This was the year of ball gowns, straps + statement bows! We saw a swing towards “the bigger the better” in the form of full ball gowns + long trains. While strapless gowns continue to set our brides’ hearts aflutter, we saw an increase in brides looking for gowns with straps. And don’t forget the statement pieces, the winner would have to be the detachable bows…what a great way to get two looks in one!
The one thing that hasn’t changed? Our brides are the BEST!!!! A huge thank you to all of our 2019 brides for continually reminding us why we have the best “job” in the world!
1) THE BIGGER THE BETTER
This year it was go big or go home, we have seen some of longest trains + biggest skirts we have ever seen. Talk about the wow factor!
Give me the straps! For many years, strapless dominated. These days, brides want to make sure they look different than their friends who said “I Do” before them. That means more brides are requesting some sort of strap. From thin to thick, off the shoulder to detachable, straps were a hit this past year!
3) STATEMENT PIECES
We styled many brides this year who wanted a way of standing out! Statement pieces became a fan-favorite in the form of bows, capes, and unique fabrics.
You chose your venue + set the date…now it’s time for the gown! One current trend that we could literally wrap our arms around is SLEEVES! Read on below as we walk you through the different types of wedding gowns with sleeves + help you navigate which sleeve you’d love the most!
A NOD TO TRADITION
Carolina Herrera – “Lainey”
A floral-inspired lace sleeve is perfect for the bride who likes a traditional look. For the bride looking to modernize this classic style, we love the laser-cut lace Carolina selected for this gown, which gives it a more updated feel!
SLEEK + MODERN
Suzanne Neville “Adair” | Sareh Nouri “Belle” Winter whites can pack a punch when they’re done using crisp lines on sleek silhouettes. The ultimate in sophistication…you’ll be the talk of the town, just ask Meghan Markle.
THE HINT OF SEDUCTION
Suzanne Neville “Luella” The newest trend on the runway is that of subtle seduction, just a peek-a-boo, from a slit in the skirt to an unlined illusion top. Love the look, but feel it’s a little too revealing? Great news: We can line the bodice and close up the slit.
THE TOUCH OF WHIMSY
Suzanne Neville “Topaz” A hint of delicate garden-inspired applique, accented with subtle clear beading. This gown is the perfect nod to nature for a bride looking for whimsical elegance, and works equally for a summer or winter wedding!
THE BOLD + THE BEAUTIFUL
Kelly Faetanini “Adair” When you hear wedding gowns with sleeves, it doesn’t always have to be long, check out this next one! Another laser cut lace, yet this time instead of a floral pattern we have an intricate design, creating a bold fresh look. What’s even better about this gown is it can be done with short sleeves or long. Scroll down for our Real ALSW Bride rocking this gown in a full sleeve!
Suzanne Neville “Nouevau” | Amsale “Angeline” Not fully committed to a sleeve? No worries…we have detachable options! Many of our designers can make the sleeve from an existing design detachable, or we can layer a jacket over the top of a gown to create a two-in-one look!
Having a destination wedding can be fun & exciting, yet can cause some stress when it comes to traveling with your gown! After more than seven years of working with destination brides, here are our top 3 tips that we’ve learned along the way!
1. First and foremost….carry your gown with you! We cannot stress this enough, so let us say it again. CARRY YOUR GOWN WITH YOU! You do not want to have to worry about a lost bridal gown in the few days prior to your wedding.
2. Most times if you contact your airline and inform them that you’ll be bringing your gown with you, they will suggest ways of storing it on board. In most cases the aircraft has a coat closet where you can store your gown.
3. Nervous of your gown leaving your sight? We have had brides purchase separate seats for their gowns! While not necessarily the most economical solution, sometimes that extra peace of mind is worth it!
1. ALSW brides receive a complimentary pressing of their gown. However, traveling with your gown can cause some slight wrinkles, causing the gown to need a slight touch up prior to you walking down the aisle. Planning to travel a distance? We can inform you of the dos and don’ts for touching up your gown fabric. When it comes to ironing versus steaming, it’s important to choose the correct method!
2. Call your hotel ahead of time to ensure there is an iron and steamer available. If not, arrange to rent one.
3. Some wedding venues have an in-house event planner that may provide a gown pressing service, so be sure to do your a little research before you arrive.
“I said I do, but I’m far from home, what should I do with the gown now?”
1. After spending a full day in your gown, it has likely collected some dirt throughout the day. The sooner you clean it, the better the results will be! We recommend bringing it back to A Little Something White as quickly as possible.
