The key to dressing your bridesmaids in florals? Hold back a little

floral bridesmaid dresses

You can't have a wedding day without flowers. And florals are having a real moment right now. 

And there are some really, really pretty bridesmaids dresses around in florals for you to be thinking about. 

You can go for a bold splash floral or something a little more subtle in a faded chintz. 

Mix block shades with florals

The key is not to overdo it. In fact, some of your maids may rather not wear a floral inspired gown. In which case, dress them in a block color that complements the floral fabrics (as we've shown here). On the floral gowns you can pick out greens, blues, purples, yellows or even whites or ivory for your other maid's dress. 

Mix it up a little bit as well with different necklines. However, we suggest that you keep the base fabric similar - so the weights are the same. Also the style of gown. Florals tend to suit something more flowing than fitted, so choose block colors that echo the design.

 

 

The strapless Dessy gown on the left also comes with detachable spaghetti straps, whereas the gown on the right has a flattering off the shoulder ruffled neckline, that will be perfect for girls with smaller busts. 

Here we show you how to work color play. The chiffon gown on the left in a soft green works beautifully with the subtle florals on the right. We've chosen green but you could match with deep pinks, greens or even a gentle apricot shade. 

For a rather more dramatic effect, mix up a dark blue gown with big splashy florals. Or you could use charcoal shades here to match the flowers.

Blues are a perennial wedding favourite. This color combo would suit a romantic wedding perfectly. The dress on the left is so pretty, we're sure it won't be left languishing in the cupboard after the bridesmaid has done her duty. The windsor blue gown on the right has flattering pleating and sets off the floral fabric to perfection. 

As for accessories, if you're dressing your bridesmaids in floral gowns, then don't overdo the flower motifs on shoes, earrings, bags. Best to keep things plain and simple. However, for your maids in block colours, you can include the floral theme, maybe with some floral necklaces, drop earrings and a corsage? 

Have fun planning your floral wedding theme. 

All bridesmaid dresses featured here by Dessy. 

 

 

 

5 Fun Things to Do with Your Bridesmaids Before the Wedding

5 Fun Things to Do with Your Bridesmaids Before the Wedding

You have the bachelorette party, the bridal shower and several appointments to the dress shop for the bridesmaid dresses with your girls, but have you and your bridesmaids spent a day or a even just a few hours doing something not necessarily wedding related?

Here are some ideas that may be a good way to not only say thank you to your bridesmaids, but also give you guys a chance to have some fun! 

 

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1. Book some concert tickets: What kind of music do all you girls love? Do you fancy seeing Taylor Swift strutting her stuff or Justin Bieber? Book some tickets for you and the girls to see somebody live. 

 

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2. Watch some live sport: Of course, this depends on the season in which you're marrying. You could go to a ball game, watch some basketball, or head for the sun to watch some golf. It's a great way to bond and you'll enjoy seeing your heroes and heroines up close. 

3. A Day of Pampering: While this can easily be a good bachelorette party idea, this is also a good plan for few hours of relaxing bliss. Treat your girls to get their nails done the day before the wedding, or maybe a few hours at a spa for massages and facials. This is a memorable and peaceful way to spend time with your bridesmaids.

 

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4. Go camping and hiking; Are you and all your girls a bunch that doesn't mind spending a couple days with Mother Nature? Go camping! And really go camping, disconnect from the world and really enjoy each other's company. Toasted marshmallows round the firepit, late night discussions by firelight. Perfection! 

 

5. Learn to do something new; Book a group lesson for you all. There are some great private group cookery lessons - you could learn to cook vegetarian, Italian, Vietnamese, some new dishes for a barbecue, or how to bake different types of bread. Or you could book a wine tasting event or maybe a crafting event - or flower arranging. 

Any of these ideas are good for bachelorette parties, so if you're the maid of honor trying to figure out what you should do with the bride for her bachelorette party, consider some of these suggestions!

