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National Bridal Market Chicago: Recap and Bestsellers 2011

11 October 2011

Those of you that came to see us at the National Bridal Market in Chicago at the end of September should already have started receiving your orders and we hope that you are pleased with your new products. The new Victorian-inspired accessories collection has been extremely popular with our UK customers and so we were pleased to be able to bring the new collection to Chicago this year.

Richard Designs at Chicago Bridal Market

The four day show was a real joy for us to attend. With lots of international and US designers and manufacturers showing, we soaked up the fashions and style of American Brides. Everyone was so welcoming and we look forward to returning next year! So now what you’ve been waiting for…the bestsellers from the show. Un-missable information if you are a US bridal retailer and couldn’t make it to the show!


First off, the veils. The C325C was very popular at the show. Its scalloped edge and diamante detail sections all around the edge makes this veil easy to match with any gown, adding subtle sparkle.

Wedding Veil Diamante Edge C325C

The show stopping C360A is part of our Victorian Inspired collection. This veil has two combs, which can be placed separately to create a bouffant effect.

Two Comb Veil C360A

The beautiful silver button detailing finishes off the veil perfectly.

Two Comb Veil C360A Detail

The C310A was also popular, with some of you asking for it with a detachable train – perfect for a bride who wants to wear a long veil for the ceremony and a shorter veil in the evening. The diamante detail on the C310A is beautiful and matches many silver beaded areas of current gown styles, and the drop on each scallop adds even more sparkle.

Silver detail plus drop veil C310A

And last but not least, the Royal Wedding Inspired C353C was, not surprisingly, also very popular. Inspired by the lace applique and silk wedding veil that the Duchess of Cambridge wore at her wedding to Prince William, this veil is bordered with beautiful French lace, hand applied here in the UK.

Royal Wedding Inspired Veil C353C

Tiaras & Headdresses

The side tiara TR1023A is perfect for a bride who wants on-trend headwear that is easy to wear yet makes a statement, no wonder it was so popular at the show!

Silver Crystal Side Tiara TR1023A

The TR1361A is beautifully delicate and textured with layers of fabrics, crystals and pearls.

Victorian Inspired Headdress TR1361A

TR1361A Modelled

For those who want a softer look, the TR1036A is a great twist on a side tiara. Delicate feathers and silver crystals sit on the side of a head for a modern touch. This headdress can also be made in many different colours for bridesmaids or mother of the bride! Feather Bridal Headdress TR1036A

The TR1302A band is a must-have for any bridal shop window. The graduating silver crystals on a comfortable band creates an elegant look that works with many styles of gown.

Silver Crystal Hairband TR1302A

Silver Crystal Hairband TR1302A Modelled

Come back on Friday when we’ll reveal the bestselling bridal fascinators, petticoats and jewelry from the Chicago show!

If you are a US bridal retailer and would like to see the new collection, just give us a call on 888 UK VEILS (858 3457) or email If you are a bride and are interested in wearing Richard Designs for your wedding, see our How to Buy page.

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Richard Designs are the leading UK supplier of bridal accessories, designing and making everything in England.


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