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Sell my Wedding Dress

| inspiration, Resource, tips | March 2, 2017

Why Should I sell my wedding dress

Why should I sell my wedding dress?

After the excitement and whirlwind of their wedding, Brides will often find themselves asking one question, “Should I sell my wedding dress?”

Before the wedding day, it was such a simple decision. I’m sure you’ve even heard yourself say out loud “Well, it’s expensive but I’m going to be getting half back so it’s basically a bargain!” This was before you wore it on the day of course, and now it has so much more meaning than it did when you were trying it on in the store!

For some people, wedding dresses, like many important pieces of clothing hold a special meaning to us. This often makes letting go all that much harder. Selling your wedding dress doesn’t have to be a bad thing, though! There are a number of positives, both emotional and practical to selling your wedding dress.

Fashion styles change quickly

Back in the day, it was common for mothers to save their wedding dresses for their daughters to wear on their own big day. This seemed to work as the fashion trends tended to stay within the same style. These days, fashion trends are lightning fast. Blink and it’s a new season with a new collection of fabrics, lengths, and patterns.

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Often the main reason for handing down dresses was that resources were not as readily available as they are now. These days, wedding dresses range anywhere from $100 to $20,000 and everything else in between. Styles also vary significantly, so every bride is able to find their own personal style.

These changes in fashion trends are likely to continue. Not to mention every girl is different in height, weight and skin tone, so what looks good on you might not be as flattering on your daughter!

Getting your money back

One of the main benefits of selling your wedding dress is, of course, the money you get back. Wouldn’t it be great to get to wear your dream dress on the day and have all those wonderful photos and videos as memories while not being too far out of pocket!
When you ask yourself, “shall I sell my Wedding Dress” remember it is a great way to start your new marriage in the green and maybe buy yourself and your partner something special for your new life together! You could even create a Pinterest board to get some ideas on how you could spend that cash once your dress is sold!

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Green is the new white

One benefit to selling your wedding dress that you might not have thought about is the environmental impact. By passing your dress on to another bride to wear on their day, you are eliminating the need for another dress to be produced. Clothing production is so cheap these days it can actually have a significant effect on the environment.

These damaging effects are due to large amounts of water being used, warehouses that produce pollution, as well as the potential for the work environment to be less than stellar for the people working in them. By selling your dress you are giving it another day in the sun, without causing harm to the environment, talk about a win-win!

Now that your big day is over and you have those wonderful memories, you may still seriously be asking yourself “Why should I sell my wedding dress?” Although this can be a difficult choice to make, there are so many benefits. From getting your money back to helping the environment, selling your dress can be a fantastic decision to make for yourself, and your future. If you’re ready to sell your dress here is an easy way to list it!

 

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wedding invitation wording

| inspiration, planning, tips | April 20, 2015

wedding invitation wording

Creating your perfect wedding invitation wording

Creating your wedding invitation wording can seem to be more stressful than anything else in the planning stage. You want to sound formal without seeming like a Renaissance reenactment and cordial without being long winded. It seems like the simplest part of the entire wedding, but often it isn’t. Politeness is key and in one small card, you need to make sure you thank everyone, especially the people financing the wedding and write something that will really make your guests want to come.

 

WEDDING INVITATION WORDING

Here are some tips to keeping your wedding invitation wording simple and direct.

 

Don’t be overly eloquent

The biggest mistake on most couple’s wedding invitation is it’s too wordy. Remember your guests want to know when, where and how much booze, food, and entertainment is present not your entire love’s history in under 180 characters. While it is the most romantic day of your life, remember not to bore your guests from the get-go with a Shakespearean sonnet before you’ve even lured them to the service. Save the love sonnets for the altar or the bedroom and tell them what matters, where to go. Keep it short and sweet; remember they’ll keep the card for the information, not the beautiful quotes. And if you want to refrain from answering a million questions on where exactly the venue is and who they can bring for the hundredth time, make sure the most detailed part of the card is the where and when section.

 

Keep to the basics of the invite

What you need to include in your wedding invite, honestly, isn’t that much. Simply make sure to include you and your partner’s names, the host’s names (most often your parents), when, where, an inviting line and a call to action. This is important, don’t forget to tell guests to RSVP in your call to action and set up a wedding website (can be done for free) or a traditional phone call/ mailed acceptance etc. If your wedding is going to be out of the city… don’t just put “Where: New York City”, that’s like personally inviting your guests to frantically call you with a million questions about where the ceremony actually is. Even though it’s not eye-catching to put a chunky address in the middle of your wedding card, it’s important. If you want the guests to bring the invite to the ceremony to get in… better put that on the car or poor Aunt Susie will be left in the rain.

 

Traditionally, the bride’s name is put first and not the grooms but these days that isn’t important enough to worry about. If putting both your family’s names on the card is too much space you can start your invitation off with a simple “Together with their families,” and then continue with your own names and the invite.

 

Personalize it but not too much

You know better than anyone else what kind of couple the two of you are. If you are the type that loves to get drinks with the crew and take on the town, don’t have a wedding invitation that begins “Salutations.” Stay true to who the two of you are and don’t make the invite more complex then it needs to be. Imagine yourself reading that card as if it came from someone like your first college roommate. If you’re reading it and thinking their announcement sounds weird, grossly sappy or just plain “uppity,” you might want to rethink your wedding invitation wording.

 

In the scheme of things, it doesn’t matter if your wedding invitation wording says “join us for a glorious molding of souls” or “Diana and James finally tied the knot”. How casual or fancy your wedding is, is completely up to the two of you. It would seem odd to get an incredibly sophisticated wedding card for a barn wedding or a casual mustache themed invitation at the finest hotel in the city. Keep in mind the venue and your personalities when personalizing the cards.

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Have a minimalist invitation format

This is the hardest one for me as a person who loves patterns and colors. Have you ever looked at a billboard so intensely colorful you didn’t even read what company it was for? That’s how your wedding invitation could be if you don’t keep it easy on the eye and as minimalist as you can stand. I’m not advising a purely black and white format but maybe keep the crazy colors away from the text or have a white background with a central image at the card’s focal point.

 

Get inspiration

And finally, get inspiration from other sources than the local wedding shop’s bridal catalog. Remember humans have been getting married since the dawn of time and every type of invitation dream you have has probably been created before. Don’t be afraid to “borrow” formatting ideas from online and check Pinterest and wedding forums for cute ideas.

Don’t sweat the small things. While today your wedding invitation wording may seem like the biggest decision you’ve ever made, remember the real big decision was deciding to join your lives together. Enjoy every minute of the process and keep in mind it’s supposed to draw you together not pull you apart. Kiss a lot, make typos often, and have a ball on your “big day”.

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Getting married, where’s best?

| inspiration, planning, tips | April 6, 2015

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The Ten Best Places if your getting married in the US

So your getting married and you don’t want your guests to simply drive downtown for your ceremony. Or maybe you’re just the type who likes to plan ahead for that special someone. Either way the venue is one of the most important aspects of your wedding. If a hometown wedding isn’t your ideal spot and you want something unique there are many hot spots across the US for newly weds to say their “I do’s”. Don’t settle for anything less than absolute magic when it comes to picking the spot to join your future with the love of your life.

Here are the top 10 places in the US to get married that are as beautiful as your love.

 

Napa Valley, California

If classy wine tastings and shaded orchard walks sound like your kind of romantic, Nappa Valley is the perfect spot. Home to the Calistoga Ranch in Upper Napa Valley, a cozy log cabin resort lies nestled in the forest. The “Paris of California” doesn’t fall short in romance or outdoor beauty. Wine lovers can’t miss this iconic stop on their travelling bucket list so why not kill two birds with one stone and make it the wedding venue? Your wine loving guests will be more than happy to fly in to taste the fermented magic that is California’s wine land.

 

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

What would a “best places for getting married” list be without the popular yacht and garden region of Cape Cod? Serve your guests some of the best clam chowder in the nation and have a sophisticated yet simple feeling to your venue. Check out the art scene at Provincetown or experience the full flavor of the salty dog café. Either way this gorgeous east coast spot is one you will want to return to again after the honeymoon is over.

 

Las Vegas, Nevada

What is a list of US venues without the “city of sins” itself? If you want your guests to have a great time with memories they may forget but a trip they never will, Vegas takes the cake. A city filled with casinos, people watching and a diversity of food that will leave even the most experienced tasters drooling. If you and your spouse like to party there’s nothing wrong with being cliché and getting hitched in Vegas. Anyone who knocks it, obviously never got married in the wild, bustling whirl that makes up this unforgettable city.

 

Florida Keys, Florida

There are many small islands to choose from here but all of them offer that secluded, wild “out of the country” feel while still being on US soil. It’s easy to get swept up in the natural beaches, reefs and sand for your “big day”. Have that beach wedding without the hustle and bustle of the big Florida cities and crowded shorelines of the mainland. Explore the small town feel of local fishing villages in Marathon to nicer hotels in Key West all within a short drive from each other. There are many aspects to the Keys that you can’t find anywhere else without leaving the country. Skip the pricey overseas air fares while keeping the same exotic feel for a fraction of the price and this could be your perfect place to get married.

 

Bar Harbor, Maine

If you imagine getting married in a beautiful traditional environment, look no further….Known for it’s rugged east coast cliffs, Maine is the place to go for that casual walk on the beach without the scorching sun. Don’t leave the comfort of the city or give up the seafood menu in Bar Harbor. Chow down on buttered lobster tails and succulent roasted shrimp before visiting the many surrounding art museums. If you would trade cultured evenings for adventure, Acadia National Park is close by with 35,000 acres of lush forestry and animals.

 

Tucson, Arizona

If you want a city immersed equally in historical culture as outdoor beauty you won’t find a more enticing bet than Tucson, Arizona. Western influence meets Native American flair in this steamy little city. Be sure to check out Saguaro National Park to appreciate all the desert has to offer. Take the tram to see Sabino Canyon and experience the full flavor of desert flora and fauna.

