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Want, Need, Love: Fall Wedding Edition

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Sep 262014
Fall Wedding Must Haves

Photos: Courtesy of Vendors; Illustration by Christina Park

There's more to fall than pumpkin spice lattes and cozy sweaters (though those are nice, too). With the shift to cooler temps comes one of the prettiest wedding seasons! To help you give your ceremony and reception an autumnal aesthetic, we pulled together five must-haves that represent the hallmarks of the season.

1. The Cake Topper
There's something so quintessentially fall about a pretty wooden cake topper. This rustic option looks particularly striking when paired with a rustic naked wedding cake, but it would sit pretty on any tiered confection. "Mr. and Mrs. Cake Topper", $38, BHLDN

2. The Accessory
Whether you pair it with a veil or use it as your only hair accessory, a delicate crystal headdress is a stunning addition to your wedding dress. The shape of this new Jenny Packham piece reminds us of fall foliage and adds just enough understated sparkle to a big-day look. "Tzarina" crystal bridal headdress, about $466, Jenny Packham

See More: The Perfect Fall Wedding Color Palette: Red & Orange

3. The Makeup
A berry-hued lip is practically a must-have for your fall wedding. This plum shade is super moisturizing thanks to its cheek-stain inspired formula. (Plus, could the name be more perfect?) Power Pigment in "Blushing Bride", $24, Tarte available at Sephora

4. The Dress
Pair this amazing high-neck, cap-sleeve ball gown with a bouquet bursting with autumnal hues, and you'll be a seasonal knockout down the aisle. Chantilly lace and silk faille ball gown, Marchesa

5. The Favor
You don't have to tie the knot in the Big Apple to give your guests some of New York City's best ice cream. Brooklyn-based Blue Marble ships their mini cups nationally. And with seasonal flavors like Pumpkin Ice Cream and Spiced Cider Sorbet, these sweet treats are are an appropriate — and delicious — fall favor. (Their classic Sea Salt Caramel flavor is also a fitting choice for autumnal nuptials). Bonus: You can customize the labels to coordinate your theme for an additional fee. Mini Ice Cream Cups, $72 for a case of 24, Blue Marble Ice Cream

Want, Need, Love: Essentials for the Boho Bride

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Aug 152014
Boho Bride Wedding Essentails

Photos: Courtesy of Vendors; Illustration By: Christina Park

It's no secret that cool, laid-back, bohemian style is having a huge moment in the bridal world. From lush, colorful flower crowns to edgy-and-chic wedding dresses, there are countless ways that brides can add an influx of this offbeat style into their wedding day. But for the bride-to-be who wants to host a boho-inspired ceremony and reception, we found all of the vibrant and eclectic essentials to create a trendy and stylish bash that suits your favorite aesthetic. (We threw in a honeymoon must-have too!)

1. The Engagement Ring
This gorgeous twig-inspired engagement ring features an intricate yellow gold band and a classic, round-cut white diamond. It's available in white and rose gold, too, but what really makes this ring so special is how it's made: Every band is created by casting a real twig, hand-selected from Brooklyn, New York, so your bling will be entirely unique. "Twig" diamond engagement ring set in 14-carat yellow gold, $1,800, Olivia Ewing

2. The Bridesmaid Dress
Your 'maids will love these hand-dyed, one-of-a-kind dresses. The washed-out black silk georgette fabric feels light as air, so your girls can dance the night away. Plus, this is one bridesmaid dress they'll definitely wear again. "Love Dress", $425, LoveShackFancy

3. The Flower Crown
Wearing a flower crown is practically a requirement for boho brides — and this style, complete with hand-dyed roses, ranunculus, and wildflowers, is special and romantic. "Aimee Silk Halo" silk flower crown made with hand-dyed flowers, $350, Stone Fox Bride

See More: Love the Boho-Chic Look? We Have 8 Tips for Planning the Perfect Bohemian Bash!

