How to Wear a Blush Wedding Dress

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Anything other than a white or ivory wedding dress used to be considered nontraditional, but not these days. “Blush” is possibly the most popular wedding color of the last few years. It first caught on as the “it” bridesmaid dress color and has crept its way into bridal fashion. Modern brides are opting to add a touch of color to the most important dress they’ll ever wear. When deciding how to add a touch of color, soft pink tones are at the top of the list. In fact, the image below by Jose Villa is one of the most pinned images of wedding dresses this year!

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While I’m not a pink girl myself, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the tasteful blush wedding dresses on the market recently. This past fall, I had a client wear a gorgeous blush Reem Acra wedding gown. It was simply stunning. I dare say, it was more beautiful than any white gown I’ve seen in person!

When picking a gown with color, it’s important to ask for a swatch of the fabric so you can choose complementary colors for the bridal party attire. This was a little bit of a challenge for my client. At first, she thought that she wanted her bridesmaids to wear champagne dresses, but up next to her blush dress the colors just didn’t work. The champagne color looked a little “dirty” and it detracted from her beautiful dress. She also considered having the groomsmen wear navy, but that didn’t look right either. We tried a few other options and settled on dove grey dresses by Jenny Yoo. The groom opted for a black modern ­cut tux and the groomsmen wore charcoal grey suits. Instead of competing against one another, all the colors complimented and blended well.

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There are styles and cuts of blush dresses for every type of bride. Whether you are looking for a modern dress or a bohemian gown, there is “the one” out there for you. When you are shopping for your pink dress, keep in mind the shade of pink that you are looking for. If you have warm undertones, pick a pink that is yellow or peach based. If you have cool undertones, pink a pink that is grey or silver based. It’s simple to remember, warm with warm, cool with cool.

Don’t be afraid to shop in unexpected places if you are looking for a nontraditional dress. Although most bridal boutiques have caught on to this trend, they may not have as many options as a high­-end department store or a boutique that sells evening gowns.

If having something custom-made is an option, you can work with your designer or seamstress to choose the perfect style, fabric and shade for you. You could even just add a hint of color to the detail of your white/ivory wedding dress.

If there’s any day that you should feel your best and most beautiful, it’s your wedding day. And to be completely honest, white isn’t always the most flattering color. If you feel best in a pink dress, then wear it with confidence!

I’d love to hear, are you a pink wedding dress kind of bride?

Article: Jessica Sloane | Graphic: Hannah Lee | First Image: Jessica Lorren | Second Image: Jose Villa | Last Image: Jessica Lorren

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05.15.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas Blog

Once Wed, Zales, & Beauty Sweet Spot Hangout with Glamour!

I had so much fun speaking with Jeannine from the Beauty Sweet Spot, Angie from Zales, and our guest, Julia, about finding the perfect engagement ring! We had a blast talking about how to pick a ring that fits with your style and personality, the shopping process, and ways to save on your wedding so you can splurge a little on the ring. If you’re looking for fun and easy ways to save, check out our DIY tutorials and our huge selection of preowned wedding dresses. If you’re smart about where you invest, you can have your dream ring and your dream wedding!

If you missed out on our Google Hangout, check out this video to hear the tips and advice we shared with Julia on how to pick the perfect engagement ring! Let us know if you had any other questions!

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05.15.14 / Featured, News Blog

Delicate Vintage Wedding Ideas

We loved these delicate vintage wedding ideas, and would love to see these lovely ideas translated into an entire wedding. Read more from the creatives behind this shoot:

A faint whisper, a memory of once was that glimmers in the back of one’s mind–this was the unfolding of the story that brought us to the beautiful Trinity Institute in Tehuacana, TX. The worn, natural beauty of the landscape and interiors set the ideal scene for our story. Highlighting the pre-existing structures and character of the building paved the path of mixing delicate, simplistic elements with more structured and raw ones. We wanted to tell a story of a minimal, intimate and lovely gathering, and did so using loosely arranged florals in various shades of green, peach, purple and cream in mixed brass and silver vessels, accompanied by an assortment of brass candlesticks.

The incorporation of grey transfer ware, vintage silver flatware and pressed glass goblets allowed the tablescape to remain luxurious yet simplistic and inviting. The bride wore gowns by Monique Lhuillier, and was adorned with a crown and bouquets comprised of hellebores, jasmine, lisianthus poppies, andromeda and fritillaria. The conclusion of the day allowed us to reminisce and reflect on a story that had been told of what once was, and the beauty that it encompassed.

Photographer: Heather Hawkins | Designer & Stylist: Stefanie Miles | Floral Design: Bows & Arrows | Hair & Makeup:  Tracy Melton Artistry | Calligraphy: The Left Handed Calligrapher  | Gowns: Monique Lhuillier provided by Warren Barron Bridal | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab

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05.13.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas Blog

Hangout with Once Wed, Zales, and Glamour Magazine!

Zales_Google+ Promo Post CreativeWe’re so excited to announce that Emily was invited by Glamour Magazine and Zales to participate in a fun Google Hangout next Wednesday May 14! Join Emily Newman and Janine Morris of Beauty Sweet Spot to talk about picking the perfect engagement ring, ring trends, wedding planning, and some fun DIY ideas to help cut down on your wedding budget. Tune into our Google Hangout May 14th at 1pm CST to hang out with Emily, Janine, and experts from Zales! We can’t wait! RSVP here! 

05.12.14 / Featured, News Blog