The New Black?

Alright, we're just going to say it right off the top. At the risk of stepping on the toes of the "goth" and the "ultra-trendy" crowds, this might be one of those trends for everyday brides to avoid. We're talking about the black wedding dress. It's true that several designers are sending black wedding gowns down the runway in their new collections.

Bridal on Pulteney owner Angela Sgarbossa tells AdelaideNow more brides are choosing non-traditional colors. "It's a generation that has paid their own way, and are used to making decisions for themselves... The modern bride is veering from tradition and choosing dresses that make them feel attractive and reflect their personal style, from black and red to deep green and brown."

Jessica Alba was among one of the first actresses to try this trend on for size. Here's a pic:

But keep in mind that a Hollywood starlet may have many more weddings to repair the damage. And yes, it may seem avant garde right now but what will you think when you see your wedding pictures 5 or 10 years from now? There are lots of other ways to show your indie bride (or anti-bride) streak. Don't let your walk down the aisle resemble a walk on the dark side.

But that's just our opinion. Disagree? Don't just go away mad. Leave us a comment below!

Here Come The Crumb Catchers

We would love to know what you think about this trend that came out last season, but is just beginning to pick up steam (read: it's showing up in places OFF the runway.) We're talking about the "crumb catcher" wedding dresses being made by several designers including Amsale and Kenneth Pool. Whether simple or dramatic, these gowns with fluted bodices are part of the continuing quest for new shapes in wedding dresses.

So what do you think? Is this style a hit or a miss? Could it work on the right bride?

Drops & Chandeliers

How can you make a big impact with just a little effort? With jewelry, of course. Take a look at some of the newest dangle and chandelier earrings made just for brides.

Cristal D'Or
Cristal D'Or Earrings 6112

Erica Koesler
Erica Koesler Earrings J-9035

UNO Jewelry Earrings 380-9

En Vogue
En Vogue Accessories Earrings E742

Full Line
Cinderella Collection Earrings 77041

Full Line Collection Earrings 1235

Full Line Collection Earrings ER6-912R

Flower Girl Dresses

Let your little attendants shine! We spotted some new fashions that we think will help your flower girl look as fresh as a petal. (Click on the pics for more information.)

Shelley George

Jessica McClintock

Jesssica McClintock 25020 HALEY Flower Girl Dress

Jordan Flower Girl Dress L244

Forever Yours
Forever Yours Flower Girl Dress 26204Forever Yours Flower Girl Dress 28202

Tiny Tot Shop


Venus Little Maiden Flower Girl Dress 3357

Top Honeymoon Resort Recommendations for the U.S.

With everyone wanting to save money and stay close to home, honeymoon travel is focusing on the U.S. mainland. The Honeymooner's Review Guide unveiled its list of the top honeymoon resorts for 2008. The travel experts who helped to come up with the list say there are high costs overseas, but bargains here at home. Here's the list of resorts they suggest brides- and grooms-to-be check out if they don't want to break the bank:

Avalon Luxury Bed & Breakfast - Sonoma Valley, California
Bellagio, Las Vegas - Las Vegas, Nevada
Berry Springs Lodge Bed and Breakfast - Sevierville , Tenn
Blue Lake Ranch - Hesperus, Colorado
Carneros Inn - Napa, California
Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing - Branson, Missouri
Inn at Palmetto Bluff - Bluffton, South Carolina
Inn of the Five Graces - Santa Fe, New Mexico
The Inn at Bowman's Hill - New Hope, Pennsylvania
The Tides Hotel - Miami Beach, Florida

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