Warm Things Up with these Must Have Beach Wedding Decorations.

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courtesy of jillianmitchell.net

If you’re a bride planning a beach or destination, then you’re in the right place, my little chick-a-dee! Because this is a post featuring all the latest and greatest beach decor this (& that!) side of the Miss’ippi!

Now if we’re being honest, we should probably just call a spade a spade and say up front that having your wedding day on the beach could almost be decoration enough. In fact, it’s more than likely the reason you and yours chose it in the first place!

With that being said, howevs, there are still a lot of fun, inspiring and DIY ideas that will really make a splash (pun intended) with your beach wedding celebration. Below are a few of the top trending picks:

Prevent Guests from getting Blinded by Love & Provide Shades. So, if you’re getting married on a beach, you’ll more than likely have / want a sunny day. OBVS, there are exceptions to every rule, but in most cases, all destination brides are going for super sunny; so, make sure to deck out your guests with their own set of sunglasses! A love so bright, the gotta wear shades! 

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courtesy of figlewiczphotography.com

& Speaking of Shades, don’t forget THEE Shade. That’s right, brides-to-be. While sunshine is something we consider going hand and hand with beach weddings; so is warm weather! So, don’t be afraid to bedeck the guests their very own wedding decor, color coordinated parasol! I mean just look at how awesomesauce they look!

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courtesy of truephotography.com

“On this Spot” ceremony rugs. Blending trend with ceremonial tradition, these ultra sentimental accessories will allow you to always keep the day you said “I do” with you (literally!) long after the day is done! Created originally with the intent for brides and grooms to stand atop while saying their vows, the on-this-spot creations can be just about anything y’all fancy as a couple – a rug, a blanket, a favorite cloth or fabric, anything – that you will stand on and take with after. That way, you’ll always have the spot you became man and wife with always. How AMAZE is that?

courtesy of ruffledblog.com

courtesy of ruffledblog.com

Consider a Colorful Canopy. While not required for a destination celebration, canopies covered in fabric and flowers can really razzle dazzle on the beach! Not kidding. Google it. If your jaw doesn’t drop, there’s something wrong :)

courtesy of viweddingphotos.blogspot.com

courtesy of viweddingphotos.blogspot.com

Finally, really Feel the Love with Flower Petals. Flower petals, flower petals, and what? Oh yes, MORE flower petals, please! These softly scented sprinklers can be added just about anywhere; and not only do they look and smell great, but they are 100% biodegradable! So, it won’t matter how many blow away, and there’ll be no need for clean up! it’s a win / win!

courtesy of heatherparker.com

courtesy of heatherparker.com

Wedding Decorations Checklist

From super gaudy and over-the-top to simple and sophisticated, every bride – probably from the time she was a little girl – has been planning and changing every last detail of her wedding day until it’s been perfected for just her.

But since we all can’t be Monica Geller… who remembers homegirl’s ultimate wedding planner book?

courtesy of livingyourcreative.com

courtesy of livingyourcreative.com

It was something out of every bride’s dream, and every groom’s worst nightmare :) But alas, I digress because we all can’t be so lucky with such vision and organization. Some of us are a little less motivated and – let’s be real – no one is that organized!

So, it’s nice to have a place to start :) Below is a checklist for your wedding decorations to be sign, sealed and celebrated! Now, please know that this is simply a jumping off point. You’ll need to adjust in order to accommodate your ceremony and reception sites, but here’s a place to begin:

Ceremony

  • Archway
  • Aisle Runner
  • Altar Decor
  • Pew Bows
  • Entry & Exit Decor
  • Any Directional or Informative Signs (ie. guest book location)

Also consider if you’ll have something for your guests to partake in when you exit the ceremony: rose petals, bubbles, bird seed, sparklers, etc.

Reception

  • Lighting
  • Layout
  • Centerpieces (head table, guest tables, cake, card and / or buffet tables)
  • Table Cloths
  • Chair Covers
  • Backdrops, ceiling canopies, wall decor, etc. *this one will definitely be dependent upon your venue
  • Entry & Exit Decor
  • Any Directional or Informative Signs (ie. signature cocktail)

Miscellaneous

  • Car Decorations
  • “Just Married” Sign

**And don’t forget** to decorate your people! Bridal party members – including, but not limited to – bridesmaids, groomsmen, ushers, flower girls, ring bearers, parents, grandparents, etc. will all become part of your decor, as well. Bouquets and boutonnieres will also add to overall aesthetic of your big day; so, make sure to mark down the ones you want!

