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Find Your Dream Gown with Modeca’s Le Papillon

 

Having been in the wedding industry for quite some time, we are aware of the designs and brand names that make the most significant statements. One brand that never seems to disappoint is Modeca. Modeca is a world-renowned Dutch bridal house with many showstopping collections under its name. Currently, one of their most popular lines is Le Papillon – a collection that is well known for its celebration of contemporary Dutch couture which centres on precision fit, glamour, and light, romantic designs.

For 2019’s wedding season, Le Papillon has once again wowed us with their innovative, detail-oriented gowns and we cannot wait to share these exclusive dresses with our brides. Here are some of our favourite designs from the current 2019 Le Papillon collection, as well as some designs from the previous season that are still trending.

The Elegant Emera

The Emera dress is a flawless boho design from the 2019 collection made of lace and chiffon. The beaded top of the gown offers exquisite detailing and flows seamlessly down into a skirt that falls from the waist. This effortlessly uncomplicated design can be dressed up with bridal accessories or left as is for a genuinely bohemian wedding.

The Bold Blanca

From their 2018 collection, the ivory Blanca dress is a lace and crepe masterpiece just waiting to be worn. This sleek gown shows every curve of the feminine figure perfectly while flowing down into a dramatic lace train. The low illusion back adds to the allure and mystery of the dress. This dress is ideal for the bride who exudes confidence and poise.

The Exceptional Elvira

The Elvira dress, also a 2019 favourite, is possibly one of the most seductive dresses we have ever seen. Made from crepe and luxurious lace, this mermaid dress features a high collar taking the place of an embellished necklace. Sexy and form-fitting, the gown flares at the bottom, leaving the wearer looking as though she is floating on clouds.

The Bewitching Beautiful

True to its name, the Beautiful dress by Le Papillon is another 2018 creation that we cannot stop admiring. Available in ivory or beige, this gown is enveloped in a lace overlay from top to bottom with a low back that spills into a gorgeously bold statement train. This timeless design is the type of dress that will stay in vogue for many seasons to come.

If you love Le Papillon just as much as we do, contact Timeless Bridal Couture for your exclusive bridal consultation.

 

 


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Experience the Luxury of a La Papillon Wedding Dress

 

Are you planning to go wedding dress shopping in the near future? The new wedding dress collection from La Papillon has been launched, and it is simply to die for! Amongst all the wedding dress collections from designers all over the world, the Papillon wedding dresses are some of the most desirable and sought after. The designs are sublime and subtle, modern with a vintage touch, and always filled exude romance.

Whether you are looking for something soft and flowing, a stunning ballgown, something slightly unusual, or a narrow silhouette that will make your figure look fantastic, a wedding dress from La Papillon is just what you need. At Timeless Bridal Couture, we stock some of the latest designs.

The 2019 La Papillon collection is designed for the modern bride and brings a sense of exclusivity to any wedding. The collection’s creative approach to bridal gowns is well known, which is why these wedding dresses are stocked by bridal gown boutiques all over the world. Even though there are new dresses being designed every year, La Papillon wedding dresses are created with timelessness in mind. These wedding dresses showcase distinct contrasts – they are timeless yet modern, stylish yet cheeky, elegant yet trendy, and sexy yet demure.

The new 2019 La Papillon wedding dress collection mostly features sleek silhouettes with detailed lace, shimmers of crystals, and for those who prefer a more princess-like look, fuller skirts created from soft, flowing fabrics. The La Papillon collection is for the trendy bride who loves vintage or classic, but with a bit of an edge.

About Modeca

Modeca is a Dutch company operating from Oldenzaal in the Netherlands. Having first started out creating lace in 1946, they later expanded into the design and manufacture of bespoke bridal wear and have never looked back. They now carry a variety of their own brands, including La Papillon, which is one of their most popular bridal lines. They always strive to make magic happen and dreams come true for brides all over the world. Their bridal gowns are hand crafted to provide an artistic and authentic touch, and the bridal gown industry has been influenced by Modeca in a big way. They truly know how to make wedding magic happen with innovative design and imagination.

