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  • Don't worry—they're still super cute! 

    1. Mod Stripes

    Photo by Kate Osborne Photography

    Chic stripes that really can be worn again—how awesome is this look for a modern winter wedding? 

    2. High-Low Citrine

    Photo by Joie La La

    These flowy yellow dresses were definitely a fashion risk . . . that completely paid off!  Love the way they look blowing in the breeze. 

    3. Chambray Polka Dots

    Photo by onelove photography

    Casual chambray shirt dresses for a casual rustic wedding—this is laid-back wedding style at it's most fun. 

    4. Vintage Delicacies 

    Photo by Our Labor of Love

    Long sheer dresses that almost look light nightgowns—we're envisioning these in a very Kate Moss-ian English Garden Wedding. 

    5. Ralph Lauren Rustic

    Photo by onelove photography

    Suede fringe skirts, distressed leather boots, big belts, white shirts—this is heritage Americana at its most authentic, people. 

    6. Pin-Up Glam

    Photo by onelove photography

    Betty Paige style get-ups, complete with seamed stockings and demure gloves. 

    7. Preppy Ribbons

    Photo by Ruth Eileen

    A spunky, sweet look for a cheerful southern wedding. 

    8. Studded Sleeves (and Collars!) 

    Photo by Jemma Keech

    Punky detailing + demure peter pan collar = a glam meets punk meets classic bridesmaid look we won't soon forget. 

    9. Graphic Black and White 

    Photo courtesy of Jen Rios Design

    Stripes, prints, patterns, and solids—when considered in the same color palette, this seemingly random sampling suddenly seems perfectly styled. 

    10. An Actual Random Sampling

    Photo by Ruth Eileen

    We've seen mix and match bridesmaid dresses in the same color family before, but this group is genuinely all over the map. Why does it work so well? Because all of the hues are of similar vibrancy (and those gorgeous smiles don't hurt). 

    11. White-Out

    Photo by Matt Edge Photography

    Neutral bridesmaids dresses are gaining steam this year, but a bridal party in all white is still a break with tradition. We love that this group went even further by opting for sleek, architectural silhouettes. 

    12. Floral Maxis

    Photo by Ryan Ray

    Bold patten in a floor-length silhouette. Bravo, ladies—this is such a fun look for a more formal beach wedding. 

    BROWSE ALL BRIDESMAID DRESS PHOTOS

     

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  • From Paula Patton's oversized shoulder ruffles to Lupita Nyong'o's fashion-forward cape, the 71st Annual Golden Globes red carpet was filled with many a major style moment—plenty of which will work for your walk down the aisle. We've broken down the trends from the night and found seven gown styles that will help you steal some of that Hollywood glamour. Happy dress shopping! 

    Related: Emmy Awards Bridesmaid Dress Look-alikes

    HIGH NECK HALTER TOPS 

    Well, the 71st annual Golden Globes confirmed it: halter tops are back! This powerful style statement was all over the red carpet, and we love how it shows off strong, sculpted arms and shoulder muscles. It's a great option for fit, modern brides who aren't working with ample cleavage. Gowns (left to right): Theia and Mark Zunino. 

    Spotted on: Naomi Watts, Mila Kunis, Uma Thurman, Elsa Pataky, Edie Falco, Robin Wright, Hayden Panettiere, Monica Potter

    ALLOVER SEQUINS

    Calling all glamour girls! If there was ever a way to sparkle on your wedding day, a gown completely encrusted in sequins is it. Why else would major starlets use this trick when they need to stand out on the red carpet? Gowns: Theia and Karen Willis Holmes. 

    Spotted on: Camilla Alves, Olivia Wilde  (PS -- here's 14 more sequin wedding dresses we love) 

    BIG BALL GOWNS

    Let's face it: this look will never go out of style for weddings. Nor do we want it to! Swooping skirts and fitted bodices signify feminity, which is why celebs and brides alike always turn back to them. Gowns: Monique Lhuillier and Elizabeth Stuart. 

    Spotted on: Taylor Swift, Sofia Vergara, Kaley Cuoco 

    HIGH-LOW HEMS

    What we were once convinced would be a short-lived trend (remember mullet skirts?) is slowly and steadily gaining more steam at major fashion events—and its seeping into bridal, too. We love this whimsical look because it's playful—and it shows off a great pair of shoes. Gowns: Reem Acra and Temperley London. 

