Every bride dreams of a perfect wedding, so preparing yourself for any potential hiccups that may come your way is always a great idea. Make yourself a bridal emergency kit full of "just in case" necessities that can get you one step closer to the wedding you've always fantasized about.
Every love story is unique: For the bride, an alternative engagement ring becomes her outward symbol of a one-of-a-kind love. Unusual rings are embraced by the bride who requires statement-making jewelry, and her choice of style runs the gamut from quietly minimalistic to exuberantly ornate.
Sure, the white round diamond has long been the classic engagement ring, but many gorgeous options exist beyond that typical style. Some are rendered unique due their setting design, be it modern or vintage-inspired. Others stand out due to their metal, ranging from rose gold to a highly-polished platinum band. A constellation of gemstones is there for one's choosing, including deeply red rubies, ink-toned sapphires, blushing morganites and opalescent pearls. Here, we've selected the most stunning alternative engagement rings from Nordstrom, Macy's, Neiman Marcus and more.
It's the most wonderful time of the year — yep, sale time — and no store does holiday sales quite like Nordstrom. The retailer is currently offering serious discounts in every department, but if you're in the market for a special occasion dress, the Nordstrom sale is pretty much a no-brainer, whether you're a bride-to-be or just an attendee. The selection is stocked with every style, including rehearsal dinner options, engagement dresses, bridal shower dresses, wedding guest dresses and even holiday party picks — all for less. Want to check one or more of these off your shopping list? Scroll on for 10 stylish sale picks you'll want to add to your cart ASAP.
Weddings offer a rare opportunity to gather all of one's favorite people -- his and yours -- into one room for a fabulous time. Far before the wedding day arrives, you'll have chosen your most intimate friends to take their positions within the bridal party as bridesmaids and groomsmen. Thanking these special bridal party members with a gift is customary. You can do so before the wedding at various points: during the bachelor or bachelorette weekend or at the rehearsal dinner, for instance. Others do it while getting ready for the wedding, especially if the gift is something the guests might use to spruce themselves up, such as earrings or cuff links. Below, we've gathered an affordable selection of wedding party gifts. Believe it: For $10 and under, you can offer your bridesmaids and groomsmen gifts they'll use and enjoy for years to come from Amazon, Etsy, Walmart and other popular online stores.
Celebrating one's nuptials by the sea provides ample opportunity to choose from an array of effortlessly chic bridal gowns. Luckily, there are nearly as many alternatives to the traditional ball gown as there are grains of sands on the beach. More casual beach wedding dresses make use of sheer panels, openwork lace and ruffles. Simple beach wedding dresses include those with midi lengths that feel easygoing, yet sophisticated. Boho wedding dresses are another choice: romantic and dreamy like a tropical island. Meanwhile, short beach wedding dresses feel cheerily free-spirited while providing wedding-friendly frills.
Look for lightweight materials for your beachfront or destination wedding dress. Silk, cotton blends, crochet, chiffon and lace make for breezy beach dresses. While not explicitly bridal, many white or ivory cocktail dresses will work wonders in a beach wedding, plus they can be worn afterward on the honeymoon. Below, check out 15 alternatives to the heavily embellished wedding gown that instead are easy, breezy and downright gorgeous. Post-wedding, you can relax poolside, confident you were a thoroughly beachy bride.
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We spoke with 10 of the most amazing jewelry designers in the business, whose specialties range from modern architectural designs to unique clusters, and who all customize one-of-a-kind engagement rings for brides-to-be.
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Miu Miu Silver-tone, Crystal And Faux Pearl Clip Earrings - The models in Miu Miu's Resort '19 ad campaign are wearing the prettie...st jewelry. Adriana Lima is styled in these clip earrings in the shots photographed by Alasdair McLellan. Made in Italy... read more
David Yurman Solari Drop Earrings With Diamonds & Lapis Lazuli - Sterling silver; pavé diamonds; cabochon lapis lazuli. Diamonds: ...0.02 ct. T. W. 0.42"l. Post back. Almost all gemstones and blue and black diamonds have been treated to enhance their... read more
Macy's Diamond Flower Stud Earrings (1/10 Ct. T.w.) In Sterling Silver - Bring a touch of a lovely floral design to your wardrobe ...with this pair of diamond stud earrings (1/10 ct. T. W. Arranged in the shape of a modern bloom. 1/10 Carat Diamond... read more
Lulus Exclusive! We can't seem to get the Always Dreaming Gold and Pearl Rhinestone Earrings off of minds! Three sparkling clear r...hinestones decorate gold chain, while smaller gold chain housing a fresh water pearl dangles below. Post backs. 2" long.... read more
Sterling Silver Cubic Zirconia Stud Earring Set - Silver/Pearl Gender: Female. Pattern: Solid.
The Karine Cubic Zirconia Pearl Stud Earring Set features a set of 3 studs with pearl, crackle stone and a CZ stone.
