Wedding Dresses


Calling Chicago Bridesmaids and Flower Girls

by Azure

If you're a Chicago bride, bridesmaid, or mother of a flower girl, you might want to check out this event at Caroline DeVillo's Studio. The couture designer has a new line of cocktail dresses perfect for bridesmaids, as well as "kiddy cocktail dresses" perfect for the littlest member of the bridal party. To attend, RSVP to rsvp@skirtpr.com or 773-661-0700

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Project Bridesmaid: Design Your Own Bridesmaids’ Dresses

by Azure

WARNING: If you need to get work done today, do NOT read this post! OK, so after writing about my obsession with OPI’s personalized nail color picker thingy, and my idea to have a toy for designing a wedding dress, a co-worker helpfully gave me a new obsession! Olivia Luca lets you design your own dress, picking the color, fabric, bodice, and skirt and then trying it on a model. This is perfect for bridesmaids’ dresses because you can email the link to the dress around and...

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White, Now it IS Just for Brides

by Azure

Happy Labor Day! For the next few months, white belongs solely to you brides. I know that only wearing white between Memorial Day and Labor Day is one of those “fashion rules” that people like to trot out as silly and unnecessary. “After all, “ the fashion forward say, “it’s still hot after Labor Day.” For me though, that’s precisely why I stop wearing white after Labor Day. If I had anything in seersucker, I’d stop wearing it as well. Although I am guilty of...

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Bride Chic: The Mantilla

by Azure

About Bride Chic Recently a client came to me wanting a veil not because she was getting married but going through the ritual of converting to Catholicism. Once she walked into my studio with the imported laces she'd just purchased and we discussed her design in greater depth, I realized this is one headpiece that evolved from a truly remarkable history worth posting about. The mantilla originated in the warmer climates of Spain circa 1700. Lace versions were chic through the 17th...

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Love these Love by Enzoani Bridesmaids’ Dresses… and Bouquets to Match!

by Azure

This collection from Enzoani is to-die-for! The luxurious satin fabrics, deep, rich colors, and intricate details make these bridesmaids'dresses perfect for a chic fall or winter wedding. And below, a little floral inspiration from Marc Wilson Design! Wouldn't these stunning bouquets perfectly compliment the Love by Enzoani dresses!? I may have just fallen in love...

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It’s A Jaime Thing: ...What If You Mixed It Up For Your Wedding?

by Azure

About It's A Jaime Thing Some of us know right off the bat what style wedding we want. What happens when you just can't decide, when you don't know what style you are, let alone even want? Why do you have to limit yourself to one, can't you just toy around with them or have them all? YES! Yes. Absolutely. So stop stressing and start having fun already! Whether you're a traditional bride or a vintage bride, keep in mind that today, the modern bride does whatever she wants. ...

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NY Sample Sale for the Modern Glamorous Bride-to-Be!

by Azure

Chloe and Reese is a high-end design shop that recently launched an exclusive collection of party and cocktail frocks, Ardour. If you want to steal the show at your engagement party, bachelorette party, or rehearsal dinner, you'll want to check these out. And if you are a New York bride, what better time to scope these fun and flirty numbers than during a Chloe and Reese sample sale! You have from tomorrow until Friday (Sept. 2nd - 4th), between noon and 7pm, to grab a gorgeous,...

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Bride Chic: Bridal Looks for the Petite Bride

by Azure

About Bride Chic Recently I was out shopping for fabric and was surprised at how many huge floral and big prints are out there. For brides over 5'8, these work fine but what about the so-called average and petite bride? Here's an example of the kind of email I get from the concerned shorter bride:I'm very small boned. Most gowns I’ve tried on are for women that are 5’6’’. This means whenever I get in front of the mirror I’m swimming in the dress. Almost any sleeve, belt,...

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Green Means Go: Lovely Greens, Creams and Golds for your Bridesmaids!

by Azure

I've always loved the pairing of shades of green, ivory, and gold for a wedding. For our Savvy Scoopers who are considering this chic, natural color palette, below are some fab finds for your bridesmaids! - One shoulder bridesmaid dress with gold mesh flower from Aria Bridesmaids - Lulu Frost Stone Heart bracelet and earrings, via Gilt.com - rsvp Anyssa champagne platform heels, via Zappos.com - Deux Lux Gold Pasha clutch, via Kitson - White tulip bridal bouquets, via...

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A DIY Project for the Resourceful Bridesmaid

by Azure

It's a question as old as time... what to do with that damn bridesmaid's dress? ReadyMade magazine (a great resource if you're a DIY kind of gal) recently held a contest and the winner turned hers into a pillow! Here are the directions: 1. Remove all bows, ruffles, and ties from the dress using a seam ripper or sharp scissors. These will be your accents. 2. Use the bottom half of the dress for the body of the pillow. Cut the bottom of the dress away from the top, and slit it...

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Bubbly Bride: The Final Wedding Dress Fitting

by Azure

About Bubbly Bride You have already been into the boutique 2-3 times to measure and shorten and take in the dress so it fits you perfectly for this final moment! You spent the morning pampering yourself by having your hair designed and your makeup artistically applied. You are ready now for your final fitting. Your bridesmaids, mother, extended family and flower girls are surrounding you, helping you get into your gown, or maybe it is just your maid of honor sharing this special...

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Buy and Sell Designer Wedding Dresses on whiteXchange!

by Azure

White Chicago is a fabulous consignment bridal boutique in Chicago that sells new, sample and once-wed designer wedding dresses. Allowing only the most pristine dresses, the entire shop (from the floor, to the walls, to the décor) is luminescent white. Brides-to-be take their shoes off before entering and are given, what else, white socks to wear, and dresses are touched only with white gloves, ensuring the gowns are kept in mint condition. Living in Chicago, I feel blessed to have...

