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Unveil Your Style: Find Your Dream Dress in The Wedding Shop

Here comes the bride! Oh wait, not yet! There’s still so much to do! You’ve got the love of your life,  your bridesmaid gang and your (highly opinionated) mother, but what about the dress? Whether you’re a future bride-to-be, bridesmaid, or proud Momma, check out The Wedding Shop for contemporary and traditional dresses along with our favorite must-have accessories.
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Contemporary:  Skip the ‘something old’ and find your something new with the MM Couture by Miss Me little lace dress. This dress takes your wedding style to new lengths with an edgy short hem and cutout back. Even though this dress may not be the best choice for cold-weather ceremonies,  this could be the dress if you prefer something trendy for the warmer seasons, as the soon-to-be Mrs. Antcliffe would agree.

 Earrings:  Create dainty demure with the Nadri Pearl Pave drop earrings.  The best part?  These earrings are a versatile choice no matter what role you play for the big day!

Customer Appreciation:  “We gave these as gifts, along with a similar necklace, to the bridesmaids in my daughter’s summer wedding and the girls loved them!” – Debs, TX 

Shoes:  A shorter dress requires the proper shoe soulmate. Our recommendation? Zip into the Gianni Bini Flame cutout sandals— featuring plenty of eye-catching jewel detail.  

Customer Appreciation:  “This shoe is gorgeous on and you can dress them up or down. They are super comfortable and [I] did  not want to take them off at the store. These are going to be perfect for my wedding day. So excited to wear them!” -Bride-to-be,  GA 

Traditional:  If sticking to a belle-of-the-ball dress is more of your thing, the Adrianna Papell gown is an ideal choice for you. Feminine from head-to-toe, you’ll fall in love with this strapless sweetheart neckline and rosette-detailed skirt.  Simple-yet-stunning  styling allows you to customize this dress to your personal tastes.

Earrings:  Like this bridal dress, the Nadri crystal drop earrings offer a hint of glimmer in classic styling. Psst, they also make a great bridesmaid gift for the ladies! Just ask Kristen from Chicago,  Illinois. 

Customer Appreciation:  “I bought these for myself and bridesmaids for my wedding and they were the perfect length and  had just the right amount of sparkle. They were exactly what I was looking for.”  -Kristen , IL 

Shoes: Arriving in gold, black and silver, the Antonio Melani Evette dress sandals offer everything for a classy lady such as yourself— sophistication and shine.

 Customer Appreciation:  “I’m in love with these shoes! Best dressy sandals ever!!” -Tampa, FL

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Contemporary:  Just because it’s the bride’s big day  doesn’t mean a mother of the bride (or groom) should sacrifice her elegance.  This Adrianna Papell dress offers that just-right glamour in a flattering silhouette with illuminating bead coverage. Check out what Sally had to say about this sequined stunner for her daughter’s wedding!

Customer Appreciation:  “Bought this dress from my daughter’s wedding. Love it!”-Sally, MS

Traditional:  Cascading asymmetric tiers create fluid movement while slimming your frame in this Ignite Evenings gown.  The matching wrap provides sheer coverage without looking matronly.   These subtle sequins won’t distract from the natural beauty of the dress. Cheyenne from Tennessee loved wearing this dress at a black tie wedding, but many customers have loved this dress for other formal events as well. Talk about versatile!  

Customer Appreciation:  “I bought this dress for my daughter’s beach wedding in May. The color is perfect for her color scheme.  After trying many dresses this is the first my husband liked on me.” -Lil, VA

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Contemporary:  Beaded art-deco-inspired design and an effortless fit lend modern glam to this Adrianna Papell dress.  As a bridesmaid, finding something that is equally flattering and stylish can be a tricky task.  This blouson bodice offers easier movement without a skin-tight feel. Not to mention this taupe/pink shade is a neutral color any woman would look forward to donning for the wedding.

Customer Appreciation: “I love this dress. I think the designer pulled it from stores. [T]he last store carrying it was Dillard’s and I was so happy to be able to purchase it before it was pulled from their store! Love this dress. Great fabric. Stunning.” -Beth, IN

Traditional: If you’re looking for something a little more traditional, the JS Collections Bridesmaid dress features the right blend of feminine floral in plenty of color crush chiffon options.  The ruched bodice creates a tighter illusion (aka slimming without suffocating), while the rosette shoulder strap draws the eye to a bare neckline and frames the face.  This dress is also the perfect silhouette for side buns! 

