Learn the Lingo – Wedding Dress Terminology for Newbies

You’re engaged! Congratulations! The search for your dream wedding dress is officially on.  But with so many styles, fabrics, and designers, it’s hard to figure out where to even begin!  And how do you know what to look for if you don’t know what any of these crazy terms you keep hearing mean?  Have no fear, Frew’s is here!  We’ve assembled a little bridal glossary to help you navigate the wedding dress shopping experience without sounding like a total newbie.

Silhouettes

A-Line: An A-Line wedding dress is fitted from the top to the hips, then gradually widens towards the hem, giving the illusion of a capital letter A shape. Dress featured: Mori Lee style 2105

Ballgown:  The ballgown is the true princess dress.  It usually features a fitted bodice, and a long flared skirt. Which tends to be a full, voluminous skirt. Dress featured: Bonny style 632

Mermaid: The mermaid style is very similar to a trumpet dress.  It is a fitted dress down past the waist, typically to the knee, where it then flares out in a dramatic, almost fishtail looking manner. Dress featured: Casablanca style 2165

Column: Column dresses hug your body and show any and all curves. They are fitted with a straight cut skirt.  This style is very similar to the sheath style, but a sheath dress is fitted down even further, most often to the knee, without the pouf of a mermaid skirt. Dress featured: Maggie Sottero style Phaedra

Fabrics

Chiffon: Chiffon is a very lightweight, sheer, and thin fabric.  It is popular for spring and summer wedding dresses. Dress featured: Moonlight style J6433

Organza:  Similar to chiffon, organza is a stiffer, thin, sheer fabric made of silk or synthetic yarn. Dress featured: Allure style 8862

Tulle: This fabric is a fine, netted, semi-sheer material that is often used for veils and dress embellishments. Dress featured: Allure style 9162

Satin: Satin is a smooth, glossy fabric, usually made of woven silk. Dress featured: Alfred Angelo style 2511

Illusion Netting: Illusion fabric is a type of very fine, light, tulle that almost looks like there is no fabric present at all.  It is typically used for necklines, backs and various other parts of the dress that a bride wants to look open. Dress featured: La Femme style 23704

Necklines

Bateau or Boatneck: This neckline covers the chest, but dips at the back and neck. Dress featured: Pronovias style Aras

Off-the-Shoulder:  As the name suggests, this neckline shows the collarbone and shoulders.  The sleeves fall just below or around the shoulders. Dress featured: Allure style 9000

Sweetheart: This neckline gets its name from looking like the top of a heart, with a V shape in the middle. Dress featured: Alfred Angelo style 2208

Now you know some of the common terminology!  We hope this helps you feel more confident about wedding dress shopping.  Now it’s time to schedule an appointment with us at Frew’s Bridal, and have our talented consultants help you find your dream dress!

 

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DOTD: Dress of the Day — Haute High-Low from Moonlight Bridal

This dress was made for dancin’. This wedding dress if proof that you can look fabulous and feel comfy at the same time! To demonstrate this, we decided to take to the dance studio with photographer, John Metcalfe with En Vue Arts and Frew’s own Marketing Manager/ballerina, Allex Sammuli to shoot this fun tea-length bridal gown from one of Frew’s favorite designers, Moonlight.

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The Season for Giving

Frew’s donated 15 wedding dresses to be made into beautiful handmade burial outfits. One wedding dress can be made into about 20 baby bereavement outfits.

Newborns in Need is a non-profit charity that donates essential baby care items to hospitals, homeless shelters, family crisis centers, and county health units. Many of the babies, Newborns in Need helps are born to families living in poverty. Also many are born too soon and extra small clothing is very difficult to find. Newborns in Need was founded in 1992 in Houston, Missouri by Carol Green. Carol discovered the need when she read in a sewing magazine that some newborns that died would be buried in paper sacks with medical waste, simply because no one had the money or resources to provide burial clothing. She researched this problem and found that this was happening at many hospitals.  Newborns in Need then grew nation wide.

Frew’s Bridal Donated to the Newborns in Need/Arch Chapter in Ellisville, MO. “Our Company wanted to give this holiday season,” said Shani Belshaw, Frew’s Bridal social media manager. “I did some research and found Newborns in Need. I had never heard of the organization, but it’s a really great cause. We have an abundance of wedding dresses, so it is the perfect non-profit for Frew’s to get involved with.”

“We meet the third Saturday of each month”, said Ruth Hoover, leader of the Newborns in Need/Arch Chapter. “We sew between the meetings and we bring what we have made to the meeting and then they are distributed to 15 plus facilities in the St. Louis area.”

The Newborns in Need/Arch Chapter is in need of more storage space for their clothing and more seamstresses. If you are interested in volunteering or donating funds to this organization, call (636) 227-7450.

Shani Belshaw, Frew’s Bridal Social Media Manager handing over one of the 15 gowns to Ruth Hoover, leader of the Newborns in Need/Arch Chapter.

 

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Bridal Shoot Collaboration

What’s more fun than a wedding? A fake wedding! Lots of glam and charm without the commitment. LOL. In all seriousness though, we organize shoots like this, so that we can give our beautiful brides-to-be a little wedding inspiration. Here at Frew’s bridal, we want our brides to fulfill all of their wedding dreams, and every bride has that dream or vision of what they will look like on their wedding day. Some of us have been dreaming of such a thing since we were young girls! That being said, there are three important things to remember when it comes to planning your wedding day look, your hair & makeup, the photography, and of course THE DRESS!

1. We collaborated with one of the best hair and makeup bridal teams in the St. Louis metropolitan area, Kristen’s Hair Studio in Wood River, IL. “I love being able to be a part of the bride’s day by helping her get ready. I feel it’s not only the dress everyone is excited to see, but how beautiful the bride looks on her special day,” said Laura Cunningham, member of Kristen’s Hair Studio Bridal Team. “We accommodate everyone and our goal is to make the bride’s special day as smooth as possible.”

