Every soon-to-be bride wants to look like a princess on the big day so knowing your body type is crucial. It’s important to keep in mind that you want a dress that will accentuate or conceal certain areas so that not only do you look great but you feel just as great. Here are some tips on how to find a dress that flatters your figure, no matter your shape!
If you have the hourglass shape that means your shoulder and hips are relatively the same size and you have a defined waist. The best bridal gown silhouettes for this body type would be:
- Ball Gown- The structured bodice will accentuate your waist and create an ultra feminine look.
- Mermaid/ Trumpet- Fitted more so from the top to upper or mid thigh will highlight your jaw dropping curves.
- Sheath-With a streamlined shape, this style will be sure to emphasize everything equally and in a modest way.
If your hips are wider than your shoulders, these are the go to dress shapes for you:
- A-Line- As implied in the name, the “A” aspect of the dress angles gently away from the body to hide your hips slightly.
- Ball Gown- Similar to the A-Line, you want to choose a ball gown that has a natural waist and a skirt that flow away from the hips so as not to draw undue attention to your hips.
- Short Dresses- You have some flexibility here since it can either be a flowing sheath or a fitted bodice, a shorter hemline can help show off all the right areas.
The Inverted Triangle
This body type as suggested is when your shoulders are wider than you hips; the following are best suited for this figure:
- Mermaid/Trumpet- will help to give you a little more in the hip area to balance out those strong and shapely shoulders.
- Short Dresses- Paired with some fabulous heels, a shorter hemline will draw attention to your lower half (and legs) which will in turn level out your top half.
- Ball Gown- Essentially this dress type seems to work for every figure thus far, but the ball gown here in this instance again can help you “fake” what you don’t have on the bottom.
Women with shoulders, waist and hips being equal can choose from these options of dresses that will help to “create”:
- Short Dresses- You can basically “create” curves with a fitted bodice or flowing sheath paired with the shorter hemline.
- A-Line- Again, can “create” that hourglass waistline if it cinches slightly and then flows outward.
- Sheath- If you aim for a more bias-cut in a very soft fabric that flows, it will also “create” curves in the right areas.
The Round and Curvy
Women who have a fuller, rounder figure do best to focus on the fit of the dress:
- Ball gown- Although, avoid this if you are bit on the shorter side, you don’t want to appear as a cream puff!
- Empire waist- Quite fitted in the bust area then flares out beautifully
- Goddess/One shoulder- Another option that stay snug under the bust and flows out skimming the body nicely.
Tip: Asymmetrical ruching in the right areas can help give the appearance of a narrower waist if that is your goal.
As promised, we are back with the part 2 of the savory fall drinks that we love from Martha Stewart Weddings and The Knot!
Vanilla Pear Cocktail– The Knot
Photography by Sarah Love Photography
- Pear-flavored vodka (we like Absolut Pears)
- Pear juice
- Vanilla bean
- La Croix Peach-Pear flavored sparkling water
- To make one drink, pour a single shot of the vodka into a shaker, and mix it with a half cup of pear juice.
- Place the vanilla bean on a hard surface like a cutting board, and using a paring knife, slice the vanilla bean lengthwise. Then, using the knife (or even a spoon), scrape the seeds out of the inside of the vanilla bean and into the juice mixture. Shake everything to combine.
- Pour over ice into a highball glass. Top everything off by adding a splash of the flavored sparkling water to your cocktail. Now just add a straw and enjoy!
Pumpkin White Russian- The Knot
Photo by Sarah Love Photography
- Pumpkin-flavored vodka (try Crop Organic Spiced Pumpkin)
- Pumpkin pie spice
- Heavy cream
- Add 4 ounces of the pumpkin-flavored vodka to a tumbler along with 2 ounces of Kahlua and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice. Shake to combine.
- Add a handful of ice to a lowball glass and pour in the drink mixture, filling the glass halfway. Finish the cocktail by filling the rest of the glass with heavy cream. Now just stir and serve!
Hot Apple Cider with sugared cranberries- Martha Stewart Weddings (MSW Fall 2012)
- 2 1/4 cups apple cider
- 2 whole allspice berries
- 3 ounces bourbon or dark rum
- Sugared Cranberries
- Bring cider and allspice to a boil in a saucepan.