3 of the New La Papillon Wedding Dresses from the 2019 Collection

  1. Enya: A wonderful option for a winter wedding is this classic, figure-hugging wedding dress created in tulle. The lace sleeves flare at the elbow to create a romantic feel, and the see-through lace-covered shoulders top off a wonderful sweetheart bustline with a deep V-shape. The skirt is slightly flared for easy movement and a vintage feel.
  2. Everdale: For those who would like a ballgown look with a twist, the Everdale is perfect! Layers of tulle create a fantastically full skirt, and the bodice is form fitting and laced down the front for a corseted look. You cannot go wrong with this dress if you want to float down the aisle like a fairy!
  3. Esmee: This is the perfect dress for brides who want something different. It is simply breathtaking and highly unusual! A form-fitting underlay is created in black or dark blue tulle, but with an ivory lace overlaying the entire dress. This provides a most unusual oyster-grey effect that shimmers through the lace as the bride moves. The bust is embroidered in ivory with a floral appliqué and the aesthetics are highly pleasing. This is the ultimate dress for the edgy, modern woman who doesn’t want to get married in the usual ivory or white, but would still like to retain the magic and romance of a traditional wedding gown.

It is hard to find fault with any of the dresses in the La Papillon range. If you would like to view what we have on offer from this range, please make an appointment with our consultants at Timeless Bridal Couture. We will schedule a time especially for you and will not see any other clients during your appointment. This means that we can give you our full attention to discuss your needs and desires. Call us today to make an appointment.

 


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Imported Designer Brands Don’t Get Better Than Our La Sposa Collection

 

At Timeless Bridal Couture, we see many fashion-forward brides who demand nothing less than the best when it comes to the most important dress they will ever wear. Imported designer dresses are in high demand, and it is for this reason that we will explore why these brands will never forfeit their claim to the fashion crown.

What Is a Designer Wedding Dress?

Often synonymous with luxury items, a designer label is a brand that has been designated to a specific product. All products within this brand adhere to similar crafting and quality guidelines, and the original creator of the line is usually the one who comes up with the label’s name and business direction. In terms of bridal fashion, designer dresses carry the name of their designer group, while the other dresses in the line incorporate similar silhouettes and textiles.

Are Designer Wedding Dresses Better?

Whether or not a designer dress is better will have a lot to do with the designer in question. Brands that have been around for a while and have an established reputation will always be your best bet. If the brand is known to create quality items that look good and last, then your purchase will be the ideal investment. Designer brands imported from fashion capitals in Europe, such as Paris, Milan, and Barcelona, are also more in tune with global vogue trends, which put you on par with your favourite celebrities and fashion icons.

Staying on Trend With La Sposa by Pronovias

At Timeless Bridal Couture, we love paying close attention to international bridal trends, and we keep our eyes peeled for designer brands that exude classic luxury. One such name is La Sposa by the Barcelona-based designer brand Pronovias. The La Sposa collection is known for its use of soft, luxurious tulle and delicate lace, as well as its intricate details on every single one of its astounding creations. La Sposa’s unique wedding gowns all feature a romantic, fairytale-like silhouette that every woman loves to dream of wearing on her wedding day. Known for their quality execution of designs and marvellous testimonials, the La Sposa line is one that will leave every bride with share-worthy photographs of her special day. Have a look below for some of our favourite darlings from the 2018-2019 collection.

The Banzare Dress

This V-neck, plunging neckline dress is made from exquisite lace and features crepe inserts within its lavishly long train. Delicate embroidery and fine floral motifs coat the exterior. This gown will leave any bride feeling like true royalty.

The Pakistan Dress

This sheer mermaid dress only becomes more seductive with its sexy V-back. The bodice of this dress is made of tulle and beaded embroidery appliqués that create the illusion of a second skin. The flowing crepe skirt means you can twirl your special night away on the dance floor and look drop-dead gorgeous doing it. For brides who love to maintain an air of mystery while donning something classic, this dress is the perfect match.

The Balimena Dress

For our beautiful boho-chic brides, the Balimena gown is simply breathtaking. This V-neck gown flows gorgeously into its goddess-like, chiffon skirt, while the bodice features intricate rhinestone and thread embroidery elements. Light and soft, this airy dress will leave you feeling as though you are floating on clouds as you walk down the aisle.

The Patri Dress

Do you love long sleeves and low backs? The Patri gown by La Sposa is certainly a dress to look out for. This mermaid dress is made from luxurious lace and covered in guipure appliqués from top to bottom. The sweetheart neckline demurely leads one into elegant, illusion sleeves and a tasteful V-back. The Patri dress will leave any wearer looking and feeling captivating.