Why dark green bridesmaid dresses are having a real moment just now

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(All bridesmaid dresses shown above by Dessy)

Green is the color of growth, balance, harmony, health and nurture. 

All words that have a wonderful association with relationships and, of course, weddings. 

In fact some may even go as far as to say that the color green creates equilibrium between the head and the heart. No surprise then that it is seen to be an emotionally positive color, enabling us to love and nurture ourselves and others unconditionally." Hmm,' I hear you ponder, 'perhaps I should give it a go for my wedding!"

Real life wedding days in dark green 

In which case Dessy offers you some beautiful dark green bridesmaid dresses to choose, which look wonderful at weddings, as you can see from the real life wedding days shown above. 

There are some great choices going on here. We love the way some of the brides have chosen different styles of Dessy bridesmaid frocks for their maids but in the same color. Different necklines held together by a common shade. 

Colors to take a look at include; Hunter, Hampton and Emerald. You can see the full range of dark green bridesmaid dresses here. Getting some different color swatches in different fabrics might be an idea too. 

If you're having a winter wedding, then dark green can work particularly well. Contrast it against rich dark reds and berry shades. Make sure that your bridesmaids are wrapped against the cold in shrugs and pashminas. 

In spring and summer, dark greens work beautifully against spring flowers such as daffodils and narcissi. And in summer, dark green and white are a dazzling combination. 

Just remember to take note of the season in which you're marrying when choosing your bridesmaid's dresses. In summer, lighter fabrics will work best, such as chiffons. In winter you can choose heavier satins. 

A perfect tool for choosing both your fabrics and colors is with our fabric swatch selector, which allows you to buy swatches in your chosen shade (so dark green for example) so you can make an informed decision. 

 

 

 

 



Shaken and Stirred - A James Bond Theme Wedding Party

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The James Bond look is certainly iconic. From his classic DB5 Aston Martin to today's digital gadgets. Who's been your favorite Bond? Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan , Daniel Craig? Or one of the others?

It's also a glamorous look that lends itself to a wedding reception theme. 

 

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If you're looking to theme your wedding, then James Bond style has a lot to offer

You could offer a roulette table at your wedding reception for your guests to toy with. As for music - well there are some classic soundtracks to the James Bond films.

 Having a destination wedding, then James Bond style is easy - just watch some of the classic Bond movies like Doctor No that were filmed in tropical paradises. (You don't have to arrive for your wedding in a bikini, rising out of the sea, like Bond girls Halle Berry and Ursula Andress though!) You also don't have to have sharks swimming in a pool! 

Above from Dessy: Style 3016 in Platinum, Mystic Blue Lapel Suit, Style 6784 in Stardust. 

The men could dress in tuxedos - you can rent or buy tuxedos here at Dessy.  Or, the bridegroom and his groomsmen could dress in classic, lightweight summer suits from Dessy. 


As for women, think high octane glamour. Spaghetti strap dresses, one shouldered dresses, sequins, updos - this is not a time to dress down. Settle down with a DVD box set of Bond movies and enjoy planning ...

Ideas for a James Bond theme wedding

  • Arrive in a classic Aston Martin DB5
  • Spaghetti strap dresses for your bridesmaids or one shouldered dresses
  • Or short sassy cocktail style dresses
  • Have guest entertainment with blackjack and roulette tables
  • Martini cocktails of course - shaken, not stirred
  • Make the dress code tuxedos and glamor
  • Plenty of James Bond theme music
  • Call your wedding tables after James Bond Movies: Skyfall, Spectre, Goldfinger, Dr No, Diamonds are Forever, The Spy who Loved Me ...
  • You could have gold and diamonds as a parallel theme - maybe an idea for your wedding tables and invitations? 
  • On the walls of your reception have clips from the Bond movies playing on a big screen
  • Maybe hire James Bond lookalikes to mingle with the guests as they arrive? 

It's a lot of fun this theme and one that your guests will instantly recognise!  

