What Are the Traditional Duties for the Mother of the Bride?

Nothing is as special as seeing your daughter walk down the aisle on her wedding day. As the mother of the bride, there are certain duties you are traditionally responsible for What are the traditional duties for the mother of the bride?
handling to ensure that your daughter has a special day.

Here is a list of some of the traditional duties that the mother of the bride is responsible for:

  1. Wedding dress shopping support. Traditionally, mothers accompany their daughters on their hunt for the perfect wedding gown. This can be a special and memorable time for mother and daughter, and mom can help provide honest feedback as her daughter tries on different dresses.
  2. Help with the guest list. The mother of the bride should compile and submit names and addresses of family and friends that need to be included on the master guest list. She should also talk to the groom’s family about whom they want to include on the guest list and manage the difficult task of limiting the number of guests if necessary.
  3. Researching traditions or finding family heirlooms. Typically, it falls on the mother of the bride to make sure that certain religious or cultural traditions their family follows are incorporated into the wedding. Mom also will help the bride find her “something old” or “something borrowed” for the big day—for example, mom might share a piece of jewelry she wore on her wedding day.
  4. Be the hostess. From the minute guests begin arriving in town until the end of the reception, the mother of the bride is the official hostess and in charge of making every guest feel welcome. She should make sure she meets and greets every guest throughout the event.
  5. Coordinating outfit choices with the groom’s mother. Etiquette dictates that the mother of the bride follows her daughter’s lead as to the color and formality of the dress she chooses for the wedding. Once she has chosen a dress, she needs to call the groom’s mother to describe the dress, or she could email a photo so that the groom’s mother can then select her dress so it will be in sync.
  6. Wedding day dressing assistance. Helping the bride into her dress and placing her veil is one of the most time-honored traditions a mother of a bride can follow. (And it makes for memorable photos!)
  7. Second dance. After the bride and groom have their first dance, then it’s time for mom and dad to take to the dance floor. 

These are just a few of the traditional duties a mother of the bride expects to do, but many moms may want to take a more active role in wedding planning with their daughters. Or some mothers may prefer to take more of a back seat. No matter which category you fall into, be sure to stop and savor this special time with your daughter.

What Are the Latest Bridal Trends for 2016?

2016 Bridal Trends

From lace to pale pinks to bridal separates, the 2016 spring runways were full of trendy details that many modern brides will love. And Nitsa’s was recently featured in Southern What are the latest bridal trends for 2016?Bride and Groom magazine in a spread on some of these new styles. Here is what’s new this season in wedding gowns.

Luxurious Lace, Front to Back

Lace is no longer reserved for the traditional bride. Today, bridal design houses are offering a wide array of lace patterns from delicate to daring. But the best part is that the lace no longer stops at the bustline—the details reserved for the décolletage, sleeves, and most importantly, the backs have become the pinnacle of the design. You can find these new lace creations from designers such as Amsale, Monique Lhuillier, and Anna Maier—all available at Nitsa’s

Convertible Dresses and Overskirts

One of the hottest trends right now is a bridal dress that serves as two-in-one. A ceremony train gives the illusion of a ballgown but can be removed to reveal a modern fitted reception dress! Romance meets allure with chic and sheer overskirts this season from designers Amsale and Anna Maier.

Bridal Separates

Mix and match bodice and skirt to create a bridal look that fits your style with new bridal separates. Crop tops paired with long skirts were all the rage on the bridal runway for spring—these combinations let the bride show off just a sliver of skin on her wedding day for a look that’s modern and comfortable. Another trend in separates is the two-piece bridal suit; it pairs trousers and jackets for a more casual wedding look. 

A Bateau Neckline

A bateau neckline can be a flattering fit on many body types and is a classic, sophisticated style. Dresses with bateau necklines can balance out the body and create an hourglass shape for a sexy, beautiful fit. 

