60 Must-Have "Getting Ready" Photos

Although the bulk of your wedding photos will be taken during the ceremony and reception, the hours leading up to the main event are a crucial part of the storytelling process. Emotions are running high while everyone is getting dressed and beautified —especially when you finally make your big debut as a bride — and all of that nervous and giddy energy can equate to some amazingly intimate photographs. Now’s also the time to capture those little details that you worked so hard to plan, such as your invitations, bouquets, and more.

  

Real Couples' Sweet Marriage Vows

Crafting meaningful vows that reflect your journey as a couple — and what you promise to bring into your marriage — is the ultimate way to personalize your wedding ceremony. However, putting pen to paper and finding the perfect words to capture exactly how you feel about your spouse-to-be can be challenging. From funny quips to tear-jerking professions, use these snippets from real newlyweds’ “I dos” as an inspirational jumping-off point.

  

Trending Now: Pastel Wedding Gowns

Inspired by Pantone’s color combination of the year — Rose Quartz and Serenity — bridal designers sent pretty pastel wedding gowns down the runways this season. A subtle wash of color is not only perfect for springtime nuptials but is also a great option for brides who want to break the all-white mold without veering too far outside of wedding territory. Give “blushing bride” or “something blue” a whole new meaning with one of these dreamy styles!

  

Romantic Off-The-Shoulder Wedding Dresses

If you don’t want to be pulling up a strapless dress all night but completely covered-up arms make you feel dowdy, consider off-the-shoulder sleeves. Equal parts flirty and feminine, they create a flattering look for any bride’s shape. It’s no wonder we saw them in every iteration on the runways this season!

  

Trend Alert: 15 Wedding Dresses With Bows

Bows were everywhere at Bridal Fashion Week — they add a girlie, whimsical touch to any bridal ensemble. From oversized, sculptural bow-backs (at Oscar de la Renta and Marchesa) to subtle, waist-tied accents (at Monique Lhuillier and Angel Sanchez), they’re available in all different sizes and shapes. Best of all, they add “wow” factor to an otherwise classic look.