BRIDAL STYLE: The Best Wedding Hair Accessories #BridalHeadpieces #Veils #Tiaras

You’ve worked hard planning your perfect wedding, making sure the venue, the invites, the guest list, the food, the ceremony and your dress are exactly what you want. Since you’ve been happily engaged in the bride-to-be game, checking things off your list, you’ll want to keep on track!

The greatest way to keep your head game strong? Finalize your wedding look with the BEST bridal hair accessories. Luckily for you, there are as many types of hair embellishments as there are dresses, and they cover every conceivable style!  Choose from various Veils, Headbands, Hair Vines, Crowns, Combs, Clips, Halos, Flowers, Garlands and Ties. Your choice can enhance your wedding style and make you look even more gorgeous!

Headbands & Ties

Headbands and ties deliver major style impact, plus they offer simplicity and ease (no bobby pins required). Pictured above is an enchanting, hand-crafted beaded organza tie that can be worn at the waist or around your pretty head. We think it looks a little bit country and a little bit rock-n-roll!

Below, is a lovely lace headband by Mariell, vintage-inspired and delicately composed of scalloped-edged lace and oh-so chic french netting. A super comfortable and uber-romantic look for any wedding day ensemble. We see this piece working beautifully for a bridal shower or rehearsal look too!

Bridal Designer Mariell also makes this sweet gold headband featuring a row of delicate leaves and one of Genuine Preciosa crystals, hand-wired to a slender headband for a botanical statement headpiece. This is fresh and modern and well-suited to outdoor weddings.

Hair Vines, Halos & Crowns

If you want to blur the line between boho chic and modern sensibilities, we suggest you complete your look with a Halo, Garland or Hair Vine. Any of these versatile bridal hair options can be worn wrapped around the top of your head like a crown, loosely woven through a braid, or even tucked around a polished up do for a romantic, relaxed vibe.

It is easy to see why this breathtaking hair vine by Mariell is one of their very best-sellers. An ethereal combination of Rose Gold, sprays of crystal tear drops AND rhinestones, this stunner guarantees a bridal statement fit for the runway and is sure to glam up any wedding hairstyle.

We love this DITA Floral Halo, handcrafted by Australian designer Tania Maras, available here. Inspired by the beauty of wild roses, the Dita boho floral bridal halo features delicate clay flowers set among gold leaves. A luxurious and stylish statement piece that exudes the beauty of nature in all its crowning glory:

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For a daring, dramatic bridal that exudes a regal look we suggest a bridal crown, like this one, from Justin Alexander:

Combs, Clips & Pins

Other easy-breezy hair accessory options for brides include combs, clips and pins. Available in every conceivable style from glitzy to casual; these guys are a simple addition to any wedding hair style. A new trend we love? Combs designed to sit around the back of the head to fancy up your ‘do, like this striking, fresh-water pearl adornment, available on etsy, from Joanna Reed Bridal:

Add a rhinestone encrusted comb for a glamorous look, or clip on a flirty feather for your reception. Clip on a flower for a garden wedding.

Check out apocketofposies on etsy, for some adorable, nature-inspired bridal bobby pins, like these for $28, which are an enchanting pair of leaf branches with a beautiful verdigris green patina. Perfect for a woodland wedding!

Veils

Veils add the most-perfect finishing touch EVER for a bride, in our opinion. Veils add such romance, and tradition, and emotion to a look. I mean, how many chances in life will you have to wear a veil?!! And, wedding photos with veils are so stunning. See below:

A cathedral veil on a beautiful bride is just the be-all end-all of wedding day looks.

For the largest selection of the best wedding hair accessories, please visit us at The Gilded Gown. Give us a call at 865-329-4905 to schedule an appointment to try on options you will love.

 

BRIDAL STYLE: Shoulder Jewelry is So Pretty #BridalShoulderJewelry #ShoulderNecklace

We are in LOVE with shoulder jewelry, the beguiling, be-jeweled pieces that can absolutely transform your wedding day! These custom-made beauties add major impact to any strapless dress. They look amazing from all angles and photograph beautifully!

Bridal Boutiques.US has a fabulous pinterest board featuring so many cool options.

Etsy has tons of artisans offering handmade shoulder pieces. Award winning designer Blair Nadeau  spent countless hours hand beading this beautiful, sparkling shoulder piece. Featuring gorgeous french Alencon lace, hand stitched with Preciosa Crystals, Swarovski Crystals and Silver Lined beads, this dramatic shoulder piece is truly a unique showstopper. For around $600 you can have this made in your choice of Rose Gold, Ivory or Gold, for more info click here.

Bridal designer Jamie, the sole creative of Abigail Grace Bridal, says, “My years in the gown industry taught me that all brides really want is to feel special on their very special day, and sometimes that $5000 (or more!) gown isn’t the piece that will make her feel that way, but a simple accessory might just do the trick. Each piece I design is unique and I never create the same piece twice.” Jamie offers this dainty crystal bridal bolero with delicate rhinestone detailing and an adorable adjustable silk ribbon. This piece is available here, for $310.

 

 

Samantha, a bridal designer from the UK, operates Wildest Dreams Bridal on etsy. She started the shop in order to make her passion her career and to share her love of sparkle and boho glamour to brides all over the world. She makes the magic happen out of her little home studio and her most popular accessories to date are her awesome back necklaces.

This bridal shoulder necklace is a stunning work of art featuring Swarovski crystals, silver seed beads and pearls strung around the front, back and arms which attach to beaded lace appliques that sit on the shoulders. Two beaded strands hang over the arms. The shoulder piece has a center back strand with a Swarovski crystal pendant that hangs down the middle. This boho necklace is custom made to fit your body measurements and suits strapless dresses best. It gets placed over the head onto the shoulders and they include body tape for holding each applique in place. Available here for about $200.

Millie and Sophia, the creative forces at work at Enrich By Millie, are passionate about their custom bridal work. This intricate and exquisite shoulder necklace can be worn two ways. Carefully hand-sewn beading and crystals are lavishly embellished on a net background. Faboosh! Available here, for $825.


We love that bridal shoulder necklaces can transform your wedding gown into something spectacular. We love that you can achieve SO much magic with so little work, since shoulder pieces simply slip on over your head and bam! FAB-U-LOUS-NESS!  They work well with any style from boho to extravagant, and in any setting from barn to cathedral. Whatever look you are wanting to achieve for your special day, we recommend trying on lots of different accessories to complete your wedding day ensemble to perfection.

Navy & Coral Wedding Palette #NavyandCoralWeddingInspiration

 

Navy & Coral, as a color scheme for your wedding, is fresh, crisp and summery. Perfectly suited for outdoorsy, nautical, boho or preppy style events, we love that this palette reflects both the masculine (with the navy) and the feminine (with the coral). The interplay between the two colors is refreshing and is a happy juxtaposition .

Doesn’t this romantic Lillian West bridal gown with softly tiered layers of lace fit nicely with the palette? Check out the nice interplay of the rustic rope and spool cake stand against the delicately romantic cake. A silver tray stocked with mason jars containing coral refreshments is a nice touch, particularly in the South! And don’t forget the jaunty straws!

Vintage doors topped with a staggering amount of florals and greenery in coral is a stunning centerpiece for the ceremony.  A polka dotted bow tie with a navy tux is such an adorable guys option too!

You can take the color scheme to the upmost in sophistication by paring down the contrast with neutrals, as evidenced by the glamorous tiered cake below. The softest of corals against a touch of navy in the anemones sets off the barely there frosting color. Then the crisp pop of navy and white stripes encircling the bottom of the cake makes a big statement. Pow!  The softly marbled ombre of the light coral cake is delicate and sweet.

A bountiful, coral-themed candy bar delights the senses, and will make your guests giddy with delight. Everyone turns into a kid in the candy store when presented with such a fun display.

A lovely navy and coral floral invitation can set the stage for your entire event and let your guests know you are planning something super-spectacular.

Searching for the perfect decor? We love tassel garlands as show above. Or, order these on-trend triangle garlands on Etsy from APopofConfettiCo here:

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Weddbook offers these lacy, lovely Navy and Coral Wedding Invitations. Featuring a band of wide navy lace topped with a shiny coral satin bow plus a mix of timeless and elegant fonts: These invites are well suited for any Rustic, Shabby Chic, or Vintage Wedding.

