New York Bridal Fashion Week Fall ’20 Collection

Wow. We are still catching up on sleep, work and trying to get our minds right from all the amazingness that we saw last week at New York bridal fashion week but we just can’t seem to shake it. New York in itself, is a one of a kind city. Full of dreams, lights, and people and for us, we attend for all of that, and of course, for the dresses.

 Year 3 for BTS

This year, marks our third year of attending shows, meeting designers, and drooling over elegance at its finest. We had a jam packed weekend of Runway shows and private viewings of our most favorite designers and some we never even knew before. None the less, it was an experience we will never forget and always remember.  Not to mention, we stayed at one of our favorite hotels, Dream Downtown, and had some amazing food experiences as well. (Alex and Storm love food, by the way).


The Shows:

Berta, Galia, Pronovias, Pnina and Julie Vino– you all know they are some of our favorites and boy, they did not disappoint.

This season was definitely a season of sophistication and bringing back tradition. We saw a lot of ball gowns and a lot of bows. Berta, took the conservative route and definitely scaled back on the sexy sheer look. Pnina, while typically known for her crystals and bling, brought lace, satin and bows to the show. THE BOWS! Oh how obsessed we are with the bows. Check out some of our favorite looks that we captured right from the runway.  We are in love!

Dress by: Galia Lahav

Dress by: Berta

Dress by: Galia Lahav

Dress by: Julie Vino Group

Dress by: Galia Lahav

Dress by: Galia Lahav

Dress by: MUSE by Berta

Dress by: Pronovias

One designer that hit our photo albums this weekend that completely blew us away was Tel Aviv designers, Yael Eisenberg and Heli Kalkstein, also known as Eisen Stein. These two met each other in design school and after a short 4 month design process, had created their first bridal line in 2011.

To say their dresses are gorgeous is simply an understatement. The vision the pair has, coupled with the most high quality materials of silk, lace, beading and Swarovski crystals really had our jaws drop.  One dress, was a last minute addition that took only days to produce. This dress happened to be our teams favorite. The intricacy and detail was out of this world and oh my, it was a stunner.



Dress and details by: Eisen-Stein Bridal

Any-who! To say our expectations were met, is an understatement. We had the best time, in the best city doing the best things. Wanna hear more or see more from our experience, head over to our Instagram page and check out our highlights!! 

 

Personalization? Yes! Please!! Something trendy, fun and functional? Yes, again! Groomsmen gifts AND bridesmaid gifts – always. We are constantly being asked from our clients if we have any cool and unique gift ideas for their wedding party and while we’re at it, do we know how to customize it? Well yes, in fact, we do and we have partnered with Groovy Guys Gifts on this blog to show you that there are so many gift options out there. Like – So many! From customized duffle bags to pocket knives to cigar cutters and old fashioned ice rocks, their options are endless and to be honest, while I scroll through Groovy Guy’s website, I can confidently say that my husband would find use in A LOT of these products so we know that your groomsmen would love them too.

 

Let’s be honest, shopping for guys can be a little tough and rough because you never know if they are going to use what anything that is bought but when you put a little extra touch of sentiment to it and add in something that is relatable to them, they cherish items forever. So Grooms – be the best one out there and get them something that your guys can use forever. Whatever that may be, cuff links or a travel bag – they will cherish for as long as they have it. Check out Groovy Guys Gifts for all your wedding related, one stop shop, gifts for all. It just makes sense!!

5 Steps to Completely Slaying Your Wedding Vows

 

You outsource things for your wedding like your makeup and floral design—would you ever outsource your vow writing to someone? Find out how we learned how to write the perfect wedding vows from a complete stranger!

We sat down to talk with Katelyn Stanis, a wedding vow and speech writing expert. She gave us the down low on all things custom vow writing.

Katelyn started her vow writing business, Wedding Words, in 2017 and has been penning couples vows from all over the world ever since. She also works with the maid of honor to write a speech that the bride will absolutely adore.

Here are her five tips to write the perfect wedding vows, personalized and all. Be sure to check out our recent episode with her to listen to all her juicy advice.

 

Step 1: Gathering material for your vows

Have a brainstorm by spending 20 minutes jotting down any memory or emotion that comes to mind. Then circle the concepts that you want to expand on for your vows.

You can also interview yourself by asking questions and recording your answers. Transcribe the audio and use this as the basis for your wedding vows.

 

Step 2: Identify themes

Once you’ve compiled some vow writing ideas and notes, start to identify themes.

What themes stand out in your notes? Do you talk a lot about your partner’s sense of humor or their thoughtfulness? Use these themes to anchor your vows and to move the vows forward from one story to the next.

 

Step 3: Write the first draft

Now that you have an idea of what you want to include in your vows, you can write the first draft. Be sure to start by addressing your fiancé.

Then communicate details about what you love about your partner and your relationship.

Next, detail out specific promises you want to make. Lastly, close with a love-filled sentence.

 

Step 4: Edit your vows

It’s time to edit your first draft. Start by removing any unnecessary words. If you can read a sentence and it has the same meaning with some of the words removed, go ahead and remove those words. You don’t want to include anything that doesn’t add meaning and impact to your vows.

Be sure to align with your fiancé on the sentiment and tone of your vows too. The last thing you want is for your vows to be full of sweet and sentimental thoughts and for your partner to focus on just having funny wedding vows.

 

Step 5: Practice reciting your vows

The final step is to practice reciting your wedding vows out loud. Video record yourself so you can watch yourself and make improvements or recite your vows in front of your maid of honor.

Be sure to also print your vows or use a vow booklet. Whatever you do—don’t read your vows from your phone!

 

Follow these five vow writing steps and you’ll be on your way to creating personalized and perfect wedding vows.

Written By: Katelyn Stanis

katelyn@weddingwords.us

www.weddingwords.us

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Sabyasachi Winter 2019

 

You might’ve heard by now, but Indian designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee dropped the 2019 Bridal Winter Collection on Instagram and we have to say, we’re definitely pleased! The new Charbagh collection is full of options for every kind of bride. From modern, bold looks to more traditional yet unique gowns, your sure to fall in love with one of the four incredibly dreamy lines (yes, that’s right. FOUR!).

 

Sabyasachi is an inclusive brand that wants to make sure his brides can relate to and we think they met the mark. Take a walk with us through the eyes of the designer and you’re sure to see that he’s pretty much thought of everyone!

 

DEVI

Designed for the traditional bride, Devi is the perfect line for women who look forward to wearing a red lehnga. As the name suggests, the gowns from this collection are fit for a goddess. Ornate gold detailing covers each piece from top to bottom, but don’t think it stopped there. Sabyasachi paired his intricate pieces with bold, traditional jewelry and we couldn’t picture it any other way!

 

NARGIS

Sabyasachi just breathed life back into us with the Nargis collection.  He imagined “a wild overgrown garden with lush flowers blooming everywhere”, straight out of a fairytale as the setting for this destination edit. With brighter traditional prints and simplistic embellishments, this collection is ideal for a fun and free-spirited bride.

 

CHOWK

For the woman who is self-assured and unalarmed by grandness, the Chowk collection is perfect for the positively defiant. Extremely detailed patterns pull these looks together and make them a bold yet understated nod to the folk cultures in India, with very minimal embellishments. The focus is definitely put on the textiles used for this line.

 

ISFAHAN

Thinking deeply about Islamic Art and the colors used, Isfahan is colored in hues that “are joyous, but tingled with pathos.” Generic colors are replaced with dusty versions on lustrous fabrics such as satin and velvet, while Muhgal motifs decorate the textiles. Using an ancient Persian art form called Zardosi, the gowns are also covered in metallic gold and silver embroidery. 

 

As mentioned earlier, Sabyasachi creates the entire picture by using his gorgeous line of jewelry. Perfectly paired, it’s safe to say that the accessories in this collection are up to par with the fashion and take the gowns to the next level. Still can’t get enough of India’s hottest bridal designer? Then you’ll be pleased to hear that there is also a shoe line! Let us know in the comments below, which collection speaks to you most. We’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

Dress shirts, a commonly overlooked piece to the overall look of the groom and his groomsmen. At BTS, we’re all about attention to detail. This is why we’re going to dig deep into dress shirts this week. We’ll start with commonly asked questions and head into stepping out of the box. If you’re familiar with this space, you know we’re all about stepping out of the box.  

 

White or Ivory?

Questions often asked by our grooms are whether or not to wear a white or ivory undershirt. Our go-to is always white. Why, you ask? Well, white gives a crisp, clean look. You’ll want this trust us. Just think of how polished you’ll look in photos. Look at this side by side example–white is the clear winner. 

A second question is whether or not true white will clash with the brides off white gown. No! Even if it’s champaign. The answer is still no. Take a look at these photos so you can see the difference. 

Step out of the box with colors or patterns 

Step out of the box, gents! You won’t regret it. We promise. Incorporating color or pattern is always a fun idea. Even mix-matched patterns between dress shirts, ties or even pocket squares can look amazing when done right. Don’t believe us? Take a look at some of these looks incorporating color and pattern really well. 

Did we get you to want to venture out of the box with your dress shirt? Let us know how so in the comments. 

The 411 on Menswear

Let’s be honest, the main attraction is and will always be the bride on the wedding day but let’s put a little spotlight on that groom over there.  After all, he does make up 50% of the reason this wedding is taking place!

 

We are completely obsessed right now with men’s fashion!  Designers, trendsetters, fashion models and stylists have really set the bar high with what men are wearing these days and wedding days are no exception. That being said, we thought that it would be appropriate to let the men know that even if you think you’re looking fly, you need to pay attention to certain details of your wardrobe.  

 

Some key points to make sure that are just right:

  • Size 
  • Fit
  • Accessories

 

These are common points, right? 

Well yes, but each one is SOO important in every single way. 

 

Step 1: Go To a Tailor

Get your suit or tux fit perfectly.  Not everyone’s shape is made the same but every off the rack suit is so you should not be able to get away with going to the store and throwing something on from the rack.  Especially on a day like this. Trust us, the smallest alterations make a huge difference and smile on your wife’s face will be priceless!

 

Step 2: Know How Things Should Look 
Oversized pants, jackets, shirts, too long ties, too short ties, etc. etc. etc. ARE NOT OKAY. 🙂  Check the images here to see what is the right way to wearing these

 

 

So make sure you spend some time getting to know what your size is and familiarizing yourself with styles you like to make sure you look sharp. Getting an opinion or two doesn’t hurt either which actually brings us to our last step…

 

Step 3:  Consult with Others
Check-in with your bride, planner, or some lady in your life that you know has an eye for style! This way, you avoid making any embarrassing fashion no-no’s. You know that time you wanted to go out for dinner with that outfit you thought was amazing but your wife was like “ummmmm what are those?” Yeah, let’s not make that a thing that happens again when she’s walking down the aisle and sees you. Let’s make sure you’re looking like a total snack in her eyes 😉

 

So what’d you think? We’d love to know which of these steps you’ll be implementing (or all of them. Tell us in the comments below!

 

Second look for the groom? It may not be something many men think of, or even the ladies think of, but when looking back on it, it may make sense: Guys need a second look too. We all have those very fashionable, love to look good, care about their appearance, men in our lives. On the wedding day, it is likely no different. 

Guys – just like the ladies have an interest in having several looks, and that is perfectly fine with us, we want you to have an interest in a second look too. Actually, now that were on this topic, we are kind of obsessed with the idea of two looks for the bride and groom. Before we scare you away, a second look can be either extreme, subtle and sophisticated or even statement-making, it all works – that is when it is done the right way.

Here are a few suggestions and tips on helping your man pull this off:

Change The Jacket!

This is probably the easiest thing to do as it is simply a switch from one thing to another. When do you do this? The same time the ladies would make their switch. Plan for a specific look during the ceremony, something sharp, classic and that completely compliment the look of your face. Don’t know what she is wearing? (obviously, cause why would you) Ask for her opinion on it. It is likely that she won’t let you decide this all on your own anyways. 

