Gorgeous gowns that will make you smile.
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Fabulous flowers. Good Champagne. Great music. Surrounding yourself with life’s biggest pleasures (and they’re all here!) is enough to give anyone an endorphin rush. But none can match the blissed-out joy you’ll feel when marrying your true love in one of these proven-to-please dresses.
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It doesn’t get much cuter than a tumble of fluffy labradoodles at your feet. Sweeten the deal with this cocktail-length number. Its mesh lace is softly flocked, giving it a fuzzy texture that you’ll cozy up to as soon as you try it on.
The Details: Sea dress, $435, barneys.com. Pamela Love Fine Jewelry “Five Spike” earrings, $6,000, barneys.com. Avec New York “S” ring, $298, avecnewyork.com. Paul Andrew “Passion” pumps, $645, paulandrew.com.
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Take the thrill of receiving freshly cut flowers, then multiply it by a thousand. That’s how you’ll feel walking down the aisle clutching your bouquet. Double your happiness by wearing a tiered blossom-pink frock in a flattering A-line silhouette.
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Dance for joy (try our playlist!) in a dress that swishes and sways with your every twist and turn. Layers of fringe will inspire the rest of the room to follow suit—starting with your new spouse.
The Details: Charlie Brear “Isere” gown, $3,755, charliebrear.com. Simon Alcantara earrings, $250, and bracelet, $2,060, simonalcantara.com. Casadei “Camoscio Net” sandals, $950, casadei.com. On groom: Brunello Cucinelli tuxedo, $4,680, 212-627-9202. Ermenegildo Zegna shirt, $510, 212-627-9202. Thomas Pink “Ready to Wear” bow tie, $95, thomaspink.com. The Black Tux shoes, $25 for rental, theblacktux.com.
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Sure, we all scream for ice cream. But some of us also clamor for glamour, and this cropped and tiered frock is definitely worth a shout-out. Accessorize it with a pair of blush bow heels, and feel free to add the ultimate mood booster: two scoops with whipped cream and a cherry on top.
The Details: White by Vera Wang dress, $628, davidsbridal.com. Jennifer Fisher “Tusk Medium” earrings, $1,000, jenniferfisherjewelry.com. Silvia Furmanovich bracelet, stanleykorshak.com. McTeigue & McClelland “Flora” ring, mc2jewels.com. Aminah Abdul Jillil “Bow” pumps, $215, aminahabduljillil.com.
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What is it about a Champagne tower that makes everyone feel like celebrating? (Okay, the alcohol helps, but so do the swellegant glasses and fizzy feeling.) Your guests will be bubbling with excitement when they see you in this rose-gold embroidered tulle ball gown, and you’ll feel pretty effervescent, too.
The Details: Monique Lhuillier “Elizabeth” gown, $16,500, and tulle streamers, $360, 323-655-1088. Coléoptère “Asterisk” earrings, stoneandstrand.com. Silvia Furmanovich bracelet, stanleykorshak.com. Xiao Wang “Galaxy” ring, $13,320, twistonline.com.
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The sound of chirping birds is always a sign of good things to come: morning, springtime, and, in Cinderella’s case, an epic ball. Be the belle of yours in layers of floral satin organza that are as light as, well, a feather.
The Details: Elizabeth Fillmore “Garden Party” gown, $5,940, elizabethfillmorebridal.com. Nadia Morgenthaler earrings, fd-gallery.com. Silvia Furmanovich ring, $4,575, stanleykorshak.com. Blue Nile engagement ring, $710 for setting only, bluenile.com. Sophie Bille Brahe Lisa Perle pearl ring, $1,200, doverstreetmarket.com.
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If tiny attendants precede you down the aisle, they’re bound to inspire wide grins and a chorus of awws—soon to be echoed by ahhs when you start your own walk in this sheer-backed ball gown.
The Details: Judd Waddell “Taylor” gown, $3,900, juddwaddell.com. Demner “Snowflake” earrings, $14,000, demner-ny.com. Solange Azagury-Partridge necklace, 212-879-9100. Verdura “Kensington” cuff, verdura.com. Tiffany & Co. ring, tiffany.com. Bionda Castana “Aneta” flats, $670, biondacastana.com. On girls (from left), “Marrisa,” from $165, and “Natalie,” from $184, nellystella.com. Capezio ballet slippers, $18, capezio.com.
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Piling on gemstones—in addition to your engagement sparkler—will only amp up the wattage of your radiant glow. And if diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then the crystal beading on this organza gown will quickly become a BFF, too.
The Details: Kelly Faetanini “Clara” ball gown, $2,975, kellyfaetanini.com. Stephen Russell earrings, 212-570-6900. Tiffany & Co. necklace, 800-843-3269. Bhagat bangles, fd-gallery.com. De Beers ring, debeers.com. Harry Kotlar “Crown” band, $5,925, harrykotlar.com.
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Chances are you won’t be walking through a field of cotton candy on your wedding day. (Although, when it looks this stunning, we wouldn’t blame you for considering it.) Whatever the setting, if you’re wearing this baby-pink full tulle skirt, that sugar-high feeling is sure to follow.
The Details: Le Spose di Giò ball gown, price upon request, le-spose-di-gio.it. Marie-Hélène de Taillac “Incandescence” earrings, $4,500, and “Princess” ring, $6,900, 212-249-0371. Mimi So “Bow” ring, $3,400, mimiso.com.
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We all remember the simple pleasure of blowing bubbles as a kid. Slipping into this strapless sheath will channel that childlike amazement, partly because its embroidered Chantilly is as delicate as those buoyant soapy orbs.
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Nothing says “party” like a burst of confetti. Nothing except a killer party dress to go with it. This leg-baring lace mini shows off toned stems as well as the best short-skirt accessory of all time: hot-pink heels.
The Details: Alex Perry “Beulah” minidress, $1,350, alexperry.com. Stephen Webster “Lady Stardust” earrings, $9,950, 310-246-9500. Gioia “S” bracelet, 212-223-3146. Eva Fehren “The X” ring, $4,895, barneys.com. Blue Nile engagement ring, $350 for setting only, bluenile.com. Jimmy Choo “Anouk” pumps, $725, jimmychoo.com.
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Let’s not forget the ultimate source of pure happiness: real love! You’re sure to adore this scallop-hem eyelet dress, and not only because you’ll experience that first kiss from your (brand-new!) husband while you’re wearing it.
The Details: Oscar de la Renta “Dawson” dress, $6,290, Mark Ingram Atelier, 212-319-6778. Bauble Bar ear jackets, $24 for similar, baublebar.com. De Beers ring, debeers.com. Brian Atwood “Femme” pumps, $855, brianatwood.com.