The Warmest Winter Wedding Looks

The weather has really turned and I’m ready to cuddle up in a parka. If you’re planning a cold weather wedding how to you prepare to look chic and stay warm? I’m partial to white fur (faux and real) and how luxurious it feels. Here are my top 5 picks.

Satin mid length cape with faux fur trim, David’s Bridal, $125

J. Mendel cropped fur bolero, $2,690

Shapely and feminine: Fur collar felt coat, $1500

Protect your toes in an outdoor setting: Bearpaw women’s boots, $151.68

An affordable option: White faux fur coat, Gap $78

Did you have a winter weather solution for your big day? Send me your photos so we can share!

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3 Steps for Changing Wedding Plans or (gasp!) Canceling Them

We’re not sure what Hurricane Sandy is supposed to do yet but I hope that everyone in it’s path has safe shelter and supplies to get through it. What do you do when you have big plans, such as a wedding to hold off or even cancel? Here are three steps to make sure you let everyone know right away.

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1. Split the guests into two groups: bride and groom. Enlist the help of one or two organized friends to help you and your partner check people off the list as they’re notified.

2. Text or email first, it’s the easiest and fastest way to let people know your changed plans. Whether it’s 4 hours or 48 hours, your guests will appreciate every minute they have to make new arrangements. Don’t waste time fretting over the inevitable, just do it. For those that are already traveling or don’t have access to digital media, call them. Leave a message, keep calling, what ever you have to do to get a hold of them.

3. Update your wedding website. Your guests may hear murmurings and want to get the real story. Give as much detailed information as you can so that everyone has the same information.

From here all you can do is wait. Don’t worry about what everyone will think. Right now, what matters most is that you feel good about your decision and let people know as soon as possible. Good luck!

 

What’s Your Shade? Blush Rose Pink

Now that everyone’s seen Jessica Biels’ blush wedding Giambatista Valli wedding dress, I’m sure it will be all the rage for next spring. See all the shades of pink, blush and rose.

BRIDESMAIDS : Peonies Monogram handkerchief, from Tenereze, $27  |  DINNER : Rose wines are making a comeback. Would you serve it at your wedding?

BRIDAL : Manolo Blahniks, BB patent leather pumps, $595  |  FLORAL : Luscious blush peonies from Fifty Flowers, $139-$329

BRIDAL PARTY : Well Dressed, the softest blush pink from MAC Cosmetics, $20  |  BRIDAL BOUDOIR : Bridal nightwear, Ikebana Babydoll from La Perla, $494

What Did Justin and Jessica’s Wedding Look Like?

Justin Timberlark and Jessica Biel got married over the weekend in southern Italy, keeping all details mum until they released it themselves to the press. While we wait for photos to be released on Wednesday (in People Magazine), let’s look at some of the bridal details we do know. Congrats to the gorgeous couple!

Custom monogram wine glasses, set of 4, only $34

4 Tips for Dealing with Bridesmaids Behaving Badly

What happens when your bridesmaid or MOH becomes a nightmare? Has she been totally unresponsive or taken over all the planning? Perhaps she’s totally ignoring your wishes or just decided to have a cookie-smashing fit of jealousy at the wedding shower a la Kristen Wiig.

Even with a level headed bride and oodles of planning, weddings can become a stressful time for everyone involved. Bridesmaids feel an obligation emotionally and financially to accommodate the bride and it can become a volatile situation no matter how good the intentions. Here are some nightmare scenarios and how to handle them like a lady.

MOH/Bridesmaid take over
She’s taken over the shower, the bachelorette party and is now choosing the color of your linens. Sit her down immediately and tell her how much you appreciate what she’s done so far. But that this is an experience you want to share with your hubby-to-be. Have a list and delegate the tasks that you think she would be good at, pointing out how great she would be at those particular tasks. It’s a touchy subject but it’s your day and the final say is yours!

They Said “No” to the Dress
You chose the dress but she refuses to wear it. Or, you let them have input on the bridesmaid frocks and now there’s warfare over the color, length, style. Try to handle the situation by suggesting a two-toned or multi-style dress so each gal can wear it her way but still stay in the color scheme.

Two tone bridesmaid dress from JLM Couture

Styling your dress is endless with Two Birds Bridesmaid

Trouble Amongst Bridesmaids

Even worse than bridesmaids not following directions, is each one fighting for your attention and trying to outdo the other. Along the lines of dealing with a take over, sit the guilty parties down and tell them how much you want this to be a good experience for everyone involved. After a heart to heart, they should realize how much the fighting and turmoil could spoil your affair and they should simmer down. And if they don’t, ignore the cattiness. You don’t want to get involved in the drama or be forced to choose sides.

Anybody Home?

She hasn’t responded to your texts or emails about dresses, fittings, tasks – at all. Maybe she’s just really busy but if you see her updating her status on Facebook, it can be a really hurtful reminder of her lack of interest.  I had a similar experience where one of bridesmaids didn’t respond to emails, didn’t come for the bachelorette party or rehearsal dinner (she lived an hour away so I was surprised that she didn’t even RSVP). The morning after, we hosted a breakfast for friends and family and she insisted on taking lead to the location in downtown Chicago. Since she refused to take the directions we handed out the day before, she led my two girlfriends on a wild goose chase to the wrong location across town and they showed up after everyone else had eaten and left. Her behavior broke my heart but I didn’t let it ruin my day. I later found out that she had been going through a really stressful time at home.

Everyone has their own life and reason for doing what they do. During this potentially stressful time, focus on the joys and milestones of being engaged. Take a deep breath when things aren’t perfect and relish in the things that are. It all goes by so quickly, you can’t fret about what others are doing. Be there for your girls and lament when you need to. But going through this experience with grace will make you a glowing bride that everyone will be looking to and at the day of. Good luck!

Vellum Flower Cake Toppers via Oh Happy Day

Sometimes I’ll come across a DIY that just makes me stop and stare. And look again. And again. Today was one of those moments. When I saw this, I had to share it. These vellum flower cake toppers from Oh Happy Day are going to make a great impression on you and your guests. You can buy vellum at any office supply or order it on line here. And in case you don’t know what it is, vellum is a frosted but transparent paper that gives a great effect of lightness.

All you need is a little patience, a printer and some toothpicks. Hop to it!

Spring 2013 : Bridal Ruffles

I loved the pattern and print of yesterday’s post. And I love it even more on a wedding dress. Mine was a one-shoulder custom made crepe jersey dress and I sewed on the silk floral myself. I’ll have to dig up a photo and post it…

Would you or did you wear a dress that had lots of wow factor? What stood out about your silhouette? Here are highlights of the Spring 2013 wedding collections.

Soft and ruffled at Lazaro 2013 via Affordable Bridal  |  Crisp white, Monique Lhuillier 2013 via Wedding Chicks

Would you do red? That’s most of what Vera Wang Spring 2013 is all about. There are some darker hues too.  |  Pronovias 2013 one-shoulder via Wedding Trends

Showing some leg at Reem Acra 2013 via Wedding Dresses |  A lacy train at Birnbaum and Bullock 2013 via Wedding Dresses