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Sample Sale Shopping Savvy: How to shop our annual wedding gown sample sale

Win a Bridal Gown During Little White Dress Bridal Shop's Sample Sale


Little White Dress Bridal Shop will be hosting its annual wedding dress sample sale from July 1-31, 2012. This July, there are more couture gowns, more high-end dress designers and more dresses available than ever before at a fraction of their original price. All sample sale gowns available are priced at $999.00 or lower (originally priced at $1,300-$5,500!).

Our best FIVE tips to having a successful sample sale shopping experience with us:

Book Early. Appointments are required, so you’ll want to book early to get the best selection. We are accepting appointments now. Call 303-814-8972 to make yours.

Be Open Minded. Sample sale shopping can take a lot of brides out of their comfort zones. Truly look at every individual dress and be daring by trying on various designers and styles. Your bridal stylist will help match your style, personality, and figure to various dresses that you may not have previously considered!

Consider Alterations. Our sample sale gowns are available in sizes 8-16. Try on all sizes because most gowns can be altered to fit your body with precision.

Be Ready to Buy. Our sample sale gowns go fast. If you love it, buy it. We cannot hold dresses. Last year a bride went home to “think it over” and returned the next day and the gown she loved was gone because another bride had already purchased it. Bring anyone whose opinion is important to you with you.

Get Excited. Most of our sample sale gowns are couture gowns that are high-quality, well-made and well-designed.  We’ll have gowns by Manuel Mota, Cotin Sposa, Justin Alexander, Sassi Holford, Justina McCaffrey, Badgley Mischka, Matthew Christopher and more. Our dresses are designed to make you a stand-out bride in your most amazing wedding gown ever!

PREVIEW the gowns on our website before you shop! CHECK out our Facebook page to see how you can ENTER to win a free sample sale wedding gown starting on June 14!


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Romantic Royal History & Wearing White Lace

Romantic History Pop Quiz:

With all this talk about Royal weddings, we thought it would be fun to fancy a few Royal wedding facts…and our favorite was all about the color white!

Did you know that Queen Victoria popularized the use of white lace in bridal gowns at her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840? Instead of wearing traditional brocade, which was popular at the time (in any color!), she said her vows in a white satin gown  and veil made from handmade Honiton lace.  The only spot of color was a sapphire brooch that the Prince had given her as a wedding present. After that, even common women – those other than Royalty – chose a royalty-inspired white gown instead of the simple Sunday-Best dress that used to be good enough.

Today, white lace takes on an entirely new view – be it amped up and sexy on the runway, or toned down into a casual cotton eyelet for the perfect summer sundress – in every way it’s overtly feminine and the drama is in the details. Why? Texture on timeless white is one of those luxurious elements that adds the kind of intimate, curious dimension that makes you want to reach out and touch it!

So how do you wear white lace without looking like Grandma’s coffee table doily? Sexy or sweet, follow these helpful tips:

  • Try lace with clean accessories! Adding a veil or headpiece with too much ruffly or beaded frou-frou may overpower the beauty of the gown, so be mindful!
  • Control your urge for over-the-top accessories! Baubles should be simple and delicate, and handbags should have a bit of structure and discreet hardwear. Remember, anything else on you body could snag the lace if you’re not careful about your selections!
  • The perfect shoe? Typically light neutral colors work best to not overpower the lace, plus they’ll match the airiness of the lace. Don’t be afraid to show a little toe!

Below are a few of our favorite lace details right now!

A Moyna bag, available at Little White Dress.

Claire Pettibone's Orange Blossom, at Little White Dress.

Veil Trends Chapel Length Alencon Lace Mantilla

Siri Supper Club Dress with lace-like texture. Siri is available at LWD!

Manuel Moto for Pronovias "Atalaya" at LWD

Sassi Holford Hayley Shrug

Christian Louboutin laser-cut lace platforms


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The Perfect Dress For Your Perfect Shape

Did you know? Only about .001% of women have a perfect, natural hourglass shape. Our trick? Fake it! Whether your figure fits best in a dress that cinches at the wait or poufs at the hips, we’ve got a few suggestions, and a sea of dresses in store, to help you find the most magical dress for your shape:

1) Go corset-inspired! Corsets help keep your dress up so you’re not pulling at it all day and night long. Our designer from London, Sassi Holford, has built in corsets that you can’t see from the outside, but helps provide a great fit on the inside. Here’s one of our faves:

Sassi Holford with a built-in corset.

2) Do a million ruffles! The 3-D effect of ruffles will undoubtedly make you feel like the Bride! Little White Dress designers Liancarlo and Manuel Moto for Pronovias both excel in this glamourous and girly effect.

Manuel Moto for Pronovias "Tirso"

Liancarlo with ruffles.

3) Accent your rear! A pencil shape hugs in all the right places. See Justin Alexander’s style 8524, with gorgeous accents including a sash and bolero.

4) Load up on girly details! If you feel sweet in pastels, frills, bows and glam jewelry, you’ll feel right at home in Atalaya by Manuel Moto for Pronovias, or Justin Alexander’s tea-length 8464 in mocha:

Justin Alexander 8464 tea-length in Mocha

5) Play with your silhouette! A fuller skirt with kitten heels can be a nice change from a pencil-style, like Matthew Christopher’s Peggy Sue at Little White Dress:

Matthew Christopher's 2011 Peggy Sue at Little White Dress

6) Lastly, try some sheer bits! Peekaboo fabric on your special day gives an elegant twist to your wedding style. Our own Claire Pettibone leads the way with sheer and custom lace gowns, as seen in style Sky Between The Branches and Orange Blossom, below:


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