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A certain shade of purple is getting a lot of attention these days! Radiant Orchid has been announced as the Pantone® Color of the Year for 2014, and everyone in fashion, home decor and (of course) weddings is talking about it.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, says this about the hot new shade: “Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.” Yep, we’re charmed, all right!

Even though the current reign of Emerald still has a couple weeks, we couldn’t wait to start thinking of our favorite examples of this “harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones.” See our picks below, and look out for more in 2014.

twobirds Convertible Bridesmaid Dress | Orchid bouquet via Every Last Detail | Floral headband via Magnolia Rouge | Chandelier Earrings | Drink via Nothing But DeliciousLela Rose Draped Silk Bridesmaid Dress | Bridesmaid via Inspired by This (in Donna Morgan ‘Grey Ridge’ color | Macarons via Cooking for Pleasure | Nordstrom Cashmere Blend Wrap | Boutonniere via Style Me Pretty

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Cold? Yes. But fun, beautiful and memorable as well? Yes!

With help from our photographer friends at Snapknot, we’ve compiled these snowy scenes to help inspire your winter wedding photos. Put on your boots, get outside and take advantage of the weather on your big day! A winter wonderland is so romantic–and a beautiful backdrop for a white dress.

(P.S. Thinking you may need a jacket or sweater to brave the elements like this? Check out our post on our favorite wedding cover-ups!)

Head over to SnapKnot to search for a wedding photographer who fits within your location, budget and style. Plus, find more image inspiration from their hundreds of portfolios!

Images by: Jeff Reeder Photography, Jerome Pollos Photography, Onsite Minnesota Photography, Brittany Gerth Photography, Anna Michalska Photography, A Day of Bliss Photography

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New wedding dresses from Bliss Monique Lhuillier are here! Now in select Wedding Suites, you can find four more styles, all with Ms. Lhuillier’s signature detailing—like re-embroidered lace, hand-tufting and perfect draping.


Style BL1415: silk white re-embroidered lace gown with high/low tier overlay and tulle skirt

Back in July, we announced the arrival of the new brand, along with eight other gowns in our Bliss Monique Lhuillier lookbook. And in case you missed it, we partnered with Jocey and Amy of Wedding Chicks to create four collages for different bridal styles—be sure to check them out!


Style BL1408: silk white re-embroidered lace sheath gown with tulle over-skirt


Style BL1419O: organza gown with sweetheart neckline and hand-tufted trumpet skirt, shown in white, also available in blush


BL1432: silk white crepe sheath gown with cowl neck and back

Bliss Monique Lhuillier is carried in Wedding Suites in Seattle, WA; Oakbrook, IL; Topanga, CA; Paramus, NJ; McLean, VA; Scottsdale, AZ; Houston, TX; and Dallas, TX. Call your local suite to make an appointment!

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Saukok Tiampo of REVEL shares a twist on the typical winter wedding color palette. We love her fresh ideas!

Today’s Evergreen + Teal wedding inspiration combines modern glamour with a touch of rustic holiday elegance! This lace mermaid wedding gown is classic and sophisticated, and bold teal pumps add a wintry pop of color. Evergreen details and deep teal hues complete the look of an unexpected winter wonderland for your Big Day!

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Menbur Bow Pump | Hayley Paige ‘Cricket’ Wedding Dress | Donna Morgan ‘Morgan’ Bridesmaid Dress | kate spade new york drop earrings

For more collages in unique color combinations, head over to REVEL!

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Three-dimensional flower designs, called rosettes, are sprouting up everywhere in the latest few seasons of wedding dresses. Typically attached (often by hand) to the fabric of a bodice or skirt, rosettes can be singular or repeating in a pattern, creating a visual and textural detail that sets a dress apart.

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Christian Siriano Wedding Dress Style 01-14010

We’ve selected a few of our favorite rosette-detailed dresses from our Wedding Suites to showcase here. Don’t miss the dainty petals on Roses by Reem Acra’s ‘Coral Bells,’ the dramatic textured skirt on Christian Siriano’s gown above or Vera Wang’s ‘Gabriella’ with a swirling skirt in the shape of big blooms. Fabulous florals, indeed!


Nouvelle Amsale Wedding Dress Style R101T


Vera Wang ‘Gabriella’ Wedding Dress


Roses by Reem Acra ‘Coral Bells’


Vera Wang ‘Erin’ Wedding Dress

And coming to select wedding suites this spring is Olia Zavozina’s all-over petal creation ‘Delia,’ worn by our Brideology blogger at her wedding in August!

See more wedding gowns—and work with a free wedding stylist to find your perfect style—by making an appointment at your nearest Wedding Suite!

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If you’re choosing to have assigned seats at your wedding reception, then you’ll also need a way to tell guests where those seats are—and because making a seating chart is no easy task, we’ll help you out with the second part! Here we’ve rounded up five fresh takes on traditional escort cards.

Clockwise from left:

Greet your guests with a love note, with the “address” of their table and fun vintage stamps. Image via Style Me Pretty.

