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There’s very little about a wedding that’s easy and stress-free. Trying to pick out the right attire for the day is certainly not going to be one example! Most weddings are, to a great extent, about putting on a show and feeling glamorous for a day, so this really puts the pressure on when it comes to choosing the right dresses and accessories.

Fortunately for you, this here is an epic guide to making sure you pick the wedding attire that’s right for you on your big day! It’s something that’s worth reading well in advance to ensure you have the time to follow it and achieve the best results.

Vintage 1950s wedding dress

Begin with the dress

Don’t try to go avant-garde on us. There are a lot of good reasons why most people will pick the actual dress before anything else, and it’s not a trend you should try to buck. After all, the dress is the “main attraction” of your attire, and pretty much everything else has to be picked so as not to clash with it.

With that in mind, you also need to remember that the dress itself shouldn’t clash with you or the venue! A contemporary venue should have a contemporary dress. A more casual or outdoors-y type wedding will call for a different kind of dress. There are people out there who think that choosing the dress first of all turns it into some kind of template, instead of giving it the emotional weight that it deserves. This is nonsense. Pick the dress first, because it’s the best way to choose everything else and avoid some kind of vestiary disaster down the road!

The silhouette

There’s an overwhelming amount of choice when it comes to wedding dresses. You’re going to walk into a store and find about a million different dresses you’d love to wear, even after narrowing the range by budgeting beforehand. (Which, yes, is something you definitely need to do! Otherwise, the costs of this process may end up getting a little bit out of hand.) So you need to find more ways of narrowing your desired range so that you don’t get too overwhelmed. One of the best ways to do this is to narrow things down based on the dress silhouette.

The dress silhouette refers to the specific shapes that constitute a given dress. The lines, cuts and curves will determine what kind of shape you would take on if the lights cut out and you were simply a silhouette in that wedding dress. Put very simply, it can help determine how curvy, slender, or ‘poofy’ you look in that dress! It’s worth finding out precisely what kind of dress ‘shape’ you want – the most popular types are A-lines, ball gowns, mermaids, and trumpets. Make sure you know the differences when it comes to dress silhouettes!

Be an early bird

You should take this to mean two things. The first is that you should start looking for a dress fairly early on. Unless you plan on becoming pregnant, the chances of your body shape changing in any significant way from the time you choose the dress to the day of your wedding is fairly minimal, even if you gain or lose a little weight. So it’s best to do this as early as possible. It’s not simply a case of “getting it out of the way” – although there certainly is an element of it to that, considering how stressful choosing a dress can be! – but it’s also about allowing you more freedom when it comes to time and choice.

So what else does “be an early bird” mean? Basically, when you’re going to visit a wedding dress shop, you should go as early as possible. Think about it: the assistants who work in that store have to deal with several budding brides a day. Just like the vast majority of us, they get a little more weary as the day progresses. I’m not saying that you’re going to get some apathetic and insulting assistant if you go in the late afternoon, but you’re certainly more likely to get someone more energetic and attentive if you go in the morning!

The danger of trends

Anyone who follows fashion knows that there are trends in pretty much every type of clothing – and that includes wedding attire. There are trends in gowns, suits, jewelry, hairstyles… everything. And the problem with trends? Many of them don’t tend to look that great when you look back on them in the future. You may think that you want a modern and trendy wedding, but this doesn’t mean you should take this so far that you end up copying and pasting your wedding attire style from whatever magazine you happened to be reading at the time, or whatever celebrities recently got married.

The best kinds of dresses are truly timeless. They’re the kind that look beautiful forever and don’t immediately scream “I got this idea from someone else!”. It is, of course, worth remembering that your choice of wedding dress should reflect your own desires, and make you look and feel great. And maybe that perfect dress for you does happen to be exactly what’s trendy at the moment. Basically, be careful about choosing wedding attire just because it’s trendy – but take care not to shun something you really like just because it’s trendy!

Freshwater pearl bridal jewelry set

Accessorizing

When we talk about accessorizing for a wedding, we’re generally talking about jewelry. Here’s something that’s important to remember: it’s possible to get more than one use of out the jewelry you choose, which is something you probably can’t say about your wedding dress! So this shouldn’t just be a case of making sure you find something that matches with your dress perfectly. You should consider picking out jewelry that you’d actually want to use for other occasions!

