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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.

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One Shoulder Dresses Are Here to Stay!

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When Oscar nominees Naomi Watts showed up on this past year’s red carpet in a custom Naeem Khan metallic creation I think she made one thing totally clear: the one shoulder “look” is here to stay. So it came as no surprise with Brides Magazine names the one shoulder dress the biggest thing in wedding dress fashion for the upcoming season. We shy away from calling it a trend at this point- it’s more like just another great option that might be the most flattering neckline for many brides- especially those trying to switch it up from strapless.  And let’s face it- it gives enough coverage for a Fall or Winter wedding while also being perfectly appropriate for a Spring or Summer wedding.  Could this be the most versatile wedding dress look yet?

While the look dates well back into ancient Greek and Roman times (think the movie Troy with style star Diane Kruger modeling the look almost exclusively)  it has made quite the resurgence in the last decade.  And while the 60’s saw Jackie O wear it and the 70’s were all about it with designers like Halston making slinky one shoulders a staple look, it seems to be a more permanent fixture nowadays, which makes it perfect for the Tradition dress seeker with modern taste.                      

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And this season is no exception, with several magazines calling for even more of the look! The bridal runways were filled with one straps of all kinds. Right now, we are especially loving the delicate late wrapped ones and the all beaded, blinged-out one shoulders. For a more feminine look, we think our Southern brides will absolutely love the flower embroidery and ruffled straps we are seeing with full skirts for the utmost in tradition. You really can’t go wrong with the look but here is the low down on the best bets on who is perfect for this kind of dress!

Bridal stylists everywhere agree that while once trendy, the one shoulder is actually extremely easy to wear for the majority of brides of all shapes and sizes.  The one shoulder strap or simply “one covered arm” look elongates the neckline and continues focus downward , which is perfect for accentuating a long torso. It also gives you a very statuesque look, again perfect for long and lean body who really wants to play it up but even better for a girl looking for a little heights. But what is really beautiful away the one shoulder is that is draws attention up to the face. You can play with your hair to sweep mot of it up and have pieces framing the face. Playing up the most important feature for the most important day of your life is always a plus!

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Bridal Jewelry

Bridal Jewelry

Bridal Jewelry. There’s always a debate between brides when it comes to wedding jewelry. How much is too much? Is it enough? What style jewelry works best with your dress? And what about cost? After spending a heap of money on the dress of a lifetime, many brides are left stunned by the cost of the extra accessories. And after veil and shoes, what’s left is a very expensive decision on where to look and how to find inspiration when it comes to styling your jewels! Of course you want to feel like a royal princess for a day and that definitely includes the right bling, but we have our favorite spots for the best baubles plotted out for the savviest of brides!  Here’s the breakdown for every kind of bride and every type of budget!

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Traditional Bride: If Town and Country and Grandmother’s pearls are your idea of quintessential All- American Style, then you know how important it is to invest in the basics. And if heirlooms like freshwater pearls, or an antique brooch aren’t readily available, we have some great alternatives for looking for that something new, that looks a little old. Ebay! America’s marketplace for the online obsessed is also a treasure chest of antique and vintage pieces that you will quickly learn are still in hot demand! ( Just ask this writer who got into a late-night bidding war over a sapphire and crystal costume necklace about a year ago!)  But not only are the options endless, the prices range from serious collector range to your run of the mill antique store costume prices. Which is great if you are looking for one piece to splurge on and another to save.  Our best tip? Try Ebay for those costly headpieces, hair jewels, fancy wedding veils, and large costume jewelry. The selection cannot be beat! Other best bets? Etsy for amazing handmade jewels with vintage accents and reproduction favorites like Tejani. If you are looking for a girl’s best friend, be sure to examine 77 Diamonds.

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Fashion – Forward Bride: If you fall into this category then Rent the Runway is already hitting your mailbox on a regular basis. Perfect for special occasion dresses, but also some super high -end bling that comes with a much more reasonable price!  Thinking about those dreamy Kenneth Jay Lane emerald teardrop earrings ala Angelina Jolie? That bold pop of color can be yours for a fraction of the retail price!  Classics like Oscar de la Renta, Erickson Beamon, and Badgley Mischka are just a few of the hot sellers that runway obsessed brides opt for and the best part? They are totally reasonable! Our best advice? Try renting a few options in case you change your mind or need an extra piece for that perfect last minute touch!

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Preppy Bride: Classic with a twist? Is your groom suiting up in seersucker and stripes? Then there may be no better place to hit up that the perennial preppy mecca also known as J.Crew.  From classic yet whimsical baubles to bold and bright colors, they have you covered from rehearsal to reception with their fun jewels that can of course be worn again for years to come. Looking for something with even more eccentricity? Try Kate Spade New York We love her work with bows, and super fun color combinations. Our best tip? Try J.Crew jewels for Bridesmaid gifts too! Adding a perfectly turquoise necklace to a deep fuchsia gown will be a winning look for years to come! And look positively smashing in photos!

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New Wedding Dresses for the Bride on a Budget

New Wedding Dresses for the Bride on a Budget

dressNew Wedding Dresses for the Bride on a Budget. The average cost of a wedding dress is over $1,000, but most brides don’t want to spend that much to have the dress of their dreams. Whether you are on a budget or you simply don’t see the point in shelling out hundreds of dollars on a dress you will only wear once, you now have a new option – you can buy a dress online from Target!

Target now offers a line of beautiful and affordably priced wedding dresses. Just because the price tags are cheap (some are as low as $99), doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. The designs are based on gorgeous designer gowns.

Check out the Target dresses recently featured on Good Morning America and visit Target.com to purchase a gown.

How to Look Thinner in Your Wedding Dress

Every bride wants to look as beautiful as possible on her wedding day. Almost all of us wish we could lose a few pounds before the big day, but it isn’t always possible to shed the extra weight in time. To look thinner in your wedding gown without dieting, check out these great tips.

corsetThe Undergarments are Just as Important as the Dress

Most brides spend a lot of time and money on the perfect gown, but what they wear under the dress is just as important. The proper undergarments will make the dress fit better and enhance your figure. Many brides choose not to wear a bra with their gown because they want to comfortable, but a great bra (possibly one with a corset included) can really improve your figure. Ask a consultant at a bra store or dress store for suggestions.

You Can’t Go Wrong with a Corset

Dresses with a corset top are a great way to show off a tiny waist because you can tighten or loosen as needed. This is also a great option for brides who frequently gain and loss weight because you don’t have to worry about their dress not fitting if they wake up feeling a little bloated. Unlike a dress that zips up, a lace up corset can be adjusted to fit your body without alterations.

Rock a Fit and Flare

One of the most popular silhouettes is the fit and flare.  This shape, which is a mix between an A-line and a mermaid style, softly drops down over the hips and gradually begins to open at mid-thigh. It is very flattering on most body types.

Accentuate Your Waistlinefit and flare

There is a great fashion secret to creating a gorgeous waistline: belts. This is also true for wedding day fashions. By adding a beaded belt or satin sash to your dress, you can easily emphasis your waistline.  Most dress stores have various belts and sashes that can be sewn on to your dress.

Heels are a Girl’s Best Friend

Heels are great because they elongate your legs, lift your butt, and make you feel more confident. You don’t have to wear a five inch heel to enjoy the benefits of these pretty shoes. Even a shoe with a quarter inch heel will improve your posture and make you look slimmer.

Spend the Money on Great Alterations

We know wedding dresses are expensive, but don’t try to save money by skipping the alterations. Having an expert seamstress make sure your dress fits perfectly is worth every penny. A dress that is too tight or too small will not be as flattering.

Trend Report: Wearing Your Heart on Your Sleeve

grace and kateWedding seasons is about to kick off and while most brides have chosen their wedding gowns and most have even been altered to fit them perfectly, we know that most are not looking for ideas of what to look for. But for the spectator, last minute bride, or newly engaged gal, here is a little trend forecasting on what to expect to see coming down the aisles.  Usually, like every season, we look to the runways to dictate exactly what is on trend. And wedding fashions are no stranger to this process either, with new shades, shapes, and details rushing down the runways at Bryant Park from some of the most sought after designers each and every season.  Bridal fashion is a perfect mix of what is on trend and what is classic and timeless, (depending on the bride, of course!) And there also may not be a better example of the “what’s old is new” approach than when it comes to bridal dressing. This mantra is perfectly exemplified in our closer look at the trend of the year and somewhat of a new take on an old look: Sleeves!nicole-richie

 

When skimming the pages of the fabulous coffee table book, Vogue Weddings, the editors have a perfectly curated collection of modern and vintage weddings that are both iconic and still providing inspiration for today’s brides. It takes a closer look at the thoughts behind a dress, and the designers that work hand in hand with some of these very lucky brides. Perhaps the most mimicked look of all time is Grace Kelly. A timeless icon of fashion in her own right, the long sleeves with intricate lace detail is one of the most remembered wedding looks of all time. Modern fashion muse, Nicole Richie, modeled her custom Marchesa gown after the famous frock and added a tulle bottom to add a ball gown effect in effort to bring her own style to it.

