Cold-weather style for your walk down the aisle.
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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.
You don’t have to break the bank to buy the dress of your dreams.
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.
A look at the romantic new gowns on sale next week.
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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A peek behind the scenes with the staff of “Washingtonian Bride & Groom.”
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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The bridal designer introduces yellow and rose-gold rings to her jewelry line.
’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.
Avert a fashion disaster with these handy problem solvers.
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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These wedding gowns were made for ethereal brides.
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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Avoid sinking in soil at your outdoor wedding with these chic numbers.
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.
Own a piece from the iconic designer for as little as 25 cents.
All photographs courtesy of Starworks Group.
Brides-to-be, take note: You can now incorporate Oscar de la Renta’s bridal collection into your big day. Our favorite stationery e-tailer, Paperless Post, has teamed up with the master couturier for a stylish wedding collaboration. Inspired by Oscar de la Renta’s ready-to-wear and bridal collections, and the designer’s home in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, the 50-piece collection features both electronic and paper save-the-date cards, thank-you notes, and wedding invitations, priced from $0.25 to $3.50 each.
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Skinnygirl is growing with a new collection designed to spice up your wedding day (under)wear.
Last summer Bethenny Frankel, multi-millionaire entrepreneur, reality television star, author, show host, and creator of low-calorie cocktails, expanded her Skinnygirl empire to include shapewear—because, why not? This spring, just in time for wedding season, Skinnygirl Smoothers ’n’ Shapers, a line of sexy yet functional camis, slips, and babydolls, has added a three-piece collection made just for brides.
The line includes an all-white Lovely Lace bustier ($56), shaping slip ($44), and boy shorts ($36), all designed with delicate aqua bows for a touch of “something blue.” The soft lace conceals the inner shaping mesh while offering some serious tummy smoothing for even the tightest mermaid dresses. You can buy the bridal lingerie as well as the rest of the shapewear line through the Kohl’s and Skinnygirl Smoothers ’n’ Shapers websites.