 

Periwinkle Blue and Pink Wedding thoughts

periwinkle blue and pink wedding color theme

One of the ways we like to help brides-to-be is by suggesting different color combos for their bridesmaid dresses. In fact, ways of working color through all the aspects of a wedding party.

And today, because spring is most definitely on its way (and about time too) we're going to feature a periwinkle blue and pink color theme. 

It's a really romantic color mix. Delicate, classic, dreamy and really, really lovely. 

Mix the two together and your maids can choose the shade that suits them best. 

Talk to your florist about flower options. We're thinking pink peonies, blush pink roses, forget-me-nots, cornflowers, delphiniums. Don't feel you have to have exact color matches, it looks much better to mix it up a bit. 

(Bridesmaid dresses by Dessy)

Same applies with your bridesmaid frocks. Windsor blue, periwinkle and blush are some color options from Dessy, but all these shades can be mixed and matched together and will blend beautifully. (Think a sort of ombre effect). 

If you'd like some help choosing your colors and working out which combo you like best, then check Dessy's Pantone color tools, which give you the right shades so you can communicate them to your florist, bridal designer, venue, cake decorator - and whoever needs to know.

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Tie your wedding bouquet (and maybe the bridesmaid bouquets) with red and pink ribbons, in a soft gauze.

We love floaty chiffons and lighter fabrics with these colors, especially if you're having a rustic style wedding day and getting married in the afternoon. 

As the bride, you could give a nod to the theme with your bouquet of course - but also maybe with some delicate blush pink wedding shoes or blue, peeking out shyly from the hem of your wedding gown. 

Flower crowns are definitely having a moment right now, so consider them for your maids, or even yourself, if it's a boho sort of an event. They look super cute on flowergirls of course. 

As for your groom, take a look at the light, tan colored suits which would work so well with pale pinks and blues for bow ties, vests and maybe socks! 

Main images at top from: Wedding Chicks  

  

 

 

 

 

9 tips that will help you choose the right wedding photographer

choosing right wedding photographer

You don't get a second chance with your wedding photographs. It's a one-time only show. So getting the right individual to capture those precious images for all time is crucial. 

But how can you find the right photographer who's going to get it just right? We've asked around a few recently married brides who have come up with the following tips. 

  1. If you are getting married at a hotel, don't feel pressured to use the in-house photographer. They are usually not the very best so you could end up disappointed.
  2. Check the photographer's website, any blogs they may have, and any social media sites. Check their reviews.
  3. Meet with the photographer in person. This is very important. You need to know that you can establish a rapport and communication with them. It will give you a chance to look at more of their work and see if working with them will be easy. 
  4. Meet with more than one potential photographer, so you can compare styles, prices and packages. 
  5. Make sure each potential photographer has your wedding date available before you commit to them.
  6. Make sure the photographer you meet with will be the same person who will be shooting your wedding.  You don't want a different person turning up on your wedding day who has a completely different style.
  7. When interviewing potential photographers, look to see if they actually can do what you want them to do in terms of style and the overall look of your wedding.
  8. Look at a variety of images from the photographer. When one of my relatives got married, she saw only the photographer's best work and on her wedding day she received less than the best from the photographer she chose.
  9.  Can you afford the photographer you have chosen? Be clear with what you can and cannot afford. Make sure you are clear about what you want and what you will be getting with the wedding budget you have.

 

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Bridesmaids Dresses For Hot Weather Days

Mix florals with block shades. JY Jenny Yoo Bridesmaid style JY534 left, Alfred Sung Style D745 purple right.

Are you getting married on a hot tropical beach somewhere? Or surrounded by the beautiful colors of the desert? Somewhere that it's likely to be humid and warm? 

Most, if not all, summer brides want the sun to shine brightly on their wedding days - the wedding photographs look wonderful, gardens look fabulous, everybody is relaxed and you can continue the party outside into late in the summer night.

But what if you're marrying in a really hot destination?  How will your bridesmaids cope? How can you ensure that they feel comfortable in the dresses they're wearing when the temperature gauge is up in the nineties?

To help you along, we've picked out some Dessy bridesmaid dresses that would work well in a tropical setting. Remember to think about your colors too. If you're marrying in dazzling sunlight then bright colors usually work best - think hot pinks, purples, emerald greens and oranges. Jewel colors will look incredible. 

Forget long sleeves - go for strapless, sleeveless or halter necklines. And nothing that's too closely fitted.

Follow our tips and you can be happy that you've dressed your girls so they stay cool and comfortable. 

If you want your maids to wear long dresses then a split is a great option as it will let the skirt flow in the breeze. Above we have Alfred Sung Style D745 on the left, Studio Design Collection Style 4523 on the right. Both styles come in a dazzling array of different shades. 

The two dresses above would look amazing on a white sandy beach. 

 

Left: After Six Bridesmaid style 1505, After Six Bridesmaid style 6782

There are many different strapless and sleeveless necklines to choose from, so your maids will find something flattering for them which they love. 

It's also in this setting that the Dessy Twist Wrap Dress comes into its own - particularly in its latest incarnation with a chiffon overskirt. Your girls can drape it as they feel comfortable and it packs in a suitcase beautifully. It's also the sort of frock they'll want to wear over and over again after your wedding day.








Wedding updos that will make you say YES!

wedding hair updos

Updos can get a bit of a bad rap... They don't have to be a 90's mop of tendrils perched atop your head like a bird's nest. No, not at all. Wedding hair updos are going through a bit of a revolution and it's in large part due to Hollywood heavy hitters who have modernised this hair style. Just look at the recent line up of Oscars hopefuls and you'll see what we mean. 

We've picked out some of the most chic and stylish updos so that you can browse through them for both yourself - and maybe your bridesmaids

Updos are fairly weather proof

In spring and summer the weather can be unpredictable. If it's humid or there is rain about, your beautifully shiny locks could suffer from the dreaded 'frizz' effect.  Wedding updos are a simple way to ensure to avoid this and ensure you look your best during the ceremony and long after, whatever is going on with the weather.

Some stars who have recently popped up on the red carpet with perfected looks include Jessica Alba, Beyonce and Alexa Chung among others. Whether it is a loose chignon or an over-sized French twist, these looks are sure fire winners.

 

Wedding Updos: Styles That You Will Say \I Do\ To! - Bridesmaid Guide

So, if you find yourself looking for inspiration - whether it be a braid or a bun - look no further that a recent red carpet! And here's a little bit of a tip - go ahead and take a (little) risk. After all, how awesome does Jessica Biel look with her Rapunzel-style braid? Braids are right there right now. 

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Left to Right: Beyonce, Hayden Panettiere, Jessica Biel and Diana Agron

Go talk to your hairstylist and see what they recommend. If your hair isn't so long, there are still ways you can get an updo, with the use of hair extensions. 

Take a photograph of your wedding dress with you so your stylist can see the neckline. If there's a lot of detail, they may suggest something very simple as an updo. If your dress is plain, then your updo could feature braids and accessories. 

You'll also need to consider your earrings if you're planning on an updo - they can be either chandelier style or simple studs. Experiment to see what will look best. 

Make sure you read this BEFORE you start bridesmaid dress shopping

bridesmaid dress tips

On your big day you want to have happy, smiling bridesmaids in your photographs. Fabulous pictures that show your squad looking and feeling great.

One way of making sure your girls feel that way is by making sure that they're wearing the right dresses. For them (as well as you). So here's how to get it right.

Think about your own wedding dress

Your bridesmaid dresses need to work with your wedding gown. So if you're wearing a boho kind of a dress, don't dress the girls up in formal structured dresses in fabrics like satin. Let it flow. Think about it. Will the looks you have in mind for your bridesmaids work with your wedding dress or do you need to consider making some alternations to your ideas?

What about the weather?

When are you getting married? You won't want to dress your girls in flowing chiffon in the depths of a snowy winter. Or heavier satins for a beach wedding. Think carefully about the style and materials and the time of year (you can order fabric swatches from Dessy while you make your mind up).

Do you really want your girls to all wear the same?

No two girls are exactly the same shape and size and each one will have features they are happy to show off and others they'd prefer to disguise. So you really don't need to dress your girls all the same.

Of course you can have the same color and the same length of dress, but mix it up a bit with different necklines and possibly waistlines. Your squad will thank you for it.

Allow time to get your bridesmaid dresses

If you're ordering from Dessy, we recommend that you order your dresses so that you receive them at least two weeks before your wedding day.

We have a big selection of in-stock bridesmaid dresses that are shipped 1-3 business days from the date of the order, whilst our special order dresses ship around 9-10 weeks from the time you place your order.

Wear shoes of the right height when trying on dresses

When your girls are trying out different dresses, make sure they are wearing shoes. If they're wearing heels on your big day, they'll make a difference to how the dress hangs (and the length of course). So take along heels of a similar height. Same thing if they're wearing flats - you need to see how the dresses look with flats - girls can change their minds you know!

Think about colors

There are some colors which make a girl look fantastic and others that make her look washed out. Ask your girls which colors they feel particularly suit them and which don't. Of course, at the end of the day it's up to you but you might like to moderate your ideas a little (you could have an ombre effect or dress girls in two different shades, which looks very chic).

All images taken from Dessy Facebook page.

18 ways to save money on your wedding day (that your guests won't even notice)

If you're anything like most brides-to-be (and we even think this would include a certain Miss Meghan Markle) you won't have an unlimited budget to spend on your wedding day.

Sticking to a wedding budget you set is really important - you don't want to start off married life together with a pile of debt. 

So we've talked to some clever brides and asked for their tips on saving money (and many of them won't even be obvious to your guests). 

  1. Get married on a Sunday or Monday to Wednesday. Venues are less busy at these times so you're more likely to be able to negotiate a special rate. Try and avoid a Saturday at any time of the year as this is the most popular day.
  2.  The same applies to your photographer. Try and pick a time when your photographer is unlikely to be innundated with work. They will be more open to negotiation.  
  3. Look out for your wedding dress at designer sample sales. You could pick up a top label dress at 50% off the retail price - it will be cleaned and altered to fit you.
  4. Have a tiered wedding cake (but only one tier is real cake, the rest are for show!)
  5. Decorate your cake with fresh flowers rather than intricate icing.
  6. Serve canapes instead of a starter.
  7. Consider having a wedding during the afternoon with a vintage theme - maybe a Great Gatsby theme? Serve traditional afternoon tea, sandwiches and cakes with music from a 1920's style band. Much less expensive than a sit-down, three course dinner. 
  8.  Use flowers that are in season rather than exotic blooms that have to be flown in (you're also keeping your eco credentials intact).
  9. Or use greenery on your tables.
  10.  Forget wedding favors. People won't even notice. 
  11. If your ceremony and reception take place at the same venue you won't need wedding transport. 
  12.  Really think about your guest list. You don't have to invite everyone. Just the people that matter to you. 
  13. Have a rustic wedding with bowl food in different styles of cuisine - and let your guests sit where they wish. Less formal and pricey than a sit-down three course dinner. 
  14.  Do your wedding make-up yourself. Have some lessons beforehand and try out some different looks so you know what will suit you. 
  15. See what you can borrow. You never know who has a spare tiara or even a wedding veil you could use.
  16. Make your own wedding table centers. A pot of hyacinths or daffodils in Spring would look and smell fabulous. Or put one or two blooms (roses, gerberas, daisies) loosely in a simple stem glass vase.
  17.  Ask a friend with a classic vehicle to drive you to and from the ceremony.
  18. Don't have children at your wedding. Avoid getting married during school vacations or taking your honeymoon at that time. Airlines and travel agents put a premium on flights and hotel rates then, so you'll be paying a lot more than you would during term. Travel when the kids are in school and you'll save (you may also find your flight/hotel/beach is a lot quieter).