Boutique Renovation: Welcome Back to Little White!

Hello and welcome back to all of our beautiful brides to be!

As many of you know Little White changed ownership back in March of this year and over the past few months we have been busy renovating our store from the ground up. More than just a lick of paint, we have been busy building in and pulling down walls, ripping up floors and building out Little White to bring more than just wedding gowns to our brides.

So, what’s new?

Gowns – Welcoming our new designer Made With Love Bridal, as well as 62 new gowns this winter!

Shoes – Welcoming Bella Belle Shoes & IZOE Shoes to our range!

Jewellery – Welcoming our own Little White label & Chrysalini to our range!

Veils – We have more than 20 veils to choose from in store including MWL and Dreamtime Designs!

Belts & Accessories – We now have more belts than ever, hair accessories, clutches & bridesmaid gifts!

Invitations & Stationary – Welcoming a whole new range of invites, save the dates, bridesmaid cards & more!

Ceremony & Reception – We are now home to decorations, guest favours, cake toppers, disposable cameras & more!

Bridal Concierge – Our stylists can recommend the best photographers, make-up artists, hair stylists & more to suit each bride.

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New Owner Sale!

Little White Bridal Boutique will be hosting a sample sale on Friday March 31, 2017. No appointments are necessary and brides will be helped on a first come, first served basis. Our shop will open promptly at 7:00pm and close at 9:00pm. Gowns not included in the sample sale will not be available to try on.

General Sample Sale Information

Sale gowns will be priced between $500 to $1,590 and designers will include Anna Campbell, Allure, Justin Alexander, Wendy Makin, Finders Keepers, Gooseberry Intimates, Dessy Bridesmaids and more. Accessories will also be available at the time of the sale. Below, please find some shopping tips and guidelines for our sample sales at both locations.

Tips & Guidelines to consider before attending a Sample Sale:

  • Sample Sales are NOT for first time shoppers. You should have a general idea of the silhouettes and fabrics you are interested in before attending a sale.
  • Sample Sales are NOT for large parties. It is recommended that you limit your guests to 1-2 people. Only bring those that are your key decision makers.
  • Sample Sale gowns are generally a bridal size 10 – 18. However, it is important to note that we can alter gowns down to smaller sizes in most circumstances.
  • All sample gowns are sold AS IS. Alterations are NOT included in the price.
  • Gown cleaning is the responsibility of the bride. A purchased gown may be stored at Little White until alterations begin (should you choose to do alterations with us).
  • Sample Sale gowns cannot be put on hold.
  • Sample Sale gowns require payment in FULL before leaving our shop.
  • No sample sale gowns will be priced above $1,590.
  • All Sample Sale gowns are FINAL. No exchanges or refunds for any reason will be considered.

The Unspoken Rules Every Bridesmaid Should Follow

From not making an appointment at the bridal boutique to getting kicked off a flight to Vegas, we learned a few key lessons from the film Bridesmaids, that remains the original (and the best) flick to watch with the girls on pre-wedding night. But if you’re looking to prevent these mistakes and kick butt at your bridesmaids duties, here are a few unspoken rules every bridesmaid should follow!

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You don’t have to say yes, especially if you’re not invested

Being a bridesmaid is a pretty thankless, time-giving task. There’s no denying the big day is about the Bride, so for all the hard work you’re about to put in, you’d better be prepared to walk away empty handed.

 

Be ready to spend money

It’s no secret that weddings are expensive, so you’d better bet you’ll be forking out some of your own do’ to be a part of the big day. Be it the planning of a Bridal Shower or Hens Party, your job as a bridesmaid is to make the Bride comfortable without any hassle of money woes.

 

Be a Sounding Board 

Sometimes girls just want to talk it out – not necessarily to come to a conclusion or make a decision, just to get it out there! A key job for bridesmaids that is often overlooked is to be a sounding board, ready to listen to the ups and downs of planning a wedding and prepared to give sound advice.

 

Don’t go MIA 

In the lead up to the big day you’d better be prepared to be on call. Bridesmaids are there for the bride on their big day, but should also make themselves available the month before the wedding for all those last minute preparations.

