Trunk Show Featuring Bridal Designs by Alyne

Nitsa’s will hold a trunk show featuring spring bridal designs by Alyne on Jan. 23-24 in their Winston-Salem location and on Jan. 30-31 at their Charlotte store.

Alyne bridal is a line that focuses on the less-is-more aesthetic.  A relatively new designer to the world of bridal gowns, Alyne’s wedding dresses have already left a mark on many brides’ wedding days with their clean, classic, and effortless lines. Alyne offers simple, sophisticated, wedding dresses for brides who prefer something timeless and classic.

Rita Vinieris, the Creative Director of the established and sought after Rivini, created the Alyne bridal collection that celebrates simple luxury and pure design while making gorgeous gowns more accessible. Sophisticated ease, effortless glamour, and simple silhouettes in rich fabrics are energized by refreshing design details for a strong fashion statement.

Alyne’s latest collection continues this tradition, and lets their luxurious fabrics speak for themselves with gorgeous texture and dainty details. Throwing a few tea length silhouettes into the mix, Alyne bridal stays on the cutting edge of fashion while blending beautifully with tradition.

Are you an Alyne bride? An Alyne bride favors classic styles, chic silhouettes, and feminine details—think of the timeless style of Audrey Hepburn. Alyne bridal gowns are classic but never boring.  If you choose an Alyne gown, you’ll still love your dress 10, 20, or even 30 years from now.

Visit our Winston-Salem or Charlotte location to view Alyne’s spring 2015 line!

 

Tips for Planning a Winter Wedding

For some brides, winter can be the perfect season to hold a wedding. Especially atplanning a winter weddinglocations where there’s a chance of a snowy white background, winter weddings can be quite magical.

One big benefit to holding a winter wedding is more availability at the location of your choice, and venues, caterers, florists, etc., are often less expensive for wintertime weddings. So winter weddings can not only be romantic and magical, but also budget-friendly!

Here are some tips to consider when planning a winter wedding:

The dress

Sleeves on wedding dresses are a big trend, thanks to Princess Kate, and perfectly suited to a winter wedding. Fabrics that are thicker such as satin are great this time of year—or a sheer, flowy dress can also work well, adding an ethereal feel. One key accessory to add to your winter bridal look is some sort of top layer, such as a chic white faux-fur stole or a velvet cape to keep warm when outdoors. You may also want to consider winter shawls or wraps for your bridesmaids.

The location

For a smaller wedding, an inn with a large fireplace can be a perfect spot for a winter wedding. For larger affairs, consider a historic mansion or private club that will still have intimate warmth.  Be sure to ask what seasonal decorations the site will already have – you may be able to save money as many sites are already heavily decorated. One tip to keep in mind: offer a coat check so guests don’t have to worry about their bulky or even wet coats during the reception—in addition, this will keep coats draped over chairs out of your wedding photos!

The décor                                                                             

Candlelight is a must for a winter wedding. Add warmth and light with different lanterns, votives, and candles in different shapes and sizes. Popular winter colors to incorporate include frosted—light blue hues and whites, metallics such as antique gold, pewter, silver, or copper, or deep jewel tunes such as burgundy or plum. White linens with all-white floral arrangements add to a snowy winter theme, or chose a velvet runner in one of the colors mentioned above. White string lights hung from the ceiling and ice sculptures can also create a winter feel.

The menu

You can still offer your favorite foods, but consider adding some winter touches like a squash dish or a warm pumpkin soup. Eggnog, spiced wine, cider, or hot chocolate are other special touches you can offer your guests that add to the warmth of the event. For your wedding cake, opt for an all-white cake decorated with snowflakes, silver embellishments, or other white sugar touches. A small snow globe can make a lovely cake topper.

Summer weddings may get all the attention, but winter weddings can offer a unique and romantic way to celebrate the joining of two people in matrimony.

 

Congratulations, You’re Engaged! Now What?

He popped the big question; you said yes. Now what?

A new engagement is a special time in a couple’s life, and it also marks the beginning ofwhat to do now that you're engaged what can be a whirlwind of wedding planning.

Even though most brides are eager to jump right in and start shopping for a dress, a venue, and calling the florist, there are a few other practical things for you to do after you become engaged and before getting into the throes of wedding planning.

  • Share your news. Now with social media, it’s so easy to type a quick message and announce to everyone at once that you are engaged. But before hitting that send button, be sure to call your parents and other close relatives and friends before announcing it via email, Twitter, and/or Facebook. No one wants to be the last to know your big news, so personally call the special people in your life to share your news.
  • Get your ring sized. Even if your fiancé picked out the perfect ring, chances are it doesn’t fit perfectly. Take it to a jeweler ASAP to have it properly sized for your finger. The process may take just a few hours or a few days.
  • Get your ring insured. If the worst happens and your ring gets lost or damaged, you can at least get your money back to purchase a new one with insurance. If you already have home owner’s or renter’s insurance, call your agent to add the ring to your policy. You will probably need an appraisal before you can add the ring to an existing policy, so make sure you know what paperwork is required, and get this from the jeweler that sold your fiancé the ring.
  • Set a date. Even if it’s not the exact date you want to hold your wedding, at least sit down together and look at your calendars to determine a time frame of when you’d like to have your wedding. For example, you might prefer a summer wedding but got engaged in May, so you could target the following summer—or if you got engaged over the holidays, you might decide to have a fall wedding. This way, when people ask, “When is the wedding?” you can at least give them a time frame if not a definite date yet.
  • Get a wedding planner. No, it’s not time to hire an actual wedding coordinator just yet (if that is what you choose), but at least get a Smartphone app, a datebook, or calendar to help you keep a timeline of major wedding-related tasks.
  • Ask your parents for their guest lists. The number of guests will determine what kind of wedding you have and where, so go ahead and ask your parents and your fiancé’s parents to give you their guest lists. At this point, it can just be names of the “must invite” people, then add your own friends and co-workers so you can get a ballpark figure of the number of guests.
  • Enjoy the moment. Getting engaged is a huge milestone in your relationship, so be sure that you and your fiancé spend some quality time together just enjoying the moment before you delve into the craziness of wedding planning. Once wedding planning and parties get underway, there won’t be as many opportunities for time just for the two of you, so spend some special time together now.

Congratulations!

Amsale Bridal Trunk Show at Nitsa’s

Join Nitsa’s for a bridal trunk show featuring Amsale’s spring 2015 collection in our Winston-Salem location on December 19-29 or our Charlotte location on December 31-January 3, 2015.

Photo courtesy of Southern Bride and Groom

Ethiopian-born American bridal designer Amsale Aberra’s career as a couture bridal gown designer began in a very personal way. In 1985, while planning her wedding, Aberra scoured the stores to find a simple, refined wedding dress. She found little in the way of clean, sophisticated gowns and discovered an untapped niche in the bridal market. Aberra placed an advertisement for custom-made gowns and started her business out of her New York City loft apartment.

Today, Aberra is a leading designer in the world of luxury bridal gowns, and her design signatures are instantly recognizable. Her approach is to create stunning, simple gowns that fit the modern woman. Her design philosophy is to take a “forever” modern approach to sophisticated design. Her designs are seen as modern while still keeping in mind traditional designs, such as her use of “illusion” necklines.

Amsale wedding gowns have been featured in several television shows and movies including Grey’s Anatomy, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, 27 Dresses, American Wedding, When in Rome, and The Hangover.  In June 2011, WE television aired Amsale Girls, a reality show taking viewers behind the scenes of Amsale’s Madison Avenue flagship salon—featuring the highly skilled bridal consultants who work to help each unique bride find her perfect dress. Celebrity clients include Halle Berry, Julia Roberts, Salma Hayek, Heather Graham, Lisa Kudrow, Katherine Heigl, and Heidi Klum.

