Two Wedding Dresses in One

Posted by Kim on Jul 11, 2012

Photos by Dan Lecca

Switching up your look between your ceremony and reception can be a fun way to keep your guests guessing. Of course, you don’t have to go to the level of someone like, say, Kim Kardashian, and wearing three completely different dresses throughout the evening, but there’s nothing wrong with a little switcheroo! Fortunately, designers are making the ceremony to reception dress swap a little easier (and perhaps more budget-friendly) by creating two-in-one wedding dresses, like the Anne Barge style above. Looks like a traditional ballgown, but the grand skirt is completely removable to reveal a super-cute lacy mini. Check out a bunch of brand-new two-in-one wedding dresses here and tell us your thoughts on wearing multiple dresses:

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New Wedding Dresses: Anne Barge

Posted by Kim on Jun 14, 2012

Anne Barge is known for creating classic, feminine, and flattering wedding dresses – so we were thrilled when we learned about her brand-new lower-priced Blue Willow collection, featuring gowns retailing for $1,990 to $2,500. It’s a great mix of styles, from airy ballgowns to sleek, form-fitting silhouettes. Check out two of our favorite styles from the new Blue Willow collection, Lyric (below, left), and Sage (right).

Photos by Dan Lecca

View all of the new Anne Barge wedding dresses here, and let us know which one’s your favorite in the comments.

Pick a Venue, Pick a Wedding Dress

Posted by Kim on May 23, 2012

One of the best pieces of wedding-planning advice we can share is: Don’t go shopping for your wedding gown until you’ve booked your venue. Sure, it may be tempting to go shopping as soon as you have that ring on your finger, but avoid the pull of the bridal salon until you’re all squared away on your wedding site. Here why: Different types of wedding dresses look best at different types of venues. If you’re getting married on the beach, for example, you probably don’t want to wear a big, heavy ballgown. And vice versa – a barely-there sheath might not be appropriate at a grand house of worship or ballroom. Check out these examples from our Fashion Ideas section:

Dresses by (clockwise from top left): Anna Maier/Ulla-Maija Couture, Anne Barge, Romona Keveza, Encore by Watters
All photos by Dan Lecca

If you’re having a wedding in a large space, like a hotel ballroom or a house of worship, look for gowns that have the grandeur to match, like these ballgown wedding dresses.

Marrying outdoors, a garden or backyard perhaps? Choose a romantic wedding gown with an ethereal feel and feminine touches.

Destination weddings call for lightweight beach wedding gowns that aren’t overly beaded or structured and show just the right amount of skin.

And if you’re planning a casual soiree, perhaps at City Hall or a restaurant, a short wedding dress will fit in perfectly. These styles even work well for rehearsal dinners, or as cake-cutting or “going away” dresses.

Are you choosing a gown to fit your venue? Let us know in the comments!

For the next week, we’re asking bridal salon owners from around the country to share their favorite hot-off-the-runway looks from the most recent Bridal Market. Today, we’re talking to Salwa Khoory of L’elite Bridal and Gisele Khoory of Musette Bridal Boutique, both in Boston. Here’s what they had to say:

Q: Was there one collection or gown that you thought was the “best of market?”

Salwa: Monique Lhuillier knows how to make a bride feel beautiful. She had a nice balance of classic silhouettes, romantic and glamorous touches, and couture details. Reem Acra‘s collection was very well-rounded, too. The gowns moved effortlessly as they came down the runway.

Gisele: Romona Keveza has a beautiful collection of styles ranging from “princess” to glamorous. She doesn’t disappoint with her romantic and sexy styles.

Q: Of all the gowns that featured color (pink, blue, black, etc.), was there one or two that you think brides will fall in love with?

Gisele: Rivini had a beautiful nude copper-tone gown (left), Romona Keveza had a crimson red dress.

Salwa: Oscar de la Renta‘s soft blues and bold reds, Monique Lhuillier‘s blush gowns (right).

Photos by Dan Lecca

Q: What’s your favorite new trend or dress detail this season?

Salwa: I love the peekaboo and portrait backs, like this style by Monique Lhuillier (center). Peplums, like on style by Amsale (left),  are another feature we saw on the runways, they give brides a touch of couture.

Gisele: Color was all over the runways! Red is the new white – like on this gorgeous Romona Keveza gown (right).

Photos by Dan Lecca