WEDDING WEDNESDAY || HAIRPIECES

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WEDDING WEDNESDAY || HAIRPIECES

Wedding Wednesday: Hairpieces

Happy Wednesday, friends! Today we’re talking about a common question we hear from our brides: to veil or not to veil? We just welcomed some gorgeous Sara Gabriel pieces to the shop so we have veils on the brain! Like many aspects of the modern wedding, the choice is yours when it comes to headpieces. We are firm believers that a good headpiece is what separates a girl in a white dress from a bride. Below, we break down the options and give some tips for how to rock each style.


Veils: We’ll start with the most obvious choice: the classic veil. I personally am #TeamVeil, but every bride has her own style. Sara Gabriel’s tagline is “The veil makes the bride” and truer words have never been spoken. If your style is classic, traditional, retro, or romantic, a veil just might be for you. If you choose to wear a veil, you have a whole host of options. Long veils work best with simple, classic gowns. They can also add drama to a dress with little to no train, or elongate a medium-length train. Shorter veils (usually fingertip length) work well for detailed gowns or for brides who want a veil but nothing too fussy. If you’re taking tradition all the way, you can opt for a blusher. A blusher is a second, shorter layer that goes over the face as the bride walks down the aisle. If the unveiling tradition is important to you, a blusher is the only way to go. However, a blusher will tend to conceal the back of your gown, so keep that in mind. A blusher can also serve to add texture to a simple veil if you feel you need some additional oomph. Pictured above are Sara Gabriel veils that now call Meant to Be home! We collected these photos from Pinterest and love that some of these wedding were featured by our friends at Southern Weddings!

Flowers: For the free-spirited bride, flowers are a timeless option. Flower crowns have taken the wedding world by storm since the advent of the rustic theme. Live flowers can also be incorporated into your hairstyle by being pinned in without a full-blown crown. Flowers make the most sense at an outdoor wedding or reception. If you can’t possibly choose between flowers and a veil, consider having some small flowers pinned in with your veil, or choose a flower crown that can have a veil attached. I collected some Pinspiration above, and included a photo of my own wedding hairstyle. I had leftover flowers from the florist who assembled my bouquet pinned into the comb of my veil. Fairy princess vibes for the win!

Bling: Pearls and crystals and beading…oh my! Bridal bling can truly take you down a yellow brick road of endless choices. In order to avoid looking like a human chandelier, it’s best to keep it simple. A beautiful comb can make a big statement. Small but sparkly clips can be strategically placed to photograph beautifully. Headbands can tie your look together, whether you’re going traditional or boho. These Pinterest photos show examples of various ways you can style bridal bling.

We hope this gives you some insight into the seemingly endless options for bridal headpieces. As always, no matter what you choose, you will be a beautiful bride if you radiate joy on your big day! We hope this Wedding Wednesday finds you in the midst of a good week and, if not, the weekend is oh-so close. Contact us for an accessories appointment if this post has given you a sudden urge to accessorize!

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FRIDAY FAVORITES || NEW ARRIVALS

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FRIDAY FAVORITES || NEW ARRIVALS

Friday Favorites: New Arrivals

By: Taylor Clark

It must be Christmas in July with all of these new arrivals that have been making their way to Meant To Be! Ashton and I feel like two little kids every time we get to unwrap a new box of dresses and veils. All of our new dresses have made it on our nice list, but we have chosen three of our favorites to showcase this week. So have a glass of eggnog, turn on those Christmas lights, and let’s have a holly jolly good time admiring some of Meant To Be’s newest gowns and perusing the accompanying Pinterest boards.


Eddy K: “Corsica”

Corsica, oh how we adore thee! We are still fawning over this dropped waist mermaid with its gorgeous cathedral train. The illusion back with button details and intricate off the shoulder sleeves are so stunning both in person and in photographs (thank you for capturing Corsica’s beauty so wonderfully, Laura Bodnar)! We can’t wait to get a bride in this dress who loves it just as much as we do…and perhaps that could be you!

For wedding ideas to compliment this dress, follow this link to our Pinterest page:

https://www.pinterest.com/MTBboutique/friday-favorites-new-arrivals-eddy-k-corsica/


Casablanca: 2234

If you can’t tell from how she’s working every angle of this masterpiece, this Casablanca gown is Ashton’s absolute favorite from our new arrivals. This sweet little number with its Art Deco vibes has us reminiscing over Ashton’s previous post on Gatsby Weddings. Delicate ruching and beading add little details to this sweetheart neckline, fit-n-flare silver blush masterpiece. Pair it with a beaded belt or keep it simple - you can’t go wrong!

For wedding ideas to compliment this dress, follow this link to our Pinterest page:

https://www.pinterest.com/MTBboutique/friday-favorites-new-arrivals-casablanca-2234/


Allure: 2801

Picture the most romantic, traditional wedding dress you can imagine and you’ve got this sweet Allure A-line gown. With its natural waist, ruched bodice, and off-the-shoulder sleeves, this satin gown is effortlessly classy. And come on, y’all, that floral appliqué is stunning!

