Mother-of-the-Bride Trends for 2016

While her wedding day may be one of the most important days in a bride’s life, it is also a very special time for her mother. And as mother of the bride, moms want a dress that will

Dress by Marisa Baratelli

make them look and feel just as special as their daughters.

Gone are the days of boring, understated dresses or suits for the mother of the bride (MOB); today’s trends include dresses with exquisite details, sophisticated silhouettes, and figure-flattering styles. Here are some of the MOB trends that are hot this season:

Lace

Lace isn’t just for the bride anymore. New styles for the MOB include dresses with lace overlays that add a touch of romance but still look sophisticated. And lace doesn’t have to be just white or cream—lace in vibrant colors like royal blue or fuchsia make the patterns of the dress really stand out.

Pastels

Spring into style with pastels! The newest color trends on the bridal runways were shades of pale pinks, mint greens, seafoam blues and pale yellows. Pastels are a beautiful alternative to basic black, especially for a spring wedding.

Neutrals

Neutral shades of champagne, beige, or taupe look elegant and up-to-date and come in various styles and lengths. If you do choose to go with a neutral shade, be sure to try on the dress before buying to see if the shade complements your skin tone. It may take a few tries in different hues to find the right shade for your coloring.

Bateau Necklines

Bateau necklines or “boatneck” style can be very flattering, balancing out the figure. The cut elongates the neck and shows off an elegant collarbone.

Cap Sleeves

If mom doesn’t want to bare all with a sleeveless dress, cap sleeves offer the best of both worlds. They offer some coverage but are a nice alternative to long sleeves, especially for a summer wedding. Cap sleeves on a dress create a look that is elegant and classy.

Sheer Sleeves

Yet another alternative for the MOB who doesn’t want to bare her arms and shoulders is this new trend—dresses with long, sheer sleeves. Sheer sleeves create the illusion of bare arms while still letting the MOB feel covered. These are a great choice for fall or winter weddings.

A-line Skirts

For MOBs that want a shorter, flouncy look, A-line styles are extremely figure-flattering. A fuller skirt hides a multitude of figure flaws and is especially flattering for pear-shaped figures.

 

 

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.

Congratulations!

 

 

 

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Bridesmaids’ Dresses for Fall 2015

They’re your best friends, your family, or your soon-to-be family. You’ve invited them to participate in one of the most important events of your life. They’re obviously very important to you, which raises a crucial question: what are they going to wear at your wedding?

At this year’s bridal fashion week, the focus wasn’t just on the woman in white; beautiful

Fall 2015 bridesmaids dresses

From the Jim Hjelm Fall 2015 Collection

bridesmaids’ dresses also had their turn on center stage. Here is what’s trending for fall 2015:

Trend #1: Tier it Up

In both long and short hemlines, softly flowing tiers graced the runway for this fall. Light layers of chiffon or silk give a soft, elegant look. Some dresses are constructed of all loose drapes, while others have more structure and a tiered accent on the bodice or neckline.

Trend #2: Peek-a-Boo Backs

When bridesmaids walk up the aisle, their backs are on full display to the seated guests. Why not dress them up a little? Dresses feature everything from keyhole cut-outs to full bare backs. Make sure to take your bridesmaids’ bra needs into account!

Trend #3: Sheer Elegance

If you want your bridesmaids to be a little sexy but not show too much skin, this year’s sheer details will do the trick. Try sheer fabrics at the neck, shoulders, back, and even arms. It’s the perfect answer for a wedding that requires a little extra modesty without feeling frumpy.

Trend #4: Go Grey

Grey is a sophisticated choice for bridesmaids’ dressing, combining industrial simplicity with feminine details. Look for soft fabrics like chiffon or romantic details like lace.

Trend #5: Go Glam

For a formal evening wedding, choose from many designers’ fit-and-flare styles in gemstone colors. The glamour of a bygone day will add a touch of class to your special night.

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.

February and March Trunk Shows at Nitsa’s

Nitsa’s Charlotte and Winston-Salem locations will be holding several bridal trunk shows over the next month.