If you find yourself following international trends, or if you just enjoy the extravagance of imported designer brands, then you won’t find any collection more exclusive than the La Sposa line. At Timeless Bridal Couture, we love to bring our clients a range of world-renowned collections that guarantee quality and sophistication. If you are interested in one of our La Sposa dresses or any of the other brands that we house, feel free to book your appointment with us today for your consultation.

 

 


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Experience the Elegance of Our La Sposa Collection

 

Pronovias is a world-renowned fashion group offering designs that are hand-crafted in the heart of Barcelona, Spain. Quality fabrics, fashion-forward designs, and refined details are what sets Pronovias apart from other brands. Pronovias, always seeking to remain innovative and modern, has introduced its La Sposa collection. La Sposa has captured the hearts and imaginations of brides worldwide with its graceful, flowing wedding dresses. The main feature of La Sposa wedding dresses is their unique designs made of tulle and lace (two of the most romantic fabrics, if you ask us) which aim to highlight every feminine charm. If dreamlike designs leave you catching your breath, La Sposa may have the wedding dress you have been searching for.

At Timeless Bridal Couture, we have seen wedding dresses from across the globe and we are absolutely enamoured with the La Sposa collection. La Sposa’s wedding dress designs cater perfectly to the diversity we see in South African brides – from slender to curvy, and every silhouette in between. We love La Sposa so much, in fact, that we have decided to create a list of our absolute favourite wedding dresses within the collection.

The Beautiful Bisel

If you love top-to-bottom lace, then the Bisel dress is for you. This gorgeous gown is covered in luxurious lace and complemented by its full, dramatic flare skirt. An illusion neckline takes this dress from traditional to subtly seductive, whilst maintaining the graceful, feminine form we have come to know and love from La Sposa.

The Pretty Parker

For those who find nothing more irresistible than innocent simplicity, La Sposa’s Parker dress will certainly impress. The Parker wedding gown keeps it minimalistic in all the right ways. A strapless, sweetheart neckline shifts focus to the shoulders and décolletage, while the slightly lower back brings an element of sexiness to the design. The full sheath dress has a detachable tulle skirt, a feature some brides look for when deciding on a dress that won’t fail them while they twirl the night away.

The Magnetic Mullet

La Sposa’s Mullet dress is easily one of the most glamorous dresses we have ever seen, serving you old Hollywood high fashion. The trumpet wedding dress features an exquisite tulle ruched sweetheart neckline, and the bold skirt is made from tulle and luxurious guipure. Walking down the aisle in the Mullet wedding gown is sure to leave any bride feeling as though she walked right off the pages of a European fashion magazine.

The Heart-Stopping Haiko

This empire-waist wedding dress is a stunning reflection of the La Sposa collection’s ability to create a gown that truly celebrates the feminine form. The structured bodice is made from delicate guipure and luxurious Chantilly lace that leads into a soft chiffon skirt. This dress is ideal for brides who want elegance, distinction, and finesse.

The Radiant Robin

Classic mermaid gowns are beloved by most brides, which makes the Robin dress in the La Sposa collection a favourite. The dress is made from tulle, lace, and guipure of the finest quality, and its decorous train is sure to catch every eye in the room. The dress has a strapless, sweetheart neckline, but can be ordered with a jacket that creates a lace illusion neckline for brides who wish to show less décolletage or just want to add more detail.

The Beaming Baronia

Exuding pristine class, the Baronia wedding dress is fit for royalty. This figure-hugging mermaid dress with a low back and plunging neckline is the embodiment of alluring perfection. Dripping with dainty lace details, the Baronia gown expands into a beautiful tulle train. This is the ideal gown for a bride who is unafraid to be her true, beautiful self.

The Poignant Padau

The Padau wedding dress from the La Sposa collection is truly a one-of-a-kind gown made for a one-of-a-kind bride. This ravishing dress is made from quality lace and crepe formed into a lovely mermaid silhouette. The dress comes with an optional jacket that creates an illusion neckline. Refined brides who enjoy the finer things in life will adore this gown.

At Timeless Bridal Couture, our passion is to help every bride find the perfect dress to suit her style, silhouette, and taste. Our La Sposa collection is geared towards making you feel like the gorgeous, sexy, and sophisticated bride you are. If you are interested in our La Sposa collection, or any of our other designer brands, feel free to contact us today to book your appointment.

 

 


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Designer Wedding Dresses for Johannesburg Brides

 

As a bridal boutique situated in Pretoria, it is not at all uncommon that we see brides from all over Johannesburg looking for their perfect wedding dresses. Now, whether one lives in Pretoria, Johannesburg, or any of the other surrounding areas, you will know how commonplace bridal shops are. There are hundreds upon hundreds of wedding dress suppliers, so what exactly is it that draws prospective brides from all over the province to us, especially Johannesburg? The answer to that is simple: designer wedding dresses.

Through trial and error (including online shipping disasters), many brides have learnt from the mistakes of others by refusing to settle for second best. Designer gowns not only guarantee quality products, but they also guarantee that you will be receiving a gown that is beautiful, in vogue, and expertly made. At Timeless Bridal Couture, we have several designer names to choose from and some truly spectacular dresses with collections that are already on trend for 2019. If, like our Johannesburg brides, you find yourself seeking premium brands and a service-driven boutique, then you have certainly come to the right place. Have a look below for some of our favourites of the season.

The Destiny Dress – Modeca

Destiny is a dress by the Dutch bridal house, Modeca. This design is a part of our 2019 Modeca launch and has gained a lot of attention since its release. This dress, made from exquisitely detailed lace and tulle, has a figure-hugging mermaid silhouette that flows into a gorgeous train. With an open back and straps made from the most intricate lace, this dress gives the impression of innocence and sexiness at the same time. This is an ideal dress for anyone who doesn’t want to stray too far from a traditional type of dress, while still maintaining a subtle element of seduction.

The Bisel Dress – La Sposa by Pronovias

La Sposa is a line by Pronovias, a designer brand based in the heart of Spain. La Sposa is known for streamlined dresses and delicate details – and all of these aspects are encapsulated in the stunning Bisel dress. This dress is for anyone who absolutely adores lace. A bold flare skirt is complemented by a feminine illusion neckline, exactly the type of dramatic look that Johannesburg brides enjoy.

The Obdulia Dress – White One by St. Patrick

Characterised by simple, clean lines and unmatched quality, White One by the brand St. Patrick has presented us with a true work of art in the Obdulia dress. This mermaid dress incorporates a sweetheart neckline combined with a plunging V neck. Beaded thread embroidery is scattered across luxurious tulle, ending in a show-stopping train. For brides who love sleek, minimalistic beauty, the Obdulia dress may be the right choice.

Design 6747 – Stella York

The Australian designer Stella York is known for titillating floral laces, shimmering sequins, and classic details like delicate beadwork. The 6747 dress is one of those magnificent dresses that looks just as good in a castle as what it does on a beach. The bodice has a V neckline and shoestring straps, and is made from organza, lace, and a stacked sequin effect, while the skirt is formed by relaxed crepe chiffon that creates a casual, flowing sheath silhouette. A plunging, open back and side slit in the dress takes this dress from boho-chic to alluringly provocative. This easy-to-wear gown is a faultless option for our more casual brides who would love to dance the night away in a dress that moves with them.

The Lulu Dress – Colet by Nicole Spose

The famous Italian designer, Nicole Spose, has released her 2019 line for the Colet collection, and we are thrilled to introduce some of the most elegant dresses we have ever seen. One such dress is the Lulu gown. This light pink gown (also available in ivory and white) has a bodice covered in intricate lace details and a full, soft-frill skirt. This dress truly is a masterpiece that was made with royalty in mind.

If, like our visitors from Johannesburg, you find yourself with a hankering for outstanding quality, unmatched style, and exclusive designer brands, why not come and have a look at some of the beguiling brands we have in stock. Contact us to book your appointment.

 

 


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Find the One with Le Papillon

 

It seems as though life is all about finding the right one. As a child, your parents had to find the right school for you to attend. As a student, you spent time finding the right second-hand car to take you where you needed to go. As a woman, perhaps most importantly, it took you years to find the right man to marry. He bought the ring, and you said yes, and now it is time to find the next right one for you – yes, we are talking about your wedding dress.

We aren’t about to downplay just how important your wedding dress is. It can be a lot of pressure to find a dress that represents who you are, reflects your unique style, and fits you just right. Looking and feeling good on your special day is of utmost importance because the beauty of the day will never fade in your mind, and you will want to make memories that last. How does one go about wearing a dress that hugs all the right curves, hides all the wrong ones, and complements the type of figure you have? Some prospective brides start to feel that the pressure of finding the right dress is too much, and with little to no support from professional stylists, they may find themselves settling for a gown that is not their dream dress.