Pinecones holding name tags: a little prickly, but perfect for a rustic or outdoor wedding theme. You can also dip them in gold or other-colored paint for extra DIY points! Image via Rustic Wedding Chic.

Seed packets, whether new, vintage or handmade, are a cheap and easy escort-card-plus-favor! Image via Green Wedding Shoes.

Fruit with name tags give guests a snack if they just can’t wait until the appetizers are passed around. Think apples in the fall, oranges in the winter, lemons or limes in spring or summer. Image via Rustic Wedding Chic.

Use Japanese washi tape on jars to write names and table numbers and to have them double as drinking glasses. (Check out the cute saying on the chalkboard!) Write a thank-you note to each guest and tuck it inside as a special keepsake. Image via Brideology: The Wedding.

For a daily dose of decor and more ideas, follow us on Pinterest!

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Just in time for the holidays (the biggest engagement season), we are excited to announce our curated collection of engagement and wedding rings from Blue Nile in our Downtown Seattle Wedding Suite!

With this showcase selection, Blue Nile is offering customers the first opportunity to see and try on 150 different settings, from traditional to modern, big to small, ornate to simple. A Blue Nile representative will be available at the counter to answer questions and place orders online.

HeroSo grab your honey, your friend, your mom or whoever needs a little hint about your ring style, and head into the store to oooh and ahhh over these gorgeous pieces. While you’re there, don’t miss over 100 wedding dresses in the Suite from top brands like Vera Wang, Lela Rose, Hayley Paige, Jenny Yoo and many more!

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Yes, we do realize that The Hunger Games may not be the most warm and fuzzy movie to look to for wedding ideas. But have you seen Katniss’s wedding dress in Catching Fire?! Amazing! Like all of the incredible fashions in the movie, it’s over the top in the best way.

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Inspired by the movie poster and images on the The Hunger Games: Catching Fire website, we searched for a Katniss-esque dress and found this new style from designer Hayley Paige. ‘Ameryn’ has similar design elements, though it’s a bit more realistic to wed (and move) in.

The ruched bodice flares into a skirt of layered ruffles, while the top is adorned with silver detail in an organic web shape. We’re swooning over the keyhole cutout in the back, which is surrounded by more ornate jewels.

See the details in the runway shot and our buyer’s showroom snaps below. This gown is coming to select Wedding Suites soon!

(P.S. If you love the ruffled skirt look, don’t miss our round up of Ruffled Wedding Dresses from last week!)

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HeroWant more of The Hunger Games‘s futuristic looks? Check out our Beauty Blog for inspiration on the bold makeup of the Capitol’s Effie Trinket!

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It’s officially mid-November and we’re getting into the holiday spirit! We’ve been seeing shades of red everywhere this time of year, and the version we’re really loving right now is true, bright red.

We’re inspired by the way this classic color appears in nature—as in red roses and fresh strawberries—and in weddings, such as Vera Wang’s red dress collection or a party of bright bridesmaids.

Whether you’re getting married around the holidays or you just love the eye-catching, happy color of love, check out our wedding ideas below. Think about dressing up a white wedding dress with a red shoe or statement necklace, or incorporate red into your beauty look with a bright lip or bold nails.

For more color palette ideas, check out our Pinterest boards or our posts on yellow, grey, berry or lavender weddings!

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Vera Wang | kate spade new york garden path necklace | garland via Style Me Pretty | red bridesmaids via Wedding Chicks | strawberry dessert via Tartelette | Halogen ‘Marla’ Pump | Badgley Mischka ‘Petal’ Pump | Jill Jill Stuart Silk Chiffon Dress | red lips via Wedding Chicks | bouquet via A Crimson Kiss | Kendra Scott ‘Selma’ Earrings | heart cake topper via Style Me Pretty

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Tulle wedding dresses have a special place in our hearts. Maybe it’s the nostalgia of childhood ballet tutus, or perhaps it’s the idea of traditional princess-like gowns. Whatever the reason, we’re pretty sure we’re not alone in our love for this ethereal fabric!

Named after the French city of Tulle, the fabric first appeared in Parisian ballet costumes in the 18th century. Now very popular in wedding attire, tulle can be found in a stiff, structured form often used to add volume under skirts, or in a softer, gauzy form used for veils, illusion sleeves or straps, or as decorative top layers. For example, designers like Anne Barge and Rosa Clará use pleated or shirred tulle to give texture to bodices, while Vera Wang and Reem Acra create dimensional, layered skirts.

Find (and pin!) your favorite from the selections below, or browse our in-store wedding gowns and lookbooks for more ideas!

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Anne Barge ‘Aimee’


Jenny Yoo ‘Bella’


NOUVELLE Amsale Wedding Dress (#R105U)


Jenny Yoo ‘Hathaway’


Roses by Reem Acra ‘Ivy’


Rosa Clará ‘Bambu’ Wedding Dress with Jacket


Kelly Faetanini ‘Becky’


Vera Wang ‘Louisa’


Roses by Reem Acra ‘Laurel’

See more wedding gowns and work with a free wedding stylist to find your perfect style by making an appointment at your nearest Wedding Suite!

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