Wedding Gown Styles Perfect For Spring

Spring is the season for love to bloom, and bridal style is sure to follow suit. It’s easy to see why springtime reigns supreme as the wedding season: gorgeous gowns and dazzling accessories. Here’s how to stay stylish for your spring wedding soiree.

Gorgeous Goddess
During the warmer months, bohemian styles will always be in style. Their loose silhouettes and breathable fabrics are perfect for the hotter temperatures outside. More than practical, they also still maintain an aura of mysterious elegance. To achieve this look choose a dress that is flattering, but not overly fitted. Ditch the heels or pumps for sandals – or even walk barefoot. Accessorize with a funky statement bracelet, or stick with weaving a few in-season blooms into your flowing hair. A thick headband is another way to dress up this down-to-earth style. Flick through wedding photos from the 60’s and 70s online for inspiration, they’ll be sure show to you how to free your inner bohemian babe.

We’ve Got Your Back
Another style suited for Spring is showing more of your sexy, glowing skin! You can look svelte and sensuous without being tacky. Designers have keyed on this by showing the feminine curve of your open back. Whether key-hole opening or a reverse cowl neck droop, consider showing off your slender waist in this classy way. If you want to achieve this look a touch more on the conservative side, consider a sheer netted fabric or lace instead. Dress up with a drooping necklace, and you’ll have admiring eyes on you the whole night and day.

Modern Muse
Spring is the season of fun; why not capitalize that by trying out a new trend? One of the latest styles perfectly suited for spring is substituting a traditional one-piece heavy gown with a lighter two-piece instead. Take the trend one step further by trying a crop-top with a flowing A-line skirt. No need to show your belly button! Wear your skirt at your waist to show off your hourglass shape. The crop top will show just a sliver of skin – enough to draw the eye, but not enough to draw disapproving stairs from great-aunts in the crowd. Avoid overly complicated accessories along your neckline with this look, as a statement necklace and the crop top might be too much for the ensemble. Instead, add a touch of tradition with classic pearl earrings, an heirloom bracelet or veil.

Spring is the season for self-expression and style. Blend these two seamlessly by finding a dress that is perfectly suited for you – when guests see how confident, radiant and beautiful you look in something that’s truly your taste, you won’t just be in fashion, you’ll be setting it!

Celebrity Wedding Dresses We Love

They grace the cover of every magazine, set the trends, befriend high-end designers and spend lavishly. While their marriages may not be known for longevity, their dresses are certainly known for style. So here’s a look into a few of recent celebrity wedding dresses we absolutely adore.

Blushing Bride
Be the blushing bride you’ve always envisioned to be in a blush-colored gown, inspired by Gwen Stefani and Kaley Cuoco. Gwen wore a fit and flare ivory gown with a hot pink skirt and train. The singer looked gorgeous and true to her non-traditional roots. Cute Kaley opted for a full, princess-style ball gown to highlight her gorgeous curvy frame, with an all-over pink hue.

British Beauties
Be inspired by the stylish swans from across the pond. Kate Moss’s sheath, V-neck dress is both flattering and feminine for every frame. The key to achieving her style is to keep it simple. Renowned for her style and glamor, Kate Moss chose to let her natural beauty shine. Another Kate from the United Kingdom famous for her wedding dress is the gorgeous Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton. She also chose a deep-V, and redefined royalty with lace accents, a cathedral-style train and A-line skirt. Achieve her style by keeping your accessories and makeup minimal as well.

Feminine And Flirty
Keira Knightley kept her big day fun and flirty with a shorter length that flatters her lengthy legs. She keeps it feminine with a flowing skirt that fits her down-to-earth personality. Model and actress Chrissy Teigen celebrated her girly side with a bold, ballroom gown that showed off her whittled waist when she tied the knot with Jon Legend. The key to pulling off this look is to choose a gown that suits both your personality and your figure.

Rediscover Retro
Anne Hathaway was glowing as an ethereal vintage bride. Her flowing silhouette celebrated her carefree love of life and style. Achieve this look by choosing a long, flowing gown that isn’t too clingy. Anne also followed the vintage theme with a thick flapper-style headband. You can personalize this look by altering the thickness and material of your headpiece. Your guests will love your elegant look.

The Dos and Don’ts Of Wedding Day Dazzle

You want to shine on your wedding day – literally. But no one wants to walk down the aisle with all eyes on your glitter, and not on your natural happy glow. So how do you achieve this coveted, shimmering look without committing a fashion faux pas? How much bling is too much? Here’s a guide to help you out!

Don’t:
You have nothing to fear as long as you stay far, far away from over-accessorizing with gaudy jewelry. A statement necklace is a must for your low neckline, but a statement necklace coupled with a statement bracelet, statement earrings, statement rings (and so on) turns your statement into a scream. You want the focus to be on you. The same goes for tiaras or hairpieces. Looking like a queen does not require dragging out the crown jewels! A crown with plastic beading a foot high is a far cry from fashionable, and guests will have their eyes glued to your head throughout the vowels. They’ll be crying off with your headpiece!

Additionally, avoid adding too much sparkle to your makeup. A natural glow is a must, but avoid overly pigmented and shimmering eye shadows. Not only will you sparkle like a vampire from Twilight in the sunlight, the quality of your photographs will be compromised as well.

Lastly, the final word of warning would be to avoid placing your sparkles in unflattering places. While this may seem self-explanatory, I have seen many a bride place their added crystal accents in places that did not coordinate with the style of their dress or the shape of their figure.

Your best girlfriend would never say anything unflattering or tacky about you – the same principle applies to what you wear.

Do
So how can you carry on your fling with the bling? First, say yes to accents that work for your dress style and shape! If you’re donning a drop-waist gown, a flattering sparkle accent on your hip, or a shimmering pendant is a definite do! Silver accents across your bust line are both sexy and sophisticated.  Pick one or two (no more!) statement blingy jewelry pieces to dress up a simply styled dress.

If you want to go all-out with an all-over shimmer, here are some tips to keep it classy. First, keep the crystals on the smaller size. They will catch the light without making it look like you’re the center of a 70s disco. Alternatively, you can use larger faux diamonds as long as they are patterned to avoid overwhelming the eye; simple swirls along your skirt or torso are perfectly appropriate as long as you keep the jewelry simple.

One of my favorite ways to bling is all-over crystals on a fitted bodice, with a simple skirt or train to follow. This blends the sparkles and the elegance seamlessly, without compromising the fun, cheery style you seek.

However you chose to bling on your wedding day, just remember: Don’t wear anything to distract from how beautiful you are. Do have fun with your bling, after all, it is your wedding day!

Wedding Dress Styles That Go Against The Grain

Your wedding day is the ultimate opportunity to express the love you feel and to celebrate the joy of finding a partner uniquely suited to you. On this day, it’s important to make sure your dress is also uniquely your style! You don’t follow the hum-drum of what’s expected in everyday life, so on this special day it’s just as important you get to dress and feel like yourself! Here are a few ideas of styles that go against the grain.

Material Girl
One way to venture from traditional bridal styles is to alter the material your dress is made of. Ivory can look just as enchanting when your dress is comprised of a feather-accented skirt. I once attended a rock n’ roll-themed wedding where the bride wore a corset bodice made of white leather. The unexpected leather added a fun – but still appropriate – way to show off her unique personality. The guests loved it! Finding a balance between unique and classic is easy; simply stick with more relaxed colors if you opt for unusual materials.

To Have And To Fold
Another fun way to break the mold is to choose a dress that is detachable. Wear a long formal gown for the ceremony, but then cut ties to celebrate your reception in funky, modern style. You could even make the change a big reveal! One more discreet way to go against the grain would be to add pockets to your dream dress. A small twist can make a big impact!

Perfectly Suited For You
For years high-fashion celebs have put their own twist on award season gowns. Let the Oscars inspire your day by incorporating their bold menswear-inspired ensembles. A sleek blazer with a pencil skirt slims and flatters your frame; a pair of perfectly cut white trousers makes your legs go on for days. You can feminize this look with accessories if you choose, or try a slicked back high bun to show off how fashion-forward you are.

Go For The Gold
A less extreme way to modify traditional gowns is to discard the white in favor a cool metallic. Glisten in silver sequins and crystals, or go for gold in a brightly-accented bodice.

However you choose to go against the grain, remember the most important thing is to simply be you. Let your style express who you are as you celebrate who you love.

How To Look Like A Princess On Your Big Day

For those of us who dreamt about feeling like royalty during our wedding day, a true princess gown is in order. Exquisite fabric, long trains, dramatic veils and sparkling headpieces, all of them are part of the royal attire for a happily ever after.

Princesses and Queens have worn the most coveted (and sometimes over-the-top) wedding gowns, and while some of these sophisticated numbers might not fit in your modest wedding chapel by sheer length, you can also walk down the aisle with a dress inspired in royalty. Here are some of the fabrics and styles that are guaranteed to make you look and feel like a princess.

Ivory silk
Worn by Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden,  Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece and  Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg. Ideal fabric for a fit bodice and an A-line flared skirt, simple yet elegant. Paired with a lace bodice and lace sleeves, it exudes elegance and poise. While ivory silk can be very light, ivory silk taffeta has very good structure, flattering for hourglass or pear shaped body types.

Silk Mikado
If you’re getting married in colder weather, you may want to go for Princess Máxima’s choice. The South American come Dutch princess wore a piece by Valentino in heavy silk mikado, which is a blend of natural or synthetic silk that results in a sheer, crisp fabric. This fabric offers great structure for strapless dresses, either long or short.

Tulle
Tulle is a romantic fabric used for veils and for skirts. Oscar de la Renta has lovely wedding gowns with tulle embroidered skirts, if spending $4,000 USD is in your budget, of course. Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg wore an Elie Saab for her wedding day. The dress had a unique blend of fabrics, including two types of lace, satin organza, tulle and silk crepe. The result was breathtakingly beautiful.

Dramatic Trains
When it comes to royalty, they do like to show off their trains. Of course, the length of a cathedral allows for plenty of space to trail exquisitely embroidered fabric behind you. If you want to make a statement, go for Diana’s 25-foot (7.62 m) train. Though bear in mind that even Lady Di suffered her wedding gown when she realized she couldn’t fit in her carriage.

More Is More
Embellishments? Bring them on! All of them.  Crystals, pearls and sequins, royal wedding gowns are there to make a statement. Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg wore a gown with a lace fitted bodice and a skirt heavily embroidered with pearls and beads. To top it up, her veil was embroidered with silver flowers. Rose appliques are in this season. Look for Jenny Packham designs if Swarovski crystals are your thing.

Tiaras
What would be of a princess without a tiara? If you opt for this spectacular headpiece, make sure to buy it at the same time than the veil, as they should match, and take it with you when you’re trying hairstyles for your wedding day. It’s important to know where the tiara will go, as this will affect how your face looks and how long your veil will be.

How To Make Sure You Don’t Overdose On Bridal Trends

You’ve been following our blog closely and we praise you for it: clearly you’re a bride-to-be who wants to do her homework and do it right. You know all the fashion trends that are in this year, and your hipness wants to surface by showing how stylish you can be.

If you’re going down this road, you might be risking a trend overload. Overlapping one too many trends will make you look like a fashion victim, and we definitely don’t want that.  Here’s a good mix and match to make you look in vogue without going over the top.

Tea-length and color: Combining these two tends look quite lovely. A pale pink dress with a tulle skirt will make you look innocent, cool and laid back. It also works in pale blue.

Color and jackets: Bold, but can work. Brides-to-be who are in their second nuptials may choose something less bridal, and a dress with color with a bolero jacket is elegant and fashionable.

Jackets and feathers: Probably not a great idea. Especially if the feathers are on the jacket.  We’ve seen this before and it looks like bathrobe out of an old school black-and-white film.

Color and feathers: May work in a pale pink, but the feathers will look suspiciously like a duster. Better safe than sorry, keep your feathers white.

Short and feathers: Yes, and it looks lovely! Go for the whole skirt on feathers and the bodice in silk to channel a Black Swan vibe. With a happy ending, of course.

Lace sleeves and short dress: Very romantic and sexy. It can be tea-length, ankle length or cocktail dress, lace sleeves hide and show just enough.

Lace sleeves and feathers: Lace and feathers don’t go well together. They are the definition of over-the-top.

Jackets and lace sleeves: Why have lace sleeves if you’re going to cover them with a jacket? Unless the jacket has lace sleeves, in which case you can make it work if you keep the same style of the dress. There are beautiful lace strapless dresses that come with a lace jacket in the same pattern, especially useful for religious ceremonies.

Non-traditional Wedding Dress Styles

Be bold, not boring. For many brides, traditional dresses and styles simply do not make the cut when it comes to their wedding look. Since it is your big day, why stick to rules and fads set by others? Here’s a guide to show you how to be fresh, fun and create new traditions when deciding on a wedding dress.

Colored
Ivory, eggshell, off-white and cream are simply not for everyone. If you think a white dress is too dated or yawn-inducing, try adding a punch of color to your bridal attire. For the brave-at-heart bride, a bright, pastel tone might do the trick as it’s fun and modern for a spring affair. If your ceremony is at in the evening, why not wear a gunmetal silver gown? Or even gold? Metallic hues are the perfect way to shine on your special day.

Hello, High-Low!
If you want to go beyond color, try experimenting with the cut of your dress. If you’re super-impressed with the A-line, then do try a high-low dress. This style is perfect for tearing up the dance floor at your reception, as well as giving the formality you seek for the ceremony. You’ll be able to show your sexy, Amazonian legs, as well as those crazy cute shoes you have on as well! One great thing about high-low dresses is they strike a comfortable balance between tradition and breaking the mold. You can show some skin in a classy way and feel more comfortable without endless layers of tulle weighing you down.

Skirting Tradition
If you want to take your rule-bending one step further, make a new tradition of skirts! Who says you have to wear a dress, anyway? You could try a bright teal skirt with a lacy top for your beach wedding, or a black pencil number with stilettos for your sky-high city soiree. Or, go even further by omitting those feminine skirts altogether: be a modern woman in a jumpsuit. Try sticking with familiar bridal shades to keep the femininity to your look with this one, or add your favorite jewelry to dress it up.

When it comes to your wedding day style, the only rule that matters is this: wear what you feel beautiful in. Whether that keeps with the past is irrelevant, because the only tradition that matters is celebrating your happy, wedded bliss.

Spring Wedding Dress Trends

Spring Wedding Dress Designer Trends

It’s time to spring in to a new season of bridal style. Here’s how to incorporate the latest designer trends and fashion for your wedding day.

Skin Is In

Here’s the skinny: nothing is more beautiful than your bridal glow, so don’t be afraid to show it off! With the warmer weather, there’s no need to hide. The biggest designers are celebrating simple, natural beauty this season. Trendy keyhole backs allow you to flaunt your skin with class. And for a bit of glamour, try adding decadent beading or lace across your svelte shoulder blades. The skin-bearing trend continues with v-shaped, plunging necklines. For some extra oomph, highlight your decolletage with a bit of shimmer, making it look like you’ve stepped right from the runway and onto the aisle.

Sweetheart Is Heart To Stay

Bridal guru/designer Jim Hjelm is always at the helm of  the latest fashions, without being too trendy. His spring collection carries on the class sweetheart neckline. Nothing is more demure and alluring than the sophisticated heart shaped neckline, and ot’s perfect for showing off your heirloom pearls or a modern necklace! For a twist, this season Hjelm has also incorporated a trumpet skirt to his sweet dresses, giving the perfect combination of modernity and elegance.

His flared skirts are perfect for getting the tight, sexy mermaid look, while allowing you to still be able to dance the night away at your reception.

Refined Retro

Maggie Sottero is a bridal fashion goddess, and her spring collection proves just that. Sottero’s looks draw inspiration from the past to give you a bridal look that is hauntingly beautiful without looking dated. Her line incorporates luxurious beading, particularly around the necklines and hems of gowns. Additionally, she emphasizes the simplistic refinement of 30’s-style silhouettes, and the fun youthfulness of A-line skirts. Her collection proves that vintage style is here to stay, and in one of her dresses you’ll prove why – while looking fabulous.

Wonderfully White, Boldly Black

Vera Wang always sets the bar high with her creative designs that always work to flatter every bride and type of figure. This year, she is shaking up bridal trends with her original, innovative black and white designs. For the bride who wants to break tradition, but still ensure she’s looking classy and beautiful, why not try one of her Spring 2014 dresses? They strike a perfect symmetry between bold, fresh and sophistication.

While it’s always important to ask yourself if the latest wedding style is just a fad you might cringe at thirty years later in photo albums, don’t be afraid to try mixing it up with a bit of modern trends. The top designers mentioned here are always sure to balance being inventive with making sure you look good in pictures decades later. For brides who are still unsure, try mixing bits and pieces of different trends. Vera’s black-and-white too bold? Try black gloves paired with a classic dress! Or add just a touch of Sottero’s beading with Jim Hjelm’s sweetheart necklines.

The bottom line is, find something that works perfectly for you and your wedding look rather than just wanting to follow the latest trends.

Disney Princess Wedding Dress Inspiration

Disney Princess Wedding Gown Inspiration

Every little girl has dreamed of her wedding day, where she dresses up as her favorite princess and walks down the aisle towards her Prince Charming. Well, now that you’ve found your Prince, here are a few ways to look like the princess you really are on your wedding day.

Up To Your Neck In Elegance

Draw inspiration from the courageous Mulan and bubbly Snow White with a collared neckline. A high halter in lieu of a traditional necklace is the perfect way to add their style of your ensemble.

