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Fashion Fix Friday: Runway Edition

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Get your fashion fix on this lovely Friday afternoon by viewing some of our favorite collections that premiered at this season’s bridal market! What better way to get pumped for your appointment with us this weekend, right?! All of the glam and grandeur… there truly is something spectacular for every bride here!


 *Available exclusively in Wisconsin at White Dress Bridal Boutique.

You haven’t booked with us yet?! Limited appointments remain for this weekend. Book here! Cheers!

Current Crush: Pinterest!

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The scene is set. You’re cozied up with your fur baby. Your finger bling is shining. You’ve poured a little latté (or rosé) to end your long day. Your “Future Mrs.” tank is feeling ultra perfect right now. You’re ready to start the epic quest to find your wedding dress!


Whether your search starts in the pages of a magazine or on the newly revamped Style Me Pretty blog (yes, it’s back up and running!), we’re betting that somewhere along the line, you’ll end up finding something extra pinteresting that’s worth, well, pinning!

That’s why we’ve  totally revamped our Pinterest presence to give YOU more of what YOU are looking for online – DRESSES! Soooo many dresses! Whether you’re “just browsing” (brick and mortar lingo for “I’ve got this on my own, thanks.”), or you’ve narrowed down a style profile that you plan to share with your stylist, you’re going to want to check it out. Like… now! Cheers!

2019 Trends To Try On Right NOW

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We’re headed to New York this weekend to scoop up the best of the best in bridal for all of you 2019 brides out there! The designers will be unveiling their 2019 collections (soooo excited!!!) BUT you don’t have to wait to shop the coming season’s hottest trends. Here are our predictions and 10 “Try It Today” picks already at the boutique!

Sleek & Simple
Nouvelle Amsale [Milwaukee]

Atelier Pronovias [Lake Forest]

American Princess (ahem, Meghan Markle!)
Enzoani [Milwaukee + Lake Forest]

Matthew Christopher [Milwaukee]

Bow-dacious Beauties
Legends by Romona Keveza [Milwaukee + Lake Forest]

Allison Webb [Milwaukee]

Covered Collarbones
Legends by Romona Keveza [Milwaukee + Lake Forest]

Paloma Blanca [Milwaukee + Lake Forest]

SparkleMartina Liana [Milwaukee]

Lazaro [Milwaukee]

Follow along on Instagram and Facebook all weekend long to see sneak peaks of allllllll the trends!

Promo Alert: Orders Rush FREE Through 3/31

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Brides, your wedding dress shopping experience should be STRESS. FREE. It should be fun! You should feel totally fabulous when you find the one, and, you should never feel pressured to say yes before you’re truly ready. Even if your wedding is now less than six months away…


That’s why, all month long, we’re covering the designers’ rush fees for you. If you need your wedding dress before the end of October 2018, there’s a good chance the designer will charge a rush fee in order to guarantee a timely delivery. That fee varies by designer and your specific wear date, but, the charges can be as much as $250. Say yes at White Dress this month, and we’ll take care of those fees for you! Your dream dress really is soooo much dreamier if you get it on time and on budget.

Don’t wait to book your bridal appointment! This promotion is only valid for brides who purchase 3/9 – 3/31.
Appointment availability is limited. Call or email for questions/details.

Milwaukee: 414-897-7208 or abby@whitedressbridalboutique.com
Lake Forest: 847-604-3187 or courtney@whitedressbridalboutique.com

Cheers!

Somebody “Reign” Us In: Watters Spring 2018 Is Breathtaking!

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My oh my… the Watters Spring 2018 Reign Collection has us feeling royally thrilled to be partnered with the designer at both the Milwaukee, WI and Lake Forest, IL bridal boutique.

The styles are inspired by none other than Grace (Kelly), Princess of Monaco. Opulent embellishments, ultra-soft English netting, and lady-like silks come together in stunning fashion to create wedding dresses fit for, well, a princess! The lookbook is so moody and dreamy, we just had to share a few of our favorites…

 

 

 

 

 


If your wedding day vision includes tiaras, cathedral-length veils, heirloom worthy details, and a touch of that tight-lipped sophistication, these dresses will have you saying YES! in no time… pinkies up on your champagne toast? We won’t judge…

Love Is In The Details: Veils

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This is the one time in your life you’ll have the opportunity to wear a veil!“… If you’ve been wedding dress shopping, you’ve likely heard your stylist (or your loving mom!) utter this phrase. And, it’s true! But, where did the idea of wearing a veil come from? What are the most common veil lengths? Is a blusher a thing anymore? Let’s talk details…

Annie Veil | Sara Gabriel

Historically speaking, veils were worn by brides to protect them from evil spirits as they made their way toward their betrothed. In religious ceremonies, veils have also been worn as a symbol of a bride’s purity, modesty, and obedience. Fast forward a few centuries and veils are still a statement-making accessory donned by brides the world over. Whether your veil is worn as a traditional symbol of reverence or a dramatic fashion statement, in our book, it’s a must-have!

