The Bridal Cottage Blog

Our new fashion line!

Our new fashion line!


It’s always an exciting time for brides-to-be!  Not only are you constantly gazing at that gorgeous ring on your finger, but you doing lots and lots of planning for the big day…and celebrating!  There are bridal showers to attend, a bachelorette party and rehearsal dinner!   So, what are you to wear to all these fabulous occasions?

We have launched a new line of super cute outfits perfect all your wedding affairs!  Choosing outifts we kept two things in mind:  comfort and style!  

Comfort is key!  Whether you are mingling with guests or having a night on the town with your girls, you want to be comfy in what you are wearing.  And you definitely want to stay on fashion trend while being sweet and adorable at the same time!  Because many pictures will be taken!

Here are a few of our favs!

Rompers are super fashionable and scales high on the comfort scale!

Or how about a little shortie dress?

Swing in and let a professional bridal consultant not only style you for your wedding day, but for all your bridal celebrations as well! 

Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am to 6pm.

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Trends we love! Icy Pastel, yes please!

Trends we love! Icy Pastel, yes please!


Trends We Love: Icy Pastel Bridal Parties

by one of our favorite designers!

The weather may be heating up this spring, but that hasn’t stopped Sorella Vita from introducing a new color story all about icy pastel blues and purples. These cool colors are paired with updated sweetheart necklines made of silky chiffon fabrics, which give the gowns a distinctly modern style that will make even your most discerning, style-conscious friends happy.

In universally flattering shades of blue and lavender, Sorella Vita’s gowns are designed with the modern ‘maid in mind. Super easy to mix-and-match – not only in silhouette but with colors too – these bridesmaid dresses are fun and on-trend.

One of our favorite dresses from Sorella Vita is style 9094. With an amazing peek-a-book triangle back, this gown screams cool girl. The micro straps make this dress feel a little beachy, a little boho and totally modern. A sexy V-neckline in the front mirrors the triangle cutout in the back.

We also love how Sorella Vita is giving strapless looks a major comeback. Elegantly ruched tops outline modern sweetheart necklines, which give the gowns less of a traditional bridesmaids look and more of a fun party dress feeling — something modern bridesmaids will appreciate!

These new styles from Sorella Vita were made for the bridal party that brings the party! Fun and fresh, the color feels like a breath of fresh air, while the new silhouettes are modern and style-conscious. Perfect for the bride who wants a mix-and-match look, these gowns allow your bridesmaids to choose the silhouette they love in the colors of your choice! A win-win in our books.

Book your appointment now at The Bridal Cottage to try these lovelies on!

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Top 10 Drugstore Beauty Products Makeup Artists Swear By!

Top 10 Drugstore Beauty Products Makeup Artists Swear By!

We love this blog post from our designer Essense of Austraila! 


Guest Blogger

Top 10 Drugstore Beauty Products Makeup Artists Swear By


When planning your upcoming wedding we know that every penny counts! Sticking to a budget can be tough as there are sometimes unexpected costs that catch us by surprise and so making savvy saving decisions throughout the year ahead can help your bottom line and still have you looking flawless on your big day. I mean we can’t put a price on beauty but we will smile so much brighter (AND WHITER knowing you look slick and chic on your wedding day without breaking the bank! The best thing about Drugstore beauty buys is that they always have sales like Buy 1 get 2nd one 50% off! So you buy more save more! Lol

I have so many more… however, I squeezed this list into a Top 10 (no particular order)