    Spotted on: Drew Barrymore, Sandra Bullock, Michelle Dockery, Zooey Deschanel, Aubrey Plaza, Caitlin Fitzgerald

    SUBSTANTIAL SLEEVES

    This modern fashion statement is one of our absolute faves—never has such a simple silhouette so immediately connoted sartorial confidence. Bring the style into your wedding day for a look that's equal parts easy-going and in-command. Gowns: Dennis Basso and Hayley Paige. 

    Seen on: Hellen Mirren, Olivia Wilde, Camilla Alves, Paula Patton, Kristen Chenoweth, Mayim Bialik, Lizzy Caplan, Alexi Ashe, Cat Sadler

    BEADING! 

    Strategically placed lines of sparkle are a glam way to highlight curves and sparkle in photographs—which is precisely why starlets opt for this look on the red carpet. Use their strategy for yourself by trying a beaded wedding gown! Gowns: Mark Zunino and Maggie Sottero. 

    Spotted on: Kate Beckinsale, Rita Wilson, Hellen Mirren, Elizabeth Moss, Angela Bassett, Rashida Jones, Laura Dern, Melissa Fumero, Madison Walls

    MUTED METALLIC

    Don't want to wear white? No problem! Shine like the Golden Globe statue itself in a slightly shimmery shade of champagne. Take it from the stars we spotted on the red carpet: this shade will make you look (and feel) like a million glamorous bucks. Gowns: Romona Keveza and Austin Scarlett. 

    Spotted on: Robin Wright, Naomi Watts, Laura Dern, Anna Gunn

    OFF-THE-SHOULDER

    One of the most romantic wedding looks out there, and it made a major return on the Golden Globes red carpet. We love this style for a rustic country or garden wedding. Gowns: Lela Rose and Legends by Romona Keveza. 

    Spotted on: Emma Roberts, Zoe Saldana, Megan Mullally, Melissa Rauch, Rebecca Ferguson 

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  • The end of the year is always a fun time to reflect on the wedding details that wowed us over the past 12 months. From unforgettable moments to the best in bridal style, there's plenty of things to Ooh and Aah over. Today, we're focusing on the bridesmaids—scroll down for the ten styles we loved most this year. 

    Related: Top 20 Wedding Ideas of 2013

    Photo by Jessica Lorren Organic Photography

    Gold sequins! So fun, and they felt so fresh for 2013 when paired with matte nude heels. 

    Photo by Calynn Berry 

    This all-black bridesmaid group was super popular on Facebook—and we bet it has something to do with those hot pink shoes and bouquets! 

    Photo by Carmen Salazar Photography 

    Simple silhouette + substantial fabric + bouquets in the same hue = one seriously striking bridesmaid look. 

    Photo by Tin Sparrow Studio 

    This mix 'n' match group of dusty lavender and taupe dresses was the perfect fit for Tessa and Dan's modern meets rustic New York Wedding. 

    Photo by Whitney Photo and Video 

    A rich, rustic color palette for a fall wedding, and we love the subtle bits of lace woven throughout. 

    Photo by Woodland Fields Photography 

    Champagne is always a sophisticated dress color choice, and we love how this group made sure to select gowns with bits of sparkle. Also—the floor-length silhouette is perfect for a more formal wedding. 

    Photo by Alixan Loosle 

    Skirts and sweaters! This bridesmaid choice may be a bit unconventional, but it's also completely adorable. And the pieces can be worn as separates later on! 

    Photo by Lindsey Gomes Photography 

    We are suckers for sparkle here at Project Wedding, and the tops of these bandeau dresses fit right in. We love the way they add a bit of glitz to Jenna and Troy's otherwise rustic California wedding. 

    Photo by Wren Photography 

    Who says the bride is the only person that can wear white to a wedding? We love the clean look of this group of 'maids, and the bride still stands out because she's the only one in a long dress. 

    Photo by Emily Steffen 

    BHLDN dresses so springy you'd never guess they were for a winter wedding! 

    Photo by Shaun & Skyla Walton

    Pretty, floor-length pastels in every color. Does it get any more perfect than this for a boho Cali wedding? 

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  • Beautiful as a wedding dress might look coming down the runway, something magical happens when a real girl puts one on. Here's 10 of our favorite real Project Wedding bride looks from the year, presented in no particular order. Enjoy! 

    Related:  The Top 10 Bridesmaid Dresses of 2013 

    1. Helen's Beaded Cap Sleeves 

    Photo by Jamie Delaine Photography 

    The beaded cap sleeves on Helen's Lilien Collection gown from Bisou Bridal feel dainty and romantic -- and provide just the right amount of coverage for a more demure bride. Check out more shots in her pretty blush Vancouver wedding. 

    2. Kendall's Made-for-Dancing Skirt 

    Photo by Caroline and Ben Photography 

    The skirt of this Saison Blanche gown was made for twirling! And the beaded bodice fits right in with this wedding's glam Gatsby-inspired decor. 

    3. Tina's Pink Perfection 

    Photo by Kristine Marie Photography

    This blush organza Maggie Sottero stunner really wowed us --  and Tina's glam taste is evident in every other aspect of her sparkly California wedding! 

    4. Hannah's Textured Cream Gown 

    Photo by Anni Cee Photography 

    The extra-large rosettes on this cream Watters gown bring a dose of modernity to the classic ball gown silhouette -- and it fits right in with Hannah and Joe's autumn-inspired Windy City wedding. 

    5. Sandy's Southern Charm 

    Photo by Woodland Fields Photography

    For a sophisticated preppy look, this Southern Belle added a custom ruffled collar to her Jim Hjelm halter gown -- and it looked mighty gorgeous against her mix 'n' match bridesmaids. 

    6. Melanie's Kate Spade Cuteness 

    Photo by Abby Jiu Photography 

    Though technically Melanie's reception dress, this short Kate Spade number is perfect for a City Hall wedding! Check out her winter DC nuptials to see her equally gorgeous Rivini gown. 

    7. Kalista's Unforgettable Jenny Packham Moment 

    Photo by Sequins and Candy

    Look at those sheer epaulet sleeves! Nine months later and we are still swooning over this gorgeous Jenny Packham gown -- not to mention the DIY details and rustic decor of the rest of the wedding. 

    8. Madiha: A Vision in Red 

    Photo by Nyk + Cali Wedding Photographers 

    Does a bride get any more beautiful than this? From her bold lipstick to the ornate jewels, Madiha left no detail overlooked for her Nashville nuptials. 

    9. Lauren's Rustic Ruffles 

    Photo by Stacey Bishop Photography

    Half-sleeves and a layered skirt, all trimmed in lace. No doubt about it -- this bride's custom Paula Nelson Hart dress fit right into her vintage-inspired backyard nuptials. 

    10. Lori's Retro Lace Look 

    Photo by Matushek Photography 

    How fun is this tea-length gown? The birdcage veil and satin heels make it just a touch sassy -- perfect for a bride who wanted "personal touches with doses of personality" for her modern loft wedding. 

    Related: Real Bridal Style We Love | Swoon-Worthy Dress Details

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    If you're anything like us (and we hope that you are), you get absolutely giddy over the release of new wedding dress designs. Today we're putting the spotlight on Demetrios, who just released 12 new styles under their Ilissa collection. From tulle ball gown skirts to sparkly accents, this beautiful collection of gowns serves as perfect fashion inspiration for glam winter weddings. Three of our favorites follow below -- click here to see the full collection! 

    Featured Gowns: Ilissa Style 551, Ilissa Style 547, and Ilissa Style 555. 

    Related: The Details that Define Your Bridal Style

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  • In case you couldn't already tell, Instagram is one of our favorite ways to cover Bridal Market. We instantly post photos of dresses and details we love, and you instantly tell us whether or not you love 'em right back. After obsessively posting from every collection we visited, the results are in: here are the most beloved photos from our feed for the Fall 2014 collections. Enjoy! (Captions run right to left, top to bottom)      1. Rivini's Epic Ball Gown  A perfectly fitted corset that flows into a magical sheer paneled skirt. Seriously, what's not to love about this this shot?  VIEW THE COMPLETE RIVINI COLLECTION   2. 45 Flavors of David's Bridal 
    Believe it or not, all 45 shades of David's Bridal's bridesmaid gowns fit on one rack. Apple, Malibu, and Plum are popular shades, but we hear Mint and Biscotti will be the next big things. 
    VIEW THE DAVID'S BRIDAL BRIDESMAID COLLECTION    3. Monique's Dreamy Sleeves  Brides and bridal fashion lovers alike swooned over this fit-for-a-snow-princess gown by Monique Lhuillier. We can't get over those illusion sleeves!  VIEW THE COMPLETE MONIQUE LHUILLIER COLLECTION   4. High-Low at Lazaro 
    This frothy skirt wowed the crowd at Lazaro's 20th anniversary collection, and we like that it shows off a bride's shoes without sacrificing volume.  VIEW THE COMPLETE LAZARO COLLECTION   5. Anne Bowen's Sparkly Back  This celestial-inspired gown sparkles with subtle shimmer, a look we know PW brides have come to love :)    6. The Art of the Twirl at Anne Barge  Is there any better way to show off a wedding dress?  VIEW THE COMPLETE ANNE BARGE COLLECTION    7. The Blushing Brides of Watters
    Only time will tell if real brides will fully embrace the pink wedding dress trend, but y'all sure do love the shade on Instagram. VIEW THE COMPLETE WATTERS COLLECTION   8. Serious Sequins from Carol Hannah 
    Sequins were hand-sewn over the boning of this corset top, and it is absolutely exquisite. 
    SEE MORE SEQUIN WEDDING DRESSES    9. Sottero & Midgley's Billowing Ball Gown 
    Another one that completely wowed the fashion crowd, and with good reason. Floaty skirt, sparkly top -- this look is pure bridal perfection.  VIEW THE COMPLETE SOTTERO & MIDGLEY COLLECTION   10. Modern Versatility by Modern Trousseau  A beyond-cute way to go from ceremony to reception. Love it!     View All of the Fall 2014 Collections 
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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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  • Don't worry—they're still super cute! 

    1. Mod Stripes

    Photo by Kate Osborne Photography

    Chic stripes that really can be worn again—how awesome is this look for a modern winter wedding? 

    2. High-Low Citrine

    Photo by Joie La La

    These flowy yellow dresses were definitely a fashion risk . . . that completely paid off!  Love the way they look blowing in the breeze. 

    3. Chambray Polka Dots

    Photo by onelove photography

    Casual chambray shirt dresses for a casual rustic wedding—this is laid-back wedding style at it's most fun. 

    4. Vintage Delicacies 

    Photo by Our Labor of Love

    Long sheer dresses that almost look light nightgowns—we're envisioning these in a very Kate Moss-ian English Garden Wedding. 

    5. Ralph Lauren Rustic

    Photo by onelove photography

    Suede fringe skirts, distressed leather boots, big belts, white shirts—this is heritage Americana at its most authentic, people. 

    6. Pin-Up Glam

    Photo by onelove photography

    Betty Paige style get-ups, complete with seamed stockings and demure gloves. 

    7. Preppy Ribbons

    Photo by Ruth Eileen

    A spunky, sweet look for a cheerful southern wedding. 

    8. Studded Sleeves (and Collars!) 

    Photo by Jemma Keech

    Punky detailing + demure peter pan collar = a glam meets punk meets classic bridesmaid look we won't soon forget. 

    9. Graphic Black and White 

    Photo courtesy of Jen Rios Design

    Stripes, prints, patterns, and solids—when considered in the same color palette, this seemingly random sampling suddenly seems perfectly styled. 

    10. An Actual Random Sampling

    Photo by Ruth Eileen

    We've seen mix and match bridesmaid dresses in the same color family before, but this group is genuinely all over the map. Why does it work so well? Because all of the hues are of similar vibrancy (and those gorgeous smiles don't hurt). 

    11. White-Out

    Photo by Matt Edge Photography

    Neutral bridesmaids dresses are gaining steam this year, but a bridal party in all white is still a break with tradition. We love that this group went even further by opting for sleek, architectural silhouettes. 

