How to Choose a Colorful Wedding Dress

Would you consider wearing a colorful wedding dress? We think, why not! These days, bridal fashion is trending towards the unique, bespoke and alternative. Sure, the white gown isn’t going anywhere, but that doesn’t mean you can’t deviate from the norm if you love color. It’s a great way to express your style and set yourself apart from the rest.

Maybe we’ve convinced you to consider it. If so, how would you answer these questions: should you go subtle or bold? What can you do to make your look as whole communicate a bridal feel? If you wear a color, what should your bridesmaids wear? Will your choice stand the test of time? Do you even care about timelessness?

Let’s start from the top: should you go subtle or bold?

Pastel pink or bright red? Baby blue or canary yellow? Light peach or saturated lilac? This is a great question because (you guessed it) there’s no right answer! You might think that incorporating color is ok only if the shade you choose is a barley-there pastel. It’s true that subtle blushes and blues are closer to the classic white – they create interest without seeming un-bridal. But that doesn’t mean that bolder colors should be disregarded. A bold color can make for an unforgettable and regal bridal look that is entirely you.

Whether you go subtle or bold, how can you make your look ‘bridal’?

If you choose a colored dress, you can communicate a bridal feel by paying attention to the cut, style and detail. A canary yellow tea-length gown might look like a garden party dress, but an A-line ball gown in that same color will do the trick.

Think about choosing gowns with standout details: off-the-shoulder sleeves, dramatic trains, embroidery, laces, and low backs. But keep in mind that a bolder color will already stand out, so in that case, a simple gown with a gorgeous silhouette might be best.

What should your bridesmaids wear?

Of course, this is entirely up to you!  But if you want to differentiate yourself from your attendees, just think about contrast. If your dress is a light color you might ask your bridesmaids to wear deeper, more saturated colors (or neutrals) and visa versa. Or, you can set yourself apart with a magnificent bouquet, statement necklace, flower crown, hairpiece or veil.

Will your dress stand the test of time?

If you choose a colored dress because you absolutely love it, of course it will! Just steer clear of making choices based solely on current trends and you will do fine. Ultimately, timelessness is subjective. It’s about what you will look back on and be happy with.

On the other hand, there is nothing wrong with choosing something that feels right to you now. Your style might change over time, but your wedding dress will represent who where were and what you loved at that special moment in your life. And that’s what matters.

06.24.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning

Deep and Dramatic Wedding Inspiration from Erich McVey

Rarely do you hear the words “deep and dramatic” paired with “wedding inspiration,” and yet, we couldn’t think of a better way to describe this moody editorial created by Ginny Au and Erich McVey. Wedding bloggers and magazines are always imploring couples to be creative and show off their personalities through their wedding design; if your personal taste tends toward the more luxurious end of the spectrum, then we suggest you consider some of the inspiration you’ll find here. Rich, saturated jewel toned flowers and stationery are paired with a simple, yet refined, table setting. This elegant gown that would be perfect on the runway or on a bride, and we have to say, the deep brown is such a unique choice! We’re quite sure that your guests will never have experienced such a dramatic wedding design before.
Photography: Erich McVey | Creative Direction & Styling: Ginny Au | Floral Design: Ariel Dearie | Paper & Calligraphy: Tara Spencer | Hair and Makeup: Kaela Rawson | Bridal Gown: Leanne Marshall | Veil & Head Crown: Enchanted Atelier | Silk Ribbons & Silk Napkins: Froufrou Chic | Under Garments: ABC Home | Styling Assistants: Emily Michaels KingTess Comrie | Engagement Ring: Vintage Ring

06.23.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Wedding Planning Tips from Wedsafe

Having concerns during your wedding planning is normal. So many questions can run through your head. Is our “save the date” early enough? Did the invites have stamps on them? Will Aunt Agnes be able to make it? Will Uncle Sam be okay sitting next to his brother?

A lot can happen from saying “yes” to the dress to then saying “I do” to the groom.  Here are a few tips to consider for your wedding planning process:

  1. Stay organized! Spreadsheets may not be romantic, but they can serve a purpose during this time in your life.
  2. Set a budget, and stick to it! Openly discuss finances with your fiancé and your family.
  3. Create a timeline to prevent as many surprises as possible.
  4. Make up your own mind, but be open to advice. Everyone has opinions, perhaps some that you may not want to hear. But don’t shut everyone out. People you know have been down this road before – friends and family may have some great advice to share.
  5. Create a “wedding free zone.” Have days where you don’t talk about your wedding at all, and allow yourself time for some rest and relaxation.
  6. Think ahead to the possible “what if’s” that could arise on your wedding day. Having an outdoor ceremony? Don’t let unpredictable weather ruin it. Try to find a venue that will have a backup plan if a storm knocks on your big day’s door.
  7.  As much as you’ll plan for the perfect guest list, remember that some who said they would attend, might not. On the other hand, you might end up with a few surprise guests! Keep a few table options in mind to try and balance it out.
  8. Protect your investment. Your wedding is a huge milestone in your life and can become quite pricey. Wedding protection can add some peace of mind, knowing that if a sudden illness, damaged property, no-show vendors, or drunk cousin Steve decide to mess up your big day, you have extra protection.
  9. Above all, remember the bigger picture while you’re putting together all of the details. Your big day is more than flowers and seating charts; it’s a celebration of love with your family and friends!

While nothing should get in the way of your detailed plans coming to life on your special day, every now and then, things happen. Be sure to find ways to stay calm and de-stress, since you have done everything to be prepared.

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06.23.16 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Natural Fall Engagement Photos in the Catskills

In our line of work, our team has the pleasure of viewing many photos of couples in love. It’s an incredible thing to see on a daily basis, and today, we’re thrilled to share with you Rose and Jarett’s natural fall engagement photos in the Catskills from Erich McVey. As seems to be Erich’s calling card, this photo session was kept simple: a happy couple, a beautiful location in nature, and dreamy lighting. We love that the photography helps to tell the story of the couple, placing them in a certain time and location: scenic shots tell us where they are and what time of year it was when the photos were taken, and varied depths of field give us images of Rose and Jarett individually and together, in both more posed positions and completely natural ones. In the end, the couple could chose literally any of these images to frame for their newlywed home, and each would tell their story in a beautiful, artistic way.
Photography: Erich McVey | Blue & White Dress: Anthropologie | White Jumper: Aritzia | White Dress: Stone Cold Fox | Leather Jacket: Custom-made for Rose by Jarrett on a trip to China, at the South Bund Fabric Market in Shanghai!

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06.22.16 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog