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By: Sarah Zlotnick
9 beautiful real wedding examples of the mix 'n' match bridesmaid trend!
1. Champagne Glam
Muted shades of tan let the sparkle on these Adrienne Pappel and Calvin Klein gowns shine through. View this elegant outdoor Georgia wedding.
2. Fun and Free
A cheeky assortment of peaches and pinks (plus light blue for the MOH) shows off the carefree nature of Robyn and Jamie's Hornby Island wedding. View this boho hippie wedding.
3. Shades of Fall
Each maid dressed in a color of the changing foliage—how perfect is that for an Autumn wedding? View this charming farm wedding.
4. Country Rustic
These earthy-glam gowns were the perfect mix of shades for Victoria's country wedding. View this rustic Texas ranch wedding.
5. Beach Casual
Pinks, oranges, and purple are a fitting choice for a destination celebration. View this tropical St. John wedding.
6. Rustic Forest Romance
Tessa's lilac and champagne bridesmaids look stunning against a lush forest backdrop. View this rustic forest wedding.
7. Bold in Brights
Katie's best gals wore a stylish mix of orange and coral dresses from Anthropologie, J. Crew, Banana Republic, and LAVU. View this playful Menlo Park wedding.
8. Country Casual
A palette of moody blues was the perfect choice for Jamie and Jake's lavender field nuptials. View this eclectic bohemian fall wedding.
9. Just The Shoes
You can also individualize from the waist down. We love the way Cat's bridesmaids stuck with the same dress but differentiated with their shoes. View this vibrant botanical California wedding.
Photo Credits (top to bottom): Woodland Fields Photography, Rebecca Amber Photography, Rebekah Westover, Allison Davis Photography, Carina Skrobecki Photography, Tin Sparrow Studios, Emily Takes Photos, Anjuli, and Braedon Photography.
By: Sarah Zlotnick
Show dad some love on your wedding day with one of these thoughtful presents.
1. For the Traditional Dad
Every father will appreciate a timeless timepiece, and this is a beautiful option at a reasonable price point. Leather strap watch, $229 at Daniel Wellington.
2. For the Stylish Dad
Personalize one of these patterned pocket squares with your wedding date and a simple declaration of your love. For an especially dapper dad, we like these colorful Hugh & Crye options. $20 each at Hugh & Crye.
3. For the Sentimental Dad
Classic and masculine on the outside, loving and sweet on the inside. Give Dad these "I love you" cufflinks to put on right before he gives you away. It will remind him that part of your heart will always remain with him. Secret Message cufflinks, $149 at Mark & Graham.
4. For the Helpful Dad
A multi-purpose helper for the man who helped you through so many of life's sticky situations. Laguiole multi-function tool, $50 at Acme Party Box.
5. For the Practical Dad
Even the most no-fuss dad is going to get a little frazzled on your wedding day. Keep him cool in a breathable, no-iron button down he'll wear all year long. Moisture wicking dress shirt, $105 at Mizzen & Main.
6. For the Celebratory Dad
Fill this decanter with his favorite whiskey, then take a few sips of courage together before he walks you down the aisle. Decanter set, $65 at Uncommon Goods.
7. For the Preppy Dad
From American Flags to golden labs to nautical flags, Maryland-based Smathers & Branson offers a wide variety of preppy styles on their needlepoint belts. Give Dad a completely customized version to commemorate your wedding day. Custom needlepoint belt, price upon request at Smathers & Branson.
8. For the Foodie Dad
He'll think of you every time he prepares a meal on this handsome piece of hand-rubbed oak. Cutting board, $80 to $120 at Peg & Awl.
no. 1 Bliss & Bone
With a newly launched collection for 2013, we couldn't be more excited to introduce you to Bliss & Bone.
LA-based designer, Cindy Phillips Skanderup, has created edgy, modern styles that have luxury and sophistication written all over them.
Why you need to know Bliss & Bone: Expect stellar presentation, unique materials and even matching websites (!)
Above: The Effloresce Collection by Bliss & Bone
Above: The Lucent Collection by Bliss & Bone
Above: The Prana Collection by Bliss & Bone
no. 2 Julie Song Ink
If whimsical watercolors, romantic scripts, and dreamy custom designs are your bag, Julie Song is your girl.
Why you need to know Julie Song Ink: Her creative approach and fresh style will leave guests utterly impressed and at the edge of their seats for the big day.
Above: Custom Citrus Design by Julie Song Ink
Above: Custom Lavender Design by Julie Song Ink
Above: Custom Bohemian Floral Design by Julie Song Ink
no. 3 Momental Designs
For Kristy Rice, art is not an act, but a lifestyle. Pure, hand-painted poetry pours thru in her distinctive, unforgettable stationery.
