Bride and Mother with Matching Dresses

Although a wedding is mostly geared toward the bride and her ensemble, what her parents look like for the occasion matters as well. The level of formality the happy couple desires will set the tone for a mother-of-the-bride dress. If the ceremony is black-tie, for instance, it is expected the mother of the bride will don a formal gown or dress. For those mothers who are looking for that right fit, these tips will help you consider and select the perfect dress for both the occasion and for you.

 

1. Don’t forget to consult the bride!

If you do not know the colors your daughter and future son-in-law have chosen for their wedding, you should. You certainly do not want to choose a dress that clashes with the color palette. If they are getting married in winter and have chosen a soft pastel palette, you do not want to choose a bright, flashy dress; rather, select an elegant, classy dress, perhaps in silver or light blue. Always steer clear of traditional wedding dress colors, such as white and ivory, and most definitely the often black dress of mourning, unless it is a super-formal evening ceremony and the bride has previously given her approval of a black dress.

Most dress styles come in a variety of colors and shades, so invite your daughter to tag along on a shopping adventure or two before you nail down your choice. If she lives far away from you, never fear. There is a huge selection of dress options from brick-and-mortar chain stores such as Nordstrom’s, David’s Bridal, and Macy’s. If you find something available both online and offline, you can plan a telephone shopping adventure where you can both check out the dresses chosen in locations near your own homes.

 

2. Remember, etiquette counts.

Traditional etiquette states that the mother of the bride sets the tone for the attire of the mother of the groom. Generally speaking, the mother of the bride selects her dress or gown and then shares a photo with the groom’s mother so she will know the standard of dressiness for the occasion. It would be a fashion nightmare to leave these matters to chance, because someone would inevitably dress too formally or too casually for the occasion.

Another matter of etiquette and tradition states the mother of the bride generally arrives early for the big event to greet the wedding party and guests, bridging the union for both sets of family and friends. It is also common for the bride’s mother to gather wedding party members and special guests of the bride and groom for the photographer ahead of time. This way, the photographer knows exactly the location and those involved in the photographs he or she will be taking.

3. Be sure your dress flatters and compliments your shape.

One of the most embarrassing scenarios for any bride is for her mother to wear something that looks atrocious on her. This could be a dress that is too tight, too young-looking, or just overall unflattering. If you cannot model the dress for your daughter in person, have someone take a photo of you in your proposed dress and send it to your daughter for her opinion. While she doesn’t have to give her approval or permission for your dress choice, it is a kind gesture to make sure you wear something that doesn’t make her or you feel embarrassed on what is meant to be a joyous occasion.

Along the same lines, be sure your dress is not fancier or sexier than your bride’s dress. While it is acceptable to show some skin, you probably don’t want to show more than the bride. This includes cleavage, leg, and back in particular. This day is about your daughter, so let her have her moment. Save the scandalous dress for a dinner out with your husband or sweetheart.

4. Don’t forget to have fun.

Despite the unspoken rules for dressing the mother of the bride, for you it is ultimately about the fun and enjoyment of watching your daughter walk down the aisle for one of the most important and special moments of her life. Don’t lose sight of that and miss out on those special little moments between the two of you before and after the “I dos.”


Fall Wedding

Not every bride-to-be has visions of herself walking down the aisle with a mile-long train following behind her. Some brides prefer more conservative attire, donning dresses somewhat reminiscent of a traditional cocktail dress. If you are one of these brides, there is a wide variety of dresses to choose from that are still in traditional white, ivory, or champagne. A “short wedding dress” is considered anything tea length, which appears about mid-calf, and above.

One of the most classy dresses largely resembles a cocktail dress that may have been worn by arguably the most famous first lady, Jackie Kennedy. This white lacy dress, designed by Jean-Ralph Thurin for the Fall 2014 Collection, features a black belt and is sleeveless. This is a stunning example of class and beauty, perfect for any bride-to-be looking to go a bit shorter than many traditional gowns.

Some brides opt for a dress reminiscent of a traditional gown yet shorter than most. One option is from the Marchesa Fall 2014 Collection. This dress is strapless, so elegant and sexy, with a great deal of organza and satin. It is cut just above the knee and is a wonderful choice for any bride-to-be.

