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WHAT NOT TO WEAR; guest edition

So many times we talk about what guests should consider wearing to weddings: the pretty dresses, the perfect shoes, a suit that fits oh so good, but we are almost doing you dirty if we don’t talk about what you should NOT be wearing. Can we get an “AMEN” from all the brides who were mortified by some of their guest outfit choices?

 

When a wedding is approaching, often, guests have a moment where they think to themselves, ”What the hell am I going to wear to this wedding?”  It’s true, you’ve at least done it one time in your wedding attending life. But! Have you ever thought, “what am I NOT going to wear to this wedding?” 🤔. If not, you should. Seriously. And if picking out an outfit comes too casual for you, it’s probably because YOUR OUTFIT IS TOO CASUAL!!!! Read that again if you have to.

 

C’mon people, let’s be real. If what you are wearing to someone else’s wedding is something in your everyday wardrobe, please reconsider. Better yet, reevaluate your position as this person’s friend or family member. Yes, we said it. Now, we don’t want to come off harsh, but someone has to tell you to get it together. Who is a better friend? The one who tells you about yourself or the one who lets you be reckless? Exactly! If your spouse or best friend isn’t helping you out, then you better believe we will!

 

That all being said, we are going to list out the major NO’s of wedding guest attire so you’re aware and can’t say, “Well, I didn’t know!” 😒.    Ready …. here we go!!

 

RULE #1 White. Don’t wear white. Of any shade. What. So. Ever (unless you are advised to do so). That includes, off white, eggshell, sand, candlelight, ivory, sequin GOLD OR SILVER, light grey. NONE OF IT IS ACCEPTABLE. If you have a question, just don’t wear it. You’re not the bride. Tell yourself that or have someone check you.

 

 

 

RULE #2 Do not wear sandals. Sandals, including but not limited to flip flops, Birkenstock’s, slides or any other velcro strap, Jesus versions. Ladies, anything that does not have a tiny bit of a heel doesn’t fit the occasion–fancy yourself, you deserve it and so do your feet!

 

 

Rule # 3Denim/Jeans. OF ANY SORT. Leave them at home for errands to run.

 

 

RULE #4 No Sweats. Sweatpants, Track Suits, Sweatshirts, Leggings, Athletic Wear in general (this includes sneakers too). If it looks like your going to be heading to the gym, you better have a membership cause you’re not entering into one of our weddings!

 

 

RULE #5 Shorts. Guys is it really too hard to cover up the bottom half of the leg and put some slacks on? We don’t think so. Get the pants. Put them on. And wear them at the wedding. Refer to rule no. 3 and 4 for pant options.

 

 

So, we hope we weren’t too harsh on you but these are just a FEW things we want to make sure you do not wear to a wedding. If you were to go to your own wedding, would you wear what you have on? Unless you’re reading this at a wedding and in compliance with all five of our rules, chances are the answer is no. Do yourself a favor, do your bride and groom a favor, and finally, please do us a favor. Make sure you look good. Everyone will be happy when you’re looking your best!!!

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2019 Wedding Band Trends

It’s been five minutes since you’ve been engaged and we want you to be honest with us. We know you are totally guilty of obsessing over past Pinterest pins and Instagram bookmarks, filled with diamond ring inspo, to see which type of wedding band pairs well with your shiny diamond on your left hand.

 

When it comes to choosing a wedding band, you can go for either the small and dainty or large and in charge. Whether you’re the minimalistic type or the go big or go home type, you’ll want something that reflects who you are and your unique style.

 

Thanks to the stackable wedding band trend, where mixing and matching shapes, sizes, and colors are acceptable, now we’re seeing lots of brides feel more comfortable with stepping outside of the box and opting for color accents, uniquely shaped stones, and antique styles, just to name a few – the options are gorgeously endless!

 

Are you going to say “I do” in 2019? Get ready to add these rings to your Pinterest boards (or wishlist) ASAP!

 

Oval-Shaped Diamond Band

The rare oval-shaped diamond exudes understated elegance and has been picking up popularity with brides. 2019 might just be the year of the oval ring!

 

Diamond Semi Pavé Band

Not really the minimalist type or the go big or go home type? We feel you! If you want to “shine bright like a diamond” without an oversized rock weighing you down, this delicate diamond semi pavé band is perfect. Of course, we know you’ll probably want to switch it up when you do happen to be in that “go big” mood which makes this delicate ring the perfect stackable companion for when you want to make a statement.

 

 

Diamond Paved Love Wedding Band

It’s the day you’ve been dreaming of since you were a little girl and you want all eyes on the shiny band around your finger. Perfect for the bride with a passion for classic sophisticated styles. This 18K yellow gold band is set with 88 diamonds – precious, timeless, and rare just like you.

 

Stacked Wedding Band

Used for both bridal and fashion, these bands have been making appearances on the fingers of both stylish brides and celebs for years. Only now are they starting to pick up in popularity. With women on the rise going from #GirlBoss at a business conference to hands-on mama, getting to decide whether you’re going for layered power-look or subtle statement is key.

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Serpenti Wedding Band

Finally, a band designed for the edgy bride who elegantly embraces her sophistication and sensuality. Modeled after the sinuosity of a serpent, this band coils around your finger making a precious statement with the beauty if its glistening scales.

 

Diamond Cigar Band

You’ll never worry about not making a statement when you’re glowing with over 100 .41 carat diamonds wrapped around your finger. This made-to-order beauty can be made in yellow, rose, or white gold to please even the most discerning bride.This is the perfect alternative ring for the times when you don’t want to bring your rock around. You know, like a day at the beach or traveling!

 

From the delicate diamond, semi pave band to the bold diamond cigar, there’s inspo in here for every bride! So tell us in the comments below, which band is your favorite and would you stack it with another ring?

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Designer Spotlight: Pallas Couture

Simplicity? Not commonly a word used to describe the glamour and beauty of a Pallas Couture gown. We have been obsessing over this Australian designer for a while now and each time we see something new, our jaws drop. To the ground, perhaps even lower if they could.

 

When it comes to planning your wedding, there’s nothing more exciting than picking out the most perfect breathtaking dress. With Pallas Couture, it’s as if every gown is love at first sight. Known for the glove-like fit, sophisticated details, and touch of sexiness to give you that oomph on your big day!

 

Are you ready to slip into a dress that gives you the confidence & sensuality to challenge the classic look yet still be 100% timeless? Check out some of these showstoppers.

 

1 – The Lizeth Gown

 

We can already picture you in this gown, perfect for the boho or beachy babe, with its sexy sophistication. Feeling extra bold? Pair the gown with a pale petal veil for some gorgeous getting ready & ceremony shots.

 

 

2 – The Elize Gown

Instead of stressing over money with getting two dresses, switch up your look effortlessly from the ceremony to the reception with the Elize Gown and its detachable skirt. Pair this gown with beaded ivory earrings or an elegant diamond necklace. You can’t go wrong with either. Both will have your bridesmaids saying “yaaaaaas, queen!”

 

 

3 – The Shimere Gown

Picky about lace? You’ll love this hand applied French lace perfect for a beachfront or boho wedding. Go from basic to blossoming with this fitted petal piece.  Some Valentinos would go along with this gown perfectly! Just saying.

 

4 – The Adelie Gown

If Coachella is your jam, so is this gown. All of the feminine accents–see-through mesh, the flowing skirt, the sleeves–make this gown a must for a festival loving bride.

 

If you’re a total fan of florals, pair this gown with flowers tucked into a braid. If updos are your thing, this little number would go great with a gold-leafed crown.

 

 

PS: How cute this totally magical wedding featuring custom Pallas Haute Couture?

 

5 – The Cherilyn Gown

Love showing off your curves in a way that beautifully balances elegance & sex appeal? The tasteful see-through and 3D floral elements embracing your silhouette will have you feeling like a mermaid. We’re also totally obsessed with the midi slit making this dress perfect for a  statement heel.

