2013-08-12

Crystal, a make-up artist, knew that she didn’t want a normal bridal shower. No cheesy games or opening gifts awkwardly in front of guests for this gal! Even though she isn’t a huge fan of being the center of attention, she did want to share this very special time with some of her close friends. So, her bridesmaids, along with her amazing mom and some other close friends, threw her the perfect bridal soiree! A bit about the fun shower from Crystal…

A Little Black Dress Bridal Shower

A Little Black Dress Bridal Shower

We invited all of our guests to join us in their favorite “Little Black Dresses” for a cocktail party with tons of fun details. Being a makeup artist, I couldn’t have a party without including some makeup, so we set up a Lipstick Bar near the photo booth and filled it with bright pinks, reds and oranges for the ladies to experiment with all night. Nicole from Umama created some adorable props for the photo booth including glittery crowns and masks. They were a huge hit! I had so much help in making the shower special. From the cookies, to the venue, crafting days with my bridesmaids, and two full days of cooking, fun was definitely had in the preparation and I am so grateful!

A Little Black Dress Bridal Shower

A Little Black Dress Bridal Shower

I hope this helps inspire those looking for some ideas in making their bestie’s shower fun + unique!

A Little Black Dress Bridal Shower

A Little Black Dress Bridal Shower

For anyone looking for a different kind of Bridal Shower Game, the He Said, She Said game was pretty fun! It was a combination of Chick-Flick trivia and questions about my fiance (now husband) and I. Every 10-15 minutes, my Maids of Honor would jump up and yell “Pop Quiz Time”, ask a question or two and reward the winners with a prize. Prizes included nail polishes and Starbucks gift cards.

A Little Black Dress Bridal Shower

A Little Black Dress Bridal Shower

For the food, we had an immense antipasto and cheese assortment for our appetizer course, followed by Baked Mostaccioli, salad and garlic bread. That was delicious in itself, but to make it even better, a close family friend made giant oatmeal walnut chocolate chip cookies for the party favors! They were the best cookies I’ve ever tasted!

A Little Black Dress Bridal Shower

A Little Black Dress Bridal Shower

A Little Black Dress Bridal Shower

A Little Black Dress Bridal Shower

2013-08-09
which wedding dress do you love

which wedding dress do you love

2013-07-04

We love beautiful bridal veils here at LWB, but when you combine it with breathtaking photography then you absolutely have us melting at the knees! In our Breathtaking Bridal Veils  we focused on the bride modelling her stunning veil. However this time, we decided it was time to show off some amazing shots of couples which featured the wedding veil. The end result…, well, utterly romantic would have to be a understatement!

kiss under veil elizabeth messina

kiss under veil elizabeth messina

beautiful bridal veil ktgroom

beautiful bridal veil ktgroom

couple under wedding veil via once wed

couple under wedding veil via once wed

kiss under veil beach via snippet and ink

kiss under veil beach via snippet and ink

2013-06-26
It may be a little confusing and difficult to choose suitable wedding guest dresses. A good wedding guest dress should be able to suit the occasion while at the same time make you look fantastic. Here are some tips for choosing right wedding guest dresses.
Wedding Guest Dresses

Wedding Guest Dresses

The Color

When choosing the color of wedding guest dresses, try not to choose the white color. White color is usually reserved for the bride. You may steal the limelight of the bride if you wear a white wedding guest dress. Of course, you’d better not to choose similar colors like ivory, cream and champagne. It’s also suggestive not to wear too black wedding guest dresses. You should learn to tone down the black as wedding is a celebration and too much black can put a dampener on the occasion.

The Style

There are different styles of wedding guest dresses. The typical three wedding guest outfits for women are tailored skirt suits, shift dresses and trouser suits. But nowadays we women like to try something a little less fitted. You can choose your style of wedding guest dress according to the time and location of wedding. A general principle is that you should dress more formally for an evening wedding than you would for an afternoon service, and more casually for a beach wedding than for one held in a city. A pretty day dress or possibly a skirt with a special top is suitable for a wedding which is held in the afternoon. A strappy dress teamed with a lightweight jacket, a long gown or a very fancy short cocktail dress can be perfect for evening weddings. Heavily embellished dresses will weigh you down at a beach wedding. A classic seersucker shift dress or a flirty strapless dress in a pink cotton lace maybe ideal for a beach wedding.

