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On Tuesday, we participated in our second Google+ Hangout, where we chatted live with an all-star lineup of wedding industry experts, answering questions from brides-to-be! It was a great Q&A, covering topics ranging from bridesmaid dress trends to invitation styles to diet and exercise tips.

If you missed the hangout, you can watch the video right here.

The panel included Andrea Wasserman, Nordstrom Bridal Director; Colin Cowie, celebrity event planner; Jess Blazejewski, Lead Stylist at Style Me Pretty; Jennie Ma, Fashion & Beauty Editor of TheKnot.com; and Kim Forrest, Editor of WeddingWire.com. They all gave advice backed up by their years of experience and expertise. Here’s some of our favorite tips and ideas!

On planning and budgeting:

-First three steps to take when planning: the dream, the budget, the guest list. —Colin
-On a budget? Splurge on photography, one of the few things that lasts. —Jess
-Use secret Pinterest boards! Great for brides—and people who aren’t quite engaged YET! —Andrea
-Prints and patterns are also great for wedding invitations, like in the inside of an envelope. —Kim

On the dress:

-Want a non-white wedding dress? “I loved Jessica Biel’s look—she wore that beautiful pink wedding gown, which was fantastic.” —Andrea
-Gold and silver metallics are also a great way to add subtle shimmer to white, but not be too bold. —Kim
-All brides should feel comfortable wearing white if they want to: It doesn’t matter if you have kids, are getting married for the second time, whatever! —everyone

On bridesmaids:

-Pay for your ‘maids hair, makeup, or nails as a bridesmaid gift, and to help them offset the costs of being in the wedding party. —Jess
-Bridesmaid dress color trends: emerald, blush,  and neutrals.  Textures like lace, and prints like polka dots or florals are also big right now! —Andrea

On  gifts:

-How to ask for gift cards instead of gifts for a destination bridal shower? “Tell close family and friends your preference and have them help spread the word.” —Andrea

On the big day:

-Crash diets are a DON’T. Lots of water is a DO.  “Get in the habit of drinking water all the time!” —Kim
-Day of the wedding: Don’t eat a salty breakfast. Eat cottage cheese and fruit. —Colin
-Before you walk down the aisle…”Take one deep breath, pull your shoulders back, hold your bouquet as low as possible. It will make you taller and thinner, two things every bride wants!” —Colin

Remember to continue to check back  for expert advice from our guest bloggers, and keep your eyes and ears open for more live chats to come!

One of our favorite weeks of the year is here! Bridal Fashion Week kicked off in New York City and we’re like kids in a candy store, so excited about all the newest gowns from our favorite designers. During this week, we attend runway shows and meet with designers to pick the wedding dresses we’ll carry in the Wedding Suite for the next season.

While we could talk for days about all the details, we also know a picture is worth a thousand words—so follow our fashion week journey through the photos below (with more to come this week!). You can also follow the action on Twitter @NordstromWed where our bridal director, Andrea Wasserman, is live tweeting throughout each day!

Mt. Rainier greets us along the way to the airport in Seattle.

At the hotel, laying out the week’s shoes. The flats will come in handy!

Central Park view from our hotel. We could get used to this!

First meeting with the lovely Kelly Faetanini, with a gorgeous lace back dress.

Next to the runway at Vera Wang. Seeing lots of black and white!

Buyer Sharon examines the Vera Wang gowns up close.

At Nicole Miller, checking out a favorite gown, now in lace!

Sharon and Lisa looking through options. Decisions, decisions!

Andrea and designer Heidi Elnora ending the night at dinner–in matching jean jackets.

Check back this week for more coverage of Bridal Fashion Week including our favorite new trends!

You already know the LBD—now meet the LWD! Just as the little black dress is a necessity for every woman’s closet, the little white dress is a must-have for brides-to-be. Our bridal director, Andrea Wasserman, dishes on the details:

“We love when brides choose to take advantage of their bridal moments and wear white (or ivory, off-white, eggshell… you get it!) for every wedding-related occasion. Whether it’s the engagement celebration, bridal shower, bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, wedding reception or morning-after brunch, we’ve got the look.”

Here are Andrea’s tips on how to wear a few of our favorite LWDs:

“Pair this flirty Jill Stuart dress with the shoe of the season: a single-soled pump in a floral print.”

Jill Stuart Ruffled Chiffon Fit & Flare Dress

“Combine a sexy Monique Lhuillier strapless number (a Nordstrom exclusive), statement shoes and a glamorous necklace coordinate for a high-impact look.”

ML Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids Strapless Ruched Cationic Chiffon Dress

“This day-to-night Donna Morgan dress picks up on the illusion necklines we’re seeing on the bridal runways. Pair it with an on-trend floral box clutch.”

Donna Morgan Embellished Ruffle Chiffon Dress

“Glam up this feminine, lace Eliza J sheath dress with show-stopping metallic heels in rose gold.”

Eliza J Embellished V-Neck Lace Dress

Which is your favorite look for wedding events? Or do you want to take them all?!

Our bridal director, Andrea, may already be married, but that doesn’t stop her from coveting fabulous things from the online wedding registry, NewlyWish. “I was inspired,” she said, “by the idea of living in the moment and having fun with one of the only times in life when you get to pick out your own gifts—and lots of them!”

A few of Andrea’s registry wishes! See her full list on NewlyWish.

On NewlyWish, you can shop by category (such as kitchen, bath, décor), by boutique (a collection of hip stores from across the country) or by style (like classic, modern, bohemian). PLUS, there’s the option to choose less traditional but totally functional gifts, like museum memberships, dancing lessons, spas gift cards, cooking classes and sporting and cultural events. We love the idea of registering for these experiences because it gives guests a great idea of your interests as a couple, and it also gives you so many fun things to look forward to after the wedding.

Check out all of Andrea’s picks, and feel free to snag some ideas for your own NewlyWish registry!

P.S.: Now through April 26, NewlyWish is offering brides-to-be a $1,000 tabletop shopping spree giveaway!

Our National Bridal Director, Andrea Wasserman, gives us the scoop on how to interpret a red carpet trend for your wedding look.

“Striking.” “Bold.” “Dramatic.” These are the buzz-worthy words around our water cooler this week, following Sunday night’s Oscars® awards show. The red carpet brought with it sharp lines, black-and-silver combinations and a return to structure, forming a trend we’re calling Architectural l’Amour. It’s inspired by art deco and gives the bride the opportunity to find the perfect lines for her. Our Wedding Stylists are interpreting this direction in a number of ways.

For the bride:
Brides seeking to keep their looks sleek have to try ‘Waverly’ from Anne Barge—it has a flattering trumpet silhouette, and it just arrived at select Wedding Suites last month. If a non-strapless neckline is more your style, ‘Cassidy’ from Caroline DeVillo is a beautiful choice—it will be in-store at all of our Wedding Suites in March. And if you’re looking for a gown that’s both dramatic and streamlined, ‘Erin’ from Vera Wang is perfect. It has a fitted bodice and a structured volume throughout the skirt, and it’s available now in select Wedding Suites.

‘Waverly’ by Anne Barge | ‘Cassidy’ by Caroline DeVillo | ‘Erin’ by Vera Wang

For the bridesmaids:
This season’s line by ML Monique Lhuillier features a jaw-dropping selection of cocktail-length options, and this two-tone dress has the same straight strapless neckline and black-and-white color combination we saw everywhere on Sunday night. For the bride looking for long, Amsale is the name that comes to mind—we think a long taffeta trumpet-style dress with neckline interest would fit this trend exceptionally well.

ML Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids Strapless Two Tone Sheath Dress | Amsale Asymmetrical Neck Taffeta Gown

Accessories:
What with so much detail in the fabric of the dresses themselves, the sparkle should be kept minimal with statement shoes and dramatic earrings. We like the ‘Devyn’ sandal by Glint and the ‘Brooklyn’ and ‘Holly’ drop earrings by Nina—the combination keeps your look both glamorous and refined.

Glint ‘Devyn’ Sandal | Nina ‘Brooklyn’ Crystal Teardrop Chandelier Earrings | Nina ‘Holly’ Drop Earrings

For the flower girl:
Frilly may be tempting, but keep the littlest wedding party members on trend with a modern flower girl dress in clean lines, such as this ivory organza dress from Us Angels.

Us Angels Ivory A-Line Dress with Sash

How would you wear this trend? Did you have any other favorites from the Oscars?

See more from Andrea over at her Bridal Favorites Pinterest board, or shop our Wedding Suite online.

How do I choose a dress that flatters my body shape? What are this season’s most popular colors? How do I make all my bridesmaids happy?!

Get answers to every burning question about your big day. Join us on Google+ tomorrow, 02.06.13, and chat with some of the biggest names in the wedding industry.

Submit your questions now on our Google+ Hangout Event Page or on Twitter using #NordstromWeddings, then check back on Wednesday as we dish out all the answers. Who else is on the invite? Some of our favorite names in weddings!

Andrea Wasserman | National Bridal Director, Nordstrom
Colin Cowie | Celebrity Event Planner and Designer
Jennie Ma | Fashion and Beauty Editor, the knot
Abby Larson | Founder & Editor, Style Me Pretty
Kerry Magnusson | Director of Bridal Merchandising, Nina

We’ll see you at the hangout–brought to you by the Nordstrom Wedding Suite and HauteLook. Oh, and make sure to enter our Wedding Suite Pinterest Contest for a chance to win a $4,000 Nordstrom Gift Card and a five-night honeymoon to your choice of participating JW Marriott Resorts.


Our National Bridal Director, Andrea Wasserman, shares her insider photos and a quick trend recap from Bridal Fashion Week.

