Dainty pearl-and-crystal jewelry will always feel aisle-appropriate. This timeless duo will look great with any gown silhouette and any shade of white.
Bows, flowers and other ultra-feminine details will play up your sweeter side. Or for something a bit more sophisticated, pop on a pair of button earrings. They’re the perfect mix of chic and charm.
Nothing says “risqué” like dangly earrings and lariat necklaces. Pair these glamorous accessories with a tousled updo and a slinky sheath.
Show off your individuality with pieces that exude a one-of-kind charm. You can’t wrong with costume jewelry that has a subtle vintage vibe.
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With the royal wedding date fast approaching (April 29th!), and details on everything from the invitations to the shoes coming to light, any bride-to-be has plenty of inspiration to take away from the big event. We’ve rounded up 5 chic ways to Kate Middleton-ify your wedding -- handsome prince not included.
1. Drapey Blue Engagement Dress
The cinched blue Issa London dress Kate wore to the official engagement press conference may be sold out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get the look for your own engagement party or rehearsal dinner. Try this Catherine Malandrino Indigo Silk Bodice Dress ($75 rental, $450 retail).
It was recently revealed that Kate would be wearing flats down the aisle (one of her 4 shoe changes!), and we think this is a fabulous idea. Try the comfortable, princess-approved look for yourself with these Stuart Weitzman "Lastikon" Glitter Ballet Flats ($275).
3. Gilded Invitations
Kate and William chose engraved invitations with gold lettering and gilded edges. Replicate the luxe look at home with the Crane's thermography set (from $2.33) -- even if your guest list does not include world leaders.
4. Aspinal of London Clutch
Kate wore the Aspinal of London Eaton clutch ($409) to a wedding earlier this year. Give your wedding the royal treatment by having your bridesmaids carry the same style.
If you’re feeling regal, or want to take your black tie wedding up a notch, try a Kate Middleton-approved style from Philip Treacy. Feathers, netting and other adornment is “the more the merrier,” with these statement headpieces.
Navy was a huge trend this season on the runway for bridesmaid dresses. This darker hue is a chic alternative to a traditional black dress and a color your bridesmaids will be able to wear again. These dresses are a perfect option for an evening affair or a fall/winter wedding.
To see a full slide show, and more bridesmaid fashion trends visit AisleDash.com.
This week brings my weekly photographers tip series, Booking Your Wedding Photographer: Tips Series by Christian Oth, to a close, where I have been sharing my best suggestions for booking your wedding photographer. With so many great options in wedding photography available to couples, it can be almost overwhelming to know how to find the best match. Following these tips will get you one step closer to getting great photographs that you’ll be able to cherish for years to come.
I have decided to close the tip series with a very important factor that will play into every decision you make throughout your wedding planning experience: the photographer’s personality.
Week 5: Personality
Do they fit with your personality? Think about it--this is a person that you will be spending a significant amount of time with, on a very important day. You should be able to trust your photographer to make you feel comfortable and at ease in front of the camera. You should ask yourself “Are they a positive person? Do I enjoy their company? If I met them casually, would I want to be friends with them?”. Without even realizing it, you will reflect your photographer’s energy back to the camera, so it’s important that your photographer’s personality is a good fit. Scheduling an engagement shoot is a great way to test this out before your big day, and it can serve as a practice run for shots you want to try.
Are they open to communication? Photographers are human beings too! We love to hear about your personal tastes and get creative feedback. If you saw a shot in a magazine that you would like to try, make sure to tell your photographer. We are always looking for new and interesting ideas, and most photographers welcome the chance to get to know your style even better.
Each year, New York Magazine releases it’s special weddings issue with everything the modern bride needs to know. This feature was all about accessorizing the same dress in four different ways. Simple Elegance, Modern Drama, Vintage Bohemia and Retro Glam were the looks to love. The Retro Glam look was dripping in Rent the Runway. Here we give you the details and baubles used to get the look.
A quartet of stylists demonstrate the transformative power of the right hair, makeup and accessories.
The Dress: J. Crew washed crepe Aveline dress, $750 at J. Crew Bridal, 769 Madison Ave., at 66th Street; 212-824-2500
The Look: Retro Glamour
Blaire Rabenhorst, stylist for the Rent the Runway’s newly launched bridal microsite, was angling for “modern Marie Antoinette” when piling on the baubles. “More is more in my eyes,” she says. “You remember an overstylized look, especially in photos.” Colon and Zamora drafted equally memorable hair and makeup- the former back-combing the roots and pulling the hair into a “glitzy and severe” side swept updo, the latter emphasizing the eyes with a Dior brow pencil and MAC faux lashes.
To get the look, you’ll need the Badgely Mischka Egyptian Sundial Earrings, RJ Graziano Dress Me Up Necklace, Rachel Leigh Crystal Fringe Necklace, Judith Leiber Dreamweaver Clutch and pile up the Ciner Old Hollywood Glamour Bracelets.
Your wedding day…. You planned every facet. The place, the colors, the flowers, the seating, your dress and your jewelry of course! As one of the finishing touches wedding jewelry completes your look, accents your surroundings and will make you feel even more beautiful. If you plan on keeping your earrings for years to come you’ll need a little help. Choosing the right earring takes a little finesse and you should always keep a few things in mind; your dress, your own personal style, comfort and photographs. These are our best tips for choosing the right earring for your wedding day.
