You’ve found the perfect wedding dress, you’ve had numerous fittings to make sure everything is perfect, and you’ll soon be wowing your friends and family as you walk down the aisle to begin your exciting future with someone special. But have you thought about what will happen to your most treasured keepsake from the most momentous day of your life?

Luckily, we’ve already thought about that for you and have partnered with to give TWO lucky brides a Celebrity Wedding Gown Preservation Kit, which ensures your dress stays as magnificent over the next years and decades as it did the day you first wore it. The invisible stains from your wedding day can be the most damaging to a delicate dress – sweat, dirt, and oils contribute to the yellowing of the fabric and wreak havoc on the dress’ fine fabrics.

The upgraded kit includes free shipping to the Wedding Gown Preservation Company where it receives a museum quality cleaning formulated for delicate fabrics (unlike a lot of those dry cleaners out there!), is checked for tears and missing beading, and returns the dress to you perfectly preserved and in family heirloom status in its very own preservation chest. Whether or not your future daughter or granddaughter wants to wear it on her wedding day is another thing. You can learn more about their sophisticated cleaning and preservation process at

To enter to win a Celebrity Wedding Gown Preservation Kit, comment below with your wedding dress designer and style. For an extra entry, share this post on Facebook and tag Once Wed.

Photography for last 3 images: Ali Harper

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05.30.15 / Contests, Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Inspiration from the Ginny Au Birmingham Workshop

It’s so inspirational for us to see creatives nurturing one another through workshops and design courses, and we love that our brides can glean direction from stylists like Ginny Au even if they’re not part of the industry. Keep reading to find out a little more about Ginny’s creative journey.

From Ginny Au:

“I believe the need to clutter or overthink a design is an easy pitfall in the wedding industry. It was something I struggled with early in my career. Over time, I stopped piecing together unrelated details and focused on one element allowing all other inspiration to stem from that single source. This approach allowed me the freedom to explore the beauty of simplicity and the humility in a deconstructed design. It also demands a sensory approach to your design process, one I often layout on walls using texture and pigment.

I decided to teach a series of day classes that focused on the origin of a design and  simple styling techniques, encouraging creatives in all fields to find their own voice and a unique way of expressing it.”
Photography: Lauren Kinsey | Flowers: Rosegolden Flowers | Calligraphy: Script Merchant | Class Venue: The Nest Birmingham

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05.29.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Couture Bridesmaid Dresses from PPS Couture

Introducing PPS Couture: Stunning New Bridesmaid Dresses

The next stage of bridesmaid fashion has just been unveiled, and bridesmaids everywhere should be excited. One of our favorite bridal attire designers, Plum Pretty Sugar, has just announced the launch of their all-new bridesmaid dress collection: PPS Couture. This collection is purely intoxicating, featuring handmade gowns, ethereal floral prints, and flowing, feminine silhouettes.

PPS Couture captures elegance and classicism with a modern whimsical twist. Special details such as pockets, detachable sleeves and hand-draping make the collection both alluring and remarkably unique. It features four beautiful silhouettes, and it’s almost impossible to choose a favorite. Each design is available in four delicate prints, and can be combined together to create an enchanting bridesmaid grouping or worn alone for any special occasion, like your engagement party or engagement photos.

PPS Couture gowns are priced from $380, and are available for purchase at

Photography: Jose Villa | Styling: Type A Society | Hair and Make Up: Nyrie Beauty

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05.28.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

DIY Rolled Chignon Hair Tutorial

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If you saw yesterday’s post, you are probably one of the many who wishes you could style your hair exactly like the bride’s. You’re in luck! We love showcasing wedding hair tutorials, and this one from Samantha Landis is an updated version of a simple classic. Read on for the step by step!

Looking for more hair and makeup tutorials? Check out our favorite wedding day looks here!


DIY Rolled Chignon


1) Elastic Hair Band
2) Bobbi Pins


1) Starting with the left side, roll hair back and pin.
2) Roll right side back and pin.
3) Gather hair and secure with an elastic close to the ends.
4) Using your index fingers, roll the hair upward.
5) Once the roll aligns with the left and ride sides, hold in place with your hands and secure with bobbi pins.

Photography: Heather Hawkins | Videographyt: Kelly Christine | Creative direction and design: Kylie Swanson | Hair and makeup: Samantha Landis | Gown: Samuelle Couture | Flowers: Bows and Arrows | Model: Alexandria Bryant with Kim Dawson Agency

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05.27.15 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured