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Wedding Trends 2006


Jewelry Wedding Trends 2006-2007

Earrings : The look is bold, and the current trend is the chandelier earring. Look for long, thin, shoulder-skimming styles to appear.

Bridal Jewelry sets : Big and bold styles are making a statement on the aisle.

Cuff Bracelets : Silvery sparkle and shine. A wide cuff bracelet adds glamorous red-carpet style.

Wedding Rings : Something old is now new again. Cushion cut diamonds are currently back in vogue. The cut complements the pave-set bands that are a hot trend in settings.

Pearls : Timeless classics, pearls remain popular among brides.

Gemstones : Colored stones are a way to add color. Rubies are trendy

Bridal Hair Accessories : Accessorizing your hair is an on-trend way to glam up your wedding day look.

Latest Wedding Gown Looks

4/11/06 - Carley Roney, co-founder and editor of The Knot, describes the five hottest trends in wedding gowns and three important shopping tips that will have you looking like the beautiful, modern bride you want to be as you waltz down the aisle on your big day.

Five Hot Bridal Looks

* Light and Airy

A slim-fitting ethereal design is perfect for a beach-destination wedding because you don't have to buy the dress its own plane ticket to get it there.

* Halter

This year brides are straying from strapless and choosing the sexy, back-revealing halter-neckline instead.

* Color

Color has made a huge impact over the last few seasons, whether its a kick of color in a sash, a bow or embroidery, or all-over color. It makes an instant style statement.

* Layers

Layers add a beautiful feminine appeal. They'll flutter as the bride walks down the aisle and give the gown movement on the dance floor. They'll also hide body flaws for the self-conscious.

* 3-D Accents

Three-dimensional elements that add texture are very hot right now.

Shopping Tips

* Decide your wedding dress budget before you try on dresses.

Know how much you plan to spend before you get your heart set on a gown. About 10 percent should be set aside for your look - the gown, accessories, shoes, etc.

* Pay attention to your timeline.

For a custom-made couture gown, you'll need to place your order at least six months before the wedding. Of course, there are plenty of places where you can find a beautiful gown off the rack. Allow two months for alterations.

* Bridal sizes are different than what you are used to.

Wedding dressmakers still use an old-fashioned sizing standard that may differ slightly or dramatically from your off-the-rack-size. Don't freak out and try to convince the bridal salon to order you a smaller size - wedding dressmakers know what they're doing.

Here Comes the Spring Bride

New bridal collections for spring 2006 offer a break from the strapless A-line gown of the past few years, with designers embracing the mandates of an age-old cliche:

*something old : spaghetti straps, capelet sleeves

*something new : asymmetry, tiered poufs

*something borrowed : lingerie silhouettes

*something blue (or violet, or green, or gold)

The most notable departures from recent seasons were a focus on straps and sleeve styles from halter tops to capelet sleeves, and the emergence of plunging necklines, often inspired by lacy lingerie. Color broke the traditional bridal rules last year, and is even more pervasive for 2006. Silk sashes and ribbon belts in pale colors found their way into a majority of collections for spring, while fashion-forward designers took the trend to the next level : Vera Wang featured more vibrant-hued ribbons and bows, Amsale used an Asian obi-inspired belt silhouette, and Carolina Herrera incorporated pale pink ribbons into full skirts.

Spring also sees lace become a focal point, especially on sheaths and other long abandoned silhouettes - dropped waists and '50s-inspired tight bodices with three-quarter-length full skirts looking fresh, as designers offer a breadth of styles that encourage spring brides to express their individuality.

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