Bridal body jewelry is increasing in popularity. These stand out items are giving brides more options to go beyond the traditional pieces. For example, a statement necklace elevates a simple gown into something fabulous and formal. If you’re one of our on-trend brides looking for a unique bridal look, we’re on the brink of New York Bridal Fashion week, so now is the perfect time to play with runway trends while still remaining “bridal.” Here are a couple statement necklaces, in order of daring to most daring. Check them out, they will make you want to show out and stand out on your wedding day!

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As we all know, weddings are pretty much one big celebration. Friends and family from near and far all come together to celebrate the bride, the groom, their love for each other, and their future together. But whether it’s a giant party or a small intimate gathering, there are still a few things you shouldn’t do to add to the festivities. We have pretty much seen them all, so here’s a quick list of things we recommend avoiding over any wedding weekend.

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New York Fashion week has come and gone and left of us with tons of fashion inspiration for the upcoming year. The inspiration doesn’t stop there because New York’s Bridal Market, which is the wedding industry’s version of fashion week, went super hard this weekend. Lucky for you, you don’t have to wait till this weekend to learn all about the new trends we’ll be seeing Spring 2017. Thanks to Brides  and Loverly we’ve got the inside scoop for you on the upcoming trends going down at bridal fashion week 2016.

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Staying in shape and fit for your wedding can be a daunting task and it’s even tougher if you’ve set a goal to loose a few pounds. You need to stay excited and motivated to workout which is why we put this together for you brides to be. We’ve done a little research and talked to a few of our brides and complied a list of fun and unique places to get your workout on. If you’re not local be sure to look up a similar workout in your city!

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Decisions, decisions… makeup is filled with so many options these days. Do you choose to go bold and beautiful, natural and fresh faced, or classy and sophisticated? Then, once you make that decision there are a few more things to decide. To airbrush or not to airbrush?  Do you use fake eyelashes or get eyelash extensions? And then there’s the lipstick: matte or shiny? and what shade?  We know, so many questions, right? But don’t you worry your pretty little heart we’ve got you covered on the lipstick front today!

Ok, first and foremost, we have to let you in on a little secret:  be sure to choose your lipstick shade during your makeup trial run.  Write down the exact brand and shade so you can purchase before your big day.  This helps with touch ups throughout the day.  Your lipstick is one of the first things to go and in order to avoid you having to dig into your own lipstick stash to “almost” match the original color, you might as well just have it handy.  One less thing to worry about:)

Lip shade is important because it completes the over all look. With that being said, we want to share with you the hottest colors from the top brands that are sure to give your face just the right amount of pop.

For all things makeup The Sparkle Bar is where its at.  We trust them personally and with our brides, so it was a no brainer for us to reach out to these experts to hear whats trending in lipstick land when it comes to weddings. We’re so excited to share the details that were given to us from Courtney, the lead makeup artist from The Sparkle Bar, about her top lipstick colors and trends for weddings. Here’s what she had to say.


Soft Lip
Don’t love a lot of color on your lips or do you love a soft lip? Don’t worry! To accomplish a subtle soft lip Courtney from The Sparkle Bar loves, Meet Matte Huges in Committed paired with Laura Mercier Lip Liner in Plumberry.

Peachy Pout
For the perfect peachy pout Mac Lipstick in Peach Stock with Laura Mercier Lip Liner in Hazelnut Tea and a touch of Laura Mercier Lip Gloss in Bonbon to add some pop. We think this is the perfect lip for our Spring Brides.

Nude Lip
When the bride wants to keep that lippie nude, Courtney loves to use Laura Mericer Lip Liner in Chestnut with Mac Lipstick in Viva Glam V. To add a pop to that look Courtney likes to add Lorac Highly Pigmented Lip Gloss in Bombshell. You can’t go wrong with a nude lip!

Bold Red Lip
If you’re looking for a bold look, a red lip is always a perfect option. Let’s face it, it’s your day, you mine as well shine bright girl. Courtney creates her favorite red lip look by mixing  Vivien by Laura Mercier with Laura Mercier lip liner in Ruby.

Berry Lip
Are you a bride that’s looking for a great fall berry color? We got you. Courtney suggests that you try Mac lip liner in Vino with Mac’s lipstick called Rebel. Together they make the perfect color for that beautiful berry lip that’s perfect for fall and winter weddings.


Primer Tip
All lipsticks that Courtney recommended are long wearing but lipstick doesn’t always stay on everyone. So, if you’re a person who always has problems keeping lipstick on Courtney highly suggests you use a primer. Her favorite lip primer is from Mac called Prep + Prime Lip. We’ve got to say that we think this is a good idea for any bride so that lipstick is one less thing you’re thing about on your wedding night.

We think we’ve covered any shades or styles of lipsticks but don’t hesitate to leave any lipstick or makeup questions you have for us or The Sparkle Bar below. And don’t forget to check out The Sparkle Bar for all your makeup needs. You can find more information abut them and book your appointment HERE.

-Your BTS girls

It’s no secret that NY Fashion Week is right around the corner so, we definitely feel that it is an appropriate time to dive into the biggest wedding season trends for the Spring of 2017.  I mean, come on, Spring is technically right around the corner and these trends are too!  Take a look into what we have found!

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You’ve been counting down the days and the day is finally almost here! You’re about to marry the man of your dreams and have the perfect wedding with all your friends and family. Here’s a few tips we recommend to make sure everything goes as perfectly as it can!

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Yesterday was such a great day – I picked up my wedding dress!  It has been a much anticipated day since I had received the phone call a few weeks back from Mariee Bridal, in Scottsdale, that they had received my dress.  I waited a few weeks to go and check it out because my mom just arrived on Wednesday from Philadelphia and I wanted her to see it on me for the first time.

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Last Sunday we had such a great time at the Phoenix Bridal Show at the Hotel Sheraton in downtown Phoenix.  It was our very first experience as a vendor in this show, however, we really enjoyed seeing all of the excited brides-to-be with all of their bridesmaids, parents and fiancés.  Over 500 brides-to-be crowded into the ballroom space where they came to meet with vendors from all across the industry.  There were travel agents, DJs, caterers, bakers, florists, dress/clothing retailers, wedding planners and many many more.  We were so lucky because we were surrounded by all of our friends in the industry!  We were next to Tina with Pixy Cakes, who makes some of the best tasting and looking cakes and desserts in the valley, across from Julie with JuJu’s Tutus, who custom creates flower girl dresses and accessories, and down the aisle from Dave with Pour Masters, our favorite industry bar tending service, and Eric with Got You Covered, who has a team of super talented DJs that always put on an amazing show for every wedding.

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How exciting is it to find out that an all exclusive makeup only shop is opening up in your town by a couple of extremely determined entrepreneurs?  As wedding planners, we can answer that question quite easily for you – it’s AMAZING!  We are absolutely thrilled for our friends at The Sparkle Bar for not only the grand opening of their business but also for passing SB 1320—a bill that frees Arizona makeup artists to practice their craft without threat of being shut down or fined by the government.  Can you say determined?  We attended the grand opening of The Sparkle Bar a few weeks ago and it sure was a hit!  The entire place was packed with models, bloggers, prospective clients, supporters and many more.

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