Posted by: adminenm | October 16, 2014

5 Glamorous Lace Wedding Dresses

You CAN balance glamour, sexiness, & bridal!

Brides today have so many options when it comes to their wedding dress silhouette! One trend that I have been loving recently is the lace mermaid dress, because it lets brides show off their shape and at the same time, the lace gives the dress a soft, romantic feel that balances the sexiness of the figure-hugging silhouette. Brides are able to choose how sexy they want this silhouette to be as well. As an example, there is the sheer, hand-placed lace applique bodice for the daring, or the modest sweetheart for the more reserved.

While there are certainly more than 5 amazing lace mermaid wedding dresses, we’ve focused ones that offer a little bit of everything in a range of price points, because every bride deserves the chance to wear this show-stopping silhouette!

1. Galia Lahav ‘Augusta’

model wearing form-fitting lace dress with cut out bodice

Galia Lahav ‘Augusta

I still remember the day that I saw my first Galia Lahav wedding dress on Pinterest. It was an incredibly beautiful woman in a figure-hugging dress, turned just enough that the camera captured every curve perfectly! The soft Chantilly lace allowed the dress to fit closely and the dramatic train that extended behind her was made of layers of soft tulle. It is true that not every bride is looking for this silhouette on her wedding day, but those that have the confidence and a certain je ne c’est quoi to pull off this look deserve kudos! Galia Lahav offers a lot of amazing dresses in the mermaid silhouette; you can view the entire collection here: Their Fall 2015 bridal collection recently debuted in New York as well! Click here to see it.

Canadian brides can try on Galia Lahav at White Toronto or White Montreal.

Galia Laha 'Augusta' (back view)

Galia Laha ‘Augusta’ (back view)

2. Sophia Tolli ‘Leigh’

Sophia Tolli 'Leigh'

Sophia Tolli ‘Leigh

This dress by Sophia Tolli is proof that intricate and beautiful dresses need not cost a fortune. In fact, this dress is one of the 15 mermaid dresses under $2000 available in Canada! You can see the rest of the list, including 4 other great lace gowns, by clicking here.The V-neckline and beaded lace make a dramatic and elegant combination. The dress also provides more structure than dress no. 1, which means that you would not need to be as conscious of your posture in this style.

3. Vera Wang ‘Lillian’

model wearing mermaid lace dress with tulle and horsehair skirt.

Vera Wang ‘Lillian

A layered skirt can be a great way to add drama to mermaid dress. The horsehair edges on this Vera Wang dress give the skirt added dimension and a modern twist to classic lace. The clean bodice balances the textured skirt perfectly and allows the eye to travel upward to a winning smile as you walk towards your groom. Not everyone can have Vera Wang’s signature collection on their wedding day, but her White by Vera Wang collection at David’s Bridal has certainly made her amazing designs more accessible!

4. Watters Brides ‘Cinzia’

model wearing nude mermaid wedding dress with lace cut-outs

Watters Brides ‘Cinzia

Cinzia by Watters Brides plays with colour and silhouette for a feminine and sexy look. The hand-placed lace creates an interesting pattern and elongates since it draws the eye up vertically. There is something very appealing about a V-neckline and a mermaid sheath, don’t you think? Canadian brides can find Watters retailers by clicking here.

4. Allure Bridals ‘8970’

Allure Bridals '8970'

Allure Bridals ‘8970

8970 by Allure Bridals balances bombshell and bride beautifully! The shapely silhouette and deep sweetheart neckline fit every curve and the skirt has some added movement, which provides softness and drama. The back of this dress deserves mention as well, with its dramatic low back and beautiful chapel train.

model wearing Allure Bridal 8970 mermaid lace dress with low back and chapel train

Allure Bridal ‘8970’ (back)

Feeling ready to try on this fabulous silhouette? Remember to always try mermaid dresses in heels (if you are planning to wear them) because every inch at the bottom counts when the dress flares so close to the hem. For form-fitting gowns like Galia Lahav’s Augusta & Watters Brides Cinzia, you might consider wearing a shaper (like Spanx) underneath as well, which will act like an extra layer of structure. It can be best to look for one with straps and a low back since so many dresses in this style have such daringly low backs!

It wasn’t easy choosing 5 lace mermaid dresses for this article because there are so many amazing dresses in the style. We’ve found a few great Pinterest boards so that you can continue browsing to your heart’s content!

