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Fashion Wedding Ideas

  • 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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  • Hey, it's your big day! Why not glam up in style?

    1. Monogrammed Button Downs

    Photo by Andi Mans Photography

    The perfect personalized apparel for pampering. You don't have to worry about smudging make-up when you change! 

    2. Rhinestone Tank

    Photo by Meg Perotti Photography

    Primp in this skin-tight tank and remind everyone you're the star of the day with some rhinestone embellishment. 

    3. Colorful Floral Robes

    Photo by Christa Elyce Photography

    Channel spring's pallete by opting for robes with bright florals and loud colors.

    4.  Monogrammed Terry Cloth Robes

    Photo by Jodi Miller Photography

    Monogram your initials (or his!) into these cozy terry cloth robes for you and your best girls and enjoy a relaxing day of pampering. 

    5. Stylish & Slimming Robes

    Photo by Taylor Lord Photography

    Ditch your tired shower robe and opt for one with a shorter hemline and fun floral detailing.

    6.  Southern-inspired Plaids

    Photo by Katelyn James Photography

    Plaid button downs aren't just for crisp fall days and country concerts, get your gals to break out their old favorite to wear while you all get ready. 

    7.  Short & Silky Robes

    Photo by N. Barrett Photography

    These pastel pink and off-white robes will be a primping necessity long after your big day has come and gone. 

    8. Boyfriend Shirts

    Photo by Spindle Photography

    An over-sized dress shirt might just be the most comfortable thing since sweatpants, get matching monogrammed ones for your whole bridal party. 

    9. Playfully Pink Robes

    Photo by Millie Holloman Photography

    Get all gussied up in this girly get-up. There's no doubt that all your gals will look pretty in pink.  

    10.  Personalized Spa Robe

    Photo by Spindle Photography

    Inscribe your future last name onto the back of a comfy robe you can wear for years to come. 

    11. Full-coverage Wraps

    Photo by Caroline + Ben Photography

    Bundle up in these full-length robes, perfect for a fall or winter wedding. 

     

     

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  • 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. 

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  • 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) 

     

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  • By: Sarah Zlotnick 

    9 beautiful real wedding examples of the mix 'n' match bridesmaid trend! 

    1. Champagne Glam

    Muted shades of tan let the sparkle on these Adrienne Pappel and Calvin Klein gowns shine through. View this elegant outdoor Georgia wedding.

    2. Fun and Free

    A cheeky assortment of peaches and pinks (plus light blue for the MOH) shows off the carefree nature of Robyn and Jamie's Hornby Island wedding. View this boho hippie wedding. 

    3. Shades of Fall 

    Each maid dressed in a color of the changing foliage—how perfect is that for an Autumn wedding? View this charming farm wedding. 

    4. Country Rustic 

    These earthy-glam gowns were the perfect mix of shades for Victoria's country wedding. View this rustic Texas ranch wedding. 

    5. Beach Casual 

    Pinks, oranges, and purple are a fitting choice for a destination celebration. View this tropical St. John wedding.

    6. Rustic Forest Romance 

    Tessa's lilac and champagne bridesmaids look stunning against a lush forest backdrop. View this rustic forest wedding. 

    7. Bold in Brights

    Katie's best gals wore a stylish mix of orange and coral dresses from Anthropologie, J. Crew, Banana Republic, and LAVU. View this playful Menlo Park wedding. 

    8. Country Casual 

    A palette of moody blues was the perfect choice for Jamie and Jake's lavender field nuptials. View this eclectic bohemian fall wedding. 

    9. Just The Shoes 

    You can also individualize from the waist down. We love the way Cat's bridesmaids stuck with the same dress but differentiated with their shoes. View this vibrant botanical California wedding. 

    Photo Credits (top to bottom): Woodland Fields Photography, Rebecca Amber Photography, Rebekah Westover, Allison Davis Photography, Carina Skrobecki Photography, Tin Sparrow Studios, Emily Takes Photos, Anjuli, and Braedon Photography. 

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  • - SPONSORED POST FROM DEMETRIOS -

    5 Figure Types, 5 Perfect Gowns

    1. Long & Lean 

    Hoping to make a boyish figure look a little more feminine? Ruched waist detailing and halter straps are two fail-safe ways to create the illusion of curves at the waist and bust. Extra flouse in the skirt adds to the flirty vibe. Gown: Demetrios Illusions Style 3194. 

    2. Busty 

    Contrary to popular belief, the best way to downplay a larger chest is not to completely cover it up. Instead, opt for a gown with a sculpted upper bodice and a medium coverage V-neck. If possible, have the straps tailored to ensure maximum uplift. Gown: Demetrios Destination Romance Style DR185. 

     

    3. Petite 

    Big ball gowns can quickly overwhelm a small frame. If you're willing to buck the tradition of a long skirt, we absolutely reccomend going short. A more compact dress will ensure guests see you instead of seeing what you're wearing. Gown: Demetrios Young Sophisticated Style 2856. 

    4. Strong Arms 

    A high neck and prominent arm cut-outs are the best way to show off sculpted shoulders and biceps. If your arms are your strongest asset, consider a gown with a scuba-style halter silhouette. Gown: Demetrios lissa Style 535

    5. Hourglass 

    Pairing a deep V-neck with a full skirt draws eyes in to the smallest part of your body: your waist. Gown: Demetrios Ilissa Style 545. 

