Designer Showcase: May 14-26

We are showcasing one of our favorite designers!

Schedule today at (952)932-9090

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Why Mori Lee?

Mori Lee is the leading brand of Bridal and Eveningwear for over 60 years. Under the creative direction of Madeline Gardner since 1985, many beautiful Collections for all the special events are brought to you at affordable prices.

They are always looking to the future to bring forth the most modern, elegant and luxurious details to each Collection. These designs will span the globe to bring the richest, most modern textures and details to all the beautiful women that know Mori Lee as the go to luxe label. Created with the most inspiring shapes with seductive accents, Statement pieces, Intricate Beading and elegant laces Mori Lee brings the best of the best to you.

Thinking About Renting Chair Covers?

September is the best time to decide on renting chair covers, especially from Heartstrings Bridal! This month we have our annual chair cover sale going on. Rental for the cover AND sash is only $1.50 each! Rent through us and you’ll end up saving hundreds compared to other rental companies, or venues. Many places will charge $7+ per chair. Why pay more for the same product?

Most of our clients are happy to find friends or family to help them set up before the wedding. With 6 or 7 people, set up can be done in under an hour. Last summer, I helped one of my friends set up for her wedding. I had the help of the help of the seven groomsmen. Everything turned out stunning and it took us only about 45 minutes!

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The wedding was at the Greysalon Ballroom in Duluth. The chairs were already set up for the ceremony, so we were able to go row by row with ease. After the ceremony, the venue moved all the chairs for us into the dinner set up.

Chair covers can completely transform the look of any venue. Hide those ugly chairs and make the space elegant! We have over 20 sash colors in stock to choose from. If we do not have the color you are looking for, we can custom order (if time allows) a new color in for you, for only $1 extra per chair!

Give us a call or stop in to see the selection, or to grab one of our free try-on bags to bring to your venue and find the perfect fit for the chair.

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Gown of the Month – April – LARK by Maggie Sottero

We are bringing back our gown of the month with the “Lark” by Maggie Sottero! From the “Gatsby” inspiration, the Lark brings the best elements out. The gown features floral and lace appliques on tulle over a Valentina Satin slip. An optional grosgrain ribbon belt encrusted with Swarovski crystals is a great addition to this elegant gown.

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This gown comes in ivory and ivory over light gold. Our favorite new color trend this spring  is the golds and champagnes. We love how the color of a gown can make a dress seem more whimsical and add a touch of a vintage element. The Lark would be perfect for a chapel wedding, but being as it is so light, it would also work nicely for a destination wedding.

Adding a french veil to this dress  instantly transforms the look into something more vintage. If a little dramatic flair is more your style, try adding a simple cathedral veil instead. It will allow the beauty of the dress to still shine through, but will finish the look nicely.

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The Lark is a great gown to accessorize with gold and pink jewelry. Doing so can help create that “Gatsby” theme for your wedding. Try finding a larger earring with some color, like the “Alecia” earring from David Tutera’s Embellish collection. We also love using bold bracelets or necklaces to help add to the look. Accessorizing can completely change your look to make it more modern, vintage, whimsical, or even make your look more romantic.

Give us a call to schedule a time to come in to try on this new, gorgeous gown!

PHOTO CREDITS: Gown  –  Front and Back – Maggie Sottero – Lark Bridal gown http://www.maggiesottero.com/dress.aspx?style=4MS870&page=0&pageSize=36&keywordText=&keywordType=All // Specialty Veil – JL Johnson – http://www.jljohnsonbridals.com/id82.html // Bracelet – David Tutera Embellish – http://www.davidtuteraembellish.com/jewelry/bracelets/gia-bracelet-pink.html?colorswatch_color=Pink&colorswatch_metal_tone=Gold&colorswatch_size=7 //  Cathedral Veil – JL Johnson – http://webhosting.web.com/imagelib/sitebuilder/misc/show_image.html?linkedwidth=560&linkpath=http://www.jljohnsonbridals.net/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/importedveils/.pond/C309cathedral.jpg.w560h725.jpg&target=tlx_picnc16&title=C309Cathedral //  Earrings – David Tutera Embellish – http://www.davidtuteraembellish.com/jewelry/earrings/alecia-earrings.html

Gown of the Month – August – PRIMROSE by Maggie Sottero

We’re back again this month with our “Gown of the Month” for August. This month, we are featuring a gown from one of our favorite designers, Maggie Sottero. From the Maggie Sottero website, the description for our new favorite gown, Primrose, is as follows: Understated, yet rich in design, this tulle and Chic Organza fit and flare features a slimming ruched bodice, with a textured swirling rosette skirt. Finished with strapless, sweetheart neckline and signature corset back closure.