4. The Wedding Dress
Break the traditional wedding dress rules and rock one of the coolest trends on your big day — a crop top! This sheer Chantilly lace design, paired with a high-low skirt, is fashion-forward without being too revealing. "Chloe" short sleeves Chantilly lace crop top, paired with "Cameron" cascading Chantilly lace asymmetrical skirt, Houghton

5. The Invitation
Whitney Port designed a contemporary and cool line of wedding stationery with Wedding Paper Divas for boho brides just like herself. We love the look of this bold watercolor option for a hint of free-spirited style that still feels wedding day-appropriate. "Diamond Heights" wedding invitation, starting at $179 for 100 invitations, Whitney Port for Wedding Paper Divas

6. The Honeymoon Necessity
Whether you're planning to unwind on a beach or adventure through the wilderness with your new husband, the Nomadix universal towel is a honeymoon must-have. This multi-functional towel, which is hand crafted to be lightweight, quick drying, reversible, and slip resistant (so you can use it by the sea or in place of a yoga mat), comes in tons of modern patterns and packs down super small. Towel, $60, Nomadix

Want, Need, Love: 5 Bachelorette Party Essentials

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Aug 082014

Photos: Courtesy of Vendors; Illustration By: Christina Park

You found your dream dress, you booked the venue, and you ordered the flowers, but before you tie the knot, you have one thing left to do: celebrate your last days a single woman with your best girls! Whether you're the bride-to-be searching for the perfect bachelorette party outfit or the bridesmaids planning the bash, here are five essentials for that epic night out.

1. The Accessory
Have some fun and forgo standard bracelets in favor of shiny (temporary!) body art. These glam gold tattoos can be applied to look like stacked bangles or rings. Who knew fake tats could be so chic?
Jewelry Tattoos, $22 for 2 sheets of tattoos, Lulu DK

2. The Toasting Flutes
Your bachelorette party will be filled with tons of glass clinking, but do a special toast before heading out for the night with these pretty flutes. Even better? You can use them again on your wedding night!
Rosy-Cheeked Flutes, $68 for 2, BHLDN

3. The Outfit
Your bachelorette party is one of the only pre-wedding festivities that calls for something fun and sexy. While short dresses are common go-to looks for the celebration, we recommend rocking a romper instead. This way you won't be fidgeting with your hemline all night while you're on the dance floor.
"Game Plan" Long-Sleeve Romper, $130, findersKEEPERS available at Shopbop

4. The Gift
Thank your ladies for throwing you the best bachelorette party with a bottle of personalized nail polish. Pick your shade and add a custom name or note to the label for a thoughtful gift your favorite girls will love.
Personalized nail polish, starting at $10 per bottle, Pretty Please

5. The Shoe
These black ankle-strap pumps are a smart choice for ladies' night out. Thanks to the shorter heel height, the kicks are comfortable, but the trendy buckle detail keep them super stylish.
"Okala" pointed-toe pumps, $110, Sam Edelman available at Piperlime

Want, Need, Love: Rehearsal Dinner Must-Haves

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Aug 012014

Photo: Photos: Courtesy of Vendors; Illustration By: Christina Park

Have you been too busy planning your wedding and totally forgot about the rehearsal dinner? We've got your covered. From the outfit and accessories to the makeup and invitation, we've got the six essentials every bride to be needs for her rehearsal dinner.

1. The Bling
These simple but sophisticated earrings will add just the right amount of sparkle to your rehearsal dinner look. Flaunt the jewels by rocking an effortlessly swept updo.
Rectangle stone dangle earrings, $29.50, Ann Taylor

2. The Makeup Essentials
Keep your night-before-the-wedding beauty routine simple and save your more elevated makeup look for your big day. We love this handy set, filled with the main essentials: a brightening eyeliner, a rosy blush, a creamy eye shadow, barely-there lipstick, and light perfume. And since it all fits into one tiny kit, touch ups are a breeze.
5-piece makeup gift set, $110, Rougue Bunny Rouge available exclusively at Anthropologie

3. The Shoe
Complete your rehearsal outfit with gold glam footwear like this ankle-strap sandal that you're guaranteed to wear again post-wedding.
"Stecy" slingback sandal, $80, Steve Madden available at Piperlime

4. The Dress
Your rehearsal dinner look should be fun and less formal than your wedding itself, which is why we're obsessed with this bright pink Kate Spade number. The shade is so girly and unexpected, but it still has a bridal sensibility thanks to its sweetheart neck and silky fabric. If you're set on wearing white before the big day, the dress is also available in cream!
"Elea" strapless knee-length dress, $798, Kate Spade New York

5. The Invite
Though digital wedding invitations are a total etiquette don't, sending rehearsal dinner invites via email is absolutely okay — so long as their cute! We're obsessed Marimekko's new collection for Paperless Post. All 40 of the stationery designs reflect the fashion brand's iconic prints and patterns, but our favorite is this island-inspired invite.
"Kurjenmiekka" invitation, $6.25 for 25 digital invites, Marimekko for Paperless Post

6. The Accessory
This graphic clutch is the perfect size to carry during your rehearsal dinner — big enough to stash your cellphone and makeup but still small enough to not be cumbersome while mingling with guests.
"Mischa" black-and-white striped clutch, $39.95, Sole Society

Want, Need, Love: Mother-of-the-Bride Essentials

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Jul 242014
Mother of the Bride Essentials

Photo: Courtesy of Vendors; Illustration By: Christina Park

We know it's your big day, but let's face it — you wouldn't be walking down the aisle at all if it weren't for your mom. And whether she needs a little help in the fashion department or if you're searching for a meaningful gift to thank her for all her hard work, here are our suggestions for all-things mother of the bride.

1. The Dress
Our top tip for mother-of-the-bride dresses? Select a look that's fashionable yet timeless — and vibes with the wedding's overall aesthetic. Something elegant and understated, like this floor-length navy blue dress from Derek Lam, is perfect for a daughter's wedding day.
Bandeau Overlay Gown, $3,390, Derek Lam available at Shopbop

2. The Thank-You Note
Brides, take note (literally): You've likely penned your husband-to-be a sweet wedding-day note, but consider writing one for Mom too. She's dreamed of seeing you in a white dress since the day you were born, so honor her with a meaningful keepsake she'll treasure forever. She'll love this option from Rifle Paper Co., complete with a pretty floral motif and gold detailing.
"Woodland" greeting card, $4.50, Rifle Paper Co.

3. The Shoe
Moms are on their feet all night long — between photos, greeting guests, and dancing — so selecting a comfortable shoe is key. Choose something chic, like these Manolo Blahnik slingbacks, which feature a modest 2 3/4-inch heel, in a formal shade (we love the gold!).
"Napa" metallic slingback heel, $645, Manolo Blahnik available at Neiman Marcus

4. The Wedding-Day Essentials
This nifty kit contains everything the MOB could ever need. It's filled with 20 day-saving essentials from nail polish remover and safety pins to a mini sewing kit, and — yes — even extra wedding bands!
Minimergency Kit for M.O.B., $16, Pinch Provisions

5. The Gift
Give a small, but thoughtful present to go along with your thank-you note. This set of customizable Hermès soaps will encourage Mom to take some much deserved "me-time" after the wedding. Plus, every time she uses one of these luxurious body products, she'll be transported back to your wedding day. (They also smell absolutely amazing!)
3-piece soap set, $57, Hermès, available starting August 1

Jul 042014
Nautical Wedding Ideas

Photos: Mark and Graham, Minted, Warby Parker, Serpent Sea, A Summer Shop, Chandon, and CB2.

It's that time of year again — bring on the BBQ's and beach towels! Whether you're celebrating July Fourth by getting married or tying the knot later this season, we've rounded up seven must-haves every summer-loving bride-to-be needs.

