LWD (little white dress) shopping guide with BB Style

This week marks the last installment of our Style Guide with Brianne Binder of BB Style.  She has provided us with so many fabulous tips and advice, and we are so thankful for all of her stylish suggestions.  In case you missed it, be sure to check out last week’s Honeymoon Packing Guide!

The Perfect LWD

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Bri Here!  Take it from me: it’s fun to wear bright, colorful patterns during your wedding events to stand out as the bride, but there’s something particularly special about wearing white or cream.  As the bride, you will undoubtedly shine on the big day in your gorgeous gown, but it’s equally special to wear white to your rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, bachelorette party or any other event honoring your soon to be nuptials.

With the growing popularity of the LWD, it’s become much easier to find a great white dress. This season, lace has been a very popular trend, and trust me, there is a silhouette and fabric for everyone. I’m highlighting my picks that will fit your wedding style depending on your search to find a LWD that is vintage inspired, embellished, boho, classic, lacey or modern.  Like I said, there’s something for everyone!

My tips for accessorizing and styling your LWD are:

– Go all white if your dress is truly white; a cute white heel is very chic.

– Compliment the white or cream with a pop color via a clutch, shoe or hair accessory.

– Wear a statement earring or bracelet to add a little bling

– When in doubt, wear a metallic or nude/tan shoe (any silhouette or heel height will work depending on your style and level of comfort)

– Enjoy every second of wearing white/cream… it’s your special time!!

LWD Style Board

Shop These Looks:

Vintage: Modcloth $58.99 | Dorothy Perkins $89

Embellished: Dorothy Perkins $69|  Dorothy Perkins $110

Boho: Alice + Olivia $297 | Alice + Olivia $228

Classic: Alice + Olivia $438 | Alexander Wang $625

Lace: Topshop $92 | Miss Selfridge $120

Modern: Zara $59.90 | Top Shop $ 92

Accessorize the LWD

LWD Accessories:

Kate Spade Pave Bow Bangle $88

DVF Metallic Cutout Sandals $298

J. Crew Crystal Earrings $58

Sweet & Spark Vintage Blue Leaf Earrings $128

Elizabeth Cole Crystal Statement Bracelet $113

Tory Burch Tangerine Ombre Clutch $225

Aldo White Textured Clutch $23

Zara White Nude Heels $79.90

Thank you again, Bri!  You’re our #1 Style Guru!

See some of Bri’s other recommendations, including Wedding Day Brunch Style, Rehearsal Dinner Style, Bridal Shower Style, and Post Wedding Day Brunch Style.

2013 Trends: Wedding Gowns

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We’re very excited to be launching a monthly ‘2013 Trends’ feature, where we will be showcasing some of the most fabulous, innovative and inspiring trends we encounter over the course of the year.  We had the opportunity to visit two premiere bridal salons in San Francisco this week, Marina Morrison and the brand new Vera Wang Bridal, and wanted to share some of our favorite gowns, accessories, fabrics and textures.  The 2013 collections are featuring more structured ‘floating’ pieces, mixed mediums, layered laces, dazzling beading, and of course, peplum accents.  What will you be wearing in 2013?

engaged! now what? {part three}

We’re sure you’ve already told everyone you know about your engagement. You probably started by announcing it on Facebook and changing your status, then let your families know, and then everyone else, including the grocery store clerk.

Meanwhile, of course you’ve been reading our series on what to do first in starting to plan your big day. You’ve decided on your wedding style, and figured out how much you’re willing to spend, you’ve probably started thinking about venues and some options for wedding dates….but what about your guest list?

So here’s the deal: how many guests you invite can affect your venue choice (depending on capacity), and vice versa.

First, ask yourself this: Do you want an intimate wedding, or do you want your version of, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”? Now, take your budget and do a little math. Normally, factor about $300 – $550 per guest. Keep in mind that this is inclusive of all vendors needed on the big day (venue, catering, bar, photographer, band, floral designer and the list goes on). How many guests does your budget allow? (If you’re going over, don’t worry- if you simply must have all those people attend, we can tweak some things in your budget to make that big wedding more attainable!)

Here’s our MOST important tip: always remember that it’s YOUR day and the point is to be surrounded by the people that mean the most to you.

That being said, there is always at least one “sticky” issue that you’ll have to deal with when creating your guest list. What if you want to have an intimate ceremony, but a big reception? Or a big ceremony, but small reception? What do you do about all those extra people your parents insist you “must” invite? And then there are all those “plus one’s”- should you always allow your single guests to bring a date? Should you invite guests that you know won’t be able to attend, and how does that affect your budget?

The Knot has put together this really great Q&A to help you deal with these situations without headaches!

If you still feel a little lost, we can assure you you’re not alone, so just take a deep breath! Give us a call if you want to chat about some more tips and tricks (like having an A and B list). See? We told you this would all be a piece of cake- and once this step is done, you can actually go taste all that delicious cake! Enjoy!

{image via Oh So Beautiful Paper, Style Me Pretty, 100 Layer Cake}