At Timeless Bridal Couture, every bride matters to us, which is why we put our best foot forward with support, guidance, and styling advice when it comes to the beautiful ladies who walk through our doors. In keeping with our standards of excellence and quality, Timeless Bridal Couture is a proud stockist of our flagship designer, Modeca. Modeca is a world-renowned Dutch bridal house that has introduced us to their elegant and glamorous collection, Le Papillon. Le Papillon’s line keeps up with seasonal trends and never fails to impress the brides who see these gorgeous gowns. Below we share some of our favourite wedding gowns within the Le Papillon collection.

The Eleanora Dress

One look at our Eleanora dress and it isn’t hard to imagine why it made our list of favourites. This gown from Le Papillon’s 2019 line exudes a dreamlike, soft romance and has a silhouette that suits most body types. Made from exquisitely soft tulle and detailed lace, this ballgown looks like it belongs to royalty. If you love soft, flowing ballgown dresses, then this cloud-like wonder may be the right one for you. This dress is available in ivory and salmon/blue.

The Emma Dress

Mermaid dresses are back in this season, with their trademark fit and flare silhouette that is adored by brides with fuller figures or those who just want a gown that hugs their curves. One such wedding dress is the Emma. This strapless, tulle dress does not shy away from making a bold statement with its dramatic, embroidered lace and sexy low back. Both elegantly relaxed and yet refined, this dress is a stunner for brides who love both boho-chic and classic glamour.

The Ezra Dress

This form-fitting gown is made from luxurious lace and tulle, and we’ve never seen a high lace neckline quite like Ezra’s. Keeping on par with 2019 trends, Ezra’s low illusion back is the real highlight of this remarkable gown. If you are looking for meticulous detail and sophistication, we highly recommend this wedding dress for you.

The Estelle Dress

To end off our list of absolute favourites, we would love to introduce you to one of the most exquisite dresses we have ever laid eyes upon – the Estelle wedding dress. Beautifully hand-beaded detail on a luxurious Chantilly lace, boho-inspired gown culminates in a dress that dreams are made of. Effortlessly gorgeous, the Estelle dress doesn’t have to try hard at all to leave a lasting impression on all who gaze upon this enchanting belle of a dress.

At Timeless Bridal Couture, we understand brides and their pressures, apprehensions, and search for the right gown for their Big Day. It is for this reason that our boutique houses some of the finest international designers. We invite you to come and find the right one for you.

 


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The Wedding Dress – Then and Now

 

Today, the wedding dress is an essential, integral component of weddings in their entirety. Whilst the groom is waiting, the wedding begins with the arrival of the bride in a beribboned, highly polished vehicle. Next, the dewy-eyed bride begins her slow, stately walk down the aisle to meet up with her groom. This is followed by the marriage ceremony, the arm-in-arm exit from the church, chapel, or temple into a shower of flower petals or rice.

Parties and Pictures for Posterity

Before the reception begins, scenic wedding photographs record the joyous initial part of the event for posterity. Next, the celebratory wedding reception takes place – a great party in honour of the happy couple’s commitment and union, as well as for the invited guests, who attended the wedding to bear witness to the nuptials and celebrate the occasion.

Gown of Every Girl’s Dreams

It’s no surprise that the wedding dress which adorns the beautiful bride occupies such pride of place. It’s virtually the first thing a woman thinks of after her beloved has popped the Big Question and she has accepted the proposal of marriage. Months and months are spent studying bridal magazines and internet sources for that perfect wedding dress, the gown of every girl’s dreams.

Seldom, if ever, do brides-to-be pause to think about the history of the wedding dress – where it all started, and how these special garments have evolved to become today’s specialised couture gowns, available from specialised wedding dress boutiques like Timeless Bridal Couture, which offers exclusive wedding dresses from some of the best international designers’ collections.

A Brief History of the Wedding Dress

Throughout history, until Queen Victoria’s marriage to Prince Albert in 1840, brides wore the best garments they owned, unless their parents were particularly wealthy, in which case a special dress, in any colour, depending on the dies that were available, might be made by a seamstress or someone who was handy with a needle and thread.

