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3 dapper summer style ideas for grooms and groomsmen
by Biana Perez

Let me paint this little picture for you — your handsome groom is standing alongside his best guys at the altar... and all of them dripping in sweat. Not so glamorous, right? Is anyone likely to notice, probably not. But why not have everyone that's a part of your wedding day feel comfortable?

Dark suits are not the end all be all for weddings, but not anymore. Keep reading for three fun summer style ideas for grooms and groomsmen to look dapper and keep cool!

LIGHT SUITS

If you've always imagined having the men in your wedding dressed in suits, it's still possible with a summer wedding! Keep the color light with a grey, blue or tan suit. If you're having an outdoor ceremony, the guys will be thanking you for not having them in dark suits that are doing more harm than good in the hot sun!

SKIP THE JACKET

No jacket, no problem. If your groomsmen are budget conscious, they will say a big thank you for not requiring them to rent (or possibly buy) a full suit! Matching ties can pull this entire look together, and the bright side is your groom can still stand out by wearing a full suit. You can have fun with this look by having them show off accessories like suspenders or just wear vests — either way, it's a great summer wedding look. And, most importantly, it keeps your guys looking hot without being hot!

BOW TIES TO DRESS IT UP

Another fun alternative to the full suit is to dress up the guys with bow ties. You can go the dressy route with black bow ties for the groomsmen and then have the groom in a tie, or have them all match with bow ties! You'll see below that this look good with or without suspenders.

Photo by  Jo Photo

Photo by Jo Photo

For the most part, the groomsmen will happily take part in your day without uttering a word (if they are uncomfortable!), but these are just a few more things to keep in mind if a large portion of your wedding is taking place outside. If you have some men in the bridal party that tend to sweat a lot, have them order a second white shirt so that they can easily change into that between the ceremony and reception! If that still doesn't help ,these mini hand held personal fans are sure to keep them cool before they have to make their way down the aisle.

What do you like to see groomsmen wearing at a summer wedding? Let us know in the comments! Biana Perez is a twenty-something newlywed that is quite simply giddy over weddings. She's co-owner of Bespoke Boston Weddings & Events in Boston and you can read along as she writes about food, fashion & fitness (and lots more in between) on her blog, Bloved Boston, and follow her @blovedboston on Twitter!

Unique bridesmaid dresses in stripe and polka dot prints
by Rachel Geeser

Once you’ve asked your best gals to be a part of your big day, likely the next question will be “so what are we wearing”? Lucky for you and your bridesmaids, the days of hideous taffeta bridesmaid dresses are gone and there are so many options for stylish, flattering dresses. You also aren’t tied to choosing dresses from a bridesmaid collection (though there is nothing wrong with this!).

I knew for my wedding I didn’t want to go the traditional bridesmaid dress route and chose a gold and glittery polka dotted dress that spoke to my style and personality, but also complemented each girl nicely. Stripes are another great option for infusing a little personality into your dresses. Both patterns are classic enough that it won’t take away from and your dress (the most important one!).

It’s also a great way to tie in your theme if you are having a preppy, nautical wedding or even if you’ve chosen a striped or polka dot motif for your invitations. Once you’ve chosen a striped dress, think about picking striped or polka dot ties or bowties in a similar pattern and even adding a similar patterned ribbon to your bouquet or striped shoes.

Just keep in mind when choosing stripe or polka dot print bridesmaids dresses , it’s a good idea to choose one pattern rather than letting your girls choose their own dresses. Too many different striped or polka dot patterns could make your bridal party look too busy.

Here are my favorite striped and polka dot dresses that will make a statement at your wedding... which are your favorites?

Mix & Match

Photo by  Tessa Barton

Photo by Tessa Barton

 

Go Bold

 

Preppy

 

Subtle Prints

 

Stripes AND Polka Dots

 

And don’t forget your little ladies too!

Which of these fun printed bridesmaid dress ideas is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

Rachel Geeser is a Chicago newlywed who can't remember a time when she didn't love weddings. As editor of An Eventful Life she writes about fashion, food, entertaining & DIY projects. You can find her on TwitterFacebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Check out Rachel's perfect planning tips here

40 totally chic wedding dress separate ideas for unique brides
by Stephanie

Call it the Olivia Palermo effect or call it 2015's hottest wedding dress look — whichever way you look at it, it's clear that wedding dress separates are a BIG new wedding trend that brides everywhere are embracing. After all, there's no wedding rulebook that says you have to wear a one-piece wedding dress on the big day — so why not switch it up and make your wedding day look totally unique?

The best part about wedding dress separates is that you can mix and match to create a perfect look. BHLDN is embracing this trend with their recent "build your own look" boutique of mix-and-match skirts and tops, and it's easy to find at least one wedding dress separate look in nearly every wedding designer's most recent collection.