Why you need to know Momental Designs: For a stationery suite that has that 'extra extra special' something to mark your matrimony, Kristy pours herself into every detail.
Above: Custom Paper Suite by Momental Designs; Photo by Shane East Photography
Above: Old Hollywood Save the Date by Momental Designs; Photo by Shane East Photography
Above: Pantone Emerald Suite by Momental Designs; Photo by Swoon Over It Photography
Photo by Paper Antler Photography
Whether you’re traveling halfway around the world or to a neighboring state, getting your wedding dress there safely is a top priority.
Traveling By Plane
Most airlines advise not to place valuable items in checked luggage, therefore, a carry-on or protective garment bag are your next options. (Tip: Fold layers of tissue paper into your wedding dress. This will help keep the wrinkles and discoloring away.) Check with your airline’s policy on bringing a wedding dress on board. They may allow you to store it in a closet or overhead bin. However, you can’t always rely on the flight attendant to store it properly in a closet or overhead bin. Consider purchasing a plane ticket for your wedding dress or better yet -- if there are open seats on your flight, it doesn’t hurt to ask the flight attendant if you dress can fly for free.
Traveling by Car
You don’t want your wedding dress squeezed between loads of luggage in the trunk. Instead, drape it flat across your luggage in a protective garment bag.
Unpacking Your Wedding Dress
If you pack your wedding dress in a carry-on or protective garment bag, bring a travel steamer. (Tip: Test on white fabric before you use. You’ll want the steam to come out clear, so it doesn’t stain the fabric.) If you can’t bring a travel steamer, hang your wedding dress in the bathroom, turn the shower on full blast with hot water and watch the steam eliminate any wrinkles.
Photo by This Modern Romance
Having a photobooth at your wedding? Make it work overtime by creating favors out of the prints! Thank your guests by giving them a fun memento that will remind them of the good times they had on your big day! Here's how:
1. Get the exact dimensions of the photo booth prints from your photo booth rental vendor.
2. Purchase picture frames to fit these dimensions in bulk. A simple design will do.
3. Print out guest names with simple instructions encouraging them to place their photobooth pictures in the frame. Fit the slip into each frame and, if you'd like for the frames to also serve as place cards, put them at the appropriate table setting.
4. If you prefer escort cards over place cards, put a table beside the photobooth where you can line up your picture frames. Your guests will get the hint.
Photo courtesy of Holly Heider Chapple Flowers
If you want to give your wedding bouquet a little "wow" factor, consider adding a few unexpected elements to the mix. Accenting your blooms with some unique components will add dimension and interest to the arrangement. For your inspiration, we've rounded up twelve great ideas for adding texture to your bridal bouquet.
1. Silver Brunia Balls
Photos (from left): Kate Connolly, Marie Papp
These soft grey accents are great for brides going for a vintage-glam look.
2. Fern Curls
Photo courtesy of PANACEA Event Floral Design
Fern curls add a modern rustic twist to any arrangement.
Photos (from left): Emily Delamater, Enchanted Florist
We love the way these prickly blue starbursts add instant energy and movement!
4. Curly Willow
Photos (from left): Cedarwood, Enchanted Florist
Weave these delicate gnarled branches through your flowers for that woodsy, whimsical feel.
5. Lotus Pods
Photos (from left): Enchanted Florist, Clary Pfeiffer
Introduce an exotic element to your bouquet with these decorative botanticals.
6. Wire Vine
Photos (from left): Merryl Brown Events, XOXO Bride
These graceful greens would be the perfect touch for a garden wedding bouquet!
7. Scabiosa Pods
Photos (from left): Birds of a Feather Events, Anni Cee
These bristly honeycomb spheres are popular among brides going for a rustic style.
Photos (from left): Always Floral, Chris + Jenn Photos
Mix in some soft, floating quills for instant glamour and romance.
9. Seeded Eucalyptus
Photo courtesy of Laurelwood Designs
These tiny pale green clusters are a great addition to rustic arrangements and work especially well with earthy tones and soft pastels.
Photos (from left): Laura Leslie Photography, Wildflowers Inc.
Pair soft fluffs of white with sprayed greens for beautiful texture and depth.
11. Craspedia (aka Billy Balls)
Photos (from left): Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, LA Event Design
Billy balls are distincive, playful and perfect for bringing in cheerful pops of color!
Photos (from left): Katie Stoops, Gina & Ryan Photography
We love the look of coarse wheat stalks for a rustic summer or fall bouquet!
Photo by Jose Villa
Having an outdoor ceremony presents a unique opportunity for couples to get a little creative with the seating. Depending on your venue and the number of guests you're working with, breaking away from traditional seating can be the perfect way to bring a little extra style and personality to the ceremony decor. Get inspired with these ten unique ceremony seating ideas.