Monique Lhuillier’s Fall 2014 Collection has several options to choose from for short wedding dresses as well. From the modern, sleek, no-nonsense Julia dress to the Lucille with its crisp, fresh A-line skirt, this collection offers a wide variety of choices. The Julia is a white silk dress with an open scoop neckline with embossed jacquard and seamed shift body. It is simple yet chic and beautiful. The Lucille has a natural waist and A-line skirt, and the neckline is a Chantilly lace illusion neckline.

Dolly Couture offers a wide variety of vintage-inspired short wedding dresses, all filled with whimsy and charm. For example, the Newport Beach is a pristine white dress, reminiscent of its namesake’s white sands, with overlaid polka dot mesh side panels for added effect. This dress also is available in ivory or champagne, and the satin waistline and hemline is available in pink, black, white, ivory, or champagne.

For a mixture of traditional and modern, with a slight twist, the Dress Prato is a long-sleeved, short romper with Chic Bella lace and a bateau illusion neckline. This dress also features pockets, a cotton grosgain ribbon waistline, and bow-detailed back. This dress is available in ivory, champagne, and white.

These dresses and many more are wonderful choices for any bride-to-be looking for a dress to walk down the aisle or for other wedding-related events. All of these dresses make perfect gowns for any rehearsal, wedding exit, cocktail party, reception party, or even a fancy honeymoon dinner. While many brides still opt for the traditional wedding gown, with or without a lengthy train, they still make their afterwards’ appearance in something shorter yet still chic and sexy. Whatever the occasion, the trending short dresses are an attractive change in style and length, with many versions to fit almost any budget or taste.

And like other designer dress trends, Bridepower has some of the best short wedding dresses at deep discounts.


If you’ve dreamt of a beautiful destination beach wedding but the many costs and expenses of your big day have left you in a bit of a frenzy about how to pay for and afford the dress of your dreams, then rest assured that there is no need to fear; amazing wedding dresses that perfectly fit your style and theme are available to fit your budgetary needs. It is all in knowing where to look.

Beach wedding

The first thing to decide is the style of dress you are hoping to find. For a destination beach wedding, for example, you may want something simple yet chic and sexy. Brides often believe they have to compromise taste and style after spending more than anticipated on a destination wedding or other costly venue. But there are plenty of ways to cut costs and save money without compromising one of the most important pieces of the day, a dream wedding gown at a discount.

discount

There are some great options for such dresses. The Enzoani Aline gown is a perfect choice for a discount wedding gown, with its sensational sweetheart neckline and classic shape and feel. This gown is available at a fraction of the list cost, for less than $400, at Bridepower.com.

sheath

If a sheath dress fits your taste a bit more, the Allure Bridals Sheath gown is a killer choice. It is a tank-style strapless dress with beaded sleeves and a chapel train, perfect for tying the knot in the sand for your beach wedding. This dress is also a bargain dress below list price at less than $500.

fancy

For a more fancy, totally black-tie occasion, the Essence of Australia Full Skirt gown is a considerably elegant yet sexy choice. This is an organza full-skirt ball gown that is totally strapless, offering a classy sweetheart neckline and chapel train. This dress is a little higher in price range than the previously mentioned ones but still available at a considerable discount below $1,000.

heirloom

If you desire a dress reminiscent of an heirloom, the Vera Wang Bettina A-line dress is gorgeous and available at $10,400 off the list price. This dress is a romantic Victorian-inspired dress with exceptional ribbon and lace details, finished beautifully with a chapel train.

modest

The Manuel Mota Vendaval A-line also offers an heirloom feel and is a bit more modest than other gowns mentioned. This discount designer gown is made of sweet chiffon and features cut-out floral lace, delicate beading, and a chapel train.

Your wedding day should be the most special, important, memorable day of your life. This dream day should not be compromised because of expenses and costs. Finding the dress to tie everything together without breaking the bank can make all the difference when it comes to your special day. These discount dresses will hopefully lead you to the perfect choice for you, ensuring your wedding day lives up to and exceeds all your richest, wildest fantasies. The only problem is just choosing one!


The Enzoani brand of bridal gowns debuted in 2006 and immediately set its hand-crafted designs apart by blending traditional and modern European styles with an emphasis on innovative use of fabrics; the highest quality of lace and others materials; attention to an exquisite fit; and a soft, sophisticated finish often accentuated through elegant Swarovski beadwork.