Whether you're going for a boho crop top lace wedding ensemble or a tulle skirt with a feminine beaded top, there's no going wrong with choosing a wedding dress separate look this year (or even for the next few years)! So get inspired with these 40 totally unique & chic looks on real brides, and see if this trend is right for you...

Minted Wedding Stationery
Photo by  Mia Marionette
Photo by  Nouba

Photo by Nouba

Photo by  Riki Dalal  via  kate

Photo by Riki Dalal via kate

Photo by  Winnie Au  via  Refinery29

Photo by Winnie Au via Refinery29

Photo by  BHLDN

Photo by BHLDN

simple white lace wedding separate
simple white lace wedding separate

Buy it at ASOS Top & Skirt

Photo by  Kirstie Kelly

Photo by Kirstie Kelly

Photo by  Candice Lee Bridal  via Etsy

Photo by Candice Lee Bridal via Etsy

Photo by  Wardrobe by Dulcinea  via Etsy

Photo by Wardrobe by Dulcinea via Etsy

Photo by  Solomerav

Photo by Solomerav

Photo by  Tec Petaja  via  Once Wed

Photo by Tec Petaja via Once Wed

How pretty are all these wedding dress separates? The best part is that they're incredibly versatile — you can opt for a casual bridal look with tank top and tulle skirt, or make it extra-dressy with a beaded bolero and strapless wedding dress. Of course, if you go for a skirt/top combo, you can even reuse them later after the wedding day is over!

Are you going for a crop to or two-piece wedding look? Let us know what you think of this trend in the comments!

A guide to wedding veil lengths: choose your perfect style with these pros & cons!
by Biana Perez

For some brides wearing a veil on their wedding day is a no-brainer, but for others it's more of a process. Any bride considering wearing a veil on her big day will be answering questions like, "Does the length of the veil match with the venue where I'm getting married?""Does the wedding veil length match the style of my dress?" and most importantly: "Am I going to be wearing the veil all night, or will I take it off after the ceremony?". It doesn't matter if you're not sure what category you fit into, because this post will guide you into the direction of the right wedding veil length for you!

From the wedding infographic above, it's clear to see there are a variety of different veils to choose from. Today, I'm going to be delving into the five most common veil varieties and do what any bride does: go through a list of pros of each! That way you can obviously make the most informed decision without breaking a sweat. The best (and probably most cost effective) place to search for these types of veils is on Etsy, so I'll share the best Etsy retailers to buy your wedding veils from without breaking the bank!

BIRDCAGE

The birdcage veil is understated and doesn't compete with you or your prom dress. You can easily take the veil off after you've taken some pictures or the after ceremony, and it fits perfectly with a vintage themed wedding! Just be careful when choosing this veil — since it sits very close to your eyes it can make it hard to blink, especially while wearing false lashes!

The birdcage veil above already comes with a crystal brooch to add the sparkle for your wedding day look.

FINGER TIP

You get beautiful flow from a fingertip veil, so it will undoubtedly look gorgeous in your pictures and while walking down the aisle. Keep in mind that it's unlikely you'll be keeping this on all night, since the length will interfere with hugging friends and family, and most importantly, dancing with your new spouse!

Photo by  OWD Jewelry

Photo by OWD Jewelry

The elbow length veil is the most flattering and goes universally with all wedding dresses. It's easy to wearing this veil for extended periods of time and you can even add layers to have a blusher for the ceremony, which you can later pull back to add volume for the reception. To me, there really aren't any cons with this length because of versatile this veil is! Whether you wear your hair up or down, you'll feel elegant and beautiful!

Photo by  Twigs & Honey

Photo by Twigs & Honey

 

BALLET (AKA WALTZ LENGTH)

With a waltz veil, you get the elegance of a cathedral length veil without the danger of someone stepping on your veil! The waltz veil definitely adds a touch of drama, and it also isn't as commonly worn as the other lengths which makes it a bit unique! This length falls right below the knee but above your ankle, so you can keep it on for your first dance (which is why it's called the "waltz" length!). The only con? Given that this length is a little more rare, it can be hard to find!

Photo by  Veiled Beauty

Photo by Veiled Beauty

Photo by  Daily Mail UK

Photo by Daily Mail UK

The mother of them all is the cathedral length veil! The visual impact and drama of walking down the aisle in a cathedral length veil is like none other, and the pictures are sure to be breathtaking. You might even be able to wrap your groom around your veil! Sadly, this veil does not lend itself well to being worn after the ceremony. This means if budget is an issue, you might want to steer clear of spending too much on this type of veil.

