Plus Size Wedding Gowns

With most bridal salons you might come across carrying only sample size dresses to try on, it can be a bit difficult to imagine what a dress your size might look on you. Unless you are a sample size, the dresses just aren’t going to look perfect on you. This can make it hard for you to get that amazing “I found my dress” feeling. It can be stressful to not be able to even get the dress on if the salon doesn’t carry any plus sizes. You could feel discouraged and like you’ll never find your dress. It is certainly not a great way to feel.  

Of course, if you go to a great salon, like Aleana’s Bridal, with consultants and tons of dresses for every shape and size, then you will be sure to find something. There are also plenty of tips and tricks that your bridal consultant can do to make sure you can get the best visual. Their job is to make sure your wedding dress shopping is as fun, easy, and exciting as it should be. 

Here are some styles that work best for fuller, curvier bodies.

A-line dresses are great for the plus size bride if you want more coverage. The silhouette flares out after the bust. Instead of hugging your curves, the dress flows and is a bit more classic. 

Pronovias

Mon Cheri

Now, you might think that a princess ball gown is too much, but it’s actually a great silhouette for a curvier bride. It hugs your waist in just the right place. If it has a corset, it also helps to really accentuate your curves. Much like the a-line gown, the ball gown flares out for a silhouette that is flattering on nearly everyone.

Allure

Rebecca Ingram

Want to show off your gorgeous curves? These mermaid styles are perfect for your curvy body. They will accentuate your hips and hug you in all of the right places. Don’t be afraid to show off your sexy side.  

Sottero and Midgely

Jasmine Couture

Remember, the dress won’t fit exactly, perfectly right when you’re trying it on. It’s probably not your size, and it is definitely not tailored to your body. That will all happen after you purchase your dress, it arrives, and your seamstress makes it the perfect dress for you! 

Aleana’s Bridal carries all of these styles and so much more in comfortable sample sizes, so you can get the perfect visual when you come pick out your dress! 

Wedding Day Shoes

Your shoes are a big part of your wedding day. Although they might not be completely visible underneath your dress, they are certainly something you put a lot of thought into. You’ll be taking that classic shoe photo and showing them off any chance you get. But you’ll also be standing in them, walking in them, dancing in them, and probably kicking them off at the end of the night. So, you want to make sure they are beautiful, comfortable, and special enough to create fabulous memories in the whole day through.  

Flats 

Maybe you didn’t consider it, but flats are a great option for a tall bride or one that just wants to be comfortable all day long. You can choose a simple pair that you feel comfortable in, or go with a pair that is bright and blingy.  

Small Rhinestone Heels 

Lady Couture

Lady Couture

The heels on these shoes are short enough that your feet won’t be screaming by the end of the night. They also have a little bling on them to make you shine throughout the night. They are super comfortable and will make for the nicest photos.  

High Statement Heels 

Lady Couture

For added height and heels that are sure to make you stand out, these are a great option. Again, they are comfortable and won’t have you aching all day, but are still a statement-making shoe for your big day.  

Wedges 

Lady Couture

A wedge heel is a great way to add height with an extra bit of comfort. These are also a great option for an outdoor wedding, where you won’t have to worry about your heel getting stuck in the sand or grass. Go small or go big, but either way, you’ll be comfortable and fashionable. 

Sneakers 

For that added comfort or even a pair to switch to later on in the night, a pair of bridal sneakers is what you’ll need. These are always fun because sneakers are easy to customize. A custom pair of Toms on your wedding day with your favorite characters or quotes will be a fun addition to your wedding day and something you’ll remember forever.  

 

 

 

Petite Wedding Dresses

Much like shopping for a plus size wedding gown, finding a dress for a petite frame can be quite the task. The sample sizes are probably too long and might look too large on your petite body. Again, your salon, like Aleana’s Bridal, and your consultant, should do their best to give you the greatest shopping experience possible. The consultants should clip and tuck and hold the dress in all of the right spots to give you the best visual possible. You need to be able to picture yourself in the dress before you make that purchase, and that is what your consultant is there to help you with. It’s not easy to imagine the dress on you if it’s too big in certain areas, or too tight and pulling in other areas. Talk with your consultant and let them know what you like and what you don’t like. Let them move things around and adjust to get you that almost perfect visual. 

Here are some silhouettes that will look great on petite brides.  

A ball gown is flattering on nearly everyone because it accentuates the waist and then flares out. If you’re afraid it might look like the gown is too much on your petite body, remember that the ball gown doesn’t have to be gigantic. You can also always remove layers to lessen the poof and elongate your figure rather than taking over it.  

Pronovias

Pronovias

A-line is similar to ball gowns in that they elongate your figure without all of the layers. Try a dress with a waistline just a little bit above your natural waistline. This will make you appear taller and more elegant. 

Pronovias

Sottero and Midgely

Sheath dresses are more fitted to your body, so they’ll make you appear longer and slimmer. These gowns are also great if you want to really show off your curves.  

Rebecca Ingram

Rebecca Ingram

Mermaid gowns look great on almost everyone. They hug your curves in all the right places and make you look nice and tall.  

Pronovias

Pronovias

Just remember that once you do make that purchase and you finally get the dress, it will be in your size. It might still be a bit too big and long, but once the seamstress gets her hands on it, it will be tailored perfectly to your petite frame. Don’t ever get discouraged and make sure to share all of your concerns with your seamstress and consultant. They all want to make sure you get the dress of your dreams. 

All of these styles, and so much more, are available at Aleana’s Bridal!

Walking in a Wedding Wonderland

With Fall quickly coming to an end, winter is upon us. We say goodbye to those autumn reds, oranges, yellows, and greens, and bring in the winter whites, cool blue, and deep reds. Winter is the perfect season to bring out holiday colors, go bright and sparkly, wear some elegant sleeves, and top it all off with a gorgeous fur coat. 

Winter Dresses 

Don’t let the cold weather temperatures limit your dress choices. If strapless is your thing, go for it. But, if you want to switch things up a bit and feel like you’re in the winter, try a dress with some long sleeves. Sleeves add a touch of elegance to a gown that sleeveless can’t quite capture. You’ll be sure to a be a princess on your wedding day. If you still want a strapless look, try an off the shoulder dress with sleeves to get the best of both worlds.  

Pronovias

Pronovias

Fur Coats 

A winter wedding is the perfect time to break out that fabulous fur. If you don’t own any, Aleana’s Bridal will rent one to you for your wedding day. It’s a simple and classic way to keep you warm on a cold winter day, without covering up your dress or taking too much away from it.  

Bridesmaids If you don’t want to be cold, then it stands to reason that your bridesmaids wouldn’t want to be cold either, right? Although you’re less likely to find long sleeve dresses for your girls, there are still options to keep them cozy. If you don’t want them to freeze, gift them a warm accessory to keep things uniform. If not, don’t be too picky about what they wear over their dresses. They just want to be warm!  

Shoes 

If it’s cold out, you don’t want your toes to freeze. Don’t be afraid to wear some cozy boots or moccasins. As long as you get it hemmed accordingly, no one will even see the shoes beneath the dress. You can also wear them outside, and swap them out for another pair once you’re inside.  

A winter wedding is your chance to do something out of the norm. Break out the furs and long sleeves. Wear cozy boots on your feet and get married in an igloo. Have fun and celebrate the holidays with your friends and family and celebrate your love.

 

 

 

Royal Wedding Dresses

Since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced their engagement just a few days ago, it’s all anyone can talk about. We’ve already seen the ring and we know where the wedding will be, but what will the dress be like? We’re expecting nothing short of fabulous for the famous actress turned future princess. She’s living every girl’s dream. So, in honor of the future royal wedding, we’re sharing some of our favorite dresses from past royal weddings and some fabulous dresses you can wear to feel like a princess on your wedding day, too!  

Marie Chantal’s custom Valentino gown is a dress made for a princess, literally. The silk gown was encrusted with pearls and featured gorgeous Chantilly lace along the train. Although the wedding was over 20 years ago, the dress would still make statements today with the long lace sleeves and high neckline.  

Princess Madeleine wed her prince in an off the shoulder cap sleeved Valentino gown. If you still want some coverage, but not too much, a capped sleeve is a great option. If you still feel it’s too much, a lower neckline could take a gown like this to the next level.  

