Dear Julie,

I’m getting married in Mexico and I am trying to decide if I should bring my dress with me or have it shipped. If I bring it on the plane, how do you suggest I handle it?

This is a great question and applies every bride getting married in a foreign country.

For domestic weddings I would say that shipping your dress is a perfectly safe thing to do. The salons do an amazing job of packing them, and they send them overnight on an arranged date so there is someone there to sign for it.

But, when shipping to a different country it gets a bit more complicated because of customs.  I once did a photo shoot for a magazine in the Caribbean where a box of dresses arrived three days late because they were held up in customs. I would hate to see this happen to a bride on her wedding day.

So, when going abroad, I suggest bringing it on the plane with you.  Now, the ideal situation is that your dress has it’s own seat, but this is not always a realistic option.   If you can’t do that, the stewardesses are usually pretty nice about putting it in the coat closet in First Class so it can hang. As a last resort, lay it flat in an empty overhead compartment.

When you arrive, make sure you hang the dress so that it is not touching the floor if possible, and take the train out of the garment bag.

I hope this helps, and safe travels!

– Julie


Four Seasons Punta Mita Bridesmaid Style

Back at the sunny Four Seasons Punta Mita, oh how we wish we were there now! It has been nonstop dreary on the East Coast this week. We have beautiful shots of the property decorated for various wedding events. There is nothing better than dining under the stars. Our bridesmaids style is inspired by the J.Crew Kylie dress in sunwashed aqua. This silk chiffon one shoulder dress is beautiful with the gathered top and wispy party skirt- is the perfect beach bridesmaid look! Accented with bold J.Crew pieces, our favorite is the enameled double-frog bangle it is fun, funky, and has a hint of the sunwashed aqua color. What is your favorite piece below?

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Four Seasons Punta Mita

We are thrilled to feature the Four Seasons Punta Mita as our property of the week. This amazing hotel is located 45 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta nestled in the northern tip of Bahía de Banderas, one of the world’s largest natural bays. Staying there is truly an amazing experience.  You feel like you are part of nature because the resort is located in a 1,500-acre reserve. We think it is the perfect location for a bride who wants to get married in Mexico but not necessarily Cabo San Lucas. This resort has everything for you and your guests to create memories of a lifetime. What bride would not want her reception on the beach under the stars with toes in the sand!?!

We envision our bride this week wearing a beautiful J.Crew Kira wedding gown accessorized with bright red floral necklace and bracelet. Since this is a beach wedding in Mexico we thought it would be fun to play up vibrant colors with these stunning J.Crew accessories. What is your favorite piece below?

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Oscar Fashion Recap

We couldn’t resist starting off the week talking about fashion’s biggest night of the year: The Oscars!!!  But instead of just reviewing the dresses (which you can go to any large fashion blog/magazine/TV for), we thought it would be great to talk about how to actually apply these amazing looks to your wedding.  Buried amongst all of the glamour and glitz, there is a lot to be learned from the Oscars!!!

1) Jennifer Lawrence: I will make no secret of the fact that I LOVED Jennifer Lawrence’s Dior Haute Couture dress.  I have loved it since the minute it went down the runway in Paris.  To me, it is perfection in all it’s frothy pink glory! But, I think what is important for brides to see is the shape of the dress.  This a-line, princess cut (no waist seam) gown is a silhouette that looks great on the body, and flatters many different figures. In fact, I have had several clients lately looking for this shape wedding dress, and it’s practically non-existant in today’s bridal collations. I hope it makes a come back!!!


2. Charlize Theron:  If I was a female Oscar guest last night and knew Charlize was attending – I probably would have passed on the festivities. It is another Dior Haute Couture gown that is the epitome of chic and sophistication on her. But I’m willing to wager a bet that the same dress on another person would not be as stunning. Don’t get me wrong, I love it, but what I kept starting at was how it was practically moulded to her body. The lesson to be learned is that the fit of a dress is the most important thing. The result was taking a dress that may look plain on some, to an ultra-chic oscar moment!




3. Octavia Spencer: Sadly, we were not all born with bodies like Charlize. In fact, most of us weren’t! And I thought Octavia Spencer looked amazing in a custom-designed Tadashi Shoji dress.  There are so many things right about this dress for her body type, but my favorite is the asymmetrical tulle  over her arms. It’s a great way to get some coverage and still look chic.  Also, the shape of this dress: a long bodice and full (but not too full) skirt look fantastic on her.  It draws the eye to her smallest part: her waist.  Brava!




4. Zoe Saldana:  I loved Alexis Mabille dress, with the ombre tiers at the bottom.  This is a fresh look, that I think would be amazing on a wedding dress in lighter tones.  I also loved her subtle use of lace and beaded flowers on the bodice. The only thing I will say is that I’m not a huge fan of this belt. I actually love a good belt, and hope to see them incorporated more into wedding dresses (instead of the beaded sash!!!) but the hardware on this one is a bit too sever for my taste.  I would have rather see it blend more seamlessly into the gown. 




5. Amy Adams: The reason that I decided to include Amy in her Oscar de la Renta gown in this post isn’t because I love the dress (which I don’t).  It is because I think it’s important to take note that ball gowns are making a come back. It’s actually great to see after so many years of only trumpet styles!!! The pluses of this dress are the dropped waist which accentuates her shape, and the fluffy organza skirt. And brides, consider this: unless you will be attending the Oscar’s some day, there are few places other than your wedding that you will have the opportunity to wear a full gown. It is certainly not for everyone, but don’t discount it simply out of fear of looking like a cupcake, which clearly isn’t always the case.


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So everyone, we hope you have enjoyed taking a look at these amazing gowns and actresses with us. And hopefully it has given you some food for thought for your wedding!


Editors’ Picks from New York Fashion Week

It is our pleasure to have the opportunity to highlight two amazing editors favorite dresses from New York Fashion Week.

After Party Dress: Carrie Goldberg, Assistant Fashion Editor, Martha Stewart Weddings

I swooned when this piece walked the runway at Jason Wu’s show last week. Its everything I look for in a party dress – flirty, fresh and sexy in an unexpected way. I love the texture the feathers give this look – its feminine, elegant, perfect for dancing and the silhouette cinches your smallest part to flatter without being body conscious. My favorite silhouettes typically sport a high neckline with a short skirt, to show off slim stems and draw attention up to your face.

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Rehearsal Dinner Dress: Rachel Leonard,  Fashion Director, Brides Magazine

I love this dress from Lela Rose for a rehearsal dinner look. It is so special, romantic and feminine. Looking at it in person, it just floated down the runway. I think a bride would feel so beautiful in this.

Thanks Carrie and Rachel! It’s an honor to have you contribute to the blog! Brides, we would love to know what you think!

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Fashion Week After Party Dress

Most of our clients like to change into a short, fun dress to dance in for their After Party.  These dresses are our top pics from fashion week, and in our opinion AMAZING!!!

1. This Monique Lhuillier bone colored floral embroidered cocktail dress with a high low hem and long sleeves would be a great choice for a winter wedding after party dress.  We can envision perfectly it in a low lit, lounge-style environment with the silk white fox shawl as the icing on the cake.

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2. Naeem Kahn This short beaded number would be a blast to change into! Your legs are free for dancing, and it’s so sparkly that it is special enough for a black-tie occasion.

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3. Naeem Khan his beaded spaghetti strap dress is just unbelievable. If your wedding dress is full and a bit tough to get around in, but you still want a long gown, this is a perfect choice.

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4. This draped strapless Marchesa dress is fantastic for a bride that wants to be a bit more edgy for her second dress. The beading and color keep traditional accents alive, but the construction makes is cool and modern.

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Fashion Week Bridesmaids Style

Finding beautiful bridesmaids dresses that look great on and compliment the wedding style is one of the biggest challenges of my job.  So often the dresses are poorly made and unflattering on multiple body types.  All of my clients want their family and friends to look and feel great, so I’ve started using ready-to-wear dresses as an alternative. Even though the dresses below may be out of the budget for most weddings, they can offer inspiration on dressing your wedding party a little differently.

Bridesmaid Dresses:
1) Monique : I love the malachite green that Monique used in much of her collection this season. I am always looking for new and interesting ideas for bridesmaids and we think this printed faille strapless draped column gown would be amazing for a wedding party.

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2) Jenny Packham:  Even though I’m not much of a fan of short bridesmaid dresses (because the hemlines always vary and the knees show etc.), I love the idea of this dress for bridesmaids. The midnight blue with black beading is formal enough for a black tie wedding and super chic. I also love the fact that it’s below the knee so they show. To quote Coco Chanel “Short skirts are all wrong, let’s face it — the knee is the ugliest part of the body.” I could not agree more.

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3) Naeem Kahn:  This red Naeem Kahn gown reminds me of something Grace Kelly would have worn in To Catch a Thief.  I think it would be an amazing bridesmaid dress and can envision bridesmaids gliding down the aisle with chiffon billowing behind them.

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I hope these dresses have inspired you and would love to hear what your ideas are!



Fashion Week Inspiration

Last week we attended the Fall 2013 Ready-to-Wear shows at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and felt really inspired by the designs.  A lot of The Stylish Bride clients incorporate ready-to-wear fashion in to their wedding look. So this week we decided to switch up our normal format to show you our top picks for doing just that.

Today we being with Wedding Dresses.  Purchasing an evening dress to wear as a wedding dress has some significant advantages including a selection of sizes, no wait time, and more fashion forward styles. Also, you can sometimes find designer dresses in white that cost less than a typical wedding dress.

1. Monique Lhuillier showed several “bone” colored gowns this season that can easily be worn as a wedding dress. I really liked this one that is a cable knit printed crepe with long sleeves and an open back.

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2. Jenny Packham showed an absolutely gorgeous collection this season with a range of dresses that are appropriate for weddings.  To us, this dress/jacket combination, is the epitome of chic.

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3. Reem Acra is always a favorite, and showed a collection inspired by her recent travels to Japan. We think this dress, a black embroidered ivory sleeveless gown would be amazing as a wedding dress if it was done with pale gray embroidery.

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4. We love almost every single thing Naeem Kahn designs. His design, fabrics and detailed embellishments, are always simply amazing, and this season was no different. This dress would be such a chic wedding dress.



5. Carolina Herrera For a bride that likes a bit of a vintage 40’s look, Herrera’s collection is. While it’s is inspired by that era, it’s definitely modern and classic in a way that Herrera does do well.




Parisian Outifit

We end our beautiful week in Paris with a Parisian cafe inspired outfit. Most of your time spent in Paris will be in the amazing street-side cafes that line the streets in Paris. Today’s outfit is trendy and fashionable but not over the top. Parisian woman are fashionable but not overtly. The staple piece in today’s selection is the amazing Stella McCartney Neon floral jacquard pencil skirt which we paired with a J.Crew striped cotton-silk popover.  What do you think of the combination? We also used neutral and gold tones to accessorize the outfit. What is your favorite piece?



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Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!! In honor of today we have picked out a few of our favorite, brilliant red items for Valentine’s Day!

1. Preen Tyler leopard-jacquard peplum top: Perfect for jeans or amazing leather pants!!

2. Valentino Rockstud leather gloves: Necessary for cold winter days to add a pop of color to dreary wardrobes

3. Miu Miu Pleated leather mini skirt: Love this can be dressed down or fancified

4. Oscar de la Renta 24-karat gold-plated crystal clip earrings: Great fun earrings with a hint of red.

5. Lanvin crystal heart necklace: AMAZING

6. Stella McCartney Iris wool-twill blazer: This is a staple piece for any outfit will add pizazz.

7. Valentino the Rockstud medium leather trapeze bag

8. Hermes Les Cannes Scarf 90

9. Charlotte Olympia Love Me heart-appliquéd suede pumps