Never forget about accessories when looking for wedding guest dresses. Matching hats, bags and jewelry will help to finish the look. To go further, you may need corresponding hairstyles and make-up. Just have a great time in a wedding with suitable wedding guest dresses!

2013-06-26
In tight economic occasions, some brides happen to be embracing Chinese-run wedding dress websites that sell imitations of famous-maker dresses. Not all women have reported bad experiences, but hundreds have. And when “GMA” went undercover and ordered some wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses from these sites, they weren’t the stuff dreams are constructed with.
Save Money on Your Dream Wedding Dress

Save Money on Your Dream Wedding Dress

How to Save on Your Wedding Dress?

Buy used. It may not sound romantic, but you can get a used gown for 30 to 90 percent off. And, unlike other clothing, it was probably only worn once.

Rent a dress. It’s not very romantic, but it is possible to rent a wedding gown. A fabulous one. Since you only wear it once, keep an open mind!

Borrow a dress. Ideally a relative includes a dress you are able to borrow as well as update. Borrowing from a friend whose dress you admire is also possible. Worried about guests recognizing a repeat? Borrow from a friend of a friend!

Have your dress made. Check into local dress shops and seamstresses who make wedding gowns. They can emulate a gown you admire, or you can combine features from several you like and the price, though not rock bottom, is going to be lower compared to an artist gown.

Search online. Local bridal shops make their very own markups on gowns. Search around the country and see if you can find a genuine designer gown sold by a shop somewhere else where the markup is lower.

Last-season sales. Many bridal shops sell last season’s designs or even the store’s fitting sample at discounts of 30 percent or more.

Run with the brides. Yes, Filene’s Basement made it famous, but some other retailers now also host wedding gown sale days where brides and their bridesmaids try to elbow out other teams to snag designer dresses for a song.

2013-06-21

A bridal shower is a lot of fun – not only for the bride-to-be, but the special women who get to share in her joy and excitement.  Besides gifts and chattering about the upcoming wedding, bridal showers are known for their fun, humorous and sentimental games. With all the ideas out there, it can be difficult to decide on bridal shower games for your shower.

Fun Bridal Shower Games

Fun Bridal Shower Games

For a little extra help, here are some things to consider when deciding which bridal shower games you will choose.

What Are Your ‘Girls’ Like?

Typically, bridal shower games are made fun by the unique personalities of the women present. One way to determine great bridal shower games is by thinking about your friends and family members and what their personalities are like.  Do most of your friends enjoy watching movies and keeping up with Hollywood romances? Maybe they are all suckers for a good love story.  If so, you could play the famous couples bridal shower game.

For this game, you simply write one half of a famous couple on a sheet of paper – then call the name out during the game.  The guests try to determine the other half of the couple.  If you have a themed bridal shower, you can choose couples who fit your theme.  For example:

Fairytale Theme

Fun Bridal Shower Games

Fun Bridal Shower Games

Romeo and Juliet

King Arthur and Gwenevere

Hagbard and Signy

This is sure to be a great bridal shower game that your girls will have a lot of fun with!

Will You Be Having a Destination Bridal Shower?

If you will be having a destination bridal shower, there are many bridal shower games you could play.  Think of bridal shower games which would integrate into the destination.  Will you be exploring the nightlife, spending time at a spa or having an adventure with your girls?  Consider games that allow you to continue playing while you’re traveling from one place to another.

For instance, the ‘memory lane’ game would be great for a destination wedding.  Each guest is given a task of finding one thing that reminds them of the bride and groom before the night is over.  At the end of the night, each guest will produce their object and tell the story of why it reminds them of the couple.  This is one of the best destination bridal shower games and with the mix of funny and sentimental stories that are sure to be told – there won’t be a dry eye or a frown in the whole group!

Bridal shower games are not only a way to have fun at the bridal shower.  They are a great way for the bride and her friends and family to bond, celebrate the upcoming wedding and have a great time.  When you’re planning your bridal shower games, keep this in mind and you’ll do fine!

2013-06-14

As your big day approaches, you start to think about those gorgeous detail shots you’ve swooned over while knees deep in wedding planning.  Giving your photographer a photo wishlist is a great way to ensure you get the shots you want.  But how do you come up with the list in the first place?  Let’s start with the shoes!

