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31 Mar

How to Buy a Wedding Dress Online

How to Buy a Wedding Dress Online




While most women are comfortable shopping online these days, many brides still stop short at the thought of buying a wedding dress off the web. Wedding gownsare certainly different to wear and to buy than regular dresses, but purchasing a gown online can be simple if you know where to start. If you're feeling ready to give it a go, read our tips below then start browsing wedding dresses on Lover.ly!


1. Use a try-on service. Some bridal designers, like Kirstie Kelly, allow brides to "borrow" gowns and try them on at home before placing a final order. For $35 (which includes shipping both ways) the designer will send you the dress of your choice to borrow for 48 hours. You can try as many dresses as you'd like and get a sense of the styles and silhouettes that suit you.


2. Get measured by a seamstress before placing an order. Most gowns aren't sized the same way everyday clothes are, so it's important to know your measurements before you place your order online. It's possible to take your own measurements, but a local tailor should be able to do it for just a few dollars -- and it's best to get it right the first time.


3. Try on gowns in a salon before ordering online. Trying on gowns at a bridal salon will help you get a sense of the styles and silhouettes that suit you best. Once you have a good sense of what works for your body type, browse the web for a dress you love.


4. Buy from a retailer with a solid return policy. There are a lot of websites out there that sell discounted bridal gowns with an "All Sales Final" policy, but since this is probably your first time buying a wedding dress, you might not get it right on the first try. We recommend shopping with retailers like BHLDN or Nordstrom Weddings that have solid return policies. If something goes wrong, you should be able to send your dress back without hassle.


5. Buy from a reputable source that offers a secure payment gateway. Skip the sketchy websites claiming to sell designer gowns at heavily reduced prices. The savings aren't worth it! You may end up with a half-finished dress or worse, you may never even receive your dress. Only order gowns from retailers you trust, or sites you've used before that offer secure payment gateways and accountability for products ordered.


6. Order a nontraditional dress in a style that suits you. You know your body and sense of style best, so consider buying a ready-to-wear dress from a brand you love, and wear that on our wedding day instead of a traditional bridal gown. You'll find great deals online, and there's no shortage of stunning non-bridal dresses available in white and ivory.


7. Buy a slightly larger dress and have it tailored. If you know you want a simple, streamlined dress, buying a slightly larger-sized gown and having it tailored to your exact shape can be a great way to get the dress of your dreams. Just keep in mind that this can be difficult if you opt for a dress with boning or lots of beading, so be mindful of the style of dress you purchase and talk to a tailor first.


8. Buy a custom-made dress. With so many talented designers selling their creations on sites like Etsy, buying a custom wedding gown is not as expensive as you might think! Read the designer's reviews and get yourself measured by a pro before placing your order, and you may find that buying a custom gown online is the best dress-shopping experience you've ever had!




The Lover.ly team



31 Mar

Kirstie Kelly Gown Collection





At times, it is all about the wedding dress and we've seen our fair share of gorgeous, tulle laden frocks over the years. Sometimes its the more understated, classic silhouettes that catch our eye. The latest bridal offerings from couture designerKirstie Kelly are far from simple with intricate beaded detailing and fine tailoring skills. Yet they are classic in spirit, much like the designer herself. Photographer Elizabeth Messina captured her latest collection in California.

11 Feb

Surprise Wedding by Stephanie Williams

Surprise Wedding by Stephanie Williams

If you’re new to Magnolia Rouge or missed the fact that we launched our first issue of the Magnolia Rouge Magazine a few weeks back, you may not have seen our incredible cover story as shot by the amazing Stephanie Williams of This Modern Romance. Produced by Be Inspired PR, the shoot took place at Carondelet House which provided the perfect backdrop for the Urban Issue. The super talented Laura Hooper hand drew the beautiful calligraphy aisle runner creating such a pretty ceremony backdrop. And the gorgeous, gorgeous cover model was made up by Erica from 10.11 Make-up… doesn’t she just look divine? And ever so perfect for the Urban cover! Styled by Sterling Social and featuring the stunning gowns of Kirstie Kelly and accessories of Erica Elizabeth Designs it really was the perfect start to this new venture!


