Dress Designers (from left to right): Jim Hjelm and Alvina Valenta and Photos (from left to right): Dan Lecca 

Jesse Duggar has been married to Ben Seewald for exactly one week tomorrow! As much as the wedding was traditional with 1,000 guest witnessing the vows (but not the first kiss) in the family’s church and a horse drawn-carriage exit, it was also untraditional. She wore blush (in lieu of white) Allure a-line wedding gown with capped sleeves. Our Fashion Editor believes that this will continue to be an emerging trend, so check out some of her favorite NEW pink wedding gowns from Fall 2015 Bridal Fashion Week.

The Best Bridesmaid Dresses We Saw in 2013

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 07, 2014


Dress Designers (from left to right): Alvina Valenta and Jim Hjelm Occasions; Photos (from left to right): Dan Lecca 

After attending New York Bridal Market twice this past year, you can only guess how many wedding gowns and dresses we saw come down the runways. Thousands, maybe? From substantial halter necklines and shimmering fabrics to scalloped hemlines and even cool capes, be sure to choose only the BEST ones for your bridesmaids. Bonus: Our Fashion Editor suggests what to wear with ’em too!


Five Fabulous Looks from Alvina Valenta

Posted by Bridal Market on Oct 21, 2011

In what I think was her most stunning collection to date, designer Jessica Williams created a group of romantic and dreamy gowns for Spring 2012. Voluminous skirts, lace detailing and illusion necklines were some of the design elements she used. And in addition to wedding dresses the collection included a handful of stylish looks for bridesmaids too. Here are five looks we loved:

Dreamy Gowns: The finale dress tops our list of five favorites. This ivory, one-shoulder tulle ball gown has a Chantilly lace bodice and a tulle illusion overlay. The tiered tulle skirt is edged with horsehair, this season’s trimming must-have.

Illusion Capes: When one thinks of a cape the image of Little Red Riding Hood’s heavy outerwear comes to mind, but Williams designed the reverse. For modesty and coverage, not the elements, she showed two tulle capes, one adorned with crystals and the other with lace.

Metallic: A detail that comes and goes with each passing market season, silver and gold accents were not as popular as they were in past years, but these two gowns featuring silver jacquard on the bodice (left) and silver metallic cashmere (right) are not overdone and are both quite elegant designs for a formal or more casual affair. And while I’m assuming the short one is for a bride it works as a bridesmaid dress too.

Asymmetrical Detailing: Seen on a number of bridal gowns this season, the asymmetrical detailing on the bodice comes over a sweetheart neckline and is paired with a floor-length trumpet skirt.

Small Peplum: Last season and the one before featured a lot of gowns with large and oversized peplums. This fluted gown features a smaller one extending from the jeweled bodice. And we just love the pale candlelight color too.

Anne Chertoff | Wedding Blogger

Anne Chertoff has earned her reputation as a wedding authority over the course of her 10 years in the bridal industry. WeddingWire and Chertoff have partnered to provide comprehensive Spring 2012 Bridal Market coverage from New York City.

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Bridal Market Recap: Trend Report {Part II}

Posted by Jeffra on Apr 20, 2011

Now that you’ve seen some of the best looks on the runway, here’s a look at the overall trends.  There were some obvious ones like lace and tulle dresses, and then some more subtle detailing such as Obi bows that after a few shows we started to see.  Here’s Part II of WeddingWire’s Bridal Market Trend Report:

Floral Details

About two years ago fabric flower embellishments took the bridal world by storm and this detail doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon.  This season designers went big, featuring large floral designs on skirts, one-shoulder necklines and at the waist.  For brides not looking for a such big embellishment there were also a number of wedding gowns with smaller floral details as well.

{Wedding Dress by Lazaro}

Bridal Market Recap: JLM Couture {Part II}

Posted by Jeffra on Apr 18, 2011

Here’s Part II of my review of the JLM Couture collections with gowns from Alvina Valenta, Tara Keely and Lazaro:

Tara Keely – You don’t see many ball gowns with box pleats these days.  I think when I started working in bridal you saw a lot more of them.  This mikado satin ball gown has a pleated bodice with sweetheart neckline, a crystal belt for just a touch of sparkle and a full ball gown skirt with a chapel train and pockets, which I’ll discuss next.

(Style #2152)