Why Accessories Always Matter

Why Accessories Always Matter

Wedding dress shopping is the highlight of being engaged and should be everything and more than what you pictured. My clients often search for that feeling of knowing when you found the “one”. Wedding dresses work a little differently though. As we say, they don’t speak and sometimes that feeling is just not there even when you feel like a Vogue model! The accessories are very much a part of the full vision and sometimes without that full vision it is very difficult to truly be in love with any dress. Its like flipping through a magazine and only seeing dresses. No styled shoots or models with accessories, only dresses.

When shopping for your wedding dress it’s important to be searching for more than a dress. Shop for a vision, a look, a mood. Then, you will have your feeling. You should be able to picture yourself walking down to the love of your life. Let yourself experience being styled by wedding professionals that have chosen this as their career path. My favorite part of my day is when a bride is standing in a dress that she thinks is the one, and then we create the full vision. It offers so much clarity! I like to treat all my clients like a real life editorial. Each piece should be paired together with much thought and should tell the bride’s story as a woman. A dress cannot often do that on its own. To be honest, the same dress will be worn by another bride, but if she is styled no one else will have her look. That is what I seek to create. I love that none of my brides look the same. Its not another mountain bride in a floral crown. Its an outdoorsy girl that is boho chic or a country girl that has a modern flare.

Accessories matter and should be decided on in the early stages. I’m constantly seeing brides running in last minute (even days before the wedding) to pick out accessories.  We are always happy to help and all of our merchandise is available off the rack; however, we like to give a styling experience and customize the pieces when possible.

Here is an editorial shoot we did with Solutions Bridal Stylist Marissa MacLeod. The models are styled in Maria Elena Headpieces and Accessories, Erin Cole, and Paris. The dresses are by Ines Di Santo and Rivini. Hair and makeup are by Makeover Station. The shoot is located at the Waldorf Astoria and Hilton Bonnet Creek. All photos including the accessories above are by Kristen Weaver Photography. 

Don’t live in Orlando? Visit our online accessories boutique or email me tali@solutionsbrdial.com

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Lace Sleeved Wedding Dresses

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Often, my clients wonder why bridal salons carry so many strapless wedding dresses. While Solutions Bridal carries a variety of necklines, we do carry a large selection of strapless dresses as well. “Dari” is a staff favorite strapless dress by Rivini – Rita Vinieris. Our “Dari” has a custom sweetheart neckline instead of the straight across neckline shown on the runway model. When we customized the neckline to sweetheart, we decided to not add sleeves. Many of our sleeved wedding dresses are difficult to try on because the length or the width of the sleeve never seems to fit our client just right.

Many of our clients want sleeves for modesty reasons, to cover a tattoo, or they simply love the style. We are in love with the style as well.  So with the help of our recommended seamstress, we have created custom lace sleeves, boleros, and style add ons. These lace pieces allow you to transform a lace dress into the exact style you are looking for while achieving a beautiful fit in the arms and back. For example, take a look at our model showing off another strapless lace Rivini – Rita Vinieris wedding dress that we placed our lace bolero over. The bolero here is shown as a removable piece so the bride can wear it for the ceremony and then remove it for the reception. The bolero (also referred to as lace build up) can be made into a permeant feature of the dress as well. We love how starting with a  strapless dress and building your neckline creates a signature look for our brides.  Don’t rule out a strapless wedding dress without consulting with our team of stylists about the options available.

Stay Stylish, Tali

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“Dari” By Rivini. Photo by Andi Mans Photography. Hair and Makeup by Makeover Station

Vangie’s favorite bridal looks

Ulla Maija Felicitie

Ulla Maija Felicitie










Ines Di Santo Olencia

Ines Di Santo Olencia

















Ulla Maija Bianca

Ulla Maija Bianca















Rivini Angelique

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Ines Di Santo Elisavet

Ines Di Santo Elisavet















I had the pleasure of meeting with wedding planner and wedding designer, Vangie from Vangie’s Events and her assistant, Amy. The two ladies came into Solutions Bridal and I had the honor of showing them our newest gowns and accessories. Vangie and Amy are experts in the industry and they definitely have an eye for couture and design. Above are gowns that are Vangie’s favorite bridal looks.

Felicite by Ulla Maija. Vangie and Amy loved this dress for the luxurious satin as well as the unique detachable strain.

Olenica by Ines Di Santo. The gown has so much detail, sparkle, and a long full tulle train it definatly speaks to the glam brides.

Bianca by Ulla Maija. This gown is so classic yet modern with the one sholder. The gown spoke to Amy and Vangie becasue of how classic it is. This dress is gorgeous on every age of women.

Angelique by Rivini. This gown is so fun yet very classic with the beaded boddess.
Elisavet by Ines Di Santo. This gown has the perfect balance of sexy and sophisticated. The lace detail and the cameo pink give this dress a unique detail.

