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Wedding Dress Wednesday: Cairo by Eddy K

Meet Cairo!

Designer: Eddy K, Italia Collection

Cairo by Eddy K bridal is a fit and flare with an incredible amount of sparkle
Cairo by Eddy K is a fit and flare that shines and sparkles from every angle

Why We Love Her: Cairo is a drop-dead gorgeous dress for brides looking to make a statement. She has a stunning fit and flare silhouette that will hug every curve on the bride while the bodice boning will give a dream hourglass shape. Her stretchy material will let the bride move freely without being too restricted as well! She has a slight plunge neckline that is lined with mesh in order to give a sexy look without being too scandalous. Extending up from the bodice are thin, mesh double-bead lined straps that perfectly transition into the scoop-back.

Thin double beaded straps on Eddy K Cairo dress give extra support to the plunge neckline
Thin double-beaded straps lend extra support

Cairo’s back is just another glamorous detail that contributes to this dress. It begins with a beaded-edged illusion lace low back that makes it have a sexy look while also showcasing the lace design of the dress. The lace then graciously transitions down into the beautiful lace-edged tulle train. Because the ivory underlayer of the dress is cut to floor length, the extension of the tulle train shows off Cairo’s detail even more!

Incredible sparkle and detailing on Eddy K Cairo dress as seen from the back featuring the chapel train
Here you can see the incredible sparkle and detail!

Cairo’s intricate detailing and over-the-top sparkle is to die for! She has a tulle skirt that is heavily embroidered with various sized iridescent sequins and will sparkle in any lighting. On top of that layer, Cairo has a gorgeous floral and leaf lace layer that softly cascades down the dress. And of course those appliques have sequins on top!

Close-up showing the lace detailing including floral overlaid on vines with sequin detailing underneath on Eddy K Cairo
Close-up of the lace details and sparkle

Cairo is available in two different colors: all ivory (shown in store pictures) and ivory/mocha/almond. As you can see, the all ivory version focuses on showcasing the glitz and glam of this dress, whereas the ivory/mocha version will make the lace pop!

She’s Great For: Cairo is great for the glamorous bride that wants to have a WOW wedding dress! Her sparkle will be seen by every person at the weddings no matter how far the bride is standing. With the sparkle vibe of this dress, it would perfectly fit into a ballroom venue. However, if the bride wanted a more summer themed wedding, then switching this dress color to the ivory/mocha version and highlighting the floral lace would be the way to go!

Eddy K Cairo dress has a very low back with mesh detailing and buttons and a very unique and sexy sweetheart at the back waist!
Gorgeous details on the back including a very sexy addition of a sweetheart at the waist!

What Makes Her Special: What makes Cairo special is the amount of sparkle that she has, and her ability to completely transform looks by simply switching the color of the underlayer. Unlike most dresses whose sparkle gets muted, Cairo’s sequins will be easily seen throughout the entire night and in photos (as pictured). Also, because her glam comes solely from sequins, the bride will not have to worry about the shedding glitter that sticks to ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING!

Another unique characteristic of Cairo is that she has a matching veil! No need to worry about the hassle of finding the perfect matching veil, because the Eddy K design team already did the work for you!

Wedding Dress Wednesday: Alanna from Casablanca Bridal’s Beloved

Meet Alanna!

Designer: Beloved by Casablanca

Alanna From Beloved by Casablanca
Alanna From Beloved by Casablanca

Why We Love Her: Alanna is a dream dress for every bride! Her romantic sweetheart neckline is the perfect shape that will look flattering on any bride. It will show the ideal amount of skin without being too scandalous or uncomfortable. She has a beautiful natural a-line shape that will perfectly flow and move with the bride.

Alanna's sheer bodice with layers of lace and corset boning
Alanna’s sheer bodice with layers of lace and corset boning

Her bodice consists of strong corset boning that extends to a drop waist silhouette to ensure that it hits the perfect spot and compliments every bride that puts her on!

Alanna’s intricate detailing doesn’t stop with the shape; she has gorgeous floral and various natural viney lace detailing that is the central focal point and gradually cascades throughout the skirt! In between all the viney appliques, there are small delicate petals that add dimension and uniqueness!

Looking for sparkle? Alanna will not disappoint! On top of all the leafy appliques, she has iridescent sequins that will sparkle and shine. She even has a delicate layer of glitter tulle underneath the appliques that will glimmer in every lighting, both inside and outside, making her perfect for all weather!

Alanna's Leafy lace pattern is perfect for outdoor summer weddings
Leafy lace pattern is perfect for outdoor summer weddings

This beauty is available in six different colors, allowing the bride to have many different options to choose from! The colors are Ivory, White, Champagne/Nude, Champagne/Ivory, Ivory/Sorbet, and Ivory/Nude (shown in the photos). With all of these color options available, it will ensure that she will showcase all the detail and match all wedding vibes!

