What’s the Perfect Fit for You?

With an abundance of different wedding dress styles to choose from, you might be questioning which style will look the best on me? Though we highly encourage you to try on all types of styles to find the perfect dress, here’s a little guide to get you started.

If you’re pear-shaped…

Start with a skirt that gradually flares out in an A formation from the natural waist to the floor, highlighting the narrowness of the midsection and floating away from the hips and thighs. To showcase a slender upper body, try a spaghetti-strap bodice or a V-neckline.

If you’re busty…

Try looking for a dress with a scooped neckline, it will open up your face and display your décolletage without showing too much cleavage. If you are wanting to go strapless, consider a dress with a sweetheart neckline rather than a style that just goes straight across.

If you’re plus sized…

You should start with an Empire dress with the skirt starting just below the bust and flows into a gradual floor-length A-line. Make sure the seam doesn’t start on the chest and there is no pleating on the fabric. The dress should play up your shape; if it’s too loose, it will add pounds.

If you’re apple-shaped…

Find a dress that cinches in at the smallest point of your waist and flares out into a gradual A-shape. Opt for a bodice with texture, like a lot of lace or ruche detailing, that will camouflage and fit snugly, creating a corset-like effect. The most slenderizing neckline for you is one with a deep V, which will draw eyes toward the vertical, not the horizontal.

If you’re tall…

Look for a simple silhouette. You’ll want to emphasize your natural shape, so every aspect of the dress (the lower waistline, a floor-sweeping hem) needs to reflect your longer proportions.

If you’re straight-lined…

Start looking for a dress that will create curves where you don’t have them. Try a sheath dress in a wispy charmeuse that’s cut on the bias; the curving side seam will give you a va-va-va-voom silhouette. Or look for a ball gown that cinches in at your natural waist and descends into a full, flowing floor-length skirt: It will capitalize on your slenderness and camouflage a lack of hips.

If you’re petite…

You have a couple different options. Look for trumpet, sheath, and modified A-line gowns. Find a style with a waistline above your natural waist, to make the lower half of the dress (and therefore you) appear longer. The fabric is up to you―you can pull off a high sheen. But the detailing should be small (no huge bows) and limited to the bodice, to draw the eye upward.

If you’re small-chested…

You should consider a ruched bodice. Extra fabric up top will help fill out your upper body and create the illusion of curves. Lightly padded halter styles will also do the trick.

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5 Springfield Wedding Venues You Might Have Missed

Picking a wedding venue is a very important part of your wedding planning adventures. Make sure you have a plan and set budget on how much you are wanting to spend on a venue. Also, see what amenities the venue has to offer. Springfield has a great selection of beautiful venues to choose from for every type of couple! Check out just a few of the amazing venues that the 417 has to offer here:

Veridian Event Center

Located in the heart of historic downtown Springfield, The Veridian boasts a spacious and flexible atmosphere that can accommodate any occasion. The large windows in the atrium and the ballroom provide amazing lighting for wedding photos and the space can hold up to 300 people! The venue even has a covered patio that is connected to the ballroom where guests can enjoy music and drinks while looking out over the city of Springfield. Visit their website, www.veridianevents.com, to learn more about what they have to offer.

Enchanted Hills

This small, family owned estate might be the perfect location if you are wanting an outdoor venue. They have just about everything you can think of from rolling terraces, spring waterfalls, large pond, waterwheel, gardens, mature trees, and a newly added pavillion. This is the perfect venue for a nature loving couple and it is bound to fulfill all over your outdoor wedding dreams!

Historic Firehouse No. 2

The Historic Firehouse No. 2, located on Commercial Street, offers the option of an indoor ceremony in the Main Hall or an outdoor ceremony in the beautiful adjacent courtyard. The space is filled with historic amber chandeliers and vintage light fixtures and can hold up to 250 guests! This might just be the venue you’ve been searching for, learn more information about what all they have to offer here.

Hotel Vandivort

For a more modern and elegant twist, Hotel Vandivort may be the perfect fit. Located on the top floor, the historic Vandivort Ballroom is 2,800 square feet and has hosted social events in downtown Springfield for more than 100 years. With stunning views of downtown Springfield and historic Walnut Street, the ballroom can accommodate up to 200 guests. Be sure to checkout their website to learn more about what they can offer you on your special day!

