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.

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.

GapBody launches intimates designed with brides in mind

If being comfortable on your wedding day is a top priority, GapBody is here to help.

According to InStyle, Gap has just launched a “capsule collection of bras, panties, and pajamas for exclusively for brides.” Called Love by GapBody, the line offers all the sweet and dainty details that come to mind when you think ‘bridal,’ but offer a level of comfort that is far from typical when it comes to bridal undergarments.

InStyle says that pieces from the collection include “robes, pajamas, and swim cover-ups” that are “adorned with delicate lace and ribbon detailing and incorporate hints of blue,” all of which are designed with the bride in mind.

“As a brand, we encourage and empower all women to be their best self,” Gap’s Chief Product Officer Wendi Goldman told InStyle. “The Bridal Collection for Love by GapBody was designed with the bride in mind by celebrating her commitment to feeling great in her own skin and confident in her true self on her big day. We want her to love having pretty comfortable options, love wearing next to nothing, and love wearing something white or blue.”

As for the price range, InStyle says that pieces from the collection start at just $11.

Shop the collection here.

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.

 

 

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.

‘SYTTD’ to feature trans bride

All brides deserve to feel special on their wedding day — that’s why TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” is welcoming all brides.

According to the Huffington Post, the long-standing New York-based show will feature their first transgender bride, hairstylist and makeup artist Gabrielle Gibson, in their March 25 episode.

The 33-year-old New Jersey native took to Facebook to announce her spot on the show, says HuffPost, sharing a photo of herself in a V-neck lace mermaid gown while standing on the floor of Kleinfeld Bridal next to consultant Shay and Kleinfeld fashion director Randy Fenoli.

Calling the experience “an absolute dream” in her Facebook post, HuffPost says Gibson is set to marry fiancé Jaden Rogers this November in a “country chic” wedding. While Gibson certainly enjoyed her “Say Yes” experience, she also felt her appearance served more of a purpose than just showing off a beautiful wedding gown.

“With everything going on in the media surrounding violence towards trans women of color,” she told PinkNews, according to HuffPost, “I wanted to show that we are people who just want to live and be happy.”

We wish Gibson and her fiancé all the best — and kudos to you, “Say Yes”!