Our favorite blogshops with the best bridesmaid dresses

For many ladies out there, online fashion boutiques have become a staple source of retail therapy nowadays. And it’s not just limited to casual wear or office attire, many blogshops now cater to the need for exquisite bridesmaid wear that go easy on the wallet.

For those who are looking beyond the usual offering of the highly versatile multi-way dress – that may not be flattering for all shapes and sizes (we know cos we’ve been through it!) – be assured to know that there will definitely be one that suits your liking here in our selection.

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The fashion site that may well be Singapore’s most established online boutique rolled out its latest bridesmaid collection earlier this month. Inspired by some of the world’s finest and most iconic cities, these stylish pieces can be worn for both the wedding and still be appropriate for an after-party!

Our picks: The Grecian-inspired “Tatiane Maxi” retailing at $38 is a darling piece for the wedding banquet. For those who prefer shorter lengths, there’s the knee-length version featuring the same design at the top.
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(All pictures used in this post are credited to their respective fashion websites.)

We also love the “Covet Juliette Dress” with elaborate embroidery design in 5 different colors.
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Its bridesmaid collection may be new but Chaceylove is no doubt nailing the sweet girlish look with near perfection. If flowy dresses in dreamy hues are your style, then look no further. An additional plus point: this site also sells gorgeous floral pins and crowns!

Our pick: There’s perhaps a reason why this “Elsa Dress” had to be restocked. In a simple yet classic flowy design matched with a detachable duo-tone sash, this chiffon piece is a piece that won’t go wrong at weddings.
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For the bride looking for an ethereal look, this “Floral crown” may just be your best accessory.
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Apart from the above two with specialized bridesmaid collections, it’s always great to widen your search to include other sites which may not have customized bridesmaid wear as of yet but still offer dresses that will fit weddings to a T.

Our picks: The “Crochet Dress” by Klarra.
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As well as this sweet lace number by Love & Bravery which was recently worn as a bridesmaid piece at the wedding of one of the boutique’s co-founder.
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Fashion: Elise Hameau

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In many ways, French designer Elise Hameau’s creations are every bit what you would have envisioned about the City of Romance — beautiful, whimsical, and absolutely dreamy; browsing through the designer’s 2014 collection was just so much love.

A graduate from Studio Berçot, Elise Hameau started her career in fashion journalism. It was only in 2011 when she helped her friend make her wedding dress that she began to look into designing again. Listing the 1920s and 1970s as two big sources of her inspiration, Elise Hameau’s pieces are resplendent in their old world charm, what with flowing silhouettes and delicate fabrics. We love how each dress is gorgeous, but at the same time, extremely wearable for the bride. In Elise Hameau’s words, “The essence of the bride’s personality must shine through; everything else is merely detail.”

Apart from her bridal collection, Elise Hameau also has a stunning accessories collection consisting of hair combs, flower crowns, and so on. If you just have a couple of minutes to spare, browsing through the label’s beautiful lookbook is a visual treat in itself.

Visit Elise Hameau’s website here.

It’s Here: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s Weddng Photos!

It’s here — after all the media hype, secrecy, and speculations, the wedding photos of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s extravagant wedding are finally out. And for all of you out there who have been laying bets on what wedding gown Kim Kardashian will be wearing — it’s a Givenchy. While the style of the wedding gown is a slight departure from what we’re used to seeing from Kim Kardashian, the results are gorgeous nonetheless. We’ll let the pictures from E! do the talking!

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Kim Kardashian played it elegant and classy with a Givenchy haute couture creation by good friend Riccardo Tisci. While the dress is covered up in general, it cleverly highlights Kim’s fabulous curves through triangular cut-outs and a belt at the waist. The sexy back which emphasises the reality star’s voluptuous booty, paired with a cathedral veil also adds drama to the dress!

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West spared no expenses in hosting their guests — 600 of their closest friends attended the rehearsal dinner, which was held at the Palace of Versailles in Paris, complete with a carriage tour of the grounds, serenade by Lana del Ray, and magic tricks by David Blaine in the Hall of Mirrors. For the main event, the couple flew guests to Forte di Belvedere in Florence, Italy where they exchanged vows!

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No celebrity wedding is complete without the requisite photo booth and Instagram snapshots! Check out Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their celebrity pals as they have fun posing for the camera at their wedding.

To view the full gallery of the wedding, visit Parade for more!

Pet Fashion at Weddings

Apart from making sure that they and their bridal party look their best, these couples also did not forget to make sure their pets look dapper for their big day too! We hope the following adorable pictures of pets dressed to the nines on their owners’ weddings captured by Sydney-based photographer Katie Preston Toepfer brighten up your mid week! Happy hump day!

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To see more of these adorable pets at weddings, check out the original article on Business Insider!

Steal the look of… Kelly Rowland

On our blog, we often share inspirations about how to make your big day closer to perfection. We also absolutely love sharing happy news about celebrities and/or famous personalities who have tied the knot and moved on to the next stage in life.

And on the list of famous newlyweds this month is Kelly Rowland, one-third of American girl group Destiny’s Child. (If you missed our entry on that, click here!)

The look: Pictures of the low-key wedding are limited and all we know is that Rowland went with an all-white gown with a V-neck design.

Make it yours: An all-white gown may be the safest bet for brides who wish to go with traditions but to those who say the pristine shade is boring, let us prove you wrong.

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Fashion: Dress Right for Your Height

Searching for the perfect dress is by no means an easy task but knowing what works for your body type (and what does not) will make the process a whole lot simpler. Today, Wedding & Travel rounds up some tips on which dress types work best for ladies of different heights to get you started on your dress hunting!

For petite ladies

Short skirts are your best friend! Showing some leg helps to visually elongate your body and give the illusion of more height. Stay away from midi skirts as they tend to “cut” your legs up and make them look stumpier than they are. If you’re fuller in the waist, be careful not to go too short, but choose skirts that end just above your knee for the best visual effect. Accessorise with a stunning pair of heels and you are good to go!

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(From top: Opt for a dress with a simple tailored top if you’re going for a fanciful hem (Dress from Reem Acra); For something more interesting, consider a long tulle dress with a short skirt within. The play of materials and asymmetrical length will definitely wow your guests (Dress from Alyne by Rivini); To strike some balance in the outfit, keep your top covered if you’re baring skin on the bottom (Dress from Marchesa)) (Pictures from here)

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(From top: Short dresses crafted in light materials such as tulle are perfect for a whimsical and casual wedding affair (Dress from Jenny Yoo); For pear shapes, circle skirts are great for balancing out your full hips (Dress from Love by Enzoani); For hourglass figures, keep it nice and sleek with structured and tailored dresses (Dress from Love by Enzoani)) (Pictures from here)

For ladies of regular height

Ladies of regular height have more variety to choose from and can rock dresses from knee length to midi length. The trick is to remember to choose dresses that fit well, especially around the hips, to avoid looking boxy. If you’re going for the midi skirt, do throw on a pair of heels just for good measure!

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(From top: Accentuate your curves with a well structured bodice and flare skirt (Dress from Jovani Bridal); It’s a great time to go for midi skirts as the runways are flooded with designs recalling the 1920s and 1930s for these few seasons (Dress from Justin Alexander); For more conservative brides, play it sweet and safe with a simple lace creation (Dress from Melissa Sweet for David’s Bridal)) (Pictures from here)

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(From top: A dress with peek-a-boo cut outs adds just a little bit of sexiness to an otherwise sweet get up (Dress from Ivy & Aster Bridesmaids); Asymmetrical hemlines are flattering silhouettes that help balance out your figure (Dress from Jasmine); For ladies who are fuller around the waist and hips, a flowing halter dress that bares the shoulders can draw the attention away from your problem areas (Dress from Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids)) (Pictures from here)

For tall ladies

Tall ladies can pull off the bohemian chic look and go all out with long skirts — just remember as always, to maintain a good fit around the waist or hips so that you will not look swallowed up by the skirt. If you’re going for something shorter than a floor length skirt, another tip is to make sure that the length just touches your ankle bone, which will make sure the thinnest part of your ankles are showing and give the illusion of slim legs. Also, if you’re all covered up below, we suggest baring some skin on top to balance the overall look.

