Alternative Wedding Dresses

Alternative Wedding Dresses

A bride’s day is her own. If she wants to have a Halloween dress-up wedding, let her. If she wants to wear a hot pink ball gown, go for it. If she wants to fulfill an entire era theme on the beach, all the power to her! The alternative bride is making a killing in the modern wedding. In previous eras, current trends were the only answer for a bride’s style, the DIY and nontraditional weddings are becoming popular beyond belief and alternative wedding dresses are in high demand. Take a walk down the vintage side with these examples of wearable vintage dresses that take alternative wedding dresses to the next level.

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Making a Vintage Wedding Flirty and Fun

Making a Vintage Wedding Flirty and Fun

Meet the modern vintage bride. The dress is covered in delicate embroidery, flowing in creamy folds of lace and sheer chiffon. Maybe she’s bareheaded, maybe she’s barefooted, but she is flirty, fun, practical and spontaneous. With hundreds and thousands of new quirky ideas popping up on Pinterest, today’s brides are going cute, unique, or quirky with just a few distinct choices. Inga Nataya wedding dresses are the perfect fit for those ever-popular off-the-beaten-path weddings we love so dearly. Here are some of the most popular fun-filled wedding themes and their vintage couture dresses to match.

Vintage Carnival Wedding: Popcorn and cotton candy. Red stripes and bright lights. The carnival vintage wedding is one filled with fun and exciting aspects. You can choose a striped tent and hire a juggler. You can have clowns making balloons for your guests. Grab an accordion and make your day a romping night to remember. For a perfect flirty vintage wedding dress, choose a light and airy gown such as the Raphaela Cream to free your ankles and leave plenty of room to bob for some apples.

Making a Vintage Wedding Flirty and Fun

Making a Vintage Wedding Flirty and Fun

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Vintage Veils for the Modern Bride

Vintage Veils for the Modern Bride

Wearing her mother’s Spanish veil, the bride walks slowly down the church aisle. The organ plays triumphantly and the guests stand in respect. The sun comes through the mosaic windows in fractions of rainbow light, but no one notices, they see only the bride. In the veil, only a glimpse of her dark eyes and intricately twisted hair can be seen. Her face, shrouded in white mist, will not be revealed until the right time and to the man she marries. A vintage veil can take any dress and any bride and give her that extra allure, that mystery that is so often lost in modern society. With one of our inspirations, the same pure emotion that evoked your Grandmothers and your own mothers will be yours to have and to hold.

The Mystery Bride

When you want the element of surprise, a vintage veil is a splendid choice. The Inga Nataya Maria Veil is one such beauty. Edged with embossed olive branches and made of translucent layers, this curve-edged veil creates the mysterious ambiance and poises the bride’s face behind delicate tulle. Sitting at mid-length, it won’t be too invasive to the groom as he lifts the veil, but will still channel serenity and purity in the right vintage way.

Vintage Veils for the Modern Bride

Vintage Veils for the Modern Bride

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Vintage style embroidery in Couture dresses by Inga Nataya

Many dresses in the Inga Nataya couture collection are considered to be vintage-inspired styles. Our couture brides adore the antique look and feel of Nataya’s trendy bridal wear. But today, we want to focus on the signature embroidery of the wedding dresses that make the Inga Nataya Couture dresses truly couture!

First of all, we present a wedding dress that is covered with the whimsical yet sophisticated style of French Victorian embroidery. This unique embroidery was taken from the Victorian era and French trend that was used in scalloping elements of wedding dresses in France between the 1880s and 1900s.  Our Sultry Elizabeth Dress is shown in two colors, traditional white and pastel lavender.

Vintage style embroidery in Couture dresses by Inga Nataya

Vintage style embroidery in Couture dresses by Inga Nataya

The embroidery on the white dress is white in order to complement the main color of the gown. The same thing goes for the lavender dress as well. The purpose of the embroidery is to enhance, not detract, from the beauty of the dress.

Vintage style embroidery in Couture dresses by Inga Nataya

Vintage style embroidery in Couture dresses by Inga Nataya

Here is another eye-catching, embroidered dress called the River Fairy. You can select this gown in classy white or trendy and alternative lilac. Unlike the previous model, the upper part of the dress is mostly covered with embroidery. Flutter sleeves enhance your feminine shape while the embroidery accentuates your bust line. This works well for those wishing to conceal larger hips.

Vintage style embroidery in Couture dresses by Inga Nataya

Vintage style embroidery in Couture dresses by Inga Nataya

Vintage style embroidery in Couture dresses by Inga Nataya

Vintage style embroidery in Couture dresses by Inga Nataya

The Morning Gown, which comes in white as well as beige, has two differing embroidery patterns. The beige variation boasts rather large embroidery to really turn heads. The white dress is a bit more subtle and really quite classy. Center stitches of gorgeous embroidery give the dress a rectangular appeal for a flattering effect.

Vintage style embroidery in Couture dresses by Inga Nataya

Vintage style embroidery in Couture dresses by Inga Nataya

Vintage style embroidery in Couture dresses by Inga Nataya

Vintage style embroidery in Couture dresses by Inga Nataya

Dear brides-to-be, select an embroidery pattern that meets your figure-flattering needs. This concise tutorial will help you choose the wedding dress of your dreams!

My closet is overloaded and I have nothing to wear

What this usually means is it’s time to organize it. There are a few ways to deal with this issue and I would love to share mine: For starters I like to take everything out of my closets and “shop” for a new season as if I was in a store. I try to be very disciplined and act as if were to “buy” only the things I would want to wear now. If I am in doubt and can’t get rid of something I believe is amazing, I remind myself when was the last time I wore it, and if it is not within the last 6 months, off the rack it goes. This exercise would usually leave me with only the pieces I know I will wear during the season.

Now that hard work is over and I can have some fun, and play with the pieces that are left as truly the remarkable selections. I try things on to make sure they still fit and look as good as I thought they might. And then I arrange the selections in my closets. Dresses are easy, so they could be hung in accordance with lifestyle: For example I spend a lot of time at my house, so I have a full rack of beautiful caftans with embroideries that I like to wear around the house. I also travel a lot, so I hang all the easy to travel dresses separately as well. My special occasion Nataya dresses, and cocktail dresses from the Age of Love collection go on another rack first sorted by length then by color.

The separates I like to play with to create outfits. I usually hang woven bottoms next to a few of the woven tops that they work with. I fold knits and stock them by color and sleeve length.  I own a lot of dress jackets and coats from my various Nataya collections, and those I hang in a separate closet also by color. When I am all dressed and have my shoes/boots on, I try on a few coats and see how they play out. In doing so, I like be creative and see how they look when I open them or drop them off my shoulders for the taking-it-off-wow-factor. Now I can shop guilt-free for new pieces, knowing that I have done all I could to rediscover a passion for the things I already own