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These Bridesmaid Dresses are Cute with a Bow on the Back

Hey, lovelies! Happy Thursday! Are you planning a vintage inspired wedding and need the *perfect* bridesmaid dress? You know, one they’ll actually want to wear? Then you’ll love these Audrey Hepburn inspired dresses we spotted at Shop Apricity! They’re handmade just for you in beautiful sunny California. We especially love the back of these dresses: check out the bow! You can choose from three shades: teal, seafoam, or navy. Which one is your favorite?

Bridesmaid Dresses with Bow on the Back

The dresses are a sleek fit and flare skater dress in stretch pointe knit fabric. It offers a true flattering fit and features a deep back scoop neckline and darling bow accent.

Oh, and I have to add: there are pockets!

navy blue dress by shop apricity | bridesmaid dresses bow on back

by shop apricity

How to Pick Flower Girl Dresses for Formal Weddings

It’s time for another Ask Emmaline question! (We love ’em, so keep those questions coming!) Sabrina asks us, “I’m planning a traditional church wedding. Do you have any suggestions for a formal flower girl dress?” Great question! There are a few tips to remember when picking a formal flower girl dress: read on to find out more and get inspired with handmade flower girl dresses. Enjoy!

formal flower girl dresses

dresses: fattie pie

3 Tips for Formal Flower Girl Dresses

1. Length

When shopping for a formal flower girl dress, look for a floor-length or ankle-length dress (ideal for a formal, traditional wedding). If it is a summer or spring wedding, a knee-length dress is a great option (provided the bridesmaid dresses follow suit).

2. Color

A formal flower girl dress is light in color: white or ivory is most popular. Light pink is another color option.

3. Accents

Formal flower girl dresses will be made with fabrics such as lace or tulle; look for other accents like a sweetheart neckline, lace bodice, or a dress sash.

EB TIP: Make sure it’s comfortable! Whether the flower girl dress you pick is formal or informal, one thing to keep in mind is comfort. Make sure the dress is comfortable for her to wear (and stay away from any itchy materials).

Need inspiration? We’ve hand-picked a few formal flower girl dresses to get your creativity going. These were spotted at Fattiepie. Take a look:

The Elizabeth

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The Grace

grace flower girl dress (by Fattie Pie) - formal flower girl dresses #wedding


The Olivia

olivia flower girl dress (by Fattie Pie) - formal flower girl dresses #weddingolivia flower girl dress (by Fattie Pie) - formal flower girl dresses #wedding

The Grace (in Ankle)

grace ankle length flower girl dress (by Fattie Pie) - formal flower girl dresses #weddinggrace ankle length flower girl dress (by Fattie Pie) - formal flower girl dresses #wedding


P.S. Once you pick the dress, don’t forget the shoes! These flower girl shoes are adorable.

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Now *This* is a Stunning Grey Wedding Gown

Happy Weekend! Emma here and I’m curious: what do YOU think of the grey wedding dress trend? It’s been popular for a few years now, but I am finally seeing grey gowns to love just as much as classic white (or ivory, or champagne). Today we’re sharing a handmade grey wedding gown from Milamira Bridal that might change your mind on grey (like it did for me). This is one of my favorite dresses so far, which says a lot because we’ve shared many beautiful gowns in the past. The sweetheart neckline… the ruching… the tulle bodice… the low back… this gown has it all…

Gorgeous Grey Handmade Wedding Gown

handmade grey wedding gown | by milamira bridal

Handmade Grey Wedding Gown

This gown is high on my list of favorites for a handful of reasons:

o it is handmade, lovingly made by two passionate young designers. They say, “Every single gown in handmade in our own studio in Saint Petersburg. From sketch to final stitch we do everything by ourselves. We always make sure to peek the best quality materials, order our laces from Europe and experiment with fabrics which are not so common for bridal dresses.” Love!

o it is grey in color (specifically, a bluish grey)

o it features a sweetheart neckline

o this gown has a ruched tulle bodice and low back (two major wedding gown trends right now)

o it features off-shoulder sleeves, which I love… and if you don’t, they’re DETACHABLE!

Grey Handmade Wedding Gown

handmade grey wedding gown | by milamira bridal

handmade grey wedding gown | by milamira bridal

Grey Handmade Wedding Gown with Back View

handmade grey wedding gown | by milamira bridal

So, tell us: what do you think of this gown? Or even, grey wedding gowns in general? Leave a comment below!

You’ll find even more handmade wedding gowns to adore over in their shop. Tell them Emmaline Bride sent you!

Happy Planning!


7 Reasons Your Dress *Might* Need a Sash

When you’ve finally found The Dress, you might be ready to pick out your veil (or alternative), shoes, or even a dress sash. But does your dress even need a sash? Generally, a dress is perfect as is — but a sash can sometimes add a little glam or sparkle to a dress. A sash is never a requirement — but whether or not to wear one really depends on the dress you choose and how the sash will complement your overall look. Today we’re sharing seven reasons why your dress might need a sash.

brooch dress sash

by the storied sash

On to the inspiration and, might I add, some of the loveliest sashes we’ve seen yet! Will you be wearing one?