Then make the switch right before your grand entrance into your ballroom IF you are going with something a little more fun and not too crazy. I say IF because if you are going with a look that is wild and totally speaks to your outgoing personality – I would hold off until the dancing begins. Bring out the cameras and your boys and make it known you are the guy for the night and now all eyes are on you.

Switch Up The Kicks 

We all know guys love their shoes and to be honest, some (or most) probably even have more tennis shoes in their closet than they know what to do with them. If you have a man that collects and takes pride in his shoe game, then why not show them off? Buy the best pair yet and put them to some real use – on that dance floor. It is certainly acceptable for you to make this minor wardrobe change when the lights go down and the music gets loud. Show off the shoe on you cause we are all here for a guy with a good shoe game!

So tell us! Which of these tips do you think your man will end up trying out? Comment your best guess below.

Typically low cut and shear is usually our go-to vibe when it comes to bridal gowns. But these days, we’re IN LOVE with gowns that have a high neckline. We know, we know. At first glance, high neckline gowns seem a little far off from where we usually fall on the sexy spectrum when it comes to weddings. But just because the neck is high, doesn’t mean you can’t also be sexy! Keep reading and fall in love with high necklines too. 

 

Elegance

Let’s start with elegance. A high neckline gown paired with an updo accentuates the neck and collar bones. We love sexy, always will. High neckline lets you drop it low, while at the same time cover-up. Just look at how Berta executed this look. 

Take a look at some of these looks. Once you’re done scrolling, we know you’ll agree. 

Spring Wedding + Inspo 

If we had to choose a season and vibe, for a high neckline gown, it would be spring wedding with a Lake Como vibe, pair with gold, satin cowl midi slip dress for the bridesmaids. 

 

 

 

High Neckline Designers We Love 

Some of the designers dong high necklines the right way are our usual favorite suspects–Berta, Mira Zwillinger, and Vera Wang. 

 

First up, Berta! We mentioned earlier that when you first think of high necklines, you think conservative. But not with Berta! Take a look at some of these sexy, high necklines. 

 

 

 

 

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Made for royalty ❤️ #BERTA Milano collection.

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Next up, Mira Zwillinger. Check out these looks! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last but not lease, Vera Wang, who is always on-trend. 

 

 

 

 

 

Now have we convinced you yet? Comment below and let us know if you’re trying on a high neckline wedding gown the next time you go wedding dress shopping. 

As wedding planners, we work with a wide variety of couples. Each set has their own lives ahead of them and also their own agenda to prepare as they enter into this new life and this new beginning as husband and wife. 

For many of our couples, we have the experience of sharing in this journey with them and taking them through these times that are not necessarily just about planning a wedding but also planning trips, rerouting homes and traveling on the regular. Janay and Jamil are the epitome of that and a relationship experience that we feel it is important to highlight for those that are going through similar experiences like theirs. Keep reading for this Q&A from Janay Lampkin, future Mrs. Douglas. Drop a comment if you have any questions for Janay.

Tell us about yourself and your relationship, how long have you been dating? 

Jamil and I are “college sweethearts” and have been together for 8 years! We met early on in college and the rest was history. We’ve been together through degrees, career changes, pitfalls and promotions. It really feels like two relationships wrapped up in one. It’s been a wild ride but I wouldn’t change one detail.

 

How many times have you moved throughout your relationship? 

Whew. this is a triggering question 🙂 I think between the two of us we’ve moved once per year throughout our entire relationship. Keep in mind, throughout college we moved within the same city. We didn’t start moving to new states until our careers forced us to. So in the last 5 years we’ve moved once during season and then typically we spend off seasons in AZ — I’ve lost count, okay? 🙂

How many times have you moved since being engaged? 

Twice!

Has moving interfered in wedding planning at all? If so, please explain (setting dates, scheduling important wedding planning meetings, juggling daily routines, etc). 

