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Many brides look to honor the incredible women who have come before them during the wedding day. In the past, it was common to have a bride wear their mother’s wedding dress, veil, or other personal detail. While the trend of wearing your mother’s wedding dress has decreased in popularity, brides are coming up with new and unique ways to include those they love in their wedding day look.

One Maggie Louise bride found a unique and memorable way to include her mother’s wedding dress in her special day. The bride worked with The Garter Girl to refashion a lace sleeve from the original wedding gown into a new keepsake, a lace garter.

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The beautiful garter was accented with a blue satin bow for the perfect touch of “something blue”. This lovely garter will be cherished for years to come and will make for a sentimental wedding day detail. The Garter Girl also fashioned a handkerchief from the wedding dress as a surprise gift for the mother of the bride.

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Maggie Louise carries a number of beautiful garters in store. Our collection of garters from The Garter Girl are perfect for your wedding day look and come in a variety of styles, as individual garters, or as a set. For more information on a custom garter, please feel free to contact The Garter Girl.

Thank you to The Garter Girl for providing the photos in this article.



When shopping for your dream wedding dress you are faced with a number of beautiful options and LOTS of new terminology. Words like “ballgown”, “organza”, “chiffon”, and “drop waist” start being mixed into conversation. While you can always trust the bridal experts at Maggie Louise to find the perfect gown for your personality, shape, and wedding day style, we thought we would clear the air on the meanings behind some of these bridal terms.


A classic bridal style, the ballgown features a full skirt with a natural waist and a more fitted bodice. This timeless bridal silhouette is perfect for the bride who always dreamed of their perfect princess moment.



As the name gives hint to, the A-line silhouette resembles the structure of an A with a tighter fit at the rib cage and extends into the skirt. This style is popular style and translated beautifully onto a number of different body types.

Martina Liana - style 984

Martina Liana - style 984


Perfect for the brides who want to highlight their beautiful curves, the Mermaid silhouette hugs the curves of the body with a flare at or below the knee. This style allows for the drama of movement while still maintaining a form fitted look.

Raven by Anne Barge

Raven by Anne Barge


Another beautiful wedding dress silhouette to accent a beautiful shape is the Fit-to-Flare. This shape hugs the curves with a flare starting at or just below the hips. For brides who love to dance, this beautiful style definitely passes the dance test with the skirt allowing for plenty of movement.

Martina Liana - style 1012

Martina Liana - style 1012


This wedding dress silhouette is perfect for the bride looking for a light, romantic wedding day look with plenty of movement. The sheath shape typically skims the body with material falling straight to the floor.

Leyland by Anne Barge

Leyland by Anne Barge


Similar to the Fit and Flare silhouette, the Trumpet shape fits closely to the body accenting a bride’s curves with a flare mid-thigh. This is a classic design and very flattering to a variety of body shapes.

Villette by Anne Barge

Villette by Anne Barge

Ready to find your perfect wedding dress silhouette for your own wedding day? Come see us and experience the award winning service and expertise we offer at Maggie Louise. To get started simply click here! We’d love for you to become a part of our Maggie Louise family!



This April, the team at Maggie Louise flew to New York City for one of the largest events for the bridal industry, New York Bridal Fashion Week. For a few days, designers around the world meet in the Big Apple to showcase their newest collections to press and boutiques. We are always eyes wide open looking for the newest trends to bring back to our sweet southern boutique for our lovely Maggie Louise brides. This season a few trends were stood out and we look forward to bringing SOME of these trends into the boutique.


Crepe gowns made a beautifully strong presence this season at New York Bridal Fashion Week. These gowns are perfect for the bride wanted a minimalist or modern look for her special day. One of the favorite traits of Crepe is its ability to move with ease and flow.

Theia - Photography by  Collin Pierson

Theia - Photography by Collin Pierson

Amsale - Photography by  Collin Pierson

Amsale - Photography by Collin Pierson


The chicest bows adorned many gowns this season in New York City. From tulle to satin, each designer presented their own take on the classic trend. Whether at the train or the neck, a bow is a great way to add interest to a wedding day look.

