December 29, 2010

Real Weddings: Crystal and Frank

Crystal and Frank were married this past September on a beautiful and bright sunny day. Having met Crystal before at a mutual friend's wedding, it was easy to see her fun and bubbly personality reflected throughout their day.

The ceremony and reception took place at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, VA, which allowed for the city of Washington DC to serve as a dramatic backdrop for some great photo ops.

Crystal's bridesmaids wore After Six by Dessy's Style 6582, a one-shoulder organdy dress with a ribbon belt and deep skirt hem detail.

We loved their purple and white fondant wedding cake, fun and modern while maintaining a classic and simple look. And the purple color theme was even brought out in Crystal's heels and Frank's dress socks!

Thank you Crystal and Frank for sharing a glimpse of your special day and may sunshine and happiness follow you the rest of your lives together!

Photographer Credit: Dreamlite Photography

December 20, 2010

Spring 2011 Styles Are Here!

Make sure to check out the Spring 2011 styles that we've added to our site. There are now new dresses from Dessy Collection, After Six, Alfred Sung, and Lela Rose. New swatch colors in peau de soie, dupioni, matte satin (also same color representation for duchess satin and chiffon), silk shantung, and crinkle chiffon are also available for purchase.

Clockwise from top left: 2830, D468, 6613, 2835, LR147, 2818

Coming soon... new styles by Landa Designs' Bridesmaid and Social Occasion lines, and a new accessories designer, Ansonia Bridal!

December 17, 2010

Pick of the Week: Bateau Duchess Satin Dress with Flower Detail

Chalk it up to the continued "Mad Men" obsession, or modern woman's desire to take back old-fashioned glamour, but bateau, also referred to as boatneck, dresses continue to sell like hotcakes!

One of our favorites in this style is Dessy Collection's 2780. This duchess satin dress has a cluster of rosettes at the waist, a full pleated skirt, and a sexy scoop back. We love that this dress really is versatile for all occasions. Customers have ordered this dress for their bridesmaids, as a rehearsal dinner dress, and even as a mother-of-the-bride dress.

And did we mention pockets! What more could you ask for?

Our "Pick of the Week" offers begin every Friday morning and run until the following Thursday 4pm EST. Use checkout code POTW for the 10% discount. Follow our blog, facebook page or twitter to get weekly alerts!

December 16, 2010

New Sizing for The Dessy Group

The Spring 2011 styles are almost here! There are plenty of new dresses for the Dessy Collection, After Six, Alfred Sung and Lela Rose that will go live in just a few days.

The Dessy Group has also made some modifications in their Sizing Guide. They've expanded the spectrum and added a size 00 and a size 30W. For those very petite ladies out there, we empathize with how much tailoring needs to be done for ready-to-wear clothing, not to mention bridalwear, so we hope this benefits you! They've also modified the hip measurement for size 28W in addition to adding size 30W so the lovely ladies on the other end of the spectrum have more options when deciding on sizes as well!

We've also added the corresponding sizes for the Dessy twist dress. There is a Short and Long version of the twist wrap dress and it now comes in even more colors. It's simply a must have for those spring break getaways and they ship in only 4 weeks, so make sure to order yours!

December 10, 2010

Pick of the Week: After Six Satin Cap Sleeved Dress

Today's pick of the week is After Six's Style 6552. This satin cap sleeved number is a big seller for bridal parties, but we think it works great as stand-alone dress too. Non-strapless styles continue to make a big comeback as fashion trends are focusing on a more vintage and demure look. And whether it's winter time, or summer time (when the AC is blasting), it's nice to have something to cover your shoulders!

This dress was also featured in one of our Real Wedding posts from Niki and Bill.

Our "Pick of the Week" offers begin every Friday morning and run until the following Thursday 4pm EST. Use checkout code POTW for the 10% discount. Follow our blog, facebook page or twitter to get weekly alerts!

December 8, 2010

Mixing and Matching

If you've watched the movie "27 Dresses", you know the longstanding joke that brides always think they've picked a dress that their bridesmaids can wear again, which never really happens. Okay, maybe it does happen sometimes (the three bridesmaid dresses hanging in my closet untouched would beg to differ).

But what if you were allowed to pick your own dress style, or even pick your own style AND color? While the bride's executive decision should never change, it helps that her choices are expanding, therefore giving her bridesmaids more choices too. Designers are taking into account body type and style preferences while still maintaining a consistent overall look. Dessy Group creates "sets" of dresses, where 3 or 4 styles clearly belong in the same design family, such as doing a strapless, a v-neck, and a halter version. And the whole Alfred Sung line is meant to be mixed and matched, which has been incredibly popular with our brides.

Of course there's nothing better than to show you what we're talking about! Laura posted a facebook fan photo of her and her bridal party dressed in shades of gray with adorable raspberry shoes. Her mom, to her right, was the matron of honor. How sweet is that?

Dessy 2750, After Six 6575, 6589, 6509, Dessy 2751, 2787

And maid of honor Remy sent us a photo from her childhood best friend Lea's wedding. The girls wore a variety of Alfred Sung dresses in different styles and colors. The wedding was at Skytop Lodge on a gorgeous August day in the Pocono mountains. What a great idea to to have such vibrant color dresses set in the backdrop of an outdoor summer wedding.

Alfred Sung D463, D441, D437

We never get tired of getting photos from our customers and knowing that we were able to play a small part in someone's very special day, so keep them coming!

December 3, 2010

Pick of the Week: Dessy Short Twist Wrap Dress

There was a sudden 20 degree drop in weather in New York City this week, and even though I love the winter season, it immediately got me thinking about where I should plan on going for a tropical getaway. Prices can be pretty fantastic in the low travel months of January and February, when kids are back in school and the spring break rush hasn't begun. My trusty Travelzoo Top 20 listed a Riviera Maya resort (one of my favorite vacation spots), for only $105 a night, including meals and drinks!

It's also never too early to think about what to wear. Even though tropical resorts are pretty casual, it's still nice to get a little dressed up for the evenings. So today's pick of the week is Dessy's Short Twist Wrap Dress, the absolute perfect companion to a warm-weather getaway. The twist dress not only takes up very little space (i.e. no baggage check fees!), it also can be worn in so many different styles that it may be the only dress you'll need to bring! See Dessy's instructional video for some more ideas.

Dessy twist dresses have an approximately 4 week turnaround time for delivery. Orders placed from now until next Thursday December 9th will ship the week of January 3rd.

Our "Pick of the Week" offers begin every Friday morning and run until the following Thursday 4pm EST. Use checkout code POTW for the 10% discount. Follow our blog, facebook page or twitter to get weekly alerts!

December 1, 2010

'Tis the Season for Production Delays

As we enter December, it's fun to be swept up in the holiday festivities, but also hard not feel a sense of panic, i.e. the panic to buy things! For those who celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or any other holiday with gift-giving involved, the countdown to checking everyone off your list has begun. Shopping aside, it's the opportunity to spend quality time and reflect on the year with family and friends, which also makes it a perfect time to have a festive wedding!

But there's another major holiday on the other side of the world, arguably bigger than Christmas or New Year's. Many of our designer's factories are located in Asia, where they celebrate Chinese New Year in early February. It's one of the few times in the year where people can travel far and wide to see their families, and all businesses completely shut down for 2 weeks!

Which brings us to the reason for this blog entry. To the best of our ability, our site provides real-time estimates for production times and shipping deliveries, and we want to call to your attention that starting mid-December, production times for all Dessy Group bridesmaid dresses will be lengthened to account for the February break. Regular orders will ship in 11-12 weeks, and Rush orders will ship in 9-10 weeks. There will be limited availability for Super Rush by special request.

The delays will be taken into account with accurate date estimates in the product page delivery options. Landa Designs and Malis Henderson will also experience some delays, but because their standard turnaround times are generally shorter, changes have not taken into effect yet. We will keep you informed as best we can, and feel free to check our Shipping & Delivery page for updates or contact us directly with any questions or concerns.

November 26, 2010

Pick of the Week: Dessy Collection Charmeuse Dress with Pleated Bodice and Side Bow

Hope everyone is having a restful Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends!

Today's pick of the week is this gorgeous charmeuse full-length gown, Dessy Collection's Style 2795. Charmeuse is a luxurious fabric that is softer than satin and has a supple feel and shine. The strapless cut with empire waist bow is a classic style that will stand the test of time, unlike those puffy sleeve dresses from the 80's. I suppose the pouf sleeve trend is back recently, but hopefully not for bridesmaid dresses!

The dress grabbed our attention during our Spring 2010 photo shoot and it's been a favorite ever since. Here's a blast from the past of our model posing in the Beaux-Arts style Hoboken terminal, which by the way, is a great place to take engagement or wedding photos if you live in the area.

Our "Pick of the Week" offers begin every Friday morning and run until the following Thursday 4pm EST. Use checkout code POTW for the 10% discount. Follow our blog, facebook page or twitter to get weekly alerts!

November 23, 2010

New Return Policy for Accessories over $100

Julie and I put careful thought into hand-picking the beautiful accessories on our site and will be adding a few more unique pieces in the coming weeks. As much as we try to help our customers make a well-informed decision with high resolution photos and detailed descriptions, we understand that it can still be hard to envision how the accessory will look if it's not in hand. So we have decided to implement a new return policy that applies to in stock accessories priced over $100. We hope that it will put your mind at ease if you're not quite sure the accessory will work with your wedding dress or particular outfit. We're also confident that if you buy one of these gorgeous products, you'll probably want to keep it!

