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Tip or Trend Tuesday: Trend: Garlands

Bridal Guide’s 2013 trend list is out and one trend I not only love myself, but am seeing more and more of as of late: garlands. Garlands are great for decor and signage such as identifying the guest book table to a lovely backdrop for your sweetheart table. What I love about them is the texture, dimension and flexibility of display as opposed to your typical sign. They can adorn the chuppah, decorate the staircase, hang from chandeliers, or mark the aisle. Today, I have some of my favorite garlands via Pinterest and I hope you enjoy!

Wedding Garlands Ceremony

Reception Garlands

Wedding Cake Garland

Wedding Garland Signs

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Monday’s Finding: Oscar Inspired Bridal Fashions

Last night’s Oscar red carpet saw some definite hits and misses. Okay, I’m going to get snarky here for a mo’. In my opinion, the major miss of the night was Anne Hathaway’s worst dressed trifecta in Prada: pointy nipples, too much side boob, and ill placed jewelry. Sure, there were others that were disheveled and dumpy, but I guess I expect more from Anne and the side boob trend is super tacky.

However, there were several ladies that stood out in trendsetting wedding worthy inspired frocks that I just have to show you. Check out the board below for the style I feel can easily translate in to gorgeous bridal looks and then keep scrolling for some current bridal designs that speak to their Oscar counterparts: Amy Adams with her feathered ball gown by Oscar de la Renta, Zooey Deschanel with her vintage inspired floral embroidered frock, Shaun Robinson in a crisp black and white gown, Jessica Chastain in her gold classic Hollywood styled gown by Giorgio Armani, Charlize Theron in a beautifully structured white peplum dress, Kristen Stewart’s lace sheath with a tulle train by Reem Acra, Alicia Vikander in an on-trend long sleeved gown by Elie Saab, Kristen Chenoweth in Tony Ward, and winner of the Best Actress Award…Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture.

Oscars 2013- Bridal Inspiration

Feathered Ball Gown and Floral Embroidery

Oscar Wedding Dress Inspiration- Black & White and Gold

Oscar Inspired Wedding Dresses- Peplum and Lace w/ attached train

Oscar Inspired Wedding Dresses: Blue and Black Ball Gowns

Bridal dress
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Wedding ball gown
weddinginspirasi.com

Sleeveless dress
weddinginspirasi.com

Lace bridal dress
weddinginspirasi.com

Jill Stuart wedding ball gown
weddinginspirasi.com

Marchesa Fall/Winter 2012-2013
weddinginspirasi.com

Oscar Inspired Wedding Dresses Clean and Simple

Bridal ball gown
abigailwrightdesigns.com

Bridal dress
weddinginspirasi.com

Floral print dress
weddinginspirasi.com

Saturday’s Latest: Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team 2/23/13

‘Latest: Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team 2/23/13’ by ravengrrl


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$47

Crochet Wedding Barefoot San…

$15

Lace Bridal or Baby Shower I…

$16.75

Yellow margarita salt – colo…

$3.25

Vintage Mens Suit Teal w/Oxb…

$72

Vintage Red Mens Vest Brocad…

$34

Mens White Wide Tie 1950’…

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Clip on Suspenders Vintage E…

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Unity Candle Set, Wedding De…

$200

Rose Candle Unity Set, Weddi…

$190

Organic Spice Pillar, Slate …

$90

Wedding bridal crown wreath …

$50

Handmade Cotton Lace Collar,…

$35

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Seashell Ring Bearer Wedding…

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Monogram Personalized Weddin…

$45

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‘Latest: Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team 2/23/13 #2’ by ravengrrl


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Personalized Ring Bearer Bow…

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Handmade Ribbon Rose Bouquet…

$120

Silver Sequined Bow Bridal H…

$62

Large Organza Flower Brooch,…

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White Lace Bridal Wrist Char…

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Gray Roses with Yellow Origa…

$120

Shell Seashell Ring Bearer W…

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Wood Chalkboard Tree Slice R…

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Blue SWAROVSKI crystal & rhi…

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Handmade Cotton Lace Appliqu…

$41

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Style Thursday: The Braid Trend: Plaits for every length

Braids…from braided bangs for those with short hair to long fishtail plaits, it’s the trend on just about every 2013 bridal trends list. I’ve got two dozen lovely ‘dos for the bride looking for a traditional updo to waterfall braids for the boho lovers out there, and since this is me…you know I’ve got some edgier looks for us alternative folk. Have some fun with your look and don’t forget to schedule that hair trial!

Long Hair- Braid

Braid Up do

Short braids

Edgy Braids

Wedding Wednesday: Red Velvet Vintage Inspiration

Today’s Wedding Wednesday is inspired by that deliciousness known as “red velvet.” It’s red, it’s chocolately (if done right…like my Grandmother’s), and that cream cheese frosting is SO worth the extra workout minutes to burn it off. I’ve got a pretty little naked red velvet cake and one gorgeous confection of a wedding dress to complement it. I hope you like it and the Red Velvet Caketini recipe!

Red Velvet Caketini

Red Velvet Vintage Inspiration

Tip or Trend Tuesday: Tip: The “First Look”

Thinking of doing a “first look” on your wedding day? Want to know what those who’ve done it thought of their experience? Well, here’s my advice for a great “first look” experience for you and your love.

Over the past *mumble* years that I’ve been in the wedding industry, I can hardly remember a more argued topic amongst my colleagues than when the notion of “first looks” came on the scene. What’s a “first look?” A “first look” is a time both you and your soon to be spouse get your first view of one another on your wedding day. The reason for the argument? A “first look” happens before you both head down the aisle.

