Friday, May 30, 2014

A Classic Black Tuxedo

Tuxedo by Studio Italia

There is nothing more sophisticated and elegant than a classic black tuxedo and it is by far the most preferred men’s outfit for weddings. However, if you want to look good in a tuxedo you need to choose quality fabrics, stylish accessories and stick to basic rules. It is also very important to that your tuxedo is perfectly tailored, so renting one is not always the best idea. 

Your black tie outfit should include a white shirt, jacket with peak lapels or shawl collar, pants with a stripe that matches your lapels and a black self tied bow tie. 

Accessories are also very important! A pocket square is a must and it should be a neatly folded white linen cloth. Cufflinks should be visible and they can be made from gold, silver, pearl or onyx, while studs are not obligatory, but can improve your styling. You should never wear a belt with a tuxedo, instead use suspenders to hold your trousers. Shoes should be lace up, perfectly plain and well polished. Loafers are allowed too, but it is a bit of a risky choice. 

When buying a tuxedo it is important to look for quality fabrics. Since the same black tux can be worn on several occasions without anyone noticing, it is a good idea to invest in a really good one, so look for established brands such as Giorgio Armani and Ralph Lauren.

Bridesmaid Trend: Blush Pink

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From Zac Posen’s gorgeous pleated gowns to Elie Saab’s flamboyant couture dresses embellished with flower petals… pink absolutely dominated the catwalks and it is one of the hottest colours for 2014. This trend is very popular for bridesmaids’ dresses too! It's all about soft, rosy, blush hues this season. 

Blush pink is very romantic and plain bridesmaid’s dress in this soft, pastel colour will definitely compliment a bride’s white gown. It isn’t exactly the colour that first pops into mind when you think of bridesmaid outfits as it is very pale and suits only certain types of skin tones and hair colours. It is a tricky colour and it is crucial to find the right shade and type of material. 

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One way to rock this trend is to wear lace. Imagine your bridesmaids wearing lace cocktail dresses in lovely sorbet colours! Pastel-coloured lace is a trend this season and we think that is works great for bridesmaid’s dresses. It is important to choose a strong and bold lace pattern to add a bit of texture and enhance the colour. Think lush florals in juicy pastel shades from Burberry Prorsum spring/summer 2014 collection! 

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Ombre is also in this season, and it works particularly well for this colour, as it gently glides from pale blush to hot pink. This trend is also seen on catwalks and we especially loved Roberto Cavalli’s vintage slip dress in ombre pink with sparkly embellishments and vintage jewellery. 

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Simple draped dress are a classic choice for a bridesmaid’s dress and it works well for all colours, including blush pink. However, if you want something a little different, choose a stylish dress with more texture like the ones we have seen in Zac Posen, Marchesa and Elie Saab's latest collections. Draped and pleated silks, chiffons and organza are a fabulous idea for bridesmaids’ outfits and you can choose anything from a slip dress, full length strapless column gowns, or even girly tea length dresses.A one-shoulder style is perfect for draping and it looks good on slender figures. 

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Traditionally, bridesmaids’ dresses should be very simple without any embellishments, but you can still add a bit of sparkle with a nice brooch or a belt, as long as it is stylish and discreet. We love Temperley London's detailed floral belt in blush pink! Illusion necklines are becoming increasingly popular too, and can be very simple or feature intricate embellishments. 

Accessorising bridesmaids’ dresses is an easy job as you don’t need any extravagant details. To finish off the look, find a pair of earrings and shoes to compliment your blush pink gown such as nude pumps of strappy sandals in pink or gold. Bridesmaids bouquets made from white and rosy blooms will make a perfect match for the pink dresses, but you can also make an interesting contrast with colourful flowers.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Putting Together Your Wedding Emergency Kit

A small emergency kit that contains everything from scissors and adhesives to medicines and deodorant can be very useful on your wedding day and it will make you feel less stressed knowing that you are prepared for the worst-case-scenario.

The first thing you need to do is make a list of items you need to include in your wedding day emergency kit. It will be easier if you divide into several categories such as fixers, adhesives, first aid, hygiene and beauty products.

For any emergency repairs you will need a pair of scissors, a small sewing kit that includes threads in your wedding colours, safety pins, some adhesives such as fashion tape, hem tape, superglue and a bottle of clear nail polish.

