Tag Archives: Weddings

Bridesmaid Dress Color Spotlight: We’ve Got the Blues

7 Dec

In a recent poll on the Weddingbee boards that asked, “What color were your bridesmaid dresses?” the color blue took a majority of the votes, second only to purple with 18%. And we’re not exactly surprised. A peaceful, calming color, blue is found in a myriad of shades, each one more beautiful than the next. In fact, as reported by Netscape News, three global marketing firms conducted a worldwide survey and found blue to be the most popular color in the world. With that kind of title, how could we not shine the spotlight on this universally loved color?

When it comes to bridesmaid dresses, blue is an appealing color because of its versatility. While a deep midnight blue gown fits in with an elegant, formal wedding, a baby blue shade can achieve the opposite effect, fitting in nicely with a springtime or casual ceremony. These photos from Wedding Bridesmaid Blog, W Wedding Gowns, Weddingbee , and Bridesmaid Dresses Style & Fashion Guide showcase some of the many ways shades of blues can be utilized in a bridal party.

So are you opting to have the world’s most popular color make an appearance on your bridesmaids? From midnight, to navy, to cobalt, to sky blue— Bridesmaid Trade has you covered!

THIS Onyx Nite strapless dress in a size 6 is sure to turn heads.

Perfect for winter weddings, THIS dark blue-gray gown can be in your bridal party for only $55, a fraction of its original price!

THIS blue J. Crew chiffon dress is an excellent option if you’re looking for a knee-length bridesmaid dress.

A personal favorite, THIS Dessy floor length gown is a gorgeous and elegant deep shade of midnight.

What do you think? Do agree with the polls that blue is one of the most popular colors for bridesmaid dresses?

 

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Wedding Blooper: That Pole is for Support, Not Dancing!

12 Nov

“Blooper” seems like too benign of a word to describe this video. This woman single-handedly RUINS the bride’s big day. And notice the bride’s face before the big crash happens—she’s not pleased, she can tell this isn’t going to end well. Although this video is hilarious, it’s also so tragic–let it be a lesson to us all that the best way to support your leading lady on her big day is to go easy on the alcohol! Grabbing the groom’s tie and pulling him from his bride on the dance floor? Pole dancing on the reception tent posts? Yikes, not exactly the best way to make someone’s wedding day special. This video is all the proof you need that you should save the pole dancing for the bachelorette party!

Witnessed any wedding bloopers you want to share?

Something Old, Something New–Something Blue on Your Shoe?

11 Nov

 

I have a mildly unhealthy obsession with impractical designer shoes that I’ll never be able to afford, and my most recent object of desire are these blue sky-high pumps from Yves Saint Laurent:

 

The color blue has long been connected to weddings because of its association with fidelity, modesty, and love. So, inspired by my latest shoe lust, here are some ideas for using your shoes to fulfill the last part of the treasured saying “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.”

 

  • Be True to Your Sole Louboutin may have ownership over the red sole,but how about painting the soles of your shoes blue? This idea is great if you’re wearing stilettos because the subtle flash of blue that can be seen from behind is just the right amount of color to enhance the outfit while not throwing off the wedding color scheme. If you want to make it into a DIY project, for only $2.25, you can buy leather paint from The Caning Shop, and they have several shades of blue to choose from. If you want to leave it up to the pros, contact The MasterCobbler—your shoes will be safe in their hands. There are also some styles of the Something Bleu brand that, true to their name, come with pale blue soles.

  • Two Words, Two Shoes—It’s Meant to Be! Blue “I Do” rhinestone stickersfor the bottom of wedding day shoes are a popular (and inexpensive) option for a “something blue.” They can be purchased from Good Things Wedding Favors for a mere $4.50! If you’re the DIY type, Glamour has a wonderful tutorial on using your own rhinestones and glue to get the job done.

 

 

  • A Twist on Tradition Although perhaps not the most well known of wedding day traditions, I’ve read about a signing of the bride’s shoes by all her bridesmaids. As explained by The Willrich Wedding Planner’s Blog, each bridesmaid signs the bottom of the bride’s shoes and the name that is most worn off the shoes by the end of the night is the name of the next girl to get married. If you choose to partake in this tradition, have your bridesmaids sign with a blue pen or marker and—voila!—something blue.

Of course, you could always opt to simply wear blue shoes, which is an especially cute idea if your bridesmaids’ dresses are blue, or the color is somehow incorporated into your overall wedding theme. If that’s the case, might I recommend the lovely (and slightly ridiculous) pair of Yves Saint Laurent shoes from the start of the post? And might I also suggest buying an extra pair for me?

 

Bridesmaid Dresses in Neutrals: Champagne, Beige, and Pale Gold

10 Nov

One option for a bridesmaid dress color is barely even a color at all. Just one step up from white, choosing a neutral color such as beige, pale gold, or the increasingly popular “champagne,” can result in beautiful bridal party color palette. The neutral bridesmaid dresses, next to the white of the bride’s dress and the bold black of the groomsmen’s tuxedos, is the perfect picture of elegance and timelessness. And depending on the fabric and length of the dress, these neutral colors translate across all four seasons. While pastels might not have a place in winter weddings, and deep colors can seem out of place in the spring, neutrals can look gorgeous in any ceremony, regardless of season.

These pictures, from Weddingbee and the groom-written wedding blog Romance Fire, show how beautifully this color can tie a bridal party together.