2. ALSW works closely with an award-winning gown cleaning company. All we ask is that you bring your gown back, pay for the service, and then we will send your gown out to be cleaned and preserved. It’s always good to protect your investment! Even better…as soon as it’s clean, it will be shipped directly to you.
3. Not returning to Connecticut right away? Not to worry…simply designate someone trustworthy to hand carry it back for you or arrange to ship it directly to us. Just give us a heads up if you’re shipping it so that we can be on the lookout for it!
At A Little Something White we believe in the saying “Greatness is not how much you have, but what you give.” Giving back to fellow women and to a cause that is so near and dear to our hearts is so special to us. Our friends over at Brides Against Breast Cancer have been doing something amazing since 1997 by not only helping women to feel amazing on their wedding days, but also giving back to breast cancer research and preventative education.
In 2019, ALSW proudly donated $80,000 worth of bridal gowns to Brides Against Breast Cancer!!
Say hello to Audrey, inspired by the glamourous Audrey Hepburn, this Vintage White Fox Wrap is perfect for that luxurious bridal look. The creamy tonality is complimentary of a snowy wedding day! Breakfast at Tiffany’s anyone?
Features: V neckline, Clasp Closure Front or Criss- cross option. Horizontal pelt detailing. RENTAL $475
Perfect for the bride who wants a little contrast in her look, this Brown Chinchilla Fur has the right amount of coverage with just enough peek-a-boo at the neck. Inspired by Lucille Ball, this Vintage Fur brings the old Hollywood glam into the 21st century. You’ve got some explaining to do Lucy!
Features: High V neckline, Clasp Closure Front, Vertical and horizontal pelt detailing. RENTAL $385
Featured inBliss Celebrations Magazine, this Newport, RI. styled shoot is one of winter splendor! The mix of woodland whimsy with a hint of glamour is truly one to write home about. The gold accents in the glassware and the lace sleeves of the Sareh Nourigown are the perfect accent to the whimsical details, from the fur table runner to the antlers.
For all of our fellow Hallmark movie lovers out there, this wedding is what our Hallmark loving “fangirling” is made of. This couple grabbed our attention with two words, Scottish… Castle, COUNT US IN… Let’s just say get ready to swoon! Meeting in Washington DC., + saying “I DO” on Castle grounds sounds like a great way to start a life together!
Kirsty + Gery knew they wanted to have their wedding in Scotland where the bride calls home, which meant they needed to deliver a true Scottish wedding for their guests. We’d have to say they definitely delivered! The day was something out of a story book, from the Scottish Castle to the Kilts, every details was met. In Scottish tradition the men wore the Kilts of their clans, and the bridesmaids wore Burgundy inspired by the brides heritage.
The Bride + her mother called the theme “Elegant Scottish Country Garden” with a whimsical floral lined ceremonial walk way + a lush archway. The charm was carried out every step of the way. Every aspect of the day was spectacular from the seed packet escort cards to the floral chandeliers dripping in greenery. The charm continued into the design of the invitations + stationary, both having a Beatrix Potter flair to them, which would certainly get the stamp of approval by the famed author herself.
THE CEREMONY! Floral lined aisle with fresh pops of color + tuft’s of joy.
These little ones are adorable!
We’re slightly obsessed with all the hats!
A cheeky father in charge of guest transportation equals a classic UK double decker bus!
Swinging into their new life.
The secret kiss in the stairwell.
“If you must steal… steal a kiss!”
A wedding cake shouldn’t be cut any other way… a ceremonial sword definitely enhances the flavors!
Since we opened our doors six + half years ago, we have heard our brides rave about the amazing venues they chose for their big day + the amazing vendors they have worked with, so we thought what’s better than streamlining the process for our future brides! Over the next few months we will be highlighting the venues we know both we + our brides have loved! From the opulent mansions to the intimate spaces.
For the first in this series we wanted to highlight the historic Wadsworth Mansion! Known for their timeless elegance + historic details, Wadsworth Mansion is the destination for brides + grooms alike! We had the privilege to sit down + chit chat with Jess (Director of Events), to get a behind the scenes look into what our brides can expect when choosing Wadsworth Mansion for their venue.
THE HISTORY BEHIND THE VENUE!
Built in 1900 for Coloney Clarence S. Wadsworth + his wife Katharine as a country summer residence. Wadsworth’s love of forestry + land conservation led him to hire the Olmsted Brothers, to oversee the design of their 500 acres, transforming the grounds into a working landscape. Years later to be sold from one owner to the next to just meet decay + vandalism, conservationist fought to repurpose + find a new uses of the estate for future public use. After many years of historic rehabilitation + modern amenities the venue we know + love came to life!
