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*Take $15 off orders of $150.00-$199.99, $25 off orders of $200-$249.99 and $40 off orders of $250 or more. Cannot be combined with other offers or applied to previous purchases. Offer excludes all clearance sale items. Offer is not valid on Watters or WTOO. Offer is not valid on Joanna August (Please contact us for a group discount if your bridal party is placing 8 or more dress orders). Promo codes BYESUMMER25 and BYESUMMER40 are not eligible on Jim Hjelm (Please contact us for a group discount if your bridal party is placing 4 or more dress orders). Promo codes BYESUMMER25 and BYESUMMER40 are not eligible on Donna Morgan (Please contact us for a group discount if your bridal party is placing 4 or more dress orders). Orders must contain $150 or more of regularly priced products to be eligible.

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PROPOSAL STORY WINNER – August: Nikita

One of our favorite things to do here at Weddington Way is to read through all the adorable proposal stories sent into us every month. We couldn’t help but choose Nikita’s story… not only did she get the trip of her dreams but she was proposed to and got married in Paris!! What a way to celebrate =) We are so excited to gift her a Watters Encore Dress to wear during her celebrations at home in January!

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The story in Nikita’s words:

About eight months ago, I was swept off my feet by the most grand gesture of love and affection I have ever experienced in my life. My boyfriend of over 2 years (whom I met on July 4, 2001) gave me what turned out to be the most thoughtful Christmas gift I have ever received…two tickets to Paris, France! Little did I know, my life would be changed in an instant. One of his most favorite quotes is “my life is a movie” and after ten days in Paris, I too felt like a silver screen actress. For over two years he had been planning to whisk me away to the city of lights, propose to me, and be married there. On December 31, 2013 his plans came to fruition. At 11:58pm in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower as we stood atop the Trocadero Gardens, (dramatic pause) my Prince Charming dropped to one knee, took my hand, pulled me closer and asked me for my hand in marriage. After much confusion, sooo many tears and utter disbelief I regained my composure and said YES just at the stroke of midnight. My former prince, turned king, raised from his knee to embrace me and we kissed as the Eiffel Tower lit up behind us. Within a few hours we arrived at a Parisian Cathedral where we exchanged vows on the church steps. We spent the next seven days exploring this romantic paradise as husband and wife. We are currently planning a wedding (ceremony and reception) for January 1, 2015 to celebrate and share our love with our family and friends here at home.

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Splash into Savings with 15% off

 

*Take 15% off orders of $150 or more. Cannot be combined with other offers or applied to previous purchases. Offer excludes all sale items. Offer is not valid on Joanna August (Please contact us for a group discount if your bridal party is placing 8 or more dress orders). Offer is not valid on Jim Hjelm (Please contact us for a group discount if your bridal party is placing 4 or more dress orders). Offer is not valid on Donna Morgan. Please use code LABORDAYDM to get 10% off full-priced Donna Morgan dresses. Orders must contain $150 or more of regularly priced products to be eligible.

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DIY or buy?

If your wedding spending is getting a little out of hand, DIYing parts of your big day can be a great way to get your budget back in check. The key to a gorgeous yet affordable day is choosing your DIY projects wisely. We’ve put together a list of the best places to get crafty and the areas better left to the professionals. Before you start, be honest with yourself about your time constraints–you don’t want to be frantically arranging flowers while getting zipped into your wedding dress!

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 Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 3.15.47 PMBridesmaids flowers- We absolutely love a good DIY bridesmaid’s bouquet–so much that we wrote a whole post about it! They’re easy to make and cut down on the cost of one of your biggest expenses, all while lending a personal touch to your bridal party’s look. We also adore floral crowns which are a great DIY update on the traditional bouquet. They look ultra-romatic and lend an ethereal feel to your bridal party without the cost of a full bouquet’s-worth of flowers. Plus, they’re super easy to make! Simply form a piece of florist’s wire into a circle, then place stems against the circle and wrap tightly with more wire and continue to add flowers until all gaps are filled. (more…)

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Destination Inspiration: Paris, France

We would be lying if we told you we’ve never daydreamed about a Paris wedding…but then again, who hasn’t! Paris is the quintessential wedding location–glamorous, elegant, and undeniably romantic. While a destination wedding may not be feasible, there are still plenty of covetable Parisian touches you can incorporate into your big day. So before you spend half your budget on international airfare, check out our favorite ways to bring Paris to you.

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While Paris may be known for romance, it’s also known for unbelievably chic fashion. Go all out with a dress featuring couture-inspired details that look straight off the runway. Look for dresses with intricate beading, a dramatic train, vintage lace, or endless swaths of tulle. Accessorize your gown with a classic red lip and romantic waves to perfect the look.

Your bridesmaids dresses should be, above all else, sophisticated and timeless. We love these simple and structured Lela Rose dresses in LR185 and LR197. Even though Parisians are famous for wearing head-to-toe black you’ll still get the French feel with blush, ivory or Tiffany blue dresses. Or, for a truly daring group of bridesmaids, a champagne sequined number would look phenomenal.

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Real Wedding: Anne and Jon’s Spring Wedding

Anne and Jon’s spring wedding was–in a word–breathtaking. Their wedding embodies everything we love about the classic-with-a-twist style: every moment was chic and elegant without feeling overly traditional. Plus, can we talk about their gorgeous color scheme? The palette of larkspur and ivory looked incredible in the natural country club setting and was complemented by pops of cobalt throughout the decor. The bride stunned in an ethereal lace dress with an elegant open back, and we loved that she brought a touch of sparkle to the look with a pair of strappy jeweled heels. The bridesmaids wore their Dessy dresses to perfection (style 2869 in Windsor Blue), and topped off the look with forget-me-not blue bouquets. We loved how the couple incorporated a multitude of fresh spring flora into their decor, from their hydrangea centerpieces to the rosemary-sprigs that adorned their place settings. The couple took full advantage of the gorgeous foliage the season had to offer, and their day was absolute springy perfection!real wedding_style guide banners_7
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Retro Revival

If you need some inspiration for your upcoming wedding, look no further than the fabulous ladies of decades past! It’s easy to infuse your wedding with a vintage feel without going over the top. Take the chicest trends from each era as inspiration for your bridal party’s look to create a nostalgic (rather than costume-y) nod to the past.

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The ’30s and ’40s were all about Old Hollywood starlets like Ava Gardner and Veronica Lake. Get the look with bridesmaids dresses that are long, fitted, and above all glamorous! Choose styles with draped bodices and long, curve-skimming skirts that would feel at home on the red carpet. Try Lela Rose style LR174 or Watters style Mahogany for dresses that look straight out of a black and white film. To update the look, swap out the rigid ’40s hairdos for loose, flowing curls. (more…)

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*Take $15 off orders of $150 or more. Cannot be combined with other offers or applied to previous purchases. Offer excludes all sale items. Offer is not valid on Joanna August, Jim Hjelm, or Watters.  Orders must contain $100 or more of regularly priced products to be eligible.
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Top Tailors

Whether you’re a bride or a bridesmaid, an ill-fitting dress can seem like a disaster. We’ve all heard stories of tailors ruining (or losing) dresses right before the big day and sending the entire wedding party into crisis mode. How do you avoid a similar fate? We’ve put together a list of the most skilled and reliable tailors in 20 cities to ensure your alteration process will be simple and stress-free. Click the name of your nearest major city and you’re on your way to looking fabulous!

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