8 Delicious Cocktails You’ll Want At Your Bar

June 10, 2019

One of the wedding trends we absolutely love is incorporating signature cocktails into your bar for your guests. This is the perfect opportunity to show off some extra flavor and personality in your wedding – literally! Creating fun names specific to you & your fiance makes this a quirky and tailored wedding experience. However, if you’re looking to spice up your bar menu with drinks slightly fancier than your usual Jack &  Coke, look no further! Here are 8 delicious cocktail recipes that will make the ultimate refreshment at your wedding. Think of a cute name and voila – a signature cocktail just for you & your boo! Click the pictures on these delicious drinks to be taken to their recipes!

Blackberry Bourbon Smash

Recipe and Photo by Waiting on Martha

Limcello Prosecco with Blueberries and Thyme

Recipe and Photo by Downshiftology

Strawberry Lime Vodka Tonic

Photo and Recipe by Simply Made Recipes

Pineapple Mango Rum Punch

Photo and Recipe by Paper n Stitch Blog

Charred Jalapeno and Pineapple Margarita

Photo and Recipe by Elle Talk

Lavender Lemonade Gin and Tonic

Photo and Recipe by These Four Walls

Salted Caramel White Russian

Photo and Recipe by Kate Lavie

Matcha Green Tea Gimlet

Photo and Recipe by HGTV

#dgbride: Ciara

May 30, 2019

Our next #dgbride is Ciara who married her best friend, Michael, in a romantic destination wedding in Las Vegas on April 6, 2019.

Ciara’s husband Michael travels a lot for his job, so while Ciara initially planned on having a traditional ceremony here in Wichita, logistics with far-away friends and Michael’s schedule made planning a headache. Instead, they decided to tie the knot in an intimate ceremony in a central location for everyone – Las Vegas! They were married at Vegas Wedding’s private venue – and Ciara has fabulous things to say about her all inclusive venue!

Vegas Weddings is an all-inclusive wedding planning service that helps take the stress out of destination weddings and elopements. They provided a day of coordinator, multiple ceremony spot options, decor, and more. Ciara had done some Pinterest planning prior to talking to her coordinator, Dimi, and knew she wanted a particular vibe – classic, elegant, a little rock ‘n’ roll. Her black, silver, and wine red wedding colors fit the bill perfectly and the accented greenery and twinkling lights were exactly what Ciara wanted!

When it came to dress shopping, Ciara was not excited. She doesn’t consider herself a “dress person” and doesn’t like the attention being on her. She walked into DG with an idea in her head – halter neckline, sheath fit – and ended up loving a mermaid strapless gown with sweetheart neckline. Starting her day at a different bridal store, Ciara was unimpressed with most dresses she tried on and wasn’t finding something she connected with. Finally, her consultant Courtney pulled a wild card gown that EVERYONE knew was the one the minute Ciara stepped out in it!

“When I tried on my dress, I knew it was the one, my mother knew it was the other, my friends knew it was the one, even Courtney knew,” Ciara said. “The dress fit me like a GLOVE and it was so so beautiful. I would recommend Dress Gallery to anyone.”

We love that Ciara decided to spice up her gown with her rock ‘n’ roll vibe by adding a black sash! Combined with the red roses in her bouquet and accentuated tattoos, Ciara and Michael truly showed their individual style. We love the retro-cool birdcage veil Ciara added for a touch of whimsical romance!

Ciara’s advice for future brides, particularly those planning an event in a state far away from their own, is a piece we absolutely love. “Every wedding, big or small, is going to be stressful,” Ciara said. “Just remember the only thing that matters is that you and the love your life get married. Put your foot down and say “no” when you need to. Ask your fiance for both his opinion and his help. Lastly, don’t forget to enjoy your wedding and your new husband – it goes by fast!”

Congratulations to you, Ciara and Michael! Thank you so much for allowing us to help you find your perfect gown.

Photography credit to Vegas Weddings, who also provided the venue, limo service, planner, officiant, and videographer!

6 BRAND NEW Morilee Dresses You’ll Swoon For

May 18, 2019

So the absolute BEST part of late spring/early summer is the arrival of the Fall 2019 collections. Bridal markets happen throughout the year, but here at Dress Gallery, the March Chicago Bridal Market is our jam. We love going to market and seeing the newest collections up close, being able to truly curate our store inventory the best we possibly can for our brides. We get to meet designers, talk upcoming trends and styles, and overall get totally pumped for the newest seasons. Below are SIX of our brand new Morilee by Madeline Garner dresses we’re obsessed with – and we think you will be, too!

1. Riva

Riva is a stunning fit and flare gown with a high neckline, illusion plunge, and a beautiful low back. Lace throughout the gown keeps this silhouette feminine and romantic while the spaghetti straps and accent back keep everything playfully sexy. Combined with multiple layers of lace to add dimension and fabulous hem lace, this fitted beauty is sure to stun on any bride!

2. Reagan

Reagan is a soft, flowy a-line perfect for any bride wanting whimsical romance for her wedding. The illusion sleeves are the perfect addition to this beautiful gown. Complete with a modest v-neck, keyhole back, and hemlace throughout and you’re guaranteed to be the ultimate dream!

3. Ruth

We love how sophisticated and sexy Ruth is! The flowy, airy a-line skirt creates a beautifully feminine silhouette, but the illusion plunge keeps everything just a little sexy. The high neckline keeps you modest and the trickling lace through the skirt adds texture and dimension. This is the perfect lace pattern for an outdoor wedding and the illusion back creates the ultimate drama!

4. Rina

Out of all our new Morilee’s, Rina is definitely one of our top favorites. This ethereal and dreamy gown is perfect for any bride wanting to STUN as she walks down the aisle. The flowy tulle skirt is complemented with trickling, organic lace at the waist and a pop of lace at the back of the train, creating dimension but also making a relaxed fit for your special day. The petite straps are perfect for adding support but not taking away from the delicate bodice. We can only imagine the fabulous photos in this gown!

5. River

This gorgeously flattering a-line gown’s name is River and we are totally getting ALL of the natural vibes from this gown! The lace appliques feature more floral and greenery than traditional lace and the soft v neck combined with spaghetti straps makes for a delicate neckline perfect for any shape. The horsehair trim adds a unique design feature and also creates the COOLEST swish sounds while walking (we know, we know, but it’s a cool feature!) This unique gown is perfect for the bride who likes trends, but wants something totally her own.

6. Ricki

So we might be biased, but Ricki is our fav. Not only is she a stunner of a dress, but she’s also guaranteed to fit in just about EVERY bride’s price point. This strapless, sweetheart neckline is accentuated with beaded lace appliques and porcelain/nude tulle, giving a sexy feel to the sheer bodice. The flowy skirt is perfect for any bohemian vibe – ESPECIALLY the additional seaming that creates more dimension. It mirrors a petticoat, which gives a really cool outside-in type of vibe and we can only IMAGINE the fabulous photos of this dress surrounded by prairie. If you’re looking for a dress to feel sexy, unique, and confident in, Ricki could be your winner!

Fallen in love yet? We totally understand. Let us know your favorites and schedule an appointment to try these beauties on!

11 Bridal Shoes You’ll Fall in Love With

May 12, 2019

When it comes to getting your complete bridal look together, the DG girls are here to help. And although we can get you taken care of about 90% of the way, there are a few things you’ll need we don’t carry in store – shoes being the biggest! It can be totally overwhelming to decide what to wear on your big day and it’s important. You’ll need to have your shoes picked out before your alterations because your seamstress will need to know your exact height for your hem! To help you begin the major search for finding the perfect pair of shoes, here are 7 of our personal favorites (with links included!) to check out!

