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Wedding dress options for straps and sleeves

Many brides have a clear mental idea of what their dress will look like from the bodice down. They can describe in detail all the pickups on the gown portion, what the bead pattern is on the upper half and how many laces they need to have done up on the bottom. But there’s one dress component that oftentimes hasn’t been settled in the mind’s eye — whether the dress will have straps.

Straps…yay or nay?

Going strapless sounds like a great idea until you try on your old strapless bra and panic that you may need more support. Thankfully, bridal lingerie takes this important matter to heart. You will need to budget for proper undergarments as this is a vital piece of the dress fitting puzzle. Don’t forget to discuss undergarments with your bridesmaids to ensure everyone is looking and feeling their best. Have your bridal lingerie on for your alteration appointments.

It is completely normal to fall in love with your wedding dress only to wonder if altering the existing straps would make you love it even more. Be open with the seamstress or the dress attendant you are working with.

Explain any issues you have and experiment freely. If you want to add straps to a dress, the seamstress can use leftover material from your newly hemmed dress, fringe that is on your veil or even bridal belts to construct the straps of your dreams. Thankfully, there is a myriad of wedding dress options for straps and sleeves.

Spaghetti straps

Spaghetti straps offer that extra support and can produce a slimming illusion for wider shoulders. Wider straps may add some visual interest to a tinier bust line. Delicate crystal embellishments can easily be integrated for extra pizzazz. Even the smallest spaghetti strap can provide a wealth of support.

Halter style

If Marilyn Monroe is your idol or a Hollywood Glam wedding theme is what you have been dreaming about, consider the halter style strap. This style goes around your neck and is an ideal way to show off your toned, sexy arms.

Jane of the Jungle

Over one shoulder single strap dresses offer the best of both worlds. You can show off a little of your upper back while still enjoy some overall support. Unleash your wild side and try on some non-symmetrical dresses just to get an idea. You never know, your semi-strapless gown could be out there waiting for you.

The main thing to remember is that there is a variety of strap widths and styles so you have plenty of good options. A simple strap alteration can completely transform the way you feel about your appearance in a particular dress, sending your confidence levels over the moon.

Adding sleeves

Adding sleeves is an option for those who simply desire to be covered, based on their own feelings or the nature of the venue for the ceremony (in a conservative place of worship, for example). Detachable sleeves, shawls and short jackets are other solutions a competent alterations team can handle quite easily.

You also have choices when it comes to sleeves. Do you prefer cap sleeves cut on an angle or full gossamer coverage? Traditional lace or see through gauze material are popular options for keeping you cooler at summer weddings or while you’re partying the night away at the reception.

Just stay positive about all aspects of finding and perfecting your wedding dress. Don’t get stressed out, but rather remind yourself that by the time your wedding day arrives, everything will be long since settled and you will look stunning walking the aisle in the dress of your dreams.

New York Bride & Groom of Raleigh has a plethora of strap and sleeve options among our wide selection of top designer wedding dresses. You are certain to find the ideal bridal gown when you shop with us. We look forward to seeing you soon at the Triangle’s premier bridal salon.

The detailing makes your wedding dress unforgettable

The cut and style of a wedding dress is important. However, without some extra detailing, a wedding dress can sometimes seem less special and dare we say even boring. This is why it’s important to search for a gown that has the detailing to make it really unique. These are a few details that can help to create the perfect wedding dress for your extra special day.


Sequins are beautiful little details that can make your wedding dress extra special. With sequins in the right places, you can enjoy a little bit of glitz and glamour, which can make your dress really stand out. Sequins can be great for evening weddings. Just like they can dress up your average evening gown and make it look a little more special for fancy cocktail parties and events, sequins can also dress up your bridal gown for your evening or formal wedding.


There are many reasons why you might want to look for lace on your wedding dress. Lace detailing can make your dress look and feel a little more feminine, so if you are a girly girl, then lace might be the perfect touch for you. It can also give your wedding dress a very traditional appearance, so if you are hosting a more traditional wedding or are simply interested in pulling off the look of one, you should consider a dress with lovely lace detailing.

Belt or sash

More and more dresses are being designed with belts or sashes on them nowadays. These elegant wedding accessories can add a nice pulled-together look to your dress and make it appear as if it fits you even better. Plus, if you want to emphasize a worked out waistline or create more of an hourglass figure for yourself, having something cinched around the smallest part of your waist can give you the appearance you want.


If you have ever seen a wedding dress with a cape, you have undoubtedly noticed just how striking this detail can be. In addition to the drama it will add to your dress, a cape is a great option if you feel self-conscious about the size or appearance of your arms, since it can help cover them up a little bit in a stylish way. A cape will also instantly add the wow factor to an otherwise plain dress. If you are planning on wearing a wedding dress that is a bit more simple but want to add one little touch, a beautiful cape can be a great way to dress it up.


