by: Lauren

The Mediterranean is full of so much romance and beauty- it’s hard to not be inspired by this beautiful area of the world. Well Amanda Douglas Events took this inspiration, combined it with a color palette of Pantone colors Celosia Orange and Dazzling Blue, and created some absolutely stunning Mediterranean inspired orange and blue wedding ideas that are just breathtaking! And lucky for us, Victoria Anne Photography captured the colors, design and details perfectly- you don’t want to miss this loveliness!

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From Amanda Douglas Events:

Classic lasting elegance is indispensable to this theme. When choosing the location for the wedding decide on one with neutral color but detailing on the walls. White is a great wall shade as it will make accents in the room pop in comparison. The walls for this shoot had beautiful detailing printed into it, and added to the romantic mediterranean feel. Warmth from the room is emitted from every detail, including the simple aged wooden table. To tie the bride into the theme she dressed in a grecian inspired wedding gown with an empire waist and flowing bottom half. Effortlessly her hair was tossed over her shoulder with spiraling loose curls falling down her side. Sweet white treats adorned with edible gold paint sends your taste buds to those rolling hills of the mediterranean.  Placing these treats on white plates makes them pop in comparison to the warmth of the wooden table.    Flowers in the bright Pantone colors Celosia Orange and Dazzling Blue tie the theme together.   Placing them in gold, white, and blue vases keep these stunning flowers as the centre of attention.  When choosing flowers, mix and match textures, shapes, sizes, and colors.  It is this variety that will create depth and intrigue your guests. The Mediterranean Romance theme mixes simplicity with a vibrant warmth.  At an event such as this expect you guests to be grinning ear to ear, while enjoying the flowers, and decadent treats.   

Isn’t all of this amazing? I just love the unique color palette- who would have thought that orange and blue could be so gorgeous and chic?!

I’m definitely a fan of unexpected color palettes… what do you think of them? Are any of you using a unique color palette for your own wedding? I’d love to hear!

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Styling & Planning: Amanda Douglas Events / Invitations & Stationery: Victoria Anne Photography / Florals: Fache Floral Designs / Invitations & Stationery: One Plus One Design / Cake Baker: Laugh Love Cakes / Bride’s Dress: LA Collection / Makeup Artist: 2 Chicks and a Bag of Makeup / Hairstylist: Johanna Costantini


by: Lauren

I’m not going to sugarcoat it- choosing bridesmaid dresses is a pretty daunting task. One of my big “musts” in choosing dresses for my bridesmaids was making sure they would be able to wear the dresses after the wedding. Well let me tell you… that is a pretty hard requirement to fill! A more popular option now is to let your bridesmaids choose their own dresses, but this can be a bit difficult, especially if you want to make sure everyone matches in some way. But I have awesome news- you don’t have to deal with any of these issues, because Brideside can help you!

A Fun New Way Of Choosing Bridesmaid Dresses!

Image by Emilia Jane Photography

Brideside is one of my favorite bridesmaid dress websites. The ladies of Brideside have hand-picked the best bridesmaid dresses from the best designers, and you can browse their collections by color, fabric, fit or style- but they’re not your typical bridesmaid dress website! Brideside provides you with tons of assistance in choosing bridesmaid dresses- from having a personal stylist help you choose dresses, to trying on dresses at home- so there will be no question that you’re choosing the right dresses.

A Fun New Way Of Choosing Bridesmaid Dresses!

My absolute favorite thing about Brideside is the “Brideside Box“, which gives you the option to have 3 bridesmaid dresses sent right to your home to try on! You choose 3 dresses from their website, pay just $10 to have them shipped to you, and then you can try them on your own time with your best gals! Simple as that. This is a great option if you have girls out of town, if your schedules are jam-packed and everyone can’t get to a bridal shop appointment, or if you just want to avoid the stress of trying dresses on in a store. You and your bridesmaids can try on potential dresses and decide on the best option (or options)!

A Fun New Way Of Choosing Bridesmaid Dresses!

The Brideside Box is a great option if you’re wanting to mix-and-match your dress colors too. I myself am a HUGE fan of doing this- it looks awesome in photos, and will give your bridesmaids a bit more of an option when it comes to choosing their dress.

A Fun New Way Of Choosing Bridesmaid Dresses!

