Pay It Forward 05/27/2011
We might dress the bride from head to toe at miLA Bridal but we also want her to be fully prepared for a beautiful wedding. A recent trend that is becoming more and more popular is the charitable bride and groom. Rarely, do we see weddings and charities in the same sentence, but why not? There are plenty of ways for a bride and groom to pay it forward without taking the attention away from the ceremony.

For instance, where does the leftover reception food or the flower arrangements go? Trashing either seems like a complete waste for all the time you spent tasting food for the reception, not to mention a waste of money. Make sure none of the prepared food goes to waste and donate the leftover food to a local shelter or soup kitchen. And for the flowers, donate them to a local nursing home to enjoy.

A more personal way of giving is to choose a charity and donate money on behalf of you and your guests instead of handing out favors. This could be a charity that is significant to your family or even a local charity you believe in. Guests can still walk away with a card explaining the donation and the charity of choice. Or you could distribute gift cards to guests so that they may choose the charity that means the most to them. You can find more information on this at:

Even though your wedding is a time to celebrate the union of you and your husband, take a moment to consider what happens after the event. Is there anything you could donate that you are no longer going to use? Or is giving a gift of donation more suitable for your guests than a party favor? Be creative in your giving, there are numerous options and charities available.

Working with beautiful models (Tristen, Manaya, Alethea, Lauren, and Bridget) for our fashion shoot at the Historic Mankin Mansion.  JC, our talented photographer is behind the camera for the shoot.  We start at 7:15AM, so early so we can capture the nature sun lighting.  Once after the models got their hair and make up done, they change into dress after dress.  Amazing looks, can't wait to see all pictures out...!! 

In the photo, we have Bridget in the red gown, Lauren in the white gown. Getting ready for the photo shoot  

Alethea sitting on the chair posing; Lea helping to layout the train and fix the skirt for the picture

With wedding season in full blast we want to keep our brides informed with the latest trends and important information. Veils are a classic choice for many brides but with so many lengths and different types it’s hard to keep up! So, let’s start from the shortest veils to the longest. The shortest, trendiest veil is the bird cage veil which is pictured to the left. It is a great way to add color or detail to your wedding day look! From there, the next length is called a flyaway, which comes down about shoulder length which is followed by an elbow length; which of course comes down to you elbow. The next veil is a fingertip length veil, which is currently the most popular veil for brides today.  The following length is a ballet or waltz veil which is about knee length; with a little more length, comes the chapel veil, which is about foot length. The longest but of course not the least veil is the cathedral. The cathedral veil continues past foot length and even sometimes continues past the gown.  Visit miLA Bridal to find your perfect veil!  

Dear Brides,

Please join us at the bridal showcase by the Bank Restaurant on Sunday, 06/13!  Visit their website below for more details.
Dear Robin & Linda,

Thank you so much for inviting us to be at your wedding, and be a part of this very special time in your lives!  The ceremony was beautiful!  We wish you all the happiness in the world.  Please come by and visit us at the store in the future! 

                                                         miLA Staff  

We are very excited to see new stores and restaurant coming soon to Stony Point Fashion Park:  bebe, BGBC, and CineBistro.  In act, bebe had just opened two days ago across from GAP and our bridal shop.  To check out more details on the upcoming stores, you can visit the mall's website at:
Stony Point Fashion Park
Richmond Center Stage-Old Hollywood Theme (combining the fashion and history together).  It was our pleasure to part-take in this year's Richmond Fashion Week!  We hope to participate in more events like this in the future!
Great Talents+Great Planning+Great Models+Great Place=Awesome Show!
Special thanks to Jason Primrose (co-director) and all staff and models whom helped to made it happen, pulled together this wonderful show.
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Wedding fashion trends vary a lot. So what’s in store for this year and next?  What wedding dress styles are hot, or going to become hot?  Some leading wedding gown designers were asked that same question, and the following are what they predicted.

1. Sexy Slinky Silhouettes If you have a perfect figure (or wear fantastic suction underwear!), now is the time to do a victory dance – sexy, figure-hugging wedding dress silhouettes will be hot for the next couple of seasons.

2. Ballgown Styles For those who loved the fabulous gowns in Gone with the Wind (*blush*), and for many of us who want to disguise our thighs, ballgown style wedding gowns are back. Fabulous! Ballgown wedding dresses have many rather wonderful upsides, including squishing you into the shape you desire, giving you fabulous cleavage, and being impossible to remove on your own.

3. Fifties style wedding gowns There’s something about the whole belted waist idea.   And the Stephanie Allin gown on the left is probably one of the best suggestions for a classy wedding gown.

4. Mermaid Style Wedding Gowns Apparently mermaid style wedding gowns are also a fifties influence, and thinking about it, one of the dresses of all time is the dress Audrey Hepburn wore to the races in My Fair Lady – an extremely tight-fitting mermaid style gown.

5. Tea-length wedding dresses Tea-length wedding dresses are fabulous for a more casual, less traditional wedding, especially if you have a nice pair of pins and some knock-out shoes.   Once again, the 50s influence is shining through!

6. Grecian Goddess wedding dresses Are you in touch with your inner goddess?  Grecian style wedding dresses are hot at the moment – high-waist with floaty materials, they would make me look like a mountain, but if you’re slim and smaller breasted, it’s a style that could look stunning.
This year, we are very proud to join the VCU Strut Fashion Show as one of the sponsors.  miLA Bridal will be the only bridal salon participating in the show, and our gowns and special occasion dresses will be walked by VCU student models.  Please find more information on the event below or visit VCU's website at 

STRUT, a student-produced fashion show and entertainment event, will be held on March 28 at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The STRUT fashion show will start at 7 p.m. in the Alltel Pavilion of the Siegel Center, 1200 W. Broad St. Tickets can be purchased at the Siegel Center Box Office or in the Break Point Games Room in the VCU Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. Ticket prices are $5 for VCU students with a valid student ID, $10 in advance for general admission and $15 on the day of the show.
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