Bridesmaid Dress Trends You & Your ‘Maids Will Love

Dessy Bridesmaid Dresses

Dessy Bridesmaid Dresses

Tired of the same old same old when it comes to bridesmaid dresses? Looking for styles that are more fashion forward? Many brides face a landscape of uniform looking bridesmaid dresses but want their ‘maids to look stylish and feel their best on the big day, too. Go from dated to dashing and check out these stylish bridesmaid dress trends that you and your bridal party will love.


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8 Bridal Veils for Every Bridal Style

Let’s get a hip hip hooray to celebrate the fact that veils are back in a big way. This time, they’re anything but traditional so if you’ve ever thought of bridal veils as stuffy and old fashioned, take another look. Sure, the bridal veil has a long and storied history. Some veils protected brides from evil spirits. Later on, they represented chastity and purity. Veils have been a status symbol for the rich and famous. And a fun retro accessory for the rest of us.

Most veils scream femininity, which makes sense because unlike shoes or jewelry, veils are pretty much just for us ladies. Maybe in all the excitement of shopping for your wedding dress, you’ve pushed thoughts of bridal veils aside. Once you have your gown on order, though, hair accessories and headpieces should be at the top of your pre-wedding shopping list. With that in mind, here are my veil pics for every bridal style:

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An abbreviated cage veil with a side comb is a nod to 1960s brides, so if vintage glam translated into modern punk is your aesthetic this is for you. It’s light, see through to the extreme so you get all the fun of a veil without the headache or blurred vision.

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If something less funky is more your speed but you love the cage veil look, try a floral cage veil. It’s a little more femme but still plenty retro, and it’s just divine if you can’t get enough of the 1920s.

two layer veil no edging

Simple and elegant, a two-layer veil is all about the options. Wear it under your updo for a contemporary elegant look or go full traditional over the hair with a layer flipped over in front of your beautiful visage. Don’t worry – it’s still light enough and soft enough for dancing and all-day comfort.

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Want something the tiniest bit more elaborate but still relatively simple? Take a cut-edge veil and add a pencil edge for a finished look. A pencil-edge wedding veil gives a little more definition to a bridal veil so it stands out that much more.

mantilla bridal veil

The mantilla bridal veil represents a nod to tradition but with a twist. This mantilla veil has amazing floral lace detailing that gradually becomes delicate beading for a modern take on a classic look.

pearl edge bridal veil beads

Love pearls? Then max out on them on your wedding day with a bridal veil that combines two layers of soft bridal tulle with gorgeous sewn-in seed pearls. This pearl bridal veil is the perfect veil for girly-girl brides who want their veils to stand out.

ribbon edge bridal veil

Ribbon edge bridal veils are the ultimate must-have accessories for modern brides! The thicker the ribbon, the more impact it will have. These veils look amazing with mod column gowns without a lot of embellishment.

cathedral length bridal veil

And we can’t forget the ultimate in classic chic, the cathedral veil. It’s long, luxurious, and FORMAL. While the rules for wearing the longest bridal veil have relaxed somewhat, keep your wedding venue in mind before choosing this type of veil.

What type of veil will YOU be wearing?

P.S. – This month only you can get 15% of all bridal veils with coupon code MYVEIL15! Happy shopping!
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Wedding Reception Table Number Ideas

Want to spice up your reception table decor while also helping your wedding guests find their seats? Then look no further – these wedding reception table number ideas are cute, fun, and EASY!

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Keep it simple with inexpensive picture frames and hand-painted table numbers. Not a crack hand with a paintbrush? Print out whatever you want in your table number frames and then carefully go over that with acrylic paints until you get the look you want. It’s an easy and fairly impressive DIY and no one has to know how simple it really is.

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But if you ARE actually a crack hand with a paintbrush, go nuts! There’s nothing saying that your reception table numbers need to be framed. Decoupage them onto cinder blocks, lean them up against your floral arrangements, or hang them from the ceiling. Get creative with your placement – just make sure guests can find their tables.

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Want your table numbers to have a more personal touch? Childhood photos of you and your spouse-to-be will dress up frame reception table numbers and give your guests something to bond over. Plus, how cute were you? People should see that!

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How cool is this? While it may be just a little more difficult to keep track of ten wedding guestbooks, you have to love the idea of NOT making guests wander off toward a little overly dressed table in the corner to share their well wishes. With the guest book at the table, I’ll bet you get more congratulatory notes from more people who actually take the time to write something more personal than ‘best wishes xoxo’.

