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Who Else Wants Fun and Flirty Bridesmaid Dresses?

Author:  Jess Watson

Choosing your bridesmaid dresses is definitely a big decision. With the hottest trends of the year now available, finding the perfect set of flattering dresses for your girlfriends can be a fun and relatively painless task. There are a few points to examine when beginning this process, from length and color to shape and price. By selecting the designs that fit your party best while staying true to your vision and remembering your group’s preferences, you’ll be well on your way to buying outstanding dresses that everyone can be happy with.

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Short Versus Long

Do you like short and flirty, or long and dramatic? One thing to think about when deciding on the length of bridesmaid dresses is the season of your wedding. Knee-length dresses are more common for spring and summer weddings while full-length are more often than not in fall and winter ceremonies. If you’re still on the fence about length, one option is to buy long and hem later when your mind is made up.

Also, check and see how the length compares with your wedding gown. If you have a cathedral veil and a long, flowing train, then full-length bridesmaid dresses are probably a good option. For a shorter or more contemporary bridal gown, knee-length bridesmaid dresses are the way to go.

A Note on Color

Here’s a tip that cannot be stressed enough—get your bridesmaids’ honest opinions when selecting color! Your bridesmaids know which colors wash them out or clash with their complexion and which do not, so don’t be afraid to ask what they think. You don’t want to be stuck with a sea foam green fiasco in your wedding photos that makes you wonder, “What was I thinking?”

Find a color that both you and your bridesmaids are comfortable with. If reaching an agreement is turning out to be impossible, strike a compromise by selecting a similar color in a different shade. It’s not a bad idea to visit your local hardware store and take home coordinating paint swatches to get a better idea of which colors go together—and which don’t!

Material Matters

Know your fabric and you’ll know how your bridesmaid outfits will turn out. Choose satin or sateen for a rich and lustrous surface, or pick chiffon for a lightweight and sheer effect. Charmeuse is a light, shimmery satin fabric that has a soft and contouring shape that’s perfect for draping or ruching.

Take a few moments before selecting your garments to learn how the dress you picked will hold up throughout the night. Will it wrinkle easily? Do stains come out? What are the cleaning instructions? Assign someone in your wedding party the task of bringing stain remover and an iron to the big event so that you will have all of your bases covered for any worst-case scenarios.

Mori Lee

It’s All in the Details

In many cases, the details make the dress. Whether it’s a ruched bust complemented by an asymmetrical hem or pleating at the waist for a slimming effect, details are what draw attention and provide a fabulous fit. Some of the most popular styles include: beaded accents, beautiful draping, ribbon ties, flower appliques, or a rhinestone belt.

And don’t forget to accessorize! With matching clutches, dyeable shoes and sparkly jewelry, your bridesmaids will be ready to walk down the aisle in style. Exquisite details are what transform a good dress into a great one, so keep an eye out for your favorite design features. You can easily make your bridal party look like they stepped out of a fashion magazine with the glamorous dress styles available today.

The Right Shape for All

It’s rare to find two bridesmaids of the exact same size and shape, so what’s a bride to do? The best option is to look for bridesmaid dresses that are designed to accommodate different body types.

For example, you might choose a dress style that features a high empire waist with flowing fabric that floats away from the tummy and hips to achieve a look that is flattering on all figure types. Another choice is to let each bridesmaid pick a different design of the same color. Then you will have a diverse bridal party displaying a fun and modern approach to bridesmaid dresses. No matter what your preference is, be sure to see each bridesmaid in her dress before making your final decision.

Your bridesmaids function as your supporters and sisters-in-spirit for your big day, so why shouldn’t they look their best? There are a lot of things to consider, from length and color to material and shape, but finding the perfect design with eye-catching details is well worth the search. Give your wedding party outfits they’ll cherish forever as they share in this momentous occasion.

Jesse Watson is a freelance writer who writes about several topics including weddings and fashionsuch as bridesmaid dresses.
Source: http://www.articlealley.com/article_1592640_41.html

Here Comes The Vintage Bride

The trend for vintage shopping and heritage style is spilling into the bridal market. In a recent interview about bridal trends, Rachel Leonard, Brides Magazine fashion director, said “There is a market for vintage wedding dresses. Mixing old with new is big: It could be a dress or veil, or just vintage shoes or cocktail hat.” Two styles she says are very salable: 1950s designs with tight waist and full skirt, and 1930s Hollywood-inspired charmeuse gowns. The hit TV series “Mad Men” has created a yen for 1960s formal gowns. Not in demand: the 1970s peasant-look or bohemian garb.

Many women are shopping for high quality on a budget and are finding it in vintage clothing. “Under the current economic conditions, stretching the value for each dollar has become an important asset to this business,” says Laurie Pastor, co-owner of Jazzbug Vintage Events (jazzbugvintageevents.com), a creative event stylist company specializing in vintage themes. Young, urbane and “non-conformist” brides are also shopping vintage. They seek wedding attire with a twist. But young brides aren’t the only ones having all the fun. Second-time and older brides who may be looking for a romantic look have turned to bridal fashion from the past as well. Vintage themed anniversary parties are also very popular. Earth conscious consumers are also seeking vintage wedding dresses. With the growing awareness of living green and recycling, many brides take comfort in knowing that a vintage gown has no negative impact on the environment.

For more information on this dress and other vintage styles, continue reading here.

Back: 1929 crepe back satin wedding dress, sold for $250, pastperfectvintage.com

Front:  1929 crepe back satin wedding dress, sold for $250, pastperfectvintage.com

Mother of the Groom Dress

Published:  May 27, 2010 by The Wedding Wizards

Traditional etiquette states the mother of the groom should wait until the mother of the bride has chosen a dress. The idea is for both mothers to end up wearing similarly formal dresses (one should not wear a ball gown if the other is wearing a strappy sundress).

Daymor

Not all brides (and mothers of the brides) follow all etiquette rules. You may feel more comfortable wearing a pantsuit instead of a traditional formal dress. This is not a problem, but it should be discussed with the bride and her mother to avoid any awkwardness.

The color of your dress should not match the mother of the bride, but you may want to stay in the same color family. You definitely will want to stay away from the same color as the bridesmaids. If you want to keep in line with the style of the bridesmaid dress, you can invite the bride to go shopping with you for your dress.

Black has been a color that mothers of the groom have stayed away from for years. It is gaining popularity, and if you are able to wear a colored jacket or scarf with your dress, it may be acceptable. The idea would be to stay away from a dress or outfit that will make you appear older or dowdy. You will also want to refrain from an outfit that can be also worn to a funeral (you will want something more festive than this).

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You will also want to avoid white, tan, ivory, or off-white (for the obvious reasons of course). Shopping for the mother of the groom dress is easier than in years past. With online shopping, you are able to go to “virtual boutiques” for prior to the wedding. This can give you an idea of what stores carry the items that are of interest to you. When it is time to shop for a dress (approximately 4-6 months prior to the wedding), allow yourself plenty of time to find a dress.

Besides shopping in bridal shops, elegant dresses and gowns can be found in department stores and boutiques. If you are not a shopper, selecting dresses online and having them shipped to your home might be an option for you. You can try on the dresses in the privacy of your own home. Be aware of your home lighting when doing this! The lighting in bridal studios and department stores tend to be brighter than the light we have in our homes.

Ultimately, if you are unable to find a dress that meets your satisfaction, consider finding a pattern that meets your requirements and have the gown made for you. Whatever gown you choose, looking your best on your son’s day is important. Find a style that fits and flatters, and you will not go wrong!

Visit TodaysBride.com for a complete list of local Bridal shops specializing in Mother-of dresses.

Mother of the Bride: 4 Jewelry Do’s and Don’ts

Audrey Hepburn is the most searched keyword phrase on our blog.  And rightfully so.  A classic icon, Audrey Hepburn was the epitome of fashion from her role as Princess Anne in Roman Holiday to Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady.  Her style was one of elegance and sophistication, even as a terrorized blind woman in Wait Until Dark .  With over 25 movies to her credit, there is no doubt that Audrey achieved a rarefied position as beloved actress and icon of style.

