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.
The white ball gown remains the iconic wedding dress for a princess bride. Think: Cinderella, Grace Kelly and Jacqueline Kennedy. Such wedding gown imagery is bound tightly within our collective memories, yet modernity has brought many a twist to the time-honored silhouette. One is the wedding jumpsuit. Another recently popularized style is the two-piece wedding ensemble, a new choice for the iconoclasts among us. The two-piece bridal outfit allows a bride various options. With a crop top and skirt combo, fit brides can subtly (or not so subtly...) flaunt their washboard abs. A voluminous skirt paired with a simple, structured top creates a stunning display. A slinky skirt and form-fitting top can allow for movement within structure. Here, we've made it a cinch to find your two-piece wedding gown by listing amazing options from Nordstrom, Etsy, David's Bridal and more.
Amid the tumult of wedding preparations, there is someone who always keeps a cool head: Mom. Whether she's your mom or your future mother-in-law, she's been there since the beginning for you guys, offering her love and support. So, now's the time to gift her with a treasure she'll always cherish. Traditionally given at the rehearsal dinner or the morning of the wedding, gifts for the mother of the bride or mother of the groom should be substantial, but they don't have to be exorbitant. We've rounded up a list of gifts that cost $50 or less that are unique and memorable: Some are sentimental, others are practical and a couple are glamorous; choose which one best reflects your special lady's personality. We shopped at Uncommon Goods, Williams-Sonoma, Nordstrom and more for these thoughtful keepsakes. No doubt, you'll find something she'll love from this creative assortment!
Ah, the honeymoon: It's the glittering light at the end of the wedding tunnel. It lures newlyweds to the getaway car with a siren's song of romance, self-indulgence and drinks topped with little paper umbrellas. There's only one stressor: What to pack? No worries. Like James Bond on a jet, we'll have you readily prepared for foreign travels and relaxing vistas with our list of must-pack honeymoon items. The goal is to keep the luggage light by packing wrinkle-resistant clothes and comfy-yet-stylish shoes that go the distance. Taken together, these items provide ease, comfort and style, along with day-to-night dressing. If the sun is on your horizon, you should also pack the requisite beauty products to keep your hair glistening and your skin sunburn-free. Read our list of travel must-haves from Anthropologie, Tory Burch, Nordstrom and more. Then hit the open road safe in the knowledge that you've got this honeymoon in the bag!
Your wedding day is the perfect opportunity to reveal your beautiful best all the way to your fingertips. That's why we've curated the prettiest nail polish colors for summer brides, all available now at Walmart. From sweet pink to sensual gray to seaworthy blue, here are a handful of our favorites tones that will work with wedding gowns and bridal party dresses of any color, along with suntanned skin of course!
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When Oscar de la Renta invited us to watch the models prep for his latest bridal show, we grabbed our cameras (and iPhones) and ran.
InStyle brings you all of hottest Oscar de la Renta runway looks that we loved.
Click through to see Oscar de la Renta's 10-piece bridal collection for Fall 2014.
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Imperial Glass-Ohio - Imperial Glass-Ohio Old Williamsburg Yellow Champagne/Tall Sherbet - Stem #341, Yellow
Oscar de la Renta - Oscar de la Renta Waldorf Fluted Champagne - Cut Glass, Oscar De La Renta
Oscar de la Renta - Oscar de la Renta Lafayette Water Goblet - Clear
Oscar de la Renta - Oscar de la Renta Le Grande Fleur Water Goblet - Clear, Cut Panels On Bowl
Oscar de la Renta - Oscar de la Renta Le Cristophe Water Goblet - Faceted Stem Plain Bowl
Oscar de la Renta - Oscar de la Renta Tifton Wine Glass - Vertical Cut Bowl
Oscar de la Renta - Oscar de la Renta ODC4 Water Goblet - Clear Optic Bowl, Yellow/Black Stem
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Body Lotion 3.4 Oz
Oscar de la Renta - Oscar de la Renta Fire Song Wine Glass - Cut Flames In Bowl
Eau De Parfum .14 Oz Mini
Body Lotion 5 Oz
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Oscar de la Renta - Oscar de la Renta Le Grande Fleur Wine Glass - Clear, Cut Panels On Bowl
Oscar de la Renta - Oscar de la Renta Tifton Fluted Champagne - Vertical Cut Bowl
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