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Bridesmaid Dresses – Back Details as Pretty as the Front

Posted by: Jessica Jaeger

Wedding traditions are constantly changing. Different trends in dress styles emerge every year. We already talked about what to pick for your maids’ jewelry, but now we’re going to focus on their dresses. The newest trend in bridesmaids’ dresses is interesting and different backs (and styles) and our newest collection of bridesmaids’ dresses, Bari Jay, is a perfect choice if you want to try this new trend. It’s hard picking out bridesmaids dresses, we know. You want to find something that fits YOUR vision and taste, but something that your bridesmaids will be comfortable in and enjoy wearing. A happy bridesmaid is a helpful bridesmaid! With all the styles and colors Bari Jay has to offer, there’s something for everyone.

Style Preference:

If you want you want your girls to be dripping in glitz and glamour, Bari Jay sequin are a perfect choice. They are extremely elegant, glamorous and different in their own ways. They all have interesting backs, with this one showing a beautiful halter top, and a racerback. 

(From right to left: Bari Jay Style 1601-S Gold, Bari Jay Style 1601-S Indigo)

(From right to left: Bari Jay Style 1601 Gold, Bari Jay Style 1601 Indigo)

And if you want to mix it up a bit, you can have some bridesmaids wearing sequin dresses with racer-backs, and some with low backs, like in this dress.

(From right to left: Bari Jay Style 1617-S Champagne, Bari Jay Style 1617-S Steel)

(From right to left: Bari Jay Style 1617 Champagne, Bari Jay Style 1617 Steel)

Both dresses come in beautiful colors such as silver, champagne, gold, indigo, onyx, platinum and steel.

If you want your maids’ to look a little more conservative, the Bari Jay Bella Chiffon dresses and beautiful, modern and on the more conservative side of things.

(Right to left: Bari Jay BC-1603 Black, Bari Jay BC-1603 Red)

(Right to left: Bari Jay BC-1603 Black, Bari Jay BC-1603 Red)

This dress has an adorable sweetheart neckline with straps for a more conservative look; While it had an intricate and strappy back. Business in the front, and party in the back! 

This is another very elegant and conservative looking alternative. It has a tie knot halter top, with an open and cut out low back. It’s beautiful with a simple, but still interesting back. Both dresses come in a rainbow of colors, for any season or theme!

(From right to left: Bari Jay BC-1619 Red, Bari Jay BC-1619 Shadow)

(From right to left: Bari Jay BC-1619 Red, Bari Jay BC-1619 Shadow)

If you’re looking for your bridesmaids to wear a little bit of lace, Bari Jay has that too!

The great thing about Bari Jay lace dresses is they have a classy touch of lace, just enough for an elegant, stylish look.  

These dresses incorporate gorgeous lace, and have different and interesting backs.

Wedding Style:

If you’re wedding is a more formal affair, a beautiful chiffon dress would suit your girls perfectly.

Elegant and beautiful, this dress would be perfect for a formal affair paired with a jewelry set and heels.

If your wedding will be more on the casual side, a simple dress paired with a pendant jewelry set would be just what your ‘maids need. In an array of different colors, this dress is versatile and perfect for any kind of wedding.

If you’re wedding is on the beach, this beautiful chiffon dress with a draped chiffon back and flower shoulder detail would be perfect. It comes in every color you could want, the choice is yours! 

(From right to left: Bari Jay BC-1607 Blush, Bari Jay BC-1607 Royal)

(From right to left: Bari Jay BC-1607 Blush, Bari Jay BC-1607 Royal)

And finally, if you wanna stick with the basics and keep it simple, Bari Jay has you covered on that front too!

(From right to left: Bari Jay EN-1602 Stone Blue, Bari Jay EN-1602 Eggplant)

(From right to left: Bari Jay EN-1602 Stone Blue, Bari Jay EN-1602 Eggplant)

This beautiful chiffon dress is a timeless classic, in any color you could want. It can be dressed up or dressed down, it’s up to you!

No matter what kind of dress your bridesmaids wear, remember this is YOUR day. Good luck and happy shopping ladies! Check out our website to see Bari Jay and more designer bridesmaid dresses!

Photo Sources: USABride/ Bari Jay
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Choosing The Perfect Wedding Veil

Posted by: Jessica Jaeger

The wedding veil. For centuries it has been such a huge part of the classic wedding ensemble. And now whether you want a modern look or want something more classic, a veil can be beautifully incorporated into any look. You can choose a veil in one, or both, of two ways.