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This gown comes in both white and ivory (shown in the above picture). From the flattering sweetheart neckline to the modern textured mermaid skirt, we think this gown will suit every type of bride. With ruching from bust to mid-thigh, this gown hugs the body and flatters every curve.

Another great thing about Primrose is the blank canvas she presents to every different type of bride! As mentioned before on our blog, we love dresses that can be worn by brides from every different spectrum of the wedding world: from destination to classic to modern to edgy!

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For ladies wanting to draw attention to their waist and add some bling to their ensemble, a beaded belt would be the perfect addition. Adding color couldn’t be easier for the bold brides with a soft blush belt or a bright aqua sash. Either tied in an elegant bow or attached during alterations, this trend can play into girls wanting two different looks without wanting to purchase two dresses. Finding two perfect belts, a classic ivory one for the ceremony and a festive blush option for the reception would keep your guests on their toes and keep your look right on trend.

A long, simple cathedral veil would complement the airy texture of the skirt perfectly, while a tulle, flowery headpiece can take its place while you dance the night away with your new husband!

We invite you to come in and try on our newest, beautiful addition to our dress family. From her name to her airy, ethereal skirt, Primrose is romantic from head to toe!

PHOTO CREDITS: Front and Back, Primrose Bridal Gown (shown in ivory): http://www.maggiesottero.com/dress.aspx?style=3MN770 Blush Sash: http://www.etsy.com/listing/116627480/bridal-sash-lace-bridal-sash-wedding?ref=sr_gallery_2&sref=sr_d655e34eb4cd005edd6daf6cf24163d5f096942223523b5f7bbbd2712f0eaa39_1364093634_14090234_blush&ga_search_query=blush+sash&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_page=13&ga_search_type=handmade // Ivory Sash: http://www.glamhouse.etsy.com via: http://www.stylemepretty.com/lookbook/glam-house-bridal-couture/bridal-glam/vintage-lamour-sash // Headpiece: JL Johnson 4402 Availableat Heartstrings Bridal! // Veil: JL Johnson custom veils available at Heartstrings Bridal!

Trend Watching: Straps Are Back! Featuring Maggie Sottero Gowns

One look at any bridal magazine or blog and you’re bound to see a change in the amount of bare shoulders from recent years of the past. Seemingly overnight, the world of bridal gowns has gone from almost exclusively strapless dresses to one filled with sleeved options.

We here are Heartstrings Bridal are in LOVE with all of the new choices for brides who want to jump into the new (old?) trend! Where a few years ago, dresses with straps were shunned as a bit “old fashioned”, they are now welcomed with a new trendy twist in the ever-changing bridal fashion scene.

From the moment Kate Middleton was seen with her sleeved gown for her wedding to Prince William, sleeves of every length were back! No longer stuck with the stigma of the “poof sleeve” that straps and sleeves once had, sleeves and straps have made their comeback in a multitude of new choices.

Today, we want to focus on one of our favorite designers, Maggie Sottero, and a small sample of the dresses they offer that feature straps and sleeves of different variations.

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Cap sleeves that cover a woman’s shoulders in a delicate cut of lace are a great way to bring the trend into your wedding dress. If you aren’t ready to commit to a fully strapped dress, ask your seamstress to make your straps removable for the look of two dresses without having to spend any extra money!

With this year’s release of the Great Gatsby featuring Leo DiCaprio (swoon!) the roaring 20’s fashion has been all over the runway. If you and your partner are planning a 20’s themed bash, Maggie Sottero, and other designers, offer 20’s themed dresses with delicate embroidery and draped sleeves for a flapper feel that is totally bridal.

Another benefit of a strapped or sleeved dress (besides the obvious comfort and ease of wear!) is the simplicity of accessorizing. Having straps or sleeves may eliminate the need to search high and low for the perfect necklace. The Maggie Sottero Arielle and Bernadette features beautiful necklines with gorgeous and flattering beading lining the necklines.

No matter if you are wanting a sleeved dress or not, we are so thrilled that designers are giving every bride the multitude of options that are available in today’s fashions, sleeved or not. We hope straps and sleeves are here to stay!

Photo Credits: All gowns are from Maggie Sottero’s Website (www.MaggieSottero.com) and are available to order at Heartstrings Bridal!