DIY or buy?

If your wedding spending is getting a little out of hand, DIYing parts of your big day can be a great way to get your budget back in check. The key to a gorgeous yet affordable day is choosing your DIY projects wisely. We’ve put together a list of the best places to get crafty and the areas better left to the professionals. Before you start, be honest with yourself about your time constraints–you don’t want to be frantically arranging flowers while getting zipped into your wedding dress!


 Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 3.15.47 PMBridesmaids flowers- We absolutely love a good DIY bridesmaid’s bouquet–so much that we wrote a whole post about it! They’re easy to make and cut down on the cost of one of your biggest expenses, all while lending a personal touch to your bridal party’s look. We also adore floral crowns which are a great DIY update on the traditional bouquet. They look ultra-romatic and lend an ethereal feel to your bridal party without the cost of a full bouquet’s-worth of flowers. Plus, they’re super easy to make! Simply form a piece of florist’s wire into a circle, then place stems against the circle and wrap tightly with more wire and continue to add flowers until all gaps are filled. (more…)


Destination Inspiration: Paris, France

We would be lying if we told you we’ve never daydreamed about a Paris wedding…but then again, who hasn’t! Paris is the quintessential wedding location–glamorous, elegant, and undeniably romantic. While a destination wedding may not be feasible, there are still plenty of covetable Parisian touches you can incorporate into your big day. So before you spend half your budget on international airfare, check out our favorite ways to bring Paris to you.

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While Paris may be known for romance, it’s also known for unbelievably chic fashion. Go all out with a dress featuring couture-inspired details that look straight off the runway. Look for dresses with intricate beading, a dramatic train, vintage lace, or endless swaths of tulle. Accessorize your gown with a classic red lip and romantic waves to perfect the look.

Your bridesmaids dresses should be, above all else, sophisticated and timeless. We love these simple and structured Lela Rose dresses in LR185 and LR197. Even though Parisians are famous for wearing head-to-toe black you’ll still get the French feel with blush, ivory or Tiffany blue dresses. Or, for a truly daring group of bridesmaids, a champagne sequined number would look phenomenal.



Real Wedding: Anne and Jon’s Spring Wedding

Anne and Jon’s spring wedding was–in a word–breathtaking. Their wedding embodies everything we love about the classic-with-a-twist style: every moment was chic and elegant without feeling overly traditional. Plus, can we talk about their gorgeous color scheme? The palette of larkspur and ivory looked incredible in the natural country club setting and was complemented by pops of cobalt throughout the decor. The bride stunned in an ethereal lace dress with an elegant open back, and we loved that she brought a touch of sparkle to the look with a pair of strappy jeweled heels. The bridesmaids wore their Dessy dresses to perfection (style 2869 in Windsor Blue), and topped off the look with forget-me-not blue bouquets. We loved how the couple incorporated a multitude of fresh spring flora into their decor, from their hydrangea centerpieces to the rosemary-sprigs that adorned their place settings. The couple took full advantage of the gorgeous foliage the season had to offer, and their day was absolute springy perfection!real wedding_style guide banners_7
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Retro Revival

If you need some inspiration for your upcoming wedding, look no further than the fabulous ladies of decades past! It’s easy to infuse your wedding with a vintage feel without going over the top. Take the chicest trends from each era as inspiration for your bridal party’s look to create a nostalgic (rather than costume-y) nod to the past.


The ’30s and ’40s were all about Old Hollywood starlets like Ava Gardner and Veronica Lake. Get the look with bridesmaids dresses that are long, fitted, and above all glamorous! Choose styles with draped bodices and long, curve-skimming skirts that would feel at home on the red carpet. Try Lela Rose style LR174 or Watters style Mahogany for dresses that look straight out of a black and white film. To update the look, swap out the rigid ’40s hairdos for loose, flowing curls. (more…)


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Top Tailors

Whether you’re a bride or a bridesmaid, an ill-fitting dress can seem like a disaster. We’ve all heard stories of tailors ruining (or losing) dresses right before the big day and sending the entire wedding party into crisis mode. How do you avoid a similar fate? We’ve put together a list of the most skilled and reliable tailors in 20 cities to ensure your alteration process will be simple and stress-free. Click the name of your nearest major city and you’re on your way to looking fabulous!