Enzoani features a number of targeted brands, including: Blue by Enzoani, slightly more youthful designs that are more accessible and moderately priced; Love by Enzoani, which is highlighted by numerous color options combined with classic silhouettes; the Beautiful brand for the budget conscious; and the exclusive Black Label.

The Designer

Enzoani’s vision is driven by Kang Chun Lin. The London College of Fashion graduate is also creative director of Blue by Enzoani, Love by Enzoani, and Enzoani Black Label. But he didn’t necessarily set out to be a wedding dress designer. While in design school, an associate introduced him to a bridal manufacturer, so Lin started submitting designs for some of the brands they manufactured. His gowns quickly became popular among would-be brides, and eventually the company gave him the opportunity to start his own collection.

Interestingly, Lin says one of his main sources of inspiration is ready-to-wear fashion. “I look for trends in Paris, London, New York, and try to find ways to bring elements to bridal. Lace is still very popular for bridal, so I’ve tried some new patterns and details to help add some variations to what I’ve done before. I focused on bringing the bling in a sophisticated way.”

While innovation is important, so is tradition, and Lin is careful to be mindful of both. Regardless of the latest trend, brides want their dresses to convey romance and beauty. “I don’t see any dramatic styling changes in the near future,” Lin said in an interview, “but it’s always fun to add some big statement pieces in the collection to really try and push outside the box.”

His collections have turned into must-see fashion events. The 2014 bridal collection show was a standing room-only affair of more than 800 guests at the Lyon Air Museum in Santa Ana, California. One attendee reports, “Guests were delighted with the mix of dreamy vintage elements and modern, clean cuts highlighted by enchanting materials, including embroidered lace, silk, satin chiffon, and tulle. Silhouette necklines, mermaid gowns, and intricate lace embroidery in shades of ivory and even red were some of the leading design choices in this collection.”

The 2015 Collection

Enzoani 2015 collection Jacqueline

Jacqueline

Next season’s 2015 designs are even more stylized, featuring low backs, slinky fabrics, and heavy doses of glamour and bling. “From extraordinary princess moments to delightful vintage-inspired gowns, designer Kang Chun Lin embraced the sparkly while infusing sophisticated elegance into the breathtaking styles.

Jocelyn:

a strapless gown with a lace overlay.

Joyce:

features a sweetheart neckline, layers of flowing material, and a sheer detail back with the ideal blend of glamour and sophistication.

Jacqueline:

is designed to accentuate modern femininity.

Jade:

a mermaid style wedding dress featuring extraordinary detailing.

The Blue by Enzoani collection included a Gatsby-inspired, detailed gown called

Harlem

that features sheer accents.

In the end, Lin believes the secret to his bridal fashion success is to remain true to your personal style, which is what will make your work unique, and to stay in tune with the brides, to better make their wedding gown dreams come true.


Wedding receptions can be a decidedly mixed bag. Some are fun supreme and fly by; others are hours you can never get back. Blame our shortening attention spans on our digital world, but even at the nicest receptions, spoon-clinking glassware to make the bride and groom kiss quickly loses its entertainment value for most people past puberty. And there are only so many congratulatory toasts one can sit through before they are overcome by the need for a Candy Crush fix.

To keep your guests happy and engaged, consider giving them some fun activities to participate in.

Smile.

One of the more popular wedding reception accessories in recent years is a photo booth, where cocktail-infused guests can commemorate your special day. The best thing about photo booths is that they truly are for all ages. And definitely, photo-bombing is encouraged.

Raise a glass.

Wine drinking has become a new national pastime, so treat your wedding guests to a wine tasting. You can do a straight tasting or do a food pairing. Hire a local sommelier to oversee the tasting so he can answer questions about the wine. You can either offer a variety or pick one type – such as a selection of ports.

Get a warm-up act.

If you live anywhere near a city, odds are you have stand-up comedians working local clubs. Hire one to entertain your guests during the dinner, dessert, or afterwards. If there are children or the easily offended present, it might be prudent to find a clean comic.

Pose.

Many of your guests will enjoy having their caricature drawn. Having a drawing of the wedding party would be a unique keepsake.

Lead.

Once the traditional slow dances are out of the way and the band gears up, it may be difficult to get people out onto the dance floor while they still have a low blood alcohol level. Consider hiring a few dancers to get the party started and to offer lessons to those burning to learn the salsa.

