Brides Against Breast Cancer – Anaheim

Brides Against Breast Cancer is back in Southern California and they are looking for all Brides, Vendors, and Volunteers interested in participating in their upcoming Charity Bridal Gown Sale.  This is such a wonderful organization and if you’re looking for an awesome gown and a wonderful price, this is an event you don’t want to miss!

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Brides you will find some awesome deals on gowns by well-known designers and get to see some of amazing vendors. All of this to support a wonderful cause.   BABC is a non-profit organization is committed to raising over $2 million dollars to fund free support services to anyone impacted by cancer.   You can find more info at www.bridesagainstbreastcancer.org.

Erika’s Elegance Weddings and Events is also a sponsor of this wonderful event and will be hosting a booth.  We hope to see you there!

Take Care,

Erika

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On the Move – Brides Against Breast Cancer in Long Beach, CA

Calling All Brides!!!

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There is nothing that gives me more joy than volunteering and when it is for a great cause that’s even double the joy.  Brides Against Breast Cancer will be coming to Long Beach on October 12th at the Recreation Park Golf Course and you don’t want to miss it.  There will be awesome giveaways, awesome vendors and most of all wonderful deals on your wedding gown.

Erika’s Elegance will be there and encourage you to come out and support and spread the word.  BABC is a non-profit organization committed to raising over $2 million dollars fund free support services to anyone impacted by cancer.

Over the past year I have had the pleasure volunteering as their LA City Coordinator and it has been so rewarding and fulfilling.

Do you want to attend the show?  Be a vendor? or even volunteer?  Please click here for more information.

Let’s make a difference together!

Take Care,

Erika

 

Spreading the Word

Having an awesome time at the Premier Bridal Show at the Hyatt in Westlake.  Out here promoting our upcoming Brides Against Breast Cancer Nationwide Tour of Gown Sale in Whittier.

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I decided to wear pink lipstick to go with the breast cancer theme.

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Check out the beautiful Alfred Angelo gown that decorated our table.  One of the many wonderful gowns you’ll find at the upcoming show in Whittier.

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Our booth was right at the forefront of all the happenings.

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And we got to meet this beauty with her gold glittered painted hooves from Enchanted Carriages.  How fun!!!

I love supporting the cause any way I can and look forward to our upcoming Whittier event.  You don’t want to miss it!

Take Care,
Erika

Yes, It’s Gotta be Perfect!

The perfect gown, is a MUST for your perfect day.  Purchasing your gown is one of the most important decision you’ll make.  Saturday we did a post on the various gown types and which goes well with your body shape.  If you missed it, check it out.

Although the gown type or style is important, there are other important elements as well.  Finding the right material, the right color, and the right embellishments are all deciding factors.  Finding your gown should be a fun experience for you and those who join you.  Often I see brides get anxious, and I totally understand because you want to get it right, after all getting married is an iconic event.  But starting early in your process and going to a reputable bridal boutique will help to minimize some of the stress.

FABRIC – There are so many types of fabrics for gowns below are a few of my favorites.  You can have the same dress in a different fabric and it will give you a totally different look.

  • Silk is the most popular and my absolute favorite.  It is noted for providing a crisp and defined look.  It is a very durable fabric and provides an illustrious sheen.  There are different types of silk and all provide a different texture.  It is also one of the more expensive fabrics for bridal gowns.
  • Satin is a very common fabric for bridal gowns.  It is a smooth, heavy fabric and provides a high sheen on one side.
  • Taffeta is a crisp, smooth, plain woven fabric either medium-weight or light-weight.  It can be made from acetate, nylon, rayon, or silk.
  • Chiffon is very delicate and sheer.  It is made from silk or rayon and has a very soft finish.  It is often layered because it is so transparent and is often used for skirting and sleeves.
  • Organza is a crisp and sheer fabric very much like Chiffon.  However it is a little stiffer but flows better.  It is often used for the skirting and overlays of the bridal gown.

Bridal designer Sarah Nouri of New York uses a vast array of fabrics.  I was able to see her new collection this past week at the Luxe Wedding Event.  It was simply amazing.  Check out how the skirt flows on this gown.

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COLOR – Traditionally brides only had to choose from white and ivory, but now there are so many others to choose from.  Some of the fun colors that I have seen and worked with are blush, champagne, gold and for the bolder bride, even blacks and reds.  Check out this show stopper by Sarah Nouri which is a soft grey.  Simply marvelous.

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Although there are a lot of brides still opting for the traditional white and ivory, designers have made it easier for you to let your inner beauty and character flow through.

EMBELLISHMENTS are the last important element I want to discuss.  They can range from crystals (of course my favorite), lace, and flowers or even additional pieces that can be taken off to give a totally new look at the reception.  I loved what Sarah Nouri did with this bridal gown.  Two totally different looks in one.

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The key is to try on various types of gowns until you find the right one that feels good for you.  During my gown shopping process, I thought my dress would be the mermaid fit in white.  Little did I know I would walk down the aisle in a strapless, princess gown.  I still can’t believe it because I was so not the princess type.  But it worked well with my body type and I must say, I felt very beautiful.  That’s been almost six years ago and my choice would still be the same.

I always tell my brides, when you find the right gown, it is a feeling you’ve never had before.  I can often tell by their movement in the dress and the look in their eyes.  If you are looking for a bridal gown, contact me and I can let you know of some very reputable bridal boutiques that would be great for you.

In the meantime, check out some more of the wonderful Sarah Nouri gowns from the fashion show.

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Take care and until next time Happy Dress Shopping!

Erika

Bridal Gowns and Body Types

Your wedding gown is one of the most important components to your wedding day. But how do you know if it’s the right gown?There are many elements to consider when picking a gown. Two of the most important things a bride must consider is finding a gown that fits her overall wedding theme and one that compliments her body type making her look like a million bucks! Whether you have an hour glass or pear shaped body figure, there is definitely a dress out there for you that will make you feel confident, comfortable and chic.

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Most brides are not familiar with the many styles of bridal gowns.  First you want to determine your body type and then look at the gowns that would showcase your body the best.

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1.  SHEATH – The sheath closely follows the line of the body, creating a form-fitting look.  The Sheath, ,also known as the Column Wedding Dress, runs vertically from the shoulders down; the hem does not flair out at the bottom.  These dresses are body-hugging and work best for slim brides with balanced figures.  It is also suitable for petite brides – the sheath elongates the appearance of the body.  This dress also compliments those with a slim hour glass figure.  This dress style can also be used for receptions for the bride who may want to change.

2.  A-LINE – The traditional A-line wedding dress displays a close-fitting bodice, and a skirt that gently begins to flare away from the body, starting right below the natural waist. The dress is typically made out of a heavier fabric to help sustain its structure.  This dress works well with the pear body shape.

3.  EMPIRE– An empire-style gown features a high waistline (right under the bust), falling into a slimmer, yet not body-fitting skirt.  This is a very forgiving wedding dress shape and is great for many body types, but especially flattering on pear-shaped, petite, and full-figured brides.

4.  TRUMPET – The trumpet features a gradually-flared skirt and a close-fitting bodice that fits the body through the hips.  Most trumpet gowns begin to flare about mid-thigh.  As the name suggests, this gown’s gradual flare resembles the shape of the bell of a musical instrument.  It is very similar to a mermaid but it’s flare is more gradual than the mermaid.  This type is best for the hourglass body shape.

THE BALL GOWN – This gown is the most traditional and the one that we are most familiar with. It is characterized by a fitted bodice and a waistline leading to a very full skirt. The Cinderella Ball Gown is perfect for brides who are envisioning a fairy tale wedding. This silhouette pairs a fitted bodice with a full skirt that can either be one piece or separates. The ball gown is most appropriate for large, traditional weddings where the dress will be consistent with the formality of the event.  This gown works best for the Apple, Pear and Tall and Thin Body Shapes.

