Are you thinking about mixing things up with your bridal party style? The common fear is how it will all turn out for pictures. Every bride wonders: “What if it doesn’t work and looks like a jumbled mess?” We promise that by following a few of these tips, you can create a fun and stylish look for your girls. Once you decide which direction you want to go, we will show you how to pull it all together!
As tempting as it may be to provide your girls with every and any possibility, it is important to give them a few guidelines. You may think that keeping the dress requirements completely open is making it easier for them, but often it is the opposite. Your girls want you to be happy and get what you want for your wedding day. It can often be more stressful for them to try and guess. There are three main elements to consider when deciding on dresses: Fabric, color and style. Pick 1 or 2 elements that you would like to remain the same, and allow your girls to run with the rest. This will ensure your looks stays cohesive, but has some flair.
Mixing up the colors is a fun way to add some flair to your bridal party. You have a few options here so the first step is to decide how.
1) Mixed color palette. Find some colors that fit together well by placing swatches together. The trick here is to keep your hue consistent. For example: if you are hooked on a pastel pink swatch, keep the remaining choices in the pastel family.
2) Shaded: Changing each bridesmaid dress by a shade or two can create a very interesting look for your bridal party. To pull this look off, you will need to find a gown with a fabric that is available in many colors. Start with 1 color that you love and start to work into a darker or lighter shade. It is that simple!
When the wedding arrives, your bridesmaids will create a beautiful and elegant frame for you and your new husband. Different dress length can often be distracting to the eye and pull the focus from the couple. There are many ways to play with the mismatched bridesmaid look, but when it comes to hem length, we suggest picking just one.
Mixing up your bridesmaid style doesn’t have to mean everything is completely different. Even something as simple as different shoes, bouquets or jewelry can give your girls an opportunity to show off their personalities.
When putting together your bridesmaid style, there really are no rules. All you have to do is play with the options. Put fabrics, color and styles together until you are completely happy with the end result. Mismatching your girls is all about breaking the rules. So go ahead, be fearless!
It is wonderful to be able to celebrate your new Mrs. status with friends and family, but sometimes the combination of large numbers, varied personalities and high emotions can cause a little bit of stress along the way. When these moments happen, there are three things we want to remind you of. 1) You cannot please everyone. 2) There is always a solution. And 3) You’re not alone. We asked our brides to weigh in with their own personal experience dealing with difficult wedding guests.
“When family members who have conflict with each other make the day about them and their issues.” – Sarah Beth
If you have found yourself in this situation, we promise that you are not the first. Emotions and adrenaline are at an all time high at most weddings and this can sometimes cause tension. When diffusing a situation keep in mind that you want to make it better and not worse. If you let your emotions get the better of you. things will only escalate. With a level head and a calm voice, politely remind them why they are here today. Your wedding is a celebration of your relationship and it is OK to remind them of that.
“Asking the morning of my wedding if you could bring your daughter, when you didn’t even bother to send your RSVP. And RSVP-ing for 3 when your invite specifically said to Mr and Mrs your name there.” — Michelle Flowers
There are 2 types of guests: 1) There was an unintentional miscommunication and your guest didn’t realize who exactly was invited. or 2) Your guest disregarded your wishes and didn’t think a plus one was a big deal.
It is so important to be clear who the invitation is intended for. If you don’t feel like the names on the addressed envelope are clear enough, feel free to write the names out on their RSVP Card as well. This should help alleviate any miscommunication. If your RSVP mishap lands in the second category, ask yourself if it is a big deal. Do you have the space and the budget to have them there? Is it more of an annoyance than an inconvenience? If having extra person at your wedding is something you can deal with, consider letting it go and moving on. If having them there is not possible, a conversation is a great place to start. Explain to them that unfortunately you do not have any wiggle room with the guest count and although you wished more could attend, it is not possible at this time. And remember that asking is often more effective than demanding.
“We had a groomsmen back out the week of the wedding and then one of them “forgot” he was in the wedding all together.” — Ginny Raettig
Although situations like this are incredibly frustrating, they can often be the easiest to resolve. Many couples feel that it is really important to have an even number of bridesmaids and groomsmen. We are here to tell you that it is totally O.K to have an uneven bridal party. When you initially decided who you wanted to stand up with you, it was probably because they have been a key part of your life. Don’t feel pressured to find a replacement just for the sake of having a replacement. Sometimes the best solution is to let it go.
