Posts from — December 2011

The Lovely List- Friday Wrap Up

We hope you had a wonderful holiday, and wish you a happy new year!

Do you know anyone who is getting married on New Year’s Eve?

Amazing Hair Tutorials. Check them out for you and your bridesmaids!

A 2011 recap of the best ceremony backdrops.

The Perfectly Styled couple. I’ve been taking notes!

Ring in the New Year with your sweetie.

Re-live some of the best Bridal Fashion Moments on 2011.

Photo by Brent Foster Photography.

 

 

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One Great Dress- Down Under

This cool weather has us dreaming of a beachy getaway, and so does this dress! The flowing skirt is flawless, and the unconventional lace illusion top adds the romanticism of a bride.  Add a modern cuff, and platform heels, and our jaws drop.

As seen on Style Me Pretty.

Photographed by Jane Allen Photography.

 

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Good things on the horizon…

 

We really can’t believe another year has flown by!  We want to thank all of your, our awesome brides, fans, and friends, for reading our blog and spreading the word about our little ole shop in the West Village of NYC.

It’s your love and praise that has given us the gumption to open up another shop clear across the country in West Hollywood!  (West seems to be a trend here…is there a West Austin or a West Boston we can open in next).  We can’t wait to bring you the making of our next location, and plan to share lots of decor and details along the way!

And 2012 has so much more in store, as we are embarking upon franchising.  If you are interested, email us at info@lovelybride.com.  And please do spread the word about our new west coast store and franchising…your recommendations help us find the best brides and employees ever!

We’d like to take a moment to highlight and be thankful for a great 2011 year:

  • Did you get to celebrate our 1 Year Birthday with us?
  • We love our store manager Cassandra and her hubs James, so naturally we were gaga about their wedding!
  • Our mind is still blown that we were named the coolest bridal shop in NYC by Lucky magazine.
  • Your votes on our blog and facebook really helped us figure out next year’s dress buy.  We’ll get your help again in 2012!
  • We started adding sponsors in 2011.  Let us know if you’d like to be featured for 2012 by emailing us!
  • And here it is ladies…our very favorite One Great Dress of the year 2011!

 

Have a happy, healthy and safe new year and we look forward to more fun in 2012!

 

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Decor & Details – Winter Cocktails

Is there anything cozier than a winter wedding? Just imagine sipping cocktails by a warm fire while enjoying the company of all your guests. Sounds pretty great, no? When it comes to cocktails though, we know things can get a little bit tricky. Especially when you’re narrowing down your selection to just a few signature cocktails. Here are some awesome concoctions we’ve come across the web that I think will make for great winter cocktails!

1. Whiskey Old-Fashioneds via The Kitchn – Whiskey is great for the winter because it keeps you warm. Plus, I’ll drink anything Don Draper drinks.

2. Honeycrisp Apple Spiced Rum via Running With Tweezers – I’ve never had this but doesn’t it sound amazing?

3. Pomegranate Champagne Punch via Martha Stewart – When I think of pomegranates, I automatically think of winter. Add some champagne to that and you’ve got yourself a punch!

4. Nutella White Russian via Miss Make – Personal experience has taught me that no party is complete without some vodka. This classic drink is so yummy I might have to go make myself one right now.

5. Pear & Sparkling Cider Cocktails via Martha Stewart – Anything with cider is good in my book and that’s why this fruity cocktail somehow seems to work even in the winter.

 

Okay. Who’s ready for a drink!? Also, what is your favorite winter cocktail? Did you serve signature cocktails at your wedding?

 

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Bridal Stylist – Vintage Etsy Wedding Dresses

I know it’s really hard to find a vintage wedding dress. Mainly because, I really really enjoy searching eBay and Etsy for vintage anything and I know what a daunting task it can be. However, every time I come across an awesome vintage wedding dress, I save the link in hopes of one day might needing it (wink, wink!) Given that it’s the Holiday season and the time for sharing, I thought I’d share some of my awesome vintage Etsy finds with you because like I said, it can be extremely hard to find the dress–especially if said dress is vintage.

(Top Left & Clockwise: Vintage Irish Crochet Lace Dress, 1960’s Wedding Dress, Vintage Wedding Dress, Vintage Crochet Dress, Vintage 1960’s Lace Dolly Dress, 1970’s Buttermilk Lace Dress,

Here are some tips for finding your own vintage wedding dress online:

1. Search by era, decade, or century. The more specific you are, the better your chances of finding just the dress you’re looking for. If you’re not familiar with styles, fabrics, or silhouettes that were popular during a certain era, refer to your favorite period pieces, books, or even old issues of Vogue. Looking for a certain designer? Search it!

2. Communicate with your seller. Remember, sellers want you to buy their dresses just as much as you want to buy their dress. This usually means sellers are more than willing to communicate with you about their product. Don’t be shy about asking even the most specific of details. Ask for more pictures and exact measurements (if not already given.) If you’re lucky to be close enough to your seller, even consider asking to see and try on the dress in person. After all, this is one of the most important dress purchases you’ll make in your lifetime.

3. Find yourself a good seamstress. Remember, this is vintage. So that means the dress was more than likely made to perfectly fit another woman so chances are you’ll need to make some alterations. You can even find a seamstress that specializes in vintage apparel.

4. Don’t be shy to take your search beyond the internet. There are so many vintage shops around that I just know that for every woman in the world, there is the perfect vintage wedding dress waiting for her. Traveling to Europe for the summer? Make sure to check out their vintage shops as well. All European countries have been around for decades so you know what that means–a larger selection of vintage dresses! Oh yes, and don’t forget thrift stores and second hand stores!

4. Don’t give up! Keep searching. You won’t find what you’re looking for right away, trust me! Make sure to search anything that interests you and make sure tell your girlfriends to save anything they might find along the way!

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