A Bridesmaids Guide to Packing for the Wedding Day

by Danielle Salazar September 22, 2015

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!

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11 Ways to Use Maps and Globes in Your Wedding

by Danielle Salazar September 18, 2015

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!

Personalizes globes for a wedding guestbook! | Ways to Use Maps and Globes in Your Wedding Decor

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Buying vs. Renting: The Great Bridesmaid Debate

by Danielle Salazar September 16, 2015

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.

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How to Pull Off the Perfect Fall Wedding

by Danielle Salazar September 12, 2015

Personally, fall weddings are one of my absolute favorites. The weather is beautiful, the colors are deep and muted, and everyone just seems to be in good spirits! However, to pull off the perfect fall wedding doesn’t only mean having the right colors and decor, it also means being prepared for any type of weather that could occur. So to fully prepare you for your beautiful autumn nuptials, we’ve prepared a guide with plenty ideas on how to plan a fall wedding. From picking the right long, chiffon bridesmaid dresses to choosing the perfect seasonal venue, here are some helpful tips to get you started!

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9 Things to Do the Day After the Wedding

by Danielle Salazar September 10, 2015

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!

9 Things to Do the Day After the Wedding

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A Blue and Pink Rock 'n Roll Wedding

by Danielle Salazar September 04, 2015

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!

A Blue and Pink Rock 'n Roll Wedding

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Creating the Ultimate Wedding Emergency Kit

by Danielle Salazar August 27, 2015

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. 

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How to Re-Style A Bridesmaid Dress For Fall

by Danielle Salazar August 24, 2015

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!

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Our 4 Favorite Wedding Color Palettes for Fall

by Danielle Salazar August 22, 2015

I don’t know about you, but every year when Fall rolls around, I can’t help but get excited! Between big, cozy sweaters, hot lattes (I could never choose between pumpkin spice and chai tea!), bonfires, and the gorgeous change in scenery, there’s no better season! And my favorite part about autumn? The weddings! Ugh…I could literally go on for days about my love for autumn weddings, but rather than bore you with my long list of fall favorites, I’ve got something else in mind! From soft and airy neutrals to deep, romantic shades, with the help of Kennedy Blue bridesmaid dresses, here are four wedding color palettes that I am absolutely loving for fall!

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How To Create a Wedding Reception Playlist That Rocks

by Danielle Salazar August 18, 2015

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!

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A Brides Guide to Creating the Perfect Wedding Registry

by Danielle Salazar August 14, 2015

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!

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A Chic Purple and Gold Pittsburgh Wedding

by Danielle Salazar August 10, 2015 1 Comment

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!

A Chic Purple and Gold Pittsburgh Wedding

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How to Deal With Common Wedding Day Concerns

by Olivia T. August 04, 2015

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!

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48 Love Quotes and How to Use Them In Your Wedding

by Danielle Salazar July 31, 2015 6 Comments

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!

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The 5 Most Flattering Kennedy Blue Bridesmaid Colors

by Olivia T. July 28, 2015

Every wedding season is full of choices. From saying yes to the proposal to deciding on a venue, there are countless decisions to be made for your big day. While deciding on “the dress” may be the most important fashion-related ruling you make, choosing the color your girls are going to wear as they stand alongside you, comes in as a close second. How does one go about picking their wedding colors and then selecting the bridal party colors that everyone will love? The trend of mismatched dresses for your girls only adds to the decision, as selecting multiple colors that blend well for their girls is also becoming a bigger trend now. Thankfully, Kennedy Blue offers so many breathtaking, bold, and refined shades that there’s no shortage of crowd-pleasing options.

The 5 Most Flattering Kennedy Blue Bridesmaid Colors

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Tips and Tricks to Loosen Up In Front of the Camera

by Olivia T. July 25, 2015

Picture this: It’s your wedding day, and you and your partner are about to take your wedding photography portraits. Is your stomach full of butterflies just after visualizing this scenario? Nerves surrounding your wedding-related photo shoots are totally normal, as you’ve been eagerly anticipating your engagement and wedding photo shoots for as long as you can remember.  Unfortunately as the dates approach, the fears of not not-so-great pictures from not being able to relax in front of the camera grow. To erase the potential of uncomfortably stiff poses and less than pleasant facial expressions from your mind, we’ve compiled a great list of engagement picture ideas, tips for wedding photography poses, and other tricks to loosen up in front of the camera.

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Little White Dresses You'll Love

by Olivia T. July 22, 2015

It’s time to say so long to the famous little black dress, because there’s a new classic making its appearance on brides and bridesmaids alike. Fresh and elegant, little white dresses are perfect for every occasion. Especially during the summer months, the light, versatile, and oh-so-chic styles are a breath of fresh air. We love how a little white bachelorette party dress is the perfect mix of bridal and fun. Brides-to-be can also slip on a white number for their bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, and even second reception outfit. Your ladies will also love these colors, as well. While it has traditionally only been reserved for the bride, we love the trend of little white (or ivory!) dresses for bridesmaids. Your girls can rock a singular style for streamlined look, or opt for an array of styles in the same light colored shade so that each bridesmaid’s personality can shine. Adorned with lace, chiffon, and dainty details, there are so many factors that give these Kennedy Blue designs their unforgettable sophistication. Check out our sweet selection available in white or ivory, and be sure to order the styles that make your heart sing the most.

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Maid of Honor FAQ

by Olivia T. July 20, 2015 3 Comments

If you’ve been asked to be a bride’s maid of honor, congratulations! Your close friend has chosen you to be a part of one of the most important events of her life, and that should serve as a serious compliment. There’s a reason that the title “maid of honor” has stuck around for so long, as it is certainly a great privilege to be chosen as the bride’s go-to woman. However, with this honor come many responsibilities. Besides the bride herself, the maid of honor is the busiest member of the bridal party. From attending appointments to planning parties, there are so many details of a wedding that can be hard to be sure of what exactly it is that your bride expects of you. Whether you’ve just been asked the special question or you’ve been tackling some maid of honor duties for a while now, here is a quick refresher on the ins-and-outs of everything that comes along with being a MOH. We’ve compiled a list of common maid of honor questions, from whether or not you will have mismatched bridesmaid dresses to what to say in your MOH speech, so that you can confidently complete your duties.

Everything the MOH needs to know! | Maid of Honor FAQ

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15 Sentimental Wedding Gifts for the Couple

by Danielle Salazar July 14, 2015 1 Comment

Sometimes, finding the perfect gift is the hardest part of attending a wedding! Sure there are registries and those are great, but sometimes you want to get the bride and groom something that's a little bit more meaningful and unique compared to the variety of crockpots and sheet sets that they'll be receiving. So if you're looking for an idea that's fun and creative, check out these wedding gift ideas that they'll actually love! From personalized home decor to DIY projects, we've got something that's perfect for every couple.

 

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MOB vs. MOG Duties - What's the Difference?

by Emily Graf July 10, 2015

Weddings have come a long way in the last 15-20 years. Some traditions have remained, while others are fading out, and wedding fashion is undoubtedly ever-changing. Where do the mothers fit into your wedding planning timeline? Traditionally, the mothers have had more specific roles of their own throughout the wedding planning process but now, a lot of that is just simply your preference. Keep in mind how excited your mothers are about this day, too! Typically, they want to be involved every step of the way if you’ll allow it. Let them know right away what you want them to be involved in and what you don’t want them involved in, expect some bumps in the road along the way and ultimately, enjoy your planning with everyone involved!

The bride and her mother. | MOB vs. MOG Duties - What's the Difference?

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10 Frequently Asked Questions about Being a Bridesmaid

by Emily Graf July 06, 2015

So, you’ve been asked to be a bridesmaid in your friend’s wedding – how exciting! But now what? Where do you start? Who plans what? What will you have to pay for? Sometimes the bride will let you and the other gals know what she wants you to do, and sometimes it’ll be completely in your hands. So we’ve got the answers to all of your questions on what exactly is proper bridesmaid etiquette; from bridal shower planning to how to deal with an uncooperative maid, and everything in between.

Bridal Etiquette Q & A | 10 Frequently Asked Questions about Being a Bridesmaid

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The Most Flattering Dresses for Plus Size Bridesmaids

by Danielle Salazar July 03, 2015 3 Comments

No matter what size, every girl deserves to feel beautiful — especially when they’re a bridesmaid in a wedding! It’s no surprise that bridesmaids come in all shapes and sizes, but sometimes finding the right dress(es) to fit every one of your girls is where the real challenge comes into play. Luckily, Kennedy Blue’s chiffon gowns were designed with every shape in mind and are universally flattering whether your girls are a size 4 or 24. So whether you’re choosing the same style for all your ‘maids or allowing each girl to pick her own dress, it’s important to keep in mind the different body types to ensure that they’re comfy and confident on the actual wedding day. That being said, we’ve picked our favorite plus size bridesmaid dresses that will perfectly flatter those beautiful curves!

The Top 5 Plus Size Bridesmaid Dresses

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A One-Of-A-Kind Destination Wedding

by Krista York June 25, 2015

The moment Jeremy met Heather, he knew she was the one. These high school sweethearts set out for a gorgeous destination wedding that was absolutely breathtaking and the moment I saw these photos, I knew their wedding was one-of-a-kind. The stunning location in Tulsa, Mexico, a simple and colorful ceremony on the beach -- Heather and Jeremy's big day is something that most can only dream of! From how he popped the question to finding her Kennedy Blue bridal gown, she shared all of the details from her wedding day and more! 

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12 Easy Ways To Re-Style A Bridesmaid Dress

by Krista York June 19, 2015

Wedding season is here and we're excited to help you put together some great outfit ideas to attend your loved ones big day! Re-wearing your bridesmaid dresses is something that most people think is impossible, but we're here to show that it's not! In fact, they might become more of your everyday wear and who doesn't love having extra pieces to add to their wardrobe?  Although this task can be a little bit daunting, don't worry -- we'll help to get those creative ideas flowing! From short lace styles to long chiffon bridesmaid dresses we have tons of ideas for re-wearing those old gowns. But if you're looking for something fun and new, our in-stock Addison dresses are only $99! They are great for any occasion and super easy to add your own personal style to. So rather than shoving them into the back of your closet, we'll show you how to re-style your bridesmaid dresses into some new outfits you'll love!   

Easy Ways To Re-Style Your Bridesmaid Dresses

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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.