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Aisle Perfect blogged about this awesome color scheme geared towards a preppy theme and we love their inspiring collage below:

Image Credits: Navy and coral bridesmaid by Jessika Feltz Photography via Fab You Bliss | Wedding Cake: Catherine Guidry Photography via Heart Love Weddings | Coral and Navy tablescape, cup and place setting via The Lennoxx | Navy and coral groomsmen via Lori Paladino Photography via The Knot | Coral and navy pillow by Bedbuggs | Coral bouquet via TheKnot | Coral vases via Weddingbee | Navy and coral wedding invitation by Christa Alexandra designs via OneWed

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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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.

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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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TREND ALERT: DONUT WALL Make a #DonutWall for your Wedding Reception

So we were checking out some of the latest wedding trends for 2017 (we have to stay on top of things like that) and stumbled across the term “donut wall”… ‘Wait, what?’ we thought. Immediate research was required. Did it mean wall art featuring donuts?

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Cute, but NO.

Did it mean wall art with realistic looking 3-D donuts?

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Even cuter, and we totally agree with the sentiment. but still not the whole story.

A quick google revealed all the awesomeness of actual donut walls, and we fell in truly and madly in love. TA DA, we present you with the best idea ever in history in our opinion:

OMG this idea is SO BRILLIANT! A wall.COVERED. In. DONUTS!!!!! That you can reach out and grab. And devour!!!!

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Display donuts vertically and they will serve double-duty as both dessert and adorable decor. Offer your guests a wall full of donuts at your wedding reception and let the fun begin! Can’t you picture their happy faces? Our faces are happy just looking at all the donut wall pics. Num Num!!!

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Your friends and family will be all like:

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Donut walls can be finessed to compliment any color scheme or theme. You can easily add floral elements, signage and display other deserts in front of your wall. Such a whimsical, affordable and amazing concept!

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Planning a Rustic Burlap/Mason Jar type wedding? Featuring Flamingos in a fun filled tropical setting? No problem. There IS a donut wall design concept just perfect for you:

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Envisioning a shindig that’s kinda fancy in a slightly hipster way? Voila. Might we suggest an Acrylic wall over lacquered plywood with gold lettering.

We love the basic pegboard donut wall variations. Especially since you can easily make one of these for yourself. Plus, this is a decor item that will be useful long past your wedding. You can use it over and over again. When you host a backyard barbeque as a newlywed couple, prop up you donut wall in your yard: fill it with some krispy kremes and be the social darlings of all your friends. We can imagine so many happy occasions where a donut wall would be appropriate: birthday parties, baby showers or EVEN as a fun weekend morning surprise for your family. (You wake up early and fill the donut wall with each person’s faves. They wake up to a very exciting surpise. Talk about a good start to the morning!)

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Donut walls also make great photo backdrops. Everyone looks good with donuts over their shoulders. And you can’t NOT smile in proximity to 20 dozen yeasty sugar bombs.

You can even spell out fun words. Or your monogram. Yum.

 

 

Check out OhHappyDay.com for a fantastic tutorial on how you can DIY your own nifty pegboard donut wall.

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We recommend upgrading your regular run of the mill dowels with these swanky sticks from HCMemories on etsy, 50 for $27:

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Wedding Inspiration: Rockabilly #RockabillyWedding #1950sStyleWedding

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Rockabilly is a wild and free attitude that oozes cool with a big nod to the great era of the 1950’s when cars were works of art and guys were called Daddy-0. When the sounds of Elvis and Carl Perkins were heard on the radio. When girls wore scarves and crinolines.

Wedding Inspiration: Rockabilly

If you crazy kids love iconic 1950s style and the rock n roll state of mind: saddle shoes, bangs, bright red lips, tattooed boys wearing Ray Bans, polka dots, motorcycles, peep toe pumps, drive-ins, bows, hearts, records, 50s music, pompadour hair and cool cars; then we suggest throwing a jumpin’ and jivin’ Rockabilly Wedding!

A modern take on this style is so much fun. Take for instance, the most amusing engagement ring photo we’ve ever seen, courtesy of a sharpie and some Rock-n-Roll ‘tude, shown below from Dimples and Tangles:

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Get inspired by some awesome retro weddings we found online. How cute is the rockabilly bride holding all the black and white balloons? Her groom is also looking adorably vintage with his white jacket and black bow tie. Their wedding was photographed by the talented photographer Ben Blood, and was featured on ruffledblog.com. Another bride stuns in her knee length bridal gown, complimented by her polka-dotted bridesmaids. Her special day was a 1950s inspired wedding held in the UK and featured on boho-weddings.com. Love all the red heels!

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A color palette of red, black and white with pops of aqua works with the retro theme. Check out these sweet wedding cakes and cupcakes! We are loving the lovebird cake adorned with roses and an anchor featured on RocknRollBride.com. The tattoo influence is evident on the true love cake courtesy of Steve Gerrard of  stevegerrard.com / Ben the Cake Man / Flickr: 77443176@N03. Super cute soda shop inspired cupcakes courtesy of weddbook.com.

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The red Gerbera daisy bouquets are just the right touch for a vintage ceremony. Top your cake with a custom made cake topper from tohellinahandbag on Etsy. It’ll cost you $300, but I bet this would be one beloved keepsake. They will make the topper in your likenesses! Adorb!

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For your reception eats, you can totally riff on drive-in fare. Load your buffet with bottled cokes, popcorn, mini BLTs, burgers and maybe have a mini milkshake station. Easy and inexpensive too! If you can afford one, rent a vintage 50s car to park out front! Great for pics and for setting the scene.

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One of the best things about a custom wedding is it allows couples to be themselves and showcase their individual styles. We dig!

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It’s easy to tie into the Rockabilly theme with a pair of saddle shoes from ModCloth and polka dotted garters from AllofYou on Etsy.

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A glam touch are these sweet white chocolate covered cherries from simpleprovisions.com. The adorable black and white polka dot converse can be found on ebay.

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Some hip invites which would compliment the Rockabilly feel are available from notonthehighstreetcom. We love the old vinyl hanging from the rafters for decor. And how awesome to have customized guitar picks for favors (available from enquiries@groverallman.com.au). Yay.

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You can channel rock and roll, fifties style, with a softer palette too. Pink softens the mood in a very romantic way. Have your bridesmaids wear pastel cotton dresses with parasols and the groomsmen wear suspenders for the sweeter side of Rockabilly. Awwwwww…..

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However you incorporate the Rockabilly style into your wedding, make it your own. After all, it’s only rock n roll!!
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Time to Write your Wedding Thank You Notes! Ya Gotta! #WeddingThankYouCardTips

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You did it!!! You had the big wedding day. Yay! All your hard work and effort tending to the millions of details needed to pull off your special day paid off with a happy wedding.
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And now you’re back home, fresh from your honeymoon and all you want to do is nest with the hub. You are weddinged-out, exhausted and ready for a well-deserved break.
But you can’t slip out of “wedding mode” yet, because it is time to write your Thank Yous!

You have to. You really, really need to send those thank yous out.

Check out these cute thank yous on Etsy at VeronicaFoleyDesign

But don’t feel anxious and overwhelmed, cuz help is here! Writing tons of thank you cards won’t be such a chore if you can come up with a few heartfelt phrases and re-purpose them over and over. And, remember this job should be shared by both you and your partner. This mutual task is a great way to start your coupledom, thanking the loved ones that celebrated with you and bought ya’ll  your stainless steel toaster. That said, make sure you let your guy come up with his own heartfelt phrases and don’t dictate or micromanage. Say he comes up with “I sure do like the big ole’ frying pan, it’ll come in handy with bacon.” Perhaps it is not the carefully crafted missive you wanted, but it WILL get the message across just fine. And, if you can accept that HIS way might not be YOUR way… but it is getting the job done nonetheless, well then you’ve learned an important lesson for your marriage.  Accept that there are different ways of accomplishing the same goals as a married couple.

So there are some established ground rules for notes of gratitude:

Technically, you should mail your thanks yous within 2-3 months of your wedding day. Realistically, IMO,  you are better off sending them right after the wedding. That way everything is still fresh in your mind, your Aunt Elma doesn’t have to wonder if you received her crocheted plant hanger, and you are starting your marriage with a responsibility nicely completed.

Believe it or not, you need to send out a thank you to everyone who attended. (EVEN IF THEY SHOWED UP EMPTY-HANDED!) So what if they didn’t contribute to your china collection? They made the effort to be there and witness your vows. And, after all, that is the most important part of the day anyway.

When you are composing your notes remember to address the giver by name and mention the item received, if there was one, but don’t mention actual monetary amounts.

Be sure to use black or blue ink to honor tradition and leave the pink glitter pen for another occasion. Yes, you need to write these by hand.

So gather together the names and addresses of your wedding guests. Find that list of gifts too. Collect your wedding thank you notes, stamps and pens and get comfortable…it’s time to start writing….

Thank you notes don’t need to be very long, thank goodness. Short and sweet and sincere wins the day. Remember to address each giver by name and refer to the gift they gave, no matter how small. Or if they came sans gift, still thank them for their presence. If you are on a first name basis use that in your card. If they are folks you are not that familiar with, then go with a more formal form of address, such as “Mr. and Mrs. Rockefeller” as opposed to “Jack and Diane.” If the person contributed in some meaningful way to your wedding day (traveled a long distance, helped Aunt Edna onto the dance floor, etc.) be sure to also mention your appreciation for that as well.

Below are some nice examples of wedding card wording for ya, based on different scenarios:

If they brought a GIFT:

Dear Marc and Chantal,

Thank you for joining us on our special day! Having all of our family and friends there made us very happy. We were thrilled to receive the blender, and we look forward to using it for years to come. We appreciate your thoughtfulness.

All the best,

Freddy and Olive

If they gave you CASH (don’t mention the amount):

Dear Uncle John and Aunt Jane,

Thank you so much for joining us at our wedding! We were so happy you were there to share in our special day. We appreciate your lovely gift, and look forward to using it towards the down payment on our new home. Thank you again for attending our marriage. We look forward to visiting with you at Thanksgiving.

Love,

Todd and Liz

If they just attended the wedding with NO GIFT:

Dear Paul, Johnny and Little Doc,

Thank you all so much for attending our wedding! It was wonderful to see you again after all this time. It means a lot that you all traveled so far to share in our special day. Thank you for filling our hearts with gratitude.

Much love,

Aspyn and Parker

If they sent GIFT, but couldn’t attend:

Dear Heather,

Our wedding was a happy and special day, but we were very sorry you could not be there to share it. You were missed. Thank you for sending us the lovely gift of the hibachi grill. We will use it often on our back patio and we will think of you each time. Your kindness is much appreciated.

With gratitude,

Jacqui and Beau

 

Wedding Inspiration: Victorian

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At The Gilded Gown we have a love for all things vintage. Throw out the name of any era to us and we will immediately imagine styles we love associated with that time period. The Roaring Twenties? Well that brings to mind the lovely Great Gatsby-esque, Art Deco fashion: shimmery skirts to dance the night away in, cloche hats, and adorably cropped, bobbed hair. The Sixties? The hippie aesthetic appeals to our boho loving sensibilities: long flowing clothing,  wildflowers, embroidery, and a free-spirited look. Mention the 1950’s and we are gonna be thinking of all things Rock-n-Roll, peep toe pumps, red lips and men who look like James Dean! We might not have a huge grasp on actual historical events that occurred during past decades but we are well versed in how awesome people dressed.

Looking to styles of the past is a splendid way to theme your wedding. You can embrace the details that you love about an era and blend it seamlessly with modern touches to make it your own. If you are looking for a grand, glamorous, opulent wedding that practically oozes romance and refinement, we suggest taking your style cues from the Victorian Era! One of the most exciting times in history, the Victorian era is named for this lady, Queen Victoria:

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Queen Victoria not only looked fierce, she WAS. She loved art and spoke seven languages. Barely five feet tall, she was an outspoken woman who actually proposed to her first cousin Prince Albert. Their love story was a passionate one – they had nine children together.

