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This Blog is dedicated to brides who think about gowns & guidance, diamonds & details, buttons & bows, veils & vows, jewels & of course, comfy heels. Hayden Olivia Bridal and this Blog was created from a desire to provide you with the ultimate bridal experience. I like to say that "all you need is love and a fabulous dress!"

Mardi Gras Inspiration Photo Shoot

In celebration of Fat Tuesday, we are thrilled to share a collaboration we were apart of that is featured on Southern Weddings Blog today!  Enjoy the beautiful color and amazing gowns featured! The team, lead by Ashley from The Graceful Host, chose two dresses by Modern Trousseau from Hayden Olivia Bridal. Both were full volume and totally glam, just […]

In celebration of Fat Tuesday, we are thrilled to share a collaboration we were apart of that is featured on Southern Weddings Blog today!  Enjoy the beautiful color and amazing gowns featured!

The team, lead by Ashley from The Graceful Host, chose two dresses by Modern Trousseau from Hayden Olivia Bridal. Both were full volume and totally glam, just like Mardi Gras! They also included a cathedral-length veil, a classic choice for New Orleans brides, many who marry in grand cathedrals.

Click here for the entire feature and beautiful photos!

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Bra Basics

It is time for alterations and you have a new set of details to think about…bra, panties, bustier, shaper, shoes…the list really goes on and on.  Where do you ever begin looking for these bra type items…the department stores…in the bra departments?!?  The answer is a loud, resounding NO!  We have done the leg work […]

It is time for alterations and you have a new set of details to think about…bra, panties, bustier, shaper, shoes…the list really goes on and on.  Where do you ever begin looking for these bra type items…the department stores…in the bra departments?!?  The answer is a loud, resounding NO!  We have done the leg work for you, we have worn several styles ourselves (its important to test drive!), and we have created an edited collection of PRETTY & THE REAL DEAL undergarments that are both functional and comfortable…in other words they meet the pretty category and they give the right lift…if you know what we mean!

There are several ways “to wear” these undergarments.  We prefer to sew them into the dress so nothing shifts as you dance the night away.  After the wedding, make a few snips on some of the threads connecting the bra to the gown and you have a great undergarment to wear under a sun dress and special occasion dress in the future.

Mai, of Mai’s Alterations, is both a master seamstress as well as a bra expert.  One of the first steps in the alteration/gown fitting process is to be fitted for an undergarment that works with your gown.  This is when you will workshop the different bra styles and settle on the best available option.

Brides often ask, “Can I just sew in cups?”  The answer is yes, however we have been told many times, the undergarment is 50% of the overall fit of the gown.  We agree!  9 out of 10 times, brides choose some type of undergarment.  Don’t fret, we carry cups and they are certainly an option.  Now, if you want to use stick-ons, adhesives or petals, you will want to bring those with you!

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Bright Colors & New Arrivals

With the #snOMG storm now past and today being 70+ degrees…people are breaking out the bright colors and we love it!  Just this morning we have seen bright scarves, bright flats, bright handbags and brides are inquiring about bright colors for their maids!  Perhaps its safe to say people plan to enjoy every once of […]

With the #snOMG storm now past and today being 70+ degrees…people are breaking out the bright colors and we love it!  Just this morning we have seen bright scarves, bright flats, bright handbags and brides are inquiring about bright colors for their maids!  Perhaps its safe to say people plan to enjoy every once of spring and summer after the crazy winter we have had?  As we peruse Pinterest, blogs and fashion bridal magazines, we can’t help but get excited about the warm months ahead…cheers to a warm day, bright colors and new arrivals!

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Wedding + Snow = Perfection

Ever dream of a season specific wedding?  I never exactly desired a summer wedding in Charleston with temps reaching 102 degrees, however it was perfect for us and it is our story.  I did dream of a season specific wedding- perhaps this stems from my childhood of being raised in the rockies and enjoying the […]

Ever dream of a season specific wedding?  I never exactly desired a summer wedding in Charleston with temps reaching 102 degrees, however it was perfect for us and it is our story.  I did dream of a season specific wedding- perhaps this stems from my childhood of being raised in the rockies and enjoying the snow and mountains and skiing each and every winter season.   I dreamed of a winter wedding at a ski resort full of snow flakes, hot toddies, fur jackets and lots of twinkly lights…get the picture?  A day like today reminds me of cold snowy days in the rockies, reminds me of skiing the slopes of Breckenridge, reminds me of wedding dreams taking place during a winter month in the mountains.  How many of you are planning a winter white affair?  Here is a little inspiration for this snowy afternoon, enjoy!

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2014 Timeless Trends

The gals at HOB travel to NYC twice a year to view collections and select gowns that will be available in the boutique.  We are thrilled that many of the gowns we chose for 2014 have already started to arrive and they are stunning.  Here are a few trends that we are extremely fond of […]

The gals at HOB travel to NYC twice a year to view collections and select gowns that will be available in the boutique.  We are thrilled that many of the gowns we chose for 2014 have already started to arrive and they are stunning.  Here are a few trends that we are extremely fond of and are positive that they will still be on trend in the coming years…timeless with gorgeous detail.

