Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Wedding Dresses Come In Many Shades of "White"

To the untrained eye, most wedding dresses are thought to be white. In reality, what your guests see as "white" is most likely another color, or rather a different shade of a classic white. Our bridal boutique in Miami, as well as our online wedding dress store, feature an array of exquisite bridal gowns in many different shades to compliment any woman's skin coloring and bring out her natural beauty on the wedding day. 

White on the left, and ivory on the right




Brides of America is here to help you find the wedding dress that looks amazing on you, and sometimes the color of the gown plays a huge part in the one that looks the best. White, ivory, and champagne colored dresses can look very similar from a distance, but they each have their own special qualities. 

Back in the 1980's, nearly every single wedding dress sold was made with white fabric. No one was interested in an ivory bridal gown, but this is mainly because in the '80's ivory had a very yellow tint to it. 

Eventually, designers began using an ivory that was much softer and more pleasant to the eye. In the 1990's, bridal gown sales changed and nearly half of the dresses being purchased were ivory, and the other half were white. 

from left to right: ivory,  ivory-blush,  & ivory-champagne

Currently, those numbers have shifted even more. The women that shop in our wedding dress store in South Florida are more interested in ivory gowns, or combinations of ivory and another similar color. About 50% of the wedding dresses sold by Brides of America are ivory, 40% of them are either ivory/gold, ivory/champagne, or ivory caramel, and only 10% of our brides choose to wear actual white. 

Ivory-gold on the left, and light gold on the right
Ivory-champagne bridal gowns
When you come in for your wedding dress shopping appointment, the talented consultants at our Miami bridal boutique can help you narrow down which shades look the best on your particular skin-tone, as well as which shapes and styles flatter your body the most. Our goal is for you to have that magical moment when you look in the mirror wearing the bridal gown that was made to be worn by you and know, without a doubt, that it is "the one!" 

Give Brides of America a call at 305-620-6606 so that we can book your appointment, or you may also request a time through our website. You will have our undivided attention the entire time you are here. Since we are a "by appointment only" store, there will be no one else interrupting the shopping time that we have set aside especially for you. Together, we will find that wedding dress you've been dreaming of! 



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Blog author:  Deanna Powell - WhereBridesGo.com


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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Don' Miss Our Spring 2017 Morilee Bridesmaid Dress Trunk Show

Our South Florida bridesmaid dress store is very proud to be one of the few places in Florida to carry the entire Spring 2017 Bridesmaid Dress Collection from Morilee. In addition to those brand new gowns, Brides of America also has a wide selection of bridesmaid dresses from previous Morilee collections for you to choose from. With over 170 styles available, you and your girls will be able to find to positively love. 





Our bridesmaid dress trunk show in Miami is happening throughout the month. It began this week and we'll continue booking appointments for it now through Friday, March 31. Last October we wrote all about the New Floroal Chiffon Bridesmaid Dresses from Morilee's Spring 2017 bridesmaid dress collection that we were anticipating, and they are finally all here!

"We are extremely excited to receive the new floral print chiffon dresses for this trunk show." said Brides of America owner David Abadi, "People call the store every day asking for these floral gowns. We expect this  trunk show to be a very popular event and appointments will book up quickly!






As always, our Miami bridal boutique is by appointment only. This means that when you come in to shop with your bridesmaids, you will be our only customers for that whole shopping hour. You will each get the undivided attention of one of our highly experienced consultants, making sure that the entire experience is pleasant and informative, hopefully allowing you to find the perfect bridesmaid gowns for your wedding.





As we mentioned earlier, Brides of America is one of the few stores in all of Florida that carries the whole Spring 2017 collection from Morilee, as well as many amazing dresses from their previous collections. Their designs are fashionable, yet still combined with a classic look that stands the test of time. The large selection of colors and fabrics means that there is something here for everyone, no matter what your personal style may be.