Alanna's Dramatic and beautiful details all around
Dramatic and beautiful details all around

She’s Great For: The bride that wants a traditional shape with a nontraditional feel! Her floral and leafy appliques will steal the spotlight any time of the year and at any type of venue. Some ideal venues for Alanna would be outside in a garden scene or in a rustic barn. She is even the perfect dress for destination weddings as well due to her lightweight and airy characteristics!

Alanna's Removable lace sleeve can be worn on or off the shoulder, or not at all
Removable lace sleeve

What Makes Her Special: What makes Alanna special is her unique detachable off the shoulder straps! When attached, they give the perfect romantic look with an extra touch of bohemian detail that every dress needs! And when the party starts and the dancing begins, they can pop right off! Beloved by Casablanca allows for custom changes as well to make a dress like this unique to you!

Have a dress from one of our designers that you would like featured? Let us know and we can tag you in a WDW Blog!

What’s Hot? Three Prom Colors For 2022!

Prom colors and trends change every year. After a major disruption in 2020 and a skittish 2021, we were curious how this year would play out. For Prom 2022 it is exciting to see a little bit of – dare we say it – normalcy back in the prom dress shopping arena! Prom season started right on time last month and has been heating up daily with girls on the hunt for their perfect dress.

We noticed we quickly sold out of dresses in light purples. The prom colors wisteria, orchid, and lilac were sold out immediately and just as quickly we learned they are pretty hard to come by when trying to reorder.

Any of the light purple colors mentioned above plus lavender, violet, and heather are very popular so far this year! It is such a delightful color for the spring proms and really looks beautiful with coordinating bouquets.

Heather is one of the trending prom colors for 2022! This dress with lace flower details and beaded straps is perfect for prom from JVN by Jovani
Heather dress from JVN by Jovani

We are excited to match the tuxedo accessories to these pretty purple shades as well! While some may not want a bow tie, all of these are available in long tie as well with a matching vest and pocket square.

Wisteria, Amethyst, Lilac, so many beautiful purple hues can be easily matched

Interesting to note that we saw the light purple dress shades explode in popularity for bridesmaid dresses in the spring of 2019 and we were expecting it to last for some time, but then Covid canceled so much in 2020 that there really weren’t many color trends to speak of… We are happy to see this color revived in prom 2022!

Amethyst mood board with flowers, shoes, and tux inspiration
Amethyst prom mood board

Another color that is also being asked for frequently and that is the beautiful deep emerald. Emerald, hunter, evergreen, in silky satin or sparkly sequins is a very hot color. This one is also super pretty to accessorize with as every flower will pop against this lovely shade.

Emerald green one-shoulder wrap dress by JVN from Jovani. Green is another one of the hot prom colors for 2022
Emerald green one-shoulder wrap dress by JVN from Jovani

Our Prom Consultants put mood boards together for our social media and the green one is stunning:

Evergreen mood board for inspiration
Evergreen mood board for inspiration

Tuxedo accessories are equally stunning in this color!

The third most popular of the prom colors so far this year is not a surprise because it is popular every year. You may be thinking I am going to say black, which would be close because yes, black is very popular for many events, but not always for prom. The color always popular is red!

Red JVN dresses in our store, sparkly A-line and a sexy red cling with diamond straps
Red JVN dresses in the store

Red is a wonderful color that never goes out of style. It is formal, flattering, and easy to accessorize. It really makes a statement – especially at senior prom.

Matching your date is easy when you are wearing red! A swatch will help match to a true red, a dark apple red, even a candy red floral!

Red tux accessories including patterned and floral bow ties and long tie, each with a matching vest available
Red tux accessories including patterned and floral bow ties and long tie, each with a matching vest available

White flowers with a red ribbon look outstanding with a red dress! Add a few diamond accents with your shoes and nails for an unforgettable ensemble!

White flowers with rhinestone centers wrapped with red satin ribbon and rhinestones
White flowers with rhinestone centers wrapped with red satin ribbon and rhinestones
 Red satin shoes with rhinestone pattern heel
Red satin shoes with rhinestone pattern heel
 Lovely nail detail with rhinestones and roses
Lovely nail detail with rhinestones and roses

Whatever prom colors you choose to wear will be perfect for you. The choices are vast with light-dark hues in any color. Just make sure to allow enough time to choose the perfect accessories and have your hair done to highlight your dress neckline for a magical night!

You will remember prom forever so make it worth every moment!

About the author: Wendy Ianieri-Salerno is co-founder and co-owner of Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo, now in its eighth year in business. In that time the store has grown from a small bridal boutique to a full-service bridal store serving not only Bucks County, PA but the surrounding counties and even border states. With the customer experience in mind, Wendy steers the company by offering the best designers and wedding attire while creating a caring, family atmosphere. A life-long Bucks County native, she currently resides in Warrington with her husband and co-founder/co-owner Franco Salerno, and their two daughters for whom the store was named, Daria and Deanna.

Eco-Friendly Wedding Flower Ideas

Coming off of an unprecedented 18+ months where weddings were canceled and businesses shut down, couples were forced to reschedule and even DIY parts of their wedding. One of those areas was flowers and some really great ideas became more mainstream, and others were newly born!

