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Archive for September, 2009

Announcing The New Website

Sep 25, 2009

After months of hard work and preparation, we’re excited to finally announce the launch of the new Dimitra Designs website! We designed our new site with our visitors in mind, and we hope you’ll like the updated design and easier to navigate site. Let us know if there’s features you’d like to see on the site or ideas for making your Dimitra Designs experience even better!

Our “Preferred Vendors” page is one of our favorite sections on the new site – if you’re planning an upstate South Carolina wedding, this list should be printed out and kept in your back pocket at all times! From our favorite honeymoon planning services to relaxing local spas, we have the info to make your wedding preparations a success and a snap.

We’re continually updating the site with new wedding gowns and bridal wear, so check back often, but we can’t guarantee you won’t fall in love with a new dress each time ;-)

Wedding Updos: The Half-Up Style

Sep 16, 2009

We love the “Half-Up” hairstyle that’s become quite popular for weddings and formal events – it has that casual elegance look that we just adore. We think it looks especially exquisite with strapless wedding gowns, but comes in so many different forms that you can wear it with virtually any style dress. Here’s some must-do’s for the half-up do!

- Hair should be at least chin length, and non-layered hairstyles usually look best. If you’re a fine-haired girl, you’ll need extra flexible hold hairspray to hold that style in place!
- Try to refrain from washing your hair for at least 24 hours before your half-up do, as the natural oils in your hair will help the style stay secure.
- Are you a curly haired girl? You’re in luck – relaxed waves look gorgeous in half updo’s!
- Your wedding veil will usually be attached at the back, where your hair will be gathered for your half-up do. This helps incorporate your veil more into your hairstyle and creating a cohesive, beautiful look to your hairstyle, veil, and wedding dress.
- Pretty tiaras and sparkly hair accessories look great in a half-up style, and glam up your hairstyle. has an impressive gallery of half-up hairstyles. Here’s some of our favorites to help you get a bit of inspiration for your wedding day hairstyle!

Get Married In Beautiful Greenville, South Carolina

Sep 8, 2009

Set on the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville, South Carolina is a beautiful city filled with that old fashioned Southern hospitality we know and love, and yet modern enough to make it the perfect city to host the wedding of your dreams. There’s beautiful Falls Park on the Reedy, a pretty park filled with gardens and waterfalls, and a 355 foot pedestrian bridge that would be perfect for your wedding photos! You and your wedding guests can enjoy The Peace Center for the Performing Arts, the Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville Zoo, and all the great shops and lively restaurants located in downtown Greenville.

More and more couples have been coming to Greenville to exchange their vows, and if you’re already a Greenville resident, count yourself lucky! All of us at Dimitra Designs want to make your wedding dreams a reality, from the dress right to the ceremony, and we now offer Wedding Officiant packages – you can exchange vows in a civil ceremony right here at Dimitra Designs or at a beautiful home on Paris Mountain in Greenville. We offer 7 different Wedding Packages, reasonably priced from $50 to $475!

Greenville is a very pretty city that really does have a great deal of green space, making it an ideal spot for all those wedding moments and the photographs you’ll have for a lifetime! Greenville has it all – beautiful parks, trails, and nearby lakes; stylish shops and restaurants; and of course the genteel Southern lifestyle and architecture.  Come visit all of us in Greenville on your wedding day!

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Beautiful Wedding Locations:

Sep 3, 2009

Imagine an absolutely breathtaking wedding at the foot of a beautiful Italian lake. This picturesque image can be a reality with the help of Italian Lakes Wedding! These talented wedding experts are here to help you plan your dream wedding located in one of several romantic settings in Italy: Lake Garda, Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, or Lake Orta.

These beautiful settings will make your big day feel like a beautiful fairytale, and both you and your husband and guests will have an amazing time! It’s truly a day you’ll remember and cherish forever. Check out their Blog to read real-life wedding stories in the Italian lakes region!

Be sure to check out Italian Lakes Wedding, and meet their great Team of creative and experienced wedding planners here to help you have an extraordinary wedding day.

Getting To Know Dimitra Designs

Sep 2, 2009

It’s commonplace these days to order everything from books to electronics online, but some bride-to-be’s may be a little nervous about ordering their beautiful wedding dress online. After all, you want to be sure the dress comes from a reputable bridal boutique with real-world wedding. We’re not just an online store here at Dimitra Designs, we have an actual retail location as well, with over 15,000 square feet of gorgeous wedding dresses and formal wear here in Greenville, South Carolina!

We pride ourselves on being wedding experts, and Dimitra Mandala, wonderful founder of Dimitra Designs, has years of dressmaking experience, and definitely knows what goes into a beautiful wedding dress! Feel free to give us a call at 800-866-0968 or send us an email at to chat about which dress would be ideal for your wedding day. Check out some photos of our retail location to get to know us a bit better!