Engagement Ring Trends

These romantic and round inspired brilliant cut diamonds are resurfacing as a popular trend both with celebrities and people around the country, While they are unique in their look, they are close in sparkle and feel to a traditional round diamond. This helps the engagement ring stand out. These shapes are also less expensive than the round and look larger within the same carat range.



Wedding Dress Shoe Trends

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Beading is definitely on the rise these days. This season, a lot of wedding designers offer richly embellished wedding gowns. Hand-beaded flats have the perfect match for your wedding gown. It only takes one look at these splendid shoes to fall in love with them! Soft pink, champagne or light blue are trendy wedding colors for your wedding this season.



Industrial Styled Wedding

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We went rustic for a while – barns, raw wood benches, burlap, baby's breath and chipping paint – but now the wheels are turning again, and brides will be going for more industrial style spaces and pieces. 2019 will refine rustic to an industrial elegance, which means that barn weddings will be outranked by raw metallic spaces like refurbished factories and old warehouse-style buildings. This trend will also include more raw metal and exposed brick and concrete in decor. It’s out with the gold and in with the new; copper, bronze, chrome and silver will replace the gold and rose gold accents of 2018. Old meets new and country meets city with industrial updating rustic and redirecting next year’s wedding trends.



Ball Gown Styled Wedding Dresses

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Straightforward ball gowns still (and will always) have a place in bridal, but the biggest skirts on the fall 2019 runways had an extra hint of volume, thanks to asymmetric tiers of tulle and satin that gave them the rippling effect of a waterfall. From Theia to Hayley Paige, these dresses are perfect for making an entrance.



Flowers Are IN

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Greenery has been adorning weddings for several years, and often it is used in lieu of flowers or with minimal floral accents. This year, say goodbye to pale accent flowers and grab a bright bouquet. Flowers are in and they are gonna be big! From sunflowers to peonies and dahlias, 2019 flowers will be bigger and brighter than before, and while the greenery garlands are here to stay, they will be coexisting with these large, bright blooms.

Bridal & Wedding Expos in 2019

Yay! You’re engaged and now you’re drowning in options for your wedding. Here are a few local wedding expos happening this year to help you and your partner pick the best options for your wedding.

North Carolina Bridal & Wedding Expo;

Admission Cost; $10

Date; November 17th 2019 from 12pm-5pm

Location; Raleigh Convention Center - Hall A

500 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

This expo will have a plethora of live bands and DJ demos throughout the day as well as many wedding professionals there to help you with all of your wedding needs.

https://www.ncbridalexpos-rc.com/?_ga=2.259097290.1967956052.1545850189-919941585.1544646265


Forever Bridal Wedding Show;

Admission: $8 Online & $10 at the door

Date: Saturday, August 10th and Sunday, August 11th, 2019 11am to 4pm both days

Location: Jim Graham Building, NC State Fairgrounds 1025 Blue Ridge Road

Raleigh, North Carolina 27607

The Forever Bridal Wedding Show & Expo, on August 10th & 11th, will showcase the Triangle area’s top wedding vendors that are ready to help plan your dream wedding. As with every Forever Bridal Productions show, the August Wedding Show & Expo features fashion shows with the newest styles for your special day. You might just spot your dream dress or the perfect suit for your handsome husband-to-be.

https://www.foreverbridal.net/southern-wedding-show-expo-summer/



Don't Show up Empty Handed this December

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Christmas time is an extremely popular time of year for people to get married, and if you’re going to a bridal shower or wedding reception, consider some of these particularly unique Christmas wedding gift ideas that are a twist on the original ones most people buy.

One of the loveliest and most unique Christmas wedding gift ideas I’ve seen so far involves buying the bride and groom especially nice embroidered stockings, made of fine material like silk. Have their initials or just their last name’s first initial on the stocking, in a big, pretty design.

If you’d like to help the new couple celebrate their first Christmas together, buy them champagne glasses. Have either their wedding date placed on them, or a nice saying such as the year with “First Christmas Together” imprinted into the glass. Do be sure to buy high quality glasses so they hold up well, and even consider adding a nice bottle of champagne with them as well.

f you’re not too close to the bride and groom and don’t want to buy anything too expensive, try buying some upper end glass ornaments. Clear ornaments look the most elite and elegant, much more so than colored. Have their names or initials placed on the ornaments, along with a special date or sentiment of their wedding. Most couples that get married will get several of these, but they’ll always appreciate another ornament to hang on their tree as a reminder of their special day.