Veil Lengths
There are typically 6 different veil lengths you’ll find at a bridal boutique. Here, we detail the favorites from shortest to longest:

Shoulder
These veils are short and sweet, often simple in decoration and varying in length from 20″ to 30″. They work well to balance dresses that have eye-catching details/patterns or plunging necklines.

Elbow
An elbow-length veil is, well, elbow-length. Often, these veils have a cascading style that flatters the face and décolletage while providing a modest “coverage” of the shoulder. They work well with a variety of dress styles and can be adorned with appliqués, crystals, bows, or lace edging for added dimension.

Fingertip
Like elbow-length veils, fingertip veils are very versatile and come in a variety of styles. Fingertip length veils play very well with fitted wedding dress styles, such as fit and flare or mermaid. Because they end right around a bride’s hip in the back, they are an excellent choice for showing off a dress’ intricate back detail. If you plan to wear your veil all night, you can rest assured this length will not interfere with your sweet dance moves!

Waltz
The waltz length veil gives the bride all the dazzle and none of the drag. Hitting between 60″ – 70″ (below the knee, but not to the floor), this style is wearable all night and is a wonderful option for dresses that have elaborate train detail worthy of full display.

Chapel/Sweep
The chapel length veil is fantastic for brides who want to have that bridal moment in a train-less sheath style dress. This length (which can vary from 72″ – 90″) is also a great option for brides who want to add detail to an otherwise simple dress train… think lace-edged veil atop a silk dress or a crystal dusted veil layered over a plain tulle skirt.  Sweep length veils are also ideal for brides who will be walking down a shorter aisle that doesn’t have “room” for a cathedral length veil.

Cathedral
Bring on the drama! This mother of all veils is unmistakably big and bold. There will be no guessing who the bride is in this style. And, while cathedral veils are beautiful on their own, they look especially regal when paired with crowns, tiaras, and combs (which come in handy when, inevitably, you remove your larger-than-life veil for the reception). Cathedral length veils typically start at 108″. Fun fact: Princess Diana’s veil of the century required a whopping 150 yards of netting!! Talk about a princess bride!

Bonus: Birdcages & Blushers
For a really retro look, consider rocking a birdcage! These little beauties make a big statement and can be dressed up with crystals (or feathers!) or left unembellished. They are the perfect complement to statement earrings!


Ahhh, the blusher – the essence of bridal allure and romance. If you’ve even thought about wearing a blusher with your veil, we say go for it! It makes for a truly special moment when you unveil your face that last time before saying “I do!”.

**Don’t miss the opportunity to work one-on-one with our incredible veil designers at White Dress Bridal Boutique!**
Renee Pawele | Milwaukee 2/23 – 25, Lake Forest 3/2 – 4
Sara Gabriel | Milwaukee 5/19 – 20

#WHITEDRESSBRIDE Anna (Bruders) Sladky

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As we prepare to count down to 2018, let’s take a moment to celebrate one #whitedressbride, Anna, who took NYE celebrations to the next level exactly one year ago today with her splendid New Year’s Eve wedding at The Pfister Hotel!

 Does it get any more fun and fabulous than this?!

Now that’s how you have a winter wedding! Cheers to Anna and Joey on your 1 year anniversary! 

Photographer: Beau Petersen Photography
Dress:
L6132 | Legends by Romona Keveza
Accessories: Fur: Linda Richards, Necklace and Earrings: Renee Pawele, Hair Comb: Angel Rivera
Venues:  The Pfister Hotel, The Wisconsin Club, Cafe Bavaria, Character D Films

Cheers to #whitedressbride, Sierra, and #whitedressbride, Brittney, who will be ringing in 2018 by celebrating their nuptials tonight! 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… 🍾✨ 🎊 👰🏻 💕

Sneak Peak: Allison Webb New York

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If you fell in love with Augusta on our Facebook page this week, you’re going to be absolutely smitten with the entire Allison Webb New York collection! We are positively giddy to welcome her dresses to our Milwaukee boutique this spring.

Allison Webb’s collection is the embodiment of elevated elegance. Filled with clean lines, exquisite laces, and touches of delicate embroideries, the gowns are hand-crafted to amplify a bride’s natural beauty. The designs, like the AW bride, are refined, modern, and imbued with a timeless sense of polish and sophistication.

This is the kind of collection that will make you wonder why you can’t get married every day! How is a girl to choose just one…

Which of these devastatingly beautiful dresses is calling your name?

White Dress Bridal Boutique is the exclusive Allison Webb New York partner in Wisconsin. Book your Spring 2018 appointment early!

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year: Boutique Events & Holiday Hours

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We can practically smell the turkeys roasting and the hear the carolers caroling… the holidays are here!

The end of the year can be particularly exciting for newly engaged brides! Having everyone gathered together for the holidays makes for an ideal time to book your wedding dress shopping or bridal accessories shopping experience.


To sweeten the season, we have lined up THREE incredible series of events at the boutique now through Christmas:

November 17 – 19: Watters “Best Of” Event

December 8 – 23: Alessandra Rinaudo Bridal Couture Preview

December 15 – 17: Martina Liana Designer Preview

Weekends through the end of the year are filling up fast! We strongly encourage you to book your appointment as far in advance as possible.

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Holiday Hours at White Dress Bridal Boutique in Milwaukee are as follows:

Thursday, November 23rd: CLOSED for Thanksgiving
Friday, November 24th: 11am – 5pm (Regular Business Hours – By Appointment Only)

Sunday, December 24th: CLOSED for Christmas Eve

Sunday, December 31st: CLOSED for New Year’s Eve
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For your convenience, the CLOSED dates indicated above have been blocked off in our online appointment scheduler. If you have questions about an upcoming boutique event, or our holiday hours, please call 414-897-7208 or email abby@whitedressmilwaukee.com.

Cheers! 

Milwaukee’s Magnificent Bride 2018

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Fall/Winter 2018 brides, have you purchased your dress but can’t decide on the rest? May we recommend that you mark your calendars for Milwaukee’s Magnificent Bride? This annual showcase of Milwaukee’s premier wedding vendors will be taking place Sunday, March 04, 2018 at The Pfister and tickets are on sale now.

This invite only event brings brides and businesses together for one spectacular afternoon of all things wedding planning! A limited number of vendors are hand selected by a committee of area artisans to showcase products and services that will appeal to Milwaukee’s most discerning couples.  You’ll enjoy sampling sweets from Simma’s Bakery, flipping through photo albums with Front Room Photography,  shopping for show-stopping wedding bands with Lyle Husar Designs, diving into day-of details with Dynamic Events by David Caruso …and so much more! Live music, live models, and treats galore. Plan your wedding in a day – make memories for a lifetime.

For questions about the show, or tickets, please call 414-897-7208. We hope to see you there!

As Seen In…

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We are so excited for #whitedress bride, Erin, who was featured this week on the national bridal blog The Black Tie Bride! If “black tie”, “formal”, “elegant”, “traditional”, “fancy”, “classy”, or just downright “knock your socks off gorgeous” are ways you’d describe your wedding style, this blog is a can’t miss read… So. Much. Inspiration.


View all of the iconic & enduring goodness from Erin’s big day at the Milwaukee Art Museum and fall in love with Heather Cook Elliott’s fabulous photography at the link. Seriously… have you ever seen pheasant feathers look so chic?!

We couldn’t agree more: classic never goes out of style. Cheers!

 

 

#WHITDRESSMKEBRIDE Lisa (Werner) Deli

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There is so much to love about #whitedressmkebride Lisa’s Labor Day wedding style! We cannot get over your cascading hairdo, all the bright pops of color from your florals and bridesmaid frocks, and, of course, your gorgeous Sottero and Midgley dress, made even more perfect by your custom plunge detail across the front (check out that matching illusion and beadwork!).

Even a bit of drizzle from the heavens couldn’t dampen your bridal bliss… you are simply stunning!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photography: Anna Bayliss
Dress: Amelie | Sottero and Midgley
Venue: The Bull at Pinehurst Farms

To view more photos of Lisa’s big day (…seriously, this happy couple gives us all the feels!), simply click here.

Cheers to a lifetime of love and laughter, Lisa & Jared!

Whatever Your Heart Desires

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Brides – are you craving a custom wedding dress? Whether you know before you even begin looking that you want something all your own or you just haven’t had luck finding ‘the one’ at boutiques in your area, going ‘one of a kind’ is definitely trending up!

That’s why White Dress Bridal Boutique has partnered with several world-class designers who offer brides the ability to customize their designs – from necklines to hemlines and practically anything in between.

