Apr 232016
 

You've locked down the perfect outdoor venue for your ceremony, so you're good, right? Not so fast! Now you have to secure all the rentals that will make sure that your guests have some place to sit, stand under, and enjoy all evening while dancing. Here are the New Jersey vendors for rentals that will make your outdoor wedding day complete.

Bergen Party Rentals
Just because you're planning a backyard barbecue vibe for your big day doesn't mean you want the sun beating down directly on your guests. Whether you need tents, canopies, tables, or chairs, this rental company has you covered — literally. Looking for an offbeat and fun way to keep guests snacking while they're waiting for you to walk down the aisle? You can also borrow a hot dog cart or popcorn machine for guests to enjoy — just make sure to designate a qualified person to man the station, or you may end up with some overcooked bites!

In-Tents Party Rentals & Event Services
Planning for an outdoor ceremony at a park or garden? This company, which has three locations in New Jersey, has wedding-specific products like archways and cabanas that can be used as a chuppah or mandap, where you and your spouse can exchange vows. After you're officially hitched, you'll be ready to dance the night away (cha-cha slide anyone?), and In-Tents can make sure you get your outdoor lounge furniture and dance floor all set up. The last thing you want when you're cutting a rug (is that what your dad calls it?) is to be dripping sweat, so make sure to borrow climate control elements like fans or heaters for your tent — depending on what the weather report is showing. Read real brides' reviews here!

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Party Rental Ltd.
Looking for all the little details to make your reception perfect? This party giant has every last element you can think of to make your fête perfect available for rentals — including barware, glassware, china, plating, tables, serving pieces, chafing dishes, coffee service supplies, and more. Make an appointment at the company's massive 230,000-square-foot showroom in Teterboro, New Jersey, where you can view the hundreds of products the company rents. If you're hunting for a Hamptons' 'white party' look, the company also provides platforms, dance floors, steps and illuminated bars and tables that will make you feel like you're smack dab in the middle of Diddy's backyard. Read real brides' reviews here!

Content Party Rentals Inc.
If you're throwing a non-traditional bash with food as the centerpiece, Content can provide you with the charcoal grill or pig rotisserie that ensure your food festival bash dreams come true. Done with the cooking? You can borrow tents, tables and chairs from the vendor to make sure your guests can enjoy all the fruits of that labor. Finally, Content has numerous tent options ranging in shape and size, as well as chandeliers and lighting that will make sure your guests can drink and eat to their hearts content, no matter the weather!

Taylor Rental
Taylor Rental is well-versed in working massive events, so if you have a guest list of over 400, give them a call to get the tents, chairs, tables and glassware you'll need for your reception. If you think entertaining will be a big part of your life once you're a Mrs. and are in the market for party supplies to own for yourself, then scoop up some of the used equipment the company sells at discounted rates. And though it's definitely not something any bride wants to spend much time thinking about, if you are having a reception in a raw space, you will need to secure bathrooms for your guests. Taylor rents portable bathrooms and sinks at prices low enough that you can get enough to make sure there's no line all night.

Want to see more New Jersey Rental Vendors? Check out our New Jersey Rentals page to find everything you need to complete your day!

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Apr 162016
 
Bridal Glam Squads Close to NYC

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Aside from marrying the love of your life, the (second) best part of your wedding day is the morning of: getting pampered and beautified with your best girls as you kick back, relax, sip mimosas and prepare for the best day of your life. Check out these five NJ-based glam squads offering BOTH bridal hair and makeup — within close proximity to NYC — because hey, Jersey can glam up city brides, too.

Melissa D'Aloia and Co.
Owner Melissa D'Aloia and her team of talented hair designers and makeup artists boast both years of experience and rave reviews from brides throughout the tri-state area. With credits including work for Liz Cho and the Eyewitness News team and celebrity clientele including Kelly Ripa and Nick Jonas (just to name a few!), Melissa and team have received accolades consecutively since 2011. Offering airbrush makeup and hair extensions as well as other bridal services, this MAC=certified team promises to "keep you feeling like you, but a better version." Read real brides' reviews here!

Up & Out Beauty Bar
Owner and stylist Niki Klaczany has been styling bridal hair for over 10 years and as her business and services have grown, so has her bridal team. With 7 talented ladies ready to curl, twirl, braid, spray, and airbrush you and your entire bridal party, Up and Out Beauty Bar will travel to your venue to doll you and your girls up on the big day. Whether you desire long flowing curls or an intricately braided up-do, in the hands of these beauty gurus, you'll be sure to wow all day long.

See More: Find the Perfect Place to Say "I Do" in the Garden State!

Gianna Giacona Hair & Makeup Artistry
Giana and her beauty crew aim to "pamper you into gorgeous on your very special day." What more could you want? Consisting of MAC Pro Artists and Kett Airbrush makeup artists, Giana Giaconna has been in the bridal-glam industry for over 15 years, and her team has received such numerous accolades including Wedding Wire's Couples Choice Award. Using HD airbrush makeup and specializing in red carpet glam, you can rest assured you will look as amazing as you feel on your wedding day — courtesy of Gianna and her team. Read real brides' reviews here!

The Posh Bride Hair and Makeup
This northern-New Jersey company is only minutes outside of NYC and specializes in bridal beauty. Available for on-site services for all your big day beauty needs, the Posh team will perfect your hair and makeup, giving you your ideal bridal look you've undoubtedly been dreaming about since you said "yes" to the love of your life. With over 10 years experience, Posh Bride promises they can "create any style, on any person, anywhere" and with their reviews from happy brides everywhere and impressive portfolio, we believe them! Read real brides' reviews here!

Dina's Kiss and Makeup
Dina and her team of talented hair and makeup artists encourage their clients to sit back, relax, and enjoy the process while they roll up their sleeves and glam you up. Embracing the importance of bridal beauty and client communication, Dina & her team sit with each client to discuss their ideal look and address any questions they may have. Specializing in airbrush makeup and bridal hairstyles (as well as organic airbrush tans), this glam squad covers it all. Dina also has her own line of cosmetics that make perfect bridal party gifts. Opt for a bridal trial before the big day (we recommend doing a trial on a day where you'll be taking photos), and we guarantee you'll be turning heads for your walk down the aisle with your flawless face and flowing locks. Read real brides' reviews here!

Want to see more New Jersey beauty experts? Check out our New Jersey Beauty page to find your glam Squad!

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Apr 112016
 
new jersey engagement photo locations laurita winery

Photo: Courtesy of James Webb Photography via Instagram

Every bride is on the hunt for the perfect setting for her engagement photos — and we're not talking a cheesy studio backdrop. When it comes to taking photos with the one you love, you want it to be meaningful — which includes a beautiful backdrop. Here are the most beautiful New Jersey locales for your engagement photos — that will make everything from your save the dates to your wedding website look like it came straight from a magazine.

Laurita Winery (Above)
Formerly a dairy farm, Laurita Winery's grounds boast a vineyard and tons of expansive green space for photos. The site's expansive property also has many quirky and rustic details — from wine barrels to brick walkways — that give a unique quality to an engagement shoot. Plus, you get to toast your engagement with some of the winery's very own vino once your photos are all done! Read real brides' reviews here!

Liberty State Park
In addition to wide open green spaces, this Jersey City park offers clear views of the Manhattan skyline, the Hudson River, and the Statue of Liberty. What's more: the park is home to Communipaw Terminal, a New Jersey historic site that was once a train terminal. The many now-dormant train tracks are an ideal background for showing how far you've come in your relationship.

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Asbury Park Boardwalk
This summertime staple begins at the historic Convention Hall, which has hosted everyone from The Boss to The Chairman of the Board. The boardwalk itself is just mere steps from the ocean, and is a great site for engagement photos for beach bum couples that appreciate the seaside town's rich history and ocean views.