Photos by (from left): Jemma Keech, Jenelle Kepple
Add a decorative touch (and extra comfort!) with some throw pillows that match your wedding style and color scheme.
Photo by Jessica Claire
We love the look and "homey" feel of accent tables placed between pairs of cushioned ottomans.
3. Floor Cushions
Photo courtesy of Glow Weddings and Events
If you're working with a soft ground like a beach or grassy field, consider placing floor cushions on top of picnic blankets for a relaxed vibe.
4. Upholstered Furniture
Photos by Ryan Ray
Mix chairs and sofas of different shapes and styles, upholstered in fabrics of various colors and textures, for a vintage-glam look.
5. Lounge Furniture
Photos by KT Merry
Keep guests comfortable with plush lounge sofas a la this seaside ceremony!
6. Circular Arrangement
Photo by Jose Villa
Say your vows surrounded (literally!) by friends and family with an intimate circular layout.
7. Spiral Arrangement
Photos by (from left): Gideon Photography, Bellalu Photography
Create a long, winding aisle with this dramatic, stunning seating style!
Photo courtesy of Events of Distinction
Give your ceremony decor a modern edge by swapping out chairs for sleek cube ottoman poufs.
9. Hay Bales
Photos by (from left): Ryan Ray, Ulmer Studios
Bales of hay covered with pretty blankets or colorful quilts give rustic weddings a nice, festive touch!
10. Mix and Match
Photos by (from left): Jose Villa, Alixann Loosle
Pair long benches with an eclectic mix of chairs for a fun, unique look!
Wedding dress designs are more elaborate than ever these days, often leaving little room for extra accessories. But what about the bride that can't live without her jewelry? Here's five fashion-forward dress neckline and jewelry pairings that definitely don't feel like they're trying too hard.
1. Tee Shirt Neckline + Statement Necklace
The beauty of being a bit more covered up on top is that you can go overboard on neck baubles. If your wedding dress fits more like a T-shirt, a major statement necklace will glam things up without sacrificing sweetness. Perfect Pairing: J. Crew's Dauphine gown and the Delight in What is Present necklace by Elva Fields ($238).
2. Sleek and Strapless + Long Earrings
Don't cover up those gorgeous collar bones with a big necklace! If your gown is sleek and strapless, show off glowing skin instead with delicate, dangling earrings. Sick and tired of chandeliers? Try a pair of drop down pendants instead. Perfect Pairing: Kenneth Pool Spring 2014 and Club Monaco's Long and Lean earring ($49.50).
3. Portrait Neckline + Monogram Necklace
For the romantic bride who's always looking for sentimental touches, we love the idea of accenting the curves of a lace portrait neckline with a delicate gold charm—especially if it's the first initial of her new last name. Perfect Pairing: Legends by Romona Keveza Spring 2014 and Peggy Li's Cursive Initial Necklace ($44).
4. Dramatic Collar + Demure Studs
An embellished halter makes a statement all on its own, but, if you really can't resist the extra flourish, find small stud earrings with the same finish as your collar. They'll add to the ornate effect without making you look like a medieval princess. Perfect Pairing: Lazaro Spring 2014 and the Teardrop Cluster Stud Earring by Sorrelli ($62.50).
5. Skinny Spaghetti Straps + Jeweled Headpiece
A jeweled headpiece is beautiful option for the Boho bride who wants to look a little funkier on her wedding day. Wear with dainty spaghetti straps for a carefree, beachy look. Perfect Pairing: Jim Hjelm Spring 2014 and Jennifer Behr's Delphinius Diadem Swarovski crystal headpiece ($425 at Net-a-Porter).
Related: Engagement Ring Inspiration | 9 Amazing Bridal Statement Necklaces
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Photo by XO Andrea Photography
Stocking up on a proper set of silverware is a crucial part of the wedding registry process. Finally ready to graduate from the hodge-podge set you’ve pieced together since college? Here’s the low-down on what types of materials to consider, how many pieces to ask for, and how to properly take care of it when it’s in your kitchen.
Picking your Material
Sterling Silver: Flatware composed of sterling silver is higher in price and traditionally used in formal dining. Because of its high shine and high quality, sterling silver flatware is valuable and best saved for special occasions or a time you want to add elegant touches to your place settings. The quality is reflected in the price with this option as its best at resisting scratches and breaking.
Silver-Plated: A cost effective alternative to sterling silverware, this option is generally composed of brass or nickel and is then plated in fine silver for a high shine and luxurious look. The thickness of the plating depends upon the pattern used for the flatware. Keep in mind that the thicker the plating, the more expensive the set will be.
Stainless Steel: Stainless steel flatware is composed of varying iron alloys. To ensure your set is high in quality, look for one that has an 18/10 designation on it. This means it is made up of 18% chrome and 10% nickel and is considered the highest quality stainless steel.
The Pieces to Register for
When it comes to basic eating utensils, we recommend registering for four 5-piece place settings. A five piece place setting typically includes a tablespoon (the larger spoon), a teaspoon (the smaller spoon), a dinner knife, a dinner fork, and a salad fork. Even if you don’t plan on entertaining frequently, a set of basic serving utensils is also a must. Our list: 5 butter knives (one for each place setting), a soup ladle, a slotted spoon and/or a pasta spoon with slots, and a large fork and spoon set for serving salads and pasta salads.
Make your life easier by registering for a flatware set that you know is dishwasher safe. To prevent water spots, towel dry your flatware when removing it from the dishwasher.
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Photo by: Ellie Rose Photographie
When selecting your wedding chairs, it's important to consider the setting, theme and style of your ceremony and reception. Here's a breakdown of some of the most popular wedding chair styles to help you choose which option is best for you.
Photos (from left): KT Merry, Heather Kincaid
The Chiavari is a popular choice for weddings of all styles. This classic, elegant option comes a wide variety of colors, from neutrals like white, black, brown, tan, silver and gold to bolder hues like bright yellow, neon blue and hot pink - and just about everything in between. There are even translucent styles available! This versatile option can be dressed up or down and works well in various settings. So whether you're planning a formal ballroom reception or an outdoor garden party, the Chiavari is a great bet.
Photos (from left): Merryl Brown Events, onelove Photography
Inspired by Thonet's iconic bentwood chairs, this classic cafe style is chic, sophisticated and relaxed at the same time. We especially love the look of bistro chairs in a an outdoor setting like a vineyard or a garden, or in a raw, open space like a barn or a loft.
Wrought Iron Chairs
Photos (from left): Matt Edge, Meg Perotti
Rustic meets shabby-chic with these decorative wrought-iron chairs. Their slightly weathered, antique style will make guests feel like they're dining al fresco in the French countryside. These chairs add a perfectly romantic touch to a vineyard or garden wedding.
French Slotted Chairs
Photos (from left): Jose Villa, Carlie Statsky
A slightly more casual, modern version of the aforementioned wrought-iron chair, the French slotted chair is ideal for an garden wedding. It comes in a variety of colors and cushion options, making it a fun, versatile seating option.
Photos: onelove Photography
These rattan bamboo chairs are decorative pieces within themselves! They look wonderful paired with neutral linens and are an especially festive choice for a beach wedding.
Cafe Vienna Chairs
Photos (from left): Alixann Loosle, Joielala Photographie
A great option for a backyard reception or a wedding with a large guest list, this molded plastic chair is lightweight and simple without sacrificing elegance and style.
Photos (from left): Jodi Miller, Le Festin Events
Wooden folding chairs in neutral brown or white are classic, durable and perfect for quick, easy setup and take down.
Photos (from left): Jose Villa, Taylor Lord
This elegant farmouse style chair is a perfect way to bring a classic, formal feel to a rustic wedding scheme.
Metal Cafe Chairs
Photos (from left): Ooh! Events, Coco Tran
These Tolix-inspired, industrial-chic steel cafe chairs are perfect for putting a fun, unique spin on your wedding decor. We love them paired with glass and unfinished wood, as shown above, for a dynamic, eclectic look.
Photos (from left): Caroline Tran, Jose Villa
With their geometric patterns and high-gloss finishes, these Hollywood Regency inspired designs make a serious statement. A great choice for the high-style, modern glam bride.
Photos: Joielala Photographie
True to its name, the Chameleon chair is known for its versatility. While the chair frame itself comes in silver and gold, it's made to be outfitted with paddings, back covers and overlays, all of which come in an endless varity of colors, patterns, fabrics and textures. Dress it up to match your wedding style or keep it uncovered for a contemporary-glam look, as shown above.
Photos (from left): KT Merry, Jose Villa
An increasingly popular seating choice, the acrylic "ghost" chair epitomizes modern glamour. In addition to clear, this trendy, super chic style can also be found in translucent tints like gray and pink.
Photos (from left): Jose Villa, KT Merry
While it may not be practical to outfit the entire reception in this style, consider mixing in Baroque style chairs (think tufted linens and velvets and ornate French-style frames) for an elegant, opulent feel. This style works especially well with vintage or shabby-chic wedding decor schemes.
Photos (from left): Lisa Lefkowitz, Beaux Arts Photographie
This elegant banquet-style chair is a great option for a classic, formal wedding. Available in neutrals and metallics, it goes well with linens of all patterns, colors and textures and is a popular alternative to the Chiavari chair.
For more wedding seating inspiration, be sure to check out our Chair Decor board!