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  • If you have chosen to wear a veil with your wedding dress, selecting the correct one is pretty important.  Before trying on veils, you should choose your wedding dress so you can try the pieces on together in order to determine the overall look and whether you love it or...not so much.  If you're not quite sure which veil to choose, this guide to veil trends will help you determine which type is perfect for you.


    Photo & Event Design by Branco Prata

    Birdcage Veil - Get perfect Hollywood look with a birdcage veil. We've seen a huge comeback of this style as incorporating vintage elements continues to be a popular trend. This is also the perfect length if you want something to slightly cover your face, just over your eyes.  

    Flyaway Veil - A flyaway veil or shoulder-length veil is less than 20" and usually ends at the shoulders or just above.  This is a perfect veil for summer-type wedding dresses that are knee-length or above.  A flyaway veil can be worn with or without a headpiece.

    Blusher Veil - A blusher is the veil which covers the bride's face until she is ready to give her new husband that oh-so-special kiss.  This veil can be any length, from 20" to knee-length.  One important tip with a blusher is to ensure that the length is great enough to allow the veil to be pushed back over the face when the time comes.

    Elbow Length Veil - The elbow length veil ends at the bride's elbows, and is one of the most popular veil trends.  This is the perfect veil to wear with any style of wedding dress, but is particularly beautiful with strapless dresses.  This type of veil can be worn with or without a headpiece.

    Fingertip Length Veil - The fingertip length veil is another one of the more popular veil trends, and ends at the bride's fingertips.  It is usually around 36" in length and looks very elegant with any style of wedding dress.  One tip to remember whit the fingertip length veil is that it should be very thin or sheer if you want the back of your wedding dress to show.

    Ballet Veil - The ballet-style veil usually falls at knee-length and is around 56" long.  This veil is beautiful with full, luxurious wedding dresses but can be worn with any style dress - as long as the dress is not shorter than the veil. 

    Chapel Length Veil - This veil brushes the ground as you walk, and usually measures 108" long.  This is a gorgeous and dramatic veil and looks wonderful with full dresses which also brush the ground.  This veil should not be worn with a dress which is any shorter than ground-length.

    Cathedral Length Veil - This veil is particularly beautiful for a formal wedding and with a dress which brushes the ground.  It is dramatic and stylish, perfect for a church wedding or other formal wedding.  It should only be worn with dresses which are full length, brushing the ground or longer.

    By choosing the veil trends that you love the most and fitting the veil with your dress, you can achieve the perfect bridal look!   

     

     

     

     

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  • Consider a vintage wedding dress for your big day! You might be surprised how affordable it can be and you'll feel special wearing such a unique dress. We recently took a visit to Xtabay Vintage, located in Portland, Oregon. We were shocked to see dresses in such great condition and at such affordable prices. Owner Elizabeth Gross says, "Most of the dresses made back in the 40's, 50s and 60's would be sold for at least three times the price today. The fabrics just aren't made now and the craftsmanship is superb."



    Here are Elizabeth's five tips for finding your dream dress on the racks of your local vintage shop.


    1. Bring undergarments! Old dresses were made when women still wore corset-like undergarments. Bring your spanx to see how the dresses will really fit!


    2. Be open minded. A lot of times, brides are set on strapless, or tea length and rule out all other possibilities before trying anything on. You just never know until you try it and every dress looks different on a hanger than on your body!


    3. Be creative! Use your imagination when trying dresses on. You'd be surprised what you can do with a vintage dress: remove sleeves, add panels to create a roomier fit, shorten, dye the fabric, cinch the waist. The possibilities are endless!


    4. Watch for damage and fakes. Armpit stains are nearly impossible to fix. Pay attention to the quality of the fabric and make sure the labels are original.


    5. Remember it has been worn before! Watch for red flags, yes. But, a tiny pinhole in a pleat or a small spot inside the dress shouldn't be a deal breaker. Your dress has a story. Embrace it!



    Check out vintage accessories too! We found reasonably priced jewelry and adorable hats that just might be the finishing touch to a bride's or bridesmaid's ensemble. Bring a few friends (but, not too many opinions!) and make a day of shopping. Have fun!


    All dresses featured are available at Xtabay Vintage, 2525 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR. 503-230-2899. Prices of dresses featured range from $125 - $395.