I recently came across a blog titled Audrey Hepburn and immediately a post about Jewelry Do’s and Don’ts for the Mother-of-the-Bride caught my eye.  Being the fashion icon that she was, and still is,  who better to offer Mother’s -of advice on what and what not to wear at the wedding.

Mother of the Bride: 4 Jewelry Do’s and Don’ts

Next to the bride herself, her lucky groom and their wedding party, you will likely get a fair amount of attention your daughter’s ceremony and the reception. Keep in mind too that you will be one of the stars in the wedding album. You want to be remembered by your future grandchildren for your hip fashion sense, not your hip replacement. Take a few tips from us on how to look your best when your little girl says her vows.

1. DO: Wear modern accessories

Fashion-forward jewelry isn’t about abandoning the classics. Current styles – cascade earrings, lariat necklaces and charm bracelets – have all been seen before. The trick to merging with the next generation is choosing pieces that feature colorful, interesting gemstones. Use them to bring out your eyes, pick up on a subtle color in your dress, or tie your ensemble into the wedding’s color theme.

Continue reading HERE for more Do’s and Don’ts of Wedding Jewelry

For more information on Mother-of attire, read Moms Just Wanna Have Fun on TodaysBride.com

5 Hot Trends In Wedding Shoes For 2010

When making wedding preparations, brides usually give minimal attention to their wedding shoes. According to some people, shoes aren’t visible because they’re normally hidden inside the wedding dresses, whereas others say there is so much money spent on the wedding dresses that it becomes very difficult to spend on the shoes. This shouldn’t be the case. Your wedding shoes complement your wedding dress and therefore, should be given similar attention.

The trends for wedding shoes change along with trends for wedding dresses. Some of the wedding shoes that are trendy in 2010 are listed below:


1. Antique-looking wedding dresses are hot this year, resulting in styles of wedding shoes that show elements of the past such as Victorian-style beading.

2. Sexy and more feminine wedding shoes are trendy for 2010. “Strappy” styles will surely make the bride look sensual and daring as she walks down the aisle.

3. Embellished shoes, especially those using crystal or pave adornments, are also trendy for 2010.

4. Another top trend for 2010 is shoes with various shapes such as bows. If the shape is echoed in the dress, it can give a perfectly coordinated look.

5. Feathers in shoes are a new hot trend for 2010.

Wedding shoes are an important part of your wedding plans as they complement the dress. Trendy wedding shoes give a contemporary look to the bride and coordinate with current dress styles.   So, when purchasing your wedding shoes, consider what is trendy this year.

About the Author:
Paolo is the owner of onlinebridalstore.com that provides wedding accessories.  In the last ten years he delicately working on online bridal accessories like bridal shoes, wedding jewelry, wedding shoes, etc.

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What to Look for When Buying a Wedding Veil

By: Lisa Parker

Although many brides today walk down the aisle without a veil, it is still very much part of the bridal experience. Some brides choose not to wear a veil because they feel it does not fit their personality, style, or matches the dress. Other brides simply cannot imagine their wedding day without a veil. Those brides who feel they must have a veil are probably the same little girls that have taken a scarf, piece of fabric, or shawl and made their own “wedding veil” as they played wedding growing up.

Just because a bride wants a wedding veil does not mean she knows how to choose one. A wedding veil is the perfect way to complete the perfect bridal ensemble, from the dress to the jewelry to the shoes. The wedding veil is very much a part of the ensemble for many brides not only because it is a traditional part of the day but because of what it symbolizes. The wedding veil symbolizes suspense and a new beginning for the bride, her groom, and all the guests.

Choosing your own veil can be quite a difficult task. There is a wide variety of wedding veils to choose from and the prices vary as well. First and foremost, when choosing a wedding veil, make sure that you have chosen your wedding gown. This is the best way to determine not only which style veil works best for you, but also what your budget will allow. Use these tips and suggestions when shopping for a wedding veil to make sure that you get exactly what you want.

