Get the Emmys red carpet style with Dessy

Did you watch the Emmy's last week? 

It's definitely one of my guilty pleasures - watching the outfits the A-listers turn up in. Some looking amazing ... others not so much. 

 

 

Red dress goals! Rate @selenagomez dress on a scale of 1-10. #Emmys

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Mind you, we think Selina Gomez has pretty much nailed it here. Love this dark red satin gown, beautifully cut and a fabulous fit. The color suits her complexion perfectly.

You can get a similar look with Dessy. The color here is Firecracker  - lots of different styles to consider. 

 

And THIS is why you'll want a burgundy wedding theme

burgundy wedding theme

(Photography via Wedding Chicks)

Rich, dramatic, flattering, versatile - burgundy is a gorgeous wedding color choice, particularly if you're not a pastel kind of a gal. 

  • You're having a Fall wedding and burgundy is the color of berries
  • Long burgundy bridesmaid dresses would look so chic at your evening wedding
  • You like the idea of a deep claret colored wedding cake
  • Burgundy colored shoes under your wedding gown have a certain appeal
  • Deep, burgundy roses just say something to you
  • Winter is coming and that's when your wedding is - and a burgundy shade would add a warming depth to surroundings

And that's just for starters ...

burgundy wedding theme

(Image credits: All images via Wedding Chicks Fall Wedding. Bridesmaid dress style 2911 via Dessy.)

Other shades to describe burgundy are claret, wild berry, ruby, aubergine ... and they all blend beautifully together if you want to mix it up a bit. We're thinking maybe an ombre kind of a look? A good tool to help you work out your color palette are Dessy's inexpensive Pantone wedding tools. Blend the shades you like together and mix them up to suit your tastes. 

The bride above chosen slightly different shades of burgundy for each of her maids - a subtle difference, which also helped each bridesmaid to choose a color to suit their skin tone. And which adds a certain depth of creativity and interest to your wedding photographs. (You'll find plenty of burgundy colored bridesmaid dresses to consider at Dessy here.)

It's probably a good time to set up your own Pinterest board too - and you can keep it private of course. At Dessy we LOVE Pinterest and are always pinning ideas for brides on our boards. Play around with some burgundy wedding looks you find online - and of course this page is a good start!

In your wedding bouquet you can go for block burgundy impact as above - or add some shading with blush roses and leaves, like the brides here. 

 

burgundy wedding theme

(Photo credits: Burgundy bridesmaid dress style JR535 via Dessy, all other images via Wedding Chicks)

 

 Burgundy wedding themes let you have fun with your wedding food too. 

  • You could serve dark red themed cocktails as your guests arrive at the reception 
  • Have a dark red themed dessert table or candy bar
  • Serve warm mulled wine at a winter wedding
  • Have a dark red velvet wedding cake

 

 

How to walk down the aisle gracefully

It's your Big Day and everyone is looking at you girl. Your wedding dress is beautiful, your hair perfect and the man of your dreams is waiting for you at the end of the aisle. But ... a key bit of advice for the bride here.

You need to be gliding down that aisle elegantly - like a Princess. It's said that the Duchess of Cambridge took deportment lessons before she walked down the aisle of Westminster Abbey in London to marry Prince William, with the eyes of The World upon her. (And who can blame her?)

You don't want to walk like a pudding

Don't march down the aisle, head down, shoulders hunched, as though you're on your way to work on a dreary Monday morning in the rain.

(Check here for musical inspiration to walk down the aisle.)

What's the point of wearing a beautiful dress, gorgeous shoes and having all that preparation if you're going to ruin it with your posture?