According to David, "This new floral chiffon collection from Morilee is absolutely perfect for my Florida brides, and I'm willing to bet no matter where you live, you're going to love this look too!





Do not miss the chance to let your bridal party try on all of the exquisite gowns we will have available during our Morilee Bridesmaid Dress Trunk Show March 13-31. Call us at 305-620-6606 to get your appointment booked today. These spots will fill up fast, and we want to make sure every woman that needs a beautiful bridesmaid gown gets a chance to take a look at the wonderful choices we have waiting for you at Brides of America    



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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Gorgeous Wedding Dresses With Ruffles & Layers

Every bride that comes into our Miami bridal boutique has her own type of personal style, but we do tend to see patterns of styles adored by many from time to time. Lately, Brides of America has noticed a lot of customers favoring bridal gowns with lots of layers and ruffles. 


Recently, we had one of the busiest weekends ever at our wedding dress store in Miami, and believe it or not, every single dress that we sold over those couple of days had ruffles and layered skirts. It's really no surprise to us, because we have been receiving a lot of requests for these types of bridal gowns before the women come in for their shopping appointment. 

David Abadi, owner of Brides of America, says, "The 1980's looks seems to be making a comeback, and I really feel like this trend will be around for a while. I love, love, LOVE the new bridal collections from Morilee that have lots of layers and plenty of ruffles.


This type of wedding dress style is perfect for the lady that wants to playfully bounce down the aisle, and to whirl and swirl around the dance floor at her reception. There is a fun element to putting on a gown full of ruffles or layers, and when the two are combined in one dress, the look it creates is amazing! You can look and feel young and lighthearted while still appearing graceful and beautiful. 


Brides also seem to have less interest in the bright white gowns lately. They are most often asking for ivory/champagne, ivory/caramel, and ivory/gold wedding dresses. Different shades can come together in one gown to create a stunning design that any bride would be thrilled to walk down the aisle in.   


If these wedding dresses in today's blog look like what you have been envisioning for your own dream wedding, then you need to make an appointment to come in and try some of them on at our bridal gown store in Miami. You can also find many of these styles and more like them from Morilee in our online wedding dress store

On the other hand, if you have something completely different in mind, we can still help you out too. Brides of America carries a wide variety of every wedding dress style imaginable, all from the amazing design house of Morilee. Let us know what type of dress that you have in mind and we will help you find it. 



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Friday, March 3, 2017

Real Wedding: Daylan & Bonita Hall

Our very favorite thing to do at our wedding dress store in Miami is to help brides find the gown that looks and feels as if it were made especially for them. Our next favorite thing is getting to see just how amazing they look on the wedding day through the photos and videos that are shared with Brides of America




Today, we get to share some fabulous photographs, as well as a wedding video, from the ceremony and reception of Mr. & Mrs. Daylan and Bonita Hall. This adorable couple met at the counter of a Steak and Shake when Daylan came in for a quick lunch with a coworker. He caught sight of Bonita and he knew he had just seen his future wife. Once their eyes locked, the journey to the altar had begun. 

After phone calls to get to know each other and many wonderful dates, they became engaged. The story of their love culminated in Dania Beach, Florida on January 9, 2016 when they were married at South Florida's Gallery of Amazing Things.   


We were absolutely thrilled when Bonita chose Brides of America to search for the perfect wedding dress, and even happier when she found it! She chose a stunning wedding dress from Morilee (style #2685) that featured intricate lace, exquisite beading, and incredible detail to every stitch. 

The Alencon lace of the fitted bodice on this elegant bridal gown flows beautifully into cascading layers of ruffled organza. The exquisite beading around the sweetheart neckline and above the skirt, plus the covered button details down the back, add to the sheer elegance of this dress. Bonita also chose to add an amazing bridal belt and elaborately beaded yoke around her shoulders to elevate her wedding day look to the next level.     


We want to thank Bonita and Daylan for sharing their fantastic wedding with us, and also for letting Brides of America be a part of this very special day. Everyone looked absolutely amazing! 

