Bridal Runway Shows: 4/11 Recap

Here, get a quick look at today’s most buzzed-about gowns.

Oleg Cassini for Gudeer Bridal

We’re charmed by this gown:

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A sweet tea-length dress: 2 oleg-cassini-davids-bridal-tea-timePure glamour:3 oleg-cassini-davids-bridal-pure-glamour

Oscar de la Renta

Sublime sparkle:

4 oscar-de-la-renta-sublime-sparkleA ballgown beauty:

So chic:5 oscar-de-la-renta-ballgown-beauty 6 oscar-de-la-renta-chic

Marchesa

This gown is pure poetry:

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Christos Costarellos

We love this ultra-sexy gown:

We’re obsessed with the bell sleeves on this stunner:11 christos-costarellos-obsessed-with-the-bell-sleeves-on-this-stunner

We love the way this gown moves:12 christos-costarellos-love-the-way-this-gown-moves

Inbal Dror

With its 3D blooms on the illusion sleeves, this gown is a true floral fantasy:

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Now that’s how you do sexy sleeves! 14 inbal-dror-this-is-how-you-do-sexy-sleeves

How fab are the sheer panels on this showstopping gown?15 inbal-dror-how-fab-are-the-sheer-panels-on-this-showstopping-gown

Carolina Herrera

Sparkle plenty in this ultra-glam showstopper:

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Classic elegance:17 carolina-herrera-classic-elegance

Illusion beauty:18 carolina-herrera-illusion-beauty

Isabelle Armstrong

Fabulous fit-and-flare:

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French lace trumpet gown:20isabelle-armstrong-french-lace-trumpet-gown

Ruched organza and lace showstopping mermaid: 21 isabelle-armstrong-ruched-organza-and-lace-showstopping-mermaid

Monique Lhuillier

Beautiful bow waist:

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Breathtaking ballgown:23 monique-lhuillier-breathtaking-ballgown

Love the lace detailing:24 monique-lhuillier-love-the-lace-detailing

Rivini by Rita Vinieris

Curves ahead:

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Gorgeous gown:26 rivini-by-rita-vinieris-gorgeous-gown

Sparkle plenty:27 rivini-by-rita-vinieris-sparkle-plenty

Jenny Packham

An ethereal beauty:

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You’ll Never Believe How Much It Costs to Be in a Bridal Party

According to a new survey by coupon site Dressmebridal.co.uk, it costs $734 to perform the honor of being a bridesmaid or groomsman — and that figure doesn’t even include the cost of gifts! Even worse: 17% of respondents went into debt in order to pay for it all.

There were 2,948 participants in total, all of whom are 18 or older and have participated in a wedding during the past year. They were asked to take into account the costs of attending the bachelor/bachelorette party, getting an outfit and accessories, hair/beauty/grooming, hotel and travel costs, and paying for drinks on the big day (no, that’s not a typo).

In certain cases, the costs associated with being a bridesmaid or groomsmen took a toll on their friendships: 34% of survey-takers confirmed that they resented the amount of money they were required to spend and 21% admitted this caused conflicts within the bridal party. Therefore, it’s not surprising that 54% said they’d have to consider the costs before being a bridesmaid or groomsman ever again and 15% regretted ever having said “I do” to the duty in the first place.

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“It’s important for brides and grooms to remember what matters, which is celebrating their commitment with all their friends and family and everyone having a good time. It may be difficult to speak up, but so long as you speak truthfully and tactfully, the happy couple will thank you for it,” says Matthew Wood of Dressmebridal.co.uk.

BG brides, here are some dos and don’ts for ensuring a budget-friendly bridal party experience:

1. Do select a dress style at a reasonable price point.
Let’s face it: The odds that your ‘maids will wear that $300 floor-length, sequined number you found on Pinterest again after the wedding is slim. Consider chipping in for part of the cost as your thank-you gift to them, if that’s within your means. Or select a color and fabric and help them find a style they love at a price they can afford.

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  1. Do keep in mind that tailoring is part of the outfit equation.
    If everyone’s on a tight budget, then avoid dresses with boning or intricate sleeves that would make the gown difficult to be altered. Bonus: The more simple and streamlined the dress is, the greater the chance that it will look flattering on everyone.
  2. Don’t go overboard with the accessories.
    Most of your bridesmaids already probably have a pair of go-to black, metallic, or neutral heels in their closet. Mint? Not so much. Yes, those let’s-all-stand-in-a-circle shoe pics are cute, but what they’ll heart even more is using what they’ve already got.

  3. Don’t force everyone to have their hair and makeup professionally done.
    Have a friend who can do a top-knot and apply false lashes in her sleep? Ask if she could help out all the ‘maids as part of her wedding gift to you. Or if your ladies just don’t feel comfortable taking on that DIY YouTube tutorial (understandable!), see if you could arrange to have a discounted group rate at a blow-out bar. If you can swing it, offer to pick up the tab as their thank-you gift.