Wedding Veils That Complement Your Face Best:

  • For women with ROUND faces, a wedding veil that falls along the sides of the face would look stunning. For those with round faces, a veil that falls along the sides of the helps to narrow it. As for your wedding hair with this veil, wearing your hair down or in a face-framing bob would complete the look.
  • Veil_Collage1For those ladies with a SQUARE jawline, softness is key. Face framing tendrils will help to relax a strong jaw, and a longer wedding veil will work better than a short wide one. A strong, square jawline is a striking feature, flaunt it!


  • If you have an OBLONG face, complement it with a it of width. Look for waterfall veils paired with a wide tiara, wreath or bun wrap.


  • If your face is HEART-SHAPED or TRIANGULAR, you’ll want to add width at the jawline. Since most veils will seem to full for you, the best choice is a back piece, where the width shows up behind the neckline.


  • A RECTANGULAR face will benefit from softness as well. Don’t be afraid to try more voluminous veils, the goofy quality will make your face look more symmetrical!


Wedding Veils That Complement Your Personality

  • If you’re vibrant, fashionable and want to look different than the rest, the Birdcage veil is for you. It has a vintage yet quirky element to it while still looking elegant and gorgeous
(From left to right) USABride Cage Veil with Crystal Edge, USABride Bloom Flower with Cage Veil

(From left to right) USABride Cage Veil with Crystal Edge, USABride Bloom Flower with Cage Veil

  • If you have a laid back personality, you might want to forgo the veil altogether and opt for a beautiful headpiece. Floral clips with crystal embellishments are a huge trend and always look beautiful and effortless at the same time.
  • For brides who adore tradition, the Fingertip veil will complement your personality best. If you appreciate tasteful and clean simplicity, then this time-honored style is the perfect fit.
(From left to right) USABride 1-Layer Priscilla Lace Veil, USABride 2-Layer Crystal and Beaded Veil

(From left to right) USABride 1-Layer Priscilla Lace Veil, USABride 2-Layer Crystal and Beaded Veil

  • The Cathedral veil is for the princess at heart; The bride who loves all things formal and elegant. This veil adds an aura of grandeur to any look. A cathedral veil tends to be so extravagant that it works best with a simple dress that wont overshadow the impressive veil.
(From left to right) USABride 1-Layer Swarovski Rhinestone Edge Cathedral Veil, USABride 1-Layer Extravagance Crystal Beaded Cathedral Veil

(From left to right) USABride 1-Layer Swarovski Rhinestone Edge Cathedral Veil, USABride 1-Layer Extravagance Crystal Beaded Cathedral Veil

Whether you choose a timeless veil or a show-stopping headpiece, both would be an amazing addition to your wedding look. Good luck choosing, and happy shopping!

Sources for Photos: Pinterest/ E’lstile/ USABride
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Real Bride: Wendy is Stunning in Her Anne Barge Gown

Posted by: Dareth Colburn

We love real life photos from brides!  Wendy was married on 8.12.15 in Quebec.  Her dress is a stunning Anne Barge gown with headpiece and cathedral veil by usabride!

Real Brides, USABride

I’d love to see your wedding day photo and post it here!  Please email it to me

-Dareth Colburn
Bridal Stylist & CEO USABride

Photo: Neil Jubinville
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Fall Wedding Trend: Golden Floral Accessories

Posted by: Dareth Colburn

Fall is a season of richness and beauty. The leaves begin to change colors to beautiful reds, yellows and browns. This fall’s wedding accessory trend is golden floral accessories. Whimsical golden leaves and flowers are all the buzz, perfectly complimenting autumn’s fascinating colors. These amazing new pieces are becoming a huge trend this season.

For someone who wants something cute and simple, the Penelope Pearl Gold Headband is a perfect choice. With it’s charming ivory flowers, it will go perfectly with any dress and it’s golden outlining with rhinestones gives you just a touch of shine.

Pearl Bridal Headband

 If you want a stunning, golden statement piece, the Genevieve Gold Comb is a dazzling option. It doesn’t have a strong gold hue, but just enough to incorporate this beautiful new trend. The beautiful silver and gold leaves, plus the accent pearls and jewels make this piece absolutely gorgeous and trendy.

