Body Image and Surviving Your Wedding

When brides start to look at the check list of wedding planning almost all of them start off with diet plans, work outs and skin regiments that need to be started far in advance of the wedding. Isn’t marrying the love of your life more important than the number on the tag of your white dress on your wedding day? Since when does a bride to be want to worry about getting on a diet plan in the first week of her engagement when she is still on cloud nine? Furthermore, if you have always been healthy and happy with the way you look, what gives anyone the right to decide that you should be any different on your wedding day? After all, you are marrying a man that has proposed to you for who you are and marrying you just the way you are, not because of what you should supposedly look like on one day out of your entire marriage.

Sure, your wedding day is special and every girl has certain expectations of how it should be. However, the perfect wedding doesn’t mean you have to stress over your weight. It is perfectly normal to want to be healthy and fit on your wedding day. Your confidence in your body image will determine what you constitute as healthy. Rather than spending time and money on Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers, find your comfort zone with a body image specialist or try Walk and Talk Therapy with which you can walk to your health and discuss all the stressors and concerns you may be having. It is bound to get you to a healthy point mentally and physically for your upcoming nuptials.

Our tips for finding a healthy balance through your wedding planning:

  1. Embrace yourself and your natural body shape
  2. Know that your physical appearance does not reflect your value or how much you are loved
  3. Learn the styles that are the most flattering for your body type
  4. Focus and enhance the best parts of your body that you love.
  5. Be realistic and confident to be yourself, rather than striving to be like others

Love your bridal body at any size and choose a dress that reflects the beauty you possess at the present moment. That way you will truly end up with the wedding gown of your dreams.

Amal Alamuddin’s Wedding Weekend Attire

With the big wedding weekend the new Mrs. Clooney has made quite a mark for being a fashionista.  For this week’s special on wedding gowns, how could we feature anything else other than the many looks of Amal Alamuddin on one of the biggest weekends of her life.

Wedding Gown

First and foremost, we know everyone wants to know the details about the wedding gown.  It turned out to be Oscar de la Renta, a gorgeous lace gown that was hand embroidered with pearls and diamante accents.  Oscar de la Renta crafted the custom, off-the-shoulder cream dress, which was made with ivory tulle and 14 yards of Chantilly lace.

At the reception the new bride slipped into a Gatsby-style party frock from Oscar de la Renta’s fall 2014 collection.  The dress was shortened from its originally featured length to Alamuddin’s mid-thigh, making it a true dancing dress.  To complete Amal’s post-ceremony look, de la Renta paired the dress with hand-embroidered beaded silver pumps.

The weekend started with when the couple headed out to their mini bachelor and bachelorette parties on Friday prior to the wedding.  Amal was seen in a black and white striped silk Dolce & Gabbana dress.  A few hours later she headed out to her rehearsal dinner in a red and black custom poppy print Alexander McQueen, which had a shorter hemline in the front and dipped down in the back.

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As we previously feature, Amal was first seen in public as a new bride when the couple headed out to a lunch they were hosting the day after their wedding.  She was wearing a white Giambattista Valli Couture 5 macramé embroidered dress.  She saved an elegant piece for Monday when she and Clooney appeared for their civil ceremony.  She had on a white Stella McCartney two-piece bespoke suit with black detail and matching hat.

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Her wedding looks were flawlessly befitting, down to the last outfit.

 

 

Fall Wedding Gown Inspiration

With the arrival of fall we found a beautiful vintage dress that exudes fall.  This is a 1950’s Chiffon dress.  It’s a light peach color which keeps it fresh and the brilliant orange waist has a grounding effect that brings to mind Autumn’s root vegetables and earthy vibrant colors in the changing leaves.   It’s vintage style and sheer kneckline  creates elegant demure for a bride, particularly for the fall season, when too much bare skin can be a little out of climate.  We love the full skirt for a sweeter effect.  This dress is absolutely befitting a simple autumn affair or even suitable for the bride’s maids.

