There's no rule book that says a wedding gown must be white. Modern brides are embracing color, a trend possibly first sparked by Gwen Stefani's custom dip-dyed and hand-painted pink ombre wedding gown by John Galliano for Christian Dior back 2002. After Gwen's rule-breaking move, Reese Witherspoon got married in a pale pink gown by Monique Lhuillier and Jessica Biel wore a blush-toned Giambattista Valli creation for her marriage to Justin Timberlake. Sure, white and ivory will remain the wedding gown go-tos, but many other colorful dresses have us swooning, particularly for summer weddings. Here, we've rounded up a variety of wedding dresses in shades of blush, metallics, yellow, blue and beyond from David's Bridal, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and more. It's our ode to the rainbow, and we think you should go for it!
Every bride breathes in a deep sigh of relief on her wedding day. It may not go smoothly, and that's fine. But between now and then, getting the wedding prepared is a bit of a marathon, and it can't hurt to be physically fit. Sure, there's a lot of pressure on brides to look as good as possible in that wedding gown, and many women find themselves "shedding for the wedding." Whether you're looking to drop a few pounds, simply want to stay toned or are trying to tame your inner Bridezilla with some stress-relieving yoga, we've found 20 high-tech performance leggings to wear in your pursuit of health and happiness. They'll keep you comfy and dry as you work toward your goal, and most importantly, you'll look and feel fabulous on your special day.
Once you've found your dream wedding dress, the search is on to find the perfect shapewear to go underneath it. We're not just talking about undergarments that suck you in, either — bridal shapewear is so much more than that. Wedding dresses come in all sorts of fabrics and colors (white being the most popular, of course) that show every dimple and crease, so a supportive foundation garment is key. Whether you're rocking a wedding dress with a plunging neckline, a low-back number or a strapless ball gown, Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday sales present the perfect opportunity to scoop up bridshapewear on the cheap. Not sure what type of smoother or shaper works best with your wedding dress? Ahead, check out our handy bridal shapewear cheat sheet, where you'll find all the bodysuits, slips, bras and bustiers you should be watching on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Shivering on your way to the altar is far from fashionable. Yet it's a surprisingly tall order to find a coverup that's appropriate — and suitably warm — to wear over wedding attire. Given the array of wedding dresses available, from romantic gowns to sassy cocktail numbers, we have found as many bridal coats, capes, stoles and shrugs to pull together your bridal ensemble.
For a sleek and chic look, faux fur is the gold standard. It's a standout for bridal attire for two reasons: It's toasty warm, and it's elegant. And it's a go-to for retro brides who want to bring some vintage luxury to their winter wedding. White fur will keep the look entirely bridal, but you can also choose a color or a natural hue. For the fashion-forward bride, we found a white faux fur moto jacket to rock your nuptials. And a black or white wool capelet lends an Old Hollywood vibe.
Below are some of our favorite winter bridal cover-ups from BHLDN, Boden, Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Nordstrom, David's Bridal, Amazon and more. Each style was selected to enhance, not hide, your wedding dress, because the picks are as pretty as your gown. And the best part? Prices start at $28!
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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Our Favorite Fall 2016 Wedding Dresses from Bridal Fashion Week
This Goddess-Like Gown Showcases A Cross-Front Bodice And Cutout Detail While Tissue-Thin Matte-Jersey Tailoring Is Sumptuously So...ft And Wrinkle-Free. Wear It To A Black-Tie With Stilettos Or Don It With Flat Sandals At The Beach. read more
Badgley Mischka Woman One-shoulder Ruffle-trimmed Sequined Tulle Gown Ivory - One-shoulder Tulle Sequins Dry clean. Imported Satin... trims Ruffled trims Concealed zip fastening along side. 100% Nylon. read more
Paladini Couture Jersey Intarsio Judy Long Gown - Paladini: Couture Collection – Luxury is no longer a fantasy for special occasio...ns, but a daily privilege that enhances the femininity of every woman. The Gianantonio Paladini collections draw... read more
Nicole Miller Devyn Lace Bridal Gown (ivory) Women's Dress - From the walk down to the aisle to the final dance of the night make ...every moment memorable in this matchless Nicole Miller bridal gown. Sophisticated sleeveless gown is fabricated from a... read more
Kiyonna Aurora Lace Wedding Dress - Start your happily ever after in our Aurora midi lace dress with sleeves. A ruched waist and A...-line skirt will keep you comfortable and flatter every curve. This plus size short lace wedding dress features a nude... read more