Because sustainability has really come to the forefront, Millennials and Gen Zers are more concerned than ever about being eco-friendly wherever possible and that includes wedding planning. No doubt with pesticides, plastics, shipping, etc. it can seem irresponsible. Here are ideas to use for inspiration!

Beautiful sola wood flower arrangement by The Paisley Moon on Etsy
Flower arrangement made of sola wood by
The Paisley Moon on Etsy

The above photo shows a bouquet made of sola wood, which comes from the tapioca plant root. It is also known as arrowroot and grows in tropical climates. You can purchase ready to use or DIY it with tutorials. Easy to dye as well for any color combo!

Succulents are eco-friendly wedding flowers
Succulents and greenery make a beautiful bouquet

A real favorite right now is the succulant. Requiring little water and coming in many shapes, sizes, and colors, these beauties are gorgeous in bouquets and table centerpieces.

wildflowers in vintage colored glass bottles
Wild flowers in vintage bottles make a sweet centerpiece

Have you thought of wild flowers? The popularity of the boho wedding lends perfectly to these natural beauties with none of the environmental effects. There are florists who are able to source wild flowers so consider this option for a truly earthy and romantic addition. Use for centerpieces as well!

Table runner with ruscus, lanterns, and candles - along with a few gold felt flowers - is eco-friendly
Table runner using greenery and lanterns

When thinking of “going green” – really GO green! In-season and locally grown greenery can be just as dramatic! Create a gorgeous table runner with ruscus or olive branches, lanterns, and candles, or the suspended drapey ivy vines with pretty blooms or evergreens. So many options available with greenery from Queen Anne’s lace to palm fronds – all eco-friendly!

Dried flowers are another option that regained popularity during the 2020 shut down and has remained a popular option today. Easily incorporate out of season flowers this way.

Others to consider are fabric, felt, and paper blooms. These will last for years, use in a vase at home, or you can reuse – use them instead of bows for gift toppers! Etsy stores have gorgeous options here, or check Insta and Pinterest!

If you want to be creative, think of items like jewelry and feathers to use/add to your bouquet.

We look forward to seeing the creative ways our couples incorporate flowers of any type into their wedding day! If you used any of these eco-friendly ideas, we would love to see your photos and share with our couples in the planning stages!

About the author: Wendy Ianieri-Salerno is co-founder and co-owner of Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo, now in its eighth year in business. In that time the store has grown from a small bridal boutique to a full-service bridal store serving not only Bucks County, PA but the surrounding counties and even border states. With the customer experience in mind, Wendy steers the company by offering the best designers and wedding attire while creating a caring, family atmosphere. A life-long Bucks County native, she currently resides in Warrington with her husband and co-founder/co-owner Franco Salerno, and their two daughters for whom the store was named, Daria and Deanna.

Fun Stats of Brides & Grooms

Do you ever wonder how you fit in with other brides and grooms with wedding planning?

“Does anyone else… ?”  “Do other brides/grooms… ?”  “Are we too… ?”

This blog will answer some of those questions and the “fun stats” come directly from a sample of over 1,000 of our brides and grooms from this year! If you find yourself wondering what “everyone else is doing”, have a read and see where you fit in.

The question we get most often as a bridal store is, “When do brides buy a dress?”

Fun stats: most brides by their address between 6 and 12 months prior to their wedding date

We recommend approximately 9-12 months ideally. Shopping too early can lead to dress regret because new dresses come out every 6 months and you will want to see the newest designs before committing.

We recommend reading these blogs when starting your dress search:

Let’s move onto scheduling an appointment! Ever wondered what months are busier than others in the store?

What is the busiest month for bridal appointments?

Chart shows the busiest month for bridal appointments in our store is July followed closely by January

This makes for an interesting study. Because of the number of engagements over the winter holidays, it makes sense that January would be a busy month! However, it also makes sense for those buying 6-12 months out, which puts them into the wedding months of June, September, and October.

July is always a very busy month for bridal in the store and one interesting trend we have noticed is that there are many in the teaching profession who are engaged and have that month to plan as much as possible for their weddings/honeymoons that will also be in the summer – their off time!

What is the busiest month for tuxedo appointments?

Chart shows tuxedo appointments by month with July being the busiest

July is on top again, but tuxedo appointments are pretty even throughout the year, save for the December holiday season!

What is the best day of the week to visit? Well, that depends on your schedule and whether you don’t mind a crowd or thrive in a louder and busier atmosphere:

Fun stats: Saturdays are the busiest day for bridal appointments not only at Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo, but throughout the industry

Over one-third of our bridal appointments are on Saturdays. If you don’t want a crowd, consider during the week!

Curious what month held the most weddings in 2021?

October 2021 saw the most weddings followed by September

This is hard to compare because of the 2020 weddings that were postponed, considering the date 10/10/2020 was one of, if not the most popular date booked for 2020.

Another fun stat: Comparing to 2019, October came in a close second place to the winning month of September!

And the venues chosen? A backyard, university campus, zoo, formal country club, or even another country, couples tie the knot anywhere they want!

