Nitsa’s to be Exclusive N.C. Vendor for Sareh Nouri Wedding Gowns

Nitsa’s is proud to announce that we will be the exclusive vendor in North Carolina for Sareh Nouri bridal gowns in both our Winston-Salem and Charlotte stores.

Sareh Nouri is a Persian-American fashion designer known for couture wedding gowns and bridal sashes.

Nouri’s search for her own wedding dress in 2009 is what set her down the path to create her own line. As her wedding day approached, Nouri grew more and more frustrated that she could not find “the one” (a wedding dress that was all at once sophisticated and traditional, ethereal and elegant). In desperation, she decided to design her own gown.

Fortunately Nouri, a native of Iran and a graduate of George Mason University with a degree in graphic design, had the background to support such a daring gamble. Nouri understood how to work with patterns and layouts based on her extremely successful work in utilizing traditional Persian art. Her work on numerous commercial and nonprofit advertising campaigns has been profiled in a number of magazines and books. With this accomplished background, Nouri was not only able to design a nice dress but also to create the dress of her dreams.

Shortly thereafter, the Sareh Nouri line began to take shape following her stints working with a high-end bridal salon, modeling bridal gowns, collaborating with couture dressmakers, and consulting one-on-one with brides-to-be. It is that experience that has laid the foundation for the Sareh Nouri couture line.

Nouri’s creations are not only romantic and feminine but timeless and sophisticated as well. Incorporating the finest in imported French lace and Italian silk, Nouri works closely with her team of highly trained dressmakers and patternmakers on these couture creations. Each design is a handmade production fusing the idea of traditional silhouettes with ethereal whimsical details so light and elegant that they are ideal for today’s modern bride.

Today, the Sareh Nouri collection of gowns and sashes can be found in bridal boutiques around the globe. Her gowns have been featured on top television shows, such as TLC’s Brides of Beverly Hills, the “Cake Smash” episode of Cake Boss, and have been seen on E! News with Giuliana Rancic.

Her creations have been worn by key influencers such as former “American Idol,” Diana DeGarmo, and Miss America, Caressa Cameron. Nouri’s designs have also been photographed for top bridal publications and have been featured in People Magazine, US Weekly MagazineGrace Ormonde Wedding StyleWashingtonian MagazineWeddings Unveiled, and Brides Magazine.

Visit Nitsa’s in Winston-Salem or Charlotte to see the Sareh Nouri 2016 collection.


A Very Merry Wedding!

The holiday season is a time to celebrate; why not make it extra-special and celebrate your wedding? If you’re planning a wedding for this December, here are some ways to How to host a winter or holiday weddingmake it shine.

Holiday Idea #1: Let There Be Light

For thousands of years, the short days and long, dark nights of December have prompted people to light candles to keep the dark at bay. Still today, we put lights on our Christmas trees, light candles for Chanukah and Kwanzaa, and light a Yule log in the fireplace. Why not honor this ancient solstice tradition and decorate with a candle motif for your holiday wedding? Candles create a soft, yet dramatic effect, and everyone looks lovely by candlelight. 

Holiday Idea #2: Jewel-toned Dresses and Accents

Nitsa’s loves jewel-toned dresses for winter weddings, and we’ve got you covered this season with beautiful looks from Monique Lhuillier, Marisa Baratelli, Badgley Mischka, and more. Choose from sapphire, emerald, amethyst, and ruby dresses; choose one color, or mix them for a jewelry-box full of beautiful gems. 

Holiday Idea #3: Sparkle and Shine

The holidays are everyone’s favorite time to glitz it up. Go for a Snow Queen theme, with all white and silver creating a winter wonderland. On-trend wedding dresses this season feature regal silver embroidery or delicate, starry spangles; with silver and white accents everywhere, you can transform your wedding into an ice palace banquet.

Holiday Idea #4: Naturally Green

It you’re looking for a more natural style, look no further than the nearest woods. The holidays’ natural greenery gives your wedding a rustic, old-fashioned feel. Choose different varieties of evergreens, like pine, fir, and spruce to give a sense of texture and slight variations in color. Add pine cones and acorns to complete the look, or consider some holly; its bright berries are a bright and unmistakable sign of winter.




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!


Five Ideas for the Modern Mother of the Bride

The mother of the bride no longer means frumpy dresses or modest suits. Today’s modern moms want to look up-to-date and elegant, and many retailers and high-fashion designers are now catering to the mother of the bride.

