Everyone has a few must-have items that they’re currently obsessed with. For some of you fabulous brides, it might be your gorgeous bridal shoes and jewelry, or it might even be that stylish decor you plan on displaying somewhere during your ceremony or reception. In every issue you can find products and trends the Contemporary Bride staff currently loves. Here are five of our favorite things, as seen in our Spring/Summer 2014 edition. Did any of our favorites make your list? Leave a comment below. We’d love to hear from you!
1. Long gone are the days of bland wedding accessories. Custom wedding garters not only make a modern statement, but also inspire as they tell a story. Designed by La Gartier, we love the softness The Jackie Garter evokes with its custom crinkle raw silk flower with crystal embellishments. *Bonus: It’s also designed in a go-to neutral for weddings!
2. Monogram pillows are wonderful to gift to any newlywed couple, especially when they’re designed in a pretty metallic to coordinate with any home decor. Add an instant glam to your couch or bedding with the Metallic Monogram Throw Pillow Cover from Three Hip Chicks.
3. Robes make a great bridesmaid gift, as well as a lovely photo pop during your bridal prep. This Kimono Style Robe by Plum Pretty Sugar features pretty floral fabric with a self-tie sash.
4. Plunging and detailed backs, in addition to full ruffled skirts, are currently gracing the wedding aisle. Here’s one of our favorite ball gowns (Style 6413) designed by Hayley Paige that marries these two trends perfectly!
5. The newest Naked palette from Urban Decay has us blushing with its rose-hued neutrals. From pale, shimmery pink to deep black matte with rosy red micro-glitter, Naked3 will take you from day to night with a few brush strokes.
Guys like shiny things too! So why not get him a wedding band with some diamonds or gems. Check out some of these top designer rings that your man will sure to love.
Comfort Fit Titanium and Diamond Accent Band with Black Accents
Modern Channel Diamond Ring in Platinum
Source: Blue Nile
Neil Lane Men’s Ring with 1/20 ct tw Diamonds in 14K White Gold
Source: Kay Jewelers
Custom Men’s Diamond Sandblasted Finish Wedding Band
Source: Joseph Jewelry
18K Red Gold Diamond & Carbon Wedding Band by Furrer-Jacot
Source: Michael C. Fina
Diamond Men’s Camo Band in Stainless Steel
Source: Helzberg Jewelers
Men’s Diamond Ring in 14kt Two Tone Gold
Streamline Two-Row Band Ring with Sapphires in sterling silver
Source: David Yurman
Men’s Diamond Band Round-cut 14K White Gold
Source: Jared, The Galleria of Jewelry
Diamond Classic Mens 14k White Gold Step Up Wedding Band
Source: Scott Kay
Wedding season is in full effect and with your special day right around the corner, it’s never too early to start thinking about your upcoming honeymoon! Just in time for your post-wedding romantic getaway [or even summer vacation], Alice & Trixie is having a fabulous sale. From chic dresses to fashion tops and online exclusives, Alice & Trixie has so many great honeymoon fashion options to choose from. For a limited time, save 20% off selected styles using the code “HAPPY4TH” at checkout. Happy honeymoon shopping!
Have you been thinking about surprising the man you love with a special gift on your wedding day? Maybe some jewelry to go with his wedding day look? Tickets to a game or show? Or is there something special that he has always wanted? Perhaps a love note would be just what your groom would like. The possibilities are endless, so here are a few of our top Groom’s Gift Ideas…
Three Hand Stainless Steel Dress Watch – A solitary diamond sparkles at the zenith of a stark black dial, framed by a light stainless steel case. Available at http://www.fossil.com.
DIY Groom ‘Cold Feet’ Socks – Surprise your fiancé on the morning of your wedding with this adorable and easy DIY gift. Available at http://www.somethingturquoise.com.
Hidden Message Tie Clip – Spark some romance with a loving reminder he can carry with him wherever he goes. Available at http://www.redenvelope.com.
Secret to Happiness Book Flask – Go incognito while having a drink-o. This hardback is designed like a notebook with a hidden, classically curved stainless steel flask inside. Available at http://www.urbanoutfitters.com.
I’ll Pick You Gift Set – Personalized sterling silver guitar picks.
Available at http://www.etsy.com.
Tiffany 1837™ Round Cuff Links – A timeless design, created to honor the year that Tiffany was founded in sterling silver. Available at http://www.tiffany.com.
Celebrate Mom and let her know how much she’s appreciated with a heartfelt gift. In honor of Mother’s Day, Miriam Haskell is offering 20% off your order now through May 11th when using the code MHLUVSMOM! Show mom you care with a heartfelt gift she’ll treasure for years to come!
Hemlock is a soft green hue, that falls between a shade of mint green and a sea green. It pairs nicely with bold shades and other pastels, like Pantone’s 2014 color of the year, radiant orchid. Hemlock can work well as either a background color or an accent color. Here is some inspiration for a Hemlock wedding…
1. Bouquet of airplants, succulents, seeded eucalyptus and hydrangea on Urban Poppy. | 2. Blu Bijoux Green Cushion and Tiny Bubbles Bib Necklace from Max and Chloe. | 3. Dessy Bridesmaid Collection – Style 2898 in Celadon on Dessy. | 4. Beach Wedding Jewelry Sea Glass Necklaces from Boston Seaglass. | 5. Kraft Arrow in Melon – Signature White Wedding Invitations on Wedding Paper Divas. | 6. Green Ombre Wedding cake on Every Last Detail. | 7. Annalise in Mint by Bettie Page on Heels.com. | 8. Lace Wedding Garter with mint green flower on Bella Sposina.
See the other Pantone Fashion Reports.
Bridal Styles Boutique is excited to show you the arrival of their new Spring/Summer 2014 Bridal Accessory Collection. The headpieces are fabulous! There are so many different looks to suit every bride’s vision and style… whether it is delicate, romantic, regal or dramatic and as always unique! New jewelry and veils are just spectacular as well. Stop by their boutique in Brooklyn to see all the stunning pieces for yourself!
905 Avenue U · Brooklyn NY 11223 · 718 339 3222
If you are looking to add creative and unique touches to your wedding without spending countless hours on DIY projects, then Etsy is the place for you. If you haven’t heard of it, Etsy is an online marketplace for designers, jewelers, artists and so many other crafty and creative geniuses. They are creating one-of-a-kind handmade goods that can often be personalized. There is even a category just for Weddings! Check out some of these Etsy finds for your wedding day.
Not just invitations, but save-the-dates, menus cards, thank you notes and so much more can be found on Etsy. This handmade Rustic Twine Wedding Invitation set by Tiger Lily Designs has a romantic feeling to it featuring a twine accent paired with vintage fonts and earth tone ink colors making it the perfect complement to a rustic, shabby chic, or barn wedding.
Wedding Dress Hangers
If you are planning on capturing a photo of your wedding gown hanging before you wear it, then you are going to want an eye-pleasing hanger. Etsy to the rescue! We just love the shell accents on this Custom Starfish Bridal Hanger from Good Looking Hangers.
I don’t think we have ever seen a larger collection of cake toppers than on Etsy. The options seem to be endless from words, to banners, to animals – even little figurines to look exactly like you! Choosing which one is the hardest part. How about this Mr & Mrs Personalized Silhouette Cake Topper from True Love Affair?
Finding a unique wedding favor can be somewhat of a challenge when most sites carry the same favors. But not Etsy, here you find unique handmade favors that fit you and your budget. How cute are these Succulent Plant Wedding Favor Rosettes by Succulent Designs.
Photo Booth Props
As photo booths become more and more popular at weddings, so does having entertaining props to go along with them. From whimsical to elegant, you are sure to find something that fits your style on Etsy. This 31pc Wedding Photo Booth Prop Set by Painted Cookies Shop is sure to be a big hit at any wedding.
Bridal Party Gifts
They are your best friends, the people by your sides. They deserve something memorable and made especially for them. That is where Etsy is there for you again. For the guys it could be Leather Engraved Groomsmen Flasks by Award Source and for the girls it might be a Monogram Initial Locket Necklace by Sora Designs.
Wedding Signs and Banners
You have probably seen them popping up all over wedding blogs – cute little wedding signs that decorate the ceremony or reception. On Etsy, you can find chair signs, dessert signs, thank you signs, and even social media signs like this Custom Hashtag Social Network Wedding Sign made by Breetique.
Now that we have given you a few ideas on how you can have a creative wedding using Etsy, what are you waiting for? Head on over there today and start browsing the huge wedding section.
If you are renting a tuxedo, most likely your shirt will come with the option to wear cuff links. Why not go classy for your wedding with some cufflinks that suit your style. With so many options to choose from these days, the possibilities are endless. From classic mother of pearl to your college team, there is sure to be something that will compliment your look. Also, they make great gifts for the men in the wedding party.
For the Baseball Fan
New York Yankees Pinstripe Cufflinks | New York Mets Baseball Cufflinks
For the Tech Guru
USB Flash Drive Cufflinks in Silver Finish 4GB
Magic Mouse Miniature Mouse Cufflinks
For the Car Enthusiast
Gear Shift Cufflinks | Steering Wheel Cufflinks
For the Music Lover
Scottsdale – Miniature plectrum cufflinks
Love Sheet Music Cufflinks | Bass Clef Cufflinks
For the Sailing Man
Nautical Silver Anchor Cufflinks | Starboard And Port Cufflinks
For the Star Wars™ Fan
Star Wars™ Cuff Links</>
For the Uncommon Guy
Latitude Longitude Cufflinks | Subway Token Cufflinks
For the Military Man
USMC Marine Corps Gold 1st Division First to Fight Cufflinks | Army National Guard Military Seal Cufflinks | U.S Navy Round Military Enamel Seal Cufflinks
Cufflinks are designed for wearing with French cuff shirts instead of most everyday shirts that are equipped with button cuffs. Be sure to specify that you will be wearing cufflinks when you rent your tuxedo. You don’t want to end up with the wrong shirt and no way to wear your new stylish cufflinks.
Burlap has become very popular in weddings this year, since it is perfect for a rustic or country theme. When blended with lace, the effect can be so simple, yet elegant at the same time. Here is some burlap and lace wedding inspiration for you.
Source: 1. Rustic burlap and lace Ring Bearer Pillow | 2. Personalized Flower Girl Basket made of burlap and lace | 3. Burlap and lace Napkin Ring Holders | 4. Rustic Wedding Invitation with burlap and lace bellyband | 5. Lace-covered burlap personalized Favor Bags | 6. Vintage suitcase Wedding Card Holder made with burlap and lace | 7. Burlap and lace Wedding Guest Book with personalized engraved heart | 8. Rustic burlap and lace Silverware Holder | 9. Burlap and Lace Ring Bearer Pillow | 10. Burlap and lace Pinwheels photo prop | 11. Happily Ever After Cake Topper on burlap & lace bunting flags | 12. Vintage inspired burlap and lace wedding garter.