Photo by  Alisa Brides

Photo by Alisa Brides

As a former bride, I realize how scary it is to purchase things that will be worn for your wedding online. I took to Etsy myself for my own veil, and couldn't have been happier with the service that I got. Here's a tip — before purchasing your veil from the retailer, ask for a swatch of the fabric so that you can confirm it's a perfect match to your dress!

Now that you've seen the veils, what would your choice be? If you're already married, did you keep your veil on the entire time, or did you take it off after the ceremony? Let us know in the comments!

Biana Perez is a twenty-something newlywed that is quite simply giddy over weddings. She's co-owner of Bespoke Boston Weddings & Events in Boston and you can read along as she writes about food, fashion & fitness (and lots more in between) on her blog, Bloved Boston, and follow her @blovedboston on Twitter!

Win $2000+ for your bridesmaids' style with our Bridal Party Bash giveaway
by Stephanie

Win $2000+ for your bridesmaidd with the Bridal Party Bash giveaway!
Win $2000+ for your bridesmaidd with the Bridal Party Bash giveaway!

From the moment you get engaged to the moment you say "I Do", your bridesmaids are with you every step of the way — so why not treat them to something nice every once in a while? If you're getting married later this summer or fall, we've got just the thing for you! We've teamed up with Union Station, Rocksbox, Sole Society and Minted to gift one special bride and bridal party almost everything they need for the big day.

How much is almost everything, you ask? Our amazing, stylish prize package comes out to over $2000 in goodies, which is sure to help you and your bridesmaids out in the budget department! It only takes a few seconds to enter, and one lucky group of ladies can win:

  • 8 bridesmaid dress rentals from Union Station
  • 8 three-month jewelry subscriptions to Rocksbox for wedding-perfect jewelry
  • $500 to Sole Society for shoes, clutches and more
  • $500 to Minted for bridal stationery and day-of decor
  • 8 bridal party tanktops from Wedding Party

Ready to win? Use the steps below to enter now:

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 1. Click here to visit the giveaway page

2. Enter your email — this is your official entry

3. That's it! Share the giveaway with your friends to get more entries!

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Hurry and enter soon though, the giveaway is only open until June 26, 2015. And make sure to share the giveaway with your bridal party — the more entries from your bridal party, the more chances you'll have to win!

Curious about the fine print? Read our giveaway terms here.

20 wedding-ready summer wedding guest styles
by Stephanie

Photo by  Pink Peonies

Photo by Pink Peonies

Summer wedding season is officially here! That means many of you are marking off the weekends on your calendar for weddings both local and across the country. No matter if you're playing an important role in the wedding day or simply planning to enjoy yourself and reunite with some friends, it goes without saying that you have to look good!

We've rounded up some of our favorite wedding guest looks for this summer, so you can be stylish and inspired for the big day. Which of these looks below are your favorite?

Unstructured maxi dresses

Photo by  The Fox and She  | Rent it at  Rent The Runway

Photo by The Fox and She | Rent it at Rent The Runway

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Pretty pastels

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Photo by  Gal Meets Glam
Photo by  Lace and Locks

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Summer brights

Photo by  Bows and Depos
Photo by  Bows and Depos
Photo by  Elle

Photo by Elle

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Bold abstract prints

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Lovely lace

Photo by  Hapa Time

Photo by Hapa Time

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Flirty Florals

Photo by  Lace and Locks  | Buy it at  ASOS

Photo by Lace and Locks | Buy it at ASOS

Photo by Kate Spade via  Refinery29

Photo by Kate Spade via Refinery29

Photo by  Lace and Locks  | Buy it at  ASOS

Photo by Lace and Locks | Buy it at ASOS

Photo by  Lace and Locks

Shop more wedding-worthy floral dresses:

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We're especially loving the bold floral look and skirt/top separates. Let us know what your favorite wedding guest styles are in the comments!

20 daring and wearable sheer wedding dresses
by Emily Westbrooks

Photo by Brandon Kidd via  Style Me Pretty

Photo by Brandon Kidd via Style Me Pretty

I can't say I wore a particularly daring dress to my own wedding, but my grandmother was making my dress, so it was all I could do to keep her from adding sleeves and a turtleneck! But I love the sheer and faux-sheer trend in dresses lately. They allow for feminine, romantic details, without being too revealing. Well, in some cases they're a little revealing!

Sheer wedding dresses can be a little tricky to pull off. There's a fine line between a little daring and a little risque. A few tips to help keep you on the right side of that line. First, consider your own style. If you're not the type to bare any skin in your regular wardrobe, baring all on your wedding day might be a shock, both for you and your guests. Second, make sure you're comfortable in it. Remember you're going to be moving and dancing and hugging guests, so you don't want to be worrying about whether you're too revealed!

