Save the Date Cards

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Congratulations – you’re engaged!  This is the happiest time of your life,  Now it’s time to let everyone know about the big day!  Your first step is to send a wedding Save the Date card.  This pre-invitation officially announces your wedding date and lets guest know that they will be invited to share in your special day.

The Important of a Save the Date Card

Destination weddings and weddings that are three-day affairs are becoming more and more popular.  Your guests need plenty of time to plan, especially if you plan to marry during a holiday weekend or high season in a beach town.  The Save the Date card is just simple courtesy.  Of course if you are not having one of these weddings, then you don’t have to send one, but sending a Save the Date card does give your guests, who likely have busy schedules of their own, plenty of time to plan.  Therefore, they will be more likely to attend your wedding.


Generally, Save the Date cards should be sent approximately six to eight months prior to the ceremony.  You may consider sending them earlier if it is a destination wedding or it falls on a holiday weekend.  This gives guest plenty of time to book travels, plan for costs and days off of work.

Guest List

Send a Save the Date card to everyone you want to attend your wedding, even if you have already gotten a verbal commitment.  This includes parents, siblings, and bridesmaids.  But remember, only send them to those that you really want to attend.  While not a formal invitation, a Save the Date card is still a pre-invitation and it would not be good manners to rescind it later.

Information to Include

At this point, you may not have all the specifics, and that is just fine. The Save the Date card should include the couple’s names, wedding date (or dates, for a wedding weekend), location (a city is helpful, even if the venue isn’t booked yet) and a notice for a formal invitation to follow. Including a wedding website is ideal, but again, not necessary. At this point an RSVP shouldn’t be expected—after all, this is the correspondence that gives guests an opportunity to figure out what their RSVP will be when the formal invitation arrives.

7 Types of Wedding Bouquets

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Your wedding bouquet will not only take center stage on the big day, but they will, most likely, be the most important flowers you will ever choose.  Your bouquet will be immortalized in your wedding photographs too. Choosing your wedding flowers is never a trivial matter and with so many styles to choose from, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. This guide to the 7 types of wedding bouquets is the perfect place to start when considering what style will best complement your wedding dress.

1. Biedermeier Bouquet

Biedermeier Bouquet

The Biedermeier Bouquet is a tightly wrapped bridal bouquet, arranged in a circular pattern with different colored flowers. Typically each ring is made up of one distinct flower type, creating dramatic visual impact, which has proved popular with brides who want to really make a statement on their big day.

2. Composite Flower Bouquet

Composite Flower Bouquet

The Composite Flower Bouquet, or Carmen Rose, as it is sometimes known, is one of the more modern types of bridal bouquets. In this type of arrangement, the bouquet is constructed from hundreds of individual petals, wired together to look like one gigantic flower. Though it may appear very simple to the casual observer, this is a very specialized type of bouquet and can prove to be one of the most expensive simply because of the hours of work that go into creating it.

3. Nosegay Bouquet

Nosegay Bouquet

The Nosegay bouquet, also known as the tussie-mussie, has been around since the Middle Ages. Round-shaped and densely packed with flowers, this style of bridal bouquet traditionally features a handful of central flowers, encircled by ‘filler flowers’ and then framed with fresh herbs. It is usually tightly bound with organza ribbon, making it practical to hold.

4. Pomander Bouquet

Pomander Bouquet

A pomander is a ball of flowers, arranged in floral foam and suspended from a decorative ribbon. Most commonly, this is the arrangement of choice for young flower girls.  However, there’s no reason why the bride herself couldn’t carry one of these splendid arrangements down the aisle.

5. Posy Bouquet

Posy Bouquet

Typically round in shape, the posy bouquet is a popular choice for modern brides as it is easy to handle and often small enough to be carried in one hand. Suitable for almost any type of wedding, this type of bouquet can either be an informal, loose arrangement – perfect for a vintage or country themed wedding – or more tightly constructed for a contemporary twist.

6. Presentation Bouquet

Presentation Bouquet

The Presentation Bouquet is a sheaf of flowers, designed to be cradled in the arms and was a popular style of wedding bouquet at the turn of the twentieth century. This simple style of bouquet typically uses long stemmed flowers such as Calla lilies or roses and has become a popular choice for the modern bride, owing to its chic appearance and the influence of period dramas such as Downton Abbey.

7. Shower Bouquet

Shower Bouquet

Perhaps the most traditional style of all wedding bouquets, the shower bouquet is the epitome of elegance and sophistication. It is designed to gracefully flow out of the bride’s hands. This cascading style was made popular by Princess Diana in the 1980’s and has enjoyed something of a revival in recent years. Almost any type of flower can be included in this type of arrangement, which is often enhanced with trailing ivy and fresh foliage.

No matter why type of wedding bouquet you choose, given the above examples, I know that your’s will be gorgeous.  These 7 types of wedding bouquets are very inspiring.  As you walk down the aisle, everyone will marvel at your beauty and the stunning wedding bouquet that you have chosen.

Wedding Guests Dos and Don’ts

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With the weather slowly warming up, chances are that you’ve been getting more and more wedding invitations in your mailbox. Now, there’s nothing quite as fun and romantic as a wedding, but the event can also create a certain sort of anxiety in our minds. What do we get as a gift? How do we arrange our schedule for that day? And most importantly, what do we even wear?

Something elegant is usually a safe bet, but how do we make sure it isn’t boring, and if we’re a bridesmaid, how do we pick something that will complement the bride? Well, we’ve got a few tips that can help you out, so if you’re in need of advice, read on.

DO follow the dress-code

DO follow the dress-code

Does the invitation say formal wear? Then don’t try to be quirky and push your own agenda of “casual elegance” or something similar. Just read the invitation and follow the dress code because, chances are, no one will be all that impressed if you show up looking stubbornly out of place. It’s particularly important to follow this rule if the invitation says “black-tie event.” Yes, a gown will be required, and if you want to make the bride and the groom happy, then obey their wishes.

DON’T wear white

DON’T wear white

An obvious rule, but it bears repeating: never wear white to a wedding, and we’d recommend staying away from off-white shades as well. Those colors are reserved for the bride, and there are plenty of other colors to choose from for this to be any real issue. Trust us, if you show up there in a white dress you’ll be getting the stink eye the whole time.

DO wear layers

DO wear layers

Even if it’s a really hot August day, it’s not a bad idea to have a small bolero or a gauzy cardigan with you. Rooms are bound to have AC on at all times and it can get a little chilly if you’re sitting around a lot. You should also consider wearing tights, and if you find that you feel hot in them, you can easily slip them off in the bathroom and put them in your bag.

DON’T ignore the forecast

DON’T ignore the forecast

Sadly, Mother Nature doesn’t much care about our plans, and rain can ruin our fun if we aren’t prepared for it. Check the weather forecast to know what the temperature will be, and pay special attention to whether they mention a windy day. You don’t want to be the gal in a flowy dress who has to keep pushing it down to avoid flashing all the guests in her vicinity.

DO pick colors that complement the wedding theme

DO pick colors that complement the wedding theme

This is mostly for the bridesmaids. Gals, your friend is relying on you to help her make everything perfect, so picking the right attire is crucial because it can work wonders by complementing her outfit and making her gown stand out in pictures. You can easily find elegant women’s clothing online and send pictures to the bride so she can approve them. Show her your ideas and have fun working on her vision of the event together. Any good bridesmaid is also a good friend, and you can expect the bride to be eternally grateful and return the favor once your own wedding is under way.

DON’T wear black

DON’T wear black

Black is not necessarily always a bad choice – indeed, the good old little black dress can look truly spectacular on anyone. This is more about how you style it and how you wear it, and you need to make sure that, if you’re wearing black, the attire speaks “elegant” rather than “grandma’s funeral.” Add a bright pop of color here and there, wear fun shoes – it’s still a wedding and you’re supposed to look like you’re glad to be there, not like someone died. If you’re unsure and still want to wear a dark color, try switching it up for something navy.

DO wear comfy shoes

DO wear comfy shoes

Your high heels sure are sexy, but believe us, you’ll be whimpering and moaning in pain after a couple of hours. Pick comfortable shoes, or, if you really want to rock a pair of heels for the pictures and add a few inches to your height, keep a pair of ballet flats that match your outfit in your purse.

DON’T try to upstage anyone

DON’T try to upstage anyone

Especially the bride. Sequins, leopard print, and glitter are generally not a great idea at weddings. When in doubt, keep the word “demure” in mind and try to avoid outfits that are too short or show too much cleavage. Looking pretty is, of course, absolutely fine and encouraged, but remember that now’s not really your moment to shine.

Out last quick tip before we go? Invest in good shapewear – Spanx can do wonders and make you feel confident in any outfit. Other than that, bring your good mood and make sure to enjoy yourself! Nothing makes a wedding better than a good atmosphere, created by guests who are having fun.

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16 Signature Cocktails to Serve at Your Wedding

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After all the planning that you have put into your wedding and all the thought you have put into every detail from your dress to the colors to the venue, don’t let the bar become an afterthought.  Keep the beer and wine flowing, but say “we’re just married” with a signature cocktail.  With clever names and seasonal flavors, these signature cocktails might just be the special touch with which you and your groom would like to toast you most recent nuptials.

1.     Black & White Martini

Black and White Martini

Black and White Martini: Throwing an elegant affair? Go all black and white with your drinks by serving martinis straight up with black olive stirrers. (via Merriment Events)

2.     Blueberry Mojito

Blueberry Mojito

Blueberry Mojito: If you’re not into blue shoes and jewelry for your “something blue” make it about your drink instead. This twist on a classic mojito is fruity from fresh blueberries and just as refreshing as the minty classic. (via A Crimson Kiss)

3.     Blushing Kiss

Blushing Kiss

Blushing Kiss: This grapefruit gin martini has all the makings of a fun night — and judging by its name, it should be drank immediately following your first kiss as husband and wife. (via Bakers Royal)

4.     Caribbean Mist

Caribbean MIst

Caribbean Mist: Consider this a cocktail for a destination wedding, inspired by the crystal blue oceans of whatever beach you and your man decided to escape to. And if you’re having a homegrown wedding, you can serve this as your something blue or in honor of your honeymoon. (via Something Turquoise)

5.     Champagne and Fruit

Champagne and Fruit

Champagne and Fruit: Sometimes a signature drink is more about the garnishes than the alcohol, like in the case of this champagne cocktail with slices of soaked pears in glass and skewered blueberries on top. (via We Tie The Knots)

6.     Champagne Mojitos

Champagne Mojitos

Champagne Mojitos: This is one of those two-in-one cocktails you’ve been dreaming about. The maid of honor and best man can now make their toasts to raised glasses of sparkling mojitos instead of boring ol’ champagne. And those cute umbrella-topped straws are just the best. (via Style Me Pretty)

7.     Elderflower White Cosmopolitan

Elderflower White Cosmopolitan

Elderflower White Cosmopolitan: Most are fans of anything that adds flowers to the mix. Put them in a cosmo, and you’ll find your guests at the bar all night! (via Brides)

8.     Grapefruit Mimosas

Grapefruit Mimosas

Grapefruit Mimosas: This one’s for those daytime weddings — or for a bride who really likes her brunch drinks! Instead of orange juice though, use grapefruit juice and make those mimosas pink. (via Jelly Toast Blog)

9.     Lavender French 75

Lavender French 75

10.     Lavender Infusion

Lavender Infusion

Lavender Infusion: Getting married in the spring? Infuse your champagne with floral lavender by adding a sprig of the purple stuff to each flute. If those lavender sprigs match your bridesmaids’ dresses, bonus points. (Bridal Musings)