If you are on the hunt for your perfect wedding dress, make an appointment at our Miami bridal boutique to try on our incredible Morilee bridal fashions. We can dress you, your bridesmaids, and even the mothers of the bride and groom. Your dream wedding dress is waiting here for you, and we can't wait to help you find it! 


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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Helpful Tips For Attending Bridal Shows

There are a lot of details to take care of when you plan a wedding, and attending bridal shows is an excellent way to get lots of tasks tackled at once, plus find creative inspiration for your special day. Brides of America realizes that some of the larger bridal shows can be overwhelming, but we've put together some advice to help you get the most out of one. 



*Sign Yourself Up

Pre-register
First of all, if the bridal show allows pre-registration, take advantage of it. It will save you precious time when you arrive, letting you skip the sign-up line and get to the show floor much faster. Another bonus of pre-registering is that some shows offer special perks for early sign-up, plus you will be on their mailing list for updated show information and specials. 

Wedding Freebies
Once inside the doors, most of the wedding vendor booths will have giveaways for you to sign up for. With everything that you will be spending to put on a wedding, free swag is always welcome. To save yourself a lot of time, and to keep your hand from cramping up from writing your contact information over and over, make labels to bring along with you to the show. Pre-print your name, the groom's name, your wedding date, email address, phone number, and address; then when it's time to sign up, simply peel and stick. Quick & simple!   

Be aware, though, that these vendors are using the drawings to get your contact information so that they can try to sell you their services. If you don't want to be contacted, either don't sign up or you can create a temporary email address to use specifically for your wedding. That way, all of your wedding correspondence will be kept together in one space, away from your regular emails, and you can discontinue that email address once the wedding is over. 

*Make A Plan For The Day

Choose Helpers
A bridal show is the perfect place for you and your fiance to get some great ideas for your wedding decor and also check out many different vendors all in one stop. It can also be a fun day to get all of the girls from your wedding party together. They can help you get some wedding tasks accomplished, and you all get to have a girls' day out in the process. Decide who will help you get the most out of the bridal show and ask them to join you. 

Map Your Route
Next, take a look at the list of vendors that will be there and plan who you need to visit the most. Start with vendors that you still need to hire, and if there is time left over, you can browse the other booths to see if you can find some new ideas or great deals you simply can't pass up. 

There are often special events planned for specific times, like a fashion show or first dance demonstration. If there is something that you really want to see, plan the timing so that you are in the right place at the right time. Seating can fill up fast, so if you don't want to stand through it, get to the stage early. 



*Don't Forget To Bring...
We've already mentioned that bringing along labels to use for giveaway sign-ups can make that part of your day a lot easier. Here are a few more items that you should bring with you too. 

  • Comfortable Shoes!
    If you've chosen to use the show for a fun ladies' day out, you may have the urge to get all dressed up. That's fine, as long as you stay sensible when it comes to your shoes. There will be lots and lots of walking involved, and possibly big crowds to maneuver through. You may regret wearing high heels halfway through the day. There are plenty of fashionable options for your feet that will keep you comfy too.
  • Calendar
    There will be a lot of other brides wanting to visit the same booths that you do. Once you find a vendor that you like, get out that calendar and book an appointment to speak to them in more detail.
  • Checkbook / Credit Card
    Many vendors will be offering "bridal show only" discounts if you book them during the show. You will want to have your credit card handy so that you can put down your deposit and get your wedding date on their calendar. Bring your checkbook too. Some smaller businesses may not have the ability to accept credit cards.
  • CashIt's probably going to be a long day, and you'll most likely be doing a lot of walking. At some point you may want something to eat or drink beyond the sweet cake samples. A little bit of spending cash will come in handy because that is all that some pop-up bars and small food stands can accept.
  • A Bag For Goodies
    You'll be gathering a lot of business cards and informational pamphlets at each booth that you visit, as well as promotional goodies that they'll be giving away. You may be handed a bag to use when you arrive at the bridal show, but having an extra one isn't a bad idea. You can use one bag for your VIP information, and the other to hold stuff that is second-string. Don't throw away any vendor information until you have contracts signed, though. That way, if your first choice doesn't work out, you can still get in touch with other vendors that you liked.  
      


