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Bridesmaid Dresses: To Match or Not to Match, That is Every Bride’s Question

Bridesmaid Dresses: To Match or Not to Match, That is Every Bride’s Question

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One of the many wedding cliches that everyone likes at and every bride’s potential bridesmaid fears is the ugly bridesmaid dress. There have been years of wedding and generation of bridesmaids that have endured ballooned sleeves, satin, velvet, lace worthy of a doily, and prints that can be found in your grandmother’s left over quilting scraps. It is like a train of “What was she thinking” and five minute trends.Now, we realize that some of what we call ugly today, may have truly been the style ten years ago, but the thing we are hoping to help you avoid is being in that list of ugly dresses ten years from now five years from now, next years and the day those horridly wonderful curtains walk down the aisle. 

Would You Rock These Hideous Bridesmaids' Dresses? « Read Less

What your bridesmaids wear is going to be a direct reflection of your (the bride’s) taste and since having ugly dresses is such a cliches, it is going to be something everyone will look for. So, what are the danger zone and how can you avoid fitting the cliche? Let’s take a look at the options.

1) You pick everything head to toe and everyone wears the same dress.

Hot Pink Bridesmaid DressesLet’s go on a little journey. Think about the families you see at Disneyland or tourist attractions that are all matching. If the kids are all under five it might be cute, but any older and it could tip on the tacky side. Depends on how it is done? Okay. Now remember your family photos. Is anyone a little too matchy? Is it over bearing? A little? Still sometimes cute? Okay, now think about your bridesmaids. Do they all have the same hair color, skin tone and body type? No. Then they are not going to look good in the exact same thing. (ie. don’t put a red head in bright orange, hot pink, or red and don’t put someone with really pale skin in pale peach. It just won’t translate very well. We don’t say this to bash on matching bridesmaid dresses, as you can see the very first picture in this post has bridesmaid in matching dresses and it looks great, but we just want you to be careful because this is the highest danger zone for falling into the cliche. If you really want to have all your girls matching, then take them with you shopping. This doesn’t mean you need their opinion per se, but so you can see how everyone looks in the dress options. Or, take a look at option two. 

2) Pick one element, they pick the rest (perhaps with some guidelines).

{Wedding Trends} : Bridesmaids in Skirts - how to styled, accessorized and mix-match

This really is the best  middle ground option. It works best if you pick out a skirt for all the girls to wear and then have them find and pick out their tops, accessories, or shoes. Other things you could do is pick out a cardigan, statement necklace, or matching shoes. Once you have sent out the piece you are require them to wear, they can then fill in the rest. It is, of course, usually best to give them a color palette to work from so that everyone coordinates with each other and your overall wedding look, but, other than that, let them decide. This gives you flexibility, but also allows you some more control. 

3)Pick a color and they pick the rest.

The Secrets of Successful Mismatched Bridesmaids

This option is for the bride that doesn’t have her heart set one everyone matching or would like one less thing they need to fully decide on. The idea here is that each bridesmaid would be told what color scheme you want and then would be given the freedom on deciding what to wear. By doing this, you allow your bridesmaids to find things that they will feel beautiful in and will want to wear again. If you are worried, you can have everyone send you pictures if you want to keep tabs on how everyone will coordinate, or if everyone is local, you can have a girl’s day shopping trip so that everyone can work off of each other and find what they want.

The Bridal Veil: Beautiful and Timeless

The Bridal Veil: Beautiful and Timeless

Scattered Pearl Border & Cut Edge Veil

Earlier this week we discussed ways for the bride to style her hair for her wedding day and one of those options is to wear a veil. However, we didn’t go into great detail on the reasoning or history of why brides are traditionally meant to wear a veil. Brides have been wearing veils since ancient Greek and Roman times. The veil was said to be able to protect the bride’s purity – the bride being at her purest on her wedding day – from jealous spirits. At its beginnings, the veil was worn in bright reds and yellows because those were the two dominant colors that would scare away evil spirits. Then, the veil also symbolized protecting the bride’s modesty from the view of the husband. In ancient times and in some cultures today, during courtship, the bride would be veiled as a way of protecting her modesty and purity. The bridal veil tends to have more particular meaning in religions, though despite the many various faiths, the meaning of the bridal veil seems to come down to the same idea: To protect or cover a woman’s purity. 

