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May 2017

You’re Invited!

By | Boutique

Your closest loved ones are basking in sunshine, bringing out the best in a backdrop of orange, red, and marooned leaves… you’re wrapped in your fur and holding your honey tight… the crisp air is blowing gently through your soft, face-framing curls when you step outside for the first time as newlyweds… It’s the perfect setting for your Fall 2017 wedding, and you don’t want anyone missing out. It’s time to send some invitations!

The time-tested standard for sending invitations to your guests is 6-8 weeks prior to your wedding date. In order to leave enough time for your stationer to design and produce your invites, invitation planning for a Fall wedding should begin in May or June.

Like any aspect of wedding planning, there are trends you’ll likely consider and classic elements you’ll want to include in your invitations. What will matter most when guests open your invites (and your save the dates and your dinner menu and your thank you notes!) is: Does this invitation look and feel like my friends [insert you and your spouse-to-be’s names here]? Be true to yourselves as a couple! If you and yours reflect a mod, minimalist aesthetic, focus on texture, finding quality papers, killer font pairings, and spot on wording. If you embrace a soft, natural vibe in your everyday routine, hire an experienced hand-calligrapher, go all out on watercolor, geode motifs, or florals. You may even consider including real greenery and a linen liner in your invite package! You. Do. You.

Working with a standout professional in the invites department, like our friends, Elizabeth and Denise at Coqui Paperie & Gifts Boutique, is a must as they will be able to make your vision come to life – whatever that vision may be! We think these 2017 designs strike all the write notes… 😉

More trend-spotting invitation inspiration below…

Elegant Wedding Invites
Bridal Guide


By | Boutique

One of our favorite things about going to market in Chicago and New York each year is meeting new designers and bringing their best styles home for our Milwaukee brides… especially when those designers hail from right here in the midwest!

Earlier this spring, we had the pleasure of meeting with Kelly Faetanini and Randy Fenoli (a name you may recognize from the smash hit program “Say Yes to the Dress“).  We could not be more excited to announce our exclusive partnership with both of these incredible individuals!

Kelly Faetanini
Kelly’s passion for fashion began when she learned the art of tailoring from her grandmother in Sandusky, Ohio. Staying right in the heart of the Great Lakes states, Kelly enrolled in the International Academy of Design & Technology in Chicago where she graduated with a degree in Fashion Design in 2006.

Her eponymous brand launched in 2012 and has since become synonymous with femininity, elegance and the essence of a classic soul with a modern twist. Keeping her customers in mind, many of her gowns feature customizable beading, detachable necklines, and special corsetry technology for the perfect fit.

White Dress is proud to be an official Kelly Faetanini Bridal Location with styles from her newest collection, as well as top styles from 2016 and 2015, arriving this fall!

Kelly’s sole mission is to  ‘To make every bride’s dream come true / To inspire moments of optimism and happiness / To create value and make a difference’ …need we say more?!

Randy Fenoli
Randy Fenoli in person is everything you would expect and more! Greeted with an exuberant “Hello, Beautiful!” and the cutest little poochie smiling back at us, we were smitten. Randy’s charm is simply infectious and his dresses are simply stunning.


Just a few hours south of Milwaukee, on a cattle farm in Southern Illinois, Randy taught himself to sew at the early age of 9. Since then, he has become one of the most trusted sources in the entire bridal industry. And, for good reason! Randy graduated from the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology with a number of awards in tow. Adding to his awards shelf, he received two DEBI (Design Excellence in the Bridal Industry) awards for his first two garment collections.  From 2007-2012 Randy worked as Fashion Director at New York’s Kleinfeld Bridal Salon where he would consult with nearly 15,000 brides a year. Today, he is seen by millions of viewers every week as the star of TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress”, “Big Bliss”, “Randy Knows Best”, and “Randy to the Rescue”.

It only makes sense that, earlier this year, Randy launched his first eponymous wedding dress collection, Randy Fenoli Bridal. The glamorous gowns feature luxe embellishments, like tonal beading, and soft, flowing layers. “A wedding gown is the most important piece of clothing a woman will ever wear, so to be able to create something she loves is the most rewarding feeling for me. My deep connection to brides inspired each piece in my premiere collection, and I am truly honored to be a part of making a woman feel her most beautiful,” Fenoli says.

Styles from both designers’ newest collections will be arriving at White Dress Bridal Boutique Fall 2017. Be sure to follow our blog weekly for – you guessed it – the details!

Bridal Accessories: 3 Combos We’re Loving For Fall/Winter 2017

By | Boutique

Like bubbles bouncing around in a freshly poured glass of champagne, wedding accessories are one of those little things that should bring you joy on your wedding day! They should feel easy, effortless, special, and sophisticated.

If, however, you’re feeling overwhelmed with the options (everyone from Claire’s to Cartier caters to brides these days…), consider narrowing down your style with one of the following fail-proof combinations:

Opposites Attract
Mini stud earrings (Sara Gabriel) + Cathedral length veil (Sara Gabriel)












That’s a Wrap!
Wrap around headpiece (Maria Elena) + Fur wrap (Linda Richards) + Bejeweled belt (Abby Lynn Bridal)





Pearls, Pearls, Pearls
Pearl studded birdcage (Sara Gabriel) + Drop pearl earrings (Sara Gabriel) + Drop pearl necklace (Sara Gabriel)












Many of the pieces featured above are part of Sara Gabriel‘s bridal accessories collection at White Dress Bridal Boutique. We are super excited to welcome Sara to Milwaukee next weekend! She’ll be here to personally help you complete your head to hem look (no matter where you purchased your dress!). If you haven’t booked your private appointment with her yet, head on over to the “Book Your Appointment” page and select an available Accessories Appointment time Friday 05/19 – Sunday, 05/21.

We can’t wait to see your sparkle!