Lastly, enjoy! It’s fun making the world a prettier place :)

 

Wedding Dress Window Shopping: Because Who Doesn’t Like Taking a Quick Look :)

via clairelafaye on etsy.com

via clairelafaye on etsy.com

This past weekend, I had the extreme fortune of going wedding dress shopping with my cousin – holler for a dollar, Chels! – in Reading’s Bridal District. Located just a few miles, and by “few” I literally mean 12.4!) from Cincinnati, Reading, OH is legitimately North America’s largest bridal district! I know, right?! Who knew?! With 25+ bridal related stores within a 2 mile radius, it’s jam packed with all thing wedding!

Whoo hoo!

Being that Reading / (okay, let’s be real, though) Cincinnati is a mere hour and a half car ride from Indy and harbors such ahhh(to the)MAZING stores like Ikea (squee!), I’d be lying if I didn’t say I frequented the easterly city’s perks (shopping, ball games, night’s out, etc.) A LOT! After all, I’ve always been of the theory “a change of scenery could ALWAYS do a world of good :)” And, Cincy / Reading, you never seem to disappoint ;)

But – anyhoot – as many times as I’ve traveled to Ohio’s super store-filled city, I’ve only visited the {quote} Bridal District {unquote} once before, which seems insane, considering the amount of weddings I’m in / attend AND the given the even bigger amount of fun and enjoyment I got out of it the first time around!

**For cereal, if you’re a Plus Size bride within safe traveling distance to Cincinnati, do yourself a favor and check out Belle Bridal Boutique! That’s where we went for my sister-in-law and couldn’t have had a better experience. Legit, I wrote about it here :)

Anyhoot, as we traveled from store to store, I couldn’t help but get all googly-eyed over all the dresses! It’s hard to explain via words just how much I was drooling over these dresses. In fact, I’d equate the following to my reactions to just about every gown store we stood outside of…


I mean seriously… can we all just spend some time being eternal brides?? Spending our days slipping in and out of all that gorgeous fabric? Please!?

{Reel it in, Mur… Reel it in}

Okay, I’m back! So, as if you haven’t already concluded, I loved it! I then, went home and continued to text back and forth with Chelsea about internet finds that fit her style. In doing so, I came across this buzzfeed.com article on wedding dresses and couldn’t help but share a few of my faves :)

Go ahead. Take a peak :)

Frida Wedding Dress $1000 via maggiemaybridal.com

Frida Wedding Dress $1000.00 via maggiemaybridal.com

The Madeline Gown $1840 via roseanddelilah.bigcartel.com

The Madeline Gown $1840 via roseanddelilah.bigcartel.com

Queen for a Day Gown $2193.22 via clairelafaye on etsy.com

Queen for a Day Gown $2193.22 via clairelafaye on etsy.com

The Gardenia Gown $672.54 via theflowerbride on etsy.com

The Gardenia Gown $672.54 via theflowerbride on etsy.com

Maisie Wedding Dress $800.00 via maggiemaybridal.com

Maisie Wedding Dress $800 via maggiemaybridal.com

Pink Wedding Dress $319.99 via tbdress.com

Pink Wedding Dress $319.99 via tbdress.com

Bacall Hollywood Wedding Gown $1013.08 via GibsonBespoke on etsy.com

Bacall Hollywood Wedding Gown $1013.08 via GibsonBespoke on etsy.com

Silk Chiffon Wedding Dress $366.84 via MelissaRenePrice on etsy.com

Silk Chiffon Wedding Dress $366.84 via MelissaRenePrice on etsy.com

Bohemian Wedding Dress  via MariStyleCouture on etsy.com

Bohemian Wedding Dress via MariStyleCouture on etsy.com

Time Will Tell Wedding Gown $1711.91 via clairelafaye on etsy.com

Time Will Tell Wedding Gown $1711.91 via clairelafaye on etsy.com

Tulle-ful Wedding Dress $266.99 via tbdress.com

Tulle-ful Wedding Dress $266.99 via tbdress.com

 

 

Snapchat Styled Reception: Speed Photos with the Newlyweds for the WIN!

