#dgcouple: Stephanie & John

March 11, 2021

Hello, lovely readers, it’s time to love gush over another fabulous #dgcouple! Introducing the Lelands, Stephanie and John, one of our most fun-loving, wild-and-free couples we’ve ever met. We absolutely loved working with this couple and helping style them for their big day! These shots are courtesy of Staci Brucks Photography who is QUICKLY becoming one of our favorite photographers in town. Check out these dreamy photos below.

The Lelands got married in October 2020 in a gorgeous Kansas autumnal ceremony. Their wedding was airy, romantic, and timeless, but also a total blast – if you all only saw the awesome party bus photos of this group! Every photos of John & Stephanie, they were glowing; you could literally see the joy in their faces in every shot. We were smiling just scrolling!

Stephanie chose an absolutely stunning Martina Liana fitted gown, complete with dramatic train, open back, and detailed beading throughout. The train on this dress is truly amazing, with its’ uniquely scalloped edges and full lace appliques throughout. Add in the fabulous structure of this gown and the silhouette is so, so spicy. Stephanie looked like a vision in this dress!

When it came to picking out an outfit for John, they chose to stay classic with our steel grey suit, accenting with blush vests and ties. As we saw all the photos, we have to say – we’re pretty proud of our rental suits! These boys were dancing the night away and everything came back perfectly, which means they were able to get down & dirty without having to worry about their formal wear fit!

Stephanie chose to accessorize her bridal look with a gorgeous faux fur bridal coat, perfectly cozy and warm for all of her wintery photos! We love how classic and timeless her bridal vision was. Combined with simplistic jewelry, she is truly a stunner in this gown. We can only imagine John’s reaction when he saw her!

When we say they were glowing during their wedding day…..we aren’t kidding. We just have to share these beautiful, candid photos that Staci shot. It’s literally the tiniest little moment – a small, playful kiss on the party bus – but to us, it just shows exactly the type of couple Stephanie and John are. Their love is infectious!

Congratulations, Stephanie and John, on your marriage. We are so thankful you chose Dress Gallery to dress your bridal party for your special day; we truly loved getting to know you. We wish you both a lifetime of love, happiness, and laughter – something we’re positive is in your future. Cheers to the Lelands!

7 Boho Beauties For Your 2021 Wedding

March 9, 2021

If there’s a buzzword surrounding weddings currently, it’s definitely “bohemian.” We are huge fans of the boho trend here at Dress Gallery because it’s all-encompassing; so many details can fit under the boho umbrella, which gives brides plenty of opportunity to personalize their weddings while still having the vibes they’re looking for.

We had our boho brides in mind when choosing styles for 2021; we wanted to find unique dresses that encompassed the wild-and-free vibes our brides are wanting. Whether you’re wanting a sexy fitted gown or a whimsical a-line, here are 7 of our favorites from this upcoming season!

Introducing Olson, a stunning a-line Sottero & Midgley gown featuring the coolest medallion-styled lace panels, a sheer back, crystal buttons, a thin-yet-sexy spaghetti strap! The soft v-neck keeps this dress sophisticated yet modern and we love the movement that comes in this skirt. This is truly the ultimate beach destination dress.

Charli is a stunning fitted sheath gown from Wilderly Bride, featuring sheet lace with both floral and linear detailing. This dress features no sparkle, which is perfect for the bride looking to make a statement with her silhouette instead. The sweetheart neckline paired with narrow plunging v is super sexy yet classic!

Iris is an absolutely stunning dress that we can’t wait to see frolicking through a forest. This unique lace dress features art deco/floral/geometric detailing – it’s honestly so different, it’s a little bit of everything. The soft drape of the skirt is absolutely stunning, laying gently across the hips and folding gracefully through the puddle skirt. Add in a sheer back and super modern tie-strap detail and this is truly the dreamiest gown.

Adley is a stunning fitted gown from our bohemian designer, All Who Wander, featuring a super cool laser cut out lace pattern. This thick lace is a totally different look & feel than traditional lace; combined with the champagne undertone, this dress’s lack of sparkle doesn’t matter when the silhouette is this stunning. Add in a sophisticated high neck/plunging keyhole combination and you’re destined to be a stunner in this gown.

Speaking of cool, bold lace patterns…..can we introduce you to Celine? We absolutely love this fern-like lace, creating a silhouette that is absolutely stunning. This gown is truly for the bold – we can imagine this dress with a grand backdrop. She adds a touch of sparkle with heavily-pearled straps and a dramatic train keeps this baby ultra modern.

Looking for something simplistic, chic, and ultra comfortable? Let us match you with Daffodil, a Chic Nostalgia a-line stunner that is literally like wearing the most comfortable gown. The sheet lace bodice, side cut outs, petite spaghetti straps, and soft chiffon skirt make this dress dreamy and feminine!

Finally, introducing Emily, a scoop neck, heavily-beaded chiffon stunner we absolutely love. Is there anything more bohemian than fringe, really? We don’t think so. This dress is the ultimate combination between fun and traditional, letting you feel like a bride while keeping your whimsical personality at the forefront.

Which boho babe is your fav?! Let us know on Facebook and show us photos during your appointment; we’ll pull these dresses for you!

#dgbride: Chloe

March 3, 2021

Drum roll, please, for one of our newest #dgbrides! Introducing Chloe, who married her soulmate, Drew, at the gorgeous Crystal Ballroom in Hutchinson, KS – seriously one of our favorite new venues that has popped up recently! Check out their romantic, organic, totally wintery glam wedding shot by Shelby Laine Photography – holla @ our girl, ya know?

We absolutely fell in love with Chloe’s wedding vision. She turned her entire venue into a modern winter wonderland, complete with evergreen trees, which gave everything a Christmas-y feeling without being overt. We love how she paired wild greenery, like ferns, to give her wedding day look an edge. Combined with the beautiful textures throughout and this is definitely one of the favorite weddings we’ve seen in 2020!

Chloe looked absolutely stunning in her Mikado Essense of Australia ball gown, which featured lace appliques throughout the entire skirt. She wanted something timeless and chic, but didn’t want to compromise on the bridal feel that lace adds to a dress!

Her v neck, v-back bodice highlighted her shoulder blades and collar bones beautifully! When you add in a banded waist, a sophisticated-yet-sexy deep plunge, and romantic button detailing through the train, this is definitely a stunner of a gown. We love how Chloe kept her look classicly beautiful with a soft low bun, fresh ferns in her hair, and a detailed back necklace!

Another perk of this dress…..it has pockets!! Perfect for snacks and Kleenex!

Chloe and Drew shared a beautiful, intimate prayer during their ceremony that brought us to tears. Shelby captured this quiet moment with such grace, we could feel the emotion in the room. The love between them was so special to see! (And, also, how beautiful is her natural greenery?!)

Congratulations, Chloe & Drew, on your marriage! We are so thankful you chose Dress Gallery as your bridal boutique. We wish you both a lifetime of love, laughter, and happiness. Cheers to the Mullens!

#dgcouple: Autumn & Ryan

March 1, 2021

We’ve have been bursting at the seams to share these gorgeous photos of #dgcouple Autumn & Ryan! Autumn is actually a Dress Gallery employee during our super busy season January-March; she helps run our front desk and we would be totally lost without her. When her soul mate, Ryan, finally popped the question (using cow tags!!), we were so proud that she asked us to style her, Ryan, and their group. Check out these gorgeous photos courtesy of Jennifer Lynn Photos based out of Oklahoma!

Autumn knew she wanted her wedding to fit their Western/rustic vibe, but without the traditional burlap and mason jars we’ve seen in previous years. Complete with a neutral color palette and bohemian accents, we love how she turned her vision to life! Their wedding day was the perfect combination of traditional and unique, with every piece of their wedding having the best “Bergkamp twist” to it!

Autumn chose an aboslute stunner of a dress – Azale by Chic Nostalgia, a super cool, bold lace-patterened dress featuring a soft a-line skirt, secret beading throughout, and a nude undertone. Her high neckline was chic and modern combined with the super flirty, fun bell sleeves. Add in her dramatic keyhole back and this dress was truly the “Autumn” dress. We love that she styled it with loose curls and her signature cowgirl boots!

Autumn wanted her girls to feel fabulous and comfortable during the big day, so she opted for a mix-and-match bridesmaids palette that was as unique and beautiful as her girls were. This was the perfect decision, especially as a few of her bridesmaids were pregnant – this led them to choose dresses they felt the most comfortable in!

Her neutral color palette was vamped up by using different fabrics and textures, truly creating visual dimension in all of her photos. We love how the dresses vary and are as unique as the girls!

When it came to outfitting Ryan and his groomsmen, both Autumn & Ryan knew they wanted to keep their look traditional yet stylish. They chose navy suits over black to keep the look soft, but dressed up their suits by adding boots and hats. Combined with the girls’ multiple textures and we love how sharp this group turned out!

Alex, our menswear stylists, loved working with Ryan’s group. “I had a super great time working with the Bergkamps. Even though their group was HUGE, everyone was in good spirits and totally understood our rental & replacement policies. They allowed us to take care of them and then send them off to the best wedding weekend ever!”

Their September wedding was full of sunshine, laughter, and really, really good food. The Dress Gallery crew was so excited to wrap up our workday and head to their celebration after a busy Saturday! We love all of our brides, but especially when they are #dgbabes first, we have a super soft spot in our heart. We love you, Autumn!

Congratulations to the Bergkamps! We are so thankful for you, Autumn, and we wish you & Ryan a lifetime of love and happiness. We are beyond thrilled that you two have found each other; we have loved following your love story and are so grateful you included Dress Gallery both professionally and socially. Cheers to you both!

The 5 Biggest Trends / Concepts for 2021 Weddings

February 28, 2021

Our 2021 brides are a resilient bunch. We are so thankful for all of our couples who are focused on celebrating their love in a healthy, safe way for everyone involved. Because of COVID-19, weddings have certainly evolved from what we’re used to seeing and in 2021, that evolution is going to be front-and-center. If there’s any one thing that wedding planners for 2021 are seeing, it’s their couples being thorough & intentional with all of their choices. Setting your intentions for your wedding and then hiring venues to follow through is the #1 trend for 2021, according to wedding planners nationwide. Trying to decide what’s important to you & your values for your wedding day? Read on for some suggestions from planners!

#1: Sustainability

Brides are becoming much more conscious of the sustainability of their weddings. Changes from foam-free florals, recycled decorations, biodegradable confetti, and more are all small changes brides are making in order to make minimize their wedding footprint. Rental bridesmaids dresses & suits help minimize production of new items and donating leftover food to homeless shelters or local food banks is a great way to be charitable with their extra resources!

One of the biggest ways our brides are making their weddings sustainable is by choosing pre-made wedding dresses instead of having something made specially for them. Whether that’s buying sample dresses off-the-rack, buying pre-owned online, or simply finding a sustainable manufacturering process, brides are becoming very conscious of where their dresses come from, who is making them, and what consequences those decisions have.

If you’re interested in a great way to get a sustainable gown, check out our Etsy page for great sample gowns at a rocking price!

#2: Weekday Weddings

With big, large parties taking a backseat to elopements and mini-monies, the traditional Saturday night party is also falling to the wayside. When you have minimal guests and smaller limitations, weekday weddings make much more sense for many couples wanting to limit their big day.

Not only are many vendors cheaper for weekday weddings, but there’s often less competition for availability on those dates, as well. Here at Dress Gallery, we’re seeing a rise in Thursday & Monday weddings, preferring instead to have a quick, simple ceremony with a lavish dinner instead of a big reception complete with DJ and catering.

If you’re looking for a way to save a few dollars, while also having the opportunity to book the vendors you really want, consider a weekday wedding!

#3: Buying Local

If there’s any one specific way that your wedding can make a positive impact on the community around you, choosing to spend your money locally is the best way to do so. Your local catering company can source local ingredients; your local photographers know the best places to shoot; and your local independent bridal store (ahem ahem!) truly appreciates your patronage when you purchase your dress with them!

Supporting small business is a way to give back to the community around you, while also guaranteeing you have a great vendor team behind you on your wedding day. If you’re getting married in the Wichita area, we have a huge list of local vendors that can make your dream day come true.

Stopping in and shopping with Dress Gallery for your wedding gown is a great way to support a local, woman-owned business. We’re an independent bridal store featuring seven designers that’s been in business in Delano for over 10 years; there’s some reputation behind us! Even outside of Dress Gallery, there are many independent bridal stores in the area that would appreciate your support!

#4: Humor

Bringing in some good humor into your wedding is a great way to ease into the atmosphere for the guests. With “Unsave the Dates” and “Keep Your Distance” signs making appearances everywhere, humor is a great way to shake off the craziness of 2020/2021.

Those small, subtle ways to include humor are a great way to encourage your guests to have a great time, even if the wedding looks and feels a little different than tradition. Bring in fun guest experiences by booking magicians or stand-up comedians to mingle with your guests. These small groups are a great way to break the ice between guests, while also allowing everyone to interact in a laid-back, super fun way!

#5: Spontaneity

There are a lot of brides & grooms who are throwing planning to the wayside and instead are focusing on the spontaneous whirlwind type of ceremony. Instead of focusing on specific details like colors, place settings, or invitations, the couples are picking out their ready-to-wear outfits and having them ready to go should they decide to hop a plane or take a drive!

Many of our brides are coming to shop for their dresses don’t have specific wedding dates, but instead seasons they intend to get married in. With travel limitations and restrictions abound, they’re having everything they need ready-to-go so they can take off at a moment’s notice. Having a photographer down for this type of impromptu ceremony is key, as you’ll definitely want pictures regardless of your plans.

What are your intentions for your 2021 wedding? Let us know on Facebook and what you think of these trends!

#dgbride: Karlee

February 24, 2021

Introducing our newest #dgbride, Karlee! Karlee married her soulmate, Caleb, during a gorgeous November ceremony surrounded by dreamy Kansas prairie and pops of red, white, and blue! We fell heels-over-head for these stunning photos courtesy of Brittany McCloskey Photography. If you’re looking for bright, airy, and timeless, Brittany is your girl! Peek Karlee’s down-to-earth wedding below!

When it came to finding Karlee’s dream dress, she knew she wanted something vintage and feminine. Her gorgeous multi-layered Stella York gown featured two layers of lace, a Moscato undertone, and petite train. We love that her gown focused more on the silhouette of her body instead of heavy bling; her lacy gown was perfect for the backdrop of their wedding!

We loved how Karlee kept her wedding day look natural and feminine. Her pops of bright blues and reds were a great juxtaposition for the moody autumnal backdrop. This kept her color palette upbeat and made for stunning florals, particularly against the blue of the bridesmaids & menswear attire!

Can we talk, really fast, about how perfect Karlee’s wedding day look is? Her soft up-do perfectly showed off her collarbones and the gorgeous illusion back of her dress but mostly, we loved that she styled her gown in her glasses. Girls who wear specs – we are ALL FOR brides rockin’ them on their wedding day, especially if that’s authentic to who you are. We love when brides decide to stay true to themselves, contacts be damned!

Congratulations to the McCaffree’s! Thank you so much, Karlee, for trusting us to style you for your big day. We are so thankful to have played a small part in your wedding ceremony. We wish you & Caleb a lifetime of love and happiness!

