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Wedding trends come and go, and recent years have seen plenty of shifts in different types of weddings. There has been a resurgence of barn and rustic weddings, with burlap and lace adorning nearly every surface while southern cocktails are served in mason jars. Coffee and mimosa bars have shown up on every Pinterest page for the increasingly-popular brunch wedding that’s seemed to take off for those wanting a more intimate gathering. Cake has been replaced by self-serve candy stations, individual pies, and popcorn bars.

 

Nina by Anya Bridals

Nina by Anya Bridals

With more couples opting to make their weddings a creative reflection of themselves, is there any such thing as a “traditional” wedding anymore?

 

Getting cake smashed in your face and trying to blindly toss a bunch of flowers over your shoulder can seem like such silly things to do when you could be dancing and otherwise enjoying one of the biggest parties of your life. That being said, most never dream of breaking one cardinal rule: wearing white on your wedding day.

 

Virginia by Anya Bridals

Virginia by Anya Bridals

Although it’s been a bit slower to take hold, there has been an increasing shift away from strictly white weddings. Brides today embrace color. Celebrities have always been known for bucking tradition, and many notable stars have ditched the white lace in favor of something a little more exciting.

 

Carmen by Anya Bridals

Carmen by Anya Bridals

Shades of pink have been a popular choice for celebs, including Gwen Stefani’s ombre dress, Reese Witherspoon’s soft blush, and Jessica Biel’s pretty pink ball gown worn to tie the knot with Justin Timberlake.

 

Rosa by Anya Bridals

Rosa by Anya Bridals

 

Elizabeth Taylor married Richard Burton in a sunny yellow, and who could forget Dita Von Tesse’s deep purple gown or Sarah Jessica Parker’s show stopping black wedding dress

Sarah Jessica Parker's black wedding dress

Sarah Jessica Parker’s black wedding dress

 

Ella by Anya Bridals

Ella by Anya Bridals

Many designers have also been showcasing colored wedding dresses on the runways, including

Vera Wang (who released an entire line of pink-hued dresses for Fall 2014), Oscar de la Renta, and Monique Lhuillier. We all know runway trends don’t necessarily translate well into the “real world,” but both Zac Posen and Vera Wang have colorful options in their collections at David’s Bridal that are very wearable (and affordable) for the everyday woman.

 

Daphne by Anya Bridals

Daphne by Anya Bridals

If you want to add some color to your wedding look, but aren’t ready to make your dress your “something blue,” there are options to incorporate color in striking ways that still fall in line with tradition. Many bridal stores, like Anya Bridal, offer dresses with colored sashes that can match your bridesmaid’s dresses or wedding color palette, as well as gowns with colorful accents and details.

Brooke by Anya Bridals

Brooke by Anya Bridals

 

Ansley by Anya Bridals

Ansley by Anya Bridals

Wedding fashion, just like the rest of the fashion world, will always see trends come and go, and then come back again. It’s safe to say that white will likely always be the dominant wedding dress color for many brides, but colorful dress may continue to rise in popularity over the next couple of years. Whether you just dip your toes into the water or embrace the trend fully is up to you, but women looking to add some color on their special day will soon find more retailers stocking dresses and accents of every shade.

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Plan a Perfect Bachelorette Party with these Must-Have items

Author Maya Savanovich

A bride’s bachelorette party is a night where you’ll let loose, bond and create memories that you will (depending on how many drinks you have) remember forever! Although the night certainly isn’t complete without the beautiful bride and all her best friends, it’s also not complete without the right supplies. By stocking up on all of the items that are absolutely necessary for this party, you will ensure that the party is as good as it can get! So, grab a pen and make a list of the items below, and you’ll be on your way to having an absolutely amazing night with your friends.

