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Look Back At It: Interesting Wedding Dress Backs for Every Bride

There are many factors that go into picking the perfect dress for your big day. It could be long sleeve or off the shoulder and don’t even get me started on the number of different shades of white your dress can come in. But it’s the back of the dress that is one of the most important parts of the dress that many brides forget about. After all, it’s what guests see throughout the ceremony so, of course, the bride-to-be will want to look back (pun intended) at wedding photos and reminisce about how good she looked at every purpose.

From modest low backs to dramatic with interesting detailing, below we’ve highlighted just some of the most stunning wedding dress backs by top designers that are sure to turn some heads.  

Alexandra Grecco
From chic ruffles to backs with delicate floral detailing, Alexandra Grecco’s dresses feature just the right amount of romance and whimsy.Caroline Castigliano
Tradition meets modern romance in the backs of these elegant gowns by the British designer.

Laure de Sagazan
Oh-so-chic, the backs of these frocks feature the most beautiful embroidery and button detailing that leaves us speechless.

Lakum
A structured ensemble with graphic detailing is the perfect way to accentuate your back on the day you say ‘I do’.

Olvi’s
For an alluring back with a twist of modernity and elegance, look no further than Olvi’s.

Rime Arodaky
Leave it to this French designer to capture romance and cool-girl vibes in the backs of these gorgeous dresses. Who wouldn’t say ‘yes’?

Watters
Tie-the-knot with a bow and seal with love. We hope you will be as obsessed with these backs as we are!

Wtoo by Watters
We love the detailing on the backs of these romantic and enchanting wedding dresses by Wtoo.

Willowby by Watters
The bold lace and intricate details in back of these free-spirited gowns are sure to captivate the attention of wedding guests.

LBI Region Wedding Road Show

10th Annual LBI Region Wedding Road Show

The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce (SOCC) is proud to announce the 10th anniversary of their annual LBI Region Wedding Road Show. The event will be held on Sunday April 22nd, 2018 and is free to the public, registration is highly encouraged. The roadshow will consist of a self-guided tour through a variety of participating venues in the LBI region.

This complimentary event will feature samples, tastings and many chances to win giveaways! Brides and potential party-throwers will have the opportunity to meet directly with vendors and venue coordinators, enabling them to take advantage of booking right at the event. Venues that will be open with showcases include: the SeaShell Beach Resort, Surf City Yacht Club, The Surf City Hotel, The Brant Beach Yacht Club, Parker’s Garage and Daymark. Road Show attendees are encouraged to pre-register to make check-in quicker on April 22.

The Mainland at the Holiday Inn in Manahawkin will be the registration and check-in location, where all attendees will go to begin the day. Check-in begins at 9 AM, and The Mainland will provide breakfast and tours of their wedding venue and guest rooms. Registered attendees will be given a map of participating locations to then depart on their own for touring and tastings scheduled throughout the day. Road Show touring hours are from 10 AM – 4 PM and check-in will be open until 1 pm.

In addition to the many prizes and giveaways, there will be an opportunity for all who complete the entire itinerary to enter to win an Anniversary Overnight package for a luxury stay at The Mainland. Media sponsors who will also be providing swag throughout the day include NJWedding.com, Elegant Bridal, Wedding Set Go, Celebrations Guide and B98.5 FM. The event has also been supported through a grants by NJ Division of Travel and Tourism since its inception in 2008.

Register in advance for this award winning event by going to VisitLbiRegion.com, contacting Southern Ocean County Chamber directly at (609) 494-7211, or by stopping into the visitor center at 265 W Ninth Street in Ship Bottom. Follow them on social media for updates @LBIWeddingRoadShow.

Emily Stulman Klein of Live a Joyful Life on Marital Success

#HipNJ has teamed up with Emily Stulman Klein, founder of Live a Joyful Life, to help women  be successful in their marriages.

The following comes directly from Klein, and we hope it can inspire you today!

