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Join Us for Our Sip & See Bridal Show!

Don’t miss our special Instagram Live fashion show, July 9th, from 8–9pm!

Getting ready to go dress shopping but aren’t sure what to look for? There’s no better way to get acquainted with the range of styles and designers out there than through a fashion show! And while we still can’t hold large events in person, we are delighted to be able to bring you our very own Sip & See bridal fashion show, which you can enjoy virtually from the comfort of your own couch.

Out TWD-ettes will be modeling some of our most popular gowns, from a range of designers, and in a selection of styles and silhouettes. You’ll have a chance to see the way these gowns move, and can ask questions for more info. All you have to do is curl up, pour yourself a glass of wine, and tune in on Instagram!

Here are the gowns we’ll be featuring, in case you want a sneak peek. 😉

Princess Ballgowns: For when you want drama and a classic style.

Ballgowns are a timeless silhouette, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find one that keeps up with the latest trends! Our Sip  & See will feature three ball gowns, each with their own special details. Lucia features exquisite beading in the bodice, Martha has long lace sleeves for that Kate Middleton look, and Marlowe comes in pink with a textured skirt that looks like a cascade of ruffles.

Dresses pictured:

  • Lucia, Essense of Australia
  • Martha, Justin Alexander
  • Marlowe, Essense of Australia

Boho: For when you want a free and easy dress, without compromising on the details.

Boho styles continue to be a big trend in bridal, and we couldn’t be more pleased. We love how these gowns are light and airy without sacrificing any of the little details that makes a wedding dress special, like beading, clouds of lace, or breath-taking design elements. Above are three of our favorites, but several of the ones pictured below also fall into this style. And of course, there’s more where this came from at our store!

Dresses pictured:

  • Rivera, Essense of Australia
  • Cairo, Essense of Australia
  • Emmaline, Essense of Australia

Fit and Flare: For a silhouette with maximum curves.

If you’re ready to knock ‘em dead, these dresses are real show stoppers. We love the vine lace on Cherise, and the lace back to Lolita is one of the most beautiful we’ve ever had in our store. And as for Cambria, the lace train on this gown is Instagram perfect.

Dresses pictured:

  • Cherise, Allure
  • Lolita, Justin Alexander
  • Cambria, Allure

Flowing A-lines: For a flattering silhouette with romantic charm.

Finally, for brides who want to feel dreamy and romantic in their gowns, we will be showcasing several that will make you feel like an utter goddess. Bristol has the boho vibe we love while also featuring a classic fit-and-flare silhouette. Casia has a plunging sweetheart neckline that is set off by delicate lace straps, and Ellora combines a chiffon skirt with a beaded top for an almost Grecian look.

Dresses pictured:

  • Bristol, Essense of Autralia
  • Casia, Allure
  • Ellora, Allure

Spot a dress you like? Come in and try it on.

Seeing our dress selection virtually can help you get an idea for what you want. But there’s nothing like trying dresses on in person to help you make up your mind. If you spot a dress that makes your heart sing—or even just piques your curiosity—schedule an appointment with us to come try it on. We’d love to give you a closer look!

Introducing the Abella Gown Collection from Allure Bridals

The new collection of gowns from Abella are unlike anything we’ve seen before. Come take a look!

After over a year of staying home, many brides are eager to step out and make a splash. If you want a showstopper of showstoppers, then the Abella collection from Allure Bridals is one you can’t miss.

What sets these gowns apart is that many of them incorporate glitter and sparkle in a way we’ve never seen done before. They shimmer. They shine. They’re glamorous but in a way you can’t put your finger on. They have a je ne sais quoi that you have to see in person to appreciate.

These dresses are fresh in, but the reception we’ve gotten from the brides who’ve had a chance to try them on is as enthusiastic as our own. Come in and see for yourself!

Luna Leigh: A deceptively simple ballgown in glitter lace.

Abella luna Leigh

There’s so much to love about Luna Leigh, but we’ll start with the square neckline. We love how clean this is, and it is the perfect silhouette to match the neatly fitted bodice and tailored waistband. The skirt doesn’t have a lot of gathers or pleats at the waist, but flares dramatically into a voluminous skirt. Everything is covered in a glitter lace pattern of delicate vines. If you’re planning your wedding for cooler months, the bodice on this gown would pair perfectly with a fitted jacket.