Hair & Makeup Tip for the Brides: “It’s always best to wash your hair the day before. We offer packages to get the bride ready for her rehearsal dinner, that way she is prepped for the day of! If a bride gets any type of skin service before the wedding, do it a week prior to the week of the wedding!”

 

2. Choosing a photographer is very important. You only get to wear the dress once. You want someone that is going to be able to capture all of the beautiful moments and details of your special day.  We wanted only the best of the best for this shoot, so we  teamed up with one of the best wedding photographers in the St. Louis area, Kelly Susan Photography. “I photograph so many gorgeous brides in amazing gowns on their wedding day — from glitzy to simple and everything in between — and each one of them is unique and special, said Kelly Shoppel, photographer. “I take detail shots of the dress hanging and it’s pretty. But when I shoot the dress on the bride, everything changes. The way you feel in your wedding dress, and the way that radiates in your final images, is truly a special kind of magic.”

Photography Tip for the Brides: “So many brides go in with exact expectations of what they want, and come out with something wildly different than what they expected. I found my own gown at Frew’s and it was everything I swore I wouldn’t ever wear. Trust your bridal consultant and go in with an open mind — focus less on the opinions of those around you and on your insecurities, and more on how the dress makes you feel. If you feel amazing in your dress, I can guarantee it will photograph beautifully and result in images that you adore for a lifetime.”

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3.  Every bride has a different style or theme they’re going for. With 30,000 square feet,  Frew’s Bridal has a huge selection of dresses to choose from. Frew’s carries the most affordable designer dresses, which can relieve some financial stress off of a bride without having to settle, but staying in their budget. “My favorite part of helping brides find their dress is talking to the moms, aunts, and sisters, said Sarah Purcell, Frew’s Bridal Manager. “The ladies have watched the bride grow into the beautiful woman she has become. I love watching the bonds between women. It is truly amazing to see the pure joy and happiness that sharing this special moment creates.”

Styling Tip for the Brides:“Shop Early! Brides are shocked to hear it can take up to 6 months for a wedding gown to come in… Selecting your dress is not something you want to rush. So many details revolve around your wedding gown, jewelry..veil..hair..bridesmaid dresses..color schemes.. So, definitely shop early. To get the most out of your appointment call and book your appointment mid week. Sure it might be easier to come in on a Saturday or a Sunday, but that is why they are so busy! If you come on a week day, you will have a more relaxed experience.

Preparing for a wedding can be stressful, but with Frew’s Bridal, dress searching can be an incredible experience.  You can book an appointment online or call us at 1-618-4333-9520.

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All of our models at the shoot!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hues of Frews

No you don’t have to wear white to your wedding. Where did this tradition even come from? Believe it or not, over 175 years ago red was the popular color for  a wedding dress, but Queen Victoria broke the mold. Thank goodness for trend setters or we might still be walking down the aisle looking like a STOP SIGN.

Contrary to popular belief most people don’t actually wear optical white on their wedding day. When you walk into a wedding store, most of the dresses are shades of ivory. Pure white doesn’t usually photograph well and most skin tones look washed out or sallow next an absolute white.

Blush, champagne, sea mist, cafe, white gold, ivory dresses or dresses with silver, gold or blue accents are a great alternative to the traditional bright white wedding dress. Opting for a shade other than absolute white helps bring out the lace appliques, embroidery, or other details.

Try several different hues, before you say yes to the dress.

 

HUES

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For the blushing bride.
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Here’s your something blue.
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This is the perfect example of how ivory over light gold is simply stunning.
This fully beaded gown doesn't come in absolute white because the details of the dress are too pretty to have blend in. The lace is off white and your color options are almond, blush, champagne, ivory, and rose gold.
This fully beaded gown doesn’t come in absolute white because the details of the dress are too pretty to have blend in. The lace is off white and your color options are almond, blush, champagne, ivory, and rose gold.

 

 

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Sneak Peek of our Bridal Photoshoot Collab

We joined forces with some amazing professionals to create some staged romance. We paired up with Kelly Susan Photography and Hair and Beauty by Laura. Kelly and Laura were so fun to work with. They are both a joy to be around, each are very energetic and have an incredible eye for their craft.

We brought four female models into our store last week for fittings to find them their perfect wedding dress for the shoot. It wasn’t hard to find some amazing dresses that fit our models because we have so many dresses to choose from.

They each posed with our male model at a local park. It was funny to see four brides all with one man. I’m sure the spectators at the park were very confused. LOL The weather was great, but it was a bit windy, although their hair and makeup stayed on “fleek” for the entire shoot.

I can’t wait to receive the final edited pictures from the shoot!

 

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Our model is wearing an Allure Madison James Style MJ07. The dress is satin with cap sleeves and a scoop back. Lace wedding dresses have become overdone, so I see satin wedding dresses on the rise with some future brides.

 

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Our model Lauren wore this Impression tulle and lace dress, style 10315. We were scared it was going to be hard to find a long enough dress for her because she is 6 ft! This was the second dress we tried at her fitting and it worked perfectly.

 

 

 

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Our model Maddie wore a white Mori Lee Blu 5209. The lace appliques and hand-cut petals made the dress.

 

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Our model, Kasey wore a high low Moonlight, style T741. The dress has pockets, so of course it won our model’s heart.

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Bridal Trends

Have you always pictured yourself in a lace, pure white long dress? That is the traditional wedding dress. If you’re traditional then that may be the dress for you!

We want encourage women to think outside the seams and pick a dress that really shows their personality. It doesn’t have to be anything crazy. This satin high low dress is very simple, but it’s so unique and elegant.

 

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