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.
If you are still unsure whether to take your soon-to-be spouse’s last name, there’s now a website that allows you to test the waters before you’re faced with having to sign your marriage license. Launched last week by Danielle Tate, the Maryland-based CEO and founder of MissNowMrs.com—a service that simplifies the legal name-change process without countless visits to government offices—MarriedNameGame is a free online game that allows soon-to-be brides to explore all their married name options before committing to one.
After a series of eight short multiple-choice questions, which take into account key life factors, individual preferences, and state of residence, the quiz will suggest to brides-to-be their ideal married name—whether it’s taking your spouse’s name, hyphenating both, or sticking with your maiden name. “There are many intricate life factors that influence a woman’s change of name after marriage,” said Tate in a press release. “Knowing your options makes this decision easier, yet few women know what they can actually do—if I had known that taking my maiden name as a middle name was an option, I would have done so. This is why I created this tool.” Check out the game online, then tell us what you think.
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.
Prep-perfect apparel brand J.Crew has become a beloved, reasonably priced option for brides looking to ramp up their off-the-rack style quotient on their big day. Now the brand has branched out into other wedding-related products, such as its sweet new collaboration with one of our favorite stationers, Los Angeles-based Sugar Paper.
The 13-piece wedding stationery collection boasts everything from scalloped-edge coasters, playful place cards, and adorable gift tags to cute cards, thank-you notes, and even a wedding-planning book. The items feature a soft color palette and luxe finishes such as gold lettering and prints; prices range from $6.75 for a single card to $62 for the wedding binder. See (and shop) the entire collection online.
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.
There could be several dozen disgruntled brides- and grooms-to-be roaming the District this week as a result of the government shutdown. Both of the wedding “rooms” at DC Superior Court will be closed, meaning anyone with a planned nuptial celebration scheduled for this week, and into the foreseeable future, will be forced to postpone or cancel their ceremony.
There are up to 22 wedding slots available each day at the courthouse, where ceremonies are held in two dedicated rooms, one of which opened just two weeks ago to accommodate the rise in ceremony requests after the recent ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. DC Courts spokesperson Leah Gurowitz says that on average of late, there are usually around ten wedding ceremonies performed each day, with most couples typically reserving space between one and two months ahead of their planned wedding date.
According to Gurowitz, couples with ceremonies scheduled for this week were notified by telephone of the cancellation due to the government shutdown. However, romance isn’t completely dead at Superior Court: You can still apply for a marriage license or pick up a license for which you have already applied.
Actress Kate Bosworth married writer/director Michael Polish. The bride wore two custom-made dresses by Oscar de la Renta. [Martha Stewart Weddings]
Scarlett Johansson flashed her vintage-inspired, art deco engagement ring. What do you think of the stunner? [Glamour]
Didn’t see this one coming! Actress Zoe Saldana secretly married artist Marco Perego earlier this summer. [People]
Girls Next Door star Holly Madison married Pasquale Rotella. You won’t believe where the ceremony took place. [Us Weekly]
To mark the 60th anniversary of JFK and Jackie’s wedding day, Life offers a lookback at some of Lisa Larsen’s snapshots from the memorable day. [Life]
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.
We’ve loved Laura Hooper Calligraphy and her whimsical stationery for quite some time, but we love her even more now that she’s joined the local vendor pool. The über-creative designer moved to Washington last month and is now creating her invitations, place cards, menus, and more right in our own backyard, all the better for couples to get to know her talents.
Notable items include heart-shaped drink stirrers, sand-dollar place cards, and fabric totes. Couples with travel-themed weddings should also take note of the vintage-esque compass place cards, adorable boarding-pass wedding invitations, and hand-drawn maps that can be used as save-the-date cards, table numbers, or wine labels. All of Hooper’s work can be customized.
Hooper’s celebrity client list is a veritable who’s who of Hollywood (Tom Cruise, Jennifer Lopez, and Reese Witherspoon, to name-drop a few), so rest assured her work is solid. While she’s still in search of a brick-and-mortar space, she is taking appointments via e-mail at email@example.com, and purchases can be made on Etsy. See samples of her work below.
Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson married boyfriend Justin Mikita last weekend. Check out their adorable cake topper. [Glamour]
Rumor is that Jennifer Aniston married her actor beau, Justin Theroux—and that the wedding happened at a local venue. [The Knot]
Lead singer of Gossip Beth Ditto married her longtime girlfriend, Kristin Ogata, in Hawaii. What do you think of her Jean Paul Gaultier dress? [Huffington Post]