WEDDING INSPIRATION: Spanish Chic, Colorful Hacienda Style Wedding #SpanishChicWedding

We are crazy for the colorful, textured sights and sounds of Spain and Mexico. And so, of course, we think Spanish Chic is a perfect wedding theme. Plus warmth, passion and love are hallmarks of Spanish values, all good things to celebrate at a marriage ceremony. For your own Spanish style festivities filled with love, family, and culture—be sure to use wood, vibrant flowers, tile, and plenty of pottery—as these are the hallmarks of hacienda style! These fun and lively elements are sure to set the tone for your unforgettable event. Further set the stage by incorporating floral crowns, fans, tile patterns, bougainvillea, Latin flavors and Tequila to bring home the Spanish flair to your wedding decor! If you can find a location featuring a bougainvillea covered archway leading to a fountain, grab it!!! Muy bonita!!!

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No matter your location, you can give the feeling of a Hacienda with small touches of colorful ceramic pottery, tiles, and flowers:

Let your guests know the style of your event up front with your invitations. Papel Picado, considered to be Mexican Folk Art, is a decorative craft made out of colorful tissue paper cut into beautiful and elaborate designs. These Papel Picado style invites from are perfect for any Latino inspired nuptials: invitations, in your choice of colors, priced at $2.34 each, by award-winning designer Andres Montano. Major perk: If you order your invites from you will receive a free wedding website too! #Ole!

For bridal styling, we suggest wearing an extra-long cathedral veil (big enough to snuggle under!), huge & colorful bouquets, and definitely flowers for your hair! #Perfecto!

A lace veil, and floral embellished guitar are the epitome of Spanish chic. #Increíble!

We think this Romantic Bridals gown, composed of lace and chiffon with a beaded halter top and illusion lace back, lends itself in the loveliest ways to a Spanish themed wedding.

Add a shot of fun and whimsy to your day with an array of South-of-the-border inspired DIY projects. Super easy and affordable ideas: Use a paint marker to add names and table numbers on beautiful tiles that can double as place cards and favors. Glue scraps of lace to Terra Cotta pots filled with succulents for your tablescapes and decor. If you are feeling super-inspired, purchase an Esperanza Lace Tile Stencil to jazz up your reception site from Royal Design Studio Stencils.

You can take the theme bright and colorful with pops of fun colors to offset your neutrals.

Or you can focus in on a single color, in this case burgundy:

Get the good times rolling with a Spanish themed cocktail, Sangria Bar or shot. Viva la Vida!

Other ideas for your event: How about a welcoming “Bienvenidos” sign swagged with greenery, a cigar bar and/or Mexican candies in matchboxes.

However you chose to celebrate Spanish culture at your wedding you can’t get it wrong. Any touches you chose to highlight are sure to delight you, your guests and your amor de mi vida!.

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TREND ALERT: Animals in Your Wedding #FurryFriends #PetsinMyWedding

Do you adore animals? If so, we suggest you jump on the trend-wagon and make plans to include them in your wedding. Fact is, if you and/or your fiancee are “animal people” it stands to reason that you would want to include them in your special day. After all pets are part of the family – so they should take part in your wedding where all your favorite people are gathered. It might be a bit more work and take a little extra planning, but including your beloved pet will take your wedding to the next level. And folks, these special wedding additions are super popular this year. So many weddings are incorporating furry friends in tons of creative ways!

Maybe you’ve been in love with horses since you were a little girl.

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Conversely, could you possibly be described as a “crazy cat lady”?

Maybe his best friend is his Standard Poodle. Or you have a beloved French Bulldog. Add them to the mix on your wedding. Dogs make terrific ring-bearers and sign holders. Plus dogs are great fun ambassadors for your guests (and you!).

Are you having a rustic barn wedding? Consider surrounding yourselves with some farm-yard chickens like this lovely couple photographed by award-winning, top-rated Heather Parker Photography:

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Donkeys, aplacas and llamas….oh my!


Perhaps you just want some darling, fuzzy friends for everyone to enjoy. Up the cute factor by adding floral crowns or garlands. Awwww, we don’t know which is more adorable; the baby deer, the fuzz-bun or the super-sweet dog!

Perhaps he’s always been fascinated with giraffes, or monkeys, or….. elephants!!! An elephant with the bride and groom is pretty exciting. This guy might just steal the show. And, talk about some extraordinary wedding pics!!!

