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Brides Magazine February-March 2015 Archives - New Orleans Weddings - Reception, Venue & Planning
Mar 032015
 
Marriage Bootcamp: The Myth of the Instant Fiance Upgrade

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Alison A. Armstrong, the author of The Queen's Code, has helped millions of women and men learn to communicate better. Here, the couples coach kicks off our six-part Marriage Bootcamp series, which will focus on prepping you for the next phase of your life. To start, Armstrong explains why we expect the relationship to be perfect after a guy proposes, and how you can avoid that trap.

Brooke and Lee, both in their mid-thirties, had lived together in New York City for a year. She's a very creative pile person and he's a neatnik. Soon after getting engaged, Lee made one of his usual teasing remarks, only this time Brooke felt criticized for her messes and was hurt and angry. Nothing had materially changed between them except that Brooke had a ring on her finger, but suddenly she thought she should be a domestic goddess and that they should be suddenly... perfect. She didn't realize it at the time, but Brooke had bought into the myth of the Instant Fiancé Upgrade.

Along with the joy and euphoria, getting engaged can generate a host of hidden expectations about what you should do and have and how you should look and act — for the bride-to-be in particular. And these can get you into trouble, because your beloved doesn't know that you have a new set of standards for yourself and for him. He's likely to disappoint you, hurt your feelings, or feel blindsided. Why doesn't he automatically know what's expect of him? Is it because he's inconsiderate or doesn't love you enough? Nope. It's because he's still just a guy, and the same one you fell in love with — not some new engaged version of himself.

In 20 years of helping couples create great partnerships, I've seen the illusion of the Instant Fiancé Upgrade undermine the most loving, well-matched, and well-meaning pairs, just like Lee and Brooke — who, with some coaching, realized their mistake before the wedding. (Brooke even said in her vows, "I do not promise to cook, but you will be fed.") But you want to nip these issues in the bud, because the Upgrade myth can pop up at every major turning point — see: the Instant Spouse, Homeowner, and Parent upgrades. Follow these steps to bypass the danger.

1. Uncover Your Hidden Expectations
Whether they're for your partner or yourself, you probably won't know what they are until they're not being met. To uproot yours, finish these sentences — and feel free to list more than one for each slot.

Now that we're engaged...
I should... (blank)
He should... (blank)
We should... (blank)

It can be as simple as "I should be happy all the time" or "He should attend all of my family's functions." After you've written your answers, begin again, using your other hand. It may feel strange, but you'll be surprised how many deeply hidden truths this trick will uncover.

2. Start Sorting the Facts from the Fantasy
Divide your expectations into the following categories:
A. I truly need this.
B. It would make me happy.
C. It's a small thing that makes a big difference.
D. What the heck is that?

Then, if it's an expectation you have for yourself and it falls into categories A-C (ditch the Ds), take steps to make it happen. Get up earlier so you can eat breakfast together every day. Set a savings goal so you can have the all-peony centerpieces you love.

As for your expectations of him, look at them through the lens of evolutionary psychology. Men are natural protectors and providers, and they want to give you what matters to you — again, as long as it falls into one of the first three categories. If it doesn't, or if it runs counter to his values or needs or threatens his career, financial security, dreams, or foundational relationships, he won't fulfill it. Likewise, anything you think you should have just because someone else does — things that tend to fall into category D — won't be worth his time, money, or energy. So suss those out and let them go.

3. Formulate Your "Great Asks"
For your fiancé to accept a new task, behavior, or accountability, your request should include:

— A simple statement of what you want. (For example, "I need you to weigh in more on wedding-planning details.")
— What that would look like, with specifics. ("A weekly check-in to discuss progress. And your commitment to attend vendor meetings where I need a second opinion.")
— What that would provide you. ("I would feel like I have a partner in the planning and in life.")

Once you've determined your asks, prioritize them. Most men like to move from success to success, and he needs the chance to implement your requests one at a time.

See More: Why You Should Marry Your BFF

4. Ask for a Time to Talk
Most people can't pay close attention when they're driving, transitioning home from work, or already focused on something else. In a quiet moment, say, "Could we set up a time to talk about something I need?" Make sure your tone is friendly and you're relaxed; if you're amped up, he'll think he's in trouble. And overestimate the time you need to talk, because he'll get antsy if you run long and you'll misinterpret it as his not being interested.

