We’re now less than a month away from the autumnal equinox, and you know what that means…it’s time to dish on the latest fall wedding trends! If you’re in the midst of planning final details for your fall wedding, the clock is ticking (quite loudly, I might add!). However, I’m always happy to provide a little fashionable inspiration whenever possible. For those of you still deciding bouquet colors, cake flavors or the latest looks for your wedding, opt for the season’s hottest trends.
The best thing about fall weddings is that autumn allows guests and the wedding party to head outdoors without enduring the torturous heat, and the colors of the season make gorgeous outdoor photo opps! But beyond the glorious weather and the perfect colors, here are seven trends that will put a little extra spice into your fall festivities:
Falling for Colors
If you want the most on-trend colors for your bouquets, always look to the color forecast from Pantone. This Fall, colors will be rich and delectable. Many hues are named and inspired by fall staple food and drinks. Think Tawny Port (a deep wine), Grenadine (a bright orange red), Butterum (a light caramel hue), Golden Lime and Autumn Maple (the color of…rich maple syrup). But a few of Pantone’s picks also pull from nature, including Navy Peony, Shaded Spruce and Marina (a crisp blue). Neutral Grey and Ballet Slipper (a pale blush pink) round out the shades that will be popular this fall.
Mix and match hues to create fashionable bouquets. Choose Ballet Slipper hued roses like Sweet Avalanche or Vendela. Add port colored orchids for a contrast and mix in lots of greenery. Or pair up flowers that pull from Grenadine’s hue and mix in deep blue navy-inspired flowers. Mix and match hue to play with contrast, but make sure they pair well with the wedding party’s chosen palette.
The Knot reports that more couples are opting away from lots of frosting on their cakes. The hottest trend is the naked cake, which features exposed layers of cake with frosting in between each layer. Choose pumpkin or spice cakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting between the layers for a taste of the season. Simple decorations like flowers and greenery usually adorn these minimalist edible masterpieces.
Fall is known for rich and hearty foods. Add a taste of fall to your menu with a hearty soup before dinner or savor autumn in dessert form. It’s perfectly acceptable to skip the traditional cake and feature pies—choose in-season favorites like blueberry, pumpkin, apple or pecan. Having a southern wedding? Why not opt for sweet potato?
Kate Middleton’s long lace sleeves are still in favor by fall brides. However, Brides reports that statement accessories also are trendy for autumn. Feathers and ruffles also adorn many dresses as key style accents. As for the silhouette, every woman should choose a look that she loves…don’t bow to trends when it comes to how a dress fits your body! Some women love ballgowns, others love sheaths or a-line. It’s your day, so pick a dress you LOVE.
Your hair, your style! Harper’s Bazaar notes that 2017 brides are embracing their natural hair texture. Got curls? Rock them! As for the groom, it’s perfectly ok to rock a beard too…but if you opt to shave off any major facial hair before the ceremony, make sure you use a lotion to avoid those crazy post-shave bumps!
Say goodbye to the black tux. Harper’s Bazaar also clued us in that blue suits are the wardrobe staple for style savvy grooms! And, no, this is not the same blue suit that Steve Martin wore in “Father of the Bride!”
Traditional photography? So last year! According to Glamour, more couples are embracing portrait studios—as in personalized portraits—at their wedding! To add more personality to the portraits, couples also are choosing to have on-site illustrators for a custom sketch of their wedding day.
Get inspired for your fall wedding by embracing the latest trends this season! Whether you pull in the hottest hues, rock your natural hair or say goodbye to the traditional tux, create personalized touches that are true to you!
-Naomi Shaw, Guest Blogger
On your wedding day, express your unique personality. Sure, the white gown is tried and true tradition. But if white isn’t your choice, go for color. Or even black. More and more brides are eschewing conservative standards for their wedding day and rocking their own looks, complete with stunningly creative accessories.
Diamonds and pearls have nothing on studded chokers, peacock feather earrings or leather boho bracelets. If you like it, wear it…and be the bride that everyone remembers for creative style and modern beauty.
If you aren’t sure what accessories to grab for your big day, look to your personality and daily style. Add touches of goth, bohemian, punk or pin-up. Your wedding day is your day to shine, so walk down that aisle feeling and looking true to you.
Need a little style inspiration? Try these looks that match-up with your own fashion aesthetic.
There are numerous genres of punk. Many would consider grunge to be an off-set of the punk style--Nirvana was influenced by punk bands, and that inspiration is apparent in Nevermind. How you interpret punk is up to your own creativity. However, I’m all for rocking Dr. Marten’s under a wedding dress and using a buffalo plaid shirt for covering up on a chilly wedding night. I’d also recommend shopping Etsy or thrift stores for unique and vintage punk accessories like studded belts.
If your style is more steampunk, choose earrings that pull in gears and mechanical functions. You can also DIY steampunk accessories with old gears and watches. Think original, and try not to head to stores that sell more mass produced accessories. Punk is not mainstream and one-size fits all, and mass produced punk flies in the face of the genre and lifestyle.
