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Our fashion team is reporting live from the runways! Follow us on Instagram or Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates, and browse all of the photos in our daily recaps. 


Runway Schedule:

Bridal Party Fashion:

Bridal Accessories:

April 16
See gowns by: Lela Rose and Pronovias.

April 13
See gowns by Austin Scarlett, Legends by Romona Keveza, Romona Keveza, Vera Wang, Ivy & Aster, Eve of Milady, Elizabeth Fillmore, and Anna Maier.

April 12
See gowns by Maggie Sottero, Sottero and Midgley, Ines Di Santo, Christos, Kenneth Pool, Anne Barge, Peter Langner, Amsale, Yumi Katsura, Simone Carvalli, and Jenny Lee.

April 11
See gowns by Oleg Cassini for David's Bridal, Oscar de la Renta, Marchesa, Christos Costarellos, Inbal Dror, Carolina Herrera, Isabelle Armstrong, Monique Lhuillier, Rivini by Rita Vinieris, and Jenny Packham.

April 10
See gowns by Angel Sanchez, Temperley London, Truly Zac Posen, Theia, Kelly Faetanini, Alyne, Reem Acra, and Anne Bowen.

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April 9
See gowns by David's Bridal.


April 6 & 7
See gowns by: Mori Lee, Cristiano Lucci, Val Stefani, Moonlight, Lis Simon, Sottero & Midgley, Ellis Bridals, Saison Blanche, Alyce Paris, Casablanca Bridal, Eddy K, Jordan Fashions, Eden Bridals, and Jasmine Bridal.

April 5
See gowns by: Maggie Sottero, Birnbaum & Bullock, JLM Couture, Watters, Justin Alexander, Essense of Australia, Venus Bridal, Mary's Bridal, Impression Bridal, Paloma Blanca, Mikaella, and more.

 

Author: ssainato
Posted: April 4, 2014, 3:24 pm

Maggie Sottero Trunk Shows

Maggie Sottero May - June 2014 Schedule

May 16 - May 18, 2014
Portland, OR
Charlotte's Wedding
(503) 297-9622

May 16 - May 24, 2014
New York, NY
RK Bridal
(212) 947-1155

May 30 - June 1, 2014
Fort Collins, CO
Dora Grace LLC
(970) 449-4088

May 30 - June 1, 2014
Oklahoma City, OK
Pomp and Pageantry
(405) 631-1927

 

June 5 - June 7, 2014
Lebanon, TN
The White Room
(615) 449-9756

June 6 - June 8, 2014
Anaheim, CA
Mariposa Boutique
(714) 776-6881

June 6 - June 8, 2014
Malden, MA
Precious Memories
(781) 397-1336

June 13 - June 15, 2014
West Des Moines, IA
Schaffer's
(515) 288-0356

June 20 - June 22, 2014
Louisville, KY
Bridal Warehouse, Inc.
(502) 499-7911

June 27 - June 29, 2014
Arvada, CO
Amanda's Bridal
(303) 422-4007

June 27 - June 29, 2014
Evansville, IN
Bridal Warehouse, Inc.
(270) 769-5785

June 27 - June 29, 2014
Pleasanton, CA
J'aime Bridal
(925) 846-8459

June 28 - June 29, 2014
Leesburg, VA
Leesburg Bridal
(703) 777-8822

Sottero & Midgley May - June 2014 Schedule

May 16 - May 24, 2014
New York, NY
RK Bridal
(212) 947-1155

May 30 - June 1, 2014
Oak Lawn, IL
Eva's Bridal of Oak Lawn
(708) 422-5599

June 14 - June 15, 2014
Burlington, NC
Elegant Bridal, LLC
(336) 270-3671

June 20 - June 22, 2014
Anaheim, CA
Mariposa Boutique
(714) 776-6881

June 20 - June 22, 2014
Oklahoma City, OK
Pomp and Pageantry
(405) 631-1927

 

Author: ngharbi
Posted: December 3, 2013, 8:36 pm

Designers Sketch What Upcoming Celebrity Brides Should Wear

By: 
Stefania Sainato

There are so many celeb weddings to look forward to that we can barely keep count (just how long are you going to keep us waiting, Jen and Angelina?). 

