Bang for your Buck

Bang for your Buck

Bang for your Buck: Bridesmaids Dresses

No matter what any bride says there is a universal truth about bridesmaid’s dresses: you’ll only wear the dress once. “You’ll wear it again, right?” the bride asks, perhaps to make they feel better about asking you to shell out hundreds of dollars for it. Nope, you won’t. You’ll never wear that floor length, one-shouldered aubergine satin dress with the weird unflattering ruffles ever again.Bang for your Buck

It seemed like a lost cause, just part of the deal of being a bridesmaid–suck it up and buy the ugly dress, right? Wrong. Enter Rent the Runway and Little Borrowed Dress, maids can opt to rent a dress for the big day versus getting stuck with a frock they truly are not in love with.

Rent the Runway Weddings, an expansion of Rent the Runway, and a beacon of hope for future bridesmaids everywhere. Rent the Runway Weddings launched in 2011. It focuses on bridesmaids dresses. Badgley Mischka, Robert Rodriguez and Nicole Miller have designed bridesmaid collections that come in up to four styles in up to four seasonal colors exclusively for the site. Whereas Rent the Runway only allows users to rent dresses for a few days at a time, Rent the Runway Weddings offers 8-day rental periods. But the best part? The price. A Badgley Mischka bridesmaid dress averages at over $300. At Rent the Runway Weddings it’s $65.

Little Borrowed Dress does not have the big names like RTR does, but has very cute and simple options for your girls. With LBD, every style we carry was specifically designed to fit and flatter a variety of shapes and sizes. They are determined to design the ultimate bridesmaid dresses, so we use multiple fit models with varied body types to ensure the dresses will fit with no alterations required! Lastly, if you would like to try on before committing to the rental, that’s OK too. Why have an ill-fitting dress the day of the big day and a bridesmaid breakdown.

Another nice feature about LBD is that the process is simple, you can order color swatches beforehand, and if you’re girls DO want the option to buy a new dress…they can!Bang for your Buck

Princess Inspired Wedding Dresses

Every bride wants to be a in a princess gown on their special day so why not make it a reality? Alfred Angelo is the designer for you! He has created several bridal dresses based upon our favorite Disney princesses.

The latest is a dress fashioned after the Ice Queen Elsa from Frozen. There is not a picture yet but here is a sketch for your imagination.

Princess Inspired Wedding Dresses

“The ice-blue sheath dress will feature dramatic beading to create a glistening effect, a sweetheart neckline and a Watteau train, which cascades from the upper back of the bodice down to the floor.” We know we can’t wait for this one for our winter brides!

If you can’t afford a destination to Disney World or that palace in Germany, then we think these gowns are a great way to still be a princess on your wedding day.

See more Princess Inspired Wedding Dresses.

Accessories for the Blushing bride

Accessories for the Blushing Bride can be the most important detail  next to the dress and can dictate the whole bridal look. Here are a few of our favorite tips and tricks for looking absolutely ravishing…

From veils to belts to fascinators, the sky is the limit to be as simple or blingy for your big day. If you thought finding your wedding dress was fun, you’re in for a real treat — it’s time to accessorize. Just remember the first rule in wedding jewelry: Don’t overdo it. It’s tempting to load up on baubles and bling, but you don’t want all those precious metals to outshine you on the big day. Follow these simple steps and you’ll look like royalty without looking like you’ve raided the queen’s closet.
Knowing what type of metal will work with your wedding dress’s shade of white is a good way to begin choosing your wedding jewelry.

White Gown: Gold embellishments may clash with this bright white hue. We suggest sticking to pearl and platinum.
Diamond-white Gown: This barely off-white color works with gold and silver (and rose gold, and pearl — you get the idea).
Ivory Gown: This candlelight shade is a soft, light white, and some versions even have yellow undertones. Adorn yourself with gold jewelry to highlight the creamy tint of the fabric.
Also, pairing your neckline style with the proper adornment can add character to your wedding gown, or even highlight a unique feature.

Sweetheart or Strapless: For something a little different, skip the necklace, and focus on some great chandelier earrings instead. Wear clear crystal for a sleek look, or punch it up with a hint of color. Try using a meaningful gem like your birthstone, or pick a color from the flowers in your bridal bouquet (but not from the embellishments on your gown — you don’t want to match too much). If you’re going for a flirty, fresh look, include two or three small fresh or silk flowers in your hair to add a soft, organic feel. Vintage elegance more your style? Pay homage to the past with a great Art Deco-style bracelet or some roaring ’20s-inspired feather barrettes.
V-neck: Whether you opt for a pendant or choker, this style begs for décolletage decoration. A thin chain with a simple pendant is an elegant way to accessorize, while pearls (single- or double-stranded) exude classic charm. If you’re going for the dare-to-be-decadent look, a crystal choker with matching earrings could be the perfect combo.

Halter or Reverse Halter: Whether you wear your hair in a sleek bun or loose ponytail, dressing up your tresses is a great way to accessorize a halter gown. Headbands are a great way to add panache to your wedding up do. But if headbands aren’t quite your style, try adding some sparkle to your hair with intricate crystal hairpins. If you’ve got a curly mane, five to seven hairpins is just right, while brides with thinner locks (or short hair) will get the same shine with two or three pins.
The most important thing about picking the perfect trinkets for your wedding gown is that they are a reflection of you.

Something old, something, blue, something borrowed, something new…
If deciding on your jewels is proving more difficult than finding the gown, there’s one jewelry duo that’s timeless: Pair diamond (or CZ) drop-earrings with a sophisticated necklace, such as a strand of pearls or a diamond pendant choker (or a tennis bracelet for halter gowns). If you’re comfortable in all your accessories, your wedding day ensemble is guaranteed to dazzle.

bridal market 2015

Bridal Market 2015

That’s a Wrap…Bridal Market 2015

 

This season’s bridal market closed on a sad note, with the passing of legendary designer and runway staple, Oscar de la Renta just a few weeks after the last wedding dress made its runway debut. Mr. De la Renta’s trademark and perhaps most memorable work is that which accentuated the female figure. Known as a designer who creates with the woman in mind, his overall aesthetic of glamour, femininity, and classic beauty is one that will live on for years and in the highly coveted pieces he made for first ladies and red carpet starlets, alike. No stranger to the bridal market, he created some of the most photographed and memorable gowns for Vogue editors, Hillary Clinton’s mother-of-the bride dress, and our recently featured celeb video featuring Kate Bosworth and her dream date with the designer, creating her stunning wedding gown. The list goes on and on, and while we look forward at this season’s most enviable looks, we pay homage to one of the ultimate giants of the industry.
This Bridal Market was all about dream-like creations from the ethereal to the modern- princess. Light, wispy fabric with texture and movement, intricate laser cut details, and light yet still ornate beading that can only be done by hand. Some of these gowns are so special, we think an entire wedding could be planned around them. Here are a look at a few of our favorites.

Marchesa: Showing all of us that indeed, the long sleeve trend is no longer just that. The new intricate lace details and silhouette lace neckline add even more allure to the once traditional look. The delicate tulle skirt makes this look the new tradition for the modern fashion bride.

 

Badgley Mischka: Opulent, ornate detailing and surprise cutouts like the back of this dress ruled the runway. The pops of gold jeweling brought in a new, richer hue for the season ahead, somewhat mimicing the trend of opulent, regal that was worn by Jessica Simpson at her wedding when she wore custom Carolina Herrera. The look is perfect for Fall and Winter brides looking to channel a warmer, and certainly Royal Wedding look.

Reem Acra: With the delicate bodices made of the finest, thinnest materials, Reem Acra had sweet and natural elements on her mind when designing this collection. That’s why it should come as no surprise that she showed floral head pieces and darling crowns of foliage casting a “Midsummer Night’s Dream” vibe on the whole show. We look forward to seeing plenty of Spring brides incorporating florals into their hair looks as well.

Another stunning showing of the finest bridal wear on Earth. We can’t wait to see how so man of these looks are interpreted for real life Brides on their biggest day. For now, we love the new trends and can’t wait for even more. As always, stay glued to the blog for the best of the rest…

gothic wedding

Gothic Wedding

Ever consider a Gothic Wedding?

