Finishing Touches!


After finding the perfect dress, the next step is to accessorize the look! Here are some accessories and the best ways to combine them all. 

  • Headpiece
  • Belt
  • Earrings
  • Necklace
  • Halo
  • Bracelet
  • Veils
  • Garter
  • Bolero

Halo & Veil Combo

Veil and Halo by our designer: Bel Aire

Belt & Headpiece

DIY sash belt & floral hair comb

Bolero & Veil Combo

Veil by Bel Aire & Bolero by Stella York

Earrings & Cathedral Veil

Veil by Bel Aire



Cathedral Veil & Belt

There are so many great ways to accessorize for the special day! Just make sure you always stay true to you and your personal style! :)


Bustle Up!

What even is a bustle?

We're here to explain the purpose behind the our shop's name! Let start with the most common question we get asked...

What is a Bustle? And do I need one? 

The answer is, yes! As long as your wedding gown has a train, big or small, you'll 100% want a bustle! A bustle is made by your tailor. Essentially the tailor adds clear buttons and loops into the back and train of your gown. These buttons and loops camouflage into your gown. The bustle allows the bride to hook up her train, giving her more mobility.

When do I bustle my dress? 

You'll want your train down for the ceremony and pictures, therefore you have the bustle put up for your reception! Your gown will be bustled from your first dance all the way to the end of the night. Having a bustle will allow you to really enjoy your celebration and not drag your train around.

What will the bustle look like? 

The interesting part of about bustles is the tailor designs them, not the gown designer. Your tailor creates them based off of the style and weight of our gown. Each button-to-loop is considered a bustle. Often brides have 3-5 point bustles! There are two types of bustles, the French and the English.

Here is examples of a French bustles:

French- Fitted Gown




French - Ballgown


And now, examples of American bustles: 

American- Fitted gown


American- Ballgown

Space Now keep in mind that bustles are made by tailors, meaning that every bustles looks a little different! It comes down to the brides design preference! All bustles do the same job, so the look and placement of the bustle can be adjusted to the brides preference in her tailoring process! If there is a specific bustle design you've seen and really love be sure to save the picture and show your tailor! :) Now you finally know what those step-sisters from Cinderella are wearing on top of their rumps, believe it or not this look used to be all the rage!  

1 Dress, 2 Looks!

How to Get 2 Bridal Looks With 1 Dress! SPACES For all of you brides who just can't decide on one dress because you are IN LOVE with two looks...I have the answers! SpaceSpaceSpace Option #1: For the lovers of lace SpaceSpaceSpaceSossssace Step one, find the dress of your dreams! Step two, get a lace BOLERO! If your dream dress is strapless go ahead and simply wear a BOLERO over or under neither your dress!
Boleros come in all different patterns, sizes, and colors! You can wear the BOLERO for the entire wedding or simply wear it for your ceremony and then ditch it for the reception! Because the BOLERO is removable, the possibilities are endless!
Need an example? Her is our beautiful bride Kristyn in her Stella York gown! Images by True Photography.
Without the BOLERO                    With the BOLERO Option #2: For the Little Girl We Once Were SpaceSpaceSpace Step one, find the dress of your dreams! Step two, wear an OVER-SKIRT on top of your fitted gown! It is the perfect way to have the sexy fitted look and the perfect classic princess cut all in one day!
OVER-SKIRTS come in all different styles, cuts, colors & even different volumes! Some OVER-SKIRTS have trains while others don't! Just like BOLEROS, the OVER-SKIRTS are removable leaving you (The Bride) with plenty of options!
Brides often wear the OVER-SKIRT for the ceremony and then remove the skirt to have a lighter, fitted look for the reception!
Need an example? Space Her is one of our Enzoani gowns!
Without the OVER-SKIRT                 With the OVER-SKIRT  

What To Wear?

Its officially Holiday Season & The Bustle is here to help!

Being newly engaged in exhilarating, but can also be a tad overwhelming too! Whats the first thing every girl wants to do after they get engaged....grab your girls and go DRESS SHOPPING!

Here is some helpful tips to making your fitting successful!