Walnut Street Inn Bed and Breakfast

If you’re looking for a more intimate wedding venue, this is the place for you. The Walnut Street Inn Bed & Breakfast combines vintage charm with up-to-date and modern amenities offering you a unique & charming small wedding venue for up to 45 guests – being only half a mile from downtown so you maintain an urban feel as well. From a small and simple elopement to an elaborate intimate wedding, the Walnut Street Inn will make your day as effortlessly easy as possible.

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Do You Need A Wedding Planner?

Planning a wedding can be a big, daunting task for the average person. That’s why a wedding planner or coordinator can be a huge help to you. Most of the time, people opt out of a wedding planner because they are on a tight budget, but your planner or coordinator is there to help you stay on track with your budget and sometimes even helps you save money!

There are a range of professionals that fall under the “planner” category that can help with an array of things. You might just need someone to help on the day of your wedding or you might want someone who is there through every aspect of the planning process. Let’s break down the different types of experts that are available to you and find out which one can help you with what you need. Just be cautious – these terms aren’t always used consistently throughout the industry, but they will give you an idea of what to look for when you are interviewing potential planners.

Full Service Planner

A full service planner does it all. They can help you with just about everything from the design concepts to the coordination of events. This is the perfect planner for the couple who is having a complex event, or you simply just want someone to guide you through every step and every detail leading up to the very last minute of your big day.

Event Designer

The main purpose of an event designer is to pull the vision and look of the day together, not necessarily to focus on organizing the logistics, such as the budget or the timeline. Think of this type of planner as an interior designer for you wedding. They will often work with your vendors to bring your dreams and visions to life. This type of planner is perfect for the couple who is great with the organizational side of things but just needs a little extra help on the design side of things.

A La Carte Planner

This part-time pro is there to help you piece the puzzle pieces together. They might help you with the design aspect, direct you to vendors, or help with a specific project. This planner will just be there when you need them and typically charge you an hourly rate or a flat fee for their service. Perfect for the couple who just needs a little push in the right direction!

Day of Coordinator

A day of coordinator makes sure everything runs as smoothly as possible on your big day. They’ll handle your vendors and any setup on your wedding day, as well as any cleanup afterwards to ensure that you and your family members can relax and soak up the memories. This is the perfect choice for a couple who wants to be very hands on in the planning process, but they still want an extra set of hands to help with last minute details.

Here at Ella Weiss, we do offer in house wedding coordinating have a couple different packages for you to choose from. We would love to be a part of your day and help in any way possible! Be sure to call 417-865-0700 to learn more information.

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5 Wedding Trends That Are Here To Stay

Wedding trends. They come and they go. Some trends fade away without ever being thought of again, while others stay around for quite some time. So, what trends are we expecting to stick around for a while? Brides magazine recently released their top five trends that aren’t going anywhere.

Photo Booths

Photo booths are a classic touch to any reception. Go the extra mile while saving some money and make it a DIY booth. Photo booths give your wedding an interactive and playful touch and gives your guests something they really want to bring home with them. Popularity in photo booths have really exploded in past years with couples choosing to go the more old-school way with a booth with a curtain, or they go for an open booth with a fun backdrop.

Props are a must either way. Costume pieces and fun signs help guests let loose and get creative with their photos. Incorporate your wedding theme, use props that tell your love story, or props that have something to do with your favorite hobbies or activities. To be even more extra and over the top, you can now have a GIF photo booth at your wedding. This allows you instant social sharing which is the perfect opportunity for guests to use your wedding hashtag.

M2 Photography

M2 Photography

Comfort Food


Comfort food is becoming more and more common at receptions, rather than formal, elegant food that guests can’t even pronounce. After months of dieting and cleansing teas, wouldn’t you rather be snacking on mini sliders or at a taco bar?

Your guests will love eating delicious food they are familiar with and let’s be real, so will you. You can even use this as an opportunity to honor a loved one by featuring grandma’s famous homemade apple pie or your aunt’s mac n’ cheese recipe.

After Parties

Trust me, after parties aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. You’ve spent months meticulously planning your wedding and it will probably be over with in the blink of an eye. After the DJ plays the last song and the bartender calls last call, it’s finally time for you to have some good clean fun and let loose.

The after party can be a range of things. It can be as informal as a casual get together at a local bar, or you could consider budgeting for your after party and renting out a cool, close by venue and having high energy entertainment to get the real party started. End the night with a food truck stopping by the venue. Pizza, cheeseburgers, or even a funnel cake will definitely cure your midnight munchies.

Neutral Tones

Eric Kelly Photography

Eric Kelly Photography

Who doesn’t love a classic white wedding with a few soft neutral tones? Couples have been sticking with palettes of cremes, soft greens, whites, and blushes lately and it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop anytime soon. While this classic look is chic and graceful, don’t be afraid to add a “signature color” to small details of your decor. Think subtle pops of burgundy or a burnt orange somewhere in the ink on the seating cards, napkins, or table overlays, for example, would be stunning.


Lastly, hashtags have come in to play more recently, but it looks like they’re in it for the long run. Wedding hashtags have become an essential part of the wedding process. From when you first get engaged all the way to posting your wedding photos, the hashtag will be a major key to help you share your wedding with the world.

In this narcissistic world we’re living in, I know you all want your wedding to be shown off to the world. Your hashtag should reflect you as a couple and be relevant to your celebration in some way. Don’t just use your wedding hashtag at your wedding, encourage your guests, family, and friends to use it at showers, shopping trips, and bachelor/bachelorette parties. Even go the extra mile and create a Snapchat geofilter to elevate your social game even more.

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6 Steps to Finding the Perfect Dress

Finding the perfect wedding dress can be exciting and stressful all at the same time. If this is your first experience with wedding dress shopping, you may not know exactly what to expect. With these six helpful steps, you can leave the stress behind and focus on the exciting part of finding the dress of your dreams!

1. Start shopping about 9 months out from your big day

If you haven’t shopped for a wedding dress before, you may not know that most designer dresses take about an average of six to nine months to ship. And if you’re wanting to add custom details or other alterations, plan on adding a few more months to your dress timeline. Short on time? Ask your bridal consultant if your dress can be rush delivered for an additional fee or consider getting a sample dress that probably has a nice discount on it!

2. Know your budget

Just because you have budgeted $1,500 for your wedding dress doesn’t necessarily mean you can buy a $1,500 dress. Take into consideration tax and a shipping fee and also alteration fees. Some bridal salons will cap your alterations at a certain price and some just have a flat rate, so you need to make sure you are asking questions. Also, a lot of places will require a 50% deposit on your dress the day you buy it, so make sure you are ready to make that payment.

3. Find the right silhouette for your body type

Familiarize yourself with the different types of dress silhouettes before your first time shopping so you don’t get lost with all the bridal terms. It’s also important to try on styles and silhouettes that you aren’t super crazy about because sometimes they end up being your favorite. Go into your shopping experience open minded and don’t be afraid to try on something out of your comfort zone. If you don’t like it, you can just move on to the next one!

4. Keep your dress shopping entourage small

You obviously don’t want to go dress shopping alone, but when you bring in too many people you get too many opinions, making it difficult to ever decide on a dress. Maybe just invite 2 or 3 of your closest friends and make a fun day of it. With a smaller shopping party, your dress frustrations will be far easier to handle with only a couple opinions rather than a whole room full of opinions. And you can always take pictures and send them to your friends once you’ve narrowed down your choices!

5. Sales are usually final

Keep in mind when you do decide on a dress or bridal accessories, that most sales are final. Some bridal salons will even have you sign a contract, so make sure you are reading what you are agreeing to. Be sure when you pick out accessories that you are 100% sure. If you’re picking out a veil or another type of accessory, consider trying them on and snapping a quick picture and then going home and thinking about it, because it will always be there the next day if you are still dying to have it!

6. Ask yourself a lot of questions

Lastly, make sure you are asking yourself questions like if the dress is comfortable, if you can sit down in the dress, or if you feel self conscious? You want to feel your absolute best on your wedding day and feeling comfortable in your dress is a big part of that! Walk around the store, dance a little bit, and most importantly make sure you can sit. Brides are so excited about finding the perfect looking dress that they often forget about what they feel like in the dress.

Best of luck to you on your search for the perfect dress!

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Spring Wedding Trends 2017

Spring is right around the corner and that only means that spring wedding season is coming up quick. What should you expect to see at this year’s spring weddings? We’re here to tell you about five of the biggest spring wedding trends of 2017!

Bold Colors

All-white weddings are out and bright and bold colors are back in. Expect to see a lot less pastels and prepare for bolder colors. There are many ways to incorporate bright colors into your wedding decor such as a bold bouquet, brighter colored bridesmaid dresses, and bright flowers in the floral arrangements.

Lighter Groomswear

Why dress the guys in all black in the most colorful season of the year? With groomswear, there are an array of options other than black. If you want to go with a pastel look, a light grey suit paired with a pastel tie or bow tie would look super chic in your spring wedding. Also, there’s nothing that screams spring more than a guy in a seersucker suit!

