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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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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!



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!

Bella Bridal Gallery is one of the most prestigious bridal shops in Michigan.
We value each customer and it is our personal goal to make you feel special throughout your shopping experience. 
To book an appointment, please call 248-539-9800 or visit www.bellabridal.com 

Essense of Australia is a designer with a strong emphasis on detail and pristine quality that sets them apart from other designers. The Essense gowns have a European influence that makes them unique and sets them apart from the rest! They are all designed in Australia by a team of skilled and practiced experts.  An Essense gown can be told apart by the rest by their craftsmanship.  Only authentic Swarvoski crystals are used to make the dresses gleam with the added touch of diamantes.


If timeless lace is what you’re looking for but do not want to compromise your love for a little bling, Essense incorporates beautiful lace over gorgeous lustre satin to create that wow affect.  But even better are the crystal buttons, so when you turn, the entire dress leaves a lasting impression. Essense so creatively gives their dresses illusion embellishment for that touch of sparkle.

Essense also enjoys the simplicity style of a dress that showcases the true beauty of a bride.  Where she wears the dress with confidence and the dress does not wear her.  These dresses offer a versatile way to be worn, where you can still accessorize and give it that touch of sparkle if that is what you’re looking for. A beautiful way to do this is a stunning sash that can be worn the entire day or just for the ceremony or reception.  It offers brides options to create the vision they have always seen for themselves.  Dolce Satin is elegant and chic.  You can never go wrong with it.  They are structured to fit a women’s body just right and help her to create the perfect shape.

Minimalism never looked so good.  Want to leave your guests in complete awe? Essense created some of the most stunning minimalist gowns.  They are the type to hug a women’s body in every right way.  To show off the stunning curvature of her frame.  Bringing in romantic touches with the long cascading train and illusion back that helps create stunning silhouette.  These are amazing options for all brides, as Essense tries to line the dresses in thin lines to create the appearance that the dress isn’t swallowing the bride, even if she is petite.


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.


Anne Barge is a leading Bridal gown designer with a very classic and strong emphasis on the feminine touch. Anne Barge is known for her contemporary and classic elements that make her dresses stunning. The merging of her elements that she uses to create every gown is what makes her unique and timeless. These are some featured gowns from her new line that we have been anxiously waiting for!

Leah- This dress is a classic v-neck with a natural waist and a lace bodice. This dress would look stunning on any bride.


Pippa–  This tailored gown features a unique satin stripe organza accompanied with the pop of a rhinestone belt to give it flare.

Blue Willow bride Pippa

Jenny– This unique design gives you the best of both worlds, elegance and playful.  Made with Alencon lace and a gorgeous bateau neckline.


With such a unique selection that Anne Barge has made for the Fall 2015 season any bride can find her dream dress! Whether she is looking for simple or fairy tale like, she can find it in the Blue Willow Collection.


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For generations lace wedding gowns have been a timeless go-to for brides, over the years the cut, silhouette and build of dresses has changed but designers turn to lace to add a traditional aspect to their collection. With so many varieties of lace, ranging from delicate to dazzling, seen on almost everyone from Kate Middleton to Kim Kardashian; how do you know what type of lace is right for you? 

The most popular and traditional type of lace is Chantilly lace; characterized by its boulder outline of the floral pattern, scalloped edging and eyelashes, this type of lace is typically made of silk. This lace has been most used since as far back as the 17th Century, and was one of the four laces used on Kate Middleton’s famous wedding gown. Chantilly lace ranges in price due to the amount of silk blends used these days, the more silk the most costly. Silk being a very delicate fabric, needs to be not only handled properly through the alterations process but also properly preserved in order to prevent discoloration and tearing. 

Another vintage lace that has become prominent in bridal fashion is Alençon lace. Featuring rose patterns with raised cording, however much softer than Chantilly, feeling similar to cotton backed by netting. This is typically the laced used for appliques throughout a gown or veil. This type of lace is perfect for adding to a gown, either as appliques or edging, it can be used for your veil or headpiece as well. Also a very recognizable lace, used in bridal fashion for centuries, a truly traditional piece. 

