Happy 9th Birthday, WeddingWire!

Posted by Kim on May 01, 2016

This past weekend, we celebrated WeddingWire’s 9th birthday! Nine years of vendor reviews, free planning tools, a vibrant community of couples, advice, inspiration, and much more, to help turn your wedding vision into reality. We’re so excited to see what the next nine years will bring, but for today, we’re celebrating by consuming sweet treats and toasting with our favorite beverages. Happy Birthday, WeddingWire! Can’t wait to see what the next nine years will bring.

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It’s time for our weekly real weddings recap! Today, we’re sharing five weddings with inspiration for any style, from a glam California ceremony to a laid-back (and lobster-filled) wedding in Maine. Check out each gallery below!

Pink and Teal Minnesota Wedding – Kalin and Nick were married at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Saint Paul, Minn. followed by a reception at Courtyards of Andover in Andover, Minn. on November 21. The couple opted for a bold pink and teal color scheme. Don’t miss the bridesmaids’ pretty gowns!

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Photo by Eric Vest Photography, Inc. 

Glamorous California Hotel Wedding – Kiran and Ajay were married at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott in Dana Point, Calif. on August 1. Their wedding was filled with traditional Hindu elements, including a gorgeous mandap and the groom’s horseback processional (called a baraat).

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Photo by Lin and Jirsa Photography

Summer Maine Barn Wedding – Betsie and Keith were married at the Historic Alna Meetinghouse followed by a reception at the Round Top Barn in Damariscotta, Maine on September 12. Our editors can’t get enough of this quintessential New England wedding, including the yummy lobster feast! We also love their rustic-chic decor, such as wildflower centerpieces and checkered table linens.

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Photo by The Maine Tinker Studio

Classic Minnesota Summer Wedding – Kate and Stephen were married at the Cathedral of Saint Paul followed by a reception at 413 on Wacouta Event Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota on July 18. Everything about their wedding was timeless and classic, from the bride’s A-line gown to the gold and white tablescapes at the reception. Plus, we can’t resist their adorable pup, Cooper, who was a part of the big day.

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Photo by DnK Photography

Chic Outer Banks Estate Wedding – Janna and Sam were married at The Whalehead Club in Corolla, N.C. on May 29. Peach and ivory created the perfect palette for this Southern spring wedding. We especially love the bride’s amazing bouquet (it weighed more than five pounds!) of peonies and garden roses.

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Photo by Genevieve Stewart Photography

This week, our five favorite real weddings include a laid-back farm wedding in Maryland, a sophisticated autumn wedding in Alabama, and a colorful spring wedding in Nashville. We hope you love them just as much as we do. See the full galleries below, and happy Friday!

Laid-Back Maryland Farm Wedding – Julia and Tom were married at Star Bright Farm in White Hall, Md. on October 3. Their wedding took place during a hurricane, but the weather didn’t put a damper on the big day! They personalized their wedding with handmade details and an intimate garden ceremony.

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Photo by EarthMark Photography

Spring Nashville Warehouse Wedding – Ashton and Ruddy were married at West End United Methodist Church followed by a reception at Houston Station in Nashville, Tenn. on March 21. We love the bride’s stunning bouquet, which included bright red anemones, Juliet garden roses, peonies, and tulips. So perfect for spring!

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Photo by The Collection

Classic Canada Summer Wedding – Fiona and Spencer were married at St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church followed by a reception at Cymbria Lions Club in Rustico, Price Edward Island, Canada on August 1. The couple chose an emerald green and blush color scheme with gold accents. The understated reception decor is proof that sometimes, less is more (and just as beautiful).

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Photo by Heather Wilkinson

Sophisticated Alabama Barn Wedding – Laura and Luke were married at The Barn at Shady Lane in Birmingham, Ala. on October 17. Their big day was all about classic elements, such as a black and white color scheme accented with cobalt blue. The night ended with a magical sparkler send-off. What could be more romantic?

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Photo by Cotton + Clover Photography

Bright New Jersey Backyard Wedding – Jackie and Nick were married at the bride’s parents’ home in West Long Branch, N.J. on September 5. If you’re looking for on-trend details – think gold accents, oversized floral arrangements, and sparkly bridesmaid dresses – you won’t want to miss this wedding. Bonus: The reception took place poolside in the backyard!

