Best of 2014 Wedding Trends & Fashions

Many couples embraced their sense of style in 2014! We predict this will grow even stronger in 2015. With that in  mind, don’t be too quick to say goodbye to these 5 popular wedding trends from 2014:

Wedding Reception DressesReception Dresses: Many brides are sticking with traditional gowns when saying ‘I do,’ but then slipping into a second style. From short and chic to long and lovely, brides are embracing fashion and the chance to wear two amazing styles! Options for a 2nd dress/style >

 

DIY WeddingsDIY Couples: couples are embracing their inner crafty side and getting hands on in wedding planning. You don’t have to be Martha Stewart to DIY! Love to bake? Have a dessert table, baking your favorite treat and asking those closest to you to bring a dish you loved growing up. 8 DIY ideas that can save money while expressing yourself >

 

Engagement PhotographsEngagement Photos: location, location, location! Couples are picking locations that have meaning. From where they first met to their favorite past time, couples are bringing a personalized feel and memory to their photos, making the photos last a lifetime. 4 trends that will stand the test of time >

 

Fun Wedding IdeasFun Weddings: couples are not just having a ceremony, dinner and dancing – they are having entertainment, too! It could be as simple as guests’ writing a special memory or advice for the couple to including ethnic entertainment during the reception (think belly dancers or bagpipes) to games and activities for guests to play. 10 hot tips to create a fun wedding >

 

First LookFirst Look:  Couples are making the first look personal. No crowds – just the couple taking a moment before saying ‘i do’ (with their photographer capturing it all!) Ideas + alternatives to the first look >

 

 

Wedding Trends Today & Tomorrow

With the year coming to a close, I reviewed some wedding trends from 2014 and looked for the latest news and views on trends for 2015 weddings. Here are my picks for the best of 2014 and what I think will be the most exciting trend for your 2015 wedding.

If I had to pick my one favorite 2014 wedding trend, I’d have to say soft & romantic (ok, that’s two I guess.)  Gowns, decorations, flowers and even cake frosting took on natural colors, blushes and nudes creating soft, sexy looks that exuded elegance.

Now for my 2015 trend pick – There are many new trends on the horizon for 2015 weddings but the 2015 wedding trend I am most excited about is bridal gown styles.  Bridal gown colors are moving forward from blushes and ivory tones to blues, greys and even light greens and they’re featuring new contemporary designs like two-piece crop top and off-the-shoulder styles. Brides now have more options than ever when shopping for a wedding gown.  Yeah for brides!

Are you incorporating a 2015 wedding trend into your wedding?  If so, which one?

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Bridesmaid Inspiration

Choosing bridesmaid dresses can be a more difficult task than you anticipate. There are many designers all offering different dress styles, price points and color selection. I had an overall vision for my bridesmaids look; a soft mix and match palette of neutral tones, a simple style dress with a feminine and romantic feel. As most brides do, I spent some time browsing wedding blogs, Pinterest (of course) and read through helpful bridal fashion articles looking for ideas and inspiration on how to execute my vision.

The obvious next thing to do was head to the bridal shop. It was important for me to see it all in person before making my final decision. Kelly at Party Dress Express was amazing! Her experience, patience and knowledge of designers and colors was such an incredible help. She wasn’t sale-sy, distracted or annoyed by my questions and back and forth with colors. She truly felt like another bridesmaid, offering her opinion, making suggestions and allowing it all to be fun. The day was a success and led me to this beautiful wedding palette and gorgeous Allure {Style 1221} bridesmaid dress. What do you think?

TIP: Brides, allow bridal consultants to help you! They do this every day and chances are you vision or ideas are not far off from what another bride has done and their knowledge will save you time and stress.

bridesmaid-inspiration *PDE is offering 20% OFF Bridesmaid Dresses throughout the month of November! Love to be able to pass on some savings to my girls!

The girls will be holding a simple style bouquet made up of an oversize single flower with greens. I am excited to see what my florist {Just for You Weddings} will come up with. Stay tuned for some Groomsmen Inspiration!