1. The Registry Item: Nothing screams nautical quite like the combination of seersucker and monogram. These 100 percent cotton napkins are available in a bunch of colors, so you can add a touch of seaside flare to any style entertaining space. Typographer's Seersucker Dinner Napkins, starting at $48 for a set of a 4; Mark and Graham

2. The Invite: If your dream wedding consists of a casual oceanfront celebration with a lobster boil and lots of dancing in the sand, consider these modern-meets-preppy invitations. Bonus: Matching thank you notes and directions cards are available in the same fun pattern. Modern Belle Letterpress Invitations, starting at $485 for 100; Minted

3. The Honeymoon Shades: Who doesn't love Karlie Kloss? Channel her sleek, sexy vibe on your post-wedding getaway by rocking a pair of sunglasses from her new line with Warby Parker. Proceeds benefit Edible Schoolyard NYC, a nonprofit organization that helps schools in disadvantaged areas teach kids about healthy food. Style and philanthropy? Yes, please. "Julia" in Heirloom Silver, $145; Warby Parker

4. The Bridesmaid Gift: After months of helping you navigate the stormy seas of wedding planning (pun intended), your 'maids will swoon over these hand made bracelets, an upscale twist on the classic Nantucket bracelet. Bracelets, starting at $55; Serpent Sea

5. The Décor Detail: Avoid nautical-theme overkill by zooming in on beachy-chic details, like these Lucite anchor cocktail picks. Pair them with fresh fruit to garnish your signature cocktail for a festive touch. The Original Cocktail Anchor Shaker Set, $18 for 40; A Summer Shop

6. The Bridal Shower Bubbly: Jonathan Adlers limited-edition Chandon bottles are begging to be popped al fresco. Use it to make a refreshing and festive champagne cocktail at your bridal shower. Limited-Edition American Summer, $22; Chandon

7. The Guest Gift: Surprise your friends and family with these sea salt soaps in their welcome bags or pass them out as favors at the end of the night. Swedish Dream Sea Salt Soap, $6.95; CB2

Want, Need, Love: 7 Pairs of Wedding Shoes for Under $150

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Jun 192014
Wedding Shoes Under 150

Photo: Courtesy of Zappos, Zara, Steve Madden, BHLDN, and Need Supply.

You're getting married! From your engagement party to your wedding to your your honeymoon, your year is filled with tons of events that require a killer outfit. The key to elevating any ensemble? A pair of fabulous shoes. Here, we found a fashionable and affordable shoe for each and every wedding-related occasion — each style costs under $150!

1. For the engagement party
Swap your signature nude pump for a pair of blush stiletto sandals. They're way sexier and will perfectly complement your flouncy white party dress. "Addie" in Buff Nude, $130; Sam Edelman available at Zappos

2. For the bachelorette party
Block heels are on-trend for spring, and happen to be super comfortable. These bedazzled black suede sandals makes dancing till dawn totally doable. Rock them with a LBD and cool moto jacket. "Royalty Jeweled Heels", $110; Topshop

3. For the bridal shower
Surrounded by your mom's friends and out-of-town sisters-in-law, you'll want to look adorably fashionable at your bridal shower. A light-blue pointed ballerina flat (with cute bows!) is the answer. Throw on a cool shirt with sheer details to avoid looking too sweet. "Maryjane Flats" with Bow, $49.90; Zara

See More: 10 Crazy-Stylish Wedding Shoes You'll Wear Again

4. For the rehearsal dinner
Painterly petals were all over the fashion runways, so try the trend the night before you tie the knot. Wear the minimalist flower-print stiletto with a crop top and a high-waisted voluminous midi skirt for an ultra-feminine vibe. "Stecy" in Floral, $79.95; Steve Madden

5. For the wedding
Calling all classic brides! We found your shoe. These satin d'Orsay peep-toes with crystal bows are made for walking down the aisle. "Crystal Bow D'Orsays", $129; Betsey Johnson available at BHLDN.