  1. L’OREAL VOLUMINOUS WASHABLE MASCARA CARBON BLACK 335  – This is my go-to mascara PERIOD! I love the black formula and the brush is my favourite by far. Mascara is all about the brush and this one deliver’s a perfect coat.
  2. ARDELL 110 LASHES – these lashes work on EVERY eye. They are not too thick and not too long. They look like yours but better!
  3. GARNIER MICELLAR WIPES (PINK PACKET) – My absolute favourite when it comes to makeup removal. The wipes are super soft and gentle and remove even the toughest waterproof makeup with ease!
  4. SOKO SHEET MASKS – I have blogged on these before! South Korean Sheet Masks for your face. OBSESSION! You will walk away hydrated and with the softest skin to apply your makeup on with ease! Starts around $2.00 whaaaaaaaat???!
  5. FELT TIP EYELINER L’Oreal Infallible The Super Slim Liner – This precision liner is superb for the blackest black line that with last all day and all night! If you think it’s too severe-soften the edges with a little shadow and VOILA! A totally sexy smoky line!
  6. ALMAY BEST BLEND FOREVER FOUNDATION – Loving this product for Spring / Summer weddings! With an SPF 40+ and 12 shades to suit most, this hydrating formula has the coverage of a foundation and the hydration of a tinted moisturizer.
  7. CREST 3D WHITE BRILLIANCE DAILY WHITENING SYSTEM– Your smile is EVERYTHING on your big day but can be expensive to have your teeth professionally whitened. There actually are many good products in this category in the drugstores, I prefer the 3D Crest White Brilliance daily Whitening system. You will see a significant difference in the first use!
  8. NEUTROGENA SUNSCREEN WITH HELIOPLEX – This is the best anti-aging formula sold in stores anywhere! Sunscreen saves your skin from sun damage and should be the first product you apply daily.
  9. VITAMINS-MULTIVITAMIN – ALIVE Women’s energy more specifically. A good multivitamin will help you glow and grow your hair and nails. With today’s nutritional imbalances with too much fast food and not enough sleep, this will keep you feeling in top shape and ready for wedding planning!
  10. L’OREAL ELNET UNSCENTED HAIRSPRAY –  I love the “Unscented” version of this cult beauty product. A staple backstage at fashion weeks all around the world, this product gives weightless hold and grip to your style that lasts!
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See How The Styled It: Sequin Bridesmaid Dresses

See How The Styled It: Sequin Bridesmaid Dresses

We love sharing blogs from our favorite Bridesmaids designer, Sorella Vita!

See How The Styled It: Sequin Bridesmaid Dresses

You heard it here first: sequin bridesmaid dresses are here to stay. Sorella Vita‘s signature matte sequin gowns are the style statement your besties will want to make. With drapey silhouettes and more refined, modern necklines these bridesmaid dresses are totally cool and adding your own personal signature to these styles is easy. Below are some of our favorite styled sequin dresses to make all your sparkling dreams come true.

Ashlee Mintz Photography

Photo by Chelsea Denise 

Black sequin bridesmaid dresses are so very unexpected, but that’s why we LOVE it! Elegant and edgy, these gowns say black tie with a twist. Paired with mermaid silhouettes and simple bouquets, the black sequin will really pop against the white of your wedding dress.

Magnolia Photography

Martina Liana Style 775

Photography by Creative Focus

Sorella Vita’s OG sequin dress is obviously such a classic but that didn’t stop these brides from giving them a personal touch. Whether you choose hand-tied, bright arrangements or a more classic bouquet, these gowns feel really timeless. The cool cap sleeves complement the low cowl back, which makes these bridesmaid dress super modern and so very glam.

Photography by Andrea Rodway

Miss Gowns Bridal & Debutante

Sorella Vita Modern Metallic

Joy’s Bella Bridesmaids

100 Layer Cake

Think mix-and-match isn’t an option with sequin? Think again! Mixing different silhouettes is super easy with Sorella Vita. Their Rose Gold sequin matches perfectly with other blush shades for a wonderfully neutral color palette. It’s perfect for letting your maid of honor stand out and feel special. If you’re feeling extra you can even pair different sequin shade together for a bridal party that’s super sparkly!

Sorella Vita Modern Metallic

Always & Forever

Sorella Vita Modern Metallic

Raffine Bridal

Whether you want something short and sweet or a long column silhouette, sequin in navy is always the right choice. Going with a shorter dress gives the sequin a more casual feeling while longer silhouettes provide a more formal look. Either way, we love this bold color!


Brie Bemis Rearick

Last but certainly not least: platinum! This shimmery color is just what a desert bride needs! We love pairing this color with a classic black tux and simple hairstyle. The cap sleeve and cowl back add to the elegance.

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Boho Chic Style Ideas

Boho Chic Style Ideas

Real Stella York Bride Monica + David


Boho weddings allow you to have the wedding you want, not the wedding you’re told to have. With romantic and personal touches, bohemian weddings free effortless and carefree, but also stylish and unique. Planning a boho wedding can seem daunting because the most important aspect of a boho wedding is the details. There are so many directions you can go, too. From the desert to the mountains, from a rustic church to an industrial space, boho weddings are anywhere and encompass any style.

