Are you—or is anyone you know—a bridesmaid for more than one 2012 or 2013 wedding? MTV wants to know! The cable network is casting a new show, “Always A Bridesmaid,” and is on the hunt for gals who’ve got multiple b-maid obligations that range from elegant and over-the-top to casual and low-key. If you are between 18 and 28 years old and are involved in several bridal parties for 2012/2013 weddings, email MTV your contact info, a video summary of your situation and a recent photo. Who knows? That bevy of bridesmaid dresses, party invites and planning chores (not to mention your natural charm) may just land you on TV!
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There’s no stronger trigger of emotion and memory than a particular, familiar smell. So here’s an idea: Give your wedding its own unique fragrance—one that will both set the tone for, and forever evoke memories of, your most important occasion, your one perfect day. Online custom stationery boutique 5 Thirteen Designs has just launched WedScents, a line of heavenly fragrance kits designed for the bride to delicately scent all of her wedding essentials—from save-the-dates to favors to fabric elements. A collection of four introductory fragrances includes Citrus Blossom (bright, crisp, outdoorsy), Forever Fresh (herbal, gardeny), Captivating Waters (cool, coastal) and our hands-down fave for Houston weddings, Radiant Glamour—a sexy, feminine blend of fresh-picked florals. Each set includes a mist-applicator fragrance bottle, application ideas and 25 themed note cards. We LOVE the idea of tucking these into your b’maids’ spa kits or gift bags, or using them for favors at your bridal shower or pre-wedding luncheon (did we mention that the packaging is beautiful?). Breathe deep, dolls. This is a fun one!!
We’ll be the first to admit, we’re on a bit of a b’maids kick this week—first with our bevy of vintage-inspired bridesmaid finds, and now with this lovely, frock-filled video clip of Bella Bridesmaid rocking the I Do! Bridal Soiree runway. And why shouldn’t we be? Our bridesmaids are our confidantes, accomplices, trusted advisors, shoulders to cry on and BFFs, but for REAL. Let’s all make sure they look smashing on our special day, shall we? It’s the least we can do for the best girls we know.
Got a bit of nostalgia for days gone by? One of the best ways to bring a vintage vibe into your wedding is with your bridesmaids. We’re crazy for e-shops ModCloth, Ruche and Posh Girl Vintage, which have zillions of 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s-inspired frocks. And where would we be without Etsy when we’re shopping for vintage clutches, shoe clips, charm bracelets, fascinators, lockets and boleros for our dear ’maids? For vintage-look footwear, we’re particularly fond of Kate Spade, Seychelles, Miz Mooz and the inimitable Betsey Johnson. Love the idea of a vintage look for your bridesmaids, but don’t know quite where to start? Locally, Bella Bridesmaid’s savvy consultants can suggest all kinds of ways to add vintage verve to your girls’ getups. So get ON that, now, would y’all?
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Photos (From Top to Bottom, Left to Right) : BHLDN ~ Leela Purse ~ Endless ~ Twenty Six 7 ~ ModCloth ~ BeSomethingNew ~ Nordstrom ~ linen whites ~ Ruche
They’re there for you every step of the way, offering opinions when asked (OK, sometimes not when asked), agreeing to wear whatever frothy frock you choose, helping you with wedding prep chores at your whim, and occasionally talking you off the ledge of wedding planning indecision. That’s just what it means to be a bridesmaid. So please, be an exemplary bride, and show those amazing girls just how much you appreciate their patience, good humor, and most of all, their love. Etsy artisans make gracious bridesmaid gifting easy and, yeah, a heck of a lot of fun. We’ve hand selected our current favorite bridesmaid gifts to help you say “thank you” in style!
1. Shop Memento ~ 2. JuJu Baju ~ 3. Tyra Handmade Jewelry 2 ~ 4. Delicacy J ~ 5. Brilliant Bashes ~ 6. Ickady Bags ~ 7. EmenGee Designs ~ 8. Anista Designs
Her iPod is practically a physical appendage. She can’t get enough of her Kindle Fire. She loves her iPhone almost as much as she loves you. Sound familiar? Rare is the bridesmaid who doesn’t adore her tech devices. So how about showing your maids how much you adore them with gifts that are both tech-friendly and totally chic? We love everything from chicBuds, but right now we’re wild about their new Fauvette “birdie” speakers, which’ll bring bling to BFF’s iPod, iPhone or other MP3 listening experience—along with four hours of quality speaker sound. Also new, and so freakin’ adorable we could scream: chicBuds ARTS patterned earbud cords—a first for the earbud market (and a fabulous bridesmaids’ gift, or part of a bachelorette-weekend essentials bag). For the many monogram-lovers among you (yeah, you know who you are), may we suggest Lipstick Shades’ preppie-chic monogram device cases and sleeves? Whether your bridesmaid is partial to her laptop, Blackberry, iPhone or Kindle, these guys have got a case, cover or sleeve she’ll love—even more because it’s personalized with her initials. And offered with your profound thanks. Aww…
Weddings, especially destination weddings, can be tough on a gal’s tootsies. The sand, the sea, the verdant lawns, all that walking back and forth from cabana to pool…all that DANCING. Allow us to offer a little something sweet for your weary feet (and other assorted parts). We’re especially loving the new SoleMates Outdoor Essentials kit, which features a pair of the brand’s awesome High Heeler heel tips, along with sunscreen, aloe gel and dainty little natural insect repellent towelettes. Aww… And of course, we eternally adore Oprah favorite FootzyRolls, especially in those cute shimmery metallics, and Flexflops equally practical foldable flip-flops. Any one of these would make a great in-room gift for your wedding-bound bridesmaids or best gals. Dontcha think?
Think pink and you’re likely to think demure femininity, youthful girlishness. Think pink and green, and you imagine madras plaids and preppy propriety. But add a chic slash of black and a bit of grown-up edge–a vintage choker, a sexy heel, an ombre range from palest blush to deep rose–and you have one seriously sophisticated wedding palette.
Photos: Lanvin for H&M dress, Bisou Online~Choker, Aranwen~Boutonniere, Amie Otto Photography~Cupcakes, Dotty About Cake~Cocktail, Cointreau~Handbag, SueJack~Peep-toe, Vera Wang~Wedding Dress, Vera Wang~Peonies, Fos Decor.
How yummy are these super-soft bamboo jersey tunics from Bamjamz? OK, you’ve GOT to slip into them to experience their fabulousness fully. But just check out that soft pink and dove gray. And those lovely lotus and butterfly designs? Our heart rate slows down just looking at ‘em.
We think they’re perfect for kicking back in after a long, hard day of wedding planning. Bamjamz also makes deliciously comfortable leggings and lounge pants. Worn alone, their tunics make great sleep tops and swim cover-ups (honeymoon, anyone?)…and EXCELLENT bridesmaid gifts. Paired with pants, they’re perfect for lazy Sunday mornings at home with your hubby-to-be. They’re eco-friendly, too. And available locally at Neiman Marcus. Love.
And speaking of local loungewear, we’ve got a major crush on Touche Houston’s simple cotton PJs. How do they manage to be so fresh and soft, like a gentle spring breeze? But still crisp, and definitely sexy—bridal sleepwear at its sophisticated best. Sweet dreams!
We Buzzed on Pressing Events’ new CITYCENTRE store last week, but we just couldn’t get to all the stuff we love at AND about the new PE in that teeny, tiny newsletter item. So here we go.
First up, Emilie Sloan bags. How cute are designer Lisa Murphy’s fully lined totes, market bags and carryalls? The folks who put on the Academy Awards think they’re awfully cute, which is why they included Emilie Sloan in this year’s official swag. Pressing Events owner Nancy Billingsley Calvert is likewise a fan, and told us she “expects big things” from the collection, which, she notes, is already attracting brides and graduates in droves. These would make fabulous bridesmaid gifts, don’t you think?
Next: Kaas Decoupage. The renowned New York decoupage studio makes absolutely gorgeous decoupage plates with designs sourced from flea markets, antique shows and estate sales. If you’re a bride with vintage vibe, or a traditionalist with a passion for classic wedding commemoration, Pressing Events’ newly expanded line of Kaas plates is perfect for preserving wedding invitations, photos, collages…you name it. Then press it.
We also adore Pressing Events’ very impressive selection of stationery, which includes all our favorite styles from Crane, Elum, Smock, and Charleston, S.C.’s wonderful The Lettered Olive, among others. But PE’s forté is “one-of-a-kind, singular design,” Calvert points out—“much like a designer-original wedding dress.” If you’re looking for truly distinguished custom invitations, you must meet with Pressing Events’ Amber Anglin Fowler. Calvert regaled us with the story of how Amber searched Dallas without success for a store to produce the exact right custom invitations for her wedding last year…and ended up creating her own. “Though her mother grew quite weary of her quest, I must say she has found her home with us,” Calvert says. “Our brides love her!”
And we do, too.