To some, this may imply that you should be willing to spend an awful lot of money to ensure you get something that’s beautiful, flexible, and long-lasting. Yes, you should aim for jewelry that is all three of those things, but they needn’t be too expensive. You can, for example, find wholesale diamonds for sale that will do the trick. Otherwise, you may want to consider simply renting jewelry for your wedding day. Heck, even a high-quality replica will probably do! At the end of the day, just ensure that your choice doesn’t clash with your dress and that you’re happy with it.

Avoid audiences

Think about all the wedding movies you’ve seen, and all the television shows that have featured weddings. In most of these there will have been a scene in which the bride-to-be is picking her wedding dress – and has brought approximately a bajillion friends with her. There are a lot of reasons why someone may do this: they don’t want any of their friends being left out, and they also want to get as many opinions as possible.

Here’s the problem with that: you’re just going to end up in the middle of a cross-fire of opinions! The more people you have with you, the more pressure you’re going to feel. It may ultimately be harder to pick out a dress. You should really only have one or two friends with you, at most. Don’t follow the example Hollywood sets – those scenes are there to create dramatic dialogue, which isn’t necessarily helpful in real life!

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When your attire has been decided, it’s worth giving some thought to how you’re going to wear your hair on the day. Fortunately for you, there’s already an in-depth guide to wedding day hairdos on this very blog!

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Last week, I brought you some fun gear for the bride/ Feyoncè. This week, I want to talk about the girls who keep it all going- the bridesmaids. I have been a bridesmaid 4 times, a flower girl once, heavily involved with a 5th wedding, and a guest at… I don’t even want to try to count. I’ve seen a lot of really cute gift ideas for the ladies who have spent so much time, and honestly, money, to make their bride’s day the best it can be. The fun thing is that every wedding I’ve been to, the gifts have been different, so I have a lot of ideas for my own ‘maids. Let’s break it down:

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I was my friend TJ’s date for his girl friend’s wedding a few years ago. The bride had actually custom designed the dresses. They were champagne and emerald, a combo that I never would have even thought of but it worked! Then she got all the girls a set of earrings that were the same emerald color in the dress, but different for each girl. I thought that was the cutest idea! When I was MOH, my bestie gave us all Kate Spade New York Sailor’s Knot Stud Earrings, mine were rose gold, the other girls got silver or gold. That was super meaningful to me because we were there to help her “tie the knot”. Another wedding, we were given earrings that were all the same that the bride asked us to wear for the wedding. My only suggestion is that if you are to give jewelry for the ladies to specifically wear that day, communicate that clearly. It’s OK to do that. It’s your day.

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Getting ready for a wedding is part ritual, part chaos, part slumber party. I think it’s such a nice touch to give the gift of comfort for the ladies because it also takes a hella long time to get ready. I’m talking ALL DAY. I actually wear my robes from my brides, and I really wear my pj pants from my Raleigh wedding. There are several options here. Robes seem to be the tradition, and the three I have are all different. I have a waffle-y one that’s monogrammed that feels like a day at the spa. I curl up with it on weekends, especially in the winter. It’s monogrammed. I have a thinner cotton one that’s great for the summer- that bride got our robes custom made so they would have pockets. This was great because we were running around the Ritz Bal Harbor like chickens with our heads cut off. Then I have a silky, sexy thing with my initial on it. Again, more of a summer robe and made for some cute pictures. My last bride got us pj pants from Old Navy, had them monogrammed, and added an oversized t for easy removal after hair and makeup. I like either the idea of a pj set or coordinating button down shirts, myself.

the carolove bridesmaids gifts

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It’s always nice to give/ get an unexpected surprise. The wedding I was involved with, but not in, the bride gave all her ‘maids a selfie stick! This made for some really adorable pictures at the wedding. The couple had also set up a DIY photo booth, and they went nicely with that. I’m also a fan of customized cups or glasses for sipping (read: not chugging) champs while getting ready. Other cute little items I’ve received include nail polish, scented candles, and flip flops. Think grown up goodie bag which brings me to…

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You have to put all these gifts somewhere, right? Not saying you have to get your bridesmaids a monogrammed tote like my bestie MOH did, but it was definitely and really nice touch AND I used it for my other weddings to carry gear for the bride and the other bridesmaids. A cute gift bag is  another option- maybe in the colors of your wedding. The one thing I would steer away from here, and maybe with the other gifts as well, are pieces that actually say bridesmaid on them. I feel funny using the one tote I have like that, and chances are somewhere along the line your girls received something that does indicate that they are, in fact, part of your bridal party. Let the gifts you give them that day reflect a thank you for all the work they’ve done leading up to your big day- and that everyone’s almost done with all the hard parts!