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Hey, it's your big day! Why not glam up in style?

    1. Monogrammed Button Downs

    Photo by Andi Mans Photography

    The perfect personalized apparel for pampering. You don't have to worry about smudging make-up when you change! 

    2. Rhinestone Tank

    Photo by Meg Perotti Photography

    Primp in this skin-tight tank and remind everyone you're the star of the day with some rhinestone embellishment. 

    3. Colorful Floral Robes

    Photo by Christa Elyce Photography

    Channel spring's pallete by opting for robes with bright florals and loud colors.

    4.  Monogrammed Terry Cloth Robes

    Photo by Jodi Miller Photography

    Monogram your initials (or his!) into these cozy terry cloth robes for you and your best girls and enjoy a relaxing day of pampering. 

    5. Stylish & Slimming Robes

    Photo by Taylor Lord Photography

    Ditch your tired shower robe and opt for one with a shorter hemline and fun floral detailing.

    6.  Southern-inspired Plaids

    Photo by Katelyn James Photography

    Plaid button downs aren't just for crisp fall days and country concerts, get your gals to break out their old favorite to wear while you all get ready. 

    7.  Short & Silky Robes

    Photo by N. Barrett Photography

    These pastel pink and off-white robes will be a primping necessity long after your big day has come and gone. 

    8. Boyfriend Shirts

    Photo by Spindle Photography

    An over-sized dress shirt might just be the most comfortable thing since sweatpants, get matching monogrammed ones for your whole bridal party. 

    9. Playfully Pink Robes

    Photo by Millie Holloman Photography

    Get all gussied up in this girly get-up. There's no doubt that all your gals will look pretty in pink.  

    10.  Personalized Spa Robe

    Photo by Spindle Photography

    Inscribe your future last name onto the back of a comfy robe you can wear for years to come. 

    11. Full-coverage Wraps

    Photo by Caroline + Ben Photography

    Bundle up in these full-length robes, perfect for a fall or winter wedding. 

     

     

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  • 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. 

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  • 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) 

     

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  • By: Sarah Zlotnick 

    9 beautiful real wedding examples of the mix 'n' match bridesmaid trend! 

    1. Champagne Glam

    Muted shades of tan let the sparkle on these Adrienne Pappel and Calvin Klein gowns shine through. View this elegant outdoor Georgia wedding.

    2. Fun and Free

    A cheeky assortment of peaches and pinks (plus light blue for the MOH) shows off the carefree nature of Robyn and Jamie's Hornby Island wedding. View this boho hippie wedding. 

    3. Shades of Fall 

    Each maid dressed in a color of the changing foliage—how perfect is that for an Autumn wedding? View this charming farm wedding. 

    4. Country Rustic 

    These earthy-glam gowns were the perfect mix of shades for Victoria's country wedding. View this rustic Texas ranch wedding. 

    5. Beach Casual 

    Pinks, oranges, and purple are a fitting choice for a destination celebration. View this tropical St. John wedding.

    6. Rustic Forest Romance 

    Tessa's lilac and champagne bridesmaids look stunning against a lush forest backdrop. View this rustic forest wedding. 

    7. Bold in Brights

    Katie's best gals wore a stylish mix of orange and coral dresses from Anthropologie, J. Crew, Banana Republic, and LAVU. View this playful Menlo Park wedding. 

    8. Country Casual 

    A palette of moody blues was the perfect choice for Jamie and Jake's lavender field nuptials. View this eclectic bohemian fall wedding. 

    9. Just The Shoes 

    You can also individualize from the waist down. We love the way Cat's bridesmaids stuck with the same dress but differentiated with their shoes. View this vibrant botanical California wedding. 

    Photo Credits (top to bottom): Woodland Fields Photography, Rebecca Amber Photography, Rebekah Westover, Allison Davis Photography, Carina Skrobecki Photography, Tin Sparrow Studios, Emily Takes Photos, Anjuli, and Braedon Photography. 

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  • - SPONSORED POST FROM DEMETRIOS -

    5 Figure Types, 5 Perfect Gowns

    1. Long & Lean 

    Hoping to make a boyish figure look a little more feminine? Ruched waist detailing and halter straps are two fail-safe ways to create the illusion of curves at the waist and bust. Extra flouse in the skirt adds to the flirty vibe. Gown: Demetrios Illusions Style 3194. 

    2. Busty 

    Contrary to popular belief, the best way to downplay a larger chest is not to completely cover it up. Instead, opt for a gown with a sculpted upper bodice and a medium coverage V-neck. If possible, have the straps tailored to ensure maximum uplift. Gown: Demetrios Destination Romance Style DR185. 

     

    3. Petite 

    Big ball gowns can quickly overwhelm a small frame. If you're willing to buck the tradition of a long skirt, we absolutely reccomend going short. A more compact dress will ensure guests see you instead of seeing what you're wearing. Gown: Demetrios Young Sophisticated Style 2856. 

    4. Strong Arms 

    A high neck and prominent arm cut-outs are the best way to show off sculpted shoulders and biceps. If your arms are your strongest asset, consider a gown with a scuba-style halter silhouette. Gown: Demetrios lissa Style 535

    5. Hourglass 

    Pairing a deep V-neck with a full skirt draws eyes in to the smallest part of your body: your waist. Gown: Demetrios Ilissa Style 545. 

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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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  • 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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  • 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. 

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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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