The white wedding gown will always be a classic choice, but Spring 2013 Bridal Market saw some daring departures from this tradition. From accents of black to subtle pastels to fire-engine red (yes, RED), many designers produced gorgeous fashions for the technicolor bride, particularly Vera Wang with her collection of fiery wedding dresses.
All of the following slideshow links are from MarthaStewartWeddings.com:
Black and White Wedding Dresses
Pink Wedding Dresses
Blue Wedding Dresses
Red Wedding Dresses
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.
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.
First, the fun stuff: Utterly Engaged has released Issue 15! The theme: Sugar & Spice. The issue has fashion and decor advice for demure and daring brides alike, along with sweet and sizzling honeymoon tips. Be sure to take a look!
Also, I apologize again for being absent; my work life has picked up and I haven’t been able to blog as often. I promise you another post by the end of the week.
Click here to read the latest issue of Utterly Engaged!
If a six-year-old girl (with great fashion sense) were imagining her wedding dress, it would most likely look something like one of the gowns that walked down the runway during the Watters and Watters Spring 2012 show. With fantastic gowns making use of appliqués, beading and subtle color (found in sashes and blush-colored gowns), Watters and Watters delivers graceful style and timeless beauty. In all, the classic bride would swoon over this collection.
Click here to see the full collection on Martha Stewart Weddings.
Matthew Christopher has long been known for his throughly modern designs with a glamorous edge, perfect for the high fashion bride. His 2012 collection does not disappoint, with minimalist, but sculptural, gowns throughout. Matthew Christopher’s latest gowns are straight out of a stunning dream.
Click here to view the full collection on Martha Stewart Weddings.
The Spring 2012 collection from Alfred Angelo proves once and again that there is no need to sacrifice style for savings. This budget-friendly bridal fashion brand incorporates high fashion details in its gowns so brides need not break the back for a touch of glamour with a range of styles to fit any body type. All in all, I am impressed.
Click here for the full collection on Martha Stewart Weddings.
Fancy’s collection of only four dresses may seem scarce, but it’s wholesome retro vibe is absolutely stunning. I am all for taking it back to yesteryear, so this abbreviated collection has my vote. For brides looking to travel back in time with classic chic, Fancy is fabulous.
Click here to see the full collection on Martha Stewart Weddings