Bridal Runway: Top Wedding Dress Trends for 2015

Now that another successful Bridal Market has come to an end, now is the time that fashion’s elite come together and announce the top trends for bride’s this season. As hundreds and hundreds of Fall/Winter 2015 wedding gown styles made their way down the bridal runway, there were definitely a few looks that we could classify as “out there,” but on the other hand, there were quite a few that had us (and women everywhere) staring doe-eyed at our computer screens with pure aspiration.

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While each designer featured in this year’s Bridal Market has his own individual style and vision, there were a number of elements that managed to pop up in almost every showing. So when it comes to shopping for your special dress, you may want to keep some of this season’s top trends in mind:

Open Backs – Most of these gowns are simple and modest in the front, but offer you a bit of sexiness in the back. The reason why we think that this particular style has become so popular is because it’s unexpected and draws everyone’s attention to the bride – even when she’s walking away.

A Little Bit of Color – We all know how popular colored wedding dresses have become, thanks to a number of A-list celebs like Jessica Biel. While that may sound great to some brides, not all of them want to go all out with a pink ball gown. That’s why we love this new trend of wedding gowns that offer just a hint of color, whether it be a tint of blue or a colored accessory.

Short Length – While most people tend to picture a full length, ballroom-type gown when they think of wedding dresses, those who prefer a shorter length can now rejoice in the fact that elegant, shorter length dresses are now very on-trend for brides. Just because you’re sacrificing a few feet of length does not mean that you need to sacrifice style or that bridal feeling!

For a look at some of these top bridal trends for Fall/Winter 2015 and others like them, click here. Then be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section below!
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How to Cut Down Your Wedding Guest List

In a perfect world, you and your fiancé would be able to invite anyone and everyone that you’d want to your wedding. Unfortunately however, this isn’t in the cards for most couples – especially once you consider the astronomical cost. So what do you do when you both sit down to discuss it, and the number of people you want to invite far exceeds the number you’ve budgeted for? You get serious.

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That’s exactly what Giuliana Rancic’s personal assistant, Sarah Knight had to do when the dream guest list for her and fiancé Bryce’s wedding totaled to 310 people. After buckling down and making some tough decisions however, they managed to cut their list by 100 people. How did they do it? Here’s Sarah’s advice:

Pick Your Venue First – Fall in love with the perfect place to say “I do” before anything else. Often times, wedding venues will have a maximum occupancy, which helps to give you a set parameter to work with for your guest list. For example, each wedding hall at Texas Old Town can accommodate a different number of guests. If you’re unwilling to let go of your dream venue, you’ll have to be prepared to make cuts where necessary.

Abide by the Two-Year Rule – If you haven’t seen or spoken to someone in over two years, cut them from the guest list. On a day that is so monumental for you and your fiancé, you only want to be surrounded by your closest friends and family members. Chances are that if it’s been that long, those people you cut won’t even expect to be invited, so no harm no foul.

Plus Ones – This is the part that sort of stinks, as nobody wants to be denied a plus one. However, when you take your already extensive guest list and add an extra person next to each name, things can quickly spiral out of control. Though many of your guests may not like it, you might need to consider limiting plus ones to those who are engaged or married only.

Putting together your wedding guest list can be very stressful, but don’t let it consume you! Give these tips a try and let us know if you have any to add in the comments section below!

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Signature Drink

More and more commonly, couples are choosing to offer a signature drink for guests to enjoy throughout the wedding reception. Regardless of whether it be one drink that symbolizes your relationship as a whole or the seemingly more popular option of creating one “groom’s cocktail” and one “bride’s cocktail,” it’s always fun to offer something personal at the bar. So once you decide that this is the route that you want to go, all you need to do is figure out the best form of execution.

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Here are a few great tips from mixology expert, Ricki Quarterman on how to really get your signature wedding drink right:

Keep Color in Mind – While you should certainly consider your preferred liquors and flavors, also try to envision what you want the drink will look like when you have the final product. If you’re left with a dark brown-colored drink, chances are your guests won’t be enticed to try it. Lighter hues are always more appealing; so if you want to stick closely to your color scheme, choose the brightest shade from its palette.

Avoid Complexity – If your signature drink takes 15 steps to complete, no one is really going to wait around to have one drink made or stand in line waiting for someone else’s drink to be completed. Make it delicious but make it simple.

When in Doubt, Use Vodka – Everyone has a story about why they can’t drink a certain type of alcohol. However, most people have no trouble stomaching vodka – and since it’s a clear spirit, it goes along with our first point. Additionally, in terms of incorporating different flavors, vodka is one of the easiest liquors for bartenders to mix with.

So what do you think; will you be having a signature drink at your wedding? Have you thought about what it will be yet? Let us know in the comments section below!

Tips for Buying Your Wedding Shoes

When it comes to picking out wedding shoes, too many brides-to-be end up blacking out and ending up with a ridiculous cute – but ridiculously painful – pair of heels. You don’t know what happen; all you remember is seeing them in through the window display and all of a sudden you were swiping your credit card. Sure, you absolutely love them and they’re great now, but will you still love them this much after 12 hours on your feet? We want the tears you shed on your wedding day to be tears of joy, not agony. So to save you the trouble, check out which heels may or not be right for you in this quick break down:

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Platform Heels – Yes, this type of heel will give you a ton of extra height, but due to the fact that they have a platform in the sole, there’s less of a strain on your feet to arch so high. That’s to say if you choose a platform shoe with a 5 inch heel, you’ll only feel the pressure of a 3 inch heel.

Wedges – Because this type of shoe has a flat bottom, it will give you the most stability when compared to any other heel. If you plan to get married in an outdoor setting and are nervous about getting your heel caught in glass, this may be the shoe for you.

Stilettos – With is flat sole and skinny heel, the stiletto is undoubtedly sexy and sophisticated.  However, because the heel has less of a stable surface to support you and there is no platform sole to take help counteract the added height, they can be the most difficult to break in. However, if you wear heels often, you should have no problem adjusting.

In any case, it’s always a good idea to break your wedding heels in as much as possible before the big day. That way, if you really don’t wear stilettos very often but you just have to have them, you can give yourself the best chance of making it through the night without crying in pain. However, if you get closer and closer to the wedding day and you still aren’t comfortable in your heels, don’t wear them. You won’t want anything to hinder your experience as a bride and at the end of the day, one pair of heels just isn’t worth it.

Choosing the Perfect Song for Your Wedding Reception Entrance

After you and your new husband have exchanged “I dos” and the ceremony has come to an end, it’s time for you and your guests to gear up for a night of good food, great drinks and a lot of crazy dancing. If you’re like most newlyweds, the thought of your family and friends anxiously awaiting your arrival will only serve as motivation to make your wedding reception entrance worth the wait. After all, this will be the first time that you are introduced as husband and wife.

So how do you go about choosing the perfect song for this moment? Well it all depends on the type of message you want to send. While some couples will choose a classic song that is heavily-focused on love, others will choose something more modern, upbeat and energetic. Whatever you decide to go with, just make sure that it’s something that shows off your personalities and that you can have fun with!

With millions and millions of songs in the world, it can seem next to impossible to choose just one. That’s why we were glad to see that had compiled a list of top “Reception Entrance Songs” through Spotify.

Take a listen and let us know if you could see yourself walking out to any of these songs, or if you have a few others in mind!

Tips for Curing that Post-Wedding Hangover

Two words: open bar. Sounds fun, right? Not always. You see, once the ceremony is over and you are finally husband and wife, you’ll be dying to let loose and just have some fun with the people that you love. However all too often, one glass of champagne leads to two glasses, which in turn leads to a few vodka teas and before you know it, you’re throwing back shots of Jack and it’s tomorrow. All you seem to really know is that you had a great time and that the sooner you can make the pounding in your head stop, the better. You’re officially the victim of a classic wedding hangover.

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Try a few of these tricks to get you back to feeling (and looking) like a beautiful, blushing bride:

Hair of the Dog – For years now, people have sworn by the hangover-healing powers of a quality Bloody Mary. While it may not make the pain go away completely, it’s definitely a good place to start.

Advil – While some believe that the best time to take a couple of Advil is before you go to sleep on the night that you’ve been drinking, others claim that the best time is as soon as you wake up in the morning. Either way, this anti-inflammatory pill will definitely help to reduce some of your headache pain. Just make sure that you take them with a big glass of water to dehydrate yourself.

Eucalyptus Steam Shower – Have you ever heard someone say that they needed to sweat all of the toxins out of their body? That’s why so many people prefer to head to a spa and sit in the steam room after a hard night. If you don’t have the time or energy to make it all the way to a spa, that’s no problem. Place 15-20 drops of eucalyptus oil on a washcloth that has been soaked in hot water and hang it up in the shower while it’s running. Once you begin to smell the eucalyptus, hop on in and detox.

Nobody likes to be hungover, but the good news is that the feeling doesn’t last forever. You’ve been going, going, going nonstop for months so just give yourself this one day to lay around and do nothing but recoup with your love. You’ve got the rest of forever to nurse each other’s hangovers.


What to Do When a Friend is Copying Your Wedding Ideas

When it comes to planning a wedding, we all look for tips and advice anywhere we can find it. For some, this means “pinning” anything and everything we see on Pinterest and creating our very own dream wedding board. For others however, this means turning to the people we trust most: our friends and family. But what if one of the people you are sharing your thoughts and ideas with is actually getting married as well and you begin to notice that her wedding ideas are very similar to the ones you’ve expressed previously?

Dealing with a Friend Who’s Copycatting Your Wedding Planning | Brazos SpringsBelieve it or not, many women find themselves in situations where a friend has become quite the copycat wedding planner, and that can sting a little. Anyone who has ever needed to plan a wedding will tell you that the experience can be very stressful. You plan for months and months and put everything you have into personalizing your wedding to fit both your personality and your groom’s personality. Now what?

Well before you get too upset and end up saying something to your copycat that you may regret, look at things objectively; when you live in the same city and have the same friends, sometimes it’s not the fact that she’s taking your ideas, it’s just that this is what she’s always dreamed of as well and sometimes things overlap, unfortunately. However, if you’ve known each other for years and all of the decisions your copycat has made about her own wedding don’t really seem to reflect her personality or anything that you would ever picture for her wedding, there may be something else at play here.

According to relationship expert, Melanie Ross Mills, some women are just too afraid to break away from the norm of what everyone else is doing. “We’re fearful of stepping out and doing what we’d really like to do because we’re afraid it won’t be accepted or approved of.” Say your copycat friend has always said she’d want a black and purple theme at her wedding, but all of a sudden because you’ve expressed that you’d like to go with a champagne off-white theme and everyone else loved that idea, that’s now what she wants.

So instead of getting frustrated and losing friendships over this incident, maybe now is a good time to sit with your friend and ask her how she really pictures her dream wedding. It’s possible, and even likely, that she doesn’t even realize what she’s doing by copying you. By talking things through with her, you may be able to snap her back to reality and allow yourselves to both have your perfect, different weddings.