The sleeves are a bit longer, but this top is pretty similar to Princess Madeleine’s. The neckline is also a bit lower, showing a bit more shoulder than the Princess, but still just as stunning.  

To feel like a princess, you’ve got to dress like one. That doesn’t mean a big ball gown, either. It means whichever dress you feel like the greatest in. It could have sleeves and be a big ball gown, or it could be strapless and form-fitting. Whatever you decide, you’re sure to be a princess on your wedding day. 

All of these dresses, and so much more, are available at Aleana’s Bridal!  

Bouquets for Every Season

The flowers you choose for your bridal bouquet make quite the statement, especially up against your dress. Think about your theme, your venue, and the season. The season likely determines the types of flowers available for your bouquet. Every season brings new flowers, with gorgeous colors to create the most beautiful bouquet.  

Winter 

The Winter season brings us a lot of beautiful colors. Deep reds, bold purples, and dark blues can help you stand out. If you are looking for something a bit subtler, try out some icy hues. Light blues, pinks, and white can help you get more of a winter wonderland feel. If you are looking for a Christmas themed bouquet, go for some bold reds and green to get that jolly holiday feel.

 

Spring 

Spring is the season for flowers. Everything is growing back, trees are getting their leaves back, and everything is covered in beautiful, bright flowers. This is probably the best season for bouquets because nearly everything is in bloom. You’ll have your pick of the crop when choosing your bouquet. You could go soft and pastel or bold and bright. The options are endless in the Spring.

Summer 

Summer is bright and fun and, much like Spring, you have your pick of almost any flower you could imagine. Pick your theme and colors and choose some fun, Summer florals to walk you down the aisle.  

Fall  

Even though Fall is typically the season when plants are starting to disappear, there are a lot of beautiful Fall florals that are perfect for your bouquet. And let’s not forget those beautiful fall colors. Reds, oranges, and yellows will be sure to make your bouquet stand out. There are also a lot of flowers that come into bloom in the fall that will make a gorgeous bouquet for your walk down the aisle.  

Fall Engagement Shoots

It’s no secret that everybody loves Fall. From fashion to the food, you could say that most everybody is a bit obsessed. It’s such a cozy season, filled with warm scarves and sweaters and pumpkin spiced lattes (if that’s your thing). Flannels, boots, and light jackets become a staple. The weather is near perfect most of the time, with it not being too hot or too cold. The leaves change to those beautiful colors we all know and love. The scenery is absolutely gorgeous and all natural. It’s the perfect time to get married, or take your engagement photos, perhaps in preparation for a Fall wedding next year. So, break out the flannels and boots and get ready for some awesome Fall engagement photo shoots.  

It’s Fall, its Halloween, it’s Thanksgiving! So, break out the pumpkins and have some fun with your photos like this couple did for their save-the-dates. 

It doesn’t get much more romantic or seasonal than sharing a kiss under the falling leaves. It captures what the season is all about. 

Get yourself a photographer that’s willing to climb up into trees for you. It doesn’t get much better than this photo, with the couple laying on the ground and the beautiful red leaves right over them. This is a photo you could truly only get in the midst of Fall. 

Don’t forget to have some fun! Ever jump into a pile of leaves when you were a kid? If not, take that chance now. Take some leaves and throw them at your fiancé. Throw them up in the air. Act like a kid again. It will make for some beautiful photos and memories you won’t soon forget. 

Grown Up Glitter

When you think of glitter, you probably picture a little girl running around Disney World with glitter all over her hair and dress. Or maybe you think of kindergarten class, doing some craft and getting glitter EVERYWHERE. So, you probably wouldn’t dream of incorporating glitter into your wedding plans, right? Well, think again. Glitter isn’t just for kids, and there are a lot of sophisticated ways to add glitter to your wedding day without making it seem too childish.  

Bridesmaid Dresses 

We’ve been seeing a lot of this dress here at Aleana’s Bridal, and there’s no need to wonder why. It might seem a bit bold on the model here, but seeing the dress on one of your bridesmaids will instantly change your mind. We have yet to see this dress not look stunning on anyone that wears it. It looks especially stunning in rose gold, but if navy blue or silver is more your style, give it a shot. 

