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.

Wild & Whimsical Wedding Bouquets for 2021

Time to WOW!

We are so inspired by the wildest wedding bouquets we’re seeing in 2021. These floral creations are bursting with fun and whimsy. And, after last year we are all ready for some carefree, untamed abundance, right? It’s time to WOW! So take a look at these bountiful beauties and see which one inspires you most. Are you loving the Horizontal or Oversized? Whichever style you like best we’ve got your floral fantasies covered.

Horizontal Bouquets

Horizontal bouquets are bunches of flowers beautifully draped in a wide rather than tall arrangement. Both sides of this type of bouquet extend outward to give it a longer, more linear shape. We adore the vast expanse of vines, branches, and florals that can either lay in your arms or drape out to the sides. And, they certainly make for a lush alternative to a typical hand-tied bouquet. This shape is perfect for you if you are a bride who loves flowers and who wants a bouquet that makes a lavish, romantic statement. These relaxed bouquets are so devastatingly dramatic, in the best way. Check out this stunner by The Pear Blossom!!

We are vibing on this vibrant horizontal bouquet by Ponderosa & Thyme:

We found some jaw-dropping horizontal creations on Pinterest, too:

Oversized Bouquets

Oversized Bouquets are another bountiful option for your special day. Exuberantly lavish, giant arrangements are perfect for any bride seeking something over-the-top, with tons of style and personality. Take, for example, this epic bouquet by GERTIE MAES which is absolutely stunning. This lovely creation is composed of king protea, peonies, and garden roses. Oh, and it also has blooming grevillea, thistle, heather, and clematis, too. And, just for good measure, the designer also included ranunculus, snapdragons, delphinium, succulents, and eucalyptus. When you go oversize with your bouquet you can fit in all your favorite flowers with ease.

Photography Archetype Studio

Take a look at this wild and wonderful bouquet by Florals & Co. We think you’ll love this one which is totally overflowing with lots of stylish dried elements, giant roses, and anemones.

Photography Wilde Visual

What about the wow factor of a few we sourced on Pinterest? We love the pops of yellow in this beauty:

And the brightness of this cheerful cascade of flowers in the prettiest pink tones:

Let’s Celebrate with Flowers!

There is definitely a good reason for the current trend of “bigger is better” in the bridal floral world.  Since so many brides have had to scale back on the size of their weddings due to the pandemic many are choosing to focus their money on some swanky statement florals. But also because things are looking so much brighter for this year’s upcoming weddings, brides are in a celebratory mood. We can’t think of a better way to say “cheers” to a brighter future than by toting an amazing armload of wild and whimsical flowers down the aisle.

We hope you have been as captivated by these wild, full of whimsy wedding bouquets as we have.

Handle Last-Minute Bridal Emergencies Like A Pro

Your wedding day is going to be one of the happiest days of your life. But a few little emergencies can pop up that might become stressful and exhausting. No worries, though! With a bit of easy preparation, you can effectively deal with the most common last-minute mishaps like a pro. So whether you are planning an extravagant wedding or a simple backyard ceremony, you can get prepared for any mistakes that pop up. Use our pro tips and handy bridal emergency kit checklist to tackle any mishap that might happen throughout the day. 

Below is a list of common day-of emergencies you might experience, and some quick fixes to ensure a stress-free and enjoyable wedding.

Photo by luiisrtz from Pexels

A Bride Needs to Eat (and Drink!)

When you are about to walk down the aisle, you might get lost in the stress and the chaos of the wedding. One of the most important things you can do is eat (and drink) throughout the day, especially if you plan on consuming any alcoholic beverages to celebrate.

Photo by Lisa Fotios at Pexels

Having light snacks and lots of water on hand while you’re getting ready will give you the energy and hydration you need to make it through all the festivities ahead. With the million other details you need to focus on for your wedding day, it is easy to forget to eat and drink. So be sure to pack some snacks like granola bars, fruit, and nuts, and also some bottled water just in case. Or you could even have your snacks delivered to you if you are in a pinch. PRO TIP: Drinking lots of water will keep you going and glowing.

Dress Disasters

Between your wedding dress and the bridal party’s dresses, there will be a chance something will rip or stain. But by bringing just a few items you can fix any dress emergencies. Make sure that you have a stain remover pen and a small sewing kit available at a moment’s notice. These will allow for a quick solution to an otherwise major problem. You may also want to keep safety pins, scissors, a lint roller, and double-sided tape on hand just in case. Static spray is a great thing to bring as well. No one wants to go down the aisle in a clingy dress. PRO TIP: White Chalk can cover a stain in a pinch.