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Photo: Weddingbee.com

Fresh Wedding Gowns That Are So Pretty In Pink

As predicted, color is a big part of wedding gowns for 2014 and pink is the it color.

The hombre gown with soft pink shades is still holding strong.  We love this Theia Gown.

This soft pink gown by Oscar De La Renta is absolutely enchanting.

Another Theia gown that makes the bride appear to be dancing on a cloud.

Kim Kardashian’s Givenchy Wedding Dress

Since the Kim Kardashian and Kanye West wedding is still all the buzz, this week for Wedding Gown Wednesday we are talking about Kim’s wedding dress.  She wore a Givenchy haute couture gown in white.  The lace gown with classy sleeves sported a unique bodice with a French flair.  What we love the most is this view from the back.

Pink and Red Gowns and Dresses

Kate Middleton’s recent arrival in Scotland in a pink and red combo dress has created quite a stir and reaffirmed that pink and red is quite doable.  With this we have been inspired to feature a few pink and red gowns and dresses for bridal wear.

Fresh and cute bride’s maid frocks in pink and red.

Pink and red has always been well done in classic South Asian Bridal attire.

The Ombre Dress

Crisscross Back Trend for Spring 2014 Wedding Dress

The open back trend from Fall 2013 is back for Spring 2104 with an extra.  For Spring 2014 open backs will be in the shape of an “X.” The bold yet elegant look can be seen done in many ways, including Chantilly lace or accented with crystals and stones.  The Crisscross back is a great alternative to a strapless dress for brides who want an open back but need a little support.


Wedding Worthy Celebrity Dressess from 2014 Red Carpet Affairs

This year we have quite a few wedding worthy celebrity dresses popping up on the red carpet.  These are beautiful glamorous dresses that are fit for a bride to walk down the aisle in and are inspiration for the ladies looking for that certain look for their upcoming wedding.

Oscar winner, Lupita Nyongo, has been stepping out on to the red carpet in some simply stunning attire, which has also been entitled wedding worthy.  Hollywood’s new darling continued her style streak in a knee-length Giambattista Valli dress with a full skirt and blue floral embellishments at Marie Claire‘s Fresh Faces party in West Hollywood, Los Angeles.  The romantic florals gives “Something Blue” to the bride and the sleek high-neck and tight-fitting bodice offset the voluminous skirt. Lupita’s Giambattista Valli dress gives inspiration for a Spring wedding blooming with blue iris and hyacinth.  It’s length makes it perfect for backyard weddings or on beach celebrations.

Jennifer Garner recently made a stunning red carpet appearance that would shine down a wedding aisle.  The Dallas Buyers Club star was gleaming at the 2014 Oscars in this silver tulle tiered fringe Oscar de la Renta gown. Understated accessories and sleek wavy hair kept the focus on the sophisticated dress that is perfect for bridal wear.

Miranda Lambert’s red carpet look at the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards would fit right down a wedding aisle.  As a matter of fact Lambert’s Randi Rahm gown was shown during the Fall 2014 bridal runway season.  The country star’s rose gold beaded sheath hugged her curves, while its ultra-glam sparkly exterior and currently trending blush hue added to the stunning effect.  This is a wedding gown fit for a bold bride looking to make jaws drop as she walks down the aisle.  It’s perfect as a reception dress that will be partying the night away.

Cameron Diaz Wears an Emilo Puccin Dress That Would Rock A Wedding Reception

This week we are featuring the Emilio Pucci beaded gold dress that Cameron Diaz wore to the  German premiere of her new movie, The Other Woman.   This dress has been dubbed wedding worthy with bold hardware and metallic long sleeves.  The current trend in metallic translates well to bridal wear and this dress would be an instant hit as a second dress for the bride to party in at the reception. It would be the highlight for any bride entering a opulent reception or to stand out at the rehearsal dinner.