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35 Something Blue Jewelry Pieces for Your Wedding Day

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The tradition of wearing something blue is one that many brides practice on their wedding day. It can, however, be tricky to figure out a fresh way to incorporate the time-honored hue. There’s the old-school option of a garter fixed with a blue ribbon, or you can go more modern by choosing lingerie with a bit of blue worked into the design, or go bold with a blue shoe. If none of those options sound like you, we have an idea that will feel special: blue gemstone jewelry!

Gemstone jewelry is totally having a moment right now, trending across the board from dainty pieces with a single gem to vibrant styles with a mixture of two or three gemstones all the way to multicolored pieces with every shade of the rainbow. So fun! For a piece of jewelry as your something blue, there are many options to consider, thanks to a range of gemstones in the shade: blue sapphire, aquamarine, blue topaz, blue tourmaline, blue zircon, and tanzanite.

Whether you want something subtle or showy, blue gemstones are a beautiful route for rocking something blue.

You can go big with a glittering drop earring like Nak Armstrong’s Kaleidoscope London Blue Topaz Earrings which feature contrast between blue topaz, blue tourmaline, and blue zircon stones set in rose gold. A total showstopper! If you’re into an eye-catching ring instead, Spinelli Kilcollin’s Atlas Bleu ring is comprised of five linked rings in 18-karat rose gold, 18-karat yellow gold, and sterling silver, three of which are set with pavé blue sapphires and tanzanites. So stunning!

If you’re drawn to understated trinkets, Suzanne Kalan’s Thin Baguette Post Earrings feature light blue topaz and are available in yellow, white , or rose gold. We love the contemporary off-kilter design. A dainty ring is a delicate option, too, especially if you don’t want blue to be the focal point of your look. Elisa Solomon’s Anastasia Marquise Sapphire Ring is perfectly teensy, balanced by various cuts of white diamonds.

No matter your taste, a piece of blue gemstone jewelry will serve as an exceptionally special memento on your wedding day, and one you can keep and cherish for the rest of your life. We think that’s well worth the investment of a fine piece.

Ahead, check out our edit of blue gemstone jewelry. We totally believe your something blue should sparkle!

See more: Something Borrowed, Something Blue: Do I Really Need It at My Wedding?

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45 Bachelorette Party Dresses for a Summer Getaway

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If you’re idea of the ideal bachelorette party is a getaway with your girlfriends, then you’ve come to the right place. From a beachfront Airbnb to a secluded resort to a weekend in wine country, some brides-to-be are more about a relaxing and civilized vacation than the typical party scene many people associate with bachelorette parties. Even if a Las Vegas, New Orleans, or Nashville celebration is up your alley, one way or another, you’ll need to pack a suitcase full of cute vacation dresses for a range of activities.

With your bridesmaids and perhaps a few extra friends by your side, you’ll obviously be documenting your bachelorette getaway for your personal photo albums, but more importantly, social media (#picsoritdidnthappen). So you need many an option for various “shoots”, as one does. If you’re headed somewhere by the beach, easy-chic styles like tunics, kaftans or breezy maxi dresses are perfection, especially if one or two can double as both a beach coverup and a dress (packing hacks!). For evenings out, be sure to include something a little more festive whether it’s a ruffled number, something in silk or has intricate embroidery or flourishes. The tropical trend plays well in this environment, too. Consider taking a palm leaf or hibiscus print for a spin.

If you’re in wine country, a bigger city or a cute town like Charleston, South Carolina, smarter summer dresses with a bit of structure are best. Think linen silhouettes with a fitted bodice, midis with a one-shoulder or a puffy-sleeve mini in crisp cotton.

Wherever your bachelorette getaway takes you, ahead, we’ve rounded up 45 feminine dresses (many of which are under $100!) that will make for a super-stylish retreat. In bridal white, bright colors, and punchy prints, these summer styles can be worn again and again post-bachelorette—perhaps even on your honeymoon! Get packing.

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38 Summer Engagement Party Dresses

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Summer is here! And we’re certain a number of soirées are already on your agenda. If you recently became engaged, congratulations! The sunny season is an exciting time to host an engagement party whether you opt for an alfresco affair at sunset, a dinner at your favorite restaurant or an intimate cocktail party at your home. Of course, you’ll need an exquisite engagement party dress for the occasion and what better time to shop than the warm-weather season? It’s basically dedicated to dresses.

