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Wedding Day: Perfect Gifts for the Bridesmaid Crew

Your bridesmaids are the MVPs of your wedding day, the ones who keep you calm before your aisle debut, make sure your dress is perfectly positioned at the altar, and help you with bathroom trips during the reception. To ensure that they know exactly how much they’re appreciated, you’re going to want to pick out some sweet and thoughtful presents that they’ll cherish for a lifetime. The key is to pick items they’ll actually use and that will trigger memories from your wedding for years to come.


Matching Robes or Tees for Getting Ready —Nothing makes a cuter photo and one you’ll cherish for a lifetime, than you and your girls getting ready on the day of the wedding. Matching satin robes or custom-printed tees will make it extra-special. Tie it all together with a pair of monogrammed slippers for some extra coziness.
A Candle That Honors Your Friendship —Whether it’s a supremely sweet fragrant love candle or a road trip candle that reminds you of that crazy cross-country trip you took together in college, you can’t go wrong when with the gift of hand-poured aromas. Light the candle throughout all the wedding festivities, such as at the shower and bachelorette party, and then give it as a gift to keep the memory alive when it’s all over.
Personalized, Matching Makeup Bags —Since you usually give your bridesmaids their gifts on the night of the rehearsal dinner or morning of the wedding, it makes sense to make it something beauty-related. Grab some embroidered makeup bags and stuff them with a few special surprises for a smile-inducing gift.
A Bottle of Champagne —Obviously you’re going to want to pop a bottle (or four) as you’re getting your hair and makeup done on the big day, but why not use the bubbly as a gift so your girls can enjoy it the next time they’re celebrating something big? You might even consider finishing the bottles with custom labels for the occasion!
Matching Friendship Necklaces —Remember when you were in third grade and you and your best friend were bonded for life over your half-heart necklaces? This is that all over again but with all your besties, not just one. Get the simple, dainty necklaces with their initials for a personalized but matching option.
● Personalized Note Cards —Everybody wants the opportunity to send a sweet note on their own personal letterhead, and why not? Your bridal party will love opening up a set of custom note cards and envelopes designed in fonts and patterns to match their individual personalities.
● Monogrammed Flats for Post-Photo Dancing —Show what a cool and laid-back bride you are by giving all your girls some comfy, monogrammed ballet flats they can slip into after dinner. Because let’s face it, it’s way better than dancing barefoot (and risking your feet getting crushed) or losing your shoes in the process. You can also surprise them with some flip-flops to ease the pain of wearing heels all day.
● A Box of Custom Chocolates —They say chocolate says, “I love you,” and we think that goes for platonic love, too. There are so many creative chocolatiers out there who make one-of-a-kind candy creations that take gift-giving up a few notches. To get some ideas on chocolate artists who can make you a box like no other, look to Instagram.
● A Self-Care Kit for the Morning After —Acknowledge that being in someone’s wedding can be stressful, time-consuming, and costly. After a full weekend of wedding activities, encourage your girls to rest and recoup with a well-stocked self-care basket complete with bath bombs, aromatic oils to diffuse and face masks.

A Framed Photo of the Whole Crew —During the bridal shower, bachelorette party or dress shopping outing, make sure to have someone take your photo as a group so you can have it printed and framed as a special gift for the whole crew. You might even consider having it printed on wood, glass or fabric for a special twist.
A Book About Friendship —We don’t want to be too cheesy, but remember that this is the time in your life that you get to be super sentimental with your besties, so take advantage of it. A card and a book about friendship will really get the emotions flowing, no matter if it’s a book of poems or a literary masterpiece focused on friends.
A Passport Cover —If it’s a destination wedding or if the vast majority of your crew has traveled to be with you on your big day, it makes sense to make your bridesmaids’ gifts travel-inspired. Monogrammed passport covers or luggage tags are always popular among jet-setting crews.
A Pair of Personalized Sunglasses —Anything you can give your girls that also doubles as a fun photo prop is a win-win for wedding day fun. Give your girls some bold, personalized sunglasses, preferably in a rainbow of hues, and make sure the photographer snaps some pics of everyone sporting them together.
A Comfy, Monogrammed Blanket —Everyone appreciates the sentiment of a cozy, restful night in, which is why personalized blankets always make popular presents. This is an awesome option for fall and winter weddings, especially, but works year-round, too.

Pair it With a Handwritten Note
We know that your to-do list is longer than it has ever been, and spare time is in short supply, but make sure to write each and every one of your bridesmaids a handwritten note to accompany your gift. It doesn’t have to be long, emotional or perfectly written, but it should come from the heart and let your best friends know how much you appreciate them. With this
formula, you can be sure every member of Team Bride will be grinning from ear-to-ear right next to you on your special day.

