Destination wedding ideas

Considering a destination wedding? Learn how to make your destination wedding dream a reality!

Destination Weddings with Apple Vacations and Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts

This post has been graciously sponsored by Apple Vacations, but the words are those of the editor of Dress for the Wedding.

If you’re thinking of planning a destination wedding, you may have visions of walking down the aisle holding a bouquet of tropical flowers, saying your vows on the sand, and dancing the night away at sunset reception while your guests sip on tropical drinks.  But how do you get your dream destination wedding vision to actually come to fruition? I have the answer for you: Apple Vacations and Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts offer amazing destination wedding packages and an onsite wedding coordinator. These packages have every detail from your to-do list already taken care of: Wedding location and decor? All set! Cake? It’s all planned out. Flowers? You bet.  They even have packages that provide room upgrades and V.I.P. treatment for the happy couple and their parents!

Bahia Principe Hotels and Resorts Apple Vacations Weddings

Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts has thought of every detail for destination weddings, and they also offer loads of options for wedding packages that allow you to select the services that are right for you!  Some resorts offer free wedding packages that include a wedding coordinator, decor, and flowers. On top of that, the Sunshine package includes extra treats like turn down service and V.I.P. treatment.  If you want even more special touches like live music, and floral décor at the bridal table, the Unforgettable package has it! If you want everything: 2 hours of open bar, 1 hour of cocktails and canapes, sit down wedding reception dinner for your guests, late check out, spa treatments,  champagne luxury toast with Moet de Chandon after wedding ceremony ( max 7 bottles), and V.I.P. attention for you and your parents — you’ll love the Romance Extravaganza package.  Since I’m a “want it all” kind of person, especially when it comes to weddings, I’m really taken with the Romance Extravaganza wedding plan. All of these wedding packages can be booked at Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts with the help of Apple Vacations. You’ll be delighted by how much each wedding package has to offer.

Destination Wedding Couple

Celebrate in paradise!

I’ve had lots of experience myself with the fabulous Apple Vacations, so I know that they’d be of great service when it comes to destination wedding plans. My husband and I have booked several vacations–including our honeymoon–with them, and those Apple Vacations ratings with the little apple icons always steer us in the right direction! For destination weddings, Apple Vacations will take care of your travel arrangements, and will put you in touch with an experienced wedding planner to coordinate the day of your dreams.

By now you’re probably seeing that your dream wedding details are all set, but what about the details for your guests? Apple Vacations also offers their Group-Ease program, where your your guests and wedding party can enjoy discounts. This deal works for groups with as few as ten guests!

From making travel arrangements,  to sorting out the legal requirements of a destination wedding, Apple Vacations will take care of it all. The Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts properties are located in Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Mexico, so you have a wide variety of dream locations to choose from! Your Apple Vacations agent can help you find the perfect place for you and your mate to say “I do”. Simply pick a resort, the rest will be as relaxing as a walk on the beach!

Apple Vacations has generously sponsored this post, but the opinions are those of the editor of Dress for the Wedding.

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Dress for the Wedding Featured in The Westchester Wedding Planner


Exciting news, Dress for the Wedding readers! Two of Dress for the Wedding‘s signature collages were featured on pages 60 and 61 of The Westchester Wedding Planner Fall/Winter issue.

The Westchester Wedding Planner blog and magazine are full of planning tips and ideas for brides in the Greater New York metropolitan area and beyond.  If you’re in New York or Connecticut, you can pick up a copy at several locations including Whole Foods in Westchester and Connecticut, and Barnes and Noble in several New York Metro locations. Brides in other locations can purchase a copy on Amazon. It’s a great wedding planning resource for any bride!

Thanks to The Westchester Wedding Planner publisher, Aida Krgin, for the feature, and to Anne Barge, Nina Bridal, and Bloomingdale’s White Plains for the permission to feature their pieces in the collage.  Pick up your copy today!


TWWP_ Anne Barge gown

Gown: Anne Barge / Accessories: Nina Bridal / Shoes: Stuart Weitzman at Bloomingdales

TWWP Groom Look

All items in this collage: Bloomingdale’s

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Wedding Dresses by Kelly Faetanini Fall 2015


Jorgette by Kelly Faetanini

Jorgette, one of the beauties in the new Kelly Faetanini Collection for Fall 2015

Kelly Faetanini Wedding Dresses for Fall 2015

Do you feel like you’re right in the front rows of bridal market yet? I hope you’ve all been enjoying the steady stream of wedding dresses I’m showing, and there are so many more to see!

Today’s look is at Kelly Faetanini’s bridal collection for Fall 2015. We just had a peek at the Kelly Faetanini Spring 2015 Collection a few weeks back, and I can’t wait to show you this Fall 2015 look.  Kelly Faetanini’s signature combination of femininity and modernity takes a twist with some baroque influences seen in the damask, jacquard fabrics she used, and perfectly-placed embellishment she created. Several of these gowns also have a beautifully created off-the-shoulder style, which has been brilliantly combined with illusion details to give the best of both looks.  Can’t commit to off-the-shoulder? Try the gorgeous ‘Emeline’, that has a v-neckline with off-the-shoulder embellishment, and just a hint of sheer detail at the midriff. Another concept I love: the half-length lace sleeves of ‘Jorgette’. Kelly Faetanini gowns often have different options for your own personalized customization, so take a peek at which gown  from the collection might have the makings of your dream wedding dress!