1. Anita Illusion Lace Cross Strap Pump by Bella Belle ($285.00)

2. Elvie Pump by Something Bleu ($355)

3. Birdies Bridal Slipper Collection (~$95)

4. Luella Pump by Journee Collection from DSW ($49.99)

5. Illusion Sandal by Nina Cherie New York ($47.50 – on sale now!)

6. Lanai Mule by Adrianna Papell ($89)

7. Izzie Heel by Kate Spade New York ($355)

8. Yaro Ankle Strap Sandal Heel by Sam Edelman ($99.95)

9. Elainey Heel by Privileged Shoes ($36.00)

10. Cami Hell in White Snake by Steve Madden ($110)

 

 

11. Gigi Crystal Pointy Toe Flat by Badgley Mischka ($185)

DG Spotlight: Kayla

May 2, 2019

Our next DG Spotlight is on bridal consultant, Kayla!

Kayla has been with DG since August 2015, which means she just celebrated her three year anniversary! Beyond being a dope bridal consultant, Kayla is also our back-of-house paperwork wiz. She keeps us up & running by implemented a brand new computer software system that allows us to better help our brides. She keeps everything neat and orderly to make sure that we can help our brides to the best of our ability.

Kayla graduated with a degree in Costume Design from Sterling College in 2015. She was actively involved in musical theater throughout her life and her background in costume design makes her an irreplaceable part of the team. With her in-depth seamstress knowledge, Kayla is always around to help answer questions regarding alterations or customizations. She always has a smile on her face and is always the first person to jump up and help.

Every bridal consultant has a unique approach to the consultation process. For Kayla, it’s all about how a bride feels in her wedding dress.

“For me, I like to think ‘How does this dress portray her personality? Does it match the venue and vibe she’s going for?’” Kayla said.

Instead of taking overly specific details, Kayla likes to be inspired by her brides. She takes design features they like, along with information about themselves, their wedding plans, and their spouse, and tries to curate a dress that feels authentic to the bride and her vision.

Kayla’s favorite part of working at Dress Gallery is being a part of such an emotional moment in the wedding planning process. “This is probably the most invested part of the journey for most brides,” Kayla said. “Being a part of that and helping create special, emotional moments with a bride is powerful.”

She is an expert at placing a bride’s desires and feelings first, thus creating a supportive and encouraging environment for her brides to confidently say “yes” to their dream dress. Kayla loves the energy brought by an excited entourage and helps channel that energy into a fun appointment for everyone.

Her favorite new trend in bridal is the new “chic” looks across the runway – a step away from the traditional, whimsical, and romantic lace we’ve seen for the last few years.

 

With a background in costume design and theater, Kayla brings a unique perspective to Dress Gallery. She’s able to envision added details that don’t exist yet or alteration changes that haven’t happened. She can clearly see in her head a finished product, even if the project is far from completion. This makes brides feel confident trusting Kayla with her vision for their bridal gowns should alterations or changes need to be made.

Kayla is also great at walking brides through possible alterations needed and answering any technical questions. While we do not do alterations in house, her expertise in sewing makes her a great asset to the Dress Gallery team to help brides understand the alterations process and what to expect.

Outside of work, Kayla is an active embroiderer and Disney enthusiast. Her and her husband, Mark Allen, love watching Disneyworld vloggers on YouTube. She’s recently picked up hand embroidery and loves creating pieces; one of her most recent was of Cinderella’s castle!

She also loves playing with her cat, Peyton, who features spots in the shape of a smiley face on his back. She also helps teach Financial Peace University classes with her husband in order to help other young couples gain control of their future with their finances. And when asked what her favorite Wichita restaurant is, her answer was definitive: “Dempsey’s Biscuit Co.”

We love Kayla here at DG, but we’re obviously a little biased. Her brides, however, are not. Kayla receives rave reviews weekly from brides who were so grateful for her help in their gown buying process. Taylor, a recent bride of Kayla’s with a wedding date of March 2019, had this to say about Kayla:

I was so blessed to work with Kayla, who was just so encouraging, courteous, and fun to work with! She brought me dresses that were exactly what I *thought* I wanted, but then gave a gentle push when she brought out a “wild card” dress — which I absolutely fell in love with! Completely different than what I thought I wanted, but I am so glad she used her intuition to bring me what became MY dress! I was also able to get my veil AND my six bridesmaids ordered their dresses as well! We all had such a great experience, and I would highly recommend Kayla to ANY bride!

