It’s the Little Touches…

October 31st, 2014

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  Given all that there is to do in planning a celebration,  those little touches you meticulously remembered to include are gestures that really do make guests feel special!   You probably won’t see their look of  delight as an invitation arrives with an extra bit of sparkle.  Nor are you likely to catch, with all the hustle and bustle on the big day, the smiles of appreciation as folks enjoy lovely treasures waiting for them when they are seated.  

Just a bit of whimsy in the right place is a wonderful way to show those near and dear just how much you appreciate them!  

Especially if your style or even your budget isn’t lavish and over-the-top, rest assured that the little touches really do make a big statement! 

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Find more fun treasures and trinkets here at Advantage Bridal!  

Dreamy Winter Wonderland Weddings!

October 24th, 2014

    

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Just picture the gem-like sparkling beauty of multi-faceted snowflakes, shimmering white, snow inspired tablescapes and  delicate twinkling lights like stars in the winter night sky!  

 Imagine soft blues and aquas just like the hues of a frozen lake or majestic arctic vista and even charming iconic snowmen and scrumptious hot chocolate favors.    The possibilities are endless!    

With a little creativity, winter weddings can truly have a dreamlike, fairy tale appeal!   From rhinestones, satins and faux fur, favors to decorations,  tiaras and accessories, here are a few all-time favorites just to get those inspirational ideas flowing!    

For more wedding ideas, come visit us here!  

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Great Gifts for Great Guys!

October 17th, 2014

Gift-giving is woven into weddings as a tradition of  appreciating and honoring the bonds of love, family and friendship.  While there is nothing that dictates considerations such to whom a gift should be given or how much to spend, there is one very important guideline to follow.  

Choose a gift that reflects you have thought carefully of the recipient and what they would like versus what you would like for them to have.   Sometimes the two are the same but it is valuable to know when they are not.

Groomsmen are especially important to recognize as, after all, they are likely to be brothers, best buds, life-long friends or close relatives.  While we very often see the “one size fits all” approach in which the same item is selected for everyone, it can be quite fun and even more touching to select individualized gifts reflecting the unique interests or style of the recipient.   Of course, that will require some searching to find a host of different items. 

 Allow us to share a collection personalized treasures that would be appropriate for those groomsmen who aren’t all cut from the same cloth!  Perfect for a favorite soldier, the sharp dresser, guys with a “man-cave”, a die-hard sports fanatic,  beer, wine or cigar aficionados or even the outdoorsy type!    For more options, feel free to browse our entire gift collection here

 

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Discover the Trend Behind One of the Most Romantic Wedding Venues!

September 26th, 2014

For decades now, America’s appreciation for wine has been steadily on the rise.  In 2013, the United States became the greatest consumer of wine in the world!   While it used to be that the ultimate in U.S. vineyards could be found primarily in California and the Pacific Northwest, today, vineyards and wineries can be found in abundance in every state of the union! 

The bridal industry has certainly been influenced by this epic growth in consumerism. Vineyard and winery weddings are now well-established as fabulously popular destinations for discerning brides and grooms looking for a venue that conveys romance and symbolizes important values and beliefs across many cultures and faiths.  

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Fields of exquisite, fruit-bearing vines, rustic barns, elegant estate homes and elaborate gardens set the stage for the wedding experience of a lifetime serving as a backdrop for themes from vintage romantic to sleek and elegant and even gothic!   Growers who have entered into the wedding arena are showcasing their tasty vintages with gourmet gastronomic experiences that leave wedding parties and their guests utterly captivated by the “total” experience.

 

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A vineyard wedding offers the opportunity not only to delve into luscious taste sensations but to be transported with rich, opulent colors found in Mother Nature’s bounty!  Imagine incorporating merlot, burgundy, crimson, plum, champagne, chocolate and even ebony in your color palette!   Not only will the attire and venue be a feast for the eyes but will provide for the depth and distinction of lush color that makes for incredible photography! 

The thematic concepts are endless.  Wine tastings and pairings are obviously a must, along with perhaps a fruit and cheese or champagne and chocolate course.  Lovely vine scrolled accents and grape motifs can be woven throughout including invitations, reception accessories, tablescapes and favors.   

