When it comes to finding the perfect wedding dress that is timeless yet modern, it can be hard to find a dress that has the unique combination of the two. We are completely swooning over this lovely modern, one shoulder BHLDN dress, with perfectly cascading ruffles that are girly yet elegant and would undoubtedly stand the test of time. Would you ever pick a one shoulder style for your big day?
Looking for a pop of surprise and aw when you are making your grand entrance? We adore the Fall and Winter trend of ditching the traditional veil and opting for a beautifully embellished or open backed wedding dress. Not only do unique backs make exquisite photos, but they leave an element of memorability and stately beauty that will leave your guests (and groom) swooning. Which lovely gown would you choose for your big day?
According to superstition, the groom should not see the bride in her dress before the wedding. Some people stick to to this tradition others throw it to the wind. Are you letting him see the dress or keeping it a surprise? Rant or rave!
Here is a what a few of our Facebook fans had to say:
“no! he didn’t even want me to let him know when i bought it.” -Lynn
“I did, but he only saw it on the hanger. It looked totally different on me…and he was so surprised!” -Liz
“He was with me when I bought it. It was his fave and mine too!!! We threw tradition out the window! Its 2012!” -Jenefer
“No way. I’m hoping he’ll fall in love with me all over again when I walk down that aisle :-)” -Sarah
“he was my second opinion…this is OUR wedding, not mine. And I will chime in about his attire, and he can do so with mine. Now he won’t see me in it until the day, but yes, he is my partner :)” -Jennifer
“No but tradition goes out the window when pics are taken before the ceremony so why not???” -Danielle
If romantic is your love language, feast your eyes on this gorgeous frock from Watters. It’s soft, dreamy and utterly elegant with just enough edge to make it completely unforgettable. Isn’t it lovely?
Wedding Paper Divas is bursting with staff grooms and brides-to-be who are currently planning their weddings. We’re happy to share their stories with you as a part of this fun feature!
The dress has been one of the final outstanding items on my checklist. After going to multiple stores, a few online purchases (yes, it’s worth a try!) and many hours of looking for inspiration… I said “yes” to the dress! Not only was it the first dress I ever tried on, but I found it online at a wedding boutique that was closing and offering a perfect condition sample in my size—at 40% off! Yes, you heard right. When I saw that, I knew it was meant to be. To make matters even better? It arrived last night and fits practically perfect. With my shoes, I don’t even need to have it hemmed. How is that for good luck?
While I can’t show you the dress (c’mon gotta keep some things a surprise, right?), I can tell you it’s designed by Ivy and Aster—one of my favorite boutique wedding dress brands.
In other not-so-fortunate news, we have decided to change our honeymoon location. We had planned to go to Greece and Turkey, but due to the unstable economy, we didn’t want to take a chance. Now we are brainstorming new places to go. So many options makes it that much harder to pull the trigger. Any ideas? We are all ears.
Jessica and Dan met nearly 7 years ago on Myspace. (Remember Myspace?) It took weeks of contemplation until they decided to finally meet… and I guess you could say the rest was history. After discovering their mutual shoe addiction, surviving countless Thanksgiving family meals together and three apartment/house moves later—they are officially ready to tie the knot.
Jessica and Dan are getting married May 27, 2012 at Malibou Lake Mountain Club in Los Angeles.
Looking for the perfect wedding dress? Get fun bridal fashion tips from our guest blogger, Bella Pictures, who breaks down your dress dilemma into seven distinct styles:
Strapless with Detail: On her big day, Caroline opted for a classic dress with a sleek empire waist and simple beaded details. Her minimal make-up and modest jewelry choices are perfect for the “laid-back” bride.
Simple with Bold Accessories: Mikaela took a simple white dress and accessorized it with bold and bright statement pieces for a chic look. This pairing is both fun and trendy!
Old Hollywood Glam: Kristi’s dress is a tribute to the glamour of the 1940s. Paired with bold make-up and no jewelry, this dress is a statement of its own.
Vintage: This vintage gown that Kelly chose for her wedding looks amazing with all her vintage accessories (earrings, veil and ring).
Couture Gown: For Tovah’s New Year’s Eve Wedding, she went for a dress as extravagant as the event. Her pink wedding and party dress is a great option for the non-traditional bride.
Sheer with Embroidered Details: Kristen’s simple and elegant dress is perfect for the classic bride. She opted to pair her dress with other classic staples like a long veil, pearls and a simple updo.
Princess Gown: Cristina’s style of dress is the number one choice for many brides. It’s classic and elegant and when paired with a tiara, and it will really make you feel like a princess on your big day!
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About Bella Pictures
Bella Pictures is the most recognized name in premium wedding photography and video, and we’re proud to announce the launch of our brand new website.
Bella now offers an expansive wedding photography portfolio, with hundreds of wedding galleries and slideshows from all around the country, as well as a daily blog and a helpful planning section that features engagement session ideas, wedding day photo itineraries, budget-saving tips and more.
Most importantly, Bella now provides a completely transparent shopping experience, allowing couples to customize and buy photography, video and albums online.
If you’re in search of fresh bridal fashion inspiration, you’ve got to check out Ivy & Aster. This new (and utterly delightful) line of gowns and social dresses is delicate and divine. Short gowns range from $600–$900, tea-length and long gowns range from $1200–$3000 and all bridesmaid dresses are less than $300—what’s not to love?
Here are a few of our favorite styles, along with some highlights from their accessories collection. Simply lovely!
Love these frocks and accessories from Ivy & Aster? Leave us a comment below!
I simply cannot get enough of all the autumn inspiration floating around these days, so when I came across this stunning winery wedding on Style Me Pretty, I could not resist sharing. The colors. The detail in the dress. The farm fresh tabletops. Feast your eyes on this copious eye candy!
As the summer wedding season draws to a close, we expect to hear a lot more of this one question—what do I do with my wedding dress now? Read on to find out our top tips for the post-wedding wedding dress dilemma.
My wedding is right around the corner, and everyone is telling me I should talk to someone about preserving my dress after the celebration is over. What are my options?
Thanks for writing in, Dilemma, and bravo! It sounds like you’re seriously on top of things if you’re already planning what to do with your dress after the big day. This is a common question among recent brides, so we’re happy to have this chance to lay out your options for you.
1. Preserve your wedding dress. This straightforward article from The Knot fully explains all of the details that go into cleaning, preserving and storing your wedding dress if you’re interested in keeping it.
2. Sell it. Trust us—there are plenty of brides out there searching for a gently used dress like yours. Check sites like Recycled Bride for all the details. You can recoup some of the money you spent on it, help another bride-to-be attain her dream wedding look and make an eco-friendly choice all in one fell swoop.
3. Donate your wedding dress. Charities like Brides Against Breast Cancer will take your donated wedding dress and resell it to donate the profits toward a good cause. We love the idea of starting your marriage off with an act of kindness!
4. Transform it. Take a look at your dress and try to envision transforming it into something else. If you are planning on having kids, it could make lovely little baptism outfits, booties or baby blankets. We’ve also heard of brides turning their gowns into everything from ring bearer pillows to place mats.
5. Trash the dress. Some brides decide that since they’re never planning to wear their dresses again, they might as well “trash” them and get a cool photo out of it (like the one above from Luster Studios). Some say they can still clean and donate their dresses after a trash the dress photo shoot, too.
Readers, is there anything you would add to the list? What’s your favorite option? Leave a comment and let us know!
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“New Moon,” the latest Twilight movie, hits theaters at midnight tonight, and we know plenty of Wedding Paper Divas staffers who are flocking to the theaters to drool over their favorite vampires and werewolves!
I haven’t read the Twilight series, but I do know that dark vintage romance is going to be a hot trend for 2010 weddings, so I love looking at photos of the characters’ smoky, sultry vampire style. Any Twilight-loving brides-to-be are sure to adore this spread from InStyle that features top designers’ sketches for Bella’s wedding dress in an upcoming film.