Archive for July, 2010

Lace…this dress is all about lace. An elegant  lace dress, this Anne Barge gowns is one of our timeless classics. Aloncon lace covers the fitted bodice and adorns the cap sleeves, and both neckline and sleeves are edged with matching scallop. The fit and flare skirt is decorated with rows of the corded aloncon lace, and the chapel train makes your exit as grand as your entrance. The satin sash can come in any color and it the perfect  piece to polish off this style. If you want a lace dress…look no further. This gown is perfect for any season of the year and can be worn by most body types. Possible changes to this style include making it strapless, changing the ribbon color and making it an A-line skirt. For more information, pricing and locations contact us at

These days there are thousands of different wedding gowns. There are many shades of white and a plethora of fabrics to choose from. With all these options bridal designers are stretching their imaginations and using “other” embellishments. You will typically find beads, lace, flowers and ribbons, but these days anything goes. Designers are now using grommets, horsehair,feathers and even shells. It all begs the questions…how different do you dare to be?

In my experience there are two main ways in which brides choose their gown. The first way is by making a calculated thought out decision. The options have all been tried on and re-tried on. The choices have been narrowed until there is only one gown left standing. The second way is the “Wow Moment” method. This is when a bride comes out beaming in a gown, mom starts crying, and the veil is placed on for the final “yes”. The second happens far less than the first, but both are equally great ways to choose a gown.

I have also experience the “Wow Moment” letdown. A lot of brides go into their gown hunt fully expecting that when you find the right gown “you know”. It has been drilled into their heads that they will put on the dress and goosebumps will cover their whole body and tears will flow from everyones eyes. I would say 95% of the time there is no “Wow Moment” to help you choose the dress. You must make the choice. I guarantee you will have a “Wow Moment” it will just come later. For example, most “Wow Moments” come when your mother zips the dress up then stands back to have a look, when your Daddy enters the dressing area to see you as a bride for the first time, or when the doors open in front of you and your groom sees his bride finally.

If you are one of the lucky few brides to have a “Wow Moment” cherish it. Your descision making process has been made much easier and you will never have a doubt in your mind that you and your dress were meant to be. When you get home from finding your dress write down as much of the details as you can about your gown shopping experience. It will fade over time, but this moment is something you will want to remember forever! Maybe even have your shopping partner write down their experience as well for you to keep forever.

For those who need help with the decision making process…here are a few tips and questions to ask yourself.

Tip: When you put on a dress and decide it is a no get it out of your sight and out of your mind. Remember ruling a dress out is a productive step in narrowing down your choices. If you don’t love it, let it go!

Tip: Try on a little bit of everything. If you try on a trumpet and hate it you can rule out all trumpets for good. I call this the mass ruling out effect.

Tip: Do not even begin to think about a veil at this point…you have plenty of time to do that after you pick your dress. The less you have to focus on the better.

Tip: If you have a piece of jewelry that you absolutely must wear (such as a family heirloom) bring it with you. You can rule out options that do not go with it and move on.

Tip: Save your favorite to re-try on at the end. That way they are fresh in your mind.

Tip: At each shopping stop pick one or two favorites. If the others don’t stick out enough to be remembered later…they are not the one.

Questions to ask yourself:

Does this gown go with the mood I want for the wedding?

Does it go with my location?

Will I look silly twenty years from now?

Do I feel beautiful in it?

Hope this helps! If you have any tips for people shopping as well… comment here and we will put them all up.

I narrowed my choices to these two…I don’t know how I would decide!

As we prepare to show off our new ad campaign images, I couldn’t help but look back on our old images. Always different ideas one thing remains the same…the dresses are beautiful! Come, take a walk with me down memory lane.

Today’s featured dress comes from the Anne Barge La Fleur collection.  We visited this dress in one of our stores a couple months ago, and when we flipped over this dresses’ tag we discovered it was given the name “Magic”. We loved it! We asked where the name came from and one of the consultants answered with “because this dress is magic.” Duh! How did we not see that answer coming!  It seemed that this dress fit everyone perfectly and transformed to the style of the bride. The belt can be switched out for any other belt or just a satin ribbon. This whimsical dress is form fitted through the hips then softly flows into a train and trumpet skirt. The fabrication and draping is where the magic comes from. The soft English net is ruched and draped around the bride’s body to hug in all the right places. This dress is magic for everyone, and can work in any season with the right accessories. I encourage you to try this one on and feel it’s magic! Contact us at for more details, pricing and locations.

PS- You didn’t hear this from me, but you will see this style in the new Anne Barge ad campaign. I can hardly wait…the suspense is killing me!

If the bridal world had a little black dress it would be the A-line skirt. Anyone can wear it, and I mean everyone. The A-line gets its name from its shape…the letter A. It starts at your waist, hangs over hips then makes a straight line to the floor. Depending on your height you will want to go narrower or wider, but that is the only stipulation. There are tons of choices out there for A-lines as well. You can do fancy, flowey, whimsy, romantic, or architectural. I could go on and on about the joys of the A-line skirt, but they say a picture is worth a thousand words…here are six pictures.

Who says wedding shoes have to be white and boring? Not me! Shoes are a great way to display your personality and add a little color to your ensemble. You can wear blue and  instantly have your “something blue”, you can wear red for a pop of surprise, or you can wear pink to match your flowers. There are so many shoe options out there for every taste and every budget. If you don’t want to go as bold as fuscia but still want something different go with silver or gold. Have fun…that’s the important thing!

A huge trend right now in the bridal world is the beaded belt. Born out of the “frugalista” craze, the beaded belt is a great way to add pizzaz and sparkle without the high cost of a beaded gown. The belt can be worn over tons of different styles and Anne Barge offers a wide variety of beaded belts to choose from. Another great thing Anne Barge does is make the beaded belts out of ribbons. This allows the color of the belt to be easily customized, and you can wear it again and again. Who wouldn’t love to use one of these great belts to jazz up your “little black dress”?!? So, when you are out shopping for your gown keep the beaded belt in mind.

On this blog we have talked tons about trunk show. We have discussed what they are, why to go, and how to prepare. But what does one wear to a trunk show?

Trunk shows are usually very busy events and the more time you can have trying on dresses the better. Usually trunk show appointments are an hour to hour and a half long. Stores will try to stick pretty close to this time as consultants are booked up. To give yourself more time with the dresses wear two things…1)wear an outfit that is easy to take off and put on and 2)wear the proper undergarments.

Jeans, cute tee-shirt, and ballet flats are a perfect outfit for trunk shows. They can be slipped off quickly to slip into dresses. Also, they can be slipped back on quickly in case you have to run back to the sales floor to grab more dresses!

Proper undergarments are also key in time management. Wear good panties and a strapless bra. If you don’t wear a bra, the store will often lend you one of theirs to wear. This means the consultant has to go find your size and then wait while you put it on. BAM! Five minutes gone! If you come with your bra already on you can go immediately into the dress.

I really empahsize valueing your time at a trunk show mainly for the end of your appointment. This is descision time. The more “leftover” time you have to re-try on your favorites or just walk around in the dress you love, the better your descision will feel. Rush a little in the beginning to have some think time at the end.

Time at a trunk show is valuable…give yourself the advantage by wearing a great trunk show outfit!

Today’s “featured” gown comes from the most recent La Fleur collection. This gown has such a simple shape, but is jazzed up with architectural details from the very top to the bottom of the train. Wide bands run around this structured gown adding interest and texture.  I know, usually you are told to steer clear of horizontal stripes, but these stripes have been strategically placed to flatter the bride. The most important of these stripes being the one at the natural waist. This band draws the eye to the body’s smallest point making the bride look smaller. That all important band also adds the punch of detail in the back when it culminates in a deconstructed vertical bow. You may be wearing stripes, but everyone will be seeing stars! This gown is great for any time of year and can easily be styled to fit any location. I would recommend this gown for most body types, but be a little aware if you are short. Please contact us at for more information, pricing or locations near you. This gown is on trunk shows right now!