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Trend Watch: Sequin Bridesmaids Dresses (Photos)

Sparkle and shine with these 14 showstoppers.

By Jordan Muto
Photograph by Rebekah J.Murray

Brides-to-be, here’s a bridesmaid dress trend that won’t leave your girls rolling their eyes. Sequin dresses channel the elegant 1920s Great Gatsby vibe and add some sparkle to your wedding portraits. Long or short, sleeveless or long-sleeve, these numbers shine on their own, making it easy for your bridesmaids to look their best with minimal accessories and simple hairstyles.

Create a cascade of sparkles by asking your bridal party to pick a dress of their choice, or have everyone wear the same dress for a monochromatic effect. While gold, silver, and bronze always make for a safe bet; add some drama with a bold color like a saturated orange or a deep purple. Want the gold-rush effect without the hefty price tag? We’ve done the work for you and found 14 dresses under $350. Scroll through and take a look at our finds.

News

BHLDN Set to Open in Georgetown This Spring

Vintage-loving brides will now be able to buy the bridal designs in person.

By Irina Grechko
Photographs courtesy of BHLDN.

Exciting news for bohemian-leaning brides! BHLDN, Anthropologie’s wedding brand, known for its ethereal and vintage-inspired bridal designs, is set to open its first location in Washington this spring. The bridal retailer will set up a permanent shop inside Georgetown’s Anthropologie space and stock an assortment of bride and bridesmaid dresses, jewelry, accessories, and decor. Even better: Brides-to-be can expect exclusive-to-Washington items as well as one-on-one consultations with BHLDN stylists. Stay tuned for opening date and more details.

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Dresses We Love From BHLDN’s Spring 2014 Collection (Photos)

Fashion

12 Accessories for the Winter Bride (Photos)

Cold-weather style for your walk down the aisle.

By Sarah Title
Photograph via Shutterstock.

So you’ve decided to tie the knot in the dead of winter. The snow can provide a beautiful backdrop—but let’s face it, a wedding gown alone is not going to keep you toasty for those outdoor portraits. To help achieve the perfect winter wonderland look while avoiding frostbite, we’ve rounded up some cold-weather-appropriate jewelry, accessories, and more.

Gowns

10 Gorgeous Wedding Gowns Under $1,500 (Photos)

You don’t have to break the bank to buy the dress of your dreams.

By Sarah Title

Now that you’re engaged and planning your dream wedding, it’s time to find an equally dreamy dress to match. But you don’t have to spend a million bucks to look like it. We’ve rounded up ten styles that are less than $1,500, from classy, timeless gowns to dresses with a modern twist. Click through the slideshow to see all the beautiful designs.

Wedding News

Dresses We Love From BHLDN’s Spring 2014 Collection (Photos)

A look at the romantic new gowns on sale next week.

By Irina Grechko
From left to right: Cactus Flower Shift Dress, $300, and Ruth Gown, $800. All photographs courtesy of BHLDN.

As if you needed another reason to love BHLDN, Anthropologie’s fashionable bridal label, the brand just released its spring 2014 lookbook, featuring ethereal gowns perfect for a wedding somewhere by the Mediterranean Sea. Set to go on sale January 7, the collection features whimsical short dresses, flowy skirts, delicate lace, and intricate beading. With prices ranging from $250 to $4,000, these gowns give you even more stunning options for your walk down the aisle.

Want to see what else BHLDN has in store for the new season? Head over to the brand’s Pinterest page for a look at its vintage-inspired accessories and shabby-chic wedding decor.

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Fashion

A Year in the Life of a Bridal Editor (Photos)

A peek behind the scenes with the staff of “Washingtonian Bride & Groom.”

