Bridal Ballgowns

While some brides dream of wearing a more fitted look on their wedding day, others find themselves swooning over princess bridal ballgowns. If you’re looking for a Cinderella-worthy look, here are some of our favorite bridal ballgowns to inspire you on your shopping endeavors. These gowns prove that whether you’re getting married on a farm, in a villa, on a ranch, in wine country, or in a church, ballgowns are totally appropriate and doable. If you’re on the shorter side, have no fear! A waist accentuating ballgown doesn’t have to be overpowering (and the middle right picture is proof!), brides of all shapes and sizes can play with textures and accessories to find the bridal look that’s best for them.

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{Top Row Left: Christine Farah Photography via SMP, Right: Ray Kang Photography via SMP, Middle Row Left: Montana Dennis via The Knot, Right: Erin Hearts Court Photography, Bottom Row Left: Pure Gold Photography via SMP, Right: Artography via Modern Wedding}

Mint and Gold Weddings

Just as spring has sprung, the color mint tends to find its way into weddings and what better way to pair it than with sparkly and festive gold!?  We paired these pretty hues together with a few fun ideas to design around your big day!  What spring color will you add to make your wedding pop?!

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{Photos: Invitation Left: Jupiter and Juno, Right: Forever Candid via Wicked Bride, Tabletop: Haley Sheffield via SMP, Champagne: Clary Photo via Wedding Chicks, Vase: Etsy, Cake: Love is a Big Deal via Ruffled}

Kid Friendly Wedding Ideas

A huge decision that brides and grooms face when planning their wedding is deciding whether or not to allow kids. While some couples dread the idea of having children running around the venue, others welcome them with open arms. If you happen to be the latter, or on the fence about inviting little ones, here are some great ideas to help keep them busy and entertained on your big day. From kiddy korners to art projects, kids will have a total blast at your wedding. You can even put them to work as photographers by giving them disposable cameras and a scavenger hunt. Who knows? You might get some great shots or some great artwork as a special memento from the day.


{Top Row Left: Britta Schunck via SMP, Right: Justin and Keary Weddings via Ruffled, Middle Row Left: Paul Johnson Photography, Right: The Wedding Ring, Bottom Row Left: Gemma Clarke Photography, Right: Jen Fariello Photography via SMP}

Lovely Lace Wedding Details

Lace is a timeless option for your stunning wedding dress (whether as sleeves, as trim on your veil, or all over your gown).  But lace goes beyond just the wedding dress; you can weave it into your event decor and details too!  Consider laced up paper goods, the look of lace in your lighting, even a lace inspired wedding cake for a romantic touch to your wedding reception.  Big or little details, lace is lovely at any wedding day!

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{Photos: Invitation: Etsy, Lanterns: Fresh Ivey Photography via Utterly Engaged, Dress: The Long Haul via Brides, Signs: Virgil Bruao via WC, Runner: Simply Bliss Photography via Frosted Petticoat, Ceremony Setup: Peaches and Mint via Wedding Sparrow, Shoes: via Wedding Chicks, Cake: Claire Graham via Brides}

Garland Runners for Your Wedding Centerpieces

If you want something a little different down the center of your reception tables, then consider a live runner made of florals, greenery and other goodies!  Forgo the fabric for fresh product and enhance your space by bringing the outdoors in (or weaving those outdoors further onto your tables).  Here are a few flowery ways to brighten up your wedding tables, especially when working with long tables for your wedding!

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{Photos: Top Row Left: Erin Hearts Court via SMP, Right: Harrison Studio via SMP, Second Row Left: Studio Castillero via GWS, Right: via Brides, Bottom Row Left: Ashley Tingley via Le Magnifique Blog, Right: Tec Petaja via Bash Please}

Striped Wedding Details

What do you get when you have a blush color scheme and you add some black and white stripes? Something absolutely amazing. As the warmer months approach, wow the crowd with a summer soiree that features simple yet chic design. Not only do black and white stripes look great with pink, but it compliments almost any color and can turn any event into an elegant affair.


{Top Row Left: Brandon & Brian Photography via The Bridal Detective, Right: O’Malley Photographers via 100 Layer Cake, Middle Row Left: The Bridal Detective, Right:Heather Rowland Photography via SMP, Bottom Row Left:Wild Orchid Baking, Right:Rachel Peters Photography via SMP}

Colorful Wedding Inspiration

As we enter into the season of Spring, we thought it was about time we added more color into our lives. With bright flowers and vibrant details, incorporating color is easy and a great way to liven up  decor. Ditch a color scheme and wow guests with multiple color combinations for a one-of-a kind experience.

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{Top Row Left: Glitter Guide, Right: Lara Hotz Photography via Ruffled, Middle Row Left: Ashley Williams Photography via Swooned, Right: Zulily, Bottom Row Left: Etsy, Right:Kate’s Lens photography via Wedding Chicks}

Vintage Engagement Rings

If you find yourself looking at engagement rings on Pinterest but just can’t seem to find one that you absolutely love, a nontraditional ring may be exactly what you’re looking for. Vintage and engagement rings are perfect for nontraditional brides because they offer one-of-a-kind, unique jewels and settings that your friends and family will be drooling over.

Vintage engagement rings

{Top Row Left: Watson Studios via SMP, Right: Brilliant Earth, Second Row: Etsy, Third Row Left:Romanov Russian, Right:Earstwhile Jewelry Co. Bottom Row Left: Refinery29, Right: Etsy}

Getting into Shape Before the Big Day – Bridal Bar Radio

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This week on Bridal Bar Radio we chat with fitness guru and owner of Pure Barre Beverly Hills about leaning out, toning up and slimming down before your big day with tips and tricks from the experts on how to start your day and what workout is right for you.

And just for our listeners and readers – mention the show at Pure Barre Beverly Hills and get the 3 month bride-to-be package with an extra month free!!

Happy Friday and we’ll see you next week!  And don’t forget, if you missed the episode you can tune in anytime on demand here!

Gold Sparkle Weddings

To me, it doesn’t matter what season or time of day you choose to wed – a little sparkle on your wedding day is always in style!  Today we take a look at the luster of gold sparkling throughout your big day details in hopes of inspiring a bit more glitter in your life too!

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{Photos: Dress: Oscar de la Renta, Arrow: Joielala via 100 Layer Cake, Shoes: Ashley Seawell Photography, Small Florals: WeddingOMania, Table Cloth: Jessica Burke, Table Number: Etsy, Cake: Photography by Charise via Ruffled}

St. Patrick’s Day Wedding Ideas

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we wanted to share a few ways to really incorporate the spirit of the traditional Irish holiday into your wedding. Spread the luck of the Irish by adding deep emerald tones in your bouquet, table scape, bridesmaids dresses and shoes! Or, if you really want to incorporate Irish culture, subtly display shamrocks and horseshoes throughout your decor.

St. Patrick's Day Wedding Ideas

{Top Row Left: Heather Roth Fine Art Photography via SMP, Right: Intimate Weddings, Middle Row Left: Jamie Delaine Photography via Oh Lovely Day, Right: Jess & Nate Studios, Bottom Row Left: Virgil Bunao Photography via SMP, Right:Laura Nelson Photography via Snippet & Ink}

Mindy Weiss Launches Invitation Collection

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We recently stopped by a sunny soiree for the launch of a new collection of wedding invitations.  Our friends over at Wedding Paper Divas teamed up with wedding planning guru, Mindy Weiss, to create a line of wedding stationery that is pretty special! Mindy selected a handful of 2015 trends to center the collection around, and this event brought some of those ideas and designs to life.  Not only do we have your first look at the invitations available, but we also have some great ideas for your upcoming bridal shower or big day!

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Color blocking was one trend that Mindy spotted, and is carried throughout the line of paper goods for a bold statement on your big day.

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Watercolors with pretty purples and lovely lavenders were also spotted in the collection. And to bring those ideas to life, we played around at a cookie decorating station, a fab idea for your bridal shower!

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Another interactive idea was this succulent station where each guest got to walk away with a lovely home decor piece they created on the day of!  Oh, and of course the concept matched a green and white design for your invitation suite.

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In addition to the more modern pieces, there are also vintage and rustic wedding looks to choose from too.  For your invitation inspiration, take a look at this long table Mindy and her team created for the festivities (complete with menus and paper goods from her Wedding Paper Divas line).

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As you can see, this collection isn’t just invitations. They also have save the date cards, response cards, enclosure cards, thank you cards, and more with printing options such as letterpress and foil!  To customize the collection for your big day or bridal shower, check out the full set of suites over at Wedding Paper Divas.

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Big thanks to photographer Dennis Kwan.  All Photos by