Customer Appreciation: “LOVED IT.” – G, TX 

Relax, we’ve got you covered. From wedding bells to wedding night, check out The Wedding Shop here!

Are you a contemporary or traditional bride-to-be when it comes to your wedding style? Let us know in the comments!

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Wedding Wardrobe FAQ

Congratulations, you’ve been invited to a wedding! Your next to-do? Picking what to wear. We’ve tackled frequently asked wedding wardrobe questions to get you there in style.

Q: The reception will be outdoors; any suggestions on shoes?
A: Skip the stilettos and go for wedges, chunky heels or flats. Wedges and chunky heels don’t sink into grass and provide more stability on uneven surfaces. Slip on flat, strappy sandals or peep-toe ballets with a touch of shimmer for a dressy look without the height.
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Shop our picks: Vince Camuto Zimily Bejeweled WedgesGianni Bini Michele Patent Pumps & Vince Camuto Analisa Toe-Ring Sandals

Q: The invitation requests cocktail attire; what does that mean?
A: This is your time to shine! Skip floor-sweeping gowns for shorter dresses in lustrous fabrics with metallic high-heel sandals and dramatic earrings. Make sure to grab your favorite clutch for all your beauty essentials.

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 Shop our Picks: Maggy London Bow-Detail Taffeta DressAntonio Melani Sierra PumpsAnna & Ava Merry Linear Drop Earrings & Kate Landry Social Slouch Metallic Flap Clutch

Q: I’m a bridesmaid and I’m worried about humidity and frizz. What products or tools are my best bet?
A: Try the T3 SinglePass 1” straightening iron. It’s your go-to tool for sleek, straight locks or lasting curls. Other frizz-fighting must-haves? For a summer wedding, try the Frederic Fekkai Summer Hair Smooth Sailing Anti-Frizz Cream. Or try this 5-star favorite on Dillards.com, the Frederic Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Cream for softer, easier to manage hair. 

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Q: I’m going to a destination wedding. What are some great portable beauty products?
A: For a flawless look on-the-go, here are a few of our suitcase-ready favorites.

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Q: As mother of the bride, how can I make a good impression without upstaging the bride?
A: That’s easy! First, remember 2 quick don’ts:

  1. Don’t wear white.
  2. Don’t match or clash with the bridal party.

After that, the dos are fun!

  1. Do find a flattering fit (maybe something with pleats or a matching bolero for extra coverage).
  2. Do match the formality (or casual feel) of the event.

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Shop our Picks: Jessica Howard Rhinestone Belted Jacket DressTadashi Sleeveless Lace Blouson Dress & Jkara Floral-Beaded Chiffon Gown

Have other wedding wardrobe quandaries? Ask and we’ll answer!

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Go West: Cowgirl Kicks

This season our favorite designers are making the Old West new again. With details as vast and varied as the frontier, there’s a cowgirl boot for every style. Dying to lasso fringe or wrangle studs? No matter which accent suits your fancy, most Western-inspired boots have low heels and mid-calf shafts. Translation: all-day comfort, year round. Giddy up!

Shop our picks: Kensie Branches & Blooms Floral-Print Dress & Sam Edelman Louie Booties, THML Polka-Dot Dress & BCBGeneration Bastille Western Booties, Gianni Bini Ruthie Dress & Lucky Brand Madonna Western-Inspired Boots
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Shop our picks: Chelsea & Violet Colored Denim Skinny Jeans & D.V. by Dolce Vita Lujan-2 Western-Inspired Boots, Joe´s Jeans The Skinny Jeans & Steve Madden Rifffle Western-Inspired Booties, Miss Me Jeans Heavy Metal Flap Skinny Jeans & Arturo Chiang Remi Western-Inspired Boots
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Shop our picks: Kensie Fuzzy Lace Dress & Lucchese Neomi Stitch Python-Print Boots, Adrianna Papell Strapless Rosette-Skirt Gown & Volatile Hustle Jeweled Harness Boots, JS Collections Illusion Neckline Dress & Frye Women´s Billy Pull-On Boots
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How will you style your cowgirl kicks this season?

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Bridal Shoe Trends

Even shoe-obsessed women must admit, finding the perfect dress is priority number 1 for your wedding-day look. But unlike most bridal gowns, your “I do” shoes can become a regular part of your wardrobe – a memento to your special day that you can wear any day.

