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nce a bridal trend comes into vogue, it tends to stick around awhile. Couple that with the fact that New Orleanians are notoriously resistant to change, and you have a recipe for very slowly evolving bridal styles. However, even though Amy Casbarian, owner of Wedding Belles, describes New Orleans customers as “super traditional,” that doesn’t mean we’re impervious to national trends. Here, she and Alfred Angelo designer Michael Shettel outline the prevailing trends in wedding gowns.

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“Lace has been around forever in bridal,” Casbarian says. “It’s a way to provide elegant coverage, and we’re seeing a lot of that. Whether it’s a lace gown with a bateau neckline or a little fitted lace jacket that goes over a strapless gown, covering up is just super chic.” Shettel adds that nothing is steeped in tradition like lace — which may make it appealing to more conservative brides. “(Lace) captures the essence of youth and modernity, with a touch of nostalgia,” he says. Both traditional, heavier weight laces and lightweight Chantilly laces adorned with appliques are ways to update a traditional silhouette, Casbarian says.

Once maligned as the sartorial equivalent of meringue, ball gowns are gaining popularity. “For a while, (ball gowns were seen as) too princess-y — girls were saying they didn’t want to look like a cupcake,” Casbarian says. “Now you see these chic ball gowns, and the drape of the fabric is what gives them elaborate drama.” Shettel agrees that for the sheer head-turning factor, ball gowns are hard to beat. “Show-stopping ball gowns are exciting and bold,” says Shettel, whose designs feature tulle, beaded laces and ruffles.

Kennedy gown by Modern Trousseau, $3,950 at Wedding Belles (3632 Magazine St., 891-1005; www.weddingbellesstationer.com).

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Rose garden lace Rita gown with front slit by Amy Kuschel, $3,000 at Wedding Belles.

Rose garden lace and silk crepe Audrey gown by Amy Kuschel, $2,800 at Wedding Belles

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“We’re seeing more beaded bodices,” Casbarian says. “Beaded belts and sashes are huge still. They’ve been around for four or five years and are only multiplying.” The beauty of a beaded sash is its versatility: It can be worn again with Mardi Gras gowns or even over a cocktail dress as an accent piece.

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White tea length flower girl dress adorned with colorful flower cutouts and pink sash, $230 at Pearl’s Place (3114 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-9213; www.pearlsplace.com).

wedding is all about the bride and groom, but it wouldn’t be possible without attendants — the favor-assembling, invitation-addressing, party-planning, speech-delivering, ring-bearing, petal-tossing team that works before, during and after the wedding to ensure everything runs smoothly. When it’s time to choose each party member’s wedding day ensemble, a bride-to-be should put the members’ feelings ahead of her own. “Don’t lose sight of the fact that you are dressing your very best friends and family members for the first day of your new life,” says Amy Casbarian, owner of Wedding Belles (3632 Magazine St., 891-1005; www.weddingbellesstationer.com). While friends and family will most likely find standing in your wedding a memorable honor, it’s also an enormous commitment, especially regarding finances: A 2010 Real Weddings study by WeddingChannel. com surveyed more than 20,000 brides nationwide and concluded that on average, being a bridesmaid costs $1,695. “Your bridal party need not be costumed,” Casbarian says. ”Be considerate of quality, style and price when making your choice and your friends will thank you.” It can be challenging to pick bridesmaid gowns, especially when accommodating varying body shapes and personal styles. To increase the chances of being able to wear a bridesmaid dress again, Casbarian says to stick with the classics. “Modern versions of classic silhouettes will always look chic and elegant,” she says. Cocktail-length dresses with detailed necklines and color-blocking were paraded down runways at this spring’s bridal fashion shows. In the past, mothers of the bride and groom were often subjected to matronly sheaths with dowdy jackets. Now we’re seeing Mom shine in full-length gowns with intricate details like beading, lace-covered brocade and floral appliques. If matching two different moms with the rest of the party proves problematic, consider this: “When choosing colors for your bridal party, remember that all of the colors do not need to match, but rather complement each other,” Casbarian says. “Then tie it all together with the flowers and ribbons of the bouquets.”


Ivory cocktail bridesmaid dress with sweetheart neckline, ruching and a black sash, $260 at Pearl’s Place.

Champagne-colored off-the-shoulder taffeta and lace mother of the bride/groom gown with beaded floral appliques, $269 at Olivier Couture Bridal Boutique (1901 Hwy. 190, Suite 24, Mandeville, 985-674-6994; www.oliviercouture.com).

Pink tea length satin bridesmaid dress with lace overlay bust and black sash, $320 at Pearl’s Place.

Lace, chiffon and satin mother of the bride/groom gown with brocade and lace bust, $229 at Olivier Couture Bridal Boutique.

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a wedding caravan are among the first to arrive and must wait to eat until the wedding party finishes taking pictures. This interval before the reception begins is often referred to as cocktail hour, but lines for drinks can be long. Some guests, especially those who don’t know other attendees, may grow restless. These guests could benefit from an enjoyable diversion. Photo booths are a fun way to entertain guests until the reception really begins. Photo booths are fairly new to the wedding scene and come with props and accessories to add frivolity and are large enough to accommodate a group. Most photo booth companies, such as Magazine Photo Booth (638-0786; www.magazinephotobooth.com), post the photos on a password-protected gallery on the company’s website and provide the couple with a DVD after. The end of the wedding gives the bride and groom one last chance to wow their guests. Another new trend — and a sweet treat for attendees — is a candy table. “Candy tables are a great source of entertainment for guests of all ages — not just kids,” says Tamar Gregorian of Graceful Event Productions (723-2906; www.graceful-events.com). “They not only double as a wedding favor, but

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