11.     Margarita Madness

Margarita Madness

Margarita Madness: Throw the fiesta of all fiestas by making you and your grooms’ signature drink the ultimate in tequila-infused sippers — a margarita. We can’t think of one guest who could complain about that! (via Style Me Pretty)

12.     Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink: This is the kind of drink that should be served at an outdoor summer wedding: Refreshing from the fresh lemon juice, bubbly from sparkling wine and booze-infused with gin, it’s a hands-down winner. (via Apartment 34)

13.     Rhubarb Raspberry Fizz

Rhubarb Raspberry Fizz

Rhubarb Raspberry Fizz: Feeling fruity? This pretty pink cocktail will have your guests coming back for more and more. It’s loaded with fresh rhubarb, raspberries and vanilla bean. (via Golubka Kitchen)

14.     Strawberry Cachaca

Strawberry Cachaca

Strawberry Cachaca: This drink is almost too pretty to sip! It’s mixed like a caipirinha with cane sugar, muddled strawberries and cachaca, a liquor similar to rum, made from sugar cane. (via Wedding Chicks)

15.     The White Wedding

The Wedding Wedding

St. Germain: Give this St. Germain cocktail, made with lime, white cranberry juice and vodka, the name it deserves — The White Wedding. (via Style Me Pretty)

16.     Watermelon Refresher

Watermelon Refresher

Watermelon Refresher: If you’re hosting summer nuptials, think about using seasonal fruit like watermelon in your cocktails. This recipe calls for a strawberry-watermelon combo, healthy splash of vodka and hints of basil, ginger and lime. (via Style Me Pretty)


8 Wedding Etiquette Tips for Brides-to-Be

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Hey there brides-to-be, make sure you know these eight simple etiquette rules before your big day gets here!

1. Wearing White

White Dress

The traditional white wedding dress indicates purity, (not virginity, as many assume) and correct etiquette dictates that you should only choose a white gown if you have not been married before.

2. Paying for the Wedding

Who Pays for the Wedding

Traditionally, the cost of the wedding was split between the bride’s parents and the groom himself. The bride’s parents pay for the bridal gown, the photography, the bridesmaid dresses and the entire reception (including the cake!). It is left to the groom to pay the fees for the church, the honeymoon, and his bride’s flowers.

3. Order of Speeches

Who Makes the Speeches

The bride’s father, groom and best man are responsible for making speeches. There is a set format to follow regarding the order of the speeches  Both formats are listed below.

Shorter Version

  1. The toast to the bride and groom – given by the bride’s father or a close family friend.
  2. The bridegroom’s reply on behalf of his wife and himself. He then proposes a toast to the bridesmaids.
  3. The best man’s speech on behalf of the bridesmaids. He then reads any emails or messages.

Longer Version

  1. Welcome by the Master of Ceremonies.
  2. Introduction of the person proposing a toast to the bride and groom.
  3. Response from the groom and a toast to the bridesmaids.
  4. Response by the best man.
  5. Toast to the parents of the bride.
  6. Response by the father of the bride.
  7. Toast to the parents of the groom.
  8. Response by the father of the groom.
  9. Reading of important messages.
  10. Any other comments by those who wish to be acknowledged.
  11. M.C. thanks the musicians, caterers and any others.

4. Ceremony Seating

Ceremony Seating

It is correct for the bride’s family to sit on the left of the aisle and the groom’s on the right. However, with civil ceremonies, a modern trend is to have an open seating plan, with guests ‘choosing a seat, not a side’. This goes with the sentiment of two families becoming one.

5. Walking Down the Aisle

Walking Down the Aisle

It is traditional for the bride’s father to walk her down the aisle. If he is unable to, a close family friend, brother or uncle is considered appropriate. The bride always walks on the left side of her escort so that his right hand is free to draw his sword to protect her. As she walks towards the alter, she will be on her family’s side of the church for support, and as she returns on her new hubby’s arm, she will be on his side of the church, symbolically being introduced into his family.

6. Reception Seating

Reception Seating

Correct etiquette dictates a long top table, with the bride and groom in the center, the bride’s parents on each side of the couple, and the groom’s parents next to them. The most important guests – which should include the oldest family members – are seated closest to the top table.

7. Bar Etiquette

Bar Etiquette

While providing reception drinks and wine throughout the wedding breakfast is the norm, a free bar for the evening reception is a nice touch, if your budget allows.

8. Gift List

Gift Etiquette

You can safely assume that the majority of your guests will want to buy you a gift to mark the occasion and it is correct etiquette for guests to contact the bride’s mother to inquire where the gift list is registered. However, some couples take the much more direct approach and just include details of their gift list in their wedding invitations!

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7 Beautiful Bridesmaid’s Dresses’ Colors


With all you have to consider, choosing wedding colors can be a daunting task. Some couples like to keep their wedding party in mind when picking their palette, so what are you to do when you’ve got a super diverse group of bridesmaids? Stick with a color that suits every kind of complexion — your bridesmaids will thank you for it!

1. Emerald Green

emerald green bridesmaids dresses

Not everyone can pull off every shade of green. For example, it’s hard to pull off kelly green, but a deep, jewel-tone shade is universally flattering. If you pick a rich hue, it may add intrigue without washing anyone out.

2. Black

black bridesmaid dresses

It may be the most obvious, but black is definitely worth including on the list. Black is slimming and timeless. Plus, black is so simple, you can mix textures or silhouettes.

3. Navy

navy bridesmaid dresses

If black feels too harsh, switch it up just a bit and pick its slightly lighter cousin which is navy. The super dark shade has the same feeling, but it’s a little softer than a stark midnight color.

4. Red

red bridesmaid dresses

Are you surprised? Every girl can pull off a red lip, so why not a red dress? Be sure to pick what they might call “true” red — the most solid, primary version of the shade. Taking it any brighter or deeper could cause some girls to look great and others to feel self-conscious.

5. Teal

teal bridesmaid dresses

Don’t get teal confused with a super bright turquoise or a true blue — teal is a deep shade of blue-green. Its the richness of the two hues blended together that makes this a great fit for everyone.

6. Blush

blush bridesmaid dresses

Not only is blush incredibly pretty and on trend, but it’s also a safe pick for even the most varied group of girls. A light pink brings out your best friends’ natural coloring.

7. Plum

plum bridesmaid dresses

Don’t just pick any shade of purple — lavender and mauve aren’t great on everyone. Instead, stick to a middle-of-the road purple such as plum, eggplant, or violet. The mix of warm and cools are what make this shade a fit for anyone.

Don’t see your dream color on this list? Good thing mismatched dresses are so popular! Remember that you can mix and match shades of one color so that every bridesmaid gets to wear a tint that suits her style.

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A Guide to Wording Your Wedding Invitations

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A request to attend your celebration can be worded and arranged in countless ways to reflect the style of the occasion and the changing times. However, while it is important to insert your personality into your wedding invitation, it is also important to observe the rules of etiquette regarding invitations so that everyone is both comfortable and clear on the details.

1. Host Line

Host Line

Start with the names of those issuing the invitation, traditionally the bride’s parents. Evolving family structures and financial dynamics often make this the trickiest part of the process, so follow the format that best fits your situation.

2. Request Line

Request Line

Two phrases are the most traditional; one indicates the ceremony will be in a house of worship, the other that it will not. But informal wording is becoming very common. Just be sure that whatever phrasing you choose indicates that guests are being invited to a wedding ceremony or the reception only.