With that in mind, hunt for wedding shoes that express your personal style. Browse our bridal shoe trends guide for inspiration.

As you can see, bridal rules are evolving. The only requirement? Your look should be as unique as you are.

Shop our picks Something New: Jessica Simpson Jaide 2 Leopard-Print Pumps; Something Sparkly: Antonio Melani Sierra Pumps; Something Feminine: Nina Neva Pumps; Something Blue: Gianni Bini Larissa Platform Pumps

What shoe will you rock on your wedding day?

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Bridal Style: The New Something Blue

We love taking a classic look and giving it a unique twist. So when this stylish bride rocked a Cezanne Turquoise Statement Necklace (and the matching Drop Earrings) on her big-day, we just had to give her props.

This creative touch served as her “something blue” and added a personal statement to her wedding day style.

Shop all Cezanne accessories here.

How will you stand out on your wedding day? Tell us in the comments!

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Wedding: Decoding the Dress Code

Wondering what to wear to an upcoming wedding? First consult the invite, and then check out our decoded dress codes below.

Shop Black Tie: Adrianna Papell Gown, Nadri Earrings, Cezanne Necklace, Gianni Bini Sandals, Kate Landry Wristlet 
Shop Cocktail:
JS Collections Dress, Nadri Bracelet, Natasha Accessories EarringsGianni Bini SandalsKate Landry Clutch
Shop Formal Daytime:
Antonio Melani Dress, MICHAEL Michael Kors Sunglasses, Cezanne Earrings, MICHAEL Michael Kors Pumps, Brahmin Clutch
Shop Dressy Casual:
BCBGMAXAZRIA Dress, Anna & Ava Bracelet, Natasha Accessories Necklace, Vince Camuto Sandals, Gianni Bini Clutch
Shop Garden Party:
Gianni Bini Dress, Jones New York Pashmina, Vince Camuto Sunglasses, Jessica Simpson Espadrilles, Natasha Accessories Earrings 
Shop Beach Destination:
Jessica Simpson Maxi Dress, Natasha Accessories EarringsNatasha Accessories Bracelet, BCBGeneration SandalsMICHAEL Michael Kors Clutch

Shop our entire selection of women’s special occasion dresses here.

Have you ever encountered a tricky wedding dress code? Tell us in the comments!

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Happy 75th Anniversary, Fiesta!

We are currently celebrating the 75th anniversary of Fiesta dinnerware, which is among the most popular lines of dinnerware in the world, especially on wedding registries. We had a moment to catch up with Dave Conley, a longtime Director of Retail Sales and Marketing for the Homer Laughlin China Co., which still manufactures Fiesta dinnerware here in America, to gain some insight into why people love this colorful line and some of the secrets of its success.

Q. What was designer Frederick Hurten Rhead’s  inspiration for Fiesta?

A. Legend has it that Joseph M. Wells, Sr., Homer Laughlin’s chief executive at the time, was visiting Southern California during the depths of the Great Depression and was struck by the Mexican influence and their colorful “fiestas.”  He decided that what dinnerware needed was something bright and colorful.  Mr. Wells and Mr. Rhead put their heads together and decided on a bright, solid-color dinnerware line.  Mr. Rhead designed the decidedly Art Deco shapes which were very trendy for the time.

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Q. What qualities have made Fiesta such an enduring success?

A. The Art Deco shapes have never gone out of style.  They are just as fresh today as they were 75 years ago.  Most of our competitors who introduced solid colors in the 1930s used more traditional shapes which became dated within a few years.  Colors have been updated as needed to keep up with (or ahead of) the current fashion trends.

Q. Describe the process for choosing/unveiling a new color.

A. We work with color experts such as the Pantone Institute, and we consult with fashion coordinators from the larger retail chains.  These people provide valuable insight on upcoming color trends.  We learned very early that certain retailers set fashion trends while others follow.  We learned to listen to the trendsetters.  Once we have determined a color direction, we call on our ceramic engineering staff to begin experimenting with various color shades.  We fire our kilns at very high temperatures and the engineers can tell us which shades will work best with a minimum of variation.  Any color under consideration must work well with the other colors in the Fiesta palette.  The Fiesta customer loves to mix and match colors making it very important that the colors blend well with one another.  Our color committee includes members from the sales, marketing, design and engineering departments.  Of course, our CEO must give final approval to our color choices.

Q. Fiesta was actually discontinued in the 1970s until the mid-1980s.  Describe the series of events that led to Fiesta’s retirement and comeback.