For dresses similar to dress no. 1 (Galia Lahav Augusta) & no 4. (Watters Brides Cinzia), click here.
For dresses similar to dress no. 3 (Vera Wang Lillian), click here.
For dresses similar to dress no. 5 (Allure Bridal 8970), click here.

Posted by: yvrtoolz | September 28, 2012

Romona Keveza Spring 2013 Bridal Collection

photos : Bride Of Colour (UK)

If red carpet glam is the look you want for your wedding dress, look no further.  Romona Keveza’s spring 2013 bridal collection is pure couture with sexy looks for the bride that wants to turn heads.  Romona Keveza’s designs always bring elegance and glamour to the stage but this season is extra hot as she turned to the ultra glamorous location of the French Riviera for inspiration, where A list celebraties, international jet setters and European aristracts all appreciate the natural beauty and tranquility of the exclusive seaside resort of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.  Romona Keveza brings the oppulence and luxury of this resort to her 2013 wedding dress designs and allows everyday brides to experience the feeling of true luxury.

Style, glamour, grace, luxury…Romona Keveza brings this elegance to life through belts richly embellished with Swarovski crystals, illusion necklines and with hand beaded custom fabrics.  A celebration of curves is highlighted with silhouettes in mermaid, trumpet and full circle skirts.  And no wedding dress collection would be complete without a show stopper gown; in this case, a beautiful full skirted gown embellished with dramatically sculpted origami flowers in, of course, “Romona Red” which defies the traditional but creates excitement, drama and style, just like every wedding dress should.

Availability in Canada

Finding Romona Keveza wedding dresses in Canada can be a bit of a challenge, since only very established well reputed shops are entrusted with the brand.  West Coast brides can visit Blush Occasions in West Vancouver, B.C. and East Coast brides can visit the White Dress Bridal Couture in Ottawa, Ontario. 

With such exclusivity, owning a Romona Keveza bridal gown will make you the show stopping bride you’ve always dreamed of…happy shopping!

Posted by: bridalnetwork | June 1, 2012

Corsages for the Mothers of the Bride and Groom

When planning a wedding the amount of detail that one has to remember is absolutely staggering, not to mention overwhelming. The actual wedding date, where the ceremony will be held, where the reception will be, the food served, alcohol or not, invitations, champagne, brides maid dresses, best man – the list goes on and on and on. Just when you feel that your finished, something else comes up that has to be ordered or done.


One important (and expensive) aspect of a wedding is choosing the flowers, bouquets, and corsages. To save money and frustration, consider using silk flowers for your wedding. They are absolutely stunning, and you never have to worry about the flowers being out of season, or paying extra for coloration.

Use the money saved for an unexpected cost, or put it towards the honeymoon. Since silk flowers do not wilt, your bouquet and wedding flowers will remain bright and beautiful for years to come.

All wedding corsages deserve careful selection of style and flowers used, but none are as important as the corsages for the mothers of the bride and groom. Each of these corsages needs to be consistent with the wedding theme, but each one needs to be unique and special to the respective moms.

An easy way to accomplish this is to have the bride’s mother’s corsage mimic the colors of the bridal bouquet. This signifies her status as the bride’s mother to all. Adding her favorite flower or flowers to the corsage will make it truly special to her. 

The groom’s mother can have a corsage made in shades of the color of the groom’s boutonnière, signifying her status as the groom’s mother.  Make sure to add her favorite flower or flowers to the corsage as well. 

If you decided to use silk flowers for your wedding, you can rest assured that both mothers will have their corsages prominently displayed for all to see. 

I used silk flowers in my wedding and I am so glad I did. My bridal bouquet is just as beautiful now as it was the day we got married. My mom was not thrilled that I wanted ‘fake’ flowers at my wedding, but she changed her mind when she saw how beautiful all the flowers were. Her corsage is still prominently displayed. I got my flowers at and was extremely pleased with the flowers, the price and the quick delivery. 

May your special day be perfect. Remember, with the first step you take going down the aisle, all the frustration and overwhelming details become a distant memory.

Posted by: bridalnetwork | March 8, 2011

Mother of the Bride Dresses – Marketplace Vancouver

Jayn Simpson Mother-ofthe-Bride outfit, from Blush Bridal (West Van)

Next to the bride, the next most important female role in the wedding is assigned to the mother of the bride.  She is front and centre during the entire day and will be the focus of much of the day’s attention.  With that in mind, what to wear becomes more than just a simple question for this very important lady.  And, an even greater question is “where do I find it?” 