I love a good Stevie Nicks inspired look, and I also love to channel my inner flower child. On your wedding day, elements of bohemian simplicity create easy beauty. Choose flower crowns for a hairpiece…or just a single daisy behind the ear. Wear hair down and flowing. Use nature-influenced accessories. Leather corded bracelets, shells, and even carved wood pendants. Wear feathers as hairpieces or earrings. However, when channeling a boho look, it is never ok to appropriate a culture. Don’t ever wear dream catchers as jewelry, and don’t use any culture’s religious symbols or deities as an accessory or to make a fashion statement. Boho can go horribly bad when it veers into appropriation.
Go black and red or go home! If you are in your element while donning black and embrace a goth beauty, don’t be afraid to be a goth bride! Choose jewelry made from black velvet or lace, and incorporate metal studs. Go all out and embrace Victorian goth with a dress that truly glorifies your gorgeous style. Accessorize with ornate jewelry, and mingle your birthstone or your beloved’s birthstone into jewelry for a personalized touch.
For a wedding pinup look, it’s all about the hair and make-up. Opt for vintage-inspired hair styles like Victory Rolls, or pin curls and incorporate bandanas, a knit Snood or a sweet flower. Create a purr-fect cat-eye, wear bold red lipstick. And, of course, you need to rock a sexy pair of heels.
Wedding style doesn’t have to be traditional if you’re not! Wear all black, rock a bold red lip or look to bohemian splendor for inspiration. Create your own unique look for a style that’s true to you…not true to tradition.
-Naomi Shaw, Guest Blogger
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When you’re in a wedding, the cost of paying for the dress, shoes, hair, makeup, travel, and bridal shower gift can add up. While an exact figure on how much it costs to be in a wedding party is lacking, $1,500 is usually cited as an average. The bachelorette party is a way for the bride and her friends to relax and have fun before the big day, but bridesmaids may worry it’s another expense to add to their bill. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the bride’s upcoming nuptials without breaking the bank.
Traveling can make the total cost of the bachelorette party rapidly increase, and a night out on the town can be costly too. Consider ways to celebrate from the comfort of home to keep the bill low. How you spend the night will depend on the bride’s style and wants.
You can spend the evening enjoying at-home facials and watching old movies, or you can relax by candlelight, sharing stories and enjoying wine and hors d'oeuvres. Hosting a wine tasting is a great idea. Everyone can bring a bottle of wine, and for a fun twist, place the bottles in a brown bag and have everyone vote on which one they like best. Pair the wine with simple-to-make snacks and desserts.
If the bride is more nostalgic, have a slumber party. Serve her favorite snacks and watch her favorite “girlfriend” movies. Serve some fun drinks with a twist, including spiked cherry limeade or alcoholic root beer floats.
A night out on the town can be budget-friendly as well. Spend the morning shopping for lingerie for the bride and wrap things up with lunch. If you’re feeling crafty, attend a pottery class where everyone paints their own pieces. You can also attend a floral arrangement class or a cooking class.
If you live near a winery or brewery, go for a tour and tasting. Some cities have multiple wineries or breweries, so you can squeeze a few into your day. Typically, tours are inexpensive or free and include samples. Eat lunch before or grab dinner afterward. Another idea is to attend a concert or musical in your city.
For the more adventurous or fitness-focused bride, think of physical activities for the group. Head to a putt-putt course for a game of mini-golf or enjoy a few rounds of bowling. Most places have a private room you can book to enjoy a few private party games and cake. Check your city for group classes, such as aerial yoga, pole fitness, or a burlesque dance class.
Being on a budget doesn’t mean travelling is out of the question – you just have to scale down your travelling. Many cities are located within a few hours of a winery or distillery. See if someone has a van or SUV, and everyone can carpool. Most wineries have a picnic area, so pack a lunch to enjoy while you’re there.
If the bride has her heart set on spending the bachelorette party in a different city, you can pull it off by planning ahead. For starters, avoid a holiday weekend. Sites like Airbnb have houses and apartments you can rent that are typically less expensive than a hotel. You can also find one that includes a kitchen so you can eliminate the costs of eating out for every meal.
Find a way to split the cost of the trip between the other bridesmaids. You can ask for cash or use an app such as Venmo. Don’t forget to shop for deals on sites like Groupon, and make sure all of the bridesmaids and the bride have taken care of home security before heading out of town.
Staying on a budget doesn’t mean the bachelorette party fun will suffer. There are plenty of ways for the bride and her friends to unwind and let loose without spending a fortune. Whether you stay at home and go all out or cleverly plan an economical short trip, the point is to celebrate the bride and appreciate each other’s company, which you’re sure to accomplish.
