Dress Shopping Made Simple with the At Home Try-On

by Danielle Salazar March 18, 2016 1 Comment

Take the unnecessary stress out of bridesmaid dress shopping and try on your favorite styles in the comfort of your own home! Try before you buy with our At Home Try-On service. It’s simple, fun, and perfect for any out of town besties that are in your wedding. Grab your gals, some champagne, and snap some pics – have a try on party at home while deciding on your favorite Kennedy Blue dresses!

Try Before You Buy

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11 Tips on How To Choose Bridesmaid Dresses

by Danielle Salazar March 04, 2016

Being a bride means that you get the fun task of making tons of different decisions — decisions that not only affect yourself, but your friends as well. One of the biggest challenges that every bride faces is how to choose the perfect bridesmaid dresses for your girls. There’s a fine line of pleasing all of your ‘maids and staying true to your vision, so finding that balance is key! To avoid that stress and keep you in bridal bliss, I’ve gathered 11 tips that will help you determine the perfect styles that you and your ‘maids will love. 

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A DIY Wedding Planning Binder to Get Your Big Day Organized

by Danielle Salazar February 26, 2016 11 Comments

You’re engaged – congratulations! But now what? Where do you begin? Well, we’re here to help! Here at Kennedy Blue we love all things weddings, which means we know exactly how overwhelming wedding planning can be. Our DIY wedding planning binder is the perfect place to start. We’ve put together the ultimate wedding planning checklist as well, along with a detailed list of how to create your own binder at home. Time to get organized!

DIY Wedding Planning Binder

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A Wedding Planning Guide To Hiring A Planner

by Danielle Salazar January 29, 2016

It’s one of those things that people either love or hate to do —event planning. Regardless of what side of the spectrum you fall on, there are hundreds of details and decisions when it comes to a wedding and coordinators are there to help as little or as much as you need. We talked to Jen, a Senior Lead Planner over at Blush & Whim to get some insider info on the planning world. So if you’re up in the air about hiring a planner, here’s our wedding planning guide to why it’s totally worth it!

Q&A With Senior Event Planner at Blush & Whim

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Mix-And-Match Bridesmaid Dresses: 6 Ways to Nail the Trend!

by Danielle Salazar January 26, 2016

Since you’re reading this blog, I assume you’re as in love with this trend as I am. From mixing colors, necklines, lengths, or even completely different styles, mix and match bridesmaids dresses are huge right now, and I gotta say — I’m loving every minute of this trend’s moment in the spotlight! However, as you’ve probably seen online, it can be done REALLY well and REALLY wrong. So, to ensure that you pull off the perfect execution for your big day, it’s important to follow a few different rules!

How to Nail the Mix and Match Trend

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14 Bridesmaid Gift Ideas Your Girls Will Love!

by Danielle Salazar January 26, 2016 2 Comments

If you’re looking for the perfect way to say ‘thank you’ to those special girls who stood by your side on one of the biggest days of your life, you’ve definitely come to the right place. There are a million different gift ideas for bridesmaids floating around on the internet that it can be hard to narrow down your options. I get it! I would be stressed too! However, I’m here to ease your pain. Whether your girls are sassy, fun, or sweet, they’re bound to love one of these chic and simple goodies that are perfect for showing your gratitude!

14 Bridesmaid Gift Ideas Your Girls Will Love!

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Bridesmaid Duties: How to Include Out-Of-Town ‘Maids

by Danielle Salazar January 18, 2016

As much as we wish our best friends lived next door to us, it’s just not always the reality. But just because we can’t control where our besties reside, definitely doesn’t mean that shouldn’t be included in one of the biggest days of your life! Near or far, they’ll want to feel in included so finding fun and productive ways to have them help with the wedding planning will be key. Giving your out-of-town bridesmaids duties that are reasonable for their distance will be especially important. That being said, here are the best ways to include your out-of-town ‘maids in the planning process!

Ways to Involve Your Out-Of-State Bridesmaids!

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Short vs. Long Bridesmaid Dresses: How To Choose The Right Length

by Danielle Salazar January 09, 2016

There are lots of different decisions that go into planning a wedding and choosing the perfect bridesmaid dresses is one of them! Not only do you have to decide on color, style, and fabric, but length is something you’ll also need to consider. For many girls, it’s actually a really tough decision! Perhaps you’re having a July wedding, but really love long bridesmaid dresses? Maybe you prefer short, cocktail styles, but your ‘maids want to wear long? If you’re on the fence and don’t know what to choose, there are definitely some factors to put into consideration before making your final decision. So the question is: Which length will best suit your big day!?

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11 Ways To Jump-Start Your Wedding Workout Routine for the New Year

by Danielle Salazar January 06, 2016

I don’t know if it’s just me or if you can relate too, but “exercise regularly” or “live a healthier lifestyle” seems to be on my list of New Year resolutions every. single. year. Why? It’s much easier said than done. However, 2016 is finally here and this is your year, girl! You’re engaged, have a gorgeous wedding dress to fit into, and this is the perfect excuse to kick it into gear. Plus, it's something that you and your fiance can work on together! So whether your goal is to get into a regular exercise routine, drop some major pounds, or just tone up those problem areas, I’ve gathered a list of 11 ways to get you motivated and kickoff that wedding workout routine for the new year!

11 Ways to Jumpstart Your Wedding Workout Routine for the New Year

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Must-Have Wedding Photos To Take With Your 'Maids

by Danielle Salazar December 29, 2015

They’re some of your best friends, closest relatives, sisters, and more. You’ve specifically chosen them to stand by your side on one of the biggest days of your life, so getting those special moments with your bridesmaids captured on camera is going to be something that you will treasure forever. So besides the classic group photos of the entire wedding party (don’t get me wrong, you’ll love having those, too!) we want to get a little creative and show you some of the must-have wedding photos that you’ll definitely want to consider taking with your girls! From getting ready to getting down on the dance floor, here are some of our favorite bridesmaid pictures that you’ll want to add to your list!

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How To Tackle Wedding Thank You Notes Like a Boss

by Danielle Salazar December 22, 2015

After the wedding is said and done, there’s probably nothing you’d rather do than honeymoon and relax…and we definitely don’t blame you! In fact, I can name about 100 different things that I’d rather do than get hand cramps while writing out hundreds of handwritten cards. However, you gotta get it done, girl, so you may as well grab some coffee, maybe even a sugary pastry (but don’t smudge the stationary!), and put a smile on your face! While it can almost seem as daunting as the planning process itself, I assure you — with a little organization and some helpful tips, you’ll have your wedding thank you notes done in no time!

Do's & Don'ts of Tackling Your Wedding Thank You Notes

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5 Gorgeous Wedding Colors for Spring

by Danielle Salazar December 19, 2015 1 Comment

Believe it or not, spring and summer weddings are right around the corner, so if you haven’t already planned your color scheme, it’s time to start seriously thinking! There are tons of gorgeous hues that are popular for this upcoming season and honestly, we’re loving every one of them! Most of the season’s colors are pretty soft and muted, making them perfectly feminine and romantic for your big day! So whether your wedding is inspired by rustic, classic, elegant, or beach elements, here are five wedding colors for spring that you should definitely consider incorporating!

Spring 2016 Wedding Colors

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The Bride's Guide To Announcing Your Engagement

by Danielle Salazar December 15, 2015

If you haven’t noticed, it’s that time of year where engagements are popping up as fast and frequently as those holiday pounds. Whether you just got engaged (yay, congrats!) or you’re hopefully waiting (yep, join the club!), I’m sure you’ve been looking forward to the day that you get to show off a sparkling ring on your finger. But the questions is, how!? Once your fiancé has popped the question, how do you go about telling all of your family and friends!?

Before you run straight to Facebook to publicly show off your ring (errr I mean...fiance...), there are a couple steps you should take first! Learn all of the who’s, when’s, and how’s of announcing your engagement and and some creative ways to publicly announce it on social media as well!

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Satin-Top Bridesmaid Dresses: A Modern Take on Traditional Styles!

by Danielle Salazar December 10, 2015

Let’s face it — for those who like satin bridesmaid dresses, your options are really quite limited. You either have the long, overly-glam styles that are just way too outdated and look like a throwback to 2002 OR you have the short, fun-loving styles that would be better suited for a girls night out than a wedding. Luckily, we just released four new styles that are unique, fun, and super stylish! Honestly, I’ve been tempted to buy one just for the hell of it — that’s how cute they are!

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15 Ideas To Pull Off The Perfect Winter Wedding

by Danielle Salazar December 04, 2015

It’s not super common, but winter is one of my absolute favorite seasons for weddings. Now, I’m not talking about Florida-winters where you still have green grass and palm trees in the backgrounds of your photos; I’m talking about snowy, candle-lit, cold-weathered weddings that are seriously the most magical things ever! Our company is based in Minnesota, so we definitely know a thing or two about the cold and with that being said, we also know how to perfectly prepare for a seasonal wedding! So to help you, we’ve gathered an essential list of winter wedding planning ideas that will ensure your big day goes perfect! …even if the weather is 10 degrees and snowing! From choosing the right color palette to finding the perfect long chiffon bridesmaid dresses, here are the 15 ideas you should definitely consider.

15 Ideas To Pull Off The Perfect Winter Wedding

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An Outdoor Wedding With Navy Bridesmaid Dresses

by Danielle Salazar November 19, 2015

Having recently moved to Oregon, Martha and Josh were both on a search for friendship in an unfamiliar town. It was this journey [of seeking companionship] that brought them together. It's easy to see that Martha and Josh are mad for one another. Their photos exude a sense of happiness, love, and the entire bridal party is beaming with light. From the gorgeous outdoor wedding ceremony to the unique lace-top navy bridesmaid dresses, their wedding was straight out of a story book -- filled with every bit of happiness you can imagine. Keep scrolling to check out all of the gorgeous photography from their big day along with how Josh popped the question (twice!) and more fun facts about the couple!

Chic lace-top bridesmaid dresses at a gorgeous outdoor wedding ceremony.

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Wedding Trends We Love: Ivory Bridesmaid Dresses

by Danielle Salazar November 13, 2015

Had you asked me a few years ago about bridesmaids wearing ivory dresses, I would have completely dismissed the idea and probably told you that you were crazy. However, at that point, I had never seen the look actually executed by a bridal party and had this crazy vision that all the ‘maids were styled in bridal gowns alongside the bride. Obviously, that vision was completely wrong, because ivory bridal parties have been popping up everywhere and they’re pretty dang stunning! If you aren’t sure if the look is for you, but have definitely been considering it, keep reading! I’ll tell you a little bit about the history of ivory bridesmaid dresses, how they got back into the wedding limelight, and some of the greatest concerns that brides have when they’re debating to go the ivory route or not.

Ivory Bridesmaid Dresses 101

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Wedding on a Budget: Cheap Ways to Make It Look More Expensive

by Danielle Salazar November 09, 2015

For most brides, Pinterest has been a blessing and a curse during the wedding planning process. You’re blessed with unlimited ideas from floral inspiration to wedding day decor, yet cursed by the fact that most of your pinned ideas carry heft price tags. Unfortunately, we don’t all have the wedding budgets of a Kardashian (actually…we’re totally cool with that) and so finding resourceful ways to create your dream wedding on a budget is a task that most brides take on full-force. So rather than tacking on to your already high wedding budget, I’ve got 10 simple (and cheap, if not free!) ways to make your wedding look more expensive than it actually is.

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Wedding Planning Advice: 12 Things Not to Feel Guilty About

by Danielle Salazar November 04, 2015

Whether you decided not to invite kids or opted for a small wedding that will exclude a lot of your family, it seems that everyone likes to give their two-cents about weddings — “This is how you should do this” and “You’re not actually going to do that, are you!?” It's common for brides to feel like your decisions are disappointing family and/or guests, but honestly, you're probably way over-thinking it. The truth is, you have absolutely nothing to feel guilty about when it comes to making those types of decisions for your big day, because guess what? It's your wedding! That being said, here are the 12 most common decisions that bride's feel guilty about when wedding planning and the reasons why you shouldn't feel bad for making them!

Wedding Planning Advice: 12 Things Not to Feel Guilty About

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10 Ways to Make Your Maid of Honor Stand Out

by Danielle Salazar October 28, 2015

We absolutely adore our maid of honors and they obviously hold a very near and dear place in our hearts to have such a special role on such an important day in your life. Whether she’s your best friend or your sister, she deserves to be recognized for all of her hard work in the wedding planning, continual support, and just overall awesomeness. So along with a super special proposal to be in the bridal party, I’ve come up with 10 ideas to make your maid of honor stand out amongst the rest of the maids. From mix and match bridesmaid dresses to bouquets to hair pieces, you’ll easily find a way to make your MOH feel extra special on the big day!