Since we realize how important finding the perfect mother of the bride dress is, we thought we would take you on a cross country search to help brides and their mothers find that special dress that will make mom shine on the wedding day.  We start our search with mother-of-the-bride dresses in Vancouver; so all you west coast brides and moms, get ready to be inspired!

We’ve chosen this select group of boutiques for their non traditional approach to dressing the mother of the bride by giving her options that are not only modern but also flattering and comfortable.


Watters Mother of the Bride dresses, from Frocks Bridesmaids (Vancouver)


For sure… Frocks modern bridesmaids has two stores, one in Vancouver and one in Calgary. But they have more than just bridesmaids – basically they specialise in non-bride dresses😉 So their mother of the bride collection is just excellent:  After Six, Watters, Dessy, Jenny Yoo and much  more..

The Blushing (mother-of-the) Bride!

Blush is basically Vancouver’s top bridal store. Their bridal gown selection is awesome. Their service is out of this world. And their mother-of-the-bride selection is not to shabby either🙂 With  Theia, David Meister, Jayn Simpson and Adrianna Papell, “your mom will look and feel her best!”

Venture into the Valley!

What was susprising (or perhaps not!0 is that some of the best selections (and collections!) were to be found in the Fraser Valley – in Abottsford and in Chilliwack. Both Champagne & Lace and Silk & White Satin, impress with the long and thorough brand lists:  Alfred Angelo, Capri, Cameron Blake, Jolene & Jade (by Jasmine Bridal),  HT , Joshua B, Obssessions, Romantic Bridals & Venus – the list goes on and on…

Posted by: bridalnetwork | November 11, 2010

Haute Couture Bridal Fashion

With the recent opening of our avant garde bridal boutique, La Novia Bridal is hoping to take brides back to Paris, 1947. Back to a time and a place when haute couture was at its height. The literal translation of “Haute Couture” is somewhere in between “high dressmaking” and “high sewing”. In practical terms it refers to a garment that is made to order for a specific customer from the highest quality and most luxurious fabrics. These pieces are sewn with extreme attention to detail by using time-consuming techniques and experienced seamstresses. Haute Couture symbolizes the highest of high fashion and in the height of its popularity, set a standard for impeccable design that has rarely been surpassed since.

La Novia Bridal is a boutique specializing in wedding gowns, the most valuable and elaborate gown that a woman will own. This allows us to make the glamorous concept of haute couture a reality for women who otherwise would never have dreamed of the opportunity. Our gowns are made from the highest quality fabrics including shuntung silk, silk brocade, silk charmeuse and the most beautiful laces available. La Novia dresses are designed and created by elite local designer Jason Matlo. Matlo’s designs combine the most exquisite fabric, detailing, and structure. With his experienced seamstresses working at his atelier, Matlo has specialized couturier training which is very unique ability that is difficult to find in Vancouver. La Novia Bridal specializes in dresses from Matlo’s 2010 Bridal couture collection as well as designs created exclusively for our boutique. These high quality gowns are be inspired by high fashion, 1940’s haute couture, and the fusion of a variety of cultures. They are available to try on in a sample size and will be altered to fit the bride’s body perfectly.

Jason Matlo bride Vancouver

A La Novia Bridal dress created by Jason Matlo

Haute couture garments are premium priced due to high quality fabric and the hours of labor it takes to produce each garment. Wedding dresses are created with these same types of fabrics and in this same painstakingly manner. In the height of the 1940’s, haute couture was considered a lifestyle reserved for high society and royalty women. Due to the elite form of design and price of the haute couture garment, only the world’s richest and upper class women wedding dressmaking Vancouvercould afford to wear the gorgeous fashions prepared by the master tailors of the day. Today, haute couture collections are being favoured by pret-a-porter and ready-to-wear collections that appeal to the average person, however a bride’s wedding day provides a unique opportunity for something more exquisite. La Novia Bridal strives to give fashion forward brides the opportunity that otherwise most women would not get to wear such an special garment, to make a social statement of taste and style for one special day and to wear a unique design being created right here by Jason Matlo, one of the top Canada’s top designers.

The mainstream popularity of haute couture has faded since the 1940’s and 50’s, but the legacy of artistry and craftsmanship still thrives in the remaining fashion houses of Paris and haute couture still has a strong influence and provides fashion bride Vancouverinspiration to designers across the world. La Novia Bridal will continue to be inspired, not only by current haute couture, but also by the elaborate creations from decades gone by. Haute couture is not just a garment, it is a piece of art and La Novia Bridal has created a boutique that is both a bridal fashion and art gallery to celebrate the creation of bridal haute couture in Vancouver and provide brides with an opportunity for the true couture experience.

