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Purple Gowns And Crop Tops: Black Brides In One-Of-A-Kind Wedding Dresses

September 14th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Who doesn’t love looking at wedding dresses? Big skirts, cap and long sleeves, capes, bows, embroidery — they’re a dream to see. Images of other brides beaming on their big day leave us not only saying “Ooooooh” and “Awww,” but they also give us ideas. The inspiration isn’t based on traditional looks, though. Today’s brides walk down the aisle in some truly unique designs. They forgo white gowns for bold colors, they play with materials and prints, and they go all out to find or make the dress of their dreams. If you plan to think outside of the box when you finally tie the knot, get some ideas from these bold brides and their jaw-dropping dresses.

Let’s Get Married: Our Favorite Celebrity Wedding Looks

June 18th, 2014 - By M A
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favorite celebrity wedding looksIt’s the most important date in a person’s life. But for celebrities, their wedding day is more than just making a commitment to someone they are — or think — they’re in love with. It’s a chance to break out the finest in bridal fashion and strut their stuff. So as your Facebook becomes cluttered with summer wedding photos and engagement announcements, we decided to add to the pile with our favorite celebrity wedding looks.

Say Yes!: 8 Looks To Take The Guessing Out Of Wedding Guest Dresses

May 23rd, 2014 - By Kweli Wright
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Wedding season is upon us and that means invitations to showers, bachelorette parties. and of course, big wedding days! While having a calendar full of events is exciting, it can be stressful as a guest to figure out what to wear to each of the different festivities. And because we don’t have a never ending budget, sometimes you have to get creative and outfits have to do double duty. Everyone has a different idea of what is “proper” wedding attire and because we live in the 21st century, sometimes, anything goes. But there are generally four categories that styles fall under and we’ve rounded up the best options to help guide you through this season. So when you get yet another invitation you don’t have to wonder “What does one wear to a rustic chic/Gatsby/beach/black tie wedding?”

Say Yes!: 8 Looks To Take The Guessing Out of Wedding Guest Dresses

Gothic Wedding Dresses: 12 Photos Of Vampy Frocks

April 16th, 2014 - By Rich
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With the uprising trend of all things vampire, I’m not surprised at the recent turn toward Gothic wedding dresses. And though this trend may not be for everyone, it’s a cool way to spin the classic wedding gown on its head — adding a bit of fashion mixed with the mystical. If you’re thinking of working this look on your special day- seek out red, black and combo of whites, black and reds. I’m sure some of these twelve dresses will get your blood flowing! (Pun intended!)

Gothic Wedding Dresses: 12 Photos Of Vampy Frocks

Winter Wedding Guest Dresses: 10 Inspirational Pieces

January 20th, 2014 - By Rich
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I  think we can all agree that winter  weddings can be tricky, fashion-wise. I mean how do you keep it cute, classy and warm? Well, don’t fret,  whether you like to go upscale or quirky, simple or sophisticated these fab winter wedding guest dresses should do the trick. My favorites include the Untold Layered lace dressJean Paul Gaultier Half Print Silk Wrap Dress and the Amen Couture Plissé ‘stulle long dress with jewel embroidery.

Winter Wedding Guest Dresses: 10 Inspirational Pieces

15 Inspirational Wedding Dress Photo Poses

September 18th, 2013 - By Rich
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From the romantic to edgy, from whimsical to elegant, these glorious wedding dress poses will surely have you feeling like a fabulous diva on your very special day. Click through and get inspired!

Therez Fleetwood Makes A Bold Statement With Her “World Couture” Wedding Gown Designs

December 13th, 2012 - By Ann Brown
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Brides to be dream of the perfect wedding dress — one that was designed with only them in mind. This is where Therez Fleetwood comes in. Combining the exotic and romantic, her collection includes everything from lace adornment to African cowry shells. The originality of her bridal gowns has attracted customers from all over the world — Germany, Egypt, Italy, Tanzania, and Australia.

“The Therez Fleetwood bride is a woman looking for cultural nuances in her wedding attire,” says Fleetwood in an interview. “A bride who is looking to walk to the beat of her own drum and make a statement on her wedding day. She is a doctor, a lawyer, a Marine, an artist, and any other bride who is seeking a bridal gown that allows her to be self-expressed.”