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She said about her husband, “Without him everything loses its interest.” When Albert died at age 42, Victoria went into a state of mourning and wore only black the rest of her life. The time of her reign, known as the Victorian era, was a time of splendid sensibilities and profound prosperity. Weddings were feminine, delicate affairs loaded with lace, puff sleeves, crinolines, gloves, veils, flowers, dainty details and delicate colors. Check out the lovely Victorian bride below:

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Modern Victorian Weddings include lots of lush florals, candelabras, cameos, delicate china, top hats, greenery, silver and gold, crystals and vintage furnishings. For your Victorian style wedding, please take inspiration from the following lovely images from Style Me Pretty, Pinterest, The Gilded Gown archives and the Interweb:

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We’ve also sourced several details available for purchase for your Victorian themed wedding:

The Gilded Gown offers lots of luxurious, Victorian inspired gowns like this strapless David Tutera lace trumpet wedding dress, which is delicately beaded and embroidered with tulle over memory taffeta:114293_blue_wedding_dresses_2014

For a more modern interpretation of a Victorian gown, how about this lovely Lillian West gown? You can feel dreamy in this feminine chiffon A-line gown with an illusion V-neckline, lace appliqués on the sleeves and sheer back, and a dropped waistline. This gown is completed with a chapel length train.

You can rent any decor items to compliment your theme from Vintage Inspirations Rentals  in Lenoir City. This is a tremendous resource for Knoxville area brides! Love!

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Vintage Inspirations Rentals – Lenoir City, TN

 

CeceliaJane on Etsy, offers these lovely, fresh and floral Victorian invites:

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This set of 30 Skeleton Keys is available from GlowberryCreations on etsy for less than $20 and would be theme-appropriate for use with your seating chart or as favors:

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And, in parting, since you are getting married and will understand perfectly, we will leave you with the immortal, hopelessly romantic words of Emily Bronte:

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Color Inspiration: Rose Quartz. And, have you heard of Frosé? It’s a great idea for your wedding cuz #Frosébarsareawesome

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In honor of the last tiny bit of warm summer-like weather and the amazingly delicious drink trend we just found out about (Frosé!) we are offering up this ode to all things rose pink!

First off, Frosé, the brainchild of Justin Sievers, general manager of Bar Primi in NYC, is an adorable and sweet frozen combination of rosé, vermouth and strawberries. Not only is it the perfect shade of rose quartz pink, this drink is the best thing to ever happen to a slushie machine!! Frosé has been popping up all over Instagram this summer and is a fun idea for a wedding cocktail…especially if you are going with rose pink for your event.

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Rose quartz lends an ethereal and romantic quality to anything it colors. Plus the actual Rose Quartz crystal with its gentle pink essence, is a stone of the heart and signifies unconditional love. How perfect then to use it as a color scheme for a wedding! Rose quartz carries a soft feminine energy of compassion and peace, tenderness and healing, nourishment and comfort.  Kind of like how we feel after a couple froses!

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From bouquets to sunnies, rose quartz lends a sweet and girly vibe we are digging. Plus Rose Quartz is Pantone’s color of the year for 2016!

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We are going to purchase these Amazing Rose Flats (on sale now for $40) to bring a little peace and tenderness to our feet. Might as well be comfy and cute!  And, wouldn’t these be a beautiful shoe for your wedding too?

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We are big-time Etsy lovers. Such a great place to find cool, handmade items by artists all over the world at affordable prices. And, Etsy is a wonderful source for artsy wedding supplies,too. We sourced this Lovely Rose Quartz Bouquet for you:

Rose Gold Bridal Bouquet, Preserved flowers not dried flowers. Pink and white roses, hydrangea, gold babies breath, matching bridesmaids.

We are also always inspired by the beautiful eye-candy we find online. Madalyn at Wedding Paper Divas posted a lovely blog inspired by rose quartz. Isn’t it gorgeous?

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If you are planning a rose quartz inspired wedding, please come see us at The Gilded Gown. We just might have the perfect bridal gown to compliment you and your theme, such as this romantic gown by David Tutera:

 

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