#dgbride: Grace

April 27, 2019

Our next gorgeous #dgbride to be featured is Grace! Grace and her soulmate, Jackson, tied the knot on February 24, 2019 at The Hudson in Wichita, Kansas. Their wedding was the perfect balance between sophisticated, modern, and magical.

Grace wanted to invoke a beautiful, magical winter wedding aesthetic for wedding. Complete with a cascading bouquet and accented with greenery, she achieved this deeply romantic look by focusing on natural beauty instead of busy details. She utilized the talents of Darcy Lowry for wedding planning, which let her enjoy her day stress free! Darcy also made their delicious wedding cake!

When it comes to finding her perfect gown, Grace wasn’t really sure what she was looking for in a gown. She had pinned multiple different styles and design features, hoping to narrow down at her appointment. She ended up falling in love with a beautiful Maggie Sottero gown, complete with lace long sleeves and an accentuating v neck. We were OBSESSED with how Grace’s silhouette looked in this gown!

Grace tried about 13-14 gowns before finding “The One,” but only went to 2 bridal boutiques to make her decision.

“My experience at DG was exceptional!” she said. “Courtney was so so sweet and helpful. I’d recommend Dress Gallery to anyone.”

Grace’s laid back attitude permeated not only her wedding planning, but her big day as well. We so appreciated her mellow demeanor when it came to gown shopping and her down-to-earth attitude makes her the ultimate advice giver for other brides.

“Nothing is worth stressing over,” she said. “The wedding planning and day of the wedding should be FUN and stress free – and also, the wedding day isn’t the goal. Living life everyday with your partner is the goal.”

We totally agree! And when you see how Grace and Jackson look at each other, you can totally tell that they are ultimate #couplegoals.

Congratulations to Grace and Jackson! Thank you so much for choosing Dress Gallery as a part of your special day. We are honored we got to help style you for your absolutely incredible wedding and we wish you all the happiness!

Photographer: Logan Runberg @LDR Portraits
Venue: The Hudson ICT
DJ: Matt Cassel
Flowers: Dillons/Darcie Lowry
Alterations: Quickstitch Alterations by Juliana
Tuxedo rentals: Men’s Warehouse
iideographer: Matt Lowry @ Lowryimages

Channeling Our Inner Khaleesi at the Wichita Renaissance Festival

April 19, 2019

So you know the DG girls love a styled photo shoot. We are all about collaborating with other vendors to create a totally unique vision, especially when it allows us to live out our nerdiest fantasies. Like most of the world, we are obsessed with Game of Thrones and wanted to channel that energy and vibe. We were totally inspired by the fabulous fashion on the show but were curious what a modern bride would want in her GoT-inspired wedding. With the Wichita Renaissance Festival in town, it became the perfect backdrop to showcase this beautiful Moonlight Couture gown. Check out some of our favorite images below! (Courtesy of our girl, Shelby Laine Photography, of course!)

We styled our bridal consultant, Kayla, in a beautiful Moonlight Couture gown features a v neck with a criss-cross design and beading. The sleeves are also a flowy, open medieval sleeve that perfectly fits the Renaissance vibe. We love how cozy and warm these shots look with all the different fabric textures surrounding Kayla!

Combined with a crystal necklace and leaf laser cut-out earrings, we wanted the styling for this shoot to be as earthy and natural as possible. We took inspiration from current brides who are loving the mixed metals, crystals, and edgier jewelry for their big day instead of something dainty. The accompanying parasol keeps the vibe whimsical and romantic while also focusing on more Renaissance-specific details. How cute would a photo under this parasol be, kissing your spouse for the first time?!

Kayla is STEALING THE SHOW with this smoky, edgy vibe, complete with bear rug (an antique! We promise!) and deer skull. There’s something hauntingly beautiful surrounding items most would associate with death and decay and instead turning them into symbols of beauty and strength. There are some serious khaleesi vibes with this shoot!

Want to channel your inner queen at your wedding? Come in to Dress Gallery and let us know your wildest dreams – we’d love to make them come true!

