What to Wear

If you have your wedding dress, shoes and jewelry, what’s next for your big day look? Your hairstyle! So what’s it going to be…up, down, half up? Veil, fascinator, pins, clips, headband? We’ve got you covered with the ideas in our bridal hair lookbook.

Here, take a peek behind the scenes of the lookbook photo shoot to see the creation of these hair and accessory pairings. And read below for some important do’s and don’ts for creating wedding-worthy hair!

DO pair the right hairstyle with your dress style. Think about what will be around your shoulders–dress neckline or straps, jewelry, veil–and wear your hair up or down accordingly.

Don’t wait until the wedding day to perfect your style! Work with your stylist or practice on your own long before the wedding day. It’s one less thing to worry about and leaves more time to sip champagne and relax with your girls!

DO plan to freshen up your cut and color about two weeks before the wedding. But don’t make any drastic changes–there may not be time to fix it if something goes wrong.

Don’t forgot to bring touch-up products (hair spray, bobby pins and a brush) so you can make adjustments if needed throughout the night.

DO work with a wedding stylist to find the perfect hair accessories. Our stylists are happy to help with even the smallest details, and they have great advice after working with hundreds of brides!

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New wedding dresses from Bliss Monique Lhuillier are here! Now in select Wedding Suites, you can find four more styles, all with Ms. Lhuillier’s signature detailing—like re-embroidered lace, hand-tufting and perfect draping.


Style BL1415: silk white re-embroidered lace gown with high/low tier overlay and tulle skirt

Back in July, we announced the arrival of the new brand, along with eight other gowns in our Bliss Monique Lhuillier lookbook. And in case you missed it, we partnered with Jocey and Amy of Wedding Chicks to create four collages for different bridal styles—be sure to check them out!


Style BL1408: silk white re-embroidered lace sheath gown with tulle over-skirt


Style BL1419O: organza gown with sweetheart neckline and hand-tufted trumpet skirt, shown in white, also available in blush


BL1432: silk white crepe sheath gown with cowl neck and back

Bliss Monique Lhuillier is carried in Wedding Suites in Seattle, WA; Oakbrook, IL; Topanga, CA; Paramus, NJ; McLean, VA; Scottsdale, AZ; Houston, TX; and Dallas, TX. Call your local suite to make an appointment!

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Searching for the perfect bridesmaid dresses for a black-tie affair? Look no further than the new Jim Hjelm styles, like this floor-sweeping, one-shoulder black dress.

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Jim Hjelm Occasions One-Shoulder Dress | Robert Rose Teardrop Earrings | Robert Rose Jeweled Cuff Bracelet | David Tutera ‘Joy’ Sandal

Soft chiffon drapes the bodice and shoulder in a unique asymmetrical shape and overlays an A-line skirt. With an emerald shoe and a set of black and iridescent rainbow jewelry (think bridesmaid gift!), the look is elegant and modern. We can see ‘maids in this style with dark red bouquets, lined up next to a bride in a wedding dress accented with a black sash and a groom in a classic tux.

For more bridesmaid dress ideas—and ideas for how to wear them after the wedding—check out our bridesmaid shop online or make an appointment with a free wedding stylist in your local Wedding Suite!

 

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Tulle wedding dresses have a special place in our hearts. Maybe it’s the nostalgia of childhood ballet tutus, or perhaps it’s the idea of traditional princess-like gowns. Whatever the reason, we’re pretty sure we’re not alone in our love for this ethereal fabric!

Named after the French city of Tulle, the fabric first appeared in Parisian ballet costumes in the 18th century. Now very popular in wedding attire, tulle can be found in a stiff, structured form often used to add volume under skirts, or in a softer, gauzy form used for veils, illusion sleeves or straps, or as decorative top layers. For example, designers like Anne Barge and Rosa Clará use pleated or shirred tulle to give texture to bodices, while Vera Wang and Reem Acra create dimensional, layered skirts.

Find (and pin!) your favorite from the selections below, or browse our in-store wedding gowns and lookbooks for more ideas!

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Anne Barge ‘Aimee’


Jenny Yoo ‘Bella’


NOUVELLE Amsale Wedding Dress (#R105U)


Jenny Yoo ‘Hathaway’


Roses by Reem Acra ‘Ivy’


Rosa Clará ‘Bambu’ Wedding Dress with Jacket


Kelly Faetanini ‘Becky’


Vera Wang ‘Louisa’


Roses by Reem Acra ‘Laurel’

See more wedding gowns and work with a free wedding stylist to find your perfect style by making an appointment at your nearest Wedding Suite!

