I'm Sheila, the designer behind this lovely brand, and I'm excited to share with you some fun facts about my second collection. My intention with this collection was to provide options from the clean and simple lines you know me for to the ultra fashionable styles that are often labeled as non-traditional. I always imagine my brides in what they would wear to the Grammy's because it enables me to see them shine in their own light in the most celebratory fashion.
I love a very effortless finished look, so I find it important to work with a team that understands and embodies that. For this shoot I had the honour of working with talented photographer and videographer Marina of Marina Claire and Pilar of Chaptr Films. Together with the beautiful Sasha and Ellie and the beauty team of hair by Lauren and makeup by Carly Jo, we truly created something magical! And of course, the choice location of Kingwood Center Gardens helped tie it all together.
Between discovering new shot locations and being driven around in an 8 passenger golf cart (to said locations), I learned a little more about my amazing team and have been even more inspired by them. I'm looking forward to doing it all over again!
More on the collection
Created with the cool bride in mind, these gowns highlight pops of color, prints and our signature clean cuts. Tying into that greenhouse imagery comes a coupling of organic and geometric shapes and textures to add to a bride’s stand out look, as we expect that our future brides will be multi dimensional in their selection.
Using quality fabrics like our favorite mikado, organza, and beaded tulle, allows creation for a woman of particular taste, but of a variety of vibes. And we proudly offer customization of our pieces which are all handmade with love. We welcome you to shop our new collection online and stay tuned for upcoming trunk shows and stockist worldwide.
Whether you are a reserved person or simply enjoy being a minimalist, this blog is all about you and five things that you absolutely need to do if you are a minimalist bride.
With the popularity of decluttering and embracing minimalism, you might want a minimalist wedding to be on-trend or you may live a minimalistic lifestyle. Either way, here are the five things that every minimalist bride needs to know about getting married.
Getting married is such an amazing time to celebrate your love, bring friends and family members together from different parts of your life, and dance the night away (if you’re a dancer).
But did you know that your wedding and bridal style can match YOUR desires and wants? Yep, I will say that again:
You can create a wedding that makes you look forward to getting married.
As simple as that is to read, it cannot be overstated. Often, as soon as an engagement is announced, everyone begins to share their opinions and wishes for *your* wedding day and soon you can forget what you really wanted versus what was suggested to you.
First, minimalist bridal gowns are not boring.
Your bridal gown can feature your minimalist style without compromising glamour or beauty. The Vidushi gown set from Delana Muse is ultra-feminine and keeps the gown simple while maintaining modern tastes. This two-piece bridal gown features a sweetheart neckline, a two-foot train on the skirt, and buttoned cuffs.
And let me say, this gown is breathtaking.
With just a peek of skin at the waist, the Vidushi gown is an ideal gown for the minimalist bride.
The frills and appliqués are missing, allowing the bride in the Vidushi gown set.
One of the best things about this gown set is that the bride can accessorize the set to amp up the drama if they want. I think this set is perfect with a gorgeous bouquet or a signature lip, as shown here.
Second: Create a minimalist wedding website.
Wedding websites are important because they tell wedding guests where to find hotel blocks or where you are registered for wedding gifts. But everything else on the wedding website, can be skipped if you are a minimalist bride.
When I was engaged, I obsessed over our wedding website. Constantly adding pictures to it and trying to write our love story in the best way. And I was exhausted and have no idea if anyone read most of those words or enjoyed them.
Do you want to share the story about how you met your beloved? Great, include two sentences about it and move on. You do not need to feature how you met each person at the wedding party or give suggestions about where to find food in the city. All of that is extra.
Give the wedding guests the minimal details needed to attend the wedding and keep it moving.
The biggest importance of the wedding website is that when people have questions about the wedding, they can easily find it on your wedding website without having to contact you with those questions. Keep the details to a minimum.
Third: Find a supportive crew.
Whether you choose to have a wedding party full of bridesmaids and groomsmen, you need to find those who support your wedding and whom you can turn to when you need help with making decisions.
You do not need to crowdsource your wedding decisions.
Movies about weddings and brides often show the hoards of people that a bride takes with her when she is shopping for a bridal gown. The minimalist bride can skip this drama because you already found a gown you wanted (see Step one above).
Of you choose one or two people that you can contact if you have questions about your bridal gown, wedding venue, and other important details.
You could also choose to use a wedding planner who can keep really simple by hiring a wedding planner.
Whether you hire your crew or choose a few friends whom decisions you trust, skip the drama of aching a lot of people for help and determine a supportive crew.
Fourth: Skip the Save the Date cards.
These announcements of the wedding are cute and will decorate your refrigerator for the next five years. And these announcements are completely irrelevant.
I’m sure that you have already told your close friends about the engagement and everyone else will share the news about your wedding.
You can share text messages about the wedding website (if you created one) or email your friends and tell them about the date and time of the wedding. But the Save the Date cards are completely optional when you are a minimalist bride and trying to keep the decision-making to a minimum.
Fifth: Skip the wedding attendants to streamline the wedding decisions.
The wedding party is the bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girl, ring bearer, maid of honor, or best man. Movies about weddings and brides always include a wedding party (and the chaos that they bring along) but these attendants are completely optional.
People bring opinions.
Opinions are good! Including a wedding party means that you will need to make more decisions about what the wedding party will wear, determine deadline for ordering the clothing, finding out who missed the deadlines, and etc.
But when you want a minimalist wedding, choosing not to have a wedding party is the easiest way to keep other opinions away. You can turn to your supportive crew if you have any decisions (see Find A Supportive Crew above).
Minimalist brides are not anti-decisions, but these five steps are a five things that a minimalist brides should know for their wedding.
In December 2020, Bridgerton aired on TV and captured the hearts and eyes of the world. I didn't plan to watch it until I couldn't escape it; I began to see 30th birthday parties inspired by Bridgerton and Bridgerton themed bridal showers. I had to find out what I was missing!
Why had women everywhere, young and old, Black and white, become intrigued by this show? Well, I read the eight books and really enjoyed them.
Then I watched the Bridgerton show and my mind was blown away by the gowns, the hair, the weddings, OH MY!
Bridgerton returns to Netflix on March 23. You can prepare for the new season by rewatching old episodes and daydreaming about your own Bridgeraton inspired wedding.
Delana Muse can get you started with this gorgeous Bridgerton styled shoot.
I've never imagined myself living in the 1700s (who could exist without wifi and Netflix?), but I loved to daydream about what I would wear in that period. What would inspire and captivate me? I didn't know until Bridgerton! The show includes all the demure glamor and stunning details that understandably captured the hearts of every viewer.
The Bridgerton inspired photo session features the Sasha gown in the color ivory. The session was photographed at the Athletic Club of Columbus which features wood-paneled walls, heavily decorated ceilings, and spacious rooms. You can easily imagine each room filled with ladies in large skirts and high updos or bonnet hairstyles.
The Sasha gown displays the collarbone and shoulders; areas that are not thought of as romantic and are often hidden.
Yet this Delana Muse gown allows the bride to shine and show a little shoulder.
This gown could almost be considered conservative, with the corset back closure, full skirt, and train. And the arms! The Sasha gown features billowy arm details. The arm details add romance to the bridal gown.
The Sasha gown also features a bodice covered in crescents and swirls that captures the ethereal nature of all Delana Muse gowns.
As you prepare to shop for bridal gowns and your wedding, make sure you include Delana Muse in your search. Review the gallery, get inspired for your wedding as you wait for Bridgerton to return and intrigue us.
Let me tell you a secret about body types… you have one and you dress it every day.
Let’s get that out of the way.
You are (probably) wearing clothes while wearing this and you will definitely wear clothes when you shop for bridal gowns.
So what’s the big deal about body types? Why do they stress us out when looking for bridal gowns?
Bridal gowns are important. You'll wear this gown on an important day, marry the love of your life, and the gown will have its own photo session.
A bridal gown is not just a piece of clothing.
I want to remind you that you know YOUR body. I'm encouraging you to forget about your shape and focus on looking good, just like you do every day.
I knew about these body types: apple, pear, triangle, and rectangle.
An apple shape means that you have a large belly and hip area. A pear shape is a woman with smaller busts and larger hips. You understand where I’m going with this.
While researching this blog, I found out that there are more than 8 body types for women. Wow. And there are a lot of websites that allow you to see clothes for your specific body types. But again, let’s challenge that.
Bridal boutiques don't have bridal gowns for apple-shaped women on one rack. The Delana Muse website doesn't allow you to filter bridal gowns by fit for triangular-shaped women.
Why? Delana Muse allows you to try on gowns for 10 days and determine if you love the gown. You can pay attention to more than your body type, but feel the weight of the gown and the color of the gown.
The option to try on a bridal gown at home is available for five bridal designs on the Delana Muse website.
The weight and color of a bridal gown are more important than your body type.
The option to filter gowns by body type is unavailable because you approach bridal shopping differently than any other shopping experience.
Let me explain.
Shopping for jeans to wear for date night and jeans to wear while horseback riding is different. Shopping for athleisure to lounge around the house is different from shopping for an outfit for the gym.
When choosing a bridal gown, you must consider the season when you are getting married, the venue, the time of day. I am arguing that these factors are more important than your body shape.
If you see a backless gown, you should consider it. Would that gown be too dramatic for you on Tuesday morning? Yes. Would that gown be enough flare for an evening wedding? Absolutely. Shop for your personal style.
A bridal gown with lots of ruffles or appliqués may not work for you, but a gown with multiple layers may be flirty enough to catch your eye. Try the gown on!
I hope I reminded you that the magical thing about getting married is that you've found someone who you love, someone who loves you, and you both agreed to spend your lives together.
Your beloved knows what your body looks like, but most importantly, YOU know what your body looks like. You know what shirts make you feel sexy and what dresses make you feel incredible.
When shopping for a bridal gown, you have to trust your body and find something that works for you.
So stop freaking out over your body type and dress to look good. That mermaid-shaped gown (whatever that means), might look incredible on you, but you have to try it on.
Until next time, Kyla
You can truly show your personality and feel like yourself on your wedding day.
How? Choose a colored bridal gown if that’s what your heart wants.
Traditionally, white bridal gowns are worn because they symbolize purity. The bride is marrying someone that she's never kissed and their relationship (her sexuality) is as pure and innocent as the color of her gown.
Centuries later, women continue to wear white bridal gowns. Delana Muse creates bridal gowns that celebrate the ethereal, modern, and sensual aspects of brides, with colorful bridal gowns and white gowns. Take a look.
Bridal boutiques are full of white bridal gowns.
A modern boutique may take a risk and have an ecru or eggshell-colored gown, but that is really shaking things up. Also, when brides think about themselves getting married, we picture ourselves in white gowns because that is what we see all the time. This tradition makes it difficult for us to imagine ourselves wearing any color other than white on our wedding days.
Colored bridal gowns became popular when brides had a second marriage. It feels weird to write this, but it was understood that purity wasn’t an issue in a second marriage.
If a bridal boutique had colored gowns, they were reserved for older women or brides having a second marriage.
When my parent’s married, on Valentine’s Day (!), my mom wore a pink bridal gown. Very cool, but also appropriate because she was in her late 30’s and it was a second marriage for my dad. Even in the ’80s, colored bridal gowns were still reserved for the others.
But not anymore.
Choose a colored bridal gown if that’s what your heart wants.
You should wear a colored gown if you
And to be honest, you should wear a colored gown if you're ready to defend your gown color choice every day (because you will be questioned about your decision every time you mention it) then a colored bridal gown is perfect for you.
Colored gowns are controversial.
I won’t pretend that your family will accept a colored bridal gown just because we live in 2022. People will not question your choice of a colored bridal gown. Again, we take comfort in tradition and the routines involved with weddings, including bridal gown colors.
Delana Muse designs bridal gowns that express the ethereal, modern, and sensual aspects of every bride, including colored bridal gowns. There are gorgeous dusty blush bridal gowns and minty blue bridal gowns that will flatter your skin tone and make you feel like yourself on your day.
If you live a colorful and vibrant life, you don’t have to turn your colors down because you’re getting married.
Take a chance and express yourself with a gorgeous colored bridal gown.
Do you believe in love at first sight? The moment when you first see your dream wedding dress and know you have to have it? For some of us that’s all it takes but for others it helps to try it on first, hence the importance of trunk shows.
We encourage brides to attend trunk shows because trunk shows are cool and trunk shows give clarity to brides.
How are trunk shows cool?. Just look at the history of a trunk show. Trunk shows are traditional practices in the fashion industry, where fashion designers would create garments and accessories and transport those items in trunks to clothing boutiques to be purchased. This is called hosting a trunk show. Customers would
This concept still exists today in the bridal world. As it's fair to say that the Delana Muse gowns are not shipped in an actual trunk, the exclusivity of it all remains as it’s still a bride's chance to see the bridal collection first hand and be a trendsetter.
Our trunk shows serve as an opportunity for brides to touch, try on, and even customize an existing gown to suit their tastes. So make plans to attend our trunk shows by checking out our lineup for updates; we could be coming to a city near you.
Second, trunk shows give clarity to a bride. As a bride, we know you spend countless hours dreaming about your wedding day. What you will look like, how you’ll want to feel and what features you may want to show (or not show) on your wedding day.
Attending a bridal trunk show puts a bride one step closer to choosing her bridal gown.
Choosing a bridal gown could be like flipping one domino in a line of dominoes; many other decisions will be easier to make after a gown is selected. In that one gown, a bride can imagine her wedding venue, the bridesmaids’ gowns that complement the bridal gown, floral designs, shoes, and other accessories for the wedding day.
You won't know how beneficial a trunk show is until you attend one.
Learn more about upcoming Delana Muse trunk shows here.
All over the world weddings are considered one of life’s most sacred rituals and to have the opportunity to partake in one is something I consider a privilege.
My earliest experience with weddings came from being a guest to being a bridesmaid as a teenager; so you can say I had quite an early education in choosing bridesmaid dresses, addressing invitations, and the importance of a bridal gown.
Before we continue I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Kyla Denanyoh and I am a writer and former bride. I am working with Sheila Salemme, owner and designer of Delana Muse, to shed light on some wedding tips we believe you as a bride will find useful.
Sheila is a wife, a business owner, a designer, a fashion advocate, and busy.
She created Delana Muse with the mission and intention to create for the “woman who takes delight in dressing for her soul." How amazing is that?
To dress for your soul sounds like a bride who is comfortable in her skin.
Dressing for your soul is expressing yourself on your wedding day.
I applaud that bride. I am that bride.
Spoiler alert: I worked with Sheila when I got married in 2019. Sheila designed an incredible gown that fit my personality. It was indeed the wedding dress of my dreams.
With the addition of this Delana Muse blog we hope you and your friends will have a place to discuss weddings, bridal gowns, custom designs, and more.
Be on the lookout for monthly posts and be encouraged to share your thoughts.
I’m excited that you are here.