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    If you’re a designer who’s turning out red carpet gowns for Hollywood’s biggest players, obviously the wedding dresses you send down your bridal runway are going to have some wow-factor too. Here are three designers that A-listers flock to for red carpet events—and the extraordinary wedding dresses those designers showcased this season.

    OSCAR DE LA RENTA on the red carpet.

    Sarah Jessica Parker at the Met Gala, 2014.

    OSCAR DE LA RENTA bridal runway.

    As I mentioned earlier this week, this was the first Oscar de la Renta bridal collection that was designed with Peter Copping at the brand’s helm.

    MARCHESA on the red carpet.

    MARCHESA bridal runway.

    CAROLINA HERRERA on the red carpet.

    Beth Behrs at the Tony Awards, 2014.

    CAROLINA HERRERA bridal runway.

    Which designer is your red carpet favorite? And which of these wedding dresses do you like best?

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    If you’re a June/July/August bride, you have weeks—or months, even—until your wedding day. If you start panicking now, you’ll have a meltdown or three before the day arrives. And still, there are a few details you need to think about ahead of time to prevent wedding day disasters. Minor or, um, not so minor.


    This fresh-off-the-runway wedding dress—the Giselle from Theia—would be perfect for a summer 2016 bride.

    We’re all itching to hit the beach, but brides, beware. You’re one ill-timed catnap in the sun away from some picture-ruining tan lines. Make sure you pack a wide-brimmed hat and apply sunscreen liberally if you’re headed outdoors. And, if possible, find a bathing suit with a neckline that matches your dress, just to be on the safe side.

    You need to hit a sweet spot with both your cut and color. You should be trimming your ends every three months before your wedding, with your final trim about a month out. (Otherwise you risk those awkward, too-straight lines.) Don’t make any drastic color changes this late in the game, but touch up your roots or get a final round of highlights two weeks before the big day so that color has a little time to settle.

    This is something you need to worry about ahead of time and day-of. You don’t want to walk down the aisle with a mosquito bite bump between your eyes—and you also don’t want your guests to get eaten alive if all or part of your wedding is outdoors. To protect yourself ahead of time, try citronella incense at your summer barbecues, which feels more effective, to me, than candles. And to keep your guests bite-free day-of, be sure to include bug spray in your bathroom baskets.

    Don’t start checking the weather reports just yet. But do talk to your venue about what you’ll do in case of extreme weather. If there’s even a slight chance that it could get super hot at your outdoor wedding, look into renting portable air conditioners for the tent. And if you’ve only visited your venue during the day, be sure to ask how low the temps might dip at night. In New England, especially, a summer night can be downright chilly—nothing that can’t be combatted with a few portable heaters.

    What else could happen now that would throw a wrench into a summer wedding?

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    If you ask me, fake lashes are the second best part of getting dolled up for your wedding (next to the dress, of course). Unlike on other days, you can get professional help putting them on, and there are no worries about them looking too obvious—your eyes are supposed to look larger-than-life and dramatic. I got lash extensions for my own wedding, but for those of you considering the stick-on kind, here's a brand-new option: Nars' first-ever faux lashes. The collection launches May 1 with eight natural-looking styles, and we asked one of the brand's makeup stylists, Eric Holt, to share some tips on which would work best for different brides.

    Glamour: Which of the new Nars lashes do you think would be best for a bride who wants a really subtle, realistic look?
    Holt: I love the Numero 7 because it's well balanced, with a natural length and clean separation. My trick is to take one lash [strip], cut it exactly in half, and use just the flared end pieces for a subtle lift on the outer corners. The remaining lash can be saved for a bridesmaid!


    Glamour: How about for the bride who’s going for a more dramatic eye, for example a retro look involving liquid black liner? Which lash style would you suggest for her?
    Holt: In this case, I would use the Numero 3 because of its graduated lengths. The extra length at the outer ends lends itself perfectly to a vintage-inspired eye with a classic winged liner.


    Glamour: How about an ultra-romatic lash look that’s noticeable but still soft?
    Holt: Try the Numero 5. The dramatic curl keeps these lashes looking very romantic yet wispy and delicate at the same time.


    Glamour: Is there a lash style you think would be the best one-look-fits-all choice that would work on nine out of 10 brides?
    Holt: Without a doubt, the Numero 1 is the perfect lash for any bride, designed by Mr. Nars himself to complement any eye shape. We call this the little black dress of lashes. It's sure to be our most popular lash of all.


    Do you plan to wear faux lashes for your wedding? What style do you have in mind?

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    David Bowie and Iman celebrate their 23rd wedding anniversary today, which is almost unheard of among A-listers. (I can think of more than a few Hollywood weddings that haven’t made it to 23 weeks.) To celebrate, Hello! shared the couple’s wedding portrait, and I rounded up a short list of celeb marriages that have stood the test of time.

    A photo posted by HELLO! magazine (@hellomaguk) on

    Next to Iman, even David Bowie’s frosted tips look fierce.

    10 Years: Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck

    Married June 2005. (These two are just shy of their 10-year anniversary. I’m giving it to them.)

    12 Years: Gwen Stefani & Gavin Rossdale

    Married September 2002.

    15 Years: Victoria & David Beckham

    Married July 1999. (Check out their wedding pictures here. Purple dress alert!)

    17 Years: Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick

    Married May 1997.

    17 Years: Jada Pinkett Smith & Will Smith

    Married on December 1997.

    Who’s your favorite forever-ever Hollywood couple?

    I think everyone’s is Goldie and Kurt, right? (Since they’re not married, of course, they didn’t make the list.)

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    I spotted two navy blue wedding dresses at Bridal Market. First, navy lace at the presentation of Claire Pettibone’s Romantique collection:


    And then this navy number from Sarah Nouri, which is just begging for a spin on the dance floor.


    I assume both will be made in white or ivory—that’s usually what designers do when then show in color. But I had to wonder, would a bride wear a navy wedding dress IRL? And then these pictures from Vivian Chen Photography popped into my Instagram feed:

    So pretty, right? I’m always pushing nonwhite wedding dresses for brides—white just isn’t that flattering on most girls—but colorful gowns aren’t mainstream just yet. I think if you opt for nonwhite as a bride, the key is to keep your overall look bridal-y: a dress with a soft silhouette and accessories that feel wedding-y. (Above, the sash and the flower crown.)

    Do you think you’d wear a nonwhite wedding dress? How about navy?

    If I got a wedding do-over, I think I’d wear something lace with a champagne underlay. Or, Liancarlo wedding dresses come in a color they call candlelight, which just makes your skin glow.

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    Brace yourself, Internets: These photos of Blue Ivy dancing at Tina Knowles and Richard Lawson’s all-white wedding might just break you. Jay Z and Aunt Solange shared the snaps just a few minutes ago:

    A photo posted by Solange (@saintrecords) on

    A photo posted by Jay Z (@officials_c_) on

    I mean, could you just DIE? Did you just die? Is anyone alive here?

    Also, Kelly Rowland shared this snap yesterday of Beyonce as the world’s most ethereal bridesmaid:

    A photo posted by kellyrowland (@kellyrowland) on

    In case you missed the memo, I guessed correctly: Tina’s wedding dress is, in fact, by designer Romona Keveza.

    How cute-iful are the pics of Blue Ivy? And how chic is that wedding party?

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    I feel like wedding dress designers sometimes fly off the handle. In an effort to give editors and brides something they haven’t seen before, designers sometimes throw out wedding dresses in shocking colors or or with so-sexy-you’ll-blush silhouettes. (Like, let’s all agree to keep the bride’s entire butt under wraps, OK?)

    And somehow, amidst all of the crazy, Monique Lhuillier has always managed to keep things classy. The wedding dresses in her spring 2016 collection are the peak of style, but they’re still infinitely wearable for actual brides.

    Wedding Dress 1

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    Obviously not all of the silhouettes are going to work for every bride. A lower neckline can easily tread into not-so-classy territory on anyone who’s bigger than a B cup, and the cutout dress just isn’t going to work on every body type. But I think there’s at least one dress here for pretty much every bride.

    Click here to check out all of the current offerings from Monique Lhuillier.

    Thoughts on the newest wedding dresses from Monique Lhuillier?

    I’m obsessed. Clearly.

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    We learned this morning that Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed were married yesterday—click here for details—so of course I’ve been stalking the itty-bitty, blurry paparazzi photos trying to figure out the designer behind her wedding dress.

    My initial thought was Claire Pettibone—the allover lace and the easy silhouette are very Claire, and Nikki’s dress kind of looks like the Adeline. The back of that dress is very covered-up though.