The Wedding Venue

While you may not have considered it, the venue of your wedding will also have an impact on the type of wedding veil that will work best for you. An indoor, formal church wedding is the ideal place for a formal, elaborate veil with all the trimmings. If you are tying the knot outside on the beach, or at the courthouse, you may want a simple, short wedding veil.

The Wedding Gown

Think about the style of your wedding gown before you settle on a wedding veil. The dress and the veil should actually complement each other. If you are wearing an informal wedding dress, you probably will not want a formal wedding veil and headpiece. Also, if your wedding dress is long, the longer your veil should be and vice versa. Remember to use common sense when buying a wedding veil and you should do fine.

The Hair Style

Think about how you will wear your hair on the wedding day. Are you keeping your locks long and lovely or sweeping them up in a funky, fantastic up-do? If you have short hair, you may not want to buy an elaborate wedding veil. Your best bet is to keep it simple and stylish. You may want to bring your veil to your hair salon for a few “practice” sessions before the big day.

The Hair Accessories

If you have already established what hair accessories, if any, you will be using on your wedding day, bring them along when you shop for the wedding veil. Remember, less is more, so if you have chosen beautifully detailed hair pins, you will want your wedding veil to be simple and understated.

The Veil Price

A key factor in staying sane during all the wedding planning and hoopla is to stay within your budget. When figuring your budget, determine how much you will spend on your wedding dress and the veil and stick to it. A few ways to save a few bucks when buying a wedding veil is to shop sample sales or ask to purchase the floor model. You could even make your own wedding veil if you are handy with a needle and thread!

One more thing…

Remember, your wedding veil doesn’t have to come “as is.” You can have your wedding veil tailored by your favorite seamstress based on your specifications. This means that the veil will fit you perfectly, will not fall off, and will never overpower your dress. Tailoring your wedding veil will also ensure that the veil you wear down the aisle is like no other.

The perfect wedding veil is out there waiting for you; you just need to know how to find it. Using these simple tips will make the quest for the perfect veil that much easier. Your wedding is a special occasion and an event to remember, so walk down that aisle in style!

About the Author

Lisa Parker is a freelance writer who writes about weddings, often focusing on a specific aspect of weddings such as a wedding veil.

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In Remembrance of Family That Has Passed

How to Keep the Mood Joyous While Remembering a Relative that has passed at Your Wedding

When a parent or other close relative has passed away recently, it’s important to find an appropriate way to remember them without ruining the joyous tone of the wedding. After all, a wedding is a celebration, and while a missing parent is certainly sad, it shouldn’t overpower the wedding day.

Some ways to remember a parent:

  • Set up a special small table at the wedding reception with a flower arrangement and a card saying “In memory of those loved ones who are not with us today” or more specifically, “In memory of Martina Jensen, mother of the bride.” You could also put a picture of the bride or groom with the deceased person you are honoring.


  • At the wedding reception, display wedding pictures of family members, or pictures of loved ones with the bride/groom. This is a more subtle way of not only honoring the bride & groom’s parents but also including the dead in your day.

  • Wear a piece of jewelry or article of clothing. (For example your mother’s wedding dress, your father’s cuff links, or your grandfather’s signet ring).

  • Carry the same flowers that your mother had in her bouquet.

  • Attach a small photo frame of the loved to your bouquet.

  • At the end of the wedding program, it is appropriate to add a memoriam line. For example, you might write “Today we honor those who could not be with us, especially the bride’s stepmother Alison Janet Brooks.”

  • If the person who is conducting the ceremony is someone who knew the deceased relative, it might be appropriate for him/her to say something during the ceremony – particularly if they are saying a homily or other sermon-like speech. They might say “Today, we have come together to celebrate the love of these two people and the life they are building together. As many of you know, the groom’s father recently passed away. And in times like these, it can be more important than ever to honor love and family. I know (groom’s father) was so happy to see (groom) find the love he has with (bride). Although it would be easy for his recent death to make this a sad occasion, (Groom’s father) would want to see you all so happy today,celebrating and full of joy. So today, let’s remember how precious life is, and be thankful that (bride and groom) are creating a new family together.”

By Nina Callaway, About.com
Center photos by Catherine McKinley Photography, courtesy of Elizabeth & Rob Mosher