Hi Everyone!

We may be in the throes of winter right now, but that doesn’t mean that wedding season isn’t just around the corner! And as we gear up for that fun time of year, I’m very excited to announce that I’ll once again be the featured blogger for Your Wedding Experience, Philadelphia on February 28th! It may be a little cold and gray, but it’s the perfect time to tend to the details of your wedding!Your Wedding Experience Philadelphia 2016

No matter if you’re just starting to plan, in the middle of planning, or just about to walk down the aisle, there are beautiful wedding ideas for every stage, and you’ll be meeting all the top professionals who can help make it happen for you!

I don’t know if you’ve attended other wedding shows, but this one is different in the best way: it’s more like a party and a VIP event, where you can experience the wedding details yourself! We want to see everyone there: engaged couples, your wedding party, mothers, dads, siblings – if they are in your wedding entourage and a part of your wedding planning experience – bring them along!

I’m just about to release more details of the area be hosting, but I can tell you our friends at Happily Ever Borrowed will be involved, and it will be a chance for you to try on some of their exquisite pieces and get styled with your ideal wedding look and the wedding accessories that will best suit your style! There are SO many other features to see! David Tutera will be there for photo opportunities with VIP ticket holders and he’ll be adding his signature enthusiasm, energy, and impeccable taste and style to every aspect of the show!

The Wedding Catwalk will be back with two exciting additions; you can nominate your fiánce to walk in the show, and fans of The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise will thrilled to learn that fan favorite Jared Haibon will be walking in the show, and posing for pictures with VIPs after! There will also be Project Wedding Dress where design students will be sharing their creations, and tons of prizes and giveaways! And if you’re not in the Philly area – check out the other locations for shows!

See all the fun we had the last time at the show by watching the video below. Get your tickets soon, it’s only a few weeks away! I know you’ll be having fun taking in all the excitement, but please stop by and say hi! I can’t wait to meet you! Order your tickets here!


More details you might love:

Your Wedding Experience 2015 Recap

My Interview with David Tutera

My Tips and Trends for Your Wedding Experience


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A pretty pale gray dress for a wedding with cap sleeves

Gray dress for bridesmaids


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Dress: Dorian Wrap Dress in Silver Bells by Joanna August from Shopbop // Earrings: Nadri ‘Josephine’ Earrings from Nordstrom // Hairpins: Set of Two Silver Tone Crystal Hairpins from OpenSky // Bracelet: kate spade new york ‘crystal clear’ bracelet from Rent the Runway // Invitation: Overlapping Triangles Invitation from Minted // Clutch: Jessica McClintock Fold-Over Crystal Clutch // Sandals: High Heel Crisscross Sandal by BCBG MaxAzaria

Softer neutral colors for weddings are still as popular as can be for this year’s weddings. Shades of gray, cream, taupe, or tan give a whisper of color, blend with other neutrals and pastels,  and give a polished, timeless look to a wedding party. If you’re a lover of these subtle and elegant shades, and are seeking a neutral shade with cool undertones, I suggest a pretty gray like this dress!

Far from being colorless or washed out, gray is an refined backdrop for any of the other colors you might like to use in your wedding, Gray can be a natural partner to silver, platinum, and crystal for a monochromatic look, or a perfect foil to pastels.

This dress itself, the Dorian Wrap Dress by Joanna August is pretty special,too. I love the little fluttery cap sleeve and the flattering wrap style, which suits many shapes. Ethereal, angelic, and subtle elegance come to mind with this pretty pale gray dress.

For florals, one could pair pale gray this with a soft bouquet of greens,  or a structured bouquet of pale pinks and cream,  or lavender, combined with soft pale yellow flowers. For accessories, this dress can be garnished with crystal, diamond, and other sparkling accessories  — as seen here — for a formal look, or one can bring out this dress’s more relaxed style with informal pieces or nature-inspired accessories.

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Bridal boots: lace, laceup, and embellished booties for weddings

Boots and booties are familiar footwear this wintry time of year, and so it follows that embellished and stylish versions of these booties these are the perfect shoe for winter brides and winter weddings.  Here are a few picks, with more details below.

