Martin Thornburg – A Designer that Embraces Beauty and the Female Form

Here at Savvi NC, we always strive to ensure that brides who come into our store walk out of it at least a little happier. Our main purpose is not simply dressing brides – it’s making them feel like the most amazing women in the world (which they are!).

For this reason, we only bring wedding gown collections into our store that we genuinely believe in – collections that draw people’s attention with their uniqueness, quality and style.

Martin Thornburg is, without doubt, in that category.

Who is Martin Thornburg, and what should know about this designer’s gowns?

·       Martin Thornburg is a designer and creative director of the world-renowned Mon Cheri (probably one of the most popular names on the lips of brides everywhere around the planet). In his work with Mon Cheri, Martin Thornburg provides more than just gowns: he creates pieces meant to make women feel drop dead gorgeous in every single respect.

·       Glamor is the keyword behind his collection. If you want to be the kind of bride that takes the breath away from everyone as she walks down the aisle, you should definitely consider wearing a Martin Thornburg.

·       Every gown in his collection is created with true opulence in mind. Regardless of whether they follow a classic, traditional line or a more modern approach, Martin Thornburg wedding gowns are stunning. They are heavily detailed, they are luxurious, and they are unique in every seam and inch of fabric. From the fabrics picked for these beautiful dresses to the Swarovski crystals carefully embroidered into the design, every single element of this collection’s gowns is there to make you feel astounding.

·       For 2019, you’ll see themes of lace and luxurious fabrics coupled with beautiful lines that will look stunning on you.

·       Aside from being one of the most high-quality wedding gown designer brands in the industry, Martin Thornburg is also affordable. From body-fitting mermaid wedding dresses to classic A-lines, there’s something for everyone in this collection. If you want a really elegant wedding, and if you want to really “wow” your guests as you make your entrance, this collection is something you MUST check out!


Want to learn more about Martin Thornburg or any of the other amazing wedding designers we carry at Savvi NC? Contact us right now and schedule an appointment to try on some of these amazing gowns – we promise you will not be disappointed!

Casablanca Beloved – Magic. Beauty. Grace.

There’s nothing in the world more rewarding for us than a bride’s honest smile when she finds the one – the perfect wedding gown that will make her feel truly spectacular as she walks down the aisle on her Big Day.

That’s what we love most about what we do. That’s what we constantly strive for, and that’s why we always bring in the best collections.

And Casablanca Beloved is, without a doubt, one of the most amazing collections we carry in our store.

What are some of the things you should know about this brand – and why should you consider one of these gowns?


·       Casablanca Beloved is part of the world-renowned Casablanca family. This collection was created in 2016 to bring together the classic beauty of Casablanca wedding dresses and the fashion forwardness of Amare Couture (another brand name under Casablanca Bridal). Beloved encompasses the best of both worlds: romantic touches and modern vision.

·       Casablanca Bridal has its own state-of-the-art manufacturing facility which allows it to directly oversee the quality of every gown they make.

·       Savvi brides love Casablanca gowns because they are completely customizable, and the gown is made according to your height; making this designer one of a kind at an incredibly attractive price. Plus, you’ll save on hemming your gown.  Your gown will be unique - like no other girl in the world.

·       Every wedding gown created for the Casablanca Beloved line is meant to embrace a woman’s body in a graceful, flattering way. There’s something utterly sensitive and sweet in every seam, every detail, every inch of fabric of these dresses. There’s something romantic about the way they’re brought together in a way that surpasses most women’s expectations.

·       The designs, the fabrics, the colors, the details – they are all meant to make your wedding look resonate with the emotions you’re experiencing on your wedding day. They enable you to show the positive vibes you’re experiencing inside and project them outward to the world – to your wedding guests eagerly waiting for your big entrance, and to your very own beloved, the one you have chosen to share your life with.

·       Casablanca Beloved is all about honesty and innocence, power and love, all combined into wedding gown designs that leave people speechless. If you’re looking for something that will not only embrace your body, but also your soul, Casablanca Beloved is precisely what you are looking for!


Want to learn more about Casablanca Bridal, Casablanca Beloved, or any of the other gorgeous brand names we hold in our store at Savvi NC? Contact us and schedule an appointment – no matter what your style is, we’ll help you find your perfect dress from our wide array of options!

How to Coordinate Your Groom's Outfit with Your Wedding Gown

Ever see those pictures of couples getting married in bridal magazines? Part of the reason that they look so good is that they have stylists that help coordinate all the aspects of the groom’s outfit and accessories with the bride’s wedding gown and look.

The photos and memories of your wedding day will last a lifetime, and if you’re reading this you likely care about making everything look as visually pleasing as possible. While the spotlight’s going to be on you as the bride in most cases, your groom’s going to be right next to you once you finish your walk down the aisle. That goes for most of your wedding photos as well. Your groom may not be thinking about this, so it’s probably a good idea for you to spend at least a little time coordinating so that your outfits look good together.

Here are some things to consider when planning out your outfits:

·       Formality. Different brides want different levels of formality for their wedding. Some dream of the perfect black-tie event. Others want something more relaxed. You should decide how formal you want to go for your wedding and then coordinate your outfits accordingly. Let’s take a full black-tie formal wedding as an example. Black-tie attire means you’ll want to wear a very elegant wedding gown (take a look at the Casablanca Beloved collection for example), and your groom will want to wear a formal black tuxedo (such as this posh creation by Ike Behar, for example). Your groom will also want to wear a bow tie, vest or cummerbund, and patent leather shoes.  For a very relaxed wedding, if you’re wearing a flowy or non-traditional dress, your groom will want to consider a suit rather than a tuxedo.

·       Style. Although similar, formality and style are really two different things. Style is more about the personal touches and the precise design you’re looking for, whereas formality is a larger umbrella term to designate how elegant or casual the aforementioned personal touches and designs can be. For example, you might want to be a very elegant bride and dress in a romantic style (such as a Morilee wedding gown), and your groom might want to coordinate his attire in the same romantic style (such as Brunswick tux, for example).


·       Color. Most brides wear white, but grooms don’t typically wear white – so one way to coordinate is by connecting both of your outfits to the wedding color scheme. For instance, if you plan on decorating your wedding with red, you could hold a red bouquet and your groom could wear a bow-tie, a neck tie, or a pocket square in the same color. Or, if he’s daring and you both want to adopt a modern and cutting-edge style, he could wear a matching red tuxedo like this one designed by Ike Behar.

·       Accessories. This is where you and your groom can really have fun. Ties and boutonnieres (or lapel pins, if you go that route) are the most obvious chances to coordinate. These will be visible in most photographs as well, so matching a theme color or flower from your wedding décor will add a touch of cohesiveness. Your groom may also wear a waistcoat, vest, or braces. These can be used to add not only a color, but also a texture or pattern that highlights elements from your gown or wedding theme.  Finally, cuff links, watches and socks can be used to show off your groom’s personality and tie things together. You could match one of your jewelry pieces to his cufflinks. For example, going with emerald earrings? Why not get your finance matching cuff links for the Big Day?


Need more ideas? Come visit our wedding gown store and formal attire store in North Carolina and take a look at what we offer. We’ll help you make sure that your gown and your groom’s outfit go together as harmoniously as the two of you do!

Top Bridal Fashion Trends for Winter 2018

Here at Savvi NC, we believe every bride has her own sense of aesthetics and uniqueness – that’s why every bride deserves to find the wedding dress that represents her point of view.

But having your own point of view doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look at seasonal wedding trends! On the contrary! By knowing the trends and knowing what you like and don’t like, it will be much easier for you to focus on finding a dress that is really perfect for you!

What are some of the top bridal fashion trends for Winter 2018? Read on and find out more.

