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Tips for Storing and Preserving Your Wedding Gown

Tips for Storing and Preserving Your Wedding Gown

We don’t need to tell you that your wedding gown is an investment, and we will bet that your wedding dress was one of the most expensive and important items that you have ever purchased. After you purchase and pick up your dream dress, you will need to store it properly to ensure that it remains perfect until the wedding day.

Or, what if you want to revisit the dress long after your special day is over? Surely you don’t want a crumpled mess of fabric!

Brides often decide to repurpose their wedding gown in a number of ways, such as a redesign, staging of a “trash the dress” photoshoot, or simply holding on to it with the hopes of passing it on to a child or grandchild.

And what’s more is that today’s brides may have to contend with the COVID-19 pandemic. The perfect wedding dress may arrive on time but brides are forced to postpone their wedding ceremony for an indefinite amount of time, so properly storing your wedding dress is essential.

No matter the reason for storing your wedding dress, you’ll want to do it right!

Here are our top tips for properly storing and preserving your wedding gown:

1. Budget to have your dress preserved

As you know, the dress shopping experience requires a budget. Whether you’re in the midwest looking for affordable wedding dresses in Chicago or have decided on a splashy tour of the best bridal shops in Las Vegas, a budget is essential.

But, have you saved room in that budget for preserving your dress? Make room by adding an additional $200-$1000 for keeping your gown pristine.

2. Take care of your dress before your wedding day

If you have your dress well before the wedding date or are really serious about preserving your wedding dress long term, take extra measures to care for your dress before you even wear it!

  • Always transport your wedding dress in a garment bag, usually provided by your bridal boutique. Avoid dragging your wedding dress when it is out of the garment bag.
  • While spills caused by others can be hard to avoid, prior to and during your wedding, take great care to avoid food spills, drink spills, and any flowers in your bouquet that may lead to staining.
  • When sitting for hair and makeup applications, wear something other than your wedding dress so that any spilling or dropping of makeup or hair products do not touch your dress.

3. Take care of your dress after your wedding


Once the wedding festivities are over, it may be tempting to just flop onto a bed in exhaustion.

But, proper wedding dress storage starts right away.

When changing out of your dress, be sure to hang it properly or lay it on a flat surface like a large table.

The morning after your wedding, (or the night of if you aren’t too tired!) place your wedding dress in your garment bag for safe transportation. This will keep it free of dust and debris until you are ready to have your gown professionally cleaned and preserved.

4. Do not take your wedding dress for standard dry cleaning


It may seem logical that a dry cleaner could provide the proper cleaning for your gown but this is not really the case. It is best to take your dress to a specialist that can assess the fabric, stitching, and overall composition of your garment to ensure that the right cleaning method is used.

You may have noticed that some dry cleaners do provide a wedding dress cleaning service, but it is important to understand the process that is used prior to trusting them with your wedding gown.

A cleaner should ensure the following:

  • Cleaning is done with a pure solvent rather than a recycled solvent that might stain a gown, leaving it looking greyed, grimy, and smelling foul
  • No damage to the dress will occur in the process of cleaning, and full responsibility is taken by the cleaner to provide full replacement cost should anything happen during the cleaning or preservation process
  • They will look for and treat invisible stains that can become visible with time and heat. Things like drips and drops from a dessert or white wine contain sugar that can become yellow or brown stains as time goes by
  • A guaranteed time that your dress will remain preserved in optimal conditions

5. Maintain the preservation method carefully

Keeping your wedding dress in a garment bag is a cheaper option for storage, but it will not ensure that your wedding dress is free from the effects of aging. Proper preservation can protect from these effects.

There are three common options for preserving your wedding dress:

  • Sealed: If you choose a company to preserve your wedding dress, you will want to ensure that the company uses a preservation box. The box will be completely sealed, with oxygen removed and replaced with nitrogen. This process will prevent aging due to oxidation.
  • Bag: Your dress will be preserved hanging on a padded hanger, with reinforcements from twill tape to prevent sagging in the hung areas, and placed in a cotton bag.
  • Boxed: Similar to the sealing method, your dress will be placed in an acid-free box, with acid-free, colorless tissue paper used while folding to discourage permanent creases in the dress. The box is not sealed, so it can be opened at will.

6.Store your dress

After your dress has been cleaned and preserved, choosing a good spot to store it is essential to protecting your investment.

For best results, store your wedding gown in a dark, cool place away from direct sunlight. This will keep your dress from yellowing, and protect it for years to come. Avoid storing the dress in a basement or attic that might be susceptible to common elemental disasters and water damage.

It is never too late to preserve your dress

If you don’t have a preservation plan in place immediately following your wedding, it’s understandable. You’re happy and blissed out and ready to settle into life with your love.

If this is your reality and you just never really got around to preserving your dress, it doesn’t hurt to take your gown to a wedding cleaning specialist to ask about preservation.

Your dress has some stains or some aging spots and it may be more costly to remove them, but a reputable cleaning company will let you know if it is possible.

If you have questions about which cleaning companies are reputable when it comes to gown preservation, ask your wedding consultant or someone from the bridal boutique when you are dress shopping or even after you have made your purchase. The best wedding gown boutiques will have a list of companies that they recommend and with whom they frequently work.

Let Viero Bridal help you choose your wedding gown and answer all of your questions related to dresses, style trends, fit, and preservation. We have flagship boutiques located in New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles, each providing exceptional service and affordable couture gowns for every bride.

Wedding Dress Shopping: What to Do and When

Wedding Dress Shopping: What to Do and When

Wedding dress shopping is one of the most exciting parts of planning a wedding! However, shopping for a wedding dress is not like shopping for any other type of clothing. Without proper consideration and strategizing, you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed and stressed by the process.

You may be a bride with a clear aesthetic in mfind, or you may be a bride that has no idea where to even start. The struggle is real, and factor in potential COVID-19 delays and it all becomes that much more complicated.

To help demystify the process and ensure that you have enough time to find the style and fit of your dreams, we’ve put together this dress shopping guide.

This guide will cover everything from your very first bridal shop appointment to the final fitting and pick up.

Here is everything you need to be prepared for purchasing your dream dress and having a stress-free wedding day!

1. A year from your wedding date

The first item on your wedding agenda should be setting your budget.

A budget allows you to see how much money you can spend on each item. This means planning out costs associated with your dress, the guest list, meals, entertainment, and venue.  When calculating the dress portion of your budget, do not forget to include or leave room for accessories, shoes, jewelry, taxes, multiple alterations, and shipping costs if needed.

Once you set your budget, you can begin to think about the theme and style of your wedding which will influence your dress choices. For example, if you are planning a boho wedding, a glamorous princess-style gown will look out of place.

While it isn’t necessary to have an exact dress in mind, it is a good idea to have a general idea of what you are looking for. Look at Pinterest, bridal magazines, celebrity weddings, and dress designer websites for inspiration.

When looking for inspiration, try to keep an open mind. Your bridal consultant may have some suggestions that you didn’t expect. Trust their experience and trust the process. At the very least, try on the dress! You may be pleasantly surprised.

Book your appointment

Typically, we recommend booking your appointment 10 to 12 months before your wedding. But, COVID-19 has lead to occasional shipping delays and other obstacles so you might consider booking even earlier.

The last thing you need to stress over is a wedding dress that has yet to arrive, so give yourself plenty of time for shipping and alterations. Call the bridal boutique you are considering to find out what types of delays they have been experiencing.

Unless you fit into the store sample sizes, your dress will be specially ordered for you. Once it arrives at the boutique, which can take anywhere from four to nine months, you will need to book an appointment for alterations. Most bridal salons have an in-house tailor that will help or they will be able to suggest a tailor to you.

A custom-designed wedding gown

Having a custom wedding gown can be a dream come true. But a custom gown requires a very specific vision and a lot of patience.

If you choose a custom design, know that it will take longer to get your gown so do not panic. Trust the designer and you will get the payoff you are looking for.

Choose your entourage

Your shopping companions can either make the shopping experience more enjoyable or add to the stress. Avoid making things more complicated by inviting only friends, family, and bridal party members that are honest but supportive.

Again, COVID-19 might mess with your plans. Call ahead and ask the bridal boutique what safety measures they are taking and whether or not they are limiting the number of people that can attend the appointment.

If numbers are limited to you and one other person, consider inviting the rest of the entourage to join you virtually. Collecting different opinions can be valuable so don’t give up on gathering them just because you can’t meet in person! Depending on the distancing measures in place where you live, consider hosting an outdoor brunch or cocktail party with those that were unable to attend the appointment. There are many ways you can still enjoy and celebrate this experience with your entourage!

2. Eight to ten months from your wedding date

If you haven’t purchased your dress yet, you should be doing so at this time. Once you order the gown, you are responsible for the deposit, which is typically over half the full dress price. If for some reason, you require a rush order, you may have to pay additional rush fees.

Now the waiting period begins. Once the dress arrives, you can make arrangements for alterations to the dress.

Remember, order the size for the body you have. Even if you plan to do lose weight or tone up, your wedding gown should be chosen for the way you look now. Dresses can always be taken in to accommodate moderate weight loss. But, when you order a smaller size, you risk not having a proper fit on your special day. Letting out a dress is much more difficult than taking one in.

3. Five to six months from your wedding date

Now is the time to start thinking about what you are going to wear with your wedding dress.

If you are planning to borrow some jewelry from a friend or family member, start trying these items on. Working your way through these smaller planning tasks will help you feel calm and organized as the day approaches.

Choose your undergarments

You are going to want to wear undergarments that suit the style of dress you have chosen.

Dark colors or patterned embellishments may be visible through the dress and serve a distraction. You will want undergarments that fit comfortably and do not produce visible lines. This is especially important when selecting a bra if needed.

If you are wearing a wedding gown that requires a strapless bra, try a variety and wear them for extended periods. Find one that is most comfortable and flattering. Avoid anything that tends to fold or roll, and anything too tight across your back. Remember, you want to be comfortable when walking down the aisle, eating, visiting, and dancing!

Your wedding dress is a significant investment and your undergarments should not get in the way of your picture-perfect beauty.

Find a pair of shoes

Perhaps you want to add a pop of bright color to your look or rock a pair of sky-high heels. Maybe your style is a little more casual and you’re thinking a kitten heel, wedge, or fancy flat.

Whatever shoe you choose, wear them before your wedding so you know that you won’t be in excruciating pain all day long. If you simply cannot pass for the stylish or cute heel, have a more comfortable pair on hand to slip into after the pictures are taken!

Select your jewelry and hair accessories

Do you want to wear a veil? Does your dress need a jeweled belt? These things should be decided around this time.

Have these items ready to try on with your dress when it arrives at the boutique. If you are not entirely sure what will work with your dress style, have the bridal consultants lend a hand. Most bridal shops have a variety of options on hand to try with your dress.

Once you have determined your hair accessories, you can decide on your other jewelry or vice versa.

Remember to consider the style of your wedding, the neckline of your gown, and the hairstyle you will choose for your wedding when choosing your accessories.

4. Three to four months from your wedding date

At this time, you will want to book your first wedding gown fitting.

For your gown fitting appointments, you will want to ensure that you bring your undergarments and shoes with you. This is important so that the tailor will see what length your gown should be and you can determine if your undergarments are appropriate for your dress choice.

At the first fitting, you may decide that you want to alter the look of your gown. Adding sleeves or changing the neckline are items that are frequently requested by brides at this first fitting.

You will want to find out what your bridal salon charges for alterations, as some may charge for each individual alteration. If you need major alterations, you can expect a hefty price tag due to the delicate nature of the fabrics. Simple alterations (such as a hem alternation) may cost $200-300.

If you have yet to choose your shoes, bring some shoes of similar height you plan to wear so that your gown is hemmed or let out to the correct length.

5. Six weeks to two months from your wedding date


At this point, your wedding is close enough for your second dress fitting.

The second dress fitting is to ensure that your dress fits like a glove. You will want to sit down in your gown, lift your arms over your head, and generally move around to get an idea of how it will move. You want to also look for any pulls, bunching, or areas that do not sit correctly on your body.

It is very important to be honest with your tailor about how you feel in your gown. Remember that you will be performing a variety of different activities during your wedding day. You want to be as comfortable sitting and eating as you are dancing and welcoming your guests.

6.One month before your wedding

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Your wedding day will be here before you know it, and following this timeline has left you with only a few final items to cross off your checklist.

Book your final fitting

This fitting is designed for you to see how your gown is going to look on your wedding day. You will not need an entourage for this trip to the tailor, but consider bringing one special person to share the moment with you. It can be a profound experience!

Pick up your dress

Once your fittings are complete, your dress will be ready to be picked up. Store your dress in a safe spot, away from pets, children, and any other dangers, so that there are no surprises on the day of your wedding.

7. The day before your wedding

This is the best day to gather all of the things you will need for your wedding day. Pack a bag with some essentials: deodorant, lipstick or gloss for touch-ups, bobby pins, hair spray, mouthwash, bandages, and kleenex, and on the day, give these items to a trusted friend or your maid of honor for safekeeping.

You will want to gather your jewelry, shoes, and accessories to be brought wherever you are getting dressed.

You may want to borrow or buy a steamer to ensure that your dress is free of wrinkles.

An evolving timeline

Rarely does life go perfectly according to plan and because of this, you need to be a little bit flexible with your timeline. Give yourself as much room as you can!

Using the above guide to create a timeline can help move your preparations forward and help create a smooth wedding planning process.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, you may find your timelines need to be especially flexible. Remember, you are not alone. Whether you are looking for couture wedding gowns in Chicago or visiting all the best bridal shops in Las Vegas, you will find compassionate and supportive consultants that can help you navigate these particularly complicated times. Do not be afraid to call and ask questions or seek clarifications.

At Viero Bridal, we understand how important it is to find the right dress. We have flagship stores in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, and New York full of stunning designer gowns at affordable prices. View our collections online and when you are ready, reach out to book an appointment. We are standing by and ready to help you find the perfect gown, for your perfect day!

Preparing your Entourage: Who to Bring Dress Shopping

Preparing your Entourage: Who to Bring Dress Shopping

When you are ready to buy your wedding dress, you have a few decisions to make. Beyond making choices around the design and fit of your gown, you will have to decide which wedding dress boutique to visit, when, and who to bring shopping with you! This is the fun part!

Once you have set a dress budget, you can choose where to shop! Do you plan a trip to one of the best bridal shops in Las Vegas, do you head to the midwest to look for couture wedding gowns in Chicago, or is your heart set on a particular wedding dress boutique in New York?

Whether you are travelling across the country or just down the street, choosing the right bridal shop could be the difference between finding THE dress or continuing your search.

Once you know where the hunt will begin, you can start to think about who to bring along! The right entourage can make your dress shopping experience something truly unforgettable.

Unfortunately, deciding who to bring with you may be a complicated process. You will need people who will tell you the truth, but also people who positively support you and your vision for your special day.

At Viero Bridal, we get it. That is why we have put together this list of tips and advice to help you choose the best and most supportive entourage possible!

Before you shop, check COVID-19 restrictions

COVID-19 restrictions have added a few extra steps to the dress shopping plans for most brides.

Many states have gathering restrictions in place and this could put a cap on the number of people you are allowed to bring with you to the wedding dress boutique.

Depending on the size of the store, and how many appointments they are booking at this time, you may only be allowed to bring one person with you. For some brides, this is perfect, for others, it is disappointing.

When booking your appointment, ask how many people you are allowed to bring. And because things are changing day to day, call before your appointment to double-check. The last thing you want to do is send people home!

If you are limited to one additional person, there are ways you can involve the rest of your entourage. Use your phone to stream the appointment to your crew through a virtual meeting app. Bring a good ring light and set the stage for a fun bridal appointment!

And remember, you may also need to wear a mask when inside the store. Do not let this discourage you! Find a bridal or wedding inspired mask, or have one made for you. Encourage your entourage to have fun with their masks as well. Get lighthearted about it and decorate masks with sequins, lace overlays, and tassels! Bridal dress shopping is the perfect time to get fancy!

Keep it simple

Your first dress shopping experience should be relaxing, but fun. Keep your entourage choices simple to avoid added stress.

You may want to limit your entourage to just your wedding party, or just a close family member or two. You will best know who your most honest friends and family are.

Ensure that you choose those who will be constructively critical, not nasty. You want to make sure that your entourage will encourage you, but also tell you what does and does not suit your body and personality.

Consider asking a close friend or family member that is not in the wedding party but that you would like to honor in a special way.

And remember, keeping your entourage numbers small means you limit the number of opinions in the room but also increases the chances that your dress choice remains a secret until the big day!

Go alone

This may seem very intimidating, or even odd, but going wedding dress shopping alone can be fulfilling.

Bridal consultants are very knowledgeable about what will look good on you. If you choose a reputable bridal boutique, trust that the bridal consultant that you are assigned to will work to get you into a dress that makes you look stunning, that you are comfortable in, and fits your budget.

If you are unsure and want a second opinion on your wedding dress choice or style, narrow down your options and invite someone to a second appointment to help you decide.

Your mother

Inviting your mother, or someone who has acted as a mother figure, to your wedding gown shopping appointment is a lovely gesture. It may also be something that your mother has imagined since you were born.

More than likely, your mother will have a good idea of what looks great on you, and what styles to avoid. She may also even have some jewelry (your something borrowed or your something old!) in mind that would pair beautifully with your chosen style of gown. She will probably feel honored to be a part of the decision making process.

If you and your mother tend to experience frequent differences of opinion, talk to her before your appointment and set some boundaries and ground rules. Let her know how you are leaning with regards to color, style, and budget so there are no surprises when you arrive at the shop. She may be able to provide some great insights at this time that can help direct your shopping experience. Be open and listen, but be assertive if you need to.

Your wedding party

You know and love your wedding party and all of the characteristics and personalities. But some voices may be louder than others, and some opinions you may value more than others.

Not matter its personality makeup, inviting your wedding party can be helpful in narrowing down your gown choices.

Enlist a member of the bridal party to take photos of you in the various dresses, and another one to serve the bubbly (where it is allowed). As with speaking to your mother about boundaries prior to the appointment, the same applies to any particularly opinionated bridesmaids. If you have a discussion about your vision in advance, you can avoid arguments and hurt feelings.

If you have some that cannot be tamed, consider sending them to look for bridesmaids dress ideas while you are trying on wedding gowns.

Your future in-laws

Inviting your future in-laws to attend your wedding dress shopping appointment may be a great way to break the ice if you don’t know them particularly well, or it can help your partner’s family to feel more involved in the planning process.

Your future mother or sister in law will appreciate the thoughtfulness of the invitation, even if they decide to not come to the appointment.

Inviting the future in-laws may mean that you are the social link between them and the rest of your entourage, so make sure that you introduce everyone so that they all feel comfortable while waiting for you to try on your dresses.

Your father

Inviting your dad to participate in your wedding dress appointment may seem like a strange choice, but, depending on your relationship, he may want to be a participant in the appointment.

Additionally, sometimes it is good to have a differing opinion on your wedding dress. Your dad may have a similar eye to that of your future spouse and can offer some insight into what looks great and what is not quite you.

Viero Bridal

Following our suggestions will leave you prepared for one of the most exciting experiences of your life. Bringing the right people along (or leaving them home) will ensure that you have covered all the options and are looking beautiful and confident on your wedding day.

Whether you have had a style in mind since childhood, or are unsure of where to start, Viero Bridal offers a range of affordable couture dresses that can make your wedding dreams come true!

With flagship boutiques in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York, our bridal experts have the goods from coast to coast. View our collections and when you are ready, reach out to book an appointment!

Your Guide to Virtual Wedding Events

Your Guide to Virtual Wedding Events

More than likely, when you dreamed of your wedding day, you did not envision it being a virtual event. However, if you are one of the thousands of couples that have had to postpone or cancel wedding events during the global coronavirus pandemic, you are probably searching for ways to celebrate your love with family and friends in a way that is both enjoyable and safe.

Believe it or not, there is a silver lining to this dark cloud. Enter virtual events and digital technology! With these tools, you don’t have to cancel your wedding or skip mimosas at your bridal shower. Want to have that bachelorette or bachelor party? You still can!

Just because you can’t celebrate in person doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate!

For now, the wedding industry and event planners have found creative ways to help with virtual wedding events.

We have compiled this handy guide to the best virtual wedding events. Read on to find out what wedding events can be hosted virtually and how you can make the most of your experience.

Types of Virtual Wedding Events

Engagement Party

Under normal circumstances, you may have hosted a party with friends and family to celebrate or announce your engagement to the world. With new restrictions and social distancing rules, a party, even just a small gathering of friends, is pretty much out of the question. This does not mean, however, that you can’t still celebrate an engagement with a party.

Hosting a virtual engagement party allows you to interact with your guests, and you may even have attendees that normally wouldn’t be able to participate due to distance. You can still choose a theme, decorate accordingly, and play games. Your party may lack hugs and personal conversations, but the bright side is that you will be able to do what is most important: celebrate with your closest friends and family.

Bridal or Wedding Shower

In these uncertain times, online platforms like Zoom, FaceTime, Houseparty, and Google Hangouts make it possible to gather together without having to meet in person, making it entirely possible to enjoy a virtual wedding shower.

A virtual wedding shower just takes a few different avenues in the planning process. For example, in order to open gifts in front of your guests, you will need to establish a clear deadline for purchasing the gifts and indicate where they should be dropped off or delivered before the date of the shower. This information should be included in your shower invitations.

If you are worried that this will look tacky, remember that it is often the maid of honor or a family member that hosts the shower. So, if this invitation comes from them, it will be less awkward.

We are all living under these strange circumstances and in most cases, your guests will appreciate the clarity this deadline gives them.

Bachelor or Bachelorette Party

Don’t worry about cancelling your bachelor and bachelorette parties, like a shower, these events can happen on a virtual platform!

You can always have a post-wedding night out with friends, but for now, plan to celebrate with a themed party. Send your planned guests something fun to wear and your favorite cocktail mix (with the appropriate spirit), set a playlist of your favorite tunes, and have a virtual party.

You may even want to have someone host an event for you- a yoga or painting class, dance lessons, or something else that is interesting to you. As more and more businesses adapt to an online format, the number of activities you could access will only increase. While doing an online escape room isn’t the same as hitting a crowded club, it can be just as much fun!

Wedding Ceremony

Brides across the country are worried that not walking down the aisle in a physical venue, means they won’t be able to show off their couture wedding gowns but with some states allowing virtual licensing and marriages, there may be more options for a wedding than previously thought.

Having a virtual wedding ceremony may take some additional preparation and planning. You may choose to wear your chosen wedding gown, or you can choose another dress and save your wedding gown for a later date, one where you can host a second ceremony in person. For your decor, get in touch with your creative side, and design a backdrop for your wedding ceremony, choose some flowers from your garden (or order some through contactless delivery or pickup) and say ‘I do’ in front of the people you cherish most.

Cap the ceremony off with a toast, cake cutting, and dance, then open the floor to well-wishes from your guests.

Helpful tips for a smooth virtual event

The realities created by COVID-19 may have shifted your plans. Sure, you might not be able to visit the best bridal shops in Los Angeles or New York with your full entourage, but a virtual format means you can still fully host and participate in all the events you’ve had planned!

Most of us are new to virtual events and so the following tips should help you avoid any headaches and run your virtual wedding event like a real pro:

Choose a good hosting platform:

Zoom, Google Hangouts, or Microsoft Teams provide good platforms for hosting your wedding event, but you may prefer one over the other. Test the platforms prior to your event, so that you can get a feel for how it works, and how you can use it to create a fun and interactive experience for both you and your guests. You may want to test the different features of the platforms, as well. For instance, you may want to have your guests muted during particular points of your event, so learning to do this prior-to can help things go smoothly.

Keep an eye on your guest list: hosting a virtual event may allow you to invite more people than you might have under normal circumstances, but virtual events can quickly become overwhelming with too many people speaking over each other. Also, there can be a delay or lag in dialogue, which is easier to manage with a smaller number of guests. Also, wedding etiquette still exists during virtual events: when inviting guests to pre-wedding events, you will need to keep your list limited to those who will later attend your wedding.

Ask for help with themes:


You and your spouse-to-be may have chosen a specific theme for your wedding, a special dish, a song, or drink to help celebrate your nuptials. Send the songs or recipes to your guest in advance so they can join in on your theme. Perhaps you can all prepare the drinks or dishes together.

If it is in your budget, you may even choose to send your guests some type of themed item. Think about sending cupcakes, decoration kits, or small bottles of bubbly for a toast. Another idea to consider is having guests dress for the event. Use your theme to make suggestions, or provide a color choice and suggest guests wear clothing that fits.

Create a schedule:

Having a schedule or agenda can help your event stay on track. Even during in-person events, guests love to know what is coming. Preparing a schedule that outlines the steps or parts of the virtual event will help make the guests feel as though they are part of the whole thing, and can give them an idea of what they will need to do (if anything). As part of your event, you may want to have one-on-one time with your guests or introduce them to the other members of the party.  Having a schedule will let people know when this is coming and prevent you from going way off track.

Play games:


As much as your family and friends will love being a part of your wedding, and any pre-wedding events you may wish to have, it is not so easy to create a fun, engaging environment.

To help, choose some interactive games for your guests. Designate a host for the game and have that person establish the rules and facilitate play. Competition is one of the best ways to get emotional investment from your guests!

Everyone will feel like they are a part of the fun—and for winners, buy some electronic gift cards as prizes!

Use local:

Even mail is delayed during this time, so choosing local vendors can ensure that there will be no delays for anything you may need at your event.

Choosing local vendors also means you are supporting small businesses that may be struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. Highlighting them can help give a needed boost to their business.

Decor, food, drinks, and more can all be found locally. Ask for recommendations from friends, or on social media platforms. You may discover a local gem that you would have overlooked if not for the shutdown.

Virtual wedding events can be fun!

We know how disappointing it is to cancel or postpone your wedding or any of the events you had planned around it. Having virtual events won’t take the place of being in the presence of your loved ones but they can go a long way to helping you celebrate together.

By following this guide, your wedding events will be exciting, fun, and unique. While it feels like a struggle now, think of how unique your experience really is. How many people get to say they got married during a global pandemic that more or less shuttered the entire world? This is a story you will be able to tell for your entire lives! It is a story of ingenuity and creativity that will never, ever, get old!

The Dos and Don’ts of Wedding Dress Shopping

The Dos and Don’ts of Wedding Dress Shopping

One of the most exciting things about planning a wedding is the wedding dress shopping. Perhaps you’ve spent a lifetime dreaming of walking down the aisle in the perfect bridal gown or, maybe, the first time you considered making a wedding dress purchase coincided with your engagement. Either way, you are at the point in the planning process where you will need to choose your gown.

Whether you are an expert shopper with some precise ideas of what style you are looking for, a fledgling fashionista hoping for a couture look, or, feeling lost and unsure of where to begin, visiting a wedding dress boutique is no ordinary trip to the mall.

Arming yourself with as much information as possible will help make your wedding dress shopping experience much more enjoyable.

At Viero Bridal, we want you to savor every moment of your gown shopping experience. Whether you visit one of our wedding dress boutiques in New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, or Los Angels or gather some inspiration from a different bridal shop, we want you to feel comfortable and confident. So, to that end, we have compiled this list of wedding dress shopping dos and don’ts!

1. Don’t schedule your appointment when the boutique is busy

Depending on the location of the boutique you choose, you may encounter extremely busy crowds.

Typically speaking, Saturday is an extremely busy day. It occurs at the end of the workweek and is the day most likely to accommodate the bride and her whole entourage. If Saturday is the only day that will work for your crew, try to book the first appointment of the day. This timing may give you more time and space to try on multiple gowns without fighting through impatient crowds or dealing with consultants that are spread way too thin.

If you are planning to visit multiple bridal shops, try to leave a little bit of time between appointments. If possible, book an early appointment, break for a nice brunch, and then head on to your other appointments. This space can give you all time to catch your breath and prevent feeling rushed.

2.Do have a budget

Before you start to fantasize about a wedding dress you saw at the latest celebrity wedding, set your wedding gown budget. When calculating your budget remember to include gown alterations, accessories, undergarments, and your shoes.

Once you have set your budget, it will be easier to research styles and types of dresses. Establishing a price range you can work within will help you to narrow down your wedding gown choices and prevent massive disappointment.

Your bridal consultant will be choosing dresses based on the information you have given them, and if you do not indicate a budget, they may inadvertently choose a dress that is way outside of what you can afford. And, as luck often has it, that is the dress that makes your heart soar.

To avoid this awkward situation and the accompanying heartbreak, it is important to be clear about the budget upfront.

Even if your wedding has an unlimited dress budget, giving your bridal consult a price point to start at will help streamline the process and put you in gowns that are right for you.

3. Do eat something

“Hanger” is real and showing up for your wedding dress appointment on an empty stomach is a recipe for disaster. Even if you are short on time, grabbing a piece of fruit, a muffin, or an energy bar will give you the little bit of food energy that is required to power through your appointment.

It is entirely possible that you will be too excited or nervous to eat but set yourself a reminder or prepare a snack that you can have before your appointment. This will keep your spirits high and help you think clearly about the dresses you are trying and may even reduce tensions with your entourage.

4. Don’t bring too many people

You may want to bring everyone you know, and friends and family may be asking to come along, but too many people and voices in the room can complicate the process.

If saying no to some people is likely to cause tension, tell them that you would like to keep your gown a secret until the big day.

It will benefit you to focus on bringing the people that will tell you the truth. These trusted individuals can give you useful feedback and help you narrow down your choices. Too many people can cause confusion and conflict and leave you feeling frustrated.
Only you can decide on the right people to bring to your dress appointment but try to remember that the day is about you and if the person isn’t going to be helpful and supportive, you don’t need them there.

5. Do keep an open mind

It is common to spend hours looking at dress styles and pictures in bridal magazines or on platforms like Pinterest but sometimes, what you have your heart set on may not suit or flatter your body the way you had hoped.

Wedding consultants are educated and experienced in recognizing what is likely to work best for you. Certainly, they will pull styles that you suggest but they may also have recommendations that you had not even considered or imagined.

You may begin your day in the styles you’ve picked and then end up buying something else entirely.

It is important that you make sure your voice is being heard. You should never end up with a wedding dress you hate because your friends or the consultant liked it. But, do keep an open mind and try on a range of looks if you aren’t quite finding the right fit.

6. Do wear comfortable and practical undergarments

You will be trying on many styles of wedding dresses, so it makes sense to bring or wear a strapless bra so you can have a real sense of what things will look like on the big day.

If you have already chosen the undergarments you will be wearing when you get married, you may choose to bring those, otherwise, a strapless bra will suffice.

Your underwear choice, if you have not already made it, should be comfortable and not leave any obvious wrinkles, lumps, or lines. Your dress is the star, not your undergarments.

Bud don’t go without underwear on the day of your appointment. Your wedding dress consultant may need to come into your changing room to help you in or out of a dress, and wearing undergarments will help you maintain your modesty.

7. Don’t forget your accessories

Accessories can make or break a wedding gown, so it is important to bring any accessories you may have already purchased or been given to your appointment.

Wearing your intended jewelry and any head adornments or a veil will make style and color matching a snap while also providing you with an idea of what exactly you will look like on your wedding day. If you already have a plan for your makeup in place, try to wear similar shades and tones so you can get a sense of what it will looking like against the color of your dress fabric.

If you have yet to purchase accessories, do not be afraid to ask your consultant for a little bit of guidance.

8. Do your research

Come prepared for your wedding dress appointment with knowledge of gown styles and the various necklines that are available to you.

