Give a girl the right shoe and she can conquer the world

Finding the perfect bridal shoe is a chore for reals! There are so many options and so many things to think about as far as comfort, height, look and style. We’ve done all the research for you and brought you our top 10 picks (in no particular order) for bridal shoes right now.

Tips for picking the perfect shoe

-Heel hight must be UNDER 5”
-Wear your shoes around the house to break them in. Like really break them in, but don’t scuff the bottoms because you need that shoe shot
-No matter what, have a pair of flats, sneakers, slippers, or flip flops to change into after dinner

Giving it to you straight

Jimmy Choo is by far the most comfortable for posh high heel shoes. Red bottoms seem to be the most uncomfortable, however the look and feel of a louboutin is unmatched. We are huge fans of both designers but we just had to give you some inside info here!

TOP 10

Click on the pics below to send you directly to the sites we found these fab choices from:

1. Jimmy Choo

2. Jimmy Choo

 

 

3. Valentino

4. Christian Louboutin

5. Christian Louboutin

6. Net-A-Porter

7. Sarah Jessica Parker

8. Christian Louboutin

9. Badgley Mischka

10. Badgley Mischka

Comment your favorite pair!

Winter weddings are approaching,

which means you lovely ladies are getting ready for your big appearance at your bestie’s, cousin’s, or coworker’s super special day!! First big question…what to wear? We’ve got you covered. This blog is 100% dedicated to keeping you fab in those cooler climates. Check out the next paragraphs and inspiration images for what to and what not to wear to this grand occasion!

 

First things first, check the dress code!!

We cannot stress this enough. There may be specific colors the couple would prefer guests wear, and there may be a specific level of attire they are requiring for the evening. Nine times out of ten, the attire request for guests is: black tie. This means gowns for the ladies and tuxedos for the guys. We recommend getting your hair and make up done professionally and really stepping up the fanciness for this night. Remember to always avoid wearing any white or ivory, unless specifically asked to do so!

Black tie

Now assuming you are attending a black tie affair, you are going to want a floor length gown. We recommend one with a nice slit or low back, maybe even a plunging neckline. We also recommend you go for long sleeves or even follow the latest trends and get some high gloves…work of art for sure! Check out some of these super hot winter guest attire inspiration images.

TIP: You will want to pick a heavier, warmer fabric and might want to top this off with a chić faux fur shall or even a long trench coat that is left at the coat check desk (no coats in the ballroom for ladies). There are some designers who have jumped on the formal cape trend and have incorporated them into their evening attire gowns. We are huge fans of this idea!!

Don’t forget we are always available and accessible for any questions you might have when pulling these looks together xoxo

Birdcage veils, clips, tiaras, flower crowns…and now headbands.

Bridal fashion is constantly evolving and it’s our job to always bring you the latest and greatest in all bridal fashion trends. Bridal headbands have been peeping their way on to the runway for about a year now, but in the Spring of 2020, we started to notice a LOT of these beauties floating around in designer’s new lines and on the heads of some of the most trend setting brides. You know what this means??? These fashion accessory statement pieces will certainly be around for a few years to come.


Designers x Headbands

Fashion forward designers, like Pronovias, have been creating their own bridal headpieces that compliment some of their newer gowns. BHLDN is another bridal fashion designer center that has been creating these for about a year now. We cannot forget about, Maria Elena Headpieces, who has been creating some outstanding headbands for a while now, getting ahead of this trend. For brides looking to get this look, Etsy is an amazing place to find these beauties from smaller boutiques, who will almost always be able to create the perfect customized piece just for you.

Headband x Pronovias

Headpiece x BHLDN

Headpiece x BHLDN

Headpiece x Maria Elena


BTS x Headbands

Check out some of our favorite bridal fashion looks, with brides and models sporting some of the most gorgeous bridal headbands.

Let us know your opinions on this look in the comments below!

BTS x Bridal Fashion

As you all know, we are somewhat addicted to bridal fashion. We love the fabrics, the fits, daring styles and we especially love the way a bridal gown makes a woman feel when she is wearing It. At BTS, we are constantly scouring the internet, specifically Instagram, to see the latest and greatest in bridal fashion trends.

