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10 Little White Dresses Under $250

As wedding shower season arrives, so does a need for a closet full of white dresses to wear to them.

By Caroline Cunningham

Even if you’ve found “the one” (and by that we mean “the dress”), you are far from finished shopping for white garments. As wedding shower season arrives, it’s important to look the part of the bride while sipping mimosas with your future wedding guests—and don’t forget about a need for rehearsal dinner, going away, and honeymoon dresses. Finding a simple, attractive, inexpensive little white dress can be a challenge with all of the cheap-looking white lace numbers out there, so we did some hunting to track down ten great little white dresses that won’t break the bank.

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10 Bridal Clutches for Every Budget

Whether you’ve got $50 or $1,500 to spend, we’ve got a classy bag for you.

By Caroline Cunningham Photograph by Shutterstock/freya-photographer.

You’ve got your dress, shoes, and jewelry, but it’s easy to forget that last piece: the clutch. It’ll be by your side throughout the day, carrying all your necessities to ensure that your lips are properly glossed and tears of joy are blotted gently away. In the wide range of bridal clutches, from tacky satin squares to desirable designer versions, there’s a bag for everyone. Check out our list of ten gorgeous designs to find yours.

This petite silver clutch is covered with delicate swirls for a bit of wedding day pizzazz. Tasha Crystal Swirl clutch ($298) at Nordstrom.

This gold glitter box clutch says it all. Kate Spade New York Wedding Belles Ravi ($398) at Kate Spade.

The label lover will fall for this sleek designer clutch. Saint Laurent monogram smooth leather clutch bag ($1,150) at Neiman Marcus.

A little bit of pearl embellishment goes a long way in this scalloped design. Pearl and stone party clutch ($39) at Charming Charlie.

If simple gold is good enough for your wedding band, it’s good enough for your wedding bag. Michael Michael Kors Elsie Crystal Box ($298) at Bloomingdale’s.

Any Art Deco-inspired bride will want this geometric clutch by her side. Kate Landry Hex gold chain frame clutch ($75) at Dillard’s.

This exquisite beaded bag has enough room for all the essentials: iPhone, lipstick, and tissues. Greybloom clutch ($250) at BHLDN.

There’s a lovely vintage vibe to this kiss-lock closure clutch. Jessica McClintock bead and sequin handbag ($59.50) at David’s Bridal.

The chevron pattern in the beading of this bag lends it a simple elegance. Nina Hamilton clutch ($125) at Nina.

The florals blend into the beading of this bag, giving it just a hint of 1970s flair. Marchesa lily enamel and crystal embroidered clutch bag ($2,695) at Neiman Marcus.


6 Bold Bridesmaid Looks

Bold hues and punchy patterns make bridesmaid fashion twice as nice.

Photography by Dean Alexander.

In "Double Vision," we paired up bridesmaids dresses that don't have to be the same style, hem lengths, or even pattern, to look fabulous next to you. Fun prints in blue or pink shake things up a bit, and sophisticated silhouettes and sparkly dresses add fashion-forward glamour to the affair.

Still wanting a little unity among your bridesmaids' fashion? Scroll to see how we used similar hairstyles, makeup, jewelry and shoes to bring these looks together.

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Vera Wang White Launches New Spring Collection

See three new gowns from the exclusive David's Bridal collection.

By Caroline Cunningham

Just in time for brides planning their warm-weather nuptials, White by Vera Wang has released some spring ball gowns as options for the aisle. The exclusive David's Bridal collection hits a moderate price range, ranging from $1,389 to $1,498. All three dresses include a take on a tulle skirt, creating full ivory silhouettes for any tradition-loving bride. Scroll down to take a peek at the gowns, then shop the collection online.

Tossed tulle ball gown with floral embroidered bodice, $1,398.
Strapless tiered tulle ball gown with sweetheart neckline and floral applique, $1,498.
Cap-sleeve illusion-neckline ball gown with lace detail, $1,498.


From the Archives: Wedding Gowns Fit For a First Lady

As mistress of the manor, our bride dons the gowns of the season with grace and style.

By Kate Bennett

For an ideal Washington wedding gown, there’s nothing more suitable than classic silhouettes and a touch of glamour. In our Winter/Spring 2013 issue of Washingtonian Bride & Groom, we chose to highlight Washington's bridal fashion in “My First Lady.”

To showcase the dresses, we shot presidential scenarios at the Anderson House in DC. See the rest of our First Lady dress picks below.

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From the Archives: Whimsical Wedding Gown Inspiration

Our bride dons stunning dresses inspired by the beauty of nature.

By Kate Bennett

Take a look at “Bride to Bee,” a Washingtonian Bride & Groom feature that brings a little whimsy to bridal fashion while showcasing traditional accents such as floral taffeta, silk, and lace. This photo shoot took place at the Woodend Nature Sanctuary in Chevy Chase, Maryland—the perfect backdrop to our nature-inspired shoot. Since Woodend Sanctuary’s landscape wasn’t in full bloom, we turned to Amaryllis Floral + Event Design, which provided fresh floral arrangements for an even lusher look. Keep reading to see all the beautiful gowns, the classic accessories, and the picturesque location. 

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Dreamy Wedding Dress Inspiration

The dreamiest dresses and gowns come to life for a walk down the aisle.

By Kate Bennett

Our latest issue of Washingtonian Bride & Groom is dedicated to making your wedding dreams and ideas a reality. A huge part of creating your dream wedding is finding the perfect gown. To help you fantasize over your dream day (and gown), we featured "All Dolled Up." Scroll below to see how we made a few dream gowns magically come to life for our bride.

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Get the Look: Jenna Bush Hager’s Wedding Gown

Thanks to Naeem Khan, now you too can look like the former first daughter on your big day.

By Valeria Boucas Belize by Naeem Khan ivory V-neck trumpet gown with bias-cut raw chiffon hand embroidery, $16,500. Photographs courtesy of Saks Jandel.

The George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas is currently hosting a retrospective on storied designer Oscar de la Renta, and among the 60-plus pieces on view is the wedding gown Jenna Bush Hager wore for her 2008 nuptials to Henry Chase Hager. Other highlights include former first lady Laura Bush’s second inauguration-day and evening ensembles, as well as several items worn by her daughters, Barbara and Jenna, throughout their father’s presidency. 

Love the custom V-neck gown de la Renta created for Jenna? Here’s how you can get the look. Starting October 31, Saks Jandel in Chevy Chase will host a trunk show, which will include a Naeem Khan trumpet gown that closely resembles Hager’s. See below for more details. 


The Bridal Salon at Saks Jandel
5510 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase


Friday, October 31, through Saturday, November 1.

Jenna Bush Hager’s wedding gown, designed by Oscar de la Renta for her May 10, 2008, nuptials to Henry Chase Hager, is currently on view at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. Photograph courtesy of Oscar de la Renta.

Find Valeria Boucas on Twitter at @valeriaboucas.


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.


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)

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