Hi, loves! Emma here and we are bringing you a new Ask Emmaline question today, one that we’ve received more than once — and for good reason! Brides who don’t want to wear a wedding veil (or simply something different for the reception) always want to see some veil alternatives. And they want to know if they have to even wear a veil at all. Remember, a bride doesn’t have to do anything. We are firm believers in “your wedding, your way” here at Emmaline Bride and when it comes down to it, you should do anything you want to do. At the end of the day, you can say you did it YOUR way, not anyone else’s. You only get one wedding day, so you might as well make it everything you’ve dreamed it would be. Here’s what Shannon wrote us:
“I can’t decide if I should wear a veil for the ceremony and reception. Do you have any ideas for what to wear instead of a veil at the reception?”
Great question, Shannon! When you’re deciding what to wear instead of a veil (even for just the reception), consider your hairstyle. Will you be wearing an updo? Will you wear your hair down? Will you pick this amazing Gibson Tuck, rock a top knot, or maybe some boho-inspired braids? Whatever you decide, do a trial run and wear a veil alternative with it so you know ahead of time how it will look all put together.
What to Wear Instead of Veil
Some of our favorite veil alternatives include hair pins, hair flowers, hair combs, fascinators, or headbands (you can find all of these in The Marketplace. And, these are just a few suggestions — there are a dozen more! Today we’re sharing a handful of favorite veil alternatives from Fancie Strands to inspire you. Which veil alternative is most similar to your style?
Buying a wedding dress online? Don’t miss this post! We’re outlining seven of the most important tips to ensure you buy your dream dress safely. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss advice-packed posts like these!
Hi, gorgeous! Emma here and if you’re thinking about buying a wedding dress online, you’re not alone! I mean, you’re obviously part of the modern age and you just don’t have time to be running around from bridal store to bridal store. We get it. We really do. It’s amazing how easy it is to buy anything online. This is coming from the girl who orders this in bulk online (and I’m not even embarrassed to admit it because it is so convenient). I buy amazing socks like these that fit flats like whoa. I stock up on k-cups so I don’t ever have a coffee outage. I buy things online and then I’m excited when it comes to my door like it’s Christmas morning.
But anyway, this isn’t about me. This is about you. And shopping online for your wedding has never been easier, what with our Marketplace filled to the brim with handmade finds and with shops on Etsy with emerging new wedding dress designers. Plus, every designer offers galleries of their newest gowns, so you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your yoga pants and favorite couch cushion to find your dream dress.
Before you say yes to the dress, we want to give you a few pointers to keep in mind. Here’s what you need to know about buying a wedding dress online so you stay safe AND you get exactly what you want. Feel free to ask questions at the end of this post, too — we have a Facebook comment form built-in so you don’t even have to log in (we know you’re already logged in to Facebook at work, you sneaky little bride, you. We won’t tell.) We’re also sharing some fantastic wedding gowns we know you’ll obsess over as much as we do. Who knows? Maybe one of these will be The Dress. Enjoy!
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Buying Wedding Dress Online? Read These 7 Tips First
1. Read reviews.
Read reviews first! It’s always helpful to do your homework. Places like Etsy offer reviews right inside a designer’s shop, so you can see first-hand what real brides have to say. You can also see reviews on Weddingwire, Ebay, Amazon, etc. Also, if you see a negative review out of many positives, don’t let it necessarily deter you: read the review and consider whether there was a simple communication error or perhaps a misunderstanding. If a majority of the reviews are glowing, it’s probably a safe place to buy.
One of the biggest mistakes brides make when buying a wedding dress online is trying to save money by cutting corners. Don’t cut corners, especially when it comes to your wedding dress. For instance, if you find a gorgeous gown out of your budget, don’t seek a vendor who will copy the style and make it for you. It’s not just because we think that’s wrong, but also because the result is almost NEVER what you expect. Plus, the designer who made the dress you love is an expert. You can’t just copy expertise. We’ve heard some horror stories and you know what? Many brides end up spending more money in the process (you know, like having to spend more money to scramble and find a new dress weeks before the wedding because theirs never arrived or was completely wrong? Yes, that’s (unfortunately) a true story from a bride.)