In summer, your engagement party dress should feel elegant but easy (you know what they say about the living this time of year), something overly formal just wouldn’t feel right in the heat. Depending on your silhouette of choice, flowing midi dresses, cute but comfortable minis, and body-skimming slip dresses are a great place to start. If you’re drawn to fashion-forward details, one-shoulder necklines, puffy sleeves, ruffle accents, and asymmetrical hems are of-the-moment and will guarantee a stand out moment. If you’re feeling something simpler or more classic for your engagement party dress, delicate lace, a wrap silhouette or a feminine tiered skirt is simply gorgeous.

In terms of color, you’ll likely feel drawn to something in bridal white right off the bat (you’re about to be a bride, why not go full theme?!) but also consider pretty pastels, bright colors or eye-catching prints—you’ll have plenty of occasions throughout your bridal journey to rock something white if you’re finding yourself in a more vivid mood for your engagement party. As a happy medium, you can go for a white dress with a floral print or pattern that offers a subtle pop.

Whether you’re looking to embrace summer’s leading trends or go full-throttle into bridal mode with a white or cream frock, you’re sure to find an engagement dress that suits your aesthetic in our edit of summer styles ahead—many options ringing in at under $100!

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33 Bachelorette Party Swimsuits for the Bride and Bridesmaids

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Summer always ushers in a fresh wave of swimwear trends that last throughout the year—this season just so happens to have eight on offer that are perfect for brides. Whether you’re all about a one piece or prefer an itsy bitsy bikini, following the trends is a great way to shop for a new bathing suit. On the other hand, if you’re about to get married and planning a bachelorette party where something a little more festive feels right, we’ve got a swimsuit style just for you—bridal-themes bathing suits designed specifically for brides-to-be and their bridesmaids.

A little bit cheeky (both literally and figuratively), bridal-themed swimwear is a super fun way to get into the spirit of your bachelorette party with cute fonts, colors, and playful graphics. Ranging in silhouette from one pieces with high-cut legs, flattering scoop necklines, and cross-back straps to bikini sets like a bandeau and high-waist bottom or a classic triangle, there is most definitely a style you and your bridesmaids will love. You can opt to wear a “Bride” or “Future. Mrs.” swimsuit all on your own, or go for the full effect by selecting a coordinating style for your bridesmaids to wear, too. Obviously, this makes for a killer photo opp (#BrideSquad). When it comes to color, bridal white is certainly a fitting choice, but don’t be afraid to embrace color if you’re in the mood for something brighter or if you’re a fan of the little black bathing suit. Another idea is paying homage to your wedding colors or having your bridesmaid wear a suit in the shade of their bridesmaid dresses. Who doesn’t love a good and thoughtful color story?

Bridal-themed swimwear can be customized, too, whether you want the names of your bridesmaids in script, your soon-to-be last name in block letters or extra embellishments like rhinestones and glitter. There are even coordinating sets for brides-to-be and their maid of honor. The options are endless!

If you’re all about bridal squad swimwear, ahead, we scouted 33 styles for a range of brides-to-be and, of course, the bridesmaids. Get inspired and peruse the offerings from both affordable brands and customizable variations from Etsy shops alike. #BrideTribe

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8 Swimsuit Trends Every Bride-To Be Should Try

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If you’re planning a beachy bachelorette getaway or honeymoon by the sea, a gorgeous swimsuit (okay, swimsuits!) is essential to pack your suitcase. Whether you’re a one-piece fanatic, all about a bikini, or both, this summer comes with myriad swimwear trends to suit every taste (see what we did there?). As a bride-to-be, an all-white swimwear palette is a fun way to celebrate your affianced or newlywed status, though totally not necessary (bright white is stunning for showing off a glowing tan, however). Splashy prints and punchy colors are perfect for standing out, too—you can even go for azure, cobalt or navy as a cute riff off of something blue.

If you’re in the mood for something modern, belted styles, knotted detailing, one-shoulder tops, and high-waist bikinis are incredibly popular this season—go for a pastel hue, color-block set or vivid shades to appear particularly on point. For something feminine and romantic, ruffles are the look du jour whether you opt for a sweet floral print or vibrant color. Into prints? Polka dots and gingham are major and often done in retro silhouettes like lingerie-inspired tops and high-waist bottom sets or one pieces with high-cut legs á la the 90s. Super pared-back one pieces and bikinis are widely available for minimalists in a range of colors from neutrals to neon—another nod to 90s style.

Whether you’re in need of one new suit or planning to overhaul your entire swimwear wardrobe, ahead, we’ve broken down eight summer swimwear trends that are perfect for any bride-to-be.

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