If you are the type of bride who dreams of exchanging vows by the shore, with the sound of waves crashing in the not-too-far-off distance, Mara Hoffman’s bridal designs are just for you. Better known for her colorful apparel and bold swimwear, the New York-based designer launched a wedding collection late last year after famously designing a dress for the nuptials of jewelry designer Pamela Love, whose look is very much bohemian romantic. Hoffman’s line features four breezy gowns, a sassy bustier-skirt set, and two honeymoon-appropriate swimsuits—perfect for brides who wish to forgo veils for flower garlands and nix the heels for bare feet. Bonus: wallet-friendly prices ranging from $1,000 to $,1,700 per gown. Scroll down for photos of the dreamy looks.
Fans of fashion know Zac Posen is a major name—and brides who dream about wearing one of his creations on their wedding day can now do so for a fraction of the cost. The celebrity-beloved designer (Rihanna, Coco Rocha, Lena Dunham, and Christina Hendricks are just some of his famous fans) has teamed up with David’s Bridal to launch Truly Zac Posen, a line of affordable and ultra-feminine wedding gowns.
The collection echoes the details of the showstopping evening looks that have become the designer’s red-carpet calling card. The seven styles include satin fit-and-flare gowns and ball gowns of tulle and lace, all with prices ranging from $850 to $1,350. The line boasts a large selection of regular and plus sizes, five bridesmaid dress designs, and an edited selection of bridal accessories and jewelry. Scroll down for photos of the collection, and shop the entire line through David’s Bridal.
From Anne Hathaway to Jessica Biel to Kaley Cuoco, celebrities have been all about the pink wedding gown trend recently. But you don’t need to be a Hollywood name to pull off a nontraditional, blush-hued dress. Take Vera Wang’s all-pink fall collection: From delicate blush to notice-me coral, the designer covered all shades of the pink spectrum in mermaid, slim, and princess styles with intricate draping and floral details. Scroll down for photos of our favorite looks.
The winter/spring issue of Washingtonian Bride & Groom is now on newsstands. From the hottest bridal trends to the best items to put on your registry, plus ten of the prettiest local real weddings, the issue is filled with information and inspiration to help plan your big day. One of our favorite parts of putting together each issue is always the gown fashion shoot, a two-day extravaganza of tulle, lace, organza, jewels, and some of the most beautiful wedding dresses of the season. The latest feature is inspired by a country road trip, and was shot primarily at the Baltimore Agricultural Center in Cockeysville, Maryland. The results are so effortlessly beautiful you’d never guess that our crew battled pouring rain, cold, and uncooperative lighting to bring this story to life. For a look at the remarkable photographs and the stunning wedding gowns, scroll down.
The new year has already been a good one for two fashion darlings, who both got engaged over the holidays. Socialite and former reality television star Olivia Palermo will wed model Johannes Huebl—news they announced with the cutest Instagram video (possibly a new wedding trend?). And actress and fashionista Jamie Chung got engaged to actor/singer Bryan Greenberg after almost two years of dating. Obviously the biggest question on our fashion-obsessed minds is: What will these two stylish ladies wear on their wedding days? We turned to their best red carpet moments to inform our fashion predictions.
Olivia soared at the 2011 British Fashion Awards in this plumed number. We can see her rocking the trend again, but in a sleeveless style, for her big day. We love this flirty shift from Carolina Herrera.
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.
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.
September 19 through 21: Bliss by Monique Lhuillier at Carine’s Bridal Atelier
Stop by Carine’s Bridal Atelier to shop Monique Lhuillier’s lower-priced bridal line, featuring wedding dresses ranging from $2,500 to $3,900. To attend the appointment-only trunk show and take advantage of a 10 percent discount on all Bliss gowns purchased, call 202-965-4696 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
September 20 and 21: Anna Maier trunk show at Hitched
Anna Maier wedding dresses will be available for purchase at Georgetown’s Hitched Salon. Brides-to-be can expect breathtaking designs, delicate lace, and embroidered detailing. As a bonus, customers will have the chance to discuss customization options with the bridal designer Charles Bunstine, as well as receive a complimentary muslin fitting with every dress purchased. To RSVP for the fashion event, call 202-333-6162 or e-mail email@example.com.
September 20 through 22: Lazaro trunk show at Love Couture Bridal
Score 10 percent off Lazaro gowns and receive one free custom change when stopping by the brand’s trunk show at Potomac’s Love Couture Bridal. Known for dramatic silhouettes and luxurious fabrics, this label has become a favorite among brides who are not afraid to stand out on their big day. To attend, make an appointment by calling 301-610-5683.
September 20 through 22: Victoria Nicole Trunk Show at Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection
Shop feminine and romantic styles from bridal designer Victoria Nicole at Baltimore’s Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection. The timeless gowns have gained momentum with brides who like their silhouettes minimal but fall for embellishments and detail. See for yourself when you make an appointment by calling 410-484-4600.
Hitched Salon is introducing another designer to its fashionable bridal racks with the addition of Johanna Johnson designs. A sensation in Australia, the couture and wedding designer has made a splash with brides stateside, prompting the opening of a studio in New York earlier this year. Johanna Johnson’s gowns, which count celebrities such as Christina Hendricks, Maya Rudolph, and Julie Bowen as fans, will appeal to brides who like their silhouettes classic, their fabrics luxurious, and their embellishments plentiful. The designer’s spring/summer 2013 gowns were inspired by the showstopping Ziegfeld girls of old Hollywood, and feature intricate draping, Swarovski crystal details, and flattering lines. In addition to dresses, brides-to-be can peruse the designer’s relatively new line of accessories, made up of statement cuffs, lavish stoles, and jewel-encrusted headpieces. Check out the designs for yourself below.
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.