6. For the after-party
42 percent of brides are buying a second dress for the dance floor, so that means 42 percent of brides might also be buying a second pair of wedding shoes. Enter these shimmery snake-embossed heels. They're bridal, but with a seriously cool edge. "Itgeess2" in Gold Glitter, $140; Ivanka Trump available at Zappos

7. For the honeymoon
A post-wedding getaway essential? Comfortable and cute sandals. We're loving this pebbled white patent and soft-blush leather mix — it feels so fresh. Pair these with trendy culottes or white wide-leg pants, and you're ready to go. "Camilla" in Patent White, $90; Sol Sana available at Need Supply

Want, Need, Love: 7 Bridal Shower Essentials

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Jun 112014
Bridal Shower Essentials

Photo: Courtesy of Ban.do, Fujifilm, Zara, Library of Flowers, Maggie Austin Cake, Wölffer Estate, and TopShop

You might not be in charge of the bridal shower (it's usually your bridal party and/or friends of the family who plan and host), but you can still subtly drop some hints about how you envision it happening! To get the ideas flowing, we rounded up a few solid suggestions — from the perfect outfit and a makeshift photo booth to an unexpected cocktail — for throwing the most stylish shower ever. (Make sure to Pin this so your maid of honor sees it!)

1. The Fun Accessory
We have to admit, thongs and tanks that say "The Bride" in crystal lettering freak us out — but we do appreciate the spirit behind it. This "Future Mrs." headband is fun but not tacky. Rock it while opening gifts for prime photo-ops. Headband, $15; Ban.do

2. The Photo Booth Substitute
Photo booths are practically essentials at weddings nowadays, but they aren't necessarily affordable for your shower. Enter this smartphone printer. Ask one of your bridesmaids to create a pretty backdrop, break this out, et voilà, you've got a DIY photo booth! Use the pics as a cool guest-book alternative. Fujifilm Instax Share Smartphone Printer SP-1, $178; Fujifilm

3. The Dress
This crazy-cute dress by Zara is pretty but not overly girly (we love the ombré blues), and it's perfect if you're doing a casual brunch with friends. Balance the subtle flounce of the skirt with a chunky white mule (see number 7!) or flat sandal. Dress, $79.90; Zara

4. The Hostess Gift
Don't forget to thank everyone who threw the shower — from the bridesmaids who planned it to your mom's friend who graciously hosted it — with a prompt note and a small token of gratitude. We love these bubble baths from Library of Flowers — so fragrant and luxurious. Bonus points for beautiful packaging too! Wildflower and Fern Bubbling Bath, $36; Library of Flowers

5. The Food
Maggie Austin's custom-painted, individually sized cakes make for a stunning plated presentation — and they taste amazing. (Call Austin's cake studio to inquire about bespoke designs to match the theme and palette of your event.) Cakes, from $25 each, with a minimum order of $2,500; Maggie Austin Cake

6. The Booze
Bloody Marys, bellinis, and mimosas usually top bridal-shower cocktail lists. For something unexpected, tell your bridesmaids about Wölffer's new limited-edition dry rosé cider made with fresh-pressed apples and red grape skin extract (which creates the rose color!). Fill galvanized ice buckets with the cute screw-cap bottles and you're done! Rosé cider, $16 for four; Wölffer Estate Vineyard

7. The Party Shoes
Save your killer stilettos for the bachelorette party and keep things chic and comfortable at your shower. You'll be able to show off your pedi in these on-trend metal-toe leather mules. Sandals, $110; TopShop

Want, Need, Love: 6 Groom & Groomsmen Must-Haves

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Jun 042014

Photo: Courtesy of Mantry, The Black Tux, Owen and Fred, Wonderbund, Christian Louboutin, and Izola.

The easiest way to get your groom to take an interest in the wedding-planning process? Invest in what he's thinking about too — the parts of the wedding that entail drinking, eating, looking sharp, and not taking it all too seriously. From cool groomsmen gifts to a pair of men's shoes you and your guy will love, we tracked down six finds that will make the party planning a lot more fun for your fiancé.