In the colder countries, June was the most popular month for marriages, since June was warm enough to take a bath, an event which often only took place annually. In June, both the bride and her groom were relatively fresh and clean. If less so, it is said that the bridal bouquet helped to banish odours.

Few brides wore white, which wasn’t freely available because the fabric had to be bleached. Moreover, white garments showed up the presence of dirt and stains. Queen Victoria wore a white wedding dress, made of copious amounts of fabric During the Victorian Era, and the queen’s fashions set the tone and trends for ladies’ fashions.

Thereafter, white wedding gowns and fully gathered skirts became a must for fashionable ladies of the wealthy classes, especially for special occasions like weddings. Moreover, the use of lots of fabric indicated that money was plentiful. Queen Victoria’s black mourning dresses were also copied after her beloved Albert’s death. Since then, fashions and trends have come and gone, often re-emerging in modern guise.

Modern Designs

At Timeless Bridal Couture, some of our dress designs reflect hints of historical wedding gowns, but in the most modern, tasteful way. For your convenience, our ranges and collections are subdivided according to the designers, and by the style, design, mood, or trend which inspired each artistic creation – for each preference, style, and silhouette.

 


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The Most Iconic Wedding Dresses of the Last Century

Timeless, glamorous, and classic – these are words often used when describing the bridal looks of eras gone by. Many brides today look to famous celebrities when deciding on their wedding style, and because fashion is cyclical, memorable looks from decades ago can even be recreated. Before any vows can be exchanged by a celebrity power couple, the question on everyone’s lips always concerns what the dress will look like. This is because a wedding dress can set the tone for the entire wedding, as it is such a direct representation of who and what the bride wishes to present to the world. Below we look at some of the most iconic dresses of the last century, and the lasting impact they have had throughout the years.

Jacqueline Kennedy – 1953

Before her marriage to Aristotle Onassis (and subsequently being known as “Jackie O”), Jacqueline married future president John F. Kennedy at the bright, young age of 24. Wearing short white gloves, a billowing, full veil, and beautiful round skirt, this ivory silk taffeta dress featured its well-remembered portrait neckline.

Grace Kelly – 1956

When American actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956, nobody foresaw how lasting this dress’s impression would be. Film studio MGM is to thank for one of the mid-20th century’s most awe-inspiring wedding dresses made of satin, lace, seed pearls, and a beautifully fitted long-sleeve bodice with a high collar. To hold her veil in place, Grace chose a Juliet cap made from lace, beads, and a flower crown. With over 80 metres of tulle used to make the veil, we are sure her 600 guests all saw a sight to behold.

Mia Farrow – 1966

During her wedding to musician Frank Sinatra, Mia Farrow actually wore a two-piece white suit, which was quite representative of the mod look in the 60s. This wedding look was neat, clean, and became a lasting, classic go-to look for brides who didn’t want to wear a full wedding dress.

Lady Diana Spencer – 1981

Princess Diana’s dress has gone down in history as one of the most dramatic royal dresses ever worn. Made from silk taffeta and lace, this ivory bridal gown was detailed with embroidery, sequins, and over 10 000 pearls. Lady Diana’s puffed sleeves instantly became vogue and showcased how bold the brides of the 1980s were in their fashion sense. Despite critique that the dress seemed to drown Lady Di out, many people still argue that it remains one of the most beautiful wedding dresses of all time.

Pippa Middleton – 2017

Even though her sister, Kate, had a gorgeous dress herself, it was Pippa Middleton who made waves with her Giles Deacon wedding dress, complete with cap sleeves, a high collar, and a heart-shaped open back. Hand-appliquéd silk-cotton lace cemented this stunning dress in the fashion hall of fame indefinitely.

At Timeless Bridal Couture, we are home to designer wedding dresses that are ideal for brides who draw inspiration from classic looks that stand the test of time. Contact us for a booking today.

 

 


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Wedding Dresses of the Past – What We Can Learn

Wedding dresses, and fashion in general, has changed immensely over the past century. The white wedding dresses we have today can be traced back to Queen Victoria, who wore a white lace gown at her wedding – this sparked a trend amongst the elites of the day, and the tradition has persisted ever since.

