Friday, March 27, 2015

Dress Design 101: Producing A Winner

Have you ever wondered how wedding gowns are designed? Join us for Dress Design 101, a small series about the steps we take when we create a unique Lu Raquel design. Follow us through the step-by-step process of designing our beautiful Leigh Anne gown. For more of our unique designs, check out our website.

Step 4: Producing A Winner

Once you've finalized your design, chosen your fabrics, and picked out the detailing for your gown, it's time for the production stage of designing a gown. Here at Lu Raquel, we follow a set of three steps from the beginning of the production stage to the end. These steps are receiving a quote, production, and quality assurance. This step will discuss each step in-depth. Remember! If you choose Lu Raquel to help you create your dream gown design, our amazing design team will be here to help you every step of the way!

Once a quote for price of production has been received and agreed upon, the manufacturer begins production on the gown. After production has been completed, the gown takes a trip here, to our Lu Raquel offices, for a final quality assurance check. After passing the check, your beautiful, newly designed gown comes home to you.


At Lu Raquel, we're committed to serving you and your dreams. We offer many unique services to our partner stores, including the opportunity to design your very own In House Design Label! We also offer cutomizations on each and every one of our Lu Raquel gowns, so your brides can have the gown of their dreams.

This series was intended to help stir your creative processes, and point out some important steps in the creation of bridal gown design. If you're ready and willing to start making your ideas reality, please contact us at, or on our website.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Dress Design 101: It's All In The Detailing

Have you ever wondered how wedding gowns are designed? Join us for Dress Design 101, a small series about the steps we take when we create a unique Lu Raquel design. Follow us through the step-by-step process of designing our beautiful Leigh Anne gown. For more of our unique designs, check out our website.

Step 3: It's All In The Detailing

Even the littlest details can make or break the design of a gown. This week, we'll discuss fabrics and detailing and how your design choices can impact your ideal gown overall. This step is the most important step after choosing and finalizing the basic construction of the gown, because the little details matter when it comes to the individual style of each and every bride. For the sake of this week's blog, I'll split this discussion into two sections: Fabrics and Detailing.


The shape and fullness of a gown can change depending on the types of fabrics used to create it. Let's take a look at the fabrics we've used in our Leigh Anne design.

Starting from the top, the bodice is a pleated organza, with a silk satin lining, flowing into an a-line lace skirt with a polysatin liner. It may not seem like it, but these fabric choices give Leigh Anne the shape that she has -- especially in the skirt of the gown.

The fullness of the skirt is the portion of the gown most impacted by the fabric choices, because certain fabrics can 'poof' up the skirt. To illustrate this let's compare the fullness of the skirt of our Chloe design and our Alina design.


It may not look like it from these two photos, but the skirt of Chloe is much, much larger than that of Alina. Chloe's skirt is made out of three different kinds of fabrics: a polysatin blend liner, crinoline, and tulle. There are about 10 layers of tulle underneath that pink skirt! Alina's skirt is made out of crinoline and a polysatin liner.

Since Chloe has so many layers of 'poofy' material, her skirt is significantly more full than Alina's. Your choice in material in the skirt will impact how full or not a skirt on a gown will be. You need to think carefully about what kind of statement or personality your gown will have and what fabrics you need to use to do so.

After you've thought about the types of fabrics that you'd like to use and made your decisions, it's time to move on to the next step that encompasses all sorts of little accessories and closures.


Choosing the right closures and the right kind of accessories is very important when it comes to the individual personality each of your gowns will have. Leigh Anne has a lot of fun details, especially when it comes to her accessories.

Like with fabrics, let's take a look at Leigh Anne's detailing from top to bottom. The first thing that we notice are her adorable cap sleeves, which are beaded with a mixture of pearls, glass beads, and Swarovski crystals.

Next is the type of closures on the gown. Leigh Anne has a hidden zipper, and no buttons. However, there are many options for buttons if that is the type of closure you want to have! The most common button is a covered button with an elastic loop. A covered button is one that is covered with any kind of fabric, lace, or beading. There are also options for a hook-and-eye underneath an ornamental button that act as the closure for the gown.

The next detail on Leigh Anne is the lace skirt. There are many different kinds of lace and patterns. This particular lace is called chantilly lace.

After the construction of the gown and the detailing is set, you're ready to send your design off to the manufacturer. The next few steps in the design process will be discussed in our next installment: Producing a Winner.

If you're looking for more information on what Lu Raquel can offer you, please contact us at, or on our website.

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Step 5: Producing A Winner

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Studio Fun

We had so much fun shooting our training videos yesterday! We hope that through these videos each process and tool Lu Raquel offers will be clearly communicated and give full knowledge of whats offered to every employee of our partner stores! We cant wait to put it all to good use for each one of you and, continue to grow. So check out these fun snippet from yesterday.  

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Gearing up for our new line photo shoot!

Gearing up for our new line photo shoot, and we had to pull some shots from our last one. Enjoy this great behind-the-scenes snap shot of our Reese modeled by the beautiful Taylir.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Dress Design 101: All About That Silhouette

Have you ever wondered how wedding gowns are designed? Join us for Dress Design 101, a small series about the steps we take when we create a unique Lu Raquel design. Follow us through the step-by-step process of designing our beautiful Leigh Anne gown. For more of our unique designs, check out our website.

Step 2: All About That Silhouette

Once you've found your inspiration for your dress design, the next step to take is to consider the basics of your dream gown. What are the basics? Our design team is prepared to walk you step-by-step through them! Ideally, steps 2 and 3 are discussed in-length at the same time. However, for this series we're splitting them up into two separate steps to help make things more understandable. This step will detail the construction of the gown itself, including details like the bodice and skirt, the train and hemline, and the neckline and backline.