Her love of African design cannot only be seen throughout her bridal collection, but also in the book she penned entitled The AfroCentric Bride – A Style Guide, which provides tips for couples who choose to incorporate cultural elements into their wedding. Prior to launching her bridal collection, Fleetwood had a clothing line called PheZula that combined African prints with contemporary Western designs. Her clothes have been considered art and have even be on exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and at the Fashion Institute of Technology (the college she attended).

As Fleetwood began to expand her offerings for brides, she decided to focus on wedding clothes. “I love the bridal industry. I love being a part of one of the most important days in a woman’s life. I get joy in helping brides find that ‘perfect’ dress that allows them to feel like a queen on their wedding day. My vision for designing bridal gowns has always been inspired by ‘world couture.’ It was through my travels to different countries that I became inspired by the colors, beads, trinkets, artwork and design elements of these cultures,” she explains.

It was a good business move on Fleetwood’s part. The bridal industry is big business. One would thing think the recent economic troubles would lead to simpler weddings for most everyone. But not so found and 2011 Real Weddings Survey. “For the first time since 2008, wedding budgets are on the rise,” said Carley Roney, co-founder of The Knot in a press statement. “In 2011, one in five U.S. couples spent more than $30,000, and 11% spent more than $40,000 on their weddings. Our research shows that couples and their families are less concerned with the economy and are increasingly comfortable investing more in the once-in-a-lifetime occasion of their wedding.” The average wedding budget: $27,021, not including honeymoon costs.

The 2011 BRIDES American Wedding Study found slightly different results. According to that magazine, the average wedding cost is $26,501—a decrease of  a little  more than a 5 percent from 2009 when the average cost was $28,082 but up $8,000 since 2002.

“It is a very exciting time in the bridal industry. Brides have more choices than ever in the planning of her wedding. Weddings are becoming more unique and individualized and can range from subtle and simple, to colorful and exuberant. Couples today are no longer confined to ‘wedding rules’or carbon-copy celebrations, they are adding personal touches throughout the wedding,” notes Fleetwood.

The Knot too found that couples aren’t tied to tradition and are opting for more causal weddings. Fewer brides, says the magazine, are going for the “formal/black-tie” tradition… only 16% went this route, down from 18% in 2010 and 20% in 2009.”

But even though weddings are less formal and more couples are doing their own planning, they haven’t gotten less expensive. “There is a trend towards do-it-yourself weddings. Are the weddings more simple?…. Not really. They are more unique and specialized and capture the true essence of the couple,” explains Fleetwood. “There is so much information offered over the Internet that allow couples the flexibility of planning all aspects of their wedding.  Brides are creating their vision boards, seeking out vendors and coordinating ideas and concepts to pull everything together.”

And of course for every bride, the wedding dress is the most important purchase. The average spent on a wedding dress was $1,121 found The Knot survey. (Brides in Manhattan, the most expensive place to plan a wedding, spent the most on their dresses–$2,403.) BRIDES found the average wedding dress cost to be $1,289, a 20 percent increase since 2009 when the average cost was $1,072. Future brides start shopping for their dress at least nine months before the wedding, states BRIDES.

So if you are getting married next year, there are new trends for spring/summer 2013, reveals Fleetwood. Wedding dresses are no longer white. “Bold reds and pastels have been gracing the runways,” says Fleetwood, whose gowns are sold at her studio in Atlanta and in Virginia at Soliloquy Bridal Couture. “The trick is to find a color that flatters your skin tone and works within your wedding theme.” Dresses fashioned with peplums and beautiful backs are the current rages.

Brides looking for a totally one-of-a-kind look turn to Fleetwood. She explains why, “What makes my collection so unique are the different embellishments that adorn each dresses. I purchase my fabrics and trims from India, Asia, Africa, Italy and Spain. My focus is on creating each dress as a piece of artwork that reflect the essence of each bride who wears them.”

Get ‘Em Dresses for Weddings That Won’t Upset the Bride

July 23rd, 2010 - By Danielle Kwateng
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Kim K.’s Herve Ledger dress for Lala Vasquez’s wedding is in here too!

Not only is it the hottest time of the year, but it’s also wedding season! Let’s be 1000% honest—for single girls, weddings are a downright man hunt. We know how hard it is to find the right balance between formal, but Hot, but casual, but not upstaging the bride-type dresses.

So… look through our slideshow of perfect dresses to enjoy that summer wedding and possibly have your own to plan next year.

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