Going from one royal wedding to another, no one opitimizes grace and elegance more than Kate Middleton who chose British house Alexander McQueen when it came time to design her modest yet stunningly beautiful long sleeve gown.  Paired with a lower cut neck line, the look was anything but conservative and showed that covered arms can be the ultimate in flattering and not frumpy.  It also gives brides another chance to show stellar detailing, which for most is a delicate Italian lace sleeve. (Nicole Richie even had her new married name embroidered onto one sleeve! Very, cool.)

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Let’s not forget the options are endless when it comes to opting for a sleeve. You can take it all the way or do as the very modern, yet classic, Ivanka Trump did and go with a ¾ sleeve, also in a lace.  The look is classic and calls into play, the unmatched attention to detail provided by her dress designer, Vera Wang.  It also adds a refreshing new spin in a sea of strapless dresses.

So when looking for something new this wedding season, perhaps expect to take a nod from the old. And don’t forget for all of you future brides out there, sleeves aren’t just for the Fall or Winter bride anymore, they are a statement for all seasons!

Pink Redux

We all remember the now infamous line from “Steel Magnolias” when the bride, Shelby is asked what her wedding colors are.  Her mother, played by the amazing Sally Field quips,” Her colors of pink and pink” but the bride insists that they are really, “Blush and Bashful.”  And while at the time, pink for weddings really did echo a certain Pepto Bismol sentiment, today the hue has been reinterpreted to an actual blush, varying in tone to seem softer and more accessible. We even see the grooms embracing the romantic color scheme as a trend in 2013, knowing full well that having a pink wedding is nothing like it used to be.

Blush and Bashful

So here are our thoughts on pink weddings: We love them! And when we say pink, we mean start with the color and then work your way to various shades and tones until you have the perfect balance of romance and elegance.  Or you can take pink to newer and more modern extremes. Hot pink fuchsia orchids or peonies wrapped in Kelly green foliage for a pop of color can make for a preppy and fresh statement.  We love to see brides embrace a very “Kate Spade” look when approaching their themes. Crisp colorful linens, with perfectly tailored accents like contemporary menu cards and modern vases, can take a shocking pink to uber chic levels.

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But we still say there is nothing more romantic than the beauty of blush.  Recently, the ombre effect has taken hold of wedding all over and we don’t see this trend slowing down one bit. For those of you confused by ombre, it’s simply the effect of using one color and having the hue fade from darker to lighter or lighter to darker. It’s the perfect way to show off the versatile use of one shade.  And for pinks, the ombre route is the way to go.  We have seen it with wedding cakes, linens, and bridesmaid dresses that vary in style and color while all remaining in the same family.  We even love the idea of Bridesmaids wearing metallic versions of blush tones- we simply cannot get enough and hope to see more metallics as Bridesmaid looks continue to branch out.

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And let’s not forget that virtually no other color scheme is more complimented by candlelight than blushes. The tones tend to give off both silver and gold light and can even push you towards using mixed metals for things like flatware, chargers, and plates. Mixing and matching has never been more appropriate!   Timeless and trendy have struck the perfect balance!

Oscars Fashion Round up: For the Bride

There might be no bigger display of what’s to come in terms of fashion than the Oscars red carpet. For one night, Hollywood’s elite step up to the challenge of walking the fashion plank with close to a billion viewers waiting eagerly to see what they will wear. And while there are always the usual suspects of heavyweights that seem to never fail us when it comes to getting our fashion fix, the Oscars is always good for a few newcomers to have a major debut fashion moment and establish themselves as key players.  Given that Spring is just around the corner, designers also scramble following the show to make sure that their ready to wear designs that are widely available to the public are in line with the trends we see on Hollywood’s biggest night.  As usual we had some major favorites and we are pretty sure that some huge trends were set.  Here’s the round up and some thoughts on what you can expect to see in bridal fashion very soon.