The first item on our list is the silhouette of the gown, because without an idea of the silhouette, we can't even begin to image the other parts of the gown. Take a quick look at this handy infographic that demonstrates the different kinds of silhouettes wedding gowns can have:

This infographic is a great tool for brides and potential designers alike! If you're a bride, print it out or have it handy on your phone for when you go gown searching, to make sure you pick the right silhouette for your dream dress.
Leigh Anne | Front

After taking a look at the infographic, do you have your perfect silhouette in mind? Great! We're using our beautiful Leigh Anne for an example. She's got an A-line silhouette. You can tell because the fitted bodice meets the skirt at the waist, and then flares out from there. This dress shape, as the infographic points out, fits most body types, making Leigh Anne a very versatile gown!

The next item to think about on our list is the neckline. Do you want a fun and flirty sweetheart, or modest square neckline? Looking for something more vintage? Check out the bateau neckline for retro-inspired gowns.The neckline is an important building block to the gown, because it's one of the first aspects of a gown that other people see, and can really highlight a bride's beauty on her special day.

Screenshot courtesy of Pre-Owned Wedding Dresses

Our Leah Anne has a standard sweetheart neckline -- but she's anything but ordinary! Because we offer customizations here at Lu Raquel, Leigh Anne's sweetheart can become a modified sweetheart, or the height of the neckline can be adjusted to fit a bride's needs.

Following the neckline details is the bodice and skirt pieces. Bodices can be fitted or loose, depending on the style of gown and the type of fabrics that you have in mind. Since we're focusing on the construction of the pieces in this step, we'll save discussion on the impact fabric choices have on gown design for step 3.

Standard boning, which is present in our Leigh Anne gown, consists of two boning pieces that provide support from underneath the cup down to the waist. Leigh Anne also has two additional pieces in the middle to provide extra structure. The amount of boning present in your gown design will ultimately be decided by the type of fabric you want and how that relates to your silhouette.

Straps are also discussed as a part of the bodice. How do you want them to attach to the front? Are they a spaghetti strap or a caplet? Once you've answered these questions, continue to think about how you want the straps to be attached to the back of the dress, which will be discussed along with the backline.

The skirt of the gown is closely related to the silhouette of the overall dress. Is is an A-line skirt that flares out from the waistline or a mermaid that flares out closer to the bride's knees more suited to your design?

Leigh Anne | Back

The final two items for this step are the backline and the train style. The backline of your gown refers to how low the backline of the gown should be, and if there is any specific styling details for it. For our Leigh Anne gown, we chose to have a straight backline that rests just below the shoulder blades.

Leigh Anne has cap sleeves that turn into spagetti straps in the back of the gown, and are attached to the top of the backline of the gown.

This gown is an A-Line silhouette, so that's the style of skirt for this gown. Gathers and pleating also need to be considered when thinking about how full you want the skirt to be, because they will impact how "poofed out" the skirt will be -- along with the choice of fabric for the underlayers.

There are four different kinds of train lengths: sweep, court, chapel, and cathedral. The length of the train ascends in that order, with sweep being the smallest and cathedral being the largest. Our Leigh Anne has a modified chapel length train.

After the construction  of the gown is planned out, you can move on to fabric choices and detailing, such as closure types and beading. We'll save those choices for the next step, however.

For more gown examples, check out our website!
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Step 3: It's All In The Detailing

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

What goes into choosing the perfect wedding flowers?

Our Lu Raquel Operations Manager celebrated an anniversary yesterday and has a dozen roses making her office smell glorious. What flowers did/will you have at your wedding, and what made you choose those? How hard was it to choose your flowers? Leave a comment below and let us know! 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Dress Design 101: Be Inspired

Have you ever wondered how wedding gowns are designed? Join us for Dress Design 101, a small series about the steps we take when we create a unique Lu Raquel design. Follow us through the step-by-step process of designing our beautiful Leigh Anne gown. For more of our unique designs, check out our website.

Step 1: Inspiration Is Everywhere

The very first step in creating anything is to find inspiration. Inspiration can be all around you, whether you see it or not. It can come to you at the oddest moments -- even while parking at WalMart! Once you find that inspiration, you can start the design process with sketches and careful thought about the gown you've got in your mind's eye.

Design Rendering of our Oliva Jane gown

But, first things first -- you need to be inspired to create a design. Some of the places our design team finds inspiration include:

Pinterest Boards (see ours here)
Award Shows and Premieres
Other Wedding Gown Designers
Music & Art

However, sometimes inspiration finds you. Have you ever attended a motivational speaker presentation and left feeling like you had the power to change the world? Have you ever found yourself attending a gallery opening at a museum and wanting to go home and break out the finger paints? Well, our design team has been inspired by many things, including people, items, nature, or a strong emotional feeling.

What do you do now that you have this great feeling of inspiration? Take your time to gather your thoughts. Creating a design sketch or making a collage can greatly help you in thinking about your inspiration and how that inspiration can translate into a beautiful gown. This method of brainstorming also lets you use your hands to create something, especially if you're making a collage. Sometimes, inspiration can come from the materials you are using during this process, giving you even better ideas!

Photo Courtesy of Karen Louise

Sometimes your inspiration can come from the most unlikely places. It's important to not worry about how and where you're going to be inspired, but to live life understanding that you may be inspired by something as small as a WalMart parking lot incident or as big as a national event. Whatever the case, take your inspiration and create something truly beautiful out of it, like we do for our amazing gowns.

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Step 2: All About That Silhouette

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Elizabeth Is Royalty

Elizabeth is our duchess satin and lace ball gown with cathedral train and is sure to impress. With flattering box pleats, pockets, and sheer illusion neck and back line, this gown has royalty written all over it! #luraquel #elizabeth #weddinggown #Royalty Please view our entire collection at