The Dipped V-Neckline

Not quite as risqué as a plunging neckline but not as innocent as a sweetheart neckline, the dipped V-neckline adds just the right touch of drama to a dress.

Blush-Colored Dresses

A barely-there touch of color in shades of pale pink and rose are a pretty alternative to classic white. Also popular this spring are subtle tones of taupe, nude, and silver.

See all of the newest designs, and find your perfect wedding dress at Nitsa’s!

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.

 

8 Things to Do Right Away Now That You’re Engaged

So you’re engaged… now what?

If you’re one of the millions of ladies who were surprised with a proposal during the holidays, you are probably still basking in the glow of being a new bride-to-be. But there are a few things you should do soon after you become engaged and before you get into the minutiae 8 things to do now that you're engaged.of wedding planning.

Here are eight things you should take care of right away:

  1. Call your closest family and friends. Share your exciting news with both sets of parents and immediate family (siblings, grandparents) first, and then call your closest friends. Give the courtesy of a call before sharing it on Facebook or other social media.
  2. Get your ring sized. If you’re lucky, your fiancé got your ring properly sized before popping the question, but more than likely, it’s a little too big or too tight. Get it resized ASAP so you can show off your stunning sparkler to everyone without the risk of it falling off and getting lost. Most jewelers can resize your ring in a few hours, or at most, a few days.
  3. Get your ring insured. It’s crucial to insure your new ring. If you have home owner’s or renter’s insurance, you can usually add the ring to your existing policy. You may need an official appraisal before you can do so, so call your insurance broker to see what is required. If you don’t already have an existing policy, it may be cheaper to buy a policy and add your ring to it.
  4. Set a date. The first thing your friends and family will ask you after they’ve “Ooohed” and “Aaahed” over your new bling is “When is the wedding?” Even if you cannot set a specific date this early, at least have a time frame decided upon, such as “early 2017” or “later this fall.” This will satisfy people’s curiosity and give you some direction as you begin making plans.
  5. Get social. Set up a wedding blog or Facebook page to keep everyone in the loop of your wedding news. You can share photos of your new ring and of you and your fiancé to get started. Be as creative and as detailed as you want, giving information about a date or time frame and location (at least the city, not necessarily the venue yet). Only invite friends and family you KNOW you will invite to the wedding to be a part of the Facebook page or blog—you can add more people later on when you have a finalized guest list and also add more wedding details like hotel information, maps, location info, menu, etc., as you get them.
  6. Get a wedding planner. Not a person (not yet) but a planning book. There are lots of planners available that will help you keep all your wedding planning details organized. Or you can also get a smart phone app if you prefer.
  7. Ask your parents for their ideal guest lists. Ask your parents and your fiancé’s parents for their ideal guest list—a list of friends and family they would invite if there were no limits. Ask them to organize the list into tiers of “must invite” and so on to make it easier to cut the guest list later on. Once you get this list, you will have a preliminary idea of how many guests will be at the wedding; that number will dictate many other decisions you will make—from venue to invitations to number of tables needed.
  8. Take some couple time. Take some special time now for just the two of you. Once you start getting involved in all of the wedding planning, parties, showers and celebrations, there won’t be many “just the two of you” moments. Make an effort to NOT talk about wedding planning, and just spend time enjoying each other and celebrating this very special time in your lives.

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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.

 

 

 

It’s a Nice Day for a [Winter] White Wedding

We’re still sweating in North Carolina, but planning for this year’s winter weddings is already well under way. What can we expect to see the winter of 2015-2016? Read on to learn about this year’s trends.How to plan for your winter wedding in the summer