    Model: Amber Johnstun


    Images Courtesy: Chelsea Fuss

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  • Are you 5'2" and wish to add a bit of height to your appearance as you walk down the aisle? Sometimes, a pair of strappy heels isn't enough to do the trick and you must enlist the help of wedding dresses that make you look taller and thinner. Sometimes, brides just want to downplay their curvaceous figure and search for wedding dresses that create the appearance of thinness. In order to manipulate your wedding dress to work for you on your special day, consider the following tips:


    Gowns from left to right Nordstrom Wedding Suite,  Maggie Sottero, Claire Pettibone

    Length According the Height

    When looking for wedding dresses to make you taller, use your height as a guide. Tall women should wear a longer dress, which lengthens the look of the body and makes for a leaner appearance. If you are short in stature, choose a dress length that falls right below the knee for a taller and leaner look.

    Wedding Dresses with Patterns

    If you're worried about how you will appear to guests on your wedding day, choose a wedding dress that offers patterns with an optical illusion effect. A bold bride may select diagonal stripes to detract the eye. Keep in mind that patterned wedding dresses with horizontal or vertical stripes can create a heavier look.

    Take Advantage of the V-Line

    Got a problem middle section? Browse wedding dresses with a V-neck, which can slim down your entire appearance. Choose a wedding dress with a V-line waist to reduce a bulky midsection and top of the hips.

    Eliminate Belts and Ties Around the Waist

    Look thinner with wedding dresses without belts, ties and scarves tied around the waist, which can create a bulky look.

    Short Dress and High Heels

    Show off your legs with short wedding dresses that make you look thinner. Pair with a high heel to give the impression of added length to your legs.

    Choose Darker-Colored Wedding Dresses

    Not only do wedding dresses with a darker color make you look thinner, but they also give the appearance that you are much taller than you really are. Achieve a slimming effect, as well as a taller physique by choosing the following wedding dress colors:

    Black Navy blue Forest green Maroon Chocolate brown

     

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  • With intricate beading, dyed colors, metallic allure, and 3-inch heels, the world of wedding shoes certainly offers something for everyone. However, choosing the best wedding shoes for your special day means much more than matching the color of your wedding dress or showing off a polished pedicure, it also involves achieving a level of comfort that should last throughout your ceremony and reception. To get you started towards locating the best fit for wedding shoes, consider the following:


    Seductive High Heels or Fashionable Flats?


    Sure, high-heeled wedding shoes create slenderness to your legs, but will you be comfortable for your first dance as a married woman, as well as the Electric Slide by the end of the night? Your special day will include a lot of standing, dancing, and rushing from one place to another. For the most part, you'll be on your feet, so the kind of wedding shoes you select better keep up. Yes, that irresistible pair of Jimmy Choos can cause bunions, corns, and shooting pains. Did I scare you? Perhaps, it's not such a bad idea to consider a soft shoe with a small heel.


    The Color of Wedding Shoes


    When browsing wedding shoes for a formal white, ivory, or cream dress – consider selections that match as closely as possible to your gown. With a feminine appeal, silk or satin wedding shoes are a practical choice that can be easily dyed if needed. For a wedding dress that showcases color, exercise a bit of flexibility. For example, a pink dress looks good with shoes in the same color. Try selections that are one or two shades darker or lighter for contrast. Consider matching your wedding shoes with gold or silver jewelry.


    Wedding Shoes to Match Dress Length


    Keep in mind that certain wedding shoes can elongate your legs, while others can shorten the length of your dress. When shopping for wedding shoes, make sure to slip into a variety of choices, including different heel sizes, open-toe selections, and styles with exposed backs.


    Casual Weddings


    Opt for a graceful pair of white or silver wedding sandals (minus distracting sparkles and oversized rhinestones) for a less formal affair. For a beach wedding, consider flat shoes, wedding sandals, and white flip-flops.


    Fabrics for Wedding Shoes


    Consider your wedding venue when selecting a fabric for your wedding shoes. Today, brides are browsing the looks of satin, silk, lace, and velvet. However, choosing the perfect pair often means combining personal preferences with other factors. For example, silk wedding shoes easily collect stains during an outdoor or garden reception. You may also want to leave the leather pumps at home for summer nuptials. 


    Overall, wedding shoes come with compromises and it's up to you to select a pair that leaves you feeling just as comfortable as you are stunning on your special day. 

