Black-Tie Winter Wedding at The Ashford Estate • Domenick Michael + Rothweiler Event Design

Black-Tie Winter Wedding at The Ashford Estate •  Domenick Michael + Rothweiler Event Design

Winter weddings never cease to amaze me, and this gorgeous wedding from Domenick Michael and Rotheweiler Event Design is absolutely one of them! Jordan + Bill’s black-tie wedding at The Ashford Estate was elegant and classic, with modern details and a fresh white color palette. From the ceremony mantle of lush winter greens and candlelight to Jordan’s stunning ballgown and the backdrop of the whitewashed barn, this December wedding is full of inspiration that will leave you swooning. Enjoy!

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Modern + Bold Wedding Inspiration at PAFA • Lovehaus Events + Heart and Rae

Modern + Bold Wedding Inspiration at PAFA • Lovehaus Events + Heart and Rae

There's no better way to kick off this week than with a stunning styled shoot from Lovehaus Events at one of Philadelphia's most historic (and beautiful!) venues! With it's burnt red walls and intricate architecture, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts proved to be the perfect backdrop for a modern vintage wedding, complete with stunning floral design, antique books and warm, bold accents. The incredible stationery from one of our favorites, House of Catherine, perfectly complimented the color palette, while introducing a whimsical element with watercolor calligraphy. We can't stop pouring over exquisite detail captured by Heart + Rae, and know you'll love this shoot as much as we do! 

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70's Boho Farm Wedding Inspiration at The Rodale Institute • Nina Lily Photography

70's Boho Farm Wedding Inspiration at The Rodale Institute • Nina Lily Photography

Just when we think we've seen every type of styled shoot out there, Nina Lily blows us away with this stunning geometric-boho wedding inspiration at the Rodale Institute, and we're totally smitten. Rust tones, blues, and copper were the perfect compliment to the demonstration gardens at Rodale, and for the eclectic decor for this nostalgic farm wedding. From the brides stunning gown and the groom's blue corduroy blazers, to the organic florals and geometric jewelry, every detail is more beautiful than the next. Friends, I hope you're ready to be inspired, because this one is so SO good. 

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Romantic Summer Wedding at Blue Hill at Stone Barns • Laura Lee Photography

Romantic Summer Wedding at Blue Hill at Stone Barns • Laura Lee Photography

Oh friends, we will never tire of weddings at Blue Hill, and this gorgeous wedding from Laura Lee Photography is a wonderful reminder why! Jaclyn and Colin's wedding was the perfect blend of rustic elegance, with high-end, sophisticated details set against the wood and stone backdrops of the farm. From Jaclyn's almost-backless Nicole Miller gown to the bridesmaids dresses in a bold blue and stunning summer florals, every detail is more beautiful than the next. Our favorite part though? The way these two glow when they're looking at each other. Absolute perfection. 

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I'm Pregnant - YAY! And I'm a Bridesmaid - EEK! • Bella Bridesmaids

 

We've all been there. Planning a wedding, or in a wedding, that adorable baby-bump can sometimes throw a wrench into your bridesmaid dress plans. Speaking from personal experience, I'll admit I panicked when my best friend told me she'd be 6 months pregnant at my wedding. Of course, I was thrilled for her, but in the back of my head realized my next phone call had to be to the bridal salon to see what we could do about her dress. (Spoiler alert - it was fine, we had an incredible seamstress and my bestie could not have looked more gorgeous), but I certainly wish I had read this article back then! Bella Bridesmaids is sharing their best tips for the pregnant, or soon-to-be pregnant Bridesmaid!


Tips from Bella Bridesmaids Madison for the Pregnant or Soon-To-Be Pregnant Bridesmaid

Whether you already have a bun in the oven or you are working on cooking one up, the stress of choosing a dress AND size for your bestie's big day can be stressful. The fact that bridesmaids dresses take three to four months to produce also can leave you feeling like you need to magically predict the future on what your body may look like.

First, DON'T WORRY! You should be celebrating that bundle of joy or having fun trying! Here are some tips for the pregnant, soon-to-be pregnant, or post pregnant bridesmaid.

HOW DO I CHOOSE A STYLE?!?

You don't have to tell the bride right away, but if you are comfortable telling her then that transparency will be helpful when she is selecting the dresses and throughout the process. If you do not want to tell the bride, let your bridesmaids stylist know. If you are nervous to talk about it during the appointment, give us a call before the appointment and we will be able to discretely suggest certain designers or styles that may offer better silhouettes for your changing body. Most designers offer specifically maternity styles with higher waists and more pleating in the skirt which you can order in the same fabric and color as the rest of the bridal party. Also, we have a fake baby bump for you to test with any style!

WHAT SIZE DO I ORDER?!?

Unfortunately for both you and your stylist, there will be a lot of guessing so you need to expect alterations. Here are some tips for choosing your size, but keep in mind that sizing will depend on the style chosen. You will need to order a few sizes larger if you are wearing a more fitted dress. ALWAYS speak to your stylist about sizing even if the bride has chosen a flowy style as each designer's sizing varies.

"I'm not pregnant but could be 1-5 months"

We typically recommend ordering 1 or 2 sizes up from your current measurements. You don't necessarily need a typical maternity style. Avoid anything with a thick waistband as well as anything with a very fitted skirt (no mermaid dresses!). There are plenty of styles that are fitted on the top, have a natural waist and a flowy skirt which can accommodate an earlier pregnancy.

"I'm not pregnant but could be 6-8 months"

You should consider a dress with a higher waistline and order 1-2 sizes up from your current measurements.

"I will be 1-5 months pregnant"

You should consider a dress with a higher waistline and order 1-2 sizes up from your current measurements.

"I will be 6-8 months pregnant"

You should wear a dress specifically meant for maternity. These dresses typically have a larger cup as well as more pleating in the skirt and because of those adjustments, you only need to order 1-2 sizes up from your current measurements. If you are wearing a non-maternity dress you will need to order 3-4 sizes up from your current measurements.

"I am due the week of the wedding"

Same as above, but you may want to reconsider walking down the aisle (your feet are going to hurt!)

"I will be 1-3 months post pregnancy"

Get measured around month three of your pregnancy and order 1 size up from those measurements or order 2-3 sizes up from the size you usually wear in dresses. You can always take a dress in!

"I will be 4 or more months post pregnancy"

Order 2-3 sizes up from the size you usually wear in dresses (you don't need the added stress of losing baby weight right now!)

I RECEIVED MY DRESS AND IT'S TOO SMALL!

Once again, DON'T PANIC! This formula is not foolproof and there is no way to truly predict what your body will be. The first thing you need to do is see a tailor. They will be able to truly evaluate the situation and what needs to happen. In most cases, the tailor can either let the dress out with seam allowance built into the dress OR they will need extra fabric to add a panel to the dress. If your dress is chiffon, many times they only need to add a panel to the underlining as the chiffon layer typically has more give. Fabric usually takes 2 weeks to come in and we can order the same fabric and color of your dress. Always keep in mind that is is safer to order a larger size and have it taken in to avoid more costs in extra fabric and alterations.

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Five Reasons to Consider Bridesmaids Separates • Bella Bridesmaids Madison

 

One of our Vendor Guide Members, Bella Bridesmaids of Madison, is back with another valuable post for dressing your bridal party... and this time, for an often over-looked category: separates! Separates are perfect for every type of wedding, are extremely versatile, and (the most important part!), absolutely adorable! See more of these gorgeous options, below! 


Five Reasons for Choosing Bridesmaid Separates | Bella Bridesmaid Madison

Done is the day of the satin corset and matching satin skirt. Designers like Joanna August, Monique Lhuillier, Jenny Yoo and LulaKate have changed the game when it comes to bridesmaids separates. Here are five reasons why you should consider bridesmaids separates for your wedding party!

ONE | You can truly wear it again! Maybe you won't wear the entire set altogether, but pair this flowy Joanna August top with a pair of jeans and a statement necklace and you are set for a fun weekend look.

Five Reasons for Choosing Bridesmaid Separates | Bella Bridesmaid Madison

 

TWO | You don't need to buy the whole set. Maybe you find an awesome top from Anthropologie but just need a long, more formal skirt to pair with it - we got you covered.
 

Five Reasons for Choosing Bridesmaid Separates | Bella Bridesmaid Madison

 

THREE | You can order a different size for the top and bottom! Have a little more booty than bust? Order a larger size on your skirt than your top.
 

Five Reasons for Choosing Bridesmaid Separates | Bella Bridesmaid Madison

 

FOUR | Winter Wedding Cuteness! Jenny Yoo makes the most adorable bridesmaids sweaters to keep you warm with the option to remove it when you're rocking it on the dance floor.
 

Five Reasons for Choosing Bridesmaid Separates | Bella Bridesmaid Madison

 

FIVE | Formal to fun! Monique Lhuillier makes a high-low tulle overskirt to jazz up a more traditional taffeta fitted skirt for the reception!

 

Five Reasons for Choosing Bridesmaid Separates | Bella Bridesmaid Madison


Guide to the Perfectly Mismatched Bridal Party • Bella Bridesmaids Madison

 

Our newest Red Oak Vendor Guide Member, Bella Bridesmaids of Madison, is here to share their secrets to the perfectly mismatched bridal party. Brides-to-be, you should just go ahead and pin this article right now. When you see the images below, you will absolutely rethink anything you already had planned for your bridesmaids to wear! There's nothing more chic than a bridal party made up of your best friends, wearing something that flatters them best. Believe me, they'll thank you! 


Guide to the Perfectly Mismatched Bridal Party •  Bella Bridesmaids Madison | Red Oak Weddings

Getting that perfect, neutral, mismatched bridal party look should be easy, right? Give your girls a color palate and have them choose whatever their hearts desire? Result: Your beautiful vision has turned into a hodgepodge of fabrics, styles and colors and one of your bridesmaids is wearing black (She's a New Yorker and that was her idea of "neutral.") This is the latest trend we have been seeing here at Bella Bridesmaids Madison and as much as you may think those flawless photos come together effortlessly, the truth is that it is pretty rare for the mismatched look to work without direction.

Guide to the Perfectly Mismatched Bridal Party •  Bella Bridesmaids Madison | Photo by Jennifer Larsen Photo

So where do you start? For your first appointment, don't come with all of your bridesmaids. The most effective way to organize your mismatched palate is to meet with your stylist alone or with your Maid of Honor or mom. The less cooks, the cleaner the kitchen.

Come to your appointment with any inspiration you may have for your palate. It could be a real wedding photo or a photo you just happen to love the color combinations (We had a bride come in with a bag of rocks for her color inspiration so anything goes!) We will use that to pull swatches and dresses in those colors and line them up as a bridal party. If you don't like the first set of colors, it's OK! Since you are in one location with hundreds of dresses, we can easily switch out colors to create your perfect palate. This is the time where you can try out the color combination your mother squashed on the outset and can experiment with throwing in a pop of color to your neutrals (Our newest obsession is adding a print or a deep wine color to a neutral palate).

Guide to the Perfectly Mismatched Bridal Party •  Bella Bridesmaids Madison | Photo by Cyn Kain Photography

You've fallen in love with your collection, YAY! Now it's time to bring the rest of your crew in to try on. A lot of bride's feel hesitant at this point because they don't want to tell the bridesmaid what she needs to wear. We suggest assigning each bridesmaid the color she is wearing from your palate. You have a good sense of what colors make your bestie look beautiful and your choice will help avoid the awkward (or aggressive) declaring of her own color. Almost all of our designers have multiple styles to choose from in each color so this is where you can give them carte blanche. Although you have picked her color, she can find a style that she feels great in and is most comfortable. We are there to be your ally so if a bridesmaid starts to go rogue we can reign her back to your vision. It's your wedding and you will have to do the same for her so stand your ground and we will back you up!

Guide to the Perfectly Mismatched Bridal Party •  Bella Bridesmaids Madison
Guide to the Perfectly Mismatched Bridal Party •  Bella Bridesmaids Madison | Photo by Cadence + Eli

The dresses are ordered - check! The last thing you need to do to round out your perfect bridal party is give them guidelines about their shoes and jewelry. Unless you are buying their jewelry to wear, do give some leeway since their dresses will be different anyway. Giving them direction is usually appreciated. For example, you can tell them that jewelry should be gold and not too chunky and that shoes should be champagne or nude and strappy. We think sending a photo of what you have in mind is helpful so they have an option to purchase exactly what you sent or at least have a visual to purchase the pieces on their own.

Now, have a glass of champagne to celebrate your perfectly mismatched bridal party!

Guide to the Perfectly Mismatched Bridal Party •  Bella Bridesmaids Madison | Photo by Melissa Vossler Photography

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