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Yesterday was such a fun day at the boutique.  Christmas tunes were playing and brides were shopping for the perfect gown just as if they were shopping for the perfect Christmas gift!  On any given Saturday at the boutique, there is excitement in the air, but when Christmas is just 5 days away…the buzz and […]

Yesterday was such a fun day at the boutique.  Christmas tunes were playing and brides were shopping for the perfect gown just as if they were shopping for the perfect Christmas gift!  On any given Saturday at the boutique, there is excitement in the air, but when Christmas is just 5 days away…the buzz and happiness was contagious!  Congratulations to all of the bride who found “the one.”  We can only imagine how fun the holidays will be as a newly engaged couple!  The team at Hayden Olivia wishes you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  We can’t wait to see all of our brides in 2014.

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Gold Touches

We recently rebranded many of our paper pieces for the boutique and have become very fond of all things gold.  We have also had many recent brides incorporating gold as an accent color and brides choosing maids dress that are sparkly, beaded or glittery.  This gorgeous touch also is very fitting for this time of […]

We recently rebranded many of our paper pieces for the boutique and have become very fond of all things gold.  We have also had many recent brides incorporating gold as an accent color and brides choosing maids dress that are sparkly, beaded or glittery.  This gorgeous touch also is very fitting for this time of year, tis the season for all things that sparkle.  Here are a few pretty things that we found around the web that we just had to share!  Here is to a shiny 2014!

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  • Crystal • Made Divine Lovely Collection! Thank you for featuring my Love Never Fails wedding ceremony vow book!
  • Lauren / Charm & Fig I can't get enough of gold either! Thanks for featuring my "darling" bridesmaid card. Cheers!
  • inkandpaper Thanks for adding my gold foil vow print to your beautiful bolg

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Baby it’s Cold Outside!

The cold weather has arrived and baby, it’s cold outside!  It may be a must that you have cold weather accessories chosen for your winter affair.  Hayden Olivia has a collection of fur boleros, feather stoles and long sleeve lace jackets to accompany your already beautifully styled look.  Here are a few additional items we […]

The cold weather has arrived and baby, it’s cold outside!  It may be a must that you have cold weather accessories chosen for your winter affair.  Hayden Olivia has a collection of fur boleros, feather stoles and long sleeve lace jackets to accompany your already beautifully styled look.  Here are a few additional items we found around the web that would also be a fabulous addition to walking the aisle during one of the winter months. These include a fur with color, gloves, lace jackets with sleeves and boots.  Stay warm ladies!

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Guide to Wearing Accessories

Making a gown decision is big, really big.  Most brides feel a bit overwhelmed to choose a gown and a veil and a bracelet and a hairpiece and a hair flower all in one appointment…get the picture?  We like to focus on a dual first fitting/accessory appointment.  By this time, you have had time to […]

Making a gown decision is big, really big.  Most brides feel a bit overwhelmed to choose a gown and a veil and a bracelet and a hairpiece and a hair flower all in one appointment…get the picture?  We like to focus on a dual first fitting/accessory appointment.  By this time, you have had time to think through your “look”.  You have decided if you prefer a stud earring over a chandelier, you have decided if you will wear a hair piece under your veil or just for the reception…so many decisions!   Here is a little guide to choosing accessories.  Some of these will make you smile or even laugh out loud…these come from our real world bridal accessory appointments and hope that they will be helpful!

1.  You Are Not a Christmas Tree:  Sometimes brides get so excited about all the beautiful sparkle that they will keep adding…every location on the body that can hold a piece of sparkle (that is visable on wedding day of course) is probably not wise…choose a tasteful combination.

2.  Statement Necklace:  If you are wearing a statement necklace, keep the rest of your accessories simple!

3.  Incorporate a Family Piece:  We have talented artisans who can take a family piece and incorporate it into your jewelry choices.  A special piece created for your day that can be passed down for generations.

4.  Wear a Bracelet:   If the skirt of your gown is simple, you can handle a great bracelet, a pretty detail when you are standing with your hands down and photographs beautifully.

5.  Bridal Belt:  Several seasons ago, bridal belts did not exist.  The belts were sewn onto the gowns and chosen by the designers.  Today, we have more belt options than we can count.  Some of the tiny beaded belts can even be used as hair jewels or headbands.  Belts accentuate the waist and can add color to your final look.

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A Huge Welcome to Spring

Around here, we want to shout a huge “WELCOME” to spring.  Gone are the days of wearing warm clothes from head to toe.  We are excited for maxi dress and sandal weather…speaking of maxi dresses, lets take a peek at a group of fun finds that scream spring and that could be chosen for a […]

Around here, we want to shout a huge “WELCOME” to spring.  Gone are the days of wearing warm clothes from head to toe.  We are excited for maxi dress and sandal weather…speaking of maxi dresses, lets take a peek at a group of fun finds that scream spring and that could be chosen for a spring affair.  Ahhh…if only the 75 degree weather would stick around for good!  Do you think we are in the clear for warm weather here on out…we sure hope so!

Southern Beaus

A Southern Bucket

Sweet Bennett

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