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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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Shopbop.com Wedding Boutique

Shopbop , for those of you just being introduced to the upper echelons of online shopping is a leading online retailer that focuses on fashion forward contemporary finds. Perfectly curated by their team of stylists, editors and buyers, the site has everything from well known labels to up and comers who are hitting the fashion scene hard. With the target demographic is somewhere is the 21-35 range ( although their reach goes from beyond that age group) it seems only fitting that their latest venture is dressing the bride from head to toe for her big day and beyond.

Since online shopping has become so prevalent for the busy working girl, Shopbop, has found a huge and loyal following of customers who love their speedy shipping, great return policy and close enough to real life descriptions that you almost always keep your purchases.  Their team of expert fashionistas take sizing charts and quality control to a whole new level that keeps those obsessed with their picks coming back season after season.

Badgley Mischka Bridal

So it wasn’t long until this genius e-commerce house got smart to the shopping habits of brides-to-be. Especially those brides looking for variety in a sea of the same dresses and accessories stocked at bridal salons.  While some stores have exclusives with designers who like to keep their gowns in one select store per market, Shopbop offers many of these same designers under the same roof.  Names like Badgley Mischka, Marchesa, Temperley London, J. Mendel, and Zac Posen, just to name a few, can be seen side by side for comparison in what can only be viewed as the best of the best going head to head for your vote.  The amazing part is that all of the sizes are ready to wear and as for the return policy? It’s the same! And better yet? The dress arrives at your door perfectly wrapped in some of the finest packaging around. Now if that isn’t high-end bridal service, we don’t know what is!

Zac Posen

Besides a plethora of gowns for the very glamour, modern, or classic bride, they also offer a huge selection of amazing statement jewelry, handbags, hair accessories and shoes.  You can even outfit your entire wedding party in one of their just as fashionable bridesmaid ensembles. If that weren’t one-stop shopping enough for you, then consider all of the events from showers, engagement parties, and the rehearsal dinner that you simply must find the perfect dress for. Shopbop has that covered too. Alongside their gorgeous display of shorter white dresses, you can peruse the entire site for the perfect outfit for any event.

So jump on over to Shopbop.com and start pulling your looks for the big day. Be sure to sign up for special offers like their annual holiday sales where the more you spend, the more you get! And happy Shopping!

Wedding Dress Creator

Click here for the Wedding Dress Creator

If you flip through a wedding magazine, you will notice there are endless styles and options for wedding dresses. You have to find a dress that fits your personal style, wedding theme, and body type. The online wedding dress creator lets you create your dream look from head to toe. It even lets you test out the look with your skin tone and hair color. You can also use the site to play with bridesmaid looks. Here are a few tips for using the wedding dress creator.

Read the neckline guide and the silhouette guide. The guides not only tell you the names of the different styles, but they also offer advice on choosing a style that will work on your body type.

Read “Wedding Color Theory.” It would be nice if choosing your wedding colors was as simple as picking your favorite color, but there are a lot of factors to consider to make sure your wedding colors look as great you imagined.

Involve your bridesmaids. They can offer feedback on your favorite designs and help create bridesmaids looks.

Print out or save your looks. You can take these pictures to the dress store, florist, hair salon, etc.

 

 

 

 

Bridezilla

Planning a wedding can be stressful, there’s no doubt about it. It’s expensive and time-consuming and no one seems to care about it quite as much as you do. With all of the added stress, it’s easy to become a little irrational and difficult to deal with, despite your best intentions. Here are a few ways to avoid becoming a total bridezilla in the months leading up to your nuptials…

Keep Your Priorities Straight: Yes, there are invitations to be mailed, flowers to be arranged, dresses to be ordered, food to be selected, but what’s the point of all of that? This wedding, above everything else, is about uniting your life with another, making a public declaration of your love, and committing to become husband and wife. As important as the favors or centerpieces or seating chart might seem right now, at the end of the day, your wedding is about you and your fiancé. When you feel the pressure of wedding planning creeping up on you, take a moment to remember why you’re putting together a wedding in the first place.

Keep Yourself Organized: Regardless of how big or small your wedding day is going to be, there are still tasks to be done. One of the biggest causes of bridezilladom is overwhelming stress. Avoid the added anxiety by staying on top of things. Buy a wedding planner, make checklists, and plan your time efficiently.

Continue Living Your Life: Although it may feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day or days in the month to get everything done before saying “I do,” it simply can’t be all wedding, all the time. You (and most definitely your fiancé) need a break from the wedding stress from time to time. Set aside non-wedding hours each week where you can spend an evening with your partner having fun and talking about anything but the upcoming nuptials. Or set up a girls’ night with some friends or an afternoon of solitary pampering.

Ask for Help: You don’t need to carry the full weight the wedding on your shoulders. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your friends, family, and most certainly, your fiancé (Operation Groom Involvement). Even if you’re a total control freak, there are always tasks that can be done by others, you just need to reach out to the people in your life. However, when you ask…

Be Respectful of Others: Be considerate of time and expense when asking friends and family for help. Your maid of honor and bridesmaids should be there for you in your time of need, but it’s unreasonable to expect them to be at your beck and call 24 hours a day. Be honest with them about your needs and schedule a time that’s convenient for them. Be thoughtful about their budgetary concerns and limitations when picking out dresses, shoes, and activities they’re expected to participate in. Wedding Timelines.

Show Your Appreciation: Don’t forget to say ‘thanks’ to everyone who’s lent a helping hand throughout the planning process. Nothing says bridezilla more than an ungrateful or entitled bride. Be sure to express your sincerest gratitude to everyone—friends, relatives, vendors—who give of their time and finances to help make your wedding day a beautiful reality. Thank you card etiquette.

BHLDN has arrived – Anthropologie Weddings

Monday was a big day in the bridal world.  BHLDN, the bridal brainchild of the people at Anthropologie was launched.  The whimsy, magic, and delicateness of Anthropologie has now been packed into a beautiful world for brides.

BHLDN is of course heavily focused on wedding gowns.  Their selection is one-of-a-kind and makes almost any past, present, or future bride swoon.  They’ve got something for every body type and every type of bride.  If you want elegant, they’ve got it.  If you want romantic, they’ve got.  Vintage inspired, garden appropriate, whimsy laced…yep, they’ve got those too.  The selection is nothing short of beautiful.  However, just because Anthropologie is a big name, doesn’t mean they’re pumping out their gowns by the thousands.  Dresses are sold on a limited basis, so brides don’t have to fear seeing their dress on every corner or at every alter.

And in true Anthropologie fashion, the customer service of BHLDN is special and sincere.  Their website abounds with ways to narrow down your style and find the perfect look. Shipping is affordable and returns are free with a prepaid label.  And don’t fret about confusing bridal sizing.  The folks at BHLDN have made it easy, with a focus on traditional sizing and a fit guide that can help even the most size confused bride.

But BHLDN doesn’t stop at bridal gowns, they make it a point to continue the bridal experience creating party inspired dresses for attendants, family members, and guests.  These dresses are also perfect for the bride to wear to other wedding related events and festivities.  BHLDN is the antithesis to stuffy, cheesy, and unwearable bridesmaids dresses.  It’s hard to find one dress on their site that you don’t love.

Continuing the magic, BHLDN offers shoes, lingerie, accessories, and more.  Their shoes are Cinderella worthy, and their accessories are statement pieces fit for a queen.  Glancing at their website, its easy to forget you’re in wedding world, because their pieces are so timeless, you’ll be swooning and loving them long after the wedding has passed.

Please enjoy the following images from the BHLDN collection.

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.