March 24, 2010

Vintage in Full Bloom

We may have sprung forward an hour for daylight savings time recently, but for weddings, it's all about turning the clocks back. This week I attended the Urban Wed Event, which confirmed that vintage and romantic styles continue to reign supreme for this year's weddings.

Hatch Creative displayed a table spread with both an urban and country feel in a deep red, black and white color scheme. It included a table runner constructed with black and white photos, and flowers potted into large wine glasses as part of the centerpiece.

StudioBooth set up an adorable photo backdrop for guests to take pictures with props like dialogue bubbles and mustaches. I have to say, I have never seen wedding guests more excited than when they see a photo booth. The best part is that all those memorable smiles and poses will be for you to keep too.

And Nine Cakes was there! Need I say more? Betsy's cakes are absolutely gorgeous and put a chic twist on the traditional romantic look.

We love that bridesmaid dresses are also a big part of representing the style that a bride wants to convey at her wedding. For those of you thinking about a vintage style wedding, here are some great dresses that would be perfect for your girls!

Styles 6577, 2781, D448, 2800

March 11, 2010

Dye Lot Variation

As an online-only retailer, a great benefit is that bridesmaids from all over the country (and world actually!) can place their orders with us as part of the same bridal party. We even offer 10% off for bridal parties of 4 or more to encourage brides to round up the troops and lead them to our site. But given that the girls are placing their own separate orders at different times to different addresses, we've gotten a lot of inquiries from concerned brides about whether their bridesmaid dresses will be cut from the same fabric dye lot.

For those unfamiliar with the concept of dye lot, it refers to the bolt of fabric (a lot of fabric) that goes through the dye process at the same time. Theoretically, all lots should be dyed in the same way to attain the same color. However, given that dyeing fabric is not an exact science, different bolts of cloth may turn out slightly different in shade. This is why designers recommend that your entire bridal party's dresses be cut from the same dye lot, meaning they are cut from the same bolt of fabric.

To address this issue, you can inform us ahead of time of all the members in your bridal party who will be placing orders on our site. That way, we can hold the orders until everyone is in, then submit them to the designer together to ensure they are cut from the same bolt of cloth. Please note that the only exception is that if you mix Dessy Collection and/or After Six dresses, the different styles may not come from the same dye lot, but again, these variations are very minimal.

And as a friendly reminder, a lot of frequently asked questions can be found on our Customer Service page. But that doesn't mean we don't love hearing from you! In fact, your questions are what help us improve the FAQ's to benefit everyone.
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