10 Ideas to Make Your Maid of Honor Stand Out

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Bridesmaids 101: The Ultimate Budget Guide

by Danielle Salazar October 22, 2015

Congratulations! You’re a bridesmaid! Get ready for some major girl-bonding time, epic party planning, crafting, and just a whole lot of fun overall! There are a ton of great perks that come with being a ‘maid, but it’s not all fun and games. There is one slightly minor and kinda huge downfall to being a bridesmaid: the money. Don’t get me wrong! In the end, it’s totally worth it, but being aware of the financial strain that being a bridesmaid could cause (especially if you aren’t financially ready for it!) is definitely a good thing to know! That being said, before you 100% commit yourself to standing beside your friend at the alter, it’s important that you know what you’re getting yourself into.

Bridesmaids 101: The Ultimate Budget Guide

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Floral Graffiti Inspiration at The Big Fake Wedding

by Danielle Salazar October 19, 2015 1 Comment

Just imagine, you get to go to a romantic wedding ceremony (they write their own vows!), a lively cocktail hour, a delicious sit-down dinner, fun reception dancing, and it all happens in a matter of a few hours. There’s eye-catching decor, gorgeous bridal party attire, hor d'oeuvres, free champagne, and…what? It’s completely fake!? That, my friends, is the magic of The Big Fake Wedding.

A gorgeous ceremony backdrop | Floral Graffiti Inspiration at The Big Fake Wedding

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18 Ways to Celebrate Your 'First Date' as Newlyweds

by Danielle Salazar October 16, 2015

Making time for your significant other is such an important part of any relationship and really keeps that romantic spark going! Getting married doesn’t mean that the romance is over. In fact, it’s only just begun! After the whole stress of wedding planning, it’s time for you and your husband/wife (isn’t that so fun to say!?) to treat yourself to some relaxation, fun, and alone time together. Not sure what to do for your 'first date' night as newlyweds? Whether you plan something for the day after the wedding or a couple weeks out, check out our list of ideas that are fun, easy, affordable, and perfect for unwinding after the big day!

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A Country Chic Wedding With Stunning Vintage Details

by Danielle Salazar October 13, 2015

Kelly and Ben decided to marry in the most intimate location possible — a place where they would raise their kids, grow old together, and make endless memories — their gorgeous new home that sits on four beautiful acres of land. Needless to say, their wedding day was absolutely perfect. A gorgeous farmhouse, vintage furniture, tented reception, charcoal gray bridesmaid dresses, and vibrant flowers, were just a few of the stunning details to set the tone for their big day. Lucky for us, we were able to get a glimpse into their country chic wedding through the gorgeous photography by Emily Steffen. Keep reading to see all of their photos along with Kelly’s story from how her and Ben met, to the wedding planning advice she thinks you should know!

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Measurement Guide

Taking Your Measurements

For the most accurate measurements, do not measure over your clothing. Your measurements should be taken while wearing undergarments similar to the ones you will wear with your dress. The measuring tape shouldn't be pulled too tight or have too much slack, and should always be parallel with the floor. 

**Wedding apparel is typically sized differently than retail clothing, so keep in mind that it's not uncommon to find yourself requiring alterations.

Bust size: Wrap the tape around your back and under your arms at the fullest part of your bust (not underneath the bust).

Waist size:  While standing up straight, bend at the waist to one side. Take the measurement where the natural crease happens in your side. This should be a few inches above your belly button.

Hip size: Standing with your feet together, wrap the tape around the fullest part of your hips and butt to get this measurement.

Choosing your correct size

Compare  these three measurements to the Kennedy Blue size chart above. It is very important that you order the largest size that corresponds to your measurements. For example, if your bust measures 40.5" (size 12), your waist measures 31" (size 10) and your hips measure 41.5" (size 8), we advise that you order a size 12, and get your dress altered down to custom fit your body. Ordering anything smaller than a size 12 would not fit in the bust area. Please note: Our bridal gown size chart is different than the bridesmaids sizing and is listed below.