Bride Has Got Back: The Newest Trend in Wedding Dress Design

Have you gone wedding gown shopping lately? If so, you’ve probably noticed that while the simple wedding dresses are still there there is a revolution in style underway. You have to remember that gown fashion changes slowly. Think about how long strapless dresses reigned supreme! But change is afoot in the world of wedding fashion and I, for one, am loving what I’m seeing!

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Gorgeous beaded and otherwise embellished backs are suddenly all the rage. And it makes sense when you think about it. How much time might a wedding guest spend staring at a bride’s back during the ceremony or while she’s being waltzed around the dance floor? Answer: plenty!

Veluz Bride wedding gown

While the traditional long line of pearl buttons will probably never go out of style, there’s nothing to say a bride can’t wish for a little flair on top of the shine! Designers like Veluz Bride are delivering in droves with lace, pearls, beading, and other tricks and treats that make bridal jewelry all nearly unnecessary.

Anna Campbell gown

Gorgeous, no? Think of it like a little something sweet for your wedding guests – and your wedding photographer! But p.s., I was only kidding about not needing wedding jewelry. You might choose to skip the necklace, but wedding earrings are still a must. Choose jewelry and accessories that share the same elements as your embellished back, like lace and pearls or sparkling rhinestones. Coordination is key to creating a harmonious wedding day look!

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What are Freshwater Pearls and How Do Brides Wear Them?

Pearls have long been a part of the bride’s wedding day must-haves and their history as jewelry is nearly as rich as the history of humanity itself. Cultures from around the world have embraced pearls as part of clothing and accessories because of their natural beauty and warmth. Brides who choose pearl wedding jewelry are part of that history, whether they wear creamy freshwater pearls in a variety of intense shades of ivory, cream, and rum pink; cultured saltwater pearls in any of the same hues, or manmade glass pearls with all the weight and shine of the real thing.

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What are Freshwater Pearls?

Today, let’s talk about freshwater pearls. Many of our pearl wedding jewelry sets feature rich, natural freshwater pearls – and sometimes our customers are surprised to find that in this case the real thing isn’t much more expensive than our accessories crafted with high quality faux pearls. That’s because freshwater pearls are more abundant than natural or cultured saltwater pearls because the freshwater mollusks that grow these pearls can create up to 50 at a time! So even though most freshwater pearls come from just a few bodies of water in Japan and China, they are still more abundant and thus less expensive.

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And yet it’s interesting to note that freshwater pearls actually contain more nacre (shiny stuff) than saltwater pearls! When saltwater pearls are harvested and drilled, the nucleus around which the oyster created the pearl is still there. Freshwater pearls grow around a smaller nucleus that is drilled away during the finishing process, leaving nothing but nacre. The main difference is that investment quality cultured saltwater pearls are often perfectly spherical – identical from one to the next. Freshwater pearls are unique – irregular in shape and more suited to use in fashion jewelry.

How Do Brides Wear Freshwater Pearls?

For the traditional bride, the simple single strand of freshwater pearls – alone or combined with Austrian rhinestones or pave crystals – is a must have. But the dramatic bride should consider something more intense, like our Spectacular Fresh Water Pearl Tiara and Spectacular Fresh Water Pearl Jewelry Set as shown throughout this post. Today’s bride-to-be has almost limitless options when it comes to pearl wedding jewelry sets for herself and her bridesmaids. If you haven’t yet considered freshwater pearls, now is a great to take a second look!

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Who Needs Jewels? Not In These Wedding Gowns!

For 2015/2016, backless gowns are IN. Wedding dresses with amazingly complex embellishments in back are just as hot. And now we’re excited to say that bodices are finally catching up. This is one of the few times you’re going to see me say wedding jewelry? Meh. These gowns bring their own sparkle and shine to the table, no necklaces necessary. Brides, prepare to be inspired!

Riki Dalal

Serious neckline love from Riki Dalal

essence of australia wedding gowns

Bling is the thing at Essence of Austrlia

Calla Bridal

Old Hollywood glamor from Calla Bridal

Marchesa wedding dress

Perfect art deco style from Marchesa

Hayley Paige Bridal

I can’t take my eyes off this Hayley Paige Bridal neckline

Hayley Paige Bridal Spring 2015 2

Here’s a closer look – LOVE!

Monique Lhuiller

Super sparkle (and great fit) from Monique Lhuiller

BHLDN

Big balance from BHLDN’s Harlow gown

prom dress as wedding dress

Not sure who made this beauty but wow!

Monique Lhuiller

A simply gorgeous gown from Monique Lhuiller

BHLDN

More from BHLDN

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This Elie Saab gown is a very cool nod to the past

Jenny Packham

Jenny Packham has clearly made necklaces unnecessary

Are you loving these new lovely necklines as much as I am?

christa terry author of iDo


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2015 Wedding Jewelry Favorites

Last week, I posted some of my absolute favorite 2015 wedding dresses (from some of my fave designers) and this morning I thought let’s talk about some of the bridal jewelry you can wear with a simple wedding gown. Why go simple when elaborate is so often the name of the game in the bridal world? The short answer is because you can accessorize with impunity. Anything goes! So with that in mind, why don’t we go on a little tour of my favorites from our collection…

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The Addison rhinestone bridal bracelet is relatively simple but has so much sparkle!

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And I love the crystal swirl cuff – it’s silver plated and positively dripping with hand-cut rhinestones.

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Only the most dramatic brides need apply when it comes to the Serafina bridal headband. It is so big, so bold, and so beautiful.

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Another bridal headband? YES! They’re still hot and this elegant side headband is one of the hottest.

crystal bridal jewelry

Pearl bridal jewelry never goes out of style! The Pearl Bliss wedding jewelry set is one you may be able to pass on to a daughter, a niece, or someone else you love!

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The Ravishing bridal jewelry set is set with scores of generous cz gemstones that will catch the light brilliantly – along with everyone’s eyes.

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You can’t miss these stunning bridal earrings and when they’re paired with a simple gown? Heads are going to turn like crazy.

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And finally, with a name like Crystal Fascination how can you possibly go wrong?

What bridal jewelry have you bookmarked? What have you already bought?

christa terry author of iDo


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The Most Gorgeous Simple Wedding Dresses of 2015

What’s better than a blog post featuring one gorgeous gown? How about a post featuring all of my favorite 2015 wedding dresses in one place! I am not kidding when I say you are going to adore these dresses – which are beautiful and simple and perfect for accessorizing excessively. You know, if you’re into that. These are the kinds of wedding dresses that let you go absolutely crazy when it comes to your wedding jewelry and accessories. Ready to fall in love? Okay, let’s do this!

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Rosa Clara 2015

2015 bridal collection of Rosa Clara wedding dress

Rosa Clara 2015

Aire Barcelona 2015 Bridal Collection

Aire Barcelona 2015

Amsale Spring 2015 Wedding Dresses

Amsale 2015

Delphine Manivet 2015 Collection

Delphine Manivet 2015

Marchesa Spring 2015 Bridal Collection

Marchesa 2015

Romona Keveza Collection Fall 2015 Wedding Dress

Romona Keveza 2015

Rosa Clara 2015 Bridal Collection 2

Rosa Clara 2015

Rosa Clara 2015 Bridal Collection 3

Rosa Clara 2015

Rosa Clara 2015 Bridal Collection

Rosa Clara 2015

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Sarah Seven 2015

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Vera Wang 2015

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Watters 2015

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Ideas You’re Not Going to See at Every Other 2015 Wedding

Looking for wedding planning ideas and bridal accessories that aren’t going to make the trend lists? I feel you! Once a wedding planning idea hits the trend lists chances are everyone and their sister will be using it in their ceremonies and receptions. So here’s what you do – you stay away from the wedding trends lists that are practically ubiquitous. You look at inspiration without an agenda. No theme. No must-haves. You do what you love. And you mix it up with ideas like these:

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Botanicals (omg ferns) are going to be a big deal in 2015 but simple tables? When are simple wedding tables ever really trendy? Pillar candles and not much else can make a wedding reception table feel complete.

glitter wedding inspriation

Glitter, glitter, glitter! If you love sparkle, unleash a glitter bomb on your DIY wedding decor and put it on everything. It’s okay – sometimes too much is just enough!

