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Drop Veils – A Classic Is New Again

Sew JewishThe drop veil. A classic. Expresses many moods, depending on the length. Pair it with a tiara or a garland of wildflowers. Or wear it on its own. It’s easy to make your own, tailored to fit you and your style. Find instructions in Sew Jewish, available on Amazon.com.







Make your own drop veil. It’s one of 18 projects in Sew Jewish, available on Amazon.com.

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13 Wedding Worthy Dresses from Fashion Week – “Imagine It in White” Edition

Every year we watch fashion week with an eye to seeing which dresses would make great statement pieces for fashion forward brides. This year, one thing we learned about Fall 2014 fashions is that the options will not involve a lot of white. We even waited for Milan Fashion Week before posting this year’s report, hoping for more white dresses to showcase. Not so much — but the wait did yield some fun leather options from Gucci. So we title this year’s fashion week edition “Imagine It in White” and invite you to picture the black and colorful dresses in a more demure hue — although I would love an excuse to wear the Carolina Herrera or Zac Posen gowns in those very orange-y oranges.

monique lhuillier fall 2014 new york fashion week

Monique Lhuillier

Jasper conran fall 2014 london fashion week

Jasper Conran – London

reem acra fall 2014 new york fasion week

Reem Acra

zac posen fall 2014 new york fashion week

Zac Posen

Reem acra fall 1024 new york fashion week

Reem Acra

Gucci fall 2014 new york fashion week

Gucci

gucci fall 2014 new york fasion week

Gucci

Reem  Acra 2014 fall new york fashion week

Reem Acra

tadashi shoji fall 2014 new york fashion week

Tadashi Shoji

tadashi shoji fall 2014 new york fashion week

Tadashi Shoji

Carolina Herrera fall 2014 new york fashion week

Carolina Herrera

Zac Posen fall 2014 new york fashion week

Zac Posen

zac posen orange gown fall 2014 new york fashion week

Zac Posen wins.

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Look what our silly grandparents thought our parents should wear to their weddings

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My sister shares this chart from a 1960 pamphlet of wedding tips, published by an apparently now non-existent Miss America’s Wedding Invitation Line. Actually, men in straw hats and bow ties for a garden wedding? That’s kind of cool.

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Our 10 Favorite Wedding Dresses from New York Fashion Week

Fans of Project Runway know that Michael Kors tells designers they don’t have to include a wedding dress in their collections, but we appreciate when they do. Here are our ten favorite wedding dresses from New York Fashion Week. Not all of them were presented as wedding dresses, but they all offer great wedding-ready inspiration for fashion-forward brides. For this dreamy exercise, if it’s white, it counts (Why Jewish brides wear white).

Badgley Mischka New York Fashion Week 2013 Spring 2014

Badgley Mischka

Ralph Lauren New York Fashion Week 2013 Spring 2014

Ralph Lauren

Pamella Roland New York F

Pamella Roland

Tadashi Shoji New York Fashion Week 2013 Spring 2014

Tadashi Shoji

Tadashi Shoji Sleeveless New York Fashion Week 2013 Spring 2014

Tadashi Shoji

Tocca New York Fashion Week 2013 Spring 2014

Tocca

Badgley Mischka Cape New York Fashion Week 2013 Spring 2014

Badgley Mischka

Pamella Roland Wedding Gown New York Fashion Week 2013 Spring 2014

Pamella Roland

Zac Posen New York Fashion Week 2013 Spring 2014

Zac Posen

Zac Posen Wedding Gown New York Fashion Week 2013 Spring 2014

Zac Posen

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Shabby Chic/Bohemian Wedding Dress Pattern

Source: Colette Patterns (colettepatterns.com)

Source: Colette Patterns (colettepatterns.com)

Picture this dress in eyelet lace for a casual but chic backyard wedding. Shabby chic or bohemian feel, especially. The design is called Laurel, and the sewing pattern is the newest release from Sarai Mitnick at Colette Patterns.

And great news: The sewing level is “Beginner.” You can order a paper version of the pattern or download it.

(Photo: Colette Patterns. Thanks for sharing Sarai and Kenn!)

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A Celebration of French Wedding Traditions, Revisited

Croquembouche French Wedding CakeYesterday, French president Francois Hollande signed a bill making same-sex marriage legal in France. To mark the occasion, we’re revisiting our celebration of French wedding customs. The tone is a bit tongue-in-cheek, but our love of small, elegant weddings is real. Raise your glass of champagne and join us in a toast to croquembouche and dragées Read

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Vera Wang Unveils Spring 2014 Bridal Collection

vwlogo.phpVera says next spring’s designs are about architecture and discipline. As I write this, you won’t yet see links to the designs on her homepage, but you can find them here: See the pics. Watch the video.

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DIY wedding dress in Kate Middleton style from Butterick Patterns

Kate Middleton Wedding Dress Pattern
DIY brides and Kate Middleton fans: Butterick Patterns has released a pattern for a Kate Middleton-inspired wedding dress. The design features the high lace collar, tight bodice, and pleated skirt we know and love from the Duchess of Cambridge’s royal wedding.

Sizes: Misses 6-20
Difficulty Rating: Advanced
Pattern Number: B5731

Pippa Middleton inspired bridesmaid dress pattern from Butterick.

Pippa Middleton inspired bridesmaid dress pattern from Butterick.

And yes, Butterick also offers a Pippa Middleton-inspired bridesmaid dress pattern in sizes 6-22. Difficulty rating: Average.

Photo credit: http://butterick.mccall.com

Thank you, Butterick!

Wedding DIY wedding gown pattern

Grace Kelly-esque pattern from Vogue.

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Croquembouche and Dragees, Traditional French Wedding Details – And Endangered Species?

Yesterday the BBC reported that French couples increasingly are abandoning traditional French wedding customs and adopting American and British-style wedding details. I find this alarming.

As a champion of small weddings, I like to know there are pockets of the world holding out against the big, bridezilla-inducing wedding machine. Traditional French weddings are intimate and elegant. Until recently, French couples typically have forgone bridesmaids, groomsmen, and the budget-straining trimmings that have become customary for American and British celebrations. That the French in particular, who generally are known for taking pride in their national culture, would now abandon their long-standing allegiance to elegant simplicity seems a fair reason for concern.

The BBC credits last year’s wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton for making the first significant cracks in the cultural defenses of France’s brides. When those blushing mariées saw Kate’s wedding dress of English lace, they deserted their silk dresses. Since then, French couples have been waving wildly in welcome as save-the-date cards, personalized wedding favors, and tiered cakes veritably march in victory along the Champs-Élysées.

Surely, this development is a net positive for France’s wedding vendors and the British vendors who are marching on Paris to take advantage of the trend. But couples around the world who want a small, elegant wedding are losing a style ally.

This was going to be the paragraph where I compared the traditional French wedding to an endangered species and made the case for the importance of preserving biodiversity in our wedding planning ecosystem. But at this point, I think we all want to move on to the pretty pictures.

So, like scientists who gather and protect species in danger of extinction, let us preserve here the details of a traditional French wedding, so they can be enjoyed by future generations — even if not in their native habitat.

Traditional French Wedding Details:

Silk Wedding Dress, Alexandra King Bristol, England, United KingdomWedding Dress: Silk.
(Source: Alexandra King on Etsy, Bristol, England, United Kingdom.)
Le Vin d’Honneur: A mini reception directly following the ceremony. Many of the ceremony guests, such as work colleagues and friends of the couples’ parents, attend this vin d’honneur but not the main reception. The expected beverage: Kir Royale.
Drinks: Champagne, coffee. Croquembouche French Wedding CakeDessert: Croquembouche
(Source: Fancy That Wedding Cake. Oxfordshire, England, UK)
Flowers: Roses Sugared Almonds Wedding FavorsFavors: Dragées (sugared almonds).
(Source: Milena Bertarelli, MilenaSupplies on Etsy)

Bridesmaids/Groomsmen/Save-the-Date-Cards: No/No/No.

Related: Our 100 Favorite Backyard Wedding Themes

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Now Trending for 2012 Weddings: Organza Dresses, Accessories, Decor…and Huppahs!

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jewish hand-held wedding chuppah huppa organza It’s only March, but I’m calling Huppah.com’s top huppah of 2012: the Organza Huppah. Organza always places among the top wedding fabrics, but this year it’s pulling away from the rest of the pack early. Organza’s light weave lets light diffuse through, creating a soft, romantic aura. The fabric has more drape than tulle and more body than chiffon, making it a great choice for dress overlays, fabric flowers and huppah canopies. Huppahs.com’s Organza Huppah features a thin ribbon scrolling across the fabric, to add texture and play gently with the light that filters down to the ceremony below.

In celebration of organza, I’ve gathered these organza wedding dresses, accessories, and decorations from some of my favorite Etsy designers:

Organza Tea Length Wedding Dress
“Acacia”, vintage-inspired tea length bridal gown from Ellana Couture.

organza bridal headpiece wedding
“Floressa” organza flower bridal hairpin by PowderBlueBijoux.

organza wedding favor pouches
Silver organza favor pouches with navy and white scalloped circle thank you tags by WeddingsBySusan.

Pink organza flower girls dress toddler girl
Pale pink satin, organza flower girl dress with cascading vertical ruffles. For babies, toddlers, and girls, from Daisies + Damsels.

Organza chair sashes for weddings
Organza chair sashes, custom made in a rainbow of colors by GiftsForHer26.

organza bridal headband rhinestonesWhimsical organza bridal headband with rhinestone accents by TKDesignsetc.

ivory organza sash bride bridesmaid dress
“The Lucille”, Ivory organza bridal or bridesmaid satin sash or belt by Ted Zeppelynn’s Fine Wedding Accessories.

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What Jean Paul Gaultier’s Amy Winehouse Collection Means for Bridal Wedding Veil Style

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Jean Paul Gaultier unleashed a sartorial tsunami last week when he released his Spring 2012 couture collection, a very literal interpretation of the personal style of Amy Winehouse, the troubled, soulful singer who died last June. In addition to clothes that channeled the singer’s eclectic vintage style, the models wore Winehouse’s signature cat eyes, beehive hairstyle, and beauty spot. Gaultier called the collection an overdue tribute to a fashion icon. Many fashion commentators, as well as the singer’s family and friends, called it exploitative.

Whether the clothing and styling were a tribute or a rip-off, Gaultier did show us a whole lot of original with a fashion accessory that ran through the collection: the dramatic veil.

The designer’s veils, mostly shown in black, evoked the dark drama of Winehouse’s final troubled years and the iconic video for her track, “Back to Black,” but they were original. Their boldness and the novel techniques used to finish them will likely inspire wedding veil designers for many years.

The veils were draped simply — no gathers or poufs. They were long, some chapel length, and they sported dramatic details.

Here are some of the details that we will likely see cross over into mainstream bridal fashions in the coming seasons:

  • Widely-spaced pin tucks creating substantial graphic edges,
  • Edges finished in wide swaths of bias-cut fabric,
  • Overlays of large baroque patterns, and
  • Large head pieces on top of the veils.

And specific details aside, Gaultier’s veils have renewed brides’ license to bring on the drama.

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