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(From top: The simplest way to define your waist is to add a beautiful belt to your dress. An off-shoulder dress with lace sleeves is also a clever way to conceal your arms without looking too covered up (Dress from Tara Keely); If you’re uncomfortable with a low neckline, you can look equally beautiful with a low back (Dress from Eden Bridals); Tall ladies can pull off challenging silhouettes such as the trumpet and mermaid, so go ahead and rock it! (Dress from Oscar de la Renta)) (Pictures from here)

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(From top: The best way to maximise your height is to keep silhouettes as clean and minimal as possible (Dresses from Allure Bridesmaids and Amsale Bridesmaids respectively)) (Pictures from here)

Wedding Magazine Issue 25

Wedding & Travel Magazing Issue 25

You’ve probably seen countless wedding movies and heard plenty of stories from friends about the things that can happen leading up to the big day. So, is it inevitable that you will have to go through the same trials and tribulations for your wedding? While we can’t give you the answer to that, we can certainly share with you the experiences undergone by other couples so that you might have a better idea of how to deal with things when the time comes.

One thing we do know for sure has to do with meeting expectations. Be it your own or what you think others expect of you, a good approach to this is to be flexible and realistic. As summarised by one of the brides in our Real Weddings section, “Plan your wedding with honesty. Try to think of what you really want, not how you can impress the people who come to your wedding. Be modest, and try to create comfort for all those who will attend the wedding.”

The good thing is, a wedding entails many aspects and one of the best and most fun parts is taking the pre-wedding photos. Even those who are normally camera shy or claim to ‘hate’ having their photos taken usually end up having a great time. More than making pretty poses, the whole photo experience is about bonding with your partner and doing things you normally don’t do, such as visiting exotic locales while dressed in a gorgeous gown. Over the past few years, the overseas pre-wedding photography trend has really picked up. At W&T, we always endeavour to bring you new and exciting destinations. In the previous issue, we went west with European city Riga. This time, we are going closer to home with Shanghai, one of the most beautiful Chinese cities which is absolutely unique with its old and new world charms.

Embark with us on a journey to discover the city’s modern beauties including the Oriental Pearl Tower and the futuristic Shanghai World Expo China Pavilion. And right after that, we’ll visit picturesque Zhujiajiao, a historical water town with numerous stone bridges and rivers located just 45 minutes away from the city centre.

To make your wedding even more perfect, we have four inspiring themes in our Theme Weddings section covering various locations: a hotel, a beach resort, a restaurant and a home! Fans of the romantic Twilight series will be happy to know that we have a Twilight- inspired theme just for you!

Before we leave you to enjoy the contents of this issue, just remember that the road to marital bliss is not always smooth sailing. But as long as you have faith in your partner and take the effort to communicate, you are already on the path to success!

With Love,
W&T Editorial Team

Utada Hikaru Gets Married to Italian Beau!

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Japanese pop diva Utada Hikaru, 31, has married her Italian bartender boyfriend, Francesco Calliano, 23, in a dreamy wedding ceremony held at Polignano a Mare, Southern Italy this week!

Utada Hikaru was an elegant sight in white, turning up in a delicate lace dress, accessorised with just a simple flower band. About 300 of the local residents reportedly turned up to catch a glimpse of the singer as she stepped into the church. A known stickler for privacy, Utada Hikaru hired about eight bodyguards to shield her from prying cameras — the bodyguards held paper umbrellas, as Utada Hikaru made her way to the aisle. All guests were also informed beforehand that no photographs were allowed at the wedding ceremony.

This is Utada Hikaru’s second marriage — she was previously married to photographer and film director, Kazuaki Kiriya for four and a half years. We hope Utada Hikaru gets second time lucky. Congratulations!

A purple-themed wedding

Often used to represent royalty, the color purple is an elegant shade to theme your big day with. Not sure how? Let us give you some inspiration.

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Short is the way to go: 6 chic bridal hairstyles

So what if your hair is short and your big day is coming up? If you like how your hair is, then there’s really no need to get extensions just for the sake of adhering to “Cos’ all brides have long hair!”

Short hair can be everything from chic to romantic and so for this post, we have rounded up a few looks on how you can do up your hair, irregardless of length.

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