In the first segment of our guest blogger series, we enlisted the lovely ladies from Bella Bridesmaid to help shed some light on the mismatched bridesmaid dress trend. With ‘bridesmaid attire’ marked off our wedding planning checklist, we decided to use this month’s guest post to unravel another one of this season’s popular trends: rustic wedding flowers! We all know the rustic trend is all over the wedding world, particularly during the fall. Fortunately, the wonderful team at Fleur, Inc. graciously invited us into their shop to demonstrate how to incorporate stunning rustic flowers into fall weddings!
1. Particularly during fall wedding season, we notice that many brides are drawn to rustic details. Can you describe some ways you’ve seen this trend translate into autumn floral arrangements?
Brides really love the rustic approach for a wedding, but also want to keep it elegant and romantic as well. A few of the accents to do that is using burlap and twine to wrap bouquets, but then adding a little bit of velvet and lace ribbon as well. Also, seasonal garlands of maple branches as accents for the ceremony or down rectangular tables. And of course, the more candles, the better! Amber-colored and rose mercury glass warm up the room just perfectly for the season.
2. What types of seasonal fall flowers do you find make great additions to rustic wedding flower arrangements?
A few of our favorites are mixes of seasonal foliage. Maple leaves, ninebark, seasonal berries and kale. Jewel-toned dahlias mixed with wild grasses and one of our personal favorites, autumn anemones.
3. What about the rustic wedding trend do you think stands out to brides? Why do you think it has become so popular in the last year?
The rustic trend is very approachable. This style lends itself to being organic and natural, but still romantic and soft with pops of color and plush blooms such as dahlias and cosmos.
4. Besides flower combinations, what other types of decorative fall foliage can brides experiment with to get the ultimate rustic look?
Autumn olive branches are exquisite, and we also adore ninebark for a dark contrast. Locally-grown limelight hydrangea is lovely and so very fluffy and thistle — you can’t go wrong with any of these. And of course, we’re a huge fan of pumpkins, especially the less expected varieties such as white pumpkins, sage green and “fairytale” pumpkins.
5. When planning a wedding it’s essential that all the details fit together flawlessly — not overpower one another or clash. What are some tips/tricks/best practices brides can use when communicating their vision, style and color palette with their florist?
Flowers come in such a range of color, so I recommend picking your top three and being open to a slight range in nature’s gradation. Looking through your florist’s portfolio and picking out individual blooms, as well as the overall style of an arrangement, and discussing your favorite parts is incredibly helpful. Also, trusting your florist — there is nothing we want more than a very happy couple on their wedding day with no surprises!
6. Do you have any other recommendations for how couples can incorporate rustic details into their wedding flower arrangements?
Lanterns are a wonderful accent. Down an aisle and moved to guest tables, they provide the most lovely glow. Think asymmetrically, as well! The flowers you see in nature are so organic with lots of movement, so work with the stems and branches and allow for a little bit of the unexpected in your centerpieces. Add a lace runner over burlap to soften the linens and use warm colors.
Planning a wedding is tough, there’s no denying it. Unless you’re a wedding planner, or have an innate talent for planning large events, chances are you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed right about now. Given that we’re one of the first stops on the wedding checklist, we thought we’d try and help make your life a little bit easier with a new guest blogger series! Every month, we’ll be featuring tips, tricks and advice from well-respected wedding industry professionals from across the nation! Today’s guest, or should we say guests, are some of the fabulous ladies behind Bella Bridesmaid! We’ve seen countless mismatched bridesmaid dresses this year and these fabulous ladies helped us breakdown the trend and offered some awesome advice on how you can pull off this look for your big day too!
1. We’ve been seeing a lot of brides trying out the mismatched bridesmaid dress look. Why do you think this trend has taken off this year?
We are lovin’ us some mismatched bridesmaid dresses this year! The trend has evolved past letting your bridesmaids choose different necklines in the same color and fabric to a whole new depth of variety. This year our brides have been open to dressing their bridesmaids in different fabrics, colors, and prints — Oh my! Depending on how far the bride wants to push the envelope, it gives her girls freedom to choose a dress that flatters her specific body type, personal style and budget.
