GIFTS FOR YOUR WONDERFUL BRIDESMAIDS

           

Loli’s Creations on Etsy
      Stunning ! That is what I would call these great looking clutches for your bridesmaids. A great deal of time & love go into seeking out gifts for bridesmaids. Here are some suggestions for you with links under each photo.
 Last week we worked at a wedding and our thoughtful
bride gave her maids & both Moms beautiful satin robes to relax in while having their hair and makeup done.

David’s Bridal
Jewelry is a wonderful & practical gift that your bridesmaids can make use of for many future occasions.
Earrings and bracelet from The Left Bank Chicago
Pinch Provisions
Since many or all of your ladies may be spending the pre-wedding evening in a hotel this is a fantastic gift ! 
It contains an amazing array of items (21) including double sided tape, extra wedding bands and a mending kit.

If you have only one bridesmaid and you would like to splurge, give her a gift certificate to an elegant spa or a set of crystal champagne glasses. 
When I was a Maid of Honor for one of my best friends she gave me one of the best presents I’ve ever received…a leather bound edition of Lord of The Rings.
Happy Wedding !
Photo courtesy of Visage Joli Bridal Makeup & Hair



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Bridal Headpiece Trends 2015

There are so many extraordinary & gorgeous headpieces in the 2015 collections that I hardly knew where to start.

 This ethereal wreath is made from fresh flowers & greenery. You can have your florist make one for you or make one yourself. Check out this Pinterest post

Photos below courtesy of Chic Vintage Brides

Boho Flower Crowns

Above…All so Twenties !
Updated 1950s Bride   Isn’t she lovely ?


This is our favorite piece of hair jewelry.
LOVE the way it’s used with the ultra modern chignon.

The End or rather The Beginning !



2014 & 2015 Wedding Hairstyle Trends

We have assembled the most gorgeous & special hairstyles 
for your Wedding Day. 
Some are direct from the 2015 Bridal runways. Others from the pages of the top fashion publications. 
There is a look for everyone here !

Two Vintage Hollywood Styles

Versatile Braids   Still trending in 2014

   

The Updated Flip

A classic style & a perfect opportunity for hair jewelry

                                                               

Very Audrey Hepburn   
Elegant, Classic and absolutely divine hair jewelry. Love that it drapes over the ear !

           

        We saw a lot of this lovely look in 2014 …demure yet a little messy with very artistic hair ornaments.                  

So Sixties and yet so Modern…Really Hot !

2015 Engagement Ring Trends

A true highlight in your lives…Your engagement day ! Although many will prefer a classic setting and

stone, some women would like the newest and most trendy of engagement rings. I personally love the rose gold, since it is reminicent of antique jewelry. The twisted band design is also very elegant !
                                                               

Beautiful !

2015 Bridal Makeup Trends…Fresh from the Runway !

    Yes these lovely, fresh looks have come directly from the 2015 Bridal runways in New York & Europe.    Soft Pinks, Berries, True Reds and Luscious Clarets took center stage on the models faces as well as beautifully prominent eyebrows. So Audrey Hepburn !  And eyes are so clean and soft.
The designers looks featured here are Reem Acra, Alberta Feretti, Jenny Packham,
 Anne Barge and Romona Keveva.

                                                                     

                                                             

Fall 2014 & Spring 2015 Bridal Gown Trends

        The Fall of 2014 and Spring 2015 are incredibly elegant and exquisite for Brides.

Extraordinary detailed backs with sheer panels & lace, Draped backs reminiscent of 1940s’ gowns, jeweled necklines, pearled embroidery and more. Another deja vu are scooped 50s’ necklines ..so classic! Oh and two more fashion details: long feminine lace sleeves and large graceful bows a la Yves St. Laurent.                                                                            

Gown by Reem Acra

2014 Wedding Trends / Cascade Bouquets

  Kate Middleton’s bridal bouquet is to your left.  It is my favorite of all the cascading bridal bouquets that I have seen. Not because it was the Duchess’s but for being so unstructured & floaty.                                                                                           These cascade bouquets echo the elegant 1950s’ vibe of today’s gowns ( Very Audrey Hepburn / Givency) though many of the modern bouquets are less perfectly shaped than in the 50s & early 60s.
        Below are a few examples of the cascade and if you want to be doubly trendy go for the violet one, which is the color of  the year !  

#2014 bridal bouquets  #2014 wedding trends

                                                         

                                               

         

                                 

Pantone Color of the Year

Wedding Planning Guide / Week of the Wedding

        OK… if you are stressed out, that’s normal.
Several times a day just stop, think about the joyous day you are preparing for and take LOTS of deep breaths.
1) Do more delegating. Make a list of wedding day tasks and choose friends or Bridesmaids or Groomsmen to help. For example: Who will carry your things and who will be in charge of gifts.            2) Two days before have a manicure & pedicure and if you have time, a massage. This can go a long way in relieving stress.                                              3) Pick up your dress or if it is being delivered, confirm the day and time.                                                                                                                              4) Call your vendors & confirm timing      5) If you have not already done so, email the timeline to everyone       in your bridal party. 6) If there are vendors who have not been paid yet, write the checks and put them in envelopes with  their tips. Please allow me to say something VERY important about tipping. Tips should be in cash. Self employed people need tips just as much as anyone else. They are a reward for fine service and should be 15 to 20%.                                                                                                                                      5) Break in your shoes ! Wearing them around the house is fine but to make them slip-proof get some coarse sandpaper and rough up the bottoms. Do this with gloves on.          

  6) Early in the week email your final guest list to your venue and caterer.
  7)  More delegation : Have friends or parents take welcome baskets to the guests’ hotel. The hotel will help distribute them.
8) Pack for your Honeymoon and have a
    fabulous time !!!

                                                                    

Wedding Planning Guide / One Month Out

Here’s a perfect task that your Maid of Honor can do for you:
1) Check off on the guest list those who have responded with a YES. Then immediately
phone those who have not responded. When you have a firm number email the venue. They will be very appreciative.
2) Have ( fingers crossed) your last fitting !
3) Do your seating chart. You can download the one of your choice from Google Images like the one below.

4) If you are having limousines or a trolley
for your wedding party contact the company & make sure they know all the destinations and the correct timetable.
5) Another job for a bridesmaid or Mom:
Mail the rehearsal dinner invitations.
6) Go through your vendor list & send out as many final payments as possible.
7) If you desire a facial have one at least one month before. It is best to go to an esthetician you have visited before. You don’t want to have any sort of allergic reactions.
8) Make an appointment if necessary for 2 weeks before the wedding day for a haircut and color.
                                                         


Wedding Planning Guide / 2 Months Out

Hello ! I know, I’ve been away  for a while. Let’s start with your photographer.
1) Plan a meeting with him or her at your venue or any of the other places where you would like your lovely photos taken.
2) Meet with your deejay or band.
Make sure they know what sort of music you love (or dislike) and give them a list of specific songs that are absolutely must haves.
3) Your Invitations should be sent now and the RSVPs need to be back to you three to four weeks afterwards.
4) I think it is a great idea to get your license 7 weeks before your wedding day. They expire at 60 days and it will  be one less thing to do as your special day draws closer.
5) DELEGATE ! There are so many things to think of and do. Choose one or two people to help with a few things that you can let go of. You can’t do everything especially if you work. Friends & Parents love to help.
I have seen that many times !