Recently I purchased a piece from this Etsy seller and, I must say, their pieces would make the perfect bridesmaid’s gift. With delicate necklaces, earring, and rings featuring non-traditional stones, JewelParadise’s well-made, affordable accessories would make any woman smile. I’m especially impressed with the more whimsical necklaces featuring camera and calla lily charms. Check them out!
Click here to shop JewelParadise on Etsy.
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.
Maybe this Etsy seller caught my eye because it shares the same name as my mother.
On the other hand, it could be the lovely, vintage-inspired gowns that Love, June offers. In any case, I am impressed with the style options available to brides and bridesmaids looking for beautifully constructed, reasonably priced dresses made in a way that no piece of fabric gets thrown into the garbage. Talk about getting your money’s worth.
Click here to shop Love, June on Etsy.
Happy 2011 everyone! I hope everyone had fun ringing in the new year.
With the new year comes a new resource for high-fashion brides. Net-A-Porter has launched a new wedding boutique that carries gowns, veils, accessories, shoes, and fashions for the bridesmaids and mother of the bride (and groom) created by top fashion houses such as Alberta Ferretti, Issa, and Valentino. Don’t let the labels intimidate you though, as all items come in a variety of styles and price points. Fabulous!
Dress by Alberta Ferretti. To shop the new Net-A-Porter Wedding Boutique, click here.
I am proud to say that I have yet to wear an ugly bridesmaid’s dress. But, as flattering as they were, I have yet to wear them again, despite the promise that I would want to. In short, I wish the brides I stood up for had Little Borrowed Dress as an option at the time.
Little Borrowed Dress is a brand-new bridesmaids’ dress rental service that allows you and your maids to pick a figure-flattering style without committing to a purchase. Instead, the dress is rented for the big day, then returned.The classic styles come in a somewhat limited color range, but rentals are a mere $75 for dresses with a retail price of $295. So, a cheap but chic look for you that won’t sit in your closet collecting dust. Not a bad deal.
Click here to visit Little Borrowed Dress.
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.
Paper and origami bouquets have become a stylish, low-budget option for brides looking for a unique alternative to traditional fresh blooms. One purveyor of this trend is My Bohemian Summer. This photographer-turned-Etsy seller handcrafts custom origami bouquets in vibrant colors for a fraction of the cost of real flowers. The quirky beauty of these pieces are perfect for the bohemian bride.
Click here to shop My Bohemian Summer
With the cocktail reception gaining popularity, wedding day fashion has followed suit. Sure, the bride and her bridesmaid’s may don traditional frocks, but they may change into party-ready ensembles for the celebration. This means a little white dress for the bride and several options for the ‘maids, from classic LBD’s to popular jewel-toned options, complete with stand-out accessories (metallic clutch, jeweled sandals, sensational jewelry, etc). As for the groom and his men, a dapper suit can transition seamlessly from the altar to the bar, especially when paired with a chic pocket square and coordinating tie.
All photos taken from Brides.com