1. Name Tags

If you’re going out with the girls, then name tags are going to be fantastic to have for each girl. Even better, there are tags that are specifically made for bachelorette parties, so they say which member of the crew you are (for example: bride, maid of honor, bridesmaid). Want to have even more fun with these? Then write fake names! You can each have a new identity for the night, why not? Source

 

Name tags

Name tags

Bachelorette Name Tags

Bachelorette Name Tags

 

 

2. Matching Shirts

Matching shirts are great for bachelorette parties because they will keep your group together and make everyone easy to pick out of a crowd (like a packed bar). You can have these made from a number of websites, but you can also make them yourself. Keep these when the night is over, and you’ll have a keepsake that each person can enjoy for many years to come.

Tip: Have each girl have people sign the shirt every time she takes a shot or does kisses someone. This is a fun way to personalize the shirt, and you can get creative with different challenges.

fun purple martini Bachelorette t-shirt

fun purple martini Bachelorette t-shirt

 
3. Costumes 

If you’re not going to go the matching shirts route, then dress up with cute costumes! This is the only time other than Halloween that you can dress up, so feel free to wear something sexy and cute. Burlesque costumes are generally the most popular for bachelorette parties because they look great on anyone and are so feminine. Everyone can wear a different costume that they like the best, or everyone can be matching with the same thing for unity.

 

20s burlesque french cabaret can can dancer hens night party costume

20s burlesque french cabaret can can dancer hens night party costume

4. Pajamas    

If you’re having a sleepover after going out (or are staying in for the night), then celebrate the occasion with some cute pajamas that are made just for the occasion. These will be welcomed comfort after a night out in tight clothes and high heels, and will be pieces that you can wear over and over again. Some of these can even be customized, if you want to make the pieces extra special.

Beautiful Bridesmaid Pajamas

Beautiful Bridesmaid Pajamas

 

 

5. Bridal Tiara

The bride is the one who definitely needs to stand out on a special day like this, so make sure you give her a bridal tiara that she can wear with pride! These come in a lot of different styles, so have fun with the one that you choose for your friend. There are even some that have blinking lights on them, which will ensure that everyone sees the bride when she walks into a room.

bachelorette tiara

bachelorette tiara

6. Cocktail Shaker    

If you’re going to be making drinks, then you need a cocktail shaker that you can use to make them! Have one of these handy so you can make sure you serve all the girls just what they want. Don’t forget the glasses, but make sure you choose plastic or a strong material, because glass is easy to break when you’re having a lot of fun!

Tip: Personalize these and they can be great party favors at the end of the night.

cocktail shakers

cocktail shakers

 

7. Shot Drinking Game        

Need a way to get the party started? Then grab a shot drinking game and you’ll be on your way in no time! One great drinking game with shots is a roulette drinking game, which is where you fill some of the glasses with alcohol and some with water. You spin the wheel, and whatever you land on is what you drink!

shot glasses

shot glasses

Any of these supplies are going to make a bachelorette party that much more special and unique. But, don’t forget about the bride and what she likes. Always cater to her style and personality to make sure you get thing that she will enjoy on her big night out. On top of everything else, remember to have FUN and make memories (oh, and don’t forget your camera).

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Maya Savanovich is a wedding and a fashion blogger. She loves writing about wedding and fashion trends, advice and tips. She has written for several wedding vendors and has contributed articles to various well known wedding blogs and websites. She loves a challenge and is always on the lookout for beautiful wedding pictures and awesome ideas.

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Dressing your Bridal Party – A dream or a nightmare?

Author Kerry Jackson-Rider 

Dressing your bridal party seems like a really hard job to me
especially as more brides seem to be choosing all their girlfriends to
be bridesmaids plus a maid of honour plus little flower girls and page
boys. I’m not sure where this trend even started but I guess if you can
get them all to pay for their own outfits it’s not too bad for your
wedding budget. However, this will throw up another problem in that
most of them will undoubtedly want to have a dress which they can wear
again (I’m thinking 27 Dresses now!) so how do YOU make sure you get
what you want and please everyone else at the same time?

It’s hard to find a style which suits every body shape and what length
do you go for and which colour as you will probably have maids with
blond hair, red hair and dark hair (hair up or down is a topic for
another day!). When I was a bridesmaid – a very long time ago! – I
remember I had a horrid stiff satiny floor length dress which was
probably very ‘on trend’ at the time, a flower ring in my hair and a
posy – I wish I had a photo for you but I don’t! There were just two of
us with the other girl being slightly older and we were dressed exactly
the same.

I wonder how many of you hated your bridesmaid dress and wish you could
have worn something else on the day? Did you feel uncomfortable or self
conscious all day long? I see lots of weddings and dresses and can
quickly spot the bridesmaids who feel conspicuous in what they are
wearing, strapless dresses tend to create a particular anxiety and we
all know the feeling of wanting to keep adjusting it continually. One
shoulder styles don’t suit everyone neither do short, calf length or
long options and each of us knows when we feel most comfortable. I
personally prefer to see long flowing comfy dresses in chiffon in a
pale colour. This is one of my favourite photos – I love how
comfortable everyone looks and also the pastel colours which blend
beautifully and lend themselves to a variety of backdrops and wedding
styles from casual to traditional. I think the dresses can be either
long or short so long as they suit the wearer and make them feel
relaxed and comfortable. It’s a long day after all!

Pastel Bridesmaid Dresses

Pastel Bridesmaid Dresses

My next question is should the Maid or Matron of Honor wear a
different style or even a different color so that she stands out? See
my Top Tip #4 below for some suggestions on this.

Short Bridesmaid dresses

Short Bridesmaid dresses

Flower girls are such a cute addition to the bridal party especially
with colored sashes and baskets of petals. There is a trend for super
pretty’ tutu’ style dresses with little pumps and I don’t think you can
go too far wrong with this formula which is guaranteed to get your
guests oohing and aahing!

Flower girl dress

Flower girl dress

Page boys or ringbearers look sweet in little suits which can match or
tone with the groomsmen and the overall color/ theme of the wedding.
This one is a lightweight cotton with shorts which is great for a
Summer or outdoor wedding.

Ringbearer Dressing

Ringbearer Dressing

David’s Bridal have a great service called
‘Dress Your Wedding’ which enables you to look at different colours,
styles and accessories and experiment virtually with the look of your
entire bridal party. They say, “When you think “bridesmaids’ dresses”
you might think of long, flowing gowns but more and more of today’s
brides are choosing short bridesmaid dresses for their wedding. That’s
because many bridesmaids find short dresses to be comfortable and
flattering plus they love that they can wear their dresses again for
parties and other special occasions”.

Martha Stewart also has some great advice here

Peter Som says, “Women are having more fun with fashion in
general—they’re aware of trends and open to taking risks—and they’re
bringing that spirit to their weddings. You don’t have to become
someone else (read: more traditional than you are) for that one day.
You don’t even have to wear
white!”

Here are my Top 4 Tips to help you choose your bridesmaids’ dresses:

1. If you’re going to let your maids choose their own dress style be
sure to give them a swatch of the exact color and fabric that you want
or you will end up with a complete mish mash of shades and textures.
2. Be clear whether you want all short (mini) or long (maxi) or a
balance of each OR a whole range of lengths i-e. mini, knee length, calf
length, maxi.
3. Think about the season and the location of your wedding. For
example, I personally wouldn’t want to wear red velvet in the Summer or
a long, clingy or satiny dress on a Caribbean beach

Emerald green satin bridesmaid dress

Emerald green satin bridesmaid dress

4. Add a splash of color with a sash or shoes – I like colored shoes
as long as they tone with the dresses and flowers AND this is also a
great way of enabling your MOH to stand out without being too different

Different style, same color bridesmaid dresses

Different style, same color bridesmaid dresses

 

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Author Kerry is the founder and owner of Kerry Jackson-Rider Luxury Wedding Planning and is a leading UK & International Wedding Designer and Planner.
With over 10 years experience in Wedding and Event Planning.

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DIY Wedding Day Survival Kit

 

Author Rene Krejci

On your wedding day you want to look your best and feel your best. Sometimes, while trying to stay looking good, we spill on our gown, we rip our gown etc. On your wedding day you should have some very important items that can help with some of the things that could happen.

On my wedding day I had these items on hand just in case. My friends and I together came up with what could help us in some situations. Here are the items we had on hand;

wedding day survival kit

wedding day survival kit

 

  1. You’ll need to put your supplies in something – You can use a anything easy to tote around in, but I use a clear plastic bin like this because I can see through it and in it and also it holds a lot of stuff. You’ll also want some plastic bags and smaller bins to fit neatly inside in an organized manner.
plastic container

plastic container

  1. Mini Sewing Kit – You want to have a mini sewing kit with needle and thread to sew up and hole or snag that may need mending. Make sure you have the color of your dress and color of bridesmaids’ dresses.
Complete Compact Emergency Travel Sewing Kit with Case

Complete Compact Emergency Travel Sewing Kit

  1. Stain Remover Pen or Stain remover wipes – these can help avoid a stain setting in and it can take the stain away immediately if caught quickly.
 Instant-Stain-Remover

Instant-Stain-Remover

 

  1. Clear nail polish – for the snags that may happen in your panty hose. If you’re getting married on a hot day, don’t wear any panty hose, and then you won’t have to worry about any snags, lol. Clear nail polish also helps for snags in your dress or bridesmaid’s dress.
  2. Feminine Products – This is a no brainer. As women we have to be prepared for the unwanted monthly visitor.
  3. Nail Polish Remover
  4. Nail File – so you can smooth out a nail so it doesn’t snag your dress or anything else.
  5. Floss – to get anything out of your teeth that you wouldn’t want seen by anyone.
  6. Breath Mints – for obvious reasons, lol. You don’t want stinky breath when saying “I do”
  7. Lint Roller – You just don’t want anything sticking to you that shouldn’t
  8. Hair Spray – for touching up your hair that you just spent money on to make it beautiful.
  9. Tissues – for those tears that may try to come out.
  10. Baby wipes or any kind of wipes.
  11. Deodorant – just in case – you might need to re apply
  12. Baby Powder – to help you avoid chaffing
  13. Travel med kit – for anything to treat any minor medical emergency. In it, it should have ointment, bandages, med tape, med scissors, Tylenol/aspirin, gauze etc.
Travel-Medical-Kits

Travel-Medical-Kits

  1. Hair Brush with mirror – to fix any hair issues
  2. Bobby Pins – to help fix any hair issues
  3. Hair Ties – to help fix any hair issues
  4. Cotton Swabs – lots of uses
  5. Safety pins – to help mend things that may not be able to be sewn
  6. Scissors – to cut strays of string and for many other uses
  7. Pepto Bismol – for the upset stomach
  8. Scotch Tape – you never know you may just need it.
  9. Black Marker – can come in handy when needing to label something
  10. Crazy glue – things can break and crazy glue can fix a lot of broken things, lol.
  11. Eye drops – to help ease red/dry eyes/irritated eyes
  12. Water – to keep from dehydrating, and water doesn’t stain if it spills.
  13. Non messy/non greasy snacks like a granola bar or cereal bar of some sort. This is just to tide you over. At my wedding we had 2 groomsmen faint because 1 – they didn’t eat anything before the ceremony and 2 – one of them had their tie tied too tight. My wedding day was a hot day.
  14. Here is a wedding day survival kit checklist – You can find these lists on lots of sites. I got this one from Bridal Musings.