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  • If you have chosen to wear a veil with your wedding dress, selecting the correct one is pretty important.  Before trying on veils, you should choose your wedding dress so you can try the pieces on together in order to determine the overall look and whether you love it or...not so much.  If you're not quite sure which veil to choose, this guide to veil trends will help you determine which type is perfect for you.


    Photo & Event Design by Branco Prata

    Birdcage Veil - Get perfect Hollywood look with a birdcage veil. We've seen a huge comeback of this style as incorporating vintage elements continues to be a popular trend. This is also the perfect length if you want something to slightly cover your face, just over your eyes.  

    Flyaway Veil - A flyaway veil or shoulder-length veil is less than 20" and usually ends at the shoulders or just above.  This is a perfect veil for summer-type wedding dresses that are knee-length or above.  A flyaway veil can be worn with or without a headpiece.

    Blusher Veil - A blusher is the veil which covers the bride's face until she is ready to give her new husband that oh-so-special kiss.  This veil can be any length, from 20" to knee-length.  One important tip with a blusher is to ensure that the length is great enough to allow the veil to be pushed back over the face when the time comes.

    Elbow Length Veil - The elbow length veil ends at the bride's elbows, and is one of the most popular veil trends.  This is the perfect veil to wear with any style of wedding dress, but is particularly beautiful with strapless dresses.  This type of veil can be worn with or without a headpiece.

    Fingertip Length Veil - The fingertip length veil is another one of the more popular veil trends, and ends at the bride's fingertips.  It is usually around 36" in length and looks very elegant with any style of wedding dress.  One tip to remember whit the fingertip length veil is that it should be very thin or sheer if you want the back of your wedding dress to show.

    Ballet Veil - The ballet-style veil usually falls at knee-length and is around 56" long.  This veil is beautiful with full, luxurious wedding dresses but can be worn with any style dress - as long as the dress is not shorter than the veil. 

    Chapel Length Veil - This veil brushes the ground as you walk, and usually measures 108" long.  This is a gorgeous and dramatic veil and looks wonderful with full dresses which also brush the ground.  This veil should not be worn with a dress which is any shorter than ground-length.

    Cathedral Length Veil - This veil is particularly beautiful for a formal wedding and with a dress which brushes the ground.  It is dramatic and stylish, perfect for a church wedding or other formal wedding.  It should only be worn with dresses which are full length, brushing the ground or longer.

    By choosing the veil trends that you love the most and fitting the veil with your dress, you can achieve the perfect bridal look!   

     

     

     

     

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  • Consider a vintage wedding dress for your big day! You might be surprised how affordable it can be and you'll feel special wearing such a unique dress. We recently took a visit to Xtabay Vintage, located in Portland, Oregon. We were shocked to see dresses in such great condition and at such affordable prices. Owner Elizabeth Gross says, "Most of the dresses made back in the 40's, 50s and 60's would be sold for at least three times the price today. The fabrics just aren't made now and the craftsmanship is superb."



    Here are Elizabeth's five tips for finding your dream dress on the racks of your local vintage shop.


    1. Bring undergarments! Old dresses were made when women still wore corset-like undergarments. Bring your spanx to see how the dresses will really fit!


    2. Be open minded. A lot of times, brides are set on strapless, or tea length and rule out all other possibilities before trying anything on. You just never know until you try it and every dress looks different on a hanger than on your body!


    3. Be creative! Use your imagination when trying dresses on. You'd be surprised what you can do with a vintage dress: remove sleeves, add panels to create a roomier fit, shorten, dye the fabric, cinch the waist. The possibilities are endless!


    4. Watch for damage and fakes. Armpit stains are nearly impossible to fix. Pay attention to the quality of the fabric and make sure the labels are original.


    5. Remember it has been worn before! Watch for red flags, yes. But, a tiny pinhole in a pleat or a small spot inside the dress shouldn't be a deal breaker. Your dress has a story. Embrace it!



    Check out vintage accessories too! We found reasonably priced jewelry and adorable hats that just might be the finishing touch to a bride's or bridesmaid's ensemble. Bring a few friends (but, not too many opinions!) and make a day of shopping. Have fun!


    All dresses featured are available at Xtabay Vintage, 2525 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR. 503-230-2899. Prices of dresses featured range from $125 - $395.


