Category Archives: Wedding Dresses

A Romantic Vintage Backyard Wedding

Three of the wedding industry’s most creative pros make a backyard floral fantasyland

When floral designer Kate Holt of Flowerwild, wedding planner Rebecca Stone of Duet Weddings, and uber-talented photographer Jessica Claire collaborated on this fantasy bridal shoot in Hollywood, CA, their talents for unique styling and creative design really sparkled!

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Jennifer Aniston’s Engaged! “Friends” Wedding Inspiration!

Celebrity Weddings are always so much hype and with all of this focus on Jennifer Aniston since her divorce from Brad Pitt in 2005, people were wondering if she was ever going to get remarried. Well everyone, the day has FINALLY come and she is happily engaged to her boyfriend Justin Theroux. Let the wedding planning begin! <!–more–> We found this article with some of the best wedding moments over the years with the cast of everyone’s favorite sitcom, Friend’s! See the rest of the article HERE.




So what do you think Jennifer Aniston should wear on her big day? We love hearing from you Recycled Brides! XOXO

Alissa and Rich’s Rustic Elegant Wedding

A country affair with handcrafted old Hollywood glamour

This stunning wedding at Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse, a two hundred-year-old farmhouse on an ostrich farm, 9 miles up a winding hill in Los Olivos, California, features incredible paper details, a glamorous handcrafted bridal look, and a surprise performance by Alissa and Rich! Alissa and her friends created so many special handcrafted elements for the wedding that she was inspired afterwards to start her own wedding business! Read on for more about this unique bride and groom and their incredible wedding day… <!–more–>


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World’s Longest Wedding Dress Train

Tuesday Treat – World’s Longest Bridal Train

The world’s longest bridal train set the record officially in the Guinness Book of World Records. <!–more–>  The dress itself was designed and made by the Andree Salon fashion house and took 10 seamstresses 100 days to stitch together. Model  Ema Dumitrescu, demonstrated just how long this train really was when she showed it off in a biannual Wedding Fair from up in an air balloon  READ MORE



New York Fashion Week Sneak Peek

Tuesday Treat – New York Fashion Week Special

I also got to attend the Badgley Mishka Fashion Show. There were tons of stunning MOB dresses, bridesmaid and Maid of Honor. While there were also no traditional white wedding dresses, if you ever fall in love with a non traditional wedding dress and it feels like “your dress” I say go for it. <!–more–>

I also discovered this new Turkish Bridal Designer at Nolcha Fashion Week during New York Fashion Week.  They hold runway shows during the main NYFW and promote and show lesser known designers. Check out Seckin Ilker. (below)


And all around Lincoln Center were these great displays of fashion items and beauty products.  These Naeem Khan dresses were also perfect for MOB, Maid of Honor or any bride who wants to step out f typical and make a huge splash. (below)



Our Top 2012 Wedding Trends on NBC!

We love sharing our annual sustainable wedding trend forecasts with you each year, and 2012 has tons of exciting new styles in store! <!–more–> Check us out on NBC with some of our favorites, and see below for all 12 trends and where to get them.


arturo rios bridal fascinator handmade in the usa1. Brides Get Fascinated: This year’s must-have bridal trend is the fascinator; a luxe headpiece or hair accessory made from lace, fabric flowers, feathers or jewels. Designer Arturo Rios makes our favorites!
2. Smashing Sashes: Bridal belts and sashes are hot this year, turning up on the runway and down the aisle. We love jewel-embellished sashes and classy neutrals like this black belted Tadashi Shoji organza ball gown (and it’s only $800!)

3. Home is Where the Party Is: Taking cues from newlyweds like Reese Witherspoon, Kate Moss, and Lauren Bush, wedding receptions at home are hot. Backyard bashes have gone elegant and upscale, with couples celebrating in their own homes.

organic wedding cake by fantasy frostings4. Cakes Make a Comeback: Cupcake towers and dessert tables have dominated the dessert scene for years, but the traditional wedding cake is back for 2012. Find inspiration from the celebrity bakers at Fantasy Frostings.

5. Virtual Guests: Technology is making it possible for faraway friends and relatives to attend 2012 weddings without traveling. This year, guests will arrive via tablets and smartphones, just like this iPad bridesmaid!

6. A Signature Sipper: Signature cocktails are all the rage, letting you skip the overstocked wedding bar in favor of one affordable signature cocktail, plus organic wines and local beer. We’re in love with the yummy Goji Fizz from GQ Eco Bartending.

paper flower bouquet via the crane factory on etsy7. Flor-ternatives: Traditional cut flowers are expensive, and quickly wilt, but paper flowers are forever! The best ones can be found at The Crane Factory…the bouquet on the right is made from the pages of a romance novel!

8. Something Blue: Royal blue sapphires are outshining diamonds this year as engagement jewel of choice. This one is just $700 for 2.5 carats of beautiful blue bling.

9. Something Old, Something New: Wedding resale has doubled in the last year, with more than 20% of brides selling or shopping for a gently used wedding dress, decor, or bridal accessory online. In fact, Recycled Bride now has more than 18,000 discounted wedding items for sale! 2012’s engaged couples will reduce, reuse, and resell in record numbers, saving money and the Earth.

melissa sweet wedding dress 50 percent off on recycledbride10. Modesty & Lots o’ Lace: Inspired by Kate Middleton’s royal wedding gown, 2012’s brides are loving lace, sometimes with covered arms and shoulders. This stunning Melissa Sweet lace dress can be worn with a shrug or capelet.

11. DIY Wedding Videos: Using Flipcams, smartphones, and an army of friends, many couples will forgo traditional wedding videos in favor of DIY mashups recorded from guests’ perspectives. Use free online editing tools like WeVideo, or let the pros at Storymix Media edit for you. Either way, you’ll save a bundle and get a unique and creative perspective on your wedding day. Plus you’ll decide what moments to preserve for your future children to enjoy!

prt-midnight snacks by whoa nelly sustainable catering12. Midnight Munchies: As wedding celebrations become all-nighters, fill the bellies of party-hardy guests with a comfort food-style midnight snack. The sustainable chefs at Whoa Nelly Catering make delicious mini burgers & more.

World’s Cheapest Wedding Dress – Win it FREE!

Yue is a dating coach and blogger in New York City. One rainy afternoon, she grabbed a girlfriend and went goofy dress-up shopping at Nordstrom Rack. (What, you’ve never done that?) <!–more–>

After tying on all things sequined, frilled, and frou-frou, Yue found herself slipping into a beautiful, classic wedding dress. It fit like a glove and looked so pretty that she had to know the price, even though she has no immediate plans to get engaged or married.

The Jessica McClintock wedding dress with the 1-cent pricetag!

The Jessica McClintock wedding dress with the 1-cent pricetag!

That’s when she realized that the tag said $0.01. That’s right — 1 penny. Checking in with the store’s staff revealed that the pricetag was an error — but that Nordstrom Rack would honor it because it had been mistakenly placed on the floor.

The shocking pricetag

The shocking pricetag

So Yue bought the dress. And now she’s giving it away to one lucky winner! How’s that for paying it forward?


All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on Yue’s blog before 10/1/11, telling her why you want the dress. The winner gets a gorgeous gown, a great story, and one lucky dress to wear down the aisle.

A 127 Year Old Wedding Dress & A Real Recycled Bride!

Allison Rinaldi was the 5th woman in her family to wear the heirloom wedding dress originally purchased in 1884 by her great-great grandmother Nellie Campbell. <!–more–>


The dress has been kept preserved in linen in the closet, and the brides of the family make it a point not to wear the dress to their receptions, in order to avoid spills or snags.

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We love Alison and her family for truly embodying the spirit of a Tradesy Weddings! Story via Huffington Post and The Today Show.

Princess Kate’s Wedding Dress – Made of Balloons!

When balloon artist Thelma Levett’s daughter Vicky decided to get married, mom set about making her a wedding dress. But she didn’t use a needle and thread, and there was nary a stitch of taffeta or satin in sight. <!–more–>

Thelma is a balloon artist, and she used more than 5,000 balloons that took more than four days to blow up to create her daughter’s gown.

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The balloons in the bodice aren’t inflated, but the ones in the skirt are. It took Levett several months to create the dress. The gown was inspired by Kate Middleton’s royal wedding dress.

“It’s not a replication,” Levett told HuffPost Weird News.  The Daily Mail said that and now I’m getting all sorts of comments. I never claimed it was Kate Middleton’s dress — that wouldn’t translate to balloons — but it is in the spirit.”

Read the full story on The Huffington Post Weird News >>