Posts Tagged ‘wedding dress’

While many brides pine and worry about small details on the front of their dress they forget about the world of extravagant possibilities that they could house on the back of the dress as well. It is more difficult to find a dress with a detailed back but if you are getting your dress made I would most definitely give thought to adorning the back as well. Everyone will be looking at your back during the ceremony so why not give them something beautiful to envy. 



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The beads and jewels in this dress are so elegant because it almost looks like they are attached to the bride herself, reflecting her beauty, as opposed to part of her dress. 



(photo courtesy of Northern DG Belle)

A style like this may be more available and easier to find than the previous while still reflecting the brides beauty and grace. 


ImageThis vintage styled dress is great because the lace offers some coverage for the more conservative bride while still showing off her back. 



(photo courtesy of Sweet Heart Gowns)

A simple cut like this can still awe the guests and show the natural beauty of the bride.



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This beautiful beading right down the center of the bride’s back provides a sophistication that seems to be unmatched. 


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When it comes to televised weddings, it’s safe to say Kim Kardashian’s was one of the finest and most watched. With approximately 10.5 million sets of eyes on Kim as she walked down the aisle, viewers ooh’d and ahh’d over every detail. While some were watching to see if the relationship was true, others wanted to see what a $20 million wedding looked like. I, like many of you, tuned in to see the venue, the decor, the dresses – everything we drool over in the wedding industry.

If you fell in love with Kim’s wedding style, as most of us did, we have great news for you. Imitating it is easy and you can do it within your predetermined budget! Let’s get started.

The Glamorous Decor

If you know anything about the Kardashian’s style, you know they love the glamorous and dramatic appeal of black. When done right, black instantly adds drama and ups the ante. In weddings, however, black is traditionally not incorporated into the colors. Don’t let this stop you. As you can see, Kim Kardashian effectively mixed black and white to create a glamorous scene.


Kim got it right by beginning the evening with a white ceremony. Though she didn’t completely do away with black, as you can see in the aisle runner and chair coverings, she did want to emphasize the traditionally virginal and pure elements of the ceremony. White was everywhere in the decor, from the chairs and aisle runner to the curtains and flowers. Kim didn’t stop there, however.


When it came to the reception, Kim made it clear her wedding was gigantic and glamorous. Strong, black chairs, table settings and framed mirrors were everywhere. To create even more drama, Kim’s lush, white centerpieces stood tall over the tables, and countless chandeliers were added. The room absolutely dazzled.


How can you achieve this look?: Adding black elements will instantly add drama. Black chair coverings and table settings are a perfect balance to grand white flowers and chandeliers. Inexpensive chandeliers are quite easy to find and instantly add sparkle while tall mirrors will make your reception room seem larger and brighter.

The Dress (and the other dress. And the other other dress)


Kim was the picturesque fairytale princess walking down the aisle. Her strapless gown showed off her hourglass figure perfectly with its sweetheart neckline, tucked in waist and elaborate skirt. Her jeweled headpiece added to the glamor while her long, traditional veil added drama.


Kim, like any fashionista, opted to wear more than one dress that evening since her traditional, fairytale gown wouldn’t have blended well with the reception’s drama. Her next two dresses, however, matched her decor to a ‘T.’ The first, a halter dress with a deep V on top, allowed her to move around freely with her guests and husband, Kris. The second, a strapless mermaid ensemble, is one of the most dramatic dresses I’ve seen and made the evening more spectacular.


How can you achieve this look?: Since most of us aren’t among Hollywood’s elite, purchasing three dresses can seem over the top for both our wedding and our checkbooks. It doesn’t have to be, though! Many designers offer dresses with removable elements that create different looks. On top of this, changing something as simple as your headpiece, veil and jewelry can have a dramatic effect on your overall look.
If you’re set on having two separate gowns, consider buying cheaply for both. Traditionally, brides splurge on their wedding gown since it’s the only one they’ll have throughout the day. With two dresses, it’s best to lower and split the costs between the dresses. While you’ll want your ceremony dress to be beautiful, you’ll also want to enjoy your reception dress. Deciding one is more important than the other may not leave you completely satisfied.

The Tradition-Breaking Bridesmaids

The top rules of bridesmaid dresses traditionally go something like this: bridesmaids wear your wedding colors and no one wears white except the bride.


Kim completely fought tradition with her bridesmaid dress choices. Each girl was placed in a figure-flattering, strapless mermaid down. These dresses instantly upped the drama and put the bridesmaids on display. While most would argue this move took away from Kim’s own dresses since each bridesmaid looked more like a bride, it added drama and gave the bridal party a cohesive, finished look.

How can you achieve this look?: Putting your bridesmaids in white gowns doesn’t have to be as risky as it sounds. Their dresses can be dramatic to add more to the party or understated so as to leave the spotlight on you. While white bridesmaid dresses may be more difficult to find, it’s possible to find a figure-flattering style for every girl.
And, as always, accessories are a girl’s best friend. If your bridesmaids look too much like you, change their flower bouquets to a different color than yours or remove them entirely.

The Tower Cake


Like everything else at the Kardashian wedding, the cake was huge. The towering black and white creation was dramatic not only for its size, but for its color and detail as well. Unlike the traditional white cake, the Kardashian version contained layers of dramatic black and included fine details on every layer.

How can you achieve this look?: Scaling down this cake will dramatically lower its price even if you hold onto the glamorous black layers and details. If you would rather have a tall cake but don’t have the funds, consider putting a similar faux wedding cake on display and serving a cheaper version to your guests.

What the Guests Wore


For the day of their wedding, Kris and Kim requested their guests be donned in formal black tie attire. Interestingly, most guests shied away from mixing the two colors. Lindsay Lohan, for example, wore a beautiful white gown that resembled a bride’s attire. Kim had the confidence and status to know that her own dresses would not be outdone by those of her guests and instead invited them to join her in the white attire.

How can you achieve this look?: Most women are afraid of stepping on the bride’s toes with their dresses. They typically see black dresses as a bad omen for the joyous day and are afraid of donning the white the bride traditionally wears. It’s up to you to not only request formal black tie, but to also assure the ladies that black and white gowns are accepted on your day.


We’ve offered several ideas to help you emulate Kim Kardashian’s wedding. If you want us to plan your day or need help with finding the items mentioned above, don’t hesitate to contact us. Visit our website for more information.

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A gentle breeze blowing, sand beneath your feet and the sun setting slowly over a lapping shore. There are few environments more calming and romantic for a bride, groom and the people they choose to spend their special day with.

Here at My Wedding Bag, we like to think we know a little something about beach weddings. We are, after all, based in Virginia Beach. To help you on your blissful day, we’ve compiled the list of five must-have elements for an evening, beach wedding.

1. The lighting

With so much natural light, beach brides won’t need much for the ceremony. The sun disappearing on the horizon, however, is the perfect opportunity to bring the romantic lighting in for the reception. Candles are a staple of romantic weddings and are even more appropriate at the beach, where their soft light can flicker in the wind. For a more chic, classic feel, lanterns are the way to go. And for a relaxed atmosphere, strung up lights between tents or poles are just right.

2. The drinks

Nothing signals summer’s arrival like fresh fruit. While fruit will likely be incorporated into the dinner hour, fruity drinks are a great way to cool down your guests and get them relaxed for the evening. Cherry limeades, melon martinis, margaritas, mojitos and sangria all have their place on the shore. For the non-alcoholic option, seltzer with a lemon or lime on the side is a cute alternative. And of course, you can’t forget the buckets of ice and bottled beers!

3. The colors

Pulling inspiration from the environment is the perfect way to begin choosing colors. While many brides opt for bright colors during the day, an evening beach wedding is made most chic by muted colors. Beige is a recurring color due to its easy, romantic feel and soft pinks add a feminine touch to the party. Most grooms and groomsmen are seen donning khakis while the bridal party brings out the feminine pink.

4. The party

The dinner hour is when brides can really show off their love for the beach. Sea shells and coral make for beautiful, natural centerpieces and seafood is the obvious menu choice. Thoughtfully packaged items like sand dollars and scented candles send off guests with a nautical touch that’s easy on the bride and groom’s budget. And, of course, what’s a beach party without a giant bonfire to dance around?

5. The dress

And of course, there’s the dress. A bride’s fashion sets the tone for the entire wedding and this is never more true than for a beach wedding. Billowy dresses with long veils are an absolute necessity at a beach wedding. The easy-going strapless gowns never get old, especially when blowing in the wind during the ceremony and photo session.

What do you like most about beach weddings? Are you planning one in the future?


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“Every bride deserves to have great design.  I believe the bride knows who she is and how she wants to look and feel on her special day.  Every gown I create reflects that respect for other women and how much design means to me.” ~Vera Wang

Vera Wang, a renowned fashion designer, has designed a line of wedding apparel and accessories exclusively for Davids Bridal.  White by Vera Wang includes, but is not limited to, the following items:

  • wedding dresses
  • bridesmaid dresses
  • sashes
  • hair accessories
  • shoes
  • veils

These items are still considered designer apparel, but they are at a lower price point.  Each item in Vera Wang’s line still has that chic, sophisticated, refinement found in every one of her designs.  Every product is created from quality components–from luxurious fabrics like georgette and Chantilly lace to precious metals and crystals.  White by Vera Wang is perfect for brides that want that designer dress, but want to stay on budget!

photo credit: weddinginspirasi.com, davidsbridal.com, onewed.com, fantabulouslywed.com, shoppingdam.com

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On your wedding day it is likely that most of your guests will see you from behind. So why not jazz it up a little? Here’s the back of some wedding dresses by designers such as Vera Wang and Sassi Holford.  Be inspired to find your perfect dress!

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Every year, designers and stylists introduce new fashions and looks to the public.  Each season, we’ve seen introductions to many variations on classic elements like necklines, skirt length, etc.  For the year 2012, a new neckline for wedding dresses is making a statement on the runways–the illusion neckline.

The illusion neckline combines two classic necklines (like a sweetheart and a boatneck) and two varying fabrics in an extremely aesthetically pleasing manner.  Most commonly, a sheer fabric–like sheer voile or chiffon–is paired with popular wedding fabrics to create a classy and elegant look.  The illusion neckline allows a bride to have that sexy neckline she wants, and yet still be conservative at the same time.  Brides.com refers to the illusion neckline as “strapless, but with coverage.”







As shown above, this trend can be applied to many different necklines and even fabric types as well.  The “illusion” can be created with alternative materials like lace, decorative appliques as shown above in the 3/4 sleeve length Marchesa, as well as thicker, embellished fabrics that create an overlay effect.

The illusion neckline is a style that would flatter any body shape.  With its versatility in terms of fabric, necklines, and sleeve length, a bride can easily pick out her dream gown style that will perfectly suit her body, provide that desired sexiness, and still offer  the conservative elements needed to create that wanted chic, elegant look.

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The new year brings with it the revival of the tea length wedding dress.  Tea length dresses have been worn for many years, and were especially extremely popular in the era of Hollywood glamor.  Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe are among the many that rocked the tea length bottom.


Today, this dress length can range anywhere from two inches above the ankle to just below the knee.  It’s a perfect style for the bride that likes the idea of a short dress, but doesn’t want to entirely push the limits of tradition.  Here are a few examples of tea length wedding dresses that would be absolutely perfect for the upcoming warm seasons:






We’re especially loving the blush color of the tea length dress pictured just above!

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