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Here Comes the Guide brings you tips and trends on the hottest wedding dress designers, from Amsale to Vera Wang. We also dish about shopping for that perfect dress. Check out our Trunk Show and Sample Sale info for ways to wow…and ways to save!

Just Say No to Sleeves

Just Say No to Sleeves posted by Jolene

Some years the wedding fashion trends tell us to add colored ribbons to our white gowns, and other years big flowers or poufs are all the rage. The 2008 wedding dress runway buzz is all about the Return of the Sleeve. For years, strapless wedding gowns have ruled the wedding aisle. And why not? They’re sexy, chic and glam, and are the perfect excuse to accessorize with faux fur or wispy shawls

Red Tie Affair

Red Tie Affair posted by Jolene

Hanna Hartnell, wedding dress and formal-wear fashion designer extraordinaire, has cooked up six red-hot gowns to fit the bill. Her special collection of attention-grabbing hues range from a deep rose to rich merlot. Hartnell, who is working with the Red Cross to help make the event a big success, is also donating a $3000 gown for their live auction.

Shopping for the Perfect Wedding Dress

Shopping for the Perfect Wedding Dress posted by Denise

The whole shopping experience really made me think that you don’t have to go to a bargain bridal shop to save money. In fact, you might not save money at all! Plus, I think every bride should have the experience of going to a high-end bridal salon and getting the star treatment. Having a consultant take the time to help you find the perfect dress—one that’s right for your bod y type and matches the style of your wedding—could actually save you lots of time and headache, and you’ll probably end up with a better dress for your big day.

Put Your Red Dress On

Put Your Red Dress On posted by Jolene

This on-line retailer (with a showroom on the Central Coast, CA) lets brides choose from a huge array of wedding dresses, bridesmaid’s dresses and mother-of-the-bride dresses inspired by the nostalgic styles of bygone eras. I confess to spending more time than was absolutely necessary scrolling through the pages and pages of photos on their website.

The Great One: Vera Wang

The Great One: Vera Wang posted by Jolene

It must nice to be a fashion icon. As Sex and the City’s fictional wedding coordinator definitively told an engaged Charlotte: “I have just 2 words for you—Vera Wang.

Bridal Gowns Get Colorful

Bridal Gowns Get Colorful posted by Lisa

Walk into a California bridal salon and you expect a sea of white (or ivory, or cream). More and more, though, we’re seeing splashes of bright color on the typical white gown—and even more dramatic dresses that are far from pale.

Dressed To Kill

Dressed To Kill posted by Jolene

It’s not every fashion designer whose collection, studio and name are featured in a successful TV show…but then, Hanna Hartnell has always been known for her star quality.

A Fashion Fix for Bridesmaid’s Dresses

A Fashion Fix for Bridesmaid’s Dresses posted by Lisa

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a bridesmaid dress in your closet that you never once had the urge to “accidentally” decorate with nail polish before the big day?

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