Floral arrangements are a major part of your wedding day. From the ceremony to the reception, creating the right effect with flowers can make or break your overall decor and theme. And as many of you know who frequent my site, floral arrangements are heavily featured on The Anti Bridezilla to help give my lovely brides some inspiration for their big day. Plus, if you follow my advice posts, you’ll know that I’m a big proponent of working with destination venues who can supply reputable florists for your wedding.
At The Wedding Salon event I attended last week, one of the focal aspects of the show was the table settings and floral arrangements. And several of the vendors were actual resorts like the Hard Rock Hotels in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. One of my favorite floral arrangements was the illuminated table design from a New Jersey based florist and decorating company, Floral Sentiments, who is experienced in managing decor for numerous weddings and events across the US.
For more information on Floral Sentiments visit www.floralsentimentsnj.com
Earlier last week I stopped by The Wedding Salon, a seasonal event that takes place across the country (NY, LA, Washington DC, Miami & Chicago) and offers tons of inspiration and on-site interaction with bridal vendors. The NYC version of The Wedding Salon takes place multiple times a year and always features local vendors from the tri-state area as well as destination wedding vendors from around the world.
Featured above are four gorgeous wedding dress styles from various designers that are also available at Gabriella New York Bridal Salon.
I’m giving one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of adorable turquoise & silver fashion jewelry earrings from Majestical Jewelry. From now through Friday, March 21st, you can enter for a chance to win these earrings! To enter, follow The Anti Bridezilla on Instagram by clicking the link below - super easy! You must enter through the form below. Independently following us on Instagram without using the below method won’t count as an entry. The winner will be announced on Monday, March 24th.
Good luck my lovely brides!
When you’re engaged, everyday leading from the day your ring is slipped on your finger until you walk down the aisle becomes the perfect opportunity for show and tell. And although your engagement ring will always be the center of attention, the other jewelry you rock on a daily basis needs to be just as fab.
Last month, the team at Majestical Jewelry sent me a pair of super cute silver and turquoise earrings as a sample of what they have to offer at their online store (more about those earrings in another post coming up shortly!). Majestical Jewelry is an online jewelry retailer that offers a variety of pieces ranging from fashion jewelry to sterling silver, precious gemstones and freshwater pearls. Whether your style leans towards trendy or classic, they have something for every bride to be.
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Consider this a PSA based on a “ripped from the headlines” (yes I’m watching Say Yes to the Dress while I write this ~_^) situation. But I do feel like from time to time, brides have a hard time finding or maintaining direction during their dress search…not only for themselves but for their bridesmaids as well. So, here are some pointers to keep in mind while you’re on the quest for THE dress (for you and your girls).
1. Stubborn divas need not apply.
Brides, you may want every dress that graces the aisle to have plunging cleavage baring sweetheart necklines. But don’t be such a horse in blinders that you can’t admit that maybe some of your more endowed bridesmaids should steer clear of a neckline that revealing. Be able to compromise in the name of decency! Unless you want the highlights from your wedding to revolve around who’s “girls” got more camera time than the other bridesmaids.
For bridesmaids, this means you need to suck it up and not throw a tantrum if you feel like the bride’s “vision” of color or style isn’t what you would pick. Unless it’s something that’s going to cause a wardrobe malfunction, don’t relive a scene of “act a fool”. You’re right, it’s not your vision. But then it’s also not your day…when it is, you can map out your own darn vision. Until then, be honored that the bride chose to involve you on such a special moment in their life…and smile!
2. Too many cooks spoil the broth…
When you go dress shopping, whether for the bride or her bridesmaids, don’t bring half a baseball team with you. As much as it seems like a fun “girl’s day out” activity, there’s actually nothing more stressful than trying on a dress in front of the critical eyes of your relatives or friends. If you find something you love, there’s always someone with a dissenting opinion to help make you feel flustered and imply that your choice in style needs serious help. Instead, bring no more than 3 or 4 people.
And specifically for bridesmaids dresses, if you have a rather large bridal party, bring your MOH and maybe one or two additional bridesmaids to the actual store. Narrow your choices down to two or three styles that really speak to you (that the MOH and attending bridesmaids also liked). Then reach out to your other bridesmaids and let them vote on one of the styles that they liked the most. To make it easier, just do a majority rules vs all or nothing selection.
3. The days of de facto matching maids are over
Seriously, these days, it’s not a requirement that everyone wear the exact same dress. And depending on how fashion forward you’re feeling, you can do a number of things: play with dress lengths, color shades, necklines or a combo of the three. As a personal anecdote, since my bridal party is so small (just my sis and sis-in-law), I didn’t feel the need to make them look like Bobsie Twins. I found a few styles that I liked and told them to choose any of the above styles as long as the color shade was the one I selected. A bonus of this is that it gives bridesmaids a bit more control in how they look on your wedding day, and increases the chances of them buying a dress they can use again!
4. You don’t know until you try it on…
I promise you, not every dress has hanger appeal. So, dismissing a dress when you’re pulling looks with your salon attendant because it looks like “it’s just hanging there” on the hanger is a major fail. This is one of the few times in your life where you’re encouraged to play dress up til your heart’s content. Please do! Don’t dismiss a style just because it isn’t something you would traditionally consider. The only exception to this is if you know for a fact that you want a figure skimming dress…because then obviously a ball gown would be a total 180!
5. Budgets matter
Whether you’re shopping for yourself or your bridesmaids, budgets matter. So before you go running into a store, do some research online to get a sense of what the varying embellishments can cost you. It’s highly unlikely that a dress with tons of embellishment (detailed construction, lace, swarovski crystals, extensive ruffles/floral appliques, etc) is going to be a bargain unless you’re buying it at a sample sale or trunk show. It’s normal to go over budget a bit but unless you’re auditioning for Platinum Weddings, give yourself a price cap of at least 10% past your declared budget for your gown. And don’t entertain anything that is beyond that cap!!!
As this relates to your bridesmaids…be considerate of their budgets. Just because you want to spend 12K on a dress doesn’t mean they want to spend 1K for theirs. The higher you make the price tag, the more you should consider a style they can actually get some mileage out of beyond your big day!
So…late last month, I wrote a launch post for a mini TAB Style segment revolving around Nina Shoes, their bridal collection and the fact that they’ve gifted accessories and shoes for myself and my bridal party! Well, last week all the goodies I ordered for my wedding arrived and I was so psyched that I literally played dress up to see everything come together! Hey, my wedding dress has been hanging up in a garment bag in my closet since December - don’t judge me!! So, I’m still keeping my final selections under wraps (no big reveal until my wedding day), but I do have a few sneak peaks I can share that I think you guys will love!
I loved the extra pair of Kailey earrings (coming this Spring but featured above in the top right!!) they tucked into my package. Not only are they sparkly, but unlike many dangling earrings, these aren’t heavy. So you can wear them all day without weighing down your lobes!
Also, select shoes from Nina come with additional stones - which is fab. Because sometimes whether due to travel wear and tear (I see you luggage handlers! >_<) or having too much fun dancing the night away, it’s not strange that you might lose a stone over time. So, having a few backup replacements is fantastic!