Bridesmaid Dress Shopping Tips from Bella Bridesmaids

With all the amazing bridesmaid options out there, bridesmaid dress shopping can seem overwhelming. Here are a few tips to make choosing the dresses a breeze by our very own industry expert, Rae Ann, owner of Bella Bridesmaid Denver {LISTmember}

1. Make an appointment. Most shops require appointments to try on dresses. With an appointment you’ll have the undivided attention of your personal Bella stylist, a problem-solving partner in planning your wedding.

2. Don’t bring everyone. Shopping with your entire wedding party can be hectic and overwhelming. Bring one or two trusted decision makers with you and once you have narrowed the selection down to a few dresses, the remaining bridesmaids can try on those styles and help make the final decision.

3. Keep an open mind during your first appointment. You’ll be very surprised at how dresses look completely different on bodies than on hangers and colors in magazines and on websites always look different in person.

4. Think about your gown and overall wedding style. Is it classic, modern, or maybe vintage? Your bridesmaids’ dresses should fit the vibe of the wedding but not necessarily match your dress in terms of fabric and neckline.

5. Offer multiple style options. If your attendants have a wide range of body types and fashion sense consider allowing them to each wear a different style dress. You choose the designer, fabric and color and allow your maids to select their style based on what looks best on their body type.

6. Chip in. Consider chipping in on the cost of the dress as your bridesmaid gift. We find that the bridesmaids consider it a much appreciated gesture.

7. Timing. Dresses take around 3-4 months to arrive from the time they are ordered. Aim to have the dresses ordered at least 5-6 months out from the wedding.

8. Alterations. Bridesmaid dresses are not custom made to measurements but made to the closest size based on measurements. Alterations are usually necessary. Not to worry, this is expected and the designers construct the dresses with seams to alter beautifully to the body.

9. Beware of online “deals.” Beware of websites offering designer dresses that are deeply discounted. Many of these sites are making knockoff dresses of inferior quality and returns will most likely not be possible. Bottom line, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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photos of the new Bella Bridesmaid Denver

tips by industry expert, Rae Ann, owner of Bella Bridesmaid Denver {LISTmember}

Urban Wedding in Denver

Notes from the photographer, Rebecca Ellison:

Laura & James had a simply beautiful urban wedding which was held at a Denver Art museum. There were so many things that were picked just because they wanted to think outside of the box and be different from every other wedding they had been to. The art and colors around this museum were so amazing.

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Photographer: Rebecca Ellison Photography | Event Planner: Hey! Party Collective {LISTmember} | Event Venue: Artwork Network | Floral Designer: Stems – A Flower Shop | Hair Stylist: Elle.b Hair Design | Caterer: Epicurean Catering | DJ:Volare Entertainment//

Urban Industrial Elegance at Mile High Station

Notes from the wedding planners, Jessica and Stacy of JA Special Events {LISTmember}:

Tory and Vinnie’s wedding featured some of Denver’s favorite urban spaces.  From getting ready at the hip & luxurious Four Seasons (where else can you get emergency trouser repair in less than an hour?), to a touching wedding ceremony under the elegant pillars of Cheesman Park, to an industrial chic reception at Mile High Station, Brinton Studios captured the stylish day in in beautiful detail.  And the details were impressive!

Tory and her mom, Klea, owner of Jones Design Group, created an industrial chic design that perfectly complimented Mile High Station, formerly the Midwest Steel & Ironworks Building. Exposed brick and I-beam elements inspired custom-welded steel vases, metallic rocks displaying table numbers, gold chargers, gilded manzanita branches, and golden animal place card holders (hand-slitted by Tory & Vinnie). Statice Floral softened the look with clouds of white hydrangea and candles of varying height.  Beautiful script on framed mirrors pointed guests to cocktail hour and later to their reception tables.  Jones soda bottles (in honor of Tory Jones) and Pacifico beer bottles (in honor of Vinnie Pacifico) were crafted into candle holders for cocktail tables and fun food stations filled by the creative Footers Catering. VooDoo Doughnuts adorned a fun and colorful dessert bar.

The most important “detail” of any wedding, of course, is the bride and groom. Tory & Vinnie’s warm hospitality, beautiful sense of style, and fun-loving personalities made this an unforgettable weekend.  We felt truly privileged to be part of it!

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Brinton Studios | JA Special Events {LISTmember} | Venue: Mile High Station | Ceremony Venue:  Cheesman Park | Statice Floral | Dessert:  VooDoo Doughnuts | Catering: Footers Catering | DJ: Elite DJ | Dress Designer: Modern Trousseau | Dress Boutique: Anna Be | Getting Ready Hotel: Four Season Denver 

Mountain Wedding with Soft Romantic Details

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Photographer:  Marianne Brown Photography | Venue: Private Residence in Breckenridge, Colorado | Event Planner: Beyond Expectations | Floral Designer: Creative Flowers Inc | Petal and Bean | Caterer: All Events & Catering | Design and Decor: Colorado Tents and Events | Cinema and Video: Forget Me Not Media |  Dress Store: Malindy Elene Bridal

 

Anthropologie Wedding Registry

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Anthropologie just got better and even more fabulous than every before! Yes, I know, I didn’t think it was possibly either.

Anthropologie has debuted its Wedding Registry in their Denver store.

Registry is the perfect way for the newly engaged to create a collection that celebrates who they are as a couple. The tool helps find those wonderful things that will make their everyday and special occasions meaningful.

The Denver location will offer an enhanced Registry experience with an expanded assortment of tabletop product including online exclusives, so customers may mix and match to achieve looks all their own.

Along with our personal in-store Registry experience, customers can easily access Anthropologie’s Registry service through their iPhone app or by visiting anthropologie.com/registry.

Mountain Chic in Vail

Michelle and Austin, originally from Texas, threw a destination wedding for friends and family at the luxury hotel the Four Seasons in Vail, Colorado. It was a small intimate gathering featuring views of Vail’s ski resort and mountain chic decor with hues of purple.
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Photographer:  Preston Utley |  Event Venue: Four Seasons Vail |  Floral Designer: Vintage Magnolia | Equipment Rentals: Alpine Party Rentals | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid Denver {LISTmember}  | Dress Store: Little White Dress Bridal Shop

Naked Cakes

This is one wedding trend I love!! There is something very organic and minimalistic looking these cakes thatI can’t get enough of. With the trend spreading, the creativity has as well. Between red velvet cake, chocolate, ombre & cookie; the options are endless and delicious!

Naked Cakes

1. Victoria Sponge Layer Cake with Berries

2. Red Velvet Strawberry topped Cake

3. Beautiful FloralTopped Cake

4. Golden Layer Cake Drizzled with Caramel 

5. Amazing Cooke Cake 

6. 4 Layer Ombre Cake 

7. Chocolate & Cream Naked Cake 

8. Fanciful Forest Cake

{Image Credit to Offbeat Bride, Delicious Cake Collections, Rent my Dust, Cakes, Bakes & Cookies }

By Rachael Hofmann of Decor Design Group {LISTmember}

Old World Charm

A styled shoot combining classy elegance with rich old world styling.

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Photographer:  Meredith Harris Photographers, LLC | Venue: Wellshire Inn | Dress Store: a&be {LISTmember} | Model: Emily Thomas | Event Planner: Jamie Lynn Events | Hair Stylist: Kim J Beauty {LISTmember} | Floral Designer: Lale Florals {LISTmember} | Invitation Designer: Platypus Papers | Cake Designer: Yours Truly Cupcake

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