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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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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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With new websites emerging every day that claim to offer the latest wedding dress trends at too good to be true prices, it can be tempting to order your wedding gown on line in hopes of saving yourself some money. We get it, weddings are expensive, but what you save monetarily could be costing you big bucks in other areas. With more and more last minute brides coming in to buy wedding gowns because something went wrong with the dress they purchased online, we are here to tell you why you should purchase your wedding gown from a local bridal salon.

1. YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE PROCESS ALONE

When you purchase your wedding gown from Bella Bridal Gallery, you will be helped by your own personal Bridal Consultant. Your consultant is here to help you! She will ask you about your wedding day and your personal style, and from there, she will help you choose dresses that will complement you and help you find a dress that you will love. She will provide you with professional measurements, assist throughout the alteration process, and and be here to help you from the moment you try on dresses until you take the dress from our store to get married. We will also steam and store your wedding gown for you so that you do not have to worry about it getting damaged before you are ready to walk down the isle.

2. PREMIUM WEDDING DRESS SELECTION

At Bella Bridal Gallery, we provide our brides with a premium selection of wedding dresses from world renowned designers. You will be able to look at and try on a variety of the latest bridal fashions in an array of different fabrics and colors until you find what suits you best.

3. PEACE OF MIND

When you order your gown through a reputable bridal salon, you have the peace of mind that you are actually receiving a quality designer wedding dress instead of a counterfeit gown. These counterfeit dresses are typically made of cheap fabrics, poorly constructed, and don’t fit well. When it comes to wedding dresses, you get what you pay for.

4. WE WILL HELP YOU MAKE THE DRESS YOUR OWN

Some designers allow custom changes to their wedding gowns, and will work closely with your bridal consultant to make sure you get your dream dress. If the designer you order from does not make custom changes, once your dress arrives to Bella Bridal Gallery, you can work with our profession alteration team to bring your vision to life by adding straps, sleeves, or lowering the back of your wedding dress.

5. SPECIAL PRICING

We understand that price is always a consideration, but by shopping at trunk shows or sample sales you can receive promotional pricing on on quality, designer wedding dresses. Say YES to the dress for less by booking your try on appointment at one of these special events.

6. SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESS

It can feel good to support your local community by supporting small, family owned businesses. These businesses usually offer more personal service and attention than a larger chain or online retailer.

7. YOU GET TO ‘SAY YES TO THE DRESS!’ 

Purchasing your wedding gown from a local bridal shop, surrounded by your loved ones really gives you the chance to envision  yourself as a bride on your wedding day. It is almost impossible to decide on a dress without having it on your body because this purchase is not only about how the dress looks, but how you FEEL in the dress. Allow yourself this moment to really imagine yourself walking down the isle and feel like a bride when you say YES to your dream wedding dress!

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Congratulations! You just got engaged, you’ve nailed down your date, secured your venue, and now you are wondering just how soon you should go wedding dress shopping. It is always a good idea to give yourself as much time as possible before your wedding day when ordering your wedding dress. Whether that’s six months, one year, or more, earlier is always better when it comes to ordering a wedding gown if for no other reason than your own peace of mind.

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Once you get engaged, start shopping as soon as you can, but be ready to buy once you find the dress that you love. Some dresses are only offered during trunk show events, or may be discontinued in the near future, and you would not want to miss out on your dream dress because you waited too long to order it.

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Couture wedding dresses can take up to six to eight months to arrive from the designer company. If your wedding is sooner than that and you are hoping to special order your wedding gown, ask  your consultant what your options are and if rush ordering your wedding dress will be required. If you are buying your wedding gown off-the-rack, try to schedule a few months, if possible, for your alterations to be completed. At Bella Bridal Gallery, we offer in house alterations, which gives our brides more flexibility in their alteration timeline.

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Ideally, 18-12 months before your wedding date you should be researching different styles that you like. Consider your venue and what you think you will be comfortable in on that day. Think about what speaks to your personal style. Are you a glam bride or a boho bride? Is your wedding in a cathedral or on the beach? All of these things can help you narrow down your style and give you an idea about what kind of dress you will be looking for. Search Pinterest and bridal magazines for inspiration that may be helpful to you and your bridal consultant once you start shopping.

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12 months before your wedding date, you should start making your try on appointments. Start with one appointment at a time. Going to multiple appointments in one day can be overwhelming and confusing for brides. If you do not find the dress of your dreams at your first appointment, schedule another one for another day.  Bringing more than three people with you to your appointment can be discouraging for brides because too many opinions will sometimes make it harder for you to remember what you truly want. It is important to keep an open mind, but to also stay true to yourself.

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Once you find your dress don’t be afraid to say YES! It is a wonderful thing to find a dress that you love, and with the help from the right consultant, it should be a fun and easy process. Do not feel like you must keep shopping just because it is fun for your group. Include them in bridesmaid shopping, looking for accessories, and at your fitting appointments. Remember, the more dresses you try on, the more confusing it tends to be.

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After you have found your dream wedding dress, start looking for your shoes. You will need them before you can start the alterations process. You will typically have three fittings, with the last one being just before your wedding day to make sure that everything is perfect. At Bella Bridal Gallery, once you have purchased your wedding dress with us, we will send you an invitation to shop for your accessories, such as your headpiece and veil, as well as your bridesmaid dresses with us. Bridesmaid dresses can take up to 4 months arrive, so it is a good idea to shop fro them about 8 months before your wedding.

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After your wedding, Bella Bridal Gallery offers professional cleaning and preservation services. If you choose to have your wedding dress cleaned and preserved, it will be expertly cleaned, thoroughly inspected, moisture and oxygen controlled, acid neutralized, and sealed in a package with a window so that you can still see your beautiful dress without any worry that it will be damaged.

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  1. GET TIPS READY FOR ANY VENDORS

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.

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2. PACK YOUR CAR

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.

3. YOUR REGULAR SKINCARE ROUTINE

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.

4. WRITE YOUR THANK YOU NOTES

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.

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5. REST

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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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.

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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:

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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!

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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 
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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 
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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.  
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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. 
 
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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! 
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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.
 
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It’s the holiday season, or if you are in the wedding business, it’s engagement season! If you recently got engaged and are starting to plan your wedding, you’re probably looking at wedding dresses and wondering about all of the different options. We’ve sorted through some of our favorite wedding gown silhouettes to help you find your perfect wedding dress.

1. The Perfect Ball Gown

We love this style for its drama and elegance. Look for styles that feature a dropped waist and a tulle skirt for the full ball gown effect.

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2. The Perfect Lace Dress

Lace is an elegant option for many types of weddings. We love lace for both indoor and outdoor weddings because it is a traditional and classic option that you will love for years to come.

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3. The Perfect Trumpet Dress

The trumpet-style wedding dress is a great style for highlighting your figure but still adding the fullness that you may be looking for as a bride.

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4. The Perfect Hollywood Dress

Looking for a glamorous wedding gown? Look for something with art deco beading and a sheath-style skirt that will flatter your figure and give you that elegant ‘red carpet’ flow.

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5. The Perfect Mermaid Dress

You’ll love a mermaid wedding dress with all over beading and lace that hugs your figure and shows off your curves. Top it off with a beaded belt and sweetheart neckline for an added touch of elegance.

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These styles and more are available at Bella Bridal Gallery in West Bloomfield, Michigan. Book your bridal appointment at www.bellabridal.com or call 248-539-9800.

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