If you are wondering where you can find less traditional animals, do a quick google search to find a company that services your area. Suggested searches: “rent farm animals, ” “exotic animals for your party,” “mini petting zoo rental,” etc.

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To us, more is always more, so we love that this set-up includes so many sweet animals AND a princess!

We discovered Joel Slaven’s Professional Animals Inc located in Florida by searching online. Slaven’s can tailor their wedding packages just for you. You can select the animals that will be in attendance or you can even create a theme, such as Australian or African animals. With packages starting at just $500, this is a budget friendly dream. Their professionally trained animals will be handled by trainers who will engage your wedding guests and give them a once in a lifetime experience.
Whether you would like a flock of doves released during your ceremony or you would like to add something special to your cocktail hour, Joel Slaven’s Professional Animals can deliver!
We’re fairly certain your wedding will stand out if you include some of the animals in Joel Slaven’s line-up and your guests will have a memorable experience:
– Red ruffed lemurs
– Hyacinth Macaws
– Cotton top tamarins (had to google! look how cute!)
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– Wallabies
– Cockatoos
– Bush babies
– Tamandua (how sweet!)

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No matter how you choose to include animals in your wedding, they are sure to add even more love and fun to your event.
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Here are some links to additional fab articles on the subject, if you are interested:

28 Times Animals in Weddings Store the Show by JuneBug Weddings

How to Include Animals in Your Wedding by Auckland Weddings

REAL WEDDING: Intimate Beach Ceremony for Gilded Gown Bride #FamilyWedding #BeachWedding


We were thrilled to be part of a very romantic and intimate beach wedding that was recently published on BridalPulse. The ceremony took place in picturesque Topsail Island, North Carolina and was beautifully captured by Asher & Emily Photography!

Staci and her groom, Kevin, adore beach vacations. And, it was after a memorable trip to Folly Beach, SC that the couple began planning their dream wedding. In their minds, their day would take place on the beach, in the sand, and be simple and small. They dreamed of renting an ocean front house where their immediate family could stay with them. Their dreams came true on their wedding day, and it unfolded just as they had envisioned with the spectacular backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean and sunny blue skies surrounding them. And the sand in their toes. #beachweddingenvy

The gorgeous bride, Staci, found her amazing Justin Alexander wedding dress here at The Gilded Gown. This low-key lady wanted something with a “vintage feel” that wasn’t too glitzy. Her selection of this lace overlay fit and flare gown fit the bill and worked seamlessly with her low-fuss, beachy vibe.

Staci customized her gown by making a few minor adjustments.

“It had a flower on the front,” Staci recalled. “I had this changed to a different bridal sash and it ended up looking so much better that way. It was the first time I had ever felt like a princess.”

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We love when brides personalize their dresses to fit their wedding vision.

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We love that Mom, barefoot like everyone else, escorted Staci down the sandy aisle.


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A bamboo arbor draped with white panels, tropical greenery and bridal white flowers by Surf City Florist framed the ocean view to perfection.

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The couple’s love for one another is evident in every single shot. Awww… to be young, beautiful and in love!!!

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The guests, all close family, surround the couple with love and support. We’re pretty sure they didn’t mind a beach vacay either!

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The cake by The Corner Sweet fit the beach theme with yummy sea glass green frosting along with starfish and shell embellishments. The meal, barbeque, was casual and fun, catered by: Surf City BBQ

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A question many couples ponder is: “Should We Take That First Look, Or Not?”

For this couple, the answer was “Yes!” Staci and Kevin decided they wanted a special moment together before the wedding. Staci explained. “It made the anxiety of the day next to none and really gave us that personal moment to have ‘real expressions’ of seeing each other for the first time.”

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This is our fave shot from their day. Looking outwards toward whatever they will face in life, but holding hands, they will be together through it all. #Sniff

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All the best to this happy couple from all of us at The Gilded Gown!

