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Browsing through the beautiful bridal collections of JLM Couture, we were particularly taken by how many gowns in the Spring 2014 collections featured stunning back designs. From illusion lace to bejeweled keyholes, there were so many pretty styles we couldn't resist sharing a few of our favorites.
1. An open back flanked by jeweled panels (Gown by Hayley Paige)
2. A unique twist on the traditional keyhole (Gown by Jim Hjelm)
3. A romantic one-shoulder style (Gown by Jim Hjelm)
4. A touch Southern, don't you think? (Gown by Tara Keely)
5. Sweet—and just a touch sexy. (Gown by Tara Keely)
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By: Sarah Zlotnick
Weddings come in all shapes, sizes, and styles these days. And while we love a casual backyard celebration as much as the next gal, there's something to be said for getting (way) dressed up to say 'I do'. So we've whipped up a supremely elegant, Art Deco-inspired ensemble fit for the fanciest bride on the block. Pops of deep crimson paired with sparkly statement earrings (and a belt!) amp up the glam factor of this sultry halter gown, and a maribou purse is equal parts playful and chic.
Where to Buy: BCBG Ooversized Rhinestone cocktail earrings ($88) • Ann Taylor Maribou Feather Clutch ($135) • Nicole Miller embellished satin bridal sash ($330) • Chanel matte lipstick in L'Exquise ($34) • Badgley Mishka 'Ginnie' peep toe pump ($130) • Giambattista Valli Twisted Crepe Gown ($2395)
By: Sarah Zlotnick
9 beautiful real wedding examples of the mix 'n' match bridesmaid trend!
1. Champagne Glam
Muted shades of tan let the sparkle on these Adrienne Pappel and Calvin Klein gowns shine through. View this elegant outdoor Georgia wedding.
2. Fun and Free
A cheeky assortment of peaches and pinks (plus light blue for the MOH) shows off the carefree nature of Robyn and Jamie's Hornby Island wedding. View this boho hippie wedding.
3. Shades of Fall
Each maid dressed in a color of the changing foliage—how perfect is that for an Autumn wedding? View this charming farm wedding.
4. Country Rustic
These earthy-glam gowns were the perfect mix of shades for Victoria's country wedding. View this rustic Texas ranch wedding.
5. Beach Casual
Pinks, oranges, and purple are a fitting choice for a destination celebration. View this tropical St. John wedding.
6. Rustic Forest Romance
Tessa's lilac and champagne bridesmaids look stunning against a lush forest backdrop. View this rustic forest wedding.
7. Bold in Brights
Katie's best gals wore a stylish mix of orange and coral dresses from Anthropologie, J. Crew, Banana Republic, and LAVU. View this playful Menlo Park wedding.
8. Country Casual
A palette of moody blues was the perfect choice for Jamie and Jake's lavender field nuptials. View this eclectic bohemian fall wedding.
9. Just The Shoes
You can also individualize from the waist down. We love the way Cat's bridesmaids stuck with the same dress but differentiated with their shoes. View this vibrant botanical California wedding.
Photo Credits (top to bottom): Woodland Fields Photography, Rebecca Amber Photography, Rebekah Westover, Allison Davis Photography, Carina Skrobecki Photography, Tin Sparrow Studios, Emily Takes Photos, Anjuli, and Braedon Photography.
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5 Figure Types, 5 Perfect Gowns
1. Long & Lean
Hoping to make a boyish figure look a little more feminine? Ruched waist detailing and halter straps are two fail-safe ways to create the illusion of curves at the waist and bust. Extra flouse in the skirt adds to the flirty vibe. Gown: Demetrios Illusions Style 3194.
Contrary to popular belief, the best way to downplay a larger chest is not to completely cover it up. Instead, opt for a gown with a sculpted upper bodice and a medium coverage V-neck. If possible, have the straps tailored to ensure maximum uplift. Gown: Demetrios Destination Romance Style DR185.
Big ball gowns can quickly overwhelm a small frame. If you're willing to buck the tradition of a long skirt, we absolutely reccomend going short. A more compact dress will ensure guests see you instead of seeing what you're wearing. Gown: Demetrios Young Sophisticated Style 2856.
4. Strong Arms
A high neck and prominent arm cut-outs are the best way to show off sculpted shoulders and biceps. If your arms are your strongest asset, consider a gown with a scuba-style halter silhouette. Gown: Demetrios lissa Style 535
Pairing a deep V-neck with a full skirt draws eyes in to the smallest part of your body: your waist. Gown: Demetrios Ilissa Style 545.
Photo by Paper Antler Photography
Whether you’re traveling halfway around the world or to a neighboring state, getting your wedding dress there safely is a top priority.
Traveling By Plane
Most airlines advise not to place valuable items in checked luggage, therefore, a carry-on or protective garment bag are your next options. (Tip: Fold layers of tissue paper into your wedding dress. This will help keep the wrinkles and discoloring away.) Check with your airline’s policy on bringing a wedding dress on board. They may allow you to store it in a closet or overhead bin. However, you can’t always rely on the flight attendant to store it properly in a closet or overhead bin. Consider purchasing a plane ticket for your wedding dress or better yet -- if there are open seats on your flight, it doesn’t hurt to ask the flight attendant if you dress can fly for free.
Traveling by Car
You don’t want your wedding dress squeezed between loads of luggage in the trunk. Instead, drape it flat across your luggage in a protective garment bag.
Unpacking Your Wedding Dress
If you pack your wedding dress in a carry-on or protective garment bag, bring a travel steamer. (Tip: Test on white fabric before you use. You’ll want the steam to come out clear, so it doesn’t stain the fabric.) If you can’t bring a travel steamer, hang your wedding dress in the bathroom, turn the shower on full blast with hot water and watch the steam eliminate any wrinkles.
Photo by Kevin Milz Photography
If you're going to go preppy, why not go all out? We love how this groom combined a tan seersucker suit, pink gingham button-down, a madras bow tie, and a peony and berry boutonniere.
Photo by Kristopher Orr
Cardigans are an interesting yet appropriate alternative to tuxes for modern black and white weddings.
Photo by OneLove Photography
Cheeky socks just might be our favorite way for the groomsmen to show a little personality.
Photo by Anni Cee Photographie
If you're having a fall wedding, keep your groom warm with a three-piece tweed suit (the vest will provide extra insulation).
Photo by Sincerely Liz Photography
Suspenders are making a major come back ever since Ryan Reynolds wore custom leather ones at this wedding to Blake Lively. Choose a solid or patterened pair of suspenders that match his suit.
Photo by Ulmer Studios
Tip: If your summer wedding is on the casual side, keep your groom cool in a vest instead of a full-sleeved jacket.
Photo by Nerinna Photography
Help your groom subtly stand out from his groomsmen with a tie in a different pattern but same color palette.
Photo by Nadia D. Photography
White tux and a black tie. We love this reversed formal look.
Photo by Eyeris Photography
Personalize the groomsmen's button-down shirts with monogrammed initials on their wrists.
Delicate and modern, mint is a beautiful accent color choice for the fashion-aware bride that still wants to look feminine. And what better way to dress up your bridal look than with a pair of statement earrings? Here are eight pairs we're loving right now, with five coming in under $30!
1. Mint marquise drops, $25 at JewelIQ.
2. Pim + Larkin Mint Leaves stud earrings, $28 at Piperlime.
3. Kate Spade New York Fragment Cluster seaglass multi-colored stud earrings, $68 at Amazon.
4. Elizabeth Cole 'Fern' earring, $243 at Elizabeth Cole.
5. Blu Bijoux gold and mint rectangle earrings, $10 at Max & Cloe.
6. Heirloom Finds three oval drop gold tone and mint Cabochon dangle earrings, $12.99 at Amazon.
7. 'Merry-Go-Round' Earrings, $9.99 at ModCloth.
8. Loren Hope Petra earrings, $68 at Loren Hope.
Related: 10 Bridal Accessories Under $100 | 9 Statement Necklaces for Brides
Pastels are great for spring and summer weddings, but when it comes to colder weather celebrations, I'm all about rich, dramatic colors for maids. And does it get more attention-getting than classic black? Good ol' ebony and ivory is a timeless wedding combo, and works especially well for a winter celebration. After rounding up a few of my favorite black bridesmaid dresses, I paired them with their ideal wedding gown counterpart. Hope you're inspired!
Perfect Pairing #1: Vintage in the Winter
Damask patterns always make me think of winter, and I love the way an oversize one dresses up the simple shape of the Yoana Baraschi shift on the right. It's the perfect compliment for Amanda Garrett's sweetly vintage, slightly cheeky strapless gown.
Perfect Pairing #2: High Fashion Fantasy
What girl doesn't want to wear Vera Wang on her wedding day? This slinky number deserves a maid look that's just as form-fitting. I'm especially into the idea of letting the bride bare all with a deep-V, and keeping the maids more covered up with a high neck. Good thing the beaded cap sleeves on this Badgley Mischka gown keep it from feeling too stuffy.
Perfect Pairing #3: Park Avenue Princess
There's pastel preppy, then there's proper Upper East Side prep. We're talking simple, substantial details that subtly show off your timeless good taste. With its prominent seaming, Amsale's silk magnolia Allen gown perfectly embodies that bride—and Milly's Cameilia dress is a compliment worthy of any grown-up Gossip Girl. And how perfect is it that they both have bows at the waist?
