Bridal Trends from NYBFW: Color Crush

Color is becoming increasingly popular in bridal as designers cater to brides’ desire to break tradition and be themselves. While blushes and pinks have been popping up in bridal collections for a few years now, one color that is really seeing a big surge in popularity is blue! Hey, it’s perfect! If you’re gonna do the whole “Something Old, Something New” thing, why not make your “Something Blue” your wedding dress!?

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Would you wear blue for your walk down the aisle? Or is there another color you would opt for over traditional tones?

Bridal Trends from NYBFW: Delicate (Floral) Details

As Bridal Fashion Week draws to a close, we’re going to take a look at some of the biggest trends coming to a bridal shop near you! Today’s focus is on the sweet delicate look of light, flowing fabrics and tiny floral details. This small sampling of from the many, many designer that presented beautifully illustrate the attention to soft, feminine touches. Enjoy!

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Monique Lhuillier

More trends to come (and some of them are pretty awesome)! Is there a trend you saw on the bridal runways that you’re excited for?

5 Easy Ways to Save on Your Wedding!

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Let’s be real, weddings are expensive. Even if you plan something small, the costs can add up quickly. And since not everyone can afford to go all out for their big day, here are 5 ideas for easy cost-cutters that will still make your big day feel extra special!

1. Trim your Guest List. Creating a more intimate wedding with your absolute closest friends and family is going to save you a good chunk of change. Think about the people you could absolutely not do this day without. If you still want to celebrate with a big group of people, throw a more casual affair at a local restaurant after your honeymoon!

2. Utilize your Friends’ Talents. Have a friend with great handwriting? Ask her to help you address the invitations! Your coworker is taking floral design classes? Have her make your bouquet! If your soon to be aunt-in-law the best baker you know, ask her if she’d like to make your cake! And while you can’t expect these things to be free, you may be able to save money compared to traditional vendors.

3. Shop Secondhand. Vintage is huge right now in weddings, so why not take a trip to your local Salvation Army store or Goodwill to see what treasures you may find! You can also check online for bulk wedding decor that people are practically begging to have taken off their hands! Sites like Oncewed and Nearly Newlywed allow brides to buy and sell their gently used wedding gowns!

4. Say “No”. Nicely, of course! I recently had a friend who didn’t say no when her wedding planner brought her ideas, and it’s costing her more than she budgeted. Vendors can always try to upsell and your guests may ask if they can bring a friend when you didn’t plan for them to. The easiest solution is to stand your ground and don’t be pushed to spend your money if you don’t want to.

5. Remember What’s Important. This one isn’t so much a trick as a state of mind. Remember that the wedding is just Day 1 in a marriage, and the marriage is what the wedding is about in the first place. Don’t lose sight of your life with your fiance for the sake of having the perfectly mismatched tablescape or extravagant floral arrangements.

My fiance and I are employing some of these tricks as we plan our own wedding right now! What other tricks do y’all have for saving money on your big day?

How to (Politely) Request a Child-Free Wedding

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Earlier this week, I was chatting with one of my best friends about a wedding she went to over the weekend. While the wedding was beautiful and she enjoyed being there for one of her oldest friend, she couldn’t help but note on the number of children in attendance, despite the bride’s wish that the event be adult-only.

This got us talking and thinking: how do you clearly and politely indicate to your guests that you do not wish to have children at your wedding?

This requires some finesse, as simply putting “Adult Only” on the invitation or reply card could be seen as a bit harsh.

If you want to be subtle, state that you have reserved enough seats only for the number of adults you are inviting. Traditionally, if you only address the invitation to the adults of the household, your guest will know that only the adults are invited (if children are invited, invitation should be addressed with “Name and family”). Be careful of being too subtle though, as some may bring their children anyway. To protect against this, try confirming with guests about their attendance and remind them of your request that they not bring their children.

