You can now check out the Spring 2014 wedding gowns that were featured on the runway. The best place to see them all is from Brides.com. Remember it takes about nine months to have a dress ordered and made so if you want to save money and avoid pricey rush fees….get to your bridal salon now!
Here are some of the major trends!:
1. Stephanopoulos flowers: These beautiful white flowers can be found adorning the backs and trains of many bridal gowns for 2015. They look stunning with a pearl or rhinestone center. These also look gorgous in bouquets with embellishments. If you can’t afford to deck your dress out with these beauties, you can also add them to a hairpiece for a simple, elegant and affordable touch!
2. Sweetheart Necklines- That curvy, heart shaped neckline could be found across the runway! Luckily sweetheart necklines can be matched to any kind of budget!
image courtesty of Brides.com
3. Great Gatsby Style: This movie was a hit and so is the fashion. Good news is you don’t have to break the bank to incorporate it into your look. Shop vintage or even raid some relatives closets =). Pearls and hairpieces with some vintage lace can make this old look new again.
4. Alternatives to Strapless! YAY!: Now I love a strapless dress but unfortunately, they don’t love me! Well now there are so many options! Smock fronts, cap sleeves and draping cape backs all showcase the stunning silhouette of the brides with the support and hold of a strap!
5. Lace!: Ummm lace seems to always be in style. As long as you aren’t wearing a dress with 19080’s puffy lace sleeves…you should be fashionably up to date!
6. Girls in White Dresses with Black Satin Sashes…and Color: Oscar de la Renta specifically showcased pastel pinks and blues. Several dresses were adorned with simple black sashes. A single black and white modern dress made the runway too. If you feel like giving your dress a little pop, ask if it is available in other colors or if you can add a sash or colorful flowers. You can often find colorful wedding dresses at blow-out sales or in discount sections because they are usually too specific to sell out!
I have been off this week because I was traveling for two weddings but I am back and loaded with inspiration! I just found these adorable “I Do” shoe appliques that you can use as your something blue for your wedding day! They go right on the bottom of your shoes in the sole area. These would be adorable for your photos! They are also inexpensive! Most are under $6 for the set. Some even include shipping (don’t pay nearly double the price for the shipping…that’s nuts). This is an inexpensive way to dress up any nice heels to make them shoes for your special day!
Here are some of the ones I found!
You can probably make them yourself but it wouldn’t save you that much and they seem to be time consuming as well! However I know the Silhouette Cameo does have a feature for making stickable gemstone designs! Check them out!
If you have some room in your budget, you may want to create a red carpet experience for your big day by setting up a “step and repeat” photography area. Step and repeat photography is what you see at movie premieres, celebrity fundraisers and more. It is simply when someone steps up to a created background, stops and takes pictures and then it is repeated with the next person. Envision the paparazzi camera bulbs flashing like crazy as Angelina Jolie shows off her gown. You can ask your photographer is they have affordable options for this package. I was speaking with Abacus Wedding Studios in NJ and they offer this to their clients. Your photographer may even be able to include a custom background. The collage photos directly below are from Abacus Wedding Studios. They took the Mr. and Mrs. Smith movie poster (featuring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt) and converted it to create this couple’s special background!
photo from Abacus Wedding Studios
photo from Abacus Wedding Studios
Perhaps to be more budget savvy, you could create your own custom background for a step and repeat photo session and use the photos for favors. You don’t want a pure white background (the flash may reflect too much) or a too dark background (it can create shadowing). You can create a logo or monogram for your big day and have it repeat on a background. You can also choose to make a scene reflecting one of your favorite places to go (or hope to go) as a couple. Perhaps Mother Nature or your venue has supplied an awesome area to use for background as well.
Wedding Step and Repeat Photo from Step and RepeatLA.com
Whether you are creating your own background for a step and repeat photo-op or working with a photographer, consider these tips from StepandRepeatLA.com
Example step and repeat background for a wedding from FMdance.com
Watch the size of your background. 8×8 is the most popular size with 8×10 and 8×12 for larger events. 8×4 can be shot carefully for small events. If the background is too small, it will look goofy when a group is in front of it. If you want to use a smaller size, limit group size and make sure the photographer can zoom in and crop so that outlying edges are not showing.
Hide the seam or make it seamless. You want the guests, not the seam to be the focal point.
Use a matte background. This will cut down on the glare.
Consider a slight gray background color. This will make the background appear white while reducing the glare a true white matte background can produce.
Use colors from your wedding pallet!
Don’t use more than 6 logos or it will be too busy. In fact 2-4 is just right!
Use Vector logos and graphics. They won’t become pixellated when sized.
Size your logos properly. Five inches to 9 inches is just right!
Roll it! Do not fold your background or you will wind up with folds in your background.
If you are going the DIY route to save some money you may want to opt for a solid background or make one yourself using a stamp, awesome fabric or even hanging draping ribbons. Vinyl printing of this size can begin at $100 and it goes up easily from there. However you can paint plywood and use stencils to create your own background or use PVC pipes to hang fabric. You may even be able to attach it to the wall of your venue (ask first!) Don’t forget that natural scenery inside and outside your venue is free!
Each year there are trends that every bride to be can see filling the pages of wedding periodicals and appearing in the nuptials of celebrities and champagne budget brides. Is it possible to achieve some of these fashionable chic trends without breaking the bank? I have taken the Top Thirteen 2013 Wedding Trends according to The Huffington Post and given them a friendly beer budget makeover without losing the elegance, style and your wallet!
CHAMPAGNE TREND #1
Elegance- Long dresses, black tie, crystals and gold china are returning for sophisticated affairs full of elegance and luxury
BEER BUDGET MAKEOVER
Gold and black accents -You can add hanging crystals to your centerpieces (look for prisms or glass over plastic) and simple black and gold accents in places like seat covers, napkins, tablecloths and seating cards. Most venues offer you the option to customize your linen color choices at no additional cost! You can also have bridesmaids wear long full length gowns to give the night an Oscar-esque feeling! Another substitute for pricey hanging crystals can be glass icicle ornaments (especially if you hit holiday clearance sales). I found the ones below on Amazon for $5.65 for 12. You can also check Craigslist to see if any brides are ready to sell them after their big day!