Honestly, not as much as you’d think. At first, it took us some time to get used to ALL of the moving pieces but having BTS has helped us to really put the entire process into perspective. We got engaged literally weeks before camp, so I pretty much knew that there would be minimal planning until season was well underway. We’ve really embraced shared calendars, deadlines, and he’s been the best brainstorming partner. Ladies: let your man weigh in on the different details, it’s actually way more fun that way!

 

Aside from moving, have you experienced any other life changes during your engagement period (job changes, family happenings, baby planning, new pets)? How have those life changes impacted wedding planning? 

I decided to leave the corporate style career and explore my industry as a full-time digital marketing + content consultant so that I could be remote and full time be physically in the same place as my Fiancé. By the time we were engaged, I was pretty accustomed to fully working remotely and was in a pretty good routine. about 2 months into our engagement we found out we were being signed to TN so I essentially hit the pause button on wedding stuff so I could pack up a five-bedroom house and get us settled in a brand new city. But looking back, wedding planning was made so much easier with planners, It was stressful but so doable.

What are the biggest challenges in juggling regular life and wedding planning? 

Wedding planning really started to pick up in off-season (Thank God) so we’ve been so blessed to be in the same city as our planners making meetings and communication 10x easier. There is a lot of decision making so it’s been tricky to just hone in on one decision while also continuing to be conscious of budgets. I would say one big challenge that I wasn’t expecting are all of the opinions. If you are a natural “people pleaser” wedding planning will be challenging at first. But eventually, you get really good at focusing on what you and your partner value most and just shrugging your shoulders at all the other noise.

 

While moving around, have you and your partner had to deal with long-distance? 

Very, very brief long-distance (2 months max). Football is definitely a year-round thing so there are definitely a few weeks where he will have to go back for training and I hold down the fort with our dog and coordinate the visits so that can eliminate all of the unnecessary logistics that come with dog parenting. We’ve found our groove so it really doesn’t feel like a chore at this point!

What is the biggest struggle with moving around often, wedding planning, work-life balance and maintaining a healthy relationship? How do you overcome the challenges that come along with the above? 

Over communicating, checking in, and communicating some more. There are so many moving pieces and deadlines and task lists. You can probably tell by now that I am VERY type-A. I live for a shared calendar, to-do list, and planner and legit have to remind myself to check in with myself and my fiancé. Checking in on each other is something we’ve always prioritized and I truly believe it’s made the process so much more stress-free.

 

What are you most looking forward to after the wedding? 

The marriage part 🙂 While the wedding planning process has been very exciting and special, we are both so much more excited to just be married and to pour into our union and family.

 

What advice do you think your partner would give to other grooms in the same situation?
ha! He would probably say there are a ton of deadlines and lots of money spent so plan accordingly and enjoy the ride 🙂

What is the best advice for other brides going through the same or similar changes that you have or are going through? 

To remind yourself that It’s a blessing. Whether you are having a giant wedding with a guest list of 300 or a more intimate wedding with less than 100 people, it’s about you and your person. As long as you are both present, happy and celebrating each other and this amazing life change, it will all come together no matter the cross-country move, curveball, or life change!

 

We hope feel like you’re a part of Janay’s journey. We can’t wait to share more details with you on her venue, decor and so much more. Don’t forget to head over to She Said Yes podcast to listen to Janay’s episode! 

 

Trending now is clear heels. Not only do we love the look of them, but we also love the way they fit and feel. Designers seemed to have perfected the non-foggy look. Ladies, you know what we’re talking about, where the shoes fog up the clear portion of the heels. LOL Ok, back to clear heels and why we love them. 

They are so simple and chic and elongate every woman’s legs. Who is here for the Barbi leg look? WE ARE! As an everyday look or style to going out for dinner and drinks, to bridesmaids and bridal shoes – they are the perfect fit for any lady’s foot. Not to mention, they do give us a little Cinderella glass slipper vibe.

 

We know, it is likely that KIM K started this trend a few years ago but we are here to tell you, if you haven’t already, buy a pair. Take a look for yourself and see why. 

 

 

 

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Which one of these is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below!