The History of the White Wedding Dress and How to Switch it Up!

Today’s awesome guest post, brought to us by Ginny Bartolone of Simply Eloped is a fascinating read about the history of the white wedding dress and how the tradition evolved. Enjoy!

When my husband and I tied the knot in 2014, exploring the complex, century-old wedding traditions was one of the most fascinating parts of planning our big day. The stories about why we carry flowers, wear wedding rings, and have wedding parties deeply fascinated me—and understanding their backstories enriched the whole experience of choosing which traditions were right for us. Now, as I continue to work in the wedding industry, and as I attend my friends’ celebrations, I’m beginning to see more and more non-white, unique wedding dress choices—allowing brides to more widely celebrate and express their one-of-a-kind personalities. At first, I thought this was a new trend, especially as wedding designs are slowly simplifying and returning to a more natural, DIY perspective.

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Wedding Dress Shopping Advice

Wedding Dress Shopping Advice

So you’re engaged and ready to hit up the local bridal shop with your ladies!

While it may be tempting to rush to “say yes to the dress”, fair warning of the endless options you’ll be facing if you don’t make an effort to narrow down your search beforehand.

Lucky for you, the below wedding dress shopping advice from the knowledgeable folks over at Wedding Forward beautifully illustrates, through infographics, the countless choices you’ll encounter during the hunt for your dream wedding dress. That way, you’ll be prepared come shopping time.

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This fun and helpful infographic comes to us from Adore Me, a New York based women’s intimates brand, committed to making our products stylish yet comfortable, and unique yet affordable. Enjoy!

If there’s one thing you can be sure of on your wedding day, it’s that your best friends will be standing by your side every step of the way. Your bridesmaids are the ones who are SO excited to be a part of your day, just so they can celebrate with you and your future spouse! So why not make sure they’re celebrating comfortably?

From dressing different body types, choosing a fabric, and knowing what to wear under the dress, choosing your bridesmaids’ dresses can be a hassle. We’ve put together a few tips to make sure your brides are looking and feeling great on the big day!

Thank you, Adore Me, for sharing! For more information about Adore Me, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile.

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Wedding Dresses Throughout The Years (2)

Today’s fun and fashionable guest post comes to us from Alain of Eden Manor Bridal, based in Wexford, Ireland. Enjoy!

Wedding dresses have traditionally been considered to be a symbol of commitment and love for a bride and groom on their wedding day. The colour of white has been traditionally used and symbolises the purity of the bride’s soul. However, this colour wasn’t always a popular option at weddings. During the 18th and 19th centuries, women chose to get married in a white wedding dress if they could afford it, rather than choosing the colour due to its connotation with purity. Before the Victorian times, a bride got married in many different colours including black which was really popular in Scandinavian countries. The white dress for weddings was made popular by Queen Victoria who married Prince Albert back in 1840. She wore a lace-trimmed white satin dress with a lace veil and an orange blossom wreath, as opposed to a crown. The main colour preferred at the time was red so it was definitely an eye-catching moment to see the Queen wearing white instead.

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This gorgeous designer wedding gown collection comes to us from Designer Loft in NYC! Here’s more from Designer Loft:

Rosa Clará has designed a Capsule Collection especially for the North American bride! This special collection consists of six dresses that the designer has created for a contemporary selective woman who sees fashion as an accomplice to embrace her personality. This Capsule Collection will be presented at Designer Loft Bridal from December 15-31.

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Necklines for Sleeveless Wedding Dresses (2)

Today’s fun and informative guest post comes to us from wedding planner Emma Williams of A’Bulae, based in Minneapolis, MN! Enjoy:

Wedding planners, brides, and designers: don’t be overwhelmed by the litany of details on a wedding to-do list. This quick and handy glossary wedding dress styles will help the bride-to-be select the style dress they want to wear on her big day. Six classic wedding dress silhouettes are defined, with tips for the bride. Read this quick guide to shopping for a wedding dress.

Wedding dress styles for the bride, bridesmaids, and guests can vary from the modest to sexy, depending on the design of the dress. Besides the fit, the silhouette, neckline, and sleeves will influence if the style is conservative, sensuous, or seductive. Brides and guests of all body shapes can find a sleeveless wedding dress to suit their style. Consider these necklines that are classic silhouettes popular for any bride’s wedding dress.

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Meet a Wedding Vendor in New York, NY: Designer Loft (8)

Today’s wedding vendor interview is with Liz Sellassie, owner of NYC bridal boutique Designer Loft! Enjoy:

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

We started Designer Loft 15 years ago. I was an unhappy lawyer invited by a bridal designer to start a bridal collective. Eventually you Have to do something you love to find your ultimate success. We Wanted to create a space different from the other salons with a comfortable Livingroom feel and non threatening. From the start , we allowed photos, carried larger sizes, and attempted a welcoming, non threatening environment.

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2016 Wedding Gown Collection by Shabi and Israel Haute Couture (2)

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This glamorous collection of wedding gowns comes to us from Elior Moore of Shabi and Israel Haute Couture, based in Ashdod, Israel! Here’s Elior to tell us more:

The current collection is certainly one for the fashionista bride. Filled with edgy design, a selection of fine fabrics, bold and especially sexy styles, exquisitely cut gowns built to flatter the feminine form. featuring designs ranging from silk crepes and layers of soft lace, features astonishing embellishments of beads, pearls and crystals.

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Today’s helpful guest post comes to us from Sam Ketterer of Absolute Perfection Wedding Consultancy, based in London, England! Enjoy:

Having spent the past month hunting day and night for the perfect dress to wear on your wedding day, you now realise you have to do it all over again. Only this time you have to find multiple perfect dresses for all your bridesmaids. Many brides struggle with the whole experience. Here we show you how to avoid the common pitfalls.

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Meet a Wedding Gown Designer in Philadelphia, PA: Eugenia Couture (5)

Hello Lovelies! Today we’re joined by fashion designer Barbara Kavchok of Eugenia Couture, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania! Enjoy:

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

I am Barbara Kavchok designer for Eugenia Couture and Joy Collection. The Joy Collection is part of the existing Eugenia Couture brand. Joy was designed for a very different bride than the Signature Eugenia line. The Joy bride has classic roots but is young, edgy and a little boho too.

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