Wedding dress designers 101

This is the first in a series called “Wedding Dress Designers 101”, where I will discuss some of my favorite bridal gown producers. As a bride, there are an overwhelming number of designers and gowns out there, so finding a brand that fits with your style, personality, and budget is vitally important! We will discuss the history of the brand, style, cost range, and a painting I created for the event! Hayley Paige wedding gowns can be seen at, which is a subset of the larger corporation JLM Couture, which houses many brands like Lazaro, Jim Hjelm, and others. Hayley Paige also designs the Blush range at the JLM Couture website – check that out, too! Hayley Paige started out by working as an intern for Nina Garcia, Editor of Elle Magazine and well known as judge on Project Runway.  While finishing up her fashion degree at Cornell, her capstone was a 10-piece bridal collection which brought her much attention. She worked abroad and for a ready-to-wear company, Jill Stewart. Hayley then started working behind the Melissa Sweet wedding gown and bridesmaid brand, which if you follow gowns, I guarantee you have seen before. She was also the forefront designer behind the first Marchesa Eterna bridal collection. Hayley Paige gowns are romantic, charming, and eclectic, according to her designer profile.  Her gowns are very detailed, and have a strong design aesthetic without being at all dated. I strongly dislike wedding “trends” in gowns. I believe a bride should look timeless in her gown, and I don’t want to be able to tell what decade you got married.  Her gowns are distinct and different without being at all archaic. Her wedding dresses are thoughtful – she even names every gown! Watch this video from Hayley Paige’s YouTube page about her!

You can find Hayley Paige gowns in Houston at Now and Forever Bridal Boutique.  I ended up gifting this painting to them as a “Thank You” for letting Two Be Wed and the other vendors involved in a inspirational photo shoot we did last week. Two Be Wed also recently hosted a trunk show with Hayley Paige, check out the blog post they did here! The gown shown below is called “Kadence”. Hayley Paige Gown in Kadence

I am in LOVE with this brand!  Not all of the gowns are wearable for every bride, as in some show your stomach or are very sequined. However, every dress is romantic, glamorous, and has details that will make you feel like the glamorous bride you are!  The price range of the gowns starts around $2000 with the more classic gowns up to over $10,000 with the highly sequined gowns. Because the most photographed of you at your wedding will be in your gown, I think a bride should spend as much as possible within her budget on the perfect gown.

What wedding designer would you like to see in the next Bridal Gown Designers 101 series?