 

Maui, Hawaii

This is the postcard wedding we’ve all dreamed of after seeing some pamphlet or another. It doesn’t get much better than the iridescent teal waters, volcanoes and white beaches of Hawaii. Kayak in forgotten canals, swim with dolphins or ride in a helicopter over volcanoes. Whatever your tropical heart desires to do in Maui, it can be done. Don’t forget your lei with your wedding dress and maybe a Pina Colada!

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Door County, Wisconsin

While Wisconsin may not be the first state on your list if your getting married, Door County has much to offer. A sleepy little lakeside town with cherry orchards and fresh fish in abundance is the best kept secret nestled into snowy Wisconsin. Beautiful in the summer and fall, this is a great homey venue for weddings in the warmer months. It has that magical fairy village feel often-called the “Cape Cod” of the Midwest. With one of a kind local food and permanent sleepy fog, Door County is a gem in the snow.

 

Colorado Springs, Colorado

If you’ve seen Colorado Springs in the winter you know of the powerful snowy beauty that the state is known for. However, you may be missing the summer variety that is even more breathtaking. A hub of artistic culture and bubbling city growth the mountainous surroundings are not far from the main areas. Rarely in US cities do wilderness and city cultures coexist so peacefully and at such close proximity to one another. Experience the best of both worlds and make getting married the most amazing experience of your life!

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Walloon Lake, Michigan

This crystal clear lake is a man made beauty nestled in sand so white it makes native southern beaches squirm with envy. They say nothing beats a Michigan summer night sky and when you see more stars then you can count reflected in the calm, warm waters you will definitely agree. Hemingway didn’t set his vacation home on the shore here for nothing. If a freshwater venue with gorgeous orange sunsets is somewhere you’ve dreamed of getting married, look no further than this.

 

 

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Monique Lhuillier Bridal

| inspiration, planning, tips | November 5, 2014

Monique Lhuillier Bridal, Ultimate in Elegance

About Monique Lhuillier

Born in Cebu City Philippines, Monique Lhuillier is one of the most acclaimed American Bridal designers based out of Los Angeles, California. Today, the Monique Lhuillier bridal company is regarded as one of the leading fashion houses in terms of quality innovations and design. Her brand has evolved to be synonymous with unsurpassed glamour, allure and femininity, and is known to capture the essence of sophisticated luxury.

Lhuillier (pronounced LOO-lee-ay) debuted at the Fashion Week with her ready to wear line in 2003, and has garnered an impressive roster of clients including Tyra Banks, Jennifer Simpson, Angelina Jolie and even a wedding dress for Britney Spears. At the age of 15, Monique Lhuillier enrolled in a boarding school (Chateau Mont-Choisi) in Lausanne, Switzerland, and later pursued fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in New York City.

After graduating from the school of fashion design, Monique Lhuillier took up a job with esteemed sportswear maker Melivier, but left soon after as it did not satisfy her creative calling. Monique Lhuillier married Tom Bugbee in 1996, which is the same year she introduced her bridal collection. It all started when Lhuillier was shopping for her own wedding dress and was rather appalled at the excess of lace in most designs, junked up bodices and long sleeves.

After searching frantically, Monique Lhuillier did find the perfect wedding dress, but decides to design the 25 or so dresses for her entourage herself. Owing to the surge of appeal in Monique’s bridal designs, her husband quit his full time job as a retail consultant at Deloitte & Touche and decided to help Lhuillier with her business. Within a few years, Lhuillier introduced her evening wear collections that was an instant hit and attracted some of the most prestigious retailers in the country including Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.

With wedding dresses retailing between $1500 and $10,000, today the Monique Lhuillier bridal fashion house grosses over $20 million per year, which includes Monique Lhuillier Waterford – a lineup of giftware, stemware and China. The bridal slice of her business is however Lhuillier’s core focus who sometimes even helps brides find the perfect wedding dress. Lhuillier recommends trying on a ton of silhouettes and taking less number of people along when bridal shopping as too many opinions simply confuse the issue.

 

Monique Lhuillier Bridal Range

Today, Monique Lhuillier bridal collections are available in over 140 stores worldwide and in three flagship stores in Beverley Hills, Minneapolis and most recently New York City. Her bridal collection dubbed Bliss exemplifies classical feminism and modernism and caters to a broader group of women. To add to this, the Monique Lhuillier Bridal Bliss collection is appointed with distinct characteristics of her signature style including delicate embellishments, impeccable fabrication in organza and silk satin, fine laces and hand tufting.

Monique Lhuillier bridal and red carper designs have been adorned by some of the most prestigious names in Hollywood including Kristen Stewart, Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Perry and Hilary Swank. The most notable highlight of her career would have to be Britney Spear’s stunning strapless wedding gown complete with pearl embellishments (buttons), woven with platinum thread and finished with a train covered in crystals. The way Lhuillier tells the story, she wasn’t made aware of Spear’s wedding date, and only knew of the wedding when she was contacted by the pops stars representatives during Fashion Week asking her to not only craft a wedding gown on short notice, but also dresses for her entire entourage.

