DG Spotlight: Chelsea

February 18, 2019

Time for a new #dgWichita employee spotlight! Today’s highlight is on Chelsea, one of our bridal consultants and the newest member of the DG staff! Originally a KC native, Chelsea became a Wichita transplant after becoming a #dggirl. Chelsea interned at Bella Bridesmaids in Atlanta, Georgia after finishing her Apparel and Textile Marketing degree at K-State!

Chelsea is probably the chillest of the chill when it comes to bridal consultants. She is guaranteed to make you feel relaxed and comfortable during your appointment. Her favorite part of working with brides is helping dreams come true – whether that’s finding the perfect gown, accessorizing with the ultimate veil, or helping your bridesmaids look their absolute best.

When Chelsea ISN’T trying on the most gorgeous dresses we have and modelling them for us (watch for her on our Instagram!), she is the go-to girl for just about everything at Dress Gallery. Chelsea is a godsend because she’s ALWAYS available to be an extra set of hands. She is the coworker most likely to jump into a project without being asked, ready to help at a moment’s notice. Chelsea will often tag team with other consultants to help give brides the ultimate experience when there’s some available time. She’s also responsible for the majority of the bride communication that happens behind the scenes. Whether it’s addressing thank you cards, sending confirmation emails, or simply maintaining out digital system for brides, Chelsea is an irreplaceable help to the DG front desk.

But for real, how freaking stunning is she? Chelsea is also guaranteed to be the consultant that will make you feel truly like yourself during your appointment. She’s down-to-earth and REAL, one of the most important personality traits in a consultant. She’s all about telling her brides the truth and letting them understand the realities of their wedding planning. Combined with that, Chelsea is a problem solver. She’s determined in helping her brides find the perfect look for both their vision and budget.

When Chelsea’s not at Dress Gallery, she’s most likely napping. We’re half-kidding. She’s actually super likely to be watching a Kansas City Chiefs football game, cracking open a cold one with the boys. She has a great group of guy friends who often watch sporting events, and the Bachelor, together. Speaking of the Bachelor, Chelsea (& Courtney) is an avid member of Bachelor Nation. Bachelor wine nights are probably her favorite day of the week.

Chels was livin’ her best life at the Formation Tour! She is true member of the Hive, forever quoting Beyonce songs and breaking it down whenever she pops up on Spotify. Chelsea’s a big fan of dance bangerz and loves having a night out on the town dancing!

When she’s not fangirling over Beyonce, Chelsea loves spending time with her family. While we’re trying hard to make Wichita & DG a home away from home for her, we totally get it when she drives back up to KC for the weekend. We love seeing her on Monday mornings coming back refreshed and relaxed from a weekend with her fabulous family.

Also, you might have gotten the memo, but did you notice Chelsea’s EMAW obsession?

Here’s Chelsea having the moment of her life when she opened stemless wine glasses, fuzzy socks, and a ridiculous amount of face masks/eye treatment/bougie spa day essentials. We knew the minute she opened them that come the following Sunday, Chelsea would be Korean face-masking with a mimosa, watching her favorite shows!

While she might be new to town, Chelsea has already begun making the rounds for favorite restaurants and breweries. If she had her choice, she’d be eating Dempsey’s – specifically because “that qualifies for both burgers and brunch.” Solid choice, Chels. Solid choice.

Love is in the Air Styled Shoot

February 14, 2019

Recently, we collaborated with a group of wedding professionals on a styled shoot we affectionately called “Love is in the Air.” Shot by local photographer Tim Davis, we got the photos back and we are floored. We are always honored when we’re asked to collaborate with other creative professionals, but EVERYONE pulled out the stops for this beautiful shoot. Check out some of our favorite images!

The bride’s fabulous up-do perfectly matches the modern look of the dress and we love her peachy pink lip! Combined with the soft blush undertone of the dress and moody florals, this is a perfect color palette for February.

We couldn’t help but post all the photos of the beautiful bride, Hannah, smiling – her smile and energy was contagious throughout the entire shoot!

Can we also talk about her bouquet? Because really, HOLY WOW. This fabulous explosion of color and greenery perfectly encompasses the whimsical, romantic feeling of the photo shoot.

We have been in love with this Dany Tabet gown since the moment we got it in and we loved watching the dress come alive on Hannah. It truly looked like it was made for her.

The gorgeous venue creating the backdrop of all these photos is The Barn at Grace Hill in Newton, Kansas. We fell in love with the building’s white walls, clean lines, and pops of chic accents. (And one of our bridal consultants gets married there this year, too, so maybe we’re biased.)

While balloons might not be the first thing you associate with a timeless, beautiful wedding vision, local business Love of Character has the PERFECT artistic conceptions to create elegant, unique decor for your big day. Combined with beautiful florals, carefully curated tablescapes, and one deliciously modern cake, and this was truly a shoot to remember!

Hannah and Jordan were the perfect couple to shoot. Their 4 year wedding anniversary will be this May, but their love is as fresh and energetic as the day they met. You could see their love for each other in their eyes the entire day.

Check out those back details on the gown! Also, those decor accents courtesy of Endless Treasures are perfect!

We hope this love-filled, bubbly photo shoot fills you with as much joy as it did us!

Participating Vendors

Events by Ashley || Event Designer + Coordinator

The Barn at Grace Hill || Venue

Wild Oak Films || Videography

Endless Treasures || Rentals

Moore Flowers || Florals

Emilime Designs || Stationary/Calligraphy

Love of Character || Balloon Elements

Le Luci Event Lighting || Fabric Elements

Buckingham Cakes || Cake + Desserts

Brie Wallace || Hair

Beauty by Brooke || Makeup

Gentry LTD || Tux Rental

Tim Davis Photography || Photography


DG’s Fav Wedding Hair Inspo

February 6, 2019

Sometimes, when the days are long and there’s a lull between appointments, we love digging through Pinterest to find the newest and hottest wedding trends. We love curating boards for our brides, making note of trend changes, and secretly re-planning all of our own weddings. Recently, we’ve been obsessed with the cute photos brides have been showing us for their wedding hair. Planning your wedding style early can be beneficial to both you and your vendors – it makes everyone on the same page about what to expect and how you’d like to look on your wedding day. Dress Gallery carries a multitude of different accessories to highlight your wedding hairstyle. Whether you’re looking for a traditional veil, a flower crown, a princess tiara, or simply beautiful hair pieces, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of our favorite wedding hair inspirations which can be recreated with accessories from DG!

We are LOVING hair vines right now. They’re a perfect way to add sparkle to your day in a bohemian, laid back way. You can curl them around a bun, braid them into braids, or simply place them with bobby pins for an effortless-looking vibe. Combined with crystals and pearls, this a great way to make a statement while still feeling bridal.

Smaller, more compact hair pins also make a statement, as you can pick the exact spots where you want pops of sparkle. Spreading these throughout a cute low bun or a messy up-do creates a romantic, whimsical vibe. Place these with intention to highlight certain parts of your hairstyle or accent your veil!

Speaking of veils – we love us a good veil. Whether you’re looking for a dramatic cathedral or a chic birdcage, we have you covered for all your veil looks. Combined with a fabulous hair comb and jewels, your veil can make a statement for the ceremony and then be easily removed for the reception. We love how these brides stylized their veils with their hair length!

We are all about wedding crowns and wedding tiaras, particularly nontraditional variations that feature leaves, florals, and jewels. Whether you’re wanting to be a Greecian goddess, a garden fairy, or badass babe, a tiara or crown is a great way to add confidence to your day. Add a veil like the top photo to combine the modern and traditional looks!

Bohemian babes asking for flower crowns have been flooding our store recently. We are digging the laid back vibes that both faux and real flowers give to any hairstyle. You can coordinate with your florist to create a custom piece to match your bouquet or take your inspiration pictures with you and find something similar off the rack. Regardless of what you decide to do, flowers are a great way to brighten up your wedding day look.

My short haired girls, you’re not alone! While many wedding inspiration pictures feature brides with curling tendrils in an up-do, we love when our short haired brides rock a romantic style that’s just as beautiful as the traditional updo. Complete your look with curls, hair pins, bold hair accessories, or a tiara that compliments your hair color. Everyone will be so jealous of your cute bob look!

For brides with longer hair, there are so many options for your bridal look, it can be hard to choose! Whether you decide to do a traditional full updo, leave your hair hanging long, or a cute combo of the two, there are an unlimited amount of looks for you to choose from. These are a few of our favorite half-up, half-down styles, accented with simplistic yet beautiful hair pieces. This creates a truly romantic, elegant look, regardless of your wedding day style!

There are so many celestial details flooding wedding world right now and we’re are HERE for it. There’s just something romantic and light about the moon and stars aligning over your wedding. We love how the perfect combination of traditional and modern has collided in many celestial wedding pieces. This hair piece combines the new wave love of stars and the unique look of chains to create something totally unique.

Come see us for all of your wedding hair accessory needs!

7 Fiercely Chic Gowns for the Modern Bride

January 28, 2019

As soon as Meghan Markle appeared out of her town car, the hysteria around plain & simple gown began. Almost immediately after, we had brides calling and asking if we had plain, chic gowns instead of the lacy, beaded trends previous. While lace and beading isn’t going ANYWHERE, we are loving how pristine and beautiful the simplistic gowns are. Whether you’re looking for a fitted stunner of a gown or more of a regal, princess a-line, any silhouette looks great in this classic look. Below are just a few of our absolute favorites available to be tried on in store. Make an appointment and check out these beauties now!

  1. Arleigh by Maggie Sottero

This beautiful crepe dress is the perfect gown for a bride wanting to make a statement with “less is more.” The sleeves are completed with crystal buttons that are mimiced on the back and trail all the way through the train for extra drama. An open back adorned with beading allows for a sexy feature without feeling too revealing. With this chic and simplistic dress, it’s destined to create some breathtaking photos!

2. D2750 by Essense of Australia

If you’re wanting to feel regal and supreme, this gorgeous satin a-line gown by Essense of Australia is the one for you. Complete with bardot, off-the-shoulder neckline and fabric buttons from neckline to hem, this gown is the epitome of romantic. Not only that, but this satin fabric is one of the SOFTEST you’ve ever felt – trust us. For someone wanting to create a timeless fairy tale look, this dress is a surefire contender!

3. GA2277 by Kenneth Winston

This down-to-earth gown is perfect for the laid back bride looking to feel both sexy and confident on her wedding day. A simple sheath fit combined with a tie-neck, creating a beautiful keyhole back makes this a simplistic but chic gown. Available in ivory and with a touch of pink, a perfect accent for a fun-loving bride who wants something a little different. This comfortable and affordable gown is a great option for brides who want to look great, but focus more on the other details, leaving their dress decision simple and easy.

4. D2027 by Essense of Australia

We love drama here at Dress Gallery and this dress is so exception. A full ruffled skirt helps create a true mermaid silhouette in this satin gown. The crystal belt addition is optional, making this a great option to either sparkle up or keep plain, simple, and chic. With fabric buttons from neckline to skirt, you get an extra bit of romance while also showcasing a certainly sexy silhouette.

4. Claudia Dawn by Maggie Sottero

This high neckline crepe beauty is one of our favorite new arrivals from Maggie Sottero. Featuring a u-back and a higher neckline, this gown is perfect for the bride wanting to to let her details shine. The crystal belt is an optional add on, making this gown a perfect canvas to create whatever look you want. A small walking train creates a timeless look, yet a manageable feature for your reception. If you’re looking for something truly unique, Claudia Dawn might be your girl!

5. GA2280 by Kenneth Winston

This simplistic organza gown is the ultimate dream dress for an ethereal ceremony. Whether you’re planning a fairy tale vision, a garden tea party, or a small and intimate soiree, this dress is the perfect compliment to any vision. Lightweight and airy, this gown is destined to make you feel as light and beautiful as the fabric itself. A sweetheart neckline and soft ruching accentuate the waist area, creating a beautiful a-line silhouette perfect for any bride.

6. 6705 by Stella York

This sexy Stella York gown features crepe material, fabric buttons throughout the train, and a cowl back, a unique feature not seen on many dresses. A sheath fit is made to accentuate curves, but also allow for a comfortable wedding day. The double spaghetti straps provide extra support for the girls and the modest v-neck makes this a great option for conservative and feisty brides alike. Plus, she’s under $1000 – you can’t beat that!

7. Cassidy by Maggie Sottero

We love Cassidy. This mikado mermaid beauty is perfect for a bride wanting to make a sexy statement with her silhouette. Crystal buttons adorn the back from neckline to hem, creating a beautiful, elongated illusion. The simple sweetheart neckline keeps a classic shape while also allowing for customization. This dress could 100% rock a blinged-out belt, a massive cathedral veil, or particularly dramatic shoes – between the silhouette and fabric, she’s a dream waiting to happen!

7. 6718 by Stella York

Girl, once you put this dress on, you will never want to get out of it. This fabulous a-line creation by Stella York is made out of the world’s softest satin fabric, making you one super comfortable bride for your wedding day. The cute off-the-shoulder sleeves are detachable, making a great design feature that you can remove should you desire. Combined with a modest sweetheart neckline, this great dress is perfect for any body type.

We hope that some of these gowns inspired you for your wedding visions! Schedule an appointment with Dress Gallery to try any of these gorgeous dresses on!