    * * * * * UPDATE * * * * *

    Today in trust-your-first-instinct news: I just confirmed that Nikki Reed’s wedding dress was designed by Claire Pettibone. The reason I couldn’t find it on her site: It’s a custom gown. Here’s a picture of Claire’s Adeline gown, which is similar to Nikki’s, but with a much more open back:


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    Because of the way the lace is positioned on the illusion bodice, my second guess was Monique Lhuillier, but you can see the back (or lack thereof) of Nikki’s dress here, and Monique’s designs typically do not tread so low. My next through was Reem Acra, who loves her some lace and a low-cut back, but I couldn’t find anything that quite matched on her site. I also checked Zuhair Murad (check out this dress) and Inbal Dror, but I didn’t feel like either of those were quite right, either.

    So the next step in my “detective” work was to track down the designers Nikki seems to favor, and Marchesa popped up a few times. (Here in October and here at the Breaking Dawn premiere.) Which is how I came up with this:


    That Photoshop atrocity is a combination of the three dresses below, the bodice of the dress on the left, the sleeves of the dress in the center, and the skirt of the dress on the right. And if Nikki went couture, adding that cut-to-there rear view wouldn’t have been a problem.


    So did Nikki Reed wear a Marchesa wedding dress?

    Your guess is as good as mine. Although mine might be slightly better, because I’ve thought really, really hard about it. Clearly.

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    A few years ago I tried to round up non-creepy father-daughter dance songs, but I struck out with Van Morrison’s “Brown-Eyed Girl,” which you guys were quick to point out contains the lyrics:

    “Making love in the green grass,
    Behind the stadium with you,
    My brown-eyed girl.”

    Yep, that’s pretty creep-tastic. Here are four more similarly awkward songs that I’d pass on:

    “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton
    “So I give her the car keys and she helps me to bed.
    And then I tell her, as I turn out the light,
    I say, ‘My darling, you were wonderful tonight.’
    Oh my darling, you were wonderful tonight.”

    Putting your boyfriend to bed after one too many whiskies? I can see how that might happen. But no girl should have to put her drunk father to bed.

    “Sara Smiles” by Hall & Oates
    “And when you feel you can't go on,
    I'll come and hold you.
    It's you, and me forever.”

    It might seem sweet, at first listen, especially if your name happens to be Sara/h, but everything changes when you know that the song was reportedly written to cheer up a Sara whose sister was dying of cancer.

    “Daughters” by John Mayer
    “Girls become lovers who turn into mothers.”

    It’s possible that I’m being oversensitive, but I don’t want to think about the lovers/mothers equation when it comes to my kids.

    “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John
    “But oh how it feels so real
    Lying here with no one near
    Only you and you can hear me
    When I say softly, slowly…”

    Bahhhhh! Ears bleeding!


    Here’s the father-daughter dance picture I like to trot out for pretty much every father-daughter dance post. We danced to “Forever Young” by Rod Stewart. I just double-checked and it seems creep-free.

    Now that we’ve crossed those off the list, here are six father-daughter dance songs with zero cringe-factor:

    • “Sweet Pea” by Amos Lee
    • “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder
    • “Daughter” by Loudon Wainwright III
    • “My Girl” by the Temptations
    • “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys
    • “Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)” by Billy Joel

    Are there any songs that you find creepy for a father-daughter dance? Have you witnessed anything super-awkward?

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    A wedding, at last: Amy Adams and actor Darren Le Gallo are taking a break to tie the knot, according to Page Six. The pair—dating since 2001, engaged since 2008—“always planned on getting married, but her career has been on such an amazing trajectory, it has been hard for her to take the time out.”


    The couple, who met in an acting class, will reportedly host a hush-hush ceremony in the Los Angeles area this weekend. “The guest list is being kept very small, and she has kept the location very much under wraps,” the source told Page Six.

    Amy told Vanity Fair of her wedding in 2013, “I want something very family-oriented and laid-back.” She and Darren welcomed a daughter, Aviana, in 2010.

    Amy already wears three pave bands alongside her engagement ring—see them all here—so I’m curious to see if she’ll add more bands post-wedding.

    Thoughts on Amy Adams and actor Darren Le Gallo’s hush-hush wedding?

    I’ll be on the lookout for wedding pictures and details, of course. Stay tuned.

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    When you’ve made a career by being over-the-top ridiculous, you pretty much have to stage an off-the-charts proposal. So naturally MTV Ridiculousness host Rob Dyrdek hijacked a stage production of Aladdin and rode in on a giant elephant before getting down on one knee. Here’s how the proposal unfolded:

    And we got an after-the-fact shot of the super-size engagement ring:


    Thoughts on Rob Dyrdek’s Disney-inspired proposal?

    I would have died. DIED! (But clearly she loved it!) Congrats, kids.

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    In Washington, D.C., today, the U.S. Supreme Court started hearing arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, a case that could determine whether same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. While the court likely won't rule until June, it's important to understand what the justices are currently deciding and what a ruling for gay marriage would actually mean.


    Gay marriage is already legal in 37 states and Washington, D.C., (click here for a state-by-state map) and on June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned DOMA, a 1996 law that denied federal benefits to same-sex couples. From that moment on, any gay spouse has had access to a partner's Social Security and veterans' benefits, health insurance, retirement savings, and more.

    That victory aside, same-sex marriage is still illegal, contested, or simply unrecognized in 13 states, which means same-sex couples in Georgia or Kentucky are unable to capitalize on benefits that are held at the state level. If the Supreme Court decides that same-sex marriage is, in fact, a constitutional right, these 13 states will be forced to recognize same-sex married couples and grant them additional benefits. Here are three examples:

    1) The right to file joint state tax returns.
    Tax law is far too complicated to dive into here, but there can be tax benefits for husbands and wives (or husbands and husbands or wives and wives) who are allowed to file jointly. You can delve into those rights here.

    2) Ownership of joint property.
    If a marriage ends, same-sex spouses would have rights to assets accumulated during the marriage, as well as the right to spousal support. In addition, if one spouse should pass away, the other would have rights to any property they shared—say, a house or a car. (As the laws stand now, the deceased spouse's family could step in and try to claim ownership of the couple's home or any other property.)

    3) Next-of-kin rights.
    In the event that a spouse is hospitalized, the partner's visitation rights and the right to make medical decisions are determined at the state level. So if same-sex marriage isn't recognized in your state—even though it might be recognized at the federal level—a hospital can technically force a same-sex spouse to leave the room and pass any decision-making rights around the spouse's health to his or her family. Should the Supreme Court rule that same-sex marriage should be recognized at the state level, any spouse—whether same-sex or opposite-sex—would be allowed the right to participate in the partner's health decisions and end-of-life care.

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    All eyes are on England this morning in anticipation of the royal baby’s imminent arrival. And of course four years ago today our eyes were trained across the pond too, watching Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding day unfold. Here’s a look back at the magic.

    Before we got a look at the bride and groom, we played spot-the-celeb with the wedding guests. David and a pregnant Victoria Beckham were later dubbed “the second-most-watched couple of the day.”

    Elton John and David Furnish made the cut.

    Carole Middleton was perfection as the beaming mother-of-the-bride.

    The grandma-of-the-groom—a.k.a. Queen Elizabeth—picked yellow.

    There was the bridesmaid who almost stole the show.


    And my favorite part of the day.

    No, not the kiss. This chickadee.

    Click here for more pictures from Kate and William’s wedding. I’ll be flipping through those intermittently throughout the day and willing the new prince or princess to make a wedding-anniversary arrival.

    What was your favorite part of William and Kate’s wedding?

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    The Supreme Court started hearing arguments yesterday in a landmark case that could decide same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. Meaning some time very soon—as soon as next month—gay marriage could be legal across the board in the U.S., on both the state and federal level. I’m super excited about this, and I’m not alone. Tons of celebs took to social media yesterday to show their support of same-sex marriage. Here’s a sampling:


    Freedom Tank Top from, $17.99.

    Marriage Equality #lovecantwait

    A photo posted by Tory Burch (@toryburch) on


    A photo posted by Kat Dennings (@katdenningsss) on


    A photo posted by perezhilton (@perezhilton) on

    A lot of A-listers showed their support by sharing a message from Lambda Legal—part of the legal team whose arguments for equality are before the U.S. Supreme Court—with their #IDO hashtag.

    Thoughts on all the love above?

    It makes me so, so happy!

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    Assuming you don’t have a, say, a household staff to shout orders to, adopting a few bridesmaids for your wedding day is a great opportunity to throw your weight around. Heck, make it an even dozen. The more the merrier, right? It’s YOUR year*, after all. Here are four easy ways to make the most of it.
    *I’m kidding, of course. Brides, you get day. ONE day.


    Smile, betches.

    1. Go Hard With the DIY Projects.
    Why have hand-whittled coasters as favors or ceremony programs calligraphed on butterfly wings? Why NOT, when you have a group of girls to execute all your DIY dreams on demand? Just think of all the money you’ll save by having them orchestrate a potluck wedding reception. Cater, shmaterer.

    Or, maybe take it easy on the DIY—at least as far as your bridesmaids are concerned. It’s fine if you want to make all of your wedding flowers from paper {ahem! } but make any projects optional for bridesmaids. And if they are kind enough to help, be overly gracious. Ply them with drinks and snacks and give profuse thanks.

    2. Ignore Their Budgets.
    You only get married once, so you deserve the a destination bachelorette and a fancy bridal shower. You also deserve to have the girls standing by your side looking A++: designer dresses, pro hair and makeup, and matching shoes. (Even if the dresses are floor-length, because #breezes.) And don’t be stingy with the gifts, ladies.

    On the other hand, maybe your bridesmaids aren’t independently wealthy. (So lame, I know.) Maybe your BFFs are just out of college or are in five other weddings this year—or maybe they just don’t want to spend a small fortune to watch you swap vows. Be upfront about anything major expenses. Let them know about how much the bridesmaid dress will cost (plus the cost shoes, hair, makeup, and anything else you’ll expect them to pay for) and whether they’ll need to book a hotel stay.

    3. Be a Control Freak.
    Yes, they’re technically “in charge” of the bridal shower and the bachelorette party, but they’re YOUR parties. And if you don’t want paper napkins or your future husband’s weird aunt on the guest list, well, that’s your business. Plus, can those girls really be trusted to pick a venue? I mean, three of them posted Instagram shots from a group outing to Olive Garden last week.

    Except, wait, never-ending breadsticks and glasses of wine the size of your head are both pretty awesome. Also, the guest of honor doesn’t get to dictate the details of a party that’s being thrown in her honor, so back off. You have enough on your plate {Like, um, a wedding. And those breadsticks. } so trust that your very closest friends can plan celebrations that you’ll love. If you’re really not confident in their party-planning abilities, the one thing you can tastefully do is tell them that you’d rather skip the parties altogether

    4. Pit Them Against Each Other.
    Sure you love your childhood best friends and your sorority sisters dearly—that’s why you asked them all to be in your wedding party. But you have to vent to one when “Becky’s being SUCH A B*TCH” or let a couple know ahead of time who the “cheapskate” bridesmaids are. And, “Does Rachel really need TWO scoops of ice cream? HELLO! Strapless bridesmaid dresses.”

    Hey, you. Shut yo’ mouth. The only thing these girls might have in common is you, so don’t alienate anyone or give them ammo for in-fighting. Play up what they have in common—whether it’s Magic Mike watching or sandal hoarding or red wine drinking. Sure, some of your friends might have flaws—but last time we checked, so do you. (And everyone needs two scoops of ice cream

    What’s the most miserable thing a bride’s ever done to you?

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    There isn’t always a sense a newness when you see wedding dresses heading down the runway. Even when the dresses feel pretty and stylish, there are only so many ways to do white, lace, and tulle. So I was pleasantly surprised when I saw three totally fresh-to-bridal trends this season. Check ’em out.

    Taking a cue from the red carpet, designers brought floor-length capes to bridal in a major way. Some were classic coat-like capes, but I was most excited about the iterations that draped more like superhero-style capes, which are a great way to add drama and back interest for a bride who doesn’t want to wear a veil.

    Wedding Dress 1: Theia

    Wedding Dress 2: Jean-Ralph Thurin

    Wedding Dress 3: Jenny Packham

    Wedding Dress 4: Badgley Mischka

    I’ve seen two watercolor wedding dresses in previous seasons, but watercolor was HUGE to a whole ’nother level this season. There were delicate flowers, as well as dramatic abstract washes of color.

    Wedding Dress 5: Romona Keveza Collection

    Wedding Dress 6: Carolina Herrera

    Wedding Dress 7: Lazaro

    Wedding Dress 8: Theia

    I don’t have the official pictures yet from Naeem Khan, but check out the white-on-blue hand-painting on this gown. And don’t forget the painterly flowers on the Truly Zac Posen dress I “modeled.”

    Obviously we’ve seen flowers on wedding dresses in the past, but the floral details seemed to jump off the the fabric this season, giving the gowns loads of dimension.

    Wedding Dress 9: Mira Zwillinger

    Wedding Dress 10: Marchesa

    Wedding Dress 11: Jim Hjelm

    Wedding Dress 12: Vera Wang

    I know you guys weren’t really getting the unlined wedding dresses Vera showed this season. Click here to see a lined version of this dress, which is how it will be sold to brides, obviously.

    Are you loving any of these trends? Which of these wedding dresses is your favorite?

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    It seems FKA Twigs has swapped her promise ring for an engagement ring: The singer was spotted wearing a thin gold band in March as reports swirled that she and Robert Pattinson were bothwearing promise rings. Just two weeks later, T-Pain let it slip that FKA Twigs and R.Patz were engaged during a Vulture interview; multiple sources went on to confirm their engagement to People. And still, there was no sign of an engagement ring—until we got two last night.

    First, her stylist posted this bathroom shot, where I definitely spy something on THAT finger.

    Then she stepped out for a gala in Austria last night and gave us a better look.


    Looks like it could be something vertical and vintage-y, similar to this sparkler:


    Herringbone from Trumpet & Horn, $12,250.

    I’m excited to get a closer look.

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    If I got a wedding do-over, I still don’t think I’d be a bride who wore two different wedding dresses—I loved my wedding dress so much I never wanted to take it off—but I totally would have done a ceremony-to-reception switch-up, adding (or taking away) a skirt or a dress topper to shake things up. How could I not, with all these insanely pretty combos from BLDN? Oh, and the best part: The price tag on many of these looks is comparable to what you’d pay for a not-switch-up-abble dress—four are less than $1,400.

    LOOK 1: Kendall Dress + Elsa Tulle Skirt





    Kendall Dress, $300. + Elsa Tulle Skirt, $595. = $895

    LOOK 2: Anabelle Dress + Julia Skirt





    Annabelle Dress, $260. + Julia Skirt, $850. = $1,110

    LOOK 3: Anabelle Dress + Julia Skirt + Luciana Topper
    This one is the same skirt and dress above, with a topper added.



    Annabelle Dress, $260. + Julia Skirt, $850. + Luciana Topper, $250. = $1,360

    LOOK 4: Aria Gown + Elsa Tulle Skirt





    Aria Gown, $400. + Elsa Tulle Skirt, $595. = $995

    LOOK 5: Maelin Corset + Priya Skirt + Stevie Topper







    Maelin Corset, $970. + Priya Skirt, $2,730. + Stevie Topper, $280. = $3,980

    LOOK 6: Yvie Gown + Ashan Skirt





    Yvie Gown, $2,000. + Ashan Skirt, $1,860. = $3,860

    Would you wear a 2-in-1 wedding dress? Which of these combos is your favorite?

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    Personalized wedding cocktail napkins? Been there. Personalized wedding match books? Done that. I still like both, even if they’re expected, but the world of personalizable goods is a lot bigger than those and, like, coasters. Look at these six fun things I found:


    Aisle Runner from The Knot Shop, $82.48.


    Wanderlust Personalizable Photo Backdrops from Minted, $230.


    Personalized Paper Hand Fans from Wedding Paper Divas, from $2.05 each.


    Botanical Wreath Foil-Pressed Table Numbers from Minted, $40 for 10.

    OK, these aren’t the most chic—but everyone uses lip balm, right?


    Personalized Lip Balm Wedding Favors from Wedding Paper Divas, from $1.60 each.


    Vintage-Inspired Clear Glass Flasks from The Knot Shop, from $14.24.

    For the record, I’m anti flasks-as-a-groomsmen-gift. I feel like it’s a fallback gift for grooms, so lots of guys who have been in several weddings have a sad collection of never-used flasks. BUT, I do kind of feel like your bridesmaids might like these bottles. They’d make such cute vases, right? I wouldn’t mind getting one as part of a bridesmaid gift. Especially it was filled with something we could drink while getting ready. (Not the whiskey, or whatever, that’s pictured here. Maybe some vodka-spiked carbonated pink lemonade?)

    Obviously none of these are wedding necessities, but if you have the budget, why not?

    Fun stuff, no?

    PS 3 HORRIBLE Wedding Party Gifts

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    Stars, they’re just like us: To promote her line of bridesmaid dresses with New York & Company, Eva Mendes just shared a #tbt of herself in a bad, bad bridesmaid dress. It appears to be shimmery pink taffeta with a scalloped off-the-shoulder neckline. Chances that there’s a giant big pink butt bow in the back? High.

    A photo posted by Eva Mendes (@evamendes) on

    Also take note of the sheer fingerless gloves and their ruffled cuff. Survey says: AMAZING. All of it.

    The bride, who also looks amazing, is Eva’s sister. I’m pretty sure I wore this exact silhouette in navy velvet to homecoming in 10th grade. In hindsight I should have added gloves.

    Thoughts on Eva Mendes’ bad bridesmaid dress? What’s the worst bridesmaid dress you ever wore?

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