Monday, March 2, 2009


Each day we will feature one of our top designers and fill you in on their life, style, and what type of brides are attracted to their designs! This gives each bride more insight into what dress designer is perfect for their wedding. Now you don't have to just say,
" dress is has some beading...."
You will know the ends and outs of your designer dress, just by who made it!
Designer #1 Alvina Valenta

Victoria McMillan, designer of the Alvina Valenta Bridal and Bridesmaids collections, creates romantic bridal fashions that are timelessly beautiful, modern and sophisticated.

Passionate about art and fashion from her youth, Victoria attended the Nesbitt College of Design at Drexel University in Philadelphia. After just one class in fashion design, she knew her calling- bridal design. Upon graduation, she accepted a position on the staff of well-known bridal designer, Christos. Shortly after, Victoria, with the help of her husband Daniel McMillan, founded her own design house, Alvina Valenta, in West Babylon, New York. The name, Alvina Valenta, is a tribute to her beloved German grandmother Alvina Valenta Kleshick.

In 1997, Victoria sold Alvina Valenta to JLM Couture, remaining in the post of head designer.
Victoria has made a name for herself in the industry for her signature ultra-feminine silhouettes and enchanting romantic details. “I think what most inspires me is anything that is soft, delicately feminine and romantic,” she says. “It can be the softness of a flower, the delicate pattern of a swatch of wallpaper or the brilliance of an exquisite piece of jewelry.”

In 2007, Victoria was awarded the Couture Bridal Award in the category of Classic Gowns. In addition to receiving the Couture Bridal Award, Victoria was also nominated for the Distinctive Excellence in the Bridal Industry (DEBI) award in the category of Style Innovator.
The designer’s attention to detail, as well as her keen eye for silhouettes, has enabled her to create some of the most beautiful and distinctive fashions in the bridal industry.

The bride looking for soft, romantic styles should check out Alvina Valenta's website.

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Top 10 Advice on finding the DRESS!

  • Number One Rule: Be open minded! What you think reminds you of your grandmother's dress on the hanger, may in fact be the dress of your dreams.
  • Bring someone that knows your style better than their own. I'm sure the groom doesn't want to see you in something that your bestfriend would wear on her wedding day
  • DON'T PURCHASE YOUR DRESS ONLINE! You miss out on the whole experience.
  • Don't worry what the groom will think. If he loves you, he will love what you pick.
  • Have fun! Remember that you have been dreaming of this day since you were five. Don't let the decision put a cloud over your head
  • If you hate the little bow on the dress, ask the consultant if you can order it Chances are you can. Keep in mind (contrary to what the magazines always say) there might be a charge for it. It won't lower the cost of the dress.
  • Price vs. Love: If you love the dress, GO FOR IT! Don't settle for less on what your wearing for your big day. You can always take some of the budget from the centerpieces and so on. No one will know and we won't tell.
  • Research designers online and make a scrap book of styles that you like. Do keep in mind, that it may all change when you start trying on.
  • Save the group shopping for the mall. This should be a personal experience that you should only share with one or two.
  • When you find it, you find it. Don't second guess yourself or you will pick your second favorite.