Bridal Gown Trend in 2017: Illusion Lace Sleeves

Mother of the Bride, for several years strapless bridal gowns dominated the bridal attire landscape, but a different trend seems to have taken hold now—illusion lace sleeves. According to Belle the Magazine—The Wedding Blog for the Sophisticated Bride—illusion lace sleeves are here to stay.

The photo above is actually one I used a couple of years ago of a gown from Chatfield’s, a bridal shop that specializes in modest gowns, but it wonderfully illustrates the illusion lace sleeve trend that is popular currently. I love the delicate and feminine look this particular trend affords—so romantic and even vintage looking.

To see some other absolutely gorgeous gowns featuring the illusion lace sleeve trend, hop on over to Belle the Magazine’s blog post.  The dresses pictured there are all so elegant and stunning. I definitely love this trend!

If your daughter doesn’t have her gown yet, be sure and share this post with her, MOB. She might just find her dream dress—or at least a feature she wants to keep in mind as the two of you begin shopping for her dress. Enjoy this special part of the journey!

*You might also like to read Bridal Gowns with Modest Design—Try Chatfield’s! and New Trend in Wedding Gowns: Lacy Top or Sleeve.

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*Photo compliments of Chatfield’s

Most Important Part of the Bride’s Attire

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Mother of the Bride, your daughter’s attire on her big dream-come-true day will most likely be of prime importance to you both and will take center shopping stage until every piece of it is selected and properly rejoiced over. Just the right gown tops the list, with a perfectly complementing veil and/or headpiece not far behind. Finding gorgeous shoes and deciding on jewelry are also important decisions. Even undergarments get special attention.

But the most important part of her attire on Wedding Day—the thing that will really shine—is love. The love she has for her groom shining in her eyes and on her face will be the thing that makes her truly beautiful. Oh, her attire will certainly add to her beauty, but it will be her loving expressions that the groom and everyone else will remember from that special day. This truth reminds me of a truth expressed in 1 Corinthians 13 in the Bible—if we have not love, we are nothing. (my paraphrase)

So MOB, remind your sweet girl to, yes, select her attire carefully and with great joy, but to remember to relax and simply love. Then she will truly shine on her big day. And everyone will rejoice with her—and with you all!

*You might also want to read Most Important Part of the MOB’s Wedding Day Attire

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*Photo by Flowers Photography

Accent Bridal or Bridesmaid Sash with a Brooch

3544373981_1e396ca374_zMother of the Bride, here is a gorgeous way to accent a sash worn on Wedding Day—a dazzling brooch! The sash itself, of course, is a beautiful accent, but by adding a brooch, the wow factor is taken up to a whole new level.

A sparkling brooch accent will work well for anyone in the bridal party whose attire includes a sash. Whether it’s the bride, the bridesmaids, or even you, MOB, a beautiful brooch will add a special touch that can perfectly complete the wearer’s ensemble for the day.

A brooch will also provide a keepsake memento from this most special of occasions. It can easily be used with other outfits over the years and be a sweet reminder of a wonderful celebration with people you love. Definitely a win-win when it comes to accessories!

If your daughter has chosen gowns—hers or her maids—with sashes, be sure to show her this idea, MOB. And you might even want to shop for a dress with a sash now for yourself, right?!

*You might also like to read Wedding Cake Idea: Beautiful Brooch Accents! and Wedding Idea That Sparkles: A Brooch Bouquet!

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*Flickr photo by Sweet Carolina Photography, Creative Commons License