Wedding Tips & Trends

This Iconic Wedding Accessory is Free For a Limited Time!

We are offering a free veil try on with every bridal sample order for a limited time only!

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We want your experience to be flawless and help you in every step of the way to choose your dream wedding look.  The veil adds a finishing touch to your dress and pulls your whole look together and sets the realization of "wow, I'm actually getting married".  Trying your wedding gown with a veil also helps you see if you want to wear a veil on your wedding day or not. If the answer is yes, it helps you narrow down the perfect length.

The only veil that is part of this limited time offer is the Sandrine. To take advantage of this you just need to have a sample bridal gown in your shopping cart and it will automatically be added prior to checkout.  Once the promotion period ends, the cost of the Sandrine veil samples will increase to $3 with the purchase of any bridal sample. The full price of the veil for purchase will be $19.


30 New Colors of your Favorite Mesh Dresses have arrived!

Whether you are witnessing a couple tie the knot this summer at a destination wedding or just need a wardrobe that will take you from brunch on the beach to a romantic dinner as you are watching the sunset, we have the styles and colors you need.  Our mesh styles now come in 30 NEW colors!

Mesh is a lightweight fabric that is a very comfortable alternative to chiffon.  Think of it as an evolved form of chiffon that looks just as chic, but has more stretch! We currently have 68 mesh styles on our site for you to choose from.  When deciding on the right dress for your travels or destination weddings you are attending, think about what you will be doing. Mesh offers comfort, flexibility, and you don't even have to worry about ironing!

@keepsakeaugust-Leah in Dusty Blue

@keepsakeaugust in Leah Dusty Blue

We love how Bree from ‘Keepsake August’ styled our Leah in Dusty Blue! Bree paired the Leah with nude strappy sandals and minimal jewelry.  This style and color has the right amount of glam and comfort. Thank you Bree for also choosing Azazie to complete your bridesmaids’ looks on your wedding day! Get a sneak peek here.

@thesmilingsweetheart in Tinsley Burgundy

Mona from ‘The Smiling Sweetheart’ looked elegant and chic in our Tinsley dress! Mona created an enchanted evening look and in her own words “An “enchanted evening” for me means getting the chance to wear my boldest eyeliner, a shiny and comfortable pair of heels, a clutch that brings my glitter dreams to life, and a dress that says “I have arrived.”

See more mesh styles and colors below!


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Jael | Raspberry

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Whitley | Vintage Mauve

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Charlize | Stormy

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Rylan | Blue Jay


How to Host the Ultimate Try-on Party

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Trying on dresses with your best friends is one of the most memorable moments of wedding planning. Try-on parties are becoming more popular as brides are skipping the inconvenience of the boutique for a more relaxed and intimate setting. These at-home fittings give you more time to make decisions, help accommodate busy schedules and allow you customize the special occasion!

Azazie makes it easy to coordinate a try-on party with $10 try-on samples (including shipping!), $2 swatches and an assortment of styles and colors. We’re taking convenience one step further with a list of try-on party tips to help you host the day of your dreams. So grab your girl gang and enjoy the experience!

Turn up the tunes
Set the vibe of your try-on party with a playlist of empowering, high-energy songs for your leading ladies. Need some inspiration? Get on the right track with our hand-picked Ultimate Pre-Wedding Playlist.

Serve cocktails + confections

Every party needs great food and drinks. Savor the moment with sweet treats like macaroons, cupcakes and even pink popcorn. Serve a signature cocktail – like this Rose Raspberry Sorbet Mimosa – for an Insta-worthy experience. And don’t forget the mocktails for the moms-to-be (we offer maternity samples too)!

Play around with lighting
Make sure to host the party in a space that offers plenty of different lighting, including indoor and outdoor spaces. This will allow you to see how your dresses look in a variety of settings.

Include out-of-towners
Have bridesmaids who live across the country? An at-home try-on makes it easy for them to share the experience. Make sure they order their sample around the same time, and Facetime them in once the party starts.

Stylist tips

  • Use your Azazie tape measurer to ensure the perfect fit (be sure to review our how-to guide for taking your measurements correctly).
  • Make sure your bridal party remembers to bring the shoes they’re wearing on your big day for accurate length measurements.
  • Once your girls have chosen “the one,” check out our selection of bridal accessories to complete the look!

Ready to start the party? Be sure to tag your photos with #Azazie to be featured on our page! For more inspiration, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.


12 Bridal Boutique Dresses for Less

If you’re a bride-to-be, you don’t need to pay high prices for a gown that’s high quality. At Azazie, we’re able to offer affordable prices on our dresses because we’ve eliminated the middlemen and inventory costs. We’re making wedding gowns more accessible than ever before.