In the event that you stain your dress or the groom’s suit, it is good to have some cleaning products such as stain removers and standard tissues. A pack of baby wipes can be used for multiple purposes including refreshing yourself, and it is also important to bring tampons, deodorant, blotting paper, cotton swabs, bobby pins, tweezers, lipstick, compact powder and a small mirror for touch-ups.

You will also need to prepare a small first aid kit with rubbing alcohol, band aids, blister protection and pain killers, and don’t forget to bring a charger in case that your phone dies!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Long-Sleeved Wedding Dresses

Dress by Paolo Sebastian autumn/winter 2014

Long sleeved wedding gowns are very elegant and classical which is why they are a very popular choice for traditional weddings. While satin sleeves will keep you warm and are perfect for winter weddings, delicate French lace or embroidered silk tulle sleeves are great for spring and summer weddings. If you want to get married in a dress that screams royal chic, long sleeves are a must. You can’t go wrong with the combination of a full skirt and lace bodice, just think Grace Kelly or Kate Middleton. 

Even celebrities are taking following this trend! Kim Kardashian looked sophisticated and chic in a white, Givenchy Haute Couture lace gown that featured strategically placed sheer panels and an entirely sheer back. Her long lace sleeves added a delicate touch to the stunning dress while the modest neckline was balanced out by the mermaid silhouette that showed off her feminine curves. 

Dresses by Monique Lhuillier Spring 2015

Kate Middleton’s wedding dress with long sleeves made from delicate lace constantly inspires fashion designers and this season several of them were influenced by that legendary Alexander McQueen gown. Our favourite interpretation are by Monique Lhuillier who designed a beautiful gown with tulle skirt, Chantilly lace overlay, sweetheart neckline and long sleeves. 

Dress by Alice Temperly Spring 2015

Alice Temperley created a dress that was also quite similar to Kate Middleton’s but instead of the full skirt it was a sexy A-line gown, tailored to accent the hips and waist and was made from delicate French lace with a floral design. 

Dress by Marchesa Spring 2015

Marchesa's spring 2015 bridal collection includes a short-sleeved dress influenced by Grace Kelly’s wedding gown, but also some amazing long-sleeved designs. We loved her white ball gown with tulle skirt and long-sleeved bodice made from re-embroidered lace.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Seating Arrangements For The Bridal Party

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Creating a seating plan for the reception can be a difficult task for any bride and groom, especially if they are having a big wedding. From family members to childhood friends and colleagues from work, it is hard to figure out who to seat where. It is almost impossible to set up an arrangement that will make every single guest happy, but you should try your best to create the most reasonable plan. You should do this tricky job together and it may be a good idea to ask your parents and closest friends to help you. 

The head table reserved for your bridal party is by far the most significant spot at the reception, since everyone will want to have a glimpse at the bride and groom. According to tradition, the bride and her attendants should be on the left side of the table, while the groom and his groomsmen are on the right. A common alternative is to use a male-female-male-female pattern. Many modern couples prefer a venue with round tables instead of big rectangle ones which makes the rigid traditional division of the bridal party to bride’s and groom’s side disappear. 

Tradition says that the parents of bride and groom should be seated with their children at the head table, but nowadays they sit at a separate table which is usually the one closest to the head table. While some parents will be happy to sit next to bride and groom, others might feel more comfortable with a different arrangement and perhaps even sit with members of their family. If this is the case, the bride and groom will sit with their bridesmaids and groomsmen. The best man should sit on the right side of the table next to the groom and the chief bridesmaid’s place is across the table by the bride. 

It is important to create a seating plan which will make you happy. It is your party after all and since taking the leading role is stressful enough, you should be free to make the arrangements that you find most comfortable. Some couples prefer to be alone at the head table where they can have an intimate dinner together, while others like to sit with best man and chief bridesmaid or even include the entire wedding party at the head table.