Astrid Ann: Multidimensional lace with a deep V neckline and cap sleeves.

Abella Astrid

If you’re looking for a gown that makes more of a statement, Astrid Ann is a breath-taking combination of lace and tulle just the right amount of shimmer when it catches the light. The neckline flows smoothly from a deep V in the front to a low scoop in the back. The cap sleeves balance out the bodice and give the gown a traditional look that would be perfect for a large church, although the flower appliques make us long to see it in a garden wedding.

Mikaela: A bombshell silhouette with diamond sparkle tulle.

Abella Mikaela

Inspired by vintage French styles, Mikaela has so many amazing details to recommend it. The most eye-catching, after the hourglass silhouette, is the deep, plunging sweetheart neckline that finishes with a flirty bow at the waist. One of our favorite details, however is that the illusion neckline draws the shimmer from the fabric all the way up to the collarbone, and then sets off by a row of fabric-covered buttons in the back.

Sigrid: A Bardot neckline with lace appliques.

Abella Sigrid

Perhaps the most romantic gown of the collection, Sigrid is a true princess gown. The full-length lace sleeves combine with an off-the-shoulder neckline that dips into a sweetheart in the front and a wide V in the back. Boning in the bodice gives this dress a fitted look at the top, while the pleats at the waistline give the skirt instant volume. Lace appliques bring old world elegance to this gown which finishes off in a long train. We see this as a perfect choice for brides planning a wedding in the fall or the early spring.

Gita Marie: A flowing gown with off-the-shoulder sleeves.

Abella Gita Marie

Gita Marie is a dream. It’s rare to find a dress with so many layers of fabric that still manages to look and feel weightless. The corset boning in the bodice, which is covered by transparent pleats of sparkle tulle, adds structure to an otherwise flowing silhouette. The draped, off-the-shoulder sleeves add the final romantic touch to this fairytale dress. The lightness of this dress makes it a good choice for warm weather, although we love imagining it at a beach wedding, where the wind off the water can let the layers truly billow.

Nadine: A dazzling mermaid silhouette with a plunging neckline.

Abella Nadine

Does your heart skip a beat when you see bling on a wedding gown? Then Nadine may be the dress you can’t miss. The sequins and sparkle on this gown are far from subtle, just like the plunging neckline, which is matched by a deep V in the back and cutouts in the sides. And for brides who want a form-fitting top but don’t want to give up a dramatic skirt, this mermaid silhouette is a dream come true.

Monia: A beaded sheath with a detachable overskirt.

Abella Monia

Have we mentioned before how much we adore detachable overskirts? There’s nothing more fun than a two-in-one dress, especially when both versions are showstoppers on their own. As a sheath dress, Monia stands out for the delicate beading running the full length of the gown, as well as the sheer paneling in the bodice. Paired with the overskirt, the silhouette becomes full and flowing for a ballgown look. We like the idea of making a dramatic entrance in the overskirt for the ceremony before removing layers once it becomes time to dance.

Come into our boutique to try these gowns on for yourself!

The Abella collection is truly one-of-a-kind, but you can’t find them just anywhere. The White Dress is one of a select number of boutiques carrying this collection, and we’re delighted to be able to offer our brides an exclusive look at some of these dresses. So if you want to see them up close, book an appointment with us! We will be delighted to show them off.

Instagram Live: Fashion Show

Calling all brides-to-be!  Who wants to see  bunch of gorgeous dresses from the comfort of their own home?!   Well get ready, because on the evening of Friday, July 9 – this will happen!  Join us on Instagram Live (@thewhitedressmi) and see one of the most fun Live Events of the year!  We will be showcasing some of our most gorgeous gowns on real people – some members of our very own team!  You’ll have the opportunity to ask all the questions you’d like – about the dress, dress shopping, and whatever else you can think of – and get an answer right then and there!

So grab a friend, grab a beverage (we may or may not have a glass in our hand as well) and enjoy the wedding dress fashion show!

Join Us for Our Stella York Designer Preview Trunk Show!

From June 25th to 26th we’ll be showcasing Stella York’s newest designs. Come try them on!

Summer is nearly here, and what better way to kick off the season than by exploring the new collection of gowns at our Stella York trunk show! From June 25th to 26th we’ll be hosting Stella York at our boutique, where brides can come try on a range of gowns including ones we don’t normally carry.

