In light of Tuesday’s post: Pattern Solving 101: 2013 Weddings are WILD about Prints, I couldn’t very well open the door to its magnificence without walking through the power it has over wedding dresses too! That’s rights, ladies and gents, 2013 is all about wedding gowns featuring a little extra something something when it comes to their prints and patterns, and after further review, I have no choice but to give this trend two thumbs way, WAY up :)
I mean, I still get celeb-envy whenever I think about Jessica Biel’s wedding dress from her nuptial celebration to Justin Timberlake back in October. Of course, it’s not just the dress to be envious of… <insert my favorite, former boy bad stud here>… *droooools* (MARY!! Contain yourself! PLEASE!)
Okay, I’m back :)
Anyhoot, hubby love aside, it was Jessica’s dress that truly had heads turning and eyes popping! Who can forget the cover of People Magazine’s November 5, 2012 issue where Suit & Tie clad JT and Jessie B. graced us with what is no doubt a knock out gown??
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Patterned, pink and unbelievably pretty, the now Mrs. Timberlake won rave reviews for her avant-garde gown choice, and it’s not difficult to see why! In an interview with Elle Magazine, Biel opened up to her bold choice:
“I wanted the dress to be very romantic and feminine and a shape that I very rarely wear. I have never been crazy about all-white wedding dresses, for me at least. [Giambattista Valli] had created that same fabric in a fuchsia-and-pink combination for a dress in a previous collection, and I asked him if he could create that same pattern in a white combination, and he suggested pink. It was a bit of a leap of faith at the time, but it turned out better than I could have ever imagined. [Putting it on], I felt like I had made the right choice. I felt elegant. And it moved like a dream.” (Elle Magazine Interview, courtesy of huffingtonpost.com)
Now, I know their are grandmothers out there – heck, there are even modern day brides with an affinity for all things traditional – that probably think this is the worst, most over-the-top idea ever! However, I’m not so sure :)
I think of how much even a “traditional” wedding dress can have going on, even if the overall color (or lack there of) is white and white only. From beading and lace overlays to fabrics, structures and cuts, some of the most traditional gowns already take on the look of a print or pattern. Depending on the style of bead or lace work and even the construction of the dress itself can create a type of pattern or print look already. Maybe they don’t have the color to accompany them, but the patterned bones of their more colorful counterparts are most definitely already at play!
Still hesitant? Check out below for some of my favorite patterned dreams and see if things don’t change… even if just a little :)
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That’s right, friends! As top wedding trends remain on the upswing of all things fabulous, patterns and prints have become all the rage. From bridesmaids dresses and bridal accessories to photo booth backdrops and table settings, today’s modern bride is pleased as punch to incorporate print-tastic patterns into her wedding day decor!
In my book, prints will be a kiey trend for 2013 weddings. We’ve already seen a few of these starting to come through, but this year and next, I think it will really catch on – everything from stripes and chevron to delicate florals and bold graphic prints. Look out for print fabric used as table runners and napkins, print bridesmaids’ dresses (either as one of a mismatched grouping or a striking collection) and even on groomsmen’s shirts or pocket handkerchiefs. Done right, it’s a great look, and if you tie it into your stationery well, can create a lovely ‘brand’ that brings the whole design of the wedding together. (Gaby, SouthBoundBride.com)
And after further research, I can honestly say that I wholeheartedly agree! A word of caution, however, for brides having a “prints charming” wedding, you need to be weary not go overboard and create a scheme of pattern overload or one that is too matchy-matchy. The point of patterns is to create interest and not to cause confusion or too much repeat.
Because patterns offer such a wide variety of shapes, styles and designs, it’s no wonder brides have found them to be such a vital part of wedding planning. Just consider for a second how much more upscale, high fashion or chic a wedding will be when you pair one of the following to your big day celebration…
Birds are by no means strangers to the wedding market. Between love bird themed ceremonies, peacock colored accessories, fantastically feathered centerpieces, birds have made a nest in Nuptial-ville with no future plans of leaving.
And I think I know why… Bird (B-I-R-D). Bride (B-R-I-D-E). I mean, heeelllooooo!?!? Invert the i and r… add on an e, and Boom! Ha, mystery solved. Case closed.
Okay, so while I won’t be quitting my day job any time soon to get my Sherlock sleuth on, I still stand by my original assessment that birds and brides were simply meant to be! And with Spring coming into the full swing of things (or at least it better be soon — enough with the snow already!), twitter themed weddings and accessories will make an even a bigger splash than before! Because birds are equipped with sweet shapes and fabulous feathers, these wing tipped egg layers have the ability to create a variety of designs, layouts, choices and ideas that are almost infinitesimal in numbers! Look at what they do for invites alone!
