Glossary edition 9: Lace Subscribe Email Print

Lace has long been a feature of bridal design but in recent years we have seen a resurgence and modernization in the use of lace.  Used as appliqués, trims, and overlays, lace can be feminine, sexy, and even rustic.  Improve your knoweledge of lace with 8 terms you should know.

Alencon - Probably the most common or popular, Alencon is a delicate design of lace including images of flowers and arches on netting, with the edges embroidered with or without accenting such as beading.

Battenberg - Floral or geometric designs created by forming loops of linen connected by threadwork.

Chantilly - Intricate floral, scallop and ribbon designs set on a very fine net background.

Duchesse - Featuring floral or lace arch and scroll designs often with raised stitching for increased texture.

Lyon - A lighter-weight version of Alencon with a thinner cord.

Schiffli - A very lightweight lace with intricate embroidery, often floral, with intertwined design and connecting threading.

Spanish - Features a rose motif based on a standard net background.

Venice - Also known as ‘Venise,’ a strip of embroidery-style heavy lace not attached to netting, often in floral and geometric designs and used to be cut into appliqués.

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We've covered dress structure, shape and fabric and in the next glossary edition we will move onto accessories. We'll serve up 12 veil terms you should know next!

Glossary edition 8: Farics Subscribe Email Print

O' the wonderful luxurios and playful fabrics of the world.

You're probably familiar with Satin, and Tulle, and Taffeta, and Velvet, and Organza but what about Chiffon, Brocade, or Dupioni.  Here's a list of fabric terms to add to your glossary and help you identify the dress you're dreaming of.

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The 6 A's of creating Ambiance Subscribe Email Print

When you are planning an event, whether it’s a small dinner party, a large holiday shindig or a wedding, ambiance is always important. The mood or feeling your guests experience (ambiance) is the culmination of 6 key elements. For ease when trying to remember all 6 keep in mind they all start with the letter A. So let’s dig in.

Anticipation: It all begins with the invitation. Or the save-the-date if your also sending those out. The idea is to create anticipation before the event to entice
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Glossary edition 7: Trains Subscribe Email Print

This is the last glossary edition that describes the shape or structure of a dress. A train has historically been said to symbolize wealth or to have been used to cover the tracks of the bride and groom. Interesting right?
Here's a few terms to help you descripte a bridal train.

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Table for Two Subscribe Email Print

We couldnt have been more excited to see sweetheart tables gain popularity a few years ago and fortunately they have stuck around. We love the sweetheart table because of all the unique things you can do with the table décor and seating that can really add to the overall design of your reception space.

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Glossary edition 6: Sleeves Subscribe Email Print

Sleeves have gained popularity in recent years so though possibly overwhelming or boring, we still feel it neccesary to be thorough and include this list of terms regarding sleeves.
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Glossary edition 5: Necklines Subscribe Email Print

You will never believe just how many different terms could be used to describe a neckline! We've got more than a dozen terms to add to your glossary. Let's dig right in.
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Glossary edition 4: Bodices Subscribe Email Print

We’re back to expand on your wedding dress glossary! Today we're talking about bodices. You’re probably familiar with a few of these terms but we’re confident there’s still a few more we can educate you on.

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Glossary edition 3: Gown Length Subscribe Email Print

We’ve talked about gown silhouettes and skirt styles so today we’re talking about gown length. Now it’s true, a majority of brides will opt for a traditional floor length but there are 8 other lengths to choose from. 2014 bridal trends reveal that tea-length gowns may be front and center this season. What term below best describes your ideal gown length?

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Glossary edition 2: Skirt Styles Subscribe Email Print

We’re back with the 2nd edition of our glossary special with skirt styles. From the traditional to the modern and onto sexy, here are 13 glossary terms to help you describe your dream wedding dress.

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The Entourage Subscribe Email Print

You’ve said “Yes!” and now you’re ready to say it all over again for the perfect wedding dress. But don’t go saying “Yes” to everyone that wants to help (although that’s incredibly nice of them right?!).

Today on TV we can watch shows like Say Yes to the Dress, Something Borrowed Something New or Randy to the Rescue to follow a bride or brides as the search for what to wear on their wedding day. Inevitably the bride(s) bring an ‘entourage’. Now this entourage could be comprised of so many different people for various possible reasons but so often we see that perhaps the entourage is not uplifting or positive. And, there goes the wedding dress shopping experience down the drain. It’s unfortunate really.

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Glossary edition 1: Gown Silhouettes Subscribe Email Print

Surplice, flounce, empire, bateau , castillion, alencon, and more. Wedding dress terms can be overwhelming. We’ve compiled a lengthy list of terms to help you understand gown silhouettes, fabrics, neck lines, lengths, bodices and trains but we’ll deliver these glossaries to you in “bite-size” increments over the next several weeks. If there is a term your interested in learning more about, send it our way here and we’d be happy to add it to the glossary.

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Our Bride: Chelsea Subscribe Email Print

Real bride Chelsea sent us a sweet note with these stunning photos from her wedding day. Here's what she had to say.

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What is a Trunk Show anyway? Subscribe Email Print

Trunk Show
Noun 1.    A show of parading elephants 2.    A bridal show of a trunk full of dresses 3.    A sales event for showing merchandise to staff or select customers.If you’re newly engaged or just new to the world of weddings and bridal fashion then it’s possible you weren’t really sure exactly what a trunk show was.

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Radiant Orchid: 2014 Color of the Year Subscribe Email Print

Let's kick-off 2014 with the color of the year: Radiant Orchid.

The PANTONE press release dated December 5th Leatrice Eiseman is quoted describing Radiant Orchid the color of the year, “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

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Resolving for a better 2014 Together! Subscribe Email Print

This year instead of making out your own list of resolutions, why not make pledges as a couple instead? Together you can motivate one another and hold one another accountable. You can also use resolutions to strengthen your relationship and manage the pressures of wedding planning.

Here are a few ideas – some expected and hopefully some new – to help inspire your list.

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2014 Bridal Trends Subscribe Email Print

As the husband-wife team behind L’Fay Bridal, each year we attend New York International Bridal Week and each year is nothing short of extraordinary.

There were juxtapositions, chic silhouettes, breathtaking fabrics, and touches of drama abound. While "oohing" and "ahhing" over the spring 2014 bridal-market runway shows, we took note of nine emerging trends for the coming year.

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The Dress You've Dreamed Of: 11 Tips for finding the one Subscribe Email Print

Congratulations! You’re engaged. You’ve found the life partner you have always imagined and now you’re ready to find the dress you’ve always dreamed of. We’ve put together our top 11 tips for you to have the most pleasant and successful shopping experience and ultimately find the dress you’ve always dreamed of.

1.       Research where to shop.

There are many bridal shops and designers out there but the experience and quality you receive at a small bridal boutique like L’Fay versus
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L'Fay Brides Subscribe Email Print

We absolutely LOVE seeing L’Fay Brides on their wedding day in their dream gown, saying their I Do’s to their dream spouse. There’s an added bonus when we see a L’Fay Bride on their wedding day, in their dream gown, saying their I Do’s to their dream spouse in the dreamy Turks and Caicos!
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Drumroll please... Subscribe Email Print

Good things come to those who wait. And those who entered our Spring Fling Giveaway! Well one of you :)
First - A thank you to all who participated :) And what you have all been waiting for  - we have a winner!

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