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This bride, although she obviously didn’t know it at the time, is all of our favourite trends for 2013 bridal all rolled into one! Colour? Check. Statement back? Check. Long sleeve? Yep. Vintage hair? Check. Sparkle? Check times a million. We love that she wanted to show off her tatts, and the long sequin sleeves are the perfect to balance off the sexiness of the back. Stunning!

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Many of the gowns from Jenny Packham’s Ready to Wear collection would make stunning and original wedding dresses. This emerald green dress was worn as the bride’s reception dress, but almost made more of an impact than her white and grey ceremony gown. We can only imagine the wow moment if she had appeared at the end of the aisle in this dress, but would it be ‘wedding enough’ for you?

colorful bridal dress Ever since we saw this bride a couple of months ago we’ve had a serious girl crush on her. Originally we were all about her top knot hair style, then we couldn’t get her no-back, pink sequin Jenny Packham gown out of our heads. This is how to rock a pink gown. Part Great Gatsby, part boho and part rock n’ roll bride, there’s nothing about this look that’s not unforgettable.

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This Vera Wang gown is made for the bubbliest of brides. Not only is it a beautifully feminine silhouette and the most decadent of materials, but it looks like so much fun to wear! This dress could never be mistaken for anything other than an incredible wedding gown, so may not be as daring as going for gold, but the candyfloss element to it certainly gives it an edge, doesn’t it?

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When we saw Pippa on The Bridal Lounge’s blog Wedding Belles, we felt our hearts go all warm and fuzzy. She looked like a serious siren in her Gemy Couture dress from Myrtle Ivory alone, but pairing it with striking red nails and lips was a stroke of style genius. Pippa, we salute you.

So what do you guys think? Would you go for a dress in a different colour? Let us know by leaving a comment below!


Picking out a wedding dress can be a tough decision, so it’s really no surprise that some brides skip choosing altogether and just wear two dresses! Changing into something fun and flirty for your reception is a great option if you are getting married in a conservative setting but your personal style is a little more bold. But even if it’s “anything goes” for your wedding gown, a wardrobe change can just be a fun way to show off your personal style or help you bust a move on the dance floor (surely, I’m not the only one who can’t imagine getting down to “Party Rock Anthem” in a ballgown, right?).

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If you’re thinking of doing a wardrobe change for your reception, here is some dress inspiration:

1. We love this gorgeous pink party dress for a classic wedding reception. The detailing is soft and romantic, but the length and color keeps it young and modern.

jim hjelm reception dresses

2. This dress looks like it was made for dancing! It’s so dramatic and glamorous—those are ostrich feathers, by the way!—but her simple shoes and updo make the whole look very chic.

RIVINI reception dress

3. This ruched halter dress would work for almost any wedding reception; you could dress it up with heels or wear it with flat sandals on the beach.

maggy london reception dress

4. The silhouette and sharp black-and-white color combo makes this short dress surprisingly formal. It’s traditional but still whimsical.

watters reception dress

5. The simple cut of this dress keeps the dazzling sequins from being overwhelming.

erin fetherston reception dress

6. This dress looks so comfy! Any dress that gives you enough room to enjoy an extra slice of cake is a good idea.

calvin klein reception dress

7. This wedding romper is bold, modern, and sophisticated.

pronovias reception dress

8. Sequins are so fun, but shy brides can ease into them with neutral colors.

adrianna papell reception dress

9. Floral appliqués were all over the fall runways; this short dress is a romantic way to rock the trend.

st pucchi reception dress

10. Rosettes and a swingy skirt in ivory and blush are perfectly innocent — even old-fashioned — which means you can totally get away with that plunging neckline.

two birds reception dress

Who says you need to spend a fortune to look fab? We’re here to debunk the myth with 12 of our favorites bridal dresses all priced at $500 and under.

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ideas for the budget weddings

1. Since a large vase takes a huge amount of cut flowers, use three to four small vases instead, packed tightly with full-blown blooms. This gives you that lush look, while using relatively few flowers. Intersperse the vases with a few candles in mismatched glass or silver candleholders, or little votive candles.

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2. Look for interesting floral containers from unique sources: Ikea, flea markets, garage sales, wholesale floral markets, Etsy, thrift stores or maybe even eBay. Start collecting well in advance so you have plenty of time to select the best pieces at the lowest prices.

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3. Use gorgeous, fresh fruit in your centerpieces, such as clusters of grapes, bright oranges, apples, or pomegranates. The fruit takes up space, allowing you to use fewer flowers.

ideas for the budget weddings

4. Mix just a few large, expensive, full-blown roses in each arrangement of less-expensive blooms to create a lavish look.

ideas for the budget weddings

5. To add a little glitz to your table, spray paint apples, artichokes or pears (we prefer white for the warm summertime months and gold for the holidays), then place them in a bowl or cylindrical vase, or simply scatter them on their own down the table.

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6. Think vegetarian. A handsome wooden bowl overflowing with an assortment of vegetables such as bright red chili peppers, green jalapenos, and a variety of heirloom tomatoes can be precisely what you’re looking for.

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7. Or, consider lining a wooden salad bowl with a single tropical leaf, adding some coconuts and half a dozen limes for a beachy, summertime look. Finish it off with a few kiwi fruits cut in half–heaven!

ideas for the budget weddings

8. Fill up four martini glasses with water, add a sparkling drop of food coloring and a floating candle and place them on each table or on your buffet table.

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9. What could be more versatile and resourceful than a green, leafy artichoke? Transform the unassuming vegetable into votive and place card holders.

Here’s how: Cut off the bottom of the artichoke so it’s able to stand up by itself, vertically. Now separate the leaves at the top, open it up, and insert a candle in the middle.

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10. Turn a simple Styrofoam cone you’ve wrapped in tinfoil into a stunning topiary, studded with whatever food you want to showcase and serve.

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