 

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Monique Lhuillier Awards and Recognition

Monique Lhuillier’s biggest accolade would have to be the Presidential Medal of Merit awarded by then Pilipino President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyoin a simple ceremony at the Malacañang Reception Hall. Furthermore Lhuillier is the only designer of Pilipino decent to have received the 2003 Avant Garde Bridal Designer award, 2001 Glamorous Bridal Designer Award and the Designer of the Year award by the international Dresses Magazine and Bridal Industry in 2003. In that same year, Lhuillier became one of the latest members of the prestigious CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America. Regarded as an A-List designer, Monique Lhuillier has been featured in several leading publications including Vanity Fair, Vogue, CNN, The Los Angeles Times and Time Magazine.

Monique Lhuillier Store

Monique Lhuillier has made a ton of money designing for brides, and today goes beyond the sating bridal gowns and Chantilly lace. Located in Upper East Side Manhattan, and just of Madison Avenue, Lhuillier’s 2 storey flagship store occupies a 19th century townhouse, and is an alluring showcase not just for the signature tabletop and bridal collections, but the furniture and artwork that grace the interiors. Unlike other stores on this ilk, Lhuillier encourages photography of her merchandise, and although you are free to inspect the wares, an appointment must be made to try on a wedding dress.

If you’re looking for a wedding dress, the Monique Lhuillier bridal collection is definitely worth exploring. Although priced on the steep side but worth every penny, you can also source authentic Monique Lhuillier bridal dresses at bargain prices at preowned wedding dress sites.

 

 

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Casual Wedding Dresses, What to Choose?

| inspiration, planning, Resource, tips | October 29, 2014

Casual Wedding Dresses are they for you?

 

Wedding dresses are available in a huge range of styles, designs and of course price tags. Generally, the more complicated the design, the more expensive the wedding dress. Casual wedding dresses are a great option for future brides on a budget as well as those looking for a more comfortable fit. These types of wedding dresses don’t have to be boring and simple, but there are many ways to achieve a stunning look whether you’re having a garden, park, beach or even a Vegas wedding.

 

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More and more brides are staying away from the rigid tradition of wearing a white gown and opting for wedding dresses in a wide range of colors, fabrics and soft pastels. However, there are several aspects to consider when shopping for a casual wedding dress including material, shoes and accessories. Casual wedding dresses are generally crafted with lighter material and are only knee length. It is recommended that you opt for lighter fabrics such as cotton, chiffon, crepe or light satin for your casual wedding dress as they do not attract heat, and are lighter compared to a traditional satin wedding dress.

Another aspect to consider when shopping for a casual wedding dress is just how casual you’d like to go. Remember, if you’re planning a themed wedding, you will need a dress to match so it will have to be a  specific type.

For example, if you’re having an outdoor wedding event, you may want to go with a sundress or if it’s a beach wedding, a two piece strapless or halter top. With regards to the bottom, choose whatever style or hem length that best suits your body type.

Casual wedding dresses are a great choice for Western themes such as a large outdoor barbeque celebration, country themed wedding or a small back yard bash. If you’re looking for a casual wedding dress to blend with these types of wedding settings, choose dresses with more graceful summer designs. If your wedding theme is centered on animals such as dogs and cats, you can gain inspiration from your pets themselves or even popular Disney films.

Many brides skip the idea of wearing a traditional veil and opt for a shorter veil or even a headband when wearing a casual wedding dress. Regardless of the setting for your event, indoor or outdoor, the color of the dress must complement your skin tone. Light ivory or white casual wedding dresses are best suited for brides who have fair skin with pink undertones, whereas a pure white casual wedding dress is a great choice for women with dark complexion.

 

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Shoes and Accessories to Match Casual Wedding Dresses

Generally, brides wearing a casual dress for a beach wedding ceremony often go barefoot or for indoor and outdoor wedding venues choose dressy sandals or low heels. Barefoot sandals are the latest craze for casual bedecked brides, and are a great way to make a classy jewelry statement. If you’re going to wear a casual wedding dress, it is best to go easy and simple with the accessories, and avoid heavy embellishments. Take note that the accessories are meant to complement the casual wedding dress and not overshadow it. For example, wearing a tropical flower such as a hibiscus or orchid in your hair or simply carrying a bouquet with long white stem roses.

 

Casual Wedding Dress Styles

Blouson – Typically loose and floaty and crafted with fine or sheer fabric, blouson casual wedding dresses can be often had in feminine and delicate prints. There are also several vintage inspired blouson wedding dresses available, which showcase classic elegance combined with modern edge. Etsy has an extensive collections of blouson casual wedding dresses, some complete with lace neckline overlays.

Drop Waist – A Drop waist casual wedding dress has the potential to move your waist to your hip area with the help of either an upper loose or fitted bodice, generally with detailing on the skirt. This modern wedding dress style is a great choice for both classic and casual brides, and can be had in a myriad of fabrics and styles. You can find a few excellent drop waist wedding dresses at David Tutera for Mon Cheri.

Grecian – Grecian casual wedding dresses are designed to fit most body types, and usually are of floor length complete with detailing around the neckline and strap area. Grecian wedding dresses are best in smooth and silky fabric and look their finest when worn with flat sandals or bare feet and curled hair. Jim Couture boasts a stunning collection of Grecian wedding dresses, which are available in several sizes.

Regardless of the casual wedding style you choose, ensure it matches your personality and theme of the event, and something that you absolutely feel comfortable with!

 

 

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Do you want a Lace Wedding Dress?

| inspiration, planning, tips | October 22, 2014

How do I find the perfect Lace Wedding Dress?

Shopping for the perfect wedding dress may be overwhelming considering the plethora of options available, one of the distinct ones of course is a lace wedding dress. Lace is not a new entrée to the wedding dress category, but has been utilized for centuries to craft elaborate as well as modest yet elegant designs. Women generally opt for lace appointed wedding dresses simply because they boast an amazing and feminine look, and the fact that they preserve their charm, and are rather timeless and classic.   lace wedding dress Whether they are used to accentuate an overall look or worn from head to toe, any bride will look ravishing in a lace wedding dress. A wedding is usually a once in a lifetime affair so having the perfect dress is truly the most significant element of your big day. There are several things to look for when shopping for a lace wedding dress, some of them are mentioned below. Vintage lace wedding dresses are much more refined compared to modern lace wedding dresses because the texture displays a higher level of contrast between the denser and openwork sections. Given this and however old it may be, a vintage lace wedding dress will be priced higher than a newly crafted wedding dress, With regards to colors, vintage lace wedding dress are best in faded, cream, ivory, off-white or colors such as sephia or smoky rose. Unless you’re opting for a gothic themed wedding, it is best to choose a richly lace-enriched ivory wedding dress. Lace making is often attributed to the Roman Era, but open patterned lace material used today finds its roots in the earlier part of the 16th century. Even though handmade lace is rarely used to create a whole wedding dress, if is often embedded in the décolletage, neckline and wrists. This type of lace is made from cotton and is time consuming and based on a large number of bobbins. Irish handmade lace is considered to be top notch quality. Crocheted lace is handmade lace that is widely used to make wedding dresses, where the thicker the yarn, the more individual and finer the results. Chantilly lace is one of the best types of lace to come across, and was originally rarely white in color. Today Chantilly describes a reproduced version of the original fine textured fabric. An original vintage lace wedding dress dates back to the early 1950’s and 1960’s, where the folds create a subtly frothier effect and have a delicate appearance. These characteristics make original vintage wedding dress sought after items that are often hard to find. Today, the most commonly used lace is machine produced mostly from synthetic yarn. This material makes it possible to embed metallic threads, beading and embroidery, all presenting a myriad of motifs from woven into the mesh and floral and classic to abstract. Brides can also choose from endless variations including bold and subtle looks. When choosing a neckline for a lace wedding dress, the options are both overwhelming and fascinating to say the least. There are few factors to take into account when choosing a neckline for a lace wedding dress and any future bride should be prepared to spend a considerable amount of time determining a striking neckline. Typically, lace used across the shoulders displays a more classical look, whereas a seductive appearance when placed against the skin of the cleavage. Other aspects to consider are hairstyle, neck length and shoulder length. Complete lace back panel fillings in a backless free design will ensure that no matter what angles photos are clicked form, the bride looks ravishing. Sheer lace sleeves are a common element of wedding dresses, the half sleeve being the most popular. Sheer lace for sleeves works well at accentuating the arms, and is a great choice for winter weddings. If you’re one of the daring types, you can opt for black lace sleeves complete with black trim around the neckline. You can further enhance the lace sleeve look with lace fingerless gloves in the same color as the sleeves. If you’re looking for a vintage lace wedding dress, the best avenue to explore is pre-loved wedding dress or preowned wedding dress sites. But for a modern lace wedding dress, the following designers showcase the best in the business. Justin Alexander: Justin Alexander gained stardom on the bridal scene in the early 1940’s in New York. His collection is flourished with contemporary bridal gowns as well as a stunning selection of lace wedding dresses. These designs are made available across the globe, and have been worn by some of the biggest names including Jackie Kennedy and Grace Kelly. Morilee by Madeline Gardner: Morilee’s award winning lace bridal designs can be had with all the possible embellishments even Swarovski Crystals. Each of her bridal collections features a unique touch of lace, embroidery or other details to make your wedding dress a perfect match. Lillian West:A fairly new entry to the bridal scene – 2014 to be exact, Lillian West has already managed to stun the bridal industry with her first bridal collection. Her bridal designs feature rich satins, embroidered fine laces and soft and romantic fabrics. A lace wedding dress is a great choice for future brides looking to show their romantic and feminine sides and in traditional and formal wedding settings.    

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A Guide to Buying a Corset Wedding Dress

| inspiration, planning, tips | October 1, 2014

Is a Corset Wedding Dress for you?

Corset wedding dresses have recently received a surge of appeal, and if you fancy wearing one on your big day, this guide will help you get the perfect fit. Corset wedding dresses provide the most benefits compared to other wedding dress styles, but they can either offer the perfect fit or cause damage to brides wearing it! These types of wedding dresses have tons of boning, sometimes as much as 15-20 pieces of boning in the seams of designer corset wedding dresses. This not only helps enhance the shape of the gown, but helps to shape you.

With a corset wedding dress, future brides can save between $50 to $100 on strapless bras since corset gowns are designed to hold everything so perfectly in place. However a corset wedding dress may or may not be accompanied with a modesty panel, where some bridal designers included it with the dress, and others make it an optional accessory. Some modesty panels are sewn into the dress, and can be removed as and when you feel the need to do so.

The lacing of a corset wedding dress can be an inch wide or as narrow as a shoestring, where the latter reveals more of the skin underneath and helps you see more of the modesty panel. Contrarily, wide lacing allows you to tighten the lacing for maximum shaping and also covers more of the body, where the laces are streamed through metal grommets or fabric loops.

There are two primary functions of a corset wedding dress – holding your bust in place, and tucking your waist in. It achieves both with every pull and tightening of the strings, but it is important that this action does not hurt nor obstruct your breathing. Lacing up a corset wedding dress has the potential to accentuate hourglass figures, but should not compromise your comfort and safety in the bargain.

There are several ways to determine if your corset dress fits properly starting with your breathing. If you’re having trouble breathing when tucked into your corset wedding dress, you will need to loosen the ties and re-buckle them. Also check, if you can comfortably bend forward, but your cleavage shows more than you would like when you do so, you may want to get someone from your entourage to give the laces a tug for a better fit.

When the strings of the corset wedding dress are tugged in, your bust is simultaneously pushed up. Pulling in the strings may also accentuate your cleavage depending on the neckline of your corset wedding dress. For enhanced cleavage, plunging sweetheart necklines and sweetheart wedding dresses will give you the best outcome.

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It is important to take into account the compatibility of the corset wedding dress with the neckline and ensure it is able to provide you with the best silhouette. This of course should be considered before buying a corset wedding dress.

 

What is the best way to lace up corset wedding dresses? When you try on your corset wedding dress for the first time, ensure that the laces start from the top to the bottom. The easiest way is to slip the gown over your head, while protecting your makeup and hairdo. If the corset wedding dress doesn’t fit easily from over your head, try stepping into it.

The best way to achieve the perfect fit with a corset dress is to lace up half the dress and start tightening from there. Reason being that if you do lace up the whole corset wedding dress, you will increase your efforts as the more you tug, the strings at the bottom will gradually come apart. Once you have everything in place, give each row an extra pull to ensure they are slotted in perfectly.

Corset wedding dresses are available online and at the best prices from pre-loved or preowned wedding dress sites. But if you must have a brand new gown from the start, here are some corset wedding dress designers to consider.

Vera Wang: A former figure skater turned fashion designer, Vera Wang is one of the biggest names in the bridal industry. She is popular for her intriguing corset wedding dress designs and also haute couture bridesmaid gowns. Her designs have been appreciated by several celebrities and big wigs including Victoria Beckham, Chelsea Clinton, Alicia Keys, Jenifer Lopez, Uma Thurman and Kim Kardashian.

 

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Angel Sanchez: With roots in Venezuela, Angel Sanchez is pronounced for her fashion forward perspective that always seems to impress fashion buffs. If you’re looking for a great corset wedding dress, her collections are worth exploring.

 

 

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So what are the best wedding shoes

| inspiration, planning, tips | September 24, 2014

Wedding Shoes to make your day perfect.

After your wedding gown, your wedding shoes are the next most important aspect on your to-do list for your outfit and can quite honestly make or break your big day. Being crippled by the end of the service is not a good plan!! Just like buying the perfect wedding dress, you’ll want patience when selecting wedding shoes or else you will end up with a pair that is painful, unflattering and extremely uncomfortable. But by following the wedding shoe tips below you will definitely accentuate your style, dance the night away and most importantly keep your shoes happy.

Wedding shoes are just like any other product, they look good on the shelves, but are they going to have the effect on your feet? Keep in mind that you not only have to walk down the aisle in them, but also stand for photographs, dance in them and even walk around for hours after. The last thing you want is to wobble around in those skyscraper heels or get your dress caught up in one of them. As a solution, it is recommended that you get acquainted with your wedding shoes and the best way to start is by wearing them in.   The easiest and discreet way of doing this is by carrying them to work and slipping them on under your desk, and repeating the process for at least a week before your big day.

Even though your wedding shoes must not disappoint your feet, you don’t have to compromise on style. That said, you might want to consider choosing wedding shoes that you will cherish for years to come, and a pair that you can wear for future occasions. You don’t have to opt for white wedding shoes to match the color of your wedding dress, you can choose bright pop colors. It’s all the rage at the moment to have fun shoes peeking out from under that stunning gown! High heels for your  wedding shoes are not your only option and if you’ve never worn them before, skip them for your own safety. The last thing you want is to trip in them owing to the added height.

The most important thing is to choose wedding shoes that suit your personal style, and if sneakers, cowboy boots and sandals make you feel comfortable, got with it and enjoy. I know a girl that had the most fabulous wedding gown and as they were married at a ranch in Montana she had the coolest cowboy boots on…. Worked perfectly! cowboy boots wedding shoes

Brides often shop for wedding shoes a few days prior to their wedding day when the right time to buy them is a few months prior or with the wedding dress itself. Buying both the dress and shoes simultaneously will ensure they suit each other to avoid any hiccups at the last moment.  As a reminder (if you need one), you will need to take your wedding shoes to dress fitting sessions because shoe height play a crucial role towards determining the length of the dress.