  • Wear something that is easy to slip on & off, you'll be getting in and out of gowns so practicality becomes a real life saver! Maxis and wrap dresses have been quite a bride to be favorite.
  • No need to bring those formal heels, we put you on a stand giving you the same heightening effect!
  • Strapless bra? No need, all of our gowns are structured for the brides to go bra-less, however we want to feel comfortable so whatever works for you, works great for us! :)
  • Lets talk undies! Nude and seamless no-show underwear are the best option, but nude takes priority over fabric! Lace undies also do the job! :)
  • Now what about Spanx? If you think you are going to wear your Spanx the day of the wedding definitely bring them with you to your fitting! If Spanxs aren't your thing, no worries you don't need them!
  • A must is your most trustworthy gals! Make sure you bring your loved ones who know YOU & your style!
  • Be true to yourself! We have a lot of gowns and in all different colors & styles! Be sure to listen to your heart. Sometimes your dream dress will surprise you! Remember as long as you love it, you'll always love it!
  • Stay open minded! Try on as many styles as you can, you never know what you'll fall in love with!
  • Lastly, remember to HAVE FUN! We have the treats, veils, and dresses...You bring the girls and get ready to
  • have some fun and make those life long memories!   

Accessory Trunk Show!

It's true that an outfit is never complete without accessories, especially for your wedding! The Bustle carries hundreds of accessories from veils, hair pieces, to jewelry. If you're still searching for that perfect touch of sparkle, or whatever it is you're looking for, August is the time to visit The Bustle. August 4 - August 13 is our Elle & Jae trunk show with new boleros. We'll have a variety of cover ups great for church ceremonies, or when it gets chilly at your night reception. From August 18 - August 27 is our Bel Aire trunk show. During this time, we'll have brand new hair pieces, belts, and veils! Choosing accessories is the fun part, and we're excited to help finalize your bridal look. Give us a call at 858-523-9254 or click here to schedule an accessory appointment with one of our bridal stylists, and we'll see you next month! :)

Stella York Trunk Show

Calling all brides who still need their gown! The Bustle will be hosting a Stella York trunk show July 28 - August 6 2017. We'll have brand new gowns in the boutique to give our brides a chance to try on different styles from the designer's current and newest collection. Don't wait too long to schedule your appointment, as spots for our Stella York trunk show tend to book up quick! Give us a call at 858.523.9254 or click here to schedule your appointment online. This is your chance to find the gown you've been looking for! Meanwhile, click here to get a sample of the Stella York gowns we currently have in the boutique!                

National Sample Sale Day!

Have you heard?! We're 6 days away from our sample sale day on Saturday July 15! We have a room full of gowns that will be marked as low as $399, and they're waiting for the perfect bride to try them on. A few appointments are still available for the sample sale, so hurry and call us at 858.523.9254 to schedule yours. Bring your besties, or your mom to help you hunt for your dream dress at the ultimate discounted price! :) Click here to preview some of the gowns that will be a part of our sample sale day.

Here are things to remember about our sample sale.
1. If you fall in love with it, SAY YES TO THE DRESS! There's only ONE gown in that style available.

2. Alterations are always needed to achieve the perfect fit. This goes with any wedding dress, even if it's ordered new. Don't worry about it being too big because gowns are made to be taken in 2 sizes.

3. Sample gowns come as is and are final sale because they're discounted up to 75%

4. Have fun, and we'll see you on July 15!


Wedding Gown Silhouettes

Finding the perfect wedding dress begins with finding the right shape for your body. There are five basic gown shapes, including trumpet, mermaid, sheath, a-line, and ball gown. Once you've narrowed down to one silhouette, deciding on a combination of materials and details is easy! At The Bustle, our bridal stylists will help you find the right fit for your wedding day. Click here to make an appointment today!


Trumpet This is a fitted style that begins flaring out just below the hips. It shows off your curves enough while still giving you enough walking space to dance the night away!


Mermaid This style is great for brides who want something a little more dramatic to show off their curves! It's more fitted than a trumpet fit, and begins flaring out at the knee or lower.


Sheath This is slim fitting style perfect for brides who want a sleek and effortless look! It hugs your body head to toe, and is a great silhouette for wanting to elongate your figure.


A-line This is universally flattering on every figure! It's fitted at the bodice to show of the smallest part of your waist, and flares out from there. It looks especially great on brides who want to conceal their fuller hips, or for brides with a sporty figure who want to create the illusion of curves.


Ball Gown  This shape is fitted at the bodice, with a dramatic full skirt. If you love this look, go for it! Where else besides your wedding can you dress like a princess? :)

        Click here to view our upcoming events and trunk shows!


