Cosmetics company giving away wedding gown

If wedding bells will be chiming in your near future, a new giveaway aims to get you decked out for your big day, from head to toe — literally.

According to PopSugar, Benefit Cosmetics has just launched a brand-new giveaway in conjunction that will not only “give you perfect, face-framing eyebrows, but if you’re lucky you could also win a wedding gown.”

Here’s how PopSugar says the contest works: when brides-to-be stop in a Benefit Boutique for a free Bridal Brow Mapping session and makeover to whip their brows into shape from now until Aug. 31, they are automatically entered to win a free Morilee wedding gown by Madeline Gardner.

The winner will be announced on Sept. 1, says PopSugar, and the prize will be a gown worth about $1,200 — all for being pampered by Benefit!

Ready to snag your chance at a free wedding dress? Click here to enter the contest online, and find your nearest Benefit Boutique here.

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Markle marches down aisle on her own terms

In what is likely the most highly-anticipated event of the year, American actor Meghan Markle walked down the aisle to be married to Prince Harry — and that walk was certainly one to remember.

According to ELLE, the new royal made her way down the aisle in bold fashion, first entering St. George’s Chapel on the arm of her mother, Doria Ragland. As she reached the Quire — or the part of the chapel “where the main royal wedding guests are seated” — ELLE reports that Markle escorted by Prince Harry’s father, Prince Charles of Wales.

While Markle did have company making her way to the alter, ELLE says she made much of her trip alone, “making a feminist statement by being alone for the majority of her walk.”

Not only that, but Markle was not “given away” by Prince Charles, but instead walked to Harry on her own — something that CNN reports as being a historic move.

“No other royal bride in the UK has walked unescorted down the aisle at their wedding ceremony,” CNN says. “Markle’s decision indicates that she wishes to assert herself as a strong, independent woman who is prepared to challenge royal norms.”

Wedding gown brand to offer extended size range

All brides deserve a gorgeous wedding dress to celebrate their special day — that’s why one wedding dress brand will now be offering an extended size range.

According to Glamour, Floravere‘s “Firsts Collection” will not only offer affordable bridal styles, they will do so by offering samples in a broader size range, specifically offering sample gowns in sizes 2, 6, 12, 18W, or 24W. What’s more is that Glamour reports that Floravere will not impose a surchage for ordering a larger size, a common practice at some bridal shops.

Beyond the extended size range, Glamour notes that there is something extra special about the brand’s “Firsts” collection: each dress “is named for a female pioneer—like Marie Curie, Judy Garland, and Amelia Earhart” while also making reference to the changes their collection will make on the bridal industry.

“I think we’re really the first to revolutionize and drive innovation in bridal,” Floravere cofounder and CEO Molly Kang explained to Glamour. “We’re truly the first to really offer luxury wedding dresses that you can try on across sizes, no matter where you live.”

In addition to being size-inclusive, Glamour says Floravere’s latest collection is also wallet-friendly, with gowns starting at just $850.

Click here to check out the brand’s styles.

SJP unveils ready-to-wear bridal looks

Sarah Jessica Parker is serving up some stylish bridal styles that are ready to wear right off the rack.

According to Glamour, her newest collection is a collaboration with GILT that is comprised of 10 styles that are “perfect for the ‘modern, nontraditional bride'” and will keep the bride dressed in style “from the bridal shower all the way through the reception,” and even serve to dress any bridesmaid or wedding guest.

The collection ranges in style, size and price, says Glamour, with styles including everything from jumpsuits and bodysuits to cutout backs that come in atypical wedding colors like black, red and blue. Each style will be available in sizes ranging from sizes 0–14 and XS–L, according to Glamour.

What’s more is that along with the release of the bridal styles come the release of 15 existing SJP Collection shoe styles — like the ever-popular Cosette and Fawn styles — in that Glamour says will come in “an exclusive new selection of colors and heel heights, to pair with the bridal collection.”

As for the prices on these bridal styles, Glamour reports that the clothing will sell on GILT for between “$295 for the sleeveless, bow-back bodysuit to $2,395 for the full-length embroidered gown,” while the shoes are priced between $350 and $485.

View looks from the collection here.

 

 

H&M unveils wedding shop, recreates royal gown

There’s a first for everything, and for H&M, their ‘first’ came with the launch of their wedding shop.

According to InStyle, the global fashion retailer has unveiled their very first wedding shop, and with it comes dozens of styles for everyone from the bride to the wedding guests. Featuring long and short lace dresses, adorable flower girl looks and pleated numbers, the line certainly offers an array of styles fit for any wedding.

However, InStyle points out that the line’s centerpiece happens to be a gown that looks almost exactly like Kate Middleton’s Alexander McQueen wedding gown, replicating the look’s lace sleeves, sweetheart neckline and A-line skirt — the only things missing, InStyle reports, are the “9-foot train and the hefty price tag.”

How much would H&M’s Kate Middleton dupe set you back? Try $250, as opposed to the real deal’s rumored $434,000.

That’s all the reason you need to rush over to H&M’s site to view the introductory styles from their new wedding collection.

Click here to view more.

Kate Spade debuts bridal collaboration with Keds

You shouldn’t have to decide between comfort and style — especially on your wedding day. Luckily, a new bridal collaboration is here to save the day.

According to Glamour, as part of an ongoing collaboration, Keds and Kate Spade New York have released a brand-new collection of “bridal sneakers,” featuring a glitzy and sophisticated range of comfortable kicks perfect for your big day. Glamour says that the 30-style line offers a host of silhouettes, including “triple-decker slides” and lace-up “classic” styles, all of which come with “plenty of details, like pearls and floral appliqués, that let you match your footwear with your wedding theme or décor.”

Designed with everyone from the bride to bridesmaids to flower girls in mind, Glamour reports that the collection starts at $40 for baby sneakers and $55 for adult styles, and ranges up to $120 for a ” pearl-, flower-, or crystal-embellished slip-on pair.”

Ready to shop the collection? Click here.

L.K. Bennett and Jenny Packham team up for bridal shoe collection

Bridal style is all about feeling beautiful and confident on your big day, and a brand-new collaboration is here to make sure you feel nothing but special at your wedding.

Cue L.K. Bennett and Jenny Packham’s new line of bridal handbags and shoes, which Cosmopolitan says includes “16 footwear designs with varying heel heights, bling, and appliqués” that “also includes four different handbags.” Inspired by Old Hollywood glamour, Cosmo says the line specifically drew on the styles of icons such as Bette Davis Vivien Leigh.

From classic T-strap heeled sandals to kitten-heeled slingbacks, the line employs timeless styles that are as classic as they are elegant. The styles — both handbags and shoes — feature delicate lace, bows and dainty embellishments that offer enough detail to make the accessories visually interesting without being distracting.

For Packham, combining her self-titled brand’s timeless style with that of L.K. Bennett’s was an easy project:

“There is a strong synergy between the L.K.Bennett woman and the Jenny Packham bride, so it seemed natural and very exciting for me to collaborate with their design team,” Packham said in the statement. “A project of passion, the combination of the Jenny Packham aesthetic with the renowned design heritage and quality of L.K.Bennett has resulted in a beautiful collection of shoes and bags of which I am very proud.”

Cosmo says the collection retails between $295 and $745, and is currently available at L.K. Bennett stores and on L.K. Bennett’s website here.

Blogger goes bridal

A wedding dress is often a symbol of love, commitment and new beginnings, a sign of starting a new life with the person you love. But for one blogger, her wedding dress was about all of this and more.

According to POPSUGAR, when blogger and Marie Claire UK columnist Callie Thorpe posted a gorgeous picture of herself wearing a form-fitting lace A-line wedding gown to Instagram, the plus-size blogger used her special day to offer a dose of body positivity.

She started off the caption of her photo sharing that she never imagined wearing such a dress on her wedding day:

“I never dreamed I would wear a dress like this, I used to think that I would never get married until I was thin,” she wrote. “There were even times I doubted myself thinking I would be too self conscious to wear it. “

But, Thorpe wrote that as we get older and “surround yourself with the right people,” those in your life will love you for who you are, not what you look like — just like she wrote her new husband Dan always has.

Closing her post with her advice to brides of all sizes, Thorpe wrote:

“I would like to say this one thing to brides to be everywhere plus size or not do you not feel you have to change yourself or your size to be happy on your wedding day. You are deserving of happiness no matter what your size, and you will still be the most beautiful person in the room next to your love because you will be glowing with the love you have for each other. The happy ending is for everyone so please, please let yourself have it.”

So always remember: beauty knows no size, and love knows no bounds.