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Sensual and glamorous wedding dresses for the sexy bride

Not every bride wants a classic wedding gown. There are many brides who want their wedding dress to be cutting edge and prefer to show off their sensual and rebellious side.

Enter sexy wedding dresses! Perfect for women who believe the ideal wedding attire should reflect their bold taste. In recent years, brides have started embracing glamorous wedding dress styles. This explains the trend of sheer wedding dresses, plunging necklines and bare backs on the runway. This slideshow on the Bridal Guide will give you more details on what these dresses look like. 

Lucky for you, whether you want to take it to the extreme with sexy wedding dresses or show of your sensual style with subtlety, there are plenty of ready-made options to choose from. We will look at some of the dresses from our collections at Best for Bride that fit this idea. But before that, here are some things to keep in mind when choosing a sexy wedding dress.

Factors to remember when choosing a sexy wedding dress

Make sure the dress flatters your body type

Irrespective of whether you prefer classic elegance or boho glamour, a wedding dress will look good on you only if it flatters your body type. So, first identify the dress silhouette that enhances your best assets while hiding less desirable ones. Visit this link for a guide to help you with this. 

Once you recognize your best assets, you can choose a gown that draws attention to this area of your body. So, do this before you go shopping.

Find the right balance

One of the biggest challenges of choosing a sensual wedding gown is to make sure that it doesn’t look vulgar. Choose a dress that is sexy, but feminine as well. Contemporary dresses with romantic features like ruffles or lace should satisfy the equation. If the dress is very revealing, make sure that the overall look is balanced with simple elegance in the rest of the dress.

Avoid any likely wardrobe disasters

In certain dress styles, you stand the risk of revealing more skin than is generally considered appropriate. This can become a mistake you go on to regret in later years. So, if your dress isn’t secure enough, add additional support to avoid a wardrobe disaster. For low-cut necklines, a sheer layer will provide support. Similarly, use tape or suitable undergarments to hide areas that you do not want to accidentally expose.

Take care that your dress doesn’t look cheap

Unless you choose well, your dress may end up looking cheap. When you choose a sexy dress, your look will depend on how well you carry it and how it suits your style. So, don’t compromise on quality. Pay attention to fabric, cut and design so you find a dress that looks every bit the money you spent.

Now that we’ve covered the essential factors to remember when choosing a wedding dress, let us move on to the more interesting part. Here are some beautifully sensual dresses from our collection at Best for Bride. I hope this provides some real inspiration for you to plan your wedding dress shopping.

Dress styles for the sexy, glamorous look

Dare to bare with plunging necklines

Plunging necklines come in varying depths, and form the statement feature of many designer wedding gowns on the runway. This single element instantly adds a bold streak to the overall bridal look. The only factor to remember is that you should always have adequate support when you sport a low-cut neckline, or it is highly prone to accidents. Either choose a dress with an inner sheer layer to keep the neckline in place, or have such a layer fitted into the bodice of your gown to stay safe.

The dress featured here is from the Mori Lee collection. The dipped V-neckline is part of a sheer lace applique bodice that contrasts in texture with the soft silky fitted skirt. This dress has an inner supportive layer that blends in with the natural skin color to create a seamless look. It also has a low cut neckline on the back and a short train.

Stun with a see-through bodice and sweetheart neckline

The sweetheart neckline is one of the most sensual features a wedding dress can have. The obvious display of the neck, shoulder and collar bones will add a romantic, feminine touch to a dress. So, when this neckline is formed on a peek-a-boo lace bodice that reveals a hint of skin, it is sure to wow your guests.

This Mori Lee dress features a see-through bodice that has strategically placed inner padding at the bust to keep it from revealing more than is necessary. Although it doesn’t take the sheer trend to the very extreme, it is effective enough to make a style statement.

Sensual off-the-shoulder neckline

If you prefer a sexy, yet sophisticated look, dresses with off-the-shoulder necklines are sure to impress. Unlike other shoulder-baring dress styles like the halter, strapless and spaghetti straps, this dress style has a unique charm since it has a playful look and is very modern. In fact, this trend feature on the Brides website even calls it the grown-up version of the strapless dress. 

This dress is from the Sophia Tolli wedding dress collection. It has thick lace applique straps that gently fall away from the shoulder. The bodice is sure to stay in place despite the off-the-shoulder straps and plunging sweetheart bodice detail since it is well-supported by the sheer layer that stretches across the neckline. Altogether, a stylish and impressive piece.

