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Bridal Fashion: A Series of Posts and Inspiration for your Wedding!


Bridal fashion is a really exciting part of the wedding industry that continues to evolve and inspire. Bridal Fashion week in the fall of 2012 went viral on Pinterest and dominated social media for days.

We are going to do a series of posts on bridal fashion. The dos, the don’ts and of course, lots of photos for inspiration. This will be a series of 5 posts that will upload to our blog every Monday. First, we will cover the bride and give photos and information about dresses, shoes, veils and other accessories. Then we will move onto groom’s fashion dissecting color choices, ties or bowties and more. Next, we will look at bridesmaids and groomsmen. With pictures we will look at successful color combinations and just how matchy people need to be (or not to be). Then we will focus our next post on the mother-of-the-bride. Usually the mother-of-the-bride has some difficulty deciding what to wear and we will give a variety of options to inspire. Lastly, we will finish off with some cute ideas for flower girls and ring bearers.

Like what you see? Don’t forget to PIN to your PINTEREST boards to keep the inspiration handy for later.


Don’t forget to check back on Monday for our first post!

Make it pretty!

Make it Pretty Monday! Ballgown Bridesmaid Ideas!

What do your girls wear? I do love an adorable knee length Bridesmaid dress. However, I am a sucker for a gorgeous ballgown. I am definitely seeing more formality in my upcoming weddings. Here are some options to keep in mind when you begin styling your wedding:

I always love the elegance of Monique Lhuillier. These gowns are elegantly classic.

Amsale designs gowns to make us look like Grecian goddesses. Who doesn’t love that?

I love how different each color showcases in this BHLDN Niceties gown!

Have fun with your bridesmaid’s gowns!




4 Tips for Picking the Perfect Bridesmaid Dress

The Today Show featured this fantastic article on how to pick a bridesmaid dress for your girls that is just right!

(ps bridesmaids take note of this HOT headpiece on this chiquita!)

4 tips for picking the perfect bridesmaid dress

By Bobbie Thomas contributor
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Bridesmaid. The word alone makes most women cringe, unless you are the bride. It’s time to do your closest circle of friends a favor — find them a dress they will want to wear on your big day, and again. Because unlike Katherine Heigl’s character Jane in “27 Dresses,” most of us don’t want to collect a closetful of fearful frocks!

Bobbie Thomas, TODAY style editor and author of the Buzz Column for In Touch Weekly, offers a few things to keep in mind when thinking of your soul sisters …

Make a plan
First consider the theme or venue for your magical moment, because both your wedding gown and the setting will help point you in the right direction. Remember: Along with the bouquets, your bridesmaids will be your most valuable accessories.

After the paying party has decided on a price range, plan a “pre-edit.” This is where you pull together an assortment of dresses before you gather the girls for a fitting. If you are dealing with long-distance friends, you may want to consider a larger retailer with multiple locations and a Web site.

Ask yourself the following questions to help narrow down the possibilities: Formal or casual? Long or short? Soft or structured? It’s OK if you don’t know the answers (and may be better, leaving you open to a welcome surprise).

Consider the color
Unless you have your heart set on a specific color, let the dress dictate the shade. Trendy styles tend to look better in sophisticated tones, while classic cuts can hold a bold, vibrant hue. Decide whether the dye of the dress, or the details on it, is most important. Let one aspect take center stage. A general rule of thumb: Beware of brights — dark tones will help less expensive fabrics look rich.

Select a style

Your wedding should be timeless, not time-stamped. While current fashion fads may feel fresh and tres chic, it’s important to consider the future. Will you look back and cringe? (Just flash back to the princess sleeves and big hair of the ’80s.)

This doesn’t mean your only option is strapless and simple; just be sure to consider the “multiple factor.” While an intricately designed dress can be stunning, three or more standing next to each other can be a fashion disaster. So choose wisely, because less may be more.

Pick the dress
It’s important to like many before you fall in love, therefore I urge you to collect a rack of dresses. Yes, I said “a rack.” Five to 10 favorites would be ideal, because your bridesmaids will bring each to life in their own way.

If you can arrange to have a group fitting, great; if not, ask everyone to try on your choices and email you some photos with feedback. It’s important to listen and hear what your girlfriends think, but don’t make your decision at the fitting or under pressure.

If possible, pull together a collage of all the visual elements to be blended on your big day. Hopefully more than one will fit into your fairy tale, so that you can then offer your group of girls a vote, and everyone will live happily ever after!

Bridesmaid Dress picture: Lazaro Bridesmaids