I’m back from Bridal Week, where it was all about the back: interesting low-cut backlines, lace, and illusion. We’re still seeing illusion necklines and straps, and convertible details are also in (think removable peplum, lace toppers, cover-ups and convertible straps). We also saw tea-length and Jackie O.-inspired dresses—definitely a nod to classic glamour.

Matthew Christopher

Rosa Clara

Overall, there are a lot more diverse necklines, rather than just strapless.

Victoria Nicole

Of course, there are still the traditional, ultra-flattering styles like A-line, mermaid and sweetheart neck.

Nicole Miller

Vera Wang

Vera Wang

Anne Barge

See even more from Andrea over at her Bridal Favorites Pinterest board, or browse and shop all of our wedding dresses available online.

Are you following Nordstrom on Pinterest? Don’t miss our National Bridal Director, Andrea Wasserman, live pinning from the shows at Bridal Fashion Week. Here’s a peek at her snaps from the Vera Wang show. Get a front-row seat with Andrea and see all the gorgeous dresses coming down the Spring 2013 runway at our Bridal Fashion Week Pinterest board.

For styles you can get right now, check out our Vera Wang Lookbook.

Andrea Wasserman, our National Bridal Director, is recapping the highlights of her most recent buying trip to designers’ showrooms. Here’s what she had to share.


Dinner break! Confession: We indulged in NYC Restaurant Week while in town and ate at Riverpark (it’s on the East River, and all produce is grown in a garden “farm” just outside). We met up with Kerry, the lovely genius behind Nina bridal shoes and accessories. Psst…She tells us even more headpieces are in the works. Did we hear you love and want more birdcage veils? You’re in luck.


Showroom: Eliza J
Current favorite: Belted Spaghetti Strap Fit & Flare Dress and Woven Fit & Flare Dress. Our Wedding Stylists work with so many brides who select a color and a fabric and let their bridesmaids choose coordinating dresses. So, we picked these two styles to make it extra easy! The color is perfect for brides now getting ready for fall/winter weddings, and the textured fabric is soft yet structured.
Looking forward: The most incredible shades of pink on bridesmaid dresses, from pastel brocades to fuchsia solids, in ladylike silhouettes finished with belts and brooches.


Showroom: Donna Morgan
Current favorite: Strapless Satin Inset Chiffon Gown. Sometimes (okay, often) classic and black is the way to go. This mixed-media style is just that. Plus, it’s fluid enough for day and elegant enough for evening.
Looking forward: Here’s a hint—if you think tulle only comes in white and is only for the bride, think again.

Showroom: Nicole Miller
Current favorite: Accessories! You may think of this designer as making some of our brides’ favorite gowns, and you’re right. But now we’re offering Nicole Miller belts and hairpieces to go with them.
Looking forward: Lace and illusion, two trends right off the bridal runways. Plus, Nicole’s strawberry-rhubarb pie. That’s right, this designer-foodie-chef gifted us her personal recipe as we left the showroom.

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Andrea Wasserman, our National Bridal Director, is recapping the highlights of her most recent buying trip to designers’ showrooms. Here’s what she had to share:

We’re so lucky at Nordstrom Weddings. Yes, of course we shop the bridal market twice per year for the best from bridal designers, but we also get to attend dress markets throughout the year to make sure we have the latest fashion hitting our Wedding Suites each and every month. Last week was one such market trip! We headed to New York’s Garment District to visit the showrooms of 15 designers and see what they’re offering for the winter months. We’re still finalizing our selections, so check back soon to see exactly what we picked.

Showroom: Shoshanna
Current favorite: Shoshanna ‘Risa’ Cap Sleeve Chantilly Lace Dress. The cap sleeve is summery, the deep color is all about fall and the lace is simply trend-right.

Looking forward: This was the first of several visits where shades of peach and rich mint popped up. Summer 2012 may not be over, but spring 2013 is in the air! Get in the mood for these colors with this inspiration board from our friends at REVEL. Speaking of REVEL, we stopped for lunch at L’Artusi, with founder and chief reveler, Saukok. Over a roasted-peach salad (no coincidence!), she told us how much she loves this particular color palette.


I’m such a fan of the Shoshanna bridal items coming that I may just buy them for real life, too.

Showroom: Aidan Mattox
Current favorite: Aidan Mattox One Shoulder Petal Skirt Chiffon Dress
Aidan Mattox is the home of the LWD (little white dress, of course!), and we love this one for an engagement party, a bachelorette party, a rehearsal dinner or an after-party.

Looking forward: One word: LACE.

Showroom: Jill Stuart
Current favorite: Jill Stuart Strapless Ruched Silk Chiffon Dress
This line is new to the Wedding Suite this season, and our brides have loved Jill’s LWDs (see above for the lingo lesson). We can’t get enough of the peplum and we like how this bright number brings the color trend to bridesmaids in a figure-flattering way with light fabric and a vertical line.

Looking forward: Long, feminine bridesmaid dresses and short, flirty white dresses.