» 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.

» Tell Us: What Are the Hot Wedding Trends for Spring 2014?

The Editorial Team is hoping to feature wedding professionals like you in an upcoming article for our site. We’re looking for wedding pros to share the top wedding trends for Spring 2014 – from décor to cakes, music, dresses, photography, food, and more!

Tell Us: What Are the Hot Wedding Trends for Spring 2014?

What are the hot wedding trends that you’re seeing in your part of the country? What unique ideas do you think will become popular this year? Are mason jars in or out? Share your expertise with us!

We’ll select our favorite responses to be featured in an article that will be published on WeddingWire and promoted to WeddingWire couples. If chosen, we’ll feature your quote, name, business name, and link to your WeddingWire storefront.

All you have to do is fill out this form and write just a sentence or two about three different trends you think will be big in Spring 2014. Keep your answers brief, and we’ll let you know if you’ve been selected for our feature.

We’ll be accepting submissions through Friday, February 21st! We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Photo by 13:13 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

» 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!

» Get Featured in the WeddingWire WinterBook

After the success of our Summer and Fall e-magazines, the WeddingWire editorial and design teams are hard at work on the upcoming WinterBook. We’re planning an issue full of inspiring décor ideas, helpful wedding-planning advice, and lots of real weddings. Interested in being featured in the WeddingWire WinterBook? We are actively searching for winter real weddings that meet the following criteria:
Get Featured in WeddingWire's WinterBook!

  • Weddings must have taken place in the wintertime (December – early March) 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’ll link to your WeddingWire Storefront, and the Storefronts of the other Pros who participated in the wedding. Our e-magazines are very popular with engaged couples, so it’s great publicity 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 WinterBook. 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. 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. We’re on a tight deadline, so all submissions are due by Friday, November 8th.

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 Jen Yuson Photography

» Announcing the 2013 WeddingWire FallBook

2013 WeddingWire FallBookWe are so excited to share our 2013 WeddingWire FallBook, the look book we create seasonally with the latest trends, real wedding inspiration, fashion and more

This year’s FallBook is focused on décor – everything from centerpieces to stationary. Read up on expert advice and draw inspiration from any of the five real weddings included. There’s plenty to discover on a variety of wedding-related features, but we’ve listed a few below!

  • Take our beauty quiz to find your best hair and makeup looks
  • Check out the latest in wedding fashion and see our suggested styling tips
  • Upload a photo of yourself and test the results with our new WeddingWire Makeover Tool
  • Take a sneak peek at some exciting new WeddingWire features on the way
  • And much more!

We’ve made this year’s edition of the FallBook super easy to share – so please do! Whether you’re passing along the whole book to your clients or pinning some of the most inspiring images to your own boards, we’ve got you covered.

We hope this issue will provide you and your clients with unique ideas and endless inspiration. Check out the full WeddingWire FallBook and let us know what you think!

» Social Networking Results Are In…

In today’s wired world, engaging in social media is a powerful way to help increase your brand awareness and reach potential clients.  Just take a look at the recent results of surveys conducted by Nielsen Online:

  • Over 67 percent of online users are engaging in “Member Communities”, which includes social networks and blogs, making it more popular than personal email.
  • Twitter continues as the fastest growing social networking site, growing in popularity as not only a means of communication between friends, but as an essential part of brand marketing.
  • While topping the charts for the number of unique visitors, Facebook also leads the way for stickiness, with the average user spending 3 hours and 16 minutes on the site. The average Twitter user sticks around for about 12 minutes.

Top 5 Social Networking Sites

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It is evident in these results that social networking has become an essential part of today’s online experience.  At WeddingWire, we are committed to educating and connecting you with numerous social networks in order to extend your reach to today’s wired brides.