Learning the names and terms means that when your consultant mentions a particular style or asks for your preferences, you will be able to communicate with clarity.
The most common wedding dress necklines are:

  • Strapless
  • Halter
  • Asymmetrical
  • V-Neck
  • Sweetheart

The most common wedding dress styles are:

  • A-Line
  • Sheath
  • Ballgown
  • Trumpet
  • Mermaid

Book now for your wedding gown shopping experience

With bridal boutiques located all over the country, Viero Bridal is the best choice for your wedding gown. We offer a unique shopping experience, you may choose a custom dress or choose from our designer lines that range from couture to more casual.

Our wedding dress boutiques in Las Vegas, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York offer shockingly affordable luxurious wedding dress styles.

How to Prepare for Your First Wedding Dress Fitting

How to Prepare for Your First Wedding Dress Fitting

You’ve found the wedding gown of your dreams, that’s half the battle! Your next step is to have a dress fitting to ensure that you look like a million bucks on your special day.

Having a gown fitted means having the dress tailored to every curve of your body, and the length adjusted perfectly so that you are comfortable (and beautiful!) walking down the aisle, chatting with your guests, and dancing the night away.

The first fitting will connect you with a skilled tailor who will spend some time pinning your dress and determining where it needs to be taken in, let out, and hemmed. No matter what you spent on your dress, this step will make it look like the gown was designed for you and only you.

At VIERO Bridal, we understand that your wedding dress is one of the most important garments you will ever own. Offering affordable wedding dresses, couture gowns, and a luxury boutique experience in our flagship locations in Chicago, New York, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles, we know what it takes to get the most out of your entire dress shopping experience.

We want to make sure that every step in the process meets your expectations which is why we have created this list of tips to help you prepare for your first wedding dress fitting!

1) Choose the undergarments and shoes you will be wearing

To get a better idea of what your wedding gown will look like on the day of your wedding, it is a good idea to decide on the undergarments and shoes you want to wear.

It may seem like a no brainer, wearing whatever undergarments you feel like to the bridal boutique, but your dress may not allow for a run of the mill bra and underwear. You may need a strapless bra, or one with a lower cup height, or a normal bra with thinner straps. Additionally, if your dress has a unique shape, you may need to change the undergarments you have chosen, which you can determine at this first fitting.

Your shoes should fit the style of your dress. If you are wearing a boho gown, a pair of satin stiletto pumps will not fit the aesthetic. If you are wearing heels, it is recommended that you wear them to your fitting so that the tailor can see how long your dress needs to be to fall properly. The tailor will determine if the hemline is ok, or needs to be brought up or let down for your big day.

2) Book your appointment 6-8 weeks before your wedding

To avoid any possible headaches or missteps, schedule your fitting appointment about 6-8 weeks before your wedding date.

This will allow the tailor to make any alterations or adjustments to your gown. You probably have not seen your dress since you ordered it or had it designed for you, so you may also want to purchase accessories that suit the dress style.

Scheduling your appointment early will leave time to make any secondary alterations, if necessary.

Bring a friend or family member with you as a second set of eyes to inspect your dress, and suggest any alterations that need to be made.

While you have your dress on, try bending over, and moving around to see how you feel when you are in action. If anything feels uncomfortable, take note and ask for it to be altered.

You should be looking at the three-way mirror that will be available to you, to see if there are any puckering, gaping, odd stitching, or anything else that you do not like on your dress. Encourage your friend or family member to do the same.

Remember that you will probably only wear this dress once, so you want it to be absolutely perfect. It is ok to be assertive and insist on alterations that you identify.

3) Accept your body

If you have had any plans to change your body type for your wedding, at this point, you should be on a maintenance plan. You may have many opportunities to alter your wedding gown, and things can be let out or taken in many times. If you require taking large panels out of your dress however, the integrity of the style and design may be compromised.

It is a good idea to buy a gown for the body you are in at the time of your order. Dresses can be taken in and let out, but ordering a dress that is too small in anticipation of changing your silhouette can leave you devastated and without a gown that fits.

If your wedding gown has a bustle, ask the tailor for help with bustling your gown while you are in your appointment. You may want to show your friend or family member how to do it as well, for on the fly bustling.

While you are being fitted, you may also want to ask the tailor if there are any special tricks to putting on your gown. Familiarize yourself with the dress, so that you won’t be stressed out on the day of your wedding, trying to figure out what goes where.

4) Remember to budget

When you were preparing your wedding budget, you should have taken alterations into consideration. Alterations can be costly, depending on what you need taken in or let down, and the intricate details of your wedding gown.

Some wedding dress boutiques charge per altered item, while some charge a flat fee to cover all alterations. Either way, you will need to budget a few hundred dollars for alterations. If you are looking for any design changes to your gown, there will be additional charges. Adding alterations to your wedding budget will save any shock down the road.

5) Schedule your second fitting

Before you leave the bridal boutique, schedule your following appointment for about a month before your wedding.
Remember that multiple fittings are not a reason to panic. Having your dress altered to fit your body will turn your gown into one that is perfectly made for you, and help you have a wedding day to remember.

Ready to make an appointment? Centrally located in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, VIERO Bridal offers the best bridal shops for finding affordable wedding gowns and couture wedding designs.

Contact us for an appointment.

Questions to Ask When Wedding Dress Shopping

Questions to Ask When Wedding Dress Shopping

The Ultimate List of Questions to Ask While Shopping for a Wedding Dress

Wedding dress shopping is one of the most fun experiences a bride can have. But, it can also be an experience that leaves you feeling uncertain and overwhelmed.

Whether you choose to bring an entourage of close family and friends or you choose to keep things more private and work one on one with a bridal consultant, your visit to the bridal boutique should be enjoyable!

It makes complete sense that you would be both excited and nervous — you are shopping for what is arguably the most important article of clothing you will ever own! You want to feel and look your best at your wedding and the perfect dress plays a major role in getting there.

Visiting a bridal shop is not like a trip to your favorite store at the local mall. It is a specialized experience that should be both calming and joyous.

VIERO Bridal has bridal boutiques across the country, conveniently located in Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. Our wedding dress experts can help you find the dress of your dreams.

A number of factors go into a successful wedding dress shopping trip. You may have a number of questions or concerns that need to be addressed before you can truly make a decision.

In order to help you narrow your selection and get the most from the consultants and your bridal boutique visit, we have created this list of questions to keep in mind before and during your appointment.

Do I need an appointment?

This question is probably the most important as most bridal shops do not allow walk-in appointments.

Even if you are an impulsive person, buying a wedding dress requires planning.

Once you have booked an appointment, you should give yourself a few hours to spend at the shop. Your appointment may take less time than you have allotted, but it is better to have extra time and not need than it is to have to leave your appointment empty-handed because you ran out of time.

Do you have a dress that fits my budget?

If you show up at your wedding gown appointment without a set budget, you are setting yourself up for disaster. You’ll either fall in love with a dress you can’t afford or end up spending more than you wanted.
Giving your bridal expert a clear maximum (or even minimum) budget will help narrow down the dresses that are shown to you. If you choose to use the custom design process, you will also need to designate your budget.

If you want a couture wedding gown or you are sticking to a simple design, a quality wedding dress boutique will have a range of gowns in a range of prices so you are sure to find the right match!

What sizes do you carry?

Depending on your size, you may require a dress that is ordered specially for you. You will more than likely be able to try on a wedding gown at your appointment, but it may be helpful to get a sense of what is readily available and what will require more turnaround time.

If you need to order a gown, you will also need to determine if you require a rushed order, and whether or not this is even an option.

Some designers can accommodate rush requests, while others do not. Your bridal consultant will be able to answer this for you and help you make your selections accordingly.

How many people can I bring with me?

If you are wanting to bring a small group to your wedding dress shopping appointment, we get it! However, some stores have a limit to the number of people that can attend with you.

Call ahead and ask in order to avoid disappointment or, even worse, a too crowded try-on experience.

One thing to keep in mind when choosing who to bring with you for your appointment is that more people usually means more opinions. Consider bringing the most important people to the initial appointment and anyone whose opinion doesn’t matter as much to your fitting appointment.

What style of dress is best for my body?