A. Late in the 1960s, kitchens turned to earthtones (remember those brown, gold and green kitchen appliances?).  Homer Laughlin tried to make that shift and learned that it didn’t work well with dinnerware.  Sales dropped sharply and Fiesta was retired in 1972.

By the mid-1980s, “retro” was new again.  Retailers approached Homer Laughlin about resurrecting an older dinnerware line and Fiesta was the obvious choice.  Technical improvements needed to be made to the product and an extremely durable, restaurant-quality, ceramic body was chosen.  The new body was matched with a very durable, “lead-free” glaze.  Previous experience taught us that color changes needed to be evolutionary rather than revolutionary.  Instead of changing all the colors at once, we now add one new color at a time, making sure that the new color is a good fit with the other colors.  Now, customers can add a new color without discarding all the old colors.

Q. Describe Fiesta in three words or less.

A. It’s all about color, shape and legend.

Q.  What is the ultimate message you want to convey to customers through Fiesta?

A. We want the customer to appreciate that there is no right way or wrong way to collect and use Fiesta dinnerware.  There is no limit to the number of ways that you can mix and match your Fiesta.  By changing the colors, or combination of colors, one can change their tabletop from very casual to festive, to semi-formal.  The homemaker can change colors with the four seasons or change on a daily basis.  The only limitation is your imagination.  In this way, the tabletop never becomes boring.

What do you think of Fiesta dinnerware? Tell us about it in the comments section.

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Wedding Day Style: Here Comes The Bride

While the most important part of your wedding style is of course the dress, accessories can only enhance your radiant glow. For a unique touch with a retro feel, try out an eye-catching fascinator. If you are wearing a veil during your ceremony, you can transition into a headpiece for the reception. And don’t forget about carrying your wedding essentials (blotting paper, compact, lipstick, perfume). A lovely evening bag is a functional piece for the night and a keepsake you can save to remember your special day. Check out our hair accessoires and evening bags to complete your bridal style.

Shop all elegant essentials for the bride and bridal party at Dillards.com.

Will you be wearing a unique piece or carrying something special on your big day? Already married? Tell us how you styled your bridal look in the comments! 

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Bridal Registry Tips: 6 Shower Themes

If you’re planning a shower for the bride to-be, here are six themes that we like:

1. Honeymoon/Travel Shower: Give them gifts that say bon voyage: beach towels, a camera, a travel journal or picture frames for their favorite honeymoon photo. Plan a buffet with their travel destination in mind. If they’re headed somewhere tropical, serve exotic mixed drinks and teriyaki Asian-style foods. Decorate with maps and travel posters. More honeymoon/travel ideas.

2. Room-by-Room Shower: For couples who are focused on a new home together, have guests bring gifts for a particular room or area of the house – towels for the bathroom, a coffee maker for the kitchen, etc. More room-by-room ideas.

3. Entertainment Shower: For the couple who love a good show, ask guests to chip in to buy a new flat panel TV or entertainment system. Other gift ideas include DVDs and a fondue maker. Decorate with movie posters and play popular themes from movies and TV. More entertainment ideas.

4. Bar Shower: This is for the couple who love sampling and entertaining with wine, beer and cocktails. Ask guests to bring gifts that will help outfit the couple’s new bar. Gift ideas include a pair of champagne saucersblenders, wine racks, and decanters. More barware ideas.

5. Gourmet Showers: Couples who love to cook will appreciate a theme devoted to gourmet cooking. Gift ideas include cookbooks, specialty knivesgourmet coffee makers and a food slicer. Throw a potluck dinner where every guest brings his or her own specialty. More gourmet ideas.

6. Recipe Shower: This type of shower is meant to broaden the bride and groom’s culinary skills. In the invitations, ask each guest to write down his or her favorite recipe and bring kitchen items needed for the preparation. As an example, a recipe for mama’s lasagna would require a deep dish lasagna pan; Belgian waffles, a waffle maker; cookies and baked goods, a bakeware set. Decorate with photos of food from cooking magazines. More recipe ideas.

Do you have a suggestion for a wedding shower theme? Tell us about it in the comments section. 

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Wedding: Dreamy Day, Dreamy Dresses


Shop with us for your special day: 1.Beautiful dresses  2. Complete the look  3.Outfit the entire bridal party— Bridesmaid Dresses and Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses  4.Dillard’s Wedding Registry  5. Save on the dress, splurge on the rest
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