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5 Ways to Light Your Wedding Receptions

22 Apr 2015 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

As you may know, lighting is one of the hottest wedding ideas for receptions and more and more couples begin incorporating many different lighting options to add a romantic touch to the big day and set the mood for their guests. Here’re five ways for your reference and they’re all so IN!

top 5 rustic lighting ideas for wedding receptions

Photographed by Docuvitae via Style Me Pretty

1. String Lights

romantic string lights for evening wedding reception ideas 2015

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Something Turquoise/Morgan Trinker/Light Positive/

2. Light Bulbs

Edison light bulbs inspired wedding reception ideas

Studio Impressions Photography via Style Me Pretty/Jac and Heath/rad and in love via Style Me Pretty

3. Candles

candle lighting ideas for wedding reception decoration ideas

Rock Designs/Bridal Guide/Project Wedding/Colin Cowie Weddings/Half Orange Photography/Social Bliss

4. Lanterns

different lanterns inspired rustic wedding reception lighting ideas

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5. Chandeliers

chandeliers inspired vintage rustic wedding reception lighting ideas

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Wedding Bells: The Wedding Planning Timeline

22 Apr 2015 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

Hi everyone, it’s Alex. For today’s installment of the Wedding Bells series I’ll be breaking down the ever-intimidating wedding planning process into a simple and straightforward timeline. Whether you’re a bride-to-be, a Bridesmaid, or an attendee this timetable will let you know what to expect and how to be prepared. I hope you find this helpful!

Ideating the vision for your wedding is easy. Most of us have been envisioning our dream day since we were little. And if you’re like 99% of the women on Pinterest, your wedding is practically planned on a not-so-secret “I Do” board. (Come on, you know you have one.) While establishing the aesthetic for your wedding is definitely the fun part, planning it can be a bit overwhelming. There are so many things to coordinate that it can take away from enjoying your engagement.

In light of this, I’ve put together a wedding planning timeline based on a bevy of reading and research (and some help from my amazing planners, Ashley and Christina of Mein Schatz). Bear in mind that just because this timeline is based on a yearlong plan, it doesn’t mean you cannot apply it to your schedule. If anything, it should serve as a helpful guide in letting you know thebasic order of events. Check it out and be sure to read my notes below the timeline for more in-depth details! 

Wedding Bells: The Wedding Planning Timeline

 12 Months Before

  • Book Venue: Venues book up fast—in some cases, up to a year in advance.
  • Draft Guest List: I suggest doing this in a Google Doc spreadsheet so that your family can easily access the list and update as needed. It also avoids the issue of having multiple versions of the same document floating around in your email.
  • Engagement Party: This is completely optional. Traditionally the parents of the bride host the engagement party.
  • Register: It’s better to do this sooner rather than later so people know what to get you if they want to send you an engagement or shower gift. You can always go back and edit your registry so don’t feel like you’re bound to everything you register for right off the bat.

10 Months Before

  • Pick an Officiant: Like venues, officiants book up fast.
  • Select Bridal Party: This was one of the toughest decisions for me because it was impossible to include all of my closest friends. Nevertheless it’s good to get this out of the way early so your attendants can plan accordingly. I’ll go into more depth about this subject soon and will also provide some fun ideas on how you can ask them too!
  • Choose Vendors: First and foremost, book a photographer (I am using The Long Haul). I would also suggest hammering down a caterer (again, we’re using Whoa Nelly! Catering), DJ or band (we’re doing a DJ for our reception, The Flashdance), and florist at this point, too. The rest can be booked later. Since I am based in Southern California,  I went with local vendors that my wedding planner has worked with before. If possible, it’s best to book vendors that have not only worked together, but have worked at your venue as well!
  • Take Engagement Photos: This is optional, although many couples like to include an engagement photo in their announcements or save the dates. If you do not wish to include a photo in either, you can take them at a later date or not at all. Completely up to you! Personally, I suggest taking some photos together as a couple where you are not in your formal wedding attire at some point before the wedding. These will be lovely images to scatter around your home later down the road.

8 Months Before

  • Order Your Dress: Believe it or not, a Wedding Dress can take up to 7 or 8 months to receive after ordering—especially if you are doing something customized like me (and in case you’re wondering, my dress is from JLM Couture, but I’ll go over finding the perfect dress for your body type and aethetic later).
  • Block Hotel Rooms for Guests: If you have a handful of guests coming in from out of town or you’re doing a destination wedding, you should book a block of rooms at a local hotel for your guests. Typically hotels will give you a discounted group rate if you meet the minimum room block requirement.
  • Cake Tastings + Order Cake: If you ask me, this is by far the best part of the entire process. I’ll go into more detail about this later…
  • Begin Hair & Makeup Trails: Once you’ve ordered your dress, it’s a good idea to begin thinking about your beauty look. If you are doing your own hair and makeup, be sure to test out a few styles with some serious staying power. Also, if you are going to get an airbrush tan, I suggest testing out a few different places. Once you find a tan that works for you, book your wedding appointment at least 48-hours before your actual nuptials take place.

6 Months

  • Send Save the Dates: If you are doing a destination wedding, it’s a good idea to send these out with as much advance notice as possible—10 months prior to your date should be sufficient. Otherwise, it’s important to give your guests at least 6 months notice so they can save the date on their own calendars and plan accordingly. More on this later!
  • Book Honeymoon: Figure out where you want to go and begin researching transportation options and accommodations.
  • Order Bridesmaids’ Dresses: These can take up to 5 months to receive after ordering. Your maids will also need time to get any additional alterations done so it’s wise to order these sooner rather than later. My maids ordered their dresses from Bella Bridesmaid (Lauren actually suggested this place to me since she wore a dress from their boutique for her friendHannah’s wedding last summer, which is featured on Carats & Cake).
  • Purchase Wedding Bands: If you are customizing your bands with an inscription, it’s best to order them in advance in case there are any issues with sizing.

4 Months

  • Select Groomsmen Attire: Whether the groomsmen are renting or purchasing, it’s a good idea to get this sorted out a few months before the wedding to avoid any last minute mishaps.
  • Plan Rehearsal Dinner: Traditionally the groom’s family hosts the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding.
  • Confirm Vendors: Confirm and book additional vendors (lighting, cake delivery, sound equipment, furniture rentals, etc.).
  • Decide on Hair & Makeup: Finalize your look and make sure you have the appropriate makeup for touchups on the day of the wedding.

2 Months

  • Mail Invitations: Wedding invitations are typically sent out 6 to 8 weeks prior to the wedding.
  • Write or Decide on Vows/Ceremony: If you are writing your own vows, it’s a nice touch if you memorize them.
  • Purchase Day Of Accessories: Figure out what you will be wearing with your dress—shoes, jewelry, hairpieces, veil, etc. Also, don’t forget the old adage: “Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue!”
  • Confirm Day Of Transportation: Determine how you, your bridal party, and your families will be getting to and from wedding locations.

6 Weeks

  • Apply for Marriage License: Check US Marriage Laws for your local requirements and details.
  • Get Everything Printed: Make sure you have all of your menus, nametags, wedding programs and the like printed and ready to go.

1 Month

  • Bachelorette Party: There isn’t a textbook rule of thumb as to when you can have your bachelorette party. Just find a date that works for your bridal party. Typically the Maid of Honor plans this with the rest of the Bridesmaids. More on this later!
  • Bridal Shower: Traditionally, the groom’s mother’s close friend hosts the bridal shower. Or your Bridesmaids can host a shower as well. I’ll delve into this in more detail later.

2 Weeks

  • Final Dress Fitting: Be sure to test out how all of your accessories look with the dress and make any changes as needed. Also, it’s wise to start breaking in your wedding shoes at this point.
  • Give Shot List to Photographer: Figure out what photographs are important to you and put together a list of shots you would like taken for your photographer. I’ll go over this in more detail later.
  • Review Music with DJ/Band: Touch base with your band or DJ to finalize the playlist and confirm special request songs.

1 Week

  • Final Headcount: Once you have reviewed your RSVPs, you will then need to confirm the numbers with your rental companies (chairs, tables) as well as your caterer.
  • Finalize Seating Chart: Sit friends and acquaintances together whenever possible. I’ll provide more pointers on this later.
  • Get Facials & Waxings: Sometimes these treatments can cause unforeseen breakouts, so be sure to give yourself a one week grace period post-treatment to give your skin some time to calm down before the wedding. Also, you never want to get waxed after you get spray tanned…unless you’re going for an intentional zebra look.

48 Hours Before

  • Get Tan: If bronzed skin is important to you, get an airbrush spray tan. Aside from tanning beds being incredibly bad for your skin, the risk of getting a last minute sunburn isn’t worth it.
  • Have Nails Done: You want your manicure and pedicure as fresh as possible so try to get this done as close to the wedding as you can.
  • Wrap Bridesmaids & Groom Gifts: Don’t wait until the last minute to wrap these—better yet, wrap them upon purchase to avoid any headaches later on.

Day Before

  • Rehearsal Dinner: Attend and enjoy!
  • Give Bridal Party Gifts: Typically the day before the wedding the bride will give her Bridesmaids’ a gift. I’ll offer some simple ideas later on.

Day Of

  • Get married & live happily ever after! No wedding is perfect and things might go astray. Just remember to enjoy the moment (it goes by fast) and have fun!

I hope you find this helpful!

15 Gorgeous Half Up Half Down Hairstyles for Your Wedding

10 Apr 2015 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Hair

Are you stressing about how to wear your hair for your wedding?

You want your hair off your face for the photographs, but you love the natural look of wearing it down.

Well then, a half-up half-down hairstyle is an absolute no brainer, right?

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Photo by Nicole Berrett Photography via Ruffled

This is a versatile style with endless possibilities, half up half down hair goes great with veils and hair accessories, but works equally well with braided hairstyles, fresh flowers, and mini twists.

A look that works on straight hair (pump of the volume with a bouffant at the back) or with curls and waves, it can be boho, classic, or vintage, depending on your bridal style.

So, to help you choose what to do with your half up half down tresses, we’ve got some gorgeous wedding hair inspiration to help you decide…

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Photo by Nikki Moore Photography via Ruffled

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Photo by Paper Lily Photography via Ruffled

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Photo by Sharon Nicole Photography via Grey Likes Weddings

Aren’t they gorgeous? Let us know what you’re planning for your own half-up, half-down hair – we’d love to see pictures!

5 Romantic Half-Up Wedding Day Hairstyle Ideas

03 Apr 2015 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Hair

There are a few reasons why half-up hairstyles are so popular amongst brides: First, the go-to wedding-day ‘do manages to keep your hair off of your face, but it’s still super romantic. Second, it’s perfect for fastening veils, sparkly pins, and even headbands. Plus, half-pinned locks can be tailored for any type of tresses.Brides Live Wedding sponsor Neutrogrena’s hairstylist Sam Leonardi agrees. “This look can really work for anyone, and especially good if your wedding location is in a warm climate,” he says. “If your hair is fine, you can even consider layering in extensions for thickness, as thick hair tends to hold the style better.”


Half-Up Wedding Day Hair Style

Photo: Marisa Holmes


23 Stylish Bob Hairstyles for 2015

02 Apr 2015 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Hair

We’ve been looking through the latest bob hairstyles for 2015 all morning and we still can’t decide which are our favourites! Well, one thing’s for sure no-one’s going to get bored with their hair when there are so many exciting new twists on offer in the best bob hairstyles for 2015!