Sideshow.

Take a cue from the carnival and have different entertainers or activities lingering around your wedding reception, such as a magician, a fortune teller, and a chair masseuse.

Perform.

Forget karaoke using a DJ. The new trend is to have a karaoke band — essentially a cover band able to play hundred of songs. Instead of singing to pre-recorded music, you sing with the live band. From “My Way” to “Rappers’ Delight” to “Sweet Caroline,” give your guests a chance to channel their inner crooner or rock star.

Play.

Not all entertainment has to be costly. Play a game of Pictionary, charades, or Apples to Apples. Have tables set up with board games from Candyland to Scrabble. Have a jigsaw puzzle. It’s both a great way to keep younger guests entertained and get wedding guests to interact with one another.



There was a time when sending off the bride and groom required little more than good wishes and a box of Uncle Ben’s. No more. Now there are wedding ceremony send-offs as the couple leaves the church/venue/beach and reception send-offs as they figuratively or literally leave to embark on their honeymoon.

In many cases, the send-off is more than just a grand exit symbolic of starting a new life together — it also doubles as a well-orchestrated photo op. So the goal is to devise a fun send-off that complements the couple’s personality and makes a great memory and even better picture. And the best part is that it doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

Bubbles

Whimsical, colorful, and photogenic, bubbles have become a popular send-off accessory. Bubbles work best during the day, and one photographer says that for the best visual, have guests and the bridal party start blowing bubbles before the couple emerges from the church or reception venue. That way, the air is filled with floating balls of happy.

A word of warning: A blizzard of bubbles has to land somewhere and can lead to slippery steps. So make sure the bride and groom tread lightly so they don’t spend their honeymoon in a walking cast.

Go Low-Tech

Let it take a village to send off the happy couple. Have the bridal party and any willing guests stand in two lines facing each other, then have each pair make an arch with their arms (think pee wee softball) to create a kind of send-off tunnel.

The Rice Alternatives

Tradition has it that the rice grains were supposed to bestow fertility. But there are more colorful alternatives. You can buy eco-confetti at party stores (which dissolves in water when hosed away), or you can buy colored paper and make your own using a hole punch. Some couples put packets of the confetti into the front of the wedding program so it’s right at hand for after the ceremony.

You can also toss rose or other kinds of flower petals, channel your inner rhythmic gymnast and wave ribbon wands, or toss beach balls, especially appropriate at a beach wedding. Lavender buds are growing in popularity because they are both eco-friendly and fragrant.

Ring Them Bells

Hand out bells so guests can literally ring in the new marriage.

Light Up the Night

Night send-offs offer different opportunities, such as colorful wish lanterns, glow sticks, or tiki torches. Right now the most popular evening send-off has to be sparklers. They can be used as de facto torches lighting the couple’s way. They can be grouped on the ground to form a photo op heart or spell out a message. Visually, sparklers at night are dramatic and fun, and photographed properly, they make for stunning pictures.

Getaway Vehicle

While many newlywed couples may consider limos the ultimate send-off ride, it really depends on the personality of the bride and groom. Pretty much anything that rolls, floats, or flies can work: a horse-drawn carriage, a motorcycle, a hot-air balloon, a two-seater bike, jet skis, a classic car, a Prius, or a speedboat. The point is for the couple to stay true to their personalities and styles.


Collection

It seems everyone has a different picture of what the perfect wedding gown looks like. The Fall 2014 Collection for Sottero and Midgley is absolutely no exception. There is something in this collection for almost anyone, from a young, traditionally styled bride-to-be to a hip, middle-aged woman who has a taste for Old Hollywood. It’s all here, as we profile the bulk of this collection. And for those looking for a great discount on a previous Sottero and Midgley dress release, check out our in-stock selections.

Heirloom Style Dresses

Ettiene

With its intricately exquisite beading, this fit-and-flare gown is a perfect picture of both old and new. It has the elegance and romance reminiscent of days gone by, allowing the bride to almost feel like she is wearing an heirloom dress. All the while, the cold-shoulder cap sleeves add a level of excitement and anticipation. The neckline and shoulder straps feature Swarovski crystals, perfectly transporting the bride to the role of a princess from the past. The scoop neckline adds style and appeal, with a classic finish of a crystal button and zipper. This gown is available in an ivory/silver accent over light gold as well as white/silver accent and ivory/silver accent.

