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The Stunning Essence of Australia Wedding Dresses to Wear

Every bride wants to be the most beautiful woman on her wedding day. After all, it is the most special day of her life.

And the most basic way a bride can look absolutely stunning is by wearing a wedding gown that is made from a beautiful fabric, has wonderful embellishments and lastly but most importantly, suits her body.

Our bridal store has many types of gowns that will definitely make every bride look perfect. So have a look!

1.     Intricate Lace Gown

A lace gown is one of the most famous fashion trends. And it is the trend that is not going to go out of fashion any time soon. This trend is here to stay and that too, for a good reason.

An intricate lace gown gives off very romantic and dreamy vibes that every girl desires. Plus, a lace gown adds the touch of elegance and grace to the entire dress, and that can make every bride look beautiful.

So, visit our bridal store and check out the classy lacey dresses that will perfectly fit your body and highlight your curves in the most stylish way possible.

2.     A Trumpet Gown

A mermaid gown is a body-fitted gown that can make brides very uncomfortable. They can have trouble walking and carrying the dress as it can be quite tight.

But still, if you are one of those girls who love this style so much that you want to try it then go for a trumpet gown instead. A trumpet gown is similar to a mermaid gown only it is a bit looser. A mermaid dress has dramatic flares but a trumpet gown flares gradually which makes it easier for brides to walk and sit.

3.     A Sweep Train A-Line Gown

Our bridal store has some of the most stunning collection of A-line gowns that will make it hard for you to choose one! However, the Essence of Wedding Australia wedding dress collection features an A-line wedding dress that has it all.

It features off-the-shoulder sleeves with a sweetheart neckline underneath an intricate lace fabric. So, all the girls who love all of these designs will be glad that a single dress has featured them all. Amazing, yes?

Again, if you are really into lace design then this dress can be the perfect choice. The dress has fully-lined lace in the front and in the back, with sexy cut-out details. So, if you want to wear a gown that is fashionable and exquisite, then go for a sweep-train A-line gown. It will definitely make you look glamorous like a celebrity.

But hey, if you think that the dress will be a bit over-the-top then don’t forget you are the bride and it’s your right to look a bit extra on your big day!

So, these are the stunning dresses that you will find in our bridal store. Choose the wedding dress you love and get ready to become the most gorgeous bride in the world!

Bridal Trunk Show: Spring 2019 collection

Martina Liana our top bridal designer will be  hosting a bridal testing trunk show at our boutique for the 2019 collection on April 6, 7 & 8, 2018!

At Flares bridal  – We are super excited to be hosting this special event, and to be providing the opportunity to the San Francisco, bay area brides’ to be able to view, try and special order any of these wedding gowns about a year before any bride around the country can even view these dresses

What is a testing trunk show? It’s a one of a kind, special event where the designer creates the newest collection for the upcoming season and before she releases it and place it at retailers she test it by gathering brides’ feedback during testing trunk shows. very few stores around the country get selected to host these special shows. An ambassador from the designer’s atelier will be present to help you find the dress that fits your body type and taste and walk you through any custom features you may want to apply to your gown. These wedding dresses have never been seen before by any bride so you are t the first to try, first to see, first to select and first to wear these beautiful wedding dresses. How exciting this can be?

When is this trunk show? April 6, 7 & 8, 2018.

Where: At Flares bridal in Walnut Creek

Do I need an appointment? Yes, We work by appointment only and we book up quickly! Call us at 925.939.3306


5 Tips to Make Wedding Planning Simpler

If you are a couple that has recently been engaged, it’s likely that you have already started planning your wedding! In most cases, the woman is more excited and energized when the wedding planning starts as compared to the man. With so much to plan and take care of, it can be difficult to determine where to start or what to do next!

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6 Bridal Tips to Follow To Achieve Glowing Skin

It is every girl’s dream to have glowing skin when she is walking down the aisle. However, how is this possible? Beauty experts have come up with bridal tips that must be followed in order to achieve radiating skin. For the soon-to-be brides, these tips will be extremely helpful, so keep reading.

1.     Early Evaluation

In order to achieve flawless skin, it is recommended to follow a skincare routine almost a year before the wedding. However, if you do not have this much time, adopting good skincare habits is a smart alternative.

2.     Professional Facials

Your wedding time is the best excuse to get extra pampering. Make sure you are booking monthly facials so your skin can be refreshed. Experienced beauticians will massage your scalp and skin in a way so the blood circulation can stimulate and help you get healthy looking skin. You can get extractions in which the beautician will take all the dirt out of your pores. All brides need to know that this cannot be done at home, as it is done with special techniques. If you do not follow this bridal tip, you can end up with skin irritation or scars.

3.     Super Foods

No matter what type of skin you have, you need to stay hydrated AT ALL times. Water is helpful in maintaining clear skin. Consuming hydrating foods such as watermelons or cucumbers can be very helpful as well. Other super foods include tomatoes, carrots, kale, and grapefruit. There is no way your face will get those random breakouts after consuming all these!