Victor Harper Collection

On February 6 and 7 at Nitsa’s Charlotte store, the bridal designs of Victor Harper will be featured. Inspired by the musings of feminine sophistication, elegance, and sensuality, the Victor Harper Collection weaves together glamour, refinement, and drama in perfect silhouettes to mold and flatter the body. The collection offers bridal gowns in an assortment of exclusive fabrics that include silk, satin, Mikado, and organza. Each style is embellished with beading and embroidery patterns that are hand-drawn by the designer and crafted in an array of Austrian crystals, pearls, and trims unique to the Victor Harper Collection.

Marisa Baratelli

Designer Marisa Baratelli’s spring mother-of-the-bride designs will be featured in a trunk show on Feb. 12-16 at Nitsa’s Winston-Salem location and also on Feb. 18-21 at their Charlotte store. For a quarter of a century, Marisa Baratelli has paid tribute to the ancient artisanal craft of silk weaving by maintaining the purity of traditional village methods in the design of timeless women’s fashion. Her custom-made Thai silk mother-of-the-bride gowns are one-of-a-kind.

Romona Keveza

Then on March 6 and 7, Nitsa’s Charlotte store will hold a trunk show featuring designer Romona Keveza. Founded in 1999, Romona Keveza’s signature bridal collection showcases the ultimate in couture workmanship with unparalleled fit. In 2006, Keveza launched LEGENDS Romona Keveza, a diffusion bridal line, which highlights lace and reflects the spirit of icons Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, and Jackie Kennedy.

For appointments, call 336-725-1999 in Winston-Salem or 704-940-1999 in Charlotte.

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.

 

 

10 Ideas for Something Blue…

Something Borrowed, Something Blue…

It’s a tradition for brides to wear “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” as a good luck charm on their wedding day. But often the “something blue” is the trickiest part of this tradition.

Here are 10 creative and modern ideas of how you can incorporate something blue into your special wedding day attire:

 

  1. Nail polish — Choose a pretty shade of blue for your pre-wedding manicure or paint your toenails in a daring shade of sapphire.
  2. Undergarments — Choose blue lacy undies or opt for a pair with fun sayings on them, like “I Do” or “Mrs.” or chose a blue garter belt. Just make sure the blue hue does not show through your white dress!
  3. Shoes – Give new meaning to “blue suede shoes” and wear a blue pair under your gown.
  4. Flowers — An easy way to incorporate the color blue is to include a few blue flowers such as irises, delphinium, cornflower, hydrangea, grape hyacinth, tweedia or forget-me-nots in your bouquet.
  5. Ribbon — Wrap your bouquet, enhance your hairstyle, or bustle your wedding dress with blue satin ribbon.
  6. Jewelry — Choose sapphires or other blue gems for your wedding jewelry.
  7. Bedazzle your shoes — Add blue rhinestone appliques to the bottom of your shoes, spelling out “I Do” or your initials, or anything else you want. When you kneel down during the ceremony, everyone will see your fun accessory!
  8. Monogram — Have a blue monogram with your initials and wedding date sewn into the inside of your dress.
  9. Bridesmaids — Why not dress your bridesmaids in beautiful blues?
  10. Wedding dress — Be bold and wear a trendy blue wedding gown. From barely tinted to deep navy, it’s possible to find grand ball gowns in every shade blue.

 

Mother of the Groom Duties

What does the mother of the groom do?

Traditionally, mothers of brides shoulder most of the wedding-planning responsibilities. But these days, the bride and groom’s families are taking on more of a shared role in both paying and planning. This makes it a bit harder to know exactly where your place is, but despite the shift in responsibilities, there are still a few that will never go out of style for the mother of the groom. These include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Planning and hosting the rehearsal dinner with the groom’s dad.
  • Dancing with the groom for the mother/son dance at the reception.
  • Consulting with the bride’s mom on your ensemble to ensure you’re not wearing something similar.
  • Attending the bridal shower and buying a gift for the bride and groom.
  • Crafting a guest list for the reception after the couple shares how many people you’ll be able to invite.