See how the Brideside Box works via the fun video below:

I of course love making something fun out of every opportunity, so I actually recommend creating an intimate get-together with your bridesmaids out of the Brideside Box experience! In fact, I did a little inspiration shoot last year showcasing this very concept- featuring Brideside’s dresses of course! A few of the images are below…

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A Fun New Way Of Choosing Bridesmaid Dresses!

Images by Kismis Ink Photography  via CHOOSE BRIDESMAID DRESSES WITH A MIX-N-GLITZ PARTY!

Another awesome part of Brideside is that you get a personal stylist to assist you and your bridal party throughout the entire process of ordering dresses. Your stylist will make recommendations, keep track of your favorite dress options, make sure you order in enough time for your wedding, and even track your order for you. This is especially helpful if you’re wanting to do mix-and-match dresses (shown above), because she will know all the different designers, colors, and styles that are available to you. She’ll even help you figure out how to take measurements and make recommendations for what dress styles will work best for your girls’ body shapes. Pretty awesome, right?! Oh, and did I mention they have great videos to help you too? I love them!!

A Fun New Way Of Choosing Bridesmaid Dresses!

You want to make things easy on yourself and your gals, and Brideside is the answer to all of your bridesmaid dress shopping woes. No need to be stressed about one more thing while planning your wedding, right?!

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And now for the fun part of this post… Brideside is offering Every Last Detail readers $20 off dress purchases made before 10/31/14 (excludes Joanna August collection). Just head on over to the site and use the code “ELD2014” to get the discount!

[Dress designers showcased: Joanna August, Dessy, Alfred Angelo, Wtoo by Watters, Alfred Sung]

 

A Fun New Way Of Choosing Bridesmaid Dresses! This post is sponsored by Brideside. All commentary and opinions are the author’s own.



by: Michelle

I love everything about this gorgeous wedding captured by Severine Photography. A black, gold, and white color palette, while simple, creates a gorgeously elegant and romantic atmosphere. Incorporating modern details in with the classic style makes for an absolutely amazing wedding- you’re going to love it! And the lovely bride, Lindsey, is here with us today sharing all about her planning experience…

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What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?

Believe it or not, my now Husband was the biggest help in this planning process. Little did I know that he was such a strong DIYer! Had it not been for his handy work and multiple runs to Home Depot, things would not been completed on time!

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What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?

The most important thing to me was longevity. Longevity in the sense of I didn’t just want my photographer/videographer/etc just there on my Wedding Day, I wanted them for life and every stage of it. So when I went to look at different vendors, I didn’t just look at their ability to captureweddings, I looked deeper at the events in their client’s lives that they had been apart of. Doing this allowed me to get such extraordinary talent involved in our wedding day and our future!

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

My favorite thing about our wedding was my custom made Bridesmaid dresses. I found a picture (on pinterest, of course!) of these beautiful champagne with black lace overlay bridesmaid dresses. I was not able to track down the designer so I went to a local dress maker and together we were able to recreate the look with some twists to make them unique! These custom dresses turned out beautifully and allowed each of my bridesmaids to fit perfectly into their gowns.

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What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?

My inspiration was truly the colors I dress in every day. I love strong blacks,modern patterns and accents of gold. So choosing a color scheme was simple, it mirrored my closet completely. From there, I took my colors and pulled together looks through Pinterest and various published weddings. At the end, we achieved a very chic and modern affair!

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

For my fellow Brides, don’t turn away help because you only want things done a certain way. Had I let help in sooner in my planning process, I would have had a much less stressful last few days before the wedding. Your friends and family have so many phenomenal talents, so put them to work! You will be glad you did once it is all said and done!

I told you this was a good one! Don’t you just love the old car? So classy! And those stripes- be still my stripe-loving heart!

I love how Lindsey’s inspiration was based on the colors she wears every day! Are any of you using a color palette that includes colors that you wear on a regular basis?

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Severine Photography / Bride’s Dress: bridals & more / Reception Venue: Conference Center @ the Main Library / Makeup Artist: Hair Graphics / DJ: McGee / Flowers & Decor: Turner Ace Florida / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Missy Sterner / Cake Baker: Leah Kawczak

Exclusive ELD Vendors

Like the post above? Here are the Every Last Detail vendors that participated making this post beautiful! Featured vendors are hand picked and approved by Lauren. Get more information by clicking on them below:




by: Lauren

My-oh-my I have some excellent tips for you all today! One of the things that I had NO clue about when I was planning my own wedding was inquiring with vendors. To tell you the truth, I was actually afraid of it- which is probably why I ended up not quite having the best wedding I could have had.