Learn to walk tall. We asked for some tips and advice from a model who walks regularly for some top designers. She said:

  • It is hard to be elegant if you're not comfortable. Give some thought to how your dress and wedding shoes will feel - not only on the walk from the car and up the aisle, but also how you're going to manage standing, meeting and greeting your guests and the other activities your big day will demand.
  • Grace and poise will not be achieved if you are a bundle of tension! Before your hair is done, take 10 minutes in a quiet room to lie on your back with your knees bent and give yourself some space. Support your head on a couple of paperback books. Let your mind clear, and your thoughts come back to yourself. It is the last chance you will have to do this in the whole day - it is SO important!
  • Allow any tightness to dissipate from your neck, head and shoulders, and notice if you are 'pulling in' or tensing around your hip area. Be aware of your breath filling your lungs to their full capacity, and exhale freely.
  • As you step into the limelight, hold onto this calm and peace you have found. Think of your neck as free of tension, and your head elegantly and lightly poised. Be aware of length in your spine and allow your knees to move freely forward from your hips. Remember not to grip anything you are holding, but to have as light a touch as is needed, so that your arms are not bunched into your shoulders.
  • You might like to start taking a Pilates class before your wedding day. It's a good way to destress, will stretch out your limbs and also you'll become more aware of your posture, pulling in your core and standing with your shoulders back.

Photo credit: Ryan Flynn photography via The Wedding Chicks

Six things brides need to know about wedding bouquets.

wedding bouquets

The flowers in your wedding bouquet and its style are going to be a key feature on your wedding day. The blooms you carry will do much to create a mood and 'look' and the way you carry your flowers is very important, particularly if you want to show off your dress to perfection.

Wedding Bouquet Secrets

  1. When you visit your florist for your first consultation, bring a picture of your wedding dress. The structure of and design of your bridal bouquet needs to work well with the style, shape and detail of your dress.
  2. If you are having your dress made or altered, ask the dressmaker if you can have any spare material. Then your florist can wrap it around the stems of your bouquet, giving you the perfect match.
  3. If you have a family heirloom - such as an antique brooch, a lace hanky or something else to work into your Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue- ask your florist to add it into the top of the stems. Brooches in particular look fantastic and are a lovely way to finish the handle.
  4. If you're like most brides, you might feel a bit nervous just before your wedding. This nervousness means that many brides, when they are holding their bouquet for the first time, tend to use both hands and carry their bouquet quite high. This immediately lifts the shoulders up which tends not to make a great picture, particularly if you are wearing a strapless dress. If you can remember, (get your bridesmaid to remind you) hold your bouquet in one hand and below your hip. This will relax and open your shoulders, improving your posture and creating the best pose for your photographer! It will also show off the detailed bodice of your dress.
  5. If you can bear to put your bouquet down, putting it to the side of your wedding cake makes a lovely picture.
  6. At the end of your wedding day, ask your chief bridesmaid or mum to refresh your bouquet by cutting an inch off the stems and popping it into water. This works well with hand-tied bouquets and lets you enjoy your flowers that bit longer.

Image credits clockwise from top: Blue and white bouquet via Wedding Chicks, Bohemian elegance wedding via Wedding Chicks, Blooms and bouquets via Wedding Chicks, Fall wedding bouquet via Wedding Chicks, Fall and purple wedding via Wedding Chicks, Colorful Pantone wedding via Wedding Chicks, Red bouquet wedding ideas via Wedding Chicks.

12 secrets to making your guests think your wedding was the best ever!

(Photography credit TaraLynn Lawton via Wedding Chicks)

"The best ever? Of course my wedding day is going to be a fabulous success for my guests," you say.

It's all about the guests

Obviously you and your other half are the centerpiece of the day. You're the ones getting married, after all.

But remember you've asked a lot of a whole group of people

  • They may have travelled a long way
  • Taken time off work
  • Had expensive air fares
  • Invested in new clothes
  • Splashed out on accommodation
  • Bought you a lovely gift
  • Organised childcare (and pet care)

So to make sure they have a fabulous time at your wedding, it's worth remembering some (if not all) of the following tips.

