Bridal Market September 2016

This week,  our team took some time out of the studio to attend National Bridal Market in Chicago.   We’re always on the lookout for carefully curated accessories to complement the gowns that are brought to us for alterations, and the vintage gowns that we carefully restore and restyle for our clients.

I thought it would be fun to share a few photos and observations on what is new and current in the bridal fashion world.

1.  Floral Gowns


Floral bridesmaid gowns have been back for a few seasons…now floral bridal gowns are all the rage!

Would you?  Would you not?

Wear a floral wedding gown?

We think they are gorgeous and so wonderful for the bride who truly wants something unique.  Paired with a beautiful blush veil…why not?  Perhaps the bride in floral and the bridesmaids in ivory…lovely!

This trend was seen at most of the larger designer’s showcases, so brides will be able to find it in nearly any price point.  We did notice that the couture designers were staying with traditional white and ivory gowns and using the floral details as an accent rather than over the entire gown.

2.  Anything Goes


Some years, it can be difficult to find straps on a gown, or short bridesmaid dresses.  Not this year!

It seems that there were choices everywhere we looked.  Short gowns, hi-lo gowns (bridal too!), gowns with straps, gowns with gorgeous back details, gowns with sleeves, and the classic strapless ball gown.

No matter your style or preference, this season there is something for you.  Like bling?  There is plenty!  Prefer an un-embellished gown?  Those are popular too.

Have fun with your bridal fashion… your imagination is your only limit.

3.  Vintage is vogue!

photo-sep-09-11-45-01-amGreat news for people like us…wearing vintage for your wedding has never been more popular.  We connected with other restoration specialists like never before…and got some great ideas for restyling and re-purposing to share with our clients.

New ways to restyle veils (like this 60’s style cape!)…and some great sources for the “just right” strap or veil to match a vintage (or new!) gowns.

For me, the best part of visiting Bridal Market is seeing vendors and friends…we call them “friendors”.  I’ve developed relationships over the years with people like Robert Bullock and his team…a wonderful gown designer and true gentleman.  We are able to put faces with voices we usually only hear on the telephone…like our partners at XEDO tux rental.  My friend Diane from California offers great trims that we can offer our brides for embellishing their gowns, and she’s always ready with a hug and a smile.

But, the best moment for me was when we truly and delightfully surprised our dear friend Meg from Meg Jewelry!


After a morning at market, Sherry and I took some time for fun too.  We took a boat tour of Chicago in the afternoon.  We highly recommend Wendella Boat Tours if you’re in Chicago for a visit!

We’re more ready now than ever to meet with our lovely clients and help make their wedding day fashion dreams come true!  Call or Email for an appointment; we would be honored to serve you.




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