May 30, 2012, 6 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Wedding Photo Tip of the Week: Consider a First Look!

TAGS: WEDDING PHOTOS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, SNAPKNOT

As our regular readers know, each week we're featuring some awesome wedding photos from talented wedding photographers for ideas and inspiration. PLUS, each week they'll be a tips from the photographer that you can use/think about when it comes to planning photos for your big day!


Today's photos and tip comes from Loft Photographie LLC, the duo wedding photography team of Abbey and Andrea based out of San Antonio, TX.


Wedding Photographer Loft Photographie LLCWedding Photos from Loft Photographie LLC


Check out more of her amazing photography, and her photo tip for smart brides below!

May 28, 2012, 6 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Bow Me Over! Wedding Dresses with Bows

TAGS: TOP PICKS, BOWS, WEDDING DRESS TRENDS

Love bows? We dive into one of the 9 hot trends from Bridal Fashion Week to bring you a host of options if you're looking to be "bowed over" when it comes to your wedding dress!


2013 Wedding Dress Trends Big Bows
Left: Jenny Packham Saskia in size 4 for $3000 (regularly $4000) on SmartBride,
Center: Rivini at Fashion Week,
Right: Priscilla of Boston Maeve in sizes 2, 4, 6, 8 & 12 on SmartBride


Check out all of our favorite wedding dresses with bows below!

May 24, 2012, 6 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Honeymoon Planning Infographic

TAGS: HONEYMOON, REGISTRY

Familymoons, minimoons, maximoon, helpfulmoons......if these are all new words to you, check out this infographic below!


It's full of tips and stats when it comes to planning your honeymoon!


Planning your Honeymoon Infographic
Brought to you by Kuoni Travel

May 23, 2012, 6 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Wedding Photo Tip of the Week: Schedule, Schedule, Schedule!

TAGS: WEDDING PHOTOS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, SNAPKNOT

As our regular readers know, each week we're featuring some awesome wedding photos from talented wedding photographers for ideas and inspiration. PLUS, each week they'll be a tips from the photographer that you can use/think about when it comes to planning photos for your big day!



Today's photos and tip comes from Whitney Nicole Photography is a wedding photographer based near the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas.


How great are the bride's red shoes?


Wedding Photographer Whitney Nicole PhotographyWedding Photos from Whitney Nicole Photography


Check out more of her amazing photography, and her photo tip for smart brides below!

May 21, 2012, 6 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Status Change! Mark Zuckerberg's wedding, plus the dress for less!

TAGS: TOP PICKS, CELEBRITY, FACEBOOK, MARK ZUCKERBERG, HIGH NECKLINE

May 18, 2012, 6 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

DIY Wedding Guest Book Ideas

TAGS: GUEST BOOK, DIY

When it comes to planning all the little details for a wedding, some brides love it, while others dread it!


If one of the things you're struggling with is how to come up with a guest book idea that doesn't involve guests just signing a book, we've got some inspiration for you!


Photobooth guestbook
At Smart Bride Leah's wedding, there was an antique photo booth. They provided tokens and encouraged guests to pose for pictures, gluing 2 of the 4 they received in a strip in a book for us, along with a message. It became a fun keepsake that they flip through constantly.


Browsing pinterest, we came across tons more inspiration for guest books. Hopefully it sparks something for you!

May 16, 2012, 6 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Wedding Photo Tip of the Week: Stay True to Yourself

TAGS: WEDDING PHOTOS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, SNAPKNOT

We're super excited about a new series we're starting with Snapknot.com!


Each week we're going to feature some awesome wedding photos from talented wedding photographers for ideas and inspiration. PLUS, each week they'll be a tips from the photographer that you can use/think about when it comes to planning photos for your big day!


Today's photos and tip comes from Uncorked Studios, LLC a wedding photography team of Jen and Travis, based out of Philadelphia, PA.


Wedding Photographer Uncorked StudiosWedding Photos from Uncorked Studios LLC


Check out more of their amazing photography, and their photo tip for smart brides below!

May 14, 2012, 6 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

9 Trends from Bridal Market for Less

TAGS: WEDDING DRESS TRENDS, FASHION WEEK, BRIDAL MARKET, TOP PICKS

With the recent Bridal Fashion Week in April, there's been no shortage of wedding dress eye candy for the coming seasons. We found a particularly good summary of the top wedding dress trends from Bridal Fashion Week on Msn.com, and of course, need to put our Smart Bride spin on it!


Here are the 9 biggest wedding dress trends, and our pick to get the trend for less!


Trend 1: Tiers


2013 Wedding Dress Trends Tiers
Left: BHLDN dress size 12 for $1110 (regularly $2500) on SmartBride,
Center: Maggie Sottero at Fashion Week,
Right: Madeline Gardner 6603 size 6 for $450 (regularly $650) on SmartBride


May 9, 2012, 8 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Quinn's Glee Prom Dress for Less

TAGS: GLEE, DAVID'S BRIDAL, PROM, OLEG CASSINI

Did you catch last night's episode of Glee and all the girls in their prom dresses? We thought Quinn's dress - a David's Bridal beaded strapless ball gown with full tulle skirt - was very bridalesque.


Quinn's Glee Prom Dress
Image from FashionofGlee.com


If beaded bodices and full ball gown skirts are what you're looking for in your bridal gown, you should definitely check out the Oleg Cassini CU099 wedding dress available in sizes 2, 4, 10, 12 and 16 for $250 to $550 dollars (vs a retail price of $1000+!)


Oleg Cassini CU099 wedding dress


May 8, 2012, 8 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Win $100 Off Wedding Invitations from Minted.com!

TAGS: WEDDING INVITATIONS, FACEBOOK, CONTEST, MINTED.COM

We’ve got another great contest for our smart brides! This time, it’s for wedding invitations…….


WE'RE GIVING AWAY $100 TOWARDS
BRIDAL SHOWER INVITES, SAVE THE DATES OR WEDDING INVITATIONS
FROM MINTED.COM!


Romantic Wedding Invitation
Romantic Wedding Invitations: Willow Tree by Sweet Street Gals


Warning! Spending time browsing the gallery of gorgeous wedding invitations is an excellent way to lose track of time. As I was writing this blog post, I had to choose some of my favorite invitations and suddenly most of my afternoon was gone!


Nonetheless, I did discover that no matter what your wedding style is, you’ll be able to find something that fits you on Minted.


Here are some of my picks to fit various wedding styles - and of course – details for how to win are below!

May 7, 2012, 6 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

12 Sexy Wedding Dresses

TAGS: TOP PICKS, SEXY, PLUNGING, MERMAID, SHORT

Sexy Wedding Dresses

Is your wedding dress style all about the va va voom? Whether you prefer plunging necklines, something short & flirty, a figure hugging mermaid or a one-shouldered sassy number, we've got some inspiration for you (all for a fraction of the retail cost!)

Storified by SmartBride Boutique · Sat, May 05 2012 16:55:33

Hourglass Mermaids

If you've always wanted a sexy hourglass silhouette for your wedding dress, these 4 mermaid options fit the bill. 

First up, this Mikaella 1551 wedding dress has a tight ruching all the way to the knee for a true hourglass effect. Available in sizes 6, 8 and 10 this dress is anywhere from $799 to $1000 (regularly $1600) 
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The full skirt below the knee accentuates the curves above in this NEW WITH TAGS Mori Lee 1602 wedding dress. It's a size 10 for $1000 (regularly $1400)
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Plunging neckline & figure hugging bodice in this size 10 NEW WITH TAGS Demetrios GR204 wedding dress for $1500 (regularly $3000)
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Of "Say Yes to the Dress" fame, this 

May 3, 2012, 6 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Top 5 Alternatives to the Typical Trashy Bachelorette Party

TAGS: BACHELORETTE, SPA

If this isn't your idea of an amazing bachelorette party, check out our top 5 ideas for "non-trashy" bachelorette parties.


Trashy Bachelorette Party


May 2, 2012, 6 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

5 Tips for Choosing Your Bridesmaids Dresses

TAGS: BRIDESMAIDS, ANNA ELYSE, TIPS

Every bride wants their BFF's to look and feel great as bridesmaids, but sometimes, with varying shapes and sizes and skin tones, it's hard.


Anna Elyse Bridesmaids


We asked our friends at Anna Elyse Bridesmaids for their top tips when it comes to choosing a bridesmaid dress.

May 1, 2012, 6 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Bridesmaids: Statistics and Costs

TAGS: INFOGRAPHIC, BRIDESMAIDS

Did you know that 64% of brides have their maids in the same outfits?


We discovered this and a few other interesting stats on bridesmaids when we stumbled across this Bridesmaids by the Numbers infographic. For instance, the average cost of bridesmaids attire (dress, shoes & accessories) is $335!


If you're looking to save your BFF's some dough, check out SmartBride's bridesmaid dresses and shoes - all at about 50% less than retail!


Bridesmaids by the Numbers Infographic
Source: CoolDailyInfographics.com