Archive for the ‘Bridal Accessories’ Category

The Hottest Color Trend in 2014 is…

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Virtually every fashion house and trend expert is reporting on pink in 2014 as the must-have, seen everywhere color!   From Vogue to New York Fashion Week, clothing and accessories to interior design, event themes and even architecture, no matter whether it’s soft or rose, fuchsia or hot, anything pink is definitely taking the lead in 2014!   

Pink is a fabulous chameleon color!  As a design element, there is a shade that will flatter every skin tone and a gorgeous palette of  hues that will express a wide range of moods and emotions! 

Always easy on the eyes, pink is guaranteed to transform whatever it touches and looks simply chic with so many other colors!  For brides, that means endless possibilities for pink dresses, flowers, shoes, trousseau items, venue colors and themes!  We’ll share just a few of our favorite looks that might help you to start to “Think Pink!” 

 

 Kristie Ann Couture Custom Designer Pumps

 

Kristie Ann Couture Flower Girl Ballet Flats

One of Our Many Gorgeous Pink Lace and Shabby Chic Garters!

 

The Ultimate “Getting Ready” Shirt 

 

Custom Rhinestone Designer Bikini

 

Soft Pink Designer Satin – Oh So Pretty and Heavenly to Wear! 

5pink satin robe

A Bolder Fuchsia – So Vibrant next to Bridal White!  

 

 

 

A Bit of Pink Sparkle to Bling Up Your Bridal Look!  

 

 

A Look for You Both to Love!   

 

 

A Great Pink Look to Share with Your Team!  

 

 

What Little Princess Doesn’t Love Pink?   

 

Last but Never Least, a Pink Near and Dear to Our Hearts!    

 

 

 

Come and shop our entire collection of fabulous apparel and accessories at Advantage Bridal!

Why A Great Tote is as Essential as Your Favorite Designer Purse!

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

A tote is one of the most well-used accessories in many a gal’s wardrobe today!  Often different in design and function, yet just as essential as your go-to purse,  a well-made, attractive tote is quite literally a must-have for today’s fashionista on the go! 

The world of style has recognized the importance of this carry-all as more than just  a trend and has met the demand with gorgeous colors and designs to express your personal style and creative yet useful features!

To be fully functional, a tote must be constructed to withstand daily loading and unloading of what is often quite a bit of personal essentials!  A durable tote is in all its glory when it is filled to the very brim!  The ideal design is one in which all items can be easily accessed in a roomy compartment through a generous, yet secure opening at the top of the bag. A good tote requires little to no cleaning to maintain a fresh, attractive appearance.

So grab your folding umbrella, change of shoes, jacket, notebooks, water bottle and even an evening look to take you from the office to a night out!  Fill one of our many,  custom-made totes that are the ultimate in carryalls for the discriminating tote shopper!  

With so many custom colors, patterns and design options, our totes make fabulous one-of-a-kind gifts for anyone or any occasion!    We’ve shared just a taste below from our extensive collection for your browsing pleasure!  

Understated and elegant, this single monogram look with rhinestone accents is a favorite!

Aloha!  This monogrammed reversible hibiscus flower tote will have you thinking “tropical” in no time!

Wherever this carryall goes, the biggest, brightest bling on this custom sparkler will have
everyone celebrating your happiest news!  

Your entourage will love their own bling to tote their essentials around town!    Customize with any title! 

Our quilted tote is a long-time favorite!   So many design options to make this one they’ll love!

 

 

This utterly elegant monogram style is one that will bring Ooooos and Ahhhhhs!

 

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and the gal sporting this fun tote will have everyone asking
“Where can I get mine?”

The brightest, most brilliant rhinestones available make these monogrammed totes superstars!

The Circle Monogram is a timeless classic and we’ve updated
the look 
with gorgeous embroidery and tote color options!  

This damask look has gotten a total, trendy makeover with
hot color combinations and striking embroidered accents!  

Who can resist taking a walk on the wild side?
This tote  just roars ” fabulous”
with every splash of embroidery color in any font you choose!   

Shop our entire line here and start creating the custom tote of your dreams or the absolutely perfect gift for that special gal,
Mom, Grandmom, teacher, work pal or
your entire crew of BFFs!

 

Why Bother With Bachelorette Party Bling?