For wedding ideas to compliment this dress, follow this link to our Pinterest page:

https://www.pinterest.com/MTBboutique/friday-favorites-new-arrivals-allure-2801/


As our Christmas in July quickly approaches its close, we are still being blessed by Santa Claus (a.k.a. the UPS man) with more and more boxes of new arrivals. To keep up to date with our ever-growing inventory, head on over to our Pinterest page. Oh, and while you’re there, I’ve put together some festive boards that accompany these three new arrivals. We are eagerly awaiting some brides to come model our new arrivals, each as unique as the snowflakes that fall during the actual Christmas season. Until next week, y’all…or until we get to help you find your MTB gown at your bridal appointment!

Xo, Taylor

ALL PHOTOS BY LAURA BODNAR PHOTOGRAPHY

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FROM BRIDE TO BRIDAL CONSULTANT

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FROM BRIDE TO BRIDAL CONSULTANT

From Bride to Bridal Consultant: What I’ve Learned

by Ashton Cude

We’re continuing our Wedding Wednesday series on all things wedding planning. Today I thought I’d share with you the biggest things I’ve learned from being a bride then becoming a bridal consultant in such a short span of time. Just one year ago, I myself was a bride. Less than one month after my wedding, I started my job at Meant to Be. I’ve been married for a year and can reflect on my wedding with some hindsight. I’ve also been a bridal consultant for almost a year and have gained so much knowledge through my experience. Keep reading to hear the things I wish every bride knew about shopping for her wedding gown.

Keep an open mind:

Photos by Leah Barry Photography

Photos by Leah Barry Photography

It happens every day at bridal shops the world over. A bride walks in and “knows exactly” what type of dress she wants. The consultant puts her in the gown she described…maybe even the exact dress she’s seen on Pinterest! She comes out to her group, looks in the mirror and…cue the drumroll…HATES it. Panic ensues. If I had a dollar for every time this happened in an appointment, I wouldn’t be writing this blog because I’d be a millionaire. It’s great (and fun!) to collect inspiration from Pinterest and magazines, but remember that you have never had a wedding gown on your body. You truly don’t know what styles you will like best until you try them. Dresses look different on six-foot-tall models in professional photo shoots than they do on real brides. Stay true to yourself, but be willing to try anything once. It is not an exaggeration to say that 9 out of 10 of my brides end up in the exact opposite of what they thought they would like.

Location matters:

Photo by Rachael McCall Photography

Photo by Rachael McCall Photography

Before I shopped for my wedding gown, I had only shopped for wedding gowns at chain stores with friends. I knew I wanted a different experience. I chose local boutiques in my area because I wanted more personal service. Now that I work for a small local business, I cannot stress enough how much different the experience is from a customer service standpoint. We live and die by word of mouth advertising from our brides, so we will do anything we can to make sure you leave our store happy and stay that way through your wedding day. If you want individual attention and an intimate, personal setting, boutique shopping is your best bet. If at any point you feel pushed or pressured into buying a dress you’re not ready to commit to, be honest. A good bridal shop will work with you to make sure the dress you end up with is right for you.

Trust your consultant:

Photo by Leaf & Pine Photography

Photo by Leaf & Pine Photography

As a bride, there was just so much I did not know about wedding gowns. Bridal consultants have a wealth of specialized knowledge that you simply do not have if you’re not in the bridal industry. Trust them to help guide you through the process. Make sure you’re listening to them and allowing them to help you choose and accessorize the gowns. The whole point of having a consultant is so they can do their thing while you relax and celebrate the excitement of becoming a bride. There is a whole vocabulary to bridal gowns covering everything from fabrics, silhouettes, gown colors, designers, alterations, lace, beading…you name it! Consultants work hard to stay up to date, educated, and bring expertise to their brides. The more trust you show them, the harder they will work to help you find the wedding dress of your dreams. There truly is nothing more rewarding than working with a bride and then seeing her shine in her wedding photos.

I hope what I’ve learned will help the brides out there who are searching for their wedding gown. We would love to see you at Meant to Be, but wherever you are shopping, we hope your experience will become a memory you and your loved ones can cherish! All the photos featured in this post are Meant to Be Brides.

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FRIDAY FAVORITES || BALLGOWN BLISS

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FRIDAY FAVORITES || BALLGOWN BLISS

Friday Favorites: Ballgown Bliss

By: Taylor Clark

Wishing you a very happy Friday and a happy (very) belated 4th! I hope your holiday was spent with lots of loved ones, summer fun, and American pride. This holiday has me thinking all about colonial fashion and how even centuries later, we’re still being influenced by those large and in-charge ballgowns. This week’s Friday Favorites is devoted to ballgowns. Designers like Hayley Paige and Stella York know how to modernize this feminine staple and create gowns that would have Martha Washington begging our first president to marry her all over again in the 21st century. So with all of that in mind, let’s enjoy some magnificently modern yet truly traditional wedding dresses together!