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
Located in the northern part of Long Beach Island, New Jersey, the park offers a view of the historic Barnegat Lighthouse, which was first lit in 1859. The popular tourist attraction includes views of Barnegat Bay, while the park features a short maritime forest trail — ideal for a memorable moment.

Allaire State Park
The state park is best known for its historic Allaire Village, which houses a general store, blacksmith shop and antique railway cars. The Manasquan River also flows through the park, which contains numerous natural trails to explore while trying to nail down the perfect shot. Read real brides' reviews here!

Hoboken Terminal
The transportation hub's renovated waiting room has massive windows that provide amazing natural light for photographs. The station also has accessible outdoor train platforms that are a prime backdrop. As an added bonus, just a few steps away there are clear views of downtown Manhattan that are sure to take your breath away.

Find the perfect photographers to take all your engagement pics with our New Jersey Photographer page!

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Apr 102016
 

It goes without saying that the bride should have all eyes on her on her wedding day. But, she also wants her mother to feel elegant and beautiful for the wedding. While mothers of the bride have many different tastes and preferences, some prefer a more modern, fashion-forward spin on their wedding day ensembles. Thankfully, for mothers of the bride and groom in the Bay Area, there are plenty of contemporary shopping destinations where she can find the perfect dress to celebrate the wedding in supreme style.

Fillmore District
Fillmore Street in San Francisco's Pacific Heights neighborhood is a window shopper's dream come true. The picturesque street is lined with super posh boutiques including Elizabeth Charles and Curve. Both shops offer on-trend designer wares, housing sleek cocktail dresses and of-the-moment accessories. The Alice and Olivia shop is a quick stroll down the street, and it curates both gorgeous gowns and cocktail dresses alike.

Union Square
For modern, elegant options for the mother of the bride, look to the swanky shops around Union Square. Many famous designers have set up shop in this area, including Carolina Herrera, whose lavish, feminine designs are made for those once-in-a-lifetime events. Just down the street, you'll also find Azadeh, a couture atelier and boutique specializing in avant-garde evening wear. For those who prefer more variety, step into nearby Saks 5th Avenue for a wide assortment of designer threads and footwear.

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Hayes Valley
Over in the quaint Hayes Valley neighborhood you'll find the forward-thinking boutique, Rand + Statler, which is home to many chic European and American labels, including delicate, minimalist jewelry from Catbird and Kathleen Whitaker — ideal for complementing every mother-of-the bride look. And if chic vintage pieces sound enticing, Ver Unica is the go-to boutique for exquisite, impeccably maintained dresses and accessories of yesteryear.

East Bay
It's well worth the swift trip across the bay to experience McMullen. This sleek boutique in Piedmont houses a variety of trendy-yet-sophisticated designers like Roksanda, Ulla Johnson, By Malene Birger, and Self Portrait. You're sure to find the perfect head-turning ensemble for the mother of the bride who wants to sparkle alongside the bride.

Want to see more San Francisco shops for mother-of-the-bride dresses? Check out our San Francisco Dresses page to help your mom find her gorgeous gown!

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Apr 042016
 

You love your bridesmaids. In fact, their different tastes, styles, and personalities make you love them even more — but when it comes to getting everyone to shimmy into the same dress, drama can definitely ensue.

Luckily, you live in NYC, where there's a slew of stylish bridesmaid dresses to suit every style and budget. So your only real issue is reeling everyone into a dress you love (and let's face it), one they won't gawk over.

We sat down with Claudia Hanlin, owner of The Wedding Library, to help decode the best dresses for every bridesmaid scenario under the sun. Here are Claudia's top tips to help each of your girls feel beautiful on your big day!

The pregnant bridesmaid
It's tough to be pregnant for your friend's wedding, since it's difficult to gauge what your growing body will look like in six months' time. Add pregnancy hormones, changing lifestyles, and other stressors to the mix, and it's easy to see why your most chill girlfriend can become your most fickle bridesmaid. "It's key to find a bridesmaid dress that accommodates her growing belly," says Hanlin. Sometimes this means letting her wear a different silhouette than the other girls. "Let her choose an empire waist to accommodate her tummy," Hanlin adds. "And be sure she picks a size up from her current bust size."