6.  MERMAID – The mermaid style contours to the body from the top to knee showing off all the brides curves and then flaring out to the hem.  This dress is perfect for the bride with the hourglass figure and those who are very comfortable in their skin.

There are so many different types of bridal gowns.  I have covered the most popular ones.  This post is just a guide to helping you pick out the perfect bridal gown.  The true way to find out what works for you is by going out and trying on gowns.

So what are you waiting for??? After all this is the most fun and exciting part of being the bride.

If you’re in need of a bridal gown contact me, I would love to recommend some bridal boutiques to you.  I have work with several boutiques and can walk you through the process.  Also, I work with an organization called Brides Against Breast Cancer a non-profit organization committed to raising over $2 million dollars this upcoming year to fund free support services to anyone impacted by cancer.  This is made possible by a Nationwide Tour of Gown sale in which they offer deep discounts on bridal gowns.  Click here, to check out their site for an upcoming event near you!

I hope you have a great weekend!

Take Care,
Erika

Thanks to weddinggownssquare.com for today’s images.

It’s a Bride’s Life!

Wedding season is here. The rush to find the perfect venue; finding the perfect centerpieces; adding last minute guests to your list; to attending a cake tasting for a cake you’ll only take a bite out of on your special day. At times it may seem a little overwhelming with planning every detail to your perfect wedding.

There is no other detail more important to a bride than her wedding dress. The wedding industry has so many gowns and styles to choose from. Ball gowns from Marchesa; Mermaid from Peter Langer; Sheaths from Angel Sanchez; Strapless from Carolina Herrera; One Shoulder and V-necks from Jenny Packham. My, oh my! What more could a girl ask for? So many wonderful bridal gown designs from fabulous designers.

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Of course, no outfit would be complete without the perfect pair of shoes, to the jewelry, and to finish it off a beautiful handcrafted headpiece. Of course every girl needs her something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue, but in time that will come.

Every bride wants to feel like a princess. What do you imagine yourself wearing on your wedding day? Are you a modest and classy, fun and girly, simple or dramatic kind of a bride? From Vera Wang, Azzaro and Pnina Tornai, the perfect dress awaits you.

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For every girl the hunt for the perfect wedding dress can be a challenge at times. Sometimes you may feel conflicted when searching for the perfect dress. Don’t fret, take a deep breath, you just haven’t found “the dress.” When you do, you’ll know. The emotions will show through laughter and tears. Always follow your vision! Don’t settle for less.

So as the countdown to your wedding begins take one more sip from your coffee mug and as you head out the door to start your day take a moment to scream out loud “I’m Finally Getting Married” then begin to crack down and put yourself on the hunt for the perfect wedding dress.

-Sebastian Michael Ramirez

Sebastian's Pic UpdatedI’d like to introduce you to our guest blogger Sebastian. Sebastian Ramirez is an intern at Erika’s Elegance who is currently pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Business at ITT Technical Institute and will continue on to get his Bachelor’s Degree in Project Management. Sebastian loves writing about the daily life of a bride from finding the perfect dress, to finishing off the ideal bridal look.

What Kind of Bride Are You?

If you didn’t get a chance to take our “Bridal Style” test, take a few moments to look at our post from Saturday, March 8th.

So what kind of bride are you? 

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If you answered:
  • Mostly A’s you’re a Classic Bride
  • Mostly B’s you’re an Eclectic Bride
  • Mostly C’s you’re a Shabby Chic Bride
  • Mostly D’s you’re a Contemporary Bride

Classic is defined as traditional, enduring simple tailored lines in fashion year after year. This style is for the bride who is very traditional. Picture yourself walking down the aisle looking like a timeless piece of beauty. This style is ranked with grace and elegance.