Charlize Theron:  A loyal Dior girl at heart, once again the fierce beauty hits it out of the park in what else, but white! White on a red carpet has to be one of our favorite looks of all time and given how easy this look would be to interpret for bridal, we just can’t help but go crazy for it. The peplum bodice is so on trend and the sleeking skirt with a train is perfect for a wedding.  Take note of what body type this works best for. Clearly, we can’t all look as statuesque as Ms. Theron, but for the taller gal, this look definitely accentuates long, lean lines.  It’s also perfect for someone with a no so defined waist- the peplum is perfect for giving you a more forgiving belted feel. Clean, white, classic and timeless.  It doesn’t get much better than this!

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Kerry Washington: Ever the fashionista, Ms. Washington takes a chance with a red hue against the carpet and it paid off big time.  Her Miu Miu gem of a dress took top honors on several best dressed lists and for good reason. The new color is actually a hybrid of orange and red that some are calling poppy. It’s fresh, vibrant and photographs beautifully.  And the beading on the bodice adds an interesting and very modern accent. This is our pick for color trend of the summer. Whether you’re a guest, mother of the bride, or part of the wedding party- the hue is complimentary on almost every skin tone and we can’t wait to see more of it!

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Amy Adams: The pale blue Oscar de la Renta was straight off the runway but we could see it exactly as-is coming straight down the aisle. The subtle blue color is a perfect alternative for brides craving a pop of color and the dress itself is fit for a princess. We adore the entire look with simple, soft hair and natural makeup. We can just picture brides everywhere pinning this exact look!

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Naomi Watts: A true fashion forward girl after our own hearts.  Her Armani Prive gown was custom made and fit her like a glove. The full beading head to toe is another option for the fashionista bride. Not to mention the interesting approach to asymmetrical. There’s not much more to say about this look other than it’s pure perfection. From her messy hair pulled back and simples but stunning jewelry, the look is a work of art and we expect to see it copied in all metallic’s including white!

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SimplyBridal – 5 Iconic But Unusual Wedding Dresses

SimplyBridal does it again with 5 iconic but unusual wedding dresses.

The American singer-songwriter, lead vocalist, and worldwide fashion icon Gwen Stefani made headlines with the Galliano wedding gown in 2002. What about John Lennon’s bride, Yoko Ono, who stepped out in a big floppy hat? SimplyBridal has compiled the most iconic and unusual wedding outfits from the last century. Do any of these fit your style?
5 Iconic Wedding Dresses

The Recycled Bride

Have you ever thought of selling your wedding dress? For some, the mere thought actually gives them heart palpitations, but for others, the day is done and the attachment is gone: why not make some money by selling the gown? Currently, there are a few sites that specialize in selling your dress for you and for many brides at up to 70% of what you paid!

Typically, according to Preownedweddingdresses.com, most gowns will resell for at least half of the original price of the gown.  Depending on condition and ability to alter or change to perfectly fit the new owner, these gowns are a great way to make some money after your big day and also a way for new brides to have a dress that may have previously been out of their price range when it was brand new. For eco- friendly brides, there is also a large recycling sentiment to buying a used dress.  Some even consider it their something new and something old.

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We have read all over some of the things modern brides are doing when they sell their gowns.  For some, it comes down to recouping some of the expense of their dream wedding, while for others, it is a way to clean house and treat themselves to something new they can actually wear again.  One bride we spoke to decided to sell her Vera Wang gown and buy a gorgeous piece of jewelry to commemorate the day.  Every time she wears it (everyday!) she thinks of all the wonderful memories her marriage has brought to her life. The trend continues with brides gifting their grooms with luxe watches with beautiful inscriptions and in other ways like treating yourself to a surprise anniversary trip to mark a year of marriage.

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Many brides are still unsettled about whether they could actually part with their gown. We are totally on the fence! On one hand,  there is nothing more romantic and traditional than saving your dress for your daughter’s wedding or being able to hang it beautifully in your closet to see amongst your other clothes as a reminder of your personal style and the most fabulous dress you might own. To the contrary, we kind of love the modern idea of using the dress as a catalyst for something new in your married life. Either way, the dress will always live on forever in your wedding photographs and can we seen at anytime just by glancing through your albums.