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Would You Have A Christmas Wedding?

Nov 27, 2009

 

Long gloves at a winter wedding are an elegant touch!

Long gloves at a winter wedding are an elegant touch!

While I was reading all the Black Friday ads yesterday, I started fawning over a lot of the elegant Christmas decorations that were on sale. I started to look for pieces that might make good wedding décor, when I realized that many of the samples in the ads would look amazing at a Christmas wedding!

But would you even want a holiday wedding? There are a lot of downsides. Many guests might not be willing to travel or take time off so close to Christmas and New Years. There’s also the danger that they might not be able to make it if there is inclement weather to worry about! You’d also have to be ok with you anniversary sharing the spotlight with Christmas each year.

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Perfect for a Christmas wedding!

 

But if none of those are a concern for you, I think a Christmas wedding would be fantastic! You could deck out your ceremony and reception in fragrant greenery and twinkle lights. Christmas ornaments would make easy and affordable favors. You could even display them on a Christmas tree!

I also love the dresses you have available to you for a winter wedding. Long sleeves or long white gloves make a sophisticated statement. I’d love to see the Justin Alexander 8467 pictured here at a Christmas wedding.

What do you think? Has anyone else been to or is planning a holiday wedding?

Dressing Up The Girls – Some Tips For Bridesmaids

Nov 20, 2009

7014Being a bridesmaid can feel like a blessing and a curse at times. Your sisters and friends are undoubtedly over the moon for you and are honored you asked them to stand by your side on the big day. The crafty girls are sure to pitch in when you need them, and they’re all excited to throw you a bridal shower and a bachelorette party. There’s probably one thing that they’re apprehensive about though: the bridesmaid dress.

The good news is it doesn’t have to be this way! The old days of poofy, ugly bridesmaid dresses that don’t flatter any body type are long gone. There are a lot of things you can do to help your ‘maids find a dress you’ll all love!

Go Shopping – Take as many of the girls as you can get together out for an afternoon and let them try on dresses. If you have a theme for the wedding, or colors in mind, give them some general direction and then let them go. They might be able to agree on a dress together once they start trying them on.

Pick A Designer – If you love a particular bridesmaid dress designer’s style, like Alfred Angelo, give them some choices from that line. You can be sure that the colors will all match, even if you decide to let each girl pick a slightly different dress.

Total Freedom – It’s hard to please everyone, as hard as you might try. One option is to pick a color scheme and send the girls some swatches, then let them buy any dress they want. This will ensure they find a style that flatters their figure. The mis-matched bridesmaids look is hot right now, so not only will your bridesmaids love you, but you’ll all be in style too!

Hot Bridal Hair Trend: Flowers

Nov 13, 2009

One of the most popular hair accessories we’ve seen as of late are over-sized flowers for the bride’s hair. We love the romantic feel this adds to any hairstyle. You can tuck a flower in your hair whether you plan on wearing up or down on your wedding day. It makes a great finishing touch to a birdcage veil, or you can swap out your veil for the flower during your reception. Here are some of our favorite choices for your bridal hair:

Ranunculus – these large, fragrant and fluffy flowers look wonderful for springtime and outdoor ceremonies. Pin them up against an elegant up-swept chignon for wedding worthy hair.

Ranunculus In Bloom

Ranunculus In Bloom

Dahlia – Create a look of elegance and drama with a dahlia pinned in your hair. One of these would be the perfect finish to a sleek, side swept pony tail or bun.

Pink Dahlia

Pink Dahlia

Anemone – These fun flowers come in just about every shade imaginable. Sprinkle them throughout your reception and then pin up your veil with one in one of your colors to add an extra POP to your ensemble.

A Sweet Purple Anemone

A Sweet Purple Anemone

Gerbera Daisy – These big, bright flowers are the epitome of fun! Pin one behind your ear and give one to each of your bridesmaids too.

Bright Gerbera Daisies

Bright Gerbera Daisies

Helping Mom Find The Perfect Dress

Nov 6, 2009

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An elegant pewter mother of the bride dress

While you’re in the middle of searching for the perfect wedding gown and dresses for your bridesmaids, it’s important to take a moment to help another very special woman with her dress: you mom. Even though the focus is on you during your wedding, you want mom to feel comfortable and chic during the ceremony and in pictures.

Mother Of The Bride Dresses have come a long way over the years. There are options that will fit every woman’s style. Before you and your mom go dress shopping, take a moment to review her style and your shopping trip will be a breeze.

  • How formal is your wedding? You don’t want to dress mom in a sun dress for a black tie event. You also don’t want her stuck in a floor length gown if your wedding is more of an English garden party than a formal event. Make sure she’s aware of your overall theme.
  • What’s her body type? Just like the bride and bridesmaids, mom probably has some pain points she’d like to hide. Decide on her best features and look for dresses that highlight those and disguise problem spots.

  • What’s your color scheme? This isn’t a hard and fast rule, but you might want to color coordinate both mothers on the big day. If your color scheme is brown and pink, she might want to pick a different color to stand out from the bridal party, like tan, purple, or blue. Conversely, you don’t want her standing out in electric green if your colors are yellow and purple.

In the end, you want your mother to be comfortable and happy on your wedding day. With a little direction from you, she’ll be sure to find a dress that she loves!