We know you want to look and feel amazing on your wedding day.
Most bridal experts have a good idea of what will look best on your particular body type. In fact, it is likely they will have style suggestions that you haven’t even thought about!

While you likely have your own ideas, try to have an open mind. Try on what the experts pull for you but also be clear about what you are looking for. The more information you can offer, and the more willing you are to try one a few different dresses, the more likely you are to find a dress.

Do you carry accessories?

Veils, beaded or ribbon belts, tiaras, and other hair accessories are items that you may want to add to your wedding gown trial session.

Most bridal boutiques carry a selection of accessories that you can try on to complete your wedding look.

During your appointment, your bridal consultant will be able to suggest complementary accessories or suggest attractive styles of footwear or undergarments to be worn with your gown.

If there is something specific that you are looking to wear, call ahead, or check the boutique website to see if they carry it.

What is your payment plan?

Even if you are buying off the rack, you may not be prepared to pay outright for your wedding gown.

Many bridal boutiques offer affordable gowns and will accept a down payment of a percentage of the cost of the dress prior to purchase. If you are making a rush order or require a specialty size, you may have to pay an additional fee.

Make sure you have a clear understanding of your payment plans and options before you agree to purchase.

Do you offer alterations?

If your dress needs to be taken in, or let out, shortened, or go through some other type of transformation, you will need the services of a seamstress. Most of the best bridal shops have someone who they work closely with or even an in-house person who does alterations. It can pay off to take the recommendations of the bridal shop!

It is likely that their recommendation has experience with wedding dresses in a variety of styles and fabrics.

Do you serve or allow refreshments?

If you are bringing some friends and family to watch you try on your dream wedding gown, you may envision a fun time with laughs, tears, and champagne.

Some bridal shops serve a glass of wine or bubbly or allow you to bring your own refreshments, to be enjoyed dresses are out of the way. Other shops prefer that you save your celebrations for after the appointment.

Can we take photos in the shop?

Call ahead or ask during your appointment before you snap any photos!

Why should I choose your shop?

Your wedding dress is an important investment and something that should make you feel beautiful. You want to choose a bridal boutique that has knowledgeable staff, a great selection, affordable dresses, and the ability to create a special experience.

You may prefer a particular boutique’s designer selection, but if they do not provide optimal customer service and atmosphere, you may want to consider another shop.

Find out what your shop of choice is going to offer you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Enjoy yourself!

Your wedding dress shopping experience should be enjoyable. You are buying a dress that you will look back on for years to come, and we want you to be prepared for attending your wedding dress shopping appointment.

The great boutiques like VIERO Bridal offer you the opportunity to try on or design your dream dress with knowledgeable consultants in a beautiful and chic environment.

Attend one of our locations in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, bring your list of questions, and find the dress of your dreams.

How to Find the Best Wedding Dress for your Body

How to Find the Best Wedding Dress for your Body

We know how to help you find your dream dress so you feel amazing on your big day

You should wear whatever you want on your wedding day, especially if what you want makes you feel both comfortable and beautiful.

When it comes to wedding gowns, there are so many different silhouettes for you to choose from. So many that you may be feeling overwhelmed or intimidated by the prospect of setting foot in a bridal shop.

But don’t fret, brides across America are choosing to wear whatever style makes them feel and look their best!

To find a style it is possible to arrange an appointment at one of our wedding dress boutiques in Chicago, Las Vegas, New York, or Los Angeles but that simply is not an option for everyone.

And that is why we have compiled a list of our favorite styles for different body types and body shapes from busty, petite and pear, to plus-sized, athletic or apple. Narrowing down which style is likely to compliment you the most, will help you find that perfect dress, and start your shopping experience on a positive note.

If you feel beautiful in a dress, that is the dress you should choose, whether that dress is couture or custom designed by you at one of our best bridal shops.

Here’s what you need to know to find the right wedding dress for your body:

Petite

If your body shape is petite, you may have a hard time finding a dress that doesn’t overwhelm your frame. Too much material may feel like you’re drowning, and too much structure may hit you in the wrong places, making you appear even shorter.

A sheath dress adds length to your body and looks very chic and modern on a petite bride. Sheath dresses look fabulous in any material, but especially great in silk or crepe.

An A-line dress is lovely on a petite frame, as the clean lines can create the illusion that a petite frame is longer. Alternatively, you may choose to wear a fit and flare. Without highlighting the waist with lines, having a clean or vertically lined bodice is especially flattering.

Trumpet style dresses are a great option, or anything with an empire waist can create the illusion that you are taller than you are.

With any dress you may choose to fit your frame, the best bridal shops will be able to suggest dresses that may be perfect for you. If during your appointment, you find a dress that fits, but you do not like the detailing, you may choose to design a dress of your own.

Plus-Sized

If you are plus-sized, an A-line wedding dress with an empire waist is extremely flattering. A corset-style bodice can allow you to flaunt your curves, and you can choose how much of your decolletage that you want to show.

A corseted dress can also provide support for a larger bust, as the lines of the dress will emphasize the waist.

You may also choose a trumpet, or mermaid style wedding dress. These styles are similar, as they are fitted through the bodice and flare out at the bottom or close to the bottom. This style of dress looks great for any type of wedding but it is especially fitting for a formal wedding.

Another option for a curvy bride is a high-low hem. This style is great for a bride that wants to show off her gams. This style of dress works all year long but is great for a warm climate or summer wedding. High-Low hem style of a wedding gown is also great for dancing the night away!

One-shoulder or off the shoulder wedding gowns are also a great option for a curvy or plus-sized bride. With an off the shoulder dress, you can choose to have a more modest neckline, or you can go completely in the other direction and have a deeper, plunging, neckline.

A one-shoulder dress is very on-trend, or if you prefer, a drop sleeve can provide a bit of coverage for your arms, without having to wear a full sleeve.

With any of these styles, you can choose virtually any material for your wedding gown, which means you can wear any of the dress trends from this year. You can opt for color, lace, boho, ultra-feminine, or somewhere in between.

Speak to your bridal consultant at the bridal boutique about finding a dress that you makes you feel you are at most beautiful.

Athletic

If you have an athletic body type, you may want to wear a dress that shows off a certain part of your body.

This may mean you want to wear a short or tea-length dress to show off your legs, a sweetheart neckline dress to show off your chest, shoulders or arms, or a backless dress.

You may want to choose a more sexy silhouette, like a pretty sheath dress or figure-hugging mermaid style dress.

A fit and flare dress is a lovely silhouette for an athletic body type. Additionally, embroidery or beading work on your dress will look beautiful.

A boat neckline, a halter top, or strapless wedding gown will take you from walking down the aisle to celebrating with friends and family in style.

Sometimes it is hard to choose the right dress for your body, and even the bridal gowns you may see on the rack are not hitting the way you had hoped, or you are not seeing what you think is most flattering.

The best bridal shops will have trained consultants that work with you, your dreams and your style expectations to make your experience a good one. Don’t limit yourself to what you are choosing for your body- trust the consultant, and try one of the picks from the bridal boutique, you never know what you might love!

Busty

A bride with an ample amount of cleavage may choose to show it off, or choose to keep it a bit more modest.

Whatever your level of comfort with your bust, you may need to specially design or order a wedding gown for it to fit you properly.

Something to consider when trying various wedding dress styles is whether or not you would like to wear a bra with straps. This translates to wearing a dress with straps. You will also decide if you want thick straps or if you are able to wear thinner straps.

Many styles will flatter your body and provide the silhouette you are looking for on your big day. Your decision here will mostly depend on your comfort level.

If you are self-conscious about the size of your bust, you may want to avoid a lot of extra fabric in the chest area. You can choose a dress with a lot of extra detailing like beading, pearls, or crystals, in order to draw eyes away from your chest area.

You may want to cover your chest completely and have a backless dress. There are great options with internal boning and support that allow even the bustiest of brides the freedom of going braless on their wedding day.

Apple or Pear Shaped

Apple

An ‘apple-shaped’ body generally refers to someone that has broader shoulders, sometimes a larger bust, and bigger midsection with little to no waist, lean thighs and legs.

If you have an apple-shaped body, you may want to wear a tea-length or short wedding dress in order to show some leg.

