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Floral Replacements

Flower Alternatives

No Flowers, No Problem!

Weddings and flowers tend to go hand in hand, but if florals just ain’t your thing, don’t feel like it’s an absolute must have. There are tons of other options for you to consider using in place of all those pretty blooms. Bonus perk: flowers can be expensive so you may even save some money by thinking outside the box!

For Your Consideration:

Fake Flowers. A clear and easy alternative for real flowers.   If you want flowers but need them to be done in advance, last in any type of environment or just want to be able to keep them afterwards, fakes are a good option.

Wooden Accents. Not only should you consider swapping flowers with the super trendy sticks, twigs and branches you see on Pinterest, don’t stop there; consider other wooden accents like tree trunk slabs, carved flowers or figurines, or maybe even DIY pallet projects.

Candles.   Candlelight is super sweet, sexy and romantic …and perfect for a wedding. Ditch flowers for tealights, candle arrangements and pretty candlesticks. Get creative with the bridesmaids and use lanterns or pretty candlestick holders.

Paper Flowers. Lotsa options here… from DIY to Etsy, there are tons of ways to have paper flowers at your wedding. I love the ones made from the couple’s favorite books or music sheets from their favorite songs.

Seashells. Calling all beach brides! Making bouquets or arrangements out of seashells is so pretty and so perfect for a beach wedding (or beach wedding theme). Incorporate other ocean accents like silver dollars, sea glass or starfish!

Jewels. Want to glitz up your big day? Look into making a studded bouquet out out brooches, jewels or pearls. They’re absolutely stunning and help give your look a little extra sparkle.

Succulents. I love this floral replacement because it still is easy to arrange, but it gives your wedding day look a clean, crisp look. They make pretty bouquets, ethereal centerpieces, and cute wedding favors.

Feathers. Another fun and whimsical idea. Feathers are perfect for brides who want a bohemian feel. They’re a sweet addition to your wedding, and make seriously gorgeous bouquets. Just be sure to work with your event designer to make sure you’re using stunning feathers (not tacky boas or something better used for arts and crafts).

Need help pulling your flowerless vision together? Call me!

Love, Mrs. Newman

Make Your Own Flower Crown Party

Flower Crown Party

Grab Your Girls & Get Crafty!

Love the look of flower crowns?  Well gather your friends and make your own over a few glasses of wine and some yummy snacks in under an hour or two!  Check out the pics from my own flower crown making party in honor of Coachella – though it’s also a great idea for your bridal shower, bachelorette weekend, or wedding.

Supplies! Cat optional. Fake flowers, stem wire, and thin green wire to attach everything together. The cat always needs to supervise. Flower options, cut and ready to go! Flower options, cut and ready to go! Assembly over a glass of wine! Assembly over a glass of wine! Wire wrapping the flowers on! Wire wrapping the flowers on! Assembly over a glass of wine! Finished Product Friends & Florals Friends & Florals Friends & Florals Flower Crown Group Shot Flower Crown Group Shot
Supplies! Cat optional.

We used bunch of brightly colored fake blooms, but you can also use real flowers for a more ethereal, whimsical look (just go easy on the wine, you’ll need a softer touch with real blooms).

See here for my original tutorial!  Or if you’re interested in getting your own made for you (by yours truly), give me a call!

Love, Mrs. Newman

Sparkly Weddings

Sparkly Weddings

Throw A Gorgeously Glitzy Wedding!

If you’re like me, your favorite color is glitter. I mean, honestly, what’s better than something shiny and sparkly?

Not much.

So if you’re unsure of your wedding color scheme, but you know that you want it to be blingy, I get it.   You might even have a color palette picked out, but need ways to incorporate some extra glitz, just to make the event a little more glam.

Here are the best ways to add some shine to your big day!

Glitter. Sprinkle that shit everywhere. Kidding, don’t do that. But you should incorporate it into your stationary, décor and signage. And talk with your caterer and/or dessert vendor about edible glitter. It’s a thing, and its super pretty – think glitter on your cake, cupcakes or on top of macaroons. #yesplease

Pearlized Linens & Fabric. A little less in your face than glitter, but still adds a really nice sheen to your décor. Pretty pearl shades of whatever your color scheme is will help add depth and texture, reflecting the lights beautifully. They also give your event a rich look and feel, just like how satin sheets can make a bedroom seem more regal.

Mirrors. Another great way to catch and reflect the light at your event is through the use of mirrors. Look for venues with mirrors, or look into renting/bringing in your own. On a smaller scale, use mirror plates on your tables and underneath all your centerpieces.

Diamonds. Or rhinestones for the most part, aside from the jewelry that you wear. But you should totally use pretty diamonds (real or fake) for your jewelry, as well as on your bridal party. Then talk with your florist or vent designer about working them into your centerpieces and décor.

Sequins. Add a pretty sequined table runner, or use sequined linens for your cake table, or your head table to add a little extra oomph. If you don’t want a totally bedazzled dress, sequins are a more subtle way to sparkle on your wedding day. Same goes for your bridesmaid dresses.

Sparklers. So a sparkler send off isn’t exactly new, but who cares? They make for the prettiest photos and they totally fit into your sparkly wedding theme. If you want to work them into your day in a different way, add a sparkler to your cake topper, or buy the extra long or colored ones.

Embellished Flowers. Use pretty brooches or rhinestone ribbons in your bouquets. Adding pretty embellishments won’t be a new concept to your florist, so work with them to determine what the right amount of added bling for your wedding is.

Bling! Speaking of sparkly embellishments, don’t stop at your bouquets if it suits you. How about your shoes, or garter, or headpieces? Bling out your accessories. It’s a subtle way to sparkle if head to toe diamonds isn’t for you.

String Lights. Love, love, love string lights. Outside or inside, they’re so pretty, whimsical and romantic. And while they don’t necessarily sparkle, they do shine. And the more lights you have, the more your sparkly pieces will reflect them.

Chandeliers. Pretty chandeliers are already in a lot of wedding venues, but even if they’re not you can look into renting some. Talk to your local wedding and event rental companies about what they have available, and consider stringing up one or two, or several.

See, there are lots of ways to make your main wedding color “glitter”.   Weddings are a great time to shine, so why not go glam with your event ambiance?

If you’re worried it’ll look too tacky (and it will, if you use every single thing on my list) then work with your event stylist or wedding coordinator to decide what will work best for your vision. You can have a gorgeously glamorous wedding without it looking like you’re on Gypsy Sisters.

Need help pulling this look off? Let me know!

Love, Mrs. Newman

Color Palette Inspo – Yellow & Grey

Yellow and Grey Inspo

Mostly Sunshine, With A Touch Of Grey Skies! (Way Off In The Distance, Obviously.)

Perfect For: 

Spring or Summer

Why We Love It:

Yellow is the happiest color out there, so it’s perfect for a wedding.  It’s also not overdone, so your day will stand out from the others during a busy wedding season.

How To Execute:

Dressing people in yellow can be a little tricky, so you’ll need to spend a little extra time choosing wedding attire.  They guys should be in your preferred shade of grey, with subtle yellow accents in the boutonniere, or on the tie.  The girls will look nice in a soft shade of yellow, but if you just aren’t finding one that works for your group of girls, put them in grey too.  The key to executing a yellow wedding well is by remembering that less is more with this shade.  Stick with whites and greys for your linens, fabrics, and signage, with yellow being your accent color.  It pops enough on its own!  Talk to your florist and event designer about varying pops of yellow among your otherwise white and grey wedding color scheme.

Fun Features:

Use teeny tiny yellow wildflowers to accent just about anything, from your place settings, to your up-do, to your takeaway gifts.  Pretty lemonade stands fit in perfectly with your scheme, or consider using lemons to help accent some of your decor.

Quirky Brides

Quirky Wedding Fashion

Fun & Unique Bridal Pieces That Are Totally Adorable!

I love, love, love when brides cater their wedding day look to their own personal style.   Some brides go all out and embrace their quirks or wardrobe staples, while others go the more subtle route . Either way you’ll end up with a more personalized wedding day.

If you’re still working on piecing together your wedding ensemble, consider tying in something unique to you. Like I said, it doesn’t have to be something major, but even if it is a big fashion statement, then good for you. It’s your day, so you call the fashion shots!

