In honor of the upcoming weekend of weddings, I created a bridal look today. I enjoyed it so much that I may make it a weekly tradition! This one is inspired by a rose gold engagement ring I saw in my internet perusals.
While I love a white dress, I like the idea sometimes of getting away from the pristine white. I think for some brides, accessories are a good place have other tones than the usual diamond, pearl, and platinum — although I’m a always big fan of those, too.
Send those RSVP cards in as soon as you possibly can! Yes, you may need to check with your significant other on the date, or see if you can have the day off from work, but as soon as you’ve decided whether or not you can attend, please, please, please send the card back. The bride-to-be will thank you.
A few other points:
Always respond using the card provided. In this day and age, a text or email is easy to send, but the bride or groom may have someone else collecting the cards and will be creating the seating plan from those responses. The last thing they want to do is corral responses from their phones, Facebook, and email accounts. It’s hard enough to devise a seating plan as it is.
Don’t assume a verbal “I’m coming” is enough. Again, the response card is always the way to go here.
If you are bringing date (if you were given a plus one), it’s nice to include his or her name on the response card, too, so the guest will have an escort card or place card at the reception.
It’s fun to write a little note on the card to the bride and groom — keep it clean since a mother-in-law could be reading it — and let them know how excited you are to attend, or how upset you are that you can’t.
If something comes up and you RSVPed “yes” and now can’t make it, send a note or email with apologies as soon as possible letting the bride know. If this happens only a week before the wedding, it’s likely they’ve already paid for your seat and meal at the reception.
Don’t make the bride hunt you down. I personally had about 20 people to track down on my “no response” list 2 weeks before the wedding. A few folks were still tentative until a day or two before, which was the worst type of limbo to be in. At that stage, I had to pay for seats for them, but they never showed.
Remember, the bride and groom invited you because they wanted you there, and that’s an honor when they may be only inviting 50-75 people or so each of their family and friends. Make your intentions clear. A prompt and truthful “I can’t make it.” is much better than a drawn out “I’ll try to make it” that ends in a no-show.
Following these rules will not only show your good manners, but also that you cherish the friendship and your invitation to the couple’s special day.
Today’s outfit is inspired by the lovely weather we’ve been having, the strawberries I got from the farmers’ market, and the strawberry shortcake I’ve been craving as a result.
I’d wear this ladylike ensemble to a morning or afternoon garden wedding. The dress is a chiffon Trina Turk — the style is called Millicent — what a wonderfully dainty name! Combined with the basketweave of the pink straw bag, and the woven pattern earrings — well — the whole thing seems very summery and charming.
As a gift, I’ve suggested a brightly colored teapot – so the bride can perk up a dreary day by serving tea from this cheery vessel (also a very ladylike thing to do).
This navy dress from J.Crew, is a little bit nautical, and fairly conservative, except for the plunging back. The bright lemon-colored stripe inspired the other stripes in this collection — since anything with a stripe is always classic and appealing to me.
The navy fabric here is a rich silk, and well-suited for a guest to wear to a traditional and slightly formal wedding. I see this dress being perfect for a spring or fall weddings in a seaside town.
I’ve selected a striped ring, which keeps the outfit from being too serious, and a crisply patterned tie for the gentleman, and a classic gift of a Lenox china sugar bowl — which is probably only suitable if it matches with the pattern the bride has chosen, but at least it’s food for (gift-giving) thought!
This pretty combination of pastel pinks and greens is to perfect wear to a daytime wedding where the invitation calls for slightly dressy attire. The accessories and shoes are glossy enough to go into an evening reception, and one can easily wear the jewelry components of this set with casual outfits throughout the week.
I’ve suggested an equally pastel-inspired gift — colorful paisley mixing bowls that could be a pretty catch-all for items on a shelf, a cheery container for morning cereal, or cherished as festive serving pieces.
Finding the perfect thing to wear when you’re the bride or a guest can be hard enough, but sometimes finding a perfect mother-of-the-bride dress is the biggest challenge of them all. Mothers-of-the-Bride or Groom have to find dresses that reflect elegance, let them stand out a bit from other guests, but compliment the rest of the wedding party, without detracting from the bride.
I think this tailored look is wonderful for a mother to wear for a mid-morning spring or fall wedding, or, conversely, a simple city evening wedding, where the event–and the bride’s dress–will be simple, understated, and tailored. The neutral, but gold-tinged accessories give the whole outfit just enough sparkle to stand out.
The reception location could be a hip hotel, the patio of a fun urban restaurant, or a party to remember under a tent.
The couple who throws this kind of a bright event, would want guests to come ready to celebrate. So, fashion-wise, it would good time to subtly try out a trend like color-blocking or a cheerful color like this satin pink dress paired with hot pink and orange accessories to get into the spirit of things.
The lovely gold accents and festive stripes on the Flawless Promise wedding invitation by Wedding Paper Divas brought to mind an elegant, spirited wedding and where the champagne will be flowing. So I selected some champagne-inspired blush and gold accents and sparkles for this vignette.
This dress is perfect to wear to a wedding that has a cocktail hour time reception in the summer months, accented with a ring from Kate Spade, that will look great on your hand as you raise your glass.
Don’t forget the gift – some delicately designed champagne flutes so that the bride and groom can enjoy toasting many happy events to come!