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My wedding is in a location far from where I live, so I have to travel with my wedding gown. What is the best way to transport my gown while ensuring that it stays in prime condition for the big day?
Sally Conant of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists says: Whether you’re traveling near or far, it’s important to pack your wedding gown properly. Here are some of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists’ top tips for how to travel with your wedding gown.
How to Pack a Wedding Gown: Pack your wedding gown in a box or suitcase lined with tissue paper. Fold the gown neatly and buffer each fold with tissue paper to prevent creases. Make sure you use ample tissue paper to stuff the bodice of the gown and cushion any bows or sleeves. If your gown is beaded with prongs, put tissue over the prongs so that there are no snags. Once the suitcase or box is packed, the gown should not move when you shake the box.
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Lace, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways! Lace is a classic and feminine fabric for wedding dresses, of course, but it’s also extremely versatile. Many of Allure Bridals‘ gowns feature lace used in unique and gorgeous ways – and whether you’re a super-romantic bride, a glamour girl, a modern sophisticate or a total romantic, there’s an Allure lace gown for you. Check out a few of our favorite lace wedding dresses from Allure Bridals.
Romantic: Head-to-toe lace with classic sleeves is pure wedding romance. We love the slim silhouette and the illusion neckline – so Kate Middleton, and perfect for a springtime garden wedding.
Modern: This gown combines on-trend details (hello, peplum!) with a totally flattering style. The beaded belt highlights the narrowest part of the natural waist, and the v-neckline is so slimming.
Glam: Va-va-voom! The sweetheart neckline and fit-to-flare silhouette are totally sexy, but the stunning lace fabrication keeps things ultra-feminine, too.
Vintage: This slinky style has an Old Hollywood vibe that’s ideal for a Great Gatsby-inspired wedding that’s so hot right now.
And don’t forget your bridesmaids! One of the biggest trends from last season’s bridal market is lace bridesmaid dresses. And no matter what your wedding style is, you’ll find a lace bridesmaid look from Allure Bridesmaids that works perfectly.
Elegant: Hosting a formal wedding? Your ‘maids will look black-tie ready with this gown, which combines a classic illusion neckline with a modern peplum detail.
Versatile: If you’re looking for a dress that would look great on a variety of figures, this v-neck, knee-length style is both stylish and flattering.
Retro: We love the A-line skirt on this dress for a little 1950s flair! Plus, the illusion neckline and cap sleeves provide a little extra coverage.
Sophisticated: This dress is so chic – your bridesmaids will totally want to wear it after the wedding to a cocktail party or out on the town!
Dresses by (from left): Olia Zavozina, Berta. Photos by Robert Mitra
Well, it’s that time of year again! In just a few short days, we’ll be heading up to New York City to see the newest designer wedding dresses at Bridal Market. So to get ready for the biggest event in bridal fashion, we thought it would be wise to take a look back at our favorite wedding dresses from last season – the styles that really wowed us. Two of our editors’ personal faves are pictured above: a pink textured rosette A-line gown by Olia Zavozina, and a romantic long-sleeved gown with a plunging neckline and body-hugging silhouette by Berta. Both of these gorgeous gowns were photographed at Pier 94, the hub of New York Bridal Market. Be sure you’re following us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram to get inside scoop on what’s new in bridal fashion. See you on the runway!
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When you’re shopping for a wedding gown, you obviously should choose a style that fits and flatters your figure, but it’s also so important to think about the season when your wedding will take place. You’re going to be in your gown for the whole day, so you certainly want to feel comfortable and confident. We selected an ideal gown for each season from Allure Bridals and shared some of our top tips for finding a seasonally-appropriate wedding dress.
All dresses and photos by Allure Bridals
Spring: We love the look of lace for a spring wedding – it’s so romantic, and the floral motif feels so apropos when everything is in bloom. Allure Couture Style C265 (pictured top, left), features lace throughout, a crystal sash for some added glam, and – 0ur favorite detail – a tiered, ruffled skirt that moves beautifully in the springtime breeze.
Summer: When it’s hot outside, think lightweight fabrics, like chiffon, which will keep you cool and comfortable. Allure Bridals’ Style 9057 (top, right) is ideal for a summer wedding – and we love how versatile it is. It’s ethereal and airy silhouette would look gorgeous at an outdoor wedding on the beach, but it’s sparkly embroidery and beading keeps it formal enough for a ballroom wedding.
Fall: For fall, we often hear the words “rustic” and “natural” when it comes to gowns, but we think that vintage glamour fits the season just as well. Allure Couture’s C264 (bottom, left) features leaf-and-vine-themed beaded embroidery (so ideal!) and a flattering v-neckline. Plus, the English net fabrication keeps this slip dress lightweight enough for those warmer early-fall days.
Winter: Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you need to wear a gown with sleeves (you can always don a fur wrap for outdoor photos – so chic!). We love how the silvery crystal and pearl beading on Allure Couture’s Style C271 (bottom right) resembles falling snow. And the illusion neckline provides a bit more coverage than a strapless gown.
How does your gown fit your wedding season? Tell us in the comments!
Runway dresses by (left to right): Marchesa; Christos. Runway photos by Dan Lecca
If you’re shopping for a wedding dress or are just a bridal fashion fanatic (like us!), get excited – New York International Bridal Week starts tomorrow and we’ll be there! We can’t wait to check out the newest wedding dresses and share them with you. The WeddingWire team will be live on social media starting on April 19th, so be sure to like and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest to make sure you’re up-to-date and viewing the newest styles as they step off the runway. And watch this space, and our Fashion Ideas page, for constant updates, photos from the latest runway shows, and exciting trend reports throughout the week.
And – bonus! – we want to help you shop! Describe your dream wedding gown to us in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter. We’ll select a few requests and play “personal shopper” – sharing photos of brand-new dresses you might like to help get you inspired. Happy dress hunting!