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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!

A-Line

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.

Randy Fenoli

Ballgown

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

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.

Trumpet

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

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.

Aire Barcelona
Essense of Australia

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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!

Material

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.

Aire Barcelona

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.

Martina Liana

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.

Randy Fenoli

Straps

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.

Essense of Australia
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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Desert Chic

This is a popular theme among the ever growing number of boho brides. Desert chic relies on the landscape to enhance the mood of the wedding and can be embellished with details such as wooden accents and succulents. Boho brides add elegance to the desert landscape by incorporating bold patterns and lush layers of lace into their gowns.

Martina Liana #1147

This wedding dress, along with optional floor length sleeves, creates a carefree and romantic look that is perfect for a boho wedding.

Essense of Australia D2322

Graphic, organic edged lace makes a bold statement and adds a touch of elegance to a bohemian desert wedding.

Randy Fenoli Aphrodite

Randy Fenoli’s Aphrodite wedding dress combines a bold natural lace pattern with flutter sleeves giving it an organic and romantic feel.

Tropical Elegance

The tropical elegance theme appeals to brides who know that just because they are doing a destination wedding, doesn’t mean they have to look casual. This theme mixes lush and lavish elements with a tropical twist. It features lush floral patterns, luxurious textures, and gold accents.

Aire Beach Queral

This beachy beauty fromm Aire Barcelona’s Beach collection looks “easy breezy”, and is made from rich silk chiffon along with beaded French lace.

Martina Liana #1087

Layers of floral French lace and sequins make this wedding dress exceptionally magical. The soft laces flow into a dreamy tulle skirt that looks light and effortless.

Randy Fenoli Addison

The Addison wedding dress by Randy Fenoli is made of a lightweight fabric, which has a fresh and modern feel. The unique and bold lace pattern nods toward tropical floral designs and the flowing silk fabric is light and airy.

Roaring 20’s

What could be a better fit for a 2020 wedding than a roaring 20’s wedding theme? This theme is perfect for the bride who is all about glitz and glamour. Bold accessories, vintage decor, and ultra embellished gowns are a must for this theme. Think sequins and gold all the way.

Martina Liana #1078

Artfully placed lace shapes the body on this richly beaded wedding dress, and the dramatic shaped train makes a bold statement as you walk down the aisle.

Martina Liana #948

The high neckline and scrolling lace patterns alongside beaded lattice details give this wedding dress an Art Deco inspired feel that would be a perfect fit for a roaring 20’s wedding theme.

Randy Fenoli Antonella
Randy Fenoli Antonella

The heavy embellishments on the front and back of this wedding dress, paired with the rich crepe fabric scream “Old Hollywood Glam.”

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Bohemian wedding dresses are perfect for brides who want to feel dreamy and effortless on their wedding day. The fabrics are lightweight and often feature graphic lace detailing instead of traditional lace patterns. This makes them great for beach weddings, elopements, or even a romantic garden wedding. These are a few of our favorite boho wedding dresses of the moment! Now available at Bella Bridal!

Essesnse of Australia D2971
Essense of Australia D2971

This sheath wedding dress has a very laid back feel. The crepe chiffon skirt is light and romantic, giving it perfectly beachy-boho vibes. The bodice is layered with laces to show off the waistline and flatter any figure. The V-back features scalloped edges to give this modern dress a hint of tradition.

Martina Liana #1147
Martina Liana #1147

The matte cotton lace on this Martina Liana wedding dress gives this boho princess gown an earthy feel. It really pops against the soft French lace underneath. The linear Swiss dotting draws in the waistline and enhances the figure so that you can feel sexy and natural at the same time. This dress is giving us major carefree and romantic vibes.

Essense of Australia D2752
Essense of Australia D2752

The strapless, sweetheart neckline on this vintage-boho wedding dress features a rich cotton lace, which gives it a very organic feel. The mixed laces in the skirt have a unique linear design, and the A-line silhouette feels soft and whimsical. This gorgeous dress can be ordered in sizes from 2 to 32.

Essense of Australia D2680
Essense of Australia D2680

The V-neckline of this Essense of Australia wedding dress is highlighted with a subtle sparkle for an effortless shimmer. The combination of layered laces adds depth and dimension, while the vine-like botanical lace applique gives a hint of boho inspiration.

Randy Fenoli Aphrodite
Randy Fenoli Aphrodite

The bold lace pattern and detachable flutter sleeves make this Randy Fenoli wedding dress a striking and beautiful option for brides wanting a bohemian feel to their wedding gown. This dress hugs your curves and flatters the figure. While the dramatic lace pattern speaks to more eccentric brides, the flutter sleeves add a touch of flirty femininity.

Bohemian wedding dresses come in many different silhouettes and and flatter many different figures. Whether you prefer something understated and simple, or bold lace detailing throughout, there is a boho wedding dress for any bride. Book your appointment by clicking on the link.
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The National Bridal Sale Event is going on at Bella Bridal Gallery, and we can’t wait to help all of our brides! July 20th – 27th is the time of year when brides can come in and shop our designer wedding dresses for a fraction of the original price. Select samples are priced up to 70% off! This is a great way to save money, but still get the quality, designer wedding dress of your dreams. Below, you’ll find some common questions and answers about the event.

WHAT SIZE ARE THE SAMPLES?

Most of the wedding dress samples in our store are bridal sizes 10 and 12, however we offer select plus-size samples for sale up to size 24. During the National Bridal Sale Event, there is something for everyone. At Bella Bridal, we are proud to offer in-house expert alterations. If you fall in love with a dress that does not fit perfectly, do not worry. Our seamstresses are skilled in taking in dresses many sizes, and letting them out where needed.

ARE ALL OF THE DRESSES WHITE?

Most of the wedding dress samples are the traditional ivory color, but we also have a lot of samples for sale in champagne and blush. There are not many stark white dress samples for sale in our store, however we find that ivory tends to be universally flattering, and the most popular color choice among brides.

CAN I STILL ORDER A DRESS IF I DO NOT WANT TO BUY A SAMPLE?

A lot of the wedding dress samples offered during the National Bridal Sale Event can still be special ordered at regular price. If you happen to fall in love with champagne sale dress, but your were dreaming of an ivory wedding gown, it can still be special ordered brand new in the color of your choice. Some samples are discontinued and cannot be ordered, but your consultant will let you know which gowns are strictly off-the-rack and which ones you can order.

WHAT STYLES OF DRESSES DO YOU HAVE?

You will find a variety of different styles and shapes of wedding gowns in our store during this event. From ballgowns to fit and flare, lace to beading, and even plain silk or satin, there is a wedding dress for every bride. Don’t compromise your vision because you are buying off-the-rack. Bring inspiration with you to your appointment and communicate with your consultant, and we will be sure to match you up with the dress of your dreams.

WHICH DESIGNERS DO YOU CARRY?

We will have sample wedding gowns for sale from all of our designers that we carry here, such as Essense of Australia, Martina Liana, Aire Barcelona, and Martha Blanc, among others. Purchasing a sample is a great way to get a designer wedding dress at a great price.

ARE APPOINTMENTS REQUIRED?

Appointments are required for this event, and they fill up quickly! If you are interested in coming in, just call us at 248-539-9800 or fill out an appointment request form on our website bellabridal.com. We will be happy to try to fit everyone in! We can’t wait to help you find your dream wedding dress!

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Martina Liana has become a world wide leading bridal fashion label. She loves the idea of giving brides the chance to bring their own bridal visions to life through custom designs and heirloom quality details. Her latest wedding dress collection features “all new designs inspired by your statement of love.”

Martina Liana wedding dresses are for the bride who radiates confidence and global glamour. Your wedding gown is not just a dress, but a statement piece. It should reflect who you are, your personal taste, and your unique love story.

So how does this collection compare to the rest? Here are a few key elements that are sure to sweep you off of your feet.

  1. INNOVATIVE NECKLINES

With this collection, Martina Liana breaks out of the traditional sweet heart and V necklines that we typically see in the bridal fashion industry. Most of your pictures will be from the waist up, so the neckline you choose should stand out and make a statement about your personal style.

2. EXQUISITE NEW TEXTURES

Hand placed water pearls, crystals, sequins, and beads add detail on top of layers of french lace and tulle to create decadent textures in fresh and modern ways.

3. CUSTOMIZABLE ELEMENTS

Martina Liana’s newest collection allows you to express your individuality like never before. Her dresses feature several fabric and color options, as well as new elements like detachable sleeves. This way, you can create your own fashion statement through your wedding dress.

With Martina Liana, it’s often love at first sight. Check our website for trunk show dates, and book an appointment to come the the next Martina Liana trunk show to find the perfect wedding dress to tell your love story.

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Bella Bridal Gallery is proud to be celebrating our 17th year in the wedding dress industry! Making bridal dreams come true since 2002, our family owned and operated bridal salon brings world renowned designers to the beautiful brides of the Metro Detroit area and beyond. It is our absolute pleasure and number one priority to provide brides with exceptional customer service and luxury bridal fashion to help them feel like their most beautiful selves on their wedding day.

At Bella Bridal Gallery, we believe that wedding dress shopping should be a truly personal experience. While trying on wedding gowns with us, you will have your own personal bridal consultant who will guide you through the process of finding your dream dress. She will work with you to choose dresses that will suit your own personal style and your vision for your wedding day. With so many beautiful dresses to choose from, we understand that choosing ‘the one’ can be overwhelming, but our professional consultants will use their skills and expertise to listen to your wants and needs and guide you to your perfect wedding dress.