**Have Fun With It!
There are wedding planning tasks that can be stressful, but attending a bridal show doesn't have to be one of them. Remember to enjoy the moment. After all, brides-to-be are queens for the day at a bridal show. Every vendor there will be catering to you, hoping to get your attention and your business. Enjoy the attention, as well as the useful information that you can find at a bridal show. 

Another wedding task that doesn't have to be stressful is finding your dream bridal gown. When you shop at our wedding dress store in Miami, you will have our undivided attention, plus the experience of our knowledgeable consultants to make your shopping appointment easy and fun. You can just relax, tell us what you have in mind, and let Brides of America guide you to that perfect dress. 





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Blog author:  Deanna Powell - WhereBridesGo.com


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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Castle Weddings Let You Play Princess For A Day

One giant benefit to selling the best wedding dresses in Miami is getting the chance to hear the magical plans that each bride has for her upcoming wedding. Every couple has their own unique style, and we get the chance to hear about a wide variety of themes, ideas, and wedding locations. 



Recently, a bride came into Brides of America looking for the perfect bridal gown to wear to her wedding in Germany, which will take place in a magnificent castle. She had photos of the gorgeous venue to show us, and we all immediately fell in love with the location! After she left, we were still daydreaming about how fantastical a castle wedding could be. 





The Venue
Anyone can plan a classic fairy tale wedding, but finding an actual castle to host it in will make it very unique and extra exciting for you and your wedding guests. Entering the venue will immediately set the stage and make everyone feel as if they are about to become a part of your "Once upon a time..." 

You don't have to travel out of the country to find a castle to get married in. As a matter of fact, you don't even have to leave Florida! There are quite a few different ones to choose from, once you begin looking. For example, Castle Ottis in St. Augustine was created as an expression of art. It is privately owned, but can be available for small weddings. There is also Country Day Castle in Hilliard. which specializes in weddings and receptions that are fit for a princess.       





The Wedding Dress
There is no set dress code for a castle wedding, unless of course the bride and groom choose to set one of their own. It could add to the ambiance to have a black tie affair and request that all of your guests show up dressed for a royal ball. As for the bride, she gets to wear whatever makes her happiest. When it comes to a wedding in a castle, though, we automatically envision big ball gowns that glide through a room and float across the dance floor.





A cathedral-length veil and a long, fabulous train add to the fantasy and drama as the bride walks down the aisle to her very own Prince Charming. Instead of one flower girl, opt for multiple young ladies, skipping down the aisle, tossing tons of flower petals everywhere. This is also the perfect opportunity to make use of train bearers, officially helping you and your amazing dress make it gracefully down the aisle. And last but certainly not least, every princess needs an exquisite tiara to grace her beautiful head.      

The Experience
Simply getting the chance to be inside a castle is an exciting experience on its own. There are many additional touches that you can add throughout the decor, the color palette, and the activities to make it even more of a fairy tale setting. We imagine lots of tall, shiny candelabras at the center of every table, along with plenty of greenery intertwined with glorious blossoms. Twinkle lights are a wonderful touch, making it look as if actual fairies are gracing your celebration. 

This is the perfect setting to let floating lanterns loose during the reception, and a gigantic fireworks display watched from the balcony would fit in beautifully. Your first dance could be a classic waltz, and at the end of the night, have a horse-drawn carriage take you away to your "...happily ever after!"





That's just one version of a fantastic castle wedding that could be planned. As we stated before, every bride is unique and can bring an entirely new and fresh set of ideas to planning her own fairy tale wedding. That part is all yours, but when it comes to finding your dream wedding dress, our bridal boutique in Miami can guide your search. When you are ready to start looking, make an appointment with us at Brides of America. Your amazing bridal gown, as well as your beautiful bridesmaids' dresses, are waiting here for you. 




