’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.
Rose gold has always been a favorite of jewelry designers, past and present. This season, the trend transcended standard fashion and costume jewelry to arrive on the bridal scene with showstopping engagement rings and wedding bands. From sweet vintage-inspired diamond pieces to alternative mixed-metal stunners, check out the gallery for ten of our favorite rose-gold bridal sets.
August 2 through 4: Blue by Enzoani Bridal and Thomas Knoell Trunk Shows at Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection
Stop by Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection for a chance to score ultra-feminine gowns from Blue by Enzoani’s newest collection. Betsy Robinson will also simultaneously host a Thomas Knoell jewelry trunk show for a one-stop bridal experience. To make an appointment, call 410-484-4600.
August 8 through 10: Liancarlo Trunk Show at Carine’s Bridal Atelier
Gowns from Liancarlo, the popular bridal designer known for his delicate beading and flattering silhouettes, will be available at Carine’s Bridal Atelier during a three-day trunk show. To attend the by-appointment-only bridal event, call 202-965-4696.
August 9 through 11: Punk Rock Bride Show at Soliloquy Bridal Couture
Soliloquy Bridal Couture’s Punk Rock Bride trunk show is not intended for brides looking to blend in. Featuring a luxe combination of nontraditional fabrics and unexpected silhouettes, these edgy gowns were made for fashion-forward brides. To attend, make your appointment online.
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.
If a turquoise box from Tiffany & Co. doesn’t get your heart racing, ditch the idea of a classic solitaire and opt for an unconventional engagement ring. From colored stones to unconventional cuts, we’ve found 20 picks that are anything but ordinary. Check out the slideshow for our top picks.
With so much focus surrounding the search for the perfect wedding dress, finding a veil to match may seem like a daunting task. Thanks to Bride’s Head Revisited, a couture-quality veil company, walking down the aisle just got a whole lot easier.
Known for their custom services, Bride’s Head Revisited works with brides to create an individualized headpiece, from length and volume to the trim, detail, and color. And it gets better—the custom bridal veil couturiers, whose wares were previously only available at Hitched, have relocated from New York this winter to open up a studio in Capitol Hill. “We love working directly with brides to create completely custom designs in our Washington, DC, design studio,” says Emily Martin, the designer behind the brand.
We caught up with Martin to learn more about her new studio and get a few tips on choosing the perfect veil.
For brides on the hunt for the perfect wedding bands and jewelry, Tacori holds a can’t-miss event this weekend. Known for swoon-worthy sparklers, worn on various red carpets by the likes of Nikki Reed, Katy Perry, Katherine Heigl and Kate Beckinsale, Tacori takes over Mervis Diamond Importers on April 27 and 28 to host its biggest trunk show ever.
The event, held simultaneously at Mervis’s Rockville, DC, and Tysons Corner locations, will feature the largest selection of Tacori bridal and fashion pieces worldwide and showcase baubles from Precision Set, Verragio, Martin Flyer, JB Star, and Ritani. Overwhelmed by the idea of so many options? Tacori representatives and Mervis Diamond experts will assist and guide brides-to-be in finding their ideal wedding rings and accessories.
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.
You may have heard of manscara, murses, and manscaping—but now there’s a new man on the block: the “man-gagement” ring. Whether for same-sex couples looking to tie the knot or for a guy wanting to match his bride-to-be, engagement rings for men are all the rage. It’s not always easy to find that one special ring, be it diamond-studded, hammered gold, or a classic Tiffany design. Check out the slideshow for some of our favorites, then tell us what you think of the trend in the poll below.
While we’ve had a dramatic turn of events in the weather world (uhh, wasn’t it snowing two weeks ago?) we couldn’t be happier that spring has finally sprung. Which, in DC, means one thing: the reemergence of the cherry blossoms, which dot the city with romantic pops of pink. If you love them like we do—and if you tend to think about everlasting love the way we do here at Bridal Party—then we’ve found you the perfect engagement ring to forever capture the season.
The Sakura (which means “cherry blossom” in Japanese) diamond ring from KiraKira by Suz Somersall captures all the best parts of getting engaged in the springtime. The flower pattern mimics the cherry blossoms, which Somersall came to love when living in Japan for several years while her husband was serving in the Marines. A 1.5-carat center diamond is surrounded by “petals” of pavé diamonds and a 0.25-carat diamond band, for a 3.60 total carat weight.
Sakura engagement ring, $10,500, exclusively at Ginger Boutique, 7114 Bethesda Lane, Bethesda; 301-664-9242.