Formal wedding venues were the most popular by a large margin in 2021

Half of our couples chose a formal venue such as a country club, historic property, museum, etc. Many of the “undecideds” were brides shopping over 12 months out for their dress – they found the dress before committing to a venue.

Our destination couples ranged from Montana, Colorado, Florida, Arizona, Hawaii, Bermuda, Mexico, Italy, Israel, and more!

How many are in a wedding party? It is up to you how many attendants you wish, some have zero and others have over 20!

The number of attendants in the wedding party is very evenly split between small, medium, and large parties

It is certainly pretty even with the divisions here. Who you want by your side and helping you plan is very personal and a decision you should give much thought to early on in the planning process! Here is a great blog on choosing your bride tribe to help think this through.

We hope you enjoyed our fun stats. We look forward to seeing if these trends continue over 2022 and maybe we will have you included in our sample!

About the author: Wendy Ianieri-Salerno is co-founder and co-owner of Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo, now in its eighth year in business. In that time the store has grown from a small bridal boutique to a full-service bridal store serving not only Bucks County, PA but the surrounding counties and even border states. With the customer experience in mind, Wendy steers the company by offering the best designers and wedding attire while creating a caring, family atmosphere. A life-long Bucks County native, she currently resides in Warrington with her husband and co-founder/co-owner Franco Salerno, and their two daughters for whom the store was named, Daria and Deanna.

2022 Wedding Trends

Is it too early to be poking around looking for 2022 wedding trends?

Nah! Never too early! We have already chosen many of our spring 2022 wedding dresses that will be arriving very soon and we will post pictures of those. In the meantime let’s talk colors!

From attending bridal markets and seeing first hand the new colors offered for maids (and other colors phased out), to listening to our own brides, to reading the blogs that I do from all over the country, here’s the scoop:

Warm tones are in! Colors like cinnamon, burnt sienna, marigold, and peach hues are super versatile and can be used for any season. Accent sunflowers with light peach in summer, while an autumn wedding is perfect with earthy rust tones. These tones are also very BoHo which is very popular with our brides!

Bridal bouquet with sunflowers and peach roses - yellows and peaches are some 2022 wedding trends
2022 Wedding trends - colors like marigold and cinnamons are very in
Marigold and rust colors in a wedding bouquet are beautiful for a fall wedding

Sand and nude tones are popular and have been for a few years with wedding dresses. Champagne hues are perfect for brides who don’t want a true white wedding dress, the underlay colors can make the lace patterns pop beautifully and still look very bridal.

Add a slate or sage accent color for a very romantic feel! Tan is also a great color for summer/beach weddings for the groomsmen attire!

Wedding bouquet with sage green ivory and peach roses
Gorgeous wedding bouquet with muted tones of sage, peach, and ivory
Sand stone color tuxedo with matching floral long tie and pocket square is perfect for the 2022 wedding color trends
A perfect match to the pallet in Sandstone

Metallics are a big part of the 2022 wedding trends! Metallics always set off the colors beautifully and golds are very in. Pair with a dark navy for a very glam look, or copper accents with the color palette above to really make a statement! Metallics are also perfect accents when used for centerpieces, charger plates, candle holders, etc.

Gold metallic is a wedding trend that continues into 2022
Warm colors using a gold metallic Accent

For the groomsmen/groomsmaids:

Check these other colors out! Hunter Green, Camel, and Mulberry are gorgeous choices to match the trending pallets:

Three piece suit in hunter green by Ike Behar
Hunter green suit by Ike Behar

Swap out the tie and pocket square with ivory for the groom and a marigold or a cinnamon color for the groomsmen!

Three piece camel colored suit for fall is a beautiful choice and right in with 2022 wedding trends
Camel suit can work perfectly with a fall color theme
marigold, cinnamon, rust, and pumpkin pallet

While the pallet above may look very fall for our seasons here in Bucks County and the Mid-Atlantic region, the mulberry tuxedo works for any season! Consider just wearing the vest for an outdoor summer wedding paired with a blush or floral bowtie, or a beautiful merlot tie color for winter. The maids in wine or gold satin would be stunning!

Mulberry color palette with blush and burgundy flowers and metallic accent of gold chairs
Mulberry color palette set off beautifully with gold chairs

As we get closer to the new year, we will add more thoughts and share more 2022 wedding trends! Also we can share what our brides are choosing for their upcoming weddings!

Happy wedding planning and we hope this gave you some good ideas!

About the author: Wendy Ianieri-Salerno is co-founder and co-owner of Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo, now in its eighth year in business. In that time the store has grown from a small bridal boutique to a full-service bridal store serving not only Bucks County, PA but the surrounding counties and even border states. With the customer experience in mind, Wendy steers the company by offering the best designers and wedding attire while creating a caring, family atmosphere. A life-long Bucks County native, she currently resides in Warrington with her husband and co-founder/co-owner Franco Salerno, and their two daughters for whom the store was named, Daria and Deanna.

