The MMW Guide: Preserving Your Wedding Day Details

After the tap runs dry, the DJ plays “closing time” & the day-of coordinator kicks you out – how will you preserve the biggest day of your life?

Aside from saved Snapchat stories and framed photos of the first dance, how will you keep the most special details alive? You’ve heard of cake preservation *dry heaves* and boxing up the dress, but it’s 2017 – there are better (& much cuter) ways! Read on to see how you can save the biggest moments from the best day:

The Cake
cakeornament

“Dry.”

“Just kind of weird, you know?”

“Definitely not as good the second time.”

These are the responses I received when I asked my followers on Facebook to to describe their experiences with freezing the top tier of their wedding cake. Traditionally, newlyweds will freeze the top tier to eat on their first anniversary. The problem? Uh – it’s gross one year later! Send Paper Cakes by Mikey a photo of your cake and they’ll recreate it in pretty little ornament form! Hang it from your tree or display it all year round. It’s a sweet little sentiment that you can enjoy (without fake smiling in between spoonfuls!)

The Dress

Necklace.jpg

No offense – but let me put this bluntly: 9/10 instances, your future daughter doesn’t want to wear your gown. She’ll want to pick her own! You don’t need to box it up and keep it for 25 years in hopes that she decides she loves that 2017 mermaid trend. While some brides opt for a “trash the dress” photoshoot, or framing their gown (á la Adrienne Maloof of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills – who famously framed her gown that hangs next to her walk in closet) my favorite idea is taking a piece of your gown and having it set in a pendant. You can literally wear your wedding dress all year round! Shop memory jewelry here.

The Bouquet

PetalTray

There’s a ton of things you can do with your bouquet – from pressing the petals to making them an ornament, jewelry or even a candle, the possibilities are endless. My favorite is a super chic keepsake, the petal tray. You can use this gem for serving tea, as a catchall or a ring tray. I love that you can design it how you want – check out the super simple DIY here!

The Cards

cardalbum

You’ll obviously use the gifts you receive forever (so make sure to create a fabulous registry) but what holds the true sentiment aren’t the gifts, but the cards. I know, I know – so cheesy. Nobody knows my love of cards (passed down from my mom) more than my fiancé – who is forced to spend every holiday picking out the most perfect greeting card, usually featuring a bulldog. Cards are handpicked by your loved ones, a sweet message accompanied by their own handwritten greeting and signature…SWOON. Save the cards in a form you can easily revisit – a mini album.

The Cork

Cork

Obsessed with this home decor idea. You can always purchase another bottle of that special wedding night spirit, but unless you keep the original bottle, the charm sort of wears off. Display the cork with your framed wedding photos or even on your nightstand, wherever it sits, may it remind you to enjoy every toast as if it were your first.

What are your favorite ways to preserve big day details? Comment below!

. . .

meg's modern weddings FLOWER

(IMAGES: PINTEREST & BRIDAL GUIDE)

Budget Woes: Who Pays For What?

All aboard the Awkward express!

Following the rush of excitement that comes along with the engagement and initial planning, that slightly unpleasant conversation is lurking in the shadows, waiting to jump out at you & your future Mother-In-Law at brunch {over a few too many mimosas!} It’s not the most fun topic of conversation, but figuring out who is contributing to your wedding (and how much) is vital to planning your wedding budget. Use this MMW guide and turn the ol’ tricky task into just another easy assignment:

2bridesphotography.jpeg

$ $ $ $ $

THE BRIDE PAYS FOR:

  • The groom’s wedding ring
  • The groom’s wedding gift
  • Bridesmaids’ gifts
  • Personal stationery

THE GROOM PAYS FOR:

  • The bride’s engagement & wedding ring
  • The bride’s wedding gift
  • The groomsmen’s gifts
  • The marriage license
  • Clergy/judge fee
  • The boutonnieres
  • Transportation
  • The bride’s bouquet

THE BRIDE’S FAMILY PAYS FOR:

  • The invitations
  • Services of the bridal consult
  • Wedding gift for the newlyweds
  • The bride’s gown & accessories
  • The church/reception music
  • Flowers for the church/venue
  • Bridesmaids’ bouquets
  • Transportation for the bridal party
  • The reception fee
  • Catering
  • The wedding cake
  • Gratuities
  • Photography
  • Videography
  • Their own attire
  • Their own lodging

