Archive for the ‘Bridal Apparel/Intimates’ Category

Gold – Making a Champagne Comeback?

Friday, 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!

Thursday, 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!  

Take 10% Off of Your Order of $100 or More!  Hurry!  Offer Expires Saturday, July 5th!   Use Discount Code 10off100714

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Choose Wedding Colors Like a Designer Pro!

Friday, 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…

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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! 

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Why “Bling” Might Just Be A Natural Thing!

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Do you find yourself gazing at brilliant stars in the night sky, shimmering holiday twinkle lights or glistening silver and gold ornaments on a tree?  Is your eye drawn to dazzling diamond rings and stunning cut glass chandeliers?     Does your guy love spending an afternoon washing his vintage car or motorcycle and checking his reflection in the newly polished chrome?  Why do sparkling things give us such pleasure?  

It seems scientists have shared research which proposes that sparkle itself has long been the object of human desire for its potential to represent something of need, like a running stream with water that is safe to drink.  

Whether or not we believe that our love of bling is wired in our DNA, it’s hard to deny the attraction!   A bit of sparkle always seems to bring a bright spot to our day!  Here are a few of our latest designs that we hope will brighten yours! 

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See all of our spectacular sparklers here at Advantage Bridal! 

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! 

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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!

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How to Include a Beloved Special Friend in Your Wedding

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

He has been there for you through thick and thin and you know he always has your back!  She’s been your faithful, happy-go-lucky gal who, even when the chips are down, is the bright spot in your life that lifts you up!  Are we talking about your best guy and gal friends?  Well, in a furry sort of way!

For many brides and grooms these days, a canine companion is a special someone that will definitely be included in the inner circle of one of life’s greatest milestones – your wedding!

Whatever role Fido plays in your big day, here are the most essential considerations to help you make your companion’s part in your wedding a total success!

 Your canine’s health and temperment – Is Fido  young and bursting with energy or older and comfortable in his set ways?  How will he adjust to a ceremonial atmosphere, crowds of well-wishers and other wedding festivities?  Is your venue extreme in temperature (outdoors in summer) or does it require considerable travel to reach?

The Venue – Are pets welcome?  Will your companion be involved in ceremonial activities like carrying rings or flowers or walking in the processional or would he or she be better suited to sporting a bow tie or satin ribbon and sitting in on photo ops?

Pet Escort – Do you have a trusted friend who can take care of your companion throughout the day and make sure fresh food, water and bathroom breaks are provided?  As much as you love your furry buddy or gal, thinking that you will have the freedom to watch after them and fulfill your obligations to your guests is probably not realistic nor is it fair to you both, your guests and your pet!

Create Familiarity – The kindest thing you can do for all concerned is to make sure your beloved companion has a chance to experience what they may encounter on the big day!  Allow them to visit the venue and sniff around a bit before it is transformed into joyous chaos!  Make sure that they are comfortable with whatever might await them be it photography, flashing bulbs, music of different styles and volumes, fireworks and other loud noises, excitable adults or young children, other animals such as service dogs or carriage horses and anything else you can think of!

Get the Word Out – Surely, your canine companion strutting down the aisle will be a delightful surprise for your guests but keep in mind that folks with allergies or those with young children may want to know in advance about your furry friend’s attendance.  Like a good political strategist, leak the news through a few “talkative” guests or take the time to call some folks directly and let them know.

Cover these basics and then have fun deciding on how Fido will help celebrate your happy day!  Don’t forget a fabulous outfit with a bit of bling to really put a bounce in their step!

A Fun Black Tie Look! 

A Cute Flower Girl Look

Blinged Out Collars! 

A Bit More Bling for the Diva Dog

For Your Special Ring Guy! 

 Nothing Beats a Classic Tux! 

See These Fabulous Tees and Shop Custom Options at Advantage Bridal!

 

 

 

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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!     

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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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Princess Bride Then and Now – The Royal Treatment!

Friday, February 28th, 2014

The ultimate romantic fantasy dreamt of by so many young ladies is that of being a “Princess Bride.”  While the history and influence of the “Princess Bride” can be traced back over centuries, we have only to look at the past two or three decades to see some of our more recent and utterly breathtaking princess bride style icons!  In 1991, a 25-foot train followed a beautiful bride to wed her prince in a lavish wedding ceremony that rekindled our love with princesses and their fairy tale nuptials.  Lady Diana Spencer truly won our hearts over on in just one special day and we will forever love her and her legacy!  

Two years later, singer/superstar Mariah Carey clearly influenced by a real-life princess wed just two years earlier, epitomized the look of a celebrity princess bride when she wed for the first time

 

and Mimi again chose an over-the-top princess look in 2008 when she renewed her vows to husband number two. 

Widely recognized as a truly epic style, today’s bride with an eye for the royal treatment will not be disappointed by her options ranging from invitations to reception favors, breathtaking ceremony venues, wedding destinations and honeymoons and of course, the all-important “Princess Gown” which will surely feature a stunning skirt flowing from an exquisite regal bodice! 

This is a time when every bride who chooses to do so, can live the life of a beautiful princess with all of the glitz and glamour, pageantry and ceremony due her as a royal!  However, there will be only a few fleeting hours spent in her opulent princess bridal gown so there is every reason for the princess bride to seek royal attire to compliment her look as she attends to her duties as a regal bride-to-be!

We’d like to share with you just a few of our princess bride’s favorite looks for keeping up that royal image wherever her day takes her!  

A soft, princess white, fairy tale “Enchanted Fairy Tale” hoodie!  

Our “Fairy Tale” font is an absolutely exquisite look fit for a princess on this custom Bride tank!  

Oh so pretty, hundreds of princess pink rhinestones fill this sparkling heart crowned with a gorgeous tiara!

Cinderella,  a beloved Fairy Tale Princess, would just love this Happily Ever After  sparkling design and so will you!

Share your message of an elegant, regal demeanor whenever things start to become just a bit hectic! 

 The perfect princess bling always starts with a crown or tiara here and there.  

This shimmering design includes a stunning removable crown brooch!  

 

 

Every princess knows the ultimate place to find her most favorite treasures!    This Tiffany-inspired design is great for her entire entourage!  

Of course, the princess will need the matching hoodie and pant set to keep her warm and cozy on those blustery days!

 

No princess nuptials would be complete without a bit of bling to commemorate her royal union!  

A grand personalized crown or elegant understated tiara would be fitting attire! 

Be sure to share your royal legacy for those little ladies who will someday walk in your steps!  

Don’t forget to visit us here at Advantage Bridal for all of your Princess Bride needs to make sure that your Fairy Tale Dreams

truly do become  your Happily Ever After! 

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