Does Your Dress Need a Sash?

Here are reasons why your dress might need a sash:

1. You found one you really, really love — and you just couldn’t say no.

I get it. A late night shopping online or browsing Pinterest caused you to find a sash you just couldn’t turn down.

millinery flower sash

by angee w.

pearl sash with ribbon

by angee w.

2. Your dress is elegant, but simple — and you crave a little bling.

A sash is the best way to add a little sparkle and shine to your dress. Pearls, rhinestones, Swarovski crystals, or colorful blooms are just a few ways brides choose to add a dose of pretty, personal style.

by simply weddings

Sometimes you just need some rhinestones…

gorgeous sparkly sash

by enrich by millie

Flowy Chiffon Wedding Dress

It’s time for another gorgeous wedding dress to inspire you! I adore everything about this flowy chiffon wedding dress and its sweet v-shaped neckline. We spotted it over at Mila Mira Bridal and thought you might like it, too. Chiffon is one of my favorite fabrics, especially for spring and summer weddings: it’s so soft and airy for hot weather, and styled perfectly for a free-spirited bohemian wedding.

I’m curious to know — what do you think of this style? What does YOUR dream dress look like?

Flowy Chiffon Wedding Dress

This dress features a ruched chiffon bodice and hand sewn corded lace appliqué. I adore the low back style — a huge trend this season.

flowy chiffon wedding dress

by mila mira bridal

flowy chiffon wedding dress 2

by mila mira bridal

by mila mira bridal

gown by mila mira bridal | photos by ksenia milushkina photography


Modern & Romantic Chiffon Wedding Gown

I loved everything about my wedding gown, right down to the very last stitch. But when I see a wedding gown like this, it makes me wonder how anyone can pick the perfect gown anymore. How can you decide when there are so many incredible + awe-inspiring options? I guess it comes down to this — wait for the one that steals your breath. The one you keep thinking about over, and over. The one that, when tried on, just feels right. I guess those rules never go out of style.

Today we’re sharing an utterly romantic chiffon wedding gown from Truvelle. This gown is perfect for a spring or summer wedding (perhaps mountainside?) paired with a one of these and a handful of boho accents. But that’s just me. Take a look and see why I’m so nuts over it…

Romantic Chiffon Wedding Gown

For starters, this wedding gown features a sweetheart neckline and a low back. The skirt is made from a whopping ten yards of hand-draped chiffon. The bodice is made of French lace; while the back dips into a lace up. I love, love, love the back. Take a look at this beautiful gown:

Romantic Chiffon Wedding Gown |

by truvelle

by truvelle

Romantic Chiffon Wedding Gown |

by truvelle

Ahh, so stunning. Also, I felt it worth noting that this dress also has a fully boned top for structure and support, which means many brides can skip the bra on this one.

You can find out more about this dress and see the other dreamy designs over at Truvelle.

Tell us:

What do you think of this gown?


8 Stunning Low Back Wedding Dresses (+ Lingerie Tips)

Love low back wedding dresses? Wondering what to wear underneath low back wedding dresses? You’ll find it all right here! Be sure to subscribe, though, or you’ll miss out on future advice posts like this one.

Low back wedding dresses are one of my favorite styles right now. Wedding dresses used to be all about the front (the neckline, the fit, the embellishments and the details) but now the back also makes a fashion statement. We’ve received a handful of Ask Emmaline questions about low back wedding dresses, so we knew it was a great time to share some of our favorite dresses with you today. But there’s one question that brides always have when it comes to this style: what am I supposed to wear under low back wedding dresses? We’ll show you the answer right here, too, with handpicked lingerie from Dominique Intimates. Enjoy!

Low Back Wedding Dresses

1. Chantilly Lace Wedding Gown

chantilly lace wedding gown with low back by saint isabel - 2
by saint isabel

2. Low Back Bohemian Lace Gown

lace off the shoulder low back wedding gown bohemian by Grace Loves Lacelow back wedding dress by Grace Loves Lace

by grace loves lace

3. Chiffon Low Back Wedding Dress

by leanimal

4. Sweetheart Neckline Low Back Gown

by saint isabel

5. Deep V Lacy Gown

by truvelle

6. Fitted Low Back Dress

by cicada bridal

7. Halter Neckline Backless Gown

by pure magnolia couture

8. Low Back Wedding Dress with Long Lace Sleeves

low back wedding gown

by gibson bespoke

What to Wear Under Low Back Wedding Dresses

Once you’ve found the perfect wedding dress, whether it’s a low back, halter, strapless, one-shoulder, sweetheart, or other neckline style, it’s essential to wear the proper lingerie. A wedding gown needs to have a flattering and seamless fit. Your lingerie should fit the very same way! We’ve teamed up with Dominique Intimates to share some of their elegant bridal lingerie options with you today. There are a few from their collection we love for low back wedding dresses, since they offer a seamless, low-as-you-can-go back plus tons of support. Here are some of our favorites from their boutique.

by dominique intimates

by dominique intimates

by dominique intimates

You can see these styles and more here.

But wait… my gown is completely backless!

If your gown is so low even a bra won’t work, try these.


This is a sponsored post by Dominique.