Pinning Pretty with Pinterest

Happy Friday, everyone! The ladies of Favorite Day have been on the road, which means that we’ve been slacking a bit in the content area. While you wait for our triumphant return you may want to check out our Pinterest boards for inspiration. We love Pinterest, and even when we’re away we do often find time to pin some pretty fabulous things.  Check out a few of our most recent finds.

1. Rent an ice cream food truck for a wedding? Yes please, with a cherry on top!

2. Re-purpose an old ladder and some scrap wood into a drink stand.

3. Tiny adorable pies on sticks.

4. This ridiculously fabulous dessert table.

5. DIY hanging heart seating chart, so clever and fun!

We’ll be back soon, we promise!

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Pretty Things: Short Wedding Dresses

Who says your wedding dress has to be full length?  Your grandma, that’s who.  I keed, I keed.  But really, it seems like the majority of brides choose to wear a long gown on their wedding day.  Perhaps they think that a short dress would be too casual, but in my opinion a knee or tea length dress can be just as elegant and formal as the poofiest floor length Cinderella ball gown.  Also, wearing a short dress is a great way to assert your individuality and really stand out among the crowd.  Check out the short dresses on the brides below.  I’ve chosen to showcase a variety of dress styles to show just how versatile this look can be.

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Clockwise from top left: Amandine and Arnaud, featured on Style Me Pretty; Laura and Omar, from Vinny D Photography; Kristin and Laura, from Kelly Prizel Photography; Anna and Tom, featured on London Bride

In the top left picture the bride wears a very simple, yet super classy (and super affordable!) knee length ball gown from Light in the Box.  You can check out the exact dress here.  The lovely bride in the top right is wearing a super fun and modern feather dress from bebe.   I don’t think that this exact dress is available anymore, but here’s something very similar.  It’s a bit hard to tell, but in the bottom left picture both ladies are sporting short dresses.  Kristin’s textured tea length dress is from Stephanie James Couture.  I believe this is the “Mrs Kennedy” dress.   Laura’s open back lace sheath is from Amy Kuschel.  This salon is based out of San Francisco, but it does look like they have retailers all over the US.  The bride on the lower right is wearing a vintage dress from the 1950s from Fur Coat No Knickers in London.  Going vintage can be a great way to save money on a dress.  However, it may require many hours sifting through vintage shops to find something that you not only love, but that’s also in your size.  If you’re looking for something vintage inspired check out Ruche.  In addition to their wide selection of bridal and bridesmaids dresses, they also have vintage inspired shoes and accessories at really reasonable prices.

If you want to see more pictures of these gorgeous ladies and their dresses you can check out the full galleries of each wedding by clicking the links in the picture caption.

One of the many benefits of wearing a short wedding dress is that you’ll have a chance to show off some fancy shoes.  I know that  lot of brides these days are picking brightly colored or otherwise fun shoes to wear under their gowns, but with long dresses they often remain hidden.  Be sure to click through the links below to see the full galleries of each wedding.

Or how about adding something a little more unexpected?  The ladies below chose to wear colored crinoline petticoats under their dresses.  Again, don’t forget to click on the links below to see the full galleries.

To see more pictures of short wedding dresses head on over to our Pinterest page, and don’t forget to follow us!

How do you feel about the short dress trend?  Would you ever considered wearing one?   Leave us a comment and let us know.

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Pretty Things: Wedding Gown Trends for 2013

I had two other posts in my head for today, but I will confess –  this is neither of them. Another confession – for my own wedding, the dress was an afterthought. I bought it for $250 and wasn’t in love with it, but it served its purpose. While I sort of regret this, I didn’t regret the money it saved me to put toward music and food.

Today, though,  I was up super early messing around with the internets on my phone, and Pinterest spoke to me. I keep seeing fresh-off-the-runway photos of gowns that are displaying some common trends. These are my favorite three. If I were to do my own wedding over, some of the dresses below would probably be in the running.

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Clockwise from top left: Red Vera Wang from here; Blue Oscar de la Renta from here; Black Atelier Aimee from here; Gold BHLDN Isadora gown from here.

Do you know how many shades of white there are? Too many. Go into any gown shop and they will rattle them off to you as you stare dumbfounded. White, ivory, pearl, eggshell, diamond… How about red? Blue? One of my favorite trends this year is going totally against the white dress standard and wearing whatever color you feel awesome in. I will go for the gold one, please and thank you.

