Here’s what I’d be dreaming about…
Vera Wang Spring 2011 Collection. This soft pink makes my heart sing.
Stephanie Allin Dolce Vita Collection. This dress is so fresh and fun to me. It makes me want to salsa all over the dance floor.
Pnina Tornai in silk taffeta and beaded lace. *swoon* So romantic.
Angelo Lambrou organza gown is so vintage. This color makes me wish my skin were as porcelin as the models. Stunning.
Lazaro collection. This dress reminds me of winter and I love the detailing on the waist and texture of the skirt. What a beautiful ball gown. Frill without looking like Cinderella. Dreams do come true.
Also, I found these shoes and can’t stop staring at them! In love x 50 million! Thank you Jimmy Choo!
1. 300+ guests are so year 2000!
No, but really cutting down on your guest list can save you hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars. Besides there’s nothing more romantic than an intimate setting with the people closest to you.
2. Shop the department stores.
You’ll be surprised to find MANY bridesmaids dresses for under $100 at stores like Macy’s, Dillard’s, and Nordstroms. J.Crew even has reasonably priced gowns and bridesmaids dresses. Long gone are the days of having to shop at a bridesmaids’ dress shop. Besides, your girls will appreciate the ability to wear their dress over and over again.
3. Buy bulk invitations, and customize them yourself.
When purchasing invitations, Christopher and I found beautiful ones on sale for $0.75 a piece! Sure it takes a little bit more time, but just think! You’ll be able to put the money you’ve saved into you dream dress. (OR! More wine and dessert!) Check out Michaels.com for some of our favorites.
4. Ask for airline miles and hotel points instead of gifts.
You’d be surprised just how many people are willing to give away the points they never use. This will help cut down on your honeymoon cost tremendously and will save you time with having to “register” at every store.
5. Skip the Blooms.
In the end, flowers make up a HUGE part of a wedding budget. Have your bridesmaids carry a fancy clutch purse instead. Some costume yet classy clutches can be found at Forever 21 and H&M and won’t break the budget. Have the flower girl hold a sparkler or a few balloons. She’ll keep her darling appeal and will like the entertainment value. Plus, you’ll save money.
You know what I love about today’s brides? They aren’t hell-bent on doing things the traditional way. More importantly, they aren’t sold on the idea that their shoes have to be white or ivory. As a matter of fact, most brides want their shoes to be spontaneous and fun. So, here are some of my favorites!
These are the shoes I wore. More traditional, yes, but I paid tribute to my bridesmaids with the color. Thank you to Stuart Weitzman for these beauties.
Christian Louboutin always makes my heart pitter patter a bit faster than normal. He is responsible for this pair of cute and classy heels. I love the ruffle detailing and spunky color.
I also really admire these crystal encrusted, satin, black pumps by Giuseppe Zanotti. I feel like these should be worn with a shorter dress at a nighttime cocktail style wedding. What do you think?
ooooooh Valentino…the things you do to me. I think these shoes speak for themselves. So romantic.
God bless you Kate Spade. God bless you for these wonderful slingbacks.
Lastly i found these ADORABLE flats by Rene Caovilla. Comfy and classy. My favorite!