We can't rub a crystal ball and predict what's in store. So, we did the next best thing and asked top bridal gown designers to sketch their wedding visions for A-list brides. Check out the spot-on styles they came up with  which dress would you most like to wear for your own nuptials?

1. Kim Kardashian 

Yumi Katsura sketched a lavish three-part dress for the soon-to-be Mrs. West. A body-conscious silhouette flaunts the 33-year-old's famous Kardashian curves, while the geometric seams and jeweled bolero fit her new style M.O. — North's mama has been stepping out in more fashion-forward styles as of late (when she's not strapped to a motorcycle in "Bound 2," that is).

"There's no way Kim Kardashian shouldn't be on the cover of Vogue. She's like the most intriguing woman right now. She's got Barbara Walters calling her like everyday," Kanye West said during an interview with Ryan Seacrest.

We think that the outspoken groom would appreciate this ostrich skirt...

kim kardashian wedding gown sketch

...which can be removed to reveal a shorter hemline later on in the evening during dancing. After all, a live musical performance is a must (we nominate Beyoncé to belt out their first dance song!). 

kim kardashian sketch

P.S. Check out this hilarious Barbie doll depiction of Kimye's wedding!

Next: Jennifer Aniston's wedding dress sketch ►

2. Jennifer Aniston:

"For my wedding, I wouldn’t do an updo, but I think a veil is always pretty," Jennifer Aniston told Marie Claire. "I like loose and natural hair because it goes against the formality of the dress. Loose, like ‘I just got out of bed, maybe had a romp’ hair."

OK, so she's got the hairstyle down pat, but what kind of dress will America's Sweetheart wear when she ties the knot with Justin Theroux, her actor/screenwriter fiancé? The 44-year-old actress can pull off a ballgown like no one's business (who could forget the red Valentino ballgown from this year's Oscars?), but Steven Birnbaum envisions her in a sleek, long-sleeved sheath on the big day.

A plunging (yet tasteful) neckline and buttons that run down the entire length of the back add sultry appeal. Don't expect any frou-frou embellishments from this less-is-more style icon.

P.S. Watch Jen get choked up about her engagement!

jennifer aniston wedding gown sketch

Next: Angelina Jolie's wedding dress sketch ►

3. Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt announced their engagement back in April of 2012 — could 2014 finally be the year that the parents of six decide to become husband and wife? We vote yes.

When Brangelina does get married, we think the 38-year-old philanthropic bride would feel right at home in this Eden Bridals gown, featuring an asymmetrical neckline and chapel-length train. The architectural bodice is beautiful yet fierce, just like her.

Jolie's style has evolved considerably throughout the years: At her wedding to actor Jonny Lee Miller in 1996, she wore rubber pants and a T-shirt with her groom's name written in blood, which she had drawn herself. Yikes!

angelina jolie wedding dress sketch

Next: Scarlett Johansson's wedding dress sketch ►

4. Scarlett Johansson:

Scarlett Johansson got engaged to French journalist Romain Dauriac with a spellbinding Art Deco-inspired ring, and we think her wedding gown will be just as unique. Her fiancé currently lives along the River Seine in the St. Germain de Pres district of Paris, and ScarJo has reportedly been spotted looking at churches in the area.

Steven Birnbaum's vision is perfectly in line with a glamorous Parisian affair: A grand halter ballgown completely embroidered with dramatic floral appliqués. The confident 29-year-old starlet can pull off the bold look, and we think there's a chance that she'll incorporate a pop of color in her ensemble as well.