In addition to these traditional responsibilities, mothers of grooms may be asked to become a little more involved in the planning process. A few things you may be asked to do, or you could offer to do if you’d like to be more involved, are the following:

  • Offer to serve as the main contact for wedding vendors. This is especially important if the bride doesn’t have a wedding planner or day-of coordinator, and is a great way to make an impactful contribution to the wedding day, allowing both the bride and her mother to be blissfully unaware of all the questions and concerns and fully enjoy the day.
  • Offer to help scout ceremony and reception sites based on what the bride is looking for aesthetically. Compiling a list that includes the best of the best will really help the bride narrow down all her choices. Just be wary not to overstep; it’s a definite possibility that the bride may not love the same venue you do, and though you put in a lot of ground work, it’s ultimately her decision.
  • Offer to host a dinner to introduce the bride’s family to yours. This is a great way to get to know each other before the big day, and will make working together closely on a lot of these big decisions much easier in the long run.

 

April Showers… Unexpected Wedding Changes

Though they say that it’s good luck, no bride wants to see rain on her wedding day. We can’t help you turn rain into shine, but we can offer you some tips for making an air-tight rain plan, and for weathering a wedding-day storm.

If you’re getting married in a church or indoors, a rain plan may still be necessary to get you from the room you’re waiting in to the ceremony site; however, it will be much less involved, and it’s something your day-of coordinator can easily accomplish last minute, if necessary. However, if your plans are to get married outdoors, a rain plan is essential. Three things that will help both logistically and emotionally:

Have a covered option.

Plenty of brides get married outside, but it’s important to have a covered option should the skies open up on your big day. When you’re choosing a venue, ask if they have a space for you to move the ceremony if it should rain. Depending on the size of your wedding, a room, an outdoor pavilion, or a gazebo could all be viable alternates.

Get your mind ready.

Possibly the hardest part of making a rain plan is wrapping your mind around the reality that your ceremony may not look just as you’ve planned and envisioned for months. One thing that will help you cope is committing to your decision, both verbally and emotionally. Once you’ve agreed to the rain plan, let go of everything that won’t be, and focus on the fact that you’re still getting married to the love of your life—whether that’s outdoors or inside.

Write it down.

It will be stressful enough to let go of the way you’ve dreamed your ceremony would be, but add in the confusion of last-minute communication with your vendors and you have a recipe for disaster. Once you’ve made a rain plan, write down alternate directions for all your vendors. That way, if you have to make a game-time decision, your vendors need only to hear what you’ve decided, and then they have their marching orders.

Mother of the Bride Duties

In traditional times mothers knew just what was expected of them when their little girls became engaged, and they helped their pride and joys plan and execute all facets of their

mother of the bride duties

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dream day. But for modern MOBs, the lines are sometimes a bit blurred. Sure, new-age brides-to-be are a little more modern in their sensibilities and their expectations, but there are still a few tasks that will never go out of style for mothers of brides.

Advisor

An average wedding today costs over $25,000 to plan and execute. With this increase in size and style comes an increased need for a wedding planner and designer to make sure the wedding is as smoothly run as it is lovely. While planners take on some of that advisory (and paper-pushing) role that moms used to fill, one thing is for sure: You know your daughter better than anyone, and she’ll still need you to help her make decisions on what would best suit her on her wedding day. You’ll still be part of the process but with all the fun and without all the heavy lifting.

Stylist

While you may or may not be asked to go dress shopping with your daughter—though you typically would have been part of the dress-finding process—you’ll likely still be asked to help your daughter get dressed on her wedding day. From stepping into her gown, to fastening it, to applying and tying a sash, assisting your daughter as she dresses is a timeless moment and one that continues to be a duty—and an honor—fit only for mothers.

Hostess      

Traditionally MOBs are considered the official hostesses of the wedding day, and act as The Great Unifiers between guests and both families, warmly greeting and meeting and making everyone feel comfortable and welcome. These days this role is still filled by the Mother of the Bride. Whether your daughter decides on a ceremony of 30 or 300, this is still an important part of your daughter’s day and a task that only the mother of the bride can perform so perfectly.