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Pastel Bridal Gowns; Elie Saab

elie saab pastel gowns blogWe cannot get enough of these pastel bridal gowns. They are an elegant and beautiful choice for brides looking for something a little different and unique. These spring colors are sure to make a lovely statement and add a beautiful flare to any wedding. This collection of gowns came from Elie Saab Spring 2012 Couture. There seem to be more and more pastel wedding dresses coming out each season with every collection and we are so excited to see this trend grow and take root – it’s a perfect way to introduce a little fun color for the nontraditional bride!

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Elie Saab Wedding Gowns…. le sigh.

Elie Saab does it again with his ethereal, out of this world gorgeous gowns.

The back of the Elie Saab dress – like a fairytale. If I could do it all over again and choose any dress irregardless of price, this one just might be it. Although I’d take any number of other amazing Elie Saab gowns just as happily. 😉

What’s your ultimate dream gown, lovelies? Do you dream in lace, beading, or tissue paper taffeta?

XOXO Yelena

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Wedding Dress Alternative: Carmen Marc Valvo

I’ll admit it – I may have splurged on my own wedding dress (blowing my budget in the process), but I am still a firm believer that a gorgeous, dream wedding dress can be found for under $1,000. The only catch is that, unless you buy your wedding dress second hand, finding a stunning gown in the sub-$1,000 range is best done by shopping regular off-the-rack retail. Case in point? This lovely flowing white gown from ready to wear designer Carmen Marc Valvo.

Carmen Marc Valvo has been turning out beautiful gowns for a number of years, and all of the dresses in the line feature high quality construction – which is more than you can say for a David’s Bridal wedding dress. Plus, one of the best things about buying an off the rack wedding dress alternative is that you can try on THE dress in the store, in your size, guaranteeing you will love how the dress looks on your wedding day. Another huge benefit to buying a wedding gown off the rack is that the alterations will be much, much less than alterations at a bridal boutique. Though I am strongly against the adage that the ‘wedding’ label immediately constitutes a markup in price, I will say that I’ve noticed this is somewhat true when it comes to wedding gown alterations in a bridal salon.

What I love about this Carmen Marc Valvo dress is the dramatic detail on a classic style gown. The oversize flower detail on the one-shoulder dress is something I’ve seen a lot of on the bridal gown runways the past two seasons, and I think it’s a trend that’s going to stay for another few seasons. Also, the dress passes my ‘timeless’ test – at least 80% of the dress is classic, and it would have looked just as appropriate worn thirty years ago as it likely will be thirty years from now. All in all, a sub-$1,000 wedding dress winner.

Carmen Marc Valvo Pleated One-Shoulder Gown with Flowers, $940 from Bloomingdales

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Little White Getaway Dress (or Short Wedding Dress)

I was perusing the Shop Bop winter sale today and came across this lovely little stunner of a dress in creme.  I couldn’t help but think it would make a gorgeous option for a getaway dress, a short wedding dress, or a dancing dress for the bride to change into once dinner is over. Image it with a pair of high heels with dramatic detail (feathers, ruffles or rosettes, perhaps?) and a statement necklace – the outfit would certainly make for some fabulous pictures while kicking your heels up on the dance floor!  I would pair it with a cropped jacket for a getaway exit for a look that is classic yet timely.

My only wish? That the straight-across neckline had a sweetheart shape.

White Bustier Dress by Alice + Olivia, $323 (30% off) at ShopBop

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Los Angeles Wedding Planner via… Florida?

Last week I penned a blog post for Florida bridal blog La Belle Mariee {a Brides To Be Blog} all about bridal style and how to pick the right wedding dress. Wedding dress styling is very near and dear to me and The Stylish Soiree, and can make a huge difference in the aesthetic of your wedding. No matter how pretty the flowers are or how perfect the linens match your decor, an ill-fitting, unflattering or over-accessorized bridal look can kill it all in an instant. Here is an excerpt from my post to give you a taste for the advice I doled out… be sure to visit La Belle Mariee for the full article! And remember…. Life is beautiful, celebrate accordingly!        XO, Yelena

Bridal style is a topic that many engaged women struggle with. From finding the perfect style to choosing between bright white and soft white satin through swatches (hint: never, ever pick the bright white!), wedding dress shopping can feel spark powerful emotions – not all of them positive. To help future brides navigate the endless sea of white satin and chiffon, The Stylish Soiree lends our styling expertise to each dress shopping session, consulting our clients on what works best for their wedding, personality, style and body type. For brides who are struggling to find their ideal wedding dress without professional help, here are a three important tips on how to achieve a bridal style that is uniquely you, and innately stylish.
*Wedding dress featured is Priscilla of Boston Style 4509… gorgeous, right?!

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Wedding Dress Shopping Tip 2: Budgeting Part 2

image via Blue Orchid Blog

image via Blue Orchid Blog

If there is one piece of advice I could impart on future style-obsessed brides, it would be this – find a dress you love. Then, find a way to make the dream dress a reality. ‘Making it a reality’ does not mean breaking your budget – it just means that you should be resourceful and have to have patience until the perfect opportunity and price point comes along.

Three of the best ways to make a pricey dream dress fit into your budget are:

1. Shopping Wedding Dress Trunk Shows

2. Shopping Wedding Dress Sample Sales

3. Shopping Second Hand Wedding Dresses

Shopping Wedding Dress Trunk Shows

The lowdown: During a trunk show, the designer brings their entire latest wedding dress collection into a store, along with a representative from the company – who is sometimes even the designer of the gowns – to consult with brides on which dress suits them best.

Why Wedding Dress Trunk Shows Save: Trunk shows are great on many levels – first and foremost, the bride has a chance to see the entire collection, which she would usually have to hunt around multiple cities to find. Secondly, the designer or representative is on hand and can let you know which alterations would be possible, or if you can make a semi-custom gown by combining elements from multiple designs. Many times they even do these changes free of charge, or for a minimal fee, which can be a huge saving.

The biggest savings at a trunk show, however, come from the 10 – 15% customary discount on the dresses during the week of the show. If you are in love with a dress but it’s out of your budget, let the representative know – they have a certain amount of power and flexibility in the pricing, and most would love to help a bride afford her dream dress.

Keep In Mind: Though you can land your dream dress at a discount during a trunk show, the maximum discount is usually 15%. So if the dress is far out of your budget, consider shopping wedding dress sample sales or buying an already worn gown. Continue reading

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