Hanging Centerpieces

We first started seeing this trend back in 2015, but it looks like it is here to stay. Hanging centerpieces are unique, exciting, and also saves you tons of table space. With hanging centerpieces, it allows your eyes to dance and gives you something amazing to look at! Mix in some of those bright florals from you bouquet and your hanging centerpieces will definitely not be forgotten.

Bright Bridesmaids

Pastel bridesmaid dresses are typically a go-to for spring weddings but make a bold move and go for a bright color. Cobalt blue or a vivid pink might be the way to go. Since you might already be incorporating bright colors or bright florals into your wedding decor, a pop of color in the bridal party wouldn’t hurt either!

Embrace the rain

You know what they say – “April showers bring May flowers,” so why not just embrace the rain instead of fighting it? Consider using upside down umbrellas as a creative touch of decor, or if you know that it is supposed to rain on your big day, provide umbrellas for your guests and consider pulling out the rain boots!

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Bridal Trends Spring ’17

As wedding season approaches, we’ve seen the new runway bridal trends and we’ve got the 411- or should we say the 417- on the latest trends here at Ella Weiss. Here are some of the latest trends from our designers that you will be dying to try on for your special day:

Illusion Necklines

Nothing is better than making your guests take a double look at your dress while walking down the aisle. Illusion necklines add a little something extra than a strapless gown. It adds a bit more glamour and a young vibe with a dash of sexiness to the look. Here are some of our favorite illusion necklines:

Penelope by WTOO, available at Ella Weiss Wedding Design

Nelly by WTOO

L6105 by Legends Romona Keveza

Plunging Necklines

One of the most popular trends on the bridal runway are plunging necklines. we love it when our brides go for something a little daring! Here are some of the dresses we are loving for this trend:

Marnie by WTOO, available at Ella Weiss Wedding Design

Margot by Sottero & Midgley

Aziza by Watters

Horse Hair Trim

We all love a good ball gown dress for weddings- it’s what most of us dream about wearing on our big day as little girls. Horse hair trim gives our childhood dream dress a new ‘edge’ and we couldn’t be happier with this trend.

Kennedy by WTOO available at Ella Weiss Wedding design

Selena by WTOO available at Ella Weiss Wedding Design

Amelie by Sottero & Midgley


Bohemian chic is totally in this year. What’s a better way than to show off your personal style at your own wedding with a two-piece dress? Having a two-piece can be very versatile. You’re able to switch up your look from ceremony to your reception by mixing different tops with different skirts. This also makes a great excuse to wear your wedding pieces again after your big day!

Lanikai (Crop Top) & Bordeaux (Skirt) by Willowby by Watters available at Ella Weiss Wedding Design

Shardea (Bodice) & Rosella (Skirt) by Sottero & Midgley available at Ella Weiss Wedding Design

Off the Shoulder

One of the most popular trends that we’ve seen this year is off the shoulder gowns, and we have to say it’s one of our favorites!This style gives wedding gowns a soft romantic vibe, isn’t that what we all want?

Heaton by WTOO available at Ella Weiss Wedding Design

L854 by Legends by Romona Keveza available at Ella Weiss Wedding Design

Willowby by WTOO

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November Sample Sale

Join Us at Ella Weiss Wedding Design for Our Largest Sample Sale Ever!

It’s that time of year again, the time to get beautiful designer gowns at discounted prices.

Wedding dresses starting at $99! Shoes, Special Occasion, Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses, Belts & Accessories included!

All sample sale gowns are first-come, first-serve.

Doors open 10 am Saturday, November 1st. Appointments only Sunday, November 2nd.

Call to reserve your appointment today!

Share this post on Facebook & be entered to win a free Illusions veil and an extra 10% off your dress!

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Fall DIY Bride Night!

To all Brides and Wives.

You are invited to join us on October 9th, 2014 for a craft filled evening. We will be painting pumpkins, whether you choose to paint your new address, wedding date, or monogram, choice is yours!

Admission is $15. We will be providing craft supplies, one pumpkin, drinks and snacks!

Spaces are limited so please call 417.865.0700 to RSVP by October 6th, 2014.

(may reserve additional pumpkins for $5 or you are welcome to bring additional pumpkins)

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Trendy Tuesday

Trendy Tuesday! We are loving the back embroidery and sheer lace on wedding dresses. We have some gorgeous ones coming in next month so stayed tuned, we’ll post pictures as soon as we get them in the store! Be sure to follow us on Facebook!

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