‘Wedding’ Category

4 Top Bridesmaid Dress Color Trends for 2015


This soft, pale, and delicate shade of pink is absolutely everywhere for spring, summer, and fall weddings this year. It’s light, airy, and it looks amazing on any skin tone. You won’t have to worry about washing out your porcelain-skinned bridesmaids or leaving anyone looking sallow, either. Bill Levkoff has bridesmaids dresses of all styles available in blush right now.

Floral Patterns

Instead of going with a solid color for your bridesmaids’ dresses, though, you could also choose a bright, bold floral print. Donna Morgan has a few of these this year in her collection that are absolutely gorgeous and that your bridesmaids will want to wear over and over again.

Ombre Colors

If you aren’t set on a single color, for your bridesmaids dresses, why not choose an ombre effect? Choose a short, close range on the color spectrum, and have your bridesmaids each wear a slightly different shade. The variations could be as subtle as fading from pink to peach or from aquamarine to a pale sky blue. Both pastels and bright, bold colors are really in this year.

Bold Dresses and Pale Flowers

Finally, last year we saw a lot of really pale pastel dresses set off by bright flowers, and we loved it. This trend is still very much en vogue, but now we’re also seeing the opposite. To get this gorgeous effect, consider bright Kelly Green Bill Levkoff bridesmaid dresses with creamy, white bouquets.





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Tips for Shopping Online for Bridesmaid Dresses

A couple of years ago, the Huffington Post published an article featuring “15 Dresses Ordered Online that Look Nothing Like the Real Thing”. The poor women pictured in the article had gone online for bridesmaid dresses, wedding gowns, and other formal dresses, only to get something completely different than what they thought they were ordering.

With a little bit of forethought and attention, though, you can avoid falling victim to knockoffs that look and feel nothing like the real thing. If you’re a bride choosing dresses for your bridesmaids or you’re a bridesmaid looking for a deal on your dress online, you might want to take heed of these tips before you click the “Order Now” button.

Choose a Reputable Online Store

First of all, when going online for bridesmaid dresses, don’t go straight to eBay or Amazon. Instead, choose a reputable online store that carries authentic bridesmaid designer dresses, such as PerfectBridal :-) sells only authentic designers at discounted prices. Anything you buy from one of these stores will be much more likely to be high quality and attractive.

Watch the Reviews

Before you purchase a dress, take a look at the reviews, both on the store’s website and on external review sites. You can also call the online store phone and make sure you speak with someone. You can tell the legitimacy by how professional and knowledgeable they are. When you do this you might find important information about sizing inconsistencies, color, etc.

Leave Time for Delivery and Alterations

Don’t wait for the last minute. Order your dress with plenty of time for it to be delivered and altered to fit you perfectly. Most designers took 3-4 months to deliver the dresses to their retailer store. You’ll also want to leave enough time for alteration (all the dresses are general sizes and majority dresses need alteration) or in case something goes wrong and you need time to make plans.

Get Familiar With the Return and Exchange Policy

Finally, when buying online bridesmaid dresses, be sure to read the store’s return and exchange policy. Most re-order designer dresses are made-to-order which means the designer starts to fabricate the dresses once ordered. That is the reason why most dresses can not be returned or exchanged. Also the designers usually don’t carry any stock.

With these tips, you should be able to purchase a bridesmaid dress online at a good price and look fantastic on the big day!





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Easy Tips for Outfitting the Whole Wedding Party

When it comes to planning your wedding, choosing attire for your wedding party can be the most fun part of the whole process. You have bridesmaid dresses, junior bridesmaid dresses, groomsmen’s tuxedos, the flower girl dresses… When you get them all together, you’ll have a beautifully coordinated picture that will give you memories to last a lifetime.

Planning what everyone will be wearing can be tough, though. So here are a few tips to make the process easier.

Choose a Designer Who Caters to Everyone

First of all, to avoid awkward variations in color and fabric, choose a single designer for your bridesmaid dresses and junior bridesmaid dresses. If you’re going to have matching accents for the groomsmen (ties, pocket squares, etc.), be sure to get these from the same designer, as well.

