How To Have Major Fall Wedding Vibes 2021

 

Ok, so we know it’s only the end of July. But as August approaches this year, we are really looking forward to fall. So we decided to dedicate this blog post to all things autumnal. From rich-hued fall-inspired colors, to pumpkins, snuggly blankets and natural elements we’ve got your fall wedding feels for 2021. For your florals, think pheasant feathers, eucalyptus, pampas grasses and dried flowers. Load your sweets table with yummy things like pumpkin pies, s’mores and candied apples. Transport your wedding into a welcoming fall wonderland using some of the ideas below!

Consider a chunky wood arch draped with copper fabric and swags of floral arrangements to set the stage for your special day. A few lanterns filled with candles at the base will add a layer of romance.

And for another great idea for a backdrop, use a bunch of leaf laden branches to form a picturesque arch. This one is perched atop two wooden planters overflowing with lovely flowers and greenery. 

Using beautiful seasonal natural elements for your decor will delight your guests. Wood, branches, leaves, and flowers will deliver those fall feels every time.

If your reception is outdoors, position the tables so every guest can experience the beauty of your venue. Tall vases filled with fall branches are absolutely glorious.

Elevate your tablescape by decorating the table AND the ceiling above it. This spectacular hanging arrangement uses leaves, roses, and hanging glass candle orbs. It beautifully echoes the candlelit, floral adorned table below. Together they create an amazing wow moment.

Another way to incorporate the season is by stringing feathers, orange ribbon and other bits and bobs on twine to create a boho garland. Paper feather cutouts make super cute labels for the deserts.


If you’re hosting an outdoor wedding during a chilly time of year, provide a stack of comfy, cozy blankets for your guests. They will appreciate your thoughtfulness.

The colors of fall are so pretty!

Have your photographer capture you in fall-inspired ways to best remember your wedding day.

Compliment your orange and brown color palette with a pop of brightness. Here, they’ve used a touch of teal to accentuate the fall color story.

Pumpkins are a great way to incorporate fall feelings. And, pumpkins can be painted any color your heart desires. Sprigs of fragrant greenery tied with twine make the nicest napkin toppers, too.

If you want to go all out for fall, we suggest this AH-mazing flower wall.  What a romantic setting for the bride and groom’s table! And all those vintage brass candlesticks and white candles don’t hurt the vibe either!

The most important part of the day, though, is the love you feel for one another. Even if it just the two of you in front of one glorious tree.

We think fall is the perfect time to vow your forever to someone. It’s a season full of change, growth, and renewal. And, it’s beautiful! There’s a very good reason why fall has become one of the most popular seasons for nuptials: the nice weather allows for the prettiest outdoor events. So if you’ve decided to do a fall wedding, pick a September, October, or November date. And scroll on to see more autumn wedding inspiration…

 

Want more fall wedding feels? Check out these inspiring blogs:

Martha Stewart’s Fall Wedding Ideas

Country Livings Fall Wedding Ideas

Kimberly + Tyler’s Perfectly Romantic Fall Wedding

Sarah + Dillon’s Fabulous Fall Farm Wedding

Our BIGGEST SALE ever! The National Bridal Sale Event 2021

It’s the very, very best time of year for brides! Why? Because our annual National Bridal Sale Event is going on NOW through August 15th at The Gilded Gown. We have huge markdowns on so many dresses! In fact: EVERY SINGLE DRESS is on sale!!!!!!!!! Even better? All accessories are Half-Off too!!!!!

Our Kickoff Celebration will be held on Saturday, July 17th and it is going to be EPIC!!! We will have super swag bags for every bride, lots of other awesome wedding vendors on hand (see list & links below), tasty treats, a photo booth, fun giveaways, an in-store fashion show, door prizes, handsome doormen (in tuxes from Regal Tuxedo) to carry your purchases to your car and much, much more. We are accepting walk-ins all day, no appointments necessary 💗 The event starts at 11 am and goes until 7 pm! First come, first served. (Can’t make it Saturday? Don’t worry, the sale prices will continue through August 15th!) Come find your dream dress for less during NBSE!

