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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!

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

Fabric 411: Silks

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No matter what kind of vision you may have for your wedding dress, we can all agree that fit and fabric quality reign supreme as the most important factors considered when selecting the one. Few fabrics can compete with the ever-popular, ever-elegant silk.

From slinky to structured, there are hundreds of variations of this material dating back to Empress Hsi Ling Shi (3000 BC)! Sounds even more overwhelming than narrowing down the guest list? Here, we showcase just a few of our favorites:

Silk Zibeline – Martina Liana (914)

Well-known for being exceptionally sturdy and very easy to sew, this stunning fabric holds full shape when draped and adds crispness without weight.

Silk Dupioni – Paloma Blanca (4733)


This generally two-color hand-woven silk produces a slight shine/iridescent quality is formed from double cocoons. The fabric is typically “coarse” to the touch.

Silk Shantung Taffeta – Legends by Romona Keveza (L8132: shown with blouse)


Shantung is a type of machine-woven silk fabric historically from the province of Shandong. It is similar to Dupioni, but is slightly thinner and less irregular. The taffeta finish gives this fabric a crisp, smooth appearance.

Silk Georgette – Theia (Nava)

Georgette refers to a thin, matte, semi-transparent fabric with a dry hand and grainy surface due to the high twist per inch of the warp and weft threads.

Silk Mikado – Kelly Faetanini (Aster)


One of the heaviest silks, mikado is an excellent choice for brides who will marry in cooler months. The silk is blended with nylon to create a structured feel as seen in the bodice of this beautiful Kelly Faetanini gown.