You’ve seen these popular silhouettes in your local bridal boutique, and now you can get them for less. Shop below for some of our favorite wedding gowns that will save you hundreds.

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Azazie Winnie $399
Winnie is an ethereal a-line gown with an illusion neckline and delicate lace appliques gracing the bodice and waistline. Retail comparison: $800

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Azazie Jillian $249
Convertible tulle straps complement this elegant lace sweetheart strapless ball gown. Retail comparison: $600

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Azazie Anita $449
Anita has delicate lace applique details, scattered beads and sequins and a cathedral train. Retail comparison: $900

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Azazie Allegra $699
This dress will fulfill all of your princess dreams with its ruffled skirt and encrusted bodice. Retail comparison: $1,400

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Azazie Pascale $399
The bodice on this beautiful ball gown features silver embroidery with small sequins, giving this style a fairytale look. Retail comparison: $749

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Azazie Honey $399
The epitome of a romantic bridal gown, Honey is a classy lace mermaid style featuring a scalloped V-neckline. Retail comparison: $1,200

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Azazie Eartha $349
This court train, trumpet/mermaid dress is constructed in an exquisite organza. Retail comparison: $700

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Azazie Essence $399
Essence is a modern bridal gown featuring a dramatic mermaid shape with a layered lace bodice with sequin accents and a soft sweetheart neckline. The best part? The skirt is detachable. Retail comparison: $1,400

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Azazie Patricia $399
The classic sweetheart neckline of this dress will highlight your bust, while the satin lining and lace overlay give the design a romantic feel. Retail comparison: $1,300

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Azazie Melissa $349
Melissa is for the bride who craves tradition and romance. With the layers of sweeping mesh, scalloped lace hem and chapel train, she epitomizes ethereal whimsy. Retail comparison: $1,100

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Azazie Nicholette $399
Nicholette, a romantic multi-lace, sheath gown will bring beauty to any bride. Her beaded, illusion sweetheart neckline and straps will highlight your features, while the beautiful embellished waist detail will add sparkle on your big day. Retail comparison: $700

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Azazie Oakley $349
Oakley is a beautiful drop waist gown with a plunging deep V-neckline and beaded lace appliques. Retail comparison: $1,100 


When you’re ready to narrow down your favorite styles, check out our sample program to try on the dress of your dreams at home. No appointment needed, no pressure. Feel the quality of Azazie dresses first-hand for only $15 with shipping! To view our full bridal collection, click here


4 Ways to Style Your Azazie Bridesmaid Dress for Fall & Winter Evening Wear

As we enter the most magical time of the year, formal attire is a must-have. From cocktail parties and black tie winter weddings to holiday parties, there are plenty of occasions that call for evening wear. Fortunately, Azazie makes it easy for bridesmaids and guests alike to get the most out of their dresses.

Our bridesmaids dresses are extremely versatile, so break yours out and take note of our top 4 styling tips for transforming it into an enchanted evening gown this holiday season.

Get sashy
Add a little something to your dress! A beautiful beaded sash is a great way to add a touch of glimmer while highlighting your waist and defining your figure. Azazie offers a wide selection of sashes in over 60 colors and styles, or you can opt for a dress that has a removable sash, like our popular Azazie Hazel.

Azazie Hazel bridesmaid dress in steel gray with sequin sash

Pictured - Azazie Hazel in Steel Gray

 

Turn up the drama on neutrals
You don’t need to stick to darker colors for fall and winter evening wear. Soft neutrals like champagne, pearl pink and taupe are popular bridesmaid dress colors year-round. Transform this color palette into one that’s holiday party-perfect with a dramatic silhouette, like the Azazie Carissa dress, or light-catching sequins like those on the Azazie Cali dress.

Azazie Kailyn bridesmaid dress in champagne with sequin clutch.

Pictured - Azazie Kailyn in Champagne

 

Add bold jewelry
Spice up clean lines and soft, feminine fabrics with edgy jewelry. If you want to rock a short dress, add chandelier earrings to balance your look and elongate your features.

Dark Navy Azazie Cora dress with bold earrings.

Pictured - Azazie Cora in Dark Navy

 

Wrap yourself up
An easy, chic way to dress up any gown is to add a shawl to your ensemble. Shawls offer a romantic touch and can be transformed to reflect your personal style. Create an elegant tie detail at the front or the back of your dress to keep it in place and add comfort.

Azazie Molly bridesmaid dress in black with red sash.