DG Spotlight: Katie

January 22, 2019

Our next DG Spotlight is on our bridal consultant, Katie! Katie first interned at DG in 2014 and became a permanent member of the team in 2015. She graduated from K-State (EMAW!) with a degree in Apparel and Textiles with a specialization in Design & Production. What does that mean for our DG brides? It means that we have a literal fashion designer on our staff. Not only is she extremely knowledgeable about the bridal industry in general, but she also utilizes her foundation in design to create customized accessories, veils, and more for our brides. She can literally take your dreams, visualize with you, and then help you create what you’re hoping for!

This year, Katie officially opened her own busness, Heirloom Couture Bridal. She specializes in custom veils, particularly cathedral, and modernization of antique and vintage apparel. Have your grandmother’s beautiful wedding veil you’d love to wear, but want to make it a little more your style? Katie is your go-to girl. Want some extra drama to your veil by having exact matching lace to the beautiful dress you chose? Ask Katie. Want something unique, like a feathered headband reminiscent of the ’20s or a birdcage veil to spark old school glamour? Katie can do that, too.

When she’s not sitting and sewing at DG, she’s often sitting and sewing at home. She transformed an extra room into her home into a sewing studio to help facilitate her growing business. Now, all DG brides can have personalized service and custom accessories for their big day, all done in house by a trained professional. Accessories and veils are just the beginning for Katie, too. The ultimate goal is to also include her own bridal gowns sold at DG!

How cute does she look in her little headlamp, sewing away into the night?!

Katie is one of the best resources brides have at DG. Consultants often pick Katie’s brain about potential alterations and customizations when helping their brides; it’s often a big tag-team of minds working together to help create what the bride might want. You’ll often see Katie running around with an apron on, clips attached, ready to help throw something together. Her passion for fashion, creating, and customer service is truly contagious!

Besides being a bomb bridal consultant and entrepreneur, Katie is also responsible for much of the back of house inventory that arrives at DG on a daily basis. She’s often the one inspecting bridal gowns as they arrive, using that eye for detail to make sure that everything is perfect for our brides. Above is a picture of her and our sales manager, Jillian, in Chicago this past year for Bridal Market. She helped curate the upcoming collections we’ll have at DG!

The best thing about Katie is her personality. It’s almost entirely impossible to be upset when you’re around her. She’s funny and witty, plus she’s rarely “too serious.” Katie is the type of person to take things seriously, but that doesn’t mean she’s serious. She keeps all of us laughing and rolling during long work shifts, company parties, and more. She creates the best memes and will be the first person to say “YAS, HUNNY” at a beautiful bride when she walks onto our runway.

(These are just a few of the ridiculous photos we have of Katie during the many company events we’ve had. Told you she’ll have you laughing!)

Outside of work, Katie loves spending time with her fabulous nephews, Dean and Wes, and reading/watching true crime docuseries. She’s a weird person and likes running; her and DG owner, April, have completed a few half marathons together! She’s recently realized her true calling as a potential HGTV show host and has the cutest house. She likes eating, drinking, and napping. She also loves spending time with her boyfriend, Chris, who should really jump on making that official forever, hint hint Chris. (:

Chris and Katie at their most quintessential – Katie making a goofy face and then turning Chris into a meme. You know, the usual.

Katie is a serious foodie, making her the perfect person to ask when trying to choose a good restaurant for the night. (Or the worst to ask because she wants everything, just depends.) Her usual recommendations include the Wine Dive and Newport Grill for a more upscale experience, Hana Cafe for sushi, and Ty’s Diner for burgers. And if you’re REALLY down to get Katie excited, ask about brunch. Homegrown is her favorite!

Welcome to PROM WORLD

January 19, 2019

We love Bride Country – we really do. While brides are our bread & butter, we are also a formal wear boutique specializing in the foremost trendiest prom pieces. Whether you’re looking for something to wear to Homecoming or Adult Prom (no judgement, we’re going!), we love making memories with our #dggirls!

We have a dedicated team of prom specialists who are trained in formal wear, prom styles, and creating total looks. We pride ourselves on finding the most unique and fabulous formal dresses for whatever your event is. Maybe you need something for military ball – or maybe you just want a gorgeous dress to lounge in. We love all reasons to dress up equally. Take a peek at some of our newest prom fashions along with some #DGBTS shots of our prom girls helping out!