4.     “Shrink” Your Pores

Unfortunately, a pore can never disappear. Beauty gurus say,” the deeper the pore, the bigger it looks.” However, fortunately, there is a way to minimize the depth of pores so they look smaller. Treatments like microdermabrasion, chemical peels or applying glycolic acids exfoliate the damaged layers of the skin so the pore surface can minimize.

5.     Opt For a Skin-Specific Moisturizer

All moisturizers are not formulated equally; therefore, it is important to look for one that caters to your skin’s needs. For oily skin, you do not want to add too much moisture, but you need to hydrate. Moisturizers that have ingredients such as ferulic or hyaluronic acid are best to maintain hydration. For dry skin, stick with the same ingredients, but do not worry about finding an oil-free moisturizer since your skin needs moisture. For acne-prone skin, opt for a noncomedogenic moisturizer. If you have sensitive skin, opt for a perfume-free moisturizer.

6.     Masks for Deep Cleansing

Do not get it wrong, masks are not supposed to replace the skincare routine; they are supposed to enhance it. Since masks stay on the face longer, they have the ability to eliminate oily substances and sebum from the pores. If you have oily skin, apply a mask every other day. If you have dry skin, apply a mask once or twice a month.

Now that you are aware of the bridal tips that will ensure you with beautiful skin, do not waste time and get to it as soon as possible!

Planning a Wedding Tips

How to Plan a Wedding — A Step By Step Guide

Are you thinking about planning your own wedding? If so, you are not the only one. Many brides want to plan their wedding so it can be perfect. However, planning a wedding can be an endless decision, many deadlines, budgets, and a long list of tasks to do. With all these responsibilities on your shoulders, it can be hard to manage. You need to make sure you know where to start. Follow the steps provided below so the wedding planning can be easier.


Before diving into anything, you need to set a budget. You need to plan what the maximum amount you are willing to spend on the décor, details, and the vendors. The earlier you set a budget, the better it will be throughout the entire planning process.

Slow Down

After being engaged, the couple will get many urges to do everything as soon as possible. Keep in mind, there is no rush so calm down. Spend time thinking about the date, money, details, vendors, so you can have the best wedding ever.

Talk to People & Read Mags

Talk to married people, as they will be able to help you. Talk to former brides for tips on how to stay calm during your wedding. Get your hands on as many bridal magazines as you can! Get inspiration, check the latest trends, keep ideas with you, and make a vision board.

Get Your Priorities Straight

Since there will be a lot on your shoulders, it is smart to make a to-do list. Write down everything that is important so it does not slip your mind. Keep writing any ideas that pop into your mind. When you have everything written down, number it from most important to least. This way you will know what to pay attention to the most.

Start Talking

Start talking to vendors so you can negotiate with them. Ask for second opinions, ask family members & friends to help you out, talk to your partner and start canceling things off your list so you know you are making progress.

Do Not Wait Till the Last Moment

Make sure you are not leaving the big decisions to the last moment. The quicker you face things, the quicker the planning will be done.

Get Personal

If there is something you and your husband have dreamt of doing at your wedding, make sure you include that. Whether it is with your pet or if there are any family traditions, do it!

Trustworthy Helper

Choose one person who would help you with tasks, holding valuables and dealing with the vendors. This will make life so much easier for you.

Team Work

Your partner will be the best person to go to for any help. Do not be afraid to ask for their opinion and you can involve other people as well. This way you will stay organized as well!

Try Staying Calm

Although, the wedding planning can be extremely overwhelming, you need to make sure you are staying calm throughout the whole process. This will make everything easier and make you feel less burdened.

Wedding Dance Ideas

A surefire way to get the crowd excited at your wedding is to have some fun dancing! Traditionally, the bride and groom will share a first dance on the dance floor before inviting the other guests to join in the fun. It’s probably the most enjoyable part of the entire ceremony, as guests shimmy on the floor and onlookers watch. But even this traditional practice can be jazzed up and be made a lot more memorable for the couple and their guests. Let’s have a look at some creative and fun wedding dance ideas for the floor.

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Why Stella York Bridal Gowns Are The Best Option?

Every girl’s dream is to look and feel beautiful on her big day. However, sometimes with so much chaos in the environment, choosing the right bridal gown can be a hassle. It is true that there are numerous online wedding dress stores or bridal boutiques, which makes this job even harder. The worst thing that can happen to any bride on her wedding day is a wardrobe malfunction; therefore, choosing the right wedding boutique becomes even more crucial.

However, there is no reason for you to stress out about your wedding gown! Stella York Bridal Gowns are the best option for those who want a reliable, high-end bridal gown designer that provides each client with first class services and unique designs.