At a Place of Worship: Request the honor of your presence…

Informal Ceremony: Would be delighted by your presence
at the marriage of their children…

Informal Reception Only: Invite you to join them at the wedding reception of…

3. Bride and Groom Lines

Bride and Groom Lines

Because the bridal couple are the stars of the invitation, their names are set off, on separate lines. The preposition linking them goes on its own line: traditional American formatting uses the word “to”; some Jewish formats use the word “and.”

Traditional: If the bride’s last name is the same as her parents’ above, it is typically not repeated. No courtesy title (such as Miss or Ms.) is used.

Contemporary: If the couple or both sets of parents are to host, treat the names equally.

4. Date and Time

Date and Time

Don’t worry about using a.m. or p.m., or a phrase such as “in the evening,” unless the wedding will be held at 8, 9, or 10 o’clock. The year is traditionally omitted as well, but it is sometimes included for the invitation’s keepsake value.

Traditional: Spell out numbers and capitalize proper nouns only; you can begin the line with the preposition “on” if you’d like.

Contemporary: Though using numerals is a more modern practice, it is not necessarily more casual.

5. Location


It’s traditional not to include street addresses of houses of worship or well-known locations, but this is less common lately. Commas are not used at the ends of lines, and the state is always spelled out.

Traditional and Religious: Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church, Walkersville, Maryland

Contemporary: If you are using a street address, numerals are acceptable but no ZIP code is needed; this is not for mailing.

6. Reception Line or Card

Reception Line or Card

If the ceremony and reception are in the same space, they can be on a single invitation. If the reception is held elsewhere, a separate card might be helpful. It is no longer considered acceptable to invite some people only to the ceremony.

7. R.S.V.P. Line or Reply Card

RSVP Line or Reply Card

Brides today generally include paper, envelope, and stamp to encourage guests to respond to their invitation in a timely manner, even though traditional etiquette doesn’t actually call for them. It’s not rude to omit these, but it might be risky.

R.S.V.P. Line on the Invitation: It goes in the lower left corner; you can also include mailing address, phone number, email address, or website.

On a Separate Card: A traditional fill-in-the-blank version provides the first letter of Mr. or Mrs.; or try a single line, such as “Please let us know whether you will join us,” with space for writing.

8. Special Details on the Wedding Invitation

Special Details on the Wedding Invitation

If your event won’t include a full meal, it’s courteous to inform your guests. Use phrasing such as “and afterward for cocktails” instead of the classic “at the reception.”

If you want to stress the importance of the style of dress—black tie, for instance, or casual attire—place that information in the lower right corner, or on the reception card. The only thing that should not be included anywhere on your invitation—not even as an insert—is your registry information.

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Wedding Trends for 2019


If you are planning a wedding for 2019, this are is for you!  The main trends for next year are metallic accents, velvet decor, and alternatives to the traditional wedding cake.  I have assembled the hottest trends from Pinterest for your inspiration.

1. Flower Arches

Wedding arches are symbolic gates to a new life that newlyweds will begin after exchanging wedding rings and vows.  It is a wonderful symbol of togetherness, prosperity, and happiness.

2. Cheerful Wedding Ambiance Using Balloons

Imagine finishing your first dance with your new husband and then white (or whatever color you choose) balloons drop from the ceiling gently falling on you and your new husband.  Or envision a word such as “Love” spelled out in balloons.  There are numerous possibilities on how to incorporate this joyful addition into your very special day.


3. Hanging Flowers Decor

Many weddings and their receptions are featuring flowers that hang from the ceiling.  This is especially true for weddings in 2019.  Not only does this create more room in the church or banquet hall, it also provides a breathtaking view of the wedding flowers that you have selected.

4. Metallic Details

Bronze and copper are a brides’ inspiration in 2019.  Warm copper creates a pleasant atmosphere for everyone while bronze brings a rich, yet soft feeling to your wedding.

5. Beautiful Velvet Fabric

The use of velvet creates a luxurious, warm, comfortable atmosphere for your guests.  Whether it is a velvet couch, part of your tablescape, or worn as a shawl with your wedding gown, velvet has a myriad of uses.

