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Unconventional Wedding Dress Styles

June 9th, 2016

By Mackenzie Kleinman 

One of the biggest moments when planning a wedding is choosing your wedding dress. You try on a ton of dresses for what seems like forever. Just when you are about to give up, you find THE ONE. But what does THAT dress look like? Is it long and a white, or is it something totally unconventional? Is the big white pastry looking wedding dress not your thing? Here are a few alternative, yet awesome wedding dresses to keep in mind when looking at dresses for your special day.



What that I love about ombre is that it seems so summery and fun to me. It's such a creative way to incorporate your wedding colors (or even your something blue!) as well. Most of the dresses I have seen usually start with a color at the bottom of the dress and then fade into white up the dress; however I have seen a few funky ones that start with the color on top and fade into white as you go down the dress which as are also super cute. Or if you want a little taste of ombre but don't want to change your dress, try an ombre dipped veil instead!



Skirt and Top Set 

The skirt and shirt combo has been in style recently, just the past few years, and think its finally reached to the wedding dress. Usually this type of wedding ensemble includes a shorter or cropped top with a full skirt to keep with the traditional wedding dress style.  I love the break at the midriff because it adds a very boho look and also some edge compared to the traditional dress.



Wedding Suit 

Who could forget the skirt suit that Carrie Bradshaw wore to marry Big in the Sex in the City movie? Off-white metallic suit jacket paired with a matching skirt was definitely unconventional, but still amazing and elegant. However, I don't think all of us have royal blue Manolo Blahnik shoes to wear with it. The wedding suit is definitely a sophisticated choice!




Coming from someone who isn't usually in favor of the floral print, I have to show respect to the floral wedding gown. There are so many ways to incorporate floral into your wedding dress whether the flowers are 3D or if they are printed onto the fabric. What I love about floral is that you can go as crazy or as conservative as you want. You can have colorful flowers featured on your dress, or simple cream embroidered flowers featured on it.



If there is one thing in the world that I think are complete opposites are the color black and a wedding dress. But you know what they say, opposites attract I guess. The brides I have seen that choose a black dress completely rock it. I've seen all black dresses and also dresses with black accents which I also love! It's sort of like getting the best of both worlds, the traditional white and the edgy black. There's no doubt that the bride in this picture looks breathtaking in that dress!




Long dress not your thing? You can look just as elegant in a short little number. Especially if your wedding is in the summer, you might not want to be sweating up a storm during your vows; so, a shorter dress might be a better choice for you. Keep in mind that a short dress is going to give off a more casual vibe so decide on the attire before you get your heart set on a short dress. If you want a black tie wedding, you aren't going to want your guests looking more formal than you. I have also heard of brides having a long traditional dress for their ceremony and then change to a shorter, yet still elegant and beautiful shorter dress for the reception. 



Photo Courtesy:

1. MinkMaidsCollection/Etsy

2. KerryAnnStokes/Etsy

3. Houghton NYC

4. Le spose di gio Italy

5. Steve Eichner

6. Analisa Joy



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Band vs DJ

June 7th, 2016

By Mackenzie Kleinman 


Ah, the age old question, "Do you get a band or a DJ for my wedding?" Alright maybe it's not the "age old question" but it's an argument I have in my head constantly. With that being said, I'm not planning a wedding anytime soon; however, I've had my wedding planned right down to the table settings for years now. Therefore, I think I'm pretty qualified to tackle this question. This choice of entertainment is important because the vibe of the music could make or break a reception. If people are getting bored or maybe the music is just too much and overwhelming, then your guests aren't going to have fun at the reception. But I have a few factors to help you decide what to do.


 What you first have to think of is, of course, what you want, but also about your guests. One important factor of mine is determining if the reception the reception going to be large or small? The reason I say that his is my determining factor is because if it's a small reception I would go for a band and if it's a large reception you go for the DJ. At your wedding, you want people up and dancing; you want them to be having as much fun as possible. A band is the best option for a smaller wedding to accomplish this. With a band, you have a lead singer interacting with a crowd and when you have a smaller reception, you need that. You are getting your money's worth out of band because of the attention he will give your guests, playing off of their vibes. When you have a DJ, he or she is focused into putting on the next song and changing the levels and all of that stuff. He's not interacting with the crowd. However, a DJ might be able to offer more than a band music wise. A DJ can jump from fast to slow to hip hop to country very quickly. There isn't one person continuously singing so the vibes are always changing on the dance floor. I personally would do a DJ for a large reception because you aren't paying for him to be interactive with your guests, you are paying him to get them moving and to play the songs that you and your guests want to hear. Obviously, these factors are not set in stone. If you feel like you should have a string quartet for your reception, go for it! If you want to hire Avicii (lol I wish) for your big day, that's expensive, but also great! Whatever you decide to do your big day will still be special regardless.




Photo courtesy:

The Wedding Singer    Avicii 


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How to Have Donuts at Your Wedding

June 3rd, 2016

In honor of National Donut Day (yum!) I decided to dedicate this post to holiest of desserts (get it?).

Anyways, here are a few ~sweet~ ways you can incorporate donuts into your special day!



1. A donut table will be the talk of your wedding reception as guests gather to grab their favorite flavor.

2. I LOVE these donut hole skewers. They will for sure add some quirkiness to your reception!


3. Who said donuts can't glamorous?? 

4. Send your guests home with a sweet treat!


5.Have little cups of donuts for your guests to carry around a snack on!


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3 Ways to Use Sparklers at Your Wedding

June 1st, 2016

By Mackenzie Kleinman  

If anybody knows me, they know I love weddings. I follow about fifteen different wedding twitter accounts and have about 4 different wedding Pinterest boards. I just love looking at the different themes, dresses, and pictures. Some of my favorite wedding pictures I've seen have been with sparklers. I love the whimsicality of them and also uniqueness of it. Here are a few way to incorporate sparklers into you wedding.

Send Off

Courtesy of Captivating Weddings

 Photo by Kandi Kodges

Instead of doing the traditional "throwing of the rice send off" sparklers are unique alternative. As guests arrive to the reception, have multiple jars laid around with a sign saying "Take One! Send Off At 8:00." Then your guests will be able to see where they are without having to grab one and hold onto it for the rest of the night. As the send off time nears, guests can grab a sparkler and line a tunnel. As they are all lit, you are your now husband will run down together through a tunnel of sparking light and all of your friends and family around you. Pictures of this are always so beautiful that I think it's a must.




 Courtesy of SFgirlbybay

If you choose to have a photobooth or photo station of some sort at your wedding, sparklers would be such a fun and different idea to put in. Along with other props such as silly hats, glasses, other accessories that most photo booths have, sparklers would be so unique to your photo booth. I take picture with my friends all they time and we love to pose with sparklers. They are just so fun and you can't help but laugh with your friends as you try to squeeze in those last few pictures before the flame runs out! The sparkler would be so fun to pose with and your guests would leave with memorable pictures for themselves.

Bride and Groom Pictures


Photography by Chellise Michael Photography



Photo by Lamb and Lark

Here is where we hit classic fairytale looking pictures. There are so many different ways to use sparklers in your pictures especially when using an over exposure camera which will outline where ever the sparkler goes in the picture. There are so many beautiful examples but above are a couple of my favorites


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Wedding Planning Series: Bridesmaids

March 21st, 2016


When I first got engaged we decided that since we had a lot of time before the wedding (more than a year and a half) we would take it easy on planning at the beginning and just enjoy being engaged. However, the one thing that I wanted to do right away was ask my bridal party. I wanted my bridesmaids and my maid of honor to be able to participate in all of the planning so I wanted to ask them early.

I had heard all the horror stories of asking your bridal party too early and running the risk of not being close with them by the time of the wedding, but in my case all of these people have been in my life for several years. One is my sister. One is my cousin. One is my sorority sister and roommate. The other two have been my best friends since high school - one even set me up with my fiancé and helped him pick out my engagement ring!

I spent a lot of time shopping around trying to find cute things to use to ask them. I knew that I wanted to give them little gift boxes with a couple of little things that showed that I really appreciated them and wanted them to be part of my day. I also really wanted them to be able to use everything, even the box so I really wanted it to be pretty.

I found these boxes at Michaels. They were originally just under $8, but I had a coupon for 20 percent off my entire purchase so they were really affordable. I also got some sand paper and some darker wood stain and my fiancé spent a couple hours sanding and staining them. It was really fun and easy, saved us a lot of money, and they turned out beautifully.


As for what I purchased from Etsy, I got the girls a card asking them to be in my bridal party. I found these great ones from MarryGrams. They were $5 a piece, but they were really pretty and high quality. They had a hint of sparkle in the paper and even the envelopes were sparkly. I got them in silver.


I also got some vinyl decals that I planned on putting on water bottles. I was able to personalize them with the girls' names and their title in the wedding. They were from TheTravelingPen on Etsy. They came in perfect condition and were very easy to put on. Even though the picture showed tumblers, they looked great on the water bottles. I ordered them in black and white so they wouldn't clash with the blue water bottles.


I also included a ring pop, paint swatches of the wedding colors, and a tiny bottle of wine for those over 21. I think it all turned out really cute and all of the girls said yes!



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