We picked seven of our favorite wedding shoe shots so you can decide which ones are musts for your wedding!  And stay tuned, because there might be a part two coming up soon!

1- Into the Wild

wedding shoes photography detail shots

wedding shoes photography detail shots

wedding photography detail shots bridal shoes into wild

wedding photography detail shots bridal shoes into wild

2- Bride + Groom

wedding shoe shots photography bride groom

wedding shoe shots photography bride groom

3- Girls, Girls, Girls

wedding photography shoe shots bride with bridesmaids

wedding photography shoe shots bride with bridesmaids

4- Details, Details

details wedding shoes photography wishlist

details wedding shoes photography wishlist

wedding detail shots bridal heels

wedding detail shots bridal heels

5- Showcasing the Rings

wedding bands photographed on brides shoes

wedding bands photographed on brides shoes

6- On the Fence

on the fence must have wedding photos bridal heels

on the fence must have wedding photos bridal heels

7- Bottoms Up

wedding shoe shots photography heels bottoms up

wedding shoe shots photography heels bottoms up

2013-06-08
Short Summer Wedding Dresses We Adore
Short Summer Wedding Dresses We Adore

Short Summer Wedding Dresses We Adore

Short Summer Wedding Dresses We Adore

Short Summer Wedding Dresses We Adore

Short Summer Wedding Dresses We Adore

Short Summer Wedding Dresses We Adore

Short Summer Wedding Dresses We Adore

Short Summer Wedding Dresses We Adore

Short Summer Wedding Dresses We Adore

Short Summer Wedding Dresses We Adore

Short Summer Wedding Dresses We Adore

Short Summer Wedding Dresses We Adore

Short Summer Wedding Dresses We Adore

Short Summer Wedding Dresses We Adore

Short Summer Wedding Dresses We Adore

Short Summer Wedding Dresses We Adore

2013-06-07

disclaimer: I am not a professional designer or tailor by any means.  I love to sew and craft so this has become a beloved past time for me.  I have adapted these instructions for my own use from the Shira.net and Rostitchery websites.  This is not my design.**

How-to make the Infinity Convertible or Wrap Twist Dress

How-to make the Infinity Convertible or Wrap Twist Dress

If you have any questions please private message me :)

Supplies

  • newsprint
  • pencil
  • compass (or string)
  • metre stick (yard stick)
  • square (right angled ruler)
  • pattern weights (or traditional pins or things like soup cans)
  • scissors
  • fabric
  • pins
  • thread
  • serger (or sewing machine)
  • 1 inch elastic
  • bodkin (or safety pin)
  • large open space (floor or table)
    How-to make the Infinity Convertible or Wrap Twist Dress

    How-to make the Infinity Convertible or Wrap Twist Dress

Terminology:

  • right side of fabric – right side or face of fabric…Jersey fabric may or may not have a design on it, the side with the clearer design is the right side, alternatively the shinier side will also be the right side.

Step one:

Roll out the newsprint on the floor or table.  Depending on how long the skirt is you may need to cut the sheet into two pieces and tape them together to make them wider.

How-to make the Infinity Convertible or Wrap Twist Dress

How-to make the Infinity Convertible or Wrap Twist Dress

Next measure your waist, figure out how long you want the skirt to be and then go to Shira’s site and find the corresponding measurement in the waist/2-panel/3-panel table (to be clear this is a two panel skirt).

How-to make the Infinity Convertible or Wrap Twist Dress

How-to make the Infinity Convertible or Wrap Twist Dress

Using your compass draw the first 1/2 circle at the top centre of the pattern.  This will make the waist of the skirt.  Add that number, the length of the skirt and an extra 1/2 inch to get the length you will need for your compass to make the bottom of the skirt.  Draw another half circle, keeping the sharp point of the compass in same spot from when you drew the waist.

How-to make the Infinity Convertible or Wrap/Twist Dress

How-to make the Infinity Convertible or Wrap/Twist Dress

Now you will need two measurements for the wrap panels.  The first one determines the width of the fabric.  Starting with the tape measure in the centre between your breasts, measure over the fullest part of your breast, over the arm, as it rests at your side, to the edge of your arm where it ends at the side of your body.  The next measurement determines how long the panels should be. Take your height and convert to inches (you can be accurate and use 1/2 or 3/4 inches or you can round up), then multiply by 1.5.  That will be the length of the panels.

