Hello dear readers! Now for all the pretty photos of our cocktail hour, dinner reception, dance party, and design details captured oh so perfectly by Max Wanger! If you haven’t already seen our wedding invitation suite or part 1 of our wedding yet, pop over and take a peek.
Going to kick this post off with a lovely shot of me with my ‘maids in their cute b&w dresses, and Tim with his studly groomsmen.
Glitter heels in full effect!
Our cocktail hour took place inside, at the Solarium at Casa Romantica. The white archways and gorgeous chandelier are what sold us on using this venue.
Geronimo Balloons made these fun fringe installations to add a festive touch around what would later be the dance partay. Aren’t they great? We also had their signature balloons mark the entrance to the venue.
Our friend Tal from the Pharmacie conjured up fantastic cocktails that were the talk of the town. With ingredients like fresh pineapple juice, Aztec chocolate bitters and fragrant Torani Amer, I’m sure you could see why. Our guests begged us for recipes after the wedding.
A lot of the vintage barware for our wedding actually came from my own collection. I had only started to collect them at the beginning stages of planning our wedding… and then quickly turned into a bit of an obsession. Now I can’t walk by a gold-flecked glass without snatching it up. Many of these glasses were purchased on the cheap, at antique markets and thrift stores in Kansas. Some of them were as low as $1 per glass! See how I made the drink stirrers here.
Cocktail servers passed out vintage playing cards with quotes from the James Bond movies to our guests.
(Oh hi, Catherine and Jaimi!)
We’re pretty excited about today’s post. It’s coming to you from our new, fab partner at LaurenConrad.com. She’s got some handy advice on bridesmaid dresses, so we’re going to let her take it from here. Happy Friday!
Hello 100 Layer Cake readers! My name is Alex and I am a fashion and beauty editor for LaurenConrad.com where I have been blogging all about the preparations (and lessons learned) for my upcoming nuptials in our Wedding Bells series. As you can see I’ve joined forces with the lovely ladies of 100 Layer Cake and am excited to share some of my best industry tips and insights with all of you throughout the coming year. I’ll cover everything from aisle style to hair ideas and even a few makeup tutorial. To kick things off I thought it would be fun to talk about one of my favorite parts of planning: picking the bridesmaid dresses!
Coordinating bridesmaids dresses is tricky. More often than not you are working with a variety of different body types, skin tones, and hair cuts, which really complicates the process of picking the right dress for each attendant. To really throw a wrench into things, mismatched maids dresses have become all the rage as of late making the coordination a tad trickier…and that’s where I come in. If you’re into this on-trend medley of maids’ attire, take note of these 5 tips to create a perfectly coordinated crew of ladies for your big day.
1. Decide what aspect you are going to mismatch. You don’t just have to mix and match colors, you can also have everyone wear the same color but in different styles, or you can play with different materials and textures. If you’re really daring, try mismatching all three!
2. Select a color scheme. If there is a marquee color for your big day, be sure to base the dresses on various tones of that central color or are pick shades that are within the same color family. If you’re not especially savvy with color matching, stop by your local hardware store and grab a fan of paint samples to get inspired.
Choosing the perfect dress for your ‘maids is no quick task, but it is a fun one. It involves a lot of conversation over color, fit, fabric and style. Finally there’s Brideside, a place where you can do it all in one place, no matter where your ladies live. Brideside was founded by Sonali and Nicole, two friends who decided it was time that being a bridesmaid was more easy and fun!
They’ve introduced a whole new way of shopping for bridesmaid dresses. From sharing ideas with other real brides, having an online convo with your wedding party, saving your favorite dresses to your personal Brideside closet, to browsing their real wedding galleries to purchase any look you love. Like they said, being a bridesmaid is now more easy and fun to do with Brideside.
photo by Max Wanger
Dress 1 Dessy Collection / Dress 2 Dessy Collection / Dress 3 Dessy Collection
Photo by Olivia Leigh
Dress 1 Jenny Yoo / Dress 2 Alfred Sung / Dress 3 Joanna August
Brideside has carefully selected the dress styles that us ladies want and have identified designers (Jenny Yoo, Dessy Collection, Alfred Sung & more!) who make truly unique and beautiful dresses that your ‘maids will love to wear.
With their new Brideside personal closet, you can invite your bridesmaids to view and comment on your closet and then order your closet to try on at home!
We’re also excited to announce their newest partnership with Joanna August — a designer from LA known for her carefully crafted silhouettes that fall beautifully on any body type. Most of her dresses are made with elastic waist bands and her wrap styles help women keep it simple or dress it up. Her dress styles are perfect for mix-and-match!
Now that you’re ready to pop over to Brideside and tell your wedding party to join you, how about a pretty 10% off discount? Use promo code 100LayerCake when purchasing your dresses.
We love us a short bridesmaid dress, maybe a little more than a full length one. They’re just so fun and easy to wear again! And since we’ve always been fans of The Dessy Group, we were stoked to hear about their new brand, 57 Grand, an exclusive collection of styles inspired by New York City. The new collection of short dresses is perfect for bridesmaids who want to look fab at the wedding but also want to use the dresses again for other formal occasions. Take a peek!
The Dessy Group is the preeminent bridesmaid manufacturing company with a cadre of brands under its umbrella, including iconic brands such as After Six, Alfred Sung, and Lela Rose.
This spring 2013 collection will be available exclusively through the Bella Bridesmaid chain of bridesmaid boutiques and select other bridal retailers in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom.
It’s time for a new tradition – bridesmaids need something borrowed too! Little Borrowed Dress is the first online wedding boutique to offer bridesmaid dresses for rent starting at just $50, giving brides the opportunity to choose a picture perfect dress in a way that all their bridesmaids can afford. And here’s the best part. Bridesmaids get to return the dresses! So their memories are of how fun the wedding was and not the once-worn dress gathering dust in their closet.