Shorten or lengthen a train? – almost any designer is able do that for you. But, what if you want the top of one dress and the bottom of a totally different dress? Or, what if you fall in love with the bodice and skirt of a strapless style, but you really want it to have sleeves? Plunging neckline a little too plunging or illusion showing a little too much skin? Wish those lace covered buttons were actually crystals? These designers will go above and beyond to work with us and our brides to create a look you will truly love! If you can dream it, chances are – they will do it!

Kelly Faetanini

 

Angel Rivera

 


Martina Liana


Enzoani

 

Enjoy Wisconsin’s best wedding dress shopping experience AND say “I do!” in a custom wedding dress, exclusively at White Dress Bridal Boutique!

Find The Right One With ‘White One’

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You’ve likely seen or heard of the international powerhouse bridal designer “Pronovias Fashion Group”. Brides rave about the premier “Pronovias” collection at White Dress and now, we’re giving lace loving brides even more to love!

New to Milwaukee, White Dress Bridal Boutique is the exclusive area retailer for Pronovias’ “White One”. This exquisite division is ideal for the bride seeking a truly timeless wedding gown for under $1,700. Delicate lace appliqués and perfectly placed embellishments create the epitome of elegance.

 

 

 

New styles are arriving daily… Be one of the first to try them on.

You could just find the right one with “White One”!

SAMPLE SALE!

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Each September, we start to make room for our newest Spring 2018 arrivals by offering extreme discounts on select dress samples throughout the boutique. And, guess what? IT’S SEPTEMBER and we have ~ 100 styles on sale!!


This year, the discounts are better than ever with dresses in the sale priced at either $500 or $1000. Period. ALL DRESSES IN THE SALE are yours for either $500 or $1000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These designer dresses, originally priced $1,200 to $5,500, have spent less than 2 years in the boutique, are fashionably fabulous, and are in excellent condition. Dresses are Bridal Size 8 – 14. Try It. Buy It. Take It!

…and, did we mention that select accessories are 50% off as well? That includes veils, belts/sashes, headpieces, bracelets, earrings, and more.

SHOP THE SALE

White Dress Bridal Boutique
Tuesdays beginning 09/05
12pm – 7pm

No appointment necessary
Walk right in!
No more than 4 people in a group, please.
Cash/Credit only
No holds
All dresses/accessories are sold as-is.
No returns, exchanges, or refunds will be issued.
All sales are final.

Please note, sale dresses are available for viewing and trying on on Tuesdays ONLY.

Questions about the sale? Feel free to give us a call Tuesday – Sunday or email abby@whitedressmilwaukee.com.

You Said YES! What’s Next?

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Cheers to you! You said YES! Once you’ve caught your breath and your cheeks have stopped hurting from smiling so much, pause. Pause to take one more long, deep breath. Enjoy the moment…. your moment <3

 

Photo Credit: Heather Cook Elliott

What’s Next?

Start with the 4 Ps

Places
Discuss with your fiancé (and any wedding VIPs – i.e. your parents) where you see yourselves tying the knot. Your wedding day could easily include multiple locations (a ceremony site, a cocktail hour site, and a dinner/dancing site) and you’ll need to make sure that each place has availability on the date you wish to get married. If you’re planning on inviting out-of-town guests, “places” may also mean arranging overnight accommodations. Booking as far in advance as possible is the best way to ensure availability. For a Saturday during peak season, many high profile reception sites in the Greater Milwaukee area are booked 12-16 months in advance. Consider a Friday night fête or a “Sunday Funday” if your dream location is already reserved on the weekend you desire.

Photography Credit: Uttke Photography | Location: Cuvée

 

Pocketbook Matters
To make things easier on everyone, determine major pocketbook matters right away. Will you and your fiancé be paying for your wedding in full? Will your parents be covering costs for the entire affair? Will your partner’s parents be contributing financially? The average wedding in Wisconsin is $34,000, however, your wedding cost be far less (or far more) based on any number of factors. Bottom line – once the budget for your big day is determined, stick to it (it’s harder than it seems – 45% of couples go over budget)! Consider the overall total and prioritize accordingly.

Photography Credit: Heather Cook Elliott

People
How many people do you and your partner plan to invite? If there are conflicts in deciding who gets an invite, refer to venue capacity and budget.
Photography Credit: Front Room Photography | Venue: Westmoor Country Club

And then there are your VIPs – the girls and guys closest to you. They’ll not only be at the party – you want them in the party. Once you’ve selected your trustworthy, reliable, bestie of all besties Maid Of Honor, much of the planning can become a team effort, and when possible, logistics can be handed off entirely! How great is that?! (Don’t forget to give her a special thank you gift in the days leading up to or immediately following your wedding – chances are, by then she’s more than earned it!)