Another great option for an apple-shaped bride is choosing a dress that has detailing around the waist, like a cinched-in waist, or a belted waistline, or even a flower or beaded detail on the waist of your wedding dress, that will provide definition.

You may choose to wear a wedding gown that shows off a bit of your upper body- like your decolletage, and minimizes your chest if that is something that makes you feel self-conscious.

Pear

A ‘pear-shaped’ body usually means that the top of the body is smaller than the lower portion.
One flattering option for a pear-shaped body is to choose separates. If your top is a smaller size than your bottom half, you may benefit from choosing a dress and skirt, or even the trendy pantsuit or jumpsuit option.

If you are looking for a more traditional take and would like to wear a wedding gown, you may opt for something that draws attention upward, like a halter dress, a one-shoulder dress, or a strapless gown.

You may also want to wear an A-line wedding dress that just skims your hips and legs.

Dress for yourself

Of course, if you are getting married, you are probably wanting to simply show your best self. You are probably also considering your audience — guests, family, and of course, your future spouse!

While these people may factor into your decision, your comfort, personality, and style should be what leads you to your final decision when choosing a wedding gown.

Wedding dress style options are virtually endless and can leave you feeling overwhelmed. But our bridal experts at Viero Bridal boutiques can help you wade through the styles and materials to find something that will work best for you.

You should buy what fits you, what allows you to move, and what makes you great.

Our bodies are all unique, and your wedding dress choice should be just as unique.

Contact us today or stop into one of our locations. We have some of the best bridal shops in New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Chicago. We’ll help you find the wedding gown of your dreams.

Elegant Wedding Dress Styles for Getting Married in Las Vegas

Elegant Wedding Dress Styles for Getting Married in Las Vegas

If you are lucky enough to be getting married in Vegas, read on to see our choices for elegant dress styles for your big day

When you think of Las Vegas, two things probably come to mind: casinos and weddings. If you are visiting Las Vegas for a gambling trip, all we can do is say good luck. But, if you are planning a Vegas wedding and looking for an elegant style, you’ve come to the right place.

Las Vegas was once known for quickie weddings officiated by ‘Elvis’, and while you can still be married in a fun ceremony by the King of Rock and Roll, there are now endless options for weddings in Las Vegas.

Perhaps wedding dress shopping has got you confused already or you want some extra guidance before hitting a bridal boutique in Las Vegas

Fear not, we are here to guide you!

Whether your idea of elegance is couture and sleek, long and traditional, or short and sexy, Las Vegas is the perfect place to be married where you can express your own style in your choice of wedding gown.

What to consider when choosing a Vegas wedding dress

There are many factors to consider when selecting the best bridal gown for your Las Vegas wedding.

The Environment

While this isn’t likely to come as a big shock to most but it is worth mentioning all the same: Las Vegas is a desert.

This means that depending on the season, the temperature can reach over 90 degrees. So, those couture wedding gowns in New York that you tried on and fell in love with, may not translate. Before you decide that a dress is perfect, think about your own comfort on your big day!

The Venue

As with any wedding, you’ll want to think about the venue. This is particularly true for destination weddings.

Are you getting married at a ritzy hotel on the strip? Or you going really Vegas and getting married in a kitschy chapel?

While you can work any style into one of these spaces, you’ll want to think about what will be most appropriate.

Elegant Wedding Dress Styles for Getting Married in Las Vegas

The following wedding dress styles will provide the direction you need to nail that elegant look. Once you pinpoint the style that speaks to you, you can visit any shop, from the best bridal shops in New York to the best bridal shops in Los Angeles and find exactly what you are looking for.

Boho

The bohemian look may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about elegance, but when done right, boho is a stunner!

Comfortable, effortless, and pretty, boho dresses symbolize simple elegance.

Modern-day boho dresses are not your mother’s hippie dress from the sixties and seventies. Brides are turning to the style to match their understated wedding theme. Think of earthy colors and lots of flowers and natural surroundings.

With a boho style dress, your true silhouette is highlighted. You won’t have to worry about doing up corsets or tucking away crinolines (but they are also lovely!)

Look for fabrics that flow with your movement: embroidered cotton, crepe, silk crepe, crocheted lace, or voile.

Especially trendy, and extremely elegant are dresses that feature nude netting with a lace or crochet-look overlay.

If you choose an elegant boho-inspired gown, your color options will be in the white to ivory range. It is unlikely that you will find a boho dress with bright colors. But, odds are, if you want a boho dress, you aren’t looking for bold color anyway!

With a boho style wedding gown, the styles range from modest to extremely sexy. Long sleeves, ¾ length sleeves, and sleeveless are all commonly found with boho style dresses, so you have a variety of options for the weather (and your preference).
You may choose an open back, totally exposed, or covered with a bit of lacy detail, or choose something completely covered, leaving all the details to the front of the dress.

Understated and decidedly elegant, the boho-style dress pairs well with minimalistic makeup, and basic hairstyles such as braids or wispy, flowery ‘dos.

A boho dress for your Las Vegas wedding will complete your free-spirited theme and play perfectly with the desert climate of Nevada.

You can visit our Viero Bridal boutique in Las Vegas to see a range of options, or allow us to custom design the dress of your dreams.

Short

With the sizzling heat of Vegas, you may find yourself thinking about a short bridal gown.

Short dress styles allow you to be both cool AND elegant!

One of the biggest benefits of a short wedding dress is the ability to move uninhibited. While you may not think about it in advance, you’ll be moving a lot on your wedding day. From walking down the aisle to posing for pictures and dancing the night away, you’ll be on the move.

Another benefit of wearing a short wedding gown is the opportunity to show off a great pair of shoes. You can also play up your hair, makeup, and jewelry while wearing a short dress.

If a short dress piques your fancy, you have plenty of options to choose from. You might want a body-hugging mini dress or a flouncy tea-length gown. Choose a white dress or something more colorful that you can wear again.

Short dresses are often seen as being less formal than long dresses but that is not necessarily the case. Depending on the cut and the accessories you choose, a short dress can be every bit as elegant as a floor-length gown.

Typically, a short dress means a more affordable dress.

Las Vegas has cooler nights, so you can always pair your dress with a stole, or even wear a tiered dress to bring your look from day to night.

Color

If you are getting married in an unconventional venue, or, you just simply love being a little bold, choose a colored wedding gown.

Where better to buck the traditional and be playful with your wedding gown than Vegas?

The traditional white will always reign supreme, but brides everywhere are choosing colored wedding gowns more frequently than ever.

You may prefer muted colors like blush, or be ready to take the plunge in jewel-colored tones, you may even prefer to wear an ombre or black-hued gown; any color you choose, you will channel modern elegance.

A wedding dress in a bright hue has usually been reserved for edgier brides, so if you are wanting to wear a colored dress but fear being seen as over the top, you can choose from an array of soft pastel colors to fulfill your wedding dress dreams.

Choose from beautiful champagne or nude tones, ballet pink or blush, consider one of the year’s biggest trends and wear green in a muted mint.

Many of the dresses we are seeing in the muted tones are lavish and elegantly adorned with lace, tulle, layers, and jewels.

One of the biggest benefits of having a colored wedding dress is that it can be cheaper. You will still be a dazzling Vegas bride, at a fraction of the cost.

Your colorful gown will photograph beautifully, which is just one great reason to think outside the traditional box.

Don’t be afraid of looking too casual, you can find an elegant and beautiful couture gown or design one that suits your personality and style perfectly.

Off the Shoulder

Off the shoulder wedding gowns are very on trend at the moment, and for great reason. They fit any style of wedding, and suit any venue.

Off the shoulder looks can be sophisticated and pretty or elegant and modern. With this season’s trendy sleeved dress bordering on too hot for Las Vegas, you can wear a version of this look, while staying comfortably and stylishly cool.

The off the shoulder gown draws attention to the neck and shoulders, and depending on the level of modesty that you are comfortable with, your decolletage.

With an off the shoulder wedding gown, your options are endless. You can choose the length of sleeve, the style, and the embellishment (or lack thereof). You can choose to expose as much or as little that you would like, and choose a material that suits the style you are looking for.