  1. Brides can show a little skin. On the runways this season, dresses featured plunging necklines, bare backs, and cutouts. It should go without saying that in a wedding, a little skin can go a long way, so if you dare to go bare, less is more. For instance, choose a deep neckline or a bare back, but never both. After all, you’re pledging you love to your betrothed, not going out to a club!
  2. Or, brides can cover up. Many designers showcased outerwear for winter weddings, with motorcycle jackets, dusters, swing coats, capes and sweaters all making appearances. The fabrics are lush: wool, suede, mohair, and fur (real or faux, white or brown). For a more traditional winter wedding look, try long sleeves; their demureness pairs well with a bare back, as described above.
  3. Try going metallic. Shine up the place with traditional silver and gold, or opt for surprising metallic blues, pinks, and champagnes. Metallics showed up on the runway as blingy accents as well as muted gown colors.
  4. Brighten up with some color. A monochromatic white motif can lack sparkle, so adding a dash of color can brighten up the whole event. Color can appear in a sash, a bouquet, or accessories. Keep things cool in blue, or warm things up with colors like red or yellow.
  5. Go Boho. Bohemian chic is still in style, and it can inform the tenor of the whole wedding. For dresses, look for floral embellishments, vintage styling, and a loosely-put-together feel. Flowers and accessories can follow suit, with a hand-made look that feels warm and welcoming to guests.

Staying Cool at a Hot Summer Wedding

Whew! It’s only May, and the mercury is already creeping awfully close to 90°. But what if you’re one of the millions of people attending—or participating in—a hot summer wedding? We have some tips and tricks to help you keep your cool, whether you’re the bride or a guest.

Tips for the Bride:

As the bride, you have a great deal of control of other people’s comfort. If at all possible, try to have some indoor, air-conditioned space available for you and your guests to cool down; this also gives you an option in case of rain! If there is no indoor option (or even if there is), providing shade for your guests should be a high priority. A tent is always a good option (and again, provides an option in case of rain), or large umbrellas to provide people with a cool area to congregate. Sun shades (also called sun sails) are an attractive option as well. With their variety of shapes and colors, they can add a whimsical or dramatic touch as well as much-needed shade.

To keep yourself cool, see the tips for guests below. A fainting bride can take the fun out the wedding: especially for the bride!

Tips for the Guests

Chances are that if you attend a wedding in the south during the summer, you’re going to be dealing with oppressive heat at some point. Assuming that the wedding couple has been so kind as to provide air-conditioning or shade, your first order of business should be to seek cooler spaces. If you’re able to go back and forth between the cool areas and the hot ones, you’ll keep yourself from getting too overheated.

Otherwise, one of the most important things you can do is remain hydrated. Avoid coffee and (sorry) alcohol, and drink plenty of cold water. Choose pale colors to wear; dark colors absorb the sun and can really raise your temperature.

Many drugstores carry products that can help keep you cool, like purse-sized misters, tiny battery-operated fans, and absorbent powders to combat sweat. A pretty paper fan can be a lovely addition to your outfit, and you can fan yourself like an old-fashioned Southern belle! Expanding on the Southern theme, a parasol can keep you out of the sun and add a delightfully nostalgic air to your outfit.

What to Wear for All Your Wedding Festivities

What to Wear, What to Wear!

From your engagement party to bridal showers to your rehearsal dinner, there are many occasions leading up to your big day when the bride needs to dress up. Here are some dress ideas for each of the parties where you will be the guest of honor.

Engagement Party

The engagement party will kick off your wedding festivities, as you and your fiancé officially announce your engagement to friends and family. Usually held as a cocktail party, the ideal outfit for the bride-to-be is a cocktail dress, but nothing too formal or too casual either. It is customary for the bride-to-be to wear cream or white at events leading up to her big day, so a pretty choice would be a fitted, cream, lace minidress with nude sandals or heels, depending on the season. Metallics like bronze or silver are also very up-to-the minute and add just the right amount of sparkle for the guest of honor. If you choose to stick with a classic little black dress, choose one in a semiformal material such as silk or lace, and make a statement with accessories. But go easy on the jewelry as the focus should be on your new engagement ring!

