New Year Newness: Fresh Arrivals, Big Announcements & Our 2024 Bridal Trends Forecast
The end of the year always has us reflecting on all the amazing brides who’ve stepped foot through our pretty pink door and the incredible journeys we’ve shared in helping them find their dream dress.
And the close of 2023 is no different, as we’re feeling super grateful (and emotional!) that so many of you have trusted us with the task of achieving your unique bridal vision - a role we feel so honoured to do and that has us buzzing with joy every single day!
To The Little Pearl brides of 2023, our heartfelt thanks for choosing our North Yorkshire bridal boutique as your wedding dress styling haven. We’ve loved helping you take to the aisle looking and feeling the very best version of YOU and so enjoyed being part of your big day planning story.
And to the brides-to-be of 2024 (and beyond!), we can’t wait to continue your LP experience in the new year. From guiding you to the gown that reflects your individual wishes to the alteration appointments ensuring a flawless fit and selecting finishing touches to complete your look, you can rely on us to make each visit special, memorable and fun!
Plus, as we turn the page on a new year, we’ve got even more reasons to look forward to your next appointment with some super exciting LP announcements. We’re talking about the unveiling of a swoon-worthy new bridal designer, fresh collections arriving at the boutique and amazing accessory news. But that's not all – our boutique is expanding its award-winning offering with a brand new alterations arm, ensuring your attire - and that of your entire bridal party - can be tailored to perfection under one rather lovely roof.
And, finally, because we believe in keeping our #PearlsGirls fully in the top-bridal-looks loop, we’re sharing the wedding dress trends we expect to sweep you clean off your bride-to-be feet in the new year. Prepare to take note!
2024 Bridal Boutique Newness
New Bridal Designer Alert: Martina Liana
We’re crazily thrilled to reveal the incredible Martina Liana label as a new bridal designer to The Little Pearl’s impressive collection lineup. Eternally elegant yet undeniably head-turning, these dreamy dress designs bring a real sense of WOW to the boutique. Perfect for confident, style-led brides who want to make an impact on the aisle, Martina Liana's creations feature exquisite fabrics, mesmerising detail and beautifully on-trend design elements. Furthermore, with inclusive, split-sizing and customisable options available, we know these show-stopping gowns will capture the hearts of so many of you. Dresses within the collection start from £2,000 and will arrive at the boutique during January and February. Book your 2024 appointment now to be amongst the first to try them on!
Finishing Touches, Top To Toe
Again, in our quest to simplify the bridal attire element of your wedding planning journey whilst elevating the LP experience, we’ve extended our range of bridal accessories. This includes a fabulous new bridal underwear collection, so we can advise on the perfect lingerie and shapewear to suit your dress choice. From January, we’ll also be stocking a dreamy collection of Rainbow Club bridal shoes. These provide fantastic style and comfort with designs ranging from timeless to on-trend and a range of heel heights and styles to choose from. Finally, we’re excited to welcome The Veil Atelier to The Little Pearl, bringing a stunning collection of luxury veils to the boutique with bespoke designs and personalisation, all part of its breathtaking offering.
LP Alterations Is Go
After much organising and careful planning, we're delighted to be adding an alterations arm to The Little Pearl. This means all bridal dress alterations and custom changes can be done in the comfort of our North Yorkshire bridal boutique, regardless of whether you bought your dress from us. It also means more options and exciting ideas when it comes to making custom alterations, enabling a dress design to really become your own. Think custom-made overskirts, capes, adding sleeves, a leg-split, or even creating a fully bespoke gown. PLUS, to help ease your wedding planning ‘to-sort’ list, we’ve opened up alterations appointments on four days of the week, AND we can take care of alterations to bridesmaid dresses, mother-of-the-bride/groom attire, and occasion wear so you and your bridal party can all get the perfect fit in one place!
Exclusive LP Event At Dream Yorkshire Wedding Venue
And rounding off our exciting announcements, we’re thrilled to share that we’ll be hosting an exclusive LP event at top Yorkshire wedding venue, Hornington Manor, near York, in early 2024. Situated in 300 acres of picturesque farmland, this luxury barn venue has it all, with its stunning ceremony and celebration spaces and amazing on-site accommodation for up to 44 people for up to three nights! During our upcoming event, we’ll bring a select number of suppliers to Hornington Manor, including yours truly, to showcase our big-day offerings at this spectacular venue. Oh, and naturally, that’ll include an LP bridal fashion catwalk! Date announcement and full details coming soon.
Our 2024 Bridal Wear Trends Forecast
A new year brings with it fabulous new dresses! The latest collections from our amazing designers have already started to arrive at The Little Pearl and will continue to do so during January and February.
Not only does this provide the perfect opportunity to book a Bridal Experience appointment at the boutique, but it’s also prime time to take note of the latest bridal trends. This way, you know the type of designs you’re likely to discover hanging on our rails, and you can let us know of any that make your heart skip a beat so we can help pick out those that meet your brief.
So, here are the top bridal trends we expect to see on the aisle in 2024 and beyond.
Bows & Blooms
Super pretty and feminine, we adore gowns with beautiful botanical or bow detailing, and both look set to stay strong looks in bridal for the coming year. Depending on your big-day vision, you can choose from delicately embroidered floral dresses or those with impactful 3D appliques. Likewise, bow designs vary from those with subtle tie shoulders to ballgowns bearing dreamily oversized ribbons or structured bows.
Far more than a finishing touch, veils are increasingly becoming a key element of a bride’s dream aisle look. Long, dramatic veils are proving a popular choice, as well as those that can be personalised with embroidered detail, including names, the wedding date or sentimental words. Favourites of ours at the boutique also include veils with ruffle or lace edging and pretty floral applique designs.
Hemlines are getting hitched right up as more brides opt for a short wedding dress. We’re finding this tends to be a stylish second dress choice for brides to switch into the party element of the wedding or for those having weekend or dual-day celebrations. In response to the demand for mini bridal looks, we’re excited to be adding a short wedding dress collection By Watters to our boutique this month. Priced between £350 and £900, these super gorgeous dresses also make perfect attire for engagement and hen parties. Look out for more details coming soon!
Wedding dresses with sleeves are, of course, nothing new, but next season, we’re seeing far more sleeved designs that leave the shoulders bare. These vary from gowns with full-length, off-shoulder sleeves in opulent fabrics to puff-sleeve designs in sheer fabrics with delicate embroidered detail. In the spirit of providing transitional bridalwear, many collections also feature dresses with detachable sleeves or long, coordinating bridal gloves, so a bride can remove arm coverings following the ceremony to reveal a different look.
In terms of fabrics, organza is bringing a soft, romantic vibe to many collections. Where previously we saw tulle being used to create voluminous fairytale-like designs, organza has stepped in to provide an equally head-turning yet more luxurious option. Creating beautiful movement and texture, we love to see it in long, flowing skirts and dreamy ruffled designs.
Skin On Show
Fashion influences in bridal have increasingly brought ways for brides to step away from tradition and flash a little flesh. Backless dresses, plunging necklines and illusion detailing are just a few recent examples that have proved popular with more daring brides, but now gorgeous strapless gowns and those with sultry leg splits are taking centre stage. Strapless designs have never really gone out of fashion, but there’s certainly a resurgence on the way with numerous stunning necklines to choose from, whether going classic sweetheart or architecturally modern.
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