“Not RSVP-ing or saying I don’t know yet but trying….” — Jamie Wieber
It can be as simple as asking your guests to send an RSVP email or click a button on your wedding website, but hunting down RSVP stragglers is just a part of the wedding planning process. That being said, there are a few ways to make it a little easier on yourself. A handy trick is to set the “please reply by:” date a few weeks before you really require a final head count. This will give some of the stragglers extra time to get their replies in and downsize the number of people you need to track down later.
Your day is about one very important thing, getting to say “I DO”. We know that planning a wedding comes with it’s up’s and down’s, but despite the fuss, it’s going to be worth it! We are so excited to be on this journey with you and helping to put those beautiful elements into your day. We know it’ going to be spectacular!
“None it was my day and everyone put all there problems aside and made it all about me my husband and six kids.” — Stephanie Hodgins
Wondering how you will fit everything into your wedding day? We have a way to customize your timeline and create a solid plan.
Start with your wedding ceremony. Once you have a set start time, work backwards to create an outline for your wedding. Every wedding runs on a different time line, you can use this as a guide to bring the overall vision for your day to life. Once you have a general idea of what your timeline will look like, make sure you speak with your vendors. They are the pros and have done this many times. They will have a really good idea of how much time they will need to help create your perfect wedding day.
A general rule of thumb for most hairstylists is 1.5 hours for the bride and 45 minutes for a bridesmaid. Talk to your girls about their hair in advance and get a couple of key pieces of information. Will your hair be staying about this length when the wedding rolls around? Will you be doing it up or down? By answering these 2 questions for each bridesmaid, your hairstylist will be able to provide you a more exact schedule for the morning of the wedding.
Most makeup artists will typically set aside 40-50 minutes for a bride and 25 -40 minutes for a bridesmaid. A good question to ask your bridesmaids in advance is: Will you be wearing false eyelashes? As these take a bit more time to apply than regular mascara.
A great starting point for your wedding ceremony is about 20-25 minutes. A wedding of this time-frame would include the following: Procession, opening words, a reading from a loved one, exchange of traditional vows, exchange of the rings, signing of the wedding licence, first kiss and the recession. If someone will be singing or you are having a unity sand ceremony, it is important to you than make sure to include that extra time in the traditional ceremony outline. Remember to speak to your officiant about time when you are planning the ceremony for the most accurate estimate.
Make sure to meet with your photographer for a consultation closer to the wedding. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know them a little better, review times, addresses and a few shoot locations before the big day. Talk about a list of family photo combinations (ex: Bride’s parents with Bride and Groom. Brides parents with Bride, Groom and Siblings etc.) Your photographer will be able to call out the names and your family photos can be done in record breaking times! Once you have gone through the details of the day with your photographer, ask him/her for a time estimate. Keep in mind that you may need to cut out a location, or adjust a few things.
It is a good idea to set aside 1 hour for dinner. This will vary depending on the number of guests, and style of service (buffet/table service), but this is where your Master/Mistress of Ceremonies are going to be very important. They can keep an eye on things and once things start to settle down and everyone has eaten, they will be able to get things rolling for the program and speeches. If you are worried about how much time the speeches and toasts will take, just mention it in advance. Provide the speakers with a set time to keep their toast within. 3-5 minutes per speaker is a great starting point. It is very important that your Master/Mistress of Ceremonies are kept in the loop. Provide them with the plan for the evening so that they can keep their eyes on the clock and make sure everything moves along smoothly.
1) Delegate: If you’ve hired a wedding planner, they will be extremely helpful in moving the day along and sticking to the schedule. But don’t worry. You don’t need a wedding planner to stay on time. Speak to a reliable member of your bridal party or family member about helping in this area. If you provide them with the day-of schedule and ask them to help move things along, they will be able to keep an eye on the clock and make sure no one loses track of time.
2) Prioritize: Ask yourself “what is the most important part of the day?” Is it the photography? Is it having some alone time with your new husband? Once you have answered this question you will have a good idea of where to prioritize your time. It is also a really good idea to schedule in an extra 15 or 20 minutes for your most important item. Which brings us to our next tip!
3) Leave yourself a little wiggle room: Even the most organized of wedding days will often have a few unexpected surprises. The good news is that if you plan for them, they won’t be a problem. There are 2 ideal times to leave some”buffer space”. #1 is before the ceremony and #2 is after the ceremony. Leaving yourself an extra 20 – 30 minutes is sure to keep you on schedule and keep your guests happy.