 

wedding-day-essentials-kit

wedding-day-essentials-kit

Most of the items on this list that I’ve listed, I have used at the weddings I have coordinated and planned. They are practical items that can help in many situations. Every wedding is different of course, but a lot of similar situations happen and if you research these kits, a lot of the lists contain the same items. Take it from people with experience. These items can really save the day. Be prepared for anything and enjoy everything.

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 Author Renee Krejci is a wedding planner and owner of RCK Weddings & Design, LLC.  She has been planning, designing and coordinating weddings and events for 14 years. She is a wife and mother of 2 living in Virginia. Renee was a DIY bride and loves giving tips and ideas to aid the DIY bride.

 

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5 Ways to Really Personalize Your Wedding and Wow your Guests

Author Kerry Jackson-Rider 
Even if you are struggling with your budget you can still achieve a really Personalized look and 
feel to your Wedding by just doing acouple of things differently or adding in a few non-expensive touches.
Let's explore 5 easy steps which you can take here:
 
Step # 1 Add some creative Lighting
creative Lighting

creative Lighting

Have you ever noticed what draws us to a photo. like this one? It's the
clever use of lighting which gives us a feeling of warmth directly from
the page. Imagine how it would feel if you were actually in the room?
This is where we begin to indulge all our senses as a wedding should be
a 'sensory' and holistic experience. Clever use of lighting can
transform even the dullest and darkest of spaces and make them feel
welcoming and warm. Top colors to use are shades of pinks and purples
and these can be used to great effect to enhance table top décor, your
dance floor and any nooks and crannies, plinths or other special
elements used in design such as a bar or dessert table for example.
 
Step #2 Create a Warm and Welcoming Ambiance
 
The 'ambiance' is the feeling that a space gives off. You know how some
places you enter feel cold or dark and a little unwelcoming and even if
you can't quite put your finger on it you somehow don't feel quite
comfortable. Well, for your Wedding you are looking to create a
wonderfully warm and glowing ambiance, even in daylight, which will
make you and your guests instantly feel calm, relaxed and comfortable
and put everyone in the perfect mood to enjoy all the treats you have
in store for them. Candles, especially scented ones, will provide soft
light and some subtle up lighters strategically placed will give a warm
glow around the perimeter of the room which can then be adapted in the
evening to create a new more vibrant feel to get the party going.

Warm and Welcoming Ambiance

Warm and Welcoming Ambiance

 
Comfort is another key feature and it is always a good idea to offer a
lounge area with sofas, cushions and low tables, in a quiet area
slightly away from the main events, if you possibly can. This gives
guests somewhere to relax and can double up as your bar area seating in
the evening.
 
Your overall décor and your table top choices will ultimately determine
the feeling your guests have when they first see your set up and you
should always be aiming for the WOW! factor so let's look at this next.

Wedding Centerpieces

Unique Wedding Centerpieces

Isn't this just the most stunning set up? You have everything going on
here – candles and candelabra of varying heights, huge floral
arrangements both tall and low, beautiful gold-rimmed tableware and
glassware and NO other clutter on the tables. Elegant and stylish.
 
Step #3 Choose your Table Top and Centerpieces carefully
 
The way your tables look is one of the first things your guests will
notice when they enter your reception space and whether it's a top
hotel, a marquee or a village hall your aim is to try to create the
WOW! factor immediately with a stylish, uncluttered table. Always go
for less of best quality even if you just hire in some gorgeous
colored water glasses or impact-making chargers. It is always worth
considering hanging floral table centerpieces if there is not enough
room on your round tables or consider whether long tables would meet
your needs in a more aesthetically pleasing way. It will also depend on
the size and shape of your room and the overall layout of your design
if you are including a bar area, dance floor and lounge area.


