Bringing an idea to life… Bronte

We’re so excited to share a little insight into how our gowns are created here at WV HQ. All Wild Violet styles are designed in-house, and each gown has its own story. This is the first in what will be an ongoing series sharing the stories behind some of our favourite  gowns. We can’t wait to share them with you! WV xx

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Bringing an idea to life… Bronte

Our ‘Bronte’ gown is beautiful and classic with a modern edge- the perfect choice for a ball gown or designer bridesmaid dress

For our designers, the process of creating a gown starts with a single idea and must for fill a need. Asking a few questions like: What are we missing in the shop? What do women want that we don’t have? How do they want to feel? What parts of our bodies do we want to hide and what do we want to flaunt?

Then design process can really begin. Bronte’s shape was inspired by Wild Violet’s signature silhouette- a well-fitted bodice and full circle skirt. This shape suits just about every body shape and height, and is the basis for many of our favourite bridesmaid dress and ball dress styles.

Bronte was inspired by a previous best seller, Ruby, which sold for five seasons and looked amazing on every body. We wanted to add a modern edge and some extra personality. This started with incorporating the points in the bodice, which had two advantages- firstly it was a more modern take on the traditional sweetheart neckline, and it also gives height for those with a larger bust. Her supportive structure and universally flattering shape makes her an ideal choice for bridesmaid dresses.

So we knew the shape we wanted to create, now for the fabrics! Both Jenni and Nicola were instantly drawn to the unique fabric they chose for Bronte’s bodice. Its texture is wonderfully tactile, and the fabric is detailed enough to add interest to the design without being over the top. It’s neither floral nor metallic or sequined, adding something very individual to Bronte’s overall look.

We wanted a little extra sparkle and that came in the form of a diamante belt. The particular trim for Bronte’s waistband was chosen from a large selection of hand sourced trims, ultimately it came to technical reasons. It’s just the right width to highlight the waist without adding bulk, and the pattern is a regular repeat, which means it can be cut easily with little to no wastage.

Bronte now has three standard colours- the original blush and charcoal, plus the more recent addition of a bright silver shade.

The Bronte has proven to be a much-loved style and her popularity shows no sign of slowing down! Having been worn beautifully from size 4 to 20 by bridesmaids and to balls. Recently she has been worn as a beautiful modern wedding dress for a second wedding in Las Vegas! And is currently being customized into an amazing ivory wedding gown. She really is the perfect choice for any occasion and any body shape.

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5 tips for finding your wedding dress in Perth

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When it comes to finding “the one” (your wedding dress and not your partner!) the search for the perfect dress can be an overwhelming experience. If you haven’t yet started the search for your dream wedding dress, or if you are starting to feel like the process is getting too much to handle, here are our top 3 tips when it comes to shopping for your wedding dress.

Don’t bring an entourage

Reality TV wedding shows and all those romantic comedies out there have made it look like brides need to bring every female friend and relative to help with the dress search. We understand that your wedding dress is probably the most important dress that you will ever wear, so you want it to be perfect. But too many opinions make it all that much harder to come to a decision on a wedding dress.

In our experience at Wild Violet, we have found that most brides tend to fare the best in the search for their wedding dress when they are accompanied by their mum and maybe a sister or best friend. These people generally have the bride’s best interest at heart and have an understanding of the sort of wedding dress that the bride is looking for.

Keep size in mind, but don’t get hung up on it

Wedding dresses tend to vary considerably in size. For normal clothing you could be a size 8 off the rack, but when you start trying on wedding dresses and see the label that says size 12, do not be alarmed. Rather than focusing on what the label says, instead make sure that your measurements match a particular designers wedding dress size chart.

Another point worth mentioning is the likelihood that once you got engaged, you thought “I need to lose weight”. Buying a wedding dress based on the potentially slimmer bride that will be walking down the aisle in 6 months time is risky since it is much more difficult, even impossible, to let sizing out. It is much more straightforward to add more size to a wedding dress so we recommend that brides buy a wedding dress that suits their current body.

There is such a thing as shopping too early

It is not uncommon nowadays for couples to opt for longer engagements, so we recommend that brides try to resists the excitement and not start shopping for their wedding dresses more than 12 months in advance. Once brides start shopping and trying on wedding dresses, they will undoubtedly fall in love with one. But if brides know that they aren’t yet ready to purchase, they can become dissatisfied with the process.

The wedding dress you choose will also be influenced by the theme of your wedding, the venue and the other members of the bridal party. So get all those details sorted before you start shopping for your dream wedding dress.

At Wild Violet we have an extensive range of bridesmaid dresses and we’re building a collection of wedding dresses which are all individually curated and available on display at our retail store in Applecross, Perth. Click here to contact Wild Violet for more information regarding our locally-made Perth wedding dresses.