A more modern lace, newly introduce this season is cotton lace. This is a much thicker lace, adding a bohemian chic look to gowns. Typically a more European style cotton lace, which looks completely different than its competition, with its bulky patterns ranging from floral to abstract. This is also a very soft lace, as it is made of cotton. A more fashion forward lace, adding structure to gowns, creating a better fit than some of its more delicate counterparts. 



Weddings have so many traditions, it can sometimes be difficult to remember them all; so which ones should you keep up with and which ones to pass on? Here are our recommendations! 
Essense of Australia's bold and elegant gown features a figure-flattering asymmetrical ruched bodice, and billowing layers of Royal Organza throughout its A-Line skirt.
Definitely wear a wedding gown! As frugal as some brides are, passing up wearing a wedding gown is not recommended. You don’t need to go with the huge ball gown, but you do want to wear something that lets you stand out and shine on your big day; you want to be noticeable in the crowd, so look for something that compliments your style, makes a statement and is you times two! Note that you don’t need to keep the tradition of wearing white, in fact majority of brides wear ivory or champagne as it is more flattering to most skin tones, giving you that bridal glow instead of a washed out drab. This fall, blush pink is our go-to, it’s allure and romance is stunning and unique creating a memorable statement. 
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Veils and blushers were originally used to ward off evil spirits for a new bride, these days wearing a veil is personal preference. There are so many options for accessories, depending on your gown, venue and theme, you may choose to not wear a veil. You may have always imagined yourself wearing the whole bridal ensemble, but if a veil just doesn’t seem to look right, or makes you feel silly, don’t worry, it’s not a must these days. If you do decide to keep this tradition remember, your accessories should complete the look, not BE the look. You don’t want to over accessorize, taking away from your face or not looking like yourself can give you regrets once your pictures come back. 
Sapphire Blue Crystal Teardrop Earrings in by CJRoseBoutique, $38.00 'Something blue' If these were pink they'd be perfectLight Blue Nails. Perfect for your something blue! #wedding #somethingblue
One tradition we love? Something blue! We adore the lovely blue shoes or touch of blue in the accessories. This tradition is so sweet, symbolizing purity, love and fidelity; but to us it is much more stylish. A little pop of color adds fun and excitement to your look. A hint of blue in earrings will bring attention up to your face, also adding detail to portrait photos. Blue shoes makes for some adorable photos as well, it also peaks through as you walk down the isle, taking the eye from your perfectly manicured toes then up to your glowing face.  

A whimsical wedding can be as romantic as it is unpredictable; we’re thinking light, airy and playful for your big day. Tie in a wisps of whimsy and leave your guests in a dream-like daze throughout the night. 

Create a sweets table Willy Wonka himself would envy! You don’t need to have the table overflowing with expensive treats; mix decorations, homemade and catered sweets to create something unique and fun. Have your bridesmaids, mom and soon-to-be mother in law over for a fun day of baking, or take your soon-to-be hubby to taste some delicious treats with you. 
Whimsical Summer Wedding Pauline Dennigan (23)
Give your guests a little extra fun on the dance floor with accessories, masks or fun decorations to play with; creating a more memorable night for everyone. For Mad Hatter style provide each guests with a different hat to put on while they’re on the dance floor; for masquerade theme, do different masks (preferably with sparkle to reflect the romantic lights), and for your own unique theme think of something you enjoy doing as a couple and find a way to tie that in. Remember these little trinkets can double as favors too! 
Lace, pearl & rhinestone mask, gloves and gown... truly lovely! This would be amazing in a wedding in place of the bride's veil. Fascinating
To add that endearing whimsy to your ensemble, think pink! Blush is definitely on trend right now, featured by many designers like Martina Liana, Essense of Australia, Sophia Tolli and more! A very flattering shade on most skin tones, featured in many different cuts and styles, it can be played up as romantic, fun or even classic when styled and designed correctly. It is easily accessorized with brightly colored flowers or more neutral tones; it leaves room for your imagination and style to shine through. Blush has just enough character to add the final touch of whimsy to your whimsical theme!
Organza A-Line wedding dress from the Martina Liana collection features an asymmetrical ruched bodice, Diamante-encrusted cap illusion sleeves, and an embellished keyhole back.