Aberra also has a regular column, “Ask Amsale,” on The Huffington Post website where brides and brides-to-be can post questions for her or express their love of her gowns. Aberra expresses her love of finding the perfect gown for any bride and asks real brides to submit photos of themselves wearing her creations on their wedding days to her website.

Call 336-725-1999 in Winston-Salem or 704-940-1999 in Charlotte for an appointment to see Amsale’s spring 2015 collection.

Monique Lhuillier Bridal Trunk Show at Nitsa’s

Join Nitsa’s on December 19-20 at our Charlotte location or on Saturday, December 27 at our Winston-Salem location for a bridal trunk show featuring designer Monique Lhuillier.

Monique Lhuillier designs capture the essence of sophisticated luxury by provoking the femininity, allure, and glamour that have made her renowned in the world of design.

Monique Lhuillier’s love for fashion has been a lifelong passion. Growing up in the Philippines, Monique’s early experiences with fashion took place alongside her mother whose own sense of personal style and elegance were major influences on the designer. At a young age, she moved to L.A. to attend the Fashion Institute for Design and Merchandising (FIDM) and to foster her craft.

The delightful fantasy of special occasions, especially weddings, has always inspired Monique. While studying at the FIDM, her natural inclination towards bridal and evening gowns led her to her niche. It was also during this time that she met her husband, Tom Bugbee. In 1995, while searching for her own bridal gown, Monique was surprised by the lack of fashionable bridal options. This void in the market reignited her passion to create couture bridal gowns that transcended styles available to women in search of the perfect wedding dress.

In 1996, Monique debuted her first bridal collection to acclaim from retailers and magazine editors. The following year, Tom joined the company as CEO and turned Monique’s vision of a couture design house into a reality. Their partnership has grown the business into one of the most successful brands internationally—a brand which now includes a ready-to-wear collection and an array of licensed categories.

Monique has dressed celebrities and notable political figures including First Lady Michelle Obama, Kristen Steward, Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon, and Drew Barrymore.

Call 336-725-1999 in Winston-Salem or 704-940-1999 in Charlotte for an appointment to see Monique Lhuillier’s spring 2015 collection.

 

 

Guidelines for the Pregnant or Post-Pregnant Bridesmaid

You’ve just announced your engagement and chosen your bridesmaids, when one of your bridesmaids says she has news of her own to share—she’s expecting!

While fitting a pregnant or post-pregnant bridesmaid can be tricky, it’s not impossible. You can still make sure her dress is in line with what the rest of the bridal party will be wearing while ensuring that she will feel comfortable and pretty.

Tips For the Pregnant Bridesmaid

Depending on how far into her pregnancy a bridesmaid is, there are many dress options. Typically, the bride makes the decision when it comes to bridesmaid dresses, but a pregnant bridesmaid should discuss her needs and wishes with the bride, so she can be both comfortable and stylish for the wedding.

Pregnant Bridesmaid

A woman’s body goes through many changes when she is expecting a baby, and these new body measurements should be considered when selecting a dress, as well as how they will change leading up to the wedding. Generally, bridesmaid dresses are ordered five to six months prior to the wedding. Because a pregnant woman’s body can change rather drastically during this time frame, it’s a good idea to wait until as close to the wedding date as possible for your final dress alterations.

Usually, if a bridesmaid is up to four months pregnant, a standard dress can be ordered in a larger size to match the rest of the bridal party. If a bridesmaid is further along in her pregnancy, the best alternative and most flattering style is a dress with an empire waist. If your bridesmaid will be more than six months pregnant, there are many maternity styles available to choose from that allow for more room in the belly.

For the Post-Pregnant Bridesmaid

Post-pregnancy offers similar challenges in that a woman’s body is going through many changes including weight loss and an increase in bust size if she is breastfeeding. The rate at which a woman loses her pregnancy weight varies greatly for each woman. If your bridesmaid will have just delivered at the time of your wedding, she can expect to be the same size that she was at five months pregnant, so the tips recommended for this stage for pregnant bridesmaids can apply.