Tip 1: Necklace + Proportions
Dream of wearing an important necklace on your special day? Consider a stud earring; diamonds, pearls, or small clusters are all options. It’s classic and simple with enough of an impact to be noticed as they fashionably complement your necklace.
Tip 2: Seeking for Suites
You want it all- the earrings, the necklace, the bracelet and possibly the hairpiece? You should look for a short dangle off the ear. Often on a wire, drop earrings are a fashionable choice that plays to your own movement. Also, this type of earring is often used in jewelry suites. Typically matching earrings, necklace and bracelets, jewelry suites are a great option for the girl that wants it all.
Tip 3: Statement Piece
You will already be the center of attention on your day, but are you the type to usually command the room in red stilettos and bold accessories? You may need a statement earring. Large drop earrings are beautiful but they are not for everyone and photos won’t let you forget your selection. If it is for you, be mindful of how they photograph and how comfortable they are.
The best advice is to discover all of your options. It’s your day so choose something that makes you feel fabulous. And remember, when it’s all over it’s just the two of you and the memories of your day.
You’ve found the perfect dress for your walk down the aisle, now all you need is the perfect hairstyle. Stylist to the stars, Alec Kara of the Argyle Salon & Spa in West Hollywood, California, tells us his favorite ‘dos to compliment your dress for the big day.
Halter + Pin Up Style
With a halter dress, it’s best to keep the hair up and off the neck otherwise the look can become too busy. Having your hair swept up also accentuates the neck and torso. It’s very flattering for the female figure and what woman doesn’t want to look her best on her wedding day? A pinup style up-do with a soft wave is a perfect pair for this dress. Add some sparkle with a beautiful hairpin or two; instant glamour.
Cap Sleeve + Loose Curls
For a cap sleeved dress, try a teased, side swept hairstyle with big, loose curls. The hair will draw your eye to the bust line while still showing off the delicate cap sleeves.
Asymmetrical + Chignon
You want your hair to show off the style of your dress. With an asymmetrical neckline I suggest pulling the hair back into a low chignon. It’s classic and timeless. Let a few pieces in the front fall loosely or keep the hair tightly pulled back depending on your personal style.
Strapless + Waves
Soft, beachy waves are a favorite among brides these days. This hairstyle makes a woman feel sexy but not fussy. With a strapless dress, there is a lot of room to have fun with the hair and why not take advantage of this playful style? If you don’t have long locks but are dying for this ‘do, I suggest getting a few hair extensions to achieve the same look.
It’s week two of my photo tip series, Booking Your Wedding Photographer: Tips Series by Christian Oth. I launched the tip series with a strong focus on a photographer’s versatility and this week will focus on your photographer’s strength. Following these tips will get you one step closer to getting great photographs that you’ll be able to cherish for years to come.
Week 2: Photographer’s Strength
What genre are they strongest in? Take a look at your photographer’s background. Do they specialize in fashion, editorial portraits, still-lifes, fine art or photojournalism? Every photographer has special strengths in certain genres, but for weddings they must be able to take great photographs in all other genres as well. Personally, I feel that it is good for a wedding photographer to have a strong background in photojournalism, because they are accustomed to capturing natural moments in an instant as they occur, rather than waiting to create posed, manufactured moments.
Can they take creative portraits? A talented photographer should be able to take beautiful creative portraits not only of the bride and groom, but of the family and wedding party as well. Formal portraits are often the most overlooked, but they are essential to every wedding. Instead of a boring line-up, look for creative group and couple shots that have the feel of a fashion magazine spread.
Love is in the air… even in Hollywood, where love sometimes seems fleeting. Right now, there’s no lack of celebrities falling head over heels and saying yes! to love and a beautiful engagement ring! But what kind of ring do you want? That depends on the woman, and we're spotting some trends emerging among the recently engaged.
Trend 1: Fancy shape diamonds are hot! While round diamonds have been the traditional choice for engagement rings for many years, we’ve recently seen a lot of interest in other shapes, like cushion cuts, emerald cuts, asscher cuts, ovals and radiants (which we in the biz refer to as “fancy shapes”). For a woman who wants an engagement ring that’s unique, a fancy shape diamond is a beautiful choice. No question about it – this is one trend that’s not slowing down.
Celebs fans: Leann Rimes, Shania Twain, Reese Witherspoon, Hilary Duff, Katherine Heigl and Victoria Beckham.
Trend 2: Leading ladies are seeing color! To personalize your ring, consider using color as either a center stone or as accent stones around a center. Sapphires and rubies are very popular and also make a good choice because of their durability. And who could possibly say no to a colored diamond in yellow or pink (gasp)!
Celeb fans: Carrie Underwood -12 carat yellow diamond, Jessica Simpson- bright red ruby, Kate Middleton- Princess Diana’s divine oval sapphire.
As they prepare for their 2011 nuptials, Hollywood’s leading ladies are embracing love and setting some trends. If you’re thinking about your engagement ring, ask yourself – is your style classic, modern or vintage? Just remember to drop a few hints for your special someone. Celebrity or not, proposing is a leap of faith and it sure would be nice for him to know if you’re a “classic round” or a “vintage cushion”. Ahh love… isn’t it grand?