·       Appliques. Lace looks amazing, and any kind of detail work on your wedding dress will make it pop with uniqueness. However, if you want to feel in tune with the cool(est) season out there, appliques are the best way to go. Try to find something that resembles the texture of snow or snowflakes (without pointing directly into that direction). It will definitely make you feel like the Queen of Winter!


·       Long sleeves. We’ve talked about these in our Fall wedding dress trends article as well – but if you were hesitant to embrace sleeves in the fall when there was still plenty of sunshine outside, you might want to reconsider that if you’re planning a winter wedding. Even if you settle on veil-like sleeves, sleeved wedding gowns will still look better and more well-coordinated with the season outside (as opposed to sleeveless dresses, which seem a little out of place given the low temperatures outside).

·       Furs. This is an evergreen trend that keeps on coming back again, and again, and again – a true classic, as you may call it. If you don’t like the idea of wearing actual fur, why not opt for faux fur? There are so many stunning options out there that you can really have the best of both worlds (being friendly to animals and wearing something that looks utterly luxurious).

·       Capes. Again, this wedding trend was mentioned during the Fall wedding trends article as well. For a winter wedding, we suggest a longer cape, made from a thicker fabric. It will definitely keep you warm while shooting all those breathtaking snowy wedding photos outdoors!


Looking for stunning wedding dresses? Come visit Savvi NC and take a look at our options – we guarantee they will NOT disappoint you!

5 Beauty Tips All Winter Brides Should Know

Winterweddingsare amazing for several reasons. They have an inner elegance that’s difficult to compare with anything else. They are classic. They are timeless. And, when combined with snow falling, they are pure magic. 

Of course, if you have your heart set on a winter wedding, you’ll want to be sure that every element is perfect – and your look is most definitely one of the most important elements. 

What are some beauty tips all winter brides should know? Read on and find out more. 

1.    Hydration. Nothing beats water – as human beings, we’re made up of no less than 60% water by weight, so we absolutely need it to function properly. The less water you drink, the more likely it is that your skin will get really dry (dehydrated). The drier your skin is, the more uncomfortable it will be, and the more difficult it will be to apply basic makeup products on it (such as foundation, for example). Many experts recommend at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.


2.    Moisturizing. There’s a huge difference between hydration and moisturization. While hydration can be achieved by drinking the right amount of water every day, moisturization cannot be achieved with water alone. Moisturizing involved replacing or supplementing the oils or lipids on your skin.  This protects the skin and helps maintain proper moisture levels.   Keep in mind though:  your moisturizing cream should match your skin type. Also, keep in mind that you might need a thicker moisturizer during the winter months, because as it gets colder it often gets drier.  Forced air heating can also contribute to lower humidity levels and drier skin. 

3.    Exercise. Getting enough exercise is absolutely crucial (every day, not just the days leading up to the wedding!). It will make you feel better, and it will considerably improve your health and your good looks too. 

4.    Pick the right colors. You want your makeup colors to look good in contrast with the cool weather outside. For instance, a mauve lipstick can be really bold, and it can make a huge statement -so it’s perfect for a winter wedding. 

5.    Don’t overdo it with your spray tan. It’s winter outside, and unless you live in a very sunny area, a fake tan that’s way too dark may look a bit out of place in the middle of winter. Consider easing up a bit on the intensity of your spray tan during winter.


Looking for the most beautiful winter wedding dresses in all of North Carolina? Contact us at Savvi NCand come visit our bridal boutique and take a look around. We guarantee you will be pleased by our selection of dresses! 

Why Would You Choose to Be a Winter Bride?

There seems to be an endless list of reasons brides choose to have their weddings during summertime – but people often forget the possibilities that come with having a winter wedding.

Why would you do it? Why would you choose to be a winter bride? We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.


·       The magic of winter. Evergreens can provide the perfect backdrop against which you can mix different textures with splashes of bright but less floral colors, including dark reds, purples, and cranberry.  Shooting photos in the snow, taking advantage of the playful twinkle lights of Christmas, feeling like a princess in an icy castle…There are so many natural beauties to complement your winter wedding that it would be a real pity not to consider the option at least.


·       The fashion. Winter wedding dress trends have their own charm – they’re elegant to the moon and back, they offer extra-comfort (especially from a thermic point of view), and they usually come accompanied by the most amazing covering options. This year’s all about capes, for example – and adding one to your wedding dress, no matter how simple, is bound to make you feel as if you have just stepped out of a fairytale.

·       The makeup colors. In love with bold lipsticks and brown smoky eyeshadow? They can work just fine during summertime too, but truth be told, this kind of makeup goes best with cooler days. Just imagine yourself walking down the aisle, rocking a purple shade of lipstick that complements your complexion and eyes – you’d feel downright amazing!

·       The prices. By the time winter kicks in, the “full” wedding season is already over. This means most venues and vendors aren’t as busy – so a lot of them might actually lower their prices, especially if you negotiate this with them. If you’re looking to save a good dollar on your vendors and venue, wintertime might actually be the best option for you. You might want to avoid the dates surrounding Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve (because they tend to be busier, and thus more expensive), but other than that, you should be able to save quite a lot of money – to spend on a designer wedding gown, of course!


Looking for the perfect wedding dress in North Carolina? Contact Savvi NC and come check out the splendid options we offer – you will LOVE them!

How to Incorporate Fall Elements in Your Wedding Look

Your wedding look is very important for you. But don’t worry, your concern is completely normal – you don’t get married every day, so you want to be absolutely radiant on your Big Day. Even more, you want to be in perfect balance with everything surrounding you – and the season outside is definitely one element to consider.

What if you want a fall wedding? How can you incorporate fall elements in your bridal look? We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

·       Choose a beautiful wedding dress suitable for fall. It could be a long-sleeved wedding dress, for example (they are extremely trendy right now!). Or it could be a wedding dress and a cape. There are so many gorgeous options for fall brides that it’s literally impossible not to find something that suits you and your personal style!

·       Incorporate fall colors. Purple, yellow, red, orange, browns – these are some of the most widespread fall colors. While you might not want to wear a burgundy wedding dress (but you totally can if that’s what you want), you might want to incorporate such colors in your accessories. For example, you could wear a pair of shoes with painted leaves, or a bridal pouch based on typical fall motifs. These are sweet, simple, and playful ways to bring a touch of the season into your wedding look.


·       Include fall foliage. For instance, you could create a fall bridal bouquet based on moody colors (purple, dark burgundy, and so on). Or how about a stunning bridal flower crown based on red and green foliage? That’s not just unique: it screams fall from miles away! The same could be done with a bridal bouquet based on greenery too: just a few pieces of red foliage can be a total game changer!

·       Consider the dress’ details. Embroidery and lace that incorporate leaves are quite common – so why not search for a dress that subtly incorporates your favorite season? This is a really beautiful, timeless, and elegant way to welcome fall into your wedding look.


Did you find the perfect wedding dress, or are you still looking? If it’s the latter, be sure to come and check out Savvi NC. We guarantee you will absolutely love the wide array of stunning wedding gowns in our bridal boutique!

Long-Sleeved Wedding Gowns? Yes, Of Course!

For a long while there, it felt that sleeveless wedding gowns were everywhere – and North Carolina made no exception. Everyone wore them – to such an extent that the world seemed to forget that long-sleeved wedding dresses are, well, just as amazing.

Why would you wear a long-sleeved wedding dress, and how to pull it off to perfection? We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

·       For starters, a long-sleeved wedding dress is absolutely perfect for the cool season! Depending on when exactly you want to get married, you might not even need any other type of coverage (e.g. you can easily wear a long-sleeved wedding dress in September and October, especially if you pay attention to the fabric of the sleeves).

·       Furthermore, as mentioned in one of our previous articles as well, long-sleeved wedding dresses are actually a huge trend right now – so if you’re a fashion conscious bride, you will definitely love the idea of wearing long sleeves on the Big Day.

