11th July, 2021 | by Celine
Ladies, the time has come! You’re ready to find your dream wedding dress. With endless options, ever-changing bridal trends, and uncontrollable Covid-restrictions, shopping for a wedding dress in 2021/2022 can be a daunting experience, to say the least. We wouldn’t be one of Australia’s top bridal boutiques if we didn’t want you to have a flawless experience; so here is a simple guide on how to find your dream wedding dress, stress-free!
First up, we need to have a chat about your timeline. The rule of thumb is to shop from around nine to twelve months before your wedding. As many of our bridal designers are located in Europe and the States, we want to make sure that we can find your dream dress and have enough time for it to get across the pond. Every dress is made to order, which means that we’ll take your measurements to order your gown in the right size upon ringing the bell. You will also need to allow enough time for alterations to make final tweaks and to bring your look to perfection. Generally speaking, we recommend allowing around six weeks for alterations.
Last-Minute Weddings and Sample Sales
If you’re reading this and your wedding is just around the corner, don’t freak out! We’ve been in this industry for many years, which is why we have options for every situation. Being one of the biggest bridal retailers in Brisbane, we actually have a large selection of sample gowns, which you will be able to take home on the day of purchase. To have a browse through our selection of sample wedding dresses, simply click here.
Come Inspired but Open-Minded
One of the most frequently asked questions we get is: “Do you have this dress in store?” You guys are prepared, and we love it. Having a general idea of what you are linking and which style of wedding dress you prefer does not only help you with your decision, but it also allows us, stylists, to narrow down our choices for you. During your appointment, we aim to try between five and six dresses. Given that we have over 300 styles in store, it really helps to be able to pinpoint your taste and find a narrow selection of gowns that suit your vision. If you don’t have time to do your research, don’t worry! We will always sit down with you, before selecting the gowns, to make sure we understand who you are as a bride. Despite your efforts of coming prepared, it is equally as important to stay open-minded. Especially, if you haven’t tried on wedding dresses before, you might find that some dresses work better than others and it’s just a matter of trial and error to find out which one works the best. Often, our brides end up falling in love with styles they would have never picked for themselves initially. Always remember, our stylists are here to guide you in the right direction.
What do I need to bring?
Now that we have talked about the when’s and what’s, let’s talk about the how’s. Luckily, you really don’t need to bring a lot. All we need is your beautiful self and some nude and seamless underwear. Sometimes, it can help to come with a bit of makeup or your preferred wedding hairstyle so you can envision your wedding day look. On top of that, we always love to emphasise that finding your dream dress can be an experience for your entire bridal crew. Bring along your nearest and dearest, who understand your personal sense of style and value your own personal taste. In the end, your wedding is a celebration so we want to make your entire bridal journey just as much fun!
Happy wedding dress shopping!
11th January, 2021 | by Celine
Inspired by our Real Bride Revolution diversity campaign, we created a styled bridal shoot, which allowed us to showcase our dresses in a diverse and modern way. We finished up on a high and were absolutely stunned by the beautiful outcome.
Real Bride Revolution
So let’s start off with a short recap and talk about what inspired this shoot. The White Lily Real Bride Revolution stands for diversity, self-love, and self-acceptance. Although finding ‘The One’ is mostly perceived as a positive experience, we knew that the bridal industry needed a change! Unfortunately, designers often don’t take all body types into consideration, when taking their stock images or posting to Social Media. Too often we get sent images, that don’t show any sense of diversity, whatsoever. We’re all different. We’re all beautiful. So why not show our beauty in different shapes on Social Media?
Given the above, we wanted to create a concept that showcased the beauty of real women.
Hence, when planning this styled shoot, we approached Tarah, Caitlin, Gill, and Cassandra, who had already experienced the White Lily experience as part of our Real Bride Revolution. Each and every one of these girls was beautiful in their own way, which made this photoshoot so special and added a sense of realness.