Stella York 5906

The sweetheart neckline and crisscross pleating of this bodice coupled with the thick waistband and full skirt are what I absolutely adore about this satin Stella York. It looks flattering on nearly every body type! Tiny details, such as hidden pockets and buttons all the way down the train, make this gown even more interesting. Elegant simplicity has never looked so stunning.

For wedding ideas to compliment this dress, follow this link to our Pinterest page:

https://www.pinterest.com/MTBboutique/friday-favorites-ballgown-bliss-stella-york-5906/


Hayley Paige "Lily"

Stars in our eyes and stripes on our dress, Lord have mercy, Lily is an American Dream! The classic sweetheart neckline ballgown takes a modern twist with this Hayley Paige, which features a horsehair striped skirt. Taffeta was meant to be shown off in this patriotic fashion.

For wedding ideas to compliment this dress, follow this link to our Pinterest page:

https://www.pinterest.com/MTBboutique/friday-favorites-ballgown-bliss-hayley-paige-lily/


Stella York 6309

The traditional shape of this Stella York paired with the jeweled illusion back perfectly blends sweet with sexy. The bodice is intricately beaded and flows into a tulle skirt that is breathable and gorgeous. Understated yet bold, this ballgown will leave a little sparkle in the eyes of your guests.

For wedding ideas to compliment this dress, follow this link to our Pinterest page:

https://www.pinterest.com/MTBboutique/friday-favorites-ballgown-bliss-stella-york-6309/


Blush by Hayley Paige "Opal"

Hayley Paige never fails to leave us in awe with her designs, and Opal is no exception.  It’s such a fun and imaginative ballgown. The blush and ivory organza is light and airy, which is contrary to what we would expect for a ballgown. The V-neckline and pink and alabaster opalescent belt add another layer of whimsy to this otherwise traditional style. 

For wedding ideas to compliment this dress, follow this link to our Pinterest page:

https://www.pinterest.com/MTBboutique/friday-favorites-ballgown-bliss-blush-by-hayley-pa/


A ballgown is a classic choice that continues to become more and more modernized. Its charm is that, to quote Taylor Swift, it never goes out of style. So if you’re worried about finding a timeless wedding look, a ballgown may be the perfect fit for you. Our Pinterest boards have some options for accessorizing these gowns and planning for your wedding day. Check back with us next week for some more of our favorite gowns. Oh, and don’t forget to make an appointment with us to experience our dresses in 3D!

Xo, Taylor

ALL PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAURA BODNAR PHOTOGRAPHY

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Bridal Styles for Athletic Brides

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Bridal Styles for Athletic Brides

Bridal Styles for Athletic Brides

by Ashton Cude

Today we’re continuing our series on bridal styles for different body types. Our first post in this series shared tips for petite brides. You can read it here. Today I’m addressing another group I hear a lot of concerns from: athletic brides. Read on to hear how looking strong and looking beautiful go hand-in-hand.

Ever since Regina George lamented her “man shoulders” in 2004’s “Mean Girls,” we’ve all been wondering if perhaps we share her struggle. Brides with an athletic build are sometimes afraid they won’t look feminine in a wedding gown. Rest assured, that is not the case. Maybe you’re not even worried about that, you’re just not a frilly-dress-loving girl. If Sporty Spice was your spirit animal, you can look like a knockout on your wedding day by staying true to your style. These tips will give you the scoop on how to be a bride with muscles and moxie:

1. Cap Sleeves are a Girl’s Best Friend:

If you are concerned about your shoulders looking broad, it’s best to avoid a strapless gown. Cap sleeves make your décolletage look dainty. This Stella York A-Line (left) features a drop waist, which allows the curve of your waist and hips to show, and lace applique detailing near the hemline. This Tara Keely beauty (which I feel certain we’ve mentioned before a time or two) has a high neck with gorgeous beading and an organza A-line skirt. A-line silhouettes are universally flattering so you can’t go wrong with one, no matter your body type.

2. Flaunt what you got: 

 

A fitted style will show off the body you’ve worked so hard for. This Stella York (left) has a pretty lace cap sleeve, scalloped train, and shimmer throughout. This Amsale sheath has an allover lace, deep illusion back, and hugs your hips just enough. 

3. About face: 

V-necks have an elongating effect and draw the eye upward. V-necks also create a slimming effect, so if you want to look taller and less broad, this neckline can be a great option. This Tara Keely ballgown has a wide strap and fun horsehair trim on the edges of the skirt. Jim Hjelm adorned this satin A-line with beautiful beading and a deep V-neck for a daring look. (Image via The Knot)


There you have it, athletic brides! Hopefully these tips give you a springboard as you start your shopping. Remember that every one of us is our own harshest critic. A happy bride is a beautiful bride and your bridal beauty will come from the joy that radiates from your face. The dress you choose should help to make that smile brighter by suiting your style and shape. We hope this series serves to remind you that every body is beautiful! All of these gowns call Meant to Be home right now, so if you see a dress that catches your eye, contact us to book an appointment before they’re gone! We hope you’re having a wonderful week! 

XO, Ashton

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