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November 12th Brides Across America Gown Giveaway

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Registration is now open for our 7th annual Brides Across America Gown Giveaway Event on Sunday, November 12th! If you haven't signed up, we invite you to REGISTER for this day of all-American fashion and fun! We are so excited to be hosting this event to show our appreciation for our service men and women.

We are gifting gowns from our personal inventory along with contributions from our top designers. Past contributors include Wtoo and Casablanca Bridal. A wide range of sizes will be available ranging from size 2 to 22.

Here's everything our brides need to know about this year's event:

- Doors open at 8:30 a.m.
- We will be checking ID and proof of deployment at the door
- Each bride will be issued a ticket with an approximate entry time at check-in
- No appointments needed - the event will be first-come-first-serve. While we recommend that you arrive early for first pick of the gowns, there will be plenty of beautiful dresses for all brides!
- 3 to 6 brides and their guests will be invited into the store at a time
- Each bride will have approximately 30 minutes to find their dress with the help of one of our experienced bridal consultants
- Brides are allowed to bring friends and family to the event, however, we do recommend that you limit guests to no more than 3
- Light refreshments will be provided, but there are many restaurants in the shopping complex including Tropical Smoothie Cafe and Citrus

To qualify for this event, Brides Across America does require that the bride and/or groom have had a deployment within the past five years or be scheduled for an upcoming deployment. A copy of the deployment orders must be presented at the door along with Military ID.

For more information, please visit the Brides Across America website. Also, check out news coverage from last year's event on the Virginian-Pilot! We look forward to meeting you and helping you find your dream wedding gown!

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Best Winter Wedding Dresses

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The temperature may be dropping, but winter bridal gown styles are heating up! Never before have brides had so many breathtaking choices. Check out some of the beautiful winter wedding options available at Ava Clara!:

1. Sleeves- With fitted silhouette and plunging illusion back adorned with crystal buttons, we anticipate that the Gabrielle gown from Sophia Tolli's new collection is going to be an instant AC fave.

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2. Add a Topper- A lace bolero like this one by Wtoo will not only keep you warm but add soft sophisticated style to many bridal looks.

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3. Fur- If you ask us, you can never go wrong with a glamourous and cozy (faux) fur stole. Still don't agree? Just check out these gorgeous photos from AC Bride, Bradley.

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Brides Across America Gown Giveaway Nov. 13th

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Congratulations to all of our military brides who are registered for our 6th annual Brides Across America gown giveaway event on Sunday, November 13th! If you haven't yet signed up, we invite you to REGISTER for this day of all-American fashion and fun! We are so excited to be hosting this event to show our appreciation for our service men and women.

Last year, our salon gave away a record number of 50+ designer gowns to deserving military brides and this year our goal is to at least match this number! Tops designers including Wtoo by Watters, Sophia Tolli, David Tutera and Casablanca Bridal donated beatiful gowns to our cause in a wide range of sizes starting at size 4 and ranging up to size 22. Our seamstress was also present to provide brides with advice for dress alterations, including taking in and letting out the side seams, hems and bustles.

Here's everything our brides need to know about this year's event:

- Doors open at 8:30 a.m.
- We will be checking ID and proof of deployment at the door
- Each bride will be issued a ticket with an approximate entry time at check in
- No appointments needed - the event will be first-come-first-serve, so we recommend that you arrive early for first pick of the gowns
- 3 brides and their guests will be invited into the store at a time
- Each bride will have approximately 30 minutes to find their dress with the help of one of our experienced bridal consultants
- Brides are allowed to bring friends and family to the event, however, we do recommend that you limit guests to 4 if possible
- Light refreshments will be provided, but there are many restaurants in the shopping complex including Tropical Smoothie Cafe and Citrus

To qualify for this event, Brides Across America does require that the bride and/or groom have had a deployment within the past five years or be scheduled for an upcoming deployment. A copy of the deployment orders must be presented at the door along with Military ID. 

For more information, please visit the Brides Across America website. We look forward to meeting you and helping you find your dream wedding gown!

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Bridal Word of the Week: Train

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During appointments we often hear this called the trail, and while it is the beautiful portion of a gown's skirt that trails on the ground behind the dress, in the bridal community it is more commonly referred to as the train. The longer the train the more formal the feel of the dress.

Did you know?  Ava Clara offers endless custom options for your wedding dress, including the option to shorten or lengthen the train on the majority of our gowns! Below are the most common lengths:

Sweep/Brush: Extends approximately 6 inches on the floor. The most low maintenance of trains. Beautiful but unassuming, you can think of this as the girl next door of wedding dresses. Ideal for outdoor weddings and brides who want an easy going feel.

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Willowby by Watters is all about easy-going elegance. Penelope and Inez, pictured above, are both available at Ava Clara!

Chapel: Extends 12-18 inches behind the gown. Although the most common train length, there's nothing common about these dresses. Chapel trains add loads of glamour without being too serious, making it the most popular length.

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Chapel trains can vary in size from the soft one on the Wtoo Savannah gown on the left to the
dramatic train on the Sophia Tolli Trevi dress on the right. Either way, you can't go wrong!

Cathedral: Extends 22 inches or more behind the dress giving the gown a much more formal feel. You'll definitely want to bustle this gown after the ceremony.

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The beautiful cathedral train on this Tara Keely style is three tiers of gorgeous!

Royal/Monarch: Extends a yard or more behind the dress. For royalty and the bride who wants maximum drama on her wedding day (think Kate Middleton). You'll need your own Pippa or at least a flower girl or two to help you down the aisle in this one.

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Example of Train in a Sentence:

The train on the Augusta Jones Sophia gown is drop dead gorgeous!

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Do You Speak Bride?

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As a newly engaged gal, you might start to pick up on a strange new language. What's the difference between Alencon and Chantilly lace? A mermaid and trumpet silhouette? A Traditional and French bustle? What is a bustle anyway? Alex is always saying that she could write a dictionary to help our brides navigate their bridal appointments and today we said, "Why not?!" For the next few weeks we're going to have some fun posting a bridal word of the week to help our brides in the search for their perfect dress.

Word of the Week:

Bustle
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Tie/button/snap used to pull the back of a wedding dress off the ground, because let's be real, long trains are gorgeous, but after the ceremony it's time to party!
 
be295Dress: Felicity by Ella Rosa, available at Ava Clara

Did you know?   Most gowns do not come with bustles. They are added by a seamstress during alterations. Depending on the weight of the gown, 3 or more bustles may be needed to secure the train to ensure you can dance the night away with no mishaps. Not to worry, your Ava Clara recommended seamstress will help you choose the bustle option that is best for you!
 
Types of Bustle:
 
Traditional/American/Over Bustle: attaches the mid part of your train to the back of your skirt with buttons or hooks and loops

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French/European/Under Bustle: picks the train off the gown from underneath using ribbon ties

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Example of Bustle in a sentence:
 
Hustle your bustle to Ava Clara for the best bridals of Coastal Virginia! ;-)

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