How-to make the Infinity Convertible or Wrap Twist Dress

How-to make the Infinity Convertible or Wrap Twist Dress

Using first the square ruler to ensure that the width line is straight, then the metre stick to draw the length of the lines; cut away the extra paper.

How-to make the Infinity Convertible or Wrap Twist Dress

How-to make the Infinity Convertible or Wrap Twist Dress

Step Two:

lay your fabric out, there are two ways you can do this.  The jersey fabric I chose had a 4-way stretch, meaning it stretched out side to side and up and down.  If your pattern is small enough you can lay it out horizontally (across the width) of the fabric or, if it is too large, lay it vertically.  For the sake of this how-to I have laid the pattern out vertically.

Lay the pattern down and weight down with the pattern weights.  Cut out two of the half circles.

How-to make the Infinity Convertible or Wrap Twist Dress

How-to make the Infinity Convertible or Wrap Twist Dress

Lay out the panel pattern and cut two of those.  Weight down the same as previous for the skirt.

You will need to cut out a waist band, this just needs to be 3 inches in width and longer than the waist of the skirt.

Step Three

Now to sew the dress together.  First sew the waist band together, wrong sides together and only along the bottom, you will need to leave both ends open for the elastic later.

How-to make the Infinity Convertible or Wrap Twist Dress

How-to make the Infinity Convertible or Wrap Twist Dress

Sew togther the two sides of the skirt, right sides togther.

How-to make the Infinity Convertible or Wrap Twist Dress

How-to make the Infinity Convertible or Wrap Twist Dress

Find the center front and center back of the skirt, you can do this by matching the side seams togther and folding the skirts in half, that will be your center.

How-to make the Infinity Convertible or Wrap Twist Dress

How-to make the Infinity Convertible or Wrap Twist Dress

Pin the waist band to the skirt, right sides together with the two edges starting and ending at the center front.

How-to make the Infinity Convertible or Wrap Twist Dress

How-to make the Infinity Convertible or Wrap Twist Dress

Pin the panels to the fabric, again right sides together, you will need to overlap the panels approx 3 inches at the center front (this will be for later coverage).  Then sew together all pieces.

How-to make the Infinity Convertible or Wrap Twist Dress 18

How-to make the Infinity Convertible or Wrap Twist Dress 18

Step Four:

Turn the skirt right side out and you will see that the panels cover the waist band (this is correct).

How-to make the Infinity Convertible or Wrap Twist Dress 17

How-to make the Infinity Convertible or Wrap Twist Dress 17

Insert the elastic using the bodkin.

(insert pic showing insertion of elastic)

Try the skirt on and adjust the elastic (pulling tighter) until you feel comfortable.  Overlap the elastic together and pin; stitch on two sides of the elastic and then from top to bottom across the diaganol to make an X (this will ensure that should the stitching fail on one of the edges you have redundancy in place and it won’t come apart).

Next ensure that the hem is even.  You may need to bring someone else in to help you with this unless you have a dress-makers mannequin (very helpful, very expensive, very optional).  Once done, if you have used a jersey fabric you can leave the hem unstitched or you can do a rolled hem on the serger.

My favourite way of doing a rolled hem is to pull the fabric slightly while stitching it (second pic).

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How-to make the Infinity Convertible or Wrap Twist Dress 15

This is to give the edge a slight “lettuce leaf” look (second pic).

To Wrap:

To wrap this dress see this video courtesy of the Dessy.com website, these videos courtesy of the Henkaa website or the picture below for some different stylings (apparently there are over 100 different ways to style this dress):

How-to make the Infinity Convertible or Wrap Twist Dress

How-to make the Infinity Convertible or Wrap Twist Dress

2013-06-05

1. The Wedding Guest List

The guest list’s size is the biggest determinant of your total wedding cost, so keeping expenses trim is of the utmost importance. But if you’re worried that you’ll offend people by not inviting them to your wedding, stop now. Of course you wouldn’t leave out your nearest and dearest, and anyone else you’re considering would likely be flattered to be invited but not bothered if they’re not (think: the group of college friends who live on the other side of the country whom you’ve not seen in five years). Your best bet to tighten your list is to make some wedding invitation list rules (for you, your fiancé and both families) and stick to them. That is, first cousins, but not second. Spouses and live-in or serious partners, but not random dates. Your boss, but not your whole office. One caveat: don’t split up groups, says Syd Sexton, owner of Syd Sexton Event Productions, in Denver. “If you can invite your office gang, great. But if you can’t, don’t just invite one of them.”

