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Friday Favorite: Swarovski Crystal Mermaid Wedding Dress… Yasmina

Today's Friday Favorite combines our most favorite things... Glittering crystals, delicate straps, and a swirling organza skirt. The perfect blend of romance and sophistication, this Swarovski crystal mermaid wedding dress is the epitome of the modern bridal look. Shown in soft blush, Yasmina is the perfect choice for the bride looking for a classic wedding dress, with an updated twist. We love the look of this dress paired with an unkempt updo, shown below. Finish your wedding day look with a dramatic, smoky eye, dewy cheeks and a subtle lip. What do you think of this fit and flare wedding dress?

Spring 2015 Friday FavoritesYasmina, a gorgeous Swarovski crystal mermaid wedding dress by Maggie Sottero.

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Wedding Wednesday: Gifts for the Groom

Today's Wedding Wednesday with Desiree Hartsock is all about gifts for the groom. While not all brides choose to continue this tradition, determining what to gift your soon-to-be-husband can be tricky. From traditionally to modern, sentimental to practical, we've polled some of our very own Maggie Sottero employees for gift ideas. See some of our favorite gifts for the groom below! Looking for more inspiration on gifts for the groom? Take a look at our Facebook page!

Maggie Sottero's guide to gifts for the groom.

Jessica: "Like most husbands-to-be, my husband didn't have much to do with the wedding planning. He did ask that he choose a song for our first dance,and I was so touched with the song he chose (I'll Follow You by Jon McLaughlin), that I had the chorus embroidered on a handkerchief and gave it to him. We had a destination wedding, so along with the handkerchief I also gave him videos and messages from his friends that couldn't make the trip."

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Courtney: "From the day we got engaged until a few days before we got married, I wrote a little note or memory in a journal and gave it to him on our wedding day. I've always left little notes for him around the house, and the idea came to me to compile them all in one book and gift it to him for our wedding. We had a unique engagement, so I wanted to document the little things. I'm not much of a journal keeper, but it was easy to write quick notes - something we did that day, something he said, how he made me feel. I had pictures printed and slipped them inside the journal. I also gave him a watch with a small tag that read, 'See you at 2:30.' The time of our wedding."

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Caitlin:  "I gave my husband a Nixon watch. He loves watches, and I love him, so I wanted him to have something special to wear on our wedding day!

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Ashley: "I spent a bit of time researching a gift for Korey. In a sense, our wedding was a destination wedding in that a majority of our friends live across the country. Thus, the location we chose had much sentimental value to us. Korey studied Meteorology and Geopgraphic Information Systems in his undergraduate and master's programs... We picked Storm Mountain in Utah due to the quaint and open-air nature of the venue, in addition to the fact that it was the canyon we spent most of our free time. Plus, the name of the spot was just too perfect. When it came time for brainstorming a wedding day gift, I knew I had to draw it back to the significance of our ceremony location. I decided to get him an engraved compass. On the outside, I placed the coordinates of the ceremony, and on the inner lid, our wedding date."

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Maggie Memo #6: Wedding Dress Waistlines

As you begin your search for the perfect wedding dress, start by choosing the silhouette. Do you want a ball gown or a mermaid style wedding dress? A form fitting fit and flare dress, or a romantic A-line silhouette? Once you've determined the silhouette you prefer, keep in mind the varying wedding dress waistlines... A ball gown with a cinched waist or a dropped waist? The options can be overwhelming, but we're here to help! Use this guide to find the perfect waistline for you! Need assistance deciding which silhouette is best for your body? Take a peek at this guide to find the most flattering fit for your frame!

Use this guide for help in those ever tricky wedding dress waistlines. Desiree Hartsock with Maggie Sottero lace wedding dressSottero and Midgley's Danae lace wedding dress Maggie Sottero's Deandra wedding dress Maggie Sottero's Esme ballgown wedding dress Sottero and Midgley's Rowan ballgown wedding dress Sottero and Midgley's Sorrento blush wedding dressMaggie Sottero's Corbin ballgown wedding dress

Natural Waist: Just as the name implies, this waistline falls at your natural waist, minimizing a long torso, or highlighting a narrow waist. A natural waistline can be gathered or straight.

Empire Waist: This classic waistline is situated directly under the bust, elongating the body, disguising larger waistlines, and accentuating a larger bust.

Fitted Waist: This waistline falls at the natural waist and emphasizes naturally small waists, creating the illusion of a cinched waist.

Dropped Waist: Falling from the natural waist, this style generally extends a few inches past the natural waist, or to the hip. Perfect for a bride with a straight build, this style elongates the body, and helps create width at the hip area.

Asymmetrical Waist: Adding great visual interest, asymmetrical waistlines often camouflage any imperfections, creating an illusion of a naturally small waist.

Basque Waist: This waistline begins at the natural waist, and dips into a "V" or "U" shape, elongating the torso and minimizing the waist.

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