Don’t Ask for Everyone’s Opinion

While you should probably consult your bridesmaids before making your final decision, you don’t have to ask everyone what they think of your choices. If you ask every single person in the bridal party what you should do about the junior bridesmaid dresses, you’re going to get 20 different answers, and you’ll be right back where you started.

Make Sure You’re Dressing Everyone for the Season and the Venue

Finally, think about where you’ll be getting married. If you’re having your wedding on the beach, high heels for yourself and your bridesmaids are a disaster waiting to happen. If you’re having an outdoor wedding in the fall, you’ll want to plan for potentially brisk weather. Basically, keep in mind the temperature and environment you’ll be getting married in and plan accordingly.

If you follow these tips, you’ll have a much simpler time choosing not only your bridesmaid dresses, but also all of your bridal party’s attire.






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4 Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a Wedding Dress

Choosing the Dress Before You Set the Date

As excited as you are to find the perfect gown and to try on all of those gorgeous Allure wedding dresses, stop right there. When are you planning your wedding? If you haven’t set a date, don’t even think about the dress yet. Choosing the dress before the date can result in a lot of seasonal wardrobe problems. You don’t want to be sweating in velvet in June or shivering in a strapless gown in December. It’s also easier to envision your look when you have a background to set it against, to adding a venue to your date is a great idea, too.


Trying On Too Many Dresses

Once you’ve set your date and you know what the climate and venue will be like, it’s time to start shopping. But beware- Don’t try on every dress in the store. You can quickly become overwhelmed and tired, and it’s easy to lose track of the gowns you actually loved. Remember, they’re all designed to be beautiful, but they may not all be right for you and your wedding.

Only Trying On One Style

By the same token, don’t try on only a single style because you think it’s what you’ll want. This is a good way to miss out on an amazing wedding dress. Many brides are surprised when they step outside their comfort zone a little and try something they may not have picked for themselves on a normal basis. Trust your consultant, too- she’ll have ideas for you and your wedding that may open your eyes to something new.


Failing to Budget for Alterations

When you find the one, take a look at the price tag. Does it max out your dress budget? Don’t forget that you’re still going to have to pay for a few alterations to make it fit perfectly the day of your wedding.


Settling for a Dress You’re Not in Love With

Finally, don’t settle on a dress that doesn’t make you feel like a princess. Whether it’s because your mother liked it, the price tag is really attractive, or you’re just tired of looking, do not settle. Take your time. shop online and in stores for Allure wedding dresses and other designers that you trust. You’ll find the perfect gown, and you’ll never regret it!





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Your Wedding Unplugged – Why You Should Ask Your Guests to Leave Technology at the Door

Your wedding is about building memories. You’ve hired a photographer, and you’re going to have plenty of pictures. Do you want the pictures from your ceremony to be filled with all of your friends and family staring through their phones? Of course, you don’t. You spent a lot of time choosing bridesmaid dresses, the perfect venue, décor, and everything else. You want your pictures to be perfect, and you want everyone’s memories to be unfiltered.

That’s why more and more brides and grooms are asking guests to keep their phones in their pockets or purses throughout the ceremony. This means no one’s getting in the way of the photographer, and you’re going to see a lot more beautiful designer bridesmaid dresses and gorgeous smiles than distracted picture-takers and phones in your wedding album.

If you’re going to ask your guests to keep their phones put away throughout the reception, you might want to put disposable cameras out on the tables so that everyone can have some fun taking pictures but no one’s distracted by social media.

Letting your guests capture some memories – like throwing the bouquet or a candid shot of your groomsmen and bridesmaids, dresses and tuxes, etc – is a lot of fun, but it’s even better when you have to wait until the pictures are all developed. Weddings are about lasting commitments and connectedness, not instant gratification and social media. Besides, as beautiful as you and your bridesmaids look in your dresses, you don’t want anyone distracted by a text or tweet.





