Jan. 23, 2013, 7 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Renee Strauss of Brides of Beverly Hills Shares her Wedding Dress Shopping Secrets and 2013 Trends

TAGS: RENEE STRAUSS, ST. REGIS MONARCH BEACH, WEDDING VENUES, BRIDAL FASHION SHOW, WEDDING INSPIRATION, BEACH VENUES, CALIFORNIA WEDDING VENUES


On February 10, 2013, you can mix and mingle with Renee Strauss and other wedding industry professionals at the St. Regis Monarch Beach bridal showcase. Watch the couture fashion show highlighting Renee's top trends for 2013 while you sip bubbly and enjoy delicious treats. RSVP (full details below) by February 7th for your complimentary ticket and to be entered to win your honeymoon at the The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico.


Renee Strauss of Brides of Beverly Hills


Check out Renee's top trends and tips for finding your wedding dress. We're thrilled to give you a sneak preview of the trends you'll drool over at the showcase.


Renee's Top Five Bridal Fashion Trends for 2013:


  1. COLOR & BLUSH WEDDING GOWNS

  2. Color is a huge bridal trend right now! Brides are really loving the "blush" tone that can be seen in many of the wedding dresses this year.


    Jessica Biel pink wedding dress

    Anne Hathaway blush wedding dressGwen Stefani ombre pink wedding dressReese Witherspoon blush wedding dress

    Jessica Biel, Anne Hathaway, Gwen Stefani & Reese Witherspoon. See more blush wedding gowns



  3. ADD A TOUCH OF BLING

  4. Bling is back! Brides are not shying away from bling in 2013! More bling, the better.




  5. HIGH LOW HEMLINES

  6. The high-low hemline is a huge trend for 2013 in wedding dresses. Similar to the Guns N' Roses video for "November Rain", when Stephanie Seymour is wearing the dress that I designed with a high-low hemline - this look is huge for brides in 2013!


    Monique Lhuillier Spring 2013 wedding dress
    More preowned wedding dresses from Monique Lhuillier


  7. TULLE!

  8. Tulle fabric under the dress/on the dress is a huge trend - you will see tulle popping up everywhere in 2013.




  9. ANYTHING GOES


  10. Brides can get away with anything on their special day. Trends are unidentifiable in 2013 - you will no longer be able to look back and think - that's so 80's! Brides personal preferences reign supreme this year.


    Alita Graham wedding dress
    Alita Graham Size 6 Wedding Gown - $1400 (50% off)



    Renee's Top Wedding Dress Shopping Tips:


    DO decide on a BUDGET!
    Renee says: A bride has to do her homework and look online and educate herself. I recommend having a VERY firm budget when you go to your appointment, or when you book over the phone - make sure you tell them upfront what your budget is. Brides say it's never about the money - but it is! I've seen too many brides not have a budget, and unable to get the dress of their dreams because they didn't educate themselves on the cost. So educate yourself - go online and see the dresses/styles you love, and see what they cost. Get ideas and be resourceful - brides will find their perfect dress within their budget.


    DON'T TAKE AN ENTOURAGE DRESS SHOPPING!
    Renee says: The BIGGEST mistake bride's make when choosing a wedding dress are being influenced by their HUGE entourage. They are not in tune with their heart and soul when making the purchase, and are too influenced by their friends and family. If the bride is blessed to have her mother or a female confidant like a maid of honor or Aunt - I recommend just bringing one other trusted person to your appointment. Don't bring an entourage - they can all see the dress AFTER the purchase.



    Meet Renee Strauss at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Bridal Showcase!


    Spend an incredible afternoon at the St. Regis Monarch Beach resort and be inspired by a couture fashion show while you sip champagne and mingle with Renee Strauss and other wedding industry professionals.


    Awedding at st. regis monarch beach resort
    St. Regis Monarch Beach resort


    Also enter to win a Five-Night Honeymoon at The St. Regis Bahia Beach!


    Guests must RSVP by February 7, 2013 at www.stregismb.com/showcase


    St. Regis Wedding Showcase Invitation