The Versatility Of Pink

Pink. Is it a bit Marmite? Do you love it or hate it? Well stop right there. Keep an open mind on it. Because there are actually many different shades of pink - over 50 in fact.

There's (deep breath here) - blush pink, baby pink, soft pink, rose pink, hot pink, shocking pink, fuchsia pink, deep pink .. and so on.

And it's a great colour for weddings ... whatever shade you choose.

Going for Ombre

What's ombre? Well, it's when you combine contrasting shades of the same colour - and here's we're talking pink - to give a graduated effect. If you don't want a single shade it makes a great overall look. You can use the ombre option for bridesmaids dresses, the groom's waistcoats and cravats, your wedding chairbacks, your flowers and even your wedding cake. And of course, many colours come in pink - another reason why it's such an inspirational option.

pink ombre flowers Here's how to do ombre table flowers in pink. Image via OneWed.com

This image is a perfect example of how you can use pink in a way that doesn't overpower. Pretty hey?

What pink will suit your wedding season?

We'd say that gentle pinks - light rosy hues, petal pinks and blush - work well in winter (add a touch of sparkle) and in the height of summer.

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Gorgeous pink ribbons for this bride. Maybe match up your flowergirls' sashes to this? Or is it the other way around.

On the other hand, if you're marrying in autumn or winter, then think about deep shades. Maybe a deep merlot or a rich plum, or an aubergine. You want to go for pinks that have a purplish/blue hue. The light is different in winter and summer so make it work for you.

As for spring, then take your inspiration from the colours around you. Maybe the blossom on the trees (so that will be a light pink or maybe a fuchsia), hyacinths in pink or pink tulips.

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How pretty is this?

We'd always say go for flowers in season - it's more eco friendly and it's more budget friendly too. Talk to your florist about what's on offer during the month you get married and maybe let your floral pinks dictate the pink you choose.

Pink at your wedding reception

This is where you can really indulge yourself . If you're marrying out of doors under a gazebo, then dress it up with chair sashes in your chosen shade. And again, don't feel you have to stick to one colour. You can add table sashes, lanterns and ceiling drapes too.

On your tables you could scatter pink confetti or tuck a pink flower into each guest's napkin.

pink rose in napkin Image via Wallpaperscraft.com

Tools for choosing the right pink for you

Browse through the various pinks on offer by buying a Pantone colour guide to your selected hues.

pink Pantone colour guide Pantone colour guide in pinks. from Dessy.com

So see what you can do with pink - your wedding options will surprise you.

Featured image via SarahKatePhoto.com

Accessories for a beach wedding

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Looking for accessories for your beach wedding?

White always looks dazzling under bright blue skies - especially if the backdrop is golden sands, waving palm trees and an azure sea.

pearl wrap bracelet Pearl wrap bracelet by Dessy £25

1. Jewellery

A touch of sparkle is perfect. Pearls are perfect - and a pearl cuff or bracelet will set off your gown without being overfussy. Take a look at Dessy's pearl accessories and see what appeals to you.

white wedding flip flops Wedding flip flops by Dessy £11

2. Shoes for the beach

Obviously you're going to have a perfect pedicure. But ditch the high heels for the beach. Wear a pretty pair of flats or bridal flip flops. These by Dessy come in a pretty travel bag and a variety of colours including white. You might also like to put a bag full of flip flops out for your wedding guests to slip into.

tulle wedding headpiece Tulle wedding headpiece by Dessy £22

3. Instead of a wedding veil. On a beach, a veil can get in the way, especially if it's breezy. So maybe opt for a wedding headpiece like this one from Dessy - you'll feel suitably bridal ...
beach wedding tote The perfect wedding tote. £22 by Dessy

4. The perfect beach tote. You're probably going to enjoy your time at the sea; sunbathing, walking, lunches. So you'll need a wedding tote to keep your kit in - here's one (and it comes in different colours) that you'll wonder what you ever did without.
one shoulder white goddess style wedding dress One shoulder goddess style dress by Dessy. POA.

5. Oh and the big day dress. One shoulder dresses look fabulous at a beach wedding. Take a look at Dessy's and you'll feel like a goddess!

Our Favorite Dessy Accessories for Fall!

Our Favorite Dessy Accessories for Fall!

Are you thinking about the fall as much as we are? We are so excited for the season that starts in just a couple of weeks we thought we would share some of favorite accessories from Dessy that would be perfect for a fall wedding! So if you're looking for the perfect gift for your bridesmaids, look no further than right here as we share with you some of our favorite accessories!

A little Seapearl this fall: The Seapearl Woven Wide Bridal Cuff and the Seapearl Woven Collar Bridal Necklace both have such a classic look for any bridesmaid dress you choose and goes beautifully with those rich fall burgundies and browns. It is definitely an accessory to consider for the bride and her bridesmaids!

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Left to Right: Seapearl Woven Wide Bridal Cuff and Seapearl Woven Collar Bridal Necklace

Keep Warm: For those weddings that will be later in the fall season, it is important to keep warm with our Pasmina/Evening Shawls and the Ombre Pashmina. They are definitely a must have for your fall wedding!

