Wedding Dress Trends 2012

Impending nuptials have brides-to-be and those in her circle wondering about the latest bridal fashions. We’ve captured several of these key design trends and trend options below. Consider marking up your magazines or creating a pinterest board on the specific design elements that strike your fancy.

Do Hue Know
…that color gains momentum this year? Not just for bridesmaid dresses, color lets the bride show her personality and style in a way that is uniquely her. As alternative neutrals to traditional white and ivory, Vera Wang’s 2012 Fall collection showcases black and creamy beige. For the less traditional, how about Pantone 2012 color of the year, Tangerine Tango? Coral shades traditionally flatter most, regardless of skin tone.

How about a selection in the bride’s “signature color” that sets off those gorgeous peepers like no other? To create a cohesive look with the bridal party, consider bridesmaid dresses in two to three shades lighter or darker than the wedding gown. The Red Letter crystal ball says we will likely be seeing even more color from designers in the next couple of years.

Feeling Flirty
2012 loves ruffles! A little or a lot, ruffles add a bit of flirt and flair to the bride’s attire. We’re seeing just a dash of ruffles as sleeves and cascading ruffles Functional as well, ruffles in the right places can play up or disguise “this and that” to flatter any figure.

Got Great Gams?
It’s a fine time to show a little leg in styles that highlight a variety of asymmetrical hemlines and leg-bearing stitching. We’re seeing ball gowns that reveal just a peek from toe to knee and sheath silhouettes with thigh-high slits. What a great way to show off your spectacular wedding shoes!

Something Extra on Top
Cap sleeves and off-the-shoulder straps reign on the latest bridal fashion runways. Sleeve choices are so varied that there is something sure to fit every taste, be it a thin gathering of lace at the shoulder to quarter- and full-length arm coverage. Not a bad choice for a bride who wants to show off (or cover) her arms in the most flattering way.


Take a Bow
We’re seeing bows of all shapes and sizes displayed in a variety of ways: the sweet charm of subtle little bows; large bows that serve as a one-shoulder strap; multiple bows in a cascade down the skirt, and colored tied ribbons around the waist that can create unity with the rest of the bridal party colors and accessories.

Lovely in Lace
A nod to generations past, designers are putting a new spin on traditional lace, making it fresh and timely. Do you treasure having an heirloom lace dress that isn’t quite your style? Pay homage to the sentiment and turn something old in to something new by taking a swatch of lace and adding it to cap sleeves, an illusion neckline, or a short cape. Like lace but not sure about it on the dress? Consider lace overlays on shoes or accessories, a modest way to add the look of lace’s refined elegance.

The Bottom Line

Of course there is no right or wrong decision in selecting the perfect gown. The emphasis should first and foremost be about a bride feeling her best on her special day. We all feel our best when our style and personality in our appearance shines through, so take the trends with a grain of salt. Have fun trying on the latest styles as well as the trends that may seem out of your comfort zone, even if it’s just for laughs. Come on, this is the time! When you see yourself reflected back in the mirror in a gown that seems to exemplify your essence, you’ll simply know you’ve found “the one”.

Till Next Time I Hope Your Next Special Event is a Red Letter Day!

Take a (Wedding) Chicago Gold Coast Tour


For the engaged this Chicago Gold Coast Wedding Tour is a must for those looking for delicious treats, unique gowns, beautiful accessories and fun bridesmaid dresses.

First, fuel up for your day long shopping trip at Sprinkles cupcakes, check out their wedding cupcakes or treat yourself to your favorite flavor. Then head to Vera Wang , located at 945 Rush St. in Chicago. Just opened earlier this month it is the home of the classic and unique gowns that Vera Wang is known for.  The salon is large and very private, so that you can try on dresses comfortably and without the prying eyes of strangers. Appointments are necessary and can be made by calling 312-379-5355.

Spring 2012 Vera Wang Wedding Dress

The second stop is B H L D N (pronounced Beholden).  This store has two floors of wedding prettiness, you will find vintage style gowns, quirky headpieces, cool bow ties and even a whole room dedicated to less than ordinary decor. Prepare to spend at least 2 hours in this location looking over all of the items. B H L D N is located at 8 East Walton St., Chicago For dress appointments please call 312-573-2573.


Inside the B H L D N store

The third stop is the newly reopened Bella Bridesmaid. This store is dedicated to all things for the maids.  The airy salon has comfy couches and racks of colorful and wearable bridesmaid dresses. Bella is located at 1 East Delaware, Suite 200 Chicago, IL. For appointments call 312-943-0344.


You can Find Lula Kate dresses like these at Bella Bridesmaids

Here is a simple map to help you on your journey!

Walk the Gold Coast for your Wedding


Till Next Time I Hope Your Next Special Event is a Red Letter Day!

Trash the dress (literally)

Recently I was on the island of Curacao while on a cruise, my husband asked a local taxi driver to show us the sights.  The driver asked me what I did for a living and I told him I was a wedding planner.  He then got this glint in his eye and told us he knew exactly what we needed to see while we were on the island.  To our surprise he drove up to the Venezuelan consulate.  Understandably I was confused and my husband was a bit concerned.  Then we walked in and  saw an art exhibition that was unbelievable. Venezuelan artists had created wedding dresses out of recycled materials, some of them were so stunning, and could be featured on a fashion runway.  Materials included Styrofoam plates, bottle caps, plastic wrap and even aluminum foil. This is one of the reasons I love to travel you never know what you are going to experience or where you will find inspiration.

Check out some of the dresses below what do you think?  (photography courtesy of my hubby Greg)

A vision in silver

Strapless a-line in pure white

A ball gown of copper and bronze

Colorful and traditional blend together

Island elopement with a touch of fun

 Till next time I hope your next special event is a Red Letter Day!