industrial-wedding-reception-inspiration

Industrial weddings may be a 2015 trend or not. I have my doubts it’s going to make it much past the pages of the bridal mags so if you love this look you’re probably going to be in the minority.

outdoor wedding blankets

Boring white folding chairs? AS IF. Take your outdoor wedding to the floor with picnic blankets, baskets, and bottles of wine. (Though be kind and put out a few chairs for older guests who might have trouble getting back up once they’re down.) via fresnoweddings.net

photo table runner wedding

How cute is this pictorial table runner I found on Bellatheblog.com? Yes, it’s great for an engagement party but why not use it as sweetheart table decor or a way to gussy up your cake table?

smores wedding favors DIY easy

Who loves s’mores? Everyone loves s’mores. For fall and winter weddings, s’mores favors are not to be missed! via ohlovelyday.com

wedding ceremony arrow decor DIY

This glitter – yes, glitter – arrow I found on 100layercake.com guides wedding guests to the ceremony spot in the most fabulous way. That’s one way to wow your guests before they even see your gown.

wedding coloring book DIY

If you love this coloring book for the kids at your wedding, just think about how much your littlest guests will adore you for having it ready and waiting on reception tables! Or skip the DIY and just print the ready made coloring book here.

wedding dress pin DIY

Embroidered initials on the lining of your gown is okay – if you plan to keep your dress. If not, DIY a dress charm with symbols that are special to you and your spouse-to-be. After the big day, it’s a keepsake you can actually keep with you.

wedding matches DIY old fashioned

Super traditional and not at all trendy, wedding matches are making a modest comeback as favors your guests will actually use.

wedding video booth guestbook

And finally, the wedding photobooth is super played out but still a big hit because, well, it’s fun! You can take the idea to the next level with a video wedding guestbook that will be fun to watch for years to come.

What are you doing at your wedding that WE won’t be seeing at any of the weddings we attend next year?

christa terry author of iDo


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Fresh Botanical Wedding Inspiration

The leaves are finally falling off the trees around our studio but since the brides planning autumn weddings are hopefully done by now or have a year – or more – yet to go, we’re feeling springy! Maybe you’re a bride-to-be who still has long months and months to wait before you say “I do,” in which case you’re probably pouring over Pinterest every chance you get to find something gorgeous, whether it’s bridal jewelry or ceremony decor or wedding dresses or whatever.

We love Pinterest, of course – omg follow us – but we wanted to give you something gorgeous right this second! And here it is, botanical wedding inspiration that’ll knock your socks off. You’ll swear it was springtime!

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I love everything about this bridal bouquet from the HUGE pink blossoms to the surprising amount of greenery – the greens to blooms ratio, you might say.

botanical wedding inspiration - wedding bridal headpiece

Bridal headpiece au naturel? More blooms than you might find in most bouquets make a pretty radical statement.

botanical wedding inspiration - wedding cake

Wedding cake alternative plus big, bold, and beautiful blossoms? YES.

botanical wedding inspiration - wedding ceremony backdrop

This wedding ceremony backdrop is definitely different. Don’t expect to see one at the next wedding you’re at unless that wedding is your own.

botanical wedding inspiration - wedding ceremony decor

Ditto for this UHMAZING outdoor wedding ceremony decor.

botanical wedding inspiration - wedding escort cards

No blooms to be found here, but plenty of botanicals! These reception escort cards come complete with a tiny touch of Mother Nature’s best.

botanical wedding inspiration - wedding invitations

Love the font. Adore the styling for the photoshoot. Who needs vases?

botanical wedding inspiration - wedding reception decor

When it comes to wedding DIY, it doesn’t get much easier than this dramatic arrangement of greenery above and plain white pillar candles below. Adore it.

Just remember, if you’re using natural greens in your wedding you want to treat them as carefully as your flowers so they look fresh all day long!


