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Bridesmaid dresses

You’ve asked all your best friends or sisters to be in your wedding but now what? The dreaded bridesmaid dresses! Some people are reluctant bridesmaids because they’re obligated or spoil sports. As the bride you can help alleviate some of that stress by what you decide they should all wear.

Bridesmaid dresses can range from ball gown to boots and jeans. We’re sure all your bridesmaids are models and would look exactly like the pictures in the catalogs…Or they’re people with bodies that work hard for them and are of all shapes and sizes! As the bride you should definitely be aware of who’s in your party and what their body types are. Maybe give them a color or style of dress but leave the details to them like straps, no straps, belt or no belt. Some women are larger up top than others and will not feel comfortable in strapless gowns.

It may be easier to ask your bridesmaids what they do not feel comfortable with rather than what everyone wants. Bridesmaid dresses come in all sizes so that shouldn’t be a problem. But some maids may feel shorter is something they’d rather not wear. To make things less complicated and to keep you from pulling your hair out try selecting a designer and color you like. Then, let the bridesmaids pick among the style choices in that range. It can keep everyone on track and also feel their comfort levels are being taken into consideration.

Bridesmaid dresses can also be easier if you try Brideside, a site that lets you choose 3 styles you like, are shipped to your house and you get to try them on! They have consultants who can organize your bridal party as well and thus alleviate some stress off of you. They understand your girls have actual body parts that sometimes don’t cooperate or look good in certain styles. We recommend you tell your girls to give those dresses a good shake and jump too! You never know how the dress will hold up dancing versus just standing or walking. You and your bridesmaids can have a lot of fun picking dresses that will compliment them and make you the center of attention on the big day!

Bohemian Wedding

Bohemian Wedding
Trending into next spring we have the Boho style wedding! It may be the holiday season but there’s no time to waste if you’re planning a wedding for next spring or summer.
If you’re a chill, free spirit and love those ethereal layers then you’ll want to look into the Bohemian wedding. We love the quirky details that make every Bohemian wedding unique. Here are some of our favorite Boho details that you can incorporate!
1. Flowy, lacy layers. These vintage style dresses can be worn with as much lace as you love. They can be accented with rosettes on the straps, romantic plunging necklines, with soft off the shoulder silhouette or wide bell sleeves.
2.Flower crowns in your hair. Instead of the traditional veil, think about flowers entwined with elegant vines as a jeweled piece on your head! A Bohemian wedding wouldn’t be complete with out flowers.

 

3.  Tee pees! What bride wouldn’t want a romantic white teepee to either take pictures in or have as a shady spot at the reception. It’s sure to be a hit with guests. You can get creative with embroidery, fabric and cost saving materials to make your own!
4.  The last one will be a sure hit for your bridesmaids–long, flowy dresses to match yours! They can be in the wedding with comfort and style as well in lovely pastel colors. They don’t have to be long, you can layer their skits or have them wear a cute crop top style over the shoulders.

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

Valentines Day Around the World

Valentine’s Day Around the World

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner; February 14th is generally the day where men shell out on average $130 on candy, cards, jewelry, flowers and dates. But by this time, the couples in Wales had already celebrated St. Dwynwen’s Day. In addition, the Chinese Valentine’s Day isn’t until the 7th day of the 7th month of the lunar calendar!

One of our favorite vendors, ‘SimplyBridal‘, has put together a list of Valentine’s Day Around the World.

Valentine's Day Around the World

SimplyBridal

SimplyBridalSimplyBridal is an online retailer started in July 2011, simplifying the entire bridal process by putting the best wedding products and services directly into the hands of users worldwide. This mission is accomplished by offering a selection of quality bridal products; providing an excellent, worry-free purchase experience; providing the best set of bridal resources and content; and offering beautiful, superior-quality wedding dresses that won’t break the budget.

Offering over 400 wedding gown styles, 180 bridesmaids dress styles in 28 colors, close to 100 wedding veils, and a new line of bridal jewelry. Each dress is made to order from the finest fabrics without the monumental cost and corporate red tape. SimplyBridal offers a 30-day risk free return policy on their products.

SimplyBridal has professional bridal consultants at the showroom as well as over the phone with years of experience to assist brides in choosing the dress of their dreams. The in house design team consists of graduates from Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles.