Here are five ideas for mothers of the bride to keep in mind when selecting their outfits for their daughter’s big day:

Consider the location and style of wedding

Is the bride getting married in a traditional church, a hotel, or outdoors? Will it be a formal or more casual affair? Also, think about the time of year—will it be hot or cold? A knee-length, sleeveless dress with a little jacket for a church wedding is appropriate, while it would be fine to wear sleeveless for an outdoor wedding in the spring or summer or a full-length gown for a more formal event.

Consider your color scheme

Avoid the obvious white or ivory, which is reserved for the bride. Choose a color that complements the wedding theme and wedding party attire but without matching the bridesmaids. You may also want to check to see what the mother of the groom will be wearing to avoid any clashes or worse, showing up in the same dress! Mother of the Bride Wedding Fashion

Focus on fit

Whatever style and color you choose, fit and comfort are the most important. You don’t want to feel uncomfortable in a shorter dress that rides up or in something that veers too far from your usual style. If you don’t normally wear sky-high heels, avoid them at all costs!

Look for length

Be sure to take the length of the dress into consideration.The style that flatters most figures sits mid-calf, unless you are petite, then a knee-length dress would be a good alternative.

Have fun with accessories

Think about jewelry, shoes, and handbags—all things that can help make your outfit unique. Use these as statement pieces. Add a pop of color with an accessory, especially if you choose a neutral or black dress.

Mark your calendars for two upcoming trunk shows in September at both Nitsa’s locations featuring Marisa Baratelli for mother of the bride and mother of the groom. Join us at our Charlotte location on Sept. 18-22 or at our Winston-Salem location on Sept. 24-27 to see the latest styles in Marisa Baratelli’s trademark luxurious Thai silk.

How To: Save on Your Wedding Day

How to save money on your wedding without sacrificing your day

With the cost of a non-destination wedding averaging around $25,000, brides are looking

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for ways to save on their wedding days more than ever. Don’t worry. We’re not going to ask you to haggle or hunt through bargain bins. No, these ways to save don’t require measures nearly that drastic. In fact: They’re nothing more than the cold, hard facts.

Go Off-Season

Fall is the new spring, spring is the new fall. Truth is, if you’re not stuck to a particular season, you can save 20 to 30 percent off wedding day costs: That’s venue and vendors. The month of November and the months of January-March are historically slower for the wedding industry, so you can get top-notch vendors at a top-notch (for you) price.

Any Day but Saturday

Saturday is THE day to get married, no matter the season. Ask vendors about special pricing for Fridays or Sundays. If you’re having a destination wedding, this only leaves more time for you to mix and mingle with your guests.


If you’re open to a non-traditional wedding day, consider an elopement to cut the budget. While it has its pluses (and minuses—see our previous blog: Eloping Pros and Cons), one of the biggest upsides to this ceremony style is how much cash it saves you, costing a fraction of the cost of a typical wedding day.

Use What You Have

Another great way to save on costs is to use what you have available to you: Keep decorations down by getting married at Christmas when many churches and venues are already decorated. Have your floral designer use seasonal flowers to keep costs down on your bouquet and arrangements. Let your über-organized Aunt Shannon coordinate the ceremony and reception. If you can’t afford a full-service planner, this option ensures everything will stay on track—even your budget.

Say Yes to The Dress

If you have Champagne taste but a beer budget, don’t despair: You can still find the dress of your dreams and keep your finances under control. Call your favorite bridal salons and ask when they’re having a sample sale, or if they have an ongoing sample rack. Often, boutiques need to move old inventory to make room for the new, leaving you with a steal- of-a-gown and a smile on your face.



Best Dressed: Elopements

What are the best wedding gowns for eloping?

The best thing about dressing for an elopement: The rules run away with the bride. While

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anything goes, some styles are better than others depending on your ceremony location and post-nuptial plans. A few of our favorites to get runaway brides-to-be started?

Short and Sweet

Short gowns are synonymous with elopements: They’re more casual than a long gown, yet with appropriated lace or beading, can still be special enough for your Big Day dress. When we picture an eloping bride, we see her hand in hand with her lover, navigating her day easily and confidently in a tea-length or knee-grazing gown. Whether you’re getting married at city hall or on a rooftop with a city skyline behind, or in a field of May flowers, a short and sweet dress is suitable for any sort of elopement.