1934, THE CELEBRATION OF THE FIRST WEDDING WAS HELD AT THE WADSWORTH MANSION.
Q&A WITH WADSWORTH
What would you say is the best feature of your venue the most couples love?
“We are a historic Mansion that only hosts one wedding a day. Couples who get married at the Mansion are looking for an experience beyond your standard wedding venue and our space encourages that kind of creativity. We have a wonderful indoor/outdoor event space where ceremonies are outside on the vista, cocktails and formalities on the terrace, dining in our Beaux Arts style ballrooms, followed by guests heading back outside for dancing under the stars.”
What should a couple expect when working with you?
“We love weddings at the Mansion and we are dedicated to providing each couple with a positive experience from start to finish. We have a knowledgeable staff who is happy to assist with all the big and little decisions leading up to their wedding day!“
HAVING A FORMAL SIT DOWN DINNER? NO PROBLEM, WADSWORTH CAN HOLD UP TO 200 GUESTS!
ALSW REAL WEDDING!
Cara + Dan // Pops of Royal Blues + golds to accent the neutral color palette of the structure.
GUESTS CAN STAY UNTIL 12:00AM ON FRIDAY + SATURDAY EVENINGS!
What are some foods favorites your couples choose for their wedding day?
“We have a list of caterers our couples can choose from and each has their own specialties offered. We see many delicious dishes served at the Mansion!”
Is there an inventory of décor (candle holders, lighting, vases etc.) that a couple can choose from? Or are they bringing in rentals?
“The Mansion is a beautiful backdrop for a couples wedding day however many couples will choose to rent décor to enhance the experience. We do not have anything on site so couples can work with florists or rental companies to select décor that fits their vision.”
So many great spots around the grounds for intimate photos!
“IF I COULD RELIVE ANY MOMENT FROM MY WEDDING DAY, IT WOULD BE THE FIRST DANCE!” -LAUREN
THE INSPIRATION! Nestled in the Elizabeth Park Gardens, this space is a perfect backdrop for a garden inspired wedding, from the floral watercolor bridesmaids dresses to the lanterns accented with garden roses and ranunculus carried by the maids instead of traditional bouquets!
THE FIRST LOOK! Tucked in a quaint garden, the bride tapped her groom on the shoulder for the grand reveal of her simple chiffon Sadonigown and pencil edged veil!
A Little Something White was the first and last bridal boutique I went to. I was never fully excited about planning a wedding, so naturally I had no idea what I was doing. I had a budget that I really wanted to keep, and Liz picked out the most simple dress that I thought I was going to hate. Well, I felt like a princess, my mom cried, and I knew in that moment that it was going to be my dress. She also picked out my veil and headpiece. All and all, the best part about A Little Something White was that they made me comfortable and really did all the work for me. I felt beautiful!
What would you recommend to a new bride beginning her gown shopping?
To any new bride, per my experience, try on all the dresses! You go in loving one style and walk out with something way more suited for you.
THE DETAILS! Find your succulent – find your seat.
The rings nestled in a bed of moss, pearl accents throughout from the sandals to the hairvine by the House of Mac + Zoe.
Q&A! WITH ALSW BRIDE LAUREN
How did you meet your husband?
I met my husband at a gym, he was a personal trainer + will take it to his grave that I approached him for his number. (That didn’t happen, he totally asked me for mine!) Either way, we hit it off, but the timing just wasn’t right at the time. Years later he asked me on a date. We went out for chicken parmigiana (haha) and I swear I fell in love with him immediately. The rest is history!!
How did he propose to you?
In January 2017, I dropped a 45 pound weight on my foot at the gym. It hurt like hell. I was put in a boot and couldn’t divulge in anything super fun for quite some time. Ahmad seemingly couldn’t wait to propose, so he got down on one knee while I was cooking dinner on a random Tuesday night. He then woo’ed me with is killer dance moves to “Lady in Red.”
THE PARTY! Dining tables lined in lush garden roses, greenery + soft neutral linens!
Some tasty bites + first dance steps.
Q&A! WITH ALSW BRIDE LAUREN
What was going through your mind as you walked down the aisle?
Walking down the aisle was just like I had imagined. I remember looking ahead at Ahmad and lovingly smiling back at him. It all seemed so surreal.
If you could go back and relive a moment from your wedding day, what would it be?
If I could relive any moment from my wedding day, it would probably be the first dance. That was a once in a lifetime moment that I will never forget, but would do 50 times over again. It was the best day of my life.