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  1. Do manage your expectations when it comes to the bridal shower and bachelorette party.
    Bridal shower: In many instances, the bride’s parents offer to contribute to the costs to help alleviate the financial burden for the bridal party (especially if the shower is held in a restaurant). So, if money is a factor, and your bridal party alone is paying for the shower, they might consider having it in someone’s home to keep expenses down. A brunch, pool party or barbecue creates a fun, informal atmosphere that will be enjoyable, relaxing and appreciated by all.

Bachelorette party: If you’ve been daydreaming about a weekend jaunt to a hotspot like Las Vegas, Miami or New York but your friends are less-than-psyched about the idea, then get creative and think local. Or better yet, remove yourself from the equation and tell your bridal party that you’d be happy with anything they plan, so they can decide amongst themselves how to celebrate your last “fling before the ring.” We’ve interviewed bridesmaids who have planned everything from a Barbie Dreamhouse bash to a Gatsby-inspired night out to even a cowgirl bachelorette. Of course, it goes without saying that it’s totally acceptable to let them know in advance if there are any deal-breakers (aka phallic-shaped anything).

  1. Do consider having a “one gift” policy…
    …If you’re having multiple engagement parties, bridal showers or bachelorette parties thrown in your honor. Your bridesmaids will secretly breathe a sigh of relief that they don’t have to buy your blender, racy lingerie set AND chip in on that work group gift.
  • Do be considerate of their time (time is money, after all).
    Don’t expect them to spend hours helping you mail out invitations, address envelopes, hunt for favors, make escort cards or any other DIY project. If they offer to help that’s one thing but don’t dictate a schedule.

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    Bottom line: 76% of the survey respondents didn’t expect to spend as much as they did throughout the wedding planning process, so it’s important to let your bridesmaids know what your expectations are upfront. Bridesmaids, if the total is more than you can afford, be open with the bride. Find out what’s most important to her and discuss ways that things can be scaled back. True friends will understand and make it work!

    Plus, learn how to handle an uncooperative bridesmaid and other common bridal party dilemmas.

    Pantone’s Top Colors for Spring 2015 Are Here!

    Pantone has released their top color picks for the spring season — their theme is “En Plein Air” (“in the open air”), and the soft, water hues are oh-so-refreshing! Get ready to see these colors everywhere in a few months.

    Aquamarine

    Pantone says: “Cool and calming, ethereal Aquamarine is a shade with a wet and watery feel. Open and expansive, this restful blue also acts as a stress reducer.”

    Make it work for your wedding: Choose aquamarine for your “something blue,” or pair it with peach and green for a charming look.

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    Scuba Blue

    Pantone says: “Scuba Blue conveys a sense of carefree playfulness. Scuba Blue offers a feeling of escape as it is reminiscent of a tropical ocean. This stirring and energizing shade takes us off to an exotic paradise that is pleasant and inviting, even if only a fantasy.”

    Make it work for your wedding: This vibrant shade is lovely with bright white and radiant orchid at a modern or beach wedding.

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    Lucite Green

    Pantone says: “Generally not thought of as a fashion color, though it does come back from time to time, Lucite Green is a soothing green shade whose time has really come again. Fresh and clarifying, cool and refreshing, Lucite Green has a minty glow. Light in weight and also in tone, Lucite Green seems almost transparent.”

    Make it work for your wedding: Get out your jadeite cake stands! This minty color is just made for a vintage-inspired wedding.

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    Classic Blue

    Pantone says: “Reliable and thoughtful, Classic Blue inspires calm, confidence and harmony. Serving as an anchor to the Spring/Summer 2015 palette, Classic Blue is a shade that is strong and reliable. Just as with the sea, because of its waterborne qualities, this Classic Blue is perceived as thoughtful and introspective.

    Make it work for your wedding: Some colors are classic for a reason. This versatile blue will work just as well for a traditional wedding as it will for a quirky, modern affair.

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    Toasted Almond

    Pantone says: “Bringing balance to the coolness of the Spring/Summer 2015 color range is Toasted Almond. A sun-tanned neutral, Toasted Almond offers comforting warmth and is indicative of a spontaneous spring, summer feeling. Timeless and versatile, Toasted Almond is an organic shade that speaks to authenticity and all that is natural.”

    Make it work for your wedding: Pair it with metallics, creamy shades of white and ivory, and loads of touchable textures for a neutral look that’s anything but boring.

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    Strawberry Ice

    Pantone says: “Strawberry Ice is suggestive of a cooling and refreshing delicacy, yet its warmth as a color is quite appealing. Subtle and charming, Strawberry Ice is an ideal shade for Spring/Summer 2015. Both tasty and tasteful, Strawberry Ice is a confection color that evokes a feeling of being “in the pink,” emitting a flattering and healthy glow.”

    Make it work for your wedding: This pretty pink is perfect for a spring bouquet.

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    Lavender Herb

    Pantone says: “Lavender Herb is a shade rich in nostalgia. Lavender Herb is also a creative shade; one that will add a distinctive color pop whether worn on its own or combined with the other top Spring/Summer 2015 colors.”