If the dress you found is completely out of your budget (as in, totally unattainable), do this instead: figure out what makes it the dream dress to you. Is it the flowy chiffon fabric? The sweetheart neckline? The way the back has lace appliques? Once you identify what about the dress makes it a dream come true, you’ll be able to search for other dresses that have a similar feature that might be more within your reach.
It’s tempting, I know! You’ve found the perfect dress and it’s only a quick click away. Instead, sleep on it. You might wake up tomorrow and think, what was I thinking? Or, you might wake up and decide to go ahead, at which case, congrats — that sure was fast!
4. Order well in advance.
If you’re ordering a handmade wedding dress, make sure you check the designer’s schedule to make sure you’ll have your wedding dress at least three months before the big day. This will ensure your dress will be ready for your big day, even if shipping takes forever or your dress isn’t completed on time. You’ll need to have it professionally fitted, too, and seamstresses have busy schedules, too. You will also enjoy the extra time to try on veils with your dress (to pick the perfect style), as well as any accessories (i.e. a sash, wrap, your jewelry, or shoes).
Hello, loves! Happy Tuesday! Today we’re talking about one of our favorite hot new 2013 wedding trends: pleats! A pleat (also known as a plait) is a double or multiple fold, typically in garments. There are various of pleat styles used (like accordion, box, and knife) and pleats were originally used to provide movement of freedom in clothing. Today, pleats are often used for style, one we that seems to be popping up everywhere lately! Read on to see five hand-picked handmade items using pleats to inspire your upcoming wedding. Then, tell us… do you love pleats? Or is this a trend you’d on which you’d like to pass? Enjoy!
2013 Wedding Trend: Pleats!
1. Flower Girls in Pleated Dresses
My #1 essential rule of flower girl dresses? Twirlabiity. This particular style offers just that AND in an exceptional color palette with a flowing style she’ll love. By Nastershum Wedding.
Gorgeous accessory shop, Lolos specializes in pleated bags… in fact, Lolo offers an incredible collection of pleated bags with romantic handmade rosettes. Plus, there are TONS of colors from which to choose.
3. Pleated Gowns (+ Bridesmaid Dresses)
Ah… I know I’m not alone when I say that designer Claire La Faye can do no wrong. This stunning ‘Love Me Do’ bohemian wedding gown features silk chiffon and a diagonal row of organza and chiffon flowers with swoon-worthy silk pleating detail.
Pleats aren’t limited to ensemble alone: incorporate this feminine style into your accessories, too, like your garter. This particular pleated garter (with pearls) is by Atelier Rousseau and I love it oh-so-much.
Are you newly engaged and wondering how to select the perfect wedding dress? Today, we’re kicking off the first in our new series, The Ultimate Gown Guide, with how to select a sweetheart wedding dress! If you are wondering what is a sweetheart wedding dress, you’ve come to the right place… or, if you are already neckline-savvy and familiar with the sweetheart style, you’ll still love the inspiration we have in store. Read on about how to select a sweetheart wedding dress, find out why this may be the most flattering fit for you, and see an assortment of our favorites!
A sweetheart neckline, one style usually found on a strapless wedding gown, features a low cut front and is scalloped with two curves on either side that hits below the collar bone. As a visual, consider the top portion of a heart across the bodice. A sweetheart neckline on a wedding gown accentuates one’s neck, collarbone, shoulders, and bust. I adore a sweetheart neckline, which is why I selected one for my own gown a few years ago. Even though you can wear a necklace with this particular style, it is certainly not required. I think sometimes the au naturale look is best!
Is a sweetheart wedding dress right for you?
It’s true what they say; when you find the perfect gown you’ll just know. With that being said, to know if it is truly the right fit for you, you’ll need to try one on. When I tried on wedding gowns, I thought I would absolutely want a strapless gown that was straight across – no sweetheart for this girl. And, wouldn’t you know… the minute I tried one on I was in love. The end result? My wedding dress had a sweetheart neckline and now it is my favorite type of dress. You never know until you give it a try. Worst case scenario: it won’t be the right style for you but at least you’ll know… and perhaps find a style you like even better!
For inspiration, we’ve gathered together a few favorite sweetheart wedding dresses we think you’ll love…
Now we want to know… what do you think of a sweetheart wedding dress? Would you wear one?
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