Wow with an amazing illusion back

How about a twist to the traditional look? Your guests may find your dress simple, but turn around and watch the look of amazement on their faces when you show off a sexy, illusion back. Lace illusion details on modern silhouettes like the trumpet and mermaid will help you nail the perfect sexy look, without trying too hard.

Look at this magnificent beauty from the Sophia Tolli dress collection. A scattering of intricately designed lovely lace appliques emerge along the back of the dress, with sparkling crystal and embroidery details for added bling. The dress looks beautiful from the front as well, with its slender slaps and trumpet silhouette. Nevertheless, it is the details in the stylish back that will be memorable.

Cold-shoulder look with peplum lace sleeves

Cold shoulder details are another dress feature that is glamorous. Pair the cold shoulder style with breezy peplum sleeves and a fitted silhouette, and you will look like a diva. Although the cold shoulder detail has been seen with various necklines and silhouettes, it looks best when the sleeves continue into statement details.

This beautiful dress from the Mori Lee collection will illustrate how beautiful the cold shoulder look can be. Paired with a slim-fitting silhouette and embellishments along the sleeve edges and neckline, this dress is a true work of art. The light illusion lace sleeves in peplum style add a vintage Boho vibe to the dress. The back of the dress is equally impressive, with a bow detail in the center and a sheer bodice.

Dresses with slits for that mysteriously sexy look

Step away from the traditional wedding dress look in an unusual way, when you choose a dress with a slit that extends all the way up to the knee or thigh. When the feature appears on a silhouette like the A-line, it will be unexpected and sure to capture the attention of your guests.

Notice this dress from the Monica Loretti collection. At first sight, it looks like just another strapless A-line dress with a lace bodice and pleated skirt. However, the sexy high slit will be revealed as you move and offer a good view of your toned legs that you are eager to show off. If you are looking to surprise your guests, this is the dress that gets the job done.

The high-low hemline that is playful and pretty

Casual wedding themes call for wedding dresses that are playful and youthful. Short dresses are recently growing in popularity at such weddings. However, their appeal is increased manifold when they feature high-low hemlines. This unique dress style feature is perfect to show off your legs, and yet look bridal enough.

Enchant your guests in this stunning little white dress from the Mon Cheri collection. The high-low tulle A-line skirt is actually detachable. The dress originally comes with a pencil skirt with a scalloped lace hemline. The two-in-one option thus allows you to sport two distinct looks on your wedding day, for the price of a single wedding dress. Doesn’t that sound interesting?

Sheer bodice and soft satin skirt

When a satin dress features a silhouette that softly clings to the natural curves of the bride, the effect is mesmerizing. Pair it with a statement bodice with a sensual appeal, and you will be one sexy bride. It doesn’t matter whether you reveal any skin or not, such strategically crafted wedding dress details are sure to enhance your sex appeal and show off your feminine style.

Another dress from the Mon Cheri Bridal collection, this dress features silky soft satin in a sheath silhouette that creates the illusion of curves. The dress clings to the body, emphasizing the beauty of the natural figure. A textured bodice with sheer lace appliques further enhances the overall effect. Although the dress is modest and doesn’t reveal too much skin, the bodice and skirt come together to create an arresting effect from top to toe.

Bridal separates with crop top

If you want to show off your bold streak without causing scandal, go for bridal separates that subtly reveal skin at your waistline. Crop tops are well-suited for brides with slender figures, and they look stunning when paired with the right skirt.

Check out this pretty piece from the Mori Lee collection. Available as separates, with a crop top and A-line skirt, the dress is charming while it is bold in a different way. It is not a conventional wedding dress. Nevertheless, it will easily gain approval from your guests in the way it puts forward a modern look in a regal way. The dress also features a sheer back with beautiful lace appliques. This two-piece dress is perfect for a Boho bride and will do wonders for your bridal image.

Sexy sheer skirt for high impact

There is nothing more striking than the shadow of your toned legs beneath a layer of sheer. The barely-there look will add an air of mystery, and conjure an unexpected and impressive image in an instant.

Here is a dress from the Sans Pareil collection, featuring this detail. See how the pretty bodice extends all the way down to the hips with lace appliques that conceal the area. Further beyond it is a layer of sheer fabric that actually highlights slender legs. The scattering of lace motifs at the hemline further accentuate the effect of this bold dress. Similar effects in the back, that barely conceal a little beyond the hips make it an adventurous choice. Perfect for the bold bride who dares defy tradition.

All the dresses featured here belong to the bridal dress collection at Best for Bride. We have many more dresses for the bold bride, and all you have to do is take a look. So, now tell us which of these is your favorite. Or, are you the demure bride who prefers a more conventional dress choice. Our collection has plenty of dresses for you too. Visit our bridal gallery by clicking on this link and find the dresses that are better suited to your unique taste. 

