Wedding Gown trends and 4 shopping tips with Compleat Couture on Holly’s hot wedding tips
While at the rocky mountain bridal show I had the pleasure of meeting Babara Raskin Myers the head of Compleat Couture Wedding gowns. As I was talking to her I found out that her designer dress shop supported two amazing nonprofits. First, all profits go to James Resource network, which provides services to single parent families. Second, to Brides across America, which helps military brides with their weddings the final Friday of each month. The Highlands Ranch Herald wrote a great article on her giveaway. Click here for my article on James Resource network, the founder Sandra Coen, and more about Babara Raskin Myers. I could not wait to interview Barbra with her wealth of knowledge about weddings and dresses. Read on for Barbra’s tips.
Wedding Gown trends:
- Brides are looking for original and one of a kind gowns. Emphasis on personal fair and a divergence from the cookie cutter look.
- Popular fabrics are lace, chiffon, and intricate bead work.
- Popular wedding gown colors are very pale subdued colors like Ivory & pink.
- Popular effects, Ombre in wedding dresses, in peach, greys, champagnes that tone to brown, really pretty things.
- Bridesmaids colors are still trending to pastels, purples, and everyone is loving shades of Grey
4 Best Wedding Gown Shopping tips
- Have a general Idea of what you want.
- Be open to trying other possibilities. Every designer is different, and choosing the gown to compliment your body type may go beyond
your first try. Try on a large range of dresses to determine what suits you. There is nothing that says you need to look like the bride in the magazine.
- Go by yourself. Too many cooks spoil the soup, and too many well-meaning opinions of friends and family can get in the way of how you look and feel in your wedding gown.
- Hold the 3 or 4 dresses you love most, then return with your wedding party for the final decision.
What to look for in gown fit.
- Finding the one on the rack that fits you will save time and money at the seamstress.
- Try on your dresses without a bra. Most of them have internal lingerie and fit better without your bra. If you need more support add bra cups later. Do keep your spanks on.
Unique Destination weddings
- Ranch or barn weddings, the Colorado equivalent to a Sothern garden wedding.
Barbra’s personal tip to brides. This is a onetime event. Relax and enjoy your day. Avoid tensing up. Enjoy every minute of it. Thank you Babara Raskin Myers at Compleat Couture 7562 S. University, Centennial, CO 80122 http://compleatcouture.com/ (720) 287-4077
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(Holly–>) Good morning Barbara it’s so good to meet you here at complete couture..(Holly –>) So the socially concious bride will know that she can rest assured that buying gowns here that something good will happen from the purchase. (Barabara –>) Something good is going to happen after the purchase is made. (Holly –>) What are the hottest wedding gown trends you see right now? (Barabara –>) This is a little bit different than it was in the east but the equivalent here is the wedding out on ranches is sort of the counter part of the garden weddings in South Carolina. Everybody likes those same dresses. Cut down shapes and lots of dimension in the design of the dresses, original looking things. Lots of lace and laciness more chiffon than i like to see. I just prefer the dresses to have a little more oomph for the most part. We have beautiful, beautiful beadwork and I’m finding that there’s a lot of interest in it. We have a lot of Kenneth Pool and his beadwork is exquisite but that’s not found too much out here. And people are responding to that especially people who are looking for something spectacular for church weddings. So a lot of originality not so much separates but a real tendency to put things together to put some individual flair in the costume not the cookie cutter kind of thing. And we’re good for that because we have almost every dress in here, I bet there’s not 20 duplicates in this whole place. (Holly –>) That’s amazing how great that is. What are the hot fall wedding gown colors you’re seeing? (Barbara –>) Wedding gown colors here so far have been going a little bit more towards the ivory, the pink is back, blush colors very very pale subdued colors. None of the deep colors except in the maids dresses and I’m finding that the interest in the maids dresses is still pastel. It’s got a lot of purple but purples been in for a while. Yellow’s seems to have gone the distance for the moment. Lot of grey, a lot of grey. Everybody shades of grey, Ombre beautiful ombre love the ombre in wedding dresses. We’ve got them now in peach color we’ve got them in greys we’ve gotten them in champagnes that tone to brown, really pretty things. (Holly –>) Very fun. What should brides know about how their gown fits