Photography Credit: Robyn Vining

 

Pinterest/Pictures
Getting an idea of generally what style dress you are looking for is not only fun, but it can be really helpful once you are ready to start shopping for your dress. Make a physical inspiration board with tear outs from magazines or scour Pinterest and Instagram for images. Look for environmental clues in the pictures… colors, florals, venue type – a ballgown in an ultra modern venue may feel out of place – or it may be the exact kind of striking juxtaposition you hoped for! These kinds of visual clues can help you envision what you’ll look like in that style on your big day. If you go the digital route, be prepared to share photos with your stylist. We love that! Then, be prepared to keep an open mind… what you see on a model in a photo may end up being precisely what you look like in that crepe halter sheath…. or it may not. Remember, every body type is different and what looks great in a picture may not give you the feeling you were hoping for. And, THAT’s what’s truly important.

Got it! I think I’m ready to start looking for my dress… any tips?

If you’ve done your due diligence with the 4 Ps, shopping for your wedding dress and bridal accessories should be a totally fun, exciting experience! Knowing your budget and style preferences before going to any appointment is key. After that, we recommend simply keeping the following in mind:

Less Is More (2-3 people at the appointment)
Since August 2015, we’ve worked with thousands of brides and we can honestly say – the best appointments have been those where the bride is accompanied by only her dearest friends and family. If you’re having trouble deciding who you should bring along, try asking yourself this question: Who were the first 3 people I told about my engagement one-on-one? There’s your answer! Yes – we have plenty of brothers who come along. Yes – we have plenty of mother-in-laws. Have little ones in your life? We’ll never say no to bringing along a smiling (or sleeping!) child 🙂  Everyone’s group is different and that’s part of what makes our job so fun and your experience so uniquely yours! Less is more.

Feel like you’re leaving someone out? Or you wanted your whole bridal party of 8 to be included in the process? If this is how you truly feel, why not invite the larger group to your Pick Up or Accessories Appointment? You’ll avoid the “too many cooks in the kitchen” situation when selecting your dress BUT, they’ll  all feel important being a part of your very first big reveal! We LOVE when brides go this route. It is SO much fun!

Don’t Fight the Feeling
If you happen to find your dream dress during your very first appointment, lucky you! Don’t fight the feeling. We totally understand if you have a full day of appointments booked and you want your group to have that “full shopping experience” with you. But, when you feel like you’ve found the one – say yes! We will never tell you to “cancel your other appointments!” but, we would encourage you to remember, you started your day looking for that dress, the one you love – not necessarily a shop til you drop extravaganza that leaves everyone exhausted just for the sake of shopping. Should you find yourself standing in your wedding dress by 10:45am on your first Saturday out, use the unanticipated “extra time” with your gals to grab a nice lunch/dinner or a group mani/pedi. Celebrate – you found your dress!

 

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Photography Credit: @meganpalama

Designers Work On A Timeline, Too.
Photo Credit: @itsmetiffyt

Wedding in September? Your wedding dress shopping experience may very well start in snow boots! That is normal and working that far out is highly recommended. Ordering a wedding dress is typically a 6-9 month process. Most of the designers we work with work on a “made to measure” timeline and sourcing all of the materials to even start the creation of your dress takes time. Some dresses are coming from overseas which also takes time. And, you don’t want to forget about alterations – which 99.99% of dresses WILL need if you want that absolutely flawless fit (trust us – you do!). The longer you wait, the more you risk incurring rush charges from both the designer and your alterations specialist. Save yourself the stress and extra investment. Start shopping early! You won’t regret it.

Planning your wedding will be a process – no matter how organized you and your bride tribe are! It’s your own special journey from Miss to Mrs… Remember to enjoy it and take lots of photos. You’ll be going from “I Do!” to “I Did!” before you know it…

Photography Credit: Michelle Kujawski Photography

#WHITEDRESSMKEBRIDE: Rhonda (Schmitt) Randall

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Rhonda’s October wedding in Okauchee, Wisconsin was nothing short of breathtaking and is getting us very excited for all of our Fall 2017 brides! In a setting that provided everything you could want in a fall waterfront wedding, the bride absolutely dazzled in her dress and custom sewn lace bolero…

Brides-to-be will surely agree – Rhonda, you made one gorgeous #whitedressmkebride!

Cheers to Rhonda and Travis!

Photography: Artist Group Photography & Video
Dress: Mildred | Pronovias
Bolero: Custom | Maria Arteaga
Sash: Kiki | Abby Lynn Bridal