6. Wedding Cake Alternatives

Wedding compositions from cakes with cupcakes, macaroons, and donuts among many other choices have become a beautiful alternative to a large wedding cake.

Bridal Hair Accessories to Complete Your Look

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No bridal look is complete without the finishing touches.  Bridal hair accessories is a great way to polish your look as a bride.  Whether it’s a simple crystal hair comb or a more elaborate hair band, I have compiled a list of different hair accessories to assist you with you wedding planning.  I hope that you find inspiration in the examples below.

1. Hair Combs and Pins

Hair combs and pins are perfect accents to an up-do.  They create a more beautiful hairstyle and shows attention to detail.

2. Flower Crowns & Combs

If you’re planning a bohemian-themed wedding, a flower crown or comb might be just the touch that your wedding needs.  Flowers are from nature, thus catering to your wedding’s earthy vibe.

3. Hair Vines

Hair vines are some of the most beautiful additions to any bride’s hair.  They can be woven into the hair by braid or pin.  It’s important to keep it sturdy as hair vines are more complex that other bridal hair accessories.

4. Tiaras and Headbands

Adding a tiara or headband full of crystals and pearls creates a romantic feel to your bridal look.  It’s ornate and shows that you are, undoubtedly, the center of attention.  You are the queen and this is your day!

5. Headpieces

Adding to the glamour of the day are headpieces.  They really “pop” when worn with either a simple or ornate gown.  Some brides like to wear a simpler dress to put the focus on her and the headpiece.  Other brides like an ornate gown along with their headpiece to show off the entire look.  Either way, the bride exudes confidence and it’s the perfect choice!

Wedding Attire Simplified

Beach Formal

With summer on its way and wedding season in full swing, I was inspired by this article on The Knot to (hopefully) help people choose the correct outfits for Spring and Summer weddings.  Let’s face it, some of the attire requirements can get a little confusing!  Hopefully, this article will clarify some of that confusion and help you look your best!

If the invitation says…

“White Tie”White TIe

This is the most formal of all dress requirements.  Consider the Royal wedding of Prince William & Duchess Kate and the upcoming nuptials of Prince Harry & Meghan Markle on May 19th.

For Him:  A tuxedo and long black jacket with tails. A white bow tie is a must with black formal shoes and white gloves for dancing.

For Her:  A full length formal ball gown in a neutral color like black or dark brown. Dramatic jewelry, hair, and make-up are appropriate.

“Black Tie”Black Tie

This is almost as dressy as white tie and it usually means that the wedding is an evening affair.

For Him:  A tuxedo with black bow tie

For Her: A long evening gown or chic cocktail dress with plenty of embellishments

“Formal” or “Black Tie Optional”

Formal or Black Tie Optional

This is somewhat less formal than black tie, but still quite dressy for both him and her.

For Him:  A formal dark suit and tie are a good choice but a tuxedo is acceptable

For Her:  A long dress or formal cocktail length dress in a dark or neutral color

“Beach Formal”

Beach Formal

This suggests an elegant beach wedding so dress to impress while also considering the elements.

For Him:  A linen suit or light summer suit with linen shirt, tie optional

For Her:  A formal tea or knee-length summer dress with flats or wedges.  A long dress would also be appropriate, but be sure it is a lighter color and flowy and that you wear flats

“Dressy Casual”

Dressy Casual

Pay attention to the time of the event. This wedding dress code is somewhere between semi-formal and casual. Wear darker colors for evening and lighter for a daytime wedding.

For Him: A suit and tie. Color choice is dependent on the time of day

For Her: A cocktail dress or a dressy top and skirt


Casual Sundress

Casual means casual. However, I would not suggest wearing jeans and a tank top, but I would suggest feeling comfortable wearing something you would wear to a nice dinner out with family and friends.

For Him: Dress pants with a polo shirt

For Her: A summer sundress or skirt and top