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By: Sarah Zlotnick
A hot summer wedding calls for a strapless dress with a long, easy-fit skirt, don't you think? This look is perfect for a carefree beach bride who still wants to radiate a little elegance. Keep accessories consistent: a bevvy of flora-inspired gold jewelry dresses things up, and gladiator sandals in the same tone will keep you standing (and dancing!) long into the night.
Credits: Coach Flower Cluster Earrings ($58) • Coach Gold-Plated Bracelet Set ($98) • BCBG Max Azria Stone Floral Necklace ($98) • Tory Burch ‘Emmy’ Thong Sandal ($195) • Donna Karan Strapless Jersey Gown ($5925) •Boho Waves Photo by Jen Huang Photography; Headpiece by Jennifer Behr
By: Sarah Zlotnick
This is a fun, colorful motif for any spring or summer wedding. Add a little to your bridesmaids with a necklace or some earrings, or go full-tilt in a faux wrap dress. Either way, it's a winning look!
Credits: Rifle Paper Co. Thank You Card ($4.50) • Betsey Johnson Flower Stud Earrings ($25) • B.B. Dakota Indra Wrap Dress ($88) • Kate Spade New York Field Day Statement Necklace ($278) • Forever 21 Floral Cosmetic Bag ($5.80) • J. Crew Janey Liberty Print Flats ($248)
By: Sarah Zlotnick
This sweetly preppy bridesmaid outfit is perfect for a Southern garden wedding. Done in hues of teal and blue, the classic shape of the shoes and dress feel fresh, light, and fun. Round things off with sparkly jewels and a soft updo and voila! Your best girls are sure to look great.
Credits: Lulu Frost for J. Crew Cluster Earrings ($98) • Alfred Sung Bridesmaid Dress ($165) • J. Crew Pavé Bracelet ($125) • C. Wonder Floral Pump ($148) • Updo Photo by Michelle Warren
By: Sarah Zlotnick
We consider this an elegant yet easygoing option for a garden-inspired rehearsal dinner. While many brides opt to wear white to this soirée, we think a dusty tan rose works just as well. Here we paired it with floral heels and plenty of mint embellishments for a polished look you can still relax in.
Credits: Kate Spade New York stud earrings ($38) • Essie ‘Mint Candy Apple’ nail polish ($8) • Loeffler Randall Rider Satchel ($495) • House of Harlow 1960 Finespun cuff ($60) • Charles by Charles David Women’s Radial Sandal ($101.25) • Max & Cleo Madilyn Dress ($54—currently 50% off!)
By: Sarah Zlotnick
We were so inspired by Melanie Yu's beautiful bohemian bridal fashion shoot that we whipped up an inspiration board to match. Enjoy!
Credits: DIY Floral Headband by Janie Medley • Elle Macpherson Intimates Camisole ($120) and Midi Brief ($62) • Nightcap Clothing Stretch Lace Gown ($495) • Charlotte Russe Sparkle Stone Filligree Ring ($6) •Green Kangaroo Heart Invitation ($2.60 each for 50-99 guests) • Jeffrey Campbell Daisy Mae Flat ($125)
By: Sarah Zlotnick
Today we're taking a (mental) vacation from the rain with a beachy glam guest ensemble perfect for a tropical destination wedding. Statement earrings and metallic heels dress up a breezy one-shoulder dress, and a neon straw clutch is the perfect finishing touch.
Related: Miami Glam Bridesmaid Ensemble
Credits: GUESS by Marciano Dree one-shoulder dress ($140) • Elizabeth Cole Strieker earring ($228) • Jennifer Meyer thin ring ($175) • ONE by Kayu Jen Straw Minaudiere ($170) • BCBG Max Azria MA-Finite platform sandal($131.54) • ONE by Kayu Jen Straw Minaudiere ($170)
A-line Homecoming Dresses are traditionally made from lightweight, free flowing materials like silk in order to create a light and airy appearance. They may have several layers of lightweight fabric built into their design but the skirt portion of the gown should move freely, swaying with the breeze and the wearer stride. This free flowing character is an essential component of the classic design.
While some hemlines on modern may fall at the ankles, the most traditional skirt of the classic empire dress reaches to the floor, covering the shoes while standing and making them only barely visible when seated. These A-line Homecoming Dresses are appropriate for any formal occasion, including everything from Homecomings and formal dances to wedding parties and other formal social events.
While a lot of focus is placed on the bride’s wedding attire, there are a lot of decisions to be made for the groom as well – such as, what will the groom wear? Most people think ‘tuxedo’ or ‘suit,’ but there are a slew of ideas when it comes to what the groom will wear. Here are a few things you should consider when planning your soon-to-be husband’s wedding attire.
Photo by Shaun & Skyla Walton, Groom's Attire by Express Men
Will the Wedding be Formal or Informal?
One of the most important factors in deciding what the groom will wear is whether the wedding will be formal or informal, and to what degree. For instance, if your wedding will be very formal, your groom should probably go all out, including:Tuxedo Tie or Bowtie (depending upon personal taste) Vest Cufflinks
This ensemble provides a nice, formal style without creating the stiff look that many grooms are opposed to. By choosing colors for the vest and tie which complement the bride’s gown, the look can be very stylish and dapper.