Long and Flowing

Longer gowns can be trickier when it comes to a free and easy wedding day. If you go the longer route, you’ll likely want something that stays by your side, just like your man. A long dress that you pick up easily and take with you no matter the terrain makes for an easier getaway gown than something that doesn’t go with the flow: think fabrics like lighter silk or chiffon vs. bulkier tulle or organza, and A-line silhouettes vs. mermaid.

Day to Night

Even more than when you choose a gown for a traditional wedding day, an eloping bride should think about her ensemble and how it will fit in to her post-nuptial plans. Your dress should easily take you from ceremony to celebration. For example, if you’re eloping in a mountain field in early spring, a bohemian-style gown may be appropriate for the ceremony, but not for the evening’s dinner at a fine dining establishment. If purchasing two dresses is not an option, we would suggest brides look at the big picture—what is the overall tone of the day—and then to try to find a dress that looks fabulous throughout. It is your wedding day, after all, and who doesn’t want to wear her dress as long as possible?



Designer Spotlight: Monique Lhuillier

Monique Lhuillier up close!

Monique Lhuillier’s passion is fashion. Her early experiences were admiring her mother whose personal sense of style was a huge influence on the designer growing up in the Philippines. To pursue her interest more seriously, she moved to Los Angeles to attend the

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Fashion Institute of Design and Marketing (FIDM).

Today her brand is recognized as one of America’s premier couture bridal and ready-to-wear brands. The Monique Lhuillier brand was established in 1996 after the designer herself came up empty handed on a search for her own wedding dress. Dismayed by the lack of fashionable bridal options available at the time, she set to work and debuted her first bridal collection to acclaim from editors and retailers. The next year, her husband Tom joined the company as CEO, and the couture design house now known as Monique Lhuillier was born.

In 2003, Monique was inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America. She’s dressed celebrities and political figures alike, from Halle Berry and Reese Witherspoon to Drew Barrymore and Michelle Obama, but perhaps most notably, her brand has become a symbol of grace and luxury for brides-to-be everywhere.

Monique Lhuillier gowns are characterized by femininity and glamour. Her refined design and immaculate construction offer silhouettes imbued with effortlessness and sophistication. Her gowns have the power to make you feel like you’re both sexy and bride-like all at once.

At Nitsa’s, we carry Monique Lhuillier in both our Charlotte and Winston-Salem stores. The line’s sense of elegance and luxury are just what our brides are looking for. To try on a Monique Lhuillier gown at either of our locations, make an appointment with one of our knowledgeable bridal consultants. The stores and their respective contact information are listed below.

Winston-Salem Store at Stratford Village

Charlotte Store at Phillips Place


Wedding Hair – The Right “Do” For You

On your wedding day, you gotta “do” what’s right for you. Don’t let your hair fall to the hair styles for your wedding dayplanning wayside. Check out these styles to ensure that your locks are ready for love.

Traditional: The classic bride will love the simple elegance of a chignon. The chignon is a low bun pinned at the nape of the neck. Variations of the chignon can feature braids, curls, and decorative barrettes. Another traditional bridal “do” is the french twist.  This style exudes class with its simple twist and slight pouf.

Romantic: A romantic bride loves wisps and curls. The best way to get fairytale elegance is to leave your hair down or half up, half down and let your locks fall where they may. Big curls are key to this enchanting style as are delicately woven-in flowers.  A loose braid can add a touch of romance, while a messy bun or updo is another option for whimsical charm.

Modern: The modern bride will want less curl and more sleek. Wearing hair straight and down with no frills will draw attention to the sure-to-be-trendy dress. A pixie cut is another modern trend that allows the bride to have fun with decorative pins or a unique headband. The sock bun is likely the most popular modern trend. This simple high bun is graceful and chic, perfect for the modern bride.

Indie: For the trendy and relaxed indie bride, a simple flower crown or tulle wrap offers beauty and sophistication with a bit of nonchalance. Wear it atop a quaint bun or let your hair fall naturally. Not too fancy and definitely not gaudy, the fishtail braid is a perfect “do” for the more casual bride. Loose and beautiful, this braid can be adorned with flowers or left to stand alone. Simply going au naturel and leaving your hair up to nature rather than product is another way indie brides can be comfortable and show their unique styles.