Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2014 by Cindy Williams
Posted Under: Wedding Dresses

Everyone knows how important it is to dress for success at your wedding. But that doesn’t mean a bride has to wear a long, white gown.


There are some great, daring options for our bold brides!


The Crop Top:

 

Alternate Wedding Dress - Crop Top 1

 

Alternate Wedding Dress - Crop Top 2


Whether you love it or hate it, the crop top is a trend that’s here to stay. With celebs from Miley Cyrus to Kim Kardashian sporting the look regularly, it’s no surprise the trend has made its way into the wedding world. Although the crop top is daring, it’s a smart way to show skin without revealing too much. This look has been popping up in both bohemian weddings and modern runway shows.

 

 

Naked Lace:


Lace for weddings is classic, but layering it over nude colored fabric creates a look that’s brave and beautiful. Whether you choose a formfitting dress or a flowing frock, this trend is romantic and guaranteed to wow your guests!

 

 

Alternative Wedding Dress - Naked Lace 1

 

Colorful:


A wedding dress doesn’t have to be white! Although bolder colors are not used as often as neutral tones, the colorful wedding dress is having a moment. From blush to bright, the color popping up most often is pink!

 

Alternative Wedding Dress - Colorful
 

 

Alternative Wedding Dress - Colorful

 

Ankle Length:


Daring doesn’t have to be revealing or obvious! Ankle or tea length dresses are a unique option for more conservative brides! Ankle length dresses are also great for showing off a killer pair of shoes! BONUS: This length is universally flattering!

 

Alternative Wedding Dress - Ankle Length

 

Alternative Wedding Dress - Ankle Length 2
 


 

 

 

Posted on Friday, November 01, 2013 by Cindy Williams
Posted Under: Weddings, Wedding Dresses

Forget the standard clichés for bridesmaid dresses! These new trends will make any bridesmaid look stylish!

 

1.       This season is all about bold, and for bridesmaids, that means dark! From short, lacy styles to long, dramatic looks, your bridesmaids will make a statement!

 

 

2. Lace! Think elegant frills and feminine grace. Whether it’s used as an accent or covering the entire dress, lace will make any dress dainty and delicate. While we prefer it over more neutral tones, lace can be used over any color!

 

 

3. Earth tones! Earthy colors, like taupe, are going to be seen a lot this season! Why? It’s flattering on any skin tone and can be used for multiple styles! If you’re afraid an earth toned dress may not make enough of a statement, pair your dresses with bold jewelry!

 

 

4. Short and sassy! Short dresses are flirty, fun, and perfect for spring or summer weddings! They also offer a chance to show off your shoes! Pair a short, simple dress with a pair of colorful shoes to capture great photos!

 

 

5. This season, peplum is making a comeback! Peplum is wearable and flattering, especially on shorter lengths!

 

 

 

Posted on Monday, February 18, 2013 by Cindy Williams
Posted Under: Wedding Dresses

Everyone has heard the stereotype concerning bridesmaids’ dresses: that they tend to be ugly and not the most flattering. This may have been true over the years, but recently brides are making more of an effort to satisfy their bridal party and pick dresses that can be worn again for another social event in the future. Members of the bridal party are typically expected to pay for most of their wedding day attire including not only the dress but often the shoes and matching jewelry as well. Read on for some of the latest trends on the rise when shopping for bridesmaids gowns!

 

More and more often we see brides allowing bridesmaids to select dresses of the same color in different styles. This allows every member of the bridal party to choose a dress she is most comfortable in for her body type, and may allow her to wear something more complimentary to her figure. Some variations include matching color dresses in strapless styles, one shoulder dresses, and dresses with both straps or sleeves. Even the length of the dresses can vary, with some ladies more comfortable wearing shorter skirts and others preferring a tea-length or even a full gown. Ultimately the decision is the bride’s, but flexibility is important to help all of your best girlfriends feel comfortable walking with you down the aisle. It’s important to keep their thoughts and feelings in mind throughout this selection process as well.

 

A second trend we’re seeing more and more of is the ombre trend. Yes, this can be applied to your wedding theme!! Whether you incorporate it in your floral arrangements and reception décor, or your bridesmaids’ dresses, it is the hottest new thing on the wedding scene! To master this ombre theme with your bridal party, select dresses in varying shades of the same basic color, as featured below! Another variation of this trend, pictured above, is to have the maid of honor wear a darker (or lighter if the bride prefers) colored dress to stand out among the other members of the bridal party. This has become a very popular trend as well!

The season or time of year of the wedding can influence the bride’s choice of color and style to pick for the dresses. For fall and winter seasons, dark, warm colors such as arrays of red, gold, maroon, and oranges are most common. Spring and summer weddings often feature lighter color pallets including but not limited to pastel schemes, bright, vibrant aqua blues and hot pinks, and beautiful minty greens just to name a few!

 

Last but not least, while the bride should not be a control freak, she should stand up for her opinion and her vision of her special day. Although the bridal party’s thoughts and feelings should absolutely be taken into consideration, it is one of the most important days of her life and should go as she envisions it. This is a very important day and everyone in the wedding should be happy looking stylish and gorgeous while feeling comfortable in their own skin!

Posted on Thursday, January 31, 2013 by Cindy Williams
Posted Under: Wedding Dresses

What’s the hottest wedding dress trend for 2013?? Appliqué dresses!! Never again will a bride have to decide between lace and beading! The more bling, the better! These dresses are intricately designed to incorporate various design elements giving your wedding gown depth, texture, and personality! Celebrity brides hopped on the appliqué train right away! Pictured below is Mario Lopez’ beau, Courtney Mazza, in her stunning Ines DiSanto wedding gown this past December featuring lace off-the-shoulder sleeves and intricate silver beading. So, Westwood Brides, when you’re out shopping for your dream wedding gown, don’t be afraid to mix and match design elements! Lace is a timelessly romantic addition to any gown, and a little bit of beading or bedazzling will be sure to wow your guests and most of all, your hubby to be!!

 

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