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  • The new collections continued to take risks and generally wow us on Day 3 of Bridal Fashion Week. From the on-fashion accessories at Watters to Claire Pettibone's gorgeous florals, white wasn't the only shade we were seeing on the runway! Be sure to follow to me (I'm SarahFashionEditor) to have the new collections appear in your PW feed as we put them up, and, in the meantime, here's a quick Insta recap of some of our fave colorful accents from the runway: 

    1. Claire Pettibone's Gorgeous Florals
    Inspired by 17th century still life paintings, Claire's always-anticipated collection featured plenty of her signature colored laces. This black embroidered train extended from a silver gray gown, and was one of our faves.  You can see the full dress here. 

    VIEW THE FULL FALL 2104 CLAIRE PETTIBONE COLLECTION

    2. A Playful Topper from D.I.D. by Watters
    The Watters runway was full of fun additions to their beautiful bridal looks -- and they also debuted a new collection called D.I.D, which are the intitials of three friends (and co-designers) Dani, Izzie, and Dylan. Part hair flower, part birdcage veil, this blush headpiece was one of our fave moments from the collection. 

    3. Champagne Ruffles from D.I.D.
    This dark tauple down moved absolutely beautifully down the runway -- and the whole audience cooed accordingly. 

    4. Silver Matte Sequins by Carol Hannah 
    Our visit to this Project Runway alum's studio was absolutely inspiring. Showing for the first time in a year and half, her gowns were largely inspired by Rorschach ink blots, as both wedding dresses as these famous pyschology tests are supposed to reveal a person's true personality. The bodice on this matte silver sequin gown was outta control -- embellishment was hand-sewn over the exposed boning! 

    5. Red Lips at Amsale 
    Amsale's off-set her classic collection with the most classic makeup look -- bright red lipstick. We could look at this shot in 30 years and it would still be elegant. 

    6. Draped in Darkness from Amsale 
    Amsale stuck with dark shades of purple and plum for her Fall 2014 bridesmaid dresses. Cut close to the body in slinky fabric, they're perfect for a glam winter wedding. 

    Related: Bridal Market Recap Day 1 | 8 Favorite Details from Bridal Market Day 2

    VIEW ALL OF THE FALL 2014 COLLECTIONS 

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  • Another day, another fabulous round of collections! In case you missed the highlights from our first outings with the Fall 2014 collections, head over to the PW blog, where you'll find a fun re-cap of our favorite moments from Theia, David's Bridal, Miriam Haskell, and the one and only Monique Lhuillier. Now, on the beauty of Day 2, of which there was plenty. Pictures are described left to right, top to bottom -- for more from-the-runway shots, be sure to follow us on Instagram! 

    1. High-Low Hems 
    Lazaro, Temperely London, and David's Bridal exhibited examples of this unique skirt length, but our fave was this Lazaro stunner. Shoes are such a big part of a wedding ensemble these days, and we love that this look lets them stand out! 

    2. Structured Ruffles 
    Mermaid dresses are still going strong, but we love that designers are taking the flared part of the skirt in creative directions. This Kelly Faetanini gown infused an otherwise romantic silhouette with a little bit of prep by attaching an opaque panel to each ruffle. Perfect for a flirty bride who also loves Lilly Pulitzer! 

    3. Pantsuits, Pantsuits, Pantsuits 
    Gone are the days when a girl must wear a gown to get married. It used to be that designers would only occassionally exhibit a pant option to serve as a talking point/publicity generator for their collection -- Fall 2014 had multiple designers showing multiple versions of them! These ones are from Alfred Angelo, and we're crediting the rise in same-sex marriages for this. So awesome that designers are helping couples differentiate from each other at the altar without forcing one half to give up their femininity!  

    4. Following Fashion 
    Bridal is taking cues from its catwalk counterparts more than ever, and fashion-conscious Hayley Paige turned out so many of-the-moment numbers that we had a hard time picking our fave. This daring crop ensemble is pretty hard to stop talking about, though. 

    5. Beautiful Backs
    The beaded detailing in Badgley Mishcka's Gatsby-inspired collection was outta control -- some skirts were so heavily beaded you could hear them entering the room before you saw them! Less noisy but no less beautiful was this butterfly style open back. 

    6. Vera 'Thinks Pink'
    Vera Wang almost never turns out a traditionally colored collection. Each season she tends to gravitate towards a specific shade, and this collection was all about celebrating shades of pink (we wonder -- was it in honor Breast Cancer Awareness month?). Brides flipped for the shade on Instagram, and we flipped for the oversized, origami detailing. 