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It was love at first sight when our buyers first spotted lace bridesmaid dresses from Amsale at the latest Bridal Fashion Week. Now we’re bringing those styles to you, via lovely maxi dresses in delicate floral lace.

We are especially smitten with this style, an alternative to a strapless dress, with pretty lace straps that veer into a V shape in the back. The deep purple color (aptly called ‘Raisin’) seems fitting for a fall or winter wedding, so we styled it here with darker accents in pewter and black—like these extra-long, moody Alexis Bittar earrings and some sassy lace sandals from Ivanka Trump.

  Amsale Pleated Lace Sweetheart Dress | Alexis Bittar ‘Miss Havisham’ Linear Earrings | Menbur ‘Vintage Bride’ Clutch | Ivanka Trump ‘Haizel’ Sandal

Love this idea? Shop bridesmaid dresses by fabric for more lace styles, or browse more dresses from Amsale and consider mixing fabrics like chiffon and lace!

You can also get help from a free wedding stylist by making an appointment at your nearest Wedding Suite!

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“I want a bridesmaid dress that can be worn again after the wedding.” How many times have you heard this, or even thought it yourself? We hear you loud and clear: This is a big deal to both brides and bridesmaids alike!

We also know that it helps to get a little inspiration on how to wear a dress again and again. How can you turn it into an outfit for work, for a date or for a night out with friends?

To offer some ideas, we teamed up with one of our favorite wedding stylists and bloggers: Summer Watkins, aka Lady Grey, of Grey Likes Weddings. Working with three popular bridesmaid dresses—a Monique Lhuillier ruched sheath dress, an Alfred Sung structured satin dress and a flowy chiffon Jenny Yoo dress—we styled each look for the wedding and beyond.

Introducing Wear Now, Wear Later! Click through to our site to see details about the dress and styling items in each look.

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Read on for our exclusive interview with Lady Grey:

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The Wedding Suite: Summer, you are rocking it in the wedding world with great ideas and beautifully styled photo shoots. How did you get your start?

Summer Watkins: In college, I worked part time for a floral designer, and that job planted the seed of my love for weddings and design. As a result of the skills I picked up, I was asked to do the flowers for all of my friends’ weddings. One thing led to another, and after I started the blog, I received similar requests for styling! Eventually, that led to wardrobe styling, which is actually my favorite genre! It’s so much fun, creating looks for different seasons and themes!

The Wedding Suite: What is your favorite part of working in the wedding business?

SW: The never-ending possibilities! Weddings combine all the best things from every world: fashion, food, mixology, florals, interiors… it never gets boring!

The Wedding Suite: Totally agree. OK, so how many times have you been a bridesmaid? Do you have any best or worst dress stories for us?

SW: I’ve been a bridesmaid seven or eight times. None of the dresses were horrible because—duh—I got to help pick them out! I always feel at my most gorgeous and confident when I’m in a dress of my own choosing, so brides, let your ‘maids have an opinion, and they will be so much happier!

The Wedding Suite: What are your tips for wearing a bridesmaid dress again after the wedding?

SW: My simplest tips are adding layers and jewelry. Think about layers that you’d wear every day: a scarf, a blazer or leather jacket. A collared shirt under a dress makes it look like a jumper. A sweater over a dress makes it look like a skirt. Add tights and boots, and no one will ever know it was a bridesmaid dress.

Next, think jewelry and accessories: A statement necklace or a belt can make a big difference. Although you may wear more delicate pieces for the wedding itself, you can wear chunkier, heavier pieces with the dress later.

Finally, you can always alter the dress as well: Make a long dress short or remove the sleeves!

The Wedding Suite: We know you just got married yourself (because we stalk you on Instagram). Huge congrats! Any tips as a recent bride on picking dresses for your ‘maids?

SW: My tip for brides is to relax a little more. Let your gals choose from a few options, so they feel comfortable. And don’t be afraid to mix it up: A few different hues from the same palette can end up being so pretty!

We couldn’t agree more! Shop more bridesmaid dresses online or make an appointment with a free Wedding Stylist for help outfitting your wedding party—or just for freshening up that old dress you already have!

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BLISS Monique Lhuillier Lace Low Back Wedding Dress

Wedding dresses with eye-catching backs are very of-the-moment! And it makes perfect sense—most of the time, a bride is facing away from her guests during the ceremony, so why not make the back of a gown just as beautiful as the front? More and more designers are thinking beyond straight-across strapless or traditional buttons on the train and adding unexpected details like architectural shapes, low scoop cuts, illusion detailing and embellishments.

