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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)
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.
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
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Splurge: Pedro Garcia Tricia $237.99
Semi steal: Fergie Indi $79.95
Steal: Madden Girl Wisperr $49
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Shopping for a wedding gown is one of the most important and exciting parts of the getting married process. Should I go for a dress that highlights the curve of my back? Do I want an off-color ballroom gown that matches the spring season? Should I go short to show off my legs?
These are all valid questions and once you start to browse dresses of all shapes and colors, additional concerns are sure to arise. Then, it hits you – what if I get more than one wedding gown?
The Pros of More than One Wedding Gown
It's Not That Uncommon…
When it comes to a wedding gown, brides enjoy indulging in the details of how they will look on their wedding day. Having two wedding gowns is not only a growing trend; it gives competitive brides something to talk about.
Simply put, if you can't decide between two wedding gowns and can afford to purchase both, who says it's against the rules to go for it? Why don’t you just eliminate the stress of choosing just one and move on to the next wedding task on your plate. Trust me – you'll save a lot of time and probably wind up happier that you didn’t leave behind the dress that 'could have been.'
How many brides have walked down the aisle in a Cinderella dream of a dress with flowing veil, but found it extremely hard to 'get down and funky' at the reception? Choosing more than one wedding gown allows a bride to embrace a classic wedding ceremony and then slip into something a little more comfortable when she's ready to let down her hair.
Alternate Colors and Styles
Having more than one wedding gown allows a bride to incorporate all of the colors and styles she imagined for her special day. A common approach is to select a traditional frock (mostly white or ivory) for the ceremony, but appear in a more stylishly daring ensemble for the reception.
The Cons of More than One Wedding Gown
For some brides, having more than one wedding dress just isn’t in the cards. The extra cost could force you to eliminate other details of your nuptials. For example, if it comes down to choosing between an extra wedding gown and extra days on your honeymoon, it's best to keep your fiancé in mind. He'll probably enjoy the extra days in the sun.
A Bit Excessive?
Depending on the bride, more than one wedding gown means that you're not only focused on one special dress, but two. For some, this diminishes the delight of finding 'the perfect dress.' You will also have to deal with the reactions from friends and family that feel your choice is a bit excessive.
All in all, if you can afford to make all of your wedding apparel desires come true, there is nothing wrong with choosing two wedding gowns. Remember, this is your wedding! Make the most out of it!
Photos by Ann Hamilton
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!
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 Fuss
Are you 5'2" and wish to add a bit of height to your appearance as you walk down the aisle? Sometimes, a pair of strappy heels isn't enough to do the trick and you must enlist the help of wedding dresses that make you look taller and thinner. Sometimes, brides just want to downplay their curvaceous figure and search for wedding dresses that create the appearance of thinness. In order to manipulate your wedding dress to work for you on your special day, consider the following tips:
Gowns from left to right Nordstrom Wedding Suite, Maggie Sottero, Claire Pettibone
Length According the Height
When looking for wedding dresses to make you taller, use your height as a guide. Tall women should wear a longer dress, which lengthens the look of the body and makes for a leaner appearance. If you are short in stature, choose a dress length that falls right below the knee for a taller and leaner look.
Wedding Dresses with Patterns
If you're worried about how you will appear to guests on your wedding day, choose a wedding dress that offers patterns with an optical illusion effect. A bold bride may select diagonal stripes to detract the eye. Keep in mind that patterned wedding dresses with horizontal or vertical stripes can create a heavier look.
Take Advantage of the V-Line
Got a problem middle section? Browse wedding dresses with a V-neck, which can slim down your entire appearance. Choose a wedding dress with a V-line waist to reduce a bulky midsection and top of the hips.
Eliminate Belts and Ties Around the Waist
Look thinner with wedding dresses without belts, ties and scarves tied around the waist, which can create a bulky look.
Short Dress and High Heels
Show off your legs with short wedding dresses that make you look thinner. Pair with a high heel to give the impression of added length to your legs.
Choose Darker-Colored Wedding Dresses
Not only do wedding dresses with a darker color make you look thinner, but they also give the appearance that you are much taller than you really are. Achieve a slimming effect, as well as a taller physique by choosing the following wedding dress colors:Black Navy blue Forest green Maroon Chocolate brown