So where to begin? Look no farther than Bridesmaid Trade! This beautiful beige/gold Vera Wang and ivory/champagne Group USA would be great for a spring or summer wedding because of the shorter length.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For fall and winter weddings, a full length can be an elegant choice. This champagne dress from David’s Bridal, and these Mori Lee gowns (there are four in the set) in praline are all amazing options for a fraction of their original price at Bridesmaid Trade!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sash-ing Up a Bridesmaid Dress: Fun DIY and Easy Style Upgrade

9 Nov

Adding a sash to a bridesmaid dress is a wonderful way to either introduce another color into the scheme, or to take a simple dress design and add a little extra flair. While in general, adding a sash works best with empire-waist or fitted dress, adjusting the width and embellishment can make sashes an option for almost every design. Another way to utilize a sash is for the bride to wear a sash from the same color family as her bridesmaids’ dresses. This ties the whole bridal party together beautifully! For celebrity inspiration, check out Khloe Kardashian’s adorable purple color scheme:

While there are many thrifty options for purchasing sashes for your dresses (check out The White Aisle for basic colors and Nimli for an organic option in over 100 different colors), dress sashes can also be a fun DIY project for the entire bridal party. Altererd Cloth has one of the best step-by-step guides for sewing your own simple sash. All you need is 2 yards of fabric (Altered Cloth suggests silk twill or silk charmeuse, but it all depends on the material of the dress), and a sewing machine (or needle and thread if you’re feeling ambitious!).

There are also lots of creative ideas for embellishing sashes if you want to go beyond the basic fabric sash. I LOVE this idea from Classic Bride, where you take a bracelet or piece of vintage jewelry, and string a ribbon through it to make an instant embellished bridal sash. Fellow wedding blogger Princess Panda has a wonderful post on bejeweled wedding sashes, with some pictures of designer inspiration.

If you love the sash idea, Bridesmaid Trade has some wonderful dress options! This adorable J Crew strapless dress in “Spiced Wine” pink is my personal favorite candidate for a sash—I’m thinking an off-white ribbon with some vintage embellishment, but the possibilities are endless!

A Dessert to Match the Dresses: Truffles for the Shower and Big Day!

5 Nov

The color theme is all picked out for the big day. The dresses, flowers, and tablecloths are all matching accordingly, so why not the dessert as well? Great for weddings, wedding showers, and even bridal party gifts, bite-sized desserts are not only delicious but come in an array of colors that can be a perfect accent to an overall theme.

In the perfect mix of cake and finger-food, truffles are a great option for weddings and showers. Etsy vendor Lolli Dreams offers an array of truffles, available both as traditional cake truffles or as cake truffles on lollipop sticks, and which can be customized to match the color theme of any wedding. Just this week, Tammy Jackson, the woman behind Lolli Dreams, got an order for a flamenco-themed wedding. To fit the bright red, silver, and black color swatch, she is baking up customized red velvet truffles filled with chocolate ganache, and coated with milk chocolate drizzled with bright red. Is your mouth watering yet?

When asked if there was a customer favorite at Lolli Dreams, Tammy confirmed, “Absolutely—the red velvet truffles, which have a cream cheese filling, are a top seller.” But with the option for customization, any flavor—from lemon, to chocolate espresso, to pumpkin spice, can be made to fit a wedding’s color scheme. For a springtime wedding shower, we love these lollipop truffles with bright color coatings:

Accessorizing the Dress with Sabtis Designs

3 Nov

While choosing the right dresses may be a bride-to-be’s primary concern when it comes to her bridesmaids, nothing pulls together a look like the perfect jewelry. Offering both custom bridal and everyday jewelry, Etsy vendor Sabtis Designs is the perfect destination for handcrafted pieces, and the perfect way for Bridesmaid Trade to start off our Project Celebrate: Bridesmaid month-long giveaway. On Monday, Twitter user @meKelsey re-tweeted and followed @BridesmaidTrade, and was randomly selected as the first lucky winner, taking home these two gorgeous pieces from Sabtis Designs.

With a father who’s been hunting and collecting gems for years, Estee, the talent behind Sabtis Designs, can’t even remember a time when she wasn’t interested in jewelry making. She recalls, “hearing stories about the exotic places they were from when I was growing up just started my imagination going.” This interest, combined with a self-described “deep and abiding love of weddings,” results in the beautiful Sabtis Designs jewelry, fitting for any bridesmaid or bride-to-be. And while, during her several stints as a bridesmaid, Estee took the customary backseat in selecting her dress (“It is her day and my whole job as a bridesmaid is to support the bride,” she explains), she has, on occasion, made the jewelry for her friends’ weddings.

So what’s a pro’s advice for pairing the right jewelry with a bridesmaid dress? Estee writes, “Don’t be afraid to go for color! Some of the best weddings I have been to are [the ones] where the bridesmaids all look AMAZING on their own and the bride is this beautiful ‘quiet moment’ centerpiece to the picture.” Working with a variety of semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls, crystals, glass, and a variety of metals, Sabtis Designs has jewelry that can both add the color to an outfit or accent an already vibrant bridesmaid dress.

Visit Sabtis Designs for your bridal and everyday jewelry needs, and be sure to check back with us on Monday for another fabulous giveaway from our favorite Etsy vendors!