Johansson's previous wedding to Ryan Reynolds took place in 2008 in a remote part of Canada, so we predict she'll take a different approach to wedding planning this time. According to CNN, she's said that "where we got married, there were bears and whales and eagles...I never thought that I’d be planning my wedding in a dark alley somewhere, but it turned out that way."

scarlett johannson wedding gown sketch

Next: Jessica Simpson's wedding dress sketch ►

5. Jessica Simpson:

Jessica Simpson's wedding has been three years in the making. Since she got engaged to former NFL player Eric Johnson, she's given birth to two kids (a 15-month old daughter, Maxwell, and a four-month old son, Ace Knute), served as a judge on Fashion Star, been nominated as a Weight Watchers spokesperson. And now, she's busy working on a TV pilot for NBC based on her life experiences.

But the item on her to-do list that we're most excited about is that she's reportedly scouting wedding venue locations in Capri. We think the 33-year-old entertainer and fashion designer would love this A-line gown by Maggie Sottero.

Beaded embroidered lace adorns a tulle over point d'esprit and organza skirt, creating an elegant and traditional look. A Swarovski-encrusted belt fits the star's fun-loving personality. It's Southern glamour at its finest for the Texas-born star!

jessica simpson wedding gown sketch

Next: Sofia Vergara's wedding dress sketch ►

Sofia Vergara:

Sofia Vergara knows what works when it comes to her fashion choices. "I still take advantage of the cleavage," the 41-year-old Modern Family star admitted to E! News. "While I have it, why not flaunt it? Who knows how long I'll have it looking this way."

When the Columbian-born beauty marries businessman Nick Loeb, she'll choose a modern yet elegant wedding gown. "I've been married before, so nothing too traditional or crazy," she's said. 

The Moonlight Bridal style pictured below features her favorite silhouette  the mermaid. The gown's ruffled skirt has more volume than what she normally wears on the red carpet, making it a wedding-worthy choice. 

Like Jessica Simpson, we anticipate that she'll accessorize her dress with an incredible belt, along with some amazing statement jewelry. (We're still dreaming about the emerald, ruby, and sapphire earrings from Lorraine Schwartz that she wore to this year's Emmys — they cost a cool $7 million.)

sofia vergara wedding gown sketch

Next: Olivia Wilde's wedding dress sketch ►

Olivia Wilde:

Olivia Wilde takes a chic yet no-fuss approach to her everyday style. When it comes to her wedding day ensemble, the 29-year-old actress will be just as low-key, telling The Editorialist that "I just trust my eye."

She and her fiancé, comedian/actor Jason Sudeikis, currently live in New York and have professed their love for the Big Apple in numerous interviews, so we predict they'll get hitched in an intimate ceremony in their home state. They also recently announced the exciting news that they're expecting their first child together!

Given all of these factors, we think that the bride would look radiant in this soft and pretty A-line Eden Bridals dress. The natural waist can accommodate a growing baby bump.

Plus, the gorgeous bodice features a Queen Anne neckline and short lace sleeves leading to a sheer back. Overall, the look reminds us of the gorgeous pearl-gray dress that she wore to the 2008 Emmys.

olivia wilde wedding dress sketch

Next: Hayden Panettiere's wedding dress sketch ►

Hayden Panettiere:

Ever since her role on Heroes, we knew Hayden Panettiere would be a rising star in Hollywood. Offscreen, she's a style chameleon, constantly switching up her hair, makeup and fashion looks. "I’m pretty spontaneous. I like abrupt changes — it excites me," she told People.

The 24-year-old Nashville star is engaged to Wladimir Klitschko, a professional boxer from the Ukraine, and rumors are circulating that they're planning holiday-inspired nuptials. If that's the case, then we think the Maggie Sottero style pictured below would be perfect! 

This champagne-hued gown is crafted from beaded tulle, Swarovski crystals, and luxurious satin, all of which complement a wintry theme. A dazzling V-neckline accentuates the petite actress' toned physique.

hayden panettiere wedding gown sketch

Next: Lauren Conrad's wedding dress sketch ►

Lauren Conrad:

Television personality and fashion designer Lauren Conrad is known for her ultra-feminine style — she's always beautifully pulled-together and on trend without looking like she tried too hard. Best of all, she dishes out relatable fashion advice on her website, LaurenConrad.com.

So when the 27-year-old announced her engagement to law school student William Tell, we knew her wedding dress would be a knockout. We'd outfit her in the Melissa Sweet for David's Bridal style pictured below.  