- Remove from heat and cover. Let stand 10 minutes.
- Skim foam and strain, discarding the allspice.
- Ladle 1/2 cup hot cider into each mug, and add 3/4 ounce bourbon or dark rum.
- Garnish each glass with two sugared cranberries skewered on a stir stick.
Cider Sangria- Martha Stewart Weddings
Photography: Seth Smoot
- 6 cups green seedless grapes
- 4 kiwis, peeled and thinly sliced into rounds
- 8 small apples, such as lady apples or crab apples, thinly sliced, stems and seeds removed
- 1 bottle (750 ml) dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc
- 1 quart apple cider
- 1 cup apple brandy, such as Calvados
- Freeze half of the grapes on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Place remaining grapes in a large pitcher with kiwis and apples. Stir in wine, cider, and brandy.
- Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours. Partially fill drinking glasses with frozen grapes and fill with sangria.
Nothing gets us into the festive fall season like these delicious fall cocktails from Martha Stewart Weddings and The Knot. These are perfect for a fall themed engagement party or wedding and will be sure to impress your guests and get them into the spirit!
Fall Manhattan- Martha Stewart Weddings Fall 2007
Photography: Thayer Allyson Gowdy
- 1 1/2 ounces applejack
- 1 1/2 ounces rye whiskey
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- A few dashes orange bitters
- About 2 ounces Champagne
- Blood-orange rind cut into strips for garnish
- Combine applejack, whiskey, maple syrup, and bitters in a cocktail shaker, and shake over ice. Strain into a 6-ounce martini glass, and top with Champagne. Garnish with orange rind, and serve.
Orange Maple Whiskey Cocktail- The Knot
Photography: Sarah Love Photography
- Maple syrup
- Orange bitters
- Orange wedge
- Splash of club soda
Step 1: Measure out 2 tablespoons of syrup and add it to a lowball glass along with 2 dashes of orange bitters. Squeeze an orange wedge to the mix and muddle slightly before adding a handful of ice.
Step 2: Add 2 ounces of whiskey to the cocktail and top with a splash of club soda before stirring.
Step 3: Top with fresh orange zest and serve.
Rob Rose-Martha Stewart Weddings Fall 2015
Photography: Bryan Gardner
- Rose water (Fee Brothers Rose Water, $7, kegworks.com)
- 1⁄2 ounce Amaro CioCiaro liqueur
- 2 ounces Compass Box Spice Tree malt scotch whiskey
- Rose petal, for garnish
- Fill an atomizer with rose water and spray an old-fashioned glass with four sprays.
- Add liqueur, scotch, and ice. Stir and garnish with rose petal.
Sidenote: (Rose water is the scented secret to this wedding-worthy scotch concoction by New York City mixologist Tom Richter.)
With fall comes change and 2015 wedding color schemes don’t disappoint! Shades of blue are a staple wedding color and always will be, the popularity of frostier colors has increased as well as gorgeous hues of wine and burgundy and varied tones of creams.
We took three of our favorite schemes from Elegant Wedding Invites to show you!
2015 trends: Navy blue and blush Table Settings, Bridesmaids and Chair Mandy Mayberry via RuffledFans Harwell Photography via Style Me Pretty
2015 trends: Pink, Khaki, nude and grey.
Gown-via Claire Pettibone/Invitations & Cake-L Hewitt Photography via Style Me Pretty/Table Settings-Buffy Dekmar via Elizabeth Anne Designs
2015 trends: Sangria, lavender and silver Bridesmaids Aga Jones Photography via Wedding Chicks Shoes via Lover.ly
Typically, most couples opt to have their wedding in late spring or the summer months; however, fall weddings are growing in popularity as well. Here are some great reasons to tie the knot in fall and some reasons to consider not tying the know in fall!
Outdoor fall weddings produce breathtaking photos. If you have chosen a garden or a large backyard or courtyard as your venue, you will be sure to capture the stunning colors of the changing leaves. A lovely background indeed that everyone will just love and relish!
For those who suffer from seasonal allergies (or year round allergies like yours truly), outdoor fall weddings can be a nightmare if you aren’t prepared. Whether you are the bride, a part of the bridal party or a guest, most of us are aware of our allergies so be sure to take the appropriate meds, carry eye drops and tissues.