Kiyonna Celine Chiffon Wedding Dress - Perfect for the modern bride, a floor skimming, plus size chiffon wedding dress blends Grec...ian inspired styling with fashion forward elements. We've designed bra friendly straps and subtly draped sleeves that... read more
Kiyonna Luxe Lace Wedding Dress - Say "I do" to the stylish and modern Luxe Lace Wedding Dress. Based off of our best-selling 3/4 ...Sleeved Scalloped Boudoir Lace Dress, this ivory plus size midi wedding dress is picture perfect for your big day. Soft... read more
Kiyonna Elegant Aisle Wedding Gown - Look and feel amazing when you say your vows in our plus size lace wedding gown. We've design...ed this dress with a special faux illusion mesh one shoulder gathering over a beautiful scalloped lace neckline for a... read more
Kiyonna Amour Lace Wedding Gown - It's all about the romance! Our Amour Lace Wedding Gown is simple, yet exudes stunning elegance ...with a fit and flare silhouette and beautiful scalloped lace. The waist of this lace plus size wedding dress is defined... read more
Kiyonna Poised Peplum Wedding Gown - Fall in love all over again as you walk down the aisle in our elegant plus size mermaid weddi...ng dress. With gorgeous all-over lace, you'll simply adore the flattering peplum silhouette of this mermaid style dress... read more
Kiyonna Lace Illusion Wedding Gown - Walk down the aisle in our gorgeous Illusion Lace Wedding Dress! A longer version of our Auro...ra. All Lace Wedding Dress. This gown boasts the same flattering ruched waistband and delicate scalloped lace. The... read more
Kiyonna Sweet Serenity Wedding Gown - Your sweetheart will be smitten all over again when you walk down the aisle in our Sweet Ser...enity Stretch Lace Wedding Gown. An elegant dress made with the classic bride in mind, this lovely gown features 3/4... read more
Grace MMXIII Long Dress - Lace, satin, no appliqués, solid color, square neckline, sleeveless, no pockets, rear slit, fully lined,... rear closure, hook-and-bar, zip, dress. 99% Viscose, 1% Elastane. read more
Manila Grace Short Dress - Plain weave, logo, solid color, v-neck, sleeveless, no pockets, unlined, no fastening, stretch, trapeze... style. 79% Cotton, 17% Polyamide, 4% Elastane. read more
Three Graces London Marianne Linen Dress - Three graces london - three graces london's white linen marianne dress is an effortless...ly sweet option for sun-soaked destinations. It's crafted to fall loosely over the body with two cascading pleated layers,... read more
White cotton blend grace maxi dress from Onia featuring a v-neck, a striped pattern, a side tie fastening, a long length, a sleeve...less design, a v-back and an internal logo patch. read more
White cotton Prudence dress from Three Graces featuring a v-neck, ruffled sleeves, a flared style and a short length.
White cotton Arabella dress from Three Graces featuring a round neck, three-quarter length sleeves, button cuffs, a concealed fron...t fastening, an elasticated waistband, a flared skirt and a mid-length. read more
Three Graces London Laurie Fluted Sleeve Cotton Wrap Dress - Three graces london - three graces london specialises in romantic pie...ces that can be dressed up or down like this white cotton-voile laurie wrap dress. It's shaped with a deep sweetheart... read more
Color: PurplesSize Type: RegularSize (Women's): 10Lined: YesSleeve Style: One ShoulderOccasion: FormalStyle: Sheath DressLook: Spr...ingDress Length: ShortMaterial: PolyesterZipper: Side Zipper read more
ASOS Fringe Maxi Wedding Dress - Dress by ASOS EDITION, This is one to say I do in, V-neck, Fringe trims, Movement is key, Regular... fit, We know one size doesnt fit all, This measures 160cm from the high shoulder neck point to hem, Make a date with your... read more
Three Graces London - Three Graces London's white linen Marianne dress is an effortlessly sweet option for sun-soaked destinations.... It's crafted to fall loosely over the body with two cascading pleated layers, the lower of which is finished with a ruffled hemline. Tie the shoulder straps in bows for a three-dimensional touch and team it with slides and woven bag. read more
LoveShackFancy Stella Dress - Fabric: Lace. Ruffle trim. Cover-up dress. Fit-and-flare style. Mini dress cut. Square style. Short ...sleeves. Hook-and-eye at back. Lined. Semi-sheer. Shell: 100% cotton. Wash cold. Style #LSHAC30257. This LOVESHACKFANCY... read more
LoveShackFancy Rebecca Dress Antique White - Tiered ruffles lend an air of fanciful effortlessness to this breezy cotton midi. Lac...e trim insert throughout pintucks along the bodice and intricate floral embroidery add to the darling aesthetic. 100%... read more
LoveShackFancy Rebecca Dress - Eyelet embroidery accents this vintage-inspired LOVESHACKFANCY dress. V neckline and full button pl...acket. Covered elastic waistband. Short sleeves. Lined skirt. Fabric: Voile. 100% cotton. Wash cold. Length: 44in / 112cm,... read more
LoveShackFancy Short Dress - Plain weave, v-neck, solid color, sleeveless, fully lined, side closure, zip, ruffles, embroidered de...tailing, dress. 100% Cotton. read more