As some of you know, after my wedding, I started working in the wedding industry, and during this time, I definitely saw my share of inquiries. I of course want you all to learn from my mistakes as well as my industry experience, so I thought I would share a few of my tips for you on inquiring with wedding vendors…

5 Tips For Inquiring With Wedding Vendors

1. Search & Don’t Be Afraid!

First and foremost, search in The V List for the most awesome vendors that I myself have extensively reviewed and approved. And then… DON’T BE AFRAID TO INQUIRE with them (like I was)! Along those same lines, also know that it’s okay to search outside of where your wedding is occurring. Vendors are always willing to travel, and who knows- your absolute favorite photographer could be in the next town over! 

2. Narrow Down Your Options

Don’t just send one big mass email to every single vendor in your area. Narrow down your list to your top choices and then send inquiries to them. 

3. Look

If you’re just searching for pricing and packages options, some vendors put that information right on their website, so be sure to look to see if it’s there before you ask. Most wedding professionals have lots of great info on their websites! 

4. Be Short, Kind, & Informative

Keep your email short, kind, and informative. Start off by telling the vendor why you are emailing them- what is it about them that made you decide to inquire? I know it’s corny, but it will establish a nice sense of relationship for both of you. :) Provide them with your wedding date, your venue, a little bit about the kind of wedding you’re wanting to have, what services of theirs you are interested in, and what your estimated budget is for those services.

5. Respond!

And the biggest thing of all- respond! Even if you’ve decided to go with someone else, please respond to them and let them know!

5 Tips For Inquiring With Wedding Vendors

Photo by Hunter Ryan Photo

I also asked a few of ELD’s approved vendors to give us some of their tips for inquiring with vendors…

“Remember when inquiring with vendors for services for your wedding, to be prompt in responding to their communication, both emails and phone calls. It takes a lot of time and energy to put professional and customized proposals and consults together in a timely manner, and it’s nice to get a response (good, bad or otherwise) in a timely manner. It goes a long way when you can return the courtesy they have extended you in responding promptly. Also, it is helpful to your potential vendors to be honest and upfront with your needs, wants and desires and, of course, your budget. It helps the vendor create a customized proposal that best fits your wedding. If you are honest in your inquiries, then you will have better results from your potential vendors.”  - Just Save The Date

“Personally I love when couples tell me a little bit about them, or their ideas or their excitement for the day. I love quickly getting a glimpse into who they are. We like to get a little extra info from them, like what the overall feel of the day is that they are going for, colors, and then of course the basics – DATE, venue, and approximate budget. Oh and your fiance’s name – we like to know that too!” - Hunter Ryan Photo

“Do your research on market averages for your area when contacting vendors so you know what to expect. Then, find the vendor that has the style and personality you like best! We love when brides tell us details about their weddings and how they are integrating their own personality into it. Your wedding is one day, so invest the most into the things that have the longest shelf life.” - Liveview Studios

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Photo by Liveview Studios

“Be friendly and be yourself (sarcastic, witty, silly, enthusiastic, dry, laid-back, etc)! I’m a huge believer that if you have a great personality match, no matter the vendor, it will only enhance your overall wedding experience!” – Carillon Weddings

“Be honest with your vendors. If you are just trying to price shop (which is totally reasonable), its best to be open about it. Its hard to receive an inquiry from a client who raves about your work and says you’re exactly what they’re looking for only to never hear back from them again. Its good to remember that the person you’re talking to is human and they put a lot of time and effort into their response and their business. And also, if you have a dialogue with a vendor, its polite to let them know that you’ve decided to go with someone else. There’s no hard feelings.” – Kappen Photography

“If you send an email inquiry and don’t receive a response in 48 hours, don’t assume the potential vendor is blowing you off. Technical challenges do happen, so try again or reach out via phone to be sure.”  - First Coast Weddings

5 Tips For Inquiring With Wedding Vendors

Photo by Kappen Photography


Wow, those are all GREAT tips, don’t you think? I also have a few more tips that you can see by clicking the button below:

5 Tips For Inquiring With Wedding Vendors

So brides, do you have any other tips of your own that you have found helpful?

Wedding pros, have anything else to add that might help out brides?


 

A version of this post was published in July 2012.