Getting married is EASY!  There are magazines, websites, books, shops, trained professionals, a millions resources to support you on your journey. From special bridal bootcamp yoga so your biceps will rock in your sleeveless gown to your very own wedding planner who will run your day with marine like precision, sporting everything from breath mints to black socks and everything in between.  Millions of women before you have walked in your white satin shoes.  And while some things have changed over time, themes, destinations, wedding for a cause, eco friendly, all in all, GETTING married is easy.
 
Your role is clear and defined, blushing bride, resplendent in white.  You’ve selected with care the venue, the rings, the honeymoon. You’ve choreographed everything from the entry music to the morning after brunch, without skipping a beat.  But when you return from exploring Marrakesh or hiking in Machu Picchu or lolling around your private bungalow in Bora Bora the real adventure begins. Your adorable fiancé is now your very real, ’til death do us part, sidekick for life.
 
The big question is no longer, “Will you marry me?”. That’s old news. The current and significantly more important query is “Now what, and how are we going to do this without getting completely lost in the process?”
 
At first, it’s fun, great even. The life of a newlywed is divine.  Husband, check. career, check-check, dual incomes, check-check-check.  You retain your identity, along with the newly minted “wife” title. You still have girls night, client meetings, all the parts of life that nourish and belong to you and you alone, in addition to the married couple world you’ve entered.  It’s the two of you against the world.  It’s terribly romantic.  You can’t even imagine what they were talking about when they said marriage was hard. Then one day, it hits you like a ton of bricks.
 
Usually it’s when you start a family, especially if you are “lucky enough” to give up that career of yours and stay home.  There is something about parenting that magnifies all the things you thought you talked about when you were planning your life together, if you had the cursory talk about what that would look like.  Then one day you open your mouth and your mother comes out. You close it horrified, looking around to see if anyone heard. Where did THAT come from, you wonder.
 
Each of you has your own blueprints and ideas about what married life will look like, and who will do what and then one day you’re home watching Elmo for the eleven millionth time in a row and he’s late because he’s stuck in traffic and you think “Shoot! What I wouldn’t give to be stuck in traffic, alone” and you find yourself jealous, angry, overwhelmed, unsatisfied. The thing you want more than anything in the world is 5 minutes to go to the bathroom by yourself and you think, “This is NOT what I signed up for”. Actually, it’s exactly what you signed up for, but it doesn’t have to be that way, I promise.
 
Enter, the pre-marital vision statement. It doesn’t sound very sexy but hear me out. It is, a wonderful, loving strategy to a happy and supportive life together. Some couples pre-marital tactic is the prenup, which by definition presupposes that the marriage won’t last. Insert sad / angry / bewildered emoji.  The vision statement, by contrast pre-supposes that you will be tested at times but rather than taking your marbles and going home, you will have a written reminder that you created together that focuses on the whys and vision of your marriage.
 
Creating such a document takes courage. Before the “I dos” is the time to bare your souls, tell the truth and really listen to what your partner says. Before “Will you marry me?” or immediately following, is the time to brainstorm, to dream, to envision your life together. It is not that single question at all, but a series. “Do you see me? Do you know me? Who are you? What do you believe? What do you value? Do you have my back? Have you shown me your soft, white, warty underbelly?  Have I shown you mine?” And when the terror of being seen has gone away because you have left it all on the table, then together you create your vision statement, based on freedom, not fear. And when you hit those rocky patches, and you will, and you’ll be ready.
 
Emily Stulman Klein, founder of Live a Joyful Life (www.liveajoyfullife.com) is a trust and authenticity expert. She believes in a world where every woman is happy, brave, fulfilled and free and that life is magical when we live it authentically.  She works with perfect women masquerading as imperfect wives and moms to to reclaim their authentic selves and co-create lives of impact and meaning.  To book time with Emily or to get help with your pre-marital vision statement, email her at emily@liveajoyfullife.com.