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Trending Wedding Manicures – Choosing the Right Nails for You and Your Bridesmaids

Think of Your Colors

What colors are you decorating with? What colors are your bridesmaids’ dresses? If your bridesmaid dresses are crimson red or midnight blue, you shouldn’t choose a matching red or blue nail color. It’s very hard to perfectly match fabric colors with nail polish. If your choice is slightly off, it will look tacky, and even if it’s dead-on, it could still look too matchy-matchy.

Instead, choose a contrasting color that’s not too saturated. You don’t want your wedding guests getting distracted by your bridesmaids’ neon orange nails. You want their manicures to complement their beautiful designer bridesmaid dresses. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t go with bright colors, especially if you’ve chosen pastel dresses. Brightly colored nails go beautifully with chiffon bridesmaid dresses, and adding color can be fun with semi-formal short dresses.

Go Classic

If choosing a color to complement your bridesmaid dresses and wedding colors is too daunting, you can always choose a classic wedding style: the French tip. This look is clean and elegant. White tips go with everything, so you won’t have to worry about clashing with bridesmaid dresses or standing out too much. French tips and other classic manicures are also always a good choice with formal, long bridesmaid dresses.


An Accent Nail for the Bride

However, as much as we love classic nail colors and styles, we also love the current trend in accent nails: one fingernail is painted a contrasting hue from the others. While this isn’t necessarily a good look for the bridesmaids, you might want to consider it for yourself. You could do French tips on all of your other nails and a glitter fade on your ring finger.

Talk to your bridesmaids about their favorite nail colors and manicure styles, but remember, this is your day; you have the final say.





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Tips for a Successful Destination Wedding

Start Planning Now!

If you’re going to do a destination wedding right, you have to start planning immediately and stay ahead of the curve. You can’t just say, “Surprise! We’re getting married next month in Jamaica! Hope you can make it!” Hint: if you do this, you and your groom might be the only ones to show up.

You need to give your guests enough time to plan for the trip. Save-the-date announcements up to a year in advance are a great way to let those you’d like to be there plan accordingly. You will want to reserve a block of hotel rooms to make your guests’ accommodations search easier, and also make sure that everyone you would like in your wedding party is accounted for and able to make it.

Choose Appropriate Bridesmaid Dresses for the Destination

If you’re getting married on the beach in Hawaii, your bridesmaids might be uncomfortable wearing floor length satin gowns and high heels. However, if you’re planning a slope-side winter wedding, short chiffon dresses might not be appropriate either.
Long, fitted, satin gowns like these from Lela Rose and Bill Levkoff are great for formal events and cooler weather.
Accent a garden or beach scene beautifully with easy-to-wear net dresses like these from Wtoo. Whichever destination you choose, make sure you think about the right attire for your wedding party.

Do Your Marriage Law Research

Whether you’re leaving the state or leaving the country to get married, you should make sure that you’re following all of the legal requirements for marriage. Most countries require proof of residency and birth certificates to begin with, and some may also need blood work or medical tests before validating your marriage. You may also need to have lived in the country in which you are planning your ceremony in order for it to be lawful! Your bridesmaids aren’t going to be happy with you if they went to all the trouble to get their bridesmaid dresses to Jamaica in good condition and without a wrinkle, only to find out that your wedding didn’t count, so make sure you know the rules before you finish planning.

If foreign or state rules are too cumbersome for your wedding, you could also get married at the courthouse in your state first and then seal your vows at your destination wedding. This way, you know that your marriage counts where it should, and you can relax and enjoy your destination wedding.

It’s all up to you, and if you start planning and doing research now, you’ll be able to avoid a lot of pitfalls in the long run.






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How to Choose Your Wedding Day Hair Stylist

Choose the Dresses First

Before you start looking for a wedding hair stylist, first choose your dress and your bridesmaids’ dresses. If you choose semi-formal, draped, one-shoulder Alfred Angelo designer bridesmaid dresses, your bridesmaids can wear their hair down in loose waves or curls and look stunning. If you choose a more formal floor-length Watters bridesmaid dress, on the other hand, you might want to go with up-dos.