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Wedding Photographer: Asher & Emily Photography | Venue: Topsail Island, North Carolina | Wedding Flowers: Surf City Florist | Cake: The Corner Sweet | Catering: Surf City BBQ | Groom’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Dress Designer: Justin Alexander | Dress Salon: The Gilded Gown | Hair & Makeup: Emily Presnell of Asher & Emily Photography | Music: Spotify

WEDDING INSPIRATION: Purple Romance from Lindsey Mae Designs and Blush Creative #PurpleWedding #WeddingOnFleek

We were thrilled to be recently published on Bride Link! The Gilded Gown was selected to provide the perfect bridal gown for a recent wedding photo shoot  held at The Standard, a distinctive event space in the heart of downtown Knoxville, beautifully styled by Lindsey Mae Designs and photographed by Blush Creative Photography.

The creative force behind the shoot, Lindsey had a clear idea of what kind of wedding she wanted: “When coming up with a vision for our styled shoot I wanted to create something that was different than most shoots you see this season! The Standard was the perfect venue with the natural wood floors & the vintage walls. When my ideas started coming together I was looking outside the boxes of normal flowers to find what would come in shades of purple.” 

Lindsey, along with her co-vendors, produced a stunning tableaux of dark wood, lush greenery, pops of silver, succulents, all shades of purple and DONUTS! Heck yeah!!!

Here’s a close up of the lovely, lovely hand-crafted donuts provided by Makers Donuts in Knoxville, TN. Lindsey wanted to find a fun alternative to a traditional wedding cake, and she nailed it with these blueberry confections!

An abundant swag of greenery coupled with two rustic signs, transforms simple folding chairs into a stunning focal point.

Romance and whimsy abound in the beautifully colorful styled wedding.  We adore how Lindsey utilized bold blues, plums, lavender, combined with both modern and vintage details and lush florals to bring her vision to life.  From the wood floors to the vintage walls, natural elements and purple details make this shoot an absolute dream! This spectacular tablescape incorporates all the elements in a stunning way.

The pops of silver and green really enhance the power of purple! We love, love, love the delicately hued china courtesy of Sassy Settings and furnishings from Anderson Rental Company.


The adorable couple! The groom is dressed to the nines by Prestige Tuxedo and, of course, the gorgeous bride wears a stunning English Net ballgown (designed by Sweetheart) with a darling net handkerchief layered skirt from The Gilded Gown. Oh, and that AMAZING bouquet is all thanks to Echelon Florist:


The beautiful bride, whose look was the artistry of the crew at Bangs and Blush:

We are so honored to have participated with so many talented co-vendors. Knoxville has a fabulous array of wedding professionals.

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Photography:  Blush Creative Photography  | Tuxedo:  Prestige Tuxedo  | Gown: The Gilded Gown  | Event Designer:  Lindsey Mae Designs | Donuts:  Maker’s Donuts

Other Vendors:

Venue:  The Standard  | Beauty:  Bangs and Blush  | China Settings:  Sassy Settings | Rentals: Anderson Rental Company  Floral Design: Echelon Florist 

6 Unique Wedding Guest Book Ideas #WeddingGuestBookAlternatives

We love how friends and family congregate at weddings to celebrate a new couple. And we think each guest should be remembered and appreciated. Wedding Guest Books provide a space for guests to mark their attendance, but they are, well, kind of unimaginative. And, after the wedding, the sweet sentiments recorded in them are usually carefully packed away in a drawer never to be seen again. So we sourced some unusual options for your special day that provide a bit more pizzazz than a plain ole book. These unique wedding guest book ideas are fun for your guests and might actually be displayed and/or used in your home, keeping the love visible for years to come.


Personalized Poster

Hello Am on Etsy offers really pretty personalized posters for couples wanting a little something different for their wedding guest book.

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Big Ole Glass Bottle

Beaucoup has this awesome monogrammed glass bottle which can serve as a neat guest book alternative. This personalized bottle provides a creative way to involve wedding guests in the festivities. Leave out for guests to either sign or to leave a wedding wish. You can use corks, mini scrolls, or torn cardstock as the message medium. And this lovely bottle would look great on a bookshelf or fireplace mantle.

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There are so many unique ways to have your guests sign in when they attend your wedding! It’s also a wonderful way to remember your wedding day for the rest of your life. We’ve collected some amazing wedding guestbook ideas that we think would be a great addition to all kinds of weddings. From maps […]:



Loobie Design on Etsy offers upcycled, hand painted plastic globes to be used as an alternative to a wedding guestbook. The globe can easily be written on, perfect for your guests to leave messages on your wedding day. Loobie Design can provide a globe in a range of colors, plus names, dates or quotes can be added by request. This conversation piece would add interest to any space from living room to office.