Formal from Head-to-Toe

Once the prefect wedding gown is found, the search is on for a great pair of shoes.  Brides know how important the perfect pair of shoes is in creating their overall look but often times, not much thought is given to what the groom will wear on his feet.  It’s true that men’s formal shoes can sometimes be plain but that is definitely not the case with the new David Tutera men’s formal shoe collection.

The first pattern, Celebrity, is a patent shoe with a classic double –runner across the body of the shoe.   The double-runner is over-laid with a matching matte material adding contemporary flair.  The second pattern, Icon, is the flip-side version of Celebrity where the shoe is matte-based and the double-runner is patent. Both styles are super sharp and would look great on every groom.

Have you shopped for your groom’s shoes yet?  If so, what style are you getting?

DIY Flower Girl Tutu

When thinking about my nieces and what they would wear on our wedding day I knew I wanted it to be fun. They are little girls after all and what do little girls like to do – dress up! I decided on puffy flower girl tutus and thought this would make a fun DIY wedding project. I immediately checked YouTube and found helpful video tutorials offering tips and a visual guide.

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Here is what I used and instructions to make a no sew flower girl tulle skirt:

1. Spool of Satin Ribbon for the waistband. (Approx: $3-$5)
Measured 18″, tied a knot. (this is to tie in a bow at the end)
Measured 20″, tied a knot. (this is to wrap around the waist)
Measured 18″, cut the ribbon. (this is to tie in a box at the end)

2. Pick your tulle colors. (On Sale for $1 a yard)
Mocha Tulle (9 yrds)
Blush Pink Tulle (3 yrds)

3. Razor Cutter (Purchased with a coupon for $8)
Easiest way to cut even strips of tulle.

4. Sparkle Embellishments (Purchased on sale for $3)
A few glued throughout the skirt for a little sparkle.

5. Super Glue (Had some at home – $0)

You simply cut the stripes to your desired length and tie to the ribbon. Continue to push pieces together as you move along the ribbon. The more you fit on the ribbon the thicker the skirt. For a step by step tutorial visit YouTube.

I’ve decided I will pair the skirt with an ivory leotard, sparkly ballet flats and a brooch barrette for their hair. After the wedding the girls can play dress up in the skirts. What do you think?

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Shopping for “The Dress”

After the wedding date and venue are set, it’s real. You immediately begin visualizing your wedding day. You imagine your family and friends gathered together, dream of your color palette and décor and envision yourself being twirled around on the dance floor in the most beautiful of gowns. That’s when most brides including myself begin the hunt for “the dress”.

What a fun, exciting part of wedding planning; a day(s) of shopping for the most exquisite (and expensive) dress you will ever wear. No pressure right? To be quite honest I wasn’t sure what to expect. People say “you’ll know you’ve found the one” but I wasn’t sure what that meant, or what that was supposed to feel like. I’ve been a witness to friends who’ve found the dress and each time different – excitement, tears or simply a great price. How would I know?

Like most mothers, mine was eager to start wedding dress shopping with her daughter. So I started making a few appointments at local bridal shops. Some were mom and pop shops, others bigger chain department stores. At my first few appointments I was picky, there were a lot of dresses that just didn’t interest me. I knew what I wanted; lace, straps, low back, a little bling but not over the top and something in a sheath fit. Was that too many requirements? Sometimes I felt that way but other times I thought I just haven’t found the one. So I took a different approach, I searched for “the dress” online which in turn would hopefully lead me to the right shop. By doing my research I was introduced to all the bridal designers and their unique styles. I felt more confident that “the dress” was out there and more knowledgeable as to wear to find it. {Be sure to pop over to MA Wedding Guide as I shared some of my helpful tips on shopping for your wedding dress.}

There are so many stunning dresses available but I was able to narrow down some styles by some of these brilliant designers; Allure, Casablanca, Stella York, Maggie Sottero. My google search on these dresses led me to Party Dress Express Bridal Shop. The best part is they were hosting an Allure Trunk Show and the following weekend a Stella York trunk show. Now I was excited, made my appointments and off I went. Here were two dresses I fell in love with at each show. What do you think, could one of these be “the dress”?

