Wedding Dress Trends for 2014!

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 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


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!



Something Blue “I Do” Shoe Decals!

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!



Trending…Step and Repeat Photography for Your Event!


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

Whether you are creating your own background for a step and repeat photo-op or working with a photographer, consider these tips from


Example step and repeat background for a wedding from

  • 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!

2013 Wedding Trends Receive a Beer Budget Makeover!

2013 Wedding Trends

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!


  • Elegance- Long dresses, black tie, crystals and gold china are returning for sophisticated affairs full of elegance and luxury


  • 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!




  • Peonies- These flowers are only in bloom two months out of the year…that means they are in high demand and expensive!

Peony Bouquet Photo from


  • Garden Roses- They are available year-round and come in an assortment of colors. They have the same multiple layered petals and textures that make them appear to be peonies for a fraction of the cost!

Photo and Summer Rose Bouquet from Branches



  • Neutral Color Palettes- browns, ivories and creams with pops of black or layers of blush



  • Neutral Color Palettes- Easy! Work with your linen choices at your venue! Choose neutral tones and add a black napkin or blush seat cover. Ribbons and candles can make these color palettes pop!



  • Garlands- Crystal garlands can be found in chandeliers, ceilings as table runners and more!


  • Garlands- You can use acrylic garlands and have them draped around your centerpieces. You can also use paper garlands to create table runners, ceremony decorations or to adorn centerpieces. You can make them yourself or even use a kit from Michaels or A.C. Moore (remember your 40% and 50% off coupons!)


  • Foil Stamped Invitations- The metallic look of an engraved and foil stamped invitation is lovely and expensive! Golds, silver and bronze foil stamped invitations are popular designs.


  • Foil Print Stickers, Glitter, Embossed Invitations, Metallic Stamping- Time to stock up on those craft store coupons! You can use an embossing tool to create a foil stamp look to a feature on your invitations (this would be time consuming). You could also print foil stickers using foil paper from Avery or a craft cutting machine such as the Silhouette Cameo to create touches for your invitations. Avoid the gold foil circles or it will look like you gave your invites an award! You can also add some glitter to create a metallic look. The easiest may be to use a stamp and metallic ink pads to stamp a design or monogram onto the center or corners of your invitations. This is an inexpensive, beautiful, easy and less time-consuming method to achieve that embossed foil look.

Hobby Lobby embossed foil stickers, $2.99. These can be cut into sections and used on invites.



  • Plated Dinners with Gold Place Settings- The food resembles restaurant faire at the finest establishments surrounded by gold plates and silverware.


  • Plated Dinner with Gold Napkin Rings or Gold Chargers- If you can afford plated dinners, ask your venue if they will give you a discount if guests choose their meal in the RSVP card. This will help the venue save money (they can order ahead) and cut you a break while still giving your guests the elegance of a sit down plated dinner. You can use gold napkin rings to add the gold elegance to the table and then have them serve double duty and be used as favors! You can even rent gold chargers (or ask the venue if they can supply them) or wait for them to go on sale for 99 cents at Michaels or A.C. Moore (still pricey per guest). You can save more money and just use the chargers in centerpieces.


Hobby Lobby gold charger, $1.99



  • Culinary Heritage- More brides and grooms are having entrees or food stations that reflect their heritage.


  • Culinary Heritage Appetizers, Dessert or Favors- It would be more cost-effective to choose an already offered appetizer that may reflect your heritage. If this isn’t available, ask if you can bring your own desserts to be put on trays or tables from a bakery or supplier that specializes in sweet treats from your heritage. You could also wrap individual heritage treats for favors and keep the heritage in but the insane cost out!



  • Pork- The entrees featured on the menu for the main course are now featuring pork…the other white meat.


  • Pork- You can choose appetizers that include the other white meat. You may also be able to substitute pork medallions or another pork dish in your meal options for guests. I suggest making pork an option but not a sole menu choice for all guests. Many religions do not allow followers to consume pork or perhaps you have some guests who would simply prefer another option.



  • Tequila- This alcohol is now the new “it shot” at weddings…funny when I think glamour and elegance (the other trends) …I don’t think tequila!


  • Mixed Tequila Drinks or BYOT- Many venues don’t allow straight shots because it increases the bar tab for an open bar or it poses too much of a risk for rowdiness as the night goes on. You can ask if your bartender can make tequila sunrises or another mixed drink as a featured drink for the night (think signature drinks a la David Tutera). You can also ask if you can bring your own bottles of tequila to be served to guests and to also bring down the cost.

tequila sunrise image from Wikipedia



  • Colorful Custom Cakes- A custom wedding cake can be very expensive and as beautiful as it looks, it isn’t a lasting item. Brides are opting for cakes with a pop of color or total color in the form of colored appliques. Lace and bridal gown designs are still popular too.


  • Colorful Bow or Flowers- You can take the plain cake supplied by your venue (which is usually pretty good and you can research the bakery and the options it offers) and add a real bow or some colorful flowers from your florist to create the pop of color. If you are a great baker, you can use sugar sheets, rolled fondant or even lace imprints for fondant to create a custom cake of your dreams…or get a friend to do it!


  • Custom Music- Song selections for a wedding can vary from disco, to jazz, oldies and club music. Variety is key at receptions, nobody wants the typical reception soundtrack. Some brides are even pairing live bands with DJs to create an all out custom experience.



  • DJ, Ipod, DJ in a box- Luckily most DJ’s take your song selection requests for no extra charge and can easily accommodate requests within minutes with their equipment linked to online music retailers. If you can’t afford a DJ, you can still keep your guests dancing with an Ipod or laptop hooked up to a rented speaker system or you can rent a Quebbie DJ in a Box. The Quebbie DJ in a Box is a ready to go music system and speakers that allows you to preset your music selections and let it play for hours.


  • DIY Weddings and Green Weddings- recycled paper invitations, homemade decor and environmental friendly favors are all the rage even for the most elite brides


  • DIY Weddings and Green Weddings- You know all about this already! Making your own invitations that contain minimal paper waste, creating your own bouquets from local florists and seasonal flowers, using natural items (such as stones, shells or wood pieces) to create your own place seating cards…the possibilities are endless! You can also find affordable favors that will make your guests smile, without going over budget and minimizing your carbon imprint. I love paper seed packets that come in a variety of shapes and colors. They are DIY and green favors. You can attach a tag saying “Make love grow” or something similar. Guests can take them home to have a lasting gift from your big day.

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