We are back from our little European adventure! We ended our trip with an amazing wedding at a beautiful location with many, many fantastic people. I’m happy to be back at home but was so sad to leave England. Don’t worry, there are England/Paris posts to come. What I’m not happy about though, is this 88 degree weather! I must say I’m not prepared to be wearing this summer’s trends, especially bathing suits. This season, I’m all about retro… here are some of the styles I’d love to squeeze into!
Well, this is goodbye for now. I’ll be boarding a plane tonight for London/Paris… see you all soon with lots and lots of pictures!
Andrew and I leave for London TOMORROW, and Andrew’s brother and lovely sister in law who happens to be Catherine of The Life Styledleft today and get to enjoy an extra day of the beautiful London weather (typically an oxymoron) that awaits us! I’m ridiculously excited about this trip… what I’m not so excited about is the packing. Catherine got a jumpstart on her packing blog posts because she was leaving a day early. I like to boast that I’m completely finished packing as of last night but I’m positive that I’ll be doing an overload tonight that will involve completely unpacking and repacking totally different items. Here are the items I will make sure I bring with me, even if I end up with nothing else!
A rain coat:
There are many brides out there who will forgo a bridal shower because of the “hassle” put onto their maid of honor or mother, or future mother in law but I guarantee you that it’s a fabulous idea… even if it’s in your friend’s apartment. Not only will it give you the perfect time to talk about your plans with people who are actually paying attention (unlike the fiance most of the time), it will give you the option of actually enjoying a party thrown for you instead of thrown by you. You can take on the guest role instead of the host role, and that’s much needed during stressful wedding planning times. If everyone chips in and plans little by little, it can be a stress-free and gorgeous event. Here are some of my all time favorite bridal shower decor ideas:
A Tea Party, a grown up one of course… with centerpeices like these:
A Pink Party, so the bride can have her favorite color showcased… just not at the wedding:
A Travel Shower, using maps as table runners… for the bride having a destinaton wedding:
Another one of the most important aspects of a wedding is the location itself. Although you may not have tons of options because of your budget, you can transform somewhere cheaper by using elements like lighting or bringing in your own linens and table settings. There are budget friendly options for every venue, you just have to be willing to look! The wedding location depends on who you and your fiance are, or your particular beliefs. A traditional wedding in a church or synagogue, a beach wedding with a close friend officiating, or a destination wedding with close friends and family, etc. But what can really transform these locations into your dream wedding venue is the decor. The flowers you choose, the table scape you decide, the lighting colors… everything you do will make or break your wedding day. Here are some of my favorite decor ideas that can be adapted to any wedding venue or any wedding theme!
My Wednesday post was missing when I logged in today! This is very upsetting because it’s not like I can just come here and regurgitate what I said before, I am totally blanking because my mind is two days ahead! Yesterday blogger was down all day, so today I owe you Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of wedding week… this may take me DAYS to get up to speed again. I do know that I will have the same pictures, so at least you’ll be able to see my favorite save the dates if you didn’t read my original post on Wednesday. Please excuse me as I attempt to make my Wednesday points on a Friday!
Tuesday is dress day! Now that you have your theme, I know you’re itching to get over to the nearest bridal store and try, try, try. It can be really tempting to go into the store with hundreds of images from magazines you’ve been cutting up for years but the truth is it will make it worse. If you really aren’t sure about the style of dress you want, choose one image of each style you’re interested to try on and then narrow down the silhouette. Here are some simple guidelines for every body shape that can make your time easier and much more enjoyable.
Don’t choose a gown with an Empire waist. Although it may hide your hips, it can make you look very disproportionate. Since your waist is the thinnest part of you, you need to accentuate it as best as you can! But also, don’t be afraid to try on a mermaid or trumpet style gown, it may surprise you!
Do try an a-line dress with a sweetheart neckline to show off all of your best assets. There are so many different styles of a-line dresses you surely won’t be bored at the salon, and you are sure to look fantastic on your wedding day. Look for designers like Alita Graham who makes fantastic a-line styles.
If you have a smaller top and a heavier bottom (stomach/hips) then you’re pear shaped. I’m pear shaped and I often get very discouraged when trying on dresses because I have a hard time fitting them over my hips, don’t let it get to you!
Don’twaste your time with sheath dresses or mermaid gowns. They will only accentuate your hips and make you look heavy when there are so many dresses out there can make you look thin!
Do accentuate the thinnest part of you. Empire-waist dresses will give the illusion of a smaller bottom half. Luckily, these dresses are very popular so there will be many options for you. Look for designers like Lazaro, he uses some of the most luxurious fabrics to really elevate the Empire silhouette.
If you’re petite with a very small frame, most women wish they were you! Honestly, almost all silhouettes will look fabulous on you!
Don’t choose a ball gown that wears you. It’s very easy to overwhelm your tiny figure with a skirt that is much wider then you are.
Do try on every style you like and decide what you believe is right for the theme of your wedding. Take advantage of the fact that you can finally get a dress altered any way you’d like, so don’t be afraid! Look for designers like Amsale or Romona Keveza.
Happy Monday! One of the most important parts of a wedding, especially when you’re recently engaged, is to decide on a theme. The theme has to be decided before you can pick out invitations, try on dresses, or make a decision on anything involving the ceremony or reception. Base your decision on who you are as a couple. Coming up with a theme will make planning much easier, I swear! But, if you’ve ever watched a wedding show you have seen that themes can get a bit out of hand. Here are just a few examples of taking a theme to new heights.
Don’t take a picture with any type of tractor or dressed up animal. I promise you’ll regret it one day. It’s a “vintage farm wedding” now… not a “John Deere wedding”.
Do think outside the box. Incorporate your theme in ways that people may not expect. There is always a place for hay bales and sunflowers if that’s what your theme calls for!
Do you love the color pink more then anything in the world? Think about incorporating pink in a way that will show your personality as well as your fiance’s without overwhelming your groom, or your guests.
Do remember what you want. Your wedding certainly shouldn’t be football themed, but there are ways to make pink appear in a subtle way that is sure to please you, your groom, and your guests.
Don’t wear a costume. No matter what your taste is, a wedding is a serious event and should be taken seriously. You will remember this day for the rest of your life.
Do make sure you look like you. You don’t want to pretend to be something you aren’t, but you want to make sure that your wedding is a beautiful event, not a theatrical production.
Happy Sunday! I’ve officially dubbed this week wedding week. It seems that everywhere I turn more and more people are getting engaged which of course gets my creative juices flowing. This week I plan to go through five extremely important elements of a wedding that require a lot of time and energy from the bride. It might seem overwhelming, but wedding week is here to help with a lot of inspiration, hope you enjoy!