Francine

This dress is another one reminiscent of classical styling and romance. The illusion neckline shows a bit less skin than the Ettiene gown while still offering the same dramatic appeal with a complimenting back treatment. This dress is intricate yet simple at the same time, embellished with sequins and embroidered lace over a separate Valentina satin slip dress. It is available with a Monroe slip dress featuring a dramatic low back or a raised back satin slip dress and comes in ivory over light gold as well as white and ivory.

Dakota

Following the same feel of the previous two gowns, this romantic dress is embroidered with heirloom lace appliqués on tulle over a Roma satin sheath. This dress is an honorary throwback to mid-20th century brides, as though the bride is donning her mother or grandmother’s dress, but with some added fancy touches. The gown features an illusion portrait neckline above a plunging V-neckline, detailed with covered buttons and a modestly low back. An optional full-length, embroidered tulle veil is available with this gown, and the gown itself is available in ivory over light gold as well as ivory.

Marisol

The Marisol is reminiscent of a mid-century wedding dress, but with the modern-day touch the sparkling Swarovski crystal-beaded waistband offers, this dress mixes the old with the new perfectly. Sparkling metallic accents line the entirety of the tulle sheath overlay, which is covered with delicately embroidered lace. The Marisol is available in ivory/gold accent over pearl as well as white/silver accent over white and ivory/gold accent over ivory.

Young, Yet Traditional

Sorrento

The Sorrento is a fit-and-flare gown with a young yet traditional look, hugging the body tastefully with asymmetrical ruching and opal organza. The endless volume found in the raw edge layered skirt appears to go on and on. If desired, an opal organza belt adorned with handmade Swarovski crystal floral embellishment is available. An inner corset closure is finished with covered buttons and zipper.

Viera

Another young but traditional piece is the Viera gown. This dramatically romantic dress features lace on tulle with stunning Swarovski crystals sprinkled on in all the right places. The embroidered lace hemline and sweetheart neckline turn the temperature up and send the romance soaring. This intricately designed gown has optional detachable cap sleeves and is finished with a covered button and an inner corset zipper closure. The Viera is available in ivory over light gold as well as white and ivory.

Jennifer

For an elegant, slimming look, the young traditionalist bride-to-be may want to look to this A-line dress. The corded lace on crystal tulle is simple yet stunning with an absolutely gorgeous sweetheart neckline. The illusion back is tasteful and beautiful, and the waist features a grosgrain ribbon belt with a Swarovski crystal brooch. The Jennifer is finished with a covered button over a zipper closure and is featured in ivory over soft blush as well as in ivory.

Old Hollywood

Rosemary

If the bride-to-be desires an Old Hollywood vibe, this dress has it. This romantic sheath dress is less heirloom and more glamorous, embellished at the waist with Swarovski crystals. The bodice is draped beautifully with elegant crossover Paris chiffon. The open back adds inviting appeal while the Swarovski crystal cap sleeves add another touch of elegance. The dress is finished tastefully with a crystal button over zipper closure and is available in ivory as well as white.

Clementine

For more dramatic beauty, the Clementine gown keeps with the Old Hollywood vibe of the Rosemary while adding sophistication and boldness with metallic embroidered floral lace appliqués. The neckline is tastefully adorned with Swarovski crystal beading in this beautiful sheath draped over tulle. Its keyhole back elevates the drama and sophisticated appeal and is finished with a zipper closure. The Clementine is available in pearl with silver/gold accent as well as in ivory with silver/gold accent.

Constance

The Constance keeps some of the Old Hollywood feel yet is a classy, modern interpretive sheath made of dramatic Desta satin. The mandarin collar allows the bride a bit of tasteful modesty, but the heat is turned up most certainly when the bride shows off the captivating keyhole back. The waist is beautifully adorned with a Swarovski crystal belt and is finished with a zipper enclosure. This dress is available in ivory as well as in white.

Irena

This dress is a delightful combination of Old Hollywood and the look of a true princess. This elegant A-line gown is a decadent indulgence for any bride who wishes to feel like royalty on her special day, with metallic beading on tulle as well as shimmering Swarovski crystals. The beaded lace cap sleeves are detachable and optional, and the dress is finished with inner elastic and a covered button over a zipper closure. The Irena is available in soft blush/pewter accent as well as in ivory/pewter accent.