Illusion necklines were reserved for ice dancers until a few years ago, and we're so glad they're making a come back. They allow for the beautiful and romantic look of sheer dresses without being too bare.

Let's look at twenty of the most stunning and, in some cases, daring wedding dresses we're loving at the moment.

Sheer Bodice

A sheer bodice can add instant elegance to a strapless dress, giving you a little more coverage, or it can create head down the road to downright sexy, impressing your man on your big day!

Photo by Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty

Photo by Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty

Dress: Grace by Monique Lhuillier

Photo by Whitney Kruzfeldt via  Style Me Pretty

Photo by Whitney Kruzfeldt via Style Me Pretty

Photo by Greg Lewis via  Style Me Pretty

Photo by Greg Lewis via Style Me Pretty

Photo by Kikitography via  Fly Away Bride

Photo by Kikitography via Fly Away Bride

Dress: Inbal Dror Dress 13.5

Sheer Back

Sheer backs on wedding gowns are simply so sexy. We love that the options range between ultra-sexy to more conservative. For more backless gowns, see our post right here!

Photo by Sawyer Baird via  Style Me Pretty

Photo by Sawyer Baird via Style Me Pretty

Photo by Amsale

Photo by Amsale

Photo by Jose Villa via  Once Wed

Photo by Jose Villa via Once Wed

Dress: Claire Pettibone

Photo by Epic Love Photography via  One Fab Day

Photo by Epic Love Photography via One Fab Day

Dress: David's Bridal

Photo by Fondly Forever Photography via  Ruffled Blog

Photo by Fondly Forever Photography via Ruffled Blog

Dress: BHLDN

Cutouts

Cutouts are another trend we can absolutely get behind. Little unexpected peeks of skin that add so much interest or texture to your gown.

Photo by Hannah Thomson via  Vogue

Photo by Hannah Thomson via Vogue

Dress: Mara Hoffman

Photo by Lela Rose via  Brides

Photo by Lela Rose via Brides

Photo by Mama Photography via  Myday

Photo by Mama Photography via Myday

Photo by  BHLDN

Photo by BHLDN

 

Daring sheer nude dresses

Want to go big style-wise? Then the newest and boldest trend in sheer wedding dresses is for you: the nude lace dress! These pretty gowns are anything but traditional, and sure to drop jaws and turn heads on the big day.

Photo by  The Lane

Photo by The Lane

Emily Westbrooks is an American-born writer and blogger based in Dublin, Ireland. She is the Online Editor for Confetti Magazine, one of Ireland's top bridal magazines. She also writes her own lifestyle blog, From China Village, where she chronicles her adventures in Dublin, travels around Europe, DIY projects and Irish design. She shares her home with her husband, one cat, and four sassy chickens!

Wedding dresses with unique backs that make you say "Wow"!
by Biana Perez

A wedding dress is beautiful on it's own - the style is unlike anything you'll ever wear again! Purchasing a dress with a stunning back makes it even more gorgeous. And there's nothing we love more right now than wedding dresses with a unique back!

Walking down the aisle, your guests see the front of your stunning dress and as you walk past them, you surprise them with the undeniably beautiful detail on the back of the dress! The "forgotten" part of the dress if you will! Trust me, any of the below picks will not be forgotten!

INTRICATE LACE DETAIL

If you have elements of lace in your dress why not bring it all the way around? Whether it's in the sleeves or a touch of lace that was added to straps, this is a delicate detail that gives off the right amount of femininity!

Photo by  Steve Eichner  via  Brides

Photo by Steve Eichner via Brides

If you're interested in this for your own wedding day look, check out some of these stunning gowns that give you that give you the lace effect!

 

DARING

I'm the first to admit that your wedding day isn't necessarily the day you should be showing everything off, but showing some skin isn't a bad idea! I'm sure you've spent endless hours at the gym to look great so you  might as well show it off!! You can dare to bare...just a little!

If you're a daring bride you'll love these gowns!

Photo by  Galia Lahav

Photo by Galia Lahav

 

BEJEWELED

Do you like a little bling? Well it's not just reserved for your jewelry anymore - add another touch of glamour to your wedding dress by accentuating the back of your dress with stones that will have you shining even more!

Check out some of these gorgeous gowns that won't outshine you!

Think about all the time you're going to be spending in that dress - why not make it look fantastic from 360 degrees?! It's time to show off those backs brides!! Would you dare for a more revealing look on your wedding day?

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Biana Perez is a twenty-something newlywed that is quite simply giddy over weddings. Read along as she writes about food, fashion & fitness (and lots more in between) on her blog, Bloved Boston, and follow her @blovedboston on Twitter! Be inspired by Biana's posts here.