THE GROOM’S FAMILY PAYS FOR:

  • Their own attire
  • Their own loding
  • The rehearsal dinner/luncheon
  • A wedding gift for the newlyweds

THE BRIDESMAIDS PAY FOR:

  • Their dresses + accessories
  • Transportation to and from the city (where the wedding is being held)
  • The bride’s gift
  • Bridal shower or luncheon
  • Bachelorette party

THE GROOMSMEN PAY FOR:

  • Their suits/tuxedos + accessories
  • Transportation to and from the city (where the wedding is being held)
  • The groom’s gift
  • Bachelor party

. . . 

THERE ARE SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE ASSUMING THE SELECTED PARTIES WILL PAY FOR SAID ITEMS – ARE THEY FINANCIALLY STABLE {CURRENTLY EMPLOYED/NOT IN DEBT} + WILLING? CONSIDER WHAT YOU AND YOUR BEAU-TO-BE CAN PAY FOR YOURSELVES, THEN DISCUSS THE DETAILS WITH YOUR WEDDING PARTY. AT THE END OF THE DAY, A HAPPY FAMILY IS WORTH MORE THAN EXPENSIVE CENTERPIECES. NEVER LET EXPENSES COME BETWEEN LOVED ONES! FACTOR IN YOUR OWN UNIQUE WEDDING EXPENSES AS YOU GO.

HAPPY PLANNING
meg's modern weddings FLOWER
{IMAGES: 2 BRIDES PHOTOGRAPHY}

Something Blue: Chic Ideas for Cool Tones

Something Old, Something New

Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Everyone knows that age old ritual that is believed to give the bride lasting prosperity, fertility and a disaster-free wedding day! Family heirlooms and special mementos make great pieces for “old” & “borrowed;” the gown may check the “new” box, but it’s the “blue” that brides often have a hard time incorporating. Let’s go beyond a random navy dress sash or a stray cobalt carnation in the bouquet! Here are some fabulous, trending & traditional ideas for adding a unique bit of blues to the big day:

DRESS DETAILS

Add just a touch of blue to your gown with embroidery! Ideas include stitching your wedding date into the slip, appending a sweet phrase like “and they lived happily ever after” to the bottom of your train, or attaching a secret heart appliqué to your bodice {the heart shown above was originally material taken from the bride’s late father’s button-down shirt, so it was extra sentimental!}

INTIMATE ACCESSORIES

You don’t have to parade your “something blue” around – in fact, you can save it for the groom’s eyes only! Gorgeous light blue lingerie is a fresh & sexy take on such an old tradition – check out this Betsey Johnson set. You can also wear a blue garter or carry an embroidered hanky – no mascara tears, no ugly crying, ya’ll!

HIDDEN HUES

These details are tiny, but will leave a big impact on your ceremony! You can add blue to your mani – the photo above comes from a bride who specifically painted a pale baby blue heart on her ring finger so her nervous groom would easily know where to place the ring at the altar! Add a bouquet charm – any significant charm symbol, or a miniature framed photo of a late loved one. You could even choose to write your vows on blue paper or in blue ink.

FASHIONABLE FINDS

A pair of simple, elegant & stunning blue earrings can hide behind cascading curls or steal the show against a chignon. Who says the bride has to knock out all 4 tiers of this tradition on her own? Divvy up the responsibility by pinning a cool-toned boutonniere on your hubby-to-be. My least favorite wedding trend has to be “cutesy” custom {atrocious} tennis shoes, but changing into a pair of turquoise flats or mint sandals for the reception is a smart way to change up your look and give your dogs a break from the Badgley Mischkas!

IN ANY WEDDING, A POP OF COLOR IS A FUN WAY TO ELEVATE THE AESTHETICS. TRY THESE TRENDING SOMETHING BLUE SCHEMES FOR A FRESH TAKE ON AN OLD TRADITION.

{IMAGES: Koman Photography, Pinterest, Style Me Pretty Vault, Nordstrom}

Wedding Dress 101: MMW Guide to Gowns

When the excitement of calling your man your *fiancé* starts to feel natural, or when you finally get used to the twinkling new accessory that sits perfectly on your ring finger, the planning process is about to begin!

These days, wedding gowns come in so many styles, shapes & materials that it’s both amazing – because it’s possible for everyone to find their perfect gown…and a little overwhelming. Believe it or not: taffeta, serpentine & cowl-neck are terms to describe your wedding gown features {not the names of ancient reptiles!} With the MMW glossary, you can go into your next fitting with a few terms up your petal sleeve!

Silhouettes

I believe every bride should determine which silhouette they’re obsessed with, before focusing in on minor dress details. You can pick the one that flatters your body type or choose what you’ve always envisioned yourself walking down the aisle in.

a-Line

A-lines are perfect for hourglass, petite, or full-figured brides. The romantic shape highlights the waist and flares out to a flowy bottom. It’s a traditional shape, but sleeve/neck details & added sparkle allow for a unique take on the gown.

complete the look with: an elbow length veil & diamond stud earrings

Ball Gown

Ah, the princess gown! The ball gown is probably the most timeless silhouette of them all. The bodice is fitted with a cinched waist and a stunning layered bottom. The shape looks best on pear shaped or tall & thin brides that want to float through their wedding day!

complete the look with: a cathedral length veil & a bold lip

Mermaid

Mermaids are by far the most luxurious, glam looking gowns of them all. They’re sexy and stunning with a fitted bodice that flares just below the hips. While the mermaid gown flatters curves and looks fab on an hour-glass shaped bride, it also creates the illusion of curves – so tall & thin brides can rock it as well!

complete the look with: a chapel veil & drop earrings

Sheath

Sheath gowns are my favorite – does it get any more effortless than this? No illusions here! The sheath silhouette falls upon the natural shape of your body. Petite brides, this shape is the best option as you won’t be fussing with fabric to move about in your gown. Two-piece gowns, short sleeves and beading always look amazing on this style.

complete the look with: a lace veil & cascading bouquet

Short

For the fun bride, beach beauty or anyone looking for a standout silhouette – Short, or cocktail length, is an easy option that will still steal the spotlight. Pear shapes and petite frames can rejoice in kicking their heels up all night without worrying about their hemline!

complete the look with: a birdcage veil & killer heels

Sleeves

Long Sleeve, 3/4 Sleeve, One Shoulder, Cap Sleeve, Tank/Spaghetti Strap

Materials

  • Chiffon: lightweight & easy to move – but equally easy to snag
  • Satin: SO timeless, always looks clean & crisp – shows the slightest underwear line
  • Organza: makes for fabulously full skirts, wrinkles easily
  • Lace: not everyone’s favorite, but the varieties are endless!
  • Taffeta: chic & slimming but hard to maintain/clean

Necklines

Sweetheart, V-neck, Halter, Illusion, Boat Neck, High Neck,

Off-the-shoulder, straight across

meg's modern weddings FLOWER

Go into your appointment with some inspiration, but keep an open mind. Saying “yes” to the dress will come naturally – that perfect {tear inducing} dress is just waiting for you to try it on.

{IMAGES: Silhouettes: Kleinfelds, Sleeves: BHLDN, Fabrics: Fabric Factory, Necklines: SMP VAULT}

To Have & To Hold: The Mrs. Box

I’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to post about these beautiful ring boxes, and after hundreds of couples got engaged on Independence Day (thanks, Facebook) I’d love ya’ll to meet the charmingly colorful

Mrs. Box

The Mrs. Box is such a stunning way to present your engagement ring (take notes, grooms-to-be!) The box is made with fine velvet and every heirloom is hand-stamped with a gold foil monogram available in a variety of fonts. The added customization of your future monogram or last initial makes these that much more obsession-worthy.

HyperFocal: 0

The collection includes a large variety of elegant colors – pastels, watercolors & bold, bright boxes so you can choose the perfect one to hold your new gem.

Choose your color based on your favorite hue, your wedding colors or alma mater

nouvelle

The boxes alone are $75, adding a monogram is an extra $25-30. My favorite combination is the Nouvelle box with silver script – so delicate & special. Pair jewel tones with flashy gold script and lighter tones with crisp silver calligraphy.

You should always take your ring off when swimming, cleaning, working out & moisturizing: store it in the most beautiful box that will always take you back to the moment you said “yes!”

{IMAGES: THEMRSBOX.COM}

Hooked on Headpieces

Team work makes the dream work

That’s something that’s not often said (but so totally true) about ensembles. The most important ensemble of your life is undoubtedly your wedding dress – but with the perfect gown comes the need for equally perfect accessories!

Whether you plan to adorn your veil or go the boho-glam route with an all natural flower crown, add a touch of elegance with a trending headpiece will absolutely elevate your overall look. Let’s find your unique piece with BHLDN’s stunning summer collection:

DELICATE: the capucine hairpins add just a touch of whimsy

CLASSIC: bejewel your bun with a chic rosina hair comb

FLORAL: from coachella to the aisle, flower crowns rule the world

ELEGANT: Enhance even the most simple of hairstyles with the petal wreath

PLAYFUL: Going for a gorgeous braid? Encrust it with the Sakura Halo

MODERN: The stylish new take on a headband – with added sophistication

ROMANTIC: So 1920’s, so fab. Upgrade your chignon with the Pearly halo

ENDEARING: Can’t choose between a sleek diamond headpiece or a rustic array of flowers? Gilt Wire Wreath has you covered (in charm)

Headpieces are trending because they’re incredibly versatile – the added bling is appropriate for virtually any season or theme! They accentuate any given gown style, especially those with simpler silhouettes. Just as you would with your bouquet and shoe selection, try out a couple different headpieces (with hairstyle & comfort in mind) before you accessorize your noggin.

Which headpiece has you head over heels? Share in the comments!

 

 

Trending: Paper Crown Bridesmaids Gowns

a wise woman once said:

“When you’re growing up, you play dress-up; it’s a game, it’s a pastime. And then as you get older, getting ready and looking nice becomes constant stress. I want to make it fun again.”

-Lauren Conrad

fashion queen/style guru extraordinaire

firstdanceusmag.jpg

Aside from LC absolutely slaying every element of her own wedding, her impressive fashion background paired with a genuine knack for party planning and DIY style makes her the perfect candidate to execute this year’s most elegant collection of bridesmaids gowns.

The Paper Crown bridesmaids line originally launched in 2014, in the midst of Lauren & co-owner Maura BOTH getting married (seriously – she’s an inspiration to us all.) The new 2016 line features 24 different colors and incredibly elegant silhouettes. “Ethereal” doesn’t even begin to describe the soft shapes, delicate details & modern accents. I’m in awe because this line truly reflects what MMW was founded on: the perfect balance of modernity & tradition!

aliynlatorre photography.jpg

We all know the age-old reputation that comes along with bridesmaids gowns: frumpy, frilly, toilet paper-esque. I often cringe when scrolling through Pinterest, browsing photos of “trendy” bridesmaids gowns – because if you ask me, the only one(s) who should be wearing sequins, neons or baring cleavage on the big day is the groom’s weird great aunt.

Paper Crown bridesmaids features simple shapes, neutral tones, and angelic details that truly flatter a variety of body types. Crushing on the mismatched bridesmaid trend? The wide range of colors and sweet details allows your maids to choose their own LC original while still looking cohesively chic!

yonigoldberg.jpg

purplesvaloriedarling.jpg

Available at Nordstrom and Paper Crown, the line is priced between $225-$325, not bad for a gorgeous gown guaranteed to be worn more than once! The versatility & wearability of LC’s line is an added bonus.


My fav’s:

Ariana

Off the shoulder & one shoulder pieces are so in, but the chic tea length skirt is what seals the deal on this flirty gown. This is your gals’ go-to option for standing at the altar and leading the cupid shuffle. ($280)

Meghan

This boho-beauty is begging to be worn down a sandy aisle in Aruba! The layered style is available in 12 different colors and has a waist-accentuating sash option. Pair it with a messy fishtail braid, a white peony bouquet & gold accents – what a fab name, btw. ($325)

Tori

Feminine, timeless & totally a classic. Simple yet stunning, this dress will look ah-mazing on all of your girls! Imagine cascading curls, silver headpieces and plum lips set for a beautiful vineyard wedding – brb, dying then updating my Pinterest board. ($298)

View the entire collection here.

Is LC’s latest venture a success? Let me know below!