Simply Bridal is offering a 15% discount (shipping not included).
Here is the discount code: SBL86MD.
It expires 02/28/2013 and is valid for 10 uses.

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Pinterest: Pins of the Week

Cream Bridesmaid Dresses.  When we think of some of the oldest, most followed pieces of wedding advice, we can’t help but think of “Nobody but the bride wears white.”  And we totally get that advice; a girl’s wedding day is important and she deserves to have a color all to herself.  But once in a while, advice is meant to be ignored, and in this case, we love the outcome!  This bride chose to have her nearest and dearest dress in varying shades and shapes of cream, and the look is nothing short of sweet and spectacular.  (The boots don’t hurt either!)  And even though this bride chose to share her special color, she is still a radiant standout!

Photographer: Brian Aulick

Picnic Save the Date Session.  We love to see how couples’ personalities come out in their save the dates, and this shoot is the perfect example.  This couple manages to balance out all the right things, leaving guests with a warm reminder of the love they are about to see united.  From the plaid blanket to the suspended pom poms, we love the relaxed and playful vibe of this shoot.  And ok, let’s be honest, the leaves in the first photo are getting us pretty amped for fall weddings!

Wildflowers Photography

Chevron + Sparkles.  Sometimes we see a pin that makes us say, “Yes, yes, YES!”  This was one of those pins.  Chevrons and sparkles.  We’re not sure there is a more amazing combination.  Enough said.

White Dresses at a Wedding: Love or Hate?

The old rule is that it is rude to wear white to someone else’s wedding. The bride should be the only person wearing white. But Kim Kardashian recently let all of her bridesmaids and guests break this rule. For her wedding, Kim Kardashain asked all of her guests to wear black and white, and her bridesmaids all wore stunning white dresses. Many people are now wondering if the old rule is still relevant.

When to go white…

If you are a bride who is daring and confident, white bridesmaid dresses may be for you. This look bends the rules and takes some of the attention off of the bride. Allowing your guests to wear white is even more of a risk. This move suggests that you are extremely confident. This look can work if it meshes with your overall theme. For instance, Kim Kardashian had a black and white theme.

When to skip the white…

If you are traditional, you should be the only person wearing white, which symbolizes purity, virtue, happiness and joy. If you like the black and white theme, you could have the bridesmaids and guest wear black dresses and accessorize with white. This would keep the attention on your gown and compile with traditional styles.

When guests can wear white…

As a guest, only wear white if the bride says to. Many people still believe that wearing white to a wedding is tacky and rude. However, if the bride asks the guests to show up in certain attire, it is typically best to listen to the bride’s instructions.

If you like white bridesmaid dresses, you can find a variety of options available online and in stores. Styles range from simple cocktail dresses to full-length, fully embellished gowns.

Tell us, do you love or hate the idea of white bridesmaid gowns?

 

Bridesmaid Dresses

We’ve all seen the movie 27 Dresses.  Katherine Heigl’s portrayal of a professional bridesmaid was too funny not to love, as was the closet jam packed of not-so-lovely looking bridesmaids dresses.  So to offer our support to bridesmaids around the world, we’re highlighting a few of our favorite not-so-typical places to get bridesmaids dresses.  Because who says bridesmaids dresses need to come from bridal boutiques?

Nordstrom: Though this big retailer is no secret, it is somewhat of a secret in the bridesmaid world.  Nordstrom has one of the biggest and best selections of dresses out there, and they have even separated dresses that may be great contenders for your attendants.  Now these aren’t exclusive bridal collections, but they are dresses in beautiful colors, flattering shapes, and varying price points, perfect for outfitting a group of girls.  An added bonus is Nordstrom’s incredible customer service that will likely be a big help as your bridesmaids find just the right size, color, and Nordstrom store.

J.Crew: First lady, Michelle Obama, isn’t the only one loving J.Crew these days, so are bridesmaids!  J.Crew has grown their bridal line in recent years, and bridesmaids everywhere are rejoicing.  Many of their dresses allow girls to pick the style of their dress, keeping the same color and fabric as the other bridesmaids.  And what bridesmaid doesn’t love the freedom to choose something flattering?  And for the bride wanting one-stop shopping for her bridesmaids’ shoes and jewelry, J.Crew has you covered.