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courtesy of mashable.com

A few weekend’s back, I had the honor and privilege to attend my cousin’s (wad up, Cort!) wedding in Arizona. Set on the beautiful grounds of Carefree Resort right outside of Phoenix, it was my first time seeing the desert… and it absolutely blew me away.

Now, I’m not saying I could handle the 120+ dry heat in the summertime, but warm 80′s and cool breezes or March?  Bring it.  Haha!

But for cereal, the backdrop of the entire evening was sweeping views of sunset, desert and scenery… took homegirl’s breath away.  I might even go as far to say, it was one of the prettiest weddings I’ve ever seen… that’s right, SEEN!  As in real life, reality TV or otherwise.  I’m telling you… s.t.u.n.n.i.n.g.  (Sadly, I was a fail, and only managed to take #selfies – woofiest; so, please enjoy these promotional shots from their website, haha!)

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courtesy of carefree-resort.com

 

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courtesy of carefree-resort.com

courtesy of carefree-resort.com

courtesy of carefree-resort.com

Seriously.Dead.From.All.The.Colors.

But stunning ceremony aside, my favorite part of the evening came right after dinner when the DJ announced that everyone needed to return to their seats for at least the next two and half minutes… Two and a half minutes?? Say whhhhaaaaa?? 

Then, the master of ceremonies’ emcee continued on by telling us just how much the bride – my cuz – and groom – her Daniel ;) – truly appreciated everyone for being there.  The newlywed Kennedys wanted to make sure to remember each guest who was a part of their big day, and in order to do this, they needed a picture with each and every one of us!

So, while Aram Khachaturian’s The Sabre Dance (trust me, you know the nightmare) played over the loudspeakers, Cortney and Daniel – followed freakishly quickly and closely by their photographer - ran frantically from table to table posing with each group of people.

Some of the shots were funny.  Some of them were serious.  Some – especially by the tables who had obviously been previously forewarned – were well planned out, while others were thrown together haphazardly and hilariously… But no matter what the outcome of the actual shot was… all of them were definitely 100% authentic and 100% amazing.

And what a great way to make instant memories and set the tone for the rest evening!!  Love love loved it and would love to see it at more receptions!!

Love is in the Air: Pink + Red Valentine’s Day Themed Weddings

collage courtesy of burnettsboards.com

collage courtesy of burnettsboards.com

Happy Valentine’s Day to all those who love!  Whether you’re in it, out of it, just starting to wade through it, or simply trying to avoid it (haha!), there is no doubt that love truly is all around us, and there’s no better day to exploit, er, I mean celebrate it than February 14th!  **RE: exploit.  But for cereal, everyone knows that Vday – while rooted in the works of the real life St. Valentine – has developed into the biggest Hallmark Holiday under the sun :)

But even knowing that, I still can’t help but get wrapped up in all the fun!  Regardless of consumerism, it’s nice to have a holiday dedicated to the most beautiful thing in the world… love!

Personally, I’ve always been a fan of the big V-day… even during my most single and sullen of days, I learned quickly to appreciate the holiday as one to simply celebrate love – in all its forms.  The love I have for that someone special.  The love I have for family.  The love I have for friends, etc.  Heck, if nothing else, it’s a day to simply celebrate the fact that mailboxes are a little more full with pink and red cards and stomachs with pink and red cupcakes.  Can anybody else say, “Yumm-MAY!?!”

And with all the pink and red being displayed – from store front to home front - I couldn’t help but think about two-toned weddings and just how b.e.a.uuuutiful they can be — and in today’s Cupid themed case, just how b.e.a.uuuuutiful Pink + Red can be!  It’s also a little cotton candy’esque, which only doubles my pleasure of this love themed gem!

Feel free to check out the images below, but also feel freer to take some time and spread the love tomorrow (and ever day after!!  After all, it is in giving that we receive :)

courtesy of merrimentevents.com

courtesy of merrimentevents.com

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courtesy of weddbook.com

photos courtesy of (left to right, top to bottom) lovefromtheoven.com, halterneckwedding.onsugar.com, jessicalewisphoto.com, blog.celeb16.com, colorsareblushandbashful.blogspot.com, thestylishbloom.com, blog.paper-source.com, etsy.com, sophistimom.com and flickr.com

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collage courtesy of burnettsboards.com

collage courtesy of burnettsboards.com

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courtesy of greenweddingshoes.com

 

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Wedding Notes: Ceremony Music to Set the ‘I do’ Mood

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If you’re a bride elbows deep in wedding planning, and you find yourself being just as nervous about choosing the music and entertainment as you are about picking the perfect dress, it’s important for you to know something… You.Are.Not.Alone.  For cereal, every bride – even the most calm, laid back ones – will know doubt have at least one “AHH!” / freakout moment during her planning.

I like to think it’s because – deep down – we’re all still little girls planning our perfect day, and even less deeper down, we all want the same thing — our wedding day to be a flawless celebration of love, laughter and whole lot of GET DOWN.  Duh!

Which is why it’s so important to set the mood from the start!

Because musical styles are as varied as snowflakes, it’s vital for couples to narrow down their tastes and choose accordingly.  By carefully integrating both you and your beau-to-be’s musical preferences with the overall vision of the big day, you have the opportunity to create the perfect combination of sights and sounds that will have guests ooh la la’ing long after the day is done.

For instance, if you’re envisioning a stately and dignified wedding, chances are a hip hop artist or punk rock band aren’t the best choices to set the musical mood for your ceremony. While their look, dress and lyrical styling’s are just what you and your guests might need to drop it like it’s hot at the reception, the wedding itself would be more suited for a softer sound.  Maybe try a string quartet, a chamber orchestra (for larger weddings) or a classical pianist.  All of these will lend an air of sophistication to the affair, which can seamlessly be transitioned from one part of the ceremony to the next.

If you’re hoping to set a quiet, ethereal, romantic mood, you might prefer to go with a harpist, rather than a high-powered blues band.  Not that blues isn’t AMAZE in its own right, it just may not be the best fit for “ethereal.”  You could also try a jazz ensemble to help maintain the quiet momentum of a mellower ceremony, as well as a classical or easy listening guitarist… since these would all tend to lend a lighter, calmer, “cooler” air to your wedding festivities.

Other than choosing a musical style and performer(s) that you and your guests will enjoy, the most important consideration is to integrate the music into the overall ceremony in such a way that it provides the perfect tonal backdrop against which your marriage ceremony may unfold.  (Golly I sound professional, don’t I?  Haha!)

In fact, the right music will provide an accompaniment that can blend so beautifully, it will simply become a part of the ceremony, rather than standing out on its own.  And who can’t appreciate that?

Just be sure to take time and really pick ceremony music that fits you and your mood.  After all, your ceremony is really what the day is all about; so, why not start it on the perfect note?  (Haha, musical joke!)

Winter Wedding Reception Trend Alert: Bring the Outside In

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courtesy of christianothstudio.com

This past weekend I attended a grand wedding (congrats again, Joey and Megs!) at the Crowne Plaza Grand Hotel in downtown Indianapolis.  Part of the historical Union Station, this black tie optional, evening event was nothing short of opulent and amazing!  Truly, it was a dream :)

I could go on and on with things I found interesting and appealing, but rather than bore the blogosphere with my rampant ramblings, I’ll focus on one trend that really stood and has been supported by the likes of David Tutera and Martha Stewart… and that’s to bring the outside world into your indoor celebration!

With outdoor and rustic weddings becoming more and more popular with each coming year, it’s no wonder that this kind of decorating detail is nothing short of HUH-UGE to winter wedding settings.  Sure, every one loves the extravagance of crystal chandeliers and dazzling icicle designs for winter’s wedded bliss, but there is a warmth and richness that comes from bringing in the beauty of nature to your big day!

While the Crowne Plaza in Union Station – a majestically reformed old train station – is already a ahhh(to the)mazing setting in and of itself… see for yourselves below :)

courtesy of seanmolin.com

courtesy of seanmolin.com

Joey and Megan did a spectacular job at bringing the outside in with grand scaled centerpieces and rustic details, which paried perfectly with the old train station charm.  It was the kind of eye-catching beautiful that you would normally see in the movies.  And I mean that in the most literal sense possible: my eyes were caught and feverishly dancing from detail to detail in mad procession.