Photo by Anna Nekrashevich at Pexels

OH NO! A Breakout!

You can spend months preparing your skin to look clear and flawless for the big day, but breakouts CAN happen. Waking up to a blemish on your face the morning of your wedding might seem like a nightmare. Make sure that you have some full coverage concealer on hand in case you need a quick fix. You can also try using ice or a paste made of crushed-up aspirin and water to reduce any inflammation. PRO TIP: Avoid trying any new products on your face at least one month before your wedding day to avoid any issues.

Minor Medical Issues

Upset tummy, allergy attack, or a little cut; these things can happen. Be prepared for any potential medical situations by bringing along allergy meds, antacids, bandaids, eye drops, pain relievers, tissues, and tweezers in your kit.

A Hair Out of Place

Let’s face it, the wedding day is not the time for a fly-away hair. Pack things like bobby pins, hairspray, and a mirror to combat any hair issues. PRO TIP: Deep condition your hair a week before the wedding to keep your locks lush.

Not Feeling Fresh

To feel your absolute best on your special day be sure to bring along things to keep you on point. Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash will have your mouth minty fresh. A nail file and clear polish will come in handy, too. Also consider bringing along some baby wipes, powder, and deodorant. Keep your face beautiful with makeup and your lips hydrated with balm. PRO TIP: Pop in a mint right before you walk down the aisle.

Miscellaneous Mishaps

A few other possible emergencies can be easily avoided. Bring along some cash because you never know when you might need it. Pack bug spray and a phone charger. Even throw in some earring backs in case you lose one. You’re going to be the best-prepared bride on the planet, and no miscellaneous mishaps are gonna ruin your vibe. PRO TIP: No matter what goes wrong, the day is always going to be very right. Because you’re saying “I Do” to the love of your life and no minor emergencies will ever change that.

You Got This!

Making it through your wedding day without a hitch can seem stressful and intimidating because of everything that could go wrong. You never know what mishaps the day might throw at you. But simply taking the time to prepare yourself for the unexpected will help to give you peace of mind before you walk down the aisle. So get a tote and fill it with everything on our DIY Bridal Emergency Kit checklist and head to your wedding super prepared!

DIY Bridal Emergency Kit Checklist

Lilac Wedding Palette, So Romantic For Spring 2021

Lilac Wedding Palette, So Romantic for Spring 2021

We are loving a lilac aesthetic lately. To us, this sun-washed light purple hue totally delivers dreamy, romantic vibes. And we think this color paired with other soft pastels is a palette perfectly suited for spring weddings in 2021.

And, if you decide on this stunning soft violet color for your day we also highly encourage you to incorporate lilac flowers. Because, lilacs are not only gorgeous but are also fragrant, edible, and medicinal. In addition, lilacs symbolize love. So lilacs are absolutely perfect for a day celebrating that very subject!

If you are sold on using lovely lilac (and lilacs) for your wedding day, we invite you to read on for lots of inspiration. We’ve sourced loads of lilac-inspired ideas from flowers and decor to refreshments and favors.

Lilac Floral Elements

Pair lilacs with greenery and flowers in complimentary shades in your bouquet to wow on your way down the aisle.

We love the organic feel of this horizontal bouquet brimming with lilacs.

Lilacs pair especially well with succulents and sweet pops of white.

His boutonniere can also include delicate touches of lilac.

Lilac Decor

Surround your guests with your color story by using your scheme in your tablescapes and decor. Drape your table with a sheer swath of lilac fabric that puddles to the floor for a wildly romantic feel.

Set a rustic mood with a long outdoor table brimming with a row of carefree lilac flower arrangements.

Use a garland of pale purple and coordinating accessories to embellish your cake table.

Lilac Refreshments

Treat your loved ones to a signature lilac cocktail, like this beautiful one aptly named “True Love” from cocktailsdetails.com,

True Love
1.5 ounces Harmonie
.75 ounces Gin
.5 ounces Simple Syrup
.5 ounces freshly squeezed lemon
Shake all ingredients vigorously and pour into a champagne flute or rocks glass, top with champagne and orchid flower garnish

Delicate wedding cakes in hues of lilac are so visually stunning, like this adorable ruffled confection from the Pastry Studio.

And this two-tiered beauty from De La Creme Studio:

Lilac Details

How many times have you heard the expression, “It’s all in the details?” A million times, right? Well, it’s kinda true. So make sure to add in lots of little lilac touches to echo your theme. Set the tone before your day with lilac-inspired save the dates and invitations.

Have some M&Ms custom color matched to your vision:

Find yourself the most magical pair of lilac shoes:

And if your tastes run towards casual and comfy, we suggest some pastel-hued vans for both of you.

Lilac Wedding Favor

Nothing signals spring like the blooming of fragrant lilac flowers. And since these beautiful blossoms are also edible and delicious you could use them for some darling wedding favors. This way your friends and family can bring home a taste of your day. So get some pretty glass jars with lids and make this gorgeous lilac flower-infused honey. Check out growforagecookferment.com for their wonderful DIY.

However you decide to add lilac to your wedding, we know it will be beautiful.

“The spring is fresh and fearless
And every leaf is new,
The world is brimmed with moonlight,
The lilac brimmed with dew.

Here in the moving shadows
I catch my breath and sing –
My heart is fresh and fearless
And over-brimmed with spring.”

~ Sara Teasdale

Affordable Wedding Dresses 2021

Are you a bride looking for an affordable wedding dress? If so, then read on to see this season’s best options for well-priced yet still beautiful gowns. With the addition of a few finishing touches, like a veil and bouquet, these gorgeous dresses can take you down any type of wedding day aisle in style, from seaside to chapel, from field to barn, from mountaintop to cathedral.

Lacy Beaded Overskirt $599

We can totally see this glam dress at a city ceremony. This chic gown features beaded spaghetti straps as well as a beaded waist. Best of all, it has a sheer, romantic overskirt. From the deep v neck & back, lavish embroidery to the amazing price of $599 this is a wonderful option for brides looking to save money on their dress.

Plunging V-Neck Lace A-line $899

Where are our rustic brides on a budget? ‘Cuz you are gonna love this affordable all-over lace wedding dress for $899. This one is pretty from its plunging V neckline to the open V back finished with a sweep train. Striking pleats display the A-line skirt and the peekaboo slit.

Sleeveless Lace Sheath $699

Beach brides? We’re here for you with this mesmerizing full-length bridal gown. Image yourself in this elegant allover lace stunner against a breathtakingly scenic ocean backdrop. All eyes will be on you as you take this sleeveless dress through the sand with its flattering illusion deep V-neckline and matching cut-out side panels. And the moment you face your fiancee everyone will get a good look at the darling V-shaped open back and subtle swish of a train. Budget-friendly, beautiful, and very packable. Done and done for $699.

Cap Sleeve Trumpet $999

This cap sleeve cutie features a sweetheart neckline on a fitted bodice. We can totally envision this one at an outdoor afternoon wedding. At just $999 the trumpet silhouette is super flattering, and the sweep train is darling. Our favorite part, though, is the lovely embroidered lace throughout (especially the sheer lace back!). Yes, please!

Embroidered Lace Trumpet $999

We are heart-eyed over this gorgeous long dress, and we’re pretty sure you will be too. This one is designed with intricate lace embroidery throughout and features a deep v-neckline with a scalloped edge. A dress like this truly flatters with its’ curve-hugging trumpet silhouette. So very easy to wear with a convenient back zipper and finished with a sweep train. Simple, elegant, and perfectly priced at $999.

Floral Embroidered A-Line $699

Embellished with beautiful floral embroidery, this fabulous gown will have you absolutely floating down the aisle. You’ll love the sleeveless bodice that offers a plunging V neckline with a sheer inset. And the dual beaded belt. Designed in flowy chiffon, the A-line skirt ripples in pleats to the floor. The back also has a flattering V cut with easy zipper closure. 

Three-Fourth Sleeve Lace A-Line $699

We can totally see this classic three-fourth sleeve beauty at a traditional church ceremony. At a wallet-friendly $699 this gorgeous gown features a scalloped v-neckline with lots of allover lace details. The flowy A-line silhouette is easy to wear and the tulle skirt will have you twirling with joy.

So if you are a bride who doesn’t want to spend a fortune on your wedding dress, schedule an appointment with us at The Gilded Gown. We’ll show you plenty of beautiful options that will leave you with lots of money left in your wedding day budget for all your important details.