Today’s wedding dresses don’t only come in traditional white or cream colors. You can increasingly find them in other colors as well or you can find white wedding dresses with beautiful, colorful accents, such as ribbons and bows. If you are looking for a pop of color to go along with your colorful personality, this can be a great way to keep it traditional while revving up your dress.

As you can see, the detailing really does make your wedding dress unforgettable. Take your time and investigate the many details that are available. Then, choose the wedding dress that will be perfect for you.

Whatever you decide best fits your style, you can be certain that you will find it at New York Bride & Groom of Raleigh. Our selection of designer wedding dresses will give you the full range of choices you’ll want when you’re looking for “the one.” Come to NYB&G of Raleigh and find the perfectly detailed dress of your dreams.

How to find a great wedding dress shop

Although it might seem tough to find the perfect salon for your wedding dress shopping, there are a few tips that you can follow to find the best possible place. Try these steps, and you shouldn’t have a hard time finding a dress shop that will cater perfectly to your needs.

Get online. You should buy your wedding dress in a store rather than online, but getting on the internet can help you in your search for the perfect bridal salon. Some bridal boutiques have pictures of their dresses online, so you can get an idea if you like the styles that are offered. You can also use the internet to find local reviews from those who have shopped at the dress store that you are thinking about patronizing. This is a good way to find out about customer service, the selection of dresses offered, pricing and more.

Talk to your wedding planner. If you are working with a wedding planner to put together the perfect event, you have a great ally by your side. Since your wedding planner works with brides on a daily basis, he or she can help point you in the right direction for buying your dress.

Talk to other brides. There are plenty of ways to get in contact with other brides who have found the perfect dress shops. Talk to the people who you know who have gotten married in the past few years. They may be able to give you some advice about where to shop. You can also talk to other brides at local bridal conventions or get online to chat with other brides-to-be in online forums and groups. These are all great ways to find out about other brides’ experiences with various bridal salons.

Check them out. The best way to really determine how much you like a bridal store is to check a few of them out on a day when you have some extra time. You don’t have to actually try on any dresses if you don’t want to — just stop by, browse the selection of dresses that’s available, check the pricing and chat with a few associates. This can give you an idea of what you think about the gowns that are offered and allow you to check out the pricing and the customer service at each shop. After you have tried a few, you can choose a shop that has the most to offer you.

Make a few phone calls. If you don’t have a lot of time to spare, consider calling a few bridal boutiques and asking some basic questions. This is a good way to find out about the general level of customer service each shop has to offer. Plus, you can find out about things like special sizing or if the shop offers wedding dresses from your favorite designers.

Choosing the right wedding dress salon is important. If you follow these tips on how to find the very best shop, you’re almost certain to discover the dress there that will make your wedding unforgettable. In the Triangle region, the premier bridal salon is New York Bride & Groom of Raleigh. Come by at your convenience — no appointment needed — and browse our top designer lines. We know you will find the wedding dress of your dreams in our luxury bridal boutique.

Things To Consider When Choosing Bridesmaid Dresses

When you are ready to begin shopping for bridesmaid dresses you first need to decide if you are going the traditional or non-traditional route.

Traditionally, all of the girls in your wedding party wear the exact same color and dress. Everyone looks identical. A non-traditional approach is having all of the girls wear the same (or complimentary) colors but foregoing the uniformity by wearing different dress styles. Once you make your decision, it’s time to consider cuts to compliment body shapes.

If sticking to tradition, opt for a classic A-line cut. This cut is universally flattering on all body types. You might also want to consider a dress with straps and light ruching around the waist to flatter the mid-section. Material that is matte and forgiving, such as organza, taffeta and chiffon, will be worn well by any of the ladies in your party. There are great designs out there to accommodate your bridal party’s needs.


If you’re going down the non-traditional route, pick a color that you adore and allow your girls to experiment with lengths and styles. A newer trend is to stick with color tones that are complimentary but not necessarily matching. For example, chocolate brown dresses with some kind of baby blue accent on them can be worn by a few of your girls, while the others in the party wear the solid blue shade or the solid brown shade.  Alternating dress styles and colors looks great in photos, too.

No matter what you decide, top bridesmaid dress designers like After Six, Venus and Alfred Sung are sure to have gowns that will look stunning on everyone.

A Pink Wedding Dress Like Jessica Biel

When actress Jessica Biel married singer/actor Justin Timberlake back in 2012 in a super secret $6.5 million Italian wedding, her colors weren’t Blush and Bashful (“Steel Magnolias” reference FTW!) but she still opted to wear a stunning pink Giambattista Valli gown for the ceremony. Biel called her pink showstopper “the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.” A rather intimate crowd of 100 invited family members and friends were on-hand for the superstar nuptials.

Pink has been a growing trend for wedding dresses for some years now and Biel’s gorgeous stamp of approval certainly gave it a boost. Brides who are intrigued by the idea will find there are outstanding style options available.

