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.”

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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.”

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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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What Your Engagement Ring Says About You

By Jennie Ma 

Not quite sure which diamond shape suits your personality? We’re here to help.

Oval Engagement Ring

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Your style: In a word (okay three): over the top.
Your relationship: Together you are more than the sum of your parts.
Your wedding: Colorful and cool, with a very polished edge. No detail will be overlooked.

Ring by The Sylvie Collection

Related: 61 Romantic Ways To Propose

Colorful Stone Engagement Ring

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Your style: Untraditional. 
Your relationship: You both do your own things but can’t think of anything better than spending time with each other. 
Your wedding: You want to keep people on their toes when it comes to your wedding. The only thing your guests can count on is that it will be unlike any other they’ve attended.

Ring by Mark Broumand

Halo-Setting Engagement Ring

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Your style: Glamour girl.
Your relationship: He can’t believe he gets to spend the rest of his life with you — and you feel the same way about him. 
Your wedding: Let’s just say your groom will be blinded by all the glitter you’ll be wearing as you walk down the aisle.

Ring by Parade Design

Bezel-Setting Engagement Ring

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Your style: Minimalistic and modern.
Your relationship: You guys like things simple and sweet.
Your wedding: There will be no fuss and frills at your wedding.

Ring by Mark Schneider Design

Pear Engagement Ring

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Your style: Classic, but with a twist.
Your relationship: Independent, yet utterly committed. You and your guy have each other’s backs. Period. 
Your wedding: Contemporary and chic with trendy shots of color and fun, out-of-the-box ideas.

Ring by A. Jaffe

Related: 6 Hot Engagement Ring Trends

Marquise Engagement Ring

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Your style: Old Hollywood (think: silver screen siren).

Your relationship: He puts you on a pedestal and lets you shine. But he’s not afraid to help you laugh at yourself when you get too big for your britches.
Your wedding: Pure glamour. You’ll create an enchanted atmosphere that wedding guests will never forget.

Ring by Jacob & Co.

Gold Engagement Ring

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Your style: Totally classic.
Your relationship: A perfect date night is one spent cuddling at home.
Your wedding:You’re going to have all the trimmings of a traditional wedding: veil, roses and, of course, a little “something blue.”

Ring by Hoorsenbuhs for Forevermark

Round Engagement Ring

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Your style: Traditional. You always look utterly put together.
Your relationship: Bottom line: you’re marrying your best friend. Here’s to a lifetime of sharing inside jokes and having someone really get you.
Your wedding: Relaxed, romantic and unfussy. It takes a lot of planning to make things look this effortless, but you’ll pull it off.

Ring by Jeff Cooper Designs

Princess Engagement Ring

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Your style: Lover of all things sparkly.
Your relationship: He treats you like a…yep, total princess.
Your wedding: You may or may not arrive by horse-drawn carriage, opt for the biggest ball gown, or sport the tallest tiara — but you’re bound to have a royal blast.

Ring by ArtCarved

Emerald-Cut Engagement Ring

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Your style: Sophisticated socialite — aka uptown girl.
Your relationship: You’re the girl of his dreams and he’s totally in awe.
Your wedding: Voted “can’t miss” event of the season (and not just by your mom). Destined to be the party where everyone hits the dance floor.

Ring by Simon G. Jewelry

Cushion-Cut Engagement Ring

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Your style: You take your cues from the Grace Kellys of the world — legendary women who demand to be set apart.
Your relationship: He lets you be…well, you.
Your wedding: So elegant and timeless that no one will be able to date the wedding photos afterward.

Ring by Kwiat

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These DIY Wedding Dresses Are Stunning!

By Rachel Torgerson

Sometimes even the smallest DIY wedding projects can be hard to pull off, so we’re in awe of these three brides who took on the challenge of making their own wedding dresses.

They had a vision of how they’d look as they walked down the aisle, so, with the help of some talented friends and family, they went to work. The result was three runway-worthy wedding dresses totally unique to each bride.

Related: 10 Ugliest Bridesmaid Dress Photos

See their beautiful gowns and the story behind each one below!

Brooke’s Lace Sheath Dress

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“When I started looking for my dress, I wasn’t really sure what I was looking for, but I knew I wasn’t finding it. I realized I liked elements of different dresses, but I couldn’t find one that combined them all. I started looking for custom dress designers, but again, nothing. My mom nonchalantly mentioned how special it would be if my aunt — her sister — was able to make the dress. My aunt is an upholsterer, and she had never made a wedding dress before,” Brooke explains. “Through a few very basic sketches, clips of pictures, emails, phone conversations and lots of trial and error, [my aunt and I] designed and created my beautiful dress with a needle and thread. The moments I had with my mom, aunt and grandmother during this process are indescribable.”