These Things Work for a December Wedding

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Pine Cone Decorations & Details

A pretty pine cone can become a simple place card holder or garland (spray gold for an extra festive feel) amd be used for table decorations and wedding cake decorations. Other cheap and cheerful decoration ideas include gold sprayed leaves, cinnamon and natural greenery.

Simple Candle Holders

Used spray painted wine bottles paired with pillar candles (Tiger & Ikea are great for cheap candles of all shapes and sizes) to create a cosy, inexpensive winter wedding look. If you have candle holders in your home don't be afraid to mismatch these across your venue too.

Simple Christmas Cake Toppers

Add a subtle festive feel to proceedings with a cute and seasonal cake topper. For the ultimate budget option check out our sparkling DIY Best Day Ever Wedding Topper, add some fresh winter fruits  covered in icing sugar or a cute festive animal topper.

 

Use these clothing tips for a November wedding!

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Whether you are the bride or groom or one of the special guests invited to share the sacred day, consider these options before attending a November wedding. 

Whether you live in Texas or Chicago, a wedding in November is most likely going to be a bit chilly. 

Women

If you’re shopping for something new, try a rich jewel-toned dress or jumpsuit. Pair your favorite patent leather pointy-toe heels with a deep burgundy or emerald silk dress. The beauty of jewel tones is that they make everyone’s skin glow! If your skin tone is light, opt for a powerful deep blue; if it’s medium, try a sparkling emerald; and if it’s dark, try a ruby red. A smoky brown with a warm gray undertone is also known to look amazing on every shade of skin!

 Go for a midi- or full-length dress. If you have your heart set on a shorter, flirtier number, grab your favorite pair of tights. They’re an easy solution for a little more coverage during a chilly reception. Play with the opacity and design, and don’t forget to think about the kind of shoe you’ll need to make them work.

Men

Fall weddings can be hard to dress for since the weather can be so unpredictable, that's why the most important thing to remember is to dress in layers.

For men, try mixing and matching textures and patterns for a cozy look that doesn't look shabby or grungy. Pair a wool coat with a silk tie, and don't be afraid to wear some color! Just look at the invitation for hints of the couple's wedding colors so you don't end up looking like a member of the bridal party.

A stylish man can't go wrong with a sophisticated wool suit. This sleek number will get you through any wedding on the bride's best-dressed list. The rumors are true: charcoal is the new black. Dress up using charcoal and you will be good to go.

 

 

Considering a Thanksgiving Wedding?

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Traditionally, Thanksgiving and Christmas are times reserved for family. And once you get married, your family grows. With that growth, your obligations expand. Many couples rotate whose family they spend the special holidays with each year. If they suddenly receive a wedding invitation a few months ahead of Thanksgiving, it can throw the balance of everything into a tailspin. Here are some pros and cons to consider:

Pros

Thanksgiving can be a fun theme to play with at your wedding! We had clients from Chicago who had a "Pie-Stravaganza" in lieu of a wedding cake at their Thanksgiving wedding. Yes, there was fabulous pumpkin pie on the menu, but there were also seven other flavors to choose from. And who doesn't love pie?

The size of an out-of-control guest list can be seriously reduced by inviting your friends to spend an important holiday away from their families. Some of your friends won't even consider it. If you can't afford a big wedding but don't want to leave people off the guest list, a Thanksgiving weekend wedding is a great way to get a lot more people to decline the invite.

Whether or not you choose to host your wedding at a hotel, out-of-town guests will likely need a place to stay. The fall and winter often means lower rates and has more availability, which usually means all of your wedding guests are able to stay in the same place.

Cons

This might seem like a pro at first (and some may still consider it one!), but the fact that Thanksgiving is a truly American holiday means that the entire country will be celebrating. Many families have deep traditions and how they celebrate Thanksgiving is often one of them.By hosting a wedding over Thanksgiving weekend, you're asking your guest to change their usual traditions.

 Airfares are outrageous for Thanksgiving week. Easily as bad, if not worse, than Christmas and Spring Break. If a lot of your guests will have to travel to your wedding, you have to take that into consideration. Everybody knows Thanksgiving is one of the most heavily-travelled days of the year.

 Wedding vendors have families too, so don't look for big discounts even if you're getting married someplace that is supposed to be in "off-season, but you'll pay to have them servicing your wedding while their entire family is sitting at home enjoying turkey together.