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Maybe you’ve been planning this day for as long as you can remember. Or perhaps you’re in a swivet about what to do or how you’re ever going to get it done—it’s a lot of work!

Sit down. Breathe deeply. Then allow these supremely gorgeous North American wedding venues to transport you. A little daydreaming could inspire the direction of your dream wedding. Or you may just find a new happy place to mentally retreat to for a dose of zen.

The Surf Lodge

The Surf Lodge

Montauk attracts Brooklynites looking to put sand between their toes and waves beneath their boards. Although the town draws crowds (it’s sometimes referred to as the Hamptons for hipsters), it maintains a tranquil cool that befits any wedding. The Surf Lodge offers both indoor and outdoor spaces to stage your ceremony or soirée. Whether on a sunny deck, beachside or in their clapboard restaurant, your partnership will benefit from good vibrations.


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Looking for ideas and inspiration or just a few special touches for your wedding day décor? We’ve put together a few editor’s picks to help you do it up right.

1. Better than tin cans and soap crayons–this rear-window Just Married decal from kate spade new york.

2. Light up your love with a chalkboard marquee. Universal Ironworks Recycled Sign.

3. Voluspa petite scented jar candles: 8 different colors and scents perfect to coordinate with your color scheme and place around your venue–or use them as centerpieces and favors for guests.

4. Speaking of centerpieces–these personalized mason jars are perfect.

5. Poncho and Goldstein I’ll Love You Forever sign. Rustic and sweet.



Say “I do” to Choo! We are head over heels for the gorgeous new bridal shoe styles from Jimmy Choo, now at Nordstrom: elegant, attention-grabbing sandals and pumps for every step along the way, from the bridal shower to the big day. Check out our Jimmy Choo Bridal Shoe Guide to find the perfect match for every event on your wedding calendar.

‘Nova’ Pump

‘Nomad’ Sandal

‘Lang’ Sandal

‘Kole’ Sandal | ‘Abel’ Pump

‘Nova’ Pump | ‘Anouk’ Pump

‘Tallow’ Sandal

‘Evelyn’ Pump



From primping on the morning of the big day to celebrating new nuptials, a bride should feel beautiful in every piece she’s wearing—whether it’s comfy, cozy loungewear, shaping essentials or a little something sexy. We’ve got you covered: Find everything you’ll need—from under-the-dress necessities to gifts for your ‘maids—in our Bridal Lingerie Gifts & Solutions Shop.



If you’re havingor headed to—a destination wedding, don’t miss Sarah Jessica Parker’s guest posts on The Thread. She has singled out items she’d like to travel with for three highly probable summer occasions—including an out-of-town wedding.


Ooh la la: Those are the only words we have for this stunning wedding dress from Hayley Paige!

Just kidding—we could go on and on about this bejeweled beauty (now in our spring lookbook)! The alençon lace, chapel train and crystal-lined sweetheart neckline create a perfect classic look, but the bolero takes it up to major glam status. It’s like the ultimate statement necklace, with crystal and alabaster beads draping across the shoulders, collarbone and back. Sparkly embellishment was a big trend at Bridal Fashion Week, and we love seeing it come to life for the bride who’s ready to ‘wow.’

See this stunner and more new wedding gowns in our spring lookbook, then make a free appointment with a Wedding Stylist at a Suite location near you!


A bride in sunglasses, a fun braid and a huge smile–what could be cuter?!

HeroAppropriately named ‘Hepburn’, this Hayley Paige silk organza wedding dress has a tea-length hem and boat neckline that feels both classic and retro, with embroidered lace flowers and a cut-out opening in the back to make it a bit more modern. Either way, this bride is ready for an outdoor wedding filled with sunshine!

Check out our new Spring Bridal Style Guide for wedding favors, bridesmaid dresses, accessories and more to go along with this rustic, romantic style!

