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Wedding Inspiration: Best Instagram Bridal Looks

 

Instagram sure is a virtual kaleidoscope of bridal looks, but there are definitely a couple of major style themes at play among all these pics.  Showing skin, or creating the tantalizing illusion that skin is shown, ranks as numero uno. Our Instagram brides seem to want a little—and sometimes a lot —of “sexy” accompanying them to the altar!  Whether it’s cutouts, plunging necklines, drop shoulders, or sheer everything, bridal sensuality is in.

A contender theme in Instagram bridal looks is the abundance of rich details on the fabric that adds interest and dimension to the gowns.  Arrays of beads, sequins, lace and extraordinary 3D appliques, animate the wedding dresses like never before.  The florals and blooms are literally popping out of the material!   

Here are just a few of Instagram dress-spirations!

 

The Queen Bride

Doesn’t this bride look like she just stepped out of a painting depicting a queen after a coronation? The high crown is a bold statement, and it gives her a very regal vibe.  Wisely, she chose only a subtle choker as her bling—with the embellished bodice and the eye-catching crown, anything too chunky or glittery around her neck would have been too much visually. 

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The off-the-shoulder design is a way to show some skin, but still remain queenly modest.  With the ball gown skirt just grazing the floor with its embroidered edging, this look is romantic and polished.  This one is for a fearless bride who wants to be a queen bee on her wedding day!

 

The Fairy Tale Princess Bride

What a dreamy look!  This is a dress Snow White could have easily worn to her wedding.  No doubt, all seven dwarfs would have approved—even Grumpy!

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Thanks to the ingenious mega-use of 3D florals and sheers all over the bodice, sleeves and décolletage, this fantasy creation simply mesmerizes.  

The tiered skirt is a vision of cascading blooms, seemingly just barely attached to the tulle gown. Doesn’t it all create an ethereal impression?  You can just imagine the bride in this concoction not merely walking but floating down the aisle!

 

The Sophisticate Bride

Somehow this look manages to have both a vintage and contemporary feel.  That’s quite a feat! 

The plunging V-neckline and the figure hugging sheath design is definitely a today’s trend, but the belt and the intricate lace on the bodice and the sleeves harken back to the turn of the 20th century styling.  The long sleeve has been a craze since Kate Middleton’s 2011 wedding to Prince William—her regal dress featured long lace sleeves very similar to these. 

 

The “I’ve-Got-Great-Abs” Bride

The cropped top is not for everyone.  But for those brides-to-be who have sweated bullets at the gym toning the core, this design is a great way to show off what they have accomplished. 

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Although it’s certainly a skin flashing ensemble, it’s little more than a sliver of the skin that’s on show.  And combined with the long traditional train, the gown still retains all the bridal respectability you can expect. 

 

The Flower Bride

Flower-power galore!  The bodice of this gown is amazing, with large, graphic florals and beads dominating the look. 

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The neckline is deep, exposing as much of the cleavage as decently possible, but the flowers all over the place make it look so innocent.  The bodice is an example of another bridal trend, the use of blush in traditionally all-white wedding ensembles. 

With a simple hair style and a huge bouquet of wild flowers that seem to mesh with her dress, this bride looks like Artemis, the Greek goddess of nature!

 

The Peek-A-Boo Bride

We hope that the father of the bride approves of the dress! It may not be exactly what he would have chosen for his little girl— it’s pretty much the epitome of the “naked”, lingerie-style that is sweeping the bridal world! 

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This see-through —but covered in critical places— gown with a deep plunging va-va-voom neckline, is at once simple and sexy. 

The father of the bride may have some reservations, but we’re pretty sure the groom will be wowed watching this bewitching creature walking down the aisle towards him!

 

While these Instagram brides still rely on many traditional elements of the wedding gown, it seems boudoir and lingerie-inspired designs and high tech 3-D appliques are having a major moment.  But in the end, the key is finding the right dress that accentuates your best assets.  Is the dress you’re thinking of getting figure-flattering, and does it make you feel great?  Then, it’s a keeper!

Fancy Nails and Engagement Ring Combos from Instagram

So you’ve just updated your Facebook status to “engaged.” Awesome. And now it’s time to show off that sparkly bauble on your finger, right? But, wait! Is your betrothed hand Instagram-selfie ready?  Does your manicure carry enough punch to really rock that rock and leave all of your followers gasping in wonder (and envy)?

 

Fancy nails can sure be an eyeball magnet, drawing everyone’s attention to a woman’s fingers and whatever bling she’s got on them. Nail art has literally gone through the roof in the last few years with all kinds of designs, colors, and shapes. Pinterest is positively abuzz with all the possible combinations and variations of fancy nails. Here are a few examples of how these avant-garde manicures work best with your engagement bling.

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A little goes a long way

What better hue to complement and enhance a diamond ring than glittery white? The metallic stripes on this quite classic manicure give the nails an extra oomph and jazz up the whole look. This nail design is especially stunning when you’re sporting a sparkling diamond-encrusted band-- can you say wowzers? Then all you need to worry about is choosing the perfect filter! #mrsfabulous!

 

 

Just a bit of accent will do the trick

For something easy and simple but still attention-grabbing, try a two-tone manicure, with the ring finger nail in accent paint.  This combo rocks with colored gems with halo settings.  Pick a nail color that complements the hue of your rock, but then set the ring a-gleam with glitter accent on the ring finger.  

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For something a bit more edgy, dress up that nail with a caviar manicure – it’s super-hot today!  

 

A French mani with a fancy twist  

If you’re a bonafide French manicure aficionado, give it an eye-catching twist with silver tipping — it goes so well with a diamond and a white gold band.  A girly pinky hue on the nail is so right for a wedding, and the splash of silver showcases the ring to a T!

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Give it dimension

For a slightly bigger splash, go for a 3D manicure!  Adorn your nails with a few glittery rhinestones, studs or pikes to complement a double halo sparkler.  

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If you want to push the envelope a bit further, combine the 3-D design with stiletto nails and tip art.  But to make it all work together, match the gem color with the hue of the nail art, and don’t go crazy on the rhinestone studs!

 

 

Go big or go home!

If you’re brash, bold chick and your ring is the size of Ohio, go all out like Nicki Minaj. Her nails are uber fancy!  Still, because her ring is humongous, they don’t overshadow it too much.  Nicki has thrown everything at her nails, including the kitchen sink: stiletto shape, 3D, different color for each nail, and tip design.  They don’t call her diva for nothing!

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You have so many options to beautify your nails!  From funky designs and glittery embellishments to unusual shapes that under certain circumstances, could render your fingers lethal weapons!  But when it comes to choosing a fancy manicure to set off your engagement ring, keep in mind the scale, glare and impact of the design. Your nails should highlight your love sparkler, not compete with it.  Too much razzmatazz on your fingers and your gorgeous ready-to-be-shown-off engagement ring runs the risk of becoming a “Where’s Waldo?” story!

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