When you come to The Princess Bridal in search of your dream wedding dress, one of the ways we learn about you and your special day is by filling out a “bridal profile”. This handy sheet of paper tells us important information, like your wedding date (that’s important, especially if you want your dress in time), budget (so you don’t blow your wedding budget all on your dress…that wouldn’t be good) and what you’re looking for in a dress (style and fabric). Now that you’ve found your missing puzzle piece (your fiance), it’s time to find the dress, and we’re here to help! Fortunately, finding your dress is much easier than finding your special someone.
Maybe you have a very detailed idea of what your perfect dress would be, including the color, style, fabric, and each individual embellishment with specific placemen, if so, that’s great! Maybe you have absolutely no clue what you’re looking for, and when we hand you a bridal profile sheet, the different styles and fabrics leave you in a tizzy, and that’s great too! Have no fear, Princess Bridal is here to find your perfect dress! In this series of “What’s hot: 2013”, we’re going to discuss all of the hot trends in bridal fashion for this year.1956gracekelly

One of the hottest trends in bridal fashion today is lace. Yep, you’ve seen it. It’s the fabric that hangs as a window treatment in your grandma’s house, and it’s the fabric that adorns your favorite red bra. Now, lace hasn’t just become hot, it’s been hot for a long, long time. Did you know that the Sumerians were the first to add lace to fabric in 4000 B.C.? Bobbin lace and needle lace first made it’s debut in the fifteenth century. Queen Victoria made an impressive statement with her lace wedding gown and veil in 1839. Let’s not forget about the lace dress Grace Kelly wore on her wedding dress in 1956; and more recently, the lace gown that Kate Middleton wore when she married her Prince Charming. It is obvious that lace can give you an elegant and timeless look on your wedding day.

For such an intricate masterpiece, the creation of lace is far from simple. Bobbin lace is made by the twisting of thread around bobbins over a groups of pins that are connected to a pillow. Once finished, the pins are taken out and the lace is separated from the pillow and viola! Needle lace is created by needle and thread over a pattern that is drawn on a backing and then removed when finished to create an open lace pattern. Did you know that it took six months and one hundred workers to finish Queen Victoria’s famous lace dress? It is clear that lace making is no easy task, therefore, making it a rather costly fabric. Royalty were most common to wear lace because of the high expense. It was often taken from one fabric and then added to another fabric to make it more cost effective. Just like in the 15th century, lace is still an expensive garment, which means it is more difficult to find a well-made lace dress for under a thousand dollars.

kate-middleton-04-300There are many different styles of lace, including the most common: Venise lace, Chantilly lace, and the Alencon lace. Venise lace usually has floral, foliage, and geomettric patterns with a thick needlepoint style. Chantilly lace is usually a soft, floral patten on a net background, while Alencon lace is more of a bold pattern and can be used as an applique or one continuous garment.
For such an intricate masterpiece, the creation of lace is far from simple. Bobbin lace is made by the twisting of thread around bobbins over a groups of pins that are connected to a pillow. Once finished, the pins are taken out and the lace is separated from the pillow and viola! Needle lace is created by needle and thread over a pattern that is drawn on a backing and then removed when finished to create an open lace pattern. Did you know that it took six months and one hundred workers to finish Queen Victoria’s famous lace dress? It is clear that lace making is no easy task, therefore, making it a rather costly fabric. Royalty were most common to wear lace because of the high expense. It was often taken from one fabric and then added to another fabric to make it more cost effective. Just like in the 15th century, lace is still an expensive garment, which means it is more difficult to find a well-made lace dress for under a thousand dollars.

There are many different styles of lace, including the most common: Venise lace, Chantilly lace, and the Alencon lace. Venise lace usually has floral, foliage, and geomettric patterns with a thick needlepoint style. Chantilly lace is usually a soft, floral patten on a net background, while Alencon lace is more of a bold pattern and can be used as an applique or one continuous garment.

For such an intricate masterpiece, the creation of lace is far from simple. Bobbin lace is made by the twisting of thread around bobbins over a groups of pins that are connected to a pillow. Once finished, the pins are taken out and the lace is separated from the pillow and viola! Needle lace is created by needle and thread over a pattern that is drawn on a backing and then removed when finished to create an open lace pattern. Did you know that it took six months and one hundred workers to finish Queen Victoria’s famous lace dress? It is clear that lace making is no easy task, therefore, making it a rather costly fabric. Royalty were most common to wear lace because of the high expense. It was often taken from one fabric and then added to another fabric to make it more cost effective. Just like in the 15th century, lace is still an expensive garment, which means it is more difficult to find a well-made lace dress for under a thousand dollars.

There are many different styles of lace, including the most common: Venise lace, Chantilly lace, and the Alencon lace. Venise lace usually has floral, foliage, and geomettric patterns with a thick needlepoint style. Chantilly lace is usually a soft, floral patten on a net background, while Alencon lace is more of a bold pattern and can be used as an applique or one continuous garment.

venise lace

Venise lace

Alencon lace

Alencon lace

Chantilly lace

Chantilly lace

Since lace made its debut to the fashion industry, it has been popular for lingerie, veils, and, of course, wedding gowns. Whether it be the Spanish flair or the sexiness of the open lace or the vintage aspect that you’re longing for, lace can make you feel like the princess you deserve to be on your wedding day.

If you are a lace kind of gal, we have gorgeous lace gowns for you to try on! Here are a few lace gowns we have:

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