We’re Obsessed With the Luyendyk Wedding, Sorry Not Sorry

April 5, 2019

While not everyone on staff loves the reality TV show “The Bachelor” and it’s multiple spin offs, (let’s be honest, it’s only Courtney and Chelsea who watch the show), everyone on staff definitely loves the Luyendyk wedding. While Arie Luyendyk and Lauren Burnham’s relationship may have started off controversially, anyone can see their pure happiness and love for each other looking at their beautiful wedding photos. US Magazine and The Knot gained exclusive access to this fabulous celebrity wedding full of natural tones, whimsical vibes, and a lot of sparkle.

Lauren’s fabulous a-line wedding gown was designed by none other than celebrity wedding designer and friend Hayley Paige. This one-of-a-kind gown featured a flowy and airy skirt, an embellished floral bodice, and a v-neckline adorned with sparkle. The train also featured what we like to call “secret sparkle” throughout!

Arie and Lauren were married in Hawaii and had a stunning ceremony and reception inspired by Twilight: Breaking Dawn. The gold details, romantic accents, and interesting textures created a beautiful and unique wedding. We loved their fun twists on decor and desserts, along with their nod to the Bachelor by including a champagne fountain!

Loving Lauren’s look? Designer Hayley Paige custom created the gown for her friend, but that doesn’t mean you can’t shop her other looks here at Dress Gallery! If you’re loving Lauren’s airy and sparkly look, we have fabulous options at all price points – we’d love to make your sparkly dreams come true!

(Peek how excited Hayley is in the background!)

Lauren’s maids wore ivory dresses and Arie kept his groomsmen classic and chic in black tuxedos. The natural greenery of Hawaii combined with a ton of white flowers created a magical and romantic space that embodied their love – especially when they started their relationship in a nontraditional way. Chris Harrison, the beloved host of Bachelor Nation, officiated the wedding, making this love story come full circle!

Want to emulate Lauren’s dreamy wedding vision? We’ve got the perfect gowns to flatter any body and sparkle just as much as Lauren did on her special day. We can also outfit your groomsmen to look just as sharp and clean as Arie. Let us know you’re loving Hayley Paige’s lines at your appointment and we’d be happy to style you with her designs in mind!

7 Sleeved Wedding Gowns You’ll Love

March 30, 2019

If there’s one wedding dress trend that our brides have totally loved, it’s sleeves. If you would have asked us 5 years ago what we imagined would be popular, we wouldn’t have guessed sleeves, either. They’ve been a total pleasant surprise in wedding design and we love how whimsical and romantic they can make any dress. Below are 7 of our favorite sleeved wedding dresses, all available to try during your appointment at DG.

1. D2602 by Essense of Australia

This deep V neck, floral lace beauty is a total stunner on any body figure. The delicate floral pattern features roses from the appliques on the sleeves to the hemlace. Combined with beautiful crystal buttons on both the sleeves and back, this fit and flare silhouette is as sexy as it is romantic. We love how it shows off the collarbones and the girls in the most flattering way!

2. J6511 by Moonlight

This flutter sleeved fit and flare dress is perfect for any bride wanting an extra sophisticated touch to her gown. The intricate beading and visual interest through the skirt flatters the hips and the additional beaded belt accentuated the waist. We love the idea of these beautiful flutter sleeves moving gently in the wind during an outdoor ceremony!

3. Bonnie by Rebecca Ingram

Bonnie is a lace-loving girl’s dream. This delicate floral pattern goes from shoulders to toes with a slight sweep train and sleeves that trumpet at the wrist. The soft, gentle silhouette forms to a woman’s curves while also allowing her the freedom to move and live during her wedding. Accompanied by a soft v-neck, this Rebecca Ingram gown is a perfect option for brides wanting simplistic but elegant beauty.

4.  Marsden by Hayley Paige

Okay, girls. If you are wanting the ultimate Renaissance romance dress, otherwise known as the ultimate princess gown, look no further than Marsden. With a beautiful, off-the-shoulder neckline reminiscent of Disney princesses, these sleeves actually detach via snap to create a strapless look for later – making this a two for one style! The unique lace patterning and subtle color underneath truly makes this a Hayley Paige masterpiece.