When skimming, we were pretty drawn to the designer Alon Livne and were lucky enough to get an interview with him to really get to know about himself, and his gowns.

Before getting into the interview, check out this youtube clip of Alon talking about his ready-to-wear line, as well as his bridal line a few years back: Alon Livne

Athena Gown


BTS x Alon Livne

Check out our interview with Alon below and hear about his transition into the bridal scene and how he made it through COVID-19.

 

When did you start designing bridal gowns?
Ever since I started designing, I had white gowns that were really timeless and could always be used as bridalwear, it was just something I always felt I wanted to do. I can’t even remember when I officially separated the bridal collections from my ready-to-wear collections, it was very natural and organic.

Tell us about your very first line and how your designs have evolved into what they are today?
My collections always were fashion-forward and not relaying on trends, so I am absolutely proud of each and every gown I made. I think of each bridal gown as a work of art that is not held by the specifics of a certain year or collection.

Your dresses are all very unique, nothing like any other designer is putting out, and not a lot of similarities between any of the designs, which we LOVE! Where does your inspiration come from?
Thank you so much!
 I get inspiration for both my ready-to-wear and bridal collections from all sorts of places, usually they come to me from the worlds of art, nature and different cultures as well as old- Hollywood starlets and glamour.

What is the price point range your dresses fall in?
My latest collection starts at around 4’800 USD for a made-to-measure gown.


Tell us about what you did for this Spring’s Bridal Fashion week with the Covid-19
pandemic. Did you release a new line, if so, how did you do it?
Luckily, I was able to shoot my latest Fall-Winter 2020 collection before the pandemic started so I was ready with new looks and styles that are available worldwide right now.

What is your advice for brides who are recently engaged now and looking to start dress shopping?
I think the best advice would be to keep an open mind, try on different styles but try not to lose yourself in the process. Opinions of family members and friends are great, but don’t let them confuse you – you are the most important person and what you feel comfortable and beautiful in is the gown you should get.

One last design focused question, who is your ideal bride, what kind of bride do you design for?
My ideal bride is a confident, fashion-forward woman who values quality. She is always looking into the future, but never forgets the impact of the past.
 She is stunning, timeless, bold and original.


Alon Livne x ‘White’

For those of you who are not familiar with his new line, here is some eye candy you will be sure to fall in love with, just like we did:

 

A sophisticated staple of elegance, gloves! These evening wear accessories have been making a come back in a huge way and we are obsessed! We have been seeing gloves pop up in pop culture fashion trends, and across the red carpets and high fashion runways quite often. We are so pleased they are making their way into bridal fashion as well.

Gloves are the perfect accessory to a wedding gown especially if you are going for a sleek modern look. We love adding gloves when all other accessories are minimal, such as: a simpler veil, the gowns neckline, no necklace or a belt, and even a simpler hair style. We think long sleeve gloves will be around for years to come.

Check out these amazing modern takes on the classic high fashion accessory, gloves.

Rivini

Tijana Zunic

Reem Acra

Pnina Tornai

Monique Lhuillier

Danielle Frankel

Ashi Studio

We all know planning a wedding can be stressful! Managing all of the moving parts of your wedding, communicating the details to your family and friends, and being the main point of contact for just about EVERYONE can be a lot to handle. So take this already stressful time and throw in a HUGE plot twist called Corona Virus and now we really have a boiling pot.

The time we are all living in now, has brought so much uncertainty and fear to just about everyone in every area and has really thrown the wedding and event industry for a loop. Wedding and event dates are constantly changing, couples are unhappy, honeymoons are being postponed, bridal showers and bachelorette/bachelor parties are being canceled, it’s just an absolute whirlwind. No one knows what the future holds later on in the year making the “what ifs” endless and the uncertainty through the roof.