 

 

Loved these? So did we. So much so that we can’t wait to style you in a Pallas Couture gown so you’re looking & feeling like a million bucks on your wedding day!

 

Let us know which is your favorite in the comments below!

 

Winter’s biggest hair trend, barrette stacking!

You probably have some stored away somewhere in your bathroom. You’ve worn them once your twice when you were a little girl. And just as anything else, they’re making their way back into the fashion scene. Yup, we’re talking barrette stacking. We’ve talked about several different hair trends over the years so it is probably no surprise to you that this is our topic of choice for this week’s blog. Not to mention, it’s this winter’s biggest hair trend!

Ok, let’s break it down for you. The term stacking in bridal is typically reserved for wedding bands (blog on that coming next week!). Before we get into talking about this trend, let’s define barrette stacking for the readers who are not privy to this trend. Stacking is mixing and matching three or more hair clips at a time. Off the bat, this may seem a little bit cray, but stay with us it’s a trend we think you’ll come to love. Disclaimer: when done the right way. For example, how gorg would it be if a bride wore pearl stackable barrettes to hold down the front of her veil? See! We told you that you’d grow to love it.

That being said, we have yet to see a bride do this, but if you do, share her with us! She is totally our vibe. We’d love to see this look incorporated into bridal, even if it’s just the rehearsal dinner or a bach look. Until then, let’s take a moment to appreciate these beauties because I think before, we may have just taken them for granted.

Don’t forget, be sure to let us know if these are hot or not in the comments.

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After The Party, Is The After Party

If you’re anything like us, you LOVE a good after party. When it comes to searching for and styling your wedding related attire, we know you don’t mind searching for just one more outfit, do you? Yea, we didn’t think so! It’s time to slip out of our dream gown and into something a bit easier to dance around in!

 

After months and months of planning, it finally happened. You’re OFFICIALLY a Mrs and just had the best night of your life. You’re exhausted, but completely high on love and you never want the night to end. Most venues have a cut off time of 10 pm, but let’s get real the party is usually just starting! This is a great time to continue the celebration and really get to enjoy yourself with your close friends and family, after one long and hectic day. Take this time to really be true to YOU. That means get funky, comfy and whip out that custom bridal jacket that we know you had made with your new name on it! All the hard stuff is over with, so enjoy every moment, laugh, tear (and probably spilled beer) that happens. We decided to round up some amazing after party outfits for our brides that want to make every second of their wedding day memorable. Whether it be to your suit, the lounge at your hotel or the hot new bar down the road, chances are everyone will end up getting together after the dj packs up and heads out. Lucky for you, you’ll have the perfect outfit to hit them with, one last time.

 

The Little White Dress

This mini dress is perfect to throw on as soon as you get out from under all that tulle! Toss on your new leather Mrs jacket with a pair of Converse and get this party started!

 

The Slip Dress

Staying in your suite for the night? Get out of your gown and into this simple silk dress. We can bet your hubby will be counting the minutes until he can get you to slip right on out of it!

 

It’s A Wrap!

The night is almost over, so get comfy in this boho wrap dress. You’ll be able to hide all of that cake and champagne you’ve been indulging in, with no problem (or shame for that matter)!

 

The Little Lace Dress

Another one for you to toss your leather or denim jacket over! Pair with over the knee boots and you’re ready to go!

 

The Power Suit

Your man wore one down the aisle and now it’s your turn! Rock that corset you’ve been wearing under your dress all day, as your top for the rest of the night. No one will expect this one, so be ready for all the “YAAAAS GIRL” cat calls your bridesmaids will be yelling.

 

The PARTY Dress

Don’t be surprised if this dress gets you lots of attention. When you walk into the lounge wearing this little number, everyone will know you’re planning on ending the night strong!

 

The “I Can’t Stop Wearing Gowns” Gown

Girl, it’s your day! If you want to put on another gown, then do it! This version is sure to be comfier than your wedding gown, so float around your after party like the goddess you are.

 

Whether you decide to stay in or finish your night out on the town, we think you’ll love these options! Let us know what your after-party outfit of choice would be, down below!