This personalized shopping experience does not end when you say yes to the dress. We offer private appointments for our brides to shop for bridesmaid dresses and accessories. Your consultant will work with you during your accessory appointment to hand select matching designer headpieces and veils to complement your wedding dress and complete your bridal look.

As a Bella Bride, you also have access to our in-house expert alterations team. They will work one on one with you to make sure that your dress is a perfect fit as you walk down the isle. They are masters of their craft, working meticulously to ensure that each bride looks exactly as they imagined on their wedding day.

Here at Bella Bridal Gallery, we value each customer and it is our personal goal to make you feel special throughout your shopping experience.
Our number one priority is helping brides feel their most beautiful on their wedding day.  Thank you to the thousands of brides who have worked with us over the years, and we look forward to many years and brides to come!

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Is there anything more romantic than a destination wedding? We think not. Nothing sounds more like a fairy tale than running off into the sunset, or to the mountain top, with the love of your life. While destination weddings can be adventurous and enchanting, they take a different kind of coordination than traditional weddings, and choosing the right wedding dress is part of that planning. Take a look at these four wedding dresses that we think would be perfect for the destination bride.

Martina Liana Separates, Cayla + Sidney

Martina Liana Separates, Cayla + Sidney

This wedding dress is actually two pieces, making it the perfect combination of romance and glam! The top adds just the right amount of sparkle and the skirt features soft ruching that effortlessly shows off your curves. Not only are the separates universally flattering, they travel very well and are easy to wear again! Imagine wearing the top again on your honeymoon with a shorter skirt!

Essense of Australia, D2741


Essense of Australia, D2741

This wedding gown features a cotton lace bodice that gives off a casual feel and a crepe chiffon skirt that is light and flowing. The lace’s unique floral pattern is organic and botanical, making this dress perfect for a wedding on the sea or in the mountains.

Martina Liana, 1025

Martina Liana, 1025

For the perfect balance of sexy and romantic, try a fitted silhouette made of crepe with lace detailing. The crepe fabric shapes the body, and the sheer lace cut outs on the sides show off your figure. The asymmetrical lace throughout this wedding dress adds an air of whimsy and the sheer shaped train is not only beautiful, it’s also light weight!

Essense of Australia, D2523

Essense of Australia, D2523

The soft french tulle skirt and sheer bodice make this beaded beach wedding dress ultra dreamy. The flowing skirt gives off a relaxed vibe and the plunging v neckline and matching side cut outs add a touch of sexiness, while the floral beading radiates femininity.

No matter what dress you choose or if you decide to have a local or destination wedding, remember the most important thing about any wedding dress is that you feel comfortable, confident and beautiful on your big day. 

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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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You hear designers and local bridal salons talking about trunk shows all the time, but what exactly are they? The term ‘trunk show’ originated when the designers used to send large trunks filled with wedding dresses to bridal salons to be shown and purchased.

Trunks

When you make your appointment to attend a trunk show event, what you will find is the ultimate personal bridal shopping experience. Appointments are required for trunk show events. You will have a personal bridal consultant who will help your choose wedding gowns and help you try them on. Your consultant can give you important information about current styles and trends, dress fit and construction, and can help you find your dream wedding dress.

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Trunk shows are where designers showcase wedding dresses from their newest collections by sending them to bridal salons to be featured for one weekend only. The dresses are not normally carried in the salon are are available to be viewed, tried on and purchased before they are shipped back to the designer company. At selected events, the designer or a designer representative will attend the trunk show to answer and questions that brides might have about the details of a gown and inspirations behind wedding dress designs.

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There is no better way to find your dream dress than at a trunk show. Trunk show wedding dresses feature the latest bridal trends and are often offered with promotional pricing. These are exclusive events that are only held by authorized retailers. Because the events are so popular, it is best to book your appointment far in advance, as they do tend to fill up quickly and there may not be another one for months away. Remember, most special order wedding dresses take approximately six months to arrive, so waiting even a month to shop for your wedding gown could drastically impact your delivery date.

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Many trunk show dresses are exclusives, and may not be available after the event ends. This means that when you go to a trunk show, you should make sure that your bring your closest family and friends with you who you want to be around when you purchase your dress, because chances are you will fall in love with the dress of your dreams, and you want to be able to say ‘yes’ before it leaves. See what trunk shows are coming your way by visiting our website bellabridal.com to check our trunk show schedule, and book your appointment now! We look forward to giving you the best wedding dress shopping experience and helping you find the wedding dress of your dreams!

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