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Personal Shopper: Grand Cinderella Ballgowns

Posted by Kim on May 03, 2013

Throughout this week, we asked our readers to submit their “wedding dress wish lists” and we went on the hunt at New York Bridal Market to find their dream dress. Several of you shared that you’re looking for “Cinderella ballgowns” or “Big and poofy dresses with crystals.” So here are a few of our favorite princess ballgowns from New York Bridal Market.

cinderella ballgowns 1, wedding dress ideas and trends Dresses by (clockwise from top left): Jim Hjelm; Ines Di Santo; Maggie Sottero; Casablanca Bridal; Eve of Milady; Marchesa. Hjelm photo courtesy of JLM Couture; Di Santo, Sottero, and Marchesa photos by Dan Lecca; Casablanca and Eve of Milady photos by Robert Mitra

Are you loving this grand and regal look? Click here to view more big and beautiful ballgown wedding dresses. And watch this space for lots more coverage from New York Bridal Market in the coming weeks.

mermaid wedding dresses ballgown wedding dresses, wedding dress ideas and trends Dresses by (from left): Mark Zunino for Kleinfeld, Anna Maier/Ulla-Maija Couture
Photos by Dan Lecca

When searching for a wedding dress, one of the first decisions you’ll need to make is to pick a silhouette. Do you want a full classic ballgown or a sleek body-hugging mermaid? Or maybe something in between? Try on a few dresses in each silhouette to see which looks best on you, and which would look best at your venue.  Check out some of our favorite brand-new mermaid wedding dresses, as well as some hot-off-the-runway ballgowns we loved. And while you’re at it, tell us:

Which silhouette do you prefer?

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New Wedding Dresses: Mark Zunino for Kleinfeld

Posted by Kim on May 31, 2012

Ever since “The Bachelor” Season 16 winner Courtney Robertson was photographed trying on a wedding gown at Mark Zunino’s Los Angeles showroom, there has been a buzz surrounding the designer’s new bridal collection. At Zunino’s debut show (where Courtney and her fiance Ben Flajnik sat front row), many of the gowns featured sexy, form-fitting silhouettes, but there were also a few grand ballgowns thrown into the mix. Check out the first and last looks from the show:

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The very first gown to cross the runway was the one Courtney was spotted trying on. We liked the contrast between the super-sexy, form-fitting silhouette and the feminine floral details and soft feel – an ideal gown for a garden wedding. The final dress was a truly glamorous ballgown – beaded sweetheart bodice, satin bubble skirt – definitely a show-stopper.

Check out all of the new Mark Zunino wedding dresses, which will be available exclusively at Kleinfeld in New York. And tell us in the comments: Are you more into romantic gowns or glamorous styles?

Pick a Venue, Pick a Wedding Dress

Posted by Kim on May 23, 2012

One of the best pieces of wedding-planning advice we can share is: Don’t go shopping for your wedding gown until you’ve booked your venue. Sure, it may be tempting to go shopping as soon as you have that ring on your finger, but avoid the pull of the bridal salon until you’re all squared away on your wedding site. Here why: Different types of wedding dresses look best at different types of venues. If you’re getting married on the beach, for example, you probably don’t want to wear a big, heavy ballgown. And vice versa – a barely-there sheath might not be appropriate at a grand house of worship or ballroom. Check out these examples from our Fashion Ideas section:

wedding dresses for your venue, wedding dress Dresses by (clockwise from top left): Anna Maier/Ulla-Maija Couture, Anne Barge, Romona Keveza, Encore by Watters
All photos by Dan Lecca

If you’re having a wedding in a large space, like a hotel ballroom or a house of worship, look for gowns that have the grandeur to match, like these ballgown wedding dresses.

Marrying outdoors, a garden or backyard perhaps? Choose a romantic wedding gown with an ethereal feel and feminine touches.

Destination weddings call for lightweight beach wedding gowns that aren’t overly beaded or structured and show just the right amount of skin.

And if you’re planning a casual soiree, perhaps at City Hall or a restaurant, a short wedding dress will fit in perfectly. These styles even work well for rehearsal dinners, or as cake-cutting or “going away” dresses.

Are you choosing a gown to fit your venue? Let us know in the comments!

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