Modcloth: This online-only retailer is perfect for the bride having a garden-party wedding, an afternoon ceremony, or a less formal affair.  Modcloth carries retro and indie clothing and has a dress selection that covers anything your vintage inspired heart could desire.  Dreamy fabrics, pretty florals, and fluttering shapes fill their store and make definite bridesmaid dress potential, especially for the bride who wants a bit more a less-traditional approach.  Another bonus is the price.  Modcloth’s dresses start at $20.  And what bridesmaid doesn’t love that?

See below for some great selections from Modcloth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vendor Spotlight – Caroline DeVillo Couture

If you’re looking for a stunning, timeless, and breathtaking wedding gown, look no further than Chicago-based designer, Caroline DeVillo. Her Hollywood-inspired couture gowns are elegant, classic, and sure to make an impression.

Caroline DeVillo always dreamed of becoming a fashion designer, but when it came time for college, she studied Marketing of Textiles and Apparel at the University of Illinois to become a buyer instead. Plans change and along the way, she found herself attending the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise (FIDM) in Los Angeles. During her time in California, she began to work as a stylist and costume designer for TV, film, and print. After growing homesick, she decided to return to Chicago and take the plunge into design. Drawing on inspiration from Old Hollywood and her costuming experience, she designed her first line of couture bridal gowns in 2003. In 2006, her burgeoning bridal fashion career led her to open her own store in Bucktown.

Brides can choose from three couture collections to find their perfect wedding dress. Caroline DeVillo offers gowns that range from simple and understated to fun and flirty to sexy and glamorous. Whatever your personal style, Caroline DeVillo’s stunning masterpieces are certainly worth a glance.

Brides can also participate in the design process with Caroline DeVillo’s I.D. Collection. The I.D. (Individual Design) collection allows brides the opportunity to mix and match their favorite looks to create a dress that represents their unique personality and individual style.

Caroline DeVillo can also help dress the rest of your bridal party in style. She offers a beautiful collection of cocktail gowns that are perfect for bridesmaids and her customizable Kiddy Cocktail Collection provides great options for flower girls and children ages two and up.

Caroline Devillo Couture
http://carolinedevillo.com/
1616 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647-5536
(773) 342-0096

Wedding Trends 2010

Homemade Wedding Favors

Though favors are an expense that’s easy to eliminate, right now couples are especially grateful to guests who have incurred considerable expense to be a part of the celebration. The 2010 wedding trend is using homemade favors to express that thanks, and to send guests home with your love.

Birdcage Veils

These vintage-look veils combine a jeweled clip or feathered headpiece with netting that only covers the face. In the picture above, Drew Barrymore is wearing a birdcage veil to a recent movie premiere. Wearing one allows you to have some dramatic glamor and feel like a bride, but is a more fun look and less hassling than a long traditional veil.

Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses

For several years, brides have been selecting a bridesmaid dress designer and a fabric, then letting their bridesmaids choose the style that works best for their bodies. But the 2010 wedding trend takes idea further. Choose only a color, then let your bridesmaids find an off-the-rack dress of any designer that they like. Not only does this take some pressure off of you, but it also ensures that women are choosing a dress they like and they’ll be likely to actually wear again. If you follow this trend, be sure to tell your bridesmaids how formal the dress should be – you don’t want one bridesmaid wearing a casual sundress while another has on a beaded evening gown.

The End of the Standard Year-Long Engagement

Though a year is a good amount of time for an engagement (and thus that’s what I use for my wedding planning checklist) it certainly isn’t obligatory. Some couples will be planning quick elopements, while others will opt for longer engagements. There are advantages to both – a quick engagement means that you don’t overwhelm yourself with trying to plan the perfect wedding, and often means that you spend less money on unnecessary things. A long engagement can help relieve the stress, spreading out the tasks and the expenses. You’ll have time to save money, and hopefully be able to feel more secure about your jobs before you sign unbreakable contracts.

Strapless Wedding Dresses

If you’re saying to yourself, “This isn’t a new 2010 wedding trend!” you’re right. Strapless dresses have been extremely popular for several years now. And though more brides are opting for sleeves, straps, and other ways of covering the shoulders, strapless is going to continue to be the dominant style for the near future.