The same is true of your own hair. Choose your dress first and then choose your hairstyle and stylist. If your dress is full and formal, you may want a more elaborate hairstyle. If you’ve chosen a simple sheath, you may want looser hair that flows over your shoulders.

Make a Few Calls and Look at Portfolios

Call around to the salons and stylists in your area. Ask them if they have online portfolios or if they can email you some pictures of samples of their work. It’s not worth it to go for a consultation if you see their styling work and already know it’s not what you want.

Take Pictures With You to Your Consultation

Once you’ve narrowed your search down, schedule a consultation and trial hair styling at least 2 months before your wedding. This will give you time to find a different stylist or to make changes to the intended style with your current stylist.

When you go for your consultation, be sure to take pictures with you of your dress and your bridesmaids’ dresses. Your stylist has experience with wedding hair and can point out styles that will look best with your wedding dress and bridesmaids’ dresses.




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Fall in Love With These Autumn Wedding Themes

A Masquerade Wedding

Halloween is here, and it’s one of the most fun holidays of the year. With a masquerade theme for your wedding, you can take full advantage of this costumed holiday without turning your wedding party into a haunted house or creep show.

You can incorporate masks and feathers into the reception centerpieces and place settings, and you can have a lot of fun with formal bridesmaid dresses, too. For a formal masquerade wedding, we love a Bari Jay bridesmaid dress with a sweetheart neckline, shirred bodice, and cap sleeves.

The Wizard of Oz

For an outdoor wedding, why not theme your wedding after a childhood favorite? The aisle is your yellow brick road, and who wouldn’t want to wear a pair of ruby red slippers under her wedding gown? Top the theme off with gorgeous emerald green designer bridesmaid dresses from After Six.

The scarecrow may have been the one getting his heart in the story, but you’ll be pledging yours in style with this beautiful theme amidst brilliant fall leaves.

Pumpkins Everywhere!

The pumpkin spice trend may be out of control, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use pumpkins to good measure for your wedding? Make your wedding a fall classic with cornucopias as centerpieces, pumpkin soup served in little pumpkin bowls, and chocolate brown, crimson red, and warm orange accents all over.

You can even dress your bridesmaids in matching Alfred Sung bridesmaid dresses in Mandarin. The color is warm enough for fall and won’t make anyone feel like she’s dressed up like one of the pumpkins in your centerpieces.





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Be Queen for a Day – Bridal Tiaras Are In

More and more brides are forgoing the veil and choosing bridal tiaras instead, and why not? This is your day to shine, and you can be a princess (or queen) for a day in the right tiara. Better still, you can often find complementary hairpieces for your bridesmaids that both match their bridesmaid dresses – whether you’ve chosen long bridesmaid dresses or short bridesmaid dresses and whether they’re formal or semi-formal – and echo your tiara. It’s an all-around win.

Before you go off and buy the first tiara that catches your fancy, though, stop and take a breath. Buying wedding accessories is always fun, especially when you’re picking an accessory that will make you feel like royalty, but you have to make sure that you’re picking the right one – one that will go well with your wedding’s overall theme, including your dress, your bridesmaids’ dresses, etc.

Consult With Your Hair Stylist

Before you get your heart set on a particular tiara, make an appointment with your stylist. How she does your hair will have a lot to do with what you can and can’t wear on your head on your big day. She’ll also be able to make suggestions for a tiara that will top off your gown perfectly and hairpieces that will go beautifully with your designer bridesmaid dresses.

Choose a Tiara Based on Your Gown’s Shape

The rule of thumb is, “The larger the gown, the smaller the headpiece.” You don’t want your look to be overwhelming, so keep this in mind. If you have a curve-skimming sheath dress, you can choose a larger and/or taller tiara. If your gown has a very full skirt, you should probably choose a smaller one.

Also, if you’re choosing tiaras for your bridesmaids, whether you’ve chosen long bridesmaids dresses or short bridesmaid dresses, you’ll want their headpieces to be a bit smaller and simpler than your own.







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