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July 12th, 2013 | vrose
Venues are all important to todays brides and a beautiful setting does set the scene for an amazing wedding. Many couples are choosing to go with a rustic theme. It seems to be one of the easier styles to do with so many venue and decorating choices available. Just to start there are farms, ranches, vineyards, lodges, cabins, and barns. The best thing, you don’t have to travel halfway around the world to find them.
Pinterest has unlimited ideas for decorating. Burlap and lace, barrels, mason jars, lanterns, hay bales, pine cones, wildflowers, tubs and twigs are popular materials and easy to obtain.
And then there are dresses. Lace, ruffles, and tulle all fit right into that rustic theme.
And don’t forget the attendents!
July 9th, 2013 | vrose
Trend #1 Ruffles There was no shortage of layered skirts this season. And it’s no wonder: The look is unique without going over the top.
Trend #2 Black and White Detail Forget white versus ivory-black and white were all over the runway.
Trend #3 Sheer backs This season the focus was on the back of the dress, with added buttons up the back or vine-like sequin accents. The trend is a total head turner.
Trend #4 Lace It’s arguably one of the most romantic fabrics and gown designers couldn’t get enough of it. We’re talking delicate Chantilly lace, Alencon lace and even 70″s style Macrame lace.
Trend #5 Mermaid Silhouettes If you’re looking for a style that will really accentuate your curves, there’s no shortage of this flared skirt silhouette.
Trend #6 Sleeves The past was all strapless, but no more. This gown has a very attractive cap sleeve and a low back.
Trend # 7 Gold Very popular colorway this year is gold accents. You’ll find at lest one gown in every collection.
Trend # 8 Bohemian Chic For the free spirited bride, retro, carefree Bo-Ho. It’s fun and lends itself to themed weddings.
Trend # 9 Corset Bodices This sexy style- with all that added boning- offers serious structure and sophistication.
Trend # 10 Low Backs We couldn’t really do a low back on strapless gowns, but now that straps and sleeves are more popular, look for a lot of low backs. Dramatic and sexy.
June 20th, 2013 | vrose
There are many common mistakes made by brides shopping for their gowns. Here is the last five to be aware of. If you are educated before you shop, it will be a much more pleasant experience.
#6 Sticking With One Style
Ninety percent of brides leave with something completely different than what they had in mind when they walked into the store. Bringing in picture of dresses you like is a good start, but if your consultant recommends something different, give it a try. It’s impossible to tell what a dress will look like on your body just from seeing it on a hanger.
#7 Buying a Dress You Don’t Love
The biggest mistake I’ve seen brides make is settling on a dress because someone influenced them to purchase it instead of going with their heart. This is why it’s so important to choose your shopping companions wisely. If you find yourself liking a dress but also having doubts, or if you’re feeling pressured from a part of your entourage or a salesperson to make a purchase, it’s okay to go home empty-handed, sleep on it, and return at a later point if you’re still dreaming about the dress.
#8 Trying On Dresses You Can’t Afford
You see a stunning gown on a mannequin that’s way out of your price range, but you want to try it on just for fun. What’s the harm? It can lead to heartbreak and disappointment. You need to be able to afford anything you try on. Make sure you are completely clear on your budget before you hit the salon-and make sure the the salon you choose respects your budget.
#9 Not Accounting for Extra Costs
Alterations typically cost extra, and you may also be charged tax and delivery, so don’t max out your fashion budget on just the dress. Almost every gown will need some alterations. You’ll also need to account for shoes, a veil and/or hair accessories, jewerly, and any other accessories you’ll want to complete your bridal look.
#10 Not Choosing Your Store Wisely
Make sure that your store is an authorized retailer for the designer you’ve selected. If the retailer isn’t authorized to sell that particular designer, there’s a good chance that you won’t receive an authentic gown. That means that the designer won’t stand behind it if anything is wrong. To find out which stores are authorized in your area, check the individual designers’ websites or call the number listed.
June 3rd, 2013 | vrose
Natalie Orman-Goede from La Bella Vita Saloon will demonstrate what is new in bridal hairstyles and how to wear the new headpieces. Bel Aire bridal veils is sending their trunk show consisting of 57 pieces of headpieces, veils, and belts to accessorize your gown. Natalie will do an updo, half up/half down and a down style. You won’t want to miss this important and informative event.
Victoria Rose Bridal
2454 Hwy 6 & 50
Grand Junction, Co 81505
Saturday, June 8
1PM to 2:30PM
May 29th, 2013 | vrose
Before you hit the salon, read these top bridal blunders to avoid.
#1 Bring an Entourage
We know it’s the most important dress you’ll ever wear, and you want to make sure it’s absolutely perfect. But having 10 different opinions makes it much harder to come to a consensus. Most brides do best with just their mom and maybe a sister or best friend.
#2 Shopping Too Early
Many couples are opting for longer engagements these days, but don’t start shopping more than 12 months in advance. The moment a bride starts trying on gowns, she’ll inevitably fall in love with one. If she’s not ready to buy, it quickly becomes difficult for her. In other words: Do not visit bridal salons until you’re ready to make a purchase.
#3 Trying On Too May Dresses
Most brides try on between four and seven gowns and shouldn’t try on more than 10, because it can lead to confusion. Often, a bride is trying on dress after dress because she’s just not ready to end the shopping experience and make a real commitment. The most common mistake that a bride makes is not purchasing her gown when she finds it, she becomes overwhelmed and forgets what she originally set out to find. She begins to doubt herself and starts to lose faith in the experience.