But, the buck didn’t stop with Queen Victoria, as the wedding dress culture has now taken on a life of its own, and in our present day and age, there are multiple styles to choose from – many that maintain a strong nod to dresses of ages past. Fashion is cyclical, and most wedding gowns today are not the first of their kind, but rather a revival of movements that made a statement during former fashion phases. In this article, we are going to have a look at some of the wedding dress styles that have stood the test of time, and some that should never have been invented in the first place.

The 1910s

The 1910s were the dawning of a new century and thus introduced many new customs. It was during these years that people were dancing more often at weddings, and late Edwardian wedding dresses had to adapt accordingly. The 1910s saw women favouring looser high-neck collar and empire line waist dresses, lace, and ruffles. We see hints of this style in our modern take of the “vintage” dress style.

Flapper Dresses of the Dapper ‘20s

The roaring 1920s marked the end of World War I and the beginning of the great economic boom. People were living more freely and it showed in their weddings. Wedding dresses bordered on risqué with hemlines that crept up towards the knee. A dropped waist was favoured and lavish materials, such as silk and lace, were preferred.

The 1950s

This is the decade in which Jackie Kennedy donned her iconic white number. It was here that full skirts and portrait necklines became a trend that saw many brides flocking to get their hands on a ballgown styled dress.

Swinging in the 1960s

Brides in the ‘60s left the full dresses behind in favour of slimmer (and shorter) column dresses, sometimes with the empire waistline that seemed to make a comeback.

Rocking the 1980s

The hippy-era seventies saw a boom in large, puffy sleeves, and this style was cemented in fashion history by Princess Diana’s ivory silk taffeta gown in 1981. After inflated sleeves began to die down, the late eighties were a time recognised for their strapless sweetheart gowns.

The Modern 2000s

Tighter A-line dresses found their place in vogue, but brides were beginning to diversify their tastes, and the rules of trends began to blur.

Today

Wedding dresses have come full circle and we see a culmination of past trends. Courtesy of the house of Givenchy, Meghan Markle wore her understated, minimalist silk cady dress this year. This simple design with sleeves seems to be making a huge comeback, with most of the detail being left to delicate jewellery and the veil.

If you want a classic, elegant dress that will look good in photographs for decades to come, why not consider Timeless Bridal Couture? Contact us today to book your appointment.


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5 Things Nobody Told You About Choosing a Wedding Dress

Wedding planning is such fun! And choosing the dress is the best part, isn’t it? Well, no, for some people it’s not. For some people, it is easier to plan an entire wedding than finding the most suitable dress. Oh the pressure! Everybody is going to remember this dress, so you have to get it right. There are some things that people never tell prospective brides before they get married. We would like to help you with some of these.

1. It may help to remember that your childhood wedding dreams may not resonate with who you are today. Yes, the dress that Princess Diana wore was the most amazing wedding creation that you had ever seen at the time, but it is now three decades later and much has changed. Dump the old ideas and bring in the new! Look at some magazines and find your new dream dress.

2. You will have to kiss a lot of frogs – so to speak – before finding the right dress. Not many of us are lucky enough to find the perfect dress after trying on less than five. If this happens to you, you are very, very fortunate indeed. You will have to work your way through different styles, sizes and looks, and you need ample time to have your wedding dress altered (if needed). This is why you need to have a great bridal boutique on your side. They will be able to make the trying-on and fitting process easier, and spare you from slipping in and out of dresses to the point of exhaustion.

3. Not everything in the shop is going to fit you, so you have to use your imagination. Even if the buttons won’t reach each other or the bust hangs around your waste, you simply have to trust the instincts of your wedding consultant when they tell you that they can fix it to look beautiful. They possess all the expertise and master seamstresses, after all.

4. Don’t just choose a dress because it is trendy – keep in mind that the Princess Di dress was also trendy at the time. You want to look good in your wedding pictures when you pour over them on your fiftieth wedding anniversary. And you never know who may wear it again after you – maybe your daughter or your daughter in-law. Choose something timeless and classic.

5. Remember that you get what you pay for. In other words, if you are looking for a dress of high quality, whether it be concerning the design or the workmanship of the dress, you can expect to pay for that level of quality. No bride wants to look cheap by wearing a cheap dress on her Big Day, so make sure that you budget properly for this.

If you are about to choose a wedding dress, it helps to make use of professional consultants who work in the business and know all the ins and outs. You can place your wedding dress woes and demands in their hands, and they will be able to help you find your perfect dress. All you have to do is contact Timeless Bridal today!