Whether it’s a dramatic keyhole like the BLISS Monique Lhuillier dress above or an intricate illusion design like Lela Rose’s ‘Tompkins Square Park’, we know one thing for sure: in these gowns, baby got back!

Find your favorite from our selections below, or browse our in-store wedding gowns for more ideas!

Two by Rosa Clará ‘Delicia’ Wedding Dress

Heidi Elnora ‘Rubie Joe’ Wedding Dress

Kelly Faetanini ‘Georgina’ Wedding Dress

Lela Rose ‘Tompkins Square Park’ Wedding Dress

Nouvelle Amsale Bow Detail Wedding Dress

Caroline DeVillo ‘Cassidy’ Wedding Dress

Hayley Paige ‘Mila’ Wedding Dress

La Fleur by Anne Barge ‘Chantal’ Wedding Dress

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Black and white and prints all over! Eliza J has a new crop of dresses in black-and-white patterns—from floral and lace to stripes and dots—all in a figure-flattering fit-and-flare silhouette. While any of these would be adorable for a wedding guest, bolder brides might consider a mix of styles for their bridesmaids!

The simplicity of the two colors and the similar cut of each dress make the grouping complementary and fun, not overwhelming. But if you’re not quite ready to try all different styles for each ‘maid, think about pairing just two together for an every-other combo, or give your maid of honor her own pattern to stand out from the rest.

For more black-and-white wedding ideas, check out our Pinterest board dedicated to this classic combination.

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Illusion Dot & Floral Print Dress | Illusion Yoke Lace Dress | Stripe Metallic Dress | Illusion Dot Stripe Dress | Lace Bodice Dress | Floral Embellished Jacquard Dress

 

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From “very modest” to “va-va-voom,” some of our favorite V-neck gowns are being highlighted today! We talked to the Wedding Stylists in our suites to get the scoop on how a V-neckline flatters different body types.

If you have a full bust, a V-neck can draw the eye downward for a slimming effect. If you have a small bust, some V-necks can create the appearance of fullness. It’s all about the fabric, the straps and the depth of the V.

The width and placement of the straps make a difference too. Spaghetti straps flatter dainty shoulders, while wider set straps show off the chest (and a pretty necklace). Look for the new trend of illusion straps too—like on the Jenny Yoo ‘Magnolia’ and Anne Barge ‘Emanuelle.’ With any V-neck style, the key is to make sure the fabric lies flat against your skin. The shoulder straps should be snug but comfortable.

Find your favorite from our selections below, or browse our in-store wedding gowns for more ideas!

Caroline DeVillo ‘Eva’ Wedding Dress

Two by Rosa Clara ‘Dakota’ Wedding Dress

Nouvelle Amsale Ruffle Wedding Dress

Kelly Faetanini ‘Reid’ Wedding Dress

Jenny Yoo ‘Magnolia’ Wedding Dress

BLISS Monique Lhuillier Lace Wedding Dress

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Anne Barge ‘Emanuelle’ Wedding Dress

Caroline DeVillo ‘Dana’ Wedding Dress

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New bridesmaid styles from designer Lela Rose are here! We’re falling in love with the soft silk chiffon and drapey silhouettes of these three dresses, which come in dusty shades of plum, rose and lavender. Today, we’re sharing not just one but three ideas on how to accessorize for different wedding destinations and themes.

For a downtown affair: Statement earrings in mixed metals, plus neutral—but glam—accessories take the light pastel shades from sweet to chic.

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Lela Rose Bridesmaid Draped Chiffon Dress in Suede Rose | Alexis Bittar ‘Elments – Jardin de Papillon’ Earrings | Whiting & Davis Crossbody Bag | Vince Camuto ‘Wessi’ Sandal in Gold

For a garden party: A floral headband in rosy shades, paired with heels and a gold and nude bracelet, top off this romantic maiden look.

Lela Rose Bridesmaid Draped Chiffon Dress in Smashing | Whichgoose ‘Paradigm’ Headband | Melinda Maria ‘Jessica’ Bangle | Jimmy Choo ‘Lottie’ Sandal in Nude

For a beach bash: Take this maxi gown to a destination wedding with mother of pearl accents, like these chandelier earrings and colorful clutch. Don’t forget sparkly flats for the sand!

Lela Rose Bridesmaid Draped Chiffon Dress in Taupe | Judith Jack ‘Amore’ Earrings | Rafé New York ‘Maryanne’ Minaudiere | Nina ‘Keegan’ Sandal in Ivory

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