We are LOVING the amount of glitter fabric we’re seeing this year. Metallics and textures are two of the most prominent features we’re seeing in formal wear recently. Our favorite buzzword surrounding these dresses is “galatic!” We are diggin’ the idea of a space-age prom!

Can we talk about how fabulous these fabrics are?! Please and thanks.

We LOVE these detail shots that Shelby caught of our prom dresses! Adding a belt or headpiece can easily add drama to any dress!

We pride ourselves on having a warm, inviting space for all our girls to try their dresses on. We have a multitude of dressing rooms, multiple mirrors, and personal help from our prom team in order to find your perfect gown!

Here are some #DGBTS shots of Hunter, our prom consultant, helping the senior reps into their dresses. Hunter is one of the most outgoing, personable people you’ll ever meet. Not only does she help you find the ultimate cool gown, but she also keeps it real. She is the ultimate meme master and will definitely have you laughing while trying on dresses. Unsure of what size or style would look best on you? Ask Hunter! She’s a great resource for all of our prom girls.

This is Alex! Alex is our formal wear specialist. Not only is she a prom specialist, but she is also our menswear specialist. Did you know that prom dates get $10 off the cost of their menswear if their date is a #dggirl? Because they do. And Alex will get them taken care of because she’s the boss of Tuxedo World (as we affectionately call it.)

We are so excited for the 2019 prom season! Tag us on Instagram with the handle @dressgalleryprom to be entered in our seasonal giveaway!

Also, can we politely freak out over the images our new official photographer, Shelby Laine Photography, provided for us?! We are STOKED for this partnership and all of the beautiful photos she’s about to take for us. We is about to be a DG World staple!

#dgbride: Lindsey

January 7, 2019

Our next featured #dgbride is Lindsey, who married her soulmate Michael on October 6, 2018 at Hotel Old Town in Wichita, Kansas.

We love Lindsey. We love all of our brides, but sometimes there are brides who just radiate warmth when they walk into the store. Lindsey is one of those brides. We loved seeing her every time she came in the store – which was often, because not only was she a #dgbride, but the men in her life were also #dggrooms and her girls were #dggirls. We are always so honored when brides choose us to outfit not only them, but also their loved ones. We loved getting to know Michael just as much as we did Lindsey for his tuxedo fittings! They were just a lovely, warm group we enjoyed helping very much.

Michael & Lindsey’s wedding was full of warm colors and specialized details to their passions. Lindsey is a science teacher, so her passion for science was shown throughout the wedding with unique details. She featured a 100 year old microscope on her favors table. Her centerpieces featured books, beakers, flasks, and test tube glassware to hold her flowers. Michael wanted grey suits for him and his groomsmen, so Lindsey picked coordinating navy bridesmaids outfits with pops of orange, red, and purples. We loved getting to coordinate all their outfits together!

When it came to planning her wedding, Lindsey let experience take the lead. She’d been a bridesmaid ten times (ten!!!), so when it came to planning her own wedding, she’d done this one or twice before. She planned everything with her mother, coordinating with the event coordinator at Hotel Old Town, but otherwise spearheading the entire planning herself. Her biggest help was utilizing bridal fairs; being able to walk around and see all the vendors in one location gave her multiple options without feeling overwhelmed. Her mother helped by narrowing down options so Lindsey could make final, executive decisions. Having friends & family help find reliable vendors without a million options can be a game changer for your wedding!

Lindsey had sparkle on the brain when picking out her wedding gown. She says anyone who knows her just knows she loves to sparkle, so that was definite must for her wedding gown. “I had done some searching on Pinterest prior to my appointment,” she said, “but most of them I just liked certain aspects, not the full gown. My dress was a strapless, sweetheart ball gown with a corset back and train. It had the perfect amount of lace and sparkle with an organza skirt. I fell in LOVE with the organza. It was the most comfortable dress I’ve ever worn. Yes, ladies – I wore it for 9 hours and it was super comfortable!”

“I tried about 20-25 dresses between 3 bridal boutiques,” Lindsey said. “Dress Gallery was the first bridal boutique I went to. I tried on what eventually became my dress during my first appointment, but I was afraid to commit. I knew in my head it was “The One,” but I had other appointments and figured I should give them a try. Most of the other dresses at other stores had tulle skirts, which I dislike. I kept comparing every dress I tried on to the one at Dress Gallery, so I made another appointment a few months later to go back and get it!”

At this point in the questionnaire, we are loving Lindsey’s honesty. Above, she mentions that she dislikes tulle. Dislikes is a polite way of putting. Our girl Lindsey hates tulle. To quote her, she hates it with “the heat of 1,000,000 suns” and it frustrated her when stores kept giving her ballgowns with tulle skirts to try on. We wanted her to feel comfortable, which sometimes means that some fabrics aren’t for everyone. We were so excited to find her a sparkly stunner of a dress without an inch of tulle on it!

(How happy do they look? We love this shot of the newlyweds!)

“My experience with Dress Gallery was better than I ever could have imagined,” Lindsey said. “I went back multiple times and ended up getting my accessories, bridesmaids dresses, and tuxes there. From the moment I walked in, I felt welcome and loved that you get your own private room. After talking to my consultant, Jillian, she started pulling dresses for me, I knew I was in the right place. She listened to what I wanted, but also put me in dresses I never would have chosen myself to help me find “The One.””

When it comes to picking a dress, Lindsey echoes advice given to her by her consultant. “Take photos of you in the dress, because at the end of the day, all you’re going to have left is photographs of your special day,” Lindsey said. “When she came out with the dress for me, it was actually 4-5 sizes too small. She clipped in me and I immediately started spinning and twirling. I never would have known that it was too small if she hadn’t told me and she made me feel as if size didn’t matter. Every bride should shop here!”

Lindsey is queen when it comes to giving wedding advice. Girl could literally write a book preaching the wedding planning gospel and we’d help her get it published, THEN give it away to all of our brides for free because she has some gems. She gives great advice on planning & sticking to a wedding budget, planning early and often, and not feeling obligated to “return the favor” when it comes to inviting someone to be in your bridal party. Our personal favorite nugget of wisdom Lindsey laid on us? Something we’d NEVER heard a bride say before and it was pure truth!

“Know your body type and bra size,” Lindsey said. “Have an open mind and know what compliments your body best. Get professionally measured for a bra and take it to your appointment. The seamstress that did my alterations pointed out that I was one of the only women that actually had a well-fitted bra. Thanks, Mom!”

See what we’re saying? She lays down TRUTHS.

Thank you SO MUCH to Lindsey and Michael for including us in your special day. We were so honored to be a part of your wedding; we cannot say how much it means to us that you allowed us to outfit your bridal party. We wish you all the happiness in the world and are so excited to see the photos from your many happy years to come!

Upcoming Weddings Trends We Love

December 19, 2018

With 2018 engagement season ramping up and 2019 right around the corner, we are so ready to usher in the new and exciting trends our 2019 brides are showcasing. There are so many unique and interesting wedding ideas coming our way that we can hardly contain our excitement! Scroll through some of the projected trends we’re most excited to see during this new year!

Shades of Purple

Purple has officially replaced pink as the go-to accent color for weddings in 2019. Whether you want dramatic and deep violets or wistful wisteria, purple is a perfect way of adding a pop of color to your palette! We’re seeing it everywhere – from decor to bridesmaids dresses to florals and even the grooms!

Perfect Pampas Grass

While florals have no means taken a back seat in wedding world, they have finally allowed other types of natural elements the opportunity to pop up in weddings. The biggest trend we’re seeing is pampas grass, an airy and bohemian addition to any wedding. Pampas grass is a perfect way to make a statement while still staying true to a romantic, traditional vibe throughout the ceremony and reception. Check out all the amazing ways to incorporate pampas into your wedding.

Velvet Over Everything

We are suckers for textures here at DG and we are loving that so many brides are considering texture as well as color when planning their weddings. Velvet has taken over tons of wedding details; whether bridesmaids dresses or linens, we are so excited every time we see a touch of velvet. It’s a perfect way to cozy up fall and winter weddings while also staying regal & posh!

(This photo even features ANOTHER hot trend – keep reading!)
Rusty Hues

Let’s say you’re not a fan of purples – what other hot wedding colors can bring warmth to your wedding, but feel a little more down to earth? We are seeing lots of rust and metallic copper/bronze hues. What initially started as an accent color has now taken over color palettes everywhere. Our above photo shows a fabulous bridesmaid attire in rusty velvet and we LOVE how warm and comfortable the vibe is. Here are some other ways to bring rust into your big day.

Here’s Your Sign

Signage is so important at weddings; whether printed programs or large signs visible to everyone, this allows your guests to flow through your event without hiccup. However, the type of signage is changing dramatically. Say goodbye to the cutesy chalkboards everywhere and make way for interesting, modern signage that keeps guests surprised! Some examples include clear and painted acrylic, mirrors, and lightboxes – just to name a few.

Here’s Your NEON Sign

There’s one particular sign trend we’re seeing and loving recently – neon. While pricey, this accent makes a HUGE impact visually and also adds a touch of “cool” to any wedding ceremony. Many couples are using neon as part of their arbors, signs behind their head table, or simply as accent pieces throughout their space. You can customize with the married name or keep it simple with small picture pieces. Here are some of our favorite examples of neon.

Groovin’ Up Your Groom

So many grooms are jumping into the trends – no longer are ceremonies only for the bride! There is a huge surge in men exercising autonomy in regards to their favorite wedding pieces, including their attire. Fashionable guys are making statements with patterned suits, metallic accents, and fun substitutions like bolo or velvet bow ties. Check out some of these extra savvy guys!

Add A Slice of Fun

Natural elements besides florals are having a moment right now and our absolute favorite is adding fruits to decor. We love the pop of color that fresh or fake fruits can add. For a light, airy feel, a perfect blend of citrus fruits like lemons, oranges, and limes make a great statement while also can be considered edible decor! If you’re wanting a darker, more moody feel, dark fruits like pomegranates and plums are perfect accents. Here are some ways to include fruit in your decor.

Trying With Triangles

Geometric accents are huge this season but the biggest and most visible is probably the love of triangle arbors. While their cousins the circle and hexagon arbors have been having their time in the limelight for a while, we love the powerful and bold statement that triangle arbors give. They’re a great way to draw visual attention to the bride and groom, as they serve as almost a literal arrow, but also a fun installation piece that could serve as a photo backdrop later!

Are you a 2019 bride inspired by these great trends? Send us your ideas and have a chance for your wedding to be featured!

Our Top 10 Favorite New Gowns by Chic Nostalgia

December 10, 2018

GUYS – IT’S HAPPENING. Here at #dgWichita, we have officially begun to receive our 2019 collections. Slowly, designers are shipping their beautiful new gowns out to retailers for the newest season of brides. We recently received our newest pieces from the Chic Nostalgia collection and to say we’re obsessed is an understatement. Chic Nostalgia is known for their whimsical and bohemian looks, but these styles are perfect for ANY bride looking to impress on her big day. Check out our favorites below (in no particular order, we love them all equally).

Number 10: Kady

We are totally in love with Kady, a beautifully beaded a-line dress with chiffon skirt. The feminine sleeves combined with a v back is the perfect compliment for any down-to-earth bride who wants a little something extra to her comfortable gown.

Number 9: Ember

This perfect dress is straight out of a magical world; we love the clean, simple lines accented with purposely placed beading made to accentuate any woman’s body. The silk chiffon material lays beautifully, but is also lightweight, making this a great option for an outdoor ceremony. Combined with a deep v neck and a unique tie back, this dress was made for the bride who wants to truly stand out!

Number 8: Raven

Chic, sexy, and stunning, Raven is one of the ultimate dresses for a bride who wants to make a statement in an understated way. The unique scroll lace is unlike any other designer AND this dress comes with a built in costume change – a detachable skirt for fullness and extra sparkle! The subtle yet sexy unlined bodice, the slim beaded waist, and delicate straps makes this a truly one of a kind gown!

Number 7: Sable

There’s not enough time or words to discuss the truly unique features of Sable. This gown kicks tradition to the curb and instead replaces it with modern romance, a hint of whimsy, and more than a handful of fierceness. Featuring peacock lace, a detachable peacock train, and a halter neckline, Sable makes no apologies for being a truly different type of wedding gown. Combined with a criss cross back and you have a dress unlike anything else!

Number 6: Daphne

Daphne is the lovechild between a fierce warrior and a tender maiden; we are loving the delicate frills on the lace combined with the bold silhouette. The flowy train and a-line fit makes this a perfect gown for any body. There’s embroidered mesh and an Aztec-inspired lace, a perfect combo for strong and sweet. Add a beautiful v back and this gown is just waiting for its’ boho garden bride!

Number 5: Poe

We love that Poe is a perfect combination of traditional beauty meets new world charm. A detailed deep v flatters any neckline and shoulders while the geometric lace is stretched over a comfortable jersey liner. This is the essential “cool girl” dress; low-key enough to look effortless, but so much specialty details that the dress is clearly a labor of love.

Number 4: Starling

Starling’s halter neckline might be the most distinct feature of her dress, but the charming rose point lace and v criss-crossed back are additional features made to create this gown unlike anything else. A beautiful illusion sweetheart neckline topped with the beautiful halter accentuates back and shoulder features of any woman. Add a fitted silhouette with a comfortable liner and Starling is sure to fly above the rest.