Fall 2021 Wedding Dress Favorites

The new wedding dresses for fall 2021 are arriving in our store! This is always an incredibly fun time when our new dresses come in and we get to play with our new friends and even find new dress favorites!

Each of our bridal stylists has a vibe and a flair all of her own, just like each bride who comes in to our store. Our girls try on every dress we have and make sure they know everything about each one so that you have the best guidance and information possible for your search.

So while they try on every dress, each of our team members is unique as well and in this blog we will feature the staff dress favorites! Lets go!

Sarah’s favorite is Sutton by L’Amour

Sutton by L'Amour is a gorgeous design with lovely beaded details on the bodice, a sparkle belt with bow, deep plunge neckline, and low V-back
Sarah in “Sutton” from Calla Blanche’s L’Amour collecion

“I am obsessed with Sutton,” said Sarah about this dress, and we are not going to lie, the word ‘obsessed’ is what we love to hear in this business! “The simple yet delicate details are stunning. The beading sparkles and shines without being over bearing. I love how the neckline and the back of the dress are similar deep V shape. Sutton is also venue versatile and would be the perfect fit for a wedding at the beach, in a garden, or a lavish hotel!”

Marissa’s favorite dress is Alessandra from Eddy K:

Alessandra by Eddy K is a V-neck fit and flare wedding dress with intricate lace and a lovely sparkle
Marissa modeling the Alessandra dress from Eddy K.

Marissa is always partial to fit and flare dresses with intricate lace patterns. Alessandra called to her because of the deep V neckline, the subtle sparkle throughout, and in her own words the “gorgeous train” … which it most certainly does have!

Shannon’s favorite? Oh, well, we had to settle for her second favorite dress because her first favorite she will wear at her wedding this month… So we can’t give that one away! Her second favorite dress is Stella York #7103:

Stella York 7103 is both an empire waist and natural waist wedding dress with two subtle bands lining the waist and making it a very flattering silhouette
Shannon in the Stella York dress #7103

“I love this dress because it accentuates the waist with really subtle beaded bands which is so flattering – it gives both an empire and natural waist! I also love the pearl detail in the lace, it adds depth to the pattern.” This A-line shape is classic and looks so good on everyone!

Tori’s favorite is Nesta by Enzoani Blue

Nesta by Enzoani Blue he's a strapless mermaid dress with a sweetheart neckline and a beautiful floral lace pattern with a subtle sparkle throughout
Tori in Blue by Enzoani “Nesta”

“Nesta is definitely my favorite dress because of the modern floral lace, the subtle sparkle throughout, and gorgeous long scallop train!” Tori models so many dresses for us and for her to have a favorite says a lot about this dress. It also has a soft stretch underneath and has great support for a strapless dress.

Courtney’s favorite? Well just like Shannon she will be wearing her favorite at her own wedding next year so we will go with runner-up which is L’Amour’s Jenna!

L'amour's Jenna has a satin skirt with buttons and a shimmery lace bodice and a deep plunge neckline
Courtney in Jenna by Calla Blanche’s L’Amour

Courtney loves the unique design on Jenna – a very modern twist on the traditional! A lace and satin, natural waisted A-line has the start of tradition, but the plunging neckline to the waist is as modern as it gets! The frosted lace appliqué extends to just below the waist, and the buttons on the back of the skirt add lovely detail.

Top spot for Daria is still Natsuko by Enzoani Blue!

Natsuko by Enzoani Blue is a wedding dress favorite with its sweetheart neckline, lightweight tulle skirt with slit and optional off the shoulder straps
Daria’s favorite is still Natsuko

Daria fell in love with this dress when it first came in and has not found anything to knock it out of first place! A perfect sweetheart neckline with a tight fitting lace bodice holds everything in place, while the lightweight layers of tulle in the skirt add a romantic element. The skirt also has scattered lace appliqué and a slit, and the dress comes with off the shoulder straps for another romantic detail!

Kaitlyn’s favorite is Bea by Madi Lane!

Bea by Madi Lane bridal is a favorite with a sheer and light A-line boho wedding dress with long sleeves and a beautiful vine lace pattern
Kaitlyn picks Bea by Madi Lane as her favorite

Looking at this picture we can see why Kaitlyn loves this dress, this fits her personality perfectly! She says it’s her favorite dress because, “It is an off-white which is the color I typically go for and the lace is so pretty and feminine, but not overwhelming. It’s so elegant and definitely a fairytale kind of gown!”

As we look at each one in their dress favorites you can clearly see how different each girl is to pick the dress they did! While they love many of our dresses, they each have their own style and really gravitate toward those dresses. By trying on every one, they also get to know which dresses look great on which body types – which is a win for every bride who comes in needing a little extra assistance on where to start!

About the author: Wendy Ianieri-Salerno is co-founder and co-owner of Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo, now in its eighth year in business. In that time the store has grown from a small bridal boutique to a full-service bridal store serving not only Bucks County, PA but the surrounding counties and even border states. With the customer experience in mind, Wendy steers the company by offering the best designers and wedding attire while creating a caring, family atmosphere. A life-long Bucks County native, she currently resides in Warrington with her husband and co-founder/co-owner Franco Salerno, and their two daughters for whom the store was named, Daria and Deanna.