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Selecting the Right Color for a Wedding Dress

Although white is the color that comes to mind when choosing a wedding dress, modern-day brides are going for different colors in order to illustrate their individuality. Since every color has a different significance, it is important to consider everything before choosing the color for your wedding dress.

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Allure Bridal Dresses Are the Best For Every Body Type

Your wedding day is the perfect day to impress all the people that are attending it.

And what would be a better way to do so than to walk down the aisle in a gorgeous bridal gown! Since there are so many different styled bridal gowns available, it is important to choose one that will complement your body shape.

Here is a guide that will allow every bride to choose the right dress.

A-Line Dress

This dress is ideal for all girls! Whether they have an hourglass figure, triangle, inverted triangle, round or rectangle figure, it will flatter everyone. The ultimate Allure Bridal Gown chosen as a good A-line dress choice is this. With a sheer back and beautiful embroidery all over the dress, any bride can feel like the most precious thing in the world.

This bridal gown has a plunging neckline that can beautifully display a diamond necklace along with matching diamond earrings.

Mermaid Dress

This dress is the best choice for girls with a triangle or hourglass body figure. The reason is that this dress accentuates the curvy hips. Girls with this body figure have sharp waistlines that lead to their hips, making their hips look gorgeous. Here is the Allure Bridal Gown that is a perfect choice. This dress has a strapless, embroidered bodice with an intense ruffle flare at the bottom. It will beautifully flatter any girl that opts to wear this bridal gown.

Empire Dress

Like the A-line dress, the empire dress is ideal for all body shapes. This means that all girls can beautifully rock the Allure Bridal Gown that is chosen! The strapless top will draw attention to the bust whereas the long flowy dress will add length to the figure. Depending on personal choices, an empire dress with a long trail can be chosen as well. The line that best describes this dress type is “simplistic yet attractive.”

Ball Gown

This bridal gown is ideal for inverted triangle figures, triangle, hourglass, and rectangle figures. Since this dress has a puffy bottom, it is recommended that round body shapes do not wear it. The Allure Bridal Gown that is chosen for this figure is here. This dress has a plunging front and back neckline and it features sheer sleeves with intricate floral designs.

It is the ideal choice for the girls that want to live out their Disney princess dream on their big day.

Sheath Dress

Girls that have hourglass and rectangle figures can rock this dress! The Allure Bridal Gown that we have chosen is the perfect choice to flaunt your body in the right way. As it allows every bride to look innocent, it still manages to add a subtle sexy touch with the low backline.

As this dress falls perfectly on the body, every girl will feel gorgeous as she walks up to the altar.

If you are residing in the bay area, make sure you check out wedding dresses in the bay area or click here to see the entire Allure Bridal Gown collection.

Wedding Dress According to your Body Shape

Finding the Wedding Dress According To Your Body Type

When your wedding time approaches, everything starts to seem extremely overwhelming. There are thousands of questions floating in your mind and everything is confusing. Are you feeling the stress just imagining it? It will get real quick, which is why it is important to choose a wedding dress prior to the big day.

Before purchasing a wedding dress, you must understand your body shape and the style that flatters you the most. Keep in mind that the bride gets many opinions thrown at her, so she must be sure of what she wants in her mind.

Body Type and Dress Guide

1.     Hourglass Figure

This figure is all about the curves. With a big bust, wide hips, and small waist, you have to choose a dress that would flaunt your curves. Girls with the hourglass shape are lucky, as there is a large range of dresses that they can choose from. Opt for dresses that will accentuate your curves and small waist. Do not go for baggy dress!

2.     Apple Figure

This is when you have a big chest and smaller lower half of your body. You need to go for a dress that will cling onto your body at the smallest part, but will flow out from your waistline. Try finding a dress that is textured at the bodice so it can camouflage and give a corset-like effect. The neck that would flatter your body the most would be the deep V. make sure you are not choosing a trumpet dress because it will emphasize the areas you want to draw attention away from.

3.     Pear Figure

This is when your lower body is bigger compared to the upper part. For this body shape, the best dress to go for would be something that has a skirt gradually going outwards in a A shape from the waist all the way to the floor. It must highlight the narrow midsection of your body but must float away from the thigh area. Opt for sturdy fabrics rather than silk. A deep V neck or a spaghetti strap bodice will look extremely flattering.

4.     Busty Figure

This is when you have a large chest. You will need to go for a dress that has a scooped neck. This way it will draw attention towards your face without showing too much cleavage. If you want to go for a strapless dress, keep in mind that you should choose one without a deep dip on the neckline because this could make your bust look bigger.

5.     Rectangle Figure

Since this means a body shape without curves, you will have to choose a dress that would help create these curves. A sheath dress will allow you to have a curvy seam. Or you could go for ball gowns as they will cling onto your waist but will flow out from your waist down. It will add an artificial curve to your body and give a camouflaged appearance to the straightness of your figure.