Creative Wedding Guest Book Alternatives

Traditional guest books are a wedding essential, but if you want something a little different for your wedding, be creative and think of an alternative that will make a fabulous keepsake and won’t just gather dust on your book shelf. Your guests will be delighted to sign an original guest book alternative which will give them the opportunity to be playful. Signing fun cards or even objects like bottles or old records is very fashionable at the moment and it makes the job for your guests much easier because all they need to do is write their names.
Weddingstar offers plenty of fabulous guest book alternatives, so if you are looking for something truly unique, have a look at our top picks… 

Inscribable signature mat kit is a gorgeous guest book alternative because you can use it as a customised photo frame and proudly display it in your home. This lovely souvenir will always remind you of your big day and make you think of your friends and family every time you see it. When you purchase a mat you will also get an easy-to-use engraving scribe and a polishing cloth. The mat will never rust of fade away so you will have a fabulous keepsake with handwritten messages on your wall for many years to come. 

This transparent acrylic shadow box “From the Heart” is not just a fun and easy way for your guests to express their love, it will also look very decorative at your wedding reception. Signed hearts in a box are a fantastic piece of art to display on a shelf at home and you can even make various shapes and designs with adhesive tape that comes with this gorgeous kit. 

This travel inspired guest book kit “Our Journey Begins” is really fun because it includes a 52-page passport style guest book, three different rubber stamps and a detailed instruction. This is a great choice for couples who love travelling or weddings with many guests coming from abroad. Your friends will love the idea to stamp the guestbook instead of just signing it. It is not always easy to think of the right words so in order to avoid clichéd wording, your guests can write in the names of places they suggest you to visit together. 

Monday, May 26, 2014

The Best Wedding Dresses in Movies

When trying to picture your dream wedding gown it is hard not to recall some legendary film scenes such as the one from “Sex and the City” when Carrie Bradshaw waited for Mr Big in her Vivienne Westwood dress. Sadly, it didn’t go down too well, but the dress was a showstopper. Inspired by film festival in Cannes this week we decided to pick our five favourite movie wedding dresses: 

1. Audrey Hepburn, one of the greatest style icons of all times, initiated the tea length wedding gown trend when she wore that fabulous princess-like dress designed by Givenchy in the film “Funny Face” in 1957. It had a tight bodice and a full skirt with tulle overlay, while the veil was fastened with a big white bow. This outfit matches her personal style and she even wore a similar dress at her own wedding when she married Mel Ferrer. 

2. The wedding gown Vivienne Leigh wore in the cult movie “Gone with the Wind” was designed by Walter Plunkett and featured huge puffed sleeves and a full skirt. It was embellished with satin leaf appliqués and accessorised with a long veil, white satin gloves and a pearl necklace. 

3. Carrie Bradshaw’s dress from the "Sex and The City" movie created by Vivienne Westwood was very extravagant with a dramatic neckline and a big puffed skirt. Details included a blue feather attached to the veil and strong evening make-up gave it even more edge. 

4. Our favourite dress from “Bride Wars” was the one worn by Kate Hudson. This dreamy gown was designed by Vera Wang and had a dropped waist, huge tulle skirt, embroidered bodice and a purple ribbon tied around the waist. 


5. We waited forever to see the wedding of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1”, and it didn’t disappoint! Chic and simple, Bella Swan wore a custom-designed Carolina Herrera gown which featured an open back with lace detailing.

6. The elegant and regal wedding gown designed by Gary Jones for Princess Mia in the movie “The Princess Diaries 2” is simply stunning. The off-the-shoulder long lace sleeves are perfect for a very traditional style wedding.

7. Delicate white gown Kirsten Dunst wore in Lars Von Trier’s film “Melancholia” was inspired by Shakespeare’s Ophelia and designed by Manon Rasmussen. This fluttery dress features fabulous tulle draping and a delightful flower belt, while dramatic veil has a delicate lace edge.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Most Iconic Wedding Dresses of All Time

Bridal trends are changing every season, but some wedding dresses will never go out of fashion. We will always admire legendary gowns such as the one Helen Rose made for Grace Kelly or the one Audrey Hepburn wore when she married Mel Ferrer. If you need some inspiration to choose the perfect dress for your big day, see our 10 favourite iconic celebrity wedding gowns…

Elizabeth Taylor got married seven times and wore seven different wedding dresses in her life, but it was in 1950 when she said “i do” to Conrad Hilton that she wore a satin gown which is considered as one of the most iconic dresses of all time. It was designed by Helen Rose, MGM costume designer who also made Grace Kelly’s wedding dress. It resembled the one she created for Elizabeth’s role in the film Father of the Bride. It is definitely a fairy-tale gown with a big full skirt, long sleeves, illusion neckline and delicate embroidery which she teamed with a neat up-do, red lips and bold brows.

When Priscilla Presley married Elvis Presley in May 1967 in Las Vegas, she wore a fabulous loosely fitted silk chiffon dress with lace sleeves and a three-foot long tulle veil. Her make-up was a typical sixties look including dramatic eyeliner, false lashes and candy pink lipstick. She designed the dress herself for an intimate ceremony attended by only a few guests which didn’t last for more than 10 minutes. However, her simple but elegant gown made it to history.

Grace Kelly’s fairy-tale gown which she wore for her wedding to Prince Ranier is probably the most famous of them all. It is the symbol of royal chic and it continues to inspire designers all over the world. The gown featured a fitted bodice made from silk crepe and pearl enctusted rose-point lace, a big silk taffeta skirt with layers of tulle underneath and a 1.8 meter long chapel train with a triangular split made from two layers of silk tulle and with lace edges.

Sarah Burton, creative director of Alexander McQueen was inspired by Grace Kelly’s gorgeous gown when she created the Duchess of Cambridge's weddings dress. It featured a strapless corset, a lace bodice with plunging neckline, long lace sleeves and emblems of the UK – the rose, daffodil, thistle and shamrock. Kate also wore a Cartier halo tiara that belonged to the Queen and a blue ribbon sewn into the hem to incorporate “something borrowed” and “something blue” to her wedding outfit.

In 1981, Lady Diana wore a gown made by David and Elisabeth Emanuel which featured a stunning 25-foot train which is the longest in history of royal weddings. The dress had puffed sleeves and big skirt with layers of petticoats. The Princess of Wales wore a small diamond studded horseshoe stitched into the back of the dress and a tiny blue ribbon sewn into the waistband. Her natural make-up and effortless hair style matched her Cinderella gown perfectly.   

Model Kate Moss got married in a vintage inspired gown designed by John Galliano. The gorgeous silk chiffon dress with intricate embroidery was very lightweight and ethereal and perfectly matched the Great Gatsby inspired wedding theme. Galliano was inspired by Scott Fitzgerald’s wife Zelda, as Kate’s engagement ring was the exact replica of Fitzgerald’s. She teamed the dress with Manolo Blahnik shoes and wore natural make-up and beach waves.

Jacqueline Kennedy wore a breathtaking full-skirted dress made from fifty yards of silk taffeta, tiny white gloves and a huge veil borrowed from her grandmother when she married John F Kennedy. This legendary dress was designed by Ann Lowe and featured adorable wax flower embellishments. 

The gown Ivanka Trump wore for her nuptials with Jared Kushner was also inspired by the famous Grace Kelly’s dress. It was covered in three layers of delicate lace which gently floated around her body. It was a custom-made gown designed by Vera Wang and it was a modern, relaxed version of Grace’s dress with short sleeves contrasted with a dramatic long veil.

Audrey Hepburn has proven that a tea-length white dress can be as glamorous as a ball gown when she married Mel Ferrer in September 1954. The dress was created by Pierre Balmain and featured puffed sleeves, a high neck and a ballerina-like full skirt. Audrey finished off the look with a small white clutch bag and roses in her hair.

Nicole Richie wore three different gowns on her wedding day all designed by Marchesa. She walked down the aisle in a ball gown which had an enormous skirt made from over 100 yards of silk organza and a bodice made from tulle and lace. The gown even had Joel and her name stitched into the sleeve! 

Bridal Beauty Trends For Spring and Summer 2015

From bright lips to textured ponytails, the key trends for spring and summer 2015 from Bridal Fashion Week are very exciting and inspirational. 

Reem Acra’s brides wore soft curls and orangey red lipsticks with their glamorous wedding gowns which we think is the perfect look for the summer because it is both formal and casual. 

We also loved the silvery eyeshadow combined with red lipstick at the Amsale show which is ideal for evening receptions and will look fabulous with delicate tulle and organza dresses. 

Laura Mercier’s make-up look for Jenny Packham’s show was very natural and romantic with transparent glossy lips and glowing skin, but the hair was dramatic with low ponytails textured with styling foam and clip-in extensions and decorated with stunning diamond encrusted head pieces which were a perfect match for Jenny Packham’s extravagant 1930’s inspired gowns. 

Marchesa’s fairytale princess brides wore sparkly gowns with neutral make-up and “deconstructed” hair. This look was very ethereal and romantic with berry lipstick that popped out and pinned up braids and French twists adorned with white flower petals.

To compliment Oscar de la Renta’s elegant dresses, make-up artist Bobbi Brown used pink blush and metallic eyeshadow, while the hair was perfectly neat, sleek and decorated with crystal studded hair bands.

Toasting With Style

A toast is one of the most significant parts of every wedding reception. It is a very emotional moment of joy, happiness and sometimes even tears. Toasting flutes are a very important celebratory accessory that will definitely be noticed by everyone, so why not invest in a unique and beautiful set of glasses for this special occasion! 

Wedding flutes are a fabulous keepsake, especially if you personalise them by engraving your names on each flute. After the big day, you can display them in a very special place in your home and reuse them for anniversaries, birthdays and any other intimate celebrations and special moments in your life. 

Weddingstar offer a wide range of gorgeous toasting flutes. You can easily personalise them by etching anything you like such as your initials, wedding date, song lyrics or even a monogram. From simple engraved flutes to super glamorous glasses, you can choose a design that will match your wedding theme and suit your personal style. 

If you are looking for something truly romantic, the silver plated love stem champagne holder with removable glass flutes is the perfect option. These adorable heart-shaped holders have the word “love” on each glass. 

If you want to toast in style with chic flower-shaped flutes, you will love the silver plated tulip stem goblets. They are very elegant and glamorous and are ideal for big, formal wedding receptions with a more traditional style. They will look great on your wedding cake table next to a white multi-tiered cake and plenty of lush white and pink flowers. 

Simple and yet very elegant, the ring of crystals flutes are also perfect for big, glamorous receptions with more traditional decorations and you can match them with virtually any wedding theme or colour scheme. You can personalise them by engraving them to make valuable keepsakes for your guests or a fabulous souvenir for yourself which you can reuse in any special occasion to celebrate your love. 

Finally, the refined etched flutes are a great option if you are on the budget. You will get stylish wedding flutes for a reasonable price and can engrave them to make them truly unique. There is a whole range of wedding inscriptions available, so you can order a set and etch labels on them: “bride”, “groom”, “bridesmaid”, “groomsman”, “Maid of Honour” and “Best Man”. 

If you loved these wedding flutes, visit Weddingstar to discover more beautiful things. 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Gorgeous Celebrity Engagement Rings

Choosing an engagement ring is not an easy task and if you can’t decide between family heritage, a beautiful vintage design or an expensive diamond, you can always get some inspiration from celebrities. 

Kate Middleton’s oval blue Ceylon sapphire and diamond ring which belonged to Lady Diana is probably one of the most famous engagement rings. Diana had chosen that very ring for her engagement to Prince Charles in 1981 from the selection presented to her by Crown jewellers Garrard of Mayfair. Back then this ring could be bought for £28,500, but by 2010 it was priced at more than £250,000. Of course, for William it had a huge sentimental value, which is why he decided to give it to his future wife, Kate Middleton. Princess Diana adored sapphires and we think they are a fantastic choice for an engagement ring. 

On the other hand, chunky diamonds are always fashionable and we love the one Kanye West gave to Kim Kardashian. It is worth 8 million and was made by renowned jewellery designer Lorraine Schwartz. The couple posed together for the April issue of US Vogue and this luxurious engagement ring cannot be missed on the cover. 

When Jay-Z popped the question to Beyonce, he did it with an astonishing square cut 18 carat diamond ring worth $5 million which is absolutely huge. However, a custom made diamond ring with a unique shape is even more special than a big, expensive ring and we love the one designed by Robert Procop which Brad Pitt gave to Angelina Jolie.

Fabulous pink oval-shaped diamond ring worth $2 million on Blake Lively’s hand wasn’t spotted until the day after she got married to Ryan Reynolds in a secret ceremony and it perfectly matched her wedding band.

Victoria Beckham’s sparkler is one of the most expensive celebrity engagement rings and it is a beautiful pear cut diamond encircled with brilliant cut diamonds.

Justin Timberlake proposed to Jessica Biel with a gorgeous vintage-inspired 6 carat diamond which he picked all on his own, and American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson got a massive yellow canary diamond with small white diamonds around it from Brandon Blackstock.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Finding the Perfect Wedding Gown Silhouette

When you walk into a bridal store for the first time you will be bedazzled with all the stunning wedding gowns and will probably want to try all of them on. However, it is best to be familiar with the basic shapes of wedding dresses beforehand because you will be asked what kind of silhouette you are looking for. Many brides-to-be are fantasising about walking down the aisle in a fairytale ball gown, but this silhouette is not ideal for all the body shapes or every type of reception, whereas A-line is much easier to wear. 

Whether you are slim, tall, pear shaped or petite, it is not so difficult to find the right gown once you discover which silhouette flatters your figure. The shape is the foundation of your wedding dress so choose which one it is going to be before you even start thinking about fabrics and embellishments. Unless you know exactly what are you looking for, trying different silhouettes first is a good strategy.

Dress by Monique Lhuillier - Spring 2015

Ball Gown 
Back in the Victorian era when it was invented, the ball gown consisted of a fitted bodice with décolleté neckline and a very wide skirt with layers of petticoats. Nowadays there are different styles of ball gowns but the basic shape remains the same and its key features are small wais and full skirt. It is the most romantic and ladylike silhouette in the history of fashion and since there are not a lot of opportunities to wear a ball gown in a lifetime, many girls are dreaming to get married in it. This type of gown is ideal for tall women and isn’t suitable for petite brides who might look too small while wearing such a big dress. It is a great option if you are having a formal wedding reception, but isn’t so practical for informal cocktail party where you will want to dance and mingle freely. You can also choose to wear a ball gown at the church ceremony and change into a more comfortable dress before the reception. 

Dress by Cosmobella

Empire style can be traced back to 18th century but was popularised in the 19th century, in the period of the First French Empire. Empire dress features very high waist which is just below the bust line, tight bodice and loosely fitting long skirt made from light fabric which floats around the body. This silhouette is ideal for summer wedding dresses made from light fabrics such as silk chiffon. High waist elongates the body and definitely works well for petite brides, but it isn’t ideal for full busts. Since it is loosely fitted around the waist and hips it flatters women with pear body shape. 

Dress by Pronovias

Celebrated by Christian Dior in 1950’s, A-line silhouette refers to a dress with a skirt that has a shape of a capital letter A. This shape was popular during Elizabethan era in 16th century, in Rococo period and throughout Edwardian era. This is the most common shape of the wedding gowns because it suits any body shape and makes a great ball gown alternative. You can choose between different types of neckline and the dress can either be loosely fitted or have a seam at the waistline. 

Dress by Pronovias

A trumpet gown is a fabulous choice if you want to show off your figure! With a fitted bodice and flaring from the hips in a smaller skirt, the trumpet silhouette is less bulky. Mermaid shape is fairly similar, but the dress flairs from below the knee. Strapless dress with sweetheart neckline made from stretch satin, crepe or lace is the best choice if you have the body shape for this silhouette. It can be worn at both formal and informal weddings and you can even find models with removable flares which you can transform into a casual dress ideal for dancing all night long.

Dress by Reem Acra Spring 2015

Typical sheath wedding dress is tight and looks fabulous on tall and slim women. It often features plenty of seams, tucks and darts to accent curves of the female body. This is a typical Hollywood diva silhouette popularised by superstars like Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. This type of dress is very glamorous and works well for all types of wedding receptions. You can choose between different lengths and it can be strapless or even long sleeved, but it looks very romantic with cap sleeves. 

Dress by Jenny Packham - Spring 2015

For brides who prefer to have a casual or alternative wedding rather than a big formal gathering mini white dress can be the perfect option. Short wedding dress can be on-the-knee or even shorter and there are plenty of design options to choose from. You can choose among different shapes from A-line and Empire waist which can cover the area around waist and hips to the sexy sheath silhouette.
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