… or alternately, Adventures in Wedding Planning. Be forewarned – this post is a wry glimpse inside my personal life, not a fluff piece on fashion, and is much longer than my usual posts. It also – gasp! – doesn’t have any pretty pictures to go along with it. So consider yourself warned, and read at your own risk. 🙂
As some of you may (or may not) know, I have a passion for event planning as well as writing and marketing. When my good friend J – who claimed the title of “Bestestest Friend” in the fourth grade – asked me to plan her wedding, I wholeheartedly threw myself into the affair. After months of helping her pick the venue and vendors, design coordinating menus, napkins, table numbers, ceremony programs, place cards, stuff favors and create a precise day of schedule, the wedding day arrived last Friday.
After assisting my good friend with her bridesmaid dress search, I was again reminded how difficult it is to find cute, stylish bridesmaid dresses. Even harder is locating cute bridesmaid dresses that flatter a wide range of body types.
Although I found my bridesmaid’s stylish dresses at the lovely Bella Bridesmaid (whose founder I had the pleasure of interviewing for an upcoming article in Better Bridal Magazine), most of the chic dress options they provide are in the $200 + range, which is out of many brides’ and bridesmaids’ budgets.
My good friend wanted to keep the cost to her bridesmaids at around $100, which took much digging through hideous racks of bridesmaid dresses. We did find a suitable solution in a lovely maroon color, but suffice to say I nearly had an allergic reaction to the visually assaulting excuses for dresses we had to dig through before finding ‘the one.’
One fresh idea that I’m loving is bridesmaid dress companies pairing with fashion-forward ready to wear designers. A new partnership that caught my eye is Lela Rose for Dessy. Love, love, looove how the dresses are cut – the designs are modern, fresh and still conservative and classic. I hope more designers will partner with bridesmaid dress lines – it will do both the brides and bridesmaid a great service. What are your favorite stylish bridesmaid dress lines?
P.S. I’m not sure how much the Lela Rose for Dessy dresses retail for, so if you know, please drop a note in the comments section. 🙂
So, I may have an obsession for high heeled peep-toe pumps with an embellishment on the toe. But even if I didn’t I would still go gaga over the Kate Spade Clarice. The curve of the side, the extra flare up the back of the ankle, the inset heel, and, of course, the architectural satin bauble adorning the peep toe. ….Drool…..
Since weddings have been on my mind lately, I’d say this hot pink pair is perfect for the bride looking for a fabulous pink shoe for those sexy shoe shots. There is nothing cuter than a pop of color and personality peeking out from under a demure white dress; precisely why these are made for a bright summer wedding. And if you can’t justify a bright pink pump under the guise of a wedding shoe, snap up the black pair and call it an investment. 🙂 muahahahaha….
One of my closest childhood friends is getting married in August, and I have the privilege and joy of helping her plan her wedding (squeal!). For someone who still trolls the wedding blogosphere, this has been a dream come true.
Her wedding will take place at the g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s South Coast Winery Resort & Spa in Temecula, which was actually chosen as the California Winery of the Year in 2008. I guess it’s the first time a California winery outside of Napa received the honor, so it’s quite the big deal. 🙂
Anywho, here is the inspiration board that I’ve put together for her wedding. She wanted a romantic, vintage feel to the day and her colors are deep maroonish-pink, medium pink and champagne.
I stumbled across the cutest, totally fabulous and most unnecessary way to dress up your cupcakes: Cupcake Wrapture. I was searching for cupcake ideas while writing an article about 1st Birthday Cupcakes, and fell in l-o-v-e with the adorable little designs that you can buy to dress up your cupcakes.
They offer a rainbow of plain colors and charge $5 – $9 for a set of 12 cupcake wraps. It’s not cheap if you’re baking a bunch of cupcakes, but it also has the potential to make a really adorable impact if you’re putting your cupcakes on display for a party. Or, splurge on these for a wedding cupcake stand where it will make a fun style statement.
Crafty girls can easily create their own cupcake covers, but in today’s busy world, who really has time for that?
Plain Cupcake Covers, $5
Patterned & Seasonal Covers, $6.50
One of my favorite wedding reception details was the rented furniture seating and lounge areas. I went back and forth for a while over whether I should spring for this extra expense in our wedding budget, but in the end it was one of the best decisions I made, and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. We rented a few seating sections and tables, and one of my absolute favorite pictures from the wedding (above) was taken on the comfy white leather couch just before the reception wound down.
Not only did the furniture look beautiful and really up the ante during the cocktail hour and reception, many of our guests also commented on how nice it was to have a spot in which they could sit and relax. And, although it wasn’t cheap, I shopped around quite a bit and found a fabulous furniture rental company who had the gorgeous lounge furniture I wanted at a reasonable price – Plush Impressions. I believe they rent their furniture throughout San Diego and Southern California, and I highly recommend them if you are looking for lounge furniture rentals. Below is a better shot of a seating area similar in setup to ours since you can’t see the furniture very well in the picture above:
As the weeks fly by and the wedding draws ever closer, something odd has happened. At nine months out, I was a super planner and a nervous wreck – it seemed like there just wasn’t enough time in the day to get the wedding planned. Witness, to your left: my carefully crafted wedding inspiration board.
Now, as the date looms just 5 weeks out, a sudden calm has washed over me. Wedding, schmedding – who needs to plan? It’s as if a lull has overcome my perfectionist thinking and I finally relented the need to control every last little detail. This is a good thing…right?
But instead of relishing the quiet inside my head, I’ve noticed that it’s a little too quiet in there – crickets might as well be chirping in the background. This unnerves me because it’s not as if I have everything done; au contraire, the long list of DIY projects is still awaiting my attention. The invites went out two weeks late, I still haven’t picked what kind of veil I want (let alone ordered it), I never found the perfect shoe, the bridesmaids dresses aren’t in yet and the favors have yet to be ordered.
I want to get stressed, mad, determined – I want to get the sudden urge to hurl myself back into planning mode and take on all those DIY tasks. Instead, I find the thoughts of unfinished items bobbing up gently in my conscience, and my conscience allowing them to softly sink back down into oblivion. It’s so unlike me; the antithesis to my obsessive-compulsive, detail-worshiping self.
My only hope is that, while there’s still enough time left, my blase brain revs up for one final push. Because the wedding will march on whether I finish those little details or not. Guests will arrive and gather, and I will be married to the man I love and was meant for. But I can’t help thinking that it wouldn’t hurt to have 35 handmade tissue paper pom-poms twirling gently in the breeze, or a wish table with two oversized dandelions backbreakingly constructed from Styrofoam and bleached baby’s breath… or beautifully designed programs… or oversized, calligraphied signs with complimenting black and white striped ribbon…
I have to wonder: Is is just me, or does every bride-to-be have a stressfully unstressful moment?