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Bride Chic: CHEMISE DRESSING

by Azure

About Bride Chic The chemise or shift is actually a relaxed version of the sheath. It falls in a straight line usually cut on the grain of the fabric. The exception was Madeline Vionet's chemise that was pioneered on the bias cut around 1925. The waistline if any is loosely fitted and fits low on the hips a la 1920s style. Two periods of the twentieth century are known for chemise dressing: the 1920s and 60s. Mod London looks incorporated mini versions of chemise more commonly known...

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Cheech Marin’s Beautiful Bride Wore Amy Michelson

by Azure

Last week, we covered the marriage of Cheech Marin (one half the famous comedy duo Cheech and Chong) to Russian pianist Natasha Rubin. The bride wore a gorgeous wedding dress designed by Amy Michelson. Below are a few more of my favorite dresses from Amy Michelson. Her pieces are simply stunning, and are sure to make any bride feel like a million bucks on her wedding day!

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Calling Chicago Brides, Great Designer Wedding Dress Sale

by Azure

Hey Chicago Brides! Are you looking for a great chance to save money on a Caroline De Villa wedding dress? This Saturday and Sunday is the semi-annual sample sale. Call 773-342-0096 for more info, or to RSVP.

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A Great Inexpensive Site for Bridesmaid Dresses, Accessories, and More!

by Azure

I recently discovered LuLu's, an online shopping site featuring emerging new designers and pieces from around the world, all of which are affordable for the average gal! I poked around a bit, and found some adorable dresses, shoes, and hair accessories that would be perfect for your bridesmaids! With dresses for under $50, shoes under $40, and hair accessories under $15, your 'maids would be delighted to pony up a little cash for these cute items. And if these finds are too casual...

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Want Honest Wedding Advice? Be Honest

by Azure

Happy Monday! I got my haircut this weekend (By the way, what they say about bangs making you look younger is 100% true, 3 hours later I was carded in a restaurant). Anyway, my hairstylist started complaining about a wedding she’s in, which led to me telling her about my job, and then she said that she’s engaged, too! She asked me a few questions, then she said “I’ve heard you shouldn’t tell vendors that things are for a wedding, because they’ll charge you more. Is that...

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A Couple Great Finds for your Bridal Look from the J.Crew Catalog

by Azure

You can always count on J.Crew to deliver understated, yet beautiful, pieces. While some brides dream about an over-the-top fairytale wedding... Others are looking for a more classic, simple vibe on their big day. If this sounds like you, these finds from J.Crew's latest catalog (exclusively available on J.Crew.com) should be right up your alley!

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Buy Discounted Wedding Items or Sell Your Extras at BravoBride’s Boutiques!

by Azure

Hey Savvy Brides! Looking for a place to buy all sorts of wedding items at a discount? Or... are you a recently married gal with lots of extra stuff from your wedding, turning your new home with your husband into a cluttered mess? If so, you will love BravoBride's newly launched Boutiques. Vendors (and brides) can list anything wedding-related, from the wedding dress and bridal shoes, to the ceremony and reception items. And, with no listing or selling fees, you don't have to be...

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Bride Chic: Ode To The Bias Cut

by Azure

About Bride Chic Long before knits came on the fashion scene, the bias cut was used for body-hugging silhouettes like the dress on Jean Harlow above. It all started back in the 1920s when a Parisian couturier, Madeleine Vionette developed a technique using the true cross grain of fabric. Defined, a bias cut simply means the pattern pieces are placed on the cross grain rather than straight grain lines of weft or warp of the fabric. By 1930, Hollywood designers took advantage of this...

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The Best Bra EVER For Your Wedding Day!

by Azure

My search for the perfect strapless bra is finally over! I wore my new BioFit® 7-way bra from Victoria's Secret for the first time this past weekend, and I LOVE love love it! Gone are the days of pulling my strapless up every 5 minutes to keep it from falling down around my waist. Or (embarassed to admit this) knotting the underband on either side of the hooks to ensure I don't end up looking like I have 4 ta-tas. A little bit about the bra... "With 7 ways to wear it, you'll...

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Design Your Own Wedding Dress, It’s Child’s Play

by Azure

My five year old definitely has her own sense of style. I recently bought her this great toy that lets you play fashion designer, even if you have the drawing skills of a five year old. It got me thinking, what if they made a toy like that for brides? You could match different hairstyles with different bodices, different skirts, and different shoes and see which combination added up to the perfect wedding dress? Then I realized, they do make it, it’s called scissors and glue, or...

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Chinese Nearlyweds Gunning For Guinness World Record- Longest Wedding Dress!

by Azure

Some lofty goals for this Chinese couple! In pursuit of a Guinness World Record, Chinese bride Lin Rong donned a wedding dress that... - had a train over 1.2 miles long (2 km). - was covered in 9,999 silk red roses. Taking guests more than three hours to roll out the bride's nearly $6,000 wedding dress, this couple was not playing around! The reigning record holder, from Romania, had a dress 1.5 km in length, so this title may be changing hands very soon!

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Bride Chic: Going Floral With Your Wedding Dress

by Azure

About Bride Chic Florals aren't exactly a new and radical concept in bridal wear but oh la la! They sure are romantic. And what options and diversity a designer has creating when it comes to planting them in collections. Florals can decorate an entire bodice and skirt, adorn a hemline or be a small and suble accent on a belt or shoulder. I'm always intrigued by embossed floral fibers like the Alexis Mabille dress in the last photo. One of my favorite looks is the classic...

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