Some say it ruins the entire surprise element of that first glimpse of your love coming down the aisle and other say it alleviates the anxiety of that moment, making it a moment just between the two of you. I am a “first look” advocate. I did it at my first wedding in 1998 and I can’t even begin to tell you the controversy that was for all of the church ladies. Luckily, my Dad was the Senior Pastor and our officiant, so my ex and I got our wish. Sometimes it definitely pays to be a “Daddy’s Girl.” 😉

Both my ex-husband and I were ridiculously nervous before our wedding. I literally got no sleep the night before and the tuxedo rental place messed up the guy’s order, making them three hours late to the rehearsal. I remember just wanting a moment alone with the man I was about to marry. We’d both been through a chaotic 24 hours and didn’t want that to show in some blubbering outburst as I made my way down the aisle. Having that moment just the two of us with only the photographer and videographer (both stayed at a distance) settled our nerves and it was just about the only time alone we had all day. It was SO worth it.

Fourteen years later, I’d be making the “first look” magic happen for him and his wonderful fiance (seriously, I have the best ex-husband and step-mom to my kiddo…EVER). Here’s their experience and try not to drown in their respective cuteness:

Bear: “I think it’s the best way to go for any wedding, you relax and calm yourselves. Seeing Tana in that dress was beyond words, Goddess-like does not do it justice. Still thinking about that moment makes me emotional…ok…move on now…lol.”
Tana Marie: “I remember waiting with anticipation to see his reaction as he opened his eyes and saw me for the first time all dressed up. Bear picked out my dress, seeing it in ivory at the store. I love that he was the one who picked it. 🙂 He never saw me in the red dress ’till that moment, and when I saw his face and the love it showed, it made my heart melt. He looked absolutely handsome in his tux! It is a moment I will never forget.”

Me: Would you recommend a “first look” to other brides and grooms?
Bear: “Oh hell yeah!!!!!”
Tana Marie: “Highly! You have that moment where it feels like it is only the two of you there and you feel complete. At last it was for myself.”

firstlook1

firstlook21
*Photos by Eric Murphy of Piscean Dreams Photography

So, what are my tips for a great “first look?”
*Always, always, always have your photographer and/or your videographer present. They can capture the moment, but stand back a bit so that you can have your privacy.
*Let your wedding party know ahead of time. That way, they don’t go hunting for you and interrupt your time together.
*Appoint someone to keep the lookie loos at bay. For Bear and Tana, it was me as I was their wedding planner and they knew I could do so with tact. You don’t need a “first look” bouncer, just someone to politely ask folks not to interrupt you.
*Scout out your “first look” spot before the wedding day. You want a spot that is out of the way and one that will photograph well.
*Budget about 20 minutes of your pre-ceremony time for your “first look” and include it on your itenerary for the day. Be sure to hand out that itinerary to all involved in your wedding party as well as your vendors.

Here are some of my favorite “first look” pics from across the web. I’d love to hear if you and your love are planning a “first look.” Or if you’re already married, how your first look went.

Stay tuned tomorrow for some “red velvet” inspiration!

First Look 1

First Look 2

Saturday’s Latest: Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team

Today I have a plethora of goodness from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team. So, without further ado, four fantastic treasuries full of wedding bits and bobs to make your day uniquely you.

‘Saturday’s Latest from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team 2/16/13 #1’ by ravengrrl


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silk lace chuppah (made-to-o…

$780.00

Fingerless Bridal Gloves: Wh…

$27.00

Handmade Cotton Lace Collar,…

$38.00

Brown Handmade Tulle Lace Co…

$37.00

Handmade Cotton Lace Appliqu…

$52.00

Lace Pocket – Simple Wedding…

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With Love Wedding Invitation…

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Gates – Romantic Wedding Inv…

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Thank You Wedding Favor Tags…

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Seashell Ring Bearer Wedding…

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Personalized Wedding Ornamen…

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Handmade Cotton Lace Appliqu…

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Brown Handmade Tulle Lace Co…

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Wood Wedding Placecard Holde…

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Sugar Starfish Seashell Bobb…

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Ivory Flowery Headpiece / H…

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Handmade Ribbon Rose Bouquet…

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Wedding Jewelry, Brilliant S…

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Wedding Hair accessory made …

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Wedding bridal crown wreath …

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White Net Tulle Stole Shawl …

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‘Saturday’s Latest from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team 2/16/13 #3’ by ravengrrl


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ORANGE, Large Organza Flower…

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Handmade Cotton Lace Collar,…

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Handmade Cotton Lace Appliqu…

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Petite bouquet, Flower Girl …

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Wedding seating chart. Const…

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Flower Girl Kissing Ball, Po…

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Ring Bearing Pillow: Unusual…

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Black Handmade Cotton Lace C…

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Handmade Cotton Lace Collar,…

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Frame – Elegant Wedding Invi…

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Large Elegant Ivory Feather …

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‘Saturday’s Latest from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team 2/16/13 #4’ by ravengrrl


Unity Candle Set, Wedding Ce…

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Rose Candle Unity Set, Pilla…

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Mint Origami Crane Rose Brid…

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Wedding Ring Pillow – Satin …

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Succulent Bridal Bouquet, Ru…

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3 tier Cake Stand Honey Bun…

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Extra Large Gumpaste Flower…

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Bridal jewelry set, Bridal b…

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Seed Paper Invitations custo…

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Wedding Decorations/Receptio…

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Wedding Card Box and Banner …

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White Medieval Wedding Dress…

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