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?

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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!

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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How would you incorporate hearts into your day of love?

Valentine’s Bridal Makeup Inspiration

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Valentine’s Day is just a few short days away and romantic hues are everywhere! Why not let these pretty roses and reds inspire your bridal look?! Subtle or strong, there is a red lip and a pink cheek for everyone!

To get the creative juices flowing, here are a few gorgeous examples of sweet and sexy pink and red makeup perfect for any special occasion, like maybe Valentine’s Day or your wedding day!

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A few tips:

1. When doing a red lip, make sure to line and fill your lips before applying lipstick. Also, go for a shade with blue undertones (they make your teeth look whiter).

2. Apply blush lightly to the apples of your cheeks and sweep upwards toward your temples. Be careful not to go overboard.

3. A smokey pink eye can be absolutely heavenly, and should not be underestimated. These tones are sure to bring out the best in any eye color!

 

Whether you go for a bold red lip or sweet, romantic petal pinks, these warm hues are versatile enough for anyone to play with and find what works. How will you be wearing pink and red this weekend?

Engagement Rings 101

As Valentine’s Day approaches, plenty of girls are hoping to see their man on one knee with a little box in hand. If you haven’t already started dropping hints about your favorite rings, here are a few of the basics things to know about engagement ring style!

The Most Common Cuts

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1. Round. This cut has the most facets, giving it the highest level of brilliance among the cuts.

2. Oval. An elegant, vintage-y take on the traditional round stone.

3. Princess. The square cut. This cut gives a modern and unique look to any ring.

4. Emerald. Elegant and classic. This ring has a bit less sparkle than other cuts due to a fewer number of facets, but it is one of the most classically beautiful cuts if you don’t want a round stone.

5. Cushion. Think of this as a hybrid of the round and princess cuts. This cut has come into serious popularity in the last few years.

6. Ascher. This is a sort of combination emerald and princess cut. The facets are more long and straight than angular.

7. Marquis. This is probably the most unique of the cuts. This long and brilliant stone is sure to make you stand out.

8. Pear. Very vintage and very pretty. This cut is so unique, but is becoming more and more popular.

Ring Settings

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1. Solitaire. The most classic of the ring settings. This ring will put your stone in the spotlight.

2. Three-Stone. Two complimenting stones set on either side of the main stone. The theory is this ring represents your past, present, and future together.

3. Halo. A center stone surrounded by smaller stones. This style is become increasingly popular over the past few years.

4. Vintage. Typically this style has intricate detailing on the sides of the setting and along the band. This style can take on several looks depending on what you prefer.

5. Swirl. This romantic setting showcases the center stone as the band seems to swirl around it.

Stone Settings

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1. Prong-set. Prongs are placed around the stone, clamping the stone into place.

2. Channel-set. A row of stones are set into the setting, creating a channel of sparkle within the ring.

3. Bezel-set. The stone is encircled in a band of metal, completely surrounding it.

Metals

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1. Yellow Gold. Yellow Gold is strong and classic. Because of its wide availability, Yellow Gold tends to be a bit less expensive than other engagement ring metals.

2. White Gold. White Gold is a classic and simple alternative to Yellow Gold. It can also be a less expensive option if you love the look of Platinum. Be aware, though, White Gold is Yellow Gold with a coating, so after some time the coating my wear off and the yellow tones may come back out.

3. Rose Gold. Copper alloys added to the metals give Rose Gold its pinkish hue. This metal is mostly found in vintage styles and can give a vintage or unique look to any modern ring.

4. Platinum. The most pure (and rare) natural metal, Platinum is durable and perfect for sensitive skin. It’s pure white tone also lets the true colors of your stone sparkle.

Let’s Hear it for the Boys

This one’s for the boys! The groomsmen are an important part of the wedding, and likely a very important part of your groom’s life. You want to make sure they know how valued and appreciated their presence is, so why not get them a gift as awesome as they are? Shopping for men is actually pretty easy. My dad used to always say that a gift was good if he “needed it, wanted it or could use it.” While I agree, I think an easier set of trends can be applied to shopping for men: Utility. Men love practical things! They aren’t as taken by pretty things as women and would prefer a gift with a purpose besides just looking good. Think a personalized knife or some type of tool or utility card–they’ll love showing it off whenever they use it!

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Alcohol. Men like their alcohol. My fiancé and his friends are whiskey men, my dad likes tequila and my best friend’s man is a gin fan. Point: lots of options! Try to stick with the drink you know they’ll like and you get bonus points if you know their favorite brands. If you don’t know a specific brand they like but you know the type of drink they like, find one you think they’ll like! Maybe they’ll like trying something new! If you really don’t even know which drink to start with, try a monogramed flask for a no-fail gift!

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Hobbies. If you know they guys love doing something together, why not get them something special for their hobbies? If they’re all huge baseball fans or played little league together, get them personalized commemorative bats. My fiancé and his friends love golf, so I think new head covers or a commemorative ball marker would be a fun favor idea for them.

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Do you have any other ideas when it comes to awesome groomsmen gifts?