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Save vs. Splurge

So you picked the date, laid out the budget, and you’re sticking to it…kind of. It’s hard to say no to something gorgeous but way out of your price range–after all, this is a once in a lifetime day! Not to worry, we’ve got you covered. The Weddington Way Team has compiled a guide to show you exactly where it pays to pay more and where you can cut corners without any of your guests noticing.


Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 2.59.55 PMVeil- you’ll only be wearing the veil during the ceremony and in pictures so this is a great place to save. It’s hard to tell the difference in quality between an inexpensive veil and a more high-end one, plus picking a less expensive style won’t cause you hours of discomfort the way cheap shoes will. This is also a great opportunity to purchase a vintage item or borrow from your mother since veil trends don’t change as much as dress styles over the years (unless your mother was married in the ’80s, then proceed with caution).



Guest Stylist: Rachel Leonard, Fashion Director of BRIDES Magazine

We’re thrilled to introduce our latest guest stylist, Rachel Leonard, who is the authority on bridal fashion. She’s sharing her top bridesmaids picks of the season inspired by her current style obsession, Miroslava Duma. Check out her favorites below!

At BRIDES, we always say wedding inspiration and color palettes should come from the venue and time of year. To incorporate a current element, however, I always look to runway shows. For my wedding, I started with the location: an historical home on the Delaware River with a beautiful walled garden. The time of year was May. My wedding dress was fit-and-flare (the new silhouette at that time). It had an interesting pleated train, twisted straps and an obi sash. The color was light coffee. For my two nieces’ dresses, I took cues from the the overall décor of the home. One was in navy and the other in a pale blue.

During the ready-to-wear shows in February, I sat next to Miroslava Duma. She’s a Russian fashion entrepreneur extraordinaire with incredible style. She’s been photographed, Instagrammed and written about this season more than ever. She’s my style icon of the moment. For these wedding looks, I drew inspiration from her incredible ability to mix colors and fabrics.


For a nautical or country club wedding in the summer, I just love stripes and borders. Mira expresses this aesthetic perfectly. Her bold green clutch could be used as an accent color. I love these crisp, bold stripes in yellow and off-white from Kirribilla (style Lucy). Whether mixing and matching or wearing it as a uniform, there’s nothing more sophisticated than this navy dress with a white border from Wtoo (style 594).




Destination Inspiration: Santorini, Greece

Sure, it would be amazing to host a destination wedding and fly all of your guests to an exotic location. In reality, though, most of us are hosting our weddings closer to home. Still, just because you aren’t booking that dream villa reception space doesn’t mean you can’t bring some international inspiration to your wedding style! Whether you’re planning a beach wedding or simply want to incorporate some Greek flair into your celebration, the island of Santorini provides a wealth of inspiration. Let the crystal blue water, white seaside houses, soft sand, and stunning sunsets satisfy your wanderlust and guide you in planning the perfect day.

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Channel the spirit of the Greek islands with a relaxed yet chic gown. Soft, flowing fabrics evoke the feeling of seafoam on the waves and look natural in a beach setting. A chiffon style with a delicately draped bodice and gauzy skirt will look effortless and beach appropriate. Accessorize with loose waves, natural bronze makeup, and a long simple veil that will catch the wind. Choose chiffon bridesmaids dresses in a range of aqua, turquoise, and teal to create the ombre look of ocean waters. A draped maxi dress or simple shorter style will have the bridal party looking elegant without getting overly formal. Try mixing and matching a few Joanna August numbers (such as styles DC Long, Dani Long, and Parker Short) or opt for some Donna Morgan looks (try Blaire or Rhea). Accessorize bridesmaids dresses with strappy gold sandals or (sand-friendly) wedges, simple gold earrings and bouquets of white wildflowers. (more…)