    12. Floral Maxis

    Photo by Ryan Ray

    Bold patten in a floor-length silhouette. Bravo, ladies—this is such a fun look for a more formal beach wedding. 

    BROWSE ALL BRIDESMAID DRESS PHOTOS

     

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  • From Paula Patton's oversized shoulder ruffles to Lupita Nyong'o's fashion-forward cape, the 71st Annual Golden Globes red carpet was filled with many a major style moment—plenty of which will work for your walk down the aisle. We've broken down the trends from the night and found seven gown styles that will help you steal some of that Hollywood glamour. Happy dress shopping! 

    Related: Emmy Awards Bridesmaid Dress Look-alikes

    HIGH NECK HALTER TOPS 

    Well, the 71st annual Golden Globes confirmed it: halter tops are back! This powerful style statement was all over the red carpet, and we love how it shows off strong, sculpted arms and shoulder muscles. It's a great option for fit, modern brides who aren't working with ample cleavage. Gowns (left to right): Theia and Mark Zunino. 

    Spotted on: Naomi Watts, Mila Kunis, Uma Thurman, Elsa Pataky, Edie Falco, Robin Wright, Hayden Panettiere, Monica Potter

    ALLOVER SEQUINS

    Calling all glamour girls! If there was ever a way to sparkle on your wedding day, a gown completely encrusted in sequins is it. Why else would major starlets use this trick when they need to stand out on the red carpet? Gowns: Theia and Karen Willis Holmes. 

    Spotted on: Camilla Alves, Olivia Wilde  (PS -- here's 14 more sequin wedding dresses we love) 

    BIG BALL GOWNS

    Let's face it: this look will never go out of style for weddings. Nor do we want it to! Swooping skirts and fitted bodices signify feminity, which is why celebs and brides alike always turn back to them. Gowns: Monique Lhuillier and Elizabeth Stuart. 

    Spotted on: Taylor Swift, Sofia Vergara, Kaley Cuoco 

    HIGH-LOW HEMS

    What we were once convinced would be a short-lived trend (remember mullet skirts?) is slowly and steadily gaining more steam at major fashion events—and its seeping into bridal, too. We love this whimsical look because it's playful—and it shows off a great pair of shoes. Gowns: Reem Acra and Temperley London. 

    Spotted on: Drew Barrymore, Sandra Bullock, Michelle Dockery, Zooey Deschanel, Aubrey Plaza, Caitlin Fitzgerald

    SUBSTANTIAL SLEEVES

    This modern fashion statement is one of our absolute faves—never has such a simple silhouette so immediately connoted sartorial confidence. Bring the style into your wedding day for a look that's equal parts easy-going and in-command. Gowns: Dennis Basso and Hayley Paige. 

    Seen on: Hellen Mirren, Olivia Wilde, Camilla Alves, Paula Patton, Kristen Chenoweth, Mayim Bialik, Lizzy Caplan, Alexi Ashe, Cat Sadler

    BEADING! 

    Strategically placed lines of sparkle are a glam way to highlight curves and sparkle in photographs—which is precisely why starlets opt for this look on the red carpet. Use their strategy for yourself by trying a beaded wedding gown! Gowns: Mark Zunino and Maggie Sottero. 

    Spotted on: Kate Beckinsale, Rita Wilson, Hellen Mirren, Elizabeth Moss, Angela Bassett, Rashida Jones, Laura Dern, Melissa Fumero, Madison Walls

    MUTED METALLIC

    Don't want to wear white? No problem! Shine like the Golden Globe statue itself in a slightly shimmery shade of champagne. Take it from the stars we spotted on the red carpet: this shade will make you look (and feel) like a million glamorous bucks. Gowns: Romona Keveza and Austin Scarlett. 

    Spotted on: Robin Wright, Naomi Watts, Laura Dern, Anna Gunn

    OFF-THE-SHOULDER

    One of the most romantic wedding looks out there, and it made a major return on the Golden Globes red carpet. We love this style for a rustic country or garden wedding. Gowns: Lela Rose and Legends by Romona Keveza. 

