10 Things Every Bride Should Have According to Reem Acra

By Jamie Miles

In the latest issue of The Knot magazine, we sat down with designer Reem Acra for her ultimate list of wedding must-haves. Take note… and pick up a copy of the Fall issue for more fashion tips and inspiration!

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1. Love all around you
“You have your groom, family and closest friends surrounding you on this day—open yourself up to receive and give love.”

2. A gown that reflects your personality
“If you’re a glamour girl, you just won’t feel right wearing a simple, unadorned dress. Find a dress that feels like you.”

3. People you care about
“While there’s romance and excitement to eloping, it’s nice to share this incredible moment with the people you love.”

4. A gorgeous wedding ring
“This band of gold symbolizes your marriage—pretty powerful.”

Related: 30 Dream Engagement Rings

5. The right undergarments
“Even though you can’t see them, it’s what you wear under your dress that will make the biggest difference in how you look.”

6. A little personal prayer
“It doesn’t matter what you believe in. Take a few minutes to yourself, think about the moment and feel grateful.”

7. A veil
“A bride feels most like a bride when she puts that veil on. I also love the idea that it adds a little mystique to your look.”

8. Your signature scent
“Just a whiff of it will transport you back to this happy day.”

Related: 10 Simple Ways to Wow Your Wedding Guests

9. Meaningful flowers
“Different blooms represent different things (roses mean love and violets represent loyalty)—choose them carefully.”

10. Personal style
“Let your personality shine through your fashion choices. If that means wearing cowboy boots instead of heels, do it.”

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10 Sexy Wedding Dress Silhouettes That Will Steal All of the Attention

By Shelley Brown for TheKnot.com

Sexy dresses may be hot right now (90’s slip dress anyone?) but a slinky style doesn’t mean you have to skimp on the embellishments that can make a wedding gown really unique.

An unexpected detail like a streamlined crop top, sharp asymmetrical neckline or sequin cape can make even a simple silhouette both dramatic and fashion forward. Here are 10 of our favorite body-hugging dresses with a nontraditional twist!

Sequin Overlay

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Wedding dress by Inbal Dror 

Sharp Angles 

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Wedding dress by Romona Keveza

Psst! Love this style? Stop by Romona’s new flagship boutique for a couture experience. The Rockefeller Plaza store opens in New York City on October 18!

Related: 16 Ways to Wow Your Wedding Guests

Alternative Art Deco

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Wedding dress by Theia

Shimmery Crop Top

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Wedding dress by Houghton

Related: 11 Hot Engagement Ring Trends

Organza Layers

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Wedding dress by Amsale

Graphic Lace Details

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Wedding dress by J. Mendel

Beaded Cowl Neckline

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Wedding dress by Sarah Janks

Dramatic Drop Waist 

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Wedding dress by Kenneth Pool

Floral Embellished Peplum 

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Wedding dress by Carolina Herrera

Ultra Luxe Cape 

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Wedding dress by Naeem Kahn

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Photos by Jen Kroll Photography.

Nina and Zooey, Jamie and Ethan's flower girls, walked down the aisle wearing sweet leotards, tights, tutus, and pearls. 
More pretty flower girl ideas.
Photos by Hunter Photographic. 

Nina and Zooey, Jamie and Ethan's flower girls, walked down the aisle wearing sweet leotards, tights, tutus, and pearls. 

More pretty flower girl ideas.

Photos by Hunter Photographic. 

Lovely kelly green bridesmaid dresses from Eagen and Jason's Kansas City wedding. 

Lovely kelly green bridesmaid dresses from Eagen and Jason's Kansas City wedding. 

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Photography by Emilie, Inc

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For her “something blue,” our Real Wedding of the Week bride, Michelle, picked out these Badgley Mischka shoes and had them dyed to the gorgeous shade she wanted. Love!

Holy pleats!

Holy pleats!

Finale walk at the Vera Wang bridal show. We are freaking out over the all black and blush. Gorg.

Kenneth Pool. Look for the sweet sparkles. 

Kenneth Pool. Look for the sweet sparkles.