Top 20 Wedding Updos

top-20-wedding-updos-from-oncewedYou can stop searching the internet high and low for the perfect wedding updo to show your stylist for your wedding day- we’ve collected 20 of our favorite updos from our DIYs and Real Weddings all in one place!

1. The updo above, sent to us from Irrelephant Blog is a interpretation on a traditional French twist. See the entire tutorial and DIY instructions here.

knotted-bun-diy-tutorial2. This knotted bun that we worked on with Heidi Marie Garrett is a classic and would look great on any bride searching for an elegant updo! Visit the original post for the entire tutorial.

crown-braid-chignon3. This romantic crown braid tutorial from Amanda Gros is still one of our all time favs! Check out how to recreate this look here.

wedding-hair-updos-natural-casual-wedding-hairstyles4. If you’re looking for a loose and messy updo for your big day, check out this Once Wed classic from Jordan Byers. See how to create this undone bun herefrench-braid-bun-diy5. We still absolutely adore this clean, elegant french braid bun tutorial we shared a while back. Check out how achieve this updo here.

diy-rope-braid-updo6. Want to rock an awesome hairstyle on your wedding day? Try out this rope braid updo!

wedding-hair-updo-ideas-formal-elegant-diy-tutorial7. This classic updo that we featured in our Once Wed magazine is still one of our favorites!! See the original post here.

rock-n-roll-wedding-hair-updo-formal-elegant-modern-wedding-hair-diy-tutorial-600x4068. We also created this rock and roll updo for our magazine! Would you be daring enough to try something like this for your wedding?

diy-twisted-bun-tutorial9. And this classic bun from Irrelephant is perfect for any bride-to-be! See the DIY here.

rustic-wedding-hairstyles-for-long-hair310. This lovely low bun has been a huge hit on Pinterest after we posted the original inspiration shoot a while back!

wedding-hairstyles-for-updos11. And let’s not forget those brides who want to style their hair with a veil.

diy-fishtail-bun-tutorial12. If you’re looking for a put together, classic wedding updo, check out this fishtail bun!

bright-elegant-bride-wedding-hairstyles-jewelry13. This lovely updo has also been a favorite on Pinterest! See the full feature on this bride here.

braided-french-twist-updo14. This awesome updo from Irrelephant knocks it out of the park! Check out how to get this ‘do here.

2-bobby-pin-updo15. Updos are a little more difficult for girls with short hair, but this simple 2 bobby pin DIY is great for shoulder-length hair. Get the instructions and try it out!

braid-halo-with-ribbon-600x39816. We love this crown braid so much we included it in last week’s round-up too!

diy-tucked-braided-bun-wedding-hairstyles-for-long-hair17. Learn how to recreate this tucked braid updo right here!

diy-crown-braid-hair-tutorial118. Check out this crown braid updo if you’re searching for a show-stopping look on your wedding day!

chignon-wedding-hair-tutorial219. Chignons are a classic wedding hairstyle, and we simply adore this clean and simple version. See the tutorial here to get the look!

faux-bob220. And for brides looking for a non-traditional twist on the wedding updo, see how to achieve a faux bob here.

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08.15.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured, Wedding Ideas

Vintage Wedding Dress Ideas

Brides are embracing vintage designs and gowns more than ever, and with websites like Gossamer Vintage, they’re able to find gems without having to hunt for months and months. Emme from Gossamer Vintage has worked over the past year to style her gowns to show brides how lovely vintage gowns can be.

Here’s more from Emme on her inspiration for this shoot:

It’s unusual see a bride in an antique Edwardian gown, so Laura and I decided to do a shoot for it in a private garden in DC. We wanted to create an option for brides who otherwise might not have thought of wearing an older gown for her wedding day. We loved the unique textures of the gown and paired it with an antique wax crown; the venue was the perfect setting to complement the mood.

Photographer: Laura Gordon | Dress/Accessories/Florals: Gossamer Vintage | Makeup/Hair: Liz Wegrzyn | Model: Nora Button | Ribbons: Silk and Willow | Styling/Props: Laura Gordon and Gossamer Vintage | Location: Private Estate in Washington, DC

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08.14.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

When do I send out wedding invitations?

This is one of the most common questions we get about wedding planning, and here are some quick and simple answers to guide you:

When do I send out my wedding invitations?

  • -Traditionally, invitations go out six to eight weeks before the wedding.
  • -Start addressing the invitations 3 months before the wedding. If using a calligrapher, they might need 4 months prior.

When should the deadline be for RSVP’s?

  • -Make the deadline for RSVP’s for 2-3 weeks prior to the wedding.

Is it different for destination weddings?

  • -Send out wedding invitations three months ahead of time.
  • -Ask for RSVP’s 3-4 weeks before the departure date.

How do I estimate how many people will come to the wedding?

  • -If you send your invitations out 6 to 8 weeks in advance, the likelihood is that most of them will come. So estimate that 85% of them will attend. Don’t forget to account for plus ones, if you’ve invited them.
  • -Out of town acceptance rate is around 85% for family and 40% for friends. For most couples, a safe estimate of acceptance rate for out-of-town guests is 55%.
  • -(# of out of town guests * 65%) + (# of local guests * 90%) = total # estimated to attend.
  • -It’s a good idea to make an A list and a B list. Send your a list invitations out 8 weeks in advance. As you start to get acceptances and declines, you can start inviting some of the people from your B list.

Graphic: Hannah Lee | Styling and Creative Direction: Pearl & Godiva | Photography : Jen Huang with Nevealbums | Stationery: Maybelle Imasa 

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08.14.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas

Win Bridesmaids Gifts from Things Remembered

Your bridesmaids are your world in the months leading up to your wedding. They’re the ones you call crying at 10 p.m. on a Tuesday because you can’t find 6 dresses in the same color, when your wedding dress no longer fits, or when you can’t find candles in the exact right color. They understand your pain and they’re always one phone call away to help.

Bridesmaids gifts are a time-honored tradition that every maid looks forward to when she’s asked to stand with you, and personalized bridesmaids gifts are the best! Things Remembered has hundreds of bridesmaids gifts that you can personalize with a monogram, their name, or even a really special message from your heart.

We love the compacts engraved with “I couldn’t say “I Do” without you!” or “You’re beautiful inside & out!” Add her name to make it even more personal and special.

Engraved wine glasses are another great gift for your girls. Add her first initial in an animal print letter and her name underneath for a great gift she can really “Cheers!” to!

Check out the Things Remembered wedding blog for even more great personalized gift ideas!

To get you started, Things Remembered is offering one of our favorite gifts to one lucky bride today! One bride will win 4 canvas totes for her maids, available in a variety of colors with color personalization included! Click here to enter and for official rules.

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08.14.14 / Contests, Featured, New Sponsor Blog