It was a busy weekend for wedding industry insiders as MMPI brought its International Bridal Market to New York City for the first time. If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere! The open floor plan of Pier 94 was flooded with amazing gowns and accessories.
In the next few months, we will be expanding our site with some eye-popping jewelry, dramatic hair accessories, and of course the Spring 2011 dresses from our designers. Alfred Sung will be adding a softer color palette to supplement their current bright and bold selection. Lela Rose Bridesmaid has created new styles at an even more attractive price point which we hope will bring the designer's refined frocks within reach for all our brides to consider. And Landa Designs is heating things up in their mother of the bride line with trendy drop waist mermaid dresses, full-length tulip skirts, and an elegant one-shoulder gown.
Although we don't sell bridal gowns, we still love looking at the gorgeous dresses on display and couldn't help noticing that belts are making quite the statement. Chelsea Clinton's Vera Wang belt is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the variety of styles that can add unique sparkle, color, or floral elements to your wedding dress.
Belts can also be a separate after-thought purchase closer to the wedding day. Some brides who start out wanting a minimalist modern dress may later regret that there isn't enough wow factor as the belle of the ball. Or they still want a plain dress overall, but are looking for that one special detail to pop. Instead of being a "two-dress bride" (which happens more often than you think!), adding a belt is the perfect solution with minimal damage to your budget.
Do you like the trend of belts on wedding dresses? Yay or Nay? Leave your answer in a comment on our blog or facebook page, or re-tweet this post from @shopjoielle, and you'll be entered into our drawing for some free goodies we snagged at Market (including a Dessy pantone umbrella), as well as a year's magazine subscription to Martha Stewart Weddings. This contest will run through October 27th (next Wednesday). Two winners will be chosen through a random number generator.