Allori by Kelly Faetanini Wedding Dresses FallWinter 2015



Clara by Kelly Faetanini strapless wedding gown with bands



Dasha by Kelly Faetanini


Elana off-the-shoulder Wedding Dress by Kelly Faetanini


Emeline by Kelly Faetanini


Giovanna wedding gown with off the shoulder straps by Kelly Faetanini


Jorgette lace half sleeve lace wedding dress by Kelly Faetanini


Jules by Kelly Faetanini




Luisa Wedding dress


Silver wedding dress Maisa by Kelly Faetanini


Perla silver bodice wedding gown


All images are courtesy and copyright of Kelly Faetanini.  Please visit Kelly Faetanini’s website for more information including the fine boutiques that carry this line.

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Top Colors for Fall Bridesmaid Dresses

My picks for beautiful colors for bridesmaid dresses for your fall wedding!

Top colors for bridesmaid dresses for fall

Get these looks: Garnet: Style D502 in Garnet by Alfred Sung. See other dresses in this color at Weddington Way | Burgundy: After Six Style 6669 in Burgundy. See other dresses in this color | Plum: Jenny Yoo ‘Brooklyn’ Dress  see other dresses in this color | Aubergine: Wtoo 702 in Aubergine See other dresses in this color

Goldenrod: Watters ‘Julep” Dress in Goldenrod. See more dresses in Yellow | Spice: After Six style 6613. See more dresses in Spice  | Toffee: Jim Hjelm Crinkle Chiffon style 5350. See more bridesmaid dresses in this Toffee  | Mauve: Jim Hjelm 5414 in Luminescent Chiffon. See more dresses in Mauve

Sage: Jim Hjelm Style 5400 in Sage. See other dresses in Sage | Emerald: J.Crew Kylie Dress in Warm Jade. See more dresses in Emerald. | French Blue: Monique Lhuillier crinkled silk gown. More dresses in this shade. | Teal: Jim Hjelm Gown 5362 in Teal. See more teal bridesmaid dresses

Midnight: ML Monique Lhuillier Jersey  Bridesmaid Gown in Navy , see more dresses from Nordstrom in blue | Dove gray:‘Aiden’ by Jenny Yoo, see more gray bridesmaid dresses | Charcoal: Amsale Draped Tulle Gown in Charcoal. See more charcoal gray dresses.  | Black: Alfred Sung Silk Dress More black bridesmaid dresses   (affiliate links are used)

Top Colors for Bridesmaid Dresses for Fall

I’ve been showing lots of ideas for fall bridesmaid dresses this season, both in the flavors of fall mini-series I did, and just a summary of some of the fall bridesmaid dress ideas I love. I’m almost ready to move on to late fall holidays and winter — but only in terms of dresses and fashion ideas, I’m not fully ready for the season itself !

Before I move on, I wanted to provide this bit of inspiration for top colors for fall bridesmaid dresses.  Bridesmaid dresses are one of the most prominent ways your wedding colors and themes are expressed, and so it only makes sense that they reflect the season and style of your wedding.  These picks for top colors are my personal picks, informed a little bit by top fall fashion colors, top fall wedding colors, along with just my personal preference of colors I love to see as a part of fall wedding details.

Now please, don’t worry for a minute if you’re planning a fall wedding and your color isn’t on this list — these picks aren’t meant to classify your colors in terms of ‘in’ or ‘out’ wedding trends, but rather just to inspire anyone who is trying to pick dress colors and need a little color visualization.  Truly, any color works for your wedding so long as you love it! I’ve picked these colors because they are classic, timeless colors that will work for fall weddings for years to come, and many of these will work for other seasons as well! In most cases I’ve called the shade by the fabric name of the dress designer, but in some I used just a general (and usually flavorful!) color term meant to encompass more of a range. I’ve also included links by color scheme to DFTW retail partners, so that you can find the style of dress you like most in that shade. If you’re planning a fall wedding, I hope you love these color picks!

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Preppy Little Gifts for Bridesmaids and Friends!

A collection of fun little gift ideas for the preppy lady in your life!

Preppy little gift ideas


1. Monogrammed  baseball cap | 2. Name necklace from BaubleBar | 3. Bow and Pearl ‘all wrapped up’ earrings by kate spade new york  4. Stella and Dot Striped Pouf | 5.  Lilly Pulitzer “Double Take’ Wristlet | 6. Acrylic Monogrammed Key Chain  7. Kendra Scott “Elle” Earrings  | 8.  Lilly Pulitzer Agenda  | Links in this post and in the shop the look section are from my affiliate partners.

Preppy Gifts

I wanted to do a fun little post to break up some of the wedding gown features I’ve been doing, and I’ve been meaning to do a part two to my bridesmaid gift post from last year. I also needed a bright dose of color this week and these pretty pinks and greens were popping off the page!

I started this collage with the intention of collecting some sweet and preppy bridesmaid gifts, but then I realized these are great gifts for girlfriends, relatives, and friends, for anytime — birthdays, holidays, just because– all sorts of life events! I know I’m a little early to be even thinking about the holidays, especially since I wind up waiting until right before Christmas to do my holiday shopping. But since I now spend so much time online virtually shopping for things for the site, and since December is usually a mad dash, I’m going to try to get ahead of it this year, and at least start thinking of gifts now! It’s actually important to think ahead if you like personalizing gifts, since those can take a little longer when you go the custom route. These little presents are particularly fun for anyone who loves a little monogram or some preppy whimsy with their gifts.  I’ll keep adding some other fun ideas to the ‘shop the look’ section as I find them.

I hope you love these little ideas as much as I do! Wrap up one of these for a fun friend in your life!

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