#dgcouple: Madison & Preston

February 21, 2021

Drum roll, please…..let us introduce you to fabulous power couple, #dgbride and #dggroom Madison & Preston! This fun-loving couple was an absolute blast to work with! Check out their Colorado elopement photos courtesy of Hound & Honey Photo!

Madison was an absolute blast to style for her wedding gown. Her vibrant, bubbly personality made the entire appointment fly by! She was looking for something timeless and romantic, plus something that would stand up to the mountain backdrop. We think her off-the-shoulder Essense of Australia gown was a perfect choice.

Complete with sweetheart neckline, trickling lace appliques, and a voluminous skirt, we absolutely love how ethereal and whimsical her pictures look! You’re a literal forest goddess, Madison!

Can we talk about how sassy and cute Madison is?! One of our favorite parts of their wedding photos is how much fun you can tell they’re having! We love Madison’s bohemian hair and the rose gold accessories that perfectly match her moscato-colored dress!

When it came to styling Preston, we wanted to keep his look chic, fashionable, and classic to match Madison’s wedding vibe. We think the light grey accents the foliage and mountains really well by adding just a pop of color with the maroon accents!

Congratulations to the Troyers! We are so thankful that you chose Dress Gallery as your bridal boutique. Getting to know you both was been a great blessing to us and we are so proud to call you a #dgcouple. We wish you a lifetime of love, happiness, & laughter!

2021 Prom Looks at Dress Gallery!

February 18, 2021

So we know the world’s real weird right now and the fate of prom hangs in the balance……maybe that’s a little dramatic, but we are all in our feels about the uncertainty surrounding proms. We totally feel for all of the high schoolers whose traditions are changing or being skipped all together. We’ve had to adapt our prom buying experience due to COVID-19 (got questions? Check out the Prom FAQ here.) All of it is kind of a bummer, which is why we decided to do a quick, fun photoshoot of some of our select prom dresses.

We wanted an opportunity for our lovely prom girls to get dolled up and get some fabulous photos taken. Most of the girls modeling these dresses for us are DG employees who work so hard for us during prom season, so this was a way for us to give back – and showcase some fabulous dresses, just in case, ya know?

Thx Shelbs for being you, we love you boo boo.

Schedule your room reservation and find your formal gown today!

#dgcouple: Linda & Alex

February 14, 2021

RICHARDSON WEDDING OMG THEY ARE LITERALLY THE CUTEST I CAN’T

#dgbride: Regan

February 10, 2021

Drumroll, please, because we are super excited to introduce you to #dgbride Regan! She was planning a super quick and intimate ceremony in the Colorado mountains before COVID changed their plans. Like any good COVID bride, though, she didn’t let it get her down! Regan married her soulmate, Grant, at a gorgeous autumnal ceremony in November 2020. Peep out the fabulous photos courtesy of our girl Shelby Laine – you know, our fav!

Regan chose an absolutely stunning long-sleeve, off-the-shoulder Morilee gown that was BRAND SPANKING NEW in our store the day of her appointment. Like, literally – we hadn’t even steamed the skirt out yet! So Regan was our very first bride in this sample gown and it fit her like a dream. We tried on a few more just to make sure, but everyone was stunned at Dress #1!

We absolutely loved styling Regan for her big day; her flowy, ethereal gown was perfect for her low-key, down-to-earth ceremony. Her bright, bold wildflower florals were the perfect accent to the moody undertone of the day. We love how they pulled the bright accents into Grant’s tie and florals as well!

We can’t show you pictures of Regan and Grant’s big day without including the most important part – their daughter, Lennon! She totally stole the show in all of the photos. We absolutely loved how Regan matched her bridal gown to Lennon’s; the soft lace long sleeves were a perfect mini-me to Regan’s gown! Watching this beautiful family vow to love each other forever made sure there wasn’t a dry eye in the room!

Congratulations to you both, Regan & Grant! We are so thankful you trusted Dress Gallery with such a big decision for your special day. We loved being a small part of your family’s important moment. We wish you a lifetime of love, happiness, & laughter!