Inspiration & How-To

Our November Holiday catalog featured papercraft and garlands from master crafter Laurie Cinotto. We shared a step-by-step tutorial on The Thread on creating these crafts with a holiday theme, but any number of colors or mix of patterns will work for this project, which makes it perfect for weddings with a little DIY flair. Drape the garlands anywhere or strew the paper balls on your various tables for endless possibilities that add a personalized touch. 

DIY garland and paper crafts for wedding décor.

DIY garland and paper crafts for wedding décor.

DIY garland and paper crafts for wedding décor.

Our thanks again to Laurie for sharing this project and her crafterly magic! See even more inspiration and ideas, and get info about commissions and ordering her DIY Beautiful Paper Flowers book, over at Laurie Cinotto Art + Craft.

Jeff Powell

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! To honor the color of luck, we’re offering a few ways to incorporate green into your wedding color palette, no matter the time of year.

Flowers are an obvious go-to, but there are a number of unconventional ways you can add shades of green—from mint to lime, to kelly and pine—into your big day.

A light backdrop for your favorite quote, or adorable bottles of green (!) lemonade.

A gorgeous outdoor canopy or shabby-chic mint seats.

Rosemary makes an easy, earthy accent for name cards and DIY table runners.

Not to mention, of course, bright standout shades for the wedding party…

Amsale Strapless Chiffon Gown | Nina Peep-Toe Pump

…or more muted and earthy tones.

Isaac Mizrahi New York Fit & Flare Dress | L.Erickson Silk Obi Sash

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Naturally we’re loving the combo of fiery red and clean white on Valentine’s Day, but luckily, both of these colors are great ways to celebrate and spark romance 365 days of the year. Check out these and more stylish and fun looks for heating things up, both today and on that very special day.

I ♥ This: Only Hearts Silk Charmeuse Mini Slip & Josie ‘Spicy Essentials’ Low-Rise Lace Boyshorts

Do I Ever: Hanky Panky ‘I Do’ Regular Rise Thong & Betsey Johnson Terry Honeymoon Robe

Find more sizzling Bridal Lingerie.

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A dramatic cat eye is a sure way to add a little va-va-voom to your look—and yes, it can even work on your wedding day. The key is keeping it clean and classy, making smooth lines and wearing a minimal amount of makeup otherwise. Follow these steps below!

Remember to do a test before your big day to make sure you (or your makeup artist) feel confident in how to get the look you want. And test products too! For this look, we recommend Guerlain ‘Cils d’Enfer’ Maxi Lash Mascara and Guerlain Gel Eye Pencil.

Prefer light eyes but bright lips? Check out our Red Lip How-To, plus more ideas on the Beauty Blog.

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Going for bold beauty on your big day? Try a classic red lip—it’s the perfect way to add instant glamour to any bridal look, and it’ll never go out of style.

Here, you can watch Beauty Director Laksmi Sam’s step-by-step guide, including how to prep, line and complete the perfect pout.

Next, get tips from Beauty Director Tawni Hart on how to match your skin tone with the best shade.

For more ideas—for your wedding day and every day—check out our Beauty Blog!

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Did you just get engaged? Congratulations! You’re starting one of the most unique and exciting times in your life—celebrating, planning and celebrating more! Make the most of it all with our 8 helpful tips below:

1. Take a deep breath, smile and say to yourself and your honey: “This will be FUN.” Make a pact to remind each other of that any time you start to feel stressed during the planning process.

2. You’ll be staring at your new bling—and showing it off—quite a bit in the coming weeks. So dress up your digits with a manicure at a Nordstrom Spa near you or DIY with a pretty polish.

3. Have an inspiration party! Get your girlfriends together to binge on bridal blogs, Pinterest and magazines. Married or single, they’ll never turn down a chance to drink wine and look at beautiful wedding ideas!

4. Start a Pinterest board…or change your secret “Someday” board to “The Big Day Is Here!” Follow us on Pinterest for endless inspiration and check out some of our other favorite boards too.

5. Look at real weddings for ideas on themes, colors, DIY projects, bridesmaid looks—and of course, wedding dresses!

6. With engagement parties, bridal showers and bachelorette parties coming up, treat yourself to a cute little white dress. Get ready to party and don’t be afraid to wear white to every event!

7. Have date-night planning sessions with your fiancé! Go out to dinner or get coffee while you talk about ideas. Budget conversations will be much more fun this way!

8. Start dress shopping! It’s never too early—even if you don’t have a venue or a date, you can start discovering what styles you love. Browse online lookbooks, find a Wedding Suite near you and make an appointment with a free Wedding Stylist. Trust us, she’ll become your bridal BFF, handing ALL of the attire for you and your wedding party!

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And finally, check back here for inspirational articles each day as you plan your wedding. Any questions? Comment below and we’ll give our best suggestions and advice!

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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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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 was love at first sight when our buyers first spotted lace bridesmaid dresses from Amsale at the latest Bridal Fashion Week. Now we’re bringing those styles to you, via lovely maxi dresses in delicate floral lace.

We are especially smitten with this style, an alternative to a strapless dress, with pretty lace straps that veer into a V shape in the back. The deep purple color (aptly called ‘Raisin’) seems fitting for a fall or winter wedding, so we styled it here with darker accents in pewter and black—like these extra-long, moody Alexis Bittar earrings and some sassy lace sandals from Ivanka Trump.

  Amsale Pleated Lace Sweetheart Dress | Alexis Bittar ‘Miss Havisham’ Linear Earrings | Menbur ‘Vintage Bride’ Clutch | Ivanka Trump ‘Haizel’ Sandal

Love this idea? Shop bridesmaid dresses by fabric for more lace styles, or browse more dresses from Amsale and consider mixing fabrics like chiffon and lace!

You can also get help from a free wedding stylist by making an appointment at your nearest Wedding Suite!

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There is something incredibly romantic about a wedding in a garden setting—the flowers, greenery and soft sunlight is what you dream about as a little girl. And what better wedding dress to add to the dream than Jenny Yoo’s ‘Hathaway’ gown?

This gown, with a flattering sweatheart neckline and layers of tulle and chiffon, is refreshingly simple, evoking a natural type of wedding-day beauty. We’re thrilled that it has been featured in this inspirational photoshoot designed by Mayhar Design, with floral arrangements by Sprout and all captured by Caroline Joy Photography. See a few of the beautiful images of this gown here, and then head to Style Me Pretty for more!

To see more beautiful gowns by this designer, browse the Jenny Yoo lookbook, and make your appointment with our free Wedding Stylists to shop in person.

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Photography by Caroline Joy Photography

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