For instance, you can go for an organza gown that features an asymmetrically ruched bodice that hugs tight to the figure, providing an exaggerated mermaid fit through the hips that opens into a breathtaking, layered skirt. The dress can be finished with a sweetheart neckline and corset closure. Available accessories include a stunning beaded belt or detachable ribbon belt with beaded motif, both featuring Swarovski crystals.

‘Lucky’ Bride Gives Away Her Wedding Dress

What do you do when you’re a deliriously happy new bride who feels like you’ve been given everything you ever wanted? Well, if you’re anything like Alisa Walter, you pass the blessing on in dress form. Walter gifted her gorgeous silk wedding gown to Renee Stroinski, a bride-to-be who couldn’t afford a dress for her own impending ceremony a few years back.

Walter said she felt so lucky to have the wedding of her dreams that she wanted to help someone else experience the same joy. That’s when she hit upon the idea of giving away her $800 dress. She publicized her offer in an online post that contained a photo of the dress. Dozens of requests for the garment were submitted, but Walter says she was particularly struck by one message. Stroinksi, a New Jersey student with thousands of dollars of college debt, expressed the same strong desire to pay the blessing forward by passing the dress to another economically challenged bride.


“Today” got word of Walter’s gesture and invited the ladies to meet on the show for the hand-off. Their on-air segment was quite touching. Stroinski was teary-eyed as she sized up her new gown. “I knew it was the one before I even knew I could have it,” she said. In a beautiful touch of cosmic coincidence, the ladies are the same dress size.

What a beautiful gesture and a wonderful way to build up good karma for a new marriage.

Five Simple Ways To Be A Great Bridesmaid

Being asked to be a bridesmaid is an honor. Even if she doesn’t explicitly say it, what the bride is telling her maids is, “My wedding will be even more meaningful with you standing up there with me.” That’s powerful and beautiful — and it comes at a price. There are things you need to do to help the bride have the best day of her life.

Here’s a list of five crucial things every bridesmaid should do leading up to the wedding.

1) Ask the bride right away how you can help. The answer might be something major or something minor — or sometimes nothing at all. It doesn’t matter. The important thing is she knows you’re there if she needs you.

2) Keep yourself under control at the bachelorette party. Have a good time and make sure others do too. But, don’t overdo it. Don’t put others in the awkward position of having to babysit you because you’ve overindulged.

3) You’ll wear the dress and you’ll like it. While we’ve no doubt your exquisite personal style would lead the gathered crowd to erupt in a chapel-shaking standing ovation were you to appear in your own clothing, the fact is the wedding is not your fashion showcase. Have your bridesmaid dress tailored to fit perfectly and wear it with pride.

4) If the bride wants your opinion, she’ll ask for it. It doesn’t matter that the colors aren’t your taste or that you prefer cloth napkins or that the hired DJ doesn’t play your favorite style of music. Don’t kill the joy with killjoy opinions. Your job is to smile and be supportive.

5) Spend time making memories together. Carpool for the wedding dress search. Meet at the florist’s to plan the arrangements. Listen — this one’s a biggie. Whether you’re having lunch, chatting on the phone or sitting in the chairs at the nail salon, always offer an attentive ear.

When the wedding is done and the bride reflects on the whole experience, you want her to think of how glad she is that you were a part of it because your support made it even more amazing.

Blast From The Past – Hot Wedding Trends You Can Borrow

Every bride wants her wedding to stand out. So if you’d rather not do what everyone else is doing, but still want a stylish wedding that everyone will remember, why not borrow some trends from the past? The Huffington Post has an informative piece by Rachel Griffiths titled “The 14 Hottest Wedding Trends For 2014” that could be just what you’re looking for. The main take away from the article: Romance.

This is how Griffiths puts it, “We went up and down the coasts talking to wedding experts and everyone agrees: 2014 will be the year of true romance. Weddings are going softer, sweeter, lusher and more heartfelt. It’s a return to classic chivalry, to the things that made our mothers cry, and it’s happening just in time for you to melt hearts and make memories.”

Take a peek at the opening trio of items to get an idea of what was hot that year.

1. Pink is back! Do you already feel like a blushing bride? Carry that sweet love over to your color scheme, says Tara Guérard, the event designer behind ultra-luxe Soirée in Charleston and New York. “It’s the nudes, the blushes, the peaches — not Pepto Bismol pink!” she announces.

2. The return to romance ushers in a new love for the formality of days gone by. Think white-gloved waiters and big band dancing, crystal candlesticks and gold-rimmed china. One major bridal inspiration for the return to tradition comes from Hollywood. “It’’s the look of ‘The Great Gatsby,’” says Beth Helmsetter of Beth Helmsetter Events in Los Angeles. Her brides are still falling hard for the bubbly, approachable elegance of the Roaring Twenties.

3. Pattern is making a new play but throw out the hard-edged looks. “Chevron was big last year,” says Tara, “but now I’m seeing trellis-patterns, bold stripes and florals.”

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Whatever type of wedding you have in mind, ensure that you work with bridal consultants who understand your needs and desires and will help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

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