 

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Are you getting married soon, but haven’t given more than a passing thought to the gifts you are getting for the wedding party? Well, don’t worry because I am here to come to your rescue. Read on below to find a directory of awesome gifts that are classy, nontraditional and will definitely not get lost in the hubbub of the day.

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For The Groomsmen

Ah, groomsman presents can be a real pain in the bum to buy! You want to make sure everyone is equal and has the same. But that means you have to find something that everyone will like! Nightmare!

But instead of going for the traditional watch or cuff links, why not get something a little more interesting instead?

For example, you can get some awesome personalized drinking jars for them to sip their beer from during the reception. Or how about a personalized Swiss Army knife, which is bound to come in handy at some point?

Mother of the Bride Gift

For The MOTB And MOTG

Traditionally, the mothers of the bride and groom are given flowers during the groom’s speech. Which of course is a lovely touch, but if you are looking for something a little more lasting, you could try gifting something else.

For example, why not get some fancy silver jewelry boxes engraved with a thank you message, as these will be the perfect keepsake.

Or how about writing a letter of thanks to each mother? In it, you can list all the ways they are appreciated and how they have helped you with your relationship and the wedding.

Customized Wedding Hankerchief

For The FOTB

Gifts for the father of the bride are notoriously difficult to get right. You want something that is sentimental, but also something isn’t too twee.

Some nice idea that I have come across include embroidered hankies for mopping up his tears when he does the speech. Or how about framing a copy of the music score for the father daughter dance, so he will always remember that moment?

Small Pearl Statement Earring

For The Bridesmaids

Traditional bridesmaid’s gifts for the day usually include jewelry that can be worn as part of their outfit. But what happens when you don’t have traditional style bridesmaids? Well, then some thinking our other box is required.

You can keep to jewelry if you like. But choose items that are a bit more edgy, like these geometric handmade pearl earrings which are not only classy but also have a nice modern twist. So you can be sure that they will get to wear them again.

Or what about leaving the jewelry behind and investing in some super hot shoes or a designer purse for them up to use on the day? Then they get to feel amazing just like you do as the bride, and let’s face it what girls doesn’t want a free gorgeous handbag?

Vive Le Coloring Book & Pencils Kit

For Flower girls And Page boys

Well, the best gift that you can give to the page boys in not dress them in some ridiculous frilly suit! But seriously giving gifts to the little ones that are involved in your wedding is an opportunity that you shouldn’t miss. This is because it can be to all to easy for kids to get board, so you can provide them with some games and activities to keep them and the other kids amused.

Board games like Jenga or Boggle are a great choice. As are sticker books and coloring pencils. At least that will tide them over until they can dance when the party starts!

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Let’s talk about something that might make people a little uncomfortable: money. That’s right- dolla dolla billz y’all. Now, we should all know that it’s impolite to ask people about their income, but it seems like bloggers are asked about this all the time! Like, I had some rando at a bus stop ask me how much my blog made. RUDE. But to be honest, I am actually 100% all about the hustle.

I’m not going to lie, my little blog has become a side job and I actually enjoy earning money doing something that I love. It’s been a really fun adventure and if I didn’t love doing it, I wouldn’t try as hard as I do to make carve out this pretty little space for myself. Through contributed posts that I put my own spin on + affiliate links, I’m actually chipping away at bills + hopefully save up for the extra expenses I know I’ll have coming up for the wedding. I think that everyone should have something for themselves outside of their normal day job, and if it happens to give me a little extra income, all the better!