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The out-of-town bridesmaid
Your college girlfriend who lives thousands of miles away may feel left out by local wedding planning activities. Once you've narrowed down your bridesmaid dress choices, Skype her at the post-shopping brunch. You'll make her feel included, without adding more mayhem to the appointment itself. "Once you've decided on a style, have her provide accurate measurements provided by a professional tailor," Hanlin adds. This way, you can place one order, and not worry about color variations, which is a common issue when gowns are ordered separately and cut from different dye lots.

Bridesmaids with varying budgets
Remember that bit about how you love your bridesmaids for all their differences? Their lifestyles play a roll here, too. If you're planning a full-out fete at the Plaza and have your heart set on expensive gowns for your girls, consider their budget before taking the plunge. Ladies who need to travel, or those who are still in school, might struggle to purchase a pricey dress. "Buy during a trunk show where the best prices are on offer," says Hanlin. Another great option? "Quietly supplement the cost of all dresses, so as not to call out your budget sensitive friends."

The non-responsive bridesmaid
We've all been there... For some reason, your normally giddy girlfriend has gone completely off the grid when it comes to all things wedding planning. If she's not responding to dress shopping cues and potentially holding up a final purchase, it's time to take the plunge. "Choose for her," says Hanlin. And be sure to keep your cool. While she definitely wants to be there for you, life happens. Jobs, family, finances — really, anything — could be keeping her busy, and she probably doesn't want to weigh you down during this happy time.

Dealing with too many opinions
While radio silent bridesmaids can happen, a more common situation is having too many opinions, which can be totally dizzying! Keep in mind that your girlfriends are likely working off your cues. If you engage them in every step of the bridesmaid shopping experience, they're going to share all their ideas. Instead, do the bulk of the research solo. "Offer a selection of two to four dresses," says Hanlin, "and allow each girl to choose the one they like best." You can take the final decision from there!

Ready to start shopping for bridesmaids dresses in NYC? Check out our New York City Dresses page to find your girls' gorgeous gowns!

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Mar 282016
 
Personalizing Your NYC Wedding

Photo: Ira Lippke for Ira Lippke Studios

When wedding style trend maker Ceci Johnson opened her namesake stationery studio over 11 years ago, the bridal world was far from custom. Brides could only order wedding invites from big, clunky binders, and they rarely had something truly unique. Ceci never bought off the shelf, and always desired something one-of-a-kind that no one else had. So she launched Ceci New York to offer a truly couture design experience to brides around the world.

Now that "custom" has been commonplace in weddings, Ceci is continuously striving to produce the most innovative, groundbreaking concepts for her inspiring clientele. In fact, she's even launching a completely customizable e-commerce site this fall, where brides will be able to shop her collection of thousands of designs and personalize them in their own way.

We sat down with Ceci, as she shared some of the chic and outside-the-box ways she's helping clients make their weddings as personalized as possible.

1. Make your invites stand out with custom details.
"I truly believe all of my clients should be making their own statement and standing out from the rest. The more personal I am able to get with my clients the better. It's incredibly rewarding and beautiful to hand paint a client's wedding venue to use within their invitation suite or design a custom crest based on the life they share."

2. Create a personal story through your entire paper wedding suite.
"I love to create a personal story for my clients through my art, and brand their life moments. That means taking a consistent design and weaving it throughout the entire event. It can start with a save-the-date or invitation and carry through to all the accessories on the day (or weekend!) of the wedding. I love to design everything from welcome bags for guests, ceremony programs, signage, escort and place cards, menus, napkins, stir sticks for your cocktails and wedding favors and beyond."

3. Take your invitation details into your event décor.
"I'm obsessed with taking our custom prints and incorporating the graphics into the event decor. Going beyond paper, turning art into wallpaper or fabrics for the linens or pillows in the lounge or printing custom graphics that match the invitations on the dance floor. So much you can do! Your custom designed crest or brand can show up on many of these personal pieces mixed in with beautiful design elements. From there, we can work these moments into your home and life together — the possibilities are truly endless!"

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4. Invest in the best.
"Commission a talented and reputable invitation designer — that is the first step to making your process easy, fun, creative and in-line with your tastes. Not only do you want an outstanding design to show off to your friends and family, but also that's only 50 percent of the job. The other 50 percent is the service and execution. That's what sets Ceci New York apart from the rest — we cater to your needs, track all of the tiny details (so you don't have to) and deliver products that will surely beautify your world."

5. Consider the (ever-chic!) mix of floral and foil stamping.
"I love the mix of floral and foil stamping (metallic, shiny printing). I've recently created a few commissioned floral watercolors and the addition of foil stamping as an accent results in this wonderful juxtaposition of soft and intense. I always look to the fashion runways for cutting edge inspiration... It's like paring a beautiful, soft silk dress with bold jewels and accessories — it works and is a fun balance!"

6. Remain true to your style.
"And always remain true to the tone that you want to set for the wedding. Go with your gut and what moves you. It's always right. Remember, this is the first impression your guests will have, so make it a good one! (Oh, and get your guest list together as soon as possible. This will affect everything you do so, trust me, it's important to sort out right away)."

For the best NYC wedding stationers, planners, bands, and venues to take your nuptials from good to glam, head to our Local Vendors page here!

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Mar 272016
 
Bijou Bridal New Jersey Wedding Dresses

Photo: Bijou Bridal & Special Occasion via Facebook

While Manhattan may be the epicenter for all things shopping, Jersey can certainly hold its own for brides searching for that perfect dress. Whether you've already tried on too many gowns to count, or are just beginning the hunt, be sure to check out these New Jersey bridal shops — within 45 minutes of NYC!

Bijou Bridal & Special Occasion (Paramus)
This flagship full service bridal and evening wear salon offers an impressive and versatile selection of designer bridal fashion. Open for over 10 years, this 8,000 square foot showroom showcases designers including Maggie Sottero, Pronovias and CasaBlanca, among many others amongst chic European décor. Their mission? "You've dreamed about this dress your whole life, leave it to us to make your dream come true." Read real brides' reviews here!

Cinderella Bridals (Matawan)
Every bride should feel like a princess on her wedding day, and at Cinderella Bridals, it's a reality. Offering top designers and a warm, cordial atmosphere this bridal shop not only carries bridal wear but also everything you might need for everyone in your bridal party. A part of the bridal community for over 25 years, Cinderella Bridal carries designers from Alfred Angelo through Sotterro-Midgley, featuring tons of styles and sizes so you can find your dream silhouette, fabric, and neckline as you work with a talented bridal consultant throughout your appointment. Read real brides' reviews here!

Castle Couture (Manalapan)
With two floors and thousands of stunning gowns and dresses to choose from, Castle Couture boasts an extensive selection of bridal styles and designers with over 1,500 gowns from around the world including those by designers David Tutera, Lazaro, and Eve of Milady. Once you pick the dress, Castle Couture also exhibits an extensive accessory department featuring show-stopping headpieces, embellished belts, unique jewelry, and gorgeous veils. Read real brides' reviews here!

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L'Fay Bridal (Chatham)
With a sister location in New York City, L'Fay Bridal in New Jersey seeks to provide the ultimate experience in bridal shopping. For over 10 years, this shop has expanded its passion to discover unique, one-of-a-kind gowns from both world-renowned and up-and-coming designers. Badgley Mischka, Allure Bridals, and Berta gowns are among the designers L'Fay features in its charming Chatham boutique. Read real brides' reviews here!

Park Avenue Bridals (Verona)
Family owned and operated, this bridal boutique has been making wedding dreams a reality for decades. With hundreds of wedding dresses to choose from in a variety of styles — suitable for beaches and outdoor ceremonies to ballrooms and castles — the ideal dress for your style, venue, and taste awaits. With designers including Eve of Milady, Allure Couture, and Justin Alexander, be sure to check out their website for their frequent special events and trunk shows! Read real brides' reviews here!

Haven't found the one? Browse even more bridal boutiques on our New Jersey Wedding Dresses page!

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Mar 252016
 

Whether you're getting ready for your engagement party, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, or even your wedding day, there are literally hundreds of different ways you can style your hair (and trust us, we've done the leg work!). But there's something about an amazing blowout that never disappoints. With the perfect amount of shine and volume, you look chic and sophisticated but not overly made-up — because who really feels comfortable in a shellacked updo, anyway? Ahead are the best blowout bars and services that get the job done right.

Blo Blow Dry Bar
Most people choose from one of Blo's seven signature blowout styles with cheeky names like a tousled, boho-inspired look called "Pillow Talk," or voluminous, bombshell curls appropriately named "Holly Would." But that doesn't mean the stylists here won't tailor your look to your unique hair texture and length — they'll make certain tweaks to the menu to get you the style that looks best for you. After a quick consultation, you're swept away to a washing station to get shampooed with Unite products (which smell ridiculously good, by the way) and depending on your hair texture, you could be out the door in just 40 minutes. Prices start at $40 at their five NYC locations.

Dry Bar
This chain can't be beat with its 13 convenient locations all around NYC. Choose from styles like "Southern Comfort" beachy waves or "Straight Up," a service which gets your strands sleek and smooth. After a consultation and some initial pleasantries, your stylist will leave you to enjoy your complimentary coffee, wine, or champagne — and the rom-com playing on one of their flat screens, of course. If blowouts are a part of your regular routine, consider enrolling in the Barfly Membership for $75 a month, which gets you two blowouts, a free birthday blowout, 10 percent off Dry Bar's proprietary products and tools, plus pay just $35 for additional blowouts (as opposed to the $45 non-member price) — perfect if you're hosting several wedding-related events in the same month. Prices start at $45 at Dry Bar's 13 NYC locations. Read real brides' reviews here!

Dreamdry
Celebrity stylist turned fashion designer Rachel Zoe has one of the most recognizable blonde blowouts in the biz, so it only makes sense she co-founded this spacious salon with locations in Flatiron and Columbus Circle. We love the modern look of each station, which comes equipped with an iPad that's loaded with the different blowout options you can browse during your consultation and digital versions of magazines to read so you can relax during your session. Sign up for Dreamdry's loyalty program, where you get a point for every dollar you spend in the salon or online. Then, cash them in for your next blowout, Oribe and Kerastase products exclusively used in the salon, and VIP events. We also appreciate the fact that Dreamdry opens as early as 6:30 a.m. on weekdays and as late as 10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday nights. Is a 6:30 a.m. blowout absolutely bananas? When you're a busy bride-to-be, we think not. Prices start at $45 at Dreamdry's two Manhattan locations.

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Glamsquad
Sort of like Seamless for blowouts, Glamsquad will come to your apartment, hotel, or even do some dry styling in your office conference room in just an hour's notice. Your stylist will come armed with luxe Kerastase products and hot tools, plus some amazing advice on how to make your blowout last as long as possible. If you're in the comfort of your own home, stay in your pajamas if you want to, and catch up on Netflix while your hairstylist does his or her magic. Obviously, the convenience is key here, and it eliminates any stressful travel time if you were to go to a brick and mortar spot. Even after we accidentally provided the wrong address when we tested the service, the stylist still showed up on time — a particularly impressive feat in midtown traffic during rush hour. Glamsquad services are available in both Manhattan and Brooklyn, with prices starting at $50 (20 percent gratuity included). Read real brides' reviews here!