Pearl Cluster Headband, Crystal Organza Headband, Satin Flower Haircomb

For in stock accessories (which ship in 1-3 business days) that cost over $100, we allow a 10 day evaluation period after you receive the product. Should you decide to return the item, you will be charged a 15% restocking fee of the purchase price. To process your return, contact us for an RMA number. We can either email you a FedEx shipping label and deduct the return shipping fee from your refund, or you may ship it back at your own expense using a trackable method (e.g. FedEx or UPS Ground). If the item is not returned in original condition or postmarked past the 10 day evaluation period, you will be subject to the cost of the entire item.

For our full return policy and other frequently asked questions, please refer to our Customer Service page.

November 19, 2010

Pick of the Week: Cynthia Rowley's One-Shoulder Blouson Dress

Today's pick of the week highlights two trends that are still going strong, the one-shoulder style and the blouson bodice. Put together on this Cynthia Rowley dress and topped with a satin bow, it's perfect for a chic but relaxed evening wedding. We also envision this dress as a great outfit for an elegant night out on the town, whether it's attending the ballet or a museum cocktail party. You'll look like you got dolled up, but didn't try too hard!

Our "Pick of the Week" offers begin every Friday morning and run until the following Thursday 4pm EST. Use checkout code POTW for the 10% discount. Follow our blog, facebook page or twitter to get weekly alerts!

November 17, 2010

Sneak Peek for Spring 2011

Julie and I had another fun-filled photo shoot this past Saturday with a plethora of beautiful Spring 2011 dresses.

There will be quite a few new colors being added to the Dessy palette. They are bringing in more pinks and purples, and highlighting neutrals like gray and beige. Of course the great thing about made-to-order bridesmaid dresses is that it doesn't matter what the current trend is. You can still order your dresses in whatever color you want!

It looks like the styles themselves are not changing too dramatically. There will still be plenty of strapless, with a few boatneck, halter and v-necks thrown in. Many of the dresses will include the option of skinny belts with buckles or flower accents. One dress that really stood out to us during the shoot was this elegant gown from Dessy Collection. Even our photographer who doesn't usually voice his opinion picked it out as a favorite.

We can't wait to put up the new styles on our site in a few weeks!

November 12, 2010

Pick of the Week: V-neck Faille Dress with Flower Pin and Pockets

Happy Friday everyone! Today's pick of the week is from our amazing Lela Rose Bridesmaid line. Part city professional chic, part garden party casual, Style LR122 is the perfect dress for any occasion, work or play, indoors or outdoors. The removable flower pin can be ordered in a matching or contrasting color. The v-neck style is timeless and the high-quality faille fabric (a mix of silk and cotton) insures this dress stays in great condition to be that dependable go-to dress for years to come.

Our "Pick of the Week" offers begin every Friday morning and run until the following Thursday 4pm EST. Use checkout code POTW for the 10% discount. Follow our blog, facebook page or twitter to get weekly alerts!

November 8, 2010

Real Weddings: Angela and Sam

A tented wedding behind a mansion was always my idea of a dream wedding, so I am really excited that Angela and Sam sent us photos of their special day.

Their bridesmaids wore Dessy Collection's Style 2749 in African Violet. The full-length satin gowns have a sweetheart neckline and a luxurious asymmetrical mermaid skirt. Sam also ordered the matching Dessy ties for his groomsmen. Angela happily reported that "Everyone said they were the most beautiful dresses they've ever seen, and all my bridesmaids loved them! The bright african violet color really popped against the elegant white and silver of the rest of our wedding decor. It was such a flattering color for everyone."

The ceremony took place outside in the Pegasus Garden at Meadow Brook Hall, a Tudor-style mansion in Rochester, Michigan. What a gorgeous setting!

When asked about special memories on their wedding day, the bride and groom had trouble choosing just one. Just as the ceremony was ending, there was a sprinkling of raindrops for good luck! Later on, the sun peeked out during dinner, casting a beautiful rainbow over the tent. Angela said it was "the coolest thing ever and felt like it was meant to be". Congrats Angela and Sam! We hope there will be many more magical moments in your life together.

Photographer Credit: Arising Images

November 5, 2010

Introducing our first "Pick of the Week"

Starting today, we are offering 10% off a featured "Pick of the Week" every Friday morning. Why you ask? Because there are so many dresses that we love, and we want to give them their moment in the sun. More importantly, we want to highlight styles that are not your typical bridesmaid dress that could be perfect for your next wedding, party or special event!

To kick things off, this week's pick is the dress that our lovely model Maria is wearing on our homepage, Dessy Collection's Satin Dress with Ruffle Bodice.

We love this dress because as we've blogged about before, ruffles continue to be a hot trend in fashion. Pencil skirts are also increasingly popular, making this silhouette versatile for work and fun. Pair it with a short suit jacket for business formal wear, or drape on a pashmina and you're ready to attend your next wedding!

Our "Pick of the Week" offers begin every Friday morning and run until the following Thursday 4pm EST. Use checkout code POTW. Follow our blog, facebook page or twitter to get weekly alerts!
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