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·       Even if you don’t take trends into consideration, long-sleeved wedding gowns have a certain kind of elegance, a sophistication, and a true femininity in them you won’t find in other types of dresses. They are timeless, beautiful, and they can look stunning on a multitude of body types.

·       The great news is that with the long –sleeved wedding gown trend catching up, you now have a very wide range of options to choose from. Classic 3/4 lace sleeves, off the shoulder sleeves, bell sleeves, loose sleeves, and even detachable sleeves (somewhat a continuation of the off the shoulder sleeve trend) – they’re all out there, available in a multitude of fabrics, cuts, lengths, and incorporated in a splendid variety of wedding gown designs.

·       Remember, if you decide to wear a long-sleeved wedding dress, make sure to coordinate the style (and the amount) of jewelry you match with it. For instance, you might want to skip wearing a bracelet with a long lace sleeve, as this could appear like “too much”. However, if you are wearing very tight, satin sleeves with no embroidery and no detail work on them, you can actually add a stylish bangle into the mix and wear it on top of the sleeve – it will make such a huge fashion statement!


Still searching for The One – the wedding gown that will speak to you like a beautiful song? No matter what kind of dress you might be looking for in North Carolina, rest assured that you will find it right here, at Savvi NC. Contact us today and come visit our bridal boutique to see the awe-inspiring designer wedding gowns we have brought in store for you! Contact us and you will never regret it!

Stunning Ideas for a Fall Bridal Look

With August behind us, we’re all getting ready to meet and greet the new wedding season: fall. Of course, for many brides and grooms out there, summer and spring are top choices for the Big Day, but fall is seeing increasing popularity as well. In North Carolina, October is the second busiest wedding month of the year, after June.

So don’t hesitate to plan the perfect fall wedding if you’re in love with this season.

You have all the reasons to do it: the mild temperatures, the amazing colors of nature, the generous abundance of fruit and vegetables – they’re all perfect for a wedding.

How do you create the perfect look as a fall bride, though? We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

·       Long sleeves. Sleeved wedding gowns have grown in popularity so much – and they will continue to be really appreciated throughout 2019 as well! Since summer is a bit too hot for long sleeves, fall is the perfect season for you to wear such a dress. And oh, how many options you have! From bell sleeves to lacy 3/4 sleeves, there’s something for every bridal style out there. You will LOVE the idea!  

·       Capes. Planning a wedding that’s elegant and unique? Wearing a cape can be an amazing idea. Since this is also a pretty huge wedding trend right now, you are bound to find a multitude of options to choose from for your Big Day: long capes, short capes, lace, thick fabrics, veil, and so on. There’s something for every single bride out there!

·       Red lips. What could be more classic or more beautiful than red lips? This true mark of elegance can be gorgeously incorporated in a fall bride’s look, so don’t hesitate to do it. The key lies in finding the perfect shade of red to suit your complexion and in making sure the rest of the makeup is toned down and neutral. This way, you will create the perfect balance!

·       Red foliage. In love with flower crowns? Why not create one from green and red foliage, then? It’s the perfect accessory for a fall wedding and it will make you feel so, so beautiful and unique!

Looking for the best wedding dress? Contact Savvi Formalwear & Bridal in Raleigh, NC and come see what we have in store for you! We have brought together some of the world’s most reputable designers, so you can rest assured that you will have PLENTY of options to choose from!

Have You Ever Considered Changing Your Hairstyle for the Wedding Reception?

As the bride, you want to look nothing less than stunning as you walk down the aisle, as you dance your first dance, and all throughout the Big Day, until you bid your guests farewell.

Obviously, your wedding dress matters A LOT when it comes to the way you feel and how you look on your wedding day. But the way you accessorize the dress, the makeup and the hair matter a lot too.

So, if you can change your dress for the wedding reception, why wouldn’t you change one of the complementary elements of it too – such as your hairstyle, for example?