Hampton

The Hampton is similar to the Irena but a bit less dramatic. There is still shimmer and shine, however, as this A-line gown is beautifully adorned with beaded embroidered lace appliqués as well as twinkling Swarovski crystals, which cover the entire length of the dress. The gown features a half-open back, tank straps, and an illusion tulle V-neckline, and it is finished tastefully with covered buttons over a zipper closure. The Hampton is available in champagne/pewter accent as well as in ivory/pewter accent.

Cayleigh

The Cayleigh is a bolder, breathtaking A-line gown still keeping a bit of Old Hollywood style and adding considerably inviting appeal with a deep sweetheart neckline. The absolutely gorgeous beaded embroidery on tulle is draped over Celia organza, and a more than generous sparkle is provided by beautiful Swarovski crystals. There are optional detachable cap sleeves available, as well as a corset closure or a zipper over inner corset closure complete with crystal buttons. The Cayleigh is available in ivory/silver accent or white/silver accent.

Viola

The Viola transports the bride-to-be to the days of Old Hollywood romance and sophistication. This dress does not push the envelope for drama but offers simple, stunning glamour with a drop cowl neck, detailed with Swarovski crystals as well as crystal embellishments on both the bodice and shoulder straps. The Makoe satin sheath is finished with a side zipper and is available only in diamond white.

Vivien

The Vivien is a Mikado fit-and-flare gown and an apparent mixture of Old Hollywood, Audrey Hepburn-style class and modern sophistication, featuring a tiered train and a deliciously soft scoop neckline. This gown not only offers the bride-to-be boldness and the right sort of drama to turn every head in the room, it also offers choices. The dress is available with a Swarovski crystal beaded grosgrain ribbon belt, a grosgrain ribbon belt adorned with a Swarovski crystal motif, or a tulle three-quarter-length sleeved jacket adorned with Swarovski crystal beaded embroidery. The inner corset back closure is finished with covered buttons and a zipper. The Vivien is available in light gold as well as in white, ivory, or light gold/black.

Modern and Sophisticated

Fontaine

The Fontaine is a gorgeous modern-style ball gown featuring crystal tulle and a sweetheart neckline. The intricately bead-embroidered bodice adds to the sophistication and delicateness of the piece. The inner elastic zipper closure is accented with crystal buttons, and the gown is finished with a beautiful low back treatment. The Fontaine is available in champagne/ivory accent or ivory.

Anastasia

The Anastasia is a dramatically glamorous piece featuring metallic embroidered lace on tulle over Orlando satin sheath. The sleeves are embellished with stunning appliques and the back is an illusion while the front features a V-neckline. Shimmering Swarovski crystals cover the beautiful belt, and the dress is finished with covered buttons that trail a zipper closure. The Anastasia is available in ivory/pewter accent as well as white/pewter accent.

Skye

The Skye dress is a lavish, luscious modern dress with a bit of a Grecian flair. The luxuriously beaded tulle graces an Ava satin sheath with an exquisite single-shoulder flutter sleeve and an ever so subtle Swarovski crystal waistband. It is finished simply with a side zipper and is available in the featured ivory or white and pearl.

Regal

Garland

The Garland ball gown is a delicate yet dignified work of art with embroidered lace on tulle sparkles, detailed with metallic thread and Swarovski crystals. This dress will make any bride feel like royalty and adds a bit of allure with a sweetheart neckline. A covered button finishes this dress over a zipper with inner elastic closure. The Garland is available in antique gold as well as white and ivory.

Lanie

This Marcelina satin sheath gown will dazzle and turn heads everywhere with its stunning sweetheart neckline and intricately beaded lace. The dress is finished simply with a zipper over an inner corset closure and is available in the featured ivory/blush accent as well as white.

Marcella

For the bride-to-be looking to make a serious statement, this may be the dress to do just that. This smashing ball gown layers on the romance with beaded metallic embroidery on tulle over Chantilly lace. The romantic sweetheart neckline adds appealing invitation, and the bodice and hemline are detailed with sparkling Swarovski crystals. The inner corset closure comes with crystal buttons and a zipper. The Marcella is featured in ivory over light gold and also comes in ivory.

Whitney and Whitney Marie

These dresses are the same, with the slight exception on the Whitney Marie, which features a full-length skirt. The Whitney style is for the bride who wishes to look like a princess, though one with subtlety and sophistication. These romantic tulle ball gowns feature delicate Swarovski crystal beading along the bodice. The Whitney features the modern twist of a high-low hemline, while the Whitney Marie, as previously stated, features the full-length skirt. Both are finished with crystal buttons over a zipper and inner elastic closure and are available in a blush/pewter accent as well as white/pewter accent and ivory/pewter accent.


It wasn’t that long ago when all a would-be bride had to worry about was the occasional shrimp or peanut allergy when planning her reception dinner. A word of warning to the guest if any dishes contained the offending items, plus a few EpiPens on standby just in case, and problem solved.

Even though there is growing scientific evidence that roughly half of the people who believe they have an allergy actually do not, thanks to errant self-diagnosis or inaccurate testing, for those who genuinely have a food allergy or sensitivity, social gatherings such as a wedding or even just eating out at a restaurant can be an exercise in frustration.

Wedding Buffet

Accommodating guests who need gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, shellfish-free, peanut-free, or whatever-free can become a costly proposition if specific entrees are prepared just for them. Then you have the vegetarians and the vegans, plus any religion-based food prohibitions.

While it may seem like an overwhelming logistical nightmare to the bride, for most caterers it’s another day at the buffet line. Depending on your budget, there are a number of options available to ensure that all your guests will be able to enjoy an inoffensive, non-lethal, unsinful meal.

Here’s an example of a basic meal plan of attack that covers culinary bases: consider a buffet. That way you can select, say, four options that vegetarians can enjoy, four options that vegans can enjoy, and three options that dairy-free guests can enjoy — but that the other guests can enjoy as well. You can offer a mix of meat dishes and non-meat dishes, seafood, veggies, and fruit.

A buffet is a way to take care of everyone without having to make special dishes for just a few.

Wedding Dessert

And if your budget is tight, you can also whittle down the number of entrée options to even one meat, one vegetarian, and one vegan, along with a plentiful assortment of vegetables, breads (both regular and gluten-free), cheeses, and fruits. While it may be simple, the presentation can be beautiful, and you’ll know your guests will not go hungry.

Most bakeries/caterers/pastry chefs now offer gluten-free desserts, so you can accommodate those who prefer to shy away from the traditional wedding cake with small gluten-free or dairy-free pastries.

Whether you opt for a buffet or a traditional sit-down affair, the best way to know what food minefields you need to navigate is to survey your guests. So include a space on your invitation’s response card where guests are instructed to detail their dietary restrictions and if their guest has any dietary restrictions.


Your wedding day is undoubtedly one of the most important days of your life; however, inviting everyone you want may not be possible. A great way to share your wedding day — and every important day before and after it — with everyone in your life, near or far, is to create a simple website. Numerous sites are popping up these days, and it’s easier now than ever before to share anything with anyone anywhere. From your bridal shower to your gift registries, the pictures of you standing at the altar, and the video of Grandma doing the Chicken Dance, you can show off all of your special moments, candid and otherwise. Creating a simple website is a wonderful way to put all your wedding memories in one location for all to see.

Websites

Selfie of bride and groom

One of the most popular sites for customizable websites is Wix.com. It offers hundreds of free and premium templates for users to choose from, as well as thousands of free images. On Wix, you can set up a blog with connections to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+. You’re also able to access your website from your smartphone. For the more tech-savvy bride-to-be, Wix also offers HTML5 Website Builder. Instead of the basic drag-and-drop design most individuals use for creating their sites, this program allows you to build your website from scratch.

Weebly is another website provider that allows you to customize your site. This platform has more than 100 free themes to choose from, as well as the option to use customizable background images. You can have numerous photo albums and even create a slideshow with Weebly’s Slide Show Maker. The site also offers photo editing, as well as a free and premium photo library where you can find hundreds of pictures to decorate your wedding site. Weebly offers customizable forms with which you can create RSVPs and contact forms, maps connected to Google Maps, and video hosting, so make sure to take lots of dancing videos.

MyWedding.com is definitely a site geared toward the bride. It has over 600 templates, matching invitations, and a photo gallery setup that allows you to upload unlimited images. MyWedding offers a wide variety of registries, guestbooks, RSVPs, and more.

Photos

Once you create your website, the first thing you’re going to want to start adding is photos. The moment you start trying on dresses, be sure to take a friend along with you who’s willing to take a few pictures for you. You’ll want some candid shots of you (and whomever you take with you) experiencing the fun of selecting your wedding dress. Some of your photos might be a bit more serious, like a photo of you and your mother sharing a moment when you finally find the dress for you.

Selfie of bride and groom

As the event grows closer, you’ll also probably want to add candid and serious photos from the bridal shower, tasteful bachelorette party photos, cake tasting photos, and of course photos from the big day. Most couples today choose a variety of romantic, traditional, and candid photos, and all of these will be wonderful additions to your site. Then, when all of the family and friends go home and you embark on the road to your honeymoon, don’t let the photo fest end. Take selfies and enlist strangers such as restaurant servers and resort personnel to give you a whole new array of photos for your site and wedding album.

Whichever photo locations, poses, and candids you choose, your wedding website is certain to be a momentous representation of your engagement and marriage. Feel free to leave your site up, if you desire, and add photos of new milestones such as anniversaries or your first house together. Let your creativity lead the way!


Soft. Feminine. Whimsical. Ethereal.

Elizabeth Fillmore’s autumn 2014 bridal collection had the critics and public alike waxing poetic over her wedding fashions that featured delicate beading, organza flowers, laces, and layering. Fillmore’s work is unique in that she infuses the magical moment weddings represent with a seductive, subtle glamour. It’s not surprising to learn that Fillmore started her career designing evening dresses and will still design exclusive evening wear for private clients.

Fillmore attended the Parsons School of Design, and her first collection after graduating in 1993 was romantic but sexy evening wear. She recalls, “After several years in the evening market, I was urged by the fashion director of Saks Fifth Avenue to start a bridal collection. It was the best thing I ever did.” She considers her wedding gowns a natural extension of her evening gowns.

I love the magical aspect of a wedding gown,” Fillmore says, “and the personal choice each bride makes. I design for the modern romantic. Individuality is so important to me and the look of each collection.” But most important is the meaning and emotion behind every dress. “It’s so wonderful knowing a bride has chosen one of my pieces to wear on one of the most important days of her life.

Elizabeth Fillmore’s Willa

Elizabeth Fillmore Willa wedding dress

The designer describes her latest collection as featuring slender bias cuts with graceful draping accents, chic fitted hourglass gowns and ethereal empire silhouettes. Fillmore uses all-silk fabrics and linings, and she is partial to rich French and Italian couture fabrics. “My bride has an independent vision,” she adds, “and I hope to fill that vision for her through my designs.

Elizabeth believes, “I really have defined my niche in the designer bridal market as being soft. There are so many full ball gowns in the market, but very few can do slinky, bias-cut dresses well. I design what I love and would want to wear. My focus is a slim, sophisticated silhouette.

Fillmore’s 2014 collection includes the following wedding dresses:

  • Shanghai: A cocktail-length fitted sheath dress with bracelet sleeve, a key-hole back, and flower embellishments.
  • Willa: A French lace v-neck sheath gown with a jasmine flower motif over satin chiffon.
  • Gisele: Sheath style with crepe back satin bias and sheer beaded back.
  • Emanuelle: Silk crepe strapless sheath with Chantilly flower web lace bodice featuring a draped hip and train.
  • Celeste: Satin chiffon cut-away sheath with organza spirals.
  • Anya: A backless silk crepe bias sheath dress with beaded front bodice.
  • Josephine: Empire style with powder blue, silk taffeta, and vine lace with beaded bodice and a bow in back.
  • Ella: Strapless sheath with vine lace, covered with tiny organza and tulle leaves.
  • Palace Garden: A-line with embroidered trellis tulle covered in antique gold flower blossoms.

When it comes to accessorizing her dresses, Fillmore suggests Jimmy Choo shoes and Tia Mazza veils or head pieces made exclusively for Fillmore by Ksenia Golub.

Elizabeth adds: “When it comes to jewelry, I like anything vintage – keepsake pieces, lockets on long chains. We also offer exclusive pieces by Meridith Griffin through our atelier. And finally, for lingerie, Commando has the best nude thongs for under my bias sheathes.