Finding Your Perfect Dress with Nearly Newlywed

I’ve heard time and time again that it’s so hard to find the one… the right wedding dress that is!  Do I make a statement in something fun or play it safe in something classic?  White or ivory?  Long or short?  All of these thoughts and more pop into your mind at some point.

Brides.com published an article about Jacqueline Courtney, wedding dress consultant who started Nearly Newlywed.  Nearly Newlywed is an online wedding dress boutique, designed to help a bride find her perfect gown.  The dresses are all “nearly new” and the boutique offers many designer labels.

Valuing quality and style, Courtney says that her company offers “the best designs to girls all over the country, big city and small town girls brides alike, at incredible values.”

In the interview, Courtney reveals her favorite trends and popular silhouettes.  My favorite piece of advice that she gives when it comes to rules of wedding dress shopping is; “the only rule is that you need to be true to yourself and to have fun.”

Nearly Newlywed’s website is simple, organized, and easy to use.  You can shop by designer and style and even find accessories.  You can even customize a personal shopping experience using your Pinterest Bridal Inspiration Board!  Based on your board, Nearly Newlywed will select dresses to personally suit you!  There is also an option for you to sell your dress back.  Nearly Newlywed has so much to offer and I think it’s a great tool for brides to be!

Jacqueline Courtney is also an expert blogger for Brides.com and has an exclusive partnership with Kleinfeld!

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Top 5 Trends from Fall 2013 NYC Bridal Fashion Week

Photo from Brides.com

This weekend marked the start of New York’s International Bridal Week!  Bloggers and editors from bridal magazines all over the country came to the city to see the latest trends in wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses at the bi-annual bridal market.  The looks were simply stunning; from lace to embellishments, there’s so much to get inspired by!

Obviously, we can’t all afford these designer price tags, but many designers get inspiration from events like this.  Want cutting edge fashions for your special day?  Here are my top 5 favorite trends from Fall 2013’s NYC Bridal Fashion Week!

1. Lots of lace!  So many of the collections featured stunning laces.  The Vera Wang collection was simple and elegant.  Dresses had lace in all the right places.  She used lace in all the right places like the bodice.  Think iconic Kate Middleton in her 2011 royal wedding.  Choose lace if you are going for the soft romantic look.

2. The embellished bodice.  It’s all in the details when it comes to the bodice.  From ruffles, to lace, to crystals, to flower embellishments, to beading, bodices are gorgeous and intricate this fall.  Drawing attention to the bust line, the bodices are balanced by simple skirts making the dresses just interesting enough; not too gaudy or overdone.  Even the simple girl can rock a stunning bodice!

3. Jewel tones… not for the brides, for the bridesmaids!  Playing up plum, midnight blue, and magenta, the deep berry tones are perfection for fall.  The Monique Lhuillier collection used jewel tones and drew attention to the shoulders incorporating strapless and off-the-shoulder designs.

4. The detailed back.  I absolutely LOVE a detailed back.  When it comes to fashion, I always think that unexpected is beautiful.  What’s more gorgeous than a simple dress with an intricate back?  Think deep-v and keyhole gowns with lace details.

5. Headpieces.  So many of the gowns were paired with beautiful headpieces and bands incorporating crystals, beading, and simple flower embellishments.  Headpieces can be a unique and elegant addition to your look.

 For photos check out Brides.com blog Aisle Say!