2. The Wedding Flowers

The first time you gazed upon your wedding reception site, you saw veritable fields of flowers, right? It’s no surprise, though, that piles and piles of blooms can ratchet up your costs quickly. Sexton notes that you don’t need to fill every corner of your venue with flowers for a lovely look. Work with your wedding florist to use the freshest, most in-season blooms to their strategic advantage, then fill in the rest of the decor with budget-friendly candles or greenery. If you just adore flowers, check out botanical gardens in your area—you’ll have a bounteous backdrop of blooms at your disposal (for not a penny more).

3. The Wedding Reception Cocktail Hour

One cocktail-hour trend these days is to overload (read: over-impress) guests with everything from sushi bars to towering displays of cheese, to passed hors d’oeuvres to pasta and carving stations. But there’s no reason to make this a blowout, says Mindy Weiss, celebrity wedding planner and coauthor with Lisbeth Levine of The Wedding Book: The Big Book for Your Big Day. “Keep it short and sweet—this ensures that you’ll need less food—and have your hors d’oeuvres hand-passed instead of having stations. This limits the amount of food you’ll need.” Stick with just enough food to keep guests from getting too tipsy too early in the evening, advises Meghan Walls, owner of Meghan Walls Events in New York City. A pretty display of cheese, fruit and crackers will do just fine.

4. The Wedding Reception Dessert Table

“Unless you’re having a dessert reception, you don’t need to go overboard on sweets. Wedding cake is so spectacular that offering a dessert buffet, a crepes suzette station and mini ice cream cones is just excessive,” says Levine. “After all, you don’t want to weigh guests down with so many sweets during your wedding reception that they don’t have the energy to get out on the dance floor!”

5. The Drinks

First of all, says Weiss, feel free to skip the champagne toast. It’s no longer considered a must-do at weddings. Simply toast with whatever wine you already have on the table. As for your bar options, remember this is your party, so it’s entirely up to you, not your hard-partying college friends or the snooty aunts who prefer top-shelf martinis. Work with your reception site or caterer to create a bar you can afford, whether that means offering only beer, wine, water and soft drinks; a signature drink at the cocktail hour and red and white wines with dinner; or less-expensive liquors for mixed drinks rather than pricey brand names. Also, keep mixed drinks as simple as possible: The more varieties of liquor that are involved in assembling the drink, the more you will pay. “If you’re hiring an off-premise caterer and can buy your own alcohol, you can save even more by shopping around and being able to return unopened bottles,” notes Walls. Instruct the wait staff not to automatically top off guests’ wineglasses and, finally, arrange to have your bar closed an hour before the end of the party. You’ll be doing the drivers a favor.

6. The Five-Course Wedding Reception Meal

We know—you’re worried about wedding guests going home either hungry or unhappy with your food choices. Those worries have caused many brides and grooms to go down the path of offering too much—up to seven courses—and paying too much for it. If you’re looking to cut costs, “eliminate one course in the meal, and just serve an appetizer and an entrée,” says Walls. You can also stick to offering one or two choices for the entrée. Or instead of offering chicken, steak or salmon entrées, assemble a plate that combines, say, a few grilled shrimp and medallions of beef, plus a creative array of vegetables. (You may save 40 percent or more on your wedding reception, because your chef will know exactly what to buy for your head count.) Once you find a caterer that you really trust, you can work with him to find the most economical options. Rest assured quality always trumps quantity, and that no one will end up stopping at McDonald’s on the way home.

7. The Wedding Invitations

Engraved or letterpress wedding invitations are the ultimate, yes. And heavy cardstock, of course. But all of this is very costly. Choosing an unusual color, paper or design may also raise your wedding invitation costs more than you’re prepared for. If you’re a DIY-er (or if you know someone who is), design and make your own wedding invitations by hand or on a high-quality computer printer. Some calligraphic fonts are so good that it’s really hard to tell they’re not done by hand.