Free Spirited Fabulousness

If you always adored Pocahontas’s independent spirit and sexy curves, embrace your inner flower child on your wedding day! Embody her beauty with a simplistic gown in a soft, earthy fabric that will flow during your outdoor ceremony. Stick with silhouettes that aren’t too form fitting and be sure to incorporate nature into your accessories, like wearing flowers in your hair.

Bippity-Boppity-Beautiful

When you saw Cinderella glide across the ballroom floor in that pre-midnight dance, you knew magic was something you wanted for your own special day. While we may not all have a fairy godmother on hand, there are some easy ways to bring Cinderella’s style into your look. First, don’t be afraid of a ball gown! The key is to finding one that fits perfectly. Your tailor is your fairy godmother here, so make sure it’s the appropriate length for the footwear you’ll be wearing. Cinderella was known for her glass slippers, so why not try adding a signature shoe to your ensemble? Whether you opt for heels or flats, find something that’s comfortable and stylish, and don’t be afraid to show it off!  Then, dance the night away with your Prince Charming and live happily ever after.

A Whole New World Of Style

The sexy daughter of the Sultan sure knows how to be stylish. Her sultry looks are both alluring and elegant at the same time. Add a bit of mystery and charm to your wedding dress by utilizing some of her signature looks, such as an off the shoulder gown. The feminine allure a la Princess Jasmine is sure to impress your guests. Alternatively, wear a signature headpiece similar to hers. A simple ribbon with craft store embellishments is a budget-friendly way to look like the princess who knew true beauty had nothing to do with riches.

Out Of The Sea Inspiration

Princess Ariel knew what her heart desired, and she wasn’t afraid to give love a chance. You’re just as bold and beautiful in your heart, so why not channel her style with a mermaid gown? The curves of your feminine form will be flattered by this shape and cut of dress. Better yet, you will look radiant and positively enchanting with loose, flowing curls caressing the silk of your form-fitting gown.

As your wedding day approaches, you will don the dress of your dreams and begin your real-life fairy tale. So choose which princess you want to embody and give your Prince Charming goose bumps when he sees you gliding down the aisle.

Adding Color To Your Wedding Dress

Adding Color To Your Wedding Dress

Why white? On the most special day of your life, why limit yourself to just one shade? Love is limitless, so shouldn’t your dress options be? Well, fret no more, because we’re here to help you achieve the colorful wedding gown of your dreams.

It Takes Two-Toned To Tango

Your wedding is all about celebrating the perfect match: you and your mate. Why not reflect that in your dress? Mix up your wedding style by having a two-toned dress. A beautiful white bustle with a colored corset top mixes vintage flair with sexy, bold shades. For this look, make sure to pick two coordinating colors that work with the setting, time and ambiance of your ceremony and reception. Having a beach wedding? A beautiful blue skirt with a sandy sweetheart top says ‘I Do’ to style. Wow during your vows this autumn with deeper shades, like a rustic red. Your country wedding will look even more fabulous with a mellow, yellow sunflower inspired skirt and rosy pink top.

All-Aboard Ombre

This season ombre is in, in and in. This trendy look works with your favorite denim top and your flowing locks, so why not try it with your wedding dress? Designers have cued in to this new classic, incorporating gradient colors into their gowns. You will be the epitome of sophistication with the ombre look. The ombre effect works for all silhouettes, from ball-gown to mermaid and more. The key to this trend is to pick shades of just one or two coordinating colors, so as to not overwhelm the eye. You want your guests to notice how amazing you look in your dress, not just the dress itself. Another stylistic note: many designers elect for the neckline of the dress to feature lighter shades, with warmer, deeper colors developing down toward the hemline. This allows greater drama, and prevents the heavier colors distracting the admiring eyes from your fabulous face.

Accessories

If all-out color is too much a commitment, utilize accessories to express your fun side. One benefit is you can keep neutral for a formal, religious ceremony, but then add a colored belt or sash to mix it up for the reception! The options are endless with accessories. Long, evening gloves in a modern shade make you a fashion-savvy bride. Try a funky headband shade that makes your sparkling eyes pop even more. Colored jewelry adds elegance to your adventure with rainbow hues. A sparkling turquoise necklace or a hot pink bracelet adds an unexpected twist to any bridal look, while still maintaining the traditional look many brides seek.

Your love is one-of-a-kind, that’s why your wedding dress should be just as custom-made! Adding color to your dress is an easy, unique way to celebrate how love adds color to our lives.