Bridal Shower

Nothing says a bridal shower like pastels! If your bridal showers will be held in spring or summer, a pastel sundress is the perfect look. Since most bridal showers take place during daytime hours, a pretty day dress is the best choice. When searching for a shower dress, look for something with a little feminine flair such as bows or lace. Showers traditionally include only female attendees—making them a great opportunity to channel your girly side.

Bachelorette Party

The bachelorette party is the time for you to go all out and wear something fun and sexy. Dark skinny jeans with a sparkly halter top and jacket is a great choice for a night out with your best girlfriends. Or choose a fitted minidress and heels for a night spent club-hopping.

Rehearsal Dinner

On the evening before your big day, you want to look elegant and beautiful, but you will also want to keep your look low maintenance—your wedding day will be the time to fuss over your appearance! Your choice of dress or outfit will depend on what type of rehearsal dinner you have and where you have it. For more formal country club or hotel ballroom events, you’ll want to choose a dress that is a little fancier. Traditionally, brides wear white or cream for the rehearsal dinner, but you can veer from tradition and pick a dress in a color. For example, you might want a dress in the color of your bridesmaids’ dresses or one of your wedding décor colors. Or black is always classic and elegant. A knee-length dress is a good choice.

More casual rehearsal dinners at a restaurant or at someone’s home call for a less formal look. For instance, wear a dressy sundress for a summer outdoor dinner or a pretty wrap dress for a restaurant affair. If your rehearsal dinner will be very casual such as a backyard cookout, you could go even more casual in a light sundress or capri pants with a flowy top. Stick with flats for outdoor events.

With so many parties and festivities leading up to your wedding day, you may want to go ahead and plan your outfits in advance and do any shopping early, so you won’t be stressed out as the time comes for the big event. The goal is for the bride to have a good time and be showered with attention and not to worry about how she looks!

How to Dress Your Bridesmaids for a Winter Wedding

Winter weddings can be magical, but they do come with some special challenges. One of those is how to dress your bridesmaids so they stay warm but also look elegant and current.

When it comes to choosing dresses for the cooler months, there are a couple of basic tips to follow. First, it’s always a good idea to choose full-length gowns for your ladies; you may be worried about the hems getting wet or dirty, but if it’s cold, the more material the better! Your bridesmaids will certainly thank you for not exposing their bare legs to the elements.

It’s also best to pair full-length dresses with a closed-toe shoe rather than a sandal to avoid your bridesmaids getting cold, wet feet during any outdoor photos or travel to and from the venue. If they’re calling for snow or ice on your big day or if it’s a common occurrence where you live, consider putting your bridesmaids in low heels or flats. With a long dress, the shoes won’t be that noticeable anyway.

When choosing the material for your bridesmaids’ gowns, opt for heavier fabrics that can keep the chill away and look stylish in the winter season. Classic satin dresses are a good choice, but other options include duchess satin (stiffer than traditional satin with matte finish), dupioni silk, organza, and taffeta. If your heart is set on lace, choose a heavier fabric with a lace overlay.

The style of dresses is important, and in winter, a sleeve for your bridesmaids’ dresses is the best option. Sleeve lengths can vary from cap sleeves, short, ¾ length, or full. If you must go with sleeveless dresses, consider opera-length gloves for your attendants to keep them warm and still look elegant.

Color-wise, deeper hues such as rich burgundy, plum, navy blue, or emerald green look stunning for winter. A bright red for holiday or Valentine’s Day weddings can also look festive. Metallics such as silver, gold, or copper are becoming popular choices for winter weddings too, or opt for neutral shades like dove gray, taupe, or champagne.

Adding accessories to your bridesmaids’ look can make them special and keep them warm at the same time. A wrap in a matching or complementary shade of the dress is an easy option, or white faux fur caplets can look really lovely for winter. Other options are jeweled cardigans or tights under the dress.

With just a few considerations, your bridesmaids can look chic and stay warm for your winter wedding day.

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!