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Amazon Coming In Clutch

Oh, Amazon. You’re always there for us when we need you. From tablecloths and runners to photo booth props and flameless candles, we know we can always count on our favorite delivery service for the random things we need at the last minute. After thinking about everyone’s  favorite app, we started wondering, “What other wedding day items can we find on Amazonelse could we find to use on the big day?” We decided to do a little experiment and see if the almighty Amazon could stand up to our test: Affordable Bridal Clutches. You may (or may not) be surprised by our final decision. Keep reading…

 

From minimalist to glam, we pretty much found something for everyone. And the best part? They’re all under $40 (you can thank us at the end of this post)! Take a look at the little gems we found that will help complete your bridal vision and won’t put a dent in your wallet.:

 

These perfectly timeless options are something you won’t ever have to worry about going out of style. We love the classic woven satin and added tassle to keep things fun!

 

These amazing clutches give a vintage feel, without paying that vintage price tag.  The gorgeous rhinestone detailing on all of these bags will pair perfectly with any boho bride without being too over the top.

 

If your wedding is all about being clean and modern, you’ll love these options:

 

Who doesn’t love mixing metals? We sure do! This rose gold clutch with yellow gold trim is neat and modern and we’re all about it. Mix your wedding jewelry metals to really pull this accessory into the whole outfit!

 

The transparent acrylic body on this baby is a perfect match for the simplistic, chic bride. The gold trim with removable chain keeps the bag feeling classic and special. We also put this at the top of the list for Most Likely To Be Reused, after the wedding has come and gone!

 

Looking for a show stopper? We found a couple of super fun options to wrap up our list, for you brides that like to make a statement. Be careful though, you might be trying to find an excuse to use these before the wedding.:

 

This bag SCREAMS Old Hollywood glam. Pair it with your flirty, slinky gown and a red lip and we can bet everyone will be talking about your look long after the wedding!

 

Where are all of our fun, bright brides?! This adorable floral box bag has us dreaming of a spring wedding with pops of pink! How perfect would this be to break in at your bridal shower?! Told you these would be hard not to use…

 

Honestly, we still can’t believe the price point on these bridal clutches! Not to mention their unique features that people will NEVER suspect you purchased from Amazon! Brb, we’re ordering all of them right now. Which one will you be adding to your cart?!

 

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Mentioning the “Unmentionables”: Bridal Lingerie

One thing that many brides don’t think much about, is the garments they’ll be wearing UNDER their most dreamt about outfit. Now you might ask, “why do I need to think about another “outfit” when I’ve got the most important one picked out?”. Well, the answer is, because this itty bitty outfit just may be the ONLY thing you’ll be wearing on not just one, but TWO occasions. Hear us out:

 

It seems like Bridal Boudoir photo shoots are a MUST these days, whether you want to document your engagement and tuck the pictures away or make a special and unforgettable photo album for your husband-to-be. No matter how you choose to use them, they’re a GREAT way to see just how beautiful you are! As women, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to look a certain way, so the lingerie we wear at our boudoir shoot and on our wedding day should make us feel like a sultry goddess to match the smallest outfit we’ll probably ever own!

 

Without the perfect undergarments, we might not reach our sexiest potential and that’s just unacceptable on such a big day! Starting the best day of your life with a seductive little number on under your dress will help give you the confidence you deserve to feel all day long. There’s something very empowering about having a little secret on underneath all of that fabric! Since It’s something you’ll be wearing into the late night, you should LOVE it even if you’re the only one (of two people) that will see it. Just like the wedding decor and dress are a reflection of your personality, your lingerie should also follow suit (birthday suit* that is). If your dress gives a boho vibe, brands like Free People will most definitely be calling your name! Agent Provocateur is KNOWN for their edgy, jaw-dropping styles, so they’ll have some pieces that will be sure to release your inner temptress in the boudoir (and not to mention leave your man speechless). Ever think about rhinestone lingerie? I bet you will now! Maybe your style is sweet and sassy like the line by Dita Von Teese, a woman who knows a thing or two about sexy lingerie. Whichever your preference may be, we’ve got you (and your little tush) covered!