If you are the type that doesn’t like the idea of blazing heat and melting makeup that can result of choosing to have your wedding in July or August, behold the cooler temperatures of fall. This can be a blessing for our dear groom and groomsmen who are wearing suits, or any poor guy for that matter!
Fall not only brings cooler temperatures but also unpredictable weather in general. The week before your wedding the forecast may change from sunny and moderate temperatures to windy and rain. It’s difficult to prepare for since we can’t control the weather- unless we’ve opted to have the wedding indoors. However, if the plan was to take photos outside and the weather puts a damper on that, have a back-up plan in advance.
There is nothing like getting to fully enjoy your summer with friends and family and not having to worry about traveling to 8 weddings in 2.5 months and spending shocking amounts of money for travel, wardrobe and gifts. Having a fall wedding leaves room for vacations, family time, relaxing time and much more.
You may not realize it at the time, but there are some important secular holidays from September to December. Labor Day and Yom Kippur are in September and Canadian Thanksgiving is in October. The American Thanksgiving falls at the end of November and Hanukkah in the beginning of December. While planning you may end up losing a few attendees depending on which weekend your wedding is on.
For the last several years, destination weddings are increasing in popularity. It seems as though newly engaged couples are opting for this more often than not. I mean, who wouldn’t want to get married on an island, the middle of paradise with sand and the ocean literally at your feet? It makes for gorgeous pictures, almost guaranteed great weather and a tan! Here are a few reasons why the destination “fad” has more couples considering it for their wedding day
In most instances, a destination wedding is realistically much more affordable than the one you would pay for locally. Since most resorts have their own wedding packages you don’t have to fuss about expensive décor and are essentially paying for the package, travel and the stay at the resort. Unlike local weddings where you are paying for the guest’s food and alcohol, destination weddings only require you to pay for the two of you, so there is no paying a minimum for food or alcohol since the guests are paying for their own travel and accommodations.
- Less is More
In terms of planning it’s much more simplistic than a local wedding as well. You won’t have to listen to family or friends bicker over what they think should be done with music or décor. As previously noted, the resort will have customized wedding packages for you to choose from. This minimizes stress for everyone since most resorts have their own or work with planners. Perhaps a few other decisions will need to be made during the planning but for the most part, the wedding package will cover everything!
Destination weddings are usually much smaller than your typical local wedding. Most resorts have wedding planners or coordinators that work with you the day before and of. This means you will be able to spend more one on one time with those who could make it and be able to really enjoy the moment. There is also less chaos with a smaller wedding, everyone is there to celebrate with you and be on vacation at the same time. The everyday anxieties and stresses of life get left behind and replaced with laughs and a memorable wedding day!
If you are considering a destination wedding, do some research and get some information that you are your partner can discuss. Have a number in mind for your guest count and then contact a travel agent when you have made some solid choices!
2015 bridal designers and their collections have already hit the runways and this Spring the wedding dress trends are more dazzling than ever. Ines Di Santo, Vera Wang, Larazo and many more produced some absolute stunning gowns for this season. Here are just a few of some of Spring 2015’s wedding dress trends.
One of my favorite aspects of some of the gowns that made it to the runway this Spring, had high necklines and beautiful collars. Maggie Sottero had several designs, including this one, that gave a regal and queenly appeal to them while adding sophistication and class.
White and ivory will always remain classic in the bridal world, however, they need to move over and make room for some color- and not just blush. This Spring we are seeing more shades of gray, blues and even mint greens. Designers like Hayley Paige, who added color to their collections have enabled brides to step outside the box and add their own personal flair to their big day.
Off the shoulder necklines
Brides who are looking for the ultimate romantic and timeless gown may opt for off the shoulder necklines. The beautifully draped off the shoulder gown, adds the slightest touch of bohemian elegance such as depicted here by Jenny Packham.
Brides are opting for convertible aspects to their wedding dress ensemble and this is where capes have made a debut this Spring. For brides who don’t feel that the traditional veil or train is favorable for them but still want to cover up, capes are a lovely alternative. Angel Sanchez incorporated this lace cape, adding some mystique and drama while displaying modesty.
Runways were full of dresses that glittered, with flowing sleeves, sheaths with slim silhouette’s that really show cased a woman’s figure. Designers were focused on the femininity of the bride while highlighting classic 30’s glam.