The importance of being bridal

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Published: Friday, October 5, 2012 at 11:30 AM.

NICEVILLE — Summer is here, the temperatures are heating up and weddings are in full swing along the Emerald Coast.

This season, many local wedding shops are busy preparing brides and grooms to walk down the aisle in style.

“When brides come in the store, they want me to tell them what to wear because I’ve dressed so many brides,” said Anna Distelzweig, owner of Anna’s Bridal & Formal LLC. “I always ask them what they see themselves walking down the aisle in. Every bride should have the dress of her dreams.”

Anna’s Bridal & Formal LLC and Red Raspberry Boutique are among the local wedding shops that offer wedding apparel and services. Both stores carry bridal, bridesmaids and formalwear dress brands such as Maggie Sottero and Jasmine Bridal. Tuxedos, accessories and wedding coordinating and direction services are also available.

Breezy, lightweight fabrics and shapes are all the rave this season, Distelzweig said.

“Lace and chiffon are in for the summer, not heavy satin,” she said. “The fit and flare style as opposed to the mermaid dress is also popular this season.”

Distelzweig added that beach weddings allow for more casual attire unlike the traditional weddings, which typically have large dresses, long trains and elaborate veils.

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