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And these? These table numbers are just plain cute!

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And these are not only glitzy, glamorous, and fun; they’re also a super easy pre-wedding DIY project! Bases and numbers can be found in any craft supply store, as can glitter and some Mod Podge. Make sure they stay pretty (and don’t scatter glitter everywhere) by spritzing them with some spray acrylic before the big day.

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Reception table numbers that double as drinkables or the best wedding favor ever? Yes, please. Bonus points if you can find local wines that give your wedding guests a taste of what your neighborhood has to offer. Print your own or look on sites like Etsy for custom wine bottle labels.

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Going the rustic route? This wedding reception table number idea has barn wedding written all over it. My favorite part is that you can get everything you need to DIY these numbers at your closest hardware store. And putting them together won’t take a lot of skill so it’s a perfect intro project for brides and grooms who aren’t sure how much they want to take on themselves.

 
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5 Statement Bridal Accessories Worth Wearing

Looking for bridal accessories with that wow factor? You’ll love shopping for bridal jewelry and accessories every bit as much as choosing your gown when you focus your search on statement pieces like these.

Chandelier earrings!

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Chandelier earrings are a top pick for today’s bride because they add elegance, romance, and especially glitz to any wedding day look. Bridal earrings can be worn alone as a statement piece or perfectly paired with stacked bracelets, a fabulous comb, or headband.

A floral crown!

crystal bridal crown

A delicate floral design dotted generously with sparkling rhinestones and scattered crystals can complete so many bridal looks, from romantic to Boho. Just don’t let the word ‘delicate’ fool you – our Annalise crown is custom picked for the bold bride.

Vintage-inspired headbands!

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Curving, hand-wired rhinestones in striking circular arrangements bring to mind all things art deco in modern vintage-inspired headpieces. Bridal headbands are on trend but don’t feel like you need to run with the crowd. Choose a headband that will wow!

Fabulous filigree!

filigree bridal hair comb

Beautiful antique gold is paired with swirling rhinestones in this bridal hair comb with an heirloom feel. If you look to the past for your style inspiration, filigree scrollwork is the perfect way to express your inner Gibson Girl.

Big bling!

CZ bridal earings

Going large with gems is the easiest way to make a statement with your bridal jewelry and accessories. You’ll love the big burst of sparkle that our Tara earrings bring to the table.
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How to Pick the Perfect Bridal Accessories

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Finding that dream dress feels like big moment in a bride-to-be’s life – and it is. But she’s not done once the deposit has been paid. Bridal accessories are the finishing touches on her wedding day ensemble – enhancing her look and making her feel like a million bucks.

Your wedding jewelry? Should be more than just an afterthought! Ideally you should be shopping as carefully for a wedding jewelry set and bridal headpiece as you did when you were searching for your gown. Here are 12 tips that will help you find the perfect accessories for your big day:

1. Decide on the dress first because the style, cut, and neckline of your dress will help guide you as you shop for your jewelry and accessories.

2. Keep a picture of your wedding gown in your purse or on your phone so you have it handy while you’re browsing necklaces, earrings, headpieces, and veils.

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3. Know your bridal style – are you a romantic? Do you want to look like a princess? Are you 1950s flounce all the way or Boho chic?

4. Let your gown’s embellishments guide you for an elegant, coordinated look. For instance, if your wedding dress is embroidered with white seed pearls, pearl wedding jewelry is a safe bet.

5. Match your bridal hairstyle to your hair accessories. Whether you pick a hairdo first or a tiara, headband, or hair pin, make sure your bridal hair accessories will work with your ‘do.

6. Ask your stylist for help. Your hairdresser can help you choose an amazing bridal headpiece to make your favorite hairstyles.

7. Be patient! Have fun shopping for your wedding day accessories. Browse in stores, shop online, read blogs, and flip through wedding magazines to find inspiration.

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8. Use Pinterest to find photos of real brides wearing the sorts of accessories and jewelry you like best. Seeing headpieces, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets on real people will help you see how they’ll look on you.

9. Pick a bridal veil that matches both the look and feel of your wedding dress and the formality level of your ceremony venue.

10. Your gown’s neckline should determine the length and type of your bridal necklace. Similarly, your hairstyle will influence the length and type of earrings you choose.

11. Think balance. A sky-high updo that includes a tiara should be a focal point, so pair them with simple stud earrings. A simple headpiece might be paired with dramatic statement earrings.

12. Remember to coordinate your bridesmaids’ accessories with your own. Make sure that their jewelry doesn’t outshine yours but don’t skimp on the sparkle!
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Bride Has Got Back: The Newest Trend in Wedding Dress Design

Have you gone wedding gown shopping lately? If so, you’ve probably noticed that while the simple wedding dresses are still there there is a revolution in style underway. You have to remember that gown fashion changes slowly. Think about how long strapless dresses reigned supreme! But change is afoot in the world of wedding fashion and I, for one, am loving what I’m seeing!

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Gorgeous beaded and otherwise embellished backs are suddenly all the rage. And it makes sense when you think about it. How much time might a wedding guest spend staring at a bride’s back during the ceremony or while she’s being waltzed around the dance floor? Answer: plenty!

Veluz Bride wedding gown

While the traditional long line of pearl buttons will probably never go out of style, there’s nothing to say a bride can’t wish for a little flair on top of the shine! Designers like Veluz Bride are delivering in droves with lace, pearls, beading, and other tricks and treats that make bridal jewelry all nearly unnecessary.

Anna Campbell gown

Gorgeous, no? Think of it like a little something sweet for your wedding guests – and your wedding photographer! But p.s., I was only kidding about not needing wedding jewelry. You might choose to skip the necklace, but wedding earrings are still a must. Choose jewelry and accessories that share the same elements as your embellished back, like lace and pearls or sparkling rhinestones. Coordination is key to creating a harmonious wedding day look!

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Our Favorite Simple Wedding Centerpieces

simple wedding centerpieces 6Can I just tell you how much I am loving the return to simplicity that I have been seeing at this year’s weddings? While there will always be over-the-top everything from ten-tier cakes to wedding jewelry so heavy it gives the bride a migraine, it’s nice to see so many things that are just plain – well – nice. Doable for those of us who weren’t born with the Colin Cowie gene, even.

Wedding centerpieces for reception tables tend to be at the forefront of this return to all things simple – possibly because if you’re not a natural born designer or hiring an all purpose planner who’s wrangling the flowers for you, centerpieces can be tricky. Too small and they look dinky on a ten-person table. Too big and your guests are knocking the salt cellar onto the floor every time they take a bite.

But when you keep things simple, it’s a lot easier for the lay-bride to see what works and what doesn’t. Nothing too fussy. Mostly a lot of glass and flowers and candles – all of the kinds of things you can grab at a craft store on the cheap, in fact. Not that DIY wedding centerpieces have to look cheap, mind you. Some of the least expensive weddings I’ve been to have been some of the most arresting and amazing visually thanks to brides who put in the time.

If you’re thinking you’d rather put in the time than spend the money for gorgeous wedding centerpieces, here are some ideas I’m loving right now:

PrintI can’t imagine these are actually drinking glasses but they do look an awful lot like drinking glasses. One bloom per glass and you have the perfect centerpiece for a long rectangular table.

simple wedding centerpieces 3Bedazzling glass jars and vases was all the rage on Pinterest a while back so you’ll have no trouble finding a how-to. Pick the right receptacle and you can once again get away with one bloom per.

simple wedding centerpieces 5Not a fan of flowers? Simple sticks and floating candles make for surprisingly striking centerpieces.

simple wedding centerpieces 8Or ditch the twigs and go for greenery. Wouldn’t this setup be lovely with succulents or cacti?

simple wedding centerpieces 7Here’s another idea – twin greenery into a vine and trail it along the table. A few tea lights in glass complete the look. It’s very fresh and in keeping with the trend toward more botanicals!

simple wedding centerpieces 9It doesn’t get much simpler than this! Check Etsy for these candle holders or give DIY a try.

simple wedding centerpieces 4Did I say it couldn’t get any simpler? I lied. Beach stones and lilies are a perfect pairing.

simple wedding centerpiecesIt might take some time to collect all the tiny glass bottles you need to mimic this look, but don’t you think the results will be worth it?

DIY always takes time, of course. But the result can be a more beautiful, more personal wedding than you might otherwise have had. Scared to dip your toe into the wide world of wedding DIY? Centerpieces are a great place to start.

(Images via StyleMePretty, AFloral.com, Project Wedding, The Frisky, Burnetts Boards, Colin Cowie Weddings, A Low Country Wedding, and How to Be Perfect Woman?)

christa terry author of iDo
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DIY Friendly Favors: Wedding Terrariums

Are wedding terrariums trendy? You bet. But even as this hipster bride must-have becomes ubiquitous, I still think it’s a wonderful idea. I mean, a wedding reception centerpiece your guests can take home? What is not to love? They can get a little expensive – even if you’re buying the tiniest ones – for a wedding with 100+ guests but there are ways to cut costs.

