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

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!

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!

Wearing the right shirt with the right bra is often times pretty tricky but let’s talk about wearing the right bra with your wedding dress – now that’s tricky.  These days, with the ever-revolving wedding dress styles and trends we are seeing a lot more skin and a lot more reveal.  I think the biggest question a lot of girls have that are bustier when finding their perfect dress is, well can I wear a bra with that?

Some dresses from Galia Lahav or Berta for example are becoming more risqué and most brides do not want straps popping out or to worry about being uncomfortable during the biggest day of their life. Some companies have stepped in to help with this and we will list them below, but also, a lot of dresses are being made with built in bras due to the complexity of the dress. However, some dresses are less structured and a bra might be needed in order to look your very best on your special day. If this is the case and you are not one of the lucky ones that can go without a bra, here are some perfect options for all different types of wedding dresses.

       

 

A lot of clothing lines and specialty designers have actually started making undergarments for this exact thing. Kim Kardashian for example made her breakout in clothing with Skims. Skims has created multiple pieces of undergarments for every possible outfit and color. Kim together with other companies have made wearing less feel more comfortable. From Tapes, to pasties, to strapless low cut bras and bralettes, wearing undergarments confidently has become more and more universally visible.

 

Red lips; for the bold and the beautiful

A beautiful, bold, red lip is understated and underused, specifically on a lady’s wedding day.  Often times and definitely more recent, we tend to see and find our ladies flourish in a beautiful nude/pink tone lip color to seal the look right before walking down the aisle.  Why?  Well for one, comfort and two, well it’s beautiful – right?  OF COURSE!!  It is beautiful and while these next few paragraphs may urge you to open up and adventure into an undiscovered territory, it is most important for you to feel the most beautiful and comfortable on your wedding day.

As ladies who only like to venture out of our usual norm on occasion, we can totally relate but at the same time, we can totally urge our brides and others.  That said – why not venture out and be different?  Why not try something with a little more edge and a little more glam?  – like that red lipstick?

So, first, we task you, reach down, maybe way down, in that purse of yours to find that shade of red we all know everyone has and be a little adventurous.  Pair this with a fine line eye liner or even a little wing to create the boldest most refined look.  If you do this on occasion with your daily looks, then you have no excuses!

We love working with makeup artists and in chatting with a few, we found that they are dying for their brides to come to them asking for a little change up from the ordinary.

A Red Lip on your wedding day can be risky but we say that only for those who do not try it first. Take a look here at some show stopping looks and inspired by a few of our favorite makeup stylists.

Show Stopping Looks:

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For a few of our favorite shades, we have linked them below – they are so fun!

Charlotte Tilsbury – Hollywood Lips

Boxom – Big and Sexy

Huda Beauty – Promotion Day

Don’t forget to check out our BTS page on Instagram for more wedding and fashion tips and trends!

New York Bridal Fashion Week Fall ’20 Collection

Wow. We are still catching up on sleep, work and trying to get our minds right from all the amazingness that we saw last week at New York bridal fashion week but we just can’t seem to shake it. New York in itself, is a one of a kind city. Full of dreams, lights, and people and for us, we attend for all of that, and of course, for the dresses.

 Year 3 for BTS

This year, marks our third year of attending shows, meeting designers, and drooling over elegance at its finest. We had a jam packed weekend of Runway shows and private viewings of our most favorite designers and some we never even knew before. None the less, it was an experience we will never forget and always remember.  Not to mention, we stayed at one of our favorite hotels, Dream Downtown, and had some amazing food experiences as well. (Alex and Storm love food, by the way).


The Shows:

Berta, Galia, Pronovias, Pnina and Julie Vino– you all know they are some of our favorites and boy, they did not disappoint.

This season was definitely a season of sophistication and bringing back tradition. We saw a lot of ball gowns and a lot of bows. Berta, took the conservative route and definitely scaled back on the sexy sheer look. Pnina, while typically known for her crystals and bling, brought lace, satin and bows to the show. THE BOWS! Oh how obsessed we are with the bows. Check out some of our favorite looks that we captured right from the runway.  We are in love!

Dress by: Galia Lahav

Dress by: Berta

Dress by: Galia Lahav

Dress by: Julie Vino Group

Dress by: Galia Lahav

Dress by: Galia Lahav

Dress by: MUSE by Berta

Dress by: Pronovias

One designer that hit our photo albums this weekend that completely blew us away was Tel Aviv designers, Yael Eisenberg and Heli Kalkstein, also known as Eisen Stein. These two met each other in design school and after a short 4 month design process, had created their first bridal line in 2011.

To say their dresses are gorgeous is simply an understatement. The vision the pair has, coupled with the most high quality materials of silk, lace, beading and Swarovski crystals really had our jaws drop.  One dress, was a last minute addition that took only days to produce. This dress happened to be our teams favorite. The intricacy and detail was out of this world and oh my, it was a stunner.



Dress and details by: Eisen-Stein Bridal

Any-who! To say our expectations were met, is an understatement. We had the best time, in the best city doing the best things. Wanna hear more or see more from our experience, head over to our Instagram page and check out our highlights!! 

 

Sabyasachi Winter 2019

 

You might’ve heard by now, but Indian designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee dropped the 2019 Bridal Winter Collection on Instagram and we have to say, we’re definitely pleased! The new Charbagh collection is full of options for every kind of bride. From modern, bold looks to more traditional yet unique gowns, your sure to fall in love with one of the four incredibly dreamy lines (yes, that’s right. FOUR!).

 

Sabyasachi is an inclusive brand that wants to make sure his brides can relate to and we think they met the mark. Take a walk with us through the eyes of the designer and you’re sure to see that he’s pretty much thought of everyone!

 

DEVI

Designed for the traditional bride, Devi is the perfect line for women who look forward to wearing a red lehnga. As the name suggests, the gowns from this collection are fit for a goddess. Ornate gold detailing covers each piece from top to bottom, but don’t think it stopped there. Sabyasachi paired his intricate pieces with bold, traditional jewelry and we couldn’t picture it any other way!

 

NARGIS

Sabyasachi just breathed life back into us with the Nargis collection.  He imagined “a wild overgrown garden with lush flowers blooming everywhere”, straight out of a fairytale as the setting for this destination edit. With brighter traditional prints and simplistic embellishments, this collection is ideal for a fun and free-spirited bride.

 

CHOWK

For the woman who is self-assured and unalarmed by grandness, the Chowk collection is perfect for the positively defiant. Extremely detailed patterns pull these looks together and make them a bold yet understated nod to the folk cultures in India, with very minimal embellishments. The focus is definitely put on the textiles used for this line.

 

ISFAHAN

Thinking deeply about Islamic Art and the colors used, Isfahan is colored in hues that “are joyous, but tingled with pathos.” Generic colors are replaced with dusty versions on lustrous fabrics such as satin and velvet, while Muhgal motifs decorate the textiles. Using an ancient Persian art form called Zardosi, the gowns are also covered in metallic gold and silver embroidery. 

 

As mentioned earlier, Sabyasachi creates the entire picture by using his gorgeous line of jewelry. Perfectly paired, it’s safe to say that the accessories in this collection are up to par with the fashion and take the gowns to the next level. Still can’t get enough of India’s hottest bridal designer? Then you’ll be pleased to hear that there is also a shoe line! Let us know in the comments below, which collection speaks to you most. We’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

Dress shirts, a commonly overlooked piece to the overall look of the groom and his groomsmen. At BTS, we’re all about attention to detail. This is why we’re going to dig deep into dress shirts this week. We’ll start with commonly asked questions and head into stepping out of the box. If you’re familiar with this space, you know we’re all about stepping out of the box.  

 

White or Ivory?

Questions often asked by our grooms are whether or not to wear a white or ivory undershirt. Our go-to is always white. Why, you ask? Well, white gives a crisp, clean look. You’ll want this trust us. Just think of how polished you’ll look in photos. Look at this side by side example–white is the clear winner. 

A second question is whether or not true white will clash with the brides off white gown. No! Even if it’s champaign. The answer is still no. Take a look at these photos so you can see the difference. 