  1. Don't bore your guests whilst your photographs are being taken. Although it's a special time for you, try not to leave your guests standing outside, hungry and thirsty, whilst the photographer snaps away. Have a glass of Champagne waiting for them and a few canapes.
  2. Standing around in the cold or wet for 30 minutes or so outside the church or venue (or in blazing sun), waiting for transport to the reception, isn't that much fun. It also sets a tone and not the tone you want either.
  3. Going to a wedding alone and being a bit of a Bridget Jones can be very daunting, especially if you don't know anyone and have to face constant statements like: "Don't worry, it'll be your turn next." One way around this is to have a reception the night before to make introductions.
  4. If you're not going to have a load of singles at your wedding, then it's thoughtful to offer a plus one on the invitation.
  5. On the other hand, a singles table or two could be a massive success. Singles tend not to want to sit amongst married couples. And you never know who will hit it off with whom!
  6. Send your thank-you letters out promptly. It costs quite a bit of money to be a wedding guest nowaways, what with the travel to the venue, probably an overnight stay, an outfit, the bachelorette party and of the course, the wedding gift.
  7. Don't let the speeches go on and on. You may think it's absolutely hilarious for your father to regale your guests with stories of what you did as a child and the best man to relive his experiences with the bridegroom but you may see your guests getting restive. Short, sweet and entertaining is the best way.
  8. Don't hold back on food and wine. If you're getting married at midday and the event is going on until the small hours, you're going to have to feed your guests properly. That means a drinks reception, lunch, tea and dinner and that's obviously not going to come cheap.
  9. If you're having an evening wedding and want your guests to stay over, try and consider accommodation options to suit all budgets.
  10. Think about how your guests will get to the reception, especially if you're getting married in a city centre church where there is no (or very expensive) parking nearby. A popular option is to lay on a bus from the venue to the church and then back again afterwards, so that guests can leave their cars at the reception and not have to worry.
  11. Although theme weddings are all the rage, asking your guests to dress in fancy dress is asking a lot. If you are having a color theme, then however you could ask guests to give a nod to it by dressing using a particular color on an accessory, like a tie, scarf or shoes.
  12. Having a chill-out zone is always a good plan. If you're having dancing, some people may want to catch up and chat somewhere a bit quieter. So lay tea and coffee on somewhere (with wedding cake) that's away from the dance floor.

Hues of blue for your wedding day

blue wedding day inspiration

(Image credits clockwise from top left: Caitlin B Photography, Pinterest, Dessy Style 4512, Zack Wolf Photography.)

Who doesn't love blue? It's one of the most easy-going colors around, with so many shades with so many names.

We're thinking mist, bluebell, periwinkle, storm, navy, sapphire, hyacinth, cornflower, sky ... So it's perfect for mixing and matching, playing around with an ombre theme, as you see here.

Want blue flowers in your wedding bouquets?

Think of all the shades of blue that take their names from blooms and you'll realise you'll have no trouble sourcing the right shades for you. Think delphinums, forget-me-nots, larkspur, hydrangeas.

We love blues for coastal weddings, particularly in light and airy shades. Wear a light blue in a floaty chiffon on a warm beach and let the breezes waft around you.

Blues are also perfect for a spring wedding and for mid-summer, country-style wedding days.

Blue and metallics

Shimmering golds and silvers are a big wedding trend happening just now. Pair blue bridesmaids frocks with metallic sandals and you'll be right there.

On your tables you can have a shiny sequinned table runner over a blue cloth. Carry the ombre theme through to your wedding chair covers with different shades of blue, rather than just the one.

From left to right: Style 6752 , Junior Bridesmaid JR519, Style 2991

Which blues for your maids?

The best way to decide is to get some colored fabric samples from Dessy and hold them up to each bridesmaid's face.

Traditionally blondes look wonderful in a pale ice blue, whereas those with darker complexions and hair will bring out the richness of a turquoise or cornflower blue.

But then again, you could be surprised.

If you're marrying in winter, you might want to dress your maids in heavier fabrics - keeping gossamer thin materials for warmer days. Add a shrug or a stole to keep the cold out.

Another thing about blue - it works from day to night beautifully, so if you're having an afternoon wedding that moves onto evening, then blue is a great decision.

Primrose yellow wedding ideas that will TOTALLY make you want to get married in springtime

primrose yellow wedding ideas

(Photo credits clockwise from top: Barker Evans via Fabulous Flowers, Susan Tibak at Something Blue Wedding Photography via Wedding Chicks, Tasha Seccombe via BLoved, Dessy bridesmaids in Style LR204 in Buttercup.)

Primrose, buttercup, lemon ... yellow wedding themes just glow and springtime is the perfect time of year to go for this color option.

You'll have your pick of spring blooms

Spring flowers smell beautiful as well as looking fresh and pretty. What choices do you have? We're thinking narcissi and paper whites, daffodils, primroses, tulips. Contrast with blue - little grape hyacinths and possibly some classic white roses. The spring bride featured above has a beautiful bouquet.

As for your tables - think of winter jasmine to add some structure. A long central table decoration looks super stylish and doesn't get in the way of conversation.

And for your bridesmaids? Here we've picked out bridesmaid frocks from Dessy in buttercup, which is a soft, gentle kind of a hue. As ever, you can choose a neckline and length to suit the style of your day (and your maids). And we haven't forgotten your flowergirls either.

(All Buttercup yellow bridesmaids gowns via Dessy)

(Photo credit: Rosalind Miller Cakes)

You can use yellow as a single color theme or mix it up with white, blues or greys.

It's such an optimistic, happy kind of a color. Light and ideal for a wedding in late morning or afternoon. Especially a barn wedding or one that's rustic style.

(Photography credit: Sarah Rhoads)

Maybe have a dessert table in yellow? Decorate your tables with large lemons placed in glass vases, as above. Have striped yellow straws at a drinks stand.

You could serve citrus flavored drinks and lemon flavored macarons.

Have lemon cakes, tea with slices of lemon instead of milk. Talk to your caterer and your florist about your color theme and see what ideas they have to inspire the proceedings!

Macaroons by Lize's

This wedding is going to make you think again about a boho wedding day

boho wedding ideas

You'll probably guess that the bride and groom are artistic, with plenty of creative ideas.

In fact, the bride was a fashion designer and the groom a fine artist. And doesn't it just show. Plenty of colorful, confident, inspirational touches to adapt for your own big day.

Thinking about boho weddings

  • Mismatched bridesmaids dresses are a must
  • Don't worry about different necklines and hemlines ... it's all part of the look
  • There's no rule that says the bride has to wear white or cream - a colored underskirt peeking out is very boho
  • Same with shoes ... no rule for white or cream shoes
  • A floral head garland channelling Lana Del Ray is very boho

Bridesmaids

The maids here are all wearing pink - so there's a bit of a theme going on. But it's not the same pink at all.

This bride's chosen hot pink, rose pink, blush and a dusky pink. Possibly the maids got to choose the shades themselves - and the style of their frocks.


And the boho bride?

I love the bride's dress. She's obviously the bride but it's pretty far away from a traditional white wedding dress and suits her to perfection. The delicate tapering lace on the bodice is spot on, and her decision to leave her hair au naturel just suits her look.

On the other hand, we love her satin headband as well, which you can see in some of these photographs.

Other boho bits and pieces to notice

  • Casually arranged flowers in jam jars
  • Asking the guests to take the flowers home with them
  • The groom's buttonhole
  • Homemade pies (ask your baking friends to make them for you if they want)
  • Handwritten notes wishing the couple well, placed on a pink (the color theme again) ribbon board
  • Giving your guests each a sapling tree to plant - very green

You can see this wedding in its entirety here on the Style Me Pretty blog, all photography by Mr Haack.

FREE 'Will You Be My Bridesmaid?' Cards

free will you be my bridesmaid card

Sending a girlfriend a 'Will You Be My Bridesmaid?' card is a special moment. We understand that. So now Dessy has created these free bridesmaid cards , in colors you choose, that you can download direct. (A little extra to help your budget stretch a bit further.)

We have 10 designs to choose from - featuring flowers, birds, bridesmaids ... and you can alternate the text and background in a choice of over 320 Pantone colors to suit your wedding theme.

It's just one of the ways in which we think about your wedding and bridesmaids (as well as creating some stunning designs for maids dresses in many, many different styles and colors.

Because we think no two brides are the same ... and so why should any two weddings be the same?

Which 'Will you be my bridesmaid?' card design will you choose?

Play around with different color schemes before you download to see which you like best. Planning a blush wedding day? Then choose a blush background and a contrasting pink text (or stick with traditional black).

When you're happy, just download your final design choice and print it off onto good stock card. Put in an envelope and present to your bridesmaids-to-be. (If you want to be super color co-ordinated, you could write the name and address in the same shade - or print it out that way from your computer.

For ideas on color theming your wedding, see the Pantone color swatches and color theme fans that we have available.

Budget friendly

Even if you're on a budget, you can attend to those little touches which will make your wedding stylish and choosing colors that work well together is an inexpensive (and effective way of doing this).

Just check out some of our posts on color wedding planning here - everything from mis-matched bridesmaid dresses to choosing cakes and flowers in the right shades. Enjoy!

Download your free 'Will you be my bridesmaid?' cards here.

The fine details to get sorted before your wedding day

With just days before your wedding, you'll be thinking about the big details. However, if you're super organised you won't forget the little details either - so here's our handy list to tick off.

Buying a card for your fiancé and the parents : Write a thoughtful card for your fiancé and both sets of parents which you can present at the rehearsal dinner or on your wedding day.

Wrapping and buying the gifts for your bridesmaids, your parents and fiancé Buy these well in advance, wrap and keep in a safe and secret place. Job done.

Scuffing up the soles of your shoes: GeMake sure you don't slip and slide down the aisle or on the dance floor. Scratch the soles of your shoes ahead of time. You should also walk around in your shoes indoors so that you wear your shoes in a little. That way they'll be comfortable on your big day.

Getting a manicure and pedicure: This is a great thing to do with bridesmaids a day or so before the wedding. It will be too busy on your wedding day.

Ordering food for the morning of the wedding for your bridesmaids and groomsmen: Your bridesmaids and groomsmen will want to be well fed before the wedding. A good breakfast or brunch will take care of this.

Confirming the itinerary with your bridesmaids for the wedding day: Keep on top of your bridesmaids and make sure all of their appointments for the wedding day are organised and that they know where they need to be at specific times before the wedding.

Write your wedding vows, if you are: Whether you write your vows days before the wedding or on the morning of, it's best to do this as ahead of time as possible.

Packing for your honeymoon: Before you know it, you will need to pack for your honeymoon. Make sure you have gone shopping for any clothing pieces and necessary vacation items you know you will need.

Taking care of all necessary vaccinations for your honeymoon: Make sure both you and your fiancé make necessary doctor appointments for vaccinations. Some immunisations can make you feel a little under the weather and need to be done a few weeks before you fly off. You might need to start a course of anti-malarials too.

Deciding where to take the pictures on your wedding day: Talk to your wedding photographer and scout the best locations for wedding pictures

Figuring out the transportation on the wedding day: Are you having special transportation on your wedding day like a limo or something like it? Confirm with the car service where they will pick up you, your parents, your bridesmaids and your groomsmen the day of the wedding.

Calling to confirm appointments for hair and makeup: Make sure your hair appointment and makeup appointments are confirmed for the day of your wedding.

Making sure you and your fiancé both have valid passports for your honeymoon Double check well in advance whether your passports are still valid or close to expiring and whether you need to have visas for your destination.

Image credits clockwise from top left: Dessy Facebook page, Wedding Chicks, Dessy Facebook page, NailArtsPro via Wedding Chicks