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My Favorite Looks from Bridal Market 2015

Did y’all know that last weekend was NYC’s bridal market? Brides did a great job of posting all the latest runway looks (which will be the designers’ Spring 2016 lines), and of course I eagerly devoured each photo slideshow. Here’s the thing about runway bridal fashion, though: Sometimes, I just can’t picture the ensembles on actual brides. Many of the dresses (or pantsuits, or crop tops) are just too modern and high fashion-looking for an actual Carolina girl’s wedding (examples: here, here, and here). The dresses that caught my eye from bridal market were the ones that I could actually see my friends and family members in. They’re still different and unique and fresh, but they don’t look like they would only be appropriate on the cover of Vogue. I’ve collected all of my favorites here to share with y’all…let me know which ones you like best!

1. Reem Acra: Silk chiffon bateau neck dress with embroidered bodice and low back detail.

Reem Acra Spring 2016 silk chiffon bateau neck wedding dress with embroidered bodice and low back detail, via Brides - Wedding Belles Blog

2. Reem Acra: Bateau neck silk taffeta ball gown with embroidered bodice and low back.

Reem Acra Spring 2016 bateau neck silk taffeta wedding gown with an embroidered bodice and low back, via Brides - Wedding Belles Blog

3. “Ella” by Monique Lhuillier: Tulle a-line dress with floral overlay

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2016: "Ella" tulle A-line wedding dress with floral overlay, via Brides - Wedding Belles Blog

4. “Roma” by Monique Lhuillier: Chantilly lace strapless corset ball gown with tulle skirt.

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2016: "Roma" Chantilly lace strapless corset ball gown with tulle skirt, via Brides - Wedding Belles Blog

5. Ines di Santo: Lace wedding gown with tulle skirt.

Ines di Santo lace wedding gown with tulle skirt, via Brides - Wedding Belles Blog

6. Maggie Sottero: V-neck wedding gown with lace appliques.

Maggie Sottero Spring 2016 V-neck wedding dress with lace appliques, via Brides - Wedding Belles Blog

7. Maggie Sottero: Scalloped v-neck a-line wedding gown.

Maggie Sottero Spring 2016 scalloped v-neck a-line wedding gown, via Brides - Wedding Belles Blog

8. Oscar de la Renta: Strapless lace and organza tiered ball gown with sweetheart neckline

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2016 strapless lace and organza tiered ball gown wedding dress with sweetheart neckline, via Brides - Wedding Belles Blog

9. Marchesa: Strapless tulle fishtail with floral threadwork and architectural seam line.

Marchesa Spring 2016 strapless tulle fishtail with floral threadwork and architectural seam line, via Brides - Wedding Belles Blog

10. Marchesa: Corded lace a-line dress with bateau neckline and elbow-length sleeves.

Marchesa Spring 2016 corded lace A-line wedding dress with a bateau neckline and elbow-length sleeves, via Brides - Wedding Belles Blog

11. Amsale: Champagne dress with gold beading.

Amsale Spring 2016 champagne wedding dress with gold beading, via Brides - Wedding Belles Blog

12. Amsale: Gold beaded strapless ball gown.

Amsale Spring 2016 gold beaded strapless ball gown wedding dress, via Brides - Wedding Belles Blog

13. Amsale: Classic taffeta ball gown.

Amsale Spring 2016 classic taffeta ball gown wedding dress, via Brides - Wedding Belles Blog

14. Carolina Herrera: all over lace wedding gown.

Carolina Herrera Spring 2016 all over lace wedding gown, via Brides - Wedding Belles Blog

15. Carolina Herrera: Vintage lace mermaid wedding gown.

Carolina Herrera Spring 2016 vintage lace mermaid wedding gown, via Brides - Wedding Belles Blog

16. Hayley Paige: Geometric print spaghetti strap wedding gown.

Hayley Paige Spring 2016 geometric print strapless wedding gown, via Brides - Wedding Belles Blog

17. Hayley Paige: Fitted silk and lace wedding gown with long lace sleeves.

Hayley Paige Spring 2016 fitted silk and lace wedding gown with long lace sleeves, via Brides - Wedding Belles Blog

(All photos via Brides, obviously).

Favorites, belles?

xoxo Laura

Only 10 Days Left to Get Your Wedding Dress for $299!

Belles, have you been checking out our NC & SC Events page? I’ve been updating it regularly as I hear about wedding-related shindigs (think: bridal shows, open houses, etc.) going down in the Carolinas. Today, I want to highlight one particular event on the page, as it has the potential to save you lots of cash-ola…

Bridals by Jodi wedding gowns in Charleston, SC - Wedding Belles Blog

Bridals by Jodi

Bridals by Jodi, currently located on Rivers Avenue in Charleston, is having a HUGE moving sale. All in-stock wedding gowns are reportedly marked down to $299-$499, with in-stock bridesmaid dresses ranging from $29-$89. Incredible! I sure wish I had only paid $300 for my own wedding gown. The sale is going on now through December 20th, which means you have 10 days left to scurry on over and start shopping.

Bridals by Jodi wedding gowns in Charleston, SC - Wedding Belles Blog

Bridals by Jodi

Let me know if you find THE dress at the sale! Would love to post some pics of our lovely readers on the blog.

xoxo Laura

Brides Against Breast Cancer Charity Wedding Gown Sale and Bridal Show – Durham, NC

Back in May we talked about the Brides Against Breast Cancer Charity Wedding Gown Sale and Bridal Show taking place in Charlotte. Now, Durham gets a shot at discounted wedding dresses while at the same time supporting a great cause!

Brides Against Breast Cancer - Wedding Belles Blog

Mark your calendars: The Brides Against Breast Cancer Charity Wedding Gown Sale and Bridal Show is taking place Sunday, July 13 at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club in Durham, NC. The sale will feature new and already-loved wedding gowns ranging from $99-$3,900 and sizes 4-18 (keep in mind that wedding dresses tend to run small, so if you are normally a size 4, you likely will wear a size 6 or 8 wedding gown). Durham-area wedding vendors will also be present at the show, so you can knock out some planning at the same time! I also hear that there will be lots of exciting prizes and giveaways.

Visit the Brides Against Breast Cancer webpage to register to attend or volunteer for the event. The VIP Unveiling of the Gowns Reception will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and general admission for the sale will be 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. Buying general admission tickets ahead of time saves money, as the tickets cost $5 online but $7 at the door. Ticket purchases are tax deductible.

Brides Against Breast Cancer supports efforts to deliver free information and services to children and adults impacted by cancer.

Go register, belles! Happy shopping!

xoxo Laura

Brides Against Breast Cancer Charity Wedding Gown Sale and Bridal Show – Charlotte, NC

Who wants to score a discounted wedding gown while at the same time supporting those affected by cancer? Oh, everyone? That’s what I thought.

Brides Against Breast Cancer - Wedding Belles Blog

Mark your calendars: The Brides Against Breast Cancer Charity Wedding Gown Sale and Bridal Show is taking place May 23-24 in Charlotte, NC, at the Embassy Suites Charlotte. The sale will feature new and already-loved wedding gowns (we just discussed these last week!) ranging from $99-$3,900 and sizes 4-18 (keep in mind that wedding dresses tend to run small, so if you are normally a size 4, you likely will wear a size 6 or 8 wedding gown). Charlotte-area wedding vendors will also be present at the show, so you can knock out some planning at the same time! I also hear that there will be lots of exciting prizes and giveaways.

Visit the Brides Against Breast Cancer webpage to register to attend or volunteer for the event. The VIP Unveiling of the Gowns Reception will take place from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. on May 23, while general admission for the sale will be 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on May 24. Buying general admission tickets ahead of time saves money, as the tickets cost $7 online but $10 at the door. Ticket purchases are tax deductible.

Brides Against Breast Cancer supports efforts to deliver free information and services to children and adults impacted by cancer.

Go register, belles! Happy shopping!

xoxo Laura