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7 Signs You’re at a Millennial Wedding

September 16, 2016
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(Article originally appeared here at Huffington Post by Stephanie Herbst)

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They don’t make weddings like they used to anymore. With a smartphone in everyone’s pocket and constant interaction with peers through social media, technology is changing almost every aspect of society. The Millennial generation (that’s people born between 1980 and 2000) are a generation that’s grown up with this technology, and embraces its presence in almost every aspect of their lives. More and more Millennials are on their way to the altar, and that means the weddings you’ll be attending now and for the next few years aren’t going to be your typical wedding soiree. How can you tell that you’re definitely at (or will be going to) a Millennial wedding? Here are seven surefire signs to look for:

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1. You heard about their engagement on Facebook, and saw their engagement photos in a Facebook album before receiving their Save the Date.

 

2. They didn’t build a wedding website using a site like TheKnot.com or mywedding.com — their custom wedding website was built by the best man (or some other close friend) who’s a professional software engineer that specializes in cutting-edge UI.

 

3. Their wedding invitation included one of the following:
– An infographic design of their love story
– A QR code
– A wedding hashtag

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4. Their wedding registry has items like a Nest Thermostat, a Lockitron, an iPad, or some other cutting-edge tech. O
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5. They’ve set up an app for their wedding. Or at least, they’re using their personal hashtag on Instagram to keep track of all their guests’ photos.

6. They didn’t have to decide between getting a DJ or a band — they just used Spotify and put together a playlist. Or, they hired that one friend that likes to pretend that he’s a DJ in his spare time.

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7. There’s DIY everywhere, because the bride decided to make a few of her favorite projects from her “Wedding Inspiration” Pinterest board. Which, by the way, she’s been adding Pins to since college.

 

 

 

Have you been to a Millennial wedding with these following attributes? How did it compare to a wedding you’ve been to with less of an emphasis on social media or tech?

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Your Wedding Vendor Tipping Cheat Sheet

September 2, 2016
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When you’re already dipping deep into your (or your parents’) savings for wedding expenses, allotting room in your budget for gratuities on top of that can be hard to handle. And even though service charges may be spelled out in your contract, tipping—although not mandatory—is always appreciated for a job well done, not to mention a kind and thoughtful gesture.

Since some vendors will expect a gratuity, and other gratuities will need to be considered on a case-by-case scenario, there are a few things to consider.

 Traditionally, business owners of larger companies don’t get tipped—just their employees—but you can and should tip an owner when the service exceeds expectations. Small business owners should never be overlooked either, since their businesses are often run by just one person.

Tip vendors who offer exceptional service, write thank-you notes (they’re always appreciated), and assign the responsibility to a trusted deputy such as your wedding planner, a parent or wedding party member. Here’s helpful a breakdown of what’s customary for each vendor.

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Wedding planners won’t likely expect anything, but if yours did a great job, you can always offer a token of appreciation. (Note: Non-monetary thank-yous like professional photos of the wedding for the planner’s portfolio can go a long way too.) About 50 percent of couples do tip their planners—typically those with more opulent weddings.

Protocol:  Optional

The Standard:  10–20 percent, up to $500, or a nice gift

When to Tip: The bride should hand off the envelope at the end of the reception, or she should send a thank-you note with photos or a check after the honeymoon.

Wedding Hairstylist and Makeup Artist

This is one area where a gratuity is definitely expected. Tip between 15 to 25 percent just as you would in a hair salon, and consider giving a little extra if there’s a crisis, like one of your bridesmaids has a meltdown over her curls and it requires a redo at the last minute.

Protocol: Expected

The Standard: 15–25 percent, depending upon the quality of service

When to Tip: Tip your beauty stylists at the end of your service.

Wedding Delivery and Setup Staff

Slip a few dollars to anyone delivering important items to the site such as the wedding cake, flowers or sound system. If a lot of gear needs to be brought in and set up (tents, chairs or porta-potties), the workers deserve a tip too.

Protocol: Expected

The Standard: $5–$10 per person

When to Tip: Drop off cash envelopes the day before the wedding to the catering manager so the person accepting deliveries can turn the tip.

