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

If you’re in the process of planning summer or autumn nuptials, our top real wedding picks this week are for you! From outdoor ceremony ideas to colorful decor, we know you’ll find something that will leave you feeling inspired and excited. Check out the full galleries below:

Pink California Golf Course Wedding – Supriya and Neel were married at Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. on September 26. The bride looked beautiful in a beaded fuchsia saree, while her bridesmaids were pretty in pink. At the end of the night, the newlyweds surprised their guests with a special treat: a visit from the In-N-Out Burger food truck!

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Photo by Lin and Jirsa Photography 

Vintage Washington Garden Wedding – Anna and Josh were married at Jardin del Sol in Snohomish, Wash. on August 14. The rainy Pacific Northwest weather didn’t stop this couple from holding an outdoor ceremony. We love this adorable snapshot of them making their way down the aisle just after saying “I do” in a downpour!

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Photo by Julie Bulanov Photography 

Intimate California Cottage Wedding – Caitlin and Bobby were married at Plateau Edge in Murrieta, Calif. on June 5. The view of the Santa Rosa Plateau from their mountaintop ceremony site was unbeatable. Colorful bouquets and decor added an extra-cheerful touch to the big day.

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Photo by Nicole Marie Photography 

Modern Rustic California Wedding – Ariel and Hilary were married at Smith’s Flat House in Placerville, Calif. on August 9. Their favorite part of the day was exchanging their handwritten vows. “I read mine first and couldn’t stop crying tears of joy,” Hilary said. “As I finished, Ariel began her vows. They were short and sweet, but she ended with a quick story.”

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Photo by Stout Photography

Fall Mansion Wedding in Texas – Kendall and Ryan were married at Stonegate Mansion in Fort Worth, Texas on October 2. Dark cranberry red tones with pops of dusty blue, orange and green were the perfect colors for their outdoor garden soiree. Their reception tablescapes are a must-see!

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Photo by Sarah Rizy of Lightly Photography

Groom Advice, Bridal Shower Ideas and Much More!

Posted by Caitlin on Apr 06, 2016

Are you in need of some wedding inspiration? Our Editorial Team is busy writing content for our Ideas Section! To help you get through the week, this Wednesday we’ve rounded up some of our favorite slideshows and articles! Check them out below:

“Should I set my date or choose my venue first?” – To help you decide which planning order is best for you, we’ll take you through each of three scenarios

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Photo by Lovers of Love Photography 

7 Things to Do Before Putting on Your Tux Here are some last-minute details we think you should take care of before putting on your tuxedo.

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Photo by Abbey Lunt Photography

15 Must Have Details For Your Spring Wedding – We’ve gathered a few of our favorite steal-worthy spring details including lush florals to playful colors.

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Photo by BTW Photography

10 Creative Bridal Shower Themes You’ll Love – From tacos to tea parties, here are a few fun ways to celebrate the bride-to-be!

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Photo by Tara Peddicord Photography 

The 5 Reasons You MUST Hire a Videographer For Your Wedding – Check out these reasons why we think you should hire a videographer for your wedding day!

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Photo by Thirteenth Moon Photography 

Fun Facts: The Big Day

Posted by Kim on Mar 31, 2016

For the final installment of our series sharing the results of our 2015 Newlywed Report, we’re talking about the nitty-gritty details of 2015 weddings. One of the most surprising details we learned in our survey was that nearly three-quarters of couples go over-budget. This just reinforces the importance of setting a budget early on, and using an online tool to help you stay organized. Also, we found it interesting that the average number of wedding guests is 120. How many guests are you having at your big day? Learn more interesting wedding details in the infographic below. And don’t forget to check out our 2015 Newlywed Report for lots of helpful info!

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