With regards to cost of wedding shoes, fact is that they can be downright expensive so it is important to shop around especially if you’re buying them separately from other wedding accessories. Besides, if your wedding dress is long enough to completely cover your shoes, there’s no point spending a ton of money on something no one will notice. When you do locate a perfect pair, compare prices with other retailers to get the best deal. When ordering wedding shoes online, take note of the merchants return policy and lookout for coupon codes for added discounts.

It is recommended that you keep an extra pair of wedding shoes handy because heels can break or you may choose to wear heels for the main event and flats for the dancing. If you do decide to get matching shoes for your dress, use material swatches to compare your shoes and dress and pick a color that relates to the color of your dress, and not one that becomes a showstopper for the wrong reasons. Shoes that are appointed with embellishments may damage the fabric of your dress especially if it too long so try to keep the décor to a minimum. Contrarily, if your dress is short and wedding shoes are evident, a bit of fancy sparkle is all you need to complete the attire.

If you’re having trouble finding the right color wedding shoes to match your wedding dress, dyable wedding shoes is an avenue to explore. These types of shoes can be dyed in several colors to match the color of your wedding dress. So if you bought your wedding dress a few months prior to your wedding, you can simply dye these shoes to match it. Adding to this, dyable shoes are crafted from fabric, making them reusable for any future occasion. For example if you have a satin blue wedding dress and can’t locate blue wedding shoes, dyable shoes are a perfect solution.   blue wedding shoes

Lastly, don’t forget to treat your feet your feet to a pedicure before your wedding day. Slipping your feet into your wedding shoes with neat cuticles, soft skin and polished nails will help you feel refreshed, relaxed and special.

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Top Mermaid Wedding Dress of the Year

| inspiration, planning, tips | July 24, 2014

Apart from your vows and rings, your dress is probably the next most crucial item on the list so why not look stunning in a mermaid wedding dress?

You want the look but have a cap one what you want to spend… Get inspiration here, but shop around to find the ideal dress and up to half the price.

These designs are probably the most classic and classy of all, and are often a preferred choice for most going to be brides. They have the power to transform your look as they highlight your curves and your best assets and not to mention the feeling of elegance and classic beauty the look inspires.

Mermaid style wedding dresses closely fit to the contours of your body from the bust to the knee or just below the knee. From that point, it begins to dramatically flare out down to the hem. When you opt for this design, you’ll get a great opportunity to showcase your curves. Listed below are the most beautiful mermaid designs and designers of this year, and choosing from them will definitely leave your audience in awe.

Kleinfeld

For more than 60 years, Kleinfeld has added magical bridal designs to his portfolio, to include a wide range of mermaid style wedding dresses. The key to his success is not in his expansive stores, but in over 200 dedicated staff that will go the extra mile to get you the perfect gown. Kleinfeld houses an extensive selection of gowns from myriad designers, and their staff consists of bridal consultants, onsite stylists and custom sewers, fitters, embroiderers, pressers and beaders.

JLM Couture

JLM Couture has an intriguing selection of gowns for the most discerning going to be brides. The company is noted for their detailed styling, unique embroidery coupled with luxurious fabrics. These aspects are important as they add a special and unique touch to their wedding dresses. JLM Couture’s diverse collection ranges from modern silhouettes to vintage inspired gowns to princess, fairytale and mermaid wedding dresses.  Co-founded by Joseph L. Murphy in 1988, JLM Couture is a market leader in bridal design, and houses award winning brands to include Alvina Valenta, Jim Hjelm, Lazaro, Hayley Paige and Tara Keely.

JLM Bridal Mermaid wedding dress

Reem Acra

Born in Lebanon and raised in the United States, Reem Acra is one of the most celebrated designers on the bridal avenue. Acra launched her fashion business with a bridal collection in 1997, which raised a few eyebrows in the industry. The punctuated elements of her designs impeccable, innovative and elegant styling, which range from understated chic to the ornate. Her flagship store is located in the heart of New York City on Madison Avenue, and showcases a plethora of her bridal designs, which have sparked international interest.


Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta is an American designer with roots in the Dominican, and gained popularity in the early 1960’s after dressing Jacqueline Kennedy. An award winning figure, Oscar has worked for Balmain and Lanvin, and his bridal fashion house is one of the best in the world. Over the years, Oscar has introduced several wedding dress collections to include exquisite mermaid styles. Adding to this, he has received tremendous appreciation over the years such as the COTY award, CFDA lifetime achievement award and an honorary degree from Hamilton College in New York.

Monique Lhuillier

If you’re looking for a unique and outstanding mermaid wedding dress, Monique Lhuillier is a perfect avenue to explore. Her designs are known to capture the essence of unsurpassed luxury by infusing glamour, allure and femininity. With roots in the Philippines, Monique is an American designer who specializes in bridal styles. She took to fashion in her early years, and was inspired by her mother who at one point worked alongside. Monique’s first bridal collection debuted in 1996, after which she partnered with her husband Tom to transform the brand into one of the most globally acclaimed fashion houses.