Pictured - Azazie Molly in Black

 

How would you style your Azazie dress for an Enchanted Evening this season? Tag your look on Instagram with #enchantedazazie for a chance to be featured, or leave your comments below!


Real #Azazie Wedding | Andrea + Bill

Andrea and Bill’s rose garden wedding at the historic Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY is full of fun and celebration. No doubt the perfect blend of Andrea and Bill’s personalities, we can’t get enough of how playful, yet elegant it is! But what really got us is the look of absolute adoration on Bill’s face in the background while Andrea is getting her portrait photos taken. Check out their beautiful wedding below, and read about Andrea’s take on her big day!

45622823171_9f401c127e_o (1)Q: You and your hubby are so cute! How did you know that your partner was the one?

Looking back, while I didn't know it at the time, the way Bill made me feel when we first started hanging out was an indication that we would spend the rest of our lives together. I had never felt so comfortable around someone whom I had just met, fully able to be myself. I felt safe and protected. No one else had ever made me feel that way, so I knew he was special.

30681831827_4fb6f08811_o (1)Q: What's one of your favorite memories from when you guys were dating?

One of my favorite memories is the day I returned from studying abroad for a semester in Madrid. Bill had told me that he wouldn't be able to come see me until the week after I got back because of travel and I was really disappointed. When I landed at the airport and greeted my family, I felt someone come up behind me and put their hands over my eyes. I immediately knew it was Bill and I melted to the floor, so excited to be seeing him after spending 5 months apart. Everyone, including my family, was so emotional and thrilled that we were all able to spend time together that week.


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Q: Who was the most nervous on your wedding day?

After being together for almost ten years and engaged for two and half, we were both excited and ready for our wedding day rather than nervous.

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Q: If you could relive any moment during your big day, what would it be?

Any moment where we looked around the room and saw all of our favorite people from different aspects of our lives is something we'd want to relive over and over again. It meant so much to us to have everyone in the same place to celebrate with us, from extended family and childhood friends to college classmates and work colleagues.

45622824711_18d40036ae_oQ: Celebrating your big day means making tons of decisions. What was your favorite part of the planning experience?

Our favorite part of the experience was planning the little details that showcased our personality. We had so much fun brainstorming ideas for favors (ours were small bottles of Franks Red Hot, a key ingredient in the famed Buffalo Wings recipe), guestbook (a framed record of the song we exited the ceremony to), dessert, and attendant gifts that expressed who we are as a couple.

30681831577_49b84cd1c3_oQ: What inspired you to choose your wedding colors/theme?

We were inspired by the school colors of our alma mater, University of Rochester, which are "Dandelion Yellow" and "Rochester Blue". We wanted a more muted version of these colors, so we went with pale yellow, grey, and navy blue. The colors were Bill's idea! Our theme was centered around our venue, which had a simple, rustic elegance to it.

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Q: We’re so honored that you included us! Why did you choose Azazie to be a part of your special day?

I wanted my bridesmaids, who were my sisters and Bill's sisters, to have a lot of options when picking their dresses. I pictured my bridesmaids in navy blue and loved the idea of mismatched dress styles to reflect each of my bridesmaids' own tastes. Azazie had hundreds of styles in the perfect navy color that I had envisioned. The try-at-home option made it easy for my 'maids to find just the right style and size that would make them feel and look their best on our big day.

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Q: How did you decide on your wedding venue?

We had some general criteria when picking our venue. We knew we wanted a historic venue in the Buffalo, NY area with some kind of "view" (waterfront, hilltop, etc). On a quick weekend trip to Buffalo, we'd spent a whole day touring venues. Our venue came as a suggestion from my mom's friend and was the last venue we toured, sort of on a last minute whim. Even though we were tired and overwhelmed from the day, all of that seemed to disappear the moment we set foot in the aromatic, colorful rose garden where we held our ceremony, and the historic Marcy Casino overlooking Hoyt Lake where we held our reception. We knew right after leaving our visit that it was the perfect venue for us.

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Q: Many of our readers are brides-to-be. Do you have any tips for these lovely ladies?

As our wedding day got closer, things obviously started to get a little stressful. But there was a sense of welcome relief when I chose to just let go of little details that were stressing me out more than was actually necessary. In the end, the only people who will know if things didn't go exactly as you had planned is you and your fiance. If you can let go of little things, definitely do so! Also, if people offer to help, let them! My friends offered to bring breakfast burritos to the bridal suite the morning of the wedding. It was such a treat and they were so excited to help and make the morning just a little bit easier for me.

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Q: We loved hearing all about your special day! Do you have anything else you’d like to add?

