Brides have enjoyed expressing themselves in shades other than white for years. At Occasions we sell more than 90% of our brides an Ivory gown opposed to white. Shades of blush pink as well as champagne are also very popular choices. We have even sold soft shades of silver and blue
So we ponder are brides looking for a bolder statement? After all, the color black is a color of elegance and class in evening wear so why not in Bridal?
I wonder if black can overcome it’s negative connotation of being an eerie color, can we look past the thoughts of funerals and sadness?
Is black an unusual choice for a bride? Are Black dresses here to stay?
Here at Occasions, we enjoy watching the trends in wedding invitations. Right now, papers pressed with leaves or petals, rifer ribbons, botanical drawings, tropical watercolors, abstract floral sketches, flowers including orchids, lilies, hydrangea, or sunflowers, seashells and butterflies head the top of the list. How neat to have seashells on invitations when the wedding will be at the beach, or perhaps for the couple who met at the beach. For the artistic, an abstraxt floral sketch is perfect.
Trends come and go and they often edge in quietly. “Plain Jane” white or ecru, with formal wording is gradually coming back.
Many invitations depict rich similarity – pearlized white, gilded edged, metallic accents, layered, often vellum over colored flat panels, and many fold-over styles are popular.
Save-the-date announcements are so popular some companies are introducing books showing noting but these informational cards. So there is a style for everyone. Do come in and see for yourself. Occasions is your one stop shop for all your wedding needs.
Here at Occasions Bridal, we find the brides believe that the wedding gown is forever. This however is not so! In medieval times, royal marriages were of great political importance and were used to seal alliances between two countries. It was necessary for the preview to look magnificent in order to uphold the bride’s country as well as to impress the bridegroom’s country with their wealth and importance.
To do this, bridal gowns had as much material as they possibly could. Gowns were made of velvet, damask silk, satin, fur, and fabrics woven with threads of silver and gold. Colors would be rich-red, purple, and true black. Gowns might have had precious gems sewn in so the bride would glitter and flash in the sunlight.
During this time the poor bride’s gown would be linen or fine wool. Gowns with flowing sleeves or a train were big status symbols.
The traditional gown as we know it today appeared in the late 18th century. By 1900 the white dress with a veil was the gown to wear. In 1840, Queen Victoria chose a white dress with lace, making it a virtual rule. She was the first royal bride to have bridesmaids carry her train.
Here at Occasions Bridal we know every bride differs in the style of her wedding. The traditional, romantic, modern, and simple wedding comes with its own personality.
The traditional bride will keep her customs close to her heart. She wants the wedding that her parents or grandparents had, complete with the long trained gown, a five tiered cake, a profusion of flowers and elegant invitations and accessories.
The romantic bride’s big day is a fairy tale come true. She is a princess, a Cinderella whisked away by her Prince Charming. A horse-drawn carriage is likely to figure in her wedding plans. Everything must be lavish and wonderful because “everything” becomes a part of her true love story.
Cool and independent, the contemporary bride will do it her way. She is looking for the latest trends. There will be no frilly lace at this reception.
The simple bride likes clean lines, basic shapes and soft colors. Modesty and understatement become her. A single vase of roses will have greater appeal to her than pots of exotic orchids.
Guess what? Whatever type you are, we will have the perfect dress and accessories waiting for you in our store.