Chicago Pop-Up Bridal Market

After a year of cancellations and virtual runway shows, Bridal Market is back in a brand new, safer environment!

For those not in the wedding industry, Bridal Market is essentially a convention where designers come together under one roof to show stores their newest collection in person. Due to COVID-19, designers are requiring appointments to reduce the amount of people who can be in their booth at one time.

I was one of the lucky ones who was able to attend the Chicago Bridal Market Pop Up Show this past weekend, and it was a blast! I am here to report back on some of the newest trends for our 2021 brides to keep an eye out for.

Some dresses have not been shown to the public yet so we can’t either, but watch our social media and you’ll be the first!

Casablanca
While Bridal Market runs over the course of a few days, I packed all of my designers into one day starting with Casablanca Bridal. Casablanca and Beloved Bridal is a line that our brides have loved for a long time! We walked into a room with tables spaced appropriately to allow for social distancing and a small runway for models to walk down.

lace A-line wedding dress, cap sleeves, deep V-neckline, large lace applique, and a chapel train
Nicolette by Casablanca Bridal

The show kicked off with the newest collection from Beloved, and it did NOT disappoint. Brides looking for unique florals, exposed boning, off-the-shoulder sleeves, and sparkle should absolutely keep their eye out for this new collection.

lace fit and flare wedding dress, cap sleeves, plunge neck, champagne underlay, ivory lace over, light tulle train
Beloved Bridal

There are some killer fit and flare gowns with unique, geometric patterns, boho a-lines with delicate floral lace, and a sparkly ballgown that is to die for. We are so excited to get some of these beauties into the store for our brides to make theirs!

Madi Lane
Our next appointment was with our ever-popular Madi Lane Bridal line! When I tell you that there is NOTHING like a Madi Lane dress, there is seriously nothing like the beauty and detail of a Madi Lane dress. There is a dress for every bride in this new collection!

lace wedding dress harkening back to the 1970s with long sheer sleeves, flowy and light tulle skirt, fully open back, scattered vine patterned lace
Bea by Madi Lane

If you are a bride who likes a more simple and sophisticated look, be on the lookout for one of their newest fit and flares that we are obsessing over! For brides who like the bold and boho dresses of collections past, there is no shortage of their signature floral laces. It is truly amazing how their founder and head designer, Liz Young, can create dress after dress that is so unique and gorgeous without looking the same as past collections. We are even introducing a few of our favorites in new colors and sizes, so stay tuned!

Evie Young
If you have yet to hear of Evie Young, this is definitely a designer you want to remember. Evie Young is Madi Lane’s sister label, created and designed by Liz Young, that features the most unique patterns and exquisite fabrics on the market. If your style is bold and you want a dress that is uniquely yours, the new Evie Young collection is for you!

wedding dress with lace bodice and light plain net skirt
Lake by Evie Young

Evie Young takes bohemian to the next level with geometric patterns and divine laces. For the bride who may want to don a few different looks on her big day, the detachable sleeve and cape options that many of the new Evie gowns feature may be up your alley! There are even gowns in the collection that are a bit more simple and relaxed for those who prefer a more classic look over the bohemian feel. This is a line that you will not want to miss so stay tuned for your opportunity to try these beauties on as soon as they get here!

Morilee
Brides of all tastes are going to be thrilled to see the newest collections from Morilee by Madeline Gardner! There is a dress for every bride and we cannot even wait to get our hands on these. From ballroom brides to beach brides and beyond, you will adore these new dresses.

Halter neck lace bodice wedding dress with center plunge, banded waist and chiffon skirt with slit
Bonnie by Morilee

There are plenty of simple gowns for the classic and elegant themes, leafy and floral laces for the rustic or boho weddings, and lightweight and shimmery for brides who want to celebrate on the beach after a year in lockdown. We cannot wait to freshen up our gallery with some of these stunning new pieces!

Accessories
I would be lying if I said accessories weren’t as much fun to look at as dresses.

silver and gold beaded bridal belts in leaf and flower patterns
Bridal belts

The sparkle and design of belts and headpieces gets me every time! And yes, many of these accessories will be showing up over the next several weeks :

wide pearl and crystal beaded bridal belts along with lace garters with blue and ivory bows displayed at bridal market
Bridal belts and garters

MOB/MOG
Don’t think we forgot about the Mommas out there too – the new MGNY Mother of the Bride and Groom line is INCREDIBLE. Madeline Gardner designs these gowns with every mom in mind and offers an incredible variety for women of all shapes, sizes, and styles! Her beaded beauties shimmer like no other and the long sleeve laces are comfortable and on trend. This new collection (and entire line) is for all of the moms who have said “I don’t want to look matronly” in regards to their dress for their son or daughter’s big day! These dresses will be arriving late summer so be sure to check them out – you won’t be disappointed.

Don’t forget to check our events page for upcoming trunk shows just for moms!

