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 Cap Sleeves...

What is a cap sleeve exactly? According to Merriam Webster a cap sleeve is a very short sleeve (as on a dress) that hangs over the edge of the shoulder without extending along the underside of the arm. If you’re a bride to be the cap sleeve is what every prospective bride is raving about.  Strapless gowns continue to be popular but more and more brides are looking for an alternative and cap sleeves are very popular.  They are feminine and classy and making a strong appearance on the runways.  They compliment any gown from a lace sheath dress to a full ball gown and can also easily be added to a strapless gown.  So, think outside the box and dare to be different.

Cap Sleeve Trend for the Bride to Be

Since the whole fashion world is so obsessed with vintage style these days it’s no wonder these vintage inspired styles are seen in today’s wedding gowns. If you are a bride to be and love vintage then the cap sleeve is definite for you. It gives such a feminine look and goes great with gowns of all fabrics and styles. More than often cap sleeves usually come in lace, tulle, and in some cases in the barely-there-sheer fabrics.  If you want a softer or lighter look it all depends on the choice of fabric you choose. A cap sleeve is not just a dress with sleeves on it. Instead, it is a cap-shape, which is a little wider than normal shoulder strap size and only covers the shoulder edges.  We are not talking about an off the shoulder type of sleeve, it is a cap shape.  Cap sleeves also allow the bride to be some versatility in the style of the back of the gown.  Key hole backs and deep v back gowns are possible with a cap sleeve and make a dramatic statement.

 

Why Choose Cap Sleeves for the Bride to Be?

Why choose cap sleeves? More and more brides are growing weary of the strapless trend and are looking for something new. Let’s face it; strapless necklines are not universally flattering.  Cap sleeve wedding dresses never fail to accent a bride’s great femininity. It also guarantees additional support so you aren’t pulling your strapless gown up all night.  Cap sleeves still show off and even enhance a bride’s beautiful collar bone.  They are also very good at hiding that under arm skin that can peek out when pinched in a strapless gown.  Brides are digging further into the past for romantic wedding inspirations and cap sleeved wedding dresses are where it’s at.  If you’re a bride who would rather go the conservative route then choose a soft romantic shoulder covering cap sleeve.  Lace gowns with cap sleeves are a perfect choice.  For those of you who don’t like the conservative look rock a short and flirty dress with lace cap sleeves.  The options are endless as you can have a seamstress add a cap sleeve to any gown.  Keep the sleeve a little loose so you can easily raise your arms.  If you are a bride to be and want to enhance your feminine charm and elegance then cap sleeves were designed for you.

 

 


Christos Bridal Trends For 2013

Are you ready to see the new Christos bridal trends for 2013? Lace and embellished tulle are definitely going to take over next year.  Not only that, we will also see a lot of illusion necklines and A-line skirts. The best part about these beautiful dresses is that there are no stiff structured gowns. Instead, you will see light, flowing dresses which flatter everyone.  Last season we saw plenty of sexy backs which will actually return in 2013. However, this time you will see a more softened look against the bare skin, which features sheer panels of tulle and re-worked lace. Silhouettes in general have shifted toward more coverage and feature lace and illusion necklines made of embroidered tulle and organza. So, for those of you who just got engaged or have their wedding set for 2013 lucky you!
 

Christos Bridal Trends: Illusion Necklines

Have you ever heard of an illusion neckline with sleeves?  An illusion neckline combines a skin-baring bodice with a sheer fabric overlay which extends from the bust to the collar.  The neckline can be a boat neck, one shoulder, scoop neck with cap sleeves, etc.  These style are very demure and feminine and scream high fashion. I haven’t seen too many of these and can’t wait for the Christos bridal illusion neckline dresses to come out. Illusion necklines were featured prominently on the 2013 bridal runways and these designs have some of the most unique looks ever to hit the bridal industry. Some of these designs feature a carefully draped delicate fabric of tulle, organza or lace with crystal embroidery over sweetheart necklines. In the end, this creates a soft, elegant and romantic bridal look. Illusion necklines include a diverse variety of styles.
 

 Princess Kate led the way in bringing back this traditional style with her sheer lace sleeves and back on her lightweight satin gazar gown.  These styles are reminiscent of the 1950’s and absolutely timeless.  So, if you’re a bride who wants her dress a little more modest, illusion necklines are perfect because they offer coverage while still being slightly sexy and fashion-forward.  Christos bridal illusion gowns are a great alternative to strapless necklines and can help you find the right balance between sexy and sophisticated.