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Personally, I like that this trend isn’t limited by personality or type. For instance, birds can be played up to look very modern and pop art inspired for a contemporary, fashion forward bride, but they can also be played down to give off a more vintage and rustic look for a traditional, Boho-chic bride… and how many other wedding trends can be as versatile? Not many :)
During a recent interview on this year’s hottest wedding trends, Emma, founder and president of emmalinebride.com – an online resource for all things crafty and creative – birds have been all the rage for weddings for years, but their popularity will only continue to grow through 2013… perhaps topping the wedding charts for biggest trend of the year!
Emma was enthusiastic when she started providing some samples stating, “Some examples include tossing bird seed, bird cages as card holders, bird themed invitations, and bird’s nest favors (complete with blue Jordan almond ‘eggs’).
She went on to say that we should, “look for bird necklaces, particularly ones with a minimalist look (like single feather pendants or tiny sparrows), both of which are popular and make great gifts for bridesmaids and flower girls.”
Not only that but feather-inspired hair accessories – be it traditional veils, modern fasteners or otherwise – will also see a large increase in popularity in the months to come! And while I la-Louvre all these bird-themed accessories, I have to admit, my favorite of them all?? Bird-Themed Cake Toppers!! Seriously? Are these not the CUTEST things you’ve ever seen!?!?
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Everyone is familiar with the traditional wedding veil. Cathedral to fingertip, the lengths of the traditional veil often vary in size, shape and design. Many are equipped with the even more traditional blusher (ie. the part that goes over your face as you walk down the aisle toward your future hubby), and no matter how they’re finished, there is no arguing that traditional wedding veils have had a part in the wedding day ceremony for as long as the dress itself.
But today’s modern bride isn’t necessarily finding the same value in the traditional veil as their grandmothers and mothers did. In fact, the future Mrs. of today are looking for something a little more modern… a little more them :)
What are they? You may find yourselves asking. Well, like everything else for weddings in recent years, there’s all sorts! Below are 5 Alternatives to the Traditional Wedding Veil:
1) Birdcage Veil Beauties. Both modern and stylish, the chic styling of these trendsetters can be worn in a number of ways with a number of accessories detailing their magnificent form. And because of their no muss / no fuss simplicity, they can be styled in and worn for the entire day!
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2) Framed with Flowers & Love. Organically whimsical and fashionably floral, headpieces draped in flowers have become all the rage with Bohemian and earth friendly brides everywhere. From over the top to under the radar, the fragrant veil alternatives can be styled just about any way the bride-to-be sees fit.
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3) Grecian Goddess Goes Bridal. Greek mythology was filled with some of the most beautiful creatures ever immortalized on the page, and who wouldn’t want to channel their inner Aphrodite on their wedding day? Hello?!? The goddess of love, beauty, passion and desire?? Well, sure!
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4) Bring the Sass with Sashes. Creating a look that is both 70′s inspired and modernized by today’s bride, the sash veil is idyllic for outdoor, destination and Bohemian weddings. Decorate them with as much or as little as you want, and you’ll easily why this alternative is so amazing!
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5) Veiled in Vintage with Cap Veils. Modernize the famed flapper look with cap veils. Inspired by the 1920s, cap veils have started to make a resurgence in recent years, and the final look they create couldn’t be more fabulous!
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Eco-friendly weddings are all the rage these days and for all kinds of reasons! With more and more people jumping on the Team Mother Nature bandwagon, the popularity of eco-chic is booming. Now more than ever, people are realizing what we do today will directly correlate with what happens tomorrow… and they’re gladly making greener strides to a brighter future. Gooo, us!
With support growing exponentially – especially through media and celebrity gusto-, “going green” is currently at its most stylish. And what better way to this exemplify this beautiful cause than on the most beautiful day of your life… your wedding! Below are 7 tips to make sure your wedding will be green with envy:
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One) Pick Eco-Chic Wedding & Engagement Rings. From the very first, down-on-one-knee moment to the big day of “I do’s,” you will have countless opportunities to go green! For instance, even your bands can be eco-chic by choosing materials that are Mother Earth approved. Consider using recycled gold, vintage jewelry or buying from green-loving jewelers. Over fifty jewelry retailers have signed the Golden Rules agreement, promising to sell only gold from mines that are actively supporting human rights, labor, and environmental concerns. In addition, it is also possible to buy conflict-free diamonds, purchased from areas not waging war over gems. Buying “clean” gold and conflict-free diamonds ensures that you’re only supporting environmentally sustainable practices.