These designers are just a few of the amazing collections that we carry here in store. While we haven’t had the chance to see some of the new gowns from designers like Kitty Chen, Stella York, or Eddy K at bridal market, we are confident that this new season is going to be the best yet!

Follow us on social media to see these new arrivals as they hit the store, and make your appointment to say yes to the dress of your dreams here at Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo.

About the author: Daria Capaldi is the manager of Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo and one-half of its namesake. On the cusp of the Millennial/Gen Z divide, she is uniquely suited for understanding the wedding industry both from a business perspective and a bride’s planning perspective. A graduate of James Madison University and a participant in the Disney Internship Program, Ms. Capaldi upholds the customer experience as key. A Warrington, Bucks County native, she resides in Huntingdon Valley with her boyfriend Jeff and her adorable pup Eva.

The Minimony and Micro Wedding Are Here To Stay; What Dress To Wear

Born out of a pandemic and a seemingly temporary fix, the Minimony and  Micro Wedding appear to have taken hold as smaller, meaningful, and more intimate ways to tie the knot.

A minimony, also called a micro wedding, is simply a smaller wedding ceremony, usually with a luncheon or dinner celebration afterwards. Some couples will plan a large reception for a later date, or better yet, have a big 1-year anniversary party! Such a great idea!

So while all of this is a great idea, it leads us to the attire: what to wear for the Minimony and micro wedding?

You are still the bride, even if the wedding is scaled down. You will still walk down the aisle, you will still have pictures taken, and the formality of the tradition is no less important. So what are some good options?

Taking into account the season, location, and your wishes, the options are wide open! These are some of our most popular.

Aiden by Madi Lane: and all over crêpe square neck fitted dress with chapel length train is a perfect choice. Sophisticated and classic, you can wear with a belt, and also the sheer tulle jacket with pearls. This dress is so smooth and looks perfect with your flowers, they really pop!

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Aiden all crepe dress by Madi Lane
Bride modeling the Aiden dress, Madi Lane, crepe wedding dress, square neck, tank strap, sheer jacket over lay with pearls, micro wedding dress
Aiden all crepe dress with jacket by Madi Lane

A popular choice for an outdoor Minimony is Lillium from the Blue collection by Enzoani. A lovely cap sleeve, plunge V-neck, and banded waist lead to a lightweight and flowy skirt that moves perfectly whether walking down the aisle or twirling at your first dance. If you are into BoHo, add a flower crown to this and it is perfection!

Bride in lace wedding dress, Lillium dress, blue by Enzoani, cap sleeve, banded waste, V neck, BoHo, minimony dress, micro wedding dress
Lillium soft lace from Blue by Enzoani

Another great choice for an outdoor micro wedding if you prefer your arms covered is Bea byMadi Lane. A layer of charmeuse underneath gives some fullness to the skirt and the sheer sleeves include the vine-like lace applique. Bea also has a scooped out back adding a little fun to the design!

Bride in long sleeve wedding dress, Bea by Madi Lane, Vine lace, sheer long sleeves, BoHo wedding dress, micro wedding dress, minimony dress
Bea long sleeve boho by Madi Lane

A perfect summer or destination Minimony and micro wedding dress is this darling creation from Stella York. A smooth crêpe front that can be worn with or without a belt or sash, plunge neckline, and an open back with a wrap tie for added support and a pretty bow detail!

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Crepe tie-back with buttons from Stella York

Lovely and lightweight is this piece from Morilee. A cut-in halter neck beautifully shapes the full bodice, and the lined chiffon skirt adds even more sophistication. Peek-a-boo slit to show off your shoes!

Bride wearing a cut in halter neck line wedding dress with full lace bodice, accentuated waist, and lined chiffon skirt with a slit. Micro wedding dress, destination wedding dress, Morilee, Brandy wedding dress
Brandy halter lace top on chiffon skirt by Morilee

Similar in shape to the dress above is this pretty V-neck. A fully beaded bodice and a wide banded waist are very flattering and easy to wear. Gorgeous skirt made of layered English net. A lovely and popular dress from Sincerity.

Bride in wedding dress with beaded V- neck bodice, accentuated waist, English net A-line skirt. Micro wedding dress, destination wedding dress, outdoor wedding dress, minimony dress
Beaded bodice on English net skirt from Sincerity

One of our favorites is this halter neck, all over lace A-line from Casablanca. The lace pattern is beautiful, and the bodice offers much support. A stunning wedding dress that is beautiful and flattering on everybody!

Bride modeling a lovely lace wedding dress with halter neck line, A-line skirt, finish scalloped hem line, perfect for an outdoor or summer wedding, garden wedding, micro wedding, BoHo bride, minimony dress
All over lace halter from Casablanca

Another very popular dress with sleeves is this Stella York. Such a clean dress with a beautiful chiffon skirt make this a very popular choice for brides holding an indoor or outdoor Minimony and micro wedding events!

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Long sleeve lace on chiffon by Stella York

These are just a few of our popular Minimony and micro wedding dresses, there are so many more to choose from! Make your appointment here to see for yourself!