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Wedding Ceremony Officiant

If your officiant is affiliated with a church or synagogue, you’re often expected to make a donation to that institution. If you’re a member, you’ll probably want to give a larger amount than if you’re not. However, if you’re getting married there and they’re charging you to use the space, feel free to give a smaller amount. Tipping the officiant, both nondenominational and denominational, is also appreciated.

Protocol: Expected (depending on officiant)

The Standard: Donate $100–$500 to the church or synagogue, and for the officiant, an optional tip of $50-$100

When to Tip: Most ceremony fees are required prior to the wedding. Otherwise, have the best man pass the cash envelope at the rehearsal dinner if the officiant is in attendance.

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worked with a mini orchestra to come up with the perfect score for your service (and they pulled it off flawlessly), consider showing some monetary thanks for their talent. However, you probably don’t have to tip the solo church organist who was required to play.

Protocol: Optional

The Standard: $15–$20 per musician

When to Tip: Ceremony musicians should receive a tip at the end of the ceremony.

Wedding Photographer and Videographer

You’re not expected to give your shutterbugs any money beyond their normal fees. But if the wedding photographer or videographer doesn’t own the studio, consider tipping each person (or give a certain amount with a thank-you note to disperse to staff).

Protocol: Optional

The Standard: $50–$200 per vendor

When to Tip: Tip your photographer and videographer at the end of the reception.

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This type of staff includes the on-site coordinator, maître d’ and banquet manager. A service charge (typically 2 percent) is almost always built in to the food and drink fee, so check your contract. If the gratuity is not included, tip as follows.

Protocol: Expected

The Standard: 15–20 percent of the food and drink fee (based on labor, not the cost), or $200–$300 for the maître d’

When to Tip: If it’s covered in the contract, the final bill is typically due before the reception. Otherwise, have the father of the bride or best man hand the envelope to the maître d’ at the end of the reception, since you’ll need to know the final tab to calculate the percentage.

Wedding Reception Attendants

When it comes to bartenders, waitstaff, parking, bathroom and coatroom attendants, the rules of tipping are dictated by your contract. If the service fee is included, consider doling out extra only if the service was exceptional. If it’s not included, ask ahead of time how many attendants will be working your wedding and calculate on a per person basis.

Protocol: Optional, based on contract

The Standard: 10–20 percent of the liquor or food bill to be split among bartenders or waiters respectively, $1 per guest for coatroom, and $1 per car for parking attendants

When to Tip: Although tips are traditionally passed out at the end of the event, alternately, you could distribute them at the beginning of the evening to encourage all the workers to give you great service.

Wedding Reception Band or DJ

Whether you hire a 12-piece swing band or a single DJ, tipping musicians is completely optional, depending on the quality of the job and how willing they were to follow your ideal playlist. Don’t forget about any sound technicians they bring with them too.

Protocol: Optional, yet preferred

The Standard: $20–$25 per musician; $50–$150 for DJs

When to Tip: The best man should tip the musicians or DJ at the end of the reception.

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Again, check your contract, as gratuity is usually included. If it isn’t, plan to tip provided they show up on time and don’t get lost.

Protocol: Expected

The Standard: 15–20 percent of the total bill

When to Tip: Tip transportation pros at the end of the night or after the last ride. If you used a separate company for the guest buses, designate a bus captain to hand the driver a tip, otherwise this duty falls to the best man.

 

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10 Mistakes Brides Make on Their Wedding Day

August 26, 2016
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(Post originally appeared here on Wedding Planner)

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No wedding day is completely perfect, and there are bound to be some flubs or forgotten details along the wedding planning journey. But to help avoid unnecessary bumps in the road, here are 10 common mistakes brides make leading up to the big day

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Many make the mistake of only hiring one hair & makeup artist for the entire bridal party. Yes, it’s economical, but you’ll find yourself stressing big time as everyone has to wait hours for their turn! If you have more than four ladies to do hair and makeup for, you should consider hiring at least two makeup artists and two hair stylists. Make sure they have met each other beforehand and have pictures of the makeup and hair looks so that the process goes smoothly on the day of.