While J & M decided to bring the outside in with rustically matched decor, that’s not the only way winter brides can exploit this trend!

Consider dangling icicle lights to create either an outdoor crystallizing effect or rather, a wintery starlit sky, like below…

courtesy of afaeryorchardproject.blogspot.com

courtesy of afaeryorchardproject.blogspot.com

Bring in branches, and create a look that has storybook fairytale written all over it.  You can even do it in HD color like a David Tutera dream…

courtesy of davidtutera.com

courtesy of davidtutera.com

…orrr keep it simple, sleek and chic in all white…

courtesy of bridalguide.com, marzime.hubpages.com and celebritystyleweddings.com

courtesy of bridalguide.com, marzime.hubpages.com and celebritystyleweddings.com

Combine one of the looks above with lots and LOTS of candles, and you’ll create a wintery look that is both merry, bright and bound to delight!

courtesy of onewed.com

courtesy of onewed.com

Fill your space wisely with snowflake lighting that not only looks spectacular, but also functions seamlessly:

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courtesy of bridalguide.com

But no matter what you do, just be sure to have fun with it!

Ooh La La: 5 Wedding Cake Trends for the Modern Bride

When it comes to your wedding day… let them eat cake!!  Here are five favorited trends for today’s modern bride:

Butter Cream Dreams. For a while, this frosting favorite had taken a back seat to fondant’s flavorless yet smoother form. But many couples feared that they were compromising taste for aesthetics; hence, the return to butter cream. Brides now – more than ever – are embracing the charming untidiness of this cake trend in order to pump up the taste volume and give a nod to vintage chic!  (And as a frequent wedding guest, I’d just like to say…. Uhhhh, THANK YOU!)

courtesy of peggyporschen.com, inspiredbride.net, ejsgoodies.com, southernweddings.com and hudsoncakery.net

courtesy of peggyporschen.com, inspiredbride.net, ejsgoodies.com, southernweddings.com and hudsoncakery.net

All White Delights. A revival that goes hand-in-hand with its butter cream counterpart, the infamous all white cake evokes a more naturally frosted look. Concentrated in a polished appeal and textured trends, these clean looking, traditional cakes are generally always backed with their over the top tastes! Liz Shim of Eat Cake Be Merry recommends an all-white confection with lots of texture for a more “chic blank canvas” look.

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courtesy of sweetvioletbride.com, bellethemagazine.com, modwedding.com, bellarocacakes.com, atfirstblushandco.com and bellethemagazine.com,

Modern Monograms. Give your cake a kick of personalized flare with your newly instated monogram! Because cake toppers aren’t just your plastic bride and groom anymore, creative couples everywhere are going for more offbeat, unique accessories. Couples everywhere are taking their initials and turning heads monochromatic, monogram cake toppers… which happens to one of our favorites, as well!!

courtesy of marilynskeepsakes.com

courtesy of marilynskeepsakes.com

Flower Power (That’s Tasty Too!). Rather than frosting your cake with more flowers than a garden, cake artists today are creating incredibly real-looking sugar flowers. These blooms are much fuller so you’ll only need a few for garnish. Renowned cake designer Ron Ben-Israel says these sugar flowers will give the cake “a sleeker look”, as opposed to an overwhelming confection of blossom piping.

courtesy of sweetthings.ca, weddingpartyapp.com, bellethemagazine.com, perfectwedding.me, sugarruffles.com, dannibeachphotography.com, mostweddingflowerideas.com and thecaketressblog.com

courtesy of sweetthings.ca, weddingpartyapp.com, bellethemagazine.com, perfectwedding.me, sugarruffles.com, dannibeachphotography.com, mostweddingflowerideas.com and thecaketressblog.com

Dog Daze – Believe it or not, one of the newer trends in wedding cake accents is personalized pooches. More and more couples are requesting that their pets make a cameo on their cake, made purely of frosting.

courtesy of flickr.com

courtesy of flickr.com

So when you begin the cake design process, remember that less is more this year. Matching the piping on your cake to the lace on your dress is out, and butter cream and sugar flowers are in. It’s all about the homemade, nummy goodness and delicious taste.