Step out of the box with colors or patterns 

Step out of the box, gents! You won’t regret it. We promise. Incorporating color or pattern is always a fun idea. Even mix-matched patterns between dress shirts, ties or even pocket squares can look amazing when done right. Don’t believe us? Take a look at some of these looks incorporating color and pattern really well. 

Did we get you to want to venture out of the box with your dress shirt? Let us know how so in the comments. 

The 411 on Menswear

Let’s be honest, the main attraction is and will always be the bride on the wedding day but let’s put a little spotlight on that groom over there.  After all, he does make up 50% of the reason this wedding is taking place!

 

We are completely obsessed right now with men’s fashion!  Designers, trendsetters, fashion models and stylists have really set the bar high with what men are wearing these days and wedding days are no exception. That being said, we thought that it would be appropriate to let the men know that even if you think you’re looking fly, you need to pay attention to certain details of your wardrobe.  

 

Some key points to make sure that are just right:

  • Size 
  • Fit
  • Accessories

 

These are common points, right? 

Well yes, but each one is SOO important in every single way. 

 

Step 1: Go To a Tailor

Get your suit or tux fit perfectly.  Not everyone’s shape is made the same but every off the rack suit is so you should not be able to get away with going to the store and throwing something on from the rack.  Especially on a day like this. Trust us, the smallest alterations make a huge difference and smile on your wife’s face will be priceless!

 

Step 2: Know How Things Should Look 
Oversized pants, jackets, shirts, too long ties, too short ties, etc. etc. etc. ARE NOT OKAY. 🙂  Check the images here to see what is the right way to wearing these

 

 

So make sure you spend some time getting to know what your size is and familiarizing yourself with styles you like to make sure you look sharp. Getting an opinion or two doesn’t hurt either which actually brings us to our last step…

 

Step 3:  Consult with Others
Check-in with your bride, planner, or some lady in your life that you know has an eye for style! This way, you avoid making any embarrassing fashion no-no’s. You know that time you wanted to go out for dinner with that outfit you thought was amazing but your wife was like “ummmmm what are those?” Yeah, let’s not make that a thing that happens again when she’s walking down the aisle and sees you. Let’s make sure you’re looking like a total snack in her eyes 😉

 

So what’d you think? We’d love to know which of these steps you’ll be implementing (or all of them. Tell us in the comments below!

 

Second look for the groom? It may not be something many men think of, or even the ladies think of, but when looking back on it, it may make sense: Guys need a second look too. We all have those very fashionable, love to look good, care about their appearance, men in our lives. On the wedding day, it is likely no different. 

Guys – just like the ladies have an interest in having several looks, and that is perfectly fine with us, we want you to have an interest in a second look too. Actually, now that were on this topic, we are kind of obsessed with the idea of two looks for the bride and groom. Before we scare you away, a second look can be either extreme, subtle and sophisticated or even statement-making, it all works – that is when it is done the right way.

Here are a few suggestions and tips on helping your man pull this off:

Change The Jacket!

This is probably the easiest thing to do as it is simply a switch from one thing to another. When do you do this? The same time the ladies would make their switch. Plan for a specific look during the ceremony, something sharp, classic and that completely compliment the look of your face. Don’t know what she is wearing? (obviously, cause why would you) Ask for her opinion on it. It is likely that she won’t let you decide this all on your own anyways. 

Then make the switch right before your grand entrance into your ballroom IF you are going with something a little more fun and not too crazy. I say IF because if you are going with a look that is wild and totally speaks to your outgoing personality – I would hold off until the dancing begins. Bring out the cameras and your boys and make it known you are the guy for the night and now all eyes are on you.

Switch Up The Kicks 

We all know guys love their shoes and to be honest, some (or most) probably even have more tennis shoes in their closet than they know what to do with them. If you have a man that collects and takes pride in his shoe game, then why not show them off? Buy the best pair yet and put them to some real use – on that dance floor. It is certainly acceptable for you to make this minor wardrobe change when the lights go down and the music gets loud. Show off the shoe on you cause we are all here for a guy with a good shoe game!

So tell us! Which of these tips do you think your man will end up trying out? Comment your best guess below.