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13 Mar '17

Rosa Clara Two has arrived to Amara Bridal Boutique!!

Posted by Powr Support

We are so proud to now offer Rosa Clara Two gowns at Amara Bridal Boutique. Rosa Clara styles are unique, elegant & timeless. They are hand crafted of the finest fabrics & the attention to detail is absolutely outstanding. 

We are currently offering 10% off our Rosa Clara collection to celebrate their arrival to our store! Please call for your private appointment today 513-469-6200


30 Apr '16

What is a wedding dress bustle?

Posted by Rebecca Rode

A bustle lifts the train up in a decorative fashion off of the floor so that you don't have to carry the train on your wrist or over your arms.

Very few wedding dress designers have a bustle built in the dress, so you will have to have your wedding dress alterations specialist add a bustle to your gown.

A bustle makes it convenient for you to walk around and dance without the train getting in your way.

It is held up on the skirt of your train by sets of hooks and loops or buttons and loops. One bustle style uses sets of ties or a set of ties and loops to hold the train up.

Do I Need A Bustle For My Wedding Gown?

If you have a chapel length train or longer you may want a bustle. As mentioned before you will be able to keep you hands free for the reception. You especially need one if you will be walking around and dancing in your gown for hours at the reception.

You don't need a bustle if you have a short sweep train. You also may not want a bustle if you only will wear your dress for a short time. Otherwise, it is worth the cost to have one added to your dress for the convenience of it.

What Are The Types Of Bustles I Can Choose From?


There are three basic wedding dress bustle styles that are popular now:    

- The American bustle: This style is also often called the "outer bustle" because your train is hooked up on the outside of the dress. To do this there are buttons or hooks placed on the outside of your gown with corresponding loops. Below is a 3 point American bustle


- French bustle: Also known as the European bustle. This bustle has ties sewn underneath the skirt and train to lift the gown. Once you tie up the ties, the outside forms a flap or a series of flaps for multiple tie sets.....see the under bustle below on a very full gown


-The ballroom bustle. Called a "flip under or "flip up" bustle. With this type of bustle the train flips up under the dress and buttons are sewn to the skirt and loops are sewn to the hem of the train to button up. Once bustled, this train looks like a floor length dress all the way around. Below is a ballroom bustle. 

Wedding Gown Bustle Tips

Who should you use to hook up your bustle at your wedding?      
Bring someone with them on pick up day so that they can also see how to do the bustle. Some use a bridesmaid, or honor attendant, and some use their mother.

I usually say it is best to have a bridesmaid or honor attendant do this because your mother may be too busy with guest to do it for you. Plus she may, because of nervousness, forget how to do it. She will have so much to do that day, so unless you just have to, it may be best to use someone else

If your wedding is out of town and no one lives near you to bustle your wedding dress, what should you do? If you have no one that lives in your area that will be at your wedding, then the seamstress can show you how to do it when your dress is hanging on a hanger.

To remember how to do your wedding dress bustle, you may want to have the seamstress draw a diagram for you. You can take pictures of how it is suppose to look after it is up. Also when you have a wedding out of town, once you arrive, take time to show the person who will do your bustle how it should be done while the gown is hanging on the hanger.

Can a bustle break? Well, this is something that can happen and does happen sometimes. Why? The weight of the train pulls on the dress fabric, button or hooks, and the loops or ties. So under the strain over a number of hours something may give way.

Think about it... the fabric of your gown is being used to do something it was not made to do, which is hold the weight of the train up.. So if for some reason there is additional stress (like someone stepping on the train) the bustle buttons, loops or ties will give way. It is better for the button to pop off or the loop to break when this happens. Why is this? Because the other outcome would be your gown having a hole ripped in it. And it is not much that can be done to repair a whole or tear in a way that isn't visible.

That is why seamstresses will sew the ties, buttons and loops on good enough to hopefully hold the train up all night. If it is sewn on too well & stress happens to hit those points the gown will rip. A wedding dress seamstress will try to come somewhere in between being sewn on too lightly or too securely.

Most of the time you will get through the day without a hitch. But prepare for a mishap because it can happen. Just in case one of the points break, have some safety pins handy to pin it in place. You can also use a broach on a one point bustle to hold it up while at the same time add a decorative touch

One more point. Sometimes you have to do both the French and the American style bustle on your gown. This happens sometimes with gowns that have a chiffon or lace overskirt on top of a satin layer. In some of these cases, it is best to bustle the layers separately.

Sometimes instead of doing the underskirt with the American wedding dress bustle and the overskirt the same type, you will do the underskirt in a French bustle and the overskirt in an American bustle. This way the bustle will lay flatter.

When you come in for an appointment with us we will show you what the different bustle types will look on the gown you are considering. It's something to keep in mind with your gown choice. If you want an American bustle then a lace gown would be a perfect choice. A French or Ballroom bustle will work well on any gown style. 




29 Apr '16

Bridal Veil Guide - Tutorial

Posted by Rebecca Rode

You've finally found the dress of your dreams...now what about the finishing touch---your veil? When all eyes are on you, you'll want to look beautiful from head to toe. After your wedding gown, a veil is one of the most defining aspects of your bridal appearance. 

Decisions, decisions...there are so many wedding veil styles to choose from! How can you tell which kind of veil is right for you? In this wedding veil tutorial, you’ll find tips on how to choose a bridal veil. First, decide if you want to wear the wedding veil with a tiara, headpiece or by itself. Look for bridal veil pictures in magazines and on our website to get an idea of the veil and headpiece style that you like .Also, think about ideas on how you would like to wear your wedding hairstyle...

  • In a formal structured updo
  • In a casual loose updo
  • down and loose
  • a simple wedding hair style
  • half up-half-down wedding hair style
  • or maybe you want to wear a wedding hair accessory such as a flower (a nice touch for a tropical beach wedding) or a rhinestone hair pin  

Here we have veil placement on different hairstyles....

 below an updo style

 above an updo

 high placement on a half up/half down hairstyle

Next, think about what look you are aiming for. There are a few things to consider:

  • The silhouette you want
  • If you want the back of your gown to show or not
  • If you want a blusher to wear over your face as you walk down the aisle
  • If you want a sleek simple look, or an understated look, dramatic look, etc.
  • How many tiers (also called layers) you want

A general guide to keep in mind is that if you have an elaborate gown, a simple veil would be a better pick as it wouldn’t "compete" with the gown.

Conversely, if you have a simple gown, you can go with a more elaborate veil with special trims such as rhinestones, beads, pearls, etc. A short gown looks fabulous with a long veil! Wedding Gowns with an elaborate back that you want to showcase are better matched with sheer veils, such as a 72" wide veil. This is so the veil won’t obscure the back of the dress.

Here is a wedding veil blusher example. The top layer of a two-tier wedding veil is pulled over the bride’s face.

Blushers range in length from 25" to 36"

The blusher veil can be on a separate comb if desired as it provides the flexibility to wear it on a different part of the head. For example, if the primary veil is worn in the back of the head under an updo, the blusher veil can be worn on the top of the head, and removed for photos if desired. We can also special order a blusher attached with velcro to any of the veils that we offer. Please just contact us for a quote. Blusher additions are inexpensive. 

Some 2-tier veils can also be worn with the top layer as a blusher; just flip the shorter veil over your face.

Popular veil styles for brides & Wedding Veil Style Guide

SHOULDER LENGTH BRIDAL VEIL: Usually comes in 18" to 27" lengths, with the most common length of 20".

ELBOW LENGTH BRIDAL VEIL: Usually ranges from 25" to 36", with 25" being the most common length.

WAIST LENGTH BRIDAL VEIL: Usually 30" is the most common length.

FINGERTIP LENGTH BRIDAL VEIL: This style of veil typically ranges from 36" to 50". Depending on your height, build, etc. the length will vary. This veil should just meet your fingertips. Measure from where you are going to wear the veil on your head to your fingertips to get an idea of the bridal veil length that is right for you. A 36" length is the most common length for a fingertip veil.

KNEE LENGTH VEIL: Usually 45" long.

WALTZ LENGTH BRIDAL VEIL: This wedding veil is usually 54" to 60". This veil is sometimes also called a Ballerina or Walking veil. The bottom of the veil should land somewhere between your calves and just above the ankles.

CHAPEL LENGTH BRIDAL VEIL: This veil just touches the floor. It can range from 60" to 90". The most common length is 90".

CATHEDRAL LENGTH BRIDAL VEIL: This veil is dramatic, as it trails after the bride. This can range from 100" to 110" long. The most common lengths are 108" or 120" long.

REGAL LENGTH BRIDAL VEILS: Are the longest of all veils. They can be as long as 144"– or longer.

Veils come with various edging options. Please use the magnifier feature on our site to view the edging of our veils. A cut edge will be the most simple edge. You can also order edging to match details of your gown such as lace, pearl, crystals, satin or cording. 

We offer full consultation service with any veil purchase both in store & online. Please contact us if you would like to discuss what veils might look best with your gown choice. We are always happy to offer our advice 


20 Apr '16

Wedding gown silhouettes : Amara Bridal Boutique

Posted by Rebecca Rode

You will learn something very quickly when you start bridal gown shopping. Different silhouettes can completely change the appearance of your figure. You will find a lot of advice columns that list what type of gowns work best for what type of figure. I feel that decision really depends on the bride & not the "experts." If you feel confident & beautiful in a certain silhouette then that is the style for you! I have had brides come in & mention that they were told by other consultants that ballgowns do not work for petite brides. I encourage them to try on every silhouette. You don't need to follow any "rules" on style. It's your day, your dress & how you feel in the gown should take priority over a consultant's opinion. 

Let's start by looking at the following sketch that will highlight the different gown silhouettes that are out there. 

Sketch credits: Ballgown: Angel Rivera, A-Line: Reem Arca on Wedding Bells Blog, Modified A-Line: Pricilla of Boston, Trumpet: Custom Couture, Mermaid: Claire Pettibone on Bridesfinds, Sheath: Orlando Magazine, Tea-Length: Wedding Dresses by Amee, Mini: Annette.

Ballgown: The “fairy tale” dress, with a fitted bodice, flairs at the waist with a full skirt. Ideal for most body types but looks great on pears, since it hides the lower body. Most ballgowns dresses come with a built in tulle petticoat. You can add an additional petticoat to get that super full look. Below is our best selling ballgown style. Venus AT4613

A-Line: Fitted bodice through the waist and flows out to the ground, resembling the outline of an uppercase "A." Ideal for all body types. We feature David Tutera who offers lovely a-line styles. Below is David Tutera 116216

Modified A-Line: Fitted on the bodice and hips and gradually flares to the hem, forming an “A” shape. The skirt of a modified A-line dress fits closer to the body than a traditional A-line. Ideal for all body types. Below is David Tutera 116205

David Tutera 116205

Trumpet: Fitted through the body and flairs mid-thigh. The cut is between a modified a-line and a mermaid cut. Ideal for frames with small waists, such as the hourglass and petites. Some consultants will discourage curvy brides away from this style. However, if you are confident with your curves you can really show them off with this style! Below is David Tutera 116207 

Mermaid: Fitted on the body from the chest to the knee, then flares out close to the knee. Ideal for slender frames and hourglass body types who are willing to show off their curves. While we never discourage any bride from a style this gown may not work for very petite brides. It will depend on how long your torso is. Definitely try on the shape to see if you like the look. Below is David Tutera 116227 

 Sheath: Narrow shape that flows straight down from the neckline to the hem. Ideal for lean frames, such as petites and bananas. Also good on hourglasses who are willing to show off their curves. Below is David Tutera 115225

 Tea-Length: Skirt falls in between the ankle and the knee. Ideal for all body types. Venus Bridal offers lovely tea length styles. We carry Venus Bridal who offers several selections in tea length. Below is VN6856

Venus Amara Bridal Boutique


Mini: Skirt falls above the knee. The fun & flirty style perfect for the informal bride. Below is Venus VN6859