Tips or Trends Tuesday: Trend: Sleeved Gowns and a Royal Visit

In case you haven’t heard, it’s Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee. She and other members of the royal family have been out and about with the people making appearances at a variety of charities, public events, etc. When John and Frances (an engaged couple in Manchester) heard the Queen was going to be in Manchester at the same time as their wedding, they thought they would send her an invite, not expecting the Queen would actually show. So, how cool is it that Queen Elizabeth, along with Prince Phillip, popped in on their wedding?

Here’s a link to the article that features a video of the encounter:
Queen Elizabeth stuns bride and groom by accepting invite

Unless you’ve been living under a rock this past year, you’ve likely heard that brides everywhere are flocking to bridal stores looking for classic, sleeved bridal gowns to mimic the Sandra Burton for Alexander McQueen (RIP) gown that the Duchess of Cambridge wore on her wedding day. The wedding fashion world began working on copies of the Duchess’ gown the second she stepped out of the car that ushered her in to royalty.

Now, rather than bore you with the umpteenth collection of copies and look alike gowns, I thought I would explore the sleeve trend in bridal from all sides. Designers presented a variety of sleeved gowns at Fall Bridal Market. From cap sleeves to full-length sleeves, the Duchess sparked a trend that is leading the bridal fashion world away from the nearly endless strapless options and providing us with a variety of sleeve lengths for those who want to show a little or a lot. Here are some of my favorites:


Bridal- Long Sleeves


3/4 sleeves


short/cap sleeve bridal gowns

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Hopscotch Couture
“Marelle’s work has been featured in Style magazine, Vogue for the People/U-Closet, Talk of the Town, Allure Gallery, Weekender, Bergen Performing Arts Center, Janice Charach Gallery, Kirby Center of Performing Arts, and The Forwardian magazine, just to name a few.”

Jolie en Rose Vintage

“Paper Patisserie” by Jolie En Rose Vintage is a unique line of Hand Painted and Hand Cut Paper Wedding Cake Toppers and Party Decorations for those who love Vintage Style decor reminiscent of past eras such as the the “Roaring Twenties”, the “Nifty Fifties” and the “Swingin’ Sixties”. Jolie En Rose Vintage Decorations are all handmade and feature original illustrations with added embellishments of vintage German glass glitter, vintage Millinery flowers, antiqued charms, vintage jewelry, vintage buttons, vintage ribbons and reproductions of my vintage fabric collection.”

Moore Impressions

“We offer beautiful custom printed ribbon for any occasion. Use our personalized ribbons for all occasions or special events, weddings, showers, awareness, product identity or just for an added custom touch.”

C.R. Boggs Designs

“CRBoggs Designs have been purchased from the likes of Courtney Love to Simone. Custom creations are a specialty. 2011 Brides Choice Award for outstanding Design and Service, 2010 Brides Choice Award for outstanding Design and Service, 2009 Brides Choice Award for Outstanding Design and Service, 2009 Top Designer Choice Award Bridal Services.”

Clay Bouquet Shop

All of my sashes and ribbon headbands are made of jewelry (not appliques) which can be turned into necklaces, bracelets, earrings, or other fashion accessories to wear long after your wedding day. Contact me for details! All of my bouquets, bouts and corsages are custom made for each client. My Brooch Bouquets will be featured in the June issue of (201) Bride magazine!

Three Little Pixies

“My name is Liz. I’m a stay at home mom to four wonderful children, three daughters (my three little pixies!) and a brand new baby boy! I’ve been married to my super fabulous (and supportive!) husband for ten years. Each piece is made by hand (my own!) to create something truly special for you and your loved ones. Because of the handmade nature of my items no two items are exactly the same. Each piece is unique and one of a kind.”

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