 

2. Drinking the night before

Even if it’s just a glass of wine to calm the nerves, try to refrain from drinking the night before the wedding. Alcohol can make you puffy the next day, and if you are sensitive to the stuff you may even get a mild headache. Trade in a cocktail or glass of wine for some sparkling water and lemon – you’ll be thanking us later.

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3. Ruling out a wedding planner early

Even if you’ve managed to plan everything yourself thus far, the week before your wedding often way more stressful than brides expect. If you hire a planner for even just a few days before and during the event, you’ll be able to take some time to relax and enjoy the moment leading up to such an important day. It’s not obligatory, but it can save from a lot of running around keeping track of final payments to vendors, confirming floral deliveries, giving directions…need us continue?

4. Not accounting for hidden costs

This is a big one that gets overlooked far too often. Tipping your vendors is a must unless it’s already included in their contract. You also have to remember the marriage licence, postage for “Thank you” cards, meals on wedding day, and the infamous emergency fund – this is for when the power goes out and you have to buy 200 candles, or the groom forgets to pack his shoes and needs to hail a cab!

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On the day of your wedding, you are the center of attention – everyone will be stopping you to say a word or give a hug. But don’t forget to take a few quiet moments with your parents outside of pictures. It will be a welcome break from the hustle and bustle and it will give you some one-on one-time with them that both they and you will appreciate once it’s all said and done.

6. Forgetting to eat

Yes, we know you need to fit into your wedding dress as snug as a bug the day of, however, we don’t need a dramatic Scarlett O’Hara fainting moment because you didn’t eat anything. A light breakfast with a few carbs for energy will suffice, along with lots of water and some snacks while getting ready and during pictures.

7. Sunless tanning

Have some practice sessions please! I can’t stress this enough. Sunless tanning can work if you find the right place to go, but be sure to go for a shade that isn’t so far off your natural skin tone. Instead, aim for a subtle pre-wedding glow. If you overdo it or go too dark, you will be in your bathroom two days before your wedding with half a cup of lemon juice, a quarter cup of sugar, and a whole lot of scrubbing.

8. Not feeding vendors

Your vendors work hard and rightly so; this is what they do! However, if you have hired a band to entertain your guests, a planner running around behind the scenes, and a photographer or videographer, it’s important to remember to give them a dinner break on the day of. This is customary, but also practical – no one can perform their best on an empty stomach!

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Take into consideration that your bridal party has spend a ton of time and money over the past year helping you plan your wedding. From wedding gifts to bachelor/bachelorette parties to outfits and dinners, they’ve done so much. Be sure to budget a decent amount (considering how large your bridal party is) so they can feel the love and appreciation you have for all they have done.

10. Mistreating single friends

I’ve been one of the single gals at a table full of couples, and trust me – not all guests in that position are going to find the situation ideal. To ease the pressure off, try to put them with at least one person at the same table that they know. That way, it’s not quite so awkward when the slow dancing begins and all couples migrate to the dance floor!

We hope these tips were useful for beginning your wedding planning journey! For the seasoned bride or bride-to-be, let us know what mistakes you think can be avoided in the comments!

 

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A Real Wedding- Sara and Max!

August 19, 2016
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The dazzling Miss Sara and her honey Max tied the knot this past April in an elegant ceremony at the Las Vegas Four Seasons.

 

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The breath taking Fountain Terrace and the elegant cascading water fall at the Four Seasons Las Vegas had just received an upgrade and face lift and the location made for a perfect location for a magnificent first look.

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It is always such a treat getting to work with a big bridal party before a wedding. We just love meeting all those beautiful ladies who came from near and far to support their girl in her celebration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This lovely bride was the absolute definition of class. She is beautiful both inside and out and every moment of her wedding showed that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Congratulations Sara and Max!!! Thank you for choosing Makeup In The 702 to be part of such a beautiful day!!

Venue: Four Seasons, Las Vegas
Gown Designer: Lazaro
Wedding Gown Boutique: Couture Bride
Hair and Make up: Make up in the 702
Floral and Decor: Naakiti Floral
Officiant: Robert D. Fisher
Lighting and rigging: PSAV
Emcee and Disc Jockey: Mike Fox
Wedding Cinema: Something New Films

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Some of the sweetest words from our recent brides!!