We’ve slashed prices on so many gorgeous gowns! This beautiful option is reduced BIG TIME for the sale! Wow, right? You don’t have to sacrifice style and quality for the deal of a lifetime. Lace? Yes! Illusion lace keyhole back? Check. Beautiful dress? Of course! Price? Less than a thousand! HECK YEAH!

We love to celebrate with our brides on their journey to find their dream dresses. And during the National Bridal Sale Event we love to help our brides save lots of money on their beautiful bridal gowns. 

We get to see magic when our brides discover the perfect gown at the perfect price point. We are so excited for all the brides who will save BIG TIME on their dresses during NBSE 2021!

Barn wedding? How about this adorable all-over lace gown? It’s on sale for just $849!

Where are our tulle brides? Check out this beauty for under $800!

Looking for a dress under $500? We have so many beautiful options!!!

 Come fall in love with your dress for less during our National Bridal Sale Event this year!

The lavishly embellished trumpet gown with a horsehair trimmed tiered skirt is on sale for just $1097!

So many gorgeous gowns, and ALL of them are on sale!

All dresses are on sale, in sizes  00-40! Every dress, every style, every size will be discounted! Yay!!!!!

We are so excited to offer these unbelievable deals on our stunning gowns.

All our jewelry, veils, and accessories are offered at a fifty percent discount during the National Bridal Sale Event,too. So even if you already have your dress, you can still SAVE. Find the perfect finishing touches for your wedding day look at The Gilded Gown for less!!!!

Save $50-$100 off all

new arrivals & current styles

whether you purchase in-store

or custom order your dress!!!!!!!

Our National Bridal Sale Event will be going on through August 15th.

Our easy and affordable layaway options will be available

on all sale dresses and accessories.

WE CAN’T WAIT TO SHARE THIS AMAZING SALE WITH YOU!!!!

If you have any questions, please give us a call at 865-329-4905.

Please check out our social media for the latest updates,

like our facebook pages as well as our Instagram.

We are SUPER excited to have several awesome local wedding pros participating in our kickoff celebration on Saturday, July 17th. Please visit their sites to learn more about their premiere products and services:

The Knoxville Photo Booth CC

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Melissa Timm Florist

 
 
 
 
Winding Creek Wedding & Events Center
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Karley & Brent’s Romantic Beach Wedding

Karley and Brent’s Super Romantic Beach Wedding

The Perfect Couple: Karley and Brent

You know those couples that just RADIATE true love? The couples who we all call the “lucky ones.” Two people, who have found what we all dream of? Well, gorgeous Gilded Gown Bride Karley and her handsome hubby Brent are definitely one of those couples. They are young, beautiful, kind-hearted, and caring…and they are absolutely head over heels in love with one another! Happily, these two got engaged on Valentine’s Day 2021. This darling couple is so in love they couldn’t wait to say their “I do’s.” So they decided to tie the knot just a few months later. They wanted something chill, fun, carefree, and family-oriented for their special day. And they put their heads together and came up with the best destination wedding plan ever.

The Perfect Plan

Karley explains, “around the time we got engaged both of our families were trying to plan family beach vacations for the summer. We thought, ‘let’s just merge the two, and plan a beach wedding weekend where everyone could still get their vacations in, while also celebrating with us.’ Our decision only gave us about four months to plan everything (which was a little difficult being in another city), but I wouldn’t have changed it for anything. I will forever cherish the moments of prepping/planning, and will forever remember everyone who made it joyful and exciting (BIG SHOUTOUT TO GILDED GOWN).”

The Perfect Beach: Isle of Palms, SC

Karley and Brent decided on the charming beach of Isle of Palms, SC for their destination wedding/family vacay. Luckily, photographers Kristin Lane Burrows and Lucy Wheaton were there to capture all the beautiful moments.

The Perfect Bridal Look

Karley looked perfect on her special day. Her soft beach-ready curls were thanks to the artistry of Shane Archer. And her dewy, picture-perfect makeup was by Kelsey Caudle.

The Perfect Ending

As if a stunning beach ceremony filled with joy wasn’t enough, this happy couple ended their day with three amazing deserts thanks to Logan Sweet Treats. Their wedding cakes looked too pretty to eat, but we’re pretty sure everyone got past that. And two more words come to mind: Macaroon Tower!