All conversation topics seem to revolve around covid-19, especially when It comes to people speaking with anyone they know that is planning a wedding. Sometimes the questions and opinions get a little overwhelming for our already overwhelmed brides. So we wanted to write this blog to hopefully spread some awareness on what NOT to say when you are trying to be empathetic and console couples planning a wedding during this time.

5 things not to say:
  1. So are you still getting married? For the love of everything, please do not ask this question. It just reminds everyone of the uncertainty that everything wedding related is up in the air. If the wedding was canceled or postponed, you would already know, so no need to ask.
  2. Aren’t you scared about moving forward with your wedding? Yes, of course the couple is still worried about this. Again, no need to ask the question.
  3. Well how are you going to get your dress? Dresses are still shipping, designers are still designing, boutiques are still taking private appointments in some areas, and life is still moving forward. No need to suggest stress in this area when things are all worked out.
  4. Why don’t you just elope? Easy answer there, if the couple wanted to elope….they would elope. Trust me, you are not the first person to think of this lol.
  5. What are you so worried about, my cousin’s uncle’s boss said this is literally going to pass by next weekend. Sir, thank you for this info, I am sure said person is a total genius and has all the answers to life. But let’s be realistic, no one knows what is going on and no one knows what will happen later in the year so please try your hardest to refrain from suggesting what the future holds.

We talk to our brides all the time about what they are going through, things that have been irritating, and topics of discussion they’d rather avoid. The main trend in these conversations seems to be that brides really don’t want your opinions on this topic. There is a 100% chance they have put a lot of thought into what is best for them and talked over their own personal decisions with everyone that they need to talk this over with.

We really recommend avoiding the act of suggesting your opinions. Be mindful of what you are saying to these couples who are already dealing with so much. Keep in mind that your simple question, may actually not be that simple and could potentially be the breaking point to someone who is going through the possibility of not having his or her special day that they have dreamed about for lord knows how long.

Here are some great take away questions that we recommend asking instead of the list above:

1. How are you feeling today?
2. Whats the most exciting thing you are working on for your wedding right now?
3. Have you been working on writing your vows? This is probably the perfect time to get going on these!
4. Tell me about your wedding dress or tux/suit, I can NOT wait to see It!!
5. Have you and your bridesmaids/groomsmen been doing any virtual workouts? I hear this is a great stress reliever.

We are all going through uncertain times right now, and I whole heartedly believe that no one is intentionally trying to be hurtful or unhelpful. This is exactly why we created this blog! We want to spread awareness and help people understand some of the trials and tribulations our couples are experiencing. We want to shed some light on how some people might be feeling.

If you are engaged and looking for a way to shed some light on how you’ve been feeling about all the Covid Questions…feel free to share this post 🙂

Like many things recently, New York Bridal Fashion Week – Spring 2021 was put on hold or well, eventually, cancelled.  Twice a year, designers, buyers and visionaries come together to see the intricate work of many designers in the bridal industry.  These designers are putting together collections for a woman’s most proud day on display.  A day when she can walk down the aisle, see the love of her life, all while feeling the best she has ever looked.  This is their chance to put all the hours of hard work to play and showcase their finest.

We have a personal connection to these times because we ourselves love the excitement, the thrill and all of the beauty that is embraced.  Not to mention, we attend ourselves.  The energy, the excitement, and the passion is felt the second you touch down in New York let alone the studio of the shows.

We had to ask.  We had to find out and we had to explore what in the world is going through the minds of many of these designers.  While many, like Berta for instance, are still wondering the what they should do, others have began to put a plan in place.

We spoke with Anne Barge’s  Creative Director and President – Shawne Jacobs to ask her a few questions relating to the show this past Spring.

 

Can you tell us how you approached the Spring 2021 release with the transition that is going on in the country right now? What was the driving factor to make your decision to release your line (or) postpone until the Fall Collection release?

When we first learned that April Bridal Market had been cancelled, we immediately shifted gears to planning a virtual market for our retailers and media partners. We were super excited about this however, as the virus continued to spread and our stores were forced to close, we knew the last thing they needed was to invest in a new collection. All of our retailers are very worried about cash flow coming in during this time! With shelter-in-place restrictions becoming stricter it quickly became apparent to me that it was going to be very difficult to shoot the new Spring 2021 collection.

We brainstormed many ways to shoot a few key looks, including sending pieces to New York and having a model/photographer who were quarantined together shoot everything on their rooftop and apartment studio. After much thought, we decided there were too many unknown variables of shooting the collection without physically being present. This money would be better used towards our payroll. After all, our company is nothing without our employees. These factors led us to the ultimate decision of waiting to show Spring 2021 with our new Fall 2021 collection during October Bridal Market. We are planning something super special for the Fall.

 

What can we expect for the Fall release?  Will there be more to see or will you stick to the same amount of dresses that you typically show?

Editors and retailers can expect to see both the Spring 2021 and the Fall 2021 collection at October Bridal Market. With the future of large events and gatherings still uncertain, we need to be prepared for every scenario possible. I think that video and photo assets will be most important to have ready, so we need to start planning now. No matter what happens, we want our retailers and press to have the ability to view the new pieces even if it cannot happen in person.

What are you currently working on now knowing the limitations of production, models and photographers?

Currently, we are continuing to design, produce and ship gowns as usual, just from the comfort of our own homes. Right now, at Anne Barge we are focusing on our relationships with our brides and everyone in the industry. It is extremely important that we all support each other during these unprecedented times. Our company has implemented various initiatives surrounding COVID-19 relief such as our Health Hero Program, which offers a 20% discount on all wedding gowns for healthcare works who purchase an Anne Barge gown at one of the participating retailers. We have also started Wedding Wine Wednesday which is a weekly Zoom meeting with our retailers to discuss concerns the industry is facing. Lastly, in an effort to stay connected with our customers and brides-to-be in a time where we are unable to leave our homes, we have introduced virtual bridal appointments!

 

Check out some Anne Barge photos from New York Bridal Fashion Week, Fall 2020!

Are you looking for a perfect destination wedding venue?  One that fits all parameters of each of your guests as well as your very own satisfaction?  Something that gives you the most personal wedding experience possible but thousands of miles away from home?  Grand Velas Resorts has it all and they have several locations too!

Let’s begin by saying how familiar we are with Grand Velas Resorts as we have worked on property at both their Cabo and Cancun locations. This privately owned chain of resorts in Mexico, specializes in a high end, luxury, all-inclusive experience and in Puerto Vallarta, that experience resumed consistent to the brand.

To give a little insight into Puerto Vallarta, Mexico as a whole; it is known as a resort town on the Pacific Coast of Mexico.  The city is extremely developed in the sense that it has many American chained business establishments.  Which came as a surprise compared to Cabo and Cancun.  Puerto Vallarta is known for being a wealthier city of Mexico and crime is very low.

CASA VELAS

The first night was spent at Casa Velas, a small, adult only, boutique style property, all-inclusive resort. Casa Velas would be perfect for a destination wedding looking to have 100-150 guests attending their wedding.  The resort consists of about 60 guest sleeping rooms, hence the meaning behind boutique.  They make it easy to do a resort buy-out, which gives couples the flexibility to really make their guest experience exactly what they are looking for. Like the other Velas properties we have worked at and stayed at previously, the service, culinary experience and overall charm of the grounds is unmatched.

A private, romantic dinner ambiance was created for Trista and her boyfriend (yes, he is real – LOL!) that was full of surprises.  Dinner consisted of a five course menu, filled with fresh foods of all variety and wine pairings to accompany.  Service was of the highest level with knowledge of the property in its entirety.  The night was truly special.

One of the most special parts of the venue is the large lawn engulfed with a surrounding garden on all ends.  This essentially blank piece of property is where many of their weddings and events take place.  Not to mention, the garden serves as a multipurpose of not only beauty but as a supply of fresh herbs and spices to fill the resort.

A short two minute ride from the resort, you will be embraced by the beach club staff to welcome you to the beach club where all water sports and fun take place.  This is also a great location to host events, poolside/beachside for your guests to enjoy a special occasion.