5. 6843 by Stella York

This airy, flowy a-line gown is the ultimate choice for any bride wanting a comfortable yet beautiful gown. The illusion sleeves combined with soft v-neck makes a beautiful silhouette while also being a low maintenance choice. The chiffon skirt is one of the softest fabrics you can choose for your big day and you’re sure to dance the night away!

6. Dennison by Sottero and Midgley

We love Sottero and Midgley’s unique looks and trendsetting styles. Dennison is no exception and a showstopper for any fashionista bride. The slit can be customized as the buttons go from train to neckline, making this dress’s sexiness totally customizable. The super bold lace patterning is an eye-catching statement and the train? Long and gorgeous!

7. 1054 by Martina Liana

This ultra formal, long-sleeved gown from Martina Liana is a masterpiece for any bride wanting modern romance. The bodice features sheer lace cutouts for a hint of sexy combined with sophistication. The front v is complicated by a matching v back, highlighting the shoulders and fabulous lace detailing of the sleeves. The cherry on top of this gown are the beautiful 3D floral elements, creating a multi-dimensional look that will keep your guests staring all night.

Fallen in love with any of these babies yet? We totally have! Try on any of these favorites at your bridal consultation!

Top 5 Trends You’ll See in 2020

March 25, 2019

There are few things we love more than spending time pouring over the newest, most beautiful wedding details that flood our beloved wedding magazines and blogs. Not only are they beautiful to look at, but we love getting inspired by other brides’ real wedding ideas and helping our brides incorporate their creative ideas into their own wedding day. There are few major trends we’re seeing for 2019 that we LOVE; below are five we personally love here at DG!

1. Acrylic/Lucite decor & details

There are few things more satisfying than a crisp & clean aesthetic. Many brides are choosing the beautiful, airy look of acrylic or lucite for their wedding details and we love it! Whether you’re doing signage, chairs, table & escort cards, invitations, or more, there are TONS of ways to include acrylic or Lucite into your wedding. Below are a few of our favorite examples. (Loving the acrylic ghost chairs? You can rent them from Supply Events based out of Manhattan, KS!)

2. Copper accents everywhere

Copper accents, along with other mixed metals, are becoming staples in modern weddings. Whether it’s copper piping creating beautiful signage or table settings, flecks of copper accents, colored flatware, or more, we think that this trend is great way to merge romantic and industrial design features.

 

3. Dried florals & grass pieces

While there will never be a true substitute for a gorgeous, luscious, bursting-with-life bouquet, there’s a definite trend toward edgier, drier look perfectly suited for neutrals. We love the dusty and whimsical look dried florals give, especially when paired with beautiful arrays of grasses, the most popular being pampas grass. Mandy Moore recently married her fiance in a burst of pampas grass and dried florals, creating a blush dried floral trend many brides are scrambling after. We love the creative use of monstera leaves, another popular wedding detail, as dried table settings!

4. Monstera leaves and tropical florals

We weren’t kidding when we said we’re seeing monstera everywhere! These beautiful, big leaves create a gorgeous tropical look that screams modern and bold. We love when brides use them singularly or combined together with other florals to create a multi-dimensional bouquet and accents. Whether you’re getting married on the beach or in a beautiful venue, monstera leaves are a perfect way to add a pop of greenery with a unique and cool tone.

5. Hanging elements, including florals and lighting!

Couples recently have been doing everything they can to create beautiful, memorable decor at their events, and there’s no better way to do that than to utilize ALL the square footage in your venue – and that includes the air! Having hanging accents allows for a romantic feeling while also letting you customize your day even further. Whether you’re loving the trendy floral hoops, the beautiful Edison light bulbs, or a fabulous combo between the two to make a unique accent piece, we are all for adding some dimension in the air!

Have some more 2019 wedding trends you’d like to see us feature? Drop us a comment or post on Facebook and we’d love to showcase your favorites!