Hand Lettered Black & Gold Chalkboard Globe | 8" Diameter | Wedding Guestbook | Personalised | Home Decor | Wanderlust | Travel | 'Sparkle'

And, resourceful girls can find themselves a vintage globe at a local thrift shop. All you’ll have to do is make a cute sign for your guest book table and put out some sharpies. Guest sign in project done!

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Another adorable idea for a guest book is to use a vintage or new dictionary. You’ll simply ask your guests to circle a word inside and sign the page. You will have a useful, practical and wonderful reminder of your special day for years to come. Every time you go to the dictionary to look up a word, you’ll be rewarded with a precious memory from your wedding. Awwwwwww….

Dictionary Guestbook idea! - Angela & Ryan's Berkshires Wedding • The Melideos:

10 Creative Wedding Guest Book Ideas: Ask your guests to circle words in a dictionary that remind them of you:

Guest book idea: find a vintage dictionary, have your guests choose a word they think reminds them of you and leave their comment. They can use markers to mark off the page their word is on. It's a creative way of getting your guests thoughts. Also ideal for those that get stumped on what to say. This gives them a starting point.:


Birthday & Anniversary Chart

It is so hard to keep up with birthdays and anniversaries of our loved ones. So, we love this riff on a wedding book. Guests add their birth dates and anniversaries to this giant calendar and you’ll never miss another special day. Buy a bunch of greeting cards at your local Dollar Store so you can be on top of your snailmail game. Use your handy chart and you will have a great way to pay the love forward, Nice.

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Paper Airplanes

Beaucoup has a whimsical way for your guests to leave a message for you. Love will take flight at any travel-themed wedding when you incorporate these airplane-themed wishing well notes. Set comes with 25 pieces of paper, each with a blank side for writing and a side marked with pre-scored folding lines to help fashion a paper airplane. Each sheet is designed to be folded and molded into the perfect paper airplane for jotting well wishes off to the happy couple. Your guests will have fun making their airplanes and we can envision lots of test flights livening up your sign in table!Paper Airplane Wishing Well Notes with Mini Suitcase

INSPIRATION: Nudie Cohn’s Nudie Suits and our Azzure Couture #FloralEmbroideredGown #NudieSuitDress

Welcome to our ode to one of the best clothing designers, EVER, the flamboyantly-amazing Nudie Cohn. Nudie was born in Russia, but immigrated to the US with a dream to become a tailor. While traveling across the US he stopped in Minnesota at a boarding house, and it was there that he met his future wife Bobbie. Together they made a move to New York City where Nudie found a job as a burlesque costume designer. Eventually the young couple made their way out to California where they began making clothes out of their garage. Nudie, who had always loved watching the old westerns and seeing the American cowboys, had himself a life-changing idea. Nudie decided to approach several country stars and offer to make them suits. His charm and personality won the day and he actually talked his way into becoming a world famous designer. Word got around and his reputation grew. By the 1950s Nudie had opened his own shop in Hollywood and convinced Roy Rogers and Dale Evans to let him be their custom tailor. Roy Rogers is credited with making Nudie’s gaudy, glittery suits acceptable for cowboys. Nudie went on to design the most over-the-top decorative rhinestone-encrusted, floral embroidered suits, known as “Nudie Suits” for music royalty and celebs alike.



Nudie had a style all his own. He wore his own crazy-cool suits around town, but always wore a mismatched pair of boots to keep himself grounded and to remember his humble beginnings when he could not even afford a pair of matching shoes. To learn more about this spectacular sartorial genius visit The Official Nudie’s Website.


As Nudie’s reputation grew more and more stars had to have their own customized rhinestone cowboy suits, like Porter Wagner,Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Elton John, Keith Richards and Sly Stone.

Even modern-day celebs, like Kesha, love themselves some Nudie action:

When Gilded Gown owner, Jacqui Wadsworth, saw this Azzure Couture gown at market she was instantly reminded of Nude’s ostentatious extravagance. Currently available in store in blush or black this lavishly embroidered floral gown features all the flash that Nudie loved.

Side note: Jacqui has a personal connection with the Nudie brand, as she actually met with Bobbie Cohn and sold her thread many years ago. How cool is that?