To be more direct, include a note in the invitation suite that politely outlines your intentions for an adult-on occasion. While this method is more likely to give you the desired outcome, know that some people may be offended. But it’s your wedding, and this is what you want, so it’s ok (as long as you are gracious about it). State plainly that you want to ensure everyone has a good time without the stress of children and kindly ask that parents make care arrangements for their kids that night. Adding a little tact and finesse to your request will make your guests most likely to acquiesce.

Have you been to a wedding that requested no children? One with children? Which would you prefer for your own wedding?

What I’ve Learned from the Wedding Industry

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The more I am immersed in this industry, the more epiphanies I have and the more lessons I learn. I’ve discovered things I never thought I would need to know and I’ve been able to apply the lessons I have learned in an effective way. As a way to share the wealth, so to speak, I’ve decided to share a few tidbits of information I’ve picked up along the way!

1. It’s Not All Glamour and Glitter. This is a thriving, hardcore industry with serious business people and lots of responsibilities. Yes, the fun part of working with weddings makes the job exciting and the sweet moments make it rewarding, but working in weddings does not mean all we do is daydream.

2. Check the Little Details. Check them all. Every. Last. One. Once, I got everyone all ready for a cake-cutting and champagne toast, but forgot to uncork the champagne. A friend of mine worked a wedding that included a piano that was never tuned, so the bride walked down the aisle to an off-key mess. Needless to say, these lessons have stuck with us and are some of the first things we check now, as well as other things you might not think about immediately.

3. Effective Communication Takes A Lot of Forms. Working with a variety of personalities and connections, from brides to vendors, you need to be able to quickly figure out how someone wants to receive communication, and then tailor your communication to them.

4. It’s OK to Play. With the details, that is!Sometimes brides have an idea but no plan, and sometimes there is a plan it just isn’t the best plan. If you can find the best way to do something, and explain how it’ll work effectively, don’t be afraid to speak up and offer differing ideas. While respecting the bride is important, they shouldn’t scare you.

5. Ask Every Question. Even if you feel like you’re giving the bride the most obnoxiously thorough grilling of her life, it’s ok. And necessary. You don’t want to end up in the thick of the big day with questions, so clear everything up early on.

I am lucky enough to be a part of one of the most important day in people’s lives! I’m having fun, no matter how stressful it can be at times, it is fun and exciting and new and great every day. I really do love this industry and I hope to keep growing and learning as much as I can. Hopefully my lessons can help you all grow too!

Happy (early) Valentine’s Day

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Happy (early) Valentine’s Day, everyone!

I wanted to be sure to wish everyone a fun, romantic, sweet weekend with their loved ones. J and I have work to get done this weekend, so we’re celebrating tonight (and maybe a little bit tomorrow too). This will be our first Valentine’s Day in two years that we actually get to spend together, so I am definitely looking forward to getting through this weekend and spending an evening with my fiancé!

With that said, let’s keep praying today flies by so that we can all get to this lovely weekend that much faster!

What do you all have planned for this romantic weekend?

Hearts Everywhere!

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With Valentine’s Day a mere two days away, love is in the air and heart-shaped everything is everywhere! Hearts are the perfect accent to your wedding day because, after all, that day is just a lovey-dovey as February 14th.  If you want to add some more love to your big day, here are XX ideas for incorporating them into your wedding day decor!

Heart-Shaped Garland

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Heart-Shaped Ceremony Backdrop

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A Tiny Heart Over Your Heart

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Heart-Shaped Thumbprint Guestbook

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Heart-Lined Aisle

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Felt Heart Boutonnieres

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Heart-Shaped Book Art

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Heart Details on Wedding Cake

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Heart-Shaped Balloons

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Heart Dropbox Guestbook

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Heart-Shaped Sparklers

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Giant Heart-Shaped Cake

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Heart-Shaped Favor Cookies

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Wine Cork Heart Decor

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Wear Your Heart on Your Shoes

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Heart-Shaped Ring Pillow

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Heart-Shaped Signage

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How would you incorporate hearts into your day of love?