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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
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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).

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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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Wedding Makeup… Improve Your Natural Beauty

It is your wedding day! Most brides will only have one thing on their minds, “How do I look?” Your wedding day is most likely one of the most treasured days in a bride’s life. Consequently, brides expect to look and feel their best. That is where a makeup artist can enter with her magic wand and add to the dazzle and stylishness of the wedding day.

Every bride should wear makeup. Even if a bride has decided to go without make up on her wedding day, a small amount should be worn to enhance your features for the hundreds of pictures that will be taken that day.

Wedding makeup needn’t dramatically change the look of a bride. Wedding makeup should simply improve the natural beauty of a woman, not applied in thick coats to last the day.

Bridal hair and makeup should be simple, yet elegant. It is important to remember that the hair and makeup should not compete with the bride’s dress; rather the hair and makeup should complement the dress.

Today’s bridal makeup and hair is soft and restrained. The effect is sexier and less harsh. Hair can be worn down, flowing with loose curls and waves or the bride may choose to wear her hair up. The updo that once conquered the bridal hair scene has a much softer look as well. Today’s updo style is not sprayed, pinned, and tucked to hide every loose hair. The look is pinned and tousled, leaving it soft and stylish and most of all, romantic.

Bridal makeup trends are soft and romantic to set off the hair and latest trends in bridal gowns and bridal hair. No longer do the lips have to be lined heavily and matte foundation with loose powder applied. While this is traditional, today’s bridal makeup is more radiant and natural. Today’s brides want to glow with elegance.

Sometimes the most simple the wedding make up the better! Wear a flawless foundation as a basis. It gives you a good foundation and even color. You can choose from liquid foundations or cream-based compacts. Even mineral powder makeup is great for wedding make-up because it lasts all day!  This is very important, as the bride you want to look picture perfect in your wedding photos.

A bride must have a natural shine! Have you heard the saying Blushing Bride. Make sure you have a beautiful blush on the apples of your cheeks. You do not want to look pale. Pink or apricot blush color will suit most skin tones.

Eyes also need to look beautiful. Use false eyelashes as part of your wedding makeup look. This will help your lashes look nice and long! They are easy to apply, or your make-up artist can apply them for you!

Give your lips a hint of shine or apply a light color for a pretty pout! Kissing lips will naturally lead to breathtaking beauty for your wedding makeup!

Finally, wedding makeup to last all day! Here’s a tip – Brush a light translucent powder on areas of the face susceptible to shine. Today’s bride wants to show her beauty in a natural, sensual way. The makeup artist can provide the bride with confidence and easy elegance that will be reminisced often.

For more information on finding that perfect look, contact any of our Beauty professionals listed HERE.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Maria_T_Cruz

After the Vows: A Wedding Reception Checklist and Information

A wedding reception checklist is an ideal organizing tool to ensure everything gets done before your ceremony. With a wedding reception checklist, you can check off everything from wedding reception table decorations to the wedding reception rentals as you accomplish them. Many books and wedding software programs offer comprehensive wedding reception checklists to make your planning more convenient.

Decor by Neil Leeson Floral & Decor

While a wedding reception schedule does not need to be strictly planned out, having an order of events that flows smoothly will keep your guests sticking around. Besides the time for open dancing, the only break in activities should be between the toast and the cake-cutting because to allow time for eating. After dinner, your wedding reception schedule should move along quickly so the people who have attended your reception can enjoy all of the festivities, including: the cake cutting ceremony, the garter removal, and everything else that is typical of a wedding reception.

With your wedding reception checklist, you can organize your wedding reception rentals and equipment. First and foremost, the reception hall is the most important of decision — unless you have made other venue arrangements. Wherever you decide to hold your reception, tables and chairs might be another concern on your list of wedding reception rentals. If you are looking for a more sophisticated touch, you can also get linens and seat covers for added accents and styles. Other wedding reception rentals include a variety of decorations, such as: a decorative arch, a stage and a backdrop behind the head table.

Decor by Neil Leeson, Lighting by Event Lighting

Decor by Neil Leeson; Lighting by Event Lighting

In some cases, you may want to rent table decorations for the reception tables. Since your wedding reception table decorations will be a focal point for the guests at each table, you’ll want to have an impressive conversation piece to get people talking. Creative and unique centerpieces can be an expensive addition to your wedding budget, but some companies specializing in wedding reception rentals have options for wedding table decorations, too. This can be an affordable way to give your reception an added appearance that you spared no expense — even though you may, in fact, be saving money.

Receptions can be fun and exciting, but they can also be a lot of work for the soon-to-be-married couple. To help you get organized, a wedding reception checklist can help you feel less overwhelmed by the tasks involved. From rentals to table decorations, a wedding reception checklist is a vital tool when planning your reception. With the popularity of wedding websites and wedding planning books, you can find help to accomplish all your important tasks.

For decorating ideas check out our Reception Table Gallery, Real Weddings page and our list of local Decorating/Rental vendors.

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