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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
With everything that goes into planning your wedding, it’s easy to overlook some basic costs. I’m sure you’re quite aware to fees for your venue, food and drink, DJ or band, photographer, etc., but what about all of those little things you should financially plan for as well. To make sure that you perfectly prepare your wedding budget accordingly, here are 37 hidden wedding costs that you probably didn’t even think about!
Considering we live in a super tech-obsessed world, it totally makes sense that wedding websites are becoming a traditional part of the planning experience. They’re a fun and easy way to share information with your guests rather than overwhelming them with info on that little 5”x7’’ invitation. Not only are wedding websites a way to share basic info about your big day, it’s a space where you can tell your own stories as well — great for those future family members who may not know you too well. If you’ve debated taking on the challenge of creating your website, but aren’t sure where to start, you’ve come to the right place! Read ahead for tips on everything your site should include, where to build your site, and how to make it perfectly convey you as a couple!
So you want to find the perfect bridesmaid dresses? Your girls play a huge part in your big day — they’re in tons of pictures, they’ll stand beside you at the alter, they’ll be sitting front and center at the head table — so making sure that they fit in with the theme of the wedding, is super important! Now, I totally realize that there is a lot that goes into choosing your bridesmaid dresses. From color, style, price, and size range, finding the gowns isn’t always easy. In fact, it can be super tricky! So rather than worrying about what will and will not work with your wedding, check out our suggestions for these four popular wedding styles and the Kennedy Blue bridesmaid dresses that will perfect coordinate!
Now that you’re engaged, you’re probably wishing that you had a dollar for every time someone asked you the question, “did you pick a wedding date, yet!?” You probably could pay off your whole wedding! Not really, but it sure does seem that way, am I right!? Regardless, there’s a lot more thought that goes into picking your wedding date than just choosing one you think will work. You’ll need to consider your budget, timeline, schedule, and plenty of other things as well! That being said, here’s a list of 9 super important things that you should think about to help you pick out the perfect day to tie the knot.
So you’ve almost made it to the big day and it’s starting to feel a bit surreal, isn’t it? Your head is probably rushing with a million different thoughts and questions so it’s easy to forget something on the actual event day. To make sure you’re fully prepared and don’t forget anything on the day of, it’s important to create a wedding packing list that can be your go-to guide! So grab your cutest paper, pen, and get ready to make a bridesmaid checklist with 7 important things you need to remember to bring with you on the big day! And before you go ahead and think, “well yeah, of course I would pack these things!”, read each section for some hints and ideas that you may not have thought of!
If you haven’t noticed, globes and maps are a huge trend right now in not only home decor, but in weddings, too! From wall prints to jewelry, maps are popping up everywhere and are the perfect decor for couples who love to travel, are having a destination wedding, or who come from different states or countries. Whether you DIY your own decor or shop around on Etsy, we’ve come up with some fun ways to incorporate a little bit of adventure into your wedding by adding map and globe decor that you and your guests will love!
Online services have taken the scene by storm. Just think about it — how much time do you spend shopping online? Searching for the perfect boots, work attire, cocktail dress, etc. By the time you realize it, you’re already 35 pages deep into Macy’s shoe section. With the uprising of online shopping, consumers are looking for simple and convenient services that won’t take a lot of time out of their day-to-day schedules. Whether you’re the one getting married or you’ve been shopping around for your wedding, you’ve probably come across websites and designers that are offering bridesmaid dress rentals. It’s the latest in wedding apparel trends and leave a lot of brides and bridesmaids wondering, “but is it worth it?” Well, my friends, I’m here to let you in on some of the secrets of buying, renting, what all goes into the process, and what I honestly think is worth your while. From the style options to the pricing, here’s everything you need to know about bridesmaid dress rentals.
After a magical day filled with family, friends, food, and dancing, it’s perfectly acceptable to be completely exhausted the day after your wedding. You’ve endured hundreds of hours planning, multiple phone calls crying to your mom, sleepless nights, bridal shower after bridal shower after bridal shower, and just a whole mess of emotions in general — you and your fiancé deserve some serious rest and relaxation after the big day! So if you aren’t planning to hop on a flight immediately after the wedding and have a day of two off to just unwind from the last 9 months of planning, here are some of our favorite suggestions for you and your now husband or wife to do the day after!
After (hesitantly) being set up by friends, Erin was smitten with Ben from the very beginning. From their first date of wake boarding to their rock climbing proposal, it’s obvious that this couple is nothing short of adventurous, fun, and madly in love. From the bold, bright colors, to the ’90’s rock cover band, everything on their wedding day perfectly expressed their lively and lovable personalities. From how Ben popped the big question to how Erin chose her navy blue bridesmaid dresses, check out the full Q&A below and get a glimpse into the wedding day of the happy couple!
No bride wants to worry about any sort of mis-haps on her wedding day, let alone an emergency, but if there’s anything I’ve learned in my 25 years of living, it’s that you can never be too prepared! From stains, rips, bad breath, or nervous stomaches, it’s good to be ready for nearly every situation. So, to avoid a major bridezilla breakdown, plan ahead by packing your very own wedding emergency kit that will literally save you from almost every malfunction on the big day.
I've got a secret for you and you have the promise me that you'll tell everyone you know. Agreed? Great! Here it is: Just because something is labeled as a "bridesmaid dress" doesn't mean that's the only way it can be worn. In fact, it's quite the opposite! "Bridesmaid dresses" are becoming more and more similar to the ready-wear that you'd see in department stores or boutiques! So whether you have an old dress just sitting in your closet or you've found a style online that you just have to have, there are tons of ways to easily re-style it to make it anything but wedding-ish! With the cool, autumn season right around the corner, I wanted to show you some fun and simple ways to wear a bridesmaid dress for an everyday look! From scarves and flannels, to boots and blazers, here’s how to pair some of your favorite fall clothing and accessories with a bridesmaid gown! Plus, make sure to snag one of our $99 dresses before their gone! They’re classic styles at an affordable price point — making them easy to re-style and perfect for every occasion!
You can ask just about any person around and they’ll tell you, the reception is by far their favorite part of any wedding. Not to say that the ceremony isn’t tear-jerkingly beautiful or the cocktail hour isn’t a social heaven, but let’s be honest — who doesn’t love a good party!? There’s delicious food, tasty drinks, great company, and let’s not forget about the music! The wedding reception playlist can literally be a make or break for your guests. From mixing up the genres to playing a good mix of fast and slow beats, there’s an art to creating the perfect playlist and it’s not something you’ll want to rush! So whether you’re debating DIY vs. DJ, trying to come up with the perfect song list, of just in need a few pointers to get started, I’m here to help you create a set list that will get your guests excited and out onto the dance floor!
Linens, and dishes, and crockpots, oh my! Now that you’ve crossed off most of the big to-do’s on your list and had a few seconds to relax, it’s time to start conceiving that very-much anticipated wedding registry! (And let’s face it — you’ve had those bath towels for WAY too long so this is the perfect excuse for an upgrade. Ew.) Now, while the idea of creating your ultimate household wish list might sound super fun, I can assure you that it’s not all barcode scanning and butterflies. There’s definitely a lot of time and stress that can go into this venture and if you and your partner aren’t 100% in-simpatico then you might be heading down a dark and dangerous road of mismatched napkin sets and endless evenings at Macy’s. To avoid any frustration, I’ve compiled a ton of information to help you create the best wedding registry that will work for you! From a list of essential household items to handy online tools, here’s everything you need to know before tackling your registry!
Surrounded by family, friends, and beautiful weather, Kelly and Nate’s wedding day was more than they could have possibly imagined. From the gorgeous outdoor ceremony to the chic and simple decor, their purple and gold wedding was beyond picture-perfect! Lucky for us, Kelly dished some of the details about the big day, from how she picked her Kennedy Blue bridesmaid dresses to the wedding advice she wants you all to know!
Your wedding day is most certainly one of the biggest events of your life. With such significance, you want everything to go smoothly. However, it’s hard not to worry over all that could go awry when you’ve been planning the celebration for so long. If you’ve been losing sleep over weather woes or biting your nails about the bridesmaid dance routine you’ve been planning, that’s okay! Nerves arise in situations that matter deeply to you, so it’s no wonder your mind is buzzing with concerns. It’s important to remember that you are not alone in dealing with your worries. During your wedding season, you are surrounded with family and friends to support you. Plus, many, many other brides and grooms have to deal with common wedding day concerns. Thankfully, we have compiled some of the most common concerns with ideas on how to cope. After reading our advice, you can pack up a bridesmaid emergency kit for each of your girls, and then do your best to relax before your big day!
Let’s be honest — how many of you have some form of a quote board on Pinterest that you take way too much pride in? My hand is definitely raised! Whether they be motivational, inspirational, humorous, or romantic, quotes are a way for us to relate with certain feelings and express ourselves when we can’t quite find the right words (or just aren’t eloquent enough to come up with “we loved with a love that was more than love” on our own. Thanks for that one, Edgar!) Either way, using love quotes for your wedding is the perfect opportunity to put that Pinterest board to use and express your love for one another to all your family and friends. From the marriage vows to reception decor, we have a full list of ideas that you can perfectly incorporate into your big day!
Psst…Don’t forget to keep scrolling to find the full list of our favorite 48 love quotes! Plus, we’ve got some free printables that you can use for your wedding day!
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.