I’m not saying that everyone should be a blogger, but if you are looking to earn that extra income- have you ever thought of being a Stella & Dot stylist? I’m not myself, because I truly think between the blog, my day job at the firm, and my little job helping out at CorePower that I would be spreading myself a littttle too thin. However, I think it’s a fantastic program. Just some of the perks include:

Income & Free Products– Get 25% – 35% commissions on sales, shop at a discount up to 50% off, plus get tons of free products and perks. I personally adore my Stella & Dot jewelry and get compliments on every piece I wear! My favorite piece right now is the Arc Pendant Necklace– I wore it out on New Year’s Eve!

Be Your Own Boss- You choose the hours, you call the shots. How much you work is up to you. No minimum requirements. The women I know who sell Stella & Dot? Teachers. Some of the busiest people I know. A lot of my Christmas presents came from my mom’s team members who sell Stella & Dot.

Training & Support– Extra income is just the beginning. Join a community of strong and supportive women. I have this with my blogging community, but I feel like it’s so important to have a community of strong women who have your back.

If you don’t want to make the jump to become a Stella & Dot stylist, you may want to consider hosting a Stella & Dot party. Have you ever been to a Stella & Dot party (or trunk show)? That’s how I’ve gotten all of my Stella & Dot jewelry. The best thing about them is that the hostess can design the night however she wants around the three main elements:

FRIENDS: Picture a ready-made girls night in. Order in or make you favorite snacks, put on some of your favorite girly tunes, and hang out with your girl friends while trying on jewelry.

FASHION: Try it on in person with your very own Stylist. If you’re a hostess, you bring in a stylist to sell the jewelry. You don’t have to do anything but host and shop!

PERKS: Earn $250+ in free accessories and shop at half off. I meaaaaan this in itself would be a great reason to host a party! I could go absolutely crazy with $25o in Stella & Dot accessories!

I think my favorite thing about Stella & Dot pieces is that they range from on trend,  like the Iris Tassel Earrings, to classic staples, like the Signature Engravable Disc Necklace. Let me know if you’ve ever been to a Stella & Dot party, been a stylist, or a host!

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With the sudden surge in popularity of sites such as Etsy, Artfire and Craftsy, it’s cooler than ever to get creative. Knitting, cross stitch embroidery and illustration are just a few examples of crafts that have had a resurgence in recent years. Buyers seem to want items with a more unique, handmade quality instead of just buying mass produced all the time. So if you enjoy unleashing your crafty side, there’s potential for you to make a profit from your hobby. You never know, selling online may even become a full-time job. To get you inspired, here are three examples of crafts you can make and sell online for a profit.

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Jewelry

From simple friendship bracelets to statement necklaces, jewelry has endless possibilities. This is why it is such a fantastic product you can make and sell online. Jewelry makes a great gift for men, women and children, plus it is an item many people will treat themselves to. So there will always be a need eye-catching and beautiful jewellery. If you love jewellery and have an eye for small details, this should be something you should consider selling. To get started, take a look at what other jewellery makers are selling and for what price. Then you can come up with some fun designs and buy your materials in bulk from wholesalers such as https://www.elf925.com. Try to start with simple jewellery such as charm bracelets and simple necklaces to begin with so you can get used to constructing the pieces.

Personalized tote bag

Tote Bags

As with jewelry, tote bags are another product that will always be needed. With more and more stores banning the use to plastic bags, totes make the perfect shopping bag. If you enjoy sewing and customizing fabrics, this could be the option for you. With tote bags being so in demand and with countless options online, you need to make yours stand out. You could try using novelty retro fabrics such as these from http://www.robertkaufman.com. They will give your designs a nostalgic quality and be unlike any other. You could use these fabrics all over the bag or just as a small decorative feature. Think about creating a variety of sizes to suit a number of different needs and widen your audience. Or you could offer a personalized feature. This allows your customers to design their own tote, which gives you an amazing unique selling point.

Candles

Candles are still as popular as ever and make a fantastic gift for birthdays and valentines day. If you have the patience, you can make your own decorative candles at home to sell. They are another highly versatile items and are easier to make than you think. Use the instructions on http://www.countryliving.com. This will help get you started and you’ll be so inspired by the fantastic candles you can make. You could insert your candle wax into vintage teacups and let them set. These would make beautiful table decorations for weddings and take little time to create.

These are just three examples of items you can make and sell online. So get creative and earn yourself an extra income today.

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