There are two options that are recommended: (1) estimate and order the dress a couple of sizes larger than what your bridesmaid is wearing and have it altered if closer to the date it is needed, or (2) wait and order the dress as a single order at a later date than the rest of the bridal party. With the second option, however, it is important to keep in mind that many bridal stores may not offer the group discount since it’s a separate, single order, and there may be additional rush fees depending on the time of order. You should ask what the latest date is that you can do a separate order if you chose to go this route and what any additional costs may be before making a decision.

If the wedding will be a few months after your bridesmaid’s due date, she may be tempted to order in her pre-pregnancy size, but it’s better for her to order a size or two above to be safe.

It’s much easier to take dresses in than to let them out.

Something Borrowed

The wedding tradition, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,” represents four items that are tokens of good luck and carry special significance for the bride and her new journey. Originating from a charming Victorian rhyme, these small personal treasures are typically unique to each bride.

The “something borrowed” part of the saying symbolizes borrowed happiness. It relates to a happily married friend or relative, in the hope that her good fortune will be passed on to you. It’s also been suggested that borrowing something means you can rely on your loved ones for support in your new life.

There are so many different things you can incorporate as your “something borrowed” on your wedding day, but often, this is the one that stumps a lot of brides. So get started by first looking to your mother, grandmother, or other female relatives.

The most popular way to incorporate something borrowed is with the bride’s wedding attire. It may be wearing the wedding gown, garter, or veil that your mother or grandmother wore, or a borrowed veil that you use to create something fresh and modern. Another idea is borrowing a piece of jewelry from your mom or grandmother that holds a special significance. For example, maybe she has the earrings or necklace that she wore at her wedding.

Something Borrowed- earrings

Borrowing something from your matron of honor is also a wonderful way to acknowledge your love and friendship for her. Nothing is more touching to a beloved friend than reusing a part of her special day in your very own wedding.

Don’t forget about your dad either. You could borrow one of his handkerchiefs or even one of his ties to wrap around your bouquet.

Get creative! “Something borrowed” doesn’t always have to be something the bride wears or even a tangible object. Using your grandmother’s china at the wedding reception or as wedding decor is another way to incorporate special family memories into your wedding. Or how about dancing to the same song for your first dance that your parents or another couple you admire did?

Whatever you chose for your “something borrowed,” make the most of the tradition by choosing something meaningful to you and your new journey.

Have a Spooktacular Halloween Wedding!

Would you dare get married on the scariest day of the year? October is a popular month for weddings, and many brides choose to have a Halloween wedding date. You can incorporate a Halloween theme without sacrificing elegance. Skip the costumes and go for elegant accents, fall-themed dishes, and scary cocktails.

Here are some ideas to incorporate just a little spooky into your wedding day:

  • Create invitations that convey the theme of your wedding using elegant or gothic script on black or orange and black backgrounds.
  • If you want guests to come in costume, formal attire with masquerade-style masks will keep it elegant and less kitschy. Halloween Wedding
  • Opt for a beautiful black wedding gown or if you still want to wear classic white, add a few touches of black, such as a sash or black veil.
  • Decorate with fresh pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns and lots and lots of candles in all sizes.
  • White gauzy fabric over tables and stair railings adds a spooky touch.
  • Choose fall-colored flowers for bouquets and floral arrangements or select black-dyed flowers for a more gothic look.
  • Dress up tables with black candles and china over black and white tablecloths.
  • Serve your guests dark, stormy cocktails, such as blood red sangria with a black licorice straw.
  • Give guests Halloween-themed treat bags with favorite candy treats.
  • Serve a few selections of pumpkin-flavored foods.
  • Have a trick-or-treat candy buffet with candy jars decorated in a spooky motif.
  • Have fun with a Halloween-themed cake topper, such as a bride and groom skeleton, vampires, or ghosts.
  • Many bakeries can also make a Halloween-themed cake. Red velvet cake is a popular choice for a Halloween wedding or traditional cake with dark chocolate accents.

