Bridal Attire Fashion and Advice from DC Area Experts - Part 2 with Carine's Bridal Atelier

This week, we are sharing Bridal Attire Fashion and Advice from Washington, DC area experts.  Yesterday's post was with Hitched Bridal Couture, and we will share our third post later in the week with Ellie's Bridal Boutique.  Today Carine's Bridal Atelier shares what brides should consider as they start to look for a dress, as well as bridal and bridesmaid trends for 2013. Read our mini-interview below with Carine, and be sure to connect with Carine's Bridal Atelier's facebook and twitter accounts for daily inspiration on all things fashion and wedding related.

Q: What do you suggest to brides who are just starting to look for their wedding dress?  A: First thing I always suggest to brides that they make sure to have their wedding date and venue set.  Both are very important because they set the stage for everything else. Second, is for brides to have an idea of what style gown they are looking for, before they come into the store. For example are they looking for a classic, glamorous  or high fashion wedding gown? But we also encourage brides to be open to trying other styles of gowns they did not think they would like.

Q: What is on trend for wedding dresses this year? A: We are seeing a lot of gorgeous gowns made with Chantilly lace and high necklines....think Grace Kelly! We are also seeing beading becoming more popular, not heavy beading, but soft, intricate beading. It is very elegant. I'd also say that ball gowns are making a comeback this season too, but these are softer gowns. For example, Darling by Monique Lhuillier is a perfect example of a soft ball gown.

Monique Lhuillier - Darling


Q: What is on trend for bridesmaids this year? A:  There are a lot more brides wanting their bridesmaids to wear a mix of styles and colors. Picture bridesmaids all in different blush tones and styles of gowns....lovely!

Bridesmaids Etiquette from Martha Stewart Weddings! via Carine's Bridal Facebook Page

Mismatched bridesmaid dresses via Carine's Bridal Facebook Page

 Q: How will floral and fashion trends for 2013 translate to bridal attire? A: Floral and fashion trends are coming together through lace. The look of flowers is being emphasized through the lace and re-embroidered lace.

Liancarlo 5802 from Carine's Bridal, photo of Real Wedding by Abby Jiu Photography!

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Marchesa - Violet


About Carine's:  Carine's Bridal Atelier highlights the artistry of design in bridal fashion, and showcases the personality of individual designers as it comes out in their gowns. Carine's offers an unparalleled wedding gown expertise and tailors bridal fashion to a body type, personality and destination.