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Bella Bridal Gallery has officially re-opened, and we are more excited than ever to help you find your dream wedding dress! With all of the changes that have happened, we understand that brides may be in a rush to get their wedding dresses, and we are here to help. In addition to helping you find the dress you’ve been dreaming of, our number one priority is the safety of our brides, their guests, and our staff. Here’s what to expect during your bridal appointment:

1. Appointments are required

While we have always tried our best to accommodate walk-ins, appointments are now required to enter the shop. We are sanitizing dressing rooms, seating areas, and high traffic spots in between appointments, so we need to know who is coming into the shop and when. You can book your appointment easily online here: or call us at 248-539-9800.

2. Masks are mandatory

Masks are mandatory for everyone entering the shop. Think of all of the stories you will tell your grandchildren when you explain to them that you were a “covid bride”. This may not be how you envisioned your wedding dress shopping, but we promise we will make your shopping experience unforgettably special.

3. Browsing welcome

You are still welcome to browse the gowns during your try on appointment, but if you are uncomfortable going through the dresses, your professional consultant will do the work for you. Your consultant will ask you what your style preferences are and pull gowns that meet your needs. They know the inventory like the back of their hand, and with a little bit of input from you, they can be sure to find your dream dress. Feel free to show us your Pinterest board for inspiration!

4. Have fun!

Despite all of the changes going on, your wedding dress shopping experience can still be fun and easy! You’ve been waiting a lifetime to marry the love of your life, and we will do everything in our power to make your experience memorable. If you’re ready to find your dream dress, book your appointment now and we will help you say YES!

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Shopping for wedding dresses, whether you are just starting your search online or you’ve started trying on gowns, can be an overwhelming experience. With an abundance of lace, beading, sequins, and what seams like never-ending layers of fabric, it’s easy to think that “more is more” when it comes to wedding dresses. But, what if that’s just not “you”? If you fancy yourself more of a “less is more” kind of girl, there are still great wedding dress options for you, no matter what kind of style you are going for. These minimalist wedding dresses are simple, chic, and timeless. They must be made with the best quality materials and with the highest craftsmanship in order to truly shine. They are a great way to let your true beauty show without all of the bells and whistles.


These wedding dresses have daring necklines, angles, and cutouts. They are bold and unexpected, and make a statement in terms of their design.


Traditional wedding dresses are timeless and polished. They look very refined and sophisticated, never “plain” or boring. These wedding dresses have classic silhouettes and will remain stylish throughout the years. They are the true definition of never going out of style.


A full skirt and light layers can make any bride feel like a princess on her wedding day, not just sparkles and shine. This dress is fun and flirty without a stitch of lace or beading.


For the glamorous bride, minimalist wedding dresses really let the fabric do the talking. Make a statement with bold folds and manipulation of the fabric, or for a more feminine look, try adding a bow.


The modern bride is all about putting a fresh spin on a classic look. Unexpected details such a a sheer top on a classic ballgown or a plunging neckline and curve hugging seams add a contemporary element to simple silhouettes.


There is just so much to love about boho wedding dresses. They are often characterized by their effortless feel and unconventional detailing, such as a touch of crochet detail instead of traditional lace.

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Chances are, if you’ve started looking for wedding dresses, even if it’s just online, you’ve heard the terms, “A-line, ballgown, mermaid, and sheath” thrown around a fair amount of times. However, what’s really the difference between them all, and what shape will best suit you? Here, we will go over the differences between the major wedding dress shapes to help you determine which style will work best for you!


As its name suggests, A-line wedding dresses widen from the waist to the hem, creating an ‘A’ shape. This silhouette is classic and timeless, and is the most comfortable style to wear. It is flattering on every figure, and is the softer, more romantic version of it’s sister, the ballgown.

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The main difference between the A-line and the ballgown wedding dress is the amount of volume in the skirt. Ballgowns have a defined waistline and a big, billowy skirt. They are perfect for any bride looking to feel like a princess on her wedding day. If you are planning a dramatic, fairy tale wedding, a ballgown is a perfect dress choice.

Randy Fenoli

Drop Waist

The drop waist wedding dress has a fitted corset top like the ballgown, but they do not flare out at the natural waist. Instead, they flare out just below the hips creating an hourglass shape for the bride. This less common silhouette is a good choice for a bride hoping to create curves and show off her figure while still getting a voluminous skirt.


Mermaid wedding dresses are a great choice for brides who want to show off their hourglass shape, and who want to do it with drama. They are fitted all the way through the hips, and then flare out with volume at the bottom of the dress, typically at the knee. These dresses make a big statement, just like the ballgown does, but while also showing off your curves.