Single Layer Veil in Soft Tulle with Beaded Edging

In today’s culture the weight of that meaning is often dismissed and is instead exchanged for being a fashion accessory the bride can choose from. This isn’t a cut and dry negative and neither is it entirely a positive transformation. What it does do is it give brides a lot more options. By not being limited to the symbolic nature of the bridal veil it frees the exact style or design of the veil giving brides a wide selection of veils. This does not mean that the veils beauty and meaning is completely lost, but it may mean that brides that do have the desire adhere to the traditional use and symbol of the veil will need to make the extra effort to emphasize its importance and meaning. 

What to “Do”: Deciding How to Style Your Hair for Your Wedding Day

What to “Do”: Deciding How to Style Your Hair for Your Wedding Day

One decision when planning your wedding day that usually induces high levels of stress for the bride and some possible mocking from a teasing groom or brother is how the bride wants to do her hair. Laugh if you want, but the how to style your hair on your wedding day is a pretty big deal and will effect your overall wedding look. As the bride, you will of course have the advantage of that pure happiness glow, but to pull together a beautiful look you need to pay extra attention to your hair.

popular formal updos for long hairstyles  Wedding Hair with a Veil

First off, do you want to wear your hair up or down? Al lot of brides will try desperately to grow there hair out as long as they can for their wedding day with the intention of wearing it long beautiful locks. But if your facial features are shown off best with a shorter hairstyle you may want to forgo the push for longer lengths. A Short spunky do can be made elegant plenty easy. Regardless, if you do want to wear your hair down for your wedding we have two suggestions: Firstly, don’t just wear it in a straight everyday look and secondly add some sort of hairpiece or veil. We don’t suggest having your hair down and straight because it is rather casual and everyday look. Adding some soft waves or curls is a great way to add a little extra umph and elegance to your look. Also, with adding a hairpiece you will further distinguish yourself as the bride particularly from your bridesmaids. Wearing your hair up does tend to more easily give you added elegance, but, like when deciding if you should have a short or long hair cut, deciding between an up and down do will require the same facial feature considerations. Furthermore, you will still want to consider the addition of a veil, headband, tiara, or other hairpiece to mark you as queen of the day. Besides, what bride wants to turn down the opportunity for a little added sparkle?

Eden Crystal Flower Headband

Bridal headbands like the one featured above are what are trending right now. They are beautiful and, typically, and unobtrusive addition that highlights the bridal look without overpowering it. Typically they can be found with floral or beaded designs that can easily mesh with your gorgeous wedding dress.

Scrolls & Flowers Tiara in Silver

The tiara is the perfect choice for brides that want to feel like a princess on their wedding day (or are a self proclaimed princess everyday). They work great with up do’s and can be as queenly or as subtle as you want to take it. Overall, the bridal tiara would be the crowning jewel to your bridal look. 

2-Tier White Standard Tulle Veil - Floor Length

The bridal veil is probably the most traditional bridal accessory you could choose, but they still come in all shapes and sizes. The one above is a particularly dramatic undertaking, but if grand entrances are your thing, this veil will definitely help make that happen. If you want a veil, but want something a little less, then try something like our “Scalloped Lace Border Veil“. This veil has a particularly traditional look and is undeniably beautiful. Either veil will enhance and act as a soft framing of you on your wedding day. 


Planning That Epic Bachelorette Party

Fun Bachelorette Party Ideas on a Budget (Plus a $100 Giveaway)

Step One: Decide Who is Planning it!

Traditionally it is the maid of honor’s duty to plan that epic girls night, but if your maid of honor is your 16 year old sister, you might decide to pass the torch on to an older one of your bridesmaid besties. If you are the maid of honor, however, don’t automatically assume all control over the night. Check first with the bride if she wants any control, or if she wants to be completely surprised.  You will also want to include the other bridesmaids and perhaps even the brides sisters in the planning, so that everyone can join in on the excitement and fun. 