If the wedding is more informal, but you want your groom to stand out from his groomsmen and still appear very stylish and charming, you can mix it up a bit. For instance, rather than wearing a tuxedo, your groom can go with a formal suit and tie. With or without the vest, this look can be very charming.
What Will the Groom Wear for a Destination Wedding?
Destination weddings and informal weddings are a lot of fun because you can break away from the traditional. For instance, for a destination wedding to Hawaii or Jamaica the groom may be able to wear very informal clothing which still looks handsome and proper. For this situation, you may want to mix up the beach and tropical elements with dressy clothing. Here are a few ideas:Dress Slacks or Khakis Short-Sleeve, Collared, Button-Up Shirt Bare Feet or Sandals Tropical or Hawaiian Shirt
If you will be wearing a beautiful but more casual dress, your groom can get away with the short-sleeved or tropical shirts and khakis. Bare feet are wonderful for a beach wedding, but this is a matter of your personal preference and taste.
What Will the Groom Wear for a Themed Wedding?
For a themed wedding, deciding what the groom will wear can be a lot of fun! Sometimes, working around a specific theme can make the decision a lot easier. For instance, if you will be having a fairytale wedding, the groom can wear a classic black tuxedo with a buttoned, collared shirt, vest and gloves. Or, he can don a handsome velvet jacket to marry his princess!
Spend some time with your groom, determining what he’s willing to wear and what he’s definitely opposed to. By considering these questions and looking at different groom attire online and in magazines, you can find something that both you and your groom will love!
You've finally decided on your dress, the colors are finalized, and the bridesmaids' gowns are at last agreed upon - if you haven't already, it's time to order the tuxedo for your groom. You don't want to wait until too close to the wedding to make arrangements for the male side of the bridal party, especially if you have a large party or have set your date for summer like many other couples.
Photo by Melvin Gilbert Photography, Groom's Attire by Friar Tux
Choosing a Tuxedo Store
Compare prices and general availability at several tuxedo stores in your area. Ask if there are any discounts available - many offer a free rental for the groom with 3 or 4 other rentals and some will include shoe rental with the tux for no additional charge. If you have out-of-town attendants that will be arriving just before the ceremony, you'll need to choose a store with locations that are convenient to them as well.
Who Should Wear a Tux and Who Should Pay?
Outfitting the groom's side of the bridal party has traditionally been an expense covered by the groom's family. Most of the time, the groomsmen and fathers will pay for their own rentals although the groom usually takes care of the best man's tux and everyone's shoes if they're not included.
Of course, your husband-to-be will need his tuxedo, and so will the best man and the ring bearer. Unless the wedding is a casual affair, the groomsmen and the father-of-the-bride typically wear tuxedos too. Your fiancé's dad isn't required to wear a tux but I would recommend giving it careful consideration if you're planning family photographs that include both fathers.
A Few More TipsSchedule a fitting now and decide on a tuxedo style. Arrange for other members to be fitted and send out measurement cards if needed. Be prepared to pay a deposit when the order is finalized. Everyone should pick up their rental at least 2 or 3 days before the wedding. Remind each one to try their tuxedo on before leaving the store to catch any last minute alterations. The tuxedos usually need to be returned the following day. The best man will generally return your new husband's rental while you're enjoying your honeymoon.
After you've selected and ordered the dress, you will need to prepare for your first fitting. It's very important that you schedule this fitting, because it will identify any changes or alterations which need to be made to the dress. Below, you will find some important things to consider when preparing for your first fitting.
Setting Up the Appointment
After you've ordered your first dress, set up the appointment for your first fitting with the bridal boutique or shop. The appointment should be at least 6 to 8 weeks before your wedding day. Of course, your first fitting should be timed to the day or week your wedding dress is supposed to arrive at the boutique (unless they had your size available at the shop.) Call the day before your first fitting to confirm that the dress has arrived and that it's your correct size.
The Day of Your First Fitting
In order to prepare for your first fitting, you should wear the undergarments and shoes that you will be wearing on the day of your wedding. The undergarments you've chosen can make a big difference in the way your wedding dress fits and looks on your body. The shoes will help you identify whether the length is correct or needs to be adjusted. In a perfect world, the dress would fit perfectly on this day, however many brides need to have a round of alterations done to ensure that the dress fits correctly.
You may also want to try on the accessories with your wedding dress on this day to ensure that nothing needs to be changed. Is your veil the perfect length? If you'll be wearing a headpiece, does it coordinate well? Determining these things will help your entire look come together for the wedding day.
Things to Think About
For your first fitting, you should make a note of all changes which need to be made. Make sure the boutique owner or salesperson understands which alterations need to be made and what your desires are. Consider how the dress feels; walk around with the dress on, sit down with the dress on and raise your arms above your head. Does the dress stay in place, feel too tight or just perfect? Will the undergarments you've chosen work well with the dress?
Once you've made a note of all changes which need to be made, find out how long those changes will take and schedule a second fitting. By knowing how to prepare for your first fitting, you can ensure that the dress is perfect for your wedding day.