Bright Blue Dress for a Wedding Guest

I’m celebrating the 4th of July a little early and with a twist on the traditional red, white and blue, by adding a bright poppy red and this bright blue dress to create a cheerful, celebratory look that is fit for a wedding guest!Wedding Guest Look Poppy Red and Bright Blue

Links in italics are from our affiliate retail sponsors. Dress: kate spade new york ‘Lapis’ Dress from Rent the Runway |  Earrings: Becks Earrings by Kenneth Jay Lane from Rent the Runway | Bracelet: ‘glossy petals’ bracelet by kate spade new york from Nordstrom |  Clutch: Steve Madden BMetal Floral Clutch | Heels: Karen Millen High Strappy Sandals 

While this dress is a little much for a Fourth of July cookout, it would be totally appropriate for a evening semi-formal summer or fall wedding in a hotel, or air conditioned venue ( otherwise, I can see the satin being a little warm for outdoor weddings this time of year!) I was very drawn to this bright cobalt color, and the red sandals, floral clutch and bright floral accessories play off of that bright blue so well!  It’s a dazzling party dress!

If you’re looking for some more traditional red, white and blue looks, may I suggest these?  Happy 4th!

Red Dresses 

Blue Dresses

White Dresses under $100

Red White and Blue Look

Red ,White ,and Blue Summer Dresses

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Mother of the Bride Dresses for a Beach Wedding

mother of the bride dresses for beach weddings

The sand and sea setting of a beachside wedding requires a special kind of mother of the bride dress that is suited for the location and the mother’s role of honor. These mother-of-the-bride dresses for a beach wedding will allow the mother of the bride and mother of the groom to elegantly celebrate in their son or daughter’s big day with a style that is well-suited to a beachy, waterfront location. Links in italics are from our affiliate retail sponsors.

Blush sequin dress for a beach wedding MOB

The blush sequins of this neutral dress remind me of shimmering pink sand. The light silk chiffon, short length and breezy open sleeves and caftan style make this a great choice for a beach wedding, and the sequin detail makes this dress special for the mothers in their role of honor. Patra Embellished Silk Kimono Dress in Blush

Mother of the bride dress for a beach wedding

Mother of the bride dresses by Komamov are known for their loose, artistic styling. The pretty textures and jacket for a breeze make this a nice mother of the bride look for a casual beach wedding. Textured Satin Dress and Jacket.

Maxi dress for a beach wedding for the mother of the bride or wedding guest

This bright print maxi incorporates so many vibrant colors, and the pleated bodice and flowy skirt make this gown one for a beach formal wedding. Maxi by Badgley Mischka from Rent the Runway

Coral mother of the bride dress for a beach wedding

A light chiffon is always a good choice for a beach wedding – it’s a formal fabric that doesn’t wilt in the sun and sand. The tiered layers of this dress are flattering and look well-suited to a beach side or destination wedding.  The rhinestone embellishment adds formality. and it comes in 13 colors, to blend with nearly any wedding color palette! Embellished Tiered Halter Gown by Eliza J from Nordstrom.

Neutral dress for a beach wedding for the mother of the groom

The shorter version of the dress above works for a daytime beach wedding. It’s a semi-formal style that is perfect for the beachy mother of the bride or groom. Eliza J Embellished Dress from Nordstrom

Turquoise dress for mother of the bride beachside wedding

For mothers wanting a little more structure and embellishment, a tailored embroidered cocktail dress in a color that reflects the seaside wedding is a great choice. This style works for day or night! Embroidered sheath dress by Sue Wong at Nordstrom

Chiffon dress for a mother of the bride in a beach wedding

Another beautiful, light and breezy style in beach ready colors is this Vivienne Westwood gown from Rent the Runway

Coral and lace dress for a MOB

This mix of coral lace and chiffon will pop against a blue ocean, and golden sands. Lace bodice ruched chiffon gown from Nordstrom

Mother of the Bride Dress for a Daytime Wedding

A tailored look can go to the beach as well, especially when it’s in a venue near the water but exactly nuptials not in the sand. This shell pink tweed with illusion neckline is a beautiful choice for any mother of the bride in a nautical daytime wedding. Tweed dress with floral trim by Teri Jon

gown for a beach formal wedding for the MOB

This periwinkle print is a lovely choice for a mother-of-the-bride in a beach formal wedding. Gown by Nha Khan at Rent the Runway

light purple dress with sleeves for a mother of the bride

This pretty lilac color and light textural jacket and skirt set from Komarov makes for a gorgeous mother of the bride dress for a wedding at the beach. Check out these styles for more beach-appropriate attire with sleeves, as well as this post on gorgeous mother of the bride dresses with sleeves.