All gowns available at Solutions Bridal located in Orlando, FL. 

anniversary photos

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This beautiful couple is a wonderful reminder of what love and marriage is all about. The couple are celebrating their 63rd anniversary! The anniversary photos were taken by their very own granddaughter, Shalyn Nelson, making the photos that much more special.

Who made the anniversary photos possible:

Photography: Shalyn Nelson – Love, The Nelsons
Wedding Dress: The Ivy Retreat
Couple/Grandparents: Joe Ray And Billie Wanda Johnson
Film Scans: Photovision
Florals: Bristol Lane Florals
Make-Up And Hair: Makenzi Laine
Venue: Hidden Lake Ranch

When is the best time to order your wedding dress?

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Couples get engaged year around; however, there is an engagement season which occurs between Thanksgiving and ending around Valentine’s Day.  Bridal boutiques see a rush of clients coming in right after the New Year which causes an increase in production for the designers. The best time to find your wedding dress in the South is November through December. We love this time of year! Not only is it everyone in a cheerful-festive mood,  its a great time for us to provide even more attention to our clients.  Whether you are looking for your wedding dress or your final touches, I strongly suggest visiting us this time of year. Another perk, is our Sample Sale happening November 24th – 30th! There will be over 50 select wedding dresses on sale from 20% – 80% off. Check out the event details here.

Stay Stylish, Tali

“Something New” by Lenée Passiglia

Ines Di SantoI love sparkle! I’ve always loved the sparkle— whether on a dress or in the eyes of a mesmerized bride. I also really enjoy learning what goes through a designer’s mind right before she touches her pencil to the paper. But most of all, I’m a sucker for a love story. So I combined all of these great loves and I ended up at a job interview for Solutions Bridal. I pretty much thought I knew almost everything there was to know about the wedding industry. After all, I’ve probably watched more bridal shows than anyone you’ve ever met in your life… Times three. But I suppose, much like anything else, you can’t understand the ins and outs of a thing until you jump right in.

So, I’m making a list of all the things— from old and new, to borrowed and blue— that I never, ever knew about bridal fashion.

1. Experience over transaction.

I guess I just always associated buying a wedding dress with exactly that… buying! Since I started working at Solutions, I learned how much of an investment this life-changing decision really is. It’s more than just “a dress I’ll only wear once.” I mean, these photos are going to be hanging all over your house for the rest of your life! When we stop focusing on the dollar sign, and start to hone in on the goal we wish to accomplish— from princess ball gown to sexy fitted and anything in between— we start to really enjoy this moment. And that’s what it’s all about— Remembering the day you said yes to your dress with a smile on your face instead of a knot in your stomach.

2. Every dress tells a story.

Your gown is your statement. It tells the tale of a girl who fell in love, and it reflects the vision of how you want your special day to be. When you think of a romantic, small wedding on the sands of a private beach at sunset, what do you see? When you imagine a large ballroom at twilight, with crystal chandeliers and a big, inviting dance floor, what dress goes along with it? Your dress is an echo of all of the little details you’ve been planning since you were five, so whether it is simply classic or intricately extravagant, your dress tells the story of you.

3. The smaller the entourage, the more confident the “Yes.”

Don’t get me wrong, I come from a big (and I’m talking BIG) Italian family, but I learned this lesson within my first few hours of working at Solutions Bridal. When you are finally facing the task of saying “Yes” to your dream dress, you’ve got to be totally sure, right? We’ve learned since the early stages of our lives that no two people are ever alike. For example, my best friend loves bananas and I absolutely think they are the most repulsive food on the planet. But I adore purple and my mom is more of a fan of red. My boyfriend enjoys dramatic movies and I really just want a chick-flick I can cry my eyes out to while I’m watching. The list goes on and on and on. So now I’m about to purchase my wedding dress, and I’ve got my mom by my side, but also my aunt, my other aunt, three cousins, grandma, four closest friends, and future mother-in-law all crammed into one little show room, anticipating me coming out of the dressing room in the dress they have envisioned me in. I’m behind the curtain, loving what I see in the mirror, excited to show them, I come out and their reaction is… Flat. There is no guarantee that even two or three people will get that same feeling upon seeing a bride in a gown, so how can we possibly expect ten people to agree? Stick to those one or two in your life who you’re closest to, make your decision, then schedule a “Dress Reveal” to include your other loved ones, without having to settle on something you just like instead of love. You’ll be beautiful on wedding day either way, I promise you.

4. We must embrace the “pops” in life!

When the love of your life gets down on one knee, we call that “popping the question.” When your baby bump starts to grow, we say your belly “popped.” These are both HUGE moments in a woman’s life, so it’s only right that you should POP champagne when you say “Yes” to your dress, isn’t it? At Solutions Bridal, we’ve got you covered—it’s always a happy celebration when you make this monumentally important decision, complete with that charming little Pop, Fizz, Clink!