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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A Magical Disney Wedding For A Brides Of America Bride!

Many times, once a bride leaves our wedding dress store in Miami with the gorgeous bridal gown she fell in love with, we don't get the chance to see how everything turned out on the actual wedding day. When one of our Brides of America couples shares pictures with us after the wedding, we absolutely love it! Karen and Alvaro did even better than that by sharing their story along with many professional photographs from their special day. 


The Proposal & Planning
Karen and Alvaro's love story sounds like something straight from a storybook. Karen met Alvaro when she was working at a video game store. He bumped into her, all the game cartridges fell, and he was a complete gentleman when he helped her pick them up. After 10 years of dating, they got engaged at midnight on New Year’s Day in Epcot.

A Disney wedding was always part of the fairy tale. The bride and groom are huge Disney fans, and Walt Disney World has always held a special place in their hearts and in their relationship. Wanting to share their love and bring their family and friends together, Karen and Alvaro chose Disney's Wedding Pavilion for their ceremony and Disney's California Grill for their reception. Fun, happiness, and love was the theme of both their love story and their magical Disney wedding!



The Dress

Karen had previously bought a white dress which she thought was "the one," but sometimes, when you least expect it, life surprises you. It was at her sister's final dress fitting (two months before her own wedding!) that Karen spotted what she called her dream dress and decided that the newest creation by Madeline Gardner, a blush pink gown with a corset of embroidered flowers, was her dream dress. All thoughts of a white dress were out the window. 



It was a tight deadline, and Karen did not get to try on the dress until a week before her wedding day. With minor alterations, the dress fit perfectly and Karen left with her dream dress for her Disney dream wedding three days before the big day! After their first look, the groom told her that if someone were to take her and turn her into a dress, this would be the one! Karen's dress, bouquet, and lipstick coordinated flawlessly, and she was an exceptionally beautiful bride!


The Disney Wedding

With the final renovations of Disney's wedding Pavilion completed just two days before their wedding, Karen and Alvaro were one of the first couples to get married at the new Wedding Pavilion! Their ceremony was personal and unique, just like them, and was officiated by Harry Rubi from Sensational Ceremonies. Karen and Alvaro live-streamed the ceremony so that Karen's family from Colombia, including her grandparents, could see it all in real-time and hear their personalized vows. Readings were made in both English and Spanish to highlight and give homage to the bride and groom's Hispanic heritage.


Their reception followed at Karen and Alvaro's favorite Disney restaurant, Disney's California Grill. At the top of Disney's contemporary resort and with a direct view of the Magic Kingdom theme park, California Grill brought the fun and magic of Disney into the reception. The magic continued with a surprise visit from the main mouse himself, Mickey Mouse!



According to the couple, the best part of the day was getting married and celebrating their love at the happiest place on Earth! As for their advice for future couples: “Stop and take it all in as much as you can- enjoy each experience and savor it, as it will all go faster than you imagine it!

Karen and Alvaro's Disney magic continues as they are scheduled to return to Disney World for a theme park photo session at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot during Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival. We cannot wait to see Karen and her beautiful dress against the vibrant flowers of Epcot's world showcase. 


Thank you to Root Photography for the magnificent photographs Karen and Alvaro shared with us. You can see even more magical pictures in parts 1 & 2 of the photographer's blog

If you are engaged and looking for that magical moment when you spot your own dream wedding dress, make an appointment at our Miami bridal boutique. You will get our undivided attention and extra-special care when you come in to shop. Don't worry if you cannot travel to the Miami area, because you can also purchase our amazing Madeline Gardner wedding dresses online at the Brides of America website. We will do everything in our power to help you get the magical wedding you have always dreamed of. You deserve it! 
    

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