Perfect Pairing #4: Fresh=Faced & Flirty
I love big ruffles! They're the perfect detail for the modern bride who still wants to look romantic. Because the detail is small and at the waist on this fit-and-flare Halston Heritage dress, it won't overwhelm the larger ruffle on the skirt of Kelly Faetanini's Mari gown.
Perfect Pairing #5: Cold Weather Romance
Winter celebrations often call for a wedding party thats a bit more covered up. With its lace half-sleeves, this Sarah Janks gown hits just the right level of demure, and the flowy chiffon skirt of Donna Morgan's Julie gown will play up the traditionally romantic vibe set by the bride.
Perfect Pairing #6: Night Club Chic
Calling all Kardashian fans! I know Kim went a bit more traditional for her actual wedding, but Reem Acra's sequined, high-slit wedding gown still seems right up her alley. And I know she'd love the tight fit and dramatic sleeves of this ASOS Pencil Dress.
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The only place a girl might look more glam than a wedding? A major red carpet. Luckily, several of the gowns we spotted at the 2013 Emmy Awards would also make beautiful bridesmaid dresses. If we could bring you the real thing, we would, but since we can't, here's a roundup of 7 styles inspired by the best looks of the evening.
Similar To: Maria Menounos
Va-va-voom! Steal this popular TV correspondent's curve-hugging style for your maids with one of these gorgeous deep blue gowns. Left: Noir by Lazaro Style NZ3187. Right: Wtoo Maids Style 476.
Similar To: Rose Byrne
A bare midriff is a tad too trendy for most bridesmaids, but the rest of this actresses sleek Calvin Klein gown is perfectly lovely. Get the look by opting for a scoop neck and one-layer skirt. Left: Watters Maids 'Laurel' gown. Right: Moonlight Bridesmaids.
Similar To: Sofia Vergara
A slim skirt paired with a plunging V—does it get any more bombshell than that? These siren red gowns mirror the Modern Family actress's style to a T. Left: Jim Hjelm Occasions Style JH5362. Right: Group USA Bridesmaids Style 22500-47551.
Similar To: Zooey Deschanel
We think Deschanel's pastel J. Mendel gown would look even sweeter with a cocktail-length hem. These two frocks will do the trick! Left: Siri Style 9521. Right: Alfred Sung for Dessy Group Style D597.
Similar to: Alyson Hannigan
Hannigan's dramatic violet mermaid gown would fit right in with a glamorous winter wedding. Since her Marchesa gown is likely one of a kind, try one of these beautiful dresses instead. Left: DaVinci Bridal Style 60120. Right: Demetrios Style GR226 (technically a wedding dress).
Similar to: Amy Poehler
We loved the feminine yet fierce look of Amy Poehler's Basler gown! Soften up the style by opting for an illusion neckline filled in with lace. Left: Jim Hjelm Occasions JH5368. Right: Watters Maids Style 8218.
Similar To: Anna Farris
Anna Farris surprised us all with her neon chartreuse gown, and the color is a super-fun choice for a modern summer wedding. Left: Jasmine Bridal Style B153012. Right: Moonlight Bridesmaids.
Related: 9 Mix and Match Bridesmaid Looks We Love
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Finding your wedding dress is no easy task. Our suggestion? Zero in on your wedding style, then look for details that will compliment. If you're a glam, romantic, or classic bride, consider this handy primer (filled with our favorite accents from Demetrios) your first stop for inspiration.Glam brides welcome wedding day attention with open arms—they can't wait to be the best dressed girl at the party! Turns heads the girly girl way with a fitted bodice, blingy detailing, a deep V, or a serious statement skirt.
Gowns Featured (top to bottom, left to right): Sensualle Style GR232, Destination Romance Style DR182, Destination Romance Style 176, and Sensualle Style GR241.
The romantic bride is drawn to blush tones, lush florals, and feminine accents. If that sounds like you, look for wedding dresses with portrait necklines, lots of lace, long trains, and keyhole backs.
Gowns Featured (top to bottom, left to right): Sensualle Style GR22, Ultra Sophisticates Style 1443, Ultra Sophisticates Style 1444, and Ultra Sophisticates Style 1449.
If your main concern is looking timeless in your wedding photos, the classic route is for you. Shop for dresses in thick fabrics, or consider gowns with elegantly jeweled belts, strapless necklines, and billowing ball gown skirts.
Gowns Featured (top to bottom, left to right): Illusions Style 3157, Illusions Style 3183, Ultra Sophisticates Style 1427, and Illisa Style 532.
Related: View More Demetrios Gowns | The Best Wedding Dress For Your Body Type