From high-volume & braids to soft curly waves with gorgeous flowers, we have created a beautiful collection of most romantic bridal updos for your wedding day. Loose waves or a beautiful half up wedding updo will last till the after party and is a romantic addition to a traditional strapless wedding gown. These hairstyles work best for outdoor weddings and are considered ‘weather-proof’. Beautiful beaded headband or a low maintenance flower clip is a lovely, romantic touch. Intricate braids are an exciting addition to already gorgeous updos that best highlight the romantic details of lace Wedding Dresses. Pearl accessories, teardrop earings and jeweled clips create a beautiful wedding look for brides who want to layer on the romance. Your wedding hairstyle shouldn’t steal the rest of your look. Classic and simple updos also go beautifully with any dress or wedding theme.
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The morning of your wedding day is filled with lots of excitement. To make sure you have the perfect day ahead, don’t make these nine mistakes.[Photo: aptbphotography.com]
It’s going to be a long day and it’s not a good idea to go through it on an empty stomach. While you might be so excited or nervous that a full meal is out of the question, be sure to have some small snacks on hand to enjoy while you’re getting married.
Drinking too much.
One mimosa or glass of bubbly to calm the nerves is fine–knocking back a few glasses is out of the question. You don’t want to be buzzed or wasted before walking down the aisle and reciting vows in front of your nearest and dearest.
Finish DIY projects.
Don’t plan on getting up early to arrange flowers, put together favors, print out place cards, etc. You’ll be starting off your wedding day severely stressed out.
Running off schedule.
Those brides who are an hour or more late for their ceremony? Not cool. While you are the center of attention and the ceremony can’t start without you, it is beyond rude to leave guests (not to mention your groom) waiting that long. Make a day-of schedule for getting ready and stick with it.
Deciding on a different style.
Hopefully you’ve had your hair and makeup trials and have decided on a style. So don’t decide to switch things up the morning of, which will only lead to stress for you and your stylists.
Stressing about the weather.
Checking your weather app or looking out the window every five minutes will drive you–and everyone around you–crazy. Remember, you can’t control Mother Nature, so it’s best to just roll with whatever weather comes your way.
Answering your phone.
Whether it’s questions for a vendor or a relative asking for last-minute directions, do not answer your cell phone the morning of the wedding. Hand over the reins to either your wedding planner or maid of honor.
Packing for the honeymoon.
You have enough on your plate, so don’t add any more to-dos. Pack for the trip in advance so you don’t have to deal with it right before the wedding.
Getting a massage or facial.
While it’s a great idea to relax on the morning of the big day, getting a spa treatment is probably not a wise decision. If you get a facial or wax, you risk a reaction. And a massage can often lead to sore muscles. So find another way to unwind before you say I Do, such as a relaxing bath or some gentle yoga.
It’s day 2 of our New Bride Guide series, and today we’re tackling the very first steps in the planning process. The bridges you need to cross once you get that ring on your finger. This includes announcing your engagement (the right way!), the decisions you need to make regarding size, date, and venue (before you even pick a dress or meet with a vendor), and even the difficult budgeting decisions that need to be made day 1.
The good news is that you got the rock. You got the guy. Congratulations! Now, before you start planning the most perfect, magical wedding day ever, there are a few details (To-do’s! Already!) to take care of first:
Remember: if there are any terms you don’t understand, check out our wedding dictionary.
1) Announce your engagement to friends and family — the right way. When announcing your engagement, a blast to all your Facebook friends is just not appropriate. We recommend categorizing your friends, families and acquaintances by level of intimacy, and then announce the news in that order:
First tier: These are the people you should tell first, such as your parents, siblings and closest friends. Make sure they hear it from you, in person, and not on their newsfeed. If you think there are other people who might want to hear it directly from you, maybe chronically single friends, the person who set you up, or your ex (if you’re still friends), pick up the phone and tell them yourself before they catch wind of the news.
Second tier: There are many people that you only keep in touch with via e-mail or see sporadically at parties. For that group, consider a digital announcement.
Third tier: Eventually you will want to make the engagement official online. When is it to update your Facebook relationship status to “Engaged”? Once you’ve gotten in touch (in person, via phone or e-mail) with all of your friends and extended family, you can update your social media profiles. This may be a week or 2 after the proposal, so be patient.
As for posting a photo of the ring, it’s a personal decision. It is generally accepted that one tasteful photo of the ring is acceptable, as long as you don’t go into specifics such as carat size or anything that may sniff of bragging. Err on the side of modesty.
