2013 Trends: Wedding Gowns

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We’re very excited to be launching a monthly ‘2013 Trends’ feature, where we will be showcasing some of the most fabulous, innovative and inspiring trends we encounter over the course of the year.  We had the opportunity to visit two premiere bridal salons in San Francisco this week, Marina Morrison and the brand new Vera Wang Bridal, and wanted to share some of our favorite gowns, accessories, fabrics and textures.  The 2013 collections are featuring more structured ‘floating’ pieces, mixed mediums, layered laces, dazzling beading, and of course, peplum accents.  What will you be wearing in 2013?

wedding gowns: something a little different

We are always blown away by the beauty of our brides’ gowns, but what we love the most is that they’re all so different. We’ve noticed a couple new trends that we hope you’ll love as much as we do.

Unique wedding gowns. Would you dare?

We think this Vera Wang is simply lovely.

We posted about this dress here.

This is a dress that a bride wore last year, Vera Wang, love!

A friend of ours had this amazing and very unique gown custom designed:

This sweet seersucker gown was spotted in a Southern wedding. Isn’t it so fresh looking?

This Carolina Hererra has such a classic and modern look. Love the subtle polka dots!

What about this stunning black gown?
Could you see this on a modern bride?

We also think these pastel Elie Saab gowns are pretty amazing.

Vintage gowns. Making it yours.  

Have you seen Lauren Bush and David Lauren’s wedding photos? David’s dad, the Ralph Lauren, made Lauren’s gown. We love the vintage feel of both her beautiful gown and the traditional feel of their wedding photo.

Why would you go vintage? Well, you might want edit a family heirloom to make it more modern. Or you might simply want the exquisite details at a fraction of the cost of a brand new gown. Our 5 tips to finding a vintage dress:

1)    Don’t get a dress that needs major repairs. They will cost you more in the long run.

2)    Be careful with certain older fabrics. 20s chiffon doesn’t last overtime and might have deteriorated.

3)    Don’t look for your dress when looking for vintage. Sizes had different meanings, so you’ll get stuck with the wrong size.

4)    Consider buying or making a reproduction. Sometimes an actual vintage dress, while beautiful, might not be as practical, so better use modern fabrics, but stay true to the original design.

5)    Keep your budget in mind. If there are many repairs or alterations to be made, the cost might be higher in the long run, so know what you’re getting yourself into!

So, whether you’re stepping out side the box, going vintage, or buying something custom-made, we know you’ll look simply stunning on your wedding day!


Vera Wang Trunk Show – Spring 2012

Thinking back on it nearly all of our brides this year have donned a Vera dress – she is clearly in demand (as usual). She is just THAT amazing, and keeps outdoing herself! Tara, our lovely friend down at the Melrose Vera Wang bridal store, sent us a little preview of their latest collection. She also let us know of the trunk show they will be having on September 1st-3rd, so if you are lucky enough to be in Los Angeles that weekend you need to check it out (and let us know how it is)! Here is a sneak peek at some of our favorites!

And finally, my favorite…I’m a sucker for the corset top and blush color!