The Perfect Dress

Karley’s found the dress of her dreams with us at The Gilded Gown. She fell in love with a gorgeous wedding gown, that fit her wedding day vision perfectly. She chose a fitted sheath silhouette lavishly embellished with beads from the bodice to the scalloped hemline. The flattering v-neckline and lace-up open back are complemented by a sweep train.

A Perfect Experience

Karley shared her dress shopping experience with us. She says, “I remember calling my mom right after I left my dress appointment at The Gilded Gown. She was excited for me, but she was also confused as to how I had ALREADY found, tried on, and bought my wedding dress! I had scheduled my appointment at the last minute (this was my first one), and neither my mom nor my sister could go. So my friend and I went with little expectations of actually finding ‘the dress’ – I remember my mom saying on the call, ‘Karley, this is the first place you went! How???” – I was shocked myself, but I truly give all the props to Gilded Gown because the experience was so easy, so exciting, and somehow stress-free.”

The Perfect Yes

She says, “I showed one picture of what I was looking for, and my stylist Elizabeth and I went around and picked out all the dresses that were similar. She also encouraged me to try some different styles/patterns that I wouldn’t have normally thought about (which I was so thankful for because I ended up getting one that was so different from the picture I showed her). The dress I bought was actually the first dress I tried on (although I tried on several after that) – I vividly remember putting It on for the first time, and I swear, I couldn’t stop smiling (which had to mean something right?) – after trying on several other dresses, I came back to the first one, and the rest is history. I’m VERY GRATEFUL for my experience at Gilded Gown, their team is amazing!”

The Wedding Pros

Photographer: Kristin Lane Burrows

Second Photo Shooter: Lucy Wheaton

Wedding Location: Isle of Palms, SC

Hair: Shane Archer – Salon: Grow Knoxville, a Shane Archer Concept

Makeup: Kelsey Caudle

Sweets: Logan Sweet Treats

CAKE BREAK: Square Wedding Cakes

It’s Hip to Be Square

Brides, if you are looking for a fresh take on wedding cakes, consider going with square layers instead of the more traditional round tiers. Because there is something inherently cool about square cakes with their crisp edges and sharp angles. Plus their clean lines are perfect for a modern wedding day aesthetic. And square wedding cakes can be sleek and chic, glamorous, or even whimsically romantic depending on the decorations used. So, if you’re hip to be square, keep reading, because found some of the best wedding cakes for 2021 just for you.

Spare & Square

The world’s best cake artists are totally embracing the square cake format. Take, for example, this stunning cake by Ron Ben-Israel Cakes. It features simplistic white squares accented with darling floral hoops.

We are crushing on this marbleized confection by pastry chef Megan Joy of Megan Joy Cakes in Eagle, Colorado. The beautifully bespoke cake has a hint of blue and green and is a study of composed simplicity.

Crummb Cakes a cake studio in Singapore has created some of the most trendsetting cake designs to light up social media. Owner and cake artist Paulin Teo has developed a modern, architectural aesthetic that has inspired cake decorators (and brides) around the world. We adore her pale blue, three-tiered confection with pearl details. The soft color looks so pretty juxtaposed with the sturdy squares of cake.

Another minimalistic approach to square cakes is this one which features an elegant textured white frosting and a single natural element. This cake manages to deliver a whole lot of impact with very subtle details. We can totally picture this at any hip wedding whether it’s in a field, a desert, a forest, or against a mountain backdrop.

Glam

Just because a cake is square doesn’t mean it can’t also be effortlessly glamorous. Take for instance this glamorous tower of white cake with an asymmetrical cascade of colors down one side.

We love this fancy little square cake by Miss Shortcakes. This one is lavishly decorated with gold leaf vines, and accented with a single gorgeous bloom.

Another amazing cake by Ron Ben-Israel, who the New York Times calls, “the Manolo Blahnik of wedding cakes.” This sumptuous cake uses an exceptional color scheme and an abundance of floral elements.

A more traditional take on a square cake, this four-layer beauty, is a study in blush, ivory, and white. The scrollwork and fresh lush blooms make this one truly elegant.

Whimsically Romantic

Square cakes can be whimsical and full of romance too. Like this fanciful purple and gold leaf cake is from the artists at Montreal based Bayard Royal bakery.