Here are some of the best pieces I’ve seen that make for a fun and adorable wedding day look:

Capes. Veils not for you? I hear ya, I ditched mine pretty quick after my ceremony. Capes are a fun and fashion-forward look that give the illusion of a veil without actually having on a headpiece. Or go with a short cape over your shoulders – so adorable.

Sneakers. Revolutionized by Annie in Father of the Bride, this idea is perfect for you tomboys, or for anyone who just loves their kicks and wouldn’t be caught dead in heels. Converse sneaks are super cute, but I’ve also seen toms, sneakers and keds that all work perfectly with the brides style.

Faux Fur. One of my total faves, and perfect for late fall or winter weddings. Not only can it help keep a girl warm, it’s so, so, so pretty. Go with a fur wrap, fur cape, fur scarf or fur coat for a stunning look. And obviously I stress the faux part because animals.

Boots. Do you absolutely live in a pair of boots? Why not embrace that on your big day? Whether it’s a pair of combat boots, your beloved cowboy boots, or brightly colored galoshes, you should totally consider rocking these under your gown. Not only will they make for fun photos, they’re also really practical for outdoor, fall or winter weddings.

Leather Coat. Are you a biker babe? Or do you just live and die for your leather jackets? Wear your signature piece over your gown. It’ll keep you warm and give you a chic look. If your style is a little more edgy, your wedding day style should be too.

Flannel. Some people just can’t get enough of their flannel. If this is you, work it into your wedding style. For a rustic or country themed wedding, this look ties in so perfectly. Go big with a shirt, or tone it down with a scarf or throw blanket draped around your shoulders. Trendy as flannel and plaid patterns are right now, you’ll have a plethora of options to choose from that will work with just about any color scheme.

Colorful Underskirts. If you just can’t get onboard with an all white wedding day look, work some color into your ensemble. An easy and fun way is with colorful or patterned underskirts or tulle. You can order them in lots of fun colors, so talk to your bridal shop and see what their options are. If they don’t have what you’re looking for, look elsewhere and work with your tailor during alterations to make sure everything will piece together well.

If these all seem like a little too much for you, and you’re on the fence about tying in your own personal fashion style, then dial these ideas way down. Think undies, garter or jewelry. You can work in your own personal preferences into the little details too; the perfect way to look and feel like a bride but still stay true to our own inner fashionista.

Need help completing your look? Let me know and we can collaborate your wedding styling together.

Love, Mrs. Newman

Pearl Weddings

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A Pretty, Elegant & Classic Wedding Day Style.

I’ve been dying over all the new gorgeous wedding trends and styles, and I have to say one of my favorites is the use of pearls. Pearls are such a classic staple of timeless beauty, so it’s no wonder brides use them as a styling influence when they’re getting married.

The best thing about a pearl wedding is that they extend so much further than just for use as your jewelry.   To start, it gives you a beautiful color scheme if you go all out with a pearl themed wedding.

Think about all the different shades of pearls, from white to off-white, to pink, gold, champagne… even a pearlized black.   There are tons of different ways to make this look cater to your own style and preferences.

So besides all the pretty colors, what are all the fun ways to work pearls into your wedding day? Well, honestly, there’s like a zillion ways. Be creative and work with your event designers to follow this subtle but stunning theme.

Consider the Following:

Pearl Dress – Obviously a stunning option, and there are plenty of dress options out there with beautiful pearl accents.

Pearl Jewelry – Another easy way to pull your classic wedding day look together, as there’s not much that beats a woman in pearls.

Pearl Flowers – Your florist will know how to pull this together, so use pearls in the bouquets and boutonnieres. Look on pinterest at all the fun ways to execute this!

Pearl Centerpieces – Similar to your bouquets, you can work pearls into your floral arrangements, OR get budget savvy and use pearls to piece together pretty and unique centerpieces… like pearl filled martini glasses, mirror plates and tea lights.

Pearl Shoes – Every bride wants stunning wedding shoes, and there are so many fun options out there. Look for ones with pearl embellishments.

Pearl Cake Decorations – Wedding cakes or cupcakes are just SO pretty! It’s an easy yet elegant addition to class up your yummy desserts.

Pearl Strands – Not only can you wear them, or add them to your centerpieces, they’re also easy to string up! Think chair decorations, tying them into your pews, or stinging them up at the altar. They’re gorgeous, and will catch and reflect just a subtle amount of light.   So gorg.

Miscellaneous Pearl Decor – Obviously the possibilities are endless, but don’t overlook the little details, like table numbers, cake cutter, wedding signage or takeaway gifts.  There are about a million and four ways to decorate with pearls, so think through all the options.

If you love this idea, but don’t know how to pull this look together, let me know and we can talk about it! Or, if you have other event design concepts, but need a little bit of help, make sure you contact me!

Love, Mrs. Newman

Ten Fun Things To Do With Your Dress

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What To Do With Your Dress After The Wedding.

So you spent god knows how much on your wedding gown. You love it, it’s probably sentimental to you, but now it’s just hanging in the back of your closet depressed and lonely in a garment bag (like mine).

Just recently I’ve been feeling like a total schmuck for not doing anything with my (amazingly perfect and not inexpensive) Monique Lhuillier wedding gown. It’s just hanging there, lifeless. So sad.   So, I’ve been desperately trying to figure out what exactly I’m going to do with it, and I’ve come up with ten fun options.

If you’re like me, then you too don’t know what to do with your glorious gown after the big day. Ponder the following:

Preserve it. Pretty typical, and definitely one of the more popular options. So what does “preserving” your gown mean? Basically it means a nice deep clean and then packaging it away in a fashion that will keep it from aging or yellowing.   But yes, it’ll just end up in the back of your closet again, so this one’s for the ladies out there saving their dress for their daughter’s weddings (or for wearing around their house and embarrassing their daughters in 20/30 years – looking at you Leslie).

Frame It. Getting your dress framed is a creative way to save your dress and commemorate your wedding day. They look stunning if done well, so if you don’t think you can get your gown into a frame on your own, look into having it framed professionally.  I personally love when ladies have their wedding gowns framed and on display in their big, fancy walk in closets, or dressing rooms.

Teddy Bear. This one is sweet, but first you’ll have to come to terms with having your precious gown cut up. Send your gown in and have it sent back as a soft cuddly (sparkly?) teddy bear. It’s a cute keepsake that can actually be displayed in your home, or even given to your children as pretty addition to their nursery.

Shorten It. Depending on the fit and style of your dress, shorten it in to a dress that you could wear again. It would be an amazing thing to whip out for an anniversary dinner or party, and your hubby/wife will be sure to love every time you put it on (and still fit into it…) Plus you could use the discarded fabric to do some of the other ideas on this list – double win!

Make A Quilt. Again, make peace with cutting your dress up before committing to this one. The good news is you’ll have a nice cozy blanket to snuggle up in, or lay out to accent your home décor.   If you don’t have a trusted mom, aunt or grandma that is a tried and true seamstress/quilter, make sure you go to a professional for this.   Don’t gamble with your gown, do everything you can to make sure you’ll love the end result.

Lingerie. I LOVE this one. It’s a newer trend, but such a great idea. I’ve seen this one floating around pinterest, but you’ll probably have to work with your own trusted tailor/designer. I’m currently researching the upstate NY area to see if someone could meet with me to discuss doing mine.

Jewelry. Taking some of the excess fabric from your dress and turning them into a piece of jewelry is a nice way to wear around a little piece of your wedding day.   You can see an example here, but get creative.   Make a pendant for a bracelet or necklace, or even something for your hubby, like a key chain or pocket watch.

Communion or Baptism Dresses. Since most (but not all!) wedding gowns are white or off white, the fabric would be perfect for a baptism or communion gown.   Again, find your most trusted seamstress and come up with a pattern for whichever dress is most appropriate for your family.   It’s another sentimental way to tie your wedding into other family milestones.

Trash the Dress Shoot. If you can fulfill your sentimental side with photos, then schedule a trash the shoot dress. In case you’re unfamiliar, it’s basically a funfilled photo sesh where you wear your wedding gown one last time, knowing you’ll never wear your dress again. Most sessions take place by water, like the beach or a lake. Have fun rolling around in the grass, mud or whatever you fancy. It actually makes for some really cute photos, and it looks like a ton of fun.

