Statement Bridesmaid Dresses: Because Every Girl is Unique

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Everyone knows that a wedding day is all about the bride ((insert groom to be polite)), but of all the brides I’ve ever known, not a single one of them has ever been dead set on leaving everyone else out in order to achieve her grand status.  Sure, there will always be the boo-tastic bridezilla exceptions, but generally speaking, most brides want their big day to be a big day for everyone else too.

Brides ((okay, and grooms)) want their guests to laugh and enjoy.  They want their bridal party to dance and cheer.  But most of all, they want their family and friends to leave feeling with a feeling of exhaustion from all the fun and excitement… it’s simply how they roll.  After all, what bride wants the day that’s “all about them” to be one everyone else marks with distain and ill repute?  Um, I’d hope none!

Which is precisely why I love Love LOVE the idea of statement bridesmaid dresses!  I mean, helllloooo!?!?  Your bridesmaids are not cookie cutter friend prototypes; so, why would you ever want them in cookie cutter dresses?  You wouldn’t! 

Hence, why so many brides are turning to retro patterns, colorful pallets, hand-me-down favorites and vintage accessories, in order to create the perfect look for their big day.  More and more, today’s modern bride is pairing similar colors with different shapes and patterns in order to create a unique, fun ensemble that suits both the bodies of her bridesmaids, as well as her overall aesthetic… truly, making it a win / win for all involved!

Don’t believe me??  Check out below, and see what I mean :)

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This kind of look can be achieved in a number of ways.  You can find a dozen or so dresses that you enjoy and let them select personal favorites or for you braver brides, you send some of your most trusted ladies out to raid closets and find what works best for those on TIGHT budgets. One of my personal favorite solutions: hit up your local paint store, pick out and pair up your favorite color swatches.  Then, provide your ‘maids with a base color pallet they can use to find their dress.  

It’s really up to you, but the conclusion will no doubt be the same… unique dresses for unique girls for a unique day!  Whoop, whoop!

Speakeasy Sass: 1920s Themed Weddings Lead the Trend Pack

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Come on babe, why don’t we paint the town? (bom, bom) And all that Jazz?  I’m gonna rouge my knees and roll my stalkings down. (bom, bom) And all that Jazz! 

Firstly, I would like to start by saying that I am a HA-HUUGE fan of the Roaring 20s and all that Jazz!  Was it an era known for corruption and gangster hullabaloo?  Well, yeah.  Buuuut it was also a time filled with economic prosperity, trend-setting musicality and over the top fashion.  There was a kind of daring romance – both scandalous and progressive – that seemed to encapsulate the 1920s, which has gone unmatched ever since.

And it’s because of that unmatched style that the Twenties have become an excellent source of for brides to find inspiration when planning their big day – scandal aside, of course.  Whether it’s in the choice of dress, the kind of favors, the type of venue, equipped with Speakeasy or Cigar bar or simply the overall ambience and atmosphere created, the Roaring 20s leave brides, their grooms and all their guests with a little extra .  Check out below and see what I mean:

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The hubs and I actually took a lot of 1920s style and weaved it into our wedding.  My favorite part?  All the bridal party dudes were given a little extra swagger when we topped them off with dress fedoras and bowling caps! 

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And if you’re looking for some 1920′s inspired tips and tricks, feel free to check out the 2002 film, Chicago, or read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby — two incredible representations of the times!

Pack Your PJ’s: It’s Time for a Pre-Wedding Slumber Party!

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I am 27 years old, and if you think I can’t remember the jittery feeling of anticipation I’d get every time I prepared for a weekend slumber party… you’d be seriously mistaken.  (I wanted to say “dead wrong” but never really enjoyed the harsh connotation of it, haha!)  There was just something about packing PJ’s inside my Care Bear backpack (hollllla to Care-a-lot!) that would send me reeling into excitement OVERLOAD!  It still brings a smile on my face even to this day :)

But somewhere along the line of growing up - I’m assuming somewhere between getting my license, going away to college and landing in the constant state of slumber party madness with female roomies – slumber parties seemingly lost their TALLY-HO appeal, and thus, fell off the fun scale altogether.

However, and this is a big however, when my cousin (wad it do, Kimmi!!) sent an email stating that after her rehearsal dinner any and all bridesmaids were invited to her parent’s house (yay, Uncle Rich and Aunt Gail!) for a post-rehearsal, pre-wedding slumber party… the famed frenzy started again! 

You see, Kim lives in Chicago, but because most family and friends are still in good ‘ole Indiana, they are doing the “I do” thang here.  With no place of her own, she turned to the magic of her childhood home for refuge and extended the welcoming hand to the rest of us as well.  Maybe it’s the nostalgia of being in a favorite spot from my youth or the fact that I know it will be an amazeballs time, but I can’t help but feel the same twinge of childhood excitement come over me in preparation for it.

While I highly doubt there will be any pillow fighting in our underoos (sorry to crush your hopes and dreams, fellas), we will more than likely get to spend an evening painting toenails, giving facials, eating junk (how much will be determined by the tightness of our dress alterations, haha!), laughing and simply enjoying each other’s company.  I’m sure glory stories of the past will be relived and we’ll all stay up waaay to late, but it will be well worth it to send off our beautiful Kimmi in style! 

And as an added bonus, we’ll already be together in the morning for the hair and makeup ladies’ arrival!  Dead sere, this pretty little lady is PUMPED!

But the best part is… this could work for anyone!  If you’re a bride interested in having all your girls gathered for an evening of pampering, junk food eating, laughing and childhood inspired ridiculousness… why not have a pre-wedding slumber party too?!?   This not only gives you one last opportunity to giggle with your girls, but it also ensures that everyone will be ready under one roof when your big day arrives!  

It’s fun.  It’s simple, and best of all, the details can be left up to you!  Make it a high end event with on-hand manicurists and a relaxing masseuse or low brow fun with rolled out sleepers and classic romantic comedies on the big screen… it really can be whatever you want, and what a great way to say goodbye to your old life before starting your new one!  Here’s to you and happy slumbering!

Perfectly Numbered Nuptials: 09/10/11 Takes the Cake for Wedding Dates

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Everyone knows that weddings are nothing more than a numbers game.  Okay, so maybe they’re more than just that, but consider this…  Everything from the amount set for the budget to the number of guests who’ll be invited, your future nuptials (as anti-romantic as it may seem) really do come down to numbers.

Which is precisely why this upcoming weekend is such an exciting weekend in the wedding world!

Both consecutively perfect and numerically chic, this Saturday will mark the second most popular wedding date of all time!  Taking the silver medal only to the ultra lucky 07/07/07 wedding date,  09/10/11 will see over 37,000 couples exchange vows in front of family and friends, and according to theknot.com, this large bridal boo yeah comes as no surprise.   September is already a super popular month to marry, but with the date creating such a consistent rarity, it’s almost become a downright phenomenon.

So, raise your glass, stretch out your dancing shoes and prepare to celebrate!  This weekend is going to rock them all!

Other Popular Wedding Dates:

  • 11/11/11.  Even though it’s on a Friday, couples simply can’t resist the sequential sexiness of this mid-November date!
  • 2/10/2012.  Alright, math nerds.  Who can tell me why this date is such a popular one?  And no, it’s not because it’s my dad’s birthday, even though he’d probably like to this so :)  That’s right.  It’s a palindrome!  The same backwards as it is forwards. 
  • 12/13/14.  Also falling on a Saturday, this is the last chance for couples to get married on an increasing count wedding date!

In Love with Lavender & the Colorful Brides who Work It

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Lavender’s blue, dilly dilly, laaaavender’s green, when I am king, dilly dilly, you shall by queen!!

Purple has never been my pick of the litter when it comes to color, especially considering what works best on a wedding dress.  However, after a work friend (holler for a dollar, Carolyn!) sent me a link revealing Sofia Coppola’s wedding dress, I have to admit, I pretty much fell in love :)

Recently wed this past weekend in the garden of the Coppola family’s Palazzo Margherita in Bernalda, Italy, the daughter of revered film director, Francis Ford Coppola, looked like a breezy bridal dream sporting her tee-length, lavender wedding dress… and I gotta say, she (and it) deserve a double snap.  Not only does this trendy tress look amazing, but it compliments her chic, nonchalant style impeccably.  Don’t believe me?  Check it out for yourself and see!  It looks like she should be twirling in every pic!

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See, she needs to be aswirly twirly in these pics :)

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And if you’re a bride who loves this lavishly lavender trend but still longs for the more traditional look, why don’t you pull a Khloe Kardashian and just accent your gown with the pretty purple??

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And while Khloe K did it via Vera Wang, I also love love love this Claire Pettibone vintage number :)  It would make for a super chic DIY project!

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