5. Your dress should look like you.

Yes, look like you. Not in that odd way like when they say people start to look like their dogs after a while, but more so in the sense that you don’t necessarily have to step so far out of your box (or your price point, for that matter!) to complete your wedding day look. Think of the time or times in your life when you felt the most beautiful. What did you have on? How was your makeup? What did you do to your hair? I’ve learned that your look on wedding day should be a jazzed up version of the look that you saw in the mirror all of those other pretty days before.

6. A little creativity goes a long way.

Chances are, when you imagine your wedding dress, you want a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Strapless, but sweetheart… Lace cap sleeves with a beaded sash… Fitted through the hips with a dramatic flare… Low back… Buttons… Pearls… Silk… Oh, my! My advice to you: Don’t get too attached to any one image of a dress that you formulated in your head. Find a blank canvas, and create! The keys to the dress of your dreams are an open mind, a creative stylist and a talented seamstress! With this in mind, you will be one-in-a-million on your day.

7. Don’t run your own appointment!

I’m all about picking a few things I think I’ll like off the rack and running into the dressing room at Bloomingdale’s to quickly try them on and get out of there. But this is one day of shopping you should dedicate some time to. My few weeks of training here at Solutions were really focused on taking my time—and I’m from New York so I’m always in a rush!—but wedding dress shopping should be the exception to that rule. Embrace the fact that you walked into a salon that capitalizes on providing you with your own, personal stylist, and let her fit you in the gowns. Enjoy it! Have a mimosa. Let the professionals guide you to your perfect gown.

8. You are the leading lady of your love story.

Don’t let the fuss of seating charts and song requests and cake tastings and linen options steal your joy during this special moment. Everybody knows that as much as a wedding is about two people who fell in love, it’s also about the dress. You are the star of this show, and you deserve to shine in the spotlight. I never really understood this until I saw photos of real brides who found their dresses at our store. Even if you’re the most selfless girl in the world, try to dedicate this one day to the beauty of YOU!

9. Men know what they want even less than we do.

I can’t tell you the number of times I tried to add a “groom’s pick” into my appointment, only to find that it stuck out like a sore thumb compared to the dresses the bride picked for herself. I always like to ask, “What do you think your fiancé would like to see you in?” because I know, of course, every bride wants her groom to be amazed when she walks down that aisle. But trust me, he will be amazed whether you take his advice on the dress or not. It’s possible that he scrunches his nose to lace because it makes him think of his grandma. But he doesn’t know the kind of lace you’re going to slip on, and once he sees it, grandma’s wardrobe will be the LAST thing he’s thinking of.

10. Trust the mission statement.

Every business should take the time to create one of these. When I first started working here, I noticed a simple sentence printed on the wall of our employee lounge. “Our mission is to restore pure beauty and regain self-love.” Pretty powerful, huh? The higher-ups at Solutions Bridal locked themselves in a board room for three straight days to come up with this mission statement, and they dedicate every day to making sure the staff follows through. The bottom line is no matter who you are, no matter what dress you choose, you should know that on your wedding day, you’re the most beautiful girl in the world. Not just the kind of beautiful you see from the outside, but the pure kind, the raw kind, the kind you were the first day your parents held you in their arms. Think of that little beautiful girl—because she’s still in there somewhere!—and be confident that this beauty is the best kind in the whole world.

Store photos by the talented Kristen Weaver Photography

 Trunk Shows

A trunk show is an invite only event where the boutique hosts the latest designer collections. This is a way for the bride to see the designer’s full collection and possibly meet with the Fashion Director. All trunk shows have limited appointment availability. To request an invitation, please email tali@solutionsbridal.com


What is a trunk show?

During Bridal Fashion Week, the designer premiers the latest collection to the buyers. The Solutions Bridal buying team hand selects each dress they want for the salon. During a trunk show, brides-to-be get the opportunity to see the whole collection before store samples are delivered. This gives lucky brides the chance to purchase a new style before it debuts in stores! Space is limited so consider yourself lucky when you book a reservation!

What style dresses will be arriving?

The full 2014 collection will be arriving. Also, additional styles from 2012 and 2013 will be in. If there is particular style you are looking for, please give us a call to see if we can reserve the sample for you.Who should attend a trunk show?
A trunk show is ideal for a bride that is on the hunt for the perfect dress! The appointments are limited. If you need to cancel your appointment, please let us know right away so we can give another bride the opportunity to find her dream dress!

What should I bring?

Besides an open mind, we recommend bringing any heirloom items you might be wearing on wedding day. We will have shoes, undergarments, and bustier covered for you.

Who should I bring with me?

One to three supportive people that can make the appointment fun for you. Please be very picky with who you bring. They can make or break the experience for you!

What can I expect out of the experience?

To be wowed! Our staff is very knowledgeable and is here to help you find the dress you will be happiest in. There is no better experience we can provide you than finding you the right dress!