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Featured Wedding Dress: Jesslyn by Madi Lane

Meet: Jesslyn

Designer: Madi Lane

Why We Love Her: Jesslyn is a romantic icon! She has a beautiful fit and flare silhouette that will not only look good, but feel good as well! Her lace consists of a soft, felt like material that makes a gorgeous leaf and vine applique and cascades throughout the entirety of the dress!

Her plunging neckline speaks wonders! It will perfectly complement all types of body shapes by creating an elongated illusion. The appliques on top, peak over the edge ever-so-slightly that makes an alluring asymmetrical edged neckline. Jesslyn’s bodice also has the ability to be ordered lined or unlined: lined for a more conservative look; unlined for a sexier look, it’s the bride’s choice!

Madi Lane Jesslyn plunge neckline
Jesslyn with unlined, plain bodice

Continuing up and into the back, Jesslyn has thin, beaded, spaghetti straps that will give this dress a pop of sparkle! Her back is a low scoop shape covered with identical asymmetrical appliques as the front, and it leads into a six button closure.

Moving down to the skirt and train of Jesslyn, she has a layer of sequin floral Chantilly lace for the added touch of detail and glitz. This layer continues all the way down the stunning train beneath the applique leafy lace.

She is available in four different colors in order to ensure the bride finds her perfect match! These colors include ivory/nude, ivory/sand, ivory/mocha, and all ivory (shown). These color variations change the underlay jersey stretch material, while leaving all the detail the same! She also has the unique ability to come in without the Chantilly lace layer if the bride desires! This customization would be perfect for a more simplistic bride who doesn’t love as much sparkle.

Beautiful fall back on Madi Lane Jesslyn dress

She’s Great for: She is the ideal dress for outdoor and garden venues! Her lace will match any type of greenery and floral accents that a bride could think of! And, with her stretchy and lightweight features, she will be perfect for a bride who loves to dance and have some fun! Eating, sitting, dancing, drinking; Jesslyn will be so comfortable that a bride will not want to take her off!

Madi Lane Jesslyn has a detachable train option available as an accessory
Detachable train option

What Makes her Special: To start off, she has a striking detachable tulle train with floral appliques covering the bottom. This attaches right onto the waistline and creates a more voluminous look while also extending the train length! And there’s more: she has detachable illusion long sleeves too. These off the shoulder long sleeves have a touch of floral appliques across them and the best part is that they can slide right on and off as the bride pleases!

With all these detachable and customizable features, Madi Lane has upped the dress trends so the bride can trick the guests into thinking she has multiple dresses! Three looks for the price of one, what could be better?!

Featured Wedding Dress: Corey by Calla Blanche

Meet Corey!

Designer: Calla Blanche

Why we love her: 
Calling all fairy tale brides because we have the dress for you! Corey by Calla Blanche has everything necessary to help brides feel like the princesses they are. A gorgeous mixture of sparkle, beading, and lace, she radiates romance. With a full a-line silhouette, brides will look like they are walking on clouds with the airy layers of tulle that are sprinkled with sparkle. The layer of sparkle tulle in Corey’s skirt gives her a fresh and elegant look. And it doesn’t stop there!  

Corey by Calla Blanche has a beautifully beaded bodice and a corded-edge plunge neckline

The bodice is striking. Appliques, beading, and more sparkle tulle come together to create a top that guests soon won’t forget! Beaded spaghetti straps help hold the dress up, and they continue on to create a much-loved V-shape neckline with a plunge.

The plunge adds a little spice to a very sweet gown. The bodice is unlined but has structure through boning; the boning gives her a modern corset-style look. The boning also helps brides achieve a dramatic silhouette. It’s perfect for snatching that waist before the tulle skirt begins. 

Atop the gown lies some of the most stunning beaded lace appliques you will ever see. The appliques, with their floral design, are topped with mixed beading and clear sequins. A silver thread runs through them to enhance their design. All of this gives the appliques an impressive, dimensional look.

The floral applique cascades from the top of the bodice down over the waistline, creating a flattering and elegant look. It drips down the top part of the skirt which helps elongate brides. The appliques also wrap around the back of the dress and down the back of the skirt. The high, structured back on Corey makes her a great option for brides of all sizes. 

Corey by Calla Blanche is available in ivory/ivory or ivory/light nude. The sample in our store is ivory/light nude. This means the lining of the dress is light nude, and the flowy tulle on top is ivory. Ordering Corey in ivory/ivory means the lining would be ivory as well as the tulle on top.

She’s perfect for: Bold brides looking for princess vibes! Brides of all sizes can feel gorgeous wearing Corey because of the supportive boning in the bodice, straps, and the high back-line. With the floral details and airy tulle, she is a great choice for spring and summer weddings. Moreover, the silver thread sewn throughout the lace pattern, accompanied by the layer of glitter tulle, means that this dress would be a fantastic option for winter weddings as well. Venue types that will compliment Corey’s exquisit and regal design include wineries, botanical gardens, and historic chateaus and mansions. 

What makes her special: One look at Corey, and you can tell there is something very special about her. She is romantic, she is whimsical, and she is sophisticated. The full a-line skirt is a once-in-a-lifetime silhouette, and the delicate embellishments are to die for. Every detail on this gown has been meticulously placed; she is a masterpiece. But perhaps one of her most alluring features is hidden within her tulle skirt….pockets! She has substantial pockets where brides can keep meaningful momentos they want to walk down the aisle with or a handkerchief for when vows get emotional.

Corey's jacket has long tulle pieces to wrap around the waist and tie a beautiful and romantic bow in back
Back of Corey with jacket accessory

Calla Blanche has also designed a beautiful sheer tulle jacket with a high neck, and long sleeves that are beaded from the forearm to the wrist, a puff at the shoulders, and ties in the back for a beautiful bow and romantic trails down the train. All in all, Corey is a must-try for brides who love intricate detailing, gentle sparkles, and a striking silhouette!  

Featured Wedding Dress: Eleonora by Eddy K

Meet Eleonora!

Designer: Eddy K

Why We Love Her: Eleonora is a crowd favorite! She is elegant, bold, and classy all in one! Her mermaid silhouette will be perfect for showing off the curves on every bride that puts her on! And because she is made with a mikado fabric that is thicker than most, the unwanted curves will stay hidden! This fabric is perfect for capturing the same look as a satin dress with the bright, shiny look while also having some more flexibility and comfort for the bride. She is the ideal blend for a fun bride looking for the timeless look!

Eddy K Eleonora but us has a plunging sweetheart neckline

Beginning with her bodice, Eleonora has a gorgeous sweetheart sculpted plunge neckline that will be perfect for creating an elongated bodice illusion. On top, she has glamorous beaded traditional lace appliques that lead directly into the thin beaded spaghetti straps and the hourglass cut out sides. Directly above the seam line before the skirt flares out, there is another large patch of appliques that continue to the back as well.

The back of Eddy K Eleonora has illusion lease with corseting, buttons, and a lovely lace over satin design

Moving to the back, Eleonora has mid-height, straight across, illusion mesh back that is filled with the same lace appliques as the front. Along the zipper, she has buttons that will show off every bride’s booty and cover the zipper for pictures! Below the seam is where the party begins! Beneath the mikado layer on the bottom, Eleonora is shaped with multiple layers of crinoline in order to create the gorgeous mermaid look! On top, the mikado and lace both flare off perfectly into the long train! She is available in ivory/skin so the dress mikado material will be ivory while the mesh will blend into a bride’s skin tone slightly.

Breathtaking back view of Eddy K Eleonora

She’s Great For: Eleonora is great for a ballroom venue where the bride will be making a grand entrance! A long staircase onto a big open dance floor would be the picture perfect scenery for her to shock every guest! Her long train will flow gracefully behind the bride as she walks into the room and will definitely be the center of attention. With this timeless masterpiece, the season or time of day will not matter. She will look magnificent in all different lighting and with any type of flowers!

What Makes Her Special: Eleonora has a train that is to die for! It is voluminous, exquisite, and elaborate! It starts by having a huge lace applique cut out that is directly on top of the mikado and extended down into a scalloped edged hem line! This is the same lace that is across the bodice with some extra Chantilly lace detail. This cutout then transitions into a normal mikado hemline that makes it POP even more! Eleonora is also one of the unique Eddy K dresses that has a matching cathedral veil! This veil is lined with the same traditional lacing and extends past the train of the dress! A bride truly cannot go wrong when picking her!

Hiring The Right Entertainment/DJ For Your Wedding

We recently asked brides “What are you most worried about for your wedding?”

We received so many different answers – many said rain which we blogged about earlier, but several said they worried about the entertainment, that no one would dance and their guests would be bored.

We got some quick advice in that blog, but there is so much more to say so let’s get into it! Introducing our friend and guest blogger Art Armani of Armani Entertainment to give you the best advice for the reception you want.

Art Armani of Armani Entertainment
Art Armani, Armani Entertainment

Before hiring a band or DJ, ask yourself if you can remember the flowers or linens at the last wedding you attended? Most likely not. 

You will remember the bride’s dress, the food, and the entertainment.  Prioritize your budget in that that order and you will most likely have the wedding you dreamed of!

As an entertainer of 20 plus years and owner of Armani Entertainment I can tell you from a DJ’s POV that there are many factors that can affect the outcome of a wedding reception’s success. I want to share this knowledge with you.

Use these factors below to set your dance floor expectations:

  • The Bride and The Groom’s involvement is the biggest factor to success.  The focus of the reception itself is always on the Bride and Groom.  Guests will follow them around the whole night so if the bride and groom are outside taking breaks, people will follow them outside.  If the bride and groom don’t hit the dance floor, the chances of a full dance floor for the whole evening is decreased.  So we always encourage at a minimum, the Bride to get out there and dance.
  • Day of week and time of reception.  If the wedding is an early one and on a Sunday we usually see less activity on the floor as people are used to the party / dance atmosphere in the evenings and on a Friday or Saturday night.  So if your party is in the middle of the week, early in the day or on a Sunday evening when most people have to get back to work on Monday, the guests may take it a little easier than they do on a Friday or Saturday night.
  • The venue itself.  We have been at a few venues where the room was too small, not well ventilated and the party was spread out between multiple rooms and even outdoors.  Having a situation like this can also hinder a dance floor.  If it’s too hot, people tend to go outside for fresh air or where it’s cooler thus making it harder to keep a dance floor full.  We often see this in the barn venues and historic house venues.
  • Too many formalities and breaks in the flow.  These days we are seeing longer dance times and fuller floors when there are less breaks such as formal cake cuttings, garter and bouquet tosses, parents dances, sparkler sendoffs that happen too early and end the party too soon.  Get the formalities out of the way as soon as you can including the introductions, parent dances and toasts so that those are out of the way and you can get to dancing right after dinner. 

Give the DJ an idea of the age groups and types of music your guests may like.  Giving this information to the DJ can help them prepare the right entertainment for your guests ahead of time. Include a note in the invitation asking for one song that would make them get up and dance.  Then compile these for the DJ and present at your final planning meeting.

Don’t have a Must Play list over 25 songs – doing this can make the DJ part seem staged and confines the DJ to not be able to have some creative freedom.  Instead hand over a few must plays and describe the styles / decades of music that the guests are into.  Dictating too much of a playlist, you might be better off just hooking up an iPod.

Along the same lines, don’t have a huge Do Not Play List.  Doing so handicaps the DJ and leaves less room to play the hits that your guests will want to hear. 

One thing I tell my couples is that the dance part is a way to thank the guests for taking the time to attend, book hotel rooms, travel etc.  Thank them by allowing them to hear the music that makes them dance.

Definitely warn us if Uncle Joe has a habit of requesting the ‘odd unknown B side track from a 70s album’. We know how to handle that and sometimes fit it in at an appropriate time as to not disrupt a dance floor.  If Uncle Joe comes up later and requests that song later in the evening while the dance floor is packed, we know how to curb it politely.

Hire a DJ that knows how to read a crowd and notice what is working and can build on that, and one who knows how to seamlessly mix out of a song that isn’t working.  A good DJ should be able to end a song early if it’s not working and mix into another one to keep testing until people are on the dance floor. 

If the floor is completely empty and the DJ lets the track play until the end.. you hired the wrong DJ.

Don’t panic during the coffee / desert time if the dance floor is less.  Let them eat cake and refuel for the final hour/s of the reception.  That time is actually a great time to fit in a snippet of Uncle Joe’s oddball song request!

Just because people are not dancing does not mean they are not enjoying the music or aren’t having a good time!  Sometimes guests are very content with a laid back reception dance floor.

Hire a DJ that knows when to and when not to jump on the microphone.  The DJ doesn’t always have to be yelling into the microphone… let the music speak for itself.

Hire a DJ that knows how to control the sound volumes so that it’s not so loud that people don’t want to get near the dance floor.  The volume should be at a point where people want to move to the dance floor to feel the music, and feel safe at their tables to get away, relax and chat etc.  Creating that safe buffer zone works wonders.

Have a question about the entertainment for your wedding? Let us know – or contact Art directly through his website! He is an entertainment professional with over 20 years experience, 5-star google ratings and a consistent winner of the Happenings Lists!

Featured Wedding Dress: Lauren by Casablanca

Meet Lauren

Designer: Casablanca Bridal

Why We Love Her: Lauren is a jaw-dropping masterpiece from Casablanca. It will be love at first sight when a bride looks at her! She is romantic, modern, and fun all in one! Her fit and flare silhouette is the ideal look for a bride looking to make a statement and her details are to die for.

She has the combination of floral appliques with 3D florals, beading, and a stunning sequin layer design. With all of these details put together, Lauren is sure to be the stunner that every bride dreams of!

Casablanca's Lauren wedding dress has beaded 3D Lace

Her bodice consists of a wide plunge v-neckline that makes for a scandalous look; however, the bride will not have to worry about any mishaps because the small mesh insert will ensure that everything stays in place! On the sides, she has identical mesh cutouts as well. These cutouts are the perfect transition from the plunging v-neck front and the low v-back! She then has gorgeous illusion long sleeves that are filled with detail and even have a slightly padded shoulder.

Plunge Lauren by Casablanca

Moving down her back, she is fitted down to mid thigh and then her skirt begins to flare out into the beautiful train that will be picture perfect all day long! It is long and luxurious with a double lace scalloped edge tulle that flows past the under liner of the dress which will showcase the details of this dress even more!

Lauren comes in four lovely colors that will all offer their own vibes to match all color schemes and sceneries. These colors include champagne/ivory (shown in pictures), nude/ivory, all ivory, and all white. By simply changing the color of the underlay, a bride could go from liking to loving this beautiful gown!

She’s Great For: an early springtime wedding when the weather is bright and sunny while still being slightly chilly! Her floral lace appliques will pair perfectly with any greenery or garden scenery, while her long sleeves will keep the bride warm in chilly temperatures. The blooming outdoor florals will perfectly complement the 3D flowers that pop off the dress, and the sparkle will glimmer in the sunlight!

What Makes Her Special: is her complete uniqueness that is shown with every aspect of the dress. We have not seen anything like her sequin design before and it just makes for a breathtaking draped design. She is truly one of a kind!

To make Lauren even better, Casablanca offers a matching fingertip veil that is lined with the exact lace appliques from the dress! This veil will perfectly compliment this gorgeous dress and will be the perfect addition to top off the look and bring tears to everyone’s eyes!