Sunday, March 30, 2014

March Ruffle Madness: Everything Wedding

Gorgeous ways to add ruffles to your wedding day. The bouquet pictured first is a personal favorite!

Flower Girl Basket - Weddings and Such
Bridesmaid Dress - Alfred Angelo
Invitation - Here Comes the Bride
Clutch - Corey Renee

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Wedding Budget: The Bridal Gown

Your bridal gown. It's the first thing people are excited to see, and it's what you'll be making an entrance in. The biggest tip to help save money with your bridal gown is not to go cheap with it. I know that doesn't sound right - but here are two things brides do thinking they'll save money and it actually ends up costing them more.

1. You buy a dress right off the floor even though it doesn't fit you great just to save money. You think, I'll get it altered and it will be just fine. This is not the case. Alterations can actually cost more than your dress - I promise. So unless you know someone who can alter it for you (altering a bridal gown is not like altering a pair of pants), then stick to finding a dress that fits you or you can order in your size. This also goes for picking a dress off the floor that you like, but don't want that there, or want the train cut off, or want something added. This all costs money - and usually at a higher cost than you think. You are better off finding a dress you like as is.

2. You buy a dress because it's a good deal. You go into a bridal store and find a dress that is a good price... you order it in and when it comes in you try it on and break out into tears. You know it's the not your dream dress and immediately panic knowing you will not be happy with this dress. The problem is you can't return bridal dresses. Once you buy it or order it in, it's yours. So now you struggle and probably end up buying another dress because you just aren't happy with your "good deal".

The best thing you can do to find your dream wedding dress is figure out what your vision is. Some brides know they want to feel like a princess in a full ball gown, and others know they want to show off their curves in a mermaid dress. If you aren't sure - flip through some magazines - get an idea on what your eyes gravitate to. Go try dresses and find out what styles fit your body type best. Once you know what you want - don't stray from that. The best way to save money is to know what you want and find it.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

March Ruffle Madness: Table Skirts

The easiest way to add ruffles to your wedding is through fabric. Here are some creative, elegant, whimsical, and just simply gorgeous choices for table skirts.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Little Mae Halos

Before designing my bridal halo sashes I actually started with little girl ones first! I ordered in beautiful champagne and ivory embroidery trims to embellish and make darling halo and necklace sets. However as I waited to receive my material I started to already plan on a bridal collection. With all the excitement of picking out gorgeous french inspired trims I forgot all about my little girl designs and when the material came in I just tossed them to the side!

I finally found some time to put together my designs... and I am oh so pleased with the results. This is when I really wish I had a little girl to model my adorable little pieces on. Maybe one day, {sigh}!

Introducing Little Mae Collection's gorgeous halos with absolutely adorable matching ribbon and pearl necklaces.

Lauren Halo is designed to have a beautiful princess crown affect. With scalloped golden appliqué embellished with champagne satin flowers and pearls makes this piece just gorgeous! Matching Lauren necklace available, accented with the same darling flowers. Shown with champagne ribbon, but of course can be customized with any one of Harley Mae's 43 ribbon colors.

Naomi Halo is designed to be an elegant floral head adornment. With an ivory trim embellished with ivory organza flowers and satin ribbon tie - makes this piece the perfect touch to any flower girl dress. Matching Naomi necklace available, accented with the same darling flowers. Shown with blush ribbon, but of course can be customized with any one of Harley Mae's 43 ribbon colors.

Both sets were designed to be add a precious touch to any little girl - whether it's a flower girl as she's giving her shy smile down the aisle, a tiny newborn having her first of many photo sessions to come, or a beautiful not as tiny girl turning the exciting big one. So many occasions, and so many reasons to have your little darling feel like a princess for the day!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

March Ruffle Madness: Bridal Gowns

What's March Ruffle Madness without gorgeous ruffle bridal gowns?! Large fluffy ones, wide wavy ones, bunches of pleated ones, even small crinkled ones. So many ruffles to love 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The {NEW} Mae

Harley Mae's most popular estate collection necklace, Mae, has had a facelift. New brooch elements with more sparkle make this stellar rhinestone necklace the ultimate statement piece.

Friday, March 14, 2014

March Ruffle Madness: Garters

Ruffle madness continues with lovely, frilly garters. Lace, tulle, and organza - embellished with rhinestones, pearls, and feathers.... what's not to love?

Lace & Rhinestone Swag: Liberty in Love
Midnight Blue & Lace: My Three Aunts
White Tulle: Journelle
Tulle & Rhinestone: Mamie and James
Metallic Champagne: LoBoheme
Feather, Tulle, & Lace: Sweet Biscuit P and P
Glitter Tulle: Florrie Mitton
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