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Whether it’s a special night out with your entourage or a weekend away in Vegas with your team, every bachelorette event is all about being in the spotlight, making a grand entrance wherever you go and keeping the bride and her gals on “center stage!”

There is nothing like sparkling, shimmering, radiant, dazzling bling to get things into high gear and keep all eyes where they should be…on the bride and her party squad!    Make sure the guest of honor’s final days as a single gal are celebrated in fabulous style with attention-getting rhinestone glamour!

No matter your choice,  sexy lace racerback tank, a babydoll or classic tee or a lace or satin sash, our custom rhinestone bling collection starts with high-quality fabrics and materials!   Our rhinestones are the best and brightest available and come in a gorgeous array of colors! 

Each custom finished product is the result of personalized attention to every detail, one garment at a time, bringing you the finest quality available.   Not only will you have an amazing look to take out on the town, but a gorgeous keepsake to relive all the fun memories  and wear again and again! 

 

Let Everyone Know She’s in the House! 

From Our Exclusive “Taking the Plunge” Collection

Sashes Are for Royalty!   Dress Like A Princess! 

Vegas Royalty!  

Set the Stage for an Epic Party! 

Wine Anyone?

Cocktails Perhaps?

 

Sexy Lace Racerbacks  Always Turn Heads! 

Racerbacks and Big Bling! 

Add A Sash and Watch What Happens!

With hundreds of design options, you are sure to create that one-of-a-kind look for a bachelorette party to remember and a keepsake that will always bring a smile to the gal who wears it!     

Prom Garters! The Must-Have Accessory!

Friday, April 4th, 2014

The history of the wedding garter which dates back for centuries is fairly common knowledge for most brides these days and having endured the test of time, remains a very popular bridal accessory and focus for a familiar reception ritual.  Even if a bride chooses not to have a garter removed in front of an audience of enthusiastic well-wishers, most love this alluring piece of antiquity worn discretely under a gown for their groom to discover after the festivities have died down.

In as much the pomp and circumstance of weddings, the spectacle of a gorgeous gown and sparkling jewelry are the fairy tale dreams of so many young gals, it is no surprise to see that some bridal traditions have found their way to other special occasions that are very much romanticized as rites-of-passage by young women today.    

That is why we continue to see the trend of prom grandeur simply exploding!  This time of year, even before a gal knows who will escort her to this fabulous affair, the venue, gown and accessories are very much a focus of relentless searching and endless discussion!

Along with a stunning gown and gorgeous hair and makeup, the seemingly insignificant garter has become another “must-have” for the fully appointed prom goer and as with its bridal cousin, has become a keepsake as a reminder of happy memories and a magical night.  She may choose to give it to her date or, akin to the wedding reception tradition, participate in a “garter dance” as part of the prom festivities.

Whether she chooses a wild animal pattern, shimmering opulence or perhaps a silk garter in her school colors, gals heading to the prom these days are sure to wear a little something special accenting their perfect look!  Following this fabulous trend, our prom garter collection just gets more colorful and exciting with each season and we’d like to share a taste of some of our most popular looks! 

 

Sparkling Bling and Fun Tuxedo Style Bow

Shimmer and Sparkle 

Lovely Organza and Shimmering Sequins

Every Gorgeous Color In the Rainbow with a Rhinestone Center

A Little Dazzle and and Lot of Wild!

Satin, Organza and Rhinestones…Oh My! 

Camo in So Many Colors and Styles! 

So Many Dots!   So Many Colors!  

Take a Walk on the Wild Side! 

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Let Us Not Forget Our Guys!

Friday, March 28th, 2014

From the moment that sparkler appears on a gal’s ring finger, what commences is often a whirlwind of planning, designing, trendy colors and schemes, fashion and favors with endless shopping all with a central focus on the bride and her “big day.”  Few wedding decisions are made without her consult and we all know that sometimes, our guys patiently wait in the wings for an occasional curtain call while those nuptials appear to take on a life of their own! 

Let us not forget to let everyone know who our special guys are and give them due recognition for doing whatever it takes to make sure the bride has the day of her dreams!

In honor of your beloved groom who just smiled when your heart was set on a particular vision for his tuxedo…

Your very own Mr. Right

For your military guy

A little groom humor…

Keep everyone smiling with this light-hearted classic …

Calling all pirate grooms!  

For the Dad who always obliged a request for his “card”…

Lucky New Dad

Great embroidered shirt  for the favorite uncle who treats you just like his own daughter…

For the guys who kept the groom on track even when he was talking “elope!”   

For the ring bearer who takes his new duties very seriously…

even though walking slowly down an aisle in front of so many people is the last place he’d rather be!

From our “Keep Calm” collection…

Your security guy is in the house! 

 

Whatever your wedding theme or colors, whether it’s dad, brother, uncle or groomsman, we have a distinctive collection of custom shirts to keep the guys in your bridal party trendy and stylish in all those group photos!  

 

 

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Why Embroidery is Such a Time-Honored Treasure

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Ornate and elaborately embroidered clothing and domestic accessories have been a signature of wealth and status over many centuries and across many more cultures.  Embroidery skill and technique, requiring great practice and patience to acquire, has been passed on from generation to generation allowing for both the proliferation and continuity of this craft. 

While the vision of Great-Great Grandma painstakingly hand-working a lovely garment monogram is part of our shared heritage, we have to say that as with most things, industrialization has changed so much of our world.

Interestingly, the fundamental embroidery stitches of  800 AD and even earlier have changed little and are still used today – more often though by embroidery machines! 

While nothing can replace the labor of love shown in hand-embroidery, contemporary embroidery can reflect even more intricate designs and precision craftsmanship and mechanized embroidery allows for unique dimensional textures and designs within finished works. 

The beauty and significance of embroidery is still appreciated as an opulent finish for a garment or accessory.  Monogrammed garments and domestic goods remain symbols of elegance and refinement in many cultures.  A new monogram or date to commemorate an occasion brings both recognition and appreciation for the thoughtfulness of the gift as well as the intrinsic value of a future heirloom or keepsake.  

No matter by hand or machine, it seems clear that embroidery will continue to endure as a timeless and tasteful finish for garments and accessories.  Take a few minutes to browse some of our finest embroidered items.  High-quality thread and a gorgeous array of colors combine to adorn best sellers like our silk robes, plush towels and over-size oxford shirts with monograms and personalization for an exceptional, luxurious look! 

Silk Kimono Robes - Truly Luxurious Quality

 

Oversize Oxford Shirts – Gorgeous Monogram Detail 

Monogrammed Velour Bath Robes  and matching slippers!   Gorgeous material and thread collection! 

Spa Wrap – Hers 

Spa Wrap – His

His and Hers Towels

Fabulous Gifts for All! 

Personalized Pool Side Opulence! 

Stunning Monogrammed Carryall Tote – Dozens of  Design Options! 

A Tote That Will Walk With You on the Wild Side! 

Come Visit our Fabulous Embroidered Collection where you find everything from shirts, to swimwear, plush towels and soft, billowy robes!

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Summer Beach and Destination Brides – The Final Countdown!

Friday, March 7th, 2014

For most of us enduring the slow start of spring after a long, cold winter, far from reality is the thought of a summer beach wedding celebration caressed by balmy trade winds and the ebb and flow of waves washing ashore.  

For the bride planning her summer wedding, however, this is really crunch time when all the little details are swirling endlessly amid her everyday thoughts!  Whether your dream beach or destination wedding has been in the works for months and months or,  you’ve just been surprised with a proposal for summer nuptials, the final details are sometimes the most trying!   Take a deep breath ladies…you are almost at that wonderful bridal finish line! 

We’ve put together a little taste  of our finest beach and destination wedding accessories to help you with
all those lovely finishing touches on your special day!   

Make sure your wardrobe includes a bit of bling to ramp up the excitement whether it’s last minute shopping, bridal gatherings or bachelorette parties!   Don’t forget to include your bridal entourage with our bridal party tops that makes for fabulous gifts and group photo ops!  

Completely Customized Bling with a Look Everyone Will Love! 

A Seashell Tiara for the Beach Princess Bride 

A Seaside Bouquet

Don’t Forget the Matching Boutonniere

Barefoot Jewelry for Her

And for Him…

Accessorize your Ceremony and Reception with Real Starfish!  

Wouldn’t Your Tabletops Look Enchanting with These Seahorse Glass Accents!

Lovely Silver Shell Card Holders Add the Perfect Touch to Your Places Settings!  

Fill This Unique Heart-Shaped Toasting Flute Holder with Your Favorite Color Sand! 

Imagine Your Venue Aglow with These Stunning Seashells Adorned with Sparkling Swarovksi Crystals!   Fabulous, Must-See Array of Real Shells!

 

Not Last and Certainly Not Least Either but Nonetheless A Keepsake You Will Always Treasure…Your Cake Topper!


 

 

 For our complete collection of summer, beach and destination wedding accessories, please visit us at www.advantagebridal.com

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The Etiquette of Thank You Notes in Our Uber Electronic Age

Friday, February 21st, 2014

In our world today, we communicate at lightning speed with as few words or even complete sentences as possible!  Who would have thought we would all be so attuned to staying in touch this way?

“Tweet, Pin and Post” to your heart’s desire to extend your gratitude but, when it comes to gifts, a hand-written note is still the most gracious and, frankly, expected way to express appreciation!   The Emily Post Institute remains firm on this social must as do all the prevailing bridal and wedding experts.

Why the Hand-Written Note?

The hand-written note is the most thoughtful way to recognize both gifts and special things that folks have done, exemplary service and niceties that clearly show someone went over and above just for you!

Your friends, family and anyone involved in making your “Big Day” one to remember will be touched and delighted to receive your personal, hand-written reflections.  Sending a thank you note in an era when folks rarely sit down to write will go a long way to make someone feel over-the-top special!   And trust us when we say that this gesture will be spoken of holding you in highest regard!

When and How to Send

Thank you notes  should be sent no later than 3 months after the receipt of a gift, and ideally they should be written as each gift is received.  Adopt the habit early on of sending thank-you notes in this manner and you will be at ease knowing that no gift will be left unacknowledged!

To Whom Should Thank You Notes Be Sent?

Notes recognizing those many kindnesses and extraordinary services you have no doubt received are equally important.  By no means all-encompassing, the list of those to whom notes should be sent may include your bridal attendants, parents and other relatives, vendors and service providers, caterer, baker, stylist, entertainer, officiant, and photographer.

How Best to Accomplish

Both the bride and groom should share in thank you note writing – it can be a daunting task and splitting the work load will not only make it easier, but help to keep your thoughts fresh and genuine.  If one of you does not have the gift of the written word, perhaps thank you note duties can divided based upon what each person does well.   If the bride is doing all the writing, perhaps the groom can take charge of assembly and mailing.  And yes, these notes really should be  addressed and either mailed or hand-delivered.

Stationery and Wording

Appropriate stationery is a must!    Form letters won’t do here!  Acknowledge the actual gift in your note, mentioning it by name and giving at least one example of how you plan to use it. If you receive a cash gift, you may thank the sender for their “gracious gift” and generally do not  mention the actual amount or form. Be utterly positive, never convey disappointment with a gift, nor tell the sender that you plan to return or exchange their item.

Stationery selection can be such fun!   Have notes that you love on hand as soon as your engagement is announced.  You will need them sooner than you think!

Be sure to order your wedding thank you notes well before the big day. Choose whimsical or heartfelt motifs or set the tone for future correspondence with an elegant, custom monogrammed card with your new initials.   If you plan to send wedding photos with or as part of a card, make arrangements to have those in your possession as quickly after the wedding as possible, as you should not delay your notes while waiting for photos.

Advantage Bridal features dozens of varieties of personalized and pre-printed thank you note cards and stationery. Be it a beach or tropical theme, a classic monogram or embossed name or just a fun motif reminiscent of your wedding, express your appreciation in a style that is uniquely yours and conveys in a thoughtful way, your gratitude for your generous guests.

 For the Beach or Tropical Bride and Groom!  

From the Bride

Share a Motif

Lovely Whimsical Vintage Appeal

Never Forgetting Kindnesses Great and Small…

 Your Signature Style that Can Be Your Stationery Calling Card Long After the Big Day!

Why a Sash is Not Just for Royals and Girl Scouts!

Friday, February 14th, 2014

We’ve all seen how heads turn when someone arrives wearing a sash!  Whether royalty or pageant queen, Girl Scout or aristocrat, a “sash” conveys that something or someone “official” is present.  Just imagine the attention a lovely bride or bridesmaid wearing a sash receives from those around her!  Talk about making a grand entrance!  