Image via Rustic Wedding Ideas on Pinterest


We’re thrilled to introduce a new brand at the Nordstrom Wedding Suite: Watters! These five new wedding dresses are ethereal wonders. Think: intricate lace, beaded bodice, floaty net-and-tulle skirts. Plus, a 2014 trend we love: a gown in a soft rose gold color. We’re swooning!

‘Ashan’ (style 5089B): Rose-gold soft net ballgown skirt with ‘Carina’ (style 5018B) blush lace, sweetheart neckline corset.

‘Brooke’ (style 4074B): Ivory organza strapless twist detail bodice with cascading ballgown skirt.

‘Jacinda’ (style 4061B): White beaded soft netting bodice with stretch silk amaretto slip and gardenia satin ribbon.

‘Ellery’ (style 5073B): Ivory sweetheart beaded bodice with soft net ballgown skirt.

‘Farah’ (style 5010B): Ivory, lace and tulle cap sleeves with illusion bodice and A-line skirt.

The selection of gowns is curated to each of our 18 Wedding Suites, so call your local suite to find out more. You can see Watters gowns in Park Meadows, CO; Chicago, IL; Oakbrook, IL; Brea, CA; Topanga, CA; King of Prussia, PA; Scottsdale, AZ; and San Francisco, CA.



When it comes to choosing flowers, brides often think about the wedding theme, season and colors (and of course, the bouquet inspiration they’ve been gathering on Pinterest). But did you know you can also pick flowers based on their meanings?

From “floriography”–the communication of language and meaning through flowers–to floral astrology based on birth months, similar to birthstones (for example, June’s ‘birth flower’ is the rose), the symbolism of different blooms is rooted in history and still followed today.

Consider the background of floriography: In 19th century England, specific floral arrangements were used to send coded messages. A sender would pick symbolic flowers to express feelings to the recipient, which could not be spoken aloud in Victorian society. Sounds romantic, right? Following tradition, the flowers used in Duchess Kate’s wedding bouquet were each chosen based on their meanings related to happiness, love and friendship.

Even legendary designer and wedding guru Vera Wang says that the symbolism of flowers can create a very personal and meaningful experience for a bride; she listed the meanings of some well-known and popular flowers in her book, Vera Wang on Weddings:

Anemone: expectation; Baby’s breath: innocence, pure heart; Blue violet: faithfulness; Calla lily: beauty;
Camellia: gratitude; Daffodil: joy; Daisy: gentleness; Freesia: innocence; Gardenia: purity;
Heather: future fortune; Heliotrope: devotion, faithfulness; Iris: warmth of affection;
Lily: majesty; Lily of the valley: happiness; Orange blossom: purity, virginity; Orchid: rare beauty;
Rose (red): love; Rose (yellow); friendship; Rose (coral): desire; Rose (peach): modesty;
Rose (dark pink): thankfulness; Rose (pale pink): grace; Rose (orange): fascination;
Rose (white): innocence; Tulip: passion, love; Violet: modesty, faithfulness; Zinnia: affection

So what story will you tell with your wedding day bouquet? Tell us your ideas!


Today, we bring you another awesome favor idea, one that our marketing manager actually received at a wedding this summer: a CD of love songs, carefully selected by the happy couple. We love this unique and personal idea!


Sara and Kambiz created a mix of both romantic love songs and all-around happy songs, including those they played for their walks down the aisle and their first dance. They also designed the CD face and cover (so cute!) and printed guests’ names and table numbers on one side, so it doubled as a seating chart. Brilliant, right?

Below is a selection of songs from their CD to inspire your wedding music, your version of the CD favor or even just some afternoon listening! Enjoy!

“Best Days” – Eric Hutchinson

“Lovely Day” – Maroon 5 ft. Bill Withers

“You Are the Best Thing” – Ray LaMontagne

“On Top of the World” – Imagine Dragons

“The One I Love” – David Gray

“Sweet Pea” – Amos Lee

“I Won’t Let You Go” – James Morrison

“Turning Page” – Sleeping at Last