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.
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.
Contrary to popular belief, mother of the bride dresses don't have to be matronly. These gorgeous gowns will make any mom feel elegant, beautiful, and stylish. Ditch the traditional dress and jacket combo, and let your mom shine in a mother of the bride dress that fits her personality and style.
More and more brides are taking the leap and opting to wear a white jumpsuit on their wedding day. The chic look has been championed by celebrity brides including Solange Knowles, in her marriage to video producer Alan Ferguson, and human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, who, of course, is married to actor George Clooney.
Knowles actually wore three different jumpsuits by French designer Stéphane Rolland during her wedding weekend, beginning with a sexy ivory-toned version she wore while biking to the ceremony at New Orleans' Marigny Opera House. By the wedding's end, she was dancing in the streets to a brass band while wearing her third jumpsuit, with a plunging neckline.
For the Italian civil ceremony that preceded her wedding, Amal Clooney wore what looked like a white jumpsuit, but was actually belted separates, by Stella McCartney. Clooney, who is friends with McCartney, has also worn a one-shoulder jumpsuit with crochet lace and cropped legs by the British designer, as well as a lace burgundy jumpsuit by Giambattista Valli.
A white bridal jumpsuit is a chic dress alternative that is perfect for the style-savvy bride. As Clooney did, the bride can wear a white jumpsuit to her civil wedding for an unexpected look that is destined to impress. She can also wear a jumpsuit to the wedding ceremony to create a memorable look. As another option, she could wear a jumpsuit to her wedding reception, because this wedding-dress alternative is perfect for hitting the dance floor. Freedom is the vibe of a bridal jumpsuit, and we love it.
There are a few go-to retailers brides can always count on for stylish fashion finds, especially BHLDN and David's Bridal. With offerings ranging from dresses and shoes to lingerie and even decor, these two stores have literally got you (and your bridal party) covered from head to toe. If you're in the throes of wedding planning and haven't completed your bridal look yet, don't stress. Thanks to Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday sales on the horizon, there's a pretty good chance you'll be able to score a deal on the wedding dress (or accessory, etc.) of your dreams at these bridal destinations. Last year, BHLDN featured up to 70% off select styles, including gowns starting at $500, bridesmaids and party dresses starting at $100, and accessories starting at $30. Oh, and brides-to-be scored free shipping on their orders. David's Bridal had select shoes and accessories up for grabs from $4.99 to $29.99, 50% off select wedding dresses, $29.95 robes, $99 Donna Morgan bridesmaids dresses, and $299 select Truly Zac Posen wedding dresses. On Cyber Monday and Tuesday, they also gave shoppers 20% off online orders. Suffice it to say, we think this bodes well for 2018 deals. Ahead, we're highlighting our favorite dresses, shoes and accessories on offer from David's Bridal and BHLDN, so get ready to swoon — and then keep an eye out for Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals. These stunning picks could just be among them.
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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
Tadashi Shoji Marietta Halter Neck Bow Gown - This crepe silhouette enjoys elegant seaming, smooth neckline tucks, and a court-len...gth train. The exaggerated draped bow, affixed to the high neckline, heightens the modernity of this soft, yet sculptural... read more
Tadashi Shoji Embroidered Halter Trumpet Gown - Whispers of mesh gather around the neck and lightly veil the back of the ruched, r...ose-embroidered bodice that brings undeniable romance to this sleek, gently flared gown. read more
Tadashi Shoji Tucson Halter Open-back Gown - This ethereal gown by Tadashi Shoji features a halter embroidered tulle bodice, delic...ate floral appliqués on the waist, and a full tulle skirt. The hemline's embroidered petal trimming completes this... read more
Tadashi Shoji Corbin Bell Sleeve Gown - This romantic lace wedding gown enjoys an off-shoulder neckline with scalloped lace trimmi...ng, tailored bell sleeves, banded ornamentation, and an elongating tiered skirt. Fully lined. Center back invisible... read more
Tadashi Shoji Janey Gown - An illusion overlay of botanical embroidery on tulle crafts a stunning décolletage, enhanced by the v-n...eckline. The high-low fitted bodice finishes just below the hipline, giving way to an ethereal tulle skirt. To try this... read more
Tadashi Shoji Cressida Gown - Embrace a love affair with lace. Our V-neck embroidered a-line gown is easy and effortless. Both com...fortable and travel friendly, this dress is a perfect choice for destination weddings. To try this item on,. Book an... read more
Tadashi Shoji Anastasia Gown - A perfect concoction of details for a bridal gown. A deep v-neck in pleats followed by a floral lac...e embroidery for the bodice to hips. This silhouette of the bodice hugs your natural curves and finishes in a full sheer... read more
Tadashi Shoji Gwyneth Gown - Clean seamlines and a sweetheart neckline convey a sweet elegance in this floral lace gown. The inter...ior is fitted with a tailored jersey lining, constructing a flawless fit. Hand-cut hemline. To try this item on,. Book an... read more
Tadashi Shoji Diandra Gown - The sheer illusion tulle and lace gown enjoys artfully placed rose appliques that gracefully cascade ...down the bodice and onto the lace skirt. A sweeping train, hidden neckline snap, and invisible center back zipper closure... read more
Tadashi Shoji Athena Gown - Grecian goddess meets the modern bride in this off-shoulder crepe gown. The cascading ruffle is adorne...d with flower appliques, made from hand-cut tulle and embroidered petals. Translucent tulle is draped over the shoulders... read more
Tadashi Shoji Arabella Gown - Lace embroidery effortlessly drapes over this gown. Features a flattering plunge neckline and slight... cap sleeves for feminine touch. The ivory lace is lined with a petal lining that ends mid thigh and elegantly falls with... read more
Tadashi Shoji Monroe Gown - Captivate like no other in our jaw-dropping evening gown. Hand-pleated chiffon is framed with a bejewe...led neckpiece while the waist is cinched in to create an hourglass silhouette. Approx. Length from Natural Waist to Hem is... read more
Tadashi Shoji Cecila Gown - Romantic in every aspect, the soft iris motif embroidery graces this bridal gown. This sleeveless gown... features a deep v-neck for a feminine touch finished with a full a-line skirt. Fully lined in our signature jersey lining... read more
Tadashi Shoji Joelle Gown - Rich, tactile laces are combined to create a spectacular bridal gown. The neckline and sleeves barely ...kiss the shoulders, yet remain perfectly in place thanks to ultra-sheer, barely-there tulle. The sweeping v-neckline,... read more
Tadashi Shoji Tanya Gown - A wedding gown created for a modern goddess - rose lace is artfully appliqued over elegant, silky netti...ng while lace petals spill effortlessly onto the floor-length crepe skirt. To try this item on,. Book an appointment. At... read more
Tadashi Shoji Floretta Gown - Sunburst shirring fashions an illusion tulle neckline while alternating lace and chiffon bands deliv...er a delicate ease to this detail-rich gown. Fully lined. Center back invisible zipper. To try this item on,. Book an... read more
Tadashi Shoji Clotide Gown - This virtuosic gown is complete in fleur-motifs. The bodice features a halter neck to accentuate shou...lders and create a casual appeal of handkerchief details. Tulle and lace on the bodice lay atop a nude lining for the... read more
Tadashi Shoji Luz Gown - An exquisite allover embroidered dot pattern hints at crystal-draped chandeliers and art deco elegance. T...he sheer overlay provides alluring coverage to a plunging neckline. The ruffle sleeve exposes the shoulder, and finishes... read more
Tadashi Shoji Dianna Gown - Hand-stitched rose appliques grace the bodice and waistline. Sheer tulle is gathered into sunburst ple...ating, creating a stunning halter neckline with pleated collar. Translucent tulle adorns the open back. A center back... read more
Tadashi Shoji Mimi Gown - Draped in velvety cotton lace, this gown is at once elegant and chic. The interior is fitted with a tail...or-made stretch jersey lining, creating the perfect fit and ensuring the off-shoulder neckline will stay securely in... read more
Tadashi Shoji Cadence Gown - For the bohemian inspired bride, this gown is absolutely ethereal and made for dancing. All over croc...het lace with a plunging neck, this gown will be complete with the perfect flower crown. Complete with our signature... read more
Tadashi Shoji Elanor Gown - Draped in shimmering paillette-embroidery, this gown boasts an alluring keyhole just below the halter ...v-neckline. The skirt's center front slit begins midway between hip and knee. A nude interior lining enhances the... read more