"It's feminine and romantic, made with a tossed lilac jacquard and delicate beading, but still sexy with a corseted bodice. It's the perfect marriage of tradition and sex appeal," said Robert Barnowske, the VP of Design for David's Bridal.

But the former reality star isn't rushing down the aisle just yet — she wants to take her time and enjoy the wedding planning process. "Enjoy falling in love. When girls get caught up in the timeline, it becomes more about the wedding than the marriage. You should be with someone with whom you could elope this weekend and be happy,” she told Cosmpolitan.

melissa sweet wedding gown sketch

Next: Snooki's wedding dress sketch ►

Snooki:

It's no surprise that Jersey Shore star Nicole Polizzi has said that she wants a New Jersey-fied fairy tale wedding, complete with fireworks and "a princess-type gown with a huge train." Ask and you shall receive, Snooki: Eden Bridals has designed a regal ballgown for your big day!

The 26-year-old may no longer rock a hair pouf, but this gown delivers on the volume that she requested for her wedding. The tulle skirt is made with a royal duchess satin overlay draped from the hip. The sweetheart bodice is fully beaded, perfect for the sparkle-and-shine bride. 

Now all that's left to do is pick outfits for Jionni LaValle (her fiancé) and Lorenzo (their 15-month old son). You're welcome.

snooki wedding dress sketch

Next: Kelly Osbourne's wedding dress sketch ►

Kelly Osbourne:

We're expecting one heck of a wedding dress from Kelly Osbourne! The E! Fashion star and daughter of rock god Ozzy Osbourne can pull off ultra-elaborate styles and wild looks with ease. She tends to favor vintage-inspired silhouettes and details.

In honor of her amazing hair color, Moonlight sketched this purple and black gown for her wedding to chef Matthew Mosshart. (Fun fact: They first met at Kate Moss' wedding back in 2011.)

We think the 29-year-old would approve of the glamorous and goth vibe of this wedding dress, which showcases an illusion neckline and feather detailing. We can only hope that she'll honor her British heritage by wearing a fascinator!

sofia vergara wedding gown sketch

Next: Katie Couric's wedding dress sketch ►

Katie Couric:

Katie Couric is soliciting wedding advice on her website, KatieCouric.com. The 56-year old is engaged to banker John Molner, who proposed on the beach in East Hampton, New York, with a spectacular cushion-cut ring.

"It’s the second time around for me [sadly, her first husband, Jay Monahan, died from colon cancer in 1998] so am picturing something tasteful — sorry, no Cinderella gown!" she wrote.

Oleg Cassini for David's Bridal designed a gorgeous yet tasteful dress for the veteran journalist and second-time bride. "This classically streamlined silhouette with opulent pearl embellishment gives a regal flair for a sophisticated bride...and the wrap offers chic coverage," said Barnowske.

katie couric wedding gown sketch

 

Author: ssainato
Posted: November 26, 2013, 5:57 pm

The Best Tuxedo for Your Body Type

By: 
Samantha Silverman

tuxedo fit guide

Your wedding day is much more than a special occasion. It’s one of the most significant days in your life. It’s an amazing celebration of a commitment that will change your life forever.

Most women agree that men look better when wearing a tuxedo. For many men, their wedding day is the first time they've ever worn a tuxedo. There are subtle differences in lapel styles and fit that can make a tremendous difference on your appearance. There is no bad news — there’s a tuxedo that can flatter every guy who selects to wear one.

The great news is that a variety of styles are available in stores throughout the country. About 80% of men select to wear a tuxedo on their wedding day — and roughly 75% of them will rent rather than purchase. Renting a tuxedo is a practical solution to looking your best without breaking the bank. Contrary to a common misconception, not all rental tuxedos are boxy, uncomfortable, or outdated. Just as your bride had choices in selecting her gown, you have choices in selecting the tuxedo that flatters your body type and reflects your personal style.

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On him: Michael Kors Obsession

Assessing Your Body Type

You don’t have to stand in front of a mirror to know if you’re tall and thin or short and stocky. If you’re self-conscious about your height or your weight, these are your first considerations. Some styles can help you to address your insecurities. Think first about your best features and build on them. Then think about the things that you’d like to minimize.

Tall and Thin

You can wear just about any style that appeals to you. The classic is a two button jacket with a notched or peaked collar, but a three or four button style will also look great. If you’re self-conscious about being thin, give serious thought to a double-breasted jacket. Considering your body type, you can select a style with shoulder padding to give you a look of broader shoulders. If you’re muscular, avoid the padding. Rental tuxedos generally are available with either pleated or flat front trousers. Either will look good on you, but flat front trousers are a more contemporary-looking option. Pants with narrow legs will elongate your body proportions. When measuring for the trousers, it’s preferable to have a “break” in the front of the shoe. Virtually all rental tuxedos have waist snaps that allow you to tighten or loosen the fit. Tighten the waist buckle to prevent the pants from riding down during the course of the evening.

Some of the new tuxedo styles are created specifically to cater to the current trend that includes a tighter, shorter fit. In some cases, you can achieve this same look by simply ordering a jacket one size smaller and in a “regular” rather than “long” size. Any accessory style that you select will look good. If you’d like to appear shorter, you may select to wear a cummerbund and a bow tie. The horizontal lines create a visual illusion that will shorten your appearance. A vest with a narrow tie won’t necessarily make you look taller, but it’s more slenderizing.

Tall and Muscular or Husky

A one button jacket will allow your waist to look thinner. Select a style with thinner lapels to further elongate your body type. A shawl collar is ideal. Rather than opt for contemporary styling (short and snug), go for a more boxy style with vented pleats in the back. Avoid wearing anything that appears tight — rather than look stylish, the jacket will look poorly fitted.

While both pleated and flat front trousers are available to you, you might select narrow leg trousers for a leaner appearance. However, depending upon your size, pleated trousers may be more comfortable. Proper sizing is very important. If your trouser pleats spread, the trousers probably are a bit too tight. The pleats should fall relatively flat; this will offer a thinner appearance.

Opt for a vest rather than a cummerbund if you’re husky to elongate your image. Stay away from wing tip collar shirts and bow ties; instead, select a long narrow tie instead for a slimming effect. 

Short and Slender

It’s best if you select a style that will elongate your natural bodylines. Avoid any fit that looks short and tight. Stay away from double-breasted jackets, shawl collars, and four button jackets. The additional fabric won’t be as flattering as more slender styles. Look for a style with a low button stance. Your objective is to elongate your bodyline. In some instances, it may be possible to have a little shoulder padded added to your rental jacket.

You may select either a flat front or pleated trousers. However, you should avoid narrow pants legs. Request that the trouser length is angled longer in the back than in the front to eliminate a break in the front as much as possible.

For your accessories, elongate your look with a vest and a narrow tie.

Short and Muscular or Husky

A one or two button shawl collar jacket with narrow lapels and a low button stance will create a thinning effect. The jacket should lie flat with no gaping to allow the shawl collar to elongate your torso. Stay clear of any style that appears tight or shorter than your average sports coat. Also avoid double-breasted jacket; the additional fabric will add bulk to no particular advantage.

While you may select either a flat front or pleated trouser, you should avoid extremes. Trousers with slim legs are a better choice than pleated trousers with wide legs. The objective here is to eliminate as much fabric as possible that might ad bulk.

Generally, a vest with a long, narrow tie is your best accessory options. Stay away from wing collar shirts if you have an option.

In addition to basic decisions about the jacket lapels and overall type, there are big differences in accessories (vests, cummerbunds, shirts, ties, cuff links, shirt studs, and pocket squares). The color options are almost uncountable. A rental professional can help you make your choices.

Author: online
Posted: August 8, 2013, 5:14 pm

What to Do With Your Dress After the Wedding

After poring through bridal magazines, trying on countless gowns in the fitting room and potentially spending more on one item of clothing than you ever will again, you finally found The Dress. Your husband swooned, your mother cried, and your friends couldn't stop telling you how gorgeous you looked on the big day. Your dress is so pretty that you wish you could wear it every weekend! Unfortunately, you can't. Well, you could...but you might get a raised eyebrow or two. So now what?