Two) Choose Earthy Friendly Invites. While many Web sites and blogs may tell you that E-vites are the way to go, I’d have to disagree. There’s a certain level of formality weddings should uphold, and while emailing may be the most eco-friendly solution, it’s definitely not the ONLY eco-friendly solution. For the paper lover, consider using only one envelope instead two. By cutting back on the inner envelopes and just sticking to one outer, you’ll save an abundance of trees. Because the process of paper production is incredibly costly to the environment, you should also consider using paper crafted of 100% recycled materials or even ones made from other natural materials altogether. Companies like Crane & Co. and Smock offer a great line of invites crafted of cotton and bamboo, making them a great way to go green for your wedding!
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Three) Go Green with Ceremony & Reception Sites. When choosing a “green” venue, it’s important for couples to take a few things into consideration before signing on the dotted line. First, if you’re serious about having a wedding that is both eco-friendly and fabulous, you should be aware that typical venues like grand ballrooms, swanky resorts and whoo-whoo country clubs are often times guilty of using vast amounts of electricity. Think about getting married outside, on a farm or in a botanical garden where au naturale sunshine can provide the light and heating and cooling systems are null and void. If a traditional venue is a must, look for one that uses recycled, energy-efficient appliances and biodegradable products, as well as energy saving bulbs and lighting.
Extra Tip for the Extra Green: Gas emissions from cars are one of the main factors causing ozone depletion. Consider having your ceremony and reception in one place to cut back on the fuel pollution caused by your guests having to drive from one place to another.
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Four) Shake it Up with Organic Menus & Catering. Because food is such a large part of so many kinds of celebrations, many couples find it harder to go green for their wedding menu… but don’t panic about having an expensive, organically grown vegan menu only. There are several ways to help the earth while still keeping up the taste! Try cutting back on things here and there to make a big difference in the end. Choose in-season produce, fruits and vegetables that are grown locally. This will cut down on the shipping and packaging costs, as well as the excess pollution and trash it causes.
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Five) Think Outside the Flower Box. Word of warning: don’t let the bloom fool you. Just because Mother Earth can grow it, doesn’t mean that all flowers are eco-friendly. In fact, many flowers sold commercially are sprayed with harmful pesticides and fertilizers that pollute groundwater, kill organic material in the soil and have even made the workers fielding them sick. Yuck! Instead, consider leaving blooms out altogether. In the spring and summer, switch floral bouquets with ones filled with vintage brooches and colorful ribbons. In the fall, consider a robust display of locally grown gords and vegetables, and in the winter, try using fluffy faux muffs! There are also several substitutes for eco-friendly table centerpieces. Try decorating your tables with things that can be used again, like candles or vases filled with river rocks and colored water.
If flowers are a must, consider using locally-grown, in-season flowers. Just like your food menu items, this cuts down on the cost and pollution caused by shipping. Also, try potted plants for centerpieces that can be replanted later.
Six) Bring In Biodegradable Favors & Gifts. It’s time for everyone to start being honest with one another… favors – no matter how ahhh to the mazing brides and grooms think they are – are often times forgotten. They’re either left behind or thrown away, and because so many are made with non-biodegradable products, they are causing waaaay more harm than good. I would encourage you all to do what the Mister and I did, and in lieu of favors, donate to your favorite charities in honor of your guests. This not only gives money to a great foundation, but it also be rids the excess packaging it takes to wrap the favors and any leftover “trash” it may cause!
Seven) Reduce, Recycle & Reuse Your Wedding Dress. I know. I know. This is sometimes the hardest ones for brides-to-be to swallow because soooo many of us want our very own wedding dress. However, I would suggest because so much excess fabric, electricity and travel are needed to make and ship a dress to every soon-to-be-Mrs., that she first start inside her Momma’s closet. Vintage inspired gowns are the chicest chic there is, and you can always have them altered to fit your personality and style. It’s your something borrowed and something new all in one :)
Extra Tip for the Extra Green: Also consider donating your gown after you’re done with it. Since most brides only ever wear their dress once, this provides a venue for others to get just as much joy out of it as you!
You know you’re official when you take over Pinterest and turn your name into a verb, and that’s exactly what Mumford & Sons and “mumfording / mumsessed” has done. Haha! First of all, it’s always been a dream of mine to become so famous for something someday – preferably something totally awesome, but alas, I digress :) – that my name could become a verb; so, the fact that one of my fave folk bands is almost equally as awesome!
For those of you not familiar (gasp!), Mumford & Sons is an English folk rock band who emerged out of West London in 2007. Known for the folksy sound, quotable lyrics and old fashioned style – the latter being the main reason for their trending on wedding style – Mumford & Sons merges the sounds of bluegrass and folk that is both soothing and original.
And unless you’ve been living under a rock or in a place with no electricity or battery operated radios, I’m sure you’re familiar with their HA-HUGE single, I Will Wait from their album , Babel. In case you find yourself being one of the aforementioned people, here it is :)
Legit though — even my mom knows I Will Wait! God love Denise – favorite lady evs – but she’s not necessarily known for staying in the know, if you know what I mean… that was a whole lot of “know” for a sentence that didn’t know much of anything, ha!
Anyhoot, listening to their music, filled with banjos, mandolins, upright basses and the like, you can almost see the style through music. I like to envision it as if the 1920s inspired Chicago and The Great Gatsby went country :)
Brides and grooms are filling their big day celebrations with bowling caps, backless dresses, intricate headpieces, suspenders, mustaches, vintage cars… oh my! Check out below and see what I mean :)
For the Bride & her ‘Maids:
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For the Groom & his Dudes:
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Alright, ladies and gents, let’s point the pinkies outward and get classy for a moment, shall we?
<sips champagne from her Waterford crystal… and go>
While weddings have always been and will continue to be an affair for every bride and groom to plan as they see fit, there has been a definite resurgence of refinery as of recent years… and the pip pip cheerio of it all has me pleasantly surprised :) Sure, this kind of a sophisticated splendor never really went away, but one way that it’s really made an impact of late is in plated dinners at reception hall feasts.
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Talk about decadently delightful :)
During an interview with Bridal Guide, Elizabeth Creasey of an LA based catering company, WHOA, Nelly! stated one of their current, biggest requests from Hollywood A-Listers in reference to these plated feasts is for gold silverware, suggesting a “more sophisticated” affair. Check out below for some examples of this golden boy appeal :)
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And if adding entree choices to your buffet free meal is an option, might I suggest you consider adding a dish that showcases either yours, his or both your cultural culinary? This is an extremely popular take for brides and grooms cross all cultures, and it adds an additional touch of sentimentality to an already beautiful occasion.
But if you’re wondering what to offer that will have mouths watering for more, why not try 2013′s go to dish wish: pork! ‘Tis true, kiddos. Apparently pork has become the go-to meat for today’s modern wedding settings. While it is one of the oldest and most commonly consumed meats all over the world, it also has the ability to be transformed into sooo many delicious dishes… so, forks up, porks up! Ha, I couldn’t resist :)
But no matter what you decide – buffet styled, plated meals, pitch in or otherwise – just be sure you make it your own :)
While weddings have always been a personal and intimate celebration of one couple’s love, these days, brides and grooms have really started to focus on the “personal” side of that adage more so than anything else. As each couple begins to shape their wedding plans, most find themselves creating a one of a kind celebration that will fit them perfectly and will be filled with creative ideas and personalized touches.
This truly is something that is extremely great for the day, but sad when you consider most of the wedding day accessories couples purchase won’t ever be seen or heard from again. So, it’s important to keep the ones that will stick around as a true representation of your life and love. After all, flowers will wilt; invitations will be tossed; food will spoil; bridesmaid dresses will more than likely be donated to consignment life and even your dress may be “trashed,” but one item every couple puts out in the hopes of recording and creating memories is the quintessential <trumpets sound!> wedding guest book.
And like every other aspect of a modern day wedding, guest books are no longer just the simple turn and sign books of yore. While traditional guest books still play their part in modern day weddings, more often than not, brides and grooms will opt for guest book alternatives that will not only fulfill the traditional roll of capturing guests’ names, but will also capture the trendier roll of sentimentality and personality.
Guest book alternatives also allow your guests to get more involved with your celebration, which is a win / win for everyone! Below are some fun ways to renovate your typical guest book, while creating beautifully unique memories to last a lifetime.
The Shadow Box of Heartfelt Wishes. Both brilliant to display and easy to love, this creative art-from-the-heart-kit lets your guest be a part of a keepsake you’ll proudly showcase in your home! After each guest signs his or her name on the heart cutouts provided in the set, brides and grooms will simply instruct them to drop the heart-shaped note inside the shadow box and watch as the memories are captured and art if created. Truly a meaningful wedding keepsake, as well as fabulous DIY project for the crafty bride!
Wooden Box filled with Memories & Rustic Charm. Talk about a standout home accessory. This ultra unique guest book alternative has both the looks and the sentiment to easily be so many brides and grooms favorite wedding day keepsake. Simply asks your guests to fill out their names, well wishes, memory cards and the like, and then, gently roll them up and place them in the box. Once the wedding day is done, you’ll have all their names and sentiments stored for life!
Envelope Book of Warm Sentiments. A favorite amongst brides and grooms hoping to savor the sentiment, this unique guest book looks traditional while remaining completely trendy. Fitted with lots of tiny envelopes, this book allows your family and friends leave little note cards full of their best well wishes, memories or wisdom. Read one wish each day to savor your newly-wedded bliss, or dive right in to all of them at once. No matter what you choose to do one thing is for certain, you’ll have priceless words and memories to treasure for all your years of cheers and triumphs to come.
While it isn’t the latest innovation for wedding trends, burlap is certainly one of its brightest… and the reasons behind its buxom presence – as well as ultimate saying power! – are almost limitless. Follow me, won’t you?
It is country chic at its finest.
With outdoor / barnyard / backyard etc. weddings taking over in recent, the shabby chicness of burlap’s ruggedly textured exterior makes it one of the most sought after and well suited compliments to any country themed thriller.
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It is a natural fit for neutral palettes.
As mentioned in a recent post: Neutrally Natural & Utterly Fabulous, weddings these days are all about earthy tones. Decorating with neutral colors offers a multitude of ways to add personality to your big day celebration, and accenting them with something as beautiful as burlap is simple and radiant.
But it also works well with BOLD.
In contrast with the above thought, burlap is also extremely complimentary to brighter, bolder colors as well. Because it has such a soft tan hue, it looks great with a number of cool and warm colors. Everything from bright, turquoise blues and magnetic magentas to crisp lemons and serene greens look great with the browns of burlap.
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It is both Eco-friendly and economically smart.
While the entire world is going green and pinching pennies, it’s nice to know something as amazing as this wedding day delight is ideal in both situations.
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It does DIY like nobody’s business.
That’s right, ladies. Burlap is one of the best materials when it comes to creating details for your wedding day. Everything – and I literally mean e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. – can be done up in tid bits of the textured fabric and made a little more fabulous. I’ve seen everything from wedding invitations, chair covers, guest favors, unity candles, table runners, centerpieces, pew bows, bouquets, ring pillows, banners, bunting, accessories, arches… seriously EVERYTHING!… decorated with details of burlap, and they really were brilliant :)
Oh, you still need convincing? Well, check out below and see what I mean:
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Internet, today is a somber day. “Why?” you may be asking yourself. “Why so sad on this Thursday, you’re so close to the weekend?” I will tell you why…..SHARK WEEK IS ENDING, THAT’S WHY!! Sorry, I got a little emotional there….I love Shark Week. To celebrate the passing of another jaw-some Shark Week, I thought I would honor our toothy friends with some fun, unique, and inspired shark wedding decor! Check this stuff out!!
Some Fin-tastic Wedding Ideas! photos courtesy of Google Images
At the end of this blog post, see if you can guess just how many shark puns I came up with! Ok, lets dive in, shall we (that’s one, stay on your toes people)? Let’s talk food! Cupcakes are becoming a bigger and bigger splash on the wedding scene, because, lets face it, it’s way easier to hand someone a cupcake than to cut up 3 billion pieces of cake at your reception. I promise, these shark fin cupcakes are guaranteed to go over just swimmingly with your guests! I about went into a frenzy when I found out that you can eat the fin, depending on whether or not you’re a fondant lover that is. To me, the stuff tastes like what I think chum tastes like. Not a fan!! Regardless, they are the most dangerously amazing looking cupcakes I’ve seen in a while, and I love me some cupcakes! If you do decide to go with the cake though, totally catch yourself a couple of those non-threatening looking cake toppers. Tooooo coool!
The cufflinks….shut up. Coolest cufflinks going right now! That’s right grooms, every girl’s crazy ’bout a shark dressed man (good one right?!)!
On a serious(ly cool) note, the shark fin wedding favors (bottom right corner) are bars of soap made by LUSH, a nonprofit organization that makes handmade, organic cosmetics! The profits from the Shark Fin Soap actually goes to stop the shark fin trade that is responsible for killing a gross amount of sharks in our oceans, so support it up!!
Lastly (*sheds a single, silent tear*) my favorite things, something you can really…chomp into. The shark fin ice cubes!! What a perfect compliment to whatever cocktail your signature drink may be! Come on, who doesn’t want a “shark” swimming around in their drink?! I know I do! Right now! Too much yelling. Sorry. I feel those Shark Week withdraw fits coming on again. Until next time…da-dum……da-dum…..da-dum da-dum da-dum….
The answer is 11 by the way…..11 puns. Nailed it. :)