Now that the temperatures are dipping, I would imagine that many brides would want warmth and coverage, which strapless dresses simply cannot offer. Thankfully, with a return to retro modesty and a current obsession with Bella Swan, sleeves are returning to bridal wear in a big way. Below: a slideshow of some favorites for inspiration. What do you think?
Jewelry is and always will be the icing on the cake of a bride’s ensemble. To make sure your bling is extra sweet, head over to Amamika & Shinji. This Tokyo-based Etsy shop and private atelier sells artfully crafted sterling silver pieces inspired by whimsical motifs such as dragonflies, clovers and sakura, in addition to more simplistic designs. The prices may be a bit indulgent (from $40 to a whopping $940), but the pieces are well worth the cost.
Click here to shop Amamika and Shinji on Etsy.
Or, you could go to AtelierShinji.com for a wider selection.
Any bride (or woman, for that matter) would tell you that they have imagined their dream wedding dress at least once. Now, on Brides.com, you can test-drive that dress to see if it can be a reality.
The new Wedding Makeover tool on Brides.com has an extensive library of wedding gowns that you (or a virtual model that shares your shape) can “try on” before you head out in search of your dream gown. You can also get a head start in dressing your bridesmaids for the big day.
No makeover is complete without a little hair and makeup-and, the Brides.com Wedding Makeover delivers with a plethora of hairstyles and makeup shades you can test out. Then, print out your complete look and hit the stores (or salons).
Whether you’re mapping out your wedding day look, or simply looking to have a little wedding fun, the Brides.com Wedding Makeover tool is a surefire way to make sure that, on this day, you look absolutely fabulous.
Here's my bride! Click here to create yours.
For 2011, brides are still looking for drama when it comes to their accessories. One place where you can find high-impact accessories with an ethereal look is Flora Bond. This Etsy shop carries statement necklaces that combines light satin and silk with pearls and other jewels, creating pieces that even the most dramatic bride will appreciate. Flora Bond also has a range of millinery hair pieces and a budding earring collection that is sure to impress.
Click here to shop Flora Bond.
I have found yet another source of wedding-worthy headpieces on Etsy. Pegasus Maiden by Aerisk specializes in feather fascinators and steampunk hair accessories. Although their specialties are gorgeous, I must confess that I really fell in love with their large rose and butterfly pieces. Their classic birdcage veil is nothing to sneeze at either. What makes these quality pieces even more attractive-and accessible-is their ridiculously low price, thus proving once again that elegance van be had at all budgets.
Click here to shop Pegasus Maiden.
I am so happy to see that Jenny Packham’s latest collection was kept within the vintage vein that has made her so popular. These gowns are for the ultimate retro glamourpuss that wants to take a step back into yesteryear. What I especially love is that the collection in so varied, from short, flirty cocktail numbers to demure dresses complete with sleeves that don’t look at all dowdy or frumpy. Although the hemlines vary, all of Packham’s dresses have one thing in common: a healthy dose of bling.
Click here to see the full collection.
“Texture” is what comes to mind when I look at the new Sarantina by Sarah Jassir collection, as Jassir used a wide variety of such in each piece. Everything from pleating to ruching, appliqués to three-dimensional flourishes came into play. As for my favorite: this sheath with a black, hand-painted garland across the bodice and the hemline accented with a black ribbon sash punctuated by a fascinator is equal parts simple and avant-garde.
Click here to see the full collection.
I’ve already gushed about issue #4 of Nonpareil, an online wedding decor magazine. However, I would like to highlight one of my favorite articles. This Breakfast At Tiffany’s-inspired look is a lovely example of how to look equally fresh-faced and polished on the big day. especially since the shades used are easily adaptable to a wide range of skin tones. Besides, who doesn’t love Audrey Hepburn in this iconic role?
Click here for the tutorial.
Remember my post on Zazzle.com, especially the part about how it’s a great resource for creating DIY invitations for a low price?
Well, I have decided to open up my own Zazzle invitation shop! So far, my collection is limited, but I plan of expanding it in the coming months. Until then, please visit my shop and let me know what you think so far.
Click here to visit my Zazzle shop.