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Wedding Season: Fashion Ideas for the Bride and Bridesmaids

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Spring and summer are the equivalent of wedding season. Whether it’s you or your friend that is getting married, choosing an appropriate outfit can be a challenge. One of the first things that you need to consider is your budget: how much can you spend on the dress and the accessories? Can you afford a designer dress, or would you rather have it custom made at a tailor’s? Then think about the theme of the wedding: will it be pretentious? will it be simple? What is the theme color? Perhaps a pastel one, or maybe some bright red? Will the bridesmaids wear the same color or even the same dress, or are they allowed to do whatever they want in this respect? There are so many questions that you have to answer before finally picking the ideal outfit. We thought we could make it easier for you, by showing you a few ideas, regardless of your answers so far. We picked something for everyone, from the relaxed, countryside wedding to one that is royalty dignified.

Bride and Bridesmaids

Let’s begin with some bridal dresses, with traditional princess style and in white. Depending on your body type, you can choose to enhance the best part of you, while covering the parts that you like less. Show off your shoulders and arms in a strapless dress, show your legs and petiteness in a knee-length dress or mark your waist and hips in a siren-style dress. You can find pretty dresses at very affordable prices on Lightinthebox.com or Weddingdressesonline.co.uk. If you have more money to spend, think Victoria Beckham or a famous designer that you love.

Unconventional wedding dresses

If you’re looking for an unconventional wedding, though, forget the long dresses and say goodbye to white: pick ivory, cream or nude. Such a dress like the one from Elie Saab, although very pricey, is probably one of the best ideas: it’s simple, yet classy. The same goes for the Alberta Ferretti dress, with fabulous embellishments on an otherwise simple cut. You can find something more affordable at French Connection and Monsoon. The great thing about such dresses is that they’re way more comfortable and you’re going to be able to dance all night, without worrying that someone might step on you dress or that you might trip and fall.

Bridal accessories

When it comes to accessories, you can use your imagination: colorful shoes that match the tie of the groom, a fancy fascinator that gives a retro touch, not to mention the precious bouquet! We think comfortable shoes are a must, because you’ll be the center of attention and don’t want to show pain on your face. Wear a small heel, as seen on Endless.com or a wedge, like on the Badgley Mischkas. We love the Sondra Roberts clutch, it should match almost any dress and that Kate Spade necklace is great if you wear a simple, strapless or strappy dress. You can wear a tiara if you want to feel like a princess! And don’t forget that wedding night: sexy lingerie, hosiery and a garter in white.

Bridesmaids - Salmon dresses

Now off to the guests of the wedding! As a bridesmaid, you might have to wear a certain color, like pink, blue or lilac. We grouped some dresses in each color to help you find the best one for you! Of course, these are not reserved for bridesmaids, but can be worn by any stylish guest at the wedding! For pink, you’ll find the right price at Ann Taylor and Modcloth and good prices at Ann Taylor or Monique Lhuillier. Because bright pink has been overused in bridesmaid dresses, we picked this lovely shade of salmon to guide you. Way classier!

Lilac dresses

Blue dress for wedding

Lilac is also very used in weddings, especially by those lavender lovers! We picked some designer dresses this time and, if you can’t afford them, maybe you’ll feel inspired to make your own dress!

If blue is the chosen color (we all know that saying: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue), then you have plenty of choices. We found very good prices at Dorothy Perkins, Jessica Simpson and Kling, and a lovely elegant dress at J Crew. Have you made your choice yet?

Clutch for party

Even if you’re just a regular guest at the wedding, you’re gonna dress up! Nothing goes better with a party dress than a delicate clutch, and above are our choices. Go to Miss Selfridge, Debenhams or Nine West for the best prices;  go to Tasha and Mar y Sol for good quality- price report; pick Valentino if you want a designer clutch.

And have fun at the wedding!

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