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Left to Right: Pashmina Shawl and Ombre Pashmina

Shoes and Clutch: No fall bridal look would be complete without the perfect pair of shoes and handbag or clutch. That is why we love the Scroll Beaded Bridal Clutch and the Luxe Crystal Peep Toe Platform Bridal Pumps. The colors of these two accessories go perfect with any fall colored bridesmaid dress and wedding dress!

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Left to right: Luxe Crystal Peep Toe Platform Bridal Pump and Scroll Beaded Bridal Clutch

Looking for bridesmaid dress for a wedding this fall? Check out Dessy Collection Style 2917 for the autumn season!

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Check out all of our accessories and bridesmaid dresses for fall!

Inspiration From A Wedding Bouquet

wedding moodboard in grey and redInspiration for your wedding day can strike in all sorts of ways. You may read a book that gets you thinking. See a film. Go to a show.

I spend a lot of time looking at photographs of weddings and sometimes one just jumps out at me - like the one of the dress and bouquet on the moodboard above.

I think the bouquet is fantastic - that's an artichoke flower in the middle but what really gets me is the colour combo. It's definitely a shot to inspire and show to your florist. I love the way it dazzles against the blue/grey of the bridesmaid gown.

Dessy has bridesmaids dresses in similar colours - larkspur and flame - so you can achieve same colour palette (the dresses shown on the bridesmaids above are all by Dessy).

Work your accessories into the mix. Add detachable chiffon flowers to the neckline or waist of your bridesmaid dresses. Maybe a floral headband? Ballet flats in reds and greys - the bridesmaids don't all have to wear the same shade - mix it up a bit.
scarlet cravat for bridegroom Add a flame coloured cravat for the men (or larkspur if that's what you prefer). You could put the groom in one colour and the groomsmen in the contrasting shade.

Putting your bridesmaids all in the same shade looks rather dated - today's brides are mixing it up a bit and bridesmaids are loving it. Use two or three colours for your palette and let each maid choose the colour that suits her best.

I love this larkspur/poppy red colour combo. I think it would work beautifully at an autumn or winter wedding. Particularly if you want some more unusual shades.

Dessy has frocks and accessories in a rainbow of colours.

Happy colour planning!

Photograph of bouquet via Find.com

Wedding Themes Taken From TV and The Movies

Themed weddings are all the rage - and TV inspired weddings all the more so.



Take Game of Thrones. On inspection, it's an odd sort of series to theme a wedding on - and yet there have been a fair few weddings in the four series shown so far.

x marrying x . x marrying Joffrey (and we know what happened at THAT reception. x marrying x (another reception that didn't end quite as planned. Tyrian Lannister marrying Sansa Stark.

However, the 'cloaking' ceremony in Game of Thrones where the bridegroom covers the bride with his cloak is rather romantic - so we can see why some couples want to include this on their wedding day.



Personally if I was going for a TV or movie themed wedding day and I was a fantasy fan, I'd probably go for the wedding in The Lord of The Rings when Aragorn marries Arwen. Fabulous costumes, a happy ending and plenty of ideas there.



If you're a fan of dancing and the pair of you don't mind showing off, then you could replicate Burt and Carole's Glee wedding when they danced down the aisle after the ceremony. That would certainly be different!



The Little Mermaid - if you're a Disney fan. Or you could do Robin HOod and Maid marion (see film clip).Cinderella and Prince Charming.

Sex in the City - really for the bridesmaids - mismatched dresses and looks fabulous.





A Little Wedding Sparkle with a Whole Lot of Love

A Little Wedding Sparkle with a Whole Lot of Love

Rhinestones and any kind of sparkle are a definite must for your wedding day! There are several places you can incorporate a little sparkle on your special day. Here are some ideas for wedding sparkle!

The Cake: If you are a bride that wants and enjoys sparkle, the cake is already grabbing the center of attention at the wedding, so why not give it a little more? A rhinestone border alongside the each tier of the cake or tiny crystals throughout is a great way to add wedding sparkle.

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Use rhinestones on each tier like this one to give your cake a little more sparkle! Photo by Something Blue Wedding Photography

Your Centerpieces: The centerpieces are a great place to have rhinestones and anything else that sparkles. You can decorate each table beautifully and add a little more to your wedding decor.

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Sparkle to the table? We love it! And you will too! We promise! Photograph by Something Blue Wedding Photography

In the Little Details: Whether it is in your bouquet, your shoes, or on your dress, there are plenty of little ways you can incorporate sparkle into your wedding. If you are a bride that loves it, then by all means go for it!

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Sparkle for your feet! Enjoy this pair of Heaven Dyeable Crystal Bridal Sandal for your wedding!

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Make your wedding bouquet even more beautiful! Photo by Limelight Photography

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Sparkle at the waistline! Photograph by Tikko Weddings

Guest at a wedding soon and need a little something extra go with your outfit? Check out all of our accessories available at Dessy.com!