We are still smiling thinking about our wedding day just three months ago! Seeing our wedding vision come together into a perfect, joyful day is something we'll never forget. Thank you to Azazie for being a part of that!

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Photography by Knight Studio.

Steal Andrea’s bridal party’s look and shop Dark Navy Azazie dresses here!

Want to be featured in our Real Azazie Wedding series? Tag us on social media using #Azaziechic to be considered!


Top 10 Highlights from Our Enchanted Evening Makeup Tutorial

Earlier this week, Cherise Gowan, aka Beauty By Cherise, stopped by the Azazie office create an Enchanted Evening look for Azazie. If you missed our Instagram live tutorial, there’s still time to make up! Check out our 10 favorite tips from the beauty guru’s visit below.

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  • Apply foundation. Cherise emphasizes that the correct shade of foundation makes all the difference between feeling flawless and feeling like you’re wearing a mask.
  • Apply bronzer, blush and highlighter -- in that order. A fun trick to remember the order is to think about Neapolitan ice cream.
  • If you don’t have a brow filler, using an eyeshadow that is a similar shade will do exactly the same thing!
  • Periodically spray face with a setting mist. Don’t skimp!

Eyes

  • Fold a paper towel and place against the under-eye when applying shadow to the lower lash line for easy cleanup.
  • Put a light, matte color all over the lids as a base, and add a dark brown to the corner of the eyes. Blend it out with a lighter brown to create a smokey effect, and add a light, shimmery shadow to the middle inner corner of the eyes to create a glam, evening look.
  • Add fake lashes (cut to fit, of course) because nobody is trying to be inconspicuous tonight. Blend with mascara.
  • Hide the lash seam with liner. You can clean up any mistakes with some concealer and a small brush.

Lip

  • Go over your lipstick with the liner to lock it in place all night.
  • Don't forget to check for lipstick smudges on your teeth!

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About Cherise:

Cherise, aka Beauty By Cherise, is a self-taught makeup artist, mobile tanner and hair stylist who creates her clients’ dream looks for their weddings and special events. She knew she wanted to be in the beauty industry from a young age after watching her manicurist mother make beautiful designs on customers’ nails. She began giving people makeovers at just 14 and has now provided hair and makeup services for over 13 years, specializing in hair color and special event hair and makeup. Her everyday look? “Foundation, brows, blush, highlighter, mascara, and a Kylie lip kit color.”.

To contact Beauty By Cherise or to learn more about her, visit her website.


Wedding Crush | Samantha + Dave

Samantha and Dave’s wedding oozes a detailed mix of industrial, rustic, and alternative vibes. With an open-roof cathedral setting for the ceremony, it almost feels like it takes place in the ruins of a fallen empire. We’re absolutely smitten with their use of the brick wall with clouds. It made for the prettiest backdrop for their photos! And can we talk about that gorgeous foliage chandelier?! We’ll take one for our apartments, please! Check out the photos below for some decoration inspo and how to get the color palette!

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Want to shop this color palette? Mix and match Pinks and Neutrals!
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Real #Azazie Wedding | Stephanie + Matt