It might be the time of year but there’s something fascinating about a bride who is daring enough to use Gothic themes in her wedding. It’s not traditional, it might scare some of your guests but it they’re dare devils like you then they should get into the theme. What better time of year than October to do blood red elegance?
Our favorite main piece is probably the thousands of Gothic wedding dresses you can pick from. They can be as expensive as “traditional” dresses but we’ve found some deals where they seem slightly less pricey. They can be simple to ornate for example this stunning red A-line.

Other styles can be darker for your more Victorian rocker side.

The possibilities of a Gothic themed wedding are spectacular. You have permission to use dark colors that most people would think are too dramatic. There really isn’t anything too dramatic or “wrong” in this theme. We love brides who think outside the box! Your Gothic wedding doesn’t have to death and skeletons like most people associate with the word. Gothic can simply refer to “romanticism” and you can wear white, like this stunning gown.

Whatever colors you choose it’s all about the romance and elegance even with a Gothic theme. But, feel free to go wild with black roses, cloaks, crimson accents and all the wonderful darkness that’s out there to play with!

Frozen Wedding Gown

A Frozen Wedding gown is the latest homage to the smash Disney hit movie!

Every bride wants to be a in a princess gown on their special day so why not make it a reality? Alfred Angelo is the designer for you! He has created several bridal dresses based upon our favorite Disney princesses.
The latest is a dress fashioned after the Ice Queen Elsa from Frozen. There is not a picture yet but here is a sketch for your imagination.

“The ice-blue sheath dress will feature dramatic beading to create a glistening effect, a sweetheart neckline and a Watteau train, which cascades from the upper back of the bodice down to the floor.” We know we can’t wait for this one for our winter brides!
If you can’t afford a destination to Disney World or that palace in Germany then we think these gowns are a great way to still be a princess on your wedding day.

If you’d like to see more Princess inspired creations take a look at this site: https://www.disneyweddings.com/disney-boutique/bridal-gowns/

Wedding Accessories

Wedding Accessories

When shopping for a wedding dress, most brides take this as potentially the most serious step on the way to the alter. Who needs great wedding invitations or a reception seating chart if you don’t have the perfect dress? We love the idea of being original. Though there are thousands of dresses to scout, you can make your wedding dress unique to you with just a few simple touches…wedding accessories.

One way is statement jewelry. It’s easy to be swayed at the jewelry store by “real” diamonds but trust us, there’s an easier and even customizable way! Besides, no one’s going to be inspecting your dress with a magnifier to see if they’re real diamonds. Swarovski crystals get the job done in spectacular fashion.

Think your dress needs a splash of color or accent to make it unique? Why not try a black ribbon belt with crystals or a bow on it?


Wedding Accessories

We love the thousands of options to browse through on Etsy, simply type in whatever you want to find such as “black wedding belt” or “wedding jewelry”. The prices are usually pretty fair and the shipping is minimal. We’ve had great experiences with brides dealing with Etsy artisans. What better way to support a local artist and also create your own style dress? It helps to keep this in mind when wedding dress shopping – everything can be altered and every dress can be dressed up or down with wedding accessories!

NYFW 2014 Roundup

NYFW 2014 Roundup

It’s about this time every year where we begin to dust off our open-toed shoes and dream of warmer days ahead. But for the fashion elite, February marks the coming of Fall as they look way ahead to predict the biggest looks and trends for the most impressionable time of year. Don’t get us wrong, Spring is always a welcome showing for florals, sleeveless looks and the newly reinnovated crop top, but Fall is and has always been the big-time when it comes to high-end couture. This year was no different with the biggest names in the biz closing the shows with the most talked about trends. Here is our take and what you should start prepping for now…

NYFW 2014 RoundupSapphire Blue: By far the hottest hue seen all over the runways, this purplish-blue stole the show with major players like Calvin Klein Collection showing it in ultra sleek and modern silhouettes. The key is to let the bold color do the talking and keep things pretty minimal. Other designers went a big further with the color offering separates that made a statement but also kept this bright blue as a neutral accessory, showing off how versatile it will be this Fall.


NYFW 2014 RoundupSuiting: The obsession with the dress is over Sorry Brides, but the new menswear inspired vibe is all about suiting separates. From wide leg pants and jackets to ultra sleek suits with plunging necklines, the boy’s club is calling the shots this year with a whole new look for women. Thinking of a LWD for your wedding rehearsal? Go for a jumpsuit instead. It’s playful and sophisticated and a welcome change from the typical and often expected dress option. Ralph Lauren pretty much shut down the runway with his superior take on the look he has been perfecting his entire career. This is one trend that is also so classic and timeless we love seeing it reinterpreted this Fall.

