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The Road To The Altar: Would You Ever Rent Your Wedding Dress?

January 21st, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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If you’ve watched enough Say Yes to the Dress in your lifetime, flipped through bridal magazines, and are one of those women who had a design for their wedding dress (and colors picked out) waaaaay in advance, shopping for a gown will be the most exciting part of wedding planning for you. The whole idea of stepping out in a gown in front of good friends and family, watching their eyes well up as they say, “THAT’S the dress!” and “jacking up” your frock with fancy belts and veils, imagining what you might look like on your big day, is all quite exciting.

But would you ever forgo all that and just rent a dress instead?

I asked that question to Jazmine, who writes this column with me, and she was not here for such an idea: “Who the hell wore it before me?!”

But my other co-workers thought it was genius: “It makes sense. Why spend hundreds or thousands on something you’re only going to wear once?”

I thought about all this as I was clicking through the site, Rent The Runway. While it sounds like a crazy idea to rent a dress for a day that will forever be ingrained in your memory, that dress will just sit in the back of the closet after that big day is over. And think about it: You can rent a Marchesa or Zac Posen gown for $175 (4-day rental). That’s quite the steal.

I picked out a few for you to check out, dresses that work for a variety of tastes. Plus, the sizes for the dresses go as low as 0, and sometimes go as high as a 20. From the classic strapless ball gown to an unconventional pantsuit, you can really look like a star on your big day, but for less (you also get 20 percent off your first order). Worry about spending your budgeted money on your new home–or your honeymoon…




Need a little bling but want to keep it simple? Check out this Grecian-inspired gown from Raoul. You can rent it for $125.




Looking for something off-white or more on the champagne side? How fly is this Marchesa Notte gown? You can rent it for $175.



Love lace? Who doesn’t?! This nha khan gown is just right for you if you want something elegant but not too much on the frou-frou side. You can rent it for $150.



If you want to go the safe, princess in a ball gown route, this tulle gown by Theia is a good option. You can rent it for $75.



Or, you can opt for something a little more jazzy, but still with the tulle skirt. You can rent this allison parris gown for $75.



Want to turn heads in a unique but minimalist-chic way? This Halston Heritage is a stunner and has a cut-out in the back to help you show more than just a little leg. You can rent it for $100.



For the hipsters looking for something different on their big day, keep everyone on their toes with this crepe Temperley London jumpsuit. You can rent it for $175.

Scorned Husband Posts Angry Ad Selling Cheating Wife’s Wedding Dress

June 11th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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We’ve heard of quite a few stories over the years where an angry wife took to the Internet to expose her cheating husband. But this story has a bit of a different twist. An Australian newlywed by the name of Dan recently took to Gum Tree (similar to Craigslist) to resell his wife’s wedding dress in a post titled, “Wedding Dress for Bride Seeking Eventual Infidelity.” Judging by the post, the poor guy discovered that his wife of two years cheated (or planned to cheat) with his best friend! The posting reads:

“Due to be married soon? Not planning on staying faithful? Want to sleep with one of your soon-to-be husband’s closest friends? Then THIS is the wedding dress for you.

This stunning, tuille swathed, ivory bridal gown has a proven track record of producing an adulterous, deceitful, double-crossing and traitorous ‘soulmate.’

A one of a kind garment designed by Benedict Arnold, believed to be derived from the very cloth Judas Iscariot himself wore to the Garden of Gethsemane to betray the only son of God – Jesus Christ.

This harlot-sized ensemble will make you the envy of your trampish posse on your fraudulent wedding day.

As an added bonus, this dress gives you the ‘entitlement’ to legally obtain over half of your husband-to-be’s worldly possessions.

This dress is guaranteed to provide you with approximately two years of reasonable wedded mediocrity before the complete and utter disintegration of your relationship due to your extramarital promiscuity.

Cosmetically, the garment is in better condition than the marriage – not looking for much. Make an offer.”

Since the post was first made on June 8, it has been viewed close to 200,000 times; however, the dress has yet to be sold. Poor thing.


The Reason Why White Wedding Dresses Are Going Out Of Style

April 18th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From StyleBlazer 

This Bridal Fashion Week, we noticed something that we hadn’t seen before. Nearly all the designers showing new collections forgo the traditional stark white-colored dresses for shades of champagne, eggshell and ecru– to name a few. Essentially white is being phased out for a variety of reasons, and we had to get to the bottom of it.

On the eve of the new year, actress Kaley Cuoco wore a bubblegum pink custom Vera Wang gown for her wedding to Ryan Sweeting. As bold as the dress was, she was just one of the many women opting to wear a color other than white– and it paid off. Many will say stark white doesn’t photograph well or is limited, but we think there’s something more to it.

To speak on the subject, we asked experts in the field of wedding gowns about the transition from white dresses to colorful options.

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What ‘Chu Say Boo? Caption This Pic Of Nicki Minaj Doing The Most In A #Throwback Pic

June 20th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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This is not the type of pic you expect to jump out at you as you casually scroll through Instagram, but if you follow Nicki Minaj on the social media site, then this is exactly what you saw last night — minus the MadameNoire logo.

