Archive for the ‘Bridal Accessories’ Category

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!  

 

 

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! 

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The Wedding Capital of the World – An Amazing Wedding Venue

Friday, January 31st, 2014

The most recent report from the Las Vegas Visitor Authority reflects that nearly 81,000 lovebirds exchanged Las Vegas “I Do’s” in 2012 and another 1.5 million folks joined in on the wedding festivities! Vegas weddings continue to build in popularity year after year and for those seeking an exhilarating array of over-the-top wedding options, it’s easy to see why brides and grooms are flocking to Sin City in record numbers.

A bride and groom can be certain that the “Wedding Capital of the World,” as it is known, spares no expense to ensure that they and their guests will have every opulent option at their disposal to luxuriate in the ultimate Las Vegas experience.  

Gorgeous parks and amphitheaters to decadent casino penthouse and rooftop venues provide stunning settings, and while there are still plenty of drive-through chapels and Elvis officiants from which to choose, the list of more exotic options continues to grow!  The couple seeking a more edgy or wilder side wedding will have no trouble finding venues and accouterments to exceed their expectations.  Bus and limousine party venues will have your whole entourage partying in high style while helicopter and thrill ride nuptials, underwater and shark tank venues will leave adrenaline with a once-in-a-lifetime memory! 

Even though a Vegas wedding can be expression of personal style and an intentional departure from a big hometown church and reception, there is still every reason to include time-honored and sentimental traditions a bride and groom will cherish.  So, don’t forgo the guestbook, unity candle, toasting glasses, gifts and other accessories!  In fact, let us help you fulfill your Las Vegas dreams right down to the last detail!  

 

A garter must-have

 

Don’t forget the undergarments!  Great for the gals in your entourage!

Rear View - rhinestone boyshorts

 

A Vegas pillow for your ring bearer!

Ring Bearer Pillow

 

                                                                                                    The Vegas Unity Candle

Unity Candle

Fabulous Toasting Flutes

Flutes

Don’t forget your guestbook!

Guestbook

Cake toppers from festive…

Festive Cake Topper

To flirty

Flirty Vegas Cake Topper

Fun Vegas Garments Terrific Gifts and Treasured Mementos!  

 

 

Rhinestone Tank

 

Embroidered Baseball Caps are Great Fun for Everyone! 

Vegas Caps

 

Fun Casino Favors!

Slot Machine Gumball Favors

 

Fabulous Retro Vegas Cufflinks for Groom and Your Guys! 

Vegas Cuff Links

 

Last but not least, gifts for all those folks who helped make your dream day come true!  

Not everything has  to stay in Vegas!  

Vegas Photo Frame

 

 

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Bonding and Blending: The Latest Trends in a Wedding Ritual

Friday, January 24th, 2014

The Sand Ceremony remains an extremely popular wedding ritual!  The creation of a touching memento and the safety of sand versus flame have been the prevailing reasons this ceremony has been a trendy way for the couple to share and show their love.

However, today’s wedding ceremony has become much more of a “family affair.”  Going beyond the traditional giving of roses or flowers to bridal party mothers, and even the solemn and sweet lighting of the unity candle, we are seeing a wonderful increase in extended family and friend involvement! 

Perhaps significant, and frankly touching, is the notion that a couple that has come together and chosen to marry, has experienced a circle of love and caring that extends beyond parents, or one or two special individuals.  

It is in this spirit, that the Sand Ceremony has taken on much more significance as a wedding ritual.  We are happy to see that brides and grooms are choosing multiple sand colors and vessels for this lovely blending and bonding commemoration, representing the joyous inclusion of a wider circle of cherished family and friends.  

We offer so many vessel styles and clever and creative ceremony variations that we couldn’t possibly capture them all here but we’ve selected a few that are just stunning and elegant!  

Blown Glass Heart and Stand

This blown glass heart  is incredibly beautiful and timeless! 

 

 

Ebony Shadow Box

A lovely ebony shadow box that will be a gorgeous addition to your decor after the big day!

 

 Slender Engraved Glass Vase and Pouring Vessels 

Slender, glass- blown elegance! 

Vintage Bottle Set

Beautiful hues of blue!

 

Heart Vessels

Hearts are always enchanting in a wedding ceremony!

 

Blown Glass Heart with Beach or Tropical Color Scheme

 Gorgeous stacked sand color in this heart-shaped blown glass vessel! 

 

White Shadow Box

A lovely shadow box to grace a shelf or table in your new home!

 

 

Elegant Purple and Lavender Motif in Pillar-Shaped Vase and Pouring Vessels

A stunning display of purple and lavender!  

 

 

However you choose to show that your family and friends have become one, we offer a lovely variety of options

to make your special day a unique reflection of your love and commitment and your personal style!  

Boyshort or Thong? The Tale of Two Fashion Trends

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

In 2010, one of the most widely read women’s magazines, Cosmopolitan, pronounced that the “Thong” having been overtaken by the flirty “Boyshort”, was pretty much on its fashion deathbed.  Less than three years later, apparently recognizing actress/model Sofia Vergara’s swimsuit preferences,  that very same publication jubilantly announced that the “Thong is Totally Back!”

That, in a nutshell, is the crazy world of fashion trends.  Often driven by the fashion penchants of “A-List” celebrities and high-profile super models, it can be hard to keep up!

We know that our brides, and their grooms, love both looks.  The “Thong” is clearly that sexy panty that would make your great, great-grandmother faint but leaves your guy swooning at your feet!    The “Boyshort” is the newer, flirtier look that hugs your curves in all the right ways and temptingly leaves a bit more to the imagination!

Have a look at just a few of our top selling panties from our lingerie collection!  and…Tweet your vote!   “Boyshort or Thong?”

Our "Future Mrs" boyshort

Show your love for your guy and your future status!

Ed Hardy Intimates Collection

If you love all things tattoo, great deals await you with our Ed Hardy intimates collection!

Cami and Thong Set

Rock this look and rock his world with a sexy cami and thong set.   Your unique style with custom colors and embroidery!

Embroidered Bridal Thong

“Something Blue” and sexy too!

Rhinestone Ring Boyshorts

Sparkling rhinestone solitaire ring boyshorts!  Custom options available!  Celebrate your engagement and wedding in style!

Bridesmaid Thong

Great gift for the gals in your entourage!

Whatever your look, whether you are a “Thong” or “Boyshort” Gal, or even both, our fabulous selection of bridal lingerie is sure to satisfy all your undergarment needs!  Shop our full line  of undergarments and intimates at Advantage Bridal!

 

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