How to do it? We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

·       Let your hair down. Did you wear your hair in a bun for the wedding ceremony? The simplest way to change your hairstyle for the big party is to simply let it down. It takes about five minutes to pull out the bobby pins holding the bun, to re-arrange the hair a bit and maybe add one or two cute accessories that go with your reception wedding dress. That’s it – you’re ready to party!

·       Let the braid down. Not sure about leaving your hair completely down for the reception? How about wearing it in one (or more) braid(s) pulled up during the wedding ceremony and leaving the braid down for the reception? This casual, carefree style is bound to suit any bride, and it works with a variety of wedding gown necklines too – so you will definitely love it!

·       Just change the accessories. If you wore really elegant bridal hair accessories for the ceremony, why not switch it up a bit for the wedding reception and change your hairstyle just a little, by using different accessories? Switching from pearl accessories to flowers or a flower crown can change your entire look, just enough to complement your reception appearance!

·       Pull it up. You can always wear your hair down in gorgeous angelic curls for the ceremony and then rapidly pull it up in a slightly messy bun for the wedding reception. Doing this will give you plenty of freedom to move around (and dance, of course).

Looking for the perfect wedding dress in North Carolina? Contact Savvi NC right now and come visit our boutique to find your very own the one – the dress that will complement you in every aspect there is!

Three Reasons to Choose the National Bridal Sale Event at Savvi for your Bridal Shopping Needs

You’ve gotten the ring and enjoyed those first few days or weeks as an engaged couple. Yet, before having the chance to soak in all the feels, your family and friends begin to pry in and ask questions like: “When is the wedding?” “Have you decided on a venue?” “How many guests are you inviting?” “How many bridesmaids will you have?” And if that wasn’t already stressful enough, everyone has an opinion about what wedding gown would suit you best, right?

Now, if you’re a bride reading this blog post and you’ve come this far, chances are you can relate and hope to find some answers. As a Wedding Specialist myself, I’m here to help you on your quest in finding that perfect dress and relieve some of your stress. Here are 3 reasons why every bride should shop at Savvi Formalwear and Bridal (Raleigh, NC) during its third annual National Bridal Sale Event.


For its third annual National Bridal Sale Event, Savvi Formalwear and Bridal will offer large savings from Saturday, July 21 through Saturday, July 28, 2018. Designer gowns from $300-$499 (originally, $900-$1600) with a 30% discount on veils and accessories after purchasing a gown through us.

And if that wasn’t already good news, Savvi will give 15% off bridesmaids dresses and tuxedo rentals.

The NBSE also includes 20% off any in stock mother of bride/groom gowns.


At Savvi, our Wedding Specialists are trained and have experience working with brides, grooms, bridal parties and mother of the bride/groom. From the moment a client walks through the door, to the moment he/she leaves the store, we provide a full service that is unique to each individual. Whether they came as a walk-in or scheduled an appointment, we give them our undivided attention and do our best to satisfy their needs.

In other words, we treat our clients like they’re our sisters, brothers and mothers. We take time listening to their stories and understand their needs, while at the same time providing a memorable, stress-free experience.

You’re a soon-to-be bride? One of our stylists will walk you through our wedding gown look book to help you narrow down which styles you like. From there, your journey awaits as we fit you through each of your top dresses. We’ll even help you select your bridesmaid dresses from our selection of designers. Just tell us what you want, and we’ll do the rest of the work for you. Talk about sweet music to your ears, right?

But wait! Grooms need love, too and each of our Wedding Specialists are skilled with taking measurements and making alterations. With our selection of designer suits and tuxedos, we’ll make sure we help the groom and his groomsmen look their best on the big day.


At Savvi Formalwear and Bridal, you’ll find just what you’re looking for. For over 25 years, Savvi has been serving the Triangle in helping brides bring their fairytale stories to life! This locally owned business is Raleigh’s number one retailer for wedding gowns (Casablanca, Mori Lee and more), bridesmaid dresses and tuxedo rentals. So if you’ve come to this blog today feeling stressed, know that Savvi Formalwear and Bridal is here for you and we’ll give you the best.

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