Our brides have come to love celebrating their last days as single gals with all the grandeur due a princess and will happily share that that a gorgeous sash is the perfect accessory to ensure that regal treatment is theirs to enjoy! 

People love to lavish attention on the “bride-to-be” and bridal showers, parties, luncheons and events are the perfect opportunity to celebrate your “official status” with an exquisite, once-in-a-lifetime bridal sash!  Share the fun and luxury with your entire entourage and adorn all the gals  in this sizzling hot bridal trend.  Don’t forget the mothers of the bride and groom and your special flower girl too! Make sure everyone knows that “The Bride and Her Team” are in the house!   

Our stunning embroidered organza lace sashes are custom-made and can be monogrammed or embellished with rhinestones of your choosing from a luxurious array of colors!  These are not run-of-the-mill accessories that you’ll forget about after the big day but heirloom-quality keepsakes you’ll want to treasure forever!  

 

For the Bride…

Stunning Clear Rhinestones and a Gorgeous Array of Colors from Which to Choose!  

Exquisite Embroidered Organza Lace

Black Lace and Purple Rhinestones…Quite Stunning! 

Your Gals Will Love Your Thoughtfulness

Lace Sashes are just a few of the custom accessories our bride just adore and they make fabulous gifts for the entire bridal party!  

Take a peek at more of  our fabulous “made-just-for-you” bridal sashes!    

P.S.   Happy Valentine’s Day to all of our Advantage Bridal friends!  

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Why 2014 Vintage Themed Weddings are More Gorgeous than Ever!

Friday, February 7th, 2014

While some in the bridal world have mused that the vintage wedding trend is fading, we are seeing all evidence to the contrary!   As with any fashion trend, vintage style is constantly evolving with influences coming from many different directions and sources.  Continuing with what was hugely popular in 2013, 2014 is ushering in vintage weddings with refined style with distinctive elegance defined by design elements that establish a clear vision of the Roaring Twenties and Great Gatsby Eras.

The key to planning a vintage wedding is honoring what is meaningful about the past. Guests from every generation will love when your details remind them of something, or someone, they once knew and loved.  Brides are taking great care in choosing venue décor that is rich with substance and style.

Mints and grays, pinks and peaches are popping up everywhere!  Silk white and ivory neutrals are an elegant backdrop for cut glass vases, chandeliers and candelabras, gold leaf, china and crystal are surrounded by lush roses, billowy hydrangeas and lilac along with colorful peonies just like your great, great grandmother would have had in her garden.

Keyholder escort cards are a fabulous vintage touch to help your guests find their table in your reception venue. Top your cake with a vintage monogram, or, serve cupcakes nestled in delicate laser cut holders for a lacy touch. Mix and match antique patterned china and glassware for lovely serving pieces for classic cocktails and tempting treats.

Creating Gatsby opulence and lavish touches for you and your entourage is truly the fun part!  You don’t have to haunt antique shops to put together glamorous vintage fashion.  From shruglettes to pearls, tiaras and headpieces to lace shoes or even sexy vintage boots, now more than ever, you have unending options at your disposal.

Advantage Bridal is your one-stop vintage wedding theme shop for all of your wedding ceremony and wedding reception needs. Allow us to share few of our very favorites we know you will love!

A Lovely Vintage Bridal and Wedding Collection

Stunning Marabou Ring  Pillow

Inviting your guests to be seated with  vintage style.  

Keyholder Escort Cards

 

An elegant birdcage veil and hat look

 

This  Marabou shruglette is so vinage opulent! 

 

 

 Stacked Pearl Strand Bracelet with Crystal Brooch Closure

 

House of Elliot Hand Made Lace Shoes

Stunning Hand Made Lace Boots by House of Elliot

Black is the New Bridal White

Gloves too! 

Silk Covered Ball Purses are Exquisite Vintage Accessory for you and your ladies!

A Bit of Whimsy for the Gentlemen in  your Party…

We hope you have enjoyed a peek of just a few of our  vintage- themed wedding items!   Please visit our store  for hundreds of lovely options

that will help you to create the vintage-themed wedding of your dreams!