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2010 bridal trends – embellishments, florals and feathers

2010 brides are following the trends of 2009, but with more feminine details.

Expect to see pops of black on the gown – like this Vera Wang. Actually, many dresses in Vera Wang’s 2010 collection had a bit of black, typically as a sash or gloves.

The most popular 2010 wedding dress embellishments include:

  • floral appliques or a floral belt
  • feather trim
  • a single large bow
  • metallic details
  • asymmetrical neckline

Anything goes in 2010, with the exception of the basic strapless. A mix of details, folds or layers make dresses seem more artistic and anything but boring.

Brides will be wearing dresses that range from the traditional (floor length, with or without a train) to the mini-dress. Made popular in the last 3 years, short and mini wedding dresses are going to continue to be seen in 2010 – anything from retro-style dresses to super-sleek. If you choose a short or mini dress, make certain to invest in show-stopper shoes.

For bridesmaids and wedding accent colors, pink is super-popular in 2010, in hues ranging from blush to bubblegum, from dusty rose to fuchsia. Bridesmaids can also be seen in lavender, green and blue – popular colors from 2009.

Another top color for 2010 is orange – but brides beware. Orange looks good with a select few skintones, and can make the bride and her maids look a bit ill if the color is wrong.

The Perfect Dress: Woodsy, Casual Wedding

This dress would be absolutely perfect for a retro/earthy outdoor wedding. A nature preserve or rustic woods would perfectly offset this cotton dress. Yeah, it’s an eBay dress, but the price is right for a bride on a budget.


Retro 70s Dress – What a Steal

ebay is loaded with fabulous wedding dresses, from high-end to cheap, awesome-retro dresses to brand new frocks. I’m going to start highlighting some of the fabulous non-traditional dresses I find. Hopefully I can help a bride or two find a fabulous dress for a fantastic price. And ladies, if you do use an ebay dress or non traditional dress for your wedding, or even your rehearsal, please send a few photos to me, I’d love to feature your wedding!

Here’s the first of many – listed for only $80!


Here’s the link.

Win A Free Wedding Gown!

Ladies, I almost forgot to mention!

You can win a FREE(!!!) wedding dress valued up to $1,500 at PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com. The winner will be able to select any gown in the POWD selection up to the stated value. If the chosen dress is over $1,500 — you will be responsible for the difference. You can browse through over 1,000 different dresses from designers you *might* recognize — Melissa Sweet, Vera Wang, Monique Lhuillier, Lela Rose, Amsale, La Sposa, etc, etc, etc.

Enter before February 28, 2009 for your chance to win! If you’re chosen, you’ll know as soon as March 2.

These are just some of the available dresses!
Good luck!

Battling Chilly Weather

I envy winter brides. There are so many cute shrugs and coverups made of fur, faux fur, gorgeous boucle and any number of of luxe materials. Finding a shrug for the spring presents a bit of a challenge.

It has to protect against spring’s unpredictable chill without being too warm. While we can work with lace, satin or organza, many of those are more for show than for warmth (and I’m a chilly baby 90% of the time).

In my search for the perfect shrug, I found this gorgeous Alvina Valenta number. It’s sleek and stunning with the right amount of off-the-shoulder glamour. I am in LOVE!

My Ruined Dress Pt. 2 of 2

After I took the Vera Wang home and happily shared the news of our union (lol), I set forth to get her modified and cleaned.

I contacted the seamstress I’d worked with for multiple prom and bridesmaid dresses and we went over the changes I wanted…

1. determine and create bustle
2. remove sashes
3. change back of dress from simple zip to a more detailed, somewhat open back similar to an Anne Barge dress that I love)

We agreed upon the changes and I bid my dress farewell (but not before shooting several photos!).


Amazing Dresses For Cheap?

ebay-dress.jpgOkay, I want to look beautiful on my wedding day. Who doesn’t.

I also don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on a dress, especially since the GTB and I have set a very modest budget of $15,000. Can it be done? It’ll be tricky, but I think we can do it. We’re not cheap, we just want to pay upfront for everything and not incur any debt.

Anyway, I did a simple search online and there are TONS of places to get beauteous dresses for less.

Shake It, Shake, Shake It

claire-pettibone.jpgClaire Pettibone is well known for her sexy, well cut, classy lingerie.

If I were to consider getting some for my wedding night (even though I hear most couples are too exhausted to even TALK after their big day) — I would probably splurge and pick up something from CP.

Anyway, here’s a super cute, fun wedding dress from her 2008 collection. Its fun, flirty, and just plain beautiful. The silk chiffon tiers are beaded, so you could expect a bit of reflective sheen.

If you get the chance to try on a Claire Pettibone, I hear they are simply luxe delight.

How To Trash The Dress

trash-the-dress.jpgTrash the Dress has become such a popular option, there’s a group of photographers whom you can choose from for your wedding, based on the fact that they really do Trash the Dress photos after the wedding.

Check out this article from the NY Times on the phenomenon.

Or go to Trash The Dress to check out photos, find a photographer or otherwise find out how to trash your dress.

If you’re thinking about doing it and your photographer is unsure, head to any of these locations:

state fair
water fountain
scuplture garden
or your own backyard!

After you stake out your place — get your hair and makeup done (don’t worry about it looking just like you did on your wedding day).

Then, get posing. If you have some ideas in mind, bring photos of other TTD photos or even fashion mag pics.

Have fun!

(Image borrowed from Eau Claire Photographic — its a great site — check it out!)

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