Donate It. This one is probably the nicest, so if you’re looking to do your part with a random act of kindness, donate your dress. You can go through an organized company like Wish Upon A Wedding or Brides Across America, or find somewhere local to donate it to.   It really could make someone else’s wedding dreams come true, and you’ll get that nice warm fuzzy feeling of doing something so sweet and selfless.

If none of these work for you, reach out to me and we can chat. Keeping your dress hanging in the back of your closet is no fun, so I know we can find something to do with it that’ll make you smile.

Love, Mrs. Newman

Short Wedding Dresses

 

Short Dresses

9 Reasons To Get A Short Dress.

Obviously I’m a sucker for wedding style, and I love when a bride goes with something a little less than traditional. Short weddings gowns aren’t unheard of, but they aren’t necessarily a huge trend (yet). Wearing a short wedding dress will give you a unique bridal look that will make you feel a little extra special on your wedding day.

If this is something you’ve thought about, great! If it’s something you’re on the fence about, think it through a little more. Consider the following reasons as to why wearing a short dress might be the best option for you!

Nine Reasons To Wear A Short Wedding Dress

Shoes. I mean, every girl should get a pair of killer heels for her wedding (in my opinion…)  What better way to show them off then with a cropped hem? A shorter dress will probably be less money than a gown, so hello larger wedding shoe budget.

Your Gorgeous Gams. Speaking of showing things off, short dresses can really accentuate a girl’s legs. If that’s your best asset, a short dress is definitely for you. A demure dress with a scandalous hem line is my favorite way to be subtly sexy.

Signature Style. You know yourself best, so if a shorter dress is something that would be a better fit for your look, do it. Don’t feel like you have to wear a long gown just because it’s what’s expected; you can still wear a short dress and be über dressed up. Also, short doesn’t have to be scandalous – there are a ton of variations out there, so find the best one for your own personal style.

Accentuate the Ambiance. If the feel of your wedding is relaxed or beachy or country chic, a super formal dress probably won’t work, or will feel too fancy day of. Some weddings really set the stage for a girl to wear something shorter and a little bit more casual, so if that’s you, look for dresses that will work with your vision.

Shoes, Again. I know I already touched on showing off shoes, but specifically I’m talking about brides who want to wear something on their feet other than beautiful sparkly heels.   Anyone who wants to wear cowboy boots, chucks, or pretty beaded barefoot sandals should think about a cropped dress that’ll show off their statement shoes.

Light As A Feather. Not to dog on “normal” wedding gowns, but a lot of chicks after the fact will tell you how heavy their gown was, and how they didn’t even realize it during their fittings. Big dresses, especially poofy ones, weigh waaay more than that little white dress you’ve been fantasizing about… why do you think so many girls end up changing into bride swag or a reception dress?

Dancefloor, Now. Teeny dresses are much easier to rock out in. Same concept as above, but with the added bonus of not holding up your hem, worrying about your bustle, or getting the bottom of your dress wet when you walk through someone’s spilled champagne (sorry, it’s probably mine).

You Little Trendsetter. I know I said that little white dresses aren’t terribly popular yet, but it’s probably just a matter of time until they become more common.   Everyone loves to look and feel sexy, sassy, and like they’re earing something true to their own style, so it’s not going to come as a surprise to me when more and more girls rock short dresses at their wedding. Why not start the trend?

You Do Things Your Way. Doing anything at your wedding that strays from tradition is a go in my book. It’s boring when someone’s big day is exactly what you expect out of a wedding. If you aren’t one for rules, traditions, or doing things by the book, then a short dress should be on the top of the list when it comes to your wedding planning considerations (among other things).

So if you’re thinking this short wedding dress look might be the way to go, then I happily support you. I love this look, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t secretly wish I had considered it a little more before my big day.