Real brides let us in on what they did with their wedding gowns after the big day. Read all of their responses, then tell us what you plan on doing with yours once you're married!

Save your dress as a keepsake.
"Growing up, very little, if anything, was ever saved in our family since we moved around so much, so I figured I was starting a new tradition by holding on to my dress as an heirloom. Of course, I had no idea then if I would even have girls in the future." — Cathe Holden

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Cathe Holden wearing the blush "Southern Belle" wedding gown that is still safely tucked away 23 years later.
Photos courtesy of Cathe Holden   

"It's been hanging in the garment bag since that night, with the dirt and grass stains still underneath the skirt (we got married on a farm), and a tear from where one of my cousins stepped on it while we were dancing up a storm...I love the dress so much that I don't think I could ever part with it. I feel the same way about the matching veil that my grandmother helped buy for me." —Alison Jimenez

"My mum has her mum's wedding dress, she has her own...and I'm confident that these will come my way sometime. This could be a new type of family tradition/collection. I think a dress says a lot about one's personality, and if you want to think about fashion, it'll be interesting to see how things have evolved over time." —Kristin Metcalfe

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Kristin and her mom admiring the gown before her late-August wedding in 2011.
Photo credit: Frank Salas Photography 

"I saved it for our daughters who are now 20 and 23. I thought one of them might use it someday. [Now] I wish I hadn’t attached so much sentimental value to the dress and simply let them play ‘dress up’ with it while they were young — it would have been fun for them. My youngest said she would take it but to her, it just looks…well, dead!" —Laura Jajko 

laura wedding photo
Laura plans to wear her wedding dress again for her 25th anniversary this November.

But preserving your gown doesn't mean it needs to sit in storage... 
"We'll be celebrating our 12th anniversary this year and my anniversary gift to him is a romantic photo session of us…we're taking photos in formal wear, and I'll be wearing the same dress I walked down the aisle in 12 years ago.” —Danita Terry

"I had always wanted to wear my wedding dress again. I had a fantasy of wearing it every year on our anniversary. We hosted a party [seven years later] where I wore my dress (it still fit!) and we had our friends over to celebrate with us. Lots of champagne, homemade food, cake, and music made for a super fun party. The best part was that I set up a photo booth with my camera and a tripod so we could all take pictures together [in our wedding gowns]. Overall it was a blast, and I can't wait to do it again this year!" —Jessica

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See more photos from Jessica's "wear your wedding dress" party >>

Donate your dress to a worthy cause.
"My ex-fiancée was in the military and it didn't work out (obviously)…but as I head into my big day with the right man for me, I am able to reflect and I have a whole new perspective and respect for those women who are able to walk with their military men through all of the ups and downs. Many times, this doesn't include having a lot of money or time for a wedding. I plan to donate my dress to [Brides Across America], in honor of those strong women who brave the Army life that did not work for me.” —Hope Alcocer, Wedding Planner 

"When [my mother] passed away, I found [her wedding dress] perfectly preserved in a box. It was one of those cool knee-length dresses that were so popular in the '60s. I contacted a prop 
house in Hollywood and donated it to them. It was a really great dress that I’m sure would be perfect for a movie or TV show, and I thought it was a great way to have the dress live on. I'm still hoping to see it in a movie wedding scene someday!" —Susan Dimezza 

"I was so thrilled to donate my wedding dress the week after the wedding. The nonprofit I donated it to resells them and uses the money for breast cancer research. My father passed away of brain cancer when I was 12 years old, and I started volunteering for The American Cancer Society when I was around seven. [Donating my dress] was the least I could do to carry on two decades of working to help end cancer in any way I could. It truly just felt like the right thing to do and that was more overarching than the sentimental loss of the dress." —Dana Marlowe 

dana marlowe wedding photo
Dana and her husband recently celebrated their anniversary in Rome, where they honeymooned 10 years ago.