August 5, 2016
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You don’t get into this business of brides and beauty if you do not truly hold a passion for it. This is not an industry that is generally stumbled into- it is one of a true passion for helping brides look and feel their best and a genuine thrill and excitement for having the privileged of playing a roll in such a special day for some one.  When we open up our mail boxes to sweet words and thanks from our clients, it is just a further reminder of why it is that we do what we do!!

 

Some might think flying half way around the world to get married would double the stress. Megan was fantastic at keeping in touch during the lead up to the wedding with preparation tips. It was also comforting to know that the hair and makeup 8.5- Blog 1artists would come to the hotel to get us ready.

Cassie and Annie were very prompt with their arrival and got straight to work on the MOB, MOG and the favourite aunties. They were all a little unsure of what they wanted but the Cassie and Annie were great at giving suggestions and the ladies were very happy with their end results and felt like movie stars! As for myself, I had a veil with a headband that I wasn’t quite sure that Cassie would be able to structure into the hair designs I had to show her – boy was I wrong, my hair was amazing and my veil didn’t budge one bit all day! Annie also did a fantastic job of achieving the look I wanted with my makeup and it lasted well into the evening!

Thank you to Megan and the team at Makeup in the 702, you helped to create some wonderful memories for our wedding day! I would happily recommend Makeup in the 702 to anyone looking for hair and make up for a wedding or any special event.         ~Tammy McGowan

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The personnel at Makeup in the 702 is beyond awesome. Annie and Crystal were my main makeup and hair and they were very accommodating during my trail run and the day of event. Both Annie, Crystal and the other make up artist made all my bridesmaids, mother, mother in law, and sister in laws look absolutely beautiful with varying degrees of input and backgrounds. I can’t say enough how support and easy it was to work with Makeup in the 702 in making my wedding day great! Thank you so much.                                  ~Tuyen Dang

 

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Makeup in the 702 made my wedding day spectacular! I’ve never felt so beautiful, and that is exactly how I wanted to feel on my wedding day. Thank you so much! From my mother, bridesmaid, daughter, to me we looked amazing. We had to plan a spontaneous wedding in Vegas, after zika virus ruined plans for destination wedding in Caribbean (surprise baby onboard :)) wedding was beautiful and the most perfect and wonderful
day I’ve ever had.. Thank you to the wonderfully talented professionals for making our day start so beautiful.

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I traveled from Ireland for my wedding so all my interaction was done through e-mail; I found Megan very professional and helpful, and making the booking was incredibly easy. The girls were lovely and did amazing work, my hair and makeup held up all day and everyone loved it. I was especially impressed with the customized blend of foundation as I’m a pale Irish girl and was terrified of looking orange, but it matched my skin tone perfectly. I would definitely recommend you guys, especially for anyone travelling.

~Karen Glynn

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Lush Bohemian Wedding Inspiration- Down Town Las Vegas

July 29, 2016
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(Article and images originally appeared here Bespoke Bride)

 

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I can NOT tell you the thrill of seeing our work published in publications and on websites that are leading the industry in beautiful images and creative ideas!! Bespoke Bride is an absolutely gorgeous blog where planning brides can find some serious stunning inspiration as well as practical advise and tips on how to plan the wedding of their dreams.

 

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Every single detail of this day could be found on my list of favorite things- succulents, re-purposed wine bottles, river rocks…….a bicycle build for two………any one who has ever been in my house knows I am WILD about this aqua blue and the side of an old bus made the perfect background for some beautiful photos!

 

 

 

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We are beyond proud to see this magnificent shoot featured on their site. Congratulations to all the incredibly talented Las Vegas vendors who came together to create these beautiful images-

Photographers: Taylored Photo Memories & Jamie Y Photography | Stylist/Event Planning/Vintage Rentals: Nostalgia Resources | Macrame pieces: Vi-Vero | Florist: Miss Daisy | Recycled Glass-Art: BluMarble | Stationery: Paper & Home | Cake: MadBatter | Hair/Makeup: Makeup In The 702 | Handmade Wedding Dress: Liz Le | Officiant: Peachy Keen Unions | Venue: Atomic Liquors | Models: Amanda & Peter (real-life couple) |

 

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Red, White and I Do!!!

June 24, 2016
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The Fourth of July is an absolute perfect weekend for a summer wedding!! The weather is perfect, it’s a 3 day weekend, family and friends are already in a festive mood…….and……there are SO MANY fab ways to incorporate Red, White and Blue and a love for the good ol’ USA into your day!!!

Here is a round up of some of our favorite images of patriotic brides and couples as well as decor and floral.

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I love the idea of bordering the dinning area or the aisles and chairs of the ceremony with these American Flag bandannas. Or, how about blue and red bandannas?!

 

 

 

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Up the USA WOW factor and the end of the celebrations by pairing the modern classic sparkler send off with small American flags for all your guests to wave as you and your love make your grand exit.

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What could be more perfect for a Fourth of July wedding than a classic American back yard Bar-B-Q?!?!

Picnic tables, mason jar cocktails, a decked out hamburger slider bar, and of course cold beer!!!!!

 

 

 

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Here is a FANTASTIC list of patriotic songs to dance to at your wedding.

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Crowns fit for a Bride.

June 10, 2016
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So often in the wedding a beauty industry you hear the word “Princess”. Things like “Every girl wants to be a princess on her special day” “She looks like a princess!!”

While these crowns are absolutey stunning enough for royalty on a wedding day, for me they conjure up ideas of Garden Goddess and Bridal Fairy.

I am a firm believer that literally any hair style is greatly inproved with a flower crown, this is a quick round up of some of out favorites weve come across in the last few weeks.

These romantic up-dos are perfect for hot steamy summer months by keeping the hair off the neck and out of the face while celebrating.

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Even with out the ethereal garden vibe that these crowns give the look, a loose off the shoulder braid is always a romantic choice

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While I was getting lost in the magical internet land of flower crown inspiration i happened across this ADORABLE blog and business run by a mother and daughter team- Passion For Flowers.

Check them out!! Incredibly talented with the most beautiful flower arraignments.

 

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A Real Wedding- Heather and Anthony!

June 3, 2016
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A few weeks ago we got to be part of the completely adorable Heathers big day. Heather and all her friends and family are those kind of folks with bright smiles, big laughs and warm hearts and you could feel all that love the moment you walked in at the start of that beautiful day!!

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Heather and her sweetie Anthony had their splendid wedding at TPC Summerlin and perfect spring weather could not have worked out better.  Kara from Kandy Lane Photography was able to capture some really fabulous shots of the beautiful bride and her wedding party in that lovely later afternoon light.

 

 

 

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This is my ABSOLUTE favorite shot from the day!! I love this sweet moment of all the women in Heather’s family dotting on her and helping her make the trip down the aisle.  It reminds me that each of the people there on your day are special for different reasons, but every single one of them is there to play their part and celebrate you and your love!!!

CONGRATULATIONS HEATHER AND ANTHONY!!!!!

May you carry the love, joy and excitement from this wonderful day with you as you start this new exciting chapter together as husband and wife!! Best wishes to the both of you!!!!!

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Lauren Conrad’s, trendy Paper Crown releases some BEAUTIFUL Bridesmaid Dresses!!

May 27, 2016
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For more than 10 years we have watched the lovely Miss Lauren Conrad go from every ones California sweet heart crush on MTVs Laguna Beach (uhhh hello…..really more than 10 years ago?!?!) to fierce lifestyle fashion vixen. And I have LOVED every minute of it!!!

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From beautiful hand lettered stationary and trendy party decorations to must-have summer reading lists and absolutely delish cocktail and brunch recipes Lauren Conrad has built a brand and business around encouraging Millennial ladies (and really- every one else) to really live the good life and to look and feel fabulous while doing it!!

 

She and the incredibly creative and fashionable team at Paper Crown have release a line of really beautiful bridesmaids dresses. While I would be more than happy to wear any of these whimsical dresses as one of my besties walked down the aisle I would also be more than happy to wear these so many other places too!! Hello flowing festival flowers?! Why, yes please dinner out on the town!!!!

 

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I get such a tickle out of when a bride decides to put her brides maids in mix matched dresses- I really think it gives every one a chance to find a cut and style that it comfortable to their body.

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I just about squealed when I saw this lovely bridal party in pastel dresses by Paper Crown!!

 

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