5. Make Your Asks
When the time arrives to deliver your first Great Ask, start by thanking him for hearing you out. Then go for it — slowly, clearly, and pausing from time to time to see if he has questions. If you feel embarrassed, you can tell him you're learning to ask for what you need and you want it to work for him. But try to be direct, because everyone appreciates a partner who asks for what she really needs. Remember, this is about making your relationship better, so there's something in it for him too!

6. Help Him Help You
After you've told him what you want, what it would look like, and what it would provide you, ask: "Is there anything you need in order to give me what I'm asking for?" Then put the invisible duct tape over your mouth and let him think. If he takes awhile to figure it out, that's good! While he's thinking, let go of everything you think he might come up with. (In more than 20 years, I have never accurately predicted what my husband will need for any request, large or small.) Once he's given you his answer, think: "Is there anything I need so he can fulfill my Great Ask?" This may sound complicated, but it's how you cover all the bases and make sure your hopes turn into reality.

7. Show Appreciation
Once you see him making an effort, be grateful! Even when it's not perfect. Even when it's not completely finished. Appreciation is the juice that fuels people to try new things instead of sticking to old habits. That means taking his effort personally, because he's trying for you, and saying "thank you" for his commitment and the difference he's making in your life together.

Then it's time to pat yourself on the back. It's not easy to ask for what you need. Way to be thoughtful and communicative as you navigate this new world!

This article appeared in the February/March 2015 issue of BRIDES.

Feb 162015
 
Beauty Tips from Celeb Makeup Artists

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Want to put your most flawless face forward on your wedding day? Then take a cue (or seven!) from the pros responsible for the red carpet beauty looks of A-list stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Olivia Wilde, and Jessica Biel. We tapped four celebrity makeup artists to get their top tricks for getting a perfect makeup look on your wedding day and beyond!

Prime Your Canvas
For a radiant look, New York makeup artist Daniel Martin starts with a moisturizing or brightening mask before applying base. Then he follows with a water-based foundation to create a dewy finish. Try Garnier Skin Renew mask and Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation, Martin's fave!

Up Your Lash Game
The right falsies make your eyes look bigger and more defined — especially in pictures. Using individual lashes is key, says makeup artist Andrew Sotomayor, who works with Jennifer Lawrence and Olivia Wilde. "Alternate different lengths to mimic natural ones," he says. His secret weapon: Kre-at Beauty's individual-lash kit, which comes with three lengths.

See More: 5 Random Body Parts That Need Attention Before Your Big Day

Perfect Your Brows
Makeup artist Nick Barose, who has prettied up Lupita Nyong'o and Beyoncé, fills in brows with a fine-tipped Lancöme pencil, then swipes on a waterproof gel from Make Up for Ever to keep hairs in place, reapplying it hallway through long events.

Kiss-Proof Those Lips
Both brides and A-listers have better things to worry about than lipstick touchups, so Martin will often use a longer-lasting stain. Try a >CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain for a lightweight, goop-free color that holds strong through countless champagne sips.

Layer Your Blush
Makeup artist Kayleen McAdams who works with Sofia Vergara and Jessica Biel, blends cream blush on the apples of the cheeks, then sweeps a similar powder blush over it. Try the CK One blush duo with cream and powder.

Pick the Right Powder
Remember that shot of Angelina Jolie at a movie premiere last year with white splotches on her face? Avoid her fate by skipping anything labeled "high definition," says Martin. "That's made for video, but flash photography can cause the powder's silica to appear bright white." Instead, choose one that's a hint more yellow than your skin to add warmth.

Keep Your Makeup in Place
To stop foundation from doing a disappearing act, spritz a setting spray over your makeup. Our pros couldn't stop raving about the one by Urban Decay. "It's like hairspray for your face," says Martin. "I used it on Jessica Alba when we were shooting on the beach, in the humidity and salt spray — and her makeup didn't budge!"

Don't forget to pick up BRIDES February/March 2015 issue, available on newsstands now or for download here, for more wedding day beauty tips!

The New Romantics: 7 Reimagined Takes on the Classic Wedding Dress

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Feb 132015
 
Romantic Carolina Herrera Strapless Ball Gown with Scallop Detail

Photo: Kate Powers

"Classic" can mean just about anything, but when it comes to wedding dresses, there are few key facets that come to mind: lace and tulle, strapless ball gowns, and light-as-air A-line numbers. But like anything else, even the classic wedding dress can be reinvented and revamped, which is exactly what we saw on the latest bridal runways. Elegant and effortlessly chic, this season's traditional gowns have been reimagined with a modern twist — here, seven of our favorite fresh looks.

Heavy, ultra-formal ball gowns are a thing of the past. The beautifully embellished strapless wedding dress (above) from bridal-legend Carolina Herrera feels traditional yet still so of-the-moment thanks to the pretty scalloped neckline and layered train. Sequined embroidered lace gown, $8,590, Carolina Herrera

Romantic Wedding Dresses Houghton Skirt with Nautical Top

Photo: Kate Powers

Olivia Palermo started a revolution with her unconventional (yet totally chic) wedding day separates. This voluminous tulle skirt is balanced out with a fitted striped sweater for a look that feels perfect for a nautical bash.Striped turtleneck, Massimo Dutti; Tulle skirt with high-low hem, $1,750, Houghton

Romantic Wedding Dress Oscar de la Renta Eyelet

Photo: Kate Powers

Few fabrics feel more romantic than lace, and for a spring wedding there's nothing we love more than dainty eyelet fabrics. This tea-length wedding dress is a fun alternative to a floor-length gown, especially with its unique scalloped hemline. Eyelet gown with scalloped hem, $6,290, Oscar de la Renta

Romantic Wedding Dress Gemy Maalouf

Photo: Kate Powers

Illusion details are particularly trendy right now, and this silk and organza A-line wedding dress from Gemy Maalouf nails the style. We love the floral-lace embroidery in contrast with the plunging neckline and banded waist detail. Silk and organza gown with floral-lace embroidery, $4,420, Gemy Maalouf

Romantic Wedding Dress Marchesa

Photo: Kate Powers

For a two-piece look that still feels cohesive, consider a matching top and bottom set, like this ball gown from Marchesa. The sleeveless, embellished top is offset by the simple skirt and makes a perfect pairing. Silk-faille two-piece ball gown, $2,995, Marchesa

Romantic Wedding Dresses Rivini Sheath

Photo: Kate Powers

For a more delicate look, walk down the aisle in something figure hugging like this silk sheath from Rivini by Rita Vinieris. The modern waist cutouts add an extra dose of interest to this sleek look. Double-faced silk-georgette down with cutouts, $4,600, Rivini by Rita Vinieris

Romantic Wedding Dresses Honor for Stone Fox

Photo: Kate Powers

A bustier top can upgrade a traditional A-line silhouette. This gorgeous organza wedding dress features a soft sweetheart neckline and light laser-cut floral details for a textured look that feels oh-so-Spring-like. Organza bustier dress with laser-cut floral detail, $3,895, Honor for Stone Fox Bride

Don't forget to pick up the February/March 2015 issue of Brides, on newsstands now or available for download here, for more great wedding dress ideas!

Feb 102015
 
Waist-Slimming Sashes

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If you're searching for the perfect accessory to complement your wedding dress, consider a slim and stylish sash. While bridal belts of the past have been oversized and less-than chic, the newest styles have become ideal additions to your big-day look. Our six favorite skinny belts do more than just add a punch of glam to your dress, too: Thanks to their waist-defining powers, you'll look thinner and more streamlined on your big day (and what bride doesn't that?).

1. Crystal Bow
For the perfect blend of glam and girly, try this Swarovski-crystal embellished bow sash with a classic silk ribbon. Pair it with a retro-inspired tea-length wedding dress for a perfectly preppy look. Swarovski-crystal bow on silk ribbon, $460, Temperley London

2. Simple Flowers
This trio of understated tulle flowers pairs perfectly with just about any style gown. Thanks to the glam gold beading, you can wear this sash with a formal wedding dress for an elegant look or add it to a more casual dress for an extra-something special. Tulle flowers with beaded leaves on silk-satin ribbon, $300, Untamed Petals by Amanda Judge

See More: Grown-Up Glitter Accessories for Brides-to-Be

3. Embellished Flowers
For something more statement making, walk down the aisle in a heavily embellished floral sash. With a mix of pearls and crystals, this style would pair perfectly with just about any type of formal gown. Organza with rhinestones and pearls on satin ribbon, $537, A.B. Ellie

4. Colored Bow
For a pop of your favorite shade, incorporate it into a simple sash. This thin bow is unadorned, which keeps the pink hue from making your big-day look too busy.Grosgrain triple bow, $68, White by Vera Wang Collection

5. Glamorous Crystals
If you appreciate simple and refined styles with a bold splash of bling, you'll love this crystal-on-velvet sash. It features just enough wow-factor to draw some serious attention to your waist without overpowering your look. Glass and tulle on velvet ribbon, $60, Jenny Yoo

6. Vintage Crystals
This fully embellished sash gives off a vintage vibe, while its delicate floral shape keeps the crystalized look romantic. Metal and glass stones on satin ribbon, $118, Ann Taylor

Don't forget to pick up the February/March 2015 issue of Brides, on newsstands now or available for download here, for more great ideas on how to accessorize your wedding dress!

Turn Up the Volume: 5 Tulle Wedding Dresses We Love

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Feb 082015
 
Turn Up the Volume Tulle Wedding Dresses - Isabelle Armstrong

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When it comes to wedding dresses, big is back! While form-fitting sheaths and figure-hugging mermaids have been ruling the bridal runways, an old classic is making a major comeback. Enter: the voluminous skirt. To get that coveted, great big gorgeous gown that won't weigh you down (and is totally fun to dance in), just remember to bring on the tulle!

The gorgeous wedding dress, seen above, from Isabelle Armstrong is equal parts classic and modern. The elegant corded-French-lace bodice balances out the layered tulle skirt in the most perfect way. Corded-French-lace gown with tulle skirt and back details, $5,300, Isabelle Armstrong

Turn Up the Volume Tulle Wedding Dresses - Atelier Pronovias

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For a look that feels entirely of the moment, consider mixing two bridal separates for one look you'll love. This organza shirt is paired with a feather applique tulle skirt for a menswear-inspired look with the just the right amount of feminine flair. Organza shirt and A-line skirt with feather appliques, price upon request, Atelier Pronovias

Turn Up the Volume Tulle Wedding Dresses - Oleg Cassini

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The classic ball gown will never go out of style, and this romantic version is one of the prettiest modern interpretations we've seen. The tiered tulle skirt keeps the gown feeling light and airy, while the embroidered bodice adds just the right hint of formality and glam. Ball gown with flower-embroidered bodice and low back, $1,650, Oleg Cassini exclusively at David's Bridal

Turn Up the Volume Tulle Wedding Dresses - Amsale

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To feel like a princess bride-meets-modern girl on your wedding day, look no further than this pretty pick from Amsale. The flowing skirt is paired with a hand-beaded bodice and topped with a chic, structured blazer. Ball gown with hand-beaded bodice and soft-tulle tiered skirt, $6,050, Amsale

Turn Up the Volume Tulle Wedding Dresses - Jenny Lee Bridal

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Whether you're planning to change into a short number for your reception or just love the idea rocking this non-traditional length down the aisle, this mini dress with detachable overskirt is playful enough for even the most whimsical bride while still conveying tons of traditional appeal. Lace corset and strapless mini with detachable organza overlay skirt, $4,500, Jenny Lee Bridal

Don't forget to pick up the February/March 2015 issue of Brides, on newsstands now or available for download here, for more wedding-dress inspiration!

Feb 072015
 
Coral and Gold Color Palette

Photos: Courtesy of Tracy Reese; William Waldron; Nicholas Duers

Feeling sick of the deep tones of winter? Then warm up your spring wedding with this bright, fresh color palette! While we love coral and gold any time of the year, we're especially obsessed with this pretty pairing for nuptials taking place right on the cusp of warmer-weather. By mixing poppy coral with classic gold, this balanced palette will work in nearly any space and with any wedding style. Plus, thanks to the orangey-hues in coral, you can avoid creating a reception that reads entirely feminine.

First, select stationery that balances pink shades with formal gold tones. We love the colorwashed look of this menu from Thimblepress since it feels delicate yet still vibrant and bold. Dress your bridesmaids in floor-length coral gowns for a bright pop of color at your ceremony.

See More: 5 Ways to Personalize an Event Hall for Your Wedding

For reception décor, coral-and-gold tablesettings look elegant on a simple table without linens. Add tall, thin vases filled with bright ranuncluses to avoid a cluttered look and consider a playful escort card, like these hand-painted bug options, to evoke a spring-inspired style. But above all, our favorite way to seamlessly incorporate both coral and gold is through dinnerware, like these Raynaud plates with a perfect balance of the two tones through the seamless basketweave pattern.

Not loving this palette as much as we are? Not a problem! Check out more beautiful inspirations boards to inspire you on your big day.

Don't forget to pick up the February/March 2015 issue of Brides, on newsstands now or available for download here, for more great wedding inspiration!

1. Bridesmaids' Dress, $230, Jim Hjelm; 2. Hand-Painted Place Cards, $9 each, Bernard Maisner Calligraphy & Fine Stationery; 3. Magnetic Vases, $48 for five, DCI; 4. Shoes, $398, Diane von Furstenberg; 5. China, "Tressor," $760 for a five-piece place setting, Raynaud; 6. Menu, $250 for 100, Thimblepress

Will You Marry Us? Everything You Need to Know Before You Pick Your Officiant

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Feb 062015
 

The officiant is your master of ceremony — literally. So, it's important to consider your options before deciding who should do your "I dos." Whether it's a justice of the peace, a member of the clergy, or your own friend or relative, here's what you need to know before you plan your wedding ceremony. One quick tip: If you're hiring two officiants (like when you're throwing an interfaith affair), designate one to be the lead, and be sure she signs the marriage license. Not all houses of worship are agreeable with a tag-team ceremony, so ask early!

Here, the three most common options for your wedding officiant, and everything you need to know before you select one.


Justice of the Peace
How it Works: A JP is simply a layperson licensed to perform marriage ceremony — a good option for the nonreligious and your only option at city hall. To find one, visit a site like findajp.com. (Getting married abroad? Do the JP thing stateside first so you don't have to deal with foreign red tape.)
Fee: It varies, but $75 to $150 is typical.
Make it Your Own: A good JP will want to meet in advance and personalize the ceremony. "You and your groom should tell her your favorite story about the other privately," says Utah-based planner Michelle Leo. "Then have her tell both stories from the podium." At city hall, the ceremony can be tailored with self-written vows and other personal touches depending on local rules and how busy the office is that day.

Clergy Member
How it Works: Reverend or rabbi, priest of pandit, when you choose a religious official to perform your ceremony, there's a good chance she's done this a few times and can run the show (and calm your wedding-day nerves). She's also recognized by the state, so there's little danger of a paperwork mishap. Most religions allow clergy to marry nonmembers, but some require premarital counseling or holding the ceremony in a house of worship (instead of in your nana's backyard).
Fee: The donation range is $200 to $1,500
Make it Your Own: religious rituals tend to go by the book, but you can usually tweak some parts (to remove hints of sexism, for example) and choose your own music. Try bringing in a children's choir or a friend with great pipes, says Calder Clark, a South Carolina planner. "We once had a gorgeous male guest stand up from the crowd and sing 'Amazing Grace,' and everyone lost their minds!" she says.

Friend or Relative
How it Works: Someone you know and love gets ordained as a minister and performs your ceremony, guaranteeing it will feel personal. But whether you ask your cousin, camp friend, or SoulCycle instructor, she should be at least 18, be comfortable with public speaking, and "have her shit together," says San Francisco planner Amy Nichols. "Attorneys are great; they don't crack under pressure." Make sure your pal gets certified by a reputable organization, like the Universal Life Church or the American Marriage Ministries. And double-check your state's rules: Some require here to do it at least one month before the big day.
Fee: Ordination is free, but you can offer to pay for a printed certificate to commemorate her contribute — from $8 to $260.
Make it Your Own: You can tailor this ceremony however you want, but grad a good guidebook to create a framework. (We like The Wedding Ceremony Planner: The Essential Guide to the Most Important Part of Your Wedding Day by Judith Johnson.) Want to take the sweetness up a notch? "On your programs, print the 'asking of intention' and 'pronouncement' portions of the ceremony, and have your guests join in," says planner Hallie Slade, of L.A.'s La Bohéme events. "The sound of a hundreds of people pronouncing your husband and wife is so moving."

Don't forget to pick up the February/March 2015 issue of Brides, on newsstands now or available for download here, for more great wedding advice!

A Wedding Dress We Love Under $2,000 by Truly Zac Posen

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Feb 062015
 
Wedding Dress Under 2000 Truly Zac Posen

Photo: Marcus Mam; Styling by Turner

Just because you want your dream wedding dress to be, well, a dream, doesn't mean you have to break the bank to get it. There are plenty of affordable and fashionable bridal gowns out there that will keep you on budget and looking like a knockout. Each week, we'll be picking our favorite wedding dresses in the market right now that cost less than $2,000. That's right: not one of these gowns is a penny more than $2,000. Without further adieu, here's one of our favorite budget-friendly and super-stylish gowns. .

Classic brides looking for something with a bit of a vintage flair will adore this Truly Zac Posen gown. The visible darts and boning give the gown a pin-up feel while its satin make and sleek minimalist look would help this style fit in at any event.

See more: Little White Dresses You Can Buy Right Now

Torn between wanting something fitted and flowy? This gown gives you both with its corset-like bodice and billowy A-line skirt. Not to mention its a totally timeless design, with its top-half offering up a nod to the past, and yet, add-ons like pockets firmly grounding it in the now. Last but not least this gown gives you the perfect blank slate for accessorizing and making it completely your own.

For more dresses we love under $2,000, be sure to check out our February/March issue, on newsstands now and available for download!

Pictured above: Pleated satin ball gown, $1,150, Truly Zac Posen available at David's Bridal; Coat, Burberry London

Jan 312015
 
Emerald and Aqua Color Palette

Photos: Courtesy of Tracy Reese; William Waldron; Nicholas Duers

With spring coming in a few months, it's time to think about bright and bold color palettes for your wedding ceremony and reception. One of our favorite color combinations for a warmer weather bash: emerald and aqua. The pairing of warm and regal emerald with punchy aqua is perfect for your spring or summer wedding since it mixes a classic, elegant shade with something trendy and vibrant.

We were inspired by this tranquil, poolside escape, which balances lots of crystal blue water with tons of lush greenery. The color pairing will result in a gorgeous, relaxing space that transports your friends and family to an island getaway. To make it work, start by selecting an invitation that balances bright aqua with more subtle emerald green.

For your bouquet, we love a simple mix of white blooms, like anemones and tulips. For more color, consider adding blue hydrangea or delphiniums to channel a hint of that pretty aqua tone. To drive that tropical vibe home, we love the idea of skipping your wedding cake and going for something slightly less traditional like these pretty (and delicious!) palm-leaf cookies.

If you aren't as obsessed with this color palette as we are, don't fret! Check out our inspiration board tool to see tons of other great ideas for your big day.

Don't forget to pick up the February/March 2015 issue of Brides, on newsstands now or available for download here, for more great wedding inspiration!

1. Escort Card Pennant Banner, from $5 per pennant, Cheree Berry Paper; 2. Invitation, "Ombré," $3,900 for 100 hand-calligraphed sets, Fleur de Letters; 3. Palm-Leaf Cookies, $9 each, Wildflour Baking Co.; 4. Necklace, $175, ABS by Allen Schwartz; 5. Bouquet, $300, Michael George Flowers; 6. Bridesmaids' Dress, $200, J.Crew

A Wedding Dress We Love Under $2,000 by Rafael Cennamo White

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Jan 312015
 
Wedding Dress Under $2000 - Rafael Cennamo White

Photo: Marcus Mam; Styling by Turner

Just because you want your dream wedding dress to be, well, a dream, doesn't mean you have to break the bank to get it. There are plenty of affordable and fashionable bridal gowns out there that will keep you on budget and looking like a knockout. Each week, we'll be picking our favorite wedding dresses in the market right now that cost less than $2,000. That's right: not one of these gowns is a penny more than $2,000. Without further adieu, here's one of our favorite budget-friendly and super-stylish gowns.

Just looking at this Rafael Cennamo White mini makes us want to twist and twirl on the dance floor. Ballet-inspired, this pleated tulle number is equal parts romantic and alluring. Drawing clear inspiration from both tutus and a leotard's bustier — giving this more classical piece just the right dash of sex appeal — this sweet knee-skimming number is perfect for your reception or for the spring and summer bride that's looking for a shorter hemline.

See more: Little White Dresses You Can Buy Right Now

Paired with a luxe fur jacket, a slicked-back bun, and a punchy red lip this whole look oozes elegance and grace. How could your groom resist spinning you around in this number? That's right, he can't.

For more dresses we love under $2,000, be sure to check out our February/March issue, on newsstands now and available for download!

Pictured above: Pleated tulle dress with lace appliqueés, $1,600, Rafael Cennamo White; Coat, Adrienne Landau; Earrings and bracelet, Thea Grant

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