This past Monday marked the end of spring bridal fashion week in New York City. For those of you not familiar with it, bridal fashion week happens twice a year in New York. It's an opportunity for designers to show off their latest designs and for bridal boutiques from across the country to take a look and buy new dresses for their stores. Some designers host their own runway shows but many of them set up dressing rooms and booths at The Knot COUTURE Show. Here, 5 fun facts about the show!
1. Most designers don't host runway shows.
Many top designers skip the runway show and opt for a more intimate experience. For example, this year, the team from Maggie Sottero gave bridal shop owners and buyers an exclusive opportunity to see new 2018 spring designs up close and personal.
2. Randy Fenoli (from Say Yes to the Dress) has a new bridal line.
Yep, you read that right. Randy Fenoli has a brand-new line of wedding dresses called Randy Fenoli Bridal. The dresses are gorgeous and look incredibly easy to wear. Among other big names with bridal lines showing at the COUTURE show were Sincerity by Justin Alexander and Rebecca Ingram.
3. Bridal salon owners get the star treatment at couture.
Bridal salon owners traveled in from all across the country to check out the latest designs. And as glamorous as that sounds, the reality is that it's tiring business! That's why you'll see pretty Instagram-worthy lounges and pick-me-up drinks and snacks throughout the show.
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4. Accessories are big business.
The average bride spends over $300 on accessories alone. That adds up and that's why you'll see wedding dress designers with coordinating accessories and shoe lines (like Badgley Mischka's latest below!). There are also plenty of designers that solely design accessories and showcase really statement-making pieces like rose gold metallic flower crowns and beaded chains (perfect for wrapping in braided hair).
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5. Bridesmaids and moms are big business too.
In addition to all the pretty wedding dresses and accessories designed for brides to be, many designers were also showing trendy mother of the bride, and bridal party gowns in a variety of hues and fabrics. Think neutral tones, black, navy blue and subtle sparkle.
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P.S. Coming up next... Vegas baby! For the first time (ever) The Knot COUTURE is going to Las Vegas. Want to go? Details here.
Event Planner: Bespoke Moments | Venue: Metropolitan Pavilion | Floral: Petals and Roots | Photographer: Spotlight on Me | Dessert: The Meringue Bakeshop NYC | Coffee: Cupa Cabana Espresso & Coffee Catering | Lip & Lash Bar: MG Hair and Makeup | Rentals: Rentquest | Catering: Preserving Harvest Catering | Draping: Swag Decor | Flooring/Wrapping: Bombshell Graphics | Music: Scratch Weddings
Source: 2016 Real Weddings Study