1. The Perfect Guy Gift
A food-of-the-month club for dudes? Genius. Whether you're getting a six-month subscription for your new hubs or a one-off for each groomsman, the Mantry is a modern artisanal company based in NYC that delivers nationally. Each shipment is a surprise assortment of six all-American products with a cool theme, delivered in a wooden crate. We love the boozy delivery pictured above — they had us at bourbon caramel. The Mantry, $85 for one crate, $225 for a three-month subscription, or $450 for a six-month subscription; Mantry

2. The Wedding Party's Tuxedos
If you're having a champagne-taste affair with groomsmen on a beer budget, suggest the Black Tux: a stylish online shop founded by a couple of guys who, as fellow groomsmen, were searching for an alternative to the standard rental options. The site offers high-quality, well-tailored tuxes, suits, and accessories that would normally retail for thousands of dollars. Tux and suit rental, from $95, includes free shipping both ways; The Black Tux

3. The Groom's Keepsake
Personalize your fiancé's big-day attire with custom collar stays. Consider your names or monograms, your wedding date, a sweet message or quote, or an inside joke. It's a lot cheaper (and more fun) than the long-endorsed fancy watch. Three sets of collar stays with oak case, $65; Owen and Fred

4. The Groomsman's Accessory
A business-in-the-front, party-in-the back cummerbund is a hilarious way to remind your groomsmen that the ceremony may be formal, but the party should be anything but. The fun two-in-one cummerbund's retailer debuted on Kickstarter in April and met its goal in just over a week thanks to rabid fans. Our fave is the classic black style that flips to reveal a gold-encrusted champ belt, but the site offers a variety of designs. The Champ's Belt, $75; Wonderbund

5. The Groom's Shoes
You're spending a small fortune on your wedding-day look, so why can't he? These metal-capped wing tips are the best dancing shoes we've seen in a long time. Gareth Zip Men's Flat in black calf, $1,195; Christian Louboutin

6. The Roadie
Get your groomsmen a vintage-inspired flask with a custom message or monogram for swigging on the go. This cheeky inscription is perfect for a nautical-themed bash. Flask, $27, additional $10 engraving fee for custom orders; Izola

May 292014
Rose Gold Wedding Ideas

Photos: (Clockwise from top left) Tacori, Michael Kors, Perrier-Jouët, Aeropastale, and Thimblepress

Rose gold is everywhere in fashion and jewelry right now, and the wedding world is getting a piece of it too. Ever since we fell in love with Blake Lively's engagement ring (an oval diamond set in a rose-gold pavé-diamond band), the blush metallic has become a go-to color for brides-to-be. From wedding-day jewelry and stationery to nail polish, here are five of our favorite bridal finds in the trendy shade.

1. The Engagement Ring
Love Blake's gorgeous wedding bling as much as we do? Get the look for yourself with this Tacori engagement ring, which features a stunning solitaire diamond and an on-trend halo set in a rose gold band. Ring, $3,680 (center stone not included), Tacori

2. The Dream Gift
We love the idea of a man's watch on a woman's wrist, but it often looks too clunky. This women's watch solves that problem — it's big enough to still give off that cool masculine vibe, yet it's not too oversized. And while traditionally the bride gives her groom a watch on his wedding day, we like the idea of asking the groom to return the favor with this stunner. Rose-golden stainless-steel watch, $250, Michael Kors

3. The Bubbly
Searching for the perfect drink to serve at your garden-themed bridal shower? Try this limited-edition spring cuvée. It's chardonnay based, topped off with pinot noir (which gives it that rose-gold shade). Pop one for a champagne toast, and be sure to display the beautiful bottle in an ice bucket. Edition Premiere Rosé 2007, $225, Perrier-Jouët

4. The Pedi Polish
This warm shade goes with just about any shoe color and skin tone. As for your mani, a matchy-matchy look is totally appropriate if your nails are short. Or consider a gold riff, like a pretty layer of the trendy shimmer over a pale white. Nail polish, $3, Aéropostale

5. The Thank-You Card
Gold foil has been the hot trend in wedding invites for a while now. So we were thrilled to see a fresh crop of rose options at the National Stationery Show last week. One of our favorites was this hand-painted, hand-lettered card by Kristen Ley at Mississippi-based Thimblepress. It's foil stamped and embossed in rose-gold foil — so pretty. "Je T'aime" card, $6, Thimblepress

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