Michelle’s Blush Mermaid Dress

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Michelle found her gown at a vintage shop in Miami and redesigned it to fit her style. The mermaid dress featured a layered pink tulle skirt and die-cut overlay with floral embellishments in gold and pastels. She also custom-embellished her own shoes to match!

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Jessica’s Layered Sheath Dress

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The groom’s sister, the designer and owner of Illume Gowns in California, helped Jessica create her gown. The cream-colored sheath dress had embroidered lace cap sleeves and a layered skirt with scalloped lace edging on each tier.

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And The Bride Wore Pants…

6 Brides Who Wore Statement Necklaces (Steal Their Style!)

By Kristin Doherty 

Of course your wedding dress is the most important fashion choice you’ll make for your wedding, but it’s your accessories that really pull the whole look together. That’s why we’re obsessed with the eye-catching statement necklace trend.

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Whether your style is bohemian, classic or edgy, there’s a statement necklace perfect for your look. From pearl clusters to dramatic metal chains, see how six brides pulled off bold necklaces in style, and then steal their looks for your wedding!

Laura’s Pearl Clusters

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Get the look: Charlotte pearl statement necklace, $68, Anna & Ava, Dillards.com

Taylor’s Asymmetrical Crystal Necklace

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Get the look: Ice Queen crystal sunburst CZ stone flowers statement necklace, $32, StatementBaubles.com

Ashley’s Black and Silver Oversize Gems

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Get the look: Black and white jewel gem bib statement necklace, $17, Wrapables.com

Related: 14 Most Daring Wedding Dresses

Tina’s Strand of Blue Pearls

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Get the look: Sterling silver dyed freshwater cultured pearl necklace, $100, Freshwater by Honora, Kohls.com

Nicole’s Boho Turquoise Pendant

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Get the look: Manufactured turquoise pendant necklace in sterling silver, $100, Macys.com

Brianna’s Edgy Silver Collar

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Get the look: Stone Statement Collar, $98, WhiteHouseBlackMarket.com

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Copper Is the Next Wedding Color Trend

By Kristin Doherty 

Gold and silver, step aside — there’s a new metallic taking over. Copper details are popping up in creative ways, from glamorous chargers to centerpiece vases and even copper foil on invitations!

Related: 10 Ugliest Bridesmaid Dress Photos

The best part is, this metal meshes well with any wedding style: Polished copper can look glamorous and elegant, but matte or aged copper accents lend a rustic or vintage feel.

Related: 10 Most Outrageous Wedding Photos

Here are 12 of our favorite copper-colored wedding details.

Copper Chargers 

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Copper Moscow Mule Mugs

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A Copper Foil Drink Menu

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Oversize Copper Table Numbers

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Wineglass Name Tags Attached With Copper Wire

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Copper Foil Invitations

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Copper Benches for Ceremony Seating

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Copper Lantern Centerpieces

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Sparkly Copper Bridal Heels

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A Nautical Copper Lantern

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A Rustic Copper Vase With Baby’s Breath

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Bright Blooms in a Copper Vase

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And the Bride Wore… Gold! (Steal Her Style)

By Libby MacCarthy 

For St. Louis native Elise Hufstader, a traditional white gown just wasn’t going to cut it. Having been a dress buyer for four years, Elise had seen it all and really wanted something totally unique that would make her stand out on her wedding day. The result: a jaw-droppingly gorgeous gown in glamorous gold.

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“I was originally inspired by a red Marchesa dress Rachel McAdams wore to the Cannes Film Festival,” Elise says. But after spotting the Theia nude mesh and gold sequined gown, she knew it was the one. “I was torn about the dress even months after it had been hanging in my closet,” she says about her one-of-a-kind dress. “But I finally realized that of all the beautiful white gowns I tried on, I didn’t feel nearly as special as when I was wearing the gold one.”

To finish of her look, Elise accessorized with burgundy suede pumps and a pair of understated stud earrings.

Related: 10 Things To Do After You Purchase Your Wedding Dress

Love Elise’s style? Check out her look below and keep scrolling for look-alike gowns!

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Bombshell Sequins

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Gold sequined gown, $587, Phase Eight, JohnLewis.com

Modern Metallics

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Metallic striped gown, $2,232, Galvan, Farfetch.com

Elegant Glamour

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Sequined dress, $418, Ariella Juliet, JohnLewis.com

Byzantine Beading

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Beaded mesh gown, $595, Aidan Mattox, NeimanMarcus.com

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A beautiful, outdoor wedding reception underneath a chandelier-lit tree.
Photo:Ryan Phillips Photography
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A beautiful, outdoor wedding reception underneath a chandelier-lit tree.

Photo:Ryan Phillips Photography

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