Bridal

Say “I do” to an Androgynous Bridal Look

There’s one thing and one thing only you should say “I do” to on your wedding day, and that’s your commitment to your other half. Now we’ve already come to terms with what a modern bride should be: independent, non-conformist and self-assured. But what we’ve failed to highlight up until now is the notion of the androgynous bride, i.e., the bride who doesn’t need to wear a dress to shine on her big day. In other words, a bride who can pull off a pantsuit or a jumpsuit on her wedding day as elegantly as she would a gown.

Designers such as Naeem Khan, Monique Lhuillier – and so many more – have already introduced tons of bridal trousers, pantsuits, jumpsuits and so forth, and we can’t say we’re not excited to wear them ourselves one day!

So lo and behold, a series of runway inspirations to fill your minds with nothing but joy and modernism!

 

Cindy Menassa

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The Wedding Guest Dresses You’ll Need for a Day Wedding

So you have a day wedding? You’re a lucky gal! There’s nothing better than a few rays of sunshine to make a wedding day even more joyful and merry. We all know the run-of-the-mill wedding trend that most couples go for: the evening ceremony accompanied by buffet/ongoing celebrations. But nowadays couples are looking for different ways to highlight their nuptials in unconventional and more casual settings.

Some people go as far as tying the knot in unexpected places, such as the top of a mountain, or at the beach, and others like to go the typical way. While we think every couple prefers a certain scenario, a day wedding sounds awesome for the ones looking to add a little spice to their ceremony. Even the issue of finding dresses for the wedding guests that fit the occasion is easier than your typical “evening-affair” wedding. After all, guests can go from maxi gowns to midi dresses and mini ones. To help you out, we’ve scoured 10 lovely dresses that’ll take you through the day wedding in elegance and poise.

Maticevski
Available at Bloomingdale’s - Dubai
 
Johanna Ortiz
Via Net-A-Porter
 
Valentino
Via Mytheresa.com
 
Brandon Maxwell
Via Moda Operandi
 
Romance Was Born
Via Matches Fashion
 
Marchesa Note
Via Net-A-Porter
 
Alessandra Rich
Via Mytheresa.com
 
Balenciaga
Via Mytheresa.com
 
Erdem
Via Net-A-Porter
 
Prada
Via Mytheresa.com

Article Written by Cindy Menassa

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Say Yes in an Off-the-Shoulder Bridal Gown

Ah the tremendously hectic dilemma of “which dress should I wear to my wedding” … the happy, yet overwhelming rite of passage that almost all brides have to go through. The thing is, you can consider it a “problem” and spend your bride-to-be days as a nagging bridezilla, or you can go the high-road and look – albeit really closely – at the silver lining: shopping can really be fun!

But let’s discuss the bridal trends first; there are many cuts that have made it to the must-have bridal list, but if there’s one that will forever be timelessly elegant, it’s the off-the-shoulder trend. There’s something about showing off your bare shoulders that is so discretely sophisticated, that most brides automatically go for it. And while it’s an otherwise predictable go-to choice, one cannot dismiss its popularity and well, it’s flattering form. Whether you decide to go for a princess-cut off-the-shoulder bridal gown, or a more pared-down volume, bare shoulders fortunately go extremely well with all styles. From puffs of lace to embellished fabrics and so much more, we’ve scoured the best off-the-shoulder bridal gowns to have hit the Spring-Summer 2019 bridal runways. Happy wedding shopping!

 

Article Written by Cindy Menassa

Berta Bridal
 
Reem Acra
 
Ines Di Santo
 
Morilee New York
 
Gracy Accad
 
Romona Keveza
 
Amsale
 
Anne Barge
 
Emiliano Bengasi
 
Legends Romona
 
Amelia Casablanca
 
Amsale
 
Blumarine
 
Yumi Katsura

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What Your Bridesmaids Are Not Telling You – 5 Things That Annoy Them

Having a good and solid bridal party is probably the best thing you can have – after the groom of course. So it only seems fair that the bride tries her best to please her bridesmaids, correct?

So bride-to-be, this time around, we’re addressing the conversation to you. Whether you like it or not, there are some things that you’re doing – although unintentionally – that might be really putting off your bridesmaids. You’re probably thinking to yourself right now “but it’s my day”. Well it is, but paying close attention to your bridesmaids’ feelings is of dire importance.

So, we’ve noticed that there are a few crucial details that can really annoy your bridal party if you don’t pay attention to them. Scroll down to find out more…

 

  1. The inevitable dress. Sure, the thunder is yours, but don’t go picking the absolute worst dress for your bridesmaid(s). Here’s the thing, while we know you have your bridesmaid’s interest at heart, you sometimes tend to forget about three important factors: her body type, her style and her financial standing.
  2. The hairdo. You know how you personally want to look your ultimate best when going to a wedding? Well so does everyone else. So you can understand if your bridesmaids want their hair done in a certain way, can’t you? That said, if you impose a common hairdo, you’re going to get burned at the stake.
  3. Ah, the shoes. The issue of height and whatnot has always been an impending question for the bridal party. What do you do if one of your bridesmaid is taller than you are? Well first things first, don’t undermine her. So what if she’s taller? You’ll be the queen of the ball with the fairytale dress either way, so don’t sweat it.
  4. Being ungrateful. If there’s one thing we know about bridesmaids is the length they would go to keep the bride happy. That could range from organizing the bachelorette party, the bridal shower and to helping out with the wedding itself. So failure to thank them is a big no-no.
  5. Finally, getting all worked-up if one of your bridesmaids can’t attend one of your many events. Don’t forget that we’re in the 21st century, which means you probably have friends from the four corners of the world. So say you’re organizing a big celebration and your living-abroad bridesmaid can’t make it; What would you do? For starters, don’t break out in hives – it’s nothing personal, we all have lives of our own and the important thing is that she makes it to your wedding.

 

Article Written by Cindy Menassa

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The Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist

He popped the question, you cried your eyes out and now you have a beautiful ring on your finger. Awesome. But now, fun time is over – so to speak. You’ve got so many events to plan that you need to keep your head in the game.

There are a lot of factors that can ultimately make the wedding planning process more bearable – from the support of your family and friends, to the love you get from your husband-to-be and finally the infamous checklist. It might seem like a drag right now – I mean who wants to write down a checklist and be reminded of the hoard of chores – but it’s really the safest way to get all things done. While some would say to leave it all to fate and to not overstress about it, others argue that it would be far less overwhelming to break down the entire process, bit by bit. The good news is, you have a year or more to plan the wedding of your wildest dreams so try to relax as much as you can instead of blowing it all out of proportion – like we all tend to do.

So bride-to-be, brace yourself for some serious mind-blowing organization procedures.

  1. First things first: determine your budget. Obviously, that’s something you need to do with your fiancé. We know doing the math is not the most enjoyable thing to do, but fear not, there’s a fairytale wedding for every budget.
  2. Once you’ve got the first issue sorted out, it’s time to prepare the guest list. Now whomever you invite to the engagement party, you’re going to have to invite to the wedding as well. And no, you don’t have to invite every single person you’ve said hi to in the past year. Start by writing down the names of your family members, your fiancé’s, your friends and then add whoever you wish to add.
  3. Now this is perhaps one of the most important part of any wedding planning process: the wedding planner. In order to hire one, you should really consider your options; ask around, word-of-mouth is the best feedback you can get.
  4. Pick a venue and set a date. It all depends on the theme of your wedding, come to think of it. If you want a beach wedding, you might consider looking for a venue by the beach and so on.
  5. Now that you have that figured out, think about the caterer, the photographer, the florist and the DJ (or live band). But these are all tasks the wedding planner will easily help you do, along with the multitude of other decisions.
  6. Once all the above points are handled, you can proceed to the wedding dress dilemma and select your options.
  7. Register for the wedding list. Enough said.
  8. 6 months before the wedding, consider choosing your bridesmaids dresses.
  9. Send out save-the-date cards to all your invitees – you don’t want to be late for that.
  10. Four months before the wedding, start checking out the invitations to organize the table and settings.
  11. Select and order your cake – yum.
  12. Three to two months before the wedding, you should start booking hair and makeup appointments.
  13. Touch-base with all your organizers, suppliers and other appointments.
  14. Send out the invitations and check-in all the RSVPs.
  15. Try to stay sane and remember, you’re not alone!

 

Article Written by Cindy Menassa

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10 Necklaces to Flaunt Your Simple Style on Your Big Day

CHANEL, 1.5 1 Camélia. 5 Allures high jewelry collection, Perles Desinvoltes necklace
 
Tiffany & Co., Tiffany Paper Flowers necklace
 
Cartier, Résonances de Cartier high jewelry collection, Harmonie pendant
 
Van Cleef & Arpels, Snowflake high jewelry necklace
 
Chaumet, Laurier precious jewelry collection necklace
 
Messika Paris, Journées de la Haute Joaillerie high jewelry collection, Diamond Spears necklace
 
Chopard, Magical Setting high jewelry pendant
 
Boucheron, Nature Triomphante high jewelry collection, Cigale des Neiges necklace
 
Piaget, Sunlight Escape high jewelry collection necklace
 
CHANEL, 1.5 1 Camélia. 5 Allures high jewelry collection, Diamant Essentiel necklace
 
Tiffany & Co., Blue Book 2018 high jewelry Collection necklace
Cover Photo Courtesy of Instagram.com/vancleefarpels

If you think that your wedding look is all about the elaborate jewels you have to wear, you are absolutely wrong! For me, beauty lies in everything that is simple and subtle – especially if your body’s proportions and wedding dress allow you to go in this direction. Some brides just wear fine jewelry pendants and stud earrings that allow them to stay true to their style. However, you might be one of the beautiful ladies who would like to feel very special on their big day and in fact, you have all the right to make this wish come true.

Luckily for us, the jewelry world caters to all tastes and styles – always leaving you no choice but to look stunning on your wedding day without opting for elaborate designs. This allows us to remind you that high jewelry is not all about pieces bursting with details, as this field is taking a different direction over time, just to prove that simplicity is at the heart of every beautiful creation.

Are you in quest for the perfect high-jewelry necklace for this much-awaited day of your life? In fact, we have narrowed down a list of the best ones out there! You can also check out our Tips to Pick the Ideal Jewelry for Your Wedding Look

 

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

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Wedding Dress Shopping – The Do’s and Don’ts

He finally popped the question. Score. Your fairytale ending is finally happening and you can’t wait to plan the perfect wedding. But before you go all bridezilla on us, let’s just say that there’s more to the subject than meets the eye.

Planning for a wedding is all fun and games until you realize that there’s a whole lot about the process that no one really told you about. For instance, how hard it is to find a location that suits both your budget and preferences, or how extremely frustrating it is to work on the list of invitees. Another subject they deliberately forgot to warn you about is the whole wedding dress shopping debacle. You think you usually like shopping? Think again…things are about to get a little stressful milady. But fear not; take a deep – deep – breath and let us guide you through the whole process with our ultimate Do’s and Don’ts tips.

First things first, do figure out if you want to have it custom-made or you want to pick an already existent one. Once you do, you can start narrowing your options peacefully and ultimately, set your expectations accordingly.

Don’t underestimate the time factor. One thing’s for sure though, you do not want to shop too early, for the simple fact that you might be missing out on the latest trends and you do not – in any way whatsoever – want to shop too late. Start the wedding dress hunt at least 9 months before the big day, as you have to take into consideration alterations, the tons of fittings or even the shipping times.

Do figure out what style of gown you would want, what would suit your body type and of course, figure out the theme of your wedding. For instance, if you’re going for a wedding on the beach, then your wedding gown should go with the theme – along with your veil, your headpiece and everything else. Pinpoint your likings and preferences, gather around moodboards and show them to your designer/wedding advisor.

Don’t forget about the importance of social media in this matter. Save gowns that have caught your attention on Instagram, Pinterest or any kind of platform really. You’ll come to see that there are brands you hadn’t even heard of and styles you hadn’t even thought about until now.

Do make bridal salon appointments, but the trick here is to schedule them all over one day or one whole weekend, so as to compare your choices with one another. Another tip is to call the salon beforehand and share with them your preferences so they can help you narrow down your choices. Take one person with you and don’t let the opinions influence you a lot.

Speaking of, don’t make the mistake of bringing with you the whole bride tribe. Choose them wisely, because at the end of the day, you need someone supportive and someone you truly get along with.

Do listen to your gut. If you’re not that comfortable with the dress, it means it’s not the dress. You should be able to picture yourself walking down the aisle in it and you should be able to move your arms enough to dance the night away come the big day.

Now that we’ve got your attention, figure out how you can manage wedding planning stress.

 

Article Written by Cindy Menassa

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