 

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Don’t complain about the dress

Everyone wants to look their best on the big day, but the only one who gets a free card to complain is the bride herself. Bridesmaids should be willing to wear whatever the bride chooses, but be sure to make yourself known if you are uncomfortable with the choice on the day of choosing (not when its too late!)

 

Don’t post pictures of the Bride on social media

An easy slip up to make, bridesmaids often get so excited on the big day that they’re jumping up and down to share snaps of the beautiful bride. Just remember the unwritten rule, that brides reserve the first chance to post a photo and share with their friends + family before you do.

 

Do put a lot of effort in to a great shindig 

As a bridesmaid, your key role on the big day is to make sure the party is started, and lasts all the way in to the evening! Be prepared to be the first on the dance floor and to keep the party alive – the bridal party should BE the party!

 

Don’t get (too) drunk

And last but not least… know your limits! There should be no tears other than tears of joy and don’t forget to make yourself available on the night to deal with last minute issues, accompany your bride to the bathroom and to be present during speeches. Chin chin!

Brides and Bridesmaids: Who Pays for what?

What can often be one of the most grey areas of organising a wedding is to decide and decipher who pays for what amongst the bridal party. For a guideline to go by, we’ve covered the main items bridesmaids and brides share responsibility for and how to approach the process in a fun, light hearted manner!

Dress & Shoes

The main costs for a bridesmaids are in two items alone: the dress and the shoes. These are generally paid for by the bridesmaid herself, as the maid can re-use the items post-wedding or sell them off if she wishes. As these can often be a significant cost to the maids, it is important for the bride to consult her gals and make sure the whole bridal party is happy with the style, colour and overall choice (but the bride has the final say, of course!)

Hair & Make-up

The two main costs from the bride’s end are considered a treat for the ladies and a “thank you” for being a part of her special day. Hair and make-up are usually covered by the bride as a way of pampering her bridal party to ensure everyone feels beautiful and celebrated as part of such a special day.

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Bridal shower

The bridal shower is usually thrown by the bride’s mother, as a way of giving her blessing and to celebrate the life of her daughter (and how she was responsible for her upbringing, of course!) Bridesmaids are often heavily involved in the day and can even be in charge of throwing the shower or making sure it runs smoothly on the day.

Hen’s Night

Outside of the big day itself, the hen’s night is the maids’ biggest responsibility and there’s a lot of importance on making it a night to remember! It is important for the maids to be generous and not skimp out on the event, giving the bride no need to stress and all the reasons in the world to party!

Jewellery

A final thank you gift to the girls for their hard work in planning and helping with the big day is a small gift in the form of jewellery. This is not only important for the day itself, but a great way for the maids to remember being a part of such a special day.

The Top Wedding Trends in 2017

From colour palettes to candid snaps, there are some clear stand out trends to follow for weddings in 2017. Although it is important to make your own mark and stand out from the crowd, these trends are too close to perfection to not take note! So if you’re looking to wed in the 17/18 season, brides-to-be fear not, we’ve got you covered!

Photo by Carmen Santorelli; Floral by Oak And The Owl

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1. Greenery

Lush, gregarious greenery displays are all the rage right now. Gone are the days of manicured floral displays, having made way for the overgrown, ethereal approach to wedding greenery.

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2. Blush Receptions

Think pink! Blush colour palettes are back with a vengeance this year and the more you take on this trend, the better! Think soft, gentle tones but in abundance – too much is never enough!

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3. Slinky Gowns

With “tradition” on the way out in all measures, we’re welcoming another season of beautiful, flowing gowns that celebrate the modern woman and her figure. Slinky gowns give brides the opportunity to show off their best assets and tap in to their feminine side.

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4. Naked Cakes

Say goodbye to structure! In many ways the rustic look for weddings is back this year with full force and there is no better way to showcase this than with a naked cake. The cake is covered in a light layer of buttercream to seal the moisture, topped with natural flowers and earthy tones. Plus, they’re an arm and a leg cheaper!

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Cupcakes + Macarons: Charlie’s Dessert House // Photo: Doxa Visual

5. Ditching the Cake

Naked cake or no cake? The whole concept of a wedding cake has been on the outs over the past year and in 2017 this trend will continue to take over. “Sweets Buffets” are back in full force, with the wedding cake being replaced by the likes of a macaron tower, cupcake tower or doughnut walls. This is another great way to save some pennies and spend them elsewhere on your wedding day.

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6. Drip Cakes

For all occasions drip cakes are back for another year running, taking over weddings, birthdays, bridal showers and everything in between. Drip cakes are a great way to showcase something a little fancy, without the cost of a traditional wedding cake (how cute is this naked drip cake!?)

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7. Gold Accents

The silverware is out and the elegance a touch of gold brings is to be seen everywhere (in small doses). Adding gold accents will give your wedding reception an immediate spruce up, especially if you’re looking for that magical touch. From gold cutlery to sparkly crockery, you’ll be sure to see an addition of elegance at wedding receptions this year.

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8. Banana Leaf Invites

Although this won’t be a huge trend followed by the masses, the addition of banana leafs is a sure fire way to sticking on trend. Be sure to check out the Beverly Hills Hotel for endless inspiration on the trend and don’t be afraid to carry the pattern throughout your big day!

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9. Essential Hair Pieces

For the bohemian bride or the girl who looks for the final touches to bring her day together, you certainly cannot overlook the addition of a beautiful hair piece. Be it an overstated floral design or a delicate Samantha Wills headband (we stock them in store!!!), you’ll be sure to impress from head to toe.

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10. Mix-matched Bridesmaids

Gone are the days of symmetry and perfection – but a warm welcome to the crazy popular new bridesmaid trend of 2017! Mix-match bridesmaid gowns are going to be a big hit in 2017 and this is a great way to ensure your whole bridal party feels comfortable and beautiful in their gowns. You can choose to mix shapes, fabrics, colour tones, or all of the above! We love the addition of sparkles for a touch of 1920’s glamour.

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11. Marble details

As gold accents enjoy another huge year, we look forward to welcoming a new trend for 2017: marble details! For an effortless addition to add texture and variety to your reception wedding decor, consider adding a touch of marble (which works perfectly with rose gold!)

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12. Delicate Beadwork

Along with slinky, sexy gowns in 2017, we will also see a huge influx of intricate beadwork to replace and/or compliment lace. Our favourite in-store designer, Rosa Clara, has been a pioneer of this trend and comes all the way from Barcelona, Spain. The beadwork on these gowns are second to none, prompting us to expand our collection of RC gowns in 2017.

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13. Outdoor receptions

Indoors or outdoors? The risk seems to be worth taking in 2017! Many receptions this year will be held in outdoor settings – on farms, in barns, inside outdoor marquees and private gardens. Get ready to source your own special spot – the more secretive and unattainable, the better!

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14. Grey & Green

Another colour palette we’re loving this year is the introduction of warm greys to bring a little understated elegance to wedding receptions. Add a touch of sparkle and you’re on the money!

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15. Hair Braids

Another hair trend that seems to be sticking around this year is the oversized hair braid – pulled apart for that effortless, bohemian beauty.

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16. Botanical Flowers

Prim and proper is certainly on the outs for 2017 and this trend is surprisingly even carrying through to the bouquet! This year we expect to see more neutral, earth tones, and a mixture of native flowers.

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17. Help Yourself Drink Stations

What better way to get the party started than to introduce a help yourself drink station!? From beer kegs to lemonade stands, there are plenty of ways to create an interactive experience for your wedding guests. A DIY bar is just the beginning!

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18. Tree Lighting

Another trend carrying over in to 2017 is the vintage-inspired look of fairy lights featuring heavily inside and hanging off trees at the reception. This is a great way to bring a little magic to your wedding reception and create an impossible-to-forget night for your guests.

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19. Candid Snaps

With so many trends comes plenty of planning, but one thing you can overlook this year is the structure and style of your wedding photography! Candid snaps are all the rage in 2017 and will give you the perfect memories of your special day.

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20. White, White Wedding!

If you’ve been asking yourself the question, the answer is YES! The top trend we’re loving in 2017 is to dress your maids in white and enjoy a white, white wedding. Playing with textures is key here (lace, sparkles, or both!)