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A printed or patterned fabric dress does not scream bridesmaid to me, but isn’t that what budget-conscious bridesmaids are screaming?  No more dresses that I can’t wear again! In this case, it’s a do.  With so many awesome cocktail dresses in holiday colors galore, why not mix it up even more and have different colors, different patterns, different sillouettes, but all coordinated with your wedding colors.  Photos will look more natural but still aesthetic.

The Blues Sisters

Carmen Marc Valvo’s peacock frock, ML Abstract floral, J. Crew navy cap sleeve, and Jones NY make a cool quartet.

 

Saks

Saks

J. Crew

 

Macy's

Seeing red this holiday season?

 

Banana Republic

 

Ann Klein

 

White House Black Market

 

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emilie wrap dress in ivory with lace sleeves

Emilie wrap dress Millie NY

white knee length shift with white beads around neckline
Crystina beaded dress Milly NY

If you’re like me, you milk your time in the spotlight. Why not show who’s the bride and wear white to all of your wedding occassions: engagment party, bridal showers, rehearsal dinner, leaving the reception dress, and honeymoon dinners.  Check out these designers for stylish cocktail dresses in shades of pearl: Milly NY, Alice and Olivia, and Sue Wong.  For an actual bridal collection called The Little White Dress, view Amsale.

ivory dress with puff shoulders accessorized with black belt, heels, and gloves

Lady Puff dress Milly NY

sidney bow dress

Sidney bow dress Milly NY

vivi dress Milly NY with rhinestone belt at empire waist, sleeveless

Vivi dress Milly NY

 

emalina strapless white cotton eyelet milly ny

Emalina strapless Milly NY. Perfect for late spring, early summer bridal showers and even for a casual, outdoor wedding dress.

 

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Summer on the farm is by far the best place to be in June: moderate weather, sweet smelling breezes, and vibrant sunsets.  If you grew up on a farm like I did, nothing could make your father more proud than having the ceremony in your own back yard.  If you don’t have a red barn to use as your backdrop, the sprouting of agri-tourism has turned many old-fashioned farms into charming bed and breakfast inns.  Here’s a couple tips to keep your wedding country classy and not, as we say, “hick.”

The dress: ivory lace strapless, belted straight to floor, no train (it’d just get dirty).  Check out Priscilla of Boston Vineyard Collection http://www.priscillaofboston.com/Designer-Bridal-Gowns?&f5=VY&f2=all

The flowers: daisies, wildflowers, and greenery

The shoes: ballet flats

The groom: seersucker suit

The centerpieces: mason jars filled with flowers

Color options:

Pink     If you dream of a pink wedding, use the bouquet idea above.  Guys will look great in either gray or tan seersucker.  Use clear mason jars and accent with green to keep the wedding appropriate for the rural outdoor setting.

Blue     If your primary color is sky blue use the blue tinted glass jars filled with wildflowers, daisies and yellow roses. Try gray seer sucker suits, if you don’t want to look too matchy with blue. Use a red barn as a backdrop for pictures.  The primary trio of colors from the dresses, flowers and backdrop will be pleasing to the eye.

Yellow      If your primary color is sunshine yellow, look for carnival glass or sandwhich glass to use in your centerpieces.  Both have a yellow tint and will add an antique feel.  A bouquet of one kind of daisies is classic. Beige or gray seer sucker suits. Use a red barn or a wildflower patch as a backdrop for pictures.

Red      Accent your red wedding with drops of blue.  The Americana theme can be completed with blue seer sucker suits on the guys, blue tinted mason jars filled with white daisies, serve strawberries on your cake, and include red and white gingham as a motif.  Find an old red bicycle to use as a prop for pictures.  Check out Lytle Photo http://www.imageryforlife.com/ for other nostalgic prop ideas.  For a more modern, fresh feel, keep the accent blue a robin’s egg shade or turquoise.

Favors: Guest can take home a mason jar filled with homemade jam or candy.
And since you are out in the country, end the night with a fireworks display or more simply, sparklers.

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white fondant with black designMy cousin’s wedding this Saturday was fun and modern with a black and white theme. The simplicity of the black and white kept the scene focused on fun and not formality, especially when she added just the right amount = a small amount, of hot pink and lime green. Too much pink and green would have made the wedding feel more like a Sweet Sixteen birthday party. Instead most of the decor was white: chair covers, table cloths, linens, and lights. So as not to camouflage the bride, most tables had black cloths, which also made for a party atmosphere, as well as black bows on the chairs.
white chair cover with black bow

And most of the wedding party was in black. The bridesmaids wore black dresses and carried small bouquets of hot pink roses and lime green hypericum berries, while the men wore black tuxedos and cummerbunds with lime green ties and cymbidium orchids. Added bonus, a black cocktail dress for the mother-of-the bride was not only an easy, affordable find, but she’ll be able to wear it again and again. That’s right, don’t be afraid of wearing black to a wedding anymore. It’s not only trendy, it’s practical.

A bride could easily get lost amongst all the black and white, but that is ok for a girl who doesn’t enjoy being the center-of-attention. She still caught every one’s eye as she sparkled in a white beaded gown with a large bouquet filled with white roses, hot pink roses, lime green hypericum berries, and cymbidium orchids. Her bouquet brought the entire wedding party’s ensembles together.

white round table cloth with 12 inch wide damask runner over center

Simple, modern, and elegant

Adding a deeper level to the black and white theme, my cousin used damask on the invitations, programs, table runners, cake and flower girls’ dresses.  The Damask created a fresh, trendy yet elegant vibe, perfect for a dinner/dance reception.

flower girl black and white dress

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Choosing your color can be a hard decision. Chosing a color scheme can help you make a lot of complicated decisions but cutting down the thousands of choices to just simply hundreds. (I know, still overwhleming).  There are sooooo many gorgeous dresses, beautiful flowers, and lovely centerpieces, that having a color scheme helps you decide on each element.

Color can be your theme, your unifying element. If so think about the mood you want to set and choose accordingly.
Bold: Apple Red
Fun and Trendy: Lime  or Hot Pink and Orange
Romantic: Pink
Elegant: Champagne
Modern: Black and White
Natural:Sage Green
Shabby Chic: Brown and pink
Tropical: Orchid
Traditional:Sapphire
Cool: Turquoise, lime green, and violet
Warm: Hot Pink, coral, and yellow
 
You may also want to choose your date based on what color scheme you’d like. Or, chose your color based on the season.
Christmas: Forest Green, Holiday Red, Metallic Gold
Winter: Silver, Ice Blue, Aqua, Navy blue, Deep Purple, Any combination of those
Valentine’s: Red, Pink
Spring: Pastel Pink, Soft Yellow and Gray, Baby Blue, Turquoise and Gray, Lavendar
Summer: Lemon Yellow, Grass Green, Cornflower Blue, Tiffany Blue, Coral, Magenta
Fall: Maroon, Eggplant, Orange, Gold, Purple
 
When choosing color, think about all of the elements needing a color decision:
1.  Bridesmaids’ dresses
2.  flower girls’ dresses
3.  Men’s ties
4.  Mother’s dresses
5.  Cake icing
6.  Your flowers
7.  Ribbon of your flowers (often florists want to use a color that blends into the flowers or the same color as your dress so the attention is on you and not a ribbon)
8.  Centerpieces
9. Flowers at the ceremony site
10. Favors
11. Invitations
12. Pre-wedding celebrations (If you don’t want your colors used at the shower or engagement party, inform the host of your wishes.  Traditionally, the wedding color is used to decorate.)

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