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It’s officially mid-November and we’re getting into the holiday spirit! We’ve been seeing shades of red everywhere this time of year, and the version we’re really loving right now is true, bright red.

We’re inspired by the way this classic color appears in nature—as in red roses and fresh strawberries—and in weddings, such as Vera Wang’s red dress collection or a party of bright bridesmaids.

Whether you’re getting married around the holidays or you just love the eye-catching, happy color of love, check out our wedding ideas below. Think about dressing up a white wedding dress with a red shoe or statement necklace, or incorporate red into your beauty look with a bright lip or bold nails.

For more color palette ideas, check out our Pinterest boards or our posts on yellow, grey, berry or lavender weddings!

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Vera Wang | kate spade new york garden path necklace | garland via Style Me Pretty | red bridesmaids via Wedding Chicks | strawberry dessert via Tartelette | Halogen ‘Marla’ Pump | Badgley Mischka ‘Petal’ Pump | Jill Jill Stuart Silk Chiffon Dress | red lips via Wedding Chicks | bouquet via A Crimson Kiss | Kendra Scott ‘Selma’ Earrings | heart cake topper via Style Me Pretty

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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.

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Andrea Wasserman, our National Bridal Director, shares her favorite trends (and behind-the-scenes snaps of buying appointments) coming this fall for bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses.

Tulle. We noted a trend of featherweight skirts during our October trip to market and were thrilled to see it persist in a bigger way over this trip weekend. We saw tulle on bodices, skirts, exaggerated veils and often layered with lace or sequins. Heidi Elnora’s use of English netting as a tulle alternative was incredible for its airy nature, and Vera Wang’s use of layers and layers of draped tulle wowed us in shades of red. [Pictured: Vera Wang, at select Wedding Suites now]

Lace. From alençon to Chantilly and full to borders to appliqué, lace was the #1 trend in gowns, veils, jackets and reception dresses. Lace was an important part of every designer’s assortment, and we loved what Reem Acra and Amsale did with it. [Pictured: Theia, coming this fall]

Bows. We saw a feminine bow detail trending upward and will look for more of it next season. We’ve always loved the way Amsale adds excitement to the back of her gowns in this way and also took note of some sweet tiny bows at Reem Acra and Rosa Clara. [Pictured: NOUVELLE Amsale sketch, coming to all Wedding Suites in September]

Illusion. More than ever before, we noticed sheer necklines, sleeves and low cut backs that featured lace or appliqué. Lela Rose added to the drama with her exquisite hand beading in organic shapes that were inspired by the landscape of NYC parks. [Pictured: Sue Wong Illusion Bodice Lace Sheath Dress, available online this fall]

Peplum. We know this isn’t for every bride, but in a nod to the couture and ready-to-wear shapes of the season, we saw designers interpreting peplum in ways that were wearable and timeless. Length, shape, structure and fabrication varied, but everyone registered the importance of this ladylike look. [Pictured: Jill Stuart bridesmaid dress, coming this fall]

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