Wednesday, April 27, 2011

What Will Kate Wear? Royal Wedding Gowns

Kate Middleton has vowed not to reveal anything about her dress before her wedding on April 29, 2011, but many have been speculating.  Rumor had it, British fashion designer Sophie Cranston designed a dress for Kate, but reps from her label, Libelula said it wasn't true.  There is another rumor that Kate actually designed the dress herself, with "ivory satin and lace with pearl buttons and a 10-foot train."  She has also included what is described as a ‘nod’ to the iconic Emanuel wedding dress worn by Lady Diana Spencer, but has avoided including any of its ‘flounce’. 

I think a gown fit for a queen should be very dramatic with a classic style.  People will remember this dress forever.  I've searched for pictures of what I think the dress may look like, but somehow I think they will pale in comparison to the actual dress.  Here are a few of my finds:

Elegant and classic, I think this would be a great choice.

I would love to see Kate wear something like this, but it may be a little "southern belle" for her.

This one is gorgeous with all of the beading and detail.  Plus, it would look great with a tiara!

This one is nice, but it reminds me a little of a (sexy) night gown.

This is the kind of dress I imagine when I think about a princess.  I love it.  It may be a little too sweet for Kate, though.

I love the details on the bust of this dress.  I imagine Kate's dress will have a lot of sparkle.

What kind of dress do you think Kate will be wearing on her big day?  I guess only time will tell. I have my dvr set up to record the event because I don't want to miss a thing!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

In Honor of Earth Day; Renting Your Bridesmaid Dress

Today is Earth Day. The day where we remember that we only have one earth and we better take care of it and our natural resources. We do this by reducing, reusing and also recycling our waste. How about recycling dresses?

Most people do not get excited over buying a bridesmaid dress. The bride chooses the color and most of the time, the style of the dress as well. Then the bridesmaids have to shell out a lot of money for a dress that 1.) may not be their taste, and 2.) they will most likely never wear again. If you are in a lot of weddings, your closet may start to look like this:

(picture from the movie 27 Dresses)

Well, I have good news for you! At Rent the Runway, you can actually rent designer dresses for a reasonable price. The prices range from $50-$250 for bridesmaid dresses. They rent dresses for any occasion, along with jewelry and purses. It's also earth friendly, since the same dresses are worn over and over again. You can search for dresses by size, price, occasion and even body type. Don't worry about sizing, either. You are sent a back up dress a size bigger or smaller just in case, for FREE. When your event is over, just put the dress in the prepaid envelope included, and drop it into the mailbox. You don't even have to worry about the dry cleaning. A $5 insurance fee covers any minor damage that may occur, such as spills or zipper issues or losing a rhinestone. Plus, you can rent a dress that retails for almost $2000, for $250. Buying a dress that expensive is out of the question for most people, but renting that same dress, is now a possibility.

Rent the Runway carries designers such as, Nicole Miller.

retails for $430, rental is $100

Or Nina Ricci

retails for $1,890, rental is $250

Or Christian Cota

retails for $1,860, rental is $200

and also, Badgley Mischka (love this one!)

retails for $355, rental is $100

If you're getting married or are going to be a bridesmaid anytime soon, check out this convenient rental option. Save some money, wear a luxurious dress and then send it back, so someone else can do the same!

Happy Earth Day!

written by Melissa York

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Use a Family Heirloom Brooch in your Hair

For your "Something Borrowed," or "Something Old," look through your Mother's or Grandmother's jewelry box for a Brooch to wear in your hair on your wedding day.  You can use hairpins to secure it to your Wedding Day hairstyle.