Capes: We saw this one coming from a mile away when Gwyneth Paltrow showed up to the Oscars last year in a custom white Tom Ford dress donning and ultra modern cape. The look is actually very reminiscent of the 1960’s “Jackie O” era and it still works today. Lupita N’yongo earned our best dressed award at the Globes for her red hot Ralph Lauren cape gown and we know there are plenty more capes to come!

Fur: Fur accents and embellishments ( real and faux alike) were a key element in layered and textured looks from everyone from DVF to Altuzarra. The idea for fall is taking traditional pieces like jackets and tops to include luxe fur accents like collars, sleeves, and slim fur jackets in all kinds of bold prints.


Jenny PackhamFeathers: Formal favorites Jenny Packham and Naeem Khan stuck with their outrageously gorgeous beaded looks and added a hint of feathering for movement. The look is perfect for bridal and adds an extra dose of glam to an already perfected look. NYFW 2014 Roundup.

Naeem Khan

2014 Wedding Trends

2014 Wedding Trends

2014 Wedding Trends

It’s such an exciting time, with this New Year teeming with love and excitement from happy couples who are getting engaged.  After the big question, wedding planning gets right underway!  Whether the day is near or far away, the planning starts to take shape right away as the imagination and dreams run wild into the realm of fantasy. When you really want to get creative there is no better way than taking a look at some 2014 Wedding Trends!

Two of the most important fashion choices for the blushing bride on her wedding day will be the bridal party dresses and the wedding dress. Some things to consider when choosing your styles include shades and tones that reflect the personality of you and your fiance. To get started, get an idea of how colors are symbolically expressed; for example, how purple can indicate friendliness and social networking, making you a compassionate and friendly soul.

Next, what type of dress will best fit your body? Short wedding dresses are going to be big this year, as well as layered mermaid-style gowns and lace sleeves. For all the hints, trends, styles, and colors, check out SimplyBridal’s infographic, Wedding Trends 2014.

2014 Wedding Trends
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Having A “Stress-Free” Wedding

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Weddings are some of the special events that require careful planning. And when you speak of planning, you cannot avoid being stressed sometimes because of unavoidable delays and conflicting ideas. A bride like you should not be stressed out in the preparation process of your wedding. Everything must be in order so that you can leave all the anxiety behind and look forward on the good things to come. So to avoid feeling the negative energy on your wedding planning, here are some helpful tips you need to follow:

1. Don’t let your emotions get the best of you – Being irate at some point of the preparation is unavoidable. This usually happens when both of your ideas don’t meet or you just simply you woke up on the wrong side of the bed. And while being temperamental adds a little bit of spice on the your planning, it’s not recommended to linger on these negative emotions as it always bear negative results. Learn to do breathing techniques at the hype of the feeling and deal with things in a constructive manner.

2. Don’t be a perfectionist – It’s a fact that most of us long to celebrate a dream wedding wearing a very lovely gown and get married at our dream location, but this is not always the case. Learn to let go if there are some minor setbacks on the design of the wedding dresses or if your dream location is not available at the time of your wedding. Just accept the fact that nothing is perfect and the only way you can deal with it is to make it better.

3. Learn to deal with difficult people – You will be dealing with a lot of people during your wedding planning and some of these individuals have that ‘attitude’. Your bridesmaids, in-laws, and even your wedding coordinator might be one of these difficult personalities that you need to coordinate with from time to time. Find some ways to deal with them in a more harmonious way so that all of the details in your planning will not be ruined.

4. Think positive – Always believe in the power of positive thinking. Do not overwhelm yourself with scenarios that might spoil your wedding day. Avoid wedding jitters by looking forward the memorable things that you can do at the wedding. Maintain a positive aura and this will flow entirely on the ceremony.

5. Just have fun – This is your day! Leave all your worries behind and celebrate this one of a kind moment. Weddings can only be experienced once in a lifetime (at least for some), so make the best out of it and remember this day with a smile.