The possibilities for a Halloween-themed wedding are endless; just be sure to decide how much of the theme you want incorporated into your big day—just a few touches or an all-out Halloween extravaganza!

Hot Trends in Bridesmaid Dresses

What’s Hot in Bridesmaid Dresses?

Forget taffeta, bubblegum pink, and poufy sleeves – those styles of bridesmaid dresses are a thing of the past. Current trends in bridesmaid dresses are chic and flattering for all body types.

You’ve selected special women to be your attendants so you should choose dresses that make them feel special. Here are a few of the latest bridesmaid dress trends that are hot right now:

  • Bold and vibrant colors – No more “blush and bashful” pinks or pea greens – when it comes to selecting a color for your bridesmaid’s gowns, think bold and vivid hues like plum, fuchsia, coral, or even bright yellow.
  • Short and Sassy — Rethink tea-length and longer dresses and go for shorter styles, in above-the-knee flattering lengths.
  • One-shoulder dresses – The latest trend is asymmetrical details like one-shoulder long or short dresses.
  • Mismatched gowns– Who says all your bridesmaids have to look exactly the same? Your bridesmaids will appreciate picking out dresses that flatter their body types. You can choose one color in different styles or chose varying shades of one color.

    Hot Trends for Bridesmaids Dresses

    Bride Kayla Olsen looks stunning in her wedding gown from Nitsa’s and her mismatched bridesmaids dresses really complete the look!
    Photo by: Audrey Snow of Audrey Snow Photography

  • Lace – Lace dresses or details add a touch of romance and interest to a monochromatic gown.
  • Pretty backs – Just like trends in wedding gowns, designers are focusing more on the back view in bridesmaid dresses. Details like keyhole, illusion, and gorgeous ruffled backs are all hitting the bridesmaid dress scene.
  • Two-tone – Black and white two-toned looks are modern and an interesting twist on monochromatic styles. And a classic look that your girls might actually wear again!

Choosing your bridesmaids’ dresses is a notoriously hard task but by incorporating some of these ideas, you can select a dress that will make your attendants look fresh and modern. Your bridesmaids will thank you!

Austin Scarlett Bridal Trunk Show

Charlotte residents can see the newest bridal designs from renowned bridal designer Austin Scarlett at a trunk show at Nitsa’s Charlotte location on Sept. 26-27.

Austin Scarlett is a New York designer whose work spans the realms of fashion, theatre, and pop culture. Recognized for his personally glamorous style almost as much as the breathtaking couture fashions he creates, the world of Austin Scarlett is an enchanted combination of grace and romance.

In the Fall of 2012, Austin launched his first complete gown collection under his own label, debuting his signature line at Neiman Marcus’ Flagship store in Dallas, Texas. His collection walked the runway that fall at his inaugural fashion show at New York’s historic Park Avenue Armory. Scarlett says, “A wedding dress is the expression of a woman’s unique beauty at her most treasured moment. I am overjoyed at last to be able to fulfill the dreams of all my beautiful brides!”

Austin Scarlett Bridal Gown

Image from AustinScarlett.com

Austin uses exquisite fabrics including supple satins, sculptural silk failles and mikados, crisp taffetas, flowing chiffons, floating organzas, and ethereal tulle illusions in his bridal designs. The sewing of Austin’s dresses begins only once every detail has been fine-tuned. Every gown is made to order, one by one. Strapless dresses each include a built in corset or bustier, where each and every curve of the wearer’s figure is molded to create a flattering, streamlined contour and feeling of embracing support that can only be achieved through a meticulously structured foundation.

Upon its foundation, the dress is arranged and stitched using a combination of techniques such as French seams, hand stitched drapings, applique, and steam molding.

Inside and out, Austin’s designs display the beauty and technical perfection that is the art of couture.