Come visit the newly opened boutique to see these and many more of Vancouver’s highest quality bridal gowns. Click here for location information.

Posted by: yvrtoolz | February 9, 2010

Canadian Wedding Dresses

Alfred Sung –  Pure style #5236

Bridal fashions are constantly changing.  With every new season and new year, we see lots of differences in gowns, fabrics, accessories etc. 

For us here in the true north, a multitude of new canadian wedding ideas hits our runways just as often as they hit New York or Europe and with a great many prominent Canadian designers, we are just as modern and up to date as any of our counterparts.  

When one shoulder dresses became a fashion mainstay; our  gowns were in the forefront with many fabric and style options to satisfy most tastes and body types. 

Just as purple was hitting New York’s fashion week as the colour for winter 2010, our designers were already showcasing their bridesmaids dresses complete with purple and other rich jewel tone colour options.

When searching for the perfect bridal gown, you really have to go no further than to Canada’s own.  Alfred Sung, Sandra Sung and a slew of other hot designers having been making a name for Canada as a fashion leader for years.  Take some time during your search to try some local favourites and find out for yourself what the world already knows…Canada’s bridal fashion is hot and worth considering. 

Whether you are planning a beach destination wedding, a backyard affair, a cocktail party or a formal evening, you will not be disappointed in what can be created right here at home, not to mention, it’s so much easier on our bank book to shop locally.

When looking for a wedding dress, most of the fun is in the search but when you also make a point of looking at Canadian dresses, the search becomes not only fun but also meaningful.  Enjoy

Posted by: yvrtoolz | January 12, 2010

Designer Gowns for Less?

Ask any typical bride about what she is looking for in a bridal gown and you’ll probably get a very similar response:  a designer dress.  Well, while “designer” anything is very popular, it is also very expensive and in today’s sensitive economic environment, it isn’t necessary a viable choice.

So, what does a typical Canadian bride do if she wants the designer label without the designer price?  She does what many of her fellow brides are doing these days, she visits the wedding classifieds for Canada and finds exactly what she wants without breaking anyone’s bank.

For many, using the classifieds is not a very glamorous method for finding your wedding dress but in reality, a used wedding dress has only been worn for a few hours once; so why wouldn’t it be a good idea to buy it at a fraction of its original price and reuse it?  One good clean and possibly an alteration or two to get the fit right and away you go!

For any bride but especially for those on a budget, finding a spectacular dress that normally would cost anywhere from $2000 and up for only $500 is a steal!  Just for visiting a few of the most popular “classifieds”  sites, you could potentially walk away with a designer gown at a bargain price!  Very cool and very chic!  And what’s best of all, no one needs to know where you did your shopping.  All they know is that you are wearing one phenomenal dress… 

In order to find these great deals you have to do a little research.  Pretty much all the big classifieds sites have a designated wedding section.  For example,,, are excellent choices.  The only thing here is that you have to go from one site to the other to compare all the various items available.  Another excellent option is  Here you can visit all the big sites in one consolidated version.

Going to a recycled or used garment for your wedding is no longer considered taboo or cheap.  Since being frugal trumps all previous misconceptions, using a classifieds site to find your outfit is actually  in style and oh so 2010!

Posted by: yvrtoolz | November 13, 2009

Wedding Hairstyles


Every bride knows that finding the right dress and the right shoes and the right veil are only one part of the equation and that no bridal attire is complete until you find that perfect wedding hairstyle.  And just like bridal fashions change with every season so do the hairstyles that go with them.

In 2010 for example, we can expect to see the return of the classic wedding hairstyle with a few fresh twists.  On the menu this year, we see the classic bun return along with the traditional up do.  What makes both of these looks fresh for the new season is actually their 50’s and 60’s retro style.  We are even seeing a reappearance of the 60’s favourite, the beehive.  Although these styles were very popular years ago, wearing them now makes your look retro, which in turn is very hot.

In keeping with the retro feel of the day, how about a little chignon for your wedding day?  This popular ’40’s inspired look is very in.  It is timeless and elegant and the right dress should enhance this feeling.

Another very fresh approach to bridal hair is to wear your hair in a very loose and sexy manner.  For example, a messy up do or long way curls are both going to be very in for 2010.  Couple them with a straight, strapless number and you are in business!  Please note, both these styles look great on their own and really should not be worn with a veil unless it is inconspicuous and doesn’t take away from the hair.