#4 Being Swayed by Steep Discounts
Try not to be too tempted by the lure of your dream designer gown for 70% off. The biggest mistake I have seen brides make is purchasing a gown online. Online gowns are counterfeit and poorly made. They are not the designer gown that is advertise
#5 Demanding the Wrong Size
Wedding gown sizes typically run one or two sizes smaller than street clothes, so try not to get hung up on the number. Do not fixate on the actual size but instead on how your measurements compare to the particular line on the specific designer’s size chart. Planning on losing weight before the big day? Any dress can be taken in, typically up to four sizes without affecting the look of the dress, but most can only be let out one full size-if that. You need to be realistic, in case you don’t lose your targeted weight.
May 22nd, 2013 | vrose
We attend bridal markets in April and September to order our new stock gowns. The dresses we order in April are mostly in the store by the time we go back in September for the next show. We are not allowed to take pictures and they do not post pictures until they start shipping to the stores. I found these on a random website that was featuring Maggie Sottero.
The only one of these dresses I remember ordering is the black/white. That is one of the big trends for fall. I do remember a couple of Bo-Ho styles I did order and they are the must have look for fall. We recently brought in new accessories for the Bo-Ho and Gatsby looks and am having a very favorable response.
May 14th, 2013 | vrose
Thanks in large part to the looks crafted by costume designer Catherine Martin, “Gatsby” has been making waves in the wedding world for months now. Despite the less-than- perfect romance at the center of the story, brides are turning to Fitzgerald’s heroine, Daisy Buchanan, for attire inspiration, and dapper grooms are looking to Jay Gatsby for the perfect Big Day look.
Maggie Sottero has included several Gatsby looks in their fall collection and I will be receiving them in August. Youtube has a brief look at the runway.
Gatsby inspired accessories include pearls, feathers, and birdcage veils.
May 10th, 2013 | vrose
I have become a big fan of facebook in the last year. When polled by a local photographer, this demographic (single women 19-35) say they are on facebook 3 times a day. I know they don’t read the newspaper, watch TV ads or listen to the radio. But everytime they get a message, their phone pings, and they give it immediate attention.
This has led me to facebook groups. Brides planning their weddings are a very intense group looking for information to make their weddings the best and most creative affair of their lives.
A group for brides to ask questions, share what they have learned, give referrals for local vendors and just a place to correspond with others who are in the same place in their lives would seem to me a valuable resource.
I have created a facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/thebridesclub It is an open group and all brides are welcome to join, and invite your friends to join as well.
I am soliciting local vendors to join the group as a resource for you and encourage them to add information about their services that would be useful.
Please visit the group page and ask to join us. I look forward to a very active and interesting exchange of ideas.
May 2nd, 2013 | vrose
Trunk Shows are definitely a lot of work.
It all started on Thursday, when UPS delivered two huge boxes and three big heavy black trunks. And then there’s unpacking, steaming, and organizing signs, dresses, and preparing the stage.
Henry, our trusty UPS driver was not happy the trunks weighed 90 lbs
Lauren got a good workout lifting gowns and steaming can get very hot!
And then my husband brought the stage pieces in and the rolling racks to hang the gowns.
We did a remodel on the store bridal gown showroom last winter to open the store up to give me room to do larger events and style shows.
Trunk Show dresses are size 6 that fit models but not every bride can try them on. Taylor, on the otherhand, makes anything look fantastic. Her favorite was the high-low.
It is a successful day when the brides fall in love with their gowns. Both of these brides choose the same trunk show dress and would not have had that choice without the extra gowns. We thank everyone that attended and we will be doing another Maggie show in about 6 months.
April 23rd, 2013 | vrose
Attending a favorite designer’s trunk show maximizes your chance of finding the dress of your dreams.
What is a Trunk Show?
It’s a special event at which a wedding dress designer sends a variety of her latest designs for a set amount of time (usually one to three days) Since most bridal salons often only carry a few dresses from a select group of designers, trunk shows allow customers the opportunity to see and try on dresses that they wouldn’t ordinarily see at that store.
Maggie Sottero Trunk Show April 26, 27, and 28
Victoria Rose Bridal will be hosting a Maggie Sottero Trunk Show this weekend, April 26 and 27 from 10AM to 6PM and Sunday April 28 from 12PM to 4PM, at the store. Saturday we will have a model to show the collection from 11AM until 3PM. Trunk shows can be a great opportunity to find your perfect wedding dress. Here are some of the dresses coming for the show.
Layer upon layer of Vicenza Organza creates drama and movement for that once-in-a-lifetime walk down the aisle. This ball gown silhouette with sweetheart neckline and ruched bodice features a beaded waist sparkling with Swarovski crystals. Finished with corset back closure.
Chic romance for the modern traditional bride, this slim A-line tulle and lace motif gown features point d’esprit over Chic Organza, signature corset back closure, and gorgeous grosgrain ribbon belt adorned width Swarovski crystals. Paired with an off-the-shoulder tulle and lace motif jacket finished with covered buttons.
This L’Amour Satin fit and flare gown features an illusion neckline sprinkled with beaded embellishments and Swarovski crystals. Glamorous beading also highlights the natural waist and side godet in the skirt. Finished with zipper over inner corset and covered button closure
Traditional A-line with incredible fit meets superb stylization of luxurious fabrications in this simply elegant corded lace on tulle over Chic Organza gown. Sparkling with glistening sequins, finished with corset back closure, and available with grosgrain ribbon and crystal embellished belt.
With an eye to timeless romance, this slim A-line design features a delicate, sweetheart neckline and gorgeous beaded lace motifs dancing across tulle. Finished with corset back closure and available with detachable cap-sleeves
Swarovski crystals sparkle in gorgeous lace motifs featured in this elegant slim A-line gown finished with corset back closure. A stunning statement in a simple design.
This is just a few of the gowns in the show. We also will have Fiona, Hillary, Jean, Judith, Sonja, Stephanie, Willow, Zander, Bronwyn, Angela, Carissa, Nikkita, and Perla.