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Clockwise from top left: Monique Lhuillier from here; Oscar de la Renta from Style Me Pretty; Monique Lhuillier’s Amber from here; Vera Wang from Style Me Pretty.

I love this trend. Mostly simple tops, but big crazy ruffly skirts. To me, this is everything a wedding dress should be. Classy but somehow still sort of over the top. And how amazing is that Vera Wang on the bottom left? I need to find an excuse to wear that.

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Clockwise from top left: Christos gown from here;  Monique Lhuillier from here; Sheer shoulder detailed gown from Style Me Pretty; Jane Yeh from here.

I’m seeing this everywhere – not only in wedding gowns. Sheer details, especially around the neckline, are a great option if you’re looking for a little embellishment without beading or too much glitz. Understated, but eye-catching.

Did I skip your favorite trend? Let me know! And if you’re wearing any of these dresses for your event, I want to know that too! Or we could just chat and be friends? Either way, leave us a comment.

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Oooh Shiny: Bridesmaids and Statement Jewelry

statement jewelry with textClockwise from top left: 1. Photo from here 2. Style Me Pretty 3. Green Wedding Shoes 4. from here. Original Source Unknown.

Hello friends! Let’s chat about jewelry. Brides have been stacking on the statement jewelry pieces for forever. I remember when I got married how important my jewelry seemed. I took my time and found the perfect pieces. For my bridesmaids? I wanted to make sure everyone was happy, so I got them some unassuming, non-threatening earrings. They were lovely, but admittedly, they get lost in the photos. This is all well and good, but more and more I see bridesmaids all wearing statement jewelry and I think this is a great trend! I decided to take a crack at putting together some statement jewelry/bridesmaids dress pairings for you and give you some little tips along the way.

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Necklace from Jeweliq, Dress by Donna Morgan, photo from here.

When you are bringing a big chunky necklace to the party, make sure the dress can handle it. You don’t want things to look too busy with beads and straps everywhere (or maybe you do – that’s fine too). I think statement necklaces work best, however, when you’re working with a strapless or more open-necked dress style.
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Necklace from Etsy, Dress by Jim Hjelm

For the bling, you could go neutral and shiny with metallics or clear stones (diamonds?), but for necklaces I really love colors.

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Earrings from BHLDN, Dress by Alfred Angelo, photo from Brides.com

Big earrings go well with the higher-necked dresses and one-shoulder styles. My thought is this – if the dress makes it difficult for you to wear a necklace, pump up the earrings to make up for it.

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Earrings from JewelMint, Dress from Two Birds Bridesmaid

Keep in mind that statement pieces work best as a solo act. Pairing big earrings with a diesel necklace is going to make everything look overdone. Not to mention it’s gonna be heavy. Poor bridesmaids.

I have personally ordered jewelry from Jeweliq.com, and loved it. Their pieces are really reasonably priced and they offer free shipping. Sarah has used Lulus.com and has gotten some great pieces from them. J Crew also has some great statement pieces.

Also, don’t be afraid to try big cuff bracelets and headwear!

Are your bridesmaids wearing statement jewelry? Let us know in the comments (and send us some pictures)!

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Mood Board Monday: Finding Inspiration in Van Gogh’s Almond Blossoms

Let’s talk inspiration.

If you are struggling to come up with a cohesive idea for your event why not pull inspiration from something you love.   It can be anything really, a painting or photograph, a location, or even just something in your house.  The idea is to draw the colors and textures from that favorite thing, not to incorporate that thing into every aspect (unless that’s what you’re into.)  Below I’ve thrown together a mood board based on one of my favorite paintings, van Gogh’s Almond Blossoms.  I pulled my color palate directly from the painting and then found elements that fit not only those colors, but also the textures.

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1. Vincent van Gogh, Almond Blossoms, 1890  2.  Flowers in blue glass from here  3. Turquoise bird cages from here  4. Ombre cake from Bobbette & Belle  5. Blue glass tea set, pic from here 6. Lovely bride and teal bridesmaids 7. Aisle decor from Cori Cook Floral Design

Do you have a favorite something that you would like us to base a mood board around?  Leave us a comment or email me at laurie@favoritedayevents.com and we’ll help you out.

Check out our Pinterest page for more inspiration!

We’re working hard on some new content so check back soon!

~Laurie