when they’re coming in to get fitted for their wedding gown? Obviously you have a variety of styles and whatever they pull off the rack that’s what they’re going to have. What should they be looking for in fit when they come in? (Barabara –>) In here since we don’t order everything is take it home we have, I would say there’s close to a hundred different manufacturers in here. Everybody’s fit standard is different if you have patience here you can find a dress that will fit you well with very, very little alteration and that makes for big savings. I always suggest that brides try on the dresses without a bra because so many of the dresses are made with actual lingerie construction inside and all the bra will do is just screw up the fit of the bodice of the dress. So we basically just start with a little spanks never hurt anybody on the body spanks but on the top no fancy bra’s or if you need an alteration just put a bust cup in a dress that’s one thing but we don’t want to create that look that’s like a shelf where you take the photograph from the side and you look out and the girls here and the dress is here, not good. (Holly–>) I’ve seen that too in show’s it’s amazing. What common mistakes do you see brides making when they’re picking their dresses? (Barbara –>) Having too specific an idea of what they want before they’ve actually tried on a real range of dresses. Every dress is not for every bride we all know that. What’s in the bridal magazines looks beautiful on the girl it’s been nipped, tucked, pinched and probably if you looked at the back of them there’s a lot going on there with clamps and things. I think that’s it’s very important to embrace your own body type and realize that there are designers who make gowns for every body type and being open to the wonders of the industry because these people know how to make garments. They make absolutely beautiful things and in great variety. So there’s nothing that says that you should wear what the girl down the street wears or the girl in the picture. It should be the dress that’s right for you and in order to find that you’ve got to try a lot of dresses. (Holly –>) What’s the most unique wedding you’ve ever done? (Barbara –>) I think that first wedding on the beach in sandals in Jamaica because at the time nobody had done destination weddings. I went to the floral district in New York and bought the styrofoam platforms and took them out to the airport and got on air Jamaica and we had to pack every last thing there because it was the beginning of setting a standard for something now that happens all over the Caribbean and destinations everywhere. Mexico is killer good at destination weddings. And I loved it because the people there were so thrilled it was so new and so revolutionary and since then there have actually been people who put in their own line of wedding dresses they have their own coordinators on staff. It’s a very very big business and I thought that was the most unique just because it was such high style and the people on the island were so happy and it was a big economic boom to them so that was very terrific. Recently I was in a gay wedding in Philadelphia that a very good friend of mine from the industry married his partner, and Ian Stewart the bridal designer from England did all the dresses and there were 15 dresses and they were all made with the same fabrics and lace. But every one of them was individual and we did a 6 hour photo shoot with the bridal party before the ceremony. It wasn’t very fancy but it was written up in a lot of places and it was just an absolutely beautiful wedding. And as far as style and structure goes that one was unique and current. (Holly –>) What is the best advice you can give a bride getting married based on you expansive knowledge? (Barbara –>) Relax. Just relax. Don’t tense up, everybody feels the jitters a little bit. But it is supposedly, hopefully, a onetime process. And you should enjoy every minute of it. Don’t come to buy a wedding dress with too many brides maids don’t include everybody. Go yourself and get an idea of what it is you like so your personality is there, and then if you want we’ll frequently set up a session where a girl will come in and she’ll choose 3 or 4 dresses that she likes. Put the dresses on hold and then we can sort of help bend things so that they come out with the choice of the dress she liked. Because you get to know the girl and see her honest reactions to things and it’s the brides reaction that’s important not anybody else’s. And mom will always come around in 95% of the cases mom and grandma will come around. The bridal parties are tough and sometimes you thing you’re bringing a whole bunch of good friends or family members to give you good advice and you walk out of the appointment frustrated and disappointed. And I think that’s sad because it should be a lot of fun. (Holly –>) Well thank you so much Barbara