About the author: Wendy Ianieri-Salerno is co-founder and co-owner of Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo, now in its eighth year in business. In that time the store has grown from a small bridal boutique to a full-service bridal store serving not only Bucks County, PA but the surrounding counties and even border states. With the customer experience in mind, Wendy steers the company by offering the best designers and wedding attire while creating a caring, family atmosphere. A life-long Bucks County native, she currently resides in Warrington with her husband and co-founder/co-owner Franco Salerno, and their two daughters for whom the store was named, Daria and Deanna.

What’s in Your Wedding Box?

The Wedding Box. They are the tell tale sign of the beginning of wedding planning. Chances are that you have seen one or two bridesmaid proposal boxes on your Instagram feed at one point or another, but the wedding box has taken on a new role during weddings of the Covid era.

Let’s talk about all the different types of boxes that you may come across either while planning or attending a wedding.

The Bridal Party Proposal Box

The date has been set and the venue is chosen! Now it is time to formally ask your VIPs to stand next to you on your big day. This is when the boxes come into play!

Boxes will typically come either personalized with the recipient’s name or the question “Will you be my bridesmaid?” Many brides choose to fill their bridesmaid proposal boxes with items like wine or champagne, small candles, hair ties, personalized tumblers, jewelry, robes, and other small filler items.

For the guys, the boxes will feature items like beer or whiskey, customized shot glasses, koozies, a bottle opener, flask, a tie, cigars, and much more. Items can be chosen to fit each member of the party personally or be part of an overall theme (ex. beach, colors, necessities for your day, etc.).

Black box with a personalized flask, whiskey, cufflinks, sunglasses, and a tie clip, asking "Will you be my groomsman?"
Groomsman Box

No matter what goes into the boxes, the members of your wedding party will be ecstatic to stand next to you on your big day!

The Welcome Box

Some couples who have destination weddings or have guests who require overnight lodging will provide their guests with a Welcome Box. These boxes can be customized to fit the wedding theme, the couple, or even the destination where the wedding is being held.

Cardboard wedding box with a handle, and a label saying welcome to our wedding in calligraphy.
Welcome Box

One unique feature that couples can add into their welcome boxes is local snacks or treats! A tasty dessert or a traditional bite is a perfect way to welcome your guests not only to your wedding, but to the destination itself.

For those couples with beach weddings, a box with some snacks like plantain chips and fruits accompanied by some sunscreen, aloe vera, and perhaps sunglasses would be the perfect touch to prepare guests for a weekend in paradise. Personalized wedding favors like cups or some bubbly with a custom label are also a cute keepsake that will get your guests excited for the big day!

If your wedding festivities occur over the span of a few days, including a program to inform your guests of the timing of all the activities is a great idea to keep everyone on track and accounted for. Add a handwritten thank you note and you are all set to start the weekend of your dreams! The options for your Welcome Boxes are truly endless – have some fun choosing the items for yours.

The Covid Wedding Box

Given the current situation with the pandemic, many couples are opting to have smaller, socially distant weddings. Whether they decide to keep their in-person celebration or decide to go all virtual, more couples are opting to incorporate some form of a wedding box into their day!

For the couples who have chosen to continue their celebration with all of their guests present (and socially distant!), many couples choose to provide their boxes prior to the reception. These boxes can contain a branded mask and hand sanitizer, the guests table number, a program, champagne, bottled water, a slice of cake, favors, and a thank you note. This box eliminates the need for guests to move around the venue and helps contain the spread of germs.

Couples that chose to have a virtual ceremony might consider sending boxes to their guests with champagne, flutes, favors, candy, thank you notes, and perhaps details of their big reception should they choose to still have one. This allows guests to still celebrate with the couple from the safety and comfort of their own home.

Regardless of what option the couple chooses for their celebration, the use of these boxes during Covid has helped keep guests safe and happy!

The Favor Box

The final box you might come across comes at the finale of the wedding. These boxes are typically the smallest of the group. Favor boxes are given out as a “thank you” to your guests for coming and typically provide a little keepsake or treat. The outside of the boxes can be customized with a personal wedding label or designed to match the wedding theme or colors! These boxes can be filled with treats like macaroons, cake pops, cupcakes, M&Ms, taffy, chocolate truffles, mints, or chocolate covered pretzels.

If you are looking to provide a keepsake rather than sweets, consider custom koozies, cups, glasses, or shot glasses. Other non-edible favors can include candles, bottle openers, a bottle stopper, succulents, or personalized soaps. Choose something that will remind your guests of you newlyweds whenever they see it!

We hope this blog gave you some great inspiration to consider what boxes you would like to incorporate into your big day! Read about new trends for 2021 here!

About the author: Daria Capaldi is the manager of Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo and one-half of its namesake. On the cusp of the Millennial/Gen Z divide, she is uniquely suited for understanding the wedding industry both from a business perspective and a bride’s planning perspective. A graduate of James Madison University and a participant in the Disney Internship Program, Ms. Capaldi upholds the customer experience as key. A Warrington, Bucks County native, she currently resides in Huntingdon Valley.