal gown lines. The styles are amazing and we are so glad that we had the opportunity to pre-order the 2015 collection. Our samples are already arriving in-store and they are even more beautiful in person than they are in the pictures! With the 2015 collection already arriving brides can stay ahead of the trend curve and book a dress that would not normally arrive in-store until winter 2014/2015!
Beautiful organza ball gown with lace accents and wide lace straps.
We have all of our Sweetheart gowns loaded to the website including some amazing carryovers from previous seasons. Just visit the Sweetheart page.
One of my very favorites for this season, soft chiffon with a dramatic back. Perfect for beach or garden ceremonies.
Who doesn't love a beautiful, well done lace? This dress is all about simplicity and sophistication.
With such diverse styling the Sweetheart Collection offers something for every bride. We would love to show you our favorites in person, call us today to book an appointment! 336.667.5423
Store owner, Kelly has been in the bridal industry since 2000, when at the ripe old age of 20 she opened her first little store front on a wing and a prayer. She is a certified wedding planner (no, she does not plan weddings), and everything she knows about bridal and formal wear has come from, gut instinct, trial and error, and watching LOTS of What Not to Wear.