The Not Wedding 2014 Schedule

It’s that time of year again! The NotWedding has just announced their 2014 schedule, and we couldn’t be more excited for all of these fantastic events. We have always loved how The NotWedding has taken a boring event like a bridal show and turned it into a party! Complete with dinner, dancing, drinks, and décor, you get a fantastic idea of what each of the participating vendors can do for your wedding and how they work together.

After starting in Atlanta in 2008, The NotWedding now hosts events all over the country- from San Diego, California to Portland, Maine! Registration is open for all of your favorite destinations and some new exciting places like New Orleans and Chicago! Tickets are selling out fast, so visit their website today to RSVP to this amazing bridal show alternative.  And Once Wed readers can use the code HalfOffTheNW to receive half off the price of their ticket!

If you’re interested in being a vendor at one of the 26 events (wow!), they’re taking applications right now! Just go online and apply here. If you’re new to the industry, TheNot Wedding is the perfect place to get your start. Take advantage of this opportunity to network with industry professionals, and most importantly, meet potential brides!

Interested in being taking part in the world’s best “fake” wedding?

Be a guest! Attend an event
Be part of the show! Apply as a vendor
Be part of The Not Wedding Team! Apply as a brand ambassador

Photography Credits:

Our Labor of Love, Jessica Oh! Photography, Lime Green Photography, Kipporah Photography

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02.11.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

DIY Eyeshadow For Your Eye Color: Green/Hazel


I am so excited to unveil a little series from Amy Clarke and Bryce Covey, Eyeshadow For Your Eye Color. Amy suggested the idea on a recent shoot, and I think it’s brilliant because I always find myself struggling to pick the right colors for eyeshadow. Anybody else walk into Sephora and feel overwhelmed by all the choices in front of you? I know I do, so I can’t wait to unveil more tutorials for blue and brown eyes coming soon.


Amy’s advice is  “When picking eyeshadow colors for your eyes, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the color wheel. Wear the opposite of your eye color to make your eye color pop! For Green/Hazel eyes you’ll want to try wearing deep purples and plums, pinks, cranberry and rust colors.” Below is a gorgeous tutorial for a beautiful cranberry and rust eye…


Here’s how to achieve this easy eyeshadow look I created for our model with green eyes.

1. Start off with an eyeshadow base or primer. Cream concealers work great, but if you tend to have oilier lids, use a primer. I used a paint pot from MAC in “Painterly”. Apply a thin layer to your whole lid and under your lash line.

2. Using a crease eyeshadow brush, apply a warm, matte rust color eyeshadow to your crease and lash line, creating a sideways “V” on your lid and blend well. I used Jane Iredale’s Crease brush and MAC’s eyeshadow in “Red Brick”.

3. Next, using a mini fluff brush, apply a small amount of the same rust eyeshadow color to your lower lash line, from the outer part of your eye, to just past the center of your eye. I used MAC’s #228.

4. Apply a darker warm brown color to your crease & lashline using the same small fluff brush and creating a smaller version of a sideways “V”. This will define and pop your crease. I used Makeup Forever’s Matte Shadow #161

5. Without adding any more product, use the same crease brush and blend the colors together.

6. Define your lower lash line by applying the same darker brown color to just the outer part of your lower lid.

7. Brush on a shimmery gold color to your lid, lower lash line and inner coroners of your eyes to really open them up. I used MAC’s eyeshadow in “Amber Lights”.

Photography: Bryce Covey | Makeup: Amy Clarke | Hair: Heidi Marie Garrett | Creative Direction: Emily Newman for Once Wed

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02.10.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

New Spring Collection from David’s Bridal


Major news for every bride-to-be! The Spring 2014 collection has officially arrived at David’s Bridal!  Their design team focused on creating a vast selection of new bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, and accessories for the season, and we absolutely adore what they’ve put together! This season, we’re spotting an abundance of new trends, designed to awaken the most discerning fashion palettes: from softer silhouettes and fabrics to new iterations of pastels in bridal and bridesmaid looks.