We love folks who embrace their own style and don’t mind strutting around in out of the ordinary looks. If you are feeling the love for this heroic designer and would like to try a Nudie Suit inspired gown, we invite you to visit The Gilded Gown. We wish we could come pick you up in one of Nudie’s customized convertibles….


And one more thing, NUDIE also designed the famed GOLD LAME suit for Elvis. YEAH! We certainly feel a kinship with a man who makes a golden, gilded suit such as this. Thank you Nudie for your legacy. We love you!

The Very Best Bridal Dress Trends for Spring 2017 #BridalGownTrends

As we enter the newest Bridal Season, we like to celebrate our favorite trends. For Spring 2017, we are applauding Illusion Tops, Cascading Ballgown Skirts, Plunging Necklines, Over-sized Bows, and all sorts of adorable Bridal Gown Toppers.

Wedding toppers are those cute little extras that you can so easily slip on over your dress, be it a caplet, shawl or jacket. With the warmer season comes lots of destination weddings, folks are getting hitched at the beach, in barns, lakeside and in picturesque fields. If you are getting married in such a location, remember that sometimes a chill comes in the evening time and a topper is just the thing to complete your look and keep you comfortable.

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Or, you may have a strapless dress that just needs…a little something. A jeweled caplet can evoke another era and add lots of personality to your gown. This extra glam diamond rhinestone caplet captures the feels of the stylish 1920s and is available for $125, from StaysiLeeCouture on etsy here:

Maybe you have a finely-developed fashion sense and require a pink feathered overlay to add some interest to your look:

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Perhaps you want more coverage for your special day, in which case a lace jacket is the perfect addition.

Shawls are stealing the scene, as they simply go over your neck and add all sorts of beautiful interest, like this one in lace:

Whatever your situation, consider a wedding topper as the perfect finishing touch to your ensemble.

Over-sized bows are coming back to the bridal scene in a big way this season. And, the runway is quickly translating to wedding aisles, as more and more brides embrace this look.  This flirty and fun look is for the consummate girlie-girl. What is more feminine than a giant bow accent on your wedding dress: the bigger, the better? This whimsical wedding day accent is so versatile because bows can be worn in the front, back, or even on the side of your gown. And you can easily tie a bow in any color and/or fabric you like to your dress.

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But sometimes a trend is a little TOO much, ne c’est pas? We do not recommend putting a huge bow on your head. Ever.

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Just as the flowers bloom in springtime, the bridal runways are blossoming with softly tinted gowns in shades of gold, blush and pale blue.

Justin Alexander’s stunning pearl pink gown designed in silk is the softest tinted gown, and we just love it:Image result for Fully Beaded Sweetheart Bodice with Silk Dupion Skirt 8883

David Tutera’s gorgeous take on tinted, this strapless hand-beaded lace appliqué, organza and memory taffeta trumpet dress is in SeaMist, the palest bluish green:


Still going strong, the Illusion Bodice trend seems to be here to stay. We love the ultra-feminine coverage provided by this style as well as the ease of wear. With an illusion bodice you can have the look of a sweetheart strapless gown, but the support of gown with a top.

This fabulous dress by Sweetheart has loads of embroidered lace appliques that adorn the bodice of its’ gorgeous illusion top (also it is the palest, prettiest pink!):

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The allure and sophistication of a deep plunging neckline is not lost on today’s top bridal designers. This hot trend is all over Pinterest and is a favorite of brides.

Sweetheart combines trends in this soft wedding gown which features an illusion top AND a deep v neckline. This wedding day look is loaded with beaded lace appliques and a Chantilly lace underlay. The drama (and sexiness) of the plunging neckline is tempered with an easy-to-wear illusion top. Love!

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Last, but not least, we have the dramatic and mesmerizing trend of Cascading Skirts. These showstopping skirts feature tons of tiers and layers and command attention!

Sincerity Bridal designed this romantic tulle Ballgown with the perfect touch of lace and a cascading, tiered skirt.