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Off-the-Shoulder Gowns Dominate the 2015 Wedding Runways

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Classic, ultra-femme and almost universally flattering, off-the-shoulder necklines are making a comeback on the Spring 2015 bridal runways pushing out strapless wedding dresses, cap sleeves, and asymmetrical styles in almost every collection. But lest you worry about emerging dowdiness in the bridal market, these necklines are being paired with modern silhouettes that make this look feel timeless. If you want to feel like a princess, you can do that. If you want to look fierce, you can do that, too. Romantic softness can be found and more surprisingly, super mod minimalist styles are also walking the runways. Have a look at just a handful of the off-the-shoulder styles brides will be wearing (or mimicking) next year:

Anne Barge Spring 2015

Anne Barge Spring 2015

Carolina Herrera 2015

Carolina Herrera 2015

House of Mooshki 2015 Wedding Dress Collection

House of Mooshki 2015 Wedding Dress Collection

Jenny Packham Spring 2015 Bridal Collection - wedding dresses

Jenny Packham Spring 2015 Bridal Collection

Marchesa Spring 2015 Bridal Collection - wedding dresses

Marchesa Spring 2015 Bridal Collection

Oscar de la Renta 2015 wedding dresses

Oscar de la Renta 2015

Pronovias 2015 pre-collection wedding dresses

Pronovias 2015 pre-collection

Romona Keveza Collection Spring 2015 wedding dresses

Romona Keveza Collection Spring 2015

Rosa Clara 2015 Bridal Collection - wedding dresses

Rosa Clara 2015 Bridal Collection

So how to you accessorize an off-the-shoulder wedding dress? Ready to get excited? Okay, then here’s the best news: massive amounts of visible decolletage means nothing for your bridal jewelry set to compete with. Anything goes – or just about anyway. With that much empty real estate your necklace and earrings can play center stage up top while your gown is the star of the show below!


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Ten 2015 Wedding Trends That You Need to Know About

1. Back to basics! Not every wedding has to be a production fit for the pages of the Rue Magazine wedding issue but you wouldn’t know that because Pinterest lies. And when I say consider having a simple wedding I don’t mean a wedding fit for the pages of Real Simple, either.

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2. Pearls! This mainstay of bridal fashion is back in a big way – possibly because brides-to-be really are going back to basics. Are pearls and pearl wedding accessories a wedding trend? I say they’re timeless.

industrial-wedding-ceremony-inspiration

3. Simple ceremonies! Do we really all need the same rituals to feel wed? I do, you do, we do and we’re done – whether that includes your own vows or the standard vows of your people (whoever they may be) your guests will thank you for jumping on this wedding ceremony trend.

4. And simple wedding photos! The days of the overly processed wedding pics are numbered. Seriously, trends come and go but your wedding photos are forever. Trust me when I say it’s nice to look back at wedding photos in which you will look like you and not some filtered version of you.

5. Wedding cake! Like, just wedding cake. While it’s nice to offer guests options when it comes to edibles the idea that couples need to provide full-on buffets is pretty ludicrous. Have wedding cake alternatives or a full spread of sweets if you want, but don’t feel obligated. And candy bars? They’re a great way to end up with lots of leftover candy.

6. Personal hashtags! Wedding photo booths were definitely cute but all the pics of guests with faux mustaches are starting to look a little derivative. You’ll get more personal, more meaningful shots by snagging your loved ones’ IG pics thanks to your hashtag. Share it on your wedding invite and wedding website so guests know to tag pics from the ceremony and reception.

cinder block wedding centerpieces DIY

7. Cinder blocks! DIYing your reception with pallets and rusty old bathtubs is way five minutes ago. The cool new DIY material can be found in the contractor aisle at Home Depot. Or check Craigslist for freebies.

8. Industrial weddings! Barns are out, factories are in. I’m so done with burlap and lace and mason jars – if that’s your absolutely favorite look great but if your goal is to be on trend then leave the farm to the chickens.

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9. Vibrant colors! Muted palettes were all the rage a while back and were nice but when I got to a wedding I want to be wowed. We’re loving bright yellows, raspberry, navy, rose gold, and tangerine on bridesmaids, on tables, in bouquets, and even on brides.

10. Bubbles! Wedding sparklers for reception send-offs were big but frankly always made me nervous. That many people with sparks around a wedding gown? Yikes, right? Meanwhile bubbles are fun for all ages (making them great for weddings that include kids), won’t hurt anything or anyone, and maybe most importantly ARE NOT ON FIRE.

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