    Spotted on: Emma Roberts, Zoe Saldana, Megan Mullally, Melissa Rauch, Rebecca Ferguson 

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  • The end of the year is always a fun time to reflect on the wedding details that wowed us over the past 12 months. From unforgettable moments to the best in bridal style, there's plenty of things to Ooh and Aah over. Today, we're focusing on the bridesmaids—scroll down for the ten styles we loved most this year. 

    Related: Top 20 Wedding Ideas of 2013

    Photo by Jessica Lorren Organic Photography

    Gold sequins! So fun, and they felt so fresh for 2013 when paired with matte nude heels. 

    Photo by Calynn Berry 

    This all-black bridesmaid group was super popular on Facebook—and we bet it has something to do with those hot pink shoes and bouquets! 

    Photo by Carmen Salazar Photography 

    Simple silhouette + substantial fabric + bouquets in the same hue = one seriously striking bridesmaid look. 

    Photo by Tin Sparrow Studio 

    This mix 'n' match group of dusty lavender and taupe dresses was the perfect fit for Tessa and Dan's modern meets rustic New York Wedding. 

    Photo by Whitney Photo and Video 

    A rich, rustic color palette for a fall wedding, and we love the subtle bits of lace woven throughout. 

    Photo by Woodland Fields Photography 

    Champagne is always a sophisticated dress color choice, and we love how this group made sure to select gowns with bits of sparkle. Also—the floor-length silhouette is perfect for a more formal wedding. 

    Photo by Alixan Loosle 

    Skirts and sweaters! This bridesmaid choice may be a bit unconventional, but it's also completely adorable. And the pieces can be worn as separates later on! 

    Photo by Lindsey Gomes Photography 

    We are suckers for sparkle here at Project Wedding, and the tops of these bandeau dresses fit right in. We love the way they add a bit of glitz to Jenna and Troy's otherwise rustic California wedding. 

    Photo by Wren Photography 

    Who says the bride is the only person that can wear white to a wedding? We love the clean look of this group of 'maids, and the bride still stands out because she's the only one in a long dress. 

    Photo by Emily Steffen 

    BHLDN dresses so springy you'd never guess they were for a winter wedding! 

    Photo by Shaun & Skyla Walton

    Pretty, floor-length pastels in every color. Does it get any more perfect than this for a boho Cali wedding? 

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  • Beautiful as a wedding dress might look coming down the runway, something magical happens when a real girl puts one on. Here's 10 of our favorite real Project Wedding bride looks from the year, presented in no particular order. Enjoy! 

    Related:  The Top 10 Bridesmaid Dresses of 2013 

    1. Helen's Beaded Cap Sleeves 

    Photo by Jamie Delaine Photography 

    The beaded cap sleeves on Helen's Lilien Collection gown from Bisou Bridal feel dainty and romantic -- and provide just the right amount of coverage for a more demure bride. Check out more shots in her pretty blush Vancouver wedding. 

    2. Kendall's Made-for-Dancing Skirt 

    Photo by Caroline and Ben Photography 

    The skirt of this Saison Blanche gown was made for twirling! And the beaded bodice fits right in with this wedding's glam Gatsby-inspired decor. 

    3. Tina's Pink Perfection 

    Photo by Kristine Marie Photography

    This blush organza Maggie Sottero stunner really wowed us --  and Tina's glam taste is evident in every other aspect of her sparkly California wedding! 

    4. Hannah's Textured Cream Gown 

    Photo by Anni Cee Photography 

    The extra-large rosettes on this cream Watters gown bring a dose of modernity to the classic ball gown silhouette -- and it fits right in with Hannah and Joe's autumn-inspired Windy City wedding. 

    5. Sandy's Southern Charm 

    Photo by Woodland Fields Photography

    For a sophisticated preppy look, this Southern Belle added a custom ruffled collar to her Jim Hjelm halter gown -- and it looked mighty gorgeous against her mix 'n' match bridesmaids. 

    6. Melanie's Kate Spade Cuteness 

    Photo by Abby Jiu Photography 

    Though technically Melanie's reception dress, this short Kate Spade number is perfect for a City Hall wedding! Check out her winter DC nuptials to see her equally gorgeous Rivini gown. 