    7. Pockets! 
    Our practical side loves the idea of being able to stash chapstick, tissues, and small sentimental items directly on person. This pocketed JLM Couture number looks cool, and allows for exactly that. 

    8. 60's Style Embellishment 
    Jackie O would have died over the retro styles at Temperely London. From swing coats to hippie-chic sleeves, the swinging 60's were alive and well with this collection, and we couldn't get enough. 

    NEW! SEE ALL OF THE FALL 2014 COLLECTIONS

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  • -- SPONSORED BY DEMETRIOS -- 

    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 

     

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  • Here at Project Wedding, we look at a lot (and I do mean a lot) of real life weddings from brides just like you. And as the resident fashion writer, I've always got my eyes peeled for pretty dresses, jewelry, and, you guessed it, shoes. Just like in everyday life, footwear can make or break a bridal ensemble. Heels can be the quirky reveal of a bride's true personality, or they can be the classic capstone to an already timeless look. Either way, these are the four styles we find brides turn to time and time again.

    Will you opt for one of these popular styles or completely buck the trends? Let me know in the comments! 

    1. Valentino Couture Bow Peep Toes

    Photos by Nyk + Cali Photography and Amelia Lyon 

    These playful platform pumps are equal parts high fashion and flirty. The bow is an extra-feminine touch, and it offsets the fierceness of the 5" (!) heel. Looking for a version you'll feel more comfortable wearing in everyday life? Check out the patent leather style at Nordstrom. 

    2. Badgley Mischka Randall D'Orsay Pump 

    Photo by Nancy Aidee Photography and onelove Photography 

    The layered fabric flower on this classic pump is super romantic no matter which color you go for.  Choose between eleven shades over on Amazon. 

    3. Jimmy Choo Crown Pump 

    Photos by Ben Q. Photography and Abby Jiu 

    We bet this heel stays popular because of its simple yet glam design. The subtly textured champagne fabric will shimmer on your wedding day and beyond—how great would these be for a New Year's Eve party? Get them at Jimmy Choo. 

    4. Badgley Mischka Salsa Pump 

    Photos by lunaphoto and Nadia D. Photography 

    Ivory elegance with a tasteful brooch detail—does it get any more classic than this? We see the Badgley Mischka Salsa pump more often than any other heel, and I'm hard-pressed to think of a wedding gown it won't pair beautifully with.

    Related: Glam Wedding Shoes | Pink Wedding Shoes

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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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  • 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. 

    Related: 
    • Real Bridal Style We Love
    • Outfit Ideas 
    • Mix & Match Bridesmaid Dresses 

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  • With the cooler weather and changing leaves, fall weddings are the perfect opportunity for the groom and his men to get a little more creative with their wedding day attire. Tweeds! Cardigans! Plaid shirts! Here's 7 fun examples of groomsmen looks we love for autumn. 

    1. CHECKED SHIRTS 

    Gingham and khakis are the perfect way compliment a solid suit at a more casual wedding. For a more coordinated look, have the groomsmen match their tie color to the groom's suit. Photo by Taylor Lord

    2. TWEED, TWEED, TWEED

    Heftier fabrics like courduroy and tweed will keep you warmer for an outdoor ceremony and add texture to photos. We love the way this groom paired his vest and jacket with the palette of reds and cranberries worn by his groomsmen. Perfect for Fall! Photo by Ryan Ray

    3. CHAMBRAY 

    A darker chambray shirt is the perfect undernote for a navy suit. When expertly pressed and fitted, the look acheives the near impossible: looking dressy without looking stuffy. Photo by Jen Huang 

    4. V-NECK SWEATERS

    V-neck sweaters and collared shirts are a polished casual look—why not bring it into your wedding party? We love the way this group differentiated the best man and groom with suspenders and a cardigan. Photo by Landon Jacob

    5. HUNTER GREEN ACCENTS

    When we think of Fall colors, we typically think of rustic reds and burnt oranges. But what about the color of pine trees? This wedding party looks totally dapper in their hunter green ties. Photo by Ryan Ray 

    6. CARDIGANS FOR EVERYONE 

    From cable knit to shawl collar, we love the way each guy in this wedding party is showing off his personality with a different kind of cardigan. The overall look is cozy and just a touch eclectic—perfect for a modern rustic wedding! Photo by Ryan Ray

    7. DARK JEANS 

    Normally we'd say jeans are an absolute no for any wedding party, but how cool does this group look? We love that they stuck with a darker wash and accessorized with tweed vests. Photo by The Nichols

    RELATED: 9 Creative Ways for Groomsmen to Show Off Their Style

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  • 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

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  • 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).

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    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. 

     

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  • 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. 