Off the shoulder dresses range from modern elegance to traditionally feminine. No matter the venue for your wedding, or the style of wedding you are having, there is an off the shoulder dress that will suit.

Off the shoulder wedding gowns work with any silhouette and are ultra-flattering, making this style of dress perfect for any Las Vegas bride.

Sparkle

Las Vegas is known for its lights. You, too, can sparkle and shine in a gorgeous wedding gown. Dresses adorned with sequins, beads, and pearls have transformed dresses from simple silhouettes or elaborate ball gowns into shiny masterpieces.

You are not going to want to wear this style to a rustic wedding, sparkling dresses are perfect for chic and modern weddings and there is no shortage of opportunities to let your glam side loose in Las Vegas.

Sparkling dresses filled the runways at Bridal Fashion Week, with an ode to vintage elegance and bold glamor.

If you choose to be married in a sparkler, let your gown do the talking. Choose a simple bouquet, minimal jewelry, and clean makeup. Your photos will shine, and you will turn heads on your big day.

Let our experts help

At Viero Bridal, you can browse through our assortment of affordable and elegant bridal gowns at any one of our flagship bridal boutiques in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago. We also offer handcrafted couture wedding gowns that will be designed by you with one of our experts.

Getting married in Las Vegas is a dream for many, and really, you should wear a wedding gown that makes you feel as fabulous and elegant as possible! It is your day, after all!

We want to help you create your fantasy. You have enough to plan with your venue, menu, flowers and creating a guest list — leave your perfect elegant dress to us.

Wedding Dress Trends 2020

Wedding Dress Trends 2020

We have the list of what you will want to wear on your big day!

You have your venue booked. You have an idea of the flowers you want. The next step, and the most exciting, is to buy your wedding dress.

We have scoped the latest wedding dress trends covering all tastes from couture to casual. We have seen the trends that emerged from Bridal Fashion Week and taken cues from our brides and experts in our best bridal shops from Chicago, New York, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles to bring you only the best wedding dress trends for 2020!

If you are a bride planning a wedding in 2020, we have you covered.

Romance, fun, and whimsy seem to be the inspiration behind many of the dresses for this year, with some botanical prints and colorful gowns mixed in for good measure.

We are loving the fun bows, bare backs, and feathers. We have compiled a list of our favorite bridal dress trends for 2020, so read on to see what is hot and how you can wear it.

Ball Gowns

If you are looking for a little bit of drama, but a whole lot of romance, look no further than the ball gown style of wedding dress. Royal wedding fans will be happy to see this style remain strong in bridal trends.
Ball GownsThis silhouette works on most body types, so you can be sure to find a dress that fits your aesthetic. Try it in drapey silk for a dress that is reminiscent of Princess Diana, or choose satin and lace to be reminded of late 1940s glamor, like a young Queen Elizabeth.

You can find ball gowns in our Viero collection available at our bridal boutique in New York as well as those in Chicago, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles!

Open Back

From drapey cowl-back to plunging, barebacks are all the rage for 2020 brides.

Though the open back dress can seem risque, you can choose a dress to suit your own modesty level. Backless dresses can be elegant, with intricate and surprising details.
Open Back
The front is usually understated, but only because the back is the focal point. A bride will be making two entrances, one from the front, and another from the back.

A backless dress will be a great bit of interest to your guests who will be spending most of the ceremony staring at your back.

You can find many different styles to choose from: the lace-back option will cover almost all of your back, or a strappy version will add detail to the back of your gown. The open back style of gown works best with an updo and simple jewelry.

Flora and Fauna

Ultra-romantic and fanciful, we found florals and butterflies on every runway during bridal fashion week.

Bold florals and whimsical butterflies on bridal gowns offset the classic white and cream dresses. This welcome burst of color is suited to any bride looking to make a bold statement.
Flora and FaunaThe dresses are ethereal and romantic and fit in well for a spring or summer wedding. Floral and butterfly motif dresses are perfect for any venue or style of wedding, but really stand out at an outdoor wedding.

While some designers are covering the entire wedding gown in flowers or butterflies, some are choosing to simply line the neckline or bottom of dresses. The best part about floral wedding gowns is that they can work on any body type, and be adapted for any style of wedding.

From embroidered flowers to 3D butterflies, subtle to exuberant, these floral and butterfly wedding dresses are sure to stun your wedding guests.

Floral gowns can be found all over the country from the best bridal shops in Los Angeles to the best bridal shops in Chicago and New York.

Pockets!

It seems like 2020 is the year that designers have started to keep practicality in mind when creating wedding dresses.

Imagine finding your dream wedding dress, and then finding it has pockets, too? Pockets are being designed in wedding gowns to fit seamlessly, and they are not bulky or visible to anyone else but the bride. It even gives you a place to put your hands during photos.

They hold your lipstick and cellphone or a special keepsake you want to keep close on your special day. With pockets, you can leave the clutch at home — why worry about extra accessories if you don’t need to?

We saw pockets in almost every silhouette of gown, which means no matter the style of your wedding, you can wear pockets with your dress! Finally!

Corsets

Corseted dresses have never really gone out of style.

The type of corsets may change, but bridal dresses with corsets are classic and timeless. This season, we are seeing exposed boning, but these aren’t your average corsets.

The corseted dresses of 2020 are sleek, and body-hugging, making for an elegant silhouette. We are seeing every type of dress style with a corset top, including corset tops with loose skirts and all over slim-fit dresses.

Corseted dresses are flattering on any body type, and fit any style of wedding. If you are looking for edgy glamor, a corseted dress is for you.

Feathers

Feathers are everywhere in 2020, but we saw many of them on the skirts of wedding gowns.

We have seen everything from short, completely feathered skirts to long skirts with feathers adorning just slit of the skirt.
FeathersAny way feathers are applied, the dresses look hip, soft, and ethereal. We have seen mostly ostrich feathers, which provide the light, flowy feel you may want to achieve.

A feathered gown can be dressed up or down, from elegant to casual, luxe to rustic. Feathers can add dimension to sleek silhouettes, and feathers add whimsy and playfulness to any type of wedding dress.

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the feather trend, but want to add some fun to your dress, there are feather accessories that can be added to any bridal outfit, like a feather cape, boa, or jewelry.

Blush and buff

When you are really looking for romance, turn to a blush pink or buff-colored wedding gown. You may be looking to wow your guests with a head-turner, or you may want to up your romance quotient, either way, blush or buff are the way to go.

The blush color varies from barely-there pink to bordering on bright pink. Choosing buff is a great way to change the color dynamic of your wedding as it is extremely versatile. Buff colored dresses can be rustic, suited perfectly for outdoor weddings, or weddings in a barn.

Alternatively, you may be looking to add some luxury to your wedding. Afterall, buff matches champagne, doesn’t it? Either color you choose, you are sure to turn heads in your colored dress.

Check out the blush and buff dresses available from Viero at our wedding dress boutiques in Chicago, New York, Los Angels, and Las Vegas.

Honorable mentions

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention a few other trends taking shape for 2020.

Wedding suits were seen on the runways during Bridal Fashion Week, and we loved the versatility and practicality of them. We have seen suits in colorful tones, suits worn with veils, and jackets that turn into mini dresses. From skirted suits to pants, wedding suits are an elegant alternative to the traditional gown.

Puffed sleeves are back! A nod to the 80s, puffed sleeves are making a comeback, and we are loving them. We are seeing off-the-shoulder, as well as sleeker versions of the puffed sleeves of yesteryear. These gowns are romantic and fashion-forward. Look for removable sleeves, if you aren’t ready to fully commit.

Sparkles have never really left the bridal gown world, but 2020 is the year of bling. This year, we are seeing beading, metallics, and sequins all over bridal gowns. The dresses are of any style, but the shine is on, flattering brides by adding a sparkly punch to their gown.

Whether you have an idea of what you are wanting for your wedding dress, or you need help deciding what style is best for you, we are here to help.

At Viero Bridal, we can help you choose a dress from one of our in-house lines at our flagship boutiques located in Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and New York City, or we can create a couture dream gown just for you.