Grand Velas, Riviera Nayarit

The next two nights were spent at Grand Velas, Riviera Nayarit.  This is Grand Velas’s first of three Velas properties.  It is the smallest one of the three but just as beautiful.  The service remained at a consistent status – incredible.  The wedding ceremony site was one of the grandest of settings we have ever seen.

Riviera Nayarit focuses on mental health, relaxation and self care.  As a result, we were able to enjoy the amenities of the relaxing spa.  There was champagne, fresh fruit trays, customized incense and love bracelets to close the experience.  It was one to remember and certainly one to want to go back to enjoy again.

The exclusive experience that we had was completely fulfilling and would be sure to meet the needs of all your guests.  From the chic a la carte restaurants to the close proximity of the local downtown city, your wedding weekend would for sure be a big hit.

Deciding to do your wedding at an all-inclusive resort is not always the easiest, especially because of the unknown.  From our personal experience, this resort surpasses all of those worries.  Everything is included and that goes without compromise.  To enjoy the food, ambiance and experience all in one does not always go hand in hand with all-inclusive’s but for the Grand Velas properties, they hit the ball out of the park.

For more details on why all inclusive resorts such as Grand Velas could be a bonus for you and your wedding experience, be sure to reach out!  We have all the details and can’t wait to share more.

 

It is the perfect timing to give you all a Designer Spotlight in lieu of everything going on in the world.  Let’s take the time to step aside and take a look at a beautiful designer, who focus’s on the non-traditional, modern bride and hear about an interview that we had the privilege of doing.  Not only that, but we were able to capture a gorgeous Daci gown, the Leah Silk Chiffon, along with a gorgeous model, coincidentally named Leah as well.  Instantly, we were in love with the free flowing, not so traditional dress that we needed to learn more about the designer herself.

Before we get into our interview, check out some of the photos from our styled shoot:

 

Photo 1: By Myrtle Creative Co.

Photo 2, 3, 4, 5, 6: By Julia Romano Photography

 

Now, time for the interview!

How long have you been a Designer:

I have been doing this for 23 years!

How did you name your company? What does Daci represent?

My name is Daci. I was born and raised in Romania – Transylvania. Daciana is my full name; everyone calls me Daci.

Can you describe to us your absolute favorite gown (something different than the one we used) and a send a picture of it?

Every new dress becomes my new favorite 😂 I put all my heart in each of them.

Who is your ideal bride, meaning who do you design for?

I design for the non-traditional, modern bride.  I love detail, texture, color, flow and movement. You won’t see 2 dresses alike. I work with each bride individually and love to spark their creativity and give them all options possible to create their one of a kind dream dress. The brides that come see me find value in high quality laces and silks.

What is the price range for your gowns?

Bridal line starts at $2,900. Custom dresses start at $3,500. This year I introduced a new collection where the top is not sewn to the skirt. At the fitting the brides have the opportunity to try on different tops and bottoms, to help them visualize their dream dress better. Then the final dress is one piece.

Where are you based out of?

We are located in Boise, Idaho but half of the brides come from out of state. Some come to Boise for the fitting, otherwise we do FaceTime appointments and “in home” fittings where I ship the requested favorite dress.

What is to come next for Daci Gowns?

Late spring 2020 I will be introducing a new bridal line, add on pieces to existing wedding dress. I’m super excited to launch this collection. I often have brides that already bought their dress and they want some “finishing touches” or a second look. The line will consist of silk chiffon overdresses, skirts, off the shoulder sleeves, capes. The pieces will be detailed, natural plant based dyed, neutral embellished to blend perfectly with any dress.  I will have one of a kind pieces ready to buy, and a small line of each of the pieces listed above.

Want to find out more about Daci Gowns?  Head on over to their website: www.dacigowns.com or check out their Instagram page: @Dacigowns

Photo by: Jenny Losee Photography

Photo by: Andra Krista Photography

Photo by: Hailey Pierce

A special note to Daci from us here at BTS; thank you for allowing us to work with you!  You are a brilliant designer and have so much talent and passion for what you do.  We are honored to have partnered with you!