     

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  • The new collections continued to take risks and generally wow us on Day 3 of Bridal Fashion Week. From the on-fashion accessories at Watters to Claire Pettibone's gorgeous florals, white wasn't the only shade we were seeing on the runway! Be sure to follow to me (I'm SarahFashionEditor) to have the new collections appear in your PW feed as we put them up, and, in the meantime, here's a quick Insta recap of some of our fave colorful accents from the runway: 

    1. Claire Pettibone's Gorgeous Florals
    Inspired by 17th century still life paintings, Claire's always-anticipated collection featured plenty of her signature colored laces. This black embroidered train extended from a silver gray gown, and was one of our faves.  You can see the full dress here. 

    VIEW THE FULL FALL 2104 CLAIRE PETTIBONE COLLECTION

    2. A Playful Topper from D.I.D. by Watters
    The Watters runway was full of fun additions to their beautiful bridal looks -- and they also debuted a new collection called D.I.D, which are the intitials of three friends (and co-designers) Dani, Izzie, and Dylan. Part hair flower, part birdcage veil, this blush headpiece was one of our fave moments from the collection. 

    3. Champagne Ruffles from D.I.D.
    This dark tauple down moved absolutely beautifully down the runway -- and the whole audience cooed accordingly. 

    4. Silver Matte Sequins by Carol Hannah 
    Our visit to this Project Runway alum's studio was absolutely inspiring. Showing for the first time in a year and half, her gowns were largely inspired by Rorschach ink blots, as both wedding dresses as these famous pyschology tests are supposed to reveal a person's true personality. The bodice on this matte silver sequin gown was outta control -- embellishment was hand-sewn over the exposed boning! 

    5. Red Lips at Amsale 
    Amsale's off-set her classic collection with the most classic makeup look -- bright red lipstick. We could look at this shot in 30 years and it would still be elegant. 

    6. Draped in Darkness from Amsale 
    Amsale stuck with dark shades of purple and plum for her Fall 2014 bridesmaid dresses. Cut close to the body in slinky fabric, they're perfect for a glam winter wedding. 

    Related: Bridal Market Recap Day 1 | 8 Favorite Details from Bridal Market Day 2

    VIEW ALL OF THE FALL 2014 COLLECTIONS 

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  • Another day, another fabulous round of collections! In case you missed the highlights from our first outings with the Fall 2014 collections, head over to the PW blog, where you'll find a fun re-cap of our favorite moments from Theia, David's Bridal, Miriam Haskell, and the one and only Monique Lhuillier. Now, on the beauty of Day 2, of which there was plenty. Pictures are described left to right, top to bottom -- for more from-the-runway shots, be sure to follow us on Instagram! 

    1. High-Low Hems 
    Lazaro, Temperely London, and David's Bridal exhibited examples of this unique skirt length, but our fave was this Lazaro stunner. Shoes are such a big part of a wedding ensemble these days, and we love that this look lets them stand out! 

    2. Structured Ruffles 
    Mermaid dresses are still going strong, but we love that designers are taking the flared part of the skirt in creative directions. This Kelly Faetanini gown infused an otherwise romantic silhouette with a little bit of prep by attaching an opaque panel to each ruffle. Perfect for a flirty bride who also loves Lilly Pulitzer! 

    3. Pantsuits, Pantsuits, Pantsuits 
    Gone are the days when a girl must wear a gown to get married. It used to be that designers would only occassionally exhibit a pant option to serve as a talking point/publicity generator for their collection -- Fall 2014 had multiple designers showing multiple versions of them! These ones are from Alfred Angelo, and we're crediting the rise in same-sex marriages for this. So awesome that designers are helping couples differentiate from each other at the altar without forcing one half to give up their femininity!  

    4. Following Fashion 
    Bridal is taking cues from its catwalk counterparts more than ever, and fashion-conscious Hayley Paige turned out so many of-the-moment numbers that we had a hard time picking our fave. This daring crop ensemble is pretty hard to stop talking about, though. 

    5. Beautiful Backs
    The beaded detailing in Badgley Mishcka's Gatsby-inspired collection was outta control -- some skirts were so heavily beaded you could hear them entering the room before you saw them! Less noisy but no less beautiful was this butterfly style open back. 

    6. Vera 'Thinks Pink'
    Vera Wang almost never turns out a traditionally colored collection. Each season she tends to gravitate towards a specific shade, and this collection was all about celebrating shades of pink (we wonder -- was it in honor Breast Cancer Awareness month?). Brides flipped for the shade on Instagram, and we flipped for the oversized, origami detailing. 

    7. Pockets! 
    Our practical side loves the idea of being able to stash chapstick, tissues, and small sentimental items directly on person. This pocketed JLM Couture number looks cool, and allows for exactly that. 

    8. 60's Style Embellishment 
    Jackie O would have died over the retro styles at Temperely London. From swing coats to hippie-chic sleeves, the swinging 60's were alive and well with this collection, and we couldn't get enough. 

    NEW! SEE ALL OF THE FALL 2014 COLLECTIONS

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  • -- SPONSORED BY DEMETRIOS -- 

    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 

     

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  • Here at Project Wedding, we look at a lot (and I do mean a lot) of real life weddings from brides just like you. And as the resident fashion writer, I've always got my eyes peeled for pretty dresses, jewelry, and, you guessed it, shoes. Just like in everyday life, footwear can make or break a bridal ensemble. Heels can be the quirky reveal of a bride's true personality, or they can be the classic capstone to an already timeless look. Either way, these are the four styles we find brides turn to time and time again.

    Will you opt for one of these popular styles or completely buck the trends? Let me know in the comments! 

    1. Valentino Couture Bow Peep Toes

    Photos by Nyk + Cali Photography and Amelia Lyon 

    These playful platform pumps are equal parts high fashion and flirty. The bow is an extra-feminine touch, and it offsets the fierceness of the 5" (!) heel. Looking for a version you'll feel more comfortable wearing in everyday life? Check out the patent leather style at Nordstrom. 

    2. Badgley Mischka Randall D'Orsay Pump 

    Photo by Nancy Aidee Photography and onelove Photography 

    The layered fabric flower on this classic pump is super romantic no matter which color you go for.  Choose between eleven shades over on Amazon. 

    3. Jimmy Choo Crown Pump 

    Photos by Ben Q. Photography and Abby Jiu 

    We bet this heel stays popular because of its simple yet glam design. The subtly textured champagne fabric will shimmer on your wedding day and beyond—how great would these be for a New Year's Eve party? Get them at Jimmy Choo. 

    4. Badgley Mischka Salsa Pump 

    Photos by lunaphoto and Nadia D. Photography 

    Ivory elegance with a tasteful brooch detail—does it get any more classic than this? We see the Badgley Mischka Salsa pump more often than any other heel, and I'm hard-pressed to think of a wedding gown it won't pair beautifully with.

    Related: Glam Wedding Shoes | Pink Wedding Shoes

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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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  • 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. 

    Related: 
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    • Outfit Ideas 
    • Mix & Match Bridesmaid Dresses 

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  • With the cooler weather and changing leaves, fall weddings are the perfect opportunity for the groom and his men to get a little more creative with their wedding day attire. Tweeds! Cardigans! Plaid shirts! Here's 7 fun examples of groomsmen looks we love for autumn. 

    1. CHECKED SHIRTS 

    Gingham and khakis are the perfect way compliment a solid suit at a more casual wedding. For a more coordinated look, have the groomsmen match their tie color to the groom's suit. Photo by Taylor Lord

    2. TWEED, TWEED, TWEED

    Heftier fabrics like courduroy and tweed will keep you warmer for an outdoor ceremony and add texture to photos. We love the way this groom paired his vest and jacket with the palette of reds and cranberries worn by his groomsmen. Perfect for Fall! Photo by Ryan Ray

    3. CHAMBRAY 

    A darker chambray shirt is the perfect undernote for a navy suit. When expertly pressed and fitted, the look acheives the near impossible: looking dressy without looking stuffy. Photo by Jen Huang 

    4. V-NECK SWEATERS

    V-neck sweaters and collared shirts are a polished casual look—why not bring it into your wedding party? We love the way this group differentiated the best man and groom with suspenders and a cardigan. Photo by Landon Jacob

    5. HUNTER GREEN ACCENTS

    When we think of Fall colors, we typically think of rustic reds and burnt oranges. But what about the color of pine trees? This wedding party looks totally dapper in their hunter green ties. Photo by Ryan Ray 

    6. CARDIGANS FOR EVERYONE 

    From cable knit to shawl collar, we love the way each guy in this wedding party is showing off his personality with a different kind of cardigan. The overall look is cozy and just a touch eclectic—perfect for a modern rustic wedding! Photo by Ryan Ray

    7. DARK JEANS 

    Normally we'd say jeans are an absolute no for any wedding party, but how cool does this group look? We love that they stuck with a darker wash and accessorized with tweed vests. Photo by The Nichols

    RELATED: 9 Creative Ways for Groomsmen to Show Off Their Style

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  • 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

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  • 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).

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    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. 

     

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  • 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. 

     

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