Traditional wedding gowns are out the window as celebrities and brides opt for comfort, price and a style that’s all their own for their wedding day! Here’s the Trend. Three and Two piece wedding gowns with removable skirts! Wear a more formal, long skirt for your walk down the aisle and drop your skirt to reveal a knee-length dress underneath so you can easily head straight for your reception! You can also purchase a three-piece ensemble with a bodice, long skirt and then change into a short sassy skirt for your reception. How fun is that? Or maybe you want to pair your bodice top with a pair of blue jeans and cowboy boots for a barn or outdoor wedding? Whatever you decide to do just make it your own. Anything goes these days. Dare to be different and shine in your own personal style. After all, it’s your special day, so kick up your heels and hang on for the ride of your life!
When it comes to the bridal veil toss it aside and make way for a Royal affair! Here’s the Trend. Crowns, tiaras, headbands and jewels! Everyone is a princess and my friend Renee Pawele of Renee Pawele Bride makes the most decadent jewels and head pieces that I have ever seen! She draws inspiration from the world around her and each individual bride so every piece she designs is unique. There is nothing cookie cutter about her! With Renee Pawele you are purchasing an heirloom piece that can be worn again after your wedding day as well as handed down to the next generation. She has made custom pieces for celebrities including the reining Miss USA who wore her custom jewels the evening she was crowned! You can find Renee once a month at Kleinfields the original Say Yes to the Dress bridal boutique in New York City, at bridal boutique trunk shows around the country or online at www.reneepawelebride.com. The best part is that her prices are affordable, ranging from $200 to $500 per piece on average.
Just like the trend of tossing aside the Traditional wedding gown we are seeing a trend towards wedding floral decor with a blend of anything that’s out of the ordinary! Really nothing is off-limits for any bride today! Here’s the Trend. The Pantone color of the year Marsala is big and ordinary Roses are out! It’s all about an eclectic mix with succulents, berries, exotic flowers in rich deep tones paired with pastel blues and soft pink hues. Interesting containers are also in. Think outside-the-box when it comes to bridal bouquets, floral centerpieces and boutineers.
Celebrities and brides alike want every little detail from their head to their toes be perfect on their wedding day. That includes your hair, makeup and nails! Here’s the Trend. Pastel colored nails are walking down the aisle adding a bridal pop of color. I love Superstar Nail Lacquer and its color line! Ariana Pierce started Superstar Nail Lacquer at the tender age of 17. She was inspired to create a culture for women that would help them to recognize that their nails were just as important as their style. She has over 32 richly formulated nail lacquers designed to make you feel like a celebrity. Super Star Nail Lacquer is chip resistant, long-lasting, quick drying and formaldehyde-free. You can purchase it online at www.superstarnaillacquer.com
DIY on the Fly Wedding Place Card by Julee Ireland
Seating your guests in style sets the tone for the celebration that’s ahead. Here’s a few double duty DIY ideas for seating place cards that also make great wedding party favors at the same time.
1. Start by purchasing a mini glass container that you like. I found a few at Michael’s craft stores that I liked.
2. Add gravel, moss or sand depending on the container that you choose.
3. Purchase floral stems of succulents or other small-scale flower stems that you like.
4. Add the filler first. If you are using a container you may want to use a glue gun to secure your gravel or moss to the inside of the glass container.
5. If you are using the bulb as pictured. Pour some fine grain sand into the bulb filling it to your desired look.
6. Cut your succulents or small flowers from your stems and depending on the container you use either glue them in place or stuff them into the bulb dropping them down into the sand. (I used a pencil to help position my succulent stems where I wanted them into my bulb).
7. Add your place card tag with your guest name or guest name and table number.
Voila! There are many ways to display your place cards. I personally love putting them at each place setting in the center of a plate or right above a napkin. Enjoy your special day and leave your guests with a unique wedding favor gift that will keep on giving.