Fox & Jane
In just four years, Fox & Jane have opened four NYC salons, and judging from the post-blowout snaps on the brand's Instagram feed, it's easy to see why their stylists are in such high demand. Though it's a full-service salon, Fox & Jane's stylists particularly excel in glossy blowouts with tons of beachy texture and movement. You won't find a cutesy lookbook here — tell them what you want or bring in your own inspiration photo for a customized look that has serious lasting power. Prices start at $49 throughout all of their NYC locations.

For more locally-based wedding beauty gurus, head to our New York City Beauty page!

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Mar 212016
 

No matter how you slice it, it's always challenging to find a solitary bridesmaid dress that pleases all your girlfriends. But if you're open to having your girls wear different silhouettes that flatter their unique figures, you're well on the road to "happy bridesmaid land."

Need a little nudge to get started? To make bridesmaid dress shopping easier (and much more fun!), we've not only paired different body types to their most flattering silhouettes, we also shared some uber-chic dresses that are available for sale here in NYC. So bookmark this guide, get your girls, and get your (stress-free) bridesmaid shopping on!

NYC Bridesmaid Dresses J.Crew

Photo: Courtesy of J. Crew

Straight
Your body: Less definition between your bust, waist and hips.
You look great in: Classic shifts and fitted sheath gowns, as well as body-hugging styles with notable design details.
Try: On-trend separates with a pencil skirt, such as this amazingly chic floral lace pencil skirt from J. Crew.
Find it: The J. Crew Wedding Boutique
Read real brides' reviews here!

NYC Bridesmaid Dresses Donna Morgan

Photo: Courtesy of Donna Morgan

Pear
Your body: Smaller at top, fuller at hips and behind.
You look great in: Fitted strapless and open neck tops that enhance the upper body and draw the eyes up. Empire waists also help mark the smallest part of your figure.
Try: The "Felicity" dress by Donna Morgan. This strapless, romantic empire waist mesh gown draws the eye up with its draped sweetheart neckline. We also love how its been styled with some soft, but statement making jewelry!
Find it: Bella Bridesmaid
Read real brides' reviews here!

NYC Bridesmaid Dresses twobirds

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Hourglass
Your body: Curvaceous with a full bust, defined waist and fuller hips.
You look great in: Wrap dresses and classic sheaths with fitted waists enhance your curves. Look for adjustable waist styles, so you can customize the fit to accentuate your curves.
Try: The new twobirds tulle ombre dress. While it can be wrapped over 15 ways to suit nearly every body type, we especially love the crossover waist design on hourglass figures. You can even customize the top (one shoulder, halter, strapless...) from there!
Find it: At twobirds bridesmaid in Soho
Read real brides' reviews here!

NYC Bridesmaid Dresses Monique Lhuillier

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Apple
Your body: Your narrowest point is above the natural waist, at the ribs.
You look great in: Empire waists that draw the eye up, and draw attention away from the middle, while allowing a looser fit. Neck details also bring the focus up and provide a balanced look.
Try: The reverse halter tulle gown by Monique Lhuillier which not only draws attention up with its chic center halter design, but has a softly boned bodice and empire waist to flatter your figure.
Find it: The Wedding Library NYC
Read real brides' reviews here!

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NYC Bridesmaid Dresses Paper Crown

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Full Bust
Your body: Bust is fuller than the hips and rear.
You look great in: Plunging V-neck and supportive halter styles that draw the eye downward for a slimming effect, while possibly wrapping at the bust and waist to help balance out your fuller half. Supportive bra-friendly dresses are a bonus.
Try: The "Jillian" dress from Paper Crown for its flattering, yet bra friendly rouched bodice and goddess-like vibe.
Find it: Bella Bridesmaid
Read real brides' reviews here!

NYC Bridesmaid Dresses Joanna August

Photo: Courtesy of Joanna August

Petite
Your body: Generally 5'4" or under, you also have a smaller frame than taller women.
You look great in: Clothes tailored to petite proportions (i.e. petite sizing), and jumpsuit silhouettes, which can also provide an elongated look with a halter top, and billowy straight legs.
Try: The "Scarlette" jumpsuit by Joanna August for its pleated halter bodice, low back, and wide legs, which are a distinct nod to 1970's glamour icons. It's an ultra feminine look with a touch of attitude, that can be worn well beyond the wedding.
Find it: The Wedding Library NYC
Read real brides' reviews here!