Accessorize in a timeless way with this freshwater cultured pearl and cubic zirconia stud earring set. EARRING DETAILS Includes: 2... pairs of earrings Length: 5-7 mm Backings: post Metal: sterling silver Plating: rhodium Packaging: boxed CULTURED PEARL... read more
Belk Silverworks Simply Sterling Silver Duo Pearl & Cubic Zirconia Stud Earring Set. These classically designed earrings are the p...erfect addition to your accessory collection. This two-piece set comes with a set of simple pearl studs and elegant cubic... read more
Timelessly styled, this PRIMROSE stud earring set is sure to complete your look. SET DETAILS Includes: 3 pairs of earrings Diamete...r: 3MM / 4MM / 4MM Backings: post Cubic zirconia stones Freshwater cultured pearls Sterling silver Size: One Size. Color:... read more
Trio earring set with pearl stud, cubic zirconia cross and cubic zirconia stud earrings Color: Silver. Gender: unisex. Age Group: ...adult. read more
Featuring pairs of simulated pearls and cubic zirconia accents, this PRIMROSE earring set lends a touch of elegance to your look.C...lick here for more PRIMROSE jewelry.SET DETAILS Includes: 2 pairs of earrings Simulated pearl earring diameter: 5 mm Cross... read more
Top off any outfit with these classy stud earrings earring. Color: Pearl. Gender: Female. Age Group: Infant.
Small stud earrings by Majorica. Polished sterling silver hardware. Linear clear cubic zirconia posts. Simulated organic manmade p...earls. Post backs for pierced ears. Pearl dimensions: 10mm. Approx. 0.7"L drop. Made in Spain. read more
Enhance your ensembles with this stylish PRIMROSE earring set. Pairs of cubic zirconia, simulated pearl and love knot earrings giv...e you a variety of fashionable options. Click here for more PRIMROSE jewelry.SET DETAILS Includes: 3 pairs of earrings... read more
Elevate your ensemble with the natural beauty of this simulated pearl stud and cubic zirconia leaf drop earring set.Click here for... more PRIMROSE jewelry.SET DETAILS Includes: 2 pairs of earrings Stud earring diameter: 5.5 mm Drop earring length: 24 mm... read more
Tie together your sophisticated look with these elegant freshwater cultured pearl and cubic zirconia stud earrings. EARRING DETAIL...S Diameter: 7.8 mm Backings: post Metal: sterling silver Plating: rhodium Finish: polished Packaging: boxed CULTURED PEARL... read more
Add instant glamour and glitz to any look with this stunning Mudd earring set.SET DETAILS Includes: 6 pairs of earrings Dameter: ....2-.5 in. (each) Backings: post Plating: silver tone Not appropriate for children 14 years old and younger. Size: One Size.... read more
Crystals and pink simulated pearls give this Charming Girl earring set adorable style. Comes in a gift box.SET DETAILS Includes: 2... pairs of earrings Diameters: 4 mm (each) Backings: post Metal: sterling silver CUBIC ZIRCONIA DETAILS Shape: round... read more
Trio earring set with 6mm cubic zirconia, ball stud and pearl stud earrings Color: Silver. Gender: unisex. Age Group: adult.
These girls' stud earrings with freshwater pearls at the center surrounded by glittering CZs will give her major flower power. Met...al: 14K yellow gold Stones: Freshwater pearls Other Stones: Cubic zirconia Back: Push/screw Jewelry photos are enlarged to... read more
Silver and crystal chain envelops luminous pearl earrings. Flat white pearls, 10mm. Cubic zirconia. Sterling silver. Post back wit...h clip. Imported. SIZE. Width, about 0.5". read more
This lovely stud earring set for her features a trio of classics: a pair of sterling silver balls, a pair showcasing freshwater cu...ltured pearls, and a pair with glittering round cubic zirconia stones. The earrings secure with friction backs. read more
Halo stud earrings by Majorica. Polished sterling silver hardware. Round clear cubic zirconia halo posts. Simulated organic manmad...e pearl centers. Post backs for pierced ears. Pearl dimensions: 5mm. Approx. 0.3"L drop. Made in Spain. read more
Elevate your look with the sophisticated style of these freshwater cultured pearl and cubic zirconia stud earrings. EARRING DETAIL...S Length: .51 in. Backings: post Metal: sterling silver Plating: rhodium Packaging: boxed CULTURED PEARL DETAILS Type:... read more
Featuring simulated pearls and cubic zirconia stones, this stud earring set offers timeless style.SET DETAILS Includes: 3 pairs of... earrings Small simulated crystal stud diameter: 4 mm Medium simulated crystal stud diameter: 5 mm Simulated pearl stud... read more
PEARL TYPE: Cultured Freshwater Pearls STONE TYPE: 2 Cubic Zirconia FEATURES: Nickel Free EARRING BACK: Post SETTING: Prong STONE:... Cubic Zirconia STONE CUT: Round STONE MM: 5 Mm Length PEARL SIZE: 8mm METAL COLOR: White EARRING LENGTH: 13mm EARRING... read more