Author: Aimee Lyons (DIYDarlin.com)
A bridal shower is such a special celebration for not only a bride and her wedding party, but also for all of the family and friends attending the event. These parties are a tradition that originated as early as the 1890’s, historically hosted by the mother of the bride or one of the bride’s relatives.
Over the years, these parties have certainly evolved. With that being said, the great thing about showers nowadays is that they can be whatever the bride, her relatives, and her bridal party want to make it. With so many fun themes out there, we’re taking you through some our latest favorite creative bridal shower ideas below.
Throw a flamingo flamingle
Flamingos are quite the trend lately, so why not incorporate them into a wedding shower? With so many fun accessories, decorations, and favors that center around this picturesque bird, this creates an element of fun at a shower. Make everything pink and enjoy the tropical vibes that are associated with flamingos and the shower is sure to be a hit!
Host a slumber party
If you’re looking to throw a shower that is more intimate with close family and friends, why not have a good old fashioned slumber party? We’re talking pillow fights, movies and popcorn, painting each other’s nails, and cute PJs. This will be the perfect way for the bride to spend time with her besties and to discuss every detail of the big day!
Learn a new skill
Use a bridal party to teach guests a new skill and it will be something fun for the whole bunch! Some fun ideas are to host a flower-arranging class or to attend a cooking class as a group. Not only will everyone love spending time together, but the group will learn something new, which is always a plus!
Have a spa day
Whether your group goes to a spa or if it’s more of a do it yourself situation, everyone loves to be pampered! From pedicures to face masks, this is the perfect way to allow the bride and her guests to relax and to spend a nice day together.
Create a buffet
What shower wouldn’t benefit from a buffet? Whether it be a make your own mimosa bar, a s’mores buffet, or even one filled with candy, this is something guests will be unable to resist! Really, these are bound to be a hit at any party, but we think that this will add to the fun and ambiance of your shower. The great part about this is that you can customize the theme of the buffet to match the personality, interests, and style of the bride.
Make it pop-culture centered
If the bride has a passion for a particular movie or show, you can base the shower around whatever that interest is. For instance, a Breakfast at Tiffany’s shower would prove to be elegant and glamorous or a Friends themed shower would be quirky and fun. This would be an unforgettable and extremely personalized party that the pop culture loving bride would never forget.
Treating the bride to a day all about her is the ultimate way to make her feel loved, celebrated, and special. While these creative ideas are simply the icing on the cake when it comes to a lovely party honoring the bride, they certainly will add a nice level of flair and personalization to any wedding shower!
-Naomi Shaw, Guest Blogger
It is safe to say that wedding day is one of the biggest days in everyone’s life. Oftentimes, it is a combination of stress, happiness, joy, and responsibility all rolled into one. Given the level of importance this day is associated with, there is no wonder why we all want it to be perfect and seamless for everyone involved. But while it is relatively simple to organize adults and make sure they feel comfortable, things are a little bit more complicated with kids. Their behavior is usually unpredictable, their mood changes every 15 minutes, and it’s hardly possible for them to stay calm and sit still for a couple of hours in a row.
But what if you’re marrying with kids and want to make sure they feel happy and comfortable during the ceremony and after? It turns out, the best solution out there is to incorporate them into the ceremony and make them feel responsible for something. Can’t think of any role for your kids to play? Keep reading to find out some tried and true ideas.
Ask Your Kid to Be a Bridesmaid or a Groomsmen
Children love to feel their value and importance, which is why it is a great idea to ask them to be a part of your wedding ceremony. If it seems strange for you to have such a young bridesmaid or grossman, think of it for a moment. Nobody said only adults can be a part of a bridal party, so why not trying? Of course, it might be hard for them to explain all the ins and outs of their role if they are under the age of 7, but it is still worth a try. With such an important role to play, they won’t lark about or get bored.
Let Your Kids Prepare a Performance
The vast majority of kids like the idea of performing. Especially, when there are so many people around and everyone listens to them and looks at them. Ask your kids to prepare some kind of performance as a gift for you and all the guests. Chances are good, this will make the entire wedding day more interesting and important for them. However, make sure that your kids are ready for being on a stage. Although studies suggest that we should sometimes force kids to perform even if they don’t feel like doing it (it helps their bodies learn how to manage stress), keep it reasonable.
Ask them to walk you down the aisle
Of course, there is a tradition according to which it is bride’s father who walks her down the aisle. However, it is your wedding and your rules. If you are already a parent yourself, it makes way more sense to ask your kid or kids to walk you to the altar. Don’t you agree it would make the ceremony even more emotional and meaningful? Ask your kids to do this for you and you’ll be glad that you did. After all, you should remember that it is one of the biggest stresses for kids to see their mom getting married.
For the Finals.
Think out of the box and don’t be afraid to choose a risky thing over a sure one. If you already have kids at the moment of your wedding, it is the most reasonable thing to do to ask them to be a part of this big day. Help them feel valued, loved, and needed. There is nothing better you can do as a parent.
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- Guest Blogger: Naomi Shaw
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