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TREND ALERT: Drip Cakes #ForYourWeddingCake #DripCakes2017

Kinda kooky, very amusing and highly delish, Drip Cakes are trending red hot this year for weddings! Drip Cakes can be naked, multi-tiered or uber-ornate. All that’s required is a baker’s imagination and lots of yummy drizzle running off the top of the cake. Covered with anything and everything, from fruit to flowers to candy, these confections are the perfect artistic vehicle to enhance your ceremony’s theme. Whatever your color story or vision may be, a Drip Cake can be whipped up to match. The cakes are eye-catching, frivolously fun and memorable. Your guests will be sure to speak fondly of them long after your special day. “Remember that brilliant, drippy cake you had?,” they’ll say. “Covered in pirouettes, flowers and strawberries? That was SOME cake!” You’ll respond, “Yes, I loved that cake!”Image result for drip cakes

Cakes by Cliff, made this lavish, yet also understated-but-still-bold, cotton candy inspired, buttercream Drip Cake. We adore the wooden pedestal it is elevated on, too:

These cakes can be sophisticated and elegant — yet they always convey loads of whimsy. The chic one below is reminiscent of the inside of a large, gorgeous seashell and would add tons of “oophmfff” to a beach wedding.

26 Fantastical Drip Wedding Cakes ~ we ❤ this!

Bakeries are putting out so many stunning Drip Cakes, like the berry-laden, daisy-dotted chocolate version below. YUM! Don’t you wish you had a fork right now? And you could taste pictures? I do!

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Even a relatively simple version, like the Drip Cake below, conveys a sense of joy. The perfect shade of coraly-pink & gold foil leaves = winning:

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Speaking of simple, check out this luxe gold drip cake with an edible sugar peony. Pa-pow, this minimalist take on Drip Cake packs major wow factor.

Image result for white drip cakeIf you would like to take on a Drip Cake making project of your own, check out this amazing tutorial on “How to Make a Trendy Drip Cake” on by Juniper Cakery on Craftsy. This baking how-to features an upside down “ice cream cone” smashed on top and “melting” down the sides. SOOOOOO ADORABLE! June or July Wedding? Perfect-o!

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Ummm, YEAH, we love cake designer Agnes de Sucre’s thought process (as we imagine it) for this fabulous confection. “Let’s add some frosted donuts AND some macaroons to our triple-decker drip cake. And, for garnish, perhaps sprinkle on a spattering of pink popcorn, edible roses and luscious chocolatey drips.”

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BeSpoke Bride blogged about this Katherine Sabbath style concoction, wonderfully suitable for any colorful & summery ceremony. You could even add a paper umbrella or two to this one, or a spray painted circus animal should the mood strike you:

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Charcoal grey and peach make a lovely combo, especially in this Drip Cake featuring Love, our favorite subject!

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Check out this fantastical, multi-layered vision in chocolate and confetti. Sprinkled with miscellaneous flowers, berries, and who-knows-what-else, it packs some serious eye candy. The raw wood cake stand makes it even cooler:

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We will leave you with some graceful words of wisdom that have never failed us in our many long years, and which we strongly support:

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Lilac & Grey Wedding Palette Inspiration #LilacGreyWedding

Spring is here, and in the fresh, free spirit of the season, we are inspired by the cool-toned, neutral wedding palette of lilac and grey! A lilac and grey color story can be distinctive, very hip, yet also so understated and soothing! We like that you can add pops of plum, dark purple and green to perfectly compliment the look.

You can totally set the tone for your happy day by choosing invitations that reflect your theme.  Your guests will get a sense of what is in store for them at your wedding as soon as they open their envelopes. We love-love-love these romantic lavender laser-cut wedding invitations with grey ribbon bows from Elegant Wedding Invites. They are lavish, beautiful and memorable!

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For our bride’s attire, we suggest starting with this extra-special lace gown by Sweetheart. The cutout waistband acts as the perfect belt for this Jersey gown with a Queen Anne neckline, natural waist, straight silhouette, and chapel length train. And hello, look at that illusion back with all those buttons! Isn’t it scrumptious? {We have this gorgeous gown in stock now at The Gilded Gown!}

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We sourced the absolute perfect suede ankle-tie sandals with cool Lucite block heels for this theme by Gianvito Rossi, available from Barneys for $1,145:


But for those of you on, shall we say, a tighter budget, how about these from designer Christian Siriano, $20 from Payless:

For your nails Walmart has the perfect lilac nail polish, St. Lucia Lilac, by Essie, available for $6.59.

Essie St. Lucia Lilac Nail Lacquer

For the groom, we sourced this perfectly amazing lilac jacket. This rocking version is available at ASOS, and priced at just $91:


Lavender and lilacs can be used in bouquets, favors and decor as a fragrant and beautiful addition to your decor. The pale greenish grey tones in succulents pair well with lilac colored florals. Vintage glass bottles in various hues of purple can be found at antique stores and grouped for a lovely display, filled with sprigs of lavender, or given as favors for the wedding guests.

A luxurious tablescape is possible by amassing floral elements with loads of greenery along with some metal goblets, pink glassware and grey pottery plates. So pretty! We love the diverse chair covers, especially the one with the floral swag attached. The way to achieve this look yourself is to go kind of overboard with the flowers and remember to layer different textures and colors to enhance your scheme. The items in the photo below don’t technically “match” but they most certainly “GO!”

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Lilac macaroons work well with this theme, as do lavender flavored cupcakes. You can get a dozen lavender French macaroons, from MacaronsbyAdri on Etsy, for $24.

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Lavender is a romantic addition to food. And, a wonderful favor idea is to make tiny jars of lavender sugar for your guests.

Lavender works: it immediately evokes the musky scent of summer without filling the mouth with soapy perfume. To make lavender sugar, just cut up a few lavender sprigs and keep them in a jar of granulated sugar for a few days.Nigella Lawson
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How about having something custom made for your day, perhaps like this stunning, dusty lilac-grey three-tiered cake by Sugar Ruffles?

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Jori Finds The Perfect Cruise Dress for Dinner with The Captain!!!

Jori is totally excited about her upcoming cruise on Carnival to gorgeous Nassau, Bahamas.

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A popular cruise-ship stop, the city has a hilly landscape and is known for picturesque beaches as well as offshore coral reefs, perfect for diving and snorkeling. The charming island retains many of its vintage pastel-colored British colonial buildings.

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Jori can’t wait to explore the island AND the cruise ship. A huge Titanic fan, she is most looking forward to occasions where she can dress up like Rose, especially dinner at the Captain’s Table!!! We love that Cruise lines feature at least one night on the voyage where guests have the opportunity to showcase their more elegant attire! This is a chance for Jori to go all-out! Her first choice is this glorious, jewel neck Nina Canacci 2017 Prom Gown in black and emerald Green (which highlights her beautiful red hair):

She test-drove this look to make sure it would work perfectly on her ship. We think she looks amazing no matter what activities might arise. Here she is resting on a bench, dancing past windows and grabbing a soda.

Jori is such a lovely girl, and we know the captain is bound to take notice of her in this stunning, intricately beaded gown.

Jori completed her look with scrunched satin gloves. Adorb! Jori’s requirements for the perfect dress includes: fun, beautiful, comfortable, danceable and noticeable. We think she accomplished her mission!

We can’t wait to hear how her trip goes! Hopefully she will share a dance with the Captain!


And, since no packing job is complete without OPTIONS. Jori has selected another gorgeous dress to bring just in case. (Plus we just know she is going to meet a dashing gentleman who will whisk her away to a glamorous date!)

What do you all think of this navy, long sleeved Azzure Couture look?


Where the other dress is loads of fun, this gown delivers sophistication and glamour in a big way, from the navy velvet skirt to the beaded sheer sleeved bodice. Wowza!

We know Jori will be turning heads in this gown. 

No more cleaning carts for Jori! It’s time for her to dine, relax and enjoy!

She’ll be like, “hmmm… I want the steak or the lobster?” We’re like, “GET BOTH!”

And she’ll be sure to do loads more on her trip, too:  Try out a Celebrity Chef Restaurant. Sip a Frozen Drink (or two) Poolside. Take in a Broadway Show. Have a Slice of Pizza. Surf, Swim and Skydive. Shop. Rest. Why not do it all!

We have a feeling this might be the trip of a lifetime for Jori. And beautiful both inside and out, this ever-smiling & hard-working single mama deserves it!

If you are headed to a cruise in the near future, we invite you to come find your dream dresses for the occasion at The Gilded Gown. We are fully stocked in all sizes, styles and colors. The Prom gowns are NEXT LEVEL this year and work for any dress up social event.

Located in Knoxville Center Mall, we are open 11 am t0 7 pm Monday – Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 6 pm. Always offering personal stylists, easy layaways and friendly service, The Gilded Gown is your locally-owned formal wear boutique.

Bon Voyage Jori! We love you!!