Looking To Visit A Wedding Show? Here's A List Of 30 Top Shows To Visit

If you're looking for wedding inspiration, one way of finding it is by attending a wedding show.

That's when a whole load of suppliers get together under one roof to show off what they do - whether it's wedding dresses, wedding cakes, bouquets, fabulous venues, catering, shoes, stationery ....

You get to browse around, pick up some samples (and maybe taste a few), chat with suppliers about what they offer and what availability they have - basically immerse yourself in wedding stuff for a good few hours so you can really get some aspects well on the way to being sorted.

Wedding shows are also fun - you could invite your mum, your sister, your best friend, your chief bridesmaid ....

Lots of you may get engaged over the summer when you're on holiday with your boyfriend or partner - so I thought it was a good time to give you a list of the wedding shows you can visit over the rest of 2014.

Have a look and get that diary out!



Moodboard For A Monochrome Wedding

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If you're getting married in a chic city and want a really stylish, sophisticated look on your big day, then you seriously need to think about having a monochrome wedding theme.

It's a very easy look to put together - because you only really have two colours to think about - and they are so versatile.

Black and white wedding invitations. A cinch.

White flowers. Think roses, orchids, lilies, tulips, narcissi - all depending on the time of year.

Your dress? Well - white, cream or ivory.

And you could put your maids in elegant black frocks - perfect for an evening reception (and a dress they're likely to wear again and again).

You can use black and white as blocks of colour - as stripes, spots or overlay black with white lace.

Have a look at our Pinterest boards for some more inspiration. And you can create your own wedding moodboard for free here!

Photo credit. All dresses via Dessy. Wedding cake via GC Couture Cakes.

Ideas For A Lace Wedding Theme

Lace has never been out of fashion at weddings. Not really.

But the Duchess of Cambridge has started the trend again big time. Her lace wedding dress has become iconic - simple and timeless.

Of course, you'll find plenty of wedding dresses about that feature lace. But what about the other aspects of your wedding day? How can you get that delicate prettiness?

If you're considering having a vintage style wedding day, then lace is perfect for helping you create a dreamy, romantic mood. Decorate your wedding tables with lace. Choose delicate flowers - gypsophila is perfect for giving a laciness to bouquets. Find shoes with lace detail ...

Here are a few ideas I've found to help you along.

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The lace detail on this cake shows up beautifully against the accent colour (which of course could be any shade that wish it to be). Audrey cake by GC Couture Cakes.

lace bridesmaid dress Lace bridesmaid dress by Lela Rose Style LR195 with lace detail on the shoulder available in either black or ivory. The dress is offered in over 20 different shades.

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Lace look card by Ananya Cards

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Use a length of lace as a table runner ...lace ballet flat shoe Gold lace ballet flat by Dessy - also in white and black. lace wedding dress with long sleeves Lace wedding dress by Sassi Holford

lace bouquet tie Lace bouquet tie via Etsy

Lace detail wedding veil Lace detail wedding veil via Etsy

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Gypsophila or 'Baby's Breath' is an inexpensive but effective way of creating a lacy look for your wedding flowers

Credits: Featured image, lace shrug by Dessy, Audrey Cake by GC Couture, bridesmaid dress by Dessy, lace card by Ananya Cards, lace ballet flats by Dessy,

How to Build the Perfect Bridesmaid Kit

How to Build the Perfect Bridesmaid Kit

Your bridesmaids play a major part in your big day, they are running last minute errands, going to hair and makeup appointments, and most importantly keeping the bride calm. So there isn't a better way to show your bridesmaid a little love than with a bridesmaid kit.

We recently came across a blog post from PersonalCreations.com, which shows how you can build the perfect bridesmaid kit for the wedding day!

According to the blog post, you would want to start with a dipped canvas tote. We personally recommend the Best Day Ever Tote and accompany it with the Best Bridesmaid Satin Cosmetics Bag both available on Dessy.com.

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The Best Day Ever Tote is perfect for all of your bridesmaid kit items!

This makes a great gift for all your bridesmaids!

Now what do you need to put into it? Well that depends on what type of theme you are going for. Is it a survival kit, a personalized kit or pampered kit?

For a survival kit, PersonalCreations.com recommends including deodorant, Band-Aids, lip balm, bobby pins, snacks and hair spray, just to name a few. We also recommend bottles of water, headache medicine, stain remover, scotch tape, safety pins…(this list could seriously go on).

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This monogrammed keepsake box is just one of many items you can have for your bridesmaid kit! Photo provided by PersonalCreations.com

When it comes to a pampered kit, PersonalCreations.com recommends her favorite magazine, lip gloss, luxorious lotion, champagne and small box of fancy chocolates.

We would love to add a soft Pashmina Shawl and a pair of flip flops both available on Dessy.com.

Dessy pom pom flower accessoryYour kit can also get personalized too! PersonalCreations.com recommends a monogrammed glass keepsake box, a shot glass among other items. You can mix and match the items from your pampered and survival kits as well.

Read How to Build the Ultimate Bridesmaid Kit by PersonalCreations.com.