Don't Be Afraid of the Topper... & Long Sleeve Lovin'

Today I'm here to talk all about toppers, sleeves and customizations to dresses. Are you ready? Other than my fingers feeling half frozen right now I am so ready to talk about this because it's something I'm super excited about and love working with brides on!!! Oh & this blog connects right on up with our Instagram Story today... didn't catch it? Aren't following us? Tsk tsk... I won't hold it against you as long as you change that and go follow now

So toppers... I'm here to tell you honestly that you do not need to fear the topper. They are your friend not your enemy. Repeat after me... friend... not... enemy... Do not fear them, they are here to help you in a special way. And I am here to help you too by opening your mind to so many new possibilities. Ready to get your mind blown and go shopping with the mindset to experiment, play and try on all the fun things!?! So to get over the fear of the topper we are going to talk myths and then I am going to break them so that you don't ever have to fear a topper again...

  Nicole  paired a gorgeous soft lacy topper with a classic silhouette mermaid gown by Nicole Miller and was she not a sweet Southern dream?! / photo:  Michelle Stanislo

Nicole paired a gorgeous soft lacy topper with a classic silhouette mermaid gown by Nicole Miller and was she not a sweet Southern dream?! / photo: Michelle Stanislo


MYTH #1: A topper won't look like it belongs with the dress. FALSE. Here are some gorgeous I&B brides who rocked toppers on their wedding day... I would write a whole lot of words here but I think the pictures speak for themselves. These brides look beautiful in their wedding dress and I don't think anybody would ever say that their dress didn't look right.

  Brittani  wore a tulle sweet gown and rocked a lace topper over it to complete her look for her classic navy & gold wedding at the Morris Center / photo:  Rach Loves Troy

Brittani wore a tulle sweet gown and rocked a lace topper over it to complete her look for her classic navy & gold wedding at the Morris Center / photo: Rach Loves Troy

  Whitley  was one of the sweetest brides and I loved the unusual combination we helped her fall in love with. If you look super closely you can see that her gown was entirely lace and it was insta-love when paired with a lace topper. Because too much lace is never too much / photo:  Zachary Taylor

Whitley was one of the sweetest brides and I loved the unusual combination we helped her fall in love with. If you look super closely you can see that her gown was entirely lace and it was insta-love when paired with a lace topper. Because too much lace is never too much / photo: Zachary Taylor

  Rachel  wanted something bohemian, whimsical and with sleeves and I love love love the ethereal look she rocked on her wedding day / photo:  Rach Love Troys

Rachel wanted something bohemian, whimsical and with sleeves and I love love love the ethereal look she rocked on her wedding day / photo: Rach Love Troys

  Betsy  rocked lace on lace and looked like a moody dream come true... like I mentioned before, too much lace is never too much lace / photo:  Mackensey Alexander

Betsy rocked lace on lace and looked like a moody dream come true... like I mentioned before, too much lace is never too much lace / photo: Mackensey Alexander


So I hope I've convinced you so far that you can & should (if you want sleeves) feel free to rock a topper over not just a simple plain wedding dress but also over a lace wedding dress. With the perfect topper you can transform a look completely to fit exactly what you want. But what about customizing the dress... 

MYTH #2: Adding a custom sleeve attached to the dress won't look right. FALSE. Similar to myth #1, this myth has to do not with just adding a topper but having a complete customization added to the dress so that the sleeves aren't just a topper but an extension of the dress. We have had several brides who dare to dream of the exact way they want their dress and have ended up working with seamstresses to get that custom look they always dreamt of. 

  Sarah  always knew she wanted a sleeve but when she fell in love with a sleeveless dress it was Ivory & Beau to the rescue. We helped her see how her dress could easily have a sleeve added during the alterations process and so that's exactly what she did... turned her sleeveless dress into a long sleeve beauty / photo:  Monica Jean

Sarah always knew she wanted a sleeve but when she fell in love with a sleeveless dress it was Ivory & Beau to the rescue. We helped her see how her dress could easily have a sleeve added during the alterations process and so that's exactly what she did... turned her sleeveless dress into a long sleeve beauty / photo: Monica Jean

 Morgan dared to create something completely unique, different and totally custom. She had added to her gown beaded cap sleeves that connected to tulle panels that were intertwined with the back of the dress and then draped down like a veil. Seriously, how cool is that?! I love how she totally redid a wedding dress to fit her perfect vision / photo:  Elli McGuire

Morgan dared to create something completely unique, different and totally custom. She had added to her gown beaded cap sleeves that connected to tulle panels that were intertwined with the back of the dress and then draped down like a veil. Seriously, how cool is that?! I love how she totally redid a wedding dress to fit her perfect vision / photo: Elli McGuire

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Still not sold on a topper but love love love long sleeves? Do not fear. We have several options for you that are made as long sleeves! Here are just a few available currently!! 

Are you ready to come shop long sleeves (& so much more?!) Click below! 

Want even more options??!? Well... the best part about Ivory & Beau, besides gorgeous dresses of course, is that we LOVE trunk shows and we have a ton that we schedule every year. Here are some from the upcoming designers that feature gorgeous long sleeves... [Disclaimer: I cannot guarantee that any of these particular styles will be shipped to our shop but if you e-mail me at ivoryandbeau@gmail.com with the dress you are crushing over from the designer I will let them know I have a bride interested and we will do our best to try to get it for you. I can't guarantee anything because things happen but we will definitely try especially for you!!]

EVELYN BRIDAL: JAN 11TH - 13TH


BARBARA KAVCHOK (+PLUS-SIZE TOO!): JAN 18TH - 27TH

CHIC NOSTALGIA: FEB 2ND - 3RD

KATHRYN BASS: FEB 9TH - 10TH

See something you love?! And want to try it on?! Be sure to e-mail us at ivoryandbeau@gmail.com with a picture of the style you are loving so we can try to make sure and get it for you! You can also check out more of the designer's styles on their websites to see if it's something you want to shop while we have it for a limited time. If ready to shop now click below! We can't wait to meet you!!! xoxox, n