What to Wear

What to wear?! Brides, help your friends and family out and share this story over on our sister blog, The Thread, which features four inspiring guest-of-wedding dresses. Read more to get to know our real-woman model, Kathy, and see our stylist suggestions for the perfect dress (hint: it’s all about rich, beautiful color) and accessories–no matter the occasion.

MIDNIGHT SHIMMER – Evening Wedding

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Stuart Weitzman ankle strap sandal | Minaudieres | Stackable rings | Crawler earrings

On dressing for weddings: “I love that you can really dress to the nines for a wedding! For events like this, my philosophy is that it’s always better to overdress than under.



Today, we’re excited to bring you a guest post from our newest collaborator, Rustic Wedding Chic!

When thinking of hosting a rustic wedding, it is important to remember that you don’t have to skip the glamour just because you are selecting a rustic location. Venues like barns, vineyards, farms and lodges are beautiful backdrops for a rustic chic wedding, and they work perfectly with more dressed-up looks—for both the bride and the bridesmaids—for a one-of-a-kind event!

Anne Barge ‘Emmanuelle’ Wedding Dress | Whichgoose ‘Nymph’ Crown | kate spade new york ‘secret garden’ stud earrings | flowers & venue photo by: Robin Jolin Photography via from Rustic Wedding Chic

Jenny Yoo ‘Gigi’ Ruffled Bridesmaid Dress | Lauren Ralph Lauren Beaded Earrings | Ivanka Trump ‘Anita’ Sandals | Nadri CZ Cluster Necklace | flowers photo by Robin Jolin Photography via Rustic Wedding Chic

Adrianna Papell Dot Bridesmaid Dress | Pelle Moda ‘Gretel’ Sandals | Lauren Ralph Lauren Hoop Earrings | Guinevere Statement Necklace | cake photo by Robin Jolin Photography via Rustic Wedding Chic

 Love this style? Check out our Rustic Wedding Ideas Pinterest board for more inspiration!


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When it comes to walking down the aisle, many couples invite their best furry friends to be by their sides. After all, pets are family too! Whether it’s a role in the ceremony or just a photo op, chances are that your canine companions will want to be part of the fun. (When do they not?!)

Here are some cute ways to involve your pooches—and some outfit inspiration to ensure that they’re dressed to impress.

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Wedding Stylist Chelsea Hobbs from The Wedding Suite at our Downtown Seattle store offers ten tips for dress shopping that every mother of the bride can cherish.


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We’re featuring a new Adrianna Papell bridesmaid dress again this week, because—we admit it—we’re obsessed with the idea of a glamorous wedding party in these long gowns!

The beaded pattern on this dress is simply stunning, as is the super-soft pastel shade called ‘Mist.’ We think it works best with silver accessories, like thin Nadri bracelets and a single-strap sandal. Add a ribbon-and-gemstone head wrap for a bit of Great Gatsby flair!

Adrianna Papell Beaded Bridesmaid Dress | Nina ‘Cece’ Head Wrap | Nadri Crystal Bangle | Pelle Moda ‘Kacey’ Sandal

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Wedding dresses from Vera Wang’s Spring 2014 line are now hitting select Nordstrom Wedding Suites! This graphic, textured, black-and-white collection is nothing short of dramatic—perfect for a fashion-forward bride.

See the new styles below, and then swoon over more gowns from past seasons in our Vera Wang lookbook.

‘Mae’ (style 112414): Light ivory strapless stretch Mikado mermaid gown with hand-draped bodice and sculptural floral/pleated silk organza skirt with raffia accents

‘Miriam’ (style 112214): Light ivory and black sheer-back strapless gown with silk ottoman trapunto stitched bodice, silk satin-faced organza skirt and hand-draped accents

‘Mallory’ (style 112514): Ivory chantilly lace sleeveless V-neck soft mermaid gown with hand-appliquéd corded rose lace accents

‘Mira’ (style 112614): Light ivory and black sheer-back strapless mermaid gown with silk ottoman trapunto-stitched bodice and silk satin-faced organza skirt with tulle overlay

‘Marie’ (style 112314): Light ivory and black strapless gown with diamond-quilted bodice, hand-cut silk organza petal accents and hand-draped, satin-faced silk organza skirt

Make an appointment with a free Wedding Stylist to find your dream wedding dress today!



Eri and Evan’s wedding was a classic affair held in a stunning ballroom. We love how they incorporated traditional and handmade details. Read on for their story, as told by Eri.

The Scene: September 20, 2013, The Arctic Club in Seattle, WA

Evan and I hit it off instantly when we met in college in 2003, and have been inseparable since then. Because we were both finishing up college, and then I relocated for graduate school, it never seemed like just the right moment to make things official–until this year!

We both wanted a pretty traditional wedding, but because I am half-Japanese we also wanted to incorporate some of that tradition as well. We wanted an elegant, classic event but tried to add lots of personal touches.

I love craft projects, and for the reception, my bridesmaids and I made personalized message-in-a-bottle escort cards with handwritten thank-you notes inside, along with matching place cards and menus. My mom is crafty too, and made us adorable table numbers with framed pictures of me and my husband as kids.

The bridal party was a small, close-knit group of our friends. By far, our favorite part of the whole experience was how wonderfully these friends and family members from all over the country (and the world) came together and worked so hard to create a faultless evening.

My Look: I had three looks, and all very different! For the ceremony I wore a lace gown with a scalloped neckline and hem, called ‘Cricket’ by designer Hayley Paige. I accented the dress with a cathedral-length veil by Vera Wang and the Rosa Clará ‘Belinda’ belt. My shoes were Badgley Mischka ‘Salsa’ heels in white.

For the reception I wore a retro-inspired fit-and-flare dress by Isaac Mizrahi and a short birdcage veil.

My relatives all flew here from Japan, and after the ceremony my grandmother and aunt helped me change from my gown into a kimono that had been passed down to me. It was a painstaking process for which they had trained for weeks.

My Wedding Stylist: Sarah Walton, Downtown Seattle Wedding Suite

I had never tried on any kind of formal gown before this, so when I started out I had pretty much no idea of what I wanted. My fears dissolved once I met my stylist, Sarah. She pulled dresses in every style for me to see what I liked best, but the second I put on the Hayley Paige, we all knew it was “the one.”

Working with Sarah was an absolute joy; she had a wonderful eye, echoing the details of the lace on the dress in the beaded belt we picked out and also in my shoes. She took lots of time to learn exactly what our vision was for the evening, to make sure that everything was just right. She was great with suggestions for finishing touches too–it was her idea to have our florist use the remnant from my belt to wrap the bottom of my bouquet. It came out beautifully!

When I came to her at the last minute asking for help finding a reception dress, she sprang into action, picking the perfect tea-length party dress and veil to finish off the evening (and allowing plenty of room for dancing). Sarah’s enthusiasm and love of her job really showed.

Our Special Moments: My husband is the music aficionado and helped plan the perfect soundtrack for the night. After dinner and one more costume change, we spent the rest of the evening on cloud nine, dancing and enjoying ourselves. Evan and I couldn’t believe all of our relatives who hit the dance floor, from younger cousins to my nearly 90-year-old grandfather. We truly did get the perfect wedding we had been waiting so long for!

Photos by Christopher Gendron Photography

Did you find your wedding gown at Nordstrom? We love a good wedding story! Email Nordstrom Wedding Stories for details on getting your wedding featured on our blog. And for more inspiration, make a complimentary appointment with a Wedding Stylist or browse our Wedding Suite.



Whether you’re set to walk down the aisle in a winter wonderland or under bright sunshine in June, metallic accessories will infuse high-shine glamour into your look on your big day. Perusing our newest arrivals, we found five shoe-and-clutch pairings in gold, silver and even blush that will wow at any celebration.

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY: Jessica McClintock ‘Cake’ Glitter Minaudiere | Enzo Angiolini ‘Brodee’ Metallic Leather Sandal

BLUSHING BRIDE: Royale Chic Metallic Leather Box Clutch | kate spade new york ‘charm’ slingback pump

DETAIL WORK: Micky London Handbags ‘Mini Circle’ Beaded ClutchBadgley Mischka ‘Taylar’ Crystal Embellished Cutout Sandal

HeroALL THE CAGE: La Regale ‘Cage’ Box Clutch | Jimmy Choo ‘Venus Tubular’ Sandal

SILVER LININGS: Jessica McClintock Mesh Clutch | Jimmy Choo ‘Lace’ Pump

Not quite sure how to pair? Our Wedding Stylists can help curate your entire big-day look, so schedule an appointment to visit your nearest Wedding Suite today!


A certain shade of purple is getting a lot of attention these days! Radiant Orchid has been announced as the Pantone® Color of the Year for 2014, and everyone in fashion, home decor and (of course) weddings is talking about it.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, says this about the hot new shade: “Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.” Yep, we’re charmed, all right!

Even though the current reign of Emerald still has a couple weeks, we couldn’t wait to start thinking of our favorite examples of this “harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones.” See our picks below, and look out for more in 2014.

twobirds Convertible Bridesmaid Dress | Orchid bouquet via Every Last Detail | Floral headband via Magnolia Rouge | Chandelier Earrings | Drink via Nothing But DeliciousLela Rose Draped Silk Bridesmaid Dress | Bridesmaid via Inspired by This (in Donna Morgan ‘Grey Ridge’ color | Macarons via Cooking for Pleasure | Nordstrom Cashmere Blend Wrap | Boutonniere via Style Me Pretty


We’ve been a bit obsessed with ruffled details lately, what with our recent posts about our favorite gowns, bride Jodi’s wedding dress and now our styling of a new bridesmaid dress decked out in ruffles!

HeroWe can’t help but love this frilly frock from Adrianna Papell. The cascading ruffles are fun and flirty, while the strapless neckline and maxi length bring elegance to the overall look. Plus, the angle of the ruched sides create a figure-flattering shape.

We chose the blush color to match a strappy Jimmy Choo sandal, vintage-inspired cluster earrings and a glittery butterfly-shaped clutch. Mixing metallics—rose gold, gold and silver—works here because all three complement the soft tone of the dress without overpowering it. We’d gladly be bridesmaids in this style!

Adrianna Papell Ruffled Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress (also in Navy)| Nina ‘Abbey’ Cluster Earrings | Natasha Couture ‘Butterfly’ Clutch | Jimmy Choo ‘Lottie’ Sandal