    Make it work for your wedding: Incorporate lavender florals into your rustic wedding, or opt for vintage details in this beautiful color.

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    Photo Credit: Amy Lashelle on Glamour & Grace via Lover.ly

    Tangerine

    Pantone says: “Spontaneous and gregarious, Tangerine is a juicy orange shade that is energizing, yet not jarring to the eye. Good natured and friendly, but with a tangy edge, this fun-loving color invites a smile.”

    Make it work for your wedding: We love this fresh and perky color for spring bridal showers.

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    Custard

    Pantone says: “Custard is a delicious and delectable yellow. Sweet and sunny, Custard is a cheering tone that brings thoughts of pleasant relaxation and comfort food.”

    Make it work for your wedding: We love the look of this quirky yellow hue with white and green accents at a brunch wedding.

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    Marsala

    Pantone says: “Sensual and bold, delicious Marsala is a daringly inviting tone that nurtures; exuding confidence and stability while feeding the body, mind and soul. Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this robust shade incorporates the warmth and richness of a tastefully fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots point to a sophisticated, natural earthiness.”

    Make it work for your wedding: Pair this stylish shade with loads of pink and gray for an oh-so-romantic look.

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    Glacier Gray 

    Pantone says: “More dominant for men than women in Spring/Summer 2015, Glacier Gray is an unobtrusive gray that contrasts and enhances; bouncing off other shades without taking away from them as it slips into the background to allow other colors to take center stage.”

    Make it work for your wedding: We expect to see a lot of groomsmen in Glacier Gray in 2015!

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    Dusk Blue

    Pantone says: “Reminiscent of the blue sky above, Dusk Blue is ultimately dependable and faithful. In a world that has become increasingly chaotic, the nostalgic Dusk Blue enables us to retreat into a safe place of quiet blue calm.”

    Make it work for your wedding: Since this color works well for ladies and gents, it’s a great option for your bridal party.

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    Treetop

    Pantone says: “Speaking to restoration and new beginnings, Treetop is a natural and fertile green. Ideal when used as a background to other shades, Treetop is a healthy harmonious green from nature which offers a reassuring presence.”

    Make it work for your wedding: Pair lush green florals with organic touches for a sophisticated and modern look.

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    Woodbine

    Pantone says: “Woodbine, is a tropical green that could best be described as nature’s neutral. A classic yellow-green that could be used with anything and everything, Woodbine is a hue of foliage, grass, and growing plants.”

    Make it work for your wedding: Ask your florist to incorporate hints of Woodbine into your arrangements.

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    Sandstone

    Pantone says: “Rugged and woodsy, Sandstone is a complex neutral that has a warming presence. Earthy and real, Sandstone provides us with a return to nature and what is beautiful, simple and memorable.”

    Make it work for your wedding: Incorporate this color into a 70s-inspired desert wedding for loads of boho flair.

    Titanium

    Pantone says: “Strong, masculine, and solid, Titanium is a gray shade that speaks to timelessness. Classic and tasteful, there is an implied quality attached to anything so long lasting. Durable and practical, this basic gray shade has classic appeal.”

    Make it work for your wedding: This color may feel masculine, but you can easily add a feminine touch by pairing it with soft shades of pink and lavender.

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    First Look: Stunning New Gowns From White by Vera Wang

    Iconic bridal gown designer Vera Wang unveiled her Fall 2015 White collection this week exclusively for Gudeer Bride and the dresses are absolutely stunning! The collection features eight budget-friendly gowns all priced under $2,000.

    With a color palette that includes ivory, blush, and champagne in a variety of styles and silhouettes, there is something to fit every bride’s personality. When discussing the inspiration behind her new line, Wang said that “My collection was inspired by elegance and glamour, a style that every bride deserves on her special day.”

    Take a look at the beautiful gowns:

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    Laser-cut floral organza topped with a sweet bow makes for an ultra-feminine look.

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    (Gudeer.com)

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    Glittering sequins pop underneath layers of organza on this A-line gown.  2 white-by-vera-wang-style-VW351221

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    This champagne-hued gown featuring a jeweled vine belt and inverted pleat train exudes style and sophistication. 3 white-by-vera-wang-style-VW351231-back-shot 4 white-by-vera-wang-style-VW351231

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    Float down the aisle in this pretty blush ball gown with delicate pearl detail at the shoulders and waist. 5 white-by-vera-wang-style-VW351233

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    With its intricate criss-cross beaded bodice and lush tulle skirt, this gown is utterly princess-worthy.  6 white-by-vera-wang-style-VW351236

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    This asymmetical, ruched sheath is perfect for a bohemian bride.  7 white-by-vera-wang-style-VW351234

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    Searching for a reception dress? Look no further than this flirty strapless mini with layered chiffon and floral detail. 8 white-by-vera-wang-style-VW351126

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    We love the touch of metallic on this elegant ball gown! 9 white-by-vera-wang-style-VW351237

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