We were also beyond excited to be working with Lauren Olivia Photography, who had already created the most magical outcome for our last Gabbinbar Homestead Styled Shoot earlier this year. Lauren’s wedding photography is bright, beautiful, and exactly what we envisioned for our Real Bride Revolution; and she most definitely knocked us off our feet with this one!
To ensure that the colour palette and mood of the shoot would complement the dresses, without distracting from the girls’ beauty, we decided to go for a modern Mediterranean and French Riviera vibe. We envisioned a location with a variety of greens and whites. When we came across Next Door Espresso in Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast, we instantly knew that their café would be the perfect location for our campaign. It was bright, versatile, modern, and everything we had hoped for.
The flowers were provided by Brittany from My Little Flower Shoppe, and combined bright and blush pastels with modern dried florals. Just stunning! We also incorporated a mixture of jewellery from The Bridal Shoppe as well as Xennox Diamonds. Adding different tones of gold and mixing silvers and pearls, created a modern and versatile look.
Everything came together beautifully once all pieces were combined. The set-up of the shoot complemented each other in every possible way. All in all, It was a magical day and we were extremely grateful to work with some of the most beautiful people in our industry.
Venue: Next Door Espresso, Burleigh Heads
Photographer: Lauren Olivia Photography
Videographer: True North Films
Florist: My Little Flower Shoppe
Hair: Bombshell Hair Noosa
MUA: Xsentuate Makeup
Models: Cassandra Allen, Caitlin Robertson, Tarah Elizabeth, Gill Emmanuel
Jewellery: Xennox Diamonds & The Bridal Shoppe
14th September, 2020 | by Celine
Let’s talk about wedding dress trends!
Although we all want our bridal gown to be as unique as possible, it is always interesting to see what bridal trends are fashionable at the moment and which wedding dress designs we will see more of in 2021, right?
Living in a world that is constantly evolving, bridal designers are sure to have a few extravagant wedding dress designs up their sleeves for 2021. So, let’s have a look at what wedding dresses are popular for 2021 weddings:
Ever heard of glitter tulle? It’s a thang – and we are kind of loving it! This particular trend definitely requires you to let go of some of the traditional expectations of a bridal gown. Your wedding is a party – and we’re here to dance! This trend is not only super fun but also extremely show-stopping AND photographable. Trust us, we always have way too much fun with these in our boutique!
Sheer – She’s Airy
2021 definitely isn’t the year to be shy. It’s time for you to show off your beauty. Even if that means wearing semi-illusion tulle and other sheer fabrications. Adding a cheeky hot pant underneath your sheer skirt creates a futuristic, yet elegant look, that will sweep everyone off their feet. It’s an unexpected yet modern approach of a bridal gown. Hence, designers are incorporating more of it into their new collections.
Once again, designers are taking it to the max. Whether you are looking at Zavana Couture, Atelier Pronovias, or Nicole Couture, designers are showcasing their beaded dresses left, right, and center. People are craving the luxe feel, enhanced by the weight of the beading. In turn, designers are leaning towards extravagant, beaded appliqués.
Multiple layers, tiered skirts, and a mix of different fabrications; designers aren’t afraid of making the most out of their ball gown creations. Ball gowns aren’t just becoming more popular, in 2021, but they are also bigger than ever. FARRAH and CLOSE by Pronovias are both prime examples of what ball gown heaven looks like.
Mixing Minimal with Opulent
Imagine a fitted gown with puffy sleeves. Super playful, yet extremely elegant. Adding a fun element to your fitted gown doesn’t only add that extra something, but it also elevates your look. It creates something that is so unique, people will remember for a long time.
Who doesn’t love flowers? We know it, you know it, designers know it. Floral appliqués have been and remain to be a front runner in the bridal gown industry. However, 2021 is going to show a few different ways of incorporating floral appliqués. Tattoo lace, as well as embroidered tulle, seem to be on the rise, creating stunning flower-field-inspired looks.
Long story short, 2021 is a year of innovation and extravagant designs, and we can’t wait to see our Brisbane brides rock their dresses on their wedding day.