Click here to see the entire first issue of Magnolia Rouge Magazine.


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Photography | Stephanie Williams for This Modern Romance, Production | Be Inspired PR, Florals | The Hidden Garden
Planning & Design | Sterling Social, Venue | Carondelet House, Furniture | Form Décor, Desserts | Cupcakes Couture
Stationery | Cherish Paperie, Champagne | One Hope Wine, Guest Ceremony Shelving | Revelry Event Designers
Hair & Make-up | 10.11 Make-up and Hair, Cocktail Dresses & Gowns | Kirstie Kelly Couture, Models | Quench
Accessories | Erica Elizabeth Designs, Aisle Runner | Laura Hooper Calligraphy, Lighting | Lighten Up Inc.
- See more at: http://magnoliarouge.com/category/styled-shoot/page/24/#sthash.DDNbVNu9.dpuf

10 Jan

Inspired By This Tropical Summer Wedding Shoot

When we started brainstorming for this shoot for Rue Magazine, we knew we wanted to create an event that captured the essence of summer.  Gather Events created a design that was rich with lush florals and a playful yet elegant color palette that made our vision come to life!  We decided that the Shangri-La Hotel in Santa Monica would be the perfect setting with its pool deck brimming with tropical greenery and hints of an exotic vacation.  One of our favorite trends happening right now is the hot pink and purple pops of Bougainvillea and Jacaranda so we had Aly Morford from The Vine’s Leaf create a showstopping ceremony altar overflowing with both.  The intimate ceremony space was filled with earthy wooden and glass vessels and woven baskets from Found Rentals while the vintage wire chairs were accented with tropical fanning leaves to add a pop of greenery.  Vibrant floral rugs and ikat patterned pillows from Lulu and Georgia were offset by lovely vintage furniture pieces throughout.  Gather described the romantic lounge cabana set off to the side as a “respite from the summer sun and a perfect nook for the love birds to sneak in a kiss”.  Moving to the reception, the focus of the dinner table was an overgrown floral centerpiece conveying summer’s freshness and abundance complete with real grapefruit accents!  On the menu, the food and drinks are as colorful and refreshing as the florals, with an added hint of Mediterranean spice. Contemporary Catering created a delicious assortment with everything from a honey glazed laughing bird shrimp as the amuse bouche to a Lavender Berry Sparkler specialty cocktail with One Hope Wedding’s Sparkling Wine.  The paper goods, by Wiley Valentine, incorporated the ikat print to tie everything together as well as a dip-dyed napkin with the menu printed directly on to serve as a keepsake for guests.  Gather Event’s advice for a summer wedding?  “Create a relaxed, carefree vibe to keep your guests comfortable, incorporate a seasonal menu to keep things fresh and delicious, and add a healthy dose of eye-popping hues to keep it lively.  Turn up the color, it’s time for summer!”

Be Prepared to Be Inspired…



You can also see our shoot on Green Wedding Shoes today!!



And don’t forget to check out all of Rue Magazine’s latest issue with a familiar shoot on the cover!

Production: Be Inspired PR
Venue: Hotel Shangri-La
Photography: Caroline Tran
Concept/Event Design/Styling & Coordination: Gather Events
Floral Design: The Vine’s Leaf
Catering: Contemporary Catering
Wine: One Hope Weddings
Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals
Rugs & Pillows: Lulu & Georgia
Paper Goods: Wiley Valentine
Hair: Kacee Geoffroy
Makeup: Artistry by Danika
Wedding Dress: Kirstie Kelly
Bridesmaid Dress: Jenny Yoo
Hair Accessories: Petal and Thorn
Vintage Engagement Ring: Trumpet & Horn