Square cakes can also be naked like this delicious-looking chocolate and blackberry square cake by Cassidy Budge Cake Design. We want very much to eat it, don’t you?

Where are our Boho brides at? Because you all will love this textural white wedding cake with sugar macrame (SO CUTE) and bright blooms.

Lael Cakes a Brooklyn based boutique cake studio is responsible for this gorgeously vibrant and unique square cake.

On Set: Behind the Scenes of A Glam Photoshoot

On Set: Behind the Scenes of A Glam Photoshoot

Mackensie’s Vision

Gilded Gown Stylist Mackensie leads a double life. She is an amazing bridal stylist, but she also heads her own production company, Ken’s Productions. And we are thrilled that Mackensie’s latest creative endeavor combined both of her talents. She recently styled looks from The Gilded Gown and put together an absolutely stunning Vanity Fair-Old Hollywood inspired shoot.

“On Set”

Mackensie described the creative process for her most recent shoot. She explains, “My inspiration was the Golden Age of Hollywood and the magazine covers of Vanity Fair. The main goal of this photoshoot was to capture what really goes into a photo shoot. We achieved this environment by expanding the boundaries of the typical “set” and photographing exposed cords, fans, lights, and stylists working on the set. We also searched for unique angles to photograph from to create a “behind the scenes” feel. Some images are reminiscent of talk shows and Hollywood glam headshots, all combined to create the title “On Set.” 

So Much Talent

Mackensie collaborated with a stellar lineup of Knoxville’s best talent to bring her vision to life. (And to showcase the gorgeous dresses and accessories from The Gilded Gown). The remarkably talented photographer Brian K. McQuain was on hand to capture every beautiful moment. And those moments were more beautiful due to the artistry of hairstylists and makeup pros Kristen (KC) Colemon, as well as Mary Harris & Mariah Fouch of Salon Biyoshi. The shoot was held at The Secret Studio in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The lovely models were thanks to two top agencies: GĀGE Talent & The STAIR Agency 

Enchantment of An Earlier Age

Gorgeous models Claire (The STAIR Agency ) & Marissa (GĀGE Talent) perfectly capture the glamour of old Hollywood here. Their looks here elegantly evoke the enchantment of an earlier age. Mackensie choose gowns in muted reds and beige with pops of black.

The details on both of the gowns, like the corset strap back on one and the beaded bodice on the other give a timeless feel. Either dress would have fit right in at a fancy soiree from another era.

Gorgeously Glam

Models Claire, Marissa, and Umwali (GĀGE Talent) are gorgeously glam in these looks styled by Mackensie. Everything about them from their beautiful faces, to the beaded formal gowns captures the essence of another time and place.

Claire is wearing an all-over lace gown with a jewel neck collar.

Here Umwali is radiant in a red chiffon gown with loads of crystal beading. And Marissa is beguiling in a black with sultry side cut outs.

The Pros Involved

Production: Mackensie Wolfe of Ken’s Productions 
Photographer: Brian K. McQuain 
Hair Stylists and Makeup Artists:  Kristen (KC) Colemon, Mary Harris & Mariah Fouch of Salon Biyoshi
Gowns and Accessories: The Gilded Gown
Agencies: GĀGE Talent & The STAIR Agency The STAIR Agency 

Models: Claire & Umwali ( GĀGE Talent) and Marissa (The STAIR Agency)
Space: The Secret Studio

Gorgeous GG Prom Girls of 2021, Part II

So many gorgeous Gilded Gown Girls,

we had to do Part II!

Our gorgeous Gilded Gown prom girls TURNED OUT this year. We are so excited by all the beautiful photos we are receiving through DMs, Facebook, Email, and Instagram. Check out Part I here. And, read on to see all of the beautifulness.

Radiant beauty Megan Parrot turned heads in her red dress at Polk County High School in Benton, Tennessee this year.

Luminous Kaya Backer attended Coalfield High‘s prom in a beautiful navy gown.

Miss Gracie Yarnell was breathtaking at Karns High School Prom 2021. She chose a trumpet gown in vivid royal blue.

Beautiful Breyelle was a knockout in her spectacular metallic accented gown. She attended prom at McMinn Central High School.