This nautical Disney wedding is a dream come true for all of our inner princesses! Stephanie and Matt passed up a large traditional wedding and opted for eloping on a fun Disney cruise ship to avoid the pre-wedding stress that often accompanies wedding planning. Feel the nostalgia, and reminisce on your childhood princess days with these beautiful Cinderella-esque pictures and peek-a-boo Mickey ear details!
Q: You and your hubby are so cute! How did you know that your partner was the one?
"I knew that Matt was the one very early on. He always had this look in his eyes when he looked at me that made me realize he saw so much more in me than anyone else ever had. I felt so beautiful and cherished and loved every time he looked at me that I knew he was special."
Q: Who was the most nervous on your big day?
"Matt was definitely the most nervous. He is so sweet, he was only nervous because he wanted the day to be perfect for me. We got married on a ship, so we were in our stateroom together in the morning. My wedding dress was hanging in the room, and I had the curtain drawn so he couldn't see it. The two of us were on either side of that curtain talking before the getting ready chaos began, and it was so peaceful to be alone. I never felt any nerves at all."
Q: If you could relive any moment during your wedding day, which one would it be?
"If I had to pick a single moment from our wedding day, it would have to be the moment when I finished walking down the aisle. We just smiled at each other and said "hi" and it was the moment that I was least aware of anyone else being present. If I could pick a span of moments, I would choose to relive him reading his vows. Matt is a really goofy person, and I didn't know what to expect from his vows. Somehow, he made them beautifully moving and had me crying, but also so deeply personal and unique that I couldn't help but laugh."
Q: Celebrating your big day means making tons of decisions. What was your favorite part of the planning experience?
"I loved the planning process! Truth be told, I had originally tried to plan a big, traditional wedding, but we ended up eloping, so my planning experience was a little less than traditional. We canceled the big wedding the day our deposit was due and picked a new date for only 100 days out the next day. That transition was my favorite part of the process. The big wedding was so stressful and dramatic, and it was hurting my relationship with many of my family members. Cutting that relieved so much pain and stress, it was wonderful. Then, in deciding to elope, everything just fell into place. It felt so "meant to be" the way every single detail worked out. Our anniversary was April 9th, and Matt proposed April 8th, so we really wanted to get married on either April 7th or 10th. We knew we wanted a Disney wedding, and of all the elopement venues, my favorite was onboard two of their cruise ships. One of them had a sailing the week of the 9th, and we were able to have our ceremony in my ideal venue on April 10th. Moving from planning being an uphill battle to being so perfectly simple and ideal just assured me that we had finally made the right choice."
Q: What inspired you to choose your wedding colors/theme?
"Cinderella was the inspiration for much of the wedding. I really wanted a fairytale/princess wedding, with soft sky blue color schemes. When we decided to get married on the ship, I wanted to also incorporate the unique venue into our theme, so we brought in navy colors as well. We ended up with a nautical fairytale theme, and it perfectly married (pun intended) our two personalities." 
Dress color: Sky Blue
Q: We’re so honored that we were a part of your special day! Why did you choose Azazie? 
"I originally chose Azazie because I was going to have one bridesmaid in Florida, one in Oregon, and two in Canada. The online showroom and home try-on options were really ideal for how spread out everyone was. I also loved the variety in color options and the fact that each person could have a dress that best fit their body types, but also looked great and cohesive together. After we decided to elope, we only had one bridesmaid. We started looking at additional options for her dress, but we ended up finding the perfect style through Azazie, and it was the best price. Plus, I loved that Matt's bowtie and pocket square matched the bridesmaid dress, especially because with only one person in the bridal party, the cohesion stood out more." 
Q: How did you decide on your wedding venue/where did you get the idea from?
"So we had originally decided on a different venue for our big wedding, but when we decided to elope, we scrapped nearly everything. One thing we maintained was that we were having a Disney wedding, but we needed a new venue. I looked at all the different venues that could be used for eloping, and found the perfect one onboard Disney Cruise Line."
Q: Many of our readers are brides-to-be. Do you have any tips for these lovely ladies?
"Remember, wedding planning is supposed to be fun. If it isn't fun, something's got to give. Everyone told me to stick to my guns and do what I wanted for my wedding, but I tried so hard to push for the big wedding I had envisioned that it caused so much stress, drama, and strain on my relationships with my family. It wasn't fun, and I knew the wedding I had envisioned wouldn't come to, even if I forced everyone to be there. When we looked at things from a new angle and found a new vision for our day, everything became so much easier. Our wedding was the perfect celebration and reflection of us, I cannot imagine ever having done anything else. So, instead of sticking to your guns and fighting against the inevitable wedding complaints, my advice is to make sure that whatever you plan will be the most unique celebration of your relationship it can be."
Note: The bridesmaid dress from this wedding has been discontinued. Shop Mavis for a similar look!

Trend Alert | Wedding Vehicles

Have you noticed that vehicles, whether a large bus or a small car, have been a hot prop in weddings lately? That’s because they’re versatile and look oh-so-cute in wedding photos. Check out some of our favorite ways Azazie customers have incorporated vehicles into their weddings!

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Rent a bus or trolley to travel with your wedding party from the pre-wedding photo area to the ceremony site. You'll get everyone to the ceremony at once with the added bonus of super cute photos!

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Switch up your wedding ceremony by having a chauffeur drive you to the beginning of the aisle for your walk to the altar! Play an upbeat wedding tune as the guests wait, and then switch to a slow, heartfelt song as you step out of the car for a dramatic effect.

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The “just married” vehicle will always be a timeless trend and an Azazie favorite! Buy or DIY a cute sign to hang on your getaway car. Whether you do it for the aesthetic or to travel to your honeymoon destination/the airport, the “just married” ride is a classic trend that will make the best wedding photos.

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This one proves you don’t need a fancy car to tell everyone you’re just married!

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Don’t want too much work driving the car around? Place it somewhere around the venue and decorate it up with florals so guests can take pictures with it!

View More: http://sknowphoto.pass.us/rachelandjakeSarah and Dave Photography

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Let us know in the comments what wedding trends you’ve been thinking about using in your wedding!