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No matter where you exchange your vineyard wedding vows, whether it’s an iconic California destination,  North Carolina or even Alaska,  rest assured there will be no shortage of ideas to help make your dream day full of memories that will last a lifetime!   Allow us to share a bit of inspiration for a gorgeous vineyard wedding!   For more ideas, visit us at Advantage Bridal! 

 

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Turn Heads with Sizzling Hot Bikini and Bling Tank Looks!

August 22nd, 2014

Our custom lace and rhinestone bikinis and tees are a sizzling hot look for any beach or pool deck.   Create your own one-of-a-kind honeymoon or vacation design that will have all heads turning in your direction!  

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Track Suits are Still in Fashion and They’ve Gotten Even Better!

August 15th, 2014

From Bethenny to Brittany, Jessica to Jennifer and even Jay Z and P Diddy, the tracksuit remains a comfy,  fashion go-to look for tooling around town or even jet-setting across the globe.

Velour sweats, known for their soft, supple, figure-hugging look, have long been a must-have  favorite adored by both celebrities and fashionistas alike!  Add sparkling rhinestone wording or custom embroidery to the jacket or across the derrière and heads are bound to turn no matter where your travels take you!

Even though that iconic velour tracksuit designer closed its U.S. doors in June, never fear, a fabulous selection of velour sweat suit bling is right here!”   We have long been thrilled to offer classy yet casual velour looks for our brides and their teams and other discriminating guys and gals who desire a high-quality product!   

 

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Great solo or as awesome his and hers outfits, have fun with our gorgeous array of rhinestone colors, embroidery thread and fonts and create a one-of-a-kind, exquisite look to call your own right here!

Why Choose a Special “Getting Ready” Look?

July 25th, 2014

Amid all of  the frenzy of wedding planning,  the difficult choices and challenging concerns, what gals will wear as their “getting ready” ensemble is one of the more fun decisions to make!    

Whatever you choose,  slipping into this garment will cause your heart to beat a little more quickly reflecting that it is the last thing you will wear before stepping into your dream gown to walk down the aisle!

Although treasured, most bridal gowns are relegated to a closet or given to charity, so selecting a look that you can keep in service after the big day is not only practical, but will bring a knowing smile of magical memories each time it is worn.   You will always recall where you were and how excited and happy you were feeling!

Oversize shirts have been hugely popular because, for starters,  they look casual and classy at the same time!   In addition to avoiding hair and make-up mishaps while getting dressed, they are fabulous for group photos and with skinny jeans and leggings back on the fashion radar, they are the perfect way to top off those bottoms!   Many of our gals have also found them fun to wear as a beach cover-up and even a comfy nightshirt.  

Last but not least, your team will love your thoughtfulness  in selecting something that  they, too, can wear again and again revisiting the cherished memories all of you share!    oxford getting ready shirtp oxford getting ready shirtj oxford getting ready shirte oxford getting ready shirt6 oxford getting ready shirt5 il_570xN.629015164_jagd   advantagebridal_2326_671834222 advantagebridal_2321_208693519 advantagebridal_2320_391884262

There are no limits to the fabulous looks you can create

with an array of fabrics, embroidery

and rhinestone options!  See them all here!

 

 

Gold – Making a Champagne Comeback?

July 11th, 2014

We all know style trends are cyclical and while silver, platinum and white gold have been the front-runners for so many years, traditional gold is making a comeback with a contemporary twist!  

Still considered an elegant classic, symbolizing both romance and antiquity, designers are pairing gold with other metallics for some exquisite looks!   We’re also seeing champagne hues of gold gracing everything from clothing, jewelry and accessories to venues and tablescapes!   From soft champagne to  deep, rich amber, here are just a few beauties from our treasure chest for inspiration!    10424365_798085793559541_7062003633214063062_n

 

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How to Select Fabulous Bridesmaid Gifts They’ll Love! and Your Holiday Gift!

July 3rd, 2014

Choosing a great bridesmaid gift is one of the most important things you can do to show your team that they mean the world to you!  When cost isn’t an issue, it’s easy to throw caution to the wind and shower your gals with a bountiful bundle of goodies! More often though, budget is a big factor in the final decision, which  requires weighing certain pros and cons,  and selecting a fabulous gift  that doesn’t drain your bank account but will really show your gals you’ve thought carefully of them!

Brides love giving pampering feminine items such as matching robes and “getting-ready” attire, spa wear and other personalized accessories!  Generally, these gifts are met with Ooooos and Ahhhhs!   After all, what gal doesn’t love silky satin and rhinestones or an embroidered shirt?

Beware!  This isn’t always a safe assumption!  Continue reading to find out why…

It’s All About Them!  Yes, it is “your wedding” but in this case, take your own desires out of the picture!  What you might want to buy for yourself is not necessarily what each of your gals would want to have.  Hopefully, you know them well enough to make this determination.

Sometimes, however, you will have a bridesmaid added to your entourage by way of a future in-law or well-meaning relative.  Get to know this bridesmaid or do a little homework by asking their relatives or friends to tell you a bit more about her.  Added bonus…Do a little of both and you might have found a great new friend!

Consider the Individual!  However popular, there is no rule that says you have to purchase the same item for everyone!  While this is a sure way to avoid gift envy and if clothing, is great for group photo ops and outings, there is something else to consider.  If Sally is not fond of preppy looks then a classic, monogrammed oxford shirt will likely be worn once and end up forever tucked away in a drawer. Preppy Jane, of course, will get a lot of use from hers!   Mixing it up can be just as fun!

Personalization!  Adding custom wording to any garment or accessory is a fabulous finishing touch!  But while sparkling rhinestones spelling out “Bridesmaid” or “Maid-of-Honor” are great for those big-day events, would it be better to have items personalized with a gal’s name?  A fabulous tote might be a much-appreciated gift, but will she carry it to the office a year from now with the words “Jen’s Bridal Entourage” embroidered on the side?

On the other hand, if you know your gals are highly sentimental and they’ll be your besties forever, they might appreciate a wedding keepsake!

How Much to Spend?  Yes, you do want to spend fairly equally for each gal, but even when buying the same or similar items, look for ways to show you thought of them.   Personalize with color or style!

Be Realistic!  Do look for ways to give gifts that will keep on giving!  On the flip side, don’t drive yourself nuts because by now, the wedding planning process has likely taught you that there will be times when you can’t please everyone!

The Best Choice!   Weigh the benefits of giving everyone some version of the same thing  against recognizing the unique tastes and personal style that each of your gals is likely to have and you’ll be sure to strike a wise balance between the two!

Here are just a few of some of our most popular bridesmaid gift items!  There are, quite literally, so many color and style options for endless one-of-a-kind looks!   Shop our entire bridesmaid gift collection here at Advantage Bridal.

Happy Fourth of July!   Here’s Our Holiday Gift to You!  

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Choose Wedding Colors Like a Designer Pro!

June 20th, 2014

If you want to stay on top of what is and will be the hottest, trending fashion colors then, like the pros, you need look no further than Pantone.

For over two decades, as the international authority on color, Pantone has driven everything color in the fashion industry from home interiors and commercial design to make-up, clothing and accessories!

Discover what is happening here with Pantone’s spring color line at events like New York Fashion Week and from most every industry’s top design experts.   Contemporary flair with traditionally-inspired hues! 

 

Since announcing that Radiant Orchid is
“Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year”
we’ve had an overwhelming interest
from our brides to see this gorgeous color
in one of our collections!  

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Advantage Bridal was pleased to work with our
fabric designers to add to our line
gorgeous satin robe in this enchanting purple shade! 

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Placid Blue Coming Soon to Advantage Bridal!


The trends continue and Pantone’s 2014 February color,
Placid Blue,  is also in high demand.   It’s easy to see why…

pantone-placid-blue-mdnThis is a soft, silky color that invokes peaceful serenity
and is by itself an inspiration!

It will look absolutely stunning on every skin tone
and we are excited to soon be adding this color
to our custom satin robe collection! 

 

Planning a fall or winter wedding?
Looking for venue and decorating ideas?  

 Here is a “Sneak Peek” at what is on Pantone’s
fall and winter horizon!  

Keep an eye on our custom satin robe collection here
for the latest apparel and color arrivals!