Christina Wu

Christina Wu

Christina Wu

Mother-Of Gowns 

We’re seeing more and more sexy and fabulous dresses for the mother-of. After all, your wedding day is only second to hers, so she should look amazing as well. Mother-of dresses tend to have a lot of detail, so it should be simple to find one with some sparkle to go with your glitter theme. And don’t worry, while mom is sure to look stunning, you’ll be the star of the show no matter what she wears, but there’s no reason for her not to look fabulous, too! 

Cakes 

How about a glittery wedding cake? As one of the centerpieces of your wedding, adding a layer covered in glitter would look beautiful. It would add just the right touch of glitter without being too overwhelming. Add it in between layers, as a topper, or just add a small strip! If you’re feeling really bold, make the whole thing glitter, because, hey, it is your wedding day.

Shoes 

What’s hiding under that fabulous dress of yours? Glitter, of course! Wear a pair of your favorite, sparkly shoes on your wedding day for that much-needed touch of glitz and glam. You’ll still get that sparkle with an added touch of glam underneath your dress. 

There are so many other ways to incorporate glitter into your wedding without having it take over. Find what works for you and have fun! 

Halloween Weddings

Halloween was just a few days ago, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate with some awesome Halloween themed weddings. This isn’t for everyone, but for those that think it’s the greatest holiday of the year or those that really enjoy Fall in general, there are some really cool, fun touches you could add to your wedding day that won’t scare everyone away!  

Since it is a wedding, you don’t want anything to look like you’re throwing a children’s Halloween party. Keep it classy, with some cool, dark touches. You could incorporate some gothic themes. If black is your color, take the chance to wear it, because, why not? If you love the Haunted Mansion, don’t be afraid to add some of those ghoulish Disney accents! 

Fun, signature cocktails are a great way to add a Halloween touch without it being too much. Have some fun with the cocktail names. Have guests “pick their poison” or stir up some “witches brew.” The options are endless. 

Keep your cake cool with more of a Fall-like theme or go crazy and model it after your favorite Halloween movies! These Nightmare Before Christmas cakes are perfect for the Tim Burton fan. 

This Nightmare Before Christmas unity candle is “simply meant to be” for your wedding day. The quote is perfect for any couple that is meant to be and adds a great Halloween touch, without being too much.  

Adding Halloween themed décor is much classier than you think. It doesn’t have to be dark and brooding. It could be light and fun. It could also add more of a Fall feeling than Halloween.

Halloween isn’t all about being scary, so have some fun with it! Show off why you love it so much so that everyone will have a good time.  

Chocolate Wedding Favors

If there’s one thing your wedding guests are looking forward to, aside from the dress, vows, food, and party, it’s the wedding favors! Who doesn’t love to bring home a little piece of the magic they witnessed on your special day? There are so many different ideas out there for wedding favors it can be difficult to choose what you want to send your guests home with. You could create a cute party favor with your names and wedding date on it. But what would they do with that? Most likely display it with the other party favors they have collected over the years. Or, you could send them home with something they’ll really enjoy: chocolate. Chocolate is romantic, decadent, and delicious. What better favor to send your guests home with? 

There are a lot of different ways to send chocolate home with your wedding guests. A chocolate bar might be a good way to start. Pick some of your favorite chocolates and separate them into vases and jars. Choose colors that match your theme. Color coordinate the entire table. Add some little gift bags with your names and wedding date on them, and let your guests create their own goody bags. Not only is it a lower cost option, but your guests will be sure to love it.  

Go bold and create something custom! Monogram your chocolate boxes. Get your names engraved on chocolate bars. It’s your wedding! The world of chocolate is yours. Create custom M&Ms with your names and wedding date stamped on. Put them into cute little baggies and send them home. Who doesn’t love M&Ms? 

If you’re feeling really crafty, creating these DIY smores wedding favors. Find a cute pot, bag, or basket, and throw in some marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers. Your guests will love making smores at home in your honor.  

If you want to make it really personal, put some cute pictures on your chocolate! Make it fun or classy, it’s really up to you. Either way, your guests will be sure to love eating your faces on some delicious chocolates.