When it comes to decorating your wedding, the ceiling may not be the first thing you think about. But it may not be the last, either. Making use of the ceiling to hang decorations has become a popular trend in the wedding industry over the past few years, and we can’t get enough of these gorgeous aerial displays! The ceiling offers a unique blank canvas that you can transform to fit with the rest of your wedding day design, and it will be sure to add even more ambiance to your wedding or event.
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite aerial display tutorials that show you how you to create your own beautiful display. But first, our expert stylist shares her “Tips to Creating Your Own Overhang”. Click on each picture below to read the full post.
Are you planning on including a ceiling overhang at your wedding? Tell us below! And be sure to check back next Wednesday for another beautiful aerial DIY using our Mini Glass Bottles.
There are so many elements that go into planning a wedding and one of the most important (and fun) ones is choosing a theme. But with so many options out there, it can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. Our advice? Choose a style that complements your personal style as a couple. And if there isn’t just one, combine details from different themes until it matches the vision you have for your wedding. Because at the end of it all, it’s your day and you need it to be perfect for you.
The first step to choosing a theme is to explore different ideas and swoon over gorgeous wedding inspiration. Sounds tough, right? To help get you started, we’re highlighting seven of the most popular wedding themes that our brides can’t get enough of. Click on each one to see the entire inspiration gallery, and pin the pieces you love to start building your own wedding day design.
Barefoot, unpretentious, ethereal and stunning. This wedding look highlights traditional boho concepts and infuses them with a hint of the luxurious.
Love this? Visit the entire Bohemian Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.
Rustic weddings never go out of style. The combination of weathered wood, tarnished metals and sweet, homespun touches have us swooning with delight.
Love this? Visit the entire Rustic Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.
An elaborate layering of vintage elements and tactile fabrics combine with modern day influences to create a fresh take on the always beautiful and romantic vintage wedding style.
Love this? Visit the entire Vintage Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.
With a sleek interior design influence at its core, the bold, confident, mature and modern Industrial look is urban sophistication perfection.
Love this? Visit the entire Industrial Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.
Shabby Chic is about the appearance of a balance between the tossed at whim and the perfectly placed. From the hair, to the shoes, to all the things that come in between, the key is to make it all appear effortlessly natural for an end result that is drop dead gorgeous.
Love this? Visit the entire Shabby Chic Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.
The Woodland look is all about embracing and celebrating natural beauty, from the bride to her bouquet, down to every last design detail.
Love this? Visit the entire Woodland Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.
With its beautiful airy ambiance and romantic personalized elements at every turn, it’s difficult not to get lost in all the dreamy details that make up this look.
Love this? Visit the entire Wanderlust Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.
Let us know which you look you love! Tell us your faves in the comment section below.
The warm pairing of pastel pink and lush gold. The feminine influence of vintage charms. Candlelight glow and floral table runners. These design details are what you’ll find at the core of our latest wedding theme inspiration, Romantic Pink. Influenced by what’s at the heart and center of every wedding, true romance, the aim of this theme is to do little more than honor and celebrate the beauty of love. With classic wedding elements at its base, and easily executable any time of year, Romantic Pink has long been a natural choice for many.
Here’s a closer look at what goes into this distinctive theme and what you need to make it yours.
Tarnished gold and aged finishes. Trinket boxes and grandma’s teacups. If it’s vintage it’ll have a home here. Weave authentic pieces throughout your entire wedding day design with modern day pieces that have a definitive vintage influence. Keep with a classic wedding feel by hosting a traditionally formal affair, taking your design from a mere theme to a full blown experience for you and your guests.
Give pink a sophisticated makeover by pairing it with lavish gold. For a truly refined look make gold and creams your primary palette colors, with pink playing the role of accenting hue, adding pops of interest. And where possible, incorporate candlelight into your set up, enhancing the warmth brought to the design by your color selection.
See more romantic pink wedding ideas, along with 100+ other pink wedding inspiration pics, on weddingstar’s pink wedding pinterest board.
Because Valentine’s day is just around the corner (and it’s Friday), today we have some oh-so pretty treats for you. We have turned some of our gorgeous wedding photography into wallpapers that you can download for your desktop or phone! Just click on your favorites to download them (for free!) and be inspired by pretty wherever you go.
If you love these and want to see more, let us know in the comments below!
Monday is here which means our book giveaway of “The Inspired Wedding” by Emma Arendoski of Emmaline Bride has come to a close. And we are proud to announce that the lucky winner is Lorrie Everitt! Congratulations Lorrie! And a big thank you to everyone who entered. If you didn’t win but still want to grab your own copy, click here to get yours today.