Lhuillier Logan mermaid wedding dress

Romona Keveza

Inspired by some of the most celebrated stars of the 20th century and their memorable weddings, Romona Keveza creates bridal attire that is clean and simple yet lauded as timeless and modern. Her current bridal collection is inspired by the glamour of Hollywood’s goddesses such as Sophia Lauren, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor among others. So if you desire the allure of luxurious fabrics of mermaid gowns combined with outstanding artistry of design, Romona Keveza’s bridal collections will leave you spoilt for choice.

Vera Wang

Based in New York City and a former figure skater, Vera Wang is known the world over for her haute couture bridal wear. Wang started out as a fashion designer for coveted magazine Vogue, and later worked at Ralph Lauren as a design director for two years. She has dressed some of the biggest names in the industry to include Jennifer Lopez, Kate Hudson, Holly hunter, Sharon Stone, Hillary Duff and current First Lady Michelle Obama.

 

 

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10 Top Princess Wedding Dresses of the Year

| inspiration, planning, tips | July 20, 2014

If you’ve already found your prince charming, why not become a princess on your wedding day?

Princess wedding dresses have become increasingly popular among women especially those who have always dreamt of a fairytale wedding. These styles of dresses have a few common distinct elements, and below we’ll highlight the trends of this year, and if they are a good fit. Princes wedding dresses are easy to spot owing to their specific style, and are available in two main silhouettes – ball gown that displays a voluminous full skirt and A-line design that naturally flows towards the floor.

 

alfred Angelo princess wedding dress

In order to pull off the princess effect, brides must either wear a floor length ball gown or A-line, but both are a great match for most women. This is because princess wedding gowns have the potential to hide problematic areas, making them perfectly suited for most body types. Regardless of whether it is an A-line princess wedding dress or ball gown, there are a few features common to both.

First, the upper part of the dress generally arrives with a fitted bodice, which is similar to a corset only that is tailored to fit your body, and is located at the torso of the dress. This bodice is a charm to your waistline, and you’d only wish you had it with everything you wore! Next is an appealing neckline, which can be adorned by several embellishments such as crystals in more intricate designs.

Princess style wedding dresses are generally long, and feature a flare in the hip area, which is a flattering way to trim down figures. While the hip flares work great for most women, they may not be suitable those of us who are fuller in the waist and hip area simply because these areas can look even more emphasized. The bust line however of princess style wedding dresses works well with most bust sizes.

Princess wedding dresses are available in a plethora of exquisite designs and designers, and a few of the big names are listed below.

Alfred Angelo

Founded in Philadelphia, Alfred Angelo is one of the oldest and largest designers of bespoke and Disney princess cut wedding dresses. From a small design studio to a major producer of wedding dresses, Alfred Angelo is one of the most esteemed bridal brands in America today. Princess wedding dresses by Alfred Angelo fuse the latest embellishments and fabric to create astounding collections. They are inspired by modern women and are extremely affordable and backed by over 80 years of expertise. Adding to this, this range of dresses can be customized, and is available around the globe.

alfred Angelo disney princess wedding dress

Vera Vang

Vera Vang is one of the most celebrated bridal designers in the United States. A former figure skater, Vera is renowned for her haute couture princess gowns collections owing to her years of experience to include senior fashion editor for Vogue and design director for Ralph Lauren. Her wedding collections are deigned to the likes of several celebrities and include Mariah Carey, Chelsea Clinton, Victoria Beckham, Sharon Stone, Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardasian and current first lady Michelle Obama.

Carolina Herrera

With roots in Venezuela and citizen of the United States, Carolina Herrera has dressed everyone from Jacqueline Onnasis to Michelle Obama, and was awarded the America’s Lifetime Achievement Award by the Council of Fashion Designers in 2008. Her intriguing princess wedding gown collections lack fuss and fidde, and have recently been infused with pink and gray hues.

Justin Alexander 

Debuted on the bridal fashion scene in 1949 in Brooklyn New York, Justin Alexander is the ultimate avenue for princess cut gowns. Today, Justin’s wedding dress designs are revered globally owing to their exceptional quality and superb style. For brides seeking old Hollywood glamour, Justin Alexander styles are the best fit for your big day. His princess wedding dresses are demure yet sexy with distinctive necklines, glamorous silhouettes, lavish lace and eye catching details. 60 years into the business, you can be rest assured that Justin’s designs will never go outdated and are always value priced.

Kleinfeld Bridal

Kleinfeld has provided the bridal industry with stupendous designs for more than six decades, and his magic is not about expansive boutiques or even the finest and largest selection, but in the heart of his staff, who are willing to go the extra mile to grant you your wish. Moreover, his professional staff have a keen sense of style combined with an eye for perfection, and understand your individuality. With over 200 dedicated professionals to include onsite stylists and bridal consultants, Kleinfeld Bridal is the route to explore for your dream princess gown.

Don’t forget, even if you fall in love with one of these styles, you still don’t have to pay retail price with a little smart shopping online!

 

 

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