If you’re going to go with a little white dress on your wedding day then follow my styling rules. Keep it bridal by wearing stark white – no ivory, no off white, no pops of color – make yourself stand out as a the bride. Up your shoe game, since more people will see them, and same with your jewelry. Don’t wear a veil that’s longer than your dress, it won’t look right – consider an alternate headpiece, like flowers or a pretty headband.  Lastly, get a spray tan.  Pale legs don’t photograph well.

Love, Mrs. Newman

Color Palette Inspo – Shades of Gray

Shades of Grey

Varying Tones of Gray Accented With Light Pink

Perfect For: 

Spring

Why We Love It:

It’s a fun swap of accent and primary color.  With more focus on the gray tones, the pink lightens up the neutral scheme nicely.

How To Execute:

Dress everyone but the bride in gray, but lighten the suit for the guys if the girls dresses are a deeper hue (or vice versa).  This will add depth to your look.  Use pink minimally, in the flowers and centerpieces.  Linens should be on the lighter side, but runners and napkins can be darkened or your pink accent color.  Soften the flowers with white blooms so the bouquets don’t overpower your color scheme.

Fun Features:

Toasting with pink champagne or a sparkling rosé accents your wedding perfectly.  Silver ribbons and sparkly jewelry are an easy way to glitz things up too, without straying from the color palette.  Not into cake?  Make an array of different shades of gray macaroons.

Wedding Dress Shopping

Dress Shopping

What You Should Know Before You Say Yes to the Dress.

So you’re gonna buy a wedding dress! Insert squeal of delight! So exciting, and so much fun. It’s ok if you’re a little nervous too, especially if you’ve never tagged along to anyone else’s dress shopping escapes.

Regardless of whether or not you’ve been dress shopping before, here are a few things to expect. With this things in mind, you can walk in to that boutique über confident and totally ready to find the dress.

Make sure you have an appointment. A bit basic, but if you’ve never been before you might assume you can just show up. Technically you can attempt to do a walk in, but it’ll be way easier on the shop if make an appointment, and more importantly, you’ll get the time and attention you deserve.

Tell the bridal shop who you’ll have with you. When you (or your MOH?) make your previously mentioned appointment, make sure they find out how many people will fit in their viewing area. If you plan to have a bigger group with you, they’ll need to know so they can have the appropriate amount of seating available.

Bring photos! Or at least have a few pins on your phone readily available to show your consultant. It doesn’t have to be a specific gown that you want to try on, but a few photos that show the look and feel of your style. Professional consultants will be able to take your photos and pull looks that match your wish list.   Trust me, they’ll be grateful to have a starting point.

Do your research. If you do have specific photos of dresses that you want to try on, get online and make sure the store you’re going to has that designer.   Not every store will have every designer, so make sure you know what lines they carry, and if they fit in with your tastes.

They aren’t going to fit you, yet. Wedding dresses come in one sample size that is supposed to fit an “average” woman. Which means the dresses you try on aren’t going to be your size. The consultant will use clips and pins to get it to sit right on you so that you can get the visual. Unless you just so happen to be the exact size of their fit models, the dresses you try on won’t fit well during the shopping process. Trust your consultant and let her pin and tuck and pull on the gowns to help you see what a dress made to fit you will look like.

Taking photos prior to purchasing might not be allowed. It differs from store to store, but some places prefer you not photograph every thing you try on. It may seem innocent enough (I mean if it’s not on insta, did it really even happen?) …but the store’s thinking you’ll just take the photo to their competitors or try to buy a cheaper knock-off elsewhere. Be respectful, and follow their rules (or at least be extra sneaky about it).

Carry your own bubbly. Some places have complimentary champs to celebrate with after saying yes to a dress, but some don’t.   Better to be prepared just in case your store doesn’t have anything there to toast with. A lot of places won’t mind if you pop one open at the close of a sale, just make sure you ask first. If they seem uncomfortable or even downright insist you not open it there, go with plan b and celebrate afterwards elsewhere.   Respect their rules, like a lady.

Dress shopping can be one of the most fun things to look back on when remembering your engagement, so stay positive, be prepared and enjoy yourself!   Don’t be nervous and don’t rush you’re decision. You’ll find the perfect dress, just like you found the perfect man. As always, contact me if you need extra help, or to discuss wedding styling a bit further!

Love, Mrs. Newman