2) Pick a date and time for your wedding. After asking to see the ring, most people will ask if you’ve set a date. The Knot offers some great pointers for picking a date, which include:
Availability: When planning a wedding, often two venues, both the church or temple and the reception hall, have to be in sync. You may not want a huge gap in time between the ceremony and reception, and this may play into what day you book. Transport between the two venues should also be considered and worked into your budget.
Sentimentality: What if you could get married on anniversary of your first date? The anniversary of your engagement? If you’re a sucker for romance and want a date or month that is special to you and your groom, go for it, under the caveat that you mightbe limiting your options.
Season: If you’ve always wanted an outdoor, tented wedding, you’re looking at a summer wedding. If you like black tie opulence, go for a winter, evening wedding. It’s important to do a little soul searching about what kind of bride you want to be when considering a wedding date.
Budget: June, August, September, and October are the most popular months to get married and will therefore be more expensive. Winter months, such as January, February and March, less so. Consider a Friday evening wedding if you find yourself in a peak wedding month but no available weekend wedding dates. (Instant excuse for a black tie event!). Venues almost always have Friday nights free and they generally charge less for them.
Something else to consider: black out dates. The truth is, some dates just won’t work. Holiday weekends seem like an awesome, obvious choice, but keep in mind that people often plan family vacations during them and travel fares may be higher. There are other wedding dates to avoid, such as the week between Christmas and New Year’s, as well as Thanksgiving weekend.
3) Choose the style of your wedding. Weddings are all about personal style and the event itself should be a reflection of your taste. If you’re a jeans and T-shirt kind of gal, a formal wedding may not seem authentic. There are a handful of other considerations:
Formal: It’s all champagne wishes and caviar dreams! Well, not exactly, but think big gestures, such as a black tie dress code, formal seated dining, top shelf liquor, a big band, a ball gown for the bride and tuxedos for the groomsmen. Consideration: formal weddings often come with a hefty pricetag (although there are always ways to cut costs.)
Informal: You can still get married without the pomp and circumstance of a big, formal wedding. Informal works well for small weddings, rustic or outdoor locations, couples on a budget (or where the parents aren’t contributing), destination weddings (barefoot on the beach), and are often less expensive than formal ones. Consideration: limit the number of attendants and encourage guests to come as they are (cocktail or casual attire).
Traditional: A traditional wedding reception starts with a spiritual ceremony at a church, temple or other house of God, then proceeds to a receiving line, cocktail hour, introduction of the couple, first dance, father-daughter dance, mother-son dance, toasts, seated dinner, cake cutting, bouquet toss, garter toss… phew, you still with me? Consideration: the most traditional of weddings require a planner (there are many parts and people to orchestrate!).
Destination: When members of both families are spread across the country, a destination wedding is a good idea, and can serve as neutral territory. Destination weddings can be held anywhere – the beach, mountains, wine country, foreign country, castle, cruise, the city where you met. Consideration: Match your decor, color scheme and theme to the locale. If you’re having a beach wedding, nautical invitations or a starfish centerpiece is fun.
Civil Ceremony: Just want to elope? All you’ll need is a civil ceremony, which is usually held at city hall or the local justice of the peace. Everyone — even if they are having the biggest bash known to man — has to pick up their marriage license at city hall anyway. Make a day of it.
4) Settle on a budget: It used to be traditional for the bride’s family to pay for the wedding, but it’s becoming more common for both sides to chip in. Talking about money is almost always awkward, and add in laws, a huge event like a wedding, and heightened emotions, and the whole process can feel like a root canal. In fact, dental work may even be preferred.
Be clear on what you and your fiance want: Before you start hitting up the family, map out what you and your fiance could afford on your own. That way, if neither side can offer you anything, you still have a an outline of a day you both like and can afford. Anything else will be an upgrade.
Know how much weddings cost in your area: Large metropolitan areas, such as New York City, will be more expensive than the suburbs. A little web research, as well as a few phone calls to vendors, can answer a lot of questions for you. Be sure to also check out our advice for easy ways to cut corners on everything for your wedding.
Attitude check: no one owes you a wedding. Other friends’ parents may have paid for their big days, but yours may not be able to. Keep expectations in check. Sit down and start by telling them that you do not want to assume that they are planning to pay for your wedding, but you need to know if they can so that you can create a budget. Your fiance should have a similar conversation with his family. These talks should happen separately. If either side is willing to contribute, be sure to involve them as much as you can. It’s their money you’re spending, after all.
Use an online budgeting tool — and stick with it: There are lots of budget calculators online and you should definitely use one. It will keep your spending in check. The temptation will always be to spend more or invite a few more people. Remember that your wedding is the first day of your new life together, so there’s no need to blow your life savings on one day where there are many more days ahead.