1. Dress – First things first, the dress! Your wedding dress really sets the tone for the whole wedding. Choosing a dress with a strong lace pattern will give your wedding a romantic, boho feeling. Keep it simple and uncomplicated with a dress that you feel comfortable in. One of our favorite boho wedding dresses is from designer Martina Liana. Perfect for the fashion-forward, boho-inspired bride, Style 889 is made of bold, graphic lace in a more sexy silhouette with deep side cutouts.

If you want something a little more flowy, we suggest a dress from Martina Liana’s separates collection. By pairing the lacey Britt bodysuit with the dreamy Sawyer skirt, boho brides can create a very ethereal look for their wedding day ‘I do.’

2.Flowers – Flowers are an important element to every wedding, but at a boho wedding, they place an even more crucial role. Hand-tied arrangements are especially beautiful and lend an organic wedding to a boho nuptial. When choosing flowers, remember that sometimes a color palette isn’t always as important as the movement different flowers create. Choose flowers with different textures, colors, heights and lengths with plenty of greenery for a completely boho bouquet. Finish your bouquet with a silk, frayed ribbon or piece of burlap.

Trend We Love: Desert Chic Weddings

3. Hair – Once you’ve picked out the perfect boho wedding dress, next comes your hair. Highlight the back of your dress by wearing your hair up in a braided ‘do, or down in soft waves if you have a lace dress with sleeves. Add a flower crown or jeweled crown for an added boho element. Check out our blog post on our favorite boho hairstyles for more inspiration.

Essense of Australia Style D1934

4. Makeup – By keeping your makeup simple and clean, you can achieve a boho look that is still timeless. Try to stay away from false lashes that are too heavy and thick and go for a more natural look. Give your cheeks a glowy look with plenty of bronzer and dewy highlighter. Finish your makeup with a light pink lip shade or deep red tone for a perfectly boho style.

5. Venue – Maybe the second most important element to a boho wedding after the dress is the venue. Whether you want an industrial chic wedding or a rustic barn ceremony, venues allow you to be creative with your ‘I do’. Think about how much decorating you want to do at a venue and how the layout will impact the timeline of events. Do you want to have your ceremony and reception at the same? Do you want guests to be able to stay on the property during your wedding weekend? What about catering or transportation? For a boho wedding, look for a venue with character. Look for unique elements like exposed beams, stone floors, sky lights, and an indoor/outdoor spaces that can lend themselves to your bohemian wedding theme.

6. Groom – Your groom’s style is just an important as your own on your special day. What we love so much about boho weddings, is how they seem to reflect the style of both the groom and the bride. Ask your groom if he’s up for wearing a bow tie for the wedding, adding a whimsical touch. If you’re wearing an effortless lace boho wedding dress, forgo the traditional tux for your guy, and instead opt for a grey suit with no jacket.

Martina Liana Style 936

7. Bridesmaids – Keep the boho theme going by having your bridesmaids in boho style gowns. Off-the-shoulder styles with flowy silhouettes are the idea look for your bridal party. In soft lavender or a neutral mix-and-match palette, your squad will match your boho style perfectly!

8. Invites – Invitations are a great way for you to convey the boho theme to your guests. It is the first thing guests will see before coming to your wedding – unless you’ve been all over Pinterest! Try water colored paper with scripted lettering for an outdoor wedding. For an industrial chic boho wedding, go with monochromatic invited in grey, black and white with block letters. Pro tip: have the same designer do all of your paper stock from the invited to the seating cards for a cohesive look.

9. Food – Whether you realize it or not, food can give your wedding an unexpected boho element. Forgo the usual meat and veggies dinner and instead serve whatever your favorite foods as a couple are! Maybe your fiance proposed after a favorite meal, or you on a date you cooked something special, try recreating it for your dinner. Bonus points if you can incorporate the farm-to-table movement at your reception.

10. Decor – Don’t overlook decor when it comes to your boho wedding. A great backdrop behind your sweetheart table made of reclaimed wood can be fun and whimsical. Add hanging light for a more intimate feeling. For a desert chic wedding, add cacti and succulents to the tables with brightly colors pinatas hanging from the ceiling. If you’re having a barn wedding, add greenery to beams and use personalized mason jars as place settings. For even more whimsy, have a custom photobooth background for your guests!

How To: Add Flowers to Your Wedding Cake

Boho weddings really can be as creative and unique as you want – you just have to use your imagination! Keep things personal and focus on giving your guest a good time, rather than feeling formal.

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