The exquisite Zaria Freeman attended Hardin Valley Academy’s Prom this year. She says, “I just wanted to say thank you so much for helping me find such a gorgeous dress. It made me look and feel just like a princess. I loved it!”

Lovely Lacey Kidd chose a daring two piece red gown for her prom at McCreary Central in Kentucky.

Ella Rader was ravishing in red at South Doyle. She got swept off her feet by her date Ewan. Ella says, “I’m still obsessed with my dress. Thank you for helping me find the perfect one,”

Miss Ansley Osborne attended the prom at Ooltewah High School. She was so lovely in her royal blue plunging v gown. Her photographer was @honest_lensphoto.

Stunning Sydney Day @day.sydney on her prom night. She says, “I absolutely loved my dress and I felt so beautiful! My hair was done by Bernice Turner at Hair Etc. located in New Tazewell, TN. My makeup was done by Chloe Hopper @makeupbychloehopper. My sister took my pictures, although she does not have a photography page her Instagram is @savannah_b_day.” Her prom night photos were taken at the LMU campus in Harrogate, TN.

Gorgeous Michaela Parton attended Sevier County High School’s prom in this dramatic two piece ballgown.

Beautiful Zoe Ferguson looks amazing in her shimmering pale blue ballgown at Greenback High School Prom 2021️.

Gorgeous Miss Emily Hall looking beautiful at Sweetwater High School Prom 2021.

Beautiful Baylee rocked her Angel blue and silver mermaid #PromGown!  She attended Grace Baptist Academy Prom.

Miss Gracie Smith with her date Carson Burkett at their Copper Basin High School Prom! #GorgeousCouple 
Gracie is stunning in her all-over sparkle mermaid in gold and magenta!

Senior Miss Trisha Wilson looking lovely in lavender with a gorgeous braided crown. She attended Prom at Cumberland County High School this year!

Luminous Meghan Bowers attended Oak Ridge High School Prom this year in a vibrant hot pink gown.

Gorgeous GG Prom Girls of 2021, Part I

We are WOWed

with all the Gorgeous Gilded Gown Prom Girls of 2021

We are thrilled that all our gorgeous girls were able to attend prom this year. WooHOO!!! And, it must be because we are all celebrating a return to normal that we received such a huge amount of photos this year. YAY! We are beyond grateful for all the emails, DMs, and Instagram tags we received. Because our girls shared so generously with us, we are making two prom blog posts this year to fit all the pics in. [Stay tuned for Part II]. And, now we are very proud to present our Gorgeous Gilded Gown Prom Girls of 2021 looking so amazingly lovely on their special nights.

A vision of loveliness, Nevaeh Tallent, photographed by Mackenzie McManus, chose a dramatic metallic accented dress for her 2021 prom at Powell High School:

Incandescent Khadijah Latham is absolutely radiant in her navy lace gown. Miss Khadijah attended Fulton High School’s Prom this year.

Gorgeous Lydia Avery attended Sweetwater High School’s Prom with her date Sterling Dawson 
Mom Kayla was on hand to take pictures. She says, “Thank you so much! Everyone loved her dress and it was absolutely perfect for her!!!

Lovely Tyra Reagan selected an off-shoulder satin gown for her Gatlinburg Pittman 2021 Prom. Her Mom Melanie snapped this sweet pic.

Shay Williams attended Pinecrest High School’s prom this year in a strapless satin red gown. Her beauty was captured by Photographer Tagina Fleet. Shay says, “Thank you so much I really loved this dress and everyone else did too!”

Beautiful Baylee Davidson attended Leslie County High School Prom in Hyden, Kentucky in a dress accented with gold lace appliques. Her lovely photo is by Brooke K Photography. And, how cute is her prom bouquet (and her date)!?!

Alanna Williamson is ravishing in red at her South Doyle High School 2021 prom:

Gorgeous Haley Harrold attended McMinn County High School in a dramatic black gown. This stunning image of Haley is by Allie G’s Photography.

Amiyah Reeves, far left, at Powell High School’s 2021 Prom is simply ravishing. She says, “I just wanted to say, thank you so much for helping me at the very last minute! This meant so much to me and I couldn’t have done it without your help, I am so grateful for all of you at The Gilded Gown.”