5) Estimate, roughly, the size of your guest list: Budget will most likely dictate the size of your guest list. A little arithmetic will tell you how many people you can invite. If you have $20,000 to spend on the reception, and the venue charges $100 a head, you can invite up to 200 people. Create lists of people you must invite, such as family members and very close friends, and find a cut off for everyone else. Easy ways to make cuts are people you haven’t spoken to in over a year, eliminating co-workers, second cousins, etc. Be sure to consult our list of people you should never invite to your wedding.
For more guest list tips, check out our list of 10 common guest list questions, which were answered by an actual etiquette expert. If invited guests start giving you trouble, we decoded the 10 most annoying wedding guests, and how to deal with them.
6) Determine the size of your bridal party and who will be in it: You may have a lot of friends, but they don’t all have to be in your wedding party. Most people would actually prefer to just be a guest. It’s even become trendy to not have a bridal party at all, shy of brothers or sisters who serve as best men or maids of honor. The more people you have in your wedding party the more complications will arise, so keep things simple. If you decide to include close friends as well as family members, read up on how to keep your Bridesmaids happy.
7) Decide whether you need a planner: It may seem like a luxury to hire someone to plan your wedding, but in the long run they can be worth every penny. If nothing else, consider hiring one for the big day to organize vendors and other details while you get ready. Destination weddings almost always require a local wedding planner, since they know local vendors and customs. Wedding planners have other bonuses, such as getting you deals you wouldn’t get otherwise. Check out our guide to what your wedding planner should be doing for you.
8) Narrow your venue options down to 3. There are a lot of factors when it comes to choosing the venue. The bottom line will come down to how much you get for your money. Unexpected deal breakers can include whether you can or have to bring in your own food, and if there are approved food vendors. Bringing your own liquor can be less expensive, so be sure to ask about corkage fees. Be clear about the payment schedule before you sign anything.
There are, of course, places where you should never get married.
9) Research vendors: Referrals are some of the best preliminary research you can do. Ask your recently married friends who they used and start your research there. Pay attention to reviews on Facebook or Yelp. If there are more than a handful of bad reviews, keep looking. And yes, legitimate vendors will be completely covered in the web and social media space. Pick up a few local wedding magazines as well for more ideas.
Stay organized and download a list of vendors you’ll need to contact. Know what to ask them, too. Don’t forget to book an officiant — you can’t get married without one. We have a great cheat sheet for picking the right officiant.
10) Ask family members (in laws, parents and groom) for a preliminary guest list/guest size: If someone else is picking up the tab for your wedding, you may have to play a few of their reindeer games when it comes to the guest list. If you start to wonder why you father’s dentist’s daughter is on the list, it’s time to tactfully pull a Will & Kate. When they didn’t recognize many of the names on the guest list that Buckingham Palace put together, they made the point that they wanted control. Chelsea Clinton and her husband did the same thing. The offending inviters will understand. Eventually.
Another way to control the size of the guest list is to consider the size of the venue. A room that seats 100 can’t hold 200, so blame the laws of physics when you have to make a case for cutting your mother’s tennis buddies.
If you’re on the hunt for a wedding hairstyle that says ‘Vintage Vixen’ but still lets you look like yourself, look no further than these 16 seriously chic, vintage-inspired wedding hairstyles. From 20s style pin curls and sensational 60s chignons to retro 50s rolls, vintage hairstyles come in all shapes and sizes and there’s the perfect one for every bride. Remember we host some of the most incredible wedding hair stylists in the business here on Trubridal so make sure you jump on over to our comprehensive supplier directory as soon as you’ve found a gorge style to trial!
Low Elegant Chignon
Photo by Heather Hawkins Photography
Soft Vintage Waves, Half Up Half Down
60s Bouffant with Barrel Curls
via Dipped in Lace
Up Style with Low Chignon
Photo by cristinagphoto.com via Tamara Make up
Ballerina Style Bun with Plait
Photo via MODwedding.com via MyDay
Floral Hairpiece on Low Chignon
Wavy, Tousled Updo
Photo via weddingsparrow.co.uk
Retro Rolled Updo
Photo by Robert Coppa
High Side Swept Chignon
Photo via Style me Pretty
20s Style Curls for Medium Length Hair
Photo via Wedding Chicks
Loose, Low Updo with Soft Curls
Photo via Estile.ru
Retro Rolls, High Updo
A Brit & A Blonde via Grey Likes Weddings
Old Hollywood Style Down Do
Photo by Assembly Salon via Wedding Party App
Soft Tousled Low Chignon
Photo by Christopher Confero Design
Photo by Art Wedding Photography via weddingsonline
Despite what countless “Say Yes To The Dress” episodes would have you believe, not every girl dreams of looking like a princess on her wedding day.
For the bride who just isn’t as interested in a cookie-cutter, traditionally bridal look, there are plenty of unconventional options that are just as beautiful.
Below are 30 hot-off-the-runway wedding gowns (and skirts and pantsuits…) for the bride who has no qualms about going against the grain.
Milla Nova is a famous Ukrainian wedding fashion house whose dresses are being sold all over the world and became the synonym of elegance, sophistication and style. Unique ultra feminine design meets the best quality materials to create a perfect wedding look that will surely showcase the Goddess that you truly are.
Milla Nova 2016 gowns collection celebrates the romanticism and sensuality of brides in love. Classic colour, stunning silhouette, luxurious fine lace, tulle or silk, all this falls into place in their gown creations.
Photo 1-6: Illusion or Backless Wedding Dresses
Source: Mila Nova
Source: Mila Nova
Photo 7-12: Mermaid Gowns & Wedding Dresses With Train
Source: Mila Nova
Source: Mila Nova
Photo 13-18: Mila Nova Wedding Dresses Strapless or With Sleeves
Source: Mila Nova
Source: Mila Nova
The 2017 “Milano” bridal collection by Eddy K. features delicately beautiful Wedding Dresses with a sophisticated city flair that is inspired by Italy’s fashion capital. Shot at the iconic Piazza del Duomo, Milan, the imposing architecture of Milan Cathedral and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II offer a complementary backdrop to the urban chic look of each gown. Highlights of the 2017 collection include gowns that feature stunning all over lace appliques, intricately detailed bodices with sexy low backs, and detachable voluminous trains.
Photos courtesy of Eddy K.
You have decided that your wedding would be on the beach. Then you need to pick an appropriate dress which will look great and will not cause discomfort to the bride. Choose dress from light fabrics, such as cotton, chiffon or silk with exquisite decorative trim. Typically, for a beach wedding choose traditional white bridal gown, but you will look good and other options – from soft pastel tones to something completely crazy, bright, tropical. Beach Wedding Dresses are gorgeous!
Gorgeous Beach Wedding Dresses
Source: Amanda Wakeley, Katie May, Hayley Paige
Source: Anna Campell
Beautiful Beach Bridal Gowns
Source: Marie Laporte, Johnny Abegg photography , Sarah Seven
Source: Grace Love Slace, Marie Laporte, Grace Love Slace
Light Beach Wedding Gowns
Source: Lian Rokman, Inbal Dror, Karen Willis Holmes
Source: Mary Meyska Photography, Marie Laporte
Fabulous Beach Wedding Gowns
Source: Watters, Nurit Hen, Moons Varsovie
Source: Lian Rokman, Heather Payne Photography
Main photo: Pallas Couture
Luckily, sexy elegance has made its way down the aisle. Designers aren’t afraid to combine traditional and sexy styles together and modern day brides aren’t afraid to wear them. It’s their big day, so they can wear what they want, right?
Are you brave enough to wear a sexy Wedding Dress when you walk down the aisle? If the answer is yes, then get ready to fall in love with our list of 25 gorgeous Wedding Dresses created by the most talented bridal designers.
1. PLUNGING A LINE Wedding Dress
Draw attention to your front with this laced plunging neckline. This dress might be scary for some brides but it’s absolutely gorgeous. Plunging neckline works best on women with smaller bust.
The dress is designed by bridal designer Berta. We must admit that every Berta’s dress is a masterpiece. The brand’s signature are cut out designs and plunging necklines. If you want to show off your beautiful curves on your wedding day, Berta might be your ideal choice.
2. LONG SLEEVE LACE Wedding Dress
Lace’s intricate beauty has captivated Wedding Dress designers and brides. This fine fabric has been a staple in wedding fashion for years. Brides love it because of its romantic and delicate nature while designers love its versatility.
This gorgeous lace Wedding Dress with long sleeves is designed by Serbian brand Mihano Momosa.
3. SHEER PLUNGING NECKLINE & LONG SLEEVE Wedding Dress
Latest must-have in bridal fashion is definitely plunging neckline. When paired with long lace sleeves, this detail can be a seductive and elegant look.
4. SIMPLE OPEN BACK Wedding Dress
Maximize your sex appeal in this beautiful Wedding Dress with open back, V neckline and thin straps. Wedding Dresses with open backs are ideal for summertime. In this figure flattering dress, chic elegance is ensured. Designer of the dress is Julie Vino. As you can see, her dresses are unique and flattering.
Open back dress looks best with hair pulled back. It’s the back that you want to show off so there’s no reason to hide it with your hair.
5. LACE SWEETHEART Wedding Dress
Lace, sweetheart neckline and low leg slit… can you ask for more? Lace gives it that timeless look while slit and sweetheart neckline sensuality. Gowns like this one will make your face shine and your groom’s jaw drop!
6. SHEER PLUNGING MERMAID Wedding Dress
Can you imagine how thrilled your groom would be seeing you in this dress on one of the most important days in your life? This masterpiece is a dream come true for all lace-loving mavens (and all grooms, too).
Designer of this beauty is Berta.
7. STRAPLESS SHEER LACE Wedding Dress
This dress is a show-stopper and will make you the center of attention.
8. LACE AND TULLE MERMAID Wedding Dress
If you’re not into traditional white Wedding Dress, don’t be afraid to break the rules in this nude gown with amazing lace details. It’s so graceful!
Designer: Rhea Costa
Price: $ 1,837.10
9. LACE LONG SLEEVE PLUNGING Wedding Dress
If you’re looking for a Wedding Dress with a romantic twist on the traditional, this dress might be your perfect choice.
Inbal Dror, Israeli designer, has taken the bridal fashion to the next level. Her dresses are sultry, sexy and absolutely gorgeous.
10. TRUMPET BACKLESS Wedding Dress
Backless Wedding Dresses are so seductive! This dress will make everyone stare at you with pure admiration and delight.
Designer: Julie Vino
11. DEEP V NECK MERMAID Wedding Dress
Flowers and gemstones on the V neckline are beautiful addition to this mermaid Wedding Dress. Lace and tulle are always a good combination – you cannot go wrong with it!
If your body is pear shaped or you have big hips, mermaid dress will perfectly emphasize your curves.
12. ELEGANT PLUNGING Wedding Dress
Amazing but simple lace details give this dress a timeless feel and look. This elegant gown with plunging neckline will ensure that you turn everyone’s heads, especially while walking down the aisle to your soul mate.
13. SHORT LACE Wedding Dress
This dress is proof that short Wedding Dress can be chic and sexy at the same time. Small cutouts make this dress extremely attractive and flattering.
Designer: Rhea Costa
14. STRAPLESS MERMAID Wedding Dress
Just one look at this dress and you instantly fall in love with it. This gorgeous Wedding Dress will give your guests something to swoon over during your walk down the aisle.
J’Aton Coutoure is the name behind this luxurious dress.
15. PLUNGING STRAPLESS Wedding Dress
This dress may make it difficult for your future husband to look into your eyes.
Instead of statement necklace, dangling earrings would better frame the face of the bride-to-be.
16. PLUNGING SLIT Wedding Dress
This dramatic and luxurious dress is for a fashion-forward bride. It’s a true celebration of femininity. It’s designed by talented Inbal Dror.
Wedding Dress with high leg slit is the perfect choice for brides who want the traditional floor-length gown but still want to show off their attractive legs.
17. LACE ONE SHOULDERED Wedding Dress
Tulle Wedding Dress is a perfect choice for all wanna be princesses. This material will make your gown fuller due to its fluffiness. One shouldered lace and small cutouts, add a special touch of allurement to the dress.
18. PLUNGING NECKLINE Wedding Dress
Even if you don’t like plunging necklines, you must admit that this gown is gorgeous!
It’s designed by J’Aton Couture and fully hand embroidered. The gown was entirely sculptured to the bride’s body.
19. TRANSPARENT MERMAID Wedding Dress
Would you dare to get married in this lace, revealing dress? This dress is only for the most daring brides-to-be.
20. A LINE Wedding Dress WITH TRANSPARENT LACE TOP
This Berta’s wedding gown proves that tasteful and sexy aren’t mutually exclusive. Breathtaking!
21. LONG SLEEVE SLIT Wedding Dress
Show off your sexy legs in Wedding Dress with a slit. Gorgeous dress designed by Inbal Dror.
22. COWL NECK Wedding Dress
Draw attention to your bust and neckline in this simple but sensual Wedding Dress. Another Inbal Dror’s dress.
23. SHORT SLEEVE, SCOOP Wedding Dress
This type of beaded bodice will add emphasis to your bust.
24. BARE SHOULDERS Wedding Dress
Expose your beautiful skin in this bare shoulders Wedding Dress.
Wedding Dresses like this don’t need necklace. You’re making enough statement with your bust and shoulders.
25. LACE PORTRAIT Wedding Dress
Portrait neckline instantly makes any wedding gown sexy and glamorous.
The lace dress is additionally adorned with pearls. They are a classic and subtle embellishments that make this dress even more romantic and stunning. With dress like this one, there is no need for jewelry.