Seafoam lace dress for Mother of the Bride

Seafoam green is a perfect beach color, and the lace short style of a cocktail dress like this will never go out of style for a mother-of-the-bride or mother of the groom in a summery nautical wedding. Mixed Media Sheath Dress by Tadashi Shoji at Nordstrom

Casual dress for the mother of the bride of a beach wedding

Some beach weddings, are exceptionally casual.  If the bride and groom are wearing simple attire and bare feet, and the reception is a casual bonfire or clambake, the mothers of the wedding might want to opt for a dressed-down style like this, that is casual and beachy, but still has some special interest. Seaside Embroidery Shift from Talbots.

Royal blue gown for a beach wedding

I’m not usually an advocate of wearing stretch jersey to most weddings, but a dressy jersey material like this, in a cobalt color and formal styling would make a gorgeous mother of the bride dress for a destination wedding in the tropics, or  beachy nuptials on nearly any coast. Embellished Waist Gown

 

Light blue mother of the bride dress for a beach wedding

Pretty pleats and a pale blue give a structured mother of the bride dress a semi-formal beach wedding. London Times Faux Wrap Shutter Pleat Dress from Dillard’s

 

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Channel your inner mermaid or siren of the sea with dazzling beading! This gown is a stunner for mothers or bridesmaids, and this moody slate blue makes it a beautifully beachy choice for a beach chic wedding with formal touches.  Brooklyn Dress from BHLDN

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Its seems modern maxi dresses are the perfect dress for beach weddings, and they are wonderful for mothers-of-the-wedding. This gogeous rich blue and unstructured style makes a lovely gown for a modern beach wedding. Gown by Carmen Marc Valvo at Rent the Runway

570144484_2781Another beautiful gown in a dressy casual beach style. Fuchsia ruffled hem gown from Chico’s

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Bridal Hairpins and Bridal Hair Combs

There’s something about a bridal hairpin or comb that just finishes off a wedding look beautifully!

Bridal Hair Accessories

Sources, clockwise starting top left (links in italics are from affiliated shops ):1. ‘Jasmine’ Comb J.Crew 2. Hair pins by Percy Handmade on Etsy , Photography by Jemma Keech 3. Pearl Hair Clip from Nordstrom 4. ‘Adele’ Gold Crystal Hair Comb by BrideLaBoheme on Etsy 5. Comb by Lulu Frost from Shopbop 6. Crystal Ivy Comb at BHLDN 7. Crystal Clip from Nordstrom 8. Fern Leaf Hair Pin by Rosilyn Harris Designs

When it comes to accenting a beautiful chignon or loose waves, a decorative bridal hair pin or embellished bridal comb adds the perfect finishing touch.  Even if you opt for a veil, you might want to accent it with a comb, or add a hair pin or comb if you take the veil off after the ceremony.  Here are several of my favorite handpicked bridal hair pins and bridal hair combs and their sources.  These pictures will also give you some beautiful inspiration for wedding hairstyles! Links in italics denote affiliate links to sponsoring retailers.

 Mignon Bridal Comb by Percy Handmade on Etsy Photography by Jemma Keech

 Mignon Bridal Comb by Percy Handmade on Etsy Photography by Jemma Keech

Grecian Leaf Hair Piece by Erica Elizabeth Designs on Etsy Photography: Caroline Tran

Grecian Leaf Hair Piece by Erica Elizabeth Designs on Etsy Photography: Caroline Tran

Crystal bridal hair comb

Crystal Ivy Haircomb at BHLDN

Dainty gold hair pin for a bride by Bridal LaBoheme,  Photography by Jemma Keech

Dainty gold hair pin for a bride by Bridal LaBoheme on Etsy,  Photography by Jemma Keech

Briar-Rose pearl bridal hair pins by Percy Handmade  Photography by Jemma Keech

Briar-Rose pearl bridal hair pins by Percy Handmade on Etsy , Photography by Jemma Keech

Floral hair pins for weddings

Petite Floral Hair Pins from BHLDN

Gold Rose Wedding Hairpins by Echo and Laurel on Etsy

Gold Rose Wedding Hairpins by Echo and Laurel on Etsy

Fern Forest Pin Set by Untamed Brides

Fern Forest Pin Set by Untamed Brides also on Etsy 

Fun fact: Untamed Brides donates 5% of profits to the environment through the Defenders of Wildlife Fund, and proudly creates in the USA. I Loved meeting with them at this year’s Bridal Market!

Jenny Packham Bridal Hair Comb

Jenny Packham Acacia Hair Comb

Crystal bridal hair comb

‘Jasmine’ Comb by Twigs & Honey by Jennifer Behr at J.Crew

Crystal and Pearl Accented Hair Comb Lavender by Jurgita

Crystal and Pearl Accented Hair Comb Lavender by Jurgita on Etsy

floral bridal hair comb

Enchanted Forest Bridal Comb by Jane Tran available from BHLDN

Fern Leaf Hair Pins by Rosilyn Harris Designs

Fern Leaf Hair Pins by Rosilyn Harris Designs on Etsy

Jeweled hair comb for a brideLelet NY Hair Comb from Shopbop 

Bridal Hair Comb with Freshwater Pearls by Sarah Walsh Bridal | Photography by  Laura Kelly Photography

Bridal Hair Comb with Freshwater Pearls by Sarah Walsh Bridal on Etsy  / Photography by  Laura Kelly Photography

Pearl wedding hair comb

Pearl hair comb from Nordstrom

'Molly' Golden Bridal Hair Comb by Hushed Commotion.  Photography by Jen Huang

Molly’ Golden Bridal Hair Comb by Hushed Commotion on Etsy.  Photography by Jen Huang

 

Silver and Crystal Wedding Hair Comb

Atrium Hair Comb by Lulu Frost

Ginkgo leaves hair pin by Untamed Brides

Ginkgo Leaves hairpin by our friends at Untamed Brides. You can also see them on Etsy.

'Adele' Gold Crystal Hair Comb by BrideLaBoheme | Photography by Lana Ivanova

‘Adele’ Gold Crystal Hair Comb by BrideLaBoheme on Etsy Photography by Lana Ivanova

Gorgeous bridal updo with elegant comb by Percy Handmade | Photographed by Jemma Keech

‘Tyler’ small bridal haircomb by Percy Handmade on Etsy. Photographed by Jemma Keech

'Aster' Pearl Comb by Percy Handmade | Photographed by Jemma Keech

Aster’ Pearl Comb by Percy Handmade on EtsyPhotographed by Jemma Keech

Jeweled hair comb for a bride

Jeweled bridal hair comb from J.Crew

Sparkly bridal hair comb

Kata Comb from BHLDN

wedding hair accessory

 Luella Hair Clip by  ‘Wedding Belles New York from Nordstrom

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An Interview with David Tutera!

David Tutera Interview David Tutera is an acclaimed wedding, event, and entertaining expert who is known for creating some of the most spectacular celebrations and weddings. His design talents are unrivaled, but perhaps what we love most about him is the charm, positivity, and concern he shows for his couples and clients!

As if planning some of the world’s best celebrations wasn’t enough, David Tutera is also the author of several books, the creator of a stunning line of bridal shoes and bridal accessories, the designer of wedding dresses for David Tutera for Mon Cheri, and is now launching a new dinnerware line. He’s also a loving and doting dad to his daughter, Cielo.

This passion for all things wedding and celebration-related, has led David Tutera to develop a one-of-a-kind wedding event called Your Wedding Experience presented by David Tutera – a new take on bridal shows that will be more interactive and will have the crème de la crème of David Tutera-approved vendors. These events are taking place in Atlanta, Houston, and Philadelphia, and I’m lucky to have been selected as the featured blogger for Your Wedding Experience Philadelphia! I can’t wait to be a part of this event!

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Wedding Attire On Sale! Nordstrom’s Summer Clearance Sale – Up to 40% off

Wedding Attire on Sale at Nordstrom

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Perhaps you’ve noticed already, but Nordstrom is in the midst of its annual clearance sale! What does that mean for you, my wedding attire seeking-friends? Well, so many of the dresses and styles I’ve featured are included in this sale! Bridesmaid Dresses, Mother of the Bride Dresses, and Wedding Guest Dresses are included, as are great tops and styles for everyday – all at up to 40% off through June 28th. Nordstrom is a fabulous sponsor of Dress for the Wedding, so I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you about the great deals to be had. I don’t know about you, but I’ve barely started shopping for new summer clothes, so the fact that they are already on sale is a treat indeed!

Here’a a quick collection of the pieces that are included in the sale, many of these styles are dresses that I’ve featured here before. Take advantage of these great prices! Sale ends June 28th!

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