"I donated mine to a flea market to raise money for a local elementary school. I had no intention to give it away, but I was teaching at the school that sold it. They had a garage sale and I thought, OK, I am ready to part with this, and I could really use the tax deduction! It was my dream dress, but I made the right decision by allowing another woman to enjoy the dress." —Susan Schench, Author of The Live Food Factor 

"My wedding gown reminds me of the day I married my true love, of dancing and celebrating with people who have since passed, and the 'cloud nine' feeling I had all day long! However, I know that there are millions of women who are looking for a gorgeous, showstopping gown but can't afford one. That's why I don't want my gown just sitting in the closet, waiting for the day that my stepdaughter may want to wear it or use a piece of it. If I don't sell it, I'll probably donate it to a charity like Brides Against Breast Cancer." —Diana Trotter, blogger for All Women Stalk

Check with your daughter first before giving it away...
"I knew my daughter was not planning on wearing it, so I thought I had held on to it long enough. I felt a little guilty that there may be someone out there who needed a wedding dress for a cheap price, so I took it to the local Salvation Army...While driving home, my daughter called, and she was practically hysterical because she had wanted to make a purse for each of us out of the gown material for her wedding day. Well, in tears, I rushed back to the donation center. I made my plea to a nice gentleman outside the back of the building that I had just given my wedding dress to. He was very sympathetic and gave my wedding dress back to me.” —Debbie Claypool 

Trash the dress!
"I decided I wanted to do something memorable for our five-year anniversary, so why not pull out my wedding dress and do something fun with it? I had not heard of ‘trashing your dress’ when we got married back in 2007, so a couple of years later when a friend ‘trashed’ hers after her wedding, I knew that someday, I wanted to do the same. Jason proposed to me on the beach, so that's why I decided to go the route that we did. It was a fun and memorable way to celebrate five years of marriage, and also the upcoming birth of our baby boy. Yes, 15 weeks prior we found out that we were expecting!” —Christine Harris 

trash the dress
Photo Credit: Shaun King Photography 

"I think the point of a 'trash the dress' session is not to do something you will regret down the line, but instead, to enrich your wedding/marriage experience by giving yourself the gift of feeling beautiful. I was no longer worried about keeping it clean for the ceremony…I could simply be in my dress and relax. I danced in the snow, posed, did a snow angel and wore a beautiful red cape…I felt like a kid again. My husband and I even had a good old snowball fight. It was a phenomenal experience. The pictures speak for themselves." —Nathalie Fleury 

trash the dress photo shoot in the snow
snowball fight
Photo Credits: Chantal Benoit Photographer

Use the fabric from your gown to make something completely new.
"I plan to use the lace from my dress to make a christening gown for our children, so that it can continue to be passed down for generations without anyone having to 'make do' with a wedding dress that will eventually be outdated. And I’m actually considering making a Christmas tree skirt out of [the rest]. I love the continuity of creating an heirloom out of something that means so much to me." —Jessica Ravenna

"I'm saving it in case one of my three daughters wants to wear it or would like to use some of the material for a baby blessing dress. If made well, the blessing dress could be passed down for generations!" —Emily Hill

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For now, Emily's dress remains preserved in a storage box since 1996. 

—Alyson Kaufman

Author: real-brides-speak-out
Posted: August 1, 2013, 7:45 pm

What's Your Dream Wedding-Day Look?

Selecting your wedding outfit is a pivotal moment in your wedding-planning journey. Once you try on a dress and realize it's the one you want to get married in, that's the first glimpse you'll get of yourself as a bride — "exciting" doesn't even begin to sum it up! But before you go shopping, it helps to research different looks to see which one speaks to your personal sense of style.

That's where BG comes in: We filtered through hundreds of gowns to come up with the top looks for this season. Naturally, no bridal ensemble would be complete without dazzling accessories, so we turned to Blue Nile, the ultimate resource for wedding jewelry.