Rivini - Photography by C harla Storey Photography

Rivini - Photography by Charla Storey Photography

Lela Rose - Photography by  Charla Storey

Lela Rose - Photography by Charla Storey


Nothing says spring like florals and this season spring was definitely front and center on the runways in New York City. Floral laces adorned many gowns but one trend that stood out was the presence of 3D florals with petals adding dimension beyond the usual look of lace. Floral patterns often appeared more modern with new artistic takes on floral designs.

Berta - Photography by Collin Pierson

Berta - Photography by Collin Pierson

Hayley Paige

Hayley Paige


This season more than ever it could be said that the options were endless. Why? TOPPERS AND MODIFiERS! From boleros to wraps, each designer showcased methods for personalizing the gowns they offered.

Anne Barge - Photography by  Morgan Newsom Photography

Anne Barge - Photography by Morgan Newsom Photography


This season sleeves made quite a presence! Of course a classic ladled sleeve can be a a beautiful option, but in New York designers were truly pushing the envelope with sleeves. From puffs to wings, the bigger seemed to be the better with this trend.

Lela Rose - Photography by  Morgan Newsom Photography

Lela Rose - Photography by Morgan Newsom Photography

Rivini - Photography by  Collin Pierson

Rivini - Photography by Collin Pierson


If you are a lover of deep V bodices, there was plenty for you to admire this season in New York City. Each designer presented a number of plunging necklines, some more daring than others.

Berta - Photography by  Collin Pierson

Berta - Photography by Collin Pierson


A reoccuring theme this season is the continued rise in popularity of weddings gowns in colors outside of white and ivories. Designer Anne Barge showcased a stunning steel blue ballgown that absolutely made us swoon. Hayley Paige continued with pops of colors in her collection as well. Beautiful gowns perfect for every brides’ personality.

Anne Barge - Photography by  Morgan Newsom Photography

Anne Barge - Photography by Morgan Newsom Photography

Spring 2019 Bridal Fashion Week in New York certainly wowed with many new options from our collection of internationally renowned bridal designers. We look forward to bringing home new gowns to our sweet boutique. While we would love to stock our store with all the gowns we viewed at New York Bridal Fashion Week, we will carefully analyze what gowns our Maggie Louise brides will request and best connect with. Gowns seen at market will be available to find their homes in boutiques in the next 6 months depending on the designer.

In love with these trends for 2020?
Come see our selection of trend savvy gowns at Maggie Louise!

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The  5 Ws of Wedding Dress Shopping

The 5 Ws of Wedding Dress Shopping


the WHO | Who should I bring to my bridal appointment? 

 Bring 1-3 individuals you love + trust to support you. Keeping your party small + intimate will allow you to comfortably express your personal vision + style. YOUR voice is the most important. Adding more opinions simply makes it more difficult to listen to your own heart. 


the WHAT | What do I need to know before I set out on my search? 

 Establishing the time of year, wedding venue + your gown budget are a few of the big decisions we recommend ironing out before you begin your search (& help make the process as stress free as possible). Knowing your bridal style is not as important as most brides think — it is our job as the professionals to bring your bridal look to life + help you find a dress that makes you feel like the best version of yourself. 


the WHERE | Where should I look find my gown? How many shops should I visit?

 Take the time to research boutique options + find your best match. Narrowing down your shopping experiences to as little as possible will help make the journey more special + far less overwhelming. This also ensures that you’ve picked a salon that is the right fit for you in style, selection + service quality. Working with a vetted salon who values you + is equally invested in your search makes for a memorable, peaceful experience.


the WHEN | When should I shop for my bridal gown?

 We recommend our brides to select the wedding gown 9-12 months in advance if time allows. The wedding gown can set the stage for the big day + all the details that follow. Many brides have fear they will have regrets if they choose too early, but just as your love for your groom has grown with time, so will your feelings about your wedding gown.


the WHY |  Why should I shop at a boutique rather than buying online?  

 Finding a wedding gown is a once in a lifetime experience + a luxurious one when done alongside a devoted + knowledgeable professional. In the era of online shopping, it is important to know that what you see on the internet is not what you get in the wedding dress world. Shopping in-person at a boutique, with a wide selection + quality designs, is essential to making the right choice, ensuring the right fit + that you are in the right hands up throughout the entire process.