By Irina Grechko

As 2013 draws to a close, there is nothing quite like looking back at everything Washingtonian Bride & Groom has achieved this year. From last year’s Unveiled event (mark your calendars, Unveiled 2014 is January 26!) to some major photo shoots (seemingly all accompanied by pouring rain), to gorgeous jewels from the likes of Graff, Bulgari, and Tiffany & Co., the year was filled with Instagram-worthy moments—all fun and fashionably fabulous. Scroll down for a behind-the-scenes look at our day-to-day lives and see why we love that our job is getting to make this magazine for you.

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1. Atrendy Wedding booth at Washingtonian Bride & Groom’s annual Unveiled event.

2. A backstage look at one of the models before the Unveiled fashion show.

3. Final look at the Unveiled runway.

4. Catching up with Randy to the Rescue’s star Randy Fenoli during the filming of a DC episode.

5. Design Army’s Pum Lefebure straightens the clutch for our Color Theory shoot.

6. Hair guru Ismail Tekin fluffing a model’s veil before the beauty shot.

7. Models playing happy couple on set. The bride is wearing a blush gown by Watters.

8. Even though this pretty mint cake from Charm City Cakes was mostly cardboard for photo shoot purposes, we still had to resist the temptation to eat it.

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Wedding Jewelry and Accessories

New Ring Designs From Vera Wang Love

The bridal designer introduces yellow and rose-gold rings to her jewelry line.

By Irina Grechko

’Tis (almost) the season to get engaged and Vera Wang Love, the bridal designer’s diamond jewelry line, has introduced new additions to the line. The collection features never-before-seen engagement rings and wedding bands in rose, yellow, and two-tone gold. Opt for a classic solitaire with a pop of pink on the band, or go for an all-yellow wedding band circled with diamonds. The rings are available online and at Zales, and range in price from $599.99 to $29,999.99. 

Gowns

Quick Fix: 6 Products Every Bride Needs on Her Wedding Day

Avert a fashion disaster with these handy problem solvers.

By Irina Grechko

When it comes to wedding-day fashion, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Avoid any style hiccups by creating a bridal emergency kit and stocking up on must-have supplies. Read on for six of our favorite styling products that will solve any bridal wardrobe malfunction in time for the ceremony.

Problem: Despite numerous fittings, you strapless dress keeps on riding down and your V-neck dress reveals too much.

Fix: Avoid flashing your nearest and dearest by using a few pieces of double-sided body tape to keep your dress in place and prevent any unwanted movement.

Try: Hollywood Fashion Tape double-stick strips, $8.27 at Amazon.

Problem: You are wearing your brand new shoes and blisters are imminent.

Fix: Apply a layer of lubricating anti-friction formula to instantly reduce rubbing on skin.

Try Band-Aid friction block stick, $8.29 at CVS.

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Gowns

6 Dreamy Dresses We Love From BHLDN’s Fall Collection

These wedding gowns were made for ethereal brides.

By Irina Grechko
All photographs courtesy of BHLDN.

Bohemian brides, get ready for some blissfully beautiful new looks. BHLDN, Anthropologie’s bridal label, has come out with a fall lookbook filled with dresses perfect for rustic-chic weddings. The romantic designs, which are typically BHLDN’s calling card, this time include delicate lace, intricate beading, and pretty floral embellishments. Prices start as low as $400 for the cocktail numbers and go up to $2,800 for floor-grazing looks. If you’re hoping to score one of these fanciful confections, we suggest you mark your calendar for August 6, which is when the first batch of the collection drops online— the second half of the collection launches in October.

Titania gown, $2,200, available in October

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Wedding Jewelry and Accessories

Trend Watch: 15 Wedding-Perfect Wedges (Photos)

Avoid sinking in soil at your outdoor wedding with these chic numbers.

By Irina Grechko

Want height at your outdoor wedding without the hassle of sinking into the ground as you walk down the aisle? Every bit as chic as their stiletto counterparts, wedge heels will provide the comfort you need to be on your feet all day, plus enough style to maintain your reputation as a fashion-conscious bride. From espadrilles to peep-toe platforms, we scouted the best wedding-friendly pairs. Your feet will thank you.

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