NYC Bridesmaid Dresses Jenny Yoo

Photo: Courtesy of Jenny Yoo

Maternity
Your body: You're growing life! The next nine months mean changing proportions, especially in the bust and belly.
You look great in: Dresses that give the tummy room to grow, and allow ample coverage in the bust. Many pregnant women also prefer some coverage on the arm or chest.
Try: Jenny Yoo's matenity bridesmaid dress, the "Maribel." Jenny Yoo is one of the only designers who makes maternity-specific bridesmaid dresses, so there's no double guessing your dress size in a few months' time, as the gowns are cut to accommodate shifts and changes. The "Maribel" maternity dress also has a full A-line skirt to allow plenty of room for a growing belly.

Want to see even more New York City dress boutiques? Try these on for size!

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Mar 182016
 
best nyc pre-wedding manicure and pedicures

Photo: Brenda Armendariz

Some could argue that the second most important design factor that a bride wears — dress not included — is the simple, elegant, or intricate design chosen for a wedding-day manicure. As the focal point for a new forever wedding ring, it's important that every New York City bride leave the hand-in-hand details to some of the top nail artists in the industry. We've rounded up a few of the most famous that are sure to do a beautiful job on your wedding nails (and may get you a little star-struck — if you're a manicure-buff — in the process!).

Essie Flagship Salon
Following in the footsteps of the legendary household name Essie Weingarten, this all-around nail tycoon has been gracing the hands of New Yorkers in her first-ever flagship salon for years. This luxury experience, is equipped with several hundred original Essie colors, and is under the direction of lead nail technician Josephine Allen — inside of Samuel Shriqui's spa headquarters. Basic manicure: $32.

Bed of Nails
Located in one of Harlem's most up-and-coming neighborhoods, this opulent nail destination experience provides world-class service with one-of-a-kind Big Apple glamour thanks to owner Candice Idehen. Frequently providing services for a number of A-list stars including Jessica Alba, Estelle, and Mary Louis Parker, it's no surprise that this successful global phenomenon has been featured in numerous high-profile editorial publications, as well as on the runways of NYFW. Basic manicure: $20.

Fix Beauty Bar
With a seamless blend of high quality blowouts and one-of-a-kind nail services done simultaneously, this indulgent experience in all things beauty combines pampering with the efficiency of an NYC salon. This Upper East Side beauty spot is perfect for any bride looking to get primped and polished in between the busy schedule of wedding day appointments and planning activities. Manicure and blowout: $50

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Vanity Projects NYC
This high-end nail atelier uses a variety of luxury concepts (including video art programming) to design some of the most sought-out manicures in New York. Founded by Rita de Alencar Pinto, one of NYC's independent curators, this innovative concept allows nail artists the chance to exhibit their talents in Manhattan's Lower East Side while being ahead of the curve. The salon uses video art installations to project on a video screen, allowing clients to observe an exclusive set of curated films developed by NYC's up-and-coming video artists. This innovative new concept allows nail artists and other contemporary artists the chance to exhibit their talents in Manhattan's Lower East Side both onscreen and on-hand. Basic manicure: $18.

Jin Soon
Celebrated as one of the most influential in the nail industry, Jin Soon moved to New York City back in 1991 to build her growing reputation as a rising freelance manicurist. After quickly earning her reputation as a high-profile nail artist, Jin Soon opened her renowned hand and foot spa under influenced by her native Korean heritage. The spa emphasizes the use of natural elements, which, combined with talent and a plethora of colors, makes her salon one of the top in the area. Basic manicure: $18

Want to see more New York City nail salons? Check out our New York City Beauty page to find your mani-pedi expert!

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