5 Mistakes Brides Make When Dress Shopping

We understand that wedding planning can be stressful, but finding your wedding gown shouldn't be! So to be sure that your dress shopping experience is as seamless as a perfectly tailored gown, we listed 5 common mistakes to avoid when searching for your wedding gown: Spacesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss Bringing EVERYONE to Your Appointment. SSpacesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssPACE Yes, you want to bring your whole bridal party and all your family members to your appointment to help you find the most important dress you'll ever wear. However, having 10 different opinions can actually bring you farther away from finding "the one."  Most brides find it helpful to have only those whose opinions really matter to them in the appointment, which tend to be their mom, sister, or their best friend. Bring that person whose opinion you value, and can tell you like it is! If you do choose to bring your entourage, be sure to remember that YOU are the one wearing that gown, and YOU have to absolutely LOVE it. Spacesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss Trying on too many dresses. Spacesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss Despite what we see on TV or know about finding the right dress, most brides actually try on between 5-12 gowns before they find the one. And with the right consultant working with you, the perfect dress might be the first few you actually try on! The most common mistakes made by a bride is finding the perfect gown she loves, but is not ready to the end the shopping experience and make the commitment. This becomes dangerous because the bride becomes overwhelmed with the endless options and forgets what she originally set out to find. Spacesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss When you are first starting, it is a good idea to try on different dresses to figure out the silhouette you love most on your figure. The bride might have an idea of what she likes, but preferences might change once you put on a few different styles. But once you narrow it down and know that you would never wear a ball gown or a fit and flare style, or whatever it might be on your wedding day, then start trying on dresses that you would want to wear on your big day. Spacesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss Keep your style, comfort level, and venue in mind when finding the gown.  At The Bustle, we like to keep the process simple and fun for the bride, so we do a brief interview at the beginning of the appointment to get to know you, the wedding, and how you want to look on your wedding day! MAKE AN APPOINTMENT Spacessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss Wanting the Wrong Size. Spacesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss Try not to fixate on the size of the wedding gown, but on how your measurements are compared to the designer's size chart. Keep in mind that wedding gown sizes typical run 1 to 2 sizes smaller than our normal street clothing. And planning on losing weight before you wedding day? No worries. Any dress can be taken in up to 2-4 sizes down without affecting the look of the dress, and most dresses can be let out one full size, so you are allowed to fluctuate in weight before you start alterations. Don't wait until the last minute to find your gown because you were planning to lose weight first! (See our Dress Timeline blog post).Go with your consultant's recommended size, which tend to be the size that currently fits your body. And if the dress doesn't fit when it comes in, don't freak out! There's always something we can do, such as ordering more fabric from the designer, or adding a corset back. Spacesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss Trying on Dresses that are Over Budget. Spacesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss Make sure you are absolutely sure of your budget for your wedding gown before hitting the stores. This can help prevent disappointment and heartbreak, such as loving a dress you tried on, but can't afford. The Bustle is mindful and respectful of the bride's budget before pulling dresses for her. And yes, if you see a gorgeous gown on a mannequin that you JUST have to try on, we are happy to pull it for you, but we also keep you informed about the price before getting you in the dress :) Spacesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss Buying a Dress You Don't Love. Spacessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss This is the biggest mistake any bride should avoid! Don't settle for a dress because someone influenced you to purchase it instead of listening to your heart. This is one of the reasons why it is important to choose the people you invite to your appointment wisely.   If you are caught between two dresses, really ask yourself these few question: "Which dress would I miss more if I couldn't have one or the other?" "Which one do I feel most beautiful in?" "Do I feel like a bride in this dress?" "In 20 years, which dress would I be happy to see in my photographs?" If you find yourself thinking about that one dress or coming back to it in the appointment, that one is probably your wedding gown! Spacessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss If you have any questions on how to have a stress-free, fun bridal experience, give us a call! And if you are ready to start searching for your wedding gown, call or book online for your personalized appointment at The Bustle!

Dress Timeline

So you've just said yes! Congratulations on your engagement! Now it's time to dive into wedding planning. Shopping for a gown is one of the most exciting parts of planning a wedding. The entire process of gown shopping is about 8 months, so it's never too early to begin the search for the perfect dress. :) We've broken down the timeline so you're prepared to find THE ONE!

Gown Page Photo

Almost all gowns are made to order, so it takes 4-6 months for the dress to come in. If your wedding date falls within that 4-6 month time frame, don't worry! We'll walk you through all your options to see if any rush fees apply. There are different rush fees that will help speed up the production on your dress. The Bustle offers various rush options depending on the designer and the gown you fall in love with.

Remember, alterations are always needed to achieve the perfect fit. Gown sizing is determined by your current measurements. We always recommended to go with the largest measurement because wedding gowns are made to be taken in, or let out if needed. Alterations will begin 6-8 weeks before your wedding.

Let The Bustle help you find your dream dress! Our team of bridal consultants will be there to guide you through the entire process up to the day you say "I do!" Call 858-523-9254 or visit us online at to schedule your private appointment. We can't wait to meet you xo

garbo in boutique