 Christos Bridal Trends: Lace!

 

Lace! Lace! Lace! We just can’t get enough. I don’t think lace has ever gone out of style or ever will. A lace-wedding gown is one of those styles you can wear to your wedding and ten years later you look back at your wedding photos with no regret. Lace gowns are classic and have a timeless look to them. Also, nothing speaks of romance better than a wedding gown made of lace. Christos bridal trends for 2013 feature lighter lace materials with less of the heavy stiff lace like Alencon.  For those of you who want to make a lavish lace fashion statement consider choosing a bridal gown made entirely of lace. If you add a bit of color on the lining like a blush or champagne colored satin the lace detail on the gown will pop up a lot better. From hand-beaded to fluted-skirt to sleeved bodice, lace still has a hold on runways and wedding aisles and will be around for a long time. It’s soft and romantic and everyone falls in love with Christos bridal lace gowns.
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Hair and makeup tips for all you Vera Wang brides

Vera Wang brides everywhere have been raving about Vera Wang’s new line and have found their dream dress.  Now that they have the perfect dress for their summer weddings the next item to consider is hair and makeup! Many brides choose to wed during this season the summer especially in June because of its long sunny days and soft evenings.  Unfortunately, the summer heat and sunshine can actually do some damage to a brides hair and makeup on her wedding day.  A big day such as a wedding is not the time you want smeared makeup or frizzy hair before the reception even starts. Below are some great tips on how to look and stay fresh on your wedding day.

 


 Vera Wang brides must have pre-wedding hair trials

Vera Wang brides everywhere have been raving about Vera Wang’s new line and have found their dream dress.  Now that they have the perfect dress for their summer weddings the next item to consider is hair and makeup! Many brides choose to wed during this season the summer especially in June because of its long sunny days and soft evenings.

 

Unfortunately, the summer heat and sunshine can actually do some damage to a brides hair and makeup on her wedding day.  A big day such as a wedding is not the time you want smeared makeup or frizzy hair before the reception even starts. Below are some great tips on how to look and stay fresh on your wedding day.

 

 

To look light and fresh on your wedding day try to not cake on your makeup.  This is another reason to have your make-up done by a professional so it will look beautiful and last all day.  Remember, the simpler the better!  Although we love to get creative to eye shadow every now and then, your wedding day is not the time.  You want to look like yourself and not to anything too trendy.  Aside from makeup, Vera Wang brides must make sure their skin is taken care of weeks before the wedding.  Do not try and get super tan for your wedding!  This is a common mistake many brides make and they end up being way too tan on their big day.  A little color is nice but you don’t want to look like you just spent a week in the tanning bed.  This can also lead to freckles and dry skin.

You want to make sure you are well moisturized weeks before the wedding so your skin looks fresh and your make-up doesn’t get dry.  If you tend to get oily, carry some oil absorbing sheets around with you on your big day to blot as necessary.  I also recommend using a lighter color lipstick.  We all have our favorite shade of red but you don’t want everyone focusing on your mouth all day.  Just as with your hair, find pictures of make-up that you like and take them with you when you do a practice session with your make-up artist.  Or if you are going to do your own make-up, try it a few different ways and take pictures of each style so you can see how it will show up in pictures.  After all that shopping for the perfect gown brides don’t want to leave their hair and make-up to chance.

 


Color combination trends this summer for online brides

Summer is about to start, and for those of you online brides who plan on getting married next summer the web has thousands of ideas for color trends and combinations.  Planning a wedding is without a doubt a long, hard process, but one of the easier and fun things to do when planning your wedding is choosing your wedding theme colors! Now that you are engaged one of the first questions your girlfriends will ask you is “What are your colors?”  Today we will talk about the different shades you will see this summer and the unique colors that are making their way into the wedding scene.

 Pinks and Greens Continue To Be Hot Colors For Online Brides

For all you online brides who spend hours and days researching different theme colors and combinations you know it can get difficult because of the variety of choices.  Your colors are one of the more important aspects of how you plan your whole wedding day because they will be used in your invitations, linens, flowers, bridesmaid dresses, etc. The colors you choose will set the tone for your entire wedding.  This may seem like a lot of pressure in choosing the perfect color but luckily summer is an easy season for colors. The reason for this is because almost any color you choose will look fantastic for a summer wedding and it is easier to get flowers in any color. The first color combination that will hit the wedding aisle this summer is pink and green.  

Your fiancé might think pink is too girly but paired with green you can get a fun and flirty look or an elegantly rich look.  Online brides can choose from different shades of pink and green. For example, if you were to have an outdoor summer wedding in the afternoon choose a bright pink and lime green combination. If your wedding is indoors such as a banquet hall that is heavier on darker colors, a pale pink and forest green combination would go perfectly!

 Active Brides Online Are Also Choosing Gray

Next we have light gray and pink. Today, gray is actually considered the new black! Wedding designers love this color scheme because they are very elegant colors and give a more modern feel on the classic wedding. The best thing about gray is that it is so versatile and goes well with almost every color.  Designers are even using grey sashes and bows on many gowns like this Monique Lhuillier gown. Online brides can cool down a hot day by using pink and gray for their summer wedding.

The next color combination which is one of my favorites, features coral and gray. The reason I love these color combinations is because it goes well with a beach wedding and is both feminine and masculine. With coral and gray you can bring the beauty of a tropical coral reef to your wedding while not having too much color. As I mentioned earlier, gray is a very popular color and goes great with any bright colors such as coral. If online brides don’t like coral, choose another bright color that will brighten up your wedding and combine it with gray so you don’t go overboard with bright colors.



Definitely take time when choosing your colors b/c you don’t want them to overpower your wedding but enhance it.  If you are having 6 or more bridesmaids a more subtle color may be better b/c that many girls wearing a really bright color will be distracting.  Have fun with it and make sure it fits your personality!



Image sources: A perfect celebration.com, The sweet Occasion.com, My Stunning wedding.com, Wedding bee.com, Before the big day.com

                       

                       

                       

                       


 

Tips For Encouraging The Off-Beat Bride and Her Groom


I have always wondered why us women are more excited about our big wedding day than our men. We have dreamed about this day since we were kids and now it’s happening! However, not every bride goes crazy over their upcoming wedding day, and to make matters worse, neither do their grooms. If this sounds like you then we have some great tips for the off-beat bride and her groom. It is a lot more encouraging and exciting when your fiancé wants to get involved and participate in all the action and preparation that is needed before the wedding.  In reality, most men don’t really seem to care as much as the women do which leaves them with more work to do. I know I got a lot of “whatever you want honey” from my husband when all I really wanted was his input. Today, we will talk about different ways to get your groom involved in your wedding.

 The Off Beat-Bride Must Communicate With Her Groom

First, the offbeat bride must talk with her groom.  As I mentioned earlier, most brides end up doing most of the work and the role of the groom is to simply show up wearing a suit.  This common misconception actually leaves the groom feeling like he is not needed or even not allowed to help out! So, the first step to involve your groom on your big day is to come right out and say you would like some help.  No matter how much we wish it, they cannot read our minds.  Hopefully this is all you have to say for him to climb aboard the crazy wedding planning extravaganza! It is all about communication and the clearer and upfront you are with what you want or expect the more help and understanding you shall receive.  If this doesn’t work, don’t sweat it, there is much more you can do, keep reading. 

 

The Off-Beat Bride Must Encourage and Support The Groom's Ideas

The next thing the off-beat bride must do is encourage and support his ideas. Nothing is more discouraging then to ask someone for help and then shoot down all of his or her ideas. If you only want to use your ideas and creativity then don’t expect anyone to voluntarily help you out. With that said, your groom will get frustrated if your not allowing any of his input or ideas and you will only lose your planning partner in the end. Instead, when your fiancé comes to you with an idea make sure you show enthusiasm and insist you will try it.  Even if their ideas seem crazy and are in no way shape or form related to your wedding theme, go for it! Lastly, the off beat bride should give her fiancé special projects that cater to his interests.  Some may think men are incapable of anything that has to do with decorating or planning. However, I have seen grooms actually put together a color scheme and even bake their own wedding cakes.

Some may think men are incapable of anything that has to do with decorating or planning. However, I have seen grooms actually put together a color scheme and even bake their own wedding cakes.  Something a lot of guys enjoy is helping pick out the wedding dress.  Although this may seem taboo, many brides are getting their fiance's input on their gown.

Even if it is just getting an idea of what style they like without seeing the actual gown.  Guys can get into the spirit of wedding planning especially if it is in their interests.Is your groom a graphic designer? Allow him to make the wedding invitations. Is your groom good with words? Allow him to write his own vows!  Helping pick out the music, DJ, or band is something most guys really get into.  Simply allow your fiancé to do things that involve his own interests which will leave the off-beat bride and everyone else happy in the end.   And you may even learn something new about your husband-to-be.

 


 

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