Gold Leaf Bridal Comb for Fall

If your looking for a touch of gold to compliment your wedding day ensemble, the Delicate Pearl Gold Jewelry Set is perfect! It adds just a touch of sparkle, without distracting from your overall look and the golden floral pattern makes it ideal for fall.

Gold Pearl Jewelry Set

 Whether you want a subtle accent or a statement piece, beautiful gold floral pieces are an essential addition to your fall, or any season, wedding wardrobe. Want more inspiration?  Check out our Autumn Wedding Inspiration Board on Pinterest.    Good luck, and happy shopping!
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Popular Wedding Hairstyles

Posted by: Margaret Alevizos

Not sure how to wear your hair on the big day?  Many brides and bridesmaids strive to find a balance between a timeless and unique wedding hairstyle.  Selecting the right hairstyle can be a challenge.  The most important rule when choosing a hairstyle is to be true to yourself and find what will make you happy.  We have compiled some of the most inspiring hairstyles from Pinterest to help you find the perfect look.  Get started by selecting a basic category below!

Chic Chignon:  Try a low bun or chignon.  BTW, what does chignon mean anyway?  It comes from the French phrase “chignon du cou,” which means nape of the neck.  Chignons are styled by pinning the hair into a knot at the back of the head.  There are so many different and beautiful variations of this style.  They are usually secured with accessories such as combs or hairpins.

Ballerina Bun:  The sophisticated ballerina bun is all you need for the big day.  They are so comfortable you will never want to take it out!  You can even sleep in this bun and then when you take your hair out the next morning… BOOM gorgeous waves!  You gotta try this hairstyle; it is perfect for any age and so simple you can DIY (do it yourself).  The ballerina bun is awesome to accessorize with a pair of dangly and sparkly earrings.

Vintage Waves: Speaking of waves, here is another perfect hairstyle whether you are the bride or the bridesmaid.   Simple soft curls are a great hairstyle for any wedding.  Vintage waves are so glamourous and works best with mid length to long hair.  Shorter hair works best with Marcel waves which lie flat to the head.  There are so many variations and techniques to compliment this look, such as adding a tiara or veil.

We hope these looks inspire you!  #therealusabride to show us your wedding hairsyle!
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New Bari Jay Bridesmaid Dresses – Lots of Sparkle!

Posted by: Dareth Colburn

Bari Jay Dresses Sneak Peak! Just got our sample shipment in from Bari Jay today.  WOW! These dresses are beautiful with lots of sparkle!  Head to toe sequins that are fun and easy to mix and match.  We say… bring on the glitz!  These sparkle and sequin dresses are available now in store.  Order now for your upcoming wedding.



Are you near Beverly, MA?  Come visit our new retail location.

Photography by JJ Ignotz Photography.
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Hanging Sweet: Bridal Necklace Basics

Posted by: USABride

Most brides choose their bridal jewelry after picking out and putting a deposit down on a wedding gown, but if you’ve fallen in love with a certain style of necklace, there’s no reason you can’t create your wedding day look around your jewelry. While almost anything goes, there are some bridal necklace basics that every bride-to-be should know:

Short Looks
Neck hugging necklaces are lovely when paired with strapless bodices (and long-necked brides), though don’t discount chokers if your wedding gown ends just below your collarbone. A substantial choker will look smashing sitting just above a boat or jewel neckline. Love it? Try this set!

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Insubstantial Looks
Simple, minimalist strands worn close to the throat (think y-drop or princess style necklaces) complement bateau and scoop necklines beautifully. Thin necklaces are a practical choice for brides who don’t want their jewelry to outshine their wedding dresses and/or want to wear their bridal necklace again. Looking for subtle choices? Try this set.

minimalist bridal necklace - wedding jewelry

Layered Looks
Necklaces can be heaped one upon the other or made to look that way, but almost all layered looks will pair best with simple, unadorned, low necklines. Layers of thicker necklaces can lessen the jarring impact of a plain strapless neckline, while thinner layers can add softness to a square neckline. Love it? Layer this, this, and this!

layered bridal necklaces - wedding jewelry

Long Looks
Necklaces with enough length to hang loose on both sides of the bride are best worn with wedding gowns that plunge in the back as well as the front… so the necklace itself can take center stage. This look is even more dramatic when the necklace is augmented with a jeweled brooch.

Personally, I opted for a loose but rather thick one-strand choker paired with an off-the-shoulder neckline. Now I’d love to know what you chose to wear or are planning to wear around your neck on your wedding day.
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Wedding Planning 101: Keep the YOU in Your Wedding

Posted by: USABride

How many times has the average wedding planner heard brides-to-be say things like “I’d do X if it weren’t for Y.” Usually, the X is something like “wear a wedding dress that shows off my killer tattoos” or “serve a gluten-free vegan reception dinner” or “hire a bouncy castle for my adults-only wedding.” The Y is often “my family,” though it is occasionally “society’s expectations” or “tradition”.

Every bride-to-be and groom-to-be… okay, almost every bride and groom… pays tribute to the conventions laid out by culture and religion and familial wedding traditions, even if they don’t realize it. Social expectations are like advertising — we’re exposed to them our entire lives, in the conversations we hear and the media we see and the stories we’re told. Unless someone lives the extremely examined life, it can be difficult to know where societal conventions end and where one’s own wants begin.

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There are two ways to get around this. The first is to ask yourself why you want what you want. Here’s the disclaimer: there’s nothing wrong with wanting the big white princess dress for your wedding ceremony any more than there’s anything wrong with wanting to wear a neon green sailor suit. But whether you want to wear the gown or the suit, consider your motivations. Maybe you’re leaning toward the gown because you’ve been told your whole life that brides wear wedding gowns. Maybe you’re leaning toward the suit because you want to prove to everyone how really anti-establishment you are. White dresses or sailor suits might turn out to be your thing or you may discover that your true tastes lie somewhere in between. Lime green wedding gown, anyone?

The second way to get around the influence of convention is to seriously consider the random ideas that pop into your head when planning your wedding. Let’s say your brain says “How about a groom’s ‘cake’ made of your fiancé’s favorite candy bars!” Before you write that idea off as silly, consider whether it might be a fun addition to your dessert bar. Maybe your brain says something like “I want to do the hokey-pokey as my first dance!” Think about it — do you really? If you do, stop worrying that your wedding guests will think it’s weird. First dances can be pretty boring, honestly, and I’d love it if the bride and groom started shaking it all about on the dance floor.

We’ve seen a Halo-themed wedding, an all-black pagan wedding, and musical underwear for brides-to-be shipped all the way from Syria. There have been sushi wedding cakes and cheese wedding cakes (not cheesecake). There are blue-haired brides, seriously tattooed brides, and brides on bikes (motor and otherwise). All brides and grooms face at least some opposition to their choices, whether in the form of outright disapproval or headshakes from well-meaning relatives thinking “But she’s so pretty, if only she would…”

But if she (i.e., the bride-to-be) is so pretty anyway, she’s still going to be pretty whether she decides to drive a tractor to the ceremony or dye her hair to match her shockingly pink bridesmaids’ dresses. Keep that in mind if you’re planning your wedding and you’ve found yourself thinking “I’d do X if it weren’t for Y.” Heck, keep it in mind for the rest of your life! Sometimes doing X just isn’t feasible, but sometimes the only thing keeping you from doing X is that pesky Y.

Want to keep more YOU in YOUR wedding? Remember that when it comes to choosing a wedding dress or ceremony accessories or vows or reception venue or transportation or most of the other stuff associated with weddings, it’s more often than not perfectly reasonable to say “I respect your opinion Y, but I’m still going to X.”

Christa Terry is a wedding expert
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What to Do About a Reluctant Ring Bearer

Posted by: USABride

Aren’t kids in weddings just too cute? We can all agree on that. Ring bearers and flower girls – the more the merrier! They’re especially cute when they aren’t pitching a fit at the foot of the aisle because they’ve suddenly found themselves staring out into a sea of grown up strangers. How often does that really happen? Often enough to make being prepared a smart move. Here’s how you can help a reluctant ring bearer (or flower girl) have a great day:

1. Avoid reluctant ring bearers altogether by choosing one that is outgoing and polite, and old enough to understand what he’s being asked to do. Books like 10 Cool Things About Being a Ring Bearer and The Best Ever Ring Bearer can help you give your future ring bearer a taste of the role. Does he seem interested? Enthusiastic? Unsure? Make sure he knows (and his parents know) he can opt out.