Number 3: Cybel

Cybel is the perfect gown for the wild at heart; a sleek and sexy silhouette compliments the elevated minimalism of this dress. Featuring a beautiful French lace and a stunningly low v back, this gown is perfect is a chic bride looking for high end details without feeling “extra.” A beaded petite belt keeps the silhouette feminine and the side cut outs are the perfect combination of sexy and modest.

Number 2: Bette

Bette is the type of dress made specifically to stun. Whether you’re wanting effortless bohemian chic or uncompromising luxury, Bette is the perfect gown. Adorned with white crystal and pearl beading, this delicate yet fierce gown is a perfect fit for almost any bride. The handcrafted woven straps add to the magic of this dress. We can’t begin to imagine the mystical wedding days in this dress!

Number 1: Zelia

Zelia is, well, perfect. We might be biased but this unique lace, the stunning details, the one-of-a-kind train – this dress screams “chic.” With sensual floral lace and abstract details, including beaded piece throughout the bodice and train, this dress is truly unique. It features an illusion sweetheart along with illusion back and sides; additionally, the hand-detailed opulence makes this gown the definition of luxury. We are so anxious for the first bride to choose this gorgeous dress!

#dgbride: Brooke

December 7, 2018

Our next #dgbride to be featured is Brooke Nulik, who married her soulmate Tyler on July 21, 2018 at Stone Hill Barn in Augusta, KS.

Stone Hill Barn is one of our most favorite venues in the Wichita area; with it’s simplistic elegance and neutral decor, it’s easy to turn this venue into any wedding. This is what Brooke loved about Stone Hill.

“I wanted a venue that was very natural and I could decorate with lots of greenery,” Brooke said. “I didn’t want a rustic theme and I knew that would be hard because our venue was a barn, so I added candelabras and greenery for a more romantic garden vibe.”

Brooke is probably one of the most down-to-earth brides we’ve worked with, so when we asked her details about her wedding, she got real.

“I quickly learned how expensive everything is when planning a wedding,” she said. “I had saved so many pictures from Pinterest but didn’t realize how much money it costs to make those visions come to life, especially with fresh flowers. I ended up using artificial flowers for decor and deciding not to focus so much on centerpieces and signs, as that wasn’t what the whole day was about.”

Can we say PREACH, sister?

For her favorite memory of the day, Brooke chose a simple and sweet moment between her husband and her. At the end of the night, the DJ kicked everyone out early to anticipation for their exit and let Tyler and Brooke dance alone without the watchful eyes of their audience. Their tender moment to “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton turned into a forever memory as they shared a song alone together.

Choosing a wedding dress for Brooke was easy in the beginning, but got a little harder as she visited more bridal boutiques.

“When I first walked into Dress Gallery, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted – I liked a-line silhouettes, fitted gowns, or even an empire waist. When my consultant came out with this Essense of Australia, I LOVED it. However, I was torn between that and another fitted gown I tried earlier, so I decided I should keep looking,” Brooke said.

“I tried on 3 dresses before I found the one, but then I made the mistake of going to 2 other boutiques in Kansas City. I tried on over 25 dresses and felt overwhelmed. When I went back to Dress Gallery and tried the Essense of Australia on, I knew it was The One. I should have never left that first day. It was everything I wanted!”

Brooke was so kind in her recommendation of Dress Gallery. She loved the one-on-one attention given in the private bridal suites and the pointed, direct questions asked after every dress really helped her narrow down what features she loved and wanted to showcase.

“That really helped me narrow down what I was looking for,” Brooke said. “I thought I needed to go to KC to get a good assessment of what was out there, but I was so wrong! Dress Gallery had WAY more options in my budget. I would and already do recommend Dress Gallery to all of my engaged friends!”

Guys, Brooke was spitting straight realness when it comes to advice for current brides. We loved how true to herself she was with her wedding vision and just being transparent about what mattered and what doesn’t. She gave a few key nuggets of wisdom that we can’t help but share.

“First, spend money and time on the things YOU think are important, not what you think your guests want. Second, hire a videographer because the next day, you will wake up and have a hard time remembering everything from the adrenaline rush. Lastly, relax and soak it up! Your wedding week is one of the best weeks of your life; you’ll be surrounded by so many people who love you, there’s no reason to be nervous or stressed!”

What better way to wrap up a bridal on such a cool bride than with the ultimate girl gang photo? Congratulations to Brooke & Tyler! We are so thankful you chose Dress Gallery to be a part of your special day.

All images courtesy of Be Images Photography.