Booties for Weddings | Winter wedding shoes


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1. Mermaid Cage Booties by Sergio Rossi from Shopbop 2. ‘French Lover’  Bridal Sandals by Aquazurra from Shopbop.com 3. ‘Etro’ Peeptoe Boots by Lauren Lorraine at Nordstrom 4. Embellished Mesh Bootie by Badgley Mischka from Nordstrom  5. Lace booties by Monique Lhuillier from The Real Real 6. ‘Sexy Thing’ Booties by Aquazurra from Shopbop 7.  Lace Booties by Dolce & Gabbana from FarFetch 8.  ‘Mirelle’ Cutout Bootie by Klub Nico from Nordstrom

Even though the extra coverage makes these structured and enclosed heels a great choice for winter, wedding boots, cage sandals, and booties, don’t need to be limited just to cold-weather weddings. Many of these lace-up styles are seasonless.   I’ve never worn a pair like these myself, but these styles seem like they might give a little more stability than a strappy heel or more open shoe. The lace, embellished, and laser-cut designer styles are clearly among my favorites, but there are also wedding boots of other many styles including more vintage styles at Etsy,  and a good selection of western styles on Amazon.  For pairs under $100, try eBay.

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For a beautiful finishing touch – tie on a pretty wedding sash!

Bridal Belts, Bridal Sashes, Wedding Sashes | Picks from Dress for the WeddingAffiliate links from our sponsors are used in the shopping links in this post, and have been noted in italics.

Top Row: 1. Embellished Belt by Jim Hjelm Occasions from Nordstrom 2.’Luca’ belt by Hushed Commotion, Photography by Lindsay Madden 3. Nina ‘Fuschia’ Crystal Seed Belt from Nordstrom

Middle Row:1. Dainty Crystal Bridal Belt by Helena Noelle Couture on Etsy 2. Gold Bridal Sash by Davie and Chiyo on Etsy,  Photo by Desy Cheng. Davie and Chiyo items are also available at davieandchiyo.com

Bottom Row: 1. Starlet Belt from Happily Ever Borrowed  use dressforthewed as your referral code for free shipping 2. Bridesmaid Belt, Small Crystal Sash by Photo by Desy Cheng. Davie and Chiyo items are also available at davieandchiyo.com 3. Flower and Crystal Sash by twigs & honey from Nordstrom

I’ve long held the opinion that bridal sashes have transformative qualities when it comes to giving a little extra oomph to an already beautiful wedding dress. I became acquainted with sashes during my own wedding dress trying-on experience, and saw how a jeweled bridal belt completely changed the look of my simple gown,and gave it a detail that made the dress unique and more customized.

Unfortunately, the sash had price tag that was nearly more than the dress I was considering, and it was much harder to find sashes back 7 years ago. In the end, chose a dress that already had a built-in sash at the waist, but one of my lingering fashion regrets is not spring for it, and wearing that beautiful jeweled sash with my wedding dress.

So if you’re considering a sash, I say go for it!  If budget is a concern, I recommend renting one  (see picks below from Happily Ever Borrowed or Rent the Runway) or finding a moderately priced sash on Etsy – there are many to choose from! Another idea to keep in mind:  bridal sashes aren’t just for wedding dresses — they dress up bridesmaid dresses, mother of the bride dresses, rehearsal dinner dresses, or even  jumpsuits. Some of the more slender and delicate styles do double duty as a headband. So with that, I leave you with a closer look these pretty picks and more sources for finding your own bridal belt or sash.

Silver and crystal wedding dress sash | Found at Nordstrom

Nina ‘Fuschia’ Crystal Seed Belt from Nordstrom

Crystal bridal sash for rent from Happily Ever Borrowed

Starlet Belt from Happily Ever Borrowed  Use code dressforthewed as your referral code in the for gift card or discount code at checkout to receive free shipping when shopping with Happily Ever Borrowed.

Beaded bridal belt by Powder Blue Bijoux on Etsy image by Maru Photography

Rhinestone Sash from Powder Blue Bijoux on Etsy. Photo by maruphoto.ca
Dress by Truvelle

Gold and crystal bridal sash | Created by Davie + Chiyo on Etsy

Gold Bridal Sash by Davie and Chiyo on Etsy. Photo by Desy Cheng

Mint and crystal bridal belt | Created by Helena Noelle Couture on Etsy

A beautiful opal and mint crystal sash and accessories by Helena Noelle Couture on Etsy

Gold and crystal bridal sash | Hushed Commotion on Etsy | Photo by Lindsay Madden

Luca’ belt by Hushed Commotion on EtsyPhotography by Lindsay Madden. Dress by Rebecca Schoneveld.

Crystal bridal belt | The Halle Sash from BHLDN

Halle Sash from BHLDN

Designer bridal belt for rent | Found at Rent the Runway

‘Say I Do’ Belt by Badgley Mischka for rent from Rent the Runway

Floral bridal sash | By Rosy Posy Designs on Etsy

Handmade floral bridal sash by Rosy Posy Designs on Etsy. Beautiful handmade sashes in custom colors!

Still looking? Here are spots to check out these spots for more choices for bridal belts and sashes:

Happily Ever Borrowed ( Use code dressforthewed at checkout for free shipping )

  BHLDN | Nordstrom  | J.Crew 

Rent the Runway | Etsy

Davie & Chiyo on Etsy | Powder Blue Bijoux  | Rosy Posy Design on Etsy

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These latest looks from ASOS and other retailers have modern, cute and affordable bridesmaid dresses at under $150 or less!

Cute and Affordable Bridesmaid Dresses | Found at ASOS

From the ASOS Bridesmaid Collection. Multiway dresses with straps that can be worn several different ways. 1.Multiway Mesh Maxi Dress 2. Multiway Midi Dress 3. Multiway Mini Dress

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If I’m asked to find bridesmaid dresses that are high on style and low on price, I have a few go-to spots, which I’ll mention below.  But one which is really knocking it out of the park right now for me is ASOS.  Their TFNC line of wedding looks has unbelievable styles, with most under $100, and many just a smidge above that at the $120 – $150 mark.  Even if you want a black tie look for your wedding party, these dresses will suit the most formal events.

The dresses in these collections have been carefully thought-through to make mismatched looks and different styles a breeze. I also love that ASOS offers petite, plus, and tall sizes in addition to maternity – making it easy for everyone to find a dress they love.  These maxi dresses and cocktail dresses are also gorgeous styles to wear to weddings, making them that much-desired combination of wear-again, and reasonably dresses.  It’s only courteous to your wedding attendants to be make sure you’re providing budget-friendly options, and these dresses definitely fit the bill! Check out this amazing collection and my tips for other places to find reasonably priced bridesmaid dresses.

Maxi dresses for bridesmaids | From the ASOS Wedding Collection

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Hayley Paige’s Spring 2016 Collection gives us this stunning wedding gown!

Beautiful embellished wedding dress by Hayley Paige Style 6609

Hayley Paige Style 6609

As a wedding blogger, I use the words ‘stunning’, ‘spectacular’, and ‘dazzling’ often , and this new wedding dress by Hayley Paige not only qualifies for all three of those superlatives, it nearly needs a whole new set of words invented to praise its beauty. It stopped me mid-scroll on Instagram the other day, which is why I’ve made it today’s Wedding Dress of the Day.

Known for flirty, alluring, and exquisitely detailed gowns, the designs of Hayley Paige continually expand on what it means to create a dream wedding dress. This beaded bodice, embellished back , sweetly shaped bodice, and full chiffon skirt makes this a huge impression, and is a clear candidate for wedding dress of the day, year, or decade!  The rest of the Hayley Paige Spring 2016 Collection is just as breathtaking, and was just published this week. Steal a few minutes today to take a look at the whole collection and start daydreaming!

New Hayley Paige beaded chiffon wedding dress | Hayley Paige Style 6609 | Best wedding dresses for 2016

Hayley Paige Style 6609

For more information, including where to find this gown at a bridal boutique nearest to you, please visit www.jlmcouture.com/Hayley-Paige

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We adore this gown as a silver Mother of the Bride dress or special silver dress for the Maid of Honor

Silver lace dress for mother of the bride

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Dress: Tadashi Shoji Sequin Lace Gown from Nordstrom |  Earrings: Crystal Stud Earrings by Dannijo from Neiman Marcus | Bracelet: ‘Lovett’ Bracelet by Nina from Shoebuy | Cocktail Ring: Flower Ring by Nadri from Nordstrom | Invitation: ‘Floral Crown’ Wedding Invitation created by Lori Wemple from Minted | Shoes: ‘Nanci’ Pumps by Ivanka Trump from Macy’s |  Clutch: ‘Beth’ Embellished Evening Bag by Badgley Mischka from Neiman Marcus 

I often receive questions about whether or not it’s okay to wear light neutrals and metallics for a wedding. If you are in the wedding party as the Mother of the Bride or Mother of the Groom, or as a bridesmaid I say it is, especially since the choice is usually made in consultation with the couple getting married. The concern is still valid, since in some scenarios, a light silver gown can be similar to some of the gray wedding gowns we see now, but usually silver gowns can read anywhere from a gray to deep pewter.  So, as long as the coloring or silhouette isn’t too similar to the brides gown, I feel this color is a beautiful neutral choice for a member of the wedding party. For guests as long as the dress has deeper gray or taupe,that could never be confused with white, cream, then gray dresses are a lovely choice as well.

This silver lace gown has a bit of sequin beading and a beautiful open lace neckline, so it doesn’t take much to make it special-occasion ready. Just add some silver, platinum, diamond, or crystal accessories and this gown will be a shining example of what to wear as a member of the wedding party! See more shoppable picks from partners with this same silver dress style.

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Silver or Gray Mother of the Bride Dresses

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