As with every year, we see some favourites return time and again, simply because they seem to work with most dress styles and with most faces.  One such hairstyle is the half up half down.  This style is fantastic with a veil and can be worn with most wedding dresses, traditional or modern.–nI/AAAAAAAAAFY/XHw_cJj8Z5Y/s320/Prom+Hair+Styles.jpg

When it comes down to choosing the right hairstyle for your wedding, there are a few key elements to consider.  First and foremost, it must suit your face.  Secondly, it should match your dress and lastly it should determine whether or not you wear a veil.  Choosing the right hairstyle is more than just a quick trip to your hair salon, it takes some research and some experimenting before deciding on this all important aspect of your bridal attire. 


Posted by: willblog4brides | November 12, 2009

Allure Bridals 2010 Wedding Dresses

Allure’s 2010 bridal collection is setting itself apart from the pack with lots of unique features, not least of which is a series of eye-catching trains!

A combination of asymmetrical ruching, bubble hems, pickups, and puddles make for a series of wedding styles that steal the show from head to toe.

All the most popular 2010 wedding fashion trends, like embellishments such as lace, embroidery, Swarovski crystals, and beading are also scattered throughout Allure’s collection to ensure that the bride is most memorable on her big day.

Style: 8677
The wrapped, fitted bodice of this satin-backed taffeta style lends a perfect contrast to the skirt and train’s asymmetrical ruching and bubble hem.

Style: 8675
Long pleats flowing from the cinched waist on this wedding gown gather at the floor in a dramatic bubble hemmed train.

Style: 8672
The lace overlay on this dress extends to the perfectly pretty train, which puddles at the floor.

Style: 8669
The ball gown skirt on this gown uses plenty of pickups to create a sea of soft, romantic ripples that extend to the train. The train is also hemmed with tiny crystals for added sparkle.

Posted by: bridalnetwork | November 12, 2009

Are you Using the Right Nail Polish Color for your Wedding?

When it comes to getting married, a bride pays close attention to every aspect of her appearance. Time and effort are spent choosing the perfect dress, the right makeup, and the ideal hairstyle. Staying in line with all of the other preparations, a bride must also have the perfect nails to display on her wedding day.

Family and friends at your wedding will want to see your ring; and there will certainly be some photographs taken of your hands close up. For this reason, you want to your nails to look as good as they possible can. Heading to the nail salon in the days before your wedding is one way to make sure that you’ve got perfectly manicured hands, but don’t think you have to follow any certain set of rules when it comes to your wedding day nails.

Beautifully manicured nails with a bit of color can make an elegant impression. Here’s how to choose a color that’s right for your skin tone, regardless of the color of your dress.

Fair skinned brides tend to look best in lighter shades of nail polish to begin with. Neutral shades of nail polish with pink undertones are ideal for the bride. If you are fair skinned and want nails that pop for your wedding, you could opt for subtle or vivid. Subtle could be a French manicure with a strip of silver or gold beneath the white tip. Vibrant wedding nails for the fair skinned bride could be polished a bold red with blue undertones.

Those with olive toned skin look gorgeous in warm hues of gold and shades of sheer brown or beige. Painting your nails in polish with gold or gold undertones, your olive skin is sure to be complimented. You can paint nails red, as long as there are not yellow or green undertones in the color.

Dark skinned brides are the lucky ones when it comes to their wedding day manicure. Darker skin is complimented by a wide range of nail polish colors, including reds and even shades of purple. Even against a white or cream colored dress, dark or vibrant nails will stand out beautifully against dark skin.

Now, one hue that is said to look good on all skin types is a shade of apricot or coral. Opi is one brand of nail polish that is used by professionals in shops across the states, mainly because of the myriad of color options. If you are interested in trying a shade of coral for your wedding day, check out the selection of Opi colors at your nearest salon or beauty supply store.

Brides who want to stay with a mild look on their hands for their big day can opt for a sheer color or a traditional French manicure, while going a little wild on the toes. However, keep in mind that if you go bold on the toes, you should either wear the same color on your hands or wear a neutral shade up top. Two bold colors on your wedding day may be a bit much to stare at.

Chances are, you have had enough experience with nail polish to know what you like and what you don’t. Go with your gut and you’ll be happy.

Source: this article has been submitted by, a wedding blog dedicated to highly interesting posts and articles and a free online wedding magazine about unique bridal accessories.

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