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Put together ensemble that's just as ready for red carpet as it is the aisle

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Put together ensemble that's just as ready for red carpet as it is the aisle

Photo contributed Rachel McAdams arrives at the 82nd Academy Awards.


POSTED January 24, 2013 6:01 p.m.

As brides take more chances with their fashion statements, Hollywood Glam is one of the key trends emerging in bridal fashion. Not afraid to experiment with color, shine and other attention-drawing details, brides are borrowing ideas from the red carpet, looking for tips and style direction from celebrities.

"Hollywood style offers endless inspiration to brides," says San Francisco-based wedding designer Amy Kuschel.

Star Power

Brides can pour on the glitz with gowns heaped in beading and embroidery in form-fitting shapes for a curvaceous silhouette. Romantic flair is part of the look, with eye-catching floral touches or textured designs. For extra bling, metallic shine is in.

Accessories are another way to pull together a Hollywood look. Shoulder-duster earrings, long and layered draping necklaces and bangles are ways to set off a variety of dresses, from strapless to those with sweetheart necklines. The rule of thumb: More extravagant dresses call for more restrained jewelry. Jewelry is not the only accessory, however. For impact and Audrey Hepburn cool, brides can don long beaded gloves. They can play up hair with sparkling combs and birdcage veils. Ornate headbands are another option.

Footwear has progressed far beyond the dyed-to-match pump. These days, it's all about color and bedazzlement, whether it's a slinky, strappy sandal or a peep-toe pump in a bold shade.

"Color is very big, especially as brides look for something blue," says Sharon Stimpfle, deputy director of

Up or down, the 'do for brides on their special day should look soft and sensuous. With wavy hair or finger curls parted on the side any bride can channel a big-screen siren. Hair swept back in a low, loose bun with cascading tendrils also captures a Hollywood look.

The rest of the wedding party can ride on the coattails of the bride's Hollywood Glam style. Custom-made suits are an option for grooms/men. Bridesmaids can wear bias-cut gowns in rich jewel tones such as burgundy, amethyst and vintage green.

The Shopping Experience

Shopping for a dream wedding dress may at first sound daunting. Keep in mind a few simple tips:

*Plan Ahead: Most wedding designers require at least four to six months production time, so start the shopping process around nine months in advance, especially when you factor in the need for alterations. Even custom-made gowns may need a nip or tuck here and there.

*Bring and Wear the Bare Minimum. Literally: To keep bridal gowns pristine, don't wear makeup, lipstick or even lotions that can stain fabric. Stick to undergarments that match your skin tone to get a realistic view of how a gown will look. Bring footwear that's easy to take on and off, such as flip-flops.

*Edit with an Open Mind: It's nice to know that customer service does exist in some retail entities, and that's what the bridal industry touts. When visiting a bridal boutique, a sales rep will work with you. Describe your theme and vision and let her take it from there. Try on a variety of gowns, even cringe-inducing ones the rep may suggest. There's a chance you'll be pleasantly surprised.


Higher-end gowns can range in price from $3,000 to $6,000 and higher, with matching veils that range from $1,000 to $1,800. For brides who allocate more of their budget outside of the dress realm, a number of gowns -- from Alfred Angelo to Faviana to Watters -- can be had for less than $1,000.

For footwear, glittering peep-toe platforms can set you back about $700 at Jimmy Choo or brides can find strappy sandals from under $100 to $200 at department stores. Another way brides can save a little green, especially if time is on their side, is by buying vintage gowns, accessories and even bridesmaid dresses.

Most bridal experts say Hollywood Glam style is here to stay, especially since it can always be updated. For instance, the addition of a shoulder-warming cover-up is another element brides can use to enhance their wedding day wardrobe, especially if the wedding will take place during a chilly month.Feathered capelets, airy tulle mini-boleros or even fur shrugs are ideal with strapless gowns, tying the ensemble together while you tie the knot.


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