The latest collection from Ines Di Santo is full of dramatic touches for the avant-garde bride. Any bride looking for simplicity need not apply; these gowns are full of large accents such as bows, ruffles, lace, and appliqués-sometimes, all being present on one dress. I was completely floored by this champagne trumpet gown in which part of the skirt was shaped into a large rosette. Divine!
Douglas Hannant’s latest collection gives recognition to bohemian brides. Each gown has a light, airy quality for those looking for a gown best suited for a garden or beachside wedding. I was particularly impressed by a sheath gown in which the skirt was ruched, making it resemble ripples in a pond-so lovely!
Once again I am deeply impressed by Carolina Herrera’s latest bridal collection, although not for the same reasons. Normally, I admire Herrera’s work for it’s clean lines and simple silhouettes that may incorporate a few frilly details. This season, the collection is full of volume, pattern, texture and color. Even so, my favorite gown is a one-shouldered number with a tiered skirt that still reads “clean and simple”.
I must give a round of applause to Romona Keveza for including an elegant black wedding gown that is meant to be taken seriously. Although the rest of her collection features classic white dresses, all of them employ gorgeous elements such as architectural pleating and three-dimensional accents, making for a gorgeous new collection overall.
“Texture” is the word that sums up the latest from bridal wear superstar Reem Acra. The collection shamlessly used appliqués, lace, and draping to create show-stopping gowns for brides looking to make a dramatic entrance. The bright spot of the collection was an elegant ball gown in butter yellow with feathered bodice and a sumptuous pin tucked skirt that still retained a fantastic level of soft, fluid motion.
Now that Spring 2011 Bridal Market has wrapped, let’s spend the week taking a look at the collections that stood out among the rest. First up: Adele Wechsler.
Wechsler’s newest collection still draws on ethereal draping and light fabrics while remaining eco-conscious and gorgeous. She continues to prove that environmentally-friendly wedding gowns do not have to be frumpy or low-quality. I was also happy to see that she gave a nod to the little white dress concept that has successfully sealed its place as an option for brides that are not afraid to show a little leg.
To be honest, I had no idea up until now that co-ed bridal showers were so taboo. I suppose that this is the case because every shower I have attended (eight and counting) involved the attendance of both genders from both sides of the couple. After all, who doesn’t like a party?
However, some brides are still struggling with the concept of having both guys and girls at their showers. It’s not that they’re against it, they just don’t know how to throw a traditionally feminine event without drowning their more masculine guests in a sea of pink tulle, and sugary-sweet bridal games while simultaneously maintaining a certain level of chintz and class. Well, here are a few tips to throwing a great bridal shower that both sexes can enjoy.
Find Neutral Territory
This advice comes in three parts. To begin, chances are one of your bridesmaids will be hosting the shower-or, sometimes one of the mothers do so. Establish from the beginning that you want a co-ed shower. If they balk at this because of tradition, tell them that you want to share this celebration with all of your friends and family, not just the girls. If they’re still hesitant, compromise-have a co-ed shower now and an all-girls event later, possibly hosted by two different individuals. Besides, you can’t beat having two parties!
The second part of this advice has to do with the venue and the decor. Even if you choose a feminine color such as pink, dressing it up with neutrals such as chocolate brown or black tone down the sweetness just enough for the guys. Then again, don’t feel obligated to host your event at a sports bar because your FH’s frat buddies are invited. Naturally, the decor will lean towards feminine, but here are a few links to parties that appealed to both sexes:
Another thing to consider: have a bridesmaid and a groomsman act as a host. That way, the two of them can put there heads together to throw a party that honors both your likes and the likes of your fiance. Who knows? Maybe this could also serve as a sneaky way test your match-making skills…
Feed The Masses
I have yet to meet any man who is a “light” eater, so chances are they won’t be too excited about a menu of cucumber sandwiches and tea. Then again, our more dainty, health-conscious sisters may not understand the delicious virtues of buffalo wings and cheesy fries. So, how do you feed both parties without leaving one side starving and the others too full to speak? Go ahead and mix bridal shower standards such as crudites, pasta salads, puff pastries, and the like along with heartier options such as mozzarella sticks, spring rolls and-heck, even bring out the bufallo wings! There is no rule that says you have to keep the meal light, just light-hearted. Here are a few party menus that will definitely have your guests coming back for seconds:
Some may think that the guys will sit out of the bridal shower games. Think again! As is usually the case with their competitive streak, men will gladly participate. Classics such as “The Oldly Wed” game or “Who knows the Bride and Groom Best” are all fair. Just make sure the prizes given out are gender neutral: one time a guy I knew won a shower game-his prize was a nail polish set.