    7. Kalista's Unforgettable Jenny Packham Moment 

    Photo by Sequins and Candy

    Look at those sheer epaulet sleeves! Nine months later and we are still swooning over this gorgeous Jenny Packham gown -- not to mention the DIY details and rustic decor of the rest of the wedding. 

    8. Madiha: A Vision in Red 

    Photo by Nyk + Cali Wedding Photographers 

    Does a bride get any more beautiful than this? From her bold lipstick to the ornate jewels, Madiha left no detail overlooked for her Nashville nuptials. 

    9. Lauren's Rustic Ruffles 

    Photo by Stacey Bishop Photography

    Half-sleeves and a layered skirt, all trimmed in lace. No doubt about it -- this bride's custom Paula Nelson Hart dress fit right into her vintage-inspired backyard nuptials. 

    10. Lori's Retro Lace Look 

    Photo by Matushek Photography 

    How fun is this tea-length gown? The birdcage veil and satin heels make it just a touch sassy -- perfect for a bride who wanted "personal touches with doses of personality" for her modern loft wedding. 

    Related: Real Bridal Style We Love | Swoon-Worthy Dress Details

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    If you're anything like us (and we hope that you are), you get absolutely giddy over the release of new wedding dress designs. Today we're putting the spotlight on Demetrios, who just released 12 new styles under their Ilissa collection. From tulle ball gown skirts to sparkly accents, this beautiful collection of gowns serves as perfect fashion inspiration for glam winter weddings. Three of our favorites follow below -- click here to see the full collection! 

    Featured Gowns: Ilissa Style 551, Ilissa Style 547, and Ilissa Style 555. 

    Related: The Details that Define Your Bridal Style

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  • In case you couldn't already tell, Instagram is one of our favorite ways to cover Bridal Market. We instantly post photos of dresses and details we love, and you instantly tell us whether or not you love 'em right back. After obsessively posting from every collection we visited, the results are in: here are the most beloved photos from our feed for the Fall 2014 collections. Enjoy! (Captions run right to left, top to bottom)      1. Rivini's Epic Ball Gown  A perfectly fitted corset that flows into a magical sheer paneled skirt. Seriously, what's not to love about this this shot?  VIEW THE COMPLETE RIVINI COLLECTION   2. 45 Flavors of David's Bridal 
    Believe it or not, all 45 shades of David's Bridal's bridesmaid gowns fit on one rack. Apple, Malibu, and Plum are popular shades, but we hear Mint and Biscotti will be the next big things. 
    VIEW THE DAVID'S BRIDAL BRIDESMAID COLLECTION    3. Monique's Dreamy Sleeves  Brides and bridal fashion lovers alike swooned over this fit-for-a-snow-princess gown by Monique Lhuillier. We can't get over those illusion sleeves!  VIEW THE COMPLETE MONIQUE LHUILLIER COLLECTION   4. High-Low at Lazaro 
    This frothy skirt wowed the crowd at Lazaro's 20th anniversary collection, and we like that it shows off a bride's shoes without sacrificing volume.  VIEW THE COMPLETE LAZARO COLLECTION   5. Anne Bowen's Sparkly Back  This celestial-inspired gown sparkles with subtle shimmer, a look we know PW brides have come to love :)    6. The Art of the Twirl at Anne Barge  Is there any better way to show off a wedding dress?  VIEW THE COMPLETE ANNE BARGE COLLECTION    7. The Blushing Brides of Watters
    Only time will tell if real brides will fully embrace the pink wedding dress trend, but y'all sure do love the shade on Instagram. VIEW THE COMPLETE WATTERS COLLECTION   8. Serious Sequins from Carol Hannah 
    Sequins were hand-sewn over the boning of this corset top, and it is absolutely exquisite. 
    SEE MORE SEQUIN WEDDING DRESSES    9. Sottero & Midgley's Billowing Ball Gown 
    Another one that completely wowed the fashion crowd, and with good reason. Floaty skirt, sparkly top -- this look is pure bridal perfection.  VIEW THE COMPLETE SOTTERO & MIDGLEY COLLECTION   10. Modern Versatility by Modern Trousseau  A beyond-cute way to go from ceremony to reception. Love it!     View All of the Fall 2014 Collections 
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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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    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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