Anderson County High School‘s Prom had the prettiest girl, Kylee Summers, in the prettiest red ballgown this year. She was photographed by Halie Martin.

Gorgeous Mary Hall, at McMinn Central High School‘s 2021 Prom, photographed by Bethany Stokes wore a beaded ivory gown:

Mary Ann is so alluring in her turquoise gown with a beaded waist. She attended Campbell County High School’s prom this year. She says, “Katie helped me pick out this beautiful dress. Thank you, Katie and The Gilded Gown.”

Adorable Alexsis Patty attended Heritage High School Prom in a glam black strapless dress. Her photographer was Tonya Damron and her make-up was by Shanté YuSlay.

Miss Madison Land went for all-out glamour in her sparkly sequined gown. She attended Soddy Daisy High School Prom this year. And her beautiful photo is by Wendy Land.

Stunning Marisa Klein showed up to Roane County High School’s prom in a pretty off-shoulder gown. Her
photographer was Maddie Moore.

Gorgeous Madeline McCampbell attended Heritage High School Prom in an amazing emerald green off-shoulder gown. Hope Breeden of Rosalina Photography captured this precious moment.

Beautiful Ella Scott shimmered in her metallic gown with dramatic side details at Meigs Co High School in Decatur, TN. Her photographer was her mom Julie Scott.

Check back next week to see more of our gorgeous Gilded Gown prom girls!

The Best Portable Appetizers of 2021

Party Pleasers

Who doesn’t love being passed a delicious little treat at a wedding reception? We all adore those small appetizers, amuse bouchées, and light bites, don’t we? And, with easy to hold and eat options you can make it easier for your guests to enjoy all the deliciousness. So we’ve sourced the best portable (and yummy!) appetizers for 2021. There are options in cool shot glass shooters to delectables served on a skewer. Just keep reading for ideas of which pleasing tidbits you’ll want to serve to your favorite folks.

Serve ‘Em A Shot Glass

Nothing is easier to carry around than a little glass. So there’s the handiness factor. And you can really pack a flavorful punch in little glasses. Almost any food you can imagine, you can miniaturize for your guests. Everything from a charcuterie board to french fries can be scaled down to work perfectly. We love the creative all-in-one concepts people have developed to entice guests. Like these joyful mini grilled cheeses perched atop savory shots of tomato soup!

Or, these darling roasted cauliflower soup shots, each garnished with a dash of paprika on top plus a breadstick spiral.

Perhaps you’d prefer to serve a mini stuffed pork loin with cherry tomatoes and tossed greens? Yes, please! We’ll be taking two of these.

Maybe a refreshing shot glass of feta, olives, and sundried tomatoes is more your vibe. We suggest serving this delicious recipe by Appetizer Addiction. You could even whip up a batch yourself to sample before your wedding day.

We’d follow this tray of shrimp shooters around the whole venue. Yes, shrimp cocktail in a shot glass. Yes, lemon wedge. Yes, cocktail sauce. Yes.

Who loves french fries? Everybody, right? We’d LOVE to have this cute little jar of fries and dipping sauce in our hands during any happy occasion. Nom nom. The only problem is deciding between ranch or ketchup.

You could also present sweet French toast and syrup shots to your guests. These would be especially well-received passed around at the end of the reception.

We think these little charcuterie board inspired shots would be a huge hit. Don’t you wish you had one right now?

Pass Around Some Skewers

Another way to serve moveable munchies is on skewers. Such a variety of tidbits can be threaded onto sticks. Easy to pick up and carry, they are another perfect way to provide portable appetizers. Any small food items work well presented this way. Not only are they delicious but these are easy to make ahead if you are catering your wedding yourself. One way to do a skewer? Put a delicious seasoned serving of cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls and basil on a wooden skewer.

These Gouda and Peach skewers are an elevated take on an old-school classic: cheese and pineapple. They are the perfect bite of sweet fruit, and savory cheese. And the sprinkle of fresh thyme gives these treats an extra oomph.

Proof that appetizers on a stick can be elegant, these layered smoked salmon appetizers check all the boxes for finger food: they’re pretty, delicious, can be served at room temperature, AND can be made ahead.

Watermelon and feta cubes make a refreshing and fulfilling appetizer option. These tiny treats are served up on the dearest little heart picks.

Craving Caprese? Present your guest with some skewers with all the makings of the signature Italian salad. A crouton of bread, salami, red pepper, tomato, and mozzarella all drizzled in balsamic vinegar combine to make a delectable appetizer.

Another tasty option is a Cuban sandwich on a stick.

You could go the comfort food route and offer your guests some pepperoni pizza on skewers. We are confident that these will go very, very fast.

And possibly the best idea for a portable appetizer of all are these adorable Mini Spaghetti Nests and Italian Meatballs!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this roundup of portable goodies and will find inspiration to use at least one of these ideas for your special day!

Josh & Ashlea’s Romantic River Wedding

Josh and Ashlea’s Romantic Riverfront Wedding

The Setting

Ashlea and Josh exchanged their forever vows this spring on the banks of the picturesque Watauga River. For their venue, they chose The Barn at Bee Cliff in Carter County, Tennessee. This romanticly rustic riverfront location is nestled under a soaring cliff and features an unbelievably scenic spot for a wedding. Luckily, the super talented photographer Sam Bond was on hand to capture every precious moment.

The Dress

Ashlea found her dream dress with us at The Gilded Gown. She chose a gorgeous Ivory and Cashmere dress with lots of lovely lace appliques, off-shoulder sleeves, and a flowy a-line skirt. The romantic silhouette looked equally gorgeous hanging in front of the cool macrame arch and in the barn window.

The Glam Squad

Ashlea was absolutely radiant on her wedding day. Her awesome glam squad included makeup by Aesthetics by Hannah and hair by Summer Smith. And, isn’t her eucalyptus crown amazing!?!

The Wedding Party

Josh and Ashlea chose their closest loved ones to represent them as bridesmaids and groomsmen. In addition, the happy couple had both of their sweet families on hand to witness their wedding.

The Ceremony

The ceremony was filled with so much love and laughter. And, the most adorable ring bearer and flower girl ever!

The look on Josh’s face as he watches Ashlea walk towards him is so precious.

And Ashlea’s sweet emotions are evident as she prepares to say, “I Do!”

The Reception

The reception was held in the amazing barn on the property. The barn was designed and built by owner John Allen. John’s handicraft can be seen throughout the barn which is a showplace of rustic charm. And this happy couple loved celebrating their special day with all their loved ones. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed visiting with each other surrounded by all the homespun beauty. There was so much joy as the couple’s loved ones mingled amongst the vintage woods of cedar, knotty pine, red oak, ash, and poplar. To be sure, the feeling of romance was in the air. And everyone had a great time underneath the soaring 30-foot ceiling, accented by fabulous trusses strung with decorative lights.

Their bartender Emilie Burke of Dixie EM’s Event Bartending kept everyone’s glasses topped off. And the DJ from Beards and Beats Music had everyone out on the dance floor!

Love and joy positively radiates from all the photos.

The couple’s beautiful berry-topped naked cake was by Amber Arrington with Sugar Dipped Delights.

The Details

Every detail of this special day was beyond thoughtful. Like the favors which included vintage glasses and cookies from The Cookie Crate.

The couple both wrote their heartfelt and touching vows in the dearest little leather bound notebooks.

Best of all they used corn hole game boards for their “guest book”! This way the Hortons will be able to remember their sweet day for years to come. Every time they have a gathering or cookout in the future and pull out their corn hole set, they can reflect on all the kind messages they received at their wedding.

The Future

The future is bright for Josh and Ashlea. With the love and support of each other and all of their friends and family they will build the most beautiful life together.

Super Affordable $499 Wedding Dresses

Want a wedding dress for less than $500?

Are you a bride on a budget searching for a dream dress at an affordable price? Is your dress budget $500 or less? If so, read on to see what we rounded up for you that’s in stock this Spring at The Gilded Gown.

Options for Every Style & Size

We always stock dresses in all sizes from 00-32 with some priced at just $499! Even better, you don’t have to sacrifice your style to save money, as we have gorgeous gowns for all wedding visions. Boho, Traditional, Outdoor, Beach, Sweet, Rustic, Glam…whatever your bridal vibe is… we’ve got options just for you!

So scroll down to see our current lineup of lovely dresses priced at just $499. And don’t forget to schedule your one-on-one appointment with a friendly and professional Gilded Gown stylist to try on your favorites.