Step Two: Who to Invite

There are two rules of thought when deciding who to invite to your bachelorette party.  You can be socially-correct or venue-correct. For example, if you are going clubbing and to a bar, you don’t want to invite your kid sister or wall flower cousin, but if you are going for a clean fun bowling night, then by all means, invite every girl that you love to be around. Some people would suggest that the bachelorette party is meant solely for the brides good (similar in age) girlfriends and if you are looking for a crazy or legend-wait-for-it-ary night, then this would be the route to go. Don’y feel like you are excluding anyone either. The low key girly fun is meant for the bridal shower and that is the perfect place for your aunts, sisters, and that lady who use to baby sit you.

Step Three: Choose the Venue

This is where you really want to pay attention to your bride and her comfort levels. The most killer bachelorette parties will make your bride blush, but won’t make her feel uncomfortable. It is a night to let loose, but not end up arrested for lewd behavior. So if you have a bride that loves to go dancing and or bar hopping, then do that to the extreme. If you have a more conservative bride, then maybe get faux male strippers. Meaning, get a comedic male friend or friends(groom approved) that wear several layers of clothing and will stripping down no farther than a pair of swim trunks (if that). This is a playful way to bring in some of those cliche bachelorete activities, but not upset your bride.  

Step Four: Accessorize the Crapola out of your bide and party. 

Why? Because dressing up is way more fun than not! This is the only night that your bride will have to be out on the town showing off her soon to be status. By decking her out in bride-to-be accessories and apparel you are setting her up to get all the special treatment she deserves. It is a fun way to pamper your bride and put her in the lime light! The best part is, is there are sooooo many different options! 

Bride Jacket Black - Med.

1) Start her off with a jacket or t-shirt that labels her as Bride or as Mrs. New-name. 

Bride to Be TiaraBachelorrette with a tiara

2) Give her a Tiara! She gets to be the princess (or queen) for the night, so give her something sparkly to say it!

Bridal Entourage Bachelorette Sash & Veil Set

3) Throw in a sash and veil. This is a great addition for a more diva bride marking her the winner of that bride pageant.




Fun Ways to Ask Your Best Gal to be Your Maid of Honor

Fun Ways to Ask Your Best Gal to be Your Maid of Honor

Choosing your Maid of Honor is an important decision and one that you will want to make early on because depending on how involved you decide to make her role, she will be your right hand girl to help you through all of your wedding planning and any wedding drama. Now, once you have chosen who you want your maid of honor to be, you have to ask her! It is a big honor and a big responsibility, so ask in a creative way!

Ideas on How to Ask

1. Plain and simple: Take her out to lunch or go get your nails done together and just spit it on out! Don’t be nervous. It is not a marriage proposal! 

2. If you know it is a done deal and your bestie is a social media guru, then why not post a picture of the two of you, or even a collage, and tag her in it with the caption “Me and My Maid of Honor” 

Will You Be My Maid of Honor - Bridesmaid Cards - Chalkboard Card - Wedding Calligraphy  Personalized Heart Necklace

3. Make her a card or order a cute “will you be my maid of honor” card on Etsy and pair it with a personalized necklace as a symbol of her role in your wedding and your life. This is one you can give in person, or if she lives long distance you can mail it!! 

"maid of honor" Wedding Transfer

4. Using one of our wedding collectibles “maid of honor” transfers, create a maid of honor t-shirt! By using a transfer you can choose any t-shirt in any color. This means you have full control over the cut and fit and can choose a shirt in one of your wedding colors. If you have multiple wedding colors, or just love everything colorful, another option would be to do a tie dye shirt! 



Top 3 Fashion Choices a Wedding Guest Should Avoid

Number One: No White.

Unless you a part of the wedding party and the Bride specifically puts you in white, as a guest, you should under no circumstances wear the color white because it is explicitly and traditionally reserved for the bride.  Even if the bride is wearing an nontraditional colored wedding dress, it would still be more respectful of you to not wear white. There are the exceptions of your dress being patterned where white is not the main color, but you just want to be careful. It would put a damper on the special day if your wardrobe choice caused the bride -who is already stressed out- to send you angry eye daggers for matching her on her big day.  This fashion don’t may seem obvious, but it is surprisingly ignored or forgotten quite often. So, be the best guest you can be, and don’t rain on your bride’s white and lace parade. 

Lipsy Lace Dress with 3/4 Sleeve

This white lace dress by Asos is gorgeous, but is a big no-no for the wedding guest!

Number Two: Don’t dress for the club. 

Every guest wants to look their best, and for some, their best means looking smoking hot. We just suggest that you tone it down for the wedding. Avoid mini skirts, extremely low cut tops, cut-out dresses, and anything overtly flashy or head-to-toe sequinned. Even if the wedding reception is designed to have dancing and more of a party atmosphere, any wedding event asks for a more modest fashion choice in order to not ‘steal the show’. This does not, of course, mean that you can’t have a little spunk in your dress, just that your best party dress may be one step out of place at a wedding event. 

Cutout Fitted Dress

This sexy cutout dress from ArdenB may be perfect for the exciting night out on the town, but it’s spice may be a little too much for a wedding!

Number Three: Don’t wear anything you are uncomfortable in.

Weddings involve a lot of time, even for the guest. You may be walking from the ceremony site to the reception site farther down, the parking may not be as close as you thought, or you may end up dancing -or the at the very least standing- most of the night. Whatever it is, you don’t want to be caught in uncomfortable heels that you have never worn before. This “don’t” could very easily be translated to “Don’t wear new heels”. It may be tempting to splurge on a new pair of heels that seem to start calling your name as soon as that invitation gets put up on the fridge, so if you do buy new pumps, break them in and don’t save them for the wedding. Also, remember that whatever you wear, you are stuck in it. So avoid materials that itch and don’t try and squeeze into anything that is too tight. It might look killer in the mirror, but if you are going to be scratching at yourself or fidgeting in it, then it might turn into a flop rather looking hot. 

 Summer gold high heels with red sole

These snazzy high heels may be calling your name, but can you walk in them?Dance in them? For several hours?

How Guests Can Dress Their Best for a Fall Wedding

How a Guest Can Dress Their Best

As a guest, getting dressed up for an event like a wedding can be a little tricky. There are questions of how formal or casual the wedding will be; if it will be indoors or outdoors; if there is a specific theme that the bride wants people to adhere to; what colors should be avoided in order to not blend in with the wedding party; and even what the fashion trends are for the season. So, the question in this blog article is, what should guests wear to a fall wedding?

Warm Tones

Dressing warm for a fall wedding does not necessarily mean dressing to withstand cold weather. If the wedding is indoors, guests have a lot more wiggle room to show off their wedding ready bodies in elegant warm toned dresses, ties, and suites. A light strapped dress or even an elegant strapless gown can work in any fall wedding. The key for a strapless or thinly strapped dressed is keeping the color tone warm: Think maroon, custard, forest green, navy, rose, orange, brown, and black. Other elements that are trending this fall are mod and tea shaped dresses, as well as lace and crochet patterns.

ABS Allen Schwartz Flair Lace Dress w/ Cutout Back

Longer Lengths

Knee length or floor length dresses are the ideal for a fall wedding. Not only do they work better for the colder weather, but the knee length ensures a classy look , and the floor length dress allows you to create a mixed look of formal and casual. With such a simple floor length dress like the one below, we would suggest a sparkling hair piece like a crystal comb or some large dazzling earrings.

ABS Allen Schwartz Sleeveless Mesh Back Gown


Sassy and Classy

If you want to wear something a little more vibrant, just stay away from the neon and highlighter colors that have been so popular the last few summers. Instead, go for a lively color that embodies the same intensity of the sun hitting fall leaves. You will want to pay attention to how formal the wedding style is when deciding between a mini skirt or a strapless knee length, but regardless you can still get that spunk from that perfect pop of color. Or, if you want to give yourself a little more edge, go for a dress with a gorgeous pattern on it! Patterns work great in the fall and will gladly say “I like to dance more than that monotone dress”. A nice touch with these styles below could be a chic feathered head piece

Roxy Sea Siren Tube Maxi Dress - ZapposMuse



5 Items to Add to the Honeymoon Packing List

While you may believe that your love is so strong that all you need is one another to conquer all, when it comes to your honeymoon there are a few specialty items you are going to want on hand.

1. The most useful bag in the world – a Tote

Color Dipped Canvas Totes                  

A cute tote bag is the number one necessity for any honeymoon getaway. It allows for quick storage, easy access, and fashionably translates from one outfit to the next. Some handy-dandy-musts to put in your cute new tote may include: sunglasses, lip balm, lotion, wet wipes,hand sanitizer, ibuprofen, allergy medication, and a digital camera. With a tote bag ready, you can take on your romantic adventures without a worry in mind! 


 2. Passport Covers

Mr. & Mrs. Passport Cover Gift Set

 A passport cover may seem like an extra, but it is an extra you are going to want to pick up. Not only is this a fun Mr. and Mrs. set, but it will help you keep organized. The last thing you are going to want is a hard time finding your passport or important cards. With a passport cover set like this you can keep everything in one place for easy access. Plus, you can never have too many Mr. and Mrs. items to show off your new marital status!



3. Travel Grooming Kits        


His & Hers Travel Bags Set Includes Grooming Tools    

Chevron Spa Bag & Makeup Roll Brush Set Includes Brushes















A travel kit for all of your make up and grooming odds and ends is an absolute honeymoon must! Get a his and hers set or if the Mr. doesn’t think he needs it, get a snazzy and personalized set for just the Mrs! Or maybe even do both!. Each set can be personalized and comes with grooming tools or make up brushes.










4. Jewelry Travel Case

Personalized Leather Slim Zip-Around Jewelry Case

Think of every trip you have ever taken and remember the necklaces and bracelets tangled, the earrings and rings misplaced, and now put a jewelry travel case on your honeymoon packing list. It really just makes sense. You’re going on your honeymoon with the plan to get lost in your love, but that doesn’t mean you have to loose your favorite earrings. So whether your a honeysuckle pink or a blue curacao kind of gal, pick yourself out a personalized jewelry case!

5. Cute and Comfy

 Just Married Camisole & Boy Short Set                  Brides Pajama Set - Small

Along side the lace and silk, don’t forget to bring some more comfortable sleepwear too. You don’t have to sacrifice sexy for comfort either, just pack one of these bride pajama sets and you can have comfy cuddle time or make sparks fly!



The Wedding Veil

You might want to buy your veil from a bridal shop. Or you may want to use the one your mother or even grandmother may have used. The other option is that you might even think of making it with your own hands. This will be more personalized as you will get exactly what you want. You will get your supplies from the local craft shop. You can also talk to your florist for ideas. A cluster of flowers or a wreath will look very trendy.

Floral Embroidered Border Cut Edge Veil

Floral Embroidered Border Cut Edge Veil

If you want to buy the veil, then you must make sure that it is color coordinated with your dress. You will get veils in a variety of length. It is up to you how long you want your veil to be. If you have a simple gown, then you can opt for an ornate veil. But both ornate or vice versa does not look too good. The moment you receive your veil, you will need to hang it up. This way, most of the wrinkles will come out. The rest of the wrinkles can be taken care of with the help of a steaming iron. You can also ask your drycleaner to dry-clean it to take out the wrinkles.

Finding the Right Gift: Wedding Handkerchiefs

Sometimes it can be difficult to think of the right gift for a special person in your life during the hectic hustle and bustle of wedding planning. What words could possibly express your feelings of appreciation and gratitude for your mother, your future husband, future wife, your bridesmaids, and/or the dozens of others who compose your solid support system? It can be near impossible to find something that meaningful, simple, and useful all wrapped up in one gift that won’t break the bank. Ah! What will you do!?!  The answer is, of course, wedding handkerchiefs


A Brides Tradition Lucky Penny Wedding Poetry Hankie

Wedding handkerchiefs offer a unique gift opportunity as something you can present it to someone before the wedding ceremony. They work as a personalized tool for eye-drying and nose-blowing (luckily, they’re washable) during the heart-wrenching ceremony, and they work perfectly as a gift from anyone to anyone (father to bride, groom to mother, bride to bridesmaids). With the miracle of embroidery and personalization, wedding handkerchiefs make a perfect one-size-fits-all gift.  Wedding handkerchiefs become even more special if they are accompanied by a heartfelt poem that expresses the feelings that you have, but might not be able to find the words for. Wedding handkerchiefs are available with or sans poem, but all are meaningful and beautiful. Wedding handkerchiefs are the perfect way to show someone special that their presence is both meaningful and appreciated.