David’s Bridal is embracing the latest bridal trends and has designed a gorgeous collection full of different shades of soft pastels and pastel accents in flowing and delicate fabrics. These softer silhouettes and colored bridal gowns in Champagne, Blush, and Whisper Pink pair well with almost any skin tone and create an airy, ethereal feel. These ball gowns and A-line styles are perfect for the bride who envisions pure romance on her big day (think peonies, cosmetic palettes, and lace accent after lace accent).


A keen eye for trend-worthy style also translated into an expanded selection of soft and fresh bridesmaid dress colors and fabrications. New colors Ballet, Biscotti, Blonde, and Mint round out David’s Bridal’s assortment of over 40 colors, allowing brides to create endless palette possibilities. Choose just one color or select different shades for different ‘maids! And hello, lace! We’re thrilled that David’s Bridal has introduced lace into their bridesmaid collection, now available in two styles and six shades. We love, love, love the simple elegance of their short strapless allover lace dress in Biscotti that’s just arrived and could just picture this dress coming down the aisle at any garden wedding.


David’s Bridal has partnered with designers like Melissa SweetWhite by Vera Wang, and Oleg Cassini to create a collection of affordable designer dresses that keep up with the latest fashions. And they just launched Zac Posen’s first bridal collection, Truly Zac Posen, and we’re obsessing over the sophisticated bridal gowns and social occasion dresses. From these designers this Spring, you’ll see dresses with sleek fitted corsets, along with gowns that feature more modest necklines. All of these new designs would look amazing on any bride looking for a classically designed gown for her wedding. We simply adore all of the new designs, and we love even more that the new collection is on point with spring bridal trends!

It’s not often that fashion, quality, and reasonable prices intersect, but David’s Bridal excels at creating on-trend styles for budget-conscious brides and bridesmaids. We love that David’s Bridal makes it a goal to lead the bridal industry in wedding dress and bridesmaid fashion!

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02.10.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Vintage Wedding Dresses from Mill Crest Vintage


Are you looking for a vintage wedding dress for your big day? Have you always dreamt of walking down the aisle in a one of a kind, vintage piece? Are you completely lost on where to start looking? Well, we’re here to help! One of our favorite sponsors, Mill Crest Vintage, takes all of the guesswork out of looking for your perfect vintage wedding dress.

After being in business for 30 years, Mill Crest Vintage has accumulated thousands of vintage wedding, bridesmaid, and mother of the bride dresses and operates their shop in Lambertville, New Jersey, which is conveniently nestled between New York City and Philadelphia. But it’s Mill Crest Vintage’s website that is really impressive. Mill Crest Vintage understands what is important to look for in a vintage dress, and they’ve used their discerning eye to create a huge collection of vintage finds in one place. Their website is full of 19th and 20th century wedding gowns for you to choose from, and the selection is absolutely amazing.  These beautiful vintage gowns would make perfect rehearsal dinner or wedding dresses! And Mill Crest Vintage makes shopping for the perfect wedding gown easier than if you were shopping in a store! Each dress is rated based on condition so you can find the style you want in the condition you’re looking for. And if you’ve looked over hundreds of dresses, and you still can’t find the vintage dress of your dreams, they’re more than willing to help you find one with just a quick phone call. So, why settle for a vintage-inspired gown when you can have the original?

We absolutely adore the personalized service that Mill Crest Vintage gives to each one of their Brides, and we highly recommend them to anyone looking for a vintage piece for their wedding day!

Rehersal Dinner Dresses from Left to Right: 1950s Champagne Dress, 1960s Pearl Dress, 1960s Crepe Dress

Wedding Dresses from Left to Right: 1950s Floral Lace Dress, 1960 BOHO Lace Dress, 1950s Sequin Tulle Dress

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02.07.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog