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Inside the Bridesmaids Department

Bridals by Lori is taking you inside our bridesmaids department for some one-on-one insight from the experts. Meet Krystle Arnold, Bridesmaids’ Manager and Ashlen Lowery, Assistant Manager! They’ll share some of their favorite styles, trends, and ideas with you. Brides…tune in! They have information you and your girls do not want to miss.

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Krystle Arnold, Manager

 What is your favorite bridesmaids trend right now?

K: Beading is definitely in right now. Weddings are going back to being formal events, just as they were a few years ago–Today’s styles are reflecting that transition. I love the elegance that  beaded gowns offer. If I had to choose, that would be the idea for my wedding. 

What’s the best part about working in the bridesmaids’ department? Because ideally it is one of the most important aspects of the wedding…

K: Oh of course it is! Bridesmaids, flower girl, mother of the bride/groom…these are extensions of the bridal party. So in that, I’ve developed relationships along the way with the brides and their attendants. It is a pleasure to walk them through this whole experience. And it doesn’t hurt that I get to play dress up everyday! 

Who is your favorite designer? 

K: Ummm….that’s tough. I actually have three that I would pick: Adrianna Papell ( Her designs are nontraditional and heavily beaded), Jim Helm (the gowns are trendy and ready wear. I’m fond of the silhouettes, styles, and colors),  and Lazaro (he has a great technique on designing gowns that look excellent on curvy women.) **Example of Adrianna Papell below**

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Do you have any suggestions, style or color-wise,  that brides should consider for a Fall wedding?

K: I would suggest rich, jewel tones for Fall. Something that really compliments your event and can mesh well with the colors of the season. Lazaro carries several great styles. *Below is an example of Krystle’s Fall pick designed by Lazaro*

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What about Spring weddings? 

K: Brides can experiment with neutrals for Spring. Often times, neutrals get a bad reputation for being tough colors because they “wash out” the bridesmaids. However, it is hard to see the total package with just a fitting. Brides don’t consider the hair and makeup that help to compliment the entire look. Also, brides should expand their color palette. Neutrals aren’t necessarily champagne, blush, or ivory. Instead consider, soft greens or blues.*The example below is cornflower by Jim Helm**

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What is the biggest misconception about bridesmaids dresses?

 

K: Well, I have a few! First, the time frame. Production and delivery on a bridesmaids dress takes 13-16 weeks! Many brides don’t account for that much time. They think the dresses are in stock and they’re not. Secondly, girls believe that bridesmaids dresses can be worn again. These dresses are for a one-time, formal occasion; they are not meant to be worn again. If you have another event where you can wear the dress again, then great. If not, it’s okay. Lastly, remember it’s the bride’s choice above all else. I’ll fight for your style and price point, but color and any other decisions are for the bride. It’s her day!

Do you have any advice for brides?

K: Yes, don’t try so hard to be different! I hear girls say all the time, “I want to be different.” And that’s fine, but understand that the gowns will all have some similarities. They’re not bridal gowns, so they have the same formula for the most part. Your vows, venue, and details will make your day unique and special. There are no rules to follow, so get creative in those aspects. 

Tell me something about you people wouldn’t expect to hear?

K: Believe it or not, I was quite the athlete growing up. I’m still a huge football fanatic, but I’ve played tennis, volleyball, and basketball. On average, I would score 12-15 points a game, 4 steals, 3 rebounds, 4-5 assists….but I mean, I’m not bragging or anything!! Lol. 

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Ashlen Lowery,  Assistant Manager

 

 What is your favorite bridesmaids trend right now?

A: I absolutely love the beaded dresses! I’m a bling-type of girl, so I can appreciate the sequence-glam look that is trending right now. They are great for formal weddings or even black tie events. 

What’s the best part about working in the bridesmaids’ department? Because ideally it is one of the most important aspects of the wedding…

A: Working closely with the brides and watching their vision unfold is amazing to me. I love to see the how the details come together to complete the vision the bride has for her wedding day. Bridesmaids dresses are an important part of that idea. As a team, we work together to make her fantasy a reality. 

Who is your favorite designer? 

A: Adrianna Papell is my favorite right now. She has an exquisite sense of style. As I stated before, I love the beaded look. She is able to encompass the sequence and beading with elegance that allows the gowns to have a sense of formality, instead of appearing too youthful. She would definitely be my pick as a bridesmaid….or even to the mall! She’s great for all occasions. Lol

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Do you have any suggestions, style or color-wise,  that brides should consider for a Fall wedding?

A: I would choose Amsale for Fall. I like the tulle and truffle color of this dress in particular. The neutral allows your details, such as the bouquet, to really pop in color. The dress is figure-flattering and the cap sleeves are a great addition for Fall. **dress pictured below*

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What about Spring weddings?  

A: For Spring…. Watters would be my pick. Tulle is a great lightweight fabric for Spring. The weather is nice and the fabric is not too heavy for the time of year. Also, the pale blush color is season appropriate. It has a full skirt, which is great for movement, especially in regards to outside weddings. Oh and of course, the sequence adds glam to the entire look!

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What is the biggest misconception about bridesmaids dresses?

A: Sizing is probably the biggest misconception! Bridesmaids are often unaware that the dresses are fitted 2-3 sizes smaller than your normal dress size. They think, “Oh! I’m a size 10, so that’s what I will order.” When in fact, a normal size 10 translates to a 12 or 14 in bridesmaids dresses. This is why it is very important to be measured by a professional. We encourage girls to allow us to help them with this process in order to minimize issues such as this. Also, these dresses are not in stock. Everything has to be ordered! We have girls that come in prepared to buy off the rack and it’s just not possible. 

Do you have any advice for brides?

A: Yes, start early!!! Get out there and find out what you like. In the event that you find something over a year out from your wedding, order it anyway. Do not risk the chance of your dress getting discontinued. Designers discontinue dresses all the time and often without notice, so keep that in mind. And remember brides, it’s your day. Too many opinions can cause chaos. Pick what YOU like (within reason) and your bridesmaids should accommodate that. 

Tell me something about you people wouldn’t expect to hear?

A: Oh wow! That’s tough….Well, I think people would be shocked to know I rode dirt bikes as a kid. (laughs) It seems typical for most kids, but I’m definitely the more high-maintenance one of the department, so no one would believe that I actually got dirty! They would need a picture! Lol. But of course…this is pre-glam Ashlen. Never to be seen again!

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