Just like A-line and ballgown wedding dresses are like two sides of the same coin, so are trumpet and mermaid gowns. The major difference between the two styles is where the dress flares out. The trumpet wedding dress flares above the knee, making it a softer silhouette. It is also a much more comfortable option than the mermaid, as the higher flare will allow more room to move, sit, and dance in your dress.

Fit and Flare

Fit and flare is the softest silhouette of the fitted wedding dresses. They have a very slight flare and are more subtle and subdued. These dresses are are very sophisticated and elegant, and will not overwhelm a more petite bride.


Sheath wedding dresses follow the natural shape of your body, without any added flare. They create an elongated look and tend to be very comfortable, thin dresses without too much structure, which is perfect for brides whose top priority is comfort. These dresses look effortless and relaxed, great for boho or beachy brides.

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Whether you have had your dream dress in mind since you were a child playing dress up, or you haven’t even begun to think about your bridal style, wedding dress shopping is a totally unique experience. Here are a few things to keep in mind to ease your shopping and help you find a dress you are sure to love for years to come!


The material of your wedding dress can set the tone for your wedding. A heavy satin skirt may feel appropriate for a winter wedding, while flowy chiffon looks cool and effortless in the summer or for a beach wedding. You may want to choose silk for a formal affair, while tulle can feel whimsical and dreamy for a garden wedding.

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Train Length

Nothing complements a church wedding more than a long dramatic train. But what if you are having a more causal wedding? Choosing a shorter sweep train, or even having your dress hemmed floor length all the way around can make it easier to manage and feels less formal if you are planning something simple.

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Back Detail

When looking at dress details, don’t forget to consider the back of the dress as well as the front. Most guests will see your back while you are standing at the altar during the ceremony, and as you are walking down the aisle. This is a great way to to add an unexpected twist to your wedding dress, and add a unique element to your gown that stands out from the rest.

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Straps can make an impact on the overall vibe of your wedding. Whether you prefer spaghetti, cap, long sleeves or strapless, there are many sleeve options available for brides that can affect not only the look of the dress, but how comfortable you feel on your wedding day. A spaghetti strap or cap sleeve can give you more support and make you feel more secure if you are not comfortable wearing a strapless dress. Long sleeves provide extra coverage for more modest brides, but can be a bit warm to wear, so keep that in mind if you are getting married during warmer seasons.

Martina Liana
Randy Fenoli

Contemplate Color

An ivory or white wedding gown will always feel classic and timeless, but if you are looking to step away from tradition, considering a wedding dress with champagne or blush undertones could be the way to go. A hint of color can help a dress feel fresh, fun and whimsical.

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Martina Liana

Comfort is Key!

We are firm believers that no bride should have to sacrifice comfort for fashion. Keep in mind how different fabrics feel when you wear them. Which silhouettes make you feel the most comfortable and confident? Remember, no one ever looks as good as when they FEEL good, and on your wedding day you deserve to both look and feel like a rock star!

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You said yes to the dress! Now its time for alterations. The alteration process is necessary for any wedding dress to fit like a glove. Adding a bustle is a standard part of excellent alterations. Bustles are added during the alteration process because each dress and each girl is unique, so the bustle needs to be custom made to make sure that the back of the dress is lifted to the exact right hem length.

After the wedding ceremony, and all of your pictures, you can bustle your dress so that you can move comfortably for the rest of the night. You’ll be able to enjoy dancing and mingling at your reception without your train getting in your way. Bustles are mostly functional, but it is still important that you like the way that it looks. During the alteration process, the seamstress will pin the bustle different ways so that you can see your options and choose the best one for your dress.

Bring someone with you to your final fitting so that they can learn how to bustle your dress properly. There are usually several buttons, loops, hooks, or ribbons that will be inconspicuously placed on top or underneath the train of your wedding gown in order to lift it off of the floor. Remember, the longer and more detailed the train is, the more elaborate and time consuming the bustling process may be, so make sure you choose someone that you trust to get the job done.

The two most popular types of bustles are the Traditional bustle and the French bustle. The Traditional bustle is when the fabric is gathered, fastened, and tucked on top of the back of the gown.

The French bustle is when is when the fabric is tucked underneath the dress creating a cascading look.

Talk with the seamstress about the best bustle options for the fabric and style of your wedding gown, and choose which one you like best!

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Place someone in charge of handing out tips to any vendors the day of your wedding. The last thing that you need to worry about on your wedding day is making sure you have money available and rummaging through your purse. Separate out tips for each person and label them in separate envelopes. Then put someone in charge, like your parents or maid of honor, to hand them out at the end of the night.



Gather anything that you will need the day of your wedding and the day after and pack everything away in your car. Whatever you need for getting ready in the morning, bridal party gifts, accessories, phone chargers, and anything you may need for your honeymoon if your are leaving right away should all be packed the night before. This will save you the stress from worrying about forgetting anything, and all you have to do the morning of  your wedding is focus on getting married and enjoying your day.


The night before your wedding is NOT the time to add anything new to your routine. You never know how your skin will react to a new product, and it’s best to play it safe and stick with things that your normally use and that you know will work for you.


Take this time to send a little appreciation to all of the people who have helped you along the wedding planning process. A hand written note to parents, in-laws, your maid of honor and even your partner will make them feel special and show how grateful you are for these special people in your life. This is also a good time to go over your vows one last time if you are writing your own.



It can be hard to be relaxed and get some rest the night before your wedding, but try your best. Your wedding day will be a long one, and it will go by fast. This is not the night to be up late drinking with friends. You want to make sure you are well rested, focused, and ready to go for your special day. Enjoy it!


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You said yes to the dress, your special ordered designer wedding dress has arrived to our store, and now it’s time to start thinking about alterations. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about the alteration process to put you at ease and make the process as seamless as possible.


Alterations typically start on average two to three months before the wedding day. Depending on the design of the gown and the extent of the alteration, it may take more or less time for your dress to be altered. Bella Bridal Gallery offers in-house alterations, so we can work with you one on one to discuss the schedule for your specific dress, and if you are an out of town bride, we can coordinate your fittings around your schedule.



Typically, there are three dress fittings. The dress will be pinned at the first fitting. The second fitting is a check to make sure nothing else needs to be tweaked, and the final fitting will be a check just to make sure everything is perfect before the wedding.



The first fitting is the longest appointment, lasting approximately an hour, with the subsequent fitting requiring less and less time as your dress comes closer to completion.


Your shoes! You must bring the shoes you plan on wearing on your wedding day to your fittings in order to make sure that the hem is accurate. If you do not have the exact shoes that you plan to wear, bring a different pair with the same exact heel height. If you plan on wearing any specific undergarments underneath your dress, make sure to bring those to your fitting also, as they will change the way that the dress fits on your body.



In the process of getting your dress altered, we can always take the dress in or let it out if you lose or gain weight. Try to be finished actively loosing weight before you start your fittings, but if you are not, let the seamstress know and she will give you a timeline for when is best to start your alteration process.


Sample wedding dresses can be altered a great deal by our professional seamstresses in order to fit you perfectly. It is easier to take a dress in than it is to let it out, so if possible, when buying an off-the-rack gown, choose one that is bigger rather than smaller. If your dress is too small, the dress can be let out to an extent, or matching fabric  from the designer can be added to the sample to make it your size.



It may be helpful to have someone you trust come with you to your first and second fittings just for reassurance, but if possible, someone who is going to help you get dressed on your wedding day should definitely come to the final fitting. This is when the seamstress will show the other person how to help you get dressed and how to bustle your dress for the reception. If it is not possible for someone to come with you, have it video taped so that you can show your bridesmaids later. Keep in mind that bringing a large entourage with you to your fitting appointment may be distracting. There needs to be clear communication between you and the seamstress to ensure that you are getting the proper fit for your dress and you are comfortable on your wedding day.

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Congratulations! You just got engaged and you can barely contain your excitement! But in between getting lost in the sparkle of your shiny new engagement ring the being flooded with questions from your loved ones, it’s hard to know where to start your planning. It’s easy to get lost in a sea of endless Pinterest wedding planning, but these are the things that you should focus on tackling first.


The first thing you’ll  need to know when you start wedding planning is your date. If you aren’t set on one particular date, such as your grandparents anniversary, choose a few, especially if you are getting married during a popular season like June or if you have your heart set on a popular venue.



Some venues are booked over a year in advance, so booking soon should be a priority. The venue will help to set the tone for the wedding theme, and will help you decide on what kind of dress to look for. If you’re getting married on the beach you are going to be shopping for a completely different dress than you would be shopping for if you were getting married in a castle.



Aim to purchase your wedding dress nine to twelve months before the wedding, if possible. Most special ordered wedding gowns can take up to six months to come in. Giving yourself ample time for your dress to arrive, be altered, pressed and ready for your big day will alleviate a lot of stress.



Send your save the dates shortly after your engagement so that your guests will have plenty of time to plan on coming to the wedding. Remember, save the dates should only be sent to people who you plan on sending a formal invitation. If you have a lot of out of town guests or if you are getting married during a popular time, letting them know as soon as possible will allow them to make the proper accommodations.





For the first time ever, the blending of two shades, Rose Quartz and Serenity, has been named the color of the year. Described by Pantone as “an inherent balance between a warm, embracing rose tone and a cooler, tranquil blue” this pairing is designed to create a warm, relaxing environment.


If you’re looking for a color palette that really pops, and will have people talking for ages, this is definitely the one for you! Here are a few of our favorite color of the year inspirations:


First things first, the focal point of the whole wedding: YOU! Wearing a dress that is rose tone, instead of the traditional white, is sure to turn heads and drop jaws! This is one fashion choice that will leave your guests breathless.

One of the easiest way to incorporate this amazing blend of colors is in your (and your maids!) bouquet! Any florist should be able to tell you which flowers can come in these colors. Hint: A lot of flowers can be dyed…don’t forget to ask!


Look at how great your ladies could look in these amazing colors! The combination gives the whole party a romantic, almost angelic vibe!

So mix and match bridesmaids aren’t really your thing? No problem! You could dress the girls in Serenity and give them Rose Quartz flowers (like above), or let them pick an amazing rose dress and some soft blue shoes. The possibilities are basically endless!

Cant’t get enough Serenity and Rose Quartz? Check out our Pinterest page for more inspiration!

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Trying to find your dream dress can be a very stressful process if you are not prepared for it. There are do’s and don’ts that come along with shopping for gowns. Having guidelines to follow during the process can help make a smoother experience for the bride. Here are a few tips to that will help you the day off wedding dress shopping!

Don’t hold back your true feelings about a dress!

It is important for the bride to be very honest and vocal with the consultant, this way the consultant has accurate information and feedback and is able to help you with your selection. You are looking for your dream dress so do not hold back your feelings.


Don’t try on to many dresses!

In order to keep from being overwhelmed, limit the amount of dresses you try on. You do not want to get confused with the process. When you try on to many dresses you are not able to think clearly about what you want.  An easy fix is to start with a few and work from there, this keeps the process enjoyable.


Keep your makeup light!

Your makeup should be at a bare minimum when trying on dresses because it can stain the material of the dress. Try and stay away from bold eye-shadows, lipstick and bronzer. Keep it simple so you are not worrying about it the day of dress shopping. It also takes away from the dress when you overdue the makeup, you want to focus only on the dress and not anything else.

Don’t try on a dress outside your budget!

If a dress is outside of your price range, do not try it on! Brides will just try something on for fun but in the end it ends up disappointing and confusing for them. The consultant will usually advise against trying anything on outside their budget.

Don’t try on a dress that is smaller than your current size!

Always order the dress in the size that you are at that time. If it is to big you can always take the dress in, but taking the dress out is more difficult. Some brides say they are going to work out and lose weight but that does not always happen because planning a wedding is stressful and that can cause brides to gain instead of lose. It is better to not worry about your weight and know that your dress will fit you perfectly when it is all said and done.

Keep your group limited!

It is not the best idea to bring a large group of people with you to your try-on appointment, especially your first appointment. There are to many opinions from to many different people and it can confuse the bride. One to two people is a good amount to start with, this keeps the appointment fun and enjoyable.

Give yourself plenty of time to dress shop!

You do not want to wait until the last minute to start dress shopping! It is better to start early so you do not get stressed out about your dress not getting ordered in time. Play it safe and make sure you give yourself plenty of time to find your dream dress!


Remember to bring spanx!

Proper undergarments are necessary for an efficient and smooth bridal appointment. Every bride can benefit from spanx and it makes trying on gowns so much easier! It gives you a foundation support to work with and makes it easier to get the dresses on.

Don’t wait for tears to confirm that you have found “the one”

Every bride is different and they all express their feelings and emotions differently. Not every bride has an obvious emotion when she connects with the dress and that is OK. They all have the same significance when they find the right one. Some brides have that magical moment and others express it differently.


Always try to make an appointment!

Do not wait until last minute to make an appointment to try on dresses because it can result in shortened time with a consultant and frustration. You want to make sure you have plenty of time to find your dream dress and by making an appointment ahead of time can ensure you have that. You want to be able to secure a spot so you are prepared and the bridal shop is prepared as well. This helps make the less stressful and more enjoyable.