Eclectic is defined as deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources. This style is for the bride who likes the cutting edge of things. Similar to having the clean lines such as the classic, this bride wants what’s hot!!! Love the thought of being married on the rooftop of a skyscraper and then dancing the night away in a contemporary loft style New York building? With the advance in technology, as well as, the expansion of extended families, brides have a wealth of resources at their fingertips which allows them to pull elements from all over the country or even all over the world. The key is YOU! Determine what elements are most important to you and work with your planner to create an event space of a lifetime.

Shabby Chic = Vintage with a splash of femininity!!! Shabby Chic is where items are chosen for their appearance of age and signs of wear. This style is becoming very popular and can add so much character to a wedding. There are even wedding rental places that specialize in vintage items that add so much character. When I think of Shabby Chic colors I think of soft pinks, greens, distress white, and grays….soft colors.

Contemporary is for the bride who is anything but traditional. Don’t picture your guys in tuxedos? Feel more comfortable with getting married in the meadow? The options are limitless with this style. How do you achieve it? Think of everything traditional and then do the opposite. This is for the bride who likes to go against the norm.

We’d love to get your feedback on what kind of bride you will be.  Please leave us a comment!

And of course no matter what the style, adding a little bit of bling is my thing :).  At Erika’s Elegance we love pulling our client’s concepts together. We would love to give you a hand in assisting with your special day.  Contact us today!

On The Move…BABC Tour of Gown Sale – Anaheim

My motto’s this year will be “Going Hard” and “Busy as a Bee.”

I have been hitting the streets over the past few weeks meeting with many wonderful clients, vendors and friends, and I must admit, I am having a ball. I love people and who wouldn’t enjoy spending time connecting. I will share with you some of my adventures over the next few weeks. We just spent a fabulous weekend at the Brides Against Breast Cancer Tour of Gown Sale held at the fabulous Anaheim Marriott Suites in Garden Grove, CA. We had many wonderful brides, vendors and the volunteers where awesome.

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Brides Against Breast Cancer is a non-profit organization committed to raising over $2 million dollars this upcoming year to fund free support services to anyone impacted by cancer. I volunteer as the LA City Coordinator and I love being a part of this wonderful organization.

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We begin the weekend with a VIP event which allows the brides to mingle with vendors and then we do the gown unveiling.  It is full of excitement and it is a blast seeing the brides whisk off to the gowns once the wall is pulled back.  You better get out of the way!!!

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I also got to meet and work with some wonderful vendors.  This is always an awesome part of the day, because the vendors help set the atmosphere for the day!

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Also I had a few members of my team helping with our booth for this weekend’s event.    This show I used the peacock them.  I love anything peacock.  I designed and created the peacock floral arrangement and invitation specifically for this event.

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This weekend 15 brides said yes to the perfect dress! Whoohoo!!!

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There’s nothing like assisting a bride with finding that perfect gown and seeing her face light up when she knows that it’s the one.  One event down and now it’s time to embark on the next adventure. Bring it on!

Take Care,
Erika

On the Move…

I am passionate about many things, my faith, my family and friends, and my business. I love planning, managing, and creating event spaces for my clients. There is nothing like seeing the smile on a person’s face when you’ve captured the essence of their vision.

Another cause that I’m passionate about is cancer, specifically Leukemia and Breast Cancer, which is why I volunteer as the LA City Coordinator with a wonderful organization called Brides Against Breast Cancer.

BABC is a non-profit organization committed to raising over $2 million dollars this upcoming year to fund free support services to anyone impacted by cancer. This is made possible by BABC’s Nationwide Tour of Gown sale which has over 700 designer wedding gowns, new and gently used available for purchase with savings up to 85%. You can find more about BABC at www.bridesagainstbreastcancer.org/

I have been volunteering for a little over a year and it has been so rewarding. Our next event is February 21st and 22nd at the Marriot – Garden Grove. I viewed the facility the other day at it is simply fabulous. The VIP hour will be on the top floor and has a direct view to Disneyland. A wonderful view in the summertime when Disney has their firework show.

If you would like to attend this event, please Register here!

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Tour of Gown Bridal Gown Sale

If you want to stay updated on the upcoming events please like my Facebook page.

Take Care,
Erika