I don’t know what inspired the posting of this photo, let alone the first capturing of it, but all Nicki, or Onikam, as she goes by on Instagram, had to say about it was:  #throwback lmao @scaff_beezy

Scrolling through @scaff_beezy‘s pics, it looks like it’s Nicki Minaj’s boo thang Safaree’s Instagram account, but we can’t be certain. And even if it is, that still doesn’t explain this topless snapshot. Was she doing a sexay bridal photo shoot for her man, or is she being the usual goofy Onika?

Caption this pic and tell us what the heck is going on here.

‘Can You Guess What I’m Wearing?’ Amber Rose Teases Wedding Dress On Instagram

May 31st, 2013 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Source: Instagram


From StyleBlazer

The lovely fiance of Wiz Khalifa, Amber Rose, gave fans a sneak peek of her dress wedding dress today.

She said, “Can u guess what dress I’m getting fitted for today?  ” with the corresponding picture.

Judging from the skirt of the dress, it looks like it may be a bit puffy and also very white.

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That’s How You Feel? Kelis Responds to Nas Using Her Wedding Dress on Album Cover

June 25th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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Nas and Kelis have been divorced for two years now, but you’d think things were just finalized yesterday the way their wedding, marriage, and dissolution are such a hot topic. With Nas back in the spotlight, naturally everyone has been asking about how things went down with his ex-wife, but when he released the “Life is Good” album cover holding the infamous green dress Kelis wore during the couple’s 2005 nuptials, it sparked all sorts of discussion about just what message he was really trying to send to his old, old lady.

During Nas’ VH1 “Behind the Music” special, he explained that the wedding dress was the only thing Kelis left behind when she moved out, and during an interview with MTV, he said during the filming of that segment he realized the dress needed to be a part of his album art.

“It clicked right there. You’re saying it even in your interview, it’s like a given that this should allude to this being on the cover, that statement,” he said. “Some things you can’t plan, they happen.”

That’s easy for him to say, but does Kelis feel the same? Surprisingly, she sort of does. In an interview with, she spoke on the cover art and said:

“My feelings about it are not really relevant, but you know at the end of the day Nas is an artist. And for whatever it’s worth he’s one of the greatest, and especially for what it is he does.

“So for me, I feel like especially for someone in hip-hop to kind of be genuine and honest, whatever the honesty is about, I think it’s awesome. So my feelings about it aren’t really necessarily valid, it’s just the fact that as an artist I can respect that he wears his feelings on his sleeve.”

It kind of sounds like she might be feeling some sort of way about the cover, but she’s putting artistry over feelings which is pretty cool. These two are sounding more amicable than ever these days. Around the same time that she was bigging him up, he told Tim Westwood in a radio interview:

“Shout out to Kelis. She’s an amazing woman and that’s the mother of my child and she’s great and everything is good.”

If these two have so much love for each other, it seems they ought to have that joint custody situation worked out soon. What do you think about Kelis’ response?

Brande Victorian is the news and operations editor for Follow her on twitter @Be_Vic.

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What Would You Do? Sprinklers Spray “Black Ooze” On Bride’s Suite and Wipes Out Bridal Party

June 6th, 2012 - By Marissa Ellis
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On her wedding day, every bride just hopes that Murphy’s Law doesn’t take effect. To the dismay of Shalita Harris, it did – in a major way. Moments after Harris and her bridal party finished preparing for the wedding, the sprinkler system in the bridal suite of the Westin Hotel in Atlanta went off and sprayed “black oily liquid” on their gowns. SMH.

Paramedics and firefighters were called in to address this bizarre incident, and members of the wedding party reported breathing problems and had to be taken to the hospital. Nevertheless, the show went on with two of the eight bridesmaids in attendance in their black stained dresses.

The Westin Hotel has stated that the cause of the sprinkler malfunction is still unknown. Harris seemed calm enough when talking to the news reporter. How would you have reacted?

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Amber Rose: “I Always Have My Wedding On My Mind”

April 5th, 2012 - By MN Editor
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Amber Rose is so excited about her upcoming nuptials with marijuana-smoking rapper, Wiz Khalifa. Insert “hoe into a housewife” joke here. In an interview with PEOPLE, Rose said, “I think about it constantly. Like all day. No matter what I’m doing I always have my wedding on my mind. So I’m really excited.”

Aww, well isn’t that cute. The 28-year-old stripper turned, uhm…model? is picking up various bridal and food magazines so that she can get some inspiration for what she wants to look like on her big day and what food’s going to be served.

For details on Amber’s big day, visit


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Beyonce Reveals Wedding Dress in ‘I Was Here’ Video

November 17th, 2011 - By Brande Victorian
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Something must’ve gotten into Beyonce (besides her baby). The usually-private entertainer just keeps giving us more glimpses into her personal life. Most recently, she shared footage of her childhood, rise to fame with Destiny’s Child, and her charity work in the video for her single “I was Here”—plus a coveted image of her wedding dress.

The shot is quick that you can’t tell much beyond the fact that the dress is a gorgeous strapless gown with a ruffle train, but it’s the most we’ve seen of her big day since she tied the knot with Jay Z in 2008.

Check out the wedding dress cameo in the clip below and tell us what you think of her latest video.


Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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Chelsea’s Dad, Bill Clinton, Walks Her Down the Aisle

August 1st, 2010 - By madamenoire
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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton walks daughter Chelsea down the aisle, July 31 2010

by Piper Weiss

Who did the bride take for better or for worse? Vera Wang. And it was better than anyone could imagine.

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