Pleated English Net Gown with Plunging V-Neck

Make your day magical in this soft English Net Grecian gown with a stunning illusion bodice. And, the matching plunging V-neckline, sides, and deep back adds serious romance. You’ll be comfy all day too since the skirt is lined in Jersey. We have this in stock in a size 2 in Misty Rose/Sand/Ivory. Oh, and it’s just $499!

Two-Piece Tulle Ballgown with Beaded Sweetheart Bodice

Let’s hear it for this very unique dress with a sweetheart bustline and a tulle ball gown skirt. We are heart-eyed over the dreamy sequin embellishments adorning the bodice of this two-piece set. The ball gown skirt is made of swishy tulle and has a chapel-length train. Available in Ivory/Silver in size 0, and Sand/Silver in size 8 for $499.

Empire Sweetheart Chiffon with a Corset Back

Look stunning on your wedding day in this beachy plus-size wedding dress. This one is just perfect for destination weddings. The romantic embellishment on the center of the sweetheart neckline features loads of bling with beads, pearls, and rhinestones. The floaty chiffon skirt is perfect to twirl with happiness in. And, it’s easy to get a custom fit in the bust with the lace-up corset back. Easy, breezy, packable, and just $499. We’ve got one left in stock in ivory in a size 30.

English Net A-line Gown with Tiered Skirt

Outdoor wedding? Why not walk through the gardens or fields in this whimsical English Net gown? The pleated bodice is framed by soft straps that hug your shoulders to the back of the gown. Soft trim lace at the waist is mirrored down the circular cut skirt. Pleasingly priced at $499 at The Gilded Gown. In stock in Misty Rose/Sand/Ivory in sizes 4 and 10.

Organza and Satin Ball Gown with Basque Waistline

Check out this sweet organza and satin ball gown featuring a sweetheart neckline, Basque waistline, lace-up corset back, and sweep train. This one is well-suited for the traditional bride and well-priced at $499. In stock in size 000 and size 8, both in blush/ivory.

Embellished Illusion Scoop Neck 3/4 Sleeve Chiffon Dress

This 3/4 lace sleeve gown flawlessly caters to the fashion-savvy bride seeking a classic design that covers her arms. Beautiful corded lace with sparkling stones accentuates the pretty sheer sleeves and bodice. And, the flowing chiffon A-line skirt is very flattering. Available for a mere $499. In Ivory, size 28. Yay.

Venice lace fit and flare dress

If you love lace, you’re gonna adore this lovey Venice lace fit and flare wedding dress featuring a sweetheart neckline. We’ve got one left in a size 4 in Alabaster/Ivory for $499.

Slim Jersey Gown with Beaded Sweetheart Bodice

Okay, we snuck one in here that’s even LESS than $499. Unbelievably priced at $399 this chic jersey dress is a vision in simplicity. The straight silhouette is complemented with a sweetheart neckline with just the right amount of beading. Come claim yours in ivory/silver in either a size 0, size 4, or size 8 at The Gilded Gown.

Ivory V-Neck with Detachable Overskirt

Destination brides, we have an amazing option for you. This one is light as a feather, the overskirt is detachable and it’s just $499. We have just one left in Ivory/Silver in size 0.

Strapless Lace Gown with Sweetheart Neckline

We love a classic bridal look, and this one certainly is. Designed in corded allover lace A-line dress accentuated with a sweetheart neckline. Timeless, beautiful, and easy to accessorize. Priced at $499, and available in size 4 in ivory.

Tiered Tulle Ball Gown with Horsehair Trim

When you are searching for a princess gown with a unique twist consider this delicate ballgown. This strapless sweetheart gown features sequined embroidered lace, a tiered tulle skirt with floating appliques, and a horsehair hem. In stock now in size 2 and size 8 in Sand/Blush for just $499.

Short-Sleeve Lace Peplum Fit and Flare Gown

A vision of elegance in allover lace, this short-sleeve peplum gown is serving up lots of class. The lace bodice pairs with a satin skirt to create a soft, sophisticated wedding day look. It’s finished with a detachable lace peplum, so you can wear it with or without. We have just one left in a size 8, ivory, for $499.