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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.  

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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. 

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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.  

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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!

Furry Friends at your Wedding

If you love animals, then incorporating one at your wedding is a must. Maybe it’s your dog, maybe it’s your cat, or maybe it’s just your favorite animal. There are many ways to include your furry best friends without having it be over the top. Not only will your guests love seeing those cute faces, but it will make for some of the cutest photos ever.  

Catalyst Photography

This couple had some unexpected guests in their photo. A herd of deer was in their yard in New Jersey, which made for the most beautiful photo.  

Jo Photo

This bride got lucky and had a beautiful peacock show its feathers for her photo. It may not have been planned, but it certainly made for a one of a kind photo.  

Hoffer Photography

The longhorn almost stole the show in this photo, but the bride and groom in the back are the true stars of the show. It’s a unique photo that not many others would be able to capture, and it will be one you’ll talk about for years to come.  

Tracey Buyce Photography

This photo definitely didn’t go as expected, but it made for one that the couple will laugh about all of the time. It was taken at their family farm, so their love for animals will be with them forever.  

Caroline Frost Photography

A furry best friend is always a great addition to a wedding party. They can be your best man, maid of honor, ring bearer, or walk you down the aisle. Pets are a part of the family, and on your wedding day, you want the whole family to be there. So, make sure to include your furry best friend in any way you can, even if it’s just a photoshoot!  

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Pets are as much a part of the family as children, siblings, or parents. They show us unconditional love and deserve to be a part of the biggest moments of our lives, in any way possible.

Creative Cake Toppers

Wedding cake toppers used to be simple: a little bride and groom to symbolize your marriage. Nowadays, cake toppers are much more personal. They can symbolize the bride and the groom with animals, silhouettes, fun characters, or just something the bride and groom both love.  

If you and your groom prefer to keep things simple, a monogram is a nice way to add a personalized touch to your cake.  

Etsy

It’s your best day ever, so why not celebrate that with a best day ever cake topper? It’s simple, elegant, and says it all. 

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Kara Miller Photography

For those that love to have fun, and share a love of a particular movie or show, why not put that on your cake? It will show off your personalities, without taking over the entire wedding. People will be snapping photos of your cake all night long. You’ll also have a statement piece in your home for the rest of your lives to commemorate your wedding day.  

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If animals are your thing, then top your cake with them! You can go cute, like these little birds and foxes, or fun and whimsical, like the fox and giraffe.  

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On your wedding day, choose what matches you and your groom’s personalities best. A simple cake topper may not stand out, but if you love it, then it’s meant to be.  

Pink Wedding Dresses

It may not be your first idea, but sometimes, a blush or pink colored wedding gown can really make you stand out. In a light blush, the color could almost pass for a vintage or ivory. A pink or blush underlay can also help make lace really stand out from the rest of your dress. The color also compliments skin tones better than a stark white or ivory. In order to convince you, here are some celebrities looking like fabulous, beautiful brides in pink dresses. 

Portia Di Rossi 

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Portia’s fun, blush, tulle skirt made her look like a princess on her wedding day. The blush skirt was a nice contrast to her cream halter top.  

If you’re looking for something similar to Portia’s Zac Posen gown, but not quite as bold, this Rebecca Ingram dress is perfect. It offers soft tulle and lace with a touch of blush that’s not too pink. 

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Reese Witherspoon 

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Reese’s Monique Lhullier gown was a soft pink, a-line gown. You could clearly see that the dress was pink, which worked perfectly on Reese, but may not be for everyone.  

A very pale blush makes the ivory lace more prominent on this Rebecca Ingram dress. If Reese’s bold, blush dress is too much for you, this might be the way to go. 

Blake Lively 

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We still don’t have pictures of her full dress, so this will have to do. Blake’s Marchesa wedding gown featured some soft, rose gold embroidery that stood out over the silk tulle. 

For a subtle take on the pink, try this Rebecca Ingram gown. It’s an ivory lace gown over a soft blush. The blush is so soft no one will be able to tell you’re straying from the traditional.  

Rebecca Ingram

Anne Hathaway 

Anne Hathaway’s custom Valentino gown featured an ombre pink effect. The tulle started off an almost white ivory and gradually turned a light pink. This baby pink Allure gown adds a soft touch of color that’s not overwhelming, just like Anne’s gown.  