Love to hear your thoughts. Visit MA Wedding Guide’s Facebook page and vote >
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Photos Courtesy of Party Dress Express.
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The Dos and Don’ts of Bridal Jewelry

You’ve found the perfect wedding gown, now it’s time to accessorize! With many wedding gowns detailed with faux pearls, rhinestones, organza flowers, sequins and other bling, it can be difficult to choose bridal jewelry that will enhance your wedding gown, not take away from it.

Bridal Jewelry: Bracelets, Earrings & Necklaces

Bridal Jewelry DOs:

* Glam it up! Vintage gowns are trending, so is vintage inspired bridal jewelry.

* If your dress has lots of details above the waist or you are wearing a bridal headpiece with bling, go simple.

* Make a Statement. Necklaces continue to be bold and beautiful when the gown has less detailing on top.

* Pearls will always be a traditional staple. The simplicity and coloring of pearls goes well with many traditional styled wedding gowns.

* Bling it on. Bracelets can be slim or wide, simple or extravagant. Just be sure it doesn’t weigh you down!

Discover inspiration and more wedding jewelry trends @ MAWeddingGuide.com >

Dress the Part of a Bride

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One of the fun things about being a bride is all the accessories you get to choose from to wear on your wedding day! Winter brides can accessorizing with satin bridal gloves or faux fur shawl, while summer brides may wear a rhinestone hair piece to sparkle in the sun. Whatever season you planning your wedding, The Wedding Outlet offers beautiful pieces for any bride.

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A bridal purse is a must for any bride, it stores all your wedding essentials like tissues for those happy tears, lip gloss or lipstick for those touch ups and much more.

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Add some sparkle and flair to an unexpected place, you hair! If your a bride opting to not wear a veil or want something pretty after you wear your veil, consider a bridal hair clip or barrette. They are easy to attach to any hair style and will complete your look.

Adding Color to your Wedding Attire

When it comes to weddings, it seems to always be about the bride. From what she’ll wear to her rehearsal dinner to the wedding gown (or gowns) that she’ll adorn at the ceremony and reception. But what about the other half?

Grooms everywhere are becoming more and more involved in the day to day planning, and as a result, getting excited about how he will look when he walks down the aisle! Need some inspiration on how to infuse color into your suit or tuxedo? Look no further:

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Credits: Peacock Boutonniere, Tuxedo with Purple Tie, Tan Suit with Striped Tie, Grey with Purple Tie, Black Tuxedos with Pink Ties, Grey Tuxedo with Green Tie, Green Converse Sneakers, Colorful Tie, Purple Tuxedo.

One thing to notice in our fun and colorful inspiration board is that the classic black tuxedo with white or black tux and vest is not present! A Black Tie Wedding has its restrictions but is oh-so-amazing with its crisp formality, especially at beautiful venues found in top cities like Boston and NYC. Black Tie is typically held after 6pm and is noted on the invitation. Learn more about dressing for a Black Tie Wedding.

Trending shades of navy, grey and tan are becoming increasingly popular:

  • Navy Tuxedos have been popping up all over the red carpet over the past few years. This look has an elegant feel and is a favorite for a formal wedding on the waterfront. Imagine paired with a Nautical Theme!
  • Tan Suits are an amazing choice for couples getting married outdoors. Also a great choice for a seaside wedding, but also perfect for a garden or outdoor wedding in the spring or summer.
  • Grey Suits and Tuxedos come in so many shades! From a breezy,  linen grey suit for an afternoon summer wedding to charcoal grey for an evening winter wedding, this color is the perfect choice for the groom who doesn’t want to stray too far from classic black.

Regardless of the color tuxedo or suit you choose – grey, tan, navy or black – adding a pop of color is easy to do. Have fun, enjoy. Let your individual style stand out!

Bridal Jewelry

When choosing your bridal jewelry, there are so many factors to consider. We asked Bridal Party Express of Fall River for some of their favorite styles for 2013. From simple and sophisticated to vintage and old Hollywood glam, we love all their recommendations! Which is your favorite?

Bridal Jewelry

Not sure what will look best with your gown? Rule of thumb is the more elaborate your gown, the simpler the jewelry. Afterall, you want the bling of your amazing gown to be the showpiece! Still need help? Checkout the full article on Dos and Don’ts of Bridal Jewelry at RIWeddingGuide.com >