We love Stella York for their ability to balance high-end details at an affordable price point. The result is that every bride can walk away feeling like they have had a truly designer experience without blowing their budget out of the water.

Stella York is also flawlessly on point when it comes to the latest trends. Whether you want that boho bride look, a bit of sheer lace paneling, or an intricately beaded bodice, you can find it in the latest collection.

Needless to say, we’re excited. But if you’re like most brides, you probably haven’t even heard of a “trunk show” before you started gown shopping, but now you’re seeing the term everywhere. You may be wondering what they are, why they’re so special, and whether it makes sense for you to book an appointment at one.

Those are all valid questions, so to settle your curiosity, here’s the details you need to know.

1. Try on gowns you might not otherwise get a chance to see.

As a bridal boutique, we usually carry a selection of gowns from our designers in the store. We choose these gowns carefully, based on the designs we know our brides love, emerging trends, and whatever takes our own fancy. But we don’t have space in our store to carry every gown, and that sometimes means we have to make some hard cuts.

Not at a trunk show, however! The trunk show is a chance for brides to see a designer’s full range, including gowns that haven’t yet made it into the final collection. The designer will also bring gowns from previous years that may no longer be offered in most stores. It’s a chance for a bride to try on dresses that she otherwise not see, and perhaps walk away with a unique gown.

And what is even more special about this particular trunk show is that the gowns in our shop are from a collection-in-the-making! The gowns only exist in one spot in the world that weekend – at The White Dress! Which means your dress will truly be unique!

2. Speak to the Stella York team about possible alterations.

At a trunk show, the designer or members of the design team are at the boutique to answer questions from the brides. If you’ve ever wanted an inside glimpse into how a designer comes up with ideas for a collection, this is an opportunity to hear about it straight from the source.

The designer can also talk through ideas you  may have about how to alter a gown if you find one you love that isn’t all the way there. In some cases, the alteration you have in mind might not be difficult to achieve, and the designer can discuss it with you while you still have the gown on. It’s a chance to share your vision directly with someone who can make it come to life.

Unfortunately, due to the travel restriction with the designer at the moment, this will not be something we can do live and in person, but our Stella York representative will be available to FaceTime and communicate with our brides on that day as much as possible!

3. Get insights on how to accessorize and style your favorite gowns.

The designer can also help you with other decisions you’re making when it comes to your wedding. Torn between a tiara and a veil? Worried that the neckline won’t work with the heirloom necklace you wanted to wear? Secretly suspecting you have too much jewelry picked out and don’t know what piece to cut?

Our own TWD-ettes are always available to help you work through a difficult style choice, but a designer can give you some additional insights into the vision they had in mind when they designed a specific gown. If ever you needed an expert opinion, a trunk show would be the day to get it.

4. Be a part of the design process and score a one-of-a-kind gown.

Possibly the best part about the Stella York Designer Preview Trunk Show is that it is an important moment for the designer as well, because the trunk show allows them to get in-the-moment feedback from brides as they try on gowns. Because these gowns in particular are still in the design process, they haven’t yet made it into the official collection. So the gowns go “on tour” first, to gather feedback from real life brides which will be incorporated into the final collection once it is released.

This gives you a chance to be right in the center of the design process and possibly even snag a completely one-of-a-kind gown from Stella York! Any bride that says yes to a trunk show gown is guaranteed that it will look just like she saw it at the trunk show, but if it gets cut from the collection-in-the-making, then your gown will truly be the only gown like it in the world! This sounds wildly rare, but the fact is that this exact scenario has happened each of the 10 times we have hosted this trunk show over the years!

Reserve your spot today before all the slots are taken!

As you can tell, trunk shows are special occasions for everyone involved, and the Stella York Designer Preview Trunk Show is even more unique and special! Because of this, spots tend to go fast. If you’re dying to try on the latest collection from Stella York, don’t wait to save your place.

If you have questions about a specific gown, feel free to call our store to ask. We’re always happy to answer questions about what styles will be part of the trunk show. If there’s a gown you particularly want to try on, we can also check to see if we can borrow it from the designer so that you can try it on when you’re in the store.

And if you want to try on a style from another designer in our shop, you’re welcome to as well! Sometimes that’s the best way to decide if a designer is for you. Call us today to reserve your appointment!