Get in the Bridal Glow with Candle Cake Toppers

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courtesy of weddingchicks.com

I love birthdays.  Who doesn’t?  The lights (+ gifts!).  The cameras (+ gifts!).  The action (+ gifts!).  The cake — yeah, cake can stand alone :)  And what birthday cake wouldn’t be complete without candles?  None!

But what about moving the traditional birthday candle cake toppers to your wedding day celebration?  That’s right.  I saw this done this past summer during a girlfriend’s 4th of July wedding.  Of course, they used sparklers in lieu of candles due to the occasion, but after coming across this notion on burnettboards.com, I couldn’t help but take a second (and third and fourth, etc.) look.

Sara, the Honolulu based bloggess behind burnettsboards.com says,  “Traditional cake toppers, flowers, monograms – move over and make room on your sugary sweet pedestal for candles. Tall and tapered or short and plentiful, candles have made the jump from birthday cakes to wedding cakes. Blowing them out and making a wish together is a sweet way to start your married life.”

And after all the ganders I’ve made over the course of the past couple weeks, I couldn’t agree more.  Add the ganders with the Wikipedian history I learned about why candles were even originally added to cakes in the first place, and I’d say that brides and grooms couldn’t find a better cake topper.

Some say that candles were placed on the cake because people believed that the smoke of the candle carried their prayers to gods. Others believe that the custom originated in Germany where people used to place a large candle in the centre of the cake to symbolize ‘the light of life’.

In present times too, people place candles on birthday cakes and a silent wish is made before blowing out the candle. It is believed that blowing out all candles in one breath means the wish will come true and the person will enjoy good luck in the coming year.  – Wikipedia.org

So, we have prayers lifted to God, symbolism to the light of life, good luck and wish fulfillment.  Um, hello??  What more could a newlywed couple ask for?

Check out below and see what I mean :)

Oh, and if by chance candles still won’t do it for you, try taking a peak at some of these aptly awesome and Custom Designed Cake Toppers!

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Statement Bracelets for Statuesque Brides

courtesy of elizabethannedesigns.com, photographed by Shoot in Love Photo

courtesy of elizabethannedesigns.com, photographed by Shoot in Love Photo

Okay, I’m about to admit something that I know may hinder my street cred in the fashion world, but in keeping with our open AND judgment free (I might add) platform, I’m just gonna go for it…

<pauses for effect, and engages…>

I, Mary Amanda, have never been a girl who’s been big on jewelry.  There.  I said it.

<pauses for gasps and guffaws to subside, and continues…>

I know.  I know.  It goes against girl code, and I’m sure puts me on some anti-fem hit list.  But alas, I digress.  Because while I’d love me pair of killer Louis Vuitton pumps or a trendy Fendi just as much as the next girl, I’m afraid my passion for fashion takes a bit of a lull when it comes to the section that leans towards the more sparkly side of life.  In my defense, though, it’s mostly because I enjoy telling people it’s because I sparkle enough, hehe ;)

Now, with that said, it doesn’t mean I’m devoid of spotting a spectacular, bridal jewelry trend when I see one.  And after coming across the idea of statement bracelets for the bride on burnettsboards.com, I was nothing short of SQUEE-lighted!  In fact,  I was borderline kicking myself for not reporting on it sooner.

When you consider how many brides have taken on a more romantic, Bohemian approach to their wedding day and are utilizing dreamy down ‘dos and an assortment of more sophisticated necklines, it’s easy to see why statement bracelets are even more of an asset than before.  With giant bangles or metallic cuffs complimenting their overall look, a bride is able to avoid a necklace or earrings that may compete with their long, flowing locks or illusion neckline.  I’m telling you, it’s a win / win in every sense of the phrase.

Not only that, but statement pieces are just that… statements.  So, for the more adventurous bride, you could really play it up with your color themes or even use at as your “something blue!”  Check out below to see what I mean :)

photos courtesy of intimateweddings.com, pinterest.com, shoplately.com, chicvintagebrides.com, malindyelene.com, emmalinebride.com, fine-jewelry-shop.com, emthegem.com, glamour.com, oncewed.com and pinterest.com

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And don’t forget about your lovely ladies-in-waiting!  Why not gift your bridesmaids with a piece of wrist bling personalized just for them!?  It’ll double as both a charming attendant gift, as well as a sentimental keepsake from your big day :)