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Lydia Hearst 

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Much like Anne’s gown, Lydia’s Christian Siriano gown featured an ombre effect, although hers was much bolder and brighter. This Allure gown will be sure to make a statement, just like Lydia’s dress. It features organza ruffles in a baby pink on the bottom, with silver embellishments all over the bodice.  

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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.  

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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.  

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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!  

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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.  

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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 Miller and Prince Pavlos of Greece by Tim Graham/Getty

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.  

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Add some custom lace sleeves to this gown and you’ll be on your way to looking like the next princess of Greece. If sleeves aren’t for you, you’ll still be sure to look like royalty in this all over lace gown. 

Kate Middleton and Prince William of England 

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We all know about this wedding and the gorgeous Alexander McQueen gown Princess Kate wore. Much like Marie Chantal, she’s still got the lace sleeves, although the neckline is quite different. The slim V-neck adds a touch of sexiness you can’t quite achieve with a high neck.  

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The V-neck on this dress is a bit wider, but the lace sleeves are a just as beautiful as Princess Kate’s.  

Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling of Sweden 

Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling of Sweden by Pool/Getty 

Princess Victoria is one of the few princesses on this list that didn’t have long, lace sleeves on her wedding gown. Instead, she opted for a satin gown with an off the shoulder boat neck style. If long sleeves aren’t quite your style, this might be the way to go.  

Martin Thornburg for Mon Cheri

This satin A-line gown is certain to make you feel like a princess. It’s classic and elegant, just like Princess Victoria’s, but without the off the shoulder neckline. 

Princess Madeleine and Christopher O’Neill of Sweden by Torsten Laursen/Getty

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.  

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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.

Martha Stewart Weddings

Martha Stewart Weddings

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.  

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! 

Montage by Mon Cheri

Montage by Mon Cheri

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 can even wear these Kate Spade Keds if heels aren’t quite your style. You’ll still get that sparkle with an added touch of glam underneath your dress. 

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Kate Spade x Keds

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! 

Celebrity Wedding Dress Inspiration

Celebrities are always the most fabulously dressed people around. They get the greatest designers to create custom gowns for them. On their wedding day, they look like queens. Well, just because you’re not a famous celebrity doesn’t mean you can’t find a dress that makes you feel like one. Read on for some of our favorite celebrity wedding dresses and some similar looks you can try on for yourself. 

Idina Menzel married her Rent co-star this past September. She stunned in a Carolina Herrera gown with all over lace and off the shoulder details. She was a real-life Disney princess and it was perfect.  

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Idina Menzel in Carolina Herrera

These gorgeous lace gowns may not be what Idina wore on her wedding day, but they can certainly help you channel your inner Queen Elsa.  

Dona

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Ronda Rousey celebrated her wedding day in August 2017. Her gorgeous Galia Lahav dress was perfect for her Hawaiian beach wedding ceremony. Her fitted gown featured a gorgeous back and plunging neckline, with beaded scalloped detailing.  

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Ronda Rousey in Galia Lahav

If you’re getting married on the beach or in a tropical location just like Ronda, you may not want anything too over the top. A fitted dress with delicate details is a match for Ronda’s gown.  

Sottero and Midgely

Sottero and Midgley

Emmy Rossum was married in a custom Carolina Herrera gown earlier this year. The elegant dress was modeled after the Guggenheim. It was classic and modern at the same time, with detailed off-the-shoulder design and a classic silhouette with a long train.   

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Emmy Rossum in Carolina Herrera

If a custom gown is what you’re looking for, Aleana’s Bridal can work with you to create the best gown for you, just like Emmy did. If not, here are some styles similar to her fabulous gown. 

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Sottero and Midgely

Chrissy Teigen opted for a Vera Wang ball gown for her wedding day to John Legend. The dress had all the princess vibes, with a lot of tulle and an outstanding strapless bodice. It was one of three gowns she wore on her wedding day, but it was certainly the most stunning. 

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Chrissy Teigen in Vera Wang

If your goal is to be a princess just like Chrissy on your wedding day, don’t be afraid to go for the big, princess tulle. 

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To feel like a star on your wedding day, you need to think like one. These dresses will make you shine like the star that you are on your special day. 

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

 

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