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Second-time brides—Tips to choose the perfect wedding dress for a second wedding

Brides who are getting married the second time will usually be familiar with the wedding dress shopping experience. If this isn’t the first time you are a bride, you may  have memories of how your previous wedding shopping session was and remember the excitement of finding the first dress. This factor can influence your overall experience when you attempt to find a great wedding dress again.

However, there is another side to the coin. You will be older, wiser and have a better idea of what you want, when you go shopping this time. From where you are in your life now, it is likely that you will be more confident and think your decisions through. This will also aid your wedding dress selection. Also, if you weren’t entirely happy with your dress decision last time, you can now make up for it. So, shopping for your wedding dress should be exciting once again.

Although it is impossible to keep comparing your choices to what you wore or bought for your first wedding, remember that this new phase in life is also about leaving the past behind. As you step into a new chapter of your life, be open and flexible with your choices. This will help you analyze your options objectively and choose a dress that fully meets your expectations.

To help you further, here are some of our insider tips for second-time brides to choose the perfect wedding dress for your wedding day.

Do your research once again

Wedding dress styles and options will have changed a lot from the last time you went shopping. Although the traditional silhouettes will still be available, there may be newer and more interesting options to explore. So, do your research before you set foot in a bridal store. Look at what is trending and shortlist styles that appeal to you. Collect pictures of the dress features you like and make notes of what you would like to see in your wedding dress. This will make your shopping session more productive.

Look for something different

You may have looked amazing in your old wedding gown. Nonetheless, this is the time to explore entirely different options, and embrace a whole new look. There will be other silhouettes, fabric and dress features that flatter you. So, look out for these options. Find dress styles that will enhance your best assets, that are significantly different from your old gown. This is your chance to do better in your life once again, and let this factor extend to your wedding dress decision as well.

Look for dresses that compliment your personality

Every bride should only choose a dress that reflects her taste. The wedding dress is an extension of your personality. So, don’t worry about following tradition or rules when choosing yours. Only settle for a dress that appeals to your likes. This could be an extension of what you wear on a regular basis. Or it could be a dress that is entirely different. Only you know what you truly want. So, consider this factor well and find a dress that speaks to you.

Match your dress choice to the style of wedding you plan

Let your venue and wedding theme help you choose your wedding dress. For traditional wedding styles, classic gowns may be better than modern, trendy options. If your wedding is a casual, laid back affair, choose simple silhouettes and casual dress styles to match the tone. Although second-time brides may prefer a shorter and simpler dress, there is no rule that suggests so. Ultimately it is your choice to find a dress that matches the venue and wedding style, while adding to your beauty. Here are some ideas on the Wedding Ideas Magazine to find dresses that are suitable for your theme.

Dress according to your age and body shape

Most second-time brides are mature brides. If this is the case, you should choose a style and silhouette that best suits your body shape and overall appearance. Look for dresses that make you look like a younger, smarter version of yourself. Although mature brides tend to gravitate towards classic dress silhouettes like the A-line and fit and flare,  nothing should deter you from trying a cocktail length dress or a fish tail gown. Analyse your body type and find out whether there are any areas you would like to hide. Also, identify the assets you would like to show off. Then choose a dress that camouflages the less desirable parts while drawing attention to the more attractive parts.

Be bold enough to defy tradition

Traditionally, the bridal dress was never white. White wedding dresses are in fact a trend that emerged in the Victorian era. Although most brides still prefer to wear white on their wedding day, you can always break the norm. Stunning colorful wedding gowns constantly make the rounds on runways. Explore these stunning options in light and bright colors. Or choose printed wedding dresses that have been trending recently. Florals and watercolor details are typically associated with wedding dresses.

Your dress should make you feel special

Don’t dismiss the dress as a less-important factor about your wedding. Whether your wedding is an intimate affair or a grand bash, you deserve to feel special on this big day in your life. It doesn’t matter how much you spend on your dress. Instead, what is more important is that you love your wedding dress, how it drapes on you and how it makes you feel. With dresses in all price ranges, you will have plenty of options to pick a dress that is unique and makes you a beautiful bride once again.

Don’t even think of wearing the dress you wore the first time around

If there is one rule to strictly adhere to when you are a second-time bride, it is to never use your first wedding dress again. Even if you never got to wear it because your engagement was called off. A dress that wasn’t bought for this wedding day shouldn’t be the one you wear for it. Wearing your old wedding dress will take the focus off your new marriage. So, we suggest you start your special day on a new footing with an entirely new wedding dress. Try to keep it very different from what you wore the first time around, to avoid any comparisons between the two.