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It’s not the most difficult DIY in the world once you get the knack for arranging terrariums at speed. There are even kits. And my guess is that even if you’re not the fastest terrarium arranger, there are much more stressful to-dos to check off of your wedding checklist. Arranging plants and flowers – some people do that to relax. Maybe this is one DIY that will actually lighten your load.

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But wait, what is a wedding terrarium, anyway? Wikipedia says: A terrarium is a type of miniature ecosystem of plants. Not all plants require or are suited to the moist environment of closed terrariums. Tropical plant varieties, such as mosses, orchids, ferns and air plants, are generally kept within closed terrariums due to the conditions being similar to the humid and sheltered environment of the tropics. Open terrariums are better suited to dry plants such as succulents.

I say opt for succulents. They’re totes in and they’re just about the easiest plant to care for so you’re not saddling wedding guests with a new plant that requires an extra green thumb.
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Wedding Trend Alert: FERNS!

If you’re looking for a modern botanical to use in your wedding decor, why not ferns? They’re everywhere so you’re not going to spend as much as you might on something more exotic. They’re lush and lovely. And there is something really elegant about this simple plant, but it’s earthy, too. It’s like it grows at the intersection of mod and classical. Or maybe it’s just trending right now, but so what? If you love ferns, have I got some wedding inspiration for you!

fern bridal headpiece

Frond as bridal headpiece? A little different, sure, but hey, it works. And I’m loving that mini fishtail braid she’s sporting.

fern place settings wedding inspiration

Simple and beautiful, yet another single frond. This time to beautify the table settings and place cards.

fern wedding boutenniere

And you knew there had to be a boutonniere coming. Adore the mini frond here. Maybe not the feather – replace it with more greenery or another botanical.

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Who needs fancy wedding cake decorations when you have Mother Nature’s best?

fern wedding cake

A fern frond here and a frond there, and you’ll have the best dressed wedding cake of the season.

fern wedding ceremony decor

Ditto for your ceremony seating. Can you DIY this aisle decor idea? Oh yes you can.

fern wedding decor

Another sweet wedding decor idea – this time a rustic welcome sign – featuring ferns and not much else. Another great DIY possibility.

fern wedding invitations

Invitations featuring ferns? Love.fern wedding photography bride

I’m not going to suggest posting with a fern frond – unless you really want to!

fern wedding tablescape

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Ideas We Love: Wedding Cake from the Supermarket!

Right off the bat, I can understand that you might be a little skeptical to hear you can get a gorgeous wedding cake from the supermarket. But understand I am not talking about Entenmann’s here. The supermarket is one of the best kept secrets most brides never hear about. It might really surprise you to learn that some grocery store chains have entire catalogs of wedding cake designs that are actually quite lovely and tasty, too. Oh, and fully customizable.

“There are so many variables that go into selecting a wedding cake, such as the number of people you plan to feed, the amount of decorator detail, the type of cake, filling vs. fondant, etc.,” Brenda Reid, a media relations representative of Publix, told Equally Wed. “Each cake can be customized to fit the customer’s needs.”

What kind of savings are you looking at? According to one Wall Street Journal Article, couples who order their wedding cakes from shops like Publix will spend about $200-400. Compare that to the average cost of a wedding cake in 2014, which started at $466 for the country as a whole, with prices being more like $1,000 in major metro areas.

Ouch!

DIY wedding cake is a scary concept and frankly, I’d never recommend a bride-to-be bake her own tiered confection as a money-saver. Baking can be hard and better to spend the cash than end up cutting into a giant trifle that was a wedding cake that collapsed in on itself. BUT you can DIY cake or even just DIY the decorations.

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How cute was Jordan Ferney‘s spread? So what if it doesn’t look like the stereotypical wedding cake? “Most couture cakes are small,” Ramona Osirka, owner of Perfect Wedding Cake in Marietta, Georgia, told HuffPo. So go small! Not a baker? No worries. Design can be its own DIY.

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A Practical Wedding created an amazing guide to turning supermarket bakery cakes into wedding cakes here. It’s amazing how much impact a few flowers and a trio of cake stands can have. (The key is scraping of the grocery’s decorations or just asking for a plain cake.) Not a fan of your local chain’s baked goods? Pick your favorite indy bakery and place an order for four or five plain or simply decorated cakes.

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Would you ever DIY your wedding cake?
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