Option #1: Old Hollywood

Get the Look:
Gown: Jenny Packham
Cushion-cut diamond earrings in platinum: Blue Nile
Pearl strand necklace: Blue Nile
Freshwater cultured pearl bracelet in 14k white gold: Blue Nile
Silver heels: Something Bleu
Art-Deco comb: Nina Bridal

See More Looks:
Garden Gorgeous

White Carpet Glamour
Country Club Chic
Something Blue

 

Option #2: Garden Gorgeous

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Gown: Marchesa
Fleur diamond earrings: Blue Nile
Freshwater cultured pearl and diamond pendant: Blue Nile
Freshwater cultured pearl woven bracelet: Blue Nile
Floral headpiece: BHLDN
Heels: Allure Bridals

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Option #3: White Carpet Glamour

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Gown: Reem Acra
Halo diamond pendant in 18k white gold: Blue Nile
Leaf diamond earrings in 14k white gold: Blue Nile
Trio diamond bangle in 14k white gold: Blue Nile
Crystal pumps: Giuseppe Zanotti
Clutch: Elizabeth Bower

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Option #4: Country Club Chic

Get the Look:
Gown: Tadashi Shoji
Pearl and diamond drop earrings: Blue Nile
Petite toggle heart tag bracelet: Blue Nile
Heart and diamond charm pendant: Blue Nile
Bow heels: Kate Spade
Bow clutch: Nina Bridal

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Option #5: Something Blue

Get the Look:
Dress: Nicole Miller
Diamond bow earrings in 14k white gold: Blue Nile
Mini diamond heart necklace in 14k white gold: Blue Nile
Swiss blue topaz bracelet in sterling silver: Blue Nile
Platform sandal: Benjamin Walk
Clutch: Kara Ross

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Author: ssainato
Posted: May 10, 2013, 6:29 pm

An Inside Look at Manuel Mota's Last Collection for Pronovias

By: 
Brittany Robins

The inspiration: The latest collection was inspired by a desire to evoke a bucolic universe for brides. Textural components like feathers and embroidery and transparent layering are paired with dainty floral details and petal-accented skirts. The line celebrates a feminine aesthetic, balanced with a lightness that allows the bride to move about with ease. 

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Silk blouse over a sequin bodice and feather skirt, about $6,700. 

The fabrications: Without question, the material that is most prevalent throughout the collection is lace. It is the fabric par excellence. Lace can be used to create formal and fashionable gowns. It not only has the unique ability to lend a vintage flair to a look, but it can also be fabricated in a more modern light. The versatility of lace — it can be embroidered with gemstones or cut into delicate appliqués — ensures that it will never fade from this bridal fashion repertoire. 

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A beaded mermaid with a sweetheart neckline, cap sleeves, and illusion back, about $6,500.

Design aesthetic: The design aesthetic of this collection can be summed up as simple and functional with a feminine sensibility. The gowns are designed with the goal of flattering the bride; this is accomplished by structuring the dress from within based on gentle corsets inside that support the gown, while also working with sheer, flowing fabrics — highlighting the female figure. The line is comprised of light, ethereal gowns which allow brides to feel comfortable and look beautiful on their big day.  

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Left: Strapless tulle A-line gown with re-embroidered lace and a ribbon waistband. 
Right: Chantilly lace and silk organza high-low gown with a sweetheart neckline and lace-accented straps. 

Style icons: There are various stars who best embody the design concept of the Manuel Mota collection for Pronovias. The gowns were created to complement the timeless elegance of Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, as well as the ultra-chic, trendsetting style of Blake Lively.

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Left: Strapless silk and organza flower petal top with lace shorts, price upon request. 
Right: Silk A-line cocktail dress with a lace overlay, bateau neckline and tulle petal skirt, about $2,400. 

Shopping advice: The Manuel Mota bride is bold and adventurous, willing to turn away from the conventional characteristics of wedding gowns. When shopping, this bride gravitates towards different styles she wouldn’t have necessarily considered. After all, if ever there is a time to make a grand statement it’s undoubtedly on a bride’s special day.  

Author: online
Posted: May 6, 2013, 8:07 pm