It’s that time of the year again . . . hello Bridal Market! Starting today, WeddingWire’s Editorial Team will be up in New York City, hopping between new wedding dress, bridesmaids, and accessories collections and snapping pics of all the newest styles.
If you’re asking yourself what exactly is Bridal Market, you can read our breakdown right here. For those of you a bit more familiar, you know this is essentially the wedding world’s equivalent of Fashion Week. Want to follow along with the excitement? Your best bet is to download our new WedStyle wedding inspiration app. Here, we’ll be posting tons of photos fresh from the runways and appointments, and you can weigh in directly on your favorite dresses! Follow our editors directly by searching for WWKim, WWLeeor, and WWSarah, or simply select “Bridal Fashion Week” from the filter menu.
Lauren and Patrick were married in a traditional church ceremony at Historic St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church followed by an indoor reception at the Cork Factory Hotel in Lancaster, Penn. on November 30. “When we saw the photos online, we felt immediately drawn to the warmth (literally, there is a working fireplace) and coziness of the ballroom,” Lauren said. “We loved all of the intricate details like the hanging chandeliers and exposed beams and bricks.” The bride wore a v-neck lace wedding gown, accessorized with an ivory sash and her mom’s chapel-length wedding veil from 1979, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a navy blue tie to match the bridesmaids long satin dresses. “To wear something old, beautiful, and borrowed meant the world to me,” she said. “Hopefully, it will bring us good luck since my parents have been married for 34 years.” Before the ceremony, the couple chose to have a first look. “The significance of that moment felt like we were the only two people in the world,” Lauren said. Following the nuptials, the bridal party was escorted to the reception on a trolley. “Pat and I bonded early on in our relationship over our love of literature,” she said. “Though our [tastes] of course differ greatly, we wanted to incorporate that theme in our decor.” Centerpieces included old books stacked atop each other, pictures of authors, and favorite quotes.
Dress up your delicious dessert display with something more than just cake! We don’t mean cupcakes, cake pops, cookies, candies, doughnuts, and pies, we mean decorations like signs and bunting banners that say “Let Them Eat!” and “Sweet Love,” monogrammed initials, vintage suitcases and books, or even globes. Maybe add glasses of milk or flutes of champagne too? Don’t forget the straws and cocktail napkins. See more photos here.
Sandra and Brian were married at Barndiva in Healdsburg, Calif. on May 18. “Everything was in one place — the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception,” Sandra said. “The chef used to work at The French Laundry (3 star Michelin restaurant), and we’re BIG into food.” The bride wore an a-line wedding gown with a tiered skirt, accessorized with a gray sash and wedges, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a patterned tie. “When we saw each other for the first time, we both cried hysterically,” she said. Following the Jewish and Taiwanese American nuptials, guests were served pass hors d’oueures, 5-course meal, dessert bar, and late night snacks. Wow, that’s a lot! Reception tables were decorated with all handmade items. “I loved that everyone chipped in,” Sandra said. “Our aunt sewed all of the table runners, the ‘maids made their bouquets from flowers we bought at the SF Flower Mart, my sister made the seating chart. Super special.” The table numbers were chalkboard wine bottles attached with a tag that said, “Draw on me,” and each place setting included a kitchen utensil or cutting board as a favor. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Pick the three things that are most important to you and forget about the rest,” she said. “Spend your money and your time on those three things and you won’t go crazy.”
Before you start planning your wedding, you’re going to need to figure out what your style is! Are you rustic, modern, vintage, glamorous, classic, preppy, bohemian romantic, or beachy? Take our quiz and let us know the results in the comments below.