Think of comfort and practical constraints

Make sure that wearing a comfortable dress is one of your top priorities. Don’t choose a dress style that makes you feel conscious of how you look. Also, avoid dresses that are too heavy or difficult to manage. Before you commit to a dress, check if it is easy to move around in and fits comfortably. If you feel it looks good but feels uncomfortable, it is better you keep looking.

There are no hard and fast rules on what you should or should not wear when you will be wed the second time. Nevertheless, there are some general trends in the dresses that mature brides opt for on such occasions. Based on this, here are some suggestions to help you get inspired.

Wedding dress suggestions for second-time brides

Elegant Vintage wedding dresses

Most brides gravitate towards elegance and sophistication when they look for their wedding dress. Dresses from bygone eras have the romance and demure finesse to achieve this look. These dresses also usually feature classic style elements that make it comfortable to wear for an older bride.

 

This Mori Lee Morena in Duchess Satin is a ravishing beauty, with its classic V-neckline and A-line silhouette. The sparkling chevron waistband enhances the pristine clarity of the white, making this a splendid dress that is simple yet captivating.

Shorter hemlines

Many brides have already had a chance to enjoy their princess look the first time. So, they tend to look for more casual styles. And what better choice than a dress with a shorter hemline. This style is particularly apt if your wedding is low-key and you prefer a simpler bridal look.

The Monica Loretti Orifilia is an enchanting short dress with cord lace details extending into full-length sleeves and a beautiful bateau neckline. The illusion details create a bridal look, while it isn’t overpowering and perfect for a casual vibe.

Illusion-style wedding dresses

Romantic, classy and dainty, illusion lace details instantly enhance the splendor of any dress. Peek-a-boo lace is always feminine, and second-time brides who have already tried a glamorous look before often choose the delicate, feminine look the second time around.

Dreamy illusion hand embroidery details form enchanting embellishments on this soft Monica Loretti dress. The A-line gown is entirely crafted from smooth, flowing fabric with an embroidered illusion bodice over the sweetheart neckline as the only embellishment. This is a stylish yet elegant choice for a second-time bride.

Long sleeve dresses

Whether it is to conceal your upper arms or to look modest, many brides look forward to exploring options in gowns with full-length sleeves. The presence of long sleeves is often slimming, and it works with various silhouettes to create different effects. It is also a timeless style that appeals to older brides. Full-length sleeves can also be created with the help of a jacket or bolero over your chosen dress, if you are unable to find a dress that appeals to you entirely.

Another dress from the Monica Loretti collection, the Melisa has lace illusion sleeves over a stunning strapless bodice. The vivid textures in the lace sleeves beautifully compliment the soft flowy finish of the gown. The streamlined A-line silhouete is also classy, and the pretty waistband enhances the effect of a slender waistline. This dress style has a slimming effect, and it is a lovely choice that is powerful without too many details.

Dresses with showstopper details

At times it is not about having every attractive feature in the dress, but about highlighting few details with due importance. Dresses with just one showstopper detail are a huge hit with second-time brides. This gives them the opportunity to show off their taste without going overboard with too many details.

Before you dismiss this gown as a simple lace wedding dress with spaghetti straps in the front and few crystal embellishments along the neckline, take a look at the beauty it is in the back.

 

Here, is a stunning back that will amaze everyone. The bodice extends into a narrow strap that borders a sexy cut-out detail above the waistline. It is an unexpected and interesting style, that will capture the attention of your wedding guests. Show off your sensual side in this dress, which is unusually interesting and suitable for your bold personality.

Just a dash of color can make all the difference

Leave your old life behind, and begin your new chapter on a brand new and entirely different note when you wear a colorful wedding dress. A subtle dose of color will set your look apart, without spoiling the bridal effect. Choose colors or prints that suit your complexion for the best effect. Or go with the latest trends in wedding dress colors.

 

This beauty from the Mon Cheri collection is simply magnificent with striking lace appliques that swim over the entire length. An overlay skirt forms panels on either side of the waistline, while the original dress has a fit and flare skirt. This is a dress that will help you sport two distinct looks on your wedding day without spending on two entirely different dresses. Hence it is a practical and interesting choice.

You may be getting married the second or third time, but a Bride is a Bride. Don’t hesitate to explore your options and dream big when it comes to your wedding dress. If there is something you regret from your wedding dress shopping the first time, this is the opportunity to fix it. So, make your decisions only when you are sure it is right.

All the dresses seen here and more are available at our Best for Bride wedding dress gallery. Click here to visit our collection and shortlist your favorites.