2. What are the pros and cons of incorporating mismatched dresses into your wedding day?
Giving your bridesmaids options is a good thing! It is a great way for the bride to think outside of the box and really show her sense of style and vision for the big day. There are really no cons, but brides may want to mediate the process to ensure no one goes too overboard or strays too far from the color scheme. One great way to make sure everyone stays within your vision is by having them select dresses from one particular line. For example, all the purple-hued gowns below are from the same line so the materials are all the same, the colors all work well together, but the bridesmaids still have freedom to mix-up the top half!
3. When coordinating for mismatched colors, what are some helpful hints to ensure your wedding palette is incorporated in some way?
We have been seeing a lot of brides outfit their bridesmaids in mismatched dresses within a similar color scheme – think shades of blush, varied neutrals, or jewel tones. Even if you want to play with textures and prints, generally you want to keep some level of coordination.
For this particular photo shoot, we mixed this seasons hottest colors – coral, mint and navy’s.
Think about it like a girl group — Beyonce is bootylicious in leather hot pants, Michelle dons a leather corset, and Kelly rocks a leather mini. As Independent Women they still shine, but Destiny’s Child works best in harmony!
4. When mixing patterns how do you make sure it won’t be too overpowering and distract from the bride?
Mismatching patterns is easy, but making it look good can be tough! The bride should make sure the prints are composed of repeating colors, even if the pattern itself is different. Consider varying the size of the patterns…we matched bold beige and white stripes with small black and white stripes and other simple combinations.
Keep the base color consistent and you are good to go. Who is to say a taupe lace dress doesn’t blend with a champagne brocade? More power to you for adding in a metallic!
5. Do you have any other recommendations for brides looking to incorporate this trend into their wedding day?
Love the idea of showing off your style, but prefer a more classic look for your bridal party? Mix and match jewelry or add some ombre floral shades to their bouquets!
The days of the smiling, plastic, generic bride and groom cake toppers are over! More and more, we see brides and grooms upping the ante on cake decor with customizations that express their personalities. The traditional topper is now being transformed into a quirky joke, while some couples choose to do without the plastic all together — opting for a personalized wire, lego creation or a pair of lovebirds. No matter the style, we’re so excited to see our couples having fun and getting creative!
Tracing back to the Victorian era in England, groom’s cakes have continued to be a popular wedding tradition. In the Victorian era, it was thought that if an unmarried woman sleeps with a slice of the groom’s cake under her pillow, she will dream of her future husband. Today, the groom’s cake typically represents the groom’s interests and hobbies!
It’s that time of year again…When the smell of fresh pine lingers in the brisk winter air, hot chocolate becomes a warm, welcomed daily treat, and christmas has it’s very own radio station! Needless to say, the holiday season is something I look forward to each and every year. And, nothing gets me in the holiday spirit more than gorgeous, winter wedding details in cranberry reds, blacks, silvers and golds! Xo, Courtney
Today’s wedding color inspiration is an homage to one of our favorite holiday’s — Thanksgiving! And, in celebration of this homely holiday we decided to add a fun, fresh take to the traditional turkey day colors. Accenting the warm fall browns, oranges and creams is a color that we don’t typically see at many weddings, aqua. While a powerful color alone, aqua adds the perfect touch to any soft-hued fall wedding palette!
As the air cools down and the leaves blanket the ground, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to commemorate fall with this DIY wedding decoration! With two chairs, a wood frame, garland, and pumpkins this chic bride and groom were able to create the perfect rustic fall table assignment!
If you’re anything like me, gift giving is not your strong suit. And, when it comes to your wedding day, gifts are something you don’t want to slack on. From props to take-home goodies, little gifts help keep your guests entertained and are a great way to help them remember the wonderful day you spent months planning! To help make your gift giving easier, we’ve complied some items we certainly wouldn’t mind receiving at a wedding! One of our favorite ideas: Share a family recipe by wrapping the homemade treat and tying a recipe card to it — too cute! Xo, Courtney