    Model: Amber Johnstun


    Images Courtesy: Chelsea Fuss

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  • Are you 5'2" and wish to add a bit of height to your appearance as you walk down the aisle? Sometimes, a pair of strappy heels isn't enough to do the trick and you must enlist the help of wedding dresses that make you look taller and thinner. Sometimes, brides just want to downplay their curvaceous figure and search for wedding dresses that create the appearance of thinness. In order to manipulate your wedding dress to work for you on your special day, consider the following tips:


    Gowns from left to right Nordstrom Wedding Suite,  Maggie Sottero, Claire Pettibone

    Length According the Height

    When looking for wedding dresses to make you taller, use your height as a guide. Tall women should wear a longer dress, which lengthens the look of the body and makes for a leaner appearance. If you are short in stature, choose a dress length that falls right below the knee for a taller and leaner look.

    Wedding Dresses with Patterns

    If you're worried about how you will appear to guests on your wedding day, choose a wedding dress that offers patterns with an optical illusion effect. A bold bride may select diagonal stripes to detract the eye. Keep in mind that patterned wedding dresses with horizontal or vertical stripes can create a heavier look.

    Take Advantage of the V-Line

    Got a problem middle section? Browse wedding dresses with a V-neck, which can slim down your entire appearance. Choose a wedding dress with a V-line waist to reduce a bulky midsection and top of the hips.

    Eliminate Belts and Ties Around the Waist

    Look thinner with wedding dresses without belts, ties and scarves tied around the waist, which can create a bulky look.

    Short Dress and High Heels

    Show off your legs with short wedding dresses that make you look thinner. Pair with a high heel to give the impression of added length to your legs.

    Choose Darker-Colored Wedding Dresses

    Not only do wedding dresses with a darker color make you look thinner, but they also give the appearance that you are much taller than you really are. Achieve a slimming effect, as well as a taller physique by choosing the following wedding dress colors:

    Black Navy blue Forest green Maroon Chocolate brown

     

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  • With intricate beading, dyed colors, metallic allure, and 3-inch heels, the world of wedding shoes certainly offers something for everyone. However, choosing the best wedding shoes for your special day means much more than matching the color of your wedding dress or showing off a polished pedicure, it also involves achieving a level of comfort that should last throughout your ceremony and reception. To get you started towards locating the best fit for wedding shoes, consider the following:


    Seductive High Heels or Fashionable Flats?


    Sure, high-heeled wedding shoes create slenderness to your legs, but will you be comfortable for your first dance as a married woman, as well as the Electric Slide by the end of the night? Your special day will include a lot of standing, dancing, and rushing from one place to another. For the most part, you'll be on your feet, so the kind of wedding shoes you select better keep up. Yes, that irresistible pair of Jimmy Choos can cause bunions, corns, and shooting pains. Did I scare you? Perhaps, it's not such a bad idea to consider a soft shoe with a small heel.


    The Color of Wedding Shoes


    When browsing wedding shoes for a formal white, ivory, or cream dress – consider selections that match as closely as possible to your gown. With a feminine appeal, silk or satin wedding shoes are a practical choice that can be easily dyed if needed. For a wedding dress that showcases color, exercise a bit of flexibility. For example, a pink dress looks good with shoes in the same color. Try selections that are one or two shades darker or lighter for contrast. Consider matching your wedding shoes with gold or silver jewelry.


    Wedding Shoes to Match Dress Length


    Keep in mind that certain wedding shoes can elongate your legs, while others can shorten the length of your dress. When shopping for wedding shoes, make sure to slip into a variety of choices, including different heel sizes, open-toe selections, and styles with exposed backs.


    Casual Weddings


    Opt for a graceful pair of white or silver wedding sandals (minus distracting sparkles and oversized rhinestones) for a less formal affair. For a beach wedding, consider flat shoes, wedding sandals, and white flip-flops.


    Fabrics for Wedding Shoes


    Consider your wedding venue when selecting a fabric for your wedding shoes. Today, brides are browsing the looks of satin, silk, lace, and velvet. However, choosing the perfect pair often means combining personal preferences with other factors. For example, silk wedding shoes easily collect stains during an outdoor or garden reception. You may also want to leave the leather pumps at home for summer nuptials. 


    Overall, wedding shoes come with compromises and it's up to you to select a pair that leaves you feeling just as comfortable as you are stunning on your special day. 

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