» This Just In: The 2015 WeddingWire FallBook is Here!

Check out the 2015 WeddingWire FallBook for seasonal wedding inspiration!We’re thrilled to present our newest digital wedding magazine…the 2015 WeddingWire FallBook!

We’re particularly proud of this issue, as it includes helpful advice and inspiration not just for engaged couples and wedding professionals, but for wedding guests as well! You’ll find the work of many wedding and event professionals from around the country in the book, too.

Here is a sampling of the top stories from this issue:

  • A fall-themed styled shoot, produced by the WeddingWire team, and featuring the work of talented wedding professionals.
  • Four unique fall real weddings – including a fun destination event in Costa Rica!
  • The “Guest Guide” – a section for engaged couples to share with their guests. It includes a wedding guest timeline, gift and attire ideas, and much more.
  • Bridal fashion ideas for pre- and post-wedding events
  • Registry advice, engagement ring tips, and much more!

Enjoy our 2015 FallBook! Interested in being featured? Visit RealWeds.com for more information on submitting real weddings to our editorial team.

» The 2015 WeddingWire SummerBook is Here!

The highlight of our summer is finally here: the 2015 WeddingWire SummerBook!

Read the SummerBookWe’re excited to share this season’s digital wedding magazine with you to spur your summer wedding inspiration! From stunning real weddings to our list of out-of-the-box venues, our 2015 issue features the work of brilliant wedding and event professionals from across the country. Check out a sample of the top stories and advice below:

  • Top fruit-inspired wedding décor to help you incorporate the season’s tangy citruses and juicy melons into your next wedding palette
  • Six wide-ranging real weddings featuring top Pros from around the country to provide inspiration for all your clients
  • A new section on summer wedding cake trends and the top flavors, fillings, and frostings real WeddingWire cake bakers are loving this season
  • Six curated looks for every kind of couple in our Styles for Every Aisle feature, inspired by the latest trends from Bridal Fashion Week
  • Inventive escort card ideas, popular reception seating styles, top groom FYIs, and much more!

We hope you enjoy reading the 2015 WeddingWire SummerBook just as much as we loved putting it together!  And if you’re interested in getting featured in an upcoming magazine or on our site, check out RealWeds.com for more information on submitting real weddings to our editorial team.

» Get Published in the WeddingWire SummerBook!

Showcase your work, inspire couples, and grow your business as part of the WeddingWire SummerBook!

Submit photos of your past summer real weddings (late June through late September) and summer-themed styled shoots to be featured in our upcoming e-magazine. If your work is selected, we’ll link to your WeddingWire Storefront and share your photos with thousands of couples across WeddingWire, social media, email and more.

Easily upload your photos at RealWeds.com by Monday, April 13th to be considered! Plus, check out our latest SpringBook to see examples of past real wedding features!

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Summerbook 2014 Feature

Photos by Katelyn James Photography

 

» Introducing…the 2015 WeddingWire SpringBook!

The WeddingWire team is thrilled to share the brand-new SpringBook with you!

We have to admit, we think it’s a pretty great read, particularly to help kick off wedding season. Our newest online-only, interactive magazine features both helpful advice and gorgeous inspiration from wedding Pros like you! This season’s e-mag includes:

  • Five stunning spring real weddings, featuring the work of wedding professionals from around the country
  • A must-read bridesmaid guide that covers everything from etiquette to fashion, bachelorette parties, gifts, and more
  • “Breaking Down the Bouquet,” which not only inspires with gorgeous bouquet photos, but provides helpful information on the flowers included
  • Plus, you’ll find scenic venues, registry and wedding-day timeline advice, and much more!

So head over to our full 2015 WeddingWire SpringBook and share your comments and questions with us. If you’re interested in being featured in a future e-magazine, stay tuned for more information on our 2015 SummerBook—we’ll be sharing details very soon!

WeddingWire 2015 SpringBook

Cover photo by Vicki Grafton Photography

» Get Featured in the WeddingWire SpringBook

Showcase your favorite spring inspired work, inspire couples, and grow your business reach by being a part of the WeddingWire SpringBook!

Submit photos of your past spring real weddings and spring-themed styled shoots to be featured in our upcoming e-magazine. If your work is selected, we’ll link to your Storefront and share your photos with thousands of couples across WeddingWire, social media, email and more.

We are actively looking for the following:

  • Weddings taken place in the springtime within the past two years.
  • Inspiring and creative details (bouquets, centerpieces, stationery, food, favors, and more!) – and lots of ‘em!
  • Submission must include at least 50 photos, mostly in color
  • High-quality images with no watermarks

We can’t wait to see what you share! Easily upload your photos at RealWeds.com by Wednesday, February 4th to be considered for inclusion.

What are you waiting for? Submit your photos »

Submit to the SpringBook

Also, be sure to check out our newly launched WinterBook to see examples of real weddings we love!

Photos by Sun & Sparrow Photography

» The Top 5 Wedding Dress Trends from New York Bridal Fashion Week

The WeddingWire Team just returned from New York Bridal Fashion Week, and what a whirlwind it was! The team attended 86 shows and appointments over six days, and all agree that this was one of the strongest showings we’ve seen in a while! We saw lots of new designers, fresh ideas, and some interesting new wedding dress trends. Check out the styles we’re sure brides will be clamoring for in 2015!

Crop Tops

If this season’s Bridal Fashion Week had a theme, it would be “showing skin.” And designers found lots of ways to do just that. We saw two-piece wedding gowns featuring crop tops on many runways. While these styles aren’t for everyone, they’re certainly modern and fresh.

Crop Tops

Gowns (left to right) by Reem Acra and Hayley Paige. Photos by Dan Lecca

Deep V-Necks

How low can you go? Well, when it comes to necklines, pretty low, apparently. Designers were bringing necklines nearly down to the navel in many cases. However, if the rest of gown is kept fairly demure with a classic silhouette and perhaps, sleeves, the overall effect isn’t too scandalous.

Deep V-Necks

Gowns (left to right) by Dennis Basso and Inbal Dror. Photos by Dan Lecca

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» It’s New York Bridal Fashion Week!

It’s New York Bridal Fashion Week!

Gown by Amsale, photo by Dan Lecca

Yes, it’s that time of year again! It’s New York Bridal Fashion Week (or Bridal Market, as it’s known to insiders) and the WeddingWire team will be there to get a sneak peek of the newest wedding dresses, bridesmaid styles, and accessories. In fact, we will be viewing over 80 collections at fashion shows and private appointments over the next week (that’s a lot of gowns)! These are the wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses that brides will be buying and wearing in 2015, so as a Wedding Pro it’s a good idea to know what’s hot and what’s not!

Want to get the inside scoop on the latest and greatest in wedding fashion? Our editorial team will be posting updates throughout the week on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, WedStyle, and (new this season!) Snapchat, where you can follow ‘weddingwire.’ And to view the full collections, visit our Bridal Market page, which we’ll be updating with the newest photos and trend reports as they come in.

If you’ll be attending Bridal Market, be sure to stop by the WeddingWire booth at Pier 94, complete with snacks, drinks, and a charging station so you can power up your mobile device.

And don’t forget to watch this space for a Bridal Market Trend Report, which we’ll get to you after we’ve seen the new dresses and collections.

» New Dresses and Accessories from New York Bridal Market!

This article was written by Sarah Zlotnick, the Fashion and Beauty Editor at WeddingWire. Her work has also appeared in The WashingtonianWashingtonian Bride & Groom, and Refinery29

This season’s New York Bridal Fashion Week was a busy time for the WeddingWire Editorial team. We covered a lot of ground, hitting over 60 shows, appointments and presentations in less than a week, and sharing the latest gowns via our brand-new WedStyle app, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and more. All of the brand-new dresses are also available for your browsing on our Bridal Fashion Week page.

Now, on to some of the top trends we spotted this season that your brides will be asking for:

New Dresses and Accessories from New York Bridal Market!

Runway photos by Dan Lecca. Dresses by (from left): Reem Acra; Watters; and Christos

Layered Over Nude: We saw designers using nude-colored fabric on many gowns to create the illusion of a barely-there look. Lace overlays provide a pretty, feminine look, while beading gives the style more of a jaw-dropping glam factor.

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» It’s Here! The 2014 WeddingWire SpringBook!

It's Here! The 2014 WeddingWire SpringBook!As the snow melts and we’re (finally!) seeing some warmer weather here at WeddingWire HQ, we couldn’t be more excited to announce the arrival of our 2014 WeddingWire SpringBook – our biggest interactive magazine ever! Our SpringBook is chock full of amazing wedding inspiration and ideas, featuring the work of talented wedding professionals from around the country.

Check out just a few of the stories we’re excited about:

  • An amazing bridal shower styled shoot created just for WeddingWire by Ashlee Virginia Events, along with a group of talented Virginia Wedding Pros
  • The top 20 garden wedding venues around the country
  • Some of the most incredible spring real weddings we’ve ever seen!
  • A helpful registry section, featuring a unique spin on the standard checklist
  • Flowers, dresses, hairstyles, accessories, and lots more!

Be sure to check out our full 2014 WeddingWire SpringBook and let us know what you think. Wondering how to get involved in our interactive magazines? We’re already starting work on our 2014 SummerBook so watch this space for more details!

Cover photo by Stacey Hedman Photography 

» Get Published in Our WeddingWire SpringBook!

Get Published in Our WeddingWire SpringBook!With the frigid temperatures here at WeddingWire HQ, spring seems pretty far away. But the Editorial and Design teams are already hard at work on our WeddingWire SpringBook – and once again, we’re looking for real wedding submissions for our exciting and inspiring interactive magazine (if you haven’t seen our WinterBook, check it out!). We are actively searching for spring real weddings that meet the following criteria:

  • Weddings must have taken place in the spring (late March – early June) within the past two years.
  • An abundance of creative details (bouquets, centerpieces, stationery, food, favors, and more!)

  • Submission must include at least 75 photos – mostly color, if possible
  • High-quality images with no watermarks

We’ll link to your WeddingWire Storefront, and the Storefronts of the other Pros who participated in the wedding. Engaged couples are loving our interactive magazines, so a published real wedding is a great publicity opportunity for your business and your fellow Pros!

To submit a real wedding, please fill out the Real Weddings Submission form here, and note in your message that you’re interested in being featured in our SpringBook. You may send a link to a blog post or gallery on a photo-sharing site so that we may see the images as clearly as possible. We also accept submissions via Two Bright Lights.

Please make sure you have the permission of the couple and photographer before contacting us – if your wedding submission is accepted, we’ll want to reach out to the couple for a brief interview. And please disclose if the wedding has been or will be featured in another publication. All submissions are due by Friday, January 24th.

Any questions? Post any questions in the comments section and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. We can’t wait to see your real weddings!

Photo by Candace Jeffery Photography

» 2014 Bridal Trend Predictions

WeddingWire Education Expert

Christine Dyer is a social media expert and the founder of BridalTweet.com. Christine shares her social media expertise with the wedding industry through a series of free wedding marketing videos. As a testament of Christine’s social media success, BridalTweet now has over 14,000 Facebook fans, 44,000 Twitter followers, and over 3,000 Pinterest followers. Prior to launching BridalTweet, Christine Dyer was the Director of Social Media Marketing at American Express where she led the development and growth of their Facebook fan pages, which had 1.6 million fans. Christine received a B.S. and M.B.A. in marketing from Fordham University.

Another year has flown by! 2013 showed us a year of beautiful, elegant weddings, but it’s time to get ready for what’s coming in 2014. Now is the time of year I like to compile bridal trend predictions for the year ahead.

In early December, I reached out to members of BridalTweet’s online wedding community and asked, “What are your predictions for 2014 weddings?”  Here are the highlights from the answers that I received from the experts!

1. Hand-painted Wedding Cakes. Predicted by Crystalpearl Jewelry.

Hand-Painted Wedding Cakes

2.  Detailed Backs.  “Backs are going to be the main feature in 2014.  Thanks to vintage influences in 2013, 2014 is going to be packed with this subtle yet sexy feature.  We are talking keyholes, jeweled embellishments, architectural pleating and lace fill-ins.” – Rachel Morgan

Detailed backs

3.  Rustic is out. Elegant is in. “Brides are looking for contemporary design with traditional touches. Budgets will still be tight but there will be increased spending on uniqueness and interactive activities for guests.” – Marina Luri Events

Elegant decor

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» Get Ready for the New Year! The Hottest 2014 Wedding Trends

Kim Forrest is one of WeddingWire’s editors. She manages content creation on both WeddingWire and EventWire. Kim has been writing about weddings for nearly a decade, and has been quoted as a weddings expert in the New York Times, Washington Post, Slate, and more.

As 2013 comes to a close, the WeddingWire Editorial team is celebrating the launch of our WinterBook (yay!) and looking ahead to the upcoming wedding season. There are several wedding trends that started to emerge this year that we think are going to be big in 2014. So to help you prepare for those 2014 couples, check out our list of 2014 wedding trends!

The Hottest Wedding Trends for the New YearPhoto by Lane Baldwin Photography

Metallic Color Schemes
From wedding dresses to stationery, linens to cakes, expect to see a lot of gold and silver next year! We saw metallic wedding dresses at New York Bridal Market, and think this trend will carry over into décor, as well.

Art Deco
Inspired by The Great Gatsby (both the book and the 2013 movie), we’re expecting to see lots of 1920s-era décor and themes in 2014.

Unique Entertainment
Photobooths have been popular at weddings for a while now, but expect to other types of “alternative entertainment” next year. We’re thinking Slow-Motion Video Booths, I Spy or Mad Libs, lots of lawn games, and much more! Check out some of our favorite guest entertainment ideas here!

Halter Neckline Wedding Dresses
See ya later, strapless! Halter necklines were all over the runways this season. It’s a great look for brides who want to show off some gorgeous shoulders.

Radiant Orchid
Pantone just announced the Color of the Year for 2014, and it’s Radiant Orchid – a pretty pinky-purple that is a beautiful hue for wedding décor. Purple was the hot hue a few years back, so is it making a comeback? We’ll soon find out!

Custom Hashtags
Gone are the days of placing disposable cameras on guest tables – now it’s all about the Instagram hashtag as a means of collecting guest photos! Couples are creating signs to inform guests of their Instagram hashtags (#nickandsara for example) so that all of the photos of their wedding will be easily accessed.

Dahlias
We’re predicting that this beautiful bloom will be the hot flower for 2014. They come in a wide variety of colors and create such a lush, unique look!

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“Naked” Wedding Cakes
We’re not trying to be crass here, but wedding cakes without any icing are becoming a quite the trend for rustic, casual weddings.

Hanging Décor
From lanterns to flowers to ribbons, crepe paper, even parasols – couples are clamoring for décor hanging from the ceiling! It’s a striking and dramatic look that turns the traditional centerpiece upside-down!

Bridesmaid Dress Color = Mint
Pale green bridesmaid dresses were all over the runways at bridal market, so expect to see this minty fresh color at spring and summer weddings in 2014!