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.

Something Pretty For Your Hair

Oh my, I adore this lovely little bridal headband by Little White Dresser on Etsy – it’s lovely and sweet – vintage-y and of-the-moment. Oh, and the price – the “true star” headband is only $18! Headbands and flowing hair are such a gorgeous bridal look – I’m glad the combination is so popular right now.


I highly recommend you check out this and the other fabulous items in the shop.

Wow! I Totally Would Have Worn This Dress

This dress shocked me – I don’t know what it is about it… the skirt is like a meringue – all light and fluffy. The bodice is perfect, fitted and fabulous, but not too lowcut. I would have seriously worn this dress if I’d found it a year ago – and I’m not the princess-gown kind of girl.

And the price — I can’t believe it’s under $300!


Find it here.

Short & Sweet – 50s Cocktail Dress

Another great ebay find – this 50s cocktail dress would look swell on the right bride. I’m envisioning a supper-club feel for the reception, with a fantastic pillbox hat or a sweet birdcage veil with feathered details.

This beauty is listed at $65 – or best offer.


Find the link here.

Look What I Made! Hair Flowers for my Maids

Check it out…

(please excuse the poor lighting in the photos — I don’t have a flash on my iPhone, and my “first-thing-in-the-morning-taking-a-self-portrait-as-I-wait-for-the-dog-to-poop” facial expression.

These were fairly easy to make, and actually kind of fun!

Coming up next – where the idea (and tutorial) came from — so you can do it yourself.

I Don’t Usually Pimp eBay Dresses, But…

This BCBG would be the perfect dress for a casual, garden wedding. I love it so much!

I know I swoon a lot, but… you know 🙂

Find it here.

Warming Up Your Gorgeous Gown

ivorycapelet_weddingsilver_shrug_anthroI don’t care what style of gown you plan to wear, if you live in the midwest (or in any of the U.S. states that see snow in the winter), you’ll probably want something to coverup or warm you on your wedding.

I searched for the perfect alencon lace bolero and found it on Etsy. On the way, I also found many great alternatives. even though my search is over, I keep falling upon great ways for brides to feel warm and look hot without compromising the beauty of their wedding ensemble.

Check out these cuties, both from Anthropologie (love!).

#1 is the perfect cream capelet to keep you cozy without overpowering your gown. Added bonus, this would look adorable with a winter muff!

#2 is more of a silver tone (not so good with ivory, but fantastic with classic white) shrug that would look simply stunning with a strapless!

And… they’re both under $100!

Have at it, ladies, and keep the cold shoulder away from your beautiful day.

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!

How Does She Know?

Monique Lhuillier back tie dress

Originally uploaded by KikiLaRae

How does Monique Lhuillier know? Seriously, how does she get it right so often?

This dress is another example of something beautiful. While its hard to imagine on someone with breasts or hips, the lace detail and delicate tie back are simply stunning.

If I had a larger wedding budget, this dress would be on my short list.

a. My budget is meager
b. I already have a dress

I cannot have this lovely dress. However, that doesn’t stop me from trying it on at the Monique Lhuiller store at 50th and France.

Photo From Brides.com

Perfect Lace Bolero


Originally uploaded by KikiLaRae

My lace bolero is done! I worked with an awesome costume designer on Etsy — Rohm — and she just let me know that it is done.

Check out the pics — I don’t think I could be happier — there’s an Alencon Lace top layer and a swiss dot (pont de esprit) underlayer (I believe). Its actually much more beautiful than the ones I saw at the Macy’s Bridal Boutique (IMHO), and far less expensive.

She made this Bolero for only $160 — which is a steal compared to those $600 + NON-TAILORED ones.

Here’s how the process worked:
I emailed (convo’d) her on Etsy — explained what I was looking for as far as collar, materials, sleeves. She could have done a more structured collar, longer (even long-sleeved) arms, more coverage on the front, etc., but the parameters of this bolero are what I wanted.
She sent me a list of measurements to take, I sent them back.
We verified everything — including the color and she got working on it.
The turnaround time was about 6 weeks, but I let her know that there was no urgency on my part (my wedding isn’t for a year!).

Soooo… I am thrilled, you may be too. If you didn’t catch the link above, click here and check out her shop – you can see my bolero and other previous items if you click (under “other sales”) on the 48 (or more) sales link.

Oh, bliss.

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