“We are still getting married, but rescheduling.” How many of you can relate?  More than we would like to count, if we are being honest.

We all look forward to big celebrations and planning for life within our industry, however in recent, we have been faced with a sudden an immediate halt to everything around us.  Clients postponing, vendors shutting doors, our once go to person now not working and it seems to continue on that trend.  After this, though, we need to continue to exist.  We need to continue on with life and create those same celebrations that we all once enjoyed pre-March 9, 2020. 

While the beginning of this blog sounds very familiar to everything else out there in the news and press, at BTS we want to make sure that if you are one of those going through the back and forth of compartmentalizing all of what is happening to your very own wedding day, it is important for us to help you in this process.  That said, let’s get right to it and make sure you all know what the steps and procedures are that you need to do to make this a seamless process for everyone.

Reschedule First, Do Not Cancel!

First and foremost, talk to your partner about what you should be doing and take into consideration the health and well being of the two of you, your families and your guests.  If any of this seems a little weird and uncertain, it may be best to come up with an alternative.   Change your date, and postpone.  You shouldn’t cancel.  There is no need to do that.  Your wedding day is still super important and it needs to be celebrated.  Your friends and family members will definitely agree.

Contact Your Vendors

Inform your wedding planner if you have one.  You may feel it necessary to do some things on your own,  keep in mind that we are hired for coordination.  That means coordination of all things related to the wedding; cancelling, postponing, etc.  You are likely not the first one to be doing this so let us help you by making this a super simple and easy transition.

If you do not have a wedding planner, contact your venue to understand the policies and procedures for what is happening.   Remember, we are in a national emergency (super scary couple of words to be saying out loud – we know) so everyone is understanding.  Next is to consider a new date/dates.  Keep in mind, LOTS of dates are changing right now so you want to make sure you reach out as soon as possible.  Once you have established this, it is time to move on to your other vendors.  If they are all available, great!  If not, keep track of the conflicting vendors to see if there is anything that can be done to ensure you are able to keep them on the roster.  Ask your wedding planner for tips on what to do if not everyone is able to make the switch.

Contracts

It is important to ask your vendors for revised contracts that reflect the new dates.  This should be done so that there is documentation of all of the changes.  Do not be worried.  Be cautious in making sure that with all of the moving pieces going on within the event industry, you are protecting yourself.  Another contract to consider updating is your event insurance if you have this.

Communicate To Your Guests

After all is settled and you have landed on a new date, it is time to inform your guests.  Do not forget about them.  Though there is a lot going on, they are still wondering about your wedding.  Send out a postponement announcement via email/text/paperless post as soon as you know your new date so guests know exactly what is going on and can plan accordingly. This is similar to a save the date.  Short and to the point.  It allows guests the chance to understand what is going, make travel adjustments and inform the necessary accommodation people of the changes.

Don’t forget, keep your wedding website up to date and as current as possible.  You may need to resubscribe to the server that you have been using so that it does not expire.  Sometimes there is a timestamp on how long the sites stay active for.

After this, you will want to plan to send out another invitation closer to the wedding for rsvp’s.  Keep this simple and to the point – probably just one card including the new date and food options available for selection.  You need these rsvp’s to be as current as the first round of them.

Personal Adjustments

You are likely in the home stretch of everything, so appointments are made and booked.  Don’t forget about them.  Things such as dress fittings, facials, manicures/pedicures, tans and more have to be rescheduled.  Make sure to pick up your dress from your seamstress so that it is in your possession and no one else’s. The honeymoon is likely a standstill as well so make any necessary adjustments to these travel plans as well.

Breathe

We know, this was a lot and unfortunately, not fun at all.  Wedding planning is supposed to always be fun though, right?  Well, it will be again.  Spin it whichever way you want as long as you find the silver lining.   Find the fun in the process and the uniqueness of the situation.  At the end of the day, you were planning this day as a celebration of two lives coming together as one – we need to make sure that happens still.  We also need to make sure that the celebration continues with the people you care most about.

Cheers from afar!