Step #4 Be Bold with your Floral Arrangements
 
I would always recommend you go as BIG as you can afford with your
flowers as they are a sure way to make maximum impact, create the WOW!
Factor, add color and give a  luxurious feel. A way to keep costs down
and to get more for your money is to choose flowers which are in season
at the time of your wedding and a quick chat with your florist will
help you to determine what is available. It is also worth checking with
them in advance of actually booking your wedding date since if you have
set your heart on incorporating a specific flower or color of that
flower into your designs you may have to choose your date accordingly.
outdoor ceremony with wow! factor

outdoor ceremony with wow! factor

 
Step #5 Really make a Statement with your Finishing Touches
 
This is truly your 'piece de resistance' when it comes to really
personalizing your Wedding! It includes anything and everything you
want to incorporate into your design to make YOURS a truly spectacular
and memorable Wedding which your guests will talk about for years to
come.
 
It could be a change of scene whereby you implement a change every
20-30 minutes, depending upon how your schedule is set up, and include
a change of lighting, a change of music, you could introduce something
new such as a dessert table, a port and stilton table, a cigar bar, a
change of entertainment, waiters bringing something around for your
guests, a reveal, wishing balloons, a game, someone makes a toast or
speech... this list is endless but your own 'personalities and style'
will determine the things which YOU want to create for your guests'
entertainment and enjoyment. Personal 'exclusive' touches like
designing a menu which means something to both of you i.e your
favorite childhood foods, a themed meal or you could add in a food
station or two...  We’ve designed Dessert tables, Sweet tables, Sushi
tables, Cheese tables….

Fruits & Vegetables station

Fruits & Vegetables station

 
This is a trend which doesn’t look like disappearing any time soon as
couples look to make an impact on their guests in a more fun and
‘personal’ way. Some popular ideas we used in 2013 included a Cheese &
Port table, cigar bars/ lounges for the gents and pamper
stations/parlors for the ladies. I love the idea of this Fruit and
Vegetable station – it’s so bright and healthy looking.
 
You could also incorporate:
 
*Personal music – written by and/ or performed by you or a friend or
family member.

*A starlight dance floor and/ or starlight cloth. Twinkly lights really
do give people a great feeling and encourage them to hit the
dance floor. Add some poseur tables around the edges of the dance floor
to keep them dancing and encourage them back from the bar!

*A nightclub setting – make it quite dark with candles and comfy sofas
and low tables

*Set up a Martini or cocktail bar with glamorous/ themed waiting staff,
a cigar bar/ lounge for the gents and a ladies pamper station/ lounge
for the ladies

*Don't forget to cater for the children, if you have some at your
party, and keep them well entertained. Happy children means happy
parents! Hire a nanny or set up a creche, create a special play area
for them, an outdoor playhouse, big outdoor games, their own dance floor
if space, inside games and maybe a tv or playstation if it's going to
be a late one with some comfy floor cushions for the little who run
out of steam.

*Don't forget to keep your revellers topped up with snacks between
meals to ease the effects of too much drink and dancing (a cheese table
does this job very well). In any event a late night snack of egg/
bacon/ sausage baps or mini fish fillet/ burger and chip cones will
keep them happy into the early hours!

fish & chip cones

fish & chip cones

 As I said, there really is a never ending list of possibilities but
whatever you choose to provide for your guests make sure it is
presented well as it's all these special personal elements and little
details which you create that will transform your Wedding from ordinary
to “extra-ordinary” and which will wow your guests and have them
talking about YOUR wedding for years to come!


"Elizabeth Grafe emailed us with a beautiful idea we'd love to share with you
I always thought that having quilt squares that attendees could put messages on was a great activity…
it can then be made into a great keepsake for the couple. Not into detail sewing? Simpler way is a sheet of muslin and 
some paint pens that guests can write on then just bind it onto a quilt bat and backing fabric…or even easier find
 a premade quilt that paint pens will work on. Our church made us a quilt 26 years ago when we moved away…
still use it and find comfort being wrapped in years of love!"


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Author Kerry is the founder and owner of Kerry Jackson-Rider Luxury Wedding Planning and is a leading UK & International Wedding Designer and Planner.
With over 10 years experience in Wedding and Event Planning.

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