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Photo by George Street Photo & Video

When meeting with your hair stylist and/or makeup artist, it can be a good idea to bring photos of looks you love to help your pro get a sense of the styles you like. Often, celebrities’ red carpet style can provide great inspiration for wedding-day hair and makeup looks. But, which celebs do brides particularly love? We asked 6,500 WeddingWire users to share their wedding-day icons—and here are the results! For more hair and makeup inspiration, visit our WeddingWire photo galleries!

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Everything You Need to Know About Bridal Fashion Week

Posted by Sarah T. on Apr 12, 2016

NEW YORK BRIDAL FASHION WEEK

You know Fashion Week, right? It’s an opportunity for editors, writers, boutique owners, and buyers to view upcoming ready-to-wear and couture collections so they can get a sneak peek at the up-and-coming fashion trends. Bridal Market is the same, except the focus is wedding and bridesmaid dresses, along with shoes, veils, jewelry, and other accessories. While Bridal Market is the industry term for the weeklong series of shows and presentations, it’s also known as Bridal Fashion Week.

Designers present their collections at shows, presentations, or one-on-one appointments, which take place all around New York City from hotel rooms to convention spaces, personal studios to ballrooms.


OK—Why should I care?

Collections hit the stores roughly six months after they hit the runways. So if you’re not quite ready to go wedding dress shopping, but are ready to start brainstorming, viewing the collections will give you an idea of what will actually be available come shopping time.

If you’ve already purchased your gown, you can get inspired by how looks are accessorized on the runway. WeddingWire Editors attend every Market, and we post our favorite details with the hashtag #WWxBFW on Instagram, TwitterFacebook, and Snapchat. Be it a blinged out sash or an unexpected neckline, you can incorporate these trends into your own wedding day look!

You know, that actually sounds kind of fun. How long does a show last? 

The formal presentation is actually very short—usually no longer than 10 or 15 minutes. Which makes sense, when you think about it—it only takes a few seconds for a model to sashay up and down a runway.

And what’s the difference between a runway show and a presentation?

Both have their merits! A runway show is what you think of when you typically think of Fashion Week. Attendees sit on opposite sides of a long runway, and models wearing gowns walk up and down a few times. Runway shows are great because they allow us to see how gowns move, which is pretty important considering the real brides who wear them will be walking down their own sort of runway at their ceremony.

A presentation, on the other hand, is a more intimate event. Fewer people usually attend, and dresses are either presented on models or mannequins. These appointments allow industry insiders to get up close and personal with the gowns. We have the opportunity to feel the fabric, admire beautiful beadwork, and better understand each dress individually.

Overall, both help us editors discern what the best dresses are to present to you, the future bride, at the end of Market.

Got it. Editors go to Bridal Market to report on new styles. What do boutique owners and buyers do?

Their purpose is even more important—they attend Market to stock their stores! When a boutique owner/buyer makes an appointment to view a collection, they also place orders for the gowns they’ll carry in their stores. An important detail to note: not all dresses are ordered as is. Boutique owners know their audience better than anyone, and will sometimes work with designers to tweak gown styles to better suit brides in their area of the country. This can be anything from changing the color of the skirt underlay to adding cap sleeves to a strapless style.

Alright, I’m officially pumped for Bridal Market. What’s the best way for me to follow along?

Starting April 13th we’ll be posting on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook—find us on any one of these platforms and look for the hashtag #WWxBFW for even more of-the-moment coverage. If you want to get in on the exclusive behind-the-scenes action, add “weddingwire” on Snapchat!

Just looking to browse neatly organized photos of the newest collections? Not a problem—we’ll have that, too! Check back in with us after the end of Market on April 19th to see photos of the full collections in our Fashion Ideas section!

Got more dress questions? WeddingWire’s Sarah Title, Elizabeth Stiles, Jacqueline Tynes and Halie Greening will be at New York Bridal Market from Wednesday April 13th through Tuesday April 19th—tweet @WeddingWire to get in touch!

Gown in photo by Amsale, Photo by Dan Lecca

Original article by Sarah Zlotnick