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

DIY Double Knot Ponytail

Double-knot-twist-tutorial-graphicWe love it when brides or bridesmaids get creative with their hair, and this tutorial that we worked on alongside Christian Marc, is a creative and elegant twist on a traditional ponytail. Try this look on your bridesmaids who want something a little more loose or casual as opposed to an updo, or rock it yourself! This is perfect for girls with medium to long hair, and we would pair a sleek look like this with either our DIY Natural Bridal Makeup or DIY Elegant Evening Makeup Tutorials.

diy-double-knot-twist-tutorial-gooddiy-double-knot-twist-tutorialDIY Double Knot Instructions

1. Take hair and separate into two equal sized parts and twist outward.

2. Take the two equal pieces and knot them together at the base of your scalp, pulling until knot reaches your head.

3. Repeat step 2 so that you have two knots.

4. Take one of the sections (the shorter of the two), tuck and pin up with bobby pins until secure.

Creative Direction and Styling: Emily Newman for Once Wed | Photography: Meghan Kay Sadler | Makeup: Amy Clarke for Temptu | Hair: Christian Marc 

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08.12.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured