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By: Sarah Zlotnick
Feeling a little playful? Here's two of our fave polka dot styles from online emporium Modcloth, a site we could browse for hours thanks to massive amounts of adorable (and affordable!) dresses. A cheeky fascinator and fun clutch will add a dose of whimsy to either of these potential bridesmaid frocks, and we love the idea of finishing off with a bright fuschia heel.
Credits: Arden B. Pillbox Headband (now $9.49) | Glitzy Rocks Spinel stud earrings ($13.69) | Modcloth Beyond Black & White dress ($177.99) | Modcloth Rose Bubbly dress in noir ($157.99) | Lulu Guinness Domino Box Clutch ($402) | Butter suede kitten heels ($288)0
By: Sarah Zlotnick
We've definitely got rustic weddings on the brain here at Project Wedding! We styled a dreamy Joanna August chiffon wrap dress with a floral hair comb and sweet dusty rose flats. Simple glimmers of deep brass jewelry and one truly adorable clutch to round out the look.
Credits: Joanna August 'Amanda' gown ($895) • Indulgems pink amethyst gold branch earrings ($88) • Vanessa Mooney 'With a Tiny Tender Kiss' Necklace ($30) • ASOS floral beaded clutch ($66.50) • Seychelles peep toe flat ($89.99) • BHLDN Silvestre comb ($180)0
Statement skirts are one of our favorite ways to turn heads down the aisle. And while we're all for intricate layers of ruche and tulle, there is definitely something to be said for bigger, bolder, and simpler. One of the most creative twists on the big ball gown we saw on Spring 2014 runways was the wide panel tier. Skirt layers got larger and longer, and we think the look is just perffect for the bride who wants to look a little more playful on her big day. What's your take on the style? Let us know in the comments!
no. 1 Amsale • no. 2 Alyne
no. 3 Marchesa • no. 4 Ines Di Santo1
By: Sarah Zlotnick
Glam South Beach wedding coming up? Nothing flatters quite like flirty, ruffly fuchsia on sun-kissed skin. Take a tip from local ladies and keep jewelry to a minimum—a few sparkly gold pieces (and sexy, strappy heels to match) are all you need to keep the focus on the dress. Well, that and a pop of bright pink lipstick.
Credits: Rachel Rachel Roy pave hoop earrings ($42) • Marchesa Notte Faille cocktail dress ($695) • YSL Lipstick ($34) • Gorjana Pristine bar necklace ($100) • BCBG Senna sandal ($225) • Matthew Williamson clutch ($1450)0
By: Sarah Zlotnick
Don't get us wrong—we love, love, love the classic look of a floor-length wedding gown. But after rings have been exchanged and vows have been said, what bride doesn't want a dress that's a little easier to move in? We're big time advocates of a second (and shorter!) reception dress here at Project Wedding, and this sweet little Kirribilla number from Weddington Way is one of our faves right now. Add a few bits of (elegant) bling and finish off with a shiny cobalt shoe for a city chic ballroom celebration.
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Where to Buy: Kirribilla Celeste Little White Dress ($420) • Ban.do Crystal Swirl Brooch Bobbi ($130) • New Look pleated satin box clutch ($22.02) • Lydell NYC stud earrings ($25) • Kate Spade Emison satin peep toe pump ($328)0
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)1
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)
Also related: 6 Draped Backs We Adore.5
I love wedges! They are perfect for a summer bridal shower or engagment session! ;)
Let's start with brown!!
Splurge: 7 for all mankind: $225
Semi Steal: Aldo $100
Steal: Yellowbox Buttercup $48.99
Splurge: Burberry $495
Semi steal: DV by Dolce Vita Jude $89
Steal:Not Rated Over the Fence $35.99
Splurge: L.A.M.B. $295
Semi Steal: Promiscuous Greer Sandal $79
Steal: Type Z Kagey Tribal Wedge $35.99
BRIDAL WHITE :)
Splurge: Pedro Garcia Tricia $237.99
Semi steal: Fergie Indi $79.95
Steal: Madden Girl Wisperr $49
All shoes found on ZAPPOS.COM!!!0
Consider a vintage wedding dress for your big day! You might be surprised how affordable it can be and you'll feel special wearing such a unique dress. We recently took a visit to Xtabay Vintage, located in Portland, Oregon. We were shocked to see dresses in such great condition and at such affordable prices. Owner Elizabeth Gross says, "Most of the dresses made back in the 40's, 50s and 60's would be sold for at least three times the price today. The fabrics just aren't made now and the craftsmanship is superb."
Here are Elizabeth's five tips for finding your dream dress on the racks of your local vintage shop.
1. Bring undergarments! Old dresses were made when women still wore corset-like undergarments. Bring your spanx to see how the dresses will really fit!
2. Be open minded. A lot of times, brides are set on strapless, or tea length and rule out all other possibilities before trying anything on. You just never know until you try it and every dress looks different on a hanger than on your body!
3. Be creative! Use your imagination when trying dresses on. You'd be surprised what you can do with a vintage dress: remove sleeves, add panels to create a roomier fit, shorten, dye the fabric, cinch the waist. The possibilities are endless!
4. Watch for damage and fakes. Armpit stains are nearly impossible to fix. Pay attention to the quality of the fabric and make sure the labels are original.
5. Remember it has been worn before! Watch for red flags, yes. But, a tiny pinhole in a pleat or a small spot inside the dress shouldn't be a deal breaker. Your dress has a story. Embrace it!
Check out vintage accessories too! We found reasonably priced jewelry and adorable hats that just might be the finishing touch to a bride's or bridesmaid's ensemble. Bring a few friends (but, not too many opinions!) and make a day of shopping. Have fun!
All dresses featured are available at Xtabay Vintage, 2525 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR. 503-230-2899. Prices of dresses featured range from $125 - $395.
Model: Amber Johnstun
Images Courtesy: Chelsea Fuss0
If you have chosen to wear a veil with your wedding dress, selecting the correct one is pretty important. Before trying on veils, you should choose your wedding dress so you can try the pieces on together in order to determine the overall look and whether you love it or...not so much. If you're not quite sure which veil to choose, this guide to veil trends will help you determine which type is perfect for you.
Photo & Event Design by Branco Prata
Birdcage Veil - Get perfect Hollywood look with a birdcage veil. We've seen a huge comeback of this style as incorporating vintage elements continues to be a popular trend. This is also the perfect length if you want something to slightly cover your face, just over your eyes.
Flyaway Veil - A flyaway veil or shoulder-length veil is less than 20" and usually ends at the shoulders or just above. This is a perfect veil for summer-type wedding dresses that are knee-length or above. A flyaway veil can be worn with or without a headpiece.
Blusher Veil - A blusher is the veil which covers the bride's face until she is ready to give her new husband that oh-so-special kiss. This veil can be any length, from 20" to knee-length. One important tip with a blusher is to ensure that the length is great enough to allow the veil to be pushed back over the face when the time comes.
Elbow Length Veil - The elbow length veil ends at the bride's elbows, and is one of the most popular veil trends. This is the perfect veil to wear with any style of wedding dress, but is particularly beautiful with strapless dresses. This type of veil can be worn with or without a headpiece.
Fingertip Length Veil - The fingertip length veil is another one of the more popular veil trends, and ends at the bride's fingertips. It is usually around 36" in length and looks very elegant with any style of wedding dress. One tip to remember whit the fingertip length veil is that it should be very thin or sheer if you want the back of your wedding dress to show.
Ballet Veil - The ballet-style veil usually falls at knee-length and is around 56" long. This veil is beautiful with full, luxurious wedding dresses but can be worn with any style dress - as long as the dress is not shorter than the veil.
Chapel Length Veil - This veil brushes the ground as you walk, and usually measures 108" long. This is a gorgeous and dramatic veil and looks wonderful with full dresses which also brush the ground. This veil should not be worn with a dress which is any shorter than ground-length.
Cathedral Length Veil - This veil is particularly beautiful for a formal wedding and with a dress which brushes the ground. It is dramatic and stylish, perfect for a church wedding or other formal wedding. It should only be worn with dresses which are full length, brushing the ground or longer.
By choosing the veil trends that you love the most and fitting the veil with your dress, you can achieve the perfect bridal look!0