2. Don’t expect the moon from any ring bearer – especially if you’ve chosen a really young ring bearer or one who can sometimes be a little shy. Walking down an aisle with lots of strangers on either side? Easy for most adults. Utterly terrifying for some children. If your reluctant ring bearer makes it from point A to point B without bawling, flopping down on the aisle runner, or making a break for the door, consider it a job well done.

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3. Practice makes perfect. One rehearsal is enough for most adults, but if at all possible, have your ring bearer’s parents bring him to your ceremony venue and show him where he’ll be and what he’ll be doing during the wedding. A reluctant ring bearer may simply not understand what’s expected of him. Kids don’t have the experience to think, oh yes, a wedding with chairs and an aisle and a ceremony then cake. The wedding itself may be this mysterious thing in your little man’s mind, and nothing is as scary as the unknown.

4. Assign a ring bearer shepherd, preferably one who is well known to the child. Walking down an aisle flanked by tall grownups becomes a lot less frightening when you have your tiny hand firmly settled in papa’s big one. If this feels too much like you’re asking the parent to participate in your wedding – which you kind of are no matter what since they have to buy junior’s babytux – you can give your reluctant ring bearer the confidence to go it alone by having him escorted to the foot of the aisle by mama, who sets him on his path, and caught by papa, waiting for him by the couple in the first row.

5. Finally, say “It’s okay, you don’t have to be in the wedding if you don’t want to or are afraid.” Some adults are easily offended by children’s whims, but in so many cases, a child’s choices don’t have malicious intent behind them. Maybe your chosen ring bearer started out enthusiastic and has grown increasingly reluctant as the wedding draws nearer. If he says he’d rather not participate, don’t force it. His fears or impulses aren’t anything like logical, but children aren’t logical creatures. Better to go ring bearer-less than to have a sulking little boy in all your wedding photos.

Christa Terry is a wedding expert
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Wedding Planning 101: When Opting Out Is A-OK

Posted by: USABride

Every now and then, a planner working with an offbeat couple will suggest some alternative bridal accessory or wedding venue, and one or two (or more) well-meaning people will chime in to express the opinion that tradition ought to be kept in the traditional wedding for tradition’s sake. Or to ensure that no one is offended or confused. Or because that is simply how things are done.

When it comes to tradition for tradition’s sake, I would no more argue that there’s anything wrong with wanting a traditional wedding than I can argue that there’s anything wrong with untraditional weddings. And when it comes to “how things are done,” I can’t argue that, either.

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What I can dispute is that straying from the traditional wedding format or wearing alternative bridal garb or serving a macrobiotic reception dinner a la Gwen P. is less than etiquette friendly because it will potentially offend or confuse someone, somewhere.

There’s a difference between what is truly offensive and what will simply offend certain people who are probably easily offended. Add to that the fact that what is offensive to some people/cultures/societies — e.g., anything from religious iconography to phallic statuary — will not always be offensive to all people/cultures/societies… and what you get is a lot of confused brides-to-be.

The good news is that the majority of the confusion I see (here, on forums, and in real life) involves relatively benign issues that at worst will cause temporary hurt feelings and at best won’t offend anyone at all. In fact, the answer to the question “What if I don’t follow this particular tradition/hire this type of vendor/wear this piece of clothing?” is often “Nothing at all!”

The most common opt-outs I see on wedding message boards are, in no particular order:

  • Not exchanging (or wearing) wedding rings
  • Saying no to being given away
  • Not having the parent-child dances
  • Not serving cake/alcohol/meat/etc. at the reception
  • Wearing anything other than a white or cream wedding gown
  • Choosing a non-religious ceremony
  • Spending less than the average for the locale
  • Forgoing best men, maids-of-honor, bridesmaids, and groomsmen
  • Not hiring a wedding band or wedding DJ
  • DIYing everything from arch to cake

What it comes down to is this: If your choices aren’t hurting anyone, aren’t in some way discourteous or overtly offensive, aren’t designed to purposefully exclude people, and aren’t dangerous or illegal, you’re probably okay. Furthermore, that which shocks is not automatically offensive (though that won’t excuse you from sideward glances) and confusion isn’t grounds for deeming something bad etiquette. Finally, context counts. A nude wedding at Burning Man? I’m going to guess pretty unoffensive. A nude wedding at grandma’s house? You risk putting the OH(NOSHEDIDN’T) in OHffensive.

In the end, be your own bride and your wedding will be beautiful.

Christa Terry is a wedding expert
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