One new type of bob that I believe will come out on top is the curly bob. It’s a medium-short bob neatly graduated into the nape in a horizontal line, with layers and light curls around the head. Apart from the fact that it’s a bob that suits all faces and ages, it’s also highly recommended for women with fine or thin hair.

Women Short Haircut for Thick Hair /Via

Women Short Haircut for Thick Hair - Best Bob Hairstyles 2015
Women Short Haircut for Thick Hair

So remember – the best bob hairstyles for 2015 for giving extra volume are the curly bobs with ruffled waves or tousled curls!

Stack bob hairstyles for 2015

Another of the best bob hairstyles for 2015 – that’s perfect for adding oomph to fine hair – is the lovely stacked bob, angled down to longer lengths below the chin and topped-off with a gorgeous balayage-ombré highlight scheme!

Layered Bob Haircut for Thick Hair /Via

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Layered Bob Haircut for Thick Hair

On straight, fine hair you’ll get a smooth line framing the sides of the face. Ask for the sides to be point-cut along the bottom to create a soft outline that enhances the defined shape of this fabulous retro-1960’s style!

Naturally curly hair types

Tame your mane with specially designed layers that enhance the elasticity of your natural wave and create just the right amount of volume and shape for a fabulous ‘wash and go’ bob.

On coarse, thick naturally curly hair you can get lots of incredibly easy-style looks that create yet more of the best bob hairstyles for 2015 that look fabulous short or long!

Chic ultra-modern blonde bob hairstyles for 2015

Fancy something more edgy on straight hair? Try sliced layers throughout to create a sleek, blonde bob parted on one side and look effortlessly cool and contemporary every day!

Classic Bob Hair Style /Via

Classic Bob Hair Style
Classic Bob Hair Style

Straight bob with blunt-cut fringe

This has always been one of my favourite hairstyles, but unfortunately it doesn’t suit my face shape! (Sad face!) It’s a symmetrical choppy layered bob cut to just above the jaw line and topped off with a straight across fringe that really brings out the colour of the eyes!

With the fringe cut to show off a nicely-shaped eye-brow and gorgeous face framing textures, I love this ultra-modern look!

Bob Hairstyle with Blunt Bangs /Via

Bob Hairstyle with Blunt Bangs
Bob Hairstyle with Blunt Bangs

Wavy bob with ombré

For a long bob that will alsobe one of the best bob hairstyles for 2015, try a casual face-contouring bob. Layers in the slightly waved sides and back are beautifully defined by some cleverly applied balayage/ombré.

And I could go on and on . . .   But better than that, why don’t you browse our fab Inspiration Gallery now and find your best bob hairstyles for 2015!

Stylish Bob Hairstyle for Straight Hair /Via

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Stylish Bob Hairstyle for Straight Hair

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Hottest Bridal Hairstyles From the Runways

28 Mar 2015 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Hair

Romantic waves have become a bridal beauty staple. Hairstylist Mia Silverio of Paul Labrecque Salon & Spa instructs, “Curl your hair with a styling iron, then run your hands through your tresses to achieve that easy, breezy sensibility.”

loose and wavy wedding hair

Photo courtesy of White by Vera Wang

The Look: Braids

Pretty plaits pack an elegant punch when crafting a big- day look. Hairstylist Yann Varin of Varin Salon advises, “Braids tend to expose the scalp — one trick of the trade: apply a small dose of makeup close to your hair color to smooth the transition between braids.”

braided wedding hairstyles

Photo Credits (left to right): Tom Rauner, courtesy of Marchesa, Tom Rauner

The Look: Twisted Updos

Taut twists and rounded roles made recurring appearances on the runways. Varin says that the key to this stay-all-day look is a firm-hold hairspray —  guaranteed to keep the twists true to form and avoid pesky flyaways. Additionally, load up on bobby pins for extra hold where needed.

twisted wedding hairstyles
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