 

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Now that you’ve seen a few of our favorite “unmentionables” ranging from modest to va-va-voom, let us know what you think your bridal lingerie style would be!

 

Wedding Day Highlighters We Love!

If there’s one day that you want to glow up for, it’s definitely your wedding day. You’re going to want to look right and bright for the professional photographer you just dropped an arm and a leg for, not to mention all of the Instagram stories you will be featured on– oh, and lest we forget, you want to look perfect for your soon-to-be husband. All eyes will be on the YOU, blushing bride. We want all those eyes blinded by the beam of your highlight.

Highlighter has been the IT makeup product for the past few years and there are so many brands that we have fallen in love with. Take a look at our top picks!

  1. CHARLOTTE TILBURY- Filmstar Bronze & Glow Contour Duo


  1. FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil


  1. LAURA MERCIER Face Illuminator

4. TOM FORD Illuminating Highlight Pen

5. HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting Powder

6. STILA Heaven’s Hue Highlighter

There are countless looks you could choose for your wedding day. Whether you go with a romantic and natural vibe or sultry and bold, there’s one thing you can’t go without– glowing skin. Hit up your local Sephora, try out our favorite highlighters and let us know what you love!

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Not All Superheroes Wear Capes, Not all Brides Wear Veils

Sometimes you put on an awesome outfit and just KNOW you nailed it. Other times it feels SO close, but not quite there. Wanna know our ultimate kryptonite and answer to this problem? Accessories. They can take any dress from drab to fab in 2.5 seconds (you know, like when Randy puts the final touches on a bride before she says “Yes To The Dress”). The veil cape is the trendiest take on the most timeless bridal accessory there ever was. From pearls or crystals to embroidery and appliqué, a cape just might be the icing on the (wedding) cake for the most important outfit you’ll ever wear!

 

Whether your dream wedding gown is simplistic or elaborate, there really is a cape for everyone. A fashion-forward bride who loves to WOW a crowd is a perfect candidate to strut down the aisle in an ornate, fully embellished cape. Not used to all that attention? A less dramatic option with delicate lace detailing works perfectly for a church ceremony. Cover up at the altar while still rocking that low back, then toss the cape to the side when you walk into the reception as Mr & Mrs for the first time! If you’re having an outdoor wedding, this might seem like the most sensible reason to jump on the train. Grab your feather embellished cape once the sun goes down and stay warm while still looking exceptionally stylish!

 

No matter what type of bride you classify yourself as the veil cape is just another way to express your personality and make your dress even more unique. Below are a few of our favorite picks to top off your look!

Delicate applique

 

 

 

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As you can see, the options are truly endless! Subtle or over the top, there’s something powerful about a bride in her cape! Let us know in the comments below what style you’d be brave enough to step out onto the aisle in!

 

 

 

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What to wear to a winter wedding!

There’s nothing like a wedding invitation to get us ladies excited to dress up, but if the wedding falls on one of these cold winter months, finding a dress that’s both sexy and sensible can be tricky. Not to worry, we have some of our own tricks up our dress sleeves to help you out!

 

Fabric:

We love to see guests who use fabrics to WOW on the reception dance floor. Try an interesting fabric like crushed velvet or a dress with shimmer and shine.

 

Length:

Midi and maxi dresses are gorgeous and practical for winter weddings. You can also play with sleeve length– we love a long sleeve dress that uses texture to keep it fun and modern.

 

Cut:

You can’t go wrong with a nice plunging neckline to offset the modesty of sleeves and long skirts. We also like a classy wrap dress– the wrap style layers over itself which play well in the season.

 

Color:

You can pull off a lot of different colors in the winter but we always love to see guests wearing deeper tones or statement colors like gold or silver.

 

We’ve compiled some of our favorite winter wedding guest looks that will have you feeling fabulous without freezing. Check them out and let us know if you’ll be rockin’ something like this at the next wedding!