Second Wedding Dresses; Perfect Party Dresses for the Bride

After the ceremony so many brides are changing from their traditional wedding dresses in to short, fun and flirty party dresses.  I love this new trend for so many reasons. One of the biggest reasons is that you can party the night away dancing!  By choosing a second wedding dress you don’t have to stress over choosing a traditional dress for the ceremony that might constrict you from busting those moves later in the evening. You can also be free to greet your guests without the worry that someone will step on that beautiful train you wanted.

My favorite reason to have a dress change is to show off those awesome shoes! If you decide not to change, no one will ever really get to see them!

One of the things that guests talk about most after a wedding is how the bride looked.  Changing in to a second dress is sure to surprise your guests and keep them talking all night long.  There are no set rules to choosing a second wedding dress.  Just choose something that is fun and makes you feel beautiful!

Vintage dresses are always in style and I love these 50’s inspired dresses!

If you really want to make a statement wear a colored dress…you will definitely have all eyes on you in this vintage red dress!

Have fun with the veils and hair accessories! This is a party so make sure your dress and accessories fit the style and type of reception you want to have.

No matter the style or length of your party dress as long as you love it your guests will too!


New! Virtually Try On Wedding Dresses, Rings and more!

Now trying on a dress, finding an engagement ring, or even a new hairstyle can be done on your couch at home! Let’s face it we are all busy and limited on the time. Why not narrow down your choices by “trying on” things virtually?  You can decide on your top picks before you even arrive!

If you haven’t gotten engaged yet (hopefully that will be your Christmas fingers are crossed for you) or you recently got engaged and need a wedding band, Tacori has an awesome “Try It On” Virtual software you can download for free that allows you to try on wedding rings anywhere.  All you need is a computer and a webcam.  Just print out the ring cutout, place it on your finger and virtually try on different rings.  This tool will help you decide what shape stone you like best (round, oval, etc) or what wedding band will work best with your engagement ring.

Finding a wedding dress can be a bit overwhelming.  With so many necklines and styles you never know what style will work best for your body shape.  Brides has designed a software that allows you to virtually try on wedding gowns from your home.  You can decide to take a picture of yourself (make sure to look up their picture tips before taking your picture) or pick from a group of models with a similar body shape and “try on” dresses.  I love the idea that you can already know what styles look best on you before going to the bridal salons.  Most salons block out a certain amount of time for your appointment and if you don’t know what styles you like you may try on five dresses that don’t flatter your body!



Brides also offers a way you can create your wedding day look with hair and makeup.  The makeup worked really well…..there are many different shades to choose from and looks very real.  With this tool you can get a very good idea what colors will work best with your skin tone for your wedding day.  You can also “try on” different hair styles and colors.  To me, this wasn’t as realistic as the makeup but still gives you an idea of which hairstyles work best for you.



I would love to hear your feedback on these fun tools to help you create your wedding look. Both of these sites also allow you to share these through Facebook or Twitter so friends can comment on what they like best (only if you want them to). If nothing else, I promise these virtual sites are lots of fun.  I “tried” on rings and makeup for hours!!

Happy Planning!



Color Is In: Wedding Dress Trends 2012

All over the bridal fashion runways a new trend has emerged in wedding gowns…color!

 If you are getting married in 2012 you are sure to see dresses in a variety of colors. These colors include blush pink, gray, and green.  Some gowns are even red or black!

 Of course this is not for every bride…a traditional bride will still want a white or ivory dress but for those girls that want something different a colored dress may be perfect for you.

When choosing a colored dress you will still want to keep in mind the season you are getting married in and choose your dress from that color palette.  Blush colors are perfect for spring and summer while grays, black and red wedding gowns are better suited for the fall and winter.

While you are out dress shopping I would at least try a colored dress on….you never know it may be the perfect dress for you!  If you have chosen a colored dress for your wedding we would love to hear all about it!