We are so excited to announce that our mobile App for Android is now available as a FREE download from the Android Market. iBridalGown has helped iPhone users walk down the aisle in their perfect wedding gowns, and now it’s available for Android users, too! This handy little app is designed to minimize frustration by helping brides shop for their gown, compare their favorite dresses and share via email or Facebook!
The Android app delivers the same great features as the iPhone app. It has everything you will need to organize your selections in wedding dresses, all in one application. You can take pictures and store them alongside information about each dress for easy future review. Instead of managing scribbled notes on individual business cards and scraps of paper, this fun and friendly app puts all of your wedding gown details at your fingertips.
iBridalGown also helps you understand bridal jargon you might not be familiar with. Don’t know the difference between chiffon and charmeuse? Wondering about wedding gown silhouettes, necklines, and trains? Definitions and descriptions of these terms are in the app!
Since your Android phone is always with you, so is your dress information!
Click here to download iBridalGown for Android
Have you tried it? I would love to hear about it!
How different is the actual gown from the sample?
I know it sounds CRAZY, but often the sample dress you are ordering from looks different from the actual gown once it’s made. This variation can be very slight and hardly noticeable or can be a completely different color or fabric. Even normal wear and tear can cause the sample to seem different than an actual gown based on it. So, it is important to know what to expect before you put the deposit down.
There are some great new bridal trends making their way in for 2012, and some not so great. Here are a few that have caught my attention:
1. Illusion Neckline
The illusion style is created when a sheer, delicate and often embellished layer of fabric is added to cover all or part of the space that is otherwise exposed in a strapless gown. Think of illusion as strapless… with coverage. It can transform the whoa! of way too much cleavage into something soft, elegant and romantic. This is absolutely my favorite new trend. Look how beautiful this one shoulder illusion by Monique L’huillier is!
Before you set foot inside a bridal salon, here are 5 things you should do to make sure your search runs smoothly!
1. Know the logistics of your wedding.
It is best to know where and when your wedding will be. For instance, if it is to be a small, intimate wedding on the beach, then a sheath gown would be perfect. Or, if it will be at a yacht club that is overflowing with guests, perhaps a feather adorned ball gown would complete the occasion. These factors are extremely important when deciding on your dress, so make sure this item is crossed off your list! Believe me, you don’t want to be the bride who wore velvet at her summertime garden wedding!
While running my bridal salon, trunk show season was always my favorite time of year. There was a lot of buzz around the store, and best of all, there were new dresses!!!
What is a trunk show?
A trunk show is when a designer showcases dresses from their latest or upcoming season. These are new dresses, sometimes right off the runway! I love how clean the dresses are and how carefully handled they have been. Each store packs the gowns and send them to the next store in the trunk show, and if there is anything wrong with the dresses, there is hell to pay!!
Who attends a trunk show?
Usually the designer ( or a representative) comes to a trunk show. They will sometimes offer special incentives like custom measurements, or free custom changes, or even a percentage discount off purchases made during the show. Trunk shows are fast and furious and lots of gown sales are made.
As a boutique owner, I loved it…
…but many brides don’t enjoy trunk shows. Why?
It happens so often, but what do you do? How do you decide? In the boutique I would see it all the time – strong confident woman reduced to tears because they simply can’t decide. I’ll never forget one bride of mine who came in 17 times until she finally chose between the 2 gowns.
Granted, 17 times is a bit extreme, most brides finally decided by the third or fourth time. However, assuming you have followed all my guidelines about the best silhouette / neckline / fabric for your body and you are truly stuck between 2 equally flattering dresses, and your friends and family don’t have any useful opinions, then here are a few factors which should come into play.
Let me start by saying Monique L’huillier spring 2012 collection is outstanding. She brought her signature romance to this collection, but balanced well with sophisticated silhouettes and thoughtful details. But honestly, would you expect less from her?
Look at this exquisite gown called Peony.
Got my invite to the Couture New York Bridal Fashion Show today! Fashion week is amazing, and you get a special preview and one on one time with Bridal fashion superstars such as Vera Wang, Monique L’huillier, Rivini, and Cymbeline Paris (LOVE THEM!!!)
This fabulous week that is complete bliss for the bridal fashion obsessed, is topped off with a huge gala hosted by no other than Martha Stewart. This year it’s October 15-17, and you can count on me to be there talking to all the designers, post pictures and give all the beautiful (and not so beautiful) details of what’s new in bridal fashion!
The hardest part is getting started, and this